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  1. I've been saving up my money for a laptop as I'm going off to college next year. I've decided upon majoring in Graphic Design and to focus on animation. I've asked around a bit and people have told me I'll need a pretty powerful machine and to get a Mac (I like Macs anyway and I don't really want a PC so please don't tell me to buy one. Yes I know they're more expensive). Anyhow, when I go to Apple's website to buy one I chose a 15-inch Macbook pro. This is where I am asking for advice... (I'm not much of a computer guy I'll admit) Granted yes, I know usually spending more money gets you better stuff... the question I have is, how much better? Would it be worth adding $250 for the 2.5GHz processor? And $200 for the extra 4GB of memory? (I've decided I'm going to go with the 750GB 7200 rpm drive) Again, I'm going to say this: Yes, I'm sure you can get the same type of PC for a cheaper price. I hear it everyday. Please don't tell me to get one. All I'm asking is would it be beneficial to spend the extra money on those upgrades. (Also as a student I will get a $200 discount, plus a printer and an ipod [i think]) Any opinions?
  2. Hi Everypony!! not sure if this was the right place to post this but I have to share this glitch with you all before it gets taken away. I have discovered a glitch in the official mlp game specific to the gem mine mini game. I believe this is exclusive to laptops or pc's, okay so when you are in the mine hold W on the keyboard it will activate a permanent shield I don't know if this helps but I'm always using a 5 star twilight sparkle as the passenger also the when you collide with something the shield will be down for a half second or more and you may even have to press and hold W again to reactivate it. this glitch will not be around forever so share it or tag Ponies here who you know play the game so we can make the most of it. Also again I'm not sure if this was the right place to post this so it might get moved or removed from here. ENJOY!! AND HAVE FUN MINING!! P.S. yes I am a 26 year old man playing this game don't judge me lol also it's a glitch so don't always assume it's going to work so keep trying to dodge things.
  3. I hope this is the best place to put this. For almost a year (I forget when), my computer stopped connecting to the wifi at my house. Everything I have tried doesn't work though, but I can use Ethernet and found out that I can use wifi ,but only if I am close to the router, but the wifi still isn't reliable. Furthermore, I usually use it on a room on the other sode of the house, where it gets absolutely no connection. Other devices work in that room though, so it is the laptop itself. I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling the driver, using the troubleshooter, deleting and entering the connection again, updating the driver, and many other things. I fear that the adapter itself is broken, and it would need to be replaced. I just hope that's not it. Edit: Problem solved.
  4. First and foremost, I'd like to thank everyone for reaching the 5000 view count. Seriously, I don't think I've ever reached a number that big for any of my work. Thank you for everything; it's been a wonderful holiday season. Secondly, no, this is not the special. This entry is simply me writing a review for something that happened two hours ago. I'm working on the special; I've gotta fix up the images in photoshop and I'll go over a few notes. I've been backed up with two new entries (a first) so I've got about one more entry after this and I'll be releasing the special. Thank you everyone, it means a lot. SO! Watch_Dogs, Watch_Dogs, Watch_Dogs. If I got a nickel every time I mentioned that card-board cutout of a game, I'd be rich. So where to begin. Let's see . . . As many readers may or may not know, I've been in the process of my "worst" move. It's taken a lot out of all of us, our trip to the states. We've thrown away about 20 pounds of childhood memorabilia and shedding a few tears in the process. Anyway, while sorting through my things, I found it. My old copy of Watch_Dogs, a game I picked up not a month ago. Well, this time I had the case, so I suppose it's different. Anyway, I popped open the case and found both discs inside, patiently waiting for me to rage at the TV one last time; I placed the cd into my XBox and tried to load the game one last time. Did it work? Of course not, but it did give me an idea. Hidden behind the cover art was a phone number, one to Ubisoft Support. So I called them up, hoping that with whatever glimmer of hope I still had, I'd be able to exchange my broken copy for a new one (a code at least). Yeah, good luck with that. Ubisoft Support, although not the worst, couldn't care less. I'll admit, the person on the phone was nice, but he kept referring me to buying a new copy. (Apparently there was some sale on the original to make way for Watch_Dogs 2) "I don't wanna buy a new copy! Just give me a code or something!" That call was a waste of money. Anyway, fast forward to today, I managed to pick up a copy on Steam for 15 bucks on the "Complete Edition" (A friend picked it up for me; I'm cheap). So I spent the whole day downloading the gaping 17GBs at 500KB/s. How delightful. You've gotta thank hotel internet for their relentless dedication. On to the juicy parts . . . GAMEPLAY! The GAMEPLAY IS STUNNING! When I move my mouse, it's like I'm a glitchy hacker. While watching the cutscenes, I can't tell if I'm lagging or that's the real-deal. 20 frames per second is like a life goal. Could you imagine what would happen if the real world ran at 20 frames per second? We'd all be buying GTX 1080s. That's what would happen. There's really no point to this entry anymore. There's not much to say, so I'll let the pictures of my rad adventure pull it off. AIDEN PEARCE LOOKS GOOD AT 800X600 RESOLUTION (Yeah, his name is spelled that way. I had to check.) I always looked at it as an aesthetic_the bare streets and no shadows kinda added to aiden's crippling depression.jpg (Not to mention, check out that guy in the poster! He's lookin' pretty fiiiiine!) OWL MOTEL NEVER LOOKED BETTER (Shot with in-game engine) Ubisoft is the Picaso of pixel art. Look at all those fine textures! Welp, that was my "adventure". It lasted a good half-hour, so it's not that bad. Like I said, I've got better entries (unlike this one) coming soon! So stick around for those. Hopefully I've have Internet to post 5k special. -RealityPublishing (If you couldn't tell, this is my "I just woke up" writing. ) Discord: FiMFiction: ALSO: This is going to be my new profile picture. I hope you enjoy.
  5. By GOLLY! It's another entry about computers, huh? Wow, I never realized my life consisted of so many bad computer stories. Hmf. Anyway, this is probably the most serious issue I've ever had before, so stay tuned, will ya? About a month ago, just after my copy of Watch_Dogs had become corrupted and after I tried to grease to disk, I realized that it was a lost cause. Yes, the car wax did work, but not entirely. All in all, it let me play about 30 minutes before the entire system shut down, and about 49% of installation on Xbox Hard Drive. Nonetheless, I managed to torrent a copy of Disk 2 (I've got all rights, don't I? I mean, I bought the game) and it required me to put it on a USB drive, or rather, stick. Now, I'm not the kind of person who has twenty USB drives floating about my room; I like to keep everything on one 200GB External Hard Drive. So what do you do when you've run into a problem? You ask the next person above you, in my case, that'd be my father. Simple as that, I ran downstairs and asked for a USB about or greater than 8GBs of space. He said he'd look. About four days later, he comes back with an old USB drive that had approx. 30GBs on it; I was grateful and didn't dare hesitate. I wanted to play W_Ds as soon as possible. I don't remember if I've ever said this before, but I have four computers. Three of them are Laptops, which one of my laptops died (rest in peace), and one of them is a large Dell Dimension from the year 2002. My main laptop has now become what I call, "Le' Brick" or "The Craptop" because it's date goes back to around the same time as my Dell. My third laptop is a Chromebook, but as I said before, I hate that thing. So I plug my USB into the Craptop and find it's got about twenty gigs of movies, which wasn't a problem. Nothing was, until I tried to unplug it. Y'see, for all the new kids on the block (I know there are a few), Windows XP required you to "Safely Remove Hardware" before unplugging it. You can still do it today, (Especially with Macs), but it's not necessary and hardly ever called for. My issue was that my Craptop could no longer remove hardware. Of course, I grew angry and just ripped it out anyway. Shame though, I lost one of my Blog Covers. . . This is when things started to escalate. That night, I plugged in my External, the grande' 200GB "Declassified" Government Property Mofo (with Sticker!), and I noticed the icon for the device was a standard folder icon rather than it's "storage bus" logo. Strange, huh? Well, I then came up with another stupid idea. In the middle of the night, I took my external downstairs and plugged it into the FAMILY COMPUTER to see what was going on. If you hadn't caught on to what happened, Autorun.Inf is a trojan that acts as a contagious virus like the flu. It's origins always come from USBs and, in fact, this is the very reason people tell you not to plug in USBs found on the streets. If you happen to plug in the device, it'll run the Autorun file and that will execute a second program that launches a seed into your Registry. From there, every time autorun is activated on "clean" drives, it'll leech onto that and so forth until the entire world is infected. Their effects are always varied. They can go from disabling hardware to permanently removing all internet access for that one computer. I stayed up to about 3AM figuring out how to get rid of the bug, and eventually, I discovered something that really helped. First off, Anti-Spyware Remover, the most malicious looking antivirus, is actually useful. It managed to pull off and detect (mostly detect) the trojan a mile away. Secondly, that Chromebook I give so much crap? Actually helped in this case. Turns out, because Chromebooks don't run ".exe" files, they are immune to the "disease", not to mention their default (and only) view setting is showing invisible files. Allowing you to access otherwise restricted drive folders for alteration. In the end, I took a kitchen knife and had a bit of fun chopping the drive to pieces. The movies were destroyed and all the computers and externals were disinfected thanks to the Chromebook. Norton 360, an antivirus on my family computer, was able to block all the drives' efforts to sabotage. I was never able to play Watch_Dogs. Lesson of today is a real one. No jokes here. Don't look down at the underdog. Someday, he'll be the one pulling you out of a pickle. Tomorrow I'll post a picture of my MLP Collection after a year of Bronyism. It's a special blog post. -RealityPublishing
  6. Hey! Have you checked out our series premiere? I'm writing blog posts everyday for the next month, so be on the look out! So how many of you own a Chromebook? Yeah? Nah? Okay. For those who are thinking of getting one, don't. For those who have them, I pity you and share your pain. And for the people who don't know what a Chromebook is, "A Chromebook is a watered down version of your Nokia 2002 Mobile set to run glorified Extensions only approved by the Google Store. No, it cannot run Android apps or any form of program built for your phone." Got it? Good. Well, I was unfortunate to overestimate the power of the Chromebook. When I heard you could mount a copy of Linux onto the Chromebook's main OS, Chromium, I jumped on it. I quickly downloaded a copy of "Chroot", a "root" or something that connects to something else. Yeah, I don't know Linux (and frankly, I don't want to [yet]). Anyway, the reason I wanted run Linux on my crappy Acer Chromebook was because I've heard that Steam is a big supporter on the Penguin platform and having been deprived of all PC games for over a month, I was at the point of modding my Aqua Blue 3DS to run EA's Battlefront. The installation took about 30 minutes. I had to wipe my hard drive, but 2 gigs of homemade vectors is hardly a loss. Afterward, I had to activate the chroot by going through the Shell. A couple lines of meaningless code later, and I was surfing on the most primitive interface I'd ever seen. Y'see, I made the mistake of installing a copy of "XFCE" which makes WinME look like Win7. Everything was just overall dull and bland. Simple Grays and Navy Blues; not very pretty. I know I probably could've changed it up, but I was too worried about overheating my Chromebook due to the OS mounting. About 15 minutes into my deep exploration, my Craptop suddenly stops and goes black. Now, my model of Chromebook, the Acer 17-inch White doesn't have a fan for the sake of size-reduction. That means my lap is on fire by the time I was even thinking of installing Steam. Not to mention the 2GBs of RAM and Intel i3 that came with the system. (Both of which are not upgradable; I couldn't even identify the 15GB HDD). So, with fuming defeat, I turn the laptop back on and try my hand again, this time making it to the point that I've successfully installed Steam. Steam was pretty much the same interface we've all come to know. The only problem is that it couldn't recognize those Unicode Characters that we all love spamming today. It was really depressing seeing familiar faces accompanied with a series of "ࡢ"s. I installed Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth without a problem. Only a few people know this, but I'm a huge BOI player. I've gotten a rough 70 percent completion, but I'm still going strong. What I can't handle, however, is when my computer crashes mid-playthrough. I know BOI is set to save every room entered, but come on, Chromebook! I think the funnier things about Linux on Chromebook, is that the hotter the Mobo got, the glitchier the game became. I started seeing weird physics placeholders in the Dank Caves. Lag became a big issue, too. I would've excused it if it were the original, "Wrath of the Lamb", but this was Afterbirth, so all that should've been fixed. I had a good time with Linux on Chromebook, but it wasn't my cup of tea, especially when the screen continued to black out every hour or so. Simply not acceptable for gaming. Ah well, more pony tomorrow. -RealityPublishing
  7. I've seen countless people wondering which desktop they should get because they are limited when it comes to cost. I've always thought that it would be much more affordable to just get a cheap gaming laptop and then hook it up to a monitor, it would also be much more easier to transport around the place. So I was wondering....are there any downsides in doing this? Do any of you already do this? and any of you guys play on a 800x600 resolution because you're PC is a pile of crap? Because I do...
  8. Someday I would try a hoof on building a gaming desktop but because I might be traveling a bit I'm looking to get a gaming laptop for now I have to replace my smoldering piece of plastic that I call my laptop. Can anyone help me get one in these specs? Let me warn you my n00b level is over 9000. I don't know crap. I just think big numbers = good. CPU: 2.4GHz+ Intel Core (preferably higher but meh going to have CPU take a hit) Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M 4+ GB GDDR5 RAM (if you can find one without the bad switcheroo thing please let me know) RAM: 16 GB Storage: 256+ GB SSD, 1TB HDD Screen: 15-17 inches Price: Willing to invest up to $1500 or lower
  9. I've been thinking about downgrading my new Lenovo Yoga 2 11 laptop, which comes with Windows 8 by default, to Windows 7. Is Windows 7 really the best version of Windows? Or how about the Windows 8.1 update? What do you think? I would greatly appreciate your input.
  10. Howdy everypony! It's your evil mastermind, SadisticFluttershy!! Enough of that.. Anyway, I was wondering if I can get yalls opinion on the Alienware 14. Due to my current laptops HDD Failure, I've decided to get a new laptop, a gaming one this time. I've decided to go with the Alienware 14 and pay $76 bi-weekly. Myself and my Mom are going to go to Rent-A-Center (Anyone American will recognize this place, mostly the south) and grab it on Tuesday, if not the week after. Here are the specs: • Windows® 8 • Intel® Core™ i5-4200M Processor (3M Cache, up to 3.1GHz) • Intel® HM87 Express Chipset • 1GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 750M Graphics • Hard Drive* 750GB Hard Drive (7200RPM) • 8GB Memory • AlienFX® Illuminated Keyboard • Multi-Touchpad with integrated scrolling & gestures • 6-Cell Battery • Webcam Resolution: Full HD 2MP Camera with dual digital microphones • Bluetooth® What would you guys think? Yay or Nay?
  11. Ok so.....I was talking to someone last night about my laptop not working and they were saying to go to Best Buy, Staples, Office Deput....etc....and we said that we normally get our computers at Walmart because they're cheaper, and they proceeded to inform us that Walmart gets lower end computers (not as good of quality). We've gotten my previous computer there before which lasted for seven years (and we may be able to fix it/get it fixed), my mom also got her computer there a few months ago and has not had any problem with it so, I was wondering if this is true or not. I know a lot it depends on the brand and not the store, but I also know that different stores get different stock, it makes sense that Walmart would or might get lower quality laptops as that's not what they specialize in, but I don't really know for sure, as I said before, we've gotten computers there before and have had no problem with them, then again, we got my laptop there seven years ago so, that might've not been the case back then..... Idk for sure if I'm going to need to get a new computer or not, hopefully not but I just wanted to ask here and get some opinions that way I can be prepared for where to purchase. (someone else said they do too). We've never had a problem with their computers before so, I don't think buying one from somewhere else would be necessary, that's just what we were told..... Also, this person does work with computers so, he may know for sure, or that might just be his opinion. don't know for sure. And just for the record, someone is going to be looking at my laptop next week sometime, but I just figured it would be good to post on here since I know a lot of you guys prob know a good amount about electronics. Thanks!!
  12. This was made in my spare time, so expect it to be crappy. So basically, short story short: I was playing Call Of Duty online and had a little, well, sissy fit and threw my laptop at the wall. This resulted in my laptop screen's digitizer broken and the hard drive broke. But this isn't the start of my problem – oh no. The laptop is the only PC I have in the house. I do have a phone, but its not one of those hi-techy ones, its just a basic QWERTY phone with a screen as tiny as a ladybird (well, not literally). Also it doesn't have internet, so I'm pretty much stuck. Luckily, my friend lets me use his net book when anything is wrong with my laptop. And with the current state of mine, I could really use it. So the next day, I set off to my friends house and asked him if I could use the net book. He agreed and I immediately logged into eBay. Yes, I know; it isn't the safest site to bid on electronics, but I'm pretty skint at the moment and I'm not prepared to fork out £800 for a new one. So a second hand one should do me fine. I typed in “second hand laptops” and browsed through the pages. Most of them were either broken, misplaced spares for laptops or just stupid “we fix your laptop screen” ads. At last, I found one. I clicked on the link and it opened the details to the item. The title of the item was named “laptop”. No branding or specifications, just “laptop”. “Obviously this person doesn't have a clue about technology.” I said to myself. I looked at the pictures – or just the one, there weren't anymore. I looked at the bidders rating. It was 99.8%, so he was trustworthy. I scrolled down at the description and this is what it read: “this laptop belonged to another owner so I don't know what its got on but you could remove them or send it to a expert to get it checked on. Boots up fine and works great. Open to any bids.” “Well, looks the real deal.” I said and placed £20 as my bid. Surely after a while, I won the item. I paid through PayPal and the laptop was mine. Not long the person sent me a email stating that the laptop had been shipped and should arrive next week. After that, I checked some other emails. * The week after there was a knock at the door. “Ah, must be the lappy (a slang for laptop).” I said and walked to the door. I opened it to see a postman carrying a big box. I signed the papers grabbed the box and he left. I carried the box into the living room and placed it onto the table. The entire cover had been taped, so I had to cut it using scissors. I grabbed a pair and progressively cut open the box. The first thing in the box was bubble wrap covering the laptop. I removed it and it revealed the laptop and a charger. I picked up the laptop and inspected it. The edge had a little knock to it and some of the letter prints on the keys on the keyboard had faded, but were still readable. But what was most suspicious of all, was when I looked at the back of the screen, there was no branding. “Heh, what?” I said puzzled. I carefully looked at the back, thinking that the branding had worn off. But there were no signs of anything on the back. “Maybe there is something on the bottom.” I said. I closed the top and placed it on its back, revealing...nothing. “This is strange.” I said to myself. I emailed the owner and told him there was no branding on the laptop, so I couldn't identify which one it is. Later the person emailed me, but his reply didn't help me much: “it may be a hp or samsung I dunno.” So I was on my own. With the branding problem out my mind, I held the power on button and started the laptop up. But it didn't turn on. “Maybe some charge will get it active.” I said eyeing the charger. I grabbed the charger and inserted the plug into the socket. I had the laptop connected in no time. I held the power on button again. This time I could hear the laptop's fan whirring and the hard drive beeping. Laptops or PCs from companies always have their company branding on the computer, so when it booted, maybe the company would show. But it didn't. It skipped straight to the Windows 7 boot screen. What was more odd was that the boot up sound was from the Windows Vista Beta one. “Wait. Windows 7 doesn't have that boot sound.” I said suspiciously. When it reached the log on screen, there was one account, named “your name here”. Obviously my name was meant to be here. I clicked on the account and it logged me right in. Everything was normal; Windows 7 background, icons, start bar and everything else. However, there were two programs installed: one was AVG and the other BitTorrent. I simply uninstalled the two programs via the Control Panel. While I was in there, I went into the account setting and renamed the account name to my name. “Seems all good to me.” I said and went to browse the web. I went through the favorites and found some favorites to porn sites. I removed them and continued to YouTube. “Maybe a cat video, why not.” I smiled and typed “cat videos” into the search bar. And in no time, I was watching a kitten climbing a man's leg. As I was watching however, the laptop turned off by itself. “Huh? What?” I said puzzled. I turned it on again and logged back into my account. As I was about to click on the IE icon, a message appeared on the screen. It read: “Nice little youngster, wasn't he?” “Whu...?” Was all that could come out my mouth. I closed the message and opened up IE. I was writing in “strange message on computer” on Google's search bar when another message appeared. It read: “Shame the owner killed it a month later. I cant blame him; he was feisty.” “Oh f-ck off.” Was all I said as I closed the message. I browsed the web for anyone else having the problem, but to no avail. Maybe just factory resetting the laptop would fix the problem. I found the system restore program and it started its work. While it was doing it, I went into the kitchen to make a sandwich. As I was cutting the bread in half, the laptop made a loud, distorted sound through the speakers. I jumped and accidentally sliced the top of my thumb off, blood soaking the bread, changing some of the bread to red. “SH-TE!” I yelled as the pain flowed through my body. I immediately grabbed some tissue and covered the cut. “What was that?” I said concerned. I walked over to the laptop and looked at the screen. Nothing was wrong; progression at 54%. “Maybe a file opened by accident.” I said to myself. I replaced the blood soaked bread with a fresh slice. I carried the sandwich to the table and consumed it. “That was rather nice.” I smiled refreshed. A quite beep came from the laptop. I walked over and saw the Windows 7 boot up screen, and the normal boot sound was there. “Ah, good. Normal.” I smiled. I went through the final procedures and I was using the laptop in no time. As I was browsing through Wikipedia, a message appeared again. It read: “LOL. Did you think that restoring the operating system would get rid of me? Ha! You'll have to try harder than that!” “You must be sh-tting me...” I sighed closing it. As soon as I closed the message, another popped up. It read: “Hey, just for the gallant effort, here is a reward. Be grateful now.” I clicked OK and it opened a folder in Explorer. There were two files: one was a video file, and the other, a text file. I opened the text file and it read this: “You'll enjoy it, I guarantee.” I closed it and opened the video file. It opened in Windows Media Player. The video started with a title named “this is going to be fun” The video then skipped to a scene of a house. The room was dark and still. Then the door opened, releasing a ray of light into the room. A man walked in. His face couldn't be seen, as he was in the dark area. “What the f-ck?” I said. Then a in the background, the man struck a match, revealing his face, which couldn't be seen, because he was wearing a mask. He then walked out and closed the door behind him. I watched as the room went up in flames, the camera soon turning off due to the excessive heat. “Huh?” I said quietly, confused. Another message popped up. It read: 2 kids...shame really. Oh, and a couple were killed also. Shame also . That did it. I shut the laptop down. There was NO way I was booting that “thing” up again. I thought for a moment on how I could remove the thing. System restore? Oh, that did nothing. Hmm, there must be something – ah ha! Maybe completely replacing the hard drive would fix the problem! Luckily, I knew how to disassemble and re-assemble these things. I turned it upside down, unscrewed the bottom and had full access to the motherboard. I carefully removed the hard drive and placed it on the table. “Now I need to go to my friends house and look for a new hard drive.” I said to myself and exited the house. I soon arrived at his and he let me use his net book. I searched up and looked for a hard drive for his laptop. At last, I found one. 400Gb of storage; should be enough. I ordered it and it should arrive Friday. That Friday, it arrived. I opened it up and looked at it. “Finally, this f-cking stupid crap is over.” I sighed. I tried to place the hard drive into the motherboard, but it wouldn't fit. “Get in their...” I said beginning to get frustrated. I tried it from all corners but to no avail. “You must be f-cking kidding me.” I moaned. I placed the new hard drive into its packaging ready to be sent back. I sat down and looked at the old hard drive and the laptop. “That thing is not going back in there.” I said. As I stared at the items, a fire engine rushed past my house. I quickly looked out my window and another one passed shortly. “Huh?” I said. But I soon forgot it and went into the kitchen to start cooking tea. I was eating my dinner and watching the local news. It was reporting on the governess and some government things I had no idea about. But then I heard something that caught my eye. The news reporter began talking. “A man living in the Vamdua district has been killed in a fire at his home. The victim has been reported and identified as Raymond Briggs, a well known man in the community.” My meal fell out of my lap, spreading its contents on the floor. Raymond Briggs was my childhood best friend, and the person that let me use his net book. I was a loss for words. There was nothing I could say...he was gone. Two months have passed since Raymond died, and I have had to resort to the public library for my emails and internet surfing. I had arrived at home after a days work and looked at the laptop, which was still missing the hard drive, which was sitting next beside it. I had no choice. I had no other way. It had to go back in. I mournfully placed the hard drive back into the laptop and booted the PC up. On the desktop was a text file and a video file. I opened the text file, this is what it read: “See what happens when you pull ludicrous stunts like that? Removing the hard drive was a big mistake, my friend, A BIG MISTAKE. Do anything like that again, and you'll regret it, my friend, REGRET IT.” The message made my blood go cold. It was pretty simple: Don't remove any hardware. I opened the video file. The video started in...Raymond's house? What? Why was it recording at his house? The scene switched to the kitchen, where a red hooded person was slowly walking into the living room, hiding behind the door. When Raymond walked into the kitchen, the figure grabbed him by the neck and chocked him to death, slowly letting him fall to the ground. The figure looked up to the camera, his/her face still black. The person said “You f-ck around and you get people hurt.” in a messed up voice. The person then pulled out a gasoline can and poured it on Raymond's lifeless body. He/she then struck a match and set Raymond on fire, then slowly left the room, the camera following him out the door. The video ended. I literally sat there in silence, looking at the lifeless screen. I realized the truth: Raymond had been killed. I immediately ran out the house to the garden and opened the shed. I grabbed a hammer and walked back into the house. I walked back to the laptop and looked at it. The hammer was in my hand. I could end it all here. I could end it. I raised the hammer over the keyboard and held it there, ready to hit it with all my might. I was about to slam the hammer onto the keyboard, when a message popped up. It read: “WHAT DID I SAY ABOUT HARDWARE?” “F-ck. You.” I hit the keyboard. The result made the laptop shut down. I began smashing the laptop to tiny pieces, breaking it into smaller fragments every time. At long last, the laptop was broken beyond repair. I grabbed what was remaining of the laptop and threw it into the bin. I walked back into the house and turned on the TV. I sighed in relief. But suddenly, two hands grabbed me by the shoulder and threw me out my seat. I tried to get up, but the person stamped on me and I groaned in pain. I looked up and saw who it was...It was the person from the video, in the exact same clothes in the video. “Life is such a pity, isn't it?” He/she said in the same messed up voice in the video. He/she then pulled out a 9mm handgun out his pocket and pointed it at me. I closed my eyes, waiting for the end to come. He/she pulled the trigger, but nothing happened. I opened one eye, and saw him/her patting the side of the gun, trying to figure out what was wrong. I slowly crawled behind the chair and peeked round the corner. He/she was still trying to figure out how to fix the weapon. I slowly turned the corner and pounced on him/her. I head-locked him and threw him on the table. He/she quickly got up and tried to kick me, but I dodged him/her and kicked him in the testicles. He grabbed his crouch and yelped in pain, confirming he was a man. I punched him in the cheek and he went flying into the wall, making him fall on the floor. I immediately went down and pinned him down. “What do you want?!” I yelled, readying my fist to punch him. “OK! OK! You win, OK! Just don't hurt me!” He yelled. He then slowly took his mask off. It revealed a man in his fifties. “Please...forgive me...they forced me to do it...for my family...” He said beginning to whimper. “Who forced you to do this?” I said, beginning to calm down. “I-I cant...they'll-they'll kill my family!” He hiccuped. “Sorry to say this, but I don't give two sh-ts about your family.” I said “Who told you to do this?!” “He-he-h-h name is-is-is Ry-” There was a gunshot and the man suddenly died. I turned my head and saw a man with a gun, who was now pointing the gun at me. “Poor old man...” He said. All I could remember was that he shot me in the head and I became unconscious. The next time I woke up, I was in a hospital bed. I slowly looked around. Nurses were observing me in shock and surprise. “How did he...?” One of them said. “That's not..” Another said. “Are you OK?” Another said. “Yeah...whu...what happened...?” I struggled. “You were shot in the head. Usually, one shot to the head means instant death. But luckily, VERY luckily, the bullet went through your cheek, not the brain and missed the vital organs which are usually hit when you get shot in the head.” I sighed happily. I was still alive. “Shall we leave you for now to recover?” The nurse said. “Please.” I said. She then walked away. I looked at the TV in front of me. It had the news on. Something caught my eye. “A town resident had a near death experience after he was shot in the head, but miraculously survived the shot. The criminal behind the attack, named Ryan Turnshed, was arrested later this evening and is currently under police custody awaiting questioning. We will report more on the incident tomorrow morning.” Then the weather came on. For a few moments, I couldn't think of anything else but the news...How did I did the bullet miss my did - Suddenly a breaking news popped up. “We have crucial news towards the Shcuke (which was my name) attack. Ryan Turnshed has confessed to have been running a internet gang crime organisation, which hacks PC's and sends assassins out to kill them, or people related to them when they try to remove the hack. All people involved with the organisation have been arrested and are awaiting questioning.” all this...was a organisation? Was it- The news continued on the article. “Victims of the attacks have spoken up about the organisation, saying that there relatives or friends were killed and they would receive a video file and text file, showing them someone in a red hood killing them or someone else. We have yet to identify the killers. And now to our business article of the day.” I laid back down on the bed, relieved that the nightmare was truly over. So after those events, I decided to get a job in the local ASDA and began earning a living. After a while, I managed to get the money I needed to get a new laptop. I took it home that day and booted it up. Everything was normal. No random messages, files or videos. Ever since the experience with the old laptop, I have been more careful on eBay, and now I only buy from 100% approved people. I still share my experience with other people, telling them to be aware of eBay and its scammers. Oh, the fifties guy? They never found him, but I know he's dead. And that's how I want it to be. I also learned self defense, so that if I was attacked I the future, I knew what to do. Also, I've been doing some ICT training so I could remove a majority of virus or malware, so that when a repeat of those events happened, mixed with my self defense skills...I think I got it under control.
  13. Go ahead and ask me anything.
  14. Allright, been looking for a new laptop. last week I posted 2 choices, two more are added. WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING DO YOU RECCOMEND! CHOICE NUMBER 1: CHOICE NUMBER 2: CHOICE NUMBER 3: CHOICE NUMBER 4:
  15. I am buying a new laptop for college, and I want it to be able to run skyrim smoothly. which is the better choice? OR
  16. Guess what device the post above you was sent from. Windows laptop?, Android tablet?, Ipod touch? etc Ready Go!...
  17. I've noticed that many members here aren't really for SSDs for various reasons. While I'm probably not going to change opinions, thought I'd state why I like them. The most obvious one is they do actually increase boot speed greatly. My Desktops and laptops boot up at around 15 seconds. Yes that's under linux with TRIM enabled, but even under Windows 7, boot speeds were better on an SSD than an hdd. Along with the faster boot times, it makes the system feel overall snappy. Most of the Software I installed on my Desktop's SSD for example starts up fairly quicky. And surprise surprise! I've only used 15GB of space on it. Again I'm cheating because I'm under Linux, but even under windows, I never used more than 25GB of it. While I didn't install every software I had on it, the ones that did were the ones I used the most anyways. Another thing I like is how they aren't quite as fragile as hard drives. This means I can have a slightly more durable laptop ( or at least be relieved that the problem won't be storage drive related ). While this does greatly decrease storage capacity... Why do I need to have more than 120/128GB of storage on the go? Before you think I am anti-hdd, I'm not. Both of my desktops have hard drives for the extra storage (pictures, movies, music, etc) and programs that would only get an incremental increase on the SSD. My laptop on the other hand only has an SSD, though as I said several lines ago, why would I need more than 120/128GB of storage on the go? just a fairly incomplete rant... but I think I got my point across. Now don't even get me started on mechanical keyboards!
  18. I just got my laptop back from a computer place, and the hard drive has been replaced! AWESOME. The only downside, which I don't care too much about, is I have to reinstall Steam and iTunes. Now I will see how this turns out!
  19. Okay so last night my headphone plug broke off and is stuck in my headphone jack. Now I can't hear any videos or anything related to sound. Do any of you have any suggestions?
  20. My first chkdsk didn't find anything, neither did Malwarebytes... I am currently running a second chkdsk at the moment. My laptop symptoms are: After a few minutes, my HDD light is solid, then when I try anything that involves accessing the HDD (opening Windows Explorer, opening My Computer, Defrag) it freezes to the point where I have to hard reset. I could still move the mouse, but that doesn't help me very much. I also can't open task manager or anything else... Since chkdsk couldn't find anything, I have a feeling this might be more than a problem that I can solve... I also don't think fresh installing anything is going to solve anything anymore... I really hope these guys I see can do something... (replace the hdd or whatever else they can do) For now, I will either have to use my parent's Vista or my iPad for a while...
  21. SeaTools looks like it failed a diagnostic test and froze on "outer scan"... My bro is trying my laptop to see if anything happens with him... Let's see how it turns out... It might be time to replace a laptop hard drive, that has no bay to access it in. I might have to take to a computer repair technician now... Hopefully if I have to, the cost of hdd installation and etc. doesn't add up to a lot. Why do computers hate me? Why, oh why, oh why...
  22. Looks like more bad sectors appeared on my hdd, hopefully, I can use it for a little longer... Here is the chkdsk for anyone interested: Checking file system on C: The type of the file system is NTFS. A disk check has been scheduled. Windows will now check the disk. CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 5)... 399360 file records processed. File verification completed. 994 large file records processed. 0 bad file records processed. 0 EA records processed. 60 reparse records processed. CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 5)... 472720 index entries processed. Index verification completed. 0 unindexed files scanned. 0 unindexed files recovered. CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 5)... 399360 file SDs/SIDs processed. Cleaning up 1234 unused index entries from index $SII of file 0x9. Cleaning up 1234 unused index entries from index $SDH of file 0x9. Cleaning up 1234 unused security descriptors. Security descriptor verification completed. 36681 data files processed. CHKDSK is verifying Usn Journal... 37229560 USN bytes processed. Usn Journal verification completed. CHKDSK is verifying file data (stage 4 of 5)... Read failure with status 0xc00000b5 at offset 0x5e60000 for 0x4000 bytes. Read failure with status 0xc00000b5 at offset 0x5e60000 for 0x1000 bytes. Windows replaced bad clusters in file 5167 of name \Windows\System32\config\SYSTEM~1\AppData\Local\Avg2014\log\AVGIDP~1.LOG. 399344 files processed. File data verification completed. CHKDSK is verifying free space (stage 5 of 5)... 83095047 free clusters processed. Free space verification is complete. Adding 1 bad clusters to the Bad Clusters File. Correcting errors in the Volume Bitmap. Windows has made corrections to the file system. 976657407 KB total disk space. 643561632 KB in 352652 files. 181144 KB in 36682 indexes. 12 KB in bad sectors. 534431 KB in use by the system. 65536 KB occupied by the log file. 332380188 KB available on disk. 4096 bytes in each allocation unit. 244164351 total allocation units on disk. 83095047 allocation units available on disk. Internal Info: 00 18 06 00 e2 f0 05 00 52 7f 0a 00 00 00 00 00 ........R....... 2a b4 00 00 3c 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 *...<........... 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ................ Windows has finished checking your disk. Please wait while your computer restarts.
  23. My current laptop is working fine now, after a chkdsk (2 bad clusters) and a defrag overnight, but I really REALLY hope my laptop can last long enough through school. If all comes to worse: I wanna get a new laptop, but I am still cautious about stuff that works on Windows 8. I still wanna use stuff like Steam and iTunes, but I see mixed results from a Google search. But on the other hand, I wanna be able to use Windows 7 Home Premium again on a new "bad cluster"-free hard drive. Though, I don't know if problems are going to occur again on the same laptop. I do see Windows 7 computers for sale at FutureShop, but almost none of them have dedicated graphics... UPDATE: For anybody who is tech-savvy, take a look at this: Checking file system on C: The type of the file system is NTFS. A disk check has been scheduled. Windows will now check the disk. CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 5)... 399360 file records processed. File verification completed. 945 large file records processed. 0 bad file records processed. 0 EA records processed. 60 reparse records processed. CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 5)... 471828 index entries processed. Index verification completed. 0 unindexed files scanned. 0 unindexed files recovered. CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 5)... 399360 file SDs/SIDs processed. Cleaning up 741 unused index entries from index $SII of file 0x9. Cleaning up 741 unused index entries from index $SDH of file 0x9. Cleaning up 741 unused security descriptors. Security descriptor verification completed. 36235 data files processed. CHKDSK is verifying Usn Journal... 35934720 USN bytes processed. Usn Journal verification completed. CHKDSK is verifying file data (stage 4 of 5)... Read failure with status 0xc00000b5 at offset 0x2790000 for 0x10000 bytes. Read failure with status 0xc00000b5 at offset 0x279a000 for 0x1000 bytes. Windows replaced bad clusters in file 24952 of name \Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-directx-directdraw_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_none_60fa9493d9b24564\ddraw.dll. Read failure with status 0xc00000b5 at offset 0x2412000 for 0x2000 bytes. Read failure with status 0xc00000b5 at offset 0x2413000 for 0x1000 bytes. Windows replaced bad clusters in file 236786 of name \Windows\System32\catroot\{F750E~1\PABBD0~1.CAT. 399344 files processed. File data verification completed. CHKDSK is verifying free space (stage 5 of 5)... 95279035 free clusters processed. Free space verification is complete. Adding 2 bad clusters to the Bad Clusters File. Correcting errors in the Volume Bitmap. Windows has made corrections to the file system. 976657407 KB total disk space. 594834108 KB in 341665 files. 174728 KB in 36236 indexes. 8 KB in bad sectors. 532423 KB in use by the system. 65536 KB occupied by the log file. 381116140 KB available on disk. 4096 bytes in each allocation unit. 244164351 total allocation units on disk. 95279035 allocation units available on disk. Internal Info: 00 18 06 00 39 c4 05 00 33 34 0a 00 00 00 00 00 ....9...34...... 4e b4 00 00 3c 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 N...<........... 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ................ Windows has finished checking your disk. Please wait while your computer restarts.
  24. I don't really know how else to say it. Laptop feels weird, but still functional for Steam, iTunes, and school use. I shouldn't be worried about a thing... right? Also, Avast was slowing my boot time, so I replaced with AVG.
  25. I finally got it to work! BTW, I had to lose my secondary D: and recovery partition in the process, I had no other choice. I wiped out the entire HDD, then did a whole fresh installation! I was praying to God that this whole process I went through would succeed! The only downside (which I don't care much for) is that I have to get back all my iTunes and Steam stuff! Thank you to Samsung for allowing me to make the DVD full of drivers which I needed for the sweet, sweet internets and graphics and sounds!