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1981  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: PS2 & Blue-bottom discs on: February 20, 2009, 12:45:50 PM
It's a PS2, PS2s are cheap and easily replaced :/ If you have CD games you want to play, just play them. The newer models seem to have more problems with CDs than the fat PS2s anyway.
1982  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: PS2 & Blue-bottom discs on: February 20, 2009, 12:01:49 PM
Ah, the wonderful world of DRE! The old ROD! :D

They don't harm the laser, Sony's old lasers are just unreliable and faulthy. Those blue discs are CDs, the silvery ones DVDs. Two different types of discs and the PS2 needs to switch between them. What happens? They get stuck (for some reason or other) and refuse to read CDs/DVDs. Usually it's the CDs that don't work anymore, because CDs are harder to read. A good cleaning might help, or you may need to realign the laser.

1983  The Rest / General Discussions / Your own tech support horror stories on: February 20, 2009, 11:27:41 AM
I'm sure many people here do some basic tech support for friends and family, so... got any horror stories?

Today I discovered an unknown laptop on the kitchen table. I asked my sister where it came from and what should be done with it and she told me it was her boyfriend's system and that he wanted to re-install Windows XP, but couldn't get it to work. I offered to give it a try. I regret that.

The laptop, an FS Amilo Pa 1510, was a complete mess. Parts of the casing had been broken off and it was held together with cheap tape. There was a wire protruding from an USB-port. I later learned that it was attached to the sound card, because the original audio ports were fried (why not use USB speakers then?). Frankly, the thing looked stolen, because it was in such a poor state and the locks were removed with force.

Anyway, I look at what he wants installed: some illegal version of Windows XP. Okay, not something I would recommend, but if that's what he wants... So push the power button. First a regular boot screen, no problems there. Then...

"smart failure predicted on harddisk 4"

Okay, so the harddisk is a goner. It may still work, but is completely unreliable at this point.

I continue anyway. Next is a XP install screen. Apparantly it was halfway through the installation, but messed up somehow. It asks for some files from the installation CD. I try both illegal discs, no result.

At this point I'm not even sure the CD drive is working. I can feel it spinning at times, but it's hanging from the casing and doesn't open and close properly. I rummage through my CD pile, I might have a legal OS somewhere, afterall. I find Windows 98. I insert it and hey, an actual reaction! I manage to undo the FUBAR XP installation and move on. The harddisk is now clean, but still nearly broken.

So... now I need an actual OS. The crappy XP cracks aren't working. I discover a legal Windows 2000 in my laptop bag. No response. CD drive broken? Nope, it still recognises the Windows 98 CD. I make an Ubuntu image CD. Owner isn't going to like it, but owners of hobo laptops can't be choosers. No result. Perhaps the laser is too weak to recognise burnt CDs.

After a while the owner comes back. I ask him where he got the laptop. He tells me he traded it for some desktop computer he had build. He explains that he had replaced the keyboard and had inserted the audio wires. I am wise enough to keep my mouth shut. It's not nice to call your sister's boyfriend an idiot. I tell him the harddisk is on its last legs and that it was unwise to invest any more time or money in that old, broken system. He then told me he had ordered a new soundcard for it. Eh, why?

After another ten minutes of playing with the BIOS and trying to make it read OS installation CDs I called it a day. That things needs to be recycled ASAP and be replaced with a reliable system. Or the owner should stop using computers, that would work too.


Sometimes it's the tech guys that aren't that smart. When my parents got a new internet provider the company send a tech guy over to install the modem and set up one of our computers. He thought Explorer was an OS.
1984  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Now that's a pain in the ass D: on: February 20, 2009, 07:22:39 AM
Now I'm glad I'm sitting on a wooden kitchen chair with four legs. It's not comfortable, but atleast it can't explode and kill me.
1985  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem Style Games on: February 16, 2009, 04:33:53 PM
It's different. You'll spend a lot more time working on your units (you can practically put your own mecha together by buying and upgrading parts). The story is more interactive. You visit towns and other places and you can talk to random NPC's, but it's all menu based.
1986  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem Style Games on: February 16, 2009, 02:35:52 AM
If you're new to SRPG you may want to read this topic

I recommend Vandal Hearts (PSone). It looks horrible, but the gameplay is pretty good and unlike many newer SRPGs it sticks to the basics.

1987  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 13 year old is a father on: February 14, 2009, 03:46:32 PM
Nature decided male+female=offspring. Humans added morals.

We could always eat our young when we run out of resourches. It works in the animal kingdom, so it should work for us as well! :D
1988  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 13 year old is a father on: February 14, 2009, 06:05:09 AM
The hell? How could someone have sex with something that looks like an 8-year-old? Someone who's not a pedophile, I mean.
1989  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust RPGs very mediocre? on: February 12, 2009, 08:36:56 AM
I don't care their games are low budget, easy and light-hearted. They always manage to keep me entertained for 30+ hours and that is good enough for me. And unlike many other RPG games Gust games never make me feel as if I'm doing chores. All the normally unpleasant parts (back tracking, gathering items, fighting random encounters) are painless and sometimes even fun.
1990  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Finally a bra for boys! on: February 12, 2009, 04:10:40 AM
I doubt this is new. Anyone remember those things from Xenosaga III you don't want to remember?
1991  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: My own brother disgusts me on: February 10, 2009, 03:56:17 PM
I'm his big senior, but I'm also the sister who was unable to finish college. I do have an income, but part of it comes from the government because of my disability. I work at home, so he doesn't see me go to work. He likes to hold that against me. In his eyes I'm a lazy freeloader.

His friends are just like him. Binge drinking is a favorite pasttime in this area. They all have jobs, but that is their excuse to not hold back during the weekends. My brother has gained a lot of weight the last 5 years. He used to be underweight as a kid and a bit chubby in his early teens. Now he's fat. His beergut has stretch marks, that's how fast it happened. And that's what worries me most, because many people from my dads side of the family died early because of unhealthy lifestyles. One of my aunts got so fat she couldn't walk anymore.

I can't ignore him. We both still live with our parents. I guess I could refuse to make his bed in the mornings and just leave his dirty laundry on the floor, but if I don't clean up after him the house will become filthy... And he's my brother. He may be an ass when he comes home from work, but we get along fine the rest of the time. It's not as if he's an agressive drunk, just a very unhealthy one.
1992  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / My own brother disgusts me on: February 10, 2009, 06:13:30 AM
Don't get me wrong, we get along quite well most of the time, but he can be so disgusting. Not farting at the table type of disgusting disgusting, but he's fat, smells like sweat and beer and talks as if he's proud of it!

Yesterday we were all sitting around the table and we were talking about things like odd jobs, how we spend our extra cash etc. My sister does some promotion work in the weekends and my brother commented he made a lot more money at her age. She replied she didn't need a lot of money to do the things she likes. Then my brother said "Yeah, you don't go out much. I have a very active social life and spend 400 a month on booze alone!"

It didn't stop there. My sister and I told him that's unhealthy and a waste of money. As a rebuttal he proudly exclaimed he's considered an alcoholic by some standards. He also said that we're all going to die eventually. To which I replied: "And you'll be the first one to go."

He didn't get mad, instead he started making fun of my social life. I went upstairs soon after, not wanting a confrontation. 

It's not just his drinking that disgusts me. He's also very fat. If I had to estimate his weight, I'd say he's around 250 pounds. He's starting to have a hard time fitting into XXL sized clothing. He eats unhealthy, snacks a lot. Sometimes he skips dinner saying the bratwurst contains to much fat. Which I kinda true, it's not something you want to eat when you're trying to lose weight. But do you know what he replaced the lost meal with? A salami pizza from the freezer. A 1000 kcal salt bomb!

He's not stupid. He is an assistant accountant, studying to become a fullfledged one. Maybe he is in denial. Everytime someone tries to say something about his lifestyle he starts verbally attacking that person. My mom could probably reason with him, but she doesn't. He isn't fat, he's just big boned. Yeah, right.

It annoys me, it disgusts me, but it also worries me.

I don't know what I want with this topic. Advice would be welcome. I guess I just wanted to tell this to someone who might listen.
1993  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Growlanser PSP - Website Open on: February 07, 2009, 01:13:28 PM
Europe got Heritage of War. Europe. That makes me think the chances of the US getting Growlanser PSP aren't that slim...
1994  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The RPGFan E-Penis Thread on: February 07, 2009, 01:02:24 PM
4 days, 3 hours and 20 minutes.

Not I really spend that much time here. I leave windows open for multiple forums, even when I'm working. Yay for working at home?
1995  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Are you overwhelmed by your backlog? on: February 03, 2009, 12:14:19 PM
I remember when money was a bigger problem then time. I don't know what's worse, not being able to buy the games you like or not being able to play the games you bought...
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