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Oct
27
comment Steam version of Fallout / Fallout 2 in a window
OK, I have to ask: windowed mode!? why not full-screen?
Oct
27
comment Is there any way to get a refund for a game bought from Steam?
+1 steam have a no-refund policy, but a sort of unspoken lets-not-suck philosophy, so if you actually deserve a refund (e.g.: game is buggy or crippled like L4D2.au), contact them, you might get it.
Oct
25
comment I've finished Bioshock - now what?
I loved the audio logs (mostly they had awesome voice acting - especially Dianne McClintock), but yeah, I think I'm just too busy to spend an hour or two hunting down the few I've missed.
Oct
25
revised I've finished Bioshock - now what?
@badp I'm taking that as a vote for Indigo Prophecy...
Oct
24
asked I've finished Bioshock - now what?
Oct
21
comment CPU or framerate limiting on older games
are you playing it from a DVD? (Maybe that's contributing to heat/noise)
Oct
21
comment Oddly predictable stutter, only in Crysis
Also, read up on Norton - while it does significantly reduce the performance of your pc, it doesn't make your pc significantly more secure: codinghorror.com/blog/2007/02/…
Oct
21
comment Will a dedicated sound-card decrease CPU load?
The linked post contained a big block of opinion/anecdotes. Can we get something that's more like evidence - or even just a case study?
Oct
18
comment Wii Scratching Disks
I bought mine at a hardware store, but you can use some toothpastes as well. Google "fixing cd scratches" or something, there are some good solutions. Saved me hundreds of dollars.
Oct
11
comment Trying to run some 3D game but it's giving an error even though I have the latest drivers. Whats wrong?
Yeah, it sounds like one of those "your computer may not be up to date! download this now!1!" malware apps
Sep
10
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
10
accepted What speedup can I expect in modern PC games from switching to 3 or more CPU cores?
Sep
9
asked What speedup can I expect in modern PC games from switching to 3 or more CPU cores?
Sep
2
comment What is the average battery life of an NES cartridge?
Wow. Truly impressive quality, considering 5-10 years wouldn't have hurt their sales in the slightest.
Sep
2
comment What is the average battery life of an NES cartridge?
@Mechko: they've been replacing them for years: the9thkey.com/games/Nesbatt.htm
Sep
2
comment How can I replace the NES cartridge battery?
@Dave - back them up first using a third party tool?
Sep
2
comment 120 Hz display for gaming
I think turning VSYNC on can help the "lag and jerky scrolling" but that depends on what's causing it (and I'm thinking PC, don't know how many consoles/console games these days have VSync off).
Sep
1
comment Is it possible to split a Steam account?
+1 for for family computers being in a "public" area.
Aug
19
comment Wii Scratching Disks
also note that even pretty bad scratches can be fixed by rubbing them with some brasso (brass cleaning liquid) and a lint-free cloth (microfibre works well). See here under "polish the CD": wikihow.com/Fix-a-Scratched-CD (I fixed a few Gaemecube discs this way).
Aug
17
comment The disappearance of the joystick
This is the real reason. Try playing Super Mario Bros with a joystick and you'll see how much speed/accuracy you lose in movement.