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How to Use an Android Phone / Tablet as Keyboard on PS4

I really loved playing games on a computer. But there comes a time when you understand that in order to enjoy gaming to maximum, you definitely need a gaming console. And what could be better than a PS4 for this? When I switched from PC to PS4, I really loved games on the PS4, and they were way better than their PC version. But there was one thing that I found very annoying with PS4 and probably with any console out there. It is really hard to type using a controller on the console. The virtual keyboard is big and you have to take the cursor from one side all the way to the other side and then back. It is a tiring process and was a big headache for me when I wanted to enter some letter in Capitals.

Well, that was way back and Sony understood this problem, this is why they came up with a method using which people and gamers could use their Android Phone / Tablet as a keyboard on PS4. Yes, many of you might not know about it but it is possible. And all you need is a smartphone and you can type on your PS4 just as simple as you type on your phone. Just follow the steps below to use your Android Phone / Tablet as a keyboard in PS4.

Steps to Use an Android Phone / Tablet as Keyboard on PS4

Step 1: The first thing that you will to use your smartphone as keyboard on PS4 is the PlayStation app. In order to download it, head over to the Google Play Store and there search for the “PlayStation App”. Download it and install it on your Android Phone / Tablet.

Step 2: After the app is installed, open it and then you will have to log in to your PlayStation Now account. It should be the same account that you have logged in on your PS4.

Step 3: Now connect your Android Phone / Tablet to you’re the Wi-Fi. It should be the same Wi-Fi to which your PS4 is connected. This is important to make sure both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi.

Step 4: On the next home screen that you see on the Android device will have an option to connect to PS4. Tap on that.

Smartphone as Keyboard on PS4

Step 5: The app will search for the PS4 device and once you see your PS4 on the device screen, tap on it. Your device will connect to your PS4 and you will be prompted to enter a code.

Step 6: Now in your PS4, got to the Settings and then search for “PlayStation App Connection Settings”. Go into it and then select the option “Add Device”.

Step 7: As soon as you select to “Add device”, you will see a code on your screen. You need to enter the same code on your smartphone.

Step 8: Once the code matches, your Android Phone / Tablet will get connected to PS4.

Step 9: You will see a second screen option on the Smartphone app. Tap on it.

Step 10: On the screen, you will see two options on the top left corner. Tap on the icon that looks like Keyboard.

And that is all. Now you just need to type on your Android Phone / Tablet and the same text is going to appear on the PS4. This solved a lot of my problems and if you have been one facing the same problem, get your smartphone and enjoy this handy and useful feature of PS4.

How to Use Your iPhone as Keyboard on PS4

PS4 is a great gaming console. Running all types of games, giving you all the entertainment at one place, allowing you to browse the internet, YouTube, watch movies, listen to music and what not. However, there is one thing that irritates most of the gamers the most. That is the keyboard. It feels so easy to type anything on the keyboard, but typing anything feels a bit tough and irritating on PS4 using the controller. If you are also one of those who feels typing on PS4 using controller a bit annoying, there is a good news for you. We have brought you a method using which you can use your iPhone as keyboard on PS4. Yes, it is possible and you can do it as well if you own an iPhone. Just follow the steps that have been provided below to type using your iPhone on your PS4.

Pre-requisites

Before you begin, there are few things you should take care of before beginning the procedure. All these steps are important if you wish to successfully use your iPhone as Keyboard on PS4.

• Make sure your PS4 is on.
• Your PS4 should be connected to a Wi-Fi.
• Your iPhone should also be connected to the same Wi-Fi to which your PS4 is connected.

Steps to Use iPhone as Keyboard on PS4

Step 1: First of all you will need the official PS4 app on your smartphone. Just head over to the Apple App Store and search for the PS4 app.

Step 2: Once you see the PS4 app on your screen, download and install it on your iPhone.

Step 3: Once the app is downloaded, open the PS4 application.

Step 4: In the PS4 application, look at the bottom left corner. There you will see an option named “Connect to PS4”. Tap on it.

Step 5: A new screen will appear on your iPhone with just text on it asking you to add your PS4 with the iPhone.

Step 6: Now turn on your PlayStation 4 and open the main screen.

Step 7: Open Settings on your PlayStation 4.

Step 8: In Setting, find the “PlayStation App Connection Settings” and Press X Button. You might have to scroll down a bit in order to find that option.

Step 9: A new screen will appear with an “Add Device” option on it. Press button X on the controller.

Step 10: In a new screen you will find an 8 digit number. This is the same number that you will have to enter on your iPhone. There is a limited amount of time in which you should enter the code in your iPhone PS4 app.

Step 11: After entering the number on the PS4 app, tap on the send button.

Step 12: Now you will receive a notification on your TV or PS4 informing you of a newly added device which you also be able to see on the screen.

Step 13: Now you have successfully connected your iPhone to your PS4. Now go to PS4 app home screen. There you will find an option saying “Second Screen”. Tap on it.

Step 14: In the new screen, search the top left corner for two small icons. These two options allow you to control your PS4 via iPhone. The first option is just a remote. Tap on the second keyboard icon or the right icon among the two.

Step 15: It will open a keyboard in front of you using which you can type on your PS4 using your iPhone. We recommend to turn your iPhone sideways and type comfortably.

And that is all. You have successfully connected your iPhone and you can use it as a keyboard on your PS4. When you are done, you can disconnect your iPhone from PS4 and can reconnect it anytime. However, whenever you connect it for the second time, you won’t have to enter the 8-digit code again and again. Your phone will connect to PS4 directly.

How to Increase (or Decrease) Headphone / Headset Volume on PS4

We all love PS4, but one thing that e didn’t like about it was, there is no way by which you can control the volume of your headset or headphone. And by the way, the volume that you hear on your headphone is really very low. It is something that has been bugging us since very long and people have tried almost everything to get most out of their PlayStation 4 console in terms of earphone audio.

Increase (or Decrease) Headphone / Headset Volume on PS4

Method 1: Via Settings

However, after waiting for a long time, Sony heard the problems faced by the users and released an update to their PS4 Software which features a lot of new features as well as including few hidden things that solved many of our problems including adjustments to microphone and headset volume.

Now you can access the microphone settings from the PS4 settings only. In order to do that, you need to follow the steps given below:

  1. First, go to the PS4 Home Screen and from there scroll up to go to the Home Menu.
  2. Scroll down to find the Settings and then press X button.
  3. In Setting, you will find Devices option. Go to it and then press X button.
  4. Under Devices you will find Audio Devices. Select it by pressing X.
  5. There you will be able to see a bar to adjust the Microphone volume. Change is as per your requirement and then click OK. (Note: This feature can only be accessed when you have a headset connected to your PS4)
  6. Now, when you speak, you will be able to see the level of input volume and you can play around with the microphone level as well.
  7. After you are done, press OK.

Method 2: Increasing the TV Volume

Many of you might not know, but when you connect your PS4 to TV using HDMI cable or some other connector, the audio gets connected too. Now you can connect the headphones or earphones to the TV and then increase the TV volume to change the sound as per your wish.

Method 3: Get an Audio Splitter

An HDMI audio splitter could be another good choice if you wish to vary the headphone volume a lot. It is basically a device that takes the input from HDMI cable which is in return connected to PS4. There is two output coming out of the splitter, one for mic and other for sound. You can connect your headphone to the splitter output port and vary the volume as you want.

 

How To Set Up PS4 Remote Play On Windows 10 – Step By Step Guide

Sony has brought out an update for the new PlayStation 4 which allows you to stream and play PlayStation 4 games on Windows and Mac systems. This also enables you to play parallel on both the systems. One person can play on PC while one more person parallelly can play on the linked PS4 as a local multiplayer game via PS4 Remote Play.

The update has opened up a bundle of opportunities for people who share the TV or play games. The setup of this futuristic feature is general and easy provided you are provided with a good internet connection. Games can be played even when you are not at home.

There are 2 main features announced for the Sony PlayStation in the PS4 Remote play version 2.0.0 update is:

  • You can now make use of the microphones on your Windows or Mac system for voice chat in games.
  • Stability while using some of the features has been improved.

Prerequisites Before you begin the Setup:

Before beginning with the setup lets learn about the basic requirements for setting up your PS4 Remote Play. Below given is the list of thing you need before starting the setup:

System(Windows or Mac) with some given below elaborated basic specifications.

  • 2 GB of RAM.
  • A spare USB port in the system.
  • A dual shock 4 controllers with a USB cable.
  • Proper internet connection either wired or WiFi network of 5Mbps, fast enough to let you download or upload remote online play.

If it is a Windows PC:

  • Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 Operating System
  • Intel Core i5-560M Processor clocked at 2.67 GHz or faster
  • 100 MB or more of available storage space on your hard disk
  • 2 GB or more of RAM
  • 1024 x 768 or higher display resolution. So it would be better if you have a full HD monitor attached to your PC.
  • USB port

If it is Mac OS system you will need a computer with either of the following specifications:

  • OS X Yosemite or OS X El Capitan
  • Intel Core i5-520M Processor 2.40 GHz or faster
  • 40 MB or more of available storage
  • 40 MB or more of available storage2 GB or more of RAM
  • 2 GB or more of RAMUSB port
  • USB port

If you are using a system that has a built-in microphone or supports it, remote play can be used to send the signal to your PS4 so you can join in using voice chat. The mic can be controlled on or off by the mic icon on the screen.

Now that you have all the required things in the list to start with the setup of your new PlayStation 4Remote play update lets go through the steps to update this futurist feature step by step.

Steps to Setup PlayStation 4 Remote Play on your PC

It is a pretty straightforward procedure which you just need to follow.

  1. Beginning with is, download the computer app or the software, PS4 Remote Play client from the official Sony PS Store.

    Take simple steps by first downloading the PS4 Remote Play app depending upon your system configuration. Once downloaded install the app onto your system.

2. Enable the Remote Play. In order to Enable theRemote Play on PC got to Settings > Remote Play Connection Settings > Check the box for enabling the Remote Play.

3. Run the app once the downloading finishes. The very first thing here the app will ask you to do is, to Sign in to your PlayStation account. Sign in with your existing id. You can also sign up in case you do not have the PS is. But that is highly unlikely since you need to sign in to PS account to access settings.

4. Now, turn on your PS4 console and navigate to Settings > PlayStation Network/Account Management > Activate as your Primary PS4 > Active.

5. Now allow Remote Play to start when PS4 gets into the Rest Mode. In order to start the Rest mode on your PS4 manually, go to Settings > Power Save settings > Set features available in Rest Mode.

6. Connect to the DualShock 4 to your PC or Mac when prompted. Plug in the controller into any open USB port of your system.

7. Open the Remote Play Software. Click on ‘Start’ button and as per the prompt received Sign in using the same PlayStation Network credentials used on the console.

How to manually register you PS4 to the System?

Here are few steps to follow if you wish to connect your PS4 to any system other than your primary system, you can in that case manually register or pair with the system.

1. Connect your PS4 and the computer both to the same network.

2. In your PS4, go to Settings > Remote Play Connection Settings > Add Device.

Make note of this 8-digit code that has appeared on the screen. Also, a timer starts, leaving you with five minutes to complete your registration process.

3. Launch the application on the system. Click Start.

4. Click ‘Manually Register’ in the bottom.

But, in cases where ‘Register Manually’ didn’t appear in the bottom, do the given below steps:

1. Click Cancel.

2. Go to Settings.

3. Click ‘Change’ in the ‘Change PS4 to Connect to’ area.

4. Enter the 8-digit code we previously noted down.

Now, you should be good to go. You will see the notification on the PS4 system telling you that you have joined via Remote Play.

Optimizing your gaming experience

For the better results and hazel free gaming experience Sony has recommended that you connect the console directly to your router using a wired network connection. Your Remote Play also works on the internet if you have at least 5mbps speed connection in both upstream and downstream.

In the beginning, you could be a little disappointed with default resolution and framerate but this has its fix.
Launch the Remote Play app while your PS4 is off. Hit the settings and bring up the resolution setting options and tweak it as per your desire.

How does it feel Running?

After the initial disappointment, once you do the required setting as given above. On a pretty decent network connection, Remote Play is what people who wanted to relinquish the TV for whatever reason had dreamt for.

Occasional frame skip or audio block has been noticed. These things get even worse when you tend to leave Remote Play App active in the background and start doing other things.
Better experiences noticed on OS X. Latency seems to be imperceptible over a local connection.

Things are little messed up at some points because of the compression used. If you are forced to stick to anything below 540p, seems like you are gonna get disappointed with the quality of the image. Whatever the conditions, not at any point does the user feel unplayable.

Finally would sum it up, with saying that this is indeed the futuristic feature awaited by most of the gamers. With flawless gaming experience. Giving the gamers the highest level of comfort and also feel realistic.

Also, coming to the final leg. We need to be aware of the procedure to uninstall the application safely.

Uninstalling the PS4 Remote Play Application from your PC:

For the windows users:

Go to the control panel and click on the programs and features, there you will find the PS4 Remote play program. Right click on it and then click on uninstall[PS4 Remote Play].

For the Mac Users:

Drag the Remote Play from the Applications folder to the Trash. Then go to finder and Empty Trash. The application will be uninstalled from your Mac.

How to Play Xbox One Games on PC – The Ultimate Guide

Recently Microsoft has been bringing forward a lot of new products in the market. Not only that, they are also focusing a lot more on the gaming vertical that they were in earlier years. The company has been trying hard to merge the Windows as well as the Xbox platforms in order to offer better gaming experience and to break the console and PC barrier that have been hindering the gaming development for years. They have the vision to bring out a universal Windows platform that could serve both the regular users as well as gamers.

I the E3 conference held last year in 2016, Microsoft said that they are bringing party games that will also be made available for Windows 10 operating system, and there will be no games that will come out just exclusive for Xbox One console. Also, with the release of Windows 10 operating system, Microsoft also added an option to stream all the Xbox games on your device running on Windows 10, no matter it is PC, laptop, tablet or a smartphone.

With this new feature, you now no longer have to worry if you are playing your favorite game on Xbox and you father comes in to watch TV, you can easily shift your game and stream it on PC or laptop continuing from where you left.
However, for most of you, streaming the Xbox games on other devices is unknown. So, in this article, we are going to help you to play Xbox games on your PC and other devices.

What do you Need?

  • First of all, you will need a PC or MAC that has Windows 10 installed in it. In case you do not know how to install Windows operating system on your Windows, you can check it out here. For installing Windows 10 on your Mac, you can follow this tutorial.
  • You will also need a Xbox One console as well as a cable to connect your console to Windows 10 PC. You can either go for wireless connection or wired connection, but we would recommend you to have a wired connection with the console to experience lag free streaming.
  • You also need to make sure that the firmware of both your PC and console is upgraded to the latest version. If you do not know how to do that, we have a step below which you can follow in order to upgrade the firmware on both of the devices.

  • You will also need an Xbox controller for navigation through the interface. You can not use mouse or touchscreen to navigate through Xbox menus on your PC.
  • A Micro USB cable for connection.

Steps to Play Xbox One Games on PC

Updating the Firmware

The first thing that you need to make sure so that you can play Xbox One games on your PC, is that you have the latest firmware installed on both your console and machine. This is a very crucial step and should not be ignored because you won’t be able to proceed with the process if you do not complete it.

One simple way to update your Windows PC is to click on Cortana and the ask her to “Check for Updates”. If there are any new updates available for download, it will show you the option to update it. You can check for updates in your console by going into Settings and then to Systems and then into Console Info. If there is any latest version available, you will be able to download it from there. However, you will have to make sure that both your PC as well as the console is connected to the internet for downloading the updates.

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Enable Game Streaming

You will have to enable the Game streaming on your Xbox console. In most of the console, the setting is disabled by default. In order to enable it, you will have to go to your Xbox settings and then to Preferences. There you are going to find an option Game DVR & streaming. Go into that and then select the option “game streaming to other devices”.

Connecting your PC to Xbox

To connect your PC and console, you will have to open the default Xbox application present in your Windows PC. You will have to add your console to your devices. In order to do that, click on the Connection icon that you can find just above the Gear icon in your Xbox application. You will be able to see a list of available devices available for connection on the screen. In case you are not able to see the lost, you will have to enter your console’s IP address in your PC manually. To get the IP address of your console, you need to go to your console’s Settings and then to Network. There you will be able to find an option named Advanced Settings. You will be able to see the console’s IP address on the screen.

Connecting the Xbox controller to PC

Connecting your Xbox console to your PC won’t connect the Xbox controller as well. However, connecting the controller to PC is not at all a tough task. Similar to Xbox console, you can connect the Xbox controller to PC through a USB cable wire or wirelessly. But to connect it wirelessly, you will need the Xbox one Wireless Adapter for Windows.

However, things are a bit different with the new Xbox One S controller which already possess a built-in Bluetooth driver which could be connected to the PC without any kind of adapter or dongle. For those who have Xbox Elte Controller, they can connect those to PC with the help of Xbox Accessories application that could be downloaded from the Windows app store. The gamers with Xbox Elte controllers also have the option to map as well as configure the controller with the help of the Accessories application.

Streaming Xbox One Games on PC

Once you have completed all the steps that have been mentioned above, you will be able to see a clickable button named “Stream” in the Xbox application. Clicking on that, all the games on your Xbox will start streaming on your PC. There are various settings in the app that you can play with including the streaming quality of the game. To change the streaming quality, head on to Settings and then to Xbox One. There you will find Video Encoding Level option which will be set to medium by default. You can change it to low or high depending on how much bandwidth you have on your connection.

While you are streaming any game on your PC, you will also see a toolbar at the top of the screen. This toolbar will offer you a lot of options like to pause or stop the streaming, to turn the mic on or off etc. These handy tools help in enhancing the overall gaming experience of the player.

Well, that is all you have to do. After you are done playing the game on your PC, just click on Stop Streaming button to end your session as well as PC streaming. It is one of the best features that Microsoft have introduced in the Windows 10 OS for the gamers. However, we would like them to bring the same streaming functionality over the internet. If you have any problem in the problem, please share with us in the comments below.

How to Overclock you GPU

For most of the gamers out there, the only way to upgrade their graphics performance is by upgrading the graphics card and other related parts. They expect a better frame rate as well as better performance in return, hoping to run every new game coming in the market is the smoothest way possible. There is no doubt in the fact that it is the easiest and best way to enhance your machine’s gaming performance. But one cannot buy graphics card again and again when a new one is out, it could be a very costly affair. But it is not at all necessary, as there are other methods by which you can enhance your gaming performance and experience. One such method is by overclocking the GPU.

The current graphics cards are manufactured to handle almost everything. But if you are not in a situation to buy a new graphics card and wish to get something more from your existing graphics processing unit. Overclocking is a good solution to this problem. You have an option to overclock your CPU as well as overclock your GPU. We have already covered overclocking of CPU in an earlier post, and here we are going to tell you how you can overclock your GPU. But before we begin with overclocking GPU, let us know why do you need to overclock your Graphics Processing unit?

Why Overclock GPU?

Earlier, people use to think that overclocking is something that could damage your GPU and could only be performed by ultimate computer geeks. Many say that overclocking your GPU could also reduce the lifespan of your overclocked component. But, that happens when you set your setting to the extreme. Pushing it a bit won’t harm your machine. Once you have the voltage as well as your temperature under control, you have nothing to worry.

But before you begin with overclocking, there are certain things that you should take care of. Since overclocking will create a lot more heat and temperature, you must have a good cooling system installed in your PC. Most of the graphics card you get now days already possess a cooling fan or other cooling systems to get the heat out of the overclocked board as soon as possible. If you are not sure or if your machine’s cooling system will be able to handle the overclocked setting or not, it is always better to have a solution in hand.

Since the manufacturers know that more and more users are turning towards overclocking nowadays, they have already build most of the common overclocking tools in the drivers itself. In case you do not have the driver or tools, you can get the AMD tools in AMD Overdrive menu in the company’s Catalyst Control Center suite. Similarly, you will get the system tools utility from the official Nvidia’s site, that will help you to play around with the frequency and other settings very easily for overclocking your GPU.

How to Overclock your GPU

There are many factors that could affect the game performance running on your system. It could include game engine settings, driver version, and optimization, the CPU’s computing speed and the fillrate of your graphics card. However, these settings have very less to do with your GPU’s overclocking. The main factor is the amount of memory that the frame memory buffer is able to afford while displaying any frame on the screen. This includes the resolution of the frame, the texture detail, color intensity and other similar factors. The frame buffer memory of your Graphics card could be increased by enhancing the frequency that your GPU is already running on. You can change the settings to make buffer it a lot more data than before, and even at a faster rate resulting in an overall better performance and gaming experience.
So let us finally move on to the steps that you need in order to overclock your Graphics Processing unit. But have a look at the pre-requisites that you will be needing before you begin the process.

Pre-requisites

For overclocking your GPU you will need a machine which has a dedicated graphics card installed in it In case you do not have a dedicated GPU in your unit and you run the games on an integrated graphics card, don’t even bother to overclock it. So, if you have an Intel HD graphics or GMA 4500 mhd graphics card, trying to overclock them will damage your machine. So, only Nvidia and AMD dedicated graphics card are eligible for any kind of overclocking process.

Get all the tools that you will require for overclocking. There are many other software on the internet that can help you in the overclocking process. We have mentioned few of them in our tutorial, and you will be able to download them using the links that we have provided in the tutorial itself.

You will also have to unlock your card before you can overclock it. The manufacturers lock down the card before shipping them because they do not want the user to overclock them and damage their machine. We hope you have an unlocked GPU or you can easily do it by searching on the internet.

Note: Before you begin with the overclocking process, you need to know that overclocking your GPU will void your component’s warranty. These settings are applicable on your PC and the manufacturer won’t be responsible for any kind of damage that your machine undergoes during the process. Overclocking will also cause overheating of your machine, so make sure to take appropriate measures to cool down your PC so that all the inner components are properly cooled after overclocking.

Step 1

To begin with GPU overclocking, you will require a set of tools using which you can test and benchmark your GPU performance. We recommend you to use the MSI Afterburner software for overclocking the Nvidia as well as AMD GPUs. It is true that you should use the software of the manufacturer to which your GPU belongs. But, MSI Afterburner is compatible with both of them as well and offers the users a live monitoring on the screen. Also, you should make it the primary tool that you can use for overclocking. You get easy tools to change the voltage, the core clock speed, fan speed, memory clocking as well as the power limit of your GPU.

Some other software you can go for includes SAPPHIRE Trixx Utility and EVGA Precision X series. Both of these software offer you the same parameters as well as utilities as in Afterburner.

Step 2

Step 2 is monitoring your GPU performance. After you have downloaded the Afterburner software, install it on your PC and then open it to enable the in-game overlay as well as frame monitoring.

Now, initially, you will have to understand the functioning of your graphics card. You will also have to test how it performs while playing different or the heaviest game. For this, we would recommend you to note down the normal GPU values and then run the heaviest game on your machine. Open the tool again and note down the new readings. Mostly you will get a minimum frame rate of around 15-20 and maximum frame rate of around 60-65, thus giving you an average frame rate of around 35-45 frame per second.

Step 3

The third step is enhancing the power limit of your GPU. In order to do this, you need to head back to the MSI Afterburner software. The first setting that we are going to tweak here is power limit. There will be a slider that you will have to click and move in front of the “Power limit” tag. You need to take it step by step over the stock setting, which will take your GPU temperature from normal to around 90-95 degrees.

Step 4

Now since you have your GPU filled with power that it might require which overclocking, start increasing the slider next to “Overclocking” step by step. You should also research about the overclocking settings that fit your GPU over the internet. It is possible that you might get some predefined setting from other users who might have been successful in overclocking similar GPU, that might work for you as well.

Step 5

After you have increased the clock speed, you need to pump up the memory clock speed as well. You should be able to find stable clock speed at around 225 to 250 MHz. After searching on the internet, we found that on an average, people were able to find a stable memory clock speed around 450 MHz. The Nvidia GPU boost is going to decide how much voltage it will require to run stably.

Step 6

Now you need to repeat the steps given above again and again and test your system again and again. If you go too above the GPU’s limit, your system will start hanging and heating. You also, need to keep an eye on that so that your GPU does cross its heating limit and gets damaged.

Keep on increasing the clock frequency and memory clock frequency slowly and apply the setting again and again to see your GPU and system’s response. However, there is no way to be completely sure whether the setting you have applied are correct and stable or not. For that, you will have to set your GPU to the most stable setting that you think you have achieved and then do some heavy gaming continuously for few hours. If your settings are stable and perfect, your system will run the games without any hang or stuttering.

If you do not want to do that, there are much software available on the internet that could do the stress testing of your GPU. You can go for either Futuremark 3d Mark benchmark tool named Furmark. It is an easy to use simple software that provides good stress test result for you.

You can also choose 3DMark software, but we would recommend it to those who play with overclock settings a lot. We say so because it is a paid software and is obviously a better option when compared to Furmark. You can also run the testing on the loop using this software so that it could run the Furmark’s test over and over again to test your setting for hours to find the perfect overclocking settings for you.

If you Encounter Fatal Shutdown

It is possible that you might encounter a fatal shut down because of unstable overclocked settings. However, these fatal breakdowns won’t cause much damage to your system. If you face such situation, you just have to shut down your machine and then restart it. However, after restarting, make sure you reduce the settings since the settings that are already set is unstable for your machine as well as GPU.

Saving the Settings

You can easily save the overclocked GPU settings in the form of a profile. The Profile option on the software allows the users to save the stable overclocked settings by a click of just single button. Just click on the Save button to save the preference which you can easily load later by selecting it and then clicking Apply. To delete any save preference, you will just have to right-click on the number to reset it.

There is also an option to set hotkeys to your profile which has been overclocked. Thus, you can save two settings, (we recommend one to be default settings) and the users have an option to switch between the anytime they want. For a 2D object like movies and pictures, you can switch to the default settings. However, you can switch back to the overclocked settings while playing heavy games.

Conclusion

Overclocking the GPU or CPU might look risky to most of the users and obviously it is the most dangerous way to get some extra juice out of your GPU. But it is also stupid to waste hundreds of dollars to get a bit more from your GPU. Overclocking is not wrong, and definitely, you should learn to overclock your GPU and other components to extract every last drop of power from them for a better gaming experience.

Overclocking Your CPU – A Beginner’s Guide

If you are a hardcore gamer, you might have come across a situation quite few a times when CPU power falls short while playing heavy games causing lags and screen flickering etc. You may have all the top notch components installed on your machine, and many of you might wonder if something is wrong with them. But the issue here is not with the components or something else, but the CPU itself. Here you CPU is giving its full performance, but that is not enough when compared to the amount of power the game demands. One solution to this problem is Overclocking.

I am pretty sure that you will have came across this work quite many times. But in case you don’t know what it really means, Overclocking is a process of tweaking your CPU’s hardware so that it can break its limitations and could perform faster than what the manufacturer has already specified. By this, your CPU will be performed faster and better than what it has been till now.

You can overclock various components of a CPU including processors, graphics cards, RAMs etc, and all that requires is just adjustments in the settings of the motherboard. You can access that menu from the BIOS, but that all info we are going to cover later in this post. All in all, overclocking won’t harm your PC in any way, however, you need to manage the additional amount of heat that the machine can produce while operating at higher specifications.

But before we begin with the tutorial, we would like to inform you that overclocking is not recommended and is definitely not for PCs used for general use. You should only Overclock your machine if you use it for stressful intensive tasks like heavy gaming, 3D rendering, video encoding etc. Also, your system somewhat plays a major role in deciding what component you should overclock. Overclocking CPU every time is not beneficial. For example, if you want to overclock your machine for gaming purpose, overclocking just your GPU might be a better alternative for you.

But before you begin with any kind of overclocking we would like to warn you that it can be dangerous. Overclocking can shorten the life period of your machine or the components and in some cases, can permanently damage them as well, if any one thing goes wrong. So, you should not proceed if you are not ready to face such situations or if you do not have full knowledge and confidence to overclock it.

Steps to Overclock your CPU

While you try to overclock your CPU, there are mainly three things that you will be playing with. The first term you need to know is “Base Clock”. The Base clocking affects the frequency at which your CPU is actually working. In addition to that, it also affects that RAM frequency. The Base clock does not work alone, CPU multiplier is also required which decides the final frequency at which your CPU will be running after Overclocking. If you are getting lost, consider this example:

Let’s say your base clock is 100 MHz and the CPU multiplier is 35, so the final frequency of your CPU will turn out to be 100MHz x 25 = 3.5 GHz.

In addition to these two settings, we will also be tweaking the CPU Vcore which is responsible for the voltage value. Since you are increasing your processor speed, it will require more power, and this is why you also have to increase the Vcore supply to make sure that your processor gets enough power from the supply all the time. Also, since this is a guide we have prepared for beginners, we are not going much in detail and tweaking. We will definitely come up with more advanced CPU overclocking tutorials to help you with specific cases.

Prerequisites

Before you begin the overclocking process, you will be needing all these things:

Windows PC

We have written this guide for Windows machines. In case you are using Linux or Mac, the tutorial is not for you. However, if you have these OS on a part of your hard disk, that is fine.

Unlocked Intel Processor

We are going to use an unlocked Intel K processor for overclocking.  The guide is also written keeping the latest Intel processors in mind, especially the “K” series. It is because the old first gen or iSeries processors are way more complicated to overclock. It is also possible to overclock old processors like Intel Atom and AMD but you will have to look some additional setting tweak in order to overclock them efficiently.

A Motherboard

You get a lot of motherboards in the market which already comes with overclocking settings, however, many other have a lot more settings when compared to normal motherboards. So, if you are building up or assembling a computer, choose a keyboard which has the overclocking features.

Efficient Cooling System

Since you are overclocking your CPU, it will produce more heat than normal. So, you need to take care of the extra heat and for that you good an efficient cooling system. A fast air cooler is a good option. But for extreme overclocking, you want a something really cooling like water cooling system. You need to look more into levels of overclocking to decide what kind of cooling system it requires.

Extra Programs

Prime95, AIDA64, CPU-Z, and LinX are few software that you will need to test the already configured settings. CPU-Z gives you the numerical value of the clock speed, voltage, and other parameters so that you can see the output of the tweaked settings easily.

The other programs test your CPU after you have made your settings in order to see if the settings are stable. There are many other software available on the internet that you can use instead of the one mentioned above. We would also recommend you to install ReaTemp software which is able to tell you the real time temperature of your CPU as you run the stress testing on it.

How to Overclock CPU

Here we are going to help you to get a stable overclocked CPU while keeping the tutorial as simple as we can. This tutorial is not going to make your PC super PC but will teach you the basics of overclocking and how to exploit it to extract every last bit of power that it can produce.  There are different and a lot of settings to play around, but here we are going to stick to the very basic ones.

Unlike many other tutorials that you will find out there, we are going to keep it a bit slow. Instead of changing everything at once, we are going to go step by step so that you can understand how each and every component affects your CPU performance.

The very first thing that you need to understand before starting overclocking is that each and every motherboard is a bit different from each other. You will have to explore around a bit to understand its functionality. It is important to do some reading about your motherboard, the maximum temperature it can handle, the max and min voltage that it should get etc.

Testing the Defaults

If you are overclocking your PC for the first time, you still do not know how far it can go at default settings. So you need to know them first. In order to do that, open your BIOS settings and then just set everything to default. For stress testing in default mode:

  • Restart your PC and then press the “Delete” of “F2” key (or whatever key which opens the BIOS for your motherboard. This will open the BIOS setup in front of you.
  • There in the menu, you need to find the option named “Load optimized defaults” or “Restore to Defaults”. Press enter and everything will be set to default.
  • Finally, you need to head over to “Save and Exit” to save the settings, exit BIOS and then Reboot your PC.

Once your PC restarts, head over to start menu and run the AID64 application. In the application, you will find a “Stability System Test”. After that make sure all the boxes present on the top left-hand corner are checked and then begin the test. You will have to be very patient as the test might run for a couple of hours. The test results will tell you how stable your CPU is at stock settings. Click the Stop button when you are done and move on to the next step.

Tweak the Multiplier

After you have the results from the previous test in your hand, you are not ready to overclock the CPU. You can search your motherboards overclock setting on the internet and check if you can find something useful. However, we will recommend you to start from your base clock speed and then increase it slowly. It will take a bit but it is way easier than you can imagine. Also, by this method, you will be able to find the point where your PC is the most stable.

Now you need to go back to your BIOS settings and the head over to the “Overclocking Settings” or “CPU Tweaker”. It will have a similar name. In the setting, you will find the “CPU multiplier” or “CPU Ratio’ setting that will be having the “auto” setting by default. However, you will have to change it by entering a new number there. You can increase it by a single value initially. If you are not sure what is the default value of your CPU multiplier, you will be able to find it on the top of the Overclocking window. So, if your default overclocking multiplier value is 33, change it to 34, making it jump from 3.3 GHz to 3.4GHz initially.

After you have done this, save the setting, exit the BIOS menu and then restart your PC to move on to the next step.

Stress Testing

Now your CPU has been overclocked and you need to check whether the changes that you have made are stable or not. This could be determined with the help of stress test. For stress testing, you will need three programs Real Temp, CPU-Zand stress testing program.

The CPU-Z will tell you whether the changes have been applied to your CPU properly or not. The Real Temp will tell you the real time temperature of the CPU and you should always have an eye on it. The temperature change is drastic when you change or tweak the settings and as you increase the voltage. Make sure that it does not a very high figure. The stress testing program LinX will provide you the results of the stress test but might take some time to complete.

Set it to run 10-20 times and click on the “Start” button. Keep an eye on the Real Temp screen as the stress test runs. You will notice that the CPU temperature goes too high and then low quite many times.

Now, if the test finishes successfully with the temperature not reaching very high value, you should increase the value of the multiplier by one more value and then rerun the test.

If the temperature touches the unsafe figure, your CPU has touched its limits. We would like to recommend you to keep it below 85 degrees Celsius in all scenarios. However, the maximum temperature your CPU can touch might vary, so you will have to check your CPU’s limits by yourself. But you can find some possible combinations on the internet. But keep this in mind, more is your CPU’s temperature, shorter will be its lifespan.

But, if the test fails in between and you face the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD), you need to move on to the next step.

Increasing the Voltage

If you are facing the Blue Screen of Death, it ultimately means that the amount of voltage that your CPU is getting is not enough for the clock speed that has been set on the CPU.  In order to avoid that or whenever you face this issue, simply raise the voltage.

For increasing the voltage, go back to the BIOS settings and then look for “CPU core” or Vcore. You need to change increase the already set value a bit. A good way will be to increase it in steps of 0.05. After you have changed the setting, save it and exit the BIOS and then restart your PC. However, you need to keep in mind that the more voltage you will raise, the higher temperature will get.

Repeat and Refine

You will have to repeat the steps that have been mentioned above quite a few times to get the optimal setting for your machine. You have to reach the maximum safe temperature as well as the maximum safe voltage to stop. Once you have reached this state, reset your settings to the original default stable values. After this, save the settings and then restart your system to go for the final stress testing.

We are going to make use of a software named Prime95 to stress test the machine finally. In order to stress test using Prime95, select the “Just Stress Test” button. You can manually go to Options and then select the Torture test and then set the setting to “Small FF” test. Click the OK button and then leave your PC idle for about 6 hours. This is the minimum amount of time you need to give the program to stress test properly. Some people even keep it for12 hours for more accurate results.

You should also keep an eye time to time as well. Prime95 pushed your CPU to really extreme level, so it might take the CPU temperature to a high value. If something like this happens, you might have to back down the setting to certain lower value.

After you are done with Prime95, we would also like to recommend you to run AIDA64 program. Just click on the “Stability System Test” after checking all the boxes you find on the upper left corner. Click on the “Start” button to begin the test. This program will require around 6 hours too to complete. This program is a bit softer on CPU and pushes it to its 100 percent only. But, it is recommended because it also checks whether other components are working fine with the changed settings or not.

What to do Next?

As we mentioned before, this is just a basic tutorial which teaches you how to start with overclocking. But this is not the end and you can do a lot more than this. We can’t explain how to do all the extra things here, but here is a brief summary of stuff that you can play with to extract more from your machine.

Overclock your RAM

The default RAMs do not work at their rated specifications and speed. Most of them do not. However, this fact is unknown to most of the users. But it is very easy to overclock your RAM to make it run at the rated speed. Go to the BIOS settings, there you will have to tweak with the voltage as well as the RAM speed parameters and set them to a specific stable value. That means that you will have to keep one more thing in mind while running the stress testing process mentioned above.

Per-Core Overclocking

The new processors in the market are capable of per-core overclocking thus offering you very high processing than rated. You won’t have to overclock all the cores, but tweaking a couple of them will give you enough power to play even the latest games easily in the high setting.

Enable Power Saving

After your processor is overclocked, it will more likely run at higher speed even at normal usage. It will draw extra power from the source even when it is not required. Since it is consuming extra power, obviously it will produce extra heat. But you can prevent that by tweaking motherboard settings. SpeedStep and Intel’s C-states is a good example tweaking which will help your CPU to be in power saving mode. You will have to disable them when overclocking, but re-enable them when you are done so that your CPU runs at normal speed when high performance is not required.

There is no limit to the experiments that you can try on your PC and overclock. Taking your CPU to the limit is not bad but is highly risky. But you should not worry much as there are plenty of detailed guides like this available on the internet to help you with perfect settings.

Windows 10 Solitaire: How to Play Classic XP Solitaire in Windows 10?

We all loved playing the classic Solitaire game in our childhood. However, as the Windows operating system evolved, almost all of us got distracted with the cool new features that it offered. However, still, many of us miss playing that old minesweeper, pinball and especially Solitaire instead of playing high-end games.

The old version of Solitaire is gone and was made for Windows XP only. However, that does not mean that you won’t be able to play it on your Windows 10 desktop. Also, the better and more polished version of the game is available in Windows 8 and Windows 10’s App store. Yes, it is better, smooth and brings back the same old excitement to inside you. However, there is one big problem with it. Solitaire is available for free on Xbox store, but it comes with advertisements. In case you wish to get rid of it, you will have to pay a yearly subscription of around $10.

However, you need not worry about it, as we are going to explain you both the ways in which you can download and enjoy the latest as well as the old classic Solitaire on your Windows 10 laptop or PC.

How to Play Classic XP Solitaire in Windows 10?

For launching the new Solitaire, you don’t have to do anything. The game comes preinstalled on your machine and you can start it easily from the Start menu. All you have to do is:

1. Open Start Menu

2. Search for “Microsoft Solitaire Collection”

3. Click the icon with cards appearing on the search results

That is all. You will be able to run the game directly from there.

In case the search result does not show anything, it is possible that you might have uninstalled it by mistake. But there is nothing to panic, as you can easily download the latest version of Microsoft Solitaire from Windows Store.

 

With the arrival of Windows 10, Microsoft launched the Solitaire Collection app in the Windows app store. It’s not because they are offering any upgrade, but along with that, the new game shows you ads as well as a full-screen videos that helps them in making money.

The company also gives you an option to get rid of the annoying ads by paying a subscription fee of either $1.5 per month or $10 per year. This tag is for the “Microsoft Solitaire Collection Premium Edition”. Also, it should not come as a surprise as we saw similar treatment with the weather app in Windows 8. Most of the widgets including News, Sports, etc. features ads that were initially not there in Windows 7 or XP.

But if you do not want to pay any subscription money to play the new Solitaire game and wish to enjoy the classic version of your current OS, given below are two methods following which you can achieve that:

Download Classic XP Solitaire from the Windows 7 Games Archive

It is one of the easiest methods to get old classic Solitaire as well as other favorite games like Hearts, Chess, FreeCell, Mahjong etc. for your Windows 10. All you need to do is:

1. Click on the link that has been provided below and downloads the Windows 7 game archive installer.

Windows 7 Game Archive

2. Follow the installation setup and pick Solitaire and the other classic old games that you wish to install on your PC and finish the installation.

After the installation wizard is complete, you will be able to find Solitaire in the Games folder in the Start menu.

Download Classic XP Solitaire for Windows 10 by Hacking

In this method, we are going to use some modding technique in order to extract the original Windows Classic XP Solitaire game from Windows 7 and then try to play it in Windows 10 OS. However, in this process you will require a Window 7 PC, a Windows 10 PC as well as a USB drive to transfer the files between them.

Classic Xp Solitaire on Windows 10

1. Now, open your Windows 7 desktop or PC and go to “C:\Program Files\”.

2. There you are going to find a folder named “Microsoft Games”. You need to copy that entire folder in your USB drive.

3. Now, navigate to “C:\Windows\System32\” folder and search for “CardGames.dll”. Copy the file to your USB drive as well.

4. Now disconnect your USB drive from Windows 7 PC and reconnect it to Windows 10 PC.

5. Now copy the entire folder in the USB drive to “C:\Program Files\” in your Windows 10 PC. In addition to that, you also need to copy and paste the “CardGames.dll” file to all the game folder which you wish to play including Solitaire.

6. Now, you might not know but these games check for the Windows OS version automatically before launching. And this is the reason why we need a hex editor to edit the “Solitaire.exe.” file.

7. You can get HxD, which is one of the most popular and easy to use hex editor available for free. Now, right click on the “Solitaire.exe” files and then select the option “open with”.

8. The exe file will open in the HxD hex editor and there you need to search for a line saying “7D 04 83 65 FC 00 33 C0 83 7D FC 01 0F 94 C0” and change the “7D” to “EB”.

9. Now save the exe file and run it by double-clicking on it.

That is all, you can not enjoy the old classic XP Solitaire on Windows 10 or Windows 8 OS without any ads or breaks.