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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A generous long pause

Well that was almost 2 months since my last update.  Guess I have a few things to put down this time.  Mind you there hasnt been that much good to bother posting about.  A month back my pc decided to just implode on itself.  Bluescreen crash and then refused to boot up into windows again.  Just reset loop of hell every 5 seconds,  I figured my faulty SSD had finally decided to pass on.  The things been screwy for the past 3 years.  Pretty impressive considering its 5 years old and only has a 1 year life expectancy.  So I pulled it out and replaced it with one I bought a year and a half back, during a time I thought it was about to die since my pc kept freezing twice a day.  Weirdly it started to behave when the replacement came in so I never bothered to install it because of laziness mixed with paranoia.

But moving on, I put the new drive in and thought this might be a good time to install windows 10 since almost everyone has been positive about it and it was a free update.  One thing I hate doing is reinstalling windows.  Something always goes wrong when I do.  So I'm going along, installing the programs I need to get me going.  And slowly but surely I'm starting to notice small things that arent right.  And some big things.  One of them was whenever I recorded or streamed, peoples voices would sound a little hollow and with a bit of an echo.  It was very annoying.  Didnt matter if I was using teamspeak, discord, whatever.   The other persons voice was always dodgy.  So I spent a couple weeks troubleshooting with my own knowledge and then scouring the internet for people with the same issues.  Nothing seemed to fix it.  Another issue I had was some of my motherboard utilities wouldnt work with win10, which was an extremely annoying thing.  Especially since I'd gotten another bluescreen while playing a game to test.  Also my mic, if I were to mute myself for a little and then unmute, it would keep me muted until I unplugged it and plugged it back in again.  Streaming to twitch wasnt working properly either.  The quality went to hell and the stream kept break all the time.  It was infuriating.

There were a few other things that slowed me down as I tried to fix this or that.  In the end I decided to reinstall win7 thinking this would sot out my issues.  I did like a few things about 10 but since I couldnt fix anything I was pretty much forced to go back.  Unfortunately some of my problems were still there.  Primarily the voice echo.  After another week or so of trying to sort it out, I finally fixed it.  How?  Logitech had changed their drivers last year when their contract with ScreamingBee ended.  Which meant a few voice altering modules were removed.  When I reverted back to a driver that had these still, the echo was gone.  So I'm super happy.  Streamiing works again and all my drivers are back on.  Though I am getting an annoying bug when I launch the OBS software to stream.  It auto lowers my volume down to 10%, which makes no sense.  I can live with it if I cant figure out how to fix it.

I did get another bluescreen so this got me paranoid.  I stress tested my memory which came up fine.  So I thought maybe its a windows thing since it hadnt updated fully because microsoft purposely broke the update feature to force people to move onto 10.  So I had to manually download a crapload of them.  A few days later I got the crash and reset loop issue again.  I got my system working again by unplugging the SSD and plugging it back in again.  So this cancelled out any theory about damaged ram.  My guess is my motherboard must be faulty.  My system is going on 6 years old now so its no surprise.  But I cant afford to upgrade anything so I'll just have to grin and bare it for a while and just hope it doesnt die.

I havent installed everything yet since I'm moving slowly, and I really hope my editing software doesnt give me any freak issues.  But what I've learned from this is if you have an older system, dont update to windows 10.  All the people I know who have it and love it have upgraded their motherboard in the last couple years.  People with fairly older ones have issues because the drivers and such dont seem to get updated.  After a month of stress it seems to be ok now.  This is the reason I havent updated the youtube channel.  Super sorry.  Should be back to normal now.  Theres a bunch of other stuff I wanted to post but I'll wait a couple days before putting that up.  This page is already long enough.  Thanks for reading!

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