Thursday, November 16, 2006

X11 on Tiger

I’ve been getting a lot of comments on my Darwine How To about how to install X11. I think the big problem, is that some people are installing the X11 SDK and not X11 itself. Well instead of me writing it up, check this out for instructions.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Potential Fix for Halo Connection Problems

I used to always have problems connecting to other people on Halo. I could connect fine to Matchmaking games by myself, but I very rarely could join Tom or anyone else on Adelphia. If either of us tried to connect to the other person’s party, we’d see the same error message:

You aren’t able to join this party because we’re having network problems. Sorry about that.

I used to see that phrase in my nightmares. Microsoft even has a KB article on it. Last week, through my endless scouring of the net, I finally found the solution. I’d give credit where credit is due, but I can’t find the forum posting that I found this on (if I do, I’ll add it here), but here is the simple quick solution:

Turn off UPnP on your router.

That’s it. For my Linksys WRT54G router, UPnP is on the Administration tab, and since I turned it off, I have been able to connect without any problems. In case you’re curious UPnP is “used by certain programs to automatically open ports for communication.” (According to my router’s help). I haven’t had any problems with anything since I set it up, so I would say it isn’t too important.

Edit (06-26-06): After I moved, the problems came back. Making my XBox the DMZ host and turning off UPnP seems to have worked…for now.

Edit (11-03-07): I no longer care about this. Halo 3 fixed whatever the issue was, and I doubt I'll be playing much Halo 2 on Live anymore :)

Friday, May 26, 2006

Darwine on an Intel Mac

I wrote this a while ago, and since stopped playing with Darwine. If you are looking for help with Darwine, look here:

Here's my original post:

If you don't have an Intel Mac, this won't work. Period.

Since I've been all about Darwine lately, and I had a request for help, here's a quick how to for getting set up with Darwine. Keep in mind you need an Intel Mac for this.

  1. Install X11. It's located on your Tiger install DVD. If you're not running Tiger, you should stop here because you don't have an Intel Mac.
  2. Download the latest version of Darwine from Make sure you grab the x86 version. You probably could use the Universal too, but I haven't tried that.
  3. Open the disk image you just downloaded, and copy the entire Darwine folder to Applications.
  4. Go to Applications and open the Darwine folder, then open the WineHelper application.
  5. Go to the WineHelper menu, and pick "Configure Wine". It might look frozen up for a bit, but let it do its thing. Once it loads up, you don't have to do anything except click "Save". This is where I messed up first, and if you don't do this step, it just doesn't work. Close the window after hitting "Save".
  6. Back in the Applications/Darwine folder, open the Sample WinLib Applications, and then open winemine.exe.
  7. Play some Minesweeper.
  8. If that worked, you should be able to open any exe with Darwine. Keep in mind, most everything won't run, but you can at least try to open it.

For a list of known compatible applications, check the Darwine Compatibility Wiki.

That being said, keep in mind that if you happen to find something that runs in Darwine, consider yourself lucky. It is seriously limited, and should just be viewed as something just to play with. Don't blame me or the Darwine developers if this completely destroys your system. Have fun. Anything I missed, or anything you want more help on, add it to the comments.