QuickTime Settings

iTunes uses QuickTime for audio playback. QuickTime and iTunes often default to using Direct Sound, which may lead to sound distortion during playback.

To correct this problem, you need to tell QuickTime to use “Safe Mode” (waveOut only) as the playback device.

QuickTime

To change the settings, make sure iTunes is closed and proceed as follows:

Open QuickTime via Start, Programs, QuickTime, QuickTime Player.

For QuickTime 7, click on the Audio tab. Under Devices, click to select Safe mode (waveOut only) and click on Apply.

For earlier versions, click to select the Sound Out option, and under Choose a device for playback: click to select waveOut:Windows’ preferred device or waveOut:name_of_soundcard

Click the Select Audio Playback and Recording Devices button to open your windows audio control panel.

Set both devices to match the name of your sound card. Click OK.

Click OK in the QuickTime settings, then close QuickTime.

Reboot your PC

More recommendations can be found on Benchmark’s guide for configuring Windows-based media players.

Considerations about (24-bit/192kHz) playback formats can be found in the ‘24/192 Music Downloads‘ article.

Keep in mind that Airplay only transmits at 16/44.1.

 

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Multimedia Streaming Devices: Philips SLM5500

Philips SLM5500Philips SLM5500

My remarks on the Philips SLM5500/00 product are:
1) make sure you register the product through the SLM5500 setup procedure first (and do not do this from your PC)
2) make sure you have a stable and strong wifi signal on your SLM5500 (unless it is using a wired connection)
3) disable stand-by energy saving features on the PC that runs the Philips Media Manager (PMM)
4) if you want to enjoy Internet Radio, then make sure you have a stable Internet connection: high bandwidth (broadband) offered by a reliable ISP
5) the Philips Media Manager (PMM) was eventually replaced by TwonkyManager to support iTunes playlists.
 

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Legacy Desktop
intel Celeron chip
Intel Celeron (400 Mhz) based system
256 Mb RAM (64/64/128) – 128 Kb Cache RAM
PhoenixBIOS 4.0 Release 6.0 (4S4EB2X0.86A.0024.P17)
ST340016A
Hard Disk
cd24
Hewlett -Packard
cd-writer
SD-M1612
Toshiba
DVD-rom
Riva TNT2
Graphics card
RTL8139/810xRTL8139/810x
PCI Fast Ethernet adapter
two LAN cards
Desktop storage description
The Desktop PC’s Hard Disk is configured with two partitions:
one 8 Mb partition for the Operating System (Windows 2000 Pro) and the Programme Files,
one 32 Mb partition for the Data Storage.
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Wintel Laptop
Toshiba Satellite 1800-514
Toshiba
Computermodel: S1800-514
BIOS-versie: TOSHIBA Version 2.10
Celeron 1 GHz
128MB + 256MB
15GB 14″TFT DVD
USR5411 Wireless MAXg PC Card
Windows XP
ARCHOS ZIP MiniDrive Plus
Archos Zip Drive
PC Card, IDE / EIDE
100 MB – 3.3 MBps
QuickCam Messenger
File and Print services over TCP/IP have been disabled for security reasons. The IPX/SPX protocols have been installed to communicate with the Desktop PC for File and Print sharing.
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Wintel Desktop
AOPEN
300W Case
Black Housing
Windows XP
Professional Edition
Service  Pack 2
iiyama Vision Master 1451
Vision Master 1451
Logitech®
QuickCam® Zoom
Logitech QuickCam Zoom
Logitech®
TrackMan Marble+
Logitech Trackman Marble Plus
INTEL PIV 2600
Intel Pentium 4
512KB Cache Socket 478 800FSB
Boxed with cooler Hyper-Threading
APACER Memory module
2 x DDR 256MB 400Mhz PC3200
Kingston KVR400X64C3A/512
2 x 512Mb PC3200 CL3 184-Pin DIMM
ASUS P4P800-VM
AI Bios ver. 08.00.09 PPVM1701
Intel 865GE, P4 478 800FSB, VGA, SATA, 4DDR Dual Channel PC3200, 3PCI, SOUND, LAN
Logitech® Media Keyboard
Western Digital 160GB (WD1600JD)
SN WMAES4588646
WD Caviar SE SATA 8.9ms
7200rpm 8M Hard Drive
Apacer USB 2.0 Card Reader
S/N 26541001901544
Black – CF Type I & II, Microdrive, SM, MMC, SD, MS, MS/PRO + USB 2.0
NEC-3520 (Black)
599960350 - Firmware 3.04
16x DVD re-writer
ZIP Plus
Iomega ZIP Plus
MSI Star Key 2.0 Bluetooth USB Dongle
MSI Star Key 2.0
ASUS WL-167g
Asus Wireless USB
Desktop storage description
The Desktop PC’s Hard Disk is configured with two partitions:
one 15 Gb partition for the Operating System (Windows XP Pro) and the Programme Files,
one 145 Gb partition for the Data Storage.
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WinAMD Desktop
AOPEN QF50A (Black)
300W Case
AOpen QF50A Black
Windows XP
Professional Edition
Service  Pack 3
Benq T720
Benq T720
QuickCam Messenger
Amarina KBS8700
AMD Sempron 2600+
S462 (Socket A) Boxed
SN E106332C51538
1.833 Ghz
256KB L2 Cache 266FSB
Boxed with cooler
OCZ Memory
OCZ4001024V3 1024MB 400MHZ DDR
2 x OCZ4001024V3
1024MB 400MHZ DDR PC-3200
MSI K7N2G
ATX Mainboard – Socket 462 – Socket A
Supports Athlon XP, Duron and Sempron
NVIDIA® nForce2 IGP Chipset
333FSB, VGA, 5 PCI, SOUND, LAN
WinTV-PVR-150  Model 01046
Western Digital 80Gb
SN WCAM94847819
EIDE 8Mb ATA100 7200RPM
Western Digital 160GbWD1600JB
WD 160 GB, 7200 RPM, 8 MB Cache
Firmware Rev. 1-01
NEC 4571
Bose MediaMate®
Bose Mediamate Speakers
Logitech®
TrackMan Marble+
Logitech Trackman Marble Plus
Desktop storage description
The Desktop PC’s Hard Disk is configured with three partitions:
(C:) System    one 20 Gb partition for the Operating System (Windows XP Pro) and the Programme Files,
(D:) Data        one 55 Gb partition for the Data Storage.
(M:) Media    one 150 Gb partition for the Multimedia Data Storage (music and video).
The system runs with Windows XP SP3 and is connected to a flatscreen Sony TV (Bravia).
Additionally, changes have been made for security and to optimize the disk space use:
– ‘My Documents’ has been moved to the D: drive
to make this change, right click on the folder, select properties
in the Target tab, select Move
– ‘Temporary Internet Files’ folder has been moved to the D: drive
to make this change, go to the control panel and open Internet Options
in the General tab, select Temporary Internet files Settings
– ‘Temp’ folders have been moved to the D: drive
to make use of these folders, you must change the Environment Variables of the System Properties
create the directories first, then go to the control panel and open System
select Advanced of the System Properties and edit the environment variables:
in User variables:
Temp  -> replace %USERPROFILE% by D:
TMP    -> replace %USERPROFILE% by D:
in System variables:
Temp  -> replace %SystemRoot% by D:
TMP    -> replace %SystemRoot% by D:
Additional Keyboard Lay-outs have been added manually:
see full instructions at http://mai9.net/wiki/index.php?title=Windows_XP_(Stripped_to_the_Bone)
1. Find a computer with Win XP that uses the keyboard layout you want to use.
2. Run “regedit” and navigate yourself to the branch “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layouts”
3. Once there, browse through the sub-branches looking for the keyboard you want (“Spanish” is in branch “0000040a”). Export that branch to a file in a USB drive. Also, remember the filename from the value “Layout File” (in my case “KBDSP.DLL”).
4. Open the Start Menu and choose the “Run” command, type “%SystemRoot%\system32\” and then press Enter.
5. In that folder look for the .dll file that was in the regedit branch value “Layout File” (in my case “KBDBE.DLL”). Copy that file to the USB drive.
6. Unplug the USB drive from the regular WinXP and plug it to the machine with the WinXP Stripped to the Bone Edition. Copy the .dll to “%SystemRoot%\system32\”, and import the .reg file you created on the 3rd step.
7. By now you have done all the ‘hacking’, this last step is to activate the installed language: Go to “Regional and Language Options” in the control panel, move to the tab “Language”, click the “Details” button, on that window click “Add” to add the keyboard you want, click ok, select the keyboard in the drop down menu, click ok a couple of times and reboot. That’s all.
Microsoft File and Print Sharing has been disabled. File are shared through ftp with the FileZilla Server.
This allows any system (including Linux and Vista) to access files on my shared folders.
Services optimization has been done based on the list provided by TweakHound’s super tweaks.
Display settings have been set for optimal performance.
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BENQ Joybook R23E
512 Mb RAM – 60 Gb Disk
Windows XP
Professional Edition
Home Edition Service Pack 3
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ACER Aspire 2920
Vista Home Premium SP2
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ASUS M6B00N Notebook PC
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Windows XP Home SP3
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HP Pavilion dv9000 (HP Pavilion dv9253ea notebook PC)
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Vista Home Premium SP2
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Windows XP Home SP3
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WDG1U3200
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LaCie 320 Gb USB
OneTouch4 Mini 160 GB
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WESTERN DIGITAL 320GB 8MB (7200/100) WD3200JB
LaCie 320GB, 7200 RPM, 8 MB Cache
OneTouch4 Mini, 160 GB
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Multimedia Streaming Devices
Streamium Café
Philips SLM5500Philips SLM5500/00
My remarks on this product:
1) make sure you register the product through the SLM5500 setup procedure first (and do not do this from your PC)
2) make sure you have a stable and strong wifi signal on your SLM5500 (unless it is using a wired connection)
3) disable stand-by energy saving features on the PC that runs the Philips Media Manager (PMM)
4) if you want to enjoy Internet Radio, then make sure you have a stable Internet connection: high bandwidth (broadband) offered by a reliable ISP
Twonky Vision
My PMM setup, WiFi and Internet gateway:
PMM, WiFi and Internet setup
My Streamium and TV connection:
SLM5500 and TV

Toshiba Satellite 1800-514

Computermodel: S1800-514
BIOS-versie: TOSHIBA Version 2.10
Celeron 1 GHz
128MB + 256MB
15GB 14″TFT DVD

Installed Operating System:

Initially this system comes with Windows XP Home Edition, however, it was upgraded to

Windows XP
Professional Edition – Service  Pack 2
excellent price/quality value

Installed Devices:
USR5411 Wireless MAXg PC Card
ARCHOS ZIP MiniDrive Plus
Archos Zip Drive
PC Card, IDE / EIDE
100 MB – 3.3 MBps