Archives: 'Software'

Logitech G Series Keyboard Lighting Profiles

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

Are you looking for Logitech G Series lighting profiles for keyboards like the G810 or G900? Here are the profiles I’ve custom created for various games:

Fallout 4


Jump Gunners

Legend of Grimrock 2

Spintires: Mudrunner

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands (Custom)

Tom Clancys Rainbow Six Siege

Note: Use Logitech Gaming Software to import the profile. Then use LGS to edit the path to the binary executable.

AcroRd32.exe keeps loading or crashing when I single click a PDF file

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

I’ve been having an issue on my aging Windows XP dev box (yes, I know I should be upgrading to Windows 7, 8 or 10, but with some old legacy systems sometimes that isn’t possible).  Sometimes when I single click on a PDF file I’m presented with a dialog box stating that Acrobat Reader has crashed.  Because I have development tools on there I’m also prompted to open a debugger.  Which is a pain.

While watching in Task Manager I found that simply clicking the PDF file once was enough to launch two instances of AcroRd32.exe which, usually, go away after a short while, or sometimes crash.

The reason for this is that Adobe Reader installs what is called a Shell Handler into Windows (

When you click a PDF file the Windows shell looks at the handler for that file type and then the shell handler does something (e.g. updates a thumbnail or adds custom columns to the details view in Windows Explorer). If you use a tool such as ShellExView from Nirsoft ( you can look at all the shell handlers installed on your PC (both 32 and 64 bit versions are available).


If you’re having problems when you click PDF files or simply don’t want AcroRd32.exe to load each and every time you click a PDF then just load the ShellExView program and look for “PDF Shell Extension” in the “Extension Name” column. There should be about 2 occurrences. Right click on one of them (it doesn’t matter which) and choose “Disable Selected Items”. BOTH items will be disabled.

Just remember that you’ll also lose thumbnail previews of your PDF files as this shell extension does both thumbnails and custom column info in Windows Explorer.

Also, re-installing or updating Adobe Reader is likely to reset this back to “enabled”.

Use the same tool to enable or disable the shell extensions as required. Enabling one will enable both.

Another option is to install a different PDF reader application.  There are a few free applications available that do everything Adobe Reader can do and sometimes more:

Foxit Reader (

Nuance PDF Reader (

Nitro PDF Reader (

Sumatra (

ROCCAT Kone[+] Scroll Wheel glitch

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

In the last few months the scroll wheel has started to play up on my ROCCAT Kone[+].  When scrolling up or down the mouse sometimes scrolls in the opposite direction briefly before correcting itself and scrolling in the right direction. The problem got worse and worse until I seriously considered throwing it away. Essentially the scroll wheel stopped being usable.

Of the two “fixes”, one made things slightly better for literally about 5 minutes (blowing air into the gaps around the scroll wheel) and the other wasn’t something I wanted to try with a mouse this expensive (spraying WD40 into the scroll wheel). There are many videos on YouTube showing the glitch in action.

Thankfully ROCCAT listened to their customers and at the end of October 2011 released a new driver/firmware pack (Driver v1.49 / Firmware v1.45) that so far has fixed the problem:

The release notes are:
– Optimized scroll wheel behavior
– Minor bug fixes

It’s now March 2012 so I expect lots of people have found this fix already but I can confirm that the scroll wheel glitch is fixed.  My Kone[+] was experiencing the issue immediately before I upgraded.  Immediately after the upgrade I have been unable to reproduce the scroll glitch despite trying hard.

I would recommend this driver/firmware combo to everyone experiencing this issue.


UPDATE: This fixed the problem for about a week.  The scroll wheel is now as bad as before.  This has to be related to physical attributes of the wheel that the firmware adjusted the first time around (sensitivity to dust perhaps?).

ROCCAT Kone[+] Firmware Install Problems

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

So.  I paid nearly £70 for a ROCCAT Kone[+] mouse and it arrived with the base firmware (v1.19) installed.

That’s not too surprising and as the mouse drivers also come with the firmware I thought the best thing to do was to grab the latest drivers (driver v1.48, firmware v1.43) from the website ( and install them.

Windows 7 prompted me to allow the ROCCAT firmware updater to have special access to my machine, which I allowed.  I was asked to click “OK” to update the mouse with the latest firmware.  I clicked “OK” and after only a short period was presented with an error message saying that the firmware update failed.

After a lot of trial and error I solved the problem by downloading the next version on from the version installed in my mouse.  I already had firmware v1.19 so I downloaded firmware v1.20 ( and installed the mouse driver then ran the firmware updater again.  This time it installed the firmware without problem.

I then downloaded firmware version v1.30 ( and tried updating to that version.  Again it worked fine!

Lastly I downloaded and installed driver v1.48 that comes with firmware v1.43 ( and this time the installation of the firmware was successful!  It’s a really painful way to update the firmware but I got there in the end.

With firmware v1.19 and driver v 1.48 I also experienced problems with the ROCCAT Talk application not working and with the lights on the mouse not responding to changes made in the control panel.  I’ve put this down to a mismatch of drivers and firmware that has since been resolved by upgrading to the latest of both using the method described above.


I’ve since been told by the chap that runs pcGameware (Hi James!) that the Driver v1.44/Firmware v1.39 package installs the firmware perfectly on top of firmware v1.19 so that could be a quick way to fixing your problems.  Link here: pcGameware Review of Roccat Kone[+]