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by blue_bludger
Fri May 02, 2008 1:06 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: CPU lifespan
Replies: 38
Views: 3090

Re: CPU lifespan

Only one that I can remember and that was a server processor, it was an Alpha (EV7 I think) in a 4-way that started throwing very odd kernel panics, it was tracked to a dying processor. I've never seen an X86 proc go bad though. Getting a bit off-topic, the FSB of the original Athlon (K7) actually ...
by blue_bludger
Thu May 01, 2008 7:59 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: CPU lifespan
Replies: 38
Views: 3090

Re: CPU lifespan

Only one that I can remember and that was a server processor, it was an Alpha (EV7 I think) in a 4-way that started throwing very odd kernel panics, it was tracked to a dying processor. I've never seen an X86 proc go bad though.
by blue_bludger
Tue Apr 22, 2008 9:29 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Spare PC may have gone to the grave
Replies: 13
Views: 748

Re: Spare PC may have gone to the grave

The basic point of this card these days is to keep a couple of AGP based MB's viable for the time being in the 2nd PC. I limit myself to the 2 so I normally have a few spares knocking around but I now seem to be a bit low on GPU's. If the underclock without fan proves stable (as I think it should) t...
by blue_bludger
Tue Apr 22, 2008 8:35 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Spare PC may have gone to the grave
Replies: 13
Views: 748

Re: Spare PC may have gone to the grave

Ah, didn't think to use that tool to underclock, but works beautifully - I've now got quite a bit more confidence it's not going to burst into flames on them. The ghetto-style fix has occured to me, now I just need to work out if an Arctic Cooling silencer for a 9800Pro can be piggy backed onto a Ge...
by blue_bludger
Tue Apr 22, 2008 6:58 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Spare PC may have gone to the grave
Replies: 13
Views: 748

Re: Spare PC may have gone to the grave

Thanks for the suggestions, the culprit was the PSU as suggested, I have to say I thought it was probably ok as it seemed to be supplying power to the MB but it looks like it was in a pretty seriously degraded state. So the Auriga 300W (how did that get in there?) has been replaced by an Antec 400W ...
by blue_bludger
Sun Apr 20, 2008 7:06 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Spare PC may have gone to the grave
Replies: 13
Views: 748

Re: Spare PC may have gone to the grave

I can give that a try, I thought given that power was getting to the board that it was one of the less likely candidates. Still, I've got a better PSU than is in there lying around so I'll give it a go.
by blue_bludger
Sun Apr 20, 2008 5:25 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Spare PC may have gone to the grave
Replies: 13
Views: 748

Re: Spare PC may have gone to the grave

I should have given some specs with that....

AMD 2500XP-M (no longer OC'd)
Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe MB
ATI 9800Pro
1GB DDR1 - 2x512MB - not sure of manufacturer but I think Kingston
40GB HD - WD I think
Sony DVD-rom + CD burner
by blue_bludger
Sun Apr 20, 2008 5:12 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Spare PC may have gone to the grave
Replies: 13
Views: 748

Spare PC may have gone to the grave

Hi, well I've got some problems with the spare PC that is cobbled together from all the spare stuff I have lying around. It last got used about 9 months ago as a lend to a film festival (they don't have much budget for PC's and that sort of thing) and has sat gathering dust since - I've wanted to tr...
by blue_bludger
Wed Apr 16, 2008 1:27 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: How measure/improve network speeds?
Replies: 29
Views: 3854

Re: How measure/improve network speeds?

You could always try this tool which does a memory to memory transfer test thus bypassing disks. I've used it in the past and it worked quite well. In terms of general expectation of gige throughput I've seen servers do about 60MB/s in each direction simultaneous, that was database traffic i.e. lots...
by blue_bludger
Wed Dec 05, 2007 6:44 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Firefox using too much cpu
Replies: 16
Views: 2384

Does it only happen when you hit pages with lots of flash embeds on it? I installed the flashblock extension and that problem has stopped for me.
by blue_bludger
Sun Nov 11, 2007 7:04 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: U.K retailers?
Replies: 4
Views: 843

Thanks for the suggestions, reliability is probably more important than price on this one as there's limited time to do the swaps. Have people had good service off these stores? Thanks in advance.
by blue_bludger
Wed Nov 07, 2007 8:29 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: U.K retailers?
Replies: 4
Views: 843

U.K retailers?

Hi, as the forum search function doesn't seem to be working at the moment I'll ask this direct, who are some of the better retailers (can be actual shops or just online) in the UK at the moment for components. I'm going to be back in the UK at Christmas and I already have some family PC support jobs...
by blue_bludger
Mon Sep 03, 2007 2:22 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Question about sunglasses and lcd's
Replies: 11
Views: 1072

Polarizing filters can be useful on cameras for pretty much the same reason they are useful in sunglasses, they cut down haze and show what is there more clearly. I find it particularly useful for water shots especially if I want to include something that is under water in the shot. I also happen to...
by blue_bludger
Fri Aug 17, 2007 2:24 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: Milestones: 100K and above
Replies: 276
Views: 140192

Half a million and the front page at last, boy have I hit the big time!
by blue_bludger
Mon Jun 18, 2007 2:50 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: IT Managers and their so-called skills
Replies: 24
Views: 4418

Re: IT Managers and their so-called skills

Has anyone else encountered similar levels of 'in-eptitude' in your companies with IT departments run by those that really aren't in a position to be dealing our language. Spend more than one day with almost any government department and you will have a lifetime of stories. There is a major problem...
by blue_bludger
Tue Apr 24, 2007 5:07 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Build to support data crunching. Can you critique?
Replies: 13
Views: 2692

Welcome to the forums :D The only data crunching I see there is Oracle - is there anything else? Oracle likes fast disks and lots of ram for the SGA but in development mode this matters little. If you wanted to spend more dollars you could improve the disk and move to 4GB of ram but otherwise it loo...
by blue_bludger
Sun Apr 22, 2007 11:23 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: 4GB of RAM?
Replies: 19
Views: 4269

I'm on 2.0.0.3 - I can't remember the figures for when I was running previous versions.
by blue_bludger
Sun Apr 22, 2007 10:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: need a boot for hardcore hiking
Replies: 21
Views: 6417

I always found Meindl very comfortable and near indestructible although I wouldn't know how available they are in the states. I walked half-dome in a pair in a day, that might count as hard-core?? - 18 miles and 5000 ft of ascent. I've also done some more rough terrain walking in them in the uk and ...
by blue_bludger
Sun Apr 22, 2007 9:55 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: 4GB of RAM?
Replies: 19
Views: 4269

Your current commit charge doesn't sound too abnormal but the peak sounds high, maybe you should try and determine whether the peak occurred during Project Reality, you want to know for sure before spending money. Your FF memory usage doesn't sound right to me, I never stop my work PC unless I have ...
by blue_bludger
Wed Apr 11, 2007 5:31 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Raptor Raid
Replies: 25
Views: 6530

This all just goes to remind me why I don't use raid at home - the best I could afford is a 2 disk raid 1 setup which would only show some improvement on reads but there is still all the aforementioned problems with drivers / support etc. As for the controller on the EMC - there's 2 of them with abo...
by blue_bludger
Wed Apr 11, 2007 2:40 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Raptor Raid
Replies: 25
Views: 6530

The raid controller I was using for the 6 disk tests is part of an EMC fibre channel array of 30 disks I'm playing with at work at the moment, couldn't tell you what actual controller is though.
by blue_bludger
Tue Apr 10, 2007 7:40 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Raptor Raid
Replies: 25
Views: 6530

Some recent tests I did with 6 disks in raid 0,0+1 and 5 showed raid 0 had the highest seeks per second which is a similar stat to latency, raid 1 wasn't tested alone.

Were you using software raid for this test?
by blue_bludger
Tue Apr 10, 2007 12:44 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Raptor Raid
Replies: 25
Views: 6530

Welcome to the forums :D Before answering your question there's a couple of things to clear up about Raid - it sounds like you're thinking of using 2 drives for it which would give you the choice of raid levels 1 or 0. Level 1 will give you redundancy i.e. one of the drives can fail and you don't lo...
by blue_bludger
Thu Apr 05, 2007 1:37 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: The old debate - upgrade vs. new build
Replies: 22
Views: 4825

I recently went the 4300 and ASRock board route to prolong the life of my DDR1 and AGP stuff, the 9800Pro can still run most games ok. Just this week I bought 2GB of DDR2 as prices seem good at the moment and that should allow me a decent OC to start with. I'll only upgrade the vid card on 2 conditi...
by blue_bludger
Sun Feb 11, 2007 10:34 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: over due upgrade
Replies: 18
Views: 2956

How about...

C2D 4300 ~175 US
Asrock Dual VSTA ~60 US

I've not done too much pricing for these so there may be better deals around.

A little over budget I know but it gets him a C2D plus he can keep the AGP card and the DDR1 mem for now and upgrade without having to change the board.
by blue_bludger
Tue Jan 30, 2007 6:47 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The ultimate bogan car
Replies: 26
Views: 4893

Yup, that's worse than any I've ever seen.
by blue_bludger
Mon Jan 29, 2007 10:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tanzania here I come!
Replies: 6
Views: 1015

Is that Tanzania and South Africa? Good work anyway, what sort of work specifically?
by blue_bludger
Thu Jan 25, 2007 1:19 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Bizarre Movies that you Like
Replies: 66
Views: 17531

My wife recently admitted to having a childhood crush on the lead puppet in The Dark Crystal, I think that's maybe weirder than the film itself. :o
by blue_bludger
Wed Jan 24, 2007 1:48 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tracking down some odd forum/server issues
Replies: 11
Views: 1570

Are you using more than one Web/Forum Server? Time for some apps is calculated at the client layer not the db layer which frequently causes this sort of problem.
by blue_bludger
Tue Jan 23, 2007 12:59 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: 8800 power question
Replies: 27
Views: 9121

I might be missing the point entirely here but doesn't TR's very own 8800 review show total system draw at the plug under load for one of these as 259 for the GTS and 277 for the GTX. Isn't a (true) 500W PSU overkill for this?