Abigail was an evil witch, the high priestess of an evil coven. On the 7th day of July, 1777 the people of her small community convicted her of witchcraft, and had her put to death. Abigail was nailed to her coffin with 7 silver spikes. One through each arm, hand, and knee. The last of the 7 was drawn through her mouth so that she could never rise and cause evil again! The coven's mark was then placed on a rune, and also onto a small piece of wood. These were mixed with other runes and pieces of wood with counterfeit symbols. The superstition was that Abigail could only rise again if one who knew nothing of Abigail and her coven matched the two symbols together.
The mage produces 5 pieces of wood the size of playing cards. Each one has a strange symbol printed on it. The spectator mixes the pieces of wood and lays them in a face down row. Neither the spectator nor the performer knows which piece of wood is which.
The mage now displays a small skull made of bone. The story goes that after Abigail was tried, convicted, and burned, the surviving members of her coven fashioned skulls from her own bones in order to keep her power alive. One by one the members of her coven were killed off by the townspeople. Over the years, the bone skulls were lost, and the one in the mage's hand is one of the only ones left in existence.
The spectator is now to hold the skull in her hand, and slowly pass it over the row of wooden "cards". Soon, it will feel as if the skull is being drawn to one of the cards. It is explained that it is because Abigail's spirit is still alive, and is guiding the spectator to her coven's true mark. The spectator is told that when she feels drawn to one of the cards, she is to place the skull on it. Once this has been done, the remaining cards are placed off to the side, sight unseen.
The mage now displays a small wooden box. The box is opened, and inside are 5 runes. The runes are printed with the same symbols as the wooden cards, one symbol per rune. The runes are placed in a face down row on the table. The mage and the spectator use their minds to eliminate all but one rune (no Equivoque!). When all is said and done, the symbol on the rune matches the symbol on the card! Abigail has risen!
One of my favorite Racing Games brought back to life and looks very good too. At first attempt on windows 7 it worked by running in Windows XP (service pack 2) compatibility mode and also run as Administrator, BUT looked very bad. Then installed NGLIDE "nGlide is a 3Dfx Voodoo Glide wrapper. It allows you to play games designed for 3Dfx Glide API without the need for having 3Dfx Voodoo graphics card. All three API versions are supported, Glide 2.1 (glide.dll), Glide 2.4 (glide2x.dll) and Glide 3.0 (glide3x.dll). nGlide translates all Glide calls to Direct3D. Glide wrapper also supports high resolution modes." Configure nGlide for your resolution (I am using 1920X1080) Then run Leadfoot and set to Glide on the opening screen. Also the Logitech G27 Racing Wheel works as well, just need to configure it.
Another tweak I thought actually did help a great deal was to un-park cores, this works for multi-core processors like i3, i5, and i7 and maybe others. Originally I did this using the regedit way but hard to explain. Some say when the power management is set to High Performance the cores are un-parked then some say they are NOT. I guess the best way to check is Task Manager then Performance tab and click on Resource Manager and CPU tab, it will tell you there if cores are parked. See attached photo below (No cores parked)
I found an easier way to do this with a light weight and FREE program called Process Lasso, get it HERE
This will also set a new Power Scheme in Power Options called Bitsum Highest Performance, and also has a GAME mode
Once again make sure that "PCI Express - Link State Power Management" is set to OFF with this new Power Scheme.
First thing to do is download Nvidia drivers 337.88 HERE or 334.89 HERE
Those above are international drivers. For smaller download, you could go to nvidia web site for your Country and in the search box, type in the driver version 337.88 or 334.89
Also download and install DDU (Display Driver Uninstaller) from HERE
Uninstall your old Nvidia driver from Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Programs and Features. Reboot into SAFE mode (Usually tapping F8 on your keyboard when PC is posting). Once in safe mode run DDU to clean driver leftover, then reboot normally. Now install the Nvidia driver you downloaded, I usually choose Custom (Advanced) and only install what is needed like the graphics driver and PhysX. Leaving out 3D Vision (because my monitor in not 3D), HD driver and Geforce Experience (known to cause other issues) you will be asked to reboot again.
Depending on your operating system, windows may try to reinstall the newest driver for your system due to windows update and your back to square one, With windows 7, I have windows update setting to "Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them" It may be different with windows 8 and 10, google to find out how to stop the automatic updates! You may even have to delete from the Driver Cache.
Click "Start," "All Programs," then "Accessories."
Click "System Tools" and then "Disk Cleanup."
Click "OK" when asked to select which drive you'd like to clean up. By default your primary hard drive will be selected and, as this is where the driver cache is located, you don't have to do anything but click "OK."
Check "Temporary Files" and then click "OK" to clean your driver cache (as well as a few other directories simultaneously) and free up space on your hard drive.
Battlefield 1 will nag you to update your video card drivers and will not let you start the game (Not right in my opinion). There are 2 ways to get around this. 1. Search in folder Windows\System32 for a file called nvapi64.dll and change that to something like nvapi64.OLD Once you do this the game will not ask to update drivers but you will not be able to get into Nvidia Control Panel unless you rename that file back to nvapi64.dll 2. A quick way to switch back and forth would be to use a batch file, copy from HERE (a new window will open) and paste into an empty .txt file with notepad or similar, then rename it to something like nagoff.bat then you can right click and run as administrator. You will know which file is in use at the moment by looking at the end of the third line within the popup.
You could also download the batch file here in ZIP format HERE
At this point Battlefield 1 might work but there is another fix that stopped other battlefield games from crashing, it is called "PCI Express - Link State Power Management" Make sure this is set to OFF, it is in your Control Panel\Power Options (see the photo attachment below).
The game settings are set to auto that results in a medium quality and Vertical Sync set to OFF (seemed to help FPS), Edit: I turned Vertical Sync back to ON and the game plays much better, seems this game is very demanding and trying to force high frame rate is actually worse, 60 FPS is all you really need for smooth play and results in a better video quality on a 60hz monitor.
In game settings (Video - Advanced) set GPU Memory Restriction to ON.
Turned OFF Origin In-Game as well (some say causes issues) in Origin application settings.
P.S. NOT ONE SINGLE crash with this method on three PC's here with a combined play time of 45 hours, (beta release and final release Battlefield 1) NO crashes on other games Call of Duty series, Serious Sam series, ARMA 2 and 3, RUST, War Thunder, World of Tanks, Survarium, Need for Speed series, DOOM 3 and Battlefields (BF2, Bad Company 2, BF3, BF4 and BF Hardline) all with great frame rates!
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
CPU Intel Core i7 3770K @ 3.50GHz Ivy Bridge 22nm Technology RAM 16.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 798MHz (9-9-9-24) Motherboard Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. H77M-D3H (Intel Core i7-3770K CPU @ 3.50GHz) Graphics S24C350 (1920x1080@60Hz) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 (PNY) Storage 931GB Western Digital WDC WD10EZEX-00BN5A0 ATA Device (SATA) Optical Drives AFOTMXO KHQ3WL2F SCSI CdRom Device ASUS BW-16D1HT ATA Device Audio Creative X-Fi Audio Processor (WDM)
Just some of my fine moments of being a sniper on Battlefield Bad Company 2. I usually get totally involved with helping my team, instead of hiding or camping, and the rewards are much better as well, gain way more points by actually helping team with objectives!
Here is a long video of me [DUDE]GraftonGuy playing a round on map "Heavy Metal" using sniper rifle and tank of game Battlefield Bad Company 2. Turned out to be a good round for me, scored a lot of points!
Here we go.....just seen a new Google app called Google Play...of course it would have to be Internet radio app, I installed it on my old samsung android phone and it was terrible experience, I guess users with a newer phone might have better luck. It is the sign of the new times, where big companies like google don't care about royalties, because they got all the money and don't care if small broadcasters go out of business, as it only helps them get even bigger than ever. Still fighting here though!!!
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