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Comment Re:GPU reset, Windows users should be so lucky (Score 1) 102

Wasn't it that the OS will reset the graphics driver, not the program?

Lots of dissent on my post some people have problems some don't.

I fixed the problem I was having by myself and google, the graphics driver
was never reported as a problem, just an entry in the EventViewer that BF3.exe had stopped working
I'd never of known why this specific error occurred if I hadn't of had that one .DMP file to debugged.

A copy and paste of a portion of the debug output is how I found the site I referenced as that's
exactly how my debug output read.

Never a blue screen because of it. Just stopped as mentioned above.
I've also never had that type of error again, since stopping the TDR.
Can't say that it's a fix all as others may have different problems
Google: bf3.exe has stopped working site:http://battlelog.battlefield.com/bf3 http://preview.tinyurl.com/bakgrpe

Comment Re:You have a problem (Score 1) 102

You need to stop blaming Windows and/or the GPU vendor and troubleshoot your system. My GPU has reset precisely zero times when playing BF3, over a total of about 107 hours. I have seen GPU resets on my system on rare occasion, generally with broken software, but never in BF3 and I have more than a bit of testing with it.

You have something wrong on your system, you should figure out what.

I'm not saying there's nothing is wrong with my system. I can say we have
different systems I built mine not sure yours, but they are different.

This GPU reset I refer to is intentional and part of a program called a "Windows user experience"
"Windows User Experience Guidelines" http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=4249 (PDF)

The GPU reset is explained here in more detail."Timeout Detection and Recovery of GPUs through WDDM"

Nope sorry it's a windows feature since vista, I just disable it.

Comment Not playing by the rules and standards dictated (Score 3, Informative) 102

GPU resets:

"Other ideas for troubleshooting:"

{list not quoted}

"I wouldn't pin this problem on Microsoft. Ultimately, this crash is due to game/software developers
and graphics card manufacturers (such as ATI/AMD and NVidia) developing buggy devices and software
and not playing by the rules and standards dictated for a specific platform like Windows. There are
many cases of similar events happening on UNIX/Linux systems, so this problem is not specifically isolated to Windows."

The above is a quote from http://mikemstech.blogspot.com/2011/12/troubleshooting-0x116-videotdrerror.html
a site I have nothing to do with; just a google result that helped me out one time.

Comment GPU reset, Windows users should be so lucky (Score 3, Interesting) 102

Since Vista, the Windows OS deals with this by chatting with the graphics,
if the graphics doesn't reply in a reasonable amount of time the OS will reset the program.

Playing an intensive game like Battle Field 3 this tends to happen a lot. The video
card is too busy and doesn't have the time to chat; so the game just goes away.
Your either at your desktop like nothing is wrong other than not playing a game anymore,
or staring at the last graphics frame shown with a hard reset in your future.

VIDEO_TDR_FAILURE is what one error calls itself and fixed by disabling the "Timeout Detection and Recovery (TDR)."
Key added here: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\GraphicsDrivers then disabled.

I have a write up about this in my journal but it's not worth reading, it's wordy and doesn't flow a bit.
A better write up is here http://mikemstech.blogspot.com/2011/12/troubleshooting-0x116-videotdrerror.html
a site I found after running a debug on the one (single) .DMP file that managed to be written before the OS
became unresponsive.

Comment Re:"Twas not I" but "Ask & ye SHALL receive" (Score 1) 279

To wit, 10++ things AdBlock can't do, hosts can:

Hell of a thing to quote,

I do use a HOSTS file and appreciate your trying to learn others as well.

So add to your post this warning for HostsXpert - that being; don't use it.

HostsXpert is a Windows HOSTS file editor, add. remove, play with your HOSTS file
But it will render your HOSTS file useless, while looking quite normal.

I've written the author years ago, I've posted to www.majorgeeks.com who still host HostsXpert
nothing has changed. HostsXpert version 4.4 should be removed from the Internet as it's malware.

Proof: this works 100% of the time (otherwise it's random) with your HOSTS file loaded in HostsXpert
"toggle comment" on any entry, it will add: # your comment

It will also change every space to a tab, rendering the HOSTS file useless. Unless
you have a text editor set to show tabs you will never notice it. facebook.com
becomes facebook.com
changing a space to a tab to every entry in your HOSTS file.

Comment Re:Beware PS1, PS2 (PS3) backwards compatibility (Score 1) 129

As I mentioned I bought the PS3 due to it's backwards compatibility. It was a time I played
a lot of single player PS2 games. Then my son took me to a PC "Call of Duty 2" lan party,
the next month "Call of Duty 4" was released and I was hooked on this series.

These two things happened at about the same time so !'ve never really used the PS3, other than
streaming video and Netflix; I had moved my gaming to the PC.

The Ratchet and Clank CD with the three PS2 versions cost less than $20 (U.S.)
I've only bought two PS3 games, both Ratcht and Clanks but they aren't as good as the PS2's;
neither played all the way through.

I could buy a PS3 now for half the price with 4X the storage space, so the hundreds of wasted
bucks were from purchasing something I really didn't need in the first place.

Here's a running list that's been online for years of how well a PS1/2 game will play on
the PS3 http://www.ps3comp.com/view.asp?flt=0-9&console=ps2
Other than "Up your Arsenal" all of my PS1/2 games I've tried have worked just fine.

To be fair "Up your Arsenal" was hard on the PS2 as well, when hundreds of nuts
and bolts came flying in, it would tax the system; on the PS3 there was just too much lag.

Comment Beware PS1, PS2 (PS3) backwards compatibility (Score 1) 129

I bought my PS3 for $600+ (U.S.) it came bundled with the game
"Metal Gear Solid 4" 6 actions to shoot POS.

I had no use for the PS3 as I had gone to the PC for the CoD series but
it was the last version to be backwards compatible and I have a lot of PS1, 2 games.

My PC went down (had to replace the mother board) so I replayed my Ratchet and Clank
"Up your Arsenal". When you break crates nuts and bolt fly towards Ratchet; a lot of
crates and the PS3 emulator couldn't keep up with the graphics.

I ended up repurchasing all 3 of the PS2 versions of Ratchet and Clank on one CD (10Th anniversary edition or such.)
While very inexpensive by itself that game CD cost me hundreds of bucks ($, £, mula) everything considered.

Comment popularity of mobile (Score -1) 176

Mobile usage being up is my reasoning to why Win8 RT was released;
so people could go from their computer to their (windows) phone and
have the same interface. People like my Mom would see the sense in
this, as she still has no clue where her Email is (stored).

It's a bold move but I wouldn't bemoan the fact a bad browser isn't
being used anymore; but that WinRT could very well be an mobile OS in
your future.

Comment I'm prepared for just such a situation (Score 3, Insightful) 269

http://www.fakenamegenerator.com/ I just keep re-rolling until I get a zip code that's close.
Then use that information to fill out forms and accounts; keeping it on file for future reference.
My security doesn't stop at a HOSTS file and malware protection. But I use Gmail for
all of these accounts so it's not perfect.

Comment Re:NO HELP IS ON THE WAY, NONE! (Score 1) 88

Yawn, ignoring the obvious, it's this part that is of real concern and what your missing:

"The rootkit scanners for Linux are few and poor. If you're lucky, you'll know how to use
chkrootkit (but you can use strings and other tools for analysis) and show the strings of
binaries on your installation, but the results are dependent on your capability of deciphering
the output and performing further analysis with various tools or in an environment such as Remnux Linux.
None of these free scanners scan the earlier mentioned areas of your PC, either!
Nor do they detect many of the hundreds of trojans and rootkits easily available on popular
websites and the dark/deep web."

The loss of this site: http://vx.netlux.org/ was a loss to everybody.

A place one could download the latest malware to see what it would do, now we have
malware businesses who might now mention a malware's name but little else.
Very very few people can find much of malware in use now.

Rootkits? I'm sure many are running them now; unless one can have access to sites
like http://vx.netlux.org/ to have even a little chance of finding out or even knowing.

(my pet peevee)
Here, ever play Angry BIrds? read their Privacy policy
and think of how long you've been playing it.

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