Josh-D. S. Davis

Xaminmo / Omnimax / Max Omni / Mad Scientist / Midnight Shadow / Radiation Master

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Picked up a couple of Radeon 5450 cards for the boys computers.

Took a Dremmel to the ADD2-R slots to remove the blocking plastic.

This opens up lane 1, receive on lanes 3, 7, and 11-15, plus transmit on lanes 12-15, and all hot-plug, and several redundant ground pins.

I actually damaged a pin in the process, but it turns out it's a ground pin. Technically that should be bad, but most cards just connect all ground pins to the same ground plane, so it's ok.

Anyway, plugged it in, and windows showed the boot screen, but not the login screen.

Into BIOS to set PCI as default, and booted, installed ATI drivers, and lo and behold. Default Portal 2 parameters are WAY up there. It blows my system out of the water.

I have 3 riser cards on order, just in case I really bork one. I wanted to replace the slot with a proper 16x slot with all of the conductors; however, that seems like way too much effort. It would mean unsoldering 164 pins, and resoldering 164 pins, by hand, twice. Bleh.

Anyway, Khai's system is now super happy with graphics, and I'm off to mod Max's riser card now.

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I'm happy it worked, and worked so well. It still works, and khai left the game running all night.

The replacement risers are still showing up. I'm not sure if I want to try to desolder/resolder for a proper slot, or if I just chuck them.

Dude, I would totally play Portal 2 coop with your kids if they get stuck. I didn't think it through, but I guess they can play with each other. Damned siblings!

Re: Bah, this is Matt

Yah, LJ lets me add a comment to your openid, and that comment shows next to it. So, I see "Matt Reynolds" next to the horror that is LJ's openID processing.

Khai is stuck somewhere in Chapter 3... you know, after about 4 hours of play. :)

I haven't figured out how to make CoOp work for their version of the game, but I think that will come about very soon. Can you play more than 1+1?

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