I had to rescue a Windows 10 laptop that somehow got stuck into a hibernation loop, where it would hibernate and instead of it resuming normally from disk, it would resume and then go back into hibernation mode. Windows 7 or 8.1 doesn’t suffer from this, so it’s a Windows 10 quirk.
The Windows 10 version the client’s laptop was Build 10240, so it’s not the “10.1 November 2015” update which is 10584 or something. Anyway, onto the fix. This may corrupt your NTFS partition, so check the disk partition for errors after you do this method!
Grab a copy of SysRescueCD, which is a rescue environment based on one of my favourite distros, Gentoo. I used the 64bit version. It doesn’t really matter.
Boot from the USB. This laptop was using UEFI and had Secure Boot enabled, so I had to boot into the BIOS and disable Secure Boot. Secure Boot is fine for the average user but for IT technicians like me who work in the field it’s a massive pain in the arse. If you do it right, the SysRescueCD boot menu will appear, either in 640×480 VGA mode or UEFI Framebuffer (using GRUB2 EFI).
Choose your poison, I went with the “cache all in ram” since this laptop had 8GB of RAM.
Once the distro boots, let it configure the keyboard and related things then drop you to a shell as root. Now you’ll need to find out where the Windows partition is. I’ll give you a hint; if your target computer uses UEFI, usually it’s /dev/sda3 since there’s a EFI System Partition and a Recovery Partition before the Windows partition. Otherwise you’ll either want /dev/sda2 if you have a “System Reserved” partition and you’re NOT using UEFI (ie. UEFI-CSM BIOS Emulation or a older laptop/desktop that doesn’t have UEFI firmware) or /dev/sda1 for some installations of Windows 7 and onwards.
Attempt to mount the partition using the mount tool. For example:
mount /dev/sda3 /mnt/winwoes
Where /dev/sda3 in this example is the Windows partition. The laptop I was working on had Windows on partition 3.
It should fail and say “Metadata is present, will not mount without ‘ro’ parameter”. If you get this error, then that’s OK. We’re going in. Now, we’ll need to use ntfsfix to flush the caches. This resets the log file and also checks the NTFS headers and whatnot are OK. Run it like so:
You will get a “FAILED” as it attempts to mount it before hand. Ignore the error. You should get some disk I/O activity and lines followed by “OK”. Then, run it again to make sure it sticks. You should get all “OK” or “PASS”.
The moment of truth.
sync && reboot
The sync is important in case the HDD hasn’t flushed the changes to disk, and the reboot command will reboot the machine once SysRescueCD gracefully packs up its things and leaves the building.
Windows may complain if you’re using 7 or 8.1 about it needing a check disk, let it do so as this is kinda a brute force hack. In Windows 10, I just got a “System disk needs checking for errors” notification. Pop open (once you’re in) a Command Prompt and enter “chkdsk /scan” to get Windows to fix itself up if it finds any corruption or damage done.
If all is well, you should no longer get a “Hibernating…” with a circle with dots going around in a circle. Go forth and do what you need to do on that machine, and make sure it shuts down correctly this time!
Queue the artist’s favourite phrase “Boobs are life, ass is hometown” as Europe (and the other places of the world, I think) got their release today (18th March 2016) of Senran Kagura: Estival Versus while the US got theirs on the 15th of March. I’ve ordered the Asian Non-Region locked edition, which is in English and it’s on it’s way to me from Play-Asia. They shipped it last night (my time) and I’m hyped like a little kid in a candy store. But enough of that – on to the main beef of this piece.
I personally think the R18+ rating is too harsh for a game like this. You play as a female ninja from the roster, and you’re fighting (and stripping!) enemies on your way to victory. There’s the sexually suggestive one-liners that the girls say, Haruka is a complete tease and HAPPY BOOBS.
As for the rating, I can understand why SK: EV would fall into the MA15+ (Mature Audiences 15 Plus) category straight away since you’ve got almost-naked female bodies without genitals or nipples – confirmed as there was a bug that unintentionally made some outfits fail to load in the Japanese release that was fixed in a Japanese bugfix update – so I can also understand that this game is NOT for kids to play. “Mummy, what’s those big things that jiggle?”. Heck, the 3DS Senran Kagura games got M and MA15+ respectively (correct me if I’m wrong).
But for an R18+ rating on a game like this? I haven’t seen game play footage apart from the trailer because I don’t want to spoil it for myself but the game doesn’t have any sex scenes nor is it a hentai (porn) game. Those types of games get an X18+ rating. Yes, X-Rated games are a thing now after that classification came back from the graveyard.
Sure, SK:EV might have funny sexually suggestive dialogue and some characters that are a tease – I’m looking at you, Haruka – but I’d love an better explanation from the Ratings board why SK: EV deserves a R18+ rating. “High impact sexualised gameplay, online interactivity” doesn’t really explain much – why is it high impact? There’s no drugs. There’s no gore or gibs. At the very least, a R18+ rating is better than having characters get censored and/or clothed up because reasons. (Ahem, I’m looking at you, Nintendo of America).
Reviews aren’t my forte but here goes. Today, I’ll do a mini review with the first western-released game of the Senran Kagura games on the 3DS. Screenshots were taken from my own hardware, and the use of them falls under “Fair Use”. Due to the questionable nature of the screenshots, viewer discretion is advised.
WARNING: The following review contains screenshots that may contain boobs, panties and/or other body parts that may trigger or offend other people. If you get triggered or offended easily, then this review is not for you.
Senran Kagura Burst is actually a remake/improved version of the first Japanese title, “Senran Kagura: Shoujotachi no Shinei” which is developed by Tamsoft Corporation and published by Marvelous! (yes, their company name includes the exclamation mark). That said game had some minor flaws, but overall got a decent recognition.
Burst was released in 2013 with English language dialogue by Marvelous! USA (formallyXSEED Games, although they still use the XSEED Games brand, I think…). It contained a second story-line from the other schools’ point of view, bug fixes and other miscellaneous additions, changes, etc.
XSEED Games/Marvelous! USA have done a good job translating it and keeping it as faithful to the original as possible, unlike how all that “Fire Emblem Fates” crap is going down in the USA – I’ll say no more about that.
Originally, I thought the game was just be 2D sprites and static backgrounds, kinda in the sense like retro beat-em-ups. I was wrong. And I’ll explain why – keep reading below!