Archive for March, 2010

Easy workaround for the USB random connect / diconnect / reconnect issue

March 28, 2010


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Symptom: your laptop makes the USB connect/disconnect sounds randomly, even when no USB devices are connected to your computer

Cause: Probably some loose innards connecting an internal USB device in the laptop

The issue has been discussed in several places, for example:

But I haven’t seen a solution posted, not even a workaround…

I’ve encountered this phenomena with a Dell Inspiron 1520, where the USB camera would do this constantly. It was easy to tell since the camera light / indicator flashed each time it did, but in other situations it might not be trivial to tell which device is the culprit

In any case,  you’d think disabling the defective device in the device manager would stop the annoyance – well, in my case, it didn’t

Fortunately, Nir Sofer comes to the rescue:

  1. Download USBDeview and run it
  2. Sort the list by the “last plug/unplug date” column (is this guy a genius or what) – the problematic device is immediately identified
  3. Right click on it and choose “disconnect selected devices”

You’re done. Until you get the hardware fixed (if ever), you are no longer plagued by that infernal sound. I’m not sure if the disabling persists reboots (haven’t rebooted yet), but if not, USBDeview has a command line interface – so you can place a simple shortcut in your startup to disable the device every time the system starts


March 26, 2010


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As far as I know, the most robust, free solutions for recording streams of all types today are MPlayer and VLC. Both require some command line arguments which, for many users, would be difficult to use (and find!). In addition, they do not cater to many streaming needs. For that reason, I created StreamRecorder.NET – a free, open source windows GUI front end for several programs (most notably MPayer and VLC), that provides the following features:

  • Records, joins and post processes stream using the tools you choose – recommended defaults are supplied
  • Full Command Line Interface (CLI) allowing scheduling and automation
  • Keeps the recording process alive (restarting when necessary)
  • Time stamps file names to avoid overwrites
  • Logs recorder output to file
  • MP3 and Windows Media easy presets
  • Complete Tool tip coverage explaining all functionality

Enjoy !

Main window (see sourceforge for more screenshots)

If you have feature requests or bug reports, please use the appropriate mechanisms here:

(This has also been posted on the VideoHelp forums)