Archive for December, 2008

Vista Aero on XP

December 19th, 2008 7 comments

Some of you may know that there are several good Vista-Transformation-PacksĀ  which gives the new Vista-style to Windows XP. The best I know is the BricoPack Vista Inspirat which I’m using. I thought “hell yeah, that’s how Vista looks like”. But it isn’t. After a few months when I came to the pleasure in actually installing and using Vista on my Notebook I saw how different Vista really looks so I got jealous.

I didn’t want to install Vista on my Desktop PC so I searched for alternatives: True Transparency.

This little tool adds PNG support for the frames in Windows. And since PNG supports transparency, a real Vista Skin is possible (Ok, there is no blur-effect like on Vista, but that’s anyway useless). You have absolutely no performance loss! Just a few applications which have their own style system (e.g. Trillian) start to lag. But you can add exceptions for TrueTransparency in the “exclude.dat” file.

And just a hint: On this site I linked ( you’ll find other really interesting stuff.

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The FPS drops in Garry’s Mod are wished!

December 18th, 2008 3 comments

This sounds strange but it’s the truth.
If you still remember my post about the lua garbage collector causing fps drops in Garry’s Mod every five minutes, you know what I’m talking about.

Now I asked garry if he took any review to this issue and he just answered the following:

It’s was an option between a constant smaller FPS drop or a periodic fps drop, I chose the periodic one.

So instead of running the garbage collector constantly in background, lowering the FPS from e.g. 250 to 230 (which is acceptable), he runs it periodically when there is too much garbage. Depending on installed lua addons, this can be every 5 minutes. Then your FPS drop from 250 to 5 – And that can take up to 10 seconds.

This is annoying and nearly made me stop playing Garry’s Mod. I don’t know why he thinks this is better, but he probably didn’t want to get the people with shitty PCs excluded from GMod (which he actually did with the Orange Box update, but this is another point).

So I see no real point why he did it. For me, I’ll still use my little fix which I have posted in the comments of my first rant about this issue. A public fix (downloadable for anyone) will follow too.

Categories: Games, Garry's Mod, Lua, Steam Tags: , , ,

Disabling the annoying “Restart Now” popup after automatic updates

December 18th, 2008 4 comments

You may know it: The popup which asks you to restart your PC after an update has been installed. This is usefull of course. But if you do click on “Restart Later”, it will popup in 10 minutes again. And it’s so annoying, it will popup ontop of every other application so it steals focus. So if you are currently working on something (e.g. writing a document), your focus changes and any further written text goes directly to the recyling bin.

Well here is the solution (Works on Windows XP Proffessional):

Open up a command prompt (Start/Run…/cmd) and write

net stop wuauserv

Now, the update service stops (just for this session) and the popup won’t annoy you anymore.

For Vista users: Well here it should work the same way. But you luckily can set the time until vista asks you to restart up to 4 hours. This is sufficient in the most cases so the above tip is pointless on Vista Smile

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