adv-entures in video codecs!

Next one up: video codecs that should be obsolete!..

The Problem: you’ve got a video file; avi, mpeg, etc that wont play.

The Solution: your experience WILL vary.

  1. Find what codec was used to encode the video file, to do this.. you can look for the error code that VLC will throw out. or you can download a small little program called G-spot (careful when searching for that) in fact I’ll save you the effort and give you the download link; G-spot download there you go.
  2. Download the actual codec. this part can be fun… or not. in my case I needed the ADV1 codec. which is old and uncommon and generally used for security system and/or CCTV recordings. and of course hard to find. there’s many different developers for codecs so the whole process of searching for them and installing them varies depending on what you need.

often times no specific error is given for video playback issues. after trying 3 different players, only VLC gave me an error prompt with the information I needed.

a little info about the ADV1 codec for those that are interested; its also known as the Loronix Wavelet codec. Loronix, being the developer, doesnt seem to support the codec any more and as such I was unable to find a download package anywhere on there website. however I did find one single page with a downloadable file. which I’m posting here for convenience.

ADV1 Codec Download: Loronix.Wavelet.codec.v3.0



toolbars and lots of them

The Problem: toolbars! (see picture) that is all.

Too many toolbars!

The Solution: … simply uninstall

The Backstory: got a call late in the day about a slow running laptop… so I drive out to the clients location, turn on the computer, open a browser window and BAM! …half the screen is literally taken up by toolbars. crazy is what this is!

HP laserjet p2015dn print issues

so your HP printer suddenly stops working.. and you get a blinking indicator light.. if your lucky you may get a little usage out of it by turning it off and on again. but even then it still eventually stops working. and for the rest of us.. it doesn’t work at all.

the HP LaserJet p2015dn


The Problem: your printer will not print, you’ve already troubleshooted every possibility you can think of and your suspicious that your HP laserjet p2015dn printer needs a new formatter board.

The Solution: bake your board: other then replacing the board or buying a new printer this is your only viable option.. and even this isn’t full proof.

  • Remove the formatter board and remove the tape near the memory slot (if there). Prop up on four corners and place in a baking pan chips facing up and make sure the bottom of the board does not touch the pan. Preheat regular oven to 350F (177C), place in oven for 8 minutes. Remove and let cool for 30 minutes and put back in printer.

I can vouch for the method above, it worked for me.. there’s a lot of talk about this method in the HP support forums and a lot of users are seeing success to varying degrees (pun intended) I’m adding the how-to here for my own reference and hopefully for someone else to stumble upon.

Magic Mouse scroll not working

I think we’ve all ran into this one a time or two, you’re mouse cant scroll or can only scroll one direction. or it just “kinda” scrolls.. whatever the scenario. its not working right. on a lot of older mice this isn’t a big problem… clean it. but this task isn’t always so easy.

The Problem: your mighty mouse (not to be confused with the newer magic mouse, (see the pic below) will no longer scroll.. sometimes it will only scroll one direction, up, down, etc

the mighty mouse

The Solution: hold your mighty mouse upside down and press the scroll ball against the palm of your hand (preferably against a cloth)  and move your mouse in a circular motion. after a minute or two you should be able to scroll normally.. this is a pretty common problem and apart from taking your mouse apart, this is the easiest, fastest solution… that is of course if it works for you.