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4521  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Vista tips on: June 07, 2007, 04:52:37 PM
For the most part, Vista has proven to be a very reliable OS for me. Initially I thought some of the hardware issues I was having on my new computer had to do with Vista, but I loaded it onto my old PC and upgraded some drivers and haven't had a single problem. Every game I've tried so far has worked flawlessly including WoW, CS: Source, and C&C3. I'm sure there are a laundry list of games (particularly the older titles) that may have issues, but so far for me everything is working well and running fast.

I do have some questions though for those who may have more experience with Vista than I do. How do I turn down some of the security settings, particularly the majority of the prompts before installing or entering certain folders in the HD?
4522  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [WoW] 3-Day banned again! on: June 07, 2007, 04:45:25 PM
The way I look at it, any type of server that increases the amount of excuses for the power-happy admins to ban you over is a server I don't want to be on.

About 7 hours left on my ban...  drool Luckily fixing this new computer I bought has been keeping me occupied.
4523  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft trying to kill PC gaming? on: June 07, 2007, 04:43:01 PM

Quote from: drifter on June 07, 2007, 04:29:20 PM

Reads more like a rant than a news article.

I think that's normally how it goes when an article is rather biased.
4524  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: [Vista] System stable... for now. on: June 07, 2007, 04:14:16 AM
Well the tech guy came today, way ahead as planned but he works in the area so he was kind enough to stop by. I don't know what he did by my system appears to be stable and up-to-date, I told him to hang on to the HD and mobo though just incase, and I have his personal cell phone number so I can summon him if needed. I'm just praying everything stays stable.
4525  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft trying to kill PC gaming? on: June 06, 2007, 11:36:58 PM
I don't see how Live for Windows would destroy PC gaming any more than it has for 360 gaming. I see the biggest downside to it all being that current free services will become part of Microsoft's subscription-based service. This isn't entirely bad though because MS has proven that the Live atmosphere is a quality-controlled and cheater-free one, which is worth the price of admission to me.
4526  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: [Vista] Monitor issues... on: June 06, 2007, 10:30:47 PM
It's about 2-3 months old, we just recently had trouble with it when the HD suddently crashed.
4527  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: [Vista] Monitor issues... on: June 06, 2007, 05:10:36 PM
Heck, the computer hasn't been stable enough for me to even start downloading porn slywink

I've actually found drivers that fix specific issues I was having. For example the 30 second random lockups, I found a driver for my DVD drive that supposedly fixes that issue (who woulda thought?). Someone is coming out to replace the motherboard at the end of the week and luckily I told them to bring an extra HD as well, because I really think the culprit here is the HD which pretty much died on me last night while I was trying to install a new game.
4528  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [WoW] 3-Day banned again! on: June 06, 2007, 05:07:34 PM
The character's name was Bedwetter. I dunno, guess I offended a parent who had a child with that problem, or worse yet a kid young enough to have that problem. The admins still haven't gotten back to me about what it was I did to get the 3 day ban though.
4529  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: [Vista] Monitor issues... on: June 06, 2007, 04:22:32 AM
Wow, this has been quite an adventure. I switched my monitor from a standard cable to DVI and all my monitor problems have disappeared. Also, once I got C&C3 running I was pleasantly surprised to find that it runs extremely well at all settings maxed. A tech guy is coming out at the end of the week to replace the motherboard, I think that should help iron out the remaining mysterious issues.
4530  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: [Vista] Monitor issues... on: June 06, 2007, 02:27:21 AM
And now I'm having trouble with my CDROM drive acting wierd, I installed C&C3 but now it says to put the CD in the drive when I attempt to launch it... and it's in there! I'm starting to suspect this new Dell is fucked up.
4531  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: [Vista] Monitor issues... on: June 06, 2007, 02:25:58 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 06, 2007, 01:07:33 AM

Quote from: Ridah on June 05, 2007, 11:08:00 PM

Any ideas?

re-install XP?  <ba-rump-bump-bump!>  Tongue

I'd make sure your monitor's-not video card- drivers are up to date.

1) I tried to revert to XP but I got a blue screen of death each time.

2) I've been trying to update my monitor's drivers which I'm confident will solve the distortion issues but Vista insists my current monitor is the correct one.
4532  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: [Vista] Monitor issues... on: June 06, 2007, 12:04:48 AM
I have a Nvidia 7600 GT with the latest Vista drivers. The thing is I don't think it's Vista because my monitor was working fine on another computer that was running Vista but with a Nvidia 6600 video card.
4533  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: [Vista] Monitor issues... on: June 05, 2007, 11:08:00 PM
Strangely enough, this computer is not recognizing my monitor as anything besides a generic plug and play monitor. When I increase the resolution from 1280x1024 to its native 1680x1050 resolution, I get some odd distortions in the image and it is slightly blurry. Any ideas?
4534  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / [WoW] 3-Day banned again! on: June 05, 2007, 03:46:31 AM
This is getting out of hand. Only three weeks ago Blizzard dropped the 72 ban on me for creating a character with a name that was deemed inappropriate. A bit drastic in my opinion, but fine. Today I'm playing and all of a sudden I'm kicked off the server, I try to log back and my account is temporarily banned again. The problem this time? My account is suspect to having been involved in exploiting the economy, or being associated with an account that has exploited the economy. WHAT!? I have no clue what they might even be referring to! The scary thing is that they say this is the final warning, so if I do something again my account is going bye-bye. I emailed them over 6 hours ago asking what specifically I did to warrant the ban and they haven't gotten back to me yet. Honestly, I'm starting to feel like these admins are abusing their powers, I put way too much time into my characters to have to feel paranoid about my account being closed for no reason.
4535  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: [Vista] So how do I get sound to work in Vista? on: June 04, 2007, 09:07:36 PM
Make that three replies slywink
4536  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Japan: 5 to 1... on: June 04, 2007, 09:04:58 PM
I don't see how the Wii's dominance is so surprising, the PS3 has almost NO games in it's library worth purchasing the system for.
4537  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: [Vista] So how do I get sound to work in Vista? on: June 04, 2007, 02:11:11 AM

Quote from: Calvin on June 03, 2007, 08:28:44 PM

Quote from: Ridah on June 03, 2007, 08:13:02 PM

I actually downloaded Vista compatible drivers and the sound is fine now  thumbsup

Shouldn't that have been step one?

Wow Calvin, two replies and not a single bit of useful information. Perhaps you should just stay out of my threads instead of using them to increase your post count?

Anyhow, initually when I went to SB's website it said that they did not support Vista. After searching around a bit I found a link to SB's site with compatible drivers. Kind of wierd really.
4538  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: [Vista] So how do I get sound to work in Vista? on: June 03, 2007, 08:13:02 PM
I actually downloaded Vista compatible drivers and the sound is fine now  thumbsup
4539  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Vista tips on: June 03, 2007, 05:57:46 PM
So far everything except for my sound card works perfectly, but I think the sound card issue was intentional.
4540  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: [Vista] So how do I get sound to work in Vista? on: June 03, 2007, 05:54:42 PM
I have the SB Audigy.
4541  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / [Vista] System stable... for now. on: June 03, 2007, 04:58:11 AM
Just upgraded to Vista, everything went smoothly except now I have no sound. I have a Sound Blaster audio card.
4542  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Medal of Honor: Airborne goes Unreal 3 on: June 01, 2007, 11:50:35 PM
LoL @ junior's comment slywink My guess is that there is a gold and red mushroom you eat to make you that size for about half a minute.
4543  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] 4.7 Million Wii VC titles sold on: June 01, 2007, 11:48:19 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on June 01, 2007, 06:42:24 PM

Imagine if there is a deluge of genuinely high profile titles for the Wii all of which use the controller in remarkably fun ways and look cool besides. Nintendo will crush Sony and Microsoft in one fell swoop and will show how the pursuit of bigger and better graphics does not always equal better gameplay. icon_cool

Err... Probably not.
4544  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pirates 3 Impressions (Spoilers) on: May 31, 2007, 03:29:31 AM
The movie was too god damn long. Why do movies with crappy stories insist on being so long!?! By the last hour I was so jittery I was WAITING to jump out of my seat.
4545  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: CDN - Viva Pinata for 19.99 CAD (17US) at Best-Buy. on: May 30, 2007, 08:20:04 PM
Is that the online price only or is it that price at the BB stores as well?
4546  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]POTC: @ World's End on: May 27, 2007, 06:38:43 PM

Quote from: The_Man on May 23, 2007, 04:24:04 AM

I still like it.  It's gorgeous and it plays well.  Yes, it does get repetitive, but I am still enjoying myself.  I'm a huge fan of anything Disney and a big fan of Pirates of the Carribbean so that might slightly skew my opinion.

Part of my enjoyment of a game is the visuals, and this game delivers in spades.  I just love the environments and the towns.  I know IGN ate it alive giving it a 5.5, but I'd easily give the game a 7.2 or so and that's good enough in my book.

Not a great game, but an enjoyable one.

I'm thinking I may want to play through the game just to enjoy the visuals and the atmosphere, it looks really good in screenshots.
4547  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [POLL]guides for games on: May 25, 2007, 08:28:15 PM
I've only bought a few guides in my entire time gaming, the last one was the Oblivion guide and that was mainly because the buzz was crazy and, well, you know how it goes. I do consult gamefaqs though if I'm stuck, when playing through Lego Star Wars 2 I consulted it 2-3 times. Like others have said, I play to have fun and to be immersed. If something (usually stupid) is breaking that, then I want to mend it.
4548  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBox Live vs Sony Online on: May 25, 2007, 06:39:20 PM
True, but the XBL service has had much time to patch and be refined. Sony's service will see the same refining with future patches.
4549  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: What exactly does dual core mean? on: May 24, 2007, 11:48:32 PM
Another question, does my motherboard: http://www.intel.com/design/motherbd/bz/index.htm support PCI express?
4550  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Starting up WoW again on: May 23, 2007, 06:29:16 PM
My recommendation is to start on a newer server so you have more people leveling characters to group with and run instances with. Leveling on some older servers, even in light of BC's new races, can be a lonesome endeavor.

I also recommend a PVE or RP server, PVP is chalk-full of kids who thrive on the "ganking experience".
4551  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VII is 10 years old - replay anyone? on: May 23, 2007, 06:23:55 PM
I never got to play through the game as my save files kept getting deleted on me, but I was always in awe of the amount of style the game possessed. It may not have been the best game in the world, but it had SO much style...
4552  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Odin Sphere on: May 23, 2007, 04:24:10 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on May 22, 2007, 08:49:18 PM

Penny Arcade enjoyed it.  They weren't playing a demo, were they?

Penny Arcade enjoys everything, they made Enchanted Arms out to be the next big thing in RPGs...
4553  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: April NPD numbers... on: May 23, 2007, 01:16:36 AM
Quote
Yeah all very valid - but look how well the Wii is doing with basically just three or four games.

Further supplementing the fact that Wii may indeed just be a fad.
4554  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: What exactly does dual core mean? on: May 23, 2007, 01:13:04 AM
It makes perfect sense to me, the ultimate question is how does this translate for gaming? Would I see an improvement in my current games because now one CPU is handing the game, and one CPU is handling Windows operations?
4555  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]POTC: @ World's End on: May 22, 2007, 09:35:32 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on May 22, 2007, 06:55:28 PM

I don't have a rental place near me, but this might be the game that pushes me to look into an internet site.  Any suggestions?

www.gamefly.com
4556  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: What exactly does dual core mean? on: May 22, 2007, 07:13:23 PM
Well, I'm considering upgrading from my 6800 to an 8600, $200 really isn't bad at all. The question is, is it worthwhile to be replacing my video card in a 3.2ghz machine?
4557  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: What exactly does dual core mean? on: May 22, 2007, 07:05:45 PM
I read most of the info on the page from that link, but I'm still failing to understand whether for gaming a dual-core 2.5ghz CPU will be better than a single P4 3.5ghz CPU. From what I understand, having a dual-core processor is mainly better for people who multi-task, like if someone wants to burn a CD in the background while playing a PC game. But for raw framerate in our PC games, what should I look for? What will make a game like the upcoming Crysis run smooth like butter?

Lastly, I have a P4 3.2ghz PC, should I hold onto my system but replace the 6800 I have with an 8800 to make it future proof?
4558  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starcraft 2 confirmed! on: May 22, 2007, 06:55:42 PM
Does anyone elses computer freeze when they try and download the SC2 gameplay video from that link?
4559  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]POTC: @ World's End on: May 22, 2007, 06:48:15 PM
I'm actually very interested in this game. I couldn't care less about the movies but from screenshots it seems like they created a very beautiful pirate world. Keep the impressions coming!
4560  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thinking of selling my 360..Good price? on: May 22, 2007, 06:45:19 PM
What does this thread have to do with actual gaming?
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