So Windows Vista Media center gives you a “Cannot Play Video, One or more codecs required to play to open this content could not be found”.
Are you running the 64bit version of mediacenter? Follow these steps to get it working:

1) Download and install the approperiate decoder, my favorite is ffdshow. You’ll need the 64bit version:
2) Change Media center so it uses the 64bit version of media player instead of the 32bit one
– Open the registry using regedit
– Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\
Remove the ‘x86’ items and make sure afterwards it looks like this: 

(Default) – “%ProgramFiles%\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe”
Path – %ProgramFiles%\Windows Media Player

3) Close regedit
4) Open a command prompt and type this: %windir%\system32\unregmp2.exe /SwapTo:64
5) Reboot the media center box
6) Leave a reply if it worked 😉

Now your good to go, Media Center will play your Divx and Xvid!

UPDATE: Somehow it doesn´t work at everyones Mediacenter, please have a look at the comment by FINN, it might help you!

Comments (29) Posted by pieter on Friday, January 18th, 2008

So your trying to download the TV guide within Vista Media Center and your getting error 34 (or 16)?

The answer for this one is easy: Set the correct date and time settings in Windows

Comments (0) Posted by pieter on Sunday, January 13th, 2008

When using Ubunty Gutsy, i couldn’t download anything because i have to use a proxy with authentication at a customers site. Here’s how to solve this issue:

1) Open a console
2) Type: sudo nano /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/proxy
3) Enter a single line like this in the editor:

Acquire::http::Proxy “http://username:password@proxyiporhostname:port“;

4) Save the file (CTRL-X follow by Y) and reboot the system. Im sure there’s a better and faster way then restarting your system but i simply couldn’t bother to look it up.

Comments (0) Posted by pieter on Thursday, December 27th, 2007

After installing VMware you cannot access the Webinterface? You experience the following result:

  • When browsing to the webinterface using http://ipaddressesx, you receive a “Page cannot be displayed” error.
  • When browsing to the webinterface using https://ipaddressesx, you receive a SSL security warning and then  a “Page cannot be displayed” error.

The server didn’t update his hosts file correctly, solve it using the following steps:
1) Log on to the server console (using the server’s keyboard or SSH)
2) Open the hosts file using a texteditor: nano /etc/hosts
3) Make sure there’s a localhost entry and an hostname entry, a little example:

# Do not remove the following line, or various programs
# that require network functionality will fail.       localhost     ESX_TESTLAB

4) Exit the editor using CTRL-X, save your changes with Y.
5) Visit the VMware ESX webaccess using your favorite internet browser on your client.


Comments (2) Posted by pieter on Monday, November 19th, 2007

Today i had to install Windows 2003 R2 + SP2 (downloaded from MSDN) within a virtual machine because i needed a DC for a physical testcluster (if your not into IT, this sentence must be a pain in the ass).

I noticed that the installer just kept on going forever at the “installing devices” part.

Did you know that you can press SHIFT-F11 during setup to see that windows is doing? In this case the ‘add new hardware’ wizard was running.
You can also use SHIFT-F10 to get a command prompt

After some research i found the solution:
1) Reset the virtual machine (don’t boot from cdrom)
2) Keep the focus within the virtual machine (don’t ctrl-alt)

You’ll see it works this time, probably has something to do with the detection of keyboard and/or mouse.

VMware, yeah!

Comments (67) Posted by pieter on Friday, October 19th, 2007

So you wanna play M4A files but hate quicktime and/or itunes? Congratulations, your not alone!

Copy the code below, past it in notepad, save it to “blabla.reg” (including quotes, otherwise you might save it as blabla.reg.txt)


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Media Type\Extensions\.m4a]
“Source Filter”=”{E206E4DE-A7EE-4A62-B3E9-4FBC8FE84C73}”
“Media Type”=”{813BACB7-18A7-4068-AABD-8F8CD57011BC}”

Just execute the reg file you just made, confirm the dialog and try!
If it doesn’t work, download an AAC decoder like this one.

Start media player or whatever mp3 player you have and start listening!

Comments (0) Posted by pieter on Thursday, October 11th, 2007

After restoring an ghost/acronis image on your Citrix server your getting the message:

msgina.dll could not be loaded, MSGINA.DLL could not be found, please contact your system admininstrator to restore the original dll or to replace it 

The GUI shows something like this:

So how is this possible? Isn’t a ghost/acronis image an EXACT duplication of a disk?

First lets explain a bit about Windows and driveletters:

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Comments (3) Posted by pieter on Thursday, September 27th, 2007

Every Windows box with sp2 had tons of eventlog records containing info about perflib:

Event Source: Perflib
Event Type: Warning
Event ID: 2003
Description: The configuration information of the performance library “C:\WINDOWS\system32\perfts.dll” for the “TermService” service does not match the trusted performance library information stored in the registry. The functions in this library will not be treated as trusted.

According to Microsoft, you could fix it as follows:
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Comments (0) Posted by pieter on Thursday, September 27th, 2007

Did you google for something like: WDS, Windows Desktop Search, Turn Of or Default Windows XP Search.

There are a couple of reasons why you have desktop search installed:
– You like the product and hate google
– After installing Office 2007, outlook tell’s you to install it to use the find function

So now when you search within windows XP (for files or whatever) the “Microsoft Desktop Search” popups:


Since not everything is indexed, this can be frustrating. And if your searching for that file yoy just downloaded, changes are that downloading it again is faster then using Windows Desktop Search 😉

How to solve this?
Save the code underneath to a .REG file and execute it:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Desktop Search\DS]

Or you can navigate to:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Desktop Search\DS
Double-click on ‘ShowStartSearchBand’ and set the value to ‘0’

Comments (0) Posted by pieter on Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

In order to find this post, i would give google the instructions: convert M4A to MP3 freeware M4A2MP3 free -linux xp Windows

So you downloaded a new podcast or whatever and want to convert it to mp3? There are loads of programs which will do the trick, if you pay. Since paying sucks and isn’t necesarry, follow these instructions to make a cool ‘sendto mp3’ command in windows XP (vista not tested, will probably work too).

You will need the following freeware:
1) faad for windows to convert a M4A to wav (download here)
2) lame to code a wav to MP3 (download here)
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Comments (5) Posted by pieter on Thursday, September 20th, 2007