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Meanwhile, in Canada

22 October 2014 - 02:27 PM


So much for the whole "people are just less violent in Canada" thing...

betcha can't do this...

22 October 2014 - 11:26 AM



Calling all PC/electronics nerds... I need some help...

20 October 2014 - 08:21 AM

So, we have an old HP desktop that we never really use anymore. One reason is because it actually stopped working a year or so ago. My initial diagnosis was that the power supply was bad because the machine wouldn't power up.

I finally got around to taking it apart and pulling the power supply out this weekend. It is a 20 pin motherboard connector instead of a 24 pin. I shorted the power on pin with a ground pin with a paper clip per instructions found online, and the cooling fan does indeed turn on when I plug the power supply in. It has a built in LED that lets you know that it is powered on, and it stayed steady green.

Then I took my multimeter and started checking each pin's voltage based on a 5% tolerance table (again, based on online instructions.) Everything is within range except pin #10, the yellow wire. It should read within 5% range of 12 VDC, and I can only get 11.1 V out of it.  Do you think that is my problem? Can .2 of a V make that much of a difference and cause the machine not to power up when everything is connected? Would only one pin short out like that at a time?

I'm no PC or electronics expert by any means, but I thought maybe someone here might be able to help.

I hate to spend the $30 or so on a new power supply if that isn't my problem, because I don't think power supplies are returnable.


I'd love to get the machine back up and running to get my 4 year old started on navigating his way around a PC, and I'd love to be able to get some old files off the hard drive. I've also pulled the hard drive out in case I need to use a cable or HD dock to pull the data off, but it'd be nice to get the machine going anyway.


Thanks in advance!

Most critical 4 game stretch ever?!?!?

14 October 2014 - 01:14 PM

So, do you all think our next four games are the most critical series we have ever had, not including end-of-season or post-season?

If we can come out of this with at least two wins, I think we are still in very good shape in the NFC.

Ideally, we'll come out at 4-0, but GB, SEA, NO, and PHI could ultimately shape the tone of the rest of the season for us.

Beat GB, SEA, and PHI, and it is ultimately another L against each of them once the end of the season positioning race begins.

GB has looked average at times, and has trouble with teams built like ours.

SEA has looked very bipolar this year. I don't think Dallas is as good as they are playing, and I never thought they would beat Seattle at Seattle.


PHI is playing rather well for their talent level, and honestly worries me the most.


NO is our only real competition for the NFCS... Even that might be giving them too much credit, though... but a W is a W when it comes to your division...


Cleveland could be a trap game... Minnesota doesn't scare me... Not scared at all of the Bucs or the Falcons...

Deep Fried... Bullets?

14 October 2014 - 10:27 AM

I'm not sure if any of you have heard or if it has been discussed here, but there was a group actually trying to get permission for Concealed Carry permit holders (myself falling under that demographic) to bring their concealed firearms into the NC State Fair.

Thankfully, a judge has shot down the attempt and it will not be allowed.





“How about the right to not be beaten with a pipe?” Valone said. “How about the right not to be raped in a parking lot? How about the right not to be stabbed in a parking lot, like at the Washington State Fair?”

This kind of thing is something that absolutely baffles me, and continues to shed a negative light on gun owners.

First off, has anyone ever had a bad experience at the NC State Fair that would lead them to believe they would need to carry in a firearm to protect themselves from future instances?

Secondly, when you get your Concealed Carry permit, one of the things that is supposed to be taught is that you cannot bring it into anywhere that people gather and an admission fee is charged. DUH!

Why, other than the political flexing of flawed mentality, anyone would even consider bringing a firearm into the state fair is beyond me.

Stop being ridiculous, and if you're that afraid of the world, build yourself a hole in the ground and never come out.

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