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361  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Laptop screen dead? on: January 15, 2010, 02:42:59 PM
A bad LCD power inverter is the more likely problem, I think. It's a little PCB that looks something like this:

He can replace it himself if he's the handy type. You just need to pull apart the screen casing; the inverter will likely be near the bottom or side of the screen. There are numerous tutorials online.

As far as testing is concerned...I'm not sure. I have 3 dead desktop LCDs and 1 dead laptop LCD (this can't be normal) and they all suffer from the same problem. I know it's the inverter because when I first turn on the monitors the backlights light up just fine, and then turn off a few seconds later.
362  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] The Thing Prequel on: January 14, 2010, 12:08:19 PM
363  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] The Thing Prequel on: January 14, 2010, 12:02:21 AM

Quote from: hepcat on January 13, 2010, 10:07:00 PM

the norwegians, if i remember correctly.

Nope. It was those crazy Swedes.


Hey Sweden!
364  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS/T ATI Radeon X1900XT 256mb PCIe on: January 02, 2010, 12:06:24 AM
Well my 7600 GT blew up out of warranty so now my A64 3200+ system is stuck using an old PCI card I had lying around. Is that a good enough sob story?

Short of that, can you give any hints as to what you might be interested in as far as a trade is concerned?
365  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's the word I'm looking for... ? on: December 28, 2009, 10:47:06 AM
366  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do people really need a gas powered blender? on: December 27, 2009, 01:40:23 AM
That thing has nothing on the V8 powered chainsaw.
367  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Brittany Murhphy dies on: December 21, 2009, 02:41:05 AM
Quick, get Abe Vigoda to intensive care as a preventative measure!
368  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Ultima 6 Project on: December 16, 2009, 04:55:10 PM
If it doesn't offer widescreen resolutions in the menu with the latest patches:

Unfortunately it chops off the top and bottom as opposed to having real WS support. But hey, it's better than nothing.
369  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joanna Krupa's new PETA ad...catholics outraged...NSFW on: December 08, 2009, 04:10:14 PM
They do some nice work...

370  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Top 50 Guitar Riffs of all time on: November 28, 2009, 07:22:49 AM
Quote from: LoneStarSpur
No "Comfortably Numb"?

Not sure why Comfortably Numb would be on the list; It's not "Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time".

Master of Puppets is a glaring omission, though.
371  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: eVga 4 way SLI $1699 on: November 21, 2009, 01:11:46 PM
Crazy kids - back in my day they put them all on the same card.

372  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: DC Sniper Executed = another death penalty thread on: November 18, 2009, 01:38:19 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 11, 2009, 06:59:58 PM

They should have used a firing squad!

Nah, they should have put him in prison for 25 years and then told him he was free to go.

And then sniped him at the prison gate.
373  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So... should I give Thief a second chance? on: November 15, 2009, 09:46:08 AM
I did not enjoy a number of the levels from Thief 1 (which I just got around to finishing this year). I don't think you're missing too much, honestly. Lord Bafford's Manor and Break from Cragscleft Prison were my two favorite levels in the game, and if you didn't enjoy Down in the Bonehoard, then I doubt you're going to have a lot of fun with most of the remaining levels, many of which are an even larger departure from the setting and gameplay of the first few levels (as well as being even more protracted).

Return to the Cathedral is pretty highly regarded, and I will say that it's easily the best mission in the latter part of the game, but I'm not sure it would be worth trudging through the levels leading up to it if you weren't enjoying yourself at all.

I can't comment too much on Thief 2 since I've only played a handful of levels, but I'm hoping to finish that one this year as well.

I really enjoyed most of Thief 3, though, and I would highly recommend that you give it a shot if you haven't. The level design is much more straightforward so you won't find yourself constantly wondering where you are and where the hell you're supposed to be going. It is quite long, though, and it may burn you out after a while, but I implore you to at least get to the Robbing the Cradle level, which is exceptional.
374  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III - Each class has a different energy source? on: November 07, 2009, 11:10:17 PM

Quote from: Ridah on November 06, 2009, 05:23:23 PM

Heh, this is funny from the Blizz guy:

"It's kind of fun to watch people that have never played a Diablo game before, or it's been a long time. They immediately go for the WASD keys, and when those do nothing they then try holding down the right mouse button to rotate the camera. Sometimes by accident they're reminded it's click to move."

It's not WoW! slywink

I usually play Diablo 2 with my hand on WASD. It's like the PC gamer's version of the home keys. biggrin
375  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fedor Emelianenko vs Brett Rogers, Saturday on CBS on: November 07, 2009, 01:28:51 AM
I think Fedor adds one more soul to his collection, here.

Which of course means he'll get brutally knocked out in the greatest upset in MMA history.

Of note, SpikeTV will be airing the following recent UFC main events to counter the Strikeforce card:

B.J. Penn vs. Kenny Florian
Anderson Silva vs. Forrest Griffin
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Randy Couture
Vitor Belfort vs. Rich Franklin

Obviously you should watch the live card, but you can tape this or whatever and watch it later, or turn it there during commercial breaks.
376  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Metro 2033 on: October 22, 2009, 07:01:40 PM
There aren't many games coming out that excite me, but this is one of them. Please don't let it suck please don't let it suck please don't let it suck.
377  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Independence Day 2 in the works on: October 15, 2009, 11:27:56 PM
"And what the hell is that smell!?!?"

^---- best line in the movie
378  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Independence Day 2 in the works on: October 14, 2009, 12:06:58 PM
Did the aliens update their firmware?
379  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Commandos sneak into GOG on: October 13, 2009, 05:12:26 PM

Quote from: kronovan on October 13, 2009, 02:20:00 PM

BTW Is it possible to edit an INI for KotOR2 v.2.1 so that it'll work with the UniWS? I manually located 2 of the hex strings for resolution and set my own rez, but my edit just crashed the game.  icon_confused

I just tried it out myself and it worked fine, so I'm not sure what to tell you. Here's what I did:

Installed Game.
Patched with file sw_pc_english_from200424_to210427.exe.
Downloaded the "CARBON" No-CD executable from GCW.
Ran UniWS and patched said executable.
Selected 1280x960 in game.
Opened swkotor2.ini and changed the resolutions under the [Display Options] and [Graphics Options] sections to my widescreen resolution.

Launching the game brings up an "insert CD into drive" screen, but clicking continue bypasses it. Everything seems to work fine otherwise.

Are you running Vista or Windows 7?
380  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Commandos sneak into GOG on: October 12, 2009, 01:22:58 PM
I've included a (somewhat) automated method of applying the widescreen hack to Commandos 2, so you don't have to manually hex edit it.

UniWS is a great program but unfortunately they don't keep it updated, so if I want people to use it to apply whatever hack I come up with, I have to tell them to edit the ini file themselves, which almost defeats the purpose...

What are you gonna do...
381  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What was the last good game manual? on: October 10, 2009, 07:36:45 PM
Sid Meier's Pirates! (2004) has a very nice 140~ page spiral bound manual.
382  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tropico Reloaded Giveaway on: October 05, 2009, 07:54:08 PM
Yep, I've got mine and have been enjoying it the last few days. Thanks again.
383  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [LttP]Call of Juarez on: October 01, 2009, 09:33:14 PM
Yeah that was the general consensus, I think. Beautiful game and some good shooter gameplay, but almost completely on rails. And the whip was annoying. There is one Billy level later on where it's a bit more open (and is one of my favorites as a result). It has a slower pace and few (no?) enemies, allowing you to ride around and really take in the visuals.

I played through it once and tried to give it a second go but became bored halfway through. Definitely worth the $3 I paid for it at GoGamer though! :b
384  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Best Web Based Email Client? on: September 30, 2009, 06:45:58 PM
Yahoo Mail crashes IE for me and momentarily hangs Opera.
385  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I think I'm going to replay STALKER on: September 15, 2009, 04:43:38 AM
If your computer isn't good enough to run it with dynamic lighting, do not let that deter you. I originally ran the game with static lighting on my A64 3200+ 7600GT computer and it ran beautifully and still looked very good.

Despite the numerous problems (especially Pripyat onwards), this is still one of my top 3 FPS games ever. I typically run it with the Oblivion Lost mod.
386  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tropico Reloaded Giveaway on: September 09, 2009, 03:04:08 AM
Yeah, I'd also like to say thanks to GT for doing this giveaway. I can't wait to try these games out.
387  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tropico Reloaded Giveaway on: September 05, 2009, 04:46:56 AM
The suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.
388  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tropico Reloaded Giveaway on: August 19, 2009, 06:22:52 AM
Country: Canadia
Leader: Pierre LeChuck
389  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mermaids spotted....'Splash' Fantasies can continue!! on: August 12, 2009, 12:51:23 AM
390  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Help, my computer stopped working and I can't power up! on: July 18, 2009, 08:09:54 PM
If it's the computer and not the surge protector you have it plugged into (make sure you hit the reset button on that in case it got tripped) then it pretty much has to be either the PSU or motherboard.
391  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: UFC 100: GSP vs Alves, Lesnar vs Mir on: July 08, 2009, 11:11:31 PM

Quote from: gellar on July 08, 2009, 01:50:30 AM

2) Barnett is the consensus #2?  I'm now not sure you know what consensus means, which explains your inability to spell it.  He's arguably top 5.  Mir would destroy him, Nogueira's already beaten him, and I'm reasonably certain Lesnar would fuck him up too.

Josh Barnett is bigger, stronger, and about as talented a grappler as there is in MMA. I'm not exactly sure how one could arrive at the conclusion that Frank Mir would "destroy" him. I don't even think he would beat him. Maybe in a Jiu Jitsu tournament...

Quote from: gellar on July 08, 2009, 01:50:30 AM

3) It's heavyweights - no one cares anyway cause there are exactly four worth a crap in the world.

And what four are those?

There are a number of up and comers that should interest you. Guys like Cain Valasquez, Junior Dos Santos, and Shane Carwin, for example. Gonzaga is still young but he's well rounded and a real threat to any opponent.

The competition level for GSP, Penn, and Anderson Silva really is not greater than the competition level for the heavyweights (the UFC heavyweights, I mean). I think any of the four heavyweights I mentioned above have at least as good a chance at winning the belt than any lightweight, welterweight, or middleweight with the exception of Alves.

Penn owns the LW division; I would be very surprised if Kenny Florian or Diego Sanchez beat him. Nobody else is even close. Who's going to compete with Georges St. Pierre? Alves is the last real challenge. And who at 185 is going to beat Anderson Silva? Hendo or no one. If Vitor comes back I'd love to see the fight, though.

Quote from: gellar on July 08, 2009, 01:50:30 AM

4) GSP OR Alves fighting a tree would be more entertaining than Mir/Lesnar OR Fedor/Barnett.

No, I'm pretty sure it wouldn't.

Quote from: gellar on July 08, 2009, 01:50:30 AM

5) People Fedor has not beaten: 1) Frank Mir, 2) Brock Lesnar, 3) Randy Couture - meaning he hasn't beaten anyone worth a crap since Nogueira or CroCop since 2005.  People Fedor has beaten recently: Tim 'I'm gigantically fat' Sylvia and Andrei 'Glass Josef' Arlovski.

People Frank Mir hasn't beaten: Everybody but Brock Lesnar, Nogueira, and Tim Sylvia years ago.
People Brock Lesnar hasn't beaten: Everybody but Gatekeeper Herring and Old Man Couture.
People Randy Couture hasn't beaten: Everybody but Tim Sylvia, Gabriel Gonzaga, and Pedro Rizzo a decade ago.

Don't try to compare Fedor's record to any of the three mentioned above. There is no comparison; he's beaten more legitimate heavyweights than all three of them combined. He destroyed two of the most successful UFC heavyweights back to back and you're talking down about him because of it. What? Did you want him to like, beat both of them at the same time?
392  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Pirate Bay bought for $7.8 million on: July 06, 2009, 07:55:30 PM
It basically says "Yeah it's wrong, but I'll just steal it anyway because I don't want to pay for it! lolz0rz."

I'm not sure you could classify that as an argument, by definition.

"They ripped us off on CDs..."

How did they do that, exactly? They set the price. You concluded it was worth the price. You bought it. Seems about as fair a transaction as there could possibly be. If you didn't think it was worth the price and you bought it anyway, that just means you're an idiot. It has nothing to do with you getting ripped off.

He spends the first half of the article explaining how free will always win out ("It doesn't matter how cheap they make their service. They just can't compete with free.").

And his solution to the problem? "There will never be a solution to piracy until they can provide us with a product that is actually worth what they are asking us to pay."

So he's a retard. That's really the only conclusion I can arrive at.
393  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Minor hardware problem on: July 03, 2009, 03:37:37 PM
Power Supply might be going.
394  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Pirate Bay bought for $7.8 million on: July 01, 2009, 02:57:02 AM
Uh, can you tell me how it is stealing?
395  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: "Please pirate our games. Thanks. With Love, EA CEO" on: June 29, 2009, 01:24:48 AM
Fuck EA.
396  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What was that game where... on: June 25, 2009, 03:41:28 PM
I thought it was a very good game. The visuals, music, story, different races / units, and interface were all well done.

You can get it at GoGamer for $10. I would be surprised if you didn't consider it money well spent.
397  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: loaves of bread on: May 27, 2009, 11:26:52 PM
Yeah why don't you store it in the freezer or at least in the fridge?
398  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Terminator: Salvation on: May 16, 2009, 05:16:45 AM
Wake me when this 3rd person, over the shoulder, hide behind cover trend dies out.
399  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Platformers on the PC? on: May 14, 2009, 06:39:42 AM
Psychonauts is very good, though I've never tried to play it with the keyboard. People seem to like Beyond Good & Evil as well, but I found it to be pretty buggy. You can play it with a mouse and keyboard, though (in fact I'm not sure it supports gamepads at all without some extra software).
400  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Funniest Out-of-context text on: May 11, 2009, 03:54:26 PM
"As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly."
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