Saturday 17 December 2011

Modern Warfare - error after v1.40 update

Fired up my copy of Modern Warfare the other day as I'd started to get bored with all the nonsense of MW3/MW2 and I fancied getting my gold shotgun out again.

Anyway, had to download the latest update to v1.40 and once the update had completed, I was met with the following screen where it asked me a question without actually stating exactly WHAT the question was:

I could move between Yes and No but pressing the X button on the PS3 controller had no effect whatsoever. I made contact with Activision who admitted there was a problem and they were working on it.

Thursday 3 November 2011

AVAST - my preferred choice of anti-virus program

Download the latest and greatest version of Avast here:


It's quite a bit faster than AVG and less of a memory hog. Sorry AVG, but you've had your day.

Wednesday 20 July 2011

Regback process on Windows Vista - slow

Open a cmd prompt box (right-click and Run as Administrator)

Navigate to the following folder:


Delete any files names regxxxx - where xxxx is some arbitrary number.

Friday 10 June 2011

PlayStation Network - Welcome back offer

After the recent PSN hack fiasco, Sony have finally offered us gamers the option to download your choice of 2 free games from a selection.

This goes some way to recompense me for the fact that Sony have locked my account, saying that there were 5 PS3s connected to that account. When my old '60Gb fat launch version' borked for the last time, I took the option of purchasing a new 'slim' PS3. After connecting it up, and attempted to download all of my previously purchased content (DLC stuff like map packs for Call of Duty), I was met with an error message saying "5 PS3s connected to this account, unable to download". What a complete load of spherical objects. This is on a brand new PS3.

Anyway, on to the new free games situation. I simply hooked up my PS3 to all 5 of my PSN accounts, downloaded 2 games on one UID, then logged in to one of the other accounts, and hey presto, more free games.

On this occasion, Sony 0 - Johnnyboy 1   :-)

Wednesday 1 June 2011

Windows XP error

Just reinstalled XP after a new PC purchase and came across a problem:

Oh, how I laughed at the irony of Microsoft's DEP pulling the plug on Windows Update.


Monday 9 May 2011

Playstation Network outage (PSN)

The PSN went down on the 21st April, it is now the 9th May. I make that over 3 weeks ago...

What the blue blazes are you doing, Sony? Where's your commitment to all the loyal people like me who have invested literally thousands in your company's products?

In this day and age of SLAs and KPIs, Sony seem not to care about them one iota.

Get it fixed, soon.

Sunday 17 April 2011

Back in the day...

Born in the 60s or 70s? Read on...

According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were babies in the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s probably shouldn't have survived, because our baby cots were covered with brightly coloured lead-based paint which was regularly chewed and licked. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles or baby monitors or latches on cabinets, and it was fine to play with pans and cardboard boxes.

 When we rode our bikes, we wore no helmets, just flip-flops and fluorescent 'spokey dokeys' on our wheels. If we rode in cars we had no seatbelts in the back, and riding in the boot was a real treat. We drank water from garden hoses and public fountains and it tasted just the same. We scrumped apples and ate blackberries without washing them first. Of course we ate chips and wham bars and drank full-fat milk, but were never overweight because we were always playing out. We shared one Lilt or Panda Shandy between four friends - from the same bottle or can - and no one died from it. We would spend several hours re-building go-carts, then go top speed down the hill, only to find out we'd forgotten the brakes. After running into a patch of stinging nettles a few times, we learned to solve the problem. We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back before it got dark. No one was able to reach us and no one minded.

 We looked out for the other kids on our street we knew who lived in each house, and not everybody was a paedophile. We didn't have televisions in our bedrooms and there were only three or four channels. Sometimes, the television just got switched off!!  When it rained we played cards, or built things from Lego, Meccano, papier maché, egg cartons and pasta shells. Sometimes we listened to the radio. There was no surround sound, no mobile phones, no personal computers, no DVDs, no Internet chat-rooms, or MSN. We had friends - we went outside and found them. We played penny-up-the-wall, football, manhunt and skipping. In the summer we had water-fights with kids we hardly knew and organised big games of football and rounders. Sometimes that ball really hurt. We fell off skateboards and out of trees. We double-dared each other and sometimes it didn't work out. We grazed knees and broke bones, but there were no law suits. We wore our scars with pride. We played Knock Down Ginger
and were actually afraid of the owners catching up with us. We were scared of the old lady who lived on the corner - not the other way round. The corner shop let the four of us in at the same time, and those pretend cigarettes are definitely not the reason some of us smoke as adults. We walked to friends' homes. If they lived quite far away, we borrowed our next-door-neighbour's bike. We also, believe it or not, walked to school; we didn't rely on Mummy to drive us to school as it was just round the corner. We made up games with sticks and punctured beachballs. We rode bikes in packs of seven and wore our coats by only the hood. The idea of a parent bailing us out if we had a run-in with the law was unheard of; their punishments were usually worse...

That generation produced some of the best risk-takers, problem-solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years have seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all. Not every one of us passed our exams at school, not everybody did well at everything, and not everyone had a gap-year. But it all turned out okay, and everybody learnt to cope with the hard bits. And you're one of them. Congratulations!

Sunday 9 January 2011

PS3 - YLOD and now fixed!

I had a bit of bad luck recently, what with my car accident and then my beloved PS3 died on me. Great, rang Sony and they refused to replace it. They offered me a 'refurb' unit at £130 and only 3 months warranty. See you later Sony.

Youtube revealed a series of YLOD fixes and most of them were based on the old trick 'turn power on whilst pressing the EJECT button on the BluRay drive'. No help to me with my launch 60Gb PS3.

One of the videos by a northern bloke called 'gilksy' pointed me in the direction of a possible fix. I took my PS3 round my mates house and performed the fix, which basically involved reflowing the solder on the board. It took us a couple of hours in total, and we did 20 seconds of 300C heat.

This didn't work.

3 days later, I tried again on my own - and used 40-45 seconds of 300C heat. Put it all back together and it WORKED!!!!

Very pleased with the result. The only difference to gilksy's procedure was that I used a drinks mug to support the BGAs when being heated from the underside.

What a total result! :-)