How to fix Spore artifacts on ATI

April 20th, 2009

I have Windows Vista 64 with an ATI card and when I started playing Spore everything was working great until I reached the Creature Stage, in which I suffered massive graphical artifacts or texture corruption.

I was going crazy because it was unplayable and I thought my graphics card was faulty, but luckily I found the solution.

NOTE: This fixed the corruption in Mirror’s Edge too

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How to Run Crysis 64 when ordered from EADM

April 18th, 2009

If you ordered Crysis online from the EA Store and tried to run it using the 64 executable, surely you you were as perplexed as I were when I got a message asking for the DVD to be inserted in the drive.

A really big problem for a game purchased and downloaded from the internet, but luckily, after around a year since I downloaded it from the EA Download Manager I found the solution to run the game using the 64 bit executable.

To fix the “Insert DVD” problem just go to your Crysis directory and copy the files “GL.ini” and “paul.dll” from the folder  Bin32 and paste them in the folder named Bin64. Voila, now it loads.

The best Media Player for Windows

February 28th, 2009

The other day I was searching for the best program to rip my Invaders Must Die CD to FLAC, and luckily I stumbled with Media Monkey.  For me it’s the best “All in One” Media Player and ripper program you can find, and if you are looking for one, just try it. Just friendly advice :).

Here are my highlights:

It can rip your CDs to MP3, M4A, OGG, WMA and FLAC  (if you want to rip to MP3 using the free version you will have to download the  free LAME Encoder).

It can convert music between formats.

For playing music it’s much faster than Windows Media Player 11.

The library is very good and includes quick search like WMP11, very useful.

Works beautifully on Vista 64.

I like it so much that i though I should post it here.

Giving Away 3 Beta Invites (Open Now)

September 29th, 2008

UPDATE: is now open for everyone.

I have 3 Good Old Games beta invites that I want to share with the first 3 people that post a coment in this thread. Just make sure you enter a valid e-mail address when posting and I will send you the key and the url to register.

Good luck.

How to run Midnight Club 2 on Vista and Windows 7 (Patch)

September 28th, 2008

UPDATE Feb 18, 2011 : The patch is no longer needed when using the latest Steam’s EXE, but for  retail you will have to patch it manually with the HEX editor: replace (CTRL+R) the HEX String “00 6A 21 00″ with “00 00 00 00″.

Last friday I purchased the Rockstar Complete Pack from Steam because I couldn’t resist the 50% off offer, and everything was fine until I tried to play Manhunt or Midnight Club 2.

It dindn’t occur to me to check if all the games were compatible for Windows Vista before purchasing, so I had to find a solution to the them run without crashing.

I found a great patch for Manhunt that can be found here, but I still had the problem with MC2.

People suggested to disable DEP (Data Execution Prevention) to make it run, because the problem is that DEP blocks the game from running, but I didn’t like the idea of disabling it just to play a game, so I went out to find a better way.

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How to configure “Reference Level” on Xbox 360

June 29th, 2008

I just purchased a Xbox 360 Elite and was presented with the question of how should I configure the screen’s “Reference Level” on the Video configuration menu of the Xbox 360.

The Reference Level of the 360 is similar to the PS3’s RGB Full Range option. As I said on that article, most HDTVs only support a limited range of black to white, for that reason, most people with HD Televisions should have it set to Standard, and people with PC monitors should set it to Expanded, but just as I said in my article about Full RGB, the best course of action is to test it and select the proper setting for your TV or Monitor.

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How to fix the “scrolling bars” problem (PS3)

June 15th, 2008

I have seen some people worried with their PS3 because they experience a very annoying problem that consist in big bars scrolling through their CRT television screen when they have connected the PS3 to the TV using analog video cables like the Scart. I have experienced this problem myself and the solution can be quite simple.

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How to prevent Firefox from Resizing Windows

February 9th, 2008

I can’t tell you how much I hate when a web page resizes my entire Firefox window just because they decided to make a web document with a concrete size, normally smaller compared to my window size.

Luckily  you can change a “hidden” option in Firefox to prevent that.

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How to Never forget a Password

February 2nd, 2008

If you aren’t already using RoboForm, you should know how hard is to keep track of all the passwords of all the web sites you are registered in, and when you need a strong password, you have to write it down somewhere unprotected, but now is a good time to change all that.

I’ve been using RoboForm Pro for 1079 days, and since day one, all I had to do was remember a strong master password and RoboForm would save and encrypt everything for me and I never had to worry again about forgetting a password or about password theft.

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Lets talk about the PS3’s Orange Box (HL2)

January 20th, 2008

I have been a Half-Life fan since it’s release. I have all the games and expansions on PC, but because they updated the original Half-Live 2 to the latest Source Engine that includes dynamic shadows and HDR Lighting I wanted to play it on my PS3 too.

Before it’s release, there were a lot of negative comments that said that the game was totally unplayable, and even we were presented with some videos as proof, but the truth is that it’s not near that bad.

These are my impressions after more than 10 hours of play.

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How to update your PS3 using a USB device

January 6th, 2008

One of the things that I hate about the Firmware updates of the PlayStation 3 is the wait time to just download the file, so after the first two upgrades I learned to download the file directly from Internet to my PC and then install it using a USB device. The only downside is that it may take a few hour for them to update the download pages, but that’s ok for me.

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