So early this morning, working with the user “Mattsmgd” on the forum we solved a possible issue that I did not know existed with Rusty Navigator.
The problem existed on a fresh install of Windows 7 x64 and Rusty Navigator would crash upon starting, even with WinPcap installed. Apparently the WinPcap library’s that are used within Rusty Navigator to listen to packet data require a few other .dll’s to run from the Microsoft VC++ Redistributable Package. Without these, the WinPcap .dll’s cannot load at runtime and error out.
You can grab the required package here if you are experiencing this issue. I’m also going to add this to the downloads section. Most computers have this already installed, as its a common requirement for quite a bit of software out there.
A big thanks to everyone who has posted their bugs and suggestions on the Forums. I appreciate your time to let me know! It’s the only way I know to fix something. lol
Quick update for all of you this morning; I’ve had a few suggestions and bug reports that I have been trying to push into this release. I’m just waiting to hear back from a few more users to finalize this next release.
I’ve had a request to remove the status bar which shows the XZ/Heading stuff at the bottom. I’ve made it so it starts with it closed, and you can always turn it on if you want. I agree its not as useful as what it once was, since the GPS needle moves around now.
Secondly, I’ve cleaned up the draw code, its basically as lean as it can be. I’ve had some reports that some people have laggy performance, especially on Windows 8 machines. There are two less controls on the form now ( which really were put there for quick development reasons back in the initial release), and some draw calls wont happen until there is something to draw (ie friends/points). I think I found the issue with some of the frame rate problems, which was one line of code from the old gps 90 degree needle.
Third, people are still having problems here and there with Winpcap which I’m going to try and do something to ease the pain of debugging whats going on when it decides to not work. It seems all of the time, it has to do with the WinPcap service not running correctly with some of the newest versions of windows. As well there is an issue with the gps going all wonky when you walk past towards hacker mountain area. Going to try and work on this and have it corrected.
So if you have come across any bugs, or have any suggestions please head over to the Forum, and post your thoughts. I can try to squeeze them in to the next release. Im looking to release the next version most likely this Tuesday/Wednesday.
Thanks for the support, and i’ll keep you updated!
Just a quick note for all Windows 8.1 users trying to use Rusty Navigator. Apparently there is an issue with the non-pro version of Windows 8.1 not starting the Winpcap service at boot time, so when you try and start Rusty Navigator it will crash with an error. Troubleshooting with a Windows 8.1 user tonight, we found that if you change a simple registry key in windows and reboot it should fix the problem.
Change HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\NPF\Start to value 0×03 (SERVICE_DEMAND_START). In the registry and reboot.
If you do not know how to use the windows registry, you can try starting the Winpcap service by typing the following command:
runas /u:administrator “net start npf”
This should work as well, however you will have to type this command after every reboot. Thanks so much to ‘maukaleoole’ for troubleshooting this fix with me, as I don’t have a Windows 8.1 machine at my disposal.