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#1 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Best windows os? » 2015-01-05 08:00:45

#!_828 wrote:

^ Yep. XP was definitely the last 'good' Windows. The only blue screens I've experienced with it were from this one game I liked that wound up crashing the whole system semi-regularly, & from when Micro$oft Security Essentials lapsed an update of virus definitions, resulting in my being infected with all sorts of internet nastiness.  hmm

Now that you mention games, I remember that I do have one game (Far Cry) that used to BSOD when loading save data. There was a patch for it, though, so it turned out okay.

tknomanzr wrote:

Windows 8 takes me 10+ minutes to boot depending on how long it has been since my last boot and how many different things it has to update. I have seen it take 15+ minutes. So much crap to load just to keep it safe and make it act halfway like a desktop. I pulled the plug on it a month ago or so and haven't really missed it. I haven't wiped the drive yet, just in case I need to do some Adobe stuff but so far I haven't. If Adobe would just give me Adobe CC for Linux I would be one happy camper.

Holy crap, 15 minutes? Maybe I'll stick around on XP/7 for a little while longer then. That sounds like it'd be painful to dual-boot. Maybe an SSD could help.

#2 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Best windows os? » 2015-01-04 03:13:42

Windows XP. Never saw a BSOD and still has 16bit application support.

#3 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Anybody want a OnePlus One invite? » 2014-12-22 08:30:32

For some reason, I have another invite. If anyone wants a OnePlus One now, here's your second chance.

#4 Off Topic / General Chat » Anybody want a OnePlus One invite? » 2014-12-20 08:12:09

Replies: 1

I got a OnePlus One ($300 flagship killing phone) invite for the next 24 hours if anyone wants it. All I ask is that you send me an invite back if I ever become able to buy one in the future.

If you want it, you can PM me or something. First come, first serve.

EDIT: It's gone. ;_;

#5 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » fantastic ascii-art roguelike: brogue » 2014-12-15 20:42:29

xor wrote:

today i found a software named "noteye", which stands for "necklace of the eye":

using this, it looks like brogue can be played in FPP, isometric and tiled modes:

at least, brogue version 1.7.0 has been tested with it. this is very interesting.
when i find the time (hopefully next week-end), i will dig further into this and report back here soon.

I'm trying Stone Soup in FPP mode. I'll be back in a week, maybe.

#6 Re: Introductions » First attempt on a 2001 P III m with 512 mb with nVidia Geforce2 Go » 2014-12-15 08:14:18

bobc wrote:

LOL, no ranger or links2 for me! 

They remind me of about 1987 to 1989 maybe, back when 386's were new, and before Windows.  One program from that era I still LOVE is Norton Commander.  Version 2 of that was just great!  DesqView was cool, too.  With that and NC I had no need for Windows at all. 

I use Midnight Commander ALL the time.  I haven't really gotten used to it completely, but it and the Browser are the two programs that get used constantly on my systems.

I haven't settled on a browser.  I like Dillo, its fast and light, but there are many sites it can't handle.

Forget Chromium, its just too big and slow.  Opera is ok.  Firefox and clones are ok, but big.  Those are what I use lately.

Qupzilla and Midori crash every few minutes or I'd like either of those best.  Sometimes I think the crashes are caused by the site's contents, not the browser?  Maybe its all the flash garbage that does it?  I don't like that flash stuff except to play videos when I WANT to play a video. 

I guess I live way, way in the past...

There's an option in Opera to make it so that opera doesn't play or even download flash content unless you click on it. Go to Preferences>Advanced>Content and check "Enable plug-ins only on demand." For sites that don't need it, you can hit F12 and uncheck plug-ins and javascript when you're on sites that don't require them. A few sites that I go on are really heavy on javascript without adding any features or anything with it, so when I go on those sites I uncheck javascript to get a little smoothness back.

#7 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » fantastic ascii-art roguelike: brogue » 2014-12-06 01:53:24

The problems just started compounding on my first game. First I got descended a few floors to where the monsters were all stronger than I was, then I got stuck between a mob and pools of lava, then I started chugging potions and reading scrolls and each of them made things worse. First I created a cloud of confusing gas, started hallucinating, then I fell into a pool of lava and started burning. After that, I drank a potion that descended me yet another floor right onto some dry grass which was set ablaze by my burning body, engulfing the entire level in flame. Then to top things off, some more monsters (which were now burning as well) surrounded me and killed me off as I stumbled around trying to get away.

#8 Re: CrunchBang Talk » Laptops » 2014-12-06 01:45:06

My dad has an ASUS laptop with an i3 that worked out of the box.

#9 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » fantastic ascii-art roguelike: brogue » 2014-12-05 00:04:45

Dungeon Crawl: Stone Soup has been my roguelike of choice for a while, but after seeing a tiny thumbnail of a screenshot of brogue I've been meaning to give it a try.

After seeing a full-sized screenshot on that article you just linked, I'm extracting Brogue from its zip file right now. Holy crap that looks amazing.

#10 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » Help with CPU temp monitoring and hopefully fan control » 2014-12-02 21:15:32

Sorry for the huge gap since my last post. I've been busy with surgery stuff. I'm mostly fine now, though, so I'm back. tongue

It's kind of embarrassing but I have no idea how to use a mailing list. >_> I'm poking around at it right now but all I see is that I should probably be sending an email to lm-sensors@something.somethingelse. Once I can figure out what the last part is, I'll try sending an email.

I read that thread you linked to, and it seems that we're having different problems. They talked a lot about it being routed to IRQ 255 (what do these words even mean >_>), but for me it's a more normal-looking IRQ 19.

#11 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » Help with CPU temp monitoring and hopefully fan control » 2014-11-14 23:52:18

twoion wrote:

You can first test this by writing "1" to the relevant files in the procfs:

# echo 1 > /path/to/pwm{1,2,3}_enable

in accordance with what lm-sensors/fancontrol reports regarding the control file it wants to write to.

This is where you lost me. I can't find any files in /proc/ with a name like that. The ACPI folder only has a file called wakeup, and I can't see any mention of where lm-sensors is trying to write. The only mention of anything relevant-looking is here:

Some Super I/O chips contain embedded sensors. We have to write to
standard I/O ports to probe them. This is usually safe.
Do you want to scan for Super I/O sensors? (YES/no): 
Probing for Super-I/O at 0x2e/0x2f
Trying family `National Semiconductor/ITE'...               No
Trying family `SMSC'...                                     Yes
Found `SMSC DME1737 Super IO'                               
    (hardware monitoring capabilities accessible via SMBus only)

but after all that it still says

Sorry, no sensors were detected.
Either your system has no sensors, or they are not supported, or
they are connected to an I2C or SMBus adapter that is not
supported. If you find out what chips are on your board, check for driver status.

#12 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » Help with CPU temp monitoring and hopefully fan control » 2014-11-14 14:53:31

twoion wrote:

A problem that frequently occurs in conjunction with fancontrol is that the ACPI driver for your hardware does not allow for manual control by default or does not support the underlying hardare at all.

For example, I have a Thinkpad as a laptop, and in order to make the fan control files in /proc (or /sys) writable -- this is a prerequise for using software-based fancontrol since fancontrol drives the fan using this interface --, I have to load the responsible kernel module with an explicit parameter in /etc/modules, namely

thinkpad_acpi fan_control=1

My suggestion would be finding out which kernel module does your ACPI handling. Next, go to and find the documentation for the respective kernel module (these are all .txt files) and check whether extra configuration like shown above is necessary. If there is no support in the current Wheezy kernel (=parameters have no or wrong effects), try a newer kernel from the backports repository, since only newer kernel versions provide updated/more drivers.

Okay, I found the driver responsible:
The address that SpeedFan finds my chip on is on the list of addresses scanned by the driver, so once I get that driver set up I should be good to go, right?

According to, my chip has been supported by the kernel since 2.6, but before I learned that, I had already upgraded to 3.16 hoping that it would fix my problem.

#13 Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » Help with CPU temp monitoring and hopefully fan control » 2014-11-13 14:55:30

Replies: 7

I have this PC here that likes to heat up when I do stuff. On Windows, controlling the fans is as easy opening up SpeedFan and telling it what I want. On Linux (with this PC, at least), it's nowhere near as easy. I installed lm-sensors, but sensors-detect can't seem to find anything. From research, I can see my sensor chip is the A8000, which is a DME1737 in disguise according to lm-sensors which is what SpeedFan detects. Any ideas on why this chip that's supposedly supported isn't working?

#14 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Modeling A Hallway In Blender 3D » 2014-11-13 14:02:48

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:
damo wrote:

What's wrong with a FOSS image editor?


Hey I think I know some of these letters.

Interesting render though. 9 hours? BI or Cycles?

Second pic looks like cycles to me and I can't imagine he would hop render engines in the middle of a project and if you look reaaallly closely in the last picture you can almost see some graininess although at that point it might just be JPEG compression.

#16 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » Which messenger do you use on #! and why this and no other? » 2014-11-05 21:05:59

I use HexChat, but I don't think it's anything close to what you're looking for. Nothing fancy over here, just lightly-formatted text and file transfers. I use it because IRC is easy to script for, and because most of us have used it before.

#17 Re: CrunchBang Talk » Your CrunchBang Linux system » 2014-11-04 23:18:48

HP Pavilion a847c
Pentium 4 3.2Ghz with hyperthreading
1GB RAM (4x256MB)
ZOTAC Nvidia GeForce GT 610 PCI (No PCI-Express or even AGP on this motherboard unfortunately)
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900

#18 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » NSA Reportedly Intercepting Laptops Purchased Online » 2014-11-04 01:41:55

jeffreyC wrote:
TicTac wrote:

The NSA are signal analysts, nothing more and nothing less. They have zero law enforcement power and couldn't care less how many bong hits half the world takes after a hard day's work. I truly don't believe I'm nearly important enough for them to waste their time on but if they wish to keyhole my system... Good luck and more power to um', as doing so will NOT make their lives anymore exciting. hehehehe lol

Sorry but that is pure disinformation.
If the NSA are only signal analysts why have they had tanks (armored fighting vehicles) for well over 20 years?

They are larger and better equipped than the CIA, and for decades they were nearly secret, their nickname was No Such Agency.

I'm going to need some source on that claim. What would they even do with tanks? They can't exactly go to war on their own.

#19 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » NSA Reportedly Intercepting Laptops Purchased Online » 2014-11-03 20:46:37

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:
TicTac wrote:

The NSA are signal analysts, nothing more and nothing less. They have zero law enforcement power and couldn't care less how many bong hits half the world takes after a hard day's work. I truly don't believe I'm nearly important enough for them to waste their time on but if they wish to keyhole my system... Good luck and more power to um', as doing so will NOT make their lives anymore exciting. hehehehe lol

+1, well said that man!

+2 I, too, heartily agree with what has been said in the above post.

#20 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Any real* benefit to a graphics card in this desktop? » 2014-10-31 00:29:47

CSCoder4ever wrote:

@Different55 It's not AMD, and even so, I would discourage bitcoining, but that is just me.

Are AMD cards a lot better at bitcoin mining? I've never mined bitcoins or anything like that so I don't know much about it.

CSCoder4ever wrote:

oh yes and I have used my 550 Ti in Crunchbang before, definitely works without a hitch... albeit I'd install the proprietary driver... that's just me though.

I'd second this, but that's just us though.
If you really like free software, nouveau is okay. I had a few very small visual artifacts when using it and I read somewhere that some cards get nerfed quite a bit, but if you enjoy the possible colorful glitchyness and still aren't planning on doing any gaming, it should do just fine.

TicTac wrote:


Yeppers... … &CatId=467


BUT... I believe this solution will only achieve a "mirrored" dual monitor display.

Yeah, these only mirror the image. All the classrooms in my high school use these to double the display on the projector.

#21 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Any real* benefit to a graphics card in this desktop? » 2014-10-30 21:39:52

TicTac wrote:


If you want dual monitors, your power supply is adequate and the card was free... Why the heck not?

@CSCoder4ever & Different55,

Not much of a gamer myself nor a hardware junkie but wouldn't using this card free up his on board system resources as well, like clock cycles and memory?

It would free up a not-insignificant amount of memory. Onboard graphics usually chew on a piece of the installed RAM to do their calculations, while discrete graphics cards come with their own faster RAM, leaving all installed RAM available for the OS to use.

As far as clock cycles go, I don't think he wouldn't see a benefit unless something he was doing had hardware acceleration support, like compositing, rendering, video watching, bitcoin mining, hash brute-forcing, or something else like that. Some browsers support hardware acceleration, which might make web browsing a slightly smoother experience, but I don't think it would make much of a difference over onboard graphics.

#22 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Any real* benefit to a graphics card in this desktop? » 2014-10-30 19:14:47

You could put some eye candy compositing on your desktop, programs like blender would really benefit, and if you're one of those people who mine bitcoins, that would speed things up nicely.

#23 Re: Artwork & Screenshots » IcyBlack gtk and Openbox Theme » 2014-10-23 21:25:17

This theme made me reinstall linux on my new desktop.

#24 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » A newbie question! Why a QuadCore PC have 8 cores? » 2014-10-22 19:00:04

Short answer: Because of Hyperthreading. Intel has a feature called Hyperthreading on some of its CPUs that lets them run 2 threads per CPU at once under some conditions. If you ran windows 7 on your computer, it would tell you that you have 4 physical cores and 4 logical cores.

You can read more about it here:

#25 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » Pentium III 800MHz 128MB RAM 20GB HDD » 2014-10-22 02:52:29

jeffreyC wrote:
ohnonot wrote:
Different55 wrote:

50ct as in USD .50? Where could I find one of these magical places?

nah, eurocent. but same-same. i was talking about really old ram chips, like: … 3c07_z.jpg
magical places: recycling center. or, for slightly more money, any sort of indoor/outdoor flea market.
are you sure you have neither in usa?

Some of those exist, maybe not as common as some years ago, but then there are also eBay, Craigslist and Amazon.
I have bought RAM from sellers on all three.

Yeah, craigslist is a great place for deals. I recently got a "new" desktop PC from there for USD$40 with specs from '05 and a graphics card for another $40 from amazon so I could do some light mind-numbing gaming after some jaw surgery I'll be going through soon. Overall, I spent $80 on a machine that can do everything I need it to and a little more.

Also, wow, that's some old RAM.

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