Control Your Windows PC with an Xbox Controller

Xbox 360 Controller

Today I’m going to walk you through setting up an xbox controller to work on your computer and control the mouse / keyboard.

First your going to need an Xbox Controller that works on Windows . If you already have an Xbox controller you can just pick up one of these receivers . (Both links to Amazon, you can find on eBay cheaper).

Next you’ll need to install the drivers for the controller. You can find them on Microsoft’s website here .

Now you should be able to connect your controller to the computer and play any games using it. However you can’t use it to control the mouse yet. What we will need to do next is download JoyToKey from here . I went with the latest Beta version however you can also download the stable (v 4.6 at time of writing).

Now you can edit the configuration of what you’d like each button to do using the JoyToKey GUI.


Posted on January 25, 2012

Installing PEAR in WAMP

pear.png

So this evening I went about attempting to install PEAR on my WAMP installation, this should be as simple as opening up a command window navigating to C:/wamp/bin/php/*phpversion* and running go-pear.bat, however upon doing this I ran into the following errors:

phar “C:\wamp\bin\php\php5.3.0\PEAR\go-pear.phar” does not have a signature
PHP Warning: require_once(phar://go-pear.phar/index.php): failed to open stream: phar error: 
invalid url or non-existent phar “phar://go-pear.phar/index.php” in C:\wamp\bin\php\php5.3.0\PEAR\go-pear.phar on line 1236

Warning: require_once(phar://go-pear.phar/index.php): failed to open stream: phar error: 
invalid url or non-existent phar “phar://go-pear.phar/index.php” in C:\wamp\bin\php\php5.3.0\PEAR\go-pear.phar on line 1236
Press any key to continue . . .

A couple of Google searches later I got the answer needed to fix my problem, simply running this command instead:

php -d phar.require_hash=0 PEAR/go-pear.phar

A couple of questions later PEAR was successfully installed and running, so if your running into the above error you now know what to do!


Posted on December 27, 2010

Saving Your Windows PC From Virus Infections with Linux

Often you get a friend or other times a client who has gotten themselves locked out of their system by a virus. I’m talking about the seriously nasty virus’s out there that will just corrupt every .dll file they can get their hands on so the minute you try to open any program, your reopening the virus.

When this is the case there isn’t much you can do in terms of anti-virus scans etc. your only option is to wipe the machine and go for a clean re-install of Windows.

But what about all my files?

Well we backup all of those files onto an external hard drive before wiping by loading up a “Live CD” of Ubuntu, simply navigating to the computers hard drive, selecting what we need and loading it onto the external hard drive.

The beauty of a “Live CD” is that the entire operating system runs of the CD (believe me you’ll hear it spinning around the place) so the virus has no chance to load since Windows never gets booted.

On top of that Linux systems are not vulnerable to Windows virus’s so you can be sure your not infecting your external hard drive as well.


Posted on October 30, 2010