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by Larson
Tue Jul 20, 2010 2:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0768: "1996"
Replies: 190
Views: 54907

Re: "1996" Discussion

From my personal collection, weighing in at a measly 780+ pages. The art of buying computer bits, pre-internet *gasp*. Thick like my d......phone book.... http://img826.imageshack.us/img826/908/img0218n.jpg http://img828.imageshack.us/img828/7842/img0219.jpg http://img843.imageshack.us/img843/8681/i...
by Larson
Sat Jun 20, 2009 12:57 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Widescreen Oppression
Replies: 8
Views: 931

Re: Widescreen Oppression

Depending on the game, you may be able to force it to render into any resolution you like. Example: Warcraft 3 doesn't offer wide screen resolutions by default, but with a few registry modifications the game will output whichever resolution you like. This is obviously a very case by case scenario in...
by Larson
Mon Apr 27, 2009 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Cleaning cpu heatsink/fan - suggestions?
Replies: 9
Views: 4511

Re: Cleaning cpu heatsink/fan - suggestions?

Zeroignite wrote:And Hi, Larson. Haven't seen you in forever.

I'm pretty much the biggest deadbeat mod ever... :mrgreen:
by Larson
Mon Apr 27, 2009 2:38 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Cleaning cpu heatsink/fan - suggestions?
Replies: 9
Views: 4511

Re: Cleaning cpu heatsink/fan - suggestions?

You have a couple of options, all of which depend on how thoroughly you want to clean your heat sink & fan. Option A (easy): Compressed air. A few short bursts should dislodge the majority of the dust bunnies. Be sure to collect whatever dust comes loose and throw it away. You can get canned com...
by Larson
Tue Feb 17, 2009 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Laptop power connector
Replies: 5
Views: 659

Re: Laptop power connector

If nothing else, replacement power jacks are cheap. Assuming it's not dire enough to require a new motherboard, the largest cost will be labor as mentioned above.

I'm guessing your laptop is out of warranty? Details on make/model?
by Larson
Tue Feb 17, 2009 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Something that I can use a keyboard on
Replies: 5
Views: 798

Re: Something that I can use a keyboard on

A potential solution depends on A.) your price range and B.) how ninja/compact the device needs to be. Give us a few more details and we can get some specifics for you. As mentioned, a netbook or a PDA with a fold out keyboard would be solid choices. Older laptops can also serve your needs, assuming...
by Larson
Thu Jan 22, 2009 12:36 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: i7
Replies: 52
Views: 7435

Re: i7

Axman wrote:Graphics Cards

I went with the Asus P6T Deluxe, so SLI is an option.
by Larson
Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: i7
Replies: 52
Views: 7435

Re: i7

My i7 920 system is on the way, so we'll see how things go. I'm hoping to squeeze a reasonable overclock out it with a different heatsink/fan. (The markup on higher models is just as ludicrous as it's always been). While the CPU wasn't too much of a wallet buster @ $300, everything surrounding it wa...
by Larson
Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Tech Support Loadouts
Replies: 18
Views: 1539

Re: Tech Support Loadouts

There is an ancient, semi-related thread in Hardware. It leans more towards tools/adapters/parts, but there are some good ideas.

http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=16318&p=443580&hilit=tools#p443580
by Larson
Thu Jan 08, 2009 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: The headphone jack on my laptop is crappy.
Replies: 5
Views: 1973

Re: The headphone jack on my laptop is crappy.

Most laptops have the headphone jack soldered right to the motherboard, while some few have a separate sound module. If your jack is indeed physically broken (as it sounds), then it needs to be physically replaced/repaired. I would check and see if your laptop has a discreet sound card. If it does n...
by Larson
Thu Jan 08, 2009 1:57 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: need help with virus
Replies: 2
Views: 1198

Re: need help with virus

Can you give us any more information what your computer is doing, aside from the lack of icons on your desktop? What anti-virus are you running, etc? When did you notice the problem, and did it occur at the same time as you installed or downloaded another app? Are you running Windows XP, Vista, etc?...
by Larson
Mon Jan 05, 2009 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Project Euler unplugged? (offline use)[RESOLVED]
Replies: 5
Views: 2385

Re: Project Euler unplugged? (offline use)

Any number of website rippers should do the trick. Results depend on how the website works, among other things. Something like Website Ripper Copier might be exactly what you need. It's "free", and I've been using it for about 5 minutes as of this post. It seems to do exactly what it says ...
by Larson
Fri Jan 02, 2009 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Digital vs Analog
Replies: 6
Views: 1381

Re: Digital vs Analog

The only thing that bugs me about digital volume control is the lack of fine control in certain situations. When the increment of volume change is too large, I sometimes prefer a good-olde-fashioned volume knob.
by Larson
Fri Jan 02, 2009 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Subforums under help desk?
Replies: 8
Views: 1178

Re: Subforums under help desk?

I agree that the amount of traffic we see in these parts might not warrant separate OS sub-forums. There has been some discussion about a computing forum overhaul, so there might be some light at the end of the tunnel. :D (I'll send some thoughts over to davean. He has the power to move around the f...
by Larson
Fri Dec 26, 2008 2:07 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: pidgin help
Replies: 7
Views: 860

Re: pidgin help

Is there no "Install for all users" option when installing Pidgin? Many applications do this, but it's been a while since I've slapped Pidgin on anything.
by Larson
Tue Nov 18, 2008 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Should I buy a Sun Blade 150?
Replies: 3
Views: 1445

Re: Should I buy a Sun Blade 150?

For $50 it can't hurt? Shieldforyoureyes is right though, it's just a glorified PC.

Solaris is also a free download, and it will run on almost any x86 machine. Learning it on original Sun equipment is no longer required...(but it is cool :))
by Larson
Sat Nov 15, 2008 2:19 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Guide to PC Part Selection
Replies: 57
Views: 13642

Re: Guide to PC Part Selection

Locked and un-stickied.

This thread has outlived it's usefulness.
by Larson
Wed Oct 22, 2008 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Newzbin invite
Replies: 2
Views: 1252

Re: Newzbin invite

briguyd: I understand where you're coming from, but this isn't a good place to find what you need. At least you've contributed elsewhere on the forum so you're forgiven.

mahhht: You signed up just to post in this thread? Classy.

Thread locked.
by Larson
Wed Oct 22, 2008 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: I'm back
Replies: 1
Views: 711

Re: I'm back

EvanED wrote:(I actually don't know how much Hammer or other mods stepped up or if you guys have been mostly unmoderated.)

I'm always lurking in the shadows.

Welcome to the deadbeat moderator club :mrgreen:.
by Larson
Wed Oct 22, 2008 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Guide to PC Part Selection
Replies: 57
Views: 13642

Re: Guide to PC Part Selection

Funny how my 10-13 year old computer has a 256MB graphics card in it... Computer supports around 2000 by 1500 resolution. Anyone know why? Pentium III Might you be confusing your system and graphics memory? 256MB of system memory would be reasonable for a Pentium III, depending on its generation. Y...
by Larson
Thu Oct 02, 2008 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Hardware Forum Birthday
Replies: 7
Views: 1393

Hardware Forum Birthday

Well it's been one whole year since this rickety boat set sail to join the xkcd forum fleet, and somehow it has avoided sinking to the bowels of the internet. I think we have a good time around these parts, and hopefully we've helped out a few people in the process. :mrgreen: So happy first birthday...
by Larson
Thu Oct 02, 2008 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: CPU Cooling
Replies: 24
Views: 2317

Re: CPU Cooling

Orangeyness wrote:Only buy Nvidia if you like throwing money at mediocre products...

Thank you for your opinion Orangeyness.
by Larson
Wed Oct 01, 2008 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Program for tagging large amounts of images
Replies: 2
Views: 931

Re: Program for tagging large amounts of images

I really hate to link to a list like this, but it looks like there's some software that does exactly what you want. The main problem (aside from about.com) is that most of these programs aren't free. Have a look though? http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/imagedatabasewin/Image_and_Photo_Databases_and_...
by Larson
Tue Sep 30, 2008 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Portable Solar Power for camping
Replies: 3
Views: 1029

Re: Portable Solar Power for camping

There are some existing devices available to fit what you described. I don't know enough about solar gear to say if the price and performance are fair or not, but it's an option.

For iPods and cell phones:
http://www.brunton.com/catalog.php?subcat=7
by Larson
Sat Sep 20, 2008 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Anti-virus software.
Replies: 8
Views: 2216

Re: Anti-virus software.

I used AVG Free for a while, and it gave me no trouble.

The effectiveness of anti-virus software can be subjective sometimes, depending on your usage habits. Some good common sense and a little knowledge of the workings of the internet can prevent as many viruses as solid anti-virus software.
by Larson
Fri Sep 12, 2008 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Forum upgrades and downtime, Sept. 2008
Replies: 31
Views: 22930

Re: Forum upgrades and downtime, Sept. 2008

davean wrote:The hardware upgrades went well though :) much more powerful machine now.

Mmmmm. Delicious hardware....
by Larson
Thu Sep 04, 2008 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Nokia N770, N800, N810, who has one?
Replies: 10
Views: 1939

Re: Nokia N770, N800, N810, who has one?

Red Hal wrote:What are you using now, if anything?

I have an EEE, and I love it. Not quite as portable as the N770, but infinitely more useful. I'm debating whether or not to get a broadband card for it from Verizon, but the convenience isn't always worth the price.
by Larson
Wed Sep 03, 2008 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Nokia N770, N800, N810, who has one?
Replies: 10
Views: 1939

Re: Nokia N770, N800, N810, who has one?

I have an N770 that has been retired to the closet. It's a very cool device, but it needed to go back in the oven for a while until it matured into the N800.

I only paid $100 for mine a year ago, and I had some good times with it. I used it for shoutcast streams, google maps, mp3 player, etc.
by Larson
Wed Sep 03, 2008 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Guide to PC Part Selection
Replies: 57
Views: 13642

Re: Guide to PC Part Selection

Axman wrote:an included heatsink.

Fixed. For some reason the retail chip wasn't available at the time. Good to go now.
by Larson
Tue Sep 02, 2008 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Making a case
Replies: 5
Views: 1531

Re: Making a case

I don't have much in the way of suggestions, but I do have a single tip. :mrgreen: Don't write off the existing case quite yet. Since (as you mentioned) the motherboard/component layout is strange, you might wish to keep the motherboard mount/bracket and go from there. All of the full conversion cas...
by Larson
Fri Aug 29, 2008 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Guide to PC Part Selection
Replies: 57
Views: 13642

Re: Guide to PC Part Selection

Words. You have numerous options when it comes to where to buy a pre-built machine. Keep in mind that price only includes the parts to assemble the machine. There will be other costs associated with getting the thing running. I assume you're looking for a computer that you can unpack, plug in, and ...
by Larson
Fri Aug 22, 2008 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: I'm getting a laptop.
Replies: 20
Views: 8160

Re: I'm getting a laptop.

MrFrothy wrote:Don't get rid of Vista, it's a million times better than XP.

You're up in here again, spreading your lies. :mrgreen:


On topic....I'm going to toe the party line with another vote for Firefox/Thunderbird and Pidgin.
by Larson
Fri Aug 22, 2008 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: uʍop ǝpısdn ǝdʎʇ ʎluo uɐɔ ı dlǝɥ
Replies: 10
Views: 1643

Re: uʍop ǝpısdn ǝdʎʇ ʎluo uɐɔ ı dlǝɥ

Babamthegrunt wrote:uɐɥɔ4 ɟo ɟɟo ʇdıɹɔs ɐʌɐɾ ǝɯos uɐɹ ı

Why the hell would you ever do this? :mrgreen:
by Larson
Fri Aug 22, 2008 11:41 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Assorted Computer Parts
Replies: 1
Views: 1194

Re: Assorted Computer Parts

It would help to have some more details on the age of the computers/parts that you're trying to sell. Don't let this turn into a for sale thread, but fill us in a bit more. Craigslist is the first place I start when I have something to sell, but your success always depends on how active your CL is. ...
by Larson
Mon Aug 18, 2008 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Guide to PC Part Selection
Replies: 57
Views: 13642

Re: Guide to PC Part Selection

Also, if you haven't built one before, DON'T SHOP ONLINE. Talking to staff in a Best Buy/Microcenter/Circuit City/etc. will help immensely in figuring out what you need for your purposes, what accessories a given part needs (i.e. whether you need that paste stuff for a given heat sink, etc.), which...
by Larson
Fri Aug 15, 2008 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: I inhereted a laptop
Replies: 6
Views: 1700

Re: I inhereted a laptop

The immediate problem with a digital picture frame is that those laptops (at best, if you have the color model) can display 256 colors @ 640x480. Your (small) pictures won't look so good. That's a pretty slow machine overall, so your options are limited. You could use it for vintage gaming, or drag ...
by Larson
Fri Aug 08, 2008 11:55 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Post your computing setup
Replies: 312
Views: 56590

Re: Post your computing setup

BumpInTheNight wrote:Matrox Triplehead2go device (resolution of 3840x1024)

I will say that's pretty cool with your setup. :mrgreen:
by Larson
Thu Aug 07, 2008 2:22 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Cheapest way to build large media library...
Replies: 1
Views: 1174

Re: Cheapest way to build large media library...

I think hard drives in your existing server is still your best option. Failure is a problem with any storage device but a little extra cash can mitigate the chances of a total breakdown. You'd be looking at at least 1000USD for 5x 1TB hard drives (5-1=4TB in RAID5) and a controller if you don't alre...
by Larson
Fri Aug 01, 2008 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: So i scored a free computer
Replies: 14
Views: 2686

Re: So i scored a free computer

I'm not quite sure where this thread is going, but there's nothing I like more than a free computer....
by Larson
Wed Jul 23, 2008 11:18 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: External optical drives
Replies: 7
Views: 1446

Re: External optical drives

I have one of these for my eee: http://www.iomagic.com/Products/show_all_results.asp?ProdID=IDVD8PE

It works well enough, but it's a bit pricey for what you actually get. It runs off of USB power exclusively, so the portability is definitely there.

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