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  2008-12-24 10:11:06 PM  
I just squeezed an extra 600MHz out of my Q6600, with the highest temps reaching about 47 degrees Celsius. I am one happy camper.

What games should I play?
 
  2008-12-26 12:17:10 AM  
Maddogjew: "What would Che have done".

Uh, overthrown Mike as the site admin, and then brutally murdered everyone who ever posted in the geek thread for being associated?

Monkeypillow: What games should I play?

I recommend SoF Payback. It's a bloody ass FPS that's surprisingly fun for a game over a year old. I played the original SoF in college instead of going to my classes, and still have fond memories of one of the Boobieso feature dismember-able bodies. Good family fun right there, let me tell you.
 
  2008-12-26 12:20:29 AM  
Far Cry 2 is interesting too. It's buggy and sometimes a little boring, but it's a great concept. I suspect there will be more games designed like that one in the future.
 
  2008-12-26 01:04:22 AM  
gayb: Far Cry 2 is interesting too. It's buggy and sometimes a little boring, but it's a great concept. I suspect there will be more games designed like that one in the future.

Dear god I hope not. If I wanted to have an Africa safari driving sim than I would have bought one. I have never experienced more boring gameplay than that game. It is worse than a billy mays infomercial. Don't get me wrong, it is a beautiful game but the gameplay is among the crappiest I have ever seen. Only play it if you can pirate it. Do not waste $50 on it.
 
  2008-12-26 03:27:54 AM  
If you steal PC games they will stop making them.

If you BUY PC games, it gives you a legitimate reason to complain like a f*cking madman everytime GTA IV's securom tells me I'm using a "backup" after I've changed my clock speed or video settings.
 
  2008-12-26 03:47:50 AM  
Maddogjew: Do not waste $50 on it.

It was free. I like the sandbox-style of gameplay, not necessarily driving around for hours doing very little.
 
  2008-12-26 03:55:56 AM  
It's really satisfying to defeat some ridiculous DRM scheme, even when it's game that was purchased legally. I hardly ever play games off discs anymore. The effort it takes to replace a disc in the computer's optical drive to switch games is way too much of an effort for this lazy nerd. ...Uh, since no one asked.
 
  2008-12-26 06:29:29 AM  
No_47: If you steal PC games they will stop making them.

I remember that argument... from 1985. It's a shame that since I copied that floppy there have been no new games for the pc since then.
 
  2008-12-26 03:42:00 PM  
About to switch my parents' computer to a new case and install a video card that the company has abandoned (others have made updated drivers). Hope I don't screw anything up. Wish me luck.

//hai, hear for christmas, borked up your computer, going home now, k, thx, bye
 
  2008-12-26 03:47:54 PM  
That's true, but PC games have been in kind of a downward spiral for the last couple years, with the exception of MMOs and browsergames played by people in their 50s.
 
  2008-12-26 03:59:45 PM  
Massively Multiplayer Addict: but PC games have been in kind of a downward spiral for the last couple years

I disagree. But the best games are cross platform. For example: CoD4, Bioshock, Crysis, Far Cry 2, Assassin's Creed, Left 4 Dead, Portal, Fallout 3, Oblivion...
 
  2008-12-27 11:20:03 PM  
*cough*

So the reason I was going to switch my parents' computer to another (older) case was the On button rarely works (click, nothing). I had to kybosh that plan when I discovered the previous tech they took it in to took a whole bunch of stuff from the machine (including power supply and the drive bays). Bastard.

Then it occurred to me that I could switch just the PWRSW cord. The click button end would have to sit outside of the case as the end is different than the other. No big deal.

Still nada.

No matter which PWRSW cord is attached both have an audible click on the switch, but right after you can hear an audible click coming from the machine too. Um... yes the power cord is plugged in. The Ethernet card has a green light which is on, and it will flicker off then on whenever I poke the PWRSW button.

I notice too the red/data SATA cable connected to the HD is loose and comes off easily. Tried gently toying with that to no avail. Did not have a spare to try.

Tried hooking the alternate ribbon of power cable to the dvd burner/hd. The power cable has a SATA extension on it, but I didn't think to switch out that extension (doh).

Consensus? Borked motherboard, borked SATA cable, borked power supply? I checked other connections to the motherboard and everything *seems* to be in place.

Did I accidentally connect PWRSW to something I shouldn't have and fried it? Is it possible to do this if you hook it up on the wrong spot in the system panel header?

Anyway, want some ideas in case there is anything I could direct my parents to do before they take it in to someone else, or maybe give them an idea of what they can expect for repair. The live a few hours away from me and I don't head out there often.

I don't put together or toy around with innards often.

//http://download.asrock.com/manual/K8Upgrade-VM800.pdf
 
  2008-12-28 12:22:16 AM  
I don't think there are any front panel things that can cause fryification if you plug 'em in the wrong spot. It's all just switches and LED's... I doubt the SATA cable is the problem...

Are both the normal ATX power and the 12V line from the PSU hooked to the motherboard? Sounds almost like the 12V one is unhooked. If you do have go to replacing things, power supplies tend to be cheaper than motherboards...
 
  2008-12-28 01:18:05 AM  
Thanks Mike

Alas, I am there no longer, but it's something I can convince my mother to check. Strangely enough, my Dad is still a luddite about these things.

--

Now for more computer shopping... need an inexpensive system, not a gamer. Some flavour of Linux will go on this baby
Intel kit or
AMD kit

From what I understand, Intel chips and WD drives have been nicer in the last couple years. AMD & Seagate = meh?

Sweet jeebus this is a lot of research if you've been out of the hardware-buying loop for a while. A lot of comparing going on, kind of like comparing gala to granny smith to macintosh apples for every freaking component. I'm leaning towards the Intel board with these goodies:

cpu fan
video card... uh, I think it was this one... stupid web page cache had expired (new window)

Other pieces (DVDRW..) will be added from my current machine.

//has learned to ask for help
//if I was too lazy to care these things would be much less stressful
 
  2008-12-28 02:12:18 PM  
Mike
I don't think there are any front panel things that can cause fryification if you plug 'em in the wrong spot.

Tell that to my mom's failing computer.
It's kinda difficult to diagnose (I'll spare you the strange details), but one thing that was clear is that one of the ancient hard drives might be giving up the ghost.

So I take my father's external 2.5" USB drive to back up mom's stuff just in case.
I connect it to the from panel USB port.
WHOMP!
The moment the plug touched the port, the PC's power was gone.
I hadn't even plugged it in yet, the metal of the plug and port only connected.

W-T-F

Oh. and geekybroad, regarding the on-switch issue:
My PC's case had a broken on-switch; I just switched the reset and power cables connecting to the motherboard so that the case's reset button became the de-facto power button and the old power button became the de-facto (broken) reset button.
 
  2008-12-28 02:24:11 PM  
The Voice of Doom
the from panel USB port.

Or rather: "the front panel's USB port."
 
  2008-12-28 03:12:29 PM  
Oh, this is what also confused me. There is a reset wire that is attached and leads to the front of the case, but no actual reset button on the case. Then I wondered if this is some sort of newfangled On button thing I don't know about.

As for Doom's issue, I thought USB's outer metal casing was exactly meant to be a ground? Shields all the goodies inside? Maybe a static charge jumped in the wrong spot or in a different area, regardless. Strange.
 
  2008-12-28 04:00:27 PM  
not all cases have reset buttons,

but that USB port... is it damaged in any way? sounds like a short
 
  2008-12-28 04:04:42 PM  
actually i'll elaborate.
it's very, very common for people to break to plastic inside of the usb port, leave the pins standing free, then the next time they try to plug something in, it bends the pins and they touch the outside shell of the port.

if we can't replace it we bend the pins out so they're not touching anything, and fill it with hot glue.
 
  2008-12-28 06:12:54 PM  
No_47
but that USB port... is it damaged in any way? sounds like a short

The popular theory is that there might have been a drop of water in it; the front panel connectors are barely an inch above the floor (great design choice..) and my mom had been moping the parquet the other day.
Or maybe the finger-thick layer of dust inside the case had something to do with it.

[long boring details]

..or there might be something wrong with the mainboard's USB; she uses a wireless USB stick connected to one of the ports in the back and the thing is occasionally losing connection with the router for no apparent reason.

..or it's something entirely else.
After all, it shut down for no apparent reason the night before while she was sitting on it (either the reason for or a consequence of the file system/hard disk issues chkdsk found).

And when I was tilting the opened case slightly to get a better look, a loud, steady, non-stopping whistling sound started.
Since I couldn't tell whether it was coming from one of the hard drives or the case speaker below them, I was lowering the case completely to the floor to be able to put my ears closer to the scene of the crime..

..but Idiot happened to gently lower it onto the off-switch of the power strip.
*facepalm*

[/long boring details]
 
  2008-12-28 06:45:09 PM  
Huh, my dad clickety-clicked the button until it worked (same as before). Don't want to guess how long that took. They'll just leave it on again.

Guess I'll try to find a spare power supply and drag it out there next time I'm going.
 
  2008-12-29 05:55:03 AM  
Hey fellas, where's a good site to get knowledgeable computer information from?

Anyway, how's this look for a new computer? This is my first time setting one up and I'm fairly sure I haven't added anything that's incompatible but it never hurts to check. I'd be getting this in the beginning of January. The only thing I'm not sure about is the power supply.
And I haven't picked the video card I want yet, almost forgot. It's one or the other, not both. Budget's around $1k.

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=14136147
 
  2008-12-29 09:08:21 PM  
Xinkz: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=14136147


Pirate Vista so Microsoft stops making it.

For god's sake, at least give an easy (k/ubuntu) flavor of linux a try, even if you never boot into it a second time. Free. FREE!

Forgot to check your mobo, but if you get two of those 4850s (you'll need a crossfire-ready board), you'll get more explosion for your dollar than that single 260. But if a single card is your thing, the 260 will have slightly more horsepower. As you probably knew.
 
  2008-12-29 09:31:18 PM  
Yeah, I've set it for NTFS. Thanks, F-W.
 
  2008-12-30 04:19:31 PM  
gayb:
Pirate Vista so Microsoft stops making it.


/facepalm
 
  2008-12-30 10:25:57 PM  
gayb: Where would be a good site to learn more about dual-booting? I'm not against the idea, I just don't know much about it to be honest.

Thanks for the video card advice though. I don't really want to pay for two cards now, though someone suggested a 4870 would be a more accurate comparison with the GTX 260.
 
  2008-12-30 11:24:41 PM  
Xinkz: gayb: Where would be a good site to learn more about dual-booting? I'm not against the idea, I just don't know much about it to be honest.

Thanks for the video card advice though. I don't really want to pay for two cards now, though someone suggested a 4870 would be a more accurate comparison with the GTX 260.


The 260 is a hell of a card, but unless you have to play brand new games right now with graphics settings turned up high don't waste your money.

If you download and burn ubuntu to disc, you can boot into it and it'll walk you through an installation that doesn't nuke your Windows partition, or you can even install it inside Windows. Help can be found here. Easy stuff. Good luck.
 
  2009-01-03 08:47:55 PM  
Boobies
 
  2009-01-04 12:10:45 PM  
That is so, like, off-topic. Shwaaa.
 
  2009-01-04 11:18:40 PM  
Question.....I downloaded Rosetta Stone and cant use it without an activation code. Any suggestions?
 
  2009-01-05 12:31:29 AM  
lbi669
Question.....I downloaded Rosetta Stone and cant use it without an activation code. Any suggestions?

I was going to make fun of you and suggest "Buy a license?", but having had a look a their website and reading their German tips, I have to make fun of them:

Many verbs have two parts: one part that comes after the subject and one part that comes at the end of the sentence. For example: Der Mann hat einen Apfel gegessen.

That's like saying:
Many English verbs have two parts. For example: "The man had eaten an apple"
 
  2009-01-06 12:44:13 PM  
Yeah, I thought of buying the license, until I saw that its $300 each.
 
  2009-01-06 01:08:41 PM  
Hey TF-Techies,

I have a problem with my Outlook. Every time I try to send an email to a Hotmail address, my machine slows to a crawl and my outlook switches formats. Anyone know a quick fix?

Thanks in advanced,

/Compelled to use Outlook
//Hates every minute of it.
 
  2009-01-06 02:03:03 PM  
lbi669, I know my City's library subscribes to a service on behalf of its users, and if we log into our library account we can actually download the software and acquire a license key (legitimately). Maybe check, just in case?
 
  2009-01-06 06:50:06 PM  
I would like to project my desktop onto my television using a VGA to RGB connection. I have everything plugged in, but when I switch over nothing but a bit of squiggle happens on the TV.

Do I need a specific driver to do this? (Is there one I can download easily?)
Is it my video card? (how can I check this?)
Is my component input broken?


Any advice is appreciated
 
  2009-01-07 12:47:51 PM  
Being Famous Sucks: I would like to project my desktop onto my television

That's something I wanted to do ages ago; someone told me you only need a "TV-card" in your box, but I'm having sneeking suspicions that there's a bit more to it.
Some Googling brought me here and here: I think you need some converting equipment before the signal enters your TV.
 
  2009-01-07 12:49:22 PM  
OK, I'm getting pretty pissed off about all the Fallout 3 reviews that imply the retro milieu is derivative of BioShock instead of vice versa. Take a moment to think, you n00bs: Which franchise was first? Does the "3" in the title signify anything to you?

</Fanboy>
 
  2009-01-07 12:53:04 PM  
Had a weird ass dream last night.

Robots were killing people in something like hand to hand fighting. There was a way to fool them by taking a pose that was awkward, like putting your bicep across your face while half squatting with one leg straight out. The robots couldnt recognize you as a living human in those poses, and would move on.

There were also these huge bombs that by all means should have been shot out of the sky by the anti missile defenses. However, the robots knew of the defenses, and the bombs moved weird, they for lack of better terms, shucked and jived, then split up early into many smaller bombs.

They also couldnt recognize a person by just a body part, so if all you had was a 2 foot x 2 foot board, you could cover just your upper torso and the robot wouldnt recognize you. You could also hide behind glass.

There was alot more, and it was all weird shiat. For instance, they knew fire was used to cook, so small fires with no cause got an immediate missile response.

There was also a large battle between thousands on each side. It was obvious that we were going to be utterly decimated, and not with bombs bullets or guns, but with cutting weaponry like giant lawnmowers and blenders. We knew they knew military tactics, so instead of a retreat (what the robots expected) or a final stand (a smaller possibility), we retreated laterally and spread out, and it worked.

Truly a farked up dream.
 
  2009-01-07 03:01:43 PM  
Being Famous Sucks: I would like to project my desktop onto my television using a VGA to RGB connection. I have everything plugged in, but when I switch over nothing but a bit of squiggle happens on the TV.

(I assume by "RGB" you mean "component cables")

Try lowering the desktop resolution to 640x480?
 
  2009-01-07 07:37:59 PM  
N. S. Radieaux: OK, I'm getting pretty pissed off about all the Fallout 3 reviews that imply the retro milieu is derivative of BioShock instead of vice versa. Take a moment to think, you n00bs: Which franchise was first? Does the "3" in the title signify anything to you?

I think they're both derivative of the 50s' idealistic society. Yes the little cartoony guys look a lot alike, but they're both based on a time when those little cartoony guys were in everything, and all looked the same.
 
  2009-01-08 02:23:15 PM  
I have an Excel question, I don't want to clog up the TFD:

I have a spreadsheet with four tabs, one tab is pulling information from the other three tabs using nested if statements. The information on the other tabs are color coded (background AND foreground). Is there any way to have the exact information, color coding and all displayed? I have everything else working right, but I can't get this to work.

Difficulty: No Macros, No VB, only using standard Excel functions.
 
  2009-01-08 08:00:55 PM  
 
  2009-01-08 09:34:20 PM  
interesting... especially the price...
 
  2009-01-08 10:37:19 PM  
Weren't SSDs priced in the thousands of dollars just a year or two ago? Those prices are manageable as hell. Thought I was reading them wrong.
 
  2009-01-09 02:51:16 AM  
Depends on the technology. Some SSDs are DRAM+batteries, some are flash, and there's differnent kinds of flash (NAND vs NOR, SLC vs MLC) w/ different durability characteristics (and wear leveling algorithms to manage that durability)... cheap flash can actually be slower than disk. Ya gotta still do some research to know what kind of "SSD" you're getting. That's what that Sandisk thing looks interesting, though their way of measuring durability in that press release is a bit bogus... I'm still mostly avoiding SSD's, except for one low-end home system that boots from a CF card... but I figure in the next year or two that'll change...
 
  2009-01-09 01:16:39 PM  
No_47: want

http://www.i4u.com/article22595.html


*drool* ... Add it to the list of reasons for me wanting to buy an Asus Eee PC.
 
  2009-01-09 02:46:18 PM  
Whats everyone doing for rack mount servers these days? I'm looking to add a remote backup machine running FreeBSD. Currently I'm looking at 2U, single processor ~4GB of RAM.
Checking out the Dells they're still pushing the crappy PERCS and SERCS only. I've had good luck with 3ware controllers in the past, but it looks like all the big vendors are pushing their inhouse RAID controllers.
I'm looking for something with (preferably) 3.5in SATA backplanes and it'd be nice if I could use my own drives-doesn't need to be hotswapable.
Currently the HP Proliant 2U offering is looking good, but its been a long time since I've used their Smart Controllers, and it looks like they're pushing 2.5in SATA which is pretty low on the space and high on the cost.
Any suggestions?
 
  2009-01-09 03:01:40 PM  
Fenis-Wolf: Whats everyone doing for rack mount servers these days? I'm looking to add a remote backup machine running FreeBSD. Currently I'm looking at 2U, single processor ~4GB of RAM.

Supermicro 5025B-TB runs FreeBSD 7.1 just fine as long as you have the latest BIOS. There is a 1U version if you only need 4 drive bays.

Most in-house RAID controllers are LSI Megaraid (Supermicro's are, Dell waffles between LSI and Adaptec)... avoid the Adaptec stuff but the LSI is pretty good, and aside from the awful management tools, they're just as good as 3ware for SATA. (For SAS I found the 3ware 9690SA buggy as hell and the LSI 8888ELP was much more stable.) Or you could use ZFS on FreeBSD, but that requires a bit of bravery right now...
 
  2009-01-09 05:17:53 PM  
Is Facebook down?

/hangs head in shame at even asking?
 
  2009-01-09 10:01:14 PM  
works for me
 
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