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  • BrainwreckedTech 8:00 pm on June 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , dfo, , , , neople, nexon, , plugins, , windows   

    Dungeon Fighter Online Won’t Launch After Re-Installing Windows 

    You know what I like about keeping my games on another drive?  Most of the time, you don’t have to re-install games to run them.  Steam is a great example, as running steam.exe directly on a fresh installation of Windows will prompt you that Steam isn’t setup and that it will re-launch itself to do so.

    Dungeon Fighter Online, however, does something funky. (More …)

  • BrainwreckedTech 10:56 am on June 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , compatibility settings, display scaling, dp, , , , vista, windows, , xp   

    Correcting Blurry Display Scaling Under High DPI Settings 

    Windows Vista Logo In pre-Vista Windows land, using a DPI setting higher than the default 96 was like inviting a clumsy person to stand next to your china cabinet.  Something was going to break, you just didn’t know what.  Thankfully it was usually something minor.  The most common defect that cropped up were programs that would size their text boxes and other elements by pixels.  Any programmer that gives two shits about their code knows not to do that.  But hey, this is Windows, the Easy Dev Land where All Are Welcome, so code quality is all over the place, even from sources that you would expect to know better.

    To address the issue, Microsoft introduced a flag in the application manifest called dpiAware.  If this flag is not set, Windows will render the application at 96 DPI and then bitmap-scale the entire window up to your specified DPI.  The place that this really sucks is in games, which really don’t need to be hampered by unnecessary scaling as it is.  Nonetheless, a game that doesn’t set dpiAware and tries to run inside a window at 640×480 will render at 960×720 when using a DPI of 144.  On a 1368×768 screen, that doesn’t leave much room.

    Chances are you’re using programs that all make an effort to be DPI-independent.  Some notable exceptions exist (Apple iTunes for Windows) but barring those exceptions, you may wish to completely forgo Display Scaling and leave it up to the application to worry about DPI.

    Step 1: Open regedit and navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Compatibility Assistant\Persisted and HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Layers.  Here you will find any Compatibility settings that you my have already set.  Feel free to clear out all the individual entries.  (You may wish to keep the ones under Layers that say ELEVATECREATEPROCESS as those are the ones that you or the programs themselves have set to run as an Administrator.)

    Step 2: Right-click the desktop, select Personalize at the bottom of the menu, then click on Display in the left-hand column in the window that appears, then click Set Custom DPI Size from the new options that appear in the left-hand column, then check the box that says Use XP Style DPI Scaling, then click OK, then click Apply.  Log off and then back in for the settings to be applied.

  • BrainwreckedTech 7:33 am on March 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , metro, , , windows, windows 8, windows ce, windows mobile, windows phone,   

    History Repeats Itself With Metro. 

    Windows 8 Logo There’s been a lot of vitriol over WP7 and Metro as of late.  And a lot of doom and gloom predictions to go along with that hate.  To plagiarize Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw a bit, the masses are totally totally right…almost.  The reason I agree, however, is a reason that I don’t see brought up often if at all — that shoe-horning an interface for one type of device onto another type of device is never guaranteed to work.

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  • BrainwreckedTech 8:15 am on April 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , shortcut, switch user, windows   

    HOWTO: Create A Shortcut To Switch Users In Windows XP/Vista/7 

    Windows Vista Logo Of the dizzying array of keyboard shortcuts that Microsoft has for the Logo Key, none of the include a way to switch users. While Logo+L comes close (locks the screen, which allows you to also switch users) you can cut out the extra step with a simple program.

    Duncan Smart created a simple C# program for those of us without Windows Business/Pro/Ultimate. Simply create a shortcut to this program and use the standard Windows way to assign a keyboard shortcut to it.

  • BrainwreckedTech 6:45 pm on April 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: defrag, disk, , , , windows   

    REVIEW: Smart Defrag 

    Smart Defrag Long story short: Don’t bother wasting your time.

    Smart Defrag claims to be fast and smart, but achieves neither. It had the longest analytical time of any defragging software I’ve ever come across. When it defrags, it doesn’t seem to do much of anything and then just ups and quits after a few hours. Worst of all, when you use the GUI to start Smart Defrag when you log in to Windows, it will set the option on the user account (which in my case was another account, not the one I was currently using) instead of setting it for all users.

    I wasted a day and a half hoping Smart Defrag would defrag my drives. It only succeeded in wasting more of my time than Windows’ built-in defragger.

  • BrainwreckedTech 12:17 pm on September 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , ide, installation, , sata, , windows,   

    BUG: Windows 7 Installer Won’t Install From IDE CD/DVD Drive, Asks For CD/DVD Driver. 

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    This is a known bug that I unknowingly escaped twice by installing the RC from a USB drive and upgrading to a SATA DVD drive a mere 4 months before Windows 7’s final release. The USB key thing was just something cool to do, and the DVD drive was replaced because something went wonky with the tray’s track, requiring a bent paper clip at all times.

    The best explanation I could find was over on Tom’s Hardware where, after much dickery, someone finally offered up a plausible cause: If your BIOS reports the SATA controller first, the Windows 7 installer won’t load an IDE ATAPI driver for optical drives. This would explain why some people can use an IDE drive and others can not.

    But I also noted something weird, and a definite way to tell if you’re about to get boned way before the installer starts loading. First is an obscenely long boot time. If you’ve never installed Windows 7, though, you won’t know what the wait time should be.

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  • BrainwreckedTech 2:15 am on August 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , junction point, , mozilla, nfs, , , server, , windows   

    HOWTO: Share Settings Between Windows And Linux 

    Windows and Linux Share a Server

    What You Need:

    • A running network, preferably Gigabit.
    • A computer to use as a file server, running Linux with Samba and NFS.
    • A computer to use as a desktop, running Linux and Windows Vista or 7.

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  • BrainwreckedTech 12:56 am on August 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , display, dpi, , , , , windows   

    Fix Firefox DPI Settings 

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    After moving my main desktop computer from its own setup on a computer monitor to the living room’s HDTV and bumping up Windows’ DPI setting so I could read text from across the room, I found Firefox did not quite behave correctly. While the Chrome interface scaled correctly, the web content did not. Quite oddly, it seem to stick at the original DPI setting until Windows’ DPI was set at 192 DPI (200%), at which point Firefox would finally double the size of the web content.

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    • Tim 10:21 pm on May 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, this worked for me. I’m using Abrowser 29.0 (derived from Firefox) on Trisquel 6.0.1 (derived from Ubuntu).

  • BrainwreckedTech 11:33 pm on August 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: dpms, , monitor, nircmd, , , vbetool, , windows, xset   

    Automatically Switch Between Monitor Inputs 

    We geeks are lazy. Manually switching between monitor inputs can be a pain if you have to navigate the monitor’s menu to do so. If you’re lucky enough to have a monitor with a dedicated input switch button, constantly switching between inputs is a good way to break that switch on a cheap monitor.

    Almost all monitors with multiple inputs will auto-switch to an input that has a signal if the current input’s signal goes away. This can be taken advantage of if you have the tools to force the monitor signal to turn off. Then switching inputs is easy.

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    • gary 6:32 pm on June 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      This doesn’t work at all for me, even though my monitor is set up for auto-scan/auto switch source. The monitor has an OSD where I can manually switch sources, and when I “put it to sleep” using nircmd, the monitor is paralyzed–I can’t even access the OSD unless I wake it by wiggling the mouse. So doing this is not the equivalent of yanking the cable, which WILL which switch the input source if the other computer is providing a signal.

    • BrainwreckedTech 11:34 am on June 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      This is interesting. Have you tried playing with the BIOS settings for the settings concerning monitor turn-off or power savings? I’m on vacation right now so the names might be off, but there’s usually a few like DPMS, V-Blank, Black Screen, and such. I can see auto-switch failing on the black screen method, but freezing the OSD might be indicative of using a power-off method that the monitor doesn’t really support.

      Could also be that your monitor has faulty auto-switch capabilities. The ideal is that the monitor would skip over any input that doesn’t have an active imaging signal. What it could be doing is counting any closed circuit as a signal. This is easy to test for: With two PCs on, turn one off without unplugging any cables. If a switch-over occurs, it might be a BIOS setting. If it does not, the auto-switch is cheap closed/open circuit detection.

    • Nura 10:49 am on August 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Works perfectly 🙂 Thanks.

      Just a additional query though. Do you know how the “nircmd.exe cmdwait 500 monitor off” can be tweaked such that one can switch off a chosen monitor when two monitors are connected to a machine :), like say for instance want to switch of the left monitor (which is identified as Display num 1 by windows) 🙂

      thanks again.


      • BrainwreckedTech 11:58 pm on August 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        The decision to turn monitors off is based on the lack of keyboard and mouse activity, and to monitor that efficiently requires lower-level access (monitoring port activity) that precludes monitor information.

        There is one semi-solution, though. Win+P will allow you to change multiple-monitor mode, including switching back to single-monitor mode.

        • BoseRoHS 7:25 am on January 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

          Though, how can you avoid the Win+P method? As Nura inquired… how is it possible to switch off the second monitor so that one can control and view the other computer connected to the other input?

          With dual monitors and Win+P the custom display (ie. tabs, desktop icons, etc) settings on the main computer will all revert to the main monitor.

          I’m using Microsoft Garage to control both PC’s via mouse and keyboard, but unable to control the second monitors input, unless I switch the physical switch on the monitor or an application like mControl from Entech (software is buggy and 21-day trial expired 2 days after install). So, now, I’m looking for an alternative.

          • BrainwreckedTech 7:57 pm on January 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

            The last hope would be Displayfusion, which claims to “Enable/disable monitors.” Sound more like “Disable Display” than “Put Display To Sleep,” though.

            Ncrmd, Ultrmon, EnTech, and Displayfusion are the only tricks I know of.

    • Handcrafter 6:53 pm on April 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Thank You for the Win+P tip. Waiting for the auto switch on my aoc monitor was frustrating…

    • Room 7:24 pm on August 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you,” nircmd.exe monitor off” works perfectly for me.

      This is my setup:

      I have two monitors with dual inputs, and two PC’s with dual inputs. Both PC’s are connected to each monitor so I can run dual screens on each PC.

      If both machines are ON at the same time, I wanted to switch to each machine in dual monitor mode seamlessly without having to fiddle around with the source button or OSD menu on each monitor.

      This command works a charm! Just create the shortcut with the command and double click. WAIT and both monitors will switch over to the other machine, when you want to switch back just double click on the shortcut on the other PC, WAIT and it will switch back! perfect just what I was looking for.

      I note, it’s very important that you WAIT, if you click or type during the switch over you’ll find one monitor will switch while the other one won’t. Just wait without touching anything and it will switch over.

      Also, both my monitors have AUTO source enabled, if yours doesn’t this might not work for you.

    • Thor Mengkheang 6:41 am on May 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      the windows one work perfectly but do you have a script for mac?

  • BrainwreckedTech 5:33 pm on June 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: extensions, file types, , registry, , windows   

    HOWTO: Fix Default Actions for File Types in Windows 

    Windows Vista LogoPROBLEM: You just installed your favorite image editing application (Photoshop, GIMP, etc.) and now the default action of Preview is replace with the default action of Open, which opens the image in said image editor. While Preview is still available, it can only be accessed with a right-click menu.

    REASON: The Windows registry is screwy in how it handles extensions, their descriptions, and available actions (verbs).

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    • Pam 2:14 pm on January 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      This is exactly what I am trying to do but I have windows 7 ultimate 64 bit and in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.jpg I don’t have a \(Default) key. I have \OpenWithList, \OpenWithProgids and \PersistentHandler. Do I need to change something in regedit or is this missing from Windows 7?

    • Pam 2:36 pm on January 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry–in my previous reply I said I didn’t have the /(Default), but what I really don’t have is the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.jpg\shell. Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit.

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