May 2007

Firefox always starts on the wrong screen with ultramon [solved]

Every once in a while Firefox starts on the wrong screen, and every new window I open also starts on the wrong screen, even when I quit and restart firefox. It drives me nuts.

I try using the ultramon button that switches the maximized window to the other screen, closing, and then restarting firefox, but new instances of the window still open on the new screen.

I figure out the solution to this every once in a while and then forget and it drives me nuts, so I’m writing it down here. You have to restore firefox to a resizable window, drag it over to the other screen, and then maximize from there. The problem is firefox doesn’t remember that you switched screens when you use the ultramon function, but does remember if you click and drag (which is handled by windows) the window over.

Wii looks 10x better with a component cable [n/a]

Silly me, I’ve been using the composite cable that came with my wii with my HD SP 5000 projector. I knew the Wii wasn’t HD so I didn’t think of or know of any way to get it to put out a higher resolution.
Then I saw on a forum that you could buy a component cable! So that’s why 480p was dimmed out. A google search and an adwords click got me one for $7.
I had trouble hooking it up though–first, I couldn’t select 480p when it was in component mode, and I couldn’t see the screen when I had the composite cable plugged in. What was I to do? The manual just shrugged at me. Google was my friend.
http://ask.metafilter.com/56233/How-to-switch-a-Wii-to-480p-without-even-looking
You hook up the green component cable to the yellow composite input temporarily to see the screen in composite mode with the component cable plugged in. From there you get a black and white screen where you can choose 480p. When you do, the screen goes nuts until you unplug it and put it back in the component plugs. Component. Composite. Those words are too similar.
My other problem was the dumbass factor–it was dark behind the projector so I didn’t realize I’d swapped the blue and green cables. (The red audio and red video ones are similar too. Luckily there were small differences and they were grouped together.) I kept getting blue fuzz in the top left quadrant of my screen until I turned on more light and saw that I had switched cables.
Holy sweet! It’s not HD but it’s gotta be 10 times better than composite, especially on a 72 inch screen. With my wireless sensor bar I’m all set!
Most games run great, though rayman you have to switch back to composite. Holy crap do things look better, it’s not all fuzzy. Some things are pixellated because it’s not HD, but gaming is a lot more crisp.
Next up: How can I get it to output surround to my creative 7.1 speakers?