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  1. Screen blacks out - Monitor or GPU issue?

    19 April 2018 - 12:21 PM

    This has been a problem that started slowly and got worse over time. It's getting to the point of being absolutely maddening now when watching movies and especially when playing games that require precision timing. I think it's the monitor as it doesn't happen on my side monitor (1080p is my main one and the side one is a 4:3 1280x1024). I had to switch from HDMI to DVI because being a pure digital signal in HDMI the screen would black out every time trying to figure itself out and sometimes not come back at all (I'd have to switch between inputs on my monitor or turn it off and on to get the video signal back). With DVI, however, it merely glitches the screen for a split second (shows a copy of the screen image offset and discoloured for like a single frame or two) instead of blacking out. And instead of blacking out completely and not coming back it just blacks out for a half-second or so. So it's not as bad as using HDMI but still. It's getting worse.

    Like I said it doesn't happen on my side monitor but I don't know if that's just because it's not running at 1080p or not. I don't have another 1080p screen to test so I'm just assuming it's the monitor and not the GPU. I at first assumed it might be the GPU as it got worse when I switched over from my old GTX 460 to my current GTX 970. But I think that may have just been a coincidence now....the monitor is 8 years old now or so and the 970 is only a year and a half or something like that.

    The monitor is an Asus VK278Q 27".

    EDIT: Oh yeah, I also noticed since I just recently bought a Bluray burner drive that when watching Bluray movies with Cyberlink PowerDVD sometimes the screen not only blacks out but turns to snow. Only when I'm playing Blurays. It's really bizarre. Maybe it is a GPU issue after all?
  2. 3D modelling/rendering advice?

    23 February 2018 - 04:02 PM

    I've been working on this in Blender to recreate the Space Quest II title screen in up to 4k. I've got everything more or less the way I want it (that ship is as good as it's going to get detail-wise from me) but the logo itself looks far too plain shading-wise. I'm not sure what to do about it, though. Any modellers or renderers out there who can give me any advice? I'm thinking some light sheens/glows/halos or something or other. It just doesn't look that great right now anyway.

    Attached File  example_sq2(Ship-EngineTrails-Streaks).jpg (32.91K)
    Number of downloads: 63

    Attached File  sq2_orig_title.jpg (66.57K)
    Number of downloads: 40
  3. Net Neutrality....2.0? 3.0?

    29 November 2017 - 12:32 PM

    What's everyone's stances/arguments on this? I was an avid net neutrality supporter back in the SOPA days, but this time I'm not sure what to think. I think it's naive to believe that advocating more control for the government over something as important as the internet is entirely a good thing. Short term gains, sure. But long term? Also, is the internet in its current state really the best it can be? I can't help but think that if there were some sort of dynamic approach to treating data and bandwidth that something more interesting could appear as a result. Now, I'm not a fan of the idea of certain ISP's blocking or banning certain services/websites/etc, but then again wouldn't the free market create a demand that another would supply? Also, in such an oppressive (let's say) environment as something like the death of net neutrality, wouldn't that be prime breeding ground and fertile soil for a new innovation or creative endeavour that would surpass the internet as we know it today? Again, short term that wouldn't be too great for too many people, but long term....

    So I don't know what to think. There are certainly pros to keeping the internet as it is now. It's familiar and recognizable and we've had it for a long time. People fear the unknown and what they're not used to, which is what the death of net neutrality promises. People are more apt to see the dangers and downsides before the benefits of a thing they don't understand. It's easier for people without as much money to have an issue with discriminating data because they've been so used to just having everything. But there is something to be said for having to bog down other data at a slower rate to accommodate nondiscrimination. I somehow don't think it'll be the apocalypse of the internet as we know it that everyone is screaming it will be, but I'm not saying it'll be a cakewalk like many advocates of the death of net neutrality preach. It's going to be rough, I just believe that eventually something favourable could/will come out of it. The hard part is trudging through the mess of what would happen immediately after.

    So that's just a bit of what's been coursing through my mind over this whole ordeal. I'm neither excited nor apprehensive about the approaching vote. I'm just genuinely curious as to the outcome of the game. I guess we'll find out after Dec 14th. What do you think?
  4. Humble IGN Merger

    14 October 2017 - 06:08 AM

    Oh goody.



    Humble Bundle is Joining Forces with IGN!

    Announcing our biggest bundle ever: Humble Bundle is proudly joining the IGN family! We will continue to bring you all of our humble products, but with more resources and help from IGN.

    We chose IGN because they really understand our vision, share our passion for games, and believe in our mission to promote awesome digital content while helping charity. I can’t think of a better partner than IGN to help Humble Bundle continue our quest.

    We will be working harder than ever to bring you the best gaming bundles, book bundles, and store sales, while nurturing the Humble Monthly and our new publishing initiative. We will keep our own office, culture, and amazing team with IGN helping us further our plans. We will raise even more money for charity.

    John and I started Humble Bundle from our childhood homes. When our parents found out that our “big idea” was basically the honor system of pay-what-you-want plus charity, they braced themselves for the possibility that we might never move out. Seven years later, thanks to the generosity of over 10 million customers, we’ve now raised $106 million for charity. We are incredibly proud of this figure, of our team, and the Humble community which got us here.

    But as far as we’ve come, we know we are just getting started. Even bigger things lie ahead, and we think IGN is the perfect partner to help us get there.

    If you like Humble Bundle now, stay tuned, because we’ll have more exciting things to share in the near future.

    -Jeffrey Rosen
    Co-Founder, CEO
    Humble Bundle
  5. Battlefront 2 Open Beta

    07 October 2017 - 10:33 AM

    Anyone else testing this? My sister and I recorded some footage of us playing it last night. So far I'm impressed. It's certainly more fun and easier to get into than the first one.

    Strike & Starfighter Assault highlights:

    Galactic Assault highlights:


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