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Minecraft is sometimes misremembering my username

Lately, when I open the Minecraft launcher my username (“kpreid”) is sometimes replaced with “O” (just the one letter). The password is remembered correctly — if I retype the username I can log in. If ...
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Getting freaky error while trying to run Thief:Deadly Shadows?

I'm getting a FREAKY error when I try to start my Thief:Deadly shadows game. It's telling me to select a Just-in-Time Visual studio 2010 debugger, and when I select yes it opens up my Visual studio ...
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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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Why is Roller Coaster Tycoon displaying a black screen on startup with Windows 7 64-bit?

I know there is a similar question to this one, but the person asking that question was running the game on a virtual machine on a Mac. I'm currently trying to run it on an HP Pavilion dv7 quad core ...
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What plug-in does AirMech require?

I recently downloaded AirMech, but when I try to run it, Iron(Chrome) says, "No plug-in available to display this content." What plug-in do I need? I can confirm that I'm able to view other things ...
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Eve Online can't switch to GeForce gt555

I have laptop with two graphic cards: one is an Intel integrated chipset, and the other is a GeForce GT555M. When I watch the settings window in Eve Online, I see that it uses the Intel chip, but I ...
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Is there a fix for random crash to desktop?

I just updated my skyrim to the most recent version, and now I'm crashing to desktop randomly, with no error message. I disabled all my mods, even started a new game, still crashes. It doesn't crash ...
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CHAD (world 2 boss) level bugged in Super Meat Boy on OSX

I get the key at the beginning of the level, but the stage doesn't start: the locks open but the screen stays fixed. The boss jumps up and down, always in the center of the screen. Is this a known ...
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What happened to Lydia? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I find my follower if and when they leave me? In Skyrim, I got Lydia and then I did the quest to become a companion. Farkas replaced Lydia, and then when I was ...
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Can't type in transfer fee amount

I can't type in the transfer fee in this screen: I type in an amount but it doesn't change the Transfer Fee amount in the "Make an offer" screen. Anyone having the same problem?
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Why does updating my MTGO always comes up with protocol errors?

I frequently experience "protocol errors" while updating Magic: The Gathering Online. Every time, the error is a different number. It's as if the server gets interrupted during updates or the ...
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Graphic noise in Wii games - Skyward Sword most recently

I've noticed some graphic noise during a number of Wii games. A bit in Wii Fit, New Super Mario Bros., and most recently Skyward Sword. I don't play often enough to bother me but the amount of time ...
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How do I change the settings for the ENBSeries graphical mod for Skyrim?

I've finally got it installed with ATT and my AMD Mobility Radeon 3650, but the image is very blurry and the colors aren't as vibrant. How do I change this? My screen resolution is 1024x600. I'm ...
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Limit FPS in Games to prevent overheating

When playing games on my laptop (MacBook Air 2011 with Intel HD 3000 integrated graphics), the temperature of the processor / GPU quickly reaches to 95°C causing it to throttle down every couple of ...
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How can I be running out of address space on my 64-bit system?

Supreme Commander seems to crash for almost everyone when set to max settings. The general consensus is that the game is hitting the 2GB address space limit on Windows. The quick fix is to increase ...
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Will installing a game on Xbox allow me to bypass a location at which the disc becomes unreadable?

I purchased "Batman: Arkham City" 7 days ago, and I was playing and it began saying "Disc Unreadable". I proceeded to inspect the disc and noticed a sort of blur in the disc so it doesn't look the ...
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Is there a list of Punkbuster-free games anywhere?

I enjoy playing BF3, MW, etc, but Punkbuster always gives me a grief anytime there is an update. I would like to know in advance which games use Punkbuster and which don't, as I will no longer be ...
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Overloaded Bookshelf?

It seems I may have inadvertently overloaded a bookshelf in one of my houses, and now I can't open the bookshelf's inventory or read any of the books on it. Is this a well-known bug? Is there a good ...
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Bit.Trip Runner crashes immediately on boot

I'm having trouble with Bit.Trip Runner on my laptop, installed using Steam. I try to open the game, it tries to do its "initial install", then thinks for a moment with a black screen, before failing ...
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Does Mirror's Edge run on Windows 7 Home Professional 64-Bit?

I was considering buying Mirror's Edge from Direct2Drive when it was on sale, but then noticed this at the bottom of the page: Known Issues Windows 7 is not supported Has anyone had any ...
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What can I do if my Steam client gets clogged with nearly-complete downloads?

This has already happened to me several times, and I find it rather annoying. I'll be downloading some game on steam, and once a few single MBs remain do be downloaded, the download will suddenly ...
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What parts of Autorun need to be disabled to avoid Autosave lag in Skyrim?

I've read that disabling Autosave in Skyrim helps to avoid the lag it can create after the savefile has exceeded a certain threshold. However, I'm wondering if it really is all of Autosave that needs ...
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Skyrim is crashing my PS3

I've seen a thread or two about the lag problems in Skyrim on the PS3. However, I've seen few (if any) about Skyrim actually crashing the system. Perhaps my case is actually a lag, and I'm just not ...
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Games do not work with a Nvidia GT 555M on Asus N55SF [closed]

When I start games (ex: PES 2012) a warning message appears: Your computer does not meet the minimum specifications necessary to run this software. You may experience errors during operation. ...
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Why did Steam erase all my games?

Steam just erased all my games without warning. Here's my setup and what I've done recently that could be related (I'm including probably too much detail in the hopes it helps someone figure out what ...
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Is there a fix for Skyrim crashing to the desktop when looking at a large gem pile?

I'm finding a lot of gems in dungeons, recently, and so I've decided to fill my basement room with them. I've gotten quite a lot, and after dropping the last haul, I've found myself in the ...
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PC hangs for 1 second, every 30 seconds, while playing TF2. Does not occur with newer games

Last week I bought a new PC with these specs: Mem: Kingston HyperX KHX1600C9D3K4/16GX CPU: Intel Core I5 2500K Boxed MoBo: Asus ROG Maximus IV GENE-Z GPU: MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition/OC ...
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Spore freezes after playing for a while

I've been playing spore for a while now, and I found 2 peculiar phenomenons in the game: Some graphics (such as the monolith, the construction of a colony and lava on planets) don't show up. By ...
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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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Flickering random white points / lines on black shadows / textures

I have a problem that's never occurred before. In the majority of games, part of textures are flickering and some weird white points / lines are randomly appearing on black textures. I already ...
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Problem with Icewind Dale Gold mirrored sprites

I am currently playing Icewind Dale Gold, an outstanding D&D based dungeon crawler. It works with almost no problems on my Pentium 4 2.93GHz Prescott, 1.5GB RAM DDR2 and Radeon HD4650 1GB PciE, ...
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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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I can't get past the opening splash screen when I try to start playing Skyrim

I just tried to run Skyrim and once the splash screen appears, I hit "Play." The splash screen blinks and pops up again. Nothing else happens, and the game does not open. I'm stuck in a endless loop ...
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Battlefield 3 PC black screen with sounds

Since the last patch of Battlefield 3, I can't play it because the screen is black, but I can hear sounds in the background. I tried to repair the installation from Origin, but it doesn't resolve the ...
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Is there a way to hook my Super Nintendo to my 2 year old Vizio TV?

I bought my Vizio TV 2 years ago and I just got my Super Nintendo from my parents' house. I tried hooking it up to both of the TVs I have and neither of them even recognized that I had it hooked up. ...
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NFS: Most Wanted complains that D3DX9_26.DLL is missing

I am struggling to play NFS: Most Wanted on my laptop. It has windows 7 and DirectX 11. But when I start NFS it says that D3DX9_26.DLL is missing. I used to play this game on my PC which had Windows ...
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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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Why do my cinematics end abruptly?

I've noticed that some of my cinematics, as well as dialogue, seem to be ending abruptly. To the point that I'm wondering if it might be a glitch. I've had sentences cut short in the middle of a word. ...
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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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League of Legends won't open. I get an error that refers to a PVP.net Patcher Kernel. How do I fix it?

When I try to open League of Legends in Windows 7 I am notified that PVP.net Patcher Kernel has stopped working and that Windows hasn't found a solution, what should I do?
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How to add commentator in Winning Eleven 9?

I've installed Winning Eleven 9 (Pro Evolution Soccer 5) in my computer, but after I installed it, there is no back sound and commentator when I play it. Is there any missing file on my game? If so, ...
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Skyrim crashes on start. Do I need a new sound card?

In my computer I have both a Sound Blaster Live! 5.1 SB0220 card and a Realtek ALC850 chipset on an MSI K9N4 nForce 500 motherboard. My game crashes on launch, just after the Bethesda logo fades. I've ...
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Unused area of laptop display while gaming

When I start playing a NFS Most Wanted or COD: Modern Warfare, I observed that the laptop screen is not used completely. There are 1.5 inches margins on both left and right ends of the screen that ...
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Fix corrupted Xbox USB

I was playing Batman on my Xbox last night. This morning I turned on my Xbox and noticed that my profile wasn't there. I went then into "System Tools and Storage" and it says that USB is not formatted ...
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I need to test network connection before I can connect to Xbox Live

I recently connected my Xbox 360 to my college campus's wired network, which requires me to use a static IP Address. Since then, almost every time I turn on my Xbox I am not connected to Xbox Live. ...
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Using a laptop as the monitor for a console

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this but here goes: How can you use the laptop monitor as the visuals for a console? I only have a Wii to test it with. I'm not very good with hardware ...
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Modern Warfare 3 Multiplayer is “Currently Unavailable?”

I started up Steam today to play some Modern Warfare 3, and finally play for more than 10 minute increments... Regardless the reason for me playing, the game would not start- and notified me: "This ...
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How can I use the Skyrim console with a notebook keyboard? [closed]

I would like to use setstage C06 1 command in Skyrim's console, to solve a glitch with the companion quest line. However, I'm using a notebook, and my tilde key is actually my 0 key too, so when I ...
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Any information about losing Skill Points?

I've spent my first five Points into different Perks in the Skill Trees. But at Level 6, I decided to save my Points for later (when my Smithing-Skill is grown up). Now, with Level 8, I wanted to hand ...
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Skyrim sudden FPS drop during zone transition

Does anyone know how to fix an issue where changing zones (immediately after loading screen appears) FPS drops to single digits. Restarting the game is a workaround but I'm looking for a long-term ...