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14921  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Major help needed.....Please on: March 13, 2005, 10:14:23 PM
Via 'rest mode'? Care to define that exactly? What happens to it?

Only thing I can suggest is to crack open the case and look at your processor/case fans while your PC is running. One (or more) might have suddenly stopped running, which is causing your PC to overheat. Most modern PCs will simply turn themselves off incase that happens to save the processor.
14922  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Holy Crap Holy Crap Holy Crap Star Wars Star Wars Star Wars on: March 13, 2005, 10:11:17 PM
Quote from: "Big Jake"
Will Lucas screw up one of the greater villians (Darth Vader) seen in semi-recent movie history?

What!? He already has.  Please go watch episode 2 again.  A whiny standard teenage stereotype has replaced "I find your lack of faith disturbing."

Okay, good point. However, I'm willing to give Lucas the chance to turn around Darth Vader and make him into something completely evil.

I doubt it'll happen, but I'll still give him a chance.
14923  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GT4 + 1080i question.... on: March 13, 2005, 06:18:52 PM
The only thing I can think of is that the game isn't outputting a 1080i signal all the time. It's doing so during the races, but not the menu screens, for reasons unknown.

It's like KotOR on the Xbox and my surround sound system - during loading scenes, the game would stop outputting a surround signal, so my system would automagically reset itself to stereo output. Then, when the game fired back up again, it would reset itself to surround.
14924  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Automatic Navigator for road trips? on: March 13, 2005, 05:41:46 PM
If you happen to own a Palm Pilot or Pocket PC, most of them are compatible in some way, shape, or form, with the current generation of GPS devices. The included software works out rather well, from what I hear.
14925  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Holy Crap Holy Crap Holy Crap Star Wars Star Wars Star Wars on: March 13, 2005, 05:40:18 PM
Quote from: "Dafones"
Just "found" the large Hyperspace QT Trailer, and it's gorgeous. So many details I never noticed in the really dark OC rip. The senate fight between Palpy and Yoda looks amazingly cool. Makes me wonder if Lucas had it planned from the get go, 'cause those little senate pods are just perfect Force frizbees.


I do have to agree with Big Jake though - Episode 1 sucked. Episode 2, while better, wasn't a masterpiece at all.

And, like Matrix 3, the only reason I'm going to see Episode 3 is because I saw the first two. I have no expectations at all.

Will Lucas screw up one of the greater villians (Darth Vader) seen in semi-recent movie history? Only time will tell.
14926  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Privateer on: March 12, 2005, 09:17:49 PM
Quote from: "Yog-Sothoth"

Dude, you rock. Thanks for making this game that much more fun.
14927  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I hate Spring (when it won't appear)!!! Snow here... on: March 12, 2005, 09:08:39 PM
The funny part is that I know some friends in CT who think the exact same way as you do. They're hating me right now and my near 90-degree weather.

It was snowing there earlier this morning.
14928  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW's Patch Notes on: March 11, 2005, 10:03:27 PM
Quote from: "Ibby"
It's King Bangalash. I find it terribly funny in general chat when people keep asking where Bangladesh is.

Okay, let me have you do a test to show that I'm not crazy here smile :

1) Go have your pet charge at some creature from a long distance away right after spawning him. Use Dismiss if you have to, or have him stay and run away until he despawns. Notice how quickly he moves.

2) Go duel yourself a class that has a slow power/spell. The Hunter's Concussion Shot, Warrior's Hamstring, etc. Have that person use the slow on your pet. Make sure it works.

3) Run away from the duel. Make sure the pet does not despawn, die, or you do not dismiss him.

4) Now have your pet charge at some creature from a long distance away. Notice how he's no longer moving anywhere near as quickly towards his target than he was before.

Or, if you want, use Eye of the Beast (the spell that allows you to directly control your pet for 60 seconds), and note his run speed before and after getting slowed.

And the reason why everyone wants King Bang is because he's now one of the best two pets in the entire game, period. There used to be four:

1) Snarler. 100 resist (about a 25% resist rate) rating to all spells.
2) Fire Roc. 250 resist (nearly 100% resist rate) to fire spells.
3) King Bangladesh. Extremely high approach speed to target. Can hit players on a mount. Also has a fast attack speed (1.4 I think).
4) Spider (name I can't think of, but is around 55 or so). Has a 1.0 (yes, 1) attack speed. Fastest in the game, and will utterly destroy a caster as the caster will not get a spell off.

Now Snarler and the Fire Roc are worthless. That leaves King Bang, with his obvious advantage. Yes, there are other fast approach speed pets (Swamp Jaguar and another one I can't think off off hand), but he's the easiest to come across, and he has the 'cool' white color.
14929  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Hunter pre-nerf/post-nerf question (WoW) on: March 11, 2005, 09:47:16 PM
This 'fix' is actually two seperate problems:

1) If you use more than one ammo bag (doesn't matter same/different types), the effects stack. This is the bug.

2) All ammo bags since beta have been giving double their listed speed increase to bows/guns. The class has been built around this speed modification, and some weapons have been 'adjusted' (nerfed) because of this. This is why the Hunters are crying nerf, and rightfully so.

Based on the highest level bag currently available, the Hunters on the official forum have worked out the number to be somewhere around a 16% reduction in damage. Considering that Hunters are generally viewed as worthless in high (level 55-60) level instances, as every class can do what they can, but better, this is why they're in an uproar.

In addition, Hunters are being nerfed again with their loss of resistances on certain high level pets (Snarler and the Fire Roc), so now their pets are even more worthless than they used to be in high level instances.

AND Blizzard still hasn't fixed one of the bugs that have been around since Beta (the 'pet gets slowed, it retains the slow until it gets dismissed/killed bug), so the general concensus is that they've being nerfed, and nerfed hard.

Same as Warlocks, apparently.
14930  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Crazy stuff from nvidia... on: March 11, 2005, 04:35:05 PM
Quote from: "RightBastard"
Isn't there some bruhaha about the 512mb not equalling a significant performance difference over 256?  I'm currently running a 256 Radeon 9800 Pro and it's served me pretty well and I see no reason to upgrade to a 512 card.

I completely agree with you here as well, as I work on the 'every other generation' theory as far as video cards go.

Started off with a GeForce TI 500, moved to an ATI 9700 Pro, and now I have an ATI X800.

Buy the biggest and baddest card available every other generation/year. It hasn't steered me wrong before, and I doubt there will be that big of a jump between this and next generation anyway.
14931  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW's Patch Notes on: March 11, 2005, 04:23:46 PM
Quote from: "The Mad Hatter"
I've never run into either bug with my level 42 hunter, at least not that I've noticed. I use group runspeed all the time since I've gotten it.

What's your pet? If it's a bear or some other critter with a slow approach (when you tell your pet to attack) speed, you tend to not notice it. With King Bangladesh (arguably faster than a level 40 on a horse), you really, really notice it.
14932  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW's Patch Notes on: March 10, 2005, 10:44:24 PM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
The pet run speed bug someone mentioned...what bug? If you mean you outrun them when you use your speed buff then thats no bug. they just cant keep up. I just hit 40 and got group run speed buff and my pet keeps up fine now.

Here's the Pet Speed Bug in a nutshell:

When your pet gets hit with any type of slow (anything that affects his movement speed), your pet will retain that slow until you either dismiss or kill it.

If you happen to have one of the faster pets (King Bangladesh for example), you'll REALLY notice this bug. Your pet becomes absurdly slow compared to his normal speed.

Note: Your Group Runspeed Buff also will screw up your pet. As soon as you turn it off, your pet goes into slo-mo mode. I never, ever use that power because of it.
14933  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Animal Crossing Online, Revolution backwards compatable on: March 10, 2005, 09:13:38 PM
And if you're bored and want to look at Nintendo's official PR, visit here:


On another note - I just looked over the Zelda screenshots, and, well, I'm impressed. Finally - the Zelda we (IMHO) have all been waiting for.
14934  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Privateer on: March 10, 2005, 06:40:45 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
Quote from: "RaptorRed"
Does it need DOS BOX to run?

No, it's a remade version of Privateer with 3D graphics.  Runs in Windows no problem.

And for that matter, it doesn't even need Privateer (the DOS version) to run. Just download and play a game from a decade ago.

My only complaint so far is that I can't figure out how to pull up the Galaxy map while still in a base. I'd love to get missions that are nearby, and not 5 jumps away. Yes, the game does automatically guide you to your jump destinations (even if it's multiple sectors away), but I'd like to collect some missions along the way or something.

Did the old Privateer even support this? It's simply been too long.
14935  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / CTmod for WoW 1.76 on: March 10, 2005, 04:32:49 PM
Quote from: "Chaz"
Sounds like it's worth a try, since it looks like it does most of what Cosmos does.  Does it also do quest progress tracking?

My collection of mods include the Quest Tracker mod (or whatever it's called) that's the exact same thing that Cosmos uses, without the requirement of Cosmos.

Go visit here:
and dig around their site for the giant collection of mods currently out there. Short of the Party bar, I found near-exact replacements for everything that Cosmos offered.
14936  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ghostly footage on: March 10, 2005, 03:22:15 AM
I've seen this video for some time now (this is nothing close to being new at all), but I still can't explain what the heck it is.

Spooky, no?
14937  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW's Patch Notes on: March 08, 2005, 06:28:34 PM
Quote from: "GGMark"
Even paladins called the fix of Seal of Crusader a nerf while it was written right in the text of the spell what it did, and it wasnt doing that?  Everyone always thinks that someone elses class is better than thiers, and that thier class needs a buff.  I play a paladin, I think the last fix put paladins right where they belong.  

Just to let you know, my two mains are a Paladin (45) and Hunter (44), so I'm feeling this 'issue/fix' twice.

Yes, I'll agree - the Seal of Crusader needed to be fixed. Now the Paladins are put exactly where they should be - tanks who can live forever who can't do any kind of damage.

But Hunters are another breed. Yes, I admit, in battles I do nothing but fire off my poison sting and occasionally push my pet's Claw button (to better manage his 'rage') for 20-25 seconds. But is our DPS too high because of this 'bug'? That's a good question.

Personally, I didn't like the Snarler/Fire Roc fix. That was the only reason people didn't use nothing but King Bangladesh for their pets. Expect to see that poor tiger camped to death after this patch.

But am I complaining about the DPS change? I need to see how much of a hit I've taken before I do. I'll tell you tonight after work. Assuming the patch went live today, anyway. biggrin
14938  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EB overcharging on some PSP titles??? (edited w/ price drop) on: March 08, 2005, 06:01:29 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Having worked for EB?  I'm voting sinister...

Having worked at EB as well, I'm voting the same way. smile

Remember - this is the same EB that's focing you to buy your PSP as a 'value pack'. Then again, all of the stores are doing it that way as well (that I know of).

Also remember - while Half Life 2, Doom III, and other big name titles were 'overpriced' at launch at the big stores, you could easily find the game for normal retail if you looked hard enough.
14939  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Metroid Prime 2: Echoes on: March 08, 2005, 05:58:25 PM
Quote from: "Andrew Mallon"
Contrast this with Echoes. I think I found more health tanks and missile upgrades by about the halfway point in this game than I found in the entirety of the first game. Really makes the game’s difficulty much easier to manage. There’s also something incredibly rewarding about standing in a room and thinking to myself, “I know there’s something here” and then coming back a few days later with the proper upgrades and finding it.

The reason you stumbled upon more powerups is simple - Retro was shocked (and embarrased) that you could 'break' the original Metroid Prime so badly. You could skip SO much of the game if you knew what you were doing, it's not even funny.

Let's just say that it's possible to get the Double Jump in the original 5 seconds after landing on the planet.

Let's just say that it's possible to pass through the lava zone (the one you visit right after you get the Varia suit) without the Varia suit.

Retro flat out stated that you could not do this in the sequel. Well, they were proved wrong (by the same guys who broke the original Metroid Prime), but in doing so, Retro made the game much easier, too. The game is much more linear.
14940  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Road to Gold and PC Gaming Forums have Merged on: March 08, 2005, 05:53:09 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
And a quick shout-out to you guys... the front page (which I seem to be going to more often than before) is fantastic.  Keep up the good work.

I, and the rest of the staff, thank you. We do what we can. biggrin
14941  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Privateer on: March 08, 2005, 05:51:10 PM
Game runs beautifully (with nearly all the options maxed) on my laptop (but a high-end laptop pretty much, with a ATI 9600 card, 3ghz machine, etc), but based on how low-end the game truly looks (it looks like a '94 title), it'll run very well on a low-end machine.

Remember - the original Privateer ran at 320x240 resolution. That's why the non-polygon details look so pixely and fuzzy. But the game is still as much fun as it was back in '94.

And, as far as I can tell, it's the entire game as well in every exact detail. I plopped down to play it last night, and the next time I looked up, it was midnight.

I wonder if it'll play on my work PC...

And incase anybody missed the link, go here.
14942  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Anyone play D&D? on: March 08, 2005, 05:35:51 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
Played when I was younger, just like all good American boys!

Not anymore however.  I think I would be bored to tears if I played now, but I do 'talk' to Gygax regularly via e-mail if that's worth anything.

Yeah, I used to play way back when it was called AD&D. Ah, the memories.

And you talk to Gygax? Cool! Has he said anything interesting to you during your conversations?
14943  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW's Patch Notes on: March 08, 2005, 05:30:17 PM
Well, it seems that Blizzard has finally released what looks to be the final patch notes listing, available over here.

Lots of changes, and a few nerfs (again). The one that hits Hunters hard are those who tamed Snarler (100 to all Resists), and kept him just for that for a dozen or more levels. Now, all the resists are useless, and will be wiped.

And they still haven't fixed the Hunter's pet runspeed bug.

Anyway, how does this patch hit your character? And when do you think it'll actually go live onto the servers?
14944  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: Respeccing Talents Question on: March 08, 2005, 05:28:10 PM
NOTE: Any spells or powers you gain via Talents (if they have levels), you'll have to repurchase after respecing.

Roughly translated: The Hunter has a popular spell they gain via Talent called Aimed Shot. Even if you rechoose Aimed Shot when you respec, you'll have to repurchase all the Aimed Shot upgrades from your trainer afterwards.
14945  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Desktop Thread 3/05 on: March 08, 2005, 05:21:54 PM
Quote from: "Tebunker"
I was using this for a while It freaking rocks

That is such a cool and sad picture at the same time. Almost depressing to use as a desktop, but it's done so well...
14946  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Useful DOS emulator on: March 07, 2005, 09:42:11 PM
Quote from: "RightBastard"
Quote from: "Laner"
And Privateer apparently works as well.. what a great program.

And according to Slashdot, the Privateer remake is out at v1.0.  I just downloaded and will start it up soon.

Got a link? I had it at one time, but I've misplaced it somehow. Please? Please! Must play old ancient games for no reason again...
14947  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Desktop Thread 3/05 on: March 07, 2005, 09:33:51 PM
Quote from: "Rage"
Quote from: "kathode"
I'd show you mine but unfortunately it features something from one of those upcoming big games you might have heard of.  No, not that one.  The other one smile

Blah blah blah I make oblivion, chicks dig me, blah blah!!

Oh, come now - how fired could you possibly get if you showed us this desktop from this 'upcoming big game'? biggrin
14948  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Cleaning & securing Win98 on: March 07, 2005, 05:53:25 PM
When trying to clean up spyware and all other kinds of stuff, here's my two recommended downloads:




Grab both programs, follow the included directions, and clean that system up. Use both though - they each tend to get stuff the other doesn't.

Hopefully that'll make a nice start in cleaning up that PC.
14949  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Desktop Thread 3/05 on: March 07, 2005, 05:49:52 PM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
LE has mono. biggrin...

Hey - that mono game/program is a ton of fun. Very...different, for lack of a better term.

Ron - where did you find that Castlevania pic?

As for my desktop, let's see if Blizzard's wallpapers allow direct linking...:

14950  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSP size comparison and new videos on: March 06, 2005, 07:14:45 PM
Quote from: "wonderpug"
My god i forgot how big my Gamegear was.

Forget the Game Gear, look at the Atari Lynx! And that's the second generation model they have a picture of. The first generation was even bigger.

And it was a portable that was so ahead of its time... 3d gaming on a handheld, back when the world was black and white on the Game Boy.
14951  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Legend of Zelda Pre-order Bonus - Holy Cow! on: March 06, 2005, 07:09:33 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
Quote from: "Tebunker"
Fooled You! One of EGM's better April Fools jokes, almost as good as Sonic and Tails in Super Smash Brothers Melee

Nothing outdoes Sheng Long in SF2...nothing.  They shall never top that one.

Ah, Sheng Long. Wasn't that the first April's Fools joke EGM did so long ago? And wasn't the story something about beating the game flawlessly on level 8 with Ryu or something like that?
14952  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Do we need Avatars? on: March 06, 2005, 06:55:33 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Time to spread the Cthulhuian love.  Of course, this is actually ripped from the guardian in Master of Orion 2, but hey, who's counting?

You have NO idea how old I feel right now thanks to that icon. Ah, MOO, what a great game...

"I said across her nose, not up it!" biggrin
14953  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Maintenance Complete and Avatars! on: March 06, 2005, 06:46:09 PM
I said across her nose, not up it! biggrin

Very nice. I like!
14954  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GT4 photo mode (56kers beware) on: March 04, 2005, 06:55:24 PM
Good lord.

I may have to buy this game just for the photo mode. I need a few good desktop images for my laptop. biggrin
14955  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Handheld (Palm) Recommendations? on: March 04, 2005, 06:41:16 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Yea, the wife spotted the Treo 650 and she thinks she wants one.  Anyone have any experience with the Treo or the other PDA/Phone combos, positive or negative?

I don't know much about it at all (other than that I've looked at that exact model for a while now), so tell us how it is if you do decide to get it. biggrin

One thing to keep in mind - with my Palm Tungsten T|3, I have a sustained battery life of about 3 hours. With the keyboard and MP3 player running, expect a lifespan of about two, depending on brightness and a few other factors.

Now, that means that you're typing away constantly, always listening to music, and not shutting the thing off at all.

The Zire line I hear has good battery life, as does the Treo (as it's a cell phone, it sorta has to), but the Tungsten line isn't well known for a good battery.
14956  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Don't mess with an angry chimp on: March 04, 2005, 06:37:22 PM

Damn, that's some chimp.
14957  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GCN controller on the PC? on: March 03, 2005, 04:52:30 AM
Quote from: "JCC"
Got my adaptor this week. I only have had a brief time to fool with it, but after some minor frustration and reconnects of the USB port, I got it working perfectly. Yes, both analog sticks are supported!!!

Very, very cool.

And I see they have a SNES to PC convertor as well...
14958  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Dell 2005FPW UltraSharp 20.1" Wide Screen - $486. shipp on: March 03, 2005, 04:36:07 AM
Quote from: "Chaz"
I really, really want this thing.  A Radeon 9800 Pro will do the widescreen resolutions, right?

My laptop Radeon 9600 runs at 1280x800 resolution (widescreen laptop) without any issues, so I don't see why you'd have any problems with a more powerful card.
14959  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The New Napster on: March 02, 2005, 03:14:34 PM
Quote from: "Laner"
Songs purchased from the iTunes Music Store won't work with the Nomad... you'd have to burn to disc then re-rip/encode.

This is the important post here out of this entire discussion, IMHO. To use any music you purchase from iTunes on anything short of any Apple devices/programs, you'll need a CD-Burner (or at least a CD emulation program), burn the music, and then rerip it to a MP3.
14960  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dues ex:IW on: March 02, 2005, 03:04:34 PM
Quote from: "Harpua3"
SS2 was a great game.

I just wish I could get SS2 to play on my WinXP machine... frown
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