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Signed On May 30, 2003, 01:18
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News Comments > Into the Black
6. Re: Video Card Help Feb 7, 2013, 00:47 jimnms
 
nin wrote on Feb 6, 2013, 23:18:
I've been running a GTX 560 for a couple of years, and gaming at 19x10 is great. I can only imagine what a 660 would do.

Dammit, now you have me pricing shit on newegg! BAD! BAD!!!!!

I went ahead and ordered an EVGA GTX 660 OC FTW for $238 from Amazon. It's factory overclocked for the same price as some stock 660's with performance close to the more expensive 660 Ti's, and with its two big fans it runs cool and quiet (according to reviews).

I like to browse NewEgg, but since I have an Amazon prime account, I usually order from Amazon. NewEgg's site is much easier to search and compare items, but Amazon is usually the same price or cheaper.

I also found out my 470 is still under warranty for 2 more months. I guess I'll RMA it and keep it as a backup or something.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
2. Video Card Help Feb 6, 2013, 22:57 jimnms
 
What are the chances of people checking and responding to this so late. My video card just crapped out on me. I was out of town yesterday, but played games all weekend just fine. I get home this afternoon (5 hours ago), turn on my system, check email, Blues, get sucked into a few YouTube videos, then my screen gets garbled and the system reboots.

The BIOS POST screen, and BIOS itself looks fine, but then it gets to the Windows recovery screen to select how you want to start Windows after the crash and the video has lines and artifacts all over the place. I select to start Windows normally, but before it gets to the log on screen, it goes black and resets again.

I managed to get to safe mode, checked logs, nothing except the BSOD error which is:
A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage
to your computer.

The problem seems to be caused by the following file: ntoskrnl.exe

UNEXPECTED_KERNEL_MODE_TRAP

Technical Information:

*** STOP: 0x0000007f (0x0000000000000008, 0x0000000080050031, 0x00000000000006f8,
0xfffff800034c0e1b)

*** ntoskrnl.exe - Address 0xfffff80003495fc0 base at 0xfffff80003417000 DateStamp
0x503f82be

Anyway, to make a long story short (too late?), I pulled the card and went through general troubleshooting for an hour or so before finally ripping an old GTX 260 out of my old system. I put the old card in and it boots up, detects it, tells me to reboot and all is well, so that tells me that the card is toast.

So, what's good in the GPU department these days? I just had a quick look at prices and it seems the GTX 660 is in the butter zone (~$220-250).
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 3, 2013, 15:21 jimnms
 
I stumbled on some conspiracy theory BS on YouTube last night warning people not to go to the Super Bowl because the government staged the Sandy Hook shooting and is planning something at the Super Bowl. The evidence of this "theory" were clues hidden in the movie "The Sum of All Fears." Ucrazy

If the government or anyone were planning some act of terror, why would they put clues of their plan in some stupid movie and give people 10 years to find the clues before pulling it off?
 
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News Comments > Newell on Self-Publishing on Steam
5. Re: Newell on Self-Publishing on Steam Feb 2, 2013, 00:42 jimnms
 
Desura anyone? It has a client/store/game launcher/auto patch deal like Steam, but unlike Steam the games bought from Desura can be run without the client. They even offer DRM free downloads, so you don't even need to run the Desura software.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
1. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jan 30, 2013, 23:13 jimnms
 
Can we please get these old senile fuckers out of congress and get some term limits!  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
4. Re: More Big Picture Details Jan 30, 2013, 02:27 jimnms
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jan 29, 2013, 23:02:
...Or how about telling all women that they have no say in the current medical/female body debates simply because they are female and have a self interest in the topic?
Don't they do that already?
 
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News Comments > On Sale
1. Deadlight Jan 30, 2013, 02:24 jimnms
 
It's $3.75 on Amazon for a Steam code. Or for $9.99 you can get it as part of a bundle.  
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News Comments > On Sale
3. Re: On Sale Jan 27, 2013, 18:05 jimnms
 
Yep, bought it this morning. Three of the games were on my Steam wishlist, and I had a $5 credit.  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
1. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 22, 2013, 21:11 jimnms
 
I would like to see a Linux based OS built from the ground up as a desktop OS, not a UNIX wannabe. Most Linux distros are so damn bloated it makes Windows look like a bulimic supermodel. Don't get me wrong, I like Linux, I worked with it for years for servers and in other specific applications, but the lack of a standard between the various distros isn't helping it takeover the desktop market.  
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News Comments > New Evochron Mercenary
13. Re: New Evochron Mercenary Jan 19, 2013, 00:59 jimnms
 
Although I bought it on sale last year, I didn't start playing it until recently. It does have a story and a goal, I guess ItBurn didn't pay attention to the message at the start of the game instructing you to go to a certain planet and accept a specific job to begin the story.

You can ignore the story and do your own thing, which is what I did at first. When I tried to use the jump drive and go to the planet, it said my jump drive wasn't capable of making the jump. I didn't realize you could set the auto pilot and it would plot a course making several jumps (or do it yourself manually), and there was a jump gate near by that took you closer.

I thought I needed to upgrade first, so I hung around the starting star system doing odd jobs to upgrade my ship. I finally started the story missions, which so far are basically tutorial type missions that I'd already done. I was having fun I got to the combat part of the story missions.

I guess the missions scale to your rank or something because I constantly get my ass kicked. I looked in the forums and found a link to some tutorial videos, and when the guy gets to the mission I'm on, he only has to take out two weak ass ships. When I get it, it will be either 3 or 4 tougher ships. The closest I got was when it was 3 ships. I managed to take out two, but had to use my jump drive go get out. My hull was damaged, and there happened to be a station nearby. I docked, repaired and went back to the location where the ships were, but the last ship was no where to be found.

I went in the game intending to play as a mercenary, doing whatever to make money, but not primarily a fighter.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
3. Re: On Sale Jan 12, 2013, 00:40 jimnms
 
WTF happened to Amazon's 2012 Editor's Choice deals. I've got two $5 credits, and it says they're good through the 31st. I had a quick look at the games when they were posted on the 1st. The games on the list were still discounted at their winter sale prices. I was definitely going to get one of them. I've had some family issues come up that I've been having to take care of and didn't get around to. Since the credits were good through he 31st, I assumed the discounts would be too, so I just put it off until I had more time. I finally had the time last night and remembered it, but now the prices have all gone up. When did they do that? It would have been cheaper to buy the games during the sale since the credits don't stack.  
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News Comments > Steam Sale Encore This Weekend
33. Re: Steam Sale Encore This Weekend Jan 5, 2013, 08:39 jimnms
 
Silicon Avatar wrote on Jan 5, 2013, 01:40:
If you get New Vegas go here and at least get the bugfix mods.

http://newvegas.nexusmods.com/mods/top/

It's a good game. I actually still play it. I liked all the DLC but if you can only get one get Old World Blues.

You might as well get all of the DLC, since most bug fixing mods require all of them anyway, like Mission Mojave - Ultimate Edition.

Also while your at it, grab Delay DLC, which does what it sounds like, it delays the activation of the DLC quests until you're within range of the radio station that starts them. Without it, as soon as you start a new game you pick up these radio signals and get quests and locations added to your PipBoy.

Another one to get is DLC Weapon Integration which does what the devs should have done, it integrates the new weapons added by the DLC into the world. You'll find the new weapons being used by NPC's and sold by vendors and merchants.

El Pit wrote on Jan 5, 2013, 05:58:
It reminds me of "X-Wing": You MUST register!

Any DDLs or register-free links to the mods would be welcome. I HATE to register for everything.

You can download files from the Nexus without registering.
 
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News Comments > Steam Sale Encore This Weekend
29. Re: Steam Sale Encore This Weekend Jan 5, 2013, 00:41 jimnms
 
Wallshadows wrote on Jan 4, 2013, 19:13:
Wow, that's really heartbreaking to hear it went that low and I missed it! I'm still fairly new to GMG so I'll be sure to double down and compare on my visits to check out the sales. Actually, just checking it out now and there's a 20% off discount code so maybe if XCOM goes back on sale while that's offered, I can snag a decent deal. I don't expect it to go back on sale, but here's to hoping.

Is there any structure to their sales or do they shuffle them at random?

It was a one day deal, and GMG's sale is over. I posted about it in comments of that day's sale topic. I don't remember what Steam's best sale on XCOM was, but right now it's 50% off at Amazon as part of their 2012 Editor's Choice sale, and if you bought anything during their December sale you get a $5 discount on those games. Since I bought two things from Amazon, I have two $5 discounts, but there's only one game I want from the list of games. I would give you the other $5 credit if I could, but it's not tradeable.
 
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News Comments > Steam Sale Encore This Weekend
28. Re: Steam Sale Encore This Weekend Jan 5, 2013, 00:17 jimnms
 
Saboth wrote on Jan 4, 2013, 20:31:
I picked X-Com up for 19.99 on Amazon as well. Haven't bought anything from GMG, as some people reportedly have their cards rejected or paypal declined when buying things.

I've never heard of anyone having PayPal declined, but it's not GMG's fault for the credit card problems. GMG is based in the UK, and some overly paranoid credit card companies automatically deny oversees payments.

I've bought a lot of stuff from GMG, and never had a problem. Everything I've bought from them are Steam games, so I don't know anything about their Capsule program, but I've heard it works fine. You can trade games (except Steam keys) back in for credit. I have picked up a few free games during promotions that I was later able to trade in.
 
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News Comments > Steam Sale Encore This Weekend
15. Re: Steam Sale Encore This Weekend Jan 4, 2013, 18:33 jimnms
 
Wallshadows wrote on Jan 4, 2013, 17:11:
I feel as though there is some kind of void in my current lineup of titles, especially after picking up several within the sale but I can't quite put my finger on it.

Maybe I just need a damn fine strategy game to lay in to so here's to hoping XCOM can come down a little to help pass the time until the launch of Colonial Marines.

You're a bit late to grab XCOM at a discount. GMG had the best deal on XCOM, 50% off which stacked with the 30% coupon bringing it down to $17.50.

So far all of the best deals have been outside Steam, even for Steam games. I looked at my total so far, and I've only bought two games for myself on Steam during this sale. I've spent more at GMG and Amazon for Steam games, plus picked up some games from GOG.
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
8. Re: Evening Safety Dance Jan 2, 2013, 21:46 jimnms
 
When I saw the title I thought it was going to be an Onion article.  
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
7. Amazon.com: Best of 2012 in Video Games. Jan 2, 2013, 21:33 jimnms
 
Fuck I knew I shouldn't have bought the BF3 Premium Edition on Amazon when it was on sale last week. It was cheaper than the Premium upgrade, but now they have the Premium upgrade for $25, and I have two $5 credits so I could have gotten it for $20 instead of $30. I kind of regretted buying it since I don't have time to play BF3 much, but I was thinking the new maps might motivate me to make time for it.

So now I have two $5 credits and only one game on the list that I want.
 
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News Comments > GOG.com Sale Concluding; Steam Sale Continues
44. Re: GOG.com Sale Concluding; Steam Sale Continues Jan 2, 2013, 20:42 jimnms
 
I've been looking at getting a controller to play some platformer games. I was thinking of getting the Logitech F310. They run about $25. It has a switch to change it between xinput (360) an direct input modes. However the reviews I've seen say the analog sticks have huge dead zones. This probably wouldn't be a problem for me since I'd only be using it for platformer games, but it is a bit of a concern.

I looked on Amazon months ago and I swear the wired controllers were $30, but around xmas they were $32. I decided to wait until after the holidays for the price to return to normal, but now they're $35-40 from 3rd party sellers. I've seen the wireless ones go on sale a lot for less than the wired ones though.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
7. Re: On Sale Jan 1, 2013, 18:45 jimnms
 
GMG had the BL2 DLC 50% off last Thursday as a daily deal and it stacked with their 30% off coupon. I picked it up for $10 (I had a 50 cent credit).  
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News Comments > On Sale
32. Re: On Sale Dec 31, 2012, 21:23 jimnms
 
The Half Elf wrote on Dec 31, 2012, 19:11:
ALMOST ready to pull the trigger on DSC Warthog, but not sure if I'd invest the time to actually learn the aircraft systems, but watching the Giant Bomb video of the guys just trying to start up the aircraft makes me want it

Realistic military flight sims is what really got me into PC gaming. Falcon 4 was the last one I played, and probably still the greatest one ever made. I enjoyed going through the training learning the systems, etc., and the dynamic campaign of F4 is something that's never been beaten.

For some reason I haven't been into hardcore sims lately. I have Black Shark, but only played it enough to learn to start it up and fly around. I didn't get to learning the navigation and weapon systems. With only single missions and a linear/branching campaign, I just didn't stick with it because it felt like once I finished learning the aircraft there wasn't anything left to do. Maybe I don't have the patience I once had or Falcon 4 spoiled me.

I was tempted to get A-10 during the fall sale, but decided not to. Then it came up as the community choice deal the other day, and I decided to go ahead and get it. I had it in my cart ready to check out, then the Steam store page kept timing out (the community pages worked fine though). I stayed up trying for a while, but finally had to go to bed.

I just took it as a sign that maybe it's time to retire from flight sims, but then it came up during the flash deal last night I went ahead and grabbed it.
 
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