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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Random Daily OS X Factoid

Yes, if you put an OS X Server 10.4.3 DVD in a Mac Pro and put it in Firewire target mode you can boot a Power PC Xserve with it. Dual 1.33 G4 in my case. The more you know...(star swoosh).
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

World of Warcraft on Nvidia Ion, HP Mini 311 Laptop

System:

HP Mini 311
3 gigs RAM 1 gig on board, 2 gig Crucial in slot. (Maximum officially. Anyone ever try a 4 gig stick?)
Windows 7
266.58 Nvidia Drivers
World of Warcraft 4.0.x (.6 I think.)
1366x768 (native resolution of laptop).
Pretty much every option on low.

In short, it's playable in dungeons and across the land, not so great in towns or near the auction house but it's useable. Much better than a GMA 950 chip.

Standing in the Inn at Redshire:

OpenGL ~8 fps
DirectX 9 ~26 fps
DirectX 11 ~ 32fps

So, DX11 is probably your best bet.

I saw as high as 50+ fps up in the terrain around Redshire.

Typically, a playable 22-26 FPS in a 5 man random dungeon.

You can use Nvidia's utility to squeeze a few more FPS out of it with say, a 10% reasonable overclock on all 3 Ion clocks.

I turned the sound down to low quality and low channels as well.
I also used Microsofts DirectX web installer to make sure all my components were current.

There are some quirks such as a cursor problem on my current setup. The Nvidia drivers are a new series and I expect to see improvements in speed and quality.

If you are not running 266.58 Nvidia drivers yet, I think I would wait. Many say 260.99 IIRC was faster. At this time, I will wait for an update vs. an uninstall/reinstall exercise.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Best Buy offers deal for Suckers

True, if you're shopping at Best Buy you've probably got more money than sense, but this one makes it worse.

40% of what you paid for an item after paying retail prices for it after 6 months? And the over 8 percent in sales tax we would pay vs. buying it online.

Don't even get me started on their cable prices and service scams.

And its a gift card, not cash. I guess you'll be back.
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