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Guide: Six Steps to Prevent the XBox 360 Red Ring of Death

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291w ago - With Microsoft's Xbox 360 one of the leaders in the current console race, it's a shame to hear more and more reports of systems overheating, or suffering from the fatal "Red Ring of Death."

Here are GamePro's 6 steps to avoid getting the Xbox 360 Red Ring of Death:

1. Keep it off the carpet!

If you have your Xbox 360 laying on the carpet, you're putting your system at risk. Playing with your console on carpet can suck in all sorts of dust and fibers and cut off the system's air flow. Instead, move your Xbox 360 onto a desk or table. Even a large book will help keep your system away from all the nasty muck that lurks in your carpet.

2. Air flow is everything

You want a source of fresh air - a window, an air conditioning unit, a vent - to provide circulation around your Xbox 360 so it can blow out hot stale air. Don't keep your Xbox 360 cooped up in a cramped entertainment center, or you're asking for trouble.

3. Clean it

With the Xbox 360's fans constantly spinning in that small case, it's pretty easy for dust, dirt and other garbage to block the system's ventilation. Every so often, you might want to take a few tissues wipe and away some of the nasty mess around the vent openings (being careful not to blow more debris...
 

Guide: How to Use a SixAxis Controller Under Windows Vista x64

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295w ago - I've made this tutorial, because I had many troubles with installing my SixAxis controller under Windows Vista x64.

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1. Download and extract the files

2. Open LibUSB64bit folder and run infwizard.exe. Click on next and select "USB Composite Device" from the list. Click next twice and save the file.

3. Go to Control Panel and open "Add hardware", select "Install drivers for older devices with Add Hardware wizard".

4. Select Install hardware manually from list, select "Show all devices", click "Have disk" and browse your computer for the file you created in step 2. If you get an error about compatibility, ignore it and continue.

5. Now install libusb-win32-filter-bin-0.1.12.1.exe, but make sure you set compatibility mode to Windows XP SP2 (Right click on installation file, click properties, Compatibility tab, Run this program in compatibility mode for Windows XP Sp2 and click OK).

6. !!IMPORTANT!! Now you must restart your computer, but remember to press F8 during boot! A screen will appear and scroll down to select "Disable Driver Signature Enforcement". You must do this every time you boot your computer, or your usb controllers wont work.

7....
 

Sixteen PlayStation 3 Consoles Help Solve Black Hole Mystery

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305w ago - Scientists at the University of Massachusetts and Alabama have solved a mystery about the speed at which black holes stop vibrating. What's interesting about this discovery is that it was solved exclusively on a 16-strong PS3 cluster.

To quote: Using only the computing power of 16 Sony PlayStation 3 gaming consoles, scientists at The University of Alabama in Huntsville and the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, have solved a mystery about the speed at which vibrating black holes stop vibrating.

It may be the first time this kind of research has been conducted exclusively on a PS3 cluster: A related 2007 UMass Dartmouth/UAHuntsville project using a smaller PS3 cluster also used a "traditional" supercomputer to run its simulations.

The biggest advantage of the console cluster – the PS3 Gravity Grid – at UMass Dartmouth was the cost saving, said Dr. Lior Burko, an assistant physics professor at UAHuntsville.

"If we had rented computing time from a supercomputer center it would have cost us about $5,000 to run our simulation one time. For this project we ran our simulation several dozens of times to test different parameters and circumstances, so you can see how much that would have cost us.

You can build a cluster like this for perhaps $6,000, and then...
 

NXE Increases Active Downloads Queue From Six to Fourty

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309w ago - It has been confirmed that the New Xbox Experience increases the active downloads queue from six entries to a massive fourty.

To quote: Just a quick tidbit for you NXE-loving guys and gals out there. In my eternal thirst to find out more technical information about the NXE, I stumbled across a piece of info you might be interested in. This comes from one of the "Voices" Xbox.com pages:

"Speaking of downloads, the Active Downloads queue has been expanded from six entries to a whopping 40, making it much easier to fill your hard drive with lots of great stuff."

Most of the article rehashes the normally touted features, but I thought y'all might be interested in something a little more fresh.
 

Video: Sixense TrueMotion PS3Mote Update - See it in Action!

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309w ago - The mysterious "PS3mote", the Wii-mote-like PS3 controller that has been talked about numerous times over the past 2 years the PS3 has been released. Every gamer knows the power of a controller like this. The Nintendo Wii is the best selling console this generation, and let's face it... It's because of the controller.

A controller that is so user friendly, that even grandma, and grandpa can pick it up, not be intimidated, and have a blast. That's the appeal, everyone has used a remote for their TV, their VCR, their DVD player. The remote is an icon in American (and I am sure many other) culture.

Videos from NVISION08 can be seen below... Enjoy all.

Sixense TrueMotion Presentation Part 1




Sixense TrueMotion Presentation Part 2




Sixense Demo Highlights




This "PS3mote" has been rumored many times, in the past. It has even had many different explanations of how it worked. Whether it was a waggle controller, an FPS controller, or a "break apart" controller, it never was released, or shown to the public. It has even been said that this "new" PS3 controller has made it to the hands of developers.

Even with all...
 
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