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PaladinTom wrote:

How come some games allow you to change audio outputs in Windows after you've launched them, and other don't?

If directing audio to different outputs is something you do a lot, I highly suggest learning and using Voicemeeter Banana.

Make VB the default input and output, then toggle which physical output(s) are getting the signal in VB.

I use this to direct audio between my standard headset, Oculus Rift built-in headphones, and monitor speakers.

*Legion* wrote:
PaladinTom wrote:

How come some games allow you to change audio outputs in Windows after you've launched them, and other don't?

If directing audio to different outputs is something you do a lot, I highly suggest learning and using Voicemeeter Banana.

Make VB the default input and output, then toggle which physical output(s) are getting the signal in VB.

I use this to direct audio between my standard headset, Oculus Rift built-in headphones, and monitor speakers.

For me, Windows 10 has made switching really easy in software lately, and only becomes an issue when some games launch and they lock in the audio output. Some time in the last couple years (I think) Windows updated and you can just toggle between all of your audio outputs at the volume icon in the taskbar and then clicking on the name of the output to open the list to select another. Prior to that, it involved going into the sound settings for me.

So does VB really offer that much more flexibility?

mrtomaytohead wrote:

So does VB really offer that much more flexibility?

Yes. It's basically a software mixing board.

bepnewt wrote:

Do you guys have any recommendations on a gadget I can use to run Bluetooth through my Denon? Here's pics of it if that will help. I'm currently only using the 2 HDMI inputs and the 2 front, 1 center, and the SW outputs. I don't have my 2 back speakers mounted in this oddly shaped room, yet.

-BEP

Edit: I will do my own standard research; I'm just hoping somebody here has been through this and has personal feedback.

*Legion* wrote:

You're looking for something like this

Have you used that one before? If so, what's your happiness rating with it?

-BEP

bepnewt wrote:
*Legion* wrote:

You're looking for something like this

Have you used that one before? If so, what's your happiness rating with it?

I actually used this specific one in my car, to turn my AUX jack into a Bluetooth input. (There are smaller ones more suited to car use, but usually of lesser quality). I found it to be pretty nice. One great thing was the NFC connection, so I could touch my phone back to the top of the device to establish the connection. (I could also simply pick the device from my phone's Bluetooth device list as well).

*Legion* wrote:
bepnewt wrote:
*Legion* wrote:

You're looking for something like this

Have you used that one before? If so, what's your happiness rating with it?

I actually used this specific one in my car, to turn my AUX jack into a Bluetooth input. (There are smaller ones more suited to car use, but usually of lesser quality). I found it to be pretty nice. One great thing was the NFC connection, so I could touch my phone back to the top of the device to establish the connection. (I could also simply pick the device from my phone's Bluetooth device list as well).

Thanks, Legion. That NFC capability seems mighty convenient.

-BEP

*Legion* wrote:
PaladinTom wrote:

How come some games allow you to change audio outputs in Windows after you've launched them, and other don't?

If directing audio to different outputs is something you do a lot, I highly suggest learning and using Voicemeeter Banana.

Make VB the default input and output, then toggle which physical output(s) are getting the signal in VB.

I use this to direct audio between my standard headset, Oculus Rift built-in headphones, and monitor speakers.

Thanks! Will give it a go.

TheGameguru wrote:

I would try the manual windows update and go to version 1903. Make sure you remove any usb or SD cards.

Hit the Update Now from this link

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...

it will download the tool that will update to 1903 bypassing any incremental updates you might be getting stuck on.

I thought that I'd gotten it through repeated use of the "Windows Update Settings" screen, but this morning the popup came back. Thank you for the link; I'm about to give it a try. I don't have any USB drives plugged in (and haven't had any for the duration of the issue) so hopefully it'll take.

Has anyone purchased a pair of truly wireless earbuds with AptX on them? I'm on a mission to get one that does not have an audio/video delay. I have BT headphones that have a wire wrapping around my head and that works fine with audio/video delay. I've already sent 3 wireless earbuds back...None of them had AptX.

Jonman wrote:

I've started to have some stuttering issues across several games, including ones that shouldn't be particularly taxing my rig (e.g. Enter The Gungeon).

How do I go about troubleshooting this?

I had this problem recently and I have a 1080ti, I fixed it by disabling GSync, not sure why though, but I was seeing stuttering in Borderlands 2 and Plague Tale

Hi all,

So not one but both of my backup external hard drives have failed. Took them to a repair place and was told that at this point I needed to send them to data recovery. Does anyone have recommendations on which services to use and approximately how much it's gonna cost? I'm hearing that it will cost hundreds but hope it's not that much.

Good recovery will average around $2000ish to realistically get around 70-80% of the data recovered. It works if the data is critical though but don't expect miracles.

Two problems, one annoying, one worrying...

Annoying - After some amount of time and use, my mouse cursor changes erratically. As it moves across areas where it would change, sometimes it does not change, but stays with whatever it last changed to. So when it should be an arrow, it's a double angle, or an insert symbol. Most used programs are Firefox and Path of Exile. Two Win 10 updates in the last month or so... Started in late July.

Worrying - After an unknown period of uptime, a tiny sliver of the middle of the screen displaces to the far right edge. When booting, there is sometimes an empty spot in a similar area of the screen while the rest of the screen is displaying; then it fills in. Worried that this is a memory failure. Running a 1660 TI with G-Sync and compatible monitor.

Any thoughts welcome.

Robear wrote:

Annoying - After some amount of time and use, my mouse cursor changes erratically. As it moves across areas where it would change, sometimes it does not change, but stays with whatever it last changed to. So when it should be an arrow, it's a double angle, or an insert symbol.

Weird. Sounds like what's happening is the coordinates of your mouse pointer is being successfully sent to your GPU (which, presumably, is continuing to draw the hardware cursor it's been told to draw at the new coordinates), but the OS is not correctly processing "oh hey, mouse has moved here, this area requires this different mouse cursor."

Once upon a time, there was a way to force Windows into software mouse pointer rendering, which might give you some big clues as to what's going on, but it's been too many decades and I probably drank those brain cells away anyway. If you can't google up a way of doing it, you might sidestep your way into forcing it by downloading a custom mouse cursor (does Windows even still support that? I don't know).

Or, the GPU memory is messed up and presenting the wrong cursor... Hmmm. Dunno how likely that is but it's worrying.

Please no cursoring in this thread. Keep it clean.