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by wagsbags
Tue Sep 06, 2011 9:49 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Huge lag when connected to work network
Replies: 23
Views: 5195

Re: Huge lag when connected to work network

Well I don't know what the problem was but they replaced the hard drive and the problem has gone away. So some kind of setting somewhere must have gotten messed up. Thanks for the help!
by wagsbags
Tue Aug 30, 2011 11:42 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Huge lag when connected to work network
Replies: 23
Views: 5195

Re: Huge lag when connected to work network

The computer is a core 2 duo 2.66ghz with 4GB. During the freeze there is no uptick in CPU, RAM or hard drive usage. I tested the times by opening a newly created, empty text document. I tried maybe 20 times and got a roughly equal distribution of 0, 14 and 20 seconds. I didn't time larger files but...
by wagsbags
Tue Aug 30, 2011 12:53 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Huge lag when connected to work network
Replies: 23
Views: 5195

Re: Huge lag when connected to work network

"Access is denied" :P

Guess I'd better get the IT guys involved again.
by wagsbags
Tue Aug 30, 2011 12:33 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Huge lag when connected to work network
Replies: 23
Views: 5195

Re: Huge lag when connected to work network

Yup. So worst case scenario I'll have them reinstall the SOE, which would presumably fix the problem. It'd be annoying but less annoying than waiting 14 or 20 seconds anytime I try to do ANYTHING.
by wagsbags
Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:25 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Huge lag when connected to work network
Replies: 23
Views: 5195

Re: Huge lag when connected to work network

I tried a different network cable and port, no go. There are mapped network drives and I tried unmapping them but that didn't help either. Although they automatically map on startup so if it requires a reboot to help I can't check that. I don't see any network drives in the environmental variables. ...
by wagsbags
Mon Aug 29, 2011 5:23 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Huge lag when connected to work network
Replies: 23
Views: 5195

Re: Huge lag when connected to work network

Lol, I haven't been very active for a while. Just updated my signature. And to answer your question, I doubt it.
by wagsbags
Mon Aug 29, 2011 5:18 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Huge lag when connected to work network
Replies: 23
Views: 5195

Huge lag when connected to work network

I work at a large office with a network supporting several thousand workstations, several networking drives etc. Anytime I try to access any file, my computer has equal chances of 1)opening the file immediately, as expected 2)completely hanging for ~14 seconds before opening the file or 3)completely...
by wagsbags
Sat Jan 05, 2008 4:28 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Joining the Religion & Politics Forum
Replies: 403
Views: 354034

Let me in!
by wagsbags
Fri Aug 24, 2007 9:31 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: History and Future of Computing
Replies: 20
Views: 2297

One thing I was wondering about is using 3d rendered environments for training purposes. For instance like a first person shooter but the "level" is a real place like a nuclear power plant or something. Basically a way to virtually learn your way around a real place. What's the main holdup...
by wagsbags
Wed Aug 22, 2007 4:26 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: History and Future of Computing
Replies: 20
Views: 2297

As for controlling are pc's with voice, what about Vista's Voice Recognition, I've messed around with it a bit and the computer has to learn your voice, after that you can give it basic commands, I believe, I have only used it for a paper because I didn't want to type it. Young whipper snapper. Bac...
by wagsbags
Wed Aug 22, 2007 3:40 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: History and Future of Computing
Replies: 20
Views: 2297

Darkmage wrote:
Imagine that carried over into your credit cards, car keys, badge readers at work, toys in your kids bedrooms.


I already use a SmarTrip card to ride the metro and an electronic badge to get into work. Now if I could only add money to my metro card online...
by wagsbags
Wed Aug 22, 2007 2:12 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: History and Future of Computing
Replies: 20
Views: 2297

It seems like many of you agree with what I was thinking myself. Desktop PCs can already handle most of the things we want to do like music, email, HD video, DVR, realtime rendering of HD 3D graphics aka games. I think the real advancements will just be in what we do with computers, putting them in ...
by wagsbags
Wed Aug 22, 2007 10:14 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: History and Future of Computing
Replies: 20
Views: 2297

History and Future of Computing

So I'm working on a long term research plan for work and part of what I've been asked to do to is look at the history of computers in an effort to predict their future (5, 10, 20 years timeframe). So I thought the question would be useful for me and interesting for you. How are computers likely to b...
by wagsbags
Sun Jul 29, 2007 12:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TRBBQ IV 2007 Discussion Thread - 28 July 2007
Replies: 522
Views: 122307

Wow looks like I've been slacking on the forums lately. I grew up in Holland (in waukazoo woods about 2 miles from where the bbq was) and I didn't even notice this until Friday :( And the Gleek is banned? I'm in the D.C. area now btw so I might not have come anyway. Hope everyone had fun.
by wagsbags
Sat Jun 23, 2007 1:02 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: TV tuner recording quality
Replies: 26
Views: 4323

Yes I'm using Windows Media Center, SD not HD and the quality settings are fair, good, better and best. I tested and it seems that if I do a manual recording with time and channel instead of using the guide it will actually record at lower bitrates (1.5 gb/hr instead of 3.5) Then are there settings...
by wagsbags
Fri Jun 22, 2007 7:07 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: TV tuner recording quality
Replies: 26
Views: 4323

Yes I'm using Windows Media Center, SD not HD and the quality settings are fair, good, better and best. I tested and it seems that if I do a manual recording with time and channel instead of using the guide it will actually record at lower bitrates (1.5 gb/hr instead of 3.5)
by wagsbags
Fri Jun 22, 2007 3:53 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: TV tuner recording quality
Replies: 26
Views: 4323

Well I guess the first problem is that I don't know that much about tv tuners and compression so if you have any good resources for me to read so we can have a decent conversation that would be good. As far as the quality goes it always records good enough to appear as good as the original signal. T...
by wagsbags
Mon Jun 18, 2007 10:00 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: TV tuner recording quality
Replies: 26
Views: 4323

bump.
by wagsbags
Fri Jun 15, 2007 10:09 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: TV tuner recording quality
Replies: 26
Views: 4323

TV tuner recording quality

I have a Angel TV tuner for my Dell laptop and when I record TV shows the quality/size of the video seems completely independent of what I set the recording quality at (using Windows media center). Regardless of settings the videos always look about the same quality (as far as I can tell on my lapto...
by wagsbags
Sun Jun 10, 2007 1:58 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Swirly bulbs!
Replies: 169
Views: 41448

Popular Mechanics recently reviewed several CFLs with encouraging results. I use CFLs in my bedroom and they're pretty nice, take a little while to warm up but produce light similar to incandescents. However I convinced my parents to replace the flood lights in their kitchen with TCP CFL flood light...
by wagsbags
Sun Sep 24, 2006 5:57 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: frozen computer
Replies: 8
Views: 1360

He actually uses a laptop cooler platform thing so we're pretty sure it's not overheating. And we tried letting it cool for a while but that doesn't seem to help.
by wagsbags
Sun Sep 24, 2006 5:01 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: frozen computer
Replies: 8
Views: 1360

Checked the ram (ddr 266) and both sticks seem to work fine. Or at least, it doesn't work with either of them out. So we have a windows XP installation cd but it freezes when it gets to the screen asking us if we want to install it. At that point we have to restart it. Hard drive problem maybe? I'm ...
by wagsbags
Sun Sep 24, 2006 4:05 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: frozen computer
Replies: 8
Views: 1360

Oh I forgot to mention that it is a laptop which considerably complicates things. It's about 4 years old running a mobile 1.6 Ghz P4 so it probably uses ddr 266. I'll check...
by wagsbags
Sun Sep 24, 2006 3:49 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: frozen computer
Replies: 8
Views: 1360

frozen computer

My friend's computer freezes every 15 minutes or so. It's an older gateway and the recovery cd doesn't seem to work. It will let you choose the option to reinstall windows and reboot but then it comes into windows normally like nothing happens. We've tried bootable discs and cds when we try to forma...
by wagsbags
Tue Aug 15, 2006 3:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: delit.net mp3 download
Replies: 7
Views: 1154

Oh I forgot to mention also the website occassionally claims that when new songs come out that you can't download them yet because they haven't gotten permission. (yet)
by wagsbags
Tue Aug 15, 2006 3:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: delit.net mp3 download
Replies: 7
Views: 1154

delit.net mp3 download

My friend claims that this website is perfectly legal and that they have the artists' permission to sell the songs ($.10 -$.15 each). It's one of the Russian MP3 sites. Anyone have any idea whether or not it's legal here and if artists actually see any of the money?
by wagsbags
Sun May 14, 2006 2:38 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Ordering a laptop...
Replies: 0
Views: 701

Ordering a laptop...

I'm planning on getting a new laptop, a dell inspiron and I was wondering if anyone had suggestions/comments. 15.4 inch wide screen xga with TrueLife Core Duo T2300 XP media center edition and tv tuner card and remote control 1GB ddr2 533mhz 2 dimm 128mb radeon x1300 40gb 5400rpm sata hard drive 8X ...
by wagsbags
Fri May 12, 2006 12:37 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Extra battery in inspiron?
Replies: 8
Views: 1891

Extra battery in inspiron?

I'm looking at buying an inspiron e1505 laptop (my first laptop) and I've been told that it's good to have plenty of battery life. But upgrading from the normal 53WHr battery to the 85 is $99 while just getting an extra 85 battery is $130. Here's my question, is there room in the laptop to hold 2 ba...
by wagsbags
Fri Mar 31, 2006 10:21 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: DVD RW recommendation
Replies: 3
Views: 1488

Sweet, thanks.
by wagsbags
Thu Mar 30, 2006 5:30 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: DVD RW recommendation
Replies: 3
Views: 1488

DVD RW recommendation

Any suggestions? I've been a little out of it for a while, is there anything in particular I need to keep in mind? They haven't switched to SATA or anything have they? And are they all dual layer?
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