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As a programmer, both answers posted so far are incorrect. While it's possible to come up with a hypothetical situation in which pressing Alt-F4 would corrupt a save in progress, actually doing so would require the developers to quite deliberately go out of their way to screw up the saving system. From a coding perspective, the user pressing Alt-F4 does ...


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You can create multiple 'game libraries' in Steam, each one going in a different location on your computer, in your case, 2 different hard disks. Nolonar adds a good point: Keep in mind that not all games can be installed on a library other than where Steam is installed; most notably old games like Half-Life 2 How to Steam > Settings > Downloads ...


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Anything that interrupts the program while it is writing can corrupt the save file. If you want to avoid corrupting saves, use the game's built-in sequence to exit the program.


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The functionality being referenced when talking about playing Windows games on Steam OS (which is a Linux derivative) is not currently present in the current releases of Steam OS. The functionality in question is actually licensed from Nvidia and is the same streaming technology used in the Nvidia Shield, and will appear in Steam OS closer to its official ...


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Personally I use junction points. Install everything originally to the SSD as it is your base/original Steam install location then you can move the data folder and create a "junction point" to generate a virtual link to the new physical location of the game data. This really can be done for a lot of other things than SteamApps. See: ...


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There was recently a security update by Microsoft implemented for Windows 7 and 8 that breaks native compatibility with a very large handful of old CD-based games, namely anything with SafeDisc or SecuROM write protection built in. This security modification is built in to Windows 10 and cannot be worked around. The following is a highly abbreviated list ...


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I may have a solution/workaround if you're using windows 8.1: Make your "secondary" (the one you want the game to display the game on) as primary. Right-click your taskbar and unlock it. Drag and drop your "primary" taskbar (The one with the clock) to your now secondary monitor (the one you don't want the game to be displayed on) Right-click your taskbar ...


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ALT+F4 is generally ok to shut down a game. The main issue is that doing so will tell the game that you would like it to shut down and it depends on how the programmer decided to handle when a user presses ALT+F4 when the game hasn't been saved. This isn't really an issue for game that you save yourself by pausing and selecting "save" from the menu. But ...


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If you're playing a 'Games for Windows Live' enabled game, you should be able to shut it off through the fancy Windows Live menu that appears get when you press and hold the Guide button (the big green X in the center). If you're not playing a Windows Live, enabled game, it looks like you're out of luck; the only way to shut off your controller short of ...


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It's a bit of a hassle to set up. Before I start, here's an installer for the end result, if you are willing to trust me. You'll only need to rename the VC redist as described at the end of this answer. This installer applies Microsoft compatibility shims to remove the "Administrator required" flag from the launcher. How to create your own Shim database ...


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Different versions of the game are not, but can be made compatible (with help from a program) I found a program, Black Chocobo, that allows to make the files compatible between many different versions including the steam version, old PC version, PlayStation save version, etc. The program advertises compatibility between different formats and with the time ...


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A solution I am using involves Steam. Install Steam and start it up in Big Picture mode, under display settings, select the monitor you want to play the game on. By doing this steam changes the windows primary display temporarily until you leave big picture mode. You can add non steam games to your steam library as shortcuts so you can launch any game(or any ...


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Perhaps you should look at Jeff Atwood's blog on sound cards from May 4th, 2011. The default, built-in sound chips on most motherboards have evolved from "totally crap" to "surprisingly decent" in the last 5 years. But besides that, in this era of ubiquitous quad core CPUs nearing 4 GHz, it'd be difficult to make a plausible case that you ...


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On your official linked page there is a explanation: It's not playing on our Steam machine, as it seems, it's more a streaming technology. In-home Streaming You can play all your Windows and Mac games on your SteamOS machine, too. Just turn on your existing computer and run Steam as you always have - then your SteamOS machine can stream those ...


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If the application crashes when it quits (which is a known issue in Undertale, Cities: Skylines, Dragon Age: Origins, and lots of other games), then you should not quit it in the middle of saving. @MasonWheeler's answer assumes the game does not crash. Crashing aborts everything, terminates all the threads, and is generally a very abrupt way of exiting a ...


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Consider using a tool like GameSave Manager which can take a back & restore your save games. As for patches, there's no way to save them I believe.


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If you install the Logitech Gaming Software drivers, you can have it automatically change the dpi and sensitivity based on which game you're launching. That may be the most elegant solution.


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One option is to switching your machine to "projector only" mode. Hit "windows key" + P and select projector only mode. This will treat your machine as having only one monitor (in this case, the secondary monitor). You won't see any more output on your laptop screen, but you will be able to play the game fullscreen on your secondary monitor without ...


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The most common savegame locations are: My Documents (usually subfolders, often 'My Games' or the publisher's name) Saved Games folder introduced in Vista (I think) AppData (C:\Users\%account%\AppData) Steam's userdata folder (in the Steam directory, usually backed up automatically to the cloud) The game's folder, mostly used by ancient games


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@agent86 had a fairly good answer. I've tested the following step-by-step solution which is essentially what he suggested. Please note that this is a fairly convoluted method of running Reversi. First, get a copy of DOSBox and install it inside Vista. If you don't have a copy of Windows 3.1 on your hard drive already, see this guide on how to create one ...


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This Microsoft knowledgebase article may help. They recommend two methods: Method 1: Manually enable flow control in the transmit (Tx) and receive (Rx) directions To manually enable flow control for the Gigabit network connection, follow these steps: Click Start, type ncpa.cpl in the Start Search box, and then click ncpa.cpl in the ...


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Your summed up question: What do you need to use a 360 controller on a PC and is there any difference in wired vs wireless? My summed up answer: If you are going with wired controllers then you just need the controller. They connect to PC and the Console via a USB cable. If you are connecting wireless then you need a receiver for your computer. These come ...


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Try this alternative application: https://sourceforge.net/projects/turnoffxboxcontroller/ From it's sourceforge description: This program have only one function. Double click it and all Xbox Controllers will be turned off. Program have no dialogs or settings. It don't required administrator rights. It don't running as service or startup ...


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After some digging I found that it's from Nvidia Shadowplay, which I'd inadvertently enabled recently.


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This would help with things like map and texture load, as opposed to rendering. The problem is, you need to get the map/texture information onto the RAM drive and also point the game at it. Essentially, you would need to install the game onto the RAM drive every single time you booted your computer. Why does it not help beyond map loading etc? Because ...


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You can use a utility to rebind keys to other keys, or manually hack your registry to do so. Here's the source MSKB article that they used. For instance, the following registry key will swap F11 and LWIN: Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout] "Scancode ...


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Yes, it's fine as far as the game files are concerned; I've done this with an external drive on two different PCs, and after upgrading PCs. A problem does arise however when game saves are stored on the Windows partition; some games do this, some games don't. Steam Cloud games should be fine either way, but certain games might be looking in (Active Windows ...


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It is not possible to respec or adjust your point expenditures in general. The reset button would be more accurately called an Undo button. It only works on points you've allocated since opening the squad screen. Once you close the menu, your selections are locked in.


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Solved! I was missing a single parameter in my command-line: --assetIndex 1.7.4 The launcher does show you most of the command-line it uses to start Minecraft but not all. To see the complete parameter list, you can create a simple batch file as follows: @echo off echo %* Save this as, for example, testlaunch.bat. Then, in the Minecraft launcher, Edit ...



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