So its the end of the week.. and i had a bunch of shows i wanted to watch on TV/Computer when i decided to paint in the marker work i'd done yesterday(previous blog post).. so while the playlist went through episodes of Suburgatry, 2 Broke Girls, Happy Endings, Criminal Minds and Body of Proof.. it all might as well have been radio shows 🙂 I just pulled out some old paint cans(probably from when i painted my bike .. years back. and sat down to paint..
Then i realised i'd need some fine brushes.. so walked down to the local supermarket and found a number 5 sable brush in their stationary section.
I havn't done any painting in a while.. and nothing this intricate since College days! Was tedious and nerve racking.. and my fingers are a bit sore.. but in the end.. its looking to be a productive weekend.
the chain links and hatching on the cross were the toughest..
luckily i left them for last, by then my old muscle memory kicked in and i'd gotten accustomed to the viscosity of the enamel.
woke up today and realized that the central composition was a bit "weak" .. so added a fat ring to make it "pop"
One of the headaches with switching to a new machine is re-installing all the software that you had on the older machine. This is usually manageable with your usual software.. until you come to games, specifically the digital distributed kind.
I'm an active Steam user and have a bunch of games that i got through Steam.
Now how that works is, you purchase the game, and then it downloads via Steam.. if you happen to have the steam compatible installation discs then it can be done a lot faster. In my case the only installation discs i had were for Portal(1) and the halflife2 series.. all of which i've already played.
The rest i had to download online(yes ive had various "unlimited" broadband connections for the past few years).
The games that i'm currently playing are
Arkham City(main story and several side missions finished)
Assassin's Creed Brotherhood((main story finished, all weapons acquired and upgraded).
These two games are approximately 16-17Gb each.. Downloading them once was enough.. i don't think i want to do that all over again!
So, after a few hours of research i figured out that you can manually copy the game files from
and paste them in the steam installation on your new machine. Now when you tell Steam to install the game here.. it analyses the files already present and gets whatever else it needs and then in a few minutes your ready to play.
This was basically all i needed.. and was quite happy until i launched Arkham City and discovered it didnt have any saved game profiles or progress 😦
little bit of interweb digging and i found that to get your saved games you need to look in multiple places, including:
i did this and relocated the saved games to the corresponding locations on my new machine.
Note: Arkham City has the "Games for Windows Live" thing which i assumed was for saving your game progress in the cloud.
Apparently i was wrong.
Arkham City still has no saved progress whatsoever.. GamesForWindowsLive is basically useless
Assassin's Creed Brotherhood saved games and profile transfered.. And i just picked up where i left off.. kudos to the Ubisoft developers
Both run great on the Dell XPS 15(config in previous post). Assassin's Creed Brotherhood is running in full glorious 1980×1080 HD.. ArkhamCity started in 1980×1080 HD but there was an audio-video-sync issue.. so i reduced some game detail.
Got my new laptop yesterday. Was a pleasant surprise seeing as the original ETA on the order reciept and on the website was a week from now.
Have only had time to install a few games and basic apps. Was installing all my work apps today.
The full spec sheet or check list:
? U540403IN8-Dell XPS 15 Laptop
? 2nd generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2670QM processor (2.20 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.10 GHz)
? 15.6" (39.6cm) FHD (1920×1080) B+RGLED display with TrueLife(TM)
? 2GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 540M graphics with Optimus
? 6GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM (1 x 2GB + 1 x 4GB)
? 1TB 5400RPM Hard Drive
? Silver Anodized Aluminium Back Cover(which i obviously am going to paint soon. see old one's paint customisation here)
? JBL 2.1 Speakers + Waves MaxxAudio® enhancement 20W peak audio performance: 2 X 4W + 12W sub-woofer
? camera with Hi-Definition Video Streaming with Skype (2.0MP, H.264 Camera)
? 9-in-1 card reader
? 1 x HDMI 1.4,supporting 3Doutput for 3D Bly Ray,3D Video Streaming and Gaming as well as 5.1 Audio
? Biometric – Fast Access Facial Recognition(which i've already disabled)
? Integrated 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet NIC
? Tray Load 8X DVD+/-RW Drive with DVD+R double layer write capability
? Mini Displayport (ordered and recieved a VGA Convertor.. now looking for an s-video solution)
? Dell(TM) Backlit Keyboard (looks quite nice in the dark)
? Windows® 7 Home Premium 64bit
? the Trackpad supports multitouch gestures
Performance so far:
Runs Battlefield3 at full 1980×1080 out of the box.. i lowered the texture details from ultra to high, coz there was some notable lag during frenetic firefights. so far its been ?????
Had already played COD MW3 on my other laptop.. will install it later and see how it does. Will attempt to relocate my entire Steam folder to this machine tonight,.. if that works then i'll be able to run comparisons
with Arkham City and Assassin's Creed Brotherhood.
On the work front Blender recognized the graphics card and now the Cycles render engine is using the GPU. will post a video or something later.