I’ve had several adventures in computering this week… First was when I attempted to play Trine with Thari and discovered that Hamachi was… broken? Which led to an hour and a half of trying to figure out how to redownload it, including making an account on the LogMeIn website, which was a useless idea, and at the end of it all Trine still didn’t work multiplayer. Supposedly the Enchanted Edition adds proper online multiplayer functionality like Trine 2 has? Sort of? But it’s not showing. But at least now we can see each other on Hamachi properly. (If anyone knows how to get multiplayer in Trine working properly, please comment below. Actually, if you know how to get multiplayer working in Neverwinter Nights, also please comment below, because that one’s not working for us either.)
Second was when I wanted to stream To the Moon to another friend. The Steam Stream didn’t work… Livestream Procaster didn’t work… I had to download OBS, and then I had to find out how to connect that to my Livestream channel, and then I could play after a couple hours fighting with it. Apparently it only runs in windowed mode. This one was actually the easiest to solve, as different people had asked questions about every part that I had problems with, so there’s documentation on the internet in various places if you too wish to stream To the Moon using OBS connected to a Livestream channel.
Third was last night, when I discovered my touchpad was on. I hate having my touchpad on, as I use my mouse for mouseythings, and I type on the keyboard a lot and having the touchpad react to my palms extremely frequently is extremely annoying. I went looking for the touchpad settings to turn it off, but I couldn’t find it, and accidentally deleted the Synoptics driver. When I went looking for that, the driver provided on the Synoptics website doesn’t work, possibly because THEY DON’T HAVE A VERSION FOR WINDOWS 8.1 which is kind of stupid but anyway I went to Samsung tech support, and the guy there told me how to find it in my Samsung updating software, which was great, except that it was a third-party driver that borked both my touchpad AND MY KEYBOARD. I had to call my friend and ask for his help; it took kind of a long time just figuring out how to turn on the onscreen keyboard (which is pretty tedious to use, oh man – it’s like using a cellphone with a mouse. ugh.). Anyway, we tried a lot of different things, and nothing worked, and eventually we gave up and I resolved to bring it to a computer place tomorrow or Monday or whatever. Except then I remembered the new driver I’d downloaded and uninstalled it AND IT WORKED. At least, my keyboard worked. The touchpad also worked. So I went back to trying to fix the touchpad problem, and eventually, figured out that if I just go into my Device Manager, find the touchpad (which is under Mice, believe it or not), and click DISABLE, then IT FREAKIN DISABLES THE TOUCHPAD.
So I could go to bed happy after five hours of just trying to get my computer to work the way I wanted it to. But hey, those five hours were like a Real Life co-op puzzle game! : P
Except then the cat started complaining at 5:30am, which means that I’m not well rested for work at all. *throws pillows at cat*
Other tech things this week: my phone absolutely cannot load anything on the internet because it is a slow, unconnective piece of crap, and Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light gave me and Thari grief with connections and rubberbanding until we turned the graphics down, and now it works fine and without lag and just randomly shuts down the game every couple hours (WHY), and I took some pictures of my church and my organ using my 3DS which is kind of neat. Actually, it’s very neat. Even though the field of view is VERY narrow.
EDIT: for anyone having the trouble that I had, here’s some specifics… My laptop is a Samsung NP550P7C-T03CA, and the Synoptics stuff that stopped working was the Synoptics Pointing Device Drive – Touchpad V7.5, which works with most versions of Windows, including Windows 8, but not Windows 8.1. If you ask Samsung tech support, they will ask you to install a driver from SW Update, which I guess is a thing to try if you want to get your touchpad working again, except that like I said the driver I got from there broke both the touchpad and my keyboard as well. (Also the touchpad driver doesn’t appear in my SW Update, so on the left-hand side there’s a button that says “find model”, where you can find drivers.) If you want to turn your touchpad off and don’t need to bother with drivers in the first place, just go into your Device Manager from your Control Panel and disable the “mouse” labelled “PS/2 Compatible Mouse” – that’s your touchpad. If you want your touchpad working again, I’m afraid I can’t help you.