Ark Survival -sm4 mode

I have been playing Ark Survival evolved for a few months now, but I’m not impressed with the performance that I’m getting from my PC when running it. I read about the Ark survival -sm4 mode where you set this startup paramter to force the game to run in DirectX10 mode.

First right click Ark survival game in Steam and select properties,

Ark survival -sm4

In the Menu, select Set launch parameters.

ask sruvival evolved sm4 mode

Set the launch parameter to -sm4.


Save everything and start ark survival with -sm4 mode. I noticed a slight degrade in the graphics quality, but a signification increase in the frame rate.

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Some users have noticed a decrease in some lighting effects, like the light of a thrown torch. so if that bothers you, just remove the -sm4 mode from Ark survival and play normally.

steam authorization failed alteriw FIX

Earlier today and out of the blue, I received the following error message as soon as my MW2 alterIW session was about to start:

steam authorization failed 

well, First off, I was not even logging in to the official alterIW server, but to a dedicated server with some friends. After a little bit of digging, I found a solution that fixed the issue for me. Do not try to follow this is you cheated and got your butt banned, it will not help. nor you would deserve help in the first place  >:(

First you have to delete the following files ( move them somewhere else or rename them, whatever)

caches.xml and steam_api.dll from the game folder, and inside bootstrap folder delete caches.xml

now open the game, wait until you’re in the main menu, minimize and go do whatever you do when you’re not playing MW2 online, go out, and meet some real people! kidding, just keep it minimized for sometime, in my case around 10 mins was enough, The alterIW says 30 seconds, I tried that but the steam authorization failed message was still there.

Now run alterIW again it should work. In my case it did.


Although I’m not so clear why this append in the first place, I managed to get rid of it. if you are still getting it after following this guide you can try this method that one of my friends is using.

If you do have a backup of the game, then great, erase your copy and replace it by the old backup, it should work fine. If not, reapply the AlterIW modification to your installation.

If you have any questions, please ask, it may help us get to the bottom of this.
+1 if this helped you!

Portal 2 crashes to desktop – Fix it

Portal 2 Picture
Portal 2


This Bug causes Portal 2 to just disappear and return to the desktop. This bug is now fixed, all you need to do is to upgrade your game. Google Portal 2 update. and download the First update and install it Your Game should work fine now.

There is also a series of other updates (update 2,3,4,5) you may get these as well to upgrade to the latest version, but for me just the first fix stopped the game from crashing to desktop.


Final Fantasy XIV not enough space 12GB in My documents driver workaround

Final Fantasy XIV requires 12GB of free space in the drive where “My documents” is. If you are like me, and don’t have that space available you  can do the following to change the default location of your my documents folder available

1.Open my computer and browse to c:\users\yourname\my documents

2. right click the my documents folder, select properties, and then select the tab location. Choose a new location with plenty of space, then hit OK.

That’s it, your document will move and you will be able to install the game.

Actually this is kinda stupid, because instead of writing the error message, they could have added a couple of code lines to allow manual selection of the temp folder for the downloader.

Good luck!!

AlterIW iw_22.iwd file is incorrect – Fix it

Just a few unlucky guys  (like me)  get this error when trying to start Call Of Duty Modern Warfare II with AlterIW net.

“The main/iw_22.iwd file is incorrect

The problem with this error is that it does not give you any actual hint on how to solve this problem. The file is correct, try reinstalling from scratch but you will only be wasting your time.

Actually the problem is a networking one!!! no not a file mismatch or corruption. Just go here and follow the method the same that I used to play Resident Evil 5 on LAN

I quote this from that page :

On Vista, open the “Network and sharing center”

From the left pane select “manage network connections”

press the “ALT key” on your keyboard. the top menus will appear

Select “advanced settings” from the menu “advanced”

Use the arrows to move your LAN card up in the list then save everything.

Thats That my friend, Enjoy AlterIW and don’t cheat or noob tube.


If the method above is not working for you, maybe you can try the following methods:

RudeBoy method: I have two cards, one is broken, so I disabled it, that was the problem.

Nixan Method: MAC RESETTING (if you changed it before)

Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network Connections\

Open Local Area Connection Properties

Click Configure

Open Advanced tab

Select Network Address and check Not Present


If you have tried everything here and still have a problem, you probably have messed your iw_22.iwd, you can download the copy that is currently working for me here

Please continue to report if any of these worked for you, and if not how did you solve the problem.

MapleStory Error code =-40 solution

I wanted to try the MMORPG MapleStory, I downloaded the client using the direct download link (not the downloader), when I tried to install the game later I got

installation failed.(11433,0)

I googled around a bit to find that this is caused by a corrupt installation file. What we are doing here today, is to fix the installation without having to re download the entire client.

1. download Flashget (just google it) then install it

2.  From the Import list under file, choose “import corrupted download” find the client installation of the game.

3. Let flashget think about it for a while, then it will ask you for the download URL, go back to the game website and get the link, in my case it was

4. after thinking about it for a while Flashget will decide how much of the game is missing and needs to be redownloaded. Start the download and let it finish.

5. Install the game and have fun!

This method can be used to repair in corrupted direct download file not Just the MapleStory client discussed here

What is your favorite MMORPG?

Black screen during cut scenes – Resident Evil 5

Many people using ATI radeon cards have reported that the screen turns black during the playback of cut scenes in Resident Evil 5.

This is yet again another screw-up from our beloved AMD (formerly ATI) programming team.

Resident Evil 5

To allow the cut scenes of resident evil 5 to play correctly, you must use the ATI Catalyst control center to disable “CATALYST A.I” and “ADAPTIVE ANTI- Aliasing AAA”.

If you still have a problem some people reported that reducing the frame rate limit from unlocked to 30 solved the problem, others said that upgrading Direct X helped.

If you still have a problem, let me know, we will work something out.

You may want to check another post I made concerning “how to play RE5 in co-op mode over LAN”  and other issues.

Bully – Scholarship edition bug. unfinite loading solution

Bully - scholarship editionBully Scholar ship edition has a known bug that causes an infinite loading screen in the beginning of the game before visiting the principle’s office. The solution is simple. Just upgrade the game using the last patch from Rock* and the loading will completely go away. The patch can be downloaded here
What do you think of Bully? do you think it is OK to make such games?

Play Guitar Hero World Tour vocals on PC with any microphone


Normally, Guitar hero: World Tour for PC will not allow you to play the vocals mode unless you have a compatible USB microphone. but thanks to the trick I discovered, you will enjoy playing guitar hero with any headset microphone you have. Just follow the steps carefully.

This method is provided as is with no guarantees that it will work and/or effect your computer in any way.

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Correct slow and skipping music in Guitar Hero World Tour PC

imagesIs the music in guitar hero world tour skippy as if you were listening to a scratched CD? The solution may be this:

The default bit rate of your sound card is set too high (studio quality or so). you should find the default bitrate in your sound card’s control panel and reduce it.

The easiest way to do this (in windows vista) is right clicking the speaker icon next to the clock in the taskbar and select  “playback devices” double click your default speakers icon, and click advanced.

Change the default format to 16 bit 44100 (CD  quality) save everything and close.

Start the game now it should work fine. no more skipping. It’s time for you to rock the world with 5 notes :~

I’m currently working on enabling normal game controllers to work for the game to enable multiplayer band modes. Any Ideas?