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2161  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Anyone have one of these? on: November 22, 2005, 07:11:52 AM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
Well for general usage, almost any 802.11b/g router will work good.  I've been using a NetGear router for a few years.  My friend has a Belkin one which... while I dislike configuring it, and you can't do much with it aside from using it as a broadband router, it is functionally fine.

However, if the question is what is the best one, there is a clear winner in that category, and that is the WRT54G (or GS, which is the same except it can use LinkSys's 'SpeedBoost' compression algorithm).  The article I posted has a link to one of the alternative firmware sites- take a look.  You can add tons of features to the router just by using one of the alternative firmwares: we are talking functions only available on $600 business class routers.  I guess the real difference is that you can turn a piece of commercial grade equipment into the equivalent of an enterprise class wireless router as far as features are concerned.

 


I got the WRT54G just because I'm a geek; I really haven't even done anything with it yet  :roll:   I have a lot of hardware that ends up like that: lots of cool potential uses I don't put it to.



See I`ve read ALOT of people are having issues with nintendo wifi with the wrt54g, just the newer revision I guess...go figure.
2162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HDTV on: November 21, 2005, 09:03:44 AM
Quote from: "JCC"
I have the 32" (non-widescreen) version of that Sony, and I love it. Keep in mind when deciding on Normal vs widescreen that a 32" TV gives you a widescreen picture equivalent to a 29" widescreen. Whereas, a 30" widescreen's SD pictures is equivalent to around a 24" regular TV. Just something to consider.


 I also have this TV biggrin , and I`m very happy with it as you can see :wink: .
2163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MKDS unlockables on: November 21, 2005, 08:11:43 AM
So I`ve put some decent time into this. I`ve unlocked a few things. 2 new characters, some other things too. But where is the meat of the unlockables? I did the 50cc and half of the 100cc so far. Some missions too. Also what`s with the ranks? What exactly dictates the rank? Lot of questions for a GREAT game! Thx.
2164  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Anyone have one of these? on: November 21, 2005, 08:06:59 AM
Thanks guys. I`d prolly go with bb because when i bought my tv there i got the rewards zone stuff, but ill def look elsewhere to see if its worth it, thx for the heads up. I did see that new revisions of the linksys router being dissussed had quite a few issues with both live! and nintendo w-fi though :roll: .
2165  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / MArio Kart - Nintendo WFC Friend Codes on: November 20, 2005, 08:10:10 AM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
I am knocked-on-my-ass blown away by how awesome WFC multiplayer is.


 Me too (from what I`ve read). Too bad I haven`t played it yet :x . The single player is freaking crazy good though and will keep me busy for a LONG time. Now to get that router...
2166  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Anyone have one of these? on: November 20, 2005, 07:51:35 AM
Thanks for the info. It looks like maybe this http://www.dlink.com/products/?sec=0&pid=299 would suit me better though actually. The linksys one seems to be have issues with live it says on the site. Any comments on this one anyone?
 
 This looks to be issue-free(well...) with both live and nintendo wi-fi.
2167  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Anyone have one of these? on: November 20, 2005, 06:43:29 AM
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=5250774&type=product&productCategoryId=pcmcat7000050002&id=1051384663529

 I`m looking at this for nintendo wi-fi, xbox live, and my pc. Anyone have one and care to comment? I did see another in the store that I`m not seeing here right now, and it was said to be better. I can`t really remember why though? Any ideas?
2168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I got an Xbox 360!!!! on: November 15, 2005, 05:09:45 AM
Quote from: "CrayolaSmoker"
Quote from: "Harpua3"
If I tell you a really sad story from my life would you give me one, or sell me one?... :wink:
 Good to hear someone has some good luck. Enjoy! Keep the impressions going!

Does it beat this one?  :wink:


 Ouch. Well, no... but it`s bad. Sorry to hear all of that, I really am. It does seem that unfortunately almost everyone does have alot of bad stories frown .
 We`ve spent over $10,000 on a young dog and he is doing better, which is great Tongue . Then we really didn`t have the funds to help out our kitten (18 months old) that we had to put down a few weeks ago. The money it would`ve costed was really up there, and there wasn`t a very good chance he would have made it even with the operation. Also, the problem is known to come back. And that`s only a tiny bit of my issues... frown
 But, I was only joking about the 360 as you know :wink: , and we are hear to talk about games and games systems damnit! :twisted: . On another side note, a good one, that`s a really nice site you have crayolasmoker. Nice clean look to it.
2169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The DS is having the best 6 months of any console in history on: November 15, 2005, 04:58:16 AM
I agree with the DS rocking. I have Metoes(It SMOKES lumines!), mario 64, warioware touched, nintendogs, metroid pinball, and a few gba games, and wow! There all keepers, usually one of my games for a system is on the way to be traded, not on the DS, all keepers for me. A great system it is.
2170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I got an Xbox 360!!!! on: November 15, 2005, 04:53:09 AM
If I tell you a really sad story from my life would you give me one, or sell me one?... :wink:
 Good to hear someone has some good luck. Enjoy! Keep the impressions going!
2171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 - First Impressions (It's Out) on: November 14, 2005, 10:18:03 PM
I hate you all! :wink:  I`m not sure when I`ll even get one of these puppies :cry: . Hopefully soon enough!

 Great impressions though!
2172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 BC for halo and halo 2 and... on: November 10, 2005, 11:14:47 AM
http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/665/665729p1.html

 Fsaa, 720p, widescreen. WOW :shock: . Nice job bungie.
2173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Animal Crossing DS! on: November 07, 2005, 09:21:24 PM
Quote from: "ChaoZ"
Anybody know how robust the online mode is?  Is it a persistent world or do you just hook up your neighbourhood for others to visit?


 I think it was on gamespot where I read some previews, and there`s quite a bit to the online mode in this game. You can have other players come to visit your town and vice versa. Nintendo is also going to "mail" (In the game that is) you things from time to time that you can`t get in the game otherwise I think to. Lookin` good!
2174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Metroid Prime Pinball is actually good on: November 07, 2005, 07:23:19 AM
I`m really suprised how good this is. After reading the good reviews, and really good user reviews I decided to grab this one. And what a good choice.
 Obviously if you don`t like pinball, well then...Otherwise this is a great handheld pinball game, not alot of content, but enough. And what there is REALLY good and lots of fun to play over and over again so it seems.
 Anyone else here in love with this game?
2175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Animal Crossing DS! on: November 07, 2005, 05:59:09 AM
This is only a month away. When I saw the box art at toys r us, I felt like a kid again. I`m thinking of picking up a 2nd DS for the wife for this game. Both of us playing with the wi-fi support=loads of fun I would think.
  Is anyone else REALLY looking forward to this?
2176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I`d stay away from the F.E.A.R. patch... on: November 07, 2005, 05:56:49 AM
So I guess I may have overreacted :wink: . Once I patch mine, I`ll believe it . So, has anyone here had issues with it? I`ll prolly patch it in a few days I suppose. Great multiplayer(suprisingly)!
2177  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Here`s a wierd windows xp question on: November 05, 2005, 05:00:16 AM
Hmmm. I actually like the XP look of things... :shock: . Like I said it`s a silly little issue, but a issue none the less...
2178  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Here`s a wierd windows xp question on: November 04, 2005, 06:50:06 AM
I`ve run XP Home and Pro on numerous machines and I`m pretty sure this has happened on all of them at one time or another. It`s not a big deal by any stretch of the imigination, but still annoying it is.

 Anywho, in the start menu, where it says your most used programs in that list. I think there`s 5 of em. Well, mine aren`t correct sometimes. Some games and stuff are all accurate, but then some aren`t at all really. For instance right now I`m playing FEAR and COD2, it says fear and all is good. For COD2 it says safe mode...I`m not running it in safe mode and I never have...For painkiller it would say dedicated server, and I never ran it, just the game was ran but it showed up as that.

 Any ideas on this one. I`m assuming it`s well know, but who know. Is the path right and just the shortcut wrong or the other way around? Any way around this nonsense :wink: .

 No bites?  :oops:
2179  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Xbox-Farcry Instincts $28.88 at Target on: November 03, 2005, 10:16:00 PM
Quote from: "Thin_J"
While I got bored the instant the mutant-whatevers appeared in Far Cry on the PC, I've played through the Xbox version three times already since it's release.

I consider it a superior game in almost every way, short of controls.


 Hmm, I`ve only heard good things like this about it. And that is a bargain... :wink:
2180  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / What Should I Upgrade? on: November 03, 2005, 10:13:48 PM
Quote from: "Mystic95Z"
Quote from: "Harpua3"
I have a BFG card. I`d personally go that route. It has a LIFETIME warranty, and when I called them for something simple...get this, they seemed to actually know what they are doing. One more fact. BFG is the Nvidia card Falcon Northwest uses. I`m assuming they do that because of the reasons listed above and because they must have less issues with them over other cards. Who know. I have one though and love it!


The eVGA card I ordered has a lifetime warranty as well and thier support is great as I've had one of thier 6800GT's for over a year now.
I also believe the eVGA 7800 GT CO is clocked at 470Mhz/1100Mhz which is higher than the BFG.


-Tony


 I have heard good things about those cards too. I`m not sure about the clock speeds on those ones specifically but...BFG overclocks theirs cards right out of the box. I wasn`t aware that eVGA did the same, but I never really looked into it :wink: .
2181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Stamp prices going up (again).... on: November 03, 2005, 09:26:37 AM
Quote from: "Creepy_Smell"
But I liked that when I buy an 18 pack of stamps it was 6.66.

Whose number is 702?



 The neighbor down the block from the beast? Tongue
2182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is my voice high? on: November 03, 2005, 09:25:46 AM
I thought I was odd....................... :wink:
2183  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / What Should I Upgrade? on: November 03, 2005, 07:22:11 AM
I have a BFG card. I`d personally go that route. It has a LIFETIME warranty, and when I called them for something simple...get this, they seemed to actually know what they are doing. One more fact. BFG is the Nvidia card Falcon Northwest uses. I`m assuming they do that because of the reasons listed above and because they must have less issues with them over other cards. Who know. I have one though and love it!
2184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Call of Duty 2 Impressions Thread (minor spoilers only) on: November 03, 2005, 07:19:20 AM
I`m gonna either start F.E.A.R. or this over again, just not sure which one...hmm. :?
2185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I`d stay away from the F.E.A.R. patch... on: November 03, 2005, 07:16:48 AM
http://forums.vugames.com/forum.jspa?forumID=168

 That`s all I`m saying. Like I said after bf 2 and that damn recall of that patch...I`ll give this some time before I grab it. I can`t mention enough how much I hate reinstalling 5 DISCS!!!  :x
2186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I`d stay away from the F.E.A.R. patch... on: November 03, 2005, 05:21:16 AM
I`m not exactly what it does, I just know alot of people are seeming to have issues with it, and I wanted to get the word out. Reinstalling 5 discs would NOT be fun...I figured I`d lay low for a few days and see what happens.
2187  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / What Should I Upgrade? on: November 01, 2005, 11:00:12 PM
I`m running a 6800gt 256 card and I love it. I`m running a p4 3.0ghz, 1gb ddr etc. I went from a 9800pro 128mb card to this 6800gt 256 card and wow!
2188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Classic Bands... Who will survive all time. on: November 01, 2005, 10:56:28 PM
Wow! Lots of Ween fans around here. Yea, I`m a mixed nut...I like ALOT of Zappa and Phish, the dead etc. But I love me some Ween...Chocolate and cheese, that`s as good as it gets! biggrin
2189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Cliché Girl Issues] Act 3/3: Loose Ends on: November 01, 2005, 10:43:11 PM
Quote from: "Bob"
Quote
1) if she fucks on the first date, it automatically falls under the category of "wet it and forget it" and for the love of god use a condom!


Quote
- You bang a girl out the first night, whats to say you arnt tyhe 30th person she has done that to in the last 2 years? I dont know, but to me a girl loses a lot of respectability when that happens, because (And I know from experience) it almost never happens just once.


As a counter point, I married a "first nighter" and we've been together for 14 years and have 3 children.


 I`ll agree on both sides. Me and my wife didnt wait really long...at all...and we have been together for 10 years. But like I said I see both sides of this.
2190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 will help pc gaming on: November 01, 2005, 10:28:20 PM
Not this again :roll: ... :wink: .

 I see both sides. I have a p4 3.0 ghz, 6800 gt 256mb card, 1 gb ddr etc. It runs everything really good still, to my suprise. But when it starts to fall further behind the tech curve, that`s when the 360 will strike! :wink: For the price I paid for this video card ($399.99, last year) you can get a entire console! I`m gonna try and get in a cycle of playing console games when they are newer and my pc isn`t, then when the console shows it`s age buy a monster PC! I simply can`t keep both going ALL of the time anymore. Too much money, time and effort for me anymore.
2191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Countdown to Nov 8th: "The Movies" Updated SUN on: November 01, 2005, 10:19:22 PM
I`d love to grab this day one, but I`m gonna wait. I`m still playing F.E.A.R., COD 2, BF2, DOD:S, WOW and a few others. I don`t NEED another game right now. Plus I`d like to see what people think in a few weeks from release on this one.
2192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (10/31) on: November 01, 2005, 10:10:28 PM
Quote from: "rrmorton"
Finally, a cheap week. I'm gonna return Call of Duty 2 PC and get:

Xbox:  James Bond: From Russia With Love


 Just curious why the return of cod 2?
2193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Countdown to Nov 8th: "The Movies" Updated SUN on: November 01, 2005, 10:08:19 PM
A few months ago I would have bought this...now...not sure. Black and white 2, while fun for me(if I could play it...) , it is a mess for me on the tech side. Just lots of wierd behavior and buggy!!! Fable on the console was fun...and I mean that. But B&W(the 1st), I loved it too...but also a tech mess for me...
 Will the movies be a mess on the consoles?
2194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I`d stay away from the F.E.A.R. patch... on: November 01, 2005, 10:04:39 PM
It looks like ALOT of people are having issues with this 1.02 patch. I`ll stay away from it and see what happens in a few days, it looks like most  everyone is doing this so it shouldn`t be an issue to find a 1.01 server, and 1.01 runs great for me. This reminds me of the first bf2 patch, and it`s recall...ick.

 Anyone here already try it? Any luck? Just curious. Thanks.
2195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Call of Duty 2 Impressions Thread (minor spoilers only) on: November 01, 2005, 09:16:59 PM
I just started my 2nd play though. This time I went with the hardened difficulty level. The normal wasn`t easy, but I figure this should be more of a challenge(In a good way). I`d love to play some MP of this with you guys sometime. Fun, Fun, Fun.
2196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Classic Bands... Who will survive all time. on: November 01, 2005, 07:09:24 AM
Definately Ween will... :roll:  I do agree with most of the above posts ^.
2197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Call of Duty 2 Impressions Thread (minor spoilers only) on: November 01, 2005, 06:45:08 AM
Wow, not alot of impressions flowing on this one. Well, I played the SP all the way through the Mp for a few hours and what a great game, a really great game! I`m running a p4 3.0 ghz, 1gb ddr, 6800gt 256mb card( 81.85, newest official ones) and it runs great. I just keep the setting at the auto config settings besides I turned fsaa to 2x, and the resolution to 1024x768. It runs and looks GREAT! This was a nicely timed pick-me-up for me. Great game.
2198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I had to put my cat to sleep... on: November 01, 2005, 06:31:31 AM
Thanks again guys. That did seem to help a bit. I`m sure over time it will get a bit more easy. We`re actually holding up alright, but wow...it sure is rough. Thanks again, and here`s a noob question. How could I post a few pics of him here? I`m a total noob to some things as you see, thx :wink: .
2199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I had to put my cat to sleep... on: October 31, 2005, 06:44:29 AM
Thanks guys, alot of you sure are up late :wink: . Ya, it sucks bigtime. It`s horrible, and on top of that it`s SUPER expensive, and there`s really not much more to say other than how much it sucks. Maybe I`ll show off some pictures when I get the chance. I`ve been busy with alot of stuff on top of this too frown .
2200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I had to put my cat to sleep... on: October 31, 2005, 05:58:06 AM
:cry: . He was only 18 months old. He had lower urinary track disease(NOT infection). It just popped up one day, and literally a week later he is gone. He spent 5 days at the vet and nothing really helped. So even though it was the worst thing ive ever had to do, he wasnt going to get any better...so I guess we did make the right choice.

 We have a dog with liver disease that`s not even 6. He had a blood transfusion, cancer treatment, he had a problem were he couldn`t walk temporarily completely out of the blue. After all of that, he is doing great, and we hope he continues that route.

 Sorry, I sound like a little kid, and I`m rambling...but, wow. Sometimes things just suck.  :cry:  Well, I feel better after getting that out. Anyone else have any horrid "luck" :roll:  with animals? I don`t really want to turn this into the world most depressing thread, but I`m interested.
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