As I’ve posted earlier, I’ve been running Microsoft Windows Media Center 2005 (MCE 2005) for quite awhile and, for the most part it’s great – however I found a utility on the Green Button forums this morning which I wish I’d discovered a loooong time ago…
As I’ve posted earlier, I’ve been running Microsoft Windows Media Center 2005 (MCE 2005) for quite awhile and, for the most part it’s great – however I found a utility on the Green Button forums this morning which I wish I’d discovered a loooong time ago.
The problem I’ve had over the last few months is, that intermittently, I’ll get a ‘Video Decoder Error’ and need to restart the MCE box to resolve it. It points to an issue with video drivers, but – from what I’ve read on the forums over at The Green Button, it’s more likely to be related to ones choice of DVD decoder software.
This is by no means an uncommon issue so it was with some surprise that I learned that, this time last year, Microsoft released a utility to check your DVD decoder software. What it does is explained on the Microsoft site, so follow this link and see if it might be the utility that you too have been looking for.
Iï¿½ve yet to find a suitable ï¿½Helicopter Flying 101 for Battlefield 2ï¿½ page out there ï¿½ so if you know of one (or have written one yourself) then please send me a link so I can point people in itï¿½s direction. Give this lack of (easily found) flying tips, Iï¿½ve compiled a number of pointers which Iï¿½ve managed to glean from forums, message boards, in game chats and the occasional fleeting reference on clan and fan pages ï¿½ while Iï¿½d like to attribute the original authors, the sources are too many so Iï¿½m only planning to link/reference pages which are outstanding in the depth of information they hold.
Read on, enjoy and please ï¿½ play nicely
Iï¿½ve been playing Battlefield games since Battlefield 1942 was released and the game play has always been great, the in-game physics are better than Iï¿½ve previously experienced in other FPS and (back when I had disposable income and could afford a decent graphics card) the graphics are almost too compelling (in that you stand and look and the nice texturing on generated surfaces in appreciation, until someone comes along and shoots you for staying stationary for too long) and the range of vehicles and player classes just spoils you for anything else.
Anyway, Iï¿½ve recently upgraded my DSL plan (to one where the data cap wasnï¿½t such an onerous monster that Iï¿½ve felt comfortable dipping my toe in the water of online play) and, in conjunction with my (also) recent Battlefield 2 addiction,
Iï¿½ve also come to the realisation that online gaming is far more compelling than AI or even local network play, but to be truly effective in the online space you need to be able to fly.
Because everyone wants to be a flyboy, and because helicopters are not that easy to fly (or at least, not that easy to fly well) there are continually people stood like dumb arses next to a spawned chopper, waiting for someone to dare to take the pilots seat, then the race for the gunner position begins.
Iï¿½ve been part of the great herd waiting for a pilot but Iï¿½m getting a bit sick of the behaviour of players at helicopter spawn points and have been team killed too many times for the gunners seat (the penalty for team killing is miniscule when compared to the points one can generate as a gunner for a good pilot) I figured it would be a good idea to learn to fly.
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