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    ECS Black Edition P55 / i7-860 / Asus 5970
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  1. honestly I'd unhook the printer and uninstall all printer drivers and software and delete any remaining folders and see if that fixes the error issue and reboot issue. Check the other errors and see if you cannot fix those. I do know that windows 10 has change how the USB handles the ports and that has caused great issues especially with the mouse and its software. once you remove the printer software you might try updating the USB drivers and retry if that fixed the issue. The issues with windows 10 is the main reason I went Linux after win7 went EOL.... I cant deal with the issues for daily stuff.
  2. I'd figure out what it causing the reboots. Look in the Event viewer and see whats going on under the memory and hard drive for errors. I either use Parted Magics way of wiping an SSD with Secure Erase or Using HD Erase. here are the Crucial guidelines for doing so. https://www.crucial.com/support/articles-faq-ssd/methods-for-erasing-an-ssd
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  4. I have only used Asus routers in AiMesh and I can tell you that they work really well. The wifi drop issue isnt always necessarily the router itself causing the issue it can be how busy the wifi is around you. Like how close are you to your neighbor and how many wifi's are around you. Even the best routers will drop wifi when there is collision issues and packets are lost. I have found to use a WiFi analyzer app and see whats going on around you and adjusting your router according. Before I upgraded to the AiMesh I was having WiFi drop issues constantly. After I upgraded I was still experiencing them but not as often. I found that routers would change channels and when the routers around me jumped on the same channel as mine it caused the drop. I used the app to see what channels are most non used and locked my router to that channel and took off Auto-Channel. Since then I have not had any issue with drops. Routers are set to Auto-Channel by default and they are supposed to auto negotiate what other routers close by are and keep you separate. I've found using the app that when one router swaps a channel they all follow...
  5. man were those the days. The 7n400 pro isnt a bad board depending on what revision it is but it still isnt as good as the old DFI Lanparty Ultra B boards. The 7n400pro will do a decent job but you WILL be limited by ram. Not sure if the Overclock Database is still available here or not but I had the 7n400pro and overclocked a few socket A's in it. Settings are here somewhere as are the Ultra B boards. To get good clocks you will need to find some old Patriot ram with Samsung ICs. these would clock to the moon. The best overclocking ram you can find for that board is the old PDP Patriot PDC1G3200 + XBLK (2-2-25 @ pc3200, 3-4-4-8 @ pc4200) I still have the kits I set ram records with. That board wont like the old Micron BH5 or BH6 high volt ram....
  6. Always best to flash a BIOS from fresh. I always hit Set to Default and then flash.
  7. I have also used the Arris Surfboard (16x) with great results. I had VoIP but did not use it. I had no problems activating the Arris modem. I am currently using the Xfinity modem (Xfi) in bridged mode. it was a free upgrade. I'll probably swap back to an Arris for better control. I have is paired with a dying Asus N66u.
  8. if memory serves...with the right board that will run at a 400fsb with the same style of ram. Volcano coolers werent the best as we used heatpipe coolers. I think I still have one from socket A days. I believe it was a Thermalright cooler.
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  10. What are your thoughts on using an SSD drive as the OS drive on a home server? Windows 7 is the installed OS. Just a regular run of the mill box with windows 7 installed on a WD-640gb hard drive that is partitioned at 199gb OS and the remaining as a Temp drive that is shared to the network. The box also has 3 additional hard drives also shared to the network for back up storage. There is also a 4-bay Port Multiplier hooked to the box via eSATA with a duplicate of the server that is used for server back ups. on the WD-640gb drive C: has the OS and current drive speed average about 75MB/s and the Partition (D:) averages 110MB/s my drive to drive transfers seems to be capped mostly to the C: drive speeds. I can transfer from other drives to the PM and speeds are higher. Usually 120-130 MB/s would there be any advantage or disadvantage to swapping to an SSD for the OS? I have a spare 240gb MX500 I could toss in it.
  11. I wouldnt even attempt to install the OS until Memtest passes. It will be easier on the controller to use only 2 sticks of memory Unless it is Quad Channel....which some are. As for the raid, I dont think I'd run a Raid 0 on a work PC unless it has some kind of rebuildable redundancy if it fails. Ram issues are one of the biggest causes of raid failures other than drives themselves... Use Parted Magic to "Erase" wipe the SSD drives to bring them back to like new and then test them individually to make sure the raid will be stable. Then again for a work PC I'd use a different raid that allows speed and reliability...I think it is Raid 5 and links two of the drives and uses the 3rd for redundancy.... that way if the raid set fails you run off the redundant drive.... you dont lose everything. rebuild the raid and carry over from the redundant.
  12. It sounds like we just need a True U.S.A Brands. Do we have any of that in US of A??? Anyone?? not sure if we could afford it.... probably cost double.....
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