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General Software Discussion / Can someone help me restore my sound?
« on: August 28, 2008, 09:10 PM »
It's not really software I'm after, here, more like a fix or...I don't know!
At the beginning of this month I lost internet sound, only.
I have a VAIO VGN-CR290.
Tried un/re installing flash, no help.
Sony, no help.
Microsoft knowlege base, no help.
Some regedit entry I don't remember, also of no use.

Somebody please help me if you can, I can't afford to break *yet another* computer.


(I forgot to say that my Realtek drivers appear to be up-to-date & that yes, I've checked my volume settings on the VAIO, windows, & whatever I'm trying to hear something on like u-tube, etc. If I put my ear to either speaker and all volumes are on full blast, I can hear a teeny tiny bit, nothing more.)

Living Room / Video chat: Why don't people like it?
« on: August 28, 2008, 06:17 PM »
I'm curious:

Video chat is something I used to dream of (remember Blade Runner?).

I video chat with my boyfriend in France all the time.
But my girlfriends, although they have the means to video chat, would rather talk on the phone (???).
And my 2 sisters (one 3,000 milles away) have simply no interest.

Even a former member of this forum who had a SkypeMe button on his signature (in email, at least) suddenly *disappeared* when I invited him to video chat.

What's up with people?! The future of communication is here, why do people shy away from it?
Is there still an 'adult' stigma attached to it?

So far, all I can come up with is that you can't readily multi-task on video chat as well as on the phone.
Any ideas?
Thanks  :)

General Software Discussion / Music files 101
« on: August 14, 2008, 05:52 AM »
I am in need of a quick and simple education in music files.
I mean, quick - no CNET courses or anything like that, just either a recommendation to a website that speaks to beginners, or instructions from someone here who would want to help a complete beginner. Here's what I'm looking to do:

I've recently inherited about 300 CD's (mostly classical).

I'm thinking of recording these CD's to an external drive, then posting the files to the web. But, I want a program that can read all of the details - I don't want to type in the name of the piece, the composer, etc. but I noticed that Windows Media Player could not detect all of this information, only some.
So, I ended up recording only 1 CD & decided it was too tedious of a project.

Now, I'm thinking that it would be really nice if my other family members could access this music online.
Actually, I'd like to share it with anyone who wanted it, but I guess that's not legal (?).
I was thinking about FTP web sites - I've only seen one & it looked pretty straightforward, but I don't even know if that's used for music files or what.

If you're still reading this, you can see that I'm clueless & so I don't have to tell you I don't have a server, an iPod or any knowledge of any computer languages. Only a laptop which records CDs & an external drive. And a really big box of CDs.

Any help would be appreciated!

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