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Everything posted by Charisi

  1. Awesome, glad to hear things are working for you now! I've been pretty pleased with VisionTek myself. The two 3870's I have are from them. I figured you would be quite pleased once you got some cards that weren't borked.
  2. Man, I just can't get over how shady that guy is. I'm pissed for you! Ugh, what an butthole. Anyway, I don't see VisionTek refusing the rma after they already gave you an rma number and told you to send in the cards. I really wouldn't worry about that.
  3. Well first off, welcome to the street! Always glad to see a new face around here. As far as your question goes, (assuming I am understanding it correctly), I would think the only limiting factor for you is going to be usb speeds. If you're still on usb 1.1, then the speeds are going to be a lot slower than you are used to. Usb 2.0 will be better of course, but would be noticeable at any rate. Nothing to severe though. It shouldn't take you 6 hours to burn a data dvd if thats what you're worried about.
  4. I've actually become quite pampered with cordless gaming. Granted I don't have near the dpi that I did with my old Razer Copperhead, but the freedom of movement is a fair tradeoff in my opinion. I am very much looking forward to the continued freedom plus 2000 dpi
  5. I said to hell with it and just ordered the G7 from newegg. Thanks again for all your input and advice.
  6. I went with the Zalman vf1000 for my 3870's. I've been very pleased with them so far. Granted I haven't overclocked my cards yet, as I have been trying to see the max they will do stock. The coolers have kept my cards FAR cooler than the stock hs/fan. Plus they were only 50 bucks each on newegg. Anyway, you'll have to let me know what you think of your 3850's when you get them back. I'm eager to see if you have the same reaction I did.
  7. That's really shady. If I were you, I would steer clear of him in the future. It was really cool that Visiontek is letting you return them for repair. They should be working great when you get them back. I'll warn you though, when you do get them in and get xfire working, you may not want to get up from your computer. I know when I had my two 3850's in xfire, the only thing that made we get up from my computer was the deal Micro Center was running on 3870's, heh.
  8. Yeah the mx1000 doesn't look to bad. My only concern is that the mx1000 only has 1000 dpi vs. the g7's 2000. That's a big difference. Although I must say, I really haven't had any problems per se with my mx600. It's just old and dated, and it's only 800 dpi. I guess the mx1000 wouldn't be too bad, and it would still be an upgrade. Anyway, I think I'll head to Best Buy to see if they have any. Thanks for your input guys. As always it is greatly appreciated.
  9. That sucks mate. I'm always leary of people selling like that, which is why I usually stick with Newegg, unless I can just drive 5 minutes to Micro Center to get it, heh. Anyway, I hope it works out for ya.
  10. I've been trying to find the best cordless laser mouse that I can for gaming. Just about every site I've been to says the Logitech G7 is the absolute best cordless laser gaming mouse. There is only one problem, it has been discontinued. Right now I am using the crappy MX600, (don't ask ), and I need to find an upgrade. Years and years of cordless mice have pampered me, and I refuse to go wired. Anyway, Logitech G7 aside, what do you guys think stands out as the best cordless mouse available?
  11. Did you buy them from an individual or a retail store? I would think that if you picked them up from a store you would be able to exchange them. If you got them from an individual, go pay him a visit.
  12. Well it sounds like you've got it under control mate. Let us know how the repair and return goes.
  13. I had two 3850's in xfire running in my rig for about a week before I swapped them out for two 3870's. I've had the most success with Riva Tuner, but ATI Tray Tools is a close second. I have seen ATI Tray Tools not work well with some of the newer cards, so you may or may not have luck with that. ATItool I haven't played around with all that much, so I can't really help you with that one. Hope some of this was useful to you. Good luck!
  14. Thanks again Dan, much appreciated! BTW- I ended up getting the problem fixed with xp. I got tired of the crappy drivers and took the 2400 pro back, and picked up a cheap 6200. Works like a charm now. Thanks for all the help!
  15. Got it fixed...sort of. Seems the video card was on its last leg. I picked up a cheapo visiontek hd 2400 pro from circuit city. I got everything updated and installed, except the video drivers. It seems that windows does not like visiontek's drivers. I've tried the drivers on the cd and the newest ones from the site and neither work. After I install the drivers and restart the rig, it boots into windows ok, but then immediately the screen either turns solid blue or blue with lines through it and the system freezes. I've looked around and can't seem to find any known driver problems. I cant use drivers from ati's site, as they have no support for 2400 pro agp, only pcie. If I cant get the problem run down in short order tommorow morning, I'm going to just take it back and get the cheap butt 6200 they had....I just hate nvidia so I'd rather not, heh.
  16. Nevermind, it isnt fixed. I got as far as installing drivers, and started downloading sp2, when it locked up and restarted on me again. I'm about to pull out my hair as I'm out of options. The only three untested things are the mobo, cpu, and gpu. I KNOW its not the board or cpu, as they were working great a week ago, and have been in the proper environment up until the time they got put into this rig yesterday. The only thing is the video card. It has been working fine for a while, but I guess it could be that. Its the only thing that hasnt been tested in the last week. Other than that I'm out of options. Any suggestions?
  17. Got it fixed finally. Turned out to be my xp pro. I got a copy of xp home from a friend, and the rig is going along no problem now. I really dont see how the xp cd and the copy both are bad. I just installed it on my laptop and my other desktop just last week when I installed vista 64 on my main rig. Oh well, Im just happy to finally know what the problem was. Thanks for all your help guys.
  18. Yeah, I'm about at wit's end here. Memtest passed with no trouble. Hard drive diagnostics past with no trouble. I'm sure its not the hardware I brought down as I just took it out of one of my rigs last week, where it went straight onto styrofoam and into a plastic cover, where it stayed until I took it out to put it in this rig. I'm almost certain it isn't windows, as I put this same copy on 3 different computers last week with no trouble. Anyway, thanks for the suggestion, I'm going to go try that out now.
  19. Damn, I can't believe I almost forgot memtest, heh. Thanks for mentioning that. It isn't built into this board. I am burning a disk as I type.
  20. Unfortunately I do not. All the stuff like that is at my apartment. I just ran WD data lifeguard diagnostics, and it completed with 0 errors, so that rules out the hard drive. I'm going to find and download a bootable linux and try that out.
  21. Heh, yeah I'm about to throw it off the roof. I left the battery out for about an hour, and its still having the same problem. I'll give Linux a go to see if that works at all. I really wish I was back at my apartment, so I could properly troubleshoot all the hardware. Anyway, I'll give your suggestion a go. Thanks mate.
  22. I am having some trouble that is getting very annoying. I brought my old 754 stuff down to my mom's house to upgrade her rig, as she was still running an old athlon xp. The new components include, asus k8v x se mobo, 3100+ sempy cpu, brand new 500 watt antec psu, my old radeon 9600 xt video card, an ide sony, (yeah I couldnt believe I had something sony in my closet either), 52x cd burner, a wd800 ide hard drive, and 2x512 sticks of kingston value ram. I brought my old copy of windows xp pro service pack 2 edition, (32 bit), to install, since I'm using vista now. I got everything together, reset cmos, and booted up for a fresh install. It booted to the cd, scanned the hardware, and installed drivers. When it got to the "starting windows" screen, right after it asked to press f6 to install raid drivers, I got an error that said, something to the effect of something3_visualization_failed, (yeah I know I should have written it down but I didnt). I tried a couple times and kept getting that error atthe same spot. So, I burned a copy of the cd on my laptop and tried installing that way. It installed fine, and I got to the first boot into windows. It got to the first white splash screen that says, "windows xp" and locked up. I tried several restarts and it kept locking up at the same place. So, then I tried the actual windows disk again, (this time I cleaned it off first), and it worked great. I get to the same white windows screen and it locks up. Finally after restarting a couple times, I get into windows. Now, it won't let me do anything in windows. Anytime I click on anything, it boggs down and restarts. I have tried a few things, but don't really have much to work with, as all my testing hardware is two hours away at my apartment. I unplugged the optical drive from the ide cable and psu, and still the same thing. I've tried both sticks of ram by themselves in both slots, same thing. I've checked bios to make sure everything is showing up ok, which it is. I checked all the connections on the mobo, and made sure everything was seated properly, still same problem. Right now as I type, I have the battery out, and I'm going to leave it out for about 30 mins and try that. I know the mobo and cpu work fine, as they just came out of one of my rigs at home, and they worked great. They have never been overclocked. The video card has been in this rig for a while, and it has had no problems and never been overclocked either. Nor has the ram. Now, I can't figure out what is going on with the damn thing, and really hope someone here can help me out with it. Thanks in advance.
  23. Ok, thats good to know, heh. I'm gonna play around with it a bit. Thanks for the help mate!
  24. Ok, using cpuid monitor now, and so far it is pretty nice. Two things I've noticed though. One, it only has one of my cards installed. CCC and device manager are both showing both cards though. Also, the cpu core temps are like 10-12 degrees apart from each other. Is this normal? I'm new to dual core and crossfire so I'm not up to speed on everything. Thanks mate.
  25. Excellent, Ill give it a go. Thanks mate.
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