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Battlefield 2 patchingWednesday 11th January 2006
I have just bought Battlefield 2 (finally), but am having trouble to get the application patched to the latest version due to the error "You have too little space on your harddrive to patch BF2(TM), You need at least 3000MB".

Which is rather annoying as I have 40GB free. Well, I have 40GB free on the partition Battlefield 2 is installed on.

The drive my OS is on, doesn't have much space left (because that's a waste). Which is where the problem is. Don't you worry, I even have my temporary directory on a large empty partition. So what's the problem?

The patch sucks. So, if anybody else is having this grief, this is what you need to do.

Clear out your temporary directory (Start, Run..., %TEMP%).

Run the patch, when the error comes up, just leave it and open your temporary directory again.

In there you will have some GUID type directories (e.g. strings of numbers like you find in the registry classes). And a directory called ByeX.tmp (X can be any character). Navigate into this directory down to the "bf2" directory, and take note of the path.

Load up a command prompt and navigate to the GUID folder and down into the directory containing the PATCH.exe file, this will set your working directory.

Then run this command:

patch [game install dir] [path to byeX.tmp bf2 directory]

This will then start the lengthy patching process. Once this has finished you can dismiss the error on the patcher.

It's hell, it's poor coding by whoever produced the patch.

SPV C500 SIM UnlockMonday 9th January 2006
I have recently changed phone, and network. I currently have a C500 Smartphone on Orange, but have switched to a standard phone on O2 (don't do it boys and girls, O2 is not the network you want to go to).

In order for me to use my SPV on O2 I've had to get it unlocked. Being the tight kind of person that I am, I didn't fancy shelling out 5 to get somebody else to do it; as if they can do it, why can't I?

Luckily you can do it for free, all you need to do is visit the guys at SPV Developers. They have released a very funky tool that simply tweaks the phone over ActiveSync, and job done.

I don't expect these guys to disappear anytime soon, but as with all things good; you can't be too sure. So I have mirrored the current version of their SPV-Services tool. I won't maintain this, so you should check their site first.


Hopefully later I will bring you moronically easy steps on how to convert a K750i into a W800, without all that faffing about with paying money or posting phones.

More Zend tweaks.Monday 2nd January 2006
Further to my note about increasing the memory available to Zend Studio (see December 2005 archive), the other great trick is to turn of the "OS Look and Feel" option in the preferences.

This massively increases performance, specifically the lag between switching between windows.

Invisible files in Windows XP.Monday 2nd January 2006
I've recently switched to using Windows XP (over Windows 2000), which was not really a smart move, but hey, I was bored.

One bug that I have noticed is that files over a network can appear to be Invisible. When viewing a directory (or folder if you will) through Network Places, the files simply do not appear. But, if you try and load one up in Notepad or something by typing in the full path or URI, then they load.

You can go back to the host machine and check if the file exists, and it does. Surely this means it must be marked as hidden? No, it's not a hidden, nor system file. So no clever little setting to hide it away from idle thumbs.

It doesn't matter if you are running on Peer-to-Peer, or a fully fledged domain network with all the trimming such as file servers and such. Personally, I use Windows XP client machines connected to a Samba domain controller (I don't *think* the problem will appear on files stored on a Samba share though).

It seems the problem first appeared with a Microsoft security update (joy, another bug creator). The specific fix is KB885250. Although this is a part of Service Pack 2 for Windows XP. Solutions on the net seem just to be to uninstall SP2 or the hotfix. This not being a really useful suggestion I took a look more into MS and they have finally fixed it.

You will need to apply patch KB896427, which seems to resolve the issue.

After installing the above patch and restarting the problem seems to go away and your files become visible again.

Gotta love Windows XP and file-sharing.

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