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the sound is all crackly. what have i done? how can i fix it?
Assuming you have a PC. You didn't specify.
try using some headphones / external speakers?
I can see you're (going to be?) a father in mould of competitive dad off the Fast Show. :D
Who knows what sort of dad I'm gonna be Theo, I know I'm one that needs sleep at the moment though !
'That's 85 of the Queens finest runs'
and yet there's a thread on here every other day about some Apple-related fsckery.
I know we have other general PC Qs on here, but considering that ~ <10% of the PCs out there are Apples, I'd have thought that the Apple magic isn't quite as magical it pretends to be.
My mate who has a Macbook was ina and out of the Apple store for weeks after he got it, with one problem or another. With the last three XP-era and beyond PCs I've bought throughout the last decade, each one has 'just worked' without any real faffery or dramaz.
the fact that he fancied the 'genius bar' guy may or may not have had something to do with him flitting in and out of the Apple store.
I'd say the number of posters on here with Macs is probably closer to 50% these days.
Also this isn't necessarily anything iTunes related but that said, iTunes is notoriously not the best on PCs so it's a somewhat moot point as far as their reliability.
The whole Mac vs. PC thing is very last century anyway. I think Win 7 has pretty clearly eradicated a vast area where PCs failed and as for hardware, laptops have actually killed a large section of the terrible 'cheap' PC makers who used to kill people's enjoyment of PCs, e.g. Tiny, Time, etc.
I struggle to believe it.
I'm not really stoking a Mac Vs PC thing. PCs regularly disappoint me. But I really struggle to understand what it is that's supposed to be so good about Macs. Yeah they look kinda minimal in terms of product design, but there seems to be very little else that anyone's been able to credibly come up with other than "I love mine". Is there a big dollop of self-justification involved?
I'm going to guess we exist in a subset of people for whom there's nothing that 'just works' about Apple products but I think that's down to a certain way our minds work.
For example the classic iRiver navigation to me is supremely logical. Right button to go 'into' a folder, left to come out and back up a level, up and down to scroll through. As a result I find the iPod interface counter-intuitive but there you go.
The idea that Apple stuff is intuitive is more of a marketing point since you can't really measure stuff but I think it's popular with people for good reason. I'm sure there are a lot of Mac lovers out there who've not really touched a decent Windows 7 PC (they have no reason to) and so assume PCs are the same as they remember them being maybe 5-10 years ago.
I found the iPod scroll wheel to be an utter arse when I had a fiddle with it. I kinda 'got' it, but wasn't impressed by the implementation at all. Especially compared to the collective media jizzing over it 8 or however many years ago. Looked 'cool' though so that's fine.
So many people I know seem to have kittens over the 'folder tree' paradigm. Real issues with it. But I think the reason is that Windows insists on having hunners of shortcuts to achieve one thing and pseudo folders (recently opened icons, MyDocs folder icons which aren't actually the MyDocs folder etc.) all over the shop.
Does OSX do this?
But, yeah, I guess you're right in that "it's popular with people for good reason".
(performace issues aside) then I'm happy to leave 'em to it.
They both made me think "where are all the options, and why are you forcing me to do things the way you want to do them".
I said close to 50% of DiS posters. DiS has many many many members but only about 20-50 (maybe not even that much) post on here, certainly during the day. And most of those aren't even frequent posters.
how do you import a disc full of MP3's if the burn to itunes button doesn't appear when you put the cd in ?
Instead there must be an 'import' option somewhere? Or 'import to library' or 'import from folder'? Something like that.
Then you'd tell it to import from the CD.
can't be arsed doing each one individually..
playlist til you see the plus sign next to the cursor, then let go and it should chuck everything in that folder onto your intunes in one go.
Did you try just opening a folder view of the CD, selecting all and then just dragging them from there into the iTunes library inside the iTunes program?
Or that could be what you're saying didn't work.
straight over playlist didnt work' I still had to import them all once dropped into the itunes library but did manage to do that wholesale rather than individually.
A) 'an utter twat'
B) 'a sour cunt'
I just can't help but be helpful I guess.
And definitely B, sugar.
Can you not CTRL+A to select all? Can you not select the root folder?
Well what xylo says sounds like it will do it, assuming he knows iTunes. If I did that in WinAmp it would log the position of the MP3s as being on the CD rather than also copying them to my music folder.
You're probably right with the solution, but this kind of thing should be a simple copy & paste job, surely. Then let your media player pick up on the additions to the library folder.
Or if the prog iTunes absolutely must have a crazy iron grip on your music collection then it should recognise the disc as containing mp3s and should act accordingly.
of my laptop. That'll learn it.
They run on assumption, do Mac.
I'd rather cut and paste and then let WinAmp find the new stuff because I've set it to scan for new and changed stuff on startup...
Deal with the files manually and "let your media player pick up on the additions to the library folder".
Simples. Sod all the iTunes control freakery. It seems to nearly always end in tears before too long.
Beyond that, what's needed is a better explanation of id tags to those that don't 'get' them. And a better way to edit them directly within the OS.
I don't like how it does stuff but then again it's probably not had much of a major change since it was first created.
and actually it's not my itunes, it's the sound for everything. any ideas? is this a problem that is going to cost me money?
like manufacturer and the number.
If not then it could be the speakers or it could be the jack.
If you are getting a crackle in both speakers and external device then it's either software related or (unlikely) some piece of hardware is failing.
If it's under warranty then sending it back will be a good solution to that.
Well what have you installed recently? It could be something as weird as a Java update causing it I guess. It's worth running windows update to get the latest drivers for your sound board or going to the Dell site and checking for them.
i HAVE installed java! i did it yesterday to upload those photos! but, i did run an update for the sound card drivers.. but i might check the dell website.
thanks theo :)
and uninstall it maybe.
That said, Java should't really be fucking too many things up. See if the drivers work.
If uninstalling Java doesn't do you have the Restore thing on? You could go back to the restore point before you installed it.
i installed the new firefox yesterday? would that be it?
I did a Google on crackly sound and a recent Java update was suggested as a cause. As I say, if you're getting it suddenly on all sound I'd imagine it's down to a software issue not a hardware one. It could be the latter but it's less likely.
So any recent software updates may have affected it.
problem solved! but now i only have internet explorer. i might download chrome ooooh.
thanks theo, you are a STAR.
i get maybe 10% less irritating questions now
it sounds to me like it needs to be turned off, then back on again.