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16  Assistance / Pardus for beginners / Re: cannot access repos after install, but do have internet connectivity on: October 10, 2008, 04:41:15 AM
It's not a problem with your install... the repo seems to be down atm.

btw... not gecko from .au is it?
17  General / Tips and tricks / Spore 1.0 on: October 09, 2008, 04:29:35 AM
I've built a wine 1.1.4 pisi with the spore patch applied, you can download it here: http://s3.lashni.net/wine-1.1.4-61.pisi

If you need the matching devel package for any reason (you won't for Spore), you can download it here: http://s3.lashni.net/wine-devel-1.1.4-61.pisi

Wine 1.1.5 is out atm but it's actually a lot harder to get Spore working in it than 1.1.4. This hint will probably be useless to people with ATI video cards, I've only tested it with an Nvidia card and I understand Spore is fairly broken under Wine with ATI.

* Remove existing wine/wine-devel packages
* Install the modified package
* Run Spore installer with wine
* Don't install download manager or directx
* When install is complete, change dir to ~/drive_c/Program Files/Electronic Arts/SPORE/Sporebin
* Backup SporeApp.exe and install a no-cd crack
* Run Spore and configure your settings as below.


On my rig (q6600, 2gig ram, nvidia 8500GT) Spore is fairly unplayable above 1024x768 resolution (especially for Space stage). Performance-wise you'll also want to set Lighting to the lowest possible setting and may need to disable Shadows if models are rendered black during creation stuff.

I've played this game for a few days with this package and the above settings, it was very playable with no graphical corruption and performance was good. It does tend to crash occassionally (every 5 hours or so) so I'd recommend saving your game regularly, this doesn't seem to be a Wine problem as similar crashes are reported for Windows users. I haven't yet tested this with the 1.01 patch recently released, I'll download that tonight and update the thread.

It's all fairly experimental so your mileage may vary, if you encounter problems I'd have a look at the Wine AppDB entry: http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=application&iId=8185

If you don't have enough space on your Pardus partition to install Spore, take the following steps:

* cd ~/.wine
* mv -v drive_c /mnt/partitionwithspace/somedir
* ln -s /mnt/partitionwithspace/somedir/drive_c

EDIT: I forgot to add, it can take a couple minutes for Spore to start up and it doesn't seem to return your desktop to the proper resolution after exiting.
18  Assistance / Pardus for beginners / Re: .ogm/.mkv DVD author and/or convertor. on: October 06, 2008, 05:32:02 AM
In regards to mkv files, I don't think you'll find a worthwhile application atm that does it an easy, click-convert sorta way. Simply because matroska is an extended container specially designed to support things that avi/mpg have problems with... so there's no one-size-fits-all way to convert them.

I'd read up on using mkvextract (part of mkvtoolnix package) to split the mkv into different streams, then ffmpeg to glue them back together into the format you want.
19  General / Wish list / Re: Remastering / Pardusman on: September 27, 2008, 02:56:42 AM
There was a thread I posted in recently with instructions on how to build the svn version of pardusman and the last release of it. It appears to have been deleted for some reason. I think miltonjohn2 was the thread originator, title was 'how to remaster Pardus-Install-CD' under General Topics. From what I remember he'd got it installed following my notes but was unable to get the program to build an iso.

I think this was the link when it existed: http://worldforum.pardus-linux.nl/index.php?topic=2181

Maybe milton deleted it as the thread originator or a moderator did for some unknown reason. Annoying.
20  General / Wish list / Remastering / Pardusman on: September 27, 2008, 02:19:09 AM
I grabbed remastersys and had a look, installing it is easy but it's not going to work as-is on Pardus. The script is extremely ubuntu-specific so I'd have to actually rewrite the whole thing to get it working. It's not designed to be portable across distros outside the debian family.

Sorry. :)
21  General / As seen on the internet / Re: new red dwarf eps for 2009.. on: September 26, 2008, 02:44:44 AM
Lisa... you haven't read HGTG! Stop playing with Pardus and go read it now. Smiley
22  General / Introduce yourself / Re: Hey from Australia on: September 26, 2008, 02:35:41 AM
Not a problem Terry.
23  General / Introduce yourself / Re: Hello from Roseville, Michigan on: September 26, 2008, 02:30:04 AM
We're not actually friendly or helpful, you're obviously just used to Debian mailing lists... Smiley
24  Assistance / Software / Re: [solved] is build-essential necessary if I install software manually on: September 26, 2008, 01:06:18 AM
It's probably a good idea to install cmake as well if you're doing a lot of building from source, quite a few packages these days have swapped to it... KDE4 most notably.
25  General / As seen on the internet / Re: new red dwarf eps for 2009.. on: September 26, 2008, 01:01:02 AM
I absolutely loved IT Crowd but there's something even better. Smiley I was looking up the actors from IT Crowd one day and the guys who play Moss, Richmond the Server Goth and Douglas Reynholm have been in a bunch of shows together.. the best of which is The Mighty Boosh. If you haven't seen it Phix it's so worth checking out.

26  General / As seen on the internet / Re: new red dwarf eps for 2009.. on: September 25, 2008, 18:36:50 PM
Ahh I couldn't begin to explain this show... Smiley Wikipedia will have to do it for me.

27  Assistance / Software / Re: [SOLVED] kruler ? on: September 25, 2008, 16:16:01 PM
It happens to all of us. Smiley
28  General / Wish list / Re: Picasa 2.7 for Linux Wish request on: September 25, 2008, 16:14:34 PM
Not a problem. Smiley
29  General / As seen on the internet / new red dwarf eps for 2009.. on: September 25, 2008, 11:11:16 AM
Completely OT for a linux forum but what the hell, I just saw this...


4 new red dwarf eps next year with the original cast. Love the dwarf.
30  Assistance / Software / Re: kruler ? on: September 25, 2008, 05:13:31 AM
I'm on 2008.1 and kde-graphics is installed by default, with kruler as part of it. The executable is /usr/kde/3.5/bin/kruler which should be in your path anyway. Is that file not present on your system?
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