Archive for August, 2008

The newest (3.5 SP1) .NET installs an extension (Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant 1.0) for Firefox (you guessed right: without asking) and even alters the user agent. To maximize “user friendliness”, the uninstall button is inactive. However, regedit helps. Check out “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Mozilla\Firefox\extensions” and delete the key. Other extensions with inactive install buttons, like Google Gears, might be present here as well. That takes care of the unwanted extension, which leaves the user agent. That one can be cleared through deleting “general.useragent.extra.microsoftdotnet”; “microsoft.CLR.clickonce.autolaunch” seems to be of the same origin.
The extensions’ files are located here: \WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v3.5\Windows Presentation Foundation\DotNetAssistantExtension\ when everything else is disabled/deleted, you might want to say goodbye to these files too.


Please also browse through the comments, there are some great & helpful additions. Thanks for that! Obviously I wrote this from the perspective of a Windows XP SP3 (x86) user, while more systems (not necessarily in the exact same way) are affected, of course.

//Update 2009/02/09

I just installed Firefox on a machine with .NET 3.5 SP1 already present – Firefox 3.0.6 was immediately “equipped” with the Assistant. There is no escape! :P

//Update 2009/06/01

Oh happy day – the “long and complex”/manual method described above, to remove the .NET Framework Assistant 1.0 from Firefox again, might no longer be necessary. Microsoft itself released a fix (apparently on 2009/May/06) to enable the originally disabled uninstall button again.


In .NET Framework 3.5 SP1, the .NET Framework Assistant enables Firefox to use the ClickOnce technology that is included in the .NET Framework. The .NET Framework Assistant is added at the machine-level to enable its functionality for all users on the machine. As a result, the Uninstall button is shown as unavailable in the Firefox Add-ons list because standard users are not permitted to uninstall machine-level components. In this update for .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 and in Windows 7, the .NET Framework Assistant will be installed on a per-user basis. As a result, the Uninstall button will be functional in the Firefox Add-ons list. This update will also make this version of the .NET Framework Assistant for Firefox compatible with future versions of the Firefox browser. To properly update the .NET Framework Assistant, this update must be applied while the extension is enabled in Firefox. To remedy the result of installing this update while the extension was disabled, uninstall the update, re-enable the extension, and reinstall the update. Updates to the .NET Framework Assistant may include updates to the Windows Presentation Foundation Plug-in for Firefox causing it to be enabled upon its initial update.

//Update 2009/06/02

This is what happened after above patches were installed:

Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant 1.1

About Firefox

The uninstall button is now active as promised and the .NET Framework Assistant version was raised from 1.0 to 1.1. Pressing “Uninstall” successfully clears the user agent too/reverts it to its former state. Happy endings…


Realtek AC’97 Drivers 4.05

1. Update Realtek 3D engine.
2. For special customize settings.
3. Fix blue screen issue.
4. For ATI chipset missing sound 1s when playing music.


VIA Hyperion Pro Driver Version 5.20A

INF V3.00A
AGP V4.60A
V-RAID V5.80A and RAID Tools v5.81
VIA IDE Falcon Storage Device driver v2.60A


VIA Velocity Family Gigabit LAN driver Version – 3.1



The german demo is ready. I used to play Das Schwarze Auge 3 – Schatten über Riva very intense. So I try to remember this for later. Thanks to BG I’m swamped right now. And upon completion of it PST is already queued.

Here he is, the first patch for ME. Along with the first “downloadable content” Bringing down the Sky. What struck me down, was, that according to the changes, the weapon overheating bug wasn’t fixed! It’s disturbing enough, that such a bug could make its way into the release version of the game in the first place, but still no fix in a patch, months after release? I’m “shocked and awed”.

1.2 => 5.5 (138 MB) / Changes

  • +Moved Pyro Crossbow from Society to Syndicate instead of bloodpack.
  • +Changed new stealth rules so that only highest sneaking is harder.
  • Made Ocean House quest failure update when reconciling the sisters.
  • Fixed details with Isaac, Boris, Jack, Heather, Mercurio and Phil.
  • Implemented ZVTool and added readmes to tools, thanks to ZylonBane.
  • Lessened vents fade outs at Skyeline Apartments and fixed a decal.
  • Added second T-Rex sound to museum and corrected some text details.
  • Restored xps at Glaze for peaceful approach and fixed the monitor.
  • Fixed morphine quest after warehouse and .38 ammo tutorial exploit.
  • Added blood loss when ghouling Heather and having fun with others.
  • Made Sin Bin ATM indestructible to avoid breaking connected script.
  • Improved card printer usage and added a few more inspection nodes.
  • Restored original descriptions for crossbow bolts and rifle rounds.
  • Added several missing doors and adjusted SM endgame bus stop maps.
  • Moved restored female raver to the Asylum and fixed teeth textures.
  • Hid Giovanni crypt trapdoor icons and fixed Nadia and zombie bugs.
  • Removed second Dominate tutorial enemy and Johansen basic problems.

I wish I’d known it when I still played the game frequently. But I welcome everything, that embraces B-Wings.