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friday was a very nice birthday party for scott. i really didn't get to talk to any one person for a long time as usual, but that's how it works. (i tend to flit around at parties and it frustrates me when i wish i could engage in deeper conversation with just about everyone.) i did get to dance dance revolution, which i continue to be bad at, but it was kind of neat to break a sweat and feel my heart rate go up. hardly ever happens anymore. (by anymore i mean since i was eleven...) we got outta there late, thus making us a tad bit late to help salami_salome move. well, we did some helping. again with the sweating and the heart rate! at least it's been a good exercise weekend!! but then...

then we embarked on the geforce 4/dark age project. seven hours of wrestling with my lovely compaq presario "i hope you never want to actually modify the hardware" four year old computer. and currently i am back to my voodoo 5 and unable to run the game. i figure this is punishment for ragging on the game so badly all this time. i really did just want to chill out and do stupid relaxing bullshit today, but it turned into something very stressful, mostly for jack i am guessing, which points to the fact that i probably need a new motherboard to make this happen.

my situation is as follows: 128 megs of ram, ~700mhz with only PCI slots. it is not recognizing the card and reverting to the on board video which we can't seem to revert out of very easily. the compaq web site says that there is a new version of the BIOS however we downloaded the program that's supposed to make the new BIOS disk and it didn't work, it made a disk which results in the dreaded "non system disk or disk error" message. i am running windows 98. we installed dark age fine and i even got to create an account and a character but every time we get past that point it just crashes and disappears. i can't remember if there are any other important details at the moment...

i guess now that i think about it, i had better be ready to cancel that account if i can't get out of this situation with a relatively small expense. i wish i had never decided to do this right at the moment. at least we gave up in time to hit the diner for kibbutzing. and hey, i got like FIVE loads of laundry done.



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May. 25th, 2003 04:50 am (UTC)
Wait, now you're not only getting the game at your home, you're also getting your own account?
May. 25th, 2003 05:53 am (UTC)
Well, gleaming from my background being lead tech, I can tell you first hand, that Compaq produces some of the most stubborn PCs ever to work with. They intentionally have a BIOS that does not have the normal features of a PC to prevent people from tampering. This coupled with the fact that some of their motherboards flat out refuse to accept different video card types. I assume since you have a Voodoo 5 that you are using a different video card than the built in Compaq one, which means the motherboard probably doesnt have a switch or jumper to control the use of PCI video cards over onboard video. Which means you may want to extract the bios files to the hard drive, make a normal boot disk to dos and try running them from there.

Speaking from the fact that I work for Mythic, those bastard Dark Age people, some people can get it to run on a Voodoo 5 but thats typically the original client and not the expansion and its usually not very effective to play with. You could try support.darkageofcamelot.com for help.

In either case, you might just have a PC that wont acceept a new card. Hopefully thats not the case. Its impossible for me to gauge more without really seeing and playing with it. Trust me, we had lots of PCs like yours in our shop.
May. 25th, 2003 10:03 am (UTC)
Heh, you're welcome to come by, but I am guessing MD is a little far. :) Yes, the Voodoo 5 is not the one the computer was built with, and I don't remember what magic we had to pull. I was thinking that I could try with a geforce 2 or another "brand" of the geforce 4 card in case something mystical happens.

And I have tried running it from the original client with the Voodoo 5 - no dice. Crashes. :(

Thank you so much for your words of advice though. They might spark an idea for the person who was really doing all this hard work yesterday. :)
May. 26th, 2003 09:56 am (UTC)
Yeah MD is a bit out of my normal tour of duty. I do have some old video cards though that may be useful for at least testing though, so if there was a excuse you could come up with to make Moira drag me up there, might be able to help. If you want to post your computer model here, I can run it through my old computer database. Feel free to ask any other questions as well, I'm used to dispensing computer advice.
May. 28th, 2003 01:34 am (UTC)
I kind of set this project aside for a few days, but as I get back to it I might consult you... I hope you don't mind. :)
May. 25th, 2003 06:05 am (UTC)
Remember the Fallen
*shakes head* It's a good thing I'm trying to date someone... I'm never going to see you again. You're going down the darkest road never to return. I'll light a candle for you.
May. 25th, 2003 07:13 am (UTC)
Re: Remember the Fallen
Wow. Its amazing the response online RPGs get sometimes. Not that I'd disagree on some points. I'd love to just have a regular old tabletop, live action, or card game to pass the time. I think the lure of these games is the fact in a age where the real world makes it impossible to get out and get together, the internet makes it easy. BTW, I'm no longer a crack addict but I do make my living in the crack industry, so better light a candle for me too.
May. 25th, 2003 07:27 am (UTC)
Re: Remember the Fallen
*Chuckle* you don't know the background here.
Snidegrrl used to stalk out of the room with steam pouring out of her ears when a DAoC conversation would strike up at a party. :)
May. 25th, 2003 07:49 am (UTC)
Re: Remember the Fallen
Yeah I figured there had to be something there. Just was a excuse for me to lament the lack of tabletop or truly interactive gaming out there right now. :)
May. 25th, 2003 09:23 am (UTC)
is it a 4x agp card? is it a 4x slot?
May. 25th, 2003 10:04 am (UTC)
I have NO AGP slots. At all. It's a PCI card.
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