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    Tis I, Yet Once Again!

    Simple answer for the floppy drive, SATA controller. Bit hard ot install Windoze if it can't see the hard drive
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    Tis I, Yet Once Again!

    Instead of filling up this thread with image links, id just post the link to the forum with them on instead: http://www.paktu.com/forums/showthread.php?p=46588#post46588 Still a few more things, dvd drive, floppy, sound card and maybe 2 more gb or ram. But you should be able to see o nthe piccies of what i sent for Thanks for all the help too on my last threads.
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    Hey All, Me Again

    General question, referring back to my original post some months back: http://forums.overclockersclub.com/New_Job...ine-t58718.html I have now got (with me) my new case, athlon x2 4400+, 2x7800gt's oc'ed. And the motherboard is a DFI lanparty: http://us.dfi.com.tw/Product/xx_product_sp...TYPE=LP&SITE=US My next shopping list to complete my essentials are 2gb corsair ram, 3-4 HDD's and a PSU. As to which PSU i leave in your hands. Been a while since i bothered to read SLI power requirements, or more importantly, the ATX (E)? power connecter has changed. What psu type should i be looking for to make sure itl'l fit my new mobo? As a side note, my current pc just went gooey on me when i got in from work (\windows\system32\config\system is missing or corrup, run repari console...) I don't know if i should go through the lengthy restore process in the knowlege base, or just do an over the top isntallation of XP Home, what do you think? Thanks in advance, cookie's and champagne for everyone!
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    Tables Vs Div For Page Layout

    Yup, that is right, and your comment on compatabilty across ALL browser's is however true, tables ARE easier to use. You need to be slightly more creative when designing a page using PCSS, than tables. You need to readup and learn all about IE Box model, hacks, possitioning techniques, cross browser functions. The min-width function doesn't work on IE (spec Mac), and this is where some creative planning can be thrown into the mix. You can either work around it by using a mix of different features, or you can just use the IE Ignore hack to ignore certain parts of your CSS, and run other parts that would have buggered up in other browser, but look fine in IE. Little more work, but same effect. And if you need the code for your example, itl'l be here the next time i browse by these boards, i even have the PDA, print, and projecter stylesheets so you can display the page on those mediums (yes, it is possible!). That last comment didn't make it sound too good Lets not forget what CSS was meant for, content styling. The idea behind CSS (as to what i have learned) is this: It is a way of seperating out the stylng, from the content. Although you have to spend more work on PLANNING your css design for mstart, before you even touch the keyboard, that fact that you can use this one file, in EVERY file on your site, to get the exact same look and feel that we come to see, when we view sites on the web today. An example was given above for CSS Zen gardens, fantastic bit of work, but it's not a good resourse for someone like you, that wants to know if they should use tables or divs to design a site. It's more of a "Wow look at that isn't it amazing!". It sure is, but it would be wasted in a commercial product. The site you should be going to, is the site belonging to, what i would call, the father of the CSS revolution, as it were. He has been kicking of the CSS train for 12 years now, has seminars weekly accross the US and other parts, and does live demonstrations on reworking a live site, on the WWW, to a CSS compliant one. One such exemple he did was our beloved microsoft dot com. I belive he reworked the backend in an hour or so (may have forgotten the time frame), ripped out all the tables (note, that ms uses two or more different files for displaying their site on different browser's/resolution's!). Anywho, his name is Eric Meyer, go check his site at: www.meyerweb.com Im enjoying this 'debate' now, i hope you reply back on this with some conter points so i can address them the next time i'm here! As a side note, i have a fully featured CSS file set for my force's Intranet now, that i can use on the majority of projects i do. This fact, in itself saves me about 15% - 35% of the time it takes to work my sites
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    Tables Vs Div For Page Layout

    Use divs. For starters. Tables were never designed to be used for a method of design, they were designed for statisticle data, usually out of a database. Tabels are inflexible, in the end of the day, require more coding and tags than the DIV and SPAN tags. The problem you mentioned with DIV's and resizing windows is in my opinion nonsence. Of all the sites i have designed (for my own personnal use and now in my job for the Police Force's Intranet) I scale my layouts so they fit nicley, no matter what the window width is. I believe dropping tables for DIV's would be the best thing you do for website design and layout. There are not really many major cross browser issues to do with using DIV's for design, apart from a few missfitts here and there. As i have moved on to Possitional CSS, you will be amazed at what can be done with this technology, and how fluid it has become. There are thing i do in PCCS that are impossible to do with the use of tables alone. If you ever do decide to go with PCSS, there is one word of advise i shall give: Make sure you plan your stylesheet and tags at the start of your project. It is a major factor and it wil ltake time, BUT, that said, when you do get your style sheets complete, it is just a matter of knocking out pages with ease. Im not the best of speakers (as you may tell), and im not that great at getting my point across about one method or another, but ill put it this way: Using DIV's can be MORE flexible than using tables with minimal PCCS experiance.
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    Black Box Testing In Java?

    Sorry if this post is short, i just hit the go button on my browser after typing a lengthy reply. Firstly, get your test ready! No matter what test you do, you need some sort of relavant data to pass into the system, to be prosessed. For a basic example, say the application is a maths programme, it adds 2 whole numbers together and displays the result. Black Box testing. This test is done where you need no knowlege of how the programme WORKS, just what it is supposed to do. You enter your 2 numbers, you get the result, record it in your test, thats it. Choose a range of results from high numbers, low numbers, negative values, decimals etc. Choose test data even if you know the results!! Put in 2 + 2 just to get some data out of the system!. White Box Testing. You are looking at how the system works. You enter 2 + 2, you dont care what the result is, you just want to know HOW it comes up with the result. Say you enter 2 + 2, you examine the part of the programme that takes the 2 input fields, and runs the part that add's the 2 values together. The difference between this and black box, is that certain tests you do in black box, may result in correct answer's, but when done in white box testing could result in an error. Remember, you look at the code, and how it works. Sorry, my last reply made more sence to me, this is bordering in jibberish. Still, i hope it helps in some way.
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    New Job, New Machine

    Thanks all for the replies, ill have to find some prices now for specific parts
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    New Job, New Machine

    Yeah, but im in one of those seasons where i just want the best i can get, i want over kill, over kill is good for me at christmas. The rec about the 22" CRT is good, didn't realise they were that cheaper now, i will have ot look into that as an alternative. Any ideas on mobo/proc/twin card combos?
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    New Job, New Machine

    I dont know thats what im askign about Need ot scale the 2 vid cards and proc to fit in my first half of the budget.
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    New Job, New Machine

    Hello there fellow Overclockers! I am looking into purchasing a new base unit+monitor with some of the 'top-end' stuff (for atleast the first week) money can buy. I have set aside two amounts to buy the bast unit in two main parts. First being the processor and two SLI graphics cards, the second half being basiaclly, the rest of it, memory, PSU, mobo, maybe 2 raptors, and some other bit that i know ill be wanting. I was thinking roughly
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    At Last, My Css Masterpiece

    After weeks of self-taught crash courses in all things css, i have a good understanding of what can be acheived with it, and can acheive nrly everything too (including cross browser support) www.paktu.com It co-insides with a city project im working on for a new job center for students, emplying a new technology to lay out the site. It seemed a bit to complicated at first (why don't i use tables) but after you know out the css file and a few divs, creating pages is easy as pie, and alot less time consuming than tables. Plus i have a hell of alot more freedom with css than i ever did with tables. take a look at the code, laugh at the div soup, and test in browsers. Oh, i finally got round to creating my own news system using a MySql db, dont know why i didn't do it sooner, too cought up in css ^^
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    Css Positioning

    First off, heres the link: www.paktu.com/project/index.html Now the backstorey. This design is going ot be used for a student job database that may go nationall over herei n blighty if its a sucsess, i belive this is being backed by our local council and education athorities. The problem. Well, it's the compatabilit issues between css standards and IE/netsacpe (firefox). For starters, IE likes to use the float command in an absolute position, yet it doesnt pull the element out of the normall flow of things, which is incorrect, as firfox does this ok, its pull it out so the next element stacks on top of the previous anchor. This is my main problem. If you view the file though IE and FF, at present it displayes pretty much how i want it to in FF. Look at it again through IE and you will see my problem. I used a wuick and dirty hack to make the centerpane position properly in IE by using ths: <!--[if gte IE 5]> <style type="text/css"> #centerpane {position:absolute; width:480px; background: white} </style> <![endif]--> and now it's coming back to haunt me. For some reason, if i dont use this, the pane either gets bumpbed down to the edge of the right pane, or if i make it smaller it fits in, but i get an invisible gap on either side that looks messy, which is why i did this. Now FF get it right, as it's using the relative position command this time, and of course, anything below this will position according to the bottem edge of the contenpane, which is where the footer appears (or submain2) so thats all dandy. In IS, as im using a different rule, and as its now positioned using the absolute command, the next element (submain2) ignors the contentpain (technically as it should) and just positions itself after the last anchor point, with is either the left or right panes (great for adjustable heights) Both browsers interrpret the two rulles correctly, and with no fault, but if IE wasnt so darn stupid in the first place i wouldnt need to use the other css command in the firstplace. Some othersmall issues. I have created another div element that spans accross the entire screen (the green background) however, i have to set a height for this otherwise, you guessed it, the backgound stops at the last anchoers point (usually the left or right side panes). The css driven links all work fine, swapping out images, the roll overs work fine (had to use a get around by using line-height not just height, as this would cuase the bg and link to wrap around the text, not the entire area. This goes out to anyone who has experiacne in css design, and if anyone has had this problem before and have workarounds for it ,i would be so greatfull. And please, no reply's stated IE sucks, dont use it, 90% of the online community dont know this. [EDIT] Ok post part two. Having worked on it some more this is what i have come up with: http://www.paktu.com/project/second/index.html Hooray for me, i fixed 90% of the major problem. Now the floats see mto behave in both FF and IE, im using no if statments for browsers, it's all rolling off one style sheet, and it's doing it fine. I have one more problem. The green bar across the middle of the page is a div, with a backgrounf color of green, this then centers the main content which in turn, houses the left center and right panes. The gree bar will display down to the submain2 bar (the brown bar lowest of the screen) in IE fine, the green fills the page to a point (the lowest point) But, in FF, i HAVE to set a height. At current i set it to 200px just to show you what i mean. Obviously this is no good, as any changing content (95% of this will be DB driven) will cuase the bar to move again. If i set this to a higher value, the lowest bar seems to acknowlege this and adjusts accordingly (down). Can someone please help with this, i need to find a way to make the backgrounf div, expand to down to the lowest element thats positioned relatavily (in this case, the brown bar) It does it in IE with no height tag, but not in FF.
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    Upgrade From 512 To 1gb

    Hehe, yup! (And WOW as in european WOW, which will be released tomorrow (well i have mine now but the servers won't open till midnight)
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    For Those Who Are Angry At Valve For Steam

    Oh, talking of crashing, i have one niggle about steam, it always crashes when i shut down my computer, you know ,the non responding program and get the click to end now button. That flashes up for 1 second then it shut down (after fresh format too) don't mind so much, but it's odd that it decided to crash when you don't want to use it
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    Upgrade From 512 To 1gb

    Hehe, 2GB aye? see a big diff in the latest games? or is it used for design and CAD software? Anywho i turned on this morning and went int othe BIOS to change the timings myself, funny thing was, i think as it was turned off overnight, it saw sence and changed them itself , it's running good now, dead chuffed
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