Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Redline Racer (PC,Win 10 patch)



I recently bought Redline Racer for PC and after the install found out it will not run on modern systems.  Well there is a fix for that.  First of course I believe there is more then one version of this game.  From what I hear there is a version that asks you to install a specific Graphics API version to play on PC.  So if you have that version install the 3Dfx version of the game cause no other version will work.  If you have my version of the game it will install all versions of the game and should run the 3Dfx version.  If it doesn't go to the main folder where you have the game installed and run rlr_3dfx.exe.  But first your going to want to install a patch that will make the game run on modern systems.  This will allow the game to run on Windows Vista through to Windows 10. 

So download the following file and you'll be able to run the game on your PC but remember to be able to play you must play the 3Dfx version of the game rlr_3dfx.exe.  You'll know if its the 3Dfx version when the 3Dfx logo will come up on your screen.

Grab the file from here Redline_Racer_Win7.exe and you'll be ready to go.  Once downloaded select the folder you have installed the game to and begin installation for the patch.


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Colin McRae Rally 2.0 (Windows 10 fix)



Okay so I am here again for those of you who want to play this wonderful game.  You probably visited the following link (https://goo.gl/fD8bn8) at the Codemasters main forums to grab the modern OS patch created by the user CookiePLMonster and if you haven't do so now.

He did a fine job of getting this game to run on modern systems of course the main problem is to get this game to play flawlessly with the patch it has to run in a window mode.  In normal fullscreen the game plays but there is performance issues.

Well that is of course up till now I have found a way to get this game to run flawlessly in fullscreen.  But first were going to have to edit the SPCMR2.ini that came with the silentpatch_cmr2.zip downloaded from the Codemasters forums link above. 

So lets open SPCMR2.ini and edit the following to what you see below:

; Setting this to 0 will make the game launch in fullscreen
; NOTE: It's recommended to stick to windowed mode, since it solves Win8+ framerate issues
; and allows for Alt + Tabbing the game - borderless window set to desktop resolution looks identical to fullscreen
Window=0
; Sets window border on/off. Requires Window=1
Borderless=1

Once that is done save it and exit.  Were not finished yet next were going to have to download the Windows Compatibility Toolkit from https://goo.gl/zxGNqA.  I have already done a tutorial on how to use this so if you don't know either look at that or find one on Youtube.

If your ready to use the software there is only a few things you need to check mark to get this working.

Don't forget to right click "New Database(1)" and select create new... the rest should be straight forward.

(click to enlarge)


Now save and install and open the game.  You should now be able to play this game at full framerate.
 
Here is some screenshots from the demo screen showing the game running at a full 55 to 60fps.







Saturday, October 7, 2017

How To Install Apps On SteamOS Desktop



So there is a lot of people who want to use SteamOS for regular desktop use.  Of course there is still a problem with using a printer as far as I can see at this moment.  However we can still use our SteamOS as a office environment as well as an entertainment environment.  We can use Chrome, Skype, VLC, LibreOffice and Gimp.  Note I will say that they maybe older versions and should work okay however I am not to blame if there is any problems using the software so please use at own risk.

First I'm going to tell you to open your terminal and do these commands to get things working properly.  Don't use the quote (") in the commands when doing them.

1. First if you haven't done so yet give your system a root password with "passwd"
2. Sign-In into root with "sudo su"
3. Add this repository for VLC and other apps "echo "deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian wheezy main contrib non-free" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list"
4. Next lets update the system "sudo apt-get update"
5. Lets install the update "sudo apt-get -f install"

First we are going to install Chrome to get things started

1.  First open Iceweasel your going to want to download Chrome from this link "https://goo.gl/l7HiNA".  Download the x64 Ubuntu/Debian version.
2. Next type in "cd /home/desktop/Downloads/" this will take you to your download folder where Chrome has downloaded.
3.  Next to install type "sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb"

Now we begin to install apps like Skype.

1. Typing the following text will download Skype "wget -c http://download.skype.com/linux/skype-debian_4.3.0.37-1_i386.deb"
2. The following will install Skype "dpkg -i skype-debian_4.3.0.37-1_i386.deb"

Now lets install VLC player if you want to watch video's

1. If you added the repository from the top all you need to do to install is type the following "sudo apt-get install vlc"

Now were going to install Libre Office

1.  Once again with that repository from the top we can now install LibreOffice and type the following to install "apt-get -t wheezy-backports install libreoffice"

Now lets install Gimp for some photo editing fun

1. Once again with the repository we can install Gimp using the following command "sudo apt-get install gimp"

Now you should have a great working environment if you know of any other cool apps or a more updated repository please. If there needs to be anything corrected in this post.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

DCeric Shows Off: Hermes for Dreamcast





In this video I show you Hermes for the Sega Dreamcast.

You can grab a physical copy from: https://goo.gl/BNHPw6

You can download Hermes for other platforms from: http://www.retroguru.com/hermes/

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Avast VMware Win XP Runs Slow Fix




Well today I decided to install Windows XP with VMWare.  Well I ran into a problem and its down right horrible if you can't find the problem.  The issue apparently has something to do with Avast on the main OS.  If you have hardware-assisted virtualization enabled it slows Windows XP to a crawl.  Now for us to fix this we are going to disable it.  Its not the safest thing to do but until Avast seems to fix this problem its the only way we will be able to run Windows XP fluently.

So first were going to open Avast from the taskmanager and click settings.



In this next window to troubleshooting uncheck "enable hardware-assisted virtualiztion" as seen in the photo


So the warning pretty much states that if you run a virtual os that any virus that it contains may leak into your main OS.  Also in order to get this to work after unchecking you'll need to restart the computer.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Enabling Direct Play and Fixing the 0xc0000022 Error (PC)



Ever have the 0xc0000022 pop up on you when you want to play an old game.  There is a fix for that and all it is, is enabling Direct Play.  A feature that is no longer used in modern games but most of our favorite classic PC titles.

So to enable Direct Play on Windows 10 and possibly other Windows operating system is going to control panel and opening Program and Features.  After that you need to open "Turn Windows features on or off".  Next go to "Legacy Components" and select Direct Play and make sure its checkmarked.  Press "OK" then it will install the component and after that your game should load.


How to Install Indeo Video Codec for Windows 7/8/8.1 and 10


Well I decided to do a tutorial on this cause there is very much available on the web on how to install the Indeo Video Codec.  Now of course you might be wondering why its important to install the codec.  Some older games used the codec for FMV's and on modern systems Indeo is no longer the go to codec.  So today were going to install the codec on a modern machine so you can play your favorite game.

There is only one step:

Right click command prompt using the Cortana Search or Run on other Windows operating systems and Run as Administrator.
then type: cd C:\Windows\SysWOW64 "if your a 32bit OS user you can skip this step"  press enter
then type: regsvr32 ir50_32.dll - press enter

if you want to undo then type: regsvr32 /u ir50_32.dll

The information came from Seven Forums by the user Shark007 and was slightly edited by me. You can find Shark007's post @ https://goo.gl/iUgQmD