AMD just released its newest project, the Beta of the Fusion Media Explorer[FME]. This very impressive software is meant to run on an AMD Puma or Dragon platform and give a rich visual entertainment experience that will make the boys in Cupertino green with envy.
The interface is amazing and the performance great, but the problem is that it won’t run on Intel CPUs.
However where there is a will, there is always a way.
Being a highly inquisitive person I decided to dig. My work laptop has an Intel 2.8GHz C2D and an nVidia 8800GTM. So I thought it would be the perfect platform to play. Grabbing the new Beta of FME, I started the Process. I began the installation of the beta and sure enough I was told I needed an AMD CPU to run FME.
Before exiting I grabbed the .msi from the C:\Users\[user name]\AppData\Local\Temp\ folder the file was called f8f432.msi. After copying this to the desktop I clicked the finished button and watched that file disappear from the temp folder.
Next I downloaded SuperOrca which is an MSI editor. Once you get this free software down you can open your newly copied msi.
Scroll down the left pane until you find LaunchConditions. Here you will see something interesting saying APRNOMODIFY > < “AMD” OR SUPPORTINFERIRORTECHNOLGY=”TRUE” right click on this and choose Alter Row.
In the window that opens change “TRUE” to “FALSE”. Close out SuperOrca and double click the .msi.
Once the installer starts it will ask you if you want to find the original .exe tell it yes and browse to where you downloaded it originally. From there it is following the on screen prompts and you are running on an Intel CPU.
Since this is a BETA software AMD may remove this from the final but it is fun to play with it for now. This "how-to" is provided with no warranties expressed or implied use it at your own risk.
***Updated April 09 2:52AM GMT ***
For those of you looking to run this on XP, you need at least SP3 AND Windows Search 4.0. From there change the line under launch conditions that says (VersionNT=600) OR (IGNOREOSRESTRICT="TRUE") to (VersionNT=600) OR (IGNOREOSRESTRICT="FALSE"). follow the rest of the directions above and it should work for you.*** Updated April 10 10:46 PM GMT *** Our first attempt at FME on XP failed the install outside of a Virtual Machine, We are working on this and have succeded in installing FME on XP x64 but are having a small error after, We should have this resolved by tomorrow and will have complete instructions up for installing AMD's Fusion Media Explorer on Windows XP.
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