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Technology

Acer Swift

Why won’t you turn on?!?

I bought my girlfriend an Acer Swift on an Amazon Black Friday sale and she has been thoroughly enjoying it. It is light, fast and can handle the day-to-day social media tasks she throws at it.

Acer Swift 7
So fast and light.

e laptop would not power on. After a lot of troubleshooting and searching the internet for answers I found this post – https://community.acer.com/en/discussion/559100/swift-3-wont-turn-on

I just want to share these instructions again in case they are lost in the abyss known as the Internet.

  1. Remove the charger.
  2. Check for a battery reset pinhole with a battery symbol on the bottom.
  3. Gently insert a paperclip for about 10 seconds to disconnect the battery.
  4. Let the machine rest for about 15 mins.
  5. Plug the charger back in. Try to turn it on.

These instructions worked for her laptop and I hope they work for anyone else suffering from the same issue. If you have a question or comment feel free to contact me at: https://islanddog.ky

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Gaming

Call of Duty – Warzone Mic Issues

RADIO CHECK… ONE TWO.

I have been thoroughly enjoying Warzone and happy to get away from the buggy disgrace which is Player Unknown Battlegrounds (PUBG). One issue I have come across since playing is being unable to talk to others in my party. Below is the way to fix this so you can get to communicating with others.

First, you want to type Control Panel in your search.

Next, you want to look for the Sound icon. Make sure to have Large Icons selected.

Next look on your Playback tab for the green circle Phone Icon. This is your Default Communications Device. In my case, I plug a TV in sometimes to watch movies or play games. Even though the TV wasn’t plugged in the device was still the Default Communications Device. Select your headphones (in my case Headphones Arctis 7 Game) and right-click set as Default Communications Device.

I would recommend setting all un-used devices as Disabled. You can right-click and select Show Disabled Devices to re-enable at a later date. My final process looks like this –

Hope this helps :).

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Gaming

Call of Duty Warzone Crash Fix

For the people…

After countless Reddit posts, Activision forum support threads and web searching… I have finally found a solution for my Call of Duty Warzone crash. This will not fix every Call of Duty – Warzone issue but hopefully, it will allow you to at least load the game.

In my case my the game was crashing shortly after the intro logos appeared or as soon as this screen appeared. After researching quite extensively this issue is due to shader bug from months ago that still causes issues.

Shaders installing for Call of Duty Warzone.

To fix this issue you will need to use Disk Cleanup in Windows. To access click Search and type Disk Cleanup.

Searching for Disk Cleanup in Windows 10.

After launching Disk Cleanup you will see the following screen:

Direct X Shader Cache on Disk Cleanup.

DirectX Shader Cache should be your focus. Delete these files and restart your machine. On restart launch Warzone as normal. Hope this helps someone else :).

Update – As of 04/03/2020 this issue is still present. I find I need to repeat this process every 3-4days for the game to be playable. I found another thing to do which reduces crashes is to EnableSkip Introduction Movie.

Options > General screen for Call of Duty Warzone.

I will keep updating my blog at https://thoughts.islanddog.ky/ on Call of Duty related issues and content. To reach out to me directly use the contact form here: https://islanddog.ky/?section=5.

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Gaming

Cuisine Royale

A surprising treat.

Today, when I got home from work I quickly jumped on to PUBG (Player Unknown Battlegrounds) for an hour well waiting for the girlfriend to get home. PUBG has its issues but I can honestly say that I am thoroughly enjoying the new map, Karakin. Did Bluehole (the creators of PUBG) fix the stuttering, cheaters or slew of other issues? Nope!… But at least we got a map and some more cosmetic items to buy!

After a few duos and a chicken dinner (Battle Royale players will understand the reference), I headed out to grab some food. When I arrived back home and jumped back on I was greeted with this –

What the actual fuck… 4hours to do some bug fixes with the test server being down at the same time? What Online Gaming platform doesn’t have rolling updates in 2020?!?! Why push an update that just fixes some low priority bugs and not the slew of issues mentioned above?!

Cuisine Royale – Brutal multiplayer last-man-standing shooter with realistic weaponry and bloody mystic.

I raged… A lot. I was in the mood to play a battle royale style shooter and Fortnite just isn’t my type of game (I prefer shooting over the macro building). After a bit of web searching and friend suggestions, I stumbled across Cuisine Royale. I started off thinking the game was a joke and turns out I wasn’t fully wrong

I downloaded the game from Steam and fired it up with the lowest possible expectations. The game was free and looked hilarious but at least it could pass the time. Man, was I wrong! I loaded up the game and picked the female gunslinger which in turn brought me to the main menu.

I scanned through the different cosmetics and finally returned to the main menu and fired up my first game. It loaded me into a small city area and well waiting for other players to join (I thought), I proceeded to configure my video and mouse settings. Turns out unlike PUBG, there is no starting lobby and another player began firing a hail of bullets towards me, killing me. I chuckled, fixed my settings and loaded the game back up ready to try again.

After a few games, I can honestly say the game is a lot of fun and definitely my new ‘Patch Day’ game. Some things to note that will help you when playing are as follows:

Where’s the Loot?

Items can be scarce. Unlike other Battle Royale games plan to use a pistol or your starting knife during the first few minutes of a game.

Explosi-loot

Looting can be difficult sometimes. When someone dies each item is littered across the floor. Use Tab with a lot of items and F when dealing with single items. Make sure when grabbing ammo to grab each clip as multiple clips will not be picked up together.

I found this GIF that highlighted just how frantic the looting can be.

Armor for days.

Most Battle Royale games have a few pieces of armor or a shield to help bolster your health. In Cuisine Royale you have 10 armor slots and 3 utility item slots. These armor pieces are found all over the map so keep an eye out.

Coins Everywhere

Currently, an event is going on called ‘Path to Valhalla’. Keep an eye out for Aztec coins and collect them to unlock items at the slot machine.

I played for a few hours last night and even got a friend to join me in duos before the PUBG servers came back online. It was an incredibly enjoyable experience and I will definitely be playing again soon… Especially after getting back onto PUBG and seeing my frames plummet well on Cuisine Royale I stayed at a constant 4k, high FPS.

UPDATE – I was so close last night :(.

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Cyber Security

PWK – NMAP

Bulk Scanning, Finding Victims

I am currently reading up on NMAP (Network Mapper) as I prepare for my Offensive Security Certified Professional (PWK OSCP). – I will definitely be writing further blog posts on this subject but I found this tidbit extremely useful.

Scan the entire subnet to find the DNS server. Once you have the DNS server, you can leverage it to get the hostnames on your scans as well:

nmap --top-ports 10 --open --dns-server 10.11.1.??? -oA nmap/top10_all_hosts  10.11.1.0/24

This will help you better understand some of the relationships between the machines. It’s also a great way of finding the hard boxes (the “big four”) right away in the OSCP exam.