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27Feb/110

More shooting

I want to buy a pistol. So fun. Brian's PS90 is awesome but the ammo is pricey. $20 for 50 rounds, all done in about 5 minutes. That's the same cost/minute as a lapdance.

I picked mullet man this time. Here he is with his nipple targets and bindi

Shot Brian's P2000 SK again. Here's my 50 round grouping. I'm getting better. Need to work on the vertical alignment. Glad I'm not pulling left or right though.

Brian's pistol head shots (and video)

And the awesome PS90. The EO Tech sight is like cheating. Another 50 rounds I put into his dangerous nips @ 75 ft

Video of Brian and his PS90

Guns n' Food
Ended the night with some seafood Jajangmyeon with Peter and Kat

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25Feb/112

Books

I popped my Kindle cherry and finished my first books:
The City & the City by China MiƩville - Thumbs up. A neat detective/mystery story set in an interesting place...
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow - Quick and easy read. Liked it. Raises interesting concerns about security, privacy, and how much we allow our Govt to run our lives.

Currently reading...
Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins - stopped about 10% through. So. Dry. Like a desert. I like Dawkins but I'll revisit when I'm more focused.
God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens - I'm 15% through so far and really enjoying Hitchens' writing style. Clever bloke.

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24Feb/1113

Fanatec Clubsport Pedal Brake Problems

After much forum-hunting for solutions, I finally fixed (for now) my CSP brake issue. This post is a compilation of solutions I've found across the web for this problem.

As much as I love my Fanatec clubsport pedals, it developed a nagging issue where the brake would get stuck. Games and driver software would register the brake as engaged when it wasn't.

It was basically showing this in GT5 after I would use the brake:

I installed the drivers on my computer and the driver software was showing the same thing: the brake would sometimes stay engaged after use

If you are having this issue, I recommend in order:
1. Clean out the gap on the pedal return plate:

2. Update the clubsport pedal firmware to see if adding deadzone will fix the issue. Check this link too

3. Disassemble the pedals and then:

4. Modify the foam that is found in the brake chamber

This was recommended by Fanatec Customer support; I imagine this is to prevent any edges from adding more friction within the chamber and keeping the brake engaged

5. Clean out the brake chamber/cylinder and apply fresh Dry Bicycle lube

6. Tighten all screws and nuts, including the ones that hold your load cell in place:

7. Put the pedals back together and try them out. Did this fix your brake problem?

8. If not, I think you need a new load cell. Contact Fanatec Customer support
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Be prepared to wait awhile.

Other notes from my journey:

I did all the steps I noted above and what worked for me was a new load cell. I also modified the foam at the same time but I still think it was the faulty load cell. It's been working well so far but who knows for how long. Might be a good idea to buy additional ones to stock up on just in case. Although it's very lame to have to buy more product just to keep a $200 pedal set working. Fanatec should offer free load cell replacements for those who need them instead of trying to nickle and dime us for parts.

The inner screw here was a pain in the ass to unscrew, due to the lack of room to get a hex key in there and turn. Get ready for frustration

Before installing the load cell, I wanted to see if I could get rid of my brake issue using new firmware. I tried different CSP dead zone firmwares, even installing the 'd10' version, but it did not seem to work for me. I did not even notice any additional dead zone for the brake. I followed the instructions exactly, even using Windows XP 32-bit. I wish there was an easy way to see if the firmware installed correctly.

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17Feb/110

New sticks

Couple of new PS3 sticks, thanks to Garry and SCT

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