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Quick Q&A / Codec pack for Windows Media Player
« on: June 13, 2013, 11:23:20 AM »
Anyone know of a good codec pack for Windows Media Player 12, that isn't riddled with spyware and/or viruses? Preferably, to be able to play .mp4 videos consistently.

Yes, I do know about VLC player, but this is for a work project that requires that we use Windows Media Player for playback.

Quick Q&A / Lack of power??
« on: August 16, 2009, 08:06:59 PM »
I recently purchased a Geforce 275 gtx to put in my system, and it was fine for the last 4 days playing games etc, no problem. However, today it seems that the video was locking up while playing World of Warcraft numerous times. After a few reboots and not having much luck, I put my 8800 gts back in to see if it was related to the video card, and after putting it back in, the system is now stable or at least has been for the better part of the night.

At this point, I'm thinking it might be lack of power for that video card. I have a Corsair 520 watt modular power supply running 1 optical drive, 1x 300 gb sata hdd, 2x 1 tb sata hdd, tv tuner card, and Geforce 275 gtx. When I bought the power supply, I didn't have the 2 terrabyte hard drives, or the Geforce 275gtx.

Anyone got any tips?

Operating Systems & Software / 64 bit Computing
« on: August 11, 2009, 06:26:10 PM »
Just wondering if 64 bit Windows is worth installing these days or not. I have 4 gb of ram currently in my PC, and running Vista 32bit. I have tried 32bit Windows 7 on a virtual machine and like what I see so far.

I plan to get Windows 7 when it comes out, but should I get 64 bit or 32 bit? I want to be able to utilize the ram I have, and possibly get more. How is driver support? Do 32bit apps work ok on 64bit Windows? Just wondering which way I should go when it is released.

Quick Q&A / Weird powering up problem
« on: April 08, 2008, 06:30:23 AM »
Hey guys, looking for some suggestions here....

I had to move my computer from one room to another temporarily last night, it was running fine where it was. Then once, I powered it up in the new location, it starts up for about 5-6 seconds, then shuts off. If I leave it be, it'll try starting up again after about 5-6 seconds by itself, then shuts off again. It seems to repeat this cycle over and over again until I completely cut the power to the tower, or hold in the front power button to turn off the machine.

During this time, there is no display on the monitor and of course the machine does not post. I'm using a Gigabyte motherboard with an Intel Core2 Duo 2.4 with 4GB ram, 8800 GTS, Corsair 520 watt PSU, 1 HDD and 1 DVDRW, 2 case fans, 1 tv tuner. Unfortunately I don't have any extra parts for this computer that I can swap in.

So I'm looking at the best guess of something to replace. The heatsinks and fans seem to be securely in place and the tower was moved very gently. I probably only moved the tower about 25 feet. I also tried a different power bar, different power cord, and a different outlet. In fact, my other computers work with the same cords and setup. So I know it is something with that computer.

I'm thinking possibly power supply right now. Could it be that the 520 watt PSU was too little for what I was running? I'm open to suggestions.

Thanks in advance.

General Mayhem / Vista & User Access Control
« on: September 28, 2007, 11:19:51 AM »
I'm starting to get sick and tired of all those people who are complaining about Vista and its User Access Control. If you don't like it, then turn it off and it won't bug you anymore. But the reason Microsoft implemented it, is because people don't read and don't pay attention to what they click on and so they needed some way to try and give people a second chance to stop something from installing.

All I'm saying is, if you don't like the user access control, then turn it off and stop complaining.

General Hardware / Looking for new motherboard and ram
« on: August 20, 2007, 09:08:14 AM »
I'm looking to purchase a new CPU, mobo, ram, video card, power supply.

I'm probably going to go with a Intel Core2 Duo E6550, Evga 8800 gts 320mb PCI-E, and an Antec 650watt PSU with triple 12v rails.

But I'm not sure on the Motherboard and RAM to get. I'm looking for the best bang for the buck. I will not be doing ANY overclocking, nor much system tweaking. Just looking for a solid board with a few options. Also I'd like to get the stuff from Memory Express since it is close by. My main uses are playing World of Warcraft, editing pictures, and PVR stuff through my TV tuner. I will be using Vista as well, so I'm debating on doing 4gb of ram

I'm open to any suggestions though. I only need these components as I plan to use parts from my old system.


LAN & General Gaming / [Frontpage News]WoW Report: The Burning Crusade
« on: April 15, 2007, 09:26:56 PM »

Bob over at ThinkGaming has a look at The Burning Crusade - an expansion pack for World of Warcraft.   If you are all about this MMORP, and I know many people are, take a look and see what is up with their latest report.  I honestly just can't get into games like this, but apparently that may be a good thing as many people stuggle with WoW addictions.  Me, I'm addicted to good. . .

I think that before this article was written, maybe the author should have played more than 1% of The Burning Crusade, as it offers alot more than most expansion packs do.

Operating Systems & Software / IIS FTP config help
« on: December 13, 2006, 07:13:52 PM »
I've got a FTP site running, but I've got a dilema in how to allow access to a folder outside the home folder. So for instance....

home folder is d:\ftp
other folder to access is d:\other

How can I have people access d:\other when the home folder is d:\ftp?

I looked at virtual directories, but I can only seem to utilize them when the folders are within the home folder. This is IIS running on Win2K3 Server. Any ideas?

General Mayhem / [Frontpage News]Windows Vista Q and A
« on: November 25, 2006, 07:14:49 AM »
Got questions about Windows Vista? Well, if you do this article is for you. If you think you know it all about Vista already, then you can read the artice anyways and loudly proclaim "Pffffft!! I already knew that" after each question they answer (A fun game for the weekend). But regardless check out this article, its a good read.

Thanks for this article, at first I wasn't going to give it a read through, but I'm glad I did, it helped me solve a problem I was having with the 3D Flip view. It used to work then it didn't work, found out it was a certain website which uses Java to lower the appearance from Windows Aero to Windows Vista Basic thus taking away the 3D Flip View.

General Mayhem / Someone stole my tools
« on: November 11, 2006, 03:45:24 PM »
I am furious right now, sometime overnight, somone broke into my car and took my bag with all my tools and papers and cables. They also took my bag of change for parking meters. At first I only saw that my bag of money is gone, not the end of the world, but when I realized that my work bag was gone, that pissed me off, cause now I don't have the things to do my job now to rebuy the stuff that was stolen. About $400 worth of stuff is gone. These are the only things gone out of my car too, they left my $250 sunglasses, my satellite radio receiver, all my cds. The worst part too is I think this is one of the times where I pressed the button to lock the doors, but maybe didn't hit it directly on and it didn't actually lock the doors. Bah!

Operating Systems & Software / [Frontpage News]Vista Liscense Revised
« on: November 03, 2006, 04:20:55 PM »
You may have heard that the Vista Liscense Agreement stated that you could only activate Vista one additional time after the orginal install.  This would be a very irritating for enthusiasts and hardware review sites as we install Windows and activate it each time we do a fresh install for hardware testing.  Thankfully, Microsoft has seen the error of this idea and now allows as many activations as you need - providing it's only activated on one machine at a time.

Wow, I didn't hear of this originally, but I'm sure glad they decided to change it. I wonder how they thought they would be able to get away with doing this. Even people who aren't enthusiasts will at some point need to reinstall windows, possibly a few times, maybe hardware failure, or even viruses and people fiddling with their machines not knowing what they are doing.

Operating Systems & Software / Virus and Spyware removal tools
« on: October 26, 2006, 03:06:52 PM »
Hey peeps, I gotta go fix someone's computer this weekend, and from the sounds of things, it sounds like it is riddled with spyware and possible viruses. I've been out of the loop for a while now as I haven't had to deal with these issues much at all in the last year. I'm looking for some current free tools I can use detection and removal of spyware and viruses. Everything I have now is so out of date and/or don't have them anymore. Thanks.

General Mayhem / If you can't make a Cat5 cable, then don't!
« on: October 24, 2006, 03:17:00 PM »
I was onsite at a location replacing a motherboard because of a suspected faulty network card, I replace the motherboard and same issue, not connectivity lights at all. So I examine the cat5 cable and notice that someone had made the cables and the RJ-45 connectors were done extremely poorly, in that the cat5 jacket wasn't even in the RJ-45 connector at all, so when they crimped the wires, there is so much room for the connector to just come right off the cable because it isn't really even holding onto anything. Also, the person who made the cables didn't know what the standard order for each of the wires inside of the connector was supposed to be, so they had the brown & white/brown together, then blue & white/blue, then orange & white/orange, then green & white/green. In theory this should work as long as both ends are the same sequence, but I'm still skeptical about them working properly. Basically the worst looking cat5 cables I've ever seen.

Anyway, I'm not trusting the cables that they have there to use, and all I have is a short crossover cable on me. I grab that and hookup the PC in question and connect it to a laser printer they have nearby, and voila, both the PC and printer have communication instantly. So then I try the shotty cat5 cable on another computer nearby and it does work, however it takes a while for the switch to recognize anything is plugged into the port. But it does work with that cable. I tell the guy the story, but he still thinks it is a problem with the computer, either way he doesn't believe me, so I have to go and prove him wrong tomorrow.

And it was Best Buy's Geek Squad who made the cables, maybe they should send someone who knows what they are doing to certain jobs.

General Hardware / Oh internet, how I've missed you
« on: October 22, 2006, 10:26:47 AM »
I lost my internet connection on Thursday night, and wasn't able to have a technician come out until today to get it fixed. I had tried swapping some cables around and removed my cable splitter I was using just to make sure, but still didn't have it working properly. So the Shaw guy comes out and all that happened is the coaxial connector was coming loose off the coax cable so it wasn't making good connection anymore. And go figure I swapped out every cable except the coax cable. So I was without internet for a few days just because of lack of troubleshooting...I've let myself down.  :'(

General Hardware / Dell battery recall
« on: August 15, 2006, 04:34:55 PM »
Here is a link to see if the battery you are in question of is affected by the recall announced August 15/06

All you do is put the S/N in the boxes and it will check to see if yours is affected.

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