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Steam wasn't "hacked". It's server overload. Again.

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It has come to my attention that Steam was "hacked". Before you believe that and panic, you may want to know this:

Valve is having server-side caching issues allowing users to view things such as account information of other users. Don't use the Steam Store for now.
The best way to protect yourself is to completely avoid Steam Store websites for now.

To repeat, do NOT visit any Steam Store links. Doesn't matter what you want to do, do not visit any of them.
Do NOT attempt to unlink PayPal, remove your credit card details or anything else. Doing so will put you at risk instead.
To make sure, unlinking your PayPal account from Steam via the PayPal site alone is fine. Unlinking through Steam is NOT.

The only things that are leaked:
1. amount of money on your account (just seeing the number, no actual access)
2. account name
3. email (your e-mail password IS SAFE)
4. purchase and market history

Things that were not leaked:
1. Credit Card
2. Phone

That is all. Merry Christmas everyone!

Steam is back up and running without any known issues. As a result of a configuration change earlier today, a caching issue allowed some users to randomly see pages generated for other users for a period of less than an hour. This issue has since been resolved. We believe no unauthorized actions were allowed on accounts beyond the viewing of cached page information and no additional action is required by users.

TL;DR: It fixed now.
Source: Steamcommunity.com

Why I've been kinda absent lately (Jul 3 update)

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Waiting for Windows to update fresh installS (yup, two of 'em at the same time) has to be among the most boring things known to man, so here's an


3:40AM. My comp is back functional for one. Yay non-ded comp and CHKDSK!. Also got a nifty hard drive connection extension cable which I'm using to prevent that 2007 laptop from melting its own hard drive, at the cost of said hard drive is now outside the laptop itself. Then again its battery is long dead, it was emplaced pretty much like a desktop already, so this is an upgrade. Hard drive no longer at a minimum of 40ºC allowed me to make a fresh Windows install on it, too. But now... I have to wait for it to update. Time elapsed: 2+ hours. ETA: at least 4 more. #WindowsUpdate
Also updating a fresh install on a "new" desktop comp (built from spares), so double the waiting fun!
On a related note, Trusted Installer.exe is using 1.42GB ram on said desktop. Wanna bet that laptop and its 2GB ram will take much, much longer than 4 more hours to fully update?

TL;DR: Major tech issues mostly fixed, getting some mighty boredom waiting for Windows Update in other two, fresh installs.

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Pretty much each couple days had its own reason, but the current one is the most "wut da zog" one. Right now, I'm working to have my comp not try to murder its own capability to display ANY kind of video because it didn't like one of my hard drive that got its file system magically fubar'd.
I know that makes next to no sense, but that's about all the info i have on it atm. Until I can sort this out, I'm limited to eithera budget laptop comp or a run down 2007 laptop.

TL;DR: Weird (yet serious) technical difficulties, gaming comp non-functional, limited to low end laptops for now.

Below is the text I could've copypasta'd from my same announcement on Steam, but nooo. TrollDB is way too important for you to not manually type in everything. As in, pasting text resulted on this:
Pretty much each couple days had its own reason, but the current one is the most "wut da zog" one. Right now, I'm working to have my comp not murder its own capability to display ANY kind of video because it didn't like one of my hard drives that got its file system magically fubar'd.
I know that makes next to no sense, but that's about all the information I have on it atm. until i can sort this out, I'm limited to a budget laptop OR a run down 2007 laptop.

TL;DR: Weird (yet serious) technical difficulties, gaming comp non-functional, limited to low spec laptops.

Updated the *official* UA FAQ!

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A link to said FAQ can be found below:

UA updated FAQ!

The one on my previous blog entry will be mostly abandoned from now on :p

"The content field must be at least 300 characters in length."
ugh seriously? it's like this site is TRYING to be annoying. i have to stretch to 300 characters for zog's sake.
THEY REMOVED THE COLORED TEXT OPTION, EVEN. just when I thought editing posts on this site couldn't be much more infuriating. Now I can't color this white and make it all sneaky-like.

[OUTDATED & no longer mantained] UA - The Hunt Begins + FAQ

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See UA's own FAQ for up to date information and links: Moddb.com

Step by step, and including New Factions! FAQ below.

1. Have Dawn of War: Soulstorm installed. Having it on Steam or from a disk makes no difference.
2. Download and run the UA THB installer: Moddb.com
3. Download and run the UA 1.8.2 patch: Moddb.com
4. Done. Launch Soulstorm and select "UA: The Hunt Begins" from the Game Manager on the main menu to play UA.

5. To get "UA: THB - New Factions" functional, you also need the respective factions' race mods. Listed below with download links for each:
- Inquisition: Filesmelt.com or Mega.co.nz or Mediafire.com
- Daemons: Mediafire.com or Mega.co.nz or Moddb.com
- Tyranids: Moddb.com
Installing them is simple:
Inquisition: Extract to a folder, move the inquisition_daemonhunt folder and inquisition_daemonhunt_SS.module to your Soulstorm directory. Do not move the Objective Points included with it, it's very outdated and will make your strategic points into pink boxes.
Daemons: Extract to your Soulstorm directory. Failing that, use the same process as with the Inquisition mod.
Tyranids: Run its installer.

On a final note, if you get pink boxes on strategic points (on any mod), install this as well: Mediafire.com

Some Frequently Asked Questions, and their answers:
Q. Do I need to uninstall previous versions of UA to install THB?
A. No. THB was purposely made so it can be installed alongside older versions of UA.

Q. I installed the mods in a different order. Will things still work A-OK?
A. Yes. As long as you install the 1.8.2 patch after the main THB release it patches, you're fine.

Q. I downloaded the UA THB/patch .exe installer and it says the data is damaged! What to do?
A. Re-download it. Your download got damaged, the best way to approach this problem is to download again.

Q. I've re-downloaded but it still says it's damaged. What should I do?
A. If you were using Internet Explorer (particularly an old version of it), try with a different browser or updating IE. Also, if you were using a 3rd party download manager, try disabling it.

Q. Is there a way to know for certain if X file downloaded correctly?
A. Yes there is! You can do a MD5 hash check on them to easily confirm data integrity. For this, you'll need a hashing app. There's a lot of them and about any of 'em will get the job done. If you don't have any, here's one: Softpedia.com
This one's particularly easy to use. Run it, drag and drop the file to compare into it and click 'Hash'.
Here are the reference MD5 hashes for:
Ultimate Apocalypse - The Hunt Begins.exe - 72243ACF8038603CD4A313AA030957CF
Ultimate Apocalypse - THB Patch v1.8.2.exe - A6CEDF7E7F9DCEBAA8F994ED8E43DFF8
idh_beta2_ss.rar (the Inquisition mod) - 0168B0A737F877E566FD640F03ECDB39
Daemons_Mod_Complete_-_1.6.7z - 6CF80A9F9EC9C1F677F3680CA498A06C
Tyranid_Mod_0.5b2_Installer.exe - 7EA35B2D32609EE5E27C785C34E4949C

Q. ModDB download is not available/I don't want to download from ModDB. What options do I have?
A. Click that "read more +" on the description of both the UA THB main release and its patch. There's plenty of download mirrors. About the Tyranid mod... I dunno.

Q. Is the UA map pack included?
A. Yes. Plus a few more, too.

Q. X thing doesn't work. Should I reinstall Soulstorm?
A. No. Unless your unmodded game is messed up for some reason, you do not need to reinstall Soulstorm.

Q. X thing doesn't work. Should I uninstall [other mod]?
A. No. Dawn of War mods load as modular, separate components, they do not interfere with each other.

Q. I did everything exactly as instructed and THB/New Factions doesn't work, what do?
A. I hate when people ask this If you did install exactly as instructed here, then it would be working. Re-check your installation process.

Q. I'm 99.98% sure I got stuff installed properly but THB/New Factions fails to load when selected from the game manager. What to do?
A. I would just tell you to re-install everything, but to be nice, I can pinpoint which mod needs reinstall if you send me a log file from your end (heck, you should be able to spot the mod name in the log, too).
To do so:
- Launch Soulstorm, try loading THB/New Factions (triggering the error), then close Soulstorm.
- Navigate to your Soulstorm directory, and locate a file named "Warnings.log"
- Open it with notepad, copy all of its contents and paste them in Pastebin.com
- When done, link your results back here.

Q. Will you make a tutorial/demonstrative video on how to install THB?
A. No. THB is without exaggeration, the easiest-to-install UA release, ever. Only way I could make it any easier would be with Steam Workshop support. Just look at the instruction count for zog's sake. You shouldn't need a video for 4-5 steps.

A. That's not the question, but the answer.

Q. I have a question that isn't on this FAQ. Can I has answer?
A. Of course. This FAQ isn't absolute, it just covers what I remembered about when I made it.

I might give this fancier a format, proper big titles and such when I feel like fiddling with ModDB's infuriatingly bad system for editing blog entries. It'll likely take a loooooong time.

What do you mean "they hate cats"?

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Apologies in advance for the wall-o-text-y and non-gaming post.

Do you like cats? Why I'm even asking, this is the internet, EVERYBODY loves cats! ...or so I'd like to think.
Statistically, there HAD to be someone messed up enough to just hate their guts.
And as with about every demographic on the internet, they find each other and circlejerk. Which wouldn't be that bad if their *publicly posted* comments weren't like and I QUOTE!:
Sick dude 1: Make the world a better place..., kill a cat today!
Sick dude 2: if you use a small caliber, like .22 make sure and file the tip of the bullet flat. Otherwise it goes right through them, with it flat the cat will literally fold like a piece of paper.
You can find that exact quote and more stuff like that in the Cat Haters of the World facebook group, which I'll link here as an example: Facebook.com

The best solution here would be to provide these twisted minds with the proper psychiatric help they need. But we can't exactly pull that off, so as a random on the internet, what YOU can do is contribute to take down the facebook groups where they openly discuss and incite mutilation and torture of animals protected by law in most countries. How? That's what Change.org is for: Change.org
That's a petition so Facebook's community rules are updated to forbid hate speech against animals as well. Warning: The petition's picture is kinda shocking.

Make a good deed for the day and show you're against animal abuse.
Thank you for your time :)

Why Rocket Propelled Dancing Banana became a loaf of bread

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Also because bread is awesome. That is all.

P.S.: If Youtube gets stupid and says "you can't watch this video on your region" or similar excuses I'll upload it myself to ModDB, not a problem.

How to improve performance on Dawn Of War - Soulstorm

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Below there's a compilation of all the knowledge I've gathered on my quest to get half decent framerates on modded Dawn of War, all nice and tidy in one place. Enjoy

1) Improving Loading Times:

We're well aware of how very slowly Soulstorm loads. Everything from starting, loading a skirmish, clicking the Campaign option in the Main Menu and it taking 2 minutes on a high end system...
This tweak addresses precisely that.
The actual improvement varies a lot from system to system, so I can't efficiently guarantee you'll get say, 3x faster loading times. Yet very large loading speed improvements are possible (I do get 3x faster loading speed for example). Also worth noting the 2nd time you launch Soulstorm it loads much faster.

If you have Soulstorm on Steam, you can skip this particular tweak. On my tests, Build 379 (updated via Steam) loads pretty fast, I couldn't find a way to make it load even faster yet.

-Windows Vista/7/8 users: If you have Soulstorm installed on the default directory (Program Files in the C drive) and UAC enabled, you won't be able to modify the game executable. To overcome this either:
A) Disable UAC.
B) Make a copy of your Soulstorm executable and place it somewhere UAC won't get in the way (a folder in your desktop for example). Make the changes on the copy and then replace the original with the tweaked one.
C) Run the CFF Explorer as Administrator.

The tweak itself:
- Download the Explorer suite from NTCore.com. Install it.
- Right click your Soulstorm.exe and select "Open with CFF Explorer"
- You will see a big window full of good ol' number-y crypticness. Don't panic :). On the left panel, left click "Import Directory".
- The section at the right of the window should change to different number-y crypticness. Fortunately all we need is on the column that says "Module Name". I advice stretching the window until you can see all entries at the same time.
- Then, right-click on .dll names and select "Move Up" or "Move Down" to re-order the list so it looks like on this picture.
- Save changes, and that's it! Faster loading times!

2) CTD (Crash To Desktop) Prevention:

This is a quick one, and spares you a lot of interrupted epic battles.
The tweak itself:
- Download the Explorer suite from NTCore.com. Install it.
- Right click your Soulstorm.exe and select "Open with CFF Explorer".
- On the left panel, select "Nt Headers" (click the + symbol), you should see "File Header".
- Then left-click File Header and in it, there is a box that says "Click Here". Let's do that.
- You will get a little window full of checkboxes. There's one that says: App can handle >2Gb Address space. Mark that one.
- Click OK, save the changes and... Done! Your Soulstorm.exe will no longer run out of memory!
To apply this on Steam installs, simply save the executable with a different name (remember to keep ".exe" at the end of the file name to save it correctly) and run the modified executable.
Steam in-game overlay and Friends In-Game status retain their functions, too.
- To be extra sure, repeat this process with rsss.dll (located in the Soulstorm directory). This one can also run out of memory and cause crashes the same way as the game executable. This dll isn't present on the Steam version as of the latest patch.

3) (slight) Performance Boost! (a little bit) better framerates!:

Important note!: This requires at least 3 cpu cores to work. It will not make any improvement on systems with dual or single core cpu's.

Make a shortcut to your game executable. Right click it and select Properties.
On the Shortcut tab, edit its Target field and add the following before the existing path between quotes and separating it with a space:

%windir%\system32\cmd.exe /c start "DoW" /high /affinity 6

While on it, also add this after the path, also separated with a space:

-nomovies -modname %Your_Favorite_Mod_Folder_Name%

So if when you first saw it it looked like this:

"C:\Program Files\THQ\Dawn Of War - Soulstorm\Soulstorm.exe"

Now it would look like this:

%windir%\system32\cmd.exe /c start "DoW" /high /affinity 6 "C:\Program Files\THQ\Dawn Of War - Soulstorm\Soulstorm.exe" -nomovies -modname %Your_Favorite_Mod_Folder_Name%

Click OK. That shortcut now launches a specific mod bypassing the intro movies, setting the Soulstorm executable on high system resource priority and set to not work on CPU core 1. As most applications load on the first core by default this core is busier and has less free cycles to run cpu intensive apps (such as DoW). By avoiding running DoW on the busier Core 1 altogether you can get a slight performance boost.
For example, if you want to make a shortcut with all that code to the vanilla game which also has a "mod name", 'DXP2':

%windir%\system32\cmd.exe /c start "DoW" /high /affinity 6 "C:\Program Files\THQ\Dawn Of War - Soulstorm\Soulstorm.exe" -nomovies -modname dxp2

4) Misc Tweaks & Fixes:

- Right click your Soulstorm executable. On the Compatibility tab, select Windows XP SP3. Click Apply. This helps with performance and stability by a tiny bit.
- If on Windows Vista/7 (8 unconfirmed), on that same Compatibility tab, check the "Disable desktop composition" checkbox. This will disable the transparency When Soulstorm is running and prevent it from freezing when alt-tabbing. Works partially on the latest Steam version update. I'm looking into it.
- Install Visual Basic Runtime. This runtime prevents a rather nasty bug that appears every now and then and makes the game unplayable (very bad performance, models render incorrectly, etc). Mediafire.com I would link you to the Microsoft download page but they keep moving it around and I can no longer find it. Plus I don't want to re-link to it every time they move it again.
If running WIndows Vista/7/8, run in compatibility mode for Windows XP SP2.

That's all folks! I will add more if I encounter more tweaks or I happen to have forgotten some.

(updated) Why I've been mostly inactive online lately

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Too long? TL;DR version below at the bottom!

Succeeded on (re)installing Unbuntu Linux on a larger partition and things are going smoothly for a welcomed change. I've still to install many other programs though (such as Skype, DoW, and so on XP)

Gah, where to start. ...Chronological beginning, why not. It all started 23 years ago, when I was born and the universe determined I was to be unnaturally capable with computers, but also cursed with statistically impossible bad luck when using my PC.
Seriously now, this were the last few days on my end:
Tired sick of Window$ being overall crap, freezing at random intervals, bad performance, its purposely poorly implemented UI and mostly; unwilling to live with the fear it someday would catastrophically fail and I would not have a Plan B, I decided to prepare a dual boot with Linux.

I have many hard drives on my comp. All of them in good shape, S.M.A.R.T. reports 0 reallocated sectors (and similar indicators of impending disaster) on all of them. For simplification purposes, let's call them drives 1, 2 and 3. Since drive 1 was too small and full of other data, and drive 3 is huge and used exclusively for non-program data so far, I decided to make a new partition and install Linux in drive 2, which was like a happy medium. After preparing a bootable flashdrive with Kubuntu (a Linux distro), I reboot on my GParted disk, possibly the best possible application for the job. Then make a 20GB free area in drive 2 to install Kubuntu (worth noting Linux OS' aren't nearly as a hard drive hog as Windows, making 20GB more than enough, plus can read Windows-created files and pretty much every drive formatting system). Then I reboot back to Windows. OH! SURPRISE! The NTFS file system on one of my drives appears to be damaged! Fortunately (in a way) this had happened me before so I could recognize the error code-less screen showing nothing more than a few colorful lines.
Rebooted back to GParted. Drive "3", which I had not even looked at, had one of its partitions messed up. How did that happen? Don't ask me, what am I, Tzeentch?

Anyways, I (physically) take this trolly drive to another windows computer to fix it. Btw helpful hint: Hitting the Run command on start menu (Windows key + R works too), then entering "chkdsk /f". Without the quotes ofc. That checks the system drive for errors, so it is done at the next reboot. If it is a partition/secondary drive (such as D:\ drive) it's "chkdsk d: /f".
Fixed drive 3. Took it back to my comp. Booted back into Windows. Same error. WELL LUCKY ME I HAVE ALREADY SEPARATED THE HARD DRIVE SPACE AND GOT A BOOTABLE LINUX USB AT HAND! Or that's what I though.

I installed Kubuntu. Didn't take me long to notice 98% of the knowledge and experience I had gathered using Window$ accounted for nothing using Kubuntu. I didn't know how to do jack. Now, after around 6-8 hours of continued frustration, I had managed to accidentally remove the equivalent to the Start Button, and was struggling to find a way to restore it. While on that, I right click the Taskbar, I click properties, and (this is for real, as ridiculous it might sound) I TRY clicking a checkbox that iirc said "Highlight Window\". That was the last thing I got to do in Kubuntu. Upon clicking that checkbox, it immediately crashed, leaving me with no option but to reboot. Upon reboot, I was greeted with a sign, stating the following:

Error_sign wrote: : unable to launch "/usr/bin/startkde" X session --- "/usr/bin/startkde" not found; falling back to default session

An "okay" button, then a black screen. Upon pressing the power button to shutdown the system, the message "Requesting all remaining processes to terminate" (common to every Linux distro I've used so far) showed a "fail" status.
My stubbornness forbids me to take any kind of rest (at least I need to eat/sleep to be able to focus) from a task that's presenting resistance until it's done, but over 24 hours of a whole new level of catastrophically bad events managed to get me reading an actual book printed on paper for a few hours.

So I used another computer to download Ubuntu (without the 'k', and evidently a huge difference in my experience) and make a new bootable USB. Installed it, replacing Kubuntu. Then, after setting up my "base of operations" under a constant fear everything would suddenly shatter and crumble again, I decided it was time to start setting up gaming. "But Mr. Rocket-Banana." You may ask. "What games you can play on Linux?" Well, WAY more than you think. "But Borderlands 2 isn't on that list, and you really like playing it." That it isn't on the list doesn't make it impossible. "But that's a lot of steps". I've been my own tech service for a few years now, I can handle an illustrated tutorial.

Then, the next problem creeped up. Apparently PlayOnLinux doesn't like the games' data being on a different drive than the program itself. The program itself was installed on the 20GB hard drive area I separated for Linux, and I haven't found a way to change that (then again, I know reallly little about Linux and how to tweak it). Borderlands 2 is 13.8GB. In other words, I can't afford installing games in a 20GB partition. So I need to start over and install Ubuntu in a bigger partition.
So, I'm currently FINALLY making that complete manual data cleanup on all my drives, to then completely free up drive 1 (which is the "smallest", but still 320 GB), to then install Ubuntu there. This will take time. Say at least 2 days.

TL;DR version: SEVERE technical issues, including catastrophic Window$ failure. Moving to Ubuntu Linux, but obstacles emerge at a nearly constant basis D: Don't expect much activity from me for at least a couple days.
Also, if you happen to know know a way to get PlayOnLinux accepting game data from a different drive than the one where it is installed, I'll thank you forever.

Things I forgot to mention:
- Soulstorm is compatible with Linux (or more like the other way around lol), so no need to worry about that.
- There's native installment of both Hamachi and Dropbox for Linux. No need to worry about that either.
- Skype I will use Window$ version 5.0.0 with the WINE compatibility layer (reported to work) as Linux native version is so bad it's reportedly crashing/freezing systems.

Previous blog entry was old, here's a new one.

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For one, I have a in great part different computer now. So very worth noting it's way more powerful.
Yay for cpu-ram-mobo upgrades. Now my once powerful graphics card is considerably below everything else's level xP

As this blog entry is mostly to replace the ye olde previous one, and I'm in a hurry due to rl stuffs, I'm not exactly flowing with ideas, so I'll just drop some suggestions and stuff on overall improvements you can do with your system.

For one, the reason always I prefer local media over streamed video: SVP (Smooth Video Project).
An awesome, easy to use software that... what does it do? Well, to put it on simple terms:
When you play videogames, you want your framerate as high as possible, ideally as high as your monitor can display. But videos generally are fixed to 24 frames per second. On videgame standards that'd be very bad, but we're used to watch movies like that. I'm used to watch movies at 60 frames per second, because that's what SVP does 8-)
Beware though, this program is quite intensive on your hardware, I do not advise you try running it on laptops or older/budget desktops. Ideally you'll want a quad core cpu (pretty much any multicore-happy cpu will do, a powerful 2 (or 3) core cpu, a graphics card that's not very old helps too.)
I'll attach pics of the configuration setups that work the best for me later (edit)... eventually?

On another cool thingy: If you have surround speakers you will know that feel of "what a waste" of only having sound from two of your speakers. Well, there's an actually working, actually not messing your audio up, and actually not shareware plugin that fits exactly the needs of us 5.1 speakers users for Foobar2000! By the simple name of Channel Mixer. Surprisingly easy to configure as well.

What else... Well, if you do not know about CCleaner... you should.
Pretty much the same about Defraggler. You'd be surprised about how much of a placebo the Windows Defragmenter is.

Awesome system diagnosis? HWiNFO. There are WAY more sensors and thermometers in your computer than you think.

Used-RAM-o-Meter? MemInfo.

Best of all? Everything I linked there is glorious freeware. Enjoy.

My computer... y u no work rite?

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Ok, firstly: I didn't write the rest of the article yet and I'm already almost sure that it won't follow a solid continuity on one subject. More like it'll be what comes to my mind, in order of arrival.
In shorter terms... This'll be a mess. There will also be a lot of parenthesis.
Then it became a "rage vent" blog entry. At least you find others' frustration amusing, don't say I didn't warn you. I'm told I express my frustration in entertaining ways though. I tried to put that on assorted links because you can't actually see or hear me through text.

I have gotten to the conclusion that I'm finally writing a blog entry in ModDB (and not playing Far Cry 2) because I found out that Spess Mehreen not necessarily will disconnect me in 2 minutes or less (unlike the previous times I tried), and a friend invited me to play.
Why am I not playing Spess Mehreen then? Well, according to Steam I'm In-game, but I alt-tabbed. And before that I had to reboot in the middle of the game. Didn't have much choice since my graphics card went retarded mode and killed the video signal. Nothing to worry about my trolly gpu, it's not broken/about to be broken, it's (an insanely "wtfuuuuu" one) issue with using an hdmi cord only.
I know this sounds beyond stupid, but basically:
If I use a hdmi cord only to connect the display = perfect image, signal may randomly die, sometimes until reboot, others in extremely infuriating patterns, such as for 1 second after every click/folder opened
If I use a dvi cord only to connect the display = image has gamma messed up, signal stable
If I connect both dvi and hdmi, using hdmi signal = best of both worlds.
Why? I have no idea.

My friend playing Spess Mehreen went offline a few seconds 10 minutes ago :(
And why wasn't I playing with him after rebooting? Well, he was unresponsive.
Let's make this blog entry a rage vent about the numerous failz my computer has/had despite I put truckloads of moneys on it.
Let's see... The previous motherboard I had failed to boot at all (not even BIOS) 2 of 3 times. I changed my power supply several times (until I moved to my current overkill uber-psu), that was not the problem.
Changed the motherboard (all other components unchanged): Problem solved.
PS: BIOS update didn't fix it either.

You may (or may not at all) know about the great overclockability of some AMD processors. Like the Phenom II 955. Well mine is clocked at 3.2 Ghz by default (as any 955) but... Say I put it to 3.3Ghz. I am an overclocking wizard. Windows boots. Yay. Launch ANYTHING = trolldows freezes. Completely.
Same if I use AMD Overdrive.
Logically I'm not using the obnoxiously loud retail heatsink & fan, I got the best I could afford.
I also got me nice, overclockable RAM. So I have no idea on what's locking me on 3.2Ghz.

What else... Well my current setup takes almost 2 minutes to get to desktop. At least 20 seconds are on the incredibly slow BIOS. Then, despite I have a solid state drive (and pretty much the fastest there is for that matter), the thing takes it's nice slow time at a speed barely faster than on a regular drive. Now, I know that Windows XP is "not specifically designed with SSD's in mind" and all that buy Windows 6.1*cough* I mean 7 or else propaganda everyone does against software that isn't the very latest barely tested and in desperate need of patches version, but I think I must clarify my Windows barely resembles XP. "Classic" look with custom colors, lotsa registry tweaking (and 100% bsod free), junction links to prevent C drive's temp folders growing beyond my ssd's storage capacity and wearing it unnecessarily (I do video encoding, so I sort of need that), but that seemingly only prevents it to fail even more.

It seems I nuked the screenie I had, but sometimes, on either a pattern I haven't figured out yet, or just randomly, the tray icon tooltips appear behind the taskbar.

Not my computer's fault, but game developers' too busy making a game shiney and not optimizing it properly. My Sapphire Radeon HD 4890 Vapor-X can run about any 2008-2010 game in almost if not maxed settings on 1080p, but I didn't really expect to run Nexuiz (a 2012 game) with 8x antialias...
It's much worse than "just" not playing it on high settings.
Anything above lowest quality = My gpu overheats. Horribly (about... 95ºC). And Nexuiz on medium quality doesn't by far look as nice as "older" games on maxed settings. At least the game isn't a gigantic pile of gigabytes to install...

Well, I do not know what else to complain about (at least I warned ya it's a rage-vent-ranty blog entry), so I'll end this here xP

PS: I am not what you'd call a "certified expert" on computers, because no one gave me any title, I just was in front of a computer keyboard since I was 5 years old. As I progressively used the computer for... everything, I found myself in the need of learning how to use it properly. So strictly speaking I'm an "experienced user". One that could teach many so called "technicians" quite a few things D:<
Yeah, only a few of the people who do tech support actually have a clear idea of what are they doing. They won't tell you that ofc. They won't tell you stuff like what I (just had the idea) am going to tell you in my next entry. Like how much (in average) time takes to repair a PC.
EDIT: lol, I wonder when I'll finally write that 2nd blog entry xD

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