October 06, 2022

It Woiked!

A few days ago I called Apple support and tried to find out why my efforts to get my PS-2 to stream through my iMac were coming to naught. The 3 very expensive pieces of kit I had obtained to facilitate this IT alchemy were very clear that they were compatible with Macintosh products. 

After going through every step with them, giving them the product numbers and my iMac's stats, tech support informed me that what I was trying to do should actually be happening. I pointed out that I had already reset my iMac to factory settings while trying to sort this out, (WHICH WAS A MASSIVE PAIN) and the tech support brahmin noted that given my model of iMac (Retina 4k, 21.5inch) there was a possibility that ALL of my USBa ports had partially died. So he set me up with an appointment at the Apple Store. After work, I showered, packed up Gura, the PS2 and all the kit I'd bought, got in the car and drove 50 minutes to Virginia Beach. 

When I unpacked the computer, they were like "Oh wow! A classic model!" (I bought it in 2019...admittedly, that was the tail end of the 'before time' but...) After some explaining, they agreed that I should theoretically be able to do what I was trying to do (stream on Twitch with a PS2 via an iMac ) and the tech began to test my machine to find out if the USBa ports were partially dead. (They seem to work fine for everything except the kit I got to stream) after some time they determined that the iMac was fine. 

What it turned out to be was a MacOS update that made the machine incompatible with the non-Apple kit. After some searching one Apple Store employee turned up a software patch that countered the update. 

I had run to the streamers room so I don't know if the patch required the use of TERMINAL or not and did not think to ask at the time. However, while I can't yet run the full streaming software that Elgato provides, I was able to perform a work around with Elgato's recording/editing software that came to some approximation of acceptable. 

To my utter astonishment the service fee was $0.00. 

Even better, I found out that my initial idea of how to do this was correct. Meaning that I can return $160.00 dollars worth of kit to Elgato, meaning that, aside from gas, a trip to the Apple store actually made money.

"Well, that's a sign of the end times!"

Tuesday night I set up everything at home and ran a 2 hr. test stream. Everything worked!


Except the PS2's memory card. 

"I've got to play that whole dungeon AGAIN!?"

A new memory card is on order and is supposed to arrive today. Regardless, my internet alter ego will be streaming as scheduled this evening at 17:30 EDT/21:30UTC @ twitch.tv/Brickmuppet

Come by and say "Hi!" as we play La Pucelle Tactics!

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 01:20 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 Hurrah!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thu Oct 6 16:28:59 2022 (PiXy!)

2 You may want to find out what patch that was and how to install it in case you ever have to reinstall for any reason. Oh, and save a copy of it.

Posted by: StargazerA5 at Fri Oct 7 06:02:09 2022 (TxXrI)

3 Nice!
I played La Pucelle back in the PS/2 days but I never finished it.

Posted by: Rick C at Fri Oct 7 08:40:05 2022 (BMUHC)

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