WindowsXPIts difficult to tell which version of Windows XP you or someone else is running … Home , Professional or Media Center and if it’s Retail ( Bought in a Box ) , OEM ( Bought with a new computer) or Volume License for large corporations , schools and Microsoft. Here’s a way to find out exactly which version and flavour! Click on Start, then Run Type sysdm.cpl and press enter Under the Registered To Section , there should be a 20 Digit Number The first Group of 5 Numbers Determines the Type of Windows XP , Match your code for your OS Type 55274 : XP Professional 55276 : XP Professional upgrade 55276 : XP Home 55277 : XP Home 55285 : XP Professional 76487 : XP Media Center Edition 2005 76487 : XP Pro Royalty OEM 76487 : XP Pro volume license (with ‘640’ channel ID) The second group of numbers displaus your Version , Match your number for your version Second set: 007 : retail 011 : upgrade OEM : OEM 270 : Volume License 335 : Retail 640 : Volume License 648 : Academic
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WMV Iconhuge-right-arrow11FLV After capturing a video on a standard straight to DVD video camera ,The file was encoded with ASF ( Advanced Streaming Format ) ,I wanted to stream this on the internet. The obvious format would be a FLV file streamed using a flash player. The main program I use to convert files to FLV is a free program called “Riva FLV Encoder 2.0” . This does not support WMV files :(. I needed to convert the WMV into an AVI , This can be done using a previous version of Virtual Dub (1.3 due to a Microsoft Legal Case in which WMV support for virtual Dub was stopped due to Microsoft owning the codec Error Message : ASF files are not supported) Download Virtual Dub 1.3 After importing the file into Virtual Dub 1.3 , It produced an Error “ASF: Illegal Object Fragment flags 0a in packet at 14c0 packing size = 1f40, pp =12,  send time: 0:00” After more research someone has written a Virtual Dub Plugin for WMV support for the latest version of Virtual Dub ( 1.9.0 ). You can download this WMV plugin by fccHandler Here and follow the readme for installation.  However this still produced errors when trying to reencode to AVI To file the WMV (ASF File ) I used a tool called ASF Tools 3.1 I ran a Basic Repair on the WMV then Re-Encoded it. To do this you will need to download and install: Download and Install Windows Media Encoder 7.1 – wmencoder71.exe Install this MPEG4 codec : http://www.divx-digest.com/software/mpeg4codec.html I then open the fixed WMV with Virtual Dub , set : Audio : Direct Stream Copy Video : Direct Stream Copy Then File , Save As AVI. This can then be converted with Riva FLV Encoder 2.0
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Spotify Portable

spotify Well I’ve seen the future of on-line music and its one of those things that will revolutionise the industry.A huge selection of On-Demand music anywhere, hosted in the Cloud, Custom Playlists that follow you anywhere as well as the ability to share with your friends and the icing on the cake, supporting the artist through the same adverts as a radio. I know last.fm has offered this service for a while, but Spotify have simplified the process for your average user who just want Music now with the same clean look and speed of Itunes! After plugging this software to as many people as possible I have found this software can be turned portable. Spotify upon installation installs 2 files to C:\Program Files\Spotify “Spotify.exe” and “Uninstall.exe” Grab a new usb memory stick , Copy the Spotify.exe to the memory stick, Plug into a computer at Work, School, University and Internet Cafe, Login with your Spotify details , and your off again!
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Recently this month I have been having issues getting my Astra to start first time. It seems the initial Revs where below the 600 RPM needed to keep the car Idle. Sometimes it would be over ( would start ) and sometimes under ( conk out ). One thing I did notice however was when the car did start from Idle , the fans would stay on at full speed even if the car was freezing from the night before! This gradually got worse with the colder weather until I had to call out the trusty RAC to help! Upon further investigation by a professional ! , the Issue was the Engine Coolant Temperature Sensor which tells the onboard computer what the engine temperature is so that the optimum driveability is realized while the engine is warming up ( more fuel is added) and when the engine has reached operating temperature the engine is kept in that state ( via the fans ). Upon the disconnection of the cable to the ECT the car would start fine due to the standard amount of fuel being plugged into the engine instead of the wrong fuel injection due to the defective ECT. This was a temporary solution however the ECT (or commonly called the CTS Coolant Tempurature Sensor ) needed replacing as without it the car is put into “Safe Mode” where the fans will run at full speed for the entire time the car is running even with the Key out! This would run down the battery in a matter of hours , so to fix this the only method was to run the car with the ECT disconnected then when parking , reconnect the ECT lead to stop the fans! A new ECT cost me £12 and can be found by googling your car manufaturer and parts and your local area and ringing round to confirm stock! Click for Larger Pictures The ECT is located as on the picture and will have a cable connected to it with a clip on the side that needs to be pushed to release the cable. Once this is released you can unbolt the ECT with a spanner. Careful , if you have just been for a ride , there will be a gush of boiling engine fluid after the ECT is removed. Screw in the new ECTand tighten with spanner. Check your engine coolant water ( the yellow capped container nearest the  windscreen on the right hand side )and top up if needed. Reconnect cable and problem solved for £12!
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