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GuidoTheTiger

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  1. thanks for taking the time to reply people! I like the "if it aint broke don't fix it" view, but with a slight proviso the GPU I am talking about specifically has no sensors or controls! its actually in my PC now and working but I have no way to check, it could be running at 100 C for all I know, well probably not but you get my drift OK the card is a Gecube Radeon X1950 Pro AGP! yes I did say AGP.......some of us still have systems using that! honest! and its not powered by rubber bands or a mouse on a wheel either you techno snobs! I picked it up for very little money and its boxed complete and 1 careful owner! According to GPUReview.com its a significant step up from my previous card, GeForce 6800 GT which is why I bought it. I use my PC for general use, I do play a few games but nothing very high powered and ultra demanding (system-wise I mean......well me-wise to actually!) For some reason Gecube have either not installed sensors and controls or have disabled the ones that Radeon fitted, either way I cant check temps or control the fan. In order to get some kind of idea of how the card might perform under stress (ie. increased temps) should I run 3Dmark or a similar type of programme? Or if thats not the right programme for the job perhaps somebody can tell me what to use? many many thanks everyone for reading and contributing if you are able
  2. I hope this is as easy to answer as it is to ask! when buying a used/2nd hand GPU would you automatically replace the Thermal Compound as a matter of course? Particularly if the said card was several years old and appears to have the original HS & Fan? I dont need advice regarding which compound to use as I have several top quality ones I can use, I also know how to renew it LOL effectively ............ so would YOU put fresh paste on?
  3. thanks for the help! I will investigate a new PSU as soon as I can the 6600GT has an additional power supply requirement, so until I get the more capable PSU I will go back to the FX5500 again thanks for your help
  4. I am stumped! Im a competent practical builder, I know the procedures to follow to pretty much ensure a successful build without being technically literate! PC works fine! I have just replaced my NVIDIA FX5500 for a NVIDIA 6600GT. Installed latest recommended drivers from NVIDIA On reboot I got no further than post beep then verifying pool data & loading from CD and thats it! I look in the BIOS and the hard disk drive has disappeared! its not being recognized at all, no HDD no OS ergo no boot! Stripped the PC back to minimum, (CPU, Graphic card, Memory etc) no problems, reconnected the HDD and back to no boot and HDD not being recognized! Take the HDD out and using a second PC I format my HDD and prepare it for a clean installation. Back in the original PC and I install a full winXPpro no problem. Obviously you will realise the hard drive is now being registered in the BIOS. So winXPpro is in internet is sorted and I download SP2 and all the security fixes etc, which requires numerous reboots, all no problem. I download and install the latest drivers for the graphics card and I reboot and its deja vu! no boot! hard drive disappeared! ah ha! you all cry its those damn graphic card drivers! Im asking IS IT? would a corrupted or incorrect graphic card driver prevent boot up? AND make the hard drive disappear? is there something much more critical happening? or do I just install a slightly older driver for the GPU and hope its more stable? Everything points the GPU but I would welcome any advice you could offer sometimes the simple thing is just TOO simple!
  5. hi Im running DFI Lanparty UT nf3 250GB board, with 2x Western Digital 80GB HDD on the primary IDE channel, and 1x CD-ROM + 1x DVD-ROM drives on the secondary IDE channel. This motherboard has FOUR SATA connectors on it, I need to know 2 things please: A) is it possible to connect IDE drives (either HDD or CD-ROM types or possible even a zip drive!) to the SATA? B) How do I do such a thing IF it IS possible? I should say I have purchased 2 seperate dongles(?) both claiming they can convert IDE to SATA, but when I connect them nothing happens! ( I mean the system doesnt even notice them!) I would really really appreciate some guidance, actually more than guidance lets say you were trying to teach an idiot to tap-dance OK? p.s. am I right in thinking IDE & SATA speeds arent that much different? And also if say I kept my HDD containing my OS as IDE master but switched the other HDD to SATA there would be no degradation in performance? Same goes for my 2 CD/DVD-ROM drives? thankyou for taking the time to read & also for any help you can give me
  6. hi Im running DFI Lanparty UT nf3 250GB board, with 2x Western Digital 80GB HDD on the primary IDE channel, and 1x CD-ROM + 1x DVD-ROM drives on the secondary IDE channel. This motherboard has FOUR SATA connectors on it, I need to know 2 things please: A) is it possible to connect IDE drives (either HDD or CD-ROM types or possible even a zip drive!) to the SATA? B) How do I do such a thing IF it IS possible? I should say I have purchased 2 seperate dongles(?) both claiming they can convert IDE to SATA, but when I connect them nothing happens! ( I mean the system doesnt even notice them!) I would really really appreciate some guidance, actually more than guidance lets say you were trying to teach an idiot to tap-dance OK? p.s. am I right in thinking IDE & SATA speeds arent that much different? And also if say I kept my HDD containing my OS as IDE master but switched the other HDD to SATA there would be no degradation in performance? Same goes for my 2 CD/DVD-ROM drives? thankyou for taking the time to read & also for any help you can give me
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