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  2009-01-23 12:10:51 PM
I bought 4 seasons of House on DVD and played them on my laptop with no problem.

I had to reformat my computer when Fark had some ad trouble, and now I can't get the DVD to play on my desktop computer. WMP says I am missing a "dvd codec" and I have to pay to download one?

I know I'm an idiot when it comes to computer related things, but do I really have to purchase one from Microsoft? Thanks for any help.
 
  2009-01-23 01:23:38 PM
PacersJAM3s

I'm assuming it's XP?

You'll have to install some "real" DVD player software first to be able to play DVDs with WMP; programs like WMP and other free media players will then use the DVD-decoding library that the "real" player did install.

Chances are that your computer came with an OEM version of a DVD player software like WinDVD or PowerDVD (sometimes those are re-branded; my Asus laptop came with "AsusDVD" and that was basically PowerDVD with an Asus skin).

You should look through your CDs if you still have an ancient installation disc and key for such a player and install it.
Once it is installed, WMP and others should also be able to play DVDs.
 
  2009-01-23 01:41:39 PM
The Voice of Doom:
Thank you for your help! I am now up and running once again. :)
 
  2009-01-23 06:21:52 PM
VLC also plays DVDs because it has libdvdcss2
 
  2009-01-24 12:53:28 AM
One of the reasons I switched OSes (loves her some Kaffiene).

//not being a smug linux user... just sayin'.
 
  2009-01-25 06:14:22 PM
VLC runs on a bunch of operating systems, and OS X Leopard, Vista (Home Premium upwards) all have DVD playback out-of-the-box.

Linux distros generally don't because that lib I mentioned is non-free

Take THAT, smug linux user :P
 
  2009-01-25 10:12:54 PM
 
  2009-01-26 12:40:37 AM
No_47: VLC runs on a bunch of operating systems, and OS X Leopard, Vista (Home Premium upwards) all have DVD playback out-of-the-box.

Linux distros generally don't because that lib I mentioned is non-free

Take THAT, smug linux user :P


No biggie. No problem to install with Synaptic or Adept (or command line for some). I think Kaffeine comes with Kubuntu regardless (though you have to add libdvdcss2 whatever). Instructions in Kubuntu FAQ just off main page.

It was XP time when I switched. Didn't know Vista is different... though I can't be bothered with Vista now for other reasons. Only upgraded my motherboard and processor this past week. Last time was eight years ago. The only reason I'm doing so now is because the motherboard has a flaw which makes it extremely picky with RAM (and I'd finally like a new toy). Doing just fine running on 256MB until now. How about you?

Linux has some bullshiat, but at least it's all bullshiat I can know and control. That seals it for me right there. "It's MY computer!" and all that.
 
  2009-01-26 02:24:17 PM
Anyone care to help?

Looking for a web app that would allow user comments on a website (it's not a blog, but want a similar feel). Would prefer it to run with windows asp.net, since the goal is to host it on a site that runs with that. Any suggestions/helpful hints?
 
  2009-01-26 10:40:27 PM
Looks like the damn thing's finally working. Thanks again, Benny.
 
  2009-01-27 02:11:26 AM
Most of the forum apps out there are PHP (vbulletin, phpbb, etc) but there are at least a few .NET ones. popforums.com is one ASP.NET one, not free though (written for coasterbuzz.com)
 
  2009-01-27 02:17:43 AM
XP on 256MB? You are very patient :)
 
  2009-01-27 02:35:02 AM
I found XP ran fine at first, but after a couple years, even a format & re-install couldn't fix it. Add in spyware, bloated registry, media players and software that make you jump through hoops, wonky drivers for my ethernet and video card... then I got my first virus ever, which I could not remove without an f&r... well, that pushed me over the edge and I figured if I was going to try another OS, may was well be then.

And then I discovered my system was four times faster than I thought it was. Considering the life & financial situation I was in at the time, it was a big deal for me.

Not to say that Linux is without hiccups. I keep a blog solely to keep track of little issues I encounter (pretty hand to use as a task list for myself)... if I get around to looking for a solution, I find one, add it in there, and actually post the note. Helped quite a few other people this way, too.

Also, as a result, I've finally figured out what I want to do with my life. It's openness (with both the OS and community) has allowed me to tinker and learn. I've always been a jack of all trades sort.
 
  2009-01-27 02:40:59 AM
Favorite trick: If you accidentally download a Nero image instead of a normal image, you can strip off the first 300 bytes to get a normal disc image.

dd bs=1k if=image.nrg of=image.iso skip=300

//pretty pretty command line
//*pats command line on head*
 
  2009-01-27 10:01:45 AM
geekybroad: dd bs=1k if=image.nrg of=image.iso skip=300

Penis. That is kewl.
 
  2009-01-27 02:53:20 PM
yeah, dd is handy for all sortsa stuff, like recovering data from failing hard drives :)
 
  2009-01-27 02:54:10 PM
...or erasing drives you're going to sell (dd /dev/random and/or /dev/zero onto the block device)
 
  2009-01-27 04:37:40 PM
I just used dd yesterday to copy a Dell documentation CD. Definitely a handy command.

N. S. Radieaux - you're welcome, glad I could help.
 
  2009-01-27 05:51:40 PM
i59.photobucket.com
 
  2009-01-29 12:09:20 PM
I just got back from a tour of a nintendo lab in Japan and got to try some new stuff that may make it into the next console. Pretty cool, but I had to screw with it. We were standing around kinda informally and I put the headset on, then thought, why dont I put on a tinfoil hat first to see if it really does stop brainwaves. So I did, much to their amusement, and it did stop the device from working. Farking cool. Tnfoil hats do stop brainwaves from being readable. (One of them mentioned some kind of piezoelectric effect causing interference)
 
  2009-01-29 05:06:18 PM
I've got an easy one for the geniuses in the geek forum.

I have a Dell Precision 690 with a Xeon 5150 dual core processor, 700 watt power supply and 4gb of ram, running XP pro.

There is space on the motherboard for a second processor, and I want to know what I would need to do to install another 5150.
 
  2009-01-29 07:09:14 PM
Find another of whatever heatsink/fan fits that case, and then just buy the cpu.
 
  2009-01-29 09:11:17 PM
I won't need a bigger power supply?
 
  2009-01-29 09:12:45 PM
Mike: Find another of whatever heatsink/fan fits that case, and then just buy the cpu.

wouldn't he have to reinstall the OS (or at least manually update the HAL)?
 
  2009-01-29 09:17:29 PM
AesopRock_00: Mike: Find another of whatever heatsink/fan fits that case, and then just buy the cpu.

wouldn't he have to reinstall the OS (or at least manually update the HAL)?


i guess not. maybe i should have looked into my own thoughts before i post.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/309283

"On Windows XP and later versions, the ACPI Uniprocessor HAL and the MPS Uniprocessor HAL recognize the existence of more than one processor and report the MP ID. Plug and Play detects that the computer devnode's hardware ID list has changed and moves the devnode back through the "found new hardware" detection process. Therefore, when you add a second processor, the MP files (HAL and kernels) are automatically installed, and you do not have to manually update the driver in Device Manager."
 
  2009-01-29 09:44:27 PM
OK... Thanks!

One more question. When I was looking at the processors, they were listed as either Active Hs, or Passive Hs... What does that mean, and which one would I need?
 
  2009-01-29 11:33:29 PM
I figured he'd already be on the ACPI Multiprocessor HAL since the existing CPU is dual-core. :)

700 watt CPU should be plenty unless you have a monster video card in it; can't imagine they'd ship a dual-socket system with a power supply unable to power both.

"Hs" in that context probably means "heat sink", where active is a fan and passive is just a block of copper. Again find out what you have now and match it, Dell may have a custom heatsink for that case/board so you might need to ask them. Or if you're lucky, the system mighta come with a spare heatsink/fan when you bought it.
 
  2009-01-30 09:37:03 AM
The Heatsink in the computer now is a passive one...

The video card is a Nvidia Quadro NVS 285, so I should be fine in the power department...

Thanks again!
 
  2009-01-30 10:30:36 PM
Hey y'all! I need to get a bit of advice. I'm upgrading a machine for a friend and I would like some advice on what parts to get. I need a MB, CPU, and Mem for about $300. The MB needs to have a micro ATX form factor, with a single pci-e 16 slot. The machine will be using 4 gigs of ram. I keep going back and forth between an Intel Q6600, Q8200, or an AMD Phenom II 920. There will be no overclocking on this machine. I wish I could find a micro atx P45 based board (for about $70) but that isn't going to happen. Thanks in advance!
 
  2009-01-31 12:50:42 AM
Maddogjew: Hey y'all! I need to get a bit of advice. I'm upgrading a machine for a friend and I would like some advice on what parts to get. I need a MB, CPU, and Mem for about $300. The MB needs to have a micro ATX form factor, with a single pci-e 16 slot. The machine will be using 4 gigs of ram. I keep going back and forth between an Intel Q6600, Q8200, or an AMD Phenom II 920. There will be no overclocking on this machine. I wish I could find a micro atx P45 based board (for about $70) but that isn't going to happen. Thanks in advance!

The Phenom II 920 is the best processor of those three, but you're obviously not gonna find a P45 board to run one of those in.

The Q8200 will run cooler and use less power than the Q6600 for about the same performance, but it lacks Intel's virtualization technology if that matters at all.
 
  2009-01-31 10:04:51 AM
Um.. silly question..

Is anyone else having issues with Google today?

I went to do a search for "yo gabba gabba live" and every site came up with a "this site may harm your computer" warning, even freaking Nick Jr's site.

Did the same for "google" and even their own site came up with a warning in the search results.

Am I doing something wrong, or did Google break it?
 
  2009-01-31 10:05:36 AM
Link (new window)

Every website in Google search results now says "This site may harm your computer", including google.com itself. This is bad... for google.

Google Webmaster help (new window)
 
  2009-01-31 10:20:01 AM
Thanks Wrong Trousers - I thought it was just us and our weird computer setup or something...

It appears that Google has decided that whatever they did was a very bad idea, and they have fixed it. W00t! Off to search and see if Yo Gabba Gabba is a live show yet :-P
 
  2009-01-31 02:02:38 PM
FuturePastNow: The Phenom II 920 is the best processor of those three, but you're obviously not gonna find a P45 board to run one of those in.

The Q8200 will run cooler and use less power than the Q6600 for about the same performance, but it lacks Intel's virtualization technology if that matters at all.


Thanks, I went ahead and ordered the Phenom II 920, an Asus M3A78-CM AM2+ with the 780V chipset, and 8 gigs of G-Skill DDR2 1066.
 
  2009-02-01 12:04:56 PM
Wrong Trousers: Link (new window)

Every website in Google search results now says "This site may harm your computer", including google.com itself. This is bad... for google.


Yes, but at the same time it's very funny because it's true.
 
  2009-02-02 10:44:56 AM
Hi, geekers (I'm a Photoshop regular) -

At my work computer now, because my home PC has me in Windows Vista filthy malfunction hell. Sure you all know of it very well. Tried to run recommended update, and now it won't start up. Tried to run system restore and it just circles (for several days now) in an endless "file restore" Moebius strip limbo. This happen to anyone else? Perusing forums from work, it appears Vista updates are either dirty with malware or are susceptible to malware that does this. Any suggestions?
 
  2009-02-02 05:19:59 PM
There's not a lot of repair options for a Vista install that won't boot.

If you have a vanilla Vista install disc, you can run a clean install and by default it puts relevant user info (entire user folders,program files, program data, windows folder) in a windows.old folder.

If you have brand-name restore discs (or just a restore partition on the hard drive), most of them support some sort of user-data-backup, but it varies from brand to other brand.
 
  2009-02-02 06:48:25 PM
I don't know if she's in here, but I want to personally thank Gamer Grrrl for pointing me to the book Little Brother.

At the start I was convinced it was just a hacker's manual thinly veiled as fiction, and not worth the time, but I kept reading.

It reads like Orwell, Dick, and Kafka all rolled into one.

I am amazed by this book, it is one of the most poignant things I've read in a long time. People will probably read this years from now and (hopefully) think that this is a ridiculous piece of slippery slope hogwash, but as things stand, this is almost a farking window into the future.

Granted, I'm only about halfway through.
 
  2009-02-03 06:11:44 AM
If you have brand-name restore discs (or just a restore partition on the hard drive), most of them support some sort of user-data-backup, but it varies from brand to other brand.

If you're really stuck, you can attach a USB hard drive, stick in some sort of Linux LiveCD, and then copy your data.
 
  2009-02-03 02:14:35 PM
In PHP, whats considered best practice, the native mysql commands(mysql_connect() etc) or the PDO stuff? Is there any advantages/disadvantages in using either one?
 
  2009-02-03 03:03:55 PM
Using PDO will give you the advantage of being able to use different database backends (as long as you don't do anything specific to one database).

As for best practice I definitely recommend prepared statements. And PDO will make prepared statements possible even for database backends that don't actually support such a thing.

For that reason alone I'd say go with PDO rather than the old mysql_connect() et. al.
 
  2009-02-03 04:43:43 PM
Yeah, I'm trying to convince my boss to keep the PDO stuff in (its done, working and using prepared statements) but he wants to use the old mysql extensions since he read somewhere that it was faster. But php has essentially depreciated the mysql stuff, and now are suggesting people use the mysqli extensions, so we'll see what happens.
 
  2009-02-03 06:14:41 PM
aguynamedadam: ...he read somewhere...

I was going to crack some smartass comment about how he believes stuff written by random people on the Internet - and then irony walked up and slapped me across the face.

Do you guys pack/minify your Javascript? How about your CSS? Do you have mod_deflate (gzip) working (assuming you're using Apache)? No? Then a few milliseconds difference between PDO and old mysql_connect() type stuff probably doesn't matter :-)

The best reason not to use mysql_connect() stuff though is this:

"...its done, working and using prepared statements..."

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. And for FSM's sake don't make it less secure for the sake of an unnoticeable increase in execution time.
 
  2009-02-03 06:53:23 PM
If it doesn't support parameterized queries, don't use it.
 
  2009-02-04 01:49:17 AM
Hiya geeks

I'm getting a BSOD on my brand new Vista Ultimate tablet PC. It wont shutdown and I can't get it into safe mode.
The error info looks like this


Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.0.6001.2.1.0.256.1
Locale ID: 1033

Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: fe
BCP1: 0000000000000008
BCP2: 0000000000000006
BCP3: 0000000000000006
BCP4: FFFFFA800573A000
OS Version: 6_0_6001
Service Pack: 1_0
Product: 256_1

Files that help describe the problem:
C:\WINDOWS\Minidump\Mini020309-03.dmp
C:\Users\Rachel\AppData\Local\Temp\WER-49077-0.sysdata.xml
C:\Users\Rachel\AppData\Local\Temp\WER2155.tmp.version.txt

Any ideas? Google has not been helpful.
 
  2009-02-04 03:53:05 AM
quickdraw: Hiya geeks

I'm getting a BSOD on my brand new Vista Ultimate tablet PC. It wont shutdown and I can't get it into safe mode.
The error info looks like this


Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.0.6001.2.1.0.256.1
Locale ID: 1033

Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: fe
BCP1: 0000000000000008
BCP2: 0000000000000006
BCP3: 0000000000000006
BCP4: FFFFFA800573A000
OS Version: 6_0_6001
Service Pack: 1_0
Product: 256_1

Files that help describe the problem:
C:\WINDOWS\Minidump\Mini020309-03.dmp
C:\Users\Rachel\AppData\Local\Temp\WER-49077-0.sysdata.xml
C:\Users\Rachel\AppData\Local\Temp\WER2155.tmp.version.txt

Any ideas? Google has not been helpful.


Alright shiat, this one again. K, I don't know really what causes this, but here goes. Does your computer boot at all? Does it only do this when the battery is low? What exactly is plugged into to your USB ports? I'm talking about things like a wireless mouse, external HD, external CD burner or a USB flash key. Anything like that?

Did you get a message saying anything about a BUGCODE_USB_DRIVER? If so there's a hotfix (if you can get the computer to boot) but it doesn't always work. Hopefully someone will have a better solution.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/930568/en-us

I'm looking at the code BCCode: fe here BTW because without the dump files I can only take my best guess here.
 
  2009-02-04 07:10:14 PM
Tap F8 during start until you see the white-text/black-background menu (the item we want doesn't show up in the usual menu).
Select "repair my computer"
Tell it to automatically repair it, if it can, otherwise try and run system restore and restore the machine to a time it wasn't bluscreening.

apart from that, it's probably gonna be a clean install
 
  2009-02-04 11:28:17 PM
I'm glad people here use LiveCDs to recover data. It worked for my wife's laptop even when the hard drive went bad. S'just really useful.

Also you could probably use it to get to that dump file there. Since, you know, you know where it is and all.
 
  2009-02-04 11:46:25 PM
aguynamedadam: In PHP, whats considered best practice, the native mysql commands(mysql_connect() etc) or the PDO stuff? Is there any advantages/disadvantages in using either one?

I doubt there's "a best practice" in this regards, if you're strictly MySQL and only ever going to be that, then the mysqli approach is, perhaps, a little faster and has prepared statement support. If there's even a remote chance that other database environments will be needed, then PDO is the better option. Abstraction doesn't come for free.

From my experience, though, the nirvana of database abstraction just isn't there. Even with the best of intentions, most apps that are fundementally developed against a particular database get harder and harder to port to another as the functionality grows. It's practically unavoidable, though not entirely so.
 
  2009-02-05 02:36:35 AM
wyrlss: I'm glad people here use LiveCDs to recover data.

I generally use another functional computer. Not always an option, I know.
 
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