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2561  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Holographic Disc to Store One Terabyte of Data on: September 02, 2004, 07:44:27 PM
Japan-based Optware Corp. has announced today it had achieved successfully world's first recording and play back of digital movies on a Holographic Versatile Disc™ (HVD) with a reflective layer using Optware's revolutionary Collinear Holography.

Recording holographic page data on a rotating transparent disc has been reported before. Such discs, however, are foreign to the conventional optical discs. Lacking the servo information, they do not seem to have a commercial viability. On the contrary Optware has proposed Collinear Holographic recording on a hologram disc the structure of which follows conventional optical disc, i.e. preformatted disc with a reflective layer (disc with servo information).

Read the rest here:

 :!:  :o
2562  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SW Battlefront = Gold on: September 02, 2004, 07:42:03 PM
Sweet, thanks for the heads up smile
2563  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Video File Problem [no sound] on: September 01, 2004, 04:45:37 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
On a side note, does anyone else think of the Metal Gear series when they see codec?

Nope, not at all.

On a related note, my dvd player plays Divx and Xvid.  I only had two items to try and both had shoddy source material.  I'll have to divx a dvd and see how she turns out to see if its the player or if its the material.

WinAVI works like a charm and is really easy.

My Xbox will soon play Dvix and Xvid, so then I'll be set and not have to go through the conversion each time.
2564  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Video File Problem [no sound] on: September 01, 2004, 02:31:58 PM
Thanks guys.  I downloaded a codec pack and it took care of the problem.  The quality of the Xvid is oustanding.
2565  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Budget Games: Wings of War on: September 01, 2004, 02:29:43 PM
The graphics are quiet good.  I'm looking forward to reading your impressions.
2566  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Video File Problem [no sound] on: August 31, 2004, 07:51:13 PM
Hey all, I have the entire Firefly season 1 on my hard drive however I'm having trouble playing them.

Each episode is a separate file, and when I open one of the files with Windows Media Player, it searches for a codec with no luck. Eventually the file loads and the video quality is outstanding, but their is no sound. I'm not really new to all this, but I sure haven't been messing with Divx etc. in a while.

The files appear to be xVids, and I downloaded the Xvid codec and it still didn't work. The files are confirmed to be 100% working files though, with audio, so I know it's just something on my end.

Lastly, once I figure out how to fix the sound problem, how would I go about joining the episodes together, to burn a DVD with them?

I know how to convert from Divx to DVD etc., and am familiar with and all the walkthroughs there. These files appear to be different though so I'm a bit lost.

Thanks in advance for any help.
2567  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Goes Gold on Monday on: August 30, 2004, 07:53:51 PM
Preloaded and ready to roll as well smile
2568  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GG ESPN 2K5 Football League Created. We're full. on: August 30, 2004, 01:52:36 PM
EcoLogic - Titans
2569  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I hate to say it... on: August 30, 2004, 01:52:17 PM
Clipping penalties no longer deduct yards from your running back's total as they did when the game was released.

I rented Madden and again realized why I love ESPN so much.  No contest for me, ESPN all the way.
2570  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wanna get into the WoW Beta? on: August 27, 2004, 09:28:05 PM
Thanks for the heads up.  I will keep my eye out for it smile
2571  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Defend your identity or your alter ego! on: August 27, 2004, 01:37:24 PM
EcoLogic Donates Carbon Offset Credits to the Democratic and Republican National Conventions
 Visit our green loan fund
Ecologic Finance
Because 85% of the world's population lives along waterways, we are losing coastal habitats faster than any other ecosystem. Learn more about EcoLogic's response…  

Well, it is quiet obvious that isn't me!  I wouldn't dare give the Democrats anything, much less Carbon Offset Credits...

Back in the day I played Quake a whole lot with a friend of mine.  He decided to create a clan called Logic, and his name became X-Logic.  I couldn't think of anything at first, but the next day when I checked the mail for my family, my dad had received some junk mail from EcoLogic, and I thought it sounded cool so decided that would be my name.  I just liked it because it can easily be shortened to Eco, which sounds cool as well.  I don't like the environmental connotations however.  I do believe in taking care of the environment etc., but not extreme like the name implies.

Great thread! smile  I didn't even know about
2572  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Pre-Load is a Go... on: August 27, 2004, 01:26:10 PM
I finally got in last night as well.

I think it makes perfect sense to preload now.  Can you imagine how hard the servers would get slammed on launch if they didn't allow people to preload a majority of the game before.  Now  we all need only a small portion of the game to complete it, which will put much less stress on the servers.

I hope it comes out to us first though, as in the next few weeks slywink
2573  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Pre-Load is a Go... on: August 27, 2004, 04:06:52 AM
Servers are still full for me frown

I guess this means we should see it fairly soon then?  Maybe?
2574  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Counter-Strike: Source for everyone now? on: August 26, 2004, 09:55:08 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
I'd be willing to set up something regular.  I have more than enough rig to run it.  Friday Night Fights if you will. smile

I am so for this.  Could you keep it up all the time even?  Let me know if I can help.  I'm as good a CS server admin as their are so I volunteer if one is needed smile
2575  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My morning....ehhh....not so good. on: August 26, 2004, 09:52:35 PM
You're setting up a CS:S CG server?!  Sweet!  

I will so be there a lot, so make sure you make it known.

Are you in beta?  If so, go ahead and set one up smile
2576  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My morning....ehhh....not so good. on: August 26, 2004, 04:11:11 PM
Wow, that is a rough morning.  Glad you didn't kill him.

It sucks that you were fined for not yielding though, even though he motioned you to come on.   Boy did you did you show some restraint by not punching him.  I can't say I would have been able to restrain myself.  

Hope your day gets better.
2577  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fable: Online World Exclusive Review on: August 26, 2004, 02:34:18 PM

This Friday! smile
2578  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Discussion: Burnout 3: Takedown [Xbox/PS2] on: August 23, 2004, 06:22:40 PM
I can't wait.  It's easily my most anticipated game at the moment (console anyway).

I played about 5 total races at E3 and was floored.
2579  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Warhammer 40k - Dawn of War - Open Beta on: August 23, 2004, 03:13:41 PM
Oh yea, my system runs it beautifully.  I can't believe how quiet and fast it is.  I love it!
2580  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Warhammer 40k - Dawn of War - Open Beta on: August 23, 2004, 03:13:06 PM
Lockdown -

I played the tutorial this weekend and am completely impressed.  I felt a little lost as it's been a while since I've played any RTS.  I definitely like it though and will play through the tutorial a few more times before going online with it.  Unless of course you or some other CG'ers would like to join me in coop or something.  Let me know.

I suddenly have a whole slew of new games and less time to play them.  

Warhammer, Rome:  Total War, Farcry (came with my mobo and it rox), Doom 3 (shallow tech demo if you ask me), Unreal Tournament 2004 (sequel to my all time favorite game, UT) and of course ESPN Football 2K5.

2581  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fable Reviewed [OXM] on: August 21, 2004, 12:55:07 PM
Ahh, thanks for the heads up! smile
2582  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Thanks Eldon! on: August 20, 2004, 08:45:55 PM
LOL, nah, not a groupie.

I have put CG in my sig on other forums I post at though, to spread the word smile
2583  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Thanks Eldon! on: August 20, 2004, 08:26:35 PM
Thank you for all the work you do at CG behind the seens.  Bravo and keep up the good work smile

To the rest of the CG staff too.

I'm going to become an official CG Fanboi  :wink:
2584  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / CG Guys: Promise us something on: August 20, 2004, 07:21:29 PM
That if CG gets soo big that this forum software can't handle the load, and you all decide to upgrade, that you'll actually carry out those plans instead of doing nothing.  

GG is still great, but the slowness is almost unbearable...
2585  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you looking forward to for the PreChristmas season? on: August 20, 2004, 07:19:46 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
whiteboyslim, why is Brothers In Arms  a huge maybe?  It was the Game of the show for me at E3.  It's already incredible and it's made by Ubi Soft, who delivers a majority of the time.

Because off the top of my head I'm not sure whether it's the type where you control your squad from afar or while in the thick of combat. right now, F.E.A.R. is the big must have title next to HL2 so if I have to save money into next year for something, it will be F.E.A.R. over Brothers.

Well let me confirm for you that you control one of the Squad members in real time and can issue orders to the others.  You can zoom out and issue orders to allow for more strategic advancements on the enemy.  The AI is amazing.  The graphics are amazing.  The entire atmosphere made my jaw drop.  I played a little of it after the 15 minute presentation and was equally impressed.
2586  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you looking forward to for the PreChristmas season? on: August 20, 2004, 06:07:48 PM
whiteboyslim, why is Brothers In Arms  a huge maybe?  It was the Game of the show for me at E3.  It's already incredible and it's made by Ubi Soft, who delivers a majority of the time.
2587  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Pre-Load + CS: Source on: August 20, 2004, 04:06:46 PM
2588  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Pre-Load + CS: Source on: August 20, 2004, 04:02:34 PM
Played a lot more last night and it's really great.

Nothing like throwing a grenade at a T hiding behind 3 barrels, and seeing the T and the barrels fly in all directions.  The physics rock more than the graphics.
2589  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fable Reviewed [OXM] on: August 20, 2004, 03:21:35 PM
They said the only con  was "slight slowdown when alot of people are on screen"

Also, Burnout 3 got a 9.1

*  Not 100% confirmed yet however, just an FYI.
2590  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fable Reviewed [OXM] on: August 20, 2004, 03:19:38 PM
They gave it a, wait for it...


 :shock:  biggrin

I know it's OXM, but still, that is an extremely high score...
2591  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Pre-Load + CS: Source on: August 19, 2004, 09:44:07 PM
Played a whole lot of CS:S last night.  What great fun.  The new graphics and physics add soo much to the game.  It basically plays exactly the same, but is made a lot more fun because of the physics.  

An example of something that happened to me last night.

I was a T and was pinned down in the tunnel in Dust with only a Desert Eagle.  There was an M4 really near my position, horizontal to where I was but I was being shot at enough already and making a run for the gun would have been suicide.  In the meantime, one of my teammates had made his way up behind, he attempted to throw a grenade at the CT's who were keeping me pinned down, but made a really bad throw and it landed near me, but right on top of the M4 to be exact.  Boom, M4 flies right past me.  Sweet!  So, I grabbed it and ended up taking out 1 of the 3 CT's, my partner who assisted in my acquiring a better gun took out one and I was AWP'd by a CT up on the balcony.

Just a very simple example of how sweet the physics are.  I can't wait for HL2, full version of CS:S, and Day of Defeat Source.  What a beautifully well made engine.
2592  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / PASTE! on: August 19, 2004, 08:55:49 PM

2593  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you looking forward to for the PreChristmas season? on: August 19, 2004, 08:27:15 PM
Actually, I will also buy Prince of Persia 2.  I don't know how I forgot the sequel to my goty laster year.
2594  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you looking forward to for the PreChristmas season? on: August 19, 2004, 04:51:35 PM
For me it's Burnout 3, HL2, Brothers in Arms, Halo 2 & Rome:  Total War.

There are more, but those are my absolute must haves.

What a great time of the year smile
2595  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Warhammer 40k - Dawn of War - Open Beta on: August 19, 2004, 01:31:35 PM
Oh man, thanks for the heads up Lockdown.  

I'm at work right now, but on my lunch break I'll be running home and hopping on file planet.  I imagine the wait is extremely long though.

Is there a way to make the file start to download even if I'm not there to click download once it's my turn?
2596  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / [HOT]XFX Geforce 6800GT 256meg $350 Shipped on: August 18, 2004, 09:13:04 PM

Put it in your cart and it's $352

Coupon for $10 off:


Fantastic Deal. I was close to pulling the trigger, but I spent too much the last week on upgrading my rig as it is. I'll stick with my 9600XT for a few more months.
2597  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fable - Massive list o' features on: August 18, 2004, 02:07:29 PM
Can't wait!  smile
2598  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / PC System Build - Questions on: August 17, 2004, 06:33:30 PM
Since the KB thing wasn't really hurting performance, I just selected, "Halt on all errors, except KB errors".  Worked like a charm.

I will do the device manager driver thing tonight and see how it works.  Windows didn't give me an option to install the default ATI drivers or not.  

One more question, I have my SATA HD setup with RAID, even though it is one drive.  Is that bad?  If so, I will reformat and change it now that I have a better grasp at how to do it.  Let me know.  Thanks a lot.
2599  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / PC System Build - Questions on: August 17, 2004, 01:55:04 PM
So, I finally had time to build my new rig last night (up till 2 AM or so). Things seem to be running well, I do have a few questions however.

Here are the components again, then the questions.

AMD64 3000
512 DDR400
Pioneer DVDR-108
Radeon 9600 XT
120 gig Samsung SATA HD
Windows XP Pro SP1

First question: For some reason when I boot up it hangs and says "Keyboard Locked - Unlock Keyboard". I'm under the impression that this is a jumper setting that isn't set correctly, I am able to bypass it by pressing f1 though. Any ideas how to fix it?

Second Question: I setup my one SATA HD as a RAID Array, as that is the only way windows would recognize it. Is that correct?

Third Question: In Windows XP Pro, how can you stop Windows from automatically installing the drivers for your Video Card, or whatever hardware needs them? It automatically installed the drivers for the Radeon, and I wanted to use the newest. So, to alleviate having to uninstall and try and figure it out last night (this morning), I installed the Omega Drivers (which require no uninstallation). I then tested out Far Cry and it was smooth as butter, but locked up on me about 5 minutes in. I have had issues with those drivers in the past though, so I think that is the only reason it locked up. I tried 3d Mark 2002 and 2003, and it ended up locking up on both of those as well. I went ahead and uninstalled the Omega Drivers, rebooted to install the newest Drivers from ATI, only to have Windows try and install it for me again. I attempted to stop it mid way and start the installation of the drivers from ATI. That seemed to work ok, but I have a feeling I have some driver junk there I need to get rid of.

If I somehow disable the auto driver installation, use a utility like Driver Cleaner (or whatever it's called), and reinstall the latest ATI Drivers do you think I will be ok?

I re-ran 3dMark 2003 and 2002 and both ran well, without any lockups at all so it seems the Omega's were the issue.

What should my scores look like for 3dMark? I think they're low, but I may be mistaken.

My 2002 score was 10,790 (or something close to that) and my 2003 score was 3,950 (somewhere around there).

Is there a problem somewhere? Are those scores about right?

I appreciate any insight on these issues.


Actually, after researching, it appears my scores are low... frown
2600  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: World Championship Poker on: August 16, 2004, 09:14:11 PM
Quote from: "DragonFyre"
I think it's wrong for me to want this game, but I do...

It's a bloody shame that the xbox version won't be out until next year though... all the other systems get it at the beginning of November.

We could have an XBox Live poker tournament! smile

In!  Why is the Xbox version coming out late?  That would rule.
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