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13Nov/090

Blu-ray Playback Skipping on Playstation 3

Playstation3I have been watching blu-ray movies on my Playstation 3 for quite some time. With the last firmware update, blu-ray discs started skipping during playback. The movie would start and play normally for a while and then pause briefly as if the PS3 was having a hard time reading from the disc and skip ahead a few minutes. At first I thought it was due to scratched discs from Netflix. However, after running into this a few times in a row and not being able to spot a single scratch on the discs, I concluded that the problem was with my PS3.

I did some research but couldn't find a definitive answer as to why this was happening. The first thing I tried, which was also the easiest, was to format the hard drive. Surprisingly it worked like a charm and my PS3 doesn't skip anymore. While I don't really understand what the firmware update did to the hard drive to cause this odd problem, I'm happy that it is over.

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13Nov/090

How to Disable Windows Update Restart Prompt

Windows-UpdateAfter performing automatic Windows updates, Windows starts nagging for a restart. In some cases, it even restarts your computer unless you respond to the notification and postpone the restart on time. This can obviously get very annoying if you are doing something important (for example, while performing an e-Discovery export!). I found out recently that the restart can be avoided by stopping the Windows service called "Automatic Updates" in Windows XP or "Windows Update" in Vista. You can go to the services snap-in by executing services.msc and stop the service or type the command net stop "windows update" for Windows Vista or sc stop wuauserv for Windows XP. The service will start back up next time you reboot your computer.

If you are looking for a more permanent solution, the notification schedule can be changed or it can be disabled altogether via Group Policy.

1. Click Start\Run and open the Run Window.

2. Type “gpedit.msc” to open the Group Policy

3. Click Local Computer Policy\Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Update and open “Re-prompt for restart with scheduled installations”

Here you can choose to disable the notification or change its schedule to a longer period such as 24 hours.