Been So Busy!! Im sorry :(

So guys, i am still alive and around. I haven’t forgotten about you, or the blog. I have just picked up another job. So i have been currently working Mon-Fri… 6:30 AM – 3:00PM at my first job, and then 4:30PM – 8:30PM (Sometimes to Midnight). I hardly get a chance to get on my computer. I usually just go straight to bed cause i am so exhausted. I just wanted to let you know what has been going on with me. This second job is greatly helping me out. I went from not having any money after bills, to about 300 dollars a week as spending cash. Its been alot of hard work, but its worth it. I will try my best to post some more Linux Fix it’s when i can. For now, hang in there guys, and thank you so much for supporting my blog by linking it to other sites. The more people we can help the better!



Enabling nvidia-prime on Linux Mint 15.

So i was reading a article about how to enable your nvidia card full time without having to use bumblebee in Linux. So on my Laptop running Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon Edition 64bit, i had started following the steps on this page. Ubuntu Pastebin.

Not everything on this walkthrough was installing, but i did figure out how to get it work.

Here is what i did to make my Nvidia card run full time on my laptop.


1.) Follow the steps through the walkthrough, all the way until you get to “sudo make install” of xrandr 1.4

The creation for the xorg.conf file didn’t work out for me, so i just deleted it. Also, the .xsessionrc didn’t work either. The desktop wouldn’t load, and i just got a black screen.

2.) I then did the section where it says,

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:canonical-x/x-staging

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

sudo apt-get install nvidia-319

Ok so note that it says nvidia-319. It does install it, but it also installs nvidia-325. When you run nvidia-settings, it actually shows version 325.15 running as your graphics driver.

3.) I skipped the part where it has you install xorg-server 1.14, but i did install the libudev0 file.

4.) I skipped down to the virtualgl section and installed that.

5.) I then grabbed nvidia-prime from here

Ok so when you install nvidia-prime, it is going to ask you to install lightdm, and a few other things as well. I am not sure if it requires you to use lightdm as your login manager, but i chose to use it anyway. So my login on Mint looks like ubuntu’s login

6.) Reboot your computer.

Now i cant say this will work for everyone. It just worked for me. I was able to start up games / nvidia-settings without “optirun” or “primusrun”! I am very happy.

Just follow these carefully. You can always purge files if you have a error and need to go back to before this attempt.

Good Luck!

PS: you can read more about nvidia-prime enabling in Ubuntu 13.10 as well. Here





Installing RIFT via Wine in Linux.

So i noticed that RIFT went Free 2 Play, and since i only use Linux, i really wanted to get it working…..and i did! So i will try and put down the steps i followed to get it working well. I know a few people may have problems doing so, but we will work them out as we go.


1.) I am running Wine ver 1.5.31 <– add the repo from, and get updated. (if you dont have the latest version already)

2.) I am running Peppermint Linux OS Four 32bit, and as a fresh install i was missing a few things. I had to install “libtxc-dxtn-s2tc0” via “sudo apt-get install libtxc-dxtn-s2tc0“. This step solved a issue that i would get while just running it with my intel card on my laptop. The game would load, but there would be no coloring, and all the shadows were grey and black. Installing this fixed that, and i got all color back.

3.) I had to run winecfg and set the windows version to “Windows 7”.

4.) I then had to install a few things with winetricks:

winetricks vcrun2008

winetricks d3dx9

winetricks vcrun2005

5.) I then just ran “winetricks” in the terminal by itself and the GUI opened up. I had to set a few options in here.

First when the window opens, go to “Set the default wine prefix

then go to “Change Settings

then select the following things in the list.





Then press the OK button. It will change all the wine settings.

6.) Now we need to install RIFT. I noticed the installer from their website would not load in wine for me. I had to grab it from this link: . Download this and run it with “wine Rift_LIVE_Patcher_setup.exe“, or you might just be able to right click on the file in your downloads folder and just select open with wine.

7.) once it installs it will ask you to log in (Make an account if you dont have one on their site). Then once you sign in, you can start the updating / downloading of the entire game. It does get to a point where it says the game is playable, but i just let it finish. (I would let the game fully download, because when you try to load your character, it will give you an error “Unable to Download More Data”) But if you let it download completely it wont be a problem.

So that is pretty much the setup and the install. There are a few more things i need to explain. When the game starts up for me, it Flashes franticly during the movie intro, and loading screens. I once found a way to fix that, but the solution was pointing to editing a file that i cannot seem to find anymore. Now in the game settings, i had to run the game on low graphics, and check off “Low Quality Rendering” in the Settings menu under “VIDEO”, then “ADVANCED”. Besides the video flickering during loading screens and movies, the game runs amazingly, at 1600×900 fullscreen on my laptop.

Now for people who have the Optimus setup, and would like to use the NVIDIA card. Mine was throwing a fit at first, and wouldn’t let me load it via “optirun wine riftpatchlive.exe“. It would give me a msvcp90.dll error. So i ended up messing around with it, and found that using primusrun was working. So i just decided to make a bash script in my “RIFT Game” folder, called “opti-rift“, then i added the following


primusrun wine /home/chuck/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/RIFT\ Game/riftpatchlive.exe

Then i saved it, and did “chmod +x opti-rift“.

Notice where it says “chuck” (thats me)… change it to your username. If you have a 64bit computer, you obviously need to change “Program\ Files/“, to “Program\ Files\ \(x86\)/“, unless you are running a 32bit wine bottle.

Making this script allowed me to make a shortcut on my desktop as well. If you get into any issues with getting a shortcut to work properly, i will help out. ALSO note, that while using the Nvidia card to run RIFT in wine, that the game will complain when you get into your character menu about your Nvidia drivers being OUT OF DATE. Just ignore that. It doesn’t recognize Linux nor your Video Driver version.

I hope this is helpful, and i will be expecting to hear from you with errors and such. Hahaha, it always happens, but I will be here to help you out.


As you can tell in the picture, my character is named Mintylinux ;D. You can find me on the Hailol server.


Spectraball Steam with Nvidia Optimus

So i got Spectraball on Steam, and of course im dealing with Nvidia Optimus. No problem! but i got a exec line for yah to try in your Spectraball folder so it shows your friends that your playing Spectraball in Steam. if you just “optirun ./Spectraball” the game opens fine, but doesn’t show you in game on Steam.

So in a terminal inside the Spectraball folder, just use this line.

LD_LIBRARY_PATH=~/Steam/ubuntu12_32:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH SteamAppId=18300 vblank_mode=0 optirun ./Spectraball

And there you go! will load the game and show you playing the game in steam!