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Étapes pour ajouter une image GameBoxArt au Windows 7 Game Explorer

Préambule

La manipulation proposée demande d'ajouter une clef dans le registre de Windows. Une telle manipulation comporte des risques puisqu'il en va de la vie de votre système d'exploitation. Ne modifiez pas le registre si vous ne connaissez pas les conséquences de ce que vous faites!

La manipulation sera réalisée sur Windows 7 Édition Familiale Premium 64 bits (6.1, version 7601).

Si vous continuez, il va s'en dire que vous assumerez le risque inhérent à cette manipulation.


J'ai compris les risques et assumerai les conséquences.

Avant de commencer, je vous suggère d'effectuer une sauvegarde du registre à l'aide de l'Éditeur du Registre.


Notre exemple montrera comment ajouter la GameBoxArt pour Warcraft® 3 : Reign of Chaos™.

Voici l'icône et la classification du jeu avant le téléchargement des informations et avant la manipulation :


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Voici le résultat après le téléchargement des informations et après la manipulation :


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Étapes requises au préalable

Ajoutez l’icône du jeu au Game Explorer de Windows 7.

Trouvez l’image du GameBoxArt.

Convertissez l'image en .jpg et ajustez sa taille à 500x500 pixels. Notre exemple utilisera une image en 360x500 pixels.

Attendez que Windows 7 télécharge les informations relatives au jeu.

     Il existe de nombreuses FAQ qui expliquent comment ajouter les informations relatives à un jeu manuellement.

     Cherchez le mot clé GameUXLegacyGDFs.txt pour obtenir de plus amples informations sur le sujet.


Étapes de la manipulation

Exécutez REGEDIT à partir du menu Démarrer :


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Cliquez sur HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE :


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À partir du menu Edition, cliquez sur la fonction Rechercher... puis saisissez Warcraft dans le champ de recherche :


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Appuyez sur [F3] ou cliquez sur Rechercher le suivant jusqu’à ce que l’arborescence de la clef ressemble à ceci : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\GameUX\S-1-5-21-2345106336-430043980-2385632487-1000\{A24BDE44-6A3F-464F-9463-08C92F1D57A8}.

La partie en rouge est importante puisque nous l’utiliserons pour nommer l’image du GameBoxArt.


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Vous remarquerez la clef BoxArt encadrée en rouge dans la section de droite. Celle-ci est inexistante au moment de la recherche. Voici comment l’ajouter :

Clique-gauche dans la section de droite. Faites Nouveau puis Valeur chaîne :


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Le nom doit être le même que la valeur encadrée en rouge dans la partie de gauche (i.e. : {A24BDE44-6A3F-464F-9463-08C92F1D57A8}). On y ajoutera le type de fichier (dans ce cas-ci, il s'agit d'une image de type « .jpg ».) Notez que les { } sont importants!


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Il ne reste qu’à ajouter l’image dans le répertoire suivant : C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\GameExplorer\GamesBoxArt. Évidemment, il faudra remplacer user par le nom de l’utilisateur. Aussi, le dossier ~\Users\~ est remplacé par ~\Utilisateurs\~ sur un système d'exploitation français.


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Sortir de l’Éditeur du Registre.

En théorie, l’image du GameBoxArt devrait être disponible dans le Game Explorer de Windows 7.


Notes diverses

Warcraft® 3: Reign of Chaos™

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\GameUX\S-1-5-21-2345106336-430043980-2385632487-1000\{A24BDE44-6A3F-464F-9463-08C92F1D57A8}

Warcraft III: Frozen Throne™

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\GameUX\S-1-5-21-2345106336-430043980-2385632487-1000\{D3A4F1CA-9CA3-41A4-BC94-893228BFFC3E}


Version 201109080845.


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Icônes pour Warcraft® 3: Reign of Chaos™ et Warcraft III: Frozen Throne™

J'ai modifié ces deux images en 360x500 pixels :

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Voici d'autres icônes que j’ai trouvé sur le WEB :


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G25 Double Shift Temporary Fix

My G25 shifter (the detached module, not the paddles) was double-shifting and/or skipping a gear sporadically while in sequential mode. My problem seemed to plague Simbin titles more than any others: I guess this is due to the minimum (or lack of) time interval between shifts set by Simbin. If only they would make this easily configurable and available from the in-game menu...

The following is a temporary solution that fixed my G25 for months if not for a year. I decided to share my solution with you since I was pretty happy with the result obtained. I applied the solution a second time lately and seemed to still be a valid workaround - that comes after a few hundred shifts after re-applying the solution again.

It is understood that the result may vary from one case to another. I guess my G25 is still in a good enough shape for such a simple solution to work still. With any luck, if you attempt this, your hardware weariness is still at an early stage enough to obtain a result as good as gold.


I decided to post this since I have read a lot of complains about this problematic lately. It is understood that if you decide to perform this solution, you are assuming the responsibilities if something goes bad. All in all, the solution is simple and easy: We are going to disassemble the module, clean it and make the shifter stick travel further than its normal arc of action.


So, what do we need?


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(In red) We need a piece of paper, a pen, some screwdrivers, a bottle of compressed air and a bottle of contact cleaner. Compressed air and contact cleaner are not absolutely required but are a must. (In yellow) Obviously, we are going to need the shifting module detached from the steering wheel!


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First, let’s remove the 8 x screws (in red).

Instead of leaving them on the work surface (in yellow), I suggest that you use the piece of paper to place them and to name where they are coming from:


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Placing them in labelled flasks would be preferable. Name them so it is clear to you where they belong (in yellow).


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Remove 2 x screws (in red – one for each side).

Remove the 2 x cap (in yellow – one for each side) and turn the tightening knob until you can remove the black arm completely. On the picture, I am using a screwdriver to make sure the bolt (in yellow – one for each side) is not spinning forever. Speaking of which, you have to turn the knob for quite a long time before it can be disassembled...


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Remove the shifter's cap. Be cautious not to break it. You do not have to apply a lot of pressure for it to pop-out. Pry it out using a small flat head screwdriver, simply. Remove the screw (in red) and all 6 x torque screws.


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Remember to name and regroup all screws (shown by the yellow arrow) with comprehensive labelling. In my case, the oldest things I removed was placed on top left, the newest things that got removed was placed on bottom right. I will reassemble using the opposite path.


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Important: The picture shows my shifter in sequential mode (in yellow). You need to set it into H-Box pattern ASAP if not already in this mode. Remember to push down to the stick to set it into H-Box pattern.

Once set in H-Box pattern, remove the 3 x screws (in red).


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Once in H-Box pattern (in yellow), the 2 x rails are sliding inside the casing securing and revealing the internal components.

Remove the top casing. It should come out fairly easy. Be careful since it is attached by small wires. You do not need to unhook the wires.

The following two pictures are showing what can happens if the shifting module is left into sequential mode:


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A. The “sequential” mechanism can pop-out. If this occurs, then the worst that could happen is if B. The two springs (in red) pops-out.

If B happens, you are going to need to be patient to put them back in place. Trust me; those two springs are a pain to set back in place. In the following picture, I gently raised the rails in order to show you what could happen.


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Anyhow, if you didn’t listened to me, left the shifter into sequential mode and that the 2 x springs (in red) popped-out, then be aware that “lengthening” those spring stiffen the shifter.

Back to the process:


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(In yellow), I would use the compressed air to clean the potentiometer. Once cleaned, I would then spray some contact cleaner in there trying to shoot for inside the potentiometer case. I wrote contact cleaner, not WD-40! Those are NOT the same. Do NOT spray any other thing than electronic contact cleaner. Seriously, this can seriously damage the unit!

We are almost done here. Move the shifter stick completely backward.


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Move the shifter stick completely forward. Do this at least 20 times going back and forth.


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At the same time, I don’t know if it really helped but I was pushing on the potentiometer medium-hard toward the shifter stick all the time while going back and forth.

We are done. You can reassemble the unit working you way reinstalling from the newest to the oldest thing removed. Hope it work for you as it did/does for me.

Optimistically, I won’t have to perform this for another year but if I need to do so, it is not going to be bad: Especially the second time you go through the process; 10 minutes and you’re done. Honestly, perform this once and you will not tolerate spinning your WTCC BMW E90 because of skipping gear no more.