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NVIDIA – Saving the environment by saving energy…via failing video output


Actual laptop LCD image, click for larger view
Actual laptop LCD image, click for larger view

Yeah, that’s what my MacBook Pro 15″ LCD screen looks like with the laptop running. It looks pretty much the same stunning quality on an external monitor. Seems my laptop is another victim of the NVIDIA chipset bug. All of a sudden my laptop would not output video to either the built-in LCD or external via the video port.

Seems NVIDIA made a boo-boo with some chips.

See here:…



And this comes 10 days before I go on vacation. Nice going NVIDIA. And before you Windows fanboys/fangirls poo-poo Apple, read the top link, this affects HP, Dell and ASUS users too. ATi anyone?

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Camera Preview-Review

CoolPix 4500, Powershot SD800IS, Xacti HD2

Left to right: Nikon Coolpix 4500, Canon PowerShot SD800IS, Sanyo Xacti HD2

I got a new camera and this time it’s a video camera that can also take photos, as opposed to a camera that can sometimes shoot video. As you can see from the photo above my new camera (on the far right) is larger than my most recent PowerShot but smaller than my old CoolPix (anyone want to buy a CoolPix or PowerShot?) This new camera can shoot High Definition 720P video onto SD memory cards. At the highest quality I can get about 30 minutes of HD video onto a 2GB card.

This is more of a teaser, not a real review which will come later somewhere after I write it. I will say this, Sanyo doesn’t know how to design lens caps as it keeps falling off and the battery compartment door came off by accident once already.

More tease? Click here for a pair of quick samples I have online, one is HD video the other is a jpeg image, both straight off the memory card.
You probably have to option-click on the MP4 filename if you’re on a Mac to download the big file or right-click if you’ve got a right mouse button and choose save for the file. About 22.8MB in file size for a 21 second HD video in mpeg-4. You’ll need a speedy processor and graphics card to play back the video smoothly. Yesterday’s blog photos were all shot with the Sanyo.

And there is an underwater housing for this little HDV Cam.

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Welcome to the suck

You know your life is going to suck for the next few hours when you insert your 4GB CF memory card into a reader and this shows up on the screen. Clicking on the card proceeded to freeze the laptop, subsequent attempts at mounting the card normally via USB reader (two different readers) and a PC Card adapter was futile.

I was out on location and happen to also have my own laptop with me so I ran Photo Rescue (which I highly recommend owning if you’re a photographer to analyze the card and recover the images from the un-readable card.

Laptop buckled-in, Photo Rescue running to recover images as I went back out to the location to shoot new images just in case the recovery attempt failed.

Shot my new images and inserted the wireless card for Verizon Wireless National Access and the laptop doesn’t recognize the card at all. I transmit one image via cellphone while rebooting the laptop, get the card to work then move two more images.

So things weren’t totally FUBAR, Photo Rescue ended up recovering all the images (about halfway back on the drive to the office). Photojournalism is often about problem solving and sometimes the problems you need to solve have nothing to do with taking photos.