Saturday, May 30, 2009

How to play Canon EOS videos in VLC

Go to Tools > Preferences or press Ctrl + P. In the preferences window locate the "Show settings" box to the lower left and turn on "all".

Then go to Input / Codecs > Other Codecs > FFmpeg. There there is a setting called "Skip the loop filter for H.264 decoding", set the option to all.

Friday, May 29, 2009

the EASIEST way to resize pictures in winxp for free

Use Image Resizer powertoy from microsoft, just right click on a picture and choose "Resize Picture"

Get it from here.

Why microsoft have not included this for vista is beyond me.

Windows live messenger doesn't start/run/work after Vista SP2 update

After updating Windows Vista to SP2, I noticed that Messenger Live wasn't running. Double clicking its .exe didn't do anything either. I logged off and on and tried again, nothing.

I then proceeded to redownload it, and run the installation again, which updated the messenger, and it now works.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Note to self: Fix for Orange SATA disks in OSX

Fix here

ps: Also updated to 10.5.7 without the only issue being no sound. Reinstalled AppleHDA and HDAenabler kexts, everything all right!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Uninstalling FFscroll from OSX

1. Go to System Preferences
2. Right click FFscroll
3. Remove
4. go to Terminal and type
sudo rm -fr /Library/StartupItems/FFScroll
5. enter your password

This only prevents it from starting up, and from System Preferences. I believe in order to completely remove it, you have to replace ApplePS2Controller.kext with the original one as well; just disabling it from startup did it for me though.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

OSX 10.5.6 on my desktop PC

Installed 10.5.6 on my desktop PC. This post is mostly an index of the kexts that I used, so that people with similar specs know easily what to use. The release I used is iPC Universal 10.5.6 . Installation went through without any issues at all.

Before installing make sure that in your BIOS, you set your Sata controller mode to "AHCI" or you'll probably get the dreadful "Still waiting for root device".

Kexts used during installation:
Kernels [Intel Q9550]:
None chosen, so "9.6.0 Vanilla kernel" is installed by default

Graphics Card [Powercolor 4870 1gb]
None chosen during installation. Used this simple guide after installation, works like a charm at last!

Chipset drivers [EP45T-DS3R]
  • Intel ICH10 SATA support chosen during installation
  • JMicronATA for JMicron IDE chosen during installation

Audio drivers [on board ALC889a]
The ALC889a kext chosen during installation didn't do it for me, so I chose nothing during installation the second time around. After installing I used an AppleHDA.kext and HDAenabler from here which enabled sound but with constant, annoying popping.
I then downloaded another AppleHDA and HDAenabler which I packaged here (credit to AndrewNZ @ Insanelymac). I installed BOTH kexts BEFORE restarting, and I booted with -x -f -v (also important, did not work without -x and then another restart). Popping problems gone, audio works like a charm!

Ethernet drivers [on board Realtek 8111c]
Chose Realtek R1000 during installation, works like a charm

  • Legacy time machine fix installed, solved the "Time Machine could not be configured. The built-in network interface could not be found."
  • PS /2 Keyboard fix also installed, since my ps2 keyboard refused to work after the first installation. Mouse problems (USB) the first boot time after fix, removed and reinserted and works flawlessly after that.
  • Also installed Dual Boot time sync fix, speaks for itself
The only problem remaining is a restart problem. I'll post the solution as soon as I find one!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Message "Folder In Use. Close the folder and try again." in Vista

I created a folder called "sh" on c:\, dropped a couple of documents inside and shared it. A couple of hours later , I tried to delete the folder and its contents. Note that I didn't even touch the documents in that folder on my computer or any of the other computers.

Nevertheless I get a lovely message:
"Folder In Use
The action can't be completed because the folder is open in another program
Close the folder and try again. "

I managed to delete the contents of the folder manually, but the folder itself would refuse to go. I even tried to end explorer.exe and delete the folder from commandline, same error. Then I found this.

MS sais it's a bug and that it occurs after trying to delete a shared folder. Their solution is:
In this case, you have to restart the computer. After that, you can delete the folder.
Worked for me :D

Opening files with .cbr or .cbz extensions

.cbr or ComicBook Reader Files are actually .rar archives, and
.cbz files are actually .zip archives.

Just open them with winrar, or rename their extension!