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#1 Game

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Posted February 16, 2009 - 09:28 AM

Computers are one of main hobbies. i think i've seen a couple of computer related threads here and there on this forum, but not one dedicated to all things computers. thats what this is for, and i admit to not looking super carefully because i'm busy, so please let me know if this thread already exists in some form

topic ideas -

general discussion
questions
answers
advice
operating systems
troubleshooting
overclocking
upgrading
how to's
benchmarking
software you recommend
hardware you recommend

also, feel free to come in and simply post the specs of your computer...i don't know if other people are, but i know i'm always interested to see what other people are running out there...here's the latest computer i've built -

MSI P35 Neo-f FSB 1600mgz
Intel Core2Duo E8400 OCed to 3.6 ghz per core
4 gigs Corsair XMS2 DDR2 800mgz timings - 4 4 4 12
128mb Corsair SSD
1TB Western Digital SATA300 7200rpm 32meg buffer
500gig Western Digital SATA300 7200rpm 16meg buffer
20X Lite-on DVD+/-R Dual Layer/Lightscribe
ATI Radeon HD5770 vapor-x PCI Express
D-link DWL G520M Wireless Card
Sound Blaster x-fi

its still a work in progress, but it runs great and is coming along nicely. i have 2 monitors, and some logitech peripherals (mouse, keyboard, 4.1 THX surround speakers)

to get the thread started, i'll ask a question -

aside form itunes, or anything music related, what is one of your favorite computer programs that you think a lot of people might not know about? and what does it do

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Posted February 16, 2009 - 12:31 PM

I have a white Macbook
-2GHz Intel Core Duo
-1.25GB RAM
-60GB HD (kill me now)
I run it through a Samsung 22" SyncMaster Monitor when I'm home.
Garbage Insignia speakers and sub, as well.

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almost have enough saved to buy my new MB. can't wait.

my favorite underrated program is Seashore on the mac... good photoshop alternative that isn't gimp for the cheapskates out there.

#3 LA Forever

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Posted February 16, 2009 - 12:34 PM

Macbook (aluminum casing)
2.0ghz Intel Core Duo
2gb RAM
160GB HD
NVIDIA graphics card

I'm going to upgrade it to 4gb RAM soon, and get an external HD.

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Posted February 16, 2009 - 01:07 PM

i've never owned a laptop, but lately have been thinking of finally getting one. but at the same time...i'm not sure when i would have a use for it now that i'm done with college.

i mean, while i'm at home, i have my desktop, though i guess it might be nice to use it in the living room, its not a huge deal...and if i'm not home, i'm in my car, or at the store, or someplace where i won't be sitting down for any long period of time. and if not, then i'm at work, and i have a computer at my desk...

i don't know, i guess its one of those things that if i had it, i'd find time to use it, but we'll see

i'm thinking of getting a macbook of some sort, but i know nothing about macs...any suggestions?

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Posted February 16, 2009 - 01:16 PM

The old style Macbook (white ones) have been updated with the same specs as the aluminum case ones (same specs as mine). The only difference is the plastic housing and one-button trackpad. It's also $999, and not $1299, like the newer version.

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Posted February 16, 2009 - 01:17 PM

Does System restore get rid of a virus completely? I heard it does, but I like cleaning out the virus better.

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Posted February 16, 2009 - 04:04 PM

umm
does anybody know/have a link where i can get photoshop or a good program for gfx for free for a mac

p.s. full version
p.s.s. i dont have any money/im kinda cheap
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Posted February 16, 2009 - 04:21 PM

dell vostro 1510

2.5 ghz
4 gb ram
bluetooth, webcam
250 hard drive

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Posted February 16, 2009 - 05:29 PM

asus f5r

# Processor: Intel Core Duo T2250 1.6GHz
# Display: 15.4” WXGA (1280x800) with Color Shine (glossy screen)
# Memory: 1GB DDR2
# Hard Drive: 120GB @ 5400rpm
# Optical Drive: 8x Super-multi drive burner
# Wireless: Integrated 802.11b/g
# Battery: 6 Cells, 4400mah, 11.1V and 49whr
# Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium
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#10 lyk13

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Posted February 16, 2009 - 06:26 PM

Does System restore get rid of a virus completely? I heard it does, but I like cleaning out the virus better.

No. As a matter of fact, if System Restore archived the date with the virus or the old archives got affected itself with the virus, you will keep restoring viruses into your computer.

Best way is to clean it out, remove old archives of system restore, just keep the more recent ones. On top of that, older ones take up disk space.




#11 hype

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Posted February 16, 2009 - 08:19 PM

HP tx2500 tablet

2.4ghz dual-core processor; 4GB DDR2 ram
12" WXGA - tablet/touch screen
ATI Radeon HD 3200
250GB sata HD
Wireless: a/b/g/n with bluetooth
DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support
OS: Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit/Win7 build 7000 32bit
8 cell battery

^^^^ this is my baby, i cant make it through the day without it. i don't use paper notebooks anymore and only carry a folder for handouts..

the aluminum macbook tempted me a lot.. but i dunno, i just didn't have enough to cover the costs and realized i was going to get a new notebook (most likely another tablet) in a couple years, so I took the better specs > durability..

when does apple tend to release their new notebooks, anyone know? beginning of the year?

#12 LA Forever

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Posted February 16, 2009 - 11:01 PM

They released the new aluminum casing ones last October 2009. It will probably be at least 2 years until they overhaul the current design and come out with a new one.

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Posted February 16, 2009 - 11:17 PM

Damn, am I the only one getting laid up in here....?

I kidd...

My laptop is black with shiny buttons.

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Posted February 17, 2009 - 01:22 AM

i have a warranty for my macbook, and i was just wondering if anybody knows if i can return my macbook (the white one) and in return get the newer generation macbooks that look like mini macbook pros.

if i can do this, i'm expecting to have to pay extra. but is this possible?

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Posted February 17, 2009 - 01:39 AM

Dell Vostro 1500
Win Xp Pro
Intel Centrino Core 2 Duo T7500 ,2.2Ghz, 800 MHz FSB, 4 MB L2 cache
Intel Crestline GM965/PM965
3584 MB (DDR2-667 DDR2 SDRAM)
NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT (256 MB)
HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GSA-T11N
160 gb @ 7200RPM
WXGA+ 15,4" (1.440 x 900) with TrueLife
Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN
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Posted February 17, 2009 - 06:04 PM

Damn, am I the only one getting laid up in here....?

I kidd...

My laptop is black with shiny buttons.

haha not at all, you think i would dare bring any of this up in front of women? hahaha...most the girls i know probably don't even know i own a computer, let alone build them

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#17 LA Forever

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Posted February 17, 2009 - 06:25 PM

i have a warranty for my macbook, and i was just wondering if anybody knows if i can return my macbook (the white one) and in return get the newer generation macbooks that look like mini macbook pros.

if i can do this, i'm expecting to have to pay extra. but is this possible?

Just call the Apple store and ask them. I called them once and asked a million questions and they were more than happy to answer them. If you do get the newer Macbook, you'll love it. The no-button touchpad is great, and the aluminum casing as well.

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Posted February 17, 2009 - 09:10 PM

they upgraded our computers at work to windows vista not too long ago. its actually not as bad as a lot of people say it is...at least as far as my experience with it so far. what are some things people didn't like about it? maybe i just haven't noticed yet

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Posted February 17, 2009 - 09:24 PM

I hated Vista. People hated it so much that Microsoft is coming out with a new OS soon, I forgot what it's called though. Microsoft's marketing of Vista was awful at best.

Apple is also going to be releasing Snow Leopard, which is OSX V10.6, in about a year.

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Posted February 17, 2009 - 10:38 PM

^ It's just called Windows 7.







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