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How to get Sola Rola working. (Was: How to almost get Sola Rola to work - very close.) page 4

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Yep. I think current versions of Windows come with IIS, but not enabled by default. That should suffice.

 
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Originally posted by zAlbee:

Glad to hear it’s working. :)

If anyone is interested, I wrote a blog post about this project.

That’s really impressive! By the way, when I saw that there was a screenshot of my level when depicting the level editor, I knew that this has got to be the best day of my life. :,D

 
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Can’t get it to work. I’ve done pretty much everything you guys have said, except for this bit:

It’s also possible that your browser is caching the old DNS result. The best way to check if the system hosts file is changed properly is to ping the domain name, and see if you get the new IP address or the old one.

because I’m not a computer genius. So, I’d like to get it to work, but I can’t.

 
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Me too. Nothing happened. :(

 
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To ping from Windows
For Windows XP:

  • Click Start.
  • Click Run…
  • Type cmd into the prompt and hit Enter.

For Windows Vista/7:

  • Click the Windows logo.
  • Type cmd into the search field at the bottom and hit Enter.

Now that you have a command prompt (the black window):

  • Type ping gimme5games.com and hit Enter. By default, you should get 4 info or timeout responses, along with what IP address it sees for gimme5games.com.

It may also help to flush your DNS cache. In that same black window:

  • Type ipconfig /flushdns and hit Enter.

To ping from a Mac
I don’t use a Mac, but the instructions to ping from a Mac are here:
http://www.wikihow.com/Ping-on-Mac-OS


To ping from Linux
I realize this is a tad presumptuous, but I don’t know any Linux users who have no idea how to ping, so I won’t bother =p

 
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The following is a copy of the sola rola files, posted here for posterity. Feel free to ignore it.

To decode and use: Run it through a base64 decoder, and name the file solarola.tar.bz2 uncompress the levels, and place at the root of a webserver of your choice (a webserver that will serve the files via IP, not just VirtualHost) then point your hosts file to that IP.

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This is genius! You deserve a Kongregate Special Services award. Wait, there isn’t one already? Well, I guess they’ll make one just for you. Thanks for all the effort you’ve put into resurrecting one of the best games on Kongregate. <3

 
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Bump for two reasons:

1) This really deserves more attention. Beautiful work done here.
2) With #1 being said, I’d love to, personally, be able to enjoy the hard work that was put into the fix. There are at least 4 people, including myself, that cannot get the fix to work and none of us seem to understand why. There might be more people that I don’t know about having problems as well. I’d really like everyone to be able to enjoy, what I’ve heard to be, a great game. I want to try and not let the work that everyone contributed go to waste. My hope is that maybe this great community can brainstorm ideas and solutions so that we all can have the chance to play this game either for the first time or once more. Thank you :-)

 
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Originally posted by DarkRainyKnight:
I’d love to, personally, be able to enjoy the hard work that was put into the fix

I’d like to help you, but I need more info. For starters, what OS? Do you have admin/root on your machine? Do you know how to ping?

IceWeaselX’s ping instructions are good, except that he has the wrong address – it’s www.gimme5games.com not gimme5games.com (I messaged him and asked him to change it, but he didn’t).

 
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I’ll work with you in PM’s because, frankly, everyone doesn’t need to know.


Edit @ below: True, in that case, we’ll work in PM’s and if we find the problem I’ll be more than happy to provide a summary here. Also, I expect a lot of back and forth question and answering which would start to become spammy here.

 
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Originally posted by DarkRainyKnight:

I’ll work with you in PM’s because, frankly, everyone doesn’t need to know.

If you prefer. But actually – maybe everyone does need to know – you never know when someone else has the same problem.

 
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@DarkRainyKnight,

Last we discussed in PMs, you said that ping was resolving the new IP address fine, but the browser was still accessing the old site. This means your hosts file is set up correctly, but your browser is ignoring it. Google turns up a few people having the same problem, but without any confirmed resolution. The best guess so far is that your browser may be configured to use a proxy. Try setting your browser to “no proxy”. If you must use a proxy, then you can add the domain to a “do-not-proxy” list to force the hosts file entry to be used. http://ask.metafilter.com/32453/Why-does-Firefox-ignore-my-hosts-file

 
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I set it to “No proxy” in Firefox and it still didn’t work. I went to do the same in IE but the proxy was already off.

Edit: zAlbee, if you don’t have the extra time now then that’s okay. The tourney should come first :-)

 
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Ok, am I being dense here? I cant seem to save the Host file after updating it. Notepad wants to save it as a .txt and I want to keep it as the original file. Ideas?

 
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Originally posted by Reeltime:

Ok, am I being dense here? I cant seem to save the Host file after updating it. Notepad wants to save it as a .txt and I want to keep it as the original file. Ideas?

The obvious solution is to rename the file to take off the .txt at the end, after you save it.

Otherwise you can try putting “All Files” in the “Save As Type” box.

 
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Originally posted by Reeltime:

Ok, am I being dense here? I cant seem to save the Host file after updating it. Notepad wants to save it as a .txt and I want to keep it as the original file. Ideas?

I had this issue. Make sure that the Hosts file is not “read-only”.

 
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Windows file permissions are a goddamn nightmare. Whoever came up with their horribly overcomplicated system needs to be.. needs to …let’s just say I want to hurt them.

 
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Originally posted by Ceasar:
Originally posted by Reeltime:

Ok, am I being dense here? I cant seem to save the Host file after updating it. Notepad wants to save it as a .txt and I want to keep it as the original file. Ideas?

The obvious solution is to rename the file to take off the .txt at the end, after you save it.

Otherwise you can try putting “All Files” in the “Save As Type” box.

You should also be able to use the Save (not Save As…) option to keep the existing extension (or lack thereof).

 
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It worked! Great!
The only problem I had, was that when I wanted to access the hosts file, (by using the run command to open notepad like described in the linked howtogeek site), it didn’t run notepad as an administrator. I had to open notepad manually as administrator and then find the hosts file by browsing.

 
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Magic! Got it working. Cheers guys, great work!

 
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Bump for BOTD.

 
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It works! You guys are awesome, I haven’t got words to thank you enough, what you did was a gargantuan work!

If you correctly edited hosts, going to www.gimme5games.com gives you the right message, pinging works and uses the new IP and it still does not work, like it did on me, just try to upgrade your flash player.

In Linux, you just do like this:

· Download .tar.gz from here: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ (select “tar.gz for other Linux”)
· Extract it by going into download directory with the terminal and addressing this command: tar -xvzf install_flash_player_11_linux.×86_64.tar.gz
· Move the libflashplayer.so file you get into your browser’s plugins directory. Examples:
Firefox: sudo mv libflashplayer.so /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/
Chromium: sudo mv libflashplayer.so /usr/lib/chromium/plugins/
And so on.

Infinite thanks again to askon, zAlbee, JimmyCarlos, saneiac and everyone that made this possible!

 
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Just want to give a huge shoutout to everyone involved in this project. It’s amazing that you were able to get this game up and running again.

+1 internets for all.

 
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What do you do if the hosts file refuses to save

I just get an error saying the file cannot be created.

 
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Sooo. Badge of the day requires a less than user friendly workaround to even get to the game, for a game that the developers have all but abandoned? Yeah. I’m seeing too much like this lately. Time to find a new site to play at, Kong has jumped the shark.