How to rip Audio from a DVD

 

 

In this guide I am using a media player called: VLC (VideoLAN) to do the conversion – it can be downloaded free “here”.

  1. Once installed – open VLC media player
  2. Put the DVD you want to rip the audio into your computer
  3. Click Media (up-the-top)
  4. Click Convert/Save
  5. Click Disc (up-the-top)
  6. Make sure the DVD is selected
  7. Press Convert/Save (down-the-bottom)
  8. Change the destination file field to the location where you would like the audio saved to.
  9. In the profile drop down box select Audio –MP3
  10. Click Start

Note: Make sure you have the right stream selected in step 6 – or you might just record the Menu sound – for example: VOB_1 compared to Vob_0.

How to convert DMG to IMG in Windows

Downloaded that DMG and want to burn it to a CD/DVD but you’re in a Windows based system? Not a problem! Thanks to the guys at vu1tur for making a cool little utility for doing the conversion.

 

  1. First download the software “here” (go down to win32 binary to download) and extract it to an easy accessible folder, in this guide I am going to use the Desktop.
  2. Click Start
  3. Click Programs/All Programs
  4. Click Accessories
  5. Click Command Prompt
  6. Now you need to type: cd %userprofile%Desktop
  7. Now navigate to the location you saved dmg2img in my case I type: cd dmg_convert
  8. Copy the DMG you would like to convert to IMG into the folder or location you put DMG to IMG and make sure you copy down the name of the DMG file as you will need this in the conversion process.
  9. Back in the command prompt type: dmg2img <input.dmg> <output.img> (for example:  dmg2img OSX.DMG OSX.IMG) and press Enter
  10. The DMG will now start to convert to IMG, once completed you will be back at the blinking cursor and you can now burn the IMG file.

 

Note: If the DMG was bootable it will retain the bootable partition information when converted, so you can easily boot from the IMG once burnt to a CD/DVD.

Shutdown Batch Script

Save the following into a notepad document and name it with .bat at the end – for example shutdown.BAT. You can then either set it to the desktop or add it to a scheduled task to turn your computer off at a certain time.


@echo off
shutdown.exe -s -t 00
exit

Note: Changing “-s” to “-r” will restart the computer, instead of turning it off and adjusting the “-t” will change the time in seconds till it shuts down. Useful if you are wanting the computer to shutdown after an hour or so.

Windows XP Startup Batch Script

Save the following into a notepad document and name it with .bat at the end – for example WinXPStartup.BAT. You can then run the batch script directly from the recovery console on a Windows XP CD.


@echo off
CD ..
ATTRIB -H C:boot.ini
ATTRIB -S C:boot.ini
ATRIB -R C:boot.ini
del boot.ini
BOOTCFG /Rebuild
CHKDSK /R /F
FIXBOOT

Windows Update Error 0x800f081f

 

This problem is generally caused by corrupted/damaged DNS Cache. Follow the instructions below to repair.

 

  1. Click Start
  2. Click All Programs/Programs
  3. Click Accessories
  4. Right click Command Prompt select Run as Administrator
  5. Type in: ipconfig /flushdns
  6. Press Enter
  7. Restart your computer and attempt Windows Update.

 

If the above doesn’t work then you can bypass the problem by assigning your own DNS server , such as Google DNS.

  1. Click Start
  2. Click Control Panel
  3. Click Network/Network & Sharing Center
  4. Click Change Adapter Settings (on the left hand side)
  5. Right click Local Area Connection (if you are using wired method of connecting – if not select Wireless Connection)
  6. Select Properties
  7. Click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
  8. Click Properties
  9. Select Use the following DNS server addresses
  10. Type in: 8.8.8.8 and on the second line 8.8.4.4
  11. Click Ok
  12. You are now routing your computers DNS through google’s servers instead of the service offered by your Internet Service Provider. Depending on who and where you are – you might notice a slowdown in internet browsing or a speed up – this is normal.
  13. Restart your computer and attempt Windows Update.

 

Repair Windows Explorer start-up

This usually occurs if Viruses or Spyware has infected explorer.exe and changed the registry entry to stop it from starting.

  1. Click Start (orb)
  2. Type in: regedit
  3. Press Enter
  4. Navigate to:  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionwinlogon
  5. Double click the Shell entry
  6. Make sure it is set to: Explorer.exe
  7. Press Ok
  8. Restart your computer

 

If the above doesn’t work attempt a system restore by pressing F8 during Windows Vista boot to bring up the Boot Menu and select Startup Repair.

 

Note: Tested with Windows Vista – ok

Note: Also may work on Windows 7 – though I haven’t personally tested this.

Ubuntu – Out of range

 

This issue is commonly caused by the screen resolution settings in Ubuntu becoming too high for the actual monitor. This guide is written with the Ubuntu Live CD and version 12.10 in mind.

  1. During start-up select your language when prompted.
  2. Press F6 (Other Options)
  3. At the end of the command line type: vga=791
  4. Press Enter

Ubuntu should now boot with a resolution of 1024 by 768 (32bit). Click “here” for a Wikipedia link to other Video display choices.

If that doesn’t work:

Start the Live CD process

  1. Unplug the VGA port for the monitor for about 5 minutesallowing Ubuntu to properly start.
  2. Plug the monitor back in and Ubuntu should automatically select the right resolution and display.

How to hide PHP errors on a WordPress installation

  1. Using an FTP client – such as Filezilla log in to your website.
  2. Navigate to your WordPress directory
  3. Right click wp-config.php
  4. Select Edit
  5. Add:  @ini_set(‘display_errors’, 0); to the wp-config document – up the top is fine.
  6. Now save the document, your FTP client should now upload the changes and any PHP errors you may be displaying will be hidden.

How to import a CSV into iMail

First – make sure iMail is closed.

  1. Open Finder
  2. Go to your OSX install HDD and navigate to: Applications
  3. Open Address Book
  4. Click on File
  5. Click Import
  6. Navigate to the location of the saved CSV (Comma Separated Values) and select it.
  7. Select Open

You have now successfully imported your contacts into iMail.