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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Mr. Sefrol » Thu Sep 08, 2011 3:04 am

Hey y'all. Was told about this place by Rival to ask Zeph about my computer dilemma.

Big question about a computer purchase. Looking for something under about 400-500$ just for the use of computer art programs (photoshop/flash/illustrator/etc.) and online chatting. Any recommendations?
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby zepherin » Thu Sep 08, 2011 5:13 pm

pwned-by-twilight wrote:Hey y'all. Was told about this place by Rival to ask Zeph about my computer dilemma.

Big question about a computer purchase. Looking for something under about 400-500$ just for the use of computer art programs (photoshop/flash/illustrator/etc.) and online chatting. Any recommendations?

Well I like Newegg for buying computers and really most electreconics, but for the best bang for the buck I recomend trolling the black friday sales. You can get a pretty solid machine at a steep discount if you wait till november. If it's for school right now IE fall semester or you simply can't wait.

Here are a couple machines that would likely be what you are looking for.

If you do not need a monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6883227314

If you need a monitor or are looking for just a cheaper machine
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6883227320

And you can pick up a monitor for about 100 bucks.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6824254055

Still you can get these (or rough equivilents) for much cheaper or better machines for the same price during black friday sales. I do a lot of my shopping during Black Friday and cyber monday. Black Friday has the better deals usually but sometimes something new comes out cyber monday.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Shadowed State of Mind » Tue Sep 13, 2011 12:49 pm

Yet again, I'm in need of assistance. Thankfully, the situation is far less dire but I still want this resolved.

I got Fallout 3 for the PC and I suck at using a touchpad and keyboard for that sort of game. The only 360 controller in my possession is wireless and I don't feel like paying upwards to $20-$30 just for a PC gamepad. Luckily, I have a PS3 controller (real one, not some third-party knockoff). Unluckily, when testing it out through the Control Panel it wouldn't respond and apps like Joy2Key are downright confusing to configure (and still won't respond). So I got Motionjoy and got the drivers to that and...

Good news: the Game Controller's calibration test finally responds to the PS3 controller.
Bad news: Fallout 3 STILL doesn't seem to "see" the makeshift gamepad.

At least before I went with Motionjoy it acknowledged its existence while I shuffled through the device settings (not that I could set the buttons). It seems not everyone has this problem. As I mentioned before the laptop runs on Windows Vista, 32 bit.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby zepherin » Tue Sep 13, 2011 1:29 pm

Wow that sounds like a problem with fallout 3. Try another game and see if the controller recognizes and works.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Shadowed State of Mind » Tue Sep 13, 2011 1:37 pm

I don't have another computer game. My brother on the other hand, has a few MMOs and experimented with the controller so I know it works. Then again, he has Windows 7 and I don't know if he did anything else to get it to work.

Keyboard emulation via the controller seems like a nice bet but again, the programs that govern it aren't exactly self-explanatory.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby zepherin » Tue Sep 13, 2011 1:46 pm

have you tried this? make sure to check it for viruses, but that's what the internet came up with for me.

http://www.gamefront.com/how-to-use-a-p ... r-on-a-pc/
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Shadowed State of Mind » Tue Sep 13, 2011 2:38 pm

Followed the precise directions. Still nothing.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby zepherin » Tue Sep 13, 2011 3:22 pm

well shit.

Try this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O87iLvk5PjA

After that your boned. Get the charger plug in for the 360 controller that plugs into the usb port. Costs 5 bucks from amazon or 10 from walmart for the generic one, but that works on a windows machine without any problems. And if that doesn't work I will contend that fallout 3 hates you.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Shadowed State of Mind » Tue Sep 13, 2011 4:05 pm

Wait, did the video just say I have to restart TWICE just to get it to work? The comments aren't reassuring either. Something about needing bluetooth, which I don't have. Also, I should have went into a little more detail concerning the 360 controllers. They're the Play-and-Charge type and thus, practically came with the cables you mentioned. Tried it, and it wasn't even recognized as a gamepad. From what I read you need some kind of special receiver.

To think this wouldn't be an issue if the only wired 360 controller didn't suddenly stop working for no reason.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby zepherin » Tue Sep 13, 2011 4:24 pm

Hrmmm. I never had problems with the plug and charge 360 controller.

But yeah he said restart twice. I honestly have no idea if this'll work I'm just guessing. The problem is that your PS3 controller is not supposed to work with a PC. I don't know why sony would do that, but they did. You may be screwed.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Whatis6times9 » Tue Sep 13, 2011 4:28 pm

PS3 controllers transmit all information on bluetooth, all the usb cable does is charge and help in tethering to a different console.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Shadowed State of Mind » Tue Sep 13, 2011 5:17 pm

So I either take the plunge with that or save up for a controller for the sake of one game. Thing is, I saw a Youtube video where using PS3 controllers on PCs CAN be done! Like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8D-Ft8AZtvk

I say we go with Fallout 3 not liking controllers that aren't branded my Microsoft.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Shadowed State of Mind » Thu Oct 06, 2011 1:00 am

Anyone else getting this stupid "no hotlinking" message when they try to view images hosted on Turboimagehost? Somehow, an earlier version of Firefox isn't afflicted yet the one I'm using (3.6.23) won't let me see any. As usual, solutions please.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Mr. Sefrol » Fri Oct 14, 2011 5:52 am

Having issues with my linux system. Every so often the keys lock on my board like if I'm holding the ctrl button (making it impossible to type until I reboot), but it's not the button itself. I've plugged in an alternate keyboard, so it's something in the computer doing it. I've tried a few tricks found on the internet, but I'm wondering if anyone here has any ideas.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby zepherin » Fri Oct 14, 2011 5:20 pm

Shadowed State of Mind wrote:Anyone else getting this stupid "no hotlinking" message when they try to view images hosted on Turboimagehost? Somehow, an earlier version of Firefox isn't afflicted yet the one I'm using (3.6.23) won't let me see any. As usual, solutions please.

3.6.23? that's an odd numbering for firefox. I'm using 7.0.1. I fucking hate those no hotlinking messages, what's the fuck is the point of having an image host if you can't allow hotlinking?
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Jay » Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:24 am

What's the go to program you guys usually you to monitor temperature in your PC?
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Kusang_Manalo » Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:14 pm

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RAM help. Am I seeing this right? I'm using just a fraction of my RAM? How do you optimize RAM output?
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby zepherin » Thu Nov 10, 2011 3:47 pm

Kusang_Manalo wrote:Image

RAM help. Am I seeing this right? I'm using just a fraction of my RAM? How do you optimize RAM output?

That's right http://support.microsoft.com/kb/978610
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Kusang_Manalo » Fri Nov 11, 2011 5:41 am

Thanks, zeph. I tweaked my PC a little, and did some defragging but still can't get the remaining 3.5 gb on the RAM. On the plus side, my PC is a bit faster now :D

I was able to play Battlefield 3 a bit better. Worst. Graphics. Ever. 640x480 res and the settings are all at their lowest. I wanna cry. At least, the NVIDIA Geforce 9400 ( w/ lasted driver) I have in my comp played it... graphic mightly sucked. TT~TT

I just hope I won't have the same problems in AC: Revaltions
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby zepherin » Fri Nov 11, 2011 9:00 am

Kusang_Manalo wrote:Thanks, zeph. I tweaked my PC a little, and did some defragging but still can't get the remaining 3.5 gb on the RAM. On the plus side, my PC is a bit faster now :D

I was able to play Battlefield 3 a bit better. Worst. Graphics. Ever. 640x480 res and the settings are all at their lowest. I wanna cry. At least, the NVIDIA Geforce 9400 ( w/ lasted driver) I have in my comp played it... graphic mightly sucked. TT~TT

I just hope I won't have the same problems in AC: Revaltions

No your ram is right. You have 3.5 gig available, that is the ram you can use. the .5 gig of ram is currently in use.

Your problem is your CPU and probably your video card are slow. Your running a E5200 duel core 2.5 ghz. The bare minimum is duel core 2.4 ghz. You barely meet min requirements.

Assassin's Creed: Revelations has lower system requirements so it will likely play better.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby MQuinny1234 » Sat Nov 12, 2011 4:42 pm

I'm being told I need to buy a new laptop, and I was wondering if you guys could suggest something from PC world, I'd be uncomfortable spending more than £400.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Kusang_Manalo » Sat Nov 12, 2011 10:57 pm

Zeph, so that mean two things(?):

Either I buy a better graphics card or better processor? Or should I buy both?
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby zepherin » Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:05 pm

MQuinny1234 wrote:I'm being told I need to buy a new laptop, and I was wondering if you guys could suggest something from PC world, I'd be uncomfortable spending more than £400.

Does the UK offer good specials on Black Friday or Cyber Monday in the UK, because if you can hold out till then you'll get more bang for the buck.

Kusang_Manalo wrote:Zeph, so that mean two things(?):

Either I buy a better graphics card or better processor? Or should I buy both?

What video card do you have, and keep in mind with any upgrade it is about alleviating bottlenecks so it will only be as fast as your slowest component, and I don't know enough about your machine to know if you can meaningfully upgrade your cpu.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Kusang_Manalo » Sun Nov 13, 2011 11:00 pm

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I have a NVIDIA Geforce 9400 ( w/ updated driver). What else do you need to know? :]
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby zepherin » Mon Nov 14, 2011 5:18 pm

You could use a new video card and processor. The problem is that it starts getting costly, because your motherboard doesn't support the higher end processors, so you'll want a mobo cpu, and video card, and maybe ram if the slots are not right. It can get expensive fast. I suggest you wait for black friday and see if you can get a combo deal.

Actually anyone looking to upgrade I suggest the same.
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