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This speaker is really good and better than what I thought it might be (though I have Mpow BT Headphones, and they’re my absolute favourite, so I already had high hopes!).

The sound is clear, volume good — Bass is clear and solid but the EQ is more “Balanced” than “bass heavy”, Vocals were nicely clear and sharp (listening to Goth Rock & Rock-styled “pop” music that rely on good bass & powerful vocals, and it didn’t let the songs down — perfectly good for a shower situation!).

I really enjoyed listening to it, and it was clear to hear in the shower under the spray.

It’s easy to hold (coming from someone who finds holding things difficult) and the back has a soft rubber that makes it non-slippery for the Shower. The buttons on the back are easy to press too, and have solid clicks that let you know you’ve pressed them correctly. 

 It was perfectly fine with the water spray on it. The suction cup that came with it, held its own OK, but when it was under the water spray quite constantly, it did end up falling. And the speaker was none the worse for it, either. I ended up hanging it by the rope under the shower head after that, and the rope is robust and thick and sturdy.

Bluetooth is easy to pair (Looking for “Soundhot Q2” & selecting it, paired with my phone without issue). The in-built TF option (as in Micro SD card, like in your phone) is also a good one, making it even easier to listen to music. 

You can also take hands-free phone calls on this. When I tried this, the tone was clear on both sides, the connection good and stable. It’s answered by an easy click on the Play/Pause/Call button on the back. Just as simple as that.

It seems quite easy to ensure you don’t miss a call whilst you’re in the shower with this. It’s a great idea, because you also can’t miss a call because “you didn’t hear it with the radio on” whilst you were in there, too.


I’m definitely happy with this. It’s proved itself well as a showering companion, and I’ll think nothing of using it as a general BT speaker, either. Mpow in general are definitely a favourite with me in general (and I’ve been through oh-so-many different companies in these things, headphones, speakers, etc!). This didn’t let me down either. Phew!



 
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Skyrim 4K “Level Up” Issue

 

Incidentally, I found a working fix for the notorious and infamous “LEVEL UP” floating text for Skyrim when played in high resolutions and 4K (3840 x 2160).

I found the anwers here and here….

Mine was fixed by changing the Translate_ENGLISH.txt file in:

Steam > steamapps > common > Skyrim > Data > Interface

 

Once opened, scroll down (or run Find) the text file and locate:

$LEVEL UP        LEVEL UP

 

Now replace the second LEVEL UP with either a space ( _ ) [underscore] or with a ( . ) [full-stop], so it looks like this :

 

Skyrim_LevelUp_Fix

Replace the full-stop with the underscore if preferred, but the full stop worked a treat for me

 

Now the “Level Up” text will have vanished and you should have a nice clear screen again. Problem solved and happy exploring!

 

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Now there is no circling dragon or floating “Level Up” text on the screeen – Success!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well… After scratching my head for some time as to why so suddenly in a new game of Skyrim on PC, I was suddenly being attacked by dragons… many dragons… when all  I’ve done is just left Helgen at the beginning and I’m a measly level 1, and the only dragon I should have met until I reached the Jarl in Whiterun was Alduin at the execution.

For the first time – and I have played this game a lot, particularly the Xbox 360 edition – I’m being attacked by a very irate dragon whilst following the Stormcloak out of the cave and into Riverwood to see his sister. Then I try to escape… Make it all the way to Whiterun… Where there are three – three! – of the bastards (legendary bastards – they even have names!) are not only trying to kill me, but they’re also chasing me as I sprint away back to Riverwood. What the hell did I do to them… I’m not even Dragonborn yet?

Apparently, this would seem to be the result of a mod that was downloaded for the game – I don’t know why it’s on there; I think it was thrown in with the basic Steam download of it (it came with extra mod packets to make it look even more amazing than it already did). I bought the whole package, with the DLCs and everything it had in the Christmas/New Year Steam sale, and it was thrown in with all that somehwere.

Skyrim_Launch_WindowAfter searching for answers, I found suggestions of mod glitches – so I went looking for one. As suggested by some very clever-clogs on one forum, I disengaged the mods (under Data Files in the launch screen) five at a time and relaunched the game afterwards. I repeated this until the dragon circling grumpily over Riverwood (he must have been getting dizzy by now too…) finally vanished.

Then one at a time, I introduced the missing mods back into the game. The culprit that returned the dragon was Skyrim_DragonAttack_Culpritcalled narak.esp – and no, I have no idea what it was, where it came from, or why it’s there. I can’t find a trace of it mentioned via Google either, nor in Steam Community… Unless I’m somehow looking wrong. What I do know is that it made very confused and sent dragons to circle villages and kill me.

So… annoying, it was. This took all night to figure out what it was, then about an hour to go back and forth through it all to find out which one of them, if any, was causing it.

And now that’s finally over with, maybe I can go and work out once and for all how to be rid of the infamous floating “Level Up” glitch for high resolutions. Oh the fun of PC gaming…

 

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The annoying, evil Riverwood dragon

 

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Now the dragon is gone, I can focus on that annoying “Level Up” text sitting there on the screen…