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  1. -- edit -- saw the automatix mention above, sorry for repeat info Didn't read the thread real thoroughly, but wanted to let you know to take a look at automatix (http://www.getautomatix.com/). It makes getting Ubuntu 'usuable' real easy - mp3's, dvds, etc. If you can do the basics, it will make you stick with the OS and learn how to do the more advanced things. I started the switch last spring, and I now use Ubuntu as my main OS on my desktop and laptop - though lately I've been using Windows a lot b/c of proprietary software that I need to use to finish up my degree. I will say that if you are experience a problem, odds are a bunch of other people already have too. A good hour or so searching the forum can often pay off a lot better than creating a new thread. Try varying your search terms to see what you get. Considering you have a 7600GT for your vid card, use the drivers in the repos (synaptic), they are the easiest and work great. The ubuntuguide site is awesome help also.
  2. I was around 20-30 frames most of the time - however you barely notice you are that low unless there is a lot of smoke around. The game is pretty entertaining, graphics are good, and its a bit longer than I expected. It's not like any of the previous RB6 games, but its still quite a bit of fun to play. Your rig should have no problem making it enjoyable for you.
  3. I've play CS:S, BF2, etc on our 50" plasma several times. I have a DVI to HDMI cable that I use to hook it up. It looks freaking amazing, I love it However, I haven't done it in a while because of the uncomfortable situation of sitting on the couch to game, and my gfx card is a 7600gt so such a large resolution cuts the frames a bit (CS:S was always fine on it though).
  4. Yeah but who has time to sue for 40 bucks? A lot of retailers will work off this aspect, but most refund those who complain and hope to just make a few extra off those that dont care or dont notice.
  5. I am trying to help out a friend of my mothers by fixing their 2 year old dell that randomly stopped working. When powering the PC on, it does not post. The power light on the mobo is on, the lights on the front turn on, the CPU fan turns on, but I cannot tell if the HD spins up. I narrowed it down to the motherboard or CPU because it should post w/o a hard drive attached. I tried a separate, known working, power supply and ram module. So I ordered a new Mobo from Ebay that was supposedly brand new, I even contacted the seller to make sure it was working, he said it was before shipping, but I get the same results with it as I did before I put the new one in. So now I figure the chip is bad (maybe the mobo too, I'm not sure), and I'm not sure of a way to verify it is the chip for sure except to get a replacement and try it, which they do not want to do b/c I can't find one for a decent price and you can buy a new dell for ~350 anyways. But, if the chip is good, I could sell it someone, make a few bucks for them, and help someone else out (same if the mobo is good), does anyone know of a way to test the cpu? Its an Intel P4 centrino, socket 478. Thanks.
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    Disk Imaging Software

    Cobian Backup is another great program for doing incremental/full/etc backups. You can put it on a home-brewed server (I have it on my media machine and it backs up various important folders to one place on it and one place on the machine with the original data). Its also free and located here (Ignore the minty green site The product is great).
  7. Same thing here, only he wasn't so up front until I got on AIM to talk to him. I was fairly flabbergasted seeing as how the buy/trade/sell section usually goes pretty well here.
  8. Bump, this is probably the last week for these then to Ebay they go.
  9. Yes, the "dpms" option needs changed to "crt" instead.
  10. Yes, you have to open it as sudo. Again, make sure you back it up first, then: sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf or replace gedit with emacs (command?) to use emacs. I just use gedit to do this simple stuff because it gets the job done, and is installed by default so I knew you would have it. Alternatively, if you create a file on your desktop called "foo" and paste the code above into it, you can make it your xorg file by doing the following (AFTER you backup your current): sudo cp ~/Desktop/foo /etc/X11/xorg.conf Then, to test if its working you will need to restart the x server (control + alt + backspace should do it, then startx), or just restart (the easier way).
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