Archive for April, 2008

After upgrading to Vista SP1, I ran in to some problems between my computer and my Fedora Core 6 Samba 3.0.24 server.  I have my Wordpress software directory mounted from the Linux server to my Vista SP1 computer to make adding plug-ins easy.  All I do is copy the new plug-in from my computer to the Wordpress share and it is added.  This worked fine until a few days ago when I suddenly started to get “access denied” when copying the files.  I concluded the problem was the fault of Vista SP1 after the following troubleshooting:

  • No changes had been made to the Samba configuration for quite some time.
  • All file permissions on the Samba server were correct.
  • Mac OS X Leopard was functioning correctly with no changes required.
  • Windows XP SP2 was functioning correctly with no changes required.

After checking the latest version of Samba (3.0.28a at this time), it mentioned that it corrects “interoperability issues” with Vista SP1.  To correct these issues, follow these steps:

Download the Samba 3.0.28a source RPM for Fedora Core 8
Install it: rpm -ivh samba-3.0.28a-0.fc8.src.rpm
Build it: rpmbuild -bb /usr/src/redhat/SPECS/samba.spec
If you get warnings about dependencies, either download the dependent packages through yum (yum install …) or use the –nodeps option with rpmbuild.
Watch some Battlestar Galatica while the package builds…
Install it: rpm -Fvh /usr/src/redhat/RPMS/i386/samba*
This will update only the RPMs that are already installed.

Test the new installation and your Vista SP1 problems should disappear!

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So far my research has found that MAME versions greater than .117 (.118 and up) are not compatible with GlovePIE at all.  This seems to have something to do with GlovePIE’s support of multiple keyboards and how multiple keyboards were implemented after MAME .117.  I have yet to figure out any fixes or workarounds on my own nor have I found any solutions from other web pages or forums.

Fortunately JoyMonkey.com has an excellent archive of MAME versions.  If you want to GlovePIE to work, go download MAME .117 and you shouldn’t have any problems.

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Been running in to a few set backs with the ing of MediaPortal project.

Set back 1: Wii remote disconnects during game play.  Very frustrating.  Since the MediaPortal PC itself is in another room, I figured Bluetooth signal was getting interrupted.  I bought a 15ft USB extension cable and connected the Bluetooth dongle closer to the entertainment center and the disconnect problem went away.

Set back 2: Poor MAME support out of the box for MediaPortal.  The irony here is that MediaPortal actually has quite good MAME support out of the box.  The unfortunate part is that the “MyPrograms” plug-in that provides the MAME support has not been updated for a while, no longer has development and no longer works correctly with the recent versions of MediaPortal.  A bit of searching turned up a new plug-in called “MyProgramsAlt” which is another team’s effort at corrected and extending the now defunct MyPrograms.  I’ll try this our and see how it works.  Otherwise, I will use the “MyEmulators” plug-in which appears to be simple, functional but not quite as full-featured as MyProgramsAlt.

Set back 3: Pentium 3-1000 computers just aren’t as impressive as they used to be.  It does the trick for video playback but unfortunately it’s a bit too slow for many MAME games.  The true “classic” games like Mario Bros. run fine but more colourful games show a significant slow down.

Set back 4: Been taking a bit of a break from the hardcore nerd stuff to actually enjoying using MediaPortal rather than adding features.  I’ll get back in to it soon enough and I had the idea of trying to add the Daphne emulator to play laserdisc games like Dragon’s Lair with the Harmony remote.

I’m seeing a lot of hits to these articles coming from search engine queries.  If you have any questions about MediaPortal, MAME and Wii remote functionality, please leave a comment to help share the knowledge.

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Since Eva is sending so much traffic my way, I just thought her friends would like to know how much she enjoys watching Battlestar Galactica.  If you don’t watch it, then you are an idiot.

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