DVD playback problems

January 11, 2007

There are 3 different problems. It sounds like, if it’s not playing correctly, it’s not being correctly formatted to be a standard DVD. Maybe the frame rate isn’t the correct value and such. Your program isn’t doing what it’s supposed to do. Take a look at DVDDemystified.com

It’s impossible to burn DVD’s on a PC that every player can play. Some older ones could only read -R’s, some only +R’s and some couldn’t play any recorded ones at all. A lot of them can’t play discs that aren’t Finalized correctly by the PC burner and lots of burners don’t finalize correctly. You can download DVDInfoPro and check his discs, if they look OK then he should go to videohelp.com and check the capability of his players. If his discs are correct he may have to upgrade to newer players.

source: leo.am


Restore Original Files

January 11, 2007

There are lots of programs that can do this. We recommend the free FreeUndelete, because it’s free. It’s important not to modify the drive you want to recover data from in any way (like installing an undelete program). Any files you write to the drive can overwrite your deleted data and render it unrecoverable. That’s why it’s a good idea to do your undelete from a CD.  If you’re looking for the command that will automatically replace missing system files, place your Windows disk in the drive, go to Start, click on run, type “command” and then when the command line pops up, type “sfc /scannow”.

Any Way to Edit Content on CD or DVD After Disc is Finalized?

January 11, 2007

Once you finalize the disc in your DVD camcorder you can no longer record on it, so be prepared to bring several discs. You’ll also have to make a copy of the disc before you give it away. It’s a standard DVD so you can rip it with any DVD ripping software. To edit the resulting VOB files you’ll either need a video editor that understands VOBs (like MPEG Video Editor or AVS), or a converter to convert the VOB into an MPG file (AVS makes these as well).

source: callforhelptv.com

What is the difference between 32bit and 64 bit?

January 10, 2007

32-bit and 64-bit refers to the chunk-size of the data used by the operating system. Most operating systems have been 32-bit for a long time now, since the introduction of Intel’s 386 processor, which was the first commercial 32-bit-ready microprocessor. (Previously, Windows and DOS used 16-bit chunks for sending the data around the computer.)

Now, there are a few 64-bit-compatible processors available for home computers, including AMD’s Athlon 64, and Intel’s Pentium D and Core processors. (Unlike earlier server-level 64-bit processors, these new consumer-level processors can also run 32-bit applications and operating systems, which makes them a good transitional processor.) For the full 64-bit experience, however, both the operating system and the hardware have to be running in 64-bit mode.

A while back we tested the 64-bit version of Windows XP and were less than impressed with the overall experience, largely because of the overwhelming number of applications that weren’t compatible with a 64-bit operating system (anti-virus being one of the key omissions). Since that point, quite a number of other applications have become 64-bit compatible, but if you’re planning to make the switch, don’t count on it being a seamless transition just yet. Many games, utilities and other essential applications are still not quite ready for 64-bit.

source: callforhelptv.com

Using an XP disc to install on a second system

January 10, 2007

What Leo’s found in reality is that Microsoft is fairly lenient with activation. Just call up Microsoft and explain your situation. It’s a moving target. For a long time, pre-SP2 you could install XP in a couple machines. Now with Windows Genuine Advantage, Microsoft has gotten stricter about the situation.

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Running Windows on an Intel Mac

January 10, 2007

I like Parallels just for the convenience. However, the new beta will allow you to run Windows from a Boot Camp partition. Unfortunately, you will not be able to run the Windows Vista Glass effects. For the Windows partition, you can choose a static drive or an expanding drive. The expanding drive is a little slower, but will grow as you fill the partition.

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Parallels vs. VMWare vs. Crossover

January 9, 2007

These are 3 different methods to run Windows applications on a Mac. 

Parallels Workstation is hardware emulation virtualization software, in which a virtual machine engine enables each virtual machine to work with its own processor, RAM, floppy drive, CD drive, I/O devices, and hard disk – everything a physical computer contains. Parallels Workstation virtualizes all devices within the virtual environment, including the video adapter, network adapter, and hard disk adapters. It also provides pass-through drivers for parallel port and USB devices. (source: Wikipedia)

VMware Workstation software consists of a virtual machine suite for Intel x86-compatible computers. This software suite allows users to set up multiple x86 virtual computers and to use one or more of these virtual machines simultaneously with the hosting operating system. Each virtual machine instance can execute its own guest operating system, such as (but not limited to) Windows, Linux, and BSD variants. In simple terms, VMware Workstation allows one physical machine to run two or more operating systems simultaneously. Other VMware products help manage or migrate VMware virtual machines across multiple host-machines. (source: Wikipedia)

Because all guest virtual machines use the same hardware drivers irrespective of the actual hardware on the host computer, virtual machine instances are highly portable between computers.

Whether you’re running a Linux or Mac OS X machine, chances are you need a way to run at least some Windows applications or games that aren’t available on your platform of choice. And you have your choice of potential solutions to this problem. This page illustrates some of the key advantages that CrossOver has in relation to the other compatibility solutions.

CrossOver is described below as found here

In a nutshell, you have three main choices:

  • Dual-booting: running two separate operating systems on one PC, and switching between them as needed by rebooting. Applications such as Apple’s Bootcamp allow this to occur on a Mac OS X machine, for example.
  • Running a virtual machine: Emulation products such as VMWare and Parallels allow you to install a copy of Windows within a logical partition within your native operating system. The Windows applications essentially run in a separate “box within a box.”
  • Running Wine or CrossOver: Unlike emulation, Wine is a re-implementation of the Win32 API, allowing applications to run as if natively on the target OS. CrossOver is a commercialized version of Wine.