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Flash video to MP3 conversion[edit]

I have a .flv file that I'd like to convert to .mp3. What's the best free software to accomplish that? Corvus cornix 02:06, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

Try this Xilisoft Video Converter 3.1. @pple 02:26, 21 August 2007 (UTC)
The video won't go with it though.
I don't understand the above. Corvus cornix 15:38, 21 August 2007 (UTC)
He's saying that converting a flash video to an mp3 audio file means you lose all the video, and are left only with the audio. Raul654 15:40, 21 August 2007 (UTC)
You understand that MP3 is an audio format. It does not support video. Perhaps you mean MPEG-4? -- 15:04, 22 August 2007 (UTC)
Use VLC's Streaming and Exporting Wizard; you can tell it to transcode the audio only. --M1ss1ontomars2k4 17:15, 26 August 2007 (UTC)
Try this total video converter.

Free Website Advertising Services[edit]

Im trying to get my website name out there.... basically i want to find a good quality free service that allows my site url to be seen by possibly a target audience that i specify, or maybe some other way of ensuring that the people i want to see it see it.

I remember some type of service long ago where you had to look at other peoples ads, and each ad you looked at ensured you that someone would see yours. I guess theres lots of systems out there and its hard to go through all of them and determine what the easiest fastest way is to get traffic.

NOTE: If it helps, i am trying to promote a community on IRC which promotes cultural learning/interaction and general information sharing.

Any suggestions? 03:33, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

(PS: is any good? ?)

Well, one place you shouldn't try to get your website noticed is on Wikipedia articles or on your userpage, because the wiki software we use prevents external links from topping search engine results. –sebi 03:56, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

That is not my intent. :) I am simply asking if there are any services which people have noticed are fast, easy, and free.... that work good :) note that i havent actually posted the URL to my irc community here ;D 04:36, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

That's a tough problem. I'm not sure of the answer, but I do know that the look-at-other-peoples-ads stuff was basically a dumb idea that didn't work. Most of those have shut down, and any that haven't are still worthless. Forget about them. I'd suggest making sure your community offers real value to those who visit. Things people like will be things they tell their friends about. -- Tugbug 01:10, 22 August 2007 (UTC)

I agree tugbug, though its difficult to tell what people will like. I did give the idea to a student coordinator type person and she said its a great idea because exchange students could get on and share their experiences :o so im really thinking its worth it.

Additionally, ill assume you know what youre talking about regarding the "view other peoples ads"..... so i should look for a service that uses some other method? 02:50, 22 August 2007 (UTC)

This is bad...[edit]

This is bad. This is real real bad...I successfully installed Vista with that silly "double-installation" method. Everything going well, so I decide to install Microsoft Office 2007. Thing is, I got the upgrade version, back when I had Works sittin' around on my computer. But Vista doesn't come with Works. Is there any way I can salvage this Office Professional 2007 disc? Could the upgrade consider the old Windows files? Is the only way to buy another Office disc? I'm really worried now, 'cause everything was just going fine...--The Ninth Bright Shiner 04:17, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

Well, you could try to double-install Office, though I am dubious it would work. -- 11:23, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

Man oh man oh I'm having trouble with iTunes. I've got all of my music and stuff on my iPod, and I've transferred purchased music from iTunes, but what about music not from my iTunes? I remember a way to transfer an entire iPod library to an iTunes one, but I can't remember...oh boy...--The Ninth Bright Shiner 06:05, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

I'm confused as to what this problem is? -- 11:23, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

OOo, and just transfer the files using a flash drive or something if you aren't very technically minded --lucid 12:41, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

Well, let me restate the problem. I had Windows XP and Microsoft Works. This enabled me to get the upgrade to Office 2007. Now, I just did a clean install of Windows Vista, which doesn't seem to come with any software making you eligible for an Office 2007 Upgrade. Now, the old Windows files are stored in a folder named "Windows.Old." I can see the old Office programs sitting there, but they're sort of unusable; that is, you can't launch them. Now, can those programs in Windows.Old qualify the computer for another Office 2007 Upgrade, or will I just have to get a regular version of Office (i.e., another Office disc)?--The Ninth Bright Shiner 15:08, 21 August 2007 (UTC)
Oh, and to restate the other problem. I transferred all of my music to my iPod before installing Vista. When Vista was all good and ready, I installed iTunes, then transferred all of my iTunes purchases from my iPod to iTunes. But, I have non-iTunes purchases on the iPod. How should I transfer them to iTunes, without manually sifting through all of my files on it? When I first got this computer, I remembered using a convenient method that transferred everything on the iPod to iTunes, but I don't remember how to do so...any suggestions?--The Ninth Bright Shiner 15:13, 21 August 2007 (UTC)
No, you won't be able to legitimately install Office 2007 Upgrade without a previous office product installed. Check out warez-bb or demonoid. And you won't get any help (or sympathy) from this editor if you make the choice to lock yourself into such fantastically defective design (itunes/ipod). --frotht 20:36, 21 August 2007 (UTC)
Microsoft Works is an oxymoron. Juanita Hodges 04:35, 22 August 2007 (UTC)
Why not find your original Works install media from your recovery media (may be difficult) and then proceed as normal? If you can't get Works or an upgrade candidate, you may be quite screwed. Alternative is to buy a cheap old copy of Office on eBay or something and then use that.

ip not resolving but name through resolving..[edit]

we have fc7 and opening pages through ip( it shows "Bad Request

Your browser sent a request that this server could not understand. Apache/2.2.0 (Fedora) Server at Port 80"

but through name( is working fine..

where the problem??? plz solve the problem, i have done latest updates also.. problem may be fc7 php or httpd ??? but fc5 working fine

..john-- 05:37, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

I don't know, since I am not an Apache expert. Your server certificate seems to be screwed up though. Firefox gave me some warnings about it. Splintercellguy 05:43, 21 August 2007 (UTC)
Perhaps you've got a name-based host set up, such that apache doesn't know what to do with connections to the IP. Check the error_logs. In addition, I see that connecting to the named host issues a redirect to the https:// site, which has a self-signed certificate for localhost.localdomain. You really ought to regenerate the certificate for at least, otherwise some browsers won't read it. -- JSBillings 10:38, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

Keyboard/mouse codes ?[edit]

Dear Sir/Madam,

One of my computer game stores its input settings in a file by the name of UserInfo.cfg and I have been trying to manually make it recognize one of the buttons of my Logitech MX700 cordless mouse. However I have no idea whatsoever in what programming language these keys are being referred. Does anyone have any idea reading the involved code and ultimately existence of a comprehensive database of the actual keyboard and mouse commands for that matter ?

As an example keyOptics[]={82} is [NUM 0] and keyWalk[]={65539} is Mouse Button #4.

Sincere remerciements in advance,
Matt714 06:53, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

Your keyboard example is just a scan code, although given in decimal instead of the more common hex. The external link in that article has more than you'd ever want to know about those; just look in section 1 for the standard "Set 1" codes. As for the mouse, I don't know (it does not appear to follow the mouse scan codes given in the same reference); my guess is that it's using the 65536 (0x10000) bit as an internal-to-the-game indicator that "this is a mouse button" and then is just taking the rest (3 in this case) as a button number. (0 would be button #1, so 3 is #4.) Does that help? --Tardis 14:50, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

Thanks, this what exactly what I was searching for. Your guess turned out to be positive, I managed to fix the issue concerning the recognition failure of Mouse Button #1. Matt714 18:56, 24 August 2007 (UTC)

Windows Movie Maker[edit]

How do I mute video clips so that my music plays over it? -- 06:58, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

When you drag it to the story board, there's a + mark by the clip. Open that, and you'll see the audio track of the video. Right click on that and select mute. Now drag a music file to the audio section of the story board. --Wirbelwindヴィルヴェルヴィント (talk) 16:57, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

Domain name selling related help[edit]

I am having 5 good domain names. They are,,,, I am interested in selling those domain names. What do you think is the best price for these domain names? Where can I sell these names? Or, Which website can I sell these names? Should I sell them one by one or all five of them in one? -Balaji.

I have no idea personally but Google seems to know the answer: [1] JoshHolloway 12:24, 21 August 2007 (UTC)


Are there any freeware programs that eliminate duplicates? Clem 08:20, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

I have been using CloneSpy for years and it is in my opinion the best freeware file duplicates finder. It takes a while to learn the advanced features, but it's well worth it. Matt714 08:38, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

Pentium D with 2 cores?[edit]

Hi!, I have a PC with Pentium D 3.00GHz and 1 GB RAM and 160 GB HDD running WINXP SP2. The Main board is INTEL original 965 RY model. After installing the IC and the OS, now by running <msinfo32.exe> in cmd I can only see one CPU in the processor column showing my pentium D details where as in my friends PC which is on 945 Intel motherboard with Pentium D 2.8 GHz shows 2 processor in that list of system information...I checked out other few same pentium D systems where all shows the 2 CPU in that list, but in my system it only shows one CPU...Is there anything wrong with my CPU or BIOS setup? or maybe with hardware?...I think INtel didn't make a faulty pentium D CPU with one core logic...I couldn't find any options in bios.I tried all the provided options in BIOS too...But I can see two coloumns in Task Manager chowing two CPU status graph under performance tab...I'm totally confused here...Please help guys..Thanks a lot in advance.. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

Okay, I have honestly no idea. But if you got 2 cores in Task manager.. you must have 2. Why not try a simple thing, try to do a benchmark on them both. Now, if he got 2.8 dual, and you 3.0 single, he would have better score than you. But, as I said, I have no idea. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 12:48, 21 August 2007
I am not a windows expert, however I recall that depending on the version of Windows you have installed, the OS might not use the multi-core CPU as two separate cores even if it detects multiple cores. -- JSBillings 17:54, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

Fedora Core Install[edit]

This is probably a really often asked question, sorry! I had some install disks for Fedora Core 4 (or maybe 5 I can't remember) but I've been too scared to attempt an install as I don't want to wipe my windows install. Is there a way to install Linux onto a HD with Windows already installed that won't screw up all my stuff? Please remember, I have basically NO working knowledge of Linux (which why I want to install) so lets use baby steps here :) Thanks -- 15:52, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

Yes. Ubuntu has a disk manager that will walk you through creating a dual boot, and/or importing files from Windows, I'm not sure about Fedora though. I recommend you try a LiveCD though, as that has absolutely no risk of messing with windows --lucid 16:00, 21 August 2007 (UTC)
Get a partitioning utility and resize the windows partition so that you have about at least 3 GB free space. Then during the Linux install it should help you create Linux partitions in the remaining space. I can't guarantee it won't screw anything up but it didn't for me and I've done it a few times. Someoneinmyheadbutit'snotme 17:23, 21 August 2007 (UTC)
I think fedora (well RHEL anyway) was one of the very first to come with a partition manager integrated into the installer. I'll tell you, you'll probably lose your data if you start messing around with partitions with no idea what you're doing, but it's worth it to learn such critical knowledge --frotht 21:09, 21 August 2007 (UTC)
I agree that you'd benefit from trying out a linux Live CD before repartitioning your disk. When a disk is partitioned incorrectly, it can destroy you current windows install, potentially losing data. -- JSBillings 13:57, 22 August 2007 (UTC)
At the risk of too much complexity, I don't think you can beat VMware. Download the player and then either download a pre-built Fedora Core image (available from the VMware site at [2] or google "vmware image fedora core 4" etc.) or install it yourself (actually you'll need to download the server to make a new one I think). No need to partition and if you mess up, delete the image and get a new one. iames 14:58, 22 August 2007 (UTC)

D-Link DI-624+[edit]

Hello thar. I'm experiancing this, rather strange, problem. I'v had trouble after trouble with my Dlink router, but this is the first problem I can't solve on my own. Anyway, the problem is: All traffic LAN -> WAN are working fine (since I can post this thread). Though, all WLAN -> WAN packages are somehow blocked. WLAN -> LAN is working. It worked perfectly yesterday, but today it just won't work at all. I have no firewall rules to block WLAN from accessing the net. Yes, I have restarted the computer and router. I'v also tried using DMZ, but I didn't succeed. And if it's important, the computer is a MacBook.

Anyone have any idea on what I could do :/? Any help is apriciated! 16:10, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

Have you tried pinging your external IP address ( (Use that Network Utility in the Utilities directory)? It may be that the wireless ones aren't getting DNS information? 23:44, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

New printer[edit]

Because of my oh-so-swift installation of Vista, I now lack a usable printer. I'm looking for a good printer that can scan and copy, and is compatible with Vista. And...where might I sell the old printer? It works just fine, and has the same capabilities; it just isn't Vista-compatible.--The Ninth Bright Shiner 17:47, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

Print/Scan/Copy/Fax machines are very popular. All new models that I know of are Vista compatible. Just drop by Walmart/Target/KMart/Best Buy/Circuit City (anything I missed?) and you'll find 3 or 4 models. Probably a Lexmark, a Canon, and an HP. My wife has a Lexmark. It works fine as long as you ignore the annoying voice that rings out: "Printing Started!" and then "Printing Complete!" -- Kainaw(what?) 02:38, 22 August 2007 (UTC)
I urge you to get a HP one and switch to Linux like Ubuntu, but if not get a HP one anyway so in case you do decide to switch you're covered. --antilivedT | C | G 08:37, 22 August 2007 (UTC)
I'm not really looking for a printer with a fax built in; it would just jack up the price, and we don't really use fax. I shopped at Wal-Mart online and I found a printer that looks exactly like mine...I'll just have to shop around, or manage a workaround...thanks!--The Ninth Bright Shiner 15:05, 23 August 2007 (UTC)

Viewing Burmese characters on Wikipedia[edit]

How do I make the Burmese characters in Burmese script display properly? I use Safari on Windows XP. There is a link in a little box at the top of the article to download fonts from, I did that, but it doesn't seem to make any difference. Thanks. DuncanHill 19:24, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

Did the font file install correctly? You may have to restart even if it did. 23:47, 21 August 2007 (UTC)
I presume it installed correctly - it told me I didn't need to restart. I had closed Safari when it told me to. DuncanHill 23:50, 21 August 2007 (UTC)
I'm blaming Safari, since I was able to view the text immediately in Firefox after running the installer and hitting F5. 18:48, 22 August 2007 (UTC)
Doesn't seem to work in IE7 either. Is ther a help page on WP for viewing different scripts? DuncanHill 21:09, 22 August 2007 (UTC)