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    SOTW #151: Purple [CLOSED!]

    It's been years since I've made a signature, or opened any image editing program for that matter XD. So I hope mine is up to par with everyone elses. A few years ago I entered a sig with this same style. I hope it's ok that I use the same style again. I doubt I'll win since it's been so long, but my theme of choice will be music.
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    Need to talk..

    I understand exactly how you feel. There was a short period of time where I didn't game or watch anime at all. I think it was just that I took in so much of it that I burnt myself out and needed a short pause.
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    The fate of the Wii U.

    I was actually happy with Nintendo's E3. It's what convinced me to buy a Wii U. Xenoblade Chronicles X looks absolutely amazing to me. Splatoon looks like it would be a lot of fun to play, and Zelda U looks great. I'm glad that Nintendo didn't drop the Wii U. Dropping a console out of the gate is not a good idea at all. Look at what happened to Sega. They kept coming out with consoles, and they ended up losing their customers faith in them to actually support a platform long enough for it to be a viable purchase. I don't want Nintendo to go down that road. If they dropped the 3DS when it was doing bad I would have been able to play all of the great games that I now own.
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    What are the best PS2 games

    I've been playing my PS2 a lot lately, but my library has gotten pretty small over the years. There are a lot of great games out there that I've never played. What are some great PS2 games that you would recommend? Here's a list of the games I have left: Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2 Final Fantasy 10, 10-2, and 12 Shadow of the Colossus Dark Cloud 1 and 2 Tony Hawk's Project 8
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    What are the best PS2 games

    Thank you everyone for the really awesome list of games. I'm checking all of them out right now. I'd really love to rebuild my PS2 library.
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    What's your WEI score? Who has the best?

    Not too bad. It's a better score than I was expecting to get.
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    Multi-Monitor help

    I recently got a second monitor. At the moment it's causing me more issues than it's worth. My main monitor is plugged into the dvi port while the second one is plugged into the display port. Whenever I do anything on my second monitor that's plugged into the display port my graphics card shoots up to 25% activity. (This doesn't happen when I do stuff on the main monitor though...) Ever since I've had this second monitor plugged in my graphics card doesn't idle. It stays at its max clock speeds and as you could imagine this makes my computer run hot. I've underclocked my graphics card by a considerable amount just so it would stay at a reasonable temperature. I was using the 12.8 drivers and upgraded to the 13.1 drivers a few minutes ago in hopes of fixing this, but to no avail. I'm honestly at a loss at what to do. Is this normal for a dual monitor setup? What do you guys think is going on? Edit: I've had 2 monitors before, but I don't remember anything like this happening. The only difference was that those monitors were plugged into a vga port and a dvi port. Do you think the display port is the culprit here? I'm currently using an AMD Radeon 7750.
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    Multi-Monitor help

    I tried the drivers on Sapphires website, and I think they are the same ones that AMD provides.
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    Multi-Monitor help

    I always use AMDs drivers. Edit: My link doesn't work for me... does it work for you?
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    Multi-Monitor help

    This is my card. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102969
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    Multi-Monitor help

    I checked the power profiles and it had my settings from the 12.8 drivers. The artifacts started happening with youtube and netflix now. When I unplug the second monitor it doesn't happen and everything is fine. I set the clock speeds back to default. It's strange because now that I did that the gpu clock goes to its idle speeds while the memory clock doesn't. I bumped the fan up to 80% to keep the temperature in check. I left the voltage at default because I was changing the clock speeds so much while I was testing a few things. As I was typing this both monitors flashed black and the gpu activity is staying at 83%. I would try hdmi, but only my main monitor has an hdmi port. The new one only has vga. I could try to get an adapter for my hdmi port though. I've tried so many things. I'm not sure what else to do. I really appreciate the help. I'll see if anyone I know has an hdmi to vga adapter. If not, I'm sure they don't cost too much.
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    Multi-Monitor help

    I am using an adapter (dp to vga)... while testing a few things I've ran into another problem. I'm not even sure how to explain it XD. When I watch a trailer on steam it causes a horizontal line to go across the monitor (whichever one steam is on) and it scrambles the the whole display if I keep watching it. Even though the other monitor is fine. I have to restart my computer to fix it. I've tried so many drivers from 12.3 all the way to 13.1 and all of them had the same result. This doesn't happen with youtube or netflix. It looks something like this: https://encrypted.google.com/search?q=scrambled+monitor&hl=en&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=xto7UaDJBsXBqAHQ4oDABg&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1313&bih=610#imgrc=DR9Axk1QbMVtTM%3A%3B5lKUK0PAmI2oNM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252F2.bp.blogspot.com%252F__5NzJJrxOug%252FSg63a8QKp9I%252FAAAAAAAAAHY%252Fix9WcKFUJzs%252Fs320%252FScrambledScreen.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fstickyworknotes.blogspot.com%252F2009%252F05%252Fvnc-screen-scrambled.html%3B307%3B230 Do you think it would best to just get a new graphics card that has 2 dvi ports in hopes of solving all of this?
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    New Pokemon X and Y

    I think it's just to show you the reflection, 3D capability's of the 3DS. DIdn't see his hair and face change so nothing to say there's character customization. But there's a small possibility of it being in the game anyways. Well I have a 3DS but no 3DS games as I cannot afford them and nothing has jumped up at me saying, "BUY ME BUY ME NOW!" maybe if they release monster hunter or something. I haven't been checking. Still need replacement parts for my PC.I like the fire starter but the others seem ugly to me. I'm currently bored off my arse of Emerald. Newer pokemon games aren't very appealing to me right now and I've over played the old ones. That's probably true. I was just wondering that because of the way the camera moved, and the glasses on his head seemed like a swappable item since the female character has them as well. My poor 3DS has been collecting dust too.
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    New Pokemon X and Y

    Looks interesting. I wonder why the character was looking into the mirror at the beginning. Character customization of some sort maybe? I don't play Pokemon games anymore, but this has definitely peaked my interest.
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    Hard disk crash??? :( [need help]

    Since your hard drive is making clicking sounds I think it would be a good idea to back everything up you don't want to lose to be on the safe side. It's very possible that it's just your ram that is causing you problems, but it's also possible that your hard drive is on its last leg and it just decided to work this time. (Which means it might not work next time.) You should run a program called prime 95 to test your ram. Let it run for a minimum of 1 hour. 5 hours would be even better. I usually run it when I'm sleeping or when I have to go somewhere. (When you load up prime 95 it will ask you what kind of test you want to run; Choose blend.) Do you only hear clicking from your hard drive when your computer is booting? Load up some programs once you're in windows and listen for the clicking when you do that. How loud is it?
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    Hard disk crash??? :( [need help]

    Is it a mechanical hard drive or a solid state drive? If it's a mechanical drive did you notice any sounds coming from it that are out of the ordinary? (Any ticking or grinding sounds..) Also, how old is the drive?
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    Free to play RPGs?

    Have you tried Runes of Magic? It's similar to WoW. I haven't played it in years though so I'm not sure how much it has changed.
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    I have a question

    That may be the case. However, I've used Norton in the past and it was horrible. An AV like Avira did a much better job for me, and it's updated all the time. (I used the free version.) I'm currently using Security Essentials because it's very light on my system, and it doesn't constantly bother me with false positives. I haven't had a virus in about a year and a half. (When I did get one it was completely my fault. I knew what I was getting myself into. =P) If I were to ever buy another AV it would probably be the full version of Superantispyware even though the free version does an amazing job already. With that being said, it seems that he already got Kaspersky. Which will do a really good job for the money.
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    I have a question

    Going a long with what Koby said, Security Essentials does the job perfectly fine. I also use Malwarebytes and Superantispyware. Both of which are free. Some more decent free antivirus software is Avira and Avast. I would personally avoid AVG and Norton at all costs.
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    Nice gaming headphones PC

    I've been looking around for a nice pair of gaming headphones. Do you guys know of any good ones that go over the ears? I have a budget of about $70 to spend on them. I doesn't really matter if there is a mic on them or not. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16874502011 http://www.amazon.co...t/dp/B006ZS5ATM http://www.walmart.c...versal/17173772 I've been considering one of these 3. I really like the look of the turtle beaches. I just want to be really careful before I spend money on anything.
  21. I haven't noticed any changes yet. About a week ago I noticed they changed it for a few minutes. If it's anything like that then I don't like it, but for right now it's still the same.
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    Will you be upgrading to Win 8

    I got the chance to try out Windows 8, and I didn't really like it all too much. For now I'm going to skip it and stay with Windows 7. Faster boot times and all that nonsense makes no difference to me since I'm using an ssd.
  23. I have Time Warner >.<... Google needs to hurry and bring their awesome internet to California. I'm switching to them instantly. Going along the lines of this article. What exactly do they deem "inappropriate." I buy a lot of games off of steam, which downloading all of them takes up a lot of bandwidth. Would they throttle me, or terminate my internet use despite steam being perfectly legal? These big corporations are really shady.
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    Nice gaming headphones PC

    Thanks for all the feed back everyone. I'll be sure to look over all of it when I get home from work XD...
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    Who here plans to be playing Guild Wars 2?

    They've optimized the game quite a bit since the first beta. I played the third beta and it played wonderfully. Here's a good article to read about it if you're interested. https://www.guildwar...nd-performance/
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