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4561  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Can I disable my laptop's mouse sensor thingy? Also can I change my video card? on: July 06, 2007, 06:54:10 PM
This is strange, I've installed the drivers but it only seems to recognize a mouse I plugged in earlier. I can't find any of the options you guys mentioned.
4562  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Can I disable my laptop's mouse sensor thingy? Also can I change my video card? on: July 06, 2007, 06:38:57 PM

Quote from: javahead on July 06, 2007, 03:48:43 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on July 06, 2007, 03:43:16 PM

I'm guessing it more likely you would disable the mouse in the bios.
Nah, I have a Dell, and the software is easy to disable. Right-click the "Synaptics Pointing device" icon, go to its properties, and you can disable the pad, or the buttons, or both. You can also click the "Disable TouchPad/Stick when a USB pointing device is present" so it will shut itself off when you have a mouse plugged in, but be available if you are out on the road and don't have/can't reach it.

That would be awesome... but I have no "Synaptics Pointing device" icon on my desktop! Gonna try downloading drivers from their website...
4563  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Teen sells virginity for $25,000 on: July 05, 2007, 11:19:34 PM
That just isn't fair, I had to PAY for someone to take my virginity  crybaby
4564  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 'Transformers' - Spoilers Flagged on: July 05, 2007, 11:18:16 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on July 05, 2007, 12:34:01 PM

Quote from: papasmurff on July 04, 2007, 11:40:12 AM

For me it was a toss up with Die hard...I was disappointed in the the cheap voice over in die hard so I think transformers win....

What cheap voiceover in Die Hard?

I'm wondering the same thing...
4565  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Can I disable my laptop's mouse sensor thingy? Also can I change my video card? on: July 05, 2007, 11:06:10 PM
I got my first laptop over the weekend and I love it. I am using it primarily for school purposes (watching porn and playing WoW at school FTW!!), so obviously I'll be using a word processor the majority of the time. I started typing my first paper on my new laptop and randomely the mouse would jump to a different location of the page and all of a sudden I would be typing into another word. I went for two hours of being annoyed before realizing what the problem was. Initially I was cursing Vista and MS Word 2007, but I finally realized my palm was grazing the little sensor pad and the mouse click buttons, putting the cursor in different places. I ordered a wireless mouse for the laptop so I won't need the sensor pad, is there any way to disable it so that it doesn't screw up my typing?

Also, is it possible to upgrade a laptop's video card? My dad bought me a Dell Latitude D830 which is awesome but the video card isn't ideal for gaming.
4566  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Component Cable - is it worth it? on: July 03, 2007, 05:06:47 PM
Is it worthwhile to have the component cable if your using an SDTV? I've got an s-video cable right now which looks pretty good.
4567  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 'Transformers' - Spoilers Flagged on: July 03, 2007, 06:16:54 AM
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-.
4568  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Desktop threadzor on: July 02, 2007, 11:26:28 PM
My problem with a lot of cool wallpapers I find is they don't have it in the widescreen resolution I need, which is 1680x1050. I freeload off of quite a bit but their free wallpaper selection sucks.
4569  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] New, FANTASTIC Phantom Hourglass pics [UPDATED! Get in here!] on: July 02, 2007, 05:08:38 PM
Nintendo has confirmed an October 1st release date  thumbsup
4570  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 rpgs on: July 02, 2007, 05:02:53 PM

Quote from: EddieA on June 20, 2007, 01:25:32 AM

As for the non-visible armor changes, I have a feeling it's due to the fact that the character's look is so closely tied to the charcter.  Lulu's dress of 1000 belts or Yangus's spiky hat are part of their character, and the developers probably don't want to risk losing that aspect by allowing armor changes.

Ah yes, very good point. I've forgotten how story-driven these RPGs are compared to, say, Oblivion. I'm very excited about these two titles, I'm not the biggest JRPG fan in the world mostly because they run so long and I rarely complete them. However, the ones that I have completed, I consider some of my favorite games of all time. Blue Dragon and Eternal Sonata, barring impressions that flat out say they are bad games, are day one purchases for me. It may not seem like it, but MS getting these two games and whatever other JRPGs lined up for the 360 is probably one of their biggest steps yet.
4571  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So what is everyones plan for July 4th? on: July 02, 2007, 01:27:32 AM
This is going to be perhaps the worst July 4th for me in history. My girlfriend had a falling out with her friend who is my best friend's girlfriend, so that puts me in a position to have to choose between spending the day with the girlfriend and her friends or with the group of buddies I normally spend the day with. Either decision is going to piss someone off, so I'm thinking I'll just stay home and study for my midterm on thursday.

Please tell me you guys have more promising plans...
4572  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DIE HARD 4!!! on: July 02, 2007, 01:21:58 AM
I saw this move on friday with my buddy and we loved it. We're big Die Hard fans, but I figure anyone who enjoys action movies enjoyed at least one of the Die Hard movies. It has some really good action scenes, a few clunky ones, some awesome lines, a decent plot, and that nerd from the Mac commercials is hilarious. If your into action movies this one is really good  thumbsup
4573  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPhone Day on: July 01, 2007, 07:04:05 PM
Does the iPhone really offer anything new besides a sleek design and interface? I thought other phones at similar prices could do all of the same things: email, phone, music?
4574  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Intel Price Cuts - July 22 on: July 01, 2007, 06:54:33 PM
If your motherboard supports dual core, does it automatically support quad core?
4575  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Heavenly Sword pics [PS3] on: June 30, 2007, 01:09:18 AM
Doesn't look much better than the current crop of next-gen games coming out later this year, but it definately doesn't disappoint.
4576  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: StarCraft: Ghost, back from the dead? on: June 29, 2007, 03:26:22 AM

Quote from: Destructor on June 29, 2007, 02:54:51 AM

If they make it, people will buy it...

Ah, the joys of being Blizzard. biggrin

I would say the joy belongs to us. Blizzard has to be the only company in the industry who refuses to release anything but a stellar product. They know the game isn't that great and they are smart enough to realize that in the long run, keeping their reputation and cutting their losses on a troubled project is the most profitable decision. If they ever release a Game Developer of Decade award, there's no one that deserves it more than Blizzard IMO.
4577  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New GTA IV trailer on: June 29, 2007, 03:22:23 AM
I'm not too concerned about frame rate just yet, there's still plenty of time to work that out.
4578  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: WWE Wrestler Chris Benoit, his wife and youngest son found dead at home. on: June 28, 2007, 09:50:16 PM
From what I understand about the situation is that in terms of it being an act of rage, it's being debated because it wasn't any sort of angry reaction, so to speak, since the whole thing happened over a span of three days.

I was listening to a local radio station and they had very good points being made about the situation. The Today Show went after Vince McMahon (owner of WWE) in an interview trying to specifically pin the blame on steroid use encouraged by the WWE. However, the radio host made a good point about people getting so caught up in trying to point fingers and blame something that they aren't looking at the real issue, which is what the fuck was wrong with this guy, really. You can't blame it all on steroids. Similar to the Virginia Tech situation, you can't blame it all on guns or the campus police or whatever, you have to look at what was wrong with the individual.

He (the radio host) also brought up examples of other venues, such as SNL, which has had three high-profile deaths on the cast due to drug overdose or murder (Phil Hartman, Chris Farley, and Belluci), where nobody thought it fit to blame the show itself or the entertainment industry. Also the music industry itself, which has a long list of individuals within it who have died from drug overdose and murder.
4579  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lucasarts "All Over" Wii Lightsaber game on: June 28, 2007, 09:47:07 PM
I was part of a focus testing group for Lucas Arts a few months back and they were asking us our thoughts on a Star Wars game for the Wii, so I don't have much of a doubt that they are cooking up something.
4580  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New GTA IV trailer on: June 28, 2007, 06:36:50 PM
Nice, I'm really digging the voice-acting for the main character. The graphics are turning out really nice too, and did you guys catch him hanging on that truck and helicopter?
4581  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS2] RE Code: Veronica X - Worth Playing? on: June 28, 2007, 06:29:50 PM
Code Veronica was developed by Sega, wasn't it? Or co-developed?

Either way, it was my favorite one for sure.
4582  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Trackmania Evolved Impressions on: June 28, 2007, 06:27:53 PM
They have Steam on consoles now?  icon_mrgreen
4583  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DiRT [360/PS3/PC] Impressions on: June 28, 2007, 06:26:23 PM
Dirt sold 500k copies it's first week   eek Eat that Mario Party, hehe.
4584  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Dell Laptop - $420 shipped on: June 28, 2007, 04:14:50 AM
4585  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WTF is up with EA? This is BS on: June 27, 2007, 11:14:27 PM
If every game after the original Sim City had been good (easier to play, less insane micro-management, etc) I might be angry about this, but the fact is the last few iterations have been pretty poor to everyone except for the die-hard fans. I like the idea of making the game more accessible to those who don't want to spend dozens of hours just learning the ins and outs of the game.
4586  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Will you check in to room "1408"? on: June 26, 2007, 11:55:57 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on June 25, 2007, 06:08:57 AM

That was some good stuff!
Another thing I liked about it: you could tell the movie cost about $1,000,000 to make, as they didn't need much but a sound stage. And a few shots on location. But, impressively done! And pretty damn creepy.

Actually it cost $25 million to make. Those special effects weren't cheap, apparently slywink
4587  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1up reviews The Darkness (and assorted pleasantries...) on: June 26, 2007, 06:12:57 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on June 26, 2007, 05:56:48 PM

The problem is that I don't think a lot of people can justify $60 for a mediocre 10-hour shooter.  MP, in theory, gives it legs.  On the other hand, if you're going to do it poorly, it's going to result in a hit in the reviews. 

I agree, however I've heard plenty of people who have said they would gladly pay the $60 for a good experience, even if it's short, than for an average game that is 20-30 hours long. As far as multiplayer goes, if it's good then yes I can see it adding legs but if it's just tacked on like in most games I don't see the added value.
4588  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Conflicting release date info (Transformers game) on: June 26, 2007, 05:41:44 PM
Looks like a good game for Transformer fans, otherwise just another beat 'em up with racing sequences for the rest of us. I'm interested in the cutscenes though.
4589  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1up reviews The Darkness (and assorted pleasantries...) on: June 26, 2007, 05:36:16 PM
I don't understand the fad these days where every game has to have some sort of multiplayer mode, I really wish more companies would just leave the multiplayer mode out entirely if it isn't the focus of their project. Instead, we get a bunch of games with lackluster multiplayer which provide a short-lived thrill for the few people who have to take all their games online. Lets be honest, how many games out there that do go online actually do it well to the point where it gains a large community that support it for years? Not many as far as I've seen.

My point here is, who cares about the MP in this game? We knew the focus was the SP from the start.
4590  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I've never watched Red vs. Blue on: June 26, 2007, 05:28:46 PM
They are sold on DVD.
4591  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RING OF UNHOLY DEATH! on: June 26, 2007, 12:14:05 AM
I'm gonna use this thread for my own nefarious deeds  icon_twisted

Actually, I just wanted to ask what people's views were on using the 360 vertically and how it affects the DVDs since that is how I have my setup now?
4592  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1up reviews The Darkness on: June 26, 2007, 12:11:23 AM
Perhaps a new thread would be warranted at this point?
4593  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 and VGA Adapter on: June 25, 2007, 09:33:32 PM
You know, its really strange because my main issues are always with Oblivion. The first HDTV I bought was a 62" rear-projection, and just about every game looked good except for Oblivion, which looked way too soft and washed out.

Where in the dashboard do you edit the color depth and such?

Also, if I were to get a larger monitor that supports 1920x1200 resolution natively, do you suppose it would look sharper because the 360 supports that resolution specifically?

*after edit*

Doesn't look like any monitors support 1900x1200 anyhow  icon_confused

I also found how to edit the color depth (it was hidden as Reference Level).
4594  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 and VGA Adapter on: June 25, 2007, 09:17:32 PM
I decided that I want to do my 360 gaming on my PC monitor, so I bought the VGA adapter you guys linked (or at least I think it's the same one, I got it from GameStop used) and have been trying it out. I'm a bit turned off by the very soft image it displays. I'm coming from a 40" LCD in 720P, so I was surprised at how much darker the image is on my monitor and how soft it is as well. I'm using a 20" Dell widescreen monitor, the 360 resolution is set to 1280x1024, which was about the highest resolution the monitor could support in good quality. Was I expecting too much with my PC monitor or do I not have something set up correctly?
4595  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/25) on: June 25, 2007, 05:33:02 PM
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
The Darkness

I will either own or rent these guys, Overlord I may skip pending on forum impressions.

4596  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Will you check in to room "1408"? on: June 24, 2007, 08:08:30 PM
Ah ok, thanks Whiteboy. Another question:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Did he get the idea to burn the place down from the writing that was on the brick wall saying "Burn me alive"? How did that even get him out of the room?
4597  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Intel Price Cuts - July 22 on: June 24, 2007, 08:05:34 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 24, 2007, 05:55:28 PM

Any good sites on changing out the CPU?  or if I never did it before would I just be better off letting a professional do it?

I was wondering the same...
4598  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Will you check in to room "1408"? on: June 23, 2007, 11:40:21 PM

Just came back from the movie and... It... Was... Nuts  icon_eek

I felt like I was in an alternate reality when I stepped out of the theater, awesome movie!

Spoiler for Hiden:
So about the ending when his daughter was on the tape, does that mean he's still in the room?
4599  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Will you check in to room "1408"? on: June 23, 2007, 06:11:12 PM
I think i'll go see this by myself!  icon_biggrin
4600  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do I tell her? on: June 23, 2007, 05:38:05 AM

Quote from: drifter on June 22, 2007, 10:59:15 PM

yeah post the pic.

also  do not judge the haircut by a picture on a phone

Yep, you are right. It wasn't nearly has bad as in the picture, to be honest I couldn't even tell the difference from her old style. I guess she took the pic when it was fresh and it just looked so wierd, that coupled with the fact that I was looking at the pic on my phone seemed to have made it seem worse than it really is.
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