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Thursday, March 27, 2003

SDL Workaround

I also managed to isolate a problem between XFree86 4.3 and libSDL. When I play a game that uses SDL for graphics (such as UT2K3, Neverwinter Nights, LBreakout2) at a resolution other than my desktop resolution, the refresh rate on my monitor would get screwed up. In my case, the refresh rate is too slow. One person on the NWN forums even said that the bug caused the refresh rate to go too high for his monitor, which could damage it. At any rate, the solution is to use ctrl/alt/- to change your desktop resolution to that of the game you are playing. That way, there are no mode changes so the refresh rates don't get messed up. I posted about this on the libSDL list, so hopefully it can get fixed.

At first, some thought this was an NWN bug, but I found the same problem in UT2K3. I narrowed it down to SDL when I discovered that Quake III and Return to Castle Wolfenstein could change resolutions just fine.

WineX Workaround

I figured out a way to get Transgaming's WineX to work with Mandrake 9.1's glibc 2.3.1. I registered with Transgaming so I could get Jedi Knight II to work. Whenever I would try to run WineX a second time, it would complain that there was no such file or directory as ~/.transgaming/wineserver-skyron/socket. After testing a few things and perusing Transgaming's forums, I found that if I issue this command before I try to run WineX, it will work:

rm -rf ~/.transgaming/wineserver-skyron/

You will have to replace skyron with whatever your box's host name is. It's a pain, but at least it works. They are aware of the problem and are working on a fix. Crossover is trying to fix their plugin too, but they estimated it will take them over two months! I don't know what glibc 2.3 changed but it had BETTER be worth it since it breaks so much stuff.

Tuesday, March 25, 2003

Learning the Hard Way

I thought I was ever so clever getting the Mandrake 9.1 CDs early and installing them today. Yikes. I'm finding many problems brought on by the switch to glibc 2.3. A word to the wise: make sure your favorite apps work with it before you upgrade. Thankfully Red Hat, Slackware, and Debian users are all in the same boat, so this should be fixed relatively quickly.

The Master comments: Ahh, the joys of being on the cutting edge. I could tell some horror stories about the cutting edge from my work experience, but I'm not sure I want to relive those 5 months again.

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