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    Video Card Upgrade: GTX470?

    I currently have an nvidia 8800GTS. It's ok, but I'd like to play crysis and some of the newer games at high quality settings. The GTX480 and GTX580 seem too expensive and too hot. Is a GTX470 a good card to go with? Would a GTX460 be a better idea? -Must be nvidia (lets not go into it)...
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    Printing from Vista to a Shared XP Printer

    I have an old HP deskjet 940c that worked fine as a shared printer when the client computer was windows xp. Now I got a new computer and the client computer is windows vista. I can easily get it print from the vista computer (I have to type in a user name and password when I add the printer)...
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    Which Controller for 4 Drive RAID 5?

    I wish someone had done a comparison of the Areca 1210 vs the 1220. I will definitely only be using 4 drives (SATA II), but the 1220 has a faster processor. I'm just not sure if it will make a difference with only 4 drives. The 1210 seemed to perform poorly compared to the 3ware 9650SE-4LPML...
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    >2TB in Windows XP

    My plan is a RAID array around 4GB. I guess with some RAID controllers (areca, maybe others?) you can change the block size to 4K so you can have up to 16TB in 32 bit windows xp. Does this work without GPT? The only other OS I would use is 64 bit xp, so would that be a better option? I would...
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    XVID Video distortion with VMR7 in MPC

    Not sure if this is related to my video card (8800 GTS) or not, but I don't know where else to put this. I'm getting this diagonal stepped line through videos where one side is out of sync with the other. The issue doesn't occur when pausing or going frame by frame, so I slowed it down in...
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    Static/interference with front panel onboard HD audio

    I have an antec nine hundred with a gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6. The case has an HD audio connector and an AC97 connector. The manual for the motherboard says it can accept either. When I connect the HD audio, the sound through headphones on the front panel has a constant static/buzzing sound. The...
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    ATI AIW 9700 crashing?

    Yes, I know it's old, but it has a TV tuner and video in/out. So it's what I use. It runs fine for just about anything, EXCEPT counter-strike. I can play more graphics intensive games for hours with no problems, but in CS it will crash after 5 minutes or less. This started happening about 6...
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    Looking for some case suggestions

    I'm building a new computer and I'm really having trouble with the case. Here are the things I really need: 1. at least 5 internal 3.5" bays. I've looked into enclosures that fit into 5.25" bays, but I really don't want/need hotswap, just a place to put hard drives with proper cooling...
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    Best location for a 4 drive array?

    I currently have a promise SX4000 with 4 drives in raid 5. I also have another drive for the OS. Even though my case has room for 8 internal 3.5" drives, I still don't think there is good enough airflow, especially with all the IDE cables (6). My computer started crashing while playing video...
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    RAID controller cache

    How important is the cache memory on a RAID controller? I see some without any cache and some with a fixed cache and some with memory slots that can be upgraded. My current RAID controller has a slot that I upgraded to its maximum of 256MB. But as I am looking around for newer controllers I...
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    Network Storage Options?

    I currently have four 160GB drives in a RAID 5 array in the computer I use every day. I have started to think that this is not ideal because: 1. They are not SATA and ribbon cables are everywhere 2. Too much heat because of combination of less airflow, hot video card and hot processor 3...
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    iexplore.exe starts with winxp and causes window focus problems

    This is a very odd problem that I started having about 3 months ago. I didn't figure out any solution to it until about a month ago. What is happening is "iexplore.exe" is starting with windows (I believe this is not normal) and causing issues with program windows gaining focus. The quick fix...
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    Write back VS write through on RAID controller

    Could someone explain the pros and cons for these 2 cache modes on a RAID controller? Here's what I've gathered... Write back just writes to the cache memory as fast as it can, and then writes it to the drive at the slower rate as the cache fills up. This is faster, but because data is...
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    Combine hard drive activity LEDs?

    Those of you with more than one hard drive controller...what do you do about the activity light? I know some cases have 2 or more LEDs for this, but mine doesn't. I'm sure people make their own LEDs for their cases, but how could I combine the 2 to one LED ?
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    wdnewcfg.exe for WD firmware upgrade

    So I downloaded their little fix for some WD drives not behaving in RAID arrays and I extracted the files to my desktop, and copied them to a floppy disk. I ran the whole program and it said there was no update needed, etc. So then I go to delete the wdnewcfg.exe file off my desktop and...
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    Laptop only detects half the RAM

    A few months ago I noticed that my laptop computer was much slower so I checked the system properties, and it said 128MB of RAM. It had been running fine with 256MB of RAM for a few years. This laptop has two 144-pin sodimm slots, both with 128MB of RAM. Trial and error, I decide that one of...
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    NTFS file encryption

    Has anyone ever done NTFS file encryption for an entire drive? I've done it with folders before and it seemed kind of confusing. If you don't export the private key, can anyone still read the data, or only the user that created the encryption? Does this slow down file read and write...
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    Computer randomly crashing

    ...After installing a highpoint rocketRAID 454 using RAID 5. Latest BIOS/drivers. It seems to only happen during extended high usage of the drives. like when I'm transfering several GB, or when I tried to zero build it in windows. Chaintech 9PJL Apogee P4 2.8c 500w power supply 1...
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    Various RAID levels and speed results

    I've wanted to go RAID for years, but I've never had the money. Well, I finally made it. I got four western digital 160GB hard drives with the 8MB cache. I chose to go with a cheaper "software" RAID card because I don't have THAT much money. I saw a card that supported RAID 5, and even if I...
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