I got my new video card yesterday and was freaking out about how it doesn’t turn on right away. I was afraid that I would be stuck with it because I had already cut off the proof of purchase from the box to send in to get my $15 rebate.
Last night when I went to bed, instead of turning it off I just put it in sleep mode. At least if it’s in sleep mode the whole night I can see in the morning if it wakes up fast, slow or at all. Well, it woke up fast so I don’t have to freak out that my computer isn’t coming back on. I’ve heard that it’s better for your computer if you put it in sleep mode rather than turning it off so this is what I will have to do from now on. When I reboot the computer, it comes on right away, it’s just when I turn it off completely that it doesn’t seem to want to come back on for a few minutes.
Also, I learned that when I have Lord of the Rings Online loaded without my TV cloned it runs perfectly fine. It’s when my TV is cloned that I have issues where the screen resolution changes from 1280×768 down to 848×480. When I have the tv extended so it’s the tv on the left and monitor on the right and I try to load LOTRO, nothing happens. The game doesn’t even try to load. When the tv is extended so it’s the tv on the right still, nothing happens. So, I guess I can never use the tv to play my game. I think if I had a secondary monitor it might work but I don’t have one so I will never find out.
Another thing that I learned is that I have a program on my computer called Boxee. I guess I forgot about that. I can clone my tv with the computer and watch Boxee on my tv. Boxee is very similar to the Roku box, it has all the same apps, give or take, and the software is free for my computer. So, that’s awesome.
I don’t have to worry about returning my card or feeling like I’m stuck with it anymore because I have made it work for me. As long as I never turn it off, with the exception of the occasional reboot that is, then I am fine. Just put it to sleep when I’m not using it and it turns on just as quick as my Chromebook comes on. So that’s actually even better that I don’t have to wait but a few seconds to start working on my computer.