Panasonic SC-HT900 freezing picture fix.

I bought a SC-HT900 couple years ago and not long after having it, video began to (if I remember correctly) freeze up when playing movies. I did some research and found out it is the decoder chip overheating. There are no fans or top ventilation in the disc player (SA-HT900) (although there is some vents on the bottom, lol what?). So I cut a hole in the top (this was a chore) above the decoder chip, which is on the green circuit board and says DTS, and put a 12 volt fan on it. Looked for a place on the circuit board providing the proper voltage and connected the negative to a screw for ground. The location to solder the positive wire to is (going by this picture I forgot to write it down) J328. There is C750 above that towards the back. The bottom of this picture is facing the front.




It is pretty quiet. I’ve been using it for years now, maybe a couple times a month without problems. There is supposedly another issue with a fan in the subwoofer that causes popping noises in the speakers. But I haven’t had this problem. I could probably fix it the same way. Here is how one person fixed it.

I doubt this is going to be of help to anyone since this system is so old, but I thought I would share. You never know.

Here is some detailed troubleshooting information about a freezing issue.


Best Buy selling non-GOTY Left4Dead for less.

At Best Buy today I noticed there is now new Left 4 Dead packaging as Game of The Year edition, which includes the new DLC (Survivor and the rest of the versus maps, and Last Stand) one the disc. This may be a great purchase for those new to Left 4 Dead, it will save you some updates download time, but probably not much. Look again you will see that Left 4 Dead is has now been dropped to $39.99 on Steam and in stores. However, the older package is being sold for $29.99. Buy this instead and then you will get all the content and updates through Steam for free that is in the GOTY box, and you will save $10. Hopefully you figured that on your own, but for those new to Left4Dead be aware.


It’s obviously a marketing gimmick to get more people excited to buy Left4Dead, but even now on Steam when you buy it, it is considered GOTY edition. The DLC came with the original release later on. It is almost like they are saying they released the DLC because it was game of the year. Would it not be weird if they put TF2 on the shelf with all the latest updates and called it Special Edition or something? Think about it.

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How To Style Twitter Badge CSS for WordPress DarkZen

I didn’t like how the Twitter Badge looked with the DarkZen WordPress Theme. It was causing many gaps and breaking my tweets up in a way that one tweet would look like two or three. Luckily the Twitter Badge has good tagging to get specific on what I want different parts of tweets to look like. I’ll explain below how to use CSS to style your Twitter Badge after the screenshots; for DarkZen or any theme. I am using the Twitter Widget for WordPress written by Sean Spalding


Firebug – Download Almost Any Steaming Media

Using FireBug plugin for Firefox you can see all the requests the browser makes for videos, songs, pictures, website files, etc. Look for the larger file while playing media on a site and download it. Your video won’t be black though, that’s just the nature of recording/screenshoting a video, without proper settings to do it (i forgot, was lazy).

1. Install FireBug.
2. Activate FireBug’s Net console on the website first.
3. Visit the page of the website that has the media.
4. Look for the larger file in the Net logs. Rightmouse click, copy location.
5. Get away from the page playing the media (click the site’s homepage or something).
6. Paste the URL into the address bar.
7. Save It. If it wants to play in the browser, go to File then Save Page As.

I recommend you clear your cache before each video/song you play prior to visiting the page that has the file. Also play files on a website from the beginning or you may end up only download half of it. If the site does not autoplay the media, you can hit the clear button in Firebug to clear the Net log so it is easier to find the file when you hit play.