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  1. Here's a shot in the dark...

     

    1. Memtest86+

     

    I have that, I'll try it next time I reboot.

     

    2. Dual Prime95 / the favorite CPU/memory beating of your choice

     

    Running that now.

     

    3. IRQ conflicts?

     

    How would I determine that?

     

    4. Anything showing up in event viewer?

     

    Not that I can find.

     

    5. Have you had to install the dual core fix? Before? Now?

     

    Good call, that could be it. I had it installed but I never reinstalled it. Where can I get it again?

     

    6. OC'ed? Does it do the same at stock?

     

    It's stock, and has been for a while.


  2. Now I may be completely misunderstanding what you've done, but here is what I'm hearing.

     

    A) You have all of your games installed on a different drive than the OS (that's not a bad thing)

    B) You formatted your primary drive and reinstalled Windows

    C) You HAVE NOT reinstalled all of the games but are using the installations that were already installed on your "I" drive

     

    If I'm unclear on any of this please explain.

     

    No, I HAVE reinstalled them because they weren't working and I thought the same thing you did. It did not help. Furthermore one of the games that doesn't work I installed fresh after formatting.

     

    I also installed a game on another drive that didn't seem to have too much trouble. I played it for a bit and didn't notice anything. However reformatting did not fix the problem in KOTOR. I'm going to try a few more games on the other drive and ultimately install KOTOR on that drive and see if it works.

     

    If it does I may be in the market for a new hard drive. :/ Nobody answered my other question though; are there any other hard drive diagnostic tools out there?


  3. turn off antivirus, give it a shot

     

    As soon as PerfectDisk is finished defragmenting that drive, I'll try that.

     

    It's taking FOREVER on that drive. The other three partitions finished defragging hours ago. I'm starting to think the problem is/was that drive. CHKDSK didn't seem to find any errors on it though, which is a good thing.

     

    Any other disk diagnostic tools I should know about?


  4. GS,

     

    Regarding games....

     

    When I do a fresh format and reinstall the OS, I only save the specific application/player profile folder(s) from each game that actually contain your player stats, special weapons, tweaks etc. Never every folder that constitutes the entire game installation. I've tried that before and have never had anything but trouble when trying to move those back to the game's installation folder after a fresh install.

     

    Is KotorII an add on to the original Kotor (i.e. does it require that the original version is installed in order to install and play the second revision?) or is it completely independent and standalone from the first version?

     

    I didn't actually back them up, they were installed on that drive to begin with so I left them there. Typically when you reinstall over an old version the saved games are kept, so that is what I did when I found I had to.

     

    KOTOR II is completely standalone, and was actually released by a different company than the one that did the original. Neither one had issues before the format.


  5. oh so he isnt reinstalling but instead he is recopying the games folders to their respective locations? hmm i advise against that as well

     

    No, I'm not recopying the game folders to their respective locations, they were installed there to begin with. I have two 500 GiB drives and an 80, I only formatted the 80. All of my programs were unaffected. Regardless of that I did still reinstall most of them from the original disks.

     

    By the way, I've copied fully installed programs from RAR files without installing them properly and 99/100 times they work fine, but that's not the situation here.


  6. try a new install

    xp cd clean? sp2 slipstreamed?

    all drivers up to date?

    oh and finally make sure the ide cable on ur optic drive has no tears

    finally finally, run memtest

     

    A new install of the games or Windows? Because I did both of those. I never even installed KOTOR II until after the reformat.

    The CD is right from Microsoft. SP2 slipstreamed. I've used this CD for years with no problems.

    As far as I know, I'll check on that though.

    This includes a game that isn't run from the disk, but I'll try reinstalling it from the other drive to see if that makes a difference.

     

    I would also recommend giving your hard drive a good defrag with something other than Windows Defrag.

     

    I'm running Perfect Disk now, thanks.

     

    you formatted and reinstalled the games right?

    and after that you copied the folders to where they are placed peviously?

     

    or did i misunderstand?

     

    I didn't copy folders, they were installed on the I: drive to begin with. But I did end up having to or just deciding to reinstall all four of the games I tried anyway.

     

     

    By the way, I also ran all of the 3DMarks and they ran fine.


  7. I decided a week ago that my installation of XP was old enough (many years) and it was time to reformat and reinstall.

     

    I have spare drives, so backing up was easy. I just copied everything over into its own folder so I could decide what I needed later. I also install most of my programs on that drive, so I was able to reformat C: without losing any of my saved game data or having to reinstall anything. Or so I thought...

     

    After the reformat, I noticed that all of my games were buggy. I had installed all of the drivers I needed, specifically the NVIDIA drivers, EVGA drivers, and sound card drivers. The main problem was noticed when playing KOTOR and KOTOR II, the latter I'd installed after the format when I realized I still had the disk for it. However, I also noticed trouble with CoD4 and F.E.A.R., as single player CoD4 would not work, my hacks for multi wouldn't work, and in F.E.A.R. the problem was less noticeable, but it too was slightly buggy. All of these games are installed on drive I:.

     

    The issue was different for each game, and typically started out fine but began to degenerate after a few minutes of playing. Here is a general synopsis of the problems observed:

     

    KOTOR/KOTOR II

    Game would start out fine but rapidly degenerate after 10-15 minutes of playing

    Computer terminals would be buggy; a background sound would get caught in a loop, and sometimes after selecting an option the game would freeze for a minute before moving on

    Graphics would be glitchy, lighting on objects would be all wrong, rainbow effect or blacking out of player character

    Movement would become sluggish but then the character would rapidly move halfway across the level, often becoming stuck in a wall

    Player character movement would freeze altogether

     

    FEAR

    Game would start out fine, glitches took longer to appear than they did in KOTOR (about 60 minutes maybe)

    Reload animations buggy, the hand and ammo cartridge don't move together

    "Tears" cheat stops working, full ammo is given but doesn't remain infinite ammo like it's supposed to, player runs out of grenades after throwing five but the counter still says there are five and doesn't go down

     

    CoD4

    Single player mode no longer works, says a file is missing

    Multiplayer mode won't open with hack, says a file is missing (I only use hacks as equalizers on servers dominated by hackers, and while spectating to catch wallhackers)

    Multiplayer mode will open by itself, but only loads about 50 servers

     

     

    All of these games have been reinstalled or fresh installed after the reformat. Here are the measures I've taken to fix the problem, to no avail:

     

    Reinstall drivers and DirectX 9.0

    Uninstall conflicting video codecs

    Reformat again

     

    I am currently running CHKDSK on drive I:. There do not appear to be any errors yet but I do not know what else it could be as I've reformatted and reinstalled XP again. Any help anyone might have would be greatly appreciated.


  8. yes. why the hell not?

     

    it's sick enough to take something that lives, breathes, . s, feels, bears children - and kill it in a cruel manner for the purpose of eating. why not take it one step further? as long as it's a clone of something that hasn't been given growth . I'll eat it.

     

    Hell, I'd pay extra if I got some steroids in with my beef. :tooth:

     

    While I get what you're trying to say.. people have always been nuts. I don't think it's the food. I think it's just coming to light now that there are remedies for it and they are being abused. while someone who was just having a bad time breaking up with their girlfriend probably wouldn't have went to a 40K/yr institution 50 years ago to cope, they are likely to just say "xxxx it, I must be depressed" and pick up zoloft.

     

    I think less people know how to cope lately because of all the politically correct bull crap going on. Nobody will acknowledge that it's all right to have a pair of balls and stop caring what everyone thinks of you all the time. No, today you're supposed to be a "nice guy" and keep up with all the latest fashion trends. I've got news for you, the stuff that actually looks good never goes out of style.


  9. Another Angry rant. :D

     

    I agree 95%. I'm not a health nut either, but as a powerlifter I have to know what I'm putting into my body. I would never touch ready-made frozen hamburger patties with 30% mechanically separated beef, 15% mechanically separated rodent, and 55% homogenized soy lard. Save that . for our prison inmates, and even then only the lifers and those on death row.

     

    Now, I'm a die-hard capitalist, so I don't believe in heavy commerce regulation, but I also believe it's uncapitalistic for so many people to put up with the bull crap that a lot of big companies try and feed us. You know Quaker Oats, a brand almost everyone trusts as being natural, only contain a fraction of the protein that oats contain naturally? Yeah, oats are an excellent source of protein, provided you buy a 50-pound bag of it from some mom-and-pop online store.

     

    It's increasingly difficult to shop for items without chemicals anymore. That's why I only buy raw ingredients, never anything pre-prepared or processed. That said, I have to eat a ton of meat, so I want to know that the meat I'm eating is safe without having to spend extra for the organic - I simply cannot afford it.

     

    With any luck, global warming will force the world to reset itself, and maybe things will get back to normal. Or we'll all die and the earth will go hurtling into the sun. Either way.

     

    Also, even as a conservative I cannot stand Fox News. Conservatism is about liberty, not imposing religious morals on everyone.


  10. That brings back some old memories.

     

    Those desks were originally provided back in the early 90's. The reason for the glass insert in the desktop was because the 15 inch monitor was mounted under the desktop to provide a larger, unobstructed work area.

     

    I was in charge of the hardware rollout of the "Advanced Training System" at Keesler AFB in '92 and '93. Spent many hours mounting those monitors under those desks.

     

    Glad to see they upgraded to a 15 inch LCD over the years. LOL

     

    At MCC, we're still using those desks, with little plastic shades over them to reduce the glare from the overhead lighting. :tooth:


  11. I love playing with confused viewers in the comments:

     

    sonic2original (32 minutes ago)

    Uhhhh, what do you do with it after it's cut?

     

    GeneralSeptem (4 minutes ago)

    Screw down the waterblock and overclock that SOB to 4.5 GHz.

     

    DannyMinick (1 month ago)

    nothing like cutting a bagel with porn music. "processor core?"

     

    GeneralSeptem (1 month ago)

    All in the "about this video". :)

     

    DannyMinick (1 month ago)

    oooooh... some forum lingo... well i'm gonna go slap some cream cheese on a raisin processor core.

     

    gooshnaaflagen (3 months ago)

    A tutorial on how to cut a bagel? Wow.

     

    GeneralSeptem (3 months ago)

    Yeah. You have to be careful with these things, or you might screw up and your $500 bagel will be turned into a doorstop. :/

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