So I got a laptop
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So I got a cheap laptop for christmas, and I was wondering what games I should get for it.
Remember that it wasn't built for gaming. I don't know much about computers, but it was a gift, so I'm not complaining.

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Processor AMD E-300 APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics
Manufacturer AMD
Speed 1.3 GHz
Number of Cores 2
Video Card AMD Radeon HD 6310 Graphics
Manufacturer ATI
Chipset AMD Radeon HD 6310 Graphics
Dedicated Memory 384 MB
Total Memory 1.9 GB
Memory 3.7 GB
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8 (build 9200), 64-bit
Service Pack 0
Size 64 Bit
Edition Basic
Display Maximum Resolution 1366 x 768
DVD hp CDDVDW SN-208DB SATA CdRom Device
CD hp CDDVDW SN-208DB SATA CdRom Device
Drive 1
Size 275.4 GB
Free 239.2 GB
Drive 2
Size 22.0 GB
Free 2.2 GB
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The Windows 8 hate is exaggerated. If you want to use it like windows 7, then remove everything from your home screen except links to desktop applications and "Desktop", and just click Desktop every time your computer starts up. Pressing the Windows key and then typing will start searching just like it does in Windows 7. Its not worth leaving your already legal license of windows 8 to buy or "find" a Windows 7 license if you already have Windows 8 installed.

Your computer will only be able to play 2D games or very old Doom/Quake styled games if it can play anything at all. That computer is really only good for things like web browsing and editing word documents, and many computers that aren't even built for gaming will game better than that one.

However you have a laptop now when you didn't have one before, and honestly laptops don't make very good gaming machines anyways unless you're willing to spend serious moolah. Congrats on your gift, it'll come in handy so long as you're not expecting a game machine out of it.
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As sort of a positioning of what it can handle, I've been playing Star Wars Knight of The Old Republic 2, with all the settings on high, with 0 lag, which doesn't say much, but at the very least I'm also going to put the first one on.

Greg, outside of being ugly, what's wrong with Windows 8? I've had no issues with it.

Carlos: It's pretty much an upgrade from my tablet, I've been satisfied, but I doubt I'll spend much money upgrading it, if any at all. I'll be fine with using what I have.
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Carlos said:
The Windows 8 hate is exaggerated. If you want to use it like windows 7, then remove everything from your home screen except links to desktop applications and "Desktop", and just click Desktop every time your computer starts up. Pressing the Windows key and then typing will start searching just like it does in Windows 7. Its not worth leaving your already legal license of windows 8 to buy or "find" a Windows 7 license if you already have Windows 8 installed.


I did not want to change the subject but I have to disagree with you. Having used Windows 8 on a laptop without a touch screen I've found the experience horrible - Using the metro is a pain and it seems pointless to have big buttons.

Accessing certain menus have been changed, and either been hidden or moved to the new Metro styled control panel with limited settings. (Mainly Wifi and Bluetooth bugs me).

When you log in to Windows 8 - you're logged in to everything at once. It's cool sometimes, but you can'y sign out unless you switch your laptop off (You can only go invisible with Skype). It bugs me just there in the background, yet sometimes calls cut out if it's in the background too long.

Even on a touch screen device I'm using now, the desktop can be utter shite to use since everything is so small. You can change DPI settings but that fucks up games (especially the old and indie) so you have to switch it back arrgh.

It annoys me that if I did have a non-touch screen laptop, I would almost definitely switch to Windows 7. You won't miss Angry Birds... (Wait, isn't it FREE on the Chrome store?)

Anyway!

You have a nice chunk of dedicated memory left there, I'm assuming you have a modern 512MB graphics card. With my old one (It was Dual graphics but most games didn't utilise it) I could play most games on the low. These will not be games you can play while you're on the go as your battery will drain pretty quickly and performance will degrade.

The best website to go on is "canyourunit", scans your PC and checks if you can play a certain game. I had heating issues after long amount of gaming though, so it can shorten the life span of your laptop. Stay away from long amounts of play if you feel like your laptop gets hot. I install HWMonitor to check my temps and leave it running whilst I play a game to make sure it's safe.
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I noticed that my laptop has an HDMI port. How hard would it be to set it up, so that the laptop is used as a screen for a console? Specifically my wii u, but I assume other consoles of this gen also use HDMI.
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You can just plug the damn thing in if it has HDMI in.
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No, HDMI uses output only so usually just plugging it in won't work.

You'll need something more expensive; some sort of adapter to get it to output it's display.

Also, Happy new year!
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@Daniel, I figured as much.

Since I have no experience with Windows 8 until now, I'm just going to dump all of my problems on to this topic as they come.

So, Can You Run It claims that I can run Mass Effect 1 and Maple Story, however when I go to launch them, Mass Effect won't even launch. Maple Story disconnects me after I log on, but before I can do anything else. Both are being launched by Steam, is this a steam problem, a windows 8 problem, or does the internet just hate me, and CYRI is laughing at me?

How do I move the Skype icon from the start menu to the task bar, so that I can actually see when I get a message, or call?

If you use a Keyboard Emulator, which one do you use? Specifically one for the 360 Controller, but having one with all the bells and whistles is nice.

EDIT: All steam games I have, that cyri says I pass, now work.
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Yeah, not sure why this didn't post last, I wasn't ignoring you.

Skype is silly on Windows 8. They have two versions, a stripped down crappy version known as the Metro Skype (This is what you'll have) and the desktop version of Skype.

You'll need to download a second version of Skype in order to get it on the task bar - it's really stupid and you'll end up getting duplicate voice call pop ups and message alerts when someone rings you... and the worst part is you can't sign out of the Metro skype.... what balls.
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So, basically, install Windows 7 to avoid autism.
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Mahtari, ain't nobody got time for dat.

I already uninstalled the windows 8 skype and installed the desktop one.
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If you prefer to have the classic start menu, just download pokki. It's awesome and I use it on all of my windows 8 computers. It will give you a traditional start menu, allow you to start windows on the desktop and most importantly, a power button.
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I back the pokki recommendation. Or alternatively, I used to go to this site http://ninite.com/ and under the utilities section pick to install the Classic Start option, which is really customizable.
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Windows 8 doesn't add anything that can't be completely and easily ignored. The entire Metro UI I use as a sort of second desktop to keep applications so I can keep my actual desktop clean (screenshot for reference= https://www.dropbox.com/s/k1aeuub7xd60p6v/Screenshot%202014-02-16%2014.30.12.png ). It's like they took the Start Menu, gave it a bunch of shit it didn't need, and let me come in and do whatever I wanted with it.

"Most people" shouldn't bother with Windows anyway because they're still not as cool and hip as Macs. But there is not a single thing that Win 8.1 does that upsets me, or makes me wish I was on a different OS. If you struggle with it, that's your own damn fault. I'm not that smart, but if you have more difficulties that I then you should really get yourself checked.