Questions tagged [technical-issues]

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Why did you have to blow into an NES cartridge to make it work?

Did doing this actually help at all? If so, how?
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How do I prevent GeForce from making changes to Skyrim

I have recently bought a game that requires GeForce Experience. When I installed GeForce, I realized that it made small changes to some of my games. Most of the games it made changes too I enjoyed. ...
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How to download non-DRM version of game from Steam to run in WINE?

I just purchased a turn-based game which is only supported on Windows (it’s Cogmind, if relevant). Since I’m on macOS, the game won’t download when I click “Install Game...”: An error occurred ...
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I can't play Pokemon GO! What's wrong?

Pokemon GO isn't working at all for me right now. I'm in one of the following circumstances and can't do anything: My game is displaying a "Try Again" message I'm stuck on the Loading Screen When I ...
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Will I definitely lose my save state while replacing the battery?

Most Game Boy games (and by that I mean the pre-Advance time) are saved into the cardridge and powered by a battery so that this memory will not vanish. In a future, far far away, the battery empties,...
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My 3DS got wet, what did I lose and what can I recover?

Four days ago my 3DS fell into water while on, when I pulled it out it remained on, quickly I turned it off and dry it with a towel, removed the SD card and game card, and placed it in a bowl with ...
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Failed to Login : Invalid session (Try restarting your game) Minecraft Error

When I try to connect to servers or join up on lan worlds in Minecraft it says "Failed to Login : Invalid session (Try restarting your game)". Multiplayer used to work fine but now keeps coming up ...
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Flashing blue “error” - is this part of the game, or a fault?

This is what I get when I start Portal 2, after the introduction "Look Up" "Look Down" screen. Is this part of the game, or is there something wrong with my installation?
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How to force Maximized Fullscreen mode in any game?

I have seen several games that have a video display mode that is windowed with no borders, at the same resolution as the desktop. It's sometimes called "Borderless Windowed" mode, or "Maximized ...
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How to improve Binding of Isaac performance?

I cannot go past level 3/4 because when I enter in rooms full of monsters the game start lagging a lot and controls do not respond at all or with a huge delay. My configuration is not actually bad: ...
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Where did this guy's face go?

I'm having a bit of trouble in certain areas with NPC's faces disappearing in Skyrim on PC. It's very odd because their skin and eyes are no where to be found but their facial hair stays intact. It's ...
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How do I run StarCraft: Brood War on Windows 7 without problems?

There are plenty of problems with SC 1 Broodwar running on Windows 7 Ultimate x64 like freezing, corrupted colors etc. How to fix this?
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Is it possible to log back into a Pokemon Go account?

So I had 20+ Pokemon on my account and today when I tapped on the app, it brought me back to the original screen when you first start playing. My friend who signed up tested using my username when she ...
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Skyrim instantly crashes to desktop

Two weeks ago I borrowed an Oculus Rift for the weekend and installed some mods for it, following this guide. Now I'm trying to run it again without the Oculus, and it instantly crashes to desktop. ...
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Game Won't Launch from CD

I ordered American McGee's Alice from eBay and it seemed to read just fine when I put it in my computer. The autoplay menu worked correctly and allowed me to install the game, but when I double-click ...
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Making Minecraft run with Java 8 on OS X 10.10

When I started Minecraft for the first time after installing OS X 10.10, OS X presented me with this: This happens even after the installation of JDK 8u20, which makes it even more confusing. I don'...
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How to change interface language of SimCity?

Apparently, there is no easy way to change the interface language of SimCity. I had installed it via Origin on Windows 7 system. OS interface is in English, but locale is different, therefore, Origin ...
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How to get the Steam Monster mini game started?

With the recent Steam Summer Sale, they introduced a Steam Monster Mini game, where you can level up and get some additional extras in the sale. Unfortunatelly, it appears that it won't start for me. ...
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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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How to solve the “io.netty.channel.AbstractChannel$AnnotatedConnectException: Connection refused: no further information” error on Minecraft?

I am getting the following error when I try to connect to a Minecraft server: This is all servers, not just one. The error says: io.netty.channel.AbstractChannel$AnnotatedConnectException: ...
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How can I open a listening port for the Blizzard Downloader?

I am trying to download Diablo 3 to be ready at the release date, but I have a problem with the Blizzard Downloader. Unfortunately downloading is very slow and there is a yellow message that says "A ...
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Steam Error: Can't connect to Steam Network on Windows 7

My friend and I are trying to solve an issue we're having with Steam. My friend cannot connect to any Steamworks servers (such as Garry's mod/TF2 servers). We have tried: Deleting ClientRegistry....
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Why doesn't Bioshock 2 start from within steam?

My question is similar to but a little different from this one: Bioshock on Steam Hangs on Startup I couldn't find anything in the steam / bioshock forums or troubleshooting manuals about this... ...
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On a two monitor setup how can I keep the game (TF2) open when I click on a tab in the other monitor?

If I have TF2 open on one monitor if I click on any other tab in the second monitor it minimizes the game. Is there any way I can fix this?
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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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Why do my TF2 sprays look low-res ingame?

I've toyed around trying to make useful sprays showing a bit of text or whatnot. However, they become low-res once I spray them ingame. For example, this spray: ...becomes this ingame: How can I ...
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“Updating Steam” window at startup when no updates were downloaded

So, every time I start my PC this window pops up: This even happens when Steam downloaded no update. What can I do to stop it from reappearing?
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Witcher 3 crashes constantly

So The Witcher 3 has been crashing constantly ever since I started playing it and I'm having a hard time diagnosing it. I've still played it a fair bit but now I'm at my wits end (playing 10 minutes ...
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Minecraft EXCEPTION ACCESS VIOLATION

Update 5 - SOLUTION: I have just realised that this question has become somewhat well viewed (+10,000 views), so I thought I better update it again and say that I have solved the issue. Of course, it ...
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Batman Arkham City freezes when searching for Mr. Freeze

Oh, the irony! I'm at the part where you search for Mr. Freeze. On my way to the museum, the game freezes, and sometimes crashes with an error message about missing files. I've Googled and found ...
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Why is my PSVita not charging through the USB port on my PC?

I want to charge my Vita via my PC's USB port. When I connect it, it hooks up to the PC and I can transfer items back and forth, but it does not charge. I looked around and saw a few posts saying ...
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“Communication with the Mass Effect 2 server was interrupted or has timed out” error?

I am revisiting the Mass Effect trilogy as it's one of my favorite series of games. Having completed Mass Effect again I am trying to get Mass Effect 2 started but I never seem to be able to make a ...
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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 does Starcraft 2 get slower as a match progresses?

The problem is simple, I fear the solution is unobtainable. Whenever I get (roughly) more than 120 supply my game comes to almost a complete standstill. Playing ladder makes me cry a little inside. ...
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Does standby mode of the PS4 actually recharge your controller?

Patch 1.71 says that standby mode actually recharges controllers. But I am not seeing any difference in the battery level of my controller after leaving my console on standby for an hour or more with ...
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EA killed my Bioware keys

In Bioware's pre-EA era they had on their site the option to register CD-keys for your Bioware games. Me, being the optimist that I am, registered my cd-keys there and then promptly lost the hard copy ...
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The colors in Resident Evil 7 are *completely* off

It almost looks like that I'm running the game without textures (you can enlarge the images): I'm running the game at the highest settings (with some exceptions such as the unwanted chromatic ...
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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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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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How can I run Myst in a window?

I can't stand running games full-screen if they aren't the same resolution as my main monitor, because it screws up all the windows I have on the other monitors. Myst is especially egregious because ...
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Skyrim see through textures.

Every since I updated my CCC for my AMD Radeon I have been able to see through my character's Armor, Hair, and other creature (creatures? features?). This has happened in Skyrim and World of Warcraft. ...
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Problem with stretched sheep in Civ V! What to do?

I installed Civilization 5 on my laptop recently and there is a problem with the graphics. The game itself looks good, but some resources like sheep are stretched. When I encounter them I see big ...
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My Blizzard downloader is stuck

So I decided to pre-download Diablo 3 for the release date. My downloader is at 100% and has been for some time. Any idea's on how to unstick it? I tried running the now-complete installer.exe that ...
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Getting Max Payne sounds to work on Windows 7

Trying to run Max Payne (the original game from 2001) on Windows 7 64-bit, there is a serious problem with the game sounds - no music, many effects missing, stuttering, slowdowns etc. Looking online ...
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Pokemon Go login issues after update

I downloaded the July 30th update for Pokemon Go and when I open the app I'm prompted to login, But once I login, it redirects me to this page on Cookies:: If I click "Done" in the top left, it ...
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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 launcher ...
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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 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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Why does Magicka quit as soon as I open it?

I bought Magicka via Steam this evening, and just installed it now. It demanded to repair my XNA install, so I let it. I'm trying to run it, but it's just quitting as soon as it opens. Any ideas?
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I can't connect to a friend's Minecraft server, but none of the usual culprits seem to be the problem

I'm trying to connect to a friend's Minecraft server, but I'm not able to do so. We've double-checked the usual culprits brought up in most Minecraft server tutorials, but we're still not having any ...

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