Xbox 360 HD DVD Drive: Movie Specific Known Issues

The purpose of this post is to highlight the most common current title issues and, where possible, supply work-arounds. For general troubleshooting see the previous post first: the most common problems are described there. Items will be listed in reverse chronological order (ie newer titles will be at the top). If you have any issue…

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Xbox 360 HD DVD Update Now Available

[Player version list now moved to separate post] As of 2am this morning, the latest software for the Xbox HD DVD player is now available via Xbox Live (and will be posted on xbox.com in due course). The three teams involved (HD DVD, Xbox and the Codec folks) have all been hard at work for…

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Xbox 360 HD DVD Drive: General Troubleshooting

I thought it might be useful to post about general troubleshooting on the Xbox 360 HD DVD drive. For issues with specific movies, see my other post, this one covers the more general case. (I use the term “title” which you can read as “movie”, its a habit I have got into from working on…

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Wanted: Power Strip with Switches

It shouldn’t be this hard, but all I want is a power strip with switches on each outlet. In my garage I have no less than six different chargers, and I don’t want or need them to be on all the time. If I still lived in the UK, I could find such a device…

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The Da Vinci Code: Fantasy Movie Cast

Here my wife and I are in Mexico having a super-relaxing holiday, and we both just finished The Da Vinci Code, a truly awesome book. Over some find food we were discussing who should be in the inevitable movie, and here are our choices: Langdon: George Clooney was a reasonable choice by us, but a…

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Debugger Window Menu Items: Where should they be?

The VS debugger since 7.0 has put most debugger windows on the Debug menu, under the Windows sub-menu. I say ‘most’ because the Output window lives on the View menu, under Other Windows sub-menu. Where do you expect debugger windows to be on the menu? (Ignore Output for now, we intend to fix that one…

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How much RAM do Visual Studio developers actually have?

We have a continual battle with Marketing about how much RAM we should have on our Performance Test machines, so I would love some feedback from Visual Studio developers. Our current perf machines are Windows 2000 / 500MHz / 128M of RAM. It is my opinion that no (sane) developer is still using 128M of…

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File and Settings Transfer Wizard: friend or foe?

The “File and Settings Transfer Wizard” is either a life saving piece of software, or a pile of junk. Allow me to explain. My father inherited one of my old machines and needed to get his files & settings from his old XP Home machine to his new-ish XP Pro machine. This seemingly simple process…

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Xbox 360 HD DVD Version List

Here I will try and document the various releases of the Xbox 360 HD DVD player, in reverse chronological order. Major releases are in bold (a major release either has new features or has a boat-load of changes, minor releases are pure bug fixes). To see which version you have, while playing a disc press…

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Why no C# Edit and Continue?

I received an email from Bill T. who was asking why C# wont be doing Edit & Continue (EnC as we refer to it) in VS “Whidbey”. He asked “I’ve always wondered WHY that’s so much more difficult in C#.  Perhaps you could write something in your blog describing the technical issues that make it…

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