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Astrotoy7
10-18-2006, 10:11 AM
Sticky clutter reduction note: Killer Apps/ Tips n tricks and important updates threads merged -Astro

Some of the most valued software on my pc are freeware/shareware apps. Not having 3rd party apps to 'right windows wrongs' would be sad indeed....although MS is trying their best, with LiveOneCare and the like...

Just a few RULES for in here:
*PLEASE restrict this discussion to freeware/shareware apps, as we dont want this to become an advertising thread!!

*ONLY link to freeware/shareware sites. Do NOT directly link to another forum. Feel free to mention it and what it can help with :)

*If you really really want to mention a commercial program(as a comparison for example), mention it by name(do not link to it) and mention that is isnt free.

* * *

These are my all time faves. Im interested in hearing about others' fave apps and what they're good for.

My ALL TIME number one 'killer app' is Network Magic (http://www.networkmagic.com/). I have a mildly complicated wired+wireless 802.11b/g network and was having alot of grief with the ridiculous windows 'wizards' in xp. This app turned up in a pc magazine and I gave it ago.....It does all the work configuring your modem and suddenly all your devices become apparent :) It also flawlessly integrated my PDA and PSP when I had them and even played nicely with Vista machines that were thrown into the mix. Here's a screenie of my home network. Highly recommended. Give the free version a trial if youre interested :)
http://img152.imageshack.us/img152/6789/nwmagickx2.jpg

Second is Avast Antivirus. (http://www.avast.com) After living in misery for years with Norton Bloatware Security I went in search of of lighter app that could achieve the task. I came across avast :) It's great, totally free(home edition) and updates program and virus definitions *very* regularly...which is something you have to pay for in most other proggies. Great for home users IMO. Integrates with outlook/exchange which is very useful to me, and is skinnable !! (http://www.avast.com/eng/skins.html) (has a great looking vista or mac-style skin)

of course I will quickly mention the great freeware proggies Ad-Aware (http://www.lavasoft.de/products/ad-aware_se_personal.php) and Spybot (http://www.spybot.com/) though most tech-heads will know about these already :)

as for fave sites I can never go past Videohelp (http://www.videohelp.com/) as the ULTIMATE resource for info and guides about multimedia tools and conversions.

For system builders, I cant start project without plugging specs into eXtreme Outervision's Power Supply Calculator (http://www.extreme.outervision.com/psucalculator.jsp)

mtfbwya

NegSun - Edit: Now comes a comprehensive and alphabetical list of all the programs/sites that have been mentioned in this thread, enjoy :)



7Zip (http://www.7-zip.org/)

Ad-Aware (http://www.lavasoft.de/products/ad-aware_se_personal.php)

AlienGUIse Desktop Theme Manager (http://www.alienware.co.uk/standalone_pages/invader.aspx)

Any Video Converter (http://www.any-video-converter.com/download/)

ASC Gen.NET (http://ascgendotnet.jmsoftware.co.uk/)

ATI Tray Tools (http://www.guru3d.com/article/atitraytools/189/)

Avast Antivirus. (http://www.avast.com)

AV-Comparatives (http://www.av-comparatives.org/)

AVG Free (http://free.grisoft.com/doc/1)

AVI Recomp (http://www.videopedia.pl/avirecomp/download.php?list.4)

AVI Trimmer (http://solveigmm.com/?Products&id=AVITrimmer[/url)

BurnAware (http://www.glorylogic.com/)

CCCP (http://www.cccp-project.net/)

CCleaner (http://www.ccleaner.com/)

CDisplay (http://www.geocities.com/davidayton/CDisplay)

Daemon Tools (http://www.daemon-tools.cc/dtcc/download.php?mode=ViewCategory&catid=5)

DeskSpace. (http://www.otakusoftware.com/deskspace/index.html)

Dirlot (http://www.programurl.com/dirlot.htm)

DNSstuff (http://www.dnsstuff.com)

DOSBox (http://dosbox.sourceforge.net/news.php?show_news=1)

Driver Agent (driveragent.com)

DynDNS (http://www.dyndns.com/)

DynAdvance Email Notifier (http://www.dynadvance.com)

Email Effects (http://www.sigsoftware.com/emaileffects/)

eXtreme Outervision's Power Supply Calculator (http://www.extreme.outervision.com/psucalculator.jsp)

FairUse Wizard (http://www.fairusewizard.com/lang_en/fairuse_wizard_dvd_divx_xvid_backup_tool_light_edi tion.html)

Firefox (www.getfirefox.com)

Foobar2000 (http://www.foobar2000.org/)

FRAPS (http://www.fraps.com/)

Free Hide Folders (http://www.cleanersoft.com/hidefolder/free_hide_folder.htm)

"Get n Set affinity" (http://www.geocities.com/edgemeal_software/SetAffinity/index.htm)

Giveaway of the Day (http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/)

Google Earth (http://earth.google.com)

Inkscape (http://www.inkscape.org/)

InternetFileSize (http://www.topshareware.com/InternetFileSize-download-38670.htm)

IrfanView (http://www.irfanview.com/)

ISO Buster (http://www.isobuster.com/)

IZArc (http://www.izarc.org/)

K-Lite Codec Pack (http://www.free-codecs.com/download/K_Lite_Codec_Pack.htm)

KeyTweak (http://webpages.charter.net/krumsick/)

Koepi's XviD Codec (http://www.free-codecs.com/download/Koepi_XviD.htm)

Komodo Edit (http://www.activestate.com/Products/komodo_edit/features.plex)

Lolifox (http://lolifox.com/)

Madotate (http://davc73.free.fr/madotate/Madotate_2.02.02.zip)

Maxthon (http://www.maxthon.com/)

Media Player Classic (http://www.free-codecs.com/download/Media_Player_Classic.htm)

MicroAngelo Icon Editor (http://www.microangelo.us)

Miranda IM (http://www.miranda-im.org/)

Motherboard Monitor (http://mbm.livewiredev.com/)

Network Magic (http://www.networkmagic.com/)

Notepad++ (http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/uk/site.htm)

ObjectDock (http://www.stardock.com/products/objectdock/downloads.asp)

OpenOffice.org (http://www.openoffice.org/)

Paint.NET (http://www.getpaint.net/)

Power Menu (http://www.veridicus.com/tummy/programming/powermenu/)

QuickTime Alternative Lite (http://www.free-codecs.com/download/QuickTime_Alternative.htm)

RAD Video Tools (www.radgametools.com/bnkdown)

RAM-Booster (http://rambooster.net/)

Real Alternative Lite (http://www.free-codecs.com/download/Real_Alternative.htm)

RealVNC - Virtual Network Computing (http://www.realvnc.com/what.html)

Scribus (http://www.scribus.net/)

Site Advisor (http://www.siteadvisor.com/)

Spybot (http://www.spybot.com/)

Sysinternals Monitoring Utilities (http://www.sysinternals.com)

Task List Programs (http://www.answersthatwork.com/Taskl...s/tasklist.htm)

Taskbar Shuffle (http://www.freewebs.com/nerdcave/taskbarshuffle.htm)

TCP Optimizer (http://www.speedguide.net/downloads.php)

Terragen (www.planetside.co.uk/terragen/)

The Core Media Player (http://www.free-codecs.com/download/The_Core_Media_Player.htm)

The GIMP (http://www.gimp.org/)

The Open CD (http://theopencd.org)

Thunderbird (http://www.mozilla.com/thunderbird/)

Tom's Hardware (www.tomshardware.com)

TreeSize Professional (http://www.jam-software.com/treesize/)

TUGZip (http://www.tugzip.com/)

Ultravnc (http://ultravnc.sourceforge.net)

Unlocker (http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/)

uTorrent (www.utorrent.com)

Videohelp (http://www.videohelp.com/)

VirtualBox (http://www.virtualbox.org/)

VirtualDub (http://www.virtualdub.org/)

VirtualDubMod (http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=65889)

Vista Codec Pack & Vista x64 components (http://shark007.testbox.dk/)

Visual Studio 2005 Express Editions (http://www.microsoft.com/express/2005/)

VLC media player (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/)

WavePad (http://www.nch.com.au/wavepad/masters.html)

Winamp (http://www.winamp.com/)

WinCustomize (http://www.wincustomize.com/)

XP Codec Pack (http://www.xpcodecpack.com/)

Zidrav (http://sourceforge.net/projects/zidrav)

ZoneAlarm (http://www.zonelabs.com/store/content/catalog/products/sku_list_za.jsp?dc=12bms&ctry=US&lang=en&lid=nav_za)

Jeff
10-18-2006, 12:20 PM
Second is Avast Antivirus. (http://www.avast.com) After living in misery for years with Norton Bloatware Security I went in search of of lighter app that could achieve the task. I came across avast :) It's great, totally free(home edition) and updates program and virus definitions *very* regularly...which is something you have to pay for in most other proggies. Great for home users IMO. Integrates with outlook/exchange which is very useful to me, and is skinnable !! (http://www.avast.com/eng/skins.html) (has a great looking vista or mac-style skin)I use avast also, it's very good I think. It updates automatically all the time so I never have to worry about it.

Det. Bart Lasiter
10-18-2006, 12:47 PM
TCP Optimizer (http://www.speedguide.net/downloads.php)- Good for speeding up network connections
VirtualDub (http://www.virtualdub.org/)- Free program to encode video (mainly AVIs) with whatever codecs are on your system
VirtualDubMod (http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=65889)- Has some features VirtualDub does not, this is the program I usually use for encoding
ObjectDock (http://www.stardock.com/products/objectdock/downloads.asp)- OSX-like dock for Windows
Koepi's XviD Codec (http://www.free-codecs.com/download/Koepi_XviD.htm)- Allows you to play XviD, MPEG, and DivX movies, as well as encode XviD movies
Real Alternative Lite (http://www.free-codecs.com/download/Real_Alternative.htm)- Yay for playing RealMedia files without RealPlayer
QuickTime Alternative Lite (http://www.free-codecs.com/download/QuickTime_Alternative.htm)- Yay for playing QuickTime files and being able to play MP3s, etc in Firefox without installing QuickTime
Media Player Classic (http://www.free-codecs.com/download/Media_Player_Classic.htm)- Lightweight media player with a ****load of features that uses very little memory and plays anything you have a codec for

tk102
10-18-2006, 02:27 PM
KeyTweak (http://webpages.charter.net/krumsick/) - Keyboard Remapper (Freeware)
I'm shameless. :xp:

DynAdvance Email Notifier (http://www.dynadvance.com) - Tray application for getting notifications from MSN, Yahoo!, and Google email accounts. (Shareware)

MicroAngelo Icon Editor (http://www.microangelo.us) - A very nice icon editor. (Shareware)

Sysinternals Monitoring Utilities (http://www.sysinternals.com) - This site has a slew of monitoring utilities including FileMon, RegMon, DiskMon, PortMon... (Freeware)

Google Earth (http://earth.google.com) - Who doesn't love having the globe on your PC? (Freeware)

Email Effects (http://www.sigsoftware.com/emaileffects/) - An excellent ASCII art generator. (Nag-ware)

stoffe
10-18-2006, 03:42 PM
Here are a bunch of the freeware applications I use fairly often:


AVG Free (http://free.grisoft.com/doc/1), free anti-virus software.


ZoneAlarm (http://www.zonelabs.com/store/content/catalog/products/sku_list_za.jsp?dc=12bms&ctry=US&lang=en&lid=nav_za), free software firewall that can block both incoming and outgoing connection attempts.


ATI Tray Tools (http://www.guru3d.com/article/atitraytools/189/), ATI Radeon configuration tool, I use it instead of the bloated Catalyst Control Center. Can also take screenshots of DirectX/OpenGL applications and games, show FPS rate and GPU temperature on-screen and record audio.


Motherboard Monitor (http://mbm.livewiredev.com/), allows you to check the temperature of your CPU and Motherboard, voltages and fan speed. A bit old by now, but still works, and useful when you get paranoid after your computer overheats once due to a malfunctioning fan. :)


Miranda IM (http://www.miranda-im.org/), very nice instant messenger client, which unlike all others I've looked at is fairly lightweight, requiring very little memory and CPU resources, and doesn't contain any unremovable bloatware or spy/adware. Supports a variety of different protocols, with plugins support to allow handling many others.


7Zip (http://www.7-zip.org/), free file compression/decompression utility that can unpack most formats, and integrates with the Windows shell context menu for easy use.


OpenOffice.org (http://www.openoffice.org/), free Office suite, similar to MS Office. Not quite as advanced, but more than enough for someone like me. And it doesn't cost anything. :)


IrfanView (http://www.irfanview.com/), image viewer application that can handle most image formats. Also contains some rudimentary editing functionality and can mass-convert images between different formats. Perfect for fixing up screenshots and such. :)

Negative Sun
10-18-2006, 05:50 PM
The only things I can think of are:
WavePad (http://www.nch.com.au/wavepad/masters.html), great program to edit and convert audio files without to much hassle, cut annoying sounds out or edit a song to make it you ringtone for example...

AlienGUIse Desktop Theme Manager (http://www.alienware.co.uk/standalone_pages/invader.aspx), an absolutely free desktop theme manager with 4 different themes and icon packages, looks very cool and is very easy to use...



I use AVG, is it just as good as Avast Antivirus?

Astrotoy7
10-19-2006, 02:51 AM
I use AVG, is it just as good as Avast Antivirus?

I myself wasnt happy with AVG and easily prefer avast, especially with its Vista skin ;) It updates it defs almost daily(automatically if you set it) and isnt a resource hog.

@stoffe - Irfan View !! yes. lite imager viewer. Ive been using it for years and eben though Ive got a decent system I cant go past it... I like apps that are quick loading, versatile and easy to use. I wish theyd change their main icon...what is that red thing!??

mtfbwya

Negative Sun
10-19-2006, 05:25 AM
I myself wasnt happy with AVG and easily prefer avast, especially with its Vista skin ;) It updates it defs almost daily(automatically if you set it) and isnt a resource hog.

@stoffe - Irfan View !! yes. lite imager viewer. Ive been using it for years and eben though Ive got a decent system I cant go past it... I like apps that are quick loading, versatile and easy to use. I wish theyd change their main icon...what is that red thing!??

mtfbwya
But AVG updates almost daily as well...and what do you mean by resource hog?

Astrotoy7
10-19-2006, 09:44 AM
But AVG updates almost daily as well...and what do you mean by resource hog?

means it runs quietly in the backgound but doesnt use up heaps of processing power doing so, thereby not interefering with other things. I imagine AVG is pretty light from that aspect too. The only way to see which you like more is to try the other ;)

mtfbwya

Negative Sun
10-20-2006, 05:08 AM
I supposed it couldn't hurt to have an extra antivirus program installed...

RevanA4
10-20-2006, 08:03 AM
I use AVG, is it just as good as Avast Antivirus?
Avast is by far supior to AVG. Avg only has a residential on access scanner.

Avast also does the following on less resources than AVG takes to run.
Web Access scanner (scans incoming internet trafic for viruses and malware)
Internet email scanner (as the name suggests)
network scanner (scans incoming network trafic for viruses and malware)
Residential on Access scanner (scans everyfile you access for viruses and will stop you from opening one if it contains a virus)
excange/outlook scanner (you get the picture by now
P2P scanner
IM scanner

web browser Firefox (www.getfirefox.com)
email program Mozilla Thunderbird (http://www.mozilla.com/thunderbird/)
alternative browser Lolifox (http://lolifox.com/) - firefox based browser for anime fans

windows hacks (sorta)
boot skin, logon studio (http://www.wincustomize.com/software.aspx) - both free: they let your replace your default boot screen, and logon screen respectively.

all my other programs people have linked to already as no sense in mentioning them

stingerhs
10-20-2006, 04:01 PM
RAM-Booster (http://rambooster.net/)- this app does a number of things for the RAM with its chief advantage of just simply doing a better job of freeing up RAM for memory hungry apps than Windows can. if you have 1.5GB of RAM or more, you won't see much of a difference at all. however, if you're under that level, you can notice a slight difference in how your computer runs.

FRAPS (http://www.fraps.com/)- the ultimate gaming benchmark tool. its free, easy to use, and it doesn't use much RAM. i use it for benchmarking the framerate in most of my games, and i also use it for screenshots. you can also record your gaming session onto video straight to .WMV format.

T7nowhere
10-20-2006, 04:15 PM
Maxthon (http://www.maxthon.com/) Just a web browser. :) I tried firefox again recently, I really gave it an honest chance, but in the end I just went back to Maxthon.

I can't live without Mouse gestures, Web groups, easy tabbed browsing( I know firefox has tabbed browsing but I find it clucky in comparison)can't beat click and drag links to open them in a new tab, Quick button to turn on and off the pop-up and addblocking wich some safe sites don't like.

Winamp (http://www.winamp.com/) Need I say more.

The others I would have mentioned have already been mentioned :)

RevanA4
10-20-2006, 05:04 PM
RAM-Booster (http://rambooster.net/)- this app does a number of things for the RAM with its chief advantage of just simply doing a better job of freeing up RAM for memory hungry apps than Windows can. if you have 1.5GB of RAM or more, you won't see much of a difference at all. however, if you're under that level, you can notice a slight difference in how your computer runs.

FRAPS (http://www.fraps.com/)- the ultimate gaming benchmark tool. its free, easy to use, and it doesn't use much RAM. i use it for benchmarking the framerate in most of my games, and i also use it for screenshots. you can also record your gaming session onto video straight to .WMV format.

Fraps isn't free though O.o well atleast if you want all the capablities.

I guess I forgot those 2. but I do notice some difference when runing over 900 MB of ram usaged but unitll you hit that level with rambooster you really can't tell.

the core media player (http://www.free-codecs.com/download/The_Core_Media_Player.htm) free media player that plays pretty much any vidieo type including ogm and mkv

K-lite codec (http://www.free-codecs.com/download/K_Lite_Codec_Pack.htm) free all in one codec pack

stingerhs
10-21-2006, 12:48 AM
oh, and since we're talking about cool tech sites: Tom's Hardware (www.tomshardware.com)- its where i get a lot of my hardware info. their product reviews are done from a purely objective standpoint. in other words, they do a lot of different benchmarks to test things out and then offer an excellent explanation as to the various outcomes. great website if you're looking for hardware info and recommendations that are absent of any fanboy bias.

Sabretooth
10-22-2006, 01:23 PM
Most of my "Killer Apps" have already been listed, but some others are:

TreeSize Professional (http://www.jam-software.com/treesize/) - A good app to show how much of your memory is where. It is complete with charts and such, to show just which part of your hard drive is taking up the most space. A very nifty tool.

uTorrent (www.utorrent.com) - A brilliant bitTorrent client that does what most others do. Its added bonus is that it is unbelievably tiny in size and takes up hardly any RAM.

The GIMP (http://www.gimp.org/) - The GIMP is a modest little program with capabilities parallel to Photoshop. It has a steep learning curve and is a resource hog, but its a good thing when you don't have the sort of money Photoshop needs.

Terragen (www.planetside.co.uk/terragen/) - The tried and true photorealistic scenery generator.

RAD Video Tools (www.radgametools.com/bnkdown) - A helpful app to convert Bink and Smacker format videos vice-versa. Great for playing most video-game FMV sequences out of the game.

ChAiNz.2da
10-28-2006, 09:13 AM
Unfortunately the link I'm posting does have an advert to a program, but that's not the intention ;)

What is very helpful about the site is that it contains an indexed, alphabetical list of Task List Programs.. you know, those often un-decipherable 'codenames' for background processes (svchost.exe, systray, cidaemon, etc.) ;)

The list tells you exactly what those funky named files are :D

http://www.answersthatwork.com/Tasklist_pages/tasklist.htm

----------------------

I know it's not really a "program" but I didn't think this site was worth a thread, especially since it mentions a pay program, TUT...

Just posting about the index, ignore the prog.. hehehe...

Arátoeldar
12-11-2006, 03:02 PM
Motherboard Monitor (http://mbm.livewiredev.com/), allows you to check the temperature of your CPU and Motherboard, voltages and fan speed. A bit old by now, but still works, and useful when you get paranoid after your computer overheats once due to a malfunctioning fan. :)

The problem with MbM is that it has not been developed for over two and 1/2 years. Any of the motherboard chiptsets that have come out since then are not supported. It is too bad that he could not get the support and information that he needed to continue to develop the program.

Power Menu (http://www.veridicus.com/tummy/programming/powermenu/) - Power Menu is a small application that adds "Always On Top", "Minimize To Tray", "Priority" and "Transparency" sub menus to all top level system menus.

Unlocker (http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/) - Unlocker overrides window's 'this file can not be deleted because it is being used by another program' type errors

Taskbar Shuffle (http://www.freewebs.com/nerdcave/taskbarshuffle.htm) - Reorder the programs/buttons on your taskbar exactly how you like.

CCleaner (http://www.ccleaner.com/) A good registry and privacy cleaning tool.

Foobar2000 (http://www.foobar2000.org/) - an advanced audio player for the Windows platform

VLC media player (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/) Will play any type of media you want to throw at it.

IZArc (http://www.izarc.org/) - A great compression utility IMHO

Negative Sun
02-21-2007, 06:50 PM
Diskeeper is bad for you!!!


I'm sorry to hear that Negative_Sun.
I guess it really was a killer app. :(


^^What he said!

Negative Sun
03-17-2007, 07:35 AM
Giveaway of the Day (http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/) is a site that lets you download a program for free that would otherwise cost you money, today's app is a good one if you're interested!

urluckyday
04-08-2007, 09:57 PM
The thing that I really love is "Site Advisor" by McAfee...it is a free program that can be added to your browser (Firefox I think you have to get it off of Mozilla add-ons, but I'm not sure). This little tool helps you stay away from possibly dangerous sites. It is backed by professional site raters, and you can also join in and rating certain sites...it's all explained on the website...but it just helps you when you're searching for something, and you really have no idea where to look...just try it out.

http://www.siteadvisor.com/

tk102
04-10-2007, 11:59 PM
Got a new one today courtesy PCWorld magazine. Free Hide Folders (http://www.cleanersoft.com/hidefolder/free_hide_folder.htm) utility will hide any folder on your hard drive. The interface is password protected. These folders are hidden from both the GUI (Windows Explorer) and the console. You cannot enter the file path in Explorer bar or even "cd" into the directory. Very cool. And free.

Astrotoy7
04-20-2007, 07:50 AM
Ive decided to put this up for people to contribute something theyve come across or ask those small niggly questions that may not warrant its own thread.

Feel free to ask any question, but be aware that Mac and Linux experts are around, but relatively scarce :)

Im just starting with listing the most common ones I get asked ALL the time by friends, relatives, pets etc.

***
How to save YouTube videos
Sites like YT etc use flash video to display their clips. It is possible to save these files - there are several ways to do so - heres one(very quick) way to do it!

Requirements.
1. Firefox browser
2. Unplug extension

In Firefox - go to:
*Tools > Add ons (brings up the FF extensions manager) > click get extensions

*It takes you to FF extensions page - here it is just in case youd like to bookmark it for future use:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/browse/type:1

*Search for the 'unplug' extension > install it (you'll need to restart firefox for it to fully install)

*Now go tou youtube, find a vid you like - allow it to play all the way through

*Go to 'Tools' > select 'Unplug' it and it will open up a page where it shows the objects/urls on the page. Under a couple it will say "this is the one you probably want" > click 'Save' rename the video whatever you want, but put the ".flv" onto it and click save.

eg. it will usually come up in the save box as 'getvideo.htm'
>> rename to 'starwars.flv' for example

Thats it! ....Now to play it !!

How to play Youtube vids(FLV)files
Some like standalone players like FLV player (http://www.download.com/FLV-Player/3000-2139_4-10467081.html) Riva FLV Encoder/Player is another freeware one.

If you dont like playing with registry settings etc, this is the safest option.

If you'd like to open FLV files in Windows Media Player it can be done by installing a relevant media filter and a registry tweak. But...

PLEASE BEWARE !!
If you do not feel confident editing registry settings - please dont use this method !

(This method works in WMP, I havent been able to get it to work in quicktime player, and havent bothered testing anything else. As I use vista media center - getting these to play in WMP was quite important!)

Requirements.
1. saved '.flv' video
2. wmp 9 onwards
3. FFDshow Codecs (http://www.download.com/FLV-Player/3000-2139_4-10467081.html) These are a ever changing set of codecs and DirectShow filters that will allow you to play divx/xvid, audio formats etc. You can pick what you want it to handle when you install it.

For this example - once downloaded, install but select ONLY the "FLV" option when it asks you what formats you'd like ffdshow to handle.

Now the slightly tricky bit:
1. Open your registry Go to Run> Type Regedit

2. Expand 'HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT'

3. Scroll down til you get to .flv and select >It will display the registry keys for this filetype in the right pane. Depending on what other proggies you have installed - this will vary. If you use Macromedia Flash etc I would recommend you DONT do this as MM has its own flash player anyway(but if you are a regular MM user - you'd surely know that!!)

4. Right click on the right pane> Select 'New' > 'String Value'
A new string value will appear in the pane, allowinf you to name it, you MUST name it "PerceivedType" (without the quotation marks but in that case, and without the space!)

5. Once the key is renamed > Double click it and it will bring up an 'edit string' box. On the top it has "Value Name" - this should already be what you named it(ie. Perceived Type)

>>Under "value data" type "video" (without quotation marks of course and all in lower case)

6. Press OK and exit registry editor

Now, set WMP(etc) to play the filetype.

7. Right click your saved .flv file - select 'open with'. Select WMP(etc). If no option is there - go find the program in C:\Program files (or wherever your program files folder is if its not on C drive) for WMP, it has a folder in 'Program Files' that can be located pretty easily > Select and check the box that says 'always use for this filetype'

NB. Windows will give a warning message that it doesnt recognise the extension - just select to play anyway, and 'dont ask this again'.

WMP should now start playing your youtube vid ! It is much easier to resize in WMP, as opposed to the standalone FLV players. (if you have used FFDshow, when you first play an FLV a box about who wrote teh filter will come up, just check 'do not show this again' to get rid of it)

This above method can be done with any filetype basically. Please note for quicktime and realplayer files, you still need the quicktime and realplayer programs installed to provide the relevant filters WMP(etc can use). There are alternate filters available(eg. QT alternative) but Ive found them to not work as well as the actual filters themselves. Since applying this to my media center pc, I finally dont have to convert any vids ever agaon to be able to watch them in WMP/windows media center. Very handy. Given that you can network/stream shared media very easily across multiple pcs using WMP 11, its a very handy little trick - even for those with just WMP11 and not Vista or XP Media Center.

I have a few more to do - but Im tired atm - be back later !!

mtfbwya

tk102
04-24-2007, 07:27 PM
Another one I stumbled upon. RealVNC - Virtual Network Computing (http://www.realvnc.com/what.html) server/client software. For those of you familiar with Windows' Remote Desktop service, you may have run into some its limitations -- like not being able to connect to Windows 2000 Workstations. This application solves that problem and then some. You can terminal-in to a Linux or Mac from Windows for example. Plus it's free.

Negative Sun
05-02-2007, 03:32 PM
Very nice Astro!

I use DownloadHelper (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3006) to download .flv files (and it works on most sites I've tried it on) and a program called Super (http://www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html) to convert my .flv files to anything else (usually .avi), it comes with all the necessary codecs you'll probably ever need, including the FFDshow Codecs you mentioned Astro...

It's a good method as well, which doesn't need tinkering with the registry.

btw, I know the Super website looks all over the place and full of adds, but they are providing a really good video converter for absolutely peanuts (with no viruses or anything, trust me I've been using it for months now), so IMO we can forgive that ;)

tk102
05-05-2007, 05:39 PM
Recently my ISP migrated (and upgraded?) all their servers to a new physical location. I noticed my WAN side IP address has since changed and my DNS servers' IPs are also new. Since then, I've been getting frequent "Connection Timed Out" results from HTTP requests in Firefox. Pressing Retry typically works but it was the delay in page loading was becoming quite annoying.

I found a tweak that seems to have fixed my problem.
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Network.dns.disableIPv6

One particular bug that has appeared exists not in Mozilla, but in IPv6-capable DNS servers: an IPv4 address may be returned when an IPv6 address is requested. It is possible for Mozilla to recover from this misinformation, but a significant delay is introduced.

By going into about:config and setting network.dns.disableIPv6 to TRUE, I have resolved my problem. :D I no longer have to wait 10 seconds for the Timeout page to show up so I can press the Retry button.

Just thought I'd pass this on since it's likely that other people's ISPs will be upgrading their DNS servers to be IPv6-capable in the near future as well.

Astrotoy7
05-06-2007, 07:25 AM
nice work :)

Here's another one - ever tried to open an embedded Windows Media audio/video windows in Firefox ?? If you have you'll notice that nothing much happens, and you reluctantly go looking for that undesirable "e" icon :)

Here's how to get embedded WMP in FF :)

I was just about to ranting on about tracking down certain .dlls and plugging them in manually, but have since realised that some clever folks have (finally) written a WMP plugin for FF......(saving me the hassle of explaining the manual workaround!)

check it out HERE (http://port25.technet.com/pages/windows-media-player-firefox-plugin-download.aspx)

thats it!

mtfbwya

stingerhs
05-30-2007, 03:02 PM
ok, i found this one a while ago. its downright handy for anyone that has to reinstall Windows as it will at least tell you what hardware needs the drivers. it isn't entirely free, but it is handy to figure out exactly what hardware to look for. yes, there are better programs out there for that, but this one is much more simple to use.

i've used it several times on the job, and it doesn't have anything malicious built into it. behold, Driver Agent!! (driveragent.com).

maaneeack
07-19-2007, 05:25 PM
Zidrav (http://sourceforge.net/projects/zidrav): Fix file corruption/missing bytes by making check/patch files. Useful for dialup junkies like myself to save from having to download large files multiple times (provided you have someone with a working file to make a patch file against). See my post on the work bench to see it in action (corrupt models.bif).

Firefox/Thunderbird, Miranda, free download manager, spybot s&d/spywareblaster, avast, speedfan, autohotkey, d-tools...Go check out The OpenCD (http://theopencd.org).

@tk102: check out ultravnc (http://ultravnc.sourceforge.net)

Rabish Bini
07-21-2007, 10:13 AM
DOSBox (http://dosbox.sourceforge.net/news.php?show_news=1): Allows you to play DOS games on current OS' like XP. I can play games like Dune 2 and Duke 3D on my XP! :)

tk102
08-01-2007, 11:53 AM
I recently got sick of Firefox crashing when I would attempt to view my Yahoo! Mail. A quick Google revealed MozillaZine's Knowledge Base article on known causes of Firefox crashes... fixed me right up.
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Firefox_crashes

tk102
09-05-2007, 02:28 PM
Whoa, how did I miss this earlier. My favorite IDE of all time, ActiveState Komodo, has a a free version called Komodo Edit (http://www.activestate.com/Products/komodo_edit/features.plex).

Here is a review of Komodo Edit (http://www.h3rald.com/articles/komodo-edit-review).

ActiveState is going make some this code open source in their new Open Komodo code base. And from there a new project is in the works...
Open Komodo is an open-source code base upon which IDE software packages
can be developed. The initial open source code for Open Komodo will be a
portion of ActiveState's Komodo Edit.
...
The first tool the Open Komodo Project aims to create on the Open Komodo
code base is a full-featured client-side web development tool. Currently
codenamed Komodo Snapdragon, it will be integrated with Firefox and
based on Komodo IDE, and developed in collaboration with the open source
community
...
Komodo Snapdragon will focus on JavaScript, CSS, HTML, XML, and other browser-side languages. It will also include integration with other Mozilla-based applications, such as Firefox and Firebug, to further improve the web development cycle.

I'll have to check out this Snapdragon as soon as it makes itself available. :D

****
Irfan View !! yes.
I have to puke all over Irfanview. I've had it for about a year but it keeps getting the way since I foolishly let it consume my file associations. Uninstall. Gimme Photoshop, I'll wait for it to load.

Sabretooth
09-06-2007, 10:06 AM
Strange that no one has said this yet...

Inkscape (http://www.inkscape.org/) - A stellar vector graphics editor that's easy to use, completely free, open source - you know, all the good stuff. :)

Scribus (http://www.scribus.net/) - A very similar Desktop Publishing app for Linux/OSX/Windows that does the job nicely. ;)

tk102
10-27-2007, 12:47 AM
Just found a nice little freeware application that does one thing and does it well.

InternetFileSize (http://www.topshareware.com/InternetFileSize-download-38670.htm)

Have you started downloading some big file but you have no idea how big it is? This little application will let you paste the URL into it and it will do a size/type query of the file for you.

Negative Sun
10-27-2007, 05:50 AM
Just found a nice little freeware application that does one thing and does it well.

InternetFileSize (http://www.topshareware.com/InternetFileSize-download-38670.htm)

Have you started downloading some big file but you have no idea how big it is? This little application will let you paste the URL into it and it will do a size/type query of the file for you.
FF usually tells me the size of the file when I start downloading it, but I can't remember what IE does it's been too long since I've used it :)

tk102
10-27-2007, 01:51 PM
^^ Usually it does that's true, but sometimes with DownloadThemAll plugin, I get the ??? file size listed. It makes a big difference when you don't know if you've got a 20MB or 2GB on the end of your fishing pole.

Negative Sun
10-27-2007, 05:30 PM
Hmmm never used DownloadThemAll so I can't judge on that...

Here's a goodie:
VirtualBox (http://www.virtualbox.org/)

This is an amazing program that creates one or several virtual machines on your own PC (Win, Mac, Linux, whatever) and allows you to install an entire OS on it within your host system and it's just brilliant!
You get to set up a virtual HDD for your guest OS and the good thing about that is: no partitioning! Another good thing is it's not a fixed amount of space it steals from your actual HDD but it's a dynamic space that'll shrink or expand to what you are doing on the Virtual Machine...It's been good for me to take the plunge into Linux and tinker around with a few distros until I find one that I really like and then switch to it and run WinXP in a Virtual Machine if I really need to access it.

Oh and have I mentioned it's free and Open Source? ;)

Look out for a thread by me on this subject cause I'm gonna need some help if folk would be so kind...

Negative Sun
11-05-2007, 07:55 AM
Here's another good yen:

Paint.NET (http://www.getpaint.net/)

A free image editing proggie that's way better than the Gimp cause it's not a resource hog (especially on older machines like mine) and it's very easy to use, even tools like magic wand and such, just brilliant...A little info about photo editing won't hurt you to get started though, but it's the easiest and fastest photo editing program I've ever used...

Sabretooth
11-05-2007, 10:07 AM
Just found a nice little freeware application that does one thing and does it well.

InternetFileSize (http://www.topshareware.com/InternetFileSize-download-38670.htm)

Have you started downloading some big file but you have no idea how big it is? This little application will let you paste the URL into it and it will do a size/type query of the file for you.
That's hardly worth making an application for, IMO. That'll fit nicely as a Firefox extension, or better yet, a native feature for the next Firefox.

tk102
11-05-2007, 10:47 AM
That's hardly worth making an application for, IMO. That'll fit nicely as a Firefox extension, or better yet, a native feature for the next Firefox.Whatever man. It came in very handy for me. The whole idea of freeware is fulfill a need (usually a minor need) where it exists.

And to keep on topic of this thread, here's another one. I was just noticing how my hard drive was getting full and wanted to know which folders were storing the most stuff. Dirlot came in handy for that.

http://www.programurl.com/dirlot.htm

Sure, most of the results could've been determined from a Windows search for big files, but that wouldn't have found the the folder of extracted XP Service Pack 2 files (many small files) which I had kept for some reason.

Also worth pointing out: bgbennyboy's USB Ejector for the sake that it responds to commandline switches, thereby saving you at least one click if you create a shortcut that incudes them.

Negative Sun
11-05-2007, 06:04 PM
And to keep on topic of this thread, here's another one. I was just noticing how my hard drive was getting full and wanted to know which folders were storing the most stuff. Dirlot came in handy for that.

http://www.programurl.com/dirlot.htm

Sure, most of the results could've been determined from a Windows search for big files, but that wouldn't have found the the folder of extracted XP Service Pack 2 files (many small files) which I had kept for some reason.
Very handy little program, and very light too!

On a totally different note: I love this thread!

I'm always going "hmmm I used to have this app that did this or that before my HDD crashed", and I always find it in here somewhere lolz

Det. Bart Lasiter
11-09-2007, 06:34 PM
Madotate. (http://davc73.free.fr/madotate/Madotate_2.02.02.zip) Screen:

http://i2.tinypic.com/89t6f6f.jpg


DeskSpace. (http://www.otakusoftware.com/deskspace/index.html) Screen:

http://i1.tinypic.com/72ie0xh.jpg

tk102
11-09-2007, 06:54 PM
Wow. :o
*hands trophy to jmac*
I wish Deskspace was free. I'm an icon horder.

Astrotoy7
11-24-2007, 10:52 AM
hmm..might give that deskpace a go - I wonder if it will allow me to run vista media center on a second virtual desktop... EDIT: It does ! great stuff jmac >>works great on Vista x64 too :D

Ive got a couple:

Any Video Converter (Free Edition lower down on page) (http://www.any-video-converter.com/download/)
Free, highly tweakable - I use it for all my HDTV archving, converting all my recorded/edited mpeg2 > H264. VERY easy to use, more reliable than super(esp on x64) and prettier too :D
http://www.any-video-converter.com/images/any-video-converter.gif

Vista Codec Pack & Vista x64 components (http://shark007.testbox.dk/)
any serious multimedia fan/hoarder will already know about this. Also, a MUST INSTALL for anyone planning to use a vista rig as a mediacenter pc. An entirely comprehensive package of codecs/tools, customisable. Includes ffdshow, vobsub, haali/matroska etc

Even better for x64 users is that the compiler has created an x64 components add on, allowing all files to work across WMP and Mediacenter(sometimes a file/codec is x86 specific and will open in WMP but not mediacenter, this addresses this for all relevant filetypes)

check the site regularly as the compiler keeps codecs/filters versions meticulously up to date

see screenie >> there is simply nothing as wonderfully comprehensive
http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc288/Astrotoy7/VCPs.jpg

Last but not least (not sure if Ive mentioned it here...)
FairUse Wizard (http://www.fairusewizard.com/lang_en/fairuse_wizard_dvd_divx_xvid_backup_tool_light_edi tion.html)
Light Edition = FREE, fast and very easy to use! The ultimate DVD>AVI(xvid, divx, x264) converter. Intuitive GUI, not a messy dogs breakfast like Auto GK :p Tweakable if you need it, or basic/auto modes. Supports batch encoding, as well as encoding from .isos. Best to have the latest divx/xvid/h264 codecs installed in the background. (or you could use the vista codec pack listed above - which includes all these)

http://www.fairusewizard.com/lang_en/images/range.jpg

piccie en francais,but proggie can be installed in english as well of course :)

mtfbwya

Serpentine Cougar
12-02-2007, 03:34 PM
Some nice finds here! VirtualBox in particular looks interesting. Here's some of my favorite programs that haven't been mentioned yet (all of them are freeware):

TUGZip (http://www.tugzip.com/) - My favorite compression/decompression program; it can handle a ton of different file types, including zip, rar, 7zip, tarballs (the reason I originally got it), and even bin, img, and iso files.

CDisplay (http://www.geocities.com/davidayton/CDisplay) - Calls itself a "sequential image viewer," and what it does is makes it easy to look at a bunch of images in sequence, like a manga or comic; with just one button (spacebar) you can scroll through an image and jump to the next one in line. Also, it makes the picture fill the whole screen, for a more "immersive" experience.

Notepad++ (http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/uk/site.htm) - An alternative to the Notepad that comes with Windows; it has features like spellcheck and column numbering, and will color code html and other coded files when you work on them. It's a lot easier to keep track of what I'm doing in an HTML file in Notepad++ than it is in regular Notepad.

Daemon Tools (http://www.daemon-tools.cc/dtcc/download.php?mode=ViewCategory&catid=5) - Emulates a virtual CD/DVD-ROM drive on your computer; nice when used in conjunction with ISO Buster (http://www.isobuster.com/) because you can copy a CD to your computer's hard drive and stick it in the virtual drive, and don't have to worry about damaging the original CD (something I'm a little paranoid about).

ASC Gen.NET (http://ascgendotnet.jmsoftware.co.uk/) - A nifty little program that can convert any image to ASCII. I guess it's kinda like Email Effects, but I hadn't heard about it before... Also, it's completely freeware, so no "nag-ware"...

Sabretooth
12-03-2007, 03:17 AM
CDisplay (http://www.geocities.com/davidayton/CDisplay) - Calls itself a "sequential image viewer," and what it does is makes it easy to look at a bunch of images in sequence, like a manga or comic; with just one button (spacebar) you can scroll through an image and jump to the next one in line. Also, it makes the picture fill the whole screen, for a more "immersive" experience.
Just thought I'd mention that Comix (http://comix.sourceforge.net/) is a great replacement for this, if you're using Linux. Comical (http://comical.sourceforge.net/) is also a great alternative for cbr and cbz files, and it works across Windows, Linux and Mac (and I'm using it right now! :) )

tk102
12-05-2007, 06:26 PM
Regarding a favorite tech sites, I guess I forgot to mention this...

http://www.dnsstuff.com

RevanA4
12-16-2007, 02:45 AM
I've never used this since I've always payed for the entire thing but if you don't want to spend upwards of 500 bucks for Visual studio's .Net here is a free version

http://www.microsoft.com/express/2005/

Astrotoy7
12-16-2007, 06:36 AM
not sure if I mentioned this before DynDNS (http://www.dyndns.com/) offers some great services for static and dynamic IPs.

Not sure what it is ? Let me give an example of what I used it for.

*I assigned my mediacenter pc a static (internal) IP, via networking properties
*I then set up a dyndns account and installed the dyndns service on that pc.
*It then maps the external IP for that pc to some easy to remember words you chose eg. whatever.homeip.net >>> so anywhere on the web, when you type in that it allows you to access that pc directly. If you mab a web server proggie or app to a particular port in your router, it will give you direct access to that

great for things like >
>remote access/control of pc. in a media center context I used webguide to schedule recordings, access my music from overseas etc !
>remote access/control of utorrent. check how its all going/add torrents from anywhere on the web :)

Please note, there are some modem/routers which have this service built into them, but for those that dont, this(and there are similar others) are a great option.

mtfbwya

Jae Onasi
01-09-2008, 12:02 PM
I found this site in SmartComputing magazine the other day. It's an independent company that tests and ranks AV programs, called AV-Comparatives (http://www.av-comparatives.org/). Thought you all might find their reviews interesting.

Astro--could you set up an index in your first post perhaps? There's so many good things in this thread, and an index will make the programs/sites easier to find (and to check to see if the site/program has been mentioned by someone already. :) )

Negative Sun
01-12-2008, 06:20 PM
Astro--could you set up an index in your first post perhaps? There's so many good things in this thread, and an index will make the programs/sites easier to find (and to check to see if the site/program has been mentioned by someone already. :) )
Great idea, saves me digging through this thread going: "where on earth is that post about this program dammit!"

Serpentine Cougar
02-03-2008, 12:34 AM
Found a couple more cool programs:

BurnAware (http://www.glorylogic.com/) - a free CD/DVD/Blu-ray burner, nice alternative to the expensive Nero Suite.

K-Lite Codec Pack (http://www.codecguide.com/about_kl.htm) - a complete (and free) video and music codec pack that allows you to play all the different file types you'd ever use, including Real and QuickTime.

Negative Sun
02-03-2008, 06:10 AM
K-Lite Codec Pack (http://www.codecguide.com/about_kl.htm) - a complete (and free) video and music codec pack that allows you to play all the different file types you'd ever use, including Real and QuickTime.
How does it play QuickTime stuff cause I'm trying to get rid of QT but I can't see the codec for it in the list, even in the "Mega" version of it...

To stay on the same topic, I dunno if I've posted it here before but I'll mention XP Codec Pack (http://www.xpcodecpack.com/) which includes the awesome Sherlock Codec Detective, which you can see in action here:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v20/Jimmie/Sherlock.jpg

Astrotoy7
02-03-2008, 07:10 AM
How does it play QuickTime stuff cause I'm trying to get rid of QT but I can't see the codec for it in the list, even in the "Mega" version of it...

Negsun - IIRC - youre a vista user - if so - you cant go past the vista codec pack (http://shark007.testbox.dk/) :) Everything the k-lite pack has, and more, I can verify it has quicktime filters ;) Even a superb x64 add on if you are using vista x64.

if you want to unload just QT, and not install anything else > there is also Quicktime Alternative (http://www.free-codecs.com/download/QuickTime_Alternative.htm) (basically just the QT filters on their own, so you can open them in other players.)

for xp users, apart from using something like vlc player, if you like the control that codec packs allow(they do if you know what youre doing!) then the most comprehensive is the CCCP (http://www.cccp-project.net/)

mtfbwya

Negative Sun
02-03-2008, 09:34 AM
Negsun - IIRC - youre a vista user - if so - you cant go past the vista codec pack (http://shark007.testbox.dk/) :) Everything the k-lite pack has, and more, I can verify it has quicktime filters ;) Even a superb x64 add on if you are using vista x64.

if you want to unload just QT, and not install anything else > there is also Quicktime Alternative (http://www.free-codecs.com/download/QuickTime_Alternative.htm) (basically just the QT filters on their own, so you can open them in other players.)

for xp users, apart from using something like vlc player, if you like the control that codec packs allow(they do if you know what youre doing!) then the most comprehensive is the CCCP (http://www.cccp-project.net/)

mtfbwya
hehe sorry Astro, I was still editing my other post when you posted this (duh)

It's XP I've got and I use XP codec pack like I posted, but it was that Quicktime Alternative that I was looking for, thanks ;)

It's just that QT has been making my FireFox or IE crash whenever I try to open QT media, so I just want to get rid of it and still be able to browse the media and such.

Astrotoy7
02-13-2008, 06:04 AM
Here's a couple that some might find useful

AVI Recomp (http://www.videopedia.pl/avirecomp/download.php?list.4) > sure, a zillion other apps can recompress an avi, but the beauty of this is that it allows you to easily crop frames, without having to install a mega-editing app to achieve this.. FREEWARE :) I was getting a frame overlap issue from recorded tv, but found out about it from people who use it to slice out subs and watermarks etc from vids ;) works great in xp or vista. Nice visual UI

AVI Trimmer (http://solveigmm.com/?Products&id=AVITrimmer[/url) >> ever wanted to slice a portion out of an avi - eg. opening/end credits, ads etc. This great little freeware app can do it quick and easy, giving you a lossless end file :) Nice visual UI

mtfbwya

Astrotoy7
03-02-2008, 01:18 PM
Here's another lil gem.

Ever wanted to tweak your affinity settings? ie. have an app which controls which CPUcores do what when other apps or process are started. Helpful in getting some games to perform better, or improving multitasking by setting single cores per different app. etc. You can do it while tasks are running via task manager, but there is no easy way of setting it in windows that will launch each time you launch an app/game

I trawled and found this great little freeware app called "Get n Set affinity" (http://www.geocities.com/edgemeal_software/SetAffinity/index.htm) Small footprint, does exactly what you want it to :)

http://www.geocities.com/edgemeal_software/images/gns23009.gif

It says ''not recommended for Vista'', though I have been using it with Vistax64 with no probs :)

mtfbwya

tk102
05-06-2008, 08:24 PM
Nothing too exciting here, but thought you all might want to know that XP SP3 and Vista SP1 are available from Microsoft Windows Update.


Field Guide to Windows XP SP3 (http://lifehacker.com/385295/field-guide-to-windows-xp-sp3) (Lifehacker.com)

For the most part, Microsoft is doing their best to avoid pulling Vista features into XP, with just a few exceptions. They are:

* Network Access Protection (NAP): A new system in Vista and Windows Server 2008, this feature sets system "health" requirements to validate a computer's health before it allows that computer to connect to yours.
* "Black Hole" Router Detection: This new feature detects when your router is silently losing or discarding packets and is intended to protect from such problems.
* Product Activation Not Required on Installation: Like Vista, you can now install XP without first providing a valid product key. Windows will prompt for a product key after installation, though, if you want to take advantage of Windows Genuine Advantage.
* Kernel Mode Cryptographic Module: In a nutshell, this Vista back-port makes it easier to encrypt data through a single algorithm. Enjoy that one!

Aside from these Vista back-port features, other new features include more descriptive security options that better explain your security settings and improved administrator security.



@Astro, Niner et al.: Feel free to merge this with this (http://www.lucasforums.com/showthread.php?t=186570) thread if you like.

Astrotoy7
05-07-2008, 04:05 AM
Rather than merge, I'll use this to kick off something I was pondering for a while... an important updates thread, where people can post links to newly released drivers, hotfixes, updates, handy utils etc they think may be useful to others. Keep the killer apps in their thread, but feel free to post a version update her if you want...

I'll do my best to keep it updated on the GPU/codec side of things ;) (my main area of interest)

@Linux pros >> feel free to add info, links you feel are important :)

* * *

Current drivers:

Nvidia WHQL:

May/June 2008

175.16 (XP x86) (http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_175.16_whql.html)

175.16 (Vista x86) (http://www.nvidia.com/object/winvista_x86_175.16_whql.html)

175.16 (Vista x64) (http://www.nvidia.com/object/winvista_x64_175.16_whql.html)

If you have older >6100, FX/MX etc cards, it is suggested you read the release notes before downloading any current version. If you have a non windows OS, please check nvidia.com, of course)

For the adventurous, non-WHQL beta drivers(usually those packaged with new cards or leaked by beta testers). Recommended only if you are after a specifically mentioned bugfix, or are a driver junkie ;)

Courtesy Guru3d

May 2008

175.70 (XP x86) (http://downloads.guru3d.com/ForceWare-175.70-XP-(32-bit)-download-1923.html)

175.70 (Vista x86) (http://downloads.guru3d.com/ForceWare-175.70-Vista-(32-bit)-download-1926.html)

175.70 (Vista x64) (http://downloads.guru3d.com/ForceWare-175.70-Vista-(64-bit)-download-1925.html)


ATI Catalyst WHQL
May 2008

Catalyst 8.5 (XP x86) (http://downloads.guru3d.com/ATI-Catalyst-8.5-XP-(32-bit)-download-1930.html)

Catalyst 8.5 (Vista x86) (http://downloads.guru3d.com/ATI-Catalyst-8.5-Vista-(32-bit)-download-1931.html)

Catalyst 8.5 (Vista x64) (http://downloads.guru3d.com/ATI-Catalyst-8.5-Vista-(64-bit)-download-1932.html)

* * *

Vista Codec Pack
Contains Updated FFDshow, Xvid, DivX and common tools. Custom install allows you to select only bits you want.

Current versions and release notes at compilers site
>>HERE (http://shark007.net/):

JUN 2008

4.70 VCP for Vista x86 (http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=5326)
1.4.9 x64 Components add-on for Vista x64 (http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=5535) >>a must for x64 Users! (Install along with the standard VCP)

Site includes links for Quicktime alt add on for VCP and some very useful tools/apps

K-lite Codec Pack

JUN 2008

XP/2000/Vista > 3.9.5 standard, basic, full versions & releases notes >>HERE (http://www.free-codecs.com/download/K_Lite_Codec_Pack.htm)

Or those that prefer the XP Codec Pack

JUN 2008
XP Codec Pack 2.3.8 (http://www.free-codecs.com/download/XP_Codec_Pack.htm)

* * *

Have fun

mtfbwya

Negative Sun
05-25-2008, 07:50 PM
I've added an index of all the apps/sites mentioned in this thread in the first post, I was gonna add the descriptions of them as well but I thought it would make it look too cluttered, and if you want to know what the program's about, either click the link or look around in this thread :)

Since doing that alone took me ages, I didn't check to see if all the urls were working ok, if anyone notices a dead link or such, let me kow and I'll fix it ASAP.

Negative Sun
07-17-2008, 06:54 PM
Update July 17, 2008

Current drivers:

Nvidia WHQL:

July/August 2008

175.19 (XP x86) (http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_175.19_whql.html)

175.19 (Vista x86) (http://www.nvidia.com/object/winvista_x86_175.19_whql.html)

175.19 (Vista x64) (http://www.nvidia.com/object/winvista_x64_175.19_whql.html)

These would be the most common drivers for most of us to use, namely with the 6, 7, 8 and 9 series of GeForce cards, for others, see below...

If you have a 200-series card (GTX260/280), use this for Vista x86:
177.41 (http://www.nvidia.com/object/winvista_x86_177.41_whql.html)

Check the site or ask if you need ones for XP or Vista x64.

If you have older >6100, FX/MX etc cards, it is suggested you read the release notes before downloading any current version. If you have a Non-Windows OS, please check nvidia.com, of course.

For the adventurous, non-WHQL beta drivers(usually those packaged with new cards or leaked by beta testers). Recommended only if you are after a specifically mentioned bugfix, or are a driver junkie ;)

Courtesy Guru3d

July/August 2008

177.66 (XP x86) (http://downloads.guru3d.com/GeForce-ForceWare-177.66-XP-(32-bit)-download-1994.html)

177.66 (Vista x86) (http://downloads.guru3d.com/GeForce-ForceWare-177.66-Vista-(32-bit)-download-1993.html)

177.66 (Vista x64) (http://downloads.guru3d.com/GeForce-ForceWare-177.66-Vista-(64-bit)-download-1992.html)

13/8/2008:GeForce Power Pack (http://www.nvidia.com/content/forcewithin/us/download.asp)
For nvidia series 8 or above only. This pack includes a selection of
*PhysX and CUDA enabled drivers v 177.83 (currently not in standard drivers)
*nvidias folding@home client \o/
*Games and tech demos. including an unreal tournament physX mod


ATI Catalyst WHQL
July/August 2008

Catalyst 8.6 (XP x86) (http://downloads.guru3d.com/ATI-Catalyst-8.6-Windows-XP-32-bit-download-1955.html)

Catalyst 8.6 (Vista x86) (http://downloads.guru3d.com/ATI-Catalyst-8.6-Windows-Vista-32-bit-download-1956.html)

Catalyst 8.6 (Vista x64) (http://downloads.guru3d.com/ATI-Catalyst-8.6-Windows-Vista-64-bit-download-1957.html)

* * *

Vista Codec Pack
Contains Updated FFDshow, Xvid, DivX and common tools. Custom install allows you to select only bits you want.

Current versions and release notes at compilers site
>>HERE (http://shark007.net/):

July/August 2008

4.7.1 (Final) VCP for Vista x86 (http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=5326)
1.5.0 (Final) x64 Components add-on for Vista x64 (http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=5535) >>a must for x64 Users! (Install along with the standard VCP)

Site includes links for Quicktime alt add on for VCP and some very useful tools/apps

K-lite Codec Pack

July/August 2008

XP/2000/Vista > 4.0.0 standard, basic, full versions & releases notes >>HERE (http://www.free-codecs.com/download/K_Lite_Codec_Pack.htm)

Or those that prefer the XP Codec Pack

July/August 2008
XP Codec Pack 2.3.9 (http://www.free-codecs.com/download/XP_Codec_Pack.htm)

* * *

Have fun

tk102
08-11-2008, 10:43 PM
Here's a list of some of the commands/apps you can launch quickly via Start -> Run



Accessibility Controls - access.cpl
Accessibility Wizard - accwiz
Add Hardware - Wizardhdwwiz.cpl
Add/Remove Programs - appwiz.cpl
Administrative Tools control - admintools
Adobe Acrobat (if installed) - acrobat
Adobe ImageReady (if installed)- imageready
Adobe Photoshop (if installed)- photoshop
Automatic Updates - wuaucpl.cpl

Bluetooth Transfer Wizard – fsquirt

Calculator - calc
Check Disk Utility - chkdsk
Clipboard Viewer - clipbrd
Command Prompt - cmd
Component Services - dcomcnfg
Computer Management - compmgmt.msc
Control Panel - control

Date and Time Properties - timedate.cpl
Device Manager - devmgmt.msc
Direct X Control Panel (If Installed)- directx.cpl
Direct X Troubleshooter- dxdiag
Disk Cleanup Utility- cleanmgr
Disk Defragment- dfrg.msc
Disk Management- diskmgmt.msc
Disk Partition Manager- diskpart
Display Properties- control desktop
Display Properties- desk.cpl
Display Properties (w/Appearance Tab Preselected)- control color
Dr. Watson System Troubleshooting Utility- drwtsn32
Driver Verifier Utility- verifier

Event Viewer- eventvwr.msc

Files and Settings Transfer Tool- migwiz
File Signature Verification Tool- sigverif
Findfast- findfast.cpl
Firefox (if installed)- firefox
Folders Properties- control folders
Fonts- control fonts
Fonts Folder- fonts
Free Cell Card Game- freecell

Game Controllers- joy.cpl
Group Policy Editor (XP Prof)- gpedit.msc

Hearts Card Game- mshearts
Help and Support- helpctr
HyperTerminal- hypertrm

Iexpress Wizard- iexpress
Indexing Service- ciadv.msc
Internet Connection Wizard- icwconn1
Internet Explorer- iexplore
Internet Setup Wizard- inetwiz
Internet Properties- inetcpl.cpl

IP Configuration (Display Connection Configuration) - ipconfi/all
IP Configuration (Display DNS Cache Contents)- ipconfig /displaydns
IP Configuration (Delete DNS Cache Contents)- ipconfig /flushdns
IP Configuration (Renew All Connections)- ipconfig /renew
IP Configuration(RefreshesDHCP&Re-RegistersDNS)-ipconfig/registerdns
IP Configuration (Display DHCP Class ID)- ipconfig/showclassid
IP Configuration (Modifies DHCP Class ID)- ipconfig /setclassid
IP Configuration (Release All Connections)- ipconfig /release

Logs You Out Of Windows - logoff…..

Malicious Software Removal Tool - mrt
Microsoft Access (if installed) - access.cpl
Microsoft Chat - winchat
Microsoft Excel (if installed) - excel
Microsoft Frontpage (if installed)- frontpg
Microsoft Movie Maker - moviemk
Microsoft Paint - mspaint
Microsoft Word (if installed)- winword
Microsoft Powerpoint (if installed)- powerpnt
Minesweeper Game - winmine
Mouse Properties - control mouse
Mouse Properties - main.cpl

Nero (if installed)- nero
Net Meeting - conf
Network Connections - control netconnections
Network Connections - ncpa.cpl
Network Setup Wizard - netsetup.cpl
Notepad - notepad

Outlook Express - msimn

Password Properties - password.cpl
Performance Monitor - perfmon.msc
Phone and Modem Options - telephon.cpl
Phone Dialer - dialer
Pinball Game - pinball
Power Configuration - powercfg.cpl
Printers and Faxes - control printers
Printers Folder – printers

Registry Editor - regedit
Remote Desktop - mstsc
Removable Storage - ntmsmgr.msc

Scanners and Cameras - sticpl.cpl
Scheduled Tasks - control schedtasks
Security Center - wscui.cpl
Services - services.msc
Shared Folders - fsmgmt.msc
Shuts Down Windows - shutdown
Sounds and Audio - mmsys.cpl
Spider Solitare Card Game - spider
System Configuration Editor - sysedit
System Configuration Utility - msconfig
System File Checker Utility (Scan Immediately)- sfc /scannow
System File Checker Utility (Scan Once At Next Boot)- sfc /scanonce
System File Checker Utility (Scan On Every Boot) - sfc /scanboot
System File Checker Utility (Return to Default Setting)- sfc /revert
System File Checker Utility (Purge File Cache)- sfc /purgecache
System File Checker Utility (Set Cache Size to size x)-sfc/cachesize=x
System Information - msinfo32.
System Properties - sysdm.cpl

Task Manager – taskmgr
TCP Tester - tcptest
Telnet Client - telnet

User Account Management- nusrmgr.cpl
Utility Manager - utilman

Windows Address Book - wab
Windows Explorer - explorer
Windows Firewall- firewall.cpl
Windows Media Player - wmplayer
Windows Messenger - msmsgs
Windows Update Launches - wupdmgr
Windows Version (to show which version of windows)- winver
Windows XP Tour Wizard - tourstart
Wordpad - write

Astrotoy7
08-12-2008, 12:53 AM
I like FF3 but FF2 has an extension I *really use alot* which seems will never get updated for FF3...

Hence, with a tiny bit of fiddling, you can use FF3 and FF2 concurrently.
http://www.troyrutter.com/2008/06/18/firefox-2-and-3-living-together-in-harmony.html

I use FF3 for most stuff, and then just jump into FF2 for when I need to use said extension

mtfbwya

tk102
08-20-2008, 10:06 PM
Just a followup to my post above:
If you want to view all the possibilities of what you can run from the Start->Run command or if you want to add NEW commands, take a peek in your registry at

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ App Paths

You'll see here a bunch of keys that are listed as "blahblah.EXE" and each of these keys contain a string entry named "Path" which point to the real path of the exe. The blahblah part is what Windows will recognize in the Start->Run command and will execute the command listed in the "Path".

Source (http://weblogs.asp.net/whaggard/archive/2004/04/11/111232.aspx)

Det. Bart Lasiter
08-20-2008, 11:31 PM
I like FF3 but FF2 has an extension I *really use alot* which seems will never get updated for FF3...

Hence, with a tiny bit of fiddling, you can use FF3 and FF2 concurrently.
http://www.troyrutter.com/2008/06/18/firefox-2-and-3-living-together-in-harmony.html

I use FF3 for most stuff, and then just jump into FF2 for when I need to use said extension

mtfbwyawith a lot of extensions you can open the extension's xpi file in in winrar or whatever then edit the install.rdf file to let it install on 3.x

Astrotoy7
08-21-2008, 10:07 AM
with a lot of extensions you can open the extension's xpi file in in winrar or whatever then edit the install.rdf file to let it install on 3.x

A few have already done this. It will install, but wont really work anywhere near as effectively as the FF2 version.

It's one of the most requested extension updates for FF3. The extensions name is unplug(I mentioned it in first post) and there are some things it does that other video downloaders simply cant.

If you can get it fully working, then there's a beer, or a pretty dress coming your way ;) [/not sure about jmacs gender] :p

mtfbwya

Det. Bart Lasiter
08-21-2008, 07:10 PM
Try the one from http://lummox.wz.cz/misc/unplug.html

Astrotoy7
08-22-2008, 09:31 AM
great stuff jmac! I think the author of that tweaked extension has the same destination in mind I do. I probably won't post a link to it here though ;) :D

mtfbwya

tk102
08-23-2008, 07:48 PM
Ever search for transparent gifs or pngs on Google and you find one that looks great against Google's white background only to find that later it has a white fringe when placed against a colored background?

You can determine that a little faster by first viewing just the image in your browser, and then pasting something like this into the address bar:

javascript:document.body.style.backgroundColor="#AA0000";void(0);

jawathehutt
08-23-2008, 11:29 PM
http://www.dvdvideosoft.com/free-dvd-video-software.htm
Its a handy little program that does almost everything involving changing music and audio files into a different type of file. It can also download youtube video and audio quite well. And its free, yay!

Negative Sun
09-12-2008, 07:17 PM
Update Sept 12, 2008

Current drivers:

Nvidia WHQL:

September/October 2008

175.19 (XP x86) (http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_175.19_whql.html)

175.19 (Vista x86) (http://www.nvidia.com/object/winvista_x86_175.19_whql.html)

175.19 (Vista x64) (http://www.nvidia.com/object/winvista_x64_175.19_whql.html)

These would be the most common drivers for most of us to use, namely with the 6, 7, 8 and 9 series of GeForce cards, for others, see below...

If you have a 200-series card (GTX260/280), use this for Vista x86:
177.41 (http://www.nvidia.com/object/winvista_x86_177.41_whql.html)

Check the site or ask if you need ones for XP or Vista x64.

If you have older >6100, FX/MX etc cards, it is suggested you read the release notes before downloading any current version. If you have a Non-Windows OS, please check nvidia.com, of course.

For the adventurous, non-WHQL beta drivers(usually those packaged with new cards or leaked by beta testers). Recommended only if you are after a specifically mentioned bugfix, or are a driver junkie ;)

Courtesy Guru3d

September/October 2008

177.98 (XP x86) (http://downloads.guru3d.com/ForceWare-177.98-XP-(32-bit)-download-2052.html)

177.98 (Vista x86) (http://downloads.guru3d.com/ForceWare-177.98-Vista-(32-bit)-download-2054.html)

177.98 (Vista x64) (http://downloads.guru3d.com/ForceWare-177.98-Vista-(64-bit)-download-2055.html)

13/8/2008:GeForce Power Pack (http://www.nvidia.com/content/forcewithin/us/download.asp)
For nvidia series 8 or above only. This pack includes a selection of
*PhysX and CUDA enabled drivers v 177.92 (currently not in standard drivers)
*nvidias folding@home client \o/
*Games and tech demos. including an unreal tournament physX mod


ATI Catalyst WHQL
September/October 2008

Catalyst 8.8 (XP x86) (http://downloads.guru3d.com/Catalyst-8.8-XP-32-bit-download-2039.html)

Catalyst 8.8 (Vista x86) (http://downloads.guru3d.com/Catalyst-8.8-Vista-32-bit-download-2041.html)

Catalyst 8.8 (Vista x64) (http://downloads.guru3d.com/Catalyst-8.8-Vista-64-bit-download-2040.html)

* * *

Vista Codec Pack

FFDshow, Xvid, DivX and common tools. Custom install allows you to select only bits you want.

Current versions and release notes at compilers site
>>HERE (http://shark007.net/):

September/October 2008

4.7.3 (Final) VCP for Vista x86 (http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=5326)
1.5.2 (Final) x64 Components add-on for Vista x64 (http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=5535) >>a must for x64 Users! (Install along with the standard VCP)

Site includes links for Quicktime alt add on for VCP and some very useful tools/apps

K-lite Codec Pack

September/October 2008

XP/2000/Vista > 4.1.7 standard, basic, full versions & releases notes >>HERE (http://www.free-codecs.com/download/K_Lite_Codec_Pack.htm)

Or those that prefer the XP Codec Pack

September/October 2008
XP Codec Pack 2.4.2 (http://www.free-codecs.com/download/XP_Codec_Pack.htm)

* * *

Have fun!

ChAiNz.2da
09-16-2008, 03:20 AM
May be something everyone knew, but I just stumbled across it yesterday.. :xp:

In Vista.. if you <Shift + Right-Click> in/on a folder, you'll have a new function option "Open Command Window Here". Pretty handy if you do alot of command line functions and don't want to create cmd.exe shortcuts in each folder you use them in (or too lazy to type out the path.. hehehe). :D

^^^
Discovered that one by pure accident.. so curious if there were more, I did a Google search and turned up these other shift + right-click options:

<Shift + Right-Click> on any file and you'll get 3 new options:

-Pin To Start Menu
-Add To Quick Launch
-Copy As Path

<Shift + Right-Click> on any Office document and you'll get a "Open As Read Only" option.

suh-weet since I'm a right-click junkie :lol:

Astrotoy7
09-16-2008, 09:23 AM
if you enjoy R click powah...here's something you'd like then chainz....

copy and paste text below into a notepad .txt document. Rename whatever.txt to whatever.reg This should change filetype to a registry key. Double click to add to your registry. If successful, you will now get a ''take ownership'' option when you r.click a file. Handy for fiddling with system/locked files...

to ensure you have changed filetype correctly, ensure you have ''hide known filetypes'' OFF (in folder and search options)


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\runas]
@="Take Ownership"
"NoWorkingDirectory"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\runas\command]
@="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F"
"IsolatedCommand"="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas]
@="Take Ownership"
"NoWorkingDirectory"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas\command]
@="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" /r /d y && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F /t"
"IsolatedCommand"="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" /r /d y && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F /t"

mtfbwya

Astrotoy7
09-21-2008, 05:10 AM
great stuff re- indexing negsun :)

here's one for you ipod users... I dont use an ipod meself, but the gf has an old school shuffle she intermittently uses. She recently wanted some new crappy girly music added to it, so off I went a'googlin :p I wanted to avoid installing the bloaty itunes so tracked down this beauty... sharepod (http://www.getsharepod.com/screenshots)

500ish KB, runs as a standalone executable app(no installation reqd!) FREE. Nice little GUI. Did the trick ;)

mtfbwya

Astrotoy7
10-16-2008, 08:54 AM
heres one for those using Vista... do you like an uncluttered desktop? Not only does it contribute to your sense of tidyness but having more "black" on your screen actually reduces the power consumption of your monitor(just like a screensaver) :)

Heres a cool vista sidebar gadget called sidelauncher (http://gallery.live.com/liveItemDetail.aspx?li=6e448d69-4151-4e20-89de-3181f2064af5&bt=1&pl=1) that allows you to put all your apps shortcuts and folders into a nice neat launcher. It actually uses what in in the quick launch tray, but that tray, and desktop icons can subsequently be hidden.. all you get is this:

quite nifty[/IMO]
http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc288/Astrotoy7/sidelaunch.jpg

Immediately below that is the multi sensor gadget (http://gallery.live.com/liveItemDetail.aspx?li=eae5b056-f64d-4e58-8b91-4de93edbc37a&bt=1&pl=1). It works with the everest system utilties app to display key readings. Only allows 5 readings on there, though you can pick which 5. I find it great to monitor the impact of folding of my kit ;) It also means you can hide those garish everst icons from your system tray.

Heres what they look like on an overall deskie:

mmmm...power saving minimalism ;)
http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc288/Astrotoy7/deskie.jpg

seeing power consumption has been mentioned, might as well mention Blackle (http://www.blackle.com/). Its basically google search but will minimal colours/no white background, thereby saving just that little but of power each time you use it. The site has a 'watt hours saved' meter, which is quite cool to keep track of if you are into that type of stuff ;)

mtfbwya

Astrotoy7
12-02-2008, 10:49 PM
*puts up bat signal for negsun*

In the interim > here are the latest

DirectX [November 2008] (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=886ACB56-C91A-4A8E-8BB8-9F20F1244A8E&displaylang=en)

mtfbwya

tk102
12-05-2008, 10:57 PM
I came upon this one by accident yesterday while hunting for other things... I have to give credit to the author of this one because it's so deviously simple, dangerous, exciting, and potentially useful -- just like me.

Windows Enabler (http://www.angelfire.com/falcon/speedload/Enabler.htm)

What it does: Enables 'grayed out' windows controls like checkboxes, radio buttons, and menu items in many applications.

Why it's useful: Think about how many times you've wanted to click something only to see that it's disabled. True, oftentimes there's a good reason for that, but you'll never know otherwise. It's your computer, you do what you want. :) As the website says, "you’d be surprised at how often it comes in handy."

Why it's dangerous: Now you're bound to second-guess every safeguard encoded into the apps on your PC. Careful with that curiosity, meow-meow.

How to use it: Run the .exe. That will put an icon in your system tray. Single-click the icon. That will turn on the enabler. Now just click a normally disabled control in some other application to enable it. When you're done enabling things, single click the system tray icon to turn it back off. Right-click and select Quit to remove the icon.

Negative Sun
12-09-2008, 05:26 AM
Update Dec 9th, 2008

Current drivers:

Nvidia WHQL (Windows Hardware Quality Labs tested)

December 2008

178.24 (XP x86) (http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_178.24_whql.html)

178.24 (Vista x86) (http://www.nvidia.com/object/winvista_x86_178.24_whql.html)

178.24 (Vista x64) (http://www.nvidia.com/object/winvista_x64_178.24_whql.html)

The above WHQL drivers are compatible for anything nVidia 6-series and up, even the GTX-200 series!

There is a newer (more performant) version of the WHQL driver as well, but only for the 8, 9 and 200 series, find them below:

180.48 (XP x86) (http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_180.48_whql.html)

180.48 (Vista x86) (http://www.nvidia.com/object/winvista_x86_180.48_whql.html)

180.48 (Vista x64) (http://www.nvidia.com/object/winvista_x64_180.48_whql.html)

Older versions tend to be more stable, but the newer ones can improve performance in certain games if that is what you need ;)

If you have older < 6100, FX/MX etc cards, it is suggested you read the release notes before downloading any current version. If you have a Non-Windows OS, please check nvidia.com, of course.

For the adventurous, non-WHQL beta drivers(usually those packaged with new cards or leaked by beta testers). Recommended only if you are after a specifically mentioned bugfix, or are a driver junkie ;)

Courtesy Guru3d

December 2008

180.84 (XP x86) (http://downloads.guru3d.com/GeForce-Forceware-180.84-Windows-XP-32-bit-download-2138.html)

180.84 (Vista x86) (http://downloads.guru3d.com/GeForce-Forceware-180.84-Windows-Vista-32-bit-download-2139.html)

180.84 (Vista x64) (http://downloads.guru3d.com/GeForce-Forceware-180.84-Windows-Vista-64-bit-download-2140.html)

09/12/2008:GeForce Power Pack (http://www.nvidia.com/content/forcewithin/us/download.asp)
For nvidia series 8 or above only. This pack includes a selection of
*PhysX and CUDA enabled drivers v 177.92 (currently not in standard drivers)
*nvidias folding@home client \o/
*Games and tech demos. including an unreal tournament physX mod

It comes in at a whopping 3.5Gb though, so plenty of patience and bandwidth will be required!


ATI Catalyst WHQL
December 2008

Catalyst 8.11 (XP x86) (http://downloads.guru3d.com/ATI-Catalyst-8.11-WHQL-XP-32-bit-download-2118.html)

Catalyst 8.11 (Vista x86) (http://downloads.guru3d.com/ATI-Catalyst-8.11-WHQL-Vista-32-bit-download-2116.html)

Catalyst 8.11 (Vista x64) (http://downloads.guru3d.com/ATI-Catalyst-8.11-WHQL-Vista-64-bit-download-2117.html)

* * *

Vista Codec Pack

FFDshow, Xvid, DivX and common tools. Custom install allows you to select only bits you want.

Current versions and release notes at compilers site
>>HERE (http://shark007.net/):

December 2008

5.04 (Final) VCP for Vista x86 (http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=5326)
1.5.7 (Final) x64 Components add-on for Vista x64 (http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=5535) >>a must for x64 Users! (Install along with the standard VCP)

Site includes links for Quicktime alt add on for VCP and some very useful tools/apps

K-lite Codec Pack

December 2008

XP/2000/Vista > 4.3.4 standard, basic, full versions & releases notes >>HERE (http://www.free-codecs.com/download/K_Lite_Codec_Pack.htm)

Or those that prefer the XP Codec Pack

December 2008
XP Codec Pack 2.4.4 (http://www.free-codecs.com/download/XP_Codec_Pack.htm)

* * *

A bit overdue, I know ;)

Have fun!

Astrotoy7
12-16-2008, 08:06 AM
those playing with the funky new google chrome browser will be relieved to know you can enable adblocking by using 3rd party add-on called 'privoxy'

details HERE (http://lifehacker.com/5046529/how-to-block-ads-in-google-chrome)

speaking of adblocking, those stuck with/preferring IE can vastly improve their online experience by installing this addon bundle

http://www.ie7pro.com

Edit: Gotta love this: If you like Google chrome's 'tabs on top' layout then check out this great chrome adaptation for Firefox (its still an 'experimental' add on so you'll need to create a (free) account with FF to get to it. Been working great for me so far

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/8790

*uninstalls chrome*

mtfbwya

Astrotoy7
01-07-2009, 10:45 PM
Ive come across a similar applet called Take Control Back... I'll post it later. Ive been using it and a great app called Restorator(Trialware) to hack into system dlls to pull out and tweak visual/xml elements

A few FF Addons I really like:
*Fission >> turns your address bar into a status bar
*Flagfox >> show pretty flags of the IP of whatever site you visit ; lolz : many p2p sites in Sweden !!
*Omnibar >> combine search and address bar into one
*Stylish >> allows customised extensions, like the hack to put tabs on top in all themes
*Foxmarks >> store/backup bookmarks online. Great if you use multiple pcs and want to sync bookmarks
*FireScribe >> post directly to your blog from a new tab/window. Improved image uploading support(though still sucks for blogger accounts due to hitch at Google's end)) nb. I want to make it clear dont have a blog but I have to maintain one for my gf :(
*Rulerdark Theme>> All black theme for the emo/powerconscious types among us. Has chrome style buttons and with stylish, you can plonk tabs on top ;)

mtfbwya

tk102
03-19-2009, 10:42 AM
Internet Explorer 8 is now available for download for Win XP, Vista, and Server 2003
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/Internet-explorer/download-ie.aspx

Some videos on its use:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/beta/videos.aspx

SkinWalker
04-08-2009, 01:30 AM
I just skimmed this thread and noticed that there weren't any Linux Apps listed!

Well... some of the apps listed swing both ways. VLC (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/) is one. I use it in Linux almost exclusively for my video files (or any other media file). You can even use it to stream across a network if you want.

When I'm not using VLC, I like Miro (http://www.getmiro.com/) and lately I've been downloading all my podcasts via Miro. But it handles video subscriptions (get your weekly Diggnation, Geek Brief TV, etc.). Miro supports a variety of operating systems (but its best in Linux!).

Gimp (http://www.gimp.org/) - because not everyone can afford Photoshop. Gimp is open source and multi-platform. There's a Windoz version. There's also an off-shoot that has tried to imitate the functionality of Photoshop. Gimp does just about everything PS does, but it isn't laid out the nearly same. Being Open Source, other developers are free to play with the code.

Open Office (http://download.openoffice.org/) - I use it nearly everyday! Multi-platform -works on Linux, MS, etc.

Xournal (http://xournal.sourceforge.net/) - this is one of my favorites. It only works on Linux, however. Its a PDF annotation tool that lets you mark-up, comment, and highlight (among other things) PDF files and even export them as new PDF documents that can be opened marked/highlighted in Adobe reader and printed. I have a version on my Nokia N800 which I use to mark up journal articles that I'm reading for grad school, then I plug into a printer at school and print the highlighted & marked pages to a color printer. I've even used marked up PDFs in a presentation in a lecture I gave. A cool tool!

The best killer app I've come across in a while:

Ubuntu (http://www.ubuntu.com/) - a totally free and well done operating system that I've been using for several years. And each release just gets better. I installed the current distribution on a machine that previously only had Win XP and had Firefox up and surfing the net in about 20 minutes from Power up to signing in to iGoogle.

Astrotoy7
04-08-2009, 06:50 AM
I just skimmed this thread and noticed that there weren't any Linux Apps listed!

Likely because persons using Linux as their chief OS are savvy and patient enough to wade through the lines of terminal window commands to achieve most tasks :)

That being said, apps like gimp, vlc and open office are great alternatives.

mtfbwya

jrrtoken
04-08-2009, 08:38 AM
Since we're talkin' Linux...

Ubuntu Studio (http://ubuntustudio.org/) is a fork of Ubuntu meant for multimedia editing. As such, it's preloaded with tons of open source audio, video, and graphics editors.

Blender (http://www.blender.org/) is one of the best 3D modeling programs I've ever used. Although it's more suited for animation and rendering rather than creating actual model files for games and whatnot, it is on par with 3ds Max in terms of complexity and quality of its renders.

SkinWalker
04-08-2009, 08:38 AM
Naah... the terminal window is dying the same slow death that the dos command window did with MS Win machines. :)

Ray Jones
04-08-2009, 02:43 PM
Avidemux (http://fixounet.free.fr/avidemux/)
Convert, transform, edit pretty much any video format into pretty much any other video format. You can open any .VOB file and save it as .MP4 or whatever. An awesome easy to use piece of open source software.


GAP - the GIMP Animation Package (http://www.gimp.org/tutorials/Using_GAP/)
Exract animations or videos into images or put images together into animations or videos. Very useful to create animated GIFs from videos.


MythTV (http://www.mythtv.org/detail/mythtv)
One of my favorites, it enables me to watch TV over the laptop with the USB-DVB stick on all other computers all over my network.


MPD - the Music Player Daemon (http://mpd.wikia.com/wiki/Music_Player_Daemon_Wiki)
Runs on the laptop connected to my stereo, so I can listen to music over it. I can control it from every other machine in my home. I also can stream the music to any machine I want.


WINE (http://winehq.org/about/)
I play my favorite Windows games using WINE. I use it at work, too.

Astrotoy7
04-09-2009, 08:37 PM
MythTV (http://www.mythtv.org/detail/mythtv)
One of my favorites, it enables me to watch TV over the laptop with the USB-DVB stick on all other computers all over my network.

There are a huge amount of linux based HTPC optiosn there, so many it gives me headache to think of the number :p I personally like Elise Mediacenter, but theyre all variations on a theme of course. For those looking to achieve the same thing on a windows based system...

If you have Vista Home Premium or Ultimate, it has the Media Center applet built in. There is an XP Media Center edition, which is still used by some, but no longer officially supported. If youre in XP, best use Media Portal (http://www.team-mediaportal.com/), which is OSource project. Finally there is the Windows 7 beta. 7077 is the most recent[leaked] build, and Release Candidate 1 is around the corner. Ive been HTPCing since 2006 and Im mightily impressed with win7. Some bemoan no native bluray, but apart from that, it is very user friendly, and with Astro's own custom black/transperent themes (http://www.xpmediacentre.com.au/community/plugins-addons-windows-7/34641-windows-7mc-black-back.html), looks much prettier than the cruddy default blue. There are many cool themes available for media portal, and (some) variations of the Linux options(Elise MC looks great)

http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc288/Astrotoy7/7MCTransperencies.png

mtfbwya

Ray Jones
04-09-2009, 09:48 PM
No, the point is to have one or more TV cards in one PC somewhere in the corner and make it/them usable on all other PCs so as if they all had cards in them, hence client/server structure.

Elisa can't do that, and err, actually, none of the "apps" you have listed can.

My goal is that I don't have to attach a ton of antennas and DVB sticks and cables to my laptop to watch TV, not to have a fully fledged MC.

Astrotoy7
04-10-2009, 05:33 AM
Thats good Ray. Thank you for the info.

Read carefully, I wasnt countering, just listing some other apps, like the thread title states ;)

and err, actually, none of the "apps" you have listed can

Things are never so black and white Ray ;) Not knowing what exists does not mean it doesn not exist[/metaphysical]

As you know, we try give a more fuller picture here, hence:

Referring to vista/w7 specifically, there are (at least) 3 rock solid options:

i) Using a server device('PC somewhere in the corner') with a network tuner such as the HD Homerun (http://www.silicondust.com/products/hdhomerun) These actually work on every platform from Myth to MPortal, XP, Vista and W7(beta). You can't do it wirelessly with this specific model, but unless your running a 802.11n network, I wouldnt fancy your chances of a stable 1080i stream on 802.11g, esp if you live in a big place with brick walls and such.

If you're able to splurge on a 802.11n setup, you probably wouldnt be wanting to watch TV on your laptop, but on nice 1080p LCD/Plasma/OLED/Projection display...

In any event, to continue:

ii) If you need wireless and have a 802.11n setup, best go with the linksys media center extender (http://www.linksysbycisco.com/ANZ/en/products/DMA2100) (which you can get for $95.00 USD) allows remote streming of live tv from the tuners over in your centralised media center pc. The wireless-n can handle 1080 broadcasts no sweat, and HDMI out gives you a dazzling pic on your TV. But the presence of older analog outputs(composite and s-video) means you can plug this gadget pretty much any TV(except really really old ones!!)

http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc288/Astrotoy7/DMA2100-lrg.jpg

Alternatively,

iii) You could use an xbox 360, which has built in media center extender functionality to stream live tv from your media center pc.

>Both of these above options plug straight into your TV, and are much cheaper than a lappie.

It all really depends on what your aims and budget are. If you are into gaming and already have a pc running vista, the xbox 360 gives you the most fun, with an almost effortless ease of setup. Something you cant easily say applies to a non Linux savvy user about Myth.

Mac users have the Apple TV (http://www.apple.com/appletv/) option as well, though that relies on "on-demand" content from the net rather than internal tuner sharing ;) Some workarounds are abailable to extend the device's limited 'out of the box' functionality

There are also similar devices using linux floating around, particularly those using the xbmc platform, which were originally made to run of the first gen xbox. The XBMC project (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xbmc) has since blossomed to include win and mac integration(though not as stable on latter as that phase of its development is relatively new)

mtfbwya

Ray Jones
04-10-2009, 08:14 AM
Good lord, Astro. The point of watching TV on my laptop is that there's nothing near that reminds on anything home entertainment centre/TV screen like thing, sometimes not even a power outlet. Like my balcony, the backyard, bathroom, kitchen or my bed.


Thats good Ray. Thank you for the info.

Read carefully, I wasnt countering, just listing some other apps, like the thread title states ;)Read carefully yourself, I just told you that you've missed my point about MythTV.


Things are never so black and white Ray ;) Not knowing what exists does not mean it doesn not existThings become quite black and white when we talk about a 2 PC + 1 tuner card + Linux only setup, Astro. I know I can buy tons of stuff and windows applications and whatnot, but I didn't want to, because I had everything that's needed. And I know very well my options when it comes to home theatre systems since mankind had Laserdiscs and THX. Been there, done that. There's no need to spend endless money when all that I want is to watch TV. :rolleyes:


ii) If you need wireless and have a 802.11n setup, best go with the linksys media center extender (http://www.linksysbycisco.com/ANZ/en/products/DMA2100) (which you can get for $95.00 USD) allows remote streming of live tv from the tuners over in your centralised media center pc. The wireless-n can handle 1080 broadcasts no sweat, and HDMI out gives you a dazzling pic on your TV. But the presence of older analog outputs(composite and s-video) means you can plug this gadget pretty much any TV(except really really old ones!!)

[...]

Alternatively,

iii) You could use an xbox 360, which has built in media center extender functionality to stream live tv from your media center pc.

>Both of these above options plug straight into your TV, and are much cheaper than a lappie.More alternatively, instead of buying extra devices for some hundred bucks, use VLC and one of its remote control interfaces to stream multimedia content or live TV from your MCPC. Plus, most nVdia cards/laptops with an nVidia card have video/s-video/DVI/HDMI out connectors nowadays. :~~

It all really depends on what your aims and budget are. If you are into gaming and already have a pc running vista, the xbox 360 gives you the most fun, with an almost effortless ease of setup. Something you cant easily say applies to a non Linux savvy user about Myth.< tuner card + PC + http://mythbuntu.org/

Astrotoy7
04-10-2009, 10:11 AM
...I know I can buy
...but I didn't want to,
...because I had everything
...And I know very well
...All that I want..

So many "I's ! Heavens, Ray this isnt a blog page!

We have both provided a great range of information on windows, Linux and even Apple options for watching multimedia, in a variety of contexts. This is the purpose of this thread. Anything else, is particularly irrelevant.

If you want to write a guide about linux based htpc or streaming server/client setup, it would be a wonderful resource to have here for those interested. Alternately, if you want to do a more detailed focus/showcase thread on your setup, stating your personal preferences, that would be great too. That would be a more appropriate place for such discussion.


* * *

OT: Back to the apps.

There are a bunch of desktop management proggies out there, turning your desktop into cubes and what not. Here's a newer one for PC called Bumptop (http://www.engadget.com/2009/04/08/video-bumptop-gives-windows-7-touchscreen-pcs-purpose/), that sets up your desktop to look like a room essentially. You can pin stuff to walls, flip around, pile things up. Perfect for you that want to have ALL your icons on once screen in front of you as opposed to flipping through various virtual desktops. It is optimised for touchscreen and tablet pcs, and also has multitouch capability, but you can use it with a plain ole mouse of course too. Sys reqs are pretty low, I run it on a 4yo tablet with geforce4 32mb :p There's a free version available, see the linkied article for download link and demo video

http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc288/Astrotoy7/bumptop-desk2_600.jpg

mtfbwya

Ray Jones
04-10-2009, 02:15 PM
Well, of course, Astro.

Astrotoy7
05-22-2009, 04:21 PM
As it seems negsun has disappeared off the face of the planet techforum, I'll provide this very late update...with apologies

Update May 23 2009

Current drivers:

Nvidia WHQL (Windows Hardware Quality Labs tested)

185.85 (XP x86) (http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_185.85_whql.html)

185.85 (Vista x86) (http://www.nvidia.com/object/winvista_x86_185.85_whql.html)

185.85 (Vista x64) (http://www.nvidia.com/object/winvista_x64_185.85_whql.html)

Windows7 Beta:

185.85 Windows7 x86 (http://www.nvidia.com/object/win7_x86_185.85_whql.html)

185.84 Windows7 x64 (http://www.nvidia.com/object/win7_x64_185.85_whql.html)


* * *


ATI Catalyst WHQL

Catalyst 9.5 (XP x86) (http://downloads.guru3d.com/ATI-Catalyst-9.5-Windows-XP-WHQL-32-bit-download-2283.html)

Catalyst 9.5 (Vista/Windows7 x86) (http://downloads.guru3d.com/ATI-Catalyst-9.5-Windows-7-|-Vista-WHQL-32-bit-download-2284.html)

Catalyst 9.5 (Vist/Windows7 x64) (http://downloads.guru3d.com/ATI-Catalyst-9.5-Windows-7-|-Vista-WHQL-64-bit-download-2285.html)


* * *


Vista Codec Pack

The VCP (http://shark007.net/) (compiled by shark007 from msdn) now supports XP as as well. Includes FFDshow, Xvid, DivX and other common tools.
Custom install allows you to select only bits you want. x64 Add-ons are a must for vista/W7 x64 users(install alongside with the x86 pack)

There is an all-new config GUI which simplifies advanced config options for all common filetypes:
5.26 (Final) VCP for XP/Vista x86 (http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=5326)

1.8.6 (Final) add-on for Vista x64 (http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=5535)

Windows7 beta codecs:

Fully featured codec pack support is now available for those trialing the Win7beta.

Windows7 codec pack x86 1.1.4 (Final) (http://www.majorgeeks.com/Win7codecs_d5959.html)

1.20 (Final) add on for Windows7 x64 (http://www.majorgeeks.com/Win7x64_Components_d5960.html)


* * *
Finally, just in case you missed it: Applies for DX9 and 10, XP and Vista:

DirectX March 2009 (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0cf368e5-5ce1-4032-a207-c693d210f616&displaylang=en)

* * *

very overdue, I know ;)

mtfbwya

Astrotoy7
05-29-2009, 01:15 PM
Windows Vista Service Pack 2

Here's an FAQ via Technet (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd335038.aspx) Nb. It is NOT a cumulative update, so requires you to have SP1 before your install it

x86 Download Page [384 MB] (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=a4dd31d5-f907-4406-9012-a5c3199ea2b3&displaylang=en)

x64 Download Page [577 MB] (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=656c9d4a-55ec-4972-a0d7-b1a6fedf51a7&displaylang=en)

These are the five language stadalone downloads, so if you need more than the 5 languages, you're perhaps better off checking out the All language standalones.

mtfbwya

Negative Sun
07-12-2009, 07:19 PM
Update July 13th 2009

Current drivers:

Nvidia WHQL (Windows Hardware Quality Labs tested)

186.18 (XP x86) (http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_186.18_whql.html)

186.18 (Vista/Win7 x86) (http://www.nvidia.com/object/winvista_x86_186.18_whql.html)

186.18 (Vista/Win7 x64) (http://www.nvidia.com/object/winvista_x64_186.18_whql.html)


* * *


ATI Catalyst WHQL

Catalyst 9.6 (XP x86) (http://downloads.guru3d.com/ATI-Catalyst-9.6-XP-32-bit-download-2303.html)

Catalyst 9.6 (Vista/Windows7 x86) (http://downloads.guru3d.com/ATI-Catalyst-9.6-Vista-|-7-32-bit-download-2304.html)

Catalyst 9.6 (Vist/Windows7 x64) (http://downloads.guru3d.com/ATI-Catalyst-9.6-Vista-|-7-64-bit-download-2305.html)


* * *


Vista Codec Pack

The VCP (http://shark007.net/) (compiled by shark007 from msdn) now supports XP as as well. Includes FFDshow, Xvid, DivX and other common tools.
Custom install allows you to select only bits you want. x64 Add-ons are a must for vista/W7 x64 users(install alongside with the x86 pack)

There is an all-new config GUI which simplifies advanced config options for all common filetypes:
5.3.3 (Final) VCP for XP/Vista x86 (http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=5326)

2.0.1 (Final) add-on for XP/Vista/Win7 x64 (http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=5535)

^ These are fresh out 11/07/2009 !!!

Windows7 beta codecs:

Fully featured codec pack support is now available for those trialing the Win7beta.

Windows7 codec pack x86 1.2.1 (Final) (http://www.majorgeeks.com/Win7codecs_d5959.html)

Couldn't find x64 add-on for Win7 but the one for Vista says "WinAll" so maybe that'll work? Maybe Astro could figure that one out for us? Cause the old link he posted to didn't work for me...

*Yep. the x64 installer is now unified for all versions of windows ;) - Astro


* * *
Finally, just in case you missed it: Applies for DX9 and 10, XP and Vista:

DirectX March 2009 (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0cf368e5-5ce1-4032-a207-c693d210f616&displaylang=en)

* * *

Enjoy :thmbup1:

Negative Sun
01-10-2010, 10:58 AM
Update January 2010

Current drivers:

Nvidia WHQL (Windows Hardware Quality Labs tested)

195.62 (XP x86) (http://www.nvidia.co.uk/object/winxp_195.62_whql_uk.html)

195.62 (Vista/Win7 x86) (http://www.nvidia.co.uk/object/win7_winvista_32bit_195.62_whql_uk.html)

195.62 (Vista/Win7 x64) (http://www.nvidia.co.uk/object/win7_winvista_64bit_195.62_whql_uk.html)


* * *


ATI Catalyst WHQL

Catalyst 9.12 (XP x86) (http://downloads.guru3d.com/ATI-Catalyst-9.12-Win-XP-%2832-bit%29-download-2446.html)

Catalyst 9.12 (Vista/Windows7 x86) (http://downloads.guru3d.com/ATI-Catalyst-9.12-Win-7-|-Vista-%2832-bit%29-download-2447.html)

Catalyst 9.12 (Vista/Windows7 x64) (http://downloads.guru3d.com/ATI-Catalyst-9.12-Win-7-|-Vista-%2864-bit%29-download-2448.html)

There is also a hotfix for the 9.12 Catalyst to adress certain specific issues:

WinXP x86-64 (http://downloads.guru3d.com/ATI-Catalyst--9.12-hotfix-Windows-XP-%2832|64-bit%29-download-2449.html)

Vista/Win7 x86-64 (http://downloads.guru3d.com/ATI-Catalyst--9.12-hotfix-Win-7-|-Vista-%2832|64-bit%29-download-2450.html)


* * *


Vista Codec Pack

The VCP (http://shark007.net/) (compiled by shark007 from msdn) now supports XP as as well. Includes FFDshow, Xvid, DivX and other common tools.
Custom install allows you to select only bits you want. x64 Add-ons are a must for vista/W7 x64 users(install alongside with the x86 pack)

There is an all-new config GUI which simplifies advanced config options for all common filetypes.

5.5.2 (Final) VCP for XP/Vista x86 (http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=5326)

2.2.6 (Final) Win7 codecs x86 (http://www.majorgeeks.com/Win7codecs_d5959.html)

2.3.1 (Final) add-on for XP/Vista/Win7 x64 (http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=5535)


* * *

Finally, just in case you missed it (still the latest version AFAIK): Applies for DX9 and 10, XP and Vista:

DirectX March 2009 (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0cf368e5-5ce1-4032-a207-c693d210f616&displaylang=en)

* * *

Enjoy :thmbup1:

Liverandbacon
03-10-2010, 11:03 PM
Some programs I've used/still use that have been useful in the past.

TrayIt! (http://www.teamcti.com/trayit/trayit.htm)
A nifty little program that lets you minimize any program you want to the system tray. I like it because it reduces my taskbar clutter. Although the site doesn't mention Vista support, I've been running it in both Vista x64 and XP 32-bit with no problems.

CPU-Z (http://www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php) and GPU-Z (http://www.techpowerup.com/gpuz/)
CPU-Z gives you easy access to information about your CPU and other main components (except graphics cards) that would otherwise take a bit more searching. GPU-Z does this for your GPU. Very useful for overclockers, still useful for non-overclockers.

WinLAME (http://winlame.sourceforge.net/)
A useful audio encoding/decoding/conversion/cd-ripping tool. It supports a bunch of different formats.

WinFF (http://winff.org/html_new/)
A nice GUI version of the command line tool FFMpeg, an easy to use, quite fast (at least on my pc) video conversion tool.

stingerhs
03-22-2010, 01:14 AM
heads up to anyone sporting a Radeon 4800, 5700, 5800, or 5900 series graphics card: the new 10.3 Catalyst Drivers are expected to be made public this week. why is this so important?? because this particular set of drivers is supposed to improve gaming performance on just about every DX10 and DX11 game out there by a minimum of 3-5%. according to AMD's numbers, some games could benefit by as much as 30%.

and no worries: this update won't bake your graphics card. ;)

Astrotoy7
03-22-2010, 09:25 PM
and no worries: this update won't bake your graphics card. ;)

seeing that some of AMDs cards nudge 100C on load, why would AMD need to bother with dodgy drivers to achieve excessive heat production/ineffective cooling !! :thmbup1:

Hopefully we can get some independent verification of those numbers and which games and configs they apply to. 60 Frames/sec is the base standard for smooth gameplay, 3-5% improvement amounts to 1.8-3 FPS.. It isn't even worth mentioning surely.

The 30% improved games - different story. I hope the list is revealed and relevant configs tested and verified by third parties. Though it wouldn't be unusual for such dramatic improvements to be shown in crossfire setups - which just like SLI setups, have been hit and miss with various titles.

mtfbwya

Astrotoy7
04-28-2010, 01:40 AM
OK. Whilst negsun finishes off his 12th playthrough of ME2, here are the updates:

Update April-May 2010

Current drivers:

Nvidia WHQL (Windows Hardware Quality Labs tested)

197.45 (XP x86) (http://www.nvidia.co.uk/object/winxp_197.45_whql_uk.html)

197.45 (Vista/Win7 x86) (http://www.nvidia.co.uk/object/win7_winvista_32bit_197.45_whql_uk.html)

197.45(Vista/Win7 x64) (http://www.nvidia.co.uk/object/win7_winvista_64bit_197.45_whql_uk.html)


* * *


AMD Catalyst WHQL 10.5

THIS PAGE (http://game.amd.com/us-en/drivers_catalyst.aspx) includes the many different options for Catalyst Driver/Control Center etc bits, and also includes a link to the Mass Effect 2 Hotfix for Radeon cards

* * *


Vista Codec Pack

The VCP (http://shark007.net/) (compiled by shark007) now supports XP as as well. Includes FFDshow, Xvid, DivX and other common tools.
Custom install allows you to select only bits you want. x64 Add-ons are a must for vista/W7 x64 users(install alongside with the x86 pack)

There is an all-new config GUI which simplifies advanced config options for all common filetypes.

5.6.8 (Final) VCP for XP/Vista x86 (http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=5326)

2.4.8 (Final) Win7 codecs x86 (http://www.majorgeeks.com/Win7codecs_d5959.html)

2.5.4 (Final) add-on for XP/Vista/Win7 x64 (http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=5535)


* * *

Finally, just in case you missed it (still the latest version AFAIK): Applies for DX9,10,11 - XP and Vista/W7 (nb. XP only gets DX9 updates of course)

DirectX March 2009 (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0cf368e5-5ce1-4032-a207-c693d210f616&displaylang=en)

* * *

Enjoy :thmbup1:

Astrotoy7
05-12-2010, 09:29 AM
Google Redesigned (http://www.globexdesigns.com/products/gr/), a super addon for FF is definitely worth looking at if you use gmail/reader/calendar prolifically

http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/lifehacker/2009/02/gmail_redesigned_01.png

It totally reskins gmail, google reader and google calendar. Use it with other extensions like integrated gmail (http://integratedgmail.com/) and minimalist gmail (http://mattconstantine.com/mg) and you can make gmail look exactly the way you want, including switching off ads, unnecessary labels and footers etc, giving it all a nice clean look.

Check it out - 'tis all FREE :D

mtfbwya

Nick Vader
06-01-2010, 08:42 AM
I use RAM Booster, Daemon tools, fraps, wincustomize and a bunch more. They are some really usefull tools.

Thanks for all the links! Now I have aliens invading my pc !:D (Alien Invasion)

EDIT: OMG! Astro ! You've got 2421 spam messages !!! It should say "You have Spam" instead of mail !

Hehe! I see you've won a bunch o' bucks there! Care to give me some ???...hehe:dev9:

Astrotoy7
06-01-2010, 12:05 PM
EDIT: OMG! Astro ! You've got 2421 spam messages !!! It should say "You have Spam" instead of mail !

Hehe! I see you've won a bunch o' bucks there! Care to give me some ???...hehe:dev9:

lolz... I dont work for lifehacker.com (http://lifehacker.com/), nor is my name Kevin, but the image is courtesy of them ;)

mtfbwya

Astrotoy7
06-06-2010, 12:10 AM
Its been around for ages, but just in case you missed it - Fireuploader(firefox universal uploader) (http://www.fireuploader.com/) is a great FF extension that allows you to upload to image and video accounts directly from a webpage, generating links for you as it does so. Support smany differnt account types, youtube, flickr, picasa, photobucket, dropbox, rapidshare etc etc. See linky for more info.

mtfbwya

Canderis
08-01-2010, 12:30 PM
http://www.stardock.com/products/fences/

I love this program. It lets you organize your desktop into sections. Really helpful for me.

Astrotoy7
08-02-2010, 12:21 PM
Cool stuff Canderis :)

For something similar, but a bit more compact - there is also the Launch Control sidebar gadget for Windows 7(not sure if it works in Vista)

It is extremely customisable - you can even adjust delays on folders opening. You can add as many tabs to it as you want. It's definitely worth checking out if you like organising your icons in a neat and tidy corner. Totally FREE of course ;)

http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc288/Astrotoy7/LaunchControl.png

Launch Control at Windows Live Gallery (http://gallery.live.com/liveItemDetail.aspx?li=dabd90cc-d1c9-4425-9384-049ffbd5e43b)

mtfbwya

Astrotoy7
08-14-2010, 03:03 AM
Whether it's to follow updates from educational institutions or your favourite pRon star, there are a lot of different twitter clients out there. If you don't mind using the web interface but wished it was more fully features, allowing inline display of links, images and even videos - you should check out the FF extension http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc288/Astrotoy7/power-twitter-2.png[/IMG]power twitter (http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc288/Astrotoy7/power-twitter-2.png

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