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Oct 012014
 

Since Windows 10 Technical Preview has been released, I wanted to kick out this update.

The Windows 10 Services Configurations have been updated to include Windows 10 Technical Preview with Default and Safe configurations online.

All Windows 10 Services Pages will be updated to include the latest information in due time (and a lot of it).

Enjoy!

Aug 272014
 

With the release of Diablo 3 Patch 2.1.0 on August 26, 2014, a bug was introduced with people logging in and having no Achievements displayed. Blizzard employees acknowledged this bug, but their “easy fix” did not work for either my wife or I.

Well, I have a fix:

Diablo 3 Patch 2.1.0 Achievement fix:

  1. In the battle.net launcher, change region to Europe (this is assuming you are playing on Americas. If not, change to an alternate region).
  2. Create character there and log into it.
  3. After fully logging in, exit game and battle.net entirely.
  4. Load battle.net and change region back to Americas (or what ever your home region is).
  5. Log in to your characters and enjoy!

-BV

Sep 262013
 

Since Windows 8.1 is just around the corner, I wanted to kick out this update before it happens.

The Windows 8.1 Services Configurations have been updated to include Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro as well as Windows 8.1 Enterprise with Default and Safe configurations online. Windows 8.1 Preview has been replaced with this update.

All Windows 8.1 Services Pages will be updated to include the latest information in due time (and a lot of it).

Enjoy!

Nov 052012
 

TLDNR Give Me The Fix Now:

Having poor frame rate with diablo 3 patch 1.0.5 during Maghda Encounter? I have a quick fix!

Simply make…

c:\Program Files (x86)\Diablo III\D3Debug.txt

Read-only by right clicking the file, selecting properties, then check “Read-only” under Attributes.

Introduction

Two days ago, during the Maghda Encounter with Diablo 3 on my Hardcore Character, I had extremely poor frame rates which ultimately killed my character due to less than 5 FPS with periods of no updates for many seconds.

I was pissed. I blamed it on my computer and an extended play session, even though I never encountered any issues before.

Today, I fired up an old Hardcore Witch Doctor that was level 9 and decided to give it a go.

Once again, I walked into Maghdas Chamber (after gaining eight levels) and even the movie stuttered. A rapid death I suffered.

Now, I am really pissed.

Look, Look, and Look Some More

I did the standard issue things, farted with video settings and nothing would fix it.

I then wandered off to c:\Program Files (x86)\Diablo III while I had a capped character playing normal and defeated Maghda. The frame rate issue was still present and I noticed that D3Debug.txt in the root folder of the Diablo 3 install directory was gaining in size… rapidly. The log looks a bit like this:

2012.11.05 17:56:24.245951000 ERROR: Trying to lock an invalid SNO 241787 which doesn’t exists or is not part of the SOUND_SNO group
2012.11.05 17:56:24.246137300 ERROR: Trying to lock an invalid SNO 241787 which doesn’t exists or is not part of the SOUND_SNO group
2012.11.05 17:56:24.246417300 ERROR: Trying to lock an invalid SNO 241787 which doesn’t exists or is not part of the SOUND_SNO group
2012.11.05 17:56:24.246651300 ERROR: Trying to lock an invalid SNO 241787 which doesn’t exists or is not part of the SOUND_SNO group
2012.11.05 17:56:24.246808300 ERROR: Trying to lock an invalid SNO 241787 which doesn’t exists or is not part of the SOUND_SNO group
2012.11.05 17:56:24.246948300 ERROR: Trying to lock an invalid SNO 241787 which doesn’t exists or is not part of the SOUND_SNO group
2012.11.05 17:56:24.247087300 ERROR: Trying to lock an invalid SNO 241787 which doesn’t exists or is not part of the SOUND_SNO group
2012.11.05 17:56:24.247260300 ERROR: Trying to lock an invalid SNO 241787 which doesn’t exists or is not part of the SOUND_SNO group
2012.11.05 17:56:24.247428300 ERROR: Trying to lock an invalid SNO 241787 which doesn’t exists or is not part of the SOUND_SNO group

The above cut and paste is not even a full second of data. I quickly concluded it was a sound issue (SOUND_SNO group… duh?) so I thought a very quick fix would be to just plain disable sound.

Wrong!

Disabling sound did not fix the issue. What was the next thing I did?

I made c:\Program Files (x86)\Diablo III\D3Debug.txt read-only by right clicking the file, selecting properties, then check “Read-only” under Attributes.

I went back to town with a portal before surfing the install directory, so I just hopped back into the portal and the frame rate was fine. I then created a new game and went back to kill her and, even though the FPS went from around 90 to 80… it was indeed possible to complete the encounter.

It is a known issue with Blizzard and I hope it is patched tomorrow, but for those that cannot wait and are basically stuck, give this a go… it just might fix it.

As a side note, after this is fixed by Blizzard, you should put the D3Debug.txt back to read/write.

Oct 052012
 

Several services in Windows 8 have the ability to be uninstalled. You can add or remove these services by:

  1. Head to Start (Windows Key)
  2. Type Control Panel (or enough letters so it appears in the results)
  3. Select Control Panel (under Results)
  4. Select Programs
  5. Select Programs and Features
  6. Select Turn Windows Features on or off
Or
  1. Head to Start (Windows Key)
  2. Right Click an EMPTY area
  3. Select All Apps (bottom right)
  4. Select Control Panel (under Windows System)
  5. Select Programs
  6. Select Programs and Features
  7. Select Turn Windows Features on or off
I have found that the following Windows 8 Services can be installed or uninstalled:
Oct 052012
 

With a default Windows 8 setup, several different ways exist to get to the system settings and find out what version (either 32-bit or 64-bit) is running. The easiest that I have found is:

  1. Head to Start (Windows Key)
  2. Type System
  3. Select Settings (under Search Bar/Under Apps)
  4. Select System (under Results)
  5. In the System – System Type section, it will display “32-bit Operating System” or “64-bit Operating System”.
Or:
  1. Head to Start (Windows Key)
  2. Right Click an EMPTY area
  3. Select All Apps (bottom right)
  4. Select Control Panel (under Windows System)
  5. Select System and Security
  6. Select System
  7. In the System – System Type section, it will display “32-bit Operating System” or “64-bit Operating System”.
Oct 052012
 

With a default Windows 8 setup, several different ways exist to get to the Windows Service settings. The easiest that I have found is:

  1. Head to Start
  2. Type services
  3. Select Services (under Results)
  4. Select a service to adjust by double-clicking
  5. In the General tabStartup type section, select Automatic (Delayed Start), Automatic, Manual or Disabled.
Or
  1. Head to Start
  2. Right Click an EMPTY area
  3. Select All Apps (bottom right)
  4. Select Services (under Administrative Tools)
  5. Select a service to adjust by double-clicking
  6. In the General tabStartup type section, select Automatic (Delayed Start), Automatic, Manual or Disabled.
If you like, you can also do: Windows Key + R –> type in services.msc –> Select OK.

After configuring all services that you desire to change, reboot to see the effects of your tweaking.

Note: Do not use msconfig to stop services. It basically is “disabling” a service. Use the above procedure instead.

Sep 302012
 
  • At Medford, OR airport. #
  • On plane for SFO. #
  • Landed: SFO. #
  • On plane for Philadelphia, PA. #
  • Landed Philadelphia, PA. #
  • Missed connection. Out of here at 2039 now. #
  • On plane for Hartford, CT. #
  • Landed: Hartford, CT. #
  • At hotel: Groton, CT. #
  • At Hartford, CT airport. #
  • On plane for Washington/Dulles. #
  • Landed: Dulles. #
  • On plane for SFO. #
  • Landed: SFO. #
  • On plane for Medford, OR. #
  • Landed: Medford, OR. #
  • At home. #
  • At Siskiyou Motor Speedway (in the stands) for the last race of the season! #