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Fixing Ping Spikes while Capturing in FRAPS

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I had this problem while trying to capture footage using FRAPS in Battlefield: Bad Company 2 using Windows 7. My ping would spike up to 400. Chaning a registry entry that controlled the Network Throttling Index


* Open regedit
* Go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Multimedia\SystemProfile
* There will be an entry for network performance throttling, default value is 10; set it to FFFFFFFF hex (willl look like 0xFFFFFFFF to the right of the entry)
* Reboot

Last Updated on Monday, 29 July 2013 10:55

How to Plug in a Headset for VoIP

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Sometimes you want to play a game and communicate with your team over teamspeak or take a Google Voice call and talk over the PC. To do this you need to plug in a microphone or a headset, but doing this is sometimes a challenge. Sometimes it doesn't work and it's unclear why. This article will explain how I have it working my main PC and documents the Sound panel settings that makes it all work.

To use Voice-over-IP, or VoIP for short, you need to plug in a good mic or a headset. Usually I use my daily headphones which has 4 conductors and includes an inline microphone. To plug this into a standard PC I have an adapter that breaks this out to separate plugs for mic and headphone.

The most accessible speaker and microphone plugs I have are integrated into my keyboard. When the keyboard has something plugged into these plugs, a new playback and recording device called "USB PnP Sound Device" shows up in the Playback and Recording tabs of the Sound control panel. Usually when sound is playing out of the speakers (Optical Toslink to the reciever) Realtek Output (Optical) is active. Plugging something into either the microphone or the headphone jack on the keyboard kills the sound going to the speakers too. Essentially plugging something into these mic or headphone jacks will "activate" that USB audio device and it will take over. To get this to happen and to get the sound out of the headset you have plugged in you need to have the keyboard's playback sound device, wihch shows up as "Speakers - USB PnP Sound Device"  in the Sound control panel set as the default device. Setting it as default will allow it to "take over" the outgoing sound stream whenever it becomes active, which is what you want. This mutes the sound coming from the reciever speakers and you hear everything on your headset.

Windows 7 Sounds Panel Playback Tab

To talk on the mic, you have to have the keyboard's Microphone device, called "Microphone - USB PnP Sound Device" in the Recording tab set as the Default Communications Device. The sound card's Microphone is called Realtek High Definition Audio and is unused. I'm pretty sure that the front panel doesn't even work on this motherboard/case either. "Stereo Mix" is the "Default Device" which allows recording of audio to take place on the entire Stereo Mix, while programs that are for "Communications" will always use that Microphone.

Windows 7 Sound Panel Recording Tab

If you have any problems hearing, make sure everything's setup like the above pictures.


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Last Updated on Friday, 31 May 2013 07:03

Tivo tips

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To get a tivo transferring after it constantly reads "Adding to the "todo list" " run echo MfsRubbishTree /RecordingQueueItem | tivosh in telnet. This will flush that invisible network transfer queue.

mount -o remount,rw / is used to put the filesystem into read/write mode.

Yesterday my main TiVo died (Wednesday, Jan 6th, 2010). I replaced the two Western Digital Drives, which had been spinning constantly and problem free for the last 6 years, with an original TiVo Drive that I had removed from TiVo2. It had 6.2 on the active partition and after I put in TiVo1, of course it had to be erased using the "Delete & Clear Everything" feature. It came back, all the channels I had before no problem, including locals. It still needs to make a call though and will not record anything or let you get to the Now Playing list until you configure dialup and make a call.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 September 2012 10:38

Fred's Library Book Reading #1

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How We Decide - CoverRecently we've discovered the joys of the Santa Clara County Library system. Instead of hanging out at Barnes & Noble or Borders, we've realized that all of the same titles that can be found at those trendy book stores can also be found at the local Library. Here I will update on a regular basis what book I'm currently reading or have recently finished.

The first book I selected to start reading from the county library is "How we Decide" by Johan Lehrer.

The book was recommended by ex-Games for Windows editor Shawn Elliott on the GFW Radio podcast last year and I snapped it up as soon as I saw it in the "New Book Section" of the library, of which there is ample selection.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 January 2010 18:25

XP Networking Tips

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Here's a couple of XP Networking tips that I learned today. They're simple though, but since I looked them up for work, I thought it'd be a good idea to write them here for posteriry.

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Last Updated on Friday, 22 January 2010 12:56
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