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Status Updates posted by hervoheebo

  1. Sorry for the attention grabbing title. I think my 8800GTS just dun goof'd. Was doing nothing for hours, started Path of Exile, it ran about a minute before hanging up and showing artifacts. At this point I booted, and the DOS prompts at the startup show artifacts too.

    The system only manages to boot up in safe mode, otherwise it hangs or BSOD's after the XP splash screen. Can't check the panel in safe mode, anyone know some system diagnosis tools that work under safe mode? DX Diag hangs on the display tab and reports display device as N/A. Says that system is using the generic video driver, feels like it too. Everything renders slow as hell. I'm pretty sure it's FUBAR but yeah.
    Oh and I know no tech support threads on DW but this is the second machine to die on me this year (haven't bothered to isolate the issue on the first one yet) and it managed to piss me off enough to push me over the edge.

    Edit: Status report, windoze manages to boot up normally after removing drivers. Haven't tried installing new ones and booting but probably won't work. Unless anyone has brighter ideas I'm going to try swapping the card with my other machine's radeon as I think its issue was in the RAM/mobo.

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    2. Mr. T

      Mr. T

      Maes already explained it, but as silly as baking sounds, it is actually a legit technique. And as OP said it won't make a dead card more dead.

      What Radeon are you using? If it's PCI then you shouldn't have to plug it into your PSU unless it needs aux power (most cards from c.2010)

      If it's AGP then I dunno, lol

    3. Maes


      Mr. T said:

      What Radeon are you using? If it's PCI then you shouldn't have to plug it into your PSU unless it needs aux power (most cards from c.2010)

      Aux power inputs have been around since forever (well, at least after the nVidia 6x00/Ati Radeon 9x00 era, for both PCIe and AGP cards. Some have floppy disk power connectors, some have a weird 6-pin thing and some may need a custom adapter. As a rule of thumb, if a card needs more than 75 W of power, it WILL require auxiliary power, as even the PCIe bus is capped at 75 W (and for safety margin, it may allow for aux power input even if it's slightly below 75W). For AGP, the limit is 40W (and in fact, I have an AGP Ati Radeon x1650 which requires aux power, through a standard floppy disk connector).

      In any case, if a card DOES have an aux power connector, it's a wise idea to connect it. Not doing it may be asymptomatic, show-stopping or even catastrophic, depending on the card.

    4. hervoheebo


      The card is an Asus 5770, removed the wire bundle that was stuck into it, not sure if it was ever used in the first place, and hooked it up with a six-pin connector with 3 yellow and 3 black wires. And lo and behold it works. What really slowed this all down was that I didn't remember what card it was, but it was in small print on a label on the card itself, visible only when the card is taken out. Well anyway it seems to work fine after installing drivers.

      In other news I finally got a shiny Venipede in Pokemon Black after some 2500 eggs. Jolly with 31 speed too. Bueno. I'm such a lucky shit.
      This weekend went by quickly, mainly consisted of work and no play and resulted in one dead 8800GTS. But it's all right.

  2. I've played a little bit of UT2004 recently in the form of MM invasion RPG. I've been an irregular on the server for a few years and it always feels kinda good to come back, even though you need to be like level 200 to be good. It's a shame the game is otherwise pretty abandoned. It was such a great game, the custom maps were the best. So many fun times racing to the goal on race maps and trying to blast the scorpion to the goal in grenade jump maps. Torlan Redeemer Paradise and TankFlight were the best ONS maps. The game was in its prime only like six years ago but it feels like such a long time.

    Then I played UT3 a bit with bots. It's such a shame. Like half the game modes got cut and the rest got bowdlerized. No importing custom maps from UT03/04 and the default maps suck. Even Face didn't come until Titan Pack. Everything looks so... UE3. Brown and bloom everywhere. There are only like 15 characters to choose from. Big whoop, you can customize their armor, no matter what you do your guy ends up looking like a Gears of War reject. Also the UI sucks. UT04 had a perfect UI, why did thye have to fuck it up? Consoles? Possibly. Usually I just remember the good times and hope for the best in the future but the future is looking grim. Real brown military shooters with regenerating health. There's Quake Live but I've always liked Unreal more and it's so limited in maps and such so yeah. Maybe developers realized they can't top UT2004 and just gave up and went in a different direction. It's 4 AM again, why am I drowning my sorrows at Doomworld? Good night. Or morning.

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    2. Grazza


      From the thread title, I thought this was going to be about Manchester United's 2004 season.

    3. Bucket


      I have UT3 for PS3. It's pretty oool.

    4. Danarchy


      I remember when they said they were going to release one UT game a year, like sports games. I guess that was before they realized that there's actually a larger market in sports fans than there was in gamers.

      That being said, UT2k4 is really fun. It's like they took everything that was good in UT, upped the graphics, then added more fun stuff.

  3. I was going to post this in EE but I realized it's more of a rant so now it's here. Enjoy, or don't.

    Why is everything considered "trolling" today? Huh? Everywhere you go, let's say, some 'funny pics' site, there are pictures and comics and such, with trollface plastered over them and commonly accompanied with the caption "Problem?". Memes come and go, but this shit has gotten out of hand. At times it feels like today's people have lost all sense of humor and retort to spamming funny memes they found from face-book and bam, instant comedy. This isn't about "ananas is legion lul", it's just that I feel creativity and humor is being replaced by canned responses that are funny because everyone says so. That's how it's been in the dark corners of the web for years but it's spreading.

    To the subject of trolling. First off, what is commonly referred as such, really isn't. What classical trolling is is this: provoking people on purpose while giving the impression that you're serious about the matter and not, you know, trolling. It's something that's traditionally been confined to message boards because it's not a very flexible concept. Until now, it seems. A popular "origin" picture/comic (accent on quotation marks) where the modern concept of trolling usually comes from is the one starting with "We're fucked!". The protagonist "puts on his cool face" and the officer is annoyed by this and tells the "troll" to get the fuck out of there. That's it?

    So, trolling today seems to be doing ANYTHING even mildly annoying, outrageous or prankster-ish. Now I know that words and their meanings change over time but this... anyone else fed up? There is no such thing as joking anymore, it's all "trolling".

    inb4 youmad,problem,dealw/it,hatersgonnahate, etc, etc.

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    2. GreyGhost


      bytor said:

      Ya know...If you chop off their head they can regenerate it.

      Man, that really sucks.

      Have you tried cauterizing the wound? That works a treat with hydras.

    3. Danarchy


      GreyGhost said:

      Have you tried cauterizing the wound? That works a treat with hydras.

      Yeah, fire works great. That or acid.

    4. Coopersville


      Successful troll is successful.

  4. After snapping and losing it during a game of Dawn of War and subsequently uninstalling the game and its expansions in a rage, I've been feeling pissed off for wasting my evening. I need some game suggestions. Preferably something relaxing and grindy. I've played Diablo 2 and its clones to death recently so not those, thanks. Just shoot, list some you like, my head's empty right now.

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    2. Shadow Dweller

      Shadow Dweller

      I guess it depends on how much time you're willing to kill.

      If you're looking to lose track of entire days then Minecraft is the way to go. It's an excellent game if you like sandbox construction games with survival elements. Well worth the money.

      If you're only looking to kill a few minutes you can probably find something on Kongregate.com, Newgrounds.com, AddictingGames.com, or some other website of that nature.

      For games I play here's my list :

      -Robot Arena 2
      -Myst (All of them)
      -Mechwarrior 4 Mercs/Vengeance

      That's about it. I used to play Guild Wars but it got kind of pointless after reaching level 20, unless you enjoy PvP.

      I also used to play Halo Reach and Rock Band 3, but my Xbox has been having issues so I'm back to PC Gaming for a while.

    3. Danarchy


      Minecraft, or Portal 2.

    4. Scet


      There's TribesNext. I used to play every night, but not so much anymore. Still for an old games it has a fairly active base, one server having 51 players on a Wednesday night.

      I don't think it's a good idea for rage-quitters though. One of those games where you're going to be killed a lot, no matter what you do. Especially the very chaotic 32vs32 games.

      Edit: Actually forget this whole post. Forgot the "relaxing and grindy" part, Tribes is more "quick and nerve-shattering".

  5. http://i55.tinypic.com/2qdbtoz.jpg

    Notice something similar about these popular websites? I'm not talking about that Facebook shit, it's annoying too, but the huge amounts of wasted space on the sides. Is this some kind of a trend? Did web designers worldwide suddenly decide widescreen monitors are overpowered for Internet use? And the dead space isn't even used by ads! It's for nothing! At least let me customize the sites myself or I might as well saw the sides off of my monitor because nobody is using it.

    Also, fuck the overuse of Flash. Flash sites run like shit, have no right click functions and look cheap.

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    2. Mr. T

      Mr. T

      AndrewB said:

      I'm going to have to disagree with the entire premise of this thread. Restricting the overall area of a web page maintains readability. There's nothing more annoying than trying to read a body of text that spans the entire width of a monitor while trying to keep track of where you're reading when you go to the next line.

      This, anything more than around 1000px wide is impossible to read.

    3. hervoheebo


      Another thing: fuck CAPTCHA. I realize it's necessary to stop bots, but typing 100 captchas a day is nerve-grating. ReCaptcha isn't THAT bad with one and a half words, usually pretty clear, but then there's THIS shit:

      Upon every forum search. Jesus.

    4. Sporku
  6. There are no redeeming factors in winter for me. I don't know, if you're in the mainland States or something where snow is all exotic and shit, it might be cool. But here where I live, winter is just overkill. It's cold, there's a shitload of snow, sunlight lasts a few hours, it's cold, the streets are filled with sand, it's dark and cold. Have to dress up warmer, have to turn house temperature up. Also, in school we had to ski every Goddamn winter no matter how much everyone hated doing it.

    Fall sucks too, it's not golden tree leaves everywhere, it's winter junior. Dark and wet, the harbinger of worse times yet to come, autumn is like a good summer gone alcoholic.

    Spring is great, summer at its best is fantastic. Long days and bright nights, it makes me feel fresh and free. There's extra energy to boot, as opposed to winter when I just want to sit in all day and troll forums with varying success.

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    2. EarthQuake


      Winter this year in Ohio has been pretty tame. We only had one short blizzard with an accompanying Level-2 road conditions (no driving unless absolutely necessary).

      I live atop a rather large steep hill in an apartment complex, and in past years, if the road freezes or is covered in snow, it because quite challenging, if not impossible, to drive up. During the blizzard I mentioned, the hill was one of the only ones in the city that was plowed and salted. No walking up a massive ice-covered hill in the frigid cold this year!

      Also, my car doors like to "freeze open", meaning I have to wait for the car to thaw out, or I have to hold the damned door close as I drive to where ever I am going. This only happened once this month, but the door managed to close after about 5 minutes of the heat running.

      Heh, today was a rather strange day though. For being close to the middle of winter, today we had pleasant fall-like temperatures, melting away any leftover snow from the blizzard. I didn't have to put a coat or jacket on when I left for work this morning. Hope it lasts a while.

      Overall, for me, it's been a great winter so far.

    3. ReFracture


      Driving in winter is the worst. I'm glad I have a 4x4.

      EarthQuake said:

      Also, my car doors like to "freeze open", meaning I have to wait for the car to thaw out, or I have to hold the damned door close as I drive to where ever I am going. This only happened once this month, but the door managed to close after about 5 minutes of the heat running.

      My truck is the opposite. It can be a real fucking pain in the ass to get the door open sometimes.

    4. Snakes


      In St. Louis, December is the dead of winter; however, weather here follows Missouri rules. For those unaware, this essentially means total chaos. Thus, we get tornado warnings in the dead of winter.

      I hate this state sometimes.