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  1. retiredfromlife

    Tomb Raider Gameplay

    Yes I seem to be noticing that an even clicking of the keys reasonably quickly is better than a fast mash. I can see they may have been trying to give a sense of panic but I am beginning to dislike these QTE's very quickly. Wish I had read a few reviews before I parted with the money. Regards MarkL
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    Tomb Raider Gameplay

    Just finished it, it goes as follows < & > (A & D) mashing for fight back (must be consistent rate rather then fast) Hand Shows, so press "E" the gun starts to point back. Then left mount click. I did not see any prompt for the left mouse click or the "!" for "F" key. I fired before the gun pointed fully back as it does not seem to point back fully, as I found out by dying yet again. Darn frustrating. Same for the wolf in the cave a little bit further. If you do not get the A & D left - right thrash correct you get no further prompts. This is a real key board wrecker me thinks. An interesting game but I would not recommend it because of these key mashing sequences. Now up the climb to the top of the tower with the radio, and as you can guess half way up having problems jumping from one rock to another. Having a break before trying again. I should have an XBox wired controller by the end of this week. Decided on the wired one as I saw a few problems with the wireless one Cheers MarkL
  3. retiredfromlife

    Tomb Raider Gameplay

    Thanks, I will give that a go. Regards MarkL
  4. I am in the process of selecting parts for my first full PC build and realised that since I have never replaced a mother board my knowledge seems to be missing a vital part for the assembly. Most bits in a PC are fairly obvious where they go but looking at the manual for the mother board I am thinking of buying an MSI Motherboard Z68A-GD65 (G3) I found out I do not really understand how to hook up the front panel. I notice that in the manual the jumper pins for each panel item have a + / -. From looking at my two PC's that I already have the case leads do not seem to follow any convention. Lead colours and item positions on the front panel are different on each motherboard. On my corsair 800D the jumper blocks have what they are for on them but all the leads are black so how you know which is + or - I have no idea. My other case an old Antec the leads are coloured as per below with the left one being on the positive pin. Red - Black Green - Yellow Purple - White another lead with orange - yellow for HDD light, no idea which is positive here as manual makes no indication of the pine in the manual at all. From what I read in the MSI manual their board follows some sort of Intel standard but I can not seem to find anything on the web. Are there any guides that can shed light on how to hook up the from panel on cases, any colour coding guides for wires that indicate which is positive? But if both a Black it makes it a bit harder. On gigabyte boards at least the jumper positions are coloured, but not on the MSI boards. What would happen if the jumpers were put on either the wrong way round or on totally the wrong pins. Will the board be damaged. Even though I like the MSI board I may have to pick another brand if they are better labeled for first time builders. One last question are there brands of baord and cases that are better labeled for beginners to use for building. Obviously the corsair 800D with all black leads would not be my choice. Any help will be appreciated. Regards MarkL
  5. retiredfromlife

    PS/2 vs USB

    When booting from DVD rescue disks I find PS2 far more reliable, same when installing operating systems sometimes. PS2 seems more reliable. They say less keyboard ghosting as well, But at my typing speed I would never know. I wish they made good top end boards with two PS2 again. Cheers.
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    Do any of you still use Winzip?

    I use 7Zip and Winzip. My work has now moved to 7zip as well. I used to use Winrar all the time but used to get some corrupted files when copying to my USB backup hard drive. Cheers
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    DayZ Single Player

    Yes looks like the SP mod has been pulled. Looks like online only now. Cheers
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    DayZ Single Player

    Just purchased Arma 2 from Gog.com to play DayZ. I am trying to find out what files I need to play single player off line. I seem to be getting conflicting information when I google for single player. Seems like some of the files have been removed from the hosting site. Does anyone know what I need and where to get the files and get the SP offline up and running. Any help will be appreciated. Cheers.
  9. For my next build I want to use a premium case, as less plastic as possible and a case that will last a few builds. I intend using it for an air over clocked sandy bridge or ivy bridge CPU. I only want a mild over clock, just over 4.0 gig to help flight Simulator with large custom sceneries. To this end I am thinking of Lian Li for the case either PC-P80N or PC-V2120. I was going to use a HAF X, but thought this time I want a quality case. I like the layout of the V2120 a bit more than the P80N as it has more bays but the cable routing on the motherboard tray has me concerned. From viewing reviews written and YouTube there seems to be two motherboard trays shown. Some with cable routing elliptical rubber lined holes like the P80N but fewer, and some showing just a few oblong cut-outs with no rubber. Not enough for cable management. From viewing the pictures of the V2120 at PC-Casegear and the manual from Lian Li site the motherboard only has the oblong slots in the motherboard tray not the rubber lined holes like some of the YouTube videos. Not sure if the pictures are out of date as I would have thought the elliptical rubber lined holes would be the more recent ones. The PC-P80N looks OK nicely laid out but only three external drive bays, and I like to use a lot of these so the V2120 is better in that respect. The P80N appears to have more inlet fans and an easy to clean filter, but the case does not look as nice as the V2120 odd shape. One thing that does concern me about Lian Li cases are the threaded holes. On the cases I have seen these do not have inserts and I wonder how many times you can use the threads before they strip. In theory a thread should be as deep as it’s diameter at least and the motherboard trays have threads no where near that depth so I wonder how long they will last through upgrades, same for expansion slot hold down screws. Aluminium is not the best material for screw threads. Has anyone used one of these boards? Any advice will be appreciated. Regards MarkL
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    Lian Li Case PC-P80N or PC-V2120

    Unfortunately the Cosmos II is 20mm too high to go under my desk. I do not know why they made it over 700mm high as that is higher than a standard work desk as well. Regards
  11. retiredfromlife

    Keyboards

    I have a few of the Logitech Boards with the macros. For flight sims they are great. With the first ones the painted key marking came off which was a bummer. But making and switching macros is great with their boards, durability not so good. I wanted to try a Corsair one with mecanical keys but when I found out not all the keys were mecanical I decided against them as there was no point since I use the macros keys the most and they are just normal keys. Guess I will stick with Logitech for the time being. Regards MarkL
  12. I have purchased a Noctua NH-C12P-SE14 cooler for my 1155 2500K motherboard. http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_p...oducts_id=12956 I have the main mount screwed on but would like to check how tight to tighten the 4 screws that hold the back plate assembly together. I have a tendency to over tighten things and have been known to strip threads. The 4 screws that go from the back plate have a shoulder on them. Should I tighten down till the nuts hit the shoulder? So far I have snugged them up fairly tightly but they have not bottomed out yet. I should imagine if they are too loose they may vibrate loose and there is not locking device on the nuts, like some lock nuts. But not sure if they can be overtightened either. The manual does not state tighten up to the bolt (Screw) shoulder. Previously I have just fitted coolers with push pins to make it nice and easy. Any advice would be appreciated. Regards MarkL
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    Noctua CPU Cooler Installation Question

    I am only tightning the bottom section (base) at this time, not the cooler to mount. I downloaded the latest manual and it says tighten till it stops. This is the lower half (base) that screws to the mother board, not the the cooler. Problem is it is very hard to tell when you bottom out when assembled. I think the pad on the underneith side gets compressed making it hard to tell when the shoulder bolt and nut mate. It is easy unassembled. If it had a better quality screw thread it would be easier. Putting the cooler to the base is easy, as you can tell much easier when the screws bottom out. Guess I will just have to make my best guess and hope for the best. Cheers MarkL EDIT; I can see now why it is hard to tell if the nuts have bottomed out on the shoulder bolts. The top plate of the base mount is channel shaped and the nut has it's lower half turned down to fit in the channel. The top half of the nut with the knurled finish rubs on the legs of the channel, just. This makes the nut bind a little making it hard to tell when you have bottomed out. This may be their locking device not sure, but it makes the assembly a bit harder. If I just tighten by hand using the knurled top half I do not think it may be bottomed out correctly, but if I use a screw driver I may over tighten a bit not sure.
  14. retiredfromlife

    How to Register Games On Steam

    That option sounds OK. I have a few 2TB external usb drives. The install crashed part way through so I will have to start over again. I have no idea what went wrong. I wish you could just download the installer like Gamersgate and just connect to the web when installing. Hope it does not crash too many times. That's one of the problems I find with TPG you often loose your connection so I normally don't like to download things without a download manager. Cheers MarkL
  15. retiredfromlife

    How to Register Games On Steam

    Alright this question should never have to be asked you say, but I have just purchased my first game that needs registering with Steam. The Game is X3 Superbox. Supposidly if I register with my code from the box I can get the next installment for free. I look at the FAQ and it says; Please follow these instructions to activate a new retail purchase on Steam: 1. Launch Steam and log into your Steam account. 2. Click the Games Menu. 3. Choose Activate a Product on Steam... 4. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the process. I install Steam and log into my account. But there are only two options Licenses + Subscriptions and Store Transactions Neither has a games menu. What am I missing? Also when I attempt to run steam it tells me I have to be connected to the internet. All while I am viewing my account logged in and typing this. Zone Alarm is not blocking it either. Nothing like a good impression first up. Wish this was as easy as buying from GoG.com. Any help will be appreciated. Regards.
  16. retiredfromlife

    How to Register Games On Steam

    Thanks I will give that a go. Regards MarkL
  17. retiredfromlife

    How to Register Games On Steam

    Thanks for the replies, Deleting ClientRegistry.blob seemed to do the trick. I have now managed to register the game. I could not find the same spot as the picture from linked to above but found another spot. It lists the whole X Superbox and the next installment for installing. Is there a way to save the setup files to avoid having to download them when it is time for a reinstall? So far I just have the option to install, and estimated time 19 hours for my connection type. I would say it wont take that long I hope but one never knows. Regards MarkL
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    How to Register Games On Steam

    That may be my problem, I cannot open steam from my PC as it tells me I am not connected to the net. But I obviously are as I can open my account and post. When I try to open steam on my PC it tries to update then gives the message ERROR Steam.exe(main exception): To Run Steam, you must first be connect to the Internet. OK My firewall is not blocking it so not sure what is going on. I double checked that the windows firewall was not switched on via an update as well. I do not know why Steam cannot connect because I chacked my Matrix Games and GoG accounts and they can both connect. On my account page all I have are icons to sort games links to home page and the forums etc, not like yours. The game is a retail box X3 Superbox. To get the next version Albion Prelude I do not even install the version I have as you have to download the steam version to get Albion Prelude as it is steam only. I'm sure this will be an easy one to fix once I find the problem. Cheers MarkL
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    Where are all the Z68 Mobo's?

    Your right the Z68 seem to be obsolete before they took off. I got the last MSI Z68A GD65 (G3) from PC CaseGear. They indicated they would not be getting any more in. Unless a new chipset will be coming out for Ivy Bridge support, socket 1155 looks a little stale now. Regards MarkL
  20. I was thinking of updating to an Z68 board as mine is only a dual core PC, socket 775. The MSI Motherboard Z68A-GD65 (G3) looks to have great features on the board for the price and I like the auto overclocking on the board. Reviews seem to be a mixed bag though. Some say it is rock solid and stable, but the forums seem to be full of people who have major BIOS problems and problems updating the BIOS, and temperature problems. Has anyone had experience with this board or similar MSI boards? For what you get it seems very cheap. http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/Z68A-GD65-G3/1.html I have spent most of the day going through the forums and are not not sure. This is the first time I have done much research on a board so I do not know if it is typical to find a lot of negative reviews. Most review sites give it good review. Most bad reviews have come from users reporting problems with builds, which I suppose would be correct. Do MSI have problems with their new BIOS? Any advice on this board would be appreciated, especially and purchase recomendations. Regards MarkL
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    MSI Motherboard Z68A-GD65 (G3) Advice

    that reminds me, if your a noob it has OC genie, press a button before you boot up, and it will give you ~4.2ghz off the bat. That's the reason I purchased the MSI board, the OC button. I have never overclocked before so this will be a good start. I got the last one they had at PC Case Gear. Seems like these boards are no longer available, luckily I got in when I did. Got it for $209.00 which I think was not too bad a price. There is not much news about new 1155 boards at the moment. Are they going obsolete or just waiting for a new chipset for Ivy Bridge? Regards MarkL
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    MSI Motherboard Z68A-GD65 (G3) Advice

    I must admit the GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 looks good as well. The underside around the CPU socket looks a lot cleaner than the MSI model. Fitting a cooler would be a lot easier. Regards MarkL
  23. retiredfromlife

    XP Support in INY Bridge ?

    I am trying to decide if I should buy a socket 1155 with an 2500K processor Z68 chipset or wait for the newer 2011 boards to come out with a good range and faster CPU's but I have read that after the Z68 chipset XP will not be fully supported. That XP will have to be installed in IDE mode what ever that is. Does anyone know the extent of XP support in the newer chipsets. I will be mainly using Win 7 but I want the option of of booting into WinXP for some applications that will not run under Win7. One the article I read (Cant find it again) it indicated you would have to go into the BIOS each time you wanted to boot to XP and change a parameter. Is this correct? Regards MarkL
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    XP Support in INY Bridge ?

    Thanks for the replies. From the above posts and a bit of internet searching I have a little bit better understanding of what Ivy Bridge brings to the table. I was going to upgrade my old 3.1 gig dual core PC and ditch the old bits. When I looked into it I only have to spend $400.00 more and I can build a whole new PC, and keep the old box for XP. Probably a better solution all round, and no need to be concerned about XP in the future. Glad you all could make out what I was asking, just noticed how many typo's I have made including the topic heading. My typing skills are about as good as my PC skills it appears. The games I have had problems with in Win7 are RedBaron 3D, Mechwarrior Titanium and similar from that age. My web surfing box is an old P4 3.2, that I could get a better card for and use that for old games as well. I think now for my next PC I will forget about XP, and leave to the old hardware. Regards MarkL
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    XP Support in INY Bridge ?

    I cant find the original article that mentioned Ivy Bridge but just found this regarding future chipsets, trouble is I do not know what it means. Seems to indicate only partial XP support in the future if correct. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_X79 Partial support for Windows XP The X79 chipset does not support installing Windows XP in AHCI mode for Intel's Serial ATA controllers as Intel won't release AHCI drivers for 32-bit Windows XP. [4] Windows XP can be installed in IDE mode but without SATA features enabled. For users that dual boot Windows XP with another operating system installed in AHCI mode, this means changing to IDE mode every time to boot into Windows XP or install the other OS also in IDE mode. For X79 motherboards with third party SATA disk controllers, Windows XP AHCI drivers may still be supported by the disk controller vendor. The original article that I can no longer find mentioned the same lack of support in all ivy bridge chips. But is it correct? Also I do not really understand AHCI versus IDE mode, or what the above really means in practical situations. So what I am trying to work out is should I upgrade now using the X68 chip with full XP support or wait for ivy bridge, as it has some faster processors that interest me. Regards MarkL
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