Monday, June 19, 2017

Quick Tip: Fallout 4 - TAB Key Stopped Working And Not Bringing Up The Pip-Boy? Here's A Possible Fix, Especially If Using ReShade [Text-Only]

I have been having a ton of fun playing Fallout 4 lately [again, building up my Settlements too much and ignoring the Main Storyline!] and ran into a 'small-but-game-stopping' issue where the TAB key appeared to stop working. Hitting TAB wasn't bringing up the Pip-Boy anymore..?

After doing some Troubleshooting and paying attention to what I was doing and pressing, it turned out to be a very simple issue - the TAB key was 'locked' out because of how I had used it in the Console.. Let me explain briefly:

I was playing around with SweetFX in ReShade once again, mainly to take Screenshots as I had lost a ton during a recent Hard Drive failure [I know... but I don't usually back up screenshots or recordings]. To open the Settings/Configuration for ReShade, the hotkey combination is SHIFT+F2. Unfortunately, something in this combination of Fallout/ReShade/Windows 'locks out' the Shift Key after doing this with the Console open in FO4, and when hitting Tilde again to close the Console, this leaves TAB 'disabled' and it no longer brings up the Pip-Boy.

The Fix for this was simple, once I figured it out: hit Tilde again to open up the Command Console, then hit SHIFT once, then hit Tilde again to close the Command Console. That's all there is to it. Now the TAB key worked and I could bring up the all-important-and-totally-cool Pip-Boy once again. This is just a Quick Tip in Text-Mode only then, but I wanted to get it typed and posted so that it could start to help out others that have run into this little problem [that seems to occur when running ReShade in Fallout 4]. HTH

Sunday, June 18, 2017

It's Not Just You™ - Fallout 4 Crashing with NVIDIA's SHARE (formerly ShadowPlay) Game Recorder [Notification, Text-Only]

Updated 2017-06-19: I found one cause of the crashes with SHARE and Fallout 4 (for me)

Just a quick post to say that, if you are experiencing Fallout 4 CTDs (Crashes To Desktop, where FO4 closes without any messages or anything and you are left staring at your Desktop in Windows), I want to let you know It's Not Just You™ - as I am finding I am experiencing this as well, lately...

I haven't looked into Forums specifically for this, but perusing Forii over the past year or so, where they are talking about Fallout 4 and Crashing, it seems to happen a lot to many people anyway, unfortunately. I myself wasn't experiencing this very much, gladly, until just recently, when playing FO4 again (and spending way too much time building up Settlements instead of getting Quests done), I was testing out different Game Recording Programs and started seeing this happen.

I'm happily playing Fallout 4, getting frustrated at the Building mechanics or shooting some Raiders attacking my Settlement, when all of a sudden, BOOM - desktop image and icons. No message, nothing. Fallout 4 has closed itself instantly. I of course start it up again and begin to see where I last hit QuickSave or the game automatically Saved for me - but this has happened a few times in a row now where BOOM - the desktop greets me and icons appear. No message, nothing.

So, I tried to pay attention to what I was doing or what was running as Background Tasks - and the one thing I found, that when I changed it, the crashes stopped happening?.. I was recording with SHARE, NVIDIA's new version of ShadowPlay, their game recorder that is included with their Graphics Driver. Interesting. I have up 'till now had no issues with SHARE, enjoyed testing it out, taking Screenshots with it and testing out the various Quality settings and forgetting about all of those tests and never writing about it. It seems to have great performance (very small performance 'hit'/effect) and has a decent amount of options/features.

I then briefly tried some other game recording programs I have purchased over the years, Playclaw, Bandicam, Mirillis' ACTION, and none of them had any Crashing occur while I was using them (although Fallout 4 didn't seem to like to start up with Bandicam running sometimes [but when I started the game first then Bandicam, it recorded fine]). Hmph. That's too bad, I was liking SHARE. There could of course be a myriad of things that could be causing this (I have sometimes run into the game not starting up, with a black screen then shutting itself down again/closing, no matter what game recorder I am using); but for me, it seems to be SHARE, at this time. I might go and mention this in the Official NVIDIA Forum, if noone else has recently. Perhaps this is just a temporary issue in this game and their Drivers, in this version.

I am running NVIDIA GPU Driver Version 382.53 in Windows 10 64-bit, on a GTX 1060 3GB GPU, as of the date of this post.

I know this was a Text-Only post, but I took this screenie of the Driver
Version (so I would remember it) and didn't want to waste it


I mention all of this because, I was not really experiencing any Crashes-To-Desktop with Fallout 4 prior to thinking of testing out SHARE for a while, just a bit ago. I am Level 42 in the game, after 'starting out a second time' and enjoying taking notes and screenshots for some future posts on it, while I slowly build and shoot my way through The Commonwealth... Where was I? Oh yeah, the crashes. It's sad, but I want others to not feel alone. If you are experiencing Fallout 4 closing without any error messages recently, and you have an NVIDIA GPU, just letting you know - It's Not Just You™...



Update 2017-06-19:
I did some more testing and found that I was able to use NVIDIA's SHARE to record with, for quite a long time (hours), when I disabled/uninstalled the High Resolution Texture Pack DLC. I am not sure if this is the only related aspect to it, but for now, it seems that this issue may be directly related to that. 
Is it that the HRTP is 'too much' for my little 1060 with only 3GB of VRAM? 
Is it related to how the game then uses more RAM (I have 16GB of RAM installed) with the HRTP and possibly a symptom of some RAM issues?
I'm not sure of a solution yet, so I cannot say - but if you are experiencing this problem of 'Crashing while recording Fallout 4 with SHARE', try disabling the High Resolution Texture Pack for FO4 - it worked for me, for now. HTH


Thursday, June 08, 2017

Deals And Sales: GOG.com's 2017 Summer Sale Is On Now [Notification]


Just a notification that GOG.com (formerly Good Old Games) has started their Summer Sale for the year, offering up to a crazy 90% OFF some games from their sizeable DRM-free collection [install on as many machines as there are in your household]. Here are a few Deals that I personally am thinking of getting:





Also, with any purchase this during this Summer Sale, you will get the game "Rebel Galaxy" for FREE, as in FREE. Note that you may have to wait a little bit to get it though, due to the popularity of the Sale... I personally did not receive it right away and I emailed GOG.com Support [a great bunch of people] and they had to send me a Code to Redeem for it - apparently there is an error occurring where some people are not receiving their Free Game with their purchase - if this happens, just shoot their Support a query about it and they'll look into it. It might require, like me, that they simply e-mail you a Code/Link to use to get it. It's all good!

Below is an example of their Summer Sale front page (US Prices [via Proxy because I live in Canada, eh]):

An Example of GOG.com's Summer Sale 2017 Prices (USD)

Go and get some games at GOG.com before it's over and have some fun! GOGOGO


[Note: I am not affiliated with GOG.com or Good Old Games, and have not and will not receive any compensation for mentioning them here. I am merely an enthusiastic gamer and fellow customer at GOG and wanted to share Deals that I find with other gamers like me.]