Star Citizen 3.0 Fixes, Workarounds & Troubleshooting

Star Citizen 3.0 Fixes, Workarounds & Troubleshooting

I have complied a list of common fixes and workarounds for Star Citizen 3.0 LIVE problems a lot of them came from Blazed Always’ Help Desk Project which is always getting updated!
General Error Troubleshooting Tips:
  • Close any instances of the game or launcher (ensure they’re closed in task manager)
  • Delete your USER folder (INSTALL\Roberts Space Industries\StarCitizen\LIVE)
  • Run launcher as administrator
  • Click ‘settings’ top right then click ‘verify’ to verify files
  • Ensure launcher is whitelisted in your firewall
  • To refresh the launcher: Press this key combination all together: CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+ R
  • Otherwise perhaps the servers are having an issue, or the server kicked everyone out
  • Ensure these ports are open on your router: TCP 8000 – 8020 and UDP 64090 – 64110
  • Make Sure you have the Latest 3.0 LIVE Launcher – http://robertsspaceindustries.com/download
Performance Issues:
3.0 Error codes & Workarounds:
Error 10002:  
Please ensure that you are currently using the Delta Patcher to download and launch the game.
The delta patcher can be found here: https://robertsspaceindustries.com/download
  • Otherwise Try running the launcher as administrator
  • Ensure that the delta patcher is whitelisted in your firewall (double check)
  • Otherwise perhaps the servers are having issues or everyone was kicked from the server
  • If you continue to have this error and have downloaded the game with the new delta patcher:
1. Cut and paste the ‘Live’ folder somewhere else (Usually at \Roberts Space Industries\StarCitizen\LIVE)
2. Delete the launcher and install it again (to delete: Ensure launcher is completely closed, then delete the delta patcher folder (usually Program Files\Roberts Space Industries\RSI Launcher)
3. Start downloading the game, then when it starts downloading the 39GB file, immediately pause the download
4. Close launcher and copy back the ‘Live’ folder – place it back in its original location from step 1
5. Re-Open the launcher, click ‘settings’ button then click ‘verify’.
 
Error 15006:
  • Possibly related to server side authentication issues.
Otherwise if you keep experiencing for a long duration:
  • Close any instances of the game or launcher
  • Delete the USER folder Program Files\Roberts Space Industries\StarCitizen\LIVE
Error 20007:
  • Try selecting a different game server before pressing the ‘Visit Spaceport’ button. Try EU, US r AUS for example (it’s a drop down box up the top).
  • Try running launcher as administrator
  • Check firewall to ensure the new launcher is whitelisted
  • Ensure these ports are open on your router: TCP 8000 – 8020 and UDP 64090 – 64110
  • Otherwise likely server side issues, you’ll need to wait or try again later
Error 30003 – Bad token:
  • Close the game and your launcher completely (double check in task manager)
  • Log back into the launcher
Error 30007:
  • Likely server side issues, you’ll need to wait or try again later
  • Try selecting a different game server before pressing the ‘Visit Spaceport’ button. Try EU, US or AUS for example (it’s a drop down box up the top).
  • Try running launcher as administrator
  • Check firewall to ensure the new launcher is whitelisted
  • Ensure these ports are open on your router: TCP 8000 – 8020 and UDP 64090 – 64110
Error 14004:
  • Possibly server side issues, you’ll need to wait or try again later
Launcher Error 0x1004 – Cannot retrieve update manifest
  • Ensure these ports are open on your router: TCP 8000 – 8020 and UDP 64090 – 64110
  • Check firewall to ensure the new launcher is whitelisted
  • Otherwise try running launcher as administrator
  • Otherwise, remove the Appdata/Roaming/rsiptulauncher folder, uninstall the launcher and remove everything to do with ptu. Restart the computer and reinstall the launcher.
Error – Couldn’t find user information. Crashhandler then Exits
  • Ensure you’re running the game from the ‘RSI PTU launcher’, not starcitizen.exe
  • Possibly because you changed the file location on your computer.
  • Try running launcher as admin, click ‘settings’ then click ‘change’ to locate the new directory where you moved the Roberts Space Industries folder to
  • Then click ‘Settings’ and click ‘Verify’
  • Otherwise you may need to redownload the whole thing again
Otherwise follow steps below:
1. Completely close the delta patcher (ensure it’s closed by checking task manager)
2. Delete the delta patcher folder (usually D:\Game\Roberts Space Industries\RSI Launcher)
3. Re-Download the delta patcher launcher, install it to the same location (you may need to verify files after this)
Error – “Launch game error Error: Command failed”: C:\Program Files\Roberts Space Industries\StarCitizen\LIVE\Bin64\StarCitizen.exe -UseNewPak
  • Cause / simple solution TBA (please provide solutions if you have em!)
  • Ensure you’re running the game from the ‘RSI PTU launcher’, not directly from starcitizen.exe
  • Try restarting your PC, has worked for some
  • Win10 N version users: Download the Windows Media Feature pack which provides required DLLs: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/mediafeaturepack
  • Disable any overclocking software including ASUS GPU Tweak II or MSI afterburner
  • Try running launcher as administrator
  • Completely removing old installs of 3.0 and new delta patcher then doing a fresh install with administrator rights has worked for some.
  • To ensure complete removal of files, ensure the launcher is completely closed (check task manager and the taskbar near the clock). You may need to manually delete files using windows explorer. You may have some remnants of files in the registry to delete too.
  • Wipe everything possible manually, then do a fresh install using administrator rights, then run the launcher as administrator
Otherwise delete the Delta Patcher launcher and reinstall it:
1. Completely close the delta patcher (ensure it’s closed by checking task manager)
2. Delete the delta patcher folder (usually D:\Game\Roberts Space Industries\RSI PTU Launcher)
3. Download launcher, install it to the same location (you may need to verify files after this)
Error – “Cannot open data.p4k..”
  • These solutions below work for some but not 100% of the time
  • Restart your computer
  • Otherwise close all instances of the launcher (double check with task manager)
  • Delete the rsiptulauncher folder, usually located at (C:\Users\[UserName]\AppData\Roaming\rsilauncher)
  • Run launcher as administrator, click ‘settings’ top right then click ‘verify’
  • Otherwise delete the Bin64 folder, usually located at
  • (\Roberts Space Industries\StarCitizen\LIVE\Bin64)
  • Otherwise manually delete all star citizen 3.0 files and folders and completely redownload
3.0 Launcher Issues
Black loading screen after joining Crusader
This is the queue to join the game. Unfortunately many people are trying to connect, so the wait in line to load may be quite long. Keep waiting, or try again later. It may take 10+ minutes. You can also try selecting a different game server before pressing the ‘Visit Spaceport’ button. Try EU, US, AUS for example (top right).
You can check if you’re frozen/stuck on the loading screen by opening the console ( ~ key ) – check for anything that says ‘disconnected’. If it says ‘connected’ that means you’re still loading. Any ‘keep alive’ messages are also a good sign.
You can open the console ( ~ key) and type r_displayinfo 3 into the console (then press enter) to show the FPS and other details overlay to help show you are not frozen.
Can’t login to launcher
  • Verify and make sure you’re logging in with your **secret** LOGIN ID username – check it by going to https://robertsspaceindustries.com/account/security
  • Check your email SPAM folders for a missed “activate your account” message from no-reply@robertsspaceindustries.com
  • If can’t find your ‘activate your account’ email – do a password reset, which will send you an email (clicking the link in the email will activate the account) (1. Click ‘my rsi’ top right – 2. Click ‘account recovery)
Launcher freezes or is extremely slow to use
  • You may be using windows classic mode on windows 7 – try using Aero mode (Windows transparency) in Windows Theme settings.
  • Run the launcher as administrator.
  • Try choosing “Windows 7 theme”
Constant launcher crash
  • Disable any possible background apps like MSI Afterburner/overclocking tools/overlays etc. For example Razer Tartarus software, teamviewer, discord, steam, windows 10 overlay, nvidia overlays  Disable them, do not let it load in the background first, disable and restart the PC. They can mess things up.
  • Ensure your audio is enabled with a device plugged in (yes seriously)
  • Have you tried restarting your computer?
  • Minimum system specs: Quad core CPU, GPU with 1GB+ vRAM, 16GB RAM, plus Windows 7,8 or 10 (64 bit) – make sure you conform to these – if you have 8gb ram that may cause issues
  • Make sure Windows updates, video drivers and other drivers are updated
  • Ensure .NET framework are up to date (you need 3.5 *and* at least 4.5) – you can check here for what versions you have (folder names) [ C:\Windows\Microsoft .NET\Framework64 ]
  • Make sure your firewalls / antivirus aren’t blocking RSILauncher.exe or Starcitizen.exe
  • If you have it, delete the USER folder (usually at C:\Program Files\Cloud Imperium Games\StarCitizen\Public\USER)
  • Run RSILauncher as administrator, then use the Launcher’s VERIFY button BEFORE you click LAUNCH.
  • Otherwise, check here: https://robertsspaceindustries.com/faq/launcher

Windows 10 Ultimate Gaming Tweak Guide

THIS GUIDE WAS UPDATED 30th DECEMBER 2017 & is STAR CITIZEN 3.0 READY
I play a lot of games and haven’t found a comprehensive guide on Tweaking Windows 10 for Gaming, Performance, System Tweaks, Overclocking & Ping/Latency Improvements and all the relatively simple things you can do to give you better performance in games, a better ping online and make the right choices for your needs, I am sure there are changes here that some people will disagree with, feel free to message me & I will change anything that gets out of date or is no longer working.
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Important Star Citizen Specific Guides & Info
This Guide is in the process of being fleshed out, when it’s done it will be an article & video, each of the sections will have a skip timecode or bookmark too. And if you are unsure about a setting, quickly google it to make sure you aren’t wrecking your OS, I take Zero responsibility for anything going wrong, all I have done here is compiled and tested the Tweaks and for ME they work and are Safe.
Why Windows 10?
General Gaming Tweaks
Online Gaming Tweaks
System Tweaks
Basic Overclocking
(BETA) Programs & Settings
Why Windows 10 over 7 or 8.1?
Windows 10 Pro 64bit is actually your best option now,
It has better boot times than 7 & 8.1
And better Gaming performance, though some of it is fractional
More hardware is supported in general
And DX12 is supported thru it – which we will start seeing more and more games using.
 
Windows 10 Pro
Pro Gives you a few advantages but not really any performance gains over Home. I recommend Pro but if you need to save a couple of bucks or pounds or Euros then you can grab Windows 10 Home.
I think you can still grab Windows 10 Pro Licences from Kinguin.net for $30-35. And as far as I am aware they are legit.
General Gaming Tweaks
Update Your Drivers!
The Most obvious and necessary make sure you have the latest drivers installed for you system & devices especially your graphics card. Just grab your latest drivers for your ATI or Nvidia card, I recommend 3dGuru to get them from they always have the latest drivers and a full description of what they do.
3dGuru host & describe all of the latest drivers some of which don’t appear on the Nvidia / AMD Sites:
System Gaming Responsiveness
This section covers Registry Tweaks that can affect Gaming Performance in most situations:
You’ll need to jump into the Windows Registry for some of this, it’s not complicated tho
  • Press Windows Key and R
  • Type Regedit & then enter
I’ll explain the various things we can change and why.
Some games that uses “Multimedia Class Scheduler” service (MMCSS) can only utilize up to 80% of the CPU. The “Multimedia Class Scheduler” service (MMCSS) ensures prioritized access to CPU resources, without denying CPU resources to lower-priority background applications.
  • To set this tweak, run regedit and find: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Multimedia\SystemProfile.
  • Create a new DWORD and name it to “SystemResponsiveness” set its hexadecimal value to 00000000 for pure gaming/streaming.
Also here you can also change the priority of Games;
  • Find  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Multimedia\SystemProfile\Tasks\Games
  • Change the following registry values:
  • “GPU Priority” change its value to 8
  • “Priority” set to 6
  • “Scheduling Category” set to “High”
Power Options
Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Power Options
It’s worth changing your Power Options to High Performance
Disable Mouse Acceleration
I Honestly Can’t believe the amount of people that still have this on.
Mouse acceleration needs to be turned off for gaming otherwise you are aiming.
  • Again in Control Panel
  • Mouse
  • Pointer Options
  • Untick Enhance Pointer Precision (this is mouse acceleration)
  • Also try adjusting the Pointer Speed slider here till you are happy
What DPI & Sensitivity should you select?
With some mice you will have software to set you dpi,
so in most games I recommend 400-1600 if in doubt try 800 even if your mouse have 20 billion DPI.
Some people will set their DPI far too high, you want to adjust the sensitivity via the mouse options and in game
Unpark Your Core & Threads
There is a great freeware program that stops threads from “parking” which is basically a power saving mode & makes sure they are ready to use constantly.
The effect of this is better performance in games & quicker response in general.
  • Download The CPU Unparking Utility
  • Run The EXE as an Administrator
  • Change The Slider to 100%
  • Apply & Close
NVIDIA Graphics Settings, if you have an NVIDIA Card
  • Go into the NVIDIA Control Panel
  • Manage 3D Settings
  • Set Multi-display/mixed-GPU acceleration – Single display performance mode (If you have issues with low frame rates on your other monitors OR you are using multiple monitors to game with then change this to Multi)
  • Preferred refresh rate – Highest available
  • [OPTIONAL] Turn Off Shader Cache, some people experience gains with it off, some people lose performance.
  • Leave Pre-Rendered Frames on AUTO
  • Texture Filtering Quality – Performance
Online Gaming Tweaks
This section covers Registry Tweaks that affect Online Gaming Performance, Ping, Latency and all that Jazz, IF you aren’t playing online then you can skip this stuff you can set it manually or use TCP Optimizer 4:
You’ll need to jump into the Windows Registry for this, it’s not complicated tho
Press Windows Key and R
Type Regedit & then enter
I’ll explain the various things we can change and why.
Disable Nagle’s Algorithm
This combines several small packets into a single, larger packet for more “efficient” transmissions. Tho for Gaming Disabling “nagling” can help reduce latency/ping in some games. Nagle’s algorithm is enabled in Windows by default.
To Disable this (for faster performance) go to the value:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\Interfaces\{NIC-id}
For the {NIC-id}, look for the one with your IP address listed.
Under this {NIC-id} key, create the following DWORD value:
  • TcpAckFrequency and set it to 1
  • TCPNoDelay and set it also to 1
  • TcpDelAckTicks and set it to 0
 
If you don’t know your IP, you can
  • Press Windows Key + R
  • Type CMD then Enter
  • Type IPCONFIG then Enter
  • Your LOCAL IP should be displayed
Disable Network Throttling
Windows likes to Throttle your Packets sometime so it’s worth disabling this setting for better Performance.
  • Again in Regedit now find:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Multimedia\SystemProfile.
  • In SystemProfile, create a DWORD value and name it to “NetworkThrottlingIndex”
  • Set it’s Hexadecimal value to ffffffff for gaming and max throughput.
Networking Improvements
The Star Citizen mini-PU servers are mostly Server bound when it comes to performance, hence why you sometimes only get 20fps but also the lack of regional servers can also lead to some Latency, poor Pings & Round Trip Times. Setting and Tweaking your Network Settings can help a lot.
TCP Optimizer 4
This program allows you to go through each of the important settings to Tweak your Rig & Network Adapter for Online Gaming & doesn’t require you to go thru the Registry.
  • Download the Program Here
  • Right Click TCPOptimizer & Run as Admin
  • Set Your Connection Speed & The Rest of The Options as Shown
You can do a bit of Research & maybe get better results too
  • Each of the Settings has a tooltip
  • You can read the full explanation and Program Manual Here
  • In The General Settings some of the settings require situational subjective optimization based on your needs, tho Optimal should still give you an improvement.
  • If You are Having Issues you can always set it to Optimal OR Windows Default
Disable Windows Update Delivery Optimization
Windows Updates  has a setting where it can munch your bandwidth by sending Windows updates to other PCs on the net. It’s worth turning this off as it can affect your gameplay and also eat into any data allowance you might have.
To turn this feature OFF, follow these given steps:
  • Go to Settings in the Start menu
  • Search for Update & Security
  • Under Windows Update, open Advanced Options
  • Click Choose How Updates are Installed, select Choose how updates are delivered
  • Disable the toggle under Updated from More than One Place
Disable OneDrive
If you don’t use OneDrive then disable it, it eats up your bandwidth. The OneDrive app of Windows 10 uploads your new files to the cloud internet server so you can access them anywhere.
To disable OneDrive:
Right click on the OneDrive app which is located on your taskbar and click exit.
System Tweaks
Disable Hibernate
Hibernate mode is set up by default to allow the hard drive disk to load the programs faster instead of booting the system, but it is unnecessary for an SSD system drives.
  • To do this, simply open your CMD command
    Search for CMD in the start menu search bar
  • Right click CMD and Run as Admin & Type,
  • powercfg -h off
  • Press Enter
Setting your Page File
  • Press Windows Key
  • Click In the Search Box
  • Search for “Control” then Click on it,
  • Click System
  • Click Advanced System Settings
  • Click the Advanced Tab
  • Under Performance, Click Settings
  • Under the Advanced tab Click Change
  • Uncheck Auto manage
  • PLEASE NOTE THAT I RECOMMEND SETTING THIS TO AN SSD DRIVE
  • Set one of your Drives (preferably an SSD) to SYSTEM MANAGED SIZE
  • Set
  • All other Drives should be set to None (unless if the pagefile you set wasn’t on your OS drive & you want to leave 300mb on your main boot drive for “crash info & recovery”)
If you have loads of Ram some people recommend having no pagefile, though some applications require a page file to operate optimally.
 
I recommend having a Page File on a separate drive or secondary drive.
I use an SSHD that I also use for storage. And let the system workout how much it needs. After much testing I found that I get FRACTIONAL improvements consistently with a 4GB Pagefile on a 2nd drive & NO page file on my main or gaming drives.
 
Some people say if you have 16GB+ ram you should entirely disable pagefiles.
Some programs & games however are designed to operate with a Pagefile & for me it is literally faster to have one. But all gains seem to be pretty negligible.
Visual Effects and Performance
I recommend disabling some of the Visual effects in Windows, it makes Windows faster and a bit more responsive and gives a bit more performance, it’s also in:
  • Control Panel
  • System
  • Advanced System Settings
  • Performance Options
  • Visual Effects
Keep These 3 enabled
  • Show thumbnails instead of icons
  • Show window contents while dragging
  • Smooth edges of screen fonts
HDD, SSD & Service Optimizations
You’ll want to Defrag your HDDs every so often BUT not your SSDs
It will damage them if you force defrag them, instead you want to TRIM them.
Also I recommend Turning off Indexing on SSDs.
  • Press Windows Key + E
  • Click on your SSD and right click on it.
  • Click properties then uncheck “Allow files on this drive to have contents indexed in addition to file properties“
  • Click apply then click OK
Disable Restrictive Services
  • Press Windows Key + R
  • Type services.msc
  • Look for the Service you want to disable and right click on it
  • Click properties then click Startup type
  • Select Disabled, click OK
  • Click the folder icon on your taskbar.
Turn off The Services Listed Below (Unless specifically know you use these), they are a mixture of useless & optimization settings:
  • Windows Search (This will disable Windows Search TOO, keep it if you use it)
  • All Xbox Services
  • All Hyper-V services
  • Microsoft SMS router service
  • Diagnostics tracking service
  • Fax service
  • dmwappushsvc
  • All Sensor Services
Here is an extended list of Services That in most cases you can disable,
I have disabled all of these on my Windows 10 Pro but it’s at your own risk:
AllJoyn Router Service
Application Layer Gateway Service
Bluetooth Support Service
BranchCache
Certificate Propagation
Client for NFS
Distributed Link Tracking Client
dmwappushsvc
Downloaded Maps Manager
Enterprise App Management Service
Geolocation Service
Health Key and Certificate Management
Hyper-V Data Exchange Service
Hyper-V Guest Service Interface
Hyper-V Guest Shutdown Service
Hyper-V Heartbeat Service
Hyper-V Remote Desktop Virtualization Service
Hyper-V Time Synchronization Service
Hyper-V VM Session Service
Hyper-V Volume Shadow Copy Requestor
Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)
Internet Explorer ETW Collector Service
IP Helper
Microsoft Diagnostics Hub Standard Collector Service
Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service
Microsoft Windows SMS Router Service
Netlogon
Offline Files
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator
Retail Demo Service
Sensor Data Service
Sensor Monitoring Service
Sensor Service
Smart Card Device Enumeration Service
Smart Card Removal Policy
SNMP Trap
Storage Service
Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service
Windows Biometric Service
Windows Connect Now – Config Registrar
Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service
Windows Mobile Hotspot Service
Windows MultiPoint Server Host Service
Windows MultiPoint Server Repair Service
Windows Remote Management (WS-Management)
Xbox Live Auth Manager
Xbox Live Game Save
XboxNetApiSvc
Data Mining & Bloatware Removal
There are 2 different ways I recommend to do this, but using the More Automated Newer way is probably better, I’ll leave the Manual way here too.
Spybot Anti-Beacon
This program turns off and stops a load of data mining and Microsoft / Other Services it’s basically designed to block and stop the various tracking (telemetry) issues present in Windows 10.
NOTE – If you are using Skype then after you have run this
You’ll need to unblock some hosts can find your hosts-file here:
C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts
Just open it with Editor and see if you find any lines containing “skype”, “hotmail” or “messenger.live”. Save as a .file then delete the extension and place in the folder.
Turn off Other Tracking , Data-mining, increase Privacy & Performance
  • Right Click the Notification Box in the Bottom Right
  • Open Action Centre
  • All Settings
  • System
  • In Notifications & Actions I turn all the sliders off
  • Apps & Features – There is loads of bloatware
  • Sway, Phone, Get Skype, Maps
  • I delete everything that I am obviously not going to use.
  • If in doubt DON’T DELETE
  • Offline Maps – Turn Everything Off Here
Back to Settings
  • Privacy
  • Go Thru EVERY tab and turn the sliders off unless you have a reason to have them on.
  • In Feedback & Diagnostics
  • Change Windows Feedback to Never
  • If you have the option under Send your device data to Microsoft Select Never OR Basic
Back to Settings
  • Update & Security
  • I Turn off Everything in Windows Defender, But you may need some form of Virus and Online protection
  • Windows Update
  • Click Advanced Options
  • Choose How Updates are delivered
  • Set to Off
Remove Pre-Installed Apps (More Removals)
Windows 10 comes with pre-installed apps or “bloatware” and basically if you don’t use them DELETE / Remove them.
  • Control Panel\All Control Panel Items
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall anything that you know you don’t need
Also you can to save some more space by removing the pre-installed apps that came with Windows 10 if you aren’t going to use those apps at all.
  • Press the windows key
  • Search for Powershell
  • Right Click Run as Admin
Enter the following commands to remove one or more apps of your choice:
(I keep calculator BUT get rid of everything else)
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *BingFinance* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *BingNews* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *BingSports* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *BingWeather* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *Getstarted* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *MicrosoftOfficeHub* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *MicrosoftSolitaireCollection* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *Office.OneNote* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *People* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *SkypeApp* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *Windows.Photos* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *WindowsAlarms* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *WindowsCalculator* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *WindowsCamera* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *windowscommunicationsapps* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *WindowsMaps* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *WindowsPhone* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *WindowsSoundRecorder* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *XboxApp* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *ZuneMusic* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *ZuneVideo* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *3DBuilder* | Remove-AppxPackage”
 
The More Automated Way is using W10Privacy
Still getting my head around this simple Windows 10 program, it combines loads of other Privacy Tweaks as well as loads of things to disable in Windows for a better experience.
  • Download it from Here
  • Run the EXE in it’s own folder by right clicking and “Run as Admin”
  • Disable / Tweak anything you want
  • Then Press Set Changed Settings, wait then restart
I tick pretty much everything except:
  • Show Hidden and Cache Files
  • Items / Services I know I use
  • Some of the Settings in Tweaks Explorer
  • Just have a quick read of the tooltip of each setting before you tick it
NOTE – If you are using Skype then after you have run this
You’ll need to unblock some hosts can find your hosts-file here:
C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts
Just open it with Editor and see if you find any lines containing “skype”, “hotmail” or “messenger.live”. If you have issues saving then, Save as a .file then delete the extension and place in the folder.
Graphics Card Overclocking
This is much safer and easier than CPU Overclocking
As with CPUs it’s still worth googling your card and the word overclock to see what settings are recommended and achievable.
The Latest GTX 1060, 1070 & 1080 Cards | Precision XOC
For Nvidia Cards Prior to the GTX 1060, 1070 & 1080 Series | Precision
For AMD & ATI Cards Use | AMDTrixx
Overclock your Monitor too you can use those tools to up your pixel clock or hz rate on your monitor, again it’s worth googling your monitor and seeing what others have achieved. You can also just Set a Custom Resolution now in the latest Nvidia Drivers.
I have my AOC 144hz Monitor @ 171hz without any issues.
BUT do this as WITH ALL THE OTHER OVERCLOCKING AT YOUR OWN RISK
And make sure you always Test your Overclocks
Test your overclocks to make sure your system is stable I run a series of 3d Mark Tests
And I also recommend 3d Mark Firestrike for general benchmarking too.
The Basic Version is FREE too!
Also http://www.cpuid.com have loads of great Monitoring Software for your Temps & Voltages.
I can recommend HWMonitor for pretty much everything, again the Freeware version is great.
Other Programs & Settings (BETA)
So these are programs, tweaks and tools that I am trying out and may be AMAZING, Useless OR Damaging, I don’t know I don’t know enough about them.
Process Lasso – http://bitsum.com
This is a Program that you can use to set process and system priorities to tasks & processes as well as a whole world of other features. I am messing around with the features at the moment & it seems good but I am yet to make up my mind.
Prio Process Priority Saver – http://www.prnwatch.com/prio/
Does a similar more slimline job that Lasso does, saving the Process Priorities so you don’t have to keep setting them.
The CMark Win 10 “Fix” – donewmouseaccel.blogspot.co.uk
This is a registry fix that removes anything that sounds like it might be acceleration related in regards. I haven’t seen any real change (after disabling Mouse Acceleration) It might be magic thinking but every frame is a gain… that doesn’t work when talking about mice does it?

Custom User.cfg Guide 3.0

Putting the ALPHA 3.0 changes here above the rest of the Guide, I have not tested all of the settings for Alpha 3.0 yet, I expect only limited amount now work.
Recommended 3.0 ALPHA USER.cfg – Motion Blur, V-Sync & Shows FPS Info
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NEW SETTINGS ADDED FOR ALPHA 3.0
; This Setting shows your FPS and Frame Latency ingame
r_DisplayInfo = 3
EXPERIMENTAL | This forces the GPU render thread to wait for the main thread to finish state updates from the network before starting to render the next frame. Might give you a smoother experience and higher frame rates at the expense of hit reg & network performance, OR it could further degrade performance.
r_enable_full_gpu_sync = 0
Important Star Citizen Specific Guides & Info
Performance & Custom USER.cfg Guide – Star Citizen Alpha 3.0 LIVE
LESS IS MORE with the current USER.cfg stuff, ONLY use settings that you understand what they do OR Use the Recommended Pre-Mades. This guide is intended to allow you to Speed up loading of Star Citizen, create your own USER.cfg & get a better experience.
IMPORTANT – SOMETIMES ERRORS IN START CITIZEN CAN OCCUR WITH THESE CHANGES, PLEASE KEEP THAT IN MIND WHEN POSTING TO THE ISSUE COUNCIL, YOU SHOULD TRY AND REPEAT THE ERROR FIRST WITHOUT THE USER.cfg
PLEASE NOTE
  • Display, Monitor & Boarderless Settings still work as intended, others my not work in 3.0.
  • PTU Builds with USER.cfgs seem pretty unstable with certain Settings, also with the LIVE and especially PTU builds USER.cfgs may skew bug reports, so keep that in mind.
  • For Star Citizen Fixes, Resources & Other Improvements Go Here, I can recommend DSR/VSR for people who want Super Quality Settings but don’t have 1440p / 4k Monitors.
  • After a Patch Xenthor’s Reshade (Shader Packs in General) & USER.cfg remain, I recommend moving or deleting and re-installing new supported versions.
In the case of the 3.X PTU & LIVE, User.cfgs work BUT:
  • If you’re experiencing a crash or bugs delete any .cfg files that are in your LIVE folder.
  • If you add settings via a custom user.cfg, return them with caution until you are certain none of them are affecting performance.
  • We are going to look how to create a USER.cfg again and fully customizing your own.
  • It’s worth doing so you are getting the optimal experience from Star Citizen.
  • So I’ve got pre-made Ultra Quality as well as Performance .cfg which you can grab below or use as a foundation.
But it’s worth spending a little bit of time and writing your own.
Creating a USER.cfg
When you write a USER.cfg Basically need to Save a txt document with the name USER.cfg into
  • INSTALL FOLDER\Cloud Imperium Games\StarCitizen\LIVE
If user.cfg stops working, rename it to User.cfg. If that doesn’t work, rename it to USER.cfg
Anything you then write or type in their will attempted to be set on game launch
Typing ; before a line will mean that line is ignored, this can be used to describe or put down notes during testing. So everything below You could copy and paste into your USER.cfg and then go down the list and set correctly.
YOU CAN USE ANY OF THESE AS LIVE CONSOLE COMMANDS IN GAME;
  • ` will bring up the Console
  • REMOVE = from any command you put into the console so r_DisplayInfo = 3 would become r_DisplayInfo 3
USER.cfg Settings & Commands
; —————————————————————————————————————————————
; Custom USER.cfg – This is a command in needed to Unlock the Console to accept Commands
Con_Restricted = 0
; This Setting reduces some of the aggressive Bloom Effects that 2.5 has, recommended set to 0 for less blinding lights.
r_OpticsBloom = 0
; This Setting basically sets the basis for your config (1-4) 1 is Low but best performance & 4 is Very High Graphics but most intensive. It sets loads of settings & it’s important it’s at the top of the .cfg so that anything below it overwrites parts of it, 3 gives great quality and performance.
sys_spec = 4
; Remove Maxfps to have a less stable max framerate (but it will be at it’s highest), I suggest setting at an achievable level, slower PCs go for 30, Fast PCs set at your monitors Refresh rate. If unsure delete the line it.
sys_maxfps = 60
; If you get screen tearing set VSync to 1 (See Below)
r_VSync = 0
; Setting Texture Sizes, Change The r_TexturesStreamPoolSize based on you Graphics Card Memory 256 for 2GB or Less, 512 for upto 3GB, 1024 for upto 4GB, 2048 for upto 6Gb. If you have over 6GB you can run 4096.
r_TexturesStreamPoolSize = 1024
; Set e_ShadowsPoolSize to half of TexturesStreamPoolSize is a good value.
e_ShadowsPoolSize = 512
; This setting is how much texture love is given to shadows, Recommend set to 128 for the most performance 512 is default and you can setup to 4096 for pretty shadows.
e_ShadowsMaxTexRes = 128
; This is again some love to shadows (0.1 – 100) 0.1 will give you best performance while 100 will give you the best shadow quality, I can’t really notice the improvement above 40.
e_ShadowsReScale = 40
; This Setting @ 1 reduces a tiny amount of realism on shadows, almost unnoticeable for some performance increase, but if you want the best looking shadows Change to 0. Can cause odd shadow bugs at 1 sometimes. AT THE MOMENT I RECOMMEND SETTING THIS TO 0!
e_GsmCache = 0
; AntiAliasing – (0 – 3) Where 0 is NO AA & 2 is More AA than 1, it’s quite resource hungry and you should be using it if you are want jagged lines to be smoothed out. At Higher Resolutions like over 1440p AA becomes less needed as the higher res smooths the lines out naturally, setting over 2 can cause issues and ghosting. 3 is SMAA but can cause Flickering. At 0 & 2 there is currently a bug that causes intense brightness , I suggest setting at 1 or Deleting.
r_AntialiasingMode = 1
; Helps with anti-aliasing if you have a AA mode set then I’d add this too. Otherwise deleter_DeferredShadingFilterGBuffer = 1
; Anistropy makes textures look better at angles and distances, (0 – 16) 0 is the best for performance & 16 is the best for Quality. It doesn’t use too much processing power so I always have it at 16.
r_TexMaxAnisotropy = 16
r_TexMinAnisotropy = 16
; Sharpening – This makes lines look crisp and sharpened / but conversely can make lines look more jagged. I recommend setting this between 0.6-1 if you are running in 1440p or higher or if you like the way it looks. 0 is none and 1 is max & Default is 0.25 (I prefer 0.4 personally)
r_Sharpening = 0.4
; This just makes sure that Mouse Smoothing & Acceleration is turned OFF!
i_Mouse_Accel = 0.0
i_Mouse_Smooth = 0.0
; These are Blur & annoying Visual Settings – Turned Off Here but they are normally Set to 1 by Default. I really dislike Blur, Bloom, HeadBob and colour bleeds in game so I set them all to 0.
r_MotionBlur = 0
r_DepthOfField = 0
r_ShadowBlur = 0
g_radialBlur = 0
r_HDRBrightLevel = 0
r_HDRBloomRatio = 0
hud_bobHud = 0
r_ChromaticAberration = 0
; SSDO is a post process that makes stuff look prettier and more realistic, SSDO is better than SSAO so I make sure SSAO is off. But SSDO can be set to 0 for Performance and up to 2 for Quality, leave SSAO at 0 unless you have a reason.
r_ssdo = 2
r_ssao = 0
; This when it works in the Cry Engine adds Better Visual Quality to certain objects but is quite hungry. Turn to 0 for more Performance, can cause slight glitches in some situations.
r_SilhouettePOM = 1
; FOV Settings – FOVs can be set from 25 to 160, CL_FOV is your main FOV. Lower FOVs will reduce the amount your can see on screen, but can give greater performance. Also VR / Multi-monitor setups will want to find an FOV that works for them. VR wise I would suggest 105 – 120. Multi-Monitor I am working on the figures now but I would expect 100 – 160. (FOV SETTINGS SEEM TO BE LOCKED CURRENTLY)
CL_fov = 80
; If you want to run Windowed Full Screen Mode then set this to 1
r_FullscreenWindow = 0
; Sets the Resolution of the Screen, Set to your needs. If you set FullscreenWindow to 1 and this to the native monitor resolution you effectively have Boarderless Windowed Mode.
r_width = 1920
r_height = 1080
; Pretty Reflections (SSR) Set 0 – 3, 0 being off & 3 being High Quality
r_SSReflections = 0
; Can give better color graduation in post-processing, 0 may give a few extra frames but picture may look “washed out” 1 is on.
r_ColorGrading = 1
EXPERIMENTAL SETTINGS
(So everthing he should work but it’s very specific to certain situations & requires fiddling with)
; Tessellation changes the number of polygons used to render an object, Highest Quality is 1 and Lowest is 20
; (Tessellation is spelled incorrectly on purpose, if the Tesselation Settings don’t work for you TRY changing it to Tessellation for all of the following).
r_TesselationTriangleSize = 10
; Allow Tessellation to be pre rendered on the GPU : 1 = On, 2= Off , If you have a powerful GPU like a 1080 OR an SLI Setup you can set this to 1
r_TesselationPreTesselateOnGPU = 1
; Hardware tesselation 0 = off 1 = on, on Newer Systems and GPUs you can set this to 1 of better Quality and Performance.
e_Tesselation = 1
;  Controls the overall Level of Detail (LOD) for the game world. The value assigned to this command determines the distance beyond which objects start to lose detail. The higher you raise this value, the more detailed distance objects will be, at the cost of performance. Default Value: 4 (Low), 6 (Medium) 20 (High), 40 (Very High)
e_LodRatio = 40
; Processor Threads & Multi-GPU Advanced Settings
; —————————————————————————————————————————————
; These are more “expert” settings for Multi-Threaded CPUs, Multi-GPUs and High End Users.
; If you have a Multi-Threaded CPU Set this to 1, if you don’t or you want to turn Multi Threads off Set to 0. *Delete if not appropriate
r_MultiThreaded = 1
; Multi GPU Settings – These are for fiddling with you GPUs, don’t include if you don’t need them for some reason! *Delete if not appropriate; If you want to turn ON the ability to try and use multiple GPU then set to 1, there are load of bugs and issues with this that can occur.
r_MultiGPU = 0
 
; Sets what GPU calculates the physics, Recommended to set to 1 (or whatever card you want to have as a dedicated physics card) if you have 2 or more Cards. *Delete if not appropriate
sys_physics_GPU = 0
; —————————————————————————————————————————————
; Adding The Lines of Code below can fix and/or cause a lot of crashes. They all effect your CPU usage & threads. If you are not having crashes or stability issues I would not include them in your USER.cfg as they can also cause a lot of issues too, include some of them if you have reason to. These are NOT PTU friendly.
; Enables navigation information updates on a separate thread 0 – off & 1 – on
ai_NavigationSystemMT = 1
; Enable particle threading
e_ParticlesThread = 1
; Use a thread to perform sub-objects meshes merging
e_StatObjMergeUseThread = 1
; Enables threaded rendering while loading
gfx_loadtimethread = 1
; The number of internal physics threads
p_num_threads = 1
; Enable the JobSystem. 0: The Jobsystem is disabled, each job is executed in its invoking thread. 1: The JobSystem is enabled, each job is invoked in one of the worker threads.
sys_job_system_enable = 0
; The Following Options Choose which Thread to run processes on, you can experiment & I would only use them to fix crashes / performance if you know what you are doing.
; Specifies the physical CPU index main will run on
sys_main_CPU = 0
; Specifies the physical CPU index physics will run on. A Stable Settings is half the Physical Cores of your Processor. On my i7 4790k I change this to 2.
sys_physics_CPU = 2
; Specifies the physical CPU file IO thread run on. A Stable Settings is the Number of Physical Cores of your Processor. On my i7 4790k I change this to 4.
sys_streaming_CPU = 4
; Multi-Monitors – Advanced Settings for Multi-Monitor Setups
; The Example Uses 3x screens for a total of 6400×1080 resolution, you need to set the Height & Width to your needs.
r_FullscreenWindow = 1
r_Fullscreen = 0
; Set to you required Resolution Height
r_Height = 1080
; Set Width to the Entire Combined Width of your Monitors
r_Width = 6400
; Regarding FOV setting, use this calculator to give you the number for your resolution http://www.rjdown.co.uk/projects/bfbc2/fovcalculator.php
cl_fov = 28

Star Citizen Performance Guide 3.0

Updated 28th December| Star Citizen 3.0 LIVE – This Article will be updated from patch to patch with the latest setup & optimization fixes, guides and signposting. Today I am going to show you various Tweaks to Star Citizen that you can use to improve performance on slower systems or make SC look better on higher systems OR a mixture of the two as well as other improvements for the game.
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Other Important Guides for Performance, Improvements & Fixes
Here are links to the Other Important Guides you will need:
THE GAME IS GOING TO CRASH, 3.0 IS STILL AN ALPHA!
Delete your USER Folder – This is a common fix for a lot of issues it’s in INSTALL FOLDER\StarCitizen\LIVE
Grab The Latest Graphics Card Drivers
AMD Radeon Adrenaline Drivers | 18.1.1 Alpha
Nvidia Geforce Drivers | 390.65
Setting your Page File
Star Citizen 3.0 loves page files.
I ALSO RECOMMEND CLOSING ALL BACKGROUND APPS!
  • Press Windows Key
  • Click In the Search Box
  • Search for “Control” then Click on it,
  • Click System
  • Click Advanced System Settings
  • Click the Advanced Tab
  • Under Performance, Click Settings
  • Under the Advanced tab Click Change…
  • Uncheck Auto manage
  • PLEASE NOTE THAT I RECOMMEND SETTING THIS TO AN SSD DRIVE
  • Set one of your Drives (preferably an SSD) to SYSTEM MANAGED SIZE
  • Set
  • All other Drives should be set to None (unless if the pagefile you set wasn’t on your OS drive & you want to leave 300mb on your main boot drive for “crash info & recovery”)
If you have loads of Ram some people recommend having no pagefile, though some applications require a page file to operate optimally.
 
Some people say if you have 16GB+ ram you should entirely disable pagefiles.
Some programs & games however are designed to operate with a Pagefile & for me it is literally faster to have one. But all gains seem to be pretty negligible.
Close The Launcher
The Star Citizen Launcher can be resource hungry, after the game is launched ensure it’s closed.
In fact you can create a shortcut to run the game from Cloud Imperium Games\StarCitizen\Public\Bin64 & Run the StarCitizen.exe (I suggest you run it as an administrator)
The Game doesn’t require the launcher to run as long as you have logged in once (it creates a login.json file) , IT DOES however need to be updated from time to time, so if you you are running straight from the .exe & you can’t get on try running the launcher, there might be an update.
Make Star Citizen Run Faster
Unpark Your Core & Threads
There is a great freeware program that stops threads from “parking” which is basically a power saving mode & makes sure they are ready to use constantly.
The effect of this is better performance in games & quicker response in general.
  • Download The CPU Unparking Utility
  • Run The EXE as an Administrator
  • Change The Slider to 100%
  • Apply & Close
Networking Improvements
The Star Citizen mini-PU servers are mostly Server bound when it comes to performance, hence why you sometimes only get 20fps but also the lack of regional servers can also lead to some Latency, poor Pings & Round Trip Times. Setting and Tweaking your Network Settings can help a lot.
TCP Optimizer 4
This program allows you to go through each of the important settings to Tweak your Rig & Network Adapter for Online Gaming & doesn’t require you to go thru the Registry.
  • Download the Program Here
  • Right Click TCPOptimizer & Run as Admin
  • Set Your Connection Speed & The Rest of The Options as Shown
You can do a bit of Research & maybe get better results too
  • Each of the Settings has a tooltip
  • You can read the full explanation and Program Manual Here
  • In The General Settings some of the settings require situational subjective optimization based on your needs, tho Optimal should still give you an improvement.
  • If You are Having Issues you can always set it to Optimal OR Windows Default
Making Star Citizen Look Better – SweetFX & Reshade
What is it?
SweetFX is a collection of post-processing shader effects for your games. Add SMAA anti-aliasing, sharpening, tweak the color, gamma, exposure and more. Xenthor’s Reshade is a great Star Citizen Pre-set for it that improves the way Star Citizen looks especially with Lighting, Shadows and General Visual Quality. There are 2 Shader Packs that I recommend you can choose between
Xenthor’s Reshade – My preferred Shader Pack, adds more defination and details to lighting and textures without over saturating color.
 
How to install
PLEASE NOTE
  • SweetFX can cause issues with MSI Afterburner & EVGA Precision.
  • After a Patch SweetFX & USER.cfg remain, I recommend moving or deleting and re-installing new supported versions.
DSR / VSR – Super Resolutions
What is it?
This is the process of downscaling higher resolutions to lower ones.
For example I use it to Render in 1440p or 4k then downscale it to 1080p
This gives some quality benefits in the forms of reducing Aliasing, detail is clearer, effects and shadows better, and overall image quality far superior.
This is an extremely resource intensive feature but for higher end machines or even for mid range machines wanting to downscale from 1440p you can get some amazing results.
Installing – Make sure you have the Latest Drivers for your Graphics Card Then:
AMD GFX VSR Settings – Virtual Super Res
Enable Virtual Super Resolution – Check On Apply
Nvidia DSR Settings (Dynamic Super Res)
DSR Factors – For 1080p Native – Choose 1.75x for 1440p & 4x for 4k
DSR – Smoothness (this reduces aliasing that occurs but you want to go for the lowest % you can for the best image quality without make images too jagged) You’ll want to adjust smoothness to your preference – For 1440p I go for around 17% but for 4k only 10%.
System Specs
Inputs
  • Element Gaming Mechanical Keyboard – UK | US
  • Roccat Nyth Modular Mouse – UK | US
  • Roccat Apuri Bungee – UK US
Monitors
Other
  • Sennheiser HDR 180 Headphones – UK | US
  • Blue Yeti Microphone – UK | US
  • Thorshu Grey Space Crab Desktop Assistant
  • Logitech C922 Webcam – UK | US
For a Budget System Build Guide – Read The Full Article HERE

Xi'An Nox Ship Buyer's Guide

What is it?

The Aopoa or Xi’An Nox is 1 Seater Fast, Sleek, Maneuverable, open canopy Space Bike, geared towards racing & a bit of Combat on both Ground & in Space.

The Sale

It’s available on concept sale for $35 as a Warbond (which is a discounted price if you don’t use store credit) OR $40 if you are using Store Credit ex taxes.

The Sale runs until July 3rd, 2017 & during the sale comes with:

The SelfLand Hangar, Lifetime Insurance, (2 pieces of hangar flair) a Nox Model & a Nox Poster.

The Nox comes in 2 flavors the Standard Nox which in Black & the Nox Kue which comes in Silver as well as being a limited version available for the duration of the concept sale.

And there are 2 packs & 5 packs as well as 2 with a starfarer available at a discount.

The Nox is expected to cost $45 once flight-ready.

And it looks to be Flight Ready with the 3.0 Live Release soon.

Vital Stats

It has 2 Size 1 hardpoints for weapons coming with 2 M3a Laser Cannons.

It’s components are geared towards racing with competition parts whereas the Dragonfly has civilian ones which are more balanced.

It has competition standard Xi’An Engines that should give the ship a lot of speed & agility.

The Nox has a top SCM speed of 220 with Afterburner of 550.

On the ground it will float 1 meter above the ground at around 100m per second.

Nox Sizes | 5.5m long x 1.5 wide x 1.5 high

The Nox can be carried in any ship that has enough room in it’s cargo hold, and therefore SECURED there. This includes Freelancer, Cutlass (new) and Constellation as well as larger ships. For smaller ships with cargo space like the Reliant & Avenger, it can physically fit but it cannot be secured. This may lead to damage or destruction of both ships. Securing ships in Cargo areas is a mechanic that will be in Alpha 3.0

What do We Know About The Ship?

  • The Nox is more geared towards racing & combat whereas the Dragonfly is more focused at exploring and scouting & looting.
  • The Nox protects it’s pilot with armor that comes up above the rider’s back to guard a little more from behind potentially giving it’s pilot more protection than the Dragonfly and has a windscreen fully covering the front of the rider.
  • The Nox is 1 Seater & the pilot seat themselves like a racing bike compared with the upright seating of the Dragonfly which also has the bonus of being able to have an addition rear facing passenger.
  • It can be used in Space & on a Planets surface.
  • The Bike uses a holographic HUD that will be projected when you start it up.
  • It is faster & more maneuverable than the Dragonfly, tho The Nox won’t be as good on coarse terrain as the Dragonfly is, this may make the Dragonfly more competitive in certain races.
  • It can be stored in Cargo Bays of ships with enough room & it is smaller than the Dragonfly 5.5m long x 1.5 wide x 1.5 high compared to the dragonfly which is 6.5 long x 2.25 wide x 1.25 high. So that means potentially more Noxes in ships. Like the Cutlass, Freelancer & anything with an appropriately large cargobay.
  • They are suitable as light short range escorts, for ships that can deploy them.
  • The Nox is unable to enter OR exit atmosphere without the aid of a parent ship.
  • The Ship does not have a quantum OR jump drive

  • The Nox can use all it’s thrusters on the ground, it can’t really fly or anything once in gravity BUT it can use boosts of speed to do some cool maneuvers & it will be fast enough to cross water and oceans.
  • Armor is still being balanced & certain armor may restrict what seats you can sit in. They haven’t confirmed what armor will be restricted while riding the Nox OR any other ship for that matter.
  • All ships can travel pretty much indefinitely in SCM mode, Afterburner fuel is limited tho.
  • It hovers at all times, using emergency power, no landing gear.
  • Currently the Nox will lean with you when you strafe, and when you are done with the yaw portion of the turn, you will continue to lean until you stop skidding.
  • The Nox has NO space for extra storage at all, only what you character carries. The Dragonfly has an advantage here with the ability to take cargo OR another passenger.
  • You’ll probably be able to paint your ship and add decals to quite a high level of customization. BUT the sovereignty of limited edition “skins” or “versions” will still be there, it’s still going to have that original special finish feel. They exploring the idea of unique badges and identifiers for the limited edition variants.  While you may be able to paint a standard Nox silver in the future, it won’t ever be a “Nox Kue.”
  • In the future we will be able to switch components out of the Dragonfly & Nox, there will be better Competition Grade Components for Racing BUT probably ones more combat, stealth orientated or other role focused types too. They are vehicle sized components which are smaller than the Ship Small/Light Components.
  • The Nox has the ability to manage it’s emissions & components to be more stealthy, just like every other ship & vehicle.
  • The Nox is designed for speed, travel & racing. It will be very good at flanking on the ground too, due to it’s speed and 2 size 1 fixed weapons, it has no ability to change these for gimbals tho.
  • It’s possible that if the ship entirely loses power that it could fall out of the air & possibly trap it’s driver / have a crawling out animation OR something, it’s something they are looking into.

Issue Council Guide & Disconnection Codes

Welcome to some more Star Citizen, today I wanted to do a brief guide about how to use the Issue Council & Disconnection Codes.

Testing Star Citizen and reporting bugs on the issue council is an important part of the Alpha, participation will get you earlier access to PTU builds but also help in the development of the game. But Please remember the Issue Council is for Bugs & not Balance problems, there are appropriate threads about balance and game mechanics on the forums.

Issue Council

You can find in in the Community, Issue Council Section on the RSI website.

It’s worth Taking the tour but let’s walk you thru quickly how to do everything.

Tour – https://robertsspaceindustries.com/community/issue-council

There are 3 Stages of an Issue,

  1. Contribute – where you create reports OR add to reports that have already been found
  2. Prioritize – you can literally up and down vote issues to prioritize them.
  3. Resolve – The Report Will Then Be, Acknowledged, FIXED or INVALID.

Create a Report

To create a report, you must be signed in and you must have access to a game package on your account. Choose if you want to report an issue with the Game, Website OR eventually Spectrum by clicking the appropriate section then:

Click on the “Add Report” button that appears above the listing inside each module.

Choose a concise title for your bug that describes it at a glance, such as “Disappearing Weapons Star Marine”

The System will do a quick search to see if there are any similar bugs, if your bug has already been discovered click on the bug OR the contribute button, then add your contribution to this instead… it all helps.

If it is unique / undiscovered then continue with your report.

DXDiag

Whether you are contributing to an existing report OR adding a new one you’ll need to setup a Computer Profile OR Specifications. The left panel contains the required base fields that measure your computer’s performance. You’ll also need to upload your DXDiag

  1. Hold down the Windows Key and then hit the “R” key.
  2. Enter “dxdiag” in the “Open” text field.
  3. Click on “OK”.
  4. Wait for the text file to be generated.
  5. Click “Save All Information…” and save the file to your computer.
  6. Upload that file to the as your Issue Council Computer Profile.

Completing this page is only required once then it’s on your account, obviously if your Hardware setup changes then CLEARING it and adding it again is advised.

Now enter your issue’s details as well as the steps you would take to repeat the “bug”.

It’s important to take your time and enter as many details as possible while remaining factual & precise. The easier it is for others to reproduce the issue, the more successful your issue report will be. Be concise and accurate your goal here is for others to understand the issue & be able to repeat it themselves if possible

Contributing to Existing Reports

As I said earlier you can contribute to existing issue reports by clicking on the “Contribute” button in the issue report details page. If you feel the report is valid, attempt to reproduce the issue then describe your findings and add relevant media evidence.

Prioritize

Once a report has been Confirmed by the community it can be prioritized,  you can up-vote tickets you want fixed sooner than the others. Down-vote the reports that you feel are not critical.

 

CIG developers are always on the lookout for new high-priority issues. Once they are satisfied that a report is as complete as possible and that the community have voiced their opinion the devs will Acknowledge the report and import it into their internal tracking system. When the build containing the fix is launched the issue report will be set to Fixed.

And that is the basics of the Issue Council, PTU Builds go out in waves & the wave you are in is based on your participation in the Issue Council, not just discovering bugs, but contributing and prioritizing too.

 

Disconnection Codes

https://robertsspaceindustries.com/faq/disconnection-codes

CIG also have a Disconnection Code FAQ to help educate players on how they can better use this information to describe code-related errors in Issue Council.

Important Notes

  • Disconnection codes are symptomatic of something going wrong; they are not true diagnostics that you can use to resolve an issue. A good analogy is when someone is coughing… the cough is bad, but there could be any number of causes behind it. The cough is the disconnect code. 🙂
  • The steps to obtain each Code can be quite different per situation, which is why including precise Steps To Reproduce in the Issue Council is absolutely vital to our tracking the issue down. An example of this would be two friends each getting a Code 20007… while the error code is the same, the causes for each could be completely separate and independent of each other.
  • When entering an Issue Council report, make sure that you add the Code error (if you have one) you get plus a brief description in the subject, such as “Error Code 20007 When Loading Into Crusader”.

Code 10000:

Code 10000 happens when the game client isn’t able to find us due to something preventing the game client from being able to find our servers. These will almost always be an issue that is client side.

Code 10001:

Code 10001 happens when the game client is having issues connecting to the authentication service.

Code 10003:

Code 10003 occurs when the game client can connect to the authentication service but either has corrupted persistence cache data, or is unable to reach the database to get its persistent data.

Code 20005/30005:

Code 20005/30005 happens when a login attempt fails due to invalid data. Many of these can be fixed by doing launcher troubleshooting such as ensuring that the game folder has read and write permissions and running the launcher as admin to generate new login information.

Code 20000/30000:

Code 20000/30000 is our general timeout message. You’ll get this message when your connection to the game server times out, but you’re still connection to the backend platform service is still active. In almost all cases, this is due to an actual game server crash or an issue within the game that can disconnect you.

An internal example of the latter occurred on our QA environment (this never made it to public) when one client would exit the game and all other clients were forcefully disconnected.

Code 20003/30003:

Code 20003/30003 is a version mismatch which occurs when the server checks the version of the game installed and finds that there is an older version of the client. The way to resolve this is to Verify Files or, in very rare situations, fully reinstall the game.

Code 20004/30004:

Our matchmaking service contains several different rules to assign clients to servers. This response occurs when the matchmaking service puts someone into a server that is full.

In most situations, the service should not assign you to a server that is already full, but we’re finding edge cases where this gets returned. We’ll continue to isolate, identify, and fix these as they come up.

Code 20007/30007:

Code 20007/30007s occur when the game client receives information that it isn’t expecting. A good example is when a bad asset in the game exists, such as when we discovered that Cutlasses were disconnecting all clients on the internal QA server because of an invalid ID.

Code 20008/30008:

Code 20008/30008 is defined as an authentication error. This infrequently can mean authentication in terms of your account ID and password, but for the most part indicates a backend data mismatch.

Code 20009/30009:

Code 20009/30009 occurs when someone successfully connects and authenticates into a game server but times out when verifying the session.

We hope this small insight into code errors has been helpful in understanding the nature of these disconnect codes and how it can help you provide more accurate information to Issue Council reports.

 

Star Marine & Star Citizen Maps

These are the Star Marine Maps Station Demien, Echo 11, the Various Star Citizen Persistent Universe Station’s Grim Hex & even Levski as shown in the original 3.0 Demo made by _Litauen, they show off vital areas of each map including Ammo Reloads, Medi Stations, Capture Points, Points of Interest, aUEC Items & Spawns. I think they are super useful to have on a second screen when you are playing. Open them in a new tab OR Save them to see them in all their glory.


Star Marine Maps


Persistent Universe – Stations of Crusader


 

How Radar Works in 2.6

How Radar Works in 2.6

I spent a ton of time this week doing tests to see how the radar works in Star Citizen’s new module Star Marine. I came across a lot of things that were obvious but I also found a few things that were quite interesting.  Keep in mind this is all how it works currently in patch 2.6, future patches are expected to update and make changes to the current radar system.

The Basics

Radar is based on sight and sound.  If you make noise or are spotted, you will show up on a players radar.  Radars are shared by teammates, sort of, we will go into that a bit later.

The radar is located near the bottom of your screen in the center.  Your position is in the center of the circle pictured below:

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Players are represented by tiny triangles all over the radar, with lines directing to them.

  • Friendly players are blue, enemies are red.
  • If the line directs up to the triangle, the player is located above you.
  • If the line directs down, the player is located below you.
  • If the line directs straight to the player they are located on the same plane as you.

How Players are Detected

Noise

  • If you walk or run you will show on radar.
  • If you shoot on or in the same physics grid as a player you will show up on their radar and teams.

Visual

  • If you are seen by a player, even across the map you will be seen on their radar (for now it appears to not be the case for the teams radar, but I am sure that is a bug).
    • Players ~70m and closer will have a red triangle over their head to make it easier to target.
    • Players ~71m and further will show up on radar if they are seen, but will not have the triangle above their head and are difficult to spot.

How to Avoid Detection

  • If you do not make noise, or are not in any enemies visuals, you will disappear of the radar.
  • If you are no longer on someones radar (there currently is no cue to tell you that you are undetected), and you crouch or prone these movements are considered stealthy.  You can move freely without being detected by noise.  If you are seen you will show up.
  • Eva Movement does not make noise, so you if you are not seen, you will not show up.
  • Melee does not make noise.

If you want to see the tests that I did in video format check out my YouTube Guide below:

I hope you all enjoyed this post, feel free share it with your friends!  Leave a comment below if you think I missed anything, this is a pretty basic understanding of the radar to give you a few ideas of how to take advantage of it as it is key in Star Marine at the moment.  If you like what we do here at [Redacted] please consider supporting the team on Patreon.

How To Build a $100 Gaming PC | Guide & Benchmarks

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This is a writen guide & a load of links to help you Build your own $100 – 300 Gaming PC which is VR Ready and can even play 1440p games well enough!
You can Support These Guides with the Links Below:
 
Well we are going to budget $200 for a Graphics card – an Nvidia GTX 970/1060 or AMD RX480/470 (RX480s are currently not suitable as they have a power issue) and $100 on sourcing EVERYTHING else to build our base tower…
in fact we might be able to get it all as one already.
Most of the parts in this Guide are 2nd hand BUT it is easily repeatable.
All of the items should be available to get yourself & put together.
Quick Links
Check out Processors on the Intel ARK Website
Windows 10 Pro on Kinguin
Nvidia GTX 1060 (This is my Recommended Mid Range Card)
ScrapYard Citizen – First Budget Server Dual CPU Build
Quick Recommendations
  • Look for Working Dell T3500 Workstations from eBay.
  • Xeon X5600 / W3600 / W3500 Range CPUs (X5650 6 Core & W3565 4 Core being the best bang for buck I have found) The W3565 is my favorite CPU.
  • You want a minimum of 2.9Ghz Core Clock on your CPU.
  • Windows 10 Pro as an operating system, Tho Steam OS is a free option.
  • Best Bang for buck GFX Cards – GTX 1060 (Amazing Card)
  • Then GTX 970, R9 290, GTX 960, R9 380 in that order again for performance to expense.
  • Get at least 8GB Ram / 12GB is all you need max for just Gaming.
  • RX480 Reference Models are NOT SUITABLE for this build currently, they work but you have to mess around with loads of stuff and I am lazy. The GTX 1060 is a better choice.
Guide Index
Sourcing The Parts
Our System Specs
Installing
Benchmarks
Conclusion
Sourcing The Parts
We’re going to be grabbing a base unit and anything else we need for around $100 or for me around £70-80. This is going to be everything we need for the base unit ex-graphics card.
Firstly eBay is your Friend, I am going to spend $200 of my budget in this case on a graphics card a 2nd hand GTX 970 OR a brand new GTX 1060, I was kindly given a STRIX OC Gaming RGB GTX 1060 by Asus which is a little overkill for this budget build, but if you are looking for something that looks amazing as well as performs but still on a buget this card is for you the RGB element of setting up the card for your needs and astetics is really cool & it looks like a much more expensive card.
You might of seen on LinusTechTips or some other channels building super cheap rigs from Server Components and they are right, but you can source Servers or my preference Workstation PCs equivalent to 2nd Gen i7s incredibly cheaply & you can source much less obsolete tech with a little research or knowledge.
In All Cases look for Towers rather than Rackmounts or Blades.
Servers
HP Proliant ML350 G6 – Dual CPU
HP Proliant ML370 G6 – Dual CPU
HP Proliant ML110 G6
HP Proliant ML330 G6
The HP Proliant ML G6 Towers are erratic in price in the UK I have picked up a pair for £50 each fully outfitted before. But eBay can sometimes have none on for days.
Workstations
Z210
Z400
Z600 – Dual CPU
Z800 – Dual CPU
The Z000 Ranges are a bit more expensive but extremely good build quality not suitable for super cheap builds.
Recommended Workstations!
Dell PowerEdge – T3500
Dell PowerEdge – T5500
The Dell PowerEdge T3500 & 5500 are perfect.
The T3500 especially so, they are widely available with new auctions available very regularly & they are old enough to be extremely cheap but new enough to have PCI-e 2 x16, DDR3 Ram, Support some powerful Xeon 4 – 6 core processors.
All of the Servers and workstations that I mentioned are easily source-able BUT it’s worth looking around as stocks change & you can get great deals if you are persistent.
Over the last month there have been dozens of the T3500 workstation of sale for £30-90 with varying Hardware. Other’s will be suitable too, the main things you need to check
Mobo & Case
Always search for the Workstation,Server or motherboard online to SEE ITS compatibility & specs. Towers require a lot less faffing around and are pretty much like standard rigs. Rackmounts or Blades might be loads cheaper BUT THEY ARE A PROJECT for you to get working.
PSUs
Does it come with a power supply & what’s it’s Wattage
A lot of these Servers and workstations use proprietary PSUs and standard ones won’t work with the motherboards, tho you can hack some to work OR just use a 2nd PSU like I do IF you need more power. Do they have 6/8 pin for GFX?
x16 PCI-e Slot
Room on the board & case for a full length full height x16 PCI-e Card.
Does it have a x16 Slot, is that slot full height and full length & what Generation is it.
Gen2 x16 is perfect IF you can get Gen3 THAT IS AWESOME!
But go for at least a Gen2 x16 Full Height Slot.
RAM
You can source this incredibly cheaply later, it’s worth checking its ram compatibility online tho. Servers are especially finicky with Ram so always double check, ALSO for gaming I feel you only need 8GB with 12GB if you really want.
CPU
This will be the most expensive part of the build other than the GFX
We don’t want bottlenecking – And we’re talk more about that later BUT in brief
You want Quad Core at least
Xeon (Zee-on) is not a dirty word
Check out Processors on the Intel ARK Website
I recommend X5500 / X5600 / W3600 (6 Core) / W3500s where possible
These are all pretty cheap Xeon CPUs that are still relevant today
Processors will range from $5 – 200. So look around and check ALL appropriate compatible CPUs you might be able to get a better CPU at a cheaper price!
OR you might get one (or 2) with your system anyway.
The Best CPU I have found Price to Performance is the W3565.
Other than that the X55/5600 Range are awesome too. There are Hex Cores in that range for those of you that want to be budget power users…. Make sure you research your board’s compatibility. Go for something with at least 2.9GHz Core Speed.
Google
IN ALL SITUATIONS GOOGLE IS YOUR FRIEND.
Make sure you google WHATEVER SYSTEM Spec on Google, then CPU compatibility, will it fit… If you ask me and I don’t know the first thing I will do is google your question as you asked it.
Real World Gains
It’s important to remember that tho synthetic benchmarks & stacking certain components like RAM might give us higher scores on those benchmarks it’s not necessary a real world increase to gaming performance. And we will find with most modern games that the GPU is the most important part of the system and CPUs won’t bottleneck as often as some people might think as long as they have strong single core performance and at least 4 threads.
The Spec & Cost Breakdown
So in this video and the most easily replicable I found was:
Dell Precision T3500 Quad Core Xeon W3565 3.2GHz
So after a couple of days eBay searching this time I spotted a
Dell Precision T3500
I was able to pick the System up including:
The Tower Case
PSU – 500w – Came with 1 6-pin adapter for GFX Cards
CPU – Xeon W3565 Quad Core 3.2GHz
GFX – Nvidia Quadro NVS 295 (This is Scrap)
Ram – 6GB 10600E Ram (3x2GB Sticks)
Total – £70 / $92
The CPU isn’t an X Series but has a good clock speed and spoilers the GPU gets maxed out in most of my tests before the CPU does.
RAM – Additional 2GB £3 / $4
I grabbed some extra 10600E Ram for the test just 2GB more, the joy of a lot of the workstations over servers is that Ram compatibilty and configurations are a lot more slack.. I have 4 sticks & 3 different types of stick in this PC (I don’t recommend it… But it seems to be ok)
HDD / SSD
I’m using a 2nd hand 120GB SSD that I got for $15 or £12 now. You might not want to use 2nd hand harddrives, or you might have your own. But you can grab super cheap mechanical ones or small 60-120GB SSDs for under $25 on amazon.
OS – Windows 10 Pro
OS wise you need to go Windows 10 pro, it’s cheap as hell I think you can get it for $20 on Kinguin or upgrade your version of Windows cheaply or for free.
I’ve made a huge Optimization and setup guide for Windows 10 & why to choose it, please check that out for more info.
Other
  • On eBay or where ever you buy make sure it’s USED & not for parts / not working.
  • Sell anything you don’t want, you might want to not use the GFX Card or CPU the Workstation comes with, consider selling it!
  • These workstations come with onboard Audio WHICH is awesome lots of the servers I have worked with required getting sound cards.
So with this Scrap Build I wanted to see how a more powerful clocked chip can compare to our previous ScrapYard Computer as if the single CPU still gives great performance IT OPENS UP A LOAD MORE build opportunities from eBay / Servers & Workstations. Again please checkout the build we made from a Proliant ML350 G6 for gaming, but we benched that with a 980ti and we learnt lessons from that build.. Like we don’t need 16 cpu threads!
Overclock (SetFSB)
We are not overclocking in this video at all, in a future one we’re use FSBSet?? & EVGA Precision to get the most out of the build & with budget builds you should squeeze as much as you can out of your money BUT it deserves a whole video & article dedicated to it with signposting and tips… every overclock, CPU, GPU, motherboard and Ram are different.
But with the CPU I have other people seem to be getting the base 3.2GHz clock to 4.2-4.3
That would be pretty impressive. So yes OVERCLOCK but research and google the specifics of your setup.
 
Benchmarking – With a GTX 970
3d Mark Firestike & Extreme
9290 & then 4812 in Extreme (tho in extreme I was also recording using obs)
It’s a great score for $300 BUT these synthetic and don’t equade to real world frames in gaming really. Tho it’s done what I wanted here and is over there recommendation for VR.
Vive VR – In Game
I played some Vive Games, The Lab & Portal Stories VR, no complaints.
Couldn’t tell it wasn’t my main PC.
Ashes of Singularity – Benchmark
Are on the screens for you to look at,
Average Framerates of 39-40
Overwatch – In Game
Really Impressive
1080 100 – 160 fps / 120 average
1440p 58 – 80 fps / 65 average
Star Citizen – In Game
It was locking at 60FPS in all of my tests I think it was an issue with me trying to use prescion.
But after I turned that off we had some impressive results in Area 18 & Single Player Vanduul Swarm. Smashing averages of 60 – 80 frames, with lows of 48 & highs of 120.
Benchmarking – With a GTX 1060
 
Star Citizen – With the GTX 1060 Low Frames of 55, highs again of 120 but averages close to 100 in Drone Sim Vanduul Swarm all on Very High Settings.
 
Thoughts & Conclusion
The PC is awesome, I have bought 4 or 5 now I can’t even remember. I have loads of ideas about shaving off costs / getting more performance for a little more money / Modding & doing silly stuff with them.
 
Bottlenecks
So bottlenecking is where a component is being maxed out or fully utilised and prevents another from being able to fully utilised because of that.
This is most common with CPU – GPU and vice versa. This actually happens much more rarely than you think BUT when we are talking about 970s and RX480s what we want is the GPU to be maxed out where possible, that means the rest of our budget system isn’t holding it back… and with this $100 computer we are not constraining the GTX 970 BUT IF WE WERE:
1440 / 4k – If you are buying something like this as a temp solution or even to upgrade or a backup and you upgrade your video card to a 1080 or something then you are likely to get the CPU bottlenecking eventually, you get great frames BUT your CPU will be maxed out and you might only be using 50% of your GPU. This is the time to up your Resolution, whether that be DSR or VSR (literally downscaling a higher res like 4k to a lower res like a 1080p monitor) that will basically put more pressure on your GPU to get it more utilised BUT also you get a much better visual experience.
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Do the research and pick yourself up a bargain, I am going to need to see if I can get it to fully utilize a GTX 1080. I suspect I would need to change up the processor and perform much Overclock BUT that’s for another time.
Next Time We Shall Take a Look at:
  • More Ram – I’ll put 16GB in total in here.
  • Overclocking
  • RX470
  • Hex-Core Processor – W3680 @3.6GHz 12 Threads
  • Let’s put a GTX 1080 in too for Science
GFX Card Wise we have a brand new Sapphire RX480 – £175.99 BUT
For a Budget System I recommend a Nvidia GTX 1060, GTX 970, AMD R9 290 then a GTX 960 in that order rated from highest to lowest for performance but also expense.
I will look at some various GFX changes to this PC so the RX460 & 470 as well as some of the Nvidia 9 & 10 Series.
Spraying / Modding
For those of you interested I have grabbed $3 or £2 of spraypaint from a £1 near my house and sparyed the front bezel and side panel Yellow & I’m going to do all the other T3500s I bought different colors:
I Cleaned it first
Added a £2 fan from amazon to the CPU with cable ties
Cables – Sata, Converters & Adapters (List them)
I am going to remove everything out of the case too.
Please checkout our original ScrapYard Citizen Build.
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Please share with me you budget build wants, desires, failures & successes!
*I take no responsibility for any money lost or bad luck that may befall you, also BE CAREFUL with PSUs those things can be dangerous!

Keep It Safe! Preserving Custom Keybindings

To say that Star Citizen has a lot of keybindings is in understatement. On top of which, the default settings might not feel intuitive for your personal tastes. Good news is that we can customize the settings to our liking for the keyboard, mouse, gamepad and joystick.

To Access Keybindings:

  • Press [Esc] to access the Main Menu
  • Choose Options
  • On the Options Menu choose Keybindings
  • Click [Advanced  Controls Customizations]

If you do customize the settings, it’s essential for your mental health that you make use of the export feature to save a copy of your configuration to an external file. You should also copy the XML file that is created, to a location outside of the Star Citizen game folders.  This will allow you to copy it back into the appropriate location after a new patch, which suggests deleting the USER folder, which would in turn delete your custom keybindings.

The other reason I recommend exporting/saving your custom keybindings, is that it allows you to experiment with variations. Using sensible naming conventions, you can try different settings until you find the one that works best for you, without having to muck with the keybindings back and forth.

I use very specific keybindings for character movement. I personally find that the QWERTY keys suit me better than WASD + modifiers to strafe and/or turn. As the behavior of features have changed, I’ve had to re-prioritize which actions are buttons on my HOTAS. Having different versions of keybindings I can test and retrieve at will, has been extremely useful.

With the continued refinement of the default keybindings, I’ve reverted to only changing the keybindings that are must haves for me. Things I can’t function without being set to my liking. Being able to import these back in after a patch is a huge time saver and a feature that all players should be aware exists. Here’s a link to the image in the video you can keep as a reminder of the steps.