Category Archives: Windows

How to Fix: iTunes Audio Sync Problem

Whenever I try to watch videos through iTunes, the audio goes out of sync. If I open up the file in QuickTime, the problem disappears, but it is annoying to have to open everything one-by-one in QuickTime. I *think* I have found a solution.

1. Close iTunes, Quicktime, and any other media-playing software.

2. Check your QuickTime settings.

Even though this is a problem with iTunes and not Quicktime, the problem may be solved by making sure your iTunes audio settings match your computer settings. Open QuickTime, go to QuickTime Settings, go to Audio, and under Audio Out, check what your settings are. They should be something like 16 bit, 44.1khz.

3. Check your speaker settings.

Open up your speaker settings and make sure they match your QuickTime settings. They should be something like 16 bit, 44100 hz (CD Quality). If they do not match your QuickTime settings, change them.

4. Start iTunes.

Open iTunes again and see if the problem is fixed.

This seems to have fixed the problem for me. Please mention in the comments if it works for you.

Source: iTunes Forum

How to Get a Jawbone Jambox to Connect to a Windows 8 Computer

When I tried to connect my Jambox to my Windows 8 machine, at first it didn’t recognize it at all. Then it recognized it as a phone device and asked for a passcode (but wouldn’t let me enter the passcode that Jambox suggests, which is “0000”). I tried connecting the device again and again, in various ways, but had no luck. I looked up some solutions online, but they were fairly complicated and I am of the opinion that there is usually a simple solution out there if you look hard enough. I decided to go back to first principles and shut everything off, and then turn everything back on, one by one. This is what finally worked.

First, make sure nothing else is connected to your Jambox, such as your phone or mp3 player. If anything else is connected, first disconnect it, then continue with these instructions.

Turn your Jambox off. Then, turn your computer’s bluetooth connection off. Then turn your computer’s bluetooth connection back on again. Turn your Jambox back on and set it to search for devices to pair with. Then search for new bluetooth devices.

By doing this, I was finally able to connect the Jambox without resorting to any complicated fiddling. I think that this is one of those problems that is not actually a problem. It just requires both devices (the computer and the Jambox) to be both ready and “clean” before the connection will work. If you are having trouble connecting your Jambox to your computer, I recommend trying this first before seeking out more complicated solutions.

If the above doesn’t work, maybe try turning your computer’s bluetooth off, then turning your computer off, then turning your Jambox off. Then restart your computer, turn your bluetooth back on, and turn the Jambox on. My guess is that should work in most cases.

Please report back on your success or lack thereof in the comments.


Note also that if you pause what you are listening to for a certain amount of time, you may lose your connection with your Jambox. In that case, just turn the Jambox off and on again and it should sort itself out.

Japanese Keyboard Doesn’t Work on English Windows 7 Laptop

I bought a new laptop that was custom made. It had Windows 7 in English, but the keyboard was Japanese (i.e. quotation marks [“], rather than the at sign [@], above the 2). However, the keyboard mapping wasn’t correct. When I pressed shift+2, I got an at sign instead of a quotation mark.

I looked around for ways to fix this problem, but couldn’t find anything useful. Almost everyone said to change the keyboard settings, but that didn’t work. Some also said to change the registry, but that didn’t work either.

What did work was using a different driver for the keyboard:

  1. Go to device manager and find the keyboard driver. Double click on it.
  2. Update the driver. Driver tab –> Update Driver.
  3. Click on “Browse My Computer…” and then “Let me pick…”.
  4. Deselect “Show compatible hardware” so you will see more options.
  5. Scroll up or down until you see “Japanese PS/2 keyboard (106/109 key)”. Click on it, then click “Next”.
  6. You will probably receive a driver warning. Click on “Yes” to ignore it.
  7. Follow any other necessary steps and then restart the computer.

Hope this fixes the problem for you too!

How to Fix iTunes Home Sharing

I had trouble sharing my iTunes libraries across two Windows 7 machines. I tried reinstalling iTunes, restarting both computers, and using the Apple Application Support (Control Panel –> Add or Remove Programs –> right click on Apple Application Support) to repair my Apple programs, but nothing worked. I wondered if it was caused by the fact that one of the computers used a wired connection and the other was wireless, but I figured that couldn’t be the main problem because who uses wired connections for every device they own these days?

What did eventually work was shutting both computers down, shutting my modem/router down (by pulling out the plug from the wall), waiting two minutes, turning my modem/router back on, waiting two minutes, then turning the computers back on. The computers both had some issues getting reconnected to the internet, but opening up Network and Sharing and click on the “X” seemed to solve that problem on both computers. Once they were reconnected, I opened up iTunes and both computers found the other computer’s library. Problem solved.

At least for now. I will report back if this doesn’t end up being a permanent solution.

(P.S. I hate iTunes, but Home Sharing is nice when it works. But I still hate iTunes.)

P.P.S. This worked once, and never again. Annoying.

How to Show Different Wallpapers on Dual Monitors in Windows 7

From what I understand, Windows 8 will have a feature that will let you display two different desktop images (wallpapers) on your dual monitor setup. However, there are at least two ways you can accomplish the same in Windows 7 (and possibly other versions of Windows, but I haven’t checked).

1. Use a custom-sized image and set it to “tile” rather than “center”.

You can download custom-sized wallpapers for multiple monitor setups here and here (and many other places — just search). Right click on the full-sized image (make sure it is the full-sized image and not just a thumbnail) and select “tile” instead of “center” for the layout of the image.

If you want to use specific photos, you can figure out the dimensions of your two monitors (e.g. 3360 x 1050 — you can find this out in your display settings) and create an image of that size, and then tile it.

2. Download a program that will sort it out for you.

e.g.

I haven’t tried either of these, but they seem to be reputable.


Lifehacker also has some hints of ways to make the most of your dual monitors.