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2681  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Multiple Monitor Issues on: August 11, 2009, 04:01:01 PM
If you go into the NVIDIA Control Panel to the 'Set up multiple displays' option in the 'Display' section, what are your settings there? Does it properly identify both monitors? There's also a wizard to help you with the initial setup but I didn't find it all that useful when I ran through it for the first time.
2682  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/10) on: August 10, 2009, 12:31:02 PM
May pop for the new Death To Spies game as I did enjoy the first one. Have had Still Life 2 for awhile now as a digital download and (thankfully) never got sucked onto the Madden merry-go-round.
2683  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman: Arkham Asylum PC on: August 10, 2009, 12:27:06 PM

Quote from: Gryndyl on August 09, 2009, 07:03:31 PM

Quote from: Punisher on August 09, 2009, 05:38:51 PM

Does anyone know if the PhysX being used is the original or just the Nvidia version. (They are different I think, even though Nvidia bought them). The reason I ask, is that I have a PhysX card in my older gaming rig and if it makes a difference I'd take the time to move it....

It will use the physx card if you have it. In fact, the 'high' setting for physx in the game recommends it for use with a dedicated physx card. That being said, I was able to run physx on high without a dedicated card with no issues.

Well... I had some 'issues' but then I am running the game at 1920x1200 with everything bumped up. Vista32, 4GB ram, GTX260, E8400. Was fine with PhysX set to Normal but on High there were spots where my framerate went to hell in a handbasket - the platform where you first do that dive kick, for example. That attack ran in slow-motion and walking around there afterwards was like walking in mud. Very thick mud. It was fine once I walked off, though. Perhaps because all of the tiles there are destructable? icon_neutral

It was cool to see him pounded into a hole in the floor surrounded by broken tiles, though.  icon_cool
2684  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman: Arkham Asylum PC on: August 10, 2009, 03:03:11 AM

Quote from: Gryndyl on August 09, 2009, 05:02:33 PM

Here's a video showing what the physX does for you with on and off comparisons: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vINH6Z9kqgI

In a nutshell it adds physics to the paper on the floor, allows the batarangs to do visible damage to floors, allows the batarangs to tear through cloth, adds steam effects and bouncing spark effects.

Interesting that none of that seems to be in the console versions, at least not in the PS3 demo. I assume that's also true on the 360?
2685  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman: Arkham Asylum PC on: August 10, 2009, 01:26:04 AM

Quote from: Gryndyl on August 09, 2009, 11:27:43 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on August 09, 2009, 10:45:45 PM

Where does one control the PhysX settings for the game? Can't find anything other than having it 'enabled' or 'disabled' in general under the NVIDIA Control Panel. Does one need to dig around in and edit the config files?  icon_confused

Go into the binaries folder in the game directory and run BMLauncher.exe. Lets you set resolution, AA levels, PhysX levels, etc.

Ah... thanks for that.
2686  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman: Arkham Asylum PC on: August 09, 2009, 10:48:24 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on August 09, 2009, 04:26:43 PM

I'm still stumped on exiting the demo though (in Vista 64-bit); if I click the menu option to "exit to desktop," it only gets me to the opening menu screen and so far I've had to keep going to the old Taskbar to shut it down manually, as it were.

The 'Exit to Desktop' option doesn't take you straight there, it actually starts a 'trailer' for the game playing. You can then hit 'escape' to skip that and get back to the desktop. Not sure if that will help you out or not...
2687  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman: Arkham Asylum PC on: August 09, 2009, 10:45:45 PM
Where does one control the PhysX settings for the game? Can't find anything other than having it 'enabled' or 'disabled' in general under the NVIDIA Control Panel. Does one need to dig around in and edit the config files?  icon_confused
2688  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman: Arkham Asylum PC on: August 09, 2009, 02:01:53 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on August 09, 2009, 04:47:34 AM

Oh, well, in my case it IS in fact on the Games Menu. I just never use that thing.  icon_redface icon_razz

 icon_lol I know how that goes, I always look on the desktop and am still a little shocked when there's nothing there. Then, off to All Programs and another shock. Finally, I remember to check the dang Games menu.

Quote from: Blackjack on August 09, 2009, 04:47:34 AM

The cape is simply wonderful to watch...

I seem to remember reading that they have man-years in the cape physics but can't seem to find it again. Did find this however, a snippet:

Quote
"I have to say ó this is the best cape in a videogame."

Nathan Whitman, an associate producer at Warner Bros.í videogame division, is proud of the way Batmanís cape is coming along in the game Batman: Arkham Asylum. Itís a third-person game, so you spend the entirety of it staring at the cape, and Warnerís is taking particular care to get it right.

"Weíve got a guy working full-time on cape physics," Whitman says. That means that Batmanís signature mantle wonít act like most videogame capes, floating through walls and enemies as if it were a holographic projection. Itíll animate and collide realistically with everything.

I think I saw somewhere that you actually get 'cape takedowns' at one point as it is weighted and can give a pretty good whack when Batman pirouettes.  icon_wink
2689  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman: Arkham Asylum PC on: August 09, 2009, 01:20:01 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 08, 2009, 11:58:58 PM

Quote from: Gryndyl on August 08, 2009, 11:16:18 PM

Odd. the demo cheerfully placed a shortcut on my desktop with no issues. I'm running XP; maybe that's the difference?


Yeah, Vista likes to hide it's newly installed games/programs (sometimes even those that don't end up in the Games Explorer tab). 

Right, on Vista with installers that follow the Vista rules you'll find it on the 'Games' menu. All that's under All Programs / EIDOS for this one is the readme and some web links.
2690  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buld your own Companion Cube on: August 09, 2009, 01:12:10 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 08, 2009, 11:46:35 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on August 08, 2009, 10:05:47 PM

still works for CK because it's cached Tongue

tried it on two other machines and it still showed up.

Yes, working now but it wasn't working earlier - all I got were broken links to the images the first time I checked. The problem is mentioned in the comments there.
2691  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buld your own Companion Cube on: August 08, 2009, 09:34:59 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 08, 2009, 05:49:48 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on August 08, 2009, 05:03:44 PM

link doesn't work for me  icon_frown

checked it and it still works.  NO CUBE FOR YOU!  Tongue

Photobucket bandwidth issues.
2692  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of Flight - Out tomorrow? on: August 07, 2009, 11:55:17 PM
Actual Spad 13 cockpit from a restoration project. You'll need to allow pop-ups as that's how it shows a close-up of the 'instruments' when you hover over each.  icon_cool
2693  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I smell like cat pee. on: August 07, 2009, 07:46:45 PM
I just reread your first post and it finally dawned on me that all this happened at home and you didn't notice it until you got to work. At first I was like "you work somewhere where people bring their Ambush Cats to work"? I seriously thought you turned towards your boss and at that very moment one of the cats peed on your shoulder. From the top of the fridge. Or something.  icon_lol retard
2694  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Going to Standby = stuck in time on: August 07, 2009, 03:56:30 PM
And for whatever it's worth, this issue seems to have gone away as mysteriously as it started. No issues for the last few days with the system time coming out of standby. Hopefully it remains gone.  paranoid
2695  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So You Think You Can Dance Season 5 on: August 07, 2009, 03:51:37 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on August 07, 2009, 11:59:22 AM

That was an awesome finale. I don't remember them doing the judges favorites last year, but that was as enjoyable a 2 hour finale that I've ever seen and it didn't feel dragged out to me at all.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I'm very happy Jeanine won, but just hope Brandon- who seems to have really bad self-esteem issues- doesn't look at this as a defeat or that he's not good enough. The man is SO talented- and I'd even say he's the best dancer this year.  Jeanine was just a hair behind him, but her personality and friendliness added to her amazing skills won it out for her.

I still don't get the appeal of Evan...at all. Nice guy, definitely could do all the steps, but he just never seemed as disciplined or crisp as the others.  I'm not going to argue 3rd place v 4th place, but there's absolutely no question that Kayla was the better dancer- it's just that she has no personality and it cost her.

When she was 4th I was like oh. no. Evan had better not win this.  I was relieved to see him placed 3rd.

I really don't think we need to spoiler anything at this point, but...

Spoiler for Hiden:
I completely agree with you on Evan. When they annouced Kayla as fourth I was bummed and then worried that, oh gawd no, please don't let Evan win. Sadly, was clapping at home when he pulled 3rd place. If Kayla had let the personality out earlier that is obviously there (and was coming out as Nigel noted) but was bottled up for most of the season she would have done better. Not first place but not fourth either. IMHO.
2696  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So You Think You Can Dance Season 5 on: August 07, 2009, 03:29:19 AM
Well... at least all the voters got it right.  nod
2697  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So You Think You Can Dance Season 5 on: August 06, 2009, 03:03:39 PM
For some reason, I'm rooting more for the girls than the guys. While I'd like to see Kayla win, being a Colorado girl and all, I think Jeanine has edged her out and should get the crown. Both of the boys play off their studly/cute qualities too much for my tastes, with Brandon on the studly side and Evan too cutesy... problem is he (Evan) seems to have an enormous cadre of screaming fans voting for him constantly or I honestly think he would have been gone by now, and I worry they'll push him to the top by shear weight of numbers.

They do say they will be crowning "America's Favorite Dancer" not "America's Best Dancer", after all.  disgust
2698  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jaw clinching on: August 06, 2009, 05:01:54 AM
It's called "bruxing" or "bruxism". Perhaps this might help or at least get you started:

http://www.yourdentistryguide.com/bruxing/
2699  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Going to Standby = stuck in time on: August 05, 2009, 02:08:15 AM
It does but it gets removed as an option when you're on a domain.
2700  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [ABC] Defying Gravity on: August 04, 2009, 09:47:50 PM

Quote from: Malificent on August 04, 2009, 05:08:12 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 04, 2009, 04:54:53 PM

Quote from: Malificent on August 04, 2009, 04:14:09 PM

Quote from: rittchard on August 03, 2009, 10:46:37 PM

I thought it was OK, the one on Fox was definitely better.  Of course it's not like there's anything that great on during the summer anyway (except True Blood!), and certainly it's nice to see a sci-fi series on a major network. 

If you're not watching Leverage (or for that matter, Eureka), you're missing out.

+ a million to Eureka, never heard of Leverage though.

Leverage (on TNT) is best described as Ocean's 11 crossed with a modern-day version of the A-Team. Every episode is a self-contained heist/long con of the week. Characters are fantastic and I look forward to it every week. You can stream it on Netflix, season 1 and current episodes of season 2.

+ a million to Leverage. Eureka who?  icon_wink
2701  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Going to Standby = stuck in time on: August 04, 2009, 09:42:01 PM
Thanks, wasn't aware the auto-sync was only once a day and I couldn't find any way to force it to happen.  tear

Hopefully it's not BIOS battery related as I've only had it for two months or so and it was allegedly brand new when I got it. I'll pay more attention to exactly what happens with it tonight / tomorrow morning and see if that provides any more clues.
2702  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need recommendations for Wii games on: August 04, 2009, 09:38:04 PM

Quote from: Destructor on August 04, 2009, 07:59:46 PM

If you love lightgun shooters, the Wii has those in droves. I really recommend House of the Dead: Overkill out of the bunch - it is SO campy, and SO B-movie it's a riot to play.

And if you do, make sure you get a pistol grip for the Wiimote, makes a hell of a difference. Overkill is a great game as long as no-one in the house minds the language used in the game, f-bombs galore!
2703  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Going to Standby = stuck in time on: August 04, 2009, 07:34:03 PM
Odd thing started happening with my work laptop and the Help Desk here has been less than helpful, so...

Been using it just fine for about three months, docking it at work and closing the lid to go to Standby before undocking and taking it home. Everything hunky-dory. Inherited two LCD monitors so now are using them in Dualview mode (one digital, one analog) and changed the laptop "what to do when the lid is shut" option from "Standby" to "Nothing"... and then my woes began.

Don't see how the change noted above has anything to do with what I'm seeing now, but it's a heck of a coincidence that both happened on the same day. What happens now is life is good until I put the laptop in standby and undock. First time I manually went to standby post change was Friday and when I came back in on Monday it still thought it was Friday. I'm on the network and expecting the time to sync and... nothing. Stuck on Friday, even after a subsequent reboot. And I'm not positive it started me back off at the time on Friday when I went to standby, could swear it was earlier than that. All the Help Desk had me do was manually correct the time and verify that the Windows Time service was set to Automatic and Started, which it was. We even stopped and restarted it just for fun. Then they were done with me, problem solved. Yah, ok.

This morning, same thing. Standby, undock, take home, bring back, dock, bring out of standby - still thinks it's Monday.  finger  What the heck could be causing behaviour like this?

ps. This is XP with SP3 not Vista, btw.
2704  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: August 04, 2009, 03:34:07 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on August 04, 2009, 03:20:18 AM

How do these DLC work with your toon?  Do you have to load a save before you finished the game?  Once you go to the DLC area, can you ever go back?

With Broken Steel you never really 'finish' the game, but to answer the DLC question you can always come back to the main game area from them. And so far, Anchorage is the only one you can't revisit after you leave... don't know about Zeta yet, however, but suspect that also is a one-time-trip like Anchorage.
2705  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cheap cables on: August 01, 2009, 04:51:02 AM
That's cool, looks like I'll have to check them out.
2706  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cheap cables on: August 01, 2009, 12:17:46 AM
Was wondering how Hong Kong got into the conversation.  icon_wink
2707  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cheap cables on: July 31, 2009, 11:57:43 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on July 31, 2009, 02:39:48 AM

Quote from: disarm on July 31, 2009, 02:37:48 AM

Monoprice.com...not likely to find better prices for great quality cables anywhere else icon_cool

 thumbsup

 thumbsup thumbsup

And these are 'cheap' as in 'inexpensive' rather than there being anything second class about them. I just got 4 cables yesterday from mono, 2 6' and 2 10' and it cost me a whopping $16.60. All the colors of the rainbow, too!  icon_cool
2708  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: [PS3] Half price game sale! on: July 30, 2009, 07:43:04 PM
Dropped the price on KillZone 2.
2709  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: IL-2 Sturmovik for Xbox and PS3? on: July 30, 2009, 04:42:35 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on July 30, 2009, 03:01:08 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on July 30, 2009, 01:35:28 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on July 30, 2009, 11:34:59 AM

Quote from: marcusjm on July 30, 2009, 11:18:15 AM

Just check sensitivity and it should be ok. I find the scenarios a bit easy at the moment.
Thanks, hadn't considered that for the right stick, I'll give it a try. I don't seem to have too much of a problem with the left stick, but then I also am using Kontrolfreek thumbstick extenders.

Ugh, I thought they sounded like a great idea until I bought a pair. Couldn't stand them.  icon_neutral

Huh, surprised at that. You do need to allow yourself a couple of hours to get used to them, but I could tell the difference. I have big hands and with the normal 360 controller I had to bend my thumbs more than was comfortable and got cramps as a result. With the stick extenders I am able to play without discomfort.

I also got the U-shaped add on's, supposedly good for driving, but the stick extenders work fine for driving as well so I stuck with them for all gaming. The extenders of course also increase the stick travel as measured at the thumb/stick interface, so it allows a bit more precise movement of the sticks. This increases my skill from totally inept to relatively hopeless  icon_biggrin

Dang, sorry, got them confused with the "U" shaped ones you mentioned, it's those I didn't like... hadn't seen the "extenders" before, may have to check them out.  icon_cool
2710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: IL-2 Sturmovik for Xbox and PS3? on: July 30, 2009, 01:35:28 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on July 30, 2009, 11:34:59 AM

Quote from: marcusjm on July 30, 2009, 11:18:15 AM

Just check sensitivity and it should be ok. I find the scenarios a bit easy at the moment.
Thanks, hadn't considered that for the right stick, I'll give it a try. I don't seem to have too much of a problem with the left stick, but then I also am using Kontrolfreek thumbstick extenders.

Ugh, I thought they sounded like a great idea until I bought a pair. Couldn't stand them.  icon_neutral
2711  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (Updated July 27th, 2009 08:07 PM) on: July 30, 2009, 01:32:25 PM

Quote from: Ascendent on July 30, 2009, 07:44:44 AM

+1 MonkeyFinger for Demons' Soul great trader, helped me stay out of trouble with the gf. Thanks

 icon_lol Glad I could help. +1 back to Ascendent for the transaction as well.
2712  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: We're almost to the Fall Run, what's on you're buy list? on: July 30, 2009, 05:44:52 AM

Quote from: semiconscious on July 30, 2009, 03:30:15 AM

Quote from: jersoc on July 30, 2009, 03:19:27 AM

what, what?!

once it drops to 300 i'm all over it.

cool! - & you'll love it (btw, atlus just added the full soundtrack to the ce)...

Actually, they've added the art book and soundtrack cd to both editions as a preorder bonus, not just to the CE.  icon_cool
2713  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone getting a lot of friend requests lately? [XBL] on: July 30, 2009, 02:26:02 AM
I got one last week from an unknown tag where the text was nothing but homophobic insults. Really don't understand the point of doing something like that.  Roll Eyes
2714  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dollhouse: Epitaph One on: July 29, 2009, 04:48:05 AM
Picked up season 1 of Dollhouse on the way home and watched the unaired episode "Epitaph One" this evening, also known as the 13th or Felicia Day episode. I really don't want to spoil anything for people who will be watching it (even though now that I look around every detail of it is out there in the wild) but...wow, not at all what I was expecting. Actually, not really sure what I was expecting but I know it sure wasn't this. Very cool. thumbsup

The "one" in the title makes me wonder if they will continue this part of the story next season.
2715  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/27) on: July 27, 2009, 12:46:33 PM
How did we get back in June?

Oh, and a big fat nothing.
2716  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 red rings of death equivalent... on: July 27, 2009, 03:10:17 AM

Quote from: Destructor on July 27, 2009, 01:27:45 AM

Quote from: mori on July 26, 2009, 11:56:33 PM

Is this a known issue with PS3s? Should you not operate your system this way?

As far as I'm concerned, you should never operate a CD based system that way period. You're putting a constant strain (gravity) upon the drive mechanisms, and it sounds like it would cause them to wear out much faster than they would otherwise.

I agree, for whatever that is worth. While I know you can operate them that way, I wouldn't ever consider it and have always had my consoles horizontal.
2717  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 red rings of death equivalent... on: July 26, 2009, 11:53:17 PM

Quote from: Razgon on July 26, 2009, 10:54:54 PM

Its at least in Scandinavia - I called them, Nordic Film, because I was pissed at Sony, but Sony in Denmark had NOTHING to do with service on PS3 or the PS3 at all, strangely enough.

The lady who held a high level exec position (From my job I know how to get a hold of people like this :-D ) told me that they had a LOT of ps3 60 GB BCs set aside - enough for a few years... As for the rest of the world? I've no clue, but I dont see why the same shouldnt be the case anywhere else? OR perhaps its because we have some rather draconian rights as a consumer here in Denmark so they HAVE to be able to replace it

That is similar to what I heard, that they had quite a cache of the 60GB models strictly for repairs / replacements. Nothing official, mind you, but what I've seen people report in forums on the web. Hope I never need to find out how true this is. Or isn't. icon_wink
2718  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 red rings of death equivalent... on: July 26, 2009, 11:50:00 PM

Quote from: Dimmona on July 26, 2009, 10:23:41 PM

Quick question about backups - when you say it backs up 'everything', does that include downloaded games/demos/etc.?   

'Everything' as in everything currently on the hard drive from what I could tell from using it. So yes, installed games, demos, pictures, videos - the works. Account information, setup details, etc are stored in 'memory' as in some sort of EPROM and are not lost when your hard drive is replaced (or upgraded as I did). No clue what happens when the system itself is replaced, if they transfer that information or not.
2719  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 red rings of death equivalent... on: July 26, 2009, 08:53:17 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on July 26, 2009, 02:29:23 PM

SONY,if still under warranty will replace it but they wont replace it with another 60/80gig BC machine,as they have stopped doing them now

Out of curiousity, do you have a 'cite' for this, a source? Hadn't seen anything about that but wonder about it every now and then, if my launch 60GB ever bites the dust.
2720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 red rings of death equivalent... on: July 26, 2009, 01:38:04 AM
From what I've read, if you have a problem that does seem to be the common one but I wouldn't say it is happening alot out there and certainly nowhere near Microsoftian levels.  icon_wink

For your saves, you should be able to back those up by copying them to a flash drive. Or you may even be able to back your system up if you have a large enough target... just be aware the backup is for everything and it won't span so what I did when I upgraded my drive was delete the installed game files. They are easy to get back the next time you play and they'll automatically patch themselves back up again as well.
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