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May 2, 2015

Open letter to Rockstar regarding GTA Online on PC.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Hugsie @ 8:52 am

Every day I see the popups saying I have this 5% discount since I started playing GTA Online on PC, but when I visit Ammu-Nation, or a convenience store, I still pay full price. Sticky Bombs are $500, Proximity bombs are still $1000. P’s and Q’s are $2 no discount at all. This might be due to my character being imported from the Xbox One, which was also imported from the Xbox 360. My friends say the discount seems to be working for them, but they started at Rank 1, since they didn’t transfer their online characters from consoles.

The censorship in text chat is abhorrent, there needs to be a toggle to turn this off. To many benign non-obscene words get censored and most conversations are incomprehensible since common words like “night” are changed to “*****”.  I can’t even name my own outfits the way I want them since your blacklisted words is ridiculous. Why IS there any censorship in a game where you hear nothing BUT expletives, with crudeness along with all the violent behaviors? I can’t even say “rockstar” in chat for fucks sake!

Ordering or getting cars off the street duplicate themselves in garages with extra empty spaces. But some times this can lead to vehicle losses if you have your personal vehicle out side while you bring in a new vehicle.

When ordering a vehicle off one the websites, and you select which garage, the message saying it has been delivered shows it was delivered to a different garage than the one you chose, but the vehicle will end up in the garage you had chosen.

When I take a car from one of my unattached garages drive it into my garage WITH an attached apartment, and swap cars since it’s full, and then go to the elevator to go into my apt, I’m teleported to the other garage that the car came from, rather than going up into my apartment.

Street cars that I sell to Los Santos Customs doesn’t appear in my “on hand” money, I assume it’s going directly into the bank but half the time I can’t tell, and the transaction history doesn’t seem to list every transaction and it’s FAR TOO SHORT. I can fill up the history buying loads of snacks from a convenience store.

GTA online has a 15 minute time out for inactivity, why is the time out reduced to 60 seconds when I’m on another window to check something quickly? That isn’t enough time and isn’t fair. Hell i’ve been kicked off several times now while writing this email. >_<

If I am in my own invite only session, and I time out and get kicked offline. Pressing (A or Enter) to confirm that message, brings me back to a public session instead of an invite-only session I was already in.

Why can’t I choose to start a private invite only, crew, or friends only session when I’m already in a public session?  Why am I forced to switch to story mode just to just to start one of those?

There is a strange animation behavior when getting into my Carbonizzare when the top is already down. My character will sink into the floor, or ground as it gets into the vehicle. When in First Person mode, sometimes my character is unable to get into the vehicle due to this weird animation.

I am unable to get rid of weapons I don’t need anymore. I have countless pistols and rifles I never use and it clutters up my weapon wheel. If i drop them and let someone else pick them up, or just leave them on the ground, they return into  my weapons wheel when I transition on to another session or job.

Why can’t I set a default of weapons in my weapon wheel? For instance I like the assault shotgun but the shotgun slot always defaults to the pump action shotgun. Plus I can’t get rid of the Pump action shotgun since it always returns to my inventory after I’ve change session or jobs.

— Hugsie

April 16, 2015

GTA V: Differences between 360 and PC and some bugs

Filed under: GTA, GTAonline, GTAV — Tags: , , , , , — Hugsie @ 1:02 pm

So the day has finally come to pass for GTA V to be released for the PC. \o/ I’ve played little on the XB1 so I can’t really compare that to the PC version, but I’ve been playing the 360 for the past 1½ years. Here are some notible diffrences from the 360 and PC versions, other than the obvious performance and graphical improvements.

GTA Online: Your Daily Objectives are separated between your two online characters on PC, which allows you to earn twice the rewards from doing your daily Objectives. Also if you didn’t complete all three of your daily objectives on one character the same objectives carry over into the next day. GTAo on 360, both online characters get the same daily objectives. If you complete your objectives with one character, they also come up as completed on your other character. They both reset to new objectives every 24 hours, regardless if you completed all three or not.

GTA Story Mode: There are no Peyote plants in the PC version, at least I can’t find any using guides and walkthoughs for the PS4/XB1. This is needed to unlock animals for use in Director mode. Unless they are in different locations, they don’t seem to exist or Rockstar forgot to include them?

GTA V: controls are different than 360. This was changed since the PS4/XB1 release. When driving (A) now makes you duck your head down, (RB) is now the hand break. When driving  (LB) lets you aim your weapon, but (RB) fires it. Which makes it rather awkward since you’re already holding (RT) to accelerate the car.

GTA V: Off hand grenade throws are now possible (also since PS4/XB1) allowing you to throw a grenade while using your gun. You must have (RT) down to aim your gun, and R-Dpad to toss a grenade in the direction you’re looking. For keyboard it’s [G] to toss a grenade while you have R-mouse button held.

GTA online, the minimap has been changed to a faded/blended border. No longer a hard frame around the mini map. On old-gen consoles you could see a small point at the end of the player’s dot that gave an indication which direction the player is facing, now there is no little tip.

GTA Online (bug): Typing [T] brings up game chat so you can say something to the players in your lobby. The problem is as you type the keys are still bound to commands and actions in the game, so all sorts of menus and commands can be executed depending on the letters you hit when you’re just trying to chat and can really screw things up.

iFruit app: There is no PC platform support in the iFruit app (at least for Android). The only reason you need this anyway is to create custom “Vanity” licence plates for your cars on GTA online. The app doesn’t list PC among the list of platforms which all console version are listed. Even then it’s extremely limited and only shows about 10 of your vehicles (out of 30 you can own in total).

GTA online (bug): The game allows a 15 minute idle timeout before you’re kicked offline for inactivity. If GTA V is minimized this seems to accelerate the idle timeout, and you’ll be kicked out in just a few minutes.

GTA V: No support for 2 monitors. I’ve seen videos of players using up to 3 monitors, but I only have two, and I don’t see the option to extend the game out to more than one monitor. I can only tell it which monitor to output.

GTA V (bug): at some points when navigating the menus, pressing (B) or [Esc] to back out or exit the menus to get back to the game fail to do anything. I have to click around or press (RB) or (LB) first to change to some other menu, and then backing out of the menus will work.

GTA Online: Does the ability to text chat [T] turn off when you have a headset enabled? I cant seem to use [T] nor [Y] to chat. There is also no way to bind “press to talk” on a controller button (like the center dashboard button on the 360 controller would be perfect since it’s not used for anything)

GTA V (Bug): The game has real issues when ALT-Tabing, or when the game no longer has focus. It’s even worsened if you have Steam with it’s Overlay up on screen when you alt-tab away from the game. Most of the time you’re completely unable to alt-tab back into the game. Using windowed or borderless windowed mode helps alleviate this a little bit, but the game defaults to fullscreen mode, and most players prefer fullscreen mode anyway.

I’ll add more later…

March 17, 2015

Boycott the Shemale Gym

Filed under: Second Life Shit! — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — Hugsie @ 8:00 pm

I haven’t posted anything about Second Life in AGES. SL has been largely uneventful as of late, except for today. I was having a rather average day, hanging out at the Shemale Gym and suddenly I was kicked out, no warning, no discussion. So I looked up to find the owner MarinaMario, and asked her why I was banned, and this was her reply.

[19:14] (You): why am i banned?
[19:15] Marina (MarinaMario): i am tired of those freeloaders who only come to make money at my place never donate just ONE L$
[19:16] (You): i've never made money at your place.. and I have rented signs at your place before.
[19:16] (You): but whatever.. be like that.

To ONLY make money? Seriously, I’m probably the only person that goes to the Gym that actually chats in local. Everyone else just IMs in private all fucking day while Marina her self (the owner) is tucked away in some corner out of public view. Maybe she needs to do MORE at her one place to liven things up.

Okay so besides that, lets assume that she is having financial issues paying her tier. I guess she thinks banning people will some how make her more money? Where’s the logic in that? Donations are by definition voluntary. No one who vists the Shemale Gym is EVER obliged to “donate.”  Maybe Marina needs to find a dictionary as to what a donation means

donate [doh-neyt]
verb (used with object), donated, donating.
1. to present as a gift, grant, or contribution; make a donation of, as to fund or cause: to donate used clothes to the Salvation Army.

verb (used without object), donated, donating.
2. make a gift, grant, or contribution of something; give; contribute: They donate to the Red Cross every year.

It’s not mandatory as if I pay dues for club membership. Besides it’s not like I’ve never paid her a dime in the past, and I hardly ever get hired there let alone “make money.”  She must assume I’m super rich, which I can guarantee you I am not. It’s not like I openly solicit my self by nagging everyone there asking for money with sex. I don’t work like that, hell I don’t even actually “work” until I’m hired. I wait for people to IM me and ask for sex, and then I’ll lay on the sales pitch. It’s pointless to solicit people for sex.

So fuck the Shemale Gym; I declare a boycott! If she keeps threatening to ban residents because they hadn’t donated to her lagged out shithole, then she will be in a world of hurt down the road. Her place will close down if she keeps this attitude on going.

March 1, 2015

Chronology of GTA V

This documents the many delays to both the release of GTA V for PC, lastgen consoles, and Online heists as well as significant updates to the game over the past +year. I will not mention verified jobs (except the 1st one), Rockstar/Social Club Events, minor title updates that don’t add new content, screenshots, nor any contests. I combed though the newswire going back nearly four years.

November 3 2011, Rockstar’s Official Announcement of GTA V
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/19471/grand-theft-auto-v-official-announcement.html

November 4 2011, The first Grand Theft Auto V Trailer
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/19461/grand-theft-auto-v-trailer.html

October 30 2012, GTA V Is Coming Spring 2013 (lol right)
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/45951/grand-theft-auto-v-is-coming-spring-2013.html

November 5 2012, GTA V Now Officially Available for Pre-Order
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/46011/grand-theft-auto-v-now-officially-available-for-preorder.html

November 14 2012, GTA V: Official Trailer #2
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/46171/grand-theft-auto-v-official-trailer-2.html

January 31 2013, GTA V delayed to September 17th 2013 on PS3 Xbox 360 (4 month delay)
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/48591/grand-theft-auto-v-is-coming-9172013.html

April 2 2013, GTA V Official Cover Art. So they were able to get the cover art done by Spring 2013. :3
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/49291/grand-theft-auto-v-official-cover-art.html

April 30 2013, GTA V Trailers: MICHAEL. FRANKLIN. TREVOR.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/49701/gtav-trailers-michael-franklin-trevor.html

May 23 2013, Announcing the GTA V Special Edition and Collector’s Edition
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/50061/Announcing-the-Grand-Theft-Auto-V-Special-Edition-and

August 15 2013, official GTA online gameplay videos and website goes live. It’s just the same articles posted on Rockstar newswire but GTAV news only.
http://www.rockstargames.com/V/GTAOnline

August 20 2013, Pre-Order GTA V Day 1 Digital on PS3. 360 didn’t get an on-demand version for about two months!
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/51235/preorder-gtav-day-1-digital-on-playstation-network.html

August 29 2013, Grand Theft Auto V: Watch The Official Trailer
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/51282/grand-theft-auto-v-watch-the-official-trailer.html

September 17 2013, Release of GTA V for Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 only after one delay.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/51390/grand-theft-auto-v-now-available.html

September 25 2013, Some More Details on Grand Theft Auto Online. This is one of the first mentions of Online Heists.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/51422/some-more-details-on-grand-theft-auto-online.html

October 1 2013, GTA online goes live, many title updates and headaches
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/51500/gtav-title-update-details.html

October 18 2013, GTA V available on demand for Xbox 360.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/51604/gtav-now-available-on-xbox-games-on-demand.html

November 5 2013, Title update 1.05 adding the content creator
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/51716/new-gta-online-title-update-105.html

November 6 2013, The GTA Online Stimulus Package Direct Deposit GTA$500,000
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/51726/the-gta-online-stimulus-package-direct-deposit.html

November 19 2013, The Beach Bum Update. The first title update with new content (or DLC)
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/51813/The-GTA-Online-Beach-Bum-Update-is-Now-Available

December 11 2013, Online deathmatch and races updated to Creator
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/51970/Free-GTA-Online-Deathmatch-Race-Creators-Update-Now-Available

December 17 2013, Online “Capture” job mode update release.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/51990/GTA-Online-Capture-Update-Now-Available

December 24 2013, “Holiday Gift” temporary content which you still had to buy with GTA$ but was lost after the event was over.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52011/Grand-Theft-Auto-Online-Holiday-Gifts

December 27 2013, The first set of “Rockstar Verified” creator jobs (will not mention verified jobs again)
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52013/The-First-Rockstar-Verified-GTA-Online-Jobs

January 16 2014, Taking Aim at GTA Online Cheaters
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52096/taking-aim-at-gta-online-cheaters.html

February 4 2014, Crew member cap raised to 1000 members
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52170/Crew-News-Member-Cap-Raised-to-1-000

February 13 2014, The Valentine’s Day Massacre Special
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52188/GTA-Online-Valentine-s-Day-Massacre-Special-Is-Now-Available

March 4 2014, The Business Update
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52202/The-Business-Update-for-GTA-Online-Is-Now-Available

April 2 2014, Grand Theft Auto Online Spring Updates
This is the announcement that online heists would be release in spring 2014 which can constitute it’s first delay since it has been talked about since the start.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52217/Grand-Theft-Auto-Online-Spring-Updates

April 11 2014, Capture Creator Update
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52232/GTA-Online-Capture-Creator-Update-Now-Available-Plus

May 13 2014, The High Life Update
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52248/The-High-Life-Update-for-GTA-Online-Is-Now-Available

June 9 2014, Grand Theft Auto V Coming this Fall to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC
The announcement that GTA V is coming out for PC, XBox One, and PlayStation 4, and *all three* would be released in the fall of 2014 but no date set.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52261/Grand-Theft-Auto-V-Coming-this-Fall-to-PlayStation-4-Xbox

June 17 2014, The “I’m Not a Hipster” update
Came online during HIGH and over hyped anticipation of heists being released around this time to everyone’s chagrin. In the comments section in this url is a note from R* apologizing for the (second) delay for Online Heists.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52264/The-GTA-Online-I-m-Not-a-Hipster-Update-Is-Now-Available

July 1 2014, Independence Day Special
Introducing Monster Trucks, fireworks, and beer hats.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52270/The-GTA-Online-Independence-Day-Special-Available-Starting

August 19 2014, San Andreas Flight School
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52294/the-gta-online-san-andreas-flight-school-update-now-available

September 12 2014, Official release dates for “nextgen” and PC.
November 18th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC January 27th. This marks the first delay for PC since it was announced in June that GTA V would released on all three platforms in the fall of 2014. January 27th is in the middle of winter.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52308/grand-theft-auto-v-release-dates-and-exclusive-content

October 2 2014, The Last Team Standing Update
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52322/the-last-team-standing-update-for-gta-online-now-available

November 13 2014, GTA Online Census
I know this isn’t real content but it’s interesting to read the stats.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52349/gta-online-census-the-story-so-far

November 18 2014, official release of GTA V for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
With no delay as there was with the Xbox 360, PS3 and still an ongoing delay with PC.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52350/grand-theft-auto-v-is-now-available-for-playstation-4-and

December 16 2014, Online Heists trailer released
“I know you’ve been complaining… but you weren’t ready.” This article states Online Heists coming in Early 2015. Here is another article by IGN interviewing Imran Sarwar GTA online producer and lead mission designer explaining why it has taken so long for online heists to be finished.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52365/gta-online-heists-new-trailer-and-info

December 18 2014, The GTA Online Festive Surprise.
This was just like last year, the items were temporary but they were free. There was a stocking mask you kept for free if you logged in on Christmas day.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52367/the-gta-online-festive-surprise

January 13 2015, New release date for PC to March 24th 2015, with system requirement specs. This is the second PC delay.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52374/gtav-pc-new-release-date-first-screens-and-system-specs

January 16 2015, Pre-orders available for GTA V PC, with bonus GTA$ and a free R* game due to the delay.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52376/pre-order-the-gtav-pc-download-at-the-rockstar-warehouse-now

February 24 2015, Release date set for Online heists for March 10th 2015 which keeps with Rockstar’s announcement from December about an “early 2015″ release for online heists. Also announced is yet another updated (delayed) release date for PC to April 14th.  This is the third delay for PC, with bonus GTA$200,000 in GTA online for people who had already pre-ordered which potentially can add up to $1million for online mode if you ordered it before February 1st.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52394/gtav-updates-online-heists-coming-march-10-gtav-for-pc

March 10th 2015, GTA Online Heists go live after 1½ fucking years since the game’s release in September of 2013.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52402/gta-online-heists-now-available

April 2nd 2015, Watch the GTAV 60 Frames-Per-Second PC Trailer
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52411/watch-the-gtav-60-frames-per-second-pc-trailer

April 3rd 2015, GTA Online Heists TV Spot, footage from the PC version
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52413/gta-online-heists-tv-spot

April 3rd 2015, GTAV PC Digital Pre-Load Information
https://support.rockstargames.com/hc/en-us/articles/204657218-GTAV-PC-Digital-Pre-Load-Information

April 7th 2015, GTA V PC pre-download goes live.
As of 1 pm EDT on Steam the pre-download is live. This offically makes GTA V on PC a “done” deal with no more delays. One week to go until it is playable.
https://support.rockstargames.com/hc/en-us/articles/204657218

April 9th 2015, GTA Online PC servers appeared temporarily online on Rockstar’s status page. This lasted about an hour, as it’s no longer shown on the status page. It’s assumed that game revwers got a sneek peek at GTA V and GTA Online since This Link still shows a handful of people playing GTA V on PC via Steam’s database stats and info.
https://steamdb.info/app/271590/graphs/

Rockstar server status page:
https://support.rockstargames.com/hc/en-us/articles/200426246–Updated-4-30-14-GTA-Online-Status-Latest-Updates-

April 14th 2015, Grand Theft Auto V Is Now Available for PC
At 12am midnight GMT, digital downloads were “unlocked” and installing began. The release went off with very few hitches if any. The majority of issues players had effected a few players who had unstable PCs, under powered PCs who made settings too high and ignored the minimum PC specifications released two months earlier. GTA V is quite scaleable, even on a PC at minimum specification with the advanced eye candy disabled, GTA V for PC plays and looks better than it did in it’s original release for the Xbox 360, and PS3, and on a modern gaming PC is the best experience for GTA V, bar none.
http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/52417/grand-theft-auto-v-is-now-available-for-pc

So what’s left to wait for now it’s all said and done? GTA V and GTA Online aren’t done. There is still speculation for a new Story mode DLC (as there were two for GTA IV) more heist missions for GTA online, as well as whatever else Rockstar plans on doing. Stay tuned.

February 20, 2015

VMware player sucks

Filed under: Uncategorized — Hugsie @ 11:41 am

For years I’ve been using VMWare player and I’ve always had problems with USB devices plugged into the VM working half the time, constantly unplugging them and plugging it back in so the USB device is seen by the VM OS.

The biggest and most consistent problem I’ve had is input stalls. The VM will run fine, but any INPUT into the VM’s window is ignored. Its as if the VM is stuck in some kind of loop that it ignores any mouse or clicking, and then all that input is executed all at once once it “wakes up” out of that loop. It’s so fucking frusrating, since i can see the software running DOing stuff but I cant click on anything!  And it’s not the VM that’s buggered out I can’t even control VMware at all.

The mouse cursor is always a pointing finger, and never becomes an arrow cursor. I cant interact with the VM let aloine with VMware it self. It won’t even let me click the [X] button to close the app. Any popups that VMWare brings up are unclickable since my cursor is always a pointing finger. It will some times recover it self and operate normal, but then it just goes right back into this pointing-finger mouse cursor bullshit.

It’s been doing this to me for years, over serveral version of VMware player, and with diffrent host and VM operating systems. Since using Windows 7 (host) runing Windowes XP in the VM it’s been flakey like this. I’ve since moved onto Windows 8/8.1 (host) and running Linux and Wiundows 7 or Vista in the VM and it STILL DOES THIS.

The system I’m running it on is an old Core 2 Quad i9300 64bit, with Windows 8.1. This is actually my secondary PC that has no keyboard (it has a mouse since Win8 won’t show a mouse) with its own monitor, and I use Input Director from my main PC to control both PCs.

I’m fed up with VMWare.

December 13, 2014

My Xbox 360 is alive! No thanks to Microsoft! :p

Filed under: Uncategorized — Hugsie @ 12:31 am

My old original eight year old 360 power supply brick died, and I’ve been having a hard time finding a replacement for it. I tried to order one off Amazon but it turned out to be a shitty Chinese knockoff that over heated and burned it self out after 4 hours of use. I was able to get my money back since Amazon has a painless return policy.

Then I ordered one directly from Microsoft’s support web page, but it’s been two weeks and they still haven’t shipped me a new power supply, nor informed me about what’s taking so long. They did state that a new unit will ship within 10 working days (i.e. 2 full weeks) and this Friday marks the 10th working day. Microsoft took my money immediately after I ordered it, but i have nothing to show for it. I guess i’ll have to call Microsoft/Xbox support directly and find out what the deal is. It’s likely they don’t have any of the old sliver-tip 203w power bricks in stock since they are SO OLD.  Hell I’ve been so loyal to Xbox they should just send me a NEW 360.

I had been wondering if a PC PSU can be used to power a Xbox 360. The pin outs for a 360 power is simply 12v DC, ground, 5v standby, and a power on signal. Which is EXACTLY what a PC PSU has. I read up on many websites where they simply took the power connector and connected it to a 4pin molex power connector which supplies 5v, 12v and ground.

So by simply wiring all three 12v wires to the one on the molex (yellow wires), all the ground wires to the two ground wires on the molex (black wires), and the 5v to the 5v standby (Red wires), and bingo, you have a power supply cable that works as long as you have a PSU with significant wattage. Which even the oldest PSUs will supply minimum of 250watts which is plenty for the older Xenon 360’s that require 203 watts. All newer 360s require much less wattage, but you can use old 203 watt power bricks with all 360s, even with the “S” and “E” versions of the 360 with the proper power adapter for it.

The problem is that you have to short the power-on to ground and have the PSU on before the 360. Ideally you’ll want to rig the 360’s v5-standby and Power-ON wires to the matching wires on the PSU’s 20pin motherboard power connector. This way when you power the 360, the PSU will also fire up and when you shut down the 360, do does the PSU.

Unfortunately I don’t have a spare PSU that I can use for my 360. The spare one I do have is faulty, and doesn’t work. However my primary PC I use does have an overpowered 750w PSU which is WAY too much for the hardware I have in my PC. So I re-wired my 360 power cable to a 4pin molex as i described earlier, pulled out a molex power from my PC which i don’t even use, and bingo my 360 is alive again! \o/

So my beastly PSU is now running both my PC and my 360, which is not exactly ideal. I have noticed that the yellow 12v wire from my PSU does get hot, since it’s a single 12v rail that’s powering three 12v rails inside my 360. That’s a lot of current for a single wire to feed three 12v wires.  Ideally I should connect at least 3 different 12volt rails from the PSU to the 360 power connector to help this issue.

Oddly inside the 360 power cable, along with a red and blue (5v SB and power-on) there are 3 yellow, and 3 black. But there’s also a set of thinner yellow and black wires. That’s more wires than there are pins in the 360 connector, even when including the ground shield. Right now i have all 4 yellow wires connected to the single yellow 12v rail, and the same with all the black wires, but at least molex connectors have two black ground wires.

UPDATE (week later): Microsoft finally did send me a new power supply brick, it lacks a ground connection, even though the wall plug has a ground, but there is no 3rd ground prong on the end that connects to the power brick. But at least my 360 is running on it’s own. Oddly enough 2 weeks later ANOTHER power brick was delivered unexpectedly. Geez Microsoft get your shit together.

November 18, 2014

Satechi Edge Gaming mouse review

Filed under: Uncategorized — Hugsie @ 10:00 am

The mouse it self is quite good looking, and it’s not over riddled with a mass of buttons like some gaming mice have now. The mouse wheel and the logo on the front are illuminated. The font logo slowly dims and becomes brighter as if it’s “breathing.”  Also the color changes from Green, Blue, Red, and Purple (in that order) which indicate which DPI setting it’s at. But no yellow?

The mouse is smaller than I’m used too and it’s a lot more shallower in my hand and lighter than my old Logitech Performance MX which took some some getting used to. It also comes with a low profile USB dongle that’s very tiny, exactly like the kind used with Logitech mice and keyboards. However it did not come with an extension USB cable so you can place the wireless dongle closer to your mouse if your PC is located far from your desktop or behind something that would block the signal.

Inside the nice retail packaging box was the mouse it self, the small tiny USB dongle, and a set of two generic AA batteries, a small manual, BUT NO CD with drivers nor software. I checked the Satechi website to see if they had drivers or some sort of software bundle, but there was nothing. No software to customize the mouse at all. Very unheard of to have a “gaming” mouse with no customization options.

The only way to “customize” it is with two small switching on the underside of the mouse, where you can change the mouses polling rate, and “mode,” Often I can’t tell what “mode” this mouse is is, it’s either in a normal “gaming” mode or a useless “video” mode. If it’s in the wrong mode, the forward and back buttons by your thumb while gaming (FPS) will make your character turn slowly left or right as if I was pressing the left/right keys on my keyboard.  This “Video Mode” is intended for multi-media use for music and videos, however I don’t know what players supports this mouse functionality. after all it COMES WITH NO SOFTWARE. So just leave the mouse in “gaming” mode so it functions as you’d expect too, even if you’re not a gamer.

I can see any difference when using 250hz or 500hz polling rate. Every time I lift the mouse to change the switches I’m blinded by that super bright LED. The barely-readable labels for the switches that show “250” and “500” also has a “treble clef” symbol which is supposed to be “video” mode. Isn’t a treble clef a musical reference?

The little auto-double click button is useless, what lazy gamer needs that? If it’s a gamer mouse it would be more useful it if was a “turbo” button that rapid-fires left-clicks while you hold it down, not a silly double click.

The mouse wheel doesn’t support left-right scrolling. Even though the mouse wheel moves left and right, and FEELS like it’s tiling left and right, it’s really not doing anything, and at most you’re clicking the middle mouse button. Middle mouse button clicking is FAR TOO EASY to accidentally click when you’re just trying to flick the scroll wheel up or down. A lot oft he time I find my self in smooth-scroll mode since I accidentally clicked the middle mouse button wheel while on a webpage.

Middle mouse button clicking in some apps (Chrome, and Thunderbird) opens new tab of whatever it is you middle-clicked but the tabs appear UNDER whatever the mouse is under, and you don’t really notice them coming up. Since it’s so easy to accidentally hit middle-mouse when trying to scroll, I end up with loads of tabs I didn’t want to open.

When the mouse goes dormant after no use, moving the mouse doesn’t reactivate it like most mice do. You have to click a mouse button for it to wake up again. Which might activate something on screen since the mouse click is sent to the PC, and depending where your mouse cursor is (if it’s visible) it may have undesirable effects.

For a mouse with two AA batteries, it sure is light. The batteries that come with it are typical cheapo non-brand you’ve never heard of, and are light weight as if they are dead batteries. If you install a set of real proper batteries like Duracell, or Energizer, it does give it more heft than the batteries it comes with. However it is nice it comes with batteries.

The booklet is beautiful, and  well made with thick card stock, but it’s only 4 pages. It’s like they spent too much money on this little booklet when they could have made this mouse a little better. There is a noticeable error in the booklet’s illustration showing you where everything is. The part labeled [7] is the button that toggles though the four different DPI setting for gaming mode. In “video” mode it toggles between minimizing all your windows. At the bottom shows the corresponding number for the part on the illustration. For some reason button [7] is listed twice, where it’s supposed to be describing what buttons [5] and [6] do.

The instructions indicate that before installing the batteries you need to pull out the mini USB dongle that you connect to your PC so you can use the mouse. The way my mouse was package the USB dongle was already out of the mouse and in it’s special little spot molded in plastic under the mouse next to the batteries. I guess this will be useful if you’re taking the mouse with on a trip and stash the dongle where you won’t lose it, However the dongle extremely tiny like the ones for Logtitech,  It’s meant to be just left on your PC or laptop since it’s so small it won’t break off or fall out for sticking out.  I would rather have a set of weights I could put in that spot inside the mouse to beef it up.

Changing DPI on the fly is useful for a gamer, but 4 different settings? A gamer only needs two. One for normal movement and looking around, and a lowered DPI for zooming and sniping. But this has 4 different DPI settings that you can NOT customize (since there is no software) and you have to cycle though all of them to get back to the DPI setting you want when want to change back. That takes way too much time when you’re gaming.

One thing I noticed when I first plugged it in, the mouse didn’t feel right. This was likely due to having just disconnecting my old mouse and putting this new one in and didn’t restart my PC. After rebooting the PC the mouse felt much more “normal” to me.

When this product was first announced last October, it was toted as a cheap $20 “gamer” mouse, but it actually sells on Amazon and Satechi’s website for $30 (which is now sold out). Honestly the mouse is really worth $20. The extra $10 must be for it’s over done heavy card stock glossy manual and the retail box.  If you can find this mouse with out it’s useless packaging and manuals, it is worth $20.

[Update: 11/21/14]
After using it for a few weeks the batteries that were included started to die off. The mouse would stop moving the mouse cursor on screen, but the scroll wheel and mouse buttons still worked. For a mouse that totes a TWO YEAR battery life, turns out to only last Two weeks. I just swapped the batteries out for a new set and lets see if these actually last, but if I have to keep swapping battles out every 2-3 weeks, while they advertise 2 or 3 year battery life will really hurt their image.

[Update 12/6/14]
I’ve had this mouse for a couple months now, and the claim for 36 month battery life is a complete lie. it’s only 3 years on STANDBY time which is entirely meaningless since that is the typical lifespan if any alkaline battery that’s not in use. Whats worse is this mouse gives you no indication on how much power is left in the batteries, nor a warning when they are about to die. When it does die the mouse just behaves weird. The mouse stops tracking but the scroll wheel and mouse buttons keep working. It doesn’t come with a charge cable if you’re using rechargeable batteries, in fact it’s unable to charge batteries, so if you wanna use rechargeables, you’ll need a separate charger.

So how many lies has Satechi claimed about this mouse now so far?

$20 MSRP? lie
36 month battery life? lie
250 and 500hz polling rate? cant tell the difference.
No software to configure the mouse
no programability
No custom colors
No Drivers
No USB extension cable to re-locate the wireless dongle
No battery life indicator
No warning when the batteries are about to die
No battery charging capabilities

Yet the put extra money and effort into it’s packaging and it’s useless 4 page manual with has a few typos in it which could had been used to make this mouse better.

I’m extremely disappointed with this mouse. This would be a better mouse if it was just a wired mouse since it consumes battery power in less than a week, making the batteries that come with it completely useless.

Asus STRIX GTX 980 \o/

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — Hugsie @ 8:33 am

It’s finally here!

As a long long time user of Second Life, if you’re still using a video card with only 1GB (or less) you seriously need to upgrade to something with more. When I pre-ordered my GTX 980, I installed bench-marking software and monitoring tools that helped me better understand the hardware I have before my GTX 980 arrived.

Using GPU-Z and running one instance of Firestorm on SL, the viewer and the OS overhead was using about 800mb of my  old video card’s VRAM, out it’s 1GB of VDDR5 memory. So if you were using an older 512mb video card, your performance was already suffering just using one instance of an SL viewer.  I then realized that this is why when I run a second instance of Firestorm, that I had to minimize one of them (or cam out into the void so nothing renders) in order for the viewer that has focus not to bog down it’s frame rates.

When my new video card arrived, it has 4GB of VDDR5 RAM, and I quickly fired up FOUR instance of Firestorm, logged in four ALTs and none of the viewers had any framerate issues (except for when it doesn’t have focus FPS drops, which is meant to do that) but there was no drop in framerate with the viewer that currently was in focus. I could alt-tab to another viewer and no loss in quality. AND i had everything set to ULTRA settings.

So while getting a GTX 980 is overkill for Second Life, getting a video card with 2GB VRAM or more IS advisable if you’re using multiple alts on SL at the same time. So something like a GTX 750 ti which has 2GB of VRAM ($160) would be useful over any old videocard that only has 1GB.

November 16, 2014

The elusive ASUS STRIX GTX 980 and Amazon

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — Hugsie @ 3:28 am

Amazon never had any ASUS STRIX GTX 980 in stock since mid October. They started pre-orders around October 30th, which is when I made my pre-order. Nvidia started a new free game promotion when you purchase a GTX 980 card the following week. Amazon is participating in this promotion.

Since the promotion started after I made my pre-order, I asked customer service if my order will qualify for this promotion, since I technically hadn’t bought it yet since it hasn’t shipped yet, nor was I billed yet. They said it wasn’t because I made the order (a PRE order) on the 30th outside of the promotional period. I was TOLD by Amazon customer support I had the option to cancel my original order and re-pre-order it again to qualify for the free game. They offered free 1 day shipping as compensation. So reluctantly that’s what I did on November 8th.

Now a week passes and my video card has finally shipped! (yay!) Only after waiting over TWO WEEKS since my original October 30th PRE-order, but I didn’t get my free game code. I asked Amazon customer support AGAIN about this and they simply said it wasn’t apart of the promotion simply because the item listed on amazon isn’t marked with that promotion. WTF?

This is bullshit. Amazon is participating in this promotion, I bought the video card FROM amazon, BILLED by amazon on November 13th. Nvidia lists Amazon as one of the vendors participating in this promotion. I almost bought an eVGA GTX 980 card because they were in stock, and I was getting tired of waiting. Granted the STRIX GTX 980 didn’t display this promotion in it’s item listing but that’s ONLY because they never had this video card in stock for the past four weeks, long BEFORE the promotion started. You could only pre-order it. Even now it’s still NOT not in stock, but now you CAN’T pre-order it anymore. All Amazon shows now is a 3rd party store selling the card WAY OVER PRICED.

The only compensation they gave me was free 1 day shipping, but it shipped on a FRIDAY I’m not going to get it till MONDAY. They offered this only if I canceled and re-ordered it so i could get my free game, but that was all for nothing.. What a waste of fucking time dealing with Amazon customer support for something I clearly qualify for but I do not due to some stupid technicality. Even my “compensation” wasn’t even worth the time and hassle.

TOTAL BULLSHIT AMAZON! I think i’ll stick with NewEgg when comes to PC hardware purchases, but keep buying mundane commodities like toilet paper from Amazon.

November 5, 2014

Open Letter to Rockstar Games, re: GTA V on NextGen and PC

Filed under: Gaming!, GTA, GTAonline, GTAV, GTAV Online, Nextgen, PC — Hugsie @ 2:08 pm

After transferring my online characters from last-gen to nextgen, will my last-gen characters be deleted, or will they remain and be playable?

Can I still access my bank balance on lastgen after transferring to nextgen, and still have a common bank account across both platforms?

Does transferring my characters apply to BOTH my characters I have, or can I choose just one of them?

When ever heists are released, will it be available on all platforms, including PS3/360?

Will there be any anti-cheating precautions used on GTA Online PC, due to the nature of a PC being highly modifiable? If so which one will it be, or will it be something proprietary made by Rockstar?

What are the minimum and recommended PC hardware specification for GTA V/Online for the PC, including minimum/recommended internet speeds for online play.

Will the other three character slots be unlocked soon?

Will Social Club support any of the new functions PS4/XB1 (and PC) have for video streaming and capturing clips, rather than just snapmatic screenshots?

Can I play GTA V/Online on two different PCs? (not at the same time of course)

What media format will GTA V be on for PC, and how many discs? Is it possible to buy the game on a USB drive? Maybe on that cool gold bar USB thumb drive? That would be sick! :)

Any idea how large the install of GTA V (with all updated applied) will be for PC?

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