Microsoft’s Music Store: Opening Soon?

According to an article on Silicon.com Microsoft’s new Music Store (MSN Digital Music Store) could open as early as next month.  More from their aricle below. The online music market, which archrival Apple’s iTunes store is mopping up around 70 per cent of, could see a Microsoft play from August, according to the Financial Times. The FT claims that while details of a pricing structure aren’t confirmed, the record labels are likely to give Microsoft terms similar to those they have given Apple – which would see Redmond peddling pop for 99 cents and 79p a track. It’s thought that … Continue reading Microsoft’s Music Store: Opening Soon?

NVIDIA’s New Decoder Status (ForceWare MM and NVDVD)

This is right from NVIDIA.  This is good(In my mind) because we are now getting NVIDIA to work with their partners to give use the best product they can! I would like update everyone with reguard to the status of NVDVD/FWMM 3.x and 4.x from NVIDIA. 1) We have decided to only ship 3.x with OEM, Retail and NVIDIA.COM hardware bundles. There are currently no plans to sell 3.x as a standalone application or decoder pack. The bundles typically include either the DVD/Music/Photos/Videos application or the full suite including TV, PVR, EPG, DVD Burning, etc. It is likely that the … Continue reading NVIDIA’s New Decoder Status (ForceWare MM and NVDVD)

Alienware’s Hybrid Flat Panel TV/Media Center PC

Alienware is innovating again, this time with an all-in-one, wall-mountable 30-inch TFT/LCD widescreen TV with an integrated Windows Media Center PC inside. Alienware DHD systems, which are based on Hy-Tek’s TekPanel 300 enclosure, will feature “Intel Pentium 4 processors up to 3.4 GHz and the Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 operating system. ATI Radeon graphics, configurable up to X800 XT Platinum Edition with 256MB DDR3 video RAM, and optical drives up to 12x DVD±R/RW, provide an unparalleled cinematic experience. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound completes the package with superior audio quality.”   We not sure how popular this type … Continue reading Alienware’s Hybrid Flat Panel TV/Media Center PC

More Little WMP Help Articles

Guide To Errors 80040200, 00040257, C00D109A In Windows Media Player http://msmvps.com/chrisl/articles/10919.aspx   CD Burning Problems With Windows Media Player http://msmvps.com/chrisl/articles/10918.aspx   Guide To Error 80040154 In Windows Media Playerhttp://msmvps.com/chrisl/articles/10917.aspx   Guide To Error C00D0BBE In Windows Media Player http://msmvps.com/chrisl/articles/10906.aspx   Guide To Error 800C0008 In Windows Media Playerhttp://msmvps.com/chrisl/articles/10905.aspx

Guide To Error 80040200 and 00040257 In Windows Media Player

General – Troubleshooting Playback Unable to download an appropriate decompressor or Error downloading codec or Error’s 80040200/00040257 can have a few different solutions depending on exactly what you are playing or try to play in Windows Media Player.   AVI Files – Troubleshooting Playback If you are not completely sure about what video codec’s are or do I would suggest installing ffdshow (Download ffdshow-20050216.exe) (Project Homepage).  This is a simple DirectShow filter (also called a codec or decoder) that will decode (allow you to play) DivX, XviD, 3ivX, and more.   AVI Files – Getting the Specific Codec You Need … Continue reading Guide To Error 80040200 and 00040257 In Windows Media Player

CD Burning Problems With Windows Media Player

Basic Information The following link should help you out with any troubleshooting not provided by the Media Advice Archive in regards to basic CD Burning problems.  Basic CD Burning Troubleshooting.  Windows Media Player just uses the systems IMAPI Burner.  Upgrades or downgrades from WMP 8 to 9 or 9 or 10 should not really fix much.  The system burner is not very good, thus if the information here does not help you at all, it’s best just to use a good program to burn CD’s with until a new IMAPI Burner is built.   In addition to the page above you … Continue reading CD Burning Problems With Windows Media Player

Guide To Error 80040154 In Windows Media Player

General – Troubleshooting Playback Class Not Registered or Error 80040154 can have a few different solutions depending on exactly what you are playing or try to play in Windows Media Player.   If you are getting this error for content other then AVI files and MPEG files then you will want to reinstall Windows Media Player over itself.  For more general information please see I’m getting error 80040154 when trying to play content.   AVI Files – Troubleshooting Playback If you are not completely sure about what video codec’s are or do I would suggest installing ffdshow (Download ffdshow-20050630.exe) (Project … Continue reading Guide To Error 80040154 In Windows Media Player

Cool! An iPod Mini As a Universal IR Remote!

This is very interesting to me!  Take your PocketPC, iPod, a PC Sound Editor and make a Universal Remote with an iPod!  It sounds cool, it looks cool, it is cool. For a quick video click on http://www.engadget.com/common/videos/pt/ipodremote/ipodremote.wmv This is not what most people will use an iPod for, but I must say it’s cool that you can do this. Read More: http://features.engadget.com/entry/6336778455600767/

ATI Releases The HDTV Wonder!

HDTV is the technology of the future. It offers much higher resolution and clarity than analog TV and over twice the resolution of DVDs. The FCC has mandated that it replace analog TV. Broadcasters in the USA are well on their way to achieving this objective: Over 50% of TV shows and growing are currently broadcast in HDTV Over 80% of USA households get five or more DTV channels Until now, a special TV costing in excess of $ 1000. was required to receive HDTV (High Definition Television) signals. Thanks to the HDTV WONDER, the PC is ready to become … Continue reading ATI Releases The HDTV Wonder!

Guide To Error C00D0BBE In Windows Media Player

Error C00D0BBE means that you need a license for that file to do whatever operation you are currently trying to do, and you don’t have a valid license to do that specific operation.  Files downloaded from pay services can restrict you from transferring or copying the file to portable devices or other PC, etc.