Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver For Windows Issues

Posted by: pctutorials  :  Category: Gaming, Troubleshooting

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It seems that the Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver For Windows is giving major problems to the majority of PC users. Users are complaining that the device interferes with other USB devices such as the keyboard and mouse. After further investigation, it has been said that the Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver For Windows draws a lot of power, so much so that it kills (temporarily) other devices that are attached via USB.

As it stands, there is no official solution by creator Microsoft (hence are stopping production of this device) at the moment, but you can do the following:

  1. Make sure the Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver For Windows is plugged into a USB 2.0 socket. This will ensure correct power and data transfer rates are obtained.
  2. Wireless inference can be an issue too, so if your wireless mouse or keyboard is conflicting, try moving both the receiver for the mouse and keyboard to a different location and/or the Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver For Windows as well.
  3. Users have reported a greater success rate by plugging the Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver For Windows in the back of the PC USB motherboard ports.
  4. If all the above fails, buying a separate USB 2.0 hub will most defiantly solve this issue as power is drawn from the wall, not the USB socket.

If you’ve discovered a simple fix or having further issues with the Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver For Windows, post a comment here. Thanks Magnus for bringing up the issue.

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Guitar Hero World Tour Replacement Cymbals

Posted by: pctutorials  :  Category: Gaming

Have your Guitar Hero World Tour drum cymbals cracked? Or maybe they are not registering notes properly? Simple fix would be to send them into RedOctane for warranty replacement, but what if your warranty has ran out? Or perhaps you can’t wait 2 weeks for the replacement cymbals?

Thankfully, Matt from Fnaah.com has come up with the holy-grail of do-it-yourself Guitar Hero World Tour cymbals.

Basically, the cymbals are composed of plastic dinner plates with a piezo element mounted underneath each to sense the drum hits. Add a bit of rubber to dampened the noise and some black spray paint to keep everything looking like nice and hey your set. Ingenious.

For $25, it makes it a cheap mod to do and with the guide Matt has provided, you shouldn’t have too much trouble making these cymbals up, especially if your DIY savvy.

I haven’t attempted to make these cymbals yet, but surely will in the near future as yes you guessed it, mine have cracked… again! Head on over Fnaah.com to check out Matt’s fully pictured guide to Making your own GH:WT cymbals for under $25.

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StumbleAudio: Discover New Music

Posted by: pctutorials  :  Category: Internet

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Similar to the website Stumbleupon, StumbleAudio allows you to find similar or randomly selected music with a click of a button that has over 2 million songs in its database. It’s like when you have nothing to listen to, you just hit the random button on your Mp3 Player and press play, only here you have 2 million songs to play with.

The layout is clean and easy to navigate, much like Stumbleupon. When the song plays, you will be presented with album art and a basic play/pause back /next that allows you to navigate between the album. If you wish to change artist completely, you must press the Stumble button.  There is also the option of narrowing down you search for music by genre if you wish.

Creating an account will let you store your favorite track list and keep the rating you gave them. And if you find music that you like, StumbleAudio have the option of purchasing music via the right sidebar by several re-sellers such as Itunes, Amazon, PayPlay, and Cd Baby.

So, if you’re after find new music by similar artists that you like, or want to discover something completely new, check out StumbleAudio.

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Double Kick Pedal In Guitar Hero World Tour

Posted by: pctutorials  :  Category: Gaming

Since I have two kick pedals for my Guitar Hero World Tour drumkit because RedOctane sent me a new one with the replacement drum kit, I thought I’d try splitting the signal and attaching two kick pedals. To my surprise it works! All you need is a 3.5mm headphone splitter and a extra kick pedal. I will admit however, I’m not the first to discover this idea, it seems others have had the same idea as me.

There’s a couple of Youtube videos floating around showing their dual drum pedal setup. It does help when your playing complex drum tracks (such as System of a Down -B.Y.O.B !) on expert, even though I’m still a long way of getting 100% ;) .

If your drums have died and are still under warranty, send in the main drum unit to RedOctane, and if your lucky, they’ll send you a whole new drumkit, including the extra kick pedal. Else, you may be able to find an extra drum pedal off Ebay as others do not see the need for an extra drum pedal.

It’s also said that the next Guitar Hero: Metalica is going to have an extra hard difficulty, and will be including a extra kick drum pedal! Perhaps I could use three at once… :P .

P.S. The review on 360mididrummer will have to wait unfortuantly because I could not secure a Xbox 360 wireless receiver for Windows. I will get one though, so stay tuned!

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Download Myspace Songs

Posted by: pctutorials  :  Category: How To, Internet

So you’ve been browsing Myspace bands and found a really awesome song that you want to download? Some bands disable the ability to allows users to download their MP3’s, however it is still possible to download songs from their Myspace page.

Just a note: If you really enjoy the music produced by that artist, I’d recommend you buy the artists’ tracks so that he/she/ or the band can continue to produce awesome music.

Before you start, downloading these songs with Firefox will retain the filename of the song, so that you won’t have to manually enter the song name. Get Firefox 3: Spreadfirefox Affiliate Button

Here’s how to download Myspace songs:

  1. Go to File2HD.com and enter in the myspace URL of the band/artist.
  2. Tick the agreement box and set the filter to Audio.
  3. Press get files and a list of songs in MP3 format should appear.
  4. Right click on the MP3 file(s) you wish to download and select Save Link As … and click OK.

Piece of cake :D .

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Convert Youtube Videos To MP3

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Have you ever watched that fantastic video clip of some great guitarists’ guitar solo, or wanted to save that fancy tag line? Most of you know how to save Youtube videos but what if you wanted to save the video as a MP3 file? It sounds kind of complex, but thankfully, flv2mp3.com have simplified the process.

All you have to do is paste the Youtube URL into the specified area and click OK. Flv2mp3 also has the ability to convert flv files stored on your own computer to mp3. Not bad for a free service. There many other websites out there but Flv2mp3 wins hands down for its simple, easy-to-use interface.

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Smaller URL with is.gd

Posted by: pctutorials  :  Category: Internet

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Most of you are familiar with www.tinyurl.com ; the service that allows you to shrink long urls to much shorter ones. However, there is now a website, www.is.gd that shrinks url smaller again. This is extremely handy when needing to shorten url for publications or even sending a SMS to someone as this can dramatically reduce the amount of characters needed to be typed, thus saving yourself time.

Amazingly, www.is.gc is almost half the size of what tinurl.com outputs. It is good to see some competition and will be interesting to see what tinyurl.com response is.

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Find Music by Humming

Posted by: pctutorials  :  Category: Internet

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When someone thinks outside the box, I like to give them credit for their work. Midomi have created a website that allows you to find music by humming, singing or even whistling.  So when your out shopping or hear something on the radio that you like, just hum into your computer though a microphone and 9 times out of 10, you should find that song you heard earlier.

If your one of the lucky ones who own an iphone, Midomi also have an Iphone application so that you can obtain the name of the song your after almost instantly.

To gain an accurate reading, you must hum into the microphone for at least 10 seconds for Midomi to analyze and match the sounds. The database of songs is constantly growing, and you can help. If you click into the music studio, you can record your humming for your chosen song(s) to help Midomi become more accurate and/or sing in a foreign language. Midomi is also a social networking site that has features allowing you to rate other full-song singing performances against friends, buy original music and much more.

This is certainly a site that has potential to reach where both Myspace and Facebook are now. Only that its unique humming recognition could be a one hit wonder. What do you think?

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