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Previous Versions

Posted on 31 August 2014 at 18:25
Posted by barry
Filed under FB Alpha

I have added a new page to make previous versions of FB Alpha available for download after receiving many requests for them. The page is available here.

There are quite a few missing files (particuarly older releases). If you can help fill the missing files please let me know.

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UTF-8

Posted on 28 August 2014 at 13:39
Posted by barry
Filed under General

I've updated the site (pages and database) to standardise on UTF-8. I have updated the current database records appropriately but let me know if you see any wierdness anywhere.

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FB Alpha Bug Reporting

Posted on 27 August 2014 at 18:21
Posted by barry
Filed under FB Alpha

I have added a new bug reporting tracker to the site for FB Alpha.

You can access it on the FB Alpha Bug Reporting page.

The bug tracker is new and custom so if you find any issues with it please let me know.

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Responsive Site

Posted on 2 August 2014 at 20:01
Posted by barry
Filed under General

I have updated the site to be responsive and fluid. Desktop changes will be very subtle - but if you browse the site on a mobile device you should have a more optimised experience with the site adapting based on your available width.

If you find any issues please let me know, either via comments in this article or using the Contact Me page. Please provide details such as mobile device model, operating system and browser, as well detailing the issue too.

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FB Alpha 0.2.97.31 Release

Posted on 30 July 2014 at 18:33
Posted by barry
Filed under FB Alpha

Quick release with a bugfix for the enhanced D3D blitter. Get it on the FB Alpha page.

None of the UI has changed so I have updated the translation templates submitted for 0.2.97.30.

Click more for the whats new.

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FB Alpha Page Additions

Posted on 27 July 2014 at 11:52
Posted by barry
Filed under FB Alpha

I have added some new translation templates to the FB Alpha page. Thanks to the contributors as usual (each file is credited individually). It still amazes me the translators are still around. Thanks guys.

I have also added two new galleries (in-game and title screenshots) to the page. These galleries allow filtering and use the packs from emu-france. The credits for these are listed on the left-hand side of the gallery pages.

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FB Alpha 0.2.97.30 Release

Posted on 26 July 2014 at 09:00
Posted by barry
Filed under FB Alpha

Time for a new FB Alpha release. Get it on the FB Alpha page.

This one sees the addition of a new team member. We welcome dink to the team who has done a lot of excellent work on save state and general bug fixes. He has also improved iq_132s old Kaneko Super Nova driver which is now enabled in release builds with more games supported. He has also added vbt's Choplifer driver to the Sega System 1 driver.

A little warning for self-compilers and port maintainers. Later versions of GCC subtly mis-compile the M68000 core. An example is heads missing from the zombies in Altered Beast (and the zombies not clearing from the screen when you kill them). This has been around for a while and a fix still eludes us. It also seems to affect older versions of MAME compiled with newer GCC compilers in the same way. The release builds posted here are compiled with MSVC and are not affected.

A quick mention goes to Romhack too, who is doing excellent work porting FB Alpha to the QT framework. We wish him look and are excited by his progress.

There is all the usual goodness from the rest of us too. Even the Neo Geo macro buttons work again!

Click more for the full list of new things (most are listed, but it's not completely exhaustive).

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Site Update

Posted on 27 May 2014 at 19:44
Posted by barry
Filed under FB Alpha

I've updated the site software a bit to avoid the deprecated MySQL interface. I also created a new development server for me to make changes more easily in future.

I'm now planning on quickly knocking up a bug tracker for FB Alpha, and once complete I plan to roll-up a new FB Alpha to go with it. Stay tuned!

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HTTPS Web Filtering on FreeBSD 9.2

Posted on 20 May 2014 at 19:50
Posted by barry
Filed under General

This guide will allow you to setup HTTPS filtering using Diladele Web Filter on FreeBSD 9.2. Parts of this may need updating for newer versions, but it gives a good overall starting point.

This guide is partly based on the following two guides;

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FIFA 13 with Windows 8.1 (Fix)

Posted on 20 October 2013 at 19:57
Posted by barry
Filed under General

It seems that FIFA 13 doesn't work with Windows 8.1. It also seems that EA don't care, responding ad verbatim that Windows 8 isn't officially supported for FIFA 13 (which is pretty poor customer service however you look at it). Checking on the web, the only solutions I have seen involve using cracks.

After firing up Process Explorer I found that the game is dying after it uses the Windows Error Reporting Service. Simply disabling this service is enough to prevent the crash and the game runs without issue.

As with all FIFA games, you may want to run it using Windows 7 Compataibility Mode to improve performance too.

If you need step-by-step instructions to disable the service, follow this process;

  • Right-click on the Windows 8.1 start button (bottom-left of screen).
  • Choose Run and type services.msc before clicking the OK button.
  • Find the Windows Error Reporting Service and right-click on it.Choose Properties from the context ment.
  • Change the Startup type dropdown to Disabled and click Apply. Close the dialogs and play the game as usual.

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