Questions related to storage media on which data can be stored such as hard disks, floppy disks, CD-ROMs, and tapes. It can also used for questions about multimedia files, for example, combine sound, pictures, and videos, all of which are different types of media.

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Music player that can speed up/slow down the music

Is there a music player for Windows that will let me speed up / slow down my songs? I can do it for each song in Audacity, but that's too tedious, I don't want to resample my entire collection to new ...
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ffdshow equivalent for the Mac

When I was still on Windows XP, I used ffdshow to take care of all my video and audio codecs needs (with fully customizable subtitles). I did not need any other video player except Windows Media ...
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How to serve media across home network?

I'm looking to share my media across my home network. Router fully supports running a DLNA server, but I don't know if it'd be better to run the server from my main server computer instead of from the ...
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Why Windows Live Photo Gallery stopped displaying thumbnails, and how to fix it?

I now get this instead, for most (but not all) photos. This is the icon which represents the WLPG application, I think. Some observations: I can see the thumbnails fine in Explorer, which is ...
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Keeping track of files on external media

I would like to be able to see all the files which I have backed up to external media (CD, DVD, external drives). At minimum there should be filename and size, more details like thumbnails and other ...
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Home network setup with Ubuntu + FOSS?

I'm hoping someone can make some suggestions for using Ubuntu & FOSS to meet a few requirements I'm have for my home network. Currently I have a network containing: a laptop running Windows ...
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Need to reinstall Windows XP Professional - but no longer have the CD

My laptop has got several problems all pointing to needing a reinstall. Its genuine - and I can extract the key from the registry. But where can I get a copy of XP Professional to install? A bit ...
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Write a normal DVD from a rip

How could I go about the 'opposite' of ripping a DVD, i.e. given an .avi file, create a DVD that will play in older DVD players, those that don't offer 'naked' file support?
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Can I download Windows 7 from Microsoft? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where do I download windows 7? My new computer came with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. I want to reformat and reinstall the OS. Where can I find an installation media ...
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How do I install a fresh copy of Windows onto a new computer?

I'm going to buy a new Acer nettop computer with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. It has no optical disc drive. It will be full of pre-installed bloatware. I want to format the hard disk drive and ...
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How can you create CDs with media that cannot be copied? [closed]

There are quite a few tutorials available on CDs/DVDs these days. When I try to copy the content on my hard disk, I just can't copy it. The CDs work correctly if I try to use AutoPlay option from the ...
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How do I process my LiveMeeting recording into an actual video?

I finished up a LiveMeeting that I recorded. However, when I saved it, it saved everything to a folder with everything separated out. IE: There's an audio file with no video, there's a video file with ...
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Why won't iTunes import some VBR files?

I've got a few entire albums, and a few tracks from different albums, which iTunes for Windows has refused to import (since the latest major version upgrade, and also before). I have done the ...
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How to watch a DVD from only files off the DVD

A while ago I copied a DVD from disk to my hard drive. Instead of doing an image copy and writing an .iso file, it copied the file structure from the disk to a folder on my HDD. That folder contains ...
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Assign custom keys to keyboard media buttons

I've a Microsoft Wireless 800 keyboard that has media keys such as Play/Pause, Volume Up/Down/Mute, etc. But it doesn't have any for Previous/Next song/video/whatever. I'm looking to map a couple of ...
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Pando Media Booster

Has anyone ran across a program "PMB.exe" labeled Pando Media Booster? According to their website it is supposedly here to help me stream HD content. I am trying to figure out if it is legit or not. ...
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How to learn about media encoding, decoding, formats, etc [closed]

While engaging in some media processing (ripping DVD to .avi to watch on my laptop), I became interested in all the technicalities I encountered regarding the video and audio encoding etc. What are ...
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How to get Blu-Ray video from Windows 7 computer upstairs to HDTV downstairs

I have a Windows 7 Ultimate x64 desktop computer upstairs, which has a BD drive, and an HDTV downstairs which has no BD player. I also have a spare computer (which is currently running Linux, but I ...
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Add / Convert my physical DVD collection to M4V or iTunes Library?

I have a whole bunch of DVD's, and want to put them into a personal media server / file server (could be any OS - Mac, PC, or Linux). I want to be able to "map" this media repository with my iTunes ...
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Is there a robust way to vaccinate removable media against autorun.inf malware?

Where I live (Bolivia), it seems that around 2/3 of USB sticks that I encounter have malware that executes via autorun.inf and tries to infect the host machine. Most internet access here is conducted ...
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Accessing Media From a Linux Server Anywhere

I have a linux media server at home. What I'd like to do is to access the media from school in a way that makes sense. For instance, I'd like to play my music (probably in iTunes or VLC) and watch ...
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How can I share my Zune with other PCs?

I'm interested in listening to my Zune music collection with another PC. Ideally this would include Zune pass content. Is there a method, technique, or app that I can use to do this? My Zune ...
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How can I edit song metadata in Songbird for music streamed via daap/firefly?

I right click on a song, click View metadata, and it says at the top "Metadata for the selected item cannot be edited". I am sharing via samba and have it set to allow anynomous access. Does ...
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In situ Photo organiser/viewer: looking for app that organises photos without adjusting original location or requiring import

I'm looking for a photo organiser/viewer that allows me to view photographs, organise them without adjusting their location or requiring to import them. For example, if I want to simply view ...
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Windows Media Player will not play files compressed with winLame using LAME encoding

We have a client who cannot listen to audio files we are compressing with winLame using the LAME mp3 encoding. Anyone have any idea what is happening here?
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Auto Music Tagging Software [closed]

Is there any software out there that will completely and automatically clean and organize a music library? I have tried MediaMonkey, Songbird, Foobar, iTunes, TuneUp and various other programs I have ...
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Hooking a TV up a computer using A/V cables? [closed]

I'd like to connect my old desktop to my (even older) TV, but I'm not 100% positive how. Can anyone point me towards some info on how to do this?
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dvd writer taking 35 minutes to finish a 4.3GB DVD+-R disc. should it take only 10 minutes? should I replace the drive?

dvd writer taking 35 minutes to finish a 4.3GB DVD+-R disc. should it take only 10 minutes? should I replace the drive? its writing in 8x speed my computer is new dell vostro 200 cpu with 2gb ram and ...
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Which program can I use to make slideshow with embedded sound? [closed]

I'd like to make a slideshow with an embedded music which plays in background. A time for each slide should be fixed because it is bound to music melody. What program can I use to do it? I've thought ...
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Is there a 'global media cache' in Windows 7 that may be used by third party media players?

Here's the background. I don't use Windows Media Player or Media Centre, in fact both components have been 'turned off' via the 'Programs and Features' option. My media player of choice is a nightly ...
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How can I play raw audio/video tracks extracted from mp4?

I used mp4creator -extract to get the raw audio and video tracks from an mp4 file. What players can I use to play the raw tracks?
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Windows 7 / Media Center lock problem

we have a Win7 with Media Center that is connected to a large screen. It displays a corporate slideshow near the coffeemachine. When the computer is started it automatically logs in and starts the ...
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Video format for both iPhone and Android?

Is there a format that plays both on iPhone and Android? I have been trying to encode videos in MP4 using ffmpeg - however, using libx264 or mpeg4 - the videos either only work in Android, or in ...
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Streaming problems between XBOX360 and Windows 7

Can I get the optional media update for 360 without xbox live?
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Best way to “stream” music / video to my HDTV from my pc?

My requirement is simple: I have a laptop and a desktop at home that I often use for various media (music, videos etc.) and I want to know what the best (quickest, most seamless, best quality etc) ...
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How to convert subtitles from IDX/SUB to SRT?

My WD HD Media Player supports only SRTs. How to convert subtitles from IDX/SUB to SRT?
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How to see only specific folders of the media library in the Foobar2000 library viewer?

I want to start using the media library feature of foobar2000 v1.0 and added one music folder, which contains a couple of subfolders with music of different albums. I restricted the filetypes to ...
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Most songs in my media collection play twice. Corrupt media?

Whether I'm playing the media with Rhythmbox on Ubuntu, Winamp on Windows, or my Nokia N95's media player, most of my audio files (OK, maybe only 40%) play twice. I have a 500GB external 2.5" WD HDD, ...
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How do I get a listing of music files on a specific drive

I'm helping someone setup their iPod, but they are using Windows 7, and I know XP. I don't see the music in the directory listing on his computer that I see on the iPod. So I'm trying to search for ...
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Can Spotlight or Media Browser index metadata contained in iPhoto or Aperture in Mac OS X?

It seems silly to go to all the trouble to assign "Face" data to thousands of photos, but not make it possible to use that data to locate them outside of that application. Is there any way to get ...
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External hard drive and Xbox

Is there any way of playing movies on the Xbox from an external hard drive?
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Feasible to use a laptop as a Digital Media Receiver/Extender?

Since the price of many dedicated hardware Digital Media Extenders is only slightly lower than that of a cheap laptop, is there any reason you couldn't use a laptop as a Digital Media Extender? I'm ...
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Unhappy with performance of GBit Ethernet to Fiber converter

I just bought a TP-Link MC200CM GBit Ethernet (1000-T) to Fiber (1000-SX) media converter. The device works but I'm unhappy with the performance: When connecting my computer over 1000-T (twisted ...
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Dual-screen Multimedia Control Suite for Linux (like Screen Monkey)

I'm looking for some linux software to manage and control a dual monitor/multi screen setup for use in professional-like presentations (ie: monitor1=control, monitor2=projector/audience). I have the ...
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A Media Player that increases the sound volume?

I have some movies that they have low sound volume , thus I'm looking for a Media Player that increase the sound volume by itself. Would be OK if you introduced me the Media Player that could do it? ...
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Manage song metadata on CentOS from command line

I am making a simple Pandora.com alternative for myself and a few friends where the user can upload his/her songs and listen to them anywhere. My intent is to make a lightweight, simple player in ...
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How to share text, pictures and video to restricted set of users

I want to share pictures and videos of my kid growing up but I don't want it to be open to the public. I just want me and my wife to be able to add material and then share with grandparents and ...
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how to stream audio and video files, but use any media player on Windows (without using Windows file sharing)

I want to access and play media files on machine S (Windows XP) from machine C (Windows XP). Using Windows File Sharing ("share this folder" stuff), if it works, I would share the folder containing ...
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What is the default mount point on Linux systems (all)?

My question is very basic in nature. Is the mount point for external media (like USB) always /media? Because in a Debian system, if I plug in any USB device that goes to the /media folder. So is it ...
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Stuttery 1080p playback on decent system

We have a media center system that was recently built. It works well for all types of content, however it has issues with 1080p content. 720p plays fine. I have tried VLC, ffdshow and finally, ...