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1  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Best Gaming Laptop for different price ranges on: December 01, 2014, 05:19:26 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on August 19, 2013, 10:13:07 PM

I use an MSI GT70 and I *love* it.   I've not had a single problem with the device, and it's OMG fast.  HDMI out means it plugs into the Onkyo and I can use the big TV in the front room as a monitor.  I highly recommend them. 

To answer your questions:

I have heard that integrated graphics are either a no-no support wise or just not enough bang for higher end games to work.  is this still true?
Not entirely so.  Most gaming laptops have the i7 integrated graphics support for 'normal use' (giving you 4+ hours of life on the battery for non-gaming) and then use a separate mobile version of a GeForce card for gaming (that'll eat your battery like candy)  Look more at the RAM vs. the RAM on the integrated card. 

What is considered a high end gaming laptop these days? ($2000+ ?) Any recommendations ? 
About 2k.   MSI. 

What is considered a mid range gaming laptop?  ($1000+ ?) Any recommendations ?

About 1500.

What is considered a low-end gaming laptop?  ($500+ ?) Any recommendations ?
About 1000. 

Thanks for those price responses... I had hoped to find something well under 1000 on cyber Monday, but have not had any good luck.  If anyone sees any good deals on a semidecent gaming laptop, please post a link
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: June 17, 2014, 01:12:23 AM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on June 16, 2014, 06:55:39 PM

Some of the big differences
Spoiler for Hiden:
Coldhands completely removed from show.  Brienne does not fight the Hound. Varys does not leave with Tyrion.  Jojen doesn't die outside.   In the show Tyrion doesn't find out what actually happened with his first wife Tysha and the infamous "wherever whores go" line was cut.  Also no Lady Stoneheart but they may hold that for the season opener, though I'm thinking she's going to suffer the same fate as Coldhands.
totally understand they need to make adjustments... but the tyrion spoiler conversation that forge mentions is kinda a big deal.  And by kinda, I mean character changing.  (also if they are planning to make that reveal at a later date it can ONLY be less impactful).  Hell... iirc that conversation is the reason tyrion climbs the ladder in the first place!

The brienne/hound fight was cool, but a disappointment.  I like how the dynamic half-witted duo can't seem to find a girl (or the hound) and apparently they aimlessly wander away while arya circles back and picks up a horse?   Roll Eyes

happy there is a show... happy that they are doing a decent job, but if they are fans of the book - messing with some of the best dialogue in the books is a bad way to represent it.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: June 15, 2014, 01:50:26 AM

Quote from: Roguetad on April 15, 2014, 05:50:57 PM

Another books 3-5 spoiler:  
Spoiler for Hiden:
The timeline is starting to get screwy.  The stuff happening on the show in the North with Bolten and Theon are from book 5 right?  But the events happening South at King's Landing are from book 3?
     
yes

Going to be an exciting fathers day in westeros... looking forward to the finale!


hark... love that khuu khuu khuu drawing!
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 11, 2014, 11:49:28 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 07, 2014, 06:17:52 PM


the single tear picture killed me...
(also i don't see how this would be bullying... did he show their faces somewhere? print their name and address?)
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bikini Kill is Awesome! on: April 20, 2014, 02:19:29 PM
Bikini Kill is re-releasing their music with some limited vinyl runs... I would have loved to see them live back in the day.
6  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales in OP! on: December 24, 2013, 02:08:03 AM

Quote from: Caine on December 19, 2013, 06:36:23 PM

plus, they have a new promotion, tied into voting and buying

http://store.steampowered.com/promotion/snowglobefaq
Collect all 10 Snow Globe Trading Cards to craft the Snow Globe badge and get rewards.  craft the badge and get in game items from F2P games.  the list is there, so I won't go through them here. 
the summer badge thing was fun to do... (I am 2 short from second level with it)... this one is gonna stink because the globes disappear after the 3rd which I imagine will make a bit of a feeding frenzy on the market

bought a bunch of stuff so far (CS global offensive for $3, supreme commander2, age of empires3, and a bunch of others)
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Plus - Now with lots more free games! on: November 30, 2013, 02:21:23 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 29, 2013, 03:07:13 PM

Quote from: notrich on November 29, 2013, 02:33:35 PM

well... if you are on a budget and are not interested in the other stuff, I would say it is not foolish. 

On the contrary, it's when you're on a budget that PS+ gives the best value. There are new free games available to you every month, and you get access to lower prices on a lot of stuff as well.
on the contrary... if not interested in the other stuff it would be foolish to pay for it.

thanks again for the quick answer on the requirement for multiplayer. 
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Plus - Now with lots more free games! on: November 29, 2013, 02:33:35 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 29, 2013, 02:14:00 PM

Quote from: notrich on November 29, 2013, 02:08:26 PM

forgive my noobnish... haven't bought a console since PS2... multiplayer was free back then iirc.

is playstation plus REQUIRED for multiplayer for PS4 (or even PS3)?

For PS4 yes, but not for PS3, and also not for F2P games or games with subscriptions (I believe).

thanks for the quick response

Quote from: TiLT on November 29, 2013, 02:14:00 PM

Not that it matters much. Owning a Playstation console these days without subscribing to PS+ is kind of foolish. slywink There's a bunch of great stuff you get from that subscription. It more than pays for itself even before you start considering MP.
well... if you are on a budget and are not interested in the other stuff, I would say it is not foolish.  Was surprised to find out that it was required for multiplayer, I always thought that was a plus in the ps column.

I might pick it up anyway due to the sale.  I don't play multiplayer enough these days to actually justify paying for it to be honest.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Plus - Now with lots more free games! on: November 29, 2013, 02:08:26 PM
forgive my noobnish... haven't bought a console since PS2... multiplayer was free back then iirc.

is playstation plus REQUIRED for multiplayer for PS4 (or even PS3)?

10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crusader Kings II out on: October 30, 2013, 01:18:04 AM

Quote from: kronovan on October 29, 2013, 05:42:46 PM


I've read of players building a successful dynasty from Soreya before the Old Gods, but they were experienced players and for everyone of them there was 3 players saying don't attempt it. If its sounds more possible since the expansion, I'm buying the DLC right after I finish my current game.
you might want to check out the forums for some tales of norse skipping Britain and going straight to Egypt

and there are going to be some fall sales... especially with a new dlc coming out... waiting a week or two might save you 75%


and please post a link of this Britannia board game you are speaking about - sounds cool
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crusader Kings II out on: October 27, 2013, 07:28:47 PM
2 marathon sessions has me in the 1300's now - finally produced offspring but scottland continues to rebel at every chance

experienced the sunset invasion - a nice change of pace but I think I would have it turned off in future games (more of an annoyance unlike the mongols - though it is nice to see some different culture).

One comment I will make about the old gods pack (and curious if others here experienced the same):
the norse completely dominated and almost completely wiped out all welsh/irish/anglo saxon culture.

In fact the only reason there are any irish and anglo Saxons left is that I made a point breed them up.

Also, I have been playing as an Anglo Saxon king/emperor for the last 300 years and almost all of Britain remains norse culture (managed to stomp out the religion though)

are you seeing the norse be this powerful and hard to get rid of in your games?
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crusader Kings II out on: October 26, 2013, 05:38:05 PM
a great thread on the paradox forum - what is your greatest soap opera moment in CK2?
http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/showthread.php?729106-What-is-your-best-soap-opera-moment-in-CK2&s=a39acdec0c41f7b811bf62b07b0ec369

its tough to remember the ones from way back, but my most recent is that the current Britain emperor's mother (former empress/queen of England) married his cousin (the king of Scotland) and became queen of Scotland and produced a half-brother who was eventually murdered

my mothers husband is still my heir... lol   (though it would have been bizarre to re-unify the crowns through my half brother if I continue to not produce offspring)





also, I just saw this for the first time
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xIxrx5i1To

13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crusader Kings II out on: October 24, 2013, 02:42:49 AM
i have been REALLY happy with the old gods pack... but a bunch of packs during one of the steam sales and couldn't get into it... old gods went on sale and I gave it a shot.

it is really fun duking it out in Britannia (currently around year 1200).

I was planning on trying a byzantine empire next, but now I might wait to start a new one after this new pack (SoA) comes out.


I disliked the fact that they made it so you had to buy little stuff like ruler designer... but when on sale 75% its more of an annoyance.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [HELP!] Job seeking advice needed on: October 19, 2013, 01:03:31 AM

Quote from: Gromit on October 15, 2013, 07:28:18 PM


I just don't feel that's overly ethical, but after my year in the private sector, I'm finding ethics is a very muddied proposition in some companies...part of the reason I was let go.  They didn't like me questioning the ethics of my supervisor.

Opinions??
Definitely agree that ethics are muddled in todays world.

Given your stance on ethics is it safe to assume that you have put the reason you left your last job on your resume?

I, as your new ethics advisor, suggest you re-think that position.

slywink


But seriously, I had a couple of years of long term unemployment - as an older guy - it can be tough out there no matter what your field is...  definitely work your personal network.

I basically hit the lottery and 1 of the 1000 resumes/online apps I sent out was actually pulled by the hiring manager and HE called me for the first interview.  The manager! can you believe that in the year 2012?  

No mumbling furenor head hunter, no HR person who was setting up interviews in-between deciding where they were going to lunch or vacation... the actual manager did the first phone interview - 30 minutes later he wanted to schedule the in-person and a week or two later I had the offer (actually now that I think about it... I think he called to tell me he was going to offer me the job within a few days and that HR would contact me within a couple of days... it was a couple of weeks for the HR to get around to contacting me).

pure luck - and I wish you the best with your search!
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elemental: War of Magic on: October 19, 2013, 12:38:50 AM
wow - reading through this thread was a roller coaster ride...  the stardock sale on steam made me look it up since I didn't see it as part of the stardock "bundle" that is available there.

Quote from: CeeKay on January 05, 2011, 03:16:34 AM


did we ever find out which game this guy was brought on for?  

Quote from: Razgon on January 11, 2011, 03:20:15 PM

Quote from: Victoria Raverna on January 11, 2011, 02:41:15 PM

It can still make more money for Stardock. All Brad Wardell need to do is to go to Steam and negotiate a deal to distribute it through Steam so that it can reach more potential customers. smile


You do realize why that won't happen, right?

There are plenty of broken games available on steam - I would throw a couple of dollars toward this if it was on the verge of working or did a particular thing well (I seem to remember the great mod-ability being a big selling point).


is elemental: fallen enchantress considered the second expansion that was referred to in the article above?
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Kick Ass 2: Balls to the Wall on: August 18, 2013, 04:52:52 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 24, 2013, 05:19:11 PM

Guy's just an annoying hollywood celeb who believes his popularity makes his opinions correct.  He also backed Jenny McCarthy's cockamamie anti-Vaccine stance a while back.  
Well... wasn't he boning her at the time?
(wha?  spellcheck says boneing is wrong, but without the e it looks wrong too lol)

Just saw the movie last night.  It was violent and it was funny and some parts made you cringe.  If you liked the first movie - I can't see a reason why you wouldn't like the second one (except if you are offended by a particular type of violence).   The seemed to end it on a note that there won't be a third movie.

Like some of you above, I didn't realize that was JC from the picture.  But, as soon as he talks in the movie, you know it is him... it is a really bad accent.


I wish I wrote it down but there is a line that includes "Evil Jesus" that made me laugh.


FWIW - One of the previews had Hit Girl playing the lead in re-make of Carrie.  I hated the original, but the re-make actually kind of looks good.
17  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Best Gaming Laptop for different price ranges on: August 18, 2013, 04:32:54 PM
Has anyone here had experience with fangbooks at cyberpower?

http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/FANGBOOK_Evo_HX7-100
18  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Best Gaming Laptop for different price ranges on: August 17, 2013, 05:25:00 PM
I have pretty much had crappy laptops all my life.  (except for one exceptional work laptop)

I have heard that integrated graphics are either a no-no support wise or just not enough bang for higher end games to work.  is this still true?



What is considered a high end gaming laptop these days? ($2000+ ?) Any recommendations ?



What is considered a mid range gaming laptop?  ($1000+ ?) Any recommendations ?



What is considered a low-end gaming laptop?  ($500+ ?) Any recommendations ?



the money in parenth's are just guesses - if the real mid range price is 800+ feel free to set me straight - thanks for any help!
19  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: SUMMER SALE!!! on: July 23, 2013, 02:21:26 AM

Quote from: Caine on July 21, 2013, 06:03:49 PM

I imagine the quantites are still too high to see a rise in prices.  there's almost 42k of the kerbal cards.  it could be a while before supply drops anywhere from people crafting badges.
well they have a graph you can check out on the market for each card...  I was seeing prices as low as 10 cents the day before the sale ended.

today can't see many below 20 cents  (bioshock card was trading 12-15 cents whenever I looked a couple of days ago and now lowest is 28 cents)

what really blows is whenever I put a bid on a low one - it is instantly sold already - its a shame you can't put a bid in and wait for it to be filled... you have to play the refresh game or just buy much higher than the current low prices.
20  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Snowden on: July 13, 2013, 07:22:47 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 12, 2013, 01:43:07 PM

He's now seeking asylum in Russia. I hope he sees the irony.
he probably does... since he has been trying nearly every South American country first?
21  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Supreme Court DOMA Ruling on: July 13, 2013, 07:20:36 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 26, 2013, 08:10:31 PM

Quote
If brothers dwell together, and one of them dies and has no son, the wife of the dead man shall not be married outside the family to a stranger. Her husband's brother shall go in to her and take her as his wife and perform the duty of a husband's brother to her.

so if you have a brother who marries a hot girl and he dies you get to bang his wife?
it was good enough for game of thrones
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: July 13, 2013, 07:01:04 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on July 13, 2013, 02:13:23 AM

Yes, Asian racism is hilarious
the fact that it got on air is hilarious
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: July 13, 2013, 02:05:49 AM

Quote from: naednek on July 12, 2013, 10:45:11 PM

I know it's wrong.  Very wrong... but I can't believe this aired without knowing catching it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZR4Em9JJDw
Ronnette Burgundy?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sABVhW1tc14
24  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: motherboard and cpu incompatibility issues on: September 29, 2012, 05:02:16 AM
ok... tried the 14.5x with no prob and then upped it to 16.5x with no prob so far... thanks again for the help.

trying to read more about overclocking... do some of these cpus have extra cores that might be viable to turn on?  or is it not worth the risk?

if i ignore the core part of this... what would be a reasonable  multiplier beyond 16.5 to try?  any links to a website with good info on overclocking appreciated - my googlefu often gets me into bad spots with bad info.


and to anyone interested in the progression of frames per sec in gw2.

processor at 800 and only onboard graphics:  <1 fps (had to login to the game to reserve my name - couldn't wait due to the bs short timelimit on names - it was brutal at 1 fps)

bought a 550 with 2gb w/processor at 800:  20-30ish fps (actually it might have been 15-25 - i honestly dont want to go back and check lol)

processor at rated 1650 (3300) w/graphics card: 50ish fps
25  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: motherboard and cpu incompatibility issues on: September 26, 2012, 05:01:29 AM

Quote from: Calavera on September 24, 2012, 10:39:35 AM


Quote
but still puzzeled by the 800mhz... even with gw2 in windowed mode never going higher... so i am going to try your settings.

It's 800 MHz because that is AMD's "safe default". It's the lowest multiplier on the lowest bus setting. It's not Cool 'n' Quiet making the CPU slow, it's that your BIOS doesn't know what to correctly set the core/bus speeds at. It will never go higher than 800Mhz.

Quote
but before i do, i understand we are going to try and set to 3300Mhz to "overclock" it to its max setting (when i went to performance it gave the option of setting it MUCH higher than 16.5 3300Mh) - where is the 2000Mhz coming from (2 processors at 1000 each or something else)?

if i tried 14.5x first as a test... what should i choose for the nid?

"Back in the day", you would have to set the processor information manually with jumpers. You're just doing that in the BIOS (they don't have those jumpers anymore). We aren't overclocking: you're manually setting it to factory specs because your BIOS doesn't know what they should be automatically.

The factory specs for your processor are 3.3Ghz CPU speed (the "Core FID" setting of 16.5x) with a 2GHz HT bus (The "NB FID" setting of 2000MHz). If you set the "Core FID" setting to something less than 16.5x you should still set the "NB FID" setting to 2000MHz.

Yep I understand we aren't overclocking - that was why i put it in quotes.  Thanks very much for explaining stuff in detail.  The reason why i was considering "overclocking" at a lower rate (yes i suppose that would be underclocking)... was that if the mb wasn't able to set the highest rate then maybe it wouldn't work well at the highest rate... there was also a message saying something about if i overclocked and couldnt see the bios at load up that i would  need  to clear CMOS.

So i was thinking it might be better to take baby steps first - since this is my first time doing this.  Thanks for clearly explaining everything... I am working like a dog, so i might not be able to try it until the weekend.  I will try to update here how it goes.

Quote from: Calavera on September 01, 2012, 11:48:06 PM

Set the Core FID to 16.5x if you can (according to the manual 14.5x is the highest)
I was thinking of trying 14.5x first because manual said it was the highest... i wasn't sure by your quote if that was the highest possible setting or the highest possible safest setting.  Either way... i thought it might be better to start off smaller.

26  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: motherboard and cpu incompatibility issues on: September 24, 2012, 06:09:11 AM

Quote from: Calavera on September 01, 2012, 11:48:06 PM

Your MB doesn't support that processor so it's clocking it as safe values. If you look on the CPU Support tab, the Phenom II X2 560 isn't listed.  You're not the only person to get caught by Newegg's deal:

Quote from: Newegg Review
BAD Combo Deal with X2 560
Pros: None.

Cons: I got this in a combo about a month, it came with a Phenom II X2 560. Be aware THIS IS NOT COMPATIBLE with that processor. No where did i read that it wasn't. It's the only processor in the Phenom II family that's not compatible. The only way to get the processor to work is to void the warranty( which I don't want to do) and "overclock"( really clocking it to what it needs to be) to get it to run anything over 803MHZ(not GHZ) I am VERY disappointed in this, I've never had problems with Newegg until now.

Other Thoughts: Contacted Newegg service, and they say they're not responsible for Combo deals that are not compatible, so why would they have combo deal on it? Not to mention, I would have to pay for the shipping to return the mobo to them.

Manufacturer Response:
Please see Biostar website for CPU support for this model.
http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/mb/introduction.php?S_ID=506

note: 803 MHZ may be AMD cool & quiet or what is now referred to as Power Now. A feature to save energy when the unit is not doing anything strenuous. If you don't like this feature, you can disable the "Power now" option in bios.

I love that the manufacture's response is partially bad information, it's not CnQ that is at fault, it's that the CPU isn't supported.

You're going to have to tell it the correct information because the BIOS doesn't know. Just set the multiplier to 16.5x and make sure HyperTransport is set to 2GHz and you should be good to go.

In your BIOS, it should work like this (based on the manual on their site, I don't have this board)
Under the Performance "tab" goto AMD Overclocking.
Set the Core FID to 16.5x if you can (according to the manual 14.5x is the highest)
Then set the NB FID to 2000 MHz.

That should get you close to the factory speed.

thanks for your response... sorry i am so late in replying - crazy work schedule and computer seemed to improve to reasonable speed after adding a graphics card...

but still puzzeled by the 800mhz... even with gw2 in windowed mode never going higher... so i am going to try your settings.

but before i do, i understand we are going to try and set to 3300Mhz to "overclock" it to its max setting (when i went to performance it gave the option of setting it MUCH higher than 16.5 3300Mh) - where is the 2000Mhz coming from (2 processors at 1000 each or something else)?

if i tried 14.5x first as a test... what should i choose for the nid?


also... it looks like it is reporting the 803Mhz for each processor (2 core)... so am i really getting 1600Mhz?  or should they both be going at 3300?
27  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / motherboard and cpu incompatibility issues on: August 30, 2012, 02:35:35 AM
imagine my surprise after putting together a new machine (new parts anyways) to replace my 7+ yearold computer to find out it is slower than my old computer (acting like a dog when doing anything but websurfing)



when i bought my motherboard and cpu - i thought they were positioned in advertisements to work together (newegg).

but instead of 3.3Ghz i am getting 800Mhz  <--- this part might be answered now - idling mode?  but machine still acts like a dog in games

(update -  got the nvidea monitor program installed rock steady at 804mhz even when in LoL - at 4-10 fps - it should nudge up for that game right?)


   Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.120503-2030)
           Language: English (Regional Setting: Engrish)
System Manufacturer: BIOSTAR Group
       System Model: N68S3+
               BIOS: Default System BIOS
          Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X2 560 Processor (2 CPUs), ~800MHz
             Memory: 4096MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 4064MB RAM
          Page File: 1472MB used, 6652MB available
        Windows Dir: C:\Windows
    DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
   User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
 System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
    DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
     DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 64bit Unicode


doing a search online and it gave advice like "disable cool and quiet in bios"  but i can't find anything called cool and quiet in bios...

they also said to overclock itmanually by changing the multiplier NOT the buslink... but i don't see anything labeled multiplier (but i do see some buses i guess).


any of you pro overclockers want to weigh in with some advice for a newb?   i will be off to the internet to try and find out if there is an updated mb driver that recognizes the cpu better but i am not holding my breath.




http://www.biostar-usa.com/app/en-us/mb/introduction.php?S_ID=506&tab=3
Socket AM3
 Supports AMD Phenom II/Athlon II/Sempron Processors
 Hyper Transport Technology up to 2G
 Supports AMD Cool'n'Quiet Technology
 It is recommended to use 95w CPU


http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/K10/AMD-Phenom%20II%20X2%20560%20-%20HDZ560WFK2DGM%20(HDZ560WFGMBOX).html


Quote
On socket AM2+/AM3 platforms in the minimum performance state the processor runs at 800 MHz / 0.875 - 1.05 Volt core voltage, and has TDP 35.3 Watt
hmmmm maybe i am missing something obvious?   is there a load tester utiliity out there?
28  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Transporting Desktop Computer by plane - good or bad experiences? on: July 10, 2012, 03:40:56 AM

Quote from: Doopri on July 07, 2012, 07:09:18 PM

long ago i used to carry entire towers in carry on - and not these modern day lil' guys, i'm talking old school behemoths
they must have had different size carryons?  mine is a normal sized desktop and won't fit in the standard big carryon bag

Quote from: Tokek on July 09, 2012, 03:20:05 AM

I took my gaming PC with me when I went back to Indonesia a couple of years back in my checked luggage and it survived OK. I made sure to cover it with clothes so it wouldn't get too banged up but I left all the parts inside, just made sure they're all tight before I packed it.

My dad also carried a PC back with him in his checked luggage a few years ago and we took apart the video card, ram, hard drive, etc, and that too survived the deal.

i removed the harddrive and dvd player and put them in my carryon... wrapped my desktop in clothes to help cushion it... put some ductape on the corners of some parts to help keep them in... wrapped up wires pretty tight so they wouldnt fling around

and i got a friendly card from tsa saying they examined my bag lol


i am typing this on the desktop in my new town...  only problem is i plugged in harddrive only and it seems like it triggered the "genuine windows validation program"

I was able to activate my windows via the popup (since my computer changed significantly??  all same parts except for a new keyboard), but MSE is saying that it still isnt genuine

UGH  (this winxp)
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: We need fresh blood- dont we? on: July 07, 2012, 01:38:42 AM
if you want to drive more traffic to the site... why not have one of the pretty gals that post here - post on her blog about the great forum?  and have pics of pretty gals on the front page... isn't it that simple?  Tongue

and maybe open up a social gaming/twittercentric game subforum

and we would probably need a 50 shades of gray/vampire movie forum (but on a more serious note... a book or movie sub forum might actually make sense)
30  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Transporting Desktop Computer by plane - good or bad experiences? on: July 07, 2012, 01:28:53 AM
flying back to the city i just moved to...

trying to figure out a way to move it (desktop computer) without shipping it by fedex... I was thinking about removing the harddrive from the desktop box and carrying it in my computer bag (less jostling around).

then putting the desktop in one of the two bags fly free deal in checked baggage - with the hard drive removed it shouldn't be too horrible a ride for the box right?

I will probably give the screen to a neighbor and just buy another one - need to upgrade anyways.


anyone had this situation before (moving by airplane)? - in the past whenever i moved there was a truck or car that i loaded up myself.  in this most recent move it didn't make sense to hire a truck to move just a few things that i cared about.  better to just throw out (give away) the old crap and buy (less) new crap.


31  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Risk of non-citizen voters at center of election year struggle on: July 01, 2012, 05:09:29 PM

Quote from: Alefroth on June 05, 2012, 04:27:53 AM

So you've got nothing to say about the proof?

Ale
he is just askin questions...  Roll Eyes

where is the proof that 180,000 people are illegally voting?  oh thats right there is none?

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The state said its initial check found 180,000 potential non-citizens who may be registered voters.

180,000 is a scary number... if you ignore words that have meaning

as long as you are someone that does not fit the profile of a "potential non-citizen" then everything is aok - right?
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Civilization 5: !#@#!@ Impressions Incoming! God & Kings! on: July 01, 2012, 04:53:33 PM

Quote from: Turtle on July 01, 2012, 10:57:15 AM


Not that I'm giving anyone a pass on bad AI. But have some perspective on this. Chess AI isn't all that special.
Honestly I thought my point was clear that Firaxis would not use the moves that the pieces were DESIGNED to use in their AI.

Quote from: Turtle on July 01, 2012, 10:57:15 AM

Most of the amazing chess AI you hear about like the IBM one actually have a big team of programmers working on it after every match, correcting for mistakes. They can't learn on their own that well.
There was a pretty cool mod - iirc it was called genetic AI (or something like that) - for cIV.  You would send in your reports post game and the various AIs were graded on performance - and either tweaked or not.  It is a shame that firaxis didn't do something similar for this game (an opt in for people to send post game reports to a worldwide database to gather data on successful game AI settings).

if the AI is as bad as has been reported in ciV- why aren't people adjusting the AI code themselves?  has it been locked down?  (or is there a file somewhere similar to the one in cIV that is fully moddable)
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Civilization 5: !#@#!@ Impressions Incoming! God & Kings! on: June 30, 2012, 02:20:36 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on June 18, 2012, 11:18:59 PM

If you have a hangnail, do you carry on like you broke your arm?  If you have a broken arm, do you carry on like it's terminal cancer?  That's Chick's reviews in a nutshell.

I don't want to turn this into the Tom Chickenshit thread, but just realize how far out of the mainstream he is on his reviews.  
I could understand the review if he is grading civ on a curve... if a child (new indie) makes a nice game with flaws - do you encourage him?  If the grandfather 30-40 years experience CONTINUES TO MAKE THE SAME MISTAKES OVER AND OVER - do you want to say not good enough (they should know better by now)?

I bought ciV on one of the sales but my old machine won't play it well (it almost crashes on the intro movie but just plays the game too slow to deal with it)...

I am shocked(!!) that the were not able to make a game that could play with units they designed (cIV had a similar issue with the game not being able to fight using planes/ships/etc at launch, iirc cIIIv also had similar individual unit issues at launch and continued to have submarine and other issues when it was "complete").

Firaxis should know better by now.

If they can't make the game play with planes at launch they need to stop putting planes in their games... make us buy the plane expansion AFTER they worked all the kinks out  Tongue


just curious - has anyone had the AI win a game (or attempt to win a game) in more than one category?


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Sometimes I wonder if Firaxis is playing their own game.
from the chick review... I think that about alot of companies...

I also wonder what would happen if the Firaxis AI Strategy Programming Department would do if it programed a chess game?

The ai would never use the pawn diagonal move
The ai would only move the queen one square at a time
The ai would never move the knight... I mean cmon! Jump 2 and then one to the left or right?  THATS CRAZY!!!
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Veep is awesome on: May 22, 2012, 03:19:46 PM

Quote from: Crusis on May 21, 2012, 05:31:49 AM

Count me in as a fan. The writing is phenomenal.
Whats kind of funny is most of the commercials aren't even showing some of the best parts...(thinking about it now - its probably due to the best parts being jokes with a loooong setup).   I don't think I watched the first episode due to the commercials being bad.  I accidentally saw it one night and then started watching religiously.

the last episode was absolutely brilliant... if any of you haven't bothered with the show - this one might be a good one to jump on

i was laughing so hard from the croissant line that i had to watch the show the next time to see the follow ups (the line itself might not be the funniest thing ever but the delivery was awesome)

and the old arrested development guy playing gary?  awesome...

"even f'ing gary knew?"


also... that little girl from the movie "My Girl" is doing a great job
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 2 is Here on: May 22, 2012, 02:57:54 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 22, 2012, 06:24:42 AM

Quote from: corruptrelic on May 22, 2012, 01:29:19 AM

I'm loving season 2 so far, although the lack of action is definitely noticeable.
If they're going to make the episodes all about talking, scheming, back stabbing, and politics then we really need 2 hour episodes as they go by way too fast.

If you're watching Game of Thrones and expecting action, then you're better off with something like Spartacus to be honest. GoT is a political drama through and through. There isn't really supposed to be any focus on action, not in the books
except that some of the best swordfights I have read have been in those books...  if you know of any better described fights than the inn or the trial... then i want to read them (hmmm that kind of sounds obnoxious... its not meant to be that way though... seriously I love to read a great sword fight - open to suggestions)

heck! even the tyrion fights were pretty awesome... and so far i think they have avoided showing his fights
Spoiler for Hiden:
which might make the next episode seem to come out of nowhere - unless they make it so he doesnt fight again
--- cutting out book fan rage lol----


Hopefully the first/second season dvds will generate enough dough for them to commit more money to special effects in the third and fourth season.

I will give them this... I am happy they got it on the air.  I am happy that they got most of the ned story right

36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Veep is awesome on: May 21, 2012, 04:32:04 AM
that is all...


or maybe not
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0159BB2788742889


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4Iq-C8Rhd0&list=PL0159BB2788742889&index=18&feature=plpp_video


I am having a hard time finding good outtakes from the show - tonights episode was awesome... there was a croissant joke that killed me
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 2 is Here on: May 21, 2012, 01:38:01 AM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on May 15, 2012, 05:37:14 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on May 14, 2012, 04:10:54 AM

Not really enjoying this season at all.

Is this because you're constantly comparing the show to the books? Because taken on it's own right I think the show is pretty awesome.
It is hard NOT to compare... its just that some of the changes they are making are unnecessarily divergent from the books...

meanwhile... this episode has been cuntastic so far


and according to previews it looks like they might actually show a battle in this show
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fringe Premiere on: May 12, 2012, 01:48:50 AM
well you could see that coming... lol  (12ish minutes left)

i was thinking that this is the longest superhero origin story of all time...


Spoiler for Hiden:
hopefully she will wear a cape of some sort next season
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 2 is Here on: May 03, 2012, 02:10:03 AM

Quote from: Scraper on May 03, 2012, 01:24:03 AM

Quote from: notrich on May 02, 2012, 10:30:20 PM

welp... a minor character gets killed

almost a full book early (and takes some of the emotional impact of that scene in the book away... i would have liked to see the actress play that scene - but unlikely to happen now)

Spoiler for Hiden:
If you're talking about Aria's victim, then yes it was an entire book too early, actually since it happens towards the end of book three it was probably two seasons too early, and I was really looking forward to her killing him in that scene too, if I remember the book correctly she repeatedly stabs him with needle after she steals it back from him.

yep - book spoilers
Spoiler for Hiden:
screaming "is there any gold in village - where are the brotherhood - how many were there?" as she stabbed him

for me the dogs swordfight and her reclaiming her weapon was almost as big as the wedding scene... it was a HUGE payoff in story telling for me as i was reading it for the first time and on subsequent readings

its also why i was worried that she might be too old unless they pushed up filming of all her scenes for the next two seasons early in next years production - you could easily argue that she ages overseas for the purposes of the tv series but she is still super young at that point in the books

if they didn't have weese in the tv series they could have had a nameless cohort of tickler and saved tickler for later... the killing of tickler in the books was awesome... in the tv series -- eh


the dinklage remains awesome "Demon monkey???"


also i think the set designer that built/dressed "the fist of the firstmen" set must have worked on spinal tap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Zdyo4vJuCU
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 2 is Here on: May 02, 2012, 10:30:20 PM
welp... a minor character gets killed

almost a full book early (and takes some of the emotional impact of that scene in the book away... i would have liked to see the actress play that scene - but unlikely to happen now)
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