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Retro gaming: Amiga Memories-[draft1]

My first Computer was an Amiga 600 and it was one hell of a machine for its time.  This was around the time of consoles like the SNES and SEGA megadrive which my friends had.

The specs: 7Mhz!
The Amiga 600, also known as the A600, is a home computer that was introduced at the CeBIT show in March 1992. The A600 is Commodore International’s final model based on the Motorola 68000 CPU and the ECS chipset. Wikipedia

Release date: March 1992; 25 years ago
Memory: 1 MB (80 ns access time); (6 MB Maximum, more with unofficial expansions)
Date introduced: March 1992
Manufacturer: Commodore International
Successor: Amiga 1200
CPU: Motorola 68000 @ 7.16 MHz 7.09 MHz (PAL)
Predecessors: Amiga 500, Amiga 500 Plus

 

Emulators:
An emulator is the software you need to run to create a virtual Amiga on your PC/MAC/Linux etc.  You need this software, its free and the most popular two ive found are below;
Games! Shows me the games!
Ive found a few sites where downloading Amiga Games or “Roms” below;

AMD Driver Issues – Update 24th feb

Update 24th feb:
Teh latest AMD drivers cause problems with Overwatch, they seem to cause FPS spikes and basically ruin the game so once again ive rolled back them, drivers to right where i was 16.11.5

I seen a post on the Blizzard forums which acknowledged the issue;

Micro freezes after the new AMD driver update?
https://us.battle.net/forums/en/overwatch/topic/20753198965


So i seemed to have solved the problems with the AMD drivers, i installed the Windows 10 Anniversary Update and not only does windows feel faster the drivers that had problems before now work.’

However im using 17.1.1 at the moment and have not retried the drivers below that were crashing.

Also when you upgrade your drivers you should always reset your in game video settings usally a “restore to default” option exists.  This seems to have sorted all the problems i was having.

AMD have released new drivers 17.1.2

Ive had 4 crashes to desktop since i installed the newest AMD 16.12.2 with Battlefield 1 so ive rolled back to 16.11.5.  The problems and crashes also happen with other games.  Im running Windows 10 64 bit with an AMD R9 380 4 GB.

The errors i got in Battlefield 1 happened 4 times and i wasn’t using DirectX 12 mode either and it never occurred before with previous drivers.


 

 

 

 

And since rolling back the drivers I’ve had no problems, guess the lads at AMD need to sort out the driver.

After a quick Google it seems im not the only person with this problem.

https://community.amd.com/thread/208966

https://www.google.ie/search?q=amd+16.12.1+problems&oq=amd+16.12.1

Edit:
AMD have released new drivers 16.12.2 and i still have issues with them so back to the old drivers.  A clean install of windows 10 didn’t fix the issue either.

16.12.2 – New Error -wtf

Even the update a few days ago still hasn’t sorted the problems.

 

 

Rainbow Six Seige Connection Problems Error 8-0x00000052

If your getting this error and you cant connect to the Rainbow Six Seige Servers its most likely a NAT issues.   If you check the options menu when the game starts up it probably will say “NAT type Strict”.

You will need to port forward to fix this issues;

https://support.ubi.com/en-gb/Faqs/000023138/Connectivity-issues-in-Rainbow-6-Siege

2. Ports
If following the steps above to update and configure your firewall does not resolve the issue, it will be necessary to forward ports. You will need to forward these ports to your computer’s IP address for the best possible connection:

Uplay PC:
TCP: 80, 443, 14000, 14008.

Game Ports:
UDP: 6015

You will need to forward the port 6015

Steam forum;
https://steamcommunity.com/app/359550/discussions/0/458604254457758832/

Battlefield 4 & Battlefield 1 Bluetooth Headsets gives no sound


There’s a problem with Battlefield 4 and Battlefield 1 where you get no sound if your playing with a bluetooth headset.  After a bit of googling and research i found the solution;

1. Goto; control panel->Hardware and Sound->Devices and Printers

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2. Select Properties on your Bluetooth headset and go to the services section.

3. Uncheck “Handsfree Telephony”.

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Note this works on Windows 10 cant say if it work on Windows 7 or 8.

No Mans Skys PC Possable Stutter/Hitching Fixes

Found this fix for the game on reddit which seems to fix the terrible stutter problems that people are having;

https://www.reddit.com/r/NoMansSkyTheGame/comments/4xgw82/pc_users_incredible_fps_fix/

The Fix:
Is to create a shortcut to the games executable file “NMS.exe”.  Then in the target window paste the following;

C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /c start “Process Monitor” /High “E:\GOG Games\No Man’s Sky\Binaries\NMS.exe”

Note:
Replace “E:\GOG Games\No Man’s Sky\Binaries\NMS.exe”with the path to game on your system.

EDIT:
This fix doesn’t work for me and in fact seems to make the game perform even worse, its best to update to the “BETA / Experimental” Patches available on Steam and GOG.

Windows 7/8/10 Install Error (0x80300024)

When installing windows on a multidrive/boot system you can sometimes get this rather cryptic error message. It relates to how Windows setup sees your Drive partitions. There are two was to solve it;

1) Disconnect all drives from your PC except the one you are installing Windows on.
2) Enter your BIOS and set the hard drive you are installing Windows on to be the top-priority drive.

Either of those should fix the error message.

Free Essential Software – After Clean Windows install

There are some programs i always install when i first setup a new Windows Installation due to how useful they are here are what i always recommend.

System Utility:

Partition Manager:
A Free Utility for doing everything you need to with Partitions.
http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm

Boot Manger:
Need to repair your Boot menu or edit your Dual-Boot options, this is a must have.
http://neosmart.net/EasyBCD/

Windows 7 USB Tool:
Make your USB stick a bootable device to install Windows 7 or 8.
http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool


General Utility:

Winrar:
For Unpacking zip files and rar archives.
http://www.rarlabs.com/download.htm

Notepad++:
For editing text files, for writing Source code its a must have.
http://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Daemon Tools Lite:
Mount and mange your ISO Files.
http://www.daemon-tools.cc/products/dtLite

TreeSize:
A great tool that tells you where all your free hard drive space is going.
http://www.jam-software.com/


MultiMedia:

Video VLC Player:
No messing around with Video Codecs, simple clever and it does eveything from playing video’s to audio to lots more.
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.html

Winamp:
Still the best Mp3 Player in my Opinion
http://www.winamp.com/