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Borderlands 2 crashing on startup

I've been experiencing a crash on startup with my copy of Borderlands 2 through Steam. It all started when I had to forcibly restart my computer while Borderlands 2 was open (note: the restart was ...
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Fallout 3 GOTY edition doesn't start

I can start the launcher, but when I press play the game closes instead of running. Any one have an idea what the problem might be or away around it? Or any idea for something I can try would be ...
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Fraps runs fine for an hour or so, then the framerate crashes

Whenever I record footage with Fraps, everything will run silky smooth at 60 fps for about an hour or so, but then the framerate will constantly lag at 1-15 fps. This will happen when playing any ...
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Kinect microphone turning off when second player signs in

My boyfriend and I are playing COD online with two other friends. When he is using the Kinect's microphone to chat, and I turn on a second controller and sign in, the Kinect's microphone gets turned ...
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I cannot get ANY game to work on an old NES: potential Lock Out Chip Issue?

I recently got an old NES, the problem is I have yet to get a game to work. I know the games I have do work they've been tested in a friends NES. I've taken it apart, cleaned the contacts on the ...
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Crusader Kings 2 crashes on certain date

Hi, so I'm playing CK2 as Croatia, and all of a sudden, on the 21st of March 1120, my game unexpectedly disappears and my desktop appears. I have searched the web for solutions, and all I can find is ...
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Unable to connect to source game servers requiring steam servers

I've tried to connect to servers for games like Garry's Mod, Dota 2, CS:GO and none of them have worked I get a error message like this: I've tried port forwarding, virus scanning, disabling ...
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What are some ways to determine the cause of discs not spinning?

I have the original PS3 launch model (CECHA01) and it appears my Blu-ray drive has failed; it no longer spins any type of discs. But I'm unsure if this is due to the laser or a mechanical issue. ...
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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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Battle.net Launcher on Wine Linux - Windows Secondary Logon service error

The Battle.net Launcher (and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft) were working great for me under Wine 1.7.15 through PlayOnLinux up until a few days ago. Now whenever I start the Battle.net Launcher I ...
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Bioshock has no sound in Windows 7

I just bought a new PC with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. Everything is peachy except Bioshock: it has no sound after the game starts. I've searched on Google but can't find a definitive answer; or ...
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Inaccurate GPS location

My phone doesn't have very good gps and sometimes I find myself x meters away from location where I actually am. I'm usually using the phone data connection to Internet and when I can I turn WiFi on. ...
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The Simpsons Hit and Run doesn't start on Windows 7

And I really really REALLY want to play this game. I've tried everything available on the first results of Google to no avail. The best advice is to tweak the compatibility settings to Windows XP or ...
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Fallout New Vegas quits to desktop with no error message

Just installed Fallout New Vegas. After some time of game play the game just quit to Desktop without any error messages. Can someone point me directions on why this is happening and how can I fix it? ...
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Super Paper Mario freezes in world 2-2

Whenever I talk to Mimi in world 2-2 of Super Paper Mario my Wii freezes. Do I have a bad disk, or is it my Wii? (Actually, I can talk to her once, but if I try again, the freeze happens.)
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Is there a way to reduce texture popping in Rage?

Rage is a good looking game, and it sure runs so smoothly on my desktop, which is far from top of the line. While that is technically impressive, it seems there are no free meals, as I am plagued by ...
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Can I get Dishonored to stop asking for admin access whenever I run it?

Every time I run Dishonored under Steam I get a pop up asking me for my Administrator password (I run as a normal user account, I imagine a UAC prompt would come up if I was running as Admin). I think ...
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Why does RollerCoaster Tycoon (original) on Windows 7 display a black screen on launch?

I'm currently trying to avoid Windows XP mode since the Windows 7 installation itself is a VM (running on a Mac Mini). Regardless, here's my description of the problem. The game successfully ...
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How do I stop Civilization V from freezing and crashing on “next turn”/

Sometimes, when clicking the "next turn" button on a late turn, Civilization V freezes (and in the background Windows shows an error, so it actually crashes). When this happens it is reproducible - ...
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How can I connect my Xbox 360 to Xbox Live through my Laptop?

What steps do I need to do in order to connect my Xbox to Xbox Live through my laptop? I can connect them physically, but I also have a wireless adapter (if it's possible to create a bridge using the ...
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Is there any way to run an older version of the Steam client?

The latest auto-update of Steam (5 November 2015) has broken the Steam client on OS X 10.6.8. This means I can no longer install or update any of my games, nor even play games that use the Steam DRM ...
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Can't play Civilization 5 with friends

This is extremely frustrating, and has been an issue for the past month. I cannot play Civilization V over the internet with any of my friends. Whenever I try to play a game with my girlfriend, it ...
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How can I run GOG's Empire Earth on my Windows 7 x64 system?

I recently purchased Empire Earth Gold Edition from GOG.com. Unfortunately, I've yet to be able to actually play it. System Specs: Make/Model - HP EliteBook 8530p OS - Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 ...
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What IP addresses does StarCraft 2 connect to?

Is there a published list somewhere of all the IPs of servers Starcraft 2 would need to connect to? I can only open my outgoing ports to certain IPs or to ranges of them, so for now I'm stuck with ...
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How to fix a broken screen on Ms. Pacman (Midway) arcade

On my Midway Ms. Pacman arcade machine, when I turn it on, the very left part of the screen is near the center and then every other part of the screen is compressed into one pixel. The part that is ...
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How do you add more players in WWE Raw Total Edition?

I have downloaded a mod for WWE Raw Total Edition. It has lots of images of WWE's superstars and arenas, but I don't know how to use them. How can I add them to the game? Is there any tool by which we ...
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Why doesn't my PS3 backup restore game saves & data on a new system?

I had an old 80Gb PS3 from 2009 which suddenly had a hard disk error a few weeks back, saying: Could not start, The appropriate storage system was not found. I had backed it up a week prior ...
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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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Problem running Civilization 5 Steam

I have installed Civilization 5 from Steam and it was working fine, but when I tried to run it this morning it got stuck at the first step with the message Preparing to launch Sid Meier's Civilization ...
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How can I make the latest version of skyrim work with my 3 monitors?

I have been looking into how I can make Skyrim support my 3 monitors in nVidia surround mode. Though I have hit a snag. I was able to find many people talking about how there are fixes that work. ...
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Civilization V always crashes on big games

Since bigger is better, I usually want to play on Huge worlds with max number of Civs and City States. After I begin conquering the world and my empire spans about 50 cities, the game begins to crash. ...
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Blizzard Download: This download is not authorized

I'm on Windows 7. When I download Starcraft Anthology from the website and try to install it on my computer I get the error "This download is not Authorized" followed by "There was a problem ...
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Error in offline console game - Captain's Mode

I used the following commands for starting a captain's mode game : sv_lan 1 sv_cheats 1 dota_force_gamemode 2 map dota I usually play all pick games with my friends, but in Captains mode, there are ...
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Can't play while friend's computer is on

Recently I moved in to a friend's house and convinced him to start playing Lol. However, when he turns on his computer (which is a laptop with Windows 8) we get all sorts of weird bugs with ...
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Cannot save games after migrating PlayStation 3 save files

My PS3 recently YLOD, but I got it going long enough (via online video tutorials) to transfer my saved Skyrim data to a new PS3. However, it says, "This user already has Skyrim saved data". It allows ...
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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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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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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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Error in opening Mass Effect 1 on Windows 7

Ok, so I have spent several hours troubleshooting this. This is what I get both when I open the Launcher and hit play, and when I directly open the .exe file that it claims to not be able to find. ...
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Crysis crashes on Windows 8 Pro - what to do?

I recently got a new PC, which came with Windows 7. I installed Crysis on it and worked just fine. A few days later, Windows 8 was released and I had the option to update - which I did. I ...
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Steam update stuck at 99%

I am having some trouble launching Steam. My PC was out of my home country for almost a year while I was changing jobs. I am starting up a PC after almost a year. The PC remained in Spain, while I ...
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How to fix League of Legends loading on dual screen?

I have dual screen and sometimes when the game loads it sort of loads in the middle of both of them making it impossible to play. I already have it set to windowed borderless and I´m not going to ...
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Fallout 3 Freezing

Can anyone tell me why Fallout 3 GOTY edition keeps freezing after playing a certain time? Already updated the video card driver. Windows updated. Using Windows XP. Display card is ATI HDI48XX series. ...
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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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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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Why don't files from Xbox 360 show up when USB drive is plugged into computer?

I'm using a Lexar JumpDrive S73 32GB USB flash drive. I've configured it on my Xbox 360 and got a message saying it's compatible and meets the standards, but when I plug in it in my computer no files ...
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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 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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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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How can I choose which monitor a game starts on?

Currently I am using a three-monitor setup, based on a GeForce GTX 680 graphics card: 3D monitor for gaming and work. Secondary monitor for work only. TV for watching movies and sometimes playing ...