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DVD Drive’s And Region Changes

DVD drive
Do you play commercial DVDs on your desktop computer or laptop?

Do you pay attention to the message that appears if you swap DVDs that come from different Regions ?
Here in Australia we have Region 4 DVDs but many people have DVDs from Europe ( Region 2 ) and the United States ( Region 1).

Most computer DVD drives will allow only 4 changes to the Region before locking the drive to that Region.

You will then be stuck with say Region 2 to play your DVDs on that drive.

What can you do?

Well formatting the hard drive and reloading Windows will make no difference.

You can Google the problem and see if there is software that will enable you to "Flash " your DVD drive so that it can play all Regions with no change reminder.

You could try installing VLC which may play the DVDs 

The last fix is to install a new DVD player in your computer.

An expensive solution to not reading the warnings.

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What You Can Now Open With Google Docs

Google DocsMost people would have a Google acoount and if you have a Google account then you have access to Google Docs which is a substitute for Office software ( Microsoft Office ).

Google Docs now opens another 12 file formats so that if you are emailed a file that you cannot open , upload it to your Google docs account and you will be able to open it.

So what can you open with Google docs.

  • Microsoft Office Files
  • Microsoft Excel (.XLS and .XLSX)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 / 2010 (.PPTX)
  • Apple Pages (.PAGES)
  • Adobe Illustrator (.AI)
  • Adobe Photoshop (.PSD)
  • Autodesk AutoCAD (.DXF)
  • Scalable Vector Graphics (.SVG)
  • PostScript (.EPS, .PS)
  • TrueType (.TTF)
  • XML Paper Specification (.XPS)
Microsoft-Windows Tips

The Windows Registry – Leave It Alone

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I saw a business the other day saying that they had pop up's on their desktop saying they had a virus and that if they clicked it would be removed.

Their solution was to go into the registry to alter it so the pop up would not appear.
Their are 2 things glaringly wrong with this.

  1. One – they obviously have been infected and altering the registry will not get rid of the problem.
  2. Two – playing with the registry can be one of the most hazardous things you can do to a computer , especially if you do not know what you are doing.

You should always back up your registry before doing any alterations to it and " hope" that if you make a mistake you will be able to restore your registry .

I am also not a big fan of registry cleaners as the supposed benefits of using them never seem to appear , snake oil seems a good word to describe them.

If your computer is that bad that you need to alter the registry it's time to format your hard drive and reload your operating system.

Tech Advice

RAM is what you need

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RAM ( Random Access Memory) along with the CPU ( central processing unit ) are the integral parts of having a computer running quickly and efficiently.

Windows should now have a minimum of 2GB of ram to run efficiently with multiple programs running but you will notice a difference installing 4GB of ram.

Windows 32bit systems ,which most will be on unless you have bought a new machine recently where Windows 64bit is getting more common place now will only use 3GB of ram.

Windows 64bit systems recognise and use RAM from 3GB and up.

So why do i say install 4GB of Ram ?

RAM comes in pairs and the best way to buy is in 2 GB sticks hence the 4GB even though remember Windows 32bit  will only recognise the 3GB

The real performance boost I notice is when a Windows XP machine goes from 512MB of ram to 2 GB of ram or in a Vista machine when installing the 4GB.

Windows 7 runs exceptionally well with the 4GB of RAM.

For the extra money , $150 on average it will make all the difference.

The same applies for Mac's with most sold with a minimum of 2GB installed but Macbook Pro's run well with at least 4GB in them.( Check your model if you have an earlier Macbook Pro as earlier models do not except more than 2GB of RAM )