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Shaolin

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  1. Video Card blues

    Everything is working fine, except for the nagging double listing. The card doesn't have a tv tuner. I could try unloading everything and dropping it into a new PCI slot but you know what, since it's working, I think I'm just going to let it be. Sometimes you and your computer need to come to a compromise, or, more correctly, an armistice. I'll agree to let the computer list the card twice as long as it agrees to function properly. Whoever thinks computers arent' sentient or without a sense of humor hasn't tried to upgrade one.
  2. Price drop in DDR?

    I went to a local Staples today (ah yes, fond memories bruceleeon) and saw that a 1GB PC3200 DDR is still around the $150 range. Do you think the prices will drop soon with the advent of DDR2?
  3. Video Card blues

    Alright, here's an update. My PCI card is working and I've disabled my integrated graphics. Everything seems to be fine and dandy, thanks jsgolfman. However, the only problem that remains is that my PCI card is still listed twice under Display Adapters in Device Manager. Here's a screenshot: Any ideas as to why it's listed twice? Everything seems to be working, so I'm content, but I'm curious.
  4. Broadcasting's Magic Act

    Here's an interesting one for ya. If I turn off broadcasting on my Linksys B wireless router, my wireless devices can't connect to the router. My laptop, for example, already has the SSID and WEP key entered, so why isn't it connecting?
  5. Vonage

    One of my good friend's is a techy at Vonage. Let me know if you have any probs and I'll give you his personal cell #. HA!
  6. Video Card blues

    Thanks for the help, I appreciate it. I'll give it a go tonight.
  7. Video Card blues

    Alright, I'm writing here as a last ditch effort. I'm about ready to toss my pc into traffic so maybe someone here can save it. I have a Dell Dimension 2400 desktop, and through Dell's infinite wisdom they have an integrated graphics setup. My pc only has PCI slots, no AGP here, so I bought a Vision Tek 9200 SE 128 MB PCI video card. It's an ATI chip but a Vision Tek board. I installed the Vision Tek graphics card into my PCI slot and now it shows up twice under "Display Adapters" in my Device Manager. Whats more is that there's an "Other Devices" listing for a Video Controller that the computer doesn't seem to recognize. Do you think this might be because my integrated graphics is interfering somehow? I tried simply uninstalling the second Vision Tek 9200 SE listing under "Display Adapters" but the computer reloaded it on reboot. Here's a pic of my Device Manager: Any ideas how to correct this display fiasco? I appreciate any advice.
  8. Windows Update Woes

    Norphy, My point was simply this--Microsoft's Updating system is not effective due to the fact that it takes an amazing amount of time to do so. Do I have an answer to the problem? No, I don't, but I don't see that as a rebuttal to my argument because I'm not in that line of work. I teach high school English, I'm not extremely knowledgable about operating systems. What I do know, however, is that Microsoft is the biggest and richest computer company on the planet. Windows is their flagship product. Explain why there isn't an easier alternative to fully reinstalling Windows? There should be. You have become too accepting of Microsoft's meager attempts. Why should Microsoft care? Are their competitors offering a better product? Of course not, that's why they've been hit with the anti-trust offense. I expect more from a company that is headed by a man who ranks in the top 60 richest countries (that's not a typo) of the world. As an average user, the updating fiasco I recently went through was ridiculous. That, my friend, was the point of the article. Microsoft, the globally dominant computing company, has a major problem with the ease of a clean install of their major product, Microsoft Windows.
  9. I'm having the same problem on two separate computers now-- on startup, it seems xp is attempting to open a .dll file and it doesn't have the program needed to open the file. This causes a dialog box to pop up on startup claiming that I am attempting to "open a fille of type .dll" and it's very annoying. Anyone know how to solve this? ~Shao
  10. Happy Birthday Boss!!

    Happy Birthday bro, haven't seen you in awhile, wish you all the best. ~Shao
  11. I'm sitting at my fiance's family's computer right now--a Dell Dimension 4100. P3, 128 MB RAM, Windows 98. Would it be worth upgrading their OS to XP? They don't use the computer much for anything but the net, but I was considering catapulting them into the 21st century. Is is even worth it? ~Shao
  12. new layout for the mainpage

    Too bad the html blink commands were taken out...you could've made the Menu button blink for the morons who couldn't find it. ~Shao
  13. Epson Stylus CX5400

    The Epson Stylus CX5400 all-in-one machine IS in fact DuraBrite ink compatible, Epson's brand of photo ink. The ink packages that you buy in the store do not yet have the recognizable DuraBrite logo on them, however, small print on the front of the package claims it to be true. Rest assured, Epson's not trying to pull one over on you! ~Shao
  14. Review: SOYO Cigar Pro USB Portable Storage

    Wow, Windows 3.1...that brings back such good memories. Basically colorful DOS!
  15. WoW beta signups today...

    Out of all of the video game companies, you'd think Blizzard would have enough bandwith for their servers to handle the first night of beta signups; but of course they don't. This is pathetic. ~Shao
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