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1161  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / weird activation issue on: August 08, 2008, 05:55:39 PM
Has anyone come across this before:
I have a system that I am reformating for someone. It has a Win XP Pro sticker on it. After I format the drive and install the OS, I get an activation warning immiediatly on first boot up. I cannot wait until later since the system won't let me login. If I try to activate over the net, it appears to work, but then logs me right out. Same thing if I do a phone activation. I even tried using the key on a different test pc and the same thing happens, so it looks like a problem with the key. I at first thought it might be a bogus key, but wouldn't the phone activation warn me instead of giving me an access code?
What also happened, was after I put in the phone access it said activated and logged me out and said I still needed to activate. When I tried to activate again, it said it was already activated and logged me out again...

1162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: First review of 'The Dark Knight' on: July 18, 2008, 01:03:43 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 18, 2008, 07:39:04 AM

ok, important question:  is there anything after the credits like with Iron Man?

There wasn't at my showing, which was disappointing....
1163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dark Knight at 88% on rottentomatoes!?! (so far) on: July 18, 2008, 03:26:58 AM
Just finished watching it at an advanced screening. (Thanks Intel and Dell!)
Movie was awesome. If you were upset over Heath Ledgers death before, you will probably be more so. His little spin on the Joker was spot on....

Some "spoilers" (more like things to look out for...)

Spoiler for Hiden:
  • Watch me make this pencil disappear!
  • RTFM Bruce
  • Walking out of the hospital
  • 2 Faces awesome makeup
  • Zeus!
  • hope he has car insurance  crybaby X2

Definiately a great action movie. Probably a little too much talky and not enough Joker, but that's just cause I would love to see a non-stop action movie.
1164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (Hellgate: London) Who's in? on: July 13, 2008, 01:59:01 PM
Will any of ths affect the single player game? Also, what about the people who bought the "lifetime" subscrition? SOL?

1165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/23) on: June 29, 2008, 09:35:53 PM
Is Alone in the Drk actually out for the PC yet? I haven't heard any feedback on it and it wasn't in Microcenter yet.
1166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Spore Creature Creator to be released on June 17th (PICS!) on: June 29, 2008, 09:34:10 PM

Quote from: Dimmona on June 16, 2008, 04:42:56 AM

**Not Work Safe**
**Not Work Safe**
**Not Work Safe**

I shudder to think what other stuff we'll see get created with this thing:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-689194118682834081

Is it wrong to wonder how well that creature would actually do in the game?
1167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Oblivion] I'd Like To Invite You To Play With POOP. on: June 27, 2008, 06:21:47 AM
Can't find torrent file! Error

I can has POOP?
1168  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [Xbox 360 GTA IV] Tuesday Night Geezers Gone Gang-Bangin' on: April 30, 2008, 12:40:49 PM

Quote from: Chaz on April 30, 2008, 04:13:29 AM

Also, was getting wicked echo on my headset.

I was getting the same thing until I checked my audio settings for the headset. chenage it from the default of headset and speakers to headset only.

MP was fun last night, although I find it funny that the SECOND we spawned in free mode, someone starts shooting.... No discussion of option games or anything. I was hoping for a fun game of mall walkers or parade....

It was fun though, too fun, since I ended up delaying a report for work for over an hour.....better late than never...
1169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 impressions thread - stores are receiving them! on: April 29, 2008, 01:16:24 AM

Quote from: Arclight on April 28, 2008, 08:26:31 PM

Quote from: TC Weidner on April 28, 2008, 08:22:01 PM

the Sopranos had sex scenes all the time, BECAUSE it helps fill out the under world these people live in. Hookers. strip clubs are a very real plot device.  These people like Nico, dont go home and have a Beaver Cleaver lifestyle. 

It is all a part of their world.  Again to say that sex is bad, but running people over for fun is OK is hypocritical.
Quote
but why do you feel the need to advocate virtual sex when it is handled in such a crass and immature manner?
  how do you think it really happens in real life? how is it different and immature.  A john cruises, locates a hooker, drives to an out of the way place, discusses price, gets off, pay.  So how is this game different from real life.

FYi. I dont frequent hookers but I live in the city and its pretty obvious how this goes down.

So in real life would you hide around a corner and watch this happen?
not since my last arrest.....
1170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: When will the price of gasoline change your habits? on: April 26, 2008, 12:23:52 AM

Quote from: Purge on April 26, 2006, 09:30:41 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X
Quote from: hepcat
damn price of gas has already changed my usual routine...

...killings are down in my neighborhood by 75 percent!

  Tongue
Drive-by bike killings may rise... AS I'M INVADING WITH MY RAT PATROL GANG!

Yeah, it was almost a joke.

Can't you PEOPLE BE SERIOUS??? I mean, come ON. Driveby shootings are down ... sheesh. Yeah, RIGHT.

It's not like the cost of bullets has gone up.

not to mention, people doing drivebys will just steal gas if it gets too high..
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As for changing my driving habits, I have.... I drive a LOT more now...

I just got a promotion and have to go to 12 different locations throughout the week.

I drive either a:
92 sentra
01 sportage
05 H2
I do however get paid mileage and even if I drove the H2, would have enough to pay for the gas (although it would kill the extra for maintenance)

1171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Battlestar Galactica Season 4 discussion - Spoilers! on: April 25, 2008, 11:41:35 PM

Quote from: TK-421 on April 22, 2008, 09:15:16 PM

Won't Tori's face be red when it's revealed that the remaining one Cylon turns out to be Cali.

won't we all be surprised when we find out that the existing cylons were using pentiums with defective math coprocessors and there aren't 12 cylon models, but 12 thousand models and baltar is the only human left....
1172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Blade 4? On hold for..oh...3 years I'd say on: April 25, 2008, 11:23:47 PM
I haven't been following this case, but doesn't he have an accountant to deal with his finances?
1173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Battlestar Galactica Season 4 discussion - Spoilers! on: April 22, 2008, 02:57:19 PM
Were do they keep the other models anyway? You would think that they could just go take a look at them if they're boxed or something...
1174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I am Legend Teaser trailer on: April 22, 2008, 02:22:35 PM
There is an alternate ending, which seems better.
1175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 - nifty CE stuff on: March 31, 2008, 10:07:31 PM
Does anyone know of any real differences between the 360 and the PS3 version? Any idea which one, if either, looks better?
1176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This could be the geekiest thing I've ever done... on: March 12, 2008, 02:13:18 AM

Quote from: ATB on March 10, 2008, 05:08:57 PM

Yeah. Scranton is a dump.

One of my favorite shows is BSG. You don't see me building a rocket and jetting off to find Kobol do you? I mean really!



You should, it's lovely this time of yahren...
1177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sins of a Solar Empire - Beta Musings on: February 07, 2008, 04:57:50 AM
I picked up Gal Civ II as well recently and that does have a storyline. Even a simple one would have been nice I think.....
1178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sins of a Solar Empire - Beta Musings on: February 07, 2008, 03:42:22 AM
I bought this a while ago and realizing it's my fault for not paying attention and doing research, I was disappointed to realize that there is no single player campaign, especially after the intro video.......
That being said, if there is no campaign, how would you get an achievment to beat the game with X race?

Also, is there a way to accelerate time?
1179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Wars: Force Unleashed on: February 04, 2008, 05:13:45 AM
I think the idea for the grab thing was:

ST1: Crap I am being lifted into the air, let me grab onto something to hold me down. Oh look there's ST2.
ST2: WTF? Why are you dragging me into this?

This could have been cool in moderation/once in a while, but I have a feeling that it will be overplayed way too early...
1180  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Torchwood, anyone else watch it? Come, please, let me know what's going on here? on: January 27, 2008, 03:38:22 AM
Jack has been in a few different episodes of Who. Quite a few if
Spoiler for Hiden:
you count his faces of Bo episodes
.

Spoiler for Hiden:
As was mentioned Jack is openly Bi and when people bring this up in various episodes, he thinks they are wierd for not being Bi. This is based on his culture where he comes from.
1181  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: looking for a list of co-op games on: January 21, 2008, 08:02:16 PM
Thanks. I am looking for PC only to use on my Lan. COH is on our list of possibles, GRAW sounds good, but I think we all finished it in SP mode already.
1182  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / looking for a list of co-op games on: January 20, 2008, 03:44:21 PM
I'm looking for a list of 3+ player games with co-op preferred.
FPS's and RTS's primarily, plus anything else you think would be interesting.
My friends and I just finished R6 Vegas and are about halfway through SWAT4. We also finished the maps in World in Conflict.

thanks in advance.
1183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sooo.... Cloverfield...(Most likely spoilers at some point) on: January 20, 2008, 03:38:56 PM

Quote from: Farscry on January 20, 2008, 07:48:45 AM


I did like that the final film segment showed the monster's origin. icon_wink

Uh, I must have misseed that. Can you spoiler the origin so I can look?
1184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sooo.... Cloverfield...(Most likely spoilers at some point) on: January 20, 2008, 05:44:05 AM
I'm surprised there is no post about this. What did everyone think?
Overall I was disappointed. There were a few good parts in it, but having shakey cam throughout the movie was a huge mistake I think. This could have been a really good movie and about 80%-90% less shakey cam would be a start. I would have preferred a 4 part movie. 1 part shakey cam and 3 parts regular. All from different vantage points and intermixed maybe.
I also think the beginning was too long and nowhere near enough action.
and forget the ending...bah....
I don't think I would recommend it to anyone, but it will make a bunch of money this weekend. all showings were sold out by me...
1185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bioshock movie on: January 18, 2008, 08:21:29 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on January 18, 2008, 01:20:00 PM

Maybe...and I'm stressing maybe....if they got Legendary Entertainment to do the work and got the right actors and screenplay.  There is enough meat on the storyline to justify a movie - my fear is if they say "Let's make Bioshock!" and then don't use the game story but instead invent something new.

It will be something new, but in an effort to appease fans, they promise that there will be water somewhere in the movie....and Big Daddy will be a pimp played by Samuel Jackson...
1186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hello Kitty...assault rifle? on: January 18, 2008, 08:20:27 PM
I have a feeling that doing that is actually illegal since it makes it look like a toy.
1187  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Turn if off or let it run? on: January 18, 2008, 08:17:28 PM
I believe that turning it on and off everyday will shorten it's life span faster than leaving it on. The little jolt of electricity the PC gets can do damage to it. I leave mine on 24/7 except when I am going away for several days.
1188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Astro Empires - Web Based Space MOG on: January 18, 2008, 01:56:54 AM
Questions:

1) Tals, what is your guild on Ceti?
2) Victoria Raverna, what is the info on the OO guild?
3) Is there a tech/research chart somewhere that shows, build this to get this?

I started on the Alpha and Ceti servers and it's a decent time waster. Ceti is past the trial time, alpha has a day or 2 left. Leaning towards subscribing to both servers, but not possitive yet...
1189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stupid &^$&&% busted pipes! on: January 07, 2008, 11:27:51 PM
Just to show that you don't have it too bad, here's my broken pipe story....

We put our house on the market around June 06. Sometime around Oct 06, after lowering the price a bunch of times we found an interested buyer. Long story short, there were a bunch of delays and we weren't even close to closing until aroun Mid Jan 07. We were waiting for one or two final things only so we decided it was time to start moving. We ended up moving out by Feb. We left the heat on around 60-65. Around mid Feb we still hadn't closed on the house yet. I got a call from my realtor. Public Service had been over to check the meters and called them to say they heard running water. I rushed home and as I pull in, I can hear the water from the driveway. I open the side door and I have a nice waterfall coming down the stairs. I go into the 1st floor apartment and there is water everywhere and still coming through the ceiling. I go to the basement and there is about 5 feet of freezing water in there. 1st floor is totaled as is all the appliances in the basement and the 2nd floor kitchen (where the pipe broke) and the flooring on the 2nd floor.
The NEXT day I get a call from my attorney that everything is ready and we can close next week.......
They ended up buying the house anyway and we all dealt with the insurance and whatnot (what a nightmare).
They ended up with a much better house then they originally thought. I could have sold it for more after the repairs, but we just wanted to be done with it.....
1190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone watch Psych on: January 07, 2008, 06:03:20 PM
Dead Zone is more serious, but it does have its fun moments...
1191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Am I Less of a Man for Using Body Wash? on: January 07, 2008, 06:02:44 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 07, 2008, 05:06:40 PM

Quote from: Calvin on January 07, 2008, 12:40:21 PM

Quote from: Canuck on January 07, 2008, 10:00:36 AM

do people still use bars of soap?  I thought that died out long ago.
I use some awesome smelling dove stuff.

Are you talking about that new Dove soap?  They have one, I forget what exactly is special about it, but it's freakin' awesome.  And that's not an adjective I would generally apply to soap.

I think it has those beads for cleaning the dead skin off or something. Whats that called?
1192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hi-Def War to end at CES 2008...? on: January 07, 2008, 06:01:35 PM
In order for DLC to work it would have to :

1) Have a way to redownload your movies whenever and wherever.
2) There would have to be uber net speeds for everyone.

I don't think DLC will work for a while yet. Most people aren't going to want to wait 20+ minutes to download a movie, not to mention the fact that you'd have to have a server that would be able to store the downloads in your house. Most people won't be able to do this.
1193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Am I Less of a Man for Using Body Wash? on: January 07, 2008, 05:57:28 PM

Quote from: Farscry on January 06, 2008, 10:57:54 PM

Dude, I'd either want to have surgery to remove the damn sack, or just have someone shoot me and end it all. icon_eek

How about just using a pin to pop it?

Oh and I use Brillo.....
1194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone watch Psych on: January 04, 2008, 09:49:31 PM
Yep. We love that show and the two characters/actors go great together.

I'd like to see a Monk/Psych/Dead Zone crossover, not just a commercial of one.
1195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone seen a pic of the new Incredible Hulk? on: January 01, 2008, 06:25:09 PM

Quote from: Albion on December 27, 2007, 11:33:33 PM

No new Hulk pics but a couple Norton pics from the Hulk.......




1) That looks similiar to the machine from the TV show.
2) Does anyone know if this a part 2 or a new start?
1196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Most graphically demanding game to max out on new computer? on: December 27, 2007, 03:29:11 AM
Try Flight Sim X and turn EVERYTHING up. While not as graphically pretty as Crysis, it will kill all PC's out I believe.....
1197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Duke Nukem Forever Tomorrow!!! on: December 19, 2007, 05:08:37 AM
Wow, you guys are gullible..(sp) Tongue

Just because there is a teaser trailer, doesn't mean it's any closer to release... Didn't we go down this path already and it turned out to be a dead end? Until I hear from at least 51% of the GT population that they have it, installed it, and finished it, I won't believe it's really out....
1198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What would you do with your Holodeck? on: December 07, 2007, 12:00:04 AM

Quote from: Mr. Fed on December 05, 2007, 08:14:59 PM

Finally, I think LARP would become sufficiently non-ridiculous to try.  Lightening bolt!  Lightening bolt!

I know the lightning bolt guy!! He's a good guy..I play paintball with him a lot.

Quote from: Mr. Fed on December 05, 2007, 08:14:59 PM

Wife:  Really?  Ok.  Let's go.  Right now.
At this point you know you're safe because you are stuck in a holodeck loop. No real wife would say that.. slywink
1199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Going to Japan! What to do and who to meet? on: December 06, 2007, 08:36:54 PM
Try to visit the village hidden in the leaves, but it's hidden so your mileage may vary....
1200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quick question for those who have returned defective Rock Band guitars on: December 06, 2007, 04:13:22 AM
Just went to get my status tonight and the RMA is now listed as canceled...WTF? Now I'm starting to get pissed. Also, yesterday the drum sticks broke and they weren't even being used that hard......
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