Archive for the Ether: Useful Tips Category

Essential Tips & Tricks: Unknown Devices

Posted in Ether: Useful Tips with tags , on June 28, 2009 by grandmachismo

How often have you installed Windows on a system and come across unknown hardware that remains after you have installed all your available drivers?  This might have been when setting up a client’s PC (with limited driver supply) from scratch, a multipurpose device that requires a few different drivers or simply a case of forgetting about a particular hardware device that you have installed.  Here’s a method of acquiring information on exactly what the device is..

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Essential Software: Unsigned Drivers in Vista

Posted in Ether: Useful Tips, Software: Essential Software with tags , on June 14, 2009 by grandmachismo

You have probably found in the course of using Vista that there is protection from unsigned drivers and system files that prevents one from installing certain software or perhaps, special drivers for older, unsupported devices.  Read on to find out about a method of bypassing this limitation..

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Essential Tips & Tricks: Device Unplug Shortcut

Posted in Ether: Useful Tips with tags , on May 29, 2009 by grandmachismo

Here’s a tip that may interest those of you using Windows Vista,  forever inserting and ejecting flash drives and other removable media..

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Essential Software: CODEC Repair

Posted in Ether: Useful Tips, Software: Essential Software with tags , on May 21, 2009 by grandmachismo

This is part II of the article series on codecs.  In Part I, we looked at the scenarios where codec-related problems could arise and the way in which Windows handles codecs.  In this part, we’ll examine a piece of software that can make our lives easier by giving us control over the problematic codecs..

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Essential Software Tip: Deleting Device Drivers

Posted in Ether: Useful Tips with tags , on May 13, 2009 by grandmachismo

I remember the times when I’ve been subjected to the spectre of faulty driver installations possessing Windows to ignore my attempts at updating my devices with undamaged versions.  What a nightmare!

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Essential Software: CODEC Chaos

Posted in Ether: Useful Tips, Software: Essential Software with tags , on May 11, 2009 by grandmachismo

In this first part, I’ll discuss in basic terms; a) The common system used in Windows to handle codecs and b) The problems associated with codec utilisation in Windows.  Part II article will focus on essential software used to counter codec issues posed by the system described in Part I..

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Essential Software: Transfer Media From iPods

Posted in Ether: Useful Tips, Software: Essential Software with tags , on April 10, 2009 by grandmachismo

I am only speaking from personal experience, but this seems to be a recurring thing: a friend has an iPod with tracks (video, music etc.) on it that I like, I want to transfer some of the media to my PC but the iTunes media management software will only allow me to see (or manually manage) but not copy these to my PC.  You can copy the iPod_Control folder from the iPod (after enabling disk usage), but that isn’t the best or efficient way and certain information isn’t retained…

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