Thursday, October 21, 2010

Dim or Dark Screen On Mafia 2 Exit

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Oh no! It's so dark, I'm scared! Lol.
Some users might experience a noticeably dimmed or darkened monitor display after closing Mafia 2 or even when just switching windows (alt-tab) while playing the game. If you are one of them, you need not to buy a new display because your current one is just fine. Just follow the tips below to fix the problem.

Ctrl-Alt-Del Does the Trick, Temporarily

When the screen becomes dark, you can easily revert it back to its original brightness by invoking the Windows Security by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del. It's as simple as that.

This is the quickest fix. You don't have to manually turn Windows Aero off every time you play, change screen resolution, or restart your computer. Ctrl-Alt-Del simply is the fastest way to make your display 'blink' and reset to its previous setting.

However, you need to do this every time you close Mafia 2 or switch windows while playing it. For a permanent fix, continue reading.

Kill the Composition and You Kill the Culprit

By disabling the desktop composition setting, Windows Aero is automatically disabled and remains that way while currently playing Mafia 2. Aero re-enables on its own after closing the game. 

To do this, just go to your Mafia 2 directory. Next, in the pc folder find the mafia2.exe file and right-click it to open Properties. Under the Compatibility tab, click on the Disable desktop composition checkbox then click OK.

Driver Update Might Finish the Job, Soon?

I happen to know that this problem only involves some video cards under the AMD/ATI Radeon brand. Nvidia card owners are probably fine. On the other hand, the former is aware of the problem. Unfortunately it is still an open issue and remains to be fixed as shown in the release notes of its latest driver for ATI Catalyst (version 10.9).

I've tried these fixes on Windows 7. They will likely work on Vista as well. As for XP, I'm not sure.

Have fun playing Mafia 2!

Globe Limits SuperSurf to 1 Gigabyte per Day

It turns out their 'unlimited' was quite limited after all.

That's the recent case for Globe Telecom's SuperSurf, its so-called unlimited mobile internet service. Globe has recently set a limit of 1 gigabyte per day when subscribing to SuperSurf prepaid for both its 1-day and 5-days variants. When you reach this limit, the internet just stops and you'll receive an SMS:
Globe Advisory: Your account has reached 1GB in usage today. Subject to Globe Fair Use Policy, your internet service has been temporarily deactivated and will resume tomorrow. This promo is intended for moderate use. For heavy browsing, please upgrade to our Tattoo Postpaid plans. Thank you.

Heavy internet users, don't be fooled by their suggestion to upgrade to postpaid (or even to their WiMax plans); their postpaid plans also have cap limits, albeit monthly. And actually those limits are even worse. Read their Fair Use Policy yourself and get ready to be pissed.

So what does this all mean? It simply means Globe is keeping up its promise to be a high-speed (if not the highest) internet provider by only catering to casual Internet users. That's how they prevent congestion.

If you need to download large files, switch to other providers instead. For one, Sun Broadband postpaid, though rumored to be restricting the speed when downloading torrents to up to 250kbps only, does not have a monthly bandwidth limit or peak volume capacity. And hey, if I'm wrong, their contract's lock-out period is only three months.

P.S.: To piss off more Globe users, the truth must be told: the 1 gigabyte limit is for both download AND upload data.

2 Gigabyte Trick

Do you want to get the most out of your SuperSurf50 (1-day)?

Then register around midday. Consume your 1 gigabyte limit that day and wait until next day (12 am) to use the internet again until your subscription expires! Don't bother subscribing back on that next day (and you can't anyway), as the limit still holds. Register on the day after instead.

At least I'm ending this post on the bright side. :)

UPDATE: During this Christmas season, Globe – as stated in their recently changed Fair Use Policy – has decreased the limit down to just 800mb. The news just keeps getting worse.

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