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William asks…

How come human remains were never discovered at the Titanic wreck site?

There have been shipwrecks that were discovered from the 1700′s – 1800′s that had some skeletal remains of humans.

The Titanic sank in 1912 so how come there are no human remains if the sinking was more recent?

steve answers:

Who said there haven’t?
Its a site that would provoke protest as there still people descended from the people who died and you don’t think they would be up set at the site of their possible relations remains being shown1
Its possible for human remains to still exist even at that depth and pressure!
Bones would still be there.
The site is still part of an ongoing augment whether it should be left alone as a grave site!
Robot submarines have explored Uboats at the same depth and in a few cases deeper and have discovered human remains still at their posts skeletal state!
This was doneillegallyy as these aredeclaredd by international agreement as war graves.

Paul asks…

Why did the Titanic list to the port side?

Why did the Titanic list to its port side, not the starboard side, for much of the sinking? It was listing to the starboard side in the very early stages of the sinking, but it is known that it shifted its list to port. Does anyone know why? This seems odd as it hit the iceberg on the starboard side.

steve answers:

Water always seeks its own level.
The Titannic listed to the port side because the water found its own path to the lowest parts of the ship, which on the port side, were not sealed as thoroughly as on the starboard.

Therefore, the water collected on the port side earlier on during the disaster. .

Jenny asks…

What store sells Titanic models that I can assemble?

I want to find someplace that I can buy a titanic model that isn’t already assembled. I don’t want to buy it online because I’m worried pieces will be missing.

steve answers:

You could buy it at Revell (but you must build it together). They have Titanic 1:1200, 1:570 and 1:400.
Good Luck!

Nancy asks…

What’s the difference between California and the Titanic?

At the least the Titanic had the lights on from its own power source when it went down and it didn’t have a 20 billion dollar deficit.

steve answers:

It’s closer to Exxon Valdez. Our new Captain is intoxicated, technically he’s been taking some Medical Marijuana.

John asks…

How many people were the 20 lifeboats of the Titanic inttended to hold?

Out of the 2207 people aboard the Titanic only about 700 made it. But how many people were the lifeboats supposed to hold?

steve answers:

Titanic carried 20 lifeboats, enough for 1178 people.

The boat was designed to carry 32 lifeboats but this number was reduced to 20 because it was felt that the deck would be too cluttered.

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Lisa asks…

Effect Pedal Order on Board NEED HELP!!!!!!!!?

Hey guys, I have a bunch of pedals and I was wondering, from guitar to amp, what would be the BEST order to put them in, they are:
1. Ernie Ball Volume
2. Dean Markley Tuner
3. Morley Wah
4. Crybaby
5. Boosta Grande
6. Metal Zone
7. Digitech Whammy
8. EVH Flanger
9. MXR Phase 90


steve answers:

That’s the common Order:
boosta Grande
Morley Wah
Metal Zone

But there are ‘possible’ variations, depending on your taster. See this discussion about that:

Ken asks…

what should come first in a pedal board, distortion or blues drive?

steve answers:

It does not really matter. Generally, the order on a pedal board goes tuner, filters, compressors, overdrives/distortions, modulation, volume, reverbs/delays.

I doubt you will have distortion and overdrive on at the same time, and if you are, there really won’t be a “wrong” way in this situation. Experiment with different combinations and see which sounds you prefer.

Maria asks…

How should i set up my pedal board?

My pedals:
-Buddy Guy Wah
-Boss Blues Driver
-Screamin Bird Treble Booster
-Swollen Pickle Fuzz
-Boss OS-2 distortion
-Boss FRV-1

Its going into a Fender Deluxe VM or Blues Jr.

steve answers:

Hello again,

There is no absolute rule for the sequence of pedals. You put them in the order that achieves the tone you have in mind. However, there is a conventional sequence. You do want to experiment some to learn what happens when you deviate from that conventional sequence. For instance, the wah would go in front of the distortion pedal by conventional sequence. So try reversing the order so you can hear what happens when you put a distortion pedal in front of a wah, and so on.

Conventional order has the the pedals that create tone first, the pedals that alter tone next and the pedal that are time based last. This article will discuss that fuller.


By conventional wisdom you rig would go like this.

Guitar to wah to distortion & overdrive to reverb to amp.

You have 3 overdrive or boost pedals and one distortion pedal. There is no rule for which goes in front of the others. I put boost pedals first because they are closer to creating tone than altering it. I put straight forward overdrive pedals next and distortion last among that group.

So my order would be like this (assuming you are not using an effects loop with the amp).

Guitar to tuner (you need one) to wah to Treble Booster to Blues Driver to OS-2 to Swollen Pickle to FRV-1. To amp.

If any of those booster/drive/distortion pedals is especially noisy, make it the last of that group. You don’t want the other pedals boosting the noise.

If you are not regularly using a tuner on your board, you need one.


Nancy asks…

Guitar Effects Pedal Order?

I’m playing my first live gig on Saturday and I’ve got a question on how I should set up my effects chain.

The pedals I’ll be using are:
Noise Suppressor
Metal Zone Distortion
Volume Pedal

Currently I’m running my guitar into the Noise Suppressor and sending it through a loop which passes through the Compressor, Metal Dist., Dist., Chorus, and then the Flanger which returns to the Noise Suppressor and goes into my amp. I haven’t bought the volume pedal yet, so I’m not sure where to put that.

Any ideas/experience?

steve answers:

Your setup is fine the way it is. I’d probably put the compressor before the distortions in the chain, but you can toy around with that and see how you like it best. I have a lot of pedals in my rig and went with a line selector from Boss. It elimates a little footwork. I would put the chorus and distortion pedals next to each other on the board for easy switching. I use a wah in my rig and keep that outside of the chain. If you are a lead guitarist, I would recommend getting a line booster pedal.

Daniel asks…

Everything about guitar pedal boards?

Okay I’ve been playing guitar for a couple years but I’m just getting into pedals. I’m a noob with pedal boards and stuff so could you please explain to me EVERYTHING about pedals and pedal boards?
I’ve been using one pedal but I’m gonna be getting more, so my friend suggested a pedal board.

steve answers:

Not sure what information you are looking for here.

There are a ton of pedals out there. Everyone has their personal preference on types and brands of pedals then like to use. Personally I like Boss pedals, TC-Electronic pedals, and a few Line 6 pedals. Not to say Digitech, Fisher, etc. Don’t have good pedals out there. Also there are some pedals out there that don’t seem to exciting: such as compression, EQ, noise supressor, etc. These pedals don’t sound too exciting, but can help out the sound quite a bit.

Daisy Chain – this is what it’s called when you string multiple pedals together. This can also refer to the order you put the pedals in. And Yes it does matter what order you plug the pedals in.

Pedal Board – They are very handy. However unless you plan on playing live gigs and need to lug your gear around often, I don’t think you need one yet. Especially with only 1 pedal right now, I think you can purchase a few more pedals and find more of your own sound until you get a Pedal Board. I do however recommend getting a Pedal Board that has the power supply on it. That way you aren’t plugging multiple AC adapters in. Furman has the best board I’ve seen:


Good luck.

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Sharon asks…

What Kind of graphics card is my computer compatible with?

I have a dell gx620, my current graphics card is intel 82945G express chip set, i also want to what kind of slot i have so i can look around for one myself, i need it for FPS’s mostly like counter strike and battlefield bad company, i wanna try under 80 dollars if not, list some links. you can also contact me on xfire blinkz33 , imight need further help

steve answers:

That’s a small computer, I found one website that says it has a pci express x16 slot, so modern graphics cards will fit, although you may need a bigger power supply.

The card I would get to drop right in and start gaming is a low power 9800gt


you won’t have to upgrade the power supply and it is fast enough to play all the games, on medium to high settings

if you want a faster card to run games on high or maximum settings it will cost more, and will require a power supply upgrade, also the pentium 4 or D in this will end up being the weakest link if you get a really fast card.
This is a good step up from a 9800gt, but requires more power

Carol asks…

List some Nvidia graphics card for PCI slots ?

Please list some Nvidia or ATI cards around rs.1500 to rs.2500 and also of 512 mb.
motherboard: Intel d945gcpe

I am talking about PCI not PCI-E.

steve answers:

Here you go a big list of PCI video cards.


Have fun

William asks…

what is best graphics card for my pci slot?

my mother board is this: GA-8I865GME-775-RH (rev. 2.0) with 1 agp and 3 pci slots
and my graphics card is : Intel® 82865G Graphics Controller
i live in egypt…….
wolud u plz giv me a list of the best video cards i could get for my pc? i would like to run games like Broken sword angel of Death and Assasins creed but i cant with my video card ability

steve answers:

Since you don’t have a PCI-E slot, you will have to buy AGP cards, which, unfortunately won’t give great performance.

Also, since these cards are old, you may have a tough time finding any. Basically, anything from Geforce FX series or up (Geforce 6,7) will do (though running Assassin’s Creed could be a problem). Higher cards are better, but I won’t be paying premium for outdated technology anyway.

P.S. – There are some good ATI cards for AGP too, but these are even more difficult to find.

Donna asks…

Can an Intel GMA HD integrated graphics card with i5 650 processor play WoW: Cataclysm?

I’ve heard that people can play WoW: Cataclysm with this integrated graphics card but I can’t. I’ve looked online and found that this is a pretty decent integrated graphics card that can play some stuff. According to


it can handle MW2. I’m not sure if I’m reading this list right but this list has the specs of the GMA HD. Maybe someone can point out something I missed.


Scroll down to see the list.

Everything is normal when I load WoW and I put in my log in information. Once I hit enter it says, “Connected” then freezes for 20 – 30 sec then WoW automatically closes. According to Windows my Gaming Graphics has a score of 5.3 and my Graphics has a score of 4.8. I am going to install a graphics card but I thought for now this would be able to hold me over. Can this integrated graphics card not handle Cataclysm? It’s on the H57 chipset.

steve answers:

Integrated graphics cannot handle todays games period. My girl has a ATI 5650 1gb video card in her laptop and still can not turn the settings to ultra on WoW. Yes wow uses the cpu alot but its not the burning crusade anymore. There is new lighting, textures, water detail, and even DX11. And MW2 would have to be on low settings and still get low fps. With settings on low and on the original WoW looks like you can.


Charles asks…

Is my graphics card AGP or PCI? What card would you suggest I get for just movies + playing TS2?

First of all, I’m confused about if I have PCI or AGP.
My card is the Intel Graphics Controller 82865G and it’s complete crap so I want to get a new one. I was looking on a website that said it was AGP, but I downloaded a program that said my Bus Type is PCI so I don’t know if I have an AGP or PCI. Other people with the same say they have an AGP, but I’m not sure now. So does anyone know for sure if it’s just AGP and the program is wrong?
Second of all, I just want an affordable ($0-$130ish) graphics card that can replace this old thing I have. The main reason is really just to play the Sims 2, maybe watch a few movies here and there, so I don’t want to get anything more than I need.
I was thinking of getting, if I have PCI, the Nvidia GeForce FX5200 or 6200. The Radeon X1550 seemed okay from the reviews everything, but I wasn’t sure if the game supports it…
List of supported graphics cards –


I have an Intel Pentium 4. I hope that’s what you meant.

steve answers:

The onboard graphics you have now is actually NEITHER. What you want to find is not what type of card you have, but what kinds of expansion slots your motherboard has. In the even that it’s PCI, the 6200 is a fair bit better than the 5200.

What kind of computer do you have?

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Charles asks…

What kind of vehicle has a 250 HP 4 cylinder, with minimal computer on it?

I am looking for a roughly 250 HP 4 cylinder engine, with minimal computer if it exists. I’m building a heavy-ish car and have decided (if I can) to use a 4 cyl. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

steve answers:

4-cylinder engines with 200+HP are a relatively recent occurrence. All are heavily computer controlled and turbocharged.
Examples include the 2.0 Turbo ECOTec from GM and the 2.0 Turbo in the new BMW 320i

Thomas asks…

How do you set up passwords for the HP Laserjet 4345?

I currently have an HP Laserjet 4345 Multifunctional Printer. I am wondering, how do I put a password on the printer so that only people with the password can use the copier and print? Ideally, the printer would be locked until someone entered a numerical password via the buttons on the device itself.

Please help – people have been using the copier without paying for copies, and it is getting very costly.

Thank you for your time.

steve answers:

Here are some web sites & ideas for you to check into:




HP DSS authentication:
Optional HP Digital Sending Software (HP DSS) for the MFP is available for purchase separately.
The software provides an advanced sending program that contains an authentication process. This process requires users to type a user identification and a password before they can use any of the HP DSS features that require authentication.

Locking the control-panel menus:
To prevent someone from changing MFP configuration, you can lock the control-panel menus. This prevents unauthorized users from changing the configuration settings such as the SMTP server. The following procedure describes how to restrict access to the control-panel menus by using the HP Web Jetadmin software.
1. Open the HP Web Jetadmin program.
2. Open the DEVICE MANAGEMENT folder in the drop-down list in the Navigation panel. Navigate to the DEVICE LISTS folder.
3. Select the MFP.
4. In the Device Tools drop-down list, select Configure.
5. Select Security from the Configuration Categories list.
6. Type a Device Password.
7. In the Control Panel Access section, select Maximum Lock. This prevents unauthorized users from gaining access to configuration settings.


Best of luck.

David asks…

On my HP pavilion g7-2215dx laptop, is it possible to restore it to factory settings?

On my HP pavilion g7-2215dx laptop, is it possible to restore it to factory settings? Thanks.

steve answers:

Yes you can Hello, HP support Forum this site will help with your problem or problems, and information that you may need…
Http://www8.hp.com/us/en/support-drivers.html http://www.laptoprepair101.com/laptop/category/hardware-test-utilities/
This site is very good for computer…
Http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softw… and click CHECK NOW it will do a lot of repair for you and you just wait for it to finish…
Call hp pre-sales support @ 800-752-0900
Call technical phone support @ 800-474-6836.
Hey, I enjoyed your question, I have worked as a technician most of my life, I hope I have helped you…
Good luck…

CompTIA A+ Certified Computer Professional

Daniel asks…

How many pages can a HP officejet 5610 printer print?

How many pages can a HP officejet 5610 print with one ink cartridge. Yeah OK i have another question, how much does the ink cartridge cost for the same printer?

steve answers:

220 pages.

If you buy remanufactured ink cartridges each cartridge is about $14-15. Here is a link: http://www.castleink.com/HP-OFFICEJET+5610.html

Sandy asks…

How can I get my mustang gt to at least 400 hp without supercharging?

Hi there I have a 2006 Mustang Gt. I’m trying to get to 400 hp without supercharging it. I want to know specific parts I can get like Borla Exhausts or a Steed Cold Air Intake that will put it to the 360-400 mark. Thanks.

steve answers:

It can be done. If you stroke it to 303+ CI and get some stage II cams, you’ll have over 400 HP but of course you’ll spend about the same as you would’ve had you gone with forced induction in the first place. Catback exhausts on S197 cars is near worthless in terms of added power. The CAI with a tune will net some fair gains (10-15 HP, generally speaking) . But bolt ons won’t get you anywhere near 400 HP.

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George asks…

Any experience with Lenovo laptops?

I’m buying a laptop for this fall semester. Looking at the Lenovo 3000 N100. Any experience with this line? Would a Sony or Dell perform better?

Business student, looking at a Core Duo 1.66GHz, XP Pro, 1GB Memory, 80GB Hard Drive, need to be able to run multiple office applications & quickbooks at same time – couldn’t care less about gaming capabilities.

steve answers:

Read the Cnet Review, http://reviews.cnet.com/Lenovo_3000_N100/4505-3121_7-31756411.html

It’s a good laptop. However, I think that you are paying extra for the 1GB of memory but you also have the option of getting a higher resolution display, if that is important to you then Lenovo is the way to go. If you think you can get by with the vanilla 1280 x 800 resolution present on most 15.4″ displays then you might consider this Acer Aspire with most of the same features, larger hard drive and dual layer DVD burner, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16834115246 and this is the laptop I purchased, I’ve never been so happy with a laptop purchase in my life and it’s also cheaper than the Lenove at $1,069 (at least the last time I checked the Lenovo was more).

Michael asks…

Is the Lenovo G500 laptop a good choice?

the reason i am asking is because there is a sale 330 dollars which makes it a great price, but i cant find any reviews on the computer, basically i want to know if the processor and all seems solid, I would be using the laptop for school use at college
here are the details and specs of the laptop
• Intel Celeron 1000M Processor (1.80GHz 1600MHz 2MB)

• Windows 8 64

• Intel HD Graphics

• 15.6″ HD LED Glossy with integrated camera 1366×768

• Industry Standard Multi-touch 2 button touchpad

• 500GB 5400 RPM

• DVD Recordable (Dual Layer)

• 6 Cell Lithium-Ion

Lenovo BGN Wireless

• One year

• Notebook

• Integrated HD 720p Camera

• HDMI (Out)

and here is a link to check it out


anything you can tell me would really help out so thank you in advance

steve answers:

Lenovo Essentials are basically a Dell Inspiron, HP Pavilion or any Compaq, or Acer/Gateway anything.

It is a generic low cost line.
Intel Celeron 1000M @ 1.80GHz Passmark 1757
basic graphics.
It is ok for a $330 laptop.
Laptops are about $270 to $2700
Pentium B980 is a little faster, so a $350 plus shipping is similar:


Here is $320. Has no DVDRW, but is thin and CPU a little faster than the Lenovo


It is a basic laptop. They are down in price a lot in the last few years.
You really should be a little more expensive if you want anything more.
You are a student. Register here:


See if it gets any cheaper.
About the same:


Here are cpu scores:


3rd gen core i3 is closer to $400 as are the AMD A8-4500M. The A8′s run hot in temperature, but available at about $380.
You don’t get much under $400.

Mandy asks…

Overwhelmed about choosing a laptop?

I need a laptop that will run minecraft, Skype and a screen cap software all at once with little to no lag…
Is this asking too much from a laptop?


steve answers:

Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 is a nice laptop for both gaming and casual purpose. It has i7 processor so its fast and 8GB will support your multitasking brilliantly. One more reason of suggesting this one is NVIDIA Dual SLI GT650M so there will be no lag in gaming. See this helpful review for more details:


Moreover the price of this laptop is really good especially after looking at its specifications. Hope this answer help.

Sharon asks…

Are Lenovo Laptops good for gaming?

Are Lenovo Laptops good for role-play online games? And does it have a good graphics card? And if Lenovo Laptops aren’t good for gaming, what laptop would you recommend?

steve answers:

Lenovo in the USA and Canada at Lenovo.com has Ideapad Y580 with great power for the price. It has the latest i7, GTX 660M, 8GB RAM, good wireless, and lots of other extras at $850 to $1000.
If you are at a lower price point, you can review Newegg.com offerings and consider CPU, GPU, gaming:




and by brand, though Macbooks are too expensive for what you get:


You have to mention a price point to see what is available.

Mark asks…

Lenovo g510 laptop any good?




What would be the best laptop to go for? It’s mostly going to be for browsing, some gaming, movies, and music.

I can’t really find any real good reviews and i’m not good with specifications.
The game’s i’d be playing would mostly be older games, i’d want to play some newer ones like Amnesia and Rome: Total War 2

steve answers:

Well i think Lenovo IdeaPad Z500 15.6-Inch Laptop would be a nice option. All of them are good but it seems that lenovo Z500′s build quality and specifications are interesting. You can see a good review of Lenovo Z500 here:


1TB hard disk drive is really awesome. The main thing is that its affordable you can get many features and good specifications in the price this low. Hope this answer help.

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Chris asks…

Is the problem my tv or my satellite provider?

Hi, our Samsung LCD that is a month old will either flash black without sound every few seconds or just the sound will go out every few seconds. This only happens at certain times of the day, mostly at night. Is this a problem with Samsung or with Dish TV?

steve answers:

Your firmware needs to be updated.

Mary asks…

my samsung television is taking longer and longer each day to turn on?

It started taking a few minutes each day got worse now up to about 20mins anyone had this problem with samsung tv‘s?
The Tv is only 3 years old, and when it does come on its fine just takes ages to get on.

steve answers:

If its an older tv it sounds like the picture tube is on its way out

Paul asks…

samsung lcd tv problem?


steve answers:

I am not familiar with this Samsung set, but if the TV is off (or in standby) does that not also switch off the Freeview receiver section of the TV? If so, you won’t be able to make a recording with the TV off.

William asks…

42″ Samsung Plasma TV problem!?

Hello, everyone! I have a 42″ Samsung Plasma TV, i think the model # is PN42A410 and i have a problem… When the screen is a solid black, and it has to be solid not one pixel of color, it will then flash as if the black was backlit and shows weird blotches that appear to resemble something close to a negative image. I have taken the TV back twice and it does this right out of the box so it isnt Image retention/burn in as I know very well what both those are and have seen Plasmas with burn in. I am confused to what this is, it wont flash if there is even a single pixel of a different color. Only when it is a solid black. Each Samsung Plasma i have seen have different patterns of the flashing but i dont know what it is. I have only tried Samsung plasmas and don’t know if other models of Plasma do this as well, but it can get annoying while watching a movie and its flashing blacks constantly. When the TV warms up this problem GREATLY reduces. But its still there, and is even more so prominent when i turn the TV on from cold. I just cant accept this.

So i need help. Do i live with it? or am i able to fix it? or should i buy this tv instead? http://www.sonystyle.ca/commerce/servlet/ProductDetailDisplay?storeId=10001&catalogId=10001&langId=-1&productId=1005171

I would have to pay a few hundred more dollars to buy that TV, but its LCD, would I be disappointed going from Plasma to LCD? The quality of my Plasma TV is amazing. I don’t want to go down to a slightly smaller TV and sacrifice picture quality as well if its a big difference anyway. Also id like to note my TV is not 1080p, its 1080i. So i would be taking a step up in resolution but is it worth it? Almost everything i have is 1080p. So i would be utilizing it if i had it. I also sit about 7-8 feet away in a dark Home theater room. Thank you anybody that can answer my question.

steve answers:

If you switch TVs, look hard at a Panasonic Viera Plasma. You might find one of those in the same price range as yours. The PX80/85 or PZ80 should be in that price range. You quote the Canadian Sony page, so I assume you’re in Canada. Hit up a London Drugs, Futureshop, or Best Buy for the Panasonic Viera (if you can return your Samusng).

As for the problem you’re having, have you called Samsung’s tech support? Don’t call customer service, those people are idiots. You need tech support. You might still get idiots, but you can at least reduce the odds. If they don’t give a tech support number, then call customer support and hope for the best. I would ask them if its something inherent to the TV that possibly goes away as the TV ages. It might just work itself out as you condition the TV.

With Plasmas, for the first 100-200 hours you need to kind of condition the TV. You should keep the brightness and contrast (picture) settings cranked way down. Then after that you can optimize the set to its fullest.

But if the place you’re buying from will give you a full refund, I might consider going to a Panasonic. Or watching a tone of TV so you hit that 100-200 hour range quickly and see if that works out the problems you are having. You could also consider an LG. I think the 42″ LG rates extremely well. Its one of the few LG models I would recommend (again is Plasma).

Definitely stay Plasma. LCDs can’t compete in picture quality to a good Plasma. You can get LED backlight LCD and 240Hz refresh rate LCD. Having those features can help pull it into the realm of Plasma, but you pay a very large price premium right now for those features. When inherently they are better on the Plasma already.

Betty asks…

Please help i have a problem with my samsung tv?

Hello, i have a problem with my samsung koambra refurbished tv it switches itself off after every 30 mins its model code is RBLE40A466C2MRZF I will really appreciate if you help me at earliest and how do i know what series it is, Thank you

steve answers:

The number you given as model code does not appear to be the correct one!!

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Charles asks…

How can I find where the corporate office is for fandango.com?

fandango,com has ripped me off on an online purchase and I have evidence. I have emailed them many times but they have not responded. My last option is to go to their corporate office. Where are they located at?anyone?

steve answers:

Try their whois info:


Administrative Contact:
Fandango, Inc.robert.peralta@FANDANGO.COM
12200 West Olympic Blvd
Suite 150
Los Angeles, CA 90064
310-451-7690 fax: 310-451-7861

Nancy asks…

Can i get into a rated R movie with fandango tickets?

If i print out two fandango tickets for a rated r movie and i am underage, will me and my girlfriend be able to get into the movie with no parents?

steve answers:

Its just a movie, gee wiz

Sandy asks…

How do you get Fandango Promo Codes?

When I am asked about a Promo Code on Fandango, I dont know what they mean. How do you get these codes?

steve answers:

You can visit this site for More Free Coupon Codes

Michael asks…

I accidentally bought children tickets on Fandango, what should I do?

I was buying 3 tickets for HP7PT2, and because I was rushing I ended up buying 3 childrens tickets when I needed 3 adult tickets. They cost the same (9.00/each) so I don’t see why it would be a problem, but I don’t want to get to the theatre and be told that we can’t see the movie because I messed up. Fandango doesn’t allow refunds/exchanges.

steve answers:

“Fandango doesn’t allow refunds/exchanges.”

Then you better hope the theater doesn’t notice that you’re adults or just buy three adult tickets and learn a lesson here.


Mary asks…

I bought tickets with Fandango do i need to bring my credit card when picking tickets up?

I bought the tickets and it says “bring a credit card” but do i really need it if i have the ticket stub print off?

steve answers:

Yes you will need your card.

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Laura asks…

How long has the goverment allowed for ‘Pink Slime’? 30 years? Do you believe that it could account for the?

rise of colon and other cancers, and heart disease?

steve answers:

“Pink Slime” is otherwise known as “mechanically separated beef” and has been around for more than 30 years. The machine that produces the beef pink slime is just as effective on chicken and pork as well.

What do you think is in hotdogs, chicken nuggets, McDonald’s McRib, or any other meat product that doesn’t look like it came from a natural cut of the critter?

Richard asks…

Your thoughts on Pink Slime?

Why is our government protecting big business and allow this pink slime into our food, so they can be profitable at the expense of we the people. so when we buy ground meat, we are not buying only ground meat, but by products as well. so what if they now have to label it. we still are eating other animal parts like ground down bones , eye ,hair etc. how do we get our government protect the consumer and not business

steve answers:

I think its totally gross, and its sad that we cant even trust our own food anymore.

Steven asks…

Which fast food restaurants still use the pink slime?

steve answers:

You also need to worry about the ground beef sold in your supermarket. That is not limited to fast food restaurants. A lot of supermarkets use the pink slime, also. It is a fairly common practice.

Mandy asks…

Do you eat pink slime?

I tried to ask this question before with a link on to explain but everything I post is getting censored for some unknown reason but if you look it up on Wikipedia then it will tell you what it is. If you already know what do you think?

FQ Will Spurs go above ARSEnal to day or is it St. Totteringham’s day yet?

steve answers:

I don’t but I’ve been feeding it to my kidsfor years.
Guess I won’t be father of the year this year either.. LOL

Betty asks…

Can vegetarians eat pink slime?

steve answers:

No, those are pre-cooked chicken McNuggets

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Steven asks…

Which Asus motherboard should I choose ?

I’m thinking of building a i7 rig. The basic specs are :
Intel® Core™ i7-930 Processor,
Asus P6T Deluxe Mobo,
ATI RadeonHD 5870,
RAM DDR3 Corsair (3 * 2GB)

I won’t be using multiple GPUs, so do you think I should go for the normal P6T mobo instead of Deluxe. What are the other advantages of the Deluxe version other than multiple gpu support & dual ethernet ports? What other motherboards (cheaper & similar features) should I consider before making the purchase ?

And also will I be able to play GTA 4 & Crysis Warhead at 30+ fps & 1680×1050 res, on this rig ?
one more thing, should I choose Windows 7, 32 bit or 64 bit.

steve answers:

Well, for the money you want to spend, it would be kind of silly to settle for a USB 2.0 board with no USB 3.0 ports. I’d be building with the following:


If you want to stick with Asus brand, the following Asrock (Asus) board would be a good choice:


GTA5 and Crysis Warhead at high framerates should not be a problem at all.

You will need a 64-bit operating system for 6GB of RAM. I would suggest you get Pro or Ultimate.

Donald asks…

Asus notebook purchase help…..?

hi there
i was looking to buy a brand new Asus G73JH for my personal use and wanted to know a few things …

1. Since the laptop is not available in India, I will most probably be getting it from UK. So I wanted to know how can I get it serviced if I experience some issues…

2. How is the build quality of asus laptops… I mean are they sturdy enough for rough handling..
3. How good is the performance of the ATi Radeon 5870. Will I be a ble to play most games on high and full HD
4. And, most importantly is it value for money or can I get a better one in the same price range(about USD 1500-1600)

Thanks a lot for your help in advance :-)

steve answers:

Asus has great customer support, if your out of there area they may charge you shipping where as normally they pay it both ways, but i think they would still fix it for you. I love asus as a brand and they have really good quallity lap tops and service. Never had a problem with them, and being a total nerd that all my friends and family goes to for computer help, never had a problem with them. Dont confuse them with acer they are the worst brand ever, im always fixing those. Anyway, they are good quality and durable. Asus is a brannd built for gaming computers as opposed to others that focus on buisness (like dell) etc. The radeon card im sure is very very fast, and can play anything you need it to.

Richard asks…

Can i use my current 50″ plasma HDTV as a monitor?

I have a 50″ Samsung plasma but its 720p…

My pc specs:

Asus P6t motherboard
ATI radeon HD 5870 1gb
12gb ram
160gb SSD
1TB @5400 rpm
Creative labs titanium sound card

Is this a good idea for computer use and gaming? or should i just get a lcd monitor?

steve answers:

Perhaps, if there is an s 10 video outlet or similar for both tv and computer… I have mine set up with my 52″… I bought a wireless keyboard and mouse and it’s great r-laxing in the lazyboy…. I run it through Nview.

Charles asks…

Macbook Pro, Asus G73, Sony Vaio F11?

Ok I have to choose between these 3 notebooks. I need one thats is
1) good for gaming
2) good for basically everything editing videos, music etc..
3) good battery life
4) not known to have issues
5) no heating issues
6) what you think will last a long time (quality of life)

Both the macbook pro and sony vaio have the Nvidia 330M GPU. Sony has 1gb and the macbook pro is 512MB. Is this a chip or a card?

The Asus G73 has the ATI Radeon Mobility HD 5870 1gb GPU. Is it a chip or card?

Which one out of those GPU’s is better and that will last as well.

steve answers:

1) good for gaming — Goodbye MacBook!
5) no heating issues — Goodbye Sony!

That’s basically leaves the ASUS. They are all graphics cards, not integrated chipsets. The ASUS has the absolute best graphics card out of all of them and will be best for gaming. I’m not sure the battery life will be that great on the ASUS (as it’s a gaming PC), but it will probably be great for everything else and ASUS has good build quality.

Nancy asks…

Updating ATI Graphics Driver Problem?

I recently attempted to update my ATI graphics driver on my Asus G73 laptop. The laptop uses the ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics chip. I went to amd.com and found the new correct driver. I then followed the instructional video on amd.com on how to install a new driver. When I uninstalled my old driver using the Catalyst control manager, my display resolution was changed. After attempting to install the new driver, which is driver version 11.6, nothing changes. It does not verify that the driver installed successfully and I can not change my scree resolution to the right setting. It is always stuck at a resolution too low. I also can not open the catalyst control manager. I click on it and nothing happens. I tried uninstalling the new driver and then installing it again but nothing changes. Is there anything I can do to either install the new driver successfully and get my screen resolution back to normal or revert back to my old driver to get my system back to the way it was before I started all of this. All help will be appreciated. Thanks!

steve answers:

1.Did u uninstall and restart laptop and then installed the new one and restart before using.(if did so Were The Drivers Compatible with your windows.)
2.well you can do a system restore (if u have system restore point saved)
3.which windows do you use.Win 7(best for automatic updates your most of the drivers)
4.if you are able to do Sys Restore and u get your resolution back and in case u still wanna upgrade d drivers then do not uninstall the old drivers.it should automatically do so.
5.If nothing works then simply ReINSTALL WINDOWS.

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John asks…

how can i make a video or record a video of my self using my pocket pc asus with cam? wat programs are needed?

plz help me i want to record myself playin the guitar.

steve answers:

ASUS will have own application to record it. Just search for it & use it so no need to install new application

Chris asks…

How do I import audio from my Asus eee pc to Sony Bravia?

I have a VGA cable but it only imports the video. When I tried to watch the video, the audio was coming from my netbook.

steve answers:

2 things required
(1)a double ended jack
look at rear of tv next to vga port
(2)a audio jack port , ,,,,,,should be there
connect one end of au/cable here and the other end to your laptop headphone port

Nancy asks…

Asus eee Pc How Good Are They?


I was looking at the asus Eee pc yesterday and really like the look of the laptop.
I know i cant do much with it except for checking my emails and and type word.
But i was wondering how good these laptops are because i really want to purchase one.

steve answers:

EEE PC – the best businessmans companion ever!!!!!

I’m a pretty average business user of computers, with one exception, I fly an awful lot, about 4 times a week to be exact. So lugging a massive notebook aorund with me isn’t an answer, and I feel sorry for those that have to. So I gave up the good old Fujitsu Siemens Amilo. After all I did have my Blackberry Curve for emails, plus an Ipod Classic for music and the occasional movie – if you have good eyesight! I used to log into the internet at various places, including the overseas office, to pick up my email and attachments from our Zimbra collaboration tool.

Well, now I dont have to worry – I am an EEE PC convert. This dellightful little notebook is the answer to a travellers prayers. I bought the 7″ half gig memory, 4 gig flash drive Linux version in an attractive white for just over £200 in Currys and have never looked back.

It didn’t take me long to realise that Linux wasn’t for me though. I was too used to Windows and used a lot of Mircosoft business tools (including mobile broadband) which I was unable to get from Linux. Linux is OK for Geeks, that is people who enjoy messing about in the root of computers, I dont! Don’t get me wrong Linux and especially Open office is pretty good, just not for me. I want functionality without any messing about.

I upgraded the memory to 2 gig, bought myself a 16 gig sd card as a secondary drive, grabbed a cheap USB disk drive, and an “official” version of XP home (SP2) and basically followed the instructions in the EEE PC manual.

Sure it took a few hours but now I have XP up and running, have installed Office Pro, McAfee Virus protection, MS Project, MS Visio, Mind Manager, Adobe Reader and Quick Time Player for my MP4 videos and have at least 1.5 gig free on my flash drive!

It took a little jiggling about and one or two re-installs with some programmes (especially for some reason Quick Time), but I finally got everything working OK and I’m delighted. People next to me on my flights are usually amazed when I remove the little darling from its case and power it up to watch a video. Mobile broadband with wi-fi access completes the picture. This was one of the reasons I went to XP as Linux was unable to support mobile broadband without some massive programme writing in Unix, something I wasn’t about to try.

Asus have produced a marketing miracle with this notebook, the build quality of which is excellent and comparable to the Sony’s, which at around €1000 are a scam. Even the add ons haven’t cost an arm or a leg. OK the battery time is not quite as good but acceptable and the small keyboard quite useable. The main reason they have been able to produce this little miracle is the relaisation that most laptops are only big because of the hard drive and dvd recorder. Doing away with those, plus the use of large capacity memory sticks and sd cards complete the picture.

My only grumble? That’s not with Asus its with the movie makers. Why can’t they sell movies on memory sticks? Don’t they realise that DVD’s are a thing of the past?

The EEE PC is the best buy yet…and certainly the best businessman’s companion ever!!!!

Carol asks…

I recently bought an Asus eee pc and I need a projector under $30 that is portable any suggestions?

please help me I’m on a tight budget and have other things to invent in.

steve answers:

Did you mean $300? Even with $300 you wouldn’t find a lot of options.
You might have to find something used on eBay or Craigslist. Beware, projectors really don’t depreciate in value a whole lot.

Look to spend at least $500 on the cheapest projector.

Maria asks…

Where is 32GB SDHC mounted on Asus EEE pc 1000 Linux?

Hi. I just received my newly-bought Asus Eee Pc1000. When I review the specification of this machine, I find that the SSS disk space is actually seperated in two disks: one is the 8G home SSD disk, the other is the 32G. I am wondering that where the later is mounted. In addition, what’s difference between the two in performace? Thanks.

steve answers:

I’m not sure about the internals of the Asus EEE 1000 but I believe the 8gb disk has faster read write rates and so more suitable for hosting the operating system; btw I recently discovered that the Acer Aspire One has a poor quality SSD…more details here


you will find more knowledgeable folk here :)

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