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151  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Something on computer is fubar on: December 31, 2009, 04:50:36 PM
I never replaced the cable, I might go ahead and use the cable that came with it. I'm fixing to leave for dinner right now though, so I will have to change it when I get back.
152  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Something on computer is fubar on: December 31, 2009, 01:14:21 PM
well I mean that is only when it first started. It has also started when I was watching a video, and it wasn't even an hd video at that.
153  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Something on computer is fubar on: December 31, 2009, 12:38:47 PM
It was a hard drive getting ready to fail.  Replaced it and all has been well since.
Well I haven't fully ruled out my new hard drive. I guess it is possible that I just got a bum drive.
Though the problem only started 2 days ago.
I was playing batman arkham asylum, because I just bought it and it finally got fully downloaded. My system more than meets the system requirements, and for an hour or two, the game ran fine, but all of a sudden, the freezing every couple of seconds started. So if it is the hard drive, then the drive must have just started to go bad about two days ago.
154  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Something on computer is fubar on: December 31, 2009, 10:15:46 AM
I've never heard of dma mode or pio mode, so I don't know for sure if my hard drive is running in dma or pio, but I did run across something that I thought looked like something useful.
That is the closest thing I got to any dma/pio settings
those are the only devices under the ide ata controllers, and I attempted to update all of them through the windows update, but they were all up to date.
155  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Something on computer is fubar on: December 31, 2009, 04:12:11 AM
I'm not sure what the problem is, but either some hardware on my computer is about to go out, or something.
For some reason, my computer randomly starts to freeze for about half a second, and it does this every 2 or 3 seconds. Also, the task manager and the cpumeter gadget built into windows 7 both say that the cpu is at 30-76% even though the system idle process is at 92-97%.
This makes watching videos, and playing games very difficult.
When I started this post, all of the above was happening, but right now, the system has stopped freezing every couple of seconds, but it still says the cpu is at 30-76% and the idle process it at around 90-92%.
I am pretty sure I can rule out the hard drive, because I just replaced it about a week before Christmas. So if anyone could help me out here, that would be awesome.
If you need anymore information, just let me know, and I will see what I can do.

edit:after further inspection, I ran across the resource monitor tool, and found out "System Interrupts" is what is taking up around 30% of the cpu
156  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Get Stubbs the Zombie for free! on: December 04, 2009, 10:38:04 AM
Hmmm, the licensing terms are very restrictive, so be sure to backup the game and do not install it too much cheesy

Restricted to 10 activations between 2 computers. Yeah...if I hadn't gotten it free I'd be demanding a refund.

It's still a very good game for those with warped senses of humor.
Hope people aren't like me and have to reinstall windows periodically because I install to much crap and it starts to slow down my computer. I can only do that 10 times, and then I have to buy a new licence to keep playing the game. I hate how game manufacturers do that.
157  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Notepad Fun on: December 04, 2009, 10:05:58 AM
That is pretty cool. I would have never been able to come up with that on my own.
158  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 74% of the world, Google's Chrome OS is not for you on: December 01, 2009, 01:31:14 PM
I also have to agree with Eoin. I have cable internet at home, but there is times when it goes down, and can sometimes take a while to come back up. I would be without a usable computer then.
159  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 7 — first impressions on: November 30, 2009, 10:22:24 AM
For Device Manager and a lot more a 'trick' (not really, but surprisingly not everyone knows about this) I learned back in the Win2k days serves well here:
Right-Click on Computer and go to "Manage".

- Oshyan
Ironically, that is the only way I knew how to open the device manager for a while. (Still is the way I open it too)
160  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Steam early holyday sale and Plants vs. Zombies for 5 bucks on: November 26, 2009, 11:12:14 AM
my games list in steam has grown to a massive list from all the discounts over the past months. Darn you steam!
161  Special User Sections / What's the Best? / Re: best macro making program with scripting on: November 24, 2009, 03:46:43 PM
with the AutoScriptWriter, you record the mouse and keyboard, and then it shows you the script that it made, and you can add and remove anything you want from it.
162  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Switch to window while alt tabbing on: November 23, 2009, 10:18:20 AM
If you can live without the icons try Alt-Esc for cycling between applications (and Alt-Shift-Esc for cycling backward).

(Sorry for mentioning this, but I know from my experience that people are often completely amazed with this "unknown" shortcut, built in Windows for ages.)
holy crap! I did not know you could do that. That is pretty cool.
163  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Chrome OS preview looks pretty cool on: November 23, 2009, 10:12:32 AM
lifehacker has an article on the vm that is available
Alternately, you can download a VMware build directly from web site gdgt as well, "no strings attached" (as long as you don't consider creating an account at gdgt and giving them your email address "strings").

I downloaded it, and for the most part, it isn't to bad. I didn't try it out for very long though.
164  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: LogMeIn on: November 23, 2009, 10:08:16 AM
I use logmein free version, and I find it to be a pretty solid service. I have it installed on my friend's computer, so whenever he has a problem, I can just remote into his computer and fix it. Their service is pretty fast and reliable. I have cable, and my friend has dsl, and I can see his screen perfectly, and there is only a slight bit of lag when something big updates on the screen, such as a window opening or closing. And the best part is, I don't have to forward any ports on my firewall, or his. I don't really know much about logmein's encryption, but I do know they use some sort of it, I forget what right now though.
165  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Bad Refurbs on: November 23, 2009, 10:01:07 AM
does anyone has any insight on refurbs from seagate? I have a drive that is only a couple of months old, and it died on me, so today I am shipping it off to be RMAed
166  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Dual NIC use on: November 20, 2009, 10:42:26 AM
Ive never used it, but you might try smothwall instead of xp. It will probably work for what you are wanting, I dunno.
167  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Move Start button and Systray on: November 20, 2009, 10:28:14 AM
am I the only one that got that he wanted to move the location of the start button and tray area, and not just the open windows? I wouldn't think it would be possible to move them, unless you used an alternative shell like target said
168  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking to "mirror" some videos on: November 16, 2009, 10:09:28 AM
I don't have it on my computer that I am using right now, but I believe virtualdub can mirror videos, and it is free and open source. It also has some tools that can possibly improve the quality slightly (doubt it, but its worth a shot)
169  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: photo alteration, any photoshop expert please? on: November 11, 2009, 10:16:48 AM
Its a little rough around the edges, but is this what you are looking for?
edit:wow the more I look at it, the edges are really crappy. I guess thats what I get for doing a 5 minute selection job.
170  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's the time? Ask WorldClock on: November 06, 2009, 07:50:20 AM
-0600 (US CST)
chalk me up for -6 also
171  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: mapping media keys on old keyboard on: October 25, 2009, 06:20:04 PM
I would have never thought to do it had I not gotten bored during assassin's creed cut-scenes. lol, I finally found a use for them
172  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY - OCT 22 & JUNE 28 on: October 24, 2009, 02:59:06 PM
if you write in all lowercase on international caps lock day are you screaming? well, am i?  i   s a i d   a m   i   s c r e a m i n g ?

rotfl I guess you would be Thmbsup
173  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / mapping media keys on old keyboard on: October 24, 2009, 02:08:14 PM
Recently my logitech wireless keyboard died on me, so I had to get a different one, but rather than buy a new one, I just found an old compaq keyboard that came with an old xp home edition computer. the compaq kb-0133.
These are the media keys that are on the top of it
I can't find any drivers for the media keys, and I don't know what the physical name of the keys are, so I can't map them in the registry.
I used to have the media keys on my logitech keyboard mapped to auto hotkey shortcuts, but since I don't know the name of the keys on this keyboard, I can't do that.
When I push the keys, nothing happens. I do know however, that windows (xp x64) knows that the keys are there, because I was playing Assassin's Creed, and during one of the cut scenes, I got bored, so I started to push the media keys randomly. This caused the camera angle to change.

So what I am wondering is if anyone knows how I can get these keys to work to my advantage under windows xp 64 bit?

edit:sorry about the craptacular images. (I can't seem to hold a camera still right now)

edit2: Autohotkey rocks! I just found out how to use the keyboard hook to figure out what the keys are. I have successfully mapped the key all teh way to the left to make a message box pop up. I just have to use SC### for the keys. EX. the left most key is SC123.
174  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Wanted: Freeware (commercial use allowed) Anti-Virus Tool For Small LAN on: October 23, 2009, 01:48:21 PM
lol, yeah, thats why I said I don't know if money was an issue. on my desktop I just use avira, and I use an AV by microsoft on my laptop, so I can't really be of much help.

edit: and the post title did say commercial use allowed...
175  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Patent Violations? Yeah, theres an app for that. on: October 23, 2009, 10:17:42 AM
Reminds me of the case where MS got chewed out for putting xml (I think that was what it was) support in their MS Office without permission.
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