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1081  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 Impressions PC Edition on: November 10, 2008, 08:39:28 PM

Quote from: Jag on November 10, 2008, 08:30:53 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 10, 2008, 07:47:33 PM

daehawk, it seems like you may not need this tip anymore, but i found a really good source of income:  pre war books.  pick up every one you can find.  every time.  when you get to the library, you will make a lot of money from them.  best weight to cap ratio i have noticed and pretty easy to find.  not only that, but there's 11 of the things in close proximity to the library.

i left this vaguely specific in case you want to discover it on your own.

These aren't burnt books right?

Also are clipboards worth anything? Like Financial Clipboard, etc.

Not burnt books, they will be called pre-war books.
1082  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / (SOLD) Fallout 3 (360) still in shrink wrap $45 (SOLD) on: November 09, 2008, 07:04:17 PM
 I pre-ordered FO3 (360) from Amazon back before I had a nice PC and forgot to change the order.  So now I have a copy of both and have really enjoyed the PC version and since I can get achievements with it I have no need for the 360 version so it is up for sale  Paypal perfered.  Price includes shipping.
1083  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: November 06, 2008, 08:17:47 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on November 06, 2008, 06:20:13 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 06, 2008, 04:41:01 PM

Dead Space is this weeks episode in case people forgot.

Any spoilers? I haven't finished the game yet.

No spoilers that I noted and I've only played through chapter 5.  Not a great episode but he is a bit harsher than I would have thought for this game since I like it a lot.
1084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 Impressions PC Edition on: November 04, 2008, 10:26:17 PM
Up'ed my vid card speed to 40% and still had the game lock up on me.  No more BSOD's but the screen would just freeze and the radio would still be playing.  This happened 4 times in a 10 minute span and I had the ATI monitor open so I could see my vid card temp once I closed FO3, the card never got above 55 deg C so I'm not sure what my issue is.  My driver version is 8.541.0.0 dated 9/23/08. 

The game ran for quite a long time (over 1.5 hrs) without a hiccup after the 4th reboot and I hadn't done any changes to my system to try and fix anything.
1085  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 Impressions PC Edition on: November 04, 2008, 10:19:20 PM

Quote from: StriderGG on November 04, 2008, 09:26:39 PM

Quote from: Jeff Jones on November 03, 2008, 04:22:17 PM

Quote from: StriderGG on November 03, 2008, 03:58:20 PM

Here is a link to a pretty much essential mod IMO:

http://fallout3nexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=43

The mod makes font a bit smaller, as well us changes some of the interface windows (including the dialog window) so that more information is displayed. I've tried it yesterday and it works great.

Huge font size was my main complaint about FO3, having it in the PC version is just laziness on Bethesda's part, especially since IIRC Oblivion had similar issues. With this problem gone, I can enjoy the game even more!

Thanks. Do these mods have any effect on XBL Achievements?

I don't think so.

I couldn't get Firefox to download the file, had to go with I.E. which worked just fine.
1086  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: F1 - Championship on: November 03, 2008, 09:48:02 PM
And the most disappointing moment was David Coultard (sp?) getting punted in the first corner thereby depriving us of video from his helmet cam  crybaby.  That was a very cool shot and really made the car seem like it was in a video game.
1087  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 Impressions PC Edition on: November 03, 2008, 05:22:58 AM
More crashes now, getting BSOD's.  I took a picture of the BSOD and the error is in dxgkrnl.sys,  makes me think it may be vid card related.  I have an ATI 4870 1gb card that isn't overclocked in anyway and has the latest driver version.  I'm running the game in 1920x1200 on ultra high settings and it seems very smooth up to the point the game either locks up or crashes.  ATI software keeps the card fan speed pretty low so I'm going to see if upping it manually will help out. 

Here is the screen of death I get.  crybaby



Was having fun right up until this point, perhaps the fire ants overheated my system  icon_biggrin
1088  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Vista User Account Controls on: November 02, 2008, 11:37:02 PM
So my new computer is running 64 bit Vista and I'm not sure about running User Account Control (UAC).  I was having trouble getting screen shots taken in Fallout 3 and it seems the only way I could save the shots was to start the program as an admin.  This isn't the only program that has run afoul of UAC and there doesn't seem to be any helpful dialog boxes telling you what the blockage is.  UAC also won't let me pick programs to allow all the time, for example my DVD drive loads a program on startup that UAC questions each time, I'd like to at least allow that program access but my only options seem to be UAC on or UAC off.  From what I've read turning UAC off is a bad idea virus wise.  Anybody have hints/tricks to make UAC more functional?

1089  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: F1 - Championship on: November 02, 2008, 11:25:26 PM
That was a fantastic race (finally, it seems most F1 races are on the whole boring).  When Vettel passed Hamilton I couldn't believe it.  I'm with Tals on Lewis as well, something about his racing style/manner bothers me and I was hoping for a Massa win if only to see the local crowd go beserk (more so than the were already).  So sad to see Glock run down with less than 1/4 of a lap to go, high drama in Brazil.  I wouldn't want Alonso on my team, his actions at Mclaren last year were bush league.  Vettel is going to get a Ferrari ride one day soon I'd guess.  I wonder if he will try to stay at Toro Rosso instead of moving onto the Red Bull "senior" team, they have that car running so well now and it was a joke at the start of the season.
1090  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 Impressions PC Edition on: November 02, 2008, 11:06:31 PM

Quote from: kathode on November 02, 2008, 09:04:32 PM

Yeah, check all drivers, including -sound- and even chipset/motherboard if you can find an update.  Also close down anything extraneous you have running other than the game.  Finally, if you've got ffdshow installed, that seems to cause a ton of problems for the game.

I turned off the sidebar and played for quite awhile with no problems so maybe that was it.  I have a fairly new computer and all the drivers have been updated.  I'm not sure what ffdshow is but I'll check out if it was installed.

I think my screenshot issue was Vista related, I started the game as an administrator and I now have some screenies.

And yes Fallout 3 IS an Oblivion mod, check out the picture.  Have you seen this area before?  ninja
 
1091  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 Impressions PC Edition on: November 02, 2008, 08:43:50 PM
The game keeps locking up on me.  The first time was when I got to the Vault exit, the screen just froze and I had to ctrl/alt/del out of the game.  Next time out in the wastelands the same thing happened and finally I tried taking a screenshot using the printscreen key and I got the message the screenshot had been created but the game froze and I lost my mouse pointer as well, I had to ctrl/alt/del again and then tab over to the shutdown button in order to get my computer re-booted.  No idea what is happening, I checked the temperature on my vid card and it was fine and on the first two lockups I could use task manager to close the game and my computer was working fine.  As a further note where are my screenshots saved to?  I tried searching for them and couldn't find them. 
1092  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm a new dad again!!!!! on: October 30, 2008, 08:03:36 PM
Let me add my congratulations to the jblank family, very cute kid there.
1093  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Kindle for $309 on: October 29, 2008, 09:42:08 PM
I love my Kindle! As for the upgraded model, it will use the same screen as the original so I don't see any real advantage to waiting for the new version, the new one has more base memory I believe but it also does away with the SD card slot.  This reminds me that I need to download the new Nelson DeMille novel that came out yesterday. 
1094  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gaming chairs on: October 28, 2008, 12:46:29 AM
Ordered up a Sumo Omni just now.  I can't wait to check it out and I'm thinking it would work pretty well for a bed in my Element if I take it camping.
1095  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Poll] Fallout 3 - PC or Console - You choose!! on: October 27, 2008, 07:00:51 PM
Lunch Box!!!  Wait, what?   Oh PC version having just built a decent computer that should be able to do the job.
1096  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/27) on: October 27, 2008, 06:53:12 PM
Kathode's 401k grows larger as I'm in for Fallout3 CE Lunchbox for the PC.  I didn't get the express shipping from Amazon so no telling when it will land, no problem though as I'm just into chapter 3 of Dead Space (absolutely need a game pad to play this on the PC) and I've got a game of Witcher enhanced edition also going.  I love having a new PC that can run this stuff.
1097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Space on: October 26, 2008, 08:46:56 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 26, 2008, 06:49:00 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on October 26, 2008, 06:01:33 PM

Quote from: Ridah on October 20, 2008, 08:42:17 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 19, 2008, 10:55:07 PM


So... Basically we should stick to a gamepad if we plan to play on the PC.

After trying to play this on my PC with keyboard and mouse (the mouse is far too floaty and the keyboard makes moving around a chore) what do I need to connect my 360 controller to the PC?  I searched the web and found the     
 Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver  .  Is that what I'm looking for?  Right now I'm more scared of trying to move around and interact with things than I am of the monsters.

That's what you're looking for.  Keep in mind you'll have to resync the controller with the 360 each time if you plan on going back and forth.  Otherwise, it works pretty well.

Cool, thanks Bullwinkle  icon_biggrin
1098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Space on: October 26, 2008, 06:01:33 PM

Quote from: Ridah on October 20, 2008, 08:42:17 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 19, 2008, 10:55:07 PM


So... Basically we should stick to a gamepad if we plan to play on the PC.

After trying to play this on my PC with keyboard and mouse (the mouse is far too floaty and the keyboard makes moving around a chore) what do I need to connect my 360 controller to the PC?  I searched the web and found the     
 Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver  .  Is that what I'm looking for?  Right now I'm more scared of trying to move around and interact with things than I am of the monsters.
1099  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: October 22, 2008, 01:52:52 AM
Very good episode but where was Anna in the Buy More segments?  The scene where Chuck is checking out the supercomputer was very funny [awkward!].
1100  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: need help deciding on a good MB on: October 22, 2008, 01:48:08 AM
I just built a PC using the Asus P5Q Deluxe that I'm real happy with, very similar feature set to the Rampage but not quite as robust in the overclocking area.  By the way I believe the two boards you listed from Asus are for DDR3 memory hence the 3 in their model names, you might want to check into that. 
1101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/20) on: October 20, 2008, 04:21:07 PM
Dead Space for the PC.  I'd look at Farcry 2 but I'm playing the first S.T.A.L.K.E.R game on my new PC so I can wait before getting another FPS game.
1102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Space on: October 16, 2008, 05:36:45 PM
Still holding out for the PC version but I need to stay away from the stores to prevent an "accidental" purchase of the 360 version since I'm actually off work this weekend.
1103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/13) on: October 13, 2008, 07:38:58 PM
Saints Row 2 for the PC this week.  Dead Space for the PC is next week so I'll have a chance to see what the PS3/360 crowd think of it before I buy.
1104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I currently hate Direct TV on: October 13, 2008, 05:37:22 AM
I get the loss of signal, searching for signal on channel 2 message every once in awhile even if the weather has been good.  I assume if you have called DirecTV they have had you reset your receiver?  If I do that with mine it always manages to pick the signal back up again.
1105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: October 09, 2008, 03:45:05 PM
One thing I'd liked to have seen is the marlin in Big Mikes office taped up after it was broken last season, instead it looks like he has a new fish on the wall.  Would have been a great shout back to an earlier episode.
1106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saints Row 2 for PC or 360? on: October 07, 2008, 09:27:43 PM
Tough choice for me having just built a nice computer (where the hell is my monitor Dell?!?!  finger).  I like playing in the living room on the 47" TV but the computer should be able to push the graphics up a notch (Bam!) so for the moment I'm leaning towards the PC version.
1107  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Operation Overkill begins on: October 06, 2008, 09:34:05 PM
It's (half)Alive!!  Still waiting on Dell to ship my monitor and they still show it shipping on the 8th of October which I find hard to believe since I ordered it on Sept 30th and all they have to do is slap a shipping label on the box.  Thanks for the prompt service Dell!  finger.

Anyway I hooked up the wife's monitor to it and fired it up.  The system is much quieter than I thought it would be even with 4 case fans running, I guess since the fans are large and run at less rpm's than some others.  The only difficulty I had was getting my Belkin network card to work since it didn't ship with Vista capable drivers.  Once I figured out the problem and downloaded the drivers (thankfully I had the laptop to connect to the net with) I still had to struggle to get the card recoginized.  In the end I managed to uninstall the drivers from the original install disc (the non-Vista ones) and then get the new driver installed and finally the NIC worked.  That pretty much wrapped up the use of "Overkill" for the night as the boss wanted her monitor back.  Looks good so far though.
1108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: September 30, 2008, 08:11:44 PM
Very happy to see Chuck (Sarah) back.  I enjoyed the episode.
1109  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Operation Overkill begins on: September 30, 2008, 04:17:40 PM

Quote from: Laner on September 30, 2008, 01:55:56 PM

the WD 6400AAKS (Caviar SE 16 640) is nearly as fast as the Velociraptor, with twice the storage and a third of the cost.  It's worth a look.

http://techreport.com/articles.x/14583/4

It seems I've spent too much time on monitor and vid card research and not enough looking at hard drives.  Ah well I don't want to drive the 2 hours to return the velociraptor and get that drive but it sure looks like something I would have bought if I'd done better research.
1110  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Operation Overkill begins on: September 30, 2008, 08:36:01 AM
"The die is cast" and we have crossed teh Rubicon.  I ordered up a Sapphire Radeon 4870 HD vid card with 1GB memory from newegg and the monitor has been decided upon.  I'm going to get a Dell 2709WFP 27" LCD.  I was just about to pull the trigger on the Samsung 275T Plus for $880ish when I decided to check out the Dell web page and they had this one for $200 off bringing the price down to $699 with free 3-5 day shipping.  After reading a few reviews including this 15 page one http://www.prad.de/en/monitore/review/2008/review-dell-2709w.html  I decided I had waffled and hemed and hawed and twiddled long enough and the credit card was pulled out for a final meltdown.

Since this computer is going to be used for watching movies and maybe hooking up the PS3 and 360, I felt I needed the larger screen space over say a 24" monitor.  I can't wait to see this whole thing in action, I've got most of the cables run and the case is really nice for tucking things out of the way.

Oh I forgot to look at that SSD Vidiot, I'm not sure I'm willing to be that cutting edge at the moment.
1111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: STALKER Clear Skies DX10 tech demo video on: September 30, 2008, 08:26:03 AM
I'm anxious to play the original Stalker along with this on the new computer I'm putting together.  My old rig would have struggled even with some severely reduced graphics options. 
1112  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: We're all going to dieeeeeeee!!11!That on: September 30, 2008, 08:22:37 AM

Quote from: Canuck on September 30, 2008, 07:46:48 AM

Thank goodness I'm only 29 (today).  I've still got some time for my investments to grow back.  I feel sorry for all of you old fogies out there.  The shit has clearly hit the fan.

Eh it may come back faster than you think (at least I hope so) and I would expect a quick rise in the market if/when a plan is agreed upon.  But what do I know?  Nothing!
1113  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Operation Overkill begins on: September 29, 2008, 08:27:47 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on September 29, 2008, 06:14:23 PM

You're building a kick ass system with a single 300gb hard drive? Get a 100 gig raptor for your os and a 1tb drive for everything else.

Excellent point.  I was thinking about this and perhaps I'll get a 74GB raptor for the OS and then maybe another 300 GB to go RAID 0 with the current one. 
1114  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Operation Overkill begins on: September 29, 2008, 05:31:54 PM

Quote from: Beer Goggles on September 29, 2008, 04:45:47 PM

A G15 keyboard.  Sound card and speakers unless you are going with onboard sound. 

For now I'm going to use the onboard sound since I'm going to be using wireless headphones most of the time, I'll check out that keyboard.

  I'm starting to waffle on the vid card though, it is very expensive and I can get almost the same performance using two 4870's in crossfire mode.  If I buy one 4870 now ($270ish vice $550 for the X2) and add another one on later, I'll also have backup if one of the cards should fail.  One of the reasons I got the 620W PSU was the power draw of the X2 card so it will be real overkill to only have one card drawing off the supply.

Ahh a quick check of Newegg reminds me of why I was looking at the X2, it has 2GB of video memory while the single 4870's had 512MB each, I wanted the larger memory for my card. I see the 1GB 4870's are available for around $300 so I'd be willing to have two of those eventually for an additional $50 vice the single X2 card, my new case is huge and the motherboard supports Crossfire so I'm sure that is the route I'll take now.

Still up in the air for a monitor though, all the stores close to me only stock the lower-mid range LCD's ($200-$450) while I'm looking for one in the $600-800 range.  This makes it impossible to check the monitors in person so I'm having to go by online reviews (anandtech, extremetech, Toms Hardware, etc...).  I'm  thinking since I plan on using this to view DVD's as well as gaming and various other tasks I'd be better off with a non-TN type screen since the TN suffers from color shifts if you aren't looking directly at the screen.  I know the other screen types suffer from input lag but I'm probably the largest source of lag in the first place so I'm willing to give that up for a better overall viewing experience.
1115  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Operation Overkill begins on: September 29, 2008, 12:05:41 AM
After my wife's computer crashed and she took over my desktop I've been researching a new computer for myself.  Well today I started buying the parts, I think it should be fast but I know it will be pricey. 

Things I picked up today

CPU- Intel Q9550
Motherboard- Asus P5Q Deluxe
RAM- Corsair XMS2 DDR2 4GB in two modules
PSU- Corsair HX620W modular
DVD  Drive- LG GGC-H20L Blu-ray/HD player, DVD reader/burner
Hard Drive- Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB SATA drive
O/S- Windows Vista Home Premium SP-1 64bit
Network card- Belkin N1 Wireless
Case- CoolerMaster HAF932 tower
Mouse- Logitech G5

Still to come

Video Card-  Most likely an ATI 4870X2
Monitor- Up in the air, I'm looking at a Samsung 245T or a Dell 2409 or maybe even a Samsung 275T.
A CPU cooler fan which I forgot to get today.
Whatever else I forgot eh?

1116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How has the economic downturn affected you? on: September 19, 2008, 02:29:03 AM
I'd say in the normal finance area I'm mostly unaffected but my 401k fund has taken some huge hits.  I won't need that money for another 10-11 years but it is still a bit of a shock to see some losses equal to half my annual salary happen in one day.
1117  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [9/12/08] When Moliere is Away the Geezers Will Play... on: September 18, 2008, 02:24:46 AM

Quote from: USMC Kato on September 18, 2008, 12:22:48 AM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on September 18, 2008, 12:03:19 AM

Soooooo..... any thing happening with this 9/19/08 style?

I sense fear from the other Geezers.......  ninja

pfft.  I have no fear,no gear, no skills and no kills so bring it on Patchie, I have one more Friday night off so I'll try to make another session  of being blown to smithereens.
1118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: See you all in 6-7 months!!! on: September 17, 2008, 05:05:51 AM
You need a laser for a shotgun? 
1119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official] Rock Band 2 Impressions on: September 17, 2008, 05:02:23 AM
Man I suck at drums so bad.  Even on easy setting I'm flailing like a fish out of water, more time in the training section for me I guess.  On the other hand while I'm a Medium difficulty player on the guitar I did manage to complete one song on Hard-- "The Kids in America"  (shhhh I was playing bass  icon_razz).  I actually liked the speed of the notes coming at me but need a lot of work before I can even attempt to pass a lead guitar song on hard, should be fun though.  The RB2 guitar is working very well for me and I finally managed to get the video cal to work, I had to hold the guitar at just the right distance (I figure it was about 8" from the screen) to register the flashes.

Oh and I wanted to practice Kids in America but it didn't show up on my playlist in the training section, do I have to finish the venue the song is located in for it to show up?
1120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official] Rock Band 2 Impressions on: September 16, 2008, 11:45:03 PM
I never got into the drums while playing RB1 but I hear good things about the new training mode in RB2 so I think I'll try out my original drum set.  I'm betting my foot will feel like its falling off again, just like last time.
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