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by ludi
Fri Apr 13, 2007 1:33 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: hdd error during startup
Replies: 6
Views: 1476

http://www.pctools.com/guides/registry/detail/229/ You should be able to boot from CD to the Repair Console, and then run Regedit. You have to go through the keys command-line style, but having done that, you should be able to disable the automatic reboot, causing the computer to stall on the BSOD s...
by ludi
Fri Apr 13, 2007 1:21 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: "No signal" from both monitors when I boot up!
Replies: 17
Views: 3404

well i got it working doing what I normally do to get it work; i have to turn it on (while the monitors are getting no input) and leave it on for about 30mins. Then hard power down followed by an immediate power up. Always works. I really dont know what is causing this. The monitors are not the cul...
by ludi
Thu Apr 12, 2007 5:51 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Well water
Replies: 16
Views: 2619

Both of my grandparents have lived with on-site wells. My maternal grandparents have always lived in a sem-rural area of central Michigan, their well water is extremely hard and all non-outdoor use requires both softening and basic filtratation. It does have some of the sulphur smell and I despise t...
by ludi
Thu Apr 12, 2007 3:37 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Need Info on Old Speakers Please
Replies: 29
Views: 16299

The main things you can run into with lower-end loudspeakers are low-rent crossovers and poorly-designed ported enclosures, resulting in blotchy response curves across the frequency spectrum and boomy-but-muddy bass. However, a large pair of commercially-designed floor speakers is a lot better than ...
by ludi
Thu Apr 12, 2007 1:27 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: /me needs to replace this mouse...what is everyone using?
Replies: 95
Views: 21344

It's here! UPS left the MX-518 by the milkbox while I was out. The sensitivity buttons are an interesting trick, not sure how useful they'll actually be, though. Overall it fits pretty nice albeit my ring finger hasn't figured out which position it should actually sit in. I wish the right side had m...
by ludi
Thu Apr 12, 2007 1:15 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Female perspective on relationship thing
Replies: 18
Views: 3672

When I think of women, I'd like to quote the great Don Imus....


"My butt just got fired"?
by ludi
Wed Apr 11, 2007 2:51 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: How dating == DOOM II
Replies: 17
Views: 2948

Clearly, there are only two types of people at TR: Those who 'get' that page, and those who don't! :D
by ludi
Wed Apr 11, 2007 2:50 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Magnet go "boom"!
Replies: 21
Views: 2917

Distillation only concentrates alcohol which is already present. You still need some way of producing the alcohol in the first place, so... Yeah, but if the primary goal is to have 40 proof or higher, you can always let someone else deal with the time consuming groundwork and get straight to the co...
by ludi
Tue Apr 10, 2007 6:45 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Magnet go "boom"!
Replies: 21
Views: 2917

A coincidence? You decide. "Fermilab" was just for plausible deniability. Once inside, you quickly learned that it was a fermentation lab... :wink: Actually, that's not so likely, from what I knew of physicists back in college, they would be less likely to set up a fermentation vat and mo...
by ludi
Tue Apr 10, 2007 6:27 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Small Form Factor Vs Full Size PCs
Replies: 15
Views: 3095

A smaller case, if designed well, will facilitate better cooling because there's a lesser volume of air to be exchanged. I have this enormous steel Antec which is very nice, but even with two 80mm fans front, two 80mm fans back, and the PSU fan, it still has a hard time keeping a Sonic Tower passive...
by ludi
Mon Apr 09, 2007 9:45 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Magnet go "boom"!
Replies: 21
Views: 2917

Out of curiosity, how could a laboratory of that type be made obsolete? It's not like scientists have gotten board with using particle accelerators over and over, and need the latest and greatest in order to stay amused. Are the uses of this kind of machinery really that limited?
by ludi
Mon Apr 09, 2007 3:07 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Memory Timings
Replies: 9
Views: 1742

You can't discern anything over 60fps anyway. Myth. According to this older article , we don't know what frame rate actually saturates the visual cortex, but an Air Force study demonstrated the human eye can reliably distinguish major features of an image as brief as 1/220th of a second. Also, the ...
by ludi
Mon Apr 09, 2007 2:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: How dating == DOOM II
Replies: 17
Views: 2948

Ouch :D
by ludi
Mon Apr 09, 2007 1:59 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Need help with mobo/video
Replies: 1
Views: 633

If I read that correctly, you are able to access the BIOS screen. Are you saying that you are able to get video when you first turn on the computer, but then it crashes or defaults to Ugly Mode when you enter Windows? If so, then your problem is that the ATi drivers are still lingering on the system...
by ludi
Mon Apr 09, 2007 1:49 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Front out no longer working
Replies: 9
Views: 3700

Another possibility is that a connector has become bent in one of the jacks, resulting in a short. That would be unlikely to kill anything, but it would also be a pain to flesh out and correct.

So, the soundcard you've ordered is probably the best option for now. Good luck with the new setup :)
by ludi
Sat Apr 07, 2007 11:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Dreaming of a White Easter?
Replies: 35
Views: 6269

No accumulation here, just afternoon and evening fluries that were sufficient to dust the rooftops. Suppose to get an overnight low of 20F (-7C), though, which ought to neatly finish off the already-drooping tulips and daffodils. We're sort of used to this thing, though. In Colorado, you can experie...
by ludi
Sat Apr 07, 2007 10:26 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Midnight munchies
Replies: 28
Views: 5015

Go to bed early...get up early ... Early to rise, and early to bed, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and dead. I'll stick with the night-owl routine as much as possible :D Also, my midnight snack is pretty much whatever is easy and available. Some sort of candy or desert item will usually be targeted ...
by ludi
Sat Apr 07, 2007 2:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Trigger a 3-way "touch-lamp" from a distance
Replies: 12
Views: 1870

Won't make much difference either way, in fact if the lamp were faulty, the resistance in a long thin wire would attenuate the current much more than directly touching the lamp housing. Of course, if you've got a faulty lamp then there are worse problems in store, long thin wire or not.. The one thi...
by ludi
Sat Apr 07, 2007 12:48 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Trigger a 3-way "touch-lamp" from a distance
Replies: 12
Views: 1870

Is it reasonable to laugh maniacally while adjusting the light from low/med/hi/off from 10 feet away while tapping a brass wire with your finger? So far, I've done it several times, laughing like a mad-scientist each time. Yes, quite reasonable. In fact if it were me, I would be making up stories t...
by ludi
Sat Apr 07, 2007 2:34 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Midnight munchies
Replies: 28
Views: 5015

How's that for mixing my ethnicities? Got to be careful doing that, sometimes they don't set aside their old prejudices so easily and the result is a war with most unpleasant results. Also Taco Bell sometimes... Toxic Belch. At least that's what I get afterwards. The odor is somewhere between the t...
by ludi
Sat Apr 07, 2007 2:24 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: /me needs to replace this mouse...what is everyone using?
Replies: 95
Views: 21344

If you spend less than $20 for a keyboard, they're all too common. I like to eat at the computer and I tend to type rather firmly, so I'm not too kind on keyboards. Hence, I don't buy the nicer, more expensive ones.
by ludi
Fri Apr 06, 2007 5:46 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Graphics card issues
Replies: 23
Views: 4513

Too little RAM and too little video card, IMO. Halo didn't get properly fast on my machine until I had 1GB and a Radeon 9800XT.
by ludi
Fri Apr 06, 2007 5:37 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: /me needs to replace this mouse...what is everyone using?
Replies: 95
Views: 21344

Wait til you ask about keyboards and you get the old school rabid model M fans and the new school "bling bling with a gazillion keys" gang collide. Oh, Model M, definitely :D Never had the 'M' itself but for several years I had a very similar AT&T-branded keyboard that I drove right i...
by ludi
Fri Apr 06, 2007 2:18 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Front out no longer working
Replies: 9
Views: 3700

Ah, I missed that part. That's less positive. It is possible for a deep hardware lock-up to occur, and to get it back requires removing ALL power. To do that, disconnect the motherboard from all power sources and any devices that have independent power or ground connections (self-powered USB periphe...
by ludi
Fri Apr 06, 2007 2:03 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: /me needs to replace this mouse...what is everyone using?
Replies: 95
Views: 21344

I had no idea I was tapping into such a popular topic :lol: A quick review of the thread and a scratchpaper tally says the MX5xx series takes the landslide win, with the 518 taking a majority of those. Sorry, G5 defenders, but until I can actually BUY the new version with a forward scroll button, it...
by ludi
Fri Apr 06, 2007 12:25 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Front out no longer working
Replies: 9
Views: 3700

Connectors of this sort are usually installed on a section of circuit board. A very common fault, both in audio jacks and coaxial power supply connectors (phones, laptops, portable music players, and just about everywhere else), is that the lateral torquing on the connector eventually cracks the sol...
by ludi
Thu Apr 05, 2007 2:51 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: DVI to VGA help needed
Replies: 8
Views: 1706

The only thing you may run into at some point is that there are two common implementations of DVI, DVI-I and DVI-D. DVI-D is digital only and does not include the extra quad+1 connector on the end for analog signals (see Wikipedia on DVI ). An adapter will not help if you encounter one of these, and...
by ludi
Thu Apr 05, 2007 2:40 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Radio Station responsible?
Replies: 4
Views: 945

Nobody ever expects the water poisoning! Seriously. First I ever heard about it was a couple years ago when a local girl took ecstasy at her sweet-16 birthday party and then got the typical raging thirst. She died of water poisoning, and when the local news reports came up, it was like "wow...y...
by ludi
Thu Apr 05, 2007 2:08 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My Computer Won't Start Anymore
Replies: 24
Views: 6244

If you can pin it to the memory, try gently rubbing the contacts with a pencil eraser. Sometimes these start to develop a thin film of corrosion and then the memory becomes unreliable, even though the stick is good. Uh, if your memory uses BGA chip arrays, you need to hold the contacts against the e...
by ludi
Thu Apr 05, 2007 1:40 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: "My Humps" Reloaded
Replies: 18
Views: 2325

Awful. You' think after dating a comic she might have picked something up. Nope. I'm inclined to agree. That wasn't that funny, although it does show she at least has a humorous side, one I certainly don't understand. I think to 'get' this, it helps to realize that the target audience is not Weird ...
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