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Virtual Pool 3 Has Stopped Working [Error 0xc0000005]

Saturday July 11, 2009 6 comments

Before I begin, I should mention that I’m using Windows Vista Home Premium, 32-bit.

So I’ve been dabbling in my old PC games as of late. Namely Virtual Pool 3 – a classic.

I’ve been playing it for a while. But, all of a sudden it stopped working. As soon as I click the game to start playing, I get a message popping up saying “Virtual Pool 3 Has Stopped Working.” After Windows checks for a solution it says…

A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available.

With no obvious solution being found on the internet, I’m left with writing this blog entry; a plea for help.

For anyone who’s got some programming chops or has some deep understanding of the inner workings of the Windows Vista operating system, I’ve done a little bit of research on the problem.

Going into the Control Panel under Administrative Tools, looking at the Event Viewer, I’ve found a few logs with details about this error. It says I’ve encountered an “exception code 0xc0000005.” To be more specific, here’s exactly what the log entry says…

Faulting application vp3.exe, version 3.3.1.1, time stamp 0x47e6ca05, faulting module vp3.exe, version 3.3.1.1, time stamp 0x47e6ca05, exception code 0xc0000005, fault offset 0x003ecb0f, process id 0x1350, application start time 0x01ca028518c059e5.

And, for a touch more information, here’s a screen shot of the debugging information involved with this error. I don’t know if it helps or not, but more info is better than less. (Click the picture for a larger image.)

vp3debug

Each time I try to run Virtual Pool 3, I get this error in the Event Viewer. It’s quite frustrating. I’m usually pretty handy at solving computer problems, but this has got me hacked. I’ve tried all different settings in the “Compatibility” tab. I’ve tried all the options on the Virtual Pool 3 Support Page.

I’ve completely uninstalled the program via Vista Manager, with its Smart Uninstaller which removes all registry entries and any leftover files that may be hanging around after the uninstall procedure.

Still nothing.

So, if there’s anyone out there with more information about this error, I’d be greatly appreciative if you could leave a comment with your suggestions as to how to fix this error! I know this is an old game, but it’s the best pool simulator out there… as far as I know. I’d really like to be able to play it again.

Read a book! It’s good for you.

An Open Letter To Apple [Please Fix Error 4450!]

Sunday June 7, 2009 17 comments

Shortly following my posting of this entry, through the insight of those who left comments on my original entry, as well as from those sending me email comments, I’ve come to realize that I may have been hasty to place the entire blame of this “Error 4450” solely on Apple.

Here is what I originally wrote…

To Whom It May Concern At Apple, Inc.,

On my blog, I write mainly about philosophy, religion, skepticism, science and the like. But, by far, the most popular post on my entire blog is the post in which I discuss an error that occurs in iTunes – the dreaded “Error 4450.” In fact, my post is the first post to come up on Google when searching for “Error 4450.”

This error pops up when burning CD’s in iTunes. At different (seemingly random) times during the burning process, the disc will eject and a message will pop up saying that the burn process has failed, relating that the cause is “Error 4450.”

The “Comments” section of my post is filled with frustrated users searching for answers. People have tried everything from registry scanners, to different brands of CD-R’s, to disc drive lens cleaners. Nothing works.

On the Apple Support website, there is no official response to this problem. Then we go to the Support Forum portion of the site and we find countless users experiencing this same problem, with not a single bit of help offered from you, Apple!

In fact, Apple, you’ve been completely silent on this “Error 4450” issue. The name implies that it bears some type of significance. Your programmers must know something about this. And yet, as I’ve said, you remain silent on the entire issue. Do you intend on ignoring this issue indefinitely? Until we get frustrated enough to go out and find another media player that works better than iTunes?

Overall, I am happy with iTunes. But, to the degree that people have complained about this issue and, to their dismay, there having been nothing done about it whatsoever, I’m beginning to wonder if you (Apple, Inc.) aren’t taking your customers for granted. Have you become comfortable in your position?

It seems to me that it wouldn’t take much to solve this issue. Just a little attention and some debugging skills.

With that being said, I’m speaking for everyone who’s had this problem. Please, Apple, fix Error 4450, or at least let us know what’s going on with this problem and offer some type of help for those who are experiencing this problem.

Thank You.

P.S.

Please, don’t give us something ignorant like “uninstall and reinstall” because we all know this is a cop-out and does not fix the problem. We’ve all done this countless times before.

For those of you who are experiencing this error, I would recommend filing a bug report, even if you’ve already done so. You can do this in iTunes by going to this link. From this site you can provide Apple with useful information about your situation and the circumstances surrounding the occurrence of “Error 4450.” Under “Feedback Type” select “Bug Report.”

As I’ve said before on this blog, my main purpose for writing is to contribute to the wealth of information on the internet, to help make the internet a place where useful information can be found. I also think that, as one who values truth and intellectual honesty, it would only be right for me to acknowledge that I was wrong about my original post.

So, to conclude, thanks to everyone who brought my attention to where my arguments were flawed.

XBox 360 Error 51-C00DF236 Fixed [Play Videos Offline]

Sunday May 24, 2009 103 comments

The Annoying Introduction

If you’ve found this entry from a search engine, you’re probably at your wits end with trying to solve this issue. You’re trying to play a video file on your XBox 360, but it won’t let you watch it unless you’re signed on to XBox Live.

You attempt to play the video, but unless you’re signed on to XBox Live, you get a message saying you need to download an update in order for the video to play; an update that you’ve already (countless times) downloaded. Well, that’s not exactly the problem. In fact, that’s not the problem at all.

This all has to do with Microsoft’s annoying DRM (Digital Rights Management) practices. I’ll give you my story, and I’m willing to bet yours is similar. I got my first XBox 360 about 4 years ago. It finally died on me a couple months ago. Obviously, a 4 year-old XBox is not under warrantee any longer. So, I went out and bought another one. Kept my hard drive and stuck it on my new XBox.

Now, Microsoft’s sneaky little trick is that they only allow your videos to be played on the original XBox that you set your gamertag up on. Let’s call my original XBox that I purchased 4 years ago “XBox A,” and my new XBox will be called “XBox B.” Each XBox has a unique “Console ID” number. A long string of numbers uniquely identifying your particular XBox.

Because I initially set up my gamertag on XBox A, when I attempted to play videos on XBox B, Microsoft realized that I was playing videos on an “Unauthorized” XBox that I had not originally set my gamertag up on. So, obviously they had to weasel their way into my life and keep me from watching videos in a convenient manner – meaning I had to be signed in to XBox Live in order to watch anything.

That’s not to say there isn’t a fix, because there is. And here’s how to do it…

The Solution

Microsoft has a site where you can “Transfer Content Licenses to a New Console.” It’d be nice if something like this was mentioned on the XBox error message. It could possibly save a lot of anger and frustration.

From this site, you get all the instructions on how to transfer your “license” to watch your own videos on your own XBox! So much for “Digital Rights.” More like Digital TYRANNY! No wonder torrent sites are so popular. All of the content with none of the restrictions.

Anyway, that’s the fix. You have to go to that site and transfer your license to your new XBox.

Hope this helps!

Missing iTunes Library Information [Part II – Back It Up!]

Sunday January 18, 2009 Leave a comment

If you’ve read my previous entry concerning my iTunes Library losing a lot of information, and you’ve experienced the same problem, you know the frustration I’ve gone through. The purpose of this entry is to help others in preventing this problem in the future.

Since the cause of this error is unknown at this time, there isn’t really an effective way to prevent it. So, the most effective solution in preventing a loss of iTunes Library information is to actually back up your library files.

Now, iTunes doesn’t make this very easy to do. Or, at least, they don’t make it obvious how to do this. There is a list of files that needs to be backed up in order to preserve your information (ratings, play counts, etc.).

The first thing you’ll need is a backup program. I use Genie Backup Manager Pro 8.0. If you don’t have a program for backing up data, here is a site with free backup solutions you can download.

All you need to do is configure your backup software to back up the following files:

  • C:\Users\<user>\Music\iTunes\iTunes Library.itl
  • C:\Users\<user>\Music\iTunes\iTunes Library Extras.itdb
  • C:\Users\<user>\Music\iTunes\iTunes Library Genius.itdb
  • C:\Users\<user>\Music\iTunes\iTunes Music Library.xml
  • C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iTunesPrefs.xml

These directory names are for Windows Vista users. And <user> is the name of the person whose account the iTunes Library is under.

Depending on your operating system, your “iTunes” library directory could be in a different location.

If you’re using Windows XP, the iTunes Library directory is found in:

  • C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\My Documents\My Music\iTunes

As a side note, there are also a couple other directories you might want to back up.

iTunes keeps an automatic backup of “Previous iTunes Libraries.”

  • C:\Users\<user>\Music\iTunes\Previous iTunes Libraries

It might be a good idea to back up all the libraries in that directory… just in case.

Also, in case you have an iPhone, iPod or iPod Touch, and you have applications downloaded and stored in iTunes. Here’s the directory for those applications.

  • C:\Users\<user>\Music\iTunes\Mobile Applications

Again, these directories are for Windows Vista. XP will be slightly different.

Make sure to frequently back these files up. Particularly when you add new music, change song ratings, or whatever other changes you make to your iTunes Library. And keep your backups in a separate location. Maybe a Flash Drive, CD, remote Internet backup service, etc. Never on the same drive that your iTunes Library is actually on.

One suggestion is to not set your backup software to make scheduled backups. This is because, like in the case that something like what happened to me happens to you, your software could accidentally back up an iTunes Library with missing information without you knowing it until the next time you load iTunes.

Always manually back up your library. Close out iTunes (wait for a second to see if you see a message saying “Saving iTunes Library…”), then open your backup software and back up your library.

And that’s it. I hope this helps.

Read a book. It’s good for you.

Proxy Connection Error With µTorrent

Sunday November 23, 2008 27 comments

Do you use µTorrent? Have you ever gotten this error message:

Proxy connect error: No connection could be made because the target machine actively refused it.

It would show up under the “Tracker Status” column. If this shows up, your connection speed may be limited, or you may not get a connection at all.

There is a very simple fix for this. Disable the proxy server settings. Here’s how:

1. Click on Options/Preferences.

2. Click on the “Connection” settings in the left dialog box.

3. You’ll see, on the right, where it says “Proxy Server.” In the “Type” box, select “(none).”

Now go back to your torrents, select them all (CTRL+A), right-click on them and select “Update Tracker.” After a few seconds they should say “working” in the “Tracker Status” column.

And that’s it. Enjoy!

Read a book. It’s good for you.

"End Process" Doesn’t "End Process" In Vista [The Solution]

Tuesday February 12, 2008 38 comments

A lot of people have been encountering many problems with tasks not ending while using Windows Vista. For example, many report the problem while using P2P programs such as Azureus or BitComet. The actual program window would close. But, if you were to look in the Task Manager, the program would still be running under the “Processes” tab.

No matter what action you take, whether you click “End Process,” or “End Process Tree,” none of these would close the program, aside from restarting the computer. Not even the acclaimed Process Explorer. Nothing worked.

What made this worse was the fact that while the program in question was in the Task Manager, apparently frozen, you could not start another instance of the program until it was removed from the Task Manager (AKA: restarting the computer).

After much aggravation and searching for a solution, I discovered that, in fact, Vista is not to blame for this error. I was utterly amazed.

In fact, the problem was with ZoneAlarm… my firewall software. I’m not exactly sure why ZoneAlarm is the problem, but it is.

I uninstalled ZoneAlarm and tried using Comodo Firewall Pro. Free, just like ZoneAlarm.

After installing Comodo, I no longer experience this “End Process” error. Every task ends without even having to bring up the Task Manager.

Read a book.

Update as of 9/27/2008:

Commenter Alan referred me to this blog entry which explains why this error occurs. There is also a comment on that blog which explains things in even a little more detail.

How I Fixed The WLW (Windows Live Writer) Error

Tuesday January 15, 2008 2 comments

A lot of people have been having trouble with Windows Live Writer and WordPress. I was no exception.

The error message that usually popped up when trying to write a new post, or even edit an old one, went something like this: :Invalid response document returned from XmlRpc server.”

Aggravating.

The interesting thing was that even though I was getting these messages, the document was still posting. But, I couldn’t deal with that message popping up constantly. I wouldn’t feel confident that everything published properly. So I resolved to fix it. And here’s the solution.

There was a lot of speculation around the web that there may be an error in the PHP code in the XmlRpc.PHP WordPress file. But, I found the problem to reside in the installed WordPress plugins I had. Specifically, the Google Sitemap Generator. In fact, the solution to this pestering problem was to simply disable this plugin, and the error message went away.

And now I have an awesome WLW experience. And if you don’t know what Windows Live Writer is, it’s an alternative to using the WordPress WYSIWYG Post Editor. A much better alternative, in my opinion.

Read a book.