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  1. I am confused as to something when it comes to organizing my MP3 collection. I was wondering if anyone could help offer me some advice as to how to figure this out. Some of my albums, when I go to import them into iTunes, will display correctly. Others will not. What I am meaning is this; some will import properly, and then when I set itunes to change to any of its various display modes for albums, (for example the one where it shows the cover art somewhat like a jukebox), it will show a single piece of artwork, and have all the songs organized together. Others, I go to import them, and it will show the artwork multiple times, one for each song. I've checked, and after selecting the songs as a group, and choosing propertes, they list as having the same album name, etc., etc. but for the life of me iTunes refuses to accept that they are all the same album. I've run into a similar issue with Windows Media Player, and I'd really appreciate some help with this. To give a better idea of what I am talking about, I have posted some screenshots. The 1st is what I believe to be correct, as seen with my album; The Best of Me by Bryan Adams. It shows a single piece of artwork, and shows only that single artwork for representing the entire album. The 2nd is where the error is, where it shows a artwork entry for each seperate song, even though they are all on the same album, and were added to iTunes the same way as the Bryan Adams album was, i.e. choosing file --> add folder to library. As you can see in the 3rd, every song in the problem example, i.e. the Ultimate Sports Album, when highlighted all together, and right-clicking and choosing properties, all have the same Album Title, the same year, the same genre, but of course different artists, titles, and track numbers as would be expected. I've tried checking other albums that I've ripped out of my collection which have various artists, and some seem to run into the same issue, others do not. I would really appreciate any assistance with trying to figure this out and solve this mess. http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c87/mat7h3w/1.jpg http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c87/mat7h3w/2.jpg http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c87/mat7h3w/3.jpg
  2. I've recently purchased an HP Pavilion a1700n which came with Windows Vista Home Premium edition preinstalled. Unfortunately it also came with a ton of garbage software that I have absolutely no use for whatsoever. As expected with any big company prebuilt system, the OS itself was not included on a disc, just a set of "restore" discs that contain all the garbage software I'd rather not have on my system. Is there any way I can convert these restore discs into just a full install of the OS itself? If so, which files do I need to copy from the discs? On the first disc the following folders/files are listed when set to show all files, including hidden and system files; Boot HP Preload Sources boo.mgr hpcd.sys master.log The second disc on the 2 DVD set contains the following files/folders HP Preload HPCD.sys master.log Which files/folders out of those would I need if I were to attempt converting these restore/recovery discs into a full install of just the OS? Any assistance with this would be appreciated. Thanks for your time.
  3. Hi everyone, I've recently purchased copies of each of the 3 games in the Yu-Gi-Oh Power of Chaos PC game series. These include Yugi the Destiny, Kaiba the Revenge, and Joey the Passion. I'm having some problems getting them to work on my PC. My PC is an HP Pavilion a1250n. It's currently running Windows XP Pro with Service Pack 2 installed. I also have all the latest updates via Microsoft Windows Update installed. My problem starts when I go to install the games. The "autorun" launcher for each game crashes with an error that "memory could not be read" on each of the discs. However, if I go into Windows Explorer and double click on the installaion excutible directly, they install fine. However, when I go to run any of the games, they appear to load up, but all that shows is a blank black screen. To date, I've tried all of the following to find a solution to get these games working on my PC. 1. Downloaded and installed the latest DirectX drivers from Microsoft's official website for Oct. 2006. 2. Since my system has an integrated graphics card built into the motherboard, made by ATI, I downloaded and installed the latest ATI display drivers for Windows XP for motherboards with ATI graphics built in. 3. Since my ATI display drivers require the .net framwork from Microsoft to function correctly, I redownloaded both the latest 1.0 and 2.0 .net frameworks from Microsoft's official site and had them do "repair" installs. 4. In case there was some error with my system itself, I scanned my system's registry with the registry cleaner built into CCleaner, as well as RegscrubXP by Lexun, and Registry Mechanic. I had each fix what few errors were found. 5. I tried disabliny my anti-virus and anti-spyware programs in case these were causing a problem, and to my knowledge, no other programs are running when I'm trying to run the games. Despite all of this, I still cannot get these games to work. They launch just fine, and you can even hear music from the games playing when they launch, but they will not show anything other than a blank black screen. I'd appreciate any help anyone might offer, since Konami has unfortunately stopped offering any support for these games.
  4. Thanks for the amazing update pack for Win2k. As an OS, it might not have all the eye candy like XP, but Win2k Pro is still my favorite Windows based OS. Hands down, in more ways than one, it can easily be argued as one of if not the best versions of Windows ever released by Microsoft. I have a couple of questions because I cannot seem to find any sort of listing of what all is included in this Service pack. 1. Is Windows Media Player 9 included? If not, is there a method for integrating it into the source CD with your pack like can be done with nLite? 2. Is DirectX 9.0c and later updates to Direct X included? If not, again, is there a method for including it onto the source CD like with nLite or similar?
  5. One additional question, since the user of the driverpacks would in all likelyhood require the use of a DVD-R instead of a CD-R for the installation media... Is there a good method and order of steps to be taken, to not only add the Driverpacksl but to also combine the two seperate installation CDs used for XP MCE 2005 into a single DVD-R? I've read a few posts on this and other forums for how to combine the two MCE CDs into a DVD, but I figured here would be the best place to check for any alterations that might need to be made when also using the Driverpacks?
  6. Awesome, thanks Bâshrat. Keep up the great work, these driverpacks are uber awesome.
  7. Will the driverpacks work with Media Center Edition 2005 of XP? If so, is there anything special that needs to be done to integrate them?
  8. I own an HP Pavilion a1250n PC. It came with Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 preinstalled. It also came with a rather large amount of useless garbage that I will never use in the form of bundled software. HP, like many other prebuild system companies, sadly did not provide me an actual full version set of installation discs for my OS. Instead I was provided the ability to create my own CD-R restore disks. These are used, in theory, to return the machine to its original factory condition. However, they are also quite useless for anyone who likes to customize their system, including the use of a 2nd OS like a distro of Linux. These "restore CDs" are basically full unattended installation discs for my OS. However, they are full of garbage software that I have no desire to use, and because of how they are setup, I have absolutely no control over the installation process. As such, I cannot setup partitions or even attempt to configure my system for the use of an additional OS. My question is, is there any way to rip a standard full installation of my OS from these restore discs? Which files on them would I need to attempt doing so, if this is even possible? I'd like to completely do away with the unattended installation, and just get a pure XP MCE 2005 installation if possible. This way I can customize the setup of my PC to my choosing instead of simply accepting the rather poor setup choices that are forced on me by the restore discs. If it is helpful at all, here is a listing of the files that are contained on each disc; On Disc 1 of the restore CD set - a folder callled i386 a folder called preload then the following files WIN51.B2 WIN51IC.B2 WIN51IP.B2 WINBOM.INI SAVEFILE.DIR protect.ed GRAPH GRAPH16 NTFS SVGA WIN51 WIN51IC WIN51IP Folder.htt WIN51.RC1 WIN51IC.RC1 WIN51.RC2 WIN51IC.RC2 WIN51IP.RC2 BLOCK.RIN HPCD.sys Master.log Disc 2 of the set contains a folder called hp a folder called i386 a folder called preload a folder called tools and the following files HPCD.sys Master.log Any help on this would be appreciated. If it's not for some reason possible to just rip the OS itself from these CDs to make a pure set of full install MCE 2005 XP discs, would anyone know of any better suggestion to my problem? Title Edited - Please follow new posting rules from now on. --Zxian
  9. I was wondering it there is any method for including the set of driverpacks but at the same time being able to keep the files small enough to fit onto a CD for an XP install disc?
  10. I can see that as being both a good thing and a bad thing. Seeing as how I know that will help prevent driver conflicts, but it will severely limit the ability of anyone using older hardware to ever be able to use it too.
  11. I was wondering if the driverpacks that exist now are compatible with the beta for Windows Vista? If not, is there any chance anyone is working on a modifcation of the driverpacks for the Vista beta?
  12. The biggest thing holding me and many back from acquiring copies of 64-bit XP, from what I've seen, falls in the area of drivers. There simply are far too few that seem to be availible, especially for any older devices. I have used it, as that I have a system with an AMD 64 3800+ x2 processor. It is quicker and seems more stable overall. However, it also seems to suffer in a few key areas. As it stands, here is what I've been able to detail about the 64-bit XP; 1. It comes with a substantially larger amount of drivers than the 32-bit version of XP does. 2. There still isn't much driver support for older hardware, especially in the area of sound cards it seems. 3. Microsoft made a glaringly huge error in designing the OS. It does have a 32-bit emulation layer so it can still run 32-bit software, but.. and software that requirse a 32-bit device driver to function, will not work because the OS absolutely will not allow the use of any 32-bit device driver. 4. It seems quicker and more stable than the 32-bit version of XP, so long as you have a 64-bit processor to make use of it. It won't install at all if you don't have one. 5. Certain 32-bit software seems to have issues running correctly, such as Iconpackager by Stardock. If it were possible to start some sort of project to where we could begin collecting tested and verified 64-bit device drivers together to start some sort of pack set for the 64-bit XP, I'd be glad to volunteer some time to help do so. I think this would help out greatly for a lot of people. However, seeing as so many people like using nLite for customizing their installation discs, I think that we need some sort of rather major update to nLite as well for better support for the 64-bit XP. It seems that it's a worthwhile OS, so long as you have the necessary hardware, and are willing to put up with certain issues with older games and software. However it also seems that Microsoft has given a rather lackluster effort at pushing the OS, as that system builders are still the only ones who have access to legit copies, unless you download the 120 day trial of it from Microsoft directly. My guess it that it will basically end up being shelved with what was learned from the mistakes made with it, being used to improve a 64-bit version of Windows Vista.
  13. I was wondering if any driver packs for the 64-bit edition of XP might be in the works of being made or might ever get made? I could see this as being a huge benefit, if it were possible, given the single largest problem people seem to have with the 64-bit version of XP is a lack of being able to find good working drivers.
  14. Media Center 2005 is more based on XP Home than Pro. Afterall, not many corporate users have need for streaming media to their TVs. However, Media Center 2005 has almost all of the features of XP Pro, minus the fact that it doesn't support connecting to domains, just lans. Incidently, my revamped idea of a strategy worked. I've got XP Pro up and running perfectly, many thanks to Bashrat for the excellent driver packs!
  15. Evidently I must have made a mistake somewhere in gathering the drivers that I need. The system I am installing has an SATA hard drive, but does not have a floppy drive. As such, there is no way for me to put SATA drivers onto a floppy to install during the setup. I've decided to try some refinements to the process and I'm hoping it will work better the 2nd time around; 1. Copy the entire contents of the XP Pro CD to c:\xpcd on the hard drive, with folder settings set to show hidden and system files. 2. Use nLite to integrate SP2 for Windows XP onto the source files located within c:\xpcd. 3. Quit nLite. 4. Use driverpack base to integrate driverpack graphics, chipset, lan, cpu, sound, and mass storage into the source files located within c:\xpcd. The planned method is to use method 2 of the integration so that less disk space is needed on the CD. 5. Use nLite to make a bootable ISO, then burn the ISO to disc, boot from disc, and install XP. I'm hoping that by those slight variations and removing some of the extra uses of nLite in my previous attempt, it will be more successful. I realize that floppy drives are a dying breed of PC hardware, but I will forever not understand why companies make systems that use SATA drives without also including a floppy drive. It should be common sense to include one as far as I can tell. the system I'm trying to setup is a new HP Pavilion a1250n with the AMD 64 3800+ x2 processor. It would go more smoothly, but it only came with Media Center 2005 preinstalled onto it, whereas I need XP Pro for domain support on the system. However, the techs that I've tried to repeatedly talk to at HP, cannot understand why I could possibly want a different OS on the system. Then they get very evasive whenever I ask for where I can get the actual device drivers needed by my system and won't give me a direct answer. Their support section of their website does list a few driver updates, but it does not list the actual core drivers the system needs. So I am adding Bashrat's driver packs to my XP Pro disc in hopes that will work for doing the install.
  16. Thanks for the feedback. I didn't use mass storage driver pack because I've seen a handful of people report errors when they use it. The usual suggestion that seems to be offered is to remake the ISO w/o mass storage drivers. Wish me luck, the ISO just finished creation and I'm about to attempt its first use.
  17. I'm working on making a customized installation CD for Windows XP Pro SP2. I just wanted to run by the steps I am taking, as far as I understand them, to make sure that this should be a CD that works in the end (I hope). 1. Copied the entire Windows XP Pro CD onto my hard drive in the folder c:\xpcd, after making certain that hidden files and system files were set to be shown under folder options. 2. Used nLite to slipstream Service Pack 2 into the source files in c:\xpcd. 3. Added the text setup SATA drivers that my system requires during the driver integration portion of nLite. 4. Setup the unattended, options, and tweaks settings that I need to use, under nLite. 5. Exited nLite. 6. Applied Bashrat the Sneaky driver pack base, chipset, graphics, lan, and sound. 7. Used nLite to make the bootable ISO image of the files. Is there anything I did wrong here that stands out as blatantly obvious that I'm missing? Is there a step I should have done in a different order than I did? I appreciate feedback from anyone willing to offer some.
  18. Thanks for this. Are these the actual games from the Vista Beta? Include the different solitaires? Chess? etc.?
  19. Hi, I'm working on making my own custom modified XP installation CD for Windows XP SP2. I've already gotten it udpated and modified as I need it by nLite in all but one way. I need to help to locate which resource I would need to edit that the Luna.theme and Luna.msstyles is in as well as the Bliss.bmp wallpaper. The mod I'm doing will (hopfeully) replace these with a visual style and wallpaper that I much prefer, the Luna Element 4 VS and wallpaper. I'd like to use these as the defaults, and I've pretty much got to where I can do so, I'd just like to be able to integrate them into the install CD. Can someone help me figure out what I would need to edit and where to do so please?
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