Installing NWN2

When installing NWN2 today, I discovered, it’s best to do so from my GOG copy. The alternative would be to use one of my DVD sources, however the GOG copy comes with the extra games and most importantly the patches downloaded. The patch server has gone and so installing from disk does not work so well, by which I mean the game cannot be patched.

Some mods are best installed before a game starts, see Zhjaeve Unveiled.

ACER V5

Another W8 machine,

This time an ACER V5, which I bought from Curry’s/PC World.

The battery comes detached. You need to attach and charge it. The battery release is a slider, not needed for inserting the battery and will need a lever if you need to remove it.

I was promised no anti-virus but they lied, it comes with McAfee.

Setup

It installs from WiFi although it needs Internet to install, and I am unsure how to install without opening a Microsoft passport account. This is now, it seems usual, but remains an outrage, why should I have to login to Microsoft’s portal when I want to use my laptop. It seems this is a ‘setup’ requirement, user accounts can be made local.

Extra Apps

I have installed Firefox, AVG and Libre Office.

Recovery Device

I am making a recovery USB, which I was told needs 32 Gb but the display panels state needs only 16 Gb. I was advised that this takes hours, after about 13 I gave up on it, and googled for the error. Why is this, an article called “USB factory default backup fails to create in Windows 8” so hidden? Also since I bought it two days ago, and it seems to have W8.1 is this the right thing? The recovery disk failure is a Windows Bug, it would seem I need to upgrade to W8.1; it comes with W8, so needs to run a Windows Update, should have done this first!

ooOOOoo

I need to reconfigure the User to use a local login.

I need to check if it has updated to  W8.1

I liked it so much I got my work to buy one for me.

This came with W8.1 but I still had to make a recovery ‘disk’ which i did on a USB, and this was on a 16GB USB drive.

I wanted to install an SSD. I cloned the current HDD using the EaseUS ToDo Backup.

Acer do not recommend this and state it will void the warranty. In order to do this, one has to remove the keyboard. This is not well documented on the web, this comment by VBTech on this page at acer’s community page is about as good as it gets.

  1. Remove the Battery
  2. Undo all screws
  3. The keyboard is clipped to the base and attached by three cables. Ease the keyboard loose, starting from the back corners, manipulating the screen so that it is horizontal with the base helps ease the inner hinge covers loose.
  4. Ease the keyboard free carefully releasing the three ribbon cables from the base. You are advised to use something soft, like a guitar plectrum, once done, fingers and nails are good enough.
  5. The disk is in the bottom right hand side of the laptop. It beneath the USB ribbon cable and in a cradle. The cradle is screwed to the base and to the disk.It needs to be slide off the standard bayonet fittings after being disconnected from the base.
  6. To swap the disk you need to release the screws attaching the disk to the cradle.
  7. To put it together, reverse the order, insert the disk, reattach the ribbon cables, snap the keyboard into position, screw the base back on to the top.

The following links acted as further clues,

Loosen the Keyboard from the back corners,

acer-keyboardoff

 

 

Nullsoft Scriptable Install System

The Nullsoft Scriptable Install System is an installer tool. I used it for my Perils of Branwen mod

Meta

These notes were written at the time I published my Perils of Branwen mod. It’s been lying around my home network systems for a while and I want to publish it so that others can use it, it is no longer held only on my disk systems, and to say thank you to those who helped me. It was written as a blog, and so the tense construction and chattiness reads oddly four years later. Hope its useful. This was copied accross to this wiki in JUne 2013. Continue reading “Nullsoft Scriptable Install System”

Installing WINE from source

At the backend of 2009, I started experiments with WINE on MacOS. I documented my findings at my WINE page on this site. In March 2010, I returned to the project having been advised to use the Macports installation of WINE, instead of building from source. This page documents how I built from source code, and how I installed winetricks. I have moved some of the comments here, from my WINE page, which I now use to capture my experiments with MacPorts & Porticus. Continue reading “Installing WINE from source”

Snipsnap & Ubuntu

Install Snipsnap

I decided to test an install of Snipsnap on my favourite Linux. I am using Ubuntu 9.0

  1. Download the tar from http://snipsnap.org/space/snipsnap-download1.
  2. Make a user, with a home directory,
  3. Unpack the tar contents into the home directory
  4. Install Java 5 both JRE and JDK, use synaptic, now you have to go to the Oracle old distros page
  5. Get and unpack my utilities into $HOME/bin, this needs to be uploaded here
  6. Create a ./mkenv script that sets JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java-1.5.0-sun <- Ubuntu specific, I think snipsnap needs Java 1.5, I should test 6 on Ubuntu again but I have failed this test once

The login script is currently set to /bin/false. Lets see if we can build a snipsnap instance, I need to

  1. Run run.sh
  2. Fix the apache conf file to redirect the port.
  3. Test the utilities, I know that snipsnapmgr.sh will need some tarting about.

I had to change the login shell from /bin/false, couldn’t get programs to run as the snipsnap admin user. I should have another look at this. Need to version control snipsnap manager.

Installing the rc files

I have an rc script, but most stuff I insert has post install triggers, and since I am not using a package to do this, I need to work out how to install the scripts into the rc directories. I have not done this for Ubuntu before. The following links are/maybe useful

The program update-rc.d does the job.

ooOOOoo

Mirror

I created a mirror for my critical snipsnap files here…

My package copies are hosted here

Contributions

I decided to upload the current copy of my utilities for managing snipsnap; it should make bring it online easier

  •  snipsnap-scripts-dfl20100822.tar.gz 8Kb ….. Download…

Meta

I checked in July 2010, as I was looking at porting my Snipsnap due to the Qube’s final failure and found that my archives were corrupt, and the snipsnap.org had gone. Leo has promised to restore it. I have uploaded a .tar. I’ll compress it and reload the .tgz later today. The .tar is 22 Mb so I obviously didn’t get it right when I uploaded the two files in March 2009. Bit Torrent will have to wait until I have a new web server and then only if I can find some other (people’s) servers to act as peers. 29 Jul 2010.

I have had the subversion pages pointed out to me and uploaded the HTMLMacro page. This page now points at the original source as well as hosting my tarballs and now HTML Macro, which is the only user contributed code I currently use. 7th July 2009

Comments and size amended, comments about the original locations added. I should add HTMLMacro.jar to this page as well. 24 March 2009

I went back today and still can’t find it. So I have uploaded a .tgz file I had lying around and I am adding a share this button on this page. I haven’t a clue why the sizes are so different, if you’re lucky I’ll investigate and document it. I might also upload .torrent file when I work out how. For now, I’d recommend the larger file. 20 Mar 2009.

The Ubuntu forums were hacked earlier this week, and are currently unavailable. 26 July 2013

I copied part of my static snipsnap mirror to this page, when I created it from the roginal on the snipsnap bliki in July 2013. 26 July 2013