Category Archives: Technology Tutorials


Steam: Games Installed on Secondary Hard drive Not Found (Games Suddenly Uninstalled?! Steam can’t locate installs?!)

Now the other day I was going to play some Sanctum 2 with Alex and for some reason Steam decided that none of the games I had installed on my secondary D:\ drive were installed anymore. The game names were completely grayed out in Steam, yet I could verify the games had been installed by navigating to my D:\ drive using Windows Explorer. So what gives? Thankfully, this is a very easy fix! Basically, Steam has forgotten where these games are installed, so we just need to add a Steam Library folder entry into settings to remind it.  (more…)

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How to Use Wolfcam to Watch Quake Live Demos and Record Quake Live VODs

After recording like a billion VODs for Quake Live, I thought I’d write a quick little tutorial on how to record your own Quake Live VODs! It’s fairly easy and you can do it with nothing more than the computer you already own. Assuming it’s not a piece of crap, of course.

Watching Quake Live Demos on Wolfcam

You’ll need a couple things:

  1. The actual demo files you want to watch. 
  2. Software to actually view the Quake Live demo file(s) (Wolfcam is the program we use for all of our VODs and our amateur shoutcasts).  (more…)
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How to Fix Lag in Metro Last Light on AMD/Radeon Video Cards (ie. Radeon HD 7970)

After writing a lagview of Metro 2033, reading the book, and recording a let’s play, I was pretty excited to finally get a chance to sit down and play through Metro Last Light. However, the game had a different idea. The game would run silky smooth one moment, and then lag atrociously the next. And I mean… just unplayable. I did some research and it appeared to be related to the fact I have an AMD video card. So I did the usual things, played with the settings, installed new drivers, etc. Nothing worked. So, I read a bunch of forums and started looking a little deeper. And, actually, I think I’ve fixed it. And the solution is pretty damn simple! I hope that it’s this simple for others as well, which is why I’m posting it. It seems to have worked for a few people so hopefully it works for you too! And if not, well… sorry. :(


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Linux: Getting Rid of “Steam needs to be online to update, but was set to offline mode”

For the OS X fix, click here.

For the Windows 7 fix, click here.

There are two methods for going about fixing this issue in Linux: the CLI method, and the GUI method. The CLI method is quick and direct while the GUI method is for less “advanced” users. Click the screenshots below to enlarge them!


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Windows 7: Getting Rid of “Steam needs to be online to update, but was set to offline mode”

Click here for a Mac OS X fix.

Click here for a Linux fix.

This problem, while originally predominately for Mac OS X, seems to be occurring a lot more on computers running Windows 7.

Update: Thanks to Uroboch and Ken in the comments for verifying that this procedure does in fact work! :D

Disclaimer: This procedure involves using regedit.exe to edit your steam registry files. There’s a bit of a taboo against doing stuff like this, so I just want to state that if you screw something up it’s your fault, not mine. You take responsibility if you mess something up, it’s your risk. :P

I’ve written this out in a very basic way so hopefully even a more “novice” user can follow these steps. If you know what you’re doing with regedit, all you want to do is navigate to Steam and change the Offline value to 0 instead of 1. That’s basically the plan in a nutshell. (more…)

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How to fix – Error: copying SteamNew.exe to Steam.exe

Alot of Windows 7 Ultimate users might have noticed that after steams latest update of July 31st, 2012. Their steam will no longer open and just give an error as shown below.

After looking online, I found a bunch of solutions. Many included Deleting steam.exe, renaming SteamNew.exe to Steam.exe, running in safe mode, running as administrator, doing a hand stand before the error pops up.

None of these worked for me, however i did find a little bundle of files on the steam forums posted by dye464. Just copy the files in the 7zip file to your steam directory and fire it on up. Worked for me first try.

Good Luck, and credit goes where credit is due. Thanks dye464

Download Steamupdatefix

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Mac OS X: Getting Rid of “Steam needs to be online to update, but was set to offline mode”

If you’re looking for a fix for this problem for Windows 7, try clicking here.

If you’re looking for a Linux fix for this problem, click here!

Now with a video! Look at the bottom of this post!

I was going to take my laptop somewhere without internet access and so I thought I’d try sticking Steam into offline mode to see if I’d be able to access my games all right. I then spent about 30 minutes figuring out why the hell all Steam would do afterwards was spit out the error: “Steam needs to be online to update, but was set to offline mode”. How the heck am I supposed to set it to online mode if it won’t freaking open? After a lot of Googling, here’s what worked for me: (more…)

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Getting an Android SD Card Image to work on Mac OS X

When I began experimenting with Android development one of the first hurdles I encountered was trying to get the emulator to recognize a fake sd card so that I could reference it in the emulator. There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of resources out there for doing this on Mac OS X (at least that I could find, but usually I can’t find anything on the internet so what do I know?), so after finally figuring it out with the help of a few different websites, I thought I’d post it here for any one else struggling and also for my own reference in case I ever need to do it again! I’ll keep the steps as simple as possible after the initial step (getting Eclipse installed and all that jazz). Basically, we just want to create an .iso file and get Eclipse to recognize that it exists: (more…)

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Does your Lenovo Ideapad U400 run hot under Ubuntu 11.10 or 12.04? (And switch-able graphics info)

Update (2012-04-26): I have confirmed that the steps listed here still work in version 12.04.

It turns out the excessive heat and constant fan on my Ideapad U400 was being caused by the switchable graphics, which so far have proven themselves to be more effort than their worth. The situation isn’t even that much better under Windows, not being able to play more graphically intensive OpenGL games like Minecraft (yes, I just that about Minecraft). Maybe the Nvidia cards are better off, but next time I won’t take that chance and just get a laptop without any kind of switchable graphics if I can.

I haven’t yet figured out how to get AMD card working at all under Linux, so if that’s what your looking for, sorry (update! I did get it working finally, see below). The integrated card has worked surprisingly well for me though, so long as I stick to graphically simpler games. Minecraft even works well enough with it, maybe even better than it ran with the integrated card in Windows.

This article might also apply to other laptops with switchable AMD graphics that are running Ubuntu 11.10 (and anything based on Ubuntu). So if you have a laptop like that which you want to run cooler, keep reading.


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Wireless and Ubuntu Linux on the Lenovo Ideapad U400

Update (2012-04-26): On a new install of Ubuntu 12.04 I was able to connect to my wireless network without any additional configuration.

After lots of time fighting to get my wireless going for my U400 in Ubuntu 11.10 (more specifically, Kubuntu 11.10), here’s what I’ve learned. (This may also apply to the U300 & U300s)


Before installing Ubuntu, make sure that the wireless is working under Windows, specifically that the hardware switch (Fn + F7) is set to on. If it’s set to off, you’ll be forced to reinstall Windows to do it – apparently there’s currently no way this can be done within Linux on this laptop.


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