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How to fix Origin client loading issues

Find out how to fix Origin client not loading

Origin is Electronic Arts’ digital distribution platform for PC and mobile games. It allows its users to browse and purchase games from Electronic Arts’ catalogs. It’s also necessary to run said games, meaning that if Origin isn’t running, you can’t play your games. Unfortunately, Origin might not work immediately after installing it the first time or after having it on your machine for a long time. In this article, we will help you get Origin working again, but before you do that, you might want to learn more about Origin itself and how to tell if it’s not working properly.

 
How to use Windows 10’s built-in FPS counter

Find out how to enable Windows 10’s native FPS counter on your PC

FPS is an acronym most gamers are very familiar with. It refers to the frequency rate at which frames appear on a display. The higher the frame rate, the better. But, how do you know how many frames per second you’ve got? Well, there are many tools available online to choose from. For years, PC gamers had to rely on third-party software to track in-game framerate performance. However, Microsoft now offers a built-in FPS counter on Windows 10 that comes as part of the Xbox Game Bar.

 
Steam won’t open? Here’s how you can fix it

How to fix the issue of Steam failing to launch

Steam is the biggest video game marketplace in the world. It was launched by Valve in 2003 and had been steadily growing ever since. At first, the platform hosted Valve games exclusively and later expanded to include games from third parties. Today, Steam game sales are estimated to be between 50% and 75% of the whole PC game market. Quite impressive.

 
Deleted Mac system files, how to fix?

Accidentally deleted files and folders from Mac system, how to restore?

Most regular users appreciate that system files and folders are important and should not be accessed or modified. Despite this, various searches on the internet lead to websites suggesting that they must replace or remove data within these folders when experiencing certain problems. Therefore, occasionally, system files or folders are deleted accidentally, thus causing basic features to malfunction or stop. This situation might seem irrecoverable, however, modern Macs include a hidden recovery partition, which is usually created automatically when installing the operating system and stores system installation files. The hidden partition is effectively equivalent to a Mac OS X installation CD/DVD.

 
How to disable Safari suggestions?

Disable Safari suggestions on Mac computers and iPhone or iPad devices

Apple included the 'suggestions' feature on the Safari browser. This function attempts to show predictions relating to your search queries, however, it is a separate function from suggested words and phrases. While this feature is enabled, Safari displays various suggestions, offering previews of interactive content for iTunes media, news, Wikipedia articles, weather forecasts, sports results, apps from the App Store, and even nearby locations. This may seem to be a useful function, but unfortunately this is rarely the case. It often fails to predict accurately and can be annoying, since the content suggestions function takes more time to load than say simple words and phrases suggestions. Furthermore, it consumes extra resources that might impact Safari's performance.

 
How to clear specific Safari history items?

How to remove specific and/or all Safari history entries on Mac computers?

You may have considered whether it possible to delete specific history items from the Safari browser. Many users clear their entire browsing history, rather than targeting specific items they wish to delete. Functions such as clearing the past hour, day, two days, etc. are generally known by most users, since they are accessible within Safari's main menu. Below, however, we introduce additional features to check and remove the entire browsing history as well as specific URLs.

 
How to restore cleared Safari history on Mac?

How to restore and/or completely delete browsing history in Safari on Mac computers?

Occasionally, users clear their internet browsing histories and later regret it, since the information can be useful. Clearing browsing history on Safari is very simple - in a few clicks, all recently-visited URL addresses are removed. If, however, you (or someone else) clear the browsing history as a matter of routine, or without thinking, important addresses may be lost and you might want to revert the action.

 
How to change default downloads folder on Safari

How to change and/or restore default download folder on Safari web browser

Most websites offer a direct download function without additional software. Safari facilitate this process - by default, all files downloaded through this application reach the 'Downloads' folder. Therefore, this folder can quickly become crowded with files, thus making it difficult to find earlier downloads. Fortunately, you can change the destination folder on Safari and others browsers. People use various applications for different purposes, including web browsers. So, reassigning the download folder for browsers and applications can help computer file organisation for work-based activities, leisure, etc. Bookmarks, history, and saved passwords can also save time finding important files within numerous photos, application data, and other information.

 

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