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Signed On Jun 10, 2000, 12:18
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Prey
29. Re: Purchased CE; cannot install Jul 11, 2006, 16:29 vacs
 
I was able to copy the files from the DVD to the destination directory on my HD. The game runs now and I didn't have to use the Setup at all.

Good to hear that, my first guess actually was there might be data corruption on your DVD and therefore the installer fails.

Fortunately all of the ID engine based games can be copied manually from the CD/DVD to the harddisk. This "feature" is actually meant for linux installations so they don't need to include a seperate installer but it also can help in other situations... like yours

 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Prey
20. Re: Purchased CE; cannot install Jul 11, 2006, 14:10 vacs
 
Error number: 0x80040703
Description: Failed to Find DLL function: CDkey.GetCDKey
Setup will now terminate.


The problem is obvious. You've entered the CDkey but bought the DVD version. Insert the DVDKey to continue the installation process.

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Prey
12. Re: No subject Jul 11, 2006, 12:07 vacs
 
ppl are writing...

Yeah, people are writing that you downloaded the illegal pre-release version of Prey and that you are not fair enough to admit it.

Of course you only read in a warez forum that something special will happen after the credits but you only read those warez threads because you are not really interested in pirated copies.

... and I can read.

Congratulations for this amazing achievement! You're now officially a level 2 bluesnews' poster (98 more levels to go).


Anyway, I really hope that the rest of the game offers the same quality than the whole demo. The game looks very promising so far... even the multiplayer.

 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Prey
6. Re: No subject Jul 11, 2006, 10:37 vacs
 
hint: dont skip the credits at the end!

omg, you downloaded the illegal release candidate of Prey. You are my hero!

 
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News Comments > Op Ed
4. Bill Gates has failed? Jul 2, 2006, 21:00 vacs
 
Only a jackass could believe that. I'm certainly not one of MS biggest fanboys, but stating that Bill failed because out of the 100+ important technology inventions he was directly responsible of, only 1 or 2 failed, is indeed fricking stupid.

Most people don't realize where we would be nowadays if MS didn't exist. Sure, Linux is god concerning servers but when talking about desktops or 85% of the market, there is no other reasonable solution than Windows eventhough Windows has many faults.

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
19. Re: Sony's Stringer Says Movie Studios Jun 26, 2006, 17:57 vacs
 
Personally I want Blu-Ray to win, purely because's it bigger and that either means better quality

If anything, it certainly doesn't mean better quality!

BluRay movies will be encoded in MPEG2. Eventhough this format offers excellent picture quality when using high bitrates, it cannot compete with H264 which is used for HD-DVDs.

H264 has slightly better image quality while compressing almost twice as good as MPEG2. Of course the quality difference is almost not noticeable. Almost my complete HDTV collection is encoded in MPEG2 (even Robocop 2 @ 1080i) and the quality is just perfect.

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
18. Re: Sony's Stringer Says Movie Studios Jun 26, 2006, 17:50 vacs
 
But is that enough to warrant a $500-$1000 player when DVD players come in around $50? Is that enough to warrant a $20-$30 disc when DVDs come in between $5 and $20?

You have no idea how much I spent last year to be able to watch 1080i and 1080p at home. And it was worth every penny!

1080i or 1080p stands head and shoulders above the normal DVD quality. If you have experienced real HDTV quality once a high-end tv sets, you'll never want to go back to DVD.

I don't need fancy, looping menus or interactive language selection screens. I just want to watch movies in the best quality possible: 1080p.

Two weeks ago I noticed how addicted I already am to HDTV. I watched the DVD version of Unleashed and eventhough I like the movie, I actually didn't pay to the movies but spent the complete 90min guessing which details could be seen if I had that movie in 1080p. (I do have it now in 1080i and the difference is fricking amazing)

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News Comments > New NVIDIA ForceWare Drivers
9. Re: No subject Jun 24, 2006, 12:47 vacs
 
This thing looks like it's trying to compete with the ATI panel.

No, if it was meant to compete with ATI's CCC, the new nvidia control panel would be slow, unresponsive, sluggish and using tons of memory.

 
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News Comments > DoD: Source Map Plans
4. Re: Funny, Jun 23, 2006, 10:01 vacs
 
The escort mission map is not the final map. The reason must be something different.

 
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News Comments > Half-Life 2: Episode One Stats
3. No subject Jun 23, 2006, 09:58 vacs
 
This is nothing new, Valve has been admitting this for a long time. It's the same for CS:S or any other Steam game. Valve is collecting every possible information you didn't agree to share.

 
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News Comments > DoD: Source Map Plans
2. Funny, Jun 23, 2006, 08:19 vacs
 
If you click on the following link provided by the latest Steam update ( http://www.steampowered.com/stats/ep1 ) and the choose the question mark besides "Games completed", valve gives a explanation on why they think only 22% of the owners of HL2 Ep1 actually finished the game ( bug in how they collected the data ).

Maybe it's because 78% of the gamers fell asleep while "experiencing" the new form of episodic games, being average, uninspiring, short mini-games without offering anything new.

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News Comments > Prey Demo
85. Re: ... Jun 22, 2006, 17:34 vacs
 
You are remembering what Carmack said wrong. Quake 3 has the same fixed time system as you call it, and it was at 20hz.

No, it's you who is mixing up things here. What Rolphus said is right. Every game has an internal "clock-timer" running to synchronize motions, gunfire, jumps, scripts, whatever.

Quake 3 has it, Doom3 has it, the only difference between both games is that the internal tic simulation is fixed for Doom 3 which is not the case for Quake 3. You could change the frequency and by that abuse it which has been done by some great extends. This is no longer possible with Doom 3 because it's a fixed tic-simulation now.

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News Comments > Prey Demo
48. No subject Jun 22, 2006, 06:30 vacs
 
This demo proves it again. Publishers only release demos before the game ships if the game is actually good and not some boring turd like Doom3.

 
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News Comments > Updated Tomb Raider: Legend Demo
10. Re: ATI Users? Jun 14, 2006, 19:16 vacs
 
I can't enable Next-Gen graphics on my ATI card. Is it limited to NV only then?

The next-gen mode requires SM3.0, maybe your ATI card doesn't support it? ATI came quite late into the SM3.0 game and most ATI cards sold the last two years don't include SM3.0 support.

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News Comments > Updated Tomb Raider: Legend Demo
4. No subject Jun 14, 2006, 17:37 vacs
 
If you really want to experience Tomb Raider Legend, there is no way around the next gen mode. It's miles ahead of the standard TRL graphic mode.

The first demo gives you a false impression on the artwork. The graphics are sometimes really amazing when the next gen mode is activated.

 
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News Comments > Battlefield 2 Update
16. No subject Jun 3, 2006, 06:10 vacs
 
wow, are there still people left buying EA games? I thought that most gamers found out 2 or 3 years ago that there is nothing "in" EA games.

 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Half-Life 2: Episode One
82. Re: ... Jun 2, 2006, 07:27 vacs
 
Nothing has changed with you people. You guys always take the lowest common denominator (4 hours), you always throw out major aspects of points (3 to 5 years vs 1.5 years)

Actually the lowest common denominator for HL2 episode one is 2 hours 30 and not 4 hours (check the steamforums for several gamers playing through ep1 in 2:30).

So 4 hours is actually merely the average and still way too short.

 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Half-Life 2: Episode One
2. No subject Jun 1, 2006, 18:54 vacs
 
I so root for 3 hour mini-games reusing all the assets of the previous game while still asking 20$ for it.

Long live Valve for trying to save PC gaming.

 
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News Comments > The Longest Journey Patch
15. Re: No subject May 30, 2006, 20:33 vacs
 
I'm confused. I also have the 4CD ediition, so firstly I'm confused that a 2CD version even exists?! Did they cut the quality of the speech/videos?

The 4CD version included all the voices and musictracks in an uncompressed format. The 2CD version features the same content but all the speechfiles are now compressed by factor 10.

I'm also an owner of the 4CD version and I must say that this was one of the very few games which I played through without experiencing any bugs.


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News Comments > New ATI RADEON Drivers
17. Re: Mobility May 25, 2006, 22:53 vacs
 
Can nVIDIA run Oblivion with HDR and AA?

No, it's a hardware limitation and no driver can therefore enable


Do the next-generation options in TR still run like @ss on Nvidia cards (The cards they are made to run best on?) Have there been any recent performance improvements?

Yes, the driver which fixes TR next-gen performance has been released on long time ago (84.43+)

Have a look at the driver releases on nzone. Nvidia is posting new drivers there every few weeks.

I don't really understand how you can say that nvidia is sleeping the last few years when they had SM3.0 before ATI and offered HDR support in games almost 1.5 year before ATI thought it would be necessary to add to their lineup.

Besides nvidia is doing non-stop progress which other features like H264 hardware acceleration, purevideo features and physics hardware acceleration. Where exactly is nvidia not doing much these days.

 
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