Fix For Playing Some Video Files


Fix for playing some Video Files


1) Download and run GSPOT 2.70a (this is software that allows for tweaking FFDSHOW).

2) After the Software is installed and running, go to menu click on SYSTEM then click on LIST CODECS AND OTHER FILTERS.

3)In the window that pops up look under the Type Column, then look for DSH.

4) Scroll down until you see YV12 in the Format.


6) In the menu that pops up, select Set Filter Merit

7) Slide the slider all the way to the top (0xf00000) and click OK button.

8) Repeat the steps for the Subtitles Filter and Video Encoder also.

9) Close the program, open Hoster and try your .VOB or other video files.

Lyrics Are Black Or Do Not Sweep – NVIDIA Only


Lyrics are Black or do not sweep – NVIDIA Only


You have a bad driver for your NVIDIA video card. Do the following.
1) Left Click on Start Menu\Control Panel
2) Left Click on System and Security
3) Left Click on System
4) On the Left hand side Click on Device Manager
5) Left click on Display Adapters
6) Double click on your NVIDIA Adapter Name that shows below Display Adapters now.
7) Left Click the Driver Tab.
8) Now click the button that states Roll Back Driver.
9) Follow any on-screen instructions that come up, to tell you to reboot or close out of all dialogs once this has finished.

This older NVIDIA driver will work, but the new cause’s this problem. Now try your software again, once you have Restarted your computer and it should now sweep the graphics correctly.

WMV Files Do Not Play On Second Display


WMV Files do not play on Second Display


WMV Video Files MAY be blank On Second Display – This appears when the Show Display is moved to a second (TV) monitor in Windows “Extended” mode. This is a Windows XP or Vista problem with Nvidia 9400 graphic cards or Intel 965G video chips. All other Hoster video files play as expected.

Preview Window Lyrics Are Garbled Or Not Readable


Preview window Lyrics are garbled or not readable


There are two ways to fix this:

1) Go to the Tools\Show Display. Click the Lyrics button. Check Hide beside the Marquee at the top. Also check Hide at the bottom next to Singers name display.

This will disable the Singers Name Display and Marquee only when the lyrics are playing. It will make the graphics readable as there is more room to display them in the small docked Window.

2) Go to Tools\Show display. Click on the Preview button, then check the box that states Undock and Resize Display. Once you do this, click Apply, shut Hoster down and then reopen it.

Now you will have 2 floating Windows. Resize the smaller one and make it larger. If you resize it large enough, you can get rid of the lyrics looking garbled. This is caused by the shrinking of the lyrics down to small size to fit in the fixed Window.

How do I setup Instabuttons?


How do I setup Instabuttons?


Instabuttons must be turned on and installed by the user. Open Hoster, click Read Manual. Once the manual opens, click on Alphabetic Index, then find Instabuttons under the I’s. Follow the instructions here in the manual on how to set them up.

Error: One Or More Activex Controls Could Not Be Displayed


Error: One or more activex controls could not be displayed


If you get this error message when trying to open Hoster, then do the following:

1) Go to the Start menu, type in Regedit in the search field. Open this program.
2) Click the + HKEY_CURRENT_USER
3) Click the + Beside Software
4) Click the + Beside Microsoft
5) Click the + Beside Windows
6) Click the + Beside CurrentVersion
7) Click the + Beside Internet Settings
8) Click the + Beside Zones

You should see a folder/number before zone number 0. Delete whatever is not listed as 0,1,2,3,4 etc….
Now try Hoster, it should now open correctly.

How To Upgrade A Prior Version Of Hoster To Hoster 4.0x


How to Upgrade a Prior version of Hoster to Hoster 4.0x


If you purchased your software from MTU or an MTU Dealer and now want to to the latest version:

1. Go to: and find your product
2. Click the Download button: Save the installation file on your computer hard drive.
3. Use Windows Explorer to find the installation file and double click it to run it.
4 Follow the instructions carefully. Be sure you enter the email address you originally used when you purchased the software. If you are doing this on a computer with Hoster installed, the registration code is automatically filled in for you.
5. If your 12-month upgrade period has expired, you will be prompted to purchase an upgrade.
6. Once the order goes through with approval of your credit card, you can finish installing this version.

If you follow these instructions and still have trouble, please go to: and complete the form for technical assistance. Be sure to provide detailed information about your issue.

Moving Hoster Installation To A Different Computer Without MTU


Moving Hoster installation to a different computer without MTU


New Feature! Move Your Installation Without MTU!
Up and running in minutes on a new computer!

Hoster 4.0 has a new MTU feature that allows you to remove it from one computer and install it on a new computer; immediately or later.

For example… if your show computer crashes at 5:15PM before your Saturday show at 9:00PM, because it is “dead” it cannot go on-line to remove Hoster. However, your backup computer can.

Run the Hoster Installation program on your backup computer, select REMOVE and finish. This removes the Hoster program, leaving all KMA files, Songbook, Singers Database, etc. on your backup computer. Then, run the Hoster Installation program on your new computer (it must be on-line to register Hoster, but not required to run it). You are back up and running in minutes, without MTU help.


To REMOVE and allow RE-INSTALLING requires the computer to be on-line to connect to the web site. If you are not on-line, removing Hoster will NOT allow re-installing on another computer.

  1. Go to My Account and login. Scroll down to find your Products, Registration Codes and Download links.
  2. Use the Windows Explorer program to find the Hoster4xxsetup.exe file (4xx would be the version number 400, 401, 402, etc.) after you download it to your computer, or on the Hoster CDROM. If you cannot find it:
    • Click the Tools menu, then Find command, then Find Files and Folders command.
    • In the Named: field, enter Hoster4xxsetup.exe (replace the 4xx with the correct 400, 401, 402, etc. version number)
    • In the Look in: field, click the drop down list and select My Computer.
    • Click the Find button.
    • In the window below, double click on the filename to start installing.
  3. You can install Hoster under the Administrator or any User on your computer. For Vista, you must have Admin Privileges.
  4. Hoster installs on your C drive under the C:\Program Files\Micro Technology Unlimited\Hoster folder.
  5. Hoster 4.0 requires your computer to be on-line to the Internet to register, but not required to run. A dial-up connection (or faster) works fine.
  6. If a prior version of Hoster is found, it is automatically updated. Your Registration Code, Email, name, address, etc., preferences such as colors, fonts, screen sizes, and KMA files are not removed or changed.
  7. If you bought a Hoster Upgrade (instead of a Full version), the first computer you install it on requires that a prior version of Hoster be found already installed.
  8. Read the License Agreement and click Yes if you agree. If you continue, you legally accept the terms and conditions of this License.
  9. In the screen that requests your name and address, enter them so we can contact you if needed.
  10. When the Registration Email and Registration Code screen appears, enter these from your Account above. Enter a name for this computer that is unique from any others you will install MTU software on so we can help you with THIS computer if needed in the future. Click Next.
  11. Installing Hoster DISABLES the Windows XP Autorun for all CD/DVD drives on the computer (Vista may perform differently). If Autorun is enabled, it can take 5 to 10 times longer to import a disc.
  12. If any error messages appear, read and follow the instructions to correct the problem.
  13. When the last screen appears with a Finish button at the bottom, click it to complete the installation.

CONGRATULATIONS! Your Hoster is installed and you are ready to enter the Karaoke Digital Age.

Hoster 4.0 Issues Part 2


Hoster 4.0 Issues Part 2


Here are some things to Try first if you have any problems with Hoster 4.0

NOTE: Hoster 3.400 was also installed with Hoster 4.0.  This is located at C:\Program Files\Micro Technology Unlimited\Hoster\Hoster34.exe – This version is the same as Hoster 3.321 which was the last stable version before releasing 4.0.  If you have any problems you can run this version if you need to, without having to uninstall version 4.0.  It was built with the same security as a backup if you experience any problems.  You can also make a short cut to this if you need.

1) You MUST have all the Windows Updates, as stated here

2) You MUST have Internet Explorer 7.0 Installed.  It will be installed from the Updates above or you can get it from here

3) You MUST have Windows Media Player 11 installed, it will also be in the Updates or you can get it here

4) Download Hoster 4.02 it was released August 5, 2008.  You can get it from here

5) Any Syncing issues or Audio/Video issues is due to your Audio/Video card drivers needing to be updated to support Windows Media player 11.  Please go to the manufacturers website and get the very latest drivers for your Sound card and Video card.  Then let us know if you still have a problem.

6) Error Stating the Following: Download Version 4.01 this was FIXED July 18, 2008.  You do this from #4 Above.
An error has occurred in the script on the page

Line: 40
Error: Could not set the size property, Invalid Property value Enter a value greater than zero.
Code: 0
URL file:///C:MTU/Hoster/BodyContentDisplay.htm”;

It then ask if i want to continue running scripts on this page.

I select yes, I get this:
” An error has occurred in the script on the page

Line: 40
Error: An interface has too many methods to fire events from
URL file:///C:MTU/Hoster/BodyContentDisplay.htm”;

7) Any errors stating 1004 are due to not having Internet Explorer 7.0 Installed.  Install this to fix this error. Any errors dealing with Memory not being available is also caused by Internet Explorer 7.0.  Install this to fix these errors.

Audio dropouts, playing slow and/or distortion after installing WMP11


There are two options to fix this.


  1. Install the latest drivers for BIOS/AUDIO/VIDEO for the computer (laptop or desktop)
  2. UnInstall WMP11


To uninstall WMP11 follow these steps.


  1. Click the Start button,
  2. Select “Control Panel”
  3. Double click the “Add or Remove Programs” Icon
  4. Locate the “Windows Media Player 11” entry (if not found at the top then look for it under “Windows XP – Software Updates”
  5. Click “Remove”
  6. Locate the “Windows Media Format 11 Runtime” entry (if not found at the top then look for it under “Windows XP – Software Updates”
  7. Click “Remove”
  8. Restart your computer


Error (1004)


This error can happen if IE6 is installed. Installing IE7 should fix it. However, there are some new reports that this happens even with IE7 this is most likely because they do not have all the Windows updates for IE7 but I am unsure which update is the one that does it. Update: I fixed a settings.h bug that could have caused the (1004) Windows error.



Fire Events Script Error:



an error has occurred in the script on this page.
line 40
char 42
error an interface has to many methods to fire events from
code 0
url file:///C:/MTU/Hoster/BodyContentDisplay.htm
Do you want to continue running scripts on this page
Yes No


This error means that DirectX overlay is not turned on or you are running an old version of DirectX. DirectX 9.0c should be what you have installed. If not, please do the Windows Updates, click CUSTOM, not EXPRESS, and find the DirectX download.

If you have 9.0c, do the following:

1. Click the Start button,
2. Select Run and enter dxdiag
3. If using XP go to the “Display” tab
4. In the middle of the page you will see “DirectX Features”
5. Enable both directdraw acceleration and direct3D acceleration



Video files with DRM will not play in Hoster


.wmv files that have DRM may not play in hoster due to not supporting DRM. Apparently, some user still have .wmv files with DRM. I will come up with a fix for this.



Import CDG


Adding a new brand will cause the cursor to start at the beginning of the “Brand” field every time you type in one (1) letter. (after each letter it goes back to the beginning of the field)






Right click on the sidebar or go to the “Windows Sidebar” icon on your tray. Click “Properties” uncheck the start Sidebar when Windows starts” checkbox. Restart computer.




Right click on the desktop and select “Personalize”. Select “Window Color and Appearance” and unclick “Enable transparency”. Open the classic appearance properties and choose either “Windows Vista Basic”, “Windows Standard” or “Windows Classic”. Restart computer.


TURN OFF Visual Effects


Open Control Panel and select “System”. Go to “Advanced system settings” and select the “Advanced” Tab. Click the Setting button under the “Performance” area and click “Adjust for best performance” in the “Visual Effects” tab. Restart computer.




Open windows media player and right click the menu bar. Select “Tools” then “Options…” Go to the “Performance” Tab and select “Choose connection speed:” set it to “LAN (10 Mbps or more)”. Close WMP.




Open windows media player and right click the menu bar. Select “Tools” then “Options…” Go to the “Performance” Tab and un-select the “Turn on DirectX Video Acceleration for WMV Files”. Close WMP.




Select “Internet Options” and then select the “Advanced” tab. Scroll down to the “Secuirty” section and select “Allow active content to run in files on My Computer”. Also, select “Allow active content from CDs to run on My Computer”. Restart computer.