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by BumpInTheNight
Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0673: "The Sun"
Replies: 157
Views: 35762

Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Actually, someone already did this type of movie and it was actually pretty sweet. Sunshine, 28 days later's writer and lead actor are among some of the qualities.

acai wrote:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunshine_(2007_film)


/Doh!
//shakes tiny fist
by BumpInTheNight
Fri Sep 25, 2009 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Headphone specs
Replies: 9
Views: 1558

Re: Headphone specs

I semi-recently went for the same thing, ended up with Grado SR-80s and they've been pretty satisfactory(but I admit I found they do the ear-ache after a few hours of using them). I'm certainly no audiophile so I was relying entirely on reviews and articles, lemmie see if I can find some of the sour...
by BumpInTheNight
Sat Sep 12, 2009 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Can some routers not handle internet?
Replies: 9
Views: 1080

Re: Can some routers not handle internet?

I have been looking around for different routers, and I found one which is supposed to be able to get up to 300 mb/s. The name is Prolink WNR 10006, and if its better than the current one, Belkin Wireless G+ MIMO router, I may buy it. One problem, it's expensive and I don't want to take any risk. S...
by BumpInTheNight
Fri Sep 11, 2009 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Can some routers not handle internet?
Replies: 9
Views: 1080

Re: Can some routers not handle internet?

Any of you torrenting or something similar? I found many situations where the crappier routers can't handle many simultaneous connections that those sorts of applications use. I did my homework the last time I bought a router and much of it was to specifically to address this aspect and well just to...
by BumpInTheNight
Sat Aug 22, 2009 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Battery Not Recognized on Dell Inspiron 1501
Replies: 5
Views: 3429

Re: Battery Not Recognized on Dell Inspiron 1501

Team503 wrote:Drain the battery completely, then update your BIOS to the latest version.


pssst unless things have changed, part of the dell bios update is it checks for the battery level and if its under 30% it won't let you (over protective measure in case the AC adapter comes loose etc).
by BumpInTheNight
Fri Jul 31, 2009 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Confirmation of processor upgrade
Replies: 2
Views: 597

Re: Confirmation of processor upgrade

I couldn't find anything really concrete, but considering I found a post where someone identified their laptop's motherboard as being the same and featuring a TL-50 processor it'd lean more towards it'd certainly work physically and boot, but a hotter chip like the 60 may as mentioned get more heat ...
by BumpInTheNight
Fri Jul 24, 2009 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Games Randomly Not Working
Replies: 7
Views: 725

Re: Games Randomly Not Working

Overheating situations hang the whole system, they don't bring a particular game to cause a segfault and drop back to the OS desktop saying so. This sounds like a driver or yes a game update that caused either one to not play with the other nicely anymore. A clean install of the GPU driver and maybe...
by BumpInTheNight
Thu Jul 23, 2009 8:12 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Does it bother anyone else...
Replies: 4
Views: 797

Re: Does it bother anyone else...

I sometimes miss manually punching holes into the the 5"25s to make them writable, I definitely don't miss how often both sizes of floppy drives would die so regularly. Heh but yah I suppose those terms are stuck in place, kinda like how two by fours aren't actually 2" x 4" anymore.
by BumpInTheNight
Tue Jul 21, 2009 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Overclocking help, BSODing at 4ghz (i7 920)
Replies: 13
Views: 1869

Re: Overclocking help, BSODing at 4ghz (i7 920)

What you want to figure out is which part is being pushed beyond its means and adjust(if possible and relatively safe) that specific situation. For instance I'd look at your ram's stability vs your CPU, it could be that the CPU is capable of higher but the current settings of the ram are holding the...
by BumpInTheNight
Sun Jul 19, 2009 2:49 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Graphics Card
Replies: 2
Views: 517

Re: Graphics Card

Most importantly, what is your projected spending budget desires for this purchase? The sweet spot seems to be about the 100-150$ range for price/performance but as previously mentioned there are a few other factors to be taken into account as well to ensure the card will be properly supported by th...
by BumpInTheNight
Tue Jul 14, 2009 1:29 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Adding an external monitor.
Replies: 6
Views: 885

Re: Adding an external monitor.

May have just omitted toggling that port to active, there is a FN-(something) key combo that does this. like FN-F5 or something, it'll have a picture of a little blue monitor on the F key.

Ed: Heh, hopefully simul-fix posts.
by BumpInTheNight
Tue Jul 14, 2009 1:24 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Troubleshooting random system crashes
Replies: 7
Views: 2114

Re: Troubleshooting random system crashes

Graphics card hands down, what you're describing are classic symptoms of when the card and the driver stop talking due to one or the other no longer working, especially that bit about the rapid repeating sound while the screen locks in a strange way. It could still be the driver though, chances are ...
by BumpInTheNight
Tue Jul 14, 2009 1:14 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: I can't get the screw out of my knob!
Replies: 3
Views: 1076

Re: I can't get the screw out of my knob!

Like a socket wrench?

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/blatant hotlink to a picture of a socket wrench.
by BumpInTheNight
Fri Jul 10, 2009 6:01 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: What are you supposed to do with viruses once you get them?
Replies: 11
Views: 2738

Re: What are you supposed to do with viruses once you get them?

I am truly amazed that this deep into the thread and with a title asking about the proper care of viri no one has posted this most relevant of images:
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by BumpInTheNight
Fri Jul 10, 2009 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Two 320 Gig drives and what to do about it?
Replies: 2
Views: 1067

Re: Two 320 Gig drives and what to do about it?

I'm by no means a heavy linux user but my guess is by trying to use software raid (based around the OS arranging it all vs a controller on either a card or the motherboard) its kinda a chicken/egg situation where when your computer tries to boot the OS but the OS needs to read its info which is spli...
by BumpInTheNight
Mon Jul 06, 2009 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Opinion on a new desktop
Replies: 14
Views: 1313

Re: Opinion on a new desktop

For that amount of intensive work and multitasking, you need i) a tri- or quad-core and ii) a better graphics card. Er, no. TOTAL: $538 and made of win. So far looks okay, but what are you supposed to type on, mouse around with and look at the computer's pretty video card with? Previous computer is...
by BumpInTheNight
Mon Jul 06, 2009 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Opinion on a new desktop
Replies: 14
Views: 1313

Re: Opinion on a new desktop

It does seem a little expensive for those parts, I'm thinking that's due to getting a slim-case style system (mini-computer) so unless you're purposely going for that type its added price to the situation for nothing useful as that some what limits your options for anything you'd want to put into it...
by BumpInTheNight
Wed Jul 01, 2009 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Risks to overclocking
Replies: 6
Views: 1334

Re: Risks to overclocking

Yah, there are issues with running things faster then manufacturer's spec if the manufacturer didn't leave such a big window between what it was sold at vs what they were able to make it run at. Ever wonder why the E8400 wolfdale processor got two faster little brothers released? No not a technologi...
by BumpInTheNight
Wed Jul 01, 2009 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Single-core to Dual core translation
Replies: 24
Views: 2219

Re: Single-core to Dual core translation

The ultimate benchmark is the actual use case. What it to play halo really fast? Test it playing halo. Want to test mp3 encoding? Test it encoding an mp3. Even here, you need to be careful. There was a minor scandal a few years back when it was discovered that ATI had written their video drivers to...
by BumpInTheNight
Mon Jun 29, 2009 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Single-core to Dual core translation
Replies: 24
Views: 2219

Re: Single-core to Dual core translation

Unfortunately not really, its a matter of more how well your intended tasks and the OS they are running on were designed to take advantage of multiple cores. Its getting better but there are still plenty of applications that really don't do it very well and thus the difference in how they perform wo...
by BumpInTheNight
Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Video card problem (I think?)
Replies: 7
Views: 756

Re: Video card problem (I think?)

Well if you'd like some further assistance on how to figure out a ball-park figure or method of how to repair it (barring any warranty coverage, which I'd take advantage of first) what's the make/model of it? It still sounds more like the video card rather then anything else is the problem and consi...
by BumpInTheNight
Thu Jun 25, 2009 2:50 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Malwarebytes
Replies: 1
Views: 491

Re: Malwarebytes

Yup, its my choice of anti-spyware as well and quite effective.
by BumpInTheNight
Wed Jun 24, 2009 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Video card problem (I think?)
Replies: 7
Views: 756

Re: Video card problem (I think?)

Aight, well the beeping on over-loading its input buffer (pressing keys repeatedly) says that its bios is likely still reacting so its more likely the video card itself or perhaps just the output towards the screen rather then some issue with bios itself. Does the laptop have a port to plug in an ex...
by BumpInTheNight
Wed Jun 24, 2009 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: XP freezing and Offline Mode
Replies: 4
Views: 810

Re: XP freezing and Offline Mode

Ugh yah that's unfortunate, my xp laptop is a pro/32 that I just have on auto-patch for update purposes so its SP3 + whatever else since (really I don't pay much attention to it) but yah the task manager came up and I could opt to kill the program itself or explorer and both would kill the other as ...
by BumpInTheNight
Wed Jun 24, 2009 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: XP freezing and Offline Mode
Replies: 4
Views: 810

Re: XP freezing and Offline Mode

Does the old ctrl-alt-del sequence bring up the task manager? It sounds like explorer (not the browser but the GUI for the OS) is locking up indeed and waiting on results from hooking into the missing network link to the file folder. If task manager does come up it'd be possible to kill task the exp...
by BumpInTheNight
Wed Jun 24, 2009 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Video card problem (I think?)
Replies: 7
Views: 756

Re: Video card problem (I think?)

What you need to confirm is whether anything at all shows up when you turn it on, like prior to the operating system there is a process which happens through Bios (built right into the hardware of the motherboard, sorta) and if even that isn't showing up its above and beyond a software issue. So doe...
by BumpInTheNight
Mon Jun 22, 2009 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Sharing a printer across an ocean
Replies: 3
Views: 701

Re: Sharing a printer across an ocean

I see I see, the fax thing is a definite issue for network attachment for sure. Well, when I worked for Dell I'd refer to this document for resolving XP/Vista sharing issues and inevitably someone forgot or was unaware of one of the steps: http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/d...
by BumpInTheNight
Mon Jun 22, 2009 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Sharing a printer across an ocean
Replies: 3
Views: 701

Re: Sharing a printer across an ocean

Could I recommend taking advantage of that printer's built-in network capability? Removes the whole computers trying to see each-other thing entirely. Just hook it directly up to the network, give it a static address relevant to your setup, install the network driver for it on each computer (feeding...
by BumpInTheNight
Sat Jun 20, 2009 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: dorm room security
Replies: 22
Views: 2145

Re: dorm room security

As your future room mate, I'll be less then pleased to know that you're taking pictures of our room every 30 seconds and if you insisted on doing that it might result in some sort of random theft/destruction of personal property to ensure my privacy isn't violated by your paranoia. Get some insuranc...
by BumpInTheNight
Sat Jun 20, 2009 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Upgrading question
Replies: 5
Views: 554

Re: Upgrading question

Yup, hardware that came with win95 installed is probably not worth putting money into at this point. Keep your 106$ towards your next purchase and yah be prepared to spend a tad more then 250$ for a laptop considering even their little bastard cousin the netbook tend to be 300+. Final thought about ...
by BumpInTheNight
Thu Jun 18, 2009 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Windows crashing
Replies: 8
Views: 1056

Re: Windows crashing

First, my PC specs: Processor: AMD64 3500+ Graphics: NVidia GeForce 7100 GS When's the last time you blew out all the dust built-up from the fans of these guys among anything else that can collect it inside the case? They're both likely several years old and if this is an unknown concept to you the...
by BumpInTheNight
Thu Jun 18, 2009 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Speed or size in RAM?
Replies: 14
Views: 1783

Re: Speed or size in RAM?

I can't see how faster ram would let a superpi run faster as I just can't see the variables/foot print of such a program occupy more then just a chunk of the cache. You'd want a benchmark that's goal is to flood and refresh large chunks of the ram as quickly as it can. But yah, ram has kinda peaked ...
by BumpInTheNight
Wed Jun 17, 2009 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Video card oven solder! Edit- Toxic?
Replies: 25
Views: 2551

Re: Video card oven solder! Edit- Toxic?

Copypaste is Copypasta. http://digg.com/hardware/Guy_Cooks_dead_Video_Card_in_Oven_Brings_it_back_to_Life http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1421792 http://forums.techpowerup.com/showthread.php?t=96315 http://www.overclock.net/nvidia/519051-another-video-card-oven-success-story.html http://ww...
by BumpInTheNight
Wed Jun 17, 2009 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Dell laptop's AC plug being a pain
Replies: 11
Views: 5072

Re: Dell laptop's AC plug being a pain

Yes. Well likely, but you'll have to open the thing up entirely to look at the plug and see it from the other side of the plastic casing to see what has decided to come loose. It could be the ability for the housing to touch the motherboard or just the plug itself has something bent that could be tw...
by BumpInTheNight
Tue Jun 16, 2009 6:31 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: setting up a raid
Replies: 14
Views: 1105

Re: setting up a raid

Sorry for double post and right after a relative book but I wanted to mention about how you get drivers to Vista for situations like these. The floppy drive was the only way you could do this with XP but Vista does finally allow for you to feed it drivers through other mediums like CDs and memory st...
by BumpInTheNight
Tue Jun 16, 2009 6:00 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: setting up a raid
Replies: 14
Views: 1105

Re: setting up a raid

Judging from the instructions in that manual you linked, and the description on the spesifications tab on newegg, you can install windows on drives connected to this (in a raid, i assume?) but it requires a floppy drive (ugh...) for the drivers. I'm in the thought train that because it doesn't expl...
by BumpInTheNight
Tue Jun 16, 2009 4:42 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Sound issue on new motherboard?
Replies: 9
Views: 1167

Re: Sound issue on new motherboard?

For front panel action I'd found once I just plugged the cable coming off the front panel into the appropriate spot on the sound card/motherboard it just worked, I'd done this with both my PCI SB-XFI and the Asus supreme FX2 PCIE that came with the board as well as what ever the onboard sound was fr...
by BumpInTheNight
Tue Jun 16, 2009 4:17 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: setting up a raid
Replies: 14
Views: 1105

Re: setting up a raid

Hardware-assisted (what you describe as controller-based) is usually the worst of both worlds: you're tied to the hardware (a Rosewill array won't work with a HighPoint controller) and the software (you can't boot from it, except for some implementations of RAID 1). Sometimes it's got an XOR engine...
by BumpInTheNight
Tue Jun 16, 2009 3:18 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: setting up a raid
Replies: 14
Views: 1105

Re: setting up a raid

Hrm, looked through that card's manual (http://www.rosewill.com/Mgnt/Uploads/AttachmentForProduct/UserManual%20for%20RC-218-WEB%20v1.0.pdf) and its making no mention of any sort of raid ability so I don't think it'll work out in that capacity, essentially it looks like its just an HDD storage expans...
by BumpInTheNight
Mon Jun 15, 2009 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: setting up a raid
Replies: 14
Views: 1105

Re: setting up a raid

I'm going to chime in and suggest that Mr Baggin's interpretations of the use and implementations of raid are all hog-wash. Using raids in a personal desktop are an excellent way of providing both redundancy (in raids like 1, 10,01 or 5) and accelerate the speed of your storage (raids 0, 10,01 and 5...

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