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15801  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / I need your advice! High Speed Hard Drives on: July 03, 2006, 07:51:31 PM
Partition as follows -
C - 60GB (Raptor)
D - 90GB (Raptor)
G - 10GB (Raptor)
E - 120GB (7200rpm)
F - 120GB (7200rpm)
H - 10GB (7200rpm)

move Documents and Settings to D: drive, as well as Program Files. This means you are running on a different memory space than your OS; when it comes to performance it will work out better (that, and defragging).

Your swap file should be sitting on G and H (both identical 2.5x RAM +14MB for MIN & MAX). This means that they're not going to be growing or changing. The extra space is good for growth. Make those drives last so you're using the contiguous space at the end of your drives.

As to the E and F drives, I wouldn't use them as drive letters; instead mount them into your C and D file systems to wherever you are going to need storage. The advantage to this is if your raptor drive dies, you don't lose the data files you were looking for, If you wanna cut them up smaller it's even better as it keeps the block size down thusly reducing wasted space.

So in essence :

C:\ OS & utils such as codecs, win apps, etc. 60GB is recommended as some apps may "Need" to be on C drive, and you have an abundance of space for any growth. You can have a "C:\Program Files\ folder as well; I would use it exclusively for non-app, non-game things such as utils, tsrs and the like.

D:\ Profiles, desktops, my documents and space for app installs under %ProgramFiles%. This is where WoW, FEAR, Photoshop etc would go.

E, F - can be mounted as drives as well, but should be mounted into the C or D for things like "%USERPROFILE%\Desktop\KnightShade's Shady PR0N\Midgets" or any folders for MP3s... it requires a bit of effort in setup, but it has some big benefits. For one, you're only storing data and not running apps or services; it makes defragmentation easier and thus you get better performance out of your slower drive. Also, it introduces redundancy, especially if you decide to mirror the drives (use hardware mirroring, IMHO). You're using them exclusively for storage, downloads and backup structure. I've listed E and F at those sizes, but really you could have a dozen points. Use this drive as you would UNIX disk mounts. You don't have to use it all at once, but I would suggest incorporating growth into it. As an example, if you have 40GB of MP3s and you haven't been actively collecting, you may want to give it 80GB to be safe. If you have no other use for the space (so you've got you 10GB for swap and this 80GB and you decide to increase it, you can create ANOTHER 120GB partition, move the content over, and mount the new drive into the old drive's location(s) and then eradicate the old 80GB partition.

G,H are going to be the drives with your swap files. The only reason you may want to put your swap files on C,D,E,F is if you find apps like WinRAR will work on the same drive as where you are extracting, thus removing the "copying from C". The Swap being on its own and at a min=max setup is that there is next to no thrashing or space change. It's going to have all the space it needs and not be a burden to you. Also, its on both physical drives which means it can use it where it wants it (heavy primary drive activity means RAM can use busmastering to access secondary controller/drive and not burden the primary controller). It's not like you NEED a swap file 2.5x your RAM, but since you have it, might as well follow "best practice" methods.

You can always do some benchmarking if you're unsure.

my $0.02.
15802  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Autobot or Decepticon? on: July 02, 2006, 09:29:52 AM
15803  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Having trouble sleeping? on: July 02, 2006, 03:17:43 AM
Or put the wealthy white in the neighborhoods that have the impoverished blacks... I'm sure they wouldn't sleep NEARLY as well. slywink
15804  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN Titan Quest review on: July 02, 2006, 03:16:05 AM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Quote from: "SuperHiro"
I've also heard nocd cracks and warez cocks it up mightily.  And it might be mean to ATI cards.

Well, I'm not in either area, but it does run significantly better on my desktop.  Strange, that, given that my laptop is more powerful.  Guess it hates something in the box.

Built-in components generally degrade performance. Do you find the difference is consistent with other games?

Also, you may want to look at adjusting your cache size and location.

Also, don't download pr0n in the background.!!
15805  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: July 02, 2006, 03:13:07 AM
+1 to Azhag for quick payment for Oblivion
15806  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dragonlance Movie being made. Take cover. on: July 01, 2006, 06:16:20 AM
Tolkien brought us Elves as we see them in the fantasy genre today.

before him, elves did things like bake cookies and help cobblers with shoes at night. They were under a foot high (the "wii people") with shoes that curled up.

They were never taller than humans, or longlived and well-educated.

Or at least, I've not been able to find any reference before them. See, the nature of derivatives is that it truly is only derivative if there was a direct influence in which the concept is derived. For instance, if I were to write a book that mimic'd the Lord of the Rings but had no prior knowledge of the books or their derivative works they could still exist without being truly derived.

And Tolkiens works at this point in history are canon for the Fantasy genre. This statement is certified to NOT be begging the question. biggrin
15807  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Autobot or Decepticon? on: July 01, 2006, 03:44:23 AM
[arnie voice] You ahr ahll babiez, all of youz![/voice]

I cried when starscream died. He reminds me of myself.

I'm going to go cry in the corner now. :cry:
15808  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dragonlance Movie being made. Take cover. on: July 01, 2006, 03:37:39 AM
Quote from: "SuperHiro"
I'll title it Halfings have genitals too you fucking insensitive assholes.

Wow.  :shock: Someone is a little defensive about his height. :lol:

The three "dragons of " books are done well, but are a simple story. Done well. Polished. Not long and drawn out. You could finish them inside 2 weeks casually. I have nothing against them; I'd prefer re-reading the Necroscope series (one to five... sci fi) or Wizards First Rule... or even Memory, Sorrow and Thorn (which was HEAD & SHOULDERS above this series).
15809  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prey Demo, today? on: July 01, 2006, 03:34:32 AM
+2 slywink
15810  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chromehounds - NOW WITH IMPRESSIONS on: July 01, 2006, 03:33:07 AM
The 360 knows what your display type is; I don't think it's software specific anymore (at least with demos).

Same thing with language. Remember that the system now remembers your prefs (like invert X axis for flight games, but normal X for FPS?).

This is the seamlessness they were promising. It's no wonder people love the marketplace; they've made a standard currency and everything "works" as it should. biggrin

Now, to try to scrounge some cash for CH.
15811  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 30, 2006, 06:25:28 PM
and in other news, BEHR will now be selling Paint with a child-proof lid, following a 30,000,000 lawsuit filed by angry parents.
15812  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dragonlance Movie being made. Take cover. on: June 30, 2006, 06:11:28 PM
Quote from: "ATB"


Isn't that basically what she is (other than the blonde hair IIRC) she could be swapped out for an Incan priestess... I mean, D&D *IS* derivative of the world around us. For some reason, dwarves got saddled with being short, hairy, stoneworking scotsmen.

High elves are more high-society british/french with an organic twist (rather than them being hippies).

Clearly gully-dwarves are from Jersey. ;D
15813  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Autobot or Decepticon? on: June 30, 2006, 06:00:52 PM
Quote from: "Purge"
Sideswipe. He used to be a Lamborghini Countach. Now he's got a Ford Mustang (92-95ish) front end, and an almost supra backend.

Or, as my buddy ( a car nut) suggested, a late 90's European spec. Honda Accord. (The headlights are much closer to my 98 accord than the mustang; it's the grill that looks almost like a mustang in the video).
15814  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chromehounds - NOW WITH IMPRESSIONS on: June 30, 2006, 02:16:58 PM

Let's be clear... demo's don't always make a game look good, and they aren't generally on final product code. Now that I've played the two demo modes twice (downloaded it from my Deutschland account) I have to say I'm pretty pumped for it.

Since these are tutorial missions (and may actually only be a "training module" in the final game) I wouldn't get too worked up about sparseness. FROM knows how to make a hectic, difficult but fair battleground (see below). I have confidence that the game will rock. This game is clearly the more tactical, whereas the MechAssault is arcade action. This one is much closer to the MechWarrior series on PC.

There is polish that is needed, but even if this is an accurate representation of the final game this is clearly only showing the controls and the overall design. Looking at the trailers there is a lot more battle than the demo offers.

Controls are fine pretty much as they are; I love the fact that the controls are simple enough that it doesn't require you to worry about 40+ buttons. biggrin If you don't like aiming with the top right window, push in your right joystick. This toggles the mech camera to weapon camera (Kathode, I'm lookin' at you on this point :lol:). Each weapon has a different scope, as indicated by the numbers in the top right. Hit RB to toggle the weapons. The zoom level and hud changes with each one (not adjustable though, so no 10x zoom). I think it would have been nice if the HUD would put a box around friendly and enemy targets though; that is the one thing that is sorely lacking. Perhaps there is a module that can be added to the mechs though; they are pretty vanilla (cockpit, legs, power, weapon).

As far as the rest of the hud options being on the weapon, I don't mind that they aren't there. You still get your 3rd person camera in the top right, and it's like squinting down a scope, or operating a turret. Your attention is focussed on that function.

The map is easy to read when you give it a chance. The coordinates are all there, and if you test out the commands (directional pad), you'll see there is some depth to it (although I DO hope that when you issue commands to go to [A-3] that it will put a waypoint in the map screen for all your fellow players).  I do hope that the game has more tutorials to truly take advantage of commanding units and using the tactical map functions.

Listen to the comm. system Your briefing will tell you EXACTLY what to do. We all tend to fly by the seat of our pants and the only thing I'd have liked them to add was a log of messages sent to you. During missions they tell you where to be, where to go, and where your enemies have been spotted. Using the map you can determine where they are. The one thing I would have liked is for the map to have those zones updated with either a red highlight, or even radar from all friendly units.  Maybe this will happen with the commander units; I can only assume not.

As to the "class system" in their opening video (IIRC) they indicate chromehounds name "hounds" refers to a pack mentality where everyone plays a role. There's comm, sniper, soldier, commander, demo, etc.... you build your mechs.  I suspect you'll start the single player game with a borrowed mech, and as you progress they'll let you start modifying your mech in minor ways until you eventually get access to enough parts to be able to customize fully. Who knows, maybe you'll have multiple mechs you can customize in a "garage".

Go into the view borrowed hound section before your mission; there is a TON of depth in mech design, stats and functions. You can see the different components on the top right corner (although you can't select anything in the demo). In the demo you can view the hound components, but you can't change any of it. That invisible wall will concievably be brought down in the final retail game.

In the sniper mission, they tell you right at the beginning to listen closely. You're to ambush a caravan at either waypoint 1 facing east, or waypoint 2 facing north. Lumber over there and aim. Now it's just a matter of killing them. Highly advisable to push RStick in to use weapon camera mode.

Kill every vehicle in the convoy and then you've completed it. If you miss some, your allies will be right behind the convoy and will wipe out what you miss. You could also go wipe them out yourself by following the road south. I wouldn't advise standing in the middle of the road; your mech isn't hardy enough to go toe-to-toe with multiple smaller and faster mechs. You're long-range; use it to your advantage.

In the soldier mission you get to go and try close-range skirmish modes. Once again, if you listen to the dialog you will have an easier time of it. Also, you're basically heading to waypoint 1.

You can step on troops, kick tanks and blow up buildings (it's a requirement to complete the mission). You're armored and heavily armed; go to it. You're in a brawler-designed hound.

Oh, here's FROM Software's resume:

Games Developed

Frame Gride

Gold Star Mountain
Lost Kingdoms
Lost Kingdoms II

Nintendo DS
Tenchu: Dark Secret

Armored Core
Armored Core: Master of Arena
Armored Core: Project Phantasma
Echo Night
King's Field
King's Field II
Shadow Tower

PlayStation 2
A.C.E. Another Century's Episode
A.C.E. Another Century's Episode 2
Armored Core 2
Armored Core 2: Another Age
Armored Core 3
Armored Core Formula Front
Armored Core: Last Raven
Armored Core: Nexus
Armored Core: Nine Breaker
Echo Night: Beyond
Eternal Ring
Forever Kingdom
King's Field: The Ancient City
Shadow Tower Abyss
Silent Line: Armored Core
Tenchu: Fatal Shadows
The Adventures of Cookie and Cream
Yoshitsune Eiyuuden Shura
Yoshitsune Eiyuuden: The Story of Hero Yoshitsune

PlayStation 3
Armored Core 4
Black Blade [Working Title]

PlayStation Portable
Adventure Player
Armored Core Formula Front (Japanese Edition)
Armored Core Formula Front -- Extreme Battle
King's Field

Armored Core: Mobile Missions
King's Field
Tenchu: Ayame's Tale

Gaia Blade
Metalwolf Chaos
Murakumo: Renegade Mech Pursuit
Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors
Otogi: Myth of Demons
Thousand Land

Xbox 360
Armored Core 4
Enchanted Arms
15815  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Autobot or Decepticon? on: June 30, 2006, 01:34:36 PM
Sideswipe. He used to be a Lamborghini Countach. Now he's got a Ford Mustang (92-95ish) front end, and an almost supra backend.

I'd be interested to know if they are using name brand cars, or doing the generic car design thing to avoid licensing much like Burnout games and the Interstate 76/82 games did.
15816  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Transformers trailer is up on: June 30, 2006, 01:15:10 PM
Oh, and here's a REAL test clip.

Here's a Car ad and a parody of it with a citroen. I think the one you're talking about is transformer knockoff that looked like bumblebee. (it was essentially a tech demo of a transformers fan who programmed CGI... he was looking to make a short film). On that last link he has a TON of videos linked.

Awesome stuff
15817  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Autobot or Decepticon? on: June 30, 2006, 02:40:43 AM
I voted autobots, but after seeing a couple of clips from the movie...

Optimus vs Soundwave

My bets have changed. biggrin

Oh, and here's a REAL test clip.
15818  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dear Sony: please go screw yourselves.... on: June 29, 2006, 09:12:24 PM
Quote from: "Hrothgar"
The only answer is that they want headlines.  More to the point, they don't want anyone else to get headlines.  If a wacky Sony exec is the big headline of the day or week, then nobody's talking about Nintendo's great E3 showing, 360 summer releases or their potentially big fall line up.  

Just cuz everyone knows the school losers name doesn't make him popular. As far as I can tell, the PS3 is going stag to the dance and it ain't by design.
15819  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Over G Fighters on: June 29, 2006, 03:21:09 PM
So are they Hornets or Super Hornets?
15820  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Spider-Man's Back in Black on: June 29, 2006, 03:02:27 PM
I'm optimistic.
15821  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Blade: the Series impression on: June 29, 2006, 02:57:25 PM
*ahem* HARDCORE. biggrin
15822  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Open casting call - Extras for Transformers on: June 29, 2006, 02:27:41 PM
or "Minute-lube employee".
15823  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (6/26) on: June 27, 2006, 08:50:28 PM
Quote from: "kathode"
Thinking of grabbing Over G Fighters.  I'm sick of Burnout, done with Blood Money, and didn't think much of GRAW so that basically leaves me with Kameo from my collection to play these days smile

trade ya a copy of Oblivion for Burnout slywink (since I have two... heh)
15824  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Scientology is insane. Video proof. on: June 26, 2006, 11:34:25 PM
I want to be a friend to me. I think I'm going to try this scientology thing.. .right after jumping off a bridge and blowing my brains out.
15825  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is Superman a boring superhero? on: June 26, 2006, 11:28:48 PM
Or if he DID land in the states, right in the backwater town where Deliverance happened.

 :shock: We'd all be screwed.

15826  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN Titan Quest review on: June 26, 2006, 11:23:45 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Better be.  I wanted to try the demo but I'm not hacking my registry and messing with a Windows setting for crying out loud to do it!

You do for pr0n... I don't see why this is any different. slywink
15827  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Unsticky time. on: June 24, 2006, 02:18:55 PM
I think I said it right.. the common phrase is that one can't see the forest for the trees.  So I would be one to see forest for the trees. smile It's a stupid cliche anyways slywink
15828  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Zarkon's BUY ME A NEW PC Sale on: June 24, 2006, 02:16:24 PM
i haven't gotten a PM from ya yet.. smile I sent you one.
15829  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / DS Lite for sale $100 shipped (Or trade for a PSP) on: June 24, 2006, 02:15:02 PM
If I had the money I'd take it.

I don't get to play games as it is. frown
15830  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Help removing some files on: June 23, 2006, 10:35:07 PM
When Media Player is open, hit the ALT key to show you the top menu (FILE. EDIT. ETC...)

Go to Tools >> Options >> Privacy and click on the clear history button.

Now it won't list it.  (removing the file doesn't remove the link).

You may also want to right-click the start button and go to:

Properties >>  Customize >> Advanced Tab and then clear the recent document history.

To take it one step further, you could remove the check to show recent docs at all. Should you, you know, uhm, have documents of questionable content.

You can also set up custom desktops (so each of you has their own logon,  my docs etc) and password protect it. If you choose to encrypt your files, you will not be able to look at each others folders.

If you need help with this, reply here (and maybe send me a PM as well) and I'll post the steps.
15831  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Unsticky time. on: June 23, 2006, 10:27:52 PM
seein' the forest for the trees is my speciality. biggrin
15832  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Unsticky time. on: June 23, 2006, 07:34:15 PM
Retire please. Thanks!
15833  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New DLC for GRAW on: June 23, 2006, 04:12:29 PM
That's what happens when it isn't fully deployed to their servers yet. I got that same problem with some "advanced" releases during E3 (like when the Lost Planet demo was leaked a few hours early)
15834  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Zarkon's BUY ME A NEW PC Sale on: June 23, 2006, 04:10:15 PM
and the basic alarm smile
15835  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Zarkon's BUY ME A NEW PC Sale on: June 23, 2006, 03:42:54 PM
YGPM for the following :

Xbox 360 3rd party HD-VGA cable:                                      $15
Various Lanyards - Harmon/Kardon:                                    $1
Dungeons and Dragons Online dice bag w/ dice (E3 2005):    $5
Club LCD screen cleaner (E3 2005):               $1
Metal Lucasarts Keychain (E3 2005):                                    $5
15836  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Zarkon's BUY ME A NEW PC Sale on: June 23, 2006, 03:01:33 PM
see below for list from me.

YGMorePM biggrin
15837  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prey demo is out... on: June 22, 2006, 09:33:07 PM
+1 for the linky-link.

15838  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Movies] Spiderman 3 Filming on: June 22, 2006, 03:30:53 PM
Quote from: "Austin"
You guys need to settle that dollar down up there.  Less incentive for this sort of thing. slywink

Or stop exporting raw goods and actually, you know, produce finished product.

I love the fact that the cost of video games is coming down in Canada. biggrin
15839  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Movies] Spiderman 3 Filming on: June 22, 2006, 03:00:52 PM
Topher better get on the juice, and QUICK. biggrin Venom has a pretty big costume to fill out, and Eddie Brock was no slouch. Mind you, Marvel is famous for "re-inventing". :: sigh ::

Also, I loved the Venom art that had his tongue long enough to wrap around his head... he looked so badass. Now I'm expecting a whole lot less.
15840  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Connie Chung = Batsh*t insane on: June 22, 2006, 02:57:34 PM
I didn't realize that Zombies were natural enemies of Storm Troopers. As a matter of fact, I thought they were cut from the same cloth. biggrin
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