Battlefield 3 Tips: Getting To Karkand

Update: Hours after I submitted this post, EA had trouble with their back-end and many, many people could not log onto Origin. Oh, sweet irony…

I have to hand it to Dice Battlefield 3  is awesome.  However, what an annoying mess updating (and joining) the game has turned out to be.

A couple of weeks ago, a giant update for Bf3 was released. In this update were the files for the “Back to Karkand” expansion pack. In order to unlock these files you either had to buy the Limited Edition of Bf3 or , if you had the standard version, pay some money for it (15€ here). I paid for mine earlier today and I was not able to join a server. The message “Game content was not found” had appeared. Apparently, I was not alone. Here is a list of a few things you can try in order to get the “Back to Karkand” expansion working for you. I found these via several different forums.

  • Log out and back into Origin
  • Clear all cookies, history from your browser
  • Attempt to join empty server, or an empty out of region server or with a  few ppl
  • Reinstall Origin
  • Manually log out of Battlelog in browser (without browser) then log back in

The first four did not work – it worked for others. The last one did work for me.

Like I said, this is a great game but, sorry EA and Dice, using both Origin and Battlelog on a web browser to update the game – just sloppy.

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Battlefield 3 Bleeding Eyes Tip: Try A Low-Contrast Setting

I have recently begun playing Battlefield 3, my wife bought it for Father’s Day, which is in November here in Finland. I played the single player first (yes, I finished it). Half way through the first session of playing, my eyes really began to hurt. By the end of the 2-hour session, my head hurt and I wanted to gouge my eyes out in the hopes that maybe that will make me feel better.

The next day, while my eyes were still sore from the night before, I did some research and I found that a lot of people were having the same problems I was. The answer came down to Battlefield 3’s contrast is really high. Check out these comparison shots here – courtesy of Battlefield 3 Online.

While you are able to make some change within the games config files, I read a lot of comments saying that did not help and, someday, maybe you might get a boot off of a server via Punkbuster. Fortunately, my Benq e2200HD monitor has settings where I can change – via the buttons on the side of my monitor – the “mode” of the display from “movie” to “picture” and so on. I changed the mode setting from “movie” to “sRGB”. Since then, I have been playing hours of BF3 with no headache whatsoever. If you do not have any mode settings, try manually lowering the contrast. Monitors usually have at least this feature.

I hope this works for you.


Battlefield 3 Update Tip: Log Out Of Origin

For the moment, I’ll do my best to not moan about having to log into Origin so you can launch Battlelog in your web browser – just so you can launch Battlefield 3 and play a game…

Having troubles installing BF3’s first patch? Maybe this will help – and with subsequent patches – log out of Origin and log back in. When I went into Battlelog this afternoon to play a round and tried to join a server, the Game Manager told me that an update needed to be installed. So, I pressed “update” and  Origin popped up but, nothing happened – it just sat there. Logging out and logging back in solved the problem. Hopefully, this will do the same for you.

BTW, from what I read, this patch did not dim that portable sun people carry around and blinding EVERYONE.


Annoying Google Chrome “Sync Error”

For a while, a “Sync Error” message has been sitting on my Google Chrome browser. I haven’t had the time to do anything about it till now. So, when I clicked on “Sync Error”, it took me to “Personal Stuff” in “Options”. I entered in my password and waited.

And waited….

And waited some more….

You get the picture. Nothing was happening. The little Ajax loader graphic was spinning but, that was it. I solved this by clicking on the button “Stop syncing this account…”, then I pressed the “Stop syncing” button in the “Stop syncing this account” pop up window and lastly clicking on the “Set up sync” button and entering my log in information.

A little stupid and annoying but, at least it works again.


Topfield .Rec Files – Two Useful Tools

I own a Topfield 500 PVR hybrid (cable/terrestrial). The machine comes with a 320GB hard drive. When a TV show or movie is recorded, it saves a file in .REC format. Which is, in my experience, a little difficult to work with. You can watch these files using VLC but, if you want to watch them somewhere other than your computer… enter in these two tools: rec2mpg and TFRecToTsContinue reading


Rockstar “Announces” Grand Theft Auto V

With trailer coming at the beginning of November. Anyone want to take a stab at what it’s going to be about? Personally, I would like to see a return to San Andreas with CJ and the gang. But, that’s just one man’s opinion.

Oh, and satellite radio with Vladivostok FM on it! 😀


“Always Online” DRM… When Men Cry Like Babies

A little over a week ago, several executives with GSC Game World – including Sergei Grigorovich mentioned that S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 will have the “always online” DRM scheme. All hell broke loose. GSC Game World then tweeted that the scheme was only mentioned as a “possibility”. With the scare of this DRM scheme gone, we all can look forward to purchasing and enjoying the next chapter in the Zone. Continue reading