Category Archives: General

General posts that have no real place.

Battle.net fails with error “Qt platform plugin”

If your running or trying to run the Battle.net client and getting the error “This application failed to start because it could not find or load the Qt platform plugin “windows”.” then check your WINE prefixes and be sure you are running them in Windows XP mode. Also check if you are using a -staging version of WINE, I have found it works on a non-staging version of WINE but not a staging version.

Wine bug confirmed: https://bugs.winehq.org/show_bug.cgi?id=39985

BBS Update

It has been a while since I have posted anything.

I now have some more free time and will be adding more IGMs to the LORD game and doing more stuff to the BBS. I may also be moving the BBS outside of my home and to my externally hosted VMware setup, this should provide more stability, uptime and will also provide more bandwidth for everyone. Nothing will be affected by the move when it happens.

BBS has been moved and I have fixed a few links on the website for force into HTTPS mode.

Outlook Error: There was an error when printing started

Had this obscure error come up at work today on a Windows 7 machine running Outlook 2010. Only a specific email would not print.

Went through some google results and found the fix.

I deleted the file: “outlprnt” from C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Outlook\

Restarted Outlook, all emails now print.

Windows 8.1 KB2919355 Failed

I got an error installing KB2919355 on a Windows 8.1 Pro clean install.

Most people can fix this error by doing the following in the console:

First

64bit: DISM /online /remove-package /packagename:Package_for_KB2919355~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.3.1.14
32bit: DISM /online /remove-package /packagename:Package_for_KB2919355~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.3.1.14
RT: DISM /online /remove-package /packagename:Package_for_KB2919355~31bf3856ad364e35~arm~~6.3.1.14

Second

DISM /online /cleanup-image /startcomponentcleanup

Third

DISM /online /cleanup-Image /restorehealth

After searching up the error and running through log files, running all of the commands Microsoft suggests, and all of the tools they suggest I run, I found the log file this update creates.

After digging through it, I found the line saying that the folder “C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\System Tools” was missing. Well I remember that I removed this empty folder while cleaning up the Start Menu.

I recreated this empty folder and the update installed instantly. I believe this should re-create the folder automatically, but if your having this issue, check the folders.

Writing 32bit BBS Doors

I got a post on Archaic Binary BBS about how to write a BBS door.

Well I am fairly new to this still, and have only written two small 32bit BBS doors that I use on my own system.

Firstly I used a copy of Rick Parrish’s RMLib to write them, it’s not a very complete SDK or anything but it does give the basic IO functions we need for communication over the socket connection.

Then you need a IDE for C#. I suppose one of the best is Microsoft’s Visual Studio 2012 C# Express. It’s free and the project files worked for me.

If you can write in C# then you should be fine.

I have also attached the source code for a little door to help you. Remember my File Download door also comes with source you can check out.

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