[solved] uTorrent 1.8.3 doesn't install on Linux via Wine

µTorrent is told to run on Linux through Wine. Well – version 1.8.3 does not, at least not for me. I’m using Jaunty Jackalope (9.04, x86_64), and the installation process just stops after the last button press.
The installation window disappears but doesn’t actually crash. The log on the console ends with these lines:

fixme:wininet:InternetSetOptionW Option INTERNET_OPTION_SECURITY_FLAGS; STUB
fixme:heap:RtlCompactHeap (0x5d0000, 0x0) stub

Unfortunately I haven’t found the reason, why it’s not working. But after a while I’ve just tried an older version (1.8.2), and it instantly start working right after the installation. Continue reading “[solved] uTorrent 1.8.3 doesn't install on Linux via Wine”

New GoogleMaps not for Windows Mobile 2003

GoogleMaps version 3.0 and higher won’t install onto Windows Mobile 2003 any longer. And that’s a pity, since the old devices like e.g. the HTC magician is a good companion for cycling.
The statement, that it doesn’t work took me a while to figure out. If you download a new GoogleMaps version (as of now from e.g. Softpedia, C|NET or ZDNET, you will see a error message if you try to install this .CAB file onto your PDA running Windows Mobile 2003. But all of them claim, this version ( is meant to be for Windows Mobile 2003 also. Continue reading “New GoogleMaps not for Windows Mobile 2003”

Workaround buggy Mondo UI on Jaunty Jackalope (9.04)

Mondo is an excellent backup tool for Linux, which can do a backup of a running system and afterward perform disaster recovery, if your system should ever crash.
It is open source and is part of the Debian repository. In order to install it just perform a Continue reading “Workaround buggy Mondo UI on Jaunty Jackalope (9.04)”

Howto Map Mplayer Subtitle Commands on a Remote Control

I’ve been looking for a example where I could see, how subtitles for mplayer can be mapped on a remote control. But my search have been quite unsuccessful. Looking for lircrc, example, subtitles and mplayer didn’t return anything meaningful.

And if you build (check out) mplayer from source, there is a file called input.conf in the etc directory, where you can look up the mapping of the keyboard. At least I thought so. In the man page you can read: Continue reading “Howto Map Mplayer Subtitle Commands on a Remote Control”

TechniSat Skystar2 – The Final Solution

I apologize profusely, but the title is ironic. There actually is no real solution, I took another DVB card. And this after more than 5 years of agony.

Tonight I had a dream. In this dream I had a time machine. Many people would definitely do a lot crazy and interesting things with a time machine. But I would travel back in time, to the day where I was about to come to a decision which DVB card to buy for my new Home Theater PC running with VDR, and I would prevent me buying the Skystar2 DVB card somehow. Continue reading “TechniSat Skystar2 – The Final Solution”

How To Vanquish Rsync

It’s a shame! Rsync is an old, stable, field-tested, nice, quick and versatile tool for backups. And if you had bad luck, like I did, and just cut and pasted the first best example found on the Internet, and that example didn’t behave the way I thought it supposed to, you are lost, because all the solution I found at Google at the first page, sound more like voodoo, rather than a real and reasonable explanation. 🙁 Continue reading “How To Vanquish Rsync”

My five must-have settings for Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope)

I’ve recently upgraded successfully from Intrepid Ibex (8.10) onto Jaunty Jackalope (9.04) – Err – yes – I’m talking about Ubuntu, to be more precise, about Kubunu x86_64. The upgrade was quite a success, and actually the first one, after which my system was still usable, although I heavily screwed around in it.

Here are my first impressions, and a few must have mods or settings. Continue reading “My five must-have settings for Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope)”

[solved] No sound via stereo jack with Philips LCD-TV

I’ve recently bought a quite cheap LCD-TV from Philips. It’s an 42pfl5603d. The TV has FullHD (1920×1080) resolution and is 42″ in size. These are actually the only features I’ve been keen on.
The first one I sent back, because the TV set didn’t react either on remote or local (side panel) key presses. Amazon sent a new one after one week and I’ve started again to build my new HTPC. This time I was almost finished, MMS (My Media System) was already running, and sound was the only big thing I’ve been missing. Continue reading “[solved] No sound via stereo jack with Philips LCD-TV”

[solved] ath5k missing on Intrepid Ibex after upgrade

Today I’ve upgraded my Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex onto 2.6.27-11-14 and lost my perfectly working ath5k wireless driver for my Abit PCI-E Wi-Fi Card.
I’ve added this driver manually before, by installing linux-backports-modules-intrepid. But the dirver is gone today.
Reading a lot I’ve found only one working solution for me: I’ve installed them from source. This is a small HowTo on how to do it:
Continue reading “[solved] ath5k missing on Intrepid Ibex after upgrade”

CoreAVC 1.9.0 for Linux (howto for Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex 8.10)

I stated here, I won’t touch CoreAVC for Linux anymore, because VDPAU is performing so well, but since so many visitors were attracted by my last short article about CoreAVC 1.9.0, I decided to look a bit closer at it.
I’ve compiled two versions of mplayer and they worked more or less good for me (read below): Continue reading “CoreAVC 1.9.0 for Linux (howto for Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex 8.10)”