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What the fuck is wrong with my computer.



  • I really like the idea of the pen. That's the big selling point for me. Feel like that will be a useful interface even if just for doodling in Photoshop. I'm looking to replace my MacBook and was originally aiming for an Air but these caught my attention. It would primarily be a laptop that just also has a neat trick. Which is where my dilemma is. The Pros have been around for a bit the Book is a new beast and both are expensive.
  • That's sort of the interesting part is that people have been reportedly having issues more with the Pro 4 than the Book. Some people are even saying now they still prefer the Pro 3 to the Pro 4. The pen is alright. I remember not being super impressed with it despite really wanting to like it. I've heard you could adjust various things about it to suit your preferences more but I didn't tinker with that at all. I did a lot of research on artist opinions between the Apple Pencil and the Surface Pen and the consensus seemed to be that there wasn't really any difference between the two. However I thought the Apple Pencil was quite a bit better in responsiveness. I guess that's beside the point though because you sound like you're looking more for a laptop so the comparison to an iPad is moot.

    There are rumors that Apple will be announcing any of their new laptops at WWDC which is next Monday (I think)? So you could probably see what they announce. Probably nothing spectacular but still.
  • FWIW on the (regular) Surface line, the keys are exposed when the cover is flipped open to the back, but they're disabled (so it's not like you're going to be accidentally typing garbage while holding it in one hand.)

    I've been happy with my Surface(s) for a while now, even though I keep having bad luck with my upgrade timing. The Pro 4's pen is way better than the Pro 3 pen, to the point that the pen is actually backwards-compatible with the 3.

    I haven't tried either the Pro 4 or the Book yet. Based on my track record with the product line, I assume that I'll get a 4 once I drop my 3 in the ocean or something, and then the Pro 5 will get announced a week later.
  • Hmmmmm... I found out that there's a Microsoft store near me, so I'm going to go play. See what they feel like.
  • One of my coworkers was testing a Surface Book out, and neither of us were really impressed with it. The keyboard looks and feels kind of chintzy, and the trackpad is particularly disappointing. The dock separation mechanism also takes like five to seven seconds to separate; it feels like it doesn't work until you get used to the long delay. When it does finally do its thing, though, it is pretty slick. The non-standard screen size can also be difficult to get used to.

    According to my coworker the tablet-side functionality is good, he has used several generations of Surface Pros, but has found nothing to justify the price of the Book. It does the advertised job, but certainly not at a $1500 level of quality.
  • Does anyone have any recommendations on a monitor for less than $250. Also if I get a higher resolution monitor should I also upgrade my graphics card, I have a Nvidia GTX 745 for reference.
  • Companies like Dell and HP make a decent monitor. Asus is alright as well. They're usually fairly cheap but robust.
  • This one has given me no problems yet.
  • Nothing wrong, just looking for opinions. Does anyone have experience with 3440 x 1440 monitors either curved or not. I'm really thinking about getting one.
  • Pulled my PC out of storage and now I'm having display issues. I thought it was driver based and that didn't fix it, then I upgraded to Windows 10 and that didn't work. Apparently my video card doesn't play nice with DVI anymore even though that's the only way it's been connected since I built it. It only works with HDMI now.

    It was fine at boot up but once Windows started loading the monitor would lose signal. I could boot into safe mode, and only normally when the display drivers were uninstalled. Once any display driver, either the auto windows or nvidia ones, were installed, black screen. The only thing that works is connecting HDMI.

    Any ideas? I'm fine with HDMI and that it works but it's driving me crazy.
  • My money is on a bent pin in the dvi cable or plug. Do you have a different dvi cable?

    I have other ideas but they don't make sense if you don't have trouble with hdmi.
  • I'm looking to switch from iOS to Android so what is the best Android phone on the market.
  • Google just came out with the pixel series, they will be your best bet if you have a verizon account.
  • Note 7 is pretty hot right now (bah-DOOMP)
  • edited October 2016
    I hear its popularity is exploding
  • If you don't mind being slightly behind, the Nexus 6P and 5X should start dropping in price soon.
  • edited November 2016
    I had the dual shock 4 working on my new laptop for about 10 minutes the day before Extra Life. Now that I actually want to use it, no go. What's completely bothering me is there's no error message or generally any information given. DS4 is a really annoying program when all you want to do is play.


    Apparently I over complicated it, getting rid of DS4 makes the controller connect properly to just windows 10 but it still doesn't work in games properly.
  • edited November 2016
    The nice thing about OSX is the Dual Shock just works, even over bluetooth.

    The bad part is how there's not that many games to play with it :(

    I got some good use out of it when I was remote streaming Witcher 3 from the computer in the living room while I played in bed, but I was just thinking how it'd be nice to have a DS4 while I'm playing Dishonored 2 with the clunky old Xboz controller.
  • So I was just going to text you, you only use xbox controllers on pc? DS4windows doesn't seem to want to play nice. If i just connect the dualshock to win10 it works fine in Steam Big Picture but I lose certain buttons once a game loads up.
  • A ds4 should just work out of the box on windows 10. Have you tried to use it without ds4windows?
  • Yes but I lose random buttons when a game loads. I also just got severe input lag.
  • I still use my $10 360 wireless dongle from like 6 or 7 years ago. And controllers that are basically as old. Which sucks because it seems like the point of failure on Xbox controllers of all shapes are the battery packs. I don't know if this is for sure the problem, but it seems like the springs/battery connex get weaker and if you jostle them they turn off. So I basically have one Xbox controller I can use without sitting absolutely still at all times.
  • Thanks for linking that. I can give more details if anyone needs them
  • I guess this is only kind of related to computers but does anyone have any good computer desk recommendations?
  • Updesk. Being able to switch between standing and sitting is really nice
  • What is updesk?
  • Nothing, how are you?
  • edited November 2016
    It's an adjustable height desk, we use them at work. I love them
  • Unfortunately they're a bit outside my price range, I was looking for something closer to $250.
  • What is updesk?

    Getter said:

    It's an adjustable height desk, we use them at work. I love them

    (starts breakdancing)
    wait, which of us is supposed to dance here?

  • Hey guys, are there any web developers here who'd like to consult with me on some stuff? I have JavaScript questions which are now beyond YouTube tutorials -- if anyone's interested (I don't know that I have anything to offer in return) please get in touch!
  • Unfortunately they're a bit outside my price range, I was looking for something closer to $250.

    My Wife just bought an updesk (apparently that's what they're called) From IKEA last week for crafting. She loves it. She no longer has to hunch over like a goblin and sit for more hours than she already does at work. It was $255 with CT Tax. If we didn't have a tiny apartment we'd have them for our computers as well.

    This lil fellow right here.
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