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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: dvd burner crisis on: April 19, 2009, 04:02:00 AM
if its any consolation I end up paying 50-85$ import fees for some of the music i listen too lol
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: dvd burner crisis on: April 17, 2009, 07:16:57 AM
To replace a dvd drive would be as much work as checking the connections.

Here's an external dvd burner to consider.

http://www.tigerdirect.co...details.asp?EdpNo=4442292

With our xchange rate that's almost my monthly pension! Grin
i only paid 25 usd for it
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Playstation 3 and Media Server Setup? on: April 15, 2009, 03:46:33 AM
Has anyone had any experience with any of these lately? I am still using TVersity but am looking for something with better transcoding support and built-in codec support. Right now, Tversity can't play certain files so I am beginning to look elsewhere. Has anyone messed with Weezo or orb or playon lately? How about any others?

unless you have a netflix accnt w/ instant view playon is a waste a t 40$ pms does hulu just as good i think...
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Playstation 3 and Media Server Setup? on: April 15, 2009, 03:43:39 AM
i personally use PMS, or playstation media server, its free ware and cross [latform java.. works superbly. i have been using it since Feb. just installed and ran no config.. other than pointing it at my media stores and this on a vista box.. plays everything by on the fly encoding if needed.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: dvd burner crisis on: April 15, 2009, 02:07:01 AM
well i bought this drive and i do love it great drive. i also have 15 of the qflix ccs enabled DVDs but i cant find the roxio venue program to use to get the movies and use the QFLIX feature even after googling for weeks!!! anyone here use qflix?
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: dvd burner crisis on: March 22, 2009, 07:50:04 PM
well I've researched the hell outta that drive and found out it is actually a good drive and the added plexutils are reliable and will work for my needs, I've also found better bang for my buck with other drives. however one of the associates I have done business in the past actually has this model and has offered it to me for $25, new still in the box with warranties intact. So I think at that price I'm gonna give plex a try.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: dvd burner crisis on: March 20, 2009, 07:59:04 AM
thinking of getting this drive as a replacement. Anyone here anything about it? I've been told plextors are one of the best, is that still true?
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: dvd burner crisis on: March 20, 2009, 05:36:53 AM
no.. i haven't checked cables... until i can get a hand due to disability. that's another reason i was clinging to it being s/w.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: dvd burner crisis on: March 20, 2009, 05:32:16 AM
i ran the IntelĀ® Chipset Identification Utility and updated the drivers there too... so i guess it is a dead drive.... Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: dvd burner crisis on: March 20, 2009, 05:28:00 AM
What makes you think it's a software problem?

Use ImgBurn and check tools->Filter Driver Load Order. That will let you see filter drivers attached to the CDROM class... if there's nothing suspicious there, it's most likely not a software issue.

well i thought it may be a s/w issue because a) the drive still reads b) i updated the chipset drivers in between the last working burn and this problem.  c) hope.
I am starting to believe that the drive is just dead though... I can't find my live CD to test it under there. and  after flashing the drive ImgBurn gave me this:

ImgBurn
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DeviceIoControl(FSCTL_LOCK_VOLUME) Failed!
Device: [0:0:0] Optiarc DVD RW AD-7170A 1.04 (G:) (ATA)
Unable to lock volume for exclusive access.
Reason: Access is denied.
Hint: You've got another program running that's using the drive, close it and then click 'Try Again'.
though nothing else was running nor should have been using the drive, so i told imgburn to ignore exclusive access in the settings and it gave me :
0:23:55 Source File Volume Identifier: 20070518
I 10:23:55 Source File Application Identifier: PCLinuxOS release (PCLinuxOS) for Live CD
I 10:23:55 Source File File System(s): ISO9660 (Bootable), Joliet
I 10:23:55 Destination Device: [0:0:0] Optiarc DVD RW AD-7170A 1.04 (G:) (ATA)
I 10:23:55 Destination Media Type: DVD-R (Disc ID: CMC MAG. AM3) (Speeds: 2x, 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x, 16x)
I 10:23:55 Destination Media Sectors: 2,297,888
I 10:23:55 Write Mode: DVD
I 10:23:55 Write Type: DAO
I 10:23:55 Write Speed: MAX
I 10:23:55 Link Size: Auto
I 10:23:55 Test Mode: No
I 10:23:55 OPC: No
I 10:23:55 BURN-Proof: Enabled
I 10:23:56 Filling Buffer... (40 MB)
I 10:23:57 Writing LeadIn...
W 10:24:35 Failed to Write Sectors 32 - 63 - Reason: Logical Unit Communication CRC Error (ULTRA-DMA/32)
W 10:24:35 Retrying (1 of 20)...
I 10:24:35 Writing LeadIn...
W 10:24:35 Failed to Write Sectors 64 - 95 - Reason: Logical Unit Communication CRC Error (ULTRA-DMA/32)
W 10:24:35 Retrying (1 of 20)...
W 10:24:35 Retry Failed - Reason: Logical Unit Communication CRC Error (ULTRA-DMA/32)
W 10:24:35 Retrying (2 of 20)...
W 10:24:35 Retry Failed - Reason: Logical Unit Communication CRC Error (ULTRA-DMA/32)
W 10:24:35 Retrying (3 of 20)...
I 10:24:35 Writing LeadIn...
W 10:24:35 Failed to Write Sectors 128 - 159 - Reason: Logical Unit Communication CRC Error (ULTRA-DMA/32)
W 10:24:35 Retrying (1 of 20)...
I 10:24:35 Writing LeadIn...
W 10:24:35 Failed to Write Sectors 160 - 191 - Reason: Logical Unit Communication CRC Error (ULTRA-DMA/32)
W 10:24:35 Retrying (1 of 20)...
W 10:24:35 Retry Failed - Reason: Logical Unit Communication CRC Error (ULTRA-DMA/32)
W 10:24:35 Retrying (2 of 20)...
W 10:24:35 Retry Failed - Reason: Logical Unit Communication CRC Error (ULTRA-DMA/32)
W 10:24:35 Retrying (3 of 20)...
W 10:24:35 Retry Failed - Reason: Logical Unit Communication CRC Error (ULTRA-DMA/32)
W 10:24:35 Retrying (4 of 20)...
W 10:24:35 Retry Failed - Reason: Logical Unit Communication CRC Error (ULTRA-DMA/32)
W 10:24:35 Retrying (5 of 20)...
I 10:24:35 Writing LeadIn...
W 10:24:35 Failed to Write Sectors 192 - 223 - Reason: Logical Unit Communication CRC Error (ULTRA-DMA/32)
W 10:24:35 Retrying (1 of 20)...
W 10:24:35 Retry Failed - Reason: Logical Unit Communication CRC Error (ULTRA-DMA/32)
W 10:24:35 Retrying (2 of 20)...
I 10:24:35 Writing LeadIn...
W 10:24:35 Failed to Write Sectors 224 - 255 - Reason: Logical Unit Communication CRC Error (ULTRA-DMA/32)
W 10:24:35 Retrying (1 of 20)...
W 10:24:35 Retry Failed - Reason: Logical Unit Communication CRC Error (ULTRA-DMA/32)
W 10:24:35 Retrying (2 of 20)...
W 10:24:35 Retry Failed - Reason: Logical Unit Communication CRC Error (ULTRA-DMA/32)
W 10:24:35 Retrying (3 of 20)...
W 10:24:35 Retry Failed - Reason: Logical Unit Communication CRC Error (ULTRA-DMA/32)
W 10:24:35 Retrying (4 of 20)...
W 10:24:35 Retry Failed - Reason: Logical Unit Communication CRC Error (ULTRA-DMA/32)
W 10:24:35 Retrying (5 of 20)...
W 10:24:35 Retry Failed - Reason: Logical Unit Communication CRC Error (ULTRA-DMA/32)
W 10:24:35 Retrying (6 of 20)...
W 10:24:35 Retry Failed - Reason: Logical Unit Communication CRC Error (ULTRA-DMA/32)
W 10:24:35 Retrying (7 of 20)...
W 10:24:35 Retry Failed - Reason: Logical Unit Communication CRC Error (ULTRA-DMA/32)
W 10:24:35 Retrying (8 of 20)...
W 10:24:35 Retry Failed - Reason: Logical Unit Communication CRC Error (ULTRA-DMA/32)
W 10:24:35 Retrying (9 of 20)...
W 10:24:35 Retry Failed - Reason: Logical Unit Communication CRC Error (ULTRA-DMA/32)
W 10:24:35 Retrying (10 of 20)...
I 10:24:35 Writing LeadIn...
W 10:24:35 Failed to Write Sectors 256 - 287 - Reason: Logical Unit Communication CRC Error (ULTRA-DMA/32)
W 10:24:35 Retrying (1 of 20)...
W 10:24:35 Retry Failed - Reason: Logical Unit Communication CRC Error (ULTRA-DMA/32)
W 10:24:35 Retrying (2 of 20)...
I 10:24:35 Writing LeadIn...
W 10:24:35 Failed to Write Sectors 288 - 319 - Reason: Logical Unit Communication CRC Error (ULTRA-DMA/32)
etc etc etc...
i looked @tools->Filter Driver Load Order and it looked OK to me, so i guess I'm going to save up for a new drive. are lite on good?
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: dvd burner crisis on: March 19, 2009, 09:00:50 AM
I think its definately a software issue.. just a feeling I have. Looking for a disc with my live linux on it, hopefully it should let me try and burn a DVD, if it works there I know its a s/w prob and can do more to try and defeat it! I'm afraid of buying a new drive and STILL having to find the problem.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: dvd burner crisis on: March 18, 2009, 11:09:24 AM
i have never flashed the drive. do you really think I should really try that to solve this problem? tellme
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / dvd burner crisis on: March 18, 2009, 09:03:13 AM
hello DC
This morning i decided to catch up on my DVD Archiving.. and got a huge surprise, Nero erred out on me.. so i switched to CDBurnerXP.
erred out again..

the burner still reads fine, and it was burning fine the last time i used it.. couple of months ago. 

unfortunately I've installed/removed tons of software lately including intel chipset driver updates. which i tried downgrading.
I've wasted 20 DVDs trying to find the solution.
Is there a better way to test if i fixed the problem without wasting DVDs and hence cash?
I tried googling the error and found a similar problem that was related to the chipset drivers, but couldn't find much else....
anyway attached is my sys info and a cap of the error from CDBurnerXP, please please help me get this up and going.. i can't afford a new burner, and really want to avoid a format/reinstall. as my backup is corrupted, drives are near full. i tried the one restore point i had and that was corrupt to... Sad

i am willing to pay if need be, also i have crossloop fyi.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Greatest Graphic Novel of All Time: Watchmen on: March 05, 2009, 07:24:30 PM
I love graphic novels and Mangas also Drama CD's. Drama cd's are like comics on cd... audio comics.. they are usually independant stories.. or extra info beyond the books etc.. grteat great stuff
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is it possible to run an application as "Desktop"? on: March 01, 2009, 08:17:27 PM
there has to be a way to accomplish this, mayhaps autohotkey? let me have a few days to dig into this....
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your mouse of choice? on: February 20, 2009, 02:12:51 PM
Razer Lachesis though truth be told I prefer trackballs , however getting a full featured multibutton left handed/ambidextrous track is almost impossible. nowadays
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for random map generator. on: January 29, 2009, 02:15:00 PM
Ordstrin: I have a copy of campaign cartographer 2 that i am not using that i might be persuaded to off er you at a discount if you find it is something you'll use alot.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for random map generator. on: January 29, 2009, 02:11:05 PM
There used to be a tool called: "Campaign Cartographer". It's intended use was for tabletop game campaigns, like Dungeons and Dragons, Warhammer, etc.

This one was rather costly the last time I looked at it (which is easily 8 years ago) but it was a CAD program with a lot of libraries for terrain, their associated vegetation and also habitation. All to be used at your own discretion.

It is good to see that the software survived all this time, it has expanded quite a lot(!)...the mapmaker alone is 45 USD but if you want "the whole shebang" it will cost 537 USD. The package deal is way overkill for your intends and purposes.

Actually I should thank you for a trip to memory lane when researching this piece of software  smiley
I own CC3 Pro and I can tell you it is AWESOMENESS incarnate.you can make any maptype you want from topographical to star maps, floor plans to zone planning to street level. you can even make your own "symbols". the rub: has a steep steep learning curve to get good results.

How ever the company is FANTASTIC about communicating and helping the users. The dev's are all over the mailing lists asking for improvements that we need or helping us figure out how to reach a goal. Its a commercial version of DC almost hehehe
19  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Where to start with computer programing on: October 25, 2008, 07:45:08 AM
though I would definitely recommend C# over VB

As would I. Older VB has problems with consistency -- retrofitting the idea of "default property" made things complicated. And the fact that the "&" operator can change meaning depending whether there are spaces around it or not is just evil. But that's fixed in VB.Net.

However, once we get to the .Net 1.1 platform, C# and VB are almost equivalent. I'm pretty sure that you could port from one to the other just using some clever regular expression substitutions. So there's no reason you can't get on board with C# as easily as with VB.Net.

But moving on from there (.Net2 and forward), C# has really grown as a language, and VB not so much. So if you take the C# branch, you'll find that the language is better able to progress with your abilities and demands.

ahh see i haven't coded in over 8 years, C# was just coming out and I have no real knowledge of it. I really should pick it up an have a peek. I've been hankering to hack code lately...
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Things your kids will never know - old school tech! on: October 25, 2008, 05:08:45 AM
And it was ascii pr0n, IIRC.
 Grin
Quote from: PaladinMJ
lawn darts!! oh here kids go throw these spears at targets set right infront of your feet... have fun now
LAWN DARTS!!11!!
Oh MAN do I miss lawn darts!! (see attachment in previous post)

i was good at those too. wait.... mmm. I MAY STILL HAVE A SET IN MY DAD'S ATTIC!!. Best look before das haus sales.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Things your kids will never know - old school tech! on: October 22, 2008, 03:12:50 PM
lets see what else:
  • pay phones that were a dime and could get incoming calls
  • silly putty
  • slinky
  • lawn darts!! oh here kids go throw these spears at targets set right infront of your feet... have fun now
  • marble ka-bangers!! (think a string with a large glass marble on each end that you held in the middle and the object was to get them to bang together really fast)

theres soo much more and yet hehe I'm going blank!!
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Things your kids will never know - old school tech! on: October 22, 2008, 03:00:41 PM
Yeah, remember when a phone RANG? Like with a real BELL and everything?
 (see attachment in previous post)
The next time I hear someone's phone go "Doop Dippity Doop Doop" or blast the latest pop hit as the startled owner frantically fumbles in their purse or pocket to quiet the vile wireless beastie will be WAAAY too soon...

my "ring tone" is a voice saying: FOLLOW THE SOUND OF MY VOICE AND KILL WHOEVER HAS THIS CELL PHONE". i  hate having one and i truly mean it. but it is a neccisity as i have medical conditions and have family with same, I had a cell phoe when they where big ol' bricks litterally and had to be installed in the car.
and a pager that was almost as large.
23  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Where to start with computer programing on: October 22, 2008, 10:05:25 AM
josephus:since no one else has said this, you might also want to look at visual basic to get you started. It does have its flaws, but it is object oriented and I have found that some people are able to understand "basics" better when they were presented thru VB. There are many people who will say that it is a terible language, but really which ever language helps you "get it" the easiest is the one to start with. You'll only know that from fooling around with them a little.
As for the making your own os binary or assembly is probably the language you want there but they aren't the easiest to start wit. that being said I started with assembly...

every language has strengths and weaknesses, find the one that speaks to you.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Odd FF3 Problem... sucking up bandwidth on: August 24, 2008, 06:49:58 PM
Well, if you deinstalled it in the sandboxed session, and the plugin was installed before that session, there you have the answer. If not... :S

As for the constant downloading, contact the devs and let them know about the issue.
Oh I have Lashiec, as I feel that unless us users report the issues we have with a programmers work we can not  really blame them for its short comings especially since we didn't do a better job did we now ?  smiley

and no.. i didn't install unsandboxed uninstall sandboxed lol that would be hard to do actually.. well i think it would at least with sandboxie
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Wanted: Calendar/to-do manager with special repeat patterns (for students) on: August 24, 2008, 01:07:01 AM
2Darwin
Isn't that a proof for Rainlendar?
 (see attachment in previous post)

Certainly looks like it'll repeat that task everyday. PaladinMJ , did you ever give Rainlendar a try? BTW I've never used it myself...Thanks for following up on this, fenixproductions  Thmbsup

I use it every day, and have it synced with my google cals and my tungsten e2
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