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    Question about Vista Upgrades

    Thanks.. I just wanted to make sure that hole hadnt been closed before I bought a couple of copies.
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    Question about Vista Upgrades

    Im wondering what happens if you want to upgrade to Vista and have an XP RETAIl CD. Here's my situation. I own a retail boxed copy of XP and want to upgrade to Vista. I was going to buy the OEM DVD but Im a little scared about running into issues later with hardware upgrades. I have an XP Pro...
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    Please help me before I kill myself....

    Yea.. Im plugged in directly now in another room. System powered down running Memtest with the PC2700 in the memory slot so I think my next step is going to be a processor. i REALLY hate to spend the money on a Socket 939 processor but that seems to be about the only thing left I havent tried.
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    Please help me before I kill myself....

    Well.. it ran Memtest for a while with the PC2700. I just went in and checked on it and it was powered down so at this point, I guess Im gonna try to find a Socket 939 CPU and try that next.
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    Please help me before I kill myself....

    I scrounged up a stick of PC2700 that will boot the mobo up so Im running Memtest on that now. If the system shuts off at this point, Im going to replace the proccessor. EVERYTHING else has been replaced. Right now its stripped down to 1 stick of mem, a completely different optical drive AND...
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    Please help me before I kill myself....

    Ive tried running Memtest several times. It runs for a few minutes then just shuts down like it does every other time you try to do anything with it.
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    Please help me before I kill myself....

    I dont have another machine that will run PC3200, unfortunately. Ive swapped back and forth between sticks tho.. I guess both could be bad but that seems like it's really reaching but at this point, Im not ruling anything out.
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    Please help me before I kill myself....

    Did that.. Im even running the PC from power in another room. Im really at a loss.. every time I think I have an idea of the problem, something happens that sends me in a different direction.
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    Please help me before I kill myself....

    Okay.. its out of the case and still doing the same thing. This is with the mobo, graphic card, PSU, 1 HD, the DVDRW and 2 sticks of memory installed. Im going to pull it down to 1 stick of mem and 1 HD and see what happens.
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    Please help me before I kill myself....

    An update... Im really no farther along than I was yesterday. I let the PC sit in the BIOS all night with the DVDRW and hard drive hooked up and it stayed on all night long. So, I sat down and put the wireless card back in it and rebooted it and everything was okay. Booted the PC up and got...
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    Please help me before I kill myself....

    The system is on a UPS. Id assume that by being on a UPS the power would be good since it's supplied by the battery. Is that incorrect? Far as the grounding issues, I might give that a try. Keep in mind tho, that the system has been thought 2 motherboards AND 2 cases and does the EXACT same...
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    Please help me before I kill myself....

    Well.. shuts down just sitting in BIOS as well.
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    Please help me before I kill myself....

    Heh.. yea.. Artic Silver.. same stuff I been using for years. Im really stumped by this one. Ive had the absolute worst run of luck with PCs over the last 4 weeks or so.. my file server puked on me, then my wife's PC then one of my RAID drives failed. Its been a rough month.
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    Please help me before I kill myself....

    About 80F degrees in BIOS.. so far it hasnt shut down just sitting in BIOS. Ill leave it up for a bit and see what happens.
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    Please help me before I kill myself....

    I havent virus scanned the hard drive BUT I have booted the system from a Memtest86 CD trying to run a memory diagnostic on the memory and it also shuts down about 30 seconds into booting into Memtest. It has a brand new power supply hooked up to it now (Came with the case I swapped it into)...
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    Please help me before I kill myself....

    No.. Its not blue screening.. it's just shutting down.. it even does it before it boots into Windows. Sometimes you can hit the power button, the fans come on, the drives start to spin up and everything just shuts down. This is within 2-3 seconds of hitting the power button. Usually when that...
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    Please help me before I kill myself....

    Its an Athlon 64 3700 with 2GB PC3200 Right now its in a MSI K8T Neo board I believe (The NForce 4 board) and it was in a Gigabyte K8NS Ultra (Nforce 3) Far as overheating, I dont think so. Its got an OEM cooler on the processor and the fan is staying at a reasonable RPM level. I've tried...
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    Please help me before I kill myself....

    Ive been fighting with my wife's PC now for several weeks and Im not any closer to figuring out what's wrong with it than I was when I started. Here's the deal. When you power the box up, sometimes it posts, sometimes it doesnt. Sometimes you hit the power switch and it doesnt do anything...
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    Another "What motherboard" thread

    I went ahead and pulled the trigger on the P5K Deluxe. Hopefully it works out :)
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    Another "What motherboard" thread

    A lot of the reviews on that board seem to mention SATA problems. Have the SATA problems been traced back to most cables issues or is it a board problem? I got plenty of SATA cables so I probably wouldnt use the ones they include. Thanks guys :)
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    Another "What motherboard" thread

    Is the P5K different from the P5K3? I wasnt planning on going with DDR3.
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    Another "What motherboard" thread

    Im doing my first system upgrade in a long while. Im all twisted up on motherboard choices tho so I thought I'd ask for some advice. Here's what I have in my cart right now.. Im not interested in overclocking whatsoever, Im mainly just interested in stablity and bells and whistles like RAID...
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    LCD Blackouts with 6800Ultra

    Im pretty sure this is a driver issue and there may be a setting somewhere to fix this but I cant find anything searching the forums so I thought I would ask. I have an AGP 6800 Ultra and a Dell 2001FP. Some applications seem to send the monitor into a blackout mode, where the screen goes...
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    Which price for Walmart HP Notebook $378 or $398?

    No, I didnt cut. There was no line, there was a number system which Walmart abandoned at the last minute and had everyone form a line instead, which just happened to start where I was at. I was about 7th inline and ended up getting the 44th laptop out of 47 units so you figure out who was doing...
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    Which price for Walmart HP Notebook $378 or $398?

    Yea, then you and the guy both would have gotten this treatment. http://www.cnn.com/video/player/player.html?url=/video/us/2005/11/25/vonat.fl.shop.fight.affl
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    Which price for Walmart HP Notebook $378 or $398?

    I walked in about 4:30 and managed to get #41 of 45. It was BRUTAL.. there were at least 500 people waiting and it was sheer luck I got one at all. They decided at the last minute to change where everyone was lining up and I just happened to be where the line moved too. Pushing, yelling...
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    Help Me Buy A Mobo Quick!!

    I ended up going with the Gigabyte NF3 motherboard because MSI told me that the SD core was still being "tested" with the Neo 2. Hopefully I made a decent choice. I really dont care about overclocking so as long as the board is stable, I'll be happy.
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    Best 939 mobo with AGP

    I bought the Gigabyte GA-K8NS.. mainly because its the only one listed as working with the Venice and San Diego cores. I called MSI about the Neo's compatability with the SD cores and they told me it was "Still in testing". I couldn't find anything on Epox's website listing SD and Venice...
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    Help Me Buy A Mobo Quick!!

    Im ready to order a bunch of stuff from Newegg but unfortunately I cant seem to get a clear answer from anyone about whether the processor I want is compatible with the motherboard I want. Here's what I have picked out: AMD 64 3700 SD core MSI K8N Neo 2 Platinum motherboard PQI 2x1G DDR 400...
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    Athlon 64 Board With PCI-E->AGP Adapter

    Looks like an Nforce 3 mobo with an AGP slot is in my future :( I hate to replace this GF 6800 Ultra I have right now with the new cards on the horizon.
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    Athlon 64 Board With PCI-E->AGP Adapter

    I remember seeing a while back that a couple of companies were offering motherboards with an adapter that enabled AGP cards to plug into PCI-E. I want to get a new mobo/cpu combo and have about decided on an Athlon 64 3700 with the SD core but I really didnt want to go with a motherboard with an...
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    XP Logon Screens

    For anyone else having this problem, the workaround, according to Microsoft is to create a dummy user account and give it a password. That does seem to have solved my problem.
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    XP Logon Screens

    Fast User Switching and Welcome Screen are both enabled. I dont have any of those other options under Logon. Im quite stumped why the PC sometimes defaults back to the network login screen. It doesnt always do it. Usually if you lock it manually, it has the Welcome login screen when you...
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    XP Logon Screens

    I thought about that. Fast User Switching is enabled and the computer is not part of a domain so I dont know why Im getting the network logon screen.
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    XP Logon Screens

    Anyone know how to stop XP from bringing up the old school Windows 2000 style login screen instead of the XP GUI one? I use a fingerprint scanner for logging in to Windows and it doesnt work on that screen. Last night that screen popped up, first time Ive seen it in months and I had forgotten my...
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    Poor Virtual Drive Performance

    Nope.. deleting those keys on both machines didnt really help. I've also tried moving the swap file to a faster drive in case it was swap access related. At this point, I'm kind of stumped. I probably should have done a linux install and used Samba instead but unfortunately some of the...
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    Poor Virtual Drive Performance

    Just deleted those two reg keys.. we'll see if it makes any difference. Splitting the directories up into smaller chunks had no effect, unfortunately. While copying, etc is MUCH quicker via gigabit, file browsing, etc really isn't and that's kind of disappointing. It was really what I was...
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    Poor Virtual Drive Performance

    Ill give that a try. I had actually thought about doing that but never got around to it.
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    Extend wireless range?

    I havent really found increasing the power does much for making the signal go further. I tried it without success to get a better wireless signal in my daughter's bedroom which is only about 50 feet away from the router. Didn't really help. I tried a Linksys Range Expander (Walmart sells...
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    Poor Virtual Drive Performance

    By "forever", I mean taking up to 30 seconds to open the folder, explorer just "hanging" for no reason when you're browsing the folder. Once things are open, file copying is quick, as quick as it would be if the drives were in my own PC. The remote desktop comment was basically to show that...
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