Thursday, December 17, 2009

Hunter Pet envy: Arcturis, the Spirit Best Bear

Ah bears are my Hunter's favorite beast pets. If only Blizzard would give them a knock-back or knock-down attack...

My Hunter's current bear pet has been her tank since level 11 (currently level 75), when she tamed Bjorn in Dun Morogh. Bjorn was the only low level white-skinned bear, until level 54 when you could tame the bear in Winterspring. (almost typed Wintergrasp!)

But this new looking bear is to die for...

My Hunter has been camping his one and only known spawn spot together with the rest of the server, in the hope of getting lucky and taming this magnificent monster...

Friday, December 11, 2009

RL interruption

Work dropped an interruption in my gaming the past couple of days, but I atleast did 1 random heroic to get the quest rewards.

Last night I got DTK as my random heroic. I was once again the Paladin tank, DK, Mage, Elemental Shammie was DPS and a Shammie healer. We Breezed through the dungeon. The lowest DPS was clocked at 4K DPS... eep. Which my characters were that well geared. :D

But it was tough keeping multi-mob agro when all hell broke lose during a fight. I unfortunately took one for the team on King Dread the big dino (darn fears). But nothing serious, as he was at 1% health left.

But I am seeing very similar interaction as what other bloggers are noticing. People see hello, check if everyone is ready, and then nothing until the last boss is down for a "thanks for the run". Done.

If you are new to heroics, and do not know the tactic/strategies for each - you are going to be in trouble...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Holy 3.3 Happiness!

/huge big HUG to Blizzard!

The new Looking for Group/Instance tool is amazing. I tried it for 3 random dungeons last night (before doing all 3 new 5mans in sequence). And it just WORKED.

I used my paladin, flagged her for both tank and heals, and waited.... less than 5 seconds for a group to form.

1st instance was Halls of Stone, no big deal, except for some reason after we downed the Maiden-boss, our instance ID reset itself, and we were told this is not our instance and ported out. :(

Next up, was a Heroic ToC. What was funny here, we had a mage die during the 2nd boss, and when he ran in - he was in a reset instance... We had to use our lock to summon him to get him into our instance.

Last run, AZN. Had an amazing 3 DPS members, blew through the instance in just over 15minutes - with me as healer and a DK as tank.

The new 5mans was interesting. We started a guild group, but healer had to go, so we hit LFG and found a great Shammie healer that has ran it before. The instances are not long, couple of trash , run to the boss and take them down. The gauntlet, fight where Frostmourne rested, and the chase by Arthas was some unique encounters in my mind.

Total upgrades for the night, 3 tank items, 2 heal and 3 DPS (not that I use them). Used my badges to upgrade my tank necklace.

Then flew to the Sons of Hodir and Argent Crusade quartermasters to buy the BOA shoulder and head enchants for my DK and Druid tanks.

I am so amazed by this patch - made my playstyle fun again!

RL Post: I hate being locked into a vendor

Over the past weekend, I upgraded our entire AV cabinet. It started with our 10year old TV degrading - having this big green corner in the screen.

So upgrade to a new HDTV, which meant upgrade Tivo to HD, as well as our cheapo DVD player to Blu-ray.

No problem so far.

But when I started put the Ticvo and Blu-Ray player onto my wireless network... I could not get the %^&%@#&% devices to recognize my USB wireless network card...

After how many reboots, firmware updates... nothing.

I dug into their manuals, read the entire sections on wireless networking, troubleshooting, etc. Could not get it to work.

The Tivo unit say on wireless adapter: "If you prefer wireless networking, the TiVo wireless adapter is all you need for any TiVo DVR."

Put a call to Tivo.. Yep, the Tivo unit is locked down to ONLY recognize the Tivo branded USB network adapter and nothing else.. WTF? Is it seriously that complicated to get a LINUX based dedicated device to be compatible with an open network specification?

The Blu-Ray player was even better: "Wireless Ready ( Wireless Lan Adapter not included)".

Ok... So why is my USB network adapter not being recognized?

Aha! From their How to connect Wirelessly guide: "Samsung Wireless USB Adapter WIS09ABGN.
IMPORTANT: Only the Samsung WIS09ABGN Wireless USB adapter may be used."

WTF people? Its an open network communication protocol. Its like Electricity from the wall adapter!

Why the hell do I need to buy your $15 more expensive, but feature-void product to get your dumb-ass product on my wireless network?


I get the branded products, but are planning on running a couple of 100' Cat cables through my roof, to connect to the devices.

color my one very unhappy customer.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Arthas arrives

Patch 3.3 lands today.

What will I do? My plan is to alternate between gearing up a tank and a healer. Since you need 210 emblems to buy the ilvl 232 set completely.

My plan (at the momenent):
Paladin - tank
Priest - heals
DK - tank
Druid - Heals
Druid - tank
Shaman - heals
Paladin - heals
Priest - DPS
Shaman - DPS

That should keep me busy until the next Xpack - Cataclysm.

In between the heroics, I plan to utilize the Raid tool as well to get some 10/25man raid gear as well, which should cut down on my need to run heroics.

I am looking forward to it.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Gear and its inflation in WOW

Recently read this article and it got me thinking how much easier it has become to gear a character.

In Vanilla WOW, you had to run the same end-game 5man instances a LOT, before you had the minimum gear to even consider raiding.

Now, all you need is a bit of patience. Do your heroic dailies, TOC and crafted a couple of epics - BOOM! raid-ready in 2-3 weeks.

I think its an excellent design decision by Blizzard to let everyone keep up, but slightly behind the best of the best of gear. It makes the gear-reset with each major content patch much easier to accommodate by casual and non-raid players.

Friday, December 4, 2009

DK tank hits 540 Defense

Well that was surprisingly fast...

Just yesterday I was reviewing the list of items I need to get to 540 defense to become crit-immune for raid bosses, and today my Death Knight is there.

First, thanks to my friend Kevin for spotting I did not have the tank chest piece from Wyrmrest. That was a quick purchase and enchant to boost my defense rating.

Then I visited the Emblem vendors and picked up a new tanking sigil with my Conquest emblems. This put the Dk at over 500 Defense, but not close to 540 I need for raid bosses.

I joined a guild run on the daily Heroic - Halls of Stone, and then tanked a PUG for the daily normal dungeon Halls of Lightning.

The HOL run is healed by an raid geared paladin (who just switched to Holy-spec), and my 1st time tanking an instance with the DK. But we had a couple of deaths of the lvl 78 Shaman, but noone else.

My critical analysis of my tanking performance: fair to good. I did not rush off without the healer having mana. I grabbed agro when adds were running all over the place, and did not allow mobs to get behind me were I could not parry or dodge their attacks.

And I was reward with the tanking trinket of Loken at the end! That pushed my over the 540 defense rating. I could swap out my defense necklace, for my higher item level DPS necklace, and still be crit immune. I won the need roll with a 1!

But the DK is now ready for any heroic. Her health and armor is nice and high, and her defense skill is where it needs to be. After patch 3.3 (when I hope Titansteel's prices drop), I plan to get the titansteel tank gear (neck, ring, helm and boots for DK, and ring + neck for Druid).
Defense: 540
Dodge: 19.60%
Parry: 12.92%

For my Druid, I joined 1 Wintergrasp offensive game, and we won and I collected 3 badges. Under 20 badges to go for her new tanking helm.

Also had a long chat on the way home with my friend Doug on his plans for the holiday season in the game.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Dk tank pre-raid gear

With my DK in tank spec, and the best "tank" gear her DPS set allows, I started collecting all the true tank gear I could get my hands on easily.

Using this EJ list I got all the reputation gear, as well as non-epic gear purchased, gemmed and enchanted. And landed with just over 500 defense. Mmmm :(

Need 40 more to get defense capped to be un-critable by bosses. I'll need to run some heroics for badges, and hit HOL for the trinket!

On a related note, my Druid is doing every effort to join the Wintergrasp battles each time they occur, to get 40 badges she needs for her tank head piece.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A DK tank rises to the challenge

With my Druid's tank and heal sets close to where I want it to be, I last night got dual-spec for my Death Knight and made her into a Unholy-tank (for multi-mob agro generation). Since my primary DPS spec is a Blood single target spec, I could continue to use that on easy bosses (while in Frost presence).

My Druid has not tanked a heroic yet. I'm waiting for one of the easy heroics to be the daily to give it a try.

For my DK, it was shocking to see how little tank gear I had. I have a good weapon, and 1 tank ring - everything else is DPS. So I hit the Auction house as well as the guild bank, and got some late 70s blues to help get close to the 540 defense rating (sitting at 450 at the moment).

I also got the new set of glyps, but not sure if my minor glyphs are the right ones. Will have to play the DK a bit as a tank tog et a better feel for it.

My my Druid last night I did Vault of Archeron raid for the first time. Had a solid raid and we took down all 3 bosses. I got 1 heal upgrade, so I was happy.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Pilgrim event

The Thanksgiving Pilgrim event was great for boosting all my alts' cooking that were under 300. But I only leveled my Druid's cooking to 350 (go go 80+ turkeys!).

But it was quick and cheap. I loved it.

Otherwise, my druid's gearing up is starting to hit a wall. Unless I get lucky with a heroic drop, its now waiting for enough badges to buy items from the conquest vendor. Her heal set is almost 2000, and her tank set is closing in on 1900 gear score.

Once both her sets hit 2000, it will be time to get cracking the Death Knight's tanking set.

Most fun instance of the week? Mmm. I think the UP, where we had a Paladin that was just chain pulling all the way. The only places we stopped was the 3rd and last boss. everything else, as soon as the last mob dropped, he would run off and pull the next group. Made for a very fast run - maybe lass than 30minutes.

Had a great weekend with my brother visiting, although most of the weekend was spent planning for our parent's visit in 2 weeks time. Really looking forward to seeing our entire family together for the first time in almost 12 years, as my youngest brother is making the trip to the US for the first time.

The kids got some new toys as well. The eldest already finished a new computer game we got her. And we put up loads of Christmas lights. Swag/drape lights along the front gutters of the house, and icicle lights along the garage roof's edge. Also added stake lights tot he pathway to the front door, with the kids' deer statues on the lawn.

Inside in the playroom, we hung LED rope lights all along the ceiling. My wife will be erecting the tree inside during the week I am sure.

The Holiday spirit is very excited in our house :D

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Bear tanking gear

Well my Druid-bear is get a piece or two upgraded every night (which is usual for a "new 80" character".

Got 1 tank upgrade last night doing Heroic UP. According to Wow-heroes my tank gear score is almost 1600.

Sounds about ready to try tanking some normal level 70+ instances. I have been practicing my Druid tanking techniques while questing. Ranged pulling, Feral charge pulling, etc. All to make sure my head is learning which buttons to push to a) keep aggro, b) do damage, 3) keep myself alive if needed.

I was able to solo the level 74-76 elites in Dragonblight without any issues.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Bearing up!

After getting distracted on Sunday night doing the cooking quests for the WoW Pilgrim's event (5 of my 8 characters leveled up their cooking to 300+), my Bear-druid got her playtime.

I started her off by just doing Wyrmrest reputation quests to get her head caster enchant. Played as a bear and started practicing the new key lay-out, tactics and strategies (as compared to Cat-druiding).

It was an interesting experience, and in short order I landed in instance groups doing the heroic daily, as well as Trail of the Crusader. Both I healed. I got the Black Knight's trinket for my tank gear on the 1st try!! /celebrate

In the Heroic, I got another tank upgrade the ring of the final boss in DTK.

I am pleased with my first nights of attempting to create a bear-set. I was also able to get some rare-BOE gear from our guildbank, that helped with a solid starter bear-gear set.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Bear gearing

Last night I started to review what I needed to do to convert my Cat Druid to a Bear tank.

I researched a couple of popular Bear blogs (Thank you BigBearButt) and selected a talent spec. 10g and 30 minutes of respecs later, I have a good 5man to early raid spec.

I also spent some time learning how Bear's generate agro, and creating some macros to work with my bear (Initial pull, Battle Rez, Oh crap-self-heal, etc).

Then I started research my gear (Thank you Shifting Perspectives from I first took stock of what gear I had using the Equivalence Points UImod, to see what combination of gear that I already owned can start a bear-set. It was UGLY :D

But I had 2 or 3 decent pieces.

Then back to researching upgrades to get raid ready. With my current gear - I would be concerned tanking anything but sub-80 instances - never mind heroics!

But my gear research give me a good list (see below) of BOE gear to hunt for on the AH, as well as Heroics to run (as well-geared Healer) to collect some tank gear.

The big priorities will be run UP, OK and HoL heroics as often as possible, as it has the largest number of drops that I can use for upgrades.

AH hunting will very slow, as I just spent the past month gearing up my Shammie, and gold funds have been drained.

As excited I am about working on my Bear, and learning how to tank as a bear, this weekend is AV bonus weekend, which means my Hunter will crawl out from under her rock, and attempt to gain a couple of levels gunning down the Horde and running to the Relief Hut!

The List
Titan-Forged Leather Helm of Triumph 40 Wintergrasp marks
Quest: Headguard of Retaliation, from the quest Vengeance Be Mine! in Utgarde Pinnacle.
Eviscerator's Facemask, a Leatherworking BoE.
Enchant: revered with the Argent Crusade
Meta: Austere Earthsiege Diamond

Titanium Earthguard Chain, a Jewelcrafting BoE.
Chained Military Gorget, available for 25 emblems of heroism.
Torta's Oversized Choker. BOE

Trollwoven Spaulders, a Leatherworking BoE.
Spaulders of Egotism. BOE Naxx25 drop
SoH enchant

Durable Nerubhide Cape, a Leatherworking BoE.
Cloak of Peaceful Resolutions, available at honored with the Wyrmrest Accord.
Cloak of Tormented Skies, a Leatherworking BoE.
Enchant: Enchant Cloak - Major Agility.

Heroes' Dreamwalker Raiments, available for 80 emblems of heroism.
Darkheart Chestguard, available at exalted with the Ebon Blade.
Enchant: Enchant Chest - Powerful Stats

Bindings of the Tunneler, off Skarvald the Constructor in heroic Utgarde Keep.
Dragonfriend Bracers, available at exalted with the Wyrmrest Accord.
Drake-Champion's Bracers, a BoE trash drop in Oculus
Eviscerator's Bindings, a Leatherworking BoE
Enchant: Enchant Bracer - Major Stamina.

Heroes' Dreamwalker Handgrips, available for 60 emblems of heroism.
Gloves of Fast Reactions. NAxx25 BOE
Enchant: Enchant Gloves -- Major Agility, Enchant Gloves -- Expertise, Enchant Gloves -- Precision, or a Heavy Borean Armor Kit

Sharp-Barbed Leather Belt, off Ingvar the Plunderer in heroic Utgarde Keep.
Trollwoven Girdle Leatherworking BOE
Ley-Whelphide Belt. Occulus BOE
Eviscerator's Waistguard, Leatherworking BoE

Savage Gladiator's Dragonhide Legguards, available for 60,000 honor or 45 emblems of heroism.
Mind-Expanding Leggings, available at revered with the Kirin Tor.
Enchant: Frosthide Leg Armor.

Titan-forged Boots of Triumph, available for 15 Wintergrasp marks.
Boots of the Neverending Path, available at exalted with the Argent Crusade.
Boots of Captain Ellis, available for 40 emblems.
Enchant: Tuskarr's Vitality, but you may want to use Enchant Boots - Superior Agility, Enchant Boots - Greater Fortitude, or Enchant Boots - Icewalker

Keystone Great-Ring, from the Prophet Tharon'ja in heroic Drak'tharon Keep.
Titanium Earthguard Ring, a Jewelcrafting BoE
Ring of Earthen Might, another Jewelcrafting BoE.

Darkmoon Card: Greatness.
Valor Medal of the First War, available for 40 emblems of heroism

Enraged Feral Staff off Ingvar the Plunderer in heroic Utgarde Keep.
Enchant:Enchant Weapon - Mongoose or Enchant 2H Weapon - Major Agility,

Where to get drops:
H Occulus (Helm, Ring)
H VH (Helm, Cloak)
H OK (Neck, Shoulders, Legs, Ring)
H HoS (Neck, Boots)
H Nexus (Shoulders, Chest)
H HoL (Cloak, Gloves, Boots)
H UP (Chest, Wrist, Belt, Legs, Staff)
H CoS (Gloves)
H DTK (Belt, Ring)
H Gundrak (Belt, Boots)
H AZN (Trinket)

R CoS (Cloak)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

WoW Patch 3.3 - LFG thoughts

With the next WoW patch on the horizon, I started thinking about how this will affect my playstyle and army of characters.

Characters (level 80):
Paladin - Tank/Healer
Priest - Healer/Ranged DPS
Druid - Healer/Melee DPS
Shaman - Healer/Melee DPS
Death Knight - Melee DPS
Rogue - Melee DPS

In total I have 1 tank, 4 healers, 1 Ranged DPS and 4 Melee DPS.

What patch 3.3 will introduce is a new Looking-for-Group (LFG) and Looking-for-Raid (LFR) tools. This will allow you to find groups or raid groups for each character faster. But you can only use one of these tools at a time.

So LFG for 5man instances or 5man heroics, or raids (10 or 25man). But the LFG tool will also have a "join random" group feature. Meaning it will automatically match you with a group that needs your function (Tank, Heal or DPS).

So what am I getting at?
Based on my own (and other's) observations, you ALWAYS struggle to find tanks and healers. In each 5man group you need 1 tank, 1 healer and 3 DPS. In 10man raids, 1-2 tanks, 2-3 healers, rest DPS. 25man raids 2-4 Tanks, 3-6 Healers, rest DPS.

So if you look at the group function each character can perform - the 2 key ones are healing and tanking. A group cannot start a raid or an instance if those slots are not filled. Yes, you can start with less DPS - it will just take longer to kill stuff (as long as your healer can keep the tank alive).

So back to my thoughts for my characters.
I think my paladin is already in the best of position - she has both specs right - heal & tank - to fill either role.
My druid is Feral-cat geared and talent specced. I plan to change her talents to bear, and start changing our some of the feral-cat gear for feral-bear gear. Once again to fill both key roles (tank and healer).
My Death Knight needs to get a tank talent spec, and has no tank gear - so I will need to work on building a basic tanking set for her.
My Shaman, Priest and fine with how they are specceed and geared, and the same with my rogue.

But why?
To enable my characters to getting into groups/raids quicker. I do not want to "hang out" LFG/LFR for hours (or even 15 minutes).

I want to log in, join LFG/LFR, and be able to start running the instances within a couple of minutes. By talent speccing and gearing for those key, in-demand roles in groups/raids, I aim to keep my down time (waiting around) to a minimum.

Remember the Goblin saying: "Time is money, friend!"

Friday, November 6, 2009

Holy Torchlight!

After dinner and my daily AH duties in WoW, I fired up Torchlight (Diablo clone game).

Looked with mild interest at the very cartoony characters, and started with the Warrior. An hour later I switcher to the Vanquisher/archer, and another hour later the Mage/Alchemist.

After Midnight, I shut down my computer thinking.. OMG! Diablo Addiction is back.

What a fun fun fun game. Took all the best elements of Diablo, got rid of some of the annoying problem (no shared stash between characters), and made a very easy to play fun game.

Highly recommended.

Thursday, November 5, 2009


After reading some good to great reviews of the game, I got it this morning from Valve's Steam service.

It will be nice playing a Diablo-clone, even if it just have single-player.

/afk from WoW for a couple of days.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Shammie and the Jesus-beam

Last night my Shammie joined a guildy for a run through regular Halls of Lightning. We both wanted the daily reward to get the Sons of Hodir rep token.

Joined by a DK tank, mage and undergeared Hunter, we made short work of the instance. Only deaths were twice the mage for some reason. On the second and last boss. Second boss, the AE damage got ahead of me and I just could not keep him and the tank up with Chain-heal spam.

On Loken, he went AFK and we pulled, and Loken's AE damage took him down. However we 4 manned Loken, while not running our of his Lightning AE damage attack. I was able to successfully heal through it.

I felt very pleased when all 4 group members thanked me for a great job healing. Who said healers get no recognition?

Friday, October 30, 2009

Well that was great!

My friend Mike got his Sinister pet from the WoW Halloween event last night! Considering that we have been doing the event together for more than a week, its about bloody high time!

It allowed him to complete the event's meta achievement and get a title "The Hallowed". Too bad he never got the mount. /grins

I'm not sure if I will do more Headless Horseman runs. All my level 80 characters got the rings they needed for upgrades, my Death Knight got the DPS plate helm and the Paladin got the sword and mount. Druid and Shaman both got the pets. So I am content (compared to last year were my Warrior just did not win the DPS plate helm).

My Shaman run the regular ToC twice and got 4 upgrades, 2 to the heal set and 2 DPS upgrades.

My Hunter joined an AV game just to see how she would do, and we actually won the game (I was shocked). My usual tactic with the hunter is to play Defense, and it looked like it worked again. Nothing stalls a Horde charge better than dead healers. :D

Weekend plans: Some more ToC runs and heroics for my Shammie, some AV and questing on the Hunter, and helping out with whatever is needed in the guild (example I did the Anguish quest in Zuldrak for 3 level 77s last night for their weapon upgrades).

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Ding 80 #6 - Shaman

Shammie made it to 80. Unable to sleep due to work and sick young child, let the ding happen at 4am in the morning.

Now to figure out final talent specs, gear upgrade paths, and who to level next?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Little time

Once I arrived home last night and booted up the gaming rig, I immediately used Blizzard's new service and changed my Paladin's race from Dwarf to Human. No more ugly!

Thank you Blizzard for allowing me to correct that 5 year-old mistake!

Other than that, I just dabbled a bit with my AH business, and did the Hodir dailies with my Shammie. later we did a quick Headless Horseman run, and my Shaman now has all 3 the rings from him - both caster and 1 melee DPS, for when she reached level 80.

I also studied a couple of level 80 talent builds to see where I went wrong in her Enhance and Resto specs. Will have to respec her when she hits 80. Then the tough choice... Level the Hunter or Warrior 1st? I'm leaning towards the Hunter.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

No more Dwarf!

At last! My Dwarven mistake will haunt me no more! Human Paladin! /cheer

Creeping closer

As a result of a busy work schedule, my Shaman have been receiving little attention, other than quick 20-30 minutes breaks. But she is creeping closer to 80.

My aim is to have all my characters at max level by the time Cataclysm hits. So on the to do list: Hunter - 70, Warrior - 70, and Mage - 51.

The heirloom items are amazing for people like me that love to play alts. +20% XP allows you to breeze through the levels. In a good gaming session of 2-3 hours you can easily knock out 1 level (with restedbonus XP).

My AH "game-within-a-game" is keeping the gold flowing on a steady basis. My buy-cheap gear, disenchant and sell enchanting materials, nets me 100+g per day for 5-10minutes of effort. Its enough to pay the cost of leveling and buying gear for future use/end-game, as well as the mounts/riding skills.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Weekend WoW Wrapup

Win7 was stable all weekend long. Only complaint was the network did not reactivate after computer returning from sleep mode. Recommendations are to replace the device driver. I plan to give that a try tonight.

Weekend gaming:
It was a little bit of everything. almost all of my top level characters saw some time in Scarlet Monestry - chasing the Headless Horseman. After my paladin's lucky break last week, I was not planning on getting anything.

But in the one group I ran with, we saw 4 Sinister pets drop! (I passed, since I have no love for pets), but lo and behold! After that run, I switched to my Shaman, did the Trick or Treat with the innkeeper... and got the Sinister pet.. Well well.

My Shaman also reached level 78 and was asked to heal a regular ToC instance. Took us 3 tries to get the Black Knight down, and I walked away with 2 level 80 healer items. I also joined regular Utgarde Pinacle run as DPS, and got 2 gear upgrades from the quest rewards.

She also did a couple of Alterac Valley runs for experience, but most of the runs were just a mess. However, when you find a good team that knocks over Drek in 12 minutes or less - its tough to go to bed.

In conclusion - PUGing is a win and a miss scenario. You NEVER know what you are going to get.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Halloween Fever in WoW

Every year since Blizzard introduced the Halloween event my characters have participated in the event.

And last night, after 3 years and I cannot count how many Headless Horseman kills, one of mine, finally got the Headless Horseman's mount!

My paladin is the lucky character.

Considering last year, when I tried to get the Plate DPS helm for my Warrior, where my warrior participated in 86 kills of the Headless Horseman - without ever winning the roll for the helm! (Of course this year, my Death Knight got it... go figure...).

Windows 7:
I continue to play around with tweaking some settings, but its been very stable. Only irritation I noticed was that it took a long time to re-establish the network connect when it wakes from sleep mode.
I remain very impressed with how stable and bug-free the install has been for me.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Getting started on Windows 7

My copy of Windows 7 arrived a day early.

Never one to say "No thank you" to Lady Luck, I rolled the dice and start up my re-format, install and patching process last night.

I was shocked when I completed the new install in less than 1 hour. Patching is was less than 12mb and my machine only had 3 device drivers than did not came on the DVD...

I was able to start playing WoW after spending 15 or so minutes twiddling some settings.

Microsoft.. color me impressed. Been using every OS you created since Windows 3.1, and this was the easiest install ever.

Of course later in the evening I "broke" something and lost my visible mouse cursor and had to reformat, reinstall when a repair did not fix it. But once again the entire process took less than 45 minutes.

Time to buy that 2nd copy and install in on my wive's computer.