From Windows Vista through Windows 7 and to Windows 10 the horrible plague of random freezes and crashes may be finally over.
Starting with Windows Vista i can remember my first series of freezes that was driving me crazy.
I narrowed it down to an ATI AMD graphic card that was causing the freezes. I switched it out for some GTX Nvidia card and the problem went away.
The problem didn’t end there.
Next nightmare began with new built PC with Windows 7 i7-3960x extreme cpu with a gtx 670 and some good quality ram DDR3 2133.
The base cpu clock speed was at 3.3 Ghz which i bumped up to 4.0 Ghz through the bios OC Tweaker.
As You can see i no longer have it manually set.
For years it has drove me nearly insane trying to figure out what was causing these random freezes. I switched out almost every hardware part from SSDs, sata cables, PSUs, graphic cards and even fans.
On top of that i did tons of OS and software optimizations, analysis and changes. Nothing worked. I knew it had to be some type of hardware issue since upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 early 2020. The problem persisted for years and i thought i had narrowed it down.
I found i can recreate the freeze by doing a deep windows search and all of a sudden that nasty freeze would happen with that weird awful noise in case you were playing some music or any audio going.
The years of annoyance where you could be playing a online game or working on some project, just to have the OS freeze on you where you would have to hard reset the system and lose your progress was horrible.
Few weeks ago i had to make the decision if i would have to build another PC or not. Kinda sucks since i recently switched to a GTX 1070 which is a awesome graphic card that will play anything i throw at it.
Last attempt was i went into the Bios and toned down the OC tweaks.
CPU was manually set at 4.0 Ghz, so were other things like the DDR3 ram, voltage etc etc.
Instead of manually choosing a XMP 1.3 profile, i had set to Auto too.
After setting everything to Default and/or Auto i saw everything set to it’s base clock speed and voltage i assume. CPU is back to 3.3 Ghz and DDR3 Ram at 1066 now.
I have not had one freeze happen in 2 weeks so far and feel so relieved.
I just had to write this and hope others suffering from this same issue would find some closure.
All the googling i have done shows the same issues i have faced but i can’t reply to so many sites out there so that is why i’m writing this here.
Hope the word spreads to try to tone down the OCing so at least it may help some out there.
Upon spawning into Livonia for the first time, i am greeted with obscure and gloomy setting.
Unfortunately a Zed spots me and by now since it is basically dark, i can’t find my way back for safe shelter, so i just took off in any direction.
I think i headed into the woods and up a hill to another place where i saw some military watchtowers.
By now it is still raining violently, i am shivering from the wet cold and feel very thirsty.
As i slowly make my way closer i spot 2 Zeds, then 3 then a fourth around the road going up to the large building. I climb up a watchtower and recognize the large building. It is a prison like the one in Charnarus.
I check my inventory and luckily i have a ML II with a fair amount of .22 caliber rounds but no clip.
I sneak my way through the bushes, and fence up the road to the prison entrance but end up hiding behind some trashed vehicle. Can’t go any further as there are 2 Zeds ahead.
I try to cross out from behind the car into the open depressed field but there appears another Zed and another behind that.
I quickly make my way back to behind the car and decide to forget this horrible idea as i see 3 Zeds above and 2 to my side but now there is 3 more to my back on the lower road.
i have to dash the heck out of here now. i might as well try, what difference does it make i am dead anyway of thirst, freezing and now hunger.
I make the dash but just after getting up i hear a chorus of roars and quickly remember that i can climb object now.
I hop on the trash car, take out my MK II and begin loading .22s one by one.
I am now surrounded by about 7 Zeds and after 2 rounds to the head to take down just one Zed, about 12 more showed up.
Surrounded by about 20 Zeds i begin the long process of killing them off one by one. Doesn’t seem to end as after 10 mins more just keep coming.
Finally after some time a big pile of inanimate Zeds on the ground before me i quickly grab some gear, tools, ammo and food they had on them and dash into the prison closing doors behind me.
Wait for the few Zeds to lose interest.
Now that i ate some food i begin to explore prison and find a water pump just as my water meter was low red. Play a game of cat and mouse with 2 Zeds in the prison.
Bla bla bla find some gear, ammo fully hydrated but no food anywhere and i’m on yellow warning.
Also, although i have lots of ammo, it is all different types of ammo and nothing i can use with any firearm except about a few .22 rounds for my MK II.
OK i have to get out of here as i am starving. I can’t get out as i can see a dozen Zeds in front of the exit of the prison.
I devise a plan to lure the Zeds deep within the prison where they would have to run all the way around to the 2nd floor walkway.
I fire some shots and they all start pouring in while i stand behind the closed gate.
Now i dash out and around the building outside following the fence hoping to find an opening as i hear them all running behind me.
I find another opening through a second fence down hill through a dense forest and to my luck a thunderstorm quickly begins.
Again i am wet cold and now starving in the darkness not knowing where i am going.
My food indicator is flashing red and now i am weak stumbling on foot in the dark.
I find a road and follow it through some train tracks and come across a house which i quickly enter disregarding any near by danger hoping to find some food.
With great luck and near dead, i find a can of sardines with my health cross almost empty and frantically open the can with my kitchen knife.
With my health still degrading i find more food and take shelter and build a small fire by getting sticks from a bush right out back.
I barely made it alive but managed to recover my health.
Headed south to Lipina and further down to west south of Nadbor to the Military base.
Here i finally have me some good weapons although loot seems rare.
So what do i think of the Livonia DLC?
Bugs Bugs and more Bugs.
The game looks gorgeous in 4k with my Sony 75′ TV but that is about it.
Everything sooner or later becomes cruel in functioning in game.
Items disappear into your inventory.
Can’t pick up items (even when dropped).
Can’t load ammo into clips (cannot load clips either).
Can not eat foods or open cans.
Will not stay couched while aiming with some weapons.
Sometimes your item/equipment menu will not show up.
Items and things stay locked in place.
So many bugs but worst of all is when you unload an entire clip into a Zed with no effect while it is tearing you apart.
Yes, Zeds with GOD mode on.
If you don’t mind playing a cruel game with so many bugs then go for it, else i would wait, but knowing how unforgiving Bohemia Interactive is, you just might wait for a very long time.
Dec.6 2019 UPDATE:
Alright now. Livonia is way too brutally cruel.
Not saying i can’t survive, in fact i haven’t died yet but i have found myself dedicating way too much time just to be able to survive.
DayZ Livonia is entertaining and gives you a survival rush but things quickly turn into a burden and gets very repetitive, unforgiving and barely worth the time.
There are more Zeds now. I counted about 15 at one time in Charnarus but in Livonia there can get up 27 dead Zeds in the same area to the point where your Xbox One X crashes with so many on screen.
Just trying reach and use a water pump you must either patiently sneak and wait for an opportunity or clear out the surrounding area of Zeds in case you are spotted like one normally does.
Yes, it is wise to use an ax or some blunt weapon that isn’t loud which draw attention but sadly soon during or after the melee, another Zed spots you, then another and another no matter how many you kill.
So try filling up a jerry can with water which takes a while and these things keep popping up around you, often fighting 3 or 4 at a time.
So best thing for me to do is just use my firearm and clear out the area which drains your rare ammo.
That is another thing. Items and ammo are rare unless you search long hours for it.
Just trying to find a leather repair kit or spark plug through several towns can be very time consuming unless you are lucky.
Also, Danger is everywhere.
Zeds are all over the map, even in rural areas with a fast re-spawn rate and can amass to such a number of them that it would make the server or client system crash.
Then there are wolves (haven’t seen a bear yet) that howl when nearby which usually indicates they sense you. Just try running from them or use a vehicle to get away. They will follow you through half the map. Don’t believe it? When they spot you, drive very far away and wait there between 10 to 20 mins. The same wolves will find you. Just using your weapon scope or some binoculars you can seem them coming down the same road you just came from.
Worst yet, I found out the hard way that Wolves and Zeds ignore each other and focus on you instead.
Finally i locate the only gas station on the Livonia map (1 known so far using online map) and upon reaching it, i find you cannot draw any gas from the pumps. Is this a bug?
Add in the common thunder storms which bring the terrible cold and wet degrading health issue and you have yourself a nightmare of a game.
To wrap this up: Not a bad game if you like the challenge but so time consuming and i can’t afford so many hours with very little incentives.
I’ll stick with the Charnarus map for now.
I know this is a late entry but i feel i must throw this one up as it truly a masterpiece.
I was never really into superhero and villain flicks since the first Superman movie (1978) but i kind of by chance ended up watching this film.
The thing that stood out most of all is how i relate to Arthur Fleck’s life of severe misfortunes excellently played by Joaquin Phoenix.
The content disposition of Fleck is always challenged by the dark nature of society that commonly befalls on this poor soul who suffers a disorder as a result from years of deception, mental and physical abuse during his childhood.
On top of that, the failure of care all around has Fleck overdose on self pity to the point he realizes his life is nothing but a cruel joke. A comedy.
Imagine a beautiful soul that knows kindness, happiness and love.
Loving to spread joy, laughter and putting a smile on faces constantly bombarded with plagues, suffering, pain and worst of all ridicule.
Ultimately Fleck realizes what i have learned a long time ago.
Comedy is subjective (and so is love).
Thus, the Joker (including God and I) has a strange sense of humor.
Joker at #1 Spot at Box Office, Crosses $800 Million Worldwide and due out on Blu Ray Dec. 17, 2019.