Nvidia sharing a case with AMD cards

You would think Nvidia would want consumers to buy their video cards and use them no matter what.
If someone wants to buy and use a Nvidia graphics card as a dedicated PhysX card they should be able to? Right? WRONG!
Nvidia refuses to share space with AMD video cards in your desktop PC.

Early on this was perfectly acceptable you could install an AMD Radeon and use it as your graphics card and Nvidia card as a dedicated PhysX card.
But as of the last year or maybe 2 Nvidia put a stop to this. They don’t want you using dedicated hardware PhysX unless you have a Nvidia graphics card to.
It’s plain silly people are still using Nvidia hardware in their computers either way.

AMD created TRessFX which simulates hair and they gladly allowed it to be used with Nvidia hardware.
Do not see any reason to not allow end users to get the best of both worlds.
They want a edge to gain consumer sales and figure if you want hardware PhysX then use Nvidia. That is good thinking but also not so good they are pushing away another consumer those who want Nvidia hardware just for PhysX.
No they won’t be buying the top end  video cards even gamers that are Nvidia only camp don’t spend $800+ on their top end cards. So they are not loosing any sales on the top end hardware in that sense.

Nvidia needs to open up hardware PhysX to AMD graphics card users again.
It’s not hurting your sales Nvidia.

PC gaming Sept-October

These few months I have played more games on PC than I have in the last 2 years between PC and consoles.
Not hard to do I can seriously count how many games I’ve played in the last year previous to September on 1 hand and it wouldn’t be all 5 fingers.

But the line up has been amazing thought PC gaming may have died at some point in the last 2 years. Maybe it did?
It has inspired me to upgrade both my sons PC and my own. And even upgrades have not been anywhere on my to do list until this past few months.

I’ll start with the new DOOM this game brought me back from the land of no PC gaming.
Fast paced, great graphics plain great to play.
And allows users to use the new api known as Vulkan which gives great speed improvements over the old OpenGL option that still is usable in game.
On a gaming rig this game is on the INSANE list a must play it’s really that good.

Telltale games aren’t exactly change the gaming world with graphics or an new genre.
But they do render comic book stories great. And Telltale has some great stories to tell indeed.
The great games that hooked me are The Walking Dead :Michonne, Tales from The Borderlands, The Wolf Among Us, Game Of Thrones & Batman The Telltale series.
All of these games are a blast to play and have great stories to boot and the voice acting is top notch.

Gears Of War 4 while it departs from the badasses of the original series it is still great fun to take cover and kill baddies. Not to mention it uses the Unreal 4 engine!
Plus if you pre-ordered this game you got it for both PC and XboxOne not to mention came with map packs and digital versions of the XB360 games Gears Of War, Gears 2,Gears 3 & Gears Judgement.
Not to bad for $60 way to go Microsoft!
It looks insane running max detail 4k.


And also Battlefield 1 which releases October 21st which I did pre-order because every Battlefield has been amazing since  Bad Company 2.
If you purchase digitally in EA’s Origin the  Early Enlister Deluxe for $79.99 or the ultimate edition for $129.98 you get extra map packs and are able to play early on the 18th. Get to play 3 days earlier than when purchasing the standard edition for $59.99 is it worth the extra $20 for 3 days early with 3 extra map packs? Maybe not for everyone but for me HELL’S YEAH!
Check out these insane screenshots WWI=prepare for shell shock!


Enter November! Yet another amazing game will be up and ready to play on the 11th.
If you haven’t played Dishonored then shame on you it is one cool game.
But for those who have played the first get ready for Dishonored 2.
Abandoning the Unreal engine and now using  Arkane’s new “Void” engine.
Don’t fret the engine appears to handle Dishonored 2 with great detail.
Dishonored 2 is being developed by Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks.
Here are some screens.


Not to forget Call Of Duty Infinite Warfare which will be release on the 4th of November.
I liked the last Call Of Duty but not anticipating the new one for whatever reason I’ll wait and see and hope for the best.

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Blasting it’s way to PC on 11-4-16

 

Added smooth running game to Kodi

Found an older game on my smart TV in Gamefly application called Inversion from 2012.
Did the 10 minute test run on TV through Gamefly and liked it.

So went ahead and did a install on my HTPC and made menu logos to launch directly through Kodi. Using Advanced LAUNCHER app in Kodi to integrate Inversion into Kodi smoothly.
Using a Xbox 360 controller to play it. Can also use a XBone or PS3 or 4 controller as well or a standard PC gaming pad will do.
I have 6gb system ram 6 core 3.5ghz cpu and a AMD 6530 2gb Video card not exactly a gaming card but plays this game great and the game has some pretty sweet graphics!

Was only able to get screen shots using my Windows 10 phone taking shots at a TV screen is never the best way to show anything but it is better than notta.
Don’t know what’s up lately but all of a sudden I have been binge playing video games:-)

Kodi Home:

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Kodi Main Menu Inversion highlighted

Inversion In game launched from Kodi

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Inversion Main Menu
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Inversion in game running maximum detail @ 1920×1080 no Anti-Aliasing.

I am very impressed how well this game runs on my media center will be great for 2 people playing in living room. No consoles needed PC game, Wii, PlayStation 2, Super Nintendo all on 1 box and can use Wiimote as well:-)

Old games have been revamped and are free

There are quite a few old games that have become unbearable to play due to either dated raphics or clunky menus and controls.
Sure you can get them on console but they won’t allow free graphical upgrades!

PC games can become dated in just 3-5 years because PC hardware changes rapidly . This is something consoles at this time don’t worry about their hardware cycle is anywhere from 5-8 years before a new console releases.
So this will leave some great older games in the dust. There is hope not all games have been revamped or remade but there are some good ones out there and most mods are free.
If you already own a PC game that is dated chances are it may be upgradable with community mods to improve graphics & gameplay.
I’ve done some internet lurking to find some worth while games that got solid upgrades.
The first one that comes to mind is Black Mesa. I have played this back in 2012 or 2013 and it really is a great game to play through.

The first part of Black Mesa, which included remakes of chapters “Black Mesa Inbound” to “Lambda Core”, was released as a standalone download on September 14, 2012. Valve Corporation, through public voting on the Steam Greenlight  program, approved Black Mesa for distribution on Steam, where it was released as early access on May 5, 2015.
Before Valve took over it was free unfortunately it is now $19.99 on Steam wait for a summer sale to get this. Although it is worth the $20.

Gameplay: Black Mesa is a first-person shooter that requires the player to perform combat tasks and puzzle solving to advance through the game. The core gameplay remains unchanged from the original Half-Life; the player can carry a number of weapons that they find through the course of the game, though they must also locate ammunition for most weapons. The player’s character is protected by a hazard suit that monitors the player’s health and can be charged as a shield, absorbing a limited amount of damage. Health and battery packs can be found scattered through the game, as well as stations that can recharge both.

Half-Life original comparison to Overhaul Mod Black Mesa AKA: Half-Life overhaul “This is showing the 2012 comparison it’s been improved since then”

Original Quake
This game is pretty damn old but was great fun in 1996 or 97 if you still own this like I do get ready for some MODDING! If you don’t own it grab it on Steam for $4.99 yes it can still be modded:-)
Honestly this game is hard to look at today in it’s day though it was a graphical master piece. Hard to see that now but after some mods you will be able to look at it much easier and play it without pixilation hell and working modern controls.
Go to  http://www.moddb.com/ and find quake then download the mod named Quake Definitive.
You will need broadband internet this mod is almost 4gb in size. Funny considering original Quake fit on a 600mb CD.
Once you download the mod just unzip with WinRAR and extract to the Quake install directory which will be directly on C:/ if you have the CD if you have the Steam version then will be located in the Steam folder on C drive in Program Files in the Steamapps folder then in the Common Folder.
This mod allows for Ultra wide resolutions as well and will fix controls so it controls like modern FPS games.

It doesn’t bring the graphics to todays level but makes the game much more tolerable especially with the control fixes. It’s worth revisiting or even better if this was before your time and you never played it.
This was a great game in it’s day.

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Quake Classic unmodded

 

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Quake modded @ Ultrawide resolution 2560×1080. ills the whole monitor unlike the un-modded original version.

Half -Life 2: The game is now 12 years old and at it’s time was graphically amazing with Physics and character facial expressions never seen before in a video game.
If you missed this game that is a shame! But it has been graphically updated with an almost complete overhaul.
The mod is free if you own the game just install on Steam and download the free mod  in Steam called Half-Life 2:update.
If you do not own this it can be purchased on Steam for $9.99
Here’s a video for you to check out.
Half:life 2 update Introduction video:

Or you can go with the Cinematic Half-Life 2 MOD located here: http://cinematicmod.com/
The Cinematic MOD is insane and requires all 3 Half-Life 2 game Half-Life 2, Ep1 & Ep2 and a beefy computer to run it. Just take a look at the comparison screens on the web page to see.
Check out the comparison video

I haven’t tried this MOD but after seeing the vast improvement makes me want to install the MOD and replay HL2 and both episodes.

I did not like Elder Scrolls third chapter known as Morrowind but it got a whole lot of praise from the RPG community in it’s day.
Released in 2002 to PC and original Xbox it was a hit and a beautiful sight to be seen  then…
Fast forward 14 years it looks clunky.
Thanks to the vast modding community it has been overhauled.
If you already own it the upgrade is free if you do not Steam has gold edition for $14.99 that will have everything needed for the mod.
The Mod is named Morrowind: Overhaul 3.0 it does improve more than the graphics.
Go to this webpage to download the mod: http://www.ornitocopter.net/morrowind-overhaul/mgso-release/

It’s very simple to install unzip its contents into your Morrowind directory, and run the “MO Installer” executable. If you’ve acquired Morrowind by way of Steam, the game will be in the Steam folder, under steamapps/common/Morrowind.

It is 2gb in size or a bit more.
Here is a video  to take a look-see at the game after mod.

Thief: The Dark Project is a game I have praised just recently it is an old game but some mods have done a total remake of this game using the Doom 3 engine.
Once a Mod that required Doom 3 to be installed it is now open source and a stand alone game.
The game is called the Dark Mod download here: http://www.thedarkmod.com/main/
If you can’t bare the old 1998 graphics of the original then this will be the answer to try this game.
The Doom 3 engine is now considered dated but it’s graphics are easy on the eyes compared to the original. And since Thief is based on hiding in darkness the Doom 3 engine handles this fantastic. It’s the one thing Doom 3 was made to do handle lighting very well.
I have played this and it is damn good!

The Dark MOD Video Preview

DOOM 3 released to PC in August of 2004 this game was the game you showed people why PC gaming was the best.
2016 not so stellar Doom3 was re-released again with improvements but named BFG Edition.
If you already own the original non-BFG like I do don’t bother buying it because the mods available are a much better graphical overhaul than the BFG Edition.
If you don’t own either you can get the Original Doom 3 on Steam for $4.99 or the BFG Edition for $19.99 seriously don’t bother with the $20 version get the $5 one and do the graphical Mods.

This version of Doom is not fast paced like previous games or like the latest 2016 version it’s more about atmosphere you move through very dark areas so baddies can pop out when you least expect it. Switching between weapon and flash light was a big complaint people made you can add a mod that connects a flash light to your weapons.
I wouldn’t personally because it ruins the suspense it was made to give you.
The MOD to download is called DOOM 3 AbsoluteHD it has graphics adjustments galore to improve it’s looks. This is a seriously awesome MOD. Download it from Here: http://www.moddb.com/mods/absolutehd

DOOM 3 Absolute HD screenshots Click to enlarge
If you own DOOM 3 BFG version it also has an HD MOD upgrade can be located here: http://www.moddb.com/mods/doom-3-bfg-hi-def

Brothers In Arms: Hells Highway This game is just awesome released to Windows on Oct 2008 at that time using the latest and greatest Unreal engine 3 now that Unreal 4 engine is out this makes U3 engine dated. Is a WWII shooter but not a run n gun this game requires tactical thinking.
It is different than you are most likely thinking if you did not play this game you should!
The graphics were great back then and still decent today but with the BiAH Reshade mod it improves the graphics quite a bit.
Grab the MOD here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/3116735/BiAHH%20ReShade.zip
Very easy to install just extract to the Brothers in Arms Hells Highway directory should be located in C:/Program files (x86) if on Windows 7 C:/program files.

Brothers In Arms: Hell’s Highway comparison Video

Took me a few days to decide which games I wanted to put up on my blog.
Decided on the 7 games I thought are well worth playing again with mods or playing with mods if you never had the opportunity to play these great titles on PC.

Enjoy!

Keep in mind all the modifications were NOT created by myself these were created by many of the talented people in the PC community who are kind enough to share their hard work with everyone.

 

 

DOOM 2016 Remembering the mid to late 1990’s PC FPS games

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The new DOOM is fantastic! I lost interest in first person shooter games for some time.
After playing the new DOOM on PC it made me reminisce playing PC FPS games in the mid to late 1990’s.

Gaming on the PC in the 90’s was a great time for PC.  3d hardware was a monster in the gaming arena when next to the PlayStation, Sega Saturn and Nintendo 64 and a PC could emulate all the consoles and look better doing it.
It was a time when games didn’t have Dolby surround sound only Laserdisc did and that required a very expensive player with a very expensive receiver and surround decoder.
But PC did have 3d sound and it was awesome! I was rocking a Pentium 133mhz PC with 32mb of ram a 3DFX Voodoo2 w/12mb memory if you had the $$ you could run 2 Voodoo2’s in SLI yes that is right 3dfx did SLI first not Nvidia and a 56k modem with a Creative 3d sound card .The 1990’s really was the golden age of computer gaming. If you were to young or just didn’t have a PC back then you really did miss out.
Not to mention internet was free! that’s right baby NetZero it had banners for promos but was 100% F-R-E-E!
There wasn’t any broadband all the rage was a 56k connection and if your service could pull it.

I remember buying Duke Nukem and Quake from EB games.
Couldn’t believe my eyes this stuff made the PlayStation look like an Atari 2600.
And Windows 95 was so amazing I thought. Until Windows 98SE came about.
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FPS gaming on PC is the only place to do it at!
because a PC can run games faster than 60 frames per second and mouse and keyboard is the only way to frag a mofo into gibs!
Not only was FPS games coming to age but so were MMORpgs on the personal computer.
Meridian59 (1996 or 97) was out before Ever Quest which hit PC in 1999 and it brought on Ebaying digital content and a bunch of online romance and divorces. EQ coined as Ever Crack brought on the rise of all the MMO’s we see today. Amazingly 17 years later and people are still playing EQ talk about longevity I do think they are playing on servers not provided by Sony any longer. World Of Warcraft brought EQ subscriptions down.
I did not forget about Ultima online 1997 or 98:-)

The 90’s were great and so were the early 2000’s with FPS games that were amazing
Like Medal Of Honor Allied Assault 2002.
medal-of-honor-allied-assault 2002Storming the beach of Normandy on D-Day was pretty amazing. Killing the dreaded Nazi’s  on the online multiplayer made this game last over a year. And the single player was just as good.

1999 Unreal Tournament
Unreal Tournament PC 1999Spent quite a few drunken weekends playing this with 5-6 friends at the house we would connect to the ole HUB pull out tables and would fill my living room with computers and monitors and play this games capture the flag  LAN style until wee hours in the morning.
I had never saw a game that looked and played like this at that time it was smooth and fast as hell fragging!
The MODS and skins were never ending the community for this game was staggering.
Remember being Nude Lara from Tomb Raider could even skin your own face if you wanted to.
This game kicked major ass. LAN gaming was a great event something that made me love computers even more.

Another great game to LAN on was Serious Sam (2001)
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The difference between Unreal Tournament and Serious Sam was Serious had a seriously huge amount of enemies on screen at 1 time coming to kill you it was a non stop frag fest.
The more players you had on the LAN the more enemies there would be on screen to kill you.
The Bosses on this game were tremendous! They were so damn big that the buildings that were huge appeared tiny. And if you had 6 people in game with you it was needed.
This game was kind of like Duke and DOOM but could render almost a unlimited number of enemies on screen at 1 time you would see 100’s of them crawling over walls at a time and they seemed to keep coming non-stop for 20 minutes at a time. Was frantic and fast and the fire power you had made it unforgettable.
Seriously you missed a serious kick ass game if you didn’t play this on PC.
Serious excuse me for all this seriousness business.  It was that serious.

People praise Metal Gear Solid and Splinter Cell don’t get me wrong I loved the original Splinter on PC.
But before that there was a game not many heard of on PC it was 1998 and the game is Thief:
Thief DP PC 1998
This game is the first true sneak/stealth game I ever played It had amazing graphics and supported 3d sound.
The atmosphere haunting i’d play this at night with the lights out and holy shit it creeped the hell out of me.
I’d be in a castle filled with guards trying to get the prized possession I was there for.
Hidden in shadows can hear foot steps coming from behind me the echoing of the steps from clapping the brick to the softer tap of walking on carpet at the same time can hear the 2 guards talking in front of me but can’t get them in view yet. They know someone is lurking! They start searching for me I hope i’m in the shadows and in a far corner far enough away they will lose interest.
The game had atmosphere unlike any other game I had ever played.
And this was no 4 hour game by any means you could drop 20 hours on this game easily.
To this day no game has had me on the edge of my seat like this game did another great 90’s PC game that so many missed because consoles were all the craze back then.

Half Life was a so,so game to me but it was loved by the online community for it’s tactical gameplay.(Counter Strike)
While I did not like Half Life I did love Half Life 2 and it’s 2 Episodes that came after.
Half Life 2 (2004) Not the 90’s but it’s a worth while mention.
Half Life 2 2004

This game introduced actual working physics something no other game did before well not this good.
And was a all new engine Valve created from the ground up. Also brought on the ever popular Steam that every PC gamer has for digital downloading games. At first only Valve games could be purchased on Steam.
HL2 had a rough start since the game was stolen from a hack to their servers and released to the nets for download Valve had to start over again.
I only have fond memories of playing the single player game and it was a great game the 2 Episodes after were even better.
After so many years of PC gaming I was seeing the things that were brought to PC and being implemented into 1 game. Half Life 2 was ushering in new visuals and physics unseen by anyone prior.
The Xbox and PlayStation 2 just could not compete. A year or 2 later 360,PS3 released and they still couldn’t play this game like a PC could.

The 90’s were the beginning of 3d gaming on PC and also the standard of gaming.
2000-2009 had some great strides in gaming as well.

2007’s Crysis:
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This game introduced Physics, lighting and tonnes of other tech in a wide open world. Plus who doesn’t want to kill Aliens bent of destroying the human race?
It’s 2016 and to this day the game looks even better at 4k @ 60+ Fps maxed out details 8x AA and 16x AF.
Still holds up to todays graphics being done on hardware that is 20x more powerful than it was in 2007.
The game looks amazing gunning down enemies in a full forest with grass that sways and sand that pops up with tress that sway in the wind and drop leaves all while gunning down enemies as the bullets level down trees at the same time.
I think every game released by developers today look at Crysis for inspiration and ideas.
The Cryengine is excellent. I swear to this day Killzone 2 & 3 Developers played Crysis and ran with it. Made an engine that was almost identical to the Cryengine.

I’m done going down memory lane it’s time to play some DOOM!

PC games I have been into

With the new Denuvo Anti-Tamper used on PC games of late Rise of The Tomb Raider, Quantum Break, Gears Of War Ultimate Edition, Doom and a few others and more to come.
The days of downloading a game to try it first are over.
Developers no longer or rarely release any demo’s to try before you buy.

Reading reviews are only little help since everyone has their own preferences a game that one person give 5 out of 5 another may only see it as a 2 out of 5 this is why reviews are only a little help.
Only real help a review will give is if there are hardware performance issues and noticeable programming issues on release that need patching. And that’s if the site reviewing the title bothers to even mention any of those type issues.

Purchased Tomb Raider did a lot of googling to get it on release date for about $32 instead of the standard $59.99 tag they all go for these days digital or not. Only played to 40% marker and have not played for weeks.

As strongly as I was against anyone buying the new Gears Of War Ultimate I did end up buying it only because I got a $19.99 email rebate for M$ so went ahead and paid for it in the Microsoft Store on Windows 10. This game is a Win 10 only game.
This game was just a wreck of a release major performance issues on any gaming rig there was.
Released on March 1st wasn’t properly working until patch 1.10.0.0 which released on 7/1 4 months later it can now be played at maximum detail 4k textures and resolution.
Still on Act 1 just got to the Berserker.

Batman Arkham Knight Loved this franchise also had major mind blowing issues on release missing textures and animations along with poor performance on Nvidia & ATI cards and the list goes on for so long i’d have to dedicate a whole 2 pages to it. This game was so bad on release date they actually pulled it off the shelves and all the normal digital download places. I was not fair on Batman I really did not have any of the huge release issues most had I did play it a little but I haven’t since.

Quantum Break released as a Win 10 only title as well at a price tag $59.99 I Ebayed it recently bought a M$ Store code for $35.
Again this game had issues quite a few at release date and minimal as of recently. Only issue left was no Ultra Wide screen support! No 21:9 support it’s 2016 this is not a rare screen ratio any longer wake developers!
Only owned the game for about 3 days and on 6/30 released patch 2.5.0.0 which fixed the Ultra wide screen and resolution support.
Since this game is new to my library I have only dropped a few hours in but I do like it. Different and looks pretty amazing. Hooked up to my 4k TV and this game @ max detail & 4k resolution looks so good it almost looks like a TV show.

Point is review or no review most PC releases today are riddled with issues on release date.
And with no demo it makes PC gaming a little sad.
I really want to try the new Doom but as of late I have dumped a lot of cash on games that had more issues and were not worth what I paid. Except for Tomb Raider & Quantum Break.

 

Repairing the Wireless Gaming Receiver For Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Controller and PC windows

MS Wireless receiver

The Microsoft Wireless Gaming Receiver For Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for PC windows have a flaw they stop working after some time.
I had purchased 2 of them about 5 years or so back and they lasted probably 2 years then stopped working. I saved the broken adapters figuring 1 day I would attempt to repair well 2 years later and I have.
This seems to be an issue that everyone runs into with these adapters.

I like using a 360 controller on some PC games so when it went I was a bit disappointed.

What you will need to repair this is a low wattage Soldering Pen one from Radio Shack will do with a fine tip. Small screw drivers watch type preferred to remove the board and pry the receiver apart. A small pocket knife.

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A wire that can be cut this is for the repair. Very thin wire needed.
A lighted magnifier to see the points on board to solder them unless you have really, really good eyes. Soldering experience if you don’t have that then do a few practice runs on some broken boards that have points about the same size that is on the Microsoft receiver.

First you will take the small flat head screw driver and start where the cord goes into the receiver and slowly pry around until the top pops off the board will then be exposed.

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You can see where I started to pry this is where you will start to as well.

Here is the unit with the top off>
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Take a look at the board there are 2 Philips head screws that hold the board down use the small watch Philips head to remove both screws and then lift the board out.

Once the board is out you will need the small wire stripped at the end make sure to add a thin coat of solder on the wire.
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Flip the board over and look for F1 on the board circled red in picture with arrow pointing to it.
F1 board

If you look closely under F1 there are 2 solder points this is where you will solder the small wire to both points bridging them together. This is what will fix the receiver.
Once you complete the solder do not put back together right away plug into PC and verify it gets the green light and windows makes the sound that new hardware has been found.
Once you see the green light and hear Windows you have fixed your wireless controller receiver go ahead and put it back together.

Have fun using your wireless Xbox 360 controller on your PC games again. Why go spend $20+ on a generic receiver when you may have a Microsoft made one that can easily be repaired with a wire solder and a soldering pen and 10 minutes of your time.

Once soldered will look something like this. This is very sloppy on my part was my 1st attempt. Can tell it’s been some time since I’ve soldered anything. But it works.
Soldered