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PlanetSide 2 – New Alert Feature

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I play PlanetSide 2 a free MMOFPS PC. They have an aggressive patch and new feature schedule, we are constantly getting new toys and ways of playing. One of the latest and by far my favorite new feature is the Alerting system. Alerts are a way to get players to play on different continents within Auraxis (the planet this war is being raged on). The idea of an Alert is every few hours there will be shown on your screen something that reads like ‘Go Defend Esamir!’. Your Faction (TR, VS or NC) now have around 2 hours to try and take over Esamir. Your reward for completing the mission is XP, the total you receive is a percentage based on the amount of territory your faction owns in the continent the alert said to go to, even the losers get XP.

The reason I love the alerts is due to the battles that ensue, these have been the largest and most fun battles that I have had since I started playing this game.  When an entire outfit gears up to go RAGE it is a blast. Armor columns, infantry, air support, all hell just breaking loose. Image

So if you do not own PlanetSide 2, you should. The maps are massive, and the more people the better. Grab a friend. log on and play. If you are also interested in joining a clan, check out the one I belong to, grab the TS information from the website and hop on, it’s a small growing clan looking for some cool people to play with. Just don’t tell them you heard it here 🙂

Written by lordfu

April 6, 2013 at 11:59 am

Dell Inspirion 6000 – ATI Mobility Raedon x300 (M24) – Windows Server 2008

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So I received a laptop from work that they were tossing around a year ago. It came with Windows 7 and was all setup and good to go, so it remained that way for a year. I went to install SQL Server 2005 the other day to do some development and wham, can’t install onto Windows 7, it must be a server class OS. I have Windows Server 2008 so I began the re-install. That went well picked up 99.9% of my hardware and Windows happily installed a Standard VGA Adapter driver for my ATI card which is an ATI Mobility Raedon x300. The problem with that is that it is a terrible driver and offers no good resolutions, 1024×768 was my best bet at 32bit. So off I went to find drivers. Did Dell offer any? NO!

As far as I know Dell has a deal worked out where they force customers to use their drivers, you know the CD that comes with your laptops? Well I have Windows 2008 on here and they are not to be found anywhere. This is how I made this work using legacy drivers and Mobility Modder. Mobility Modder is an application which will ‘mod’ your inf files to work with an updated and ‘unsupported’ OS (you know that deal between ATI and Dell).

1. Go download the legacy ATI drivers from http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/windows/Legacy/Pages/radeonaiw_xp.aspx

2. Download Mobility Modder from http://www.hardwareheaven.com/modtool.php.

3. Extract the legacy drivers. This is done by double clicking the installation executable and once it gets past the extraction point, cancel the installation. The legacy drivers are extracted to C:\ATI\Support\10-02_legacy_xp32-64_dd_ccc

4. You then install Mobility Modder and it’s requirements XML 6.0, .Net Framework (which on most modern systems are already installed). Also select turn off UAC, this does require a reboot.

5. Once MM is installed run the program and Browse to C:\ATI\Support\10-02_legacy_xp32-64_dd_ccc and click Modify (this can take a few minutes)

6. Once that is done you need to update your driver manually. This is done by

  • Device Manager
  • Select your Display Adapter
  • Right Click ‘Update Driver Software’
  • Browse My Computer for driver Software
  • Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer
  • Have Disk
  • Browse to C:\ATI\Support\10-02_legacy_xp32-64_dd_ccc\Driver\XP_INF
  • Select CX_95952.inf
  • Say Ok all the way out.
  • Say Yes if it complains that this driver is not digitally signed.
  • Reboot

Once you are rebooted you can verify you are using the ATI drivers and set your resolution,Voila!

Notes:

Once Mobility Modder has modified your .inf file you can search the file and verify your hardware is found. If you do not know how to find the hardware id. You go to the details section of your card properties, found under device manager and select from the dropdown Hardware Id’s. The following screenshot shows mine.

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Hope this helps!

Edit:

I also had to update the sound card which is a SigmaTel – Sound – SigmaTel C-Major Audio.

1. Download the cab file http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Search.aspx?q=VEN_8086%26DEV_266E%26SUBSYS_01881028

2. Extract cab

3. Update the driver in the same manner as above by browsing to the folder that contains the extracted files.

Resources:

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/modtool.php

http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/windows/Legacy/Pages/radeonaiw_xp.aspx

http://www.sevenforums.com/graphic-cards/31442-ati-radeon-drivers-install-but-fail-initialize.html

Written by lordfu

July 4, 2012 at 6:11 pm

What is an Operating System

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I was sent the following text from US-CERT, originally published in 2004 I thought it would be beneficial to have here for those not on the mailing list to help increase awareness.

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Written by lordfu

February 11, 2010 at 9:11 pm

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Hello world!

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Hello and welcome to my new home on the internet. This will be the place where I deposit all my scraps of knowledge gleaned from work, play and beyond. I left the default title of my first entry as Hello World because as a programmer/techno geek it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling deep in my belly.

Written by lordfu

January 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

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