Archive for November, 2012

ATI / AMD video card driver for Windows 8

November 28th, 2012

This is just a post to help others that had the same problem I did. Windows 8 does not include Open GL (which AMD calls Open CL) support on older ATI Radeon cards like the HD 2000, 3000, and 4000 series.  So after a bunch of hunting around, I found the drivers that do work, so you can keep on playing games that need it, most notably – Minecraft. The file is considered a “hot-fix” from AMD so it wasn’t obvious on the site. Here’s the link:

Thanks Sharp Aquos!

November 22nd, 2012

It’s Thanksgiving today and besides the usual stuff like health and family, I am also thankful to Sharp. They looked at my TV pictures and said it was a problem called delamination where LCD layers separate. They are taking care of me by picking up the TV and replacing it with a newer refurbished unit. That’s great customer service! I have 2 Aquos TV’s in my house and thanks to service like this, I would buy again. Maybe the 90″ model! Well maybe not anytime soon but I can dream. I’m grateful that Sharp stands behind their products.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Sharp Aquos 52″ – What’s wrong with my TV?

November 6th, 2012

There are strange lines creeping in from the sides of the TV. The TV is 4 years old so I wouldn’t expect problems so soon. The TV has been in the same location since I got it and has never been subjected to any physical trauma. The lines are there all the time but I photographed it on the Xbox login screen so they would be obvious. Anyone know what this is? Can it be repaired? I contacted SHARP so I’ll post the reply I get here on this page.

Here are some photos.

Right-side of Sharp Aquos TV with lines

What kind of problem is this?

Left-side of Sharp Aquos with strange lines

Is this repairable?

Full Screen of Sharp Aquos with strange permanent lines on both sides

Full Screen of Sharp Aquos with strange permanent lines on both sides