Software and Technology Ramblings

December 6, 2010

Error Installing Telescope Theme for Magento 1.4

Filed under: E-commerce — Tags: — Ryan Dingus @ 4:39 pm

As you probably know, or are about to learn, theme packaging has changed with the advent of Magento version 1.4. You can learn more details about those changes here:

The free, flexible, and very popular Telescope Theme can be downloaded and installed via Magento Connect with extension key ‘magento-community/TelescopeTheme-0.6′. Note that the beta version must be used.

Upon install completion, an error appears on the magento frontend:
Fatal error: Call to a member function toHtml() on a non-object in {your_path}/app/code/core/Mage/Core/Model/Layout.php

The fix:

The issue is with page.xml in the Telescope theme files:

Locate the file app/design/frontend/TelescopeTheme/default/layout/page.xml

Edit the file and replace the following line:

<block type="core/profiler" output="toHtml"/>


<block type="core/profiler" output="toHtml" name="core_profiler"/>

Then clear your store cache via the admin or by deleting var/cache and var/session.

Activating the Telescope Theme in Magento 1.4:

Activating the newly installed Telescope Theme is also a bit different than in previous 1.3.x versions of Magento.  Here is a screenshot for reference as configured under System -> Configuration -> General -> Design.  Update values to those below, then refresh your cache again.  The Telescope Theme should now appear on the front end without error.

Activating the Telescope Theme in Magento 1.4

Activating the Telescope Theme in Magento 1.4

September 14, 2010

Authorize.NET – The merchant login ID or password is invalid or the account is inactive

Filed under: E-commerce — Tags: , — Doug Hays @ 10:28 pm

I’m adding Authorize.NET to one of my client’s CakePHP apps and used the Authorize.NET CakePHP Component which saved me a world of time.

But, after setting everything up, I ran my first transaction and got this error: The merchant login ID or password is invalid or the account is inactive. I double checked my API Login ID and Transaction Key and they were correct. Finally, I stumbled on a helpful thread that set me in the right direction.

I was using the URL but that is only for developer accounts. Even if you are in Test mode, but have a ‘Normal’ Authorize.NET account, you need to use the URL.

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