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Well, apparently that was a temporary fix. the problem came back :(
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https://www.drivereasy.com/knowledge/application-blocked-accessing-graphics-hardware-error-windows-10-solved/

Putting this here for potential future reference; it did solve the problem for me.

After a driver update (GEForce, Windows 10) yesterday I started having disconnect issues with WoW. Eventually it got to the point where WoW would not start up, giving me an error about the application (wow.exe) not being able to access graphics hardware.

The article linked above gives you three Windows CMD commands to run, which do a scan, generate a log file and then attempt to clean up mangled files detected during the scan. So far I have not encountered problems since performing these commands.
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Outside Azeroth - General Chatter / Re: Blizzard selling old Warcraft servers for charity
« Last post by Winston on September 07, 2019, 04:16:54 AM »
That article is from 2012. The links in the article don't work anymore. I seem to recall Marco mentioning this auction years ago in a topic entitled "You could own Earthen Ring", but I lack the motivation to do a forum search.

A shame. I could use a couple of cheap servers to run CentOS 7.
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Outside Azeroth - General Chatter / Re: World of Warcraft Classic
« Last post by psthree on September 07, 2019, 02:30:13 AM »
Did you lot ever create an Alliance guild for ER people on Bloodsail Buccaneers?  There are two Horde-side guilds that I'm aware of; Earthen Ring Remains and Resonance.
So, Would love to find a Guild for me and the wife. Would prefer to be folks for DC as I've been with you all the most the past expansions.
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Outside Azeroth - General Chatter / Re: Finished playing...
« Last post by Marco on September 06, 2019, 08:53:49 PM »
Uncharted 2.  Like everyone says, the second game was a marked improvement over the original.  The addition of Claudia Black to the VO cast was quite welcome, the set pieces were better, the story was a bit more interesting, and the fighting and climbing sequences were generally better.  The game's normal difficulty felt about right for me, but I dropped down to "easy" for the final boss battle because I didn't like its mechanics.  (Designing boss fights for games like this is always tricky.  If it's more of the same gameplay, it doesn't feel like a boss fight.  If it's markedly different gameplay, it doesn't necessarily fit the game's audience.)
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Outside Azeroth - General Chatter / Re: World of Warcraft Classic
« Last post by Marco on September 04, 2019, 06:23:29 AM »
Blizzard announced free character moves for Classic realms.  The NA list is:

https://us.forums.blizzard.com/en/wow/t/wow-classic-free-character-moves-realms/284713/1

There are twelve source realms there, which I think is every one of the original 13 NA realms except for the RP realm (Bloodsail Buccaneers).

Every so often I try to experimentally log into Faerlina in the evening to see what the queue is like.  Yesterday evening the estimated queue time was three hours.  There's been no trouble getting into the RP realm, although its listed population does reach High on some evenings.
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Outside Azeroth - General Chatter / Re: World of Warcraft Classic
« Last post by Kudger on September 02, 2019, 05:31:41 PM »
So far I have to say that I am loving classic. I picked a Priest as that's what I played back then and am having a blast. The overall pace of the game is significantly slower than BfA but I'm honestly really enjoying it; I can hop on, play some music, and just relax as I quest and work on my professions.

Probably the most significant positive difference that stands out to me so far is how much friendlier strangers are and how much the game supports grouping up to get things done. Almost every play session I wind up running into people on the same quest, grouping up, and then we quest together and chat for the rest of my play session. Compared to BfA, the difference is pretty stark.

I also enjoy the old talent system that, when combined with the slower pace of leveling, makes every level feel significant. I had a more significant sense of accomplishment going from level 16-17 on Classic than I did going from 1-60 on my void elf in BfA.

Probably the biggest con right now is how crowded it is. Every so often I get to a quest that isn't designed for anywhere near the amount of people doing it at the same time, which can lead to spawn camping and draws out the quest for much longer than it was meant to be. I figure that will largely settle down as the "newness" factor of Classic dies down and fewer people make it to the higher levels.

So far, Classic is shaping up about how I expected it to, and I'm looking forward to continuing the journey.

On a more personal note, as a long time Classic supporter who was on the brunt of a lot of "Wall of NO" spam and harassment on the WoW general forums from people over the years, it makes me feel a bit vindicated to see Classic be as successful as it has been so far.
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Outside Azeroth - General Chatter / Re: World of Warcraft Classic
« Last post by Yharon on August 31, 2019, 07:41:13 PM »
Did you lot ever create an Alliance guild for ER people on Bloodsail Buccaneers?  There are two Horde-side guilds that I'm aware of; Earthen Ring Remains and Resonance.
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Outside Azeroth - General Chatter / Re: Finished playing...
« Last post by Marco on August 31, 2019, 07:02:10 PM »
Inside.  This an artistic 2.5D puzzle platformer, currently free on the Epic store.  It's not long, probably in the 5-10 hour range (the Epic store doesn't track play time).  The story is wordless, creative, brilliant in its use of animation and sound, and highly disturbing.  The puzzles are also creative, clever in their use of a minimal control set (just directional movement, jump, and grab).  Some of the puzzles have timing elements, which could lead to frustration in some players.  Recommended if you don't get nightmares easily.
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