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I got the BlueTruck back from the shop... the new shocks have been installed, but DrWrench discovered another issue with the suspension, it seems that a connector on the rear sway bar had disconnected, a further explanation for its rough ride lately. The thing here is that this is the third noticeable issue of this sort that has gone undiagnosed by the local dealer where they perform my scheduled maintenance. Prior to missing the sway bar (which is hanging literally an inch from the shock they discovered was leaking), they also failed to notice any brake wear through several tire rotations and such until the brakes were irreparable and needed replacing, and they also missed a broken hose through at least one oil change that involved inspecting the hoses and belts. Strike three and they are out... I guess I can only blame myself for this, though, as there are certainly enough folks out there who will testify that the car dealer is probably not the place to go for repairs and maintenance. I guess I now qualify as one of them. Yeesh.

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36. Re: N.H. Troopers bag their limit Jul 26, 2004, 15:36 Enahs
 
Hey Ray, how does this run on the 6800GT?
http://www.scene.org/file.php?file=/parties/2003/assembly03/in64/zoom3_v1_02_final.zip&fileinfo
On a 5900 it averaged around 25FPS, on a 9800XT around 30FPS.


Man, I can not wait to get home! heh

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35. Re: Geforce 6800 GT Power Jul 26, 2004, 15:35 JoeCool
 
Should be fine, unless you have a junk PSU. Of course, if you have a junk PSU, anything could happen. Note that the GT will use less power than the Ultra as well.

http://www.hardocp.com/article.html?art=NjE0


A good quality 350W power supply with a sufficient 12V rail pull can support the 6800 Ultra standard clocks of 400/550.
Suggesting you read that; noting it is for the Ultra,
Ray

Thats good to know then. I am just getting the GT so I don't think i'll have a problem then. Plus my Power Supply has a "Designed for P4" sticker on it so it must be good then.


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34. Re: N.H. Troopers bag their limit Jul 26, 2004, 15:00 nin
 
Now that I work for the Dept of Transportation and am out there when drivers pull that stupid shit, I say nail their asses with the maximum. People just don't realise the severity of their actions...especially teenagers.


Agreed. Fun or not, it's a 2000+ pound vehicle, and no one PLANS to have an accident. Other people could have hurt or killed because of their stupid games...

Now here's a question for the legal group: Assuming the guy with the camera didn't hand it over to the cops (and that's a big assumption, as he was dumb enough to tape his antics to begin with), the cops didn't have a right to search the vehicle (and view the camera's contents), correct?

Don't get me wrong, the whole group had it coming (and I'm glad they were busted), but I just wonder if he willingly handed the camera over, and if not, if the cops overstepped their boundaries.



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33. Re: oh, Jethro... Jul 26, 2004, 14:54 Jethro
 
too get this topic back on track, I think it's great that US auto makers are offering longer warranties and that their build quality is improving. That means better and safer cars, a stronger US economy, and all sorts of lovely things.

But I still think some imports are better, and even you agree with that. I love my Hondas (I own an Accord and a CR-V). Given my past experince with American cars, and my more recent experience with Hondas, it would take a massive amount of convincing to get me to even seriously look at an American car the next time I'm in the market for a new auto.

I travel on business a couple times each year, and I always get new American cars as rentals, and they just "feel" cheap to me, even brand new. Not to mention that I can't stand all of the idiot proof features, like headlights coming on by themselves (and staying on, even when I want them to go off), and that obnoxious horn honk then I lock the car with a keyless remote.

I gladly pay Honda 30-50% more than I would Ford or Chevy for a comparably equpped vehicle, because I know I won't have any problems with it. I would love even more to be able to say that about an American Car company, but it simply isn't true. I actually looked at the Ford Escape as an alternative the Honda CR-V when I was first looking at buying a small SUV. As soon as I saw that consumer reports showed the average annual maintenance costs of the Ford Escape in the $1200-$2000 range (depending on year) and the CR-V was in the $300-$400 range, I immediately dismised the Ford as an option.

I want a car I can drive and not worry about, and I'll pay more for that. Once the US auto makers figure that out, I'll buy from them, but until then, I'm sticking with Honda.

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32. Re: oh, Jethro... Jul 26, 2004, 14:50 Ray Marden
 
You will never see your card - it is DOOMED!



Working with EnTech on why PowerStrip is broken with my card,
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31. N.H. Troopers bag their limit Jul 26, 2004, 14:49 Nameless Again
 
You know it's funny...it all depends on what side of the fence you're on nowadays.

Back when I was younger, I would have watched that video thinking "Oh come on, they were just having some fun..."

Now that I work for the Dept of Transportation and am out there when drivers pull that stupid shit, I say nail their asses with the maximum. People just don't realise the severity of their actions...especially teenagers.

But again, I probably do one or two things everyday that piss off some other segment of the population...so I guess I can't rant, right?


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30. Re: Geforce 6800 GT Power Jul 26, 2004, 14:41 Ray Marden
 
Should be fine, unless you have a junk PSU. Of course, if you have a junk PSU, anything could happen. Note that the GT will use less power than the Ultra as well.

http://www.hardocp.com/article.html?art=NjE0

A good quality 350W power supply with a sufficient 12V rail pull can support the 6800 Ultra standard clocks of 400/550.

Suggesting you read that; noting it is for the Ultra,
Ray

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29. Re: oh, Jethro... Jul 26, 2004, 14:25 banddirector
 
One of my roommates was home for lunch, and FedEx came then.

She called and said it is sitting on my desk!

WOOT!


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28. Re: oh, Jethro... Jul 26, 2004, 14:24 Enahs
 
Time to start faking the chest pains and head home to recover

Well, I always have the old stand by "my knee is hurting", but it is still best I not, and just wait some.

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27. Media of the Day Jul 26, 2004, 14:03 Gervaise
 
BWAHAHAHA! That's so hilarious.

"Videotaping this crimespree was the best idea we ever had!" - Jimbo from the Simpsons

 
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26. Re: oh, Jethro... Jul 26, 2004, 14:01 nin
 
Where did you guys order your Geforces from? I'm getting mine from BuyXtremeGear.com

I want mine to make it before doom3 gets here. I really have no use for it till then.


EVGA.com...I was surprised they had them. I'm in the same boat - while Far Cry will look slicker, the main attraction is D3.

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25. Re: oh, Jethro... Jul 26, 2004, 13:41 JoeCool
 
Where did you guys order your Geforces from? I'm getting mine from BuyXtremeGear.com

I want mine to make it before doom3 gets here. I really have no use for it till then.


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24. Re: oh, Jethro... Jul 26, 2004, 13:40 nin
 
One of my roommates was home for lunch, and FedEx came then.

She called and said it is sitting on my desk!

Mine was last seen in Dallas @ 8:30 last night...as I've shipped stuff UPS ground to a friend there (and it makes it in one day), I keep hoping my card will arrive early (today, and not tomorrow).


Hoping, hoping, hoping...



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23. Re: oh, Jethro... Jul 26, 2004, 13:37 Bronco
 
One of my roommates was home for lunch, and FedEx came then.

She called and said it is sitting on my desk!

Time to start faking the chest pains and head home to recover.

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22. Anyone here Jul 26, 2004, 13:36 Bronco
 
Planning on buying Google stock?

Supposed to open between $100-$135 a share.

For what exactly? Do they pull in that much money in advertising? I've never clicked through one of their 'ads' in the results page.

Anyone?

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21. doom movie.. Jul 26, 2004, 13:35 Thontor
 
man, i'm sure glad that movie did not get made.. it would have looked pretty bad with the effects at the time..

technology today would make the movie much better.. if a movie were to be made today, with a respectable budget, it would probably look great

 
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20. Re: oh, Jethro... Jul 26, 2004, 13:35 Enahs
 
One of my roommates was home for lunch, and FedEx came then.

She called and said it is sitting on my desk!

WOOT!

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19. Re: oh, Jethro... Jul 26, 2004, 13:31 nin
 
That's what happens when sit in a van, down by the river.

See, I thought about making a joke like that (Say "Blue, Hudson's water dish is empty.") but didn't want to creep him out further.


Swearing I DO live in Tulsa (and AM there currently),

nin



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18. Re: oh, Jethro... Jul 26, 2004, 13:28 Bronco
 
Okay, now this is creepy... that *is* actually my pal Devicer. The creepy thing is that you figured this out, while I did not figure this out myself when replying -- I didn't know it was him until he called me and told me.

Spoooky.

That's what happens when nin sits in a van, down by the river.



edit - still a little wonky for me.

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17. Re: wow Jul 26, 2004, 13:27 Enahs
 
How the mechanic at the dealer missed the broken sway hanging next to the shock is the part I still can't figure.
You might look into how your warranty is worded. As one of the reasons of bringing it to a “dealer certified” mechanic / or the dealer it’s self is to notice these things, and avoid expensive repairs. You might be able to get this work paid for by the dealership/car company/warranty, or at least help pay for it, if they are not already (though replacing it with an Aftermarket product, they would not have to pay for, but the other parts and labor they can at least help!).


Though, your response did not let me say “You know, speed bumps mean you SLOW DOWN for them, not speed up”, how dare you take that away from me!


Though this is a prime example of a car/truck as a system of parts, and when one goes, even if not critical, FIX IT; as it makes other parts work harder.



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