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3201  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Great Console Catastrophe of 2008 on: June 30, 2008, 02:01:35 AM

Quote from: msduncan on June 30, 2008, 12:45:34 AM

And I guess the other quetion I have is:

Most of these UPS's seem to be aimed at PC users since they come with software (like the geeksquad one).    They are still useable on the TV, consoles, etc right?

Sure, you bet. The software lets you monitor the battery levels and auto shutdown the PC when they reach a certain threshold, so wouldn't be useful for other appliances.

You don't really need the 'battery backup' part so that's your call if that's an extra bonus or just an added expense. You can definitely find something that does surge protected, but they're not going to 'condition' the power like a UPS would. I'll bet I could find some sort of Monster branded gizmo that says it does all that but for the cost you'd end up paying I'd get a UPS. icon_wink

My two cents.
3202  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Great Console Catastrophe of 2008 on: June 29, 2008, 11:38:44 PM

Quote from: msduncan on June 29, 2008, 08:15:43 PM

Would this one work?

Geeksquad one.

I have a gift cert to Best Buy is why I'm asking.

 icon_confused I don't know about that one. The description is a little 'light' and it's hard to tell if it does anything other than provide power and surge protection.
3203  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Great Console Catastrophe of 2008 on: June 29, 2008, 11:35:23 PM
They do more than provide backup power. I don't believe you need to buy any kind of dedicated conditioner, pretty much any decent UPS nowadays should also do voltage regulation plus surge and noise suppression. The wiki page for Uninterrupible Power Supply notes that "It also provides protection against all common power problems, and for this reason it is also known as a power conditioner and a line conditioner."

I have this Tripp Lite which works great for our two desktops computers. Picked it up at Costco. Scroll down into the specs for all the gory details. It should stop the 'brown outs' and 'strange electrical sound' phenomena, I would think.
3204  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Great Console Catastrophe of 2008 on: June 29, 2008, 04:51:24 PM

Quote from: msduncan on June 29, 2008, 02:11:20 PM

If it is poor quality electrical current in my house, how do I fix that?    Probably amazingly expensive repairs, right?

No, just get a decent UPS.  There's a post over at OO on this very subject.  icon_wink
3205  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Ticket to Ride...soon? on: June 27, 2008, 02:19:09 PM
So is this basically a port of the PC game that's been available for quite some time?
3206  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Store? on: June 22, 2008, 08:09:59 PM
I don't recall needing any kind of special 'download program' for that. Another alternative - connect to your wireless network from the PSP directly and download from the official PSP site. In the US, it is
3207  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alone in the Dark on: June 19, 2008, 03:02:46 AM
And the PS3 version doesn't come out until "Autumn"icon_confused

Atari has told Eurogamer Germany that the PS3 version of Alone in the Dark is down for an autumn release.

Developer Eden Studios won't just be porting the Xbox 360 and PC versions. You can expect a specially adapted game, and possibly extra content in episodic form.

Specially adapted? Possible extra content? Umm... yah.
3208  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] MGS4 with no previous MGS experience on: June 15, 2008, 04:22:15 PM

Quote from: Devil on June 14, 2008, 03:54:49 AM

Monkey -

Octopus Girl? I can't wait!
This confused me until I started over, didn't realize the first two shown are seemingly random picks. Just saw 'Bomb Shelter Buffet' (where we get an interesting snake comment at the end) and something about Mantis Defense Systems... both very nicely done. icon_biggrin
3209  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Die Hard Amazon DotD on: June 15, 2008, 01:51:48 PM

Quote from: Giles Habibula on June 15, 2008, 08:27:24 AM

As an aside, I just watched the original "Die Hard" on cable tonight for the first time in 10 years, and I'd completely forgotten how good it was. Classic movie.
This in spite of being broken up with ads, and having all the "appropriate" words completely deleted (and there were a lot of those).
Until I just looked it up on iMDb, I had no idea that this was Alan Rickman's first film. He was terrific!
So did I, fun to see a much younger Bruce again. Not only were the bad words deleted but they also made any naughty bits all blurrified.  disgust  Still, good stuffs. First film for Alan Rickman, eh? I had no idea either.

I'd like to pick this up but was wondering if there would be an 'unrated' or Director's Cut version of 4 available but obviously haven't checked for quite some time. So, you either have to forgo that in the BluRay collection or buy the 'Ultimate Collection' in standard def?  icon_confused
3210  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Classic RPG updates - Planescape Torment, Fallout2, Arcanum on: June 15, 2008, 01:28:37 PM
Right - just went through this yesterday with my old 4 disk version. I was shocked when I put disk 1 in and installed and it never asked for any of the other disks... forgot about all of the disk swapping. Don't forget this was what, 1999, when hard drives weren't all that large. The full install is a manual but painless process. Found these areas at which helped tremendously:

I ended up doing the full install, patching to 1.1 (needed only for the 4 disk version) then the 'All Inclusive FixPack', UB and Tweaks, the widescreen mod then lastly (whew) the crack. Ended up running it at 1280x800 even though my monitor supports up to 1920x1200 as at higher resolutions I thought things were just too small and too separated on the screen. 1280 seemed the best compromise to me. And I ended up (so far) turning off only the Morte 'Easter Egg' mod as I prefer him as a plain old floating skull. icon_wink
3211  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Dual booting XP/Vista questions on: June 14, 2008, 07:29:00 PM
Can't help you on the dual boot questions, but I do have a "minimal" C: partition that I installed Vista Home Premium on and very little else. It has a minimum page file (the main one on another disk) and I moved all of the 'My' stuff elsewhere as well - Pictures, Documents, etc.

The partition is 69.2GB and I have 41.9 free, so 27.3GB in use so far. Hope that helps.
3212  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] MGS4 with no previous MGS experience on: June 14, 2008, 12:27:57 PM

Quote from: Turtle on June 14, 2008, 03:24:41 AM

They're supposed to be confusing.  But basically, those ads are ads for the PMCs that you face in-game.  So technically it's in-game advertising.  Tongue

Ah... ok. I was wondering if it was something along those lines. Thanks.  icon_smile
3213  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] MGS4 with no previous MGS experience on: June 14, 2008, 03:09:46 AM

Quote from: Devil on June 13, 2008, 01:25:22 PM

I will be doing the same thing.

We'll have to hold hands and try to go through this thing together!

Thanks for all of the interesting discusssions, I wish I had enough gaming time in my life to go back and play all of the old games I missed out on. I guess Devil & I will just have to suck it up and muddle through this together. 'tarded!

A question on MGS4 - will having played any of the other three mean that intro game show and octopus girl sequence thing will make sense? 'Cuz right now it just gets a big WTF? from me.  icon_neutral
3214  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PS3] MGS4 with no previous MGS experience on: June 13, 2008, 01:06:22 PM
Wondering what that's going to be like as there's no way I'm gonna pick up any of the others and play them first. Can this story be enjoyed on its own? I'm guessing confusion will abound since I'm not familiar with any of the back story that (I assumes) sets all this up but wondering how essential that is to enjoying this one.

Got home way late, so all I managed to do was install it. It amused me to watch Health Warnings about sitting back far enough, well lit area, take a break every 15 minutes, yada yada... all while Snake chain smokes.  icon_razz
3215  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Impressions] Ninja Gaiden 2 on: June 08, 2008, 04:24:13 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on June 06, 2008, 06:14:11 PM

None of this is to say that Ninja Gaiden II is a poor game -- it's just nowhere near as demanding as its predecessor.  The first boss monster went down so fast, I actually restarted the game from the beginning to make sure I hadn't accidentally chosen the lower difficulty.  If you're one of the people who shied away from this game because the first one was too tough, I'd really recommend giving it a shot.

[raises hand] I thought I was doing ok in Sigma, even enjoying it, until I got to the first boss that is. I retried that more times than I care to remember, lost interest and moved on to something else... fickle gamer that I am. With NG2, I'm finding it much more accessable. Sure, I'm gonna stick with walking the Path of the Acolyte, but I'm having fun with it. Deep into the second chapter now, gotta get back into it.  icon_biggrin

Thanks to Autistic Angel for listing the gameplay changes, it got me to actually try this one after having the same concerns of frustration that Pete posted.
3216  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SONY Introducing Pay For Demo Exclusive content Programme on: June 06, 2008, 01:13:51 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 04, 2008, 09:40:08 PM

I actually do think that x being cross in Europe has a lot to do with XMB being Cross Media Bar, BTW.

I wonder if it has more to do with being able to trademark it? And 'XMB' is not 'Cross Media Bar', it seems. I just got the official email from PSU announcing Qore™ and they included this:

'Find each month's new Episode under the "Game" heading on your PLAYSTATION 3 XMB™ (XrossMediaBar)'
3217  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Impressions] Grid on: June 05, 2008, 12:52:41 PM
Got it for the PS3. Love the game, still suck at drifting. And even though they have my name in their list, it never gets old being called 'Dumptruck'. Or 'Crash', which was much more appropriate last night.  icon_smile

I've seen some usenet posts from folks having a blast with the PC version, csipga I believe.
3218  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher: Enhance Edition on: June 03, 2008, 11:12:56 PM
That's the game. The novel, entitled 'The Last Wish' is this.
3219  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher: Enhance Edition on: June 03, 2008, 05:33:07 PM
Thanks, that's great to know. I'm waiting on the Enhanced Edition to start a serious run-though of the game. Picked up the book and when it started telling in detail the story of the Strega from the intro, I was worried it might spoiler things in the game. Good to know it won't.  icon_biggrin
3220  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher: Enhance Edition on: June 02, 2008, 01:29:40 PM
Anyone know how much of a spoiler that may (or may not) be?  icon_confused
3221  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Anybody got an MSI Wind? on: June 01, 2008, 06:41:51 AM

Quote from: Canuck on May 31, 2008, 10:53:24 PM

ANd the best thing is that you can overclock your Wind if you want to by up to 20% just by hitting the F10 button!!
Sorry but that made me smile. If only. icon_smile
3222  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beyond Good and Evil 2? on: May 29, 2008, 12:09:04 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 28, 2008, 08:15:21 PM

Quote from: Turtle on May 28, 2008, 08:08:12 PM

Go for the Xbox or PS2 version.  Not sure if it's backwards compatable though.

Xbox version isn't; PS2 version is with corrupted water textures on my 80GB.
No problems with the PS2 version on my 60GB that I recall.
3223  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Desparetly need some Vista installation help on: May 27, 2008, 12:28:45 AM
No expert here, but I did just go thru this building my own E8400 rig and it looks like too much to me.  Instructions for your MX-2 are here and show a pretty small amount being used. I used Arctic Silver and the instructions here for an Intel Dual Core are a wee bit more detailed. They show a very thin line of compound vertically along the same axis as the core itself. Both recommend a small twist in each direction once seated.

The latter also goes into the do's and don'ts of cleaning stuff like this off. Apparently even a finger print can affect the performance of the compound.  icon_neutral
3224  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Age of Conan Original Books on: May 24, 2008, 01:09:39 PM

Quote from: JohnathanStrange on May 23, 2008, 02:42:02 PM

I'm also a fan of the classic Barry Windsor-Smith Conan comic series - way before my time originally, there are now full-color reprints of Conan, who was not portrayed/drawn as so stereotypically like a comicbook superhero - though, arguably, that's what he was. Still the Windsor-Smith graphics had a kind of dignity that took Conan seriously.
+1000   icon_lol

Not before my time. I've got quite a number of his posters rolled up somewhere from when Gorblimey Press was alive and well. And I just had to get this t-shirt when I stumbled across it on TFAW one day.  icon_lol
3225  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Hidden Expedition : Titanic - .99 at BigFish on: May 24, 2008, 12:47:30 PM
Thanks Eddie. Your post helped BF sell a couple of copies here.  icon_biggrin
3226  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Echochrome impressions on: May 18, 2008, 02:16:45 AM
You can pause the walking dude? retard  May have to try the demo again.
3227  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: hdtv cable for PS3 and 360 advice needed on: May 10, 2008, 04:58:35 PM
Consider getting a switch box that supports HDMI, Psyclone has a nice one I'm using. Then both consoles could be connected to the TV via HDMI.
3228  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] How does it look on larger HD sets? on: April 19, 2008, 12:26:42 PM
65" Mitsubishi DLP via component and it looks very nice.
3229  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami Wii on: April 17, 2008, 08:30:19 PM
I remember it looking nicer when I upscaled it on my PS3, but I haven't compared the two directly now that I have the Wii version as well. I only did up to the 'cut down the fruit' part then stopped last night, but I didn't have any issues with drawing. Only took one attempt for the rock, barricade and fruit. Don't paint the slash slowly, I think speed counts more here then perfectly horizontal.

Only problem I had was with 'restoring' the stardust river, only got partway across because I hadn't "painted" far enough over. Had to turn back, paint more and try again. Twice.  icon_lol
3230  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 controller question on: April 17, 2008, 01:23:18 AM
Yes, power off the PS3 and the controllers turn off, like the 360.
3231  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]Uncharted:Drakes Fortune on: April 17, 2008, 01:20:11 AM
Really?  Excellent!  icon_biggrin
3232  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 controller question on: April 17, 2008, 01:16:27 AM
You can turn it off yourself from the PS button option, but as noted they won't do that automagically.
3233  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Homm5: Tribes of the East Impressions on: April 14, 2008, 06:50:21 PM
Yup, patched up to 1.06 first thing - what a pain that was, seeing as how there's no cumulative patch. And I'd tried *everything* with no luck, using the tweaker, changing resolution and texture size, everything I could think of or was mentioned in the linked thread. Nada.

However, got it working yesterday! Problem is I did a couple of things before checking again, so not sure what fixed it. First I uninstalled my Logitech SetPoint drivers as the wireless mouse was always getting 'stuck' all the time, sometimes for way too long. Replaced it with a wired Razer mouse. That and on a whim installed SP1 for Vista. After that, setting the textures to 'Normal' got it working for me.  icon_confused

Go figger...
3234  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bethesda sucks and they and anyone who likes them are going to hell (Fallout 3) on: April 13, 2008, 12:04:54 AM
GameStop shows October 7th.
3235  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Homm5: Tribes of the East Impressions on: April 13, 2008, 12:01:42 AM
Thanks! Appreciate it.
3236  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Homm5: Tribes of the East Impressions on: April 12, 2008, 08:51:41 PM
Kind of late, I know, but I just ran into this same problem reinstalling Homm5 on my new build and I'm wondering if you ever got it sorted out? I've found other postings on the same issue - for example here - but none of the 'work arounds' work for me. Seems to be the combination of Vista, 4GB of RAM and an 8800GTX - all of which I now have. I believe it is specific to the GTX model and shouldn't be a problem on the newer GT or GTS but I'm not positive.  icon_confused

I've also found I needed to ditch my wireless mouse for a wired one or it constantly gets 'stuck' or freezes, even on the desktop. Especially sucks in games, some were minor but Homm5 was horrible, so much so it was hard for me just to get the heck out once in. Never mind the 'fine for a second and then bam washed out' low resolution textures issue. [sigh]

Anyway, perhaps one of the things that worked for other people in the linked post will work for you. Or someone in the same boat.

3237  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Freaking loving SWAT 4?! on: April 30, 2005, 01:07:36 AM
Download, yes - install, no not yet. Here is the readme for the mod if people are interested:

S.S.F. Realism Mod 1.1

Authors: SSF (Sheriff's Special Forces)
Executive Producer: GunMod
Quality Assurance Lead: Fuzzy
Support & Adminstration: TheOnly
Research & Development: Informer
Technical Assistance: Hawk
Comic Relief: Shockwave & Fuzzy
Testing & QA: Entire SSF Squad


This mod takes many factors of an already great game and makes it better for those who play serious coop, single player, or TDM.  This mod is not about adding a bunch of uniforms or guns, but rather improving the existing items in the game
to make your gameplay experience better. We believe in quality over quanity and we hope it shows.


-All Weapons have proper firing modes as per manufactor specs. Guns with Burst mod start in Burst mode

-All Weapons have correct lethality. (One shot head kills are much more common with higher caliber rounds)

-FMJ and JHP Rounds know penetrate items correctly based on round and caliber.
(Example, a FMJ .223 round will penetrate wood and metal doors, where a 9mm FMJ will only penetrate a wood door.
A JHP 9mm will not penetrate wood doors)

-Firing Rates are more correct as to sustained rounds per minute.

-Equipping animations are slightly faster. (Example, Switching weapons is quicker, etc)

-Weapon effects are more realistic. (Example:Throw a flashbang in a room with "loose" items and stuff will fly across the room)

-Body hits will send a larger impulse to the rag doll being shot.

-Death animations are more realistic. Dying suspects and hostages will jerk and spasm from firing nerve impulses.

-Incapacitation animations more pronounced. Incapacitated suspects and hostages will move in more realistic ways. (Trying to get up, moving their head to look around, etc)

-Flashbangs more effective to UNARMORED suspects/hostages. Flashbangs have a slight fatality issue associated to them, but flashbangs have to be RIGHT ON a suspect to kill them.

-CS Gas has the same effect on AI as unprotected players

-Zoom to fire is instant instead of taking 0.5 seconds.

-Recoil, aim factors and several other factors increased for much more realistic weapons handling.

-Optiwand has a higher field of view so that you can see a larger area. Resolution for Optiwand Camera view changed so that the view doesnt look as pixelated.

-The AK-47 and the UZI SD are now available for all game modes.

-Primary weapons can be used as secondary and secondary can be used as primary weapons. (Example Carry MP5 as Primary and carry LTL Shotgun as secondary, etc)

-Option to not choose ANYTHING for a primary or secondary slot. (Useful for training etc) (also No Armor or Now Helmet Modes

-Removed Red and Blue Team GLOW sticks from backs in TDM Mode ONLY

-AI weapons have same stats and use the same limitations of the player now.

-Dynamic Take Downs now possible with correct aiming and recoil.

-Real-world textures used in the "Loadout" screens. Real Weapon Names, Stats, etc.

-The stinger's lethality and incapacitating effects more realistic, Throwing a stinger on an unarmed person will now have a higher chance of killing them.

-Door charges have a higher lethality and stun zone. (someone standing with 5 to 8 feet from door will be knocked unconcious or killed, persons 8 to 15-20 will be stunned, like a flashbang)

-Breaching shotgun can be used for a very close range (within 15 to 30 feet) weapon.

-Several enemy guns have flashlights. (they won't always use them, but sometimes they might, especially higher-level elite suspects)


EASY Setting will not seem much different where as ELITE will be much different!

-Different game modes use the same damage settings. No more getting damaged more for playing co-op versus single player.

-AI can now engage or disengage officers at closer ranges.

-AI is more unpredictable.

-AI more likely to use cover when under fire.

-AI will fake surrendering more often.

-AI "moral effects" changed for more realistic gameplay. (Seeing buddies killed, getting shot, etc)

-AI more prone to engage or kill hostages when threatened or hearing you.

-AI much faster on the draw at shooting when they have decided to attack you.

-AI will run farther when trying to hide.

-When barricaded, AI will watch nearby doors and attack if they notice any nearby doors open.


-AI Swat will clear a room more effectively.

-AI Swat will not watch a non-threat more than a new threat.

-AI in single player gets affected by diversionary items (cs, flash, sting) the same as Co-op.


-Opening Movies and notices removed.

-Very quick "SSF Mod" splash screen at start.
The ONLY OTHER place you will see SSF.
is a very discreet place in the MP server screen.
Didnt want to flood you with "look at me" advertising smile

-Many more that we might have forgotten! smile


After installing the mod, you MIGHT have to reset your game settings (video, sound, controls, etc)

After Uninstalling the mod, you will have to reset your game settings (video, sound, controls, etc)


- When hosting multiplayer, people can see you have the mod on by looking at MOD section of multiplayer list.
It will list as SSF 1.1

- Terrorist Uniforms for TDM Altered so you can visually recognize terrorists from SWAT.

Copyright 2005 S.S.F.

If you are a modder and are interested in using our mod as a base, the only thing we ask, is 4 things.

1) Email us and let us know, and if possible let us know what you are planning on doing.
2) Give us credit were credit is due. A lot of time was spent making this for your enjoyment and all we ask for is a little respect.
3) The mod must be renamed. You can't name it "SSF version 2," etc.
4) You cannot sell this mod for ANY PURPOSE WHATSOEVER.

3238  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Freaking loving SWAT 4?! on: April 30, 2005, 12:11:09 AM
Worked for me. Try this link to skip the somewhat obnoxious 'intro'.  :wink:
3239  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / How do I get rid of my internet home page. on: March 13, 2005, 04:35:27 AM
Sounds like a hijack called Cool Web Search or something similar. Here is a link to an article about removing Spyware and Hijacker software. This page picks up from the "What if Ad-Aware and Spybot don't fix your problem?" point.  :wink:

Hopefully something in there might help.
3240  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Elder Scroll Redguard installation/ play problems on: March 10, 2005, 03:02:09 AM
I've actually used Glidos to run Redguard on my XP machine, so I know it can be made to work. Problem is that was 2.5 years ago so I don't remember the gory details.  :? One thing I do remember is you actually have to purchase Glidos (the Voodoo emulator) if you want to continue playing the game after you get it working. The 'trial' version keeps a spinning logo on top of the game as it plays, from what I recall. Information on setting up Redguard with Glidos is here in case you hadn't found it yet.

It does specifically require a 3dFX / Voodoo card, but I'd think you'd have some luck on a machine that doesn't have a 3D graphics card by installing the 'software version'. Trouble is it would look like crap. Best bet to me would be an old machine, running Windows 95 or 98 and an actual Voodoo card. I wonder how hard it would be to find one nowadays? I think I've got an old Pure3D card gathering dust somewhere...
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