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Console Gaming Troubleshooting

How to fix PS3 firmware 4.45 brick

PS3 firmware 4.45 bricks the consoleThe latest Sony Playstation 3 firmware is wrecking havoc on many gamer’s consoles. If you are reading this
post and have not yet updated your PS3, make sure you keep it that way. By updating your PS3 to the latest firmware you risk having your console bricked, i.e. made unusable (other than being paperweight of course). It seems this issue is affecting consoles with upgraded HDD and not stock PS3 consoles, however, just to be on the safe side it is advised you do not update it.

Luckily, there’s an easy way to fix your console or unbrick it. It involves a series of steps, but should not take a long time. You do not need to open your console up or go into any technical details.

Instructions for PS3 firmware 4.45 brick fix

The PS3 system needs to be in what is called recovery mode:

  1. Make sure the PS3 is in standby mode first, i.e. the red light is on
  2. Press and hold the power button
  3. You will hear a beep, keep holding the power button
  4. A second beep will sound, let go of the power button after you hear it
  5. The PS3 should be in standby mode again
  6. Press and hold the power button again
  7. Keep holding it after the first beep
  8. There should be two fast consecutive beeps, release the power button when you hear them

The PS3 system will now boot to recovery mode. Attach the USB cable to your console and controller and press the PS Button.

Warning: Do not play around with the options on this menu. Doing so may result in your HDD being formatted. Your HDD carries trophies, saves, videos, pictures, music, games, and other important data.

  1. Download the firmware fix from Sony
  2. Make a folder on your flash drive called PS3 then make another folder inside the PS3 folder called UPDATE. Make sure they are both in capital letters. The directory should look like this: /PS3/UPDATE
  3. Place the firmware fix inside the UPDATE folder
  4. Insert your flash drive into one of your PS3’s USB port
  5. Select ‘6. Update Firmware‘ from the recovery menu
  6. Follow the instructions from then-on
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Productivity

How to add a custom item to the start menu in Windows 7

Custom folder on the Windows 7 start menu titled WallpapersThe Windows 7 start menu is not very useful for most of us. I regularly need to open the Computer folder
and find myself accidentally clicking the Games folder instead. I don’t need a link to the games folder there because I never use the games folder and I probably never will in the future either. Most of the time when I open the Computer folder it’s because I want to access a folder that’s inside the hard drive, like wallpapers for example.

If I can customize my Start menu to include the folders I most frequently use, I can save a lot of time, and as a result increase my productivity. Unfortunately, for whatever reason Microsoft complicated matters and made the process somewhat unfriendly. Though, that’s not to say you need to jump through hoops in order to accomplish the simple task of adding a folder, but it’s harder for the average PC user to find the steps to take to accomplish it.

Fortunately, it doesn’t involve a lot of steps and can be done in less than 5 minutes.

Adding a custom item to the start menu

  1. Right click on the Start Menu
  2. Click properties
  3. Click the Start Menu tab
  4. Click the Customize button
  5. If you want to remove the Games folder then scroll down until you see ‘Games‘ and click on ‘Don’t display this item
  6. If you want to add more folders, find the ones that have ‘Don’t display this item‘ selected (Except Games, Control Panel and Computer) and click ‘Display as a link
  7. Click OK to close the ‘Customize Start Menu‘ window and then click OK to close the ‘Taskbar and Start Menu Properties‘ window

Linking to custom folders

    Windows 7 start menu custom menu item with shortcuts

  1. Left click on the Start Menu
  2. Right Click on the item you want to customize (Except for Games, Control Panel and Computer because you cannot edit those) and click Properties
  3. In the Library tab click Include a folder
  4. Select your custom folder you would like to link to
  5. Remove the other folder that was there
  6. Click OK
  7. It should now open the custom folder you linked when you click it

Shortcuts in the custom item

If you want to save even more time, you can add the item as a menu rather than a link. This way, the item displays all the items and folders inside the linked folder.
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Troubleshooting

How to fix inventory not available in Steam

steam logo

There is a new bug or issue that’s affecting steam’s trading system. When attempting to trade another person, you sometimes get the error ‘Your inventory is not available at this time. Please try again later.‘. Refreshing it can help from time-to-time but in most cases, it does not.

Luckily, there’s an easy solution to this problem.
Simply follow these steps and your issue will be fixed:

  1. Open the Steam Community website and login if you’re not already logged in
  2. Navigate to your profile page
  3. On the right hand side under Actions, click Edit my Profile
  4. Change the Custom URL
  5. Click Save
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Coupons

Domino’s Pizza December 2012 Coupon Code

Domino’s Pizza is having another 50% deal where you can get any pizza for half the price. This offer only lasts from December 3 to 9, 2012.

To get 50% off any pizza, use the coupon code CAGDD2012.

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Life Tips

List of boredom sites

Male boy sitting in a chair bored

I constantly find myself being bored and I don’t know whether it’s because I have almost no hobbies or if I just spoil myself, but I cannot stand it. Being bored is like getting tortured for me. It’s a state of mind in which you experience no pain, but you still cannot tolerate it.

In today’s technology-driven world, a lot of us find ourselves drawn in into non-productive things like listening to music, texting, using Facebook, Twitter, etc, or using our smartphones, and while these activities are a great way to pass the time, many of us often find ourselves too indulged in them.

We have 86,400 seconds in a day or 24 hours, of which 7-8 hours are spent sleeping. That leaves 16 hours for us to use. If you can just devote 1 hour of those 16 hours into doing something productive then in an entire year you will have allocated 365 hours doing productive things.

Here is a list of things you can do with those 365 hours:

Videos and Lectures:

Learning:

Hobbies:
  • Chess – Play chess against other players or against a computer
  • AudioBooksForFree – Listen to audio books completely free
  • Sporcle – Stimulating brain games
Educational YouTube Channels

Want even more things to do? Check out these sites:
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PC Gaming

How to get a Hawken Closed Beta Key

hawken screenshot

Hawken is a new, innovative multiplayer mech combat game that’s focused on providing an intense battle experience while at the same time, keeping the action fast-paced and strategic. Hawken has been in development for over a year now and is planned for release on December 12, 2012.

However, if you don’t want to wait for its release date, you can get a closed beta key and play the game immediately.

To get a Hawken closed beta key, follow these steps:

  1. Go to www.playhawken.com
  2. Create an account
  3. Verify your e-mail address
  4. Go back to www.playhawken.com and sign-in
  5. At the top right, click on Redeem Code
  6. Type in HAWKEN_RPS to get your beta key
  7. Enjoy
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Bypass Limits

How to download any song from SoundCloud

Soundcloud download limit

SoundCloud is a great service that allows you to listen to music for free. Most of the songs have an option to download them, but some do not. Unfortunately, there’s a catch when it comes to free song downloads and that is a download limit. Once the download limit for a particular song has been reached, you can no longer download it.

Fortunately, it’s very easy to bypass either the download limit or the unavailable download option. Here’s how I did it:

  1. Go to the soundcloud page of the song you want to download
  2. Press CTRL + U or Right-click on the page and click View page source
  3. Press CTRL + F and type in media
  4. Keep pressing next until you find this: http://media.soundcloud.com/stream/xxxxx?stream_token=xxxxx
  5. Copy and paste that URL into a new tab
  6. Press CTRL+S to save the mp3 file onto your computer

That’s it! This works for any file you are able to listen to on soundcloud.

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Troubleshooting

How to fix spell checker not working in Google Chrome

Spell Checker not working in Chrome

Recently I found spell check not working in Google chrome and wondered why this had happened. It turns out chrome had updated to Version 22.0.1229.79 m and this broke the spell checker. I searched and searched for an answer on the web, but could not find a solution. Eventually, I decided to look into the settings and toy with it to see if it would help and it did!

I now have spell checking in Google chrome and the fix was very easy. In fact, I only had to change one option to get it to work again.

Here’s how I did it:

  1. Open Google chrome and go to the Settings
  2. Click Show advanced settings…
  3. Under Privacy uncheck Use a web service to help resolve spelling errors
  4. Refresh your tabs or just restart Chrome
  5. Spell checker should now work in Chrome

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PC Gaming Team Fortress 2

How to fix TF2 crashing to desktop with sound

Team Fortress 2 is notorious for crashing whilst you are playing the game. In some cases, it will crash to desktop with an error message stating hl2.exe has stopped working. In other cases, the game freezes for a second, loops the sound, and then minimizes itself to desktop without the ability to switch back to it and when this happens you can hear sounds from the game, but other than your desktop, you can’t see anything in the game. When this happens, you have to open task manager to forcefully end the team fortress 2 process.

If you are having issues with TF2 crashing to desktop with the error message hl2.exe has stopped working then I recommend you follow these steps:

    Hl2.exe has stopped working

  1. Open steam and go to Library
  2. Right click Team Fortress 2 and click Properties
  3. Click on the Local Files tab and click Verify Integrity of Game Cache
  4. Click on Defragment Cache Files

The above may or may not fix your hl2.exe error.

Now then, if you are having issues with Team Fortress 2 crashing to desktop with sound then the most likely cause of this problem is your graphics card driver crashing. I know this was the case for me and fortunately I discovered a guaranteed fix for this annoying issue. Immediately  after the game freezes and the sound loops, press CTRL + ALT + Delete and follow these steps:

  1. If you are running Windows 7 then Click on Task Manager
  2. Wait for the message that says ‘display driver has stopped responding and has recovered’
  3. After that message appears wait 2 to 3 minutes
  4. Now click try to switch to team fortress 2
  5. Wait a couple of minutes and you should be able to see the game once again

Usually after this happens the HUD becomes messed up, but luckily there’s a very easy fix for this:

  1. Open the console using the ~ key
  2. Type in hud_reloadscheme 1
  3. That’s it!
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PC Gaming

List of TF2 Promo and Craft-only Weapons

Listed below are Team Fortress 2 weapons obtainable either only by crafting or by buying a game. These weapons do not drop like normal items.

1) The Apoco-Fists

tf2 apoco fists craft
These are a pair of gloves worn by the heavy. This weapon is identical to the default fists, but cause an enemy to explode when they are killed. In other words, killing an enemy with these fists is identical to killing them with an explosive weapon, such as the rocket launcher or the stickybomb launcher.
This weapon is a promotional item that was given in genuine quality to players who pre-ordered Saint Rows: The Third on Steam before November 15, 2011.
The chance of obtaining this item from crafting is 1 in 7 or 14.28%. To have a chance at crafting this weapon, you will need to obtain a heavy class token, a melee slot token, and 1 scrap metal. The blueprint for this weapon is shown below:
tf2 apoco fists blueprint

2) Three-Rune Blade

Three rune blade tf2 craft

This is a melee weapon used by the scout. It is simply a re-skin of the Boston Basher and has no unique attributes of its own, though, the sound it makes when it hits an enemy is identical to the Eyelander.

This weapon is a promotional item for the game, The Witcher 2, and was awarded in genuine quality to players who preordered the game on Steam before May 17, 2011.

To craft this weapon, you need to own a scout class token, a melee slot token and 1 scrap metal. The chance of obtaining this item from crafting is 1 in 9 or 11.1%. The formula for crafting this weapon is shown below:

tf2 three rune blade blueprint

3) Sharp Dresser

TF2 Sharp Dresser

This is a melee weapon used by the spy. It is simply a re-skin of the default spy knife and has no unique attributes of its own, however, it is not possible to taunt kill with this weapon it does not utilize the fencing taunt.

This weapon is a promotional item for the game, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, and was awarded, along with Dashin’ Hashshashin, in genuine quality to players who preordered the game on Steam before November 29, 2011 in the United States and December 1, 2011 for other countries.

To craft this weapon, you need to own a spy class token, a melee slot token and 1 scrap metal. The chance of obtaining this item from crafting is 1 in 6 or 16.67%. The formula for crafting this weapon is shown below:

tf2 sharp dresser blueprint

4) The Maul

TF2 The MaulThis is a melee weapon used by the pyro. It is simply a re-skin of the Homewrecker and has no unique attributes of its own.

This weapon is a promotional item for the game, Red Faction: Armageddon, and was awarded in genuine quality to players who preordered the game on Steam before June 6, 2011.

To craft this weapon, you need to own a pyro class token, a melee slot token and 1 scrap metal. The chance of obtaining this item from crafting is 1 in 9 or 11.1%. The formula for crafting this weapon is shown below:

tf2 the maul blueprint

5) Wanga Prick

tf2 wanga prick

This is a melee weapon used by the spy. It is simply a re-skin of the Saharan set knife, Your-Eternal Reward, and has no unique attributes of its own, however, it does not constitute as part of the Saharan spy set. In other words, if you want the reduced decloak sound volume from the set then you must equip Your Eternal Reward as the melee weapon along with the L’Etranger and the Familiar Fez.

To craft this weapon, you need to own a spy class token, a melee slot token and 1 scrap metal. The chance of obtaining this item from crafting is 1 in 6 or 16.67%. The formula for crafting this weapon is shown below:

tf2 wanga prick blueprint

6) Unarmed Combat

TF2 Unarmed Combat

This is a melee weapon used by the scout. It is simply a re-skin of the Special Delivery melee weapon, the Holy Mackerel, and has no unique attributes of its own, however, it does not constitute as part of the Special Delivery set. In other words, if you want the increased health from the set then you must equip the Holy Mackerel as the melee weapon along with the Shortstop, Mad Milk and the Milkman. Also, this weapon displays the phrase ‘ARM KILL!’ instead of ‘FISH KILL!’ when an enemy is killed by it.

To craft this weapon, you need to own a scout class token, a melee slot token and 1 scrap metal. The chance of obtaining this item from crafting is 1 in 9 or 11.1%. The formula for crafting this weapon is shown below:

TF2 unarmed combat formula