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  2008-09-10 07:17:40 PM  
No_47: Anyone know of a way to tell if a video card has been overclocked?

Googling the name of the card + "reference clocks" should get you what the manufacturer clocks it at, unless it's a "factory overclocked" model. The driver should show you what the card's actual clock is.
 
  2008-09-10 07:59:12 PM  
 
  2008-09-10 08:41:17 PM  
N. S. Radieaux: Uh oh.

meh. that could be 'shopped.
 
  2008-09-10 09:19:27 PM  
FuturePastNow:
Googling the name of the card + "reference clocks" should get you what the manufacturer clocks it at, unless it's a "factory overclocked" model. The driver should show you what the card's actual clock is.


but sif it's been overclocked and then put back..? Say if someone's returning a video card that looks like it's been cooked...

N. S. Radieaux: Uh oh.

the darkness around his eyes, the eyebrows, and skin tone are all shopped.
 
  2008-09-11 12:21:11 AM  
No_47: nosajghoul: Windows vista print functionality is quite frankly the shiattiest piece of crap Ive ever witnessed. I could probably find video of a fat mexican taking a diahreah jalapeno dump in the tijuana sewer and not feel as dirty as I do when forced to mess with vista.
Fark you MS.

I don't know what that has to do with us, but I'm guessing it's a user issue. What's the problem?


Its not really a 'problem', as it is a 'difference'.

Take this old xp computer, or the ubuntu box at work, or the mac machine my wife uses. Plug in a usb printer. Go into word, file->print. Walk out with your printed material.

Take a vista laptop, plug in a usb printer. file->print. Save as? wtf why am I saving as? I want it to print, ok whatever save as whatever.[extension i never heard of]. Open file dialog box opens. Unable to find app that can open this. Huh? Ok, fark this, open control panel, drag document onto the printer icon. Wait, theres 7. Which one? Try first one... printer error. Hmm cancel that, next one... same thing. Wait, Ill email it to myself and print it off my linux machine! Open ff, gmail, mail sent woot, open docx on linux... wait, wont work, need patch or something, try it on XP box... wait, STILL WONT WORK!!! WTF this is a xp box, it of all things should work with other windows software... fark it I got a hacked xp pro laptop, put docx on a usb drive, tadaa, it works!

Moral of the story : MS is total shiat.
 
  2008-09-11 01:05:31 AM  
No_47: but sif it's been overclocked and then put back..? Say if someone's returning a video card that looks like it's been cooked..

Did you kill a graphics card?

I don't know, honestly. I have to assume that the factory can tell if it has been damaged by overheating, or too much voltage, but I don't know what a normal person would look for.
 
  2008-09-11 02:41:14 AM  
FuturePastNow:
Did you kill a graphics card?


Someone else did. It's only an 8400GS...
 
  2008-09-11 02:42:50 AM  
nosajghoul:
Moral of the story : MS is total shiat.


I see.
 
  2008-09-11 09:43:45 AM  
Yeah, I had a feeling something was wrong in the way that fellow's head went into the hardhat.
 
  2008-09-11 12:57:17 PM  
Never had a problem printing on Vista. It recognized my printer, no drivers needed. I click on print and it prints.
 
  2008-09-11 03:38:06 PM  
Not every printer sets itself as the default printer after being installed, and if you've installed Office 07, it does install a faux-printer (i forget why) and it does set that as default
 
  2008-09-13 07:29:16 PM  
Print to pdf, print to file, print to Adobe PDF, or print to Microsoft Image something something? Confused the hell out of my ADHD boss for a while. Sometimes it's in the print dialog, sometimes it's a little checkbox somewhere.

There's an evil little checkbox in the print dialog in Adobe Acrobat too.

If you have it contantly in the print dialog, make sure the default printer is your real printer, not some other junk.


I've been messing around with linux stuff today. This one's for Fark: did you know there is an XFCE BSD distro called "FreeS BIE"?
 
  2008-09-14 11:38:26 AM  
Yeah, FreeSBIE's a'ight, I've used it for testing machines before :)
 
  2008-09-14 12:26:13 PM  
I'm feeling the love for XFCE. KDE4 looks like KDE3 with Vista barf all over it.

That and I'm too cheap to upgrade my machine. It's been years. Maybe I'll buy myself a birthday present in a couple months.
 
  2008-09-14 03:53:57 PM  
XFCE doesn't have a good SMB browser. Annoys me.
 
  2008-09-14 09:24:36 PM  
Exactly how nerdy is it to take a lady to a science museum on a first date?
 
  2008-09-14 09:34:40 PM  
N. S. Radieaux: Exactly how nerdy is it to take a lady to a science museum on a first date?

Really nerdy. 100% nerdy. But it's a good test. If she's a vapid idiot who thinks anything sciency is boring as hell and would rather talk about her toy poodle, dump her ass. Out of the moving car.
 
  2008-09-15 02:03:17 AM  
gayb: If she's a vapid idiot who thinks anything sciency is boring as hell and would rather talk about her toy poodle, dump her ass. Out of the moving car.

but she might be hot
 
  2008-09-15 02:41:58 AM  
The new vlc is the wasp's ankles.
 
  2008-09-15 08:13:24 PM  
No_47: The new vlc is the wasp's ankles.

I'm not a big fan of the "separate control window" GUI type.
 
  2008-09-16 09:39:08 AM  
I DID IT!

Using the LHC simulator that was linked a few days ago (I can't find the link now) I was able to create a Higgs Boson!

Yes, I realize that it is just a flash program, and I also realize that I am most likely not the first person to pull it off in said flash program, but I am still pretty stoked.
 
  2008-09-17 06:07:23 PM  
Anyone know how to get the apple wireless keyboard working under Ubuntu 8.04 on a Core Duo Mac Mini?
 
  2008-09-18 12:20:25 PM  
i'm looking at putting a Forum onto a website i run. so far it'll probably only be used by 10-25 people, but hopefully it will grow over time. i've used phpBB before, and it worked just fine, i'm just curious if there are any better solutions or if anyone has any other suggestions (or if phpBB is the best suggestion).
 
  2008-09-18 03:39:26 PM  
phpBB and its derivatives and clones have a long history of serious security holes. Most are fixed these days, but whatever you pick, be damn sure you keep up with patches :)
 
  2008-09-19 12:20:39 AM  
No_47: Anyone know how to get the apple wireless keyboard working under Ubuntu 8.04 on a Core Duo Mac Mini?

I guess figure out what bluetooth chip Apple uses in the mini and search the Ubuntu forums for it.
 
  2008-09-20 07:55:27 AM  
No_47: The new vlc is the wasp's ankles.

Yes. It is, I would go so far as to say, the entire set of erogenous zones of every major flying insect of the western world.

They improved the fullscreen control thingy so that to pause/stop/do whatever, all that's needed is to move the mouse (like, *cringe* WMP). Right-clicking was pretty annoying. Maybe there was a way to get around that before, but I never figured it out. Also, restarts aren't required for every damn little change. Woo.
 
  2008-09-20 10:27:30 AM  
Have I stumbled across a glitch in the Matrix? I just realized I can read and comment on a thread for a link I submitted that was redlit according to my profile (3886500), and now the thread has apparently been nuked. And I'm getting the red narc bar under every Fark thread I click. What's going on?
 
  2008-09-20 02:23:24 PM  
WTF? That computer I was working on- I think it's got a serious gremlin.

First, the antenna on this guys network card went missing (he left it at the office because he didn't want to make the effort of taking it home).

Then, he requested the start up packet from Dell (which arrived within a day of his request)- I verified that all the discs were there, now I've taken the computer home and was about to start working on it, but out of seven discs that were there yesterday only three are still in the envelope.

???????????????????????????????
 
  2008-09-20 08:20:03 PM  
Tell him not to leave computer shiat at work anymore.
 
  2008-09-21 10:58:13 AM  
FuturePastNow: Tell him not to leave computer shiat at work anymore.

He would look at me blankly and ask me to explain that to him.
 
  2008-09-22 05:28:12 PM  
BEWARE LONG POST

I have a C Question. (Yes I know C, but for some reason this is causing errors and warnings with gcc)

Anyways, I want to typedef a function prototype:

typedef U32 (FnHandler_t)(Uint8 *message, Uint8 size);

Then it is used in a struct:
typedef struct
{
FnHandler_t *handler_fn;
U8 message_byte1;
U8 message_byte2;
U8 message_byte3;
U8 message_byte4;
U8 message_end;
U8 message_size;
}Handler_struct_t;


Now I am declaring two functions with that prototype:
FnHandler_t *Data_1_In(Uint8 *message, Uint8 size);
FnHandler_t *Data_2_In(Uint8 *message, Uint8 size);


And then using those in a structure:
Handler_struct_t Handlers[] =
{
// { handler_fn, message_bytes(1-4), message_end, message_size },
{ &Data_1_In, '#', 'A', 'L', ' ', 0x0D, 17, },
{ &Data_2_In, '#', 'M', 'D', ' ', 0x0D, 15, },
};


Now is my syntax correct? (all the ampersands and stars) Thanks for the help!
 
  2008-09-23 05:33:41 AM  
Greetings all

Can anybody tell me if it is possible to convert .MKV files into .ISO or .AVI files? This would be for the sole purpose of shrinking them down so they can then be burned onto a regular size DVD. I'm too cheapass to buy BLU-ray discs!

I have WinAVI Video Converter and it doesn't do MKV files - any suggestions?
 
  2008-09-23 02:07:32 PM  
Jazzycat

You could give avidemux a try and create, for example, a DVD-compliant mpg file from it.
Its wiki entry for Converting to DVD

"The mostly automatic way" sounds good - though it didn't do anything for me; but then again, my avidemux version is old enough that it isn't even listed anywhere on the project page anymore ;-)
 
  2008-09-23 04:22:21 PM  
The Voice of Doom: Jazzycat

You could give avidemux a try and create, for example, a DVD-compliant mpg file from it.
Its wiki entry for Converting to DVD

"The mostly automatic way" sounds good - though it didn't do anything for me; but then again, my avidemux version is old enough that it isn't even listed anywhere on the project page anymore ;-)



Ah perfect, many thanks VOD. From some of the forum comments it looks like it supports the Matroska format.
 
  2008-09-23 09:41:19 PM  
Personally, I wouldn't give someone advice on how to convert stolen media to a different format, but hey... diff'rent strokes, diff'rent folks.
 
  2008-09-23 11:35:11 PM  
OK, I'm running Prime95 on a customer's machine that likes to randomly bluescreen (with different errors each time).

I got
[Wed Sep 24 15:22:35 2008]
FATAL ERROR: Rounding was 0.4948730469, expected less than 0.4
Hardware failure detected, consult stress.txt file.


The machine itself stayed running.
What should I blame? Memtest 86 and the seagate hard drive diagnostic tested ok. I've updated drivers and bios... all the obvious stuff
 
  2008-09-24 12:16:32 AM  
That's the sort of thing that happens when a processor has been overclocked just a little too much.
 
  2008-09-24 12:27:52 AM  
the guy bought the machine off some random other guy. it had a pirate copy of windows, and a pirate copy of office 07 when he brought it to me 3 months ago when the windows install was borked. he says it's been bluescreening randomly since i put a clean copy of windows on. so lord knows where the hardware came from.

but i've switched out the ram and it hasn't faulted yet...
 
  2008-09-24 02:21:11 AM  
How long had you left memtest86 running for? I had some very-intermittently-bad memory recently that it took over 17 hours to flag... it definitely went through the entire test run at least once without errors...

also, if it's ECC memory, check what action the BIOS takes on it (NMI vs SMI etc); it affects how the OS reports single-bit errors or even if it reports them at all -- ok, yeah it's nice that the system keeps running after a single-bit error but it sucks when it doesn't tell you that it auto-corrected and that you need to replace the dimm anyway.

Too bad all the hardware dimm testers I've seen are so damn expensive...

But yeah, overheating CPUs (thru overclocking, dying fans, crooked heatsink, etc) tend to act like bad ram. I see far more bad CPU fans than bad ram. Bad hard drives behave very differently so Seatools isn't gonna be any help here.
 
  2008-09-24 04:23:44 AM  
I only ran memtest for 2 passes, and these are home machines so there's no ECC RAM.
It had run prime95 for about 4 hours after swapping out the RAM and I left it running overnight.

and yeah I didn't suspect the hard drive... but I wanted 40 minutes to do other things :)
 
  2008-09-24 08:23:49 AM  
No_47: Personally, I wouldn't give someone advice on how to convert stolen media to a different format, but hey... diff'rent strokes, diff'rent folks.



You assume a lot there with your sanctimonious little statement, not all Matroska users are pirates.
 
  2008-09-24 10:47:54 AM  
Personally, I wouldn't give someone advice on turning his computer with stolen software into a working state, but hey... diff'rent strokes, diff'rent folks.
 
  2008-09-24 03:14:04 PM  
The Voice of Doom: Personally, I wouldn't give someone advice on turning his computer with stolen software into a working state, but hey... diff'rent strokes, diff'rent folks.

I put legal software on it, nimrod.
 
  2008-09-24 09:32:57 PM  
Jazzycat: You assume a lot there with your sanctimonious little statement, not all Matroska users are pirates.

FYI: Ripping and burning are legitimate computer operations that do not necessarily involve piracy, my dear No_47. I recall a similar response to one of my queries once about ripping something. You shouldn't feel a need to be concerned about whether everyone else is obeying the law.

And who cares anyway.
 
  2008-09-25 01:16:03 AM  
Looking for a BSOD screensaver I can use in linux. So far, the only close thing I can find is a Flash link that goes to fullscreen.
 
  2008-09-25 02:18:44 AM  
The guy asked wants to convert high def mkv files to dvd because he's too cheap to buy blue ray and you can think of a legal reason for doing that?
and maybe i'm pro-mpaa. maybe that's why it annoys me so much. Nyaaa :P
 
  2008-09-25 10:30:44 AM  
No_47
The guy asked wants to convert high def mkv files to dvd because he's too cheap to buy blue ray and you can think of a legal reason for doing that?

I don't know anything about who uses mkv or which programs do.
At first I even mistook it for plain m2v.
There are all kinds of weird formats or programs (or hardware like digital camcorders) that churn out videos with large file sizes and sometimes using rather strange codecs.
For example:
* when I played with MythTV, it used something called "nupplevideo" I had never heard of before
* my TV card: it records in standard MPEG2 (hardware encoder), but it uses 8000kbps video and 224kbs audio, which gets big pretty fast - you would need a double layer DVD to save a recorded movie to DVD without re-compressing it first



Also to keep in mind:
downloading and burning movies might not be illegal where she lives.
I know it wasn't in Germany until recently our idiots in charge were pressured (again) to add some more DMCA-style laws.
Now we have lost a lot of rights (basically: all) regarding copying stuff for private use while we still have to pay our blank media tax (which besides CDs/DVDs may include printers, HDs, scanners, USB sticks, MP3 players..)

And one of the most recent added things was that DRM-free copies were made illegal if they were "obtained through obviously illegal channels" which was meant to cover internet downloads - previously, only uploading was illegal.
I believe downloads could still be considered to be a gray area (at least in court), since one can doubt how "obviously illegal" files on the internet are to Joe Nongeek Sixpack:
Creative Commons and similar stuff, BBC "Listen Again"/iPlayer or Comedy Central offering its shows, Hulu, the mixed mess of legal and illegal content on Youtube (is it really Universal that posts clips as the user "UniversalMusicGroup"?), radio streams, legal P2P TV software like Zattoo, bands offering full-length sample clips from their newest album, Radiohead offering their album for whatever you feel like paying for it, ..

Ooops, to repeat the point I was trying to make before drifting off into that rand:
download and burn might even be legal where she lives.
While that area is a dark shade of gray here in Germany, isn't it still legal in Canada?

I didn't keep track how it is in France where Jazzy lives; I know that about 2-3 years ago they wanted to legalize all P2P for a flat fee, then they did a 180 degree turn.
Then they wanted to make downloads illegal, but circumventing DRM for private use would be legal and vendors forced to open their specifications to competitors to guarantee interoperability.
I distinctly remember them clashing over that with Apple and the iTunes/iPod combination.
 
  2008-09-25 03:14:24 PM  
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matroska

I think most of the 720p/1080p illegal rips of movies and tv shows are encoded in h.264 and contained in matroska. Hence my suspicion!
 
  2008-09-25 08:07:47 PM  
don't make me stop this car, kids!
 
  2008-09-25 09:08:10 PM  
The Voice of Doom: geekybroad
Looking for a BSOD screensaver I can use in linux. So far, the only close thing I can find is a Flash link that goes to fullscreen.

There is one for xscreensaver

...

Bonus: the settings allow you to configure which death screens BSOD should show:


ooooooooo

Thanks

Yeah, checking the repos might have been an idea!

I'm new to using XFCE, so the fact xscreensaver uses gtk instead of Qt is a plus. Not installed yet. I've discovered more things to "shop" for.

Or, you know, I should just upgrade my old computer so I don't have to give as much thought to such things.
 
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