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3161  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Radeon 9800 available on: October 27, 2004, 04:18:05 AM
3162  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Cheap basic sound card needed on: October 26, 2004, 06:42:14 PM
I recently upgraded my mother's computer, but for some reason I can't get the onboard sound to work.  No bangs, no nothing, but no sound either.  I verified that the speakers work, and tried updating the drivers, to no avail.

So I'm checking here to see if anyone has a very basic sound card that's supported in Windows XP that I could buy or trade from them.  Needs to be a PCI card, natch.

Lemme know, folks:)

3163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New EQ2 Beta Keys at FilePlanet on: October 26, 2004, 05:21:34 AM
Considering the game goes live in about 2 weeks....

And will still be in beta for the next 12 months, if not longer...

I'm in no hurry. smile
3164  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / 20% off all console games at KB on: October 26, 2004, 05:20:38 AM
Also not that good a deal as it requires you to spend at least $40.
3165  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / DVD burning questions on: October 25, 2004, 05:23:13 PM
I haven't installed any firmware in the Apex, haven't really -had- to.  I had a DVD-R someone else burned, and it played, but skipped from time to time, and took about 5 minutes to load.  

As far as the encoding, most of the files were mpgs, a few were divx/xvid.  

I'm told that 2x the video time for authoring/converting is normal.
3166  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / DVD burning questions on: October 25, 2004, 03:48:51 AM
I did not use DVD-VR.  I did use a DVD+RW disk, which Nerd Out says my player (Apex 1110-W) should be able to play.  And it -did- play it, although without sound.  And yeah, I had AC-3 enabled for the sound choice.

Yeah, it took 9 hours to encode/burn. smile
3167  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / DVD burning questions on: October 25, 2004, 02:08:01 AM
I just got a new DVD+-R drive, and was trying to burn some music videos to DVD.  I used Nero Vision Express 2, and set it up, spent 9 hours burning it (4 hours of video), and put it in my set top DVD plays, but no sound.  On my PC, it plays just fine.

Also, with NVE2, I tell it to burn it again, and it dosen't use -or- delete the temp files created, just tells me I'm out of room.

any ideas on either of these issues, or a better set of programs and instructions on how to convert video to DVD format, author, burn, et al?
3168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My big score at Tower Records today on: October 24, 2004, 12:38:45 PM
Any chance you'd be willing to hook a CG brother up with another copy of Ninja Gaidan?  slywink  

Obviously willing to paypal money for this. biggrin
3169  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Motherboard / PSU problems and questions on: October 24, 2004, 05:22:45 AM
Yup.  Was the power supply.
3170  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Motherboard / PSU problems and questions on: October 24, 2004, 12:46:48 AM
Quote from: "Jeff Jones"
Ok, got some questions for ya to start:

1. there's no beep codes. what does happen? do you get the "no video signal" msg on your monitor, or just a black screen?

Just a black screen.

2. you say "Second, as soon as I hit the switch on the power supply, the computer starts up." does this give any different behavior than using the front power switch? (does it progress farther, give a post beep, etc)

No.  Same behavior, but why does it start up when I hit the switch in back, as opposed to the one in front?  Or is this normal for first installation procedure?


Steps and things to check:

1. pull all cables from the motherboard, except the power leads from the PSU. Pull all IDE, SATA, front USB, all of it.
Did that.  In fact, the only thing that -was- connected was memory and processor, and the case speaker / power switch.

2. those tiny cables that control HD LED, Power LED, Reset Switch, etc -- make sure they are all connected properly. (this is my foremost area of suspicion right now)
See above.  By the by, I've always presumed that the writing on the wires (on the connector) was to face the front of the case.  True or false?

3. make certain your motherboard is mounted to the case wall properly, with at least 6 standoffs.
It's got 5, which is all it came with.  The front of the motherboard has 3, the back has 2.  3 corners have one, and the middle of top and bottom sides have one.

4. To the motherboard connect power, and insert your video card (unless it uses on-board video), and insert the RAM.

5. make sure the heatsink/fan is properly affixed to the CPU.

6. connect a mouse, keyboard, monitor cable, and power cable and try to boot up, and see if you get a post beep.

I recommend you don't skip anything, like leaving a HD IDE cable connected.

When you boot this config, examine the following:

1. is the PSU fan spinning?
2. is the CPU fan spinning?
3. is there a light on the motherboard, and is it on?
4. does it get a post beep?
Before I got home, the answers were:  1)  Yes.  2)  yes.  3)  No.  4)  No.  First thing I did after getting home was swapping PSUs.  Now I get beeps.  So I'm going to work on putting it together now.  I'll update with progress. smile  I was also curious if the fact that it was a Sempron processor had anything to do with it, as the mobo case said nothing about Sempron, just Athlon and Duron.  We'll see.  Hopefully it'll work, as it'll save me 4 hours of driving tomorrow.

let me know...
3171  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Motherboard / PSU problems and questions on: October 23, 2004, 02:35:27 PM
I recently bought some parts to put together a b asic computer for my mother.  I got a Sempron 2800+ retail kit, a stick of 512 mb 2700 DDR ram, an ECS motherboard and a case.

After putting it all together, I've got 2 issues.  First, there's no post beeps, or beep codes at all.  Second, as soon as I hit the switch on the power supply, the computer starts up.  I've got the same mobo in my computer, so I know this is unusual.

I'm wondering if I miswired something, if the motherboard's bad, or if the power supply has an issue.

3172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Go Astros !!!! on: October 22, 2004, 04:32:05 AM
Tell me about it, RAven.  My mother and I sat there numb after the 6th inning.
3173  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The GT Pay It Foward Freebies Thread *closing end of 2005* on: October 21, 2004, 04:15:42 AM
AO: Shadowlands will go out tomorrow, as will the NWN I was supposed to send out last month back on GG. Tongue
3174  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: October 21, 2004, 02:57:02 AM
Another +1 to Vynlsol for a PIFF.
3175  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The GT Pay It Foward Freebies Thread *closing end of 2005* on: October 21, 2004, 02:55:39 AM
I got Painkiller today too, Vinyl.  Thanks very much.  Feedback coming.
3176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Go Astros !!!! on: October 21, 2004, 12:46:38 AM
So close....yet so far.  C'mon Astros.  Win it tomorrow!
3177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EQ 2 Beta - am I being paranoid? on: October 19, 2004, 04:23:38 AM
I'm in WoW, but signed up for EQ2 back when beta signups hit...still not in it either.  Ah well, it's not like I was gonna buy either. smile
3178  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The GT Pay It Foward Freebies Thread *closing end of 2005* on: October 18, 2004, 06:27:57 PM
If you don't have it by tonight, lemme know in PM.  And that's fine, manual's are easily taken care of. smile
3179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Go Astros !!!! on: October 18, 2004, 07:55:41 AM
You never know on Beltran.  He's said he'd love to stay in Houston, especially if Houston keeps Berkman and the rest.  MacLane has said he's considering doing what he needs to do to resign Beltran.

Expect Houston to unload a few contracts (Kent, Wade Miller), give Biggio and Bagwell one year contracts, and resign Beltran and give Berkman an extension, and get Clemens for one more year.

Granted, if the Astros win the series, I wouldn't bat an eye at Clemens, Bagwell and Biggio all retiring.
3180  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The GT Pay It Foward Freebies Thread *closing end of 2005* on: October 18, 2004, 06:20:37 AM
Ragnarok?  I'd like to snag Divine Divinity.  Been looking for that for ages now.  That'll drop me down to +17, I think.

Email coming.
3181  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The GT Pay It Foward Freebies Thread *closing end of 2005* on: October 17, 2004, 06:29:23 AM
I know.  At my SLOW rate of playing games, I'm going to be giving things away for the next 3 years, but they'll all be 3+ years behind the curve. *grin*
3182  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / The Community "Upgrade or not to upgrade" PC threa on: October 17, 2004, 04:54:09 AM
Athlon XP 2400+
ECS K7VTA3 motherboard
512 MB PC2700 DDR RAM
Geforce 4 Ti4200
Onboard sound
40 GB Maxtor HD and 120 GB WD HD.

I'd like to get more memory, upgrade the video card, get a DVD+-RW drive, and get 2 200+ gig HDDs.  Later on, I want to get a -good- sound card and surround sound speakers.  Right now, I don't have room for it, though.
3183  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The GT Pay It Foward Freebies Thread *closing end of 2005* on: October 17, 2004, 04:48:27 AM
Holy hell.

Ladies and Gentlemen...THIS is how a first PIFF is made.

In an effort to NOT be greedy, I'm only going to request -one- title here.  VynlSol, I'd love that copy of Painkiller, please.  I'll toss an email with my address.
3184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Go Astros !!!! on: October 16, 2004, 05:24:30 AM
Well, a lot of the problem is Houston's bullpen.  They've given up the tie or lead in -both- games.
3185  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The GT Pay It Foward Freebies Thread *closing end of 2005* on: October 16, 2004, 12:41:56 AM
WC2 Deluxe is JC.  Manual is in the JC, and rather decent, considering.  Game is on CD.
3186  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / A Problem and a Question regarding Pay It Forward Freebies on: October 14, 2004, 07:04:52 AM
Quote from: "hitbyambulance"
>No one has requested that we close down the PIFF here - I'm just wondering how to make it work and I'm coming up short on brain cells.

the only sure-frire way to do it from both websites is make it a separate database-driven website  smile

That'd be something nice, honestly.  Be able to do everything on t he same site.
3187  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Circuit City Fall Console Game Sale on: October 14, 2004, 05:06:50 AM
It's been going on off and on for the past ... 2-3 weeks?
3188  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The GT Pay It Foward Freebies Thread *closing end of 2005* on: October 14, 2004, 05:02:21 AM
Quote from: "Xmann"
Zarkon, i'd like AO: Shadowlands please if it's indeed sealed smile

I have
Rollercoaster 2 (pc, jewel case no manual)

It is indeed sealed, has the free 30 days, et al.

Drop me your address, I'll ship it out next week after payday smile
3189  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Circuit City Fall Console Game Sale on: October 13, 2004, 07:51:20 AM
This is credited to, where I can find most of my deals.  I highly suggest people check it out, register for their forums if for no other reason than to support their deal finding.  As some people there say, it should be called BrokeAssGamer. smile

Here's the complete list as per their forums:

Manhunt - $29.99
Silent Scope Complete - $9.96
Spawn - 4.96
Breakdown - $9.96
Kill.switch - $19.96
I-Ninja - $4.96
Big Mutha Truckers - $9.96
Star Wars Jedi Knight - $14.96
NASCAR Thunder 2004- $14.96
NBA Live 2004 - $14.96
FIFA Soccer 2004 - $14.96
Freedom Fighters - $9.96
NCAA Football 2004 - 14.96
NCAA March Madness 2004 - $14.96
NHL 2004 - $14.96
Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure - $9.96
Unreal II - $9.96
Soldier Of Fortune II - $14.96
Cabela's Deer Hunt - $9.96
Mission Impossible: Operation Surma - $9.96
Backyard Wrestling - $14.96
All Star Baseball 2005 - $19.96
Dynasty Warriors 4 - $14.96   :shock:
Beyond Good And Evil - $9.96   :shock:
Batman: Rise Of Sin Tzu - $9.96
Rainbow Six 3 With Headset - $39.96
ESPN Major League Baseball - $19.96
ESPN NBA Baseketball - $9.96
NBA 2K3 - $4.96
ESPN NFL Football 2K4 - $9.96
ESPN College Hoops - $9.96
Hulk $9.96
NBA Inside Drive 2004 - $9.96
Tao Feng - $9.96
NHL Rivals 2004 - $9.96
Phantasy Star Online - $9.96  :shock:
Amped - $9.96
NFL Fever 2004 - $4.96
MLB Inside Pitch 2003 - $4.96
Max Payne - $9.96
Hunter: Redeemer - $9.96
Metal Arms - $9.96
Morrowind - $9.96
Drake - $9.96

Rocket Power - $4.96
Madden NFL 2004 - $4.96
NASCAR Thunder 2004 - $4.96
Tomb Raider 2 - $4.96
Celebrity Death Match - $4.96
Ford Racing - $4.96
Spec Ops - $4.96
Tenchu - $4.96
Grand Theft Auto 2 - $4.96

Froggers Adventures - $9.96
Auto Modellista - $4.96
Tekken Tag Tournament - $14.96
Xenosaga - $14.96
Dead To Rights - $14.96
I-Ninja - $4.96
Spawn - $4.96
Kill.switch - $19.96
Time Crisis 3 With Gun - $39.99
Tak & The Power Of Juju - $9.96
Big Mutha Truckers - $9.96
NCAA Football 2004 - 14.96
NCAA March Madness 2004 - $14.96
NASCAR Thunder - $14.96
Warhammer 40K Fire Warrior - $9.96
Jimmy Neutron: Jet Fusion - $9.96
Evil Dead - $9.96
Champions Of Norrath - $14.96
Gladius - $14.96
Star Wars Bounty Hunter - $9.96
Lethal Skies II - $4.96
NBA Live 2004 - $14.96
Looney Toons: Back In Action - $9.96
NBA Street - $14.96
MVP Baseball 2003 - $9.96
NHL 2004 - $14.96
Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure - $9.96
Backyard Wrestling - $14.96
All Star Baseball 2005 - $19.96
All Star Baseball 2004 - $9.96
Dynasty Warriors 4 - $9.96
X-Men Lost Dimension- $9.96
Deer Hunter - $9.96
Mission Impossible: Operation Surma - $9.96
Socom - $29.96
Drakengard - $19.96
Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance - $9.96
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - $9.96
Backyard Basketball - $9.96
Batman: Rise Of Sin Tzu - $9.96
ESPN Major League Baseball 2K4 - $19.96
ESPN NBA Basketball 2K4- $9.96
ESPN NFL Football 2K4 - $9.96
ESPN College Hoops 2K4- $9.96
Hulk $9.96
Chessmaster - $9.96
Monster 4x4 Master Of Metal - $4.96
Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution - $14.96
Metal Arms - $9.96
Cat In The Hat - $9.96
SWAT: Global Strike Team - $9.96
Grand Theft Auto Bundle - $29.96
Destruction Derby Arena - $19.96
Great Escape - $9.96
Dead Or Alive Hardcore - $14.96
Arc The Lad - $9.96

Froggers Adventures - $9.96
WWE Wrestlemania X8 - $14.96
Freedom Fighters - $9.96
Tak & The Power Of Juju - $9.96
NCAA Football 2004 - 14.96
Star Wars Bounty Hunter - $4.96
Looney Toons: Back In Action - $9.96
Madden NFL 2004 - $14.96
Tiger Woods 2004 - $14.96
NBA Live 2004 - $14.96
MVP Baseball 2004 - $29.96
NHL 2004 - $14.96
Pitfall Last Expedition - $14.96
Batman: Rise Of Sin Tzu - $9.96
Hulk $9.96
Billy Hatcher - $14.96
Sonic Adventure DX - $14.96
I-Ninja - $4.96

Ice Climber Classics - $9.96
Bomberman Classics - $9.96
Xevious Classics - $9.96
Mega Man Battle 3: White - $4.96
Mega Man Battle 3: Blue - $4.96
Jimmy Neutron: Jet Fusion - $9.96
Tak & The Power Of Juju - $9.96
Lord Of The Rings: Two Towers - $9.96
SSX 3 - $14.96
Bond: Everything Or Nothing - $14.96
Star Wars: Flight Of The Falcon - $14.96
Bionicle - $9.96
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets - $4.96
Looney Toons Back In Action $9.96
Mission Impossible: Operation Surma - $9.96
Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure - $19.96
Pitfall Last Expedition - $9.96
Tiger Woods PGA Tour - $9.96
Wakeboarding Unleashed - $9.96
Yu-Yu Hakusho - $9.96
Dragonball Z Legacy Of Goku 2 - $9.96
Shrek: Reekin' Havok - $9.96
Dragonball Z Taiketsu - $9.96
Batman: Rise Of Sin Tzu - $9.96
Prince Of Persia - $14.96
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - $9.96
Incredible Hulk - $9.96
Cat In The Hat - $9.96

3190  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Trader Feedback List (old) on: October 13, 2004, 07:45:30 AM
My opinion would be this:  The people who're Gold Traders and Fools Gold should go over at the minimum required for that (+10 and -3).  Anyone else should come over with theirs intact.  Unless people would rather the entire thing come over intact.  I don't want to seem like invading forces, after all.
3191  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The GT Pay It Foward Freebies Thread *closing end of 2005* on: October 13, 2004, 04:40:11 AM
Games Available:

Anarchy Online Shadowlands (PC, Sealed)
Betrayal at Krondor (PC)
BloodNet a Cyperpunk Gothic (PC)
Dragon's Lair (PC, OLD)
Links 5-Course Library Vol 4 (PC)
Mechwarrior 2 (PC)
Menzoberranzan (PC)
Monopoly Tycoon (PC)
Need for Speed 3: Hot Pursuit (PC)
Noctropolis (PC)
Quest for Glory: Shadows of Darkness (PC)
Ravenloft:  Stone Prophet (PC)
Return of the Phantom (PC)
Season Ticket Baseball 2003 (PC)
Space Quest IV (PC)
Theme Park (PC)
Warcraft Orcs & Humans (PC)
Wing Commander 2 Deluxe Edition (PC)
Wing Commander 3 (PC)
Wing Commander (PC)

Karma +19

General Freebie, no karma

Ratchet & Clank Going Commando Demo
3192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best commercial! on: October 13, 2004, 04:15:52 AM
I don't know.  Have you seen the new Nike commercial with Michael Vick?  That gets me -every- time.  Funny as hell with the guy screaming the entire time.
3193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Midway Arcade Treasures 2/Kingdom Under Fire - Out this week on: October 13, 2004, 04:08:30 AM
Midway's Greatest Hits and Bloodrayne 2 are both out for PS2/X-Box at my Wal-Mart.

We're also being told that we'll be getting the X-Box holiday bundle and the PSTwo sometime 'in mid-October'.  which is odd, as Sony's said the PSTwo is due out 11-2.
3194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / EVERYONE READ PLEASE on: October 12, 2004, 08:03:18 AM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
What do you guys think of this is just a brainstorm so this isn't well thought out or in any way condoned or green-lit.  

What if we hosted the GG forums as an archive?  We lock that shite software down and just make it a searchable archive so the data isn't lost.  If somebody has a wild hair they could move the data, but it'd be accessable if we could get ahold of the data.

Here is the hitch.  Its 30GB.  We'd need someplace to host it and $$ to pay the cost for access.  If those are donated, its free.  If not, we'll have to beat the support drum.  I'm listening....

I'd say that we don't need most of the forums archived.  We wouldn't really need R&P archived.  The trading stuff, definitely, at least long enough to port it over.  I'd honestly go so far as to say we only need the -important- stuff carted over, and the rest of it can go ... well...where it already went, really.

As far as the other stuff goes, I like the people from GG, and most of what I liked about the forums are here also.  I'll help as I can, clicking on ads, and I've already offered to help with PC gaming news reporting if anyone wants me.  The main thing I request is that we keep the front page active, as that was the big thing wearing down over at GG, from what I kept reading on the forums.  That's nothing against anyone, that's just a fact of life.  And I'm planning on staying, definitely, if it wasn't obvious smile
3195  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Lots of games at Wal-Mart for $15 on: October 11, 2004, 08:34:12 AM
True, but they never -were- $15 at my Wal-Mart. smile  I would have jumped on a $15 SSX3, after all slywink
3196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [FAQ] GoneGold on: October 11, 2004, 04:52:11 AM
I'm with Hetz, I'm willing to help with front page PC news as well. smile  It was one of the things I offered to help with on GG (out of ...well...anything I could actually do), but everything was put on hold as Andy had said, and then this.  So. smile
3197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Astros win!!!! on: October 11, 2004, 04:45:13 AM
Hrm.  That sucks, Miller's not a bad pitcher.  Oh well.

And DAMMIT!@!!!!!! they BLEW THE GAME!  What the hell was Garner thinking!!!


3198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Official Contest Thread on: October 11, 2004, 04:44:00 AM
At any rate, I vote we have a 2005 contest.  I think I can pull that one off. smile
3199  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Rage's Fall Clearout(Now with prices!) on: October 11, 2004, 04:41:28 AM
Rage, how much do you want for X2?  Silent Storm?  Amped 2?  

Curious here smile  Remember, you can post prices. slywink
3200  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Lots of games at Wal-Mart for $15 on: October 11, 2004, 04:39:46 AM
As with most Wal-mart deals, it's completly YMMV.

SSX 3 is $19.82 at my Wal-Mart.
Metal Arms is $29.82.
Brute Force, Freedom Fighters, and NFS:HP2 are all $19.82.

In fact, the only $15 console games we have other than GBA at my particular Wal-Mart are:  Sphinx (X-Box), and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (PS2).
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