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by DanceMan
Mon Aug 24, 2009 2:21 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Overclocking on G965
Replies: 14
Views: 3788

Overclocking on G965

Asrock G965M-S Intel E-1200 (think E-2140 with half the cache) 2x2G Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800 Sparkle/FSP 400 watt psu using integrated video for now This hardware is not installed, it's just sitting loose for testing with a cdrw connected so I can use the UBCD. The ultimate purpose of this is not defin...
by DanceMan
Sun Aug 23, 2009 4:09 pm
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Corsair XMS DDR2 failures
Replies: 26
Views: 31281

I just wanted to mention if you have a motherboard with 4 ram slots and fill all 4, expect that you might have to alter the ram timings or bump up the voltage a bit, or both. For example, in the socket A era filling all 4 slots meant changing from 1T to 2T.
by DanceMan
Sat Aug 22, 2009 9:09 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: How do you waste time?
Replies: 27
Views: 5821

Darth Santa Fe wrote:I waste time by leaving it in the freezer for too long. The time is fresh when I put it in the freezer, but if it's there too long, it gets freezer burn and I have to throw it away. And that's how my time gets wasted. :D


:D :D
by DanceMan
Sat Aug 22, 2009 12:02 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: You know you're getting old when...
Replies: 25
Views: 5226

Other things don't happen instantly anymore either. Going to pee? That's taking on a new higher priority, much to my dismay. Confused
Not only doesn't happen instantly, but it's the gift that keeps on giving. :oops:
by DanceMan
Sat Aug 08, 2009 8:15 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: If life would be like in Hollywood movies...
Replies: 18
Views: 3353

Computers: Text is always printed to the screen character-by-character and accompanied by clicking or beeping sounds. Actually, all activities on screen are accompanied by various "high-tech" sounding bleeps etc, especially when zooming into photos, maps, diagrams etc. Flashing crosshairs (with sou...
by DanceMan
Sat Aug 08, 2009 8:12 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: If life would be like in Hollywood movies...
Replies: 18
Views: 3353

... When peoples gang up to fight single person, they attack only one person at the time while rest watches armed to the teeth. This is basic training in Villain School. First comes shooting practice. Anyone who can hit the target flunks out and has to apply for Hero School. ... bad guys never both...
by DanceMan
Wed Aug 05, 2009 2:24 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: You know you're getting old when...
Replies: 25
Views: 5226

Uh, what was the question again?

You know -- the first thing to go is the, uh, the uh..............
by DanceMan
Tue Aug 04, 2009 6:58 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Modern Phrases That Confuse Me
Replies: 92
Views: 22881

ck8-04 wrote:I'm seeing commas used where they shouldn't be used and not used where they should be used.
It goes with the unnecessary apostrophe, but I don't have ready examples.
by DanceMan
Tue Aug 04, 2009 5:27 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Modern Phrases That Confuse Me
Replies: 92
Views: 22881

Heard one on today's news in Canada: " international cocaine smuggling ring". Didn't know we grew coca in Canada. International sounds so much more impressive, though, doesn't it? The comment on "axe" reminded me of another verbal peeve: " eck cetera". The latin phrase is et cetera and means and (et...
by DanceMan
Mon Aug 03, 2009 1:11 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Energy Efficiency?
Replies: 14
Views: 8605

on sale for less than the cost of a replacement battery. This factor could be greatly different depending on the source. Locally here in Vancouver I would first check Polar Battery's Advanced Battery Specialties (on Boundary between 1st and Hastings) for a gel cell. Buying from any normal consumer ...
by DanceMan
Tue Jul 21, 2009 1:30 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: How to test a new drive for defects?
Replies: 5
Views: 2196

What Shamgar said.

Use the manufacturer's test utility. UBCD has all of them.
by DanceMan
Fri Jul 17, 2009 2:35 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Firefox 3.5 strange behaviour fixed(?) in 3.5.1
Replies: 13
Views: 2254

Uhm... Where did you get that quote from? This critical flaw (which *has* been used for 0-day malware delivery) is only present in Fx 3.5 because of an issue in TraceMonkey. Sorry, I should have linked it. It's from The Register, here: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/07/17/universal_browser_crash...
by DanceMan
Fri Jul 17, 2009 1:54 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Firefox 3.5 strange behaviour fixed(?) in 3.5.1
Replies: 13
Views: 2254

More important is the problem with JavaScript in Firefox 3.5. Sort of puts a big dent in the image of Firefox. :cry: The flaw presents a browser crash rather than malware injection risk in all cases. Crashing is most easily achieved on IE , with all versions of Microsoft's browser affected. Version...
by DanceMan
Tue Jul 14, 2009 3:58 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Install new drivers for motherboard but keep the hard disks?
Replies: 12
Views: 2289

A reinstall is better, but if you want to try, here's a link:

http://motherboard.windowsreinstall.com/
by DanceMan
Tue Jul 14, 2009 3:30 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Old PSU?
Replies: 4
Views: 1069

Ohm's law tells me that 50 watts at 12v is just over 4A. I don't think you need worry. That CWT should actually deliver its rated power and ripple should be reasonable.
by DanceMan
Tue Jul 14, 2009 3:03 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Old PSU?
Replies: 4
Views: 1069

Likely no issue with the 12V power. Some of the old psu's you salvage out of old pc's are generic junk, but you'll find a few made by FSP and CWT under other names. The quality of the power is probably better from those. PowerMan psu's are often among those.
by DanceMan
Mon Jul 13, 2009 7:42 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: What's a good OS for a pentium 1 or 2?
Replies: 28
Views: 21309

I doubt the amount of ram has to be that much of an issue, with ones this old I think people repurposing them will tend to take the ram and such from a few systems and put it into one. Sigh. If you immediately disregard the answers, why bother asking the questions? Computers in this class are limit...
by DanceMan
Mon Jul 13, 2009 5:41 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: What's a good OS for a pentium 1 or 2?
Replies: 28
Views: 21309

The amount of ram is more important than cpu speed in the question you're asking.
by DanceMan
Sat Jul 11, 2009 1:52 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Is a HDD that survived ~1m fall still okay for storage
Replies: 19
Views: 2475

Run the manufacturer's test utility. UBCD has all of them. If it passes, use it.

Don't waste your time with half measures like scandisk.

Seagate's Seatools will often work on other brands.
by DanceMan
Sat Jul 11, 2009 1:26 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate 7200.12 1TB firmware issues!
Replies: 23
Views: 30894

Wibla wrote:I would RMA the drive to be honest.. this isnt acceptable for a "performance oriented" product.
Hardly practical when you consider the cost of shipping and the risk of what they send back.
by DanceMan
Fri Jul 10, 2009 2:47 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Is the Rosewill RG430-2 really a Nexus 430 Value?
Replies: 7
Views: 3365

You can run the UL numbers at http://database.ul.com/cgi-bin/XYV/template/LISEXT/1FRAME/gfilenbr.html For E307777, which seems to be the UL number on the label you linked for the Rosewill, the result is: MAGNELL ASSOCIATE INC, DBA ABS COMPUTER TECHNOLOGIES INC Power Supplies, Information Technology ...
by DanceMan
Thu Jul 09, 2009 6:52 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Help Please! Mini-ITX Build (pics)
Replies: 40
Views: 12507

Oh, and you can easily convert the 3-pin power LED connector to 2-pin. Just use a tiny screwdriver/paperclip/pin to move one of the wires to the middle. Use a straight pin or needle. While it's inserted, you can pull the metal connector out of the plastic, then stick it in the proper slot. The meta...
by DanceMan
Wed Jul 08, 2009 2:40 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate 7200.12 1TB firmware issues!
Replies: 23
Views: 30894

Thanks. Mine is CC34, unused yet. I soft mount my drives on stretchy cord. Your noise impressions on the seeks were hard mounted?
by DanceMan
Wed Jul 08, 2009 2:20 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec ISK-300 Mini-ITX Case
Replies: 86
Views: 59342

DanceMan -- There's another small case we're just starting to examine. Silverstone SG05. Fits mini-DTX -- has 2 pci slots. Also a conventional 300w psu -- which may be its achilles heel. Thanks, Mike. Interesting case, trades small size for easier cooling. I would have traded the 120mm fan and lapt...
by DanceMan
Wed Jul 08, 2009 1:23 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec ISK-300 Mini-ITX Case
Replies: 86
Views: 59342

mini- D TX? Exactly. That's why NCIX cleared them out for $50 on their Saturday sale. Slightly bigger than mini-ITX, with two ram slots, compatible with m-ATX cases. So the little oddball is lost inside a large m-ATX case, but is able to use a regular psu. With the 80% psu it idles and runs at 39 w...
by DanceMan
Wed Jul 08, 2009 12:35 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec ISK-300 Mini-ITX Case
Replies: 86
Views: 59342

Available locally for $85 and $90 at NCIX and Anitec, possibly occasionally less on their weekly sales. Review link submitted to NCIX.

Great review. If only my Intel Atom mini-DTX would fit.
by DanceMan
Wed Jul 08, 2009 11:50 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: What do you do with your dead HDD?
Replies: 42
Views: 23362

If it still works: Dban. It's free, can run off a floppy, and is among the tools on UBCD, Ultimate Boot CD. You can choose from several methods, including DoD, or Department of Defense. I object to destroying working hdd's simply from mindless paranoia. For non-working, as stated by OP, I also disas...
by DanceMan
Wed Jul 08, 2009 11:31 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate 7200.12 1TB firmware issues!
Replies: 23
Views: 30894

Rather large difference in temp, from 26C to 41C (40C after acoustic level change). Was room temp essentially the same for all tests?

Runs off to see which firmware his 7200.12 has.....................
by DanceMan
Mon Jun 29, 2009 12:36 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Win 7, what compels you to upgrade?
Replies: 112
Views: 22097

A colleague of mine has an elderly laptop computer that he wanted to use as a HTPC. It had XP installed and was barely able to run it properly. Seeing that W7 was available for free my colleague downloaded a copy and did a clean install in the old computer . Installation was a breeze and now the co...
by DanceMan
Thu Jun 25, 2009 10:00 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Front panel button no longer wakes computer...
Replies: 7
Views: 1265

The front power button is nothing more than a normally open momentary contact switch. In other words, it simply shorts together the two pins on the motherboard that it connects to. Your problem is almost certainly software, not hardware.