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Nanocomputing, Part I: November problems

Thanks to all who have helped with previous issues, which I posted on:

AVI codecs for Windows Media Player

Besides the one in DivX, is there a "LOL HDTV" AVI codec for WMP?

Quirk in Jabber plug-in for Trillian Pro

Jabber in Trillian Pro seems to make a small "Xdata" window pop up. This just started happening after months of clean use. Any idea what I can do to turn it off?

Mixing DIMM sizes in a notebook computer

Can one mix memory sizes in a ThinkPad with two DIMM slots (A31p)? I have 1Gb of PC2700 Kingston RAM and 256 Mb of PC2700 IBM RAM.



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Nov. 22nd, 2006 03:26 pm (UTC)
One of the release groups has adopted the name, "LOL".

You will not need any special codec for LOL/HDTV.

Just to cover all your bases, you might want to grab ACE. It has all the codecs and filters you should come across.

Also, abandoning the altogether sub-par WMP for VLC, BSPlayer, or MPlayer would probably mitigate some challenges.

Nov. 22nd, 2006 04:58 pm (UTC)
/me suggests THE CORE MEDIA PLAYER if you're in windows, and KAFFEINE with XINE if you're in ubuntu.
Nov. 22nd, 2006 08:47 pm (UTC)
The Core Media Player and Kaffeine with Xine
Noted - thanks!
I'll look up a comparison chart with ankh_f_n_khonsu's recommendations above.

Nov. 23rd, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC)
TCMP ain't bad, but I find it a little bloated. It certainly has plenty of features.

Nov. 22nd, 2006 08:46 pm (UTC)
LOL HDTV - definitely DOES require a codec beyond MS WMP defaults
Before installing DivX, Windows Media Player plays only the audio of "LOL HDTV" AVI files, not the video.

I generally use CyberLink PowerDVD for regular DVDs, RealPlayer for movies, although WMP 11 has brought me back to the fold somewhat. I don't have many requirements when it comes to playing AVIs. How is WMP sub-par to you?

Nov. 23rd, 2006 02:53 am (UTC)
Re: LOL HDTV - definitely DOES require a codec beyond MS WMP defaults
LOL is just the name of the release group. HDTV is just the format it was ripped from (or in). A one hour television episode in HDTV format would be around 700MB. Many times they rip from HDTV to standard resolution, and then a one hour episode will only be 350MB.

WMP doesn't do well with most media files. Out of the box, especially. The ACE pack will enable it to play most files, but it still lacks support for many other common features. VLC's multi-track subs and audio can be very helpful, and since it doesn't require additional codecs and can play files straight out 'of the box', it has even more appeal.

WMP consumes a lot of resourses to do a lacklustre job. When I am forced to use my PC I have several different media players. Usually VLC works, but sometimes I need to use BSPlayer/MPlayer, and every so often I am forced to try WMP. If VLC won't open it, WMP generally won't do jack. I also use an avi splitter to occasionally repair corrupt files.

I go through a lot of media. My media collection consists of around 5-700 DVDs and thousands of CDRs. You run into problem codecs all the time.

If you have trouble with a specific file, you might try running GSpot. It will check the file and your system to see what codec the file requires, and whether your system has them. If not, it will tell you where to get it.

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