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Show and Delete Hidden Devices

Recently when I was trying to get a sound card to work in our Call Manager, I ran across these tips that helped me from a couple other sites that are definitely worth checking out. These will help you clear out everything listed for sound and multimedia, which can sometimes keep devices you added from working, such as a new sound card.

From Techguy.

To get rid of that unwanted driver, device, or service:

  1. Open the Start menu and choose Run
  2. Type in “cmd” (without the quotes) and click ok.
  3. At the cmd prompt, type in “set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1″ (without the quotes) and press enter. (Note: Nothing seems to happen as you are actually setting an environment variable which is going to help to see hidden devices)
  4. On the next cmd prompt line, type in “devmgmt.msc” (without the quotes) and press enter to launch the Windows Device Manager Console.
  5. In the Device Manager Console, from the “View” menu, select “Show Hidden Devices”.

Now, as you expand the different drivers and devices in device manager you will see not only the items that Windows currently detects as installed on your pc (these are the usual items displayed), but you will also see drivers, devices, and services which have been loaded in the past but were not uninstalled or are not currently started. You can find your offending device, right-click, and choose “uninstall” to remove it from the system completely.

From Computing.net.

  1. Boot to safe mode.
  2. Go into the device manager.
  3. Remove all devices in multimedia/sound.
  4. Reboot to normal mode and allow the devices to reinstall.

Microsoft has some built in devices the device manager such as Microsoft Kernel Audio Mixer that may be damaged.

Those devices can only be seen/removed in safe mode under Windows ME. The problem you are having is usually caused be a corrupt MS Kernel driver or Audio Codec.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - July 30, 2008 at 2:11 pm

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Computer Deals and Accessories

Here are some great deals from J&R.com.

Targus PAUM01U Ultra Mini Optical Mouse – $14.99

Sandisk SDCZ62048A1 2GB Cruzer Micro with U3 Technology – $19.99

Microsoft B2L-00002 Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000 – $14.99

Rite Lite LPL780D Wireless LED Wall Sconce ( Matte Silver Finish ) – $14.99

Trendnet TK-207K 2-Port USB KVM Switch – $19.99

Iogear WiFi Finder Wireless Hot-Spot Finder GWF001 – $216.99

Western Digital WDG1C5000N My Book Premium 500GB FireWire USB External Hard-drive – $129.99

Aliph JawBone Bluetooth Headset Cellular Phone Edition – Red, Silver, or Black – $74.99

Braun KWF2 – 2-Pack of Replacement Water Filters – $9.99

Sony CFD-ZW755 Portable Stereo Boombox – $99.99

Apple iPod touch – 32GB – $475.00 and FREE Shipping

Olympus Stylus 1200 12-Megapixel Digital Camera – Black – $179.99

Casio EX-Z75SR Exilim Zoom 7 Megapixel Digital Camera – Silver – $119.99

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mmf/2.8G ED Lens – $1699.99 and FREE Shipping

Pure Digital FV60MINB 60-Minute Flip Video Camcorder – Black – $116.88

Here’s a great coupon from Toshiba.

Take $150 off when you customize any Toshiba Satellite laptops online with coupon code LINK150. Offer good 3.25 through 3.31!

Here are some great deals from TigerDirect.com.

SAVE $60 – GeForce 8800 GT Super+1GB Video Card 1GB DDR3 PCI-E 2.0 $189.99* (US) Price after MIR

Netgear FS605 5-Port 10/100 Network Switch (Recertified) $9.99 (US)

D-Link DSS-5+ 5-Port 10/100 NWay Switch (Recertified) $7.99 (US)

D-Link DES-1105 5-Port Unmanaged 10/100 Network Switch (Recertified) $7.99 (US)

Linksys CIT200 Cordless Internet Telephony Kit (Recertified) $29.99 (US)

Linksys PSUS4 USB Print Server w/Built-in 4-Port Network Switch (Recertified) $24.99 (US)

Linksys BEFSR41 Cable/DSL Router 10/100 Mbps 4-Port (Recertified) $19.99 (US)

Sandisk Sansa e260 4GB MP3/MP4 Player – Refurbished $59.99 (US)

D-Link DUB-H7 7 Port USB 2.0 Hub $9.99* (US) Price after $10 MIR, rebate expires 03/31/08

Jabra S5010 Klipsch Speaker for Phones and MP3 Players $39.99 (US)

DXG MPEG-4 Digital Video Camera 3.0 Megapixels $49.99 (US)

HP Pavilion Notebook PC AMD64 X2 Dual-Core 1.9GHz Wireless 2GB DDR2 240GB HDD DL DVD RW 17″ WXGA+ Webcam WinVista Home Premium $739.99 (US)

Olevia 747i 47″ LCD HDTV 1920x1080p Native 1,600:1 Contrast Ratio HDMI $1199.99 (US)

HP dx2250 Desktop PC AMD64 3800+ 2.4GHz WinXP Professional, MicroTower $299.99 (US)

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Weekend Computer Deals from J&R, Toshiba, Tiger and more

Here are some great computer deals and home electronics price cuts for this coming weekend, Friday thru Sunday.

From J&R.com:

$139.99 – Canon PowerShot SD40 7 Megapixel Digital Camera – Noble Blue

$14.99 – Kensington 62905 Contour Cargo Notebook Messenger Backpack

$2749.88 – Canon EOS-5D 12.8 Megapixel Digital Camera SLR Kit with 24-105mm Lens

$149.99 – PALM Tungsten E2 Handheld Color Connected Organizer PDA

$299.99 and FREE Shipping – Harman Kardon 5.1 Channel Home Theater Speaker System HKTS14

$109.99 – Audio Technica ATPL120 Pro DJ Turntable – REFURBISHED

$89.99 – Brother HL2170W Laser Printer

$5.99 – Dane-Elec 1 GB Micro SD Card

$14.99 – Sandisk 1GB Memory Stick Pro Duo Digital Memory Card SDMSPD1024A

$14.99 – Pelican Accessories PL-970 HD System Selector

From TigerDirect:

SAVE $40 – Motorola V3 Razr Unlocked GSM Cell Phone $99.99 (US)

Patriot Xporter 2GB USB Flash Drive $9.99 (US)

Transcend JetFlash 4GB USB flash drive $19.99 (US)

Sony DRU190A 20X DVD Rewritable Drive Black $29.99 (US)

Motorola HT820 Stereo Bluetooth Headset $39.99 (US)

EVGA GeForce 8800 GT Video Card 512MB DDR3 PCI-E 2.0 HDTV $179.99* (US) Price after $30 MIR, rebate expires 03/31/08

Plenio VXA-3000 7″ Touchscreen GPS Navigation System Divx/MP3 Player $199.99 (US)

Acer AL2223WD 22″ Widescreen LCD Monitor SilverĀ·Black DVI-D/VGA $229.99 (US)

HP w2207 22″ Widescreen Monitor w/BrightView Panel $249.99 (US)

HP dx2250 PC AMD64 3800+ WinXP Professional $299.99 (US)

Asus M2N-SLI Socket AM2/AM2+ Barebone Kit w/AMD Phenom 9500 250GB SATA-300 HD 2GB DDR2 PC6400 Mid-Tower Case 550Watt PSU $399.99* (US) Price after $50 MIR, rebate expires 03/21/08

Sony VAIO VGC-LT18E All-In-One TV PC Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz WinVista Home Premium w/22″ WSXGA LCD Monitor $1429.99 (US)

From Overstock.com:

$5 off Western Digital Passport 120GB Portable Hard Drive – WDXMS1200TN from Overstock.com! Offer expires 4.15.08.

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From Toshiba:

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Video Game Specials and Deals

Here are the special video game bundles from Wal Mart.

Here are the top selling video games and bundles from Wal Mart.

Latest video game releases from Wal Mart.

Here are the latest batch of rollbacks on video games from Wal Mart.

Here are the latest video games added to the clearance rack at Wal Mart.

Here are tons of video games from Overstock.com.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - March 2, 2008 at 7:50 am

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CCTV Security Cameras & PC Security Systems

We recently purchased some surveillance cameras where I work, a set of four network cameras, and I wish I would’ve found these wireless cameras that I found on the 123 CCTV website first. We could’ve purchased the same number of wireless, color cameras for half the price of the ones we bought, or we could’ve bought a set of four, dome, color and infrared cameras for a little over half of the price.

They also have a large selection of hidden cameras, like the wireless cigarette cam

wireless cigarette cam

or the clock hidden camera

clock hidden camera

or even one hidden in a working VCR!

VCR hidden camera

This company manufactures some of their own stuff and they resell surveillance cameras from other manufacturers like Sony. They sell PC security systems, interior cameras, exterior cameras, Digital Video (DVR) Systems, and they even have some dummy cameras in case you want the look, but don’t want to spend the money on surveillance equipment.

Specializing in security cameras, systems & surveillance equipment of various types. Has served the Pentagon to the home owner delivering numerous protection systems for varied needs. Hi-tech surveillance equipment to more reasonably priced equipment is sold to both the retail market, as well as to over a thousand Dealers of ours around the world.

Definitely a website to bookmark and check out if you are in the market for security cameras and surveillance equipment. If I can talk them into it, I will try to get one and do a hands on review.

This is a Sponsored Review.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - February 29, 2008 at 4:37 pm

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Winners of Intel’s Million Dollar PC Design Challenge

Intel PC Design ChallengeIntel has announced the winners of their 1 million dollar PC design challenge, and they are pretty good looking computers, but I believe I like the runner up the best.

Saying “goodbye” to the traditional big, beige box, TriGem Computer Inc. from Korea was awarded the grand prize for creating the best mix of style, acoustics, functionality and features for digital home entertainment with the company’s Home Theater Lluon “Black Crystal” design. Mesiro from Norway garnered the first runner-up nod for its “Asono Merium” system. Source: Intel Names Winners Of Million-Dollar PC Design Challenge

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - April 18, 2007 at 1:40 am

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Tom’s Hardware Guide Sold

Popular technology site Tom’s Hardware Guide has been sold, for an undisclosed sum to an as yet undisclosed buyer.

Tech professionals-focused news and info network Tom?s Hardware Guide (and its parent company TG Publishing) has been sold, paidContent.org has learned. The sale was confirmed by TG CEO Omid Rahmat in an e-mail to the Inquirer. We have an e-mail query into Rahmat as well.
We couldn?t confirm the buyer, but one name that cropped up through our sources was French B2B tech media company BestofMedia Group.
The first site THG was founded in 1996 by Dr. Thomas Pabst, a German, and the company focuses on news and information for IT professionals, early adopters and technology innovators. It has since expanded operations in the United States, Europe and Asia and features subsidiary sites in eight languages, this Wikipedia history says. Other sites published by the company include GearDigest, MobilityGuru, TwitchGuru, among others. Source: IT Professionals Network Tom?s Hardware Guide Sold

The site has definitely grown over the years, lets all hope that nothing changes on the site, as some of these website purchases can really hurt a network of sites like Tom’s Hardware, as people leave and move on it can leave big holes in the great coverage that we are used to.

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Sun Welcomes Intel Back In

Intel had made processors for Sun in the past, but they moved to AMD processors because they felt that the Intel chips consumed too much energy. To be able to get back in with Sun is seen as a big move, because they had been AMD only, and should help Intel in 2007 and could possible persuade others to purchase Sun hardware, a win for both.

Sun Microsystems Inc. will begin building a line of servers based on chips from Intel Corp. and will receive Intel’s endorsement of Sun’s Solaris operating system, executives from both companies said Monday.

The long-term technology development alliance, announced by Sun Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Schwartz and Intel CEO Paul Otellini, was seen as a sizable victory for both companies as they fend off threats from competitors in the high-margin server market. Source: Yahoo

They will begin shipping the new servers in the first half of 2007. Both companies have steadily lost money since the FIRST dotcom crash and are hoping they can turn things around before the second crash comes later next year. (You read it here first.)

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - January 22, 2007 at 8:19 pm

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Is Your Flash Drive Ready for Vista?

Read an interesting post from Ed Bott who discovered a way to get numbers when Windows Vista checks a USB drive to see if it is fast enough for Readyboost. You can get the numbers using Event Viewer, if a drive fails the test, click test again, then open event viewer, click the applications and services logs category in the tree to the left, then click Microsoft, Windows and then Readyboost, under the Readyboost heading select operational. The center window will show you performance test results for successful and unsuccessful attempts. He has posted images of the process, follow along here.

To be used as a ReadyBoost device, your flash drive has to pass several tests, including available free space, write performance, and random read performance. When you connect a supported flash device to your system and choose the Speed Up My System option, Windows Vista runs a quick performance test to see if the device meets minimum standards required for ReadyBoost. Those standards are:

2.5 MB/sec throughout for 4 KB random reads
1.75 MB/sec throughout for 512 KB random writes
These results must be consistent across the entire device. In addition, the device must be at least 235 MB in size (although you can designate less than the full space on the drive for the ReadyBoost cache).

If any of these tests fail, the drive is rejected. Source: Is your flash drive fast enough for Vista’s ReadyBoost?

The USB drive out of the 20 or so that he tried was the Apacer Handy Steno 2.0 USB flash drive. He purchased two of those 1GB drives (these are model HT203) for the low price of $24 each a few months ago. Grant Gibson has started lists of the USB drive that pass and the ones that fail

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More Reviews and How To’s Posted

We have been posting some great videos to the new video section here are some links to the play lists that have been created, Sandisk Reviews, Apple iPhone Videos, Zune MP3 Player Videos, Prevent Scratches with the Invisible Shield, iPod Accessory Reviews, Video Game Reviews, Google Earth Videos, Excel Training Videos, Windows XP Videos, Engadget Videos and Windows Vista Videos. You can search the videos by tag here, technology tags, search the old fashioned way from our search box here, video search, by play list here, video play lists, or you can add your own videos here, upload videos, or link to great videos you’ve seen on YouTube, Google Video, Yahoo Video, Revver, Blip.tv, create your own play lists, comment and review the listed videos and more.

Please let us know if you see a video that shouldn’t be listed here, or one that is no longer working, etc at webmaster at tipsdr.com.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - January 15, 2007 at 1:18 am

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