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

Friday, August 25, 2017

How to Fix D4 Post Error with Gigabyte z77x-ud5h boards and Other Boards



Since getting this board I've noticed a D4 post error on the board.  This essentially means "PCI resource allocation error. Out of Resources".  When this error comes into play people usually get scared.  Reasons being is they think they have bad ram, or a video card is not properly in the PCI-E slot.  People get to work by doing memtests and re-placing their cards in the slot.  Worse comes to worse they don't find the problem.

I have since located the problem and this can be an issue on other Gigabyte boards possibly.  Anyways it seems to be an issue with Fast Start Up.  I'm not really sure why this happens it could be that the start up is a lot faster but not loading things properly hense the reason we get the error.  So what we have to do is disable that.

So first lets open Control Panel and select Hardware and Sound if you have it set to categories you'll see it right away.  After that were going to want to select "change what the Power buttons do".



Next click the "Change the settings that are unavailable" and uncheck "Turn on fast start-up".
Although it says recommended I haven't seen to much of a problem with my start-up and if anything since doing this it feels a lot faster.


Now if done correctly you should see A0 on the board and it should be the correct setting for a good boot.  If you still see the D4 it could be possible that you have issues with your RAM, Video Cards, PCI-E slots etc...  Get your board checked with the manufactorer to see if there is any problems with the board and you might get a replacement.

Anyways hope this has helped you out and I thank you for reading.



Sunday, May 21, 2017

How to Clone a Hard Drive (Windows 10)

Well I decided I was do this tutorial cause I'm sure a lot of people find this hard to do.  Its a rather simple tutorial and should have you on your way to recovering your broken Windows hard drive unless of course its completely broke.

Now what I recommend is a program called AOMEI Backupper which is available for free.  There is a paid version but one of the features that maybe useless to you is what you pay for.  Its a system clone which means you can clone your Windows system without all that other data so its like basically have a fully clean Windows OS.  Instead we will be using Disk Clone which clones the Windows system and data over.

You can grab the free or paid version here:
http://www.backup-utility.com/free-backup-software.html

Now go ahead and install the software and then open it up.

Now comes the steps on cloning your broken Windows hard drive to a new hard drive.

The first thing your going to want to do is click on the clone tab on the left side and click disk clone.  Which will copy over the system (Windows) plus the data.


Alright so now we want to select the drive you want to clone from which will be your source hard drive.  For me it will be the C: drive which should be yours as well it might be a different letter.  Just remember that there is two partitions and if not maybe more depending on the version of Windows your using.


Now we want to select the destination for the source system and data to go to.  Remember I would recommend to have a fully formatted hard drive cause your going to want to remove that broken piece of junk for this new hard drive.  I don't have a image for this one but it should be self explanatory.  

Okay so on the next screen you have options on how you want to do these clones.  You can choose the layout for the partition on the destination drive if you want to do it that way.  For me choosing manually made a messy clone that didn't perform properly and I had bad performance.  Not sure what happened but after the first mess up I decided to choose the option sector by sector and then after I was finished I booted the OS from the cloned destined drive and manually extended to use my whole drive.  The clone performed well and works perfectly.

There is another option that I would recommend selected if you have a SSD so select it if you have one.  I am not sure if this is required and don't know how well it'll work but I recommend this as it may be dependent on how well the drive will perform after the copy.  If you don't have an SSD then don't click it.

Screenshot courtesy of: AOMEI (https://goo.gl/N1UOSe)


Then start your clone and your ready to go.  This should take a little while depending on the size of the source.

After your done get in your PC remove the broken hard drive and replace it with the new hard drive.  Make sure to go to your bios and change your boot settings to match your new hard drive so it'll boot straight to Windows.

If Windows has booted the clone then the process should have worked and quite possibly the performance should work great as well.

Next lets go to disk management to extend the data partition of your C: drive.  Just right click on the partition which is where all the data should be and press extend.  Now of course your probably wanting to use the full drive but if you aren't you can select the amount of space you want to extend so select your numbers wisely.  Other then that if you ready to go and use that full drive just click next and your whole drive should be used.

Sorry I have no screenshots for this part if you need any help just search Google on "how to extend a hard drive".

Now you should be able to use your computer like you previously did with that broken drive without the worries that your hard drive is on the way out.

If this tutorial didn't work out for you I highly suggest you use AOMEI's support site.  It'll have all the information there for you.  http://www.backup-utility.com/features/system-clone.html