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Battlefield 4 Mouse Not Working Bug – Solved

Battflefield 4 is a buggy, but still somehow glorious, game. Too bad the damn thing doesn’t work most of the time.

After owning it for roughly a month and not being able to play without getting a blue screen of death every time the map loaded (yup, haven’t seen one of those screens in, oh, 5 years) the guys at DICE finally patched that problem and my video card no longer self-destructs on entry. However, as soon as I booted up the game again hoping to get some me time in with my system, a new bug stopped me at the gates.

Battlefield 4 doesn’t recognize my mouse or keyboard inputs.

The game gets to the deploy screen without a hitch, but I can’t get past the damn thing since it’s as if my mouse and keyboard aren’t working.

However, my mouse and keyboard are working since I can see my cursor move and easily ALT+TAB back to windows. So what’s up?

The Problem:

After some head scratching, I figured out what was causing the game to ignore my mouse and keyboard!

The problem is rooted in Google Chrome and the fact that Battlefield 4 has to launch through a browser.

Whenever you have Chrome running in the background, the game will still think you are using the browser and not register any of your inputs.

The Solution:

“60% of the time, it works every time”

As soon as you load the deploy screen, ALT+TAB your way back to windows.

Close every window of Google Chrome you have running (including the one that the game launched through), and then ALT+TAB your way back into the game.

And presto: with Chrome out of the way, Battlefield should now recognize that you have a working mouse and keyboard!

I’ve talked to some other people who were experiencing the same thing and this solution worked for them as well, so I’m not crazy.

Curiously, other web browsers seem to have no problem running the game – such as Internet Explorer!

Sadly, Chrome is my default browser but I have no intention of playing around so that the game opens up in IE every time I want to play.

So the best we can hope for is that they fix this little glitch in another patch down the road.


Injustice in the Justice System

A little while ago I read a news story about how a teen and his friends stole beer from a local corner store, they got drunk, drove around, crashed and killed 4 people in the process. What should have been a clear cut case of theft, drunk driving and manslaughter, quickly became a travesty. The “judge”, realizing that the real crime was apparently Ethan’s poor decision making skills declared that he was just a victim of excessive privilege – a term dubbed “affluenza”, a condition which only the affluent can suffer from – and won’t be going to jail. In fact, he won’t even be punished, not really – unless you consider a ten year probation on killing people during drunk driving rampages a real punishment.

I, like virtually every sensible human being who heard the story, was offended by the verdict. This wasn’t a case about youthful mistakes and irresponsibility, this was a case about the rich and powerful can go on being rich and powerful while the rest of us can go fuck ourselves. However, as offensive as this ruling was, the so-called “affluenza” verdict only calls to attention one half of the problem, half of the travesty that just took place.

This morning I stumbled upon an article responding to this court case. In the article, the author wrote a hypothetical scenario wher an impoverished black teen caused the death of four people and should be let off because of his impoverished upbringing that poor decision making skills – that he was in effect suffering from “Povertenza”.

If background and upbringing are more to blame than a person’s actions, then why are we only applying this to half of the picture? If excessive wealth can get you off the hook, logically speaking so can excessive poverty. But unfortunately, that’s not how things work; we live in a two-tier society, the haves and the have-nots and the have-nots can never have. Her article reminds us that a rich white kid can get away with murder, while a poor black kid will go to jail forever for the smallest of petty crimes.

It’s chilling, but it’s nothing new; and that’s the saddest part.

We like to speak one way an act another. Maybe it’s because our idols and icons were the same way (and also white and male). Obvious offender number 1: Thomas Jefferson wrote about the liberty, equality, fraternity and all that jazz of “all men”, but he was also a mysogynist and slave owner (no women, or non-whites in his equality – which makes me wonder why there are still schools and streets named after this monster). The list goes on.

While this happened in the United States, we’d only be lying to ourselves if we thought things were somehow different up here. Our privileged classes have found no shortage of people to shit on. The First Nations people come to mind as an obvious victim of white privilege – we started to deal with it by blindly tossing money at the problem and then by pretending there was no problem. Even here in Quebec, visible minorities in Quebec are being attacked by our very own government – I guess women in Hijabs and men in Turbans have finally supplanted the scary “English” as our society’s number one enemy. At least we ce can be thankful that there’s still some justice left in our justice system.


Montreal: The Coldest City on Earth

I type slowly, waiting for my flesh to defrost and the blood to return to my extremities. Performing a grocery run after the sun sets in December, in Montreal, is – to the the least – an experience. Whether it falls under the bracket of interesting or harrowing, is up for further debate.

The thermostat says it’s 20 below, but the disclaimer on the weather network reminds us – in big white letters against a striking red background, no less – that it actually feels like 30 below. Hurray for facts.

I’m certain it’s the history buff in me, because anytime the temperature outside is a good 50 degrees colder than it is inside I find my thoughts being carried back to those first Europeans, those intrepid explorers – Jacques Cartier and friends – who sailed from France and crossed the Atlantic in search of discovery and stumbled upon this heartless, godforsaken New World instead.

In grade school, we’re all taught that the first winter here for these travellers was utter bullshit. The snow came early, trapping them here in their log forts. Picture a scene of whispy Europeans, sulking around in their tights and codpieces, searching for fire, warmth, inferno – anything! – finding nothing but the bleak abandoning cold of Canada.

Before arriving here the coldest most of them had ever experienced was something just above warm

Were it not for the “noble” natives and other tropes of history coming to their rescue, none of them would have survived the winter and been able to make it back to France to recount their wondrous tales.

I suppose the hardships a 20 something year old faces getting a pack of organic tofu is of course nothing compared to the hardships of a bunch of scurvy-ridden sailors busy freezing to death, but in a way I’m a little bitter with those guys.

You’d think that upon their return voyage they might have beeb more inclined to warn Europe of this place and it’s bullshit weather. But instead, they did the opposite and got more and more people to come over to this crazy place. Honestly, what were they thinking? Why would anyone bother coming back here, much less building cities? The natives knew better, they hung out in big log cabins with 40 of their family and friends just to keep warm while we’re busy building massive, cold houses that can barely contain the warmth thanks to the no good addition of windows, doors and paper thin walls.

It boggles my mind that Montreal is a metropolis, one of the great cities of the world, and yet they chose to build it in such a damn cold place as this. How crazy were our ancestors? Was beaver fur really worth it?