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4561  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Yay! New PC! update: Now with more drama. on: July 17, 2007, 03:47:16 AM

Quote from: Thin_J on July 17, 2007, 03:32:35 AM

That's an entirely personal thing. I've never seen a computer monitor yet that I felt handled non native resolutions well. You should try it for yourself and see if you notice the difference.

Personally I don't see how some people don't notice it. I can't stand it. Everything gets fuzzy and soft. Screw that shit. I'll just keep upgrading my hardware so I can keep right on running native res in everything.

But there are people (obviously...) that just go right along using those resolutions and saying there's no difference.

I'm on the same page as you on this matter. It's also why I can't handle playing my 360 on my 1680x1050 LCD, the image loses a lot of it's sharpness and clarity.
4562  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rachael Spector - Hello! on: July 15, 2007, 06:29:30 PM
On the topic of hot chicks, I watched Snakes on a Plane last night and that blonde was smoking hot... Best scene in the movie hands down (the sex in the bathroom scene).
4563  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Yay! New PC! No drama, just good news. on: July 15, 2007, 06:27:30 PM

Quote from: Turtle on July 14, 2007, 11:26:05 PM

I chose Ifni from the David Brin Uplift novels.

Unfortunately, after everything installed and seemed to be going fine, I hit a serious problem and now my system no longer boots.

While installing Supreme Commander, mid way through the installation it freezes and the screen goes multicolored snow.  I wait, then am forced to reset.

Then after the reset, the system gives me a "pxe-e61 media test failure".  It also tells me to check my cable.

I disabled all the other drives in my system besides my SATA drive.  I also went into the bios and disabled the LAN boot capability which the error comes from.

Now it just says "Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter."  My BIOS recognizes the disk drive though.

I should mention that strangely enough, it booted from my Sata the first time, but in windows the Sata hard drive is listed as E:, while my old parallel is listed as C:.

That about sums up why I don't build my own PCs  icon_confused

Were you self-taught?
4564  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rachael Spector - Hello! on: July 14, 2007, 10:02:14 PM

Quote from: Calvin on July 04, 2007, 06:41:01 PM

Whats funny is that I was JUST watching another one of these commercials on TV and thinking to myself to go google and try to figure out who this girl is. I am totally freaking captivated by her. I think I would have her babies.

Calvin, please explain to me this: Why in the hell would you even have to think about it!?
4565  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Yay! New PC! No drama, just good news. on: July 14, 2007, 08:53:45 PM
Congrats, Turtle! Are you going to be putting the system together yourself?
4566  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix... choppy on Vista? on: July 14, 2007, 04:25:04 AM
Arg... I reformatted and installed XP and still practically the same performance. I guess Vista isn't as much of a system hog as we thought.
4567  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need advice on new gaming mouse on: July 14, 2007, 01:35:27 AM
Probably just buying the newest Logitech MX mouse is your best bet, how long did your current mouse (the one you are replacing) last?
4568  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: After half a year of Vista, how many are on board? on: July 14, 2007, 01:33:22 AM
Well, I ended up deciding to switch my desktop back to XP from Vista. No driver problems or anything like that, but after talking to people from GT as well as listening to other opinions, it seems that since my desktop is used almost strictly for gaming that I should be running with XP for the best performance in games. My laptop will definitely be staying with Vista, however, as I think it is a much sleeker and more intuitive interface.
4569  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]New Backwards compat list on: July 13, 2007, 07:07:16 PM

Quote from: Turtle on July 13, 2007, 06:38:32 AM

Silent Hill 2: Dreams
Marvel vs. Capcom 2
GUILTY GEAR XX #RELOAD
Full Spectrum Warrior: 10 Hammers

All games that I'll probably buy, especially because they're for sale at my local game shop.

Good luck finding that one...
4570  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Who's more excited about Guitar Hero 3 than Rock Band? (why?) on: July 13, 2007, 07:03:20 PM
I don't own and have never played any of the Guitar Hero games, but I do know Rock Band is being created by the original developers of GH and the new GH is being developed by Neversoft, so I would go with Rock Band if I was into those type of games.
4571  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 price drop? on: July 13, 2007, 06:59:18 PM
I don't see this as that big of a deal, honestly. Microsoft and Sony know that this console generation is still in the early stages, dropping the price so early because of the unexpected success of the Wii is a short-sighted reaction. Sure, it's caused everyone to reshuffle their cards a bit, but it shouldn't alter everyone's long-term goals. I don't believe MS and Sony are as intimidated by the Wii as they are of eachother, Sony's latest move may have indeed been a reaction to Microsoft's move (which was also to not slash prices).
4572  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Blue Dragon demo up! on: July 13, 2007, 12:05:11 AM
I didn't mean to make it personal, Gator. It's just that I felt you were judging the game unfairly so I had to point it out. I apologize as well if I was out of line.
4573  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Blue Dragon demo up! on: July 12, 2007, 09:53:41 PM

Quote from: depward on July 12, 2007, 09:38:38 PM

Quote from: Ridah on July 12, 2007, 09:32:20 PM

Quote from: GatorFavre on July 12, 2007, 07:54:11 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on July 12, 2007, 07:49:46 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on July 12, 2007, 07:37:54 PM

Quote from: GatorFavre on July 12, 2007, 07:27:19 PM

I downloaded the demo, started it up, didn't want to have to go through a tutorial just to play it, quit and deleted it.

There's a tutorial?  I didn't see one.  I haven't played a JRPG since FF7 and I was able to figure things out pretty easily.

If you talked the the people in the opening area they will give you a overview of the controls.  I skipped most of it as well and figured things out on my own

Yeah, that is what I was referring to.  I guess it isn't a full-on tutorial and I didn't know I could skip though it.  Oh well, I don't feel like I missed much.

Sounds to me like your trying to not like the game. How can you determine anything when you not only have not left the tutorial room, but you didn't even go through the tutorial?
Because he doesn't like RPGs?

Then why bother downloading the demo? If you dislike RPGs but download a demo anyways, start the game not really caring enough about it to even go through the tutorial, and then continue to make multiple negative comments then it's obvious you have no intention of liking or attempting to enjoy the game.
4574  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Blue Dragon demo up! on: July 12, 2007, 09:32:20 PM

Quote from: GatorFavre on July 12, 2007, 07:54:11 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on July 12, 2007, 07:49:46 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on July 12, 2007, 07:37:54 PM

Quote from: GatorFavre on July 12, 2007, 07:27:19 PM

I downloaded the demo, started it up, didn't want to have to go through a tutorial just to play it, quit and deleted it.

There's a tutorial?  I didn't see one.  I haven't played a JRPG since FF7 and I was able to figure things out pretty easily.

If you talked the the people in the opening area they will give you a overview of the controls.  I skipped most of it as well and figured things out on my own

Yeah, that is what I was referring to.  I guess it isn't a full-on tutorial and I didn't know I could skip though it.  Oh well, I don't feel like I missed much.

Sounds to me like your trying to not like the game. How can you determine anything when you not only have not left the tutorial room, but you didn't even go through the tutorial?
4575  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Question about adding RAM to my system on: July 12, 2007, 06:48:57 PM
After installing the new Harry Potter game on my PC and complaining about it being choppy, Destructor was quick to point out that my issue is having only 1GB of RAM in my Vista-loaded system. So, I went to Newegg and I put in my system information to help choose the right RAM for my motherboard. The question I have is, will it make a difference if the new RAM I install is a different brand from the RAM already in the motherboard? Also, currently I have two 512mb sticks and I want to at a 1GB stick, will that cause any problems?
4576  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix... choppy on Vista? on: July 12, 2007, 05:22:59 AM
Yeah, I'll definately be looking into buying more RAM. Still, it is strange that my other games run so smoothly.
4577  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix... choppy on Vista? on: July 12, 2007, 03:54:33 AM
First off, my specs: Dual core 1.8, 7600 GT, 1gig of RAM. The reason I think it's Vista rather than my system is because even upon first boot and the game was in 640x480 resolution, the interface was choppy and the cursor lag was really bad. I adjusted the resolution to 1680x1050 and started the game and the game was really slow. I tried to google the issue but I couldn't find anything. Very strange really, because the other EA game I have, C&C3, runs flawlessly. Any ideas?
4578  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 'Transformers' - Spoilers Flagged on: July 11, 2007, 08:59:40 AM

Quote from: Eduardo X on July 11, 2007, 04:05:30 AM

Quote from: Ridah on July 03, 2007, 06:16:54 AM

Quote
The pacing was excellent.  Not so much downtime so you'd start crying about when they'll get to the fireworks factory, and not so much mindless action that the whole thing is like watching a videogame.  The movie strikes a good balance between plot development and big explosions; it's fun to watch.

Totally disagree, the movie had one of the worst lulls ever that lasted a good hour. I think it was around the time the Defcon 7 people came around.

Really horrible writing as well, its obvious the budget was spent on special effects and not the dialogue and writing.

I'm not trying to be a downer or anything, but I was definately at a point where I wanted to leave, I was just utterly bored. The beginning is decent, the middle sucks, the ending rocks. That honestly sums it up.

And the movie is really cheesy, like when the Transformers are sneaking around the house and such to avoid the parents, it was funny but corny as heck.

Good action sequences, poor writing, average story, crummy pacing. Overall grade: C-.
You're too nice. The beginning was ok, if not 1.5 hours too long, and then it just went downhill.

I went in expecting a bad movie, but still came out disappointed. Michael Bay, I want to cage-match you to the death! One will stand and one will fall!

I love you.
4579  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 '07 Coverage: Microsoft Press Event on: July 11, 2007, 08:55:08 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on July 11, 2007, 05:14:03 AM

I hate to say it but I'm *less* excited about Assassin's Creed after that showing.  I'm still really, really looking forward to it but it doesn't look nearly as good as the last time I saw it demo'd (X06 maybe?).  It's hard to put a finger on it but it felt a little scaled back and more conventional than it was before. 

Man, I've been UNexcited about Assassins's Creed and Splinter Cell since the first trailers.
4580  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Blue Dragon demo up! on: July 11, 2007, 08:43:14 AM
My download has just completed... impressions impending...
4581  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Killzone 2. on: July 11, 2007, 02:27:53 AM
I don't understand the hype for Killzone 2, I thought the first one wasn't anything special? I didn't play it myself but that's what the concensus seemed to be.
4582  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS Press Conf for E3 will be live on G4tv tonight on: July 11, 2007, 02:25:00 AM
Anyone know of any places online we could catch it?
4583  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 'Transformers' - Spoilers Flagged on: July 11, 2007, 01:44:51 AM
Finally, I'm not the only fricking person who didn't think the movie was all that great! I started feeling like I was in a twilight zone episode where I was the only person in the world that could recognize a poorly crafted movie or something...

When you think about it, it breaks down like this: All the scenes with Autobots in it = good. All the scenes without them = bad (with the exception of some of those glorious Megan Fox shots).
4584  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Konami: PS3 price drop isn't enough, MGS4 might go multiplatform on: July 10, 2007, 10:51:58 PM

Quote from: Dirt on July 10, 2007, 07:13:57 PM

Sony wants to sell Blu-Ray machines in 2 or 3 years, not PS3's.  They're branching out.  They may lose this generation of consoles, but if the 360 and Wii have proven anything, it's always possible to make a comeback the next generation.  MS isn't dealing with a tiny startup with a great idea, Sony is at least as big and powerful.

I disagree with most of your reply. This generation of consoles has barely begun, there's no telling whether the Wii will be considered a comeback for Nintendo by the time the generation is over. Secondly, I don't look at the 360 as any sort of "comeback" because the Xbox wasn't any sort of failure, it entered the market and stole second place from Nintendo. That being said, I honestly don't see where Konami stands to gain anything by making MGS4 exclusive to the PS3. Infact, they really should be working on a Wii version as well.
4585  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: 4gb iPod Nano FS/FT on: July 10, 2007, 06:11:26 AM
What are you willing to trade for? Games?
4586  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: want cheaper games? Wait 8 months... on: July 10, 2007, 06:06:26 AM
Half of the fun of a game isn't even playing the game, it's getting caught up in the hype. You wouldn't care nearly as much for the game 8 months down the line when you already know whether it sucks or not.
4587  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft's 360 redesign - code-named Falcon on: July 10, 2007, 06:03:35 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on July 10, 2007, 12:58:21 AM

Quote from: Ridah on July 10, 2007, 12:38:28 AM

I like how all of a sudden there's a codename to the redesign...  Roll Eyes

Do you think Microsoft just came up with the codename?  Or did we just find out what it is?



I never said that they just came up with it, I'm just saying that now there is one.
4588  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A Mighty Heart on: July 10, 2007, 01:43:38 AM
This is the movie about Daniel Pearl, an American journalist kidnapped in Pakistan in 2002, and his wife Mariana Pearl as well as many Pakistani and American government workers trying to figure out who was responsible for the kidnapping and attempting to rescue him. I'm ashamed to say I didn't know anything about this true story so I didn't know what the ending was going to be, unlike the majority of the audience I assume. After being burned by just about every summer release this year (here's looking at you, Transformers), I just wanted something low-profile and on a more serious tone. Mariana Pearl is played by Angelina Jolie, which concerned me, but her performance had some very outstanding moments, and the tension of the story kept me interested. Not the most exciting movie in the world, but it was definately an interesting glimpse into the politics and government of Pakistan during this act of terrorism, which proved to be very embarrasing for them. Decent flick, I suggest a rental more than a trip to the theater.
4589  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: After half a year of Vista, how many are on board? on: July 10, 2007, 01:33:41 AM
The way I see it, I understand why someone who already has an established PC with XP running everything smoothly would not want to upgrade. However, if your ordering a new PC (I got a new desktop a month ago and just got a new laptop), it makes sense to order them equipped with Vista because obviously your going to want to give your machine as long a pair of legs as possible. I think another 6 months from now, as the OS continues to stabilize and more games and features require Vista, more of you who aren't currently planning on it will be seriously considering the switch.
4590  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Can I disable my laptop's mouse sensor thingy? Also can I change my video card? on: July 10, 2007, 12:44:31 AM

Quote from: Destructor on July 09, 2007, 09:08:44 PM

Quote from: Ridah on July 09, 2007, 07:05:24 PM

Another, more general, question about laptops, is it normal for the AC adaptor to get really hot?

Also, I'm considering downgrading to XP simply because Nvidia doesn't have full support for my graphics card yet (the Quadro NVS 110m) and I'm worried that it is degrading my gaming performance. Do I have to reformat or is there a downgrade option?

How hot is hot? Is it burning hot if you put it on your lap, or just warm? Is it sitting on thick carpet or something?

I'm talking about the AC adapter itself, not the laptop. The adapter is sitting on carpet, but I highly doubt that makes any difference for how hot it gets. It's pretty hot though, there is steam coming from the adapter and the wall outlet will occasionally spark up.
4591  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft's 360 redesign - code-named Falcon on: July 10, 2007, 12:38:28 AM
I like how all of a sudden there's a codename to the redesign...  Roll Eyes
4592  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Gaming Pet Peeve] Final levels that ratchet up the difficulty on: July 09, 2007, 07:11:04 PM
Oh, and lets talk about Twisted Metal on the PSP. I was having a blast until I reached the final boss, I've tried to beat him at least two dozen times and I couldn't do it. I haven't tried resorting to a FAQ yet though, which I plan to do some day.
4593  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Can I disable my laptop's mouse sensor thingy? Also can I change my video card? on: July 09, 2007, 07:05:24 PM
Turns out I had the wrong software installed after I reformatted, I found the right drivers at Dell's website and now it works perfectly. Thanks for the info!

Another, more general, question about laptops, is it normal for the AC adaptor to get really hot?

Also, I'm considering downgrading to XP simply because Nvidia doesn't have full support for my graphics card yet (the Quadro NVS 110m) and I'm worried that it is degrading my gaming performance. Do I have to reformat or is there a downgrade option?
4594  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Gaming Pet Peeve] Final levels that ratchet up the difficulty on: July 09, 2007, 05:27:20 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 09, 2007, 01:56:03 AM

I also thought that General RAAM at the end of Gears of War was by far the most difficult and infuriating thing in that game.  Several times I was close to throwing my controller. 

I almost ended up not beating the game because of that, and I definately have no plans to play through the game a second time and dealing with the frustration all over again.
4595  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 'Transformers' - Spoilers Flagged on: July 09, 2007, 05:38:27 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 08, 2007, 11:58:26 PM

I Hate to leave Ridah in the minority.... OK, screw Ridah.  THIS MOVIE ROCKED!!!!!  perhaps it was going in with no expectations but the movie was the perfect summer popcorn blockbuster!

I'm really surprised that I didn't like the movie because it seems like everyone loved it but me, even people who aren't necessarily Transformer fans. I guess I just can't get around poor writing as well as I used to when I was a teenager.
4596  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's here! on: July 09, 2007, 05:17:28 AM
Eh, that image of Duke is from Duke Nukem 3D. If they had the actual game, you would think they could at least manage a new Duke image for the cover art.
4597  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War PC (Vista) video with new content on: July 08, 2007, 09:39:45 PM

Quote from: KiloOhm on July 07, 2007, 06:58:46 PM

I don't think the controls will translate well to a PC. I would recommend getting an XBOX360 controller. Awesome game though.

How do you figure?
4598  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: After half a year of Vista, how many are on board? on: July 08, 2007, 09:37:25 PM
Bought a new desktop and laptop loaded with Vista and I love it. I had some difficulties initially with the desktop, but once I updated my drivers everything ran smoothly. I love the new interface, there's a lot of great options for tweaking the OS, and all the games I've tried so far work flawlessly. The laptop runs just as smooth, no driver issues whatsoever. Keep in mind though that I haven't tried out any older PC titles so I haven't had to deal with the same compatibility issues other gamers have who are trying to play older games.
4599  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Desktop threadzor on: July 08, 2007, 04:33:11 AM
Are you making that for yourself or your kid, Gator? slywink
4600  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I freaking <3 LOLcats on: July 07, 2007, 11:11:52 PM

Quote from: GatorFavre on July 07, 2007, 10:10:36 PM

Quote from: Ridah on July 07, 2007, 09:36:23 PM

You got a problem with my GF because she weights 340lbs?

TTIWWP

What in the world does that mean?
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