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    *Prescott 2.8E @ 3.0GHz in an Asus P4C800-E Deluxe and cooled by a 120mm Zalman CNPS7700-Cu : 2x512MB OCZ LL PC3200 @ 2.5-3-3-6 : Gainward 5900U Golden Sample @ 480/850 : 2 WD 120GB Caviar HDDs in RAID0 with XP Pro : 80GB Maxtor Diamond9 with Debian 2.6.7_i686, Slack10 and SuSE9 Personal : Audigy 2 Gamer : Thermaltake Xaser III Skull case w/Antec 480 TruePower*

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  1. The problem with your vid card will be in how it handles DirectX10, not in its interface. If you don't have a 6xxx series NVidia or a top-end Radeon card, your performance will likely be awful. Remember, your card will be in 3D mode the entire time the OS is running--it'll never get to throttle back to 2D speeds unless you dual-boot a different OS.
  2. Nah. R. Click> Properties> Customize (tab)> Change Icon. On the top, sixth from the left, is the icon you wanted. :thumbs-up:
  3. Sure, it will increase performance. The cheap, lightweight power supply, baking as it tries to provide adequate power will also be giving noisy power and probably emitting a lot more heat than a decent model. Worse still is the fact that the noise and questionable voltage output delivered to the system will reduce the amount of juice the RAM and CPU get and also limits the number of cooling fans you can safely run. Which means your PC will seem haunted until you get a better PSU in there. Crashes and corrupted data will be the norm until the system's power needs are properly met. NEVER skimp on the power supply. It is the cheapest, eaasiest way to ensure the safety of and the maximum performance from your expensive components. And always run with a UPS.
  4. Well, the back of the vid card gets hot, too, and that heat will rise towards the CPU and not get removed by that fan...in fact, alot of those PCI slot 'suckers' wind up removing more COOL air from the bottom of the case than heat--the temps can actually go UP! Sort of defeats the purpose, eh? Most times, barring a weird case layout, you'd be better off just installing a 120mm blowhole mod or adding another 80mm-90mm intake/vent pair of fans to the box. Good luck.
  5. Two things to try: 1. Grab the newest chipset and AGP drivers for that chipset. 2. Reset the CMOS (pull the battery) and make sure AGP is set in BIOS. Post back if that doesn't help.
  6. One day I may buy a 512MB graphics card... When they also have a 512-bit memory interface. Until then...pfeh. My 'old' FX5900U has enough power for 95% of the games out there right now, and the 6800GT can do twice what it can do. That's my next upgrade, obviously. And they were about $350 the last time I checked.
  7. I recently set up a customer's new PC in a Xaser V case with the top USB ports. I was sort of rushed and when I had the OS installed I noticed that one would work fine with the external HDD, but the other gave "Unknown Device" errors. I had gotten the + and - reversed on the left port... Take them both off the board and try again, but write down the pattern of colors beforehand so you don't try a known bad config more than once! You'll get it. Like you said, the PCI panel ports work perfectly...so you know it isn't the MOBO. GL!
  8. One of these with as many tpi on a bimetal saw as you can get. I just got done building two separate gold dredge sluiceboxes from scratch with 0.063" aluminum...so I KNOW this'll work for you!
  9. FC is very sensitive to bad RAM or excessive OC's. Not to the extent HL2 is, but serious just the same. Just so you know.
  10. Use the Layer Editor, import the P and erase the original P, then set the layered one where u want it to go. GIMP will do this, too.
  11. Rubbish. That is a good OCing board. The RAM may be the bottleneck. What brand/rating of PSU is running it? Do you have adequate case cooling? How many fans? Of what size? How are they set up? The coolermaster VD isn't bad but a Zalman 7700 series is a lot better, though they are heavier.
  12. One suggestion: For plastics, there is no finer product.
  13. I'd repaint the PS2's case, including the letters Kobalt grabbed for you, then use PhotoChop to change their colors to some crapin' shade--then apply them with mucilage and clearcoat the thing a couple of times after that paste dries. Should be awesome! Did you use Krylon Fusion for the plastic? I know I would have...
  14. Yes, I have used XP CD's to make the partitions...just format them FAT32 or quit the process before it begins to format them and boot to Linux. I usually use QTParted...and I have never had a problem with it.
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