Ableton Push Gen 1 – Disassembly and Repair.

My introduction to Ableton Push.

An Ableton push has landed upon our bench! It was performing reasonably well for about six months time. With my Live lite license in hand I loaded the Ableton Push onto my computer and got right to work. The intention is rather clear about purchasing this piece of hardware which is simply to have the ability of making my own musical assets for the videos that that are done on this site. Perhaps even beyond in the lines of games if I get good enough at composition. But something went very wrong.

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XBCD – Original Xbox Controllers with Win10-8

XBCD – Getting those old controllers working again!

XBCD is an abbreviation for the “X-Box Controller Driver” Which has been around for almost as long as the Original Xbox Controllers themselves (approximately 2001-2003). As of 5/4/2017 the guide was updated to illustrate ways of installing these drivers which hopefully will answer the many questions that we get about them. This new method also no longer requires the testsigning feature which also eliminates the requirement for UWD.exe which should make some of our subscribers happy.

(Especially YOU TimmyP! Yeah, I didn’t forget you! UWD.exe is no longer needed! Your welcome! ;D )

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Archived – XBCD – Old instructions for Win10-8

XBCD – Now with windows 10 love!

XBCD is an abbreviation for the “X-Box Controller Driver” Which has been around for almost as long as the Original Xbox Controllers themselves (approximately 2001-2003). It should be noted that this is the archived version of the documentary and that if you want to check out the most up-to-date version then click here to be taken to the new XBCD documentary. It corrects a few issues with policies of no longer requiring test signing and also covers some manual techniques on how to turn off driver signature enforcement in Windows 10 64 bit edition.

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Orange Pi needs to go back into the oven.

Orange Pi – Is it ready for the world?

We received the Orange Pi (Or OrangePi) because like many Pi users I am always looking for something faster to run emulators and games within the ARM based universe. Emulation on the Raspberry Pi is good but lags a little for the more cpu intensive emulation like Nintendo 64 as just one example. When Orange Pi initially released their $15 (plus 3 dollar shipping from auction site ali-express) dollar computer featuring a quad-core based arm7 processor at around 1.6ghz. It was certainly worth a try.

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Banana Pi Case Mod v2

Banana Pi the Case Mod edition:

In the spirit of my previous blog post dealing with I-Pac mod It’s time the Banana Pi gets a face-lift with a new case mod. The reason why I’m doing this comes down to a lot of things that all boil down to the fact that my needs from this unit changed a lot over the years. This blog is just a minor update of what I have been doing in between jobs.

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Xbox Wireless Receiver hacks.

A brief blog entry about receiver hacking

A while back I talked about the Chinese Xbox wireless receiver for Xbox360 Wireless Controllers  and how to configure it. You can get these on Ebay for very cheap “I got mine for about $7 with free S&H. Some would also call these controllers ‘fake’ as they are not certified by Microsoft. Which out of the box they do not work, you have to setup the driver on windows as described in my last entry. One of the sections that I skimmed over the android side and how it all works. Well, this is a quick blog entry showing what I did after I received my controller from china.

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Ouya Support – Other troubleshooting issues.

Welcome to Ouya Support time with S-Config!

I notice a lot of people come to my site for various support topics for the Ouya and I figured that I should make an article dealing with some of the Ouya Support in terms of troubleshooting issues that were simply too small to exist under one article. These are questions which pop up time and time again in forums as well as on reviewers that decide is a fatal flaw of the console. Just a kind note that your Ouya has a 1 year warranty from the time of your purchase to be sure to keep that sales receipt in case something catastrophic happens to it.

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Chinese Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver Driver setup

Wireless Receiver for the Xbox 360 from China has arrived.

Wireless Receiver for my Xbox 360 controller (Sometimes referred to as a wireless dongle) from China is one of those tools that has become more and more relevant in the gaming industry with console ports and couch co-ops. And unlike other types of electronics from China where it was inferior or simply was nothing more then a piece of plastic or an identifier chip saying what it was but it really did nothing at all. This adapter from china actually does work! But it needs the right drivers!

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AirPlay on my Raspberry Pi

AirPlay audio only on the Raspberry Pi

Airplay (or in previous revisions from apple this protocol was called “AirTunes”) audio is the ability to transmit audio from your smart phone device (The Apple I-phone does this natively and android users can actually download a plugin protocol for this) to another device which is hooked to a home stereo system. I know there’s countless of articles talking about how it’s done. But since this is my blog I sometimes use my blog as just a random dump on how I get things going so in case I forget with my countless other projects I don’t have to look for a particular site to show me how to get it working again. It’s just annoying to find a site that talks about it just to have it disappear on you. So! Without further delay, my short little guide on how it is done.

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IBM SurePOS 4800-742 AP04 and Chemi-Con Capacitor fail.

More IBM SurePOS hatred from a computer technician.

Another IBM product (which is now Toshibas nightmare), another capacitor fail. Unlike Dell and Samsung which moved away from the Chemi-con capacitors quickly after the lawsuits and disasters of PC’s and servers dropping over dead in less then a year. IBM stayed the course and decided to make this capacitor the “Industry Standard” kinda like how industry standard for generating power is using a water wheel. Unlike my previous article I don’t think I have illustrated exactly WHY the capacitors blow apart so easily in these SurePOS units.

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