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 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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What are the cryptic Steam Super Meat Boy achievements and what do the names mean?

It seems like the following cryptic achievements are only available on the Steam version, not XBLA. N#7*<1!23 &*>?1$ (=+66&1$ ^**5%_=+12 *|-0&& N&8^2^%$1`` The "description" ...
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Do mods or console use disable achievements for Fallout:New Vegas?

I've heard mixed information on this and I'd like to get a straight answer, for two reasons: The widely reported Quicksave/Autosave bug is annoying and, quite frankly, has terrified me into ...
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Skyrim crashes to desktop in populated areas

I've been playing Skyrim for a few months without issue -- character is level 38. Suddenly, today, I'm getting very frequent crashes to desktop -- usually when I'm in major cities. Often just after ...
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Both Fallout 3: Game of the Year and Fallout: New Vegas crash when I try to create a new game

I have a problem with Fallout 3 GOTY and with Fallout : New Vegas, both Steam version. Fallout 3 GOTY crashes as soon as I try to create a New game, while Fallout : New Vegas crashes immediately after ...
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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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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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About Assassin's Creed 2, DRM and savegames

I was thinking to buy Asssassin's Creed 2 for PC, but I heard some bad voices about the DRM included in the game. At home I have an ADSL connection but unfortunately is not really reliable. It often ...
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How can I skip the opening logos in Bioshock: Infinite?

When I start the game, I have to sit through a barrage of unskippable logos and splash screens. How do I disable these logos and get straight to the main menu?
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Where is the light on the Pip-Boy 3000A?

The text during the loading screens talk about a light on the Pip-Boy, and tell you that having it turned on decreases your ability to sneak. Where is this light located, and how to turn it on/off. ...
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Is there an easier way to repair/upgrade/sell overlapping defenses?

Specifically playing as a monk, I tend to overlap my auras for the maximum benefit (e.g. snaring + lightning). However, when I want to upgrade an aura, if one overlaps the other in almost perfect ...
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What are the differences between Normal edition and the GotY (Game of the Year) edition?

All that I can find is the Zomvatar (zombie avatar) maker. Do you know other differences? Please share.
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Why am I unable to import my Mass Effect 2 saves?

I just bought ME3 but I don't seem to be able to import any save games from ME2. I even launched ME2 to be sure I certainly finished the game, which I did (and Shepard's alive). I triple-checked that ...
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Is there a mod to replace the cryptic alphabet font in Fez, so I can read the text?

I quickly discovered that the gibberish written all over the place is a mono-alphabetic cipher. It was easy to crack, but, I'd rather not have to do the replacements by hand (or google that ...
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How to improve sniping on Mass Effect?

I found myself needing the sniper more and more as I get into Mass Effect, taking out targets from fairly far ranges. How can I reduce my sway when zoomed in, and efficiently take out my targets with ...
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Using chocolate in Plants vs. Zombies

I started finding chocolate for my snail. It says that chocolate makes your snail gather coins faster in your Zen garden, but how long do the effects of chocolate last? Also, can I feed my snail ...
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How to holster your weapon in Fallout 3?

I just noticed (during a loading screen) that is possible to holster your weapon. I've checked the keys in the option, yet i was unable find anything related. So how do you holster your weapon.
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Skyrim launcher brings up UAC dialog and never launches [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I can't get past the opening splash screen when I try to start playing Skyrim When trying to play Skyrim on Windows 7, I double-click the icon, and the Steam ...
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Split-screen in Left 4 Dead 2

Is it possible to play the PC version of Left 4 Dead 2 in split-screen, where one player uses the mouse/keyboard and the other uses a gamepad?
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Why was everything unlocked the first time I started Portal 2 coop?

I was playing Portal 2 co-op for the first time. We were on PC in split-screen mode. When the game started, we were dumped into a level selection chamber, and a voice announced that all levels were ...
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Can I use my own music instead of the in game radio stations?

I'm tired of listening to the same old songs over and over again on the radio in Saints Row 3. (Much like real life!) Is it possible to create custom radio stations and/or custom playlists using my ...
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How can I fix mouse lag in Skyrim?

I have insane mouse lag in Skyrim. I have changed iPresentInterval=0 in Skyrim.ini file and bMouseAcceleration=0 in Skyrimprefs.ini But I still have mouse lag and the game is unplayable. What ...
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What causes microfreezes in PC games and how can I minimize them?

If you've played rhythm games such as Audiosurf or Bit.Trip Beat you'll be familiar with this enraging phenomenon - the game just freezes for a few frames to a whole second, the game catches up with ...
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Can I eliminate low-res Texture Pop-in?

Borderlands 2 has an annoying "performance" trick where it first loads ugly, extremely low-resolution images over new items like Ammo or new guns before high-res textures are loaded over them. It's ...
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Import character in Skyrim

Is there a way to do any one of these (on PC version): Start a new game with an old character keeping perks and level Reset the main quest line back to the escape from Helgen Reset entire world ...
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Is it possible to prevent the game from pausing when window loses focus?

I've installed Skyrim, and I'm playing in windowed mode. I want to be able to alt-tab to interact with IM windows or my browser while I'm auto-running to some distant location, but the game pauses ...
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How can I get easy Plane kills in Battlefield 3?

I am now level 10 on battlefield 3, but have yet to get any plane points. I can fly fine, but without the first unlock - Flares. The first time someone locks missiles on to me I'm a deadman flying. ...
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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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Skyrim clocks (game clock and real clock)

How can I check Skyrim time without looking in the saved games details? Is there a way to always have it on the screen? Second clock that I need is a normal clock with my PC time. Is there a way to ...
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Skyrim “prepares to launch” forever after Nov. 21st patch

After (what is currently) the latest Steam patch, Skyrim refuses to start. This problem does not appear to be isolated to me. Steam just sits there forever with a "preparing to launch" dialog up, ...
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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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Nevermore strategies in DotA

I completely suck at DotA (though I am somewhat familiar with Nevermore); I can never kill any enemy heroes even on easy. What strategies can I use to defeat enemy heroes? I do the basics: get last ...
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Deus Ex 2: Invisible War crashes to the desktop after the first loading screen. Can this be fixed?

I am one of the many people that took up the offer on steam of the 10 year anniversary of Deus Ex. The problem is with Deus Ex 2: Invisible war. The game launches and starts with the opening videos, ...
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How can I get an NES controller to work on my PC as a Joystick?

I want to be able to use an actual NES (or, SNES) controller to control an emulator on my PC. Is this possible? If so, how can I do this on a budget?
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How do I get more mannequins?

Is it possible for me to add mannequins through the console in some way or form? Or is there a mod that lets me place and buy them?
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Super Meat Boy no-death achievements

I have Super Meat Boy for Steam and there are the no-death achievements, like Wood Boy, that expect you to complete a world without dying. What exactly do I have to do to get one of these ...
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Prolonging the time between death and loading of the latest save game

Is there a way to prolong the time between dying and the automatic loading of the last saved game? I'm currently jumping off the Throat of the World to see the rag doll physics and sometimes the game ...
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Can you disable automatic memories?

I have recently been playing sims 3 including all expansions so far. Generations has memories, which is great, except that everything seems to be a memory. Every time the game come up with a memory, I ...
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Can I use my xbox controller to play alien swarm?

I know the information page for Alien Swarm does not list it, but from the screenshots it seems like a perfect game to control with the xbox controller. Did they just forget to add the icon or is it ...
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Mouse Cursor Won't Display in Full Screen Games

Whenever I run a game full screen, if it doesn't have a custom cursor built into the game, I basically can't play it, because for some reason, my system mouse cursor simply won't display when I run ...
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Technical guide for setting up a LAN party?

Are there any good how-to or technical guides for setting up a LAN and/or any other sundry issues surrounding putting together a LAN party? The greener the intended audience the better. (I am fairly ...
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What speedup can I expect in modern PC games from switching to a 64bit OS?

Forgetting, for the moment, the advantages afforded by more RAM being addressable, what performance gains are typical with say, vista 64 over vista 32? Do all games perform better, or does it vary ...
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Modern Warfare 3 crashes my computer in the middle of game

This might be a really specific question, but I've searched online and found many solutions that don't work, so this is sort of my last resort before formatting my computer. This is my setup: ...
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Can I turn the difficulty up higher than Master?

My first character is a level 60 high elf with 100 destruction, conjuration, heavy armor, smithing and enchanting. A room full of the 'most elite' type of whatever threat is around just doesn't faze ...
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Mouse moving out of the Game with dual screen

I'm using a dual-screen setup and some games seem to not lock the mouse to the screen, especially in Battlefield 2142 a while ago I often left the game with my cursor, which was bad when I tried to ...
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Is there any way to fine-tune the mouse sensitivity?

With mouse acceleration on, the mouse is too sensitive, even at the lowest setting. With mouse acceleration off, the mouse is not nearly sensitive enough at the lowest setting, but way too sensitive ...
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How do I use my Xbox 360 control pad in Mass Effect 3?

Don't get me wrong, mouse and keyboard is, to me, the only way to play the game seriously (multiplayer, usually), however, sometimes I just like to sit back and enjoy myself. Enter: The Xbox 360 ...
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Is GoldenEye: Source free?

I can't tell if you have to buy anything to play GoldenEye: Source. Is it free? Are there any good tutorials on getting this up and running?
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Can I force 'Quick Save' to use a new file each time?

Console scripts, mods, or voodoo is acceptable as an answer.
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How do I pull a guard off a roof in Assassin's Creed 2?

Every time I try to assassinate a guard on a roof, I always jump up and kill him with my hidden blade. How do I pull a guard off a roof to assassinate him in Assassin's Creed 2?