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  1. I don't do all that much gaming....on average an hour a day or less. I think that if I didn't have school + multiple jobs, my time would be devoted to more visual entertainment. I rarely get a game when it is first released. As Polarman has mentioned, waiting a few months or so after the initial release usually means a cheaper price and a few bug fixes. Granted, I can't think of any games that I have played that had horrible issues upon release, but I am sure they existed. Another benefit of waiting is that by the time I get the game, my computer may have seen one or more upgrades, thus giving me a more satisfying gaming experience. Currently, i seem to be playing a lot of Unreal Tournament 2004 (I might actually get the new one when it is released). I will occasionally pick up the original Ghost Recon, or Wolfensten: Enemy Territory. Empire Earth is a good RTS, and you can't beat Flight Simulator for a good sim.
  2. Well, I've been doing a bit of looking, and here's what I am thinking so far: If I go with an ATI chipset, it will be an x1600XT. If I go with nVidia, it will be a 7600GT. Now all I have to do is come up with some $$$, and decide on a card. I thank all of you for your opinions thus far, they have really helped!
  3. Howdy everyone! I am in need of some opinions regarding a new video card for my desktop. I found this one on newegg, and I just wanted to know if anyone had any experience with Sapphire before, and things like that. Or, feel free to recommend something else. I'm a man on a very tight budget, $150-ish being the upper limit. I like that card because it has 512 MB of memory. I realize that it is the slower GDDR2, but at $130 + shipping..... Also, dual monitor (alas, I have nothing with DVI, just 2 CRT's) is a must. S-Video would be nice, and composite is always enjoyable. Oh, and it has to be pci-express, because I don't have an AGP port. I like the ATI X1600 series chips, but i wil admit that I know nothing about nVidia's lineup, so for all you nVidia guys, what is similar to the x1600? Thank you much.
  4. Well, I don't know if my photoshop skills qualify as all that good, but I decided to take a stab at it. Only took me about 30 minutes. I have 2 versions: one with the sky the default color, the other with a slightly washed out sky. I figured you very rarely see a BLUE sky in the desert. It's almost always somewhat lighter than other places. I think.
  5. I'm not sure, but if I had to guess, I'd say that the top one is 64-bit PCI
  6. @durex I believe I have the same problem as you, the difference being, no matter how I access the computer (via IP address or computer name) I can't see random files/folders. My friend suggested that XP can't handle the task of sharing too many files at once. I checked on my comp, and I have about 250,000-300,000 files being shared. I don't know if this high file count is a factor, but I plan on moving most of the files to a server soon, so hopefully that will fix it. You might want to see just how many files you have...it can't hurt.
  7. 1 x 200 GB 1 x 80 GB 4 x 40 GB 1 x 10 GB 1 x 2 GB 1 x 1.5 GB 1 x 1 GB 40 GB Creative Zen Xtra MP3 Player = 494.5 GB in HD 256 MB in flash media 192 MB in USB drives ~50 floppies @ 1.44 MB =~70 MB and since SiMoNsAyS is including DVD's: ~350 CD's @ 700 MB =~ 240 GB ~15 DVD's @ 4.7 GB =~ 70.5 GB With a Grand Total of: 805.5 GB
  8. Thank you horsecharles, you have solved it! My problem wasn't with the "NoStartMenuMFUprogramsList" entry, as it was not there. It was the "NoInstrumentation" entry that was causing it.
  9. I also have this problem. I did not use nlite to install XP, but I did do it unattended. I had imported some registry tweaks, but I have not been able to find one that hints at disabling the menu. Anyone else know of a fix?

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