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Wobbly Windows and Ubuntu 12.10

After installing Ubuntu 12.10 and installing CCSM (Compiz Config Settings Manager) I noticed there was no option for my favorite effect, wobbly windows. It looks like they moved most of the cool Compiz plugins to their own package called compiz-plugins-extra. To install, open up a terminal and paste this in.
sudo apt-get install compiz-plugins-extra

Installing Ubuntu 12.10 daily

This should be good. Upgrading to 12.10 with user installed AMD drivers enabled. We'll see how Ubuntu handles it.
Probably not best viewed on Netscape Navigator!

MS Lifecam Cinema works natively in OS X 10.8

My $20 Microsoft Lifecam Cinema web camera seems to be fully supported under OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion developer preview 4. In 10.7 and lower I had to use the excellent MacCam drivers for it to be supported.

FaceTime, Messages, and Photobooth work fine with this camera.

Playonlinux on Fedora 17

On Fedora 17 I had to install a few extra packages to make Playonlinux work. I am currently using a nVidia video card, the  xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs.i686 package will be different for ATI (or might not be needed at all).
yum install p7zip xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs.i686 icoutils

Ubuntu Linux - Nvidia Vs AMD Graphics Cards

I recently re-acquired a Geforce 470 from a friend. After reading many times how well nVidia supports x86_64 Linux I figured I'd replace the AMD Radeon 6870 in my main system. Their performance is roughly on par with each other so I'm not really gaining or losing anything, theoretically. The drivers I used nVidia's 295.59 and for AMD I used Catalyst 12.6 beta. Below is what I found out from my testing.

These tests and results are very not scientific. YMMV.

Driver Installation -
Both drivers required there be compilers and many dependencies installed to to compile their kernel module. I elected to install the newer driver packages from their official websites instead of using the older (but probably well tested) Ubuntu supplied drivers. Nvidia's driver was a pain in the ass as I had to drop to the console and kill the X server before using their text based installation. The AMD driver installed from the desktop just fine using a nice GUI, as long as the dependencies wer…

DCUO - Quick and dirty info about Exobit hunting

Using the below tips I am able to gather about 2.5 stacks of each type of exobit in a 1/2 hour of time. I used the R&D scanners purchased from the DCUO Marketplace, they cost 100 Sony points or roughly $1.00 USD. Paying real money for this type of item may seem a little crazy but I only purchase Sony points when they are on sale 3 for 1. This brings the price of R&D scanners down to about $0.33. But still, money is money. If spending real money on a game is not for you then you can always hunt Exobits the old fashioned way.

What they are
Exobits are a type of profession material used in DC Universe Online (DCUO) to create gear modifications. Modifications are used to raise the combat rating and add extra stats to your gear.  What you need
2 pack of R&D scanners, Purchased from the DCUO marketplace for 100 points (about $1.00)1/2 hour of time (2x 15 minute intervals) Where to go
They randomly spawn all over Gotham, Metropolis and Central City.  Gotham seems to be the best pla…

DC Universe Online - Ubuntu 12.04 / Wine

Once again I am working on getting DC Universe Online working on my Ubuntu 12.04 install so I can ditch windows 7 all together. DC Is the only thing tethering me to Windows. There have been many reports of it working.

So far the installer installs the Launchpad application and asks to install a version of Direct X, I declined the Direct X install but went ahead with the rest of the install.

When starting launchpad, logging in and pressing play all I get is a garbled screen after my monitor switches screen modes. I'm not sure if it's because of my ATI video card (highly likely) or a problem with wine. I have access to a nVidia 9800. I'll try later tonight to see if it's the video card.

Same results with the wine packages from ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa (version 1.5.6).

System specs -
i7 CPU @ 4.6GHz
AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB video card
Audigy 2 PCI sound card

OS Version -
Ubuntu Linux 12.04 64-bit

Wine version(s) -
1.3.32 Playonlinux
1.4 stock Ubuntu 12.04
1.5.6 Ubuntu wine PPA

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PPA for Dolphin Emulator

This is the Ubuntu PPA for the Nintendo Gamecube and Wii Emulator, Dolphin. It installs the Linux version.
The AMD/ATI 12.6 beta driver for linux Includes new 2D acceleration architecture. Enable with:

amdconfig --set-pcs-u32=DDX,ShadowPrimary,1

It seems to snappy things up a bit on my system.

AMD Driver Ubuntu 12.04 - the long answer

All of this information was jacked from . I just edited and am providing it here so I don't have to use Google every time I need to install AMD's drivers.

The following Instructions are how to install the latest ATI Catalyst Video driver on a fresh install of Ubuntu 12.04 Precise ONLY.

Caution: Only use these instructions if you have opted NOT to use the Official Ubuntu Binaries.

You need to install some dependencies to your system, do this by running these in Terminal:

sudo apt-get install build-essential cdbs fakeroot dh-make debhelper debconf libstdc++6 dkms libqtgui4 wget execstack libelfg0 dh-modaliases sudo apt-get install ia32-libs

sudo apt-get install ia32-libs-multiarch

sudo apt-get install i386 lib32gcc1

sudo apt-get install libc6-i386 
Installation and building of the drivers

sudo sh amd-driver-installer-*.run --buildpkg Ubuntu/precise

sudo dpkg -i *.deb sudo aticonfig --initial
After this command, reboot your system. If all is rig…
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Requires a legit serial number. I posted this just so I won't forget the address for future use.
This is a forum signature I'm working on for my DCUO League.

"Porting" DC Universe Online (DCUO) to Mac OS X

Tonight I started working on a "port" of DC Universe Online to Mac OS X via Wineskin. So far things have been encouraging but it's not yet playable. Below are the steps and packages I've went thru to install DCUO on my system. This is a bunch of information so it might now be laid out the best but i'll try to make it useful enough for anyone else wanting to help get this working.

Operating System -
Mac OS X Lion 10.7.3

System specs -
i7 CPU @ 4.6GHz
AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB video card
Audigy 2 PCI sound card

Winskin version used -
Wineskin-2.5.4, engine version WS8Wine1.3.32, WS8Wine1.4-rc5

Windows packages installed -
IE 7 from winetricks (dlls)
VCrun2008 from winetricks (dlls)
ddr=gdi from winetricks (settings)
DCUO_setup.exe, let DCUO Installer install Direct X and Flash

After installing the above the Launcher starts and downloads the 18 gigabytes of game files. Everything on the launcher looks exactly the same as under Windows. One note though, the configu…

PCSX2 MAC OS X via Wineskin

Although there is a native build of PCSX2 for Mac OS X it is dated. So I built an app bundle via wineskin using the latest *stable* Windows binary of PCSX2 (0.9.8-r4600). The results were to my liking, therefore I made this incredibly BORING video of the emulator running the intro to Final Fantasy X. The game is rendered to the screen in a resolution of 720p and looks very nice. Especially compared to the original on a legit PS2. I used the ZeroGS and ZeroSPU2 plugins for video and sound. 
I played the game itself for about 30 mins and only noticed very small graphical anomalies.

Dolphin Emulator -
PCSX2 PS2 Emulator -
Mac PCSX2 Native App -


Holy hell, It's the Dolphin Emulator! Man, I love this thing. It plays Nintendo Gamecube and Wii games at better than native speeds with enhanced graphics and sound. Just obtain an ISO of a game you already own, point the emulator to it and *BAM* instant console fun. As you can see I'm playing the original Gamecube Animal crossing in this screen shot. Complete with filtered graphics and increased resolution. For game control, Dolphin supports real Wii remotes for Wii games via bluetooth. Although I'm using it mainly for Gamecube games with a wired Xbox360 control pad. It works great. I'm so happy ^_^

Get Dolphin from their home site (mac and windows). Also available for Linux.

Screenshots @ 720p

Change en1 to en0 - Mac OS X

I had the problem when loading my Hack Mac that the wi-fi card always grabbed onto en0 and my built in ethernet always defaulted to en1. This cause all kinds of problems with using Apple's internet based services like the App Store, Facetime, and iCloud. These services require your built in ethernet port to be en0. To make the swap I had to go in and delete the following 2 files.


After you delete the two files reboot your computer and it should automatically regenerate them with en0 being correct. That's pretty much it.