Friday, May 1, 2009

Southwest Ding requires an administrator to install

Seriously? I need to be an administrator to install the annoying little "you are now free to move about the country" notification icon? A limited user can install Firefox but can't install the Ding!? Bad programming if you ask me, but a simple fix:
  • install on another machine as Administrator
  • copy the file DingParser.dll from \windows\system (or system32, if that's where it ended up) to the \Program Files\Southwest\Ding folder
  • zip up the Ding folder and copy it to the other computer, unzip it somewhere convenient, and put a shortcut in your Startup folder

Napster player 512 MB no longer syncs

This probably applies to any MTP sync'd device, but I'm specifically referring to the dmpj-210 512MB Napster player. It worked fine with Vista for years but suddenly was not recognized by the computer, and any attempts to reinstall the driver ended with a "code 10" error. If you've installed libusb-win32 for any reason (like, I don't know, to jailbreak an iPhone or iPod touch) then the problem is with the file libusb0.sys.

Uninstalling libusb-win32 should restore Napster-to-go.