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1  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: A Question for Audiophiles (update) on: April 23, 2010, 07:53:34 PM
If you're looking at Klipsch you might want to check out Hsu Research's HB-1s.  I don't work for them, but I do own their Performance 1 package (which I got years ago before the HB-1s came out).  The are a small sub-woofer company that is not well know, but are highly regarded by those that do.  And I can attest to a top notch level of customer service.  Just go look through the forums and ask questions if you wish; you'll get great advice with no pressure to buy.

When I redo my home theater room, I plan to get the HB-1s as mains, the HC-1 center, and the in-wall's as surrounds.  The Hsu's are not cheap but I consider them a great value (the high quality of product for the price).
2  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [Warhammer] a few questions for the vets on: September 24, 2008, 02:32:23 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 22, 2008, 05:47:58 PM

I'm only too happy to make talismans for you guys.  I'm a newbie so don't expect too much greatness, but I've already made about a dozen.  smile

My questions is how the hell do you make Talismans?  I have the skill trained, I have all the components except for the fragments (the 2nd ingredient).  What the hell are fragments, and where do you get them?  I have 7 characters (I'm an alt-aholic, and am still trying to figure out which class I would prefer to level up with) all with the scavenging skill, so I have a ton of green/blue/purple Talisman ingredients floating in the mail system ready to go.  I just don't know what a fragment is; I don't think I've ever looted one or seen one in the PQ goody bags.  icon_frown
3  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Help me to get RON to run on: September 16, 2008, 01:35:42 AM
I dont know what the minimum resolution for the game is, does it run in 800x600 mode?  If it does, try this:

In the rise2.ini file but not the one in the game directory but the copy in the Documents and settings C:\Documents and Settings\(YourName)\Application Data\Microsoft Games\Rise of Nations\rise2.ini

Change the 1st three lines to something like:

Windowed Width=1024
Windowed Height=768

Only set your Height to 600.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SPORE Impressions on: September 10, 2008, 07:16:55 PM

Quote from: Orgull on September 10, 2008, 06:06:58 PM

Lockdown! That's the first time I've seen a screenshot of someone else's game with one of my creatures in it. YAY!

I'm sad he was dead though.

Me too.  And I was glad to see it wasn't dead yet, as it always seemed that whenever I ran into one of my earlier Creature Creator creations it would always start as hostile.  tear
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SPORE names (for content sharing) on: September 07, 2008, 04:11:43 AM
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are you an "older gamer?" on: September 05, 2008, 07:38:53 PM

Quote from: DamageInc on September 05, 2008, 04:00:20 PM

I started playing video games in the 70's including trips to Sears to play Pong and Atari before my brother and I got it for Christmas in 1975/1976 (can't remember so yeah I'm old)
I also had a Trash 80 and our High school had a complete computer lab with 28 IBM PCs in 1982 (I think it was actually created in 1978)
I have been hooked ever since. If I was playing at home I was going to arcades and pizza/sub restaurants that had the machines.

I feel very fortunate to have grown up with the history of gaming

The games that stick out in my mind the most are Adventure, A talisman series from Activision( I can't remember the name) and for the PC Out of This World

Yep the 70's was the height of video arcades (my high school and college years).  Even during the early '80s we used to go to arcades during lunch breaks from work.  What hooked me on PC (of a type) gaming was playing the Zork series during the real early 80s on CP/M machines (precursers to DOS).  These games came on 12" hard sectored floppies!   icon_lol
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My Geothermal System is complete! on: August 28, 2008, 07:59:20 PM

Quote from: Arkon on August 26, 2008, 03:52:28 PM

Quote from: Biyobi on August 26, 2008, 05:02:03 AM

How would doing the horizontal loop work when it came to cooling the house?  If the pipes aren't going 200 feet down, where is the cooling coming from?

From my understanding, the ground starts to maintain a constant temperature once you get 5 feet deep.  Normal horizontal loops are done in trenches between 100 and 400 feet long.  I don't believe the vertical system is any more efficient, it is just less space consuming in the yard.

A trick they use on the horizontal loops is to use coiled tubes rather than straight ones, this will cut down on the overall acreage needed.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Poll] Star Wars for kids: Which series to start from? on: June 16, 2008, 07:22:26 PM
My kid (5.5 now) has seen all the episodes and at different times has loved each one (at least requested each one) more than the others.  Episode 1, with the pod race was his first favorite (he might have been 4 years old at the time).  Episode 3, being the darkest, is the one we limit his viewing, and make sure he doesn't see most of the end (although he knows what happened).

But I agree with he others, start them off with episodes 4-6, then show 1-3.  You can explain why they are meant to be shown that way.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I think Zyrtac might just be Jesus on: June 13, 2008, 07:52:45 PM
Yes, Zyrtac seems to work better for me than Claritin, but it also makes me sleepier.  Well, I blame it on the Zyrtac, and not on the NBA finals or playing Age of Conan til after midnight.....
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Phoenix touches down on: June 03, 2008, 07:36:21 PM

Quote from: Sarkus on May 30, 2008, 05:33:24 AM

Apparently the conspiracy theorists are abuzz over this photo:

Notice the white mark to the right of the center of the horizon line.

It's obviously one of these as seen from a distance....
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games for 4 year olds on: May 19, 2008, 03:25:27 PM
My kid liked the Freddie Fish series (he's 5.5 yrs old now).  It's very colorful, and there's no reading involved.  Some of the puzzles are tough, but he probably will not care; you may have to help at times (especially at the beginning until he gets a handle on it).

My kid also liked the tutorial sections of various MMOs (I remember LotRO, and Pirates of the Burning Sea), although he either watched or moused while on my lap.

Of course the biggest hit would probably Lego Starwars.  No male kid could possibly disklike Lego Starwars.  icon_biggrin
12  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PCI express 2.0 question on: May 16, 2008, 06:01:40 PM
PCIe v2.0 should just work with PCIe v1.x.  All v2.0 devices are designed to come up as v1.x after power up, and then "train up" to v2.0 only if both ends support it.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Worlds Impressions on: August 31, 2007, 06:56:59 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 31, 2007, 03:53:45 PM

thanks for the info!  I wasn't sure how to use daggers at all and I've just been going to the inventory screen to change weapons during combat.  I don't remember seeing that in the manual, but it seemed it glossed things in parts (like hotkey options disappearing when your not in the proper mode to use them or the first hotkey bar not being customizable).  I'll have to sit down with it again, probably with a mganifying glass since they decided to use such small print  icon_lol

Hell, I didn't see it in my manual either (PC version).  I just found out about them from various 2 Worlds forums.  Up until last night I was using the swap in inventory technique too (thank god the game pauses when you do that).
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Worlds Impressions on: August 31, 2007, 03:40:39 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 31, 2007, 02:44:59 PM

Quote from: Destructor on August 31, 2007, 01:54:27 PM

So...why is the grass even on if it kills the frame rate like this? And why the heck is something like this (being able to access the console) even allowed?

It sounds like no one thought to actually try it out on the 360 for QA purposes.

Still having a blast exploring and questing.  More randomness:

I found a real oddity last night-  apparently fire doesn't damage Zombies all that much.  Apparently the devs have never been part of a proper Zombie Apocalypse.

I'm also still trying to figure out how I'm getting random skill points.  Every now and then I'll be in combat and it will say '1 Skill Point Gained' but I don't actually level up.

So far I have a Frozen Axe, a Flaming Machete and a Poisonous Pitchfork (which does more damage than either of those combine- I always knew those Bavarian torch bearing pitchfork wielding mobs were onto something).  I need to re-read the manual, because the weapon slot has 2 smaller slots underneath it but I can't figure out what they are for.  Spells have similiar slots under it for you to assign bosters to (like the spell uses less mana or casts at a higher level), so I'm thinking it might be something like that.

I was going to try to find a 2 weapons trainer, but apparently the skill is broken as your secondary weapons damage doesn't register.  Supposedly the same thing is true about critical hit.

Those 2 smaller weapon slots are there so that you can put 2 other weapons in them and fast switch between them.  Once you do that use the R and T keys (on the PC) to cycle through them.  I put my poisoned Bow, my blunt, and my flaming spear in those slots and fast switch among them as needed.  Also, the space underneath the quiver slot (on the right side of your chest piece) holds a dagger for when you sneak.
15  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / EQ2 Servers and Characters on: November 22, 2004, 06:10:50 PM
Hey all you guys on Lucan DLere, and are Qeynosians, come hang with me and a friend.  So far it's just been the 2 of us, but more would certainly be more fun.  Give us a shout in game, and just say that you are a Console Gold member.

I would certainly like to start a casual guild (need 6 people initially)

My characters:
Stoutly - level 13 Dwarf Bard
Galorr - level 8 Kerran Fighter (going to monk)

My friends characters:
Haldor - level 13 Barbarian Cleric
Irdd - level 8 Erudite Mage - and accomplished artisan (makes bags, and spell/combat skill upgrades).

We tend to play after 9pm EST most every night.
16  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / EQ2 Servers and Characters on: November 12, 2004, 03:58:37 PM
My friends and I have moved from Antonia Bayle (too crowded/full) to Lucan Dlere last night.

I am Stoutly - Dwarf Scout level 6, Qeynos
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST - 10/3 on: November 05, 2004, 08:55:33 PM
It's more likey to be a swanky $1000 a day, hedonistic, resort with parasailing, scuba diving, and aroma therapy treatments.

I bet that's where all the tail section people ended up; drinking rum punches, giving interviews via satellite phones to Katie Couric, schmoozing  with Mick Jager, etc...
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / WoW - FREE Open Beta date announced on: November 05, 2004, 08:43:42 PM
Lol!  The open starting on the 8th is simply a marketing ploy to distract buyers from EQ2.  I was wondering how Blizzard was going to fend off the 2 week head start that SOE has on them.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST - 10/3 on: November 04, 2004, 09:46:28 PM
Locke has a mystical/religious view of the island.  "The Island will provide what you are looking for." is what he said to Charly on the previous episode.  I think that Locke believes that whatever happens to anyone on island is because that person wants it to happen.  That's why he is so nonchalant about Jacks cave-in.

If you were in a similar situation as Locke, wouldn't you have a similar outlook on events?
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Boston Red Sox '04 World Series Champs!!! on: October 28, 2004, 01:22:44 PM
Ya baby!  

I'm very happy about the win.  But I still get to hang my WS game 6 tickets on my wall next to the other never redeemed WS tickets of years gone by.  crybaby
21  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Onboard LAN question on: October 26, 2004, 05:25:44 PM
Quote from: "Freyland"

I don't have a connection between the PC with the Onboard LAN and the Router, just between *my* PC and the Router.  So, I can access the Router but not with the guilty PC.  I know the MAC, so I will see if that is something I can adjust tonight.  I will also pursue Ericb's suggestions.

Thanks, perhaps more tonight (late EST)


Nevermind /Rosanne Rosannadanna voice

My bad, I guess I misunderstood.   Have you tried to put another LAN card in (that you know works)?  

One more thing, make sure that the LAN port is enabled in your BIOS.  (I'm sure you have checked this, just trying to cover all bases....)
22  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Onboard LAN question on: October 26, 2004, 01:52:00 PM
Quote from: "wankerjr"
Hmm..well it really is your router that's causing the issue especially when you had the modem directly connected and you were able to browse.

I don't know if they are still doing this but back when I was doing cable modem support a few ISPs did MAC provisioning. The recorded the MAC address of your NIC and only that NIC was allowed to connect. If the MAC address changed everything else would look normal but you couldn't connect as the server was unable to verify you.

I think this could definitely be your problem.  I have a DLink and not a Linksys so I can't give you specifics but .....

If you can configure your Router using the web browser from your PC, then you definitely have a decent PC<->Router connection.  Make sure that your TCP/IP settings on your PC show your Router IP address as your default gateway (usually

Look at the settings for the Routers WAN port (this is the port that connects to your cable/dsl modem)  Do you have settings for default gateway and DNS servers that seem legit? (ie if you direct connect, your PC should have all info needed - type "ipconfig /all" without quotes and write it all down).  Go the the WAN port configuration screen and "clone" your PC's MAC address (ipconfig calls this the physical address).  Store and reboot your router, then your PC; everything should work better now.

If not, hunt down any incorrect TCP/IP settings.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EQ2 bumped to a Nov 8th release? on: October 25, 2004, 08:39:01 PM
It's official!  Sony announced Nov 8th.  Yahoo Announcement
24  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / New Router messing up my computer? on: October 22, 2004, 05:40:10 PM
I would also suggest that you look at the log file on your router to see if you got someone hijacking your connection.

Are you using the wireless connection when this happens or the wired connection?  If it's wireless, try using wired and see if it's still happening.  If it's not happening when you are wired, then it might be due to electronic noise.  Go around your house and turn off/disconnect any cordless phones, baby monitors,  microwaves, etc.  

I personally switched to a 5 GHz cordless phone so as not to interfere with my wireless connection.

Good luck!
25  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Turtle Beach sound cards on: October 22, 2004, 05:32:15 PM
Also, with the Audigy2 (I've got the ZS model) I love using my headphones on it as well.  These are stereo only headphones (Grado-60's if you must know) and you get an amazing surround effect on them.  This is due to the Audigy drivers working their magic.

So even without a full complement of surround speakers, the Audigy are highly recommended.  

PS: And I don't have any affiliation with Creative.
26  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Turtle Beach sound cards on: October 21, 2004, 02:40:25 PM
Quote from: "hitbyambulance"
i have a Santa Cruz - music quality (MP3, OGG, CD, etc) is *noticeably better than on my former SBLive or the nForce2 Soundstorm audio.  it doesn't support EAX 3 or 4, tho.

I had a Santa Cruz as well.  The Santa Cruz was the answer to that piece of shit SB Live.  However, I had to give it up due to the horrible echoing it created in Teamspeak. (Anyone having a Santa Cruz card on a Teamspeak channel create really bad echoing for everyone - it's a hardware bug).  I even tried onboard sound for a while until I got my Audigy 2.

Yes the SB live made me into a hardcore Creative hater, but the Audigy 2 has redeemed them in my eyes.  (Similar to Nvidia coming back to challenge ATI).

Do youself a favor, get an Audigy 2 and dont' look back.  You will not be sorry.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Terry Francona's Cry For Help on: October 19, 2004, 05:26:44 PM
Quote from: "Sam is the Man"
Devil, just curious...who is it in SD that you want to see fail?

I assume he's refering to Doug Flutie.

And hey Devil, how can they let Manny go?  They will still have to pay him, and since he became a model citizen this year, it doesn't hurt to pay him as much.  Also, I don't think the new ownership is willing to do long term contracts for anyone.
28  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / AGP vs. PCI slots for Video cards on: October 15, 2004, 03:03:11 AM
I would agree with you to a certain extent AgtFox.  Todays PCI-e cards (video cards at the moment) certainly are no better than the corresponding AGP version, but it's not the buses fault.

Todays CPU chipsets (like Intels northbridges) usually provide a 16x PCI-e bus (that's 16 lanes wide in PCI-e terminology) for the graphics port on the motherboard.  Each lane is capable of 2.5 Gbps so the 16x port is capable of 40Gbps of throughput, that's 5GB/s!!!  In contrast a single Gigabit ethernet port would only connect to a 1x PCI-e port.  I believe an AGP port is around 2 Gbps.

So todays bottlenecks in performance are in the CPU, the memory interface, and the graphics processing chips, not in the bus.  I thought I read that one or more sites had tested the current PCI-e video cards in different PCI-e slots (some were 16x, some 4x, and some 1x) and they did not show that significant of a difference between them.  So obviously the problem is with the video card and not the bus.

What this really tells us is the motherboard is pretty much future proof (especially with Intels announcement that no 4GHz CPUs are going to be done, ever) and that video cards still have plenty of room to get really, scary fast.  So my prediction is that you will be replacing your motherboard because of new (multi-core) processors rather than graphics card upgrades.

Of course, I will not be upgrading to a PCI-e system until my brand new ATI x800pro ViVo card becomes an obsolete piece of crap.  :cry:
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST on: October 14, 2004, 05:53:43 PM
What the hell are you talking about????

Last nights episode was sooo much better than the previous weeks.  And Locke (the business executive) comes across as a pitiable character now rather than a potential evil dude.

I also loved the Office Space reference on TPS reports.  biggrin
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So where did you go for your Honeymoon? on: October 14, 2004, 05:46:06 PM
Quote from: "DonD"
Le Sport, St Lucia

Had a great, relaxing time.  Pretty much spent my day on the beach, planted my flag in the sand when I wanted another tropical frozen drink, and did the jacuzzi / massage / spa treatments twice a day.

- Don

Ditto on that Don.  That was for my second marriage.  Highly recommended. thumbsup

For my 1st, we went to Maui, stayed in condos on the southern beaches (can't remember the names anymore).
31  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / AGP vs. PCI slots for Video cards on: October 14, 2004, 05:40:02 PM
AGP will be dead soon.  Nvidia's new graphics cards first come out in PCI-e format and then followed with an AGP version (if ever).

The AGP bus is really a specialized version of the PCI bus that runs faster and has additional "instructions" that pertain to graphics acceleration.  You can use it as a faster PCI slot, many older server motherboards did just that.

Unfortunately, Intel is doing the same kind of thing with their new (upcoming) chipsets.  The 16x PCI-e port is dedicated for graphics (with additional "instructions" to accelerate graphics), while the 4x and 1x PCI-e slots are more general purpose.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Poll: EQ2 or WOW on: October 12, 2004, 01:59:29 PM
Not being in the beta of either, I too am getting both (hopefully they don't come out at the same time) to see which I prefer.  Also, the game that my friends pick will also drive my preference.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Whats your favorite board style? on: October 11, 2004, 08:15:32 PM
subBlack is my fav, while subSilver is pretty standard, not bad, just standard.

I'm not liking the Cobalt one bit  frown
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Recommend me a good pair of gaming headphones. on: October 11, 2004, 08:08:56 PM
I bought myself a pair of Grado SR60s for laptop gaming, and now I use it on my desktop (Audigy 2 sound card) if I need to be quiet.  I see they run for $69 at Cambridge Sound Works.  They are damn fine, comfortable, audiophile quality pair of "cans".  

From what I've read, it's hard to find sub $100 audiophile quality headphones these days, and these came highly recommended.  I am very pleased.  No head or earache after using them all night.

I understand that if you want more bass response, to get the SR80's.

PS: It's good to see all the GGers landed here   thumbsup
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