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  1. Hey,

     

    Let me explain my problem. A couple of weeks ago I noticed that sometimes when I would reboot my PC, I would go to the Vista login screen, but when I click my name to login, the box would not pop up for me to input my password in. Essentially, I was stuck at the login screen.

     

    I noticed that I could fix this problem by giving it the hard reboot, restarting the computer, pulling the plug, turn off PSU for 30 secs, putting plug back in, and starting the PC.

     

    However, 2 days ago, this technique wouldn't work. So I decided to load optimized defaults in my BIOS. Still did not work. So I decided to clear the CMOS by resetting the jumpers.

     

    However, now, when I boot, it won't even go into BIOS. Of the LED's, 3 are on.

    On On On OFF

    [X] [X] [X] []

     

    Here is a little diagram of which LED's are on. I have no idea what to do anymore.

     

    I have done a Memtest86+ before resetting the CMOS, and my RAM is good.

     

    Thanks.

     

    EDIT: I did this with the legit CMOS clear, battery out, and jumpers moved.


  2. I just upgraded to Vista and it runs fabulously. However, I really would like to get 2 gigs of Ram.

     

    What 2x1gb sticks do you guys recommend? Any sticks that are just standout? Bring on the recommendations. Any and all...

     

    Also, I know its possible to get 2x1gb + 2x512mb to get 3 gigs of RAM. But performance wise... is it smart?


  3. Hey, I had a perfect RAID recognize on my XP Install system. Although Vista sees my 2 hard drives and I enabled SATA NF4 Raid in my BIOS and even loaded the modded drives. Vista refuses to recognize it as 1 drive.

     

    I have tried moving my drives onto the Silicon Image RAID controller, but when I do that, Vista won't even see my ard drives at all. I enabled the controller from my BIOS.

     

    Any help appreciated. Not sure if I put this in the right section. Any help appreciated.

     

    Please Help!

     

    EDIT: I am using Vista x86 not the x64 version.


  4. ah yes..being one of about 50 white kids at my school of 1400, i have to say my music isnt very popular. everyone knows about the lasting bands like tool, audioslave, and coldplay..but then i ask them about dream theater, cake, or metallica and they are like 'wtf?!' ...

     

    i find it odd that they can sing to every song on the radio, yet have trouble finding what X is in a simple 2-step equation. i must agree, good music will last, but its the unknown bands that really make an impact on me. like, say, dream theater. if you ever have time, check out their album Train of Thought, its the best cd ive ever heard.

     

    My favorite CD right now, Rediscover's "Call Me When You Get This" and Alesana's "On the Frail Wings of Vanity".

     

    Rediscover imitates the style of Hellogoodbye and Okay Go! while Alesana is much more hardcore.


  5. My floormate in my dorm recently got all his parts together for his new build. The processor he picked out is a Conroe E6600. He wants me to OC it for him but I told him I would have to do some research first.

     

    Now, rather than Google a site that may not be very good. Does anyone here on the Street have links or personal experience to OC'ing one of these babies?

     

    He is using an ASUS mobo and 2 gigs of RAM. Exact specifications are not known but I wil ask him when I get back to school Sunday afternoon.


  6. I just went to the Newegg website and it was the old interface. I have to say, looking at the old and the new, I don't mind that change as much. Either one would be fine with me.

     

    But what they should definitely change, are their RAM classifications. It is such a hassle to browse through their classifications. I was looking for Refurbished RAM, and I had to manually browse through each category to look for a good deal. The old way was much easier when everything was clumped together with the exception of Laptop and Desktop memory.


  7. I like the "new" layout much better.

     

    It doesn't require a stupid roll-over then wait for the java script to draw the new box which promptly disappears if you miss it by a pixel.

     

    I totally feel you. I hate websites that do it. It drives me nuts. Other examples include Performance-PC's and Jab-Tech.


  8. Speaking as a member of the youth generation "Generation iPod", I have to say that classic rock is making a comeback everywhere. From America's suburban high schools to our campus'es of higher education. Its becoming almost "fashion" to wear a Led Zeppelin shirt and its definitely becoming the "hip" thing to do.

     

    On the top 10 most discussed music on the GA Tech Facebook network this is what it looks like:

     

    Georgia Tech

    Music

    1. Coldplay

    2. Dave Matthews Band

    3. Jack Johnson +2

    4. The Beatles

    5. Red Hot Chili Peppers -2

    6. Weezer +2

    7. Led Zeppelin -1

    8. The Killers +5

    9. Radiohead +1

    10. Green Day -3

     

     

    The top 10 music for all Facebook looks like this:

     

    Music

    1. Jack Johnson

    2. Coldplay

    3. DMB

    4. The Beatles

    5. Green Day

    6. Led Zeppelin

    7. The Killers

    8. Fall Out Boy

    9. Red Hot Chili Peppers

    10. Sublime

     

    Its called Facebook Pulse and basically it takes the most listed things on profiles and does tallys them. Facebook is fairly representative of colleges across America considering the userbase is into the millions and almost every single person I know has a facebook at college.

     

     

    More stuff from Facebook Pulse:

     

    First an intro about Facebook Pulse taken from Facebook themselves:

    "What is Pulse?

     

    Pulse shows popular listings and trends on Facebook in the last seven days.

     

    It is updated daily at 6am PST."

     

    For music genre's. "Classic Rock" is currently listed 16th most listed music at GT. This list also includes Bands, Singers, and of course genres. So for a genre to be listed 16 is very impressive. Several classic rock bands are listed in the top 20 such as Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd.


  9. It's a grading scale. A 4.00 is theoretically perfect, though some schools are idiotic and allow for better than that.

     

    A = 90-100% = 4 pts

    B = 80-89% = 3 pts

    C = 70-79% = 2 pts

    D = 60-69% = 1 pt.

    F = <60% = 0 pts.

     

    Different points are allocated for lower A's, like a 92% might be 3.66 points or some such thing, depends on the grading scale of the school. Essentially then you average out the points for each class over the entire time in school and get your GPA.

     

    Of course it's somewhat meaningless since some schools are way tougher than others. Anybody under a 3.0 at mine is either the laziest piece of crap or actually mentally handicapped. Then there's other schools where getting a 3.0 is a lot of work. Kinda pointless if you ask me, unless schools were all equal.

     

    Well, I wouldn't say idiotic. In today's day and age, and speaking from a fresh high school graduate, I think its necessary to ahve over 4.00. The reason is because there are so many advanced classes now, AP, IB, Gifted, Honors. Its simply not fair that a person that takes all easy classes gets a higher GPA. So because of this, any GPA's are on a weighted scale with AP and IB classes getting a higher weight. My Real GPA is around a 3.9 but my weighted GPA was a 4.2 which was higher than the salutorian of my class. She only took 1 AP classes, her weighted GPA was 4.15.

     

    Unfortunately, my school did not do class rank on weighted GPA and she still beat out many people.


  10. So, is the CoolRad 22-T better or worse than the Stealth GTS? Any links with proof or data?

     

    No. There isn't any. Coolingworks is a relatively unknown company compared to DD or Thermochill. You take a risk buying a Coolingworks product because there really isn't any hard comparisons, but rather just word of mouth hearsay.


  11. Really, what is the performance differances and can you link to some comparison vs the Stealth GTS.

     

    Just curious, I am going to run a Stealth GTS X-flow 240 passive and a BIX active.

     

    I looked into the CoolRad 22-T, but didnt find many user reviews or recommendations.

     

    I should have clarified. They are neck and neck in waterblocks. I dislike Swiftech's radiators and fairly sure that DangerDen can beat them in temps.

     

    I read a lot of good things from various places regarding the CoolRad 22-T. Its an excellent radiator. They are a small company at this point, just recommended it to a floor-mate (i live in a dorm) like 20 minutes ago for his water setup.


  12. Do you base your recommendations on price or performance ?

     

    I assume price, but take into fact the Stealth GTS is a very inexpensive low cfm rad.

     

    Considering that the performance of DD and Swiftech have been neck and neck. Pretty much its just price right now.

     

    The Stealth GTS I don't even recommend because I recommend and use the CoolRad 22-T whenever I can.


  13. IMHO, watercooling hte chipset is not efficent. It doesn't really give you much lower temps and is another impedance in your loop. It is quiet, but so is the Evercool. You may not have space in your case if you did a complex watersolution and the HR-05. I would recommend just putting the Evercool VC-RE on it actually. Its cheap, and the exact same heighth as the DFI stock cooler.

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