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#2358071 Confusion about Windows licenses

Posted Quaker on 29 July 2015 - 11:01 PM

View Posttypographie, on 29 July 2015 - 02:15 PM, said:

One last thing, Quaker: you said you once managed to get an XP OEM license used on a new system. Is there a specific support number to call for that?
It was a later version that did online authentication. When it failed the authentication, it popped up a window that gave the number to call (plus other options).
Note - don't swear at them. They'll hang up. :)
(But they did authenticate it.)

#2357819 Elite Specializations

Posted davadude on 20 July 2015 - 08:02 PM

Warhorn on Ele?  I hope they have some pretty stormcaller level skills...

#2357543 Mysteriously occupied diskspace

Posted Kamatsu on 10 July 2015 - 02:20 AM

The hiberfil.sys & pagefile.sys are protected windows system files - pagefile.sys file is your windows swap file, while the hiberfil.sys file is associated with the "Hibernate" function in Windows Power Management.

You can see these files by opening Windows Explorer, click the down arrow on "Organize", select "Folder and Search Options", go to the 'View' tab, then untick the box next to "Hide protected operating system files (recommended)". Doing this will allow you to see these files. Although I'd recommend re-ticking it so you don't ever accidentally delete these kind of files.

You can see what your pagefile is set to by going to Control Panel -> System -> Advanced System Settings (left side options) -> Advanced tab -> "Settings" in the Performance section -> Advanced tab. The last section there is Virtual Memory, and this is what determines how big your pagefile.sys file gets. Click on "Change" and you will be able to see how it's set - it will either be set to "System Managed Size" in which case Windows itself is determining the size and changing it on the fly, or it's been set to a manual size.

Based on just how big your pagefile.sys file is... I suspect it's been manually configured. in which case you can likely save file space by lowering the file size yourself, or setting it to let windows manage it and then keep an eye on the size of the file windows allocates over time (if you really want to have it set to a specific size). Unless your using a lot of high memory demanding programs and/or you have very low amount of physical ram... you likely don't need a 16 GB pagefile - I have 8 GB of ram and have set my pagefile to be between 4 - 8 GB in size, and it generally sits at 4 GB.

I don't know how to change/remove the hibernation file safely - I have hibernation and sleep modes disabled on my machine, with power saving disabled/turned-off but I still have that file.

#2357315 [Answered] Do I Have To Use the CD's To Install If I Buy the Disk Version...

Posted Kamatsu on 03 July 2015 - 07:56 AM

Yes you can - if you buy the physical copy, you can register the key on the GW2 site with a new account... then download the installer from there and install from that. The installer will then download all the files needed for the game.

Note - the game is approx 21 GB big (at least that is how big my GW2 directory is), so if you do choose to download it... make sure you have the data allowance to do so (if your on a data capped plan)

#2357300 Elite Specializations

Posted davadude on 02 July 2015 - 09:56 AM

As far as we know they have no announcements so far.  If they announce one, i'll post it here.

With gamescom coming up, and Arenanet having a habit of announcing major things at Gamescom, they may be gearing for another reveal and a possible release date.

#2357126 Axe/Mace DPS Build for Dungeons and Fractals - 04/15/14

Posted Nikephoros on 24 June 2015 - 05:53 PM

Updated video guide in OP.  

Updated written guide available at dtguilds.com

#2357108 DPS Guardian Guide for PVE

Posted Obal on 24 June 2015 - 10:30 AM

I updated this for the 6/23 patch.

#2356988 First Gaming PC (Around 1500 Budget) - Let's Discuss - Lots of Things To...

Posted Quaker on 20 June 2015 - 01:49 PM

There's no particular advantage to having WiFi built in, as opposed to using a separate card. So it comes down to convenience and price.

Of course, using a wired connection would be better than wireless, but that comes down to convenience also. :)

Note, btw - it may be tempting to get a more expensive 802.11ac adapter, but the ac speeds will only affect transfer between computers (if they both have ac). Your internet won't go beyond 802.11 g/n speeds, so a basic $30 b/g/n adapter will do nicely.

P.S. I've been thinking about the GTX-970, but I have to say that the new AMD R9 Fury X looks very tempting, even though it would be major overkill for me.

#2356805 Heart of Thorns Available For Pre-Purchase

Posted Cube on 17 June 2015 - 08:50 PM

Prepurchasing anything is a bad move in the gaming world, perhaps even outside of it too. You don't actually know what you're getting.

#2356727 Heart of Thorns Available For Pre-Purchase

Posted davadude on 17 June 2015 - 08:45 AM

I was expecting 30 units of currency to be the worst case...  glad I never pre-order games.

#2356781 Heart of Thorns Available For Pre-Purchase

Posted Cube on 17 June 2015 - 04:40 PM

They are selling the game and the expansion in one, that's alright for me. Fair enough. What is ridiculous is expecting me to be OK with "losing" the account I get with purchasing the expansion because my existing account with override the one I'm getting with the expansion? If I was getting another account, that was separate to the expansion I'd be OK with it. But £32 for a expansion that looks more like a living world story bundle makes me laugh. Oh and there's no character slot either, of course.

#2356769 Heart of Thorns Available For Pre-Purchase

Posted Shayne Hawke on 17 June 2015 - 03:36 PM

A fool and his money are soon parted.

#2356388 Revenant: Compassion as a Way of Life

Posted Arkham Creed on 05 June 2015 - 08:54 PM

View PostShayne Hawke, on 05 June 2015 - 03:04 PM, said:

Ventari was neither medic nor doctor.  The manner by which he promoted peace was his own pacifism and encouraging others to be pacifists, though he recognized the human race as being one "not capable of anything but war".  When he was asked to help in the fight against the White Mantle, he refused to take either side.  If instead he had acted in accordance with how he is portrayed as a revenant legend, he would have gone out and either subdued the White Mantle enemies himself or provided healing and protective assistance to those who would subdue the White Mantle, assuming that the Shining Blade are even those with whom he would have aligned himself.

I agree, but I think there is a loop hole you might want to consider; Ventari isn't the one fighting. As a revenant I'll be the one in the driver's seat, and I'll be using Ventari's power as I see fit, not as he would have used it. As for him not willingly aligning himself with some warmongering norn, well...it has been made abundantly clear that not all legends WANT to be channeled at all, so it is entirely possible that V's power is being used against his will. Heck, I'll personally be very disappointed if the old sage doesn't at least voice some regret when I take him into battle, and ideally he'll have some choice words for me regarding my liberal use of a warhammer and "HULK SMASH!" method of diplomacy.

And yes, it is confirmed that each legend WILL talk to the player, and voice their own opinions regarding what the player is doing and how they feel about being summoned.

View PostAlexei Hart, on 04 June 2015 - 11:27 PM, said:

And finally, most importantly of all, the use of Ventari's Tablet in combat is a tremendous insult to the Sylvari. The tablet is the source of their guidance and preaches peace and harmony, and its casual use in combat by any revenant is pretty much the same thing as someone using a bible to chuck at someone's head.

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#2356007 Seeking graphics card advice

Posted Arkham Creed on 21 May 2015 - 06:32 PM

Well the first of my practical tests just wrapped up. In a heavily populated DR map at 1080p (my monitor have a freak out when I go lower) and on med-high settings my minimum FPS is 29, with the peak at 64.

This was using 8Gb RAM, the AMD FX 6300 processor, and the AMD R7 250 2Gb GPU.

#2356043 Full install file transfer?

Posted Arkham Creed on 22 May 2015 - 04:55 PM

View Posttypographie, on 22 May 2015 - 03:23 PM, said:

Glad to hear it. Are you happy with your performance on the new PC?

I am indeed. My monitor is forcing me to play at 1080p (it has a little freak out whenever I try to adjust down to 720p when I'm on fullscreen mode), but so far so good. I tend to get about 29fps min, 64 max in populated areas on mid to high settings, and even got about a 10fps boost to my average after updating my drivers. It's like a whole new game now.