So, here is a story.
I usually take time every 3-6 months depending on how a computer is doing, to reload the OS.
I am a masochist. What can I say...
I have 3 systems in my home, and after having worked on computers for 15 plus years, I know NOTHING does a system better than an OS enema.
Especially with Windows 7 on the way, I am in "test" mode to make sure of what works and what does not, so I am ready for when that apocalypse hits.
So, I loaded up my MAIN system (hooked to a 42" TV in the living room) with Win 7. I loaded drivers and what not...but, this time..I decided to NOT load XFire.
This all came about due to a complaint by Blamefulgecko having crashes every hour in Age of Conan. Now, I have NOT crashed in the game, but I have noticed performance issues.
Thus, one of the reasons for the reload.
But, what if it is something else? What if the reload was not needed? But, like I said, I was ok with that...but what about XFire?
I had mainly used XFire as a tool to record some video that I have not really posted much of. I had also thought of using it to do voice chat.
And if anything, I kept it loaded to keep track of my game time in Age of Conan. I liked seeing how it ranks right now as the most played game in my list too!!
It also has allowed me to track friends playing the game, and we have built up a list of people on the Xfire community.
But, I am afraid I have put out Xfire (nice pun there Edge..).
The game is running considerably better now since I have not loaded it. I also have alleviated an issue of a black screen on exit in DX10 mode. It never happens anymore, when it was happening on a regular basis before.
So, a note to those who have crashing issues and run Xfire? Looks like it is time to say goodbye to this program, and just forget tracking how much time you spend in game. We all can find another tool to communicate with soon. I am looking at Raptr to see how this plays with AoC, and if it also causes issues, then we may just have to tweet our schedules on our own (sure did like Gamerdna's tracking on Twitter...)
But, I prefer this game running top notch, as when it does, it is gorgeous, and runs like a dream.
And BTW, forget Vista, Windows 7 is truly the better OS.