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by torax
Sun Jan 03, 2010 12:02 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Nikon D40 and similar
Replies: 31
Views: 3096

Re: Nikon D40 and similar

Granted this is anecdotal evidence, but I have a couple of friends who own D40s and I am amazed with the quality of images that those cameras produce. Even at ISO 800, images have an acceptable amount of noise.
by torax
Sun Jan 03, 2010 11:58 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Nikon D40 and similar
Replies: 31
Views: 3096

Re: Nikon D40 and similar

The D3000 is really slow. I think it has the same processing speed as the D40, but more "features" to slow it down. I think this might be a case of less is more. The D3000 also has worse high ISO performance than the D40 for some reason. The D3000 probably has diminished high ISO performa...
by torax
Thu Oct 01, 2009 2:32 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Dear Dell (a dell monitor thread)
Replies: 49
Views: 5966

Re: Dear Dell (a dell monitor thread)

SpotTheCat wrote:
...but I strongly desire a 1920x1200 monitor after spending countless hours with them in the labs at school.

Dang, it's definitely been a while since I have been in the labs where you go to school.... Last time I had a class in there, we were using gigantic CRTs!
by torax
Wed Jul 15, 2009 1:28 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: MP3 Vocal Removal Application
Replies: 1
Views: 942

MP3 Vocal Removal Application

I've been searching google and it seems like there are some options, but I was wondering if anyone could recommend an application which can remove the vocal tracks from an MP3?

Thanks!
by torax
Tue Jun 16, 2009 11:01 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Used car shopping
Replies: 11
Views: 1571

Re: Used car shopping

I think you're probably looking for more general information, but if you are still in the Minneapolis area, you might want to check out Hopkins Honda. I had a great experience with Hopkins Honda where I bought a used Civic. I have heard that the Luther family of dealerships are generally great with ...
by torax
Thu Apr 23, 2009 6:44 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Can I swap GA-EP45-DS3R for GA-EP45-UD3P?
Replies: 4
Views: 1726

Re: Can I swap GA-EP45-DS3R for GA-EP45-UD3P?

Yes, easily. You can also save a few pennies and get the "L" or "LR" versions. I need the two physical 16x slots to run dual video cards for my three monitors. I currently have a Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3R in my system that has what seems to be a bad NIC, a couple of bad USB ports, a...
by torax
Thu Apr 23, 2009 5:52 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Can I swap GA-EP45-DS3R for GA-EP45-UD3P?
Replies: 4
Views: 1726

Can I swap GA-EP45-DS3R for GA-EP45-UD3P?

I currently have a Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3R in my system that has what seems to be a bad NIC, a couple of bad USB ports, and bad sound jacks (maybe the I/O on the back is just all going bad). I ordered it from newegg within the past year, so I can exchange it for a new one, but I need the new one befor...
by torax
Sat Mar 21, 2009 7:18 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: A man's man
Replies: 19
Views: 943

Re: A man's man

I caught most of Richard Proenneke's documentary Alone in the Wilderness the other night. This guy is my new hero. Anyone who can build just about everything (and I mean everything!)they need on their own (including wooden hinges for the door of his cabin) is a man's man in my book. If you haven't ...
by torax
Fri Mar 06, 2009 12:16 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Dual Socket Xeon at apple
Replies: 4
Views: 543

Re: Dual Socket Xeon at apple

General availability of Gainestown and motherboards is set for the end of the month. (Hmmm, two sockets, 9 DIMM slots per socket, 4GB per DIMM...) Of course it'll be interesting to see how many non-server apps -- Mac or PC -- can make productive use of even 8 threads, let alone 16. Looks like your ...
by torax
Wed Feb 25, 2009 11:37 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Suggestions for a good main drive
Replies: 20
Views: 2664

Re: Suggestions for a good main drive

And another. I have one as my main drive now, with a second on the way this week for back up.

You can't go wrong with a five year warranty and great performance.
by torax
Thu Feb 05, 2009 8:31 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: What technology runs in your panel?
Replies: 102
Views: 10173

Re: What technology runs in your panel?

3x Dell 2007fp - all three LG IPS It's odd, even though the three have the same panel (according to the revision and "L" as the last character in the serial number indicating manufactured by LG), I can still see a difference in the out of the box colors and brightness prior to calibration....
by torax
Wed Nov 05, 2008 6:48 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Which will draw less power?
Replies: 5
Views: 1090

Re: Which will draw less power?

Another thing I just noticed about the 550 are the voltages as reported by SpeedFan: +3.3 = 3.31 +5 = 4.92 +12 = 12.22 -12 = -16.97 -5 = -6.16+5 = 6.85 Are those voltages too far out of spec? Also, my motherboard has an 8pin connector on the motherboard which the 550 has but the 380 does not. Will t...
by torax
Wed Nov 05, 2008 3:26 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Which will draw less power?
Replies: 5
Views: 1090

Which will draw less power?

I have a Antec NEO-HE 550W in my system currently, but I also have a spare Antec Earthwatts 380W laying around. I have two questions: 1. Which one will draw less power given my system? 2. Will the Earthwatts be enough to power my system? My system is as follows: GA-EP45-DS3R LGA e2160 @ 3.0ghz 1.248...
by torax
Sun Nov 02, 2008 3:22 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Three monitors on 8600GT?
Replies: 10
Views: 1972

Re: Three monitors on 8600GT?

How much of a constraint is the mATX? It'd be cheaper to buy a new case and an ATX motherboard than just that mATX board. Thanks Usacomp2k3 - that's exactly what I decided to do. I picked up an Antec Solo along with this motherboard . I couldn't be happier with the case - the elastic band hard driv...
by torax
Thu Oct 16, 2008 8:24 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: new cpu...
Replies: 21
Views: 1342

Re: new cpu...

just brew it! wrote:
morphine wrote:
It's not that I don't believe *you*, it's that I don't believe the temp sensors :)

Yeah, unless the room the computer is in is pretty chilly, those core temps violate the laws of physics.

Could be chilly - check the location. Wabbit's in Serbia!
by torax
Fri Oct 03, 2008 11:46 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Group Shoot - Small World
Replies: 55
Views: 3337

Re: Group Shoot - Small World

These are all some great shots. I have found that with my camera, I get the best results by using ISO 50 in burst mode. I'll take five or six shots of the same subject on burst mode, and then at least one will turn out with out any camera shake. If I can find something on which to rest the camera, ...
by torax
Fri Oct 03, 2008 7:21 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Group Shoot - Small World
Replies: 55
Views: 3337

Re: Group Shoot - Small World

These are all some great shots. I have found that with my camera, I get the best results by using ISO 50 in burst mode. I'll take five or six shots of the same subject on burst mode, and then at least one will turn out with out any camera shake. If I can find something on which to rest the camera, e...
by torax
Sun Sep 28, 2008 11:19 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Group Shoot - Small World
Replies: 55
Views: 3337

Re: Group Shoot - Small World

mattsteg wrote:
I particularly like 6 and 14.

Thank you. #6 is from last fall in the Cumberland Gap National Park. #14 is last month in the BWCA - baby pine trees about two inches tall.
by torax
Sun Sep 28, 2008 11:09 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Group Shoot - Small World
Replies: 55
Views: 3337

Re: Group Shoot - Small World

I take macro shots like this all the time with a cheapie little Canon SD400. All are straight out of the camera. http://www.tbroth.com/images/tr/trMacros_1.jpg http://www.tbroth.com/images/tr/trMacros_2.jpg http://www.tbroth.com/images/tr/trMacros_3.jpg http://www.tbroth.com/images/tr/trMacros_4.jpg...
by torax
Thu Sep 25, 2008 9:50 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Three monitors on 8600GT?
Replies: 10
Views: 1972

Re: Three monitors on 8600GT?

Well, I found a good deal on a third monitor. Now it's time to find a way to make all those pretty pixels light up. If I were to get a new mobo, It looks like I would be limited to this one , plus I'd have to get another video card. As much as I'd like to have this motherboard and a shiny new video ...
by torax
Wed Sep 24, 2008 2:09 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: 4GB on my MacBook Pro
Replies: 16
Views: 2030

Re: 4GB on my MacBook Pro

Usacomp2k3 wrote:
Can OSX see 4GB of RAM?

Leopard - yes
Tiger - no
by torax
Mon Sep 22, 2008 3:39 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Three monitors on 8600GT?
Replies: 10
Views: 1972

Re: Three monitors on 8600GT?

I had a feeling I would need a low-end PCI or PCI-Express video card in addition to my 8600GT. I don't need anything powerful at all. I just want the extra space for developing: FTP Voyager + email/messaging on one, Eclipse on another, SQLYog on the third. I'm wondering too if upgrading my motherboa...
by torax
Mon Sep 22, 2008 2:28 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Three monitors on 8600GT?
Replies: 10
Views: 1972

Three monitors on 8600GT?

Is it possible to run three 1600x1200 displays from a single 8600GT? A friend uses a DVI splitter from a Matrox card to push three 1680x1050 displays, and I would like to do the same if I don't have to upgrade my video card.

Edit: If not, would the HD4670s do the trick?
by torax
Sun Sep 21, 2008 9:14 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Quiet Cooling
Replies: 3
Views: 931

Re: Quiet Cooling

Welcome to the forums! I currently use a Freezer 7 Pro. It's a fantastic cooler that is dead quiet at low rpms - even when the fan ramps up, it produces a quiet low pitched woosh sound instead of a high pitched wine. As I type, it is cooling my 3.0ghz e2160 at a silent 1520 rpm. For the price, you'l...
by torax
Sun Sep 21, 2008 4:33 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How do Graphics Cards Regulate Fan Speed?
Replies: 4
Views: 837

Re: How do Graphics Cards Regulate Fan Speed?

The Zalman product uses a brushless DC fan with hall-effect speed sensing but no means of speed control other than the DC input. The fan mate controller is simply a linear voltage regulator with a pot to adjust the output voltage. As such, you probably won't be able to connect/control the Zalman fa...
by torax
Sun Sep 21, 2008 4:04 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How do Graphics Cards Regulate Fan Speed?
Replies: 4
Views: 837

How do Graphics Cards Regulate Fan Speed?

Right now I have an 8600gt 256mb with a zalman vf900 on it. Since there is not a fan header on the card itself (it was originally passively cooled), I'm using the fan mate that came with it to regulate fan speed. I've been looking at some of the latest video card offerings (some 4670s and 4850s) and...
by torax
Wed Sep 17, 2008 9:59 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Sister's graphics card
Replies: 28
Views: 937

Re: Sister's graphics card

Hmm im confused then: http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Products_Spec.aspx?ClassValue=Motherboard&ProductID=1881&ProductName=GA-K8NSC-939 1. 1 x AGP slot (8x/4x-AGP 3.0 compliant), supports 1.5v display card only 2. 5 x PCI slots (PCI 2.3 compliant) I see 5 PCI slots then a gr...
by torax
Wed Sep 17, 2008 9:33 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Sister's graphics card
Replies: 28
Views: 937

Re: Sister's graphics card

If that is the 6 pin connector, yes Edit: I was thinking maybe its the table, arent there different types of DVI cables? DVI-I single and dual link..., DVI-D and DVI-A for instance Don't know if it matters, but the card in question is not AGP. 6-pin power connector => PCI-Express. Edit: I guess tha...
by torax
Tue Sep 16, 2008 7:49 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Bank Fees
Replies: 30
Views: 966

Re: Bank Fees

I hear banks make more off screwing people with fees than by interest from loans. They are getting really creative at it to. Of course if they make a mistake and charge you it's no big deal. But if you make a mistake they charge you right up the ATM hole. I use a Credit Union.....not as bad. I've h...
by torax
Tue Sep 16, 2008 7:21 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Bank Fees
Replies: 30
Views: 966

Re: Bank Fees

I would try contacting that bank's customer support department. Since all of those overdrafts occurred within such a short amount of time, and you made what you thought to be a good attempt at preventing that stream of fees, and because you have been a customer since 1993, I would think that talking...
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