Computer freezing with black screen on game exit

I’ve first experienced this with game LIMBO and couldn’t figure it out until today when it happened in Tower Wars game again. And the symptoms were too peculiar to be a coincidence.

Symptoms:

When you exit the game, screen remains black. No mouse or keyboard input seems to do anything as no amount of Ctrl+Esc, Alt+Tab, Alt+F4 did anything. If you had music player playing in the background via music player, music will continue playing (meaning system didn’t actually freeze).

Affected devices and games:

  • NVIDIA GeForce graphic card (GTX 980 in my case)
  • LIMBO (tested game)
  • Tower Wars (tested game)

Offending component/setting(s):

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Solution:

Change the “Preferred refresh rate” from “Highest available” to “Application-controlled” in NVIDIA Control Panel.

The reason I’ve always changed this to “Highest available” was because I have a 144Hz monitor and I want everything to run at such high refresh. Apparently, with games that enforce own refresh rate (which isn’t 144Hz, but 60Hz instead), this somehow conflicts and causes this lockup with black screen.

Twitter, stop the censoring madness!

Twitter is slowly but consistently spiraling down into a dumpster fire it’s apparently meant to be. Their new addition is this garbage…

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This Tweet was suppose to have 3 replies. Of which I can see NONE. And whole Twitter is riddled with this nonsense now. Yesterday, some guy was asking about one function of a Swiss Army knife and what it is meant for, he apparently got the answer from one of 12 replies of which I could only see his reply. In the end it looked like he was talking to himself… It’s fucking monumentally retarded. Twitter, get your shit together and STOP censoring shit on my behalf. I don’t want some dumb retarded automated system removing tweets/replies because it thinks I’m not suppose to see them for god knows what reason. Stop fucking up the platform, like it’s not bad enough as it is, you have to keep on adding this bullshit and when it breaks everything, they just call it a “glitch”. Fuck off.

Make a god damn per-user censoring system so anyone who wants this nonsense can have it, but leave the rest of us the fuck alone. There is literally nothing that can offend me on Twitter so much that it needs to be entirely removed from my timeline or replies. NOTHING! If I see something I don’t like, I’ll just fucking scroll past it. It’s not a fucking hard concept you know!

Translate text from images using Yandex OCR Translator

I was in a need to translate large amount of text from the image and typing it by hand into Google Translate proved very inefficient and clumsy. Luckily, I’ve stumbled across Russian Yandex ๐Ÿ™‚ They seem to offer wider range of translation tools than Google. One of them is translation of text from images using OCR.

Yandex OCR Image Translator
https://translate.yandex.com/ocr

Just drag in an image with text that you want to translate, select languages for the translation, highlight the text you want to translate (you can select large amount of text like you select many files in Windows using dragging selection) and voila!

Example that I needed. Translation from German to English, because my German is a bit rusty and I’m in a need for some new tires for my car ๐Ÿ™‚

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It’s super easy and fast, I got the translation in seconds where I’d need several minutes to re-type all of it by hand. Especially from German which has notoriously long and complex words… Bookmarked this thing because I can just feel it, I’ll need this quite often in the future. And of course posted it here for you guys ๐Ÿ™‚

AMD has Ryzen from the “dead”!

AMD had a release presentation for new generation of AMD Ryzen processors. And they look sweet. AMD actually delivered!

And a report from Linus as he was allowed to play with real AMD Ryzen systems himself ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s pretty exciting, isn’t it? I’m actually going to handle one of these since my cousin was waiting for this CPU exactly and he’ll get one for sure and I’ll be building his system ๐Ÿ˜€

ASUS released new firmware v3.0.0.4.380.7266 for ASUS RT-AC87U router!

ASUS RT-AC87U Firmware version 3.0.0.4.380.7266

Bug fixed
– Fixed Android phone tethering mode detecting issue in quick internet setup process.
– Fixed PPPoE related issue.
– Fixed client rename issue in network map.
– Fixed network tool issues.
– Fixed wake on lan issues.

Modification
– Added automatic standby mode for CE Ecodesign directive.

Grab it here (select โ€œOthersโ€ as OS version):
http://www.asus.com/us/Networking/RTAC87U/HelpDesk_Download/

I now have a Patreon page!

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I’ve been writing stuff here, creating tweaks and tools, guides, help and all sorts of other stuff for years and I’ve been doing this without ever asking for anything in return. It’s just something I like to do in my free time. And I intend to keep it this way, but people are still asking me if I have any page where they could donate something. So, I’ve decided to make one…

PayPal is not an option because they don’t make payouts to bank accounts for non-US residents and that’s a big no-no. So, I went with Patreon instead which does. It’s a bit different, but if things go well, maybe I’ll be able to support various projects I run more thoroughly, buy proper domain instead of free one that I currently use and also post a lot more often. I literally have no expectations and I don’t have anything special on Patreon in terms of rewards and stuff at the moment. I don’t even understand it perfectly yet and since I don’t have any Patrons yet (obviously), I really have no idea how things will work or how they should work…

If you want to support me financially, visit my Patreon page with a Donate/Support Me button above in the blog navigation bar or by clicking here. Whatever amount you decide to pledge, I greatly appreciate it!

How to fix horrendous Resident Evil 7 performance on PC

I was banging my head against brick wall why the hell performance is so bad with this game. Don’t get me wrong, it looks reasonably nice and works great all maxed out, but it just shouldn’t run as bad when you walk into certain sections of map where it feels like it’s only 15fps for no logical reason. It’s even worse when some sections of levels work super fast one moment and when you reload the game, it’s lagging like insane. I’ve tried everything from monitoring my GPU clocks to even refreshing Windows 10 installation and nothing helped.

But later, fiddling with settings systematically and later talking to someone on TechPowerUp, I came to realization that game is indeed bugged. And for the dumbest reason.

The offending graphics setting appears to be “Shadow Cache”. Not really sure what’s the purpose of it to be quite honest. The thing is, this setting caches shadow maps into VRAM and if you “only” have 4GB like I do on my GTX 980, this game will run like absolute garbage because this cache is taking space in VRAM that needs to be there for other more important things than caching shadows data that works “on-the-fly” anyway just fine. At first I resolved it by changing Shadow Quality from Very High to High, but this appears to be even better solution. It runs just as fast while shading and shadows look way better. The Shadow cache is enabled by default even though it shouldn’t be. In fact I’m not even sure what’s the purpose of it. I mean, caches are usually there to speed things up. If it runs faster with it disabled, what does that tell to you?

Resident Evil 7 PC performance fix:

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Set Shadow Cache to Off and crank everything else to the max. Wasted like half of the game ranting over idiotic garbage performance just because someone didn’t do his job in QA department. It’s unacceptable and stupid that gamers, who are suppose to enjoy this thing, we have to dissect it instead and figure it out why it’s broken. Ugh.

Well, at least now I’ll be able to enjoy it a lot better… Stupid Shadow Cache…