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by just brew it!
Sun Jul 20, 2003 2:26 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: Dually back on-line... finally!
Replies: 16
Views: 2050

Here's what I did to quiet this beast down: - Thermalright SK-7 heatsinks with Vantec Stealth 80mm fans - Antec TruePower PSU - All case fans connected to the temperature controlled fan output on the Antec PSU - Maxtor fluid bearing hard drive CPU temps are 48C under 100% load (two copies of F@h Gro...
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Sun Jul 20, 2003 2:16 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Firmware Mess
Replies: 3
Views: 1620

Yes, it could be loose/bad cabling. But if it was working before the firmware flash, it is rather unlikely that just flashing the firmware caused a cable to come loose!
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Sun Jul 20, 2003 2:15 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Where do you think intel will be
Replies: 50
Views: 11497

Moore's law says nothing about clock speeds. It predicts that the number of transistors on a chip increases exponentially with time (doubling every 18-24 months).

<a href="http://www.intel.com/research/silicon/mooreslaw.htm">Moore's Law</a>
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Sun Jul 20, 2003 2:09 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: TbredB vs thorton
Replies: 11
Views: 1439

Not quite. The Thorton is still a Barton die, but half of the L2 cache is disabled. This means the die is larger than a TBred-B, because you've got the extra die area of that unused L2 cache. This will make the Thorton easier to cool, because the contact area with the heatsink will be larger. So I'd...
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Sun Jul 20, 2003 2:03 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Where do you think intel will be
Replies: 50
Views: 11497

jim021, I think a terahertz by 2010 is a huge stretch. 25GHz maybe... but a terahertz? I don't think so.
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Sun Jul 20, 2003 2:00 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: cant anyone build a nice case?
Replies: 29
Views: 3460

I also hate most stamped grills Yeah... I'm coming to the conclusion that these are a big contributor to noise level. Too much restriction/turbulence. Is it any wonder that the really quiet PSUs (e.g. Antec TruePower) use wire grills instead? The stamped grills on the back of some of the Antec case...
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Sun Jul 20, 2003 1:55 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Where do you think intel will be
Replies: 50
Views: 11497

Heh... when the original IBM PC came out, it ran at ~5MHz. People were asking, "Imagine what things will be like when CPUs run at a gigahertz. What will you be able to do with that?" :D By 2005, we will likely be almost exactly a factor of 1000 faster (in terms of core clock speed) than the original...
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Sun Jul 20, 2003 1:24 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: Dually back on-line... finally!
Replies: 16
Views: 2050

Every bit counts.

Indeed! I still have a couple of 500MHz K6-III+ systems that manage to turn in a WU now and then. Not exactly speed demons, but they do OK.

The dually box will eventually take over as my main PC, once I get everything I need installed on it.
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Sun Jul 20, 2003 1:01 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Turtle Beach Santa Cruz question
Replies: 1
Views: 2329

Turtle Beach Santa Cruz question

Hey, all you sound card gurus... I just installed a new Turtle Beach Santa Cruz card, with the latest (4193) drivers from the Turtle Beach web site. The card seems to be functioning OK (i.e. audio seems to be working), but in Device Manager I get a device that shows up as "Turtle Beach Santa Cruz(tm...
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Sun Jul 20, 2003 12:51 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: Dually back on-line... finally!
Replies: 16
Views: 2050

Dually back on-line... finally!

Finally got my lazy a** in gear today, and finished the build of my dually box (pair of Athlon XP 2100+ modded to run as MPs). It was folding off and on back in May/June (as a burn-in test for the mobo), but has been out of commission for a while. As of a couple of hours ago, it's back on the air in...
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Sat Jul 19, 2003 11:04 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: decent system low benchmarks help!!!
Replies: 23
Views: 2796

Power supply problems would normally result in system instability (crashes/lockups), not slow performance.
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Sat Jul 19, 2003 8:18 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Firmware Mess
Replies: 3
Views: 1620

Did you power cycle the system, or just reboot? Sometimes you need to turn the power off and back on after upgrading the firmware.

Does the BIOS recognize the devices? If not, then the firmware flash may have failed, and toasted the CD-RW drive.
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Sat Jul 19, 2003 4:22 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Anything wrong with doing this?
Replies: 13
Views: 1284

One thing you need to watch out for though... fans that aren't designed for computer use can emit some magnetic field from the motor. If they are used within a few feet of your monitor, the image can start to vibrate or wobble. So if you crank up the window fan, and your monitor starts to freak out,...
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Sat Jul 19, 2003 1:35 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: go team go!
Replies: 33
Views: 2513

Guess they don't call 'em "tornado" for nothing... :D
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Sat Jul 19, 2003 11:35 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Pixilated Desktop
Replies: 20
Views: 1611

Hey my voodoo is better than something

Hey, Voodoo3 was a great card for its day. I still have one too (it's in my K6-III+ box currently).
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Sat Jul 19, 2003 11:15 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: New computer: xp home or pro, upgrade or not
Replies: 21
Views: 1087

AFAIK, OEM software is always a full version, not upgrade.

You always pay a huge price premium for the top of speed grades of CPU, whether Intel or AMD. Best price/performance is typically the mid-range CPUs (or a low-end CPU that has overclock potential).
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Fri Jul 18, 2003 10:47 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Pixilated Desktop
Replies: 20
Views: 1611

Hey..the Savage4 wasnt a bad card at all. Ran UT very well, and with the S3TC textures.

OK, so maybe there were a few things it didn't totally suck at. But in general, compatibility sucked. Drivers sucked. 2D image quality sucked. Never could get it to work right with Descent 3. Bah...
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Fri Jul 18, 2003 10:04 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Pixilated Desktop
Replies: 20
Views: 1611

Did S3 ever release a chip that wasn't a graphics decelerator? I gave up on 'em around the time of the Savage4...
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Fri Jul 18, 2003 8:58 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: New computer: xp home or pro, upgrade or not
Replies: 21
Views: 1087

OEM software must be purchased with hardware, and you get no tech support from Microsoft. (But who uses MS tech support anyway?) Most places require you to buy a motherboard or hard drive to get OEM software pricing... but NewEgg has an interesting deal right now where they will give you OEM pricing...
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Fri Jul 18, 2003 8:44 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: will the 64 bit color in athlon 64 be worth it
Replies: 19
Views: 2827

we all knew that... I was just wondering if you could.... say... use photoshop in 64 bit color.... Well, I think this is really two separate questions. Whether an application like photoshop can do its internal calculations in 64-bit doesn't depend on Windows, or the graphics card, or whether the CP...
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Fri Jul 18, 2003 5:04 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: will the 64 bit color in athlon 64 be worth it
Replies: 19
Views: 2827

does 32bit windows have support for 64bit color? It is the rendering pipelines on your GPU where the extra precision really matters. Until there are video cards which support 64-bit precision, it is irrelevant whether Windows (or DirectX) supports it, since you won't be able to use it anyway. Edit:...
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Fri Jul 18, 2003 4:34 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: will the 64 bit color in athlon 64 be worth it
Replies: 19
Views: 2827

Guardian, just because a game is 64-bit doesn't mean it uses 64-bit color. The color resolution is limited by the video card, not the CPU.

Porting games to x86-64 will be done for performance reasons, not to improve image quality.
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Fri Jul 18, 2003 2:46 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: howto burn iso image
Replies: 15
Views: 2533

still. nothing wrong with that at all.

Agreed. I was just pointing out that kurisu (apparently) misunderstood the original post.
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Fri Jul 18, 2003 2:17 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: howto burn iso image
Replies: 15
Views: 2533

And you need to be able to create an ISO image if you're downloading a Linux distro from the internet. Perfectly legal. I have an ISO image of Mandrake 9.1 sitting on my shelf waiting to be used. You've got that backwards... you need to be able to burn a CD from an ISO image to use a downloaded Lin...
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Fri Jul 18, 2003 1:15 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Pixilated Desktop
Replies: 20
Views: 1611

Yeah, to get better than 16-bit color at high resolutions, you're probably going to need a card with more memory. You really do need to figure out whether the motherboard has an AGP port though; if you have PCI only, that is going to severely limit your choices.
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Fri Jul 18, 2003 11:11 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What is your job?
Replies: 50
Views: 6960

sometimes dealing with senior citizens are say "When I bought this Compaq Presario (Piece of Crap Celeron 700 that runs ME!!!), I thought it would last 10 years!" (actual quote).... ugh... Well... for what most senior citizens use their PCs for, wouldn't a Celeron 700 still be good enough? My fathe...
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Fri Jul 18, 2003 10:46 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What is your job?
Replies: 50
Views: 6960

Software developer. I've bounced around... have worked quite a bit in the telecom industry, at a DOE laboratory (Fermilab), and in the financial industry. Currently working for a company that does financial databases and software... not the most exciting stuff, but it pays well.
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Fri Jul 18, 2003 9:49 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: go team go!
Replies: 33
Views: 2513

thegleek wrote:
i dont fold on windows machines, only *nix.... and it does give you the advanced choices...but i still leave everything at default, is that good?

Enabling -advmethods will improve your throughput on *nix as well.
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Fri Jul 18, 2003 9:45 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Socket A not dead yet?
Replies: 16
Views: 3164

(it wasn't until last year that Fry's stopped carrying Socket370 boards entirely; they always had one brand in stock in case someone needed a replacement for a dead board or something)

Socket 370 boards are still being made. The VIA C3 CPUs are all Socket 370.
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Thu Jul 17, 2003 4:04 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Socket A not dead yet?
Replies: 16
Views: 3164

Well... Slot A was not around for very long. And while Socket A has been with us for quite a while, older Socket A boards don't support the latest Athlon CPUs very well (if at all).
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