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Playing Ripped DVDs with Media Center Extenders
At last I have succeeded in getting ripped DVDs to play from my Xbox 360's Media Center Extender, and here is how I did it. First off let me explain my goals: I want to be able to play my kid's DVDs via my home network, so they can avoid trashing the shiny discs any more than they already have...
10 Jun 2008
Vista Compatibility: My Personal List
Following the travails of my Vista install at home (and subsequent success ), I will be listing my success (and failures) as I gradually re-install my old software and hardware onto this new operating system. As I am running the 64-bit version I frankly expected a harder time than I have got so far,...
3 Aug 2007
Installing Vista: From Hell to Heaven
I am pleased to announce that I am typing this on a freshly installed Vista64 installation, on the same exact machine that I had so much trouble with recently! A genius Tester in Windows contacted me with a theory and a possible work-around, and he was right: something about the AHCI driver is unhappy...
29 Jun 2007
Installing Vista: My Personal Hell
[Update June 29: Problem solved ! Also updated h/w config to 1G of RAM as it should have been] Short story: installing Vista for me was a catalog of problems, some mine and some not. It started out with not being able to open the box, and went downhill to include weekend-long unsuccessful installs...
21 Jun 2007
Living With Vista: My First Few Weeks
Well I finally switched to Vista on my main dev machine at work. Its a Dell Optiplex 745 (detailed specs at the end) and installing Vista was trivial: I did a clean install via RIS from the corporate network. The default installation includes Office, so I had to add Visual Studio 2005, then its SP1,...
19 Jun 2007
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