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Verran

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About Verran

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    RIP 1981-2009
  • Birthday 03/25/1981

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  • Computer Specs
    Intel E7400 E0 @ 4.0ghz (400x10, 1.375v)
    Lapped ThermalRight Ultra-120 Extreme w/ Yate Loon D12SM
    G.Skill Pi 2x2GB DDR2-900 4-4-4-12-2T @ 2.1v
    Gigabyte X48-DQ6 Motherboard (F7b BIOS)
    2x Palit HD4850 Sonic (685/1000)
    PC Power & Cooling 750W Silencer
    160GB Hitachi SATA
    Samsung 500GB SATA
    Pioneer DVR-111D DVD-RW
    Thermaltake Armor Case
    Zalman ZM-MFC1 6-Channel Controller
    Dell S2409W 24" 16:9 LCD

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    Holt, MI
  • Interests
    Computers: (dur!)<br />Guitars: Fender Squire Strat (fully modded to Seymour Duncan electronics)<br />---Gibson Explorer '96 (Heritage Cherry)<br />---Epiphone Les Paul Standard (Black)<br />---Fender Acoustic/Electric<br />---Line6 Flextone II XL (2x12 100w Stereo, All Digital)<br />Music: Almost anything (I lean toward progressive stuff, don't care for pop-country crap, and I don't like classical, but I can appreciate it)<br />Cars: Turbocharged Feats Of Engineering, Not Gas-Guzzling Land-Barges
  1. Well, I normally don't use sleep mode on any of my PCs, but I figured I'd give it a shot with my new installation of the Win7 RC1. It works fine except that when I wake it from sleep, I get a drawn-out buzz out of my PC speaker for maybe three seconds or so. I've tried turning this off both in the Windows power settings as well as in the BIOS, but I can't find a setting for it in either spot. Has anyone else had this happen before? Googling it has turned up nothing useful so far.
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    You know what's sad about Realtek?

    To me, it all depends what you're doing with the card. At my desk, I use the onboard on my X48-DQ6 and it sounds fine through a set of decent 2.1 speakers. For my HTPC in the living room, I run it through a full high-end receiver and speaker set, so distortion is much more noticeable. I found that running a 3.5mm -> RCA from the headphone port needed too much amplification and sounded crackly on the onboard of the DFI nf4 Infinity, so I picked up a cheap Turtle Beach card with an optical-out and things sound much better now. I think it's just a matter of what you're running your sound out to, as well as how picky your ears are, of course
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    Assassins Creed 2

    Like Clay and Lo, I really loved AC1 despite some of the downfalls that I have to admit were pretty big. It was an awesome story and the graphics and setting were just beautiful. It was a really nice change from the typical hack/slash and FPS junk that we see so much of. However, I'm really torn now to find out that the console versions will release first. I don't know what to do now. I will probably want it right when it releases and I could certainly buy it for my 360, but I'd MUCH rather play it on my PC and I bet the later PC version will have some fixes in it like AC1 did. Ah, decisions...
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    Windows 7 custom UI

    Samurize is not technically supported on Win 7 but I know people are doing it either through installing in admin mode or XP compatibility mode, so this could be.
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    [Deal] $150 Xbox 360 Holiday Bundle Leftovers

    Holy lord! If that'd true, that's an amazing deal. I can't believe how cheap 360s are getting. But with the new slim PS3, I guess it's kind of a necessity. Great find!
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    Is there a way to work around securerom

    Cracking is certainly one way and is relatively guilt-free if you did indeed purchase the game. However, the best way is to simply call them up and tell them your story. I would bet good money that they'll fix your problem with very little hassle. That's always been the case when I have trouble with Windows keys, for example. Maybe this particular company and rep might jerk you around, but in general I find that in these situations they're quick to fix your problem.
  7. Sure enough. Thanks for the heads-up. I'll leave the thread here though since a good AV discussion never hurt anyone. Personally, I use Clamwin. I used Norton until it got too bulky, then I switched to AVG. I used that for quite a while but around version 8 it got way too bulky too, so now I use Clamwin. It may not be the end-all, be-all of AV, but it's super light-weight and I feel it's more than enough to protect me when paired with a little bit of common sense surfing.
  8. I'm with Andrew on this one. It seems like there'd be a VERY limited market for something like this. I would think most ITX builds would be for low-profile applications and not something this flashy. Plus, when compared to the cost of the ITX system components, that's a very hefty price. It really inflates the overall system cost. It's a cool idea, but it just doesn't add up to me. I just can't see a whole lot of people having a need/want for it.
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    eReaders

    I voted "I think it is a cool concept, but not compelling enough to buy." I think it's something with real promise but it's not something I have a strong desire to adopt early. First of all, I think the prices are too high on the readers, but also on the media too. Just like with Steam, if I'm missing out on the physical product (which to me holds significant collector value), I shouldn't be paying anywhere near full price. Yet most of the time it seems like you still do. I also want to wait out the whole DRM thing. If I'm buying something, I want to know that it's mine and right now I certainly wouldn't feel that way about an eReader title (as a generalization). Can't justify it even existing? That seems a rather strong argument.
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    Coding Program

    Yup, Notepad++ or Textpad for languages like that.
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    Dragon Age: Origins

    I voted no but what I really wanted was a "Maybe" option. I'm not sure really. I'll probably wait for it to be out a while and go on reviews.
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    Multiplier jumps randomly

    This is my feeling on it as well. People will always recommend turning the power-throttling features off in the BIOS when overclocking, and I still think it's good during the actual overclocking phase where you're trying to test and find your best OC settings. But after that, I turn it back on. Why not? I've never had any problems from it (that I can tell, anyways) and power savings are power savings. Plus, it can only help the lifespan of your hardware. I say turn it back on once you find your final OC and see if it works. I bet it'll work just fine.
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    Windows 7

    That is true but XP64 has just never really felt "complete" to me. I've tried it a few times and I always seem to run into obscure driver issues or something like that. I would much rather run Vista 64 than XP 64. As for 7, I tried it a few times in the past but always rolled back to Vista 64 because I would have problems with drivers and realize that Vista was fine for my needs. I've just reloaded RC1 though and I'm now using it full time. The new ATI drivers are better (still not perfect, IMO) and I don't have any problems with it anymore. So I've really just started "testing" Win7, which means I won't be buying it any time soon. But if I do like it, I'll probably upgrade, though not immediately. I'd probably wait until I started nearing the expiration for the RC1 copy.
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    programming idea

    Your program intends to test how quickly a given PC can draw a picture on a screen. However, that's not the hard part. That's not what users really need to know. Putting the picture on the screen is easy. The hard part is rendering the picture. It's figuring out that the user wants to move forward and then figuring out where every pixel needs to be moved in the next frame in order to make that motion happen on the screen. Those calculations are what cause games to be unplayable, not the drawing of the image after it's rendered. The difference is the reason that it takes basically nothing to watch an avi (video) file on your PC, yet if you had a game that could actually render that same HD quality video in real time it would crush most systems. It's because the video file is pre-recorded. It doesn't need to be rendered.
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