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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X3 reunion tutorial?

I got X3 off of Steam for cheap recently. I have never played any of the X games before, and I am finding it difficult to get started. There is no in game tutorial to teach you the controls and how ...
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In Skyrim, how do you revive a NPC who was in your party?

I took Benor with me to do the Statue of Meridia mission. during the fight, he was impaled by some ice sharp magic thing. I couldn't believe it he was dead! I completed the rest of the mission and I ...
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How can I get rid of hackers in Halo 1 PC?

I've played Halo 1 PC for a while now. I enjoy playing in CTF and Slayer using the internet. But I've been getting frustrated about people using hacks to kill people easily, or using the hack that ...
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I get a “Steam needs to be online to update…” error message every time I start up my computer

"Steam needs to be online to update please confirm your network connection and try again." This started happening around a week ago. I looked it up, and I did the fix where you delete all the files ...
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With an AMD card, can I force V-Sync only for Rage?

So, Rage recently got unlocked for EU territories, and the first thing I noticed once I started playing is an awful lot of screen tearing. I heard that forcing V-Sync (since sadly there's no option ...
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Can you “win” Dwarf Fortress?

Can you "win" a game of Dwarf Fortress? Is there like an ending or some victory condition? Or does the game just go on forever sort of like The Sims?
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How do I return Esbern's voice?

I saw some solutions: Download plugin - but it's only in english and I don't want to mix two languages, because it will ruin the game atmosphere for me. Use OBMM and repack Data files. But I haven't ...
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Party members stopped following main character in Neverwinter Nights 2

I am playing NWN 2, and recently the party members stopped following main character when I am walking around. Any ideas how to fix it?
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How do I exit eagle vision in Assassin's Creed 2?

I am just starting out in Assassin's Creed 2, trying to associate a given action with the button it is bound to. I find myself continually pressing the button for Eagle Vision, and I can't seem to ...
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Identify a green shard spell in Magicka

Playing co-op I saw a wicked area of effect spell where large green glass-like shards shot up through the ground in a circle around the mage. How can I cast this or a similar spell? I forgot to ask ...
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Will a dedicated sound-card decrease CPU load?

Assume the CPU is the bottleneck in my PC's performance (I've a great GPU and tons of RAM), and lets say I'm playing a game that permanently maxes out the CPU load. My PC has no dedicated ...
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Low Rider Challenge

While playing GTA: San Andreas today, I got to the Low Rider Challenge. It's seemingly impossible to beat this, as no matter how well I do, my opponent seems to one up me. I don't particularly care ...
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How can I save my DirectX choice in Saints Row: the Third so it stops asking me about it?

Whenever I start up Saints Row the Third from Steam, it asks me whether I want to wimp out and use DirectX 9 or be all hardcore and stuff with DirectX 10/11. Of course, I always pick the latter, but ...
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Comparing TN vs. IPS LCD monitors for gaming

Having never owned an LCD desktop monitor, I'm wondering what the advantages and disadvantages are between owning a TN and an IPS monitor in regards to gaming performance. While I know there are ...
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Pause during cutscenes

Is it possible to pause GTA IV (PC version, via Steam) during cutscenes? And if so, how?
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Perfect 180 turns and aiming

I've noticed when watching some films that some players are able to do instant and perfect 180 degree spins. For example, I come up from behind and start shooting and they instantly spin and are ...
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How do I change follower level cap with console commands?

You know how they cap at either 30 or 50? How do I change that to 81? I looked it up and got 2 different results: setlevel 1000,0,1,81 setlevel 1000 0 1 81 Is it with commas or without? Has ...
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How do I fix the massive flicker I'm seeing in game?

If I walk up close to a door, then walk backwards facing the door, or looking up/down a steep mountainside causes horrible flickering. This is on an Nvidia GTX580 under windows 7. System is an i7 ...
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How to invert a pulser and connect a door to it?

Obviously inverting a pulsar is kind of redundant, since it goes on and off repeatedly... however, when I want it to stop, a lever would do just fine, but it would keep it powered on. but what if I ...
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Freshly installed RIFT only shows a throne room

I wanted to play RIFT, but I can't get it to work. After installing it, the only thing I see is a throne room with a nice music. There's a cursor, but nothing else. No key seems to work, either. ...
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Is there a way to rename the save files?

As I use the save function a lot, to either go back and to things differently, or other various things. I often find the save names incredible hard to distinguish from each other. Is there a way to ...
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Menu Key Bindings in Skyrim

I typically change the default WASD controls to use a different set of keys, is there anyway to change the keys in the menu system to reflect the updated bindings? It's annoying to have to go back and ...
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Is there a functional difference between the console and PC versions of the LEGO games?

I'm wondering if there are any different play areas (added or missing) between the PC editions of the LEGO games (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, etc) and their console equivalents. I'm also ...
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How to defeat a static army with lots of cannons?

Against the computer, I am sometimes (too often for my taste) faced with armies that are mostly composed of reinforcements that never reached their target and that the computer joined together, with a ...
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Does Skyrim work without Steam?

There are rumours floating around which state the main Skyrim executable (as of version 1.1.21.0) is not tied to Steamworks - or any other form of DRM - even if you bought the game from Steam. If this ...
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Is there a reward for re-completing Hell's Precipice mission?

Does anyone know if there is now a reward for completing this mission again? Essentially re-completing the Prophecies campaign? I can't find any info here, ...
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Are there any additional quests/expansions for Dragon Age that are not developed by Bioware?

After a whole year, and before Dragon Age 2, I am having a second playthrough. I would love to add some additional content to spice up a bit the fun, and I was hoping for some extra developed by some ...
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Is there any way to see kill/death ratio per weapon, map, or kit?

Subject says it all. I really wish I had those more finely grained statistics but since it's not on the battle log site, I'm guessing it's simply not available (unless I've missed it somewhere).
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In Need For Speed: World, is there any gameplay difference between the Lustra, React and Glint packages?

NFS:W, after you painstakingly reach level 5, offers you a whooping choice of three performance upgrade packs: Lustra, React and Glint. As much as I'd rather get a new ride -- something that was far ...
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How do I get the Invisible Exploding Fireball Arrows through console commands?

I was reading the UESP wiki's "Skyrim Glitches" article, when I came upon this gem: Invisible Exploding Fireball Arrows These can only be acquired while on the quest Rise in the East, but ...
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How to use my gamepad globally as xbox controller (on PC)?

I figure using x360ce I can use my gamepad in some games which claim to require a xbox controller. However, this requires me putting two files (xinput1_3.dll and x360ce.ini) into the respective game's ...
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Graphics Card, Processor or RAM?

Which is better for good gaming? Graphics card Processor RAM Will only buying a very good expensive GPU (Graphics Card) ensure a good gaming experience? Friends say that you dont need to buy ...
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What's the quickest and most reliable way to untarget your current target in GW2?

Something that's been bothering me with the Guild Wars 2 controls is that there seems to be no way to deselect a target if you have a target selected. From looking at the list of control bindings ...
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Does Brink use GFWL or Steamworks?

I heard in some previews that Brink would have used Steamworks but today I went on an online store and the PC cover shows the logo Game For Windows Live. Can you clarify which is the truth? I am ...
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Can wood catch fire if it's surrounded by water?

Are there any arrangements of water around wood that can prevent it from catching fire? I'm mostly interested in structures with these three cross-sections: ~██~ ▒██▒ ▒██▒ █ Wood ~~~~ ~~~~ ...
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GTA IV will not start

Last Year, I bought Grand Theft Auto IV on Steam (PC). After I installed it I played it for less that an hour, then I had to go out. The next day the game would not launch. The Launcher would appear, ...
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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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RAMDisk for performance boost in gaming?

I recently started experimenting with a RAMDisk for web browsing and since it worked pretty well, I began wondering if any particular games would benefit from using a RAMDisk? I realize games are ...
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What are the best laptop screen resolutions for gaming on a PC?

There are a wide variety of resolutions available on different laptops on the market. Which screen resolutions are best for gaming? Is Full HD (1920 x 1080) the best? Are there any resolutions one ...
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How do you exit the console in Battlefield 4?

I accidently opened the console with "B". Afterwards I was unable to get out of the console again until I killed the task. How do I get out of the console without closing the game?
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How do I glide in “Batman: Arkham City” during the “Demon Trials”?

I am playing Batman: Arkham City on the PC (Windows). I am stuck on the Demon Trials level where one has to follow a blue path through the air by alternating between gliding and dive bombing. I have ...
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What rendering API does Rage use on PC?

Is Rage for PC using OpenGL or DirectX? From all the Radeon card troubles, I would presume the former, but I would like to be sure. If you have the game, you can tell which one it is by by opening ...
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How do I get all parts of my HUD to stick around in DX:HR

So, I'm pretty sure when I started playing DX:HR, the display for my "hotbar," or 1-0 keys, was constantly around as long as I wasn't at Sarif Industries. Yet now, later in the game, I'm noticing that ...
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How to enable Hardcore mode

Why Hardcore mode is disabled and grayed out in gameplay menu settings? I am an "expert" of Fallout 3 and I would like to start my first playthrough in New Vegas with Hardcore mode ON. Is there any ...
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Can you play L4D in 3rd person?

I want to play 'left 4 dead 2' pc game through third person view. Can I change the view by altering any settings?
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How to assess amount of network traffic generated by an online game?

The question is in the title - is there some (hopefully non-intrusive) tool, or a site that lists average traffic consumption for popular games? A friend of mine would like to play with me, yet he is ...
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Why is my League of Legends client crashing and experiencing multiple bugs?

Somehow, after upgrading my laptop to Windows 8, my League of Legends client tends to crash while the game is loading (after champion selection). I have to manually kill the client in Task Manager, ...
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How do I resurrect essential NPCs in Skyrim?

I was having some problems in Whiterun with the guard because I needed to pay a fine of over 3000 gold (a considerable quantity for someone that just started the game), so I decided to kill all the ...
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How can I tell that I'm gaming with both my GPUs?

I recently got a new computer which has two NVIDIA GTX 560 Ti's. I quickly installed Battlefield 3 and put all the settings on Ultra to see if I could get a better FPS at that quality than I could ...
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Using an XBox wireless adapter for PC with Windows 7

I bought myself an XBox wireless adapter for PC, so I can use my XBox Controller when playing platformers on PC. Worked great while I used XP, but for Christmas I gave myself an SSD and a Windows 7 ...