Tuesday, September 07, 2010

[Fix] Firefox Going Aero Basic

Hey everyone, haven't written in my blog for a long time, and while I've had other things going on, it's purely down to procrastination. However, that's going to change, and I'm back with a fix for an annoying issue for Firefox 3.x and higher.

Ever notice that when you're doing flash intensive stuff in Firefox, that the Aero bar at the top will go back to basic, and you'll be unable to actually use your min,max, close buttons? Yeah, I have too, and the fix isn't well publicized at all. Mozilla surely knows about this because it seems to be a somewhat widespread issue, yet they haven't fixed it in their latest beta of Firefox 4 (Beta 5). Well here is the fix for you to finally put an end to that annoying bug.

Go to About:Config and click "I'll be careful, I promise!"

Search for "dom.ipc.plugins.enabled.npswf32.dll"

You'll see it's set to True, set it to False and restart Firefox.

Hopefully now your browser's title bar won't be crippled just because you use flash. :D

Monday, December 14, 2009

Poor Neglected Blog + Geforce 7600 GS Black Out Fix

Haven't written here, probably because I haven't had anything to write about. I guess I should keep things up, and write about a few fixes that I've discovered with the Nvidia Geforce 7600 GS video card with Windows XP.

Currently, the latest Nvidia Forceware driver set will cause some instability with the Geforce 7600GS video card, with symptoms involving the screen blacking out during AVI playback with FFDShow, and gameplay in Left 4 Dead, The Sims 3, and World of Warcraft. I went google hunting to try and find a solution for the problem, and found a suggestion telling me to install a two year old driver set Forceware 93.71, which I will provide a link below. Be sure to completely remove any trace of the newer driver set before you install these drivers, something that'll save you headaches in the future.

Ever since I installed these drivers, which date back to late 2006, I haven't had a single black screen or instability issue, which is pretty bad on Nvidia's side, as it shows the lack of quality in the upkeep of older hardware. I cannot tell if this issue appears on the Geforce 7600GT, and if you get any video issues at all with the 7600 GT then it appears this effects both GPUs.

Nvidia Forceware 93.71

Friday, August 21, 2009

Microsoft Windows 7 Blog Spotlight

So I sit here, early in the morning, and notice that one of my friends was featured on Microsoft’s Windows 7 spotlight, congrats to him by the way. So I wonder, how did he manage this feat, and I learned that Microsoft has a Clubhouse thing going on. Where you write large articles in the clubhouse and get the opportunity to be featured on their main Windows 7 website.

While it features a pre-approval sign up, which automatically made me think back to my not so friendly articles referring to Microsoft’s failures with Vista, I decided to press forward. Then I stopped dead in my tracks when a friend mentioned to me that Microsoft will not approve a blogger that has had negative posts about Microsoft and about a dozen little red flags popped up with little plinking noises. “Wait a damn minute.”, I think to myself, as I stare at the About Me section of the sign up process, “Why does it matter if I wrote some negative articles about Microsoft?”. Well, I soon realized that the Clubhouse community was a giant advertising campaign that Microsoft is cleverly using their Clubhouse members to deploy.

Don’t get me wrong, the articles are top-notch, and of great quality, which saddens me since they’re basically being used as pawns to promote Windows 7, but look at the elements here. You have several hundred users, vying for that coveted prize of a gift certificate, of which of course Microsoft will place on their main website. Now you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure out that Microsoft isn’t going to post potentially negative articles on their main website. So while the articles are good, they’re horribly, horribly biased, and it discredits the writes in general, who I think don’t even realize their being used to advertise Windows 7.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Monitor Woes, & Office 2010

Well, in an odd twist, my monitor decided to randomly fix itself, although I'm certain that the fix won't hold, and I'm just buying time until I can buy a monitor and hardware upgrade later this month. So, Windows 7 finally became available to MSDN & Technet, so some of those lucky individuals will be able to upgrade to Windows 7, and activate fully. Personally I've been able to activate my copy of Windows 7 x64 after installing it last night. Originally I was intending to upgrade once I got my new hardware upgrades, but my acceptance into the Office 2010 Technical Preview threw a wrench in my plans, and rather than installing and setting up, as well as activating Office 2010 and then having to reformat and lose some information, as well as having to activate again, I would just install it early, set up my email accounts in Outlook and activate my copy of Office 2010.

Posting to blogs via Microsoft Word as far as I know might not be a new feature, but I've been able to accomplish this in MS Word 2010, and absolutely love it, everything in the Windows Live suite, aside from Messenger, has been replaced by this Office suite, Writer has been replaced by Word, with it's blog posting features, and Live Mail has been replaced by Outlook, although the fact that Outlook strips my web side inbox clean when it downloads new mail, and Live Mail didn't do this, is aggravating to say the least. If I ever get over my massive case of lazy, I'll write up a review of the suite, complete with screenshots, but for now, I'm focusing on my hardware upgrades and getting this sudden wave of hardware failures behind me.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Fried Monitor + Testing Out Blogger Buddy

Right now, I'm sitting on a 15" Sony Trinitron CRT. Very old, this monitor is easily going into it's late teens. I'm also sitting here testing out a new gadget called Blogger Buddy, for Windows Vista and Windows 7. What Blogger Buddy does, is it allows you to post to your blog, from the gadget, a complete writer, and blog monitor. Fairly impressed with it, you can find it from the link below.

Blogger Buddy

Some HTML knowledge might be required to get around the link posting bits, but it shouldn't be too hard to figure out.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Back up and running

The card finally arrived Monday and I was able to install it and get my PC up with little fuss, thank goodness it was the video card.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Fried Graphics Card

Well about a week ago, I was sitting at my PC, playing Counter-Strike Source, when all of a sudden, poof. Poof in a non-descriptive term, as the events that unfolded in front of my ever widening eyes was a nice colorful flash of polygons screaming as they run away from my character model as other polygons thrash about in a spiked explosive glory. In all my years of playing PC games, I never once had a graphics card die on me with such velocity. This is due to my almost OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), of PC maintenance behavior. Dusting once every two weeks, temperature monitoring, keeping up to date on my drivers and so on. I guess it was just meant to be, although the polygons leaving my character model, leaving a wire frame skeleton underneath was entertaining, the card completely fried, leaving Windows 7 running happily along in the background as if nothing happened, even to the point of still playing my music in Winamp.

So over the next few days I looked over my options, tried to get ahold of Brainwave, they happily told me that my warranty is out of date, and there was nothing they could do, but possibly contact the manufacturer (eVGA) for a replacement as they usually go out of their way to help their customers. So I call evga, the guy was very friendly, he told me my options, and even though the card was out of date, and I never registered at their website, he set me up for a one time replacement warranty, and initiated an RMA. I walk up to the local Ship-It store, and send the card, adorned with bubble wrap, for a whole $13.00 over to eVGA in their Californian based company. Took five days to reach them, so with constant watching of the Fedex tracker, I waited patiently, even though they are pretty lax about updating their shipping tracker.

Thankfully, due to my OCDness, my 10 year old PC runs perfectly fine, and I can use that to listen to music, browse the web, and chat. As well as post to my blog, which I will do right up to the point where I can get my hands on Windows 7 RTM and post my little review on that as I did with Vista. Time will tell when I can actually get my PC up and running, it's just sitting there, looking all sad and pathetic, if a computer can look as such, with a gaping hole where it's GPU is supposed to be, poor thing.