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  1. Anyone happen to have benchmarks for video cards with the above chipsets? I've been thinking of getting a new video card, but don't have too much money to drop on it. The ASUS Radeon 9600 SE card seemed reasonably priced, but not sure how it compares to the Geforce4 Ti4200 I have now.. The advantages of the ASUS card that are definite are: AGP 8x, and 128MB of DDR as compared to the AGP 4x with 64MB of DDR that I have with my current Ti4200. If you don't have benchmarks, I would appreciate any comments from people who've experimented with the above.
  2. You won't be able to install Windows 98 on an NTFS partition, but you have some options.. you could set up a separate FAT32 partition, or just have the entire drive and the NT operating system installed on a FAT32 partition.
  3. I recently purchased a 128MB Flash Memory Drive stick (that connects via USB2.0). I was looking for some advice on a particular area concerning this - I was actually pondering drive compression to more than double the space available on the stick - anyone know if this would significantly affect the speed/etc of the drive? Or if it would affect compatibility? I'd assume because of the nature of memory being so much faster than hard drive storage, you couldn't screw the speed up too badly. Just wanted some input before I went ahead and did it.
  4. It does happen from time to time - it's a hardware defect usually. I had an Imation burner that did the same thing. I recommend returning it if that is still an option. From my experience, TDK has some of the best burners if you want to look into another.
  5. Whatever operating system you plan to install on the computer should be able to automatically partition and format the drive in the installation software. Windows9x/2000/ME/XP all do this, as does Red Hat Linux (haven't explored much else myself). Just have the computer boot up off of the installation CD (or floppy disk *gag*), and follow the instructions. If you would like to format the drive without installing an operating system, you will probably need to have some sort of DOS boot disk (I'm sure there are other options, as well), and either need to just format the drive with the format command. You may need to repartition the disk with fdisk first, if it is currently formatted with an NTFS file system, as a DOS boot would not allow you to access an NTFS file system.
  6. I haven't heard of Star Logic, but my favorite for DVD-ROM drives so far would have to be ASUS - I've had absolutely no problems with a 16x ASUS DVD-ROM in my computer, while the drive I had before (A Delta 16x) was nothing but trouble. I'd recommend going with a known manufacturer - unless you've heard good things about Star Logic.
  7. Also, something to keep in mind - I've heard that the Barton processors aren't as stable OC'ing as the other AMD Athlon variants - TBredBs are supposed to be the best for overclocking, while Bartons are supposed to be ideal for performance without OC. Haven't tried both, myself, but I'll go with the hearsay for this one.
  8. Also, it might be a good idea to check the case temperature - what is that running at? If the air around the CPU is too hot, the CPU isn't going to cool very easily. Besides that - I would imagine making sure that all the clips are securely attached for the fan, and that it is installed in the right direction. You probably are aware already, but a Volcano 7 has a slightly lowered section on the bottom of the heat sink that corresponds with a slightly raised section of the socket for the CPU. If it is installed the other way, it won't work nearly as well for cooling.
  9. I am an AMD man, and that's not likely to change. My home system, running a 1.53GHz AMD Athlon XP (I'm upgrading to a 2500+ Barton, which should be even nicer!), without OC'ing, runs circles around my system at work, a P4/1.5GHz. Without even having to resort to benchmark tests, the difference in performance is clear. Add that to the OC'ability of AMDs, the larger L1 cache, and of course, the reasonable pricing. AMD is the choice for me.
  10. ASUS's A7N266-VM looks like a pretty good board. It's micro-ATX form factor, has an AGP 4x slot if you want to upgrade video later, but has integrated GeForce2 graphics, integrated sound, and runs DDR at up to 266. There is a version of it with onboard LAN built in too, so that's a possible bonus. http://usa.asus.com/mb/socketa/a7n266-vm/s...ecification.htm ASUS also makes some high quality boards - I was a stoic supporter of them until I ended up switching to MSI for my boards (but I haven't seen MSI's with built-in video - there are some nice ones with audio built in though).
  11. Ok, I've been away from Celerons too long, building REAL systems (AMD). Now my question is this: What is the difference between FC-PGA and FC-PGA2? My mobo supports the FC-PGA, and I'm only able to find Celeron processors that are FC-PGA2's. Are the two compatible? Or is it likely to cook if I try to throw it in there? Any advice would be appreciated.
  12. I'll agree with you on MSI's boards - I personally use them, I just didn't realize until I did a little searching for it that they had a Micro-ATX mobo out for their KT4 model - I used a KT4 in a system I threw together for someone recently, it's an excellent board. And, the color looks wicked through a windowed or otherwise visible case.
  13. Another good one away from the ASUS side is MSI's KT4M or KT4M-L (KT4M-L is the one with built-in LAN adapter). 9.65" x 8.66" (approx, converted from cm), so it's a little less square, and might fit better in the case you had in mind. Supports AMD Athlon XP 2600+ for some processing power, think it has support for 8x AGP, and supports DDR400 memory. Small mobo, yet, no sacrifices as far as raw power goes. And, MSI mobos usually look sweeeet too.
  14. Mini-itx boards are nice, but if you're going for power, they won't do the trick. Micro-ATX form factor is like 9.6" x 9.6", so that might do the trick. I'd recommend checking out: http://usa.asus.com/mb/overview_amd.htm http://usa.asus.com/mb/overview_p4.htm Scan the right side for Micro-ATX form factor - then check for one that has the specs you want. I'll recommend AMD, but if you're stuck on P4, you can still put together a decent system .
  15. Another difficulty that could be the problem is sometimes having the fan installed the wrong way will affect the cooling ability fairly significantly, and at 133 it could be overheating. I don't know about the Volcano 9 in particular, but, there are a lot of connectors for the power supply on a 7+, due to the variable speed control, and if you don't have them hooked up quite correctly, the system might not detect a fan, and as a result, might not be amicable to operating the CPU at a high speed with insufficient cooling (as far as it knows). Just look to make sure it's installed the right direction, and all the connectors are right. Check in the CMOS and see if it shows the fan speed (most mobos will report that there).
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