Friday, September 20, 2013

How to setup Eclipse for C/C++, MinGW and CUTE plugin

Setting Up Eclipse

  • First we need to download Eclipse. Open this link and click on "Windows 32-bit" or "Windows 64-bit" according to your system.
  • After you download the .zip, extract it and place the eclipse folder somewhere you like. I placed mine in C:\Program Files\Eclipse. Here's a screen:

Setting Up MinGW
  • Download MinGW from the link below:
  • Run the installer. Press "Install" and then "Continue".
  • The MinGW Installation Manager should now open. Click on "Basic Setup" on the left side of the window. Then look for "mingw32-base", click on the check box and select "Mark for Installation". Also mark "mingw32-gcc-g++" (Class "bin" and "dev") for Installation.
  • On the main menu bar, click on "Installation" menu and select "Apply Changes". Wait for it to finish.
  • When it is done, you should have something like this:

  • Right-click "My Computer" and select "Properties". Click on "Advanced System Settings". Press "Environment Variables..." and add a new user variable named "Path" and with the location of MinGW bin folder on its value. You should have something like this:

Setting Up CUTE plugin
  • Open Eclipse. If prompted on where to store your workspace, browse to the folder where you want to keep your projects.
  • On the main menu bar, click on "Help" menu and select "Install New Software..."


  • Click "Add..."
  • Fill in the forms:
    • Name: CUTE
    • Location:
  • Press OK.
  • Now select:
    • CUTE Optional Features
    • CUTE Plugin
  • Press "Next" twice, select "I accept (...)" and then press "Finish". When it is done it will prompt you to restart Eclipse.

And that concludes this tutorial.
Hope it helped you!

Henrique Ferrolho

Sunday, September 1, 2013

A media driver your computer needs is missing. [SOLVED]

"A media driver your computer needs is missing. This could be a DVD, USB, or Hard Disk driver. . . ."

It's not the first time I get this error while trying to install Windows 8 (you might be trying to install other version).

I haven't really figured out what causes this error.

I've heard some of the causes:

- It can be because you are trying to install windows from a usb 3.0 pen your motherboard does not support yet. Solution: use a usb 2.0 port!

- It can also be because of an incompatible device, such as a card reader. Solution: try to unplug everything you don't need (such as fingerprint reader, card readers, etc...) and retry installing windows. The error should be gone.

In my case, none of those were the causes. I don't know what it was, maybe it has to do with the hard disk itself... Anyway, here is MY solution, I mean, the workaround that WORKED WITH ME when I tried installing windows 8.

1st time:
I used windows 7 installation disk to try to repair my computer.Yes, Windows (SEVEN) 7! Yes, I was installing windows 8. But I used the 7 repair tool, since it is much powerful (IMO) than the one that comes with the windows 8 disk.

The windows 7 repair tool successfully repaired my computer and when I tried to install Windows 8 again, the error was gone.

2nd time:
I had to format my laptop and reinstall Windows 8. The same error came up. The windows 7 disk was not with me so I could not use it. I went to advanced options menu (still in the windows 8 disk) and tried to repair. Didn't work. I started the command line option and formatted my hard disk (drive d: in that day). So: I typed: "d:" and then "format d:". It started formatting my local disk but it was taking too long. When it was on 7%, I ctrl+C (breaked) the operation. And when I restarted the windows 8 setup, the error was gone :D

Hope this helps!