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Midi controller help (3)

1 Name: Stormdragoon : 2006-06-27 23:41 ID:oxnlO+Uv

Sorry if this isn't tagged properly as it's my first time posting here.

I recently bought a midi controller for my pc and somehow forgot to research how it will actually work with my pc. I know it will be plug and play, but does that mean when the controller is on I can just play away and here it, or do I need some software for that? All I really want to do is plug my midi controller in, choose what I want it to sound like and play. Any thoughts, or am I screwed?

Just in case anyone's wondering:
The controller is a M-audio Keystation 49e and I'm running Win XP Pro with a Creative Audigy Soundblaster 2 audio card.

Thanks for any help.

2 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-06-28 09:19 ID:RNOvvUdE

I've got a Keystation 49e as well. It supports a USB connector, so no need to go through your sound card. I don't believe it needed any drivers for basic functionality, but you might want to check M-Audio's web site.

Do you have a host program to actually play the sounds, like Cakewalk? All the MIDI controller provides is an interface- you need some kind of synthesizer to get sound out of it.

3 Name: Stormdragoon : 2006-06-28 14:19 ID:oxnlO+Uv

Yeah.. stupid me forgot to install one of the programs that came with the Soundblaster (I think it was the SoundFont something or other). After installing that I had what I needed. Thanks much for the help though.

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[Tech Support] drop shadow? [OSX] (2)

1 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-06-22 23:00 ID:HtC/3zD3

Hey guys, is there a way to enable a drop-shadow of the text (like on e-term) for OSX's

2 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-06-30 21:37 ID:Heaven

i doubt it, is pretty crummy. i use iTerm but i don't think it supports that option either.

you could always run eterm using fink

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Selling a computer (4)

1 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-06-21 21:10 ID:PbzANvAh

At the start of this year, I bought a new laptop that was subsequently damaged by cleaning spray that seeped behind the bezel.

Since I now have another laptop, I'm planning to sell this one off with warnings/ or as parts but I am concerned about my personal data and was hoping you could help me out with a few questions.

Since I already registered this computer with Microsoft, will the next owner still be registered as me or will the record be overwritten while they're setting it up?

Parts, or whole? The laptop is still fully functional and the damage is barely visible when viewed head on, the damage only appears dramatically when from the side or the top, from the bottom it disappears.

Best site for auctions? Everyone says ebay, but is it really that good?

2 Name: Albright!LC/IWhc3yc : 2006-06-22 01:38 ID:4/P1wf+y

So the damage is only cosmetic, but you replaced it anyway?

Anyway, you'll definitely want to wipe the drive as thoroughly as possible. Really, it's not something that you can do too much of. If you still have the discs that came with the system, I'd just restore the system to the exact same form it was in when you got it (after wiping it as mentioned above). Can't help you with how MS's nonsense works, though.

3 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-06-22 09:32 ID:mWzd8UNf

Definitely format and reinstall using your windows disk just remember to back up all your all your drivers because they can be a pain to find for certain laptops. Do this before you format and put them safely away. Often they will be on a backup partition on your harddrive but if you have never formated and reinstalled before stick them on disk. Try drivers guide toolkit.
If you need instructions on how to format your laptop just shout.


4 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-06-22 09:35 ID:mWzd8UNf

Sorry should have mentioned that last comment was just to avoid confusion just in case ppl get restoring and system restore mixed up .

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[techsupport] x1600 mobility radeon noise (4)

1 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-06-20 19:20 ID:xrtd++VY

just bought a travelmate 8200, and its got a mobility radeon x1600 w/ hypermemory 256mb card. Problem is, whenever i'm doing something thats minimally graphics intensive, such as viewing a video or displaying folders n stuff, it makes a clicking noise. This noise occurs with higher frequency depending on te intensiveness of the graphics. But theres no noise when i play games such as hl2. I know its the videocard and not the hard drive causing it cause i disabled the videocard and ran on intengrated graphics, and the sound was gone. Any ideas what might be causing it?

2 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-06-20 21:40 ID:uUQXVMoW

"Unlike NVidia, ATI implements PWM (pulse-width modulation) on their graphics cards to control the fan speeds. The fan is controlled by continuously pulsing the power supply instead of providing a lower voltage as the NVidia cards do. As a result, when not spinning the fan at 100% it creates a clicking sound which some have criticized when creating a silent computer."

3 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-06-21 13:58 ID:Heaven

Wow, that's some shittily implemented PWM.

4 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-06-21 18:38 ID:iEZXyxF6

phew, thanks alot for clearing that up

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Best free antivirus software? (7)

1 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-05-28 09:21 ID:EmgENjpf

Recommendations please? or should i just stick some cracked software in my machine?

2 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-05-28 12:03 ID:Heaven

3 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-05-28 12:17 ID:Heaven

Norton and McAfee have gone down the drain, avoid.

I use the free version of AntiVir, 'seems to work fine.

4 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-05-29 17:07 ID:EmgENjpf

Is AVG ( any good?

5 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-05-29 19:14 ID:Heaven

Looking at this slashdot article here,, AVG seems okay. One comment here: "AntiVir wins, with AVG a close second" seems to summarize the general opinion, I believe.

6 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-06-05 17:29 ID:PcE6DHQq

i've had AVG recommended to me often as well

7 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-06-21 17:05 ID:59yqttFq

I run AVG antivirus along with zonealarm firewall personal and windows defender anti spyware all free and very good at what they do.

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Flash animation tutorials...? (8)

1 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-06-05 19:44 ID:/C1ZhZeV

i picked up a copy of flash a couple of months back and i've gotten the hang of the basics of the program. but i was wondering if there were any websites that had instructions/tutorials/tips for improving my animation. i've seen shorts like "nightmare city" and i'd really like to learn how to do the advanced effects i've seen in short of that caliber.

2 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-06-06 20:32 ID:Heaven

I haven't seen good online flash tutorials. Most of them looked amateurish to me, unusable or overly complex.
Better dig the docs themselves, and study the flashes you like with a swf disassembler. If you hit a specific snag, ask for help in a dedicated forum on how to solve it.

3 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-06-06 22:01 ID:9IbXosau

I've found the best way to do soemthing isn't to go through a whole bunch of tutorials. instead, think of something in your mind that you want to create. then go out and create it. when you get to a part of the animation that you don't know how to do, then seek a tutorial to do that specific thing. and overtime you'll just accumulate everything you'll need to know. that's what I do with photoshop. granted i'm still quite ameteurish at it but it's enough to get me by ^^

4 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-06-17 17:57 ID:dtrFYb/Y

good advice. but what about the non-creative stuff like making an effective preloader, loading all my elements before the movie starts, etc...?

5 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-06-17 18:33 ID:Heaven

The official docs include a preloader. But yeah, if you find a fancy preloader, feel free to use it. Make sure that the code of that preloader is okay, tho. Some preloaders out there have crappy code.

6 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-06-17 22:41 ID:on5wZzIP

This advice sucks so, so bad.

The tutorials available on the internet are of decent quality that you can learn most of the beginner and intermediate concepts, even some advanced, with acceptable ease. Combine them with asking questions on forums as you go along and you'll do fine

7 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-06-18 21:50 ID:EdNqPCnn

ok.... but my original question being where's the best place to go to get this information?

8 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-06-19 15:58 ID:QV4COw8y

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MP3 Encoders/Converters (7)

1 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-06-11 15:22 ID:jXI09ipb

Can someone recommend a great MP3 encoder that converts wav and flac to MP3? Thanks!

2 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-06-11 15:33 ID:Heaven

3 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-06-13 07:24 ID:TSqiURdt

4 Name: timian : 2006-06-16 19:58 ID:t93ZGoqt

1280x1024 on a new 19 inch LG "Flatron L1917S". I like it a lot, but I wish I had more money so I could buy a wide screen monitor. But the 19 inch LCD is very good and a really great improvement over my old 19 inch CRT running 1024x800.

5 Name: timian : 2006-06-16 19:59 ID:t93ZGoqt

OMG! I hit the wrong window. Please disreguard #4

6 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-06-16 21:53 ID:Heaven

i bet you're glad you put your name on that post.

7 Name: timian : 2006-06-16 22:02 ID:t93ZGoqt

Yeah, well it doesn't really matter, does it? :-)
But on the topic: Have you tried "Jet Audio"? It does what you ask and probably even some more. Weather its great enough I'm probably not "tech enough" to say for sure.

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Taking ownership of files under XP (4)

1 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-06-14 15:29 ID:Heaven

Sometimes when I unRAR a set of images, the files are inaccessible. Trying to view or move them result in "Access denied." Changing the files permissions the standard way (right click, properties, security, advanced, owner) doesn't make the files available.

The way I managed so far to solve this was by using a commercial program called "Delete FXP Files" that allows to "Take Ownership Of Selected Items". This solves the no-access problem, but that program only works file by file.

I'm looking for a program or a solution that can change the access rights of a whole bunch of files.

2 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-06-14 15:34 ID:Heaven

Ah, never mind, I found a solution: by unraring with 7z instead of winrar.

3 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-06-15 08:27 ID:Heaven

I'm glad I don't use windows XP...

4 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-06-16 18:08 ID:yO3Wx1ry

Me too. :x

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HDD partitioning on mac (4)

1 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-06-12 00:51 ID:ZTUM5kOk

Hi, I have an old powerpc and I just cloned its disk to a 10gb disk using HDClone. The problem is that HDClone creates a partition the exact same size as the original disk, meaning that my 10gb HDD right now has a 1.2gb partition with OS9 on it and the rest is unpartitionned. I was wondering how I can resize the partition on OS9 since I am not used to macs. Thanks

2 Name: Albright!LC/IWhc3yc : 2006-06-12 01:25 ID:JN1T/y25

The program actually did that? I'm not familiar with that program, but that doesn't make any sense.

Anyway, using OS 9 is starting to get a bit fuzzy, but I'm pretty sure there's a standard utility to partition disks on the OS installation disc if not in the Utilities folder as well. It'll be a destructive partition, though. Will Disk Copy do it?

3 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-06-12 12:20 ID:/DbUooWZ

HDClone usually does a copy the exact same size as the original disk, or at least the free version. I do not have the OS9 disk since I bought the mac at a garage sale. I can try to download it however. I dont know what Disk Copy is. Thanks for the suggestions, I'll try them whenever I can.

4 Name: Albright!LC/IWhc3yc : 2006-06-13 02:49 ID:JN1T/y25

All right, is the 10GB disk external? If so, I'd attach it to another computer and reformat it using that. (It's okay if the other computer is a PC; the Mac OS as far back as 7.5 can read DOS-formatted disks.) Then re-attach it to the Mac and format it back to the Mac format using File: Erase Disk. Then use some backup utility that doesn't repartition the diskā€¦ With Mac OS 9, I think just Select All and drag-and-dropping to the other disk should work.

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Windows XP Visual Styles (5)

1 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-06-07 20:02 ID:zMWj1Lyb

I want to change the visual style on my copy of XP, but I don't know the best way about doing it. It seems like there are a lot of shady-looking programs out there for doing so, but could anyone reccomend one/a way of changing XP's look?

2 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-06-08 01:22 ID:lWJWTvqU

WindowBlinds or simply patch your uxtheme.dll and use the *.msstyles themes.

3 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-06-10 10:57 ID:mDlyqMWc


4 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-06-11 15:15 ID:8WiUs3DA

Litestep is great, but it's a bit intimidating for the non-computer savvy. It's a total shell replacement. There are many themes for it, and it's much more stable than the Windows shell.

5 Name: 4n0n4ym0u5 h4xx0r : 2006-06-11 15:19 ID:8WiUs3DA

Sorry, forgot the link. You can start here if you're interested.
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