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    A new build... after 8 years

    My Athlon 3700+, 2GB memory, 6800GS build has been in daily service for 8 years and is now quite pathetic... A new build is very long overdue. update: I'm down to only needing suitable memory, PSU, cooling (cpu/gpu/case?), SSD(s), HDD (maybe), and the OS... Ultimately I'm looking for...
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    WHS Disk Behaving Odd

    I have WHS installed on an AMD box on an IDE drive with six SATA drives in the storage pool. Recently one of my 2TB drives failed but before it did, it showed up under Device Manager>Disks as simply "Hard Disk" instead of "WDC WD20EARS-XXXXXXX". My replacement has been working wonderfully...
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    Nikon SB-28 -or- LumoPro LP160

    The Nikon SB-28, although outdated, seems to be a killer flash at a reasonable price. The LumoPro LP160 is a bit more modernized with more features and better quality all around; it can be had for $170 shipped and has very high praises. I'm using a Canon 40D and am looking for something to get...
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    2010 PC Olympics

    Every four to five years I piece together a new computer, this monumental event is known to me as The PC Olympics. Last time I ended up with a 3700+ 2.2Ghz San Diego cpu, 2GB DDR400 PC3200 memory, nForce4 mobo, evga 7800gt, three 250GB WD HDD's in Raid-0, all thrown into a giant CM Stacker...
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    Lens Angles ???

    I currently have the Canon EF 28-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS lens that I use with my Canon 40D... obviously, this doesn't work well with indoor group portrait shots, or anything that could benefit from a wider angle lens. last time i want to Vegas, I found myself in many situations where I just couldn't...
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    MPC doesn't stay fullscreen.

    I have three displays. I double-click the video to make it fullscreen. Once it's fullscreen, if I click anything on any other display (with the exception of the Windows Taskbar), MPC goes back to windowed mode and not fullscreen. But, if once it's fullscreen, I click on the Windows Taskbar, I...
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    Display Calibrator?

    I'd like to get a hardware display calibrator to make sure my three computer displays are all as closely pictured as possible. I also do a lot of photo editing (Canon 40D) and printing (Epson 3800 Pro), along with graphi & web design, so color accuracy is fairly important. I don't want to...
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    Vizio 37" vs Westinhouse 40" LCD

    I could really use some input from any owners of either displays. I have the choice between either the Vizio 37" 1080p LCD (# VO37LFHDTV10A), or the Westinghouse 40" 1080p LCD (# VK-40F580D). Both are recertified, and both are the same price. Westinghouse: 40" 1800:1 Contrast Ratio 8 ms...
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    calling all astrophotographers...

    pleeeaase tell me that you have your gear set up to take some hi-res photos of the moon tonight... for when the rocket is launched into a crater on the moon at 5580 miles per hour, kicking up 6.2 km of dust to be studied... link to NASA's blog detailing the mission it's going down at 3:15am...
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    Gamestop Halo3:ODST Midnight Release Locations

    http://www.gamestop.com/gs/landing/h3o/MidnightOpeningsHalo3ODST.pdf (PDF link) A list of all Gamestop locations participating in the midnight release of Halo 3: ODST
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    Camera/Lens Cleaning

    Over the past year or so, my Canon 40D has gained an awful lot of dust spots (on the sensor I presume) from typical changing of lenses, etc. & I'm getting tired of fixing them in every photo I take in LR2... Any dslr cleaning kits that are recommended on a budget & available online? Any...
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    Post your Surround Setups for your PC's!

    Requirement: Must be used for a computer desk or something similiar. Not your home theater 5.1 audio setup that has an HTPC connected. It's hard to scrounge up all the 4.1, 5.1, 6.1 or 7.1 audio setups from the forum that are actually used for a PC, and not a home theater. So if you have 5.1...
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    PAX - extra ticket =p

    I ordered my Three Day Pass for PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) a while back. and just got shipped two (separately) by accident =p did i just land an extra ticket for free?!?! since they are sold out, i see they're going on craigslist for $80-100 i've never been to PAX before so i dont know if...
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    ipcop/pfsense/smoothwall as router?

    I'm looking to relieve my Dlink DI604 of it's network routing duties and put an old Dell P3 box with 2 NIC's in it's place. All I really need is: DHCP Server, Port Forwarding, QoS, static dhcp addresses (lan) so nothing too complex, just the basics, but anything added from there is a...
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    Macbook Pro w/ SSD ?

    I just helped a buddy of mine pick out a 128GB GSkill Titan SSD for his Macbook Pro. After installing it he says it's crashed on him several times and the performance isn't what he expected. Are there any settings/tweaks to improve performance when using an SSD as a system drive on a Macbook Pro?
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    Making the leap of faith to WHS

    I've wanted to move over to WHS for a while now. I've been using Openfiler (linux w/ a pretty web interface) and Raid-5 w/ three 750GB drives. Only reason I haven't jumped over yet after finding out about WHS, is that I need somewhere to dump all of my data ~1.3 TB while I reformat the drives...
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    bad capacitors?

    on an nForce4 EVGA mothorboard I'm assuming these are just 1500uF 6.3v capacitors. only two of them on the motherboard seem to be blown motherboard has been running solid for a few years now but i just noticed these while doing a routine cleaning. any cause for worry & should I...
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    Simple RSS Checker?

    I'm lookin for a super simple app that can sit in your task tray and pops up a notification whenever an rss feed is updated/changed. I don't need the full reader part, I just want to be notified of new changes. I'm thinking I may have to settle with just using the Vista sidebar and getting an...
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    Cheap build for old person.

    One of my ancient aunts wants me to put together a computer for her. I don't think she does anything other than email and watch youtube videos that people send her, so I'm keeping it ridiculously simple. And I don't want the case to look stupid or have shiny led's all over it, etc. I also...
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    What songs/movies do you use to "Demo" your setup?

    Everyone, at some point in time, gives a demo of their setup to someone. Whether it's showing off your bargain deal of some Audio Technica headphones or your Denon AH-D5000's... your new Logitech Z-5500 PC speakers or your Martin Logan's. I'm curious as to what everyone uses to make the hair...
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    Move to WHS from Linux Raid5...

    First off, I know Raid-5 is not a backup solution.. it only protects against a single drive failure, and has its downsides, but I'm not worried about that. I currently have 3x750GB drives in software (mdadm) Raid-5 using Openfiler. I am about to buy one, two, or three additional 750GB drives...
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    XP Install not detecting Laptop Drive

    HP Pavillion dv2500 XP Install CD is not detecting the sata hard drive. Bios is extremely limited in options. Nothing that has to do with the operation mode of the drive like AHCI stuff. so I can't disable/enable that or anything. I even flashed to the latest bios. nada. downloaded...
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    Off-Road Velociraptor Safari

    Off-Road Velociraptor Safari Greatest web-browser game ever Basically, you are a brainwashed raptor who can drive an off-road vehicle and your goal is to kill as many raptors as possible and drag them with a chain and ball on the back of your vehicle into one of many transporters that send...
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    Lens Reversal Fittings For Macro

    I'm going to pick up a Canon EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 III lens for cheap on eBay and try to find a 55mm lens reversal ring so I can start taking some macro photos with my Canon 40D. Any tips for this? Also, I currently have a Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens. I was thinking about just...
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    New to HD-DVD (a little late in the game)

    I went to buy King Kong on DVD at Best Buy and instead of paying $20+ after tax for the DVD I paid $35 for the Xbox 360 HD-DVD player and it came with King Kong HD-DVD. The quality is outstanding as expected, and I'm pretty happy with it. I figure since it's a dying/dead media that the...
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    Bios Password. Agggh!!!

    HP Compaq d530 desktop pc. Bios is password protected, I've tried every master password from every list i could find, and none worked. I tried unplugging, and taking out the cmos battery for a few hours which usually works. I even tried booting up a dos floppy and using KILLCMOS.COM which...
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    Moving from 6gb drive to 2gb???

    Openfiler is installed on a 6GB drive. Across all partitions only about 1 GB is actually being used. I just got a 2GB CF card and an IDE>CF adapter to replace it. Can I just recreate the partitions on the 2GB card (with the / partition obviously being smaller) and while logged in as root...
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    What do I need? Headphone Amp?

    I need to go from the output from my stereo receiver to Headphones... I'm using Audio Technica A700 headphones. It'll suck not being able to control the volume via the Receiver since the output isn't variable volume but I'll live without that, and headphone amps have their own volume control...
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    OpenFiler + Torrent Client?

    I've searched all over and can't find any talk of a torrent client that can be installed on openfiler/rPath. mldonkey looked like it may have but I read that it's not compatible. As much as I'm stoked to finally have my NAS box set up and running perfectly with Openfiler, I may have to...
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    Test disk speeds in Freenas?

    FreeNAS box has three wd7500aacs drives in raid5. over gigabit lan it transfers at 20 MB/s FROM it, and 15 MB/s TO it. The read speed of my drive on the computer that's transferring files to and from it is 65 MB/s average, not sure what the write speed is, so I'm assuming the write speed to...
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    3 x WD7500AACS in Raid 5 ?

    Looking for three 750GB drives for a raid5 FreeNAS setup w/ GigE. Average read/write for the WD7500AACS drives are ~65 MB/s. They consume half the power of the faster 7200rpm 750GB drives. But what's ~10 watts 24/7? Nothing to get excited about... especially when I'm turning on the AC Unit far...
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    Missing ONE Pigeon ='(

    Referring to GTA4 of course... I'm pretty sure this happened to me in GTA II and Vice City also when going through to get them all :mad: I used this guide (Spoiler alert in that link! It's the locations of all 200 hidden pigeons!) I went through the entire list in order one by one...
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    HannsG HDMI issue...

    I just bought the HG216D LCD for a friend. HDTV Comcast box is connected via HDMI, and PC via VGA. Both seem to work great. But if the computer is on, and the display detects that there is a signal from VGA, when switching to HDMI, it goes black for a second then switches back to VGA...
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    Installing FreeNAS without cdrom?

    I've burned several cds in several different ways, tried 3 different cdrom drives and every setting in the bios. Every time, after it boots up from the cd, and I select option 1 (i believe it's one - install freenas to cf/hd/usb), it says "failed to detect any cdrom". So how can I write...
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    NAS PC Casse ?

    I'm planning for the build of a FreeNAS box. I'll use 3 750gb drives at first then probably throw in a fourth later on. And I'm looking for a shorter case, like the shuttle-style of cases. But apparantely most Shuttle or Apevia cases like that come with absolutely worthless PSU's. I'm hoping...
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    Need NAS / Choices?

    UPDATE: I'm going with FreeNAS, but I need FreeBSD drivers for the Atheros L1 lan chipset I've searched high and low, read everything I could find, researched all kinds of NAS boxes, and I'm still at a loss for what I should go for. Requirements: NTFS (or anything that all windows...
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    Addon mic for Headphones?

    I just purchased the ATH-A700 cans that I've had my eye on for a while. Should get them Wednesday or so (gotta love NewEgg). I've been playing a lot on Xbox Live lately and the biggest annoyance for me was always that when wearing the headset to communicate with your teammates, you can't hear...
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    Taskbar up top, windows open up behind it =(

    OK, I've tried to live with this issue for far too long and I just can't take it any longer. Short version: When i open a sub window in a program it opens up behind the taskbar which is at the top of the screen, so i can't grab the window to move it. Long version: In Windows XP. I've...
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    Where's the best place to buy a 360?

    I haven't played Halo3 in several months and I'm going through withdrawals. I'm wanting to pick up a 360 (with 20GB HD), Halo3, CoD4 (never played it but looks awesome), and a VGA cable for my 2007WFP. My instinct tells me to check online for the cheapest used/refurbished 360 I can find, but...
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    Forgot Vista User Password!

    I was using Vista as my main OS for several months, then installed XP on a second drive because I couldn't get some random program to work under vista. I used them side by side regularly, until I eventually found myself using XP solely. I just tried to load up Vista for the first time in a...
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