Recent content by BillParrish

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    WOW! I just lapped my TRUE, and boy is it cooler!

    It is always best to lapp both parts. Not necessary but just best. At least do the "razor blade test" on the cpu the next time you have a chance.
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    OCing Q9550 on Gigabyte P35-DS3L - problems and ?s

    Increase the FSB voltage. (This affects the GTL voltage on the FSB). Use smallest steps available and it make take a couple of bumps before you see improvement. Test and see. You can go too far and while the OC will look good you will get random lockups during operation if you go too...
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    H70 - Keep radieator relatively clean?

    Easiest is a can of compressed air. Shoot it in opposite of the normal airflow so you do not drive dust in deeper. A small 1/2 inch paint brush and some a damp paper towel to work over the fan blades and inside the housing. Its out of season now, next spring go to a hardware store or...
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    RAM Issues on X58 Boards

    Has anyone tired using Memset or other utility that will read the SPD chip on a board that is a "misbehaving" mode (reporting less than installed) to see if the SPD chip can be read on all installed sticks while the "error" is occuring ? Tested Vdimm and other power signals and/or refresh...
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    RAM Issues on X58 Boards

    all fun and games but until someone takes a misbehaving board out of a case where a logic analyzer or O-scope can be used to "buzz" out the memory address and data buss along with a good knowledge of exactly how and where (what lines/traces/pins) the bios uses to detect and size a memory stick...
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    Questions About Sys Fan Header and 140mm Fans

    most mother board fan headers are rated for 1 Amp (12 watts) I would watch your load as 5 fans could be getting close to that. The fans should be marked for current draw or wattage. Also check you manual it might give the max load and if so thats what you should go by. I would not...
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    Dell Plans More Than $100 Billion Spending in China

    Yep, all that pesky USA tax revenue both local and federal not to mention the overall impact of having several hundred americans employed to local businesses and the economy in general is something we dont need. But hey, just buy Dell stock instead of food.
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    UPS question

    Interesting question, I wish I had a schematic of exactly how that alarm worked and what it has as impact to the operation of the rest of the UPS. But I assume it is just a monitoring circuit. That would make the most sense. Your video card eats 300W fully loaded. So yea kicking...
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    cooling problems, Core i7 860

    Well thar's yer answer. (and the other posters comments are exactly true also) The EIST (Enhanced Intel SpeedsTep) or the bios's fans speed vs cpu socket temp sensor temp is trading off reduced fan speed and noise in favor of warmer temps. Set the fan speed control in the bios to...
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    cyberpower cps1500avr cuts out on overload on barttery

    Its out of warrany (3 years) so a careful opening it up and blowing out the dust cannot hurt. A small 1 inch paintbrush is handy for getting dust out of heatsinks and off of the board mounted components. The loaded voltages unfortunately do not tell me much about the state of charge...
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    best CPU upgrade for an LGA775 socket from my E5200

    GA-G31M-ES2L Two things come to mind. 1) make sure you have the latest bios so you can be sure the new cpu is supported. F9 or better for version 1.x boards FC or better for version 2.x boards http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=2889# 2) That is a "lite"...
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    Noob overclocker broke something

    Western Digital should have a utility on its web site to "factory format" the drive. It will go through and reset the drive to "from the factory" condition and should identify and lock out any bad sectors. Then during install of windows (or from within windows administrative tools/ disk...
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    Noob overclocker broke something

    Its highly likely all that is wrong is that your windows installation is corrupted. Reload/repair your operating system and your game. Do not let this discourage you, one issue is the math based stablilty test a lot of people use do not excercise the 3d graphics/video card. So when...
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    so MSI will not RMA my motherboard...

    This is not the place for this kind of converastion once it got past the MSI will not RMA "sample" boards. RTFR's http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=760666 There is a sub-forum in FS/FT for this kind of thing. (11) Do not post PERSONAL INFORMATION (i.e. addresses, phone numbers...
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    Which top quality I7 mobo?

    Anandtech has a review of the Asrock board. Its decent. Me after I made sure the features I wanted where there, and most other things being equal, I would download the manuals from the manuf web site and look over the bios options for the bios that seemed the easiest to understand and...
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