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: Vista x64 TWAIN Drivers

Posted in Software: Essential Software with tags , on May 12, 2009 by grandmachismo

I am currently running the 64-bit edition of Windows Vista Home Premium, and for the most part it has been a trouble-free operating system.. But, when it comes to the compatibility of certain programs and the support of older devices, there is no surprise that one will run into trouble sooner or later.  My personal troubles with applications have normally been resolvable, however, I have had a difficult time locating TWAIN (special imaging driver) drivers for my Canon Canoscan FB 630u scanner.  I have found a solution to the problem though..

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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: Zip File Repair

Posted in Software: Essential Software with tags , on May 6, 2009 by grandmachismo

Quite a while back, I had a whole lot of data to transfer to DVD-R media.  Upon failure of each disc write verification (something that is important to do) in the Nero disc burning application, I realised that it must be an issue with a low quality medium or perhaps a brand incompatibility (requiring a firmware update of my burner).  Anyway, later on I came across a neat program, allowing the repair of damaged .zip archives and found that I still had one of the poorly written DVD-R’s lying around, so I decided to test out a damaged archive from the disc..

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Essential Software: Copy When It Says You Can’t

Posted in Software: Essential Software with tags , on April 29, 2009 by grandmachismo

I have already written about the YCopy tool which allows one to copy files en masse without the process cutting out at a given point if a file read error is encountered.  Here is another tool that offers the same convenience, but with data recovery options and more..

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Essential Software: EaseUs Partition Master

Posted in Ether: Software with tags , on April 21, 2009 by grandmachismo

I know that Vista offers the ability resize partitions either by shrinking or extending, but to extend the basic disk’s partition, the partition must either be NTFS or raw (unformatted) and there must be contiguous space to expand into..

It is an all too common thing not to plan for these little idiosyncrasies of different version operating systems.  It is nice to be able to get some control back with a 3rd party partitioning program – that’s free!

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