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Prometheus Bluray+Powerdvd=FAIL


Prometheus Bluray+Powerdvd=FAIL

Being a fan of Alien, I nabbed a copy of this on Bluray and boy am I unhappy with it due to having to rely of shitty stores like PC World I’m using Power DVD 11 (the latest available in there store a few months back).

I popped the disk into the tray and closed it. PDVD pops up a message to say I need an update so I click OK

“Download interrupted “

What the must be this crappy IE playing up I though to my self but no nether firefox or Chrome is able to get the update and they both report the same issue.

I hope my stand alone player doesn’t have this issue or else its make the disk worthless and will be returned to the shop.

Well there go my joy for tonight!


Media Streaming Part 1

With Modern technology it seams wrong not to setup media streaming in your house.
The following is what I have learnt fighting with my setup. Currently my setup consist of
Server = Windows 7 laptop
Sony Erricson SK17i.

Cyberlink Powerdvd 11
Cyberlink power dvd remote.

The Phone is advertised as DLNA which is supposed to be even easer then UPnP and its taken me all this time to get this working.
What was the culprit I hear you ask?
The Firewall!
I’m currently running ESET 5 and I had to disable Windows Firewall (a must if you install another proper firewall) then I had to reset Esets rules then rebuild them in interactive mode! but that still didn’t work (loosing hope at this time).
1st up go into Windows and set iTunes to share on a network, go into Cyberlink and set what you would like to share,then go into windows explorer and set which folders you want to share (Plenty of guides on the interwebs for that)
After a visit to google and youtube I found out first I have to connect the phone to the house’s wifi (Well duh I hear you say) but there is another step, Hidden in the setting is the media server!
If your on the same phone as me then you need to go to “connected Devices”, select a name and connect to a server which should be you PC.
Mine wouldn’t work at first so I had to wait for 10 mins how ever while I still had the windows explorer opened I went to the network folder and opened that. This folder shows what it can see on a network and for a while my phone was not recognised, after 10 mins it appeared and flicking back to my phone it also showed my pc and connected to it!
Step 1 down!
At this point go back to the phones home screen and select the photo/video icon, find a video and hold your finger on the video’s icon untill a green tick appears.
Click on the setting button then click share, now find “Play on device” in the next screen click on a Player device in none appear start up windows media player
at it should appear on the phone with a play button under it.
Click “Play” and wait till it starts playing on the computer.
Good 1 Application down !
Next, time for Cyberlink!
Load up Cyberlink on the pc, click music then click DLNA and your phone should appear!
Now click on device and you shouldn’t see anything except requests from the firewall, Start the Cyberlink app on your phone and you need to accept all firewall requests from the Cyberlink application and the phones IP address (Obtainable from the network devices menu of windows explorer)
If all worked then again your server should appear on the phone click it and it will take you to the apps media menu which will allow you to chose which part of Powerdvd you want to control. If your still with me all the better.
Next to get media from the pc to the phone, if the above is all working this will be easy.
First download and install “Skifta” to your phone,
Click on the little arrow of step one to select a server,
Click on the little arrow of step two to select the media player of choice on your phone
Click on browse and play media
The select the media you want to watch/listen to on phone!.
Told you it was easy.

Now for iTunes and Airplay.
That’s it for now as I have to go and win an auction for an airport express!

Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex

So the GITS SAC series has been over for a while now and it’s taken me all this time to get around to getting the Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex DVD.
This is the single “Blue” 2 1/2 DVD version of the series just containing the Laughing Man story line.

There are lots of reviews on this so I won’t cover much. From what I can remember of the SAC series there may be a little bit more animation in the single DVD version but not much. The biggest difference between the 2 version is the voices, I don’t know if they changed the actors but the voice’s are different enough for me to noticed and annoy.

Going beyond that It was nice to watch the “Stream lined” version of the series. As said there isn’t much between this and the series but it is a worthy perchase for the collection.

Noontech A50fw PII

OK I’ve had time to play with the vob/dvd system using Full Metal Panic and I have to say I’m happy with it so far.

Using DVD Shrink to remove the menus and languages etc I created a striped down .vob and copied to the drive. Initially I had no sound but after punching the “Audio” button I got audio to appear under the audio selection “82” And all working (striped fill comes in at 1.3 ish gig).
Next I copied all the files of the disk to the hd (extracted with DVDDCSS) and using the “DVDplay” option I played the files as a dvd and all worked without messing around with audio tracks.

Haven’t got around to xvid yet (only got a 10 gig hd in the drive) but will try that out later.

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