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.
To get rid of that unwanted driver, device, or service:
- Open the Start menu and choose Run
- Type in “cmd” (without the quotes) and click ok.
- 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)
- On the next cmd prompt line, type in “devmgmt.msc” (without the quotes) and press enter to launch the Windows Device Manager Console.
- 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.
- Boot to safe mode.
- Go into the device manager.
- Remove all devices in multimedia/sound.
- 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.
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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
or the clock hidden camera
or even one hidden in a working VCR!
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.
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Intel 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
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.
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.)
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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