@Tinman: Nope, North America only when it launches.
I've had my HD555's for I don't know how long now, but probably 7 or 8 years.
At this point I'm almost wishing they'll break so I can justify upgrading.
@AwesomeAndy: When you are dealing with a digital audio signal it basically doesn't matter since there will be no analog interference. The main selling point for a separate audio card is the much cleaner analog signal it produces.
So if you use optical out on your motherboard or through HDMI on your video card don't bother with a sound card.
@andy_wh2000: I'm laughing my ass off imagining someone watching a video while pressing a tablet to their face.
...brb trying it myself.
So here are the pictures, first up is my server.
And here is my desktop.
Those two GPUs make cable management a nightmare, especially if you install them without taking everything out and starting over.
I'm generally of the opinion that as long as the cables are tucked away so they don't impede airflow it could look like a bomb exploded in my case for all I care. That said, I do try and make things tidy so any future upgrades can be done easily, though it's been a while since I redid everything so right now it looks pretty bad.
Once Ivy Bridge-E comes out I'll probably do a complete rebuild just to get things under control again.
Anyway, regarding a picture, I'll see if I can't manage to snap one tomorrow. It's a little late to be poking around inside my computer right now.
@MordeaniisChaos: The neat thing is that after a short while you wont notice that the colour has changed. The difference is best seen if you look at an LCD not running F.lux after using it for a while.
It's alright. I enjoy the new look of the desktop and I really like how good it is about pulling down the correct drivers for things. There are plenty of small improvements across the board.
My personal grievance right now is with the syncing of settings. It keeps syncing shit even though I told it to stop. That and you can't search for entries inside the control panel like you could before.
Oh, and yes. My startup applications seem to start a lot slower, I'm not sure whether or not its just slower in general or if it doesn't start until I access the desktop.
There's already a thread regarding this.
@frytup: Afaik the only change is that they require a valid key during the install. It will not force an online activation.
If it's possible I would try it on a different computer. But since you dropped it it's very possible that it's simply broken. You could try opening up the enclosure to make sure that all the cables are securely attached as well.
If you are comfortable with it you could also try plugging it directly into a SATA port on your motherboard (provided of course that you are on a desktop).
If you want the desktop version of WMP you can go to Control panel -> Programs and features.
On the left you click on "Turn Windows features on or off" and then you check the "Media Features" -> "Windows Media Player" checkbox.
For codecs, I would recommend Shark007's Win8 codecs, they integrate nicely with WMP. No idea whether or not they work with the Metro video player.
I'm not sure whether you wrote the original text or not, but I somehow doubt you did.
Here is the link to the original author.
@Mendelson9: Glad it worked out for you.
@jonny126: It sounds like it's the TV creating the black border, so you could try adjusting the picture options.
As for the sound, I don't think I've ever heard of it not working properly. Are you sure the Nvidia audio driver is installled properly because the Nvidia audio devices are called Nvidia HDMI output in my audio settings.
@seanbooker: There's an option in the PC Settings under General (you get there by going to the charms menu and selecting Settings and then "Change PC settings") to do a complete reinstall.
You could also run the installer again and select either to burn the install files to a dvd or a usb drive or just create an ISO and then put that on a DVD/USB drive. Then just use that and you should be able to a completely clean install.
Keep in mind that I'm not 100% about either of these, but I imagine that the latter would be a safer bet for completely wiping everything since its not gonna be running the install from within Windows.
Nope, it works great for me.
Might not be a bad idea to do a clean install, sounds like something went wrong during the upgrade process.
@Firethorne: If you did the install from inside Windows 7 then it can't format the drive, because that would mean deleting itself as well.
If you booted an ISO or similar and it still wouldn't let you format you could probably easily do that yourself prior to running the installer.
If you follow the installer you can eventually choose to create an ISO or burn to a DVD/USB.