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by Klyith
Thu May 17, 2007 9:06 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Limewire not working!
Replies: 4
Views: 1736

meh all P2P is used for is downloading porn and copyrighted stuff. If it doesnt work I dont feel sorry for you. http://www.legaltorrents.com/index.htm http://www.jamendo.com/en/ http://www.soulseekrecords.org/ http://www.revision3.com/ http://www.publicdomaintorrents.com/ etc etc etc (Though my gen...
by Klyith
Thu May 17, 2007 6:45 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Problems with router signal strength, need suggestion
Replies: 28
Views: 11905

I was thinking of boosting the signal even more, is this safe? I won't mind installing a cooling fan if necessary. ~84mw . The problem with high power is not cooling, but signal noise. All amplifiers get noisy when you boost power too much. Read the FAQ and the wiki. There's lots of good info. Chan...
by Klyith
Thu May 17, 2007 6:36 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Mark your calendars: July 22
Replies: 34
Views: 10537

I don't care. Oh noes, Intel chose a route that was more financially feasible at a potential cost of a couple percent in [insert benchmark suite here]! I'd have to strain to notice any difference, frankly. Oh, I don't think I'd be able to tell in most cases either. I guess it's just my pace of majo...
by Klyith
Thu May 17, 2007 6:20 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Difference between these DS3 MB's
Replies: 15
Views: 3318

The heatpipe coolers that some makers are putting on 965 boards are overkill. We are enthusiasts. There is no such thing as overkill in cooling. 8) I guess heatpipes could be useful if someone was putting together a low noise computer with watercooling. A waterblock would mean no cpu fan to blow ai...
by Klyith
Thu May 17, 2007 2:36 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Difference between these DS3 MB's
Replies: 15
Views: 3318

Gungir wrote:
DS3s do tend to have wicked hot chipsets, no?

No, the 965 chipset is not especially hot. The big passive heatsink that the DS3s have should be plenty as long as you have at least a bit of air circulation over it. The heatpipe coolers that some makers are putting on 965 boards are overkill.
by Klyith
Thu May 17, 2007 2:20 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Mark your calendars: July 22
Replies: 34
Views: 10537

The next architecture is a shrink + a few new tricks. So those quads will still be 2 dual cores packed on the same package. Yup, what I mean by "next" is not the literal current next (ie presler) but in general next thing that meets the "fully-integrated 4 core cpu" qualificatio...
by Klyith
Thu May 17, 2007 1:49 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Mark your calendars: July 22
Replies: 34
Views: 10537

Interesting... But does anyone else think they'd rather wait for the next architecture that will produce a fully-integrated 4 core cpu, rather than the old intel "superglue two chips together" trick? I never much liked that; it means you have to pay a lot more attention to association, esp...
by Klyith
Wed May 16, 2007 7:22 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Problems with router signal strength, need suggestion
Replies: 28
Views: 11905

Will DD-WRT reliably work on the newer Linksys models (revision 6)? A special version called DD-WRT Micro can be put on v5/6 routers. It sounds like it kinda sucks. Here's the list of supported routers. DD-WRT works on a ton of stuff other than linksys WRT models, and some of the other ones are eit...
by Klyith
Wed May 16, 2007 7:02 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Problems with router signal strength, need suggestion
Replies: 28
Views: 11905

I've tried anything possible to increase the signal; I now have it lying on the middle of the floor instead of on a metal server rack. Inside, on top of, or next to anything metal will not do your signal any favors. Also, have you looked around the house to see if there is competition on the 2.4ghz...
by Klyith
Wed May 16, 2007 6:36 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: AARRRGH! (forced to spend more money)
Replies: 16
Views: 2957

Ok. Everything I said up there in my first post? F*** that noise. I now THANK my crt monitor for going bad. In fact, I almost wish it had happened sooner. I totally don't care anymore that my budget for fun things is now zeroed out. I've had my new 2007wfp plugged in for less than 30 minutes and I a...
by Klyith
Wed May 16, 2007 3:17 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: New cheap build
Replies: 3
Views: 907

Ok, check this out . $500 for everything you need including 2gb of ram. What to do with the extra moneys is up to you. I'd add a better / quieter heatsink myself. The passive vid card plus a zalman or whatever heatsink would make a whisper quiet machine (assuming your existing case & psu aren't ...
by Klyith
Wed May 16, 2007 2:46 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: New cheap build
Replies: 3
Views: 907

How about monitor?

I'd go with something like the TR Econobox. If gaming is important, you can use the money you save on case, dvd, & psu to get a cheap model 8600GT.
by Klyith
Wed May 16, 2007 2:23 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Voltage and temp safe limits for C2D over clocking?
Replies: 12
Views: 3185

60C the scary zone? Ive had mine way over that and it rocks along no problemo. At 3.689GHz mine was idling at 57C and went to around 72C under load. Intel's spec says the processor should stay at 60c or lower. So 72 is above that and technically too hot. Of course, that's just their spec for best r...
by Klyith
Tue May 15, 2007 8:09 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: New Build... XP32, XP64, or Vista?
Replies: 8
Views: 1496

If you already own XP (32bit) and can put it on the new machine, stick with that for now. Then, in another few months, get vista and do a clean install. Vista is improving rapidly -- it was unusable for gaming at release -- but still not as good as XP for stability and game performance. Wait for a g...
by Klyith
Tue May 15, 2007 6:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: How can I get taken off pre-approved credit lists?
Replies: 14
Views: 1638

Supposedly if you send the return envelope full of shredded paper they will eventually get the hint. But you know what's worse? Magazines that you don't want. For some reason I am now getting TV Guide every week. Great job there, sending tv guide to someone who doesn't watch TV! I'd love to figure o...
by Klyith
Mon May 14, 2007 11:00 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: HD, MIR: $7 power supply
Replies: 42
Views: 12325

Interesting, Seasonic - the local favorite - isn't in tier 1. Its a stupid list. Units which are made by Seasonic and rebranded by someone else (Corsair) are rated 2 "tiers" above Seasonic. How does that make sense? :roll: Somehow it seems to me that everyone suddenly "discovered&quo...
by Klyith
Mon May 14, 2007 10:29 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Can I put 4-GB of RAM in my system
Replies: 57
Views: 20818

Re: ...

Here's the problem, SONY saids I have the Intel 945GM chipset and it won't support 4-gb, BUT when I downloaded the Intel Chipset Identification tool, it said I have the Intel 945PM chipset. What should I do? It would help if you told us the model name / number of the laptop! I have a dedicated grap...
by Klyith
Mon May 14, 2007 10:18 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: DirectX 10 game patches..
Replies: 12
Views: 2945

No, because there won't be any. ^H^H^H^H Edit : I'm wrong. Silly, because I had even seen news of the supcom one, forgot/ignored it because I don't want vista. Anyways, besides a big game or two that are released during this transition period, I wouldn't expect much. I also wouldn't expect much is t...
by Klyith
Mon May 14, 2007 7:53 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Can I put 4-GB of RAM in my system
Replies: 57
Views: 20818

Yes, you can put in 4GB, and no, there should not be noticeable latency increases (maybe a few tens of nanoseconds). If you are using a 32bit OS, you won't be able to actually use all of that 4GB. The last few hundred mb of the address space are reserved for hardware stuff like DMA. edit: oh wait, a...
by Klyith
Mon May 14, 2007 7:36 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: HD, MiR: Crucial 2GB DDR2-8500 $125
Replies: 8
Views: 2074

How many boards might have problems booting 2.2v RAM before you can adjust the BIOS settings? I believe a lot of ram that wants high voltage will report lower cas timings to the mobo via SPD. For example, I just got some OCZ 800 cas 4 which reports cas 5. I could see that as a protection from error...
by Klyith
Mon May 14, 2007 7:19 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Alternate HDTV tuner program
Replies: 18
Views: 5157

But before i buy PureVideo can someone answer my question on my edit? Thanks. Sure! EDIT: Is it possible to use NVIDIA's "PureVideo" to render the output from my TV tuner? I have a feeling that the renderer that comes with the FusionHDTV program isn't taking enough advantage from my 7600G...
by Klyith
Mon May 14, 2007 3:33 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: AARRRGH! (forced to spend more money)
Replies: 16
Views: 2957

OD has an acer 22 inch wide for 269 before rebate, 199.99 after rebate. if you want a cheaper solution. Unfortunately, 22 inch LCDs look cheap by comparison because they all use TN film panels, which are the worst color range of LCD. 8-bit TN can be ok, but it's hard to find out in advance if the p...
by Klyith
Mon May 14, 2007 9:13 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Alternate HDTV tuner program
Replies: 18
Views: 5157

Check out Media Portal , which can basically be described as "MythTV for Windows" and is built on the bones of XBMC. It's not nearly as complete as myth yet, but it's in the good enough to use area. Development is still heavy and frequent, so you'll want to keep it updated if you go with i...
by Klyith
Mon May 14, 2007 8:43 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: New Build - Problems
Replies: 19
Views: 3295

I don't think just plugging the header in on the mobo could kill it. It would not have a closed circuit for potentially damaging current to actually flow. Now, if you had plugged a device into that mis-connected header, it could easily kill the device, the mobo, or both. Sending power volts to somet...
by Klyith
Mon May 14, 2007 7:20 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: AARRRGH! (forced to spend more money)
Replies: 16
Views: 2957

Thnx for advice / suggestions folks. I guess this was more along the lines of a frustrated rant than a cry for help. I'm not poor so I can afford the new screen. It just means I'm out of fun disposable money for a while. I was planning on some new wheels for my bike, that probably won't happen this ...
by Klyith
Mon May 14, 2007 2:21 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Decoding x264
Replies: 13
Views: 3282

VLC's built in codecs are supposed to be extremely optimized, try playing the videos with your current rig and see what results you get. I know on my A64-3000+ vlc uses very very little cpu time compared to other players. Yes, VLC is the thing to use. Even the ffdshow project that gets actual updat...
by Klyith
Mon May 14, 2007 1:54 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: AARRRGH! (forced to spend more money)
Replies: 16
Views: 2957

AARRRGH! (forced to spend more money)

So, less than two weeks after I get my new c2d system assembled and running, my CRT main monitor needs to be replaced. It's having focus problems, but doesn't have any focus adjustments to correct the problem. There are slightly blurred areas in a ~2 inch vertical stripe on the left and right edges....
by Klyith
Wed May 09, 2007 11:17 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: I took the plunge...
Replies: 7
Views: 2052

haha yeah my sig could use some work. Just remember: 9.) Signature guidelines: Signatures must not exceed 100px in height. This includes both images and text. For reference, five lines of standard size text is a little under 100px in height. Animation images in signatures are not allowed, this incl...
by Klyith
Wed May 09, 2007 10:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Help me choose a new credit card
Replies: 21
Views: 3240

The World Wildlife Fund spends an insane amount of money on lawyer fees to keep the WWE from using their precious initials, like anyone would confuse the World Wildlife Fund and the World Wrestling Federation. I'd rather flush my $ down a toilet than give it to the World Wildlife Fund's lawyers. Ha...
by Klyith
Wed May 09, 2007 9:02 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: new headphones... suggestions? (budget just got raised)
Replies: 21
Views: 6940

If you liked those phillips and can't spend much money, just go with another pair of the same. The only other options are various $10-20 earbuds, which all sound about the same, mediocre. Honestly those phillips are probably no better from a true "flat response" audio quality standpoint, b...
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