WindowsRules

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    • Sega Megadrive (Genesis) Modification

      in Forums > Sega Megadrive (Genesis) Modification | Follow this topic

      WindowsRules

      Hi Everyone,


      Let me clear something up first; yes, I know that this is the gaming/console/et al forum but what I want to discuss is a little more technical than this (geddit?)


      Anyway, I (as well as millions of other people) bought a Sega Megadrive (a.k.a. Genesis for U.S customers) Retro as a Christmas present for someone else. Anyway, I was there when they opened it (extremely happy faces all round) and turned it on. I was happy to see that it did indeed work as advertised. it wasn't perfect as the controllers are IR and are therefore a little bit temperamental if you are not directly in front of the console. All the games (some of which are "ports" of other games e.g. Dr Robonik's Mean Bean Machine is called "Columns".)


      Anyway, I was listening to the sound and whilst it isn't as good as an original Megadrive (Genesis) it wasn't as bad as I had feared. Later on I figured what it was that made it sound different - it is only using the left channel of the audio and not mixing the left and right into one (as there is only one audio output AV socket.)

      This got me to thinking if this console genuinely cannot output more than one audio channel or if the manufacturer (ATgames) just didn't put a right channel audio output on the console to save money.


      Essentially, what I would like to ask you, the brilliant RT community, if anyone is aware of someone modding one of these consoles to make the sound  come out in stereo to make it sound more "natural"?

      Yes, I could use an Android device with a controller and ROMs to get a better result, but I would prefer to do this without resorting to pirating 25+ year old games. I am not afraid to do a little soldering and/or rewiring.


      Yes, for those of you who are wondering, I do have an original Sega Megadrive II with assorted cartridges, so I do know what it is supposed to sound like.

      3 replies

    • Windows 10 Booting To A Black Screen (Sometimes)

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      WindowsRules

      Hi Everyone,


      I have had an occasional issue where Windows 10 boots to an unresponsive black screen. When it does this it doesn't respond to anything: CTRL + ALT + DEL/Windows key + P, blindly typing in my password to log in, the only thing that does work is by pressing the "reset" button on my computer's case. Once it reboots again everything works perfectly well. It is therefore one of these wonderful(!) intermittent problems that we all know and love.


      I have best seen it described in this YouTube clip:by someone having a similar issue


      However, my problem doesn't compare in a couple of  ways:

      (1. The problem is not constant and consistent

      (2. My motherboard does not have an integrated graphics card



      Current Machine Specification:

      * Operating System: Windows 10 Pro (64-bit) - Upgraded from Windows 7 (i.e. not a fresh install)

      * Case: Thermaltake V9 BlacX Edition Gaming Chassis

      * PSU: 950W X-Power (Semi-Modular)

      * Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 LE

      * CPU: Intel 2nd Generation Core i7 2600k (3.4GHz) - LGA 1155 (O.C’d to 4.4GHz)

      * RAM: 12GB DDR3 1600MHz G.Skill RAM (3x4GB )

      * Graphics card: 4GB (technically 3.5GBs) NVIDIA GeForce 970 GTX Graphics Card

      * HDDs

          - 500GB Samsung Pro 850 SSD SATA Solid State Drive (Primary HDD)

          - 2TB SATA 3Gb/s Samsung F2 Hard Drive (Secondary HDD)

          - Maxtor 500GB (Tertiary HDD)

          - Maxtor 500GB (Quaternary HDD)

          - Toshiba 3TB P300 High Performance HDD (Quinary HDD)

      * Samsung Blu-Ray SATA/DVD-RW drive

      * PCI cards

         - Realtek PCI-E 1.0 NIC

         - Hauppauge WinTV HVR 1300MCE PCI TV-card


      I have two monitors connected to my graphics card, both of which use D-SUB/VGA connections. I use VGA on one monitor because my monitor switch is VGA only and the other monitor is VGA only. Replacing either isn't really an option as neither are cheap to replace.

      To connect my monitor witch to my graphics card I use a simple DVI-D to VGA adaptor. For the other monitor I have to use a HDMI to VGA adaptor. Another fix that I could try is to find my DVI-I to HDMI adaptor that I bought a while ago and lost and plug the HDMI adaptor into that and see if that helps - what do you think?


      I could try and find my DVI-I to HDMI adaptor that I have misplaced but I want to see if you (the awesome RT community) have any bright ideas.


      18 replies

    • Global Holiday

      3 years ago

      WindowsRules

      Hi Everyone,


      Wishful thinking I know but since it is my birthday I would like to propose that today should be a paid holiday for everyone!


      Day's going well so far and I hope that yours is too,


      Have fun


      -WindowsRules

    • 21/10/2015 (or 10/25/2015)

      3 years ago

      WindowsRules

      Yes, I am jumping on the band-wagon to discuss this date from Back to the Future part 2.

      57178-1445449002266-BTTF_II_Date.jpg

      Anyway, this date is (as I am sure you are all aware is the date from Back To THe Future II. I have been looking forwards to this date for ages, eager to see if the predictions are right. As I am sure you all know that some of these predictions are indeed true: including monster-sized TVs on the wall, VR headsets (see Google Glass, Oculus, etc.)

      I am halfway through watching this film today and whilst some areas of it haven't aged well (e.g. the lurid 80's colours, etc) the rest is still good. I don't know if it me looking through rose-tinted spectacles but these films are just as good as they ever were.

      Your thoughts? :-)

    • 3 years ago

      WindowsRules
    • A DIscussion About Windows 10

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      WindowsRules

      Hi everyone,

      I would have posted this earlier but I have only tried to get to the Technical forum and succeeded today. I am sure that it started working properly earlier but I simply hadn't tried.

      What I wanted to do in this thread was to discuss Windows 10, what people think of it and what technical advantages/disadvantages it might have over Windows 7/8/8.1. Personally speaking I hate Windows 8/8.1 so IMO 8/8.1 is irrelevant but I appreciate that some people may prefer it,

      The reason why I want your feedback is I want to see what you all think of Windows 10 and what advantages that it has for you. I tried Windows 10 on my main PC as an upgrade (I would have prefered to do a clean install.) This upgrade went very smoothly and everything worked perfectly. After I had tailored everything to my taste I was happy with how W10 performed on it. However, 3 days later it did a BSOD on me and forced me to use a previous HDD image that I had taken 6 weeks before hand to recover Windows 7.

      So what I want to know is what are the real technical advantages that 10 has over 7? Apart from the usual marketing BS saying how wonderful the app store is and how good it is for touch-screens (neither of which has any interest for me) the only advantages that I can see is that DirectX 12 is a Windows 10 exclusive and that support lasts until 2025 (by which time my machine would have probably died ages ago.)


      I look forwawrds to seeing your thoughts on this :-).

      18 replies

    • 4 years ago

      WindowsRules
    • Corel WinDVD 11 Pro Woes & A Rant

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      WindowsRules

      Hi everyone,

      I am primarily creating this thread to solve a problem that I am having with Corel WinDVD 11 Pro but after i have covered that I want to rant about the BS that we are forced to face with DRM (Digital Rights Management.)

      First my problem:

      I have a copy of Corel's WinDVD 11 Pro, which I bought from Amazon in 2013. I had to buy this because the copy of WinDVD 2010 that came with my laptop was no longer receiving AACS license updates and was therefore not able to play newer Blu-Ray films. When I bought WinDVD 11 Pro, I had to update it, which started many problems and tl:dr = fixed it.

      Everything was fine until Thursday evening when I wanted to play "Interstellar" on Blu-Ray. For reasons I don't understand the disc wouldn't play. Whilst troubleshooting I discovered that there was a newer service pack available, so I downloaded it. This was my first mistake. what this is supposed to do is uninstall WinDVD 11Pro and install the new version (11.7.) What this actually did was completely uninstall the entire thing (leaving some empty folders in ProgramFiles(x86), orphaned registry entries and then crash.

      When I first encountered a similar problem, I had somehow gotten through to technical support (?) at Corel who recommended that I download the trial version, update that and activate it using my key, which worked. So I did that again, essentially this resulted in the exact same thing as following:

      (1. Install the free trial, which always successfully installs but can't play discs due to out-of-date AACS license.
      (2. Update said trial with service pack 4.
      (3. Update (apparently) successfully installs. However, this then gets stuck in an infinite loop. In the screenshot below there is a white box that says "Corel - loading." This box will flicker on and off endlessly (I know because I left it on its own to do this for a few hours with no progress.)
      WindowsRules552a314563bcf.jpg

      ....(3a. If I click "finish" in the above screenshot (somehow) it comes up with this error:
      WindowsRules552a31716f3bb.jpg

      ...(3b. If I untick "launch WinDVD" when installing the trial version mentioned in step 1 and then run the update it gets stuck on 78% shown in the screenshot below:
      WindowsRules552a319a034a9t.jpg

      I've tried the following to fix this:
      (1. Delete any residual remnants of Corel and WinDVD from the C:\ drive.
      (2. Tried a restore point done before I FUBARed it up.
      (3. Combed through the registry and removed instanced of "Corel" and "WinDVD."
      (4. I even got desperate and tried to install it in Safe Mode (naturally this didn't work.)
      (5. Tried running all the files in a compatibility mode.
      (6. Recovered old trial and update executables from a backup and tried those.

      NONE of this worked! The annoying thing is that (apparently) Corel charges for support (no idea how I managed to get it last time.) The other annoying thing that according to Corel's own user forums this has been a reoccurring problem for a while with no apparent resolution.

      I may try and battle through Corel's awful and inconsistent site (i.e. a link to download SP3 takes you to a download for SP4.) Before I do though if anyone has any recommendations or suggestions then please feel free to contribute.

      My Laptop's Specifications
      * CPU: Intel Core i5-460M (~2.6GHz (I can't remember exactly).)
      * GPU: ATi Radeon HD5870
      * RAM: 8GBs DDR3 (2 x 4GBs.)
      * HDD: 2 x 500GB (in RAID 0.)
      * OS: Windows 7 Professional (64-bit.)
      _________________________________________________________________

      My Rant

      DRM is a huge pain in the backside (to put it mildly.) In doing so the media industry is actually making it easier and more alluring for people to pirate their content (something that I would never do.) This is what it is designed to stop and therefore protect the creator(s) content. On top of this you have to have EXACTLY the right configuration in order to watch it (the only place I have this is on my laptop.)
      ADDITIONALLY the codec that is required to play this content has to be purchased in expensive software (such as WinDVD,) making things EVEN MORE INFURIATING.
      I know that I am not alone in this frustration but surely someone in the media industry must realise the damage that is being caused by this??

      [/rant]

      Discuss.......... :-)

      4 replies

    • Happy New Year!

      4 years ago

      WindowsRules

      Just a quick journal to wish anyone who watches me a Happy New Year and that I hope that everything goes even better for you than it did last year.

    • 10 Years!

      4 years ago

      WindowsRules

      I signed up to this site on the 31st of October 2004 and I can scarcely believe that it was that long ago. It feels more recent than that as I can remember that day precisely. My friend had to push me to sign up as I was (and still am to a certain extent) reluctant to try things like this.
      I can honestly say that I am glad that he did because everything that I have seen on this site in the last 10 years is fantastic! It is a great resource for excellent comedy in all the series that RoosterTeeth have done and the community is amazing! I can't praise everyone and everything in this site.

      I look forwards to the next 10 years!

      Keep up the great work RoosterTeeth!

      Edit:
      The date wheel on my watch is wrong (thought it was the 31st today) so my celebrations are a bit premature - sorry.

      So TOMORROW is my 10th anniversary of being a RoosterTeeth member! :-)

  • Comments (244)

    • Jalnor

      4 years ago

      Arr, matey... two questions where I suspect you'll be a knowledgeable person.
      First up, I'm looking at buying a Galaxy S5 (I'm not impressed with the S6's sacrifices or new features) and was wondering if you had any experience of that model that could help me decide.
      Secondly, I have someone in town who's come up with the concept for a smartphone app that would really help him in his line of work, but he lacks the knowledge to even pseudo-code it. Know any good Android devs willing to take a new idea and run with it? smiley1.gif

    • KWierso AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

      6 years ago

      Didn't know you read the Greatest Internet Images thread...

      • WindowsRules

        6 years ago

        lol, you must havew posted something good

      • KWierso AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

        6 years ago

        I saw a mod point from you in my mod history page.

      • WindowsRules

        6 years ago

        I do - sometimes there is some really funny stuff in there. You saw my status? :-)

    • Alex_vanPutten

      8 years ago

      I skipped the fart section.

    • tonyski change is scary

      8 years ago

      as far as I can tell it's only been the past month of stuff. it's noticable in my Nail'd video too.

    • CursedKnives

      8 years ago

      I'm not actually building another desktop, I could probably have written it better. I meant more of when building one it is a lot different.

      My current desktop, while being three years old and not exactly overboard ($800 for everything for the tower except the power supply), still plays just about all of my games perfectly fine at or near the highest settings.

    • Alex_vanPutten

      8 years ago

      Weekends aren't what they used to be. I wish I could work for roosterteeth...

    • little_chief

      8 years ago

      I didn't want to spam the board full of reviews if it's not even what he's looking for.

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=psjZzAC6dKI

    • tonyski change is scary

      8 years ago

      did you see my video on the FP of AH?

    • tonyski change is scary

      8 years ago

      In reply to WindowsRules, #2:

      This

    • Alex_vanPutten

      8 years ago

      Well, i was finished with it, but now that I've found it (and several other unfinished works), I might just start workin on it again.

    • WindowsRules

      9 years ago

      Heyy, just wanted to say thanks again for the tech help in the Help Me Choose Thread.

      The stuff arrived a few days ago and after hooking everything up, the audio is great and the video is AMAZING. The way I previously had my 360 hooked up to my computer was barbaric compared to this... The quality was probably a little less than standard while the 1400x900 resolution I now have is just beautiful. The switch box works great as well!

      Thanks again!

      - You are welome, I am glad it is working to your satisfaction :-)

    • stlranger

      9 years ago

      I need a bigger truck because I have a couple antique tractors I take to shows every year. My uncle has been using his truck for the past several years, but his is a 3/4 ton and he only has a small 18 foot trailer. We have three or four tractors we like to take to these shows, and if I get my own truck then I'll be able to haul my own tractors with a bigger trailer at the same time my uncle is using his truck and trailer with the other tractor(s) on it.

      It would also be nice to be more self-sufficient. Having a bigger truck would let me do more. I don't have to call someone with a bigger truck if I need something hauled or moved. And it would be nice to have a daily driver that's four wheel drive again. I don't have to worry about snow anymore.

      That, and I just plain like big trucks.

    • stlranger

      9 years ago

      I went to pull it in the driveway today cause it was out in the street, and the crunching sound came back. Rear end decided to grenade itself again. I was able to put it in four wheel drive and get it in the driveway, but the rear end is toast.

    • tonyski change is scary

      9 years ago

      not really for free. I did pay 150 for the better support back in March when I bought it.

    • stlranger

      9 years ago

      I do have a new CPU cooler as well. A Cooler Master V8 cooler. And the temps were in Fahrenheit.. Temps didn't even change after playing Mass Effect at full graphics for an hour or so.

    • stlranger

      9 years ago

      oh, and the rocker was so far out of alignment because when I put the rocker assembly on, there was a lifter that was stuck partially open. I adjusted it with it stuck cause if I pushed the lifter down, adjusted it there, and the lifter got stuck again, the valve would stick open and hit the pistons. I didn't want that. Now that the lifter is free, I adjusted the valve lash and no more miss.

    • stlranger

      9 years ago

      hokay, so, The rebuilt computer has an XFX motherboard with Nvidia chipsets, a PNY Nvidia GTS 250 with 1mb onboard memory, two 2MB GSkill DDR3 RAM sticks, an Intel Core 2 Quad processor 2.66 GHz. I kept everything else, which was an Antec 500 watt power supply, two 250 gb Seagate hard drives, optical drive, floppy (though I'm not sure why I have one in the first place... I don't use floppies anymore) and a Dynex card reader. All that crammed into a plain beige Antec case. Almost didn't have enough room for the huge graphics card.

    • Alex_vanPutten

      9 years ago

      I don't know. I guess just because it's cheaper. I am still looking around for good deals on better products, though. The only things that are for sure going to be a part of my computer are the ones I've already purchased.

    • WindowsRules

      10 years ago

      There is - but it is very expensive

    • stlranger

      10 years ago

      I actually ran out of room, which is why I had to put all the links in a separate journal. I knew cows produced more methane than anything else. Wish there was some way to collect all that methane. Use it to heat the building the cows are in or something.

    • stlranger

      10 years ago

      as far as I'm aware of, the only regulation (at least here in Missouri) is that head lights have to be seen at a certain distance and must have "DOT" on them whether they be lenses or sealed beam style. I don't know of any regulation about being a certain size or brightness. Only other regulation is that you can't have any colors other than red, white, or amber without a special permit, and they can't be flashing lights like those used on emergency vehicles.

    • Luxord_timet

      10 years ago

      Thanks for your help, i got the game running on a laptop so i can play it now, but if you ever feel generous, could you send me a graphic card

    • chris_harry

      10 years ago

      what happened to our private messages?

    • Alex_vanPutten

      10 years ago

      My dad is a stubborn ass.

    • stlranger

      10 years ago

      I'm just wondering where they came from. Random people have it, and I can't find any rhyme or reason to it.

    • wwefan_bs

      10 years ago

      dude how are ya?

    • Alex_vanPutten

      11 years ago

      I think it's a totally acceptable punishment for stealing.

    • chris_harry

      11 years ago

      can you please re-send the message

    • chris_harry

      11 years ago

      it is cool!!!

    • stlranger

      11 years ago

      The fuel mileage of the new ranger itself isn't anything spectacular, but compared to what i was getting with the old ranger, it will be a lot better.

    • wwefan_bs

      11 years ago

      Hey dude check out my journal. hope u like the songs

    • wwefan_bs

      11 years ago

      hey dude thanks for the journal comment.
      i know u love Valve Right?

    • wwefan_bs

      11 years ago

      yeah hl2 episode 2
      u?

    • wwefan_bs

      11 years ago

      Hey dude how sre ya ?

    • Eyes08

      11 years ago

      Oops!

      Pressed the wrong button, wanted to message you! LOL

      accidently pressed "remove friend"

    • Eyes08

      11 years ago

      hellllllloo..


      how are we?

    • VICECITY55

      11 years ago

      sure....

    • googleme2day

      11 years ago

      resend

    • googleme2day

      11 years ago

      I massively dislike your name btw.

    • Xorda

      11 years ago

      YOU DON'T HAVE A DeLOREAN? WHAT"S WITH ALL OF THOSE PHOTOGRAPHS?

    • stlranger

      11 years ago

      I think you mean Junkyard Wars instead of Scrapheap Challenge. tongue.png

      J/K. Difference between America and England. Football is soccer, foot pounds is torques, etc. Only problem is the Top Gear episodes we get on TV here are from last season. Thankfully there's Final Gear.com where I can get fresh episodes.

    • chris_harry

      11 years ago

      Blast...i cant open your message you sent

    • Alex_vanPutten

      11 years ago

      A camera animation

    • Flatjedi

      11 years ago

      I can't read your message.

    • Hikoki_Luna

      11 years ago

      Sorry to bother you, but I was wondering if you could please sponsor my friend for 50 mods? I'd really appreciate it. If not, I understand.

    • Alex_vanPutten

      11 years ago

      lol

    • wwefan_bs

      11 years ago

      yeah. congrats for passing halo 2

    • wwefan_bs

      11 years ago

      hey dude

    • Alex_vanPutten

      11 years ago

      lol, sure thing.

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