Another rant post (but once I get back on game coding I'll do some more coding oriented posts. Promised.).
The reason I din't post about the current game of mine is that it's more or less on hold while I slave for another project (which is I'm sorry to say 100% not game related :|).
So why is that another rant post?
I bought a new box, a new shiny f$%&ing fast one (and to slow it down a bit I also installed Vista Ultimate on it :) ) (no need to point out that there are other OSes, because I *like* it).
Sometime last year I bought a copy of Nero Burning Rom, the once best cd/dvd burning app. You may have noticed "once".
The version I got was 7.5.7 and except for the darn amount of useless shit that came with it, I was quite happy with it on XP.
Because I like the ease of Nero Express I just wanted to install this (and the Nero app of course) but who the f$%& needs "recode", "showtime" a wave editor(!) ?
Anyway, I decided to install it on my new box and it turned out to become quite a nightmare ...
Once Nero was installed everytime I opened a folder that contained a video file I was greeted with as "rundll32 crash". Sweet.
First and (why not) choice to blame was MS for their OS, but after a quick google I found out that the problem is Nero. To be precise, one of the things I didn't chose to install, the shit codecs that came with it (there's no option to *not* install them).
But how do you remove a codec under Vista?
Quick google again, here we are: InstalledCodec v1.00
"InstalledCodec is a small utility displays the list of all Codec drivers and DirectShow filters currently installed on your system. For each component the following information is displayed: Display Name, Type, Disabled Status, Installed/Modified Time, Description, Company Name, Filename, and more...
It allows you to easily disable or enable any Codec/DirectShow component or export the list into text/xml/html file."
A few clicks later I disabled all codecs that started with "Nero" and viola. no rundll32 crashes.
So far I noticed no problems.