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  • BrainwreckedTech 1:04 am on March 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    INFO: Converting Timings To Multipliers When Over-Clocking 

    OK, this isn’t going to be a complete guide to over-clocking or even a beginner’s guide. This is just going to be some information on things that bust my balls when it comes to pushing your hardware beyond the specs.

    You see, BIOS manufacturers try to be helpful by giving you options like setting the HT Link to a specified frequency like 800MHz or 2.0GHz. And they pull the same crap with DRAM, giving you options for 333MHz, 533MHz, and so on. What they are actually doing is setting multipliers and dividers, and these values become invalid when over-clocking the base clock.

    So here’s my “cheat sheet” when it comes to over-clocking with the AMD platform:

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  • BrainwreckedTech 6:15 am on March 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    REVIEW: Left 4 Dead 2 

    Left 4 Dead 2 Cover

    (out of 5)
    Xbox 360 / PC

    Some people are going to hate me for this, but I don’t care. Left 4 Dead 1 had that awesome mix that landed it somewhere between casual and hardcore gaming. Left 4 Dead 2 can be just as addictive as the original, but there are some glaring issues when compared to the first. It feels like Valve listened to all the hardcore gamers verbatim and didn’t stop to think if any of the changes would actually be more fun.

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  • BrainwreckedTech 3:15 am on April 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: apex, , , newegg, pc, power supplies   

    REVIEW: Apex / Allied SL-275TFX 

    Apex Allied SL-275TFX

    The Guilty Party
    I really would execute it if I carried guns

    The fun never stops. I found my web server dead today due to a bad power supply. However, unlike some things that succeed in just barely outlasting the warranty (here’s evil eyes staring at you, Samsung and Microsoft), this thing broke down right before. I’ve contacted NewEgg about a replacement, but we’ll see how that goes. (I didn’t buy the power supply outright. It came bundled with the case, but Newegg just so happens to carry the exact replacement part.)

    UPDATE: I had to send the whole thing back to Newegg, which doesn’t carry the product any more. Even though their policy will allow me to select a similarly-priced case, I’d rather have this whole nonsense over with by now by just having the friggin’ power supply replaced. I’d never thought I say this, but this is one prospect of Newegg’s business model that needs to change. Sending back the entire bundle just because a part of that bundle failed, just because individual parts weren’t listed line-by-line, which you happen to sell separately, is rather irritating.

  • BrainwreckedTech 10:21 pm on April 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    What The Hell Happened To Dell? 


    I remember when Dell was the gold standard of the PC industry. When my wife and I were dating, my now-father-in-law’s Dell desktop started having some trouble and they narrowed it down to some RAM. They sent him some new RAM sticks, only to have those sticks bork his computer. So they sent him a complete CPU/mobo/RAM replacement. Nary a complaint from him.

    Fast forward nearly 10 years. I regret recommending my brother go with Dell when looking for a laptop. His hard drive has failed on him for a second time. When he calls, it’s like pulling teeth. Everyone has a foreign accent which in itself is not a bad thing, but it’s obvious Dell has completely outsourced its tech support. It’s also obvious that these employees are struggling with a mess that Dell has created for them. Despite supplying the express service code during the IVR (Integrated Voice Response aka talking to a machine) interaction, the first rep asks for it again. The first tech then forwards the call to desktop hardware support. As this happens every freakin’ time, this is more systematic ineptitude than it is employee ineptitude. After the second tech forwards us to laptop hardware support, we’ve already wasted 25 minutes on the phone.

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  • BrainwreckedTech 12:39 pm on March 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , pc, , , square-enix, ,   

    REVIEW: Final Fantasy XI 


    (out of 5)

    XBox 360 version reviewed

    Let’s start with what I don’t have a problem with first, in case people thing I’m some sort of hack ‘n’ slash noob that could never hope to appreciate a game like this. I don’t have a problem with taking on single enemies that could outright kill me, forcing me to pick a chose my targets. I don’t have a problem being forced to form a party to take on certain tasks. I don’t have a problem with the EXP penalty incurred if you die. The GM’s are courteous and present, and unlike some other games (*cough* Phantasy Star *cough*), active and helpful. The non-instanced, ever-concurrent nature of the game allows for plenty of one-off help from random strangers. The recently-introduced level-syncing system serves as a great incentive for higher-levels to help lower-levels. The auction house system is great, albeit a bit strange for newcomers.

    So Final Fantasy XI definitely has what it takes to be a decent, maybe even great game. However…

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  • BrainwreckedTech 1:47 am on January 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: audio, , jack, , , pc,   

    Can’t Monitor Your Mic-In? JACK To The Rescue! 

    jack-screenshot PROBLEM: I have my Xbox 360’s sound routed through my desktop PC via Line-In, but that requires the loud PC to be on. I wanted to switch to using my laptop instead, BUT THERE’S NO HARDWARE MIXING for mic-in, even though the mic-in on my laptop is stereo and therefore obviously doubles as line-in.

    SOLUTION: JACK Audio Connection Kit for Linux allows you to mix mic-in into your computer’s speaker-out via software mixing.

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  • BrainwreckedTech 6:28 pm on January 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Turning Off Low Disk Space Warnings in Windows Vista / 7 

    Windows Vista LogoI’ve already run into one major annoyance in Windows 7, and that is the constant nagging about having low disk space on my WINDOWSSWAP partition. No freakin’ duh, Microsoft. This has been a problem since XP, but Microsoft changed things a bit in Windows Vista, and presumably things remain the same in Windows 7.

    No, there is no GUI to tweak the low disk space warnings. You have to use the registry. No, you can’t manipulate the amount of space. I’ve tried setting it to 5MB and Windows 7 is still bugging me about the paltry 5.18MB left on my WINDOWSSWAP. No, there is no way to tweak individual drives. It’s all-or-nothing.

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    • Anonymous 9:21 am on June 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


      [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\Windows Search\\Gathering Manager]

      [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\Windows Search\\Gather]

      • brainwreckedtech 6:32 pm on June 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks. That isn’t the first time WordPress has completely eradicated special characters on me. I don’t think something like that would have escaped my attention, but nonetheless the fact remains my post had missing backslashes all around.

    • Tibi 5:40 am on August 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      thx I think it might just work, but i used it with only one backspace not two

      • teknoman 5:31 pm on December 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        THANK YOU!

        I kept getting “error accessing registry” so I thought it was a permissions issue. But changing the all of the \\ to \ got it to work, thanks!

        • bk 2:21 pm on August 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply

          thanks for the comment about changing all the \\ to \, solved the same error for me too!

    • Aaron 8:35 pm on February 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      If you wanna disable notifications of low disk space in Windows 7 without editing registry go to Control Panel type in “Notification Area Icons” no quotes into the search pane and click “Show or Hide the notification area in the Taskbar” and where it says Windows Explorer Low Disk Space click the drop down box next to it and choose “Hide icon and notifications”

      • brainwreckedtech 12:32 pm on March 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        If this works, it’d sure be a lot simpler. I’d prefer if the notification weren’t generated in the first place, but not everyone likes to putz with the registry. My biggest fear is that disabling the notification this way might disable something else. Depends on weather or not the System Tray’s customization list goes by actual title or by the executable that generated that title. (IOW, the title is just a place-holder so you dont see a .exe file.)

        • BrainwreckedTech 11:26 pm on August 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Just finished installing Windows 7 again after a hard drive failure. My assumptions were correct. The entry is listed like this:

          Windows Explorer
          Low Disk Space

          You’ll be disabling Windows Explorer from generating ANY messages using this method, not just the Low Disk Space warnings.

      • Anonymous 12:21 pm on November 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        that was great. thanks

    • Joshua Brooks 9:20 am on April 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Aaron, I’m hope it works.

    • Marc-André 10:55 am on December 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah… disable things like bluetooth notification and other stuff!!!!

  • BrainwreckedTech 5:03 am on January 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    PREVIEW: Windows 7 Beta 

    Windows Vista Logo Or should I say Vista 1.5? Because that’s really all that Windows 7 is at this point. In the court of public opinion, Vista was (and still is) DOA. Vista’s inception rightfully deserved such contempt. However, what’s Microsoft to do to show the public that they’ve made more-than-average progress on most people’s gripes about the OS? Apparently, ditch the Vista brand entirely.

    So let’s get this out of the way in case you don’t like long-winded speeches: Yes, Windows 7 is what Vista should have been on day one. Yes, Windows 7 is an attempt to make people forget about Vista even though it really is Vista. Yes, the changes in Windows 7 are mostly cosmetic. If it a program or piece of hardware hasn’t been fixed in Vista by now, no, Windows 7 will not magically fix it for you.

    Now, on to the experience…

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  • BrainwreckedTech 2:12 am on December 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    EeePC and Ubuntu 8.10 

    Ubuntu Logo
    EeePC Logo

    Here we go again. The last time I installed Ubuntu (or rather, Xubuntu) onto Asus’ EeePC was a bit of ordeal. This time around, things are….still an ordeal unfortunately.

    First off, it seems people have a got a little fed up with Canonical and made their own kernel. (Behold the beauty of the GPL!) This kernel has all of the hardware modules the EeePC needs compiled in, including the modules for the wireless chipset (which are GPL and could be included for installation in the main distribution, but aren’t). Additionally, there’s an experimental lean version of the kernel that strips out modules that aren’t needed on the EeePC. Boot time is significantly improved, and overall performance also gets a slight boost with this kernel.

    Additionally, there’s now an eee-control package available that allows you to easily change settings like WiFi on/off and performance settings from a system tray applet, and there’s been more poking around with SSD performance. The old script that was developed is no longer needed.

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  • BrainwreckedTech 12:21 am on December 11, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    REVIEW: Mirror’s Edge 

    3 1/2 stars

    (out of 5)
    XBox 360 version reviewed

    Mirror’s Edge from DICE is a good example what happens when you take a great concept and shoddily execute it. Here we have unique “strong color” environments to run around in, unique controls to make otherwise-impossible moves possible, and some neat special effects like tunnel-visioning the player’s perspective as they move faster. And they’re all marred by one aspect that no one paid much attention to in game testing: WHERE THE HELL AM I SUPPOSED TO GO? I found myself dying more than any other in game in recent history due to making blind jumps, being rushed to make jumps, or being utterly confused as to where to go next during a police chase and having them catch up to me.

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    • Glo the Legend 12:27 am on March 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      This might be long…bullets in letter form I say

      A) It was easy to move around. I turned runners vision off, and it was still easy. This game was not confusing to me in the least, in fact, I wish it were more confusing.

      B) I agree, a lot of it was unrealistic, ie guys with guns would decide to hit you instead of shoot you, which would be the obvious decision for most people when they are trying to kill you. But, if you wanted this GAME to be more realistic, then you would have a 2 minute game, because you would die, first try, every single time. This is because most human beings, without any protection, would usually die when shot in the head. Is that fun? No. That sucks. One level that pissed me off was the one where you have to run out to the garage and jump onto the red catwalk, where an armed gunman was standing, shooting you. and you would have to disarm said gunman right when you climbed up the ledge. The reason why it pissed me off was because you would always die in midair, because you would get shot by the armed gunman, and there was nothing to prevent this. It was luck that you could make it up to said catwalk and disarm said armed gunman. Bullocks. Armed gunman.

      C) Faith is obviously magic, because she can heal herself when she is shot, simply by not getting hit for a short time after that. This has nothing to do with anything, and in fact she is not really magic, I just thought I’d let you know.

      D) You gave it 4/5 stars, and while although I gave this game 10/10 because I have become healthily obsessed with it (as opposed to unhealthily obsessed), I can’t disagree with any statement you made (except that it wasn’t hard to get around. Fuck, figuring out where to go, and making guesses was the best part. Just run where you would if you were being chased by armed gunman). So I guess the main theme that I am attempting to have you extract from this heap of jumbled, disorganized truth, is that you aren’t good at playing video games, all based on this one reveiw.

      Fun Fact: The phrase “armed gunman” was the most used phrase in this comment.

      • brainwreckedtech 9:48 pm on March 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Ah, the fanboyish 10/10, “you suck at video games,” and “my word is truth.” If you enjoyed this game, great, but I wasn’t the only who found the game infuriating at times. Check out Gamespot or Zero Punctuation some time, or even some of your on-line gaming friends. I don’t see how beating the game in one sitting equates to me sucking. Fun fact: I rated the game 3.5 out of 5, not 4 out of 5.

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