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ELITED » A sneaky Tycoon

Posted by Roguey on Friday 10th July, 2015 · Comment 0 comments

For the past few days ive been working on my trade rank, seeing it was the 85%+ area. Trading isnt the most fun thing to do, but it brings in money which is always a good thing in Elite: Dangerous. Earlier, I knew I was getting close - as it said I was at 99%. However when I logged back in, I saw this;

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I was thinking that you needed 384/385 million profit, so I was expecting to do a few more runs to be honest.

Anyway, now begins the long road to Elite for two ranks - combat and trade. As you can see I made a little progress on the combat one.

ELITED » A deadly Roguey

Posted by Roguey on Saturday 4th July, 2015 · Comment 0 comments

Its been just under a month now since my last blog, when I reached the combat rating of Dangerous. I was so sick of seeing Master, as all I could think about was I am a master-blaster (as someone kept saying it to me). So I was so glad to get the Dangerous title. I carried on doing kills (probably 75% to 25% - trading, you still make a lot of money from trading).

Today, I have just reached Deadly! So now just one more title before coming Elite. I know this one will take some time, but atleast each percent I do, I know its getting closer - rather than thinking I have to do another step afterwards (if that makes any sense). Here is my promotion;

However before I reach Elite im expecting to reach Tycoon, as im around 80% rank at the moment. Tycoon is also one rank under Elite, but I know trading takes ages. For the moment ive been taking Imperial Slaves from Zelano, to LTT 911 (trade-run here which nets me around 2,800 per unit (although no return goods)). Another reason for this run is that my power (Denton Patreus) is nearby, actually this was the reason I picked him.

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ps. I know im not the first to reach these ranks, however I like to document my progress and hope you like seeing it. Hopefully you found this blog interesting (especially nosing at my stats, although I do find it useful for myself).

Well, good luck out there fellow Commanders.

ELITED » Dangerous title

Posted by Roguey on Friday 12th June, 2015 · Comment 1 comments

Its been a long time since my last blog post on Elite: Dangerous. A lot has changed since - just recently Elite: Dangerous was updated to include powers. However v1.3 hasnt gone with fair share of problems too (some still needing fixing).

On and off ive been working on the combat rank - trying to progress. I got so fed up seeing Master - which felt lacking. Today - finally I managed to reach Dangerous.

I know there are commanders out there who have already reached Elite, but im just sharing my progress. I would like to reach Elite one day but I feel that's a long way off. Thanks for Shadowplay I have the moment recorded;

Anyway, Good luck out there commanders,

MSi RMA process

Posted by Roguey on Monday 27th April, 2015 · Comment 3 comments

In my last blog you may of read that my old MSi 670GTX OC (N670GTX-PM2D2GD5/OC) failed. After some testing I couldnt get the card to work properly again (Windows reported an error 43, and had switched to vgasafe). I also noticed some corruption in the pictures (looking like the graphic-card memory had failed).

So I started to read around, it looked like MSi did offer 3 year warranties on some cards but I wasnt sure if mine was covered. I checked all over the box and the included paper-work, but nothing about the warranty period. I contacted MSi to see if the card was covered or not, as the card was 2 years and 10 months old. They told me the card was covered and they would do the RMA of the card.

However, MSi said the card would need to be sent to the Netherlands (since there was no UK repair centre). My first thoughts is that would be expensive. I did a quick check on the postage cost, and royal-mail showed £60! Immediately was disappointed - 20% of the cost of a new 970 0GTX!?! However after further emails MSi told me that they didnt need the original box (which was quite big, most being empty space) and I removed the postage-insurance (since it was broken anyway). This brought down the posting-cost to £12.51! So on the wednesday it was packaged (with all the paper-work), and took to our local post-office the next day (on 16th April).

I knew it would take a few days to get there (with a weekend just after), so I kept an eye on the tracking information. However before the tracking information I told emailed by MSi to say the card has arrived (21st April). On the same day I had another email saying that they didnt have a replacement but would I accept a N680GTX-PM2D2GD5 as a replacement? So I did some research and it appeared to be the next model up, although not over-clocked like my old 670GTX. My old 670GTX was around 3.5% faster than the reference design, and the 680GTX they offered was around 2-5% faster than my old 670GTX. I could see why MSi offered that card as a replacement. I accepted of-course, and the following day it was despatched.

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On the 24th of April I got a ding-dong on the front-door - the replacement card was here. I immediately stuck the card in, and it was working. It was great to have a modern graphic-card again - the old 9800 GT wasnt up to the job on my 2600k (running at 98% most of the time) - I missed shadow-play, Elite ran at 10-15pfs with everything at the lowest and 512MB of VRAM was too small. The replacement card looked in fairly good condition, as I was told it would be a factory refurbished one.

So in the end it took around a week and a day for my card to go from the UK to Netherlands, to be processed and another card to be sent. I am impressed with MSi, as they dealt with the warranty brilliantly. I would like to say a big thank-you to MSi for dealing with my RMA.

Over the weekend I did tidy my case, installed some black-foam and swapped PSU;

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ELITED » Elite killed my 670 GTX

Posted by Roguey on Monday 13th April, 2015 · Comment 5 comments

Probably the first thing you thought when reading the blog title was - is this some spam random post? I wish it was the case.. but my Nvidia 670 GTX has now gone on its last journey after just 2 and half years;

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I havnt been playing Elite for a few days as ive been working on the site, or playing on the PS3. I just recently wrote some code to save the best deals back into the database. So, today I thought ill check a run that the site worked out between Deneb Algedi to V374 Pegasi - it looked promising. So I launched the game, got into the game and set my location to V374 Pegasi. Next I asked for permission to launch, went to pull-up, then a big blue-screen of death. I knew it wasnt a good but I thought after a restart it would be back.

But, after a restarting my pc went into a kind-of safe-mode defaulting back to 800x600. Windows was basically saying there was no graphic card, or it was unknown. I tried reinstalling the drivers, still nothing. So as a last result I tried it in another pc. The same thing happened - Windows couldnt find it. Its so bad that even the screen-saver cant run, saying a need a better graphic card. In device manager Windows says;

Code 43: Windows has stopped this device because it has reported problems

So ive had to borrow my old 9800GT for now - which isnt ideal;

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Elite is barely playable, I cant shadow-play and the 9800GT sounds like it cant cope - although its better than being in safe mode. Its not helped that the car also off-the-road due to some serious faults (so we cant just pop to the shops and get another). I find it ironic that awhile back Frontier had a competition to win a Titan-black but yet as killed my 670GTX. Im guessing that a 970GTX would be a good replacement? For now, I will probably be playing Elite a lot less and staying solo until I can get something sorted. I might re-try it a few more times but I dont think its coming back. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

[update] the card was later RMA, more information here

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