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by n1cholas
15 Mar 2017, 12:20
Forum: Tech Chat
Topic: Tips for HFC NBN
Replies: 27
Views: 6871

Re: Tips for HFC NBN

NBN is planned to be available at my parent's place in a year's time and my place in 2 years time. I would worry about that closer to the date, many of the build dates will be missed as they are simply unrealistic given the labor shortages especially for FTTN/HFC as these technologies are considere...
by n1cholas
09 Feb 2017, 14:57
Forum: The News
Topic: Is being a “Gamer” a thing of the past?
Replies: 9
Views: 6142

Re: Is being a “Gamer” a thing of the past?

there are so many games out there now that for me some of the magic is gone, graphics are more important than the journey and it makes me sad, also between work, kids, house work and whatever else pops up, I'm finding it harder and harder to get into something these days It's harder to find diamond...
by n1cholas
04 Feb 2017, 17:31
Forum: Tech Chat
Topic: Wired connections not working
Replies: 10
Views: 2683

Re: Wired connections not working

If it is a TP-Link TD-VG3631 be aware that it uses a MediaTek modem that depending on line conditions is issue prone and has interoperability issues with some ISPs hardware resulting in authentication dropouts and other weirdness. If it is a TD-VG3631 and you notice throughput variance and/or reliab...
by n1cholas
03 Feb 2017, 00:47
Forum: Tech Chat
Topic: Wired connections not working
Replies: 10
Views: 2683

Re: Wired connections not working

Did you try uninstalling the ethernet driver in device manager, disableing the device in network connections tends to not work in cases like these Didn't work I'm afraid. I think the modem's ethernet chip must be fried as the ethernet connection test still fails. Looks like I'm digging out the new ...
by n1cholas
29 Jan 2017, 23:20
Forum: The News
Topic: Watch this: A history of the Australian games industry
Replies: 1
Views: 3889

Re: Watch this: A history of the Australian games industry

This was a sad watch. Feels like yesterday I was playing Leadfoot on my family's Pentium III 667MHz/Nvidia TNT2 M64 PC. TY the Tasmanian tiger on the original Xbox was good fun, I never saw the 2nd and 3rd instalments Xbox versions for sale locally, I saw the PS2 versions for sale locally but I didn...
by n1cholas
16 Jan 2017, 18:03
Forum: The News
Topic: Nintendo Switch Presentation Recap
Replies: 11
Views: 6796

Re: Nintendo Switch Presentation Recap

I'm surprised that they haven't done a Sega yet. We'll see if this is their version of the Dreamcast. Ouch, that brings back bad memories. I hope the Switch at least breaks even for Nintendo and the company doesn't become a shell of itself as Sega did after the demise of the Dreamcast. IMO Nintendo...
by n1cholas
14 Jan 2017, 11:44
Forum: The News
Topic: Nintendo Switch Presentation Recap
Replies: 11
Views: 6796

Re: Nintendo Switch Presentation Recap

Nintendo has created a product that streamlines their internal development, the Switch was not solely created with the end users in mind and could end up a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none. I would not pay $5+ monthly for an online Nintendo subscription as their online is too barebones and Nintend...
by n1cholas
18 Dec 2016, 13:50
Forum: Other Gaming / Gaming Hardware
Topic: Retrogaming
Replies: 10
Views: 5422

Re: Retrogaming

I ended up buying a PS2 slim 2nd hand on the cheap today. If you have local OP shops or retro stores that are willing to sell PS2s without any accessories/cables you can often get PS2s for $20. I've read of too many bad experiences on eBay when buying consoles to risk buying there. I buy from retro...
by n1cholas
17 Dec 2016, 22:09
Forum: General Chat
Topic: You know you're exhausted when...
Replies: 1
Views: 994

Re: You know you're exhausted when...

Reminds me of when I sold a Xbox360 game years ago then a year or so later I went through everything trying to find it before remembering I had sold it.
by n1cholas
10 Dec 2016, 00:09
Forum: Tech Chat
Topic: Graphics card - List all modes
Replies: 5
Views: 2036

Re: Graphics card - List all modes

Graphics cards output options vary based on the connected display, generally settings that are unsupported by your display will not appear in the list. Mostly the software does a good job of detecting your displays supported settings but I have seen profiles appear where timings cause issues with th...
by n1cholas
02 Dec 2016, 16:36
Forum: Other Gaming / Gaming Hardware
Topic: Retrogaming
Replies: 10
Views: 5422

Re: Retrogaming

Nah I use PCSX2 for some things but it just isn't the same. Some games are fine, I started replaying Dragon Quest 8 on PC a year or two back with no issue, but most action games I can really feel the difference. That's one of the reasons I still have a PS2, most RPGs are fine but anything that requ...
by n1cholas
02 Dec 2016, 14:34
Forum: Other Gaming / Gaming Hardware
Topic: Retrogaming
Replies: 10
Views: 5422

Re: Retrogaming

I pulled my PS2 apart for a clean yesterday. It had been scratching discs - there was a bunch of hair and stuff in the CD tray mechanism and getting rid of that seems to have fixed it. Removing 14 years of dust out was a hassle, and I'm kind of surprised it all still works given my history haha. So...
by n1cholas
02 Dec 2016, 00:44
Forum: Other Gaming / Gaming Hardware
Topic: Retrogaming
Replies: 10
Views: 5422

Re: Retrogaming

Over the past year I've been modding all my consoles to make them region free. I know some purests insist on original hardware but platforms that do a good job of emulating their predecessors like the PS2 and Wii are fine IMO. I recently bought a Dreamcast (I hadn't owned one previously) after decid...
by n1cholas
24 Nov 2016, 20:44
Forum: Tech Chat
Topic: Packetloss
Replies: 3
Views: 1472

Re: Packetloss

Considering to buy a new modem, as my old Billion 7800N get awfully hot at times and I've resorted to keeping it cool and running by sitting a 120mm case fane on top of it, is the Billion 7800VDPX good :?: Billion ran into financial difficulties, the owner fired all staff and put the company into C...
by n1cholas
23 Oct 2016, 13:03
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mobile Phone Sound Problem
Replies: 5
Views: 1498

Re: Mobile Phone Sound Problem

Check equalisers, many phones and apps have separate equaliser settings for speakers and headphones so you may have changed the headphone equaliser inadvertently.
by n1cholas
15 Oct 2016, 15:43
Forum: Neverwinter Nights
Topic: My AFK reason
Replies: 7
Views: 1945

Re: My AFK reason

Sounds like a similar situation I'm in. My suburb is the most conjested in SA so it was put in the too hard basket (according to a NBN rep I spoke to) NBN have rung people including myself to ask them about their connection reliability, Telstra has shared limited fault data with NBN and this data +...
by n1cholas
16 Sep 2016, 14:30
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Conroy quits
Replies: 3
Views: 3226

Re: Conroy quits

Our late but unlamented communications minister stephen conroy has announce he's quitting parliament ,pity he didn't do it years ago! http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/labor-powerbroker-stephen-conroy-resigns-from-the-senate-just-months-after-july-2-election-20160916-grhmby.html...
by n1cholas
15 Aug 2016, 21:36
Forum: Tech Chat
Topic: The NBN thread
Replies: 396
Views: 88724

Re: The NBN thread

In a development that will surprise nobody... Telstra are installing a Top Hat (ADSL2+) about 200 metres from my house... this is happening now because... "NBN in your area Q4 2016" They didn't bother with upgrades when there were no more ports available - so no ADSL at all... Or back when there wa...
by n1cholas
09 Aug 2016, 21:57
Forum: Tech Chat
Topic: The NBN thread
Replies: 396
Views: 88724

Re: The NBN thread

I'm all for jumping on the TPG hate train but it doesn't explain why I'm getting similar results at around the same time on a 50/20 fixed wireless connection through Activ8me (who have nothing to do with TPG as far as I know). Could be CVC and/or fixed wireless itself congesting. NBN own very limit...
by n1cholas
09 Aug 2016, 01:52
Forum: Tech Chat
Topic: The NBN thread
Replies: 396
Views: 88724

Re: The NBN thread

I wouldn't even call them iiNet anymore, this sort of behaviour is TPG through and through. Comically TPG actually have less congestion on NBN. Precisely why I jumped ship (from Internode) when signing up for the NBN. Others were thinking maybe TPG would maintain iiNet as is, never believed it for ...
by n1cholas
08 Aug 2016, 00:12
Forum: Tech Chat
Topic: The NBN thread
Replies: 396
Views: 88724

Re: The NBN thread

iiNet are not a good NBN RSP, they often don't buy sufficient CVC (backhaul) for the number of customers connected so peak congestion is often an issue. I loathe to say it but it would be worth trying Telstra on one of your other FTTP NTD ports as you may get a congestion free service. iiNet are onl...
by n1cholas
06 Aug 2016, 12:23
Forum: Tech Chat
Topic: Windows 10 for gaming...
Replies: 70
Views: 14701

Re: Windows 10 for gaming...

I hadn't thought to look at my bios before now (Why would I? I never touched any settings in it and never put a finger on my case) but it looks like my HDD was showing up in the bios on some boots and missing on others. If it was coming and going like that while in windows that'd explain what I'm s...
by n1cholas
04 Aug 2016, 23:48
Forum: Tech Chat
Topic: Windows 10 for gaming...
Replies: 70
Views: 14701

Re: Windows 10 for gaming...

You want to be using AHCI for Native Command Queuing (NCQ) and Aggressive Link Power Management which reduces power usage. AHCI supports hotplugging is useful if your motherboard has an eSATA port(s)s and you use eSATA. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Host_Controller_Interface Many motherboar...
by n1cholas
25 Jul 2016, 11:06
Forum: Tech Chat
Topic: Windows 10 for gaming...
Replies: 70
Views: 14701

Re: Windows 10 for gaming...

I upgraded a few days ago. I'm not surprised you ran into issues, I've formatted and clean installed Windows 10 for a few people who were having storage and file permission issues after upgrading to Windows 10. I've got significantly longer boot times - It was so short with windows 7 I wouldn't thi...
by n1cholas
22 Jul 2016, 10:30
Forum: Shooters
Topic: Overwatch
Replies: 409
Views: 102029

Re: Overwatch

Has anyone else been having issues since the latest patch? I'm using a i5-3570k at 4.5GHz, GTX670 and 8GB RAM. Lucky if I can complete a single game without Overwatch crashing or a BSOD. Other games are fine. When I tried resetting Overwatch's settings via the bnet app my Overwatch settings would re...