Comforting, but not

ConnectiCon 2005

Friday, June 24, 2005 | 12:45 PM | by
ConnectiCon in Hartford Connecticut is in just a few short weeks. I'll be there, along with Brian "Likes To Drive Tanks Into The Water" Clevinger and Scott "I'll Go Out To Dinner With Anybody" Ramsoomair. ConnectiCon is shaping up to be quite the hot summer event.

First of all, they're moving to the brand new Hartford Convention center which was just built, and they'll be the first event ever to take place there. And it is pretty damned nice.

There will be tons of cool guests, including myself and the aforementioned webcomic stars. The new Harry Potter book comes out that weekend, and they will be holding a Harry Potter Release Party where you can reserve your book ahead of time, and pick it up at midnight the day it comes out at the convention!

There will be tons of screenings, and workshops, and a new version of the Webcomic Challenge, which Ctrl+Alt+Del won last year. I'm going to be putting together a team for it again this year, but I'll make that a separate newspost.

Also, myself and other webcomic guests are going to be auctioned off in a charity event to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. You'll be able to bid on the chance to have dinner with your favorite webcomic artist.

I'll have a few panels, and of course I'll be in the dealers room to talk to fans and sign whatever swag we have available.

Today and tomorrow are the last days to pre-register for the convention. You can get your all-weekend pass for $10 less than what you would pay at the door. And I did the artwork for the All-Weekend Badge.

Battlefield 2 Official Server

Friday, June 24, 2005 | 08:00 PM | by
All the information is here:

Need some computer help

Sunday, June 26, 2005 | 05:10 PM | by
I'm having a weird problem that I could use some help figuring out.

Here are the specs:

Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe
AMD Athlon 64 3700+
2 GeForce 6800GT PCI-E connected via SLI Bridge
2GB Corsair XMS DDR400

The system runs great, except when I go to run a game. When I fire up a game (World of Warcraft or Battlefield 2 for instance) the screen will go black and the system will hang up. Nothing I can do short of restarting will pull it out o the black screen.

Now, if I reinstall the display drivers, reboot, re-enable SLI (because installing drivers sets it to off by default) reboot again, *usually* the games will run just fine. That is, until I reboot again, after which I get the black screen again, and have to reinstall the drivers.

I've tried a few different nVidia drivers including the latest ones, and the ones that came with Battlefield 2. I haven't had any luck one way or another. Obviously I don't want to have to reinstall drivers every time I reboot my computer.

Also, the BIOS SLI setting is set to auto, which is the best way to have it, though I did try setting it to SLI with no improvement. I have rechecked everything and everything is installed correctly.

Any ideas?