Fixing the F-Lock Key

Posted in Shorts at 3:09 pm by jw

Awesome article:  http://weblogs.asp.net/jgalloway/archive/2005/11/29/431762.aspx

This has annoyed me ever since MS took it into their heads to randomly map commands to keys that previously had a very different purpose.


Game Classification in Australia

Posted in General at 9:19 pm by jw

All Australians with an interest in game classification should take the 15 minutes to fill out a submission to the government on the addition of an R18+ category for games.


Personally, I think it’s crazy we continually have issues with the top games coming out because they are unsuitable for minors.  The game industry has changed in the last 30 years and now adults are being prevented access to some of the best (and worst) games simply because they are unsuitable for a child.  This is ridiculous.  I’m not in favor of removing classification but surely adults are able to make their own decisions instead of being treated as children.

Whatever side you are on, make a submission.


DLNA on my Samsung TV

Posted in General at 10:27 pm by jw

I was pretty excited to try out the DLNA on my new Samsung TV, but ended up disappointed to find that it only seemed to work with the Samsung applet on my PC, which severely lacked some fairly critical features (like transcoding).  Today, I was happy to find the magic hacks for TVersity which let it work like a charm with the somewhat esoteric nature of the DLNA support built in:

According to this thread, edit the profiles pharmacymg.com.xml in the TVersity folder (C:\Program Files (x86)\TVersity\Media Server on my machine) and add the following before the last </profileList> entry:

Samsung Profile for TVersity

Worked like a charm for me – now I can get rid of all the other DLNA apps on my PC and just use this single server.

Edit:  Updates thanks to rafaelg on the comments acheter viagra france


Broken XBox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows

Posted in General at 11:12 pm by jw

My XBox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows died.  No more green light, no more being recognized by the OS when I plugged it in.  Weirdly enough, the first one I got was like this on purchase so I exchanged it for this one which worked fine up until now.

Luckily, I found this fix from Eding1 which worked brilliantly.  Amazing the fuse blows so easily, and so irrevocably and yet nothing else on the USB chain had any issues at all.  Bad Microsoft hardware I guess!

Opening the receiver (use a knife or something to lever the top off):


Unscrew and turn the circuit board over then solder across F1:


Notes from the comments:

  • You can test whether this will work by connecting something like a paperclip across the fuse without desoldering it, then plugging it into your PC.
  • Apparently you can use foil paper and electrical tape to connect across the fuse.  Personally I’d recommend soldering, but if you don’t have a soldering iron it’s worth a try.
  • If “lever the top off” isn’t explicit enough for those not insane enough to pull apart everything they own, to get the case off jam, and I mean JAM, a butterknife in. Wedging it in the crease that is above the wire (between grey and white). Getting it in there good then wiggle and twist all about until the glue gives way. Because every inch other than where the wire is was thoroughly glued down. The circuit board is recessed so no need to be gentle, just don’t angle down.
  • Be warned folks. Just tried this trick on mine and it was the receiver that was causing the short. Just fried a USB port on my computer. Everything else seems okay for now.

Found this video on YouTube:

(Make sure you give the video maker appropriate kudos, btw)


Old “srv” errors still persist in Win7

Posted in Shorts at 10:42 pm by jw

The errors I blogged about previously still exist.  Yay…

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