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  1. I came across this support article on the Microsoft web site: "Computers that are running Windows XP Service Pack 2 and that are equipped with multiple processors that support processor power management features may experience decreased performance" http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=896256 I haven't been able to test it as I am at work at the moment (don't tell my boss I read dfi-street at work). I'll probably try the patch on my system at home tonight when I get home from work. In the meantime I thought I post to share the info. Please post any experiences any one else has with this update.
  2. Well, you can also install the latest driver package downloaded from the nVidia website. I believe the latest version is 6.86. The last time I re-installed my system I went straight to the 6.70 (6.86 wasn't out yet when I last re-installed). I didn't use the drivers on the DFI CD at all.
  3. I have to say that I have always been a fan of Antec Cases and Power Supplies. I have three computers and they all have Antec cases and Antec power supplies. I just picked up a TRUEPOWER TRIO 650W for use in my main system (which reminds me that I need to update my signature). I do have one complaint with this power supply; it only has a single floppy drive style power connector. My system needs three of these power connectors; 1 for floppy drive, 1 for the motherboard and 1 for the Sound Blaster Live Drive. I am using converters to get the extra connectors, but this is not my preferred set up.
  4. I had a couple of thoughts about this. Two things to check: 1. Do you have the Starforce copy protection installed from some game? If you don't know where to look, go through these steps: start menu-> settings -> control panel -> system -> hardware -> device manager -> "view-> show hidden devices " -> non plug and play drivers - Scroll down to "S" for Starforce - The Starforce copy protection has been rumored to cause disk performance issues. 2. Do you have lots of files or large partitions? NTFS stores a last access timestamp for every file and directory. The NTFS driver automatically updates this timestamp every time a file is accessed, whether for reading or writing. That means that every time you browse through a folder, view folder contents, NT is busy updating the file timestamps which might be better used for other purposes. After browsing directories with large number of files, the NTFS log file gets filed. NT becomes sluggish or nonresponsive until the file system flushes the log to the hard disk. To disable Windows NT / Windows 2000 / Windows XP NTFS last access timestamp : Hive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE Key: SYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlFileSystem Name: NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate Type: REG_DWORD Value: 1 Just a couple of things to think about....
  5. As Kirby says in his post I believe that the red and white connectors on your cable are sending analogue signals. The SPDIF connectors are for digital signals. I am not at home at the moment and cannot verify, but I believe that the connectors on the DFI motherboard are actually Red and Yellow. What you might need to do is to buy somrthing like the following: http://www.pc-extras.com/prods/auys35.html to plug the red and white connector together then put the 3.5mm (haedphone style) connector into the Line-In on the motherboard.
  6. Cool. Thanks for all the advice. I think I am convinced to go Opteron and I am seriously going to give the Opteron 165 some thought. I will eventually be overclocking. However, I need to invest in a case that has better air-flow and/or do some more research into water-cooling. But those items are better left for different topics....
  7. I am building a second machine similar to the specs in my signature. I was wondering about the opinions and performance between the following: Athlon 64 X2 4800+ 2.4GHz Dual Core Socket 939 1MB L2 Cache or Opteron Dual-Core 180 Socket 939 2MB L2 Cache (2.4GHz) Is there much of a benefit of paying a little extra for the Opteron? I live in Canada and the price is about $100 difference. And, I am also assuming that the Opteron will "play nice" in an Ultra-D board.
  8. Oh wait, this post isn't for me.... I thought maybe it was since the subject is what my EX-wife used to call me.
  9. Pain in the butt problem. Here is some documentation from Microsoft http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechn...etwk.mspx#E5AAE Read under the TCP/IP section. Here is a 3rd party patch for the restriction that you can try... http://bink.nu/Article2383.bink Use at your own risk. I've done it and so far no issues. But who knows what problems may be lurking....
  10. Are there any messages in the Windows XP Event log related to the drive? Something like the following in the System event log: The driver detected a controller error on DeviceHarddisk2D. Just wondering, if, during the boot up process XP is having some problems with the drive.
  11. Can we finally put the /3GB switch issue to rest? Don't use it because more than likely you cannot benefit from it. Why? There is only a a small percentage of applications, probably less than 1%, that can actually benefit from this setting. The memory manager in Windows XP, by default, allocates 2Gb of the address space to the kernel space and 2Gb to user space. Using the /3GB switch tells the memory manager to allocate 3Gb to user space and 1Gb to the kernel space. However, only applications that have been compiled by using the /LARGEADDRESSAWARE compiler switch can utilize this extra 1GB of user space. See the following link: http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default...._ram_tuning.asp The important part from the link is, "To enable an application to use the larger address space, set the IMAGE_FILE_LARGE_ADDRESS_AWARE flag in the image header. The linker included with Microsoft Visual C++ supports the /LARGEADDRESSAWARE switch to set this flag." If you use the /3GB switch in the boot.ini and are not running any applications that are compiled, "LARGEADDRESSAWARE" then that extra 1GB WILL NEVER BE USED!!! Windows and diagnostic applications will always report that space is available to the operating system, but it will sit there unused.
  12. I don't think I am having as drastic a problem as that, but I do think I am not getting great performance out of my nVidia interface as well. I'd be interested in anything to try and tweak for this interface.
  13. Ya, I had the same problem when I first installed this motherboard. I was using the nVidia adapter. Tried re-installing the driver, changing the hardware settings like link speed and duplex but it would still cut out every once in a while. I switched to the Marvell adapter and it's working fine. I've been watching to see if anyone comes up with a fix for the nVidia adapter, but nothing so far.
  14. Oooh... I just remembered I book marked this thread.... http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=95128
  15. Understanding what chips your ram is will greatly help, my understanding is TCC = orange slots BH-5 or UTT = yellow slots Google the model or part number and see what you can find.
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