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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
13. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 22, 2016, 23:42 jimnms
 
I'm still battling with Win10 on my new PC. I'm still on my "test install," so maybe some things I've done while poking around is the reason for some of the troubles. The main problem I'm having is the damn Start Menu's search function just doesn't work. I've tried every suggested solution except re-install, which I'm probably going to do tonight after I test a few more things. One time it randomly started working after a reboot, only to stop working about an hour later.

Now Windows Update is wanting to install a driver for the Intel HD 530 graphics, which I don't have anymore. When I first installed I was using the onboard Intel graphics, but I've since put my GTX 970 in and disabled the onboard graphics and uninstalled the drivers for it. For some reason when I started it up today, I got a notification that Windows Update needed my attention or something. I clicked the notification and it's showing an update pending for the Intel HD 530 graphics driver. I can't seem to find a way to stop it.

I'm considering going back to Win7, but it doesn't have native support for things like USB 3.0/3.1, Thunderbolt, DX12 and whatever other new tech might come out in the near future. The Win10 Start menu is horrible, even when it did work, but there are quite a few things I like about Win10.

I tried Classic Shell, but didn't like it either. When the Win10 Start Menu search was working, just like with Win7, things I regularly used still only required me to hit the start key and type the first three characters before it was the top item, and all I had to do was press enter. With Classic Shell, it was showing different results.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
10. Re: On Sale Jul 20, 2016, 23:09 jimnms
 
According to SteamDB, the Mafia II Director's cut does include all 7 DLC.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
40. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 20, 2016, 20:04 jimnms
 
jimnms wrote on Jul 20, 2016, 18:33:
Creston wrote on Jul 19, 2016, 19:10:
Yeah, shit seems to break randomly and permanently in Windows 10. I get at least one workstation (or laptop) a week at work where Windows Update just literally STOPS WORKING.

Reimage time!

Yay.

In any case, try running an SFC /SCANNOW in an elevated command prompt. If you're lucky, it might fix it.

Like I said, I tried every solution when I searched for "Windows 10 start menu search broken." That was one of the first things, and it didn't find a problem. There was one to download some troubleshooting deal from MS and it too found nothing wrong. The only thing left to do was re-install, and I planned to do that anyway after I'm done testing stuff out.

Dev wrote on Jul 19, 2016, 23:03:
Did you have a bunch of items in your start menu? As I recall, that might be a symptom of the FIXED size limit of the internal DB they started using for the start menu items . Something like no more than 256 items in the entire thing or else it will crap out. Because surely, no one installs more than a few applications, right? MS is so brilliant. I mean heck, an install of MS office can take up 20 on it's own. Almost as bad as the mythical "no one will use more than 640k ram" thing.
Anyway, I heard they fixed it in a patch.

I barely have anything installed. This install was to make sure all of the drivers worked, install some firmware updates, test out some software and run some break-in tests before re-installing for a "permanent" install.

Oddly enough, it's working today and I didn't do anything else to try and fix it.

And it just stopped working again for no fucking reason.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
39. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 20, 2016, 19:58 jimnms
 
You must be looking at the wrong mouse. Under the G502's mouse wheel is the button that locks and unlocks its free scrolling. Under that is the mode shift button you use to switch stored profiles on the mouse if not using the Logitech Gaming Software, otherwise it's re-programmable. To the side of the left mouse button are the two DPI buttons, which are labeled G7/G8 and are also re-programmable. You can see better detail on the official Logitech page. I find the tilt buttons extremely useful. They're easy to get to just by flicking your finger to the side. I map one to the middle mouse because it's quicker to press than the actual middle mouse and I don't have to set up a custom profile to map it to a key for every game.

I can't find the G400 on the Logitech site other than its support/download page, but it looks like the G5 I used to have, with the DPI buttons on top and bottom of the mouse wheel and two side buttons (except I had the first generation G5 with only one side button). I never found those buttons to be easily accessible to use for anything because they were so tiny and in a bad location (hard to press without rotating the mouse wheel). The DPI buttons on the G502 being beside the left mouse button makes them easy to get to, and they aren't stiff to press like the ones on the G500 were.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
8. Re: Humble Bundles. Jul 20, 2016, 19:19 jimnms
 
Acleacius wrote on Jul 20, 2016, 10:33:
RedEye9 wrote on Jul 20, 2016, 08:06:
DNF for $1, nope, it's still too much.
Ouch, I've heard it was bad and avoided it being a fan of the original. I was going to try for mafia ii, after checking 2k still want's $42 US (non sale price) for all the dlc, which is beyond stupid for a 6 year old game. That's $72 US total for a game with basically no replay value. At least from what I'm reading, there's no real exploration or side quests, not to mention no C & C.

I thought the director's cut included all the DLC, but on the description on the HB page it only lists 4 DLC. I think I got the game and all DLC for $1. It was one of those GMG deals where you voted in the Joystick awards and got the game for free and some GMG credit, which could be used combined with a discount code to buy the DLC pack.

And DNF for $1 is worth it. It's not that bad.



EDIT: I just found my receipts in GMail. I did get the game free for the voting deal, but it was $2 all the DLC (at the time). The receipt doesn't show the details though, but I'm pretty sure there was a coupon and/or some credit involved. I also bought Betrayal of Jimmy DLC during the summer sale because it wasn't out at the time. Apparently it was an exclusive console DLC that was recently released on PC.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
37. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 20, 2016, 19:02 jimnms
 
Robert Osorio wrote on Jul 20, 2016, 18:41:
I looked at the G502 when I thought my spare G400 was dead (fixed a broken wire) but the issue I have with it is that the G502 only has 2 buttons on top. Going to the G502 would be a step backwards. My game playing style in FPS games relies on three buttons on top and two on the side.

Why should I have to adapt to a new paradigm? Why hasn't Logitech released a mouse with a similar 3 top button configuration as a successor to the G400/MX518?

Don't get me wrong. That's what I'll buy if I have to, but it will annoy the hell out of me.

Where are you seeing only two buttons on the top of the G502? On the top of the G502 there are the left/right buttons, the middle button, the wheel also tilts left and right for two more buttons, a mode shift button, and the two buttons that are by default for DPI. That is 8 buttons on top, and it has 3 buttons on the side for 11 buttons in total, all of which are programmable to whatever you want.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
36. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 20, 2016, 18:50 jimnms
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Jul 19, 2016, 22:07:
jimnms wrote on Jul 19, 2016, 18:32:
Logitech ditched the laser sensors and is now using optical sensors in all of their gaming mice. I had a G5 and G500, which both used laser sensors. Great mice, but they both had weird diagonal tracking issues on certain surfaces. I recently bought a G502 which is optical and it's soooo much better. It has lots of buttons to use for customizing too.

Neither of those mice used laser sensors, they were actually both some of the best optical sensors at their time, and top sellers for Logitech.

Both the G5 and G500 had laser sensors, I still have both of them. I replaced the G5 with the G500 because I thought something was wrong with it, but it turned out to be the tracking problem I mentioned earlier. I used the mouse on my desk for years without a mousepad, but over the years it polished the wood so smooth that it started having problems tracking on it. I bought a mouse pad and it made it better, but moving diagonally caused it to go crazy. I bought the G500 and it had the same problem. I then found a post on the Logitech support forum, and it appeared to be a common problem with those particular laser sensors when using them on certain surfaces. I eventually found a mousepad that it liked, and I still use it. It's a Steel Series hard surface. It feels like a fin grit sand paper, but the mouse slides across it like it's on ice. I believe Logitech now makes a similar mouse surface.

Moog wrote on Jul 20, 2016, 05:00:
Another vote for the Logitech G502 here.

It looks a weird shape in pictures but is *very* comfortable to use, if you're right handed.

Yeah, it is both the ugliest and the most comfortable mouse I've ever owned. My only complaint with it is that the middle mouse click is too damn stiff. The G5 and G500 were stiff as well thought. I ended up setting up a custom profile that makes the tilt function of the wheel act as the middle mouse button because I can bump the mouse wheel sideways with my finger quicker than lifting and pressing down on it.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
34. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 20, 2016, 18:33 jimnms
 
Creston wrote on Jul 19, 2016, 19:10:
Yeah, shit seems to break randomly and permanently in Windows 10. I get at least one workstation (or laptop) a week at work where Windows Update just literally STOPS WORKING.

Reimage time!

Yay.

In any case, try running an SFC /SCANNOW in an elevated command prompt. If you're lucky, it might fix it.

Like I said, I tried every solution when I searched for "Windows 10 start menu search broken." That was one of the first things, and it didn't find a problem. There was one to download some troubleshooting deal from MS and it too found nothing wrong. The only thing left to do was re-install, and I planned to do that anyway after I'm done testing stuff out.

Dev wrote on Jul 19, 2016, 23:03:
Did you have a bunch of items in your start menu? As I recall, that might be a symptom of the FIXED size limit of the internal DB they started using for the start menu items . Something like no more than 256 items in the entire thing or else it will crap out. Because surely, no one installs more than a few applications, right? MS is so brilliant. I mean heck, an install of MS office can take up 20 on it's own. Almost as bad as the mythical "no one will use more than 640k ram" thing.
Anyway, I heard they fixed it in a patch.

I barely have anything installed. This install was to make sure all of the drivers worked, install some firmware updates, test out some software and run some break-in tests before re-installing for a "permanent" install.

Oddly enough, it's working today and I didn't do anything else to try and fix it.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
28. Win10 Issues Jul 19, 2016, 18:54 jimnms
 
I had typed out a long ass post about my new system build yesterday and got distracted, then forgot about it, so I didn't post it.

I have the system built and I'm just playing around in Windows 10. I planned to do a re-install after the messing around, but I've already run into a problem that I can't seem to fix. Besides the start menu being complete shit, now search has decided to stop working. I've searched for solutions and tried everything except re-installing, which I'm going to do eventually anyway. It's not just the search that quit working, it doesn't do anything. Normally you can type commands too, like pressing start and typing regedit to get the registry editor instead of doing it through the run dialog, but that doesn't even work now. I know re-installing will fix it, but when I do that and get it setup and all of my shit installed and it breaks again, then what?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
25. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 19, 2016, 18:32 jimnms
 
VaranDragon wrote on Jul 19, 2016, 13:57:
Why can't Logitech (re)release the MX510 or the MX518? Man, those are legendary mice. I mean those are like the Gibson Les Paul 57' or 59' legendary kind of mice, nothing I've tried since has come close. Seriously, I'm afraid of whats going to happen when my MX518 craps out, I mean I've had it now for like 5 years (probably more), and it's definitely been the best mouse I've ever owned (or tried) apart from the MX510 which is basically the same thing but with a few less buttons. None of the new lazer mice come even close.

Logitech ditched the laser sensors and is now using optical sensors in all of their gaming mice. I had a G5 and G500, which both used laser sensors. Great mice, but they both had weird diagonal tracking issues on certain surfaces. I recently bought a G502 which is optical and it's soooo much better. It has lots of buttons to use for customizing too.

PHJF wrote on Jul 19, 2016, 16:35:
Only thing I don't like about G502 is the scroll wheel, which has a mechanical toggle between "infinity scroll" mode (which I haven't the slightest idea of a use for) and a rather junky-feeling traditional scroll.

I actually like that feature. I leave it in the "fee wheeling" mode except when gaming. Scrolling through web pages or long documents is so damn easy when the mouse wheel spins freely. It's a bit touchy on the G502 though. The mouse wheel has a bit of weight to it, so when it stops it tends to want to rock back and forth which will make it scroll up and down if it stops on its own and you're not prepared for it. I've gotten used to it though, just make sure to use your finger to stop, but it still occasionally wants to jump a line or two after you stop scrolling. The G500 I had before this had the same feature, but it wasn't as sensitive even though the wheel was just as free spinning. What I don't like is the texture of the G502's wheel. The G500 has a rubber coating and the G502 is metal with notches.

My old G5 didn't have this feature, but when I was cleaning out years of gunk built up in the scroll wheel once, the little part that gives it the clicky feeling popped out and I couldn't find it. It didn't spin as feely as the 502's wheel, it has some tension, but I grew to like it and was happy to see it become a toggleable feature on the G500.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
1. Re: Saturday Metaverse Jul 16, 2016, 15:12 jimnms
 
Was it really that big of a problem to spend time and money on?  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 13, 2016, 18:42 jimnms
 
I pretty much missed out on prime day anyway thanks to my shitty ISP. I didn't get home until around 7pm and found my internet was out. Looking at my router log I could see that it went out just after 4pm. There had been a few short outages in the past week or so only lasting a few minutes to about an hour.

I had a problem a few months ago where my internet would go down right around 4pm and come back up around 7pm, almost as if it were on a schedule. This happened right after a storm knocked down utility polls, so I just figured they were working on it since it was so consistent. I put up with it for several days before calling back then.

This time I called the 24 hour support number to report the outage and the soonest someone can come out is tomorrow. My internet didn't come back online until around 10:30pm, and from the short time I had to look around, it doesn't look like I missed out on much from the Prime Day sale.

The last time it happened, the first tech came out and checked the signal on the poll and told me the signal was "too hot." The next day another tech was outside, up the pole and when they came down I asked if they were working on it and said they were just sent out to check the signals in the area and that it was "too high."

I was sitting at my desk when the cable modem finally lit up, so I checked its signal status page. I decided to find out what those numbers mean to see if it was the same problem. According to the status, my downstream signal and power levels are pretty damn good. The upstream power level is where I'm having a problem. The power level last night and right now is at 59.2dBmV. According to what I read, this shouldn't go above 50, and I'm lucky to be connected because anything above 57 means the modem is struggling to maintain a connection.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
8. Re: Saturday Mobilization Jul 10, 2016, 02:18 jimnms
 
That explains something. My niece came over this evening, and after we ate, she she ran out the door and said she was going to go outside and look for Pokémon. I was kind of sitting there thinking WTF, and then I forgot to ask her about it when she came back in.  
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
4. LGR - Building a 486 DOS PC Jul 9, 2016, 16:42 jimnms
 
Oh man does that bring back memories nightmares. I'm about to embark on assembling my new PC since the last of the parts arrived a few hours ago (I didn't know FedEX did Saturday delivery). I wonder if in 20 years we'll be looking back at how much of a hassle it was running SATA cables like we do for those damn ribbon cables.  
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News Comments > Windows Gaming Survey
15. Re: Windows Gaming Survey Jul 9, 2016, 00:21 jimnms
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Jul 8, 2016, 21:36:
HorrorScope wrote on Jul 8, 2016, 21:00:
Also liked the Win 10 limits frames and doesn't allow g-synch and free-synch, telling me bad things I didn't know. Is that true?

Yes. True for UWP (Windows store exclusive) apps. You can not mod UWP games, no multi GPU, no G-Sync/FreeSync, no MSI Afterburner, no Fraps, no GeForce Experience (no ShadowPlay), i.e. no support for any overlay 3rd party app at all.

UWP apps = GFWL 2.0 ... only even shittier than ever!

I hadn't heard about it either until saw it come up on the survey, so I did some Google-fu before answering. The top search results from a few months ago said the G-Sync/FreeSync had been patched. The articles I read said that the same games sold through Steam or elsewhere didn't have those problems, but I didn't know about not being able to mod Windows Store exclusive games. I don't plan on buying shit through the Windows Store anyway.
 
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1. The Crazy Plan One Guy Used To Get The World's Highest Steam Level Overnight… Jul 8, 2016, 23:33 jimnms
 
Money well spent. Ucrazy  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Taking the Win10 Pill Jul 7, 2016, 19:23 jimnms
 
Who has "upgraded" to Win10? Got any tips? With the free upgrade deadline approaching and the rest of the parts for my new system arriving tomorrow and Saturday, I'm preparing to put Win10 on my machines.

I've already downloaded and prepared a Win10 USB stick. From the Windows 10 download page, under the section on performing a clean install it says:
If you haven’t upgraded to Windows 10 yet and perform a clean installation, you’ll need to enter a qualifying product key for Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10...

So it sounds like I can just start from a clean install and give it a Win7 code when prompted instead of installing Win7 and performing an upgrade.

I will install Win10 on the new machine from the start. I have a Win7 upgrade license that I never used, so I will use it on the new machine. Since the HD in my current system has to be replaced and I already had planned to swap it out once the new PC was built, I was going to install Win10 on it too. I'm probably going to go ahead and get that done tomorrow or tonight if I have time. I need to have a working PC while I'm building and setting up the new PC, and I don't know how much longer this drive will keep going. Everything important is backed up, so nothing would be lost if the drive up and dies. It will also give me a bit of time to play with Win10 and figure out how to set it up the way I like before doing it on the new machine. If for some reason it doesn't work out, I can always throw the old drive back in and boot back to Win7.

Before I upgrade my HTPC/Home Server, I need to find a replacement for Windows Media Center. I had been looking at some alternatives to try out, but the past few weeks have been crazy and I barely had time to finish ordering the parts for my new system and no time to test any of them out.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
11. Re: On Sale Jul 5, 2016, 01:53 jimnms
 
I also noticed complaints about other Bethesda titles (Fallout 3, New Vegas, Dishonored) not being discounted as much as previous sales.  
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News Comments > On Sale
6. Re: On Sale Jul 2, 2016, 20:07 jimnms
 
nin wrote on Jul 2, 2016, 00:02:
Acleacius wrote on Jul 1, 2016, 23:45:
Sadly, never change price, just different front page listings, each day.

Kinda takes the fun out of it...

More like takes the frustration out of it. I'm glad the flash sales and community voting is gone. Now I don't have to try and get to Steam every 4-8 hours to check if a game I want is on a flash sale, or get pissed because a game I wanted didn't get voted for a discount. The past few sales have been frustration free for me, but I do miss the community participation that they used to have in some of the first sales.
 
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2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jul 1, 2016, 14:11 jimnms
 
A federal judge for the Eastern District of Virginia has ruled that the user of any computer that connects to the Internet should not have an expectation of privacy because computer security is ineffectual at stopping hackers.

Doors are ineffectual at stopping burglars, so should I have no expectation of privacy in my own home?
 
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