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14961  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 N00bz Journal- Updated 19/Oct/06 on: October 23, 2006, 01:09:07 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 22, 2006, 05:25:11 PM

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What's the point of Media Extender?  Why would I plug into my PC to watch TV through my PC/360 on my TV when I can just watch TV on my TV?

Is there a way to surf the web through Media Extender or is the sole functionality getting music on the 360 and viewing pictures?
As far as I can tell it's so you can stream video , music and pictures to your 360.  You can play your own music oiff your PC in game.  And AFAIK it's only one way to the 360- you can't send stuff to your PC.  There's no web browser on the 360, and honestly I hope they never do release one.  I can just imagine some PS3 fanboy fraktard writing a virus to take down 360's (if that's possible)  icon_wink

Media Extender lets you share photos and music from your PC to your 360. Basically, it means you don't have to waste HDD space on the 360 for ripping music, just stream it from your PC.
If you want video, you need to have Windows XP Media Centre edition, and not all codecs work. Windows Vista (Ultimate edition, and possibly others) will have the same video streaming capabilities.

You can take a pic from your PC library and set it up as your wallpaper for every blade. (only one, can't set different pic AFAIK ... AsFarAsIKnow ATB  :slywink:)

The 360 is turned on remotely by powering on a controller (hit the X logo). It takes a second, you don't need to hold it down.
You CAN turn off a wireless controller OR the console & controller(s) by holding the X logo for 3 seconds at any time when it's on. A menu appears on the right side and you choose from there.
I don't use this option generally; the play-n-charge kit doesn't charge if you turn it off this way. Hit the power button instead (while the controllers are plugged in). You'll note their charge lights stay on. Once they've charged it goes out. The 360 is still considered OFF during this power-off charge time, and no fans are running.
14962  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sony Public Relations = Grasping at Straws on: October 23, 2006, 12:51:11 AM
Not that this is even remotely on-topic, but the mandate itself has nothing to do with HDTV.

Check out what your local FCC has to say on the topic.

Note the following :

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DTV broadcast technology is more flexible and efficient than today’s more widespread broadcast technology, which is called “analog.”

For example, rather than being limited to providing one analog programming signal, a broadcaster will be able to provide a sharp "high definition" (HDTV) program or multiple "standard definition" digital programs simultaneously. Providing several program streams using the digital spectrum is called "multicasting." The number of programs a station can send using the digital spectrum depends on the level of picture detail, also known as "resolution," desired in each programming stream. DTV can provide picture resolution, interactive video, and data services that easily surpass the capabilities of “analog” technology.

Converting to DTV also will free up parts of the scarce and valuable broadcast spectrum. Those portions of the spectrum can then be used for other important services, such as public and safety services (police and fire departments, emergency rescue), and advanced wireless services.

TV stations serving all markets in the United States are airing digital television programming today, although most will continue to provide analog programming through February 17, 2009. At that point, full-power TV stations will cease broadcasting on their current analog channels, and the spectrum they use for analog broadcasting will be reclaimed and put to other uses.

I'm guessing there are a few very interested companies in these spectrums and have been applying the pressure to their respective government agencies to get the spectrums released.

As to Sony's grasping at straws, I really think this launch is going to make them look WORSE than Microsoft.I'm not sayin' its a good thing; competition makes MS push the envelope.
14963  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sony Public Relations = Grasping at Straws on: October 22, 2006, 03:58:05 AM
Here's the condensed version of Kevin's comment: DTV, not HDTV, is the mandate by 2010.

Satellite is already Digital, they want to free up the wavelengths that analog TV signal use as they are very valuable.

They don't care about how crisp the picture is. They want you recieving 1's and 0's instead of wavelengths.

The only reason HDTV is rolled into that is because it gives people "incentive" to get new sets.
14964  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPod turns 5 on Monday - have you ever owned one? on: October 20, 2006, 11:20:51 PM
had a 60 ipod photo; sold it for 240bux (215US) about 3 weeks ago.
I now have a refurb 60GB ipod video. Haven't decided if I want to keep it or sell it.
I paid almost 290bux (~260USD).


I used my photo a lot, but I'm not really missing it much.
14965  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sony Public Relations = Grasping at Straws on: October 20, 2006, 08:05:21 PM

Quote from: jblank on October 20, 2006, 05:36:23 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 20, 2006, 05:30:34 PM

DVD playback was more of an issue last gen IMO.  Given that the Wii isn't designed for bedroom playing, odds are that whatever room the Wii will go in already has a DVD player now that also does a better job.  I don't think DVD support is much of selling point for consoles anymore and it would have bumped up costs because Nintendo would have to play a licensing fee on every Wii sold even if most people didn't use the functionality.  That's why MS didn't let people play DVDs unless you bought the remote on Xbox 1- that way they only paid the fee on each sale of the remote, not the console itself. 

Kevin I know its not a selling point, but its something most people have kind of come to expect. I haven't put a DVD in a console in probably 4 years (and that was just to test it), but I still like to have, yup, you guessed it, OPTIONS, something Nintendo isn't giving me at this point, with the Wii. They are so polarizing to me; I love my DS and probably play it more than my PSP at this point, but I didn't care too much for the Gamecube after a year or so, and get less excited about the Wii on a weekly basis.

+2 for Tebunkers STOP THE DERAIL vote.  nod
14966  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sony Public Relations = Grasping at Straws on: October 20, 2006, 04:47:26 PM
Sony has lost their confident stride. Now apparently Wifi isn't a console standard; only the deluxe gets it. Nice.
Sony,  finger. KTHXBYE
14967  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sony Public Relations = Grasping at Straws on: October 20, 2006, 04:46:15 PM
I HAVE THE ANSWER.

Nintendo didn't go HD because ....
Spoiler for Hiden:
the Wii won't have the horsepower to ultimately handle double the frames and resolution. Low res + interlacing = free AA.  disgust
14968  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: What LCD to upgrade to? on: October 19, 2006, 08:11:01 PM
the 2007WFP has a 6ms reponse time and the following connections :

Digital Visual Interface (DVI) Analog video signal RGB, S-Video, Composite video

So yeah, this would do the job. It's not as "L337" as the 2407, but it's still a damned fine monitor.

Plus, if you decide to get an arm for it (so you don't take up desktop space) then it will actually work. Most of them will work with that (such as the Ergotron series) however the 2407 doesn't. (it's too heavy ... all weight ratings are based on 2inch depth, add 6lbs for each inch over 2).

14969  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lasik surgery tomorrow on: October 19, 2006, 03:27:29 PM
Here's a hot pic for you buddy! This should help the eyesight!  nod

Spoiler for Hiden:

:icon_eek: :icon_eek: :icon_eek: :icon_eek: :icon_eek: :icon_eek::icon_eek: :icon_eek: :icon_eek: :icon_eek: :icon_eek: :icon_eek::icon_eek: :icon_eek: :icon_eek: :icon_eek: :icon_eek: :icon_eek:
14970  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apologies on: October 19, 2006, 03:21:05 PM
The only people who'd be looking for an apology were the ones who came outta nowhere and piled on a friend of ours. (although I guess lumping us into the GG fallout category wasn't nice  :slywink:)

Welcome to GT (erstweil ConsoleGold), and we hope you make our stay more pleasant.

And no, we can't see through your spell-checking. Heck, you're not the only one who needs the SP button.
14971  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: What LCD to upgrade to? on: October 19, 2006, 03:14:40 PM
15% off the Dell monitors right from them here. (Linky - Linky)
2407WFP for 679 and free shipping.
14972  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: What LCD to upgrade to? on: October 19, 2006, 02:59:00 PM
Looks like you want a Gateway FPD2185W.

You could also get a 2407FPW from Dell (24") or a 2405FPW (which is the older model; it's what I use). I use my Dell for a TV set with an HD PVR cable box, my 360 and a PC monitor (I have the 360 going through a VGA adapter, DVI on the PC and using components on the cable box). I still have a composite in and an SVIDEO in. There is also the soundbar available, although they aren't all that great. (the only advantage is that it mounts to the monitor).

The Gateway runs about 450USD, whereas the 2405FPW will give you an extra 3 inches, media reader, a little slower (12ms as opposed to 8ms) and run another couple hundred dollars more.

It IS f***ing gorgeous though. biggrin

I've not seen the 2407 in action.
14973  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Internet Explorer 7 final available for download on: October 19, 2006, 02:32:26 PM
I love the thumbnail views and shortcut keys available in IE7.

Oh, and I hated firefox. The open-source nature of their plugins gives the app a HUGE YMMV tag with it. It almost needs a distro package with specific plugins selected (that ACTUALLY WORK with the version you're running). The vanilla Firefox doesn't impress me at all.

Also, Firefox has the same issues with vulnerabilities as IE so that doesn't wash. As of right now it's more secure (according to http://secunia.com/product/4227/) but give it a month, and you'll have to turn off your java enabled flag.  disgust

My only concern with IE7 is compatibility with apps. I was IE7b2 before and some apps (like www.skillport.com) were hooped.

14974  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Miss me?.....need hardware help on: October 18, 2006, 08:06:15 PM

Quote from: deadzone on October 18, 2006, 07:10:00 PM

My granddad passed away from lung cancer, my wife and I sadly lost our baby recently, I have a new couple of lumps on my arms now that are bing tested for cancer, things are not going so well for me right now.  So what now?  Who shall ridicule me?  Who will find old threads to try and prove something?  Who will call me out as a sympathy whore?  If you notice, I posted about none of these things in any of the forums (GT, OO, BC).  Because I am afraid of what you guys will say.  I don't feel close to any of you like I used to.  I don't feel like I can talk about personal things to any of you anymore without subjecting myself to ridicule.

 saywhat That's horrible man. I'm sorry to hear for your loss. frown
14975  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: IGN's Splinter Cell Review on: October 18, 2006, 06:27:07 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on October 18, 2006, 02:19:32 PM

If my reviews ever sound like this, you guys let me know.  I'll quit writing immediately and seek out an English 101 class.

Yeah, but your "graphics" ratings are now of questionable value, considering you had your eyes butchered.
14976  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So, why was Xbox Live down yesterday? on: October 18, 2006, 06:25:30 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 18, 2006, 03:54:30 PM

With DR, I understand the easiest ways to get multiple saves for a single game is to buy the memory card.  Profiles only work to allow mutliple people to play DR on the same 360, not for a single game having multiple saves.

Silver gets you almost everything except mp- the only exceptions I can think of are sometimes MS puts up Gold exclusive videos during their Bringing it Home events (which are pretty crappy to begin with IMO). 

actually, I recall reading somewhere that some games do store different save games based on profiles.
Can't confirm it though. Does anyone have concrete evidence one way or the other ? (t'would be nice to know).
14977  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lasik surgery tomorrow on: October 18, 2006, 06:18:31 PM
Now if they could only fix your face.  icon_twisted

Just' kiddin' buddy. Congrats on the eye adjustment! Glad they didn't have a power surge and accidentally take off the top of your skull or something. biggrin

You had the better procedure, btw. They still (in some places) use a blade to cut the flap. Also, a buddy of mine went through it before they cut the flap (they would just burn through that flap and then hope the scarring didn't mess up the results).

He said the smell is the worst part; it DOES smell like burning flesh or worse!
14978  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SC:DA is good fun so far! on: October 18, 2006, 06:10:59 PM
and what platform is the load times long? 360/ps2/xbox/pc ?
14979  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Miss me?.....need hardware help on: October 18, 2006, 06:05:34 PM

Quote from: noun on October 18, 2006, 04:53:40 PM


First of all,

Congrats on hunting up incriminating links, noun! You've got almost as many links as you have contributions to the site. Well done.  disgust

 saywhat The last three are AWFUL. I mean, what kind of wasteful spending is 26 dollars on what, 8 games? F.E.A.R. in July ... hrm, bet THAT was full price, eh? He's addicted to pop and video games. Crucify the selfish bastard for asking for hardware help.  If you guys are going to take digs at Daehawk, don't do it in public, it really isn't making you look any better.

...and...

I'm glad your vitrol reponses are at a minimum on GT. I like my GT'ers as they are.

* Purge shoo's away the pack of fetid-smelling vultures

Go hang out in the IGN forums.  icon_twisted
14980  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CSS Help on: October 18, 2006, 02:44:52 PM
I've not touched CSS and HTML in quite some time (~2 years, worked on some internal sites at work). I hated WYSIWG editors for the most part, except for table-building as all the <tr><td> stuff is tedious.

I love CSS though; it's so much better than ye olde method.
14981  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SC:DA is good fun so far! on: October 18, 2006, 02:08:12 PM
I'm sure the Scottish Community Drama Association is off da hook.
14982  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So, why was Xbox Live down yesterday? on: October 18, 2006, 02:05:05 PM
Maintenance. Likely also putting in upgrades for future releases. Heck, they may even be implementing a browser. biggrin
14983  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Miss me?.....need hardware help on: October 18, 2006, 03:23:25 AM
I'm not here piling up hate or judging you. I feel your pain, but sympathy is a condescending emotion. Empathy is much better; some understanding and support is much more valuable than "poor you" mentality or "fuck you" closed-mindedness.

Honestly, I can't believe that people who contribute 15 posts to this forum have the gonads to blast someone they "know" from GG's past who stands at over 2800 posts on GT. I'm not saying you're _not_ welcome here, but you really aren't on even footing with the GT'ers who actually contribute to this community on a daily or even weekly basis. It truly boggles.

As to keeping his hardware up-to-date, a Ti4200 is less than 3 trips to McDonalds, last I checked. I figure that if you can't entertain your mind, then you're sunk. I second the library thing; find a genre you enjoy. The paypal thing, you got your pee-pee whacked for it, and now you know. If I had any hardware that could help, I'd gladly ship it free of charge. PM me with your system specs, I'll see if I can help.

Kidney stones: I had a couple back when I was 24 (6 years ago). They were smaller than a tooth filling. I thought I was going to fucking die. It's a whole new world of pain with that, and I had it easy.

As to what you CAN do Daehawk: I would suggest trying out an ebay pawnshop. You have computer skills, and using shipping you should be set to be able to accomodate your schedule.
There are a ton of old people who want to sell off stuff, and this would be a way for you to do that for them. You take a percentage, and you're set.

You could also try getting into medical transcription, where you can type on your own and still be able to work using the resources you have available.

You could even hit up tech documents online and get some computer education behind you. Take a study-at-home course; go learn about MS products and test yourself on trancender tests and go challenge a few certs. Do something that works as an "on-your-own" thing. You need to push yourself in the right direction, and that direction is knowledge in a feasible field. As far as medical concerns go, if you get yourself a job with benefits, then the risks you take now are justified. If you can get the state to help with education, you're on the right path.
14984  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is a good, inexpensive, wi-fi adapter I can use with the 360? on: October 17, 2006, 10:25:51 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on October 17, 2006, 03:19:58 AM

In case anyone is wondering it looks like you can use any USB wifi adapter as long as it can directly plug into the system. The one connected to my wife's computer is too wide, so I am going to check out some of the models at Bestbuy or CircuitCity and see what I can find.

WRONG. Not all of them work. I had two that didn't work, including an MS one.
14985  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Chromehounds worth $30? on: October 17, 2006, 10:09:38 PM
You know what? It IS a great game.

The single player game's biggest fault is that it is uninteresting. Like reading a medical journal about nasal hair or something.
Mechassault2's SP campaign was WORSE than Chromehounds, IMHO.

If you like Robotech-like detail in a mech game, there is NOTHING better than Chromehounds on anything Xbox. Also, FFXI is VERY dependant on you linkshell (guild) and you and LP wouldn't always be playing at the same time so you'd end up with the "catch-up" syndrome. Mikagami and I played like that for about a year. Not fun.

I'd be willing to sell my chromehounds if you wanted to get it (i've completed the SP portion; I don't want to get sucked into MP again). Send me a PM.
14986  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 N00bz Journal on: October 17, 2006, 09:51:11 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 17, 2006, 02:38:46 PM

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I plugged the component cables into the tv, then fed them down to my new 360.  I switched the selector to HDTV and hooked in my optical cable.  This leads to my first complaint. 

This part confuses me:  I thought component and optical were 2 seperated deals.  Can you use both at the same time or is it redundant to do it like that?  Which one works better?

they are, but the 360 will send an SD signal down the component cables until you flick the switch. Two good reasons I can think of:

1) In case you have an EDTV, as component cables offer a clearer signal over composite and s-video
2) If you were sending a 720p or 1080i signal to a set that doesn't support it, you'd have to switch cables to be able to change it to the other HD method.
14987  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Chromehounds brand new (sealed) for trade on: October 17, 2006, 09:42:28 PM
No, you CAN plug in another adapter. They won't be recognized by the 360 though.

I got mine used from ebay. Paid ~50bux US.

Never had a problem with it; it has better range than my PC's wireless nic.
14988  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lasik surgery tomorrow on: October 17, 2006, 09:29:50 PM
DON'T DO IT MAN!!!

I HAD LASEEK, THEIR ALL LIKE OMG IM IN UR I TAKIN UR ISITE VISHUN!!!!!!

My left eye was replaced with a soft-boiled egg.
My right eyesight is all upside down. My couch is now turned over on stilts.
I can't drink anything while watching TV, it gets all my tacos soggy on the floor.
Oh, and after two weeks the egg went REALLY bad. I was crying green goop.
I cut the handle off a tablespoon and made an eyepatch.

I hates them, my precious. I hates them foreverz!
14989  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Is there anyone playing Chromehounds online? on: October 17, 2006, 09:07:15 PM
I'm still waiting for Arkon to get back so I can join the goonsquad.
14990  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FFXI: Voice support? on: October 15, 2006, 02:19:37 AM
not in-game. You can still have private chat sessions via the mini-console while playing, but you can't start yelling "WHM24 LFG!! PLZ WHISPER; I HAVE CHOCOBO!" in Quifim.

 Well, I suppose you COULD, but it would just piss off your neighbors. disgust
14991  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pssst: I've got a secret. on: October 14, 2006, 01:55:36 PM
Yeah. At least he can show gratefulness for help offered.  disgust
14992  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The most bizzare game you have ever player is... on: October 14, 2006, 02:31:16 AM
Sam and Max. I mean, really. A talking DOG and BUNNY?  icon_wink
SMB2 ... the abundance of enemy-dispatching turnips is bizzare.
14993  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pssst: I've got a secret. on: October 14, 2006, 02:27:02 AM
... or give me credit.  icon_twisted
14994  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pssst: I've got a secret. on: October 13, 2006, 06:45:10 PM
Those photo's can't prove a thing... that coulda been ANYONE'S ass!  nod
14995  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: WoW Burning Crusade Beta Key Contest on: October 13, 2006, 06:43:23 PM
Naw. MS Paint. biggrin



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14996  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pssst: I've got a secret. on: October 13, 2006, 06:27:09 PM
I was helping ATB wire his TV room for the new 360 coming in a few weeks.
It was all remote; I'm nowhere near there. biggrin
14997  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pssst: I've got a secret. on: October 13, 2006, 04:02:03 PM
 thumbsup jk.. thanks man!  thumbsup
14998  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pssst: I've got a secret. on: October 13, 2006, 03:59:36 PM
I don't care how many smilies you use; I'm NOT forgiving you for sleeping with my sister.  mad
14999  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Halloween on: October 13, 2006, 03:14:37 PM
Artist: Shivaree
Song: Goodnight Moon

There's a nail in the door
And there's glass on the lawn
Tacks on the floor
And the TV is on
And I always sleep with my guns when you're gone

There's a blade by the bed
And a phone in my hand
A dog on the floor
And some cash on the nightstand
When I'm all alone the dreaming stops
And I just can't stand

What should I do I'm just a little baby
What if the lights go out
And maybe and then the wind just starts to moan
Outside the door he followed me home

So goodnight moon
I want the sun
If it's not here soon
I might be done
No it won?t be too soon 'til I say goodnight moon

There's a shark in the pool
And a witch in the tree
A crazy old neighbor and he's been watching me
And there's footsteps loud and strong coming down the hall
Something's under the bed
Now it's out in the hedge
There's a big black crow sitting on my window ledge
And I hear something scratching through the wall

What should I do I'm just a little baby
What if the lights go out
And maybe and then the wind just starts to moan
Outside the door he followed me home
So goodnight moon
I want the sun
If it's not here soon
I might be done
No it won't be too soon 'til I say goodnight moon
15000  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Phantasy Star Universe on: October 13, 2006, 01:50:53 PM
Note: it's only 950MB
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