Tips Play Meta/Oculus VR Games with a HTC Vive VR headset

My daughter wanted to play "Vader Immortal" which is only available on Meta Quest for Oculus, while I have a HTC Vive Pro 2.

Installing "Revive" and starting the game from "VivePort" did the trick.

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If you have an HTC Vive, you should have "VivePort" and "SteamVR" installed already. The issue is that VR Games for Oculus (Rift) are compatible with SteamVR, but not available in Steam for Vive. But as explained on the web, there are tricks...

 

Download and install the "Oculus Rift Software" (using your old Oculus account, a Meta account or your Facebook account), but SKIP the hardware setup part !

 

Next, download and install the latest stable release of "Revive". Once installed, close its Dashboard.

 

Then, open "Oculus" to install a free Game, for testing purpose.

Go to Settings > Library Locations > Edit, to pick the folder where you want to store your games:

Reminder: Just in case you want to use the same location as your games for Steam, this one can be found via Steam's menu View > Settings > Downloads > Steam Library Folders

 

Go next into the Oculus Store > Top Free, and pick, for example, "Répulbique VR" to install it.

 

Once installed, you will obviously not be able to run it from the Oculus Dashboard, as you don't have any compatible hardware. Instead, run "Steam VR":

And keeping both "SteamVR" and "Oculus" opened,  rerun "Revive"

In the Dashboard of "Revive", you should see your Oculus games.

Click once onto one to run it. If it starts but closes suddenly soon after (wait a minute to be sure that it's definitively closed, as most games  "popup" again later) , run also "VivePort":

Just as a summary, you should now have SteamVR, Oculus, Revive and VivePort opened : 

 

In VivePort, you should see your new Oculus Games

If you do not see them, close SteamVR, Oculus, Revive and VivePort (via the SysTray menu !!) and restart them: SteamVR, Oculus, Revive and VivePort. Also double check that your heaset and two remotes are turned on.

Start the games from there. At least for me, they just runs fine. Only when run from Revive, they "auto-close" themselves without any notification.

[PS: check the list of compatible games vader]

Et voilà,

Synology Setup DSM 7.1 in a Virtual Synology DS3622xs+ using VMWare

Here is a step by step "How-To create a Virtual Machine to emulate a DS3622xs+ running DSM 7.1" using VMWare and a Loader from redpill

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I used a tutorial from internet to create a VM in VMWare 16 and exported this one as ovf. Using that ovf, you can easily setup your own VM with a DS3622xs+ running DSM 7.1.

1: Download and unzip this package, containing:

  • the configuration of the virtual machine (dsm.ovf and two disk.vmk),
  • the boot file for DS3622xs+ (synoboot.vmdk) and
  • the image of the DSM 7.1 for DS3622xs+ (DSM_DS3622xs+_42661.pat)

2: Open VMWare Workstation. If you never configured the default location where you want to create your Virtual Machines, press CTRL-P to open the “Preferences” panel. There, set this default location (I am using E:\VMWare).

3: Go next to "Windows Explorer", in the folder where you have unzipped the package, and double click dsm.ovf. This is going to import the VM into VMWare. Type a name for the new virtual machine (I am using DSM3622xs+ 7.1) and click “Import”.

4: Here is the outcome to the importation. You can now click on “Power on this virtual machine”. If you want, you may also first increase the Memory, the Processors or the size of the Hard Disk 2 and 3 (Do not touch the first Hard Disk  which contains the boot loader).

5: 5 sec after starting the VM, the bootloader will run:


6: Open the “Synology Assistant”, which is more efficient than the page http://find.synology.com to find your VM, and after +/- 3 minutes (depending on the perf of your PC) click on “Search”. If you didn’t wait long enough, you will see an Error message (In such a case, check that you have enabled the option "Allow compatibility with devices that do not support password encryption" in the preferences - via the gear icon in the top-right corner - and/or click Search “Again”. I never had to do this more than 3 times).

7: Finally, the Assistant will find your VM. A webpage should automatically open (Otherwise, double-click on the VM). Approve the EULA and click Install.

8: Click next on Browse to select the image of the DSM 7.1 for DS3622xs+ and Select the file “DSM_DS3622xs+_42661.pat” in the folder where you unzipped the package downloaded previously.

9: Finally, click on “Next” and confirm that the installation can override the disk… (You can safely tick the "I understand..." it’s the virtual Hard Disk member of the VM. No worry ;) )

10: The installation will take a few minutes

11: Once the installation complete, you will see in the VMWare Workstation that the VM is rebooting. On the installation page, you see a countdown.

12: You should soon see that it’s installing packages before being finally ready to "start"

13: If you are requested to login into the VM, do it as "admin" without password and configure it. Next configure your new NAS (Do not accept automatic updates !!!).

I did skip the creation of Synology account and didn't agree on Device Analytics or the display of this Nas in the Web Assistant.

14: It’s now time to use the Hard Disk 2 and 3 to create a first Volume. Open the DSM Main Menu and start the Storage Manager (Then, it's just a next, next, next journey depending on which Disk Array you want).

15: Et voila, you have now a brand new DS3266xs+ with the DSM 7.1-42661 (DO NOT UPGRADE !!! The NAS would go into a "Recoverable" and I have no resolution for that)

Tips JBL Link 20 and 300 having crunchy, crackling, static pop noise

Since I am using a mesh network (based on TP-Link Deco M9 plus) I started to have more and more crackling noise on both my JBL Link 20 and 300, even if located very close to the repeaters. The only solution is to reset the JBL.

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It's a very common issue, due to the "Wifi stability", not only experienced with the TP-Link Deco M9 Plus (quich are actually quite good for their purpose) and even not only with the JBL (Read these posts).

I have read a lot of posts on this issue and none could help. it has been useless to update the firmware, to open the devices and apply the tricks and tips found on the web, ...

The only trick, which work immediatly, is to reset the JBL and reconfigure it in Google Home. Next, it works like a charm.. for quite some time (months in my case)... but at the end, the crackling noise come back and you have to reset again.

To reset the JBL Link 300, hold both the "Bluetooth" and the "Volume up" buttons for up to 20 seconds (until you see the "Mute" button becoming orange) as ilustrated on the video here after. Next wait until you the JBL has rebooted and open Google Home to reconfigure it.

To reset the JBL Link 20, hold the "Mute" button for up to 10 sec until the Wifi led switch off. Next hold both the "Mute" and "Power" buttons for about 20 seconds (until it restarts) as ilustrated on the video here after. Next wait until you the JBL has rebooted and open Google Home to reconfigure it.

Synology Setup DSM 7.0.1 in a Virtual Synology DS918+ using VMWare

Here is a step by step "How-To create a Virtual Machine to emulate a DS918+ running DSM 7.0.1" using VMWare and a Loader from redpill

THIS DOES NOT WORK ANYMORE (?): issue betwen the .pat file version and the loader => Try the DSM 7.1 with DS3622+ available here

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As for my previous packaging (DSM 6.2.2 on DS918+), I simply used various tutorials from internet to create a VM in VMWare 15 and exported this one as ovf

1: Download and unzip this package, containing:

  • the configuration of the virtual machine (dsm.ovf, disk.vmdk and synoboot.vmdk),
  • the boot file for DS918+ (synoboot-falt.vmdk) and
  • the image of the DSM 7.0.1 for DS198+ (DSM_DS918+_42218.pat)

2: Open VMWare Workstation. If you never configured the default location where you want to create your Virtual Machines, press CTRL-P to open the “Preferences” panel. There, set this default location (I am using E:\VMWare).

3: Go next to "Windows Explorer", in the folder where you have unzipped the package, and double click dsm.ovf. This is going to import the VM into VMWare. Type a name for the new virtual machine (I am using DSM918+ 7.0.1) and click “Import”.

4: Here is the outcome to the importation. You can now click on “Power on this virtual machine”. If you want, you may also first increase the Memory, the Processors or the size of the Hard Disk 2 (Do not touch the Hard Disk 1 which contains the boot loader).

5: 5 sec after starting the VM, the bootloader will run:


6: Open the “Synology Assistant”, which is more efficient than the page http://find.synology.com to find your VM, and after 1 minute click on “Search”. If you didn’t wait long enough, you will see an Error message (In such a case, check that you have enabled the option "Allow compatibility with devices that do not support password encryption" in the preferences - via the gear icon in the top-right corner - and/or click Search “Again”. I never had to do this more than 3 times).

7: Finally, the Assistant will find your VM. A webpage should automatically open (Otherwise, double-click on the VM). Approve the EULA and click Install.

8: Click next on Browse to select the image of the DSM 7.0.1 for DS918+ and Select the file “DSM_DS918+_42218.pat” in the folder where you unzipped the package downloaded here previously.

9: Finally, click on “Next” and confirm that the installation can override the disk… it’s the virtual SCSI Hard Disk member of the VM. No worry ;)

10: The installation will take a few minutes

11: Once the installation complete, you will see in the VMWare Workstation that the VM is rebooting. On the installation page, you see a countdown.

12: You should soon see that it’s installing packages before being finally ready to "start"

13: You will now be able to login into the VM and configure it.