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1) Computer/Technology IRC Channel
The Computers/Technology forum has a channel on IRC, #tech.ie. Feel free to pop in and talk tech stuff or look for help.
You have to download an IRC client like mirc for windows, X-Chat for Linux or Colloquy for Mac in order to join the channel. If you use firefox then the Chatzilla extension is very handy.
If you have installed IRC, Click here or connect to ign.ie.quakenet.org and join #tech.ie.
2) How to I convert a Video/Audio in X format to Y format?
To be honest there's no point in reinventing the wheel, so if you need help converting a media file from one format to another, your best bet is to go to VideoHelp.com. Simply select the type of conversion you want to do and it will list a number of step by step guides on how to do this, including what software to use. Some guides require commercial software, others just use ones available for free.
The guides also include how to burn video files to DVD.
3) I can't play a media file I downloaded. I get sound but no picture or vice versa.
The media file has probably encoded with a compression format. In order to play it you will need to install the correct codec. You can use aviCodec or GSpot to identify what codec you need. You can then download the codecs individually or download a codec pack that will install every codec you are ever likely to need.
Alternatively you can install VLC Media Player which will play almost all media files without having to install any codecs separately.
4) Why is Rambus RAM so expensive?
RAMBUS Ram (RDRAM) is licensed by the RAMBUS Inc., so no other company manufacturers this type of RAM. It fits into the RIMM slot as opposed to the DIMM slot in most PCs today. RDRAM was brought in to replace SDRAM and to challenge DDR SDRAM. The memory chips themselves put out significantly more heat than SDRAM chips so heatsinks are needed on RIMM devices. It is very complex to manufacture and also costs a good deal more than SDRAM.
5) Will my SATA II Drive work on my SATA I Motherboard?
Soon after SATA's introduction, enhancements were made to the standard. A 3Gb/s signalling rate was added, offering up to twice the data throughput. To ensure seamless backward compatibility between older SATA and the newer faster SATA/3Gbs (SATA II) devices, the latter devices are required to support the original 1.5Gb/s (SATA I) rate . In practice, some older SATA systems that do not support SATA speed negotiation require the peripheral drive's speed be manually hardlimited to 150 MB/s with the use of a jumper for a 300 MB/s drive.
6) How do I backup my DVDs?
In most countries copyright laws allow the original purchaser/owner of a DVD to legally make one personal backup/copy for their own personal use. boards.ie would like to stress that it is illegal to backup/copy a movie that you do not own (i.e. personally purchased). It is also illegal to backup/copy your own movie and give copies away.
Some recommended applications to backup DVDs are:
Any thread deemed to be asking how to copy/backup DVDs and breaking copyright in the process will be deleted and posters banned at the mods' discretion. This FAQ posting is your final warning.
7) How do I install/reinstall Windows XP?
This guide has good step by step instructions on how to install XP on your PC from scratch. Useful if you want to do a clean install.
8) How do I download/save a YouTube or Google Video?
If you use Firefox then this extension will save the video for you. (Saves as FLV. VLC Media player will play them back or you can convert. See FAQ No 2.) Otherwise, this prog will save them as avi or mpg. Alternatively this website does the same thing. This application will record Microsoft Streams.
9) I get "Access Denied" when I try to open a folder
This often occurs when you reinstall XP and try to access a backed up copy of My Docuements. The solution is to take Ownership of the files and folder. Read this Microsoft KB on how to do this. If you cannot see the Security tab, then you will have to goto Explorer->Tools->Folder Options->View and untick Simple File Sharing, apply and now you should get that tab in XP Pro. For XP Home edition, you will have to boot into safemode and have to login as Administrator to access the Security tab, because in XP Home this tab is not visible to standard users.
10) How can I securely wipe the hard drive in my old PC before selling it on?
To wipe your old HD to prevent a third party recovering personal information, you can use DBAN . You can also use Eraser to wipe sensitive data.
11) I think I've been infected with a virus/malware/spyware. How can I tell for sure?
HijackThis is a powerful utility that scans your registry and various other files for entries that are similar to
what a Spyware or Hijacker program would leave behind. You must use extreme caution when having HijackThis fix any problems
as there are many legitimate programs that will show up in the logfile as being harmful.
CLICK HERE to download the HijackThis Installer:
- Save HJTInstall.exe to your desktop.
- Double-click on HJTInstall.exe to run the program.
- By default it will install to C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis.
- Accept the license agreement by clicking the "I Accept" button.
- Click on the "Do a system scan and save a log file" button. It will scan and then ask you to save the log.
- Click "Save log" to save the log file and then the log will open in Notepad.
- Click on "Edit -> Select All" then click on "Edit -> Copy" to copy the entire contents of the log.
- Make a topic and paste the log in your post.
- Do NOT have HijackThis fix anything yet! Most of what it finds will be harmless or even required.
Also take a good look at the following suggestions for malware prevention by reading Tony Klein’s article 'How Did I Get Infected In The First Place'
(Thanks to ActorSeeksJob)
Further help in relation to Virus and Malware can be found here