20 Oct
2010
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Wireless Connection on Xbox 360 Slowing Down, Can’t Stream Netflix and Play Games Online

So the story is I have had my Xbox 360 with the wireless adapter, set up with my Linksys wireless  G router for a couple years now.  The thing has been working great, fast connections, and never any problems.  We have been able to stream movies through Netflix, and play Halo online with not connection problems.

About a week ago however, the connection seemed to slow pretty bad.  I thought it was the Internet, so I called the cable company and had them reset everything. I ran some speed tests on my computer that was also linked wirelessly through the router.  The speed was a little on the low side, but should have still worked fine for everything I was doing online with the Xbox.

When I try to play halo online, I was connected online and it seemed to take a little longer to get a game, but once I got into a game, it was unplayable.  My connection would be so bad, either the opponents or I would just be bouncing lagging all over the place the whole game.  It makes it impossible to play.  A lot of the time it would show my connection at full green bars though which really confuses me.

Then when I try to stream videos through Netflix, the movies title pages would load, but when I select one to play, it just site there and can’t seem to load the movie. This had gone on for about a week.

So I decided to pull out my modem and connect the xbox directly to the it with an Ethernet cable.  This fixed the problem. So now the question is, is the xbox wireless adapter going bad, or is my wireless router going bad?  It there a way to test?  Is it common for one of these to start slowing down like this? Its strange that the connection is still there, it’s jut not very strong.

Any info would be greatly appreciated before I start buying new equipment.  Post comments below!  Cheers!

12 Oct
2010
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Macbook Pro Laptop Display Out, Mac Graphics Card Dead

I have a Macbook Pro that is just under 3 years old now.  It is in really good condition and well taken care of.  About 2 weeks ago the display on my Macboo Pro would not turn on.  I tried a number of things from restarting, to safe booting, and even resetting the PVRAM, pmu etc., none of it worked! The computer would boot up just fine, but nothing would be on the screen.  It was completely black.  I even tried to plug the computer into an external monitor through the Display Out port on the side, but still nothing would come through.

After doing some research on what might be going on, I discovered that my Graphics Card in my Macbook Pro had gone out.  I came across this article on Apple’s website stating that they would fix the problem under warranty as long as the computer was within 4 years old (which mine was) SEE ARTICLE HERE.  So I took the computer into the Apple store and after running some diagnostic tests, they told me that my model computer and everything was correct, but the graphics card in my macbook pro was not one of the ones that they are covering.  Apparently they use different graphics cards in the same model macbook pros and are only covering a certain card if it fails.

And to further the piss me off, they tell me that the graphics card is soldered onto the Logic board (which is basically your motherboard) so I would need to replace the whole Logic Board. And if I could find a logic board it would probably run me about $900.

I left the apple store furious!  I cant spend $900 dollars on a computer right now, you can buy brand new computers for less than that!

Solution:

After asking around and about this problem a little more I found a way to get my logic board/graphics card replaced for free under warranty.  Here is what I did:

After being refused by the apple store, I took my computer and a print up of this page to a third party apple maintenance shop.  Most of these shops do everything that the apple store does including fixing computer problems under warranty.  They are paid by apple to do repairs for them. So I found one locally and took my computer in with a print up of the problem that has been diagnosed.

They ran a couple tests, to make sure that the graphics card had failed.  Once they saw that the graphics card had failed, and my model computer matched the print up, they ordered a new Logic Board and replaced it all under warranty for FREE!!!  They didn’t check to see what graphics card I had, they just checked to make sure it was failing and I had the right model computer.

If you run into any issues where something on your computer is questionably under warranty, and the Apple store turns you away… Try taking your computer to a third party apple repair store!

29 Sep
2010
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Halo Reach: Data Pad Locations, What do the Data Pads Unlock?

Hey everyone, since Bungie decided not to hide the skulls around the campaign mode in the New Halo Reach, they laid out Data Pads to be found through the campaign mode on normal difficulty and on Legendary mode.

What do the Data Pads Unlock?

If you are wondering what the data pads do, or unlock, read before you waste your time looking for all of them. It would appear that the data pads don’t do anything. After finding all of them and beating the game all the way through on both legendary mode and normal difficulty, the game endings don’t change, you don’t get any new weapons, armor, or anything.  It looks like the data pads don’t give you anything and are a big waste of time to go looking for.

I wouldn’t recommend wasting your time looking for these things, but if you decide to, below is a list of all the data pad locations.

All Halo Reach Data Pad Locations:

1. Data Pad 1: Winter Contingency Data Pad Location
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2. Data Pad 2: ONI: Sword Base Data Pad Location
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3. Data Pad 3: Nightfall Data Pad Location
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4. Data Pad 4: Tip of the Spear Data Pad Location
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5. Data Pad 5: Long Night of Solace Data Pad Location
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6. Data Pad 6: Exodus Data Pad Location
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7. Data Pad 7: New Alexandria Data Pad Location
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8. Data Pad 8: The Package Data Pad Location
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9. Data Pad 9: The Pillar of Autumn Data Pad Location
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10. Data Pad 10: Legendary Mode – “Winter Contingency” Data Pad
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11. Data Pad 11: Legendary Mode – “ONI: Sword Base” Data Pad
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12. Data Pad 12: Legendary Mode – “Nightfall” Data Pad
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13. Data Pad 13: Legendary Mode – “Tip of the Spear” Data Pad
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14. Data Pad 14: Legendary Mode – “Long Night of Solace” Data Pad
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15. Data Pad 15: Legendary Mode – “Exodus” Data Pad
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16. Data Pad 16: Legendary Mode – “New Alexandria” Data Pad
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17. Data Pad 17: Legendary Mode – “The Package” Data Pad
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18. Data Pad 18: Legendary Mode – “The Pillar of Autumn” Data Pad
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19. Data Pad 19: Legendary Mode  – “Lone Wolf” Data Pad
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