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121  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Monitor going blank after switching from/to full-screen mode on: October 12, 2012, 07:21:16 AM
also happens when changing resolution, once in a while. this is only a 'sometimes' problem, but when it happens, it will occur several times in a row. powering off and then powering on the monitor will display the graphics properly again.

suspecting a monitor or video card issue... mmmmaybe even power supply. has this ever happened to anyone?

Samsung SyncMaster 170MP monitor
HIS Radeon HD 5770
Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 Mobo
AMD Phenom II X4 925 CPU
122  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / iControlPad 2-open source Bluetooth controller with game controls and keyboard on: October 07, 2012, 01:40:03 AM
i have the first iControlPad, and it's a neat device. it still gets firmware updates, a year and a half after its release. this new one has a keyboard in addition to the analog and digital controls.

123  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / replacing analog controller on Sony PSP-1000 on: September 03, 2012, 12:19:00 AM
so the stupid nub kept falling off, until the socket finally split. i attempted to glue it back onto the PSP, but all i managed to do was dent the surface of the analog controller mechanism and now it doesn't work correctly. it looks like the replacement is simple, but i'm wary of buying an inferior component - what are the best places to order from? i don't mind spending a few more dollars if i can be assured of getting a quality or OEM replacement.
124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EA putting itself up for sale? on: August 19, 2012, 08:03:33 AM

no official word yet, but this is probably a natural development for several (perhaps... many) reasons...
125  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: HAWX 2, From Dust, Silent Hunter 5, Driver SF - $1 on: August 18, 2012, 10:31:50 PM
thought about it, but the UBI DRM is not one i want to support.
126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Rise of the Triad returns on: August 04, 2012, 08:31:05 AM
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Rise of the Triad returns on: August 04, 2012, 07:15:05 AM
i was not expecting RoTT 2... ever

hopefully it's just as ridiculous as the first one was
128  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: In the market for a new laptop for pharmacy school... on: July 19, 2012, 06:31:53 AM

Quote from: JCC on July 19, 2012, 12:51:11 AM

One other thing Pete, since money is tight, don't waste any money on Office. Just download Open Office for free.

or LibreOffice. i prefer it to Microsoft Office myself. there's also Google Docs Drive.
129  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: Xbox 360 wireless adapter on: July 04, 2012, 07:46:05 AM
network adapter, correct. either is fine.
130  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / LF: Xbox 360 wireless adapter on: July 02, 2012, 08:21:27 AM
131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSN/XBLA] Nexuiz on: June 30, 2012, 10:11:58 AM
the Linux version had bots. it's very UT2K4 in playstyle.
132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Dreamcast/NEOGEO] Gunlord on: June 30, 2012, 10:10:49 AM
looks like a Turrican homage
133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Scrolls, from Mojang on: June 28, 2012, 01:48:47 AM
forums: "Coming Soon"

134  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / building a combination Linux media server/mythTV and Windows gaming machine on: May 27, 2012, 12:24:39 AM
and i need help on choosing a small and quiet, well-ventilated case, as i don't have much experience with building small-form factor PCs. it's going to be used for hosting media files for streaming around the house and will also act as an occasional gaming machine. price is not a concern for this customer, and i will be configuring Linux and Windows on it myself.
135  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Virgin Mobile prepaid Androids on sale at Radio Shack on: May 15, 2012, 08:22:24 AM
how did you get $25/month for that plan? it's $35 here.
136  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Kindle Fire to go on clearance at Target - Rumors are false. on: May 05, 2012, 11:06:09 PM

Quote from: rshetts2 on May 05, 2012, 03:52:59 PM

Kindles are price fixed by Amazon and they dont allow fire sales.

is price-fixing illegal in the US or not?
137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: STALKER 2 on: April 10, 2012, 08:58:59 AM
time for Kickstarter?
138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Led Zeppelin box set(4cd) disk 2 on: April 05, 2012, 07:13:41 AM
see your inbox
139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you like pain? on: February 27, 2012, 05:04:14 AM
“Then I am a religious man, Prendick, as every sane man must be. It may be, I fancy, that I have seen more of the ways of this world's Maker than you,—for I have sought his laws, in my way, all my life, while you, I understand, have been collecting butterflies. And I tell you, pleasure and pain have nothing to do with heaven or hell. Pleasure and pain—bah! What is your theologian's ecstasy but Mahomet's houri in the dark? This store which men and women set on pleasure and pain, Prendick, is the mark of the beast upon them,—the mark of the beast from which they came! Pain, pain and pleasure, they are for us only so long as we wriggle in the dust..."
140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Robocop Does Not Hold Up Well on: February 22, 2012, 09:50:40 AM
making sequels to (or remakes of) Verhoeven films is nonsensical.
141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Drive on: February 19, 2012, 10:00:01 PM
the gf has been pushing me to watch this for a while now, so i did last night... this was just after me seeing _Heat_ and _Thief_ for the first time over the past two weeks, so the spectre of Michael Mann loomed heavily over everything... (she had said that this would just be the same movie again, half-jokingly)

i enjoyed the pacing of it in the first half - there were some scenes where the silences were metronomic and perfectly 'tapped' out. for me, however, the over-the-top violence (even with CGI blood) and simple ending pushed the movie into Sillytown and heavily brought down my estimation of it.
142  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS: Gigabyte 5770 Super OC $50 on: February 17, 2012, 08:18:07 AM
turns out my mobo only has one PCI-e port. dohhhh. sorry.
143  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS: Gigabyte 5770 Super OC $50 on: February 13, 2012, 08:44:00 AM
too bad you weren't selling this several months ago when i got a 5770..

i still might be interested. can you cross-fire Radeon cards from different manufacturers?
144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Steam Backlog - The Undertaking. on: February 07, 2012, 03:29:00 AM
take on some of the 'sandbox' titles. example: Train Simulator 2012 - futz around with that for a while, then do something else. come back to it when you feel like. nothing to 'complete' there.
145  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Windows 7 failing to reinstall on my current PC on: February 07, 2012, 03:03:08 AM
looks like i posted too soon - disabling MS Security Essentials allowed the reinstall from within Windows to correctly finish. (... really?)  still doesn't explain why the booting from DVD/USB failed.
146  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / [solved] Windows 7 failing to reinstall on: February 07, 2012, 02:09:07 AM
I am having problems with my new video card (apparently did not fully uninstall the old video card drivers - dxdiag is still reporting the old video card - and among other issues i get "special memory pool allocation error" BSODs when restarting the machine) and am attempting to reinstall Windows 7, as nothing else I've tried has worked to fix this issue.

When I boot Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate edition from DVD or USB, I get the GUI installation background 'wallpaper' and mouse cursor, but no dialogs, nor is any sort of actionable input displayed. I have to press the reset or power button here to exit.

Attempting to set up from within Windows 7 will successfully copy and extract the installation files, but upon reboot, when the GUI installation screen is displayed with "Setup is starting...", the dialog "Windows could not start the installation process." immediately displays. I can only exit and reboot at this point.

I am attempting to again install from within Windows, but disabling MS Security Essentials first. (I do not see any sort of boot-sector protection options available in the BIOS.) If that fails, I would probably have to fully reformat the hard drive and hope that booting from DVD/USB will display the proper installation dialogs, but that seems a bit risky at this point. I could also attempt to install Linux and see if that fails miserably.

System specs:
8GB (4x2GB) A-DATA Gaming Series 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600 (running at 1333 speed)
AMD Phenom II X4 925 Deneb 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor
Socket AM3 PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333) ATX Motherboard Retail
HIS Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
1.5TB Seagate Barracuda 7200 HD
SilverStone ST50F 500W PSU

I should note that MemTestx86+ and Windows Memory Checker (whatever that's called) do not display any errors in RAM.


147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Seattle snowmagaddeon 2012! on: January 24, 2012, 02:07:54 AM
i went to work every day! i was one of five people in the office (out of ~65) on Wednesday. buses made it easy.
148  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Gametap] Neverwinter Nights Complete FREE on: January 02, 2012, 08:32:50 PM
and now it's completely disappeared off their site
149  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Gametap] Neverwinter Nights Complete FREE on: January 02, 2012, 04:43:30 AM
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which is funny, as it was just going to ask me what my payment details were, before it displayed this message.
150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GT Community: Pick your favorite PC game of 2011 on: December 28, 2011, 04:53:46 AM
151  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Mac or PC on: December 18, 2011, 10:51:12 PM

Quote from: Laner on December 12, 2011, 07:50:16 PM

How much, if I may

Quote from: hitbyambulance on December 09, 2011, 12:29:06 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 23, 2011, 08:51:01 PM

I have no idea if it's true that Apple computers keep a better resale value, but let's go with that.

i just sold an 8-year old iBook G3 for a modest sum. any laptop that shipped with Windows from that time won't fetch nearly as much.

How much, if I may ask?  I have a 2006 MacBook I'm looking to sell soon.

i could have sold it for around $90-100, but it went to a friend for $60. i think the power cable itself was worth almost half of that... those things sell for crazy prices.
152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your Top 5 Graphic Novels on: December 16, 2011, 10:05:35 AM
not in my top five, but i just wanted to mention the last series i read -_Oldboy_ (Garon Tsuchiya/Nobuaki Minegishi) was a fantastically-paced thriller. i haven't seen the movie adaptation, but from what i've read, they take very different approaches to the plot.
153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your Top 5 Graphic Novels on: December 16, 2011, 10:01:12 AM
_Locke & Key_ is one of the more impressive graphic novel series i've read. art is flawless (for its style) and the story is solid, with effective use of parallelism, analogy, symbolism, pacing, etc ... i have some quibbles with it, but you won't be disappointed.

and really, if you haven't yet read Neil Gaiman's _Sandman_, you are missing out on a legendary bit of storytelling in modern comics.

not yet mentioned:
Alan Moore _Promethea_
Katsuhiro Otomo _Akira_ (incredible, painstakingly-drawn art)
Osamu Tezuka _Buddha_
154  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GOG Holiday Sale: 50% almost everything! Empire Earth Gold Free! for 48 hours! on: December 14, 2011, 08:39:33 PM
i want to support gog, but i still have the disks/CDs for these games.
155  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble Indie Bundle 4 - SMB, Cave Story, 5 more on: December 14, 2011, 08:37:57 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 13, 2011, 10:00:11 PM

nice bundle-  I may have some more freebies to give away if I grab this.

Wolfire is explicit on this one:

All keys are for your personal use only.
156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Flatout 3: Chaos & Destruction on: December 09, 2011, 08:28:54 AM
my anticipation has now shifted from Flatout 3 to the new Ridge Racer... but it looks like the new Flatout has some inspiration from the Burnout series, so i think it'll be worth looking into at some point.
157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me Name This Game (Oldtimers definately can help here) on: December 09, 2011, 08:14:47 AM
my awesome gf found it on boardgamegeek, since she's a regular there... it was indeed Star Saga: One that i was thinking of. (and it came out in 1988)
158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me Name This Game (Oldtimers definately can help here) on: December 09, 2011, 12:47:36 AM
i know what this is, but i can't remember the name. it came out in the mid-80s... i think i remember it retailed for $89.99? and it did come in a huge box. and it was entirely text, wasn't it? that was the purpose of the gameboard that came with it, so you could track your movements...

going to drive me crazy, now that i can't think of what it was called.
159  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Mac or PC on: December 09, 2011, 12:29:06 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 23, 2011, 08:51:01 PM

I have no idea if it's true that Apple computers keep a better resale value, but let's go with that.

i just sold an 8-year old iBook G3 for a modest sum. any laptop that shipped with Windows from that time won't fetch nearly as much.
160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's Thanksgiving. What's Your GOTY? on: November 25, 2011, 10:25:40 AM

Quote from: Purge on November 24, 2011, 02:12:31 PM

Also, no Minecraft? I was totally expecting to see that one come up (since it officially came out this year IIRC). I'm not a fan, but I thought there was a significant Minecraft following here.

i was considering that it had come out last year. but if it counts for 2011, then it's easily my GoTY.
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