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Caseks-Computer-Corner

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by <KEY3>, Nov 10, 2004.

  1. <KEY3>

    <KEY3> Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 24, 2004 Messages: 6,878 Likes Received: 2

    Official Thread Jack:

    Resident tech guy Casekonly has offered to help out with our nerd needs. Consider this thread:

    Everything You Wanted To Know About Techs*
    *but were afraid to ask



    hey casek..... here's a question:

    you know how if you have a 16x9 TV and you have a DVD player
    with 'widescreen output' then everything fits nicely? Well is there
    a software dvd player (even one I'd be willing to pay for) that lets
    you tell the player to send the 16x9 signal out?

    or the simple version:

    I'm going to get a 16x9 computer monitor, and I dont want to have
    to start buying anamorphic DVDs. Can I set it so 'fullscreen' on the
    software player knows that it's 16x9 instead of 3X4 ???





    winner gets a prize.
     
  2. casekonly

    casekonly Veteran Member

    Joined: Aug 6, 2002 Messages: 8,264 Likes Received: 5
  3. <KEY3>

    <KEY3> Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 24, 2004 Messages: 6,878 Likes Received: 2
    I'll look it up.
    Freeware?
     
  4. casekonly

    casekonly Veteran Member

    Joined: Aug 6, 2002 Messages: 8,264 Likes Received: 5
    btw kilo, i was thinking of starting a computer related thread in here...sort of a 'caseks computer corner' type deal. i can answer questions and give brief tutorials on optimization, security, software for different purposes and whatnot...think it's a good idea or not?

    oh, and powerdvd has to be one of the best software dvd players out. i have been using it for a long long time. its abilities are unsurpassed.

    what type of video card do you have?


    edit: it's not freeware, but it can be...shareaza....k-lite, etc.
     
  5. <KEY3>

    <KEY3> Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 24, 2004 Messages: 6,878 Likes Received: 2
    The Computer Corner is a great idea!
    See I dont have this computer yet... I'm getting it soon.
    Now I have a video breakout box worth tens of thousands,
    but it's work... so not much fun.



    and the prize I mentioned before....






















    \/












    BANNED!

    :haha:
     
  6. casekonly

    casekonly Veteran Member

    Joined: Aug 6, 2002 Messages: 8,264 Likes Received: 5
    haha. bring me a shrubbery!

    i'll start on the computer thread in a while.

    if you're having this compruter built, have an ati 9500 put in. i've got a radeon 7500 right now and it's top notch for the price. ati puts out quality products and the 9500 is perfect for video stuff. check it out on www.ati.com

    unless you're gonna go with some crazy silicon graphics card that you find on ebay *hint....
     
  7. <KEY3>

    <KEY3> Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 24, 2004 Messages: 6,878 Likes Received: 2
    that was subtle.

    actually I'm not sure about which video card to get.
    All I know is space and power will be at a premium
    as I'm looking at getting a shuttle SB75G2 (check google)
    and any decent widescreen 17-inch LCD with a TV tuner.
    Really it's a media center. I dont play games.
     
  8. casekonly

    casekonly Veteran Member

    Joined: Aug 6, 2002 Messages: 8,264 Likes Received: 5
    well, ati isn't necessarily for gaming. i rarely play games on my pc....save for the occasional tour of vice city (on a fucking 400 mhz...can you believe that?)

    the shuttle looks super nice. so, by media center i guess you're talking about something you can playmusic on, watch vids, or just screw around on. i would definitely go with an ati 9500. regardless of what you're going to do.
     
  9. <KEY3>

    <KEY3> Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 24, 2004 Messages: 6,878 Likes Received: 2
    pretty much a place to keep all my MP3's together
    and to use my Traktor DJ software to do some mixes.
    Plus a few ROM games and of course.... porn.

    hahaha...

    Somehow I've collected like 60GB of mp3s without ever really owning a computer to play them on.
     
  10. Herbivore

    Herbivore Senior Member

    Joined: Oct 12, 2004 Messages: 1,431 Likes Received: 1
    i got my hands on an ATi Radeon 9800 All-In-Wonder on sale for $199 (after rebates and all that jazz) at CompUSA.... i couldn't believe it, because it's normally around $350-$400, so i had to grab it.... and i couldn't be happier....
     
  11. casekonly

    casekonly Veteran Member

    Joined: Aug 6, 2002 Messages: 8,264 Likes Received: 5
    ok, kids, you've been waiting on this whether you know it or not. my attempt to get rid of all other computer related threads and compress them down to one giant information filled super-thread.

    so, here it is...i'm about to flex some nerd skills at ya in the most simple ways. my aim is to help you, the user make your computer run at full capacity, as securely as possible, and answer some hardware/software related questions.

    so, you're askin' yourself, 'why is casek doing this? why is he giving away such priceless information for free?'

    my answer: BECAUSE I'M A FUCKING NICE GUY, THAT'S WHY. NOW GET YOUR ASS IN THE KITCHEN AND FIX ME A HAM SAMMICH, WOMAN!


    SECTION 1;) OPTIMIZATION

    keeping your computer healthy is very important. to keep it in a condition in which you can play games, watch vids, browse your favorite message board, or even look at asian porn while sipping your forty.

    by now, if you use the internet at all, you should know that this bitch is slap full of spyware. you should lso know that spybot s&d is a good program to keep that shit off your computer.
    here's a link http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html

    also very important, as with most software, to update the definitions so it can find that new b/s spyware that companies come out with so that they can add your name to another fucking list...

    there's also another nift program called adaware link: http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware

    opinions differ from person to person, but i think spybot beats it out. however, i do know people who use both on their computer.

    ok, so now we've got our spyware removal programs...
    let's move on

    section 1:b

    clean up your fucking internet tracks.

    i use mozilla firefox...it's nice, but some people (slaves) still use microsoft explorer. i'll cover both.

    mozilla: clean up your history and cookies.
    tools/options/privacy 'clear all'
    it won't hurt ya. just bookmark the pages you frequent. turn your default history settings down to 2 days. if you browse the same pages, that's all you need. i used to keep that shit on 0, but i need it to be quick since i'm on dialup.

    internet explorer:
    tools/internetoptions/ 'delete cookies' and 'clear history'
    also 'delete temporary internet files. it's junk...you don't need it. set your history button to 0 days.

    it helps, but doesn't clean up all your shit. here's how.

    my computer/c:/winnt/temp select all of it and trash it. it's not called temp for nothing.

    now, on to the dumb shit. clean out your docs on the start up button...right above the c'settings' button...it can slwo down your computer...go to settings/taskbar and start menu/advanced and hit the 'clear button'

    booyah!

    another little crap button that doesn't do a whole hell of alot is the button in your start menu/accessories/disk cleanup. make sure to hit that shit every few days. it doesn't do a whole lot, but what it does can keep your system in check.

    personally, i have a proxy tool (we'll get to that subject in my security section) that clean out temp files, recently played media files, word docs, etc all in one fatal click. it's "steganos internet anonymizer 5" in case you're curious.


    now for the hardcore shit of the shit. the windows xp and 2000 services.

    SECTION 1c SERVICES
    this is where the real deal goes down. windows has a ton of services that start up with your computer that you (can you fucking believe it) DO NOT NEED. "you see that can over there? microsofts. that table,too...all microsofts" -told to me by a black man who i regard as some kind of looney guardian angel...long story

    ok, the services menu can be navigated to by going to
    start menu/settings/control panel/administrative tools/services

    WARNING: BY TURNING OFF SOME SERVICES YOU CAN JEOPARDIZE YOUR INTERNET CONNECTION AS WELL AS OTHER THINGS. DO NOT BUST UP IN THERE LIKE YOU OWN THE PLACE

    ok, with that over with, i'll link you to the two charts that are the easiest to follow..

    WIN XP USERS

    WINDOWS 2000 USERS


    to end or set these services, simply right click them and choose automatic, manual, or disabled. YUO MUST RESTAR FOR YOUR CHANGES TO TAKE EFFECT.

    start with messenger and indexing. you don't need either of those services on.

    proceed with turning thing on or off at your own risk. make one or two choices at a time, restar, and make sure all is still in check. that is the safe way to go about it. write what you're turning off, too....

    also, see charts for what is safe. it's all on the charts...all of it. if you fuck up your computer by rushing in to this, it's not my fault....btw: it's only a computer and it can be fixed, just be careful and you'll be ok.

    ok, that's enough for now. i'll add some more software and the next section on security later on.


    if you have any questions, suggestions, or software name drops, drop a post on here.
     
  12. <KEY3>

    <KEY3> Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 24, 2004 Messages: 6,878 Likes Received: 2
    dang... and I even went and jacked my own thread for you.


    PS. Sorrenson Squeeze is THE best encoding and conversions app. LOVE IT!
     
  13. casekonly

    casekonly Veteran Member

    Joined: Aug 6, 2002 Messages: 8,264 Likes Received: 5
    oh, shit key! i was busy typing away at another thread before i saw your PM or this thread....can you somehow move one into the other and do a moderator magic trick???
     
  14. casekonly

    casekonly Veteran Member

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    encoding and conversion for mp3's: http://cdexos.sourceforge.net/

    encoding and whatnot for dvd's: IMTOO dvd ripper/converter. it rips dvd movies and soundtracks together or seperately and onverts to your favorite small formats..mpeg, avi, etc.

    check the other thread, key
     
  15. <KEY3>

    <KEY3> Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 24, 2004 Messages: 6,878 Likes Received: 2
    squeeze is GREAT for taking high rez video and making
    really good, variable bit rate quicktimes and mpegs.

    plus mp4 and all that good shit.
     
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