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    Any way to actually make money online?

    Nigerian Scammers have hit hard times due to the economy. You know it is bad when even the crooks are broke.
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    Swearing can make you feel better

    No $^!#ing kidding!
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    Help with a watercooling setup.

    The D5 is great and the variable D5 at it's highest setting is a tad better than the D5 without. Basically the non-variable D5 runs one notch slower than the D5 at it's highest setting. The MPC355 is a good pump as well. Either one would be better than the pump the OP posted to in the first post. As for the res, don't over tighten the barbs and don't clean it with alcohol. That will eliminate 99% of the chance of it cracking. Personally, I chose to go without a res and just use a t-line to fill. Bleeding really doesn't take THAT long. And I like the bubble noise it makes while it bleeds anyway.
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    Oil Cooling

    Puget Systems near where I live did one a couple of years ago. Without circulating the oil through a radiator, they had CPU temps up to 80c when overclocked. They added an external radiator and pump to cool the mineral oil and the temps dropped quite a bit. Here is the link for the page about it as well as some graphs of the temps they had with and without the external radiator. This idea has had brief moments in the sun from time to time for over 10 years now, and there is even a case available that you can buy with mineral oil submersion cooling in mind. Oh yeah....french fries.
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    New Mechwarrior?

    According to the IGN article, it is a reboot of the franchise, at least that is what I took from it. The only thing that bothers me is that they say it will be developed for both PC and Xbox360...i hope they don't make gameplay sacrifices for the console. http://pc.ign.com/articles/100/1002275p1.html
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    Please help **Odd graphics card problem**

    If changing drivers doesn't work, check your cable connection, try another one if it stays the same. Check you connections again. But it might be the card, mine died in Febuary, with artifacts and nasty video all over the place...it does happen.
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    Windows 7 RC expires.

    beta yes. RC no.
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    Curious about monitors..

    Refresh rate has to do with the rate as which the monitor image is refreshed. This mattered in the tube monitor days because the electron gun that excited the phosphor dots could not illuminate all the dots at the same time. So basically, the electron emitting guns scanned across the entire monitor at a specific rate. While anythign above 60hzt is normally not distinguishable by the human eye, unless you lock your framerate to the refresh rate, you CAN get higher framerates, but you really wont see them (the average eye can't really tell between 30ish FPS and 60 anyway). In the old days, this is why the screen appeared to flicker at lower frequencies and why when you see a recorded tube TV image, it has lines going across the screen. The FPS of the camera shootign the image was slow enough to catch the screen in the process of the scan. Anyhow, 60hz is standard these days, and it is really a leftover from pre-LCD days anyway. HDCP is part of the evi that is DRM. As part of the Digital Rights Management garbage, a modern commercial OS like Vista (or whatever Apple passes as a modern OS) has to have the capability to protect the media YOU buy from duplication. As part of this protection, the OS has to be able to lock out your media from being played on any device that will not protect it from being copied. Basically a HDCP monitor will conform to this horrid abridgment of Fair Use. Theoretically, prior to DRM, if you could copy the output of a video card to a recording device, you could make a copy of it. A HDCP device check prevents that from happening. Oh yeah, it is supposed to prevent piracy too. But they are crafty and don't care about rules or pesky software limitations, so it only hurts people that want to make legitimate backups. And just so you know I am not blowing smoke up your exhaust port, here is the wikipedia definition. "High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) is a form of digital copy protection developed by Intel Corporation [1] to prevent copying of digital audio and video content as it travels across DisplayPort, Digital Visual Interface (DVI), High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI), Gigabit Video Interface (GVIF), or Unified Display Interface (UDI) connections, even if such copying would be permitted by fair use laws. The specification is proprietary, and implementing HDCP requires a license.[2]" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-bandwidt...tent_Protection I like my definition better. Sounds less boring.
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    DirectX 11 Screenshots [Amazing]

    At no point could i see these as anything than computer generated images. Do they look nice? Yes. Have computer graphics been getting better for years? yes. But since artists have taken paint and make it look real since the 70's, certainly we can expect that to be achieved at some point with computers (other than still images). But I just don't see it yet. Even the best movie CGI fails to trick my eye most of the time....and I have bad vision. P.S. Taco, the first image is a spiral staircase of stone in a tower. Oops, the first image failed to load for me the first time. heath ledger as the Joker?
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    XP and Win7

    You don't have to add a boot loader. Install XP first, or if it is already installed, just install Win7 on to the new partition. I am running XP 32 and W7 64 off of the same drive, different partitions. when you boot up, it will give you 30 seconds to pick the old windows install or will default to the W7 install.
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    Most Challenging Tech Activity

    Working on a voice mail system that used Windows, Linux, RMX, Sun and a crappy RAID controller for the primary message store. For 3 years. Oh, and I can't forget the craptastic ATM transport that garbled audio that we got blamed for.
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    Worst speedtest ever

    Was that EDGE or 3G? Edge probably. Edge is around 40-60kbs with occassional speeds over 100, but that requires a site with very little voice or data traffic on it.
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    Windows 7 32 to 64

    me too, which is why the drive the backup goes on gets disconnected before the new install.
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    Windows 7 32 to 64

    Again, Windows easy transfer. http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/pc-backup.aspx Don't back up your registry. it would be pointless.
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    Which Vista?

    So far I have one program that won't run on W7 64 bit. it is CoreTemp. Gaming is fine on everything I have installed so far.
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    Backup - What does this mean?

    The more important question is what backup means to you. If you are a company that spends millions creating intellectual property, that means CONSTANT redundant off site storage. If you are the average computer user that may mean keeping your personal data (taxes, budget, personal pics, etc...) away from the more likely occurrence of data loss due to hardware failure. protecting from fire or theft is less likely to be needed, but when you KNOW you need it, it is too late. Look at what you have and ask yourself "what can I not afford to lose?" If the reasons are financial or personal (in the case of pictures), take whatever steps you feel necessary to ensure their integrity. Burn them to CD and put them in a fireproof safe. Maybe in a safe deposit box. Whatever makes you feel better about the possibility that the data currently on your hard drive will be lost to some accident. Backing up an OS or a installed program is silly. They can be easy replaced with a trip to your local computer store or purchased online. Losing pics of your child's 6th birthday is far more difficult to recover from if you don't take steps to avoid the loss. It all depends on how prepared you want to be. backing up to an external drive or different internal drive is fine if your worry is just hard drive failure. But it does little to nothing for fire or theft. That said, I rarely back up at all. A few things burned to CD/DVD here and there. If I am messign about with an OS install, I always make a backup of the most current install.
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    SLI on Windows 7 RC

    Man, If I knew that MS was hiring people to look for W7 related threads on PC enthusiast forums and make replies that really have nothing to do with the original topic, I would have sold my soul to apply for that one! Redmond is only a 30 minute drive for me...and I am sure they are paying better than my current job. Although, if they treat this like all of the jobs they have fired my friends from to send them overseas for a fraction of the cost, maybe not.
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    Windows 7 32 to 64

    Um. it is built into Windows 7. http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/pc-backup.aspx Windows Easy Transfer. Worked fine going from XP 32bit to Windows 7 64bit for me, so should work for the OP. I know the OP wanted to "upgrade". But seriously, the install is so easy and the backup and restore using the above tool is much easier than backing up your stuff elsewhere then putting it back later. Let the program do the work and go drink a beer. Root beer if you are under 21.
  19. Quantum computing! On, off and no one knows if the cat is alive or dead.
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    Getting ready to go water...

    If you learned something, no one has wasted any time. Good luck in the future.
  21. This is a thread that just makes me go "What?" and scratch my head.
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    Getting ready to go water...

    I second the 655 pump, they are very good. The other Laing pump that is very popular is the DDC 3.2. I have had a D5 (same as the 655) and it is a very good pump, in both variable and fixed speeds, but it is large and can make mounting more of a chore than the smaller DDC pump. http://www.petrastechshop.com/ladd1mcin12p.html If you wanted more than a CPU in your loop, better to look at a larger radiator. the MCP320 would be a better choice, and they are very reasonably priced. Fan choice is important, what are you planning to use? I would disagree on the antifreeze recommendation, PT Nuke or even an anti-algae additive from your local pet store would work as the primary function is anti-bacterial not anti corrosion as you are not mixing aluminum and copper. I use "No More Algae" which is a copper sulfate based anti-bacterial that i bought at the local PetCo. It works. My loop is simply distilled water and NMA. There is also silver tubing available, which takes advantage of the natural anti-microbial properties of silver. But if you are wanting clear tubing, a small piece of silver in your loop like the Kill Coil would do the same as PT Nuke or NMA. http://www.petrastechshop.com/sikibyia.html As for tubing getting clouded, that is more a fault of the tubing than the fluid. The tubes tend to leech plasticizer over a while and there are many theories about ways to prevent it, but I haven't heard any sure fire solution yet. I have an idea of what I will do next time I replace my tubing, but I haven't tried it yet...stay tuned, I guess. The Heatkiller is allegedly the best WB out there right now, makes me wish I could replace my Danger Den MC-TDX right now. P.S. One more thing to add. Follow the KISS method, you know "Keep It Simple, Stupid" (not calling YOU stupid, it is just a good rule of thumb) by just cooling the CPU and GPU. the more you add, the more problems you may encounter on your first watercooling experience. I too went with the "LETS W/C EVERYTHING" route when I first started, and it really wasn't worth it. keep it simple, keep it easy and you will learn all you need to for your NEXT watercooling project.
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    SLI on Windows 7 RC

    You did fine. this is one of the little things that is different with W7.
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