March 5th, 2004

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DVD drive problem

Ok, heres my bizarre problem.

I cannot play region coded DVD's on my computer. I used to be able to. But not anymore. I had last played one around mid december, then a couple weeks later it didn't work.

So, as it stands now, the DVD drive can read and use the following media types wihtout any problems:
Regionless DVD-Video. CD-ROM. DVD-ROM. CD-Audio. CD-R. CD-RW.

However, region coded dvd's... Windows can't even tell there is a disc in the drive at all, much less access it. I've tested on two brand new region coded DVD's and at least half a dozen region coded DVDs that used to work in this very computer.

My memory is a little shaky, but I *think* I installed Services For Unix in between the last succesful play and first failed play, but I'm not sure... it may not have gotten installed until after the problems showed up, or may have been installed before the last succsful play... but it was around that time. I also installed iTunes around that time, but removing that did not help the problem. I do not want to uninstal SFU, but I may try that if you guys can't come up with something better.

I've done the following to try fix it:
Update driver
Update firmware
Change to RPC-2
Reinstall PowerDVD
Uninstall PowerDVD(due to a suggested fix when WMP9 is installed)
Uninstall/reinstall the DVD drive
Tried several other DVD player programs.

Does anyone have any ideas? My only ideas are reinstalling windows and replacing the drive... not too keen on either option, but I might have to. System Restore files don't go back far enough to be of use. Event log doesn't show anything obvious. I really should have pulled an all nighter when it first started giving problems rather than putting it off... my memory of exactly what I had done in the last couple of weeks that could affect things would have been much better...

OS is Windows XP Pro, its a Pioneer DVD-116 drive, I've tried Power DVD 5, WMP9, and a few other programs my sleepy mind is not recalling at the moment. but none of those programs is likely relevant since windows explorer can't even see the disc at all. I double click on the drives icon, "Please insert a disc into drive F:"

(no subject)

if you bled when you lost your virginity, how did the guy react?
i'm just curious, cuz i've heard some horror stories about guys totally over reacting about their sheets being ruined or about the girl not telling him she had her period

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1. would you be miffed if a friend borrowed a pair of pants and farted while wearing them?

2. i heard in australia, the "thumbs up" sign means "up yours." in europe, the "a-okay" sign means "a-hole." in asia, the sign language letter T is like flipping someone off. my friend told me that in some places, farting is the norm, but burping is unspeakably rude. can you think of any other cultural differences in what's considered offensive behavior?

3. where do peacocks originally live, wildly? (i've seen them, domesticated, in various climates-- desertish valley, los angeles, near the ocean . . .)

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a girl is jerking off a guy, then proceeds to give him head for like half an hour
and he doesn't cum
so then he tries jerking himself off for about another half an hour
and he still doesn't cum
and he says "it's not working" and just decides to stop

what is that about? is it normal for a guy not to be able to make himself cum from jerking off?
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ADMIN - Brief new rule.

I'll keep this brief. I decided to add a new "rule". It's just a common sense footnote mostly.

If you have multiple questions to ask in a short period of time, please put them in one post. Posting a few times a day is no problem - but posting several times within 5 minutes is frowned upon.

Question: Have you ever heard of the Crown Jewels (aka The Contes)?

My answer: Yes! *points to the Current Music field*
  • Current Music
    The Contes - My Brilliant Star

What should my job title be?

I'm updating my business card at work, and the age old question of what my job title should be is upon me once again.

My duties are extremely varied. Right now the two main ones are that I'm the packaging coordinator and the webmaster. I also do most things related to graphics/imaging that our publicist doesn't handle, and then just misc. support, ranging from pictorial training to employee handbook.

I don't care so much what the card says in terms of status or whatever, but I do want it to be something that reflects the sorts of things I do without being too specific, so that I can give it to someone involved with our website, or someone doing our packaging, or whatever random project I'm working on at the time and not throw them for a loop. I don't want it to be something vague like "administrative support" or anything that could be construed as "receptionist" or "secretary".

My boss and I can't come up with anything good. Do any of you have ideas?

Edit: dowhatnow had the fabulous suggestion of Media Coordinator. It's perfect! Thank you so much!

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when you say last summer, do you mean summer of 2003 or summer of 2002?

Do you prefer to answer questions that are one anwers (like what's this movie called, or how do i fix my cd drive) or opinion answers (like what's your favorite movie)?

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A group of school children, church members, etc., decide to use their first amendment rights and rally outside an abortion clinic. These children and devout church goers--so dedicated to upholding the life of everyone in existence, so dedicated to being good, mindful followers of christ--cannot sit idly by while abortions are happening.

They rally outside the abortion clinic, screaming at the women who enter. "SINNER!" "FUCKING SLUT!" "YOU FUCKING WHORE!" They push, scream, accuse the women of being prostitutes, the devil. They throw things. Humiliate the women. Spit on them.

What the HELL is wrong with this picture???
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I've decided it's time my room had a make over. I plan to wallpaper, and get new carpeting... maybe add a few shelves etc. Any ideas for a theme? I made a paint image of how my room currently is. The only things I can't move are the computer desk and the TV. Everything else is subject to change. Notice there is no bed ( I sleep on the floor). So, any ideas before I totally redo my room? Collapse )

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i've seen a few people at school playing
super mario brothers - what looks to be
the full game - on the computer.
does anyone know how they do that? i think
it might be a program they downloaded (the
window they play it in doesn't look like
an internet window or anything...)
thanks so much.