MAKE WINDOWS XP BEHAVE

• Make disk images, restore points, and backups of files and registry keys to repair your system if you fuck things up.
 
SOUND & VIDEO
 
  • Beep: Disable system speaker beep  
 
1) Open the Device manager
2) Select "Show hidden devices"
3) Go to "non plug and play device"
4) Find device named "Beep"
5) Set to disabled.

You can also mute the PC speaker in Volume Control.

It may still beep when you boot your system.


 
 

  • Codecs: Reinstall default audio codecs  
 
Audio codecs like CCITT G.711 A-Law and U-Law Audio Codecs are hard to find online, but you can reinstall them from the XP setup files.

1) Open the Control Panel
2) Click "Add Hardware" > "Next" > "Yes (I already connected the hardware)" > "Next"
3) Click "Add new hardware device" (bottom of the list) > "Next" > "Install the hardware that I manually... (advanced)" > "Next"
4) Click "Common hardware types" > "Sound video game controllers" > "Next"
5) Manufacturer: click "Standard system devices" > "Have disk"
6) "Install from disk" > click "Browse"
7) Navigate to x:\windows\system32
8) Open mmdriver.inf
9) Ignore all warnings
10) Select the audio codecs you need to (re)install; you may need your XP CD or a copy of your i386 folder
11) reboot
 
 

  • Codecs: Reinstall default video codecs  
 
1) Open the Control Panel
2) Click "Add Hardware" > "Next" > "Yes (I already connected the hardware)" > "Next"
3) Click "Add new hardware device" (bottom of the list) > "Next" > "Install the hardware that I manually... (advanced)" > "Next"
4) Click "Common hardware types" > "Sound video game controllers" > "Next"
5) Manufacturer: click "Standard system devices"
6) Select model/video codecs
7) Click "Have disk" > "Browse"
8) Navigate to x:\windows\system32
9) Open mmdriver.inf
10) Ignore all warnings
11) select the video codecs you need to (re)install; you may need your XP CD or a copy of your i386 folder
12) reboot
 
 

  • DRM: remove DRM restrictions from audio files like WMA and iTunes AAC  
 
Hymn decrypts iTunes AAC files to remove DRM restrictions
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Audacity can remove DRM from music files by recording them from your soundcard.
FairUse4WM strips DRM from Windows Media files (.wma, .wmv, .asf), but you'll need a valid license to set your files free. More info.
 
 

  • Monitor: Show hidden display settings  
 
To view extra display configurations not normally listed (e.g. 256 colors):

1) Open Display Properties
2) Click Settings -> Advanced -> Adapter tab
3) Click "list all modes"


If you choose a configuration that your video card or monitor doesn't support, your screen may go blank or just show noise. You can repair your settings if you boo into safe mode.
 
 

  • Screenshots of movies  
 
If the image is blank where the movie should be, it's because of DirectX.

1) Open Display Properties
2) Click Settings > Advanced > Troubleshoot
3) Reduce hardware acceleration to "none."
4) If your video doesn't show at all, tune it up notch by notch until you find a level that works.
5) Set back to its original setting after you're done shooting your screen.

You can also reduce or switch off hardware acceleration (usually called "overlays") in the settings screen of Windows Media Player, VLC, Media Player Classic, WinAmp, etc.


 
 

  • Sounds: set 'no sounds' as default sound scheme  
 
1) Open regedit and go to HKU\.DEFAULT\AppEvents\Schemes
2) Set the string called Default to .None (including the leading dot)

Make a new string value if Default is missing

 
 

  • Streamed MP3s: Save  
 
1) Use Internet Explorer to go to a website (e.g. www.mp3.com) with a streaming mp3 and play it in Windows Media Player.
2) Play the entire mp3 or wait for the download indicator to reach 100%.
3) The mp3 is now on your disk in the hidden folder:
      documents and settings\[username]\local settings\temporary internet files
4) Copy your mp3s to somewhere else.

Works for other browsers too, but programs like Firefox rename everything so your files are hard to find.

 
 

  • Streamed videos: Save  
 
Streaming video from many sites can be saved through grabvids - kcoolonline - keepvid - mediaconverter - mediapirate
 
 

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