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    Data recovery costs?

    Just curious if anyone has used a data recovery company to recover data from a failed HDD. I had a HDD fizzle (blue flames + smoke) the other night at work. Although the information on it is not totally vital, and much of the data is backed up, having direct access to it would save me a ton...
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    SUSE Studio

    So, anyone played with SUSE Studio yet? My invitation came through today and I have made a few builds. The whole system seems pretty impressive to me so far. It's a quick way to get a few VM's setup for testing, which will probably be my main use for it. ArsTechnica had a review of it the...
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    New monitor time, 24" is the sweet spot?

    So I have been running my 215TW's for a couple years now, and although I love them, I'm ready for something a little bigger. With the prices I see on 24" monitors out there it appears to be a pretty good time to get one. I'm not a color snob really, but I do notice how bad the cheap TN...
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    Need a new laptop, dell again?

    So it's time to pass along my aging inspiron for something new with a dual core processor and larger memory support. I have a pretty tight budget, but I am mainly just looking for a nice processor with a good shell. I can upgrade memory, hdd, dvd, etc at a later date. I need minimal graphics...
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    Single file web browser

    Can anyone recommend a stand alone web browser that is free/open source? I have not been able to turn up anything that will work. Basically, it needs to be one single executable that works in Win32, has a GUI, and can have simple options passed to it via the command line (url, window size...
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    Liberty or HX?

    I need to pick up a new PSU but I am having trouble pulling the trigger. Currently, I think I am down to either the Corsair HX 620w or the Enermax Liberty 620w. What would you go with given the two? Or is there a better modular PSU at or near the same price point? I am looking at ~$150 but could...
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    Saphire X800GTO problem

    I recently happened upon a x800gto and am having some serious issues with it. When first looking at it, it's pretty apparent that it is 'heavily' used. There is adhesive on the memory (probably someone had after market cooling and put the stock back on) and writing (some in marker, some in...
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    What's killing my PSU's?

    I have lost two good Antec PSU's in the same workstation in the last three months and I am starting to think something is fishy. I moved into a new house in July (it's a bit of an older house in Minneapolis) and lost an Antec Neo 480w psu after about 3 weeks. It just up and died one time...
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    Worth the upgrade?

    I currently have two eVGA 7800GT's in SLI on an A8N-SLI Deluxe. In general I am happy with their performance (obviously...) but I am running a pair of 215TW's in a dual monitor configuration and am getting a little sick of dealing with SLI. How much of a perfomance hit (if any) would I take...
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    A few oblivion questions

    So I am lvl12 or so now and am feeling pretty good about most aspects of the game (my first Elders Scroll) but have a few assorted questions. Just a couple things that keep bugging me that I havnt been able to figure out on my own. 1. How the heck do you recharge enchanted weapons? Probably...
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    AC always plugged in a bad idea?

    Quick question. My pops got a new laptop ~4 months ago and 'plugged it in' to start using it. Well, he never did unplug it, so the ac adapter has been constantly plugged in to the laptop for the 4 months he has had it, with the battery in the machine. He called me today just back in from a...
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    Poor performance...

    Man, I just ran 3dMark '05 on a system I expected to get 'decent' results and was floored with the results. 308 No, I didn't miss a zero! heh Anyway, I set the system up for my sister to use for light gaming and internet/email out of spare parts. here is the list: Abit IS7-E Pentium...
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    Advertising in games?

    So I generally play FPSers and strategy games, but I just picked up Need For Speed: Most Wanted because I used to love racing games when I played on consoles and have heard good things about the new NFS. Anyway. I am going through the first missions, finally hit the streets for some free...
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    GenMay/subscription

    Probably a stupid question, but how do you access GenMay and the other private forums after you pay for a subscription? I became a 'lifer' a few days ago, paypal charged my account, I received a receipt, etc... but do I need to alert someone or something? Thanks :)
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    RAID with non-raid/sata port question

    So I am having a heck of a day adding my new DiamondMax 10 200gb in to my setup (seen in sig). I am not 100% sure rather to put this thread here or in the motherboard section, but I will toss in some extra HD questions to tip the wagon :) Heres my situation. With my raptors running RAID 0 on...
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    Sharing a swap parition?

    Is it possible to share a swap partition between distros on a multi-boot setup? So, say I have a Gentoo, Ubuntu, and Fedora install on the same drive, would they all be able to access /dev/hda4 (a 2gb swap partition) without conflicts?
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    .NET 1.1 and 2.0

    Anyone notice when installing a fresh copy of XP and installing the .NET 2.0 redist package the .NET 1.1 redist still shows up in windows update? Is there a reason for that or just an oversight on Microsoft's part? I just did a clean install of XP SP2 on a machine, installed .NET 2.0 without...
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    Outdoor Cat5e

    I need some help sifting through some shifty looking etailers for outdoor cat5e. Basically, I am looking for approx 500ft of OSP cat5e for 4 long-term runs on top of a building (lots of sunlight, lots of rain, plenty of snow in the winter). I am seeing numerous different types online from many...
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    Running a little slow...

    I have a pair of 74gb raptors in RAID 0 that don't seem to be performing quite right for me. From what I have read and benchmarks I have seen, I should be hitting around 95mb /s drive index, but I am actually getting more like 72mb /s with a massive 19ms average seek time. Is there a bottleneck...
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    NVRaid questions

    OK, lets get this over with. I am going to strip my raptors. Don't yell at me :) I have read the reviews, I know there is extremely limited performance gain (but there is a gain!). I recently setup some ace storage on the network so I have no need to keep any 'important' files on my machine...
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    OCing in SLi

    Quick question. Is it possible to overclock a pair of cards in SLi? I have never heard otherwise, but I just tried to bump my chaintechs up a little with coolbits and I cant budge them at all in SLi. With SLi disabled, I can pump either card up +35 core and +85 memory. I am thinking maybe it's...
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    new build fails to post

    I am having a few issues trying to et a new machine for a friend up and running. Hoping smeone might have some suggestions on the problem. It's a budget build... MSI RS480M2 (S939, PCI-E), A64 3000+ (venice), 512mb Corsair ValueSelect, 80GB WD IDE, Liteon CD/DVD-ROM, Codegen bundle case with...
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    Any 6600GT (AGP) cooling alternatives?

    Is there any after market cooling solutions for the 6600GT AGP cards? I was hunting around today and couldn't find any. I assume there is a slight problem with having to cool both the GPU and the weird little HSI bridge chip, but I figured someone would have released something by now. Anyone...
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    LANPARTY / P4 640 Compatable?

    So I recently purchased a DFI LANPARTY 875P-T motherboard and a P4 640. After nothing but problems (please see here) , leading to an RMA of the board, only which to find myself now RMAing the processor- I am asking myself... are the new 6XX intel procs compatable with the popular LP 875P-T? I...
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    Trouble with VPN

    So I recently got an 8 port NETGEAR router for my work, the main selling point being that it could act as a VPN server. Sadly, I found out it's not exactly easy to get VPN running :) Looking for some help here. I *think* I have the router setup properly, I followed all the steps in the...
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    New system- major problem

    I don't know why it is, but everytime I build a computer for a friend, family member, or at work it always goes 100% smooth. Then when ever I do something for myself... BANG, some major problem happens, heh. I got a DFI Lanparty 875 and P4 640 in the mail this week and tried to drop it into...
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    New Raptor, Install issue with windows

    So I just got a 74gig raptor today. This is my first go with SATA, so I expected to have to mess around a bit, but I just can't get it working. I know there are SATA driver issues with motherboards and windows, but the odd thing is my motherboard and windows detected the drive with no problems...
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    Disabling explorer at boot

    I am putting together a media box that I do not want to have explorer load on. Is there some way to remove the windows shell from starting up? Thanks in advance.
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    Mountable LCD

    I am looking for a good mountable LCD for an audio system I am building. Basically, the box will be in an audio rack in the corner of a room and I would like to have the LCD mounted directly behind it on the wall. I sort of looked around (mainly on newegg) for a good LCD but I am not really...
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    Odd 6600GT graphics bug

    I just got an Apollo 6600GT (AGP version) from newegg. I am not sure what the issue is but while playing any game I get weird graphic bugs. Not random artificats, like from overclocking, but more like a glitchy appearance at times. Like one part of the screen will flash a little for just a...
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    Cant get to bios, no post...

    Anyone feel like brainstorming? :) I just built a new system with all new hardware, everything seemed to go fine in the build phase... no trouble with any components (except a little akwardness getting the cpu hsf on, but thats normal). I have checked all the jumpers (which appear to be fine)...
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    Can't detect IDE

    I just ordered I new PC through newegg and am trying to narrow down a problem with it. Everything seemed to assemble properly (I didn't have any issues) and when givin power everything spins/lights up as it should. However, when the bios gets to testing for IDE's it won't find any, even though I...
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    Rack/Wallmounts

    I am trying to find the 'newegg' of rack/wallmounts. Anyone know of a great place to get this type of gear? I have found a few places so far that offer the things I want, but the prices are pretty high and none of them seem very professional- which makes me paranoid about purchasing anything...
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    Linux GameCD's

    So I recently started playing with what are called GameCD's, basically it's like a LiveCD (Knoppix, Gnoppix, Mandrake Move, etc) but instead of booting into a nice usable desktop it boots up into a game (like Americas Army or ut2004). Basically, it gives your pc a console feel. The idea of...
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    Help with write speed

    I just got a new CD-RW for my system, it's a cheap (but I hear quite good) Liteon LTR-52327S. The stats on it are 52x32x52 but when I burn a CD (or use Nero Drive Info) my write speed is only 16x. I am using new and quality media that supports my full write speed. So, am I missing something...
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    proper cooling?

    My box is hot! :) Ok, seriously... I am trying to lower the temp in my system all around. Currently, I *think* things are a bit too hot. My CPU is ~50C idle, and my system temp is ~45C. Specs, Intel 2.4c Abit IS7-E 2x 256mb sticks of Samsung PC3200 Abit GeForce 4 Ti4200 WD 7200 8MB...
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    pin pointing a failure to POST

    Recently my system died a painful death. After upgrading to WinXP Pro (From 2k pro) and installing the latest drivers for my GF Ti 4200 I got a fuzzy display then complete power off. After that, the system will not even POST, and there is no beeping to indicate the problem. All I get is the fans...
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    New System- dies randomly

    I recently ordered a system online for a friend and it just came yesterday. It's a really budget-minded AMD system, with an ABIT VA-10 (video, audio, lan), Athlon XP 2000+, 256mb DDR333, Samsung 52x CD-ROM, and a 300w power supply all packed into a mid-tower case. I installed Windows 2000 on...
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    Quick Question: CPU/RAM

    I recently purchased a system online and just got it a couple days ago. It was an Abit IS7-E, P4 2.4b, and 512mb DDR400 package. After getting everything up and running, I noticed the BIOS was reporting the memory to be DDR333. I ran CPUZ which also confirms this. So, I contacted the company...
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    new purchase- looking for a [H]ard opinion

    I am really looking for some good input on a purchase I am looking to make early this week. I do have a bit of a budget, but that just makes things more fun :) Basically, I am looking for the ~$350 range on a CPU+MOBO+RAM+CASE upgrade kit. I have a still-nice 128mb Ti4200 (Abit) and a good set...
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