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About NicePants42

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  1. bump for a good trader. Too bad I've got about as much watercooling gear as I can manage atm.
  2. While those tops are nice, they can cost a mint depending on where you get them and who made it. I'd say if you're looking at spending $50 for a new top or $75 for a 2nd pump, get the 2nd pump. Then you can mod both inlets yourself.
  3. Ah yes, the good ol' $10 Dell test PSU shows it's value once again. You won't ever see me stuffing paper clips into molex connectors. Next time you're on the FS/FT forums, search for words like 'old', 'crap', 'dell' and 'psu'. You'll even get free wire when you cut out the ATX plug.
  4. But, do the ram chips even NEED a HS? I've been running my X1800XT with an MCW60 and NO RAMSINKS and the ram is warm. I'd like to see what the temp/oc differences are between something like this and something like the MCW60 - I doubt there'll be much difference. It's not like the Vregs need water.
  5. I am also curious about this. I have a four drive RAID 0+1, and I tested the speed using HDTach when it was RAID 0 and RAID 0+1. The read speed is twice as fast with just RAID 0. Am I an idiot, or should the read speed be greater with 4 drives in RAID 0+1?
  6. I literally just installed this cooler on my system two days ago. It was a little tight, and the fan must draw air either from top->bottom or bottom->top (not front->back as is probably intented), but it fits. One big thing that I should note is that the base of that cooler had TONS of machining marks - lapping it to 2000 grit took ~20 minutes. Another big note is that the base of this cooler WILL NOT COMPLETELY COVER THE IHS OF AN OPTERON. It comes close to covering my 144, but I was very concerned at first. However, I haven't had any crashes yet, and I'm running at 2.7g. Hope that helps.
  7. Just yesterday I used the DFI x64 RAID drivers to install Windows XP 64bit, and everything worked fine. (Ran the program to write to a floppy, etc.) I have not been able to install either Windows XP Pro or Windows XP Home Edition using DFI's 32bit XP drivers. I'm glad to see that my conclusion about DFI's drivers being bad is not completely insane. Now, I just need to FIND the nVidia 6.53 drivers and see if they work.
  8. My main system is a SATA RAID 0. The other drive I tried to boot with is an IDE. When I attempted to boot using the other drive, I did not disconnect the RAID drives. I did set the correct boot priority, and had the IDE drive plugged into a master IDE plug, and removed the jumper entirely. The drive was recognized, and the windows loading screen would come up, but then the PC would reboot (no errors). Replacing the IDE drive into the PC it was removed from proved that the drive/OS were still working properly, as the computer booted into XP with no problems. Divided, have you checked your PMs?
  9. Well, Safe Mode doesn' work. Repairing the install doesn't work. Loading a fresh install leaving the current file system intact doesn't work. Trying to boot from another hard drive that has Windows on it causes a reboot loop (even though the hard drive works fine in another PC). Since I've tried different methods of partitioning before and found them either too annoying and/or not helpful, I had only one partition in this case. Right now the plan is to put another HDD into the case (a laptop drive, in this case), install Windows on it, boot from it, and try to reach my data from there. Tmod's boot CD is now in my collection.
  10. OK. I will definitely check that out - however in this particular case Windows was already installed and had been working perfectly for 6 months. I was running Sandra while testing the RAM. The problem began at 4X LTD/FSB. I apologize if I didn't explain that clearly.
  11. OK, thanks for clarifying that. Any idea if that mistake could've crapped on my OS? Or should I be examining my HDDs more closely? Hopefully I'll know more by trying to boot into safe mode - had a :drool: moment last night.
  12. I've run into a problem while testing some new memory (in sig). Apparently, the problem was caused by running 300fsb and then manually raising my LTD/FSB Frequency Ratio from 3X to 4X. I was using DFI BIOS N4D623-3. I was running the exact timings posted here in post #6: linky (Only difference was DRAM response time set to 'Fast'). The first time I tried running all of these timings, my board didn't post, so I gradually made the changes and ran Sandra's memory benchmark until all the settings were changed, with no problems. Then I decided to see what raising the LTD/FSB Frequency Ratio to 4X would do. Windows loaded, I was able to run Sandra, but the screen flickered a few times (seemed to me like a memory refresh or something) and there were at least two error messages that read something to the effect of 'a Windows file has had to be retreived from a backup'. From there on, every time I rebooted, I would see an error 'lsass object not found'. OK'ing that error message restarts the PC. I have reset to optimized defaults and tried to repair Windows using my Windows XP Home (slipstreamed w/ SP2). It appears to work, but then hangs (for 8 hours) on the 'saving your settings' screen. I have not tried booting into Safe Mode (just thought of that). I also do not have a spare hard drive laying around, otherwise I'd've installed Windows on that drive and used that to try to access the main RAID that I'm having problems with. But I'm having trouble understanding how increasing the LTD/FSB could destroy files on my HDD, especially since Memtest86 appears stable at 300fsb @ LTD/FSB = 4X. HDD setup in sig. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks a lot!
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