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by anand
Tue May 03, 2005 8:49 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Slipstreamed WinXP SP2 update?
Replies: 11
Views: 1669

Make sure you check out Ryan's update packs here:

http://ryanvm.msfn.org/updatepack.html

They work well with nLite. Download the appropriate .CAB file and tell nLite to use it during the Hotfixes screen. Your CD will have all of the latest hotfixes integrated as well that way.
by anand
Tue May 03, 2005 4:17 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Dimension 4600 PSU question
Replies: 40
Views: 14975

Personally, I was spending a decent amount of money on a PSU today I'd get a 24 pin one and use an adapter to hook it up to my 20 pin motherboard. A 24 pin PSU should be able to last you more upgrade cycles. Most current 24 pin motherboards (which I think is all the PCI-E ones out now) right now wil...
by anand
Tue May 03, 2005 3:34 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Dimension 4600 PSU question
Replies: 40
Views: 14975

Not all PSUs have 24 pin connectors. The one you linked doesn't. Take a look at TT's PSU list here: http://www.thermaltake.com/purepower/menu.htm You'll want something in the "ATX 12V 2.0 Series" list to get a 24 pin motherboard connector. The motherboard in your Dell more than likely has a 20 pin c...
by anand
Tue May 03, 2005 2:45 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Dimension 4600 PSU question
Replies: 40
Views: 14975

Some of the SFF systems reviewed on TR have similarly wimpy power supplies and have no problem powering cards like the 6600GT.

For example, this one has a 240W PSU and ran fine with a 6600GT:
http://www.techreport.com/reviews/2005q ... dex.x?pg=1
by anand
Tue May 03, 2005 12:33 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: DVD Copying?
Replies: 7
Views: 1674

DVD Decryptor is a good DVD backup program. It can create ISO files for your DVDs. I do it for some of my favorite DVDs so I don't have to keep messing with the actual disc. Instead I just mount the ISO on a virtual DVD drive using DAEMON Tools and watch it that way.
by anand
Mon May 02, 2005 12:40 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Kingdom of Loathing thread
Replies: 2607
Views: 416775

I only log in whenever someone posts a "anyone still playing?" message. I log in, spend all my turns at the Icy Peak to get some money, then neglect my account until the next "anyone still playing?" post :)
by anand
Sun May 01, 2005 11:11 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Replies: 23
Views: 1578

Yeah, all of the interpretations of HHGTTG over the years (the original radio show, the books, the TV series, and now the movie) have had some notable differences from each other. If were going in expecting to see a carbon copy of the book of course you're gonna be disappointed. Anyway, I thought it...
by anand
Sun May 01, 2005 10:55 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR MOB (Week 5)
Replies: 19
Views: 1500

224, that's 2 for me.
by anand
Fri Apr 29, 2005 3:36 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Official TR Next-Gen Console Thread
Replies: 49
Views: 9047

Wow, those pics of the GTO-looking car almost look real :o The warehouse background is obviously computer generated but if you masked it out it'd take me a while to figure out it was fake.
by anand
Thu Apr 28, 2005 4:52 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Is this a scam?
Replies: 7
Views: 817

Those things are pure scams. Check out any car enthusiast forum and you'll find plenty of people asking about them. If it was that easy car makers would be including them as stock equipment.
by anand
Thu Apr 28, 2005 1:53 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Looking for a heavy duty mouse...
Replies: 22
Views: 1773

Buy her a Mac. That'll solve the problem of destroying the right mouse button :lol:
by anand
Thu Apr 28, 2005 1:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The Greatest Hacker Ever!
Replies: 18
Views: 2352

There are a ton of DNS hostnames out there that resolve to 127.0.0.1. I remember one time back on college I was on IRC and someone posted they found a really good warez FTP drop at some hostname. I decide to check it out and fire up my FTP client and connected to the site. I remember thinking "damn ...
by anand
Wed Apr 27, 2005 9:06 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Why does inserting a blank disc cause PC to freeze?
Replies: 8
Views: 1323

My computer doesn't freeze up but it does slow down for a few seconds while it tries to figure out what kind of CD I just put in. Have you tried turning off autorun? That might take care of the problem.
by anand
Tue Apr 26, 2005 10:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR MOB (Week 4)
Replies: 20
Views: 1869

We're definately going down... in weight :lol:
by anand
Mon Apr 25, 2005 4:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone wikipedians?
Replies: 12
Views: 2204

I go through spurts where I edit (or to a much smaller extent, create) a bunch of articles. Then I go 3 months without logging into my account there at all.
by anand
Mon Apr 25, 2005 3:16 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: PCI-Express on Socket 754
Replies: 31
Views: 8279

This is the first time I've heard about them as well but it makes sense to make them if Sempron is going to keep S754 alive. No point dividing the market into AGP/S754 and PCIE/S939 since it's extra work all around for chipset makers, graphics card manufacturers, etc.
by anand
Mon Apr 25, 2005 3:14 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Superman?
Replies: 23
Views: 3748

Christopher Reeve was an unknown before he did his Superman movies too so I guess it's tradition :)
by anand
Sun Apr 24, 2005 10:03 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR MOB (Week 4)
Replies: 20
Views: 1869

226 here, so that's -2 for me.
by anand
Sat Apr 23, 2005 4:15 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: MySQL question
Replies: 25
Views: 3077

Whether your system can handle it depends on how many requests you're gonna be throwing at it. The minium requirements are very low though and your PC can definately handle it if you just want to use it to develop or host a small website.
by anand
Sat Apr 23, 2005 11:37 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Bash.org is just too much . . .
Replies: 57
Views: 7379

This one was great: <Cthon98> hey, if you type in your pw, it will show as stars <Cthon98> ********* see! <AzureDiamond> hunter2 <AzureDiamond> doesnt look like stars to me <Cthon98> <AzureDiamond> ******* <Cthon98> thats what I see <AzureDiamond> oh, really? <Cthon98> Absolutely <AzureDiamond> you ...
by anand
Fri Apr 22, 2005 11:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Top three most watched movies you own..
Replies: 68
Views: 13384

Me buying a movie is a sure fire way to ensure I don't ever watch it again... Not sure why I buy them exactly :)
by anand
Thu Apr 21, 2005 2:26 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Dual Core Pentium 820 folding gem?
Replies: 8
Views: 1555

Wow, didn't realize the 820 was going to be that cheap. Seems like a steal at that price (looks like it'll be around $240). The cheapest dual core A64 will be more than twice that price based on the prices on TR's front page right now. A A64 3500 is around the same price at $250. Is an A64 3500 twic...
by anand
Thu Apr 21, 2005 2:06 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Memory Check
Replies: 3
Views: 738

Memtest86:
http://www.memtest86.com/

You can get it as an ISO image. Burn it to a CD and reboot with it and it'll scan your memory. Probably the best free memory testing tool out there.
by anand
Thu Apr 21, 2005 2:04 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: don't drink the water
Replies: 32
Views: 3938

believe it or not nyc has some of the best water in the country. There was a pretty funny bit on Penn and Teller's show about NYC's tap water. They went to a restaurant and set up a fake "water steward" with various, expensive waters from all around the world (all of which were filled up out back b...
by anand
Wed Apr 20, 2005 11:55 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 2D Underclocking
Replies: 15
Views: 1554

I tried out ATITool to underclock my 9800 Pro while in 2D mode. There was a point where if I underclocked my memory below my display would become corrupted. Not sure about the GPU itself though if there was a lower limit on it...
by anand
Wed Apr 20, 2005 3:19 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Dual Core tomorrow!!
Replies: 61
Views: 14529

Once games start to really take advantage of dual cores/processors then any of these new dual core A64's should be capable of outperforming a single core FX55.

So one day, your dream will come true :)
by anand
Wed Apr 20, 2005 1:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR MOB (Week 3)
Replies: 28
Views: 1629

The weight I reported for this week's weigh in was pretty conservative since I wasn't sure what the scale was reading that day was accurate. But it looks like I was wrong and I'm hovering consistently around 224-225 now. So I should be turning a good -3 to -4 for the Beer Drinkers next week (which i...
by anand
Wed Apr 20, 2005 11:21 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Dual Core tomorrow!!
Replies: 61
Views: 14529

Did you miss all the reviews of the P4 EE 840? There have been plenty of reviews on that chip. The performance was pretty underwhelming though so it's no surprise no one really cared. You can buy PCs equipped with it right now (although if you try to configure a PC with it it'll tell you that it mig...
by anand
Tue Apr 19, 2005 1:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Any Music Fans here???
Replies: 36
Views: 4561

Sweet. Only 4 more to go :)

I think some people here are afraid that the rest of us might find out they're closet Britney and Justin fans :)
by anand
Tue Apr 19, 2005 12:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: poll: Do you block ads on TR?
Replies: 46
Views: 10414

I have a few ad sites on my AdBlock list. Most of TR's ads are hosted locally so they're not affected but if they're hosted by one of the big ad farms there's a chance they might be blocked.
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