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  1. MS will probibly continue OEM type sales but i doubt the retail XP Pro boxes will be around past June. DX10 is the leverage MS will continue to flex, basically if we want to keep gaming we have pay $$$ for Vista, its like the cost of a virtual XBOX console, only to dual boot... what a waste.
  2. Hey. im basically at an impass and need configuration advice from other users. i keep my HDDs connected to the Nvidia SATA ports 1-4 on a DFI NF4 SLI-DR. my OS drive is 74gb Raptor (C: ), i only store programs/games on this drive so if it craps out i can buy another and just fresh install without losing data. my concern is my second drive, 500gb Seagate(D: ), which currently stores 200gb of FLAC music files, photos, some backup data and game saves ect. this drive is destined to keep growing with new media and backing everything up to DVD is overwhelming. im thinking about buying another 500gb drive to setup RAID-1. this should prevent me from losing my data to a (single)HDD hardware failure. but i cant find full info and have some questions first. 1. will i be be able to connect either 500gb drive independently and explore them in My Computer on a different machine/OS? or does the RAID-1 config somehow make them perminantly joined and needing RAID driver for the NF4 chipset? 2. will i have to wipe my existing (D: ) drive to set up RAID-1 fresh, or can i just mirror what already exists on my (D: ) drive? 3. i am running the Nvidia IDE storage driver so my SATA drives are showing up as removable devices. if i enable RAID in BIOS will i still have to load floppy drivers in windows F6 setup? (note that i am not installing Windows on this RAID-1 array) another option is to use the second 500gb drive externally and make weekly backups of new files, i think i can do this by using the My Briefcase option in windowsXP where it will automatically sense and update changes to the folder. am i wrong, do i need to do this updating manually? after i decide on the method of redundant backup id like to then image the drive on DVD so i can restore in case of catastrophic failure or theft. problem is ive read nothing but bad about Norton Ghost, and Acronis TruImage doesnt support SATA. do i have any other option for hard external (offsite) backup besides stacks of DVDs or a third HDD storing yet ANOTHER 1:1 copy of 500gb of data? Blu-Ray burner is still like $600 and 25gb BD are like $15. ANY info is appreciated. thanks
  3. so i realize what the System Managment Bus does but i am unsure if i actually need to install the drivers in the forceware 6.70 package. will i lose any needed functions or stability by skipping it? thanks
  4. :eek: that card should come with its own dedicated case and a breakout cable.
  5. haha yet another problem pinned down to be at least somewhat caused by a shoddy PSU. welcome to DFI-street. these ATI x1900 cards need POWA
  6. ok after updateing the MB BIOS to the 4/06 i was not able to boot at all, but then after clearing the CMOS for 12 hours i am no longer having the boot problem with this GSkill kit, (knock on wood). i am running all stock specs at 1T but i also lowered the voltage to 2.6, and my CPU is at 250x10 so it doesnt seem to be a multiplier problem after all. so it was either the 12/05 bios was giving me problems or there was a CMOS related conflict switching between the ram kits and only doing short-duration clears(3-5min). it has passed superPi 32m and seems to be stable in the desktop environment, i havtn run 3d apps yet b/c its been way too hot the past couple days and my machine is struggling. im going to let memtest loop tonight and then do some 3d benching. if all goes well i will start to push the ram to see what i can do on stock timings.
  7. i know this has been dead for awhile but i feel inclined to update. 6.5 drivers elimiated the screen corruption at bootup bug. my current setup is 6.5 drivers and wdm, ati tray tools for adjustment, ati tool for overclocking. all seems to be playing nice together.
  8. sorry i dint keep up with this thread, timings havnt made a difference for me but switching to 2t helps, it doesnt eliminate it completely but it not a frequent. i still have to mess around a bit ive been running my 1GB OCZ VX GOLD kit dual channel @1T without a single problem for the past few weeks. ill post back later tonight or tomorrow.
  9. i think the overall adoption of blueray will remain osolated. in the short term if a PS3 owner wants to watch some high def content then yes, he will probibly pick up some media instead of spending more $ on an HD-DVD drive for the same purpose. but thats assuming he doeant already have an XBOX 360 with its own HD-DVD capability. $600 is a LOT of money for a core console system and if someone can justify that for a PS3 this holiday then chances are good he also justified the $400 for XB360 last year too. come christmas HD-DVD will have a huge head-start thanks to the current $500 Toshiba machine, the availability of the upcoming XB360 USB drive, and all the players that come out in the meantime. plus there will be STOCK of HD-DVD titles this holiday, Blu-Ray will still be vaporware for anyone who didnt shell out $$$$ for a dedicated player and consider the gamer waiting to buy a PS3... no way in hell would he spend $1000 to buy a standalone Blu-ray player in the meantime, and the PS3 will be nearly impossible to get for months into 2007. the format is all but dead before it even launches. even then PS3 owner will be trying to keep up with expensive launch games, not spending $ on Blu-Ray movies. then understand that M$ IS SUPPORTING HD-DVD... when Vista becomes mainstream next year and the new machines from Dell and Compaq ect are shipping with HD-DVD drives, complete with HDMI interface and first party support built right into Vista to allow hookup to 720/1080p TVs, (which will be much more affordable by the end of this year too.) it will bring HD-DVD to the masses. thats whats holding Vista up and thats why theres all this talk of minimum system specs, "compatible" (HDMI lincensed) video cards, mobos and monitors. ALMOST NOTHING we have in the PC world at the moment supports HDMI which is basically a hardware enabled copywrite standard that only functions in its native 720/1080 forms. i really hope to find a good LCDTV at the end of the year with DVI support, i think DVI might not be supported for much longer once Vista gets underway. contrary to what most peopel think DVI is not fully compatable with HDMI, if you want to connect your video card(DVI) to a HDTV(HDMI), you cannot use TVs native 1:1 resolution, HDMI only accepts the HD resolutions and then scales the TV, which means text turns to s***.
  10. fair enough but on a smaller scale the moon has the same effect in guarding earth, it has craters all over the surface. whether that is its sole purpose for existing is left up for interpertation.
  11. ive heard the function of jupter is to deflect the path of incoming asteroids and protect the other planets within our solar system. its effective b.c its so far out in orbit and its huge size and density makes its gravity 2.4g
  12. ive been using firefox as well but i like opera better so far, its basically the same interface with more options and customization. not sure about the plug-in potential though
  13. this was the error, not my screenshot but nice GUI
  14. i havnt heard anything about how much the actual media is going to cost. 1080p INPUT capable lcd tvs are just hitting the market so a small segment will invest in that format by this holiday season. so then more people will want 1080p capable output but if the player is around $1000 and the movies are like 40$ then whats the point. i guess this is why Sony is willing to take a loss on the PS3, nobody in his right mind would spend $900 on a bluray drive when he can get a PS3 for $600, but 70$ for a bluray PS3 game, give me a f******** break. this battle will be one for the ages, i NEVER thought i would be saying this but i'm routing for Microsoft. if they can launch the xbox 360 HD-DVD at 1080p instead of 1080i, and for under $300 then Sony is done for. has anyone heard if that USB HD-DVD drive is susposed to work with PC too? EDIT: in fact, Microsoft is going to carry this HDDVD format on its back to get it moving, it wont allow it to fail, theres too much at stake long-term. M$ can theoretically alienate blu-ray to be a format exclusively for the PS3 and nobody will put $ into that, like the PSP movies. then its going to be a straight competetion of games and who can bring the best titles at the lowest price to its console. m$ is throwing $ at the developers for exclusive content, plus ive heard the 360 is a much easier platform to develop for, sony is in for a tough few years to make up any ground here.
  15. ATI tray tool will work with the card but AFAIK it can not be used to overclock. with that said its 100% better than CCC, you should run the 6.4 drivers and wmd without installing CCC, then use ATI Tray Tool only for switching settings. ATI Tool will overclock but you need to disable the 2 ATI services from startup, this way the card will not recognize the 2d/3d switch and will always run in "2D profile" you overclock this 2D profile. dont forget to up the voltage on the core to 1.425v, or else you wont even be able to run stock default 3D speed. the ram voltage is the same for 2d/3d, 2.089v i think.
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