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rridgely

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  1. What games do you play?

    I just ordered a graphics card for my new pc so that I can finally game on it.(Got tied up with ps3/xbox games the last few months and didn't even want another platform to play on just then.)

    I'm thinking of getting TF2 and maybe UT3 if people even still play it.


  2. I played the demo on xbox.

    I thought the melee weapons were cool and all but I played the crap out of the first one and didn't want to play another so quick. I'll probably pick it up after I'm done playing all the other games that just came out.


  3. Anyone having problems with explorer crashing?

    I've had this happen at least 10 times while transferring large files(4gigs +) from my portable drives to my win7 computer. The problem is that when it happens it doesn't just crash and then work again, it will crash and have to restart 6-7 times before its functional again. The problem being that I won't be able to easily restart the file copying, so I have to start all over.

    Just wondering if anyone else has encountered this?


  4. I guess your right. I didn't really look into it much, I just know some processors have it and some don't. Even some of the older Core2 ones don't so I figured it was hardware. whatever.

    I just tried to install SP2 on my virtual xp and got an error, then I checked in the system menu and it actually has sp3 installed, I didn't check before. I just saw the old versions of IE and WMP and figured it was not up to date.


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    I got XP mode working.

    And I'm about as underwhelmed as I expected. I wish they would have at least included an updated version of xp...

    I haven't played with virtual machines much but I assume I can update it myself? I'll play with it later.(MUCH later) :P


  6. Ok, so I said I would do a write up of my initial response to windows 7 and here it is.

    I'll start with the bad...

    1. DO NOT LET WINDOWS INSTALL YOUR DRIVERS. Caps are lame, but you need to pay attention to this. The first time I installed windows 7 I booted the computer, enabled auto updates and let it do its thing. The bad thing about the way it updates is that unless you click on the "number of updates" link in the auto update page you don't actually know what its installing. I went from having a fully functional machine to having my lan card not work(installed wrong driver) and my video card being crippled(installed OLD driver).

    2. The verification process for the student version was crap. I had to make my own iso and then do a hacky thing in the registry to get it to validate. Would seem like I did something wrong, however if you said that you were upgrading from 32bit to 64bit they were supposed to give you a .iso to use(they did... 4 days later. Digital river customer support is slow).

    3. The task bar at default is terrible(in my opinion). I often have 3 browser windows open, and I always launch them from the quick launch. In 7 if you try to make a quick launch that icon turns into your instance of the program. So to launch another browser you either click an icon somewhere else or have to right click your "quick launch" and make it open another one. Not a huge deal but I've been using windows for a long time, don't change crap like this, its annoying. Luckily you can very easily turn off the grouping and get your quick launch back.(they even through in a windows classic theme if your feeling like going back to 98... but the new aero themes are beautiful.

    4. I wish they would have gotten rid of defender and put the "security essentials" program in its place. I hope that when I install essentials later that it will disable defender, if not I guess I'll do it myself, but I can see many people with slower computers having slow downs and not knowing their running multiple security programs.

    So far thats it.

    What I like so far:

    1. I really like how they integrated the ribbon interface into pretty much all default software. Wordpad, paint, ect. They definitely are trying to get the mac principle of standardized interface in windows 7 and it works and its awesome.

    2. They fixed UAC. I installed a bunch of software and not once did I feel like I needed to disable it. This was deffinitely not the case when I fixed vista computers, I would disable UAC first as it was more annoying than the viruses when I was trying to install stuff.

    3. Updates are much less annoying than vista. You download the updates, install and reboot ONE TIME. Vista drove me freaking NUTS.

    4. Seems snappy. I have this on a pretty nice computer(see my other topic) but it runs really nicely with no slowdown when opening programs, ect. So far I would say its got the looks of vista with the dependability of xp. Like it a lot.

    I'm going to try "XP mode" tonight. I know its just a virtual machine, but it may be useful. I don't know what I will need it for but I got pro at the same price as home so it cant hurt to try it. I'm interested to see how it works with my processors "virtualization" chip.

    Here are some helpful articles:

    "activation"

    http://www.winsupersite.com/win7/clean_install_upgrade_media.asp

    "quick launch"

    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-7/add-the-quick-launch-bar-to-the-taskbar-in-windows-7/


  7. Ok so far I like windows 7 a lot.

    I really hate the new taskbar, luckily you can make it function like the old one(turn off grouping and enable quick launch). The way it is by default is exactly like the dock in osx which I've always hated. I can see where it would be good if you had a tiny screen and a bunch of windows open, but I don't have that problem.

    Here is a screenshot:

    post-786-12567143429_thumb.jpg

    Everything else is perfect. Its like vista and xp combined where everything looks great(really like the new paint and wordpad...) but works. :P

    I haven't tried xp mode yet but I will soon. I haven't gotten to use this pc much(not home a lot) but I will write up a lot more about 7 later.


  8. The case is pretty sturdy, I'm not worried about it being a problem.

    Its just ugly. ;)

    I have everything put together now, now I just have to wait for windows 7 to come out. I got the RC download a long time ago and never tried it, don't see much point in spending the time to set it up now.

    I think I'm going to go ahead and order one of the new ati cards, there was one that was only about $130 which would do whatever game/blu ray stuff I decide to do.


  9. My case just got here. For some reason it took a little longer than the other parts.

    Anyway its actually not bad considering it was only $35 with free shipping. It doesn't look too bad, its cheap plastic in the front and the paint is definitely junk but it has 3 fans(didn't know this when I bought it.. One in back, one on front one on top), its plenty big enough and seems pretty sturdy. I also like the removable filter on the front fan.

    I've never used tooless drive holders before. Not sure I'm too crazy about them, I may remove them and just use screws.

    I'm not going to be able to build everything until Saturday, but at least now I'm ready to go.


  10. If you can get hijackthis to run again do this:

    Click the button that says "do a system scan only", once the scan completes then click "save log" on the bottom left.

    If that doesn't work try to run this:

    Go to Kaspersky website and perform an online antivirus scan.

    1. Read through the requirements and privacy statement and click on Accept button.
    2. It will start downloading and installing the scanner and virus definitions. You will be prompted to install an application from Kaspersky. Click Run.
    3. When the downloads have finished, click on Settings.
    4. Make sure these boxes are checked (ticked). If they are not, please tick them and click on the Save button:
      • Spyware, Adware, Dialers, and other potentially dangerous programs
        Archives
        Mail databases

      [*]Click on My Computer under Scan.

      [*]Once the scan is complete, it will display the results. Click on View Scan Report.

      [*]You will see a list of infected items there. Click on Save Report As....

      [*]Save this report to a convenient place. Change the Files of type to Text file (.txt) before clicking on the Save button. Then post it here.


  11. I decided that since windows 7 is just around the corner it was time for me to get a new dedicated computer for it. I skipped vista and its been a while since I got a new desktop so I figured now was as good a time as any.

    Parts should be here by tomorrow but I'm not sure I'll be able to get it together this week. (school :( ) I cant get windows right now anyway, so I don't guess it matters.

    Anyway here is what I got.

    Amd Athlon II X4

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103706

    Motherboard:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138146

    Ram:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227298

    Power Supply:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139008

    Case:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147058

    (yeah I got a cheap ugly case... I bought a few fans for it so it should be fine. I didn't want to spend a bunch on it and this looked good).

    I haven't gotten a Graphics card yet. I haven't decided which one I want.

    I have a 32in lcd that I may hook this up to. I play games on my 360, but it may be nice to have a pc for gaming/multimedia hooked up to it.(not top of the line but I'm guessing this thing will play most of whats out there.)


  12. Microsoft is expected to roll out a slim down, browser-run web application version of Office 2010, together with a free ad-supported version, however, it’s unclear if they are available from the Community Technical Preview (CTP) program.

    Heh, competition from OpenOffice.org and Google Docs.

    If microsoft manages to make a GOOD version of word that is online and free, no one is going to use google or openoffice anymore.

    Google docs is basic/limited at best and while openoffice is ok, its not as good as word(or any other office app). Office applications is one area that MS will have under control for a long time(with windows 7 it looks like they may gain back some of their OS credit as well, not that it matters who is using anything else in any meaningful way).


  13. I wonder how many people actually use firewalls on vista/7 (xp is limited but good enough).

    I haven't heard any massive complaints about windows 7's firewall... I wonder if the companies whose main product is windows firewalls will still be around in a few years.

    They should move on to cheap hardware based firewalls that cant do stuff that router firewalls cant.


  14. Hello.

    Run Kaspersky WebScanner

    • Please go HERE and click Kaspersky Online Scanner
    • Read and Accept the Agreement
    • You will be promted to install an ActiveX component from Kaspersky, Click Yes.
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    • Click on the Scan Settings button, and in the next window select the Extended database, and click Ok.
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    • When the scan is finished, click the "Save as Text" button, and save the file as kavscan.txt to your Desktop, close the Kaspersky On-line Scanner window.
    • Paste kaspersky log onto forum.

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