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Driving games
Well, it's now not only NFS: PU that holds my attention, but "Colin McRae Rally 2.0." What a name. But, it's fun. The rally driving is a very different style, and I like the way the game works. There's just one problem.

For some reason, Windows XP is detecting multiple video adapters. There's only one, a Radeon 7200 (see why I go for old games?), but it had detected three, identifying two as "Unknown Device", and then as "Radeon 7200" (in properties). For some reason, some games (the rally game and Myst) will refuse to start after a time, and an uninstall of the display adapter and it's unknown cousins will fix this. But, I now have 3 unknown devices, all of which claim to be the Radeon. Very strange. And it means for more reboots. O well, interesting twist. :)

Another thing I've noticed is that after driving cars in these racing games, with force feedback turned up pretty high on my wheel, the steering in my car (in Real Life) feels really loose and unresponsive. Bah. I need a Miata (or at least a manual transmission... I know, it's not steering, but it would help....)

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txdave From: txdave Date: August 5th, 2003 06:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay winders XP!
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equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: August 5th, 2003 06:30 am (UTC) (Link)
I was just a little drunk. ;) The one and only time I've even been drunk...
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equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: August 5th, 2003 06:57 am (UTC) (Link)
/me points at the arthritis and the meds she's on...
I want my liver to last a looooong, long time. :)
decibel45 From: decibel45 Date: August 5th, 2003 01:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Take the belt off the power steering pump... instant force feedback! :P
stickcow From: stickcow Date: August 5th, 2003 02:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
See her post about arthritis. Though maybe tightening the belt would give more responsiveness?

decibel45 From: decibel45 Date: August 5th, 2003 02:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually, that wouldn't make a difference; either the belt's going to slip or it won't, and you actually want to disable the power steering, not improve it.

It was mostly a joke, anyway.
stickcow From: stickcow Date: August 5th, 2003 04:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
well I figured it was mostly a joke.

But isn't power steering supposed to be MORE responsive than non-powered steering? Such as you move the whel a little bit and turn more, instead of having to turn the wheel around and around?

equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: August 5th, 2003 06:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Power steering is power assist... It doesn't make the car more responsive, it just takes less muscle to turn the steering wheel.
equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: August 5th, 2003 03:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Been there, done that. The cars still don't feel like the ones in the games. And disabling power steering on a car that's supposed to have it can have nasty consequences, like locking the steering completely (the Sable had a tendency to do that). I think an alignment and tightening the steering would be closer to what I feel in the games.
decibel45 From: decibel45 Date: August 5th, 2003 08:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, like I said, I was joking. I'm sure the rubber bushing were never that great on the toyota when it was new, let alone now. Not to mention gearboxes tend to wear over time.
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