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  1. I'm having a bit of a problem with a Hitachi 1TB hard drive in my desktop. Last night, I cracked open my case and added an SATA hard drive from my girlfriends computer to pull off her music since her motherboard fried. In doing this, I had to move around some SATA cables to make room for the new drive. When I plugged the cables back in and rebooted, Windows tells me that the 1TB drive originally in my computer is missing. The BIOS picks it up just fine, reading the correct size and everything, but it doesn't show up in the "Disk Management" MMC snap in. So I finish pulling the music of off my girlfriends drive, turn off the computer and unplug her hard drive. I also unplug the 1TB drive, reboot and delete the volume from the disk manager, thinking that when I plug the drive back in, windows will see it as a regular foreign drive and be able to import it and run things as normal. However, now that I have the drive plugged in, all I get is an icon in Disk Management that looks like this: http://forums.overclockersclub.com/uploads/monthly_10_2010/post-18078-12872518616031_thumb.png If I right click on it, my only real option is to convert it to a "basic disk" which it tells me will erase all of the stuff on the drive. The hard drive shows up in the device manager also. Disabling it and re-enabling it doesn't fix the problem either. Any thoughts or advice?
  2. Hmm, I suppose you have a point. EDIT: And thanks for the links, I'll definitely look into those.
  3. Due to popular demand amongst my social circle, I am building a server to run a multiplayer Minecraft world. I saw an article a few months back about building a rackmount server using an Ikea Lack side table and thought that sounded pretty neat. From forum posts I've read on Minecraft's website, it looks like a dual core ~2.4 gig processor, and around 4 gigs of RAM should be sufficient for a 10-15 person server. For you server guru's out there, does this seem sufficient? I have been building computers for a decade, but I have never tampered with any server hardware before. From my research, it looks like most server products are custom ordered from server hardware companies (IBM, HP, ThinkMate, etc.) rather than assembled from scratch. Is this true? Is is possible to build a rackmount server from scratch? How difficult is it relative to a standard desktop build? If it looks more feasible to buy a custom rackmount server, any recommendations for using a particular manufacturer? Any companies/processors to avoid? Thanks!
  4. I mostly want the ability to multitask effectively, compiling quickly and cleanly without interrupting any audio in the background with enough horsepower to handle lots of background threads. If hyperthreading will help me accomplish these tasks, then yes, I would like it. Honestly though, I don't know much about hyperthreading. When it was first introduced in the P4 days, it looked to me like a lot of hype. I haven't ever actually done any performance comparisons though. Thanks for the replies.
  5. Hey all. I am currently building a small build server/workstation for work and I would like your collective opinions on the build. Our budget is about $700, give or take, the system I have here is roughly $775. The system will be used for nightly builds (C# mostly, ~10,000 lines of code), software development (~2-3 open IDEs), research, word processing, simple image editing and internet radio (Yay Pandora). Given our current budget, are these the best "bang for your buck" components? I've been out of the computer design loop ever since I built my Core 2 Duo E6600 rig a few years back, so forgive me if there is some glaring flaw in the proposed machine below. We currently have: - A case - HDD - Optical drive These are the components I'm looking at purchasing: $280 - Intel Core i7 860 - LGA 1156 $100 - Crucial Ballistix 2x2gig http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...8-325-_-Product $75(50 with MIR) - OCZ Fatal1ty Modular PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...1-022-_-Product $120 - GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 USB 3.0 ATX http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813128425 $40 - XFX HD-435X-YAH2 Radeon HD 4350 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814150335 $160 - Hanns
  6. I know, I was really floored when it happened the first time. Funny thing, I went over to Radio Shack the other day and bought a KVM switch so I could work on that machine and use my regular machine at the same time, and the problem is gone now. I've been downloading Widows patches, AV software, and doing general configuration stuff for an hour now on this machine and it hasn't freaked out yet. I'm guessing that something is going on with the PS/2 port on the mobo, but I'll have to plug in my old KB and verify that is indeed the problem.
  7. Hey all. I just recently put together a machine for my grandfather with the following components: ThermalTake LanBox Lite Athlon 2 250 GIGABYTE GA-MA785G-UD3H Crucial 2x2GB sticks WD Caviar, 1TB Sony Optiarc Black Seasonic 500W Modular, M12II SS-500GM The machine POST'ed the first time I plugged it in, but soon developed some very serious stability issues. The machine will work for a random amount of time (long enough to install drivers and the like) and then crash. The crashes look very strange (pics zipped and attached below). I looked at the bios settings and made sure that it was set up to use onboard video. The CPU temp is never over 40C also, and the system temp is a good 10C lower than that. The screen gets really fuzzy and all inputs stop responding, mouse, keyboard etc won't work. I have to hold the power button to hard reset the machine. I posted this here because it feels like a video card issue, but as I have never built a machine that uses onboard video before, I'm a little stumped. The way that this machine is crashing feels similar to a machine I overclocked years ago where the video would get all wonky and lock up if I set the video card clock speed too high. Any thoughts? Strange_screen_failure.zip
  8. Thanks, I'll definitely look into that after work. I appreciate the fast response.
  9. Hey all, it's been a while since I've poked my head around these forums, and I am again in need of some technical assistance. As a gaming enthusiast, I only have experiance building really beastly rigs out of cases like the Antec p180. My grandfather is stuck in a mire of vista and dell and wants something cleaner and easier to use. I have a few XP licenses that are still valid so I was going to put together a little machine for him. Given that all he does online is play hearts, check his e-mail and update his brokerage accounts, he doesn't need a high performance machine at all. Also, I wanted to go with something small and easy to transport. I was looking over Newegg and did some searching around these forums and I came up with a couple of ideas. How money efficient are the Shuttle barebones systems? A case that size would be perfect, but they seem a little on the expensive side to me. On the other hand, my understanding is that the barebones systems come with a Mobo, PSU and case, so I'd need to hunt down fewer parts. Also, I was looking at a p180 mini, as those seem to be getting pretty universal acclaim, but they seem on the expensvie side also. Are there any other cases about this size that pop out as being good value/$ or decent quality? He wants this computer to last him the rest of his life. Thank you very much for your help.
  10. I have a level 40something High Elf and I'm a little bored. The side quests are very repetitive and there's a TON of text to read if you want to have any idea of what's going on. The equipment customization is pretty sweet, but the complete lack of variation in Combat Arts kills it for me. You get 15 skills total, only 1 or 2 of which will be end game viable, depending on your build. If you're playing a primary caster (it seems to me) you'll use one or two attack skills with very little strategy at all. Since the enemies level up when you do, there's really no point in leveling, since you can go anywhere in the whole game and the difficulty just scales with you. Makes it nonlinear I suppose, but it feels like you're not really making much progress. The sense of humor, as was previously mentioned, is positively ridiculous. The little quips and "breaking the 4th wall" comments make the game unintentionally funny. At first, I really liked Sacred 2, it was a LOT of fun to play, but it requires a very large time commitment to uncover the interesting content. Lastly, Sacred 2 has a quest with the single best quest reward of any RPG EVER. If you know who Blind Guardian is, you'll know what I'm talking about
  11. The specs look pretty good on the 2443BWX, I'm actually in the same boat, looking for a nice 24" LCD. Here are a couple of others that I'm looking at. The first being for the price, the second being for the specs/good reviews Inexpensive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16824112011 Awesome: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16824009125 The Acer has a lower contrast ratio than the BWX, but it's cheaper and it's brighter. The Sceptre has the worst specs of the bunch but the price is pretty near unbeatable. Thoughts?
  12. I'm currently in my last year of Computer Engineering and I have somewhat of a different slant of advice for you. Find a good study group Get some folks together that are in your classes and do homework. Not only will you have several heads to think a problem over, but you can goof off a little and still be productive. Working hard doesn't do you any good if you're too stressed out to stay sane. Some of the hardest engineering classes were made much MUCH easier having a large group of people to study with simply because different people understood problems differently. If I couldn't figure someone out one way, someone would almost always have a different approach to solving the problem. I completely agree with Lo's advice about exercise too, that makes a world of difference. Is there any specific field you'll be focusing on for your degree?
  13. My roomie has a copy and I've played it a bit. There are MUCH better team based FPS games out there right now than FFoW. The concept is kind of neat but the multiplayer is nonexistant, the class system isn't very innovative (compared to, say, Team Fortress 2), and the vehicle combat is a bit clunky. The single player is laughably short, but it has it's nice moments. If you're looking for a short term, mostly decent FPS experience, you can do a lot worse than FFoW. If you want something that's going to give you more bang for your buck (pun entirely intended ) go for something else.
  14. I read that Corsair article and I mostly agree with it. I can completely believe the section on load times for the different memory sizes. I would offer a word of caution however: I always find it a little bit suspicious when companies post amazing benchmarks like that on products that they produce. Hardware companies are notorious for picking benchmarks and software suites that show off their hardware very well. Just look at AMD and Intel. They are constantly using benchies and terminology that plays to their architectures strength. I'm not saying that the Corsair article in inaccurate or phony, just take it with a grain of salt.
  15. It's good info, but a lot of it is pretty dated. That RFC is dated at 1995
  16. Let me start by apologizing for the length of this post, RTS gaming is something I'm very passionate about :thumbs-up: I would agree with all of the suggestions previously mentioned, however I have a few things to add about each game: Supreme Commander and SupCom: Forged Alliance Amazing games, very well balanced, epic scope, NOT NOOB FRIENDLY. These games have some of the most complex economies of any RTS game I've played in a while, very fun to play, but a little tricky to learn. Also, the system req's are pretty obscene, with a dual core being the minimum for semi decent framerates. The neat thing about SupCom is that it's actually coded and optimized for multi-core systems, so it can take advantage of a dual or quad setup. C&C3 and Company of Heroes I honestly can't think of any real criticisms for either of these games, they're both fantastic. C&C took all of the bad stuff from the previous titles, added a bunch of good stuff and polished every pixel. CoH is much slower paced and is more about how WELL you use your troops rather than how MANY of them you can produce. The gameplay in CoH is much slower than most other RTS's but it's still loads of fun. Graphics in both games are very mind blowingly shiny. If you're looking for an older game that plays more like AoE, look up Rise of Nations, and it's expansion. I think you can find both in a "Rise of Nations: Gold Edition" or something similar for like 10 bucks. It's quite the deal, and the game is really fun too.
  17. Well, if you're looking for an easy out, use PERL Otherwise, are you looking at doing things with printf/sprintf/scanf/sscanf or I/O streams (cin, cou, cerr)?
  18. So I've heard. A few people I know at school have Sony Viao's, they look tiny! I'll definitely look into that, thanks. I haven't really considered a macbook, since I don't really know how to use them (I may be willing to learn though, if the benefits over a PC or Linux box are worth learning a new system), I've heard they're all running a linux kernel under the hood these days though. Anyone know HOW the Mac Linux environment is different than, say a Debian or an Ubuntu install?
  19. Hey all. I'm a Senior in Computer Engineering at Oregon State and I find myself at the beginning of this school year without a laptop. Due to some unforeseen problems, my old laptop is no longer accessible and I thought I could get by with just my new fancy desktop. This is not the case. I don't know the first thing about laptops as far as reputable brands go, so I'd like some input from you guys. I need something that can: Dual boot XP or vista and Ubuntu Run several IDE's + photoshop + a dozen firefox/IE windows + winamp + MS word/open office at once (read: a beefy enough processor/ram combo) Not crash every 5 minutes Be light enough to carry around in my backpack all day Hard drive space isn't critical since I have a desktop with 500+ gigs of storage space for movies/music/games/etc A "Tablet" would be nice, but they're a little pricey, would it be possible to find a good dual core system with a touch screen like that for under $1500? If not, it's no big deal, I just think it would be cool to be able to take notes on a tablet like that in class without going through reams of paper day in and day out. A cheapo video card is perfectly fine as long as it can handle Ubuntu's neat new UI or Vista's aeroglass. The Microsoft OS would only be present for a little bit of classic PC gaming (thing Starcraft or Diablo era graphics) and whatever other school related functions I couldn't get to work on the Linux install. Thank you in advance for your time.
  20. Where exactly on Gigabytes website did you find the SATA drivers? I've been looking all afternoon and I can't find squat. I'm really disapointed that a company like Gigabyte would have such poor support for some of their products. This is the last budget board I'm ever buying.
  21. Well, I can't install the operating system without SATA, so express install is out of the question. I'll try gigabytes website tomorrow.
  22. I'm trying to install SATA drivers on my girlfriends new computer: Video Card: Saphire 1950pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814102061 Processor: Intel E6320 http://www.shop-intel.com <--- employee discount Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-945 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813128033 Case: iStarUSA Elegant Storm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811165049 RAM: SuperTalent 2x1Gig DDR2 800 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820609226 Power Supply: FSP Group 400 Watt ATX http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817104935 Floppy Drive: Samsung http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16821103203 Hard Drive: Wester Digital Caviar 320 Gig http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822136074 DVD Drive: Lite-On DVD burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16827106072 When I create the floppy with the drivers (using the MENU.EXE file in the BootDrv folder of the CD) I have no idea which set of drivers to choose. There are about 10 different options 1)GIGARAID 2)Si3114 BASE Driver 3)Si3114 RAID Driver 4)VIA 6410 RAID 5)Promise 20779 SATA Drvier 6)Promise 20779 RAID Driver 7)Intel Matrix Storage Manager 32 bit 8)Intel Matrix Storage Manager 64 bit 9)Si3132 BASE (32 Bit) Driver A)Si3132 BASE (64 Bit) Driver B)Si3132 RAID (32 Bit) Driver C)Si3132 RAID(64 Bit) Driver D)iTE 8211 Driver and none of them seem to work. Sometimes I get an error that says "The ulsata2.sys file is bad." Sometimes it says "please insert the manufacturer's support disc." The mobo just came with a CD, no floppy. Is this even the correct menu? If so, what could possibly be the problem? Right now I'm thinking either I'm picking the wrong driver or something on the CD is corrupted. Any thoughts? I'm incredibly frustrated by the lack of good documentation by this company so if you can provide any insight or advice, I would be incredibly happy to hear it. In retrospect, I probably should have just bought a DS3 or an IDE hard drive, but hindsight is always 20/20 yeah?
  23. LOL, no, this case actually needs to be portable. We're college students so we're always lugging stuff around and trying to move a computer in a cardboard box just wouldn't cut it. Also, after my last experience trying to install windows XP on an SATA hard drive without a floppy, I will not stop including them in my builds until I get an OS that has SATA drivers NATIVE. None of that slipstreaming garbage, it's so much less work to just use a floppy drive. I can't take the one from the old rig because her parents are going to use it. That floppy is only 7 bucks, and it saves me a world of headaches, but thanks for the suggestions anyway. As for the DS3, it's $100, twice as expensive as the one I'm looking at already. The uATX board has all of the features we're looking for, got pretty decent reviews and is less than 50 bucks. The DS3 is an amazing board, I agree, I have one in my main rig, but it's a little too pricey for this build. I think only $45 over budget wouldn't be a deal breaker, and I do appreciate all of the suggestions, especially about the graphics card.
  24. Ok, thank you for your suggestions, here's an updated list: Video Card: Saphire 1950pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814102061 Processor: Intel E4300 http://www.shop-intel.com <--- employee discount Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-945 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813128033 Case: iStarUSA Elegant Storm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811165049 RAM: SuperTalent 2x1Gig DDR2 800 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820609226 Power Supply: FSP Group 400 Watt ATX http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817104935 Floppy Drive: Samsung http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16821103203 Hard Drive: Wester Digital Caviar 320 Gig http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822136074 DVD Drive: Lite-On DVD burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16827106072 Price Video Card: $135 Processor: $70 Motherboard: $50 Case: $45 RAM: $80 Power Supply: $50 Floppy Drive: $8 Hard Drive: $75 DVD Drive: $40 ==================== Total: $545
  25. Most likely onboard audio, as that's what she was using in the Dell she currently owns. Another question @ Verran: Would it be worth it to grab a uATX mobo like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813128033 and just put it in a full size ATX case, or do those smaller form factor motherboards suffer from lower stability/performance?
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