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How can I check if my computer's powerful enough to run a certain game?

Is there a service that I can use to check if my machine will be able to run a certain game?
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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 ...
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How can I edit coalesced.bin so that I can use cheats and graphics tweaks?

I've seen that I can tweak my game by editing files like bioinput.ini and bioengine.ini, but I couldn't find these files anywhere. They seem to be part of another file called coalesced.bin, and I don'...
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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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Switched Windows to Mac, do I have to buy Steam games again to play on Mac?

I recently switched from Windows to Mac. Steam says I have fewer Mac specific games than total games and it should be an equal amount unless you can only download, install, and play once from your ...
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Multiseat gaming?

Multiseat (see here (SU) and here (unix.SE)) allows multiple users to use one PC with multiple mice/keyboards/monitors as if it were several PCs. It would be great to run some less-hardware-hungry ...
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How can I return to Skyrim after switching to Windows?

When using Alt+Tab, I can't seem to get back to Skyrim. When clicking its icon or Alt+Tab to get back, I just see an empty window. Windowed mode doesn't allow me to use it in a Windowed (Fullscreen) ...
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How do I turn off mouse acceleration in Skyrim?

Mouse acceleration seems to be on by default, and I can't find anywhere in the launcher settings or the in game settings to turn it off. It's very annoying as it makes it feel as if the mouse is ...
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Which is better for a Gaming PC Graphics Card - more RAM, or faster GPU?

If I have budget for one of two graphics cards as an upgrade, where one has more RAM but the other a faster clock speed on the GPU, which would have the biggest impact on gaming performance? The one ...
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Can Portal 2 co-op be played between PC and PS3 Steam linked accounts?

The PS3 version of Portal 2 comes with a code to link it to a Steam account. Apparently this allows you to play on both the PC and PS3 with one purchase. Can this be used to play co-op between the ...
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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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How can I fix the auto-login to the Cerberus network (EA Online)

Whenever I start up Mass Effect 2 and it tries to auto-login to my EA Online Account, I see this screen. Then, I have to manually log in, and I see this screen. Empty login screen. Every time. So I ...
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Can a Dualshock 4 replace a Xbox 360 controller on the PC?

The PS4 is now released in the EU, but due to shipment shortages is not available for sale unless pre-ordered a long time ago. Luckily, it seems as though Dualshock 4 controllers are availble for sale ...
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What will happen to my owned games if Steam were to close?

Years ago, people would pay for physical discs in order to play games. With proper care, those discs could last years. Currently for most PC games, people pay for Steam Keys. So what will happen if ...
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Can't see underwater in Skyrim

As of patch 1.5, I am completely unable to see underwater in Skyrim. It's not even that it's murky or dark - it's just a solid grey or green screen. I can still skim across the surface and see into ...
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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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What is the gravity model in Source engine games?

How is gravity modeled in the Source engine? Does it use a standard acceleration model of units per second squared? Is there a terminal velocity? Does air resistance play a role? For whatever this ...
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Can I transfer Mass Effect saved game files from my PC to my Xbox360?

I played Mass Effect 1 & 2 on the PC. Unfortunately, my PC was barely able to run ME2 so I decided to purchase Mass Effect 3 for the Xbox 360. Since I want to carryover the decisions I made in ...
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Cannot pickup Gauldur amulet fragment in Geirmund's Hall

I am having trouble retrieving the Gauldur amulet fragment from Geirmund's Hall after clearing it before I was aware of this quest. Now when I return the quest indicator points on the floor in boss' ...
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How does the Co-op vs AI IP award system work?

I really like the new Co-op vs ai, match type introduced on LoL. AFAIK, it awards a reasonable good amount of IP for winning once per day, just like your First Win of the Day double IP Boost. I ...
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How to make fighting-related quick time events easier?

I am having huge issues fighting in close combat in Tomb Raider 2013. When it says "mash left right" I do that, and I think fast enough. But I do not know if I have to be just faster or exactly in the ...
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Destiny 2 cross save between PC and XBone, do I need to buy expansions for both

I have Destiny 2 and the Forsaken expansion for PC, but I also like to play it on Xbox One. I have cross save set up, so I can access my character from either console, but I have not bought Forsaken ...
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Install Steam and most games in one large HDD but some popular games on a separate SSD [duplicate]

I have a 1 TB HDD and a 120 GB SSD. On the HDD I have all my data along with Steam and—currently—all my games. On the SSD I have Windows 7 and programs, but there's 50 GB of unused space that I wish ...
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Determining if a game is CPU- or GPU-limited

What is a reliable, but not too time-consuming way to determine if a certain game is limited by the graphics card or by the processor speed? I have some preconceptions about whether I'm mostly GPU or ...
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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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Can I use a game controller to play Diablo 3?

Can I use a game controller with Diablo 3? Since there are not that many keys that are actually used, can you map a controller to play? Or would this require some type of mod?
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Is it possible to re-map or disable the key that brings up the console?

From time to time when switching to primary weapon (1) I accidentally hit `, which in BF3 brings up the console. I don't see possibility to change that binding on the options screen. Is there a way ...
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Does using console command mark you as cheater? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do console commands affect Steam achievements? If I use console commands in Skyrim do I risk to be marked as "cheater" by the game and preclude me some possibilities or ...
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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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GTA V for PC exited unexpectedly

I recently ordered the GTA V PC from Steam and when I finished installing and launch the game. It gave me "Grand Theft Auto V has exited unexpectedly". I tried "safe mod" and every option available, ...
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How to run old games installer on Windows 10?

I have a couple of old CD games such as Mig-29 Fulcrum, F-16 Novalogic and F-22 Raptor etc. and I want to install them. When I load the CD in my laptop it runs and open's up the launcher but when I ...
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Fallout 4 will not get past the initial loading screen

I am attempting to launch either vanilla or modded Fallout 4, but either way, I cannot get past the initial loading screen. It freezes the second the circle in the bottom right corner comes up. ...
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How can I use any game controller on my PC with Batman Arkham Origins?

I have an Elecom Wireless Gamepad, and a Windows 7 PC (64bit). I bought Batman: Arkham Origins through steam. My Elecom didn't work, so I borrowed a friend's USB Xbox controller. It doesn't work ...
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How to transfer a Terraria PC map to Xbox One?

I've looked around, and do not see a place in my Xbox One to look at specific files, so I have no clue how to drop maps onto my external drive to play Terraria on. Background info: I bought an Xbox ...
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Is there a difference between running games in Windowed or Fullscreen mode?

Does playing game when it's windowed increase performance? Decrease it? Does the same also hold true to fullscreen mode? I've always thought that playing on Fullscreen meant a higher fps boost, but I ...
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Is there a way to bind items to the number keys in Skyrim?

I'm less than impressed with the favorites menu for quick swapping spells in the middle of a fight. Is there anyway I can bind them to the number pad on the keyboard?
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When "extending" my desktop across multiple monitors, how can I limit my mouse to one monitor when playing full-screen?

I have two monitors, and I often use the "extend" mode to work on both simultaneously as a large desktop. When playing games full-screen only one monitor is used, and that's fine. However, I would ...
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Where do I download the manuals for games I buy on Steam?

I recently signed up with Steam and bought a few discounted games, but I can't find any manuals for them. I assumed they'd be installed along with the games, but I can't find any sign of them or of ...
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Is there a way to automatically skip the intro videos in Left 4 Dead?

Every time you start Left 4 Dead, it plays a short video to introduce Valve software, then it plays the game intro video. You can skip these videos by pressing ESC twice, but is there an easier way ...
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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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How can I sync vertical/horizontal mouse sensitivities?

Is there a way to tweak Skyrim so that vertical cursor sensitivity = horizontal cursor sensitivity?
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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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How can I get a wired 'Afterglow' Xbox 360 controller to work on PC?

Regular Xbox 360 controllers seem to get picked up by Windows normally and work just fine, the drivers install and there's nothing that I need to configure in Steam or anywhere else, they 'just work'. ...
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How can I emulate keyboard and mouse commands with a game controller? [closed]

Some programs exist to allow you to use game console controllers (such as the Xbox 360 controller, or my usb-connected SNES pads and dual-shocks) to play games that don't support controllers natively. ...
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How to reset my movement speed, after messing around in the console?

So, I was messing around in the Skyrim console and increased my speed a lot. Now I want to reset my speed but the command player.setav speedmult 100 isn't working. Is there any way to reset this?
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How to change the FoV?

How do you change your field of view? I do not see it in the options. In ME1, it appears there was a console command you could use: http://www.tweakguides.com/ME_5.html If you want to adjust the ...
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What does this box icon represent?

Since I started playing, I have seen this icon in the bottom right of my screen. Clicking it does nothing. What does this icon represent? I'll add a PC tag, as I'm playing on PC, and it could be ...
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Blood on the Ice - No interaction with the clues in Hjerim possible

As the title says, I'm having huge problems with the "Blood on the Ice" questline. On my first playthrough, I was able to finish the quest withouth problems, was able to buy, clean-up and furnish the ...
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Compatibility of controllers for PC games

As the number of console ports seems to increase, there are more and more games that are meant to be played with a controller like on a console. The keyboard controls are sometimes pretty clumsy. If ...
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Diablo III Installation Size

What is the size of Diablo 3's files with patch 2.01 ? On my computer, the size of Diablo 3's installation (2.01) is about 30 GB (and I haven't download the full patch yet). Is it really so much to ...
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