Gaming on a PC

Playing video games on a PC is not for the feint of heart! There are SO many pieces of the puzzle to keep updated, and to keep the order of operations aligned.

But the good news is that 99.9% of the time, when the pieces are maintained on a regular basis, and the PC rebooted on a regular (cough -daily-) basis, most issues go away.

Computers are GREAT at multi-tasking. But they are also great at multi-panicking attacking too, LOL! Unlike a human, a PC does not have the ability to prioritize processes in queue.

So when something crashes (application, video card, etc), it's the PC's passive-aggressive way of saying "I don't know what the fok is going on and I need help!" In those moments, sometimes the PC is great at providing feedback about what is wrong (ie error codes, etc).

And other times, we as the sentient human needs to grab a flashlight, a map and go navigating into the dark innards and hope for the best. In other words: Travel safely and beware the wolves, LOL!

And of course in those moments, reaching out to one another to help in tech navigation is similar to FOIG :nerd:

Just like encountering a cougar or bear or zombie in the game environment, if we can maintain our composure, keep a clear head and work the problem without panicking, there IS a way out of the tech issue.

Unless something has physically broken or water damage, most software issues are resolvable. However, the resolution may take time to figure out, so may not be instantaneous. This is where patience is the most important tool in the troubleshooting toolbox!

IMPORTANT: if you are using a laptop, refer to this document for configuring for discrete GPU.