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by Bhelliom
Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Help me diagnose my PC's failure
Replies: 10
Views: 2468

Re: Help me diagnose my PC's failure

Yeah, my guess would also be a failing sata port on the motherboard. You could try plugging into a different port to see if things improve. If the same controller chip handles all of your ports, this may not help.

The other thing to try would be a cheap PCI-E SATA card with internal ports.
by Bhelliom
Wed Sep 05, 2012 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Create your own political party (or join one)
Replies: 65
Views: 13935

Re: Create your own political party (or join one)

Holy shit thesh, sign me up! I dont seem to have the same beef with Canada that you do, but I can look past that.
by Bhelliom
Mon Apr 09, 2012 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9442
Views: 1535170

Re: Minecraft

I'm logged out standing on the beach. On a business trip tonight and tomorrow night, so I won't be on again for a couple of days. Just update the spreadsheet if you folks decide to move the base.
by Bhelliom
Mon Apr 09, 2012 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9442
Views: 1535170

Re: Minecraft

IGN is Gorbash84. Until I see someone at the base I can haunt the Hotel area nearby. The solution is simple. We need to construct a base out of cast obsidian and make it as griefer-unfriendly as possible. This means only store things in separated, hidden chests, spread your valuable stuff around, an...
by Bhelliom
Mon Apr 09, 2012 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9442
Views: 1535170

Re: Minecraft

Ok, I made it to the co-ords indicated on the Google spreadsheet, but I don't see anything. Is the base above the view distance?
by Bhelliom
Mon Apr 09, 2012 3:06 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9442
Views: 1535170

Re: Minecraft

Heading your way with a full inventory after spawning half a world away. So many ruins! This is a harsh land indeed.
by Bhelliom
Sat Apr 07, 2012 3:08 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9442
Views: 1535170

Re: Minecraft

This looks interesting. Can Someone PM me the co-ords so I can join you folks?
by Bhelliom
Thu Mar 01, 2012 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Outrageous utility bill
Replies: 15
Views: 5287

Re: Outrageous utility bill

Depending where you live. I don't know about other counties, but where I live in the U.S. power is always the same price whatever time it is. UNLESS you have a dedicated "Off Peak" circuit in your house controlled via radio by the power company. The whole point of off peak is that it is on...
by Bhelliom
Thu Feb 23, 2012 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Tribes: Ascend
Replies: 23
Views: 4182

Re: Tribes: Ascend

Yep, saw the ad for it, got excited, the saw that it had a huge smelly "Free 2 Play" turd smeared across it. Goddamn. Micro-transactions are more like micro-gouges. The entire F2P model can go to hell. If this game was released as a $60 retail game they would have had a sale purely from th...
by Bhelliom
Mon Feb 20, 2012 3:10 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Outrageous utility bill
Replies: 15
Views: 5287

Re: Outrageous utility bill

I suppose you could line your ceiling with Polyisocyanurate foam board. that would give you some R-value with the bonus of looking really strange. :-)
by Bhelliom
Thu Feb 16, 2012 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Spontaneous phantom Page Down keystrokes
Replies: 6
Views: 2365

Re: Spontaneous phantom Page Down keystrokes

Laptop keyboards are easy to replace if you can source a replacement part. Usually it is just a couple of screws or a pop off bezel. Check the googles for your particular model and eBay for the part.
by Bhelliom
Thu Feb 16, 2012 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Outrageous utility bill
Replies: 15
Views: 5287

Re: Outrageous utility bill

The hilarious part is that you get to pay to heat the upper 2 floors, because there is likely very little or no insulation between the floors. Ask your upstairs neighbors how much their gas bills are, I bet they will be lower. They may even complain that their apartment is always hot and they need t...
by Bhelliom
Fri Feb 10, 2012 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Mounting a half-slim SSD
Replies: 6
Views: 3245

Re: Mounting a half-slim SSD

Carnildo wrote:I'd make it out of corrugated cardboard and tape. Almost as effective, and much cheaper.


And trashy looking. And Flammable.
by Bhelliom
Thu Feb 09, 2012 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Mounting a half-slim SSD
Replies: 6
Views: 3245

Re: Mounting a half-slim SSD

Well, that looks like an industrial part to me, meant to be mounted in a case or on a board designed exactly for it. You see this a lot in industrial designed machines. If it was me, I would get a small piece of plexiglass from your local hardware store, and cut 2 pieces to make the ssd into a "...
by Bhelliom
Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Virtual Machine vs. External Optical Drive on Netbook
Replies: 11
Views: 4254

Re: Virtual Machine vs. External Optical Drive on Netbook

P.S. I am trying to get the password for the school's wifi network. Another question/problem that I have with that is that if I get the password and then want to sell it to people at school then the first person I sell it to will give it away to his friends and then they will give it away and so on...
by Bhelliom
Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Offsite data backup
Replies: 9
Views: 1992

Re: Offsite data backup

But also keep in mind that RAID does not protect against flooded computer rooms, or other disasters that take out the whole machine. You should have: -RAID on the main machine to protect against random failed drives. -RAID on the backup storage machine to protect against random failed drives. This m...
by Bhelliom
Fri Dec 30, 2011 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Small scale chicken soup
Replies: 12
Views: 4242

Re: Small scale chicken soup

I like making my own chicken stock. Collect the carcasses from a few chicken dinners, toss in some carrots, celery, black pepper corns, garlic.....It smells so delicious when you are making it, and you get to use parts of the chicken you would otherwise throw away. It does produce a different flavor...
by Bhelliom
Tue Dec 13, 2011 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Anime Thread of Doom
Replies: 4413
Views: 831377

Re: Anime Thread of Doom

Did anyone else totally not hear about this until now? Yay for more Ghibli!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZv4ZdAf ... re=related
by Bhelliom
Wed Nov 02, 2011 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Broken Audio on a new Motherboard
Replies: 4
Views: 1745

Re: Broken Audio on a new Motherboard

Sometimes the audio ports are capable of multiple functions. As an example, on my Creative X-Fi card, It defaults the speaker out port to digital audio out or somesuch. I had to switch it back to analog audio output. Maybe look for something like that in the config software?
by Bhelliom
Wed Nov 02, 2011 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Splitting Ethernet
Replies: 13
Views: 2948

Re: Splitting Ethernet

No no no. You need an Ethernet Switch, like Sero said. they are not expensive, and it is the correct way to add ports without replacing your router.
by Bhelliom
Wed Nov 02, 2011 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: A case of the Sound Card blues
Replies: 7
Views: 1605

Re: A case of the Sound Card blues

If you are installing a sound card, be sure to disable the onboard sound chip in the BIOS. If this does not clear up the problem, stop buying cheapo sound cards. Get a card from Creative Labs (SoundBlaster) and you will be all set.
by Bhelliom
Thu Aug 25, 2011 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: PowerDVD and TV Static
Replies: 10
Views: 2481

Re: PowerDVD and TV Static

Oops, my bad, I did not see that you tried DVD as well. Hmm.... What about Windows Media player? Back in the XP days, Media player could not play dvds until you had a dvd decoder installed, like power DVD. Once Power DVD was installed, you did not have to use it, because Media player was fine. Is th...
by Bhelliom
Thu Aug 25, 2011 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: PowerDVD and TV Static
Replies: 10
Views: 2481

Re: PowerDVD and TV Static

My guess is that is has something to do with the fancy Blu-Ray-HDMI security/encryption measures.

Does the same thing happen with a regular DVD movie disk?
by Bhelliom
Fri Aug 12, 2011 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Windows home server? A Linux box? Oh my..
Replies: 9
Views: 2825

Re: Windows home server? A Linux box? Oh my..

Ok, ended up getting most of the stuff to stream. When you install WHS 2011, it requires you to have at least a 160 gig hard drive for the install. It divides the drive up into a 100mb system partition, a 60 gig OS partition, and whatever is left into a storage partition. In the storage partition it...
by Bhelliom
Fri Aug 12, 2011 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: What's the Big Deal with Alienware®?
Replies: 23
Views: 10878

Re: What's the Big Deal with Alienware®?

Basically, Alienware is for lazy people who just don't care. Fellstaff, all the know-how you need is knowing when to keep your wallet shut. You say you are close to having the knowledge, just go for it! There are a hundred threads on this very fora all about the best part combination for a certain b...
by Bhelliom
Tue Aug 09, 2011 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Windows home server? A Linux box? Oh my..
Replies: 9
Views: 2825

Re: Windows home server? A Linux box? Oh my..

Well the WHS 2011 box is up and running. The online web access is nice, and the box is now protecting my 1.2 TB of video files, but the streaming abilities are crap at best. I have not tried music yet, but this pile of crap can't even present jpegs properly. Just forget about video. No movies or vid...
by Bhelliom
Fri Jul 29, 2011 2:05 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Windows home server? A Linux box? Oh my..
Replies: 9
Views: 2825

Re: Windows home server? A Linux box? Oh my..

I am about to build my own Windows Home Server now that the 2nd edition is out. (WHS 2011) I am re-using an old ASUS P5NT-WS motherboard I have kicking around. It already lives in a stylish Lian-Li case and is equipped with a Q6600 core 2 duo processor and 4 gigs of ram. All I need to buy is some hi...
by Bhelliom
Thu Jul 28, 2011 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Farscape
Replies: 119
Views: 17001

Re: Farscape

The "Ground hogs day" episode "Window of Opportunity" from Stargate SG-1. season 4, episode 6 I think. Go, watch it, and sin no more.
by Bhelliom
Sun Jul 10, 2011 4:54 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Burying a cat5e UTP cable
Replies: 12
Views: 4184

Re: Burying a cat5e UTP cable

I have never heard of needing a drain pipe, I just plug both ends with silicone when I get done pulling cables. I can remove the plug if I ever need to run more. The tiny amount of water vapor in the pipe is not going to bother the cable, but if any animals do get inside, they think cable jacket is ...
by Bhelliom
Tue Jul 05, 2011 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Burying a cat5e UTP cable
Replies: 12
Views: 4184

Re: Burying a cat5e UTP cable

I buried a long length of the grey pvc for a few runs of cat6 out to my shop. It has a few curves and bends in it, so I used a pipe size that a ping-pong ball fits into. After the pipe was assembled and glued up, (glue to keep water out!) We tied a ping pong ball to a long spool of string. Put the b...
by Bhelliom
Sun Jul 03, 2011 4:40 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9442
Views: 1535170

Re: Minecraft

Feylias wrote:Also, for those who have updated, pistons apparently dupe EVERYTHING if used in a certain way: http://i.imgur.com/Ld4Pm.jpg
WhoahYaranaika?


I built one to see it in action. Now you can too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8H1s4XPpbM
by Bhelliom
Sun Jul 03, 2011 3:06 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9442
Views: 1535170

Re: Minecraft

More pistons for your pleasure, a 3x3 iris door. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUckmxd6brg Also, could I get on the whitelist? Username is Gorbash84. Infina, nbon, magnanimous, and dthen can vouch for me. We used to play together on infina's server. What is the address for the server again?
by Bhelliom
Sat Jul 02, 2011 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9442
Views: 1535170

Re: Minecraft

Wow, that movie is amazing. Basically his big engine at the end is how my shutter works, it is a loop of glass and cobble blocks that line up to either hide or expose the sunlight. I will have to incorporate his 4clock design into my next attempt. The only issue is to get it to stop after the correc...
by Bhelliom
Sat Jul 02, 2011 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9442
Views: 1535170

Re: Minecraft

by Bhelliom
Tue Jun 28, 2011 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: My DSL Box randomly stops internet connection
Replies: 3
Views: 868

Re: My DSL Box randomly stops internet connection

This is also normal for Century Link, as they are now merged with Quest. (And Embarq)
The company has become a sort of chimera, now possessing the bad qualities of each company.

*Shudders*
by Bhelliom
Fri Jun 24, 2011 2:44 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Bizarre problem [SOLVED]
Replies: 15
Views: 2091

Re: Bizarre problem

Points scored for anyone who said it was the WiFi. If the router is powered down, it boots fine. If the router is on, Bluescreen. If the WiFi card is removed, and the router is on, no problem. So, defective WiFi card. I could have him change the channel of his network, but screw it, I want that fail...
by Bhelliom
Thu Jun 23, 2011 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Bizarre problem [SOLVED]
Replies: 15
Views: 2091

Re: Bizarre problem

The computer did boot and automatically connect when here in the office. It still had the network configured from 3 years ago when I set the thing up. Also, how can the card try to authenticate with a network before the computer has booted? We are not even making it to a log in screen here, even usi...
by Bhelliom
Thu Jun 23, 2011 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Bizarre problem [SOLVED]
Replies: 15
Views: 2091

Re: Bizarre problem

Heh, I have heard of that magnet on tower thing also. Not the issue in this case :-) Guy managed to get his car rear-ended last night, fixing his computer was low on his priority list. Maybe I will get some more trouble shooting done tonight. Multiple people have suggested to try unplugging the WiFi...
by Bhelliom
Wed Jun 22, 2011 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Bizarre problem [SOLVED]
Replies: 15
Views: 2091

Re: Bizarre problem

It is a recent vintage dell desktop, and has worked fine for 3 years up to about 1 week ago. His house is not wired for network so he is using a linksys WiFi add-in card. (The card has been installed for all tests.) The Blue screen occurs during boot, both in safe mode and regular mode. the Stop mes...
by Bhelliom
Wed Jun 22, 2011 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Bizarre problem [SOLVED]
Replies: 15
Views: 2091

Bizarre problem [SOLVED]

Ok folks, I have a stumper for ya. I have a user with a office supplied home machine, and he recently called looking for help because it was bluescreening. (Yay, Windows XP!) After 30 fruitless minutes troubleshooting it over the phone, I tell him he will have to bring it in. A couple of days later ...

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