PC GAMES - troubleshooting & getting PROBLEMS sorted

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Hiya ,

nice of you to stop by and see what I say ..........

pc games are great , if you can get them working on your pc .

One thing that is in a PC games favour is there is no regional rubbish -like you get on  playstations ,psps , dvd drives , etc ....if it works here , it'll work in the USA ,Japan ,OZ , Belgium .Russia ........everywhere

Right , you want a game for your pc then - one to enjoy and play , maybe for you , perhaps for the kids /son / partner ........

Several things you need - the spec of the PC your're going to play it on ( processor or cpu speed , graphics card(mb ) ram  (mb) and how much h/drive space  you have )
(Not that this should be a problem with a new windows 10 PC - the problems should be  compatibility -with older games - in that instance GOOGLE IS YOUR FRIEND -  

Just type in the  name of the game - compatibility and windows 8 or 10 and the answer , should be one , will appear)
by the way , I'm told 10 is a lot more friendly for games than 8 was 



it should be under system management in the help and support tab and to check it against the manaufacturers RECOMMENDED not MINIMUM specs for the game - its usually on the back in teeny tiny writing 

so what game to play - well,its governed by the specs you  just collected from your machine - you cant play owt bigger better or faster than what you got there ..........

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so finding the right game .............

I try  - to avoid as many of the people who cant be bothered to post a proper picture of the game your after - after all would you buy a car off a bloke if he said when you came to look at the car . its the same as in the brochure ..........yeah,right ! I'm gonna have that then ,no worries !!!

Dont  be afraid to ask questions - but if you can , do your own research - use google , check out similar games on the bay .you'll more than likely find  the info you need , not what the seller wants to tell you ................look at the manufacturers website and use his F.A.Q.'s -see if it needs a left handed south facing gardening fork to work properly ( its not a s daft as it sounds - some games wont run on certain makers graphics cards ......).

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theres one other thing to do as well , INSTALL THE LATEST DRIVERS FOR YOUR KIT .

MOTHERBOARDS and GRAPHICS cards get their drivers updated  regularly to imporve their performance on new games or on new aspects of the shaders etc .

I recently updated my drivers for my cards and then found my manufacturer had specifically designed SLI drviers for his brand of cards -it made a heck of a DIFFERENCE

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OPERATING SYSTEMS are one of the BIGGEST sticking points for successful playing of games - VISTA being fairly notorious for being unfriendly to older games - even in some cases games that could be played on xp !

if you have XP : or WINDOWS 7 .8 or even windows 10

 YOUR STILL NOT OUT OF THE WOODS YET ........ heard of dosbox ? its a program you need to run very old (but very good ) DOS games - dont worry ,its free . but you might need it .OR COMPATIBILITY mode on xp will let you run windows 98 & 95 games in many instances.

windows 7 has this facility too  but ONLY on w7 ULTIMATE 

GOOGLE  is a godsend too , type in XP patch  if your having problems , theres almost certainly a solution out there for you.

or at least someone who has had the same problem you have and what they did to fix it

serial numbers can be a bind ALSO -  remember some are CaSE sEnsITive and you need to type them in as you see them - sometimes you need the dashes between the letters sometimes not - dont give up after one attempt .For some WIERD reasoning sometimes manufacturers use letters that look similar to others  some ESSES and fives LOOK nearly identical , sometimes its R's AND  A's  that look the same . SO experiment , dont give up .

but more importantly if you intend to play this online -DONT buy a USED game and expect it to be unregistered ( It might be  ,in fact a lot are , but DONT count on it )

worse still there are a bunch of games out there that once registered - need the original LOGIN and PASSWORD used to work -

every game on STEAM is registered to the PC it was installed on , without its UNIQUE steam login and account details its about as much use to you as a chocolate fireguard

I'm talking half life 2 , battlefield 2142 , world of warcraft etc ,Modern warfare 2 -and so on - MOST online games have this paticular quirk to them - if you can't get  the login and password off the guy who's selling it - LEAVE it there  - YOU'LL  BE WASTING YOUR MONEY .

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Here's one even I didn't account for first time round , FALSE POSITIVES warnings given by your ANTI virus Software. The trouble with Anti Virus software is the very thing it does is warn you about viruses 

Yeah, I KNOW theyre supposed to do that but some of the best examples ( NORTON, KASPERSKY , BITDEFENDER ) are intent on creating a certain amount of furore each time they find something,

Just like your dog fetching the ball and then dropping it at your feet , with a tail going like a helicopter - it wants recognition  for having found a perceived problem. IF it found these and just swept them away without telling you , you might (at RENEWAL time) think why should I get it again , I DIDNT HAVE ANY PROBLEMS  in the last 12 months -SO its in their own interests to create a bit of panic by flagging up problems that might not be problems.

A FALSE positive is just such an instance, where it believes a few lines of code written within a game are SIMILAR but not the SAME as a previously discovered piece of MALWARE or VIRUS.

WHAT TO DO , dont ignore it , GOOGLE for known problems with (GAME) and your chosen flavour of AV.......... Its a racing cert that you wont be the first to find a problem and usuallly its been documented, perhaps on the actual website FAQ's 

Remember, its not a virus , its a warning it MIGHT be ......... I got a neg for this recently from a guy as he wasnt as savvy as most and BELIEVED the AV he paid for was telling the truth , the fact it was a MICROSOFT game should have had some sort of alarm bells going that something was odd .

previous known issues with games include VIETNAM purple haze edition, DELTA force XTREME , RED alert 2 YURI'S revenge and Rise of Nations GOLD . 

THESE games may not flag up on EVERY AV , or even now where previously they did - AV's GET UPDATED REGULARLY  and issues once found are usually taken care of  or excluded by the software 

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I'm sure there may be other problems not covered by this guide but 80 % of all pc problems stem from the ones i told you about here ,

hope this helps you avoid a few basic pitfalls in buying software for your machine

I know it sounds a little daunting but these are no more than wrinkles for the THOUSANDS of great games out there 96 % f which you'll play no problem first time out  

if this helped , give me a tick please

cheers ,

and Happy PROBLEM free gaming to you all .

Paul

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