Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Turning off Vertical Sync for RetroPie (Input Lag Fix)


For those of you who have a Raspberry Pi Zero or regular Raspberry Pi this maybe of help to you.  I am unsure if there is any issues with Raspberry Pi 2 and 3 with input lag however there is a lot of lag on the older versions.  I found that if turning off vertical sync you will get a better button response and games are a lot more playable.

So to begin make sure you have SAMBA setup or are using SH.  For this I am using SAMBA so if your an SH user then this maybe not of any help to you unless you already know what to do.

Anyways from Windows open RetropPie from a windows explorer going to network and click on the RetroPie icon that should be there if you have a network connection setup.  Put in your username which is "Pi" without quotes and password "raspberry" again without quotes.

Now you should see folders and were going to want to open "\\RETROPIE\configs\all".  Then your going to want to open retroarch.cfg with Notepad++ and do not edit with Windows Notepad.  You can grab Notepad++ from https://notepad-plus-plus.org/.

Now that you installed Notepad++ and have retroarch.cfg  opened your going to want to find line "163".  There you will find vertical_sync = true and were going to want to change that to false.  Once you have done that click the floppy icon to save and close Notepad++.

You have now disabled vertical sync within RetroPie and do note that you may see some tiny but very unnoticeable screen tearing it's not even a bother for a lot of the games I've played.  So now that you have done this enjoy playing your games the way they were meant to be.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Windows 10 Start Menu Flickering Fix





If you have the problem displayed in the video which was created by Danila Syrtsov there is a simple fix.  We are going to want to make a cool batch file which we can open that restarts the explorer.  Do note that restarting the explorer can close some open file explorers when you open the batch file and may interrupt copying, moving and deleting files.  Okay so all were going to want to do is open note pad and copy the following.

taskkill /f /IM explorer.exe
Start explorer.exe
Exit

Then all we want to do is save the file as explorer.bat but make sure before doing so that "all files" is selected at the bottom cause if you don't it will probably save as restart explorer.bat.txt and we don't want that.  Make sure to save to desktop for easy access.


Okay so once that is complete make sure you aren't doing any work and give that batch file a test.  You will see the screen go completely blank and then restart itself.  I want to thank my friend Chris Fleet for giving me this idea.  Its easy to open the task manager and close it but the batch file makes it even easier and more helpful.  Now that you have this cool little tool you can fix the start menu from flickering.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

NBA Hangtime (Windows 10 Framerate Fix)



Here is another game that needs a simple fix.  If you have the game installed it might play out of the box but I found the framerate was very slow making it feel very unplayable.  Once again this fix uses the Windows Compatibility Toolkit so grab that using Google as there is many versions.

So the only thing you need to do in Windows Compatibility Kit 32 is add these features on the first page.


Once you have added these skip the next page and click auto generate then next.  Go to save and install and your ready to play the game in higher framerates.

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/