Monday, March 5, 2007

PowerDVD & Vista

Problem: Windows Media Center won't play certain types of videos (In my case XViD). It displays thumbnails of the videos but, when you attempt to play one it lags for a while then brings up a missing codec error.

Additionally every time you try and play one of these video files in Windows Media player, the program goes out to the net and tries and find a codec (usually this won’t be noticeable however if you are behind a web proxy with authentication then you will be prompted for your credentials) -- In my case its codec search fails -- but the video then plays fine (The latest version of XViD is already installed so it should)

Solution: The problem here seems to be PowerDVD - Un-installing it fixes both issues. Before uninstalling however you should try applying this patch from Cyberlink.

IE7 and IMDB's New Look

Problem: IE7 renders IMDB pages (particularly the movie ones) reeeeally bad. This problem also applies to users of Internet Explorer 7 on other version of windows.

Solution: This seems to be the result of Ad blocking software. I was the using the IE7Pro addon and upon disabling it the problem was instantly fixed. However, if you are using IE7Pro its probably a better idea to ad ** to your whitelist instead.

Update: This bug has now been fixed in later versions of IE7pro