Posts Tagged: x64

2pale moonPale Moon: Firefox enhanced and in 64bit

I’ve been look­ing for a 64bit Fire­fox for a couple of years now, pretty much since Java and Flash play­er became avail­able in 64bit.  Moz­illa seem in no hurry to pro­gress the mine­field night­lies into a full release, but sev­er­al third parties have taken the open source code and com­piled it for 64bit.  I’ve looked at sev­er­al of these and the best sup­por­ted and most reg­u­larly updated seems to be a build called Pale Moon.

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2FFmpeg LogoFFDShow DXVA H.264 corruption resolved

I have recently been suf­fer­ing cor­rup­tion play­ing back some H.264 files with FFD­Show try­outs.  After a bit of exper­i­ment­ing I’ve found that the last build without this issue is build 3949 from 24th-July.  I pre­vi­ously had issues with earli­er releases of FFD­Show that didn\‘t work with DXVA at all — for­tu­nately build 3949 doesn’t suf­fer this issue.  I also pre­vi­ously had a prob­lem where some builds of FFD­Show were less effi­cient on my HTPC and were unable to smoothly decode some high bitrate movies, e.g. a rip of the Inglori­ous Bas­terds Blu-Ray, which has forced me to con­tin­ue to use an old build from mid-2010 until now.  Build 3949 doesn’t suf­fer from these issues either — so in terms of the 3 prob­lems I’ve had over the years with ffd­show, build 3949 doesn’t suf­fer from any of them, mak­ing it my build of choice for the fore­see­able future.

0dosboxRunning 16bit Windows apps on Windows 7

Whilst set­ting up a new laptop with Win­dows 7 x64 recently, I was asked if I could get some old 16bit pro­grams run­ning.  One of these was an edu­ca­tion­al piece of soft­ware called “Mul­ti­me­dia Motion II” by Cam­bridge Sci­ence Media.  This is a win­dows pro­gram that has worked on all pre­vi­ous ver­sions of win­dows up to win­dows XP.  How­ever, Win­dows 7 x64 no longer sup­ports 16bit Win­dows pro­grams, and instead throws the error about being an “Unsup­por­ted 16-bit applic­a­tion”… Read Full Art­icle

0Humax PVR-9200TCopy files from Humax PVR 9200T to PC

I own a couple of Humax PVT-9200T dual freeview PVRs, both of which are now quite full with recor­ded pro­grams.  Humax have provided a pro­gram called eLinker, but it isn’t very good.  A good altern­at­ive is Humax Media Con­trol­ler but unfor­tu­nately it doesn’t work with Win­dows x64, as Mike Dim­mick explains.  Thank­fully, Mike has also cre­ated a solu­tion by patch­ing some of the files, so that Humax Media Con­trol­ler can now be used suc­cess­fully in Win­dows 7 x64.  The only issue is that Win­dows must be booted with Driver Sign­ing Enforce­ment dis­abled.

68Canor CanoScan LIDE ScannerGet your old scanner working with Windows 7 x64

In recent months I’ve encountered sev­er­al prob­lems where people have con­tac­ted me ask­ing for help get­ting their USB scan­ners work­ing on new PCs.  In each case the new PCs have come with Win­dows 7 x64, and the scan­ners have been USB devices pro­duced by Can­on and Nikon.  Both of these ima­ging spe­cial­ists have ser­i­ously dropped the ball on sup­port­ing products, includ­ing some quite expens­ive premi­um kit from not all that long ago.  … Read Full Art­icle

0adobe acrobat pdf logoAdding searching of PDF file contents from Windows search

Win­dows 7 (and Vista) include a search sys­tem that can search not just file names, but the con­tents of files.  Microsoft Office doc­u­ments are all sup­por­ted by default, how­ever PDF files are not.  Adobe provide a plu­gin which is included with Adobe Read­er 9 (and new­er) which enables this func­tion­al­ity.  How­ever a 64bit plu­gin is not included.  Adobe now provide ver­sion 9 of their iFil­ter for x64 64bit sys­tems which is freely down­load­able

0MCEBuddy LogoMCEBuddy — v2 Beta 14

MCE­Buddy 2 Beta 14 has been released.  It’s the first release in a long time that is a com­plete pro­gram.  It also includes offi­cial x64 sup­port.  There are still some major issues remain­ing, but with­in those lim­its it should be an excel­lent solu­tion for con­vert­ing wtv files and strip­ping adverts from them.

0FFmpeg LogoUnsolved: Decoding interlaced vc1 in Media Center x64

Whilst my MediaPC setup can decode just about everything thrown at it, I have had prob­lems decod­ing inter­laced VC1 con­tent.  The prob­lem is caused by the fail­ure of ffm­peg to sup­port inter­laced vc1.  Whilst there are oth­er codecs (e.g. cyber­link or arc­soft) these are cur­rently not avail­able as x64.  Cyber­link do have an x64 codec for h.264 and mpeg2, but I haven’t been able to get it to work with VC1 con­tent.  Hope­fully ffm­peg will fix inter­laced vc1 sup­port soon, but as its been on the to do list for over 2 years I’m not hold­ing my breath

0Serial Key LogoRetrieving serials from Windows

I am fre­quently giv­en PCs to repair that require a rein­stall of win­dows.  These often don’t come with a full list of seri­al num­bers for the soft­ware installed on them.  To avoid the hassle of ask­ing the own­er to dig the seri­als out, it is easi­er to simply pull the seri­als from the old install before wip­ing.… Read Full Art­icle