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Video card stuck in clocked-down state during GW2

20 December 2013 - 10:50 PM

Every so often, my framerate in Guild Wars 2 becomes locked to about 25 FPS. And I don't mean in zergs, I mean in places it would normally be 60+.

Usually, this seems to trigger when I adjust settings (particularly resolution, windowed/fullscreen or Vsync), but once in awhile it will happen without an apparent cause. I noticed via MSI Afterburner that when this happens, my video card has clocked its core down to 405 MHz (from 850 MHz). After this has happened, the only thing that seems to fix it is to quit the game and reboot my PC. I think a few times I've had to reinstall my video drivers to get it to stop, but generally rebooting works.

This has been happening for long enough that I've reinstalled Windows and updated my video drivers multiple times without the problem going away. It doesn't happen very often and until now I've ignored it, but its annoying enough at the moment to push me to make this post.

My system:
Core i5-750 at 3.8 GHz
8 GB RAM 1600 MHz
GTX 460 at 850/2000 MHz with Nvidia 331.93 drivers
Windows 7 64-bit

I'm just curious if anyone has any thoughts on this behavior. Thanks.

Looking for a guide to rooting Android

06 October 2013 - 01:15 PM

I'm never seen this discussed here before, but I'm pretty sure its appropriate to the forum..

I'm looking for an in-depth, beginner-to-intermediate guide to rooting Android. I'm aware that by Googling I can find step-by-step checklist instructions to root specific Android devices, and I can find definitions of what rooting is in general, but neither of those cover what I'm after: I want to get started understanding the technical stuff behind it.

I have my old Motorola Bravo that I want to mess around with, and then if I get a little more confident and feel like I have some control over what's going on, I may give it a shot with my Galaxy S3 or Kindle Fire HD.

Monitor switches off repeatedly after system boot

11 August 2013 - 05:57 PM

I normally shut down my computer when its not in use. Every time I power it on, and for up to several minutes afterward, the main monitor turns off repeatedly. As in, the display image and the power light go off. I turn it back on with the power button, and a few seconds later it turns off again.

It continues this way for a few minutes after every cold boot—doesn't seem to happen after a restart. And then it just stops and behaves and its fine. Sometimes it only does it 2-5 times, sometimes it powers off 20+ times for several minutes. Its been doing this for awhile, too. It has never powered off on its own after I've begun regular use. The power-offs begin immediately when the computer is booted and occur during BIOS startup, it doesn't correlate with Windows/drivers loading.

I have two monitors: a Samsung P2350 1080p display as my primary and an older NEC 90GX2 1280x1024 as secondary, both connected to my GTX 460 via DVI. The primary 1080p display is the one having the issue; the secondary monitor always works perfectly. I've tried switching DVI ports and it doesn't seem to make any difference so it seems to be entirely the monitor at fault.

Any ideas what could cause it or how to fix it? Thanks guys.

Getting some random system crashes

20 May 2013 - 10:52 PM

For a little while now (a month or two, maybe), I've been having random system freezes. The entire system stops responding, including the mouse cursor. No ctrl-alt-delete, no error message, no BSoD, nothing. Nothing obvious seems to trigger it. It's happened in demanding games, but its happened just as often when I'm just sitting on my desktop or surfing the internet.

The freezes seem to happen in bursts—e.g. it hasn't happened in a week or so, then I just froze twice in the last 10 minutes. I gamed for many hours without incident last night.

This is what I've checked or done so far without success:
  • Taken apart the system and cleaned out dust. I've reseated the RAM and PCI cards, replaced thermal compound on both the CPU and video card.
  • Uninstalled/driver-cleaned/reinstalled fresh drivers for video card, sound hardware, chipset, USB.
  • Reformatted; reinstalled fresh Windows 7. I also set my BIOS to default when I did this.
  • Checked heat at load and idle for relevant components—its always fine.
  • Triple-checked overclocks for stability. They always pass, and I've crashed at stock settings anyway.
  • Stress tests generate the expected heat and load, without exposing any problems.
  • Windows is not generating any minidump files or problem reports for me to check.
I know there's other things I could try, like individually testing RAM modules. But at this point I want to know if there's anything easier/quicker I could try. If there's more you need to know, like a dxdiag or something, I'd be happy to provide it but I didn't want to dump tons of unnecessary info.

Just reformatted and tried to keep Gw2.dat

10 May 2013 - 08:34 PM

I've got Gw2.exe (freshly downloaded) and my 17.5 GB Gw2.dat from my previous installation together in C:\Games\Guild Wars 2. When I try to start up Gw2.exe, I get the following error:


Unable to open archive file

Guild Wars 2 is unable to access its archive file C:\Games\Guild Wars 2\Gw2.dat. Please verify that this file is accessible and writeable, and that no other program is currently using it.

First thing I tried was right-clicking Gw2.exe and running it as administrator. It works and the game launches, so yeah, its definitely a file permissions thing. If I check the box for "Run this program as an administrator" in its Properties>Compatibility it too works, but then I'll get an unnecessary UAC prompt every time I want to launch it.

I assume/hope there's a setting somewhere that will change the permissions such that it will "just work" like it used to without having to jump through either of these hoops. Anyone know where it is?