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151  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Need a new sound card( non Creative) on: March 26, 2010, 07:35:33 PM
I guess I just can't tell the difference then. I used to have a fairly decent creative sound card until it died, but now I am using the onboard audio and it sounds just as good.
152  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Open Source Uninstaller Windows 7? on: March 01, 2010, 01:06:48 PM
to me it is ten times faster than xp. I dont use a third party uninstaller
153  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / screen saver causes computer to think non stop on: February 21, 2010, 11:37:56 PM
Yay, more computer problems...  thumb down
I have my computer set to turn the screensaver on after 10 minutes, and turn the monitors off after 20 minutes.
Recently (don't remember when it started), the hard drive activity light on the front of my computer stays on and the hard drive stays on non stop (like when you are doing something with the drive such as copying files to or from it) as soon as the computer turns the monitors off. Normally this wouldn't bother me much, but in this case, there is two reasons why it does bother me.
1. My hard drive is very noisy when it is being used.
2. I had scuedualled windows media center to record a tv show, and since the screensaver came on, and the monitors turned off, the computer started to think non stop, and my recording messed up about 15 minutes through.

Does anyone know of a way to fix this? Otherwise I may have to just kill the screensaver all together, and just use the power button on my monitors when I am not using my computer.
154  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Buzzzzzzzzinggggg - Google Buzz - Gmail with facebook features on: February 10, 2010, 11:07:07 AM
yeah, I'm still waiting for it to be rolled out to my account... Though I would like to know if it will be rolled out to google apps accounts also, because I don't use my gmail account anymore since I have my apps email.
155  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Just discovered a HUGE annoyance in Windows 7 on: January 17, 2010, 03:00:58 PM
Don't you just love window's awesome dual monitor capabilities? (end sarcasm)
I ended up disabling the UAC all together on my desktop and laptop, because the popup gets annoying, and it freezes up windows media center for about a second after I hit the allow button. so while I am watching tv on my computer, I get interrupted. Haven't missed the UAC one bit since disabling it.
156  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Something on computer is fubar on: January 16, 2010, 05:13:00 PM
Maybe try another slot if you want to keep it otherwise just dump it
lol, that could be kind of difficult, because my only other pci port is hidden under my behemoth video card. But unless the current pci port the card was plugged into could cause the card to stop sending sound to my speakers, I think the card has died on me.
157  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Something on computer is fubar on: January 13, 2010, 07:32:58 AM
yeah, I will agree, the card doesn't add any real value to my computer, but the fact that I didn't have to pay for it was the reason that I was using it, and those are the reasons why I don't plan to replace it.
158  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Something on computer is fubar on: January 12, 2010, 05:19:09 PM
It was a fairly high end card... though it's main purpose was for music producers.
159  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Something on computer is fubar on: January 12, 2010, 10:34:44 AM
lol, well it was a free card(for me, not for my brother) and it was better than my onboard sound, so I figured why not use it, but then it died on me, so I will just stick with onboard now.
160  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Something on computer is fubar on: January 12, 2010, 10:05:31 AM
You are not gonna believe this, but I am pretty sure I may have found the culprit that was causing my computer to mess up. I was watching a bunch of youtube videos, and my computer started to freeze up every few seconds. Which is kind of a pattern. If I watch to many videos, my computer starts to freeze. And then what convinced me that this is the problem, is the sound just completely stopped coming out of my computer all together. Then I switched from my pci sound card(the one that just died on me) and I went to my onboard sound card, and my computer pretty much instantly stopped freezing up, because it was still doing the freeze every couple of seconds thing right up until I switched over to my onboard audio. So I believe that the problem was my pci soundcard. I won't be replacing it though, because the card was just an extra that my brother had, and he wasn't using it, so he gave it to me to use.
161  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Something on computer is fubar on: January 05, 2010, 11:43:16 PM
My main drive (which might be the culprit) is by hitachi
My backup drive (which I have no problems with that I know of) is a WD
162  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Something on computer is fubar on: January 04, 2010, 07:21:55 PM
lol, still hijacking My thread I see. Luckily it seems my problem has pretty much disapeared. Not sure what I did either

edit:nvm it started doing it again.
163  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Something on computer is fubar on: January 01, 2010, 01:06:49 AM
lol, I learned about various things I didn't know through all of this. I also learned taht it is a good thing I use chrome and not firefox
164  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Something on computer is fubar on: December 31, 2009, 11:52:35 PM
lol, I can rule out FF and TB, I use chrome and the web version of gmail. I'm going to run sophos and see what happens, after that I will replace the sata cable... but first, it is about 6 minutes until 2010, so I have other things I need to do.
165  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Happy new year! on: December 31, 2009, 11:44:34 PM
I still have about 20 more minutes to go...
166  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.
167  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.
168  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.
169  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.
[attachthumb=1]
That is the closest thing I got to any dma/pio settings
[attachthumb=2]
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.
170  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
171  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.
172  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.
173  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.
174  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)
175  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!
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