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November 08, 2007

Electric Sheep MegaPacks

Just uploaded 9GB of Electric Sheep in megapacks (mirror), where it joins the 2.8GB already available. This is the easiest way to get your flock going if the automatic downloader isn't working.

Instructions: Download one or more, unzip, and place the mpg files in your cache directory. By default on Windows XP that's "c:\windows\system32\electricsheep-cache\mpeg", On Mac OS X it's "~/Library/Application Support/ElectricSheep", and on Linux it's "~/.sheep". On Vista, it's the same as on XP but you need to create the "mpeg" subdirectory yourself.

Thanks Dreamhosters! Posted by spot at November 8, 2007 06:07 PM

Fuck yeah! I've been waiting for years for this to happen. I got a new computer and its the most pwn. 24" iMac. These 11+GB will be fan-bloody-tastic. Cheers, guy. Posted by: Daniel Fowler at November 8, 2007 08:31 PM
Excellent! Posted by: Ken Crick at November 9, 2007 01:21 PM
electric sheep ftw Posted by: ryan at November 10, 2007 07:52 PM
i downloaded electric sheep for mac os x and i have gotten it to work with some megapacks, but it is all pixelated/grainy and there are pauses when it goes from sheep to sheep. Posted by: chester at November 11, 2007 11:54 AM
I can't download new sheep via the screensaver because of my network's firewall (and I don't have the ability to change anything), but I can download the megapacks manually. They're in my cache folder, but they won't work on screensaver; it just keeps trying to download a new one. Posted by: mike at November 13, 2007 05:09 AM
yeah. thanks man. This is the best ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Posted by: Luca at November 14, 2007 10:31 AM
In order for the program to work in a 64-bit version of vista, the screen saver must be in C:\Windows\SysWOW64 and the videos in C:\Windows\System32\electricsheep-cache\mpeg by default they are both installed within the SysWOW64 folder. Posted by: Nashenas at November 16, 2007 03:46 AM
I was just watching a rather wierd thing about a bunch of riverdancers dressed in kind of military outfits. this relates to screen savers in a way that should be obvious to anyone who really knows anything. Posted by: Dennis at November 20, 2007 06:35 PM
id like to join im new t this all this techno bedazzlement! so ... blow my mind my brothahhs n sistahhsssss show me what you got! thank you n i love ya too! Cheers! laura Posted by: dreds at November 25, 2007 04:44 PM
hey i downlowded bittorrent and stuff but i cant get any of it to work this stuff looks realy cool can someone tell me what i might be doing wrong?? Posted by: dane at November 28, 2007 03:32 PM
love the sheep. Posted by: Judy at November 28, 2007 10:56 PM
AAArgh!! Today the megapack link gives an "HTTP 404" ERROR! I can't live without those beautiful sheeps!! Posted by: Guido at November 30, 2007 06:31 AM
my account went over quota, it should return soon. You can donate directly to my bandwidth bills here: i believe that would also bring the megapacks back up, but i don't know how fast or for how long. thanks! Posted by: spot at November 30, 2007 12:13 PM
couldn't you store the megapack on or so??? the link is down :( Posted by: hq at December 2, 2007 09:58 AM
Now it works again : ) Posted by: Guido at December 3, 2007 10:49 AM
ok i put one of them on archive, see Posted by: spot at December 5, 2007 12:24 PM
Did you incredibly smart people know that you can rename any MPG file to (00202=82541=82194=82014.mpg) or similar and it reads just fine? Find an old one that you DONT like rename your MPG to that name. Done. Tested working, with Vista Dreamscene content. :) Tha Ryddla Artist=Tha Ryddla Posted by: Justin Fockler at December 6, 2007 08:54 AM
Exelent scrensaver, thx -- Bam Forum für Musiker von Musiker Posted by: Bam Dorner at December 19, 2007 06:21 PM
does anyone know what the default cache directory is on vista? doesnt seem to be able to unzip correctly Posted by: spensoo at December 22, 2007 08:20 PM
For the poster above, someone already posted: "In order for the program to work in a 64-bit version of vista, the screen saver must be in C:\Windows\SysWOW64 and the videos in C:\Windows\System32\electricsheep-cache\mpeg by default they are both installed within the SysWOW64 folder" Personally I have Vista 32 and the default directory of system32\electricsheep-cache\mpeg works fine. Posted by: Rob at December 23, 2007 06:20 AM
ok Posted by: mikulas at January 7, 2008 02:11 AM
Why don't you put them on BitTorrent too? Posted by: Nicolas at January 9, 2008 10:20 AM
Hopefully this will provide for some longer sequences. :) Just a little advice to save traffic: If you already have the 98 a,b,c megapacks, _don't_ download 99 a,b - those contain only doublets. Posted by: guest at January 14, 2008 02:39 PM
Wonderful stuff, downloaded 7-8 gigs of the stuff, and that is plenty for me. Really great screen saver! Posted by: SDO at January 14, 2008 11:08 PM
looking forward to see this thing Posted by: oli at January 14, 2008 11:28 PM
blabla bla Posted by: olafur-haralds at January 14, 2008 11:30 PM
Im running on a macbook pro Os X and i having issues getting sheep to download on there own. Anyone else getting this? Posted by: Tulip at January 31, 2008 10:34 AM
How long is the initial installation supposed to take? I'm running on a Mac Power PC G4 64-bit graphics card, on top of a 1.25-mega hertz processor. ... It's been like roughly five hours so far + no download process gauge. Posted by: Chadabox at February 6, 2008 02:26 AM
Just a FYI, if you run linux and windows on the same box and want to share sheep in both environments, copy everything from your .sheep directory to you mpeg directory on your windows drive then delete your .sheep directory and create a symlink pointing to your windows cache/mpeg drive with the command "ln -s /media/disk/Program\ Files/ElectricSheep/cache/mpeg ~/.sheep" Posted by: mattymonkey at February 7, 2008 01:12 PM
totally f'n inspiring shit this running on the computer i make music with and it's da' real shit - no doubt. fuckin' hilarious riverdance comment dennis... cheers! Posted by: teddy d. at February 7, 2008 06:51 PM
hey mattmonkey - duh! like, state the obvious dude...symlink? you should get out more bro'... Posted by: jarvis cock at February 7, 2008 06:56 PM
No offense...But, what is the point of downloading all the mega packs only for the engine to delete them all right afterwards? I downloaded all of them, unzipped them and placed them into the proper folder...and after the screensaver runs, I went back to check the folder, and *poof* they were all deleted. According to your FAQ, old sheep are deleted...which I assume is what is happening. Any advice? Posted by: Noir at February 8, 2008 10:30 AM
@noir: increase the cache size to hold more sheep. this setting is in the configuration dialog. Posted by: spot at February 8, 2008 11:27 AM
if you have XP 64-bit version you need to put the downloaded files in 'C:\WINDOWS\SysWOW64\electricsheep-cache\mpeg' Posted by: RockinGamer752 at February 14, 2008 07:36 PM
I noticed the same thing, that my sheep were being deleted. I want to know, what would happed if I put the cache to 0, would my computer explode, slow down, something? Or is it completely safe to put it to zero? Posted by: GuephRen at March 7, 2008 05:12 PM
0 cache size means unlimited. it's safe but it will eventually take a lot of disk space. Posted by: spot at March 8, 2008 11:21 AM
To the Poster above, Chester, i downloaded electric sheep for mac os x and i have gotten it to work with some megapacks, but it is all pixelated/grainy and there are pauses when it goes from sheep to sheep. Posted by: chester at November 11, 2007 11:54 AM The same is happening to me, can anybody help me out? Posted by: Aaron at March 22, 2008 01:27 PM
I have Vista 32 bit, and i want the sheep to play continually without skipping in between the clips, do you have longer clips or a way to combine them so they do not skip? Posted by: David at April 10, 2008 06:33 AM
I have the same problem on Vista 32-bit, skipping in between clips and pixelated. Please advise. Thanks. Posted by: DAG at April 11, 2008 01:33 PM
I am using Vista 32-bit. And every time I unzip the videos into the default directory of system32\electricsheep-cache. I get spammed with popups of "Rundll32 Error" and saying the program has stopped working and or is not responding. Any idea hwy this is happening? Posted by: Kyle at April 16, 2008 07:22 AM
booom ! Posted by: Asio at April 16, 2008 12:50 PM
Lets Help seed this file on TPB! It's 11GB Posted by: JimmyTheGent at April 19, 2008 03:49 AM
I saw a vid on youtube, and thought i just had to try this out. unfortunatly, my internet is a 64Kb connection (yup Kb not even KB), so downloading these packs is going to take a few weeks :) Q how many packs are really needed? if i were to download just the first 101MB, how many "sheeps" is this? how long would my screensaver last? Posted by: Stef at May 2, 2008 11:41 AM
NN Posted by: max at May 16, 2008 11:12 PM
wow, 6 kb/s for a 800 mb file, can i come over with my usb drive? seriously you made a nice tool, but people wont donwload it under these circumstances and fuck this security code! even worse than rapidshare Posted by: while at June 26, 2008 09:29 AM are these megapacks NEW sheep? Or are they combined packs of the old sheep into one "megapack" for easier download? Posted by: via at August 30, 2008 09:43 AM
okay. so i just downloaded the program itself, but nothing is downloading and I'm having trouble interpreting directions on what to do. Can someone please help me? it would mean the world to me. this program is incredible. please respond THANK YOU!! Posted by: DrownDevotchka at October 3, 2008 01:23 AM
Dear god this is going to take forever. The link is down half the time and now that it is my BROADBAND connection is downloading at like 3 kb/s. YAY!!!! -_- Posted by: Mano at March 8, 2009 02:41 PM
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