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Scottious

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    Bolton, MA
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    Computers like everyone else on this forum... I like running too.
  1. Hey, does anybody know how to secure heatsinks to RAM on a video card? is there some kind of thermal glue or something?
  2. Interesting ideas. Is it possible I have overclocking software and I don't even know it? I installed the latest ATI drivers with a bunch of junk that I don't even know what it does I will definitely try uninstalling all the ATI tools and try Knoppix to see if I get the problem there. Thanks a lot!
  3. I recently posted this problem on the video card section, but it appears that I have information that leads it to be a processor issue. I suppose my question is, can an overheated processor be damaged and cause artifacts on the screen? Let me explain what I've been going through 1. I started geting artifacts when I loaded a game (CS:S) for the first time in over 6 months. I had to restart the computer after that. 2. I kept getting artifacts after 10-30 minutes of my computer being on, sometimes longer sometimes right at boot, not even going into games. 3. I thought it was the video card, so I exchanged it for a known working one. I also replaced the RAM, just for testing purposes. The artifacts were still present. 4. I noticed my CPU FAN would TURN OFF when counter strike was loaded, which could definitely be bad 5. I replaced CPU FAN and artifacts still occured. It <em>seems</em> like it's a heating issue, but the temps seem ok for CPU and GPU so now I'm thinking that CPU could be damaged, does anybody know anything of such an issue? Here is a screenshot of the artifacts before they get REALLY bad.
  4. Hmm, well the temperature sensors on the card say 57C, which isn't too bad I suppose. When playing CS:S the artifacts are usually large triangles spanning from the center of the screen to the outer edges. In windows, it's usually multi-colored broken lines across the screen. I wonder if it could be drivers, I did upgrade them recently. Here's a screen shot of what the artifacts look like
  5. My computer has been working fine up until now. I decide yesterday to play Counter Strike Source for the first time in 6 months and within minutes, the screen was filled with artifacts. I restarted the computer and decided to stay away from Counter Strike for a while, but all of a sudden the problem started happening in Windows, during random times, artifacts would appear everywhere and I'd have to restart. Anybody know what the cause of this problem is?
  6. Well, it worked, thanks a lot all who responded. Very big help!
  7. you bring a very good point, because I have had standoff problems before that have destroyed motherboards. What are the rules for stand-offs and how should the motherboard be screwed down to avoid this problem in the future?
  8. Well that seems weird because I had a working computer, then I added a NIC and then it didn't work. I removed the NIC and it still didn't work. I even tried unplugging PS power and popping BIOS battery, still didn't work.
  9. Well, I'm tempted to just leave it at that, but I'm growing increasingly curious how exactly this type of problem happens and why it acts the way it does.
  10. This has baffled me for God knows how long. Every now and then when I build a computer, I do something wrong and what used to work no longer works. For example, I install a new NIC and the mobo AGP stops working. In the past I have solved this problem by taking all components out of the computer and letting them sit independently for a couple of days then reassembling it. I have no idea why this works or what the cause of the problem is. I wrote a <a href="http://scottious.net/?p=69">more detailed account</a> on my web site if anybody is interested in details. My thoughts are that it has something to do with the capacitors but I can't reason why. I'd appreciate some input into this strange problem (I like to call it the "sitting method" because you just let your components sit for a while to fix them)
  11. Another thing to watch out for is the speed of the PCI bus. Most network cards (even onboard network cards) are connected to the PCI bus and that runs at 100something MBps I think. So if there's a lot of bandwidth going over the PCI bus then things will be a lot slower, I presume. Just a thought.
  12. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't 10 Mbps = 1.25 MBps 100 Mbps = 12.5 MBps 1000 Mbps = 125 MBps ?
  13. I suppose I'm looking at NOT letting the switch get in the way of transfers over the network, in reality, the hard drives will probably be the bottleneck. I'm just a bit unclear in the situation where all ports (I'd like probably 8 ports) are used and a lot of information is being transfered if the transfer speed will be dramatically decreased because of the switch
  14. I have two SCSI U320 15000RPM hard drives and a U320 SCSI controller, links to both below: Seagate 74GB 15000RPM SCSI SCSI Controller my problem is that transfering from one hard drive to another is excrutiatingly slow. I transfered a couple folders with millions of files totalling 16 gigabytes in 47 minutes, that's about 6 Mb/s. This is definitely way too slow and I can't figure out why! Any suggestions?
  15. I recommend Ubuntu Linux (http://ubuntulinux.com) It has wide support for a lot of network cards, and you should know during installation if it'll work or not. If it does not, check out ndiswrapper, it uses windows drivers to run wireless cards. Not the best solution, but it works for a lot of cards.
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