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richard
04.07.2004 - 12:17
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I'm having a major problem with my graphics card/monitor/driver thing, in that when I try and play any DirectX game, the monitor goes into power down mode and the computer refuses to respond to anything other than the 'reset' button.

I'm sure it's because I was fucking around with the drivers because of an issue I was having with Java making my screen go anti-aliased. I tried loading the old drivers and it didn't fix it and ever since it's gone to shit.

I'm thinking reinstall, but if anyone has heard of this problem before, any suggestions?
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nelson
04.07.2004 - 13:56
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must... not... make... linux... joke...

Erm... stupid thing, DirectX. Once screwed up it's a pain in the arse to fix - can't uninstall, can't do anything...

Supposing that you have an nVidia card, try going into the advanced part of configuring the opengl/direct3d/whatever-it-is and find the panel that lets you override the refresh rates. Override them with something sensible.

If it's not that, you're screwed. Install Linux.
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richard
04.07.2004 - 14:25
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I'm installing SuSE as we speak. On a virtual PC, I might add, but hey! :)

Just testing the override now...
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richard
04.07.2004 - 14:29
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Didn't work.

format c: /u
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arar
04.07.2004 - 14:57
So how many games does Linux have? =)
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nelson
04.07.2004 - 15:32
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As many as you want...

Actually, there's been a few official dual win/linux releases. Here's a very popular (and free!) one: >click<

Yes, there's more games for Windows (actually, that should be read "yes, there's a few games that still don't run well under Wine"). But do you still remember when Win95 came out and everyone was mocking it as a games platform?
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nelson
04.07.2004 - 15:37
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Rich: I'm pretty sure it has something to do with your refresh rate/resolution on Direct3D. Your monitor is probably not going into power save mode; it's probably prevent itself from exploding at a refresh rate it doesn't support. Do games work as usual (keyboard response/sound), or does the PC actually crash and lock up?
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richard
04.07.2004 - 21:14
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Well I'm on Craig's PC at the moment. My computer is well and truly up shit creek!

I reinstalled windows and all of my drive letters were screwed up and somehow my C: drive became my E: drive and I still can't get it back to normal.

I've spent the afternoon burning all my stuff to DVDs so that I can completely unpartition the drive and start from fresh.

Here goes nothing! :[
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arar
04.07.2004 - 21:16
Oh BTW Rich meant to say that the games locked up the system completely.
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nelson
04.07.2004 - 22:07
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Bugger.

Oh well, if you're still having trouble, Rich, I suggest that you load the install CD of Mandrake up to the point where it asks you about partitioning (I think you have to be in advanced mode or something). Then play at your heart's content (although I suggest less partitions than you had - make your life easier).

Mandrake's partitioning tool is very, very good. You can then abort the install after it's done.
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