Coverting Music? Handy Guide

Recently Ive been at doctors office very often and decided to download some toons and rip some of my old cd’s to my old school mp3 player.

While surfing I came across this gems and plan to add to it.. Unfortunately original person that put together the info from peoples input on the thread was removed. But still some good info. Despite being posted in 2000. Most of the programs discussed  are free or easy to get.

my own suggestion on flv to mp3 or 4 if you don’t want to download anything. Upload flv to youtube then download same file from youtube in mp3 or mp4 format. Only works good if you have fast internet service.

MP3 to CD
Real easy:

  • Get Nero 5
  •  Goldenhawk CDRWIN to write one big MP3 or WAV as multiple tracks.
  • Or convert to WAV (see below) and use any program to burn as CD-Audio

Note:

  • DONT USE CDRW media: They dont work on 99.9% of stereos

MP3 to WAV
This is very easy to do with winamp so no program list this time

  • Make sure that shuffle and random are off
  • Go to preferences (press CTRL+P or use the context menu options>preferences, thanks to dianelala for telling me to include this)
  • Select Nullsoft diskwriter as your output plugin (prefs>plugins>output)
  • Press configure to select the directory the WAVs will go (forgot to mention this one, thanks go to Lumberjack and Reverend Ike for bringing it up )
  • Load the mp3s you want to convert to wav
  • Press play and wait
  • Remember to set output back to waveOut or DirectSound afterwards, for normal playback.

Notes:

  • The above works for other conversions like VQF to WAV, or even WAV to WAV, with the notable exception of analog CD (not 100% sure) and secure formats (read:WMA)
  • For WAV to WAV (eg. for converting an 8-bit 22KHz file to CD Quality, make sure you checkmark “Convert to Format” in Diskwriter config, and make sure “PCM 44,100 KHz, 16 Bit, Stereo” is the selected format).

CDex does this too, along with Nero 5

CD to WAV
What you need is called a ripper.
Try:

CD to MP3
use:

CD OR WAV or MP3 to WMA
I’m probably missing a few progs, but here goes

  • Zlurp
  • Nero 5
  • And of course Winamp with the the CD Reader plugin as input and the WMA output plugin as output (Winamp 2.81 and earlier)

WAV to MP3
Lots of programs, many same as above

MP3 to MP3
No, youre not seing double. You might need this to save on disk space, copy file to a floppy or upload music to your portable player. The thing to note here is that even if you increase the bitrate the quality wont rise. So compressing with MP3 goes only one way
CDex -> Convert Menu -> MPEG to MPEG

  • The free version of MusicMatch bloatware, suggestion by Bruce
  • Winamp, with a MP3 output plugin of your choice. (See notes at the end)

note: i dont know about other progs, suggestions are welcome.

MIDI to WAV
RTFM
More tips here and here (2.9x/5.x)

MP3/WAV to WMA
use the WMA Output plugin (included in 2.63 to 2.9x)
or Nero 5

data mined from winamp forums

How Steam in-home streaming can turn your old laptop or Windows tablet PC

great article:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2359241/how-steam-in-home-streaming-can-turn-your-old-laptop-or-windows-tablet-into-a-pc-gaming-force.html?page=2

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2359241/how-steam-in-home-streaming-can-turn-your-old-laptop-or-windows-tablet-into-a-pc-gaming-force.html#tk.fb_pc

Senior Editor, PCWorld
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The process couldn’t be easier. Simply make sure both computers are turned on, connected to the same local network, and logged into the same Steam account. If all that’s set, a pop-up will appear in the lower-right corner of your screen, letting you know you’re connected to your primary machine.

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Behold, the Stream option.

Your Steam library will be shared between the two PCs, and a Streamoption will appear for games that are installed remotely. (You’ll need to install the games you want to stream on your host PC first, of course.) If any of your games are installed on both machines, you’ll be able to choose whether you want to stream it or play it straight from the PC you’re holding.

That’s it!

If you want to try to play a game that isn’t offered on Steam, try adding it via the Games > Add a Non-Steam Game to my Library option on your host machine to try and force the matter. Valve’s streaming FAQ says that might work, but warns that streaming non-Steam games is not officially supported.

Trouble-shooting Steam in-home streaming

Troubleshooting streaming problems is also fairly straightforward, assuming your hardware and home network are up to snuff to begin with.

If your games are doing the jitter-bug—in-home streaming handles latency by dropping the frame rate, rather than dropping the picture quality, for some bizarre reason—open Steam on your client PC and head to Steam > Settings > In-Home Streaming in the menu bar. Under the “Client options” portion, you’ll see options for Fast, Balanced, andBeautiful, with Balanced enabled by default. Try dropping the setting to Fast.

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If that doesn’t do enough, click Advanced Client Options, then open the Limit Resolution To drop-down menu and select a less pixel-packed streaming resolution option. With my setup—a hardwired Core i5 desktop PC streaming to various laptops over 802.11n—dropping the resolution to 720p helps even action-packed games stream with few hitches. (The frame rate can still get a little hairy in particularly explosive and fast-paced scenes, though.) My Wi-Fi doesn’t have to struggle for airspace with competing networks in my rural abode, however.

steam streaming 2

What, that didn’t fix the problem either? First, make sure the Enable hardware encodingand Enable hardware decoding options are, in fact, enabled on your host and client machine, respectively—they should be by default. You can also try enabling the Prioritize network traffic option on your host machine, or switching your router to the less-trafficked 5GHz spectrum band (if your router supports the 5GHz band). If that doesn’t work, it’s time to break out the Ethernet cables. There’s a reason Valve recommends using wired connections—they’re stronger than wireless ones.

Wrapping up

That should be about it. While Steam’s in-home streaming has officially dumped its beta tag, don’t be surprised if you run into occasional frame rate or input woes, as the technology is still in its early days. Some games might not play audio, or they might refuse to launch whatsoever. More frantic games may have hiccups. Again, Hayden Dingman’s hands-on with Steam in-home streaming can give you a good overview of what to expect.

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Steam in-home streaming, along with Valve’s own Steam Controller and Steam Machine prototype (pictured), are laying the groundwork for Linux-powered living room “PC consoles,” but in-home streaming’s benefits extend to a wide range of hardware.

All that said, it’s held up remarkably well for me thus far. Sure, the introduction of Steam in-home streaming is meant to pave the way for living room-ready Steam Machines and make Steam for Linux’s paltry (but growing) library less painful, but it’s great being able to game on your laptop while you’re lounging on the couch or lying in bed. Merely plugging an HDMI cord into your laptop can bring your entire Steam library to your TV, and in-home streaming also brings the full Windows-based Steam catalog to Linux and Mac computers without the need for complex technical tricks.

Yes, Steam’s in-home streaming truly feels like magic, even though it’s not quite perfect yet. And once you’ve played a beastly modern game on a crusty old laptop that normally starts dropping frames when the word “Battlefield” is merely uttered, I’m sure you’ll agree.

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AMD Catalyst™ 11.11 RELEASED

SwordandKeyboard.com Reports:

Highlights of the AMD Catalyst™ 11.11 Windows release includes:

NEW FEATURES

Adobe Flash Player 11 support
– Enables full support of the GPU accelerated Stage 3D API and Stage 3D applications
– Supported on the AMD Radeon HD Series of GPUs, A-Series APU and E-Series APU

RESOLVED ISSUES

Resolved Issues for the Windows 7 Operating System

This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst™ 11.11 software suite for Windows 7. These include:
– Images and textures are no longer corrupted (Blue) in Rage.
– Bezel compensation now works correctly with Far Cry 2.
– Screen tearing is no longer randomly observed while moving a window on the desktop while in Clone mode or Eyefinity mode.
– A black screen is no longer observed when extending displays.
– Homefront no longer crashes randomly when Crossfire is enabled.
– DC Universe Online no longer hangs soon after selecting a character and entering the game.

KNOWN ISSUES

Known issues under the Windows 7 operating system
The following section provides a summary of open issues that may be experienced under the Windows 7 operating system in the latest version of AMD Catalyst™. These include:

– Screen tearing may be observed occasionally while playing Portal 2 in DirectX 9 mode.
– Shogun 2 may exhibit screen corruption while playing on low resolution settings in 2×1 Eyefinity mode.
– Choppy playback may be observed playing interlaced DVD content in full screen mode using PowerDVD 11.
– A BSOD error may occur while playing Call of Duty – Black Ops in Multiplayer mode with Crossfire enabled.
– Video corruption may be observed while playing World of Warcraft in windowed mode and AVI file simultaneously.
– Dragon Age 2 may exhibit corruption during in game cinematics when run in DirectX 9 mode.
– Lost Planet 2 my display random corruption and flickering when run in DirectX 9 mode.
– Lost Planet 2 may crash randomly when Crossfire is enabled.
– The following games may experience random flashing textures during gameplay :
– Homefront
– Metro 2033
– Far Cry 2
– Stalker : Call of Pripyat

Known Issues under the Windows Vista Operating System

The following section provides a summary of open issues that may be experienced under the Windows Vista operating system in the latest version of AMD Catalyst™. These include:
– Windows Aero options may be missing after installing the driver.
– A ‘ghost’ cursor may be observed when playing Dragon Age 2 in Crossfire mode.
– The character avatar in Dragon Age 2 may display random flickering.
– HAWX 2 may experience random system reboots when run in Eyefinity mode.
– Civilization V may experience random crashing when run at medium or high in game settings.
– Bulletstorm may experience random flashing during gameplay.
– Dead Space 2 may hang occasionally soon after game launch.