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  01:02:47  16 January 2018
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Shadow of Chernobyl on a Laptop ( 1.0006 )

I've always wanted a Gaming Laptop. However when they first evolved capable of playing the Games I liked, they were way too expensive for me. A few years passed, as prices went down and technology improved, finally a point came where the most I wanted to spend was met with the minimum requirements I hoped to get. I wanted a GTX 1060 but to get one, I would have to sacrifice a great display, great speakers, be a 15" or be in some kind of color scheme or theme I found distasteful. I didn't want flash and bright gimmicky colors. I really wanted a DVD drive too which the low end GTX 1060s didn't have in the brands I liked for the money I wanted to spend.

I originally was shooting for around $999 but was also looking for a bargain around this past Christmas. I found one with a great display, great speakers, a DVD drive but only with a GTX 1050 Ti. When it came up with a promo price reduction of $100 and an additional discount of $10, the price of $839 was just too good to pass up. So now I'm doing 3 things I have never done before: Playing Stalker: Shadow of Chernobyl using the 1.0006 Patch, using an Intel i7 CPU and using a Gaming Laptop.

Here's what I got. My model is the ASUS FX73VE-WH71 with a 17.3" IPS screen, Intel Core i7 7th Gen 7700HQ ( 4 cores ) at 2.80 GHz, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4Gb memory and 8 Gb DDR4 System Memory with a 1 TB HDD Windows and 10 Home 64-Bit Gaming Laptop. It's just like the one shown here except there's no "5" between the 7 & 3 on mine. https://www.asus.com/Laptops/ASUS-FX753VE/

I'm very pleased with the quality of the graphics, while playing SoC at the highest settings with great picture and sound. I'm going to add an M.2 SSD drive soon and maybe bump the system memory up to 16Gb.

* * * * *

So what I'm going to be doing here is mainly just talking about the Laptop experience, a few thoughts here and there about the Game and I'm also going to be doing a little Modding. I've played the Game countless times without Modding so I already know what to expect. My main goal is a simple Repair Mod so I can use the unique weapons. After all, what's the point in the Game giving them to you if you can't use them for very long due to most already having wear? More on this soon.

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  13:43:45  16 January 2018
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Congrats on your new laptop Good to see you got a 17'' model.

Before buying a M.2 SSD make sure to check this:


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M.2 Connector (NGFF)
Briefly known as NGFF (next generation form factor after mSATA), M.2 is the current connector standard for mobile SSDs, although it has also been adopted by motherboards as well. M.2 connector can plug in both PCI-Express-based and SATA-based SSDs, but is generally PCI-Express-based only. This is important because, as we explained above, SATA and PCI-Express protocols are not inter-compatible. The only way to confirm compatibility between your motherboard M.2 slot and your M.2 SSD is to read the respective product specifications first: if they match PCI-Express-to-PCI-Express or SATA-to-SATA, you're good to go! With the launch of 9-series motherboards, the ROG website and forums will also keep a list of M.2 connector protocols
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Copied from here: [link]https://rog.asus.com/articles/product-news/ssd-guide-pci-express-m-2-msata-and-sata-express-the-differences-explained/[/link]
  01:01:27  17 January 2018
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Shadow of Chernobyl on a Laptop ( 1.0006 )

PCDania~

Thanks for saying that. Also for the SSD info on your link.

What's funny is the most difficult adjustment for me personally in using
a Laptop to game on has been the change from using my specialized
Gaming keyboard to a regular keyboard. I have been so used to
using my Wolf Claw Gaming keyboard made for playing FPS
Games that it has really spoiled me. Here's a link to that:

Wolf Claw Type II Keyboard
https://www.extremetech.com/computing/75730-wolf-claw-type-ii-keyboard/4

I got it when it first came out and have used it ever since. It's a huge
advantage not having to lift my hand and having all the number keys at
my fingertips and being able to do so much with my thumb with it's nice
vertical space bar key. So my major issue has been adapting myself to the
Laptop keyboard and getting comfortable with a whole different layout mindset.

Here's two more products I got to Game better with and to cool the Laptop:

ASUS Republic of Gamers GX850 Laser Mouse
https://www.asus.com/us/ROG-Republic-Of-Gamers/GX850/

HAVIT HV-F2056 15.6″-17″ Laptop Cooler Cooling Pad
https://www.prohavit.com/products/hv-f2056-laptop-cooler/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxApD39VUDY

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  13:13:22  17 January 2018
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Guess your keyboard problem is related to the software not being supported by Windows 10.

I myself use a Logitech G700s mouse and a Logitech G910 keyboard.

Laptop cooling pads are nice to have if one lives somewhere where it gets pretty hot. Here in Denmark they are more like gadgets as it rarely gets over 25C degrees in summer.
  11:54:55  18 January 2018
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Shadow of Chernobyl on a Laptop ( 1.0006 )

PCDania~

I'm not trying to use my old Gaming Keyboard with my new Windows 10
Laptop. What I'm saying is that my hands, fingers and mind are so used
to my specialized Gaming keyboard that NOT using it anymore and now
using a regular keyboard has been the biggest difficulty and transition
for playing SoC on a Laptop. In addition to that, looking at a reduced
size 17" inch Laptop screen from my usual 27" Asus LCD monitor and
just the general comfort that my large desk affords a PC type setup.

So I installed the GoG version I paid for long ago that I have never used.
I bought both the Steam & GoG versions on sale ( to help GSC out ) but
have always used a DVD to install the Games. I guess this makes another
first for me related to what I'm doing. That's another reason why I am
using the digital 1.0006 patch version since that's the only way it comes.

I've been playing "Team Epic's" Call of Chernobyl Mod for the past two
years non-stop. It's funny how they generally used all the Clear Sky
levels they could so my mind is still on the CS version of the Cordon
and not where it should be on the SoC version. Looking at my SoC
1.0005 version post it was exactly 2 years ago I had stopped playing
when I was making repeated trips into Pripyat and was recording video.

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  14:24:34  18 January 2018
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Ah Ok. I understood you had tried but had to give up using your old keyboard and was forced to use the keyboard on the laptop. You could try connecting it to the USB 2 port but the software for the keyboard will most likely not play nice with Win 10.

I understand your problem having to use the keyboard on the laptop. I have long arms relative to my hight so I have tried out many different keyboards over the years but always ended up using a non-ergonomic keyboard because of lack of space on my desk. Living in Denmark means many specialized keyboards are not available because of the key layout. Took time getting used to each time I switched between different keyboard types, and they were not nearly as special as your Wolf Claw.

Now I don't know how much space you have but your laptop have both a HDMI and a mini-displayport connection so you should be able to connect your 27" monitor. There is a setting for the laptop monitor so you can mirror the picture on the laptop and the monitor and another so you can close the laptop without it shutting off. Problem might be that the laptop is running at 1920*1080 while your monitor is likely 2560*1440 so the picture will get a little fuzzy.

Like you I also have the DVD, the Steam and the GOG versions of STALKER games. I have different mods on each version so I often get confused when playing and can't find a specific thing in the game and then remember it's in one of the other mods

Currently I'm contemplating using my laptop (a Asus ROG G73JH from 2010 runnning 1920*1080) for playing SoC on my TV which runs at 3840*2160 so the TV upscales the resolution. I expect it to become a bit fuzzy but maybe I have luck it don't get as bad as I expect. I have a Logitech K750 keyboard so I don't have to used the keyboard on the laptop, and my mouse is wireless too.

Those STALKER games are pretty special, I have other great games but for some reason I tend to return back to them, with or without mods. It's something about the atmosphere and the way the NPCs have their own life.

(Sorry if text is a little confusing, my brain is not playing nice today)
  05:19:32  19 January 2018
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Shadow of Chernobyl on a Laptop ( 1.0006 )

I already have a PC hooked up to my Asus 27" Monitor & Gaming keyboard
so I'm not really trying to use the same larger screen and better keyboard
with my Laptop. I'm trying to get into the Laptop experience. Using the screen
and keyboard as is. The idea being getting adapted to the Game solely on the
Laptop components and not trying to substitute it for my older i5 CPU PC.

The downside to the Stalker Games is trying to show it or explain it to other
people. You can't always bring them into your homes so the appeal of a Laptop
is to take it on the go, play Stalker anywhere and show it to people everywhere.

A friend of mine, who loves technology and own several Laptops, bought his
first Gaming Laptop. He was drawn to the power and technology despite not
really being a Gamer. His son Games on his Xbox and he thought he could
buy the same Game and play with him. That didn't turn out to be accurate as
I guess the communities are segmented. I introduced him to SoC ( I bought it
for him during Christmas on sale at GoG ) and have tried to explain it to him
and get him interested. So that's where things stand. The funny thing is on his
own, he started off in the Rookie Village, for some dumb reason sold his pistol
to Sidorovich and then went on the Car Park mission without any weapon.
Needless to say he died easily and was frustrated by a lack of guidance.

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  14:34:30  19 January 2018
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Sounds like a good idea, that way you can have fun while getting accustomed with the laptop. At least you got the discontinued 17" laptop and not the 'upgraded' 15". I'm not sure why the manufacturers make 15" gaming laptops, maybe because low weight, slim and long battery life is all the rave? As far as I can see, the 15" laptops are also running at 1920*1080 so it's not for making it easier for the GPU. Personally I would get your 17" any day over the newer 15" model. The sort of gaming these laptops are made for requires at least a 17" imo.

I myself has actually used my laptop for showing friends and family SoC, only other game I have shown using my laptop is the original Crysis.
My gaming laptop is now-a-days my backup solution if something goes wrong with my PC and for playing movies on my TV. - I really should try play some SoC on it using the TV.

Pretty funny story about your friend. I wonder what went through his head when he got that gun. It mean, it should sort of give him a hint at what he would need for playing the game . I hope he has started enjoying SoC.
  15:27:04  19 January 2018
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Shadow of Chernobyl on a Laptop ( 1.0006 )

Yep. I'm happy I got the 17". Even though it's slightly heavier than a 15", I think the greater screen size is far worth the difference. I think 15" Laptops may be more popular but I think that is overall Laptops, and not just Gaming Laptops. I could be wrong. I haven't actually seen any figures. I wonder if these Steam surveys cover all the different sizes and graphics cards used in various Gaming Laptops?

That's another good point you make about having a Laptop. I have several that can serve as a backup for the internet but this is my first one as a backup for Gaming. Not a bad idea for a just-in-case scenario.

I also got two different new sets of headphones for my Gaming Laptop.

First I got some heavier, premium headphones where quality and comfort was the primary focus. My budget was not to exceed $100. These were only $99. I'm very pleased with the materials used plus it came with two different types of ear cushions. They have a 3.5 plug in for sound & USB plug in for the lights and the 7.1 surround sound.

This woman is so fun & bubbly with her reviews plus I love her laugh.
FIRST LOOK AT ASUS ROG STRIX FUSION 300 HEADSET
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2Q2lUa-IKI

ASUS ROG Strix Fusion 300 Virtual 7.1 LED Gaming Headset with Microphone for PC/Mobile/Console
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075L92SBC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Second, I wanted a lighter, inexpensive pair where they may not be as comfortable but they were lighter and easier to take with me on the go. Even though this set came out in 2010, I found several links selling them for around $60-70. However I got it brand new on E-Bay for only $27.50 and with free s & h. Gotta love E-Bay for finding NOS. I'm very pleased of course with the price I paid but also very impressed with the quality and build of the materials.

Quick Review: ASUS CineVibe USB Gaming Vibration Headset
https://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/3522/quick_review_asus_cinevibe_usb_gaming_vibration_headset/index.html

ASUS CineVibe Rumble Feedback USB Gaming Headset review - ASUS CineVibe Rumble Feedback USB Gaming Headset
http://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/asus-cinevibe-rumble-feedback-usb-gaming-headset-review,1.html

Just tonight I went into the train tunnel that was full of Anomalies in Garbage to retrieve the unique Viper that shoots 9 x 18. I tell you what, the rumble feedback vibration of the headphones really added to the immersion of the whole experience.

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  22:05:21  19 January 2018
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Most laptops sold are 15.6" as they are sold to people who have to carry them around and/or because they are easy to hide away in a drawer if you don't want them on your table/desk all the time.

I have tried some headsets but never found one that I liked. Sinse about 2004 I have owned a set of Logitech Z-5500 5.1 surround speakers. Great for games, pretty good for movies, lacking a bit for music as the satellites don't have midrange speakers, only highrange speakers. Turning up the subwoofer while in a field of anomalies makes for quite an experience.
 
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