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BangersInMyKnickers
Nov 3, 2004

I have a thing for courageous dongles



Xenomorph posted:

What issue have you been having with Remote Assistance? Is it a known issue? I was lucky to find a solution to my Chkdsk issue. I've found that most Windows issues are common enough that someone has found a fix.
It's only iOS and OS X where I search dozens of Google pages and never find a solution.

Basically the firewall doesn't respond correctly to the RPC redirect when a remote assistance session is initiated to the client. The exception is there allowing that process to listen on whatever ports it wants, but it isn't handled right so the initial session is initiated on 3389 but then kicked up to the RPC port range, firewall doesn't let it through, and the connection times out. I'm not the only person who has run in to this, and the only workarounds at the moment are either to turn off the firewall (no) or allow anything in on the RPC range (no).

The big pisser is that it worked perfectly on Vista.

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m2pt5
May 18, 2005

THAT GOD DAMN MOSQUITO JUST KEEPS COMING BACK


BangersInMyKnickers posted:

SP1 had better fix remote assistance that has been broken since day one or I'm going to completely flip my poo poo.

Do you mean remote assistance over the internet? I've used it to operate a computer across the room (over WiFi on the same LAN) multiple times, and never had any firewall/port issues. (Win7 Ultimate x64, connecting without issue to both Home Premium and Professional.)

BangersInMyKnickers
Nov 3, 2004

I have a thing for courageous dongles



m2pt5 posted:

Do you mean remote assistance over the internet? I've used it to operate a computer across the room (over WiFi on the same LAN) multiple times, and never had any firewall/port issues. (Win7 Ultimate x64, connecting without issue to both Home Premium and Professional.)

I think it only occurs with the domain firewall profile enabled. I've only seen other corporate environments having problems with it.

GreenBuckanneer
Sep 15, 2007




mobn posted:

VLC will play any region of DVD. I use it to watch UK dvds sometimes.

Kind of not related to this thread but, VLC can't on Macs because when you stick in the dvd OSX refuses to let anything do anything with the disk until you choose the region. If you don't it just spits the disk back out.

revolther
May 27, 2008


So you can't just pick whatever corresponding region, then have VLC read the file? It's built in video decoder shouldn't give a gently caress as long as it can read it. Is OSX locking down read/write permissions on non-regional dvds? It doesn't seem very hard to just browse the disc, tell a file to open with VLC and be done with it.

Are you trying to use the formal DVD menus or something?

Star War Sex Parrot
Oct 2, 2003



Muldoon

BangersInMyKnickers posted:

SP1 had better fix remote assistance that has been broken since day one or I'm going to completely flip my poo poo.
I just want my drat MSDN image already.

univbee
Jun 3, 2004





revolther posted:

So you can't just pick whatever corresponding region, then have VLC read the file? It's built in video decoder shouldn't give a gently caress as long as it can read it. Is OSX locking down read/write permissions on non-regional dvds? It doesn't seem very hard to just browse the disc, tell a file to open with VLC and be done with it.

I know that RPC2 drives (i.e. every DVD drive since like 1999) were supposed to "fail" invalid region discs entirely in firmware. The disc's region is a specific single byte in the VIDEO_TS.IFO file where each bit says if a specific region is playable or not, so programming a device to fail a disc with this check is pretty trivial. But then, as AnyDVD showed, so is tricking it so it always return "all regions playable" when it reads that byte. No idea what workarounds exist on Mac.

GreenBuckanneer
Sep 15, 2007




revolther posted:

So you can't just pick whatever corresponding region, then have VLC read the file? It's built in video decoder shouldn't give a gently caress as long as it can read it. Is OSX locking down read/write permissions on non-regional dvds? It doesn't seem very hard to just browse the disc, tell a file to open with VLC and be done with it.

Are you trying to use the formal DVD menus or something?

Well, since this isn't the mac thread I won't really derail this too much but what I described was what happened. Trying to play the dvd through VLC looked like it worked for a second, then it just stopped playing and the movie part of the window minimized (as if you had opened vlc and didn't choose anything to play). Canceling the window asking about changing your region to 2 made the OS spit the disk out.

However, if it works with AnyDVD then I'll simply do that on a windows PC. I was just curious what my option was on windows mostly.

jeeves
May 27, 2001

Deranged Psychopathic
Butler Extraordinaire


Two questions:

1) Any way to force list view in Open/Save dialog boxes? In WinXP list view was default for those dialog boxes really regardless of program, and regardless of what the custom view of the individual folder you were opening/saving to was. In Win7 all Open/Save boxes seem to use that folder's custom view, which is highly annoying. Any way around that? Also, yes I know that I could manually tell all windows to use list mode, but even still if you navigate to the desktop it shows HUGE DESKTOP ICONS(!) on open/save windows.

2) Is there any utility out there that will let me manually edit the AutoPlay menu items and also the right-click "New File" context menu? TweakUI did this for WinXP, but I have not found something compariable in Win7. I know Autorun can be turned off and on for specific items in the Control Panels, but I am talking about actually limiting the items on the individual auto run windows, so that if it detects mp3s on a CD or thumb drive it doesn't even give an option for "Run in Windows Media Player!"

As I said, the latter of these was easily accomplished in TweakUI. Anything comparable in 7? I have no idea if the former can be fixed at all.

Red_Fred
Oct 21, 2010



Fallen Rib

Okay so I just setup a new build yesterday and was wondering if anyone has any guides for setting up a brand new install of Windows 7? Like tips and settings that are usually overlooked.

I'm new to 7 and used to always follow guides when setting up fresh installs of OSs'. This could very well be old fashioned thinking considering every version of Windows seems to be more optimised than the last.

rolleyes
Nov 16, 2006

Sometimes you have to roll the hard... two?

Red_Fred posted:

Okay so I just setup a new build yesterday and was wondering if anyone has any guides for setting up a brand new install of Windows 7? Like tips and settings that are usually overlooked.

I'm new to 7 and used to always follow guides when setting up fresh installs of OSs'. This could very well be old fashioned thinking considering every version of Windows seems to be more optimised than the last.

In my opinion unless you're running an extremely underpowered setup (think trying to install 7 on a netbook) there isn't anything worth changing. Just make sure you download Microsoft Security Essentials so you've got a decent free virus scanner and then you're good to go.

I guess the only other thing is whether you end up liking the libraries feature or not. Personally I love it but others don't, so there are guides on the net about how to make the "My Computer" view be the default when you open Explorer instead of the "Libraries" view. If you find yourself liking libraries then it's worth knowing that you can add custom folders to a library, change which folder is the save location when saving into a library and even create new custom libraries for your own specific needs.

fishmech
Jul 16, 2006

by VideoGames


Salad Prong

Red_Fred posted:

Okay so I just setup a new build yesterday and was wondering if anyone has any guides for setting up a brand new install of Windows 7? Like tips and settings that are usually overlooked.

I'm new to 7 and used to always follow guides when setting up fresh installs of OSs'. This could very well be old fashioned thinking considering every version of Windows seems to be more optimised than the last.

Change your desktop wallpaper to something you like and change the color of the window frames if you don't like the default? That's about it.

Unless you see any clear problems of course.

orange lime
Jul 24, 2008



rolleyes posted:

In my opinion unless you're running an extremely underpowered setup (think trying to install 7 on a netbook) there isn't anything worth changing.

Out of curiosity, how DOES 7 handle on a netbook? I heard it was quite scalable, and I'm getting somewhat tired of running Linux on mine. If there's a way to make it play nicely with a 1.6GHz Atom, a gig of RAM and an 8GB SSD, I'd love to hear it.

Factor Mystic
Mar 19, 2006

Baby's First Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

jeeves posted:

Two questions:

2) Is there any utility out there that will let me manually edit the AutoPlay menu items and also the right-click "New File" context menu? TweakUI did this for WinXP, but I have not found something compariable in Win7. I know Autorun can be turned off and on for specific items in the Control Panels, but I am talking about actually limiting the items on the individual auto run windows, so that if it detects mp3s on a CD or thumb drive it doesn't even give an option for "Run in Windows Media Player!"

As I said, the latter of these was easily accomplished in TweakUI. Anything comparable in 7? I have no idea if the former can be fixed at all.

Try Default Programs Editor

rolleyes
Nov 16, 2006

Sometimes you have to roll the hard... two?

orange lime posted:

Out of curiosity, how DOES 7 handle on a netbook? I heard it was quite scalable, and I'm getting somewhat tired of running Linux on mine. If there's a way to make it play nicely with a 1.6GHz Atom, a gig of RAM and an 8GB SSD, I'd love to hear it.

I ran it on my NC10 before I sold it, but I think you might be out of luck with the 8GB SSD as I had the 160GB HDD version. You're also really going to want to upgrade to 2GB RAM to make it usable.

If you can get around the 8GB SSD issue, the key is (slightly counter-intuitively) to leave Aero enabled but to turn off every single visual feature except for the desktop compositing itself, which you can do under Advanced System Settings -> Performance -> Visual Effects. Doing so means that the desktop composition is handled by the graphics card leaving the processor free for everything else. You can also go through the services list and disable things like superfetch if you feel so inclined, although how much benefit that's likely to give you is open to debate.

Eletriarnation
Apr 6, 2005

People don't appreciate the substance of things...
objects in space.



Oven Wrangler

I have never understood why turning off superfetch is a good idea. It tries to guess what you're going to need in RAM and loads it there - if you end up not needing what it guesses, you still have cache/RAM misses and have to load from disk as if you hadn't loaded anything at all. If you DO end up needing what it guesses, congratulations! You now get nanosecond-scale RAM latency instead of millisecond-scale HD latency, not to mention bandwidth!

rolleyes
Nov 16, 2006

Sometimes you have to roll the hard... two?

Personally I didn't disable it, but I believe the argument goes that it causes extra disk thrashing on startup as programs are pre-fetched. When you're dealing with a single-core Atom powered netbook with a 4200RPM harddrive I can see how turning it off might improve your boot-to-desktop times. Also, if you've only got 1GB of RAM then chances are anything which was pre-fetched will end up being dumped as soon as you open an Explorer window, making the whole pre-fetch exercise pointless anyway.

As I had 2GB I left it switched on.

rolleyes fucked around with this message at 12:10 on Jan 30, 2011

The Gunslinger
Jul 24, 2004

Do not forget the face of your father.

Fun Shoe

I'm pretty sure it operates as background I/O anyway so it wouldn't interfere with anything at startup. You're probably better off just leaving it on but I guess on a netbook or HTPC you're not running a plethora of applications to be fair. People disable it because they think seeing their HD LED is a bad thing for some reason and it's one of those dumb things on every lovely tweak guide site.

The Gunslinger fucked around with this message at 12:13 on Jan 30, 2011

ilkhan
Oct 7, 2004

IF I JUST LICK ENOUGH BOOT LEATHER, BIG DADDY TRUMP WILL SURELY LOVE ME

Its also considered very low priority disk I/O, as far as I know. So unless you actually wait for it to stop thrashing, it won't hurt anything.
I wouldn't know. I stopped closing programs and/or windows a long time ago.

rikatix
Aug 24, 2010


I have a general audio question.

My current configuration is that my 42" plasma tv is my computer monitor connected to the video card via HDMI.
I'm very satisfied with this but I wanted to use a 7.1 setup I had laying around for some extra audio.

From what I can gather it is impossible to have audio running through both the TV as well as the 7.1 setup, it has to be one or the other in windows 7.

I don't currently have the space for all the speakers, I was just hoping to get use out of maybe 3 speakers and the subwoofer, along with the TV speakers.

Any ideas?

Toast Museum
Dec 3, 2005

30% Iron Chef


rikatix posted:

I have a general audio question.

My current configuration is that my 42" plasma tv is my computer monitor connected to the video card via HDMI.
I'm very satisfied with this but I wanted to use a 7.1 setup I had laying around for some extra audio.

From what I can gather it is impossible to have audio running through both the TV as well as the 7.1 setup, it has to be one or the other in windows 7.

I don't currently have the space for all the speakers, I was just hoping to get use out of maybe 3 speakers and the subwoofer, along with the TV speakers.

Any ideas?

Why don't you hook up the 7.1 system to the TV?

rikatix
Aug 24, 2010


Toast Museum posted:

Why don't you hook up the 7.1 system to the TV?

they are computer speakers, I don't think the back of my TV has those inputs, checking out the manual now though as the TV is wall mounted and a bitch to take down.

The TV model is Panasonic TH-42PZ85U. The speakers are Creative GigaWorks s750

edit: just checked out the tv, I don't see anything that looks like a computer audio connection, maybe theres a splitter for these sorts of things?

rikatix fucked around with this message at 21:25 on Jan 31, 2011

You Am I
May 20, 2001

I will decide who posts John Howard pictures in this thread and the circumstances in which they post.


rikatix posted:

they are computer speakers, I don't think the back of my TV has those inputs, checking out the manual now though as the TV is wall mounted and a bitch to take down.

The TV model is Panasonic TH-42PZ85U. The speakers are Creative GigaWorks s750

edit: just checked out the tv, I don't see anything that looks like a computer audio connection, maybe theres a splitter for these sorts of things?

You just need a female 3.5mm to 2x RCA male cable. Plenty of electronic stores will have them

rikatix
Aug 24, 2010


You Am I posted:

You just need a female 3.5mm to 2x RCA male cable. Plenty of electronic stores will have them

well thats cool, i figured i would need a reciever but if i can do it directly.... good stuff thanks a lot.

Essobie
Jan 31, 2003

WHAT? THIS IS MY REGULAR SPEAKING VOICE.
Is this better?


You Am I posted:

You just need a female 3.5mm to 2x RCA male cable. Plenty of electronic stores will have them

I'm guessing his computer speakers are multiple 3.5mm (one for front left/front right, one for back left/back right, one for center/sub, and one for... high front left/high front right?), which typically plug into individual 3.5mm jacks on your sound card/motherboard outputs. Televisions don't have those.

If you want 7.1 sound, you are likely going to need to get a receiver/amplifier that does surround calculations AND has outputs for all of your computer speakers. And then you'll either need some wire adapters, or the willingness to strip your computer speakers to bare wires.

I am not an expert here, however.

C-Euro
Mar 20, 2010



Soiled Meat

When I use the Print Screen button, where does the image get saved?

EDIT: Snipping Tool worked perfectly, thanks

C-Euro fucked around with this message at 00:33 on Feb 1, 2011

c0burn
Sep 2, 2003

The KKKing


C-Euro posted:

When I use the Print Screen button, where does the image get saved?

It goes to your clipboard.

Try using the snipping tool for more convenience (start > snip)

rolleyes
Nov 16, 2006

Sometimes you have to roll the hard... two?

c0burn posted:

It goes to your clipboard.

Try using the snipping tool for more convenience (start > snip)

If you need screenshots on a regular basis you can install something like Greenshot which overrides the Print Screen button, so that when you press it you select the area to take the screenshot of and you can have it set up to auto save it among other things. It also has a handy little editor for drawing arrows and notes onto your shot.

Thermopyle
Jul 1, 2003

...the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt. —Bertrand Russell



rolleyes posted:

If you need screenshots on a regular basis you can install something like Greenshot which overrides the Print Screen button, so that when you press it you select the area to take the screenshot of and you can have it set up to auto save it among other things. It also has a handy little editor for drawing arrows and notes onto your shot.

Also take a look at ZScreen. It can do full-screen, window, cropped area, and most importantly to me...upload to FTP or different image hosts and put the resultant URL in the clipboard.

Red_Fred
Oct 21, 2010



Fallen Rib

So just to continue my noob questions: SP1 for 7 is worth installing?

Xenomorph
Jun 13, 2001


Red_Fred posted:

So just to continue my noob questions: SP1 for 7 is worth installing?

Why wouldn't it be worth it? General fixes and improvements. You'll have the newest stuff (even if you don't notice anything new).

Lum
Aug 13, 2003



Is there an official SP1 (eg. MDSN or Technet) out yet, or is it still just that dodgy leak from one of the OEMs?

Xenomorph
Jun 13, 2001


I'm afraid to download it as well. The Pirate Bay isn't where I want to look to for my important system updates ... especially not on a home system that has a nearly-perfect install of Windows for 17 months (the longest I've ever had any version of Windows installed).

XdN Tweaker hasn't been fully tested on Win7 SP1. I know it refuses to run because of the different Win7 build number (7600 vs 7601). I didn't want to possibly compromise my system with a fake/shady SP1 update (that has the same file name as the RC version of SP1 available on microsoft.com).
...although I guess I could have just tested it in VirtualBox or something... :/

jeeves
May 27, 2001

Deranged Psychopathic
Butler Extraordinaire


It's currently in Release Candidate state. Unless there are any glaring errors, RCs are usually just renamed to officials once they finish their testing.

That being said, unless you want THE LATEST WINDOWS FIXES RIGHT NOW!!!!!! just wait a week or two until they publicly release the final.

Tesseraction
Apr 5, 2009



Lum posted:

Is there an official SP1 (eg. MDSN or Technet) out yet, or is it still just that dodgy leak from one of the OEMs?

Is this not it?

Or this?

Red_Fred
Oct 21, 2010



Fallen Rib

I didn't even realise SP1 hadn't been officially released. This would explain why I couldn't really find it to download.

sedative
Mar 20, 2003

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Red_Fred posted:

I didn't even realise SP1 hadn't been officially released. This would explain why I couldn't really find it to download.

There are leaks from the same Russian () source that leaked Windows 7, Office 2010 and everything else that's come out over the last few years. Their source is inside Microsoft and their leaks have always been legit.

It's totally understandable if people want to wait as it's just a service pack.

LooseChanj
Feb 17, 2006

Logicaaaaaaaaal!


Tesseraction posted:

Is this not it?

Or this?

Those would appear to be the real deal. No point passing up on them, unless you'd just care to wait until they're posted to windows update.

Good lord, I miss the most obvious poo poo.

LooseChanj fucked around with this message at 20:41 on Feb 2, 2011

sedative
Mar 20, 2003

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LooseChanj posted:

Those would appear to be the real deal. No point passing up on them, unless you'd just care to wait until they're posted to windows update.

It's the release candidate from last October

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LooseChanj
Feb 17, 2006

Logicaaaaaaaaal!


sedative posted:

It's the release candidate from last October

Durrrr.

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