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Technology, Science & Alt Science / Another plea for help
« on: September 18, 2011, 01:18:20 PM »
This time, I'm working with an Acer Aspire One netbook.  It's my brother's girlfriend's.  Basically, he totally fucked it up trying to install Windows 7, and nothing works.  I've tried making a bootable flash drives several times to no avail (doesn't detect it, etc.).  I've tried a network boot, but it's missing some file and that doesn't work. 

I'm at the stage where I'm taking it apart and taking the hard drive out and putting it into a external-2.5" drive case.  Any way I can put an OS onto an external drive then putting that drive into the netbook?

I'm pretty much at a loss.  The goal is to put Windows XP 32-bit, or if I can't do that, a noob-friendly Linux (pinguy maybe?).

The Lounge / My Family Owns a Freaking Castle
« on: August 21, 2011, 11:17:29 AM »
Turns out my family has the rights to a castle in England.  It's formally known as the "Wark on Tweed" Castle.

My uncle recently found a letter dating back to 1893, written by some lawyers to my great grandfather, stating that the castle (and accompanying 100 acres) were his if he so desired.  We (meaning my family) don't know a whole lot beyond that.  We're trying to figure out who owns it, and maybe eventually pay off the accumulated taxes and claim the land.

20,000 internets to anyone who can find out who currently owns the castle/land.

Oh, and I'll scan and post the letter as soon as I get my hands on it.

Technology, Science & Alt Science / A Few Problems
« on: August 06, 2011, 03:27:49 PM »
Hey.  So the computer that I built for my uncle has been nothing but trouble the past few weeks.  He lives a few hours away, and I'm gonna see him in about a week.  I need to diagnose the problems as soon as I can so I can order any necessary parts and fix it when I see him.

There have been a few problems... the video feed randomly cuts out every now and then.  Occasionally, the computer won't POST and instead displays an error message (I forget exactly what it was).  This problem seemed to be fixed (albeit temporarily) by reseating the RAM modules.  Then, just recently, when he tried to boot up his PC, it wouldn't POST, and all that was displayed on the monitor was a thin, blinking white line in the upper-left corner of his screen.

No adjustments have been made in the BIOS (the CMOS has been cleared multiple times).  The RAM is underclocked to 1333MHz.

Specs are as follow:

Raidmax Azetc M-ATX Case

MSI 870A-G55 AM3 motherboard

EVGA GTX470 SuperClocked
- I installed a Zalman VF3000F after-market cooler on it, which is hooked up directly to the power supply

HEC X-Power Pro 600W Power Supply

AMD Phenom II X2 555 3.2GHz CPU

Crucial RealSSD C300 (Win7)

Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 7200RPM SATA III HDD

G.Skill Ripjaws 4gb (2x2) DDR3 1600MHz (running at 1333MHz)

It's really quite the clusterfuck.  I feel horrible about it, too, since he trusted me to build him a computer (even though he knew I'd make mistakes).  Any help would be greatly appreciated, as I feel personally responsible for all the problems he's having.

UPDATE: He doesn't get the weird line thing any more.  Instead, it usually refuses to POST.  However, he was just able to get it through BIOS to Windows boot-up, where Windows complained about errors and something about Windows conflicting with something else... I'm asking for screenshots and will post them as I get them.

Technology, Science & Alt Science / An Alternative
« on: July 28, 2011, 04:36:17 PM »
A good alternative to Parsifal's Communist laptop.

Just saying.

Technology, Science & Alt Science / RAM
« on: July 12, 2011, 11:43:36 AM »
My uncle's PC has 4gb of 1600MHz ripjaws RAM in it, though he's got it underclocked to 1333MHz (clicky), and my system has 8gb of 1333MHz ripjaws RAM in it (clicky).

Would it be possible to swap one stick each so we'd each of a 4gb and a 2gb stick?

Technology, Science & Alt Science / Motherboard Dilemma
« on: July 08, 2011, 01:17:03 PM »
Essentially, I'm trying to decide between three different motherboards.

An MSI 870-G45 for $70, an MSI NF750-G55 for $95, and a Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3 for $150.

I'm upgrading from an AM2+/DDR2/SATA II Micro-ATX motherboard.  When all is said and done, the motherboard will be paired up to a Phenom II X2 555 (AM3), 8gb of 1333MHz DDR3, and a nVidia GTX 460 768mb.

My main focus here was to upgrade to an AM3/DDR3 motherboard.

The cheapest MSI board is AM3/DDR3, but lacks SATA/USB 3.0 as well as SLI (I want SLI for future upgrades, as GTX460's scale very well in SLI).

The next MSI board has AM3/DDR3 as well as 2-way SLI, but doesn't have the new SATA or USB.j

The Gigabyte is as future proof as I can get at the moment with socket AM3+ (in case I want a Bulldozer), DDR3, 2-way SLI, and plenty of SATA3/USB3.0.

The biggest factor is price.  Is it worth splurging on the Gigabyte?

Technology, Science & Alt Science / AMD's Cool'n'Quiet
« on: June 30, 2011, 07:47:00 PM »
I've got an AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition clocked at 3.9GHz (stable).  In my motherboard's BIOS, I enabled "Cool'n'Quiet" (which adjusts the CPU clock depending on its usage and what applications are running), but since then, I've seen my clock speed change wildly from .8GHz to 2.2GHz up to 3.9GHz while playing Minecraft or WoW sporadically (changes every second or fraction of a second).

Just wondering if you guys think it affects my performance, if it's normal, and if I should continue to use Cool'n'Quiet.

Technology, Science & Alt Science / Proxies
« on: June 10, 2011, 05:48:08 AM »
I'm looking for a good one; my school seems to catch most, if not all of them (blocks for, reason = "anonymizer").  I don't use them recreationally, but I'll occasionally use them to get on TFES here at school (it's forums-based and therefore blocked).  I've been using some crappy proxy that pops up an advertisement every time I click anywhere.

Any suggestions on how to get around it?

Suggestions & Concerns / Spam Attack on FE General
« on: June 08, 2011, 05:22:06 AM »
The appropriate officials have been informed.

Suggestions & Concerns / New User - "Round is for fags"
« on: June 05, 2011, 08:53:20 AM »
I request he be banned/punished for his inflammatory username.

...and also for posting 37 times the same day he joined the site.  But more for the former.

Technology, Science & Alt Science / nVIDIA Driver Problem
« on: May 18, 2011, 08:22:48 PM »

Just wondering what you guys thought made it occur.

Benchmark settings (my OC setting / stock setting) of my EVGA GTX460 768MB:

907MHz / 675 MHz Core Clock
1814MHz / 1350MHz Shader Clock
2133MHz (4266 effective) / 1800 (3600 effective) Memory Clock

I've run it through Furmark for over an hour without problems.  The driver problem (posted above) seems to happen randomly every couple of days, often shortly after I boot up.  Temperatures are around 35-45C when the error occurs.  Doesn't happen in 3-D gaming applications, only when I'm browsing/at the Desktop.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Access Denied
« on: May 11, 2011, 10:09:05 AM »
My school uses numerous web filters so we don't go on forums (:(), facebook, etc.  However, what bothers me is when I try to visit the Westboro Baptist Church website (godhatesf***.com), I get blocked:

Quote from: Web Filter Message
Your organization has chosen to limit viewing of this site (http://www.godhatesf***.com/), due to the rating of its content (intolerance/extremism).

The same thing happens when I try to visit the American Nazi Party website, as well as others.

I think this is way over-the-top and was wondering if you guys had any opinions.

Technology, Science & Alt Science / Mobo/Memory Upgrade
« on: May 10, 2011, 07:11:02 PM »
So I'm basically thinking about upgrading my DDR2 mobo/memory for DDR3.

Planning to ditch 4gb of cheap DDR2 and a ASUS M2N68-AM Plus motherboard.

I'm looking at this cheap BIOSTAR board with 4gb of 1333 RAM, for a combined $93.

Two questions:

1)  Do you think the performance increase from my current setup to the new mobo and RAM is worth $93?

2)  If so, should I add 8gb of 1333 RAM instead of 4gb? (is it worth $30 more?)

I game casually (BFBC2, Minecraft, WoW is pretty much it).

Suggestions & Concerns / Derailment
« on: May 06, 2011, 09:22:13 PM »
Horrible derailment by a bunch of noobs.  I'd appreciate a mod deleting/moving the unrelated posts.

Flat Earth Debate / Inconsistencies with the FE Sun
« on: May 06, 2011, 10:09:07 AM »
According to some/all of the FE maps that have been presented, sunset/sunrise times confirm that exactly half of the Flat Earth must be illuminated at the equinoxes.  That said, any current Sun models are therefore incorrect (or seriously need a revamp), as an explanation needs to be presented as to how a spherical/"spotlight" Sun could illuminate a semi-circle on the Earth.

Also, this debunks the theory regarding the spotlight effect in high-altitutude photographs (that there seems to be a horizon in these photos only because what is seen is a small area of the Earth lit up by the spotlight Sun).

FE'ers may want to get some facts straight.

Suggestions & Concerns / Karl
« on: May 04, 2011, 11:32:15 AM »
All in favor of having a mod delete his account? 

The Lounge / Pizza Planet's Avatar
« on: May 04, 2011, 09:29:27 AM »
helped broaden my knowledge of the human anatomy.  Thank you, Pizza Planet.

Technology, Science & Alt Science / Mac vs. PC (laptops)
« on: April 13, 2011, 10:10:30 AM »
Opinions?  I've got $1000 to spend on a laptop for school/light gaming/internet browsing/multimedia and wasn't sure what I should go with.

If it matters to anyone, the college I'm going to has tech support for both Macs and PC's.

It should have a dedicated video card, and at least 4gb of RAM.

Technology, Science & Alt Science / FES Minecraft Server
« on: April 04, 2011, 09:57:29 AM »
Anyone interested?  Figured I'd carry this over from the minecraft thread. 

I could set up a home server, but it'd be a bitch.  If anyone is able to set one up, that'd be great.

Technology, Science & Alt Science / Sound Card
« on: April 04, 2011, 04:10:56 AM »
I'm looking for a sound card (under $40) with 5.1/7.1, 24-bit sound, and is compatible with these.

I was thinking about the Creative Soundblaster Audigy 7.1 or a SIIG 7.1.

Can't be PCIE x1, either (graphics card is blocking that slot).

Any thoughts?

The Lounge / Collective Bargaining in New Hampshire - We Dunnit Agin
« on: March 31, 2011, 05:13:31 AM »
Any thoughts and opinions on this?  I was taken off guard this morning when my social studies teacher (the head of the teacher's union in my school district) talked to us about it.

Oh, and Wisconsin can suck it.

Suggestions & Concerns / ...what the --
« on: March 25, 2011, 05:21:09 AM »

Anyone know why it did that?  I only noticed it for one topic and PP's RM thread.

EDIT: PP has officially f*cked up my browser. 

Suggestions & Concerns / Nike Spambot
« on: March 22, 2011, 05:38:36 AM »
He's posted in several boards already.


Suggestions & Concerns / ka-SPAM
« on: March 15, 2011, 05:13:16 AM »
German scientists dug 50 meters underground and discovered small pieces of copper. After studying these pieces for a long time, Germany announced that the ancient Germans 25,000 years ago had a nation-wide telephone network.

He has 13 posts, so I'm sure he's done it elsewhere.

EDIT: John Davis :  Quoting the spam doesn't help.  It just serves their ends.

Technology, Science & Alt Science / <$1000 PC
« on: March 09, 2011, 05:45:07 AM »
Hoped I could get some feedback from you guys.  I'm building a gaming-rig for a relative with a budget of $1000.  Here's what I was going for...

Case: Antec 900 Mid-ATX

MB: ASUS M4N75TD nVidia nForce 750a SLI-ready (AMD) Core Unlocking

GPU: 2 x EVGA GeForce GTX460 1gb SE in SLI

PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series 650W ATX12V

CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz (3rd and 4th cores unlockable)

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaw 8gb DDR3 1333

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 600gb SATA2 7200rpm

Optical Drive: ASUS 24x CD/DVD burner

+ Windows 7 OEM ($99), Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound, remover, and purifier ($20)

I'm a little over budget (the GPUs just came off of a great bargain, back up to $170ish with MIR)... any recomendations on where costs should be cut without sacrificing too much performance?

Suggestions & Concerns / Important Notice for Newcomers! consistency
« on: March 03, 2011, 09:40:11 AM »
Quote from: Important Notice for Newcomers!

Quote from: Colonel Gaydafi
Please note that questions about Flat Earthers, the Flat Earth Society and The Conspiracy do not relate to Flat Earth Theory itself, so please keep them in Flat Earth General.
Quote from: Lord Wilmore
Flat Earth Q&A is for serious discussion of the Flat Earth Society, The Conspiracy and Flat Earth Theory.


Might wanna fix that.

Flat Earth Q&A / Sun Angles in RET vs FET
« on: February 16, 2011, 10:04:03 AM »
I think I have something, but could someone try to finish my thought?

I just thought the fact that the angles .25261 and .147266 were significantly different.  I dunno.

Suggestions & Concerns / Advertising?
« on: February 16, 2011, 05:46:02 AM »
I dunno, I guess the site gets a decent amount of traffic.  Was curious to see if anyone ever considered putting an advertisement bar on the site or something.

It could help pay for a higher bandwidth limit  :P

Suggestions & Concerns / Jacking of my Thread
« on: February 09, 2011, 09:28:54 AM »
My thread got derailed.  I'd really appreciate it if a mod could move/delete the troll/irrelevant posts from my thread, starting with:

Try it with a telescope. If you still can't see it, it means you don't have a powerful enough telescope.

Flat Earth logic right there.

The earth is a ball spinning and whirling through the universe at immeasurable speeds, held together by a mysterious gravitational mechanism.

Round Earth logic right there.

And continuing until the end of the thread.


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