Buyer beware

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Buyer beware

Postby Echoes on Wed Sep 21, 2022 8:54 pm

I didn't want to trash one of the USA's IT companies, but i'm going to... and with good reason!
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These are screen shots from the links tour. If anyone viewing this post can get their golf game to add a 2nd golfer to a Links tour round please let me know :lol:

Sometimes i would have the ability to shoot both player's rounds(if i wished) and it would count one, other times it would just add the 2nd players strokes to the hole so breaking 110 would take -18 by both on a 72 par course. In reality it has been either 2 stroke or 6 stroke penalties in the tourneys the anomaly reared its head (about 60%) since i purchased this computer in April.. as i leave and get disqualified when 2 players show up at the tee at hole one as shown above.

The gaming computer didn't have a DVD/CD drive so i installed the download version at 1st. A month later after having to play 2 rounds to get credit for one on three different occasions and noticing my scores were always a few strokes off since i got very bored, i sent a message to Mark asking why it was added to the online version.

Of course he thought i was nuts saying it was not possible until i started delivering screen shots. So i ordered a usb DVD/CD player and installed the 20 year discs. Same result just as Mark predicted to me.

So coming into August i turn my attention to the computer manufacturer. HP

I got into a session with one of their support specialist's where he had control of my pc and i directed him to the screenshots and pointed out the 2 duffers at the tee on hole one. I then had him open the golf game, go to the links tour and had him try to add a 2nd duffer to the tee.

He said the game would not allow it and i said...Exactly sir! The problem is the cr ap that HP added to the hard drive is messing with the only reason i purchased this computer. I was transferred to the compatibility support team... :roll:

:mrgreen: It's TRASHIN time :wink:

"Had this been brought to us in the 1st 30 days of use this would be a free service, but, since it wasn't we can fix this for $59 down and $29 a month or a $99 charge for a one issue fix." was the compatibility support team's response.

So HP gives a one year warranty on their computer's hardware, but they give you 1 month to address the damage their spyware does to user added programs. BUYER BEWARE OF HP!
The audacity of HP wanting to charge for a problem they created floored me to the point i thought... ef them... i know the cure!

This week i played the PLSA, the CLSC, the flight, the handicap, and a 2 round arcade event without issue. So i went from being unable to shoot 8 rounds on the links tour without a 2nd golfer showing up uninvited to shooting 18 rounds straight without issue.

The cure?


Ironically... Friday 9/16/22 on links2k3's 20th birthday... i brought my game back to life when i removed the 1TB SSD hard drive HP installed and installed my own. I then booted from a usb bootdisk and installed my own copy of windows 11 pro and reinstalled the golf game.

Too bad i had to spend $200 bucks on a "new" computer, but...Now i have the computer they sold me without the pork they added.
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Re: Buyer beware

Postby Adelade on Thu Sep 22, 2022 10:25 am

Same thing happened to me around 2019 (on an ASUS laptop, so I dont think it is a HP issue), I posted about it here on LSPN to ask if anyone knew anything about it and got no such replies. The issue only happened about once every 10-30 rounds or so and only in some game modes, of which Online play was the only issue. When it did happen in Online play, I just quit the tournament, kinda annoying but it wasnt a big deal to me since Online play was not my main focus. I never got any clarity about what caused it, I could only suspect it was some type of issue with Played-related files.
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Re: Buyer beware

Postby Echoes on Thu Sep 22, 2022 4:42 pm

Adelade wrote:Same thing happened to me around 2019 (on an ASUS laptop, so I dont think it is a HP issue), I posted about it here on LSPN to ask if anyone knew anything about it and got no such replies. The issue only happened about once every 10-30 rounds or so and only in some game modes, of which Online play was the only issue. When it did happen in Online play, I just quit the tournament, kinda annoying but it wasnt a big deal to me since Online play was not my main focus. I never got any clarity about what caused it, I could only suspect it was some type of issue with Played-related files.


I too was only seeing the issue when connected to the links tour server, all other modes of play were normal. I don't think it is an HP issue, i trashed HP for their lack of addressing it while under warranty and trying to profit off of it as well.
If i may ask... did the machine that you had the same issue come preloaded with antivirus protection?
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Re: Buyer beware

Postby Adelade on Sat Sep 24, 2022 12:25 am

I think it did but those tend to be the first things I throw in the bin (and make sure they're fully gone). I did however use AVG Free at the time. I personally doubt that had anything to do with it, but I guess who knows.
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