The PC tag should be used for questions about PC-specific problems with a game, and the tweaking of a PC configuration to best accommodate gaming. Applies to all of Linux, Windows and OS X.

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How can I check if my computer's powerful enough to run a certain game?

Is there a service that I can use to check if my machine will be able to run a certain game?
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How can I edit coalesced.bin so that I can use cheats and graphics tweaks?

I've seen that I can tweak my game by editing files like bioinput.ini and bioengine.ini, but I couldn't find these files anywhere. They seem to be part of another file called coalesced.bin, and I ...
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Which is better for a Gaming PC Graphics Card - more RAM, or faster GPU?

If I have budget for one of two graphics cards as an upgrade, where one has more RAM but the other a faster clock speed on the GPU, which would have the biggest impact on gaming performance? The one ...
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How to force Maximized Fullscreen mode in any game?

I have seen several games that have a video display mode that is windowed with no borders, at the same resolution as the desktop. It's sometimes called "Borderless Windowed" mode, or "Maximized ...
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Multiseat gaming?

Multiseat (see here (SU) and here (unix.SE)) allows multiple users to use one PC with multiple mice/keyboards/monitors as if it were several PCs. It would be great to run some less-hardware-hungry ...
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Is there a way to bind items to the number keys in Skyrim?

I'm less than impressed with the favorites menu for quick swapping spells in the middle of a fight. Is there anyway I can bind them to the number pad on the keyboard?
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Determining if a game is CPU- or GPU-limited

What is a reliable, but not too time-consuming way to determine if a certain game is limited by the graphics card or by the processor speed? I have some preconceptions about whether I'm mostly GPU or ...
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How can I emulate keyboard and mouse commands with a game controller? [closed]

Some programs exist to allow you to use game console controllers (such as the Xbox 360 controller, or my usb-connected SNES pads and dual-shocks) to play games that don't support controllers natively. ...
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Can I use a game controller to play Diablo 3?

Can I use a game controller with Diablo 3? Since there are not that many keys that are actually used, can you map a controller to play? Or would this require some type of mod?
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Can I transfer Mass Effect saved game files from my PC to my Xbox360?

I played Mass Effect 1 & 2 on the PC. Unfortunately, my PC was barely able to run ME2 so I decided to purchase Mass Effect 3 for the Xbox 360. Since I want to carryover the decisions I made in ...
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How can I slow a game down?

I'm trying to play The Binding of Isaac on my laptop, but the game is just running too fast for me. I can slow it down if I unplug my laptop, which I believe throttles my CPU. I'd like to find some ...
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How to make fighting-related quick time events easier?

I am having huge issues fighting in close combat in Tomb Raider 2013. When it says "mash left right" I do that, and I think fast enough. But I do not know if I have to be just faster or exactly in the ...
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How can I change the difficulty during the game in The Witcher?

In the Witcher you choose a difficulty level at the start and can't change it thereafter. I've played through a fair way and would like to change difficulty without restarting and having to play ...
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How do I turn off mouse acceleration in Skyrim?

Mouse acceleration seems to be on by default, and I can't find anywhere in the launcher settings or the in game settings to turn it off. It's very annoying as it makes it feel as if the mouse is ...
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How can I sync vertical/horizontal mouse sensitivities?

Is there a way to tweak Skyrim so that vertical cursor sensitivity = horizontal cursor sensitivity?
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What is the gravity model in Source engine games?

How is gravity modeled in the Source engine? Does it use a standard acceleration model of units per second squared? Is there a terminal velocity? Does air resistance play a role? For whatever this ...
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How can I install a Steam game I bought at retail from the disc?

I bought Modern Warfare 3 at retail, and after putting disc 1 in it installs Steam then asks for the CD key. After that it then starts downloading the game via Steam. I have the disc but it refuses ...
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Can Portal 2 co-op be played between PC and PS3 Steam linked accounts?

The PS3 version of Portal 2 comes with a code to link it to a Steam account. Apparently this allows you to play on both the PC and PS3 with one purchase. Can this be used to play co-op between the ...
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Does using console command mark you as cheater? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do console commands affect Steam achievements? If I use console commands in Skyrim do I risk to be marked as "cheater" by the game and preclude me some possibilities or ...
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How does the Co-op vs AI IP award system work?

I really like the new Co-op vs ai, match type introduced on LoL. AFAIK, it awards a reasonable good amount of IP for winning once per day, just like your First Win of the Day double IP Boost. I ...
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I attacked someone and now they are mad. How can I calm them down so I can talk to them?

I attacked someone and now they are mad. How can I calm them down so I can talk to them? I would like a permanent solution (not something that just lasts for a few min). I am on the PC so if there ...
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No Video output when attempting to run Facade

I downloaded Facade from the official website. After installing it, I tried to play it, but after the initial loading screen, the game vanished into just the outline of the window it was in. The sound ...
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Using Microsoft Kinect on a PC

Microsoft recently released an SDK for the Kinect for Windows development. Does that mean if I go buy a Kinect, I can use it on my PC now? I'm a developer and would like to fidget around with it, but ...
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Hand exercises after a gaming session?

I hope this is not off-topic, but this is important for me, and I assume to many other gamers as well. Unlike most other computer applications, many PC games make liberal use of the mouse for most ...
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Where can i get reliable offline drivers for a PS3 Controller?

I know of two driver/software combos that allow me to use my PS3 controller as a PC gamepad: MotionInJoy - I am using this right now but I have an older version which I was able to install and use ...
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Can a Dualshock 4 replace a Xbox 360 controller on the PC?

The PS4 is now released in the EU, but due to shipment shortages is not available for sale unless pre-ordered a long time ago. Luckily, it seems as though Dualshock 4 controllers are availble for sale ...
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Where can I find Chip's Challenge Legally? [closed]

I'd like to buy/download/play Chip's Challenge on my Windows 7 PC. Where can I buy this game? If there's an iPhone port, I'd also buy that.
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Under what circumstances can I unlock the negative levels in Super Meat Boy?

While playing one of the dark world stages in Level 1 of Super Meat Boy, I reached the end of the stage after dying several times. However, Band-Aid Girl, instead of doing her normal crying animation, ...
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Is there a way to automatically skip the intro videos in Left 4 Dead?

Every time you start Left 4 Dead, it plays a short video to introduce Valve software, then it plays the game intro video. You can skip these videos by pressing ESC twice, but is there an easier way ...
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Where do I download the manuals for games I buy on Steam?

I recently signed up with Steam and bought a few discounted games, but I can't find any manuals for them. I assumed they'd be installed along with the games, but I can't find any sign of them or of ...
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How can I fix the auto-login to the Cerberus network (EA Online)

Whenever I start up Mass Effect 2 and it tries to auto-login to my EA Online Account, I see this screen. Then, I have to manually log in, and I see this screen. Empty login screen. Every time. ...
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How can I return to Skyrim after switching to Windows?

When using Alt+Tab, I can't seem to get back to Skyrim. Clicking it's icon or Alt+Tab to get back, I just see an empty window. Windowed mode doesn't allow me to use it in a Windowed (Fullscreen) ...
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Compatibility of controllers for PC games

As the number of console ports seems to increase, there are more and more games that are meant to be played with a controller like on a console. The keyboard controls are sometimes pretty clumsy. If ...
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Are there any alternatives to Livestream and Justin.tv when it comes to streaming games? [closed]

Are there any alternative to Livestream and Justin.tv when it comes to streaming game footage from your PC? I currently use Livestream and it is a pretty good service, I'm just wondering if there are ...
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How can I force unlimited arrows followers?

Not all the followers will shoot arrows forever even though you have only given them one unit. What I need to know is how can I force followers whose arrows don't last to be infinite. Mods and console ...
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When “extending” my desktop across multiple monitors, how can I limit my mouse to one monitor when playing full-screen?

I have two monitors, and I often use the "extend" mode to work on both simultaneously as a large desktop. When playing games full-screen only one monitor is used, and that's fine. However, I would ...
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How can I increase Skyrim's Volume?

Compared to every other program on my PC, Skyrim is nearly deathly quiet by comparison. I looked into the in-game sound menu, but it's already cranked to max! Is there anything I can do to avoid ...
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A dot with custom position on screen

So if you know about 3rd-person shooters, some of them don't have a cross and you have to predict where you shoot. Some people use a transparent tape with a marker dot to aim and I do that too, its ...
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Blood on the Ice - No interaction with the clues in Hjerim possible

As the title says, I'm having huge problems with the "Blood on the Ice" questline. On my first playthrough, I was able to finish the quest withouth problems, was able to buy, clean-up and furnish the ...
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What is the proper teleport command in Skyrim?

How does the coc command work? When I type in for example coc Whiterun, it works. But when I type in coc Dawnstar, nothing happens. Did I miss anything here? Also, how do I enter names with multiple ...
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How to change the FoV?

How do you change your field of view? I do not see it in the options. In ME1, it appears there was a console command you could use: http://www.tweakguides.com/ME_5.html If you want to adjust the ...
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Is it possible to re-map or disable the key that brings up the console?

From time to time when switching to primary weapon (1) I accidentally hit `, which in BF3 brings up the console. I don't see possibility to change that binding on the options screen. Is there a way ...
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How do I return Esbern's voice?

When you first meet Esbern during A Cornered Rat as part of the main quest, sometimes his voice will be missing and/or he doesn't answer the door. - "Skyrim: Esbern - Bugs" article, UESP wiki ...
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Skyrim crashes as soon as I boot up into the menu. How do I fix this?

Whenever I boot up Skyrim, it crashes as soon as it reaches the main menu with no dialog or anything. I thought this was related to my using dual monitors somehow, but I disconnected the other monitor ...
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Is there a way to gift Battlefield 3?

Is there a way to purchase Battlefield 3 and/or Battlefield 3 Premium online and be able to give that copy to a friend? (buy it online without binding it to your own account) For instance, just get ...
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Can I get Skyrim to remember my custom keybindings?

When I change a key in Skyrim, upon restart Skyrim it doesn't seem to have remembered that change. This is not the result of crashing, I just properly exit Skyrim from the menu. Some keys (like J for ...
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How can I determine the bottleneck in my gaming rig? [duplicate]

I have a Dell Dimension E510. Its most important gaming specs are: Intel Pentium 4 3.0GHz CPU 1 GB of RAM (with a max of 4 GB) ATI Radeon X300 with 128 MB Typically I enjoy playing Counter Strike ...
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How to increase mouse sensitivity in Skyrim?

How can i increase mouse sensitivity in Skyrim? on the main menu the mouse cursor is sluggish in-game mouse sensitivity is too low Things i've tried: increasing Look Sensitivity in-game: In ...
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What are the equivalent PC keyboard keys and mouse buttons of the Xbox 360 game controller buttons shown on the screen?

The PC port of Dark Souls shows Xbox 360 game controller buttons on its in-game messages and the UI. However, I'm playing with a mouse and a keyboard. This makes learning the controls a bit awkward. ...
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Is there a program that tracks the running times of computer games? [closed]

I think I spend way too much time on computer games and would like to know exactly how much time I spend on them, in hopes that this will help me refrain myself from playing... Is there a program ...