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    Quote Originally Posted by chunkyks View Post
    I also find this to be a useful resource:
    http://catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html

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    That is in interesting find, thanks for sharing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TruckinMP3 View Post
    That is in interesting find, thanks for sharing.
    I agree, i really like this and I am going to link to it somewhere in the rules page.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2001SUBURBAN View Post
    I have posted up some questions that although i dont know the answer to them they dont seem like they would be difficult questions for some of the member here that are very experienced in the wolrd of computers.
    There's the problem. You fail to understand that the question(s) you've asked (the multiple monitor one is what I'm referring to) are difficult when not all the info is provided. You need to be VERY specific in your questions, or they WILL get overlooked.

    Examples:

    Vague - "How do I hook up multiple screens to my computer? I have DVI and HDMI and S-Video on my mobo."

    Specific - "I have a JNC62K with an nVidia 8200 chipset. As far as I know this has DVI and VGA out, but no S-Video/RCA. I'm trying to hook up 2 monitors. One has DVI in, and the other has standard composite RCA. How do I hook them up and what would be required to control them separately?"

    The more specific you can be, the easier the question will actually be to answer. Some people see the vague questions and just totally pass by it, passing it off as entirely too much work to answer and that the OP needs to research a little more.

    Show that you put some effort into your questions, and that you're stuck on a specific item, not that you're just trying to be spoonfed.

    Just trying to help you be more effective.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chunkyks View Post
    I also find this to be a useful resource:
    http://catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html

    Gary (-;
    I really enjoyed reading through a good chunk of that article! Both amusing and true-to-life.

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    All above responses are correct.


    I would also like to add that for every hour of successful CarPCing (whether it's coding/programming/installing/fabbing/etc.) I have AT LEAST 10 hours of research put in. This is not reflective of my inabilities I might add.

    This is how work is done correctly, you understand it as best as you can, then move forward with that knowledge carefully.

    99% of the time, whatever it is I am doing has been done before. Maybe not exactly, but close enough so that I can find what I need to know by looking on the web or making phone calls to xyz manf. or cust. svc.

    I would not be where I am with my carpc without MP3Car.com / Google / and duct tape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chunkyks View Post
    I also find this to be a useful resource:
    http://catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html

    Gary (-;
    Ha, I especially liked this one!

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    More generally, if you write like a semi-literate boob you will very likely be ignored. So don't use instant-messaging shortcuts. Spelling "you" as "u" makes you look like a semi-literate boob to save two entire keystrokes. Worse: writing like a l33t script kiddie hax0r is the absolute kiss of death and guarantees you will receive nothing but stony silence (or, at best, a heaping helping of scorn and sarcasm) in return.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpecialEd View Post
    All above responses are correct.


    I would also like to add that for every hour of successful CarPCing (whether it's coding/programming/installing/fabbing/etc.) I have AT LEAST 10 hours of research put in. This is not reflective of my inabilities I might add.

    This is how work is done correctly, you understand it as best as you can, then move forward with that knowledge carefully.

    99% of the time, whatever it is I am doing has been done before. Maybe not exactly, but close enough so that I can find what I need to know by looking on the web or making phone calls to xyz manf. or cust. svc.

    I would not be where I am with my carpc without MP3Car.com / Google / and duct tape.


    That ratio can get better over time.... But the early days, that was very true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TruckinMP3 View Post

    That ratio can get better over time.... But the early days, that was very true.

    I don't mind the time, especially when I realize the fruits of my labor.


    btw that write-up on questions was classic.

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    So in summary...

    It was you.

    PS - emphasis on was.
    And remember - when asking why, and people suggest why (like block writing), please don't respond "I find that hard to believe" etc. We know that already, that's why we replied.

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