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Fix Your Broken AVI Files For Free With FIX PLAYER from Movie Toolbox

Move Toolbox with Fix Player

Move Toolbox with Fix Player

Just a quick note.  One of the the things you can spend days researching is HOW TO FIX BROKEN VIDEO/AVI FILES?  I tried various utilities.  For those new to to this topic let share what my experience has been:

  1. DivFix and VirtualDub (NanDub) are the venerable standbys that folks in the know have been using for a very long time.  They are either free or shareware.  There are some known bugs in both of these but basically DivFix used to hang and crash on certain file types and VirtualDub is easy to use once you’ve figured it out.  It helps to follow tutorials and RTFM.  If you are new to Video editing software, VDub is not very intuitive.
  2. DivFix++ –> I have used this.  It is the updated version of DivFix, and seems to have resolved many of the bugs –> no issues with hanging.
  3. I tested Video Fixer.  It was a trial edition (10 days).  Last update was in 2006!  It said that it fixed several avi files, but when I tried to run the with VLC, VLC reported that the file was still broken.  VERDICT:  Video Fixer is garbage.  Don’t even bother.
  4. Fix Player –> I was able to consistently repair broken AVI files with this software today (MAY 6, 2013).  It has a simple interface.  I can’t tell you if there are any bugs, because I didn’t run into any.  All I can say is it worked for me all day long today. 🙂

Ultimately, I recommend you check out Fix player.


SOLVED: So, Why Do I get “Unable to complete Genuine Windows Validation” When I Know For A Fact It Was Already Validated???

November 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Why am I all-of-a-sudden being required to RE-VALIDATE my copy of Windows, which I know for a fact is Genuine???

Windows Genuine Advantage Error: Taskbar Notification

Windows Genuine Advantage Error: Taskbar Notification

I started this post out looking at this article: How to Remove “Unable to Complete Genuine Windows Validation” | Well, I’ll let you know after I restart if these steps worked….

(… AFTER REBOOT …) The method in the above link did not work …

So, there is a little blue 5-pointed star in my system tray all of a sudden today. This is the first time I remember seeing this on my laptop. The star pops up a dialog balloon that says:

“Unable to complete Genuine Windows Validation”

I know I have a valid version of Windows — this installation is part of a corporate image, that has worked since 2009 — and I don’t particularly trust Microsoft so I’m not comfortable with “RE–ing” anything.

Windows Validation Plugin for Firefox: download link

Windows Validation Plugin for Firefox: download link

I checked out this post:

There are a few useful suggestions but none of them worked for me. The resolution was the the original poster’s issue was resolved by Microsoft fixing a broken issue on their end, though this may just be a clever attempt at MS bashing, because the OP repeatedly says he’s going to buy a Mac because Microsoft sux. I think he is under the erroneous impression that MS cares what he thinks specifically, probably brought on by the pervasive meme that “the customer is always right” … you will find, this is often only taken seriously by software companies when they are dealing with clients/customers who are businesses (B2B), not individuals.

Regardless, I have not found a solution as of yet. I’m considering examining more posts for answers. Right now I just am not feeling too good so if I pursue this further it will have to be when I am better.




I eventually found the solution by retracing my steps.  The laptop I was using was issued to me by a corporation I used to work for, and as such had their proprietary management software embedded on the system.  After several previous unsuccessful attempts, I was finally able to completely remove the corporate software — YAY!!! — from my laptop (BTW, the laptop was an older model and was given to me when I left said company because it was of little value to them).  Unfortunately, it eventually also became clear that the removal of said embedded corporate software was the cause of my Windows version all-0f-a-sudden reporting itself as “Unregistered”.


The solution was simply to undo the changes & put that corp software back! Once I realized that, fixing it was a piece-of-cake because, thankfully, I had the foresight to make a backup image before messing with anything. I restored the old image and everything was back to normal!

In case you are wondering, there used to be about 3 software products one could use for backing up images — Norton Ghost being the most costly, and most well known. I use a Linux-based program called Acronis True Image Home 11, which was free at the time. They only charged for the corporate version. Here is a link to their website: Their latest product is True Image 2013, which I haven’t had the pleasure of using yet. If any of you do use it, feel free to comment below and let us know how it worked for you, and what challenges or success you experienced.


Why aren’t my feeds being published? | RSS Graffiti

August 11, 2012 1 comment

Why aren’t my feeds being published? | RSS Graffiti.

Why aren’t my feeds being published?

There are a few reasons your posts might not be publishing.

RSS Graffiti does not check your feed immediately after setting up a new feed source. The frequency with which we check your feed depends on the level of system traffic.

RSS Graffiti

RSS Graffiti

Are there new posts eligible for publishing? RSS Graffiti will not go back and publish old posts unless you explicitly change the cut-off date/time in the advanced tab of the source settings window.

Make sure your feed is a valid RSS or Atom document. Each item in your feed must include an element containing a valid datestamp as well as an element containing a valid http:// URL. You can validate your feeds here.

If you still can’t figure out why your feeds are failing to publish, ask a question in our Community Support Forum.

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WordPress Blog not posting to Facebook « Forums

August 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Blog not posting to Facebook « Forums.

Blog not posting to Facebook

  1. Blog not posting to facebook. I’ve gone through the process of disconnecting, removing the Facebook app, and reconnecting, but it’s still not auto-posting to my fanpage. Is there anything else you would recommend to get this to work?
    Blog url:

  2. I’m having the same problem. Worked a couple of times when I first set it up, hasn’t worked since.

  3. Aside from reconnecting I have no solutions to offer you.

    I can suggest two alternatives. You can use Networked Blogs or RSS Grafitti posting to Facebook walls if you prefer. RSS Graffiti periodically checks the RSS/Atom feeds that you specify and posts any new entries it finds to the Facebook Walls that you specify. You can get any feed written on any wall (Facebook Profiles, Fan Pages, Groups, Events and Application Profile Pages). In fact, multiple feeds to multiple walls. You choose the combination.

Zemanta Puts Unwanted HTML Comments In Pre-Formatted PHP Code (Sourcecode) In WordPress Posts

April 9, 2012 4 comments


I  have recently determined through trial and error and process of elimination that Zemanta is responsible for adding extraneous HTML comments to my pre-formatted (with “pre” tags) PHP code that I have placed between “sourcecode” tags to activate’s built in programming code syntax highlighting.

Here is a screenshot (fig 1.) that demonstrates the problem:

codeslayer2010 blog with zemanta extraneous html comment errors

fig. 1

See, all that green is what commented my code out and made it so it doesn’t display correctly.

I am not totally sure Zemanta is to blame, but it seems the most likely culprit.  Here’s why:

  1. Identified 3 possible suspects: Zemanta, proofreading, and pasting pre-formatted code in Visual view instead of HTML view.
  2. Disabled Zemanta and retested –  problem remained.
  3. With Zemanta disabled, disabled proofreading as well.  No change.
  4. With Zemanta and proofreading disabled, went Edit>HTML View.  In each instance where I had posted code, deleted all the code from in between “sourcecode” tags.
  5. Re-copied and pasted code from each original PHP file.  Re-tested: Worked!  Syntax highlighting works properly now.  Made multiple edits to both code and text, updated and viewed the post — Good to go every time.
  6. Re-enabled Zemanta, made a test edit, saved and previewed the new post.  Everything is messed up again!  This is why I think Zemanta is the issue.


The solution I have come up with is this.

  1. If you want to use Zemanta, do so before adding any preformatted code or sourcecode tags.  Always turn Zemanta off when you are done using it.
  2. DO NOT, (under any circumstances) have Zemanta enabled if you have preformatted PHP code in your blog.  Chances are, Zemanta will mess your code up and you will have to re-paste your code again.  During my tests, I have had to paste all my sourcecode from scratch 3 times and let me tell you — it gets very tedious and wastes valueable time.
  3. Always paste sourcecode in HTML view only.

These are my recommendations based on my personal experience with this issue.  I’d love to hear from anyone else who is having similar issues.  Please let me know if this solution worked for you!

– CodeSlayer2010