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761  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Instructions for checking out Ubuntu Linux on: November 08, 2006, 11:17:23 AM
been using this for a bit longer.  getting the 3D drivers for my Radeon 9700 actually wasn't nearly as difficult as i had feared, and in the process, i've become slightly more comfortable with editing the xorg.conf file. hah. also fine-tuned my monitor settings (refresh rates, especially) and it looks really nice now.

i managed to make my Intellimouse non-detected for a while, but realized that i had chosen a wrong mouse option in the X11 configuration 'wizard' (solution: pick 'IM', not 'Explorer').  i switched my speaker system to the SoundStorm audio for the time being, and it works fine with that.

still some stuff i gotta do (Automatix2 to grab all the codecs), and there are a few outstanding problems, like amaroK not detecting any music CDs in my DVD drive.  i also have to install a few games.  i downloaded the Darwinia linux patch, but haven't gotten it to work yet.  will be also getting patches for Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, Heavy Metal: FAKK, and possibly UT2K4.  i saw there's a linux version of Jagged Alliance 2, but i don't know if there's a patch for the Windows version.
762  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Instructions for checking out Ubuntu Linux on: October 30, 2006, 10:03:49 AM
ok... i'm able to use the mouse and keyboard with Edgy Eft on the second attempt (i'm typing this post from the liveCD runtime session right now).  it does come with Firefox 2.0, cool.   everything (including web connection) is running pretty slow, due to the OS running from the CD (tho Knoppix liveCD is much speedier).   some web sites (like are taking for-ev-er and a day to load.  it seems to use a 'smoothtype' sort of font display like WinXP has, but i wish to disable it  -ok that was easy, but it looks like crud.  back to 'best shapes' font.    OpenOffice looks really nice on Linux - it rather looks like MS Office 95 on Windows.  need to get it to recognize my Turtle Beach Santa Cruz soundcard, rather than the nForce2 SoundStorm integrated audio, and to change the resolution/refresh rate.  both are now fixed, mostly.  more impressions later.
763  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Instructions for checking out Ubuntu Linux on: October 27, 2006, 08:39:56 PM
gonna try it out this weekend, probably.  i have some space reserved for it on my new HD...

UPDATE:  it took a really long time to load off the CD, including a part where it seemed to freeze up completely (this was during the logo/bouncing progress bar part).  when the desktop appeared, it displayed a "There was an error starting the GNOME Settings Daemon. etc etc" message, and the system refused to respond to keyboard and mouse input.  you could see the mouse cursor in the middle of the screen, but it wouldn't move.  i ran a disc integrity check on the CDR i burned, and there were no errors.  i'll try again tomorrow.
764  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Instructions for checking out Ubuntu Linux on: October 27, 2006, 06:46:32 AM
oh yeah, Edgy Eft came out yesterday.
765  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS1? on: September 29, 2006, 10:50:32 PM

Quote from: Destructor on September 29, 2006, 05:43:09 PM

To answer your question though - the old PS1s were crap and were guarenteed to burn out after so many hours (cheap plastic holding the CD lens in place). The remade ones were much better in that aspect.

i have an old PSX which is on its way to death - cinematic videos are stuttery, and it's failed to load a game once, so far.  based on the symptoms, the laser assembly is malfunctioning, which is apparently a common problem with these units
766  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is it gay for a straight, white male to own a pink DS? on: September 23, 2006, 11:11:53 PM
it's not pink, it's light red
767  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: And your 2007 Transformers are... on: August 24, 2006, 10:25:43 PM
*@&#ing michael *@&#ing bay is directing... did anyone actually believe he would stay true to the source material?
768  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Music question on: August 24, 2006, 10:08:40 PM
769  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Instructions for checking out Ubuntu Linux on: August 23, 2006, 08:51:19 AM
i have an Ubuntu ISO i got from bittorrent to replace SUSE 9.2 on my current machine (dual boot with WinXP using GRUB) ... now, how do i do the replacement?  do i have to manually wipe out the SUSE partition, and... do what with GRUB?
770  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: New Forum Feedback in HERE please on: August 12, 2006, 09:22:41 PM
i like the shift to new software. more functionality is always good. 

my only suggestion would be to disable the displaying of the 'print' button.
771  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Computer Gaming World no longer?? on: August 03, 2006, 10:25:22 PM
Quote from: "Crawley"
Although I do hope they quickly roll past the review style where they quote other reviewers within the game review

yeah, what's up with this??  it's laziness.  and it seems to manifest as

"So-and-so from gaming-website said 'Blah blah blah' regarding such-and-such about the game, and I happen to agree with that."
772  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: July 31, 2006, 10:51:36 PM
+1 to corruptrelic
773  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Interesting article on Blu-Ray and HD-DVD on: July 28, 2006, 10:55:32 PM
i'm still doing fine with my VHS tapes...??
774  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / AMD set to buy ATI for $5.5 billion on: July 23, 2006, 08:49:33 AM
what i would like to see are AMD-processor motherboards with *decent* integrated ATi graphics chips made mainstream...
775  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Out of This World / Another World free on: June 22, 2006, 06:35:18 PM
Quote from: "Zarkon"
I actually just sold the original AITD on floppy on Ebay. biggrin

how much did you get for it?
776  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Cool Gamer's Wives on: June 20, 2006, 01:39:59 AM
i had a girlfriend once who collected game consoles... had boxes and boxes of peripherals and cables, and a fair number of games - but in the year+ that we went out, i never saw her playing much of anything besides DDR, Samba de Amigo, Master of Orion II and HoMM III.
777  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Windows Vista - 40 page preview on: June 03, 2006, 08:05:12 AM
a lot changes in 7 years!  i now care more about new linux distros...
778  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hasbro to release 'classic' Transformers on: June 02, 2006, 08:21:11 AM
i've not seen the Alternators before...  Tracks was one of my favorite Autobots, so i'm tempted to get that one... and Wheeljack was my first ever Transformer, but the reissue is weird.  and what's up with the Grimlock/Ravage/Shockwave rejiggerations??  and Optimus Prime as a pickup truck?  i'm not OK with this.
779  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hasbro to release 'classic' Transformers on: June 02, 2006, 12:10:08 AM
Astrotrain still turns into a train (as well as a space shuttle), check the link in the first post.  it looks less than cool, but that functionality is still there.  i'm still wondering why they picked that one to re-release...
780  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Books Read in 2006 (Keep it Updated) on: May 30, 2006, 01:32:05 AM
Calculus for Cats - Kenn Amdahl and Jim Loats

an often amusing read about the diabolic obfuscation of the mathematics of calculus as perpetrated by an alien species - the furry household feline.  it explains the core concepts thoroughly, and gives illuminating examples in a way that calc textbooks (and profs) tend to gloss over, or ignore entirely.  these involve catmobiles and headlights on hilly roads, quadratic mice and cats ice-skating circles and spirals, holding a string...  i really wish i had this book a few years ago - i now have a workable idea of what derivatives, the rules of differentiating, and limits are (their definitions and appropriate usage), and that my downfall was really an inadequate grasp of algebra*.  the knowledge i gained from this book would have actually let me complete the class i was in at the time, instead of succumbing to an ineffectual teacher and a dense textbook.  think it's time to try again.

* - i'm going to read their Algebra Unplugged book next...
781  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / stalker shadow of chernobyl on: May 28, 2006, 07:20:34 AM
Quote from: "stiffler"
The cuts made to this game after all this time...  What have the devs been up to?  It takes years to carve out all those features? :lol:

i first heard of it in 2003.  apparently they had a helluva time trying to get the AI working so everybody (NPCs, animals, mutants, etc) was off doing their thing and also would interact with each other in a believable way - imagine that...  

so that was the main reason it was delayed.
782  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Wolfmother... Oh yessss... on: May 28, 2006, 07:14:37 AM
Quote from: "Dafones"
Do you like Zepplin?

they never appealed to me...
783  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Wolfmother... Oh yessss... on: May 28, 2006, 02:23:21 AM
i'm currently into ooold Sabbath, oooold Grand Funk Railroad, Blue Cheer, MC5, Sir Lord Baltimore... so you would think i'd be into this band (and they're from Australia toooo) - but the guy's vocals really irritate me.
784  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Do you use the word "tight?" on: May 28, 2006, 02:20:17 AM
hate that phrase...
785  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Do you still have videotapes? on: May 28, 2006, 02:19:24 AM
almost all the tapes i own are either music video compilations from bands that haven't (or never will) been released on any other media, ever; or personal recordings.

besides, i don't even own a standalone DVD player.  : \
786  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / PC game sale on: May 28, 2006, 02:14:29 AM
aw crud - i just got rid of Hitman 2.  : /
787  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just installed DivDiv... on: May 28, 2006, 02:07:08 AM
i really* do want to play this game, but it tends to crash on my computer randomly when entering buildings.   i've done all of the 'suggested fixes' on the official website (except 'roll back your video driver to a much earlier version' - yeeeeah, sure thing) - nothing worked.
788  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How fast is your internet connection? on: May 07, 2006, 10:35:55 AM
to Seattle (i live very close to downtown):

Download Speed: 533 kbps (66.6 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 210 kbps (26.3 KB/sec transfer rate)

i have never ever gotten blazing DSL transfer speeds anywhere that i've lived.  : /
789  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Spider Man 3 Villian cast...but who is the villian? on: April 14, 2006, 06:31:34 AM
no Vulture??
790  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Why do I hate the Hitman series? on: April 11, 2006, 07:38:01 PM
plotwise, i *hate how they wrapped it up at the end of the first game, then made a somewhat plausible excuse for a sequel - then when it really should have ended there, kept going with two more titles.  bleh.
791  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / on: April 03, 2006, 08:21:58 AM
nice ad choice! i signed up with them.  still trying to find something to spend my points on, but i like the idea.
792  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re-poll - Sat Radio on: March 29, 2006, 07:00:57 AM
the local college radio stations are all i listen to.
793  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Music] Rob Zombie - Educated Horses on: March 29, 2006, 06:57:48 AM
Rob Zombie just turned 40 in January...
794  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Bush Boom is officially over! on: March 26, 2006, 07:24:56 AM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
he whole controversy on whether the next wave of DVD drives might not work with non-OEM computers has me a bit concerned,

where can i read more about this??
795  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / broken xbox/ps2/gamecube/dreamcast? i may want it.. on: March 26, 2006, 01:37:23 AM
looking for something to practice console repair skills on.  if you have something that fits the above, let me know.

i think i'll also accept PS1s, Saturns, 3D0s or N64s...or older!
796  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: March 21, 2006, 07:52:54 AM
+1 to JasonConan - my comicbook-based game for his dungeons&dragons-based game.  it's like it's still the '80s or something.
797  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Oblivion - $15 off the 360 version, $10 Off the PC version on: March 21, 2006, 12:13:42 AM
is it the XBox normal version and PC CE version that's selling for $44.99?  i can't tell from that ad.
798  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Are long load times killing the PSP? on: March 02, 2006, 06:35:08 PM
Smackdown vs RAW 'loading' video

even skipping past the cut-scenes... almost 6 1/2 minutes!
799  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: February 28, 2006, 05:44:04 PM
+1 to fafhrd for the PIFF
800  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: February 27, 2006, 06:40:18 AM
+1 to CeeKay for the trade.
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