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  12:33:50  8 April 2018
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Tejas Stalker
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Shadow of Chernobyl on a Laptop ( 1.0006 )

Yeah, I'm pretty happy with my purchase. It's harder and harder to find models with an optical drive, especially in the lower price range of the Gaming laptops and I've done all the upgrades I wanted to do. At first I had hesitation about wanting to wait for the 8th generation series Intel CPUs, especially with more cores but after reading this article I'm glad I didn't:

Is Intel's Coffee Lake Worth It for Gaming Laptops?
https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/intel-coffee-lake-gaming-performance

Just like desktops computers, it's really more important to get a good GPU over worrying if the CPU is the latest. However unlike a desktop, once you decide on your laptop, it's not an option to upgrade anything ( CPU or GPU ) unless it's basic stuff like I already did: memory, hard drive or a new M.2 SSD. Hopefully I won't ever have another reason to crack my laptop open again and play with the innards.

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  15:07:50  3 April 2018
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PCDania
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So you have to remove the whole underside of it to get access to the innards. Looks nice and tidy in there

Here is a video by some guy about how to take apart and reassemble my Asus G73JH:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JbEJlm6PdY
As you can see I only have to remove a small cover on it to gain access the HDD, RAM and NIC.

Back when I assembled labtops I had to install Keyboard, CPU, RAM, HDD, Optical Drive and a few times the GPU, NIC and Cooling + assorted covers. Screws were just thrown into a singe bag so first thing was sorting the screws. Connecting the flat cable for the keyboard could be quite tricky on some models because of very little space and the connector on the mainboard breaks easily as it's made of flimsy plastic.
  06:06:29  3 April 2018
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Tejas Stalker
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04/03/2018 6:27:07
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Added a new Plextor 1 TB M.2 NVME ( 4x faster than SATA M.2 ) SSD and upgraded to 16 GB ( 2x 8GB ) SO-DIMM Corsair Vengeance PC2400 High performance Gaming Memory:
https://i.imgur.com/5LZ8jWgh.jpg

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  02:46:04  3 April 2018
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Opening up new areas in MLR mod you have to find information from corpses. This can be disabled in the game options though to be fully open Havent played for over a month and a half because of working out of state. Im going to buy a gaming laptop like Tejas because trying to post a message on a phone with huge fingers isnt cutting it. Also not gamng because of work is rdicolous
  14:01:09  2 April 2018
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Well, the engine is strained in CoC 1.4.22 too but I don't think I have had crashes related to it. I've kept down the amount of stuff in my fixed stashes but there is at least a one second delay when opening the one in the Rostok Bar and the one in Dead City.

Sometimes for no apparent reason I get radiation poisoning (red warning) at places where I didn't the last time I were there. Note my armour and artefacts carried are the same. It also feels like my guns sometimes wears out faster (no intention of testing it.)

I got pretty tired of dead NPCs having lots of worn out weapons on them so I started collecting them and donating them to the traders. Much easier to find the ones with ammo which is the second or third best source of money, the other is mutant parts. Best source is Artefacts. Naturally one can take a companion and sell some of the less damaged weapons to them but they run out of money pretty fast. As I only used companions when forced to this was a no-go for me. Currently in CoC 1.4.22 I have 7 mill+ RU. BTW, I wonder how many people realize Beard on the Skatovsk pays a good price for artefacts?

What Misery goes, let those people who like that play it, it's not my cup of tea (or mug of coffee).

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In MLR there are two NPCs guarding in the Monolith main base running forth and back right in front of the trader and mechanic. They are a real PITA as they push one away from the trader or mechanic while doing business. I solved it by moving them up to the Monolith thingy up in the theater. Luckily they stay there even when I leave the map.

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Regarding X-16 in SoC. My way of doing it too. I made sure collect all loot and drop it in a few easy to find places. Returned ASAP after getting out and cleaned out the place.
  05:34:40  2 April 2018
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Tejas Stalker
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04/02/2018 5:35:53
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Shadow of Chernobyl on a Laptop ( 1.0006 )

I've pretty much stuck with the progress of changes that Team Epic themselves have done with their Game. I started with 1.2, moved to 1.3 and attempted to accomplish a year of playing 1.3 but fell just short of 11 months due to too many object saved that appeared to cause problems and exposed a limitation on the game engine. It got to the point where I had to keep dropping the quality of the graphics just to be able to leave the level I was in. It finally got to the point where I couldn't leave the level I was in without crashing.

1.4 was a major change I wasn't happy hearing about at first. Taking away the ability to have your gunsmith toolkits replenish and re-use them to do mass weapon repair on a large scale and sell them. I can't tell you how much time I spent hauling weapons and repairing them in the 1.3 version. When I started 1.4 I was upset this was changed but quickly realized the wisdom of it. I was now free of spending so much time doing what I had done before. Let's face it, being overloaded carrying massive amounts of loot and spending game hours or days repairing them to sell was not really fun game play. Removing that and instead expanding CoC to have more jobs and tasks for rewards was far, far better. Game play returned to being about travel and action. Not hauling and repairing.

Now I admit I haven't tried the 1.5 Beta. I've been told it's a lot harder and almost like CoC tried to be like a Team Epic version of Misery, which is funny since the Misery Design Team have embraced the work of Team Epic's Call of Chernobyl as their base for their new Call of Misery. I've never been a Misery fan. Everything brown, yellow and rust doesn't have much appeal to me. Perhaps you might want to give it a try.

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Got back to my SoC 1.0006 Game last night on my upgraded Laptop. Left off in Yantar looting on the surface before getting ready to go to the X-16 Lab underground. So much loot everywhere in Yantar, I feel most people don't get it all. After all, there's no way you can get ALL the loot of of the X-16 underground in one trip. It really takes two trips. What I do is as soon as I escape, I usually go right back in before all the Zombies, Snorks and a Controller show up as replacement spawns in Yantar.

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  13:54:12  1 April 2018
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PCDania
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"A Concrete Tomb" is the name of the final mission which is actually split in two as one has to do a mission inbetween.

MLR is a addon/mod for CoC. PressurE told about it back on page 7.

Link to download site: http://www.moddb.com/mods/call-of-chernobyl/addons/mlr

Each faction has its own Quest line, lots of new weapons (how they look is debatable), lots of money but things are more expensive. Weapons on corpses are much more likely to be worn out. As far as I can see from the comments at moddb, it incorporates parts of at least two other mods. I have only played a bit as a Monolith but if the map is correct, some parts are closed to me though maybe they open up later on, who knows. Seems like a earn a salary each day but I'm pretty sure I also lost some money one morning for reasons to me unknown as I didn't manage to read the whole message before it dissapeared.

Seems MLR is more prone to CTD. Haven't checked the game log as it's a CTD without message on the screen so I don't expect to find anything useful.

If weapons are not too damaged on can still make some money on repairing them and selling them.

Medkits heals much less, as the kits can be used twice it's not as bad as it sounds.

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Can't wait to hear if you note any difference while playing after the upgrade. With the NVMe OS and programs should load faster. Loading of saves might be faster as it also depends on the game engine.
  07:39:07  1 April 2018
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Tejas Stalker
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Shadow of Chernobyl on a Laptop ( 1.0006 )

What is "A concrete Tomb", I just haven't gotten that far in my 1.4 Game?

What is MLR again? I've got my SoC Game going on my Laptop and two unfinished CoC Games on my desktop. The 1.4 Loner Game at 3 months in and the current Monolith Game at 2 months(?) in. My 1.3 Game got almost 11 months in before it became so buggy I couldn't finish it.

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Got the Laptop put together tonight. Newly added High Performance Gaming 1 TB NVMe SSD and High Performance Gaming 16 GB Memory. I took out the value 8 GB Memory it came with and put in two new sticks of 8 GB each. That's more than enough. Waiting on updates for Windows 10 to get back to my Game.

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  15:33:18  31 March 2018
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Finished "A concrete Tomb", kind of an anti-climax.

Have taken a backup of the game and installed MLR as it should have a special story for the Monolith when doing Story Mode.

Edit: For some strange reason the vodka is protecting against Psi instead of removing radiation in MLR. Have changed it back to removing radiation. Flashlights aint worth writing home about.

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Just remembered something funny that happened: A few times I have tried shooting down some crows, just for the fun of it and as it's gives a bit of training shooting at moving targets. I have a difficult time hitting them as it's very difficult to see how far up they are and they fly in circles and change course now and then. Well, at one time when shooting at a chopper I took down a crow that happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time
  08:45:26  29 March 2018
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03/29/2018 22:06:19
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Shadow of Chernobyl on a Laptop ( 1.0006 )

Overall the activated stashes in Call of Chernobyl suck. In the 1.3 version it was too many worn pistols and pistol ammo. 1.4 changed that to even more worthless Faction patches. The only good things you ever find in activated stashes are the Basic/Advanced/Expert Tools, Armors & Artifacts. You do get weapons too but it's fairly easy to get high end weapons on your own from looting without waiting for one to appear.

My 1.4 Loner Game was only 3 months in ( X-18 & X16 done but not X-19 yet ) when I took a break and started a Monolith Game where the story mode isn't applicable. However finishing the story mode is the lowest priority of what I'm doing. Basically I'm just living the life in the Zone and doing whatever I feel like each day. Probably more influenced by stash activations, letting them build up in certain levels then making a round trip through multiple levels to empty them all at once.

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Yes, I noticed 10 dark screws and 1 light silver screw for my Laptop. The dark ones go in the outer holes while that light screw goes in the center just like you described. Can't wait to get my Memory soon. I went ahead and ordered 2 sticks of high performance Gaming Memory ( 2 X 8 GB PC 2400 ) so I'll yank out the ordinary value 8 GB Memory it came with once they both arrive. I'm anxious to get back to my Game.

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