[HOWTO] Forcing Windows to Change Priority & Processor Affinity on Processes Ran by SYSTEM

I encountered a problem when trying to change the process priority & processor affinity for my VMWare. The problem is that this process is ran by SYSTEM instead of my username. In order to run ‘Task Manager’ at elevated level, make sure all ‘Task Managers’ are closed do the following:

  1. Open a ‘Command Prompt’ window by going to Start -> Run then type ‘cmd’ then press enter
  2. Type
    ntsd -c qd taskmgr

    in the command prompt

After that, a new ‘Task Manager’ will popup and you should be able to modify the settings.

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[SOLVED] DVD Video Only Runs at Fullscreen

If you’re on Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron), the Multimedia Systems Selector is hidden. You will need to enable this first.

Enabling Multimedia System Selector

  1. Goto System -> Preferences -> Main Menu
  2. Browse to System -> Preferences section
  3. Check the box where it says “Multimedia System Selector”

Changing the Multimedia System Video Output

  1. Goto System -> Preferences -> Multimedia System Selector
  2. Goto Video Tab
  3. Change the Default Output Plugin to “X Window System (No Xv)”
  4. Click OK & Restart Movie Player

Changing the VLC Setting

  1. Goto Settings -> Preferences -> Video -> Output Modules
  2. Check the box that says “Advanced options” at the lower right corner
  3. Change the Video output module to “X11 video output”
  4. Click Save

Changing the Xine Setting

  1. Right Click -> Settings -> Setup (or Alt+S)
  2. Change “Configuration experience level” to “Expert”
  3. Goto Video and change “Video driver to use” to “xshm”
  4. Click Apply, Close then restart Xine

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[HOWTO] DVD Ripping in Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron)

This is completely illegal in the United States due to some copyright law. This site does not condone illegal activity; thus, if you’re in US, you’re on your own when you do the following.

Install the packages by running the command:

sudo apt-get install dvdrip subtitleripper ksubtitleripper gocr mplayer libdvdread3 debhelper fakeroot rar unrar libxine1 xine-ui

After the package is installed, run the following:

sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread3/install-css.sh

NOTE: You don’t have to do this second part if you have already followed my previous guide on enabling DVD playback on Ubuntu.

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[SOLVED] Problems Installing VMWare Tools in Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) Server as Guest in VMWare Server

I tried to install Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) Server edition as a guest system in my VMWare Server and got into a problem installing the vmware tools. I mostly follow the instructions given here with some changes with regards to the lack of GUI (X11).
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