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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Ninja Blade Black Screen Fix (PC)


Not that I would totally recommend playing this cause its a broken mess however there is one issue that a few people have had while playing this on Windows 8 and higher.  As far as I know there has been no solution to this issue until I just found out today clumsily by pressing 3 buttons I usually don't press unless a game is totally locked up.

Okay so some of you or maybe most of you have had that black screen issue while playing this.  I would pretty much just alt-tab out of the game and close it and probably never start up again if I couldn't fix the situation.  Well instead of that I pressed ctrl+shift+esc which usually in combination opens taskmanager. Well it did but for some strange reason the game starts and the FMV plays.  However all you really need to do is press the "esc" button and the video starts.  If it pauses alt+tab out and click back in and press "esc" again and it will play.

I did notice however you miss the very beginning intro.  I've tried other fixes as well which includes using Riva Tuner to cap the Framerate to 60fps.  You can disable vertical sync and 30fps max.  That may work I just found out after doing this and disabling Riva Tuner the game actually didn't depend on the framerate cap after and the very beginning intro actually starts... Odd but give each method a try until it works for you.

Now you'll probably notice the game has a horrible issue with stuttering which as far as I know can't be fixed.  This is the reason why I'd say pass on this game and if the console version has no issue play that instead.  But if you really want to enjoy this game with steady framerate and less stuttering play at 30fps even cap it with Rivatuner if the FMV problem hasn't been fixed yet.  However if you can put up with this messy game have fun.

When you first start the game you might have an issue alt-tab out close the game and start it up again.  Also you want other fixes please visit https://pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/Ninja_Blade.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Avermedia Extremecap U3 Audio Capture Fix with Recentral



A little while ago I went to go and try to capture some game play using my Extremecap U3 by Avermedia using their capture software Recentral.  It seems as of the new 1903 update Windows blocks the driver.  It will capture video but it won't capture audio.  Sure you can hear the audio just fine while using the software but again no audio capture.

I went to contact Avermedia customer support and they had said for whatever reason Windows is blocking the driver.  Of course I have the email here for you guys to see it also has a direct link to the driver which will solve the issue.  However this may or may not work for you so don't blame me if it doesn't.

Hello Mr./Ms. Eric D Frendo-Cumbo,
Thank you for choosing AVerMedia.
Hi, 1.Please install new software for solving audio issues. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1BV4b_3GtoS147bM3VZ3FUs69ArIj7No
2.During the install process, you may refer to Code 52 issues, code 52*: The driver error code 52 refers to that Windows cannot verify the digital signature for the drivers required for this device. Probably the driver installed on your computer is signed incorrectly.  
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1_qO4sueMVs9zHftHKA1lJxX9fTUqaeWU 
https://www.drivereasy.com/knowledge/solved-driver-error-code-52
 3.After installing the driver, please follow this FAQ process way to disable signature on   your computer setting. 
Best regards, AVerMedia Service Support

For me this driver works and it should for you.  As I'm aware I've seen people have similar issues so I'm kind of baffled why Avermedia has not included this driver on their site yet.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Sega Rally Revo Setup is Already Running (FIX)



Okay this is an issue that I had today and I found out that I wasn't the only one having this issue.  Well apparently each and every time you go to install the game it puts a temporary file in the documents folder called SegaRallyInstall.txt.  Anytime you disrupt the setup that file remains and when you go to reinstall you get the "Setup Is Already Running" error.  So you'll just need to delete that and you'll be able to reinstall the game.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Fury 3 Fix (Win10)



Well I'm pretty sure I had already done this before but today I found that my guide to installing Fury 3 isn't available.  Perhaps I deleted it by mistake or perhaps I was working on it and I didn't like it.  So here is how to get Fury 3 to work on Windows 10.  Perhaps this will work with other versions of Windows.  I have tested this so far with Windows 8 and Windows 10 and had no problems. 

There is other guides on the internet but they don't have the fix to have this working on Windows 8 and perhaps the same issue happens with Windows 10.  There is still one issue that possibly can be fixed but isn't in this guide and that is being able to use the "help" feature.  Help used to be built into Windows but in later versions it was removed and by doing that it breaks it for older games.

Anyways this fix is superbly easy if you know how to install a virtual system using Windows XP using Virtualbox or VMware Player.  If you don't know how to set it up you need to find a guide on the internet and after that come back here.  For this setup I'll be using Virtualbox.

After installing your virtual emulator you'll want to be able to share your main system hard drive with the emulator for easy drop and drag.  For Virtualbox its quite simple just open Virtualbox, right click on Windows XP that you just installed and go to settings.  From there go to shared folders and you can share a whole drive or even just a specific folder and I guess for this you may just want to make a Fury 3 folder on your C: or any drive you like.  From within Virtualbox add the folder from "Shared Folders" and now you'll have access to the folder for easy dropping and dragging and don't forget to click "Auto Mount".


Once you have done this you will now be able to access that hard drive within your emulated Windows XP on Virtualbox.  When accessing the drive from the emulator just go to "My Computer".  The drives may show there with your emulated "C:" drive in the lower window as a network drive.  If it isn't there just click on "Network Places".  Within there you'll see your non emulated drives under different letters but should also give you the letters and name of the folder with in those shared drives.

Next up is the simple part.  Go to install Fury 3 on your emulated drive.  Once complete just drop and drag to your shared drive where you made the Fury 3 folder.  Once that is done we no longer need the virtual emulator.

This may work out of the box for Windows 7 and lower but for Windows 8 and 10 you'll probably have to edit a file to get it working perfectly.  So go to where you have the game installed and look for the SYSTEM folder. For me I put it on my D: drive so its located at D:\FURY3\SYSTEM.

Now look for the Fury3.ini file and open it with notepad or another text editor.  Scroll down until you see the following line which will look identical but where I have "?" there should be a driver letter.

[CD-ROM]
CDROMPath=?:\fury3\system\story
startupPodName=?:\FURY3\System\startup.pod
gamePodName=?:\FURY3\System\fury3.pod

Now you may see drive letters which were associated with the emulated Windows XP.  We want to associate your installation with your current version of Windows.  So associate your CDROMPath= to your CD/DVD/Blu Ray drive letter.  For me mine was drive F:.  Next you want to associate where you have Fury 3 installed.  Again for me mine was drive D:.  So after that is done it should look like this but again your letters will be different depending on your setup.

[CD-ROM]
CDROMPath=F:\fury3\system\story
startupPodName=D:\FURY3\System\startup.pod
gamePodName=D:\FURY3\System\fury3.pod

After that is done just click save and exit out of there.  Now open the game and you shouldn't have any errors and be able to play the game perfectly of course without the help feature.  I hope you enjoy playing this hidden gem its a part of my childhood and I'm glad I was able to play it again.





Thursday, March 21, 2019

Whitelist Fix for Playstation TV with Official Sony Firmware (PSTV)


You're looking at this cause you have a PSTV and you probably have a PS Vita game or app you want to use on the PSTV and can't.  Well yes of course I gotta fix for that and no you don't need HENkaku or other mods to get this to work all you need is official Sony firmware.  Also do take note I will not take any blame if your system messes up and also note that you can remove the whitelist patch which I will also discuss.  Also this isn't to play homebrew, emulators, pirated content etc... this is just to play official commercial content.

So first up there is a few things you need which include:

QCMA - https://codestation.github.io/qcma/

PSVimgTools Frontend - https://bitbucket.org/SilicaAndPina/psvimgtools-frontend/downloads/

USING QCMA

Now we begin with the first step.  First up go and open QCMA and then when the icon pops up in the taskbar right click on it and go to Settings.



When that pops up change the settings to what you see exactly in this screenshot.



BACKING UP YOUR PSTV

Next up you're going to want to go to your PSTV but first take out the memory card and then head to Content Manager.  From there scroll down to Backup.  Now if you have QCMA setup properly your PSTV should connect to your PC fine if not try and re-register your PC.  Now all you want to do is press the back up button under Backup Utility as seen in this screenshot.

Now that you have done that it should be quite a small file about 2mb's and of course it didn't take to long.  If you had a memory card in there it would have taken longer and may become an issue in the near future.

USING PSVIMGTOOLS FRONTEND

Alright so now we head on down to psvimgtool frontend.  Open it up and wait for the gui to pop up and click on Easy Installers as seen in this screenshot.



Once you have done that you have a new window select the Whitelister (white list hack).


Next select your PSN nickname (image not shown) and then the backup from your PSTV as seen in the screenshot below.  Yours maybe a different name but if you get lost follow the first 8 numbers example  year 2019- month 03- day 20. 

Click Patch whitelist and it will begin to install and a prompt should come up when its completed.  Once completed make sure the memory card is still not in the PSTV. 

RESTORING PSTV WITH WHITELIST HACK

Now head on back to the PSTV and go to Content Manager, Copy Content and click Restore under the Backup Utility. As seen in the screenshot above when we discussed backing up your PSTV.

Now the restore shouldn't take to long and you'll be prompted to keep the backup and I would keep it for future use for updating games and apps. Right after you've done that then turn off your PSTV.  Once you have turned off your PSTV pop back in the memory card.  Now you should be back at your main menu and now you can test out any PS Vita game and see if it runs.  It should work fine if you did all of the above do note this may or may not work for PSP and PSone games.

UNINSTALLING PSIMGTOOLS FRONTEND

If you're having problems with the psimgtool frontend uninstall it then go to C:\Users\YOURNAME\AppData\Roaming and find psimgtools-frontend folder and delete it.  Reinstall it and make a new backup with your PSTV and follow the guide for psimgtools frontend.

UPDATING AND INSTALLING DLC

Also note that by doing this you will not be able to update or install DLC for your games but there is a fix for that and again its quite simple.  Power off your PSTV take out the memory card after hold the power button until you get to Safe Mode.  Next click on 2. Rebuild Database.  This will completely remove the whitelist hack.  Power off put the memory card back in and by doing this you will now be able to update your games and install DLC.  


After doing this you will want to reinstall the whitelist.  Remember how I said you may want to reinstall the backup?  First turn off your PSTV take the memory card out. Next head on back to Content Manager, Copy Content, Backup Utility and then click Restore.  After restoring once again keep the backup.  Turn off the PSTV again stick the memory card back in and now you can go back to the main menu and use your PS Vita games and apps.

FINAL WORDS

I have done this and I am now able to use Netflix and Wipeout 2048 after fully updating them as seen in the screenshots below.  I hope this guide was helpful to you cause I was extremely happy when I was able to do this and play all my games that I purchased.  Also don't worry about losing your backup just make a new one and run psimgtools again.  Remember if psimgtools doesn't work then follow the step on uninstalling it.  If you have an extra PSTV without the whitelist hack or a PS Vita you can patch your apps that way without having to reinstall the backup.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

0x80070005 Microsoft Store Apps Fix (Win10)


I'm gathering you're here cause you got the error above seen in the screenshot.  Of course with Windows 8 - 10 you probably have come across a few issues involving the Microsoft Store.  I gotta fix for the 0x80070005 error now this may or may not work and this may work with other errors as well.

Remember that in doing this you're responsible for the actions you take.  I will not be held accountable if this messes up your system.

First off your going to want to download an app called Wise Force Deleter which is available here:
https://www.wisecleaner.com/wise-force-deleter.html

Install and run.  After that you want to grab the folders for the certain app that is broken with in Wise Force Deleter.  For me it was the Movies and TV app so it would be under Microsoft.ZuneVideo available at C:\Program Files\WindowsApps.  So if you're having issues with the music app it might be Microsoft.ZuneMusic.  Not sure what other apps might be under but you can do a search on Google to relate your app to one of the folders.

Also make sure you select the right folders or you might mess this up but if you did it may work after the upgrade process.

Anyways if you see more then one folder attached to your app delete them.  Example being Microsoft.ZuneVideo has 4 folders.  So make sure you collect all four folders.  A pop up will come up asking you if you want to delete all sub folders and unlock and delete click yes.  Once you have selected the folders you want to delete click "Unlock & Delete".

Once done the folders should have disappeared. Now for the next step and this will take awhile depending on your hardware and your internet connection.  Download Media Creation Tool from the second link at the following link: https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/software-download/windows10.  The second link will be the "Download tool now" button.

After that open the Media Creation Tool that you downloaded.  It will start collecting data for an upgrade.  After that click the upgrade button and head on to upgrading your Windows 10 operating system by clicking next.  Once complete go back to the Microsoft Store app and search for the app that was broken and click install.  Once you have done this the app should now go and install and be able to run again.

For me it was the Movies and TV app and as you can see from the screenshot that I took after fixing its running again.



Friday, March 15, 2019

Mario Paint Mouse Cursor (WIN)


Well Mario Day has come and passed.  Today I decided to mess around with mouse pointers for Windows.  I tried to find one for Mario Paint and I couldn't exactly find the perfect one.  So I decided to use the one Nintendo made and make it into a mouse pointer for Windows.  Do note that this mouse pointer I did not make its Nintendo's official pointer I just cropped it and turned it into a pointer for Windows.  This may work for all versions of Windows at least I know Vista, 7, 8.1 and 10 will work.

To use it go to settings select devices then select mouse.  On the far right of the screen you'll see "additional mouse options".  Click that and go to the pointers tab and then browse to where you downloaded your pointer and select it.  Apply and done you now have the Mario Paint pointer.

If you're at all interested in downloading it check out the link below.

https://goo.gl/32r52s

For all things related to Nintendo visit: www.nintendo.com

Friday, March 1, 2019

Actua Soccer 3 fix (Win 10)



Well I purchased this game sometime ago and couldn't get it to work on my system cause it wasn't compatible with Windows 7 and up.  Well the game may of worked out of the box for x86 systems but it wouldn't with x64.  The funny part of that is the game was released on Steam when x64 systems were approved more dominant.  So why would they release it?  Well i'm not hear to answer that question and you can't get the game on Steam anymore anyways but I'm here to give you a fix that will get the game running on x64 systems.

Now of course there is a fix some where on the web unfortunately this doesn't solve a big problem with the game and that is the audio issue.  For some reason the game doesn't have any audio.  Well we will fix that but first we want to get the game running.

Just remember even using these fixes you'll have to ignore the following error and just click retry or use the keyboard click left and press enter.  It doesn't matter either way the game will load.


So first step download dgvoodoo2 from http://dege.freeweb.hu/dgVoodoo2/dgVoodoo2.html you could use nGlide if you wish it may or may not look better. If you also want to use 3Dfx just download nGlide from the following link: http://www.zeus-software.com/downloads/nglide and follow the setup its pretty simple. 

So lets get dgvoodoo2 in the folder by opening the compressed .zip file and drag the files from the MS folder to the root of where the game is installed.  After that grab the dgvoodoo2.cfg and dgvoodooCPL.exe file and drag that into the root of the game folder as well.

If you also want to use 3Dfx just download nGlide from the following link: http://www.zeus-software.com/downloads/nglide and follow the setup its pretty simple.

After you have dgvoodoo2 installed it should look like this:


Next up check mark the following as seen in the screenshots and ignore Glide cause if you have nGlide installed it won't need to be used and you're using the DirectX files from dgvoodoo2 anyways.



(NOTE: You don't have to use the scaling mode to stretch if you don't want to and can be set to anything you want.  You also don't need to Force Anisotropic or Antialasing if you don't want to your system should be pretty powerful in this day and age but if you don't want to you can leave it disabled.)


Now once we have that setup load the game and see if it works.  It should load without any issues.  Next were going to want to setup the graphics to make the game look beautiful.  This part here you can either select 3Dfx or DirectX.  Lets go to screen properties in seen in the screenshots below you select any resolution you want.  If you're using DirectX make sure to select anything under D3D 1 and if you're using 3DFX Glide then select that.  For DirectX you'll be able to select 1920x1080p from the menu.  For 3DFX you can force your resolution with nGlide as seen in the 3rd screenshot below and the game will force to 1920x1080 even if you selected 3DFX GLIDE 1024x768 or other resolutions.

                            

                           


Now that you have set that up you pretty much have the game running and you can next up go straight to the game.... oh wait there is one more problem and that is the audio which I explained at the beginning.  Yes next up were going to fix up your audio.  For some reason the game automatically selects a different sound device and you don't hear it through the default sound device.  So we'll have to disable all sound devices except the one you want to use for the game.  Just right click on every device you want to disable and click disable.  So you'll see what I mean in the screenshot below however mine may look different then your setup.  



If its to hard for you to understand right click on the device you want to use and click test.  If you hear the sound that isn't the device to disable.   Again make sure all the devices but the main sound device is set to disable.

Alright well now we want to load the game no more setups lets get straight to it.  Now that you get to the game you can enjoy the beautiful graphics and of course the sound.  The game may not have the video but that is fine the game will load and play fine the video isn't needed for the game I believe its just an intro anyways.



Thursday, February 28, 2019

Saito Games Fixes Update (Win 10)



First off if you haven't heard of Saito Games yet please check out www.saitogames.com they have some great games to check out.  Now that you have purchased your games you'll probably see a problem right away.  Instead of the game playing in fullscreen you see it in a window like the screenshot below.


To fix this you must have Windows Application Compatibility Toolkit you can get right here: https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=2026036.  Make sure to check mark only the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) and ignore the rest.  Click next until the software is completely installed.

Next find Windows Kits from the start button and open the 32bit version of the application compatibility toolkit.  After that right click New Database under Custom Database and select "Create New, Application Fix".  The next part you can do on your own make a file name for the game and the author of the title click next.  Next you'll see compatibility mode at the top of the window just click next until you see compatibility fixes in the same area.  In this window select "force display mode" and "force simple window".  Click next until you see you the "final" button below. 

Next you'll be at the program window just click "save" it has a floppy disk icon at the top.  Next click "file" and then "install".  Now the game should have the fixes installed and you'll see the game run in fullscreen like in the screenshot below ignore the framerate in the upper left.


Now next up is fixing the framerate of Hopmon and Mage Bros.  All of the games available on the site are pretty old titles and were meant to be run on older systems.  So the issues with some games is slow game play do to low framerate issues.  Now thankfully there is a fix for that and pretty much the update to this overall fix.  So if you find your game running slow all you have to do is install dgvoodoo2.  Grab dgvoodoo 2 from http://dege.freeweb.hu/dgVoodoo2/dgVoodoo2.html and install the latest version.

Next up open the compressed file its located in and drag the files from the "MS" folder to the root of the game that needs the fix.  Then in the root of that zip grab the dgvoodoo.cfg and the dgvoodooCPL.exe and again put it in the root of the game.  It should look like this:


Next up open the program and select the following features (Note: selecting 1920x1080 may not do anything but select it anyway cause it doesn't hurt)


Next select the DirectX tab cause we won't be using Glide.

                                   

Apply and done.

Next up is a screenshot of before using dgvoodoo2 the framerate is really slow as seen in the upper right its about 12.  It stays like that until you use the dgvoodoo2 fix.  

                           

So with the dgvoodoo2 fix you can see the game now playing at a proper more playable framerate as seen in the upper right its at 60.


Well there you go your favorite games from Saito Games are now fully playable on Windows 10 and this may work with other versions of Windows as well.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Fences and Dgvoodoo2 fix



In this fix I show you how to disable the desktop auto layout and sorting.  The reason why we want to do this is so we can play older games in higher resolution.  From what I see is dgvoodoo2 can force a game to 1920x1080p.  But when double clicking the game it looks like it will start at 640x480 or other resolution and quickly change to the 1920x1080p resolution.  When this happens Fences made by Stardock will quickly auto layout and sort the desktop making your game go into a window mode or crash and go to the desktop.

This fix is really easy.  All you want to do is right click on a blank space on the desktop and go to configure Fences.  On the left hand side go to layout and sorting.  Change the setting to "Don't preserve my desktop layout".  By doing this your game should play through fine without any further issues. 



Now I made a video for Stardock support not knowing how to solve the issue.  Before doing this I had to disable Fences and the game would run fine.  So in the video it will show you what happens. 

Even though its for disabling fences the video here would show it works with choosing the "Don't preserve my desktop layout".




Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Sega GT Update Fix (Windows 10)



I have decided to update this game with an amazing fix.  The last fix I did I found it worked but it didn't last to long.  This one here I so far have seen works to its full potential. 

So lets get started!

Now the last time I said you have to install it directly to the root of the C: drive.  Well we are going to do that but we have to make sure there is no subdirectory.  So you'll want to install into the follow drive/folder which is "C:\Sega GT".  That is it for that and the game should run and may have sound but you may also want to get this game running at a better resolution and perhaps that is 1920x1080p or if you have a 4k tv then a higher resolution.

So next up were going to want to install dgvoodoo2 to the Sega GT root directory.  You can download dgvoodoo2 from https://goo.gl/Tg392C.  Download the latest version which I believe is 2.55.4 older and newer versions will probably work as well.

So next up were going to setup dgvoodoo2 with Sega GT it should automatically be set to the Sega GT directory but if not follow the direction from the screenshot below.


Alright next up change all the settings as seen in this screenshot below.

First the General Tab

Next up were going straight to the DirectX tab ignore the Glide one cause were not using 3Dfx with the game.


That should be it for that.  Now next up we want to make sure the game runs to its full compatibility.  So we need to right click on SegaGT.exe and go to properties.   From there we click the compatibility tab and run this program in compatibility mode for Windows 98 / Windows Me.

Alright the next step is definitely up to you I believe the game runs at 30fps and there is no way to change that without doing anything trickery.  Of course I have the trick available for you right here.  

Before doing this make sure you make a back up of the original SegaGT.exe file if you don't know what you're doing you may damage the game. 

The following information comes from PCGamingWiki where you can find fixes for many games.   https://pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/Sega_GT
(This may not work for you so go to my hex edit below the screenshot and it may help you better)


Here is my hex edit for the SegaGT.exe file cause the one above didn't work for me and looked slightly different.  So if yours looks like mine then it should work for you.

Open your Hex editor and change the following:

Look for the following offsets 

A5F00 change 01 to 00
89220 change 4D01 to A600
89250 change 4D01 to A600
897B0 change 4D01 to A600

Look for hexadecimal change 0000F041 to 00007042.  Keep searching for 0000F041 and change them all to 00007042 until there is nothing left.  Save and exit.

That is all the game should now run with Sound and all the Videos which are just two intro videos.  With this hack there is only one issue and its kind of minor.  The menu's will look rather ugly however you'll be in there doing some setup and that and its completely functional.  The game however looks really good in 1920x1080p it will probably look even better on a 4k tv if of course you're a fan of them.

Now how about some screenshots:

















Sunday, January 20, 2019

Glover short vid (Windows 10)


I usually have a fix for games and today I was able to fix Glover for Windows 10.  Piko Interactive in the future may re-release this game.  I had used patches by Andy (Skychase) https://skychase.zone/gloveres/pcfix.html.  I had to use the original glover.exe file and do some other fixes to get it to run.  There maybe a new patch in the future that will totally solve the problems this game has.  For now its at least playable.