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My PC:

Hanns-G 22" Widescreen Monitor
2.13 Core Duo
Asus P5N-E SLI Mobo
3GB Patriot DDR2 800 (I actually have 4 GB, but my motherboard fucks itself with 4)
EVGA GeForce 8800GT
750GB Hard Drive
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Some shitty old Case, I don't even know what it's called, but I really want that Antec 900
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Compaq Presario C700t
15.4" WideScreen
1.46 GHz, 1MB L2 Cache, 533MHz FSB) Dual Core Processor
1GB DDR2 System Memory (2x 512MB)
Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
802.11b/g WLAN
Fujitsu MHY2120BH 120GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
Optiarc DVD RW AD-7560A 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support
6-cell, 44 watt-hour Lithium Ion Battery
Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit)
6.4 lbs

Copied from a computer review website, that's why its so long.

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Nice PC, MM. You using Windoze XP? That may explain the RAM issue. If not, ignoar my previous sentence.

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Nah, I'm using 32-bit Vista Home Premium. 32-bit version of Vista don't allow more than 2 gigs of ram, but there are ways to work around that. I got it to recognize 3 gigs and it runs stable, but it craps out with 4.
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Ah yeh. I have XP and 4 gigs of RAM, but I can only use 3.25 gigs. Windoze 7 beta is actually looking pretty good, if you can download it you should try it.

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Built my own computer

AMD athlon 64 X2 5200
2gbs PC6400 RAM
XFX 8800GT 512mb
ASUS M2N32 Sli deluxe mainboard
Acer AL2216W (22inch widescreen)
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Oh and has anyone heard of that NVIDIA 3D vision stuff. Looks pretty cool.
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SoulRiser Wrote:Ah yeh. I have XP and 4 gigs of RAM, but I can only use 3.25 gigs. Windoze 7 beta is actually looking pretty good, if you can download it you should try it.

I had that problem with my 32x Vista, it would only run like 3.4gb of RAM even though I had 4.0. I bought the 64x Home Basic and can now use all of my RAM (don't ask me how, I just read that a 64x OS lets you use more RAM and my friend confirmed it)..

Anyway, if you're thinking about upgrading to Vista, don't buy anything but the Basic package. Everything "better" is only fancy applications and eyecandy that you'll never use and have trouble with uninstalling. Even with the basic package there's so much junk I never use.
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Upgrade and Vista in the same sentence? Hellz no! I'm waiting for Windoze 7. I have the beta, actually. It kicks the crap out of any Vista flavour. Smile

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I'm havin a problem with something.

I have an old computer that was infected with a billion viruses and it died. Then, I fixed it by deleting Windows, and formatting all the hardrives like three times each, and reinstalling windows. So, now it works really well and I'm installing a ton of old games on it that I enjoy. But, it's got a problem now where it needs a file D3D8.Dll.

Ok.

So, I went online and downloaded the file to the computer I'm currently using, and then went to burn it onto a CD to be placed on the old computer. So, I did all of that, and put the disk into the old computer, clicked on it, and found that the D3D8.Dll file doesn't show up. It's on the disk, because, when I check it on this computer, it shows that it's there, but for some reason (because it's a system operating file, I think), it won't show up on the other computer.

So, I can't move it to my old computer, and I can't hook the old computer up to the internet to download the file. So, I guess my question is, how do I get my old computer (a Windows 98), to show the D3D8.Dll file on the CD contents window, so that I can move it to the folder that it needs to be in?

Ask me if any of that needs clarifying.

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Aviator Wrote:I'm havin a problem with something.

I have an old computer that was infected with a billion viruses and it died. Then, I fixed it by deleting Windows, and formatting all the hardrives like three times each, and reinstalling windows. So, now it works really well and I'm installing a ton of old games on it that I enjoy. But, it's got a problem now where it needs a file D3D8.Dll.

Ok.

So, I went online and downloaded the file to the computer I'm currently using, and then went to burn it onto a CD to be placed on the old computer. So, I did all of that, and put the disk into the old computer, clicked on it, and found that the D3D8.Dll file doesn't show up. It's on the disk, because, when I check it on this computer, it shows that it's there, but for some reason (because it's a system operating file, I think), it won't show up on the other computer.

So, I can't move it to my old computer, and I can't hook the old computer up to the internet to download the file. So, I guess my question is, how do I get my old computer (a Windows 98), to show the D3D8.Dll file on the CD contents window, so that I can move it to the folder that it needs to be in?

Ask me if any of that needs clarifying.
windows update. direct x 9 or dx10

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While I could be completely wrong, try this:

When you are in windows explorer (to get there try right-clicking the start button in the task bar, and clicking on explore), click on view in the top menu, then go down to folder options. Under the View tab in the window that comes up, there should be an area with a bunch of check boxes. There should also be a folder in that area entitled "hidden files", with a three check boxes under that, each entitled "Do not show hidden files", "Do not show hidden files or system files" and then "Show all files". Tick the "Show all files" box, click apply and then click OK.

See if that helps. Or that didn't make any sense.
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My PC:
HP Pavilion Elite m9250f
Samsung Syncmaster 932BW (19" I believe)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700(2.66GHz) 64 bit Quad-Core Processor, 2 x 4MB L2 Cache
Memory: 4GB DDR2 System Memory (4x 1 GB)
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT graphics card with 512MB dedicated video memory, TV-out, DVI, and HDMI capabilities with support for Microsoft DirectX 10. Up to 1791MB Total Available Graphics Memory as allocated by Windows Vista
Hard Drive: 1000GB (2 x 500GB) SATA 7200RPM
Keyboard: Razer Lycosa Mirror
Mouse: Logitech G9
OS: Windows Vista Home Premium 64-Bit
Physical Specs: Dimensions 16.61" x 15.51" x 7.00"
Weight 24.25 lb
Optical Drive: Optical Drive Type: DVD Super Multi
Optical Drive Spec SuperMulti DVD Burner with LightScribe Technology 16x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD+R DL, 8x DVD-R DL, 12x DVD-RAM, 16x DVD-ROM, 40x CDR, 32x CDRW, 40x CD-ROM

Sorry it is so long, copied it from Newegg. I bought the Keyboard and mouse separately, FYI

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Specifications
Form Factor: µATX

Processor Speed: E2200 / 2.20GHz

GPU/VPU: NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GSO

Form Factor: ATX Mid-Tower

Compatible Motherboards: ATX
Micro ATX

Memory Type: Dual Channel DDR2

Processor Interface: Socket 775

Processor Interface: Socket 775

Processors Supported: Intel Pentium 4
Intel Celeron
Intel Core Duo
Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core 2 Quad

Processor Class: Pentium Dual Core

Memory Size: 2 x 1024MB

Processor Core: Allendale

Additional Technologies: Vista Ready, HD DVD/Blu-ray Support, HDCP Compliant

Side Panel Type: Vented

Front Side Bus: 1333MHz

Cache Size: 1MB

Bus Speed: 800MHz

Memory Speed: 800MHz PC6400

Power Supply: 450 Watt

Material: Steel

Additional Features: HDCP Enabled
SLI Ready
DirectX 10
OpenGL 2.1
PCI Express 2.0
Game Physics Capable
Shader Model 4.0, Nvidia CUDA Technology

Additional Technologies: Intel® EM64T
Enhanced Intel Speedstep
Dual-Core
Enhanced Halt State
Execute Disable Bit
Intel® Thermal Monitor 2

Architecture: 65 nm

Wattage: 65W

Core Stepping: M0

Memory CAS Latency: 4-4-4-12

Maximum Resolution: 2560 x 1600

Pins: 240

Fan: Not Included

Video Memory: 768MB

Northbridge: NVIDIA nForce 630i

External 5.25" Drive Bays: 4

Memory Type: DDR2

External 3.5" Drive Bays: 1

Internal 3.5" Drive Bays: 5

Memory Clock: 1000 MHz

Expansion Slots: 7

Interface Type: PCI Express 2.0

Number of Slots: 2

Number of Pins: 240-Pin

Front USB Ports: 2

Maximum Memory Supported: 4GB

Connector(s): S-Video
HDTV
Dual DVI (Dual Link)

Memory Supported: 533MHz DDR2
667MHz DDR2
800MHz DDR2

Front Audio Ports: 2

Max. Memory Supported Per Slot: 2GB

Channels: 8 Channels

Power Requirement: 400-Watt power supply

120mm Fan Ports: 2

120mm Fans Included: None

Video Chipset: GeForce 7150

Rending Ability: Microsoft® DX 9
OpenGL 1.5

LAN Type: 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit

RAID Modes: 0
0+1
1
5

PCI Slots: 2

PCI Express X1 Slots: 1

PCI Express X16 Slots: 1 - PCIe x16

PS/2 Keyboard Connectors: 1

PS/2 Mouse Connectors: 1

Serial Communication Ports: 1

USB Ports: 10

USB Rear Panel Ports: 4

USB Onboard Headers: 3 - (expandable to 6 USB ports)

LAN Ports: 1

IDE Headers: 1

FDD Headers: 1

Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s Headers: 4

VGA Ports: 1
tl,dr it works fine

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pyromaniac Wrote:[lots of text]

TL;DR

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pyromaniac Wrote:[lots of text]
it works fine

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Aviator Wrote:I'm havin a problem with something.

I have an old computer that was infected with a billion viruses and it died. Then, I fixed it by deleting Windows, and formatting all the hardrives like three times each, and reinstalling windows. So, now it works really well and I'm installing a ton of old games on it that I enjoy. But, it's got a problem now where it needs a file D3D8.Dll.

Ok.

So, I went online and downloaded the file to the computer I'm currently using, and then went to burn it onto a CD to be placed on the old computer. So, I did all of that, and put the disk into the old computer, clicked on it, and found that the D3D8.Dll file doesn't show up. It's on the disk, because, when I check it on this computer, it shows that it's there, but for some reason (because it's a system operating file, I think), it won't show up on the other computer.

So, I can't move it to my old computer, and I can't hook the old computer up to the internet to download the file. So, I guess my question is, how do I get my old computer (a Windows 98), to show the D3D8.Dll file on the CD contents window, so that I can move it to the folder that it needs to be in?

Ask me if any of that needs clarifying.

Try to unhide hidden files.

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I'll get the shotgun ChickenLeg...
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Speaking of computers

I'm gettin a brand new rig this summer, I can almost pay for it ($1,068)

Not sure how to write specs but...

It will have
- Nvidia 9800GTX (might get 2 of these Biggrin )
- 6GB DDR2 RAM
- Intel Quad-Core 2.5Ghz
- 20in. screen Cool
- 2 hard drives (not sure what they were)

Gaming computers ftw

I'm giving my sister my laptop when I get it

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Detrimental Bane Wrote:It will have
- Nvidia 9800GTX (might get 2 of these Biggrin )
- 6GB DDR2 RAM
- Intel Quad-Core 2.5Ghz
- 20in. screen Cool
- 2 hard drives (not sure what they were)

That would be a fucking nasty PC. 6GB of ram? That's next level.
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Detrimental Bane Wrote:It will have
- Nvidia 9800GTX (might get 2 of these Biggrin )
- 6GB DDR2 RAM
- Intel Quad-Core 2.5Ghz
- 20in. screen Cool
- 2 hard drives (not sure what they were)

That would be a fucking nasty PC. 6GB of ram? That's next level.

Nasty? That good or bad?

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Nasty as in good. My PC is pretty good and that's like two times better.
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ChickenLeg Wrote:
Aviator Wrote:I'm havin a problem with something.

I have an old computer that was infected with a billion viruses and it died. Then, I fixed it by deleting Windows, and formatting all the hardrives like three times each, and reinstalling windows. So, now it works really well and I'm installing a ton of old games on it that I enjoy. But, it's got a problem now where it needs a file D3D8.Dll.

Ok.

So, I went online and downloaded the file to the computer I'm currently using, and then went to burn it onto a CD to be placed on the old computer. So, I did all of that, and put the disk into the old computer, clicked on it, and found that the D3D8.Dll file doesn't show up. It's on the disk, because, when I check it on this computer, it shows that it's there, but for some reason (because it's a system operating file, I think), it won't show up on the other computer.

So, I can't move it to my old computer, and I can't hook the old computer up to the internet to download the file. So, I guess my question is, how do I get my old computer (a Windows 98), to show the D3D8.Dll file on the CD contents window, so that I can move it to the folder that it needs to be in?

Ask me if any of that needs clarifying.

Try to unhide hidden files.

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Detrimental Bane Wrote:Speaking of computers

I'm gettin a brand new rig this summer, I can almost pay for it ($1,068)

Not sure how to write specs but...

It will have
- Nvidia 9800GTX (might get 2 of these Biggrin )
- 6GB DDR2 RAM
- Intel Quad-Core 2.5Ghz
- 20in. screen Cool
- 2 hard drives (not sure what they were)

Gaming computers ftw

I'm giving my sister my laptop when I get it

Are you building it or buying it from a brand. I suggest building one if you aren't.
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Freeman Wrote:
Detrimental Bane Wrote:Speaking of computers

I'm gettin a brand new rig this summer, I can almost pay for it ($1,068)

Not sure how to write specs but...

It will have
- Nvidia 9800GTX (might get 2 of these Biggrin )
- 6GB DDR2 RAM
- Intel Quad-Core 2.5Ghz
- 20in. screen Cool
- 2 hard drives (not sure what they were)

Gaming computers ftw

I'm giving my sister my laptop when I get it

Are you building it or buying it from a brand. I suggest building one if you aren't.

Building it from the components,
bought ones seem to do worse performance than ones home built with the exact same things in them

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Some PC people did some benchmarks for amounts of RAM. They tested all kinds of different amounts and found that having more than about 3gigs of RAM made no difference whatsoever to anything. Nothing uses that much RAM yet. Except maybe really busy servers or something. But not general use PC's or even gaming.

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SoulRiser Wrote:Some PC people did some benchmarks for amounts of RAM. They tested all kinds of different amounts and found that having more than about 3gigs of RAM made no difference whatsoever to anything. Nothing uses that much RAM yet. Except maybe really busy servers or something. But not general use PC's or even gaming.

I'm getting 6GB RAM juuust incase Smile

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i personly dont mind ati or nvidia

this machine is

cpu: q660 @ 2.4 ghz
ram 4 gb,cant remember the cycles,cbf checking
hdd : samsung 500 gb
motherboard: gigabyte
case: thermaltake soprano
gfx card: nvidia gforce 8600

anyways thats one of the pc's here, got too many
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My 2006 iMac is all stock, but:
  • 2 GHz Intel Core Duo processor
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache (per processor): 2 MB
    Memory: 512 MB
    Bus Speed: 667 MHz
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Newtown Wrote:My 2006 iMac is all stock, but:
  • 2 GHz Intel Core Duo processor
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache (per processor): 2 MB
    Memory: 512 MB
    Bus Speed: 667 MHz
    [/list:u]


oh gawd, i cant stand mac :O

i used to take my laptop into a mac store and "introduce" it to them..used to carry on about all its exciting features just to watch these guys wanna hit me and be able to watch them as they could do nothing,lol, the most they did was call security

macs are all good though if ur into gfx etc

i still have a pentium 4,lol

but a computer is a computer and if it works thats all that matters Smile
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