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About to install win 8 on gaming pc - Origin question

Question: About to install win 8 on gaming pc - Origin question

Hi. as teh title says i am going to install win8.

i currently have steam and origin hosting most of my games as well as guild wars 2.

With GW2 and steam. i have them on a seperate hdd and can simply run the steam and gw2 app after installing win 8 and it will auto update/setup both ready to play instead of having to redownload all my steam games and gw2 game.

Now my question is, can i do the same with Origin? if so, how?

I do not want to redownload all my games again

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Preferred Solution: About to install win 8 on gaming pc - Origin question

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I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

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Answer: About to install win 8 on gaming pc - Origin question

Id totally avoid windows 8, it's a night mare. I got my 40$ refunded from Microsoft through customer support.

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Anyone out there have feedback on the ORIGIN EON15-X laptop? Looks really good to me but am having a hard time finding more information.
Would love to hear what the WC folks have to say about it.

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Simple, built-in Mixer streaming provides low-latency, interactive moments for viewers and streamers to watch or interact with other gamers?no extra hardware or software required, while Xbox Play Anywhere enables you to buy a game once and play it on both your Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. Stay connected with your gaming community through the Xbox app and the power of Xbox Live.

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Designed and engineered by iBUYPOWER, the RGB Cable Combs serves as the final piece of the RGB puzzle, illuminating your exceptional cable management.

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Hi, can someone please help as EA aren't helping me!

Origin was working fine until yesterday. Then it came up with this error code:

The procedure entry point _except1 could not be located in the dynamic link library C:\Program\Origin\Origin.exe.

So I uninstalled Origin, several times and followed EVERYTHING they told me to do, manual uninstall, do it with no anti virus etc. I even tried to download from a third party website, which did progress more in the installation but still failed with even more error messages!

I have had Microsoft access my computer and they have also tried everything and have confirmed that nothing at all is wrong with my laptop (which is what EA was trying to say).

Its really frustrating now and I hope someone can help please!

I have a Toshiba laptop and I am running windows 10.

It was compatible with windows 10 as it was working for a week or so. It did keep crashing but I changed screen resolution and was fine.

I will appreciate any help, Thanks!

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I have on my Chrome browser some cookies, whose origins are not identifiable, as they are listed by such as a string of random letters or numbers.

How may I find by what site they have been placed on the computer? Please.

Answer:Chrome: a question on identifying origin of a cookie.

I'm using Chromium but it should work the same as in Chrome

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Question of the origin of virus, the one that redirects Firefox searches (sends you to,, - Luckily blocked by Web of Trust. Where did this thing come from ?

How did it screw up my tightly guarded computer and somehow not get zapped from a custom HOSTS file.

And I need industrial strength parental controls, since my kid, a teenager proudly informed me he bypassed my last parental controls (Trend Micro)

The redirect virus is gone, but I need these questions answered.

Answer:Question of the origin of virus and perfect parental controls

BeSafe Online is something to look into for parental controls


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Prying Mind want to know I just installed my Origin games in Windows 8.1 Over again.

Answer:Does a install of Windows 10 Affect Steam or Origin in anyway?

post makes no sense.
You need to clarify what the issue is and what you did to bring about said issue.

I don't think it's a lack of coffee that's causing me to not understand, as I've just about finished my pot.

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I'm having issues steam origin or uplay on secondary hd i have never had this issue on windows 7. I did a full fresh install to windows 10 and i'm having this error were i cant delete or run steam or origin or uplay or run any games from my 2nd hd i am on the administrator account.
Please help me.

Answer:Cant install steam origin or uplay on secondary hd

Exactly what error message are you getting? We need more info other than "I can't delete" and "I can't run"
When you go to install these (Steam, Origin, and Uplay), are you choosing to install them (the game hubs themselves) to the secondary drive? Also, in each service's settings (Steam for example) there's settings to choose where to install the games.
Maybe you could try starting over. Right click on the Start button and choose "Programs and Features" at the top of the list. Then scroll down the list, right click on Steam and uninstall. If it won't uninstall it from here, then you'll have to manually remove the Steam folders. (The default location is c:\program files\steam) Then run the installer again, paying attention during the install process, and choose your secondary HDD for the install location. This applies to Steam, as well as the others (Origin, Uplay, Epic games, etc) I have them all installed as well, with many games installed on different drives and have zero issues.
If you still have problems, there's tons of help to be found on the Steampowered site. Here's an example; moving an existing Steam installation to a different drive location.
I hope some of that helps. We're more than happy to help you here, but need more info to work with. Let us know how it goes!

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For Firefox on Win 10:
Have been very happy with UBlock Origin
Also have Privacy Badger Plug-in now
And now, with KIS installed there is the 'Private Browsing' browser plug-in.
Do they all pretty much do the same thing? Block tracking by social networks, web analytics, etc?
I assume that if they do, issues may result with multiple types running.
Should I disable the KIS plug-in and stick with UBlock O? Also, someone mentioned that they keep UBlock and Badger running and that one catches what the other misses...
---->>>> How do the 3 rate? Any recommendations on which one or combinations perform best?
(also running HTTPS Everywhere & minimal version of NoScript)
Noob question on UBlock Origin- the Toggle icons on the bottom- I assume they are on by default and when clicked the red "X" indicates that it's off (not on)....correct?  :/ 

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For Firefox on Win 10:
Have been very happy with UBlock Origin
Also have Privacy Badger Plug-in now
And now, with KIS installed there is the 'Private Browsing' browser plug-in.
Do they all pretty much do the same thing? Block tracking by social networks, web analytics, etc?
I assume that if they do, issues may result with multiple types running.
Should I disable the KIS plug-in and stick with UBlock O? Also, someone mentioned that they keep UBlock and Badger running and that one catches what the other misses...
---->>>> How do the 3 rate? Any recommendations on which one or combinations perform best?
(also running HTTPS Everywhere & minimal version of NoScript)
Noob question on UBlock Origin- the Toggle icons on the bottom- I assume they are on by default and when clicked the red "X" indicates that it's off (not on)....correct?  :/ 

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System becomes unstable after trying to uninstall and in stall from Origin Dragon Origins.

please check my upload BSOD File to see what I should do next.

System is unstable now.

Answer:BSOD install Dragon origins from Origin. trying uninstall

BSOD still crashing with any application now. I cant get into any program for more than 5 minutes without a crash. Please review my upload file above.

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I have networked 2 PCs (winxp and win98) using a linksys router BEFSR41 ver.2. My question is:

- how do i play lan games?
- Is there any other protocol that needs to be installed?

Sorri for these silly question, i can still a basic in those networking stuff.

Answer:LAN gaming question

Since there are a variety of games out there that you can play, online or over your own LAN, the best solution I can think of is to read the documentation the manufacture of the game provides either in the booklet or online.

Short of that, if you have any questions on specifics on how to set something up, after consulting the documentation from the manufacture, feel free to drop another line or two.

Good luck,


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Hey guys, I'm a huge gamer but I know very little about pc hardware, a guy wants to sell me his gaming pc (or atleast he says it's good for gaming) for around $600 and I just wanted to know if I'm getting a decent deal. I play games like the witcher, some mmo's and shooters (although I stick to my consoles for shooters)

AMD Phenom II x4 820 Deneb Processor with 4mb level 3 cache.
Gigabyte motherboard with 880 chipset, onboard hdmi, and expandable to 16gb of memory.
Cooler Master Hyper TX3 HSF.
4 gigs of A Data ddr3 1333 memory. Latency 9.
XFX HD5770 video card with 1gb GDDR5 dedicated memory.
600 watt power supply with single 36 amp 12v rail, 80+ efficiency, dual pci-e connectors, and three year warranty.
1tb Seagate Barracuda sata hard drive.
Very nice Cooler Master Elite 430 case with clear side window, bottom mount power supply, 3 120mm led fans, and bays available for 3 more fans.
24x sata dvd burner.
Media card reader.
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit operating system.

Answer:question about a gaming pc

Yeah I'd say $550-$600 is fair for that setup. New would probably be higher just due to the cost of Win 7.


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Question: a gaming question?

I know that this isn't really a computer question, but it is near to christmas after all!Have I missed something in the gamecube, my son has requested this for christmas, but I have noticed that there isn't much difference in price between this and the playstation2 and x-box, but the latter two seem to have much more to them such has dvd/cd playing and expansion for sound ect.I have suggested this to my son that he might be better off with one off these instead (I like to get as much as poss for my cash)So Have I missed something on the gamecube can it do more than just play games?

Answer:a gaming question?

to be honest i agree with your attitude, i would much rather go for an xbox or playstaion 2. personally i would choose playstion 2 as the games are better (in my eyes)my brother in law has just got a gamecube, and yes great graphics and some good games, but playstation 2 offers allot more games and is better and you get dvd with that aswell, im sure what you get him, he will be happyps2 in my eyes

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Question: PC gaming Question

im about to invest heavily on a pc rig able to play ne game on the market at this time but iv grown up only playing gaming systems never realy cared for the computer but with all the new systems getting IMO crapier and breaking down after a few mounths of hard core gaming and haveing to replace a hole system iv decided to move to a computer wich iv heard is the best gaming system ne ways and for the fact i can replace a 50$ thing instead of a 200$ thing but since i have grown up with a controller in hand i just cant get used to the keyboard in a gaming i cant type fast but that dont mean Nothing in a game so my question is.

if i were to buy a controller found one on a site called newegg that lol lookes like a ps2 controller. if i could hook that up and just use the controller and it work the same?

and on a side note im going to build my computer and i was wounder if some one can post some top of the lines parts i can use from the mother board to the soundcard and every thing in between i look at newegg and some of these items i cant tell wich is better then the other


Answer:PC gaming Question

Logitech (among others) make a gamepad very similar to PS gamepads, called RumblePad.

There is a cordless version, and one without force feedback if you don't like it.

If you don't like using the keyboard, Belkin do the Nostromo n52, which is awesome.

Takes a few days to get used to, but once you do, you'll never go back.

As far as the PC is concerned, an AMD board with an nForce 4 or 430 chipset, coupled with 1GB + or RAM, and an AMD 64 3800+ or better would be ideal.

How much money do you have to spend, and is gaming your main requirement?

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I am in Marketing and will be shortly looking to inform people about a University offering a PC Gaming "Graduate" Certificate. Can you tell me the best places out there for us to let people know about this type of graduate certificate? We believe it will be of interest.

I have looked into some of the PC Gaming magazines, but have not seen too many ads for this kind of thing. Are their some good websites for this type of message and will a gaming site allow type of advertising?

Answer:PC Gaming Course Question

any type of advertising is allowed for a price ; and i think I've seen a bunch of ads on mags and such w/college giving certificates in "gaming".

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i recently built a new gaming rig:MY COMPUTER 1 by Berenost, on FlickrMY COMPUTER 2 by Berenost, on Flickrand crammed it into:Zalman GS1200 by Berenost, on FlickrFirstly, what is your general impression of this rig, will it do good for gaming, and Secondly, what i want to know is, can i install windows onto 1 HDD, make it read only, install everything else onto second HDD and that way my boot drive will stay safe?and if not, how can i go about making my boot section as safe as possible? Thanks for the responses!

Answer:New Gaming Rig HDD Question

Sorry you can't write protect a windows drive. I find the best idea is to download Paragon drive backup free and keep lots of full backups. It backups up in the background even when you use the computer.

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I need a (2 x 1) Gigs ram for gaming so 2 sticks of 1 gig.
I need the best RAM for gaming under the price of $120.

Answer:RAM Question for gaming

most people in the US on techspot i believe use for pc parts, it has reviews of stuff on there too so you can take a look there until you get more replies

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Question: Gaming Question

My friend has a P3 1Ghz computer.
Video card: Geforce4 MX 400SE
Memory: 256 SDRam

He has problem play certain new games such as
1) Prince of persia
2) Deus ex Invisible War
lag like dog:
1) star wars knights of the old republic
2) X2 The Threat

Now, I have suggested him to grab the Radeon 9600XT card, but it can only be running at 4x since his mobo only support up to 4x.
Will that fix the problem? Or should he grab more rams as well?

Answer:Gaming Question

Definitely go with the vid card upgrade....I think you will see a world of difference. And if your gonna spend the money...why not get a better mobo and an AMD processor. AMD is geared more for gamers anyway. Good luck!!

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Okay, i have two computers that both have integrated 10/100 lan and i have two spare pci 10/100 lan cards.
Do i have enough hardware to create a network between these two computers so that my brother and myself can play multiplayer games?
And If yes, how the heck would i do that?


Answer:Lan Gaming Question

At a minimum you need to also buy a cross-over ethernet cable to connect those two integrated ethernet adaptors. The cable you buy will likely say "ethernet" and/or "Cat5" on it; the key is to make sure it says "cross-over."

Lots of tutorials available on home networks. Search in Help and Support Center or on the web.

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Okay, i have two computers that both have integrated 10/100 lan and i have two spare pci 10/100 lan cards.
Do i have enough hardware to create a network between these two computers so that my brother and myself can play multiplayer games?
And If yes, how the heck would i do that?


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Okay, i have two computers that both have integrated 10/100 lan and i have two spare pci 10/100 lan cards.
Do i have enough hardware to create a network between these two computers so that my brother and myself can play multiplayer games?
And If yes, how the heck would i do that?


Answer:Lan Gaming Question

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It will come as no surprise to regular forum users that I am sadly lacking in knowledge where games are concerned. This has been highlighted today by my son, who came for lunch. He has just acquired 'Battlefield Vietnam', and eager to try it has spent fruitless hours attempting to get it to run on his machine.He has a reasonable well specified computer but can't get the game past the loading stage. He says the game tells him it's loading, there's a loading bar across the bottom of the screen which moves right to the end, some music starts to play and then...........the display flicks back to the Windows desktop.I'm of no use to him at all - has anyone got any ideas?

Answer:I have a gaming question.

Is his graphics card up to the challenge?

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Question: Question on gaming

I havent been able to get a straight reply to this question, so Ill ask it here. If me and a buddy are going to play the same PC games at the same time, can we do this behind a router?(particularly WoW and Americas Army)

Ive been told that you cant do this due to the router only being able to forward the needed ports to 1 pc, but Ive seen some posts around the internet of people saying they could do this. If a router wont work, what will?

Were also likely to have a Xbox and Ps2 hooked up to the internet as well.

Answer:Question on gaming

i used to play medal of honor spearhead behind my lynksys router on 2 computers with no problems i dont think you should have any problems....i got WoW, but the other computer in my house is probably too old to play it, so I cant test I moved on to a d-link wireless router.....back to the point you shouldnt have a problem....maybe instead of forwarding the ports, instead just open the port for the game on the router....for example on my d-link di-524, in the advanced options,applications, it already has setup in there. all i did is enable it and it opens the ports for ie 6112....thats it all there is to far as for my particular router....for others it might be worded differently, but the end result should still be the same...maybe look for port triggering or something like that?

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I heard cruical was the fastest ram there is,then it goes OCZ gold then im stuck with the love for the gaming ram corsair....I have no clue if cruical/ocz are even gaming ram and thats where im stuck.

If u were me and were gonna spend 300 bucks to spend on ram what would u rather buy.

Answer:gaming ram question

Those links are dead for me :/

Anyways, since its a new system im assuming its DDR2. I believe that both Crucial Ballistix and Corsair Dominator ram are the fastest out there at the moment, IIRC PC8000? I personally have the Crucial Ballistix DDR pc3200 and it runs fine at pc4100 speeds @ 2.5-3-3-6 timings. I know for a fact that Crucial memory overclocks like crazy, not sure about this new Dominator RAM but it looks promising. I dunno anything about OCZ memory though lol

EDIT: just checked, Crucial has PC8000, Corsair has PC8888.

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Question: Gaming question

I have been trying to play a game for several weeks now to no avail. I am playing MechWarrior4: Vengance.
EVERY time I start the game, my system freezes completely and requires me to turn the power off on my system to reset it.
Cntrl/Alt/Del will not work. This is sooooooo anoying.
500 Mhz / 256Mb RAM / 50Gb hard drive
ATI Rage Fury Pro graphics card
Sound Blaster Live sound card

I hope that someone has run into this before and can help.


Answer:Gaming question

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Question: Gaming question

I have 2 computers set up in my room in a router/switch deal. I want to be able to play battlefield 1942 on both computers at the same time on the same server. I dont want to host the game I just want to join the same server. Could someone please explain to me how I could do this?

Any help would be appreciated
Old School Doom 4 life

Answer:Gaming question

If its running through a router, just join the game on both PCs. Are you playing to different players at the same time?

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Hello all. I have the original version of DOOM....I used to be able to run it in Network mode. Things have changed and now I can't even run it on my Win98 SE Pentium II 400mhz. Does anyone have a version of this that will run on a NT NETWORK. I have seen a patch out there for WIN 98 however I have never been able to make it work. ANY IDEAS

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If you have a older screen can that affect your lagg?
Like its old and cant keep up with stuff i dunno i was told it can.
I was told if i ave a better screen crysis might run a little better enall, sounds stupid to me so i thought i should ask.


Answer:Question about gaming and screens.

Nope, no effect whatsoever.

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I've been shopping around for a gaming laptop and also asking advice on a few forums. I feel like I'm getting advice from some people who are overly obsessed with specifications and they're telling me that I need to get more than I actually need.

The main purpose for this gaming laptop will be to play the Sims 3. Not an extremely demanding game, but with all its expansion packs it can be somewhat demanding. I've been looking at a variety of computers, though it seems like they have great specifications until you run into the graphics card.

I'm being told that I should get a graphics card with a bus memory of at least 192 MB, but it's been really tough to find a gaming laptop that has a graphics card with that much bus memory when I'm really hoping to spend under $1000 on this computer.

There are a few cards that I've looked at on and they seem pretty good. I'd like to get opinions on the following graphics cards and whether or not they'd be able to handle the Sims 3 game play.

- AMD Radeon HD 7670M w/ 2GB
- AMD Radeon HD 7650M w/ 1GB
- GeForce GT 645M w/ 2GB
- AMD Radeon HD 7730M w/ 2GB
- GeForce GT 710M w/ 1GB
- AMD Radeon 7680 w/ 2GB
- Intel HD Graphics 3000 and GeForce T 555M w/ 1GB (dual)
- GeForce GT 555M
- GeForce GT 650M 2GB or Intel HD Graphics 4000 (switchable)
- AMD Radeon HD 7660G + 7670M Dual Graphics w/ 2GB
- AMD Radeon HD 7660G + HD 7670 Dual Graphics w/ 1GB

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OK, I just got a copy of Half-Life Counter Strike. I decided to download Steam and play online. In order to do this I had to tell ZoneAlarm to let a lot of stuff through. How much of a chance is there that I will contract a virus/trojan from playing these games online? I am not to concerned about spy/ad ware.

Answer:Online Gaming Question

Pretty slim. To be honest, I haven't heard of it happening.

If the servers are run by the company that released the game, the chances are even slimmer.

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Hi all. So I was wondering if you guys had any opinions on gaming headsets for pc. My headphone jack for my computer isn't working so I don't think I can use any wired headsets (if I'm wrong on this please let me know). So I was looking into wireless ones, preferably $100 and under. The three I narrowed it down to were the corsair 2100, turtle beach px4 or 5 (from amazon or ebay) and the PDP afterglow kral. Anybody have any opinions on any of these ones or any other ones you would recommend? Thanks for any help on this!

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Hi there, got a whole load of questions regarding my laptop and gaming. Ill split them up to make it easier to read.

Im trying to play Allods Online. A new MMORPG that is well worth looking at. Search Allods EU, its free, and a very good game! Not your typical runescape. Much more WOW, but different. Below are the min specs, and i can play the game, but it does have lag now and again. I remmeber playing WOW much smoother on less laptops. So, whats going on. Ive read the laptop simply isnt good enough, and theres nothing i can upgrade. When the game is on, and im running Gamebooster, (optimising program) it takes just 1.2gb of my ram. and 20-40% of CPU. Im playing on lowest settings. I want it smooth and lag free for PVP.

This will be the only game ill be playing.

Minimum Requirements
∙ Windows XP, Windows2000, DirectX 9.0
∙ Intel Pentium III 1.5 GHz
∙ 512 MB RAM
∙ NVIDIA GeForceFX 5200 64 MB / ATI Radeon 9600 64 MB
∙ Screen with resolution 800x600
∙ DirectX-compatible audio card
∙ Mouse
∙ 4 GB HDD1. I havent got the newest bios it seems, but ive read this is risky, will it help me?Click to expand...

My Specs...

Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6001) Service Pack 1 (6001.vistasp1_gdr.090302-1506)
System Manufacturer: Acer
System Model: Aspire 5520
BIOS: PhoenixBIOS 4.0 Release 6.1
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Answer:Gaming laptop question.

Updating BIOS won't do a thing unless there is a very specific reason to do so. It certainly won't help any "lag" problems.

Is the "lag" due to your machine, or could it be simply a lag in internet communication? How fast is your connection?

You might also check to see what else you have running that you can shut down. WMI can slow things quite a bit if running. It needs to run, but you can pause it from a command line:

net pause winmgmt

You should not need to restart it since it will start itself, but if needed:

net continue winmgmt

Something like Bitsum's Process Lasso is also useful (or the free ProcessTamer--the free version of Lasso works well). You could lower the CPU priority of processes you need to keep running but that do not need CPU priority and raise the priority of the game to above normal or high (never use "realtime"--it will lock the machine and you won't be able to do anything). Lasso has a gaming mode. The developer is a very honest and hard-working individual who is always making improvements based on user feedback. Keep an eye out for the frequent updates if you use it. I have it on every machine I own. Once you get your settings the way you want, you can shut down the main program, freeing up yet more CPU, and leave the service running in the background to enforce the priorities. I run it under Local System credentials, but it works fine under any administrative credentials, too.

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Suppose I want to build a heavy gaming machine, would the
Phenom II x4 956 cpu be a good choice?
When you match the price of the two the Core i7 920 and this Phenom cost nearly the same.
However, I also see that the i7 920 run at 2.66ghz and the Phenom (which is slightly cheaper in price) run at 3.4ghz. Thats why Im wondering if the above Phenom will be a good choice

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Answer:Extreme Gaming CPU question

Very sorry for the typing error. I mean the Phenom II x4 965, not 956
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I got a new Alienware Laptop, the Alienware 17, and I've got a question about it regarding gaming.

I got the i7 4800, 16gb ram, and GTX 780M with 4gb RAM (single, can only do double on Alienware 18)

I was playing Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 and the computer's screen is capable of 120Hz, so I set it to 120Hz, at full HD with anti-aliasing set to 2x.

I noticed a bit of lagging, but no more than what it did at 60Hz, so I assume that this is just due to internet lag? It doesn't display the cable disconnected symbol, but I've never ever seen it display that until it lags for 2 or more seconds. Also, the game was not crashing and the computer was not overheating, the fans were not turning up, and when I put my hand behind the vents they did not feel very hot. Not even noticeably hotter than they do while I perform normal tasks on the computer.

So I was wondering, should the GTX 780M be able to play games at full HD and at 120Hz? Or is that too much to ask of this graphics card?

Thanks in advance


Answer:Question about Gaming on new Alienware

Try monitoring framerates with FRAPs or something similar. Is vsync on in the game? Not sure how that would impact playing at 120Hz, but it's worth a look.

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I?m not very knowledgeable when it comes to GPU?s so I?m hoping someone can help answer this question.  I go to a college that gives us Lenovo computers but we only have 2 to pick from.  And I want to get the one that will be better at gaming.  I know there are much better options for gaming out there but I can only pick between the NVIDIA Quadro M2000M 4GB and the NVIDIA GeForce 940MX 2GB.  Both of them have an Intel Core i7-6820HQ Processor (3.6GHz, 8MB Cache).  If they are different can you please tell me how different they would perform?  If you need more information please just let me know.  Also my school said that the second one comes with the NVIDIA GeForce 840MX 2GB but from what I can see, that does not exist so I?m assuming they made a mistake because the computer says it comes with the NVIDIA GeForce 940MX 2GB the Lenovo's website.  Please let me know if it does exist.  Thank You!

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Hello. Im unable to acheive an open NAT on my Xbox 1 since my ISP(Liberty, Puerto Rico) locks out
my modem whenever I change the port settings. Im considering purchasing a router in order to circumvent that and improve the experience. I imagine there's no concrete answer to this but my question is, will my experience improve by much? How important is an open NAT to a quality online gaming experience? Any insight is appreciated. Thanks.

Answer:Open NAT for gaming question

There should not be any difference, if you port forward the right ports it should be the same.

Static IP Address for Xbox One

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So where to being... Well, you can see my comp specs down at the bottom so I won't bother typing them again. My question really is whether or not there is something limiting my computer when I play HL2, Doom3, and other games because I haven't seen much of a difference after upgrading from an Athlon XP 2600+, and 512mb of cheap ram. Before I upgraded I could get away with playing HL2 at about an average of 45fps with everything on medium, and some things like shadows on high (No AA/aniso filt). Now, it runs at about 42fps with everything except texture detail on high (no AA/no aniso filt). I expected that I could change everything up to high just due to upgrading the ram, but I feel like there hasn't been any sort of improvement with the processor. (The same happened with Doom 3, although it's worse cuz I messed up the config file). Anyway here's what I've done:

-Updated ALL drivers (bios, geforce, processor, on-board sound)
-Played around with the settings, turning everything down (resolution and stuff) and then up again. There is hardly any difference in performance or fps.
-Made sure everything is compatible with everything else. It all looks good (in theory).

I'm not sure I did the driver updating stuff right (it just installed and said it was done, I restarded the comp and assumed it was finished). It seems like I should at least be able to play at a higher fps or turn on AA with the new processor. (If I turn it on now, it slows down to 20 fps, even at just 2x)... Read more

Answer:Too Greedy? (Gaming question)

Try wiping the hard drive and then installing the new software for your new hardware. When ever you make those big changes you should consider installing windows on a new clean hard drive. This is so you dont mix up the drivers for the old and new hard ware.

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I have a brand new Linksys wireless router that works fine on my desktop computers. And when I attempt to connect my Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 to the internet it notices and picks up on my wireless connection. But when I try to connect it repeatedly tells me there is a DNS error for both systems and fails. The exact same thing happens whether im connecting them to the router wirelessly or with an ethernet cable.

My router is a Wireless N Gigabite router from Linksys, and my ISP is AT&T. Even when I attempt to manually input all the DNS information into the systems is still tells me there is an error.

Is there compatibility issues, am I missing something? what's going on here?

Answer:Gaming Console Question.

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I have a Nvidia 8600 GTS with 256MB memory on my AMD Athlon 64 4200+ machine which has 2 Gigs of RAM. I don't know which is the best way to get performance out of the card for gaming. I mostly play Flight Simulator 2004 and Battlefield 2142. Should I:

1. Set the Ansiotropic Filtering and Anti-Aliasing through the NVIDIA control panel and turn them off in games.
2. Or set them to "Application Controlled" and set them in the games?

Thanks for any help!

Answer:Gaming graphics question

Setting it through the Nvidia control panel will set it for all games...setting it per application is only well...for that application. Not all games let you do that. I'm not aware there is any difference aside from that.

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I might be getting a new computer in the near future so i was wondering if this computer would be good/decent for gaming.
Here's the specs:
HP Pavilion
Windows 7 Home Premium
6GB PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM
AMD Athlon™ II quad-core processor 645 3.10ghz
2MB L2 cache memory
ATI Radeon HD 4200 integrated graphics 3GB
1TB Serial ATA hard drive (7200 rpm)VISION Premium Technology by AMD
Will it work? And how do you feel about the processor/graphics card/ram?
Any replys would be greatly appreciated.
Oh yeah, and i wasnt sure if i should put this in the Gaming section or not.

Answer:Gaming Computer Question

You could build your own system for alot less then what you would pay retail for that HP desktop. Also that CPU is not that great. I bet that system listed above is more then $650 am I right? Also that GPU sucks for gaming or anything else for that matter. Intergrated GPU's run off of the cpu which in turn slow the whole computer down.

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Doing a build for a friend who wants to do some serious gaming. All "high end" components including memory from Crucial. There is a choice with the memory which will be sitting on a Gigabyte GA-8KNXP P4 800FSB. We can either go for 2 x 1gb pc3200 = £547.52 or 4 x 512 of pc3200 = £220.84.
Given the massive price differential does anyone think the perceived performance increase will be noticeable / justifiable ?

Answer:Gaming memory question............

I think you are going overkill on ram for a gaming rig.

I usually can't get full useage out of my 1gb with even the most memory intensive games.

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Hello all,

I'm going to get a gaming laptop and these are the specs:
Chassis & Display
Vortex Series: 17.3" Matte Full HD LED Widescreen (1920x1080)

Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™i7 Quad Core Mobile Processor i7-3630QM (2.40GHz) 6MB

Memory (RAM)

Graphics Card
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 675MX - 4.0GB DDR5 Video RAM - DirectX® 11

Memory - Hard Disk
240GB KINGSTON HYPERX 3K SSD, SATA 6 Gb/s (upto 555MB/sR | 510MB/sW)


Thermal Paste

Sound Card
Intel 5.1 Channel High Definition Audio + SPDIF/MIC/Headphone Jack

Bluetooth & Wireless

Vortex Series 8 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (5,200 mAh/76.

Operating System
Genuine Windows 8 Professional 64 Bit - inc DVD & Licence (£109)

NORTON ANTI-VIRUS 2013 - 1 Year Licence for 1 PC
Question 1: Do you think this could play Crysis 3 1080p maxed out? If not can you give me some games if could play maxed out 1080p. I have chosen windows 8 because of the amazing boot up speeds on SSD and you get an extra 2-5 FPS in some games.

Answer:Laptop Gaming Question.

Crysis 3 system requirements - 3

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I have a few computers in my house connected with a Wireless G network, and I want to play Age of Empires against other people on the network. Two PCs are using XP and the other is using Vista.I have a sufficient number of discs, how do I go about setting it up?Thanks :)

Answer:Networked gaming question

This might help you out,click here

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I know very little about computers but am looking for a gaming computer. I found this at Tiger Direct and would appreciate any input.

Thanks for your help.

Answer:Gaming Computer Question

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im currently in the process of building a new gaming computer for myself and was wondering how online gaming performs on a wirelss connection. at the moment my computer isnt very good so i dont play any games on it with the wireless connection. i know the speed is a litttle more than half that of a wired connection and i was wondering if this hinders the gameplay alot. it wouldnt make much sense to pay all htis money on a great computer to only have it work terrible with online play...

Answer:question about wireless gaming

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what cpu from the 2 below would be better on a rig built for gaming only (with some web browsing on the side)

this Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz (dual core)


this Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz (quad core)

both are $189 and about cap's my budget, please post if you have an answer with an explanation


Answer:Easy cpu question concerning gaming

personally i would go with the 8500. i dont no of any games that really takes advantage of 4 cores.. the higher clock frequency is a plus for gaming. E8500 can power an ati 4870x2.. so u wont need to worry about its performance and i know of E8400 overclocked to 3.6ghz which is sweet for gaming.

however if u want true multitasking then go with the quad..

i recently got a system with a e8400 and a ati 4850 graphic card.. its a pretty impressive system. the dual cores allows for good multitasking and the higher clock speed really shows when playing games.

what graphic card are u planning to get? cause thats where i'd try to spend my money..

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Hello whoever reads this, I'm pretty tech savy when it comes to software but building a computer is a different story. I've spent weeks googling everything and am trying to build a decent gaming PC for around 400-800. I've been mainly looking on TigerDirect, MicroCenter, & NewEgg. I found one pre-built "Gaming" Desktop but a part of me wants to actually build one myself, I'm just not sure if the parts I've found will work with one another.
The main game I'm looking at running at the highest quality is:
Diablo III Recommended/Min System Req:

Windows® Vista/7 (latest service packs)
Intel® Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 5600+ 2.8 GHz
NVIDIA® GeForce® 260 or ATI Radeon™ HD 4870 or better
12 GB available HD space

Heres a link to the computer I found on Tigerdirect: Gaming PC Its $800, and I would obviously want a better graphics card as well as a sound card upgrade so that's pushing my budget a tad. Here are some of the "same" parts via Tigerdirect and MicroCenter, MicroCenter Parts & TigerDirect Parts

My current desktop is an older generation Velocity Micro:
With a Nvidia motherboard, Nvidia Geforce 7950 Video Card, integrated audio (that doesn't work anymore) 2GB DDR 3 RAM, Roughly 250G Hard Drive, Intel Dual Core processor 2.
It has started taking a dive this year and now has trouble running Rift on the lowest settings (I can barely manage 10+ FPS) My first thought was to just upgra... Read more

Answer:Building A Gaming PC Question.

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I wish to play a Flight sim game Online through, but am a little concerned at the potential security issues with doing so.Can Viruses, Trojans and Ad/Spy-ware be passed between PC's in doing so? and secondly in order to play online I have to give Server privilege within Zone Alarm. Surely that is a massive security risk?Or am I being too cautious?

Answer:Online Gaming question

You would be very unlucky to get avirus from playing online games,you are not actually connected to the other peoples pcs they rout you thru a server and it would be unlickly they didnt have virus protection,and you will need to give server permission for the game or if you wont to start the game up and create a server running from your pc.Having said that its not impossable to catch things but if you have a firewall and virus protection you should be just fine,its a great way to play go for it.

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Okay, I just upgraded my graphic card to XFX Radeon HD 5670 1GB DDR5 On my computer today,
with 430W Power supply and
My computer is a HP P6214Y bought computer, with everything in there the same, Just the
Power supply and Graphic Card upgraded! :]]
I wanna ask will I run games like CoD modern warfare and Starcraft 2 on high settings fine? :]

Answer:Question About Gaming and System

Will you run then on high settings ? yes
Will you run them fine ? yes

I think upgrading your ram should be your next move, because it might cause some lag issues

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Hello. This is my first time posting here but I have been browsing the forums for a while.
Well I just built my new rig (in sig) and now I am going to install windows. Well this box is going to be mostly for gaming and apps, and I was wondering what would be the best way to partition my one hard drive (going to pick up another one a little later on) for gaming?
I have another older box that will be for downloading and storing mp3's and such.

Answer:XP install for gaming

swap file first

I'm not sure windows allows this so swap file right after window system files.

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Hey guys, just brought the Y500 and was wondering whether the first 8 hour charge is necessary? Also, if I'm gaming/ normal usagewith my laptop at home, can I deattach the battery and power the laptop via AC Adpater without losing any performace, cause I don't wanna to keep on charging my laptop while playing some high graphic games as it may damage/ decrease the lifespan of my battery


Go to Solution.

Answer:Y500, Battery and Gaming question

HiThe first full charge of any battery is important. So I say you should do it.While gaming, feel free to De attach the battery and play on the charger since what you say is absolutely correct.There wont be any performance issue. You will only get better performance on charger.Hope this HelpsHave a great day

Ishaan Ideapad Y560(i3 330m), Hp Elitebook 8460p!(i5-2520M) Hp Pavilion n208tx(i5-4200u)If you think a post helped you, then you can give Kudos to the post by pressing the Star on the left of the post. If you think a post solved your problem, then mark it as a solution so that others having the same problem can refer to it.

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Almost 2 months ago a bought my y650 and ive upgraded to Windows 7 x64 and since then I have tried to install Need For Speed Shift, and AutoDesk Alias Automotive x64 and x86 versions on it. The Need for speed game installs perfectly but when running only gets to the second video after choosing to race and keeps replaying it, or crashes. Alias installs perfectly as well but when starting it up it stalls on the Splash screen and never does anything so I have to close it down through Task Manager.  I've ran Alias before on Windows 7 x64 on my old HP which is a lot worse then this Laptop but for some reason it doesn't want to run. Anybody have any ideas?

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Hey guys,

I'm sort of new to the wireless networking world. I have a few friends that currently have the same router as I and they've helped me out a lot so far. Here is the problem I'm having.

When I turn my PC on (laptop with wireless DWL-G650 card) my PC searches for the wireless signal, it finds it but it's almost like it's not using the entire wireless network or something. It sometimes will say "Limited Connectivety" and won't allow me to access my network or the internet. This issue does not happen all the time but I'd say maybe 6 out of 10 times time. My Signal Strength is Excellent. This issue can happen when I'm right by my router or if I'm down stairs. The distance from the router doesn't seem to have an effect on it.

I have MAC filtering enabled on my router which is set up for my laptop and my desktop. I have the following settings on my router.

Channel: 2.4GHz
Transmission Rate: Auto
802.11 Mode: 802.11g Only
Super G Mode: Super G Mode with Dynamic Turbo.

Anyone have any ideas maybe what my issue might be? It's weird because it really doesn't have a pattern. Also I am unsure what this setting is "DHCP Lease Times which I have at 1440 minutes. Is that something that shuld be set higher?

I'd appreciate any all help on the subject. If you guys need to know more settings please let me know.

Thanks fellas.

Answer:D-Link Gaming Router Question??

have you tried disabling the super g and/or turbo mode? maybe there is something going on there. have you updated the firmware? there might be a bug with some features that are fixed in a newer firmware version. i think the DHCP lease times is when the router will change each computers LAN IP address after a certain time period. this is not your IP address that others will see on the internet but just LAN based.

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Does the Mini Vacuum Cooler fit at the back air vent?
The cooler is too small i think as what i've seen at youtube. 
Please answer. Thanks!

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If I went with an NVME M.2 drive for my scratch/media cache, does anyone know if my board will support it? I have the M.2 slot already used for my OS and that is not going to change. Does my board support 2 at the NVME speed if I got an adapter and used a PCIe slot with an NVME M.2 drive? I can't seem to find any info on it right now.
I have the Gigabyte AX370 Gaming 5 board. I'm sure it will work but I don't know if it will be slower because of already using the M.2 lane? Does anyone know?

Answer:Gigabyte AX370 Gaming 5 M.2 question.

The motherboard manual will say whether two M.2s can be occupied and if they step down in speed. Google your motherboard model and the first link should be Gigabyte's website. There you can download the manual. Unless of course you already have the manual.

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Ok, you've probably seen the debate on processors a million times, luckily this isn't one of those "intel vs amd" cause I chose amd a long time ago and I'm sticking with it for gaming. Anyway, "My Question" is this, I am looking at 2 processors, the amd 64 fx-62 windsor 2.8Ghz and the amd 64 x2 5200+ windsor 2.6Ghz, in the specifications on they look exactly the same except for one is 200Mhz faster and there voltage is different... other than that does anyone know if they will run any different? I'm planing on going dual video cards, ect. other than the 200Mhz the only thing I could see is that was different was about 300 dollars or so in if the 200Mhz is the only performance difference (cause i dont know if the voltage makes any difference) then i'll get the cheaper one.

heres a link to them:

please before u got off on an overclocking / "or this processor instead" post / discussion... not to be mean, but thats not what im looking for, all i need is to know if there are any serious differences between these 2 processors. Thank you in advance

Answer:Building a new gaming rig, processor question

bump... waiting for a reply lol

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Did a fresh install onto the new SSD of Win7 Ultimate x64. Using the SSD as the boot drive, and plan on installing my games on my WD Velicoraptor 300 GB drive. TRIM support is on, and I made sure i turned off any defragging on the SSD.

When I ran Left 4 Dead 2 (Which normally runs flawlessly at highest quality), i noticed stuttering at random intervals. I restarted and tweaked some settings, seems to be a bit better, but i am not sure that sounds normal.

Anyone have any tips or setting tweaks for the SSD that would help me out?


Answer:Intel X25-V 40GB Gaming Question

Quote: Originally Posted by Kinematic9

Did a fresh install onto the new SSD of Win7 Ultimate x64. Using the SSD as the boot drive, and plan on installing my games on my WD Velicoraptor 300 GB drive. TRIM support is on, and I made sure i turned off any defragging on the SSD.

When I ran Left 4 Dead 2 (Which normally runs flawlessly at highest quality), i noticed stuttering at random intervals. I restarted and tweaked some settings, seems to be a bit better, but i am not sure that sounds normal.

Anyone have any tips or setting tweaks for the SSD that would help me out?


Did you try the Event Viewer ? Check that for possible error description.
Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Event Viewer

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I just got a 42" Philips 1080 in my room and I was debating on whether to get a 360 or not. I've come to the conclusion that I'm not going to and I'd like to stick with a game that I'm very good at; Counter-Strike. Aside from all that I want to ask everyone a question here.

I keep my computer in fairly good condition, I always defrag, disk clean up, delete all my cookies and registries, I always scan every three days. There. My PC is still a bit sluggish, and I want to play a Counter-Strike:Source, that's not nearly going to eat up my system resources such as Crysis or Call of Duty 4 would.

I have 1GB of RAM, I'm looking to upgrade to 3.

I have an ATI Radeon X1650, I'll probably purchase an 8800. Any suggestions on how to keep a GPU cool? Is there a USB fan I can buy and put it underneath my card?

These are all easy questions for myself, but these upgrades alone, I should notice a difference between my gameplay and my computer correct? Right.

I have an 800 watt power supply, and I use my hard drive frequently for multimedia purposes. All I'm looking for are some suggestions from the community. Thanks.

P.S. I've played Counter-Strike: Source on this computer before, it's just been through a lot after time and I don't feel like reformatting.

Answer:Solved: Question, gaming related...

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Sorry if im posting this in the wrong forums, My monitor is giving me trouble & i was thinking of buying a new widescreen monitor but since the majority of my games are older titles (Age of Empires, Baldurs Gate, SW KotOR etc.) in worried about how these older game will look on a widescreen, I dont wanna spend $200+ on something and my games look like a funhouse mirror, I do have some games that have widescreen support (Warcraft, BF2142) but i still wanna be able to play the older games that i still enjoy.

Answer:Gaming on widescreen monitors question

If the games are a bit older, they might look pretty messed up on a widescreen (from what you're used to). Check to see what your games maximum resolution is, and see if it is the same as the maximum resolution of your monitor. If not it may look weird.
It MAY look weird if for example the game's resolution is at 1024x768 and the monitors max resolution is 1440x900
It WON'T look weird if for example the game's max resolution is 1920x1080 and you've set it at 1440x900 and the monitors resolution is 1440x900.

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Hi there,

Bought a Inspiron 15 Gaming a week ago with the i7 7700HQ kaby lake cpu,
Comes with:
Intel core  i7 7700HQ kaby lake cpu
256GB SSD + 1TB Hard drive
Geforce GTX 1050 ( appears to be a 1050 ti on my order comfirmation ).
1080p screen.

The real question is: Is it upgradeable to a Nvme M2 ssd later on ?, because the 4k screen version with the 512GB ssd has a nvme version in it.

Hope the 15 gaming does work pretty well.
Using a 17R 5720, which is 4 years and 5 months old, but still good battery life. Just lacks of the SATA3 msata and a good graphics chip.

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In the advance settings there is a place to adjust the speed of the mouse. There is 5 slots to set 5 different speeds but the mouse only shows 3 led spots which means I can set 3 speeds. Is there a way to set 5 and use all 5?

Edit: Also I have this exact same problem this guy does: G5 Sensitivity weirdness Windows VISTA - G-Series Mice - Logitech Forums

Answer:Question about my G5 gaming mouse settings

yes, you can use all 5. And it can be done with the 3 LED's.

Highest DPI = top LED only
high-mid DPI = top and middle LED
middle DPI = middle LED only
mid-low DPI = middle and low LED
low DPI = low LED only

without the drivers and software installed, it just uses 3 DPI settings.

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Here's a quick question for you;

I have my operating system on my IDE hard drive and my music and film collection on a SATA drive. I was wondering if it would make games run better if i installed and ran from the SATA driverather than the IDE drive...?

Baring in mind that i am nearly always downloading onto the SATA drive (torrent) and the IDE drive is dealing with windows' functions what do you think?


Answer:Simple IDE vs. Sata question re: gaming

I don't think its going to make much of a difference that you can see, applications running faster will rely more on RAM then transfer speed of HD.

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Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 LGA775 'Wolfdale' 3.00GHz (1333FSB)
XFX ATI HD 5870 1024 GDDR5
Corsair 4GB DDR2 XMS2 DHX PC2-6400C4DHX
150GB Western Digital 10000RPM 16MB Cache Raptor X
200GB SATA 150 Maxtor 8MB Cache Hard Drive
Asus Maximus Formula Intel X38 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2
Coolermaster Real Power 700w Modular

Hi all, I use the raptor drive as my OS and main games drive, with the 200gb as misc games and music etc. I have recently got a lot of games that consume a lot of space so may need to look for another hard drive, which i've been advised the 1TB caviar black is a good choice for games. Just for the people who maybe have better experience with this than i have, what setup would you use, what hard drive out of these:

150GB Raptor
1TB cavair black
200gb maxtor

Would you

a. Install the OS on?
b. Use for installing/running games
c. Use for other bits n bobs

any advice or help is much appreciated. Also if anybody recommends a better hard drive other than the 1TB caviar black feel free to suggest!



Answer:New Hard Drive for Gaming Question

HI Chris

I tend to use SSDs these days as they are super quick, but not cheap for large size drives, currently I have the following setup

256GB OCZ Vertex 4 for OS, Main software like Office and games.
128GB OCZ Vertex 2 for temp downloads and backups
1TB WD for downloads from MSDN etc
2TB WD for music, video and documents etc

However if you have a lot of games as you mention SSDs are not the best option so the WD Black is a good option for a large drive,

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I will confess. I love my game Diablo II but I don't know donkeys about computers. The speed of the game is directly related to what kind of mood I'm in. I heard that if you load the all CD files to your hard drive, the game will be relatively faster. Right now, Diablo II is the only game I play and would like to load Diablo II on my computer so I don't have to use the CD. IF anyone could help me out, it would be great!

NOTE: I don't know alot about computers so if you try to help me, please keep the computer lingo very simple. Thanks! =)

Answer:Seems like an easy question to answer regarding Gaming

If you do a full install of DiabloII it will install all the files needed for the game on your hard drive, including music and video. The only reason it should then require your cd is for the anti-piracy cd check, which doesn`t actually load anything from the disk, it just checks that you have an original copy.

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I set up just a simple small network throughout my house on a hub that's on 10 base T

When playing with my brother in a game of C&C: Zero Hour, it's extremely laggy and slow.

His machine is a p4 1.5 ghz
I have a p4 2.4 ghz

So... does anyone think that upgrading the hub to a 10/100 t-base, that it'll eliviate this issue?

Answer:quick question dealing with gaming

Get a cheap 10/100 switch from any electronics store (Bestbuy, local computer stores, etc...) for like $20 - 30 and that should fix it. If not check for bad cables or software/config problems on the computers.

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I am new here and i must say the site looks very good. I'd like some advice on gaming component upgrades. My current system is very old and is made up of (amongst others) the following:

Jetway 663AS Pro Mobo
AMD Athlon 1Ghz
GeForce 2 MX 440 Graphics card.
384MB PC133 RAM
Creative Labs SoundBlaster Live! Value PCI
30GB HDD (prolly 5200 rpm)
Win 98/ME/XPPRO (I have all, but am at the moment running 98SE)
17" Belinea Monitor

As you can imagine I am having great difficulty running modern games, recently i have not been able to play hardly any due to something being really screwed up (i keep getting General protection faults and crashes and errors and god-knows-what) I think my system is very unstable. Sooooo with Xmas coming up i thought i'd have a "fresh" start by replacing my core gaming components which i narrowed down to:


I hope that is all i have to upgrade anyway. Basically what i am looking for is a mean-ish system that'll last me another couple of years (hopefully), i would like to be able to play Half-Life 2 when its comes out. I'd like for you people to help me with is what to buy and why. My ideas are:

CPU (un-biased towards either AMD or Intel, around the 2Ghz - 2.5Ghz mark?)
Memory (I was thinkin 512MB fast DDR)
Mobo (again no-idea, please help out here)
G-Card (Probably looking GeForce FX range or Radeon, again please help out here)
Sound (Nothing fancy, maybe just a normal SB not a ... Read more

Answer:Gaming Hardware Question from noob


Originally posted by mouse5150
CPU £120
Memory £60
Mobo £50?
G-Card £100
Sound £25

Just randomly Looking in a PCPRO magazine advert i come up with:

CPU : Intel P4 2.4Ghz : £114.00 / 133.95
Memory : DDR PC2700 512MB : £48.00 / 56.40
Mobo : ASUS P4S8X-X/LAN 533FSB H/T DDR LAN : £40.50 / 47.59
G-Card : MSI nVidia GeForce FX5600 128MB DVI / TV out : £105.00 / 123.38
Sound : Creative SB 5.1 Digital : £21.70 / 25.00

Total = £329.20 ex VAT / £386.32 inc VAT

Thanks Placebo. i'll check into that, do u think the components and price ranges up there would give me what i want?


Karl :beard:

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HEY could some one send me a list of all the game that are known to be cross platfor compatible with pc/360 that are comming out? please

Answer:question about cross platforme gaming

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Hello everyone! I have some questions, I hope someone can help me. I found a Dell T3500 at a good price, it has the Xeon W3580, 12GB of RAM and 1TB HDD, that seems pretty good to add to my GTX 950 and play some games I cant right now due to my good old Core 2 Quad I have right, it cant keep up with some more demanding games. I already checked some videos on Youtube and it does handle the latest game with easy with a GPU.The problem I saw is that I see this Dell only has Sata 2.0. Is that correct? Does it means the HDD is slower? How much? My current computer has Sata 3.0, it also uses a Micron C400 SSD, which makes it lighting fast. Could I use my SSD on the Dell? Or will there be any issues? I really want to use my SSD for some games and the O.S, the HDD will be for much bigger games and the rest of programs and data.Hope somebody can share me some light on this issue.Thanks everyone!

Answer:Dell T3500: Gaming and SSD question.

Buy something else -- a desktop system of more recent vintage with a more current chipset/mainboard/CPU.
These Precisions are loaded with proprietary components and the Xeon CPUs are now obsolete - you should easily be able to find an Ivy Bridge or newer i7 system for equivalent money.

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Hi. I am new and just did all your spyware removal stuff. Seems to have worked THanks!!
Now our problem is games my sisters for for Christmas. One is Barnyard and one is Roller Coaster Tycoon 3. Neither of these will work. First they kept saying must install Direct X. We did and it still says it. Barnyard worked, but everyone was flying lol there were only half graphics.
We were told by Dell people that we need a graphics card. They recommended2 specific ones, and we do not know if we need those specific ones or if it matters what brand or what.
We have 1GB of ram on Windows XP.

Answer:gaming graphics card question

callmekyle11 said:

Hi. I am new and just did all your spyware removal stuff. Seems to have worked THanks!!
Now our problem is games my sisters for for Christmas. One is Barnyard and one is Roller Coaster Tycoon 3. Neither of these will work. First they kept saying must install Direct X. We did and it still says it. Barnyard worked, but everyone was flying lol there were only half graphics.
We were told by Dell people that we need a graphics card. They recommended2 specific ones, and we do not know if we need those specific ones or if it matters what brand or what.
We have 1GB of ram on Windows XP.
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As long as your computer has the appropriate slots, AGP (Accelerated Graphics Port), PCIe(express) and some times just PCI, there are many possibilities you could look into. RCT3 is not very demanding on graphics so really any card made recently should be able to play it without any problems.

As far as brands are concerned, it's all a matter of personal preference, and examining your choices and picking the one that best suits your needs.

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I have two computers set up on roadrunner off a router(linksys), in which Myself and my brother play Counter-Strike occasionally. During our gameplay, every 10 to 15 we both suffer massive packetloss and lag during gameplay. Would anyone know what the cause of this is?
Thanks for any advice

Answer:Gaming question involving router

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My buddy has high speed internet from Comcast. One of his friends is telling him to get the new google high speed which is faster.

My question is is there a point of diminishing returns as far as ping in online games? I mean its only going to go so fast right? My thinking is if he is not even using all that Comcast gives him in game then how is more speed and bandwidth going to do anything?

Answer:Question about internet speed and gaming

The only thing it will change is the speed at which he can download games. Gaming doesn't take much bandwidth.

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Hi, I'm new here, and I have a quick question regarding my laptop. I have been wanting to upgrade to a gaming PC for a while now but I don't have the money, so can someone tell me if my current laptop has good parts, and what games I am able to run?

Answer:Laptop gaming spec question

Is the Intel graphics card the only one in the notebook? Some have a discrete and an integrated and use switching technologies to save power. You will run into a wall trying to play just about anything modern on that integrated chip.

What games were you interested in?

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Is a SSD better for gaming? if so can i just put the games on it and leave windows on the regular HD?

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My computer is starting to run slow when playing Rise of Legends. If I were to upgrade my system which would provide me the greatest performance gain: Graphics card upgrade, CPU or more RAM.

Intel® Pentium® 4 - 1.6 GHz
400 MHz System Bus
Cache • 12K micro-op trace Cache
512 PC-2100 DDR
80.0GB (5400RPM) UltraDMA Hard Drive
ATI 128MB graphics card (it's old, can't remember the model)

Answer:Upgrading Gaming Performance Question

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I'm considering getting the X1 Carbon and using it mostly as a development machine, because it's so lightweight yet still rugged and just overall beautiful. I mean, it's a Thinkpad. However, while I mostly game on my desktop, it does occasionally happen that I want to play something on my laptop when I'm out of my apartment. Usually just Minecraft, which I imagine the X1 Carbon could handle just fine, but rarely I'll start something up like Guild Wars 2 or, more recently, Path of Exile. I know these games have graphics settings that can be turned down pretty low, but does anyone out there have any experience with the capabilities of Intel Graphics HD 4000? I mean, I don't expect I'll ever be playing anything notorious for high demand of GPU resources, but I'm wondering if this is something to consider. I'll probably buy it anyway, I guess I just want to know what to expect if I have occasion to try some light to medium gaming on it sometime. Thanks!

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hello,I have had some trouble with setting up drivers and all, and searching for reviews suggests that laptop shows less perfomance than it should. i would appreciate if you could share your perfomance with games, if you have tried gaming on this laptop. Or what drivers and hacks work for you, if you had to use any. I want to know if I"m getting what I should from perfomance. I'm considering clean windows install and some advanced messing with drivers, which I rather would not, and just enjoy playing. I have 20 fps for L4d2 on high, 20fps for bf:bc2 and bf3, both BF start with a lot of stuttering, but after a while I noticed for BF:BC2 laptop sort of "Warmed uP" and stuttering stoped.

Answer:Y570 gaming perfomance - question to owners

Dude there's no guaranty this will work but it has been known to work, use this 285.79 drivers and pick clean install when installing, then set all the setting to performance in power options. I hope it helps

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Now that watching 3D movies work fine for me...I'm thinking of trying out 3D games.

First of order for me to play games in 3D, do I need to purchase games labelled as 3D games or can the Nividia component in the laptop sort of convert any games to 3D?

Can someone guide me in the steps to play a game in 3D?
Any examples of games I can play in 3D?


Answer:Question about 3D Gaming on Qosmio F750-1013X


Please take a look here.
+Support of glasses free 3D mode for games on the Qosmio F750+

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Hi all! Please advise which is less expensive to upgrade, RAM or 1TB drive? Have two choices, one is with 128SSD + 1TB & 8GB RAM an other with RAM 16GB DDR4 + 512SSD? It is $200 difference. Which one you would buy? Thanks in advance!

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How I'm suppose to set it up... there are just bunch of settings that confuse me.

(system input from 2ch to 8, output mode has headphone & 2 speaker option)

And am I suppose to change "Default Format" in windows audio settings?
I set it to "24bit, 48k HZ" (default was 12bit, 41k hz)

Answer:Little question regarding GX GAMING CAVIMANUS audio panel.

You don't need to mess with it, it's defaults are set and is ready to use as is. 2nd to last sentence from link........

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Okay first of all, my laptop doesn't have the sound card to provide 7.1 surround sound, it does however have Dolby Surround Sound, so I was thinking if I purchased a 7.1 surround sound headset, how can I configure each speakers on it? Since currently the only audio channel I have is Stereo.

The headset is plugged in by USB, so it must act like a sound card on its own, if I plug in the USB headset, will it provide me another audio channel for 7.1?

The headset is a Razer Megaladon.

Answer:7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset question

Hello PinoyForTheWin.

Razer devices a pretty powerful when it comes to hardware performance/gaming. They are also well known for providing complex drivers for their products.
My guess is that when you'll install the headset, the driver software will provide you some advanced options to choose from.
Among those, there should be some setting to enable the 7.1 sound experience, by overriding your standard sound card settings, and applying its own.
I cannot however guarantee this as a 100% go, it's just a thought to help you decide what to do next.

Good luck

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Hi. Ok so to start off i am sorry, for all ive done wrong by posting this thread. There is probably the answer somewhere on these forums that i havnt found. Sorry to all who i offend by ignorantly posting before looking hard.

So. Im an avid World of Warcraft player, OH NO! another fps problem nub! - Yes im having frame rate troubles.
I recently took a break from WoW, and i just reinstalled it yesterday and ive been having some problems that i remember having back before i uninstalled it. The settings are differant.. The look is not the same, its worse! The graphics are sucky, because i have everything on low but im still getting 10 fps max? When before ide sail at a smooth 20-25 fps.

I'm hopeing some kind elder soul would help me, im not the best with laptops, my knowledge is limited because of my age. Ide like to point out that ive noticed an odd thing..
My game runs at 10 fps
i open opera and use the internet a little
go back to WoW and im at 30-40 fps for a minute or two? but then it drops back down

Also i read somewhere to set the priority higher for WoW, so i set it to high. No noticable change except for my computer outside of wow lags more heh.

I run on windows 7 - Dell inspiron r17 - All i know from the top of my head

I'm willing to do everything you say, i will not argue.

I've defragmented my Hard Drive from 21% to 0%. i downloaded something called "AUGSLOGIC" which i think made things worse.

I please beg someone for help im tired of being so frustr... Read more

Answer:Laptop gaming Question (Someone W/ Time + Patience)

Hey, even though we may have answered it on here, your question may not be exactly the same.

What is your budget?

This has been recommended on here several times: - ASUS A53SV-NH51 Notebook Intel Core i5 2430M(2.40GHz) 15.6" 6GB Memory DDR3 640GB HDD 5400rpm DL DVD?RW/CD-RW NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M

A good game performer. Don't expect max settings, but medium at best.

We don't fight, we can only suggest.

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I just have some qestions about everything,but im wonder which way to go, crossfire or SLI for the new gaming PC i plan to biuld. i want to, at some point, dual up on graphics cards and need to make a desion right off the bat. just curious if any one out there has some personal experience, or any helpful information on the topic. i know its a loaded question because underneath it is the desision between ATI or NVIDIA. but for the most part im wondering which appears to be more compatible, if that make any sense. The CPU i want is the Atholon 64 X2 4400+. ive read some many reviews about CPU, Mobo's, and everything to the point where my whole project has been put into question. ive made several complete shopping carts full of goodies, and canceled the checkout do to indecsion. If you have any helpfull tips, please pass them my way.

Answer:Quick question about CPU's and MOBO's & the making of a gaming PC

nVidia. I don't own dual video cards but AMD is best suited for nVidia video cards and Intel is best suited for ATi videocards.

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Had a question about my frame rates. I recently built a computer with the intention of building a decent gaming rig. Did a decent amount of research and had a friend to fill in the blanks. I did not initially buy a video card, but later upgraded because I was not content with the quality of the games, videos, etc. I would like to know if my processor may be gimping my system.

These are my specs:

ASUS M4A78LT-M AM3 AMD 760G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
500W ATX12V v2.3 Power Supply
4GB (2 x 2GB) Desktop Memory
Radeon HD 5770 Graphics Card

I would appreciate any input.

Thank you.

Answer:Question about gaming frame rates and hardware

Since there is no processor listed it would be impossible to answer that question. What Brand and model is your power supply?

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Hey, I am going to purchase a new gaming pc and i have a couple questions. So far i have:

ASUS A8N-SLI Socket 939 Nvidia nForce4 motherboard

AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Processor

eVGA Geforce 7800GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card

Corsair XMS 1GB (2x512mb) 184-Pin DDR 400 SDRAM

Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 250GB ATA150 HDD


Im going to use my current case (thermaltake XaserIII), dvd burner, and possibly my SB Live! 5.1 PCI sound card, but i was wondering if the ASUS mobo's onboard sound ( Realtek ALC850 ) is better than my soundblaster?

Also i know this is out of place in this section of the forums, but ive done research on all these parts, and I was wondering if you would give me your input on if you think this is a good setup or not.. And if they both are really really bad, is there a decent upgrade for under 50 bucks? Im not very knowledgeable on soundcards..

The total came out to $971.97 on newegg.. Thank you!

Answer:Building new gaming computer, question on sound

That's a real nice rig there. The sound card may be better, but not much.

A DFI mobo will outperform the Asus a little if you know how to set it up. The Asus is much more easy to use.

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hi all
i'm bran new here, and i'm haven some troubles. not quite sure what forum i should be posting this question in, sorry if o picked the wrong one.
anyhoo, i have a dell inspiron 5100 notebook. about 2 years old now, and as one can immagine, full of junk files. i am having trouble running my two favorite games, Warcraft III and Day of defeat. MMMAAAAJJJOOORRR lag problems. i've tried all this simple things, like running adware, defragging, clearing memory by deleting files., but still the same problem.
anything you guys can suggest would be great. thanks allot

Answer:noob question, how to keep comp from lagging during gaming

you online with playing WC? whats you vc like?

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Hello. I have a question for you about my ideapad z575. I pretty much just want to use it for gaming. Could you give me a list of the drivers I would need for games to run properly? Also, are there any settings I would need to tweak on the laptop? Thanks
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Answer:z575 driver update question for gaming

bump. can somebody help me out pleeeeeeeeeease? My laptop arrives tomarrow. I need to know!

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Hi, I'm thinking of buying a new laptop and am deciding to go with the lenovo y520 80WK004UMH.Before I want to buy the laptop, I want to know a few things: - Is in mine model an m.2 slot available for an SSD upgrade and is it available in every lenovo y520 model?- Does any upgrades void the warranty?- What do you think of the gtx 1050 4gb card? Is it good enough to run most modern games on it, I don't expect them to play everything at ultra mode, but I'm pretty satisfied to play most games 60 fps on medium to high.- Has the i7 7700HQ a huge benefit for increase in gaming performance or is the i5 7300HQ fine? And yes, the more you spend, the better you'll get, the more future proof your laptop is. I'm kinda short on money, so I won't be able to go over ?1000,00 euro's. Thank you! Best regards, TheClient 

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I'm not sure what the general conscientious is nowadays with the arrival of windows 7, however with windows 2k and XP I would always keep a separate OS instal strictly for gaming and another one for work purposes(internet, office, vmware, acronis, visio, acrobat etc...). How is it nowadays? is it worth the extra headache of doing this especially as I'm running a C300 SSD which has made immense difference in performance.

Answer:Separate OS install for gaming only?

It was never necessary or beneficial for 2K, XP, or Vista.

Nothing has changed for 7.

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For the build I have I dedicated a HDD for all my games (D: drive) now, about 2 months ago i did a OS re-install as a last resort to solve some issues I was having (turns out it didn't help, but i found the cause)

Now I'm experiencing a few issues.

Everything that i installed on the 2nd HDD isn't detected in the programs panel (Control Panel), games require registration codes or CD Keys again, and their icons dont display in steam (generic blank icon)

I believe it has something to do with the link between my USER and the games, being broken from the re-install. Cause i know my E: drive folders have to be re-linked to there respective folders under my USER folder after a re-install.

Any help would be great, I fear I may have to re-install all the games, and steam to get things registered and working correctly.

btw this is my first time having a dedicated gaming HDD set-up so if there are helpful threads on this forum that ppl can link up, it'll be much appreciated. :D

Answer:OS Re-Install - Problem Gaming off 2nd HDD

After a reinstall of the operating system, the games and things must be reinstalled.

To do this all that is required is to reinstall to the same directory as they are in now. This will save all of your settings and priofiles as they are.

By reinstalling Windows, you effectivly erased the memory of the game file locations from the registry. During the reinstall of the games into the same location, all of the files will be be rerecorded into the Windows registry.

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