Archive for August, 2000

Stupid Upgrades

When I did that Media Player update, I also updated to IE 5.5, which was a mistake I think. IE 5.5 is much slower. It takes a good 10 seconds to start. It also seems that the whole system takes longer to do anything, although I may just be looking too hard. It renders some things differently (not better in my opinion) than IE 5.01, which is a bit disappointing to me. I don’t dare try to uninstall it. Windows would get pissed and just burn all my hardware up. Which leads me to my Media Player uninstallation. After the uninstallation, it restarted. I got an illegal operation. Media Player wouldn’t start. I restarted. No illegal operation and Media Player starts. However, Adaptec Cd Creator is screwed up. I reinstall that, and it seems to work fine. Everything seems fine now, but who knows what it left behind. It wasn’t too bad really, just a tad scary. Ah well.

Capture Cards

I first got a Pinnacle StudioDV capture card, a consumer level card. It sucked, so I sent it back and got a DV200 card. It was much better, and I was quite pleased at first. Premiere (the program to edit the once on the computer) was crashing a lot, though. Despite my best efforts, I couldn’t get it to not crash consistently. It was acceptable though if I was careful. Then, I tried to export the video from the computer back on to the camcorder. It didn’t work. I spent hours and hours trying to get it work. I made 4 or 5 calls to tech support. The end conclusion (more of less) was that my motherboard wasn’t compatible with the capture card, and I wouldn’t be able to export unless I got a new one (a new motherboard that is :/). That put me over the edge, and prompted me to send the card back. So, I’m without a card now. That means you probably shouldn’t expect to many media updates right now. Chewbacca.

Media Player 7

I really dislike Windows Media Player 7. I’d been hesitant about upgrading to it since I noticed it’s release a week or so ago. I decided today to go ahead and try it. I ran into none of the installation problems that some others were complaining about. My problems started after. My first (and biggest) problem is that this program is a slow-ass pig of a program. It takes forever to start on a P2-400 with 128M. When you minimize, it takes forever to restore it. The window pops up, but the controls take seconds to appear. It takes seconds to go from one media file to the next. It’s just WAAY to slow doing everything. Another problem I have with it is that you can’t fast forward through ASF files (a compression format for video files). In Media Player 6, it was a little slow, but you could still do it. It’s not possible at all in this one. Those two problems have made me decide to get rid of it. I’m going to try to go back to 6 tomorrow. I guess I’ll let ya know how it goes.