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by JJCDAD
Sun Apr 29, 2012 5:20 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Acer 4830t-6642 troubles.
Replies: 3
Views: 2696

Re: Acer 4830t-6642 troubles.

The one time I saw this same problem it was caused by Windows being installed with the hard drive in IDE/SATA mode and then the BIOS being switched to AHCI after the install. Changing the hard drive mode in the BIOS or a registry fix in safe mode fixed the issue without needing to reinstall. I doubt...
by JJCDAD
Mon Apr 23, 2012 5:39 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Good 2.1 set?
Replies: 40
Views: 11849

Re: Good 2.1 set?

The OP didn't list any requirements or intended uses for the speakers. So I posted some highly rated but cheap speakers.

How would you guys respond to a post that read "I need a computer. I want to spend $1000."?
by JJCDAD
Sun Apr 22, 2012 1:12 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Good 2.1 set?
Replies: 40
Views: 11849

Re: Good 2.1 set?

$200 for 2.1 computer speakers? Seems like overkill to me unless you have some very specific requirements.

Get yourself some of THESE and put the other $150 to better use.
by JJCDAD
Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:57 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Why do most women not care about HD
Replies: 52
Views: 4773

Re: Why do most women not care about HD

Every time I go to my mom's house she is watching channel 8. I explain to her that channel 808 has the same shows but in HD. It just never penetrates her brain or something because she still just watches channel 8. She has a nice new 46" Sony lcd tv. I shouldn't care one way or another, but I d...
by JJCDAD
Wed Apr 11, 2012 6:49 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Best Cheap Soundcard for my HTPC?
Replies: 11
Views: 5904

Re: Best Cheap Soundcard for my HTPC?

I have a Nvidia 9500 GS video card in the HTPC.

How do the ATI video cards pass the uncompressed sound to the receiver? Via HDMI? My receiver doesn't have HDMI inputs.
by JJCDAD
Tue Apr 10, 2012 12:52 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Best Cheap Soundcard for my HTPC?
Replies: 11
Views: 5904

Re: Best Cheap Soundcard for my HTPC?

Alright. Thanks guys! The Xonar DG looks to be exactly what I'm looking for. $16.99 after MIR seems like a great deal too!
by JJCDAD
Tue Apr 10, 2012 11:46 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Best Cheap Soundcard for my HTPC?
Replies: 11
Views: 5904

Best Cheap Soundcard for my HTPC?

I want to output surround sound from my HTPC to my Onkyo TX-SR602 receiver. The sound source will be AC3 avi or mkv files played through XBMC. The HTPC is just an older Dell Dimension with PCI and PCI-E 1x slots available. I figured any old soundcard with optical out would suffice, but it seems many...
by JJCDAD
Fri Apr 06, 2012 9:16 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Replacement for cheap CD players?
Replies: 6
Views: 3581

Re: Replacement for cheap CD players?

Rip all their CDs to a cheap MP3 player like a Sansa Clip and get them any cheap set of computer speakers to output the sound to. Should be doable for $50.
by JJCDAD
Wed Apr 04, 2012 12:08 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Outlook 2010 - my fubar
Replies: 3
Views: 1859

Re: Outlook 2010 - my fubar

Does it prompt you for a specific profile? If so, just create a blank one with the same name.
by JJCDAD
Tue Mar 27, 2012 8:48 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: If you like prog, AOR or straight-up rock...
Replies: 27
Views: 2181

Re: If you like prog, AOR or straight-up rock...

I think "The Storm" is the best new song I've heard this year. Wow!
by JJCDAD
Tue Mar 27, 2012 8:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Hasbro loses "Transformer Prime" lawsuit
Replies: 6
Views: 748

Re: Asus loses "Transformer Prime" lawsuit

EsotericLord wrote:
Wow, I suck so bad..... I really wrote the wrong company as the loser.


Egg+ my face. Hardcore.


No biggie. I've done done similar things so many time I can't count.

It was pretty obvious by your quotes, from the article, that Hasbro lost and Asus won. 8)
by JJCDAD
Tue Mar 27, 2012 8:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Hasbro loses "Transformer Prime" lawsuit
Replies: 6
Views: 748

Re: Asus loses "Transformer Prime" lawsuit

Ummmm. Hasbro lost the lawsuit.
by JJCDAD
Tue Mar 27, 2012 8:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: If you like prog, AOR or straight-up rock...
Replies: 27
Views: 2181

Re: If you like prog, AOR or straight-up rock...

Shoulda Coulda Woulda just rocked my face off! Thanks for telling us about this.
by JJCDAD
Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:22 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4201
Views: 598229

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Wikipedia wrote:
An earworm is a piece of music that sticks in one's mind so that one seems to hear it, even when it is not being played.


That is why I named those 2 songs.
by JJCDAD
Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:58 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4201
Views: 598229

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

One of the blogs I read has just had a "worst earworm of the '70's thread". Contestants so far are: Michael Murphy - Wildfire Paper Lace - The Night Chicago Died Starland Vocal Band - Afternoon Delight Terry Jacks - Seasons in the Sun Bo Donaldson - Billy, Don't be a Hero Blue Swede - Hoo...
by JJCDAD
Tue Mar 13, 2012 5:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4201
Views: 598229

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

by JJCDAD
Sat Mar 10, 2012 11:34 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 26484
Views: 2037736

Re: dymt reloaded

Yeah, I just posted the pic for a laugh.
by JJCDAD
Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:42 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 26484
Views: 2037736

Re: dymt reloaded

Captain Ned wrote:
What are the Intel part numbers on those two big bridge chips next to the CPU?


Left: SB82371SB L6253266 SU093 Right: SB82437VX L6663735 SU085
by JJCDAD
Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:26 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 26484
Views: 2037736

Re: dymt reloaded

bhtooefr wrote:
Well, weren't there some ATX cases with turbo buttons?


I'm guessing this is a 486 maybe? This stuff is older than my tech knowledge.

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by JJCDAD
Sat Mar 10, 2012 9:37 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 26484
Views: 2037736

Re: dymt reloaded

This was brought in to the shop the other day....they wanted to know if it was worth fixing. :D

Image
by JJCDAD
Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:53 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD Installation Question
Replies: 3
Views: 1760

Re: SSD Installation Question

If your drive has a driver disk, Win7 has an option to install the driver (like XP did) before it starts the actual install.

Or you can install Win7 in IDE mode and then enable AHCI later by making THIS registry change.
by JJCDAD
Sun Mar 04, 2012 3:03 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: How to Set New Drive as 'A:\'?
Replies: 24
Views: 3202

Re: How to Set New Drive as 'A:\'?

"A" and "B" are options on my Win7 system. There is an option in the BIOS called "Legacy Diskette A" which I have set to "Disabled". This is on an Asus motherboard. I tested it by plugging in a USB thumb drive and it allowed me to change the drive letter to &q...
by JJCDAD
Sat Mar 03, 2012 2:42 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Reseating an i5 stock heatsink before first switch on...
Replies: 5
Views: 3179

Re: Reseating an i5 stock heatsink before first switch on...

I would definitely re-apply the thermal compound. Or at least try to spread it out evenly (if it is still pliable enough). You don't want gaps and bubbles between your heatsink and cpu.
by JJCDAD
Sat Mar 03, 2012 12:08 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Office Printers... Advice?
Replies: 12
Views: 2572

Re: Office Printers... Advice?

Check out Samsung and Keocera.
by JJCDAD
Thu Mar 01, 2012 1:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4201
Views: 598229

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Played for a friend, she says "Oh My God! That song is THE FUNK!!!!". I guess that means I'm not the only one who likes it.

Aloe Blacc - I Need A Dollar

When I first heard it, I thought it was a Bill Withers song from the 70s. :D
by JJCDAD
Sun Feb 26, 2012 1:56 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Does this make any sense?
Replies: 11
Views: 1287

Re: Does this make any sense?

Deathright wrote:
939 didn't support DDR2 ?


You're right. This 939 machine is running DDR memory. Not sure why I thought it was DDR2. But I DO have 4GB of DDR2 to use.
by JJCDAD
Sun Feb 26, 2012 1:06 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Does this make any sense?
Replies: 11
Views: 1287

Re: Does this make any sense?

r00t61 wrote:
You can have my ASUS commando board (S775, DDR2) if you'll pay the shipping. It's been sitting in my old machine for a year, doing nothing. Might as well be useful again for someone.


PM sent.
by JJCDAD
Sun Feb 26, 2012 1:05 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Does this make any sense?
Replies: 11
Views: 1287

Re: Does this make any sense?

Do you feel constrained by your current system? I could imagine you might be hitting memory limits and paging to disk at times, particularly when video editing and possibly photoshop. If that's the case, and given where memory prices are -- and the ongoing commercial life of DDR3 -- you're better o...
by JJCDAD
Sat Feb 25, 2012 9:34 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Does this make any sense?
Replies: 11
Views: 1287

Does this make any sense?

I have access to a free C2D E7500 cpu. I would need to buy a socket 775 motherboard and would probably choose to get DDR3 RAM. I am currently using a crappy socket 939 Athlon 64 3700+ with 3GB of DDR2. I don't foresee me having $400 anytime soon to do a Sandy Bridge (or Ivy) upgrade. So would throwi...
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