Gaming General Computing

The Best Way to Farm Act1 Inferno – Diablo III

1) start the quest “The Imprisoned Angel : Enter the Cursed Hold”

2) First take the waypoint to The Old Ruins and check for “Dark Cellar” which has a low chance to have a rare monster or treasure goblin. The chance has been nerfed from when it was being farmed regularly but there is still a chance and it is a quick Neph valor point if a rare is there.

3) Head to New Tristram, teleport to the Cemetery of the Forsaken.

-Once in the Cemetery, check the four possible crypts. Skip Development Hell if it spawns because named rares usually don’t drop anything anymore.

-Each Crypt has 1-2 blue packs and sometimes a yellow. Even when you achieve 5 neph stacks, still clear the rest of the crypts.

4)Next return to New Tristram and head north out of town into the Weeping hollow (or just head south from Forsaken Cemetery). You will continue by clearing the weeping hollow map. you should find at least 3 rare/chapion packs here. Also there is a chance for the Den of Fallen which will guarantee another 3 rare/champion packs and a chest.

5) Once you have cleared all of Weeping Hollow, teleport to Festering Woods. There are 1-3 elite groups o n initial map. Warrior’s Rest and Crypt of the Ancients have 1 guaranteed elite group each and you may get Last Stand of the Ancients event for another elite group

6) Use the waypoint to travel to “Highlands Crossing”. You may encounter a rare or named in the small area before the bridge. You will travel across the bridge into the “southern Highlands”. Here you will clear the map which normally contains at least 3 rare/champion packs and has a chance for a goblin. You will also be looking for the Moonclan Cave which will have at least 3 rare/champion packs and a chest in the 2nd level. Also as of the latest patch The Lyceum is now open which can be found here also which may contain 2 rare/champion packs

7) Travel to the “Northern Highlands” Where you may find 2 rare/champion packs as well as a chance at a treasure goblin and a random dungeon the “Watch Tower” which may also contain at least 2 rare/champion packs. I also went a little further north into “Leoric’s Hunting Grounds” for 2 more rare/champion packs and another goblin.

8) Once you have cleared Northern Highlands (and possible event), teleport to Halls of Agony Level 2. There are two elites in this area. Once they are killed, go to the door to the highland passage

9) In the highland passage there is a possible event in which you have to kill a named mob at the end. You will know right away if you have the event because there will be a quest giver. If you don’t have it, just go to the cursed hold.

10) In the cursed hold there are two elites packs + the warden. The warden is a straight forward boss. Once you are done, just go to halls of agony level 3

11) Once in hall of agony level 3 there are two elite packs. Kill them then make your way to the butcher.

12) Kill the Butcher and repeat as desired.

Computer Hardware Gaming

FPS stuck at 50 in Diablo 3

I am not sure what was happening, but every time I would join a new game, hit CTRL + R (gives you ingame FPS) it would be locked at 50FPS, even with the limiter at 61, or even off. To fix it, I had to do the following :

For reference, I have an i5 2500k, 680GTX, 16GB DDR3, 256GB SSD.

Go to \Diablo III\D3Prefs.txt

Change setting LimitForegroundFPS from 1 to 0
LimitForegroundFPS “0”

I also reset LimitBackgroundFPS from 1 to 0
LimitBackgroundFPS “0”

This fixed it for me!


How to get rid of green flicker in BF3, and the theme change pop up

I ran into this issue, a lot. From what I have gathered, it’s an issue with running out of VRAM. If you disable the aero theme before you join the game, or start origin, that frees up about 100mb of VRAM, which seems to fix the green flickering.

It also, in turns fixes my other issue where the change theme popped up during gameplay, usually during intense fight scenes, where I do not want to get alt tabbed/minimized. This is how I do it, I turned off origin’s ability to auto start with windows.

1) Right click on origin and select properties
2) You then can select the top tab ‘compatibility
3) Under settings, check the ‘disable desktop composition’

This will turn the task bar a solid color, turning off some windows eye candy. Once you exit the origin application, or start up a new application, the compsotion comes right back.

This has solved my problems!


How to turn off bloom in Battlefield 3 for PC

open C:\Users\xxx\Documents\Battlefield 3\settings\prof_save_profile in Notepad (make a copy beforehand just in case.)

Search for the word enlighten and then change the “1” following it to a “0”, then save.


How to play Battlefield 3 early

1. Search Windows for “proxy”
2. Click “configure proxy server”
3. Click “LAN settings”
4. Check “use a proxy server for LAN”
5. Input this IP:
6. Input this port: 8080
7. Run the release date check by launching Battlefield 3 on Origin
8. If the release date check fails, click “retry”
9. Once it succeeds, disable the proxy
10. Enjoy playing Battlefield 3!

super easy :).

Computer Hardware Gaming

How to unlock shaders on 6950

I recently purchased 2 XFX 6950’s. They are great cards, and doing some research, I found this forum post :

It talks on how to unlock the shaders on the reference 6950 cards. I have an XFX so I used this modified bios :

These are my personal numbers :

before :

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after (unlocked shaders, NO OC):

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[zp src=”xfx-flashed6950-2.gif” album=”vivi/6950″ width=”500″]

Now for fun, this is the spec of my new computer :

i5 2500k
Asus P8P67 Pro
Corsair 600T
Corsair 1000HX
2 x XFX 6950 2GB in xfire
2 x Asus DVD/CD/RW/R
Corsair H70
OCZ Solid 2 120GB SSD

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Specific How To for XFX 6950 Shader unlock :

What you’ll need to download before we start :

ATI WinFlash :
VGA BiOS to unlock :

This is the one I used for my XFX :

They have other BIOS’s listed, for other manufacturers, but i’ve read that they should all work with the HIS BIOS.

1 – Grab ATI Winflash (32 & 64-bit).
2 – Download HD 6950 BIOS (we’ll be using the specific XFX bios). It should work with other vendor’s, but this one is specifically for XFX 6950 REFERENCE cards.
3 – Make sure the BIOS switch on the card is set to the 1 position (pictured further down if you don’t know where it is).
4 – Run ATI Winflash, click Save to save your BIOS, so you have a backup in case something goes wrong.
5 – Load the HD 6970 BIOS into Winflash by clicking Load Image, followed by Program.
6 – Let the flashing process complete and reboot your system.
7 – Check the shader count using GPU-Z, it should show 1536. Make sure you use version 0.5.0 or newer, the official 0.4.9 version does not support HD 6900 Series properly. If you see a shader count of 1600, your GPU-Z version is outdated.
8 – To ensure maximized performance open Catalyst Control Center, go to the Overdrive tab and set the PowerTune slider to the +20% setting. The “Testing” section of this article has more data on that.
9 – Check stability in Windows desktop applications and games, with an application like OCCT/Prime95

I modified the how-to a bit, but this is the article that helped me get started :


Fallout 3, and New Vegas mouse lag?

I played Fallout 3 for hours, and noticed a lot of mouse lag. Recently did a quick search, and found a VERY quick fix. In New Vegas, and Fallout 3, Vertical Sync being disabled is not saved, you have to go in and manually do it.

Config file name/location for FO3: C:\Users\username\Documents\My Games\Fallout3\FALLOUT.INI
Config file name/location for FO3/NV : C:\Users\username\Documents\My Games\FalloutNV\FALLOUT.INI
Change iPresentInterval=1 to iPresentInterval=0

Hopefully this helps someone out.

Gaming Team Srdar

Blog post, meet “Team Srdar”

Back story on how I got “into” computers : I was playing starcraft in late 1998 that a friend so devilishly got me involved in…shit I must have been 11 years old at the time, but the tower tipped over, and stopped working. So, long story short, my little 11 year old brain had to fix it so I could get back at owning the Chinese. SO, from time to time, I might post some of my current online gaming triumphs.

Me (vivi the mage) and my brother (peez) have this on going joke that everyone runs from “team srdar’s”…because it’s technically true. We’ve made people leave servers, we’ve cleared servers out with our pure ownage.

peez “OMG, it’s VIVI, everyone run”
“peez exits the game”
“everyone on his team follows”
I get a free win

Hilarious, wish I was recording.
Something we did in Warcraft 3 3v3’s. Somehow he chanced on the other team and did this. That was the first “Team Srdar” moment.

BUT, our most recent ‘team srdar’ ownage was in Bad Company 2

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