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  1. If I was only running a single system I too would feel that way. As it is with a box for Linux, an XP Box for Browsing and Admin work and an XP Box for Gaming and Tweaking (not to mention a pair of laptops one XP one Linux) I feel it would be worth lending one to Longhorn testing and development.
  2. I played about with various releases so far and have to agree, slow and very little substance. Several key technologies are not to be included in the first beta roll out, (read XP with new GUI and new ntergrated software versions thrown on top) but still, you have to be curious. I am in no way a fan of Microsofts methods or development, however, as with most of you, I have been using their OS' for many years right back to 3.1. Like it or not I know this next incarnation of Windows will probably become (sooner or later as XP did in its time) my primary OS and that I will spend many hours getting my head round it. Better to get on top of it now, than later, know thy enemy and all that....
  3. Poor grammer always makes me think SCAM!
  4. Just thought I'd open a Longhorn thread. The beta is due to drop on the 27th and I guess at least some of us will be trying to get a look see. http://www.flexbeta.net/main/comments.php?...&shownews=13839 Must admit the leaked screenies look tasty, I'll try and update this with info as and when I find it and my own experiences of the beta when I get it.
  5. Its a known issue. GWs causes hard resets and BSOD when closing on some peoples systems, I get a USB halt BSOD from time to time.
  6. Looks like they've tried to copy the Nautilus style design Nasty looking case... sweet speakers though
  7. Man that's spooky. I've never ever had a piece of hardware sponteaneously die on me, not ever in over 10 years of building systems (not that I hadn't abused beyond the bounds of common sense) Well, 4th July my 1 month old 250 Gig Western Dig 8 Meg Cache drive just stopped. Spun down never to spin again RMA in progress
  8. Raptors run in packs, you should get another one.
  9. Been away from these forums for a while but this has been the board I was waiting on and man what an epic thread. Can I just ask a couple of questions and see if my assessment of this thread is correct. 939 AGP board is out but "not quite right" Awaiting a Rev 2 release and/or new BIOS to settle some pretty major issues. Ball back in DFI's court and waiting for news. Does that about sum it up?
  10. But I can't coz I'm heading back to University and poverty is starting to bite :sad: I will gladly pm my Paypal address to anyone who fancies sponsoring a Katch Konstructed DF NF4 SLiDR - :nod: Bah it was worth a shot. But seriously, I'm jealous. Guess I'll just have to lurk while you guys figure out a hardcore DFI Blender Challenge.
  11. Thanks Angry, Ok, the card cost me £340 +VAT and Delivery - just before Christmas. Any sensibe offer arround £275 inc delivery would be considered. If you want a trader reference you can check my ebay account here Katchxabk
  12. This is aimed at the UK guys. I have a Gainward Nvidia 6800GT Golden Sample that is in need of a good home. Its been used for less than 6 months and is a sweet card. I still have all the packaging, discs, literature etc. If anyone is interested pop me a PM or email. PS - Angry, if you want me to remove this post or ammend it in anyway let me know.
  13. Ok quick update - CPU arrived this morning and its all settled in now. The installation went fairly easily, the most anoying thing is getting the keyboard connector reattached afterwards. Another point worth noting is the cooling sollution. When I removed it from the original CPU I found it have a nasty thermal pad on the heatsink. I am an avid hater of these things so ripped it off and gave the base a good clean with Isopropyl alcohol. Upon dry fitting it on the new processor I realised there is about a 1mm gap between the CPU and the HS. I remedied this by using a generous application of Artic Silver 5. After screwing down the heatsink I carefully removed the excess. Remember AS5 is conductive, don't get it anywhere it shouldn't be! The Laptop does feel a little bit warmer at full load, but not concernigly so. When I had the puppy open I thought the fan in the heatsink was a little pathetic, I may uprate that if I get bored one day. So anyway upgrade all installed, for the first nail biting power up I took out one of my 2 SODIMMS; as a result of the upgrade the FSB increases to 100Mhz and the second DIMM is only rated at 66Mhz (as is the 32Mb on board). Power on and I get the expected 127 error. A bit of ESC and enter bashing later I'm into the easy setup menus. I pulled up the HEX editor I mentioned earlier and disabled the on chip cache and on board ram and rebooted. 127 error all gone and straight into windows. Set powerleap to auto re-enable the on chip cache on more reboot. Everything seems fine and stable ran a few benchmarks and stress tests, so decided to whack the other SODIMM back in and re-enable the 32Mb on board. Again no problems, the 66Mhz memory seems to run fine at 100Mhz. I'm gonna do a long stress test with prime 95 to be certain. ************************************************** Some benchies CPU Benchmark 366Mhz ==> 3 600MHz ==> 4.7 Sandra CPU Arith 366 Dhry ==>1168 366 Whet ==>480 600 Dhry ==>1938 600 Whet ==>793 CPU MultiM 366 Int ==>2394 366 Float ==>891 600 Int ==>5147 600 Float ==>6122 Memory Bandwidth 366 Int ==>221 366 Float ==>226 600 Int ==>712 600 Float ==>419 *********************************************** Ok to sum up, nice easy upgrade if you can get your hands on a P3 MMC-2 Processor. One thing I've noticed but am yet to explore, powerleap only seems to re-enable 128K of the 256K on chip cache. Still waiting on the SODIMMs to arrive and yet to choose a new Hdd. I'll keep you all posted.
  14. Nice and snappy today, and the layout is sorted now
  15. Yup - and the forum feels all scattered and unordered. The posts seem to have less framing than before making the forum feel incomplete.
  16. No no it was my fault I'm playing about with shell replacements and I loaded a bugged shell with no control by default All better now, managed to get regedit working by going into safemode w/ command prompt
  17. Just a quickie. Somewhere in the windows folders is an ini style file with a line that sets your shell shell=explorer.exe or litestep.exe etc lets just assume I may have fooked my PC so bad I can only get into safe command prompt only and I need to manually edit the shell back to explorer from litestep. Any ideas what the file is and where its located. Could have sworn it was win.ini or system.ini but it isn't
  18. Thought I'd start a little thread to document my attempt to pervert my old IBM Thinkpad 600E This little puppy has seen me good for a while now despite its low spec. P2 366 - 224Mb RAM - 6Gb Travelstar 4200rpm hdd - 2.5Mb NeoMagic Graphics - DVD ROM I've been using it as a router cum firewall for a while now, leaving it dangling in the dirtier end of the internet P2Ping movies and music outside of the firewall. It's pretty much always on and has had relatively little downtime. That said it's not the quickest pony on the track. It lags quite bad when multitasking and the hard drive clogs up and fragments the page file frequently. Not surprising really. Well I've been thinking about getting a new laptop for a while. Nothing flash; just a little more than I have now. My main concern was the Hdd and low RAM of my current Laptop. I decided I'd look for a laptop with about a 30Gb Hdd @ 800Mhzish and 512Mb RAM. Then I stumbled upon an interesting news group about the TP 600E. I had always belived upgrading was impossible - IBM tech spec suggest the most I could crowbar in is a P2 400 288Mb Ram and a 10Gb Hdd. Well the guys at thinkpads.com have discovered differently. With a little patience and knowledge it is possible to get these puppies to take P3 processors (A side effect of which is an increase of FSB from 66 to 100) - 544Mb RAM (32MB onboard) and a 80Gb 7200rpm Hdds hmmmm this sounds like fun! So I currently have a P3 600 MMC-2 CPU on its way and a pair of 256Mb SODIMMS - I'm yet to decide on a Hdd but I'm probably going for a 30Gb Samsung 5400rpm to keep the heat and power consumption down. I will post piccys and before after style benchies after the installations.
  19. Same drive series same problem. Make sure you get the molex nice and snug. Mine isn't that extreme that it happens unless I'm rooting around inside with the power on. Maybe a quality mod of some hot gluegun glue would sort it out.
  20. Nice work DFI loving this one. "One miiiiiiiilion dollars"
  21. Substitute yoki magna hi or what ever with pokeyermom sorry pokemon and it'll reveal the humour.
  22. Its quite simple really. We used to use WPCREDIT to manually search the offsets for these timings and change them. This little program is just a visual interface designed to report the settings and inject the changes. Not sure what you want me to tell you about experiences.... When I had my system OC'd prime stable at 250 x 10 I used it to see how tight I could run my alphas. Got them down to the ones in my sig. Its good coz if you go too tight the system either hangs or reboots and then you're back to the timings in your BIOS. If you were to do this straight into the BIOS and go too tight the system will throw a no post. Basically this saves time in CMOS clears and settings tweaking.
  23. *Rubs bleary morning eys - takes a huge swig of coffee* Never mind me *Is tempted to delete the post - decides to leave it as a testement to his stupidity*
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