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  1. Hey everyone, I've been looking at the new Koolance PC3-410BK case, which is a copy of a Chenming 602 series. I absolutely love the case because it has even more room than a Chieftec Dragon (Which is good for me!). The mobo tray seems a bit useless to me, but I like the rest. Anyhoo, I've heard than Koolance is ok for watercooling, but they're not super great, but I love the case, and I want to start with a basic kit in this case, without having to do any mods. Eventually I plan to mod it some by replacing the radiator, pump and fans, but for now I think it will satisfy me. My question is this: Am I totally wrong in my thinking? I can get this case through a friend for about $145 USD, and then about $30 for the CPU-300 Waterblock. Would this be a good deal? I'm mainly interested in the performance of the water cooling part, since I could easily buy the case for less. Thanks!
  2. Hey everyone, I have two Maxtor 80Gb ATA133 drives in a RAID stripping array, and I'm running out of Backup choices. I have Norton Ghost (latest version), and when I try to use it and save the backup file to my other harddrive, I get a dump error (can't remember exactly), but I can burn the backup files to CD's with no problem. My problem there is I'm doing a 25Gb backup and I don't feel like killing 25 CDR's everytime I backup. I really like Norton the best, but I can't get it to work, and Norton does not guarantee it with RAID I've also tried Drive Image 2002, and Drive Image 7 with no luck. DI 2002 is so slow it's pathetic, and doesn't work half the time. DI 7 requires that MS .Net be installed, which gives me nothing but problems as well. I just got RestoreIt with my 9800 Pro and I tried it last night. It gets to "Copying data from C:" And it stays at 0%. It's still there now, and I started the backup at 1:00AM (It's 9:24 now). Does anyone have any suggestions for a decent backup program? Thanks!
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    Good Backup Software For Raid Array

    I boot Ghost from a floppy or CD too. I'm beginning to think it has more to do with my other two hard drives that aren't in a RAID array, they're just formatted NTFS. I can backup my RAID drive to CDR's just fine, but when I try to backup to one of the other Hard drives, I get some kind of dump error. I can't remember what the error says exactly, but I'll be running Ghost again tonight and I'll write it down. Thanks!
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    Good Backup Software For Raid Array

    I'll try it next. I've also heard of NTA Backup Now! and Genie-soft Backup. Several reviews place them as the best backup programs even though they don't have big names like Norton or PQ. Anyone used either of those?
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    Flashing A 9800 Pro With Xt Specs

    Already tried it. I believe the new drivers are the culprit, not the control center by itself. I removed the control center and .Net and left the new drivers/old control panel and it still wouldn't work. Can I use the Catalyst Control center with older drivers? EDIT: Ok, figured out the problem. My power supply. Apparently one 550 can't handle four 80 gig drivers, a DVD burner, CD burner, 9800 Pro, and an overclocked Athlon 2600 :-( Probably just defective. I went ahead and replaced it with 2 450 watt PS's. They were all my local shop had and I didn't have a spare to use, so I figured what the heck, I'll go with 900 watts :-P Anyways, the lady who owns the pc shop sells me stuff at their cost so they turned out to be around $50. And they're good quality units. Still it was weird how the pc would run fine with the old Radeon drivers, and then the Catalyst and new drivers would case the video card to drain the PS. Anyhoo, thanks for the help guys!
  6. Hey everyone. I just got my hands on an MSI Radeon 9800 Pro w/ 128MB RAM. I'd really like to flash this card to 9800 XT specs, but MSI does not make a 9800XT to my knowledge. Does anyone know if it would be possible to use a generic ATI brand bios file or not? I've heard people on this forum talk about flashing a Radeon 128 to XT specs, but I'm coming up short on what bios files to use. I could overclock the card, but I'd rather try to make it into an XT Anyways, if anyone could help me out, I'd appreciate it. BTW, the memory is Samsung. Thanks
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    Flashing A 9800 Pro With Xt Specs

    Yea, I got them from Ati.com. What is the difference with the Omega drivers? Are they third party?
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    Flashing A 9800 Pro With Xt Specs

    Ohhhh! Excellent website! A thousand thankyou's InvaderTrax!! I have one other question...well, it's actually a problem. I installed my card, played some games and it performed fairly well. I was using the drivers that came on the CD, and then I decided to switch to the latest drivers and the Catalyst control panel. I had to install MS .Net, which I'm not to fond of, but everything went ok with it. But after I installed the latest drivers, Win2K would not load unless I ran in safe mode (It would freeze just after the desktop came up). I could revert to the old drivers, or use no drivers and it would work, but it wouldn't run normally with the newest drivers. Well, after several uninstalls and reinstalls thinking I had somehow screwed up the process the first time, now Win2k gets to the loading screen, and then says "the following file is missing or corrupt: winnt\system32\config\system" That's all I get. I'm in the process of restoring an HD image from a few days ago, so I'll be ok in 2 or 3 hours, but I don't want to go through this again. Anyone have any advice? I've heard that the newest drivers and the catalyst control panel are really worth the download, but if they keep causing this, I won't be able to use them. By the way, I had a GeForce 2 Ti previously installed, and I made sure I removed ALL of the drivers and files associated with it before installing my 9800Pro. Once again, any help would be great! Thanks a bunch!
  9. Got another question for everyone... I'm using a Biostar M7VIT Pro Motherboard, and I can't find any software that will detect my CPU temp correctly except one program. The program is AIDA, which identifies hardware and software, but it has one area under the motherboard category that gives you a CPU temp. This temp matches my Bios Health Status temp exactly, but if I try FanSpeed, or MBM, or some of the other more popular packages, they usually give me a negative number (-48c). One gives me 120c. Any suggestions on Freeware temp monitors that might actually work? BTW, WarpSpeeder doesn't work. Anyone who owns a newer Biostar will know what I'm talking about.
  10. OK, after checking around on some cooling kits, I'd like some opinions and advice. I'm relatively new to liquid cooling. I've seen several kits such as the Ahanix Iceberg and Thermaltake Aquarius 2 that are mediocre performers at best. My question is this: Can either of these kits be modified to increase cooling? Also, another kit I've run across that is different from anything else I've seen is the GlobalWin Silent Stream. Anyone used this before? It seems like as very simple solution to liquid cooling, but I'm wary of it because of the low price and the "all-in-one" unit. I've checked other kits such as the Swiftech kits and Koolance kits, but I haven't found many that will give me much lower temps than an SLK or MXC462 (or is it MCX462). Any advice would be appreciated. --Walt
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    Liquid Cooling Advice Please

    I want performance! Right now my PC has 8 fans. They make for a nice background hum :-P
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    Spray Paint

    SAND EVERYTHING!!!! I cant stress that enough :-) You can use just about any type of spray paint as long as you sand all surfaces inside the case. It may sound tedious and time consuming, but hey, that's what modding is about :-P Anyways, I've learned the hard way about case painting. On most case insides, the paint will pool away from the surface edges, and that will look horrible. Sanding eliminates this. This is just from my own experience. If anyone else knows of a better/easier way, let me know!
  13. Hey guys, I'm curious to know what speeds some other Athlon 2100 owners have reached. I'm currently running @ 2241 MHz. Athlon 2100XP Abit NF7 nForce2 MB 768 MB PC2700 Kingston RAM CaseMaxx 610 (Chieftec variant) Temps are: 37 idle, 44 stress My FSB is set to 166 MHz Multiplier is set to 13.5 VCore is set to 1.75 Volts I thought that those were decent specs using an air cooled rig, but I'd like to know what everyone else has. I haven't tried much higher, but I think I can reach 2300 MHz with more tweaking :-)
  14. OK, I can't find the board that has all of the features I want, except for one or two models that I don't want to mess with, so if any of your guys know of a board that meets the criteria I'm listing below, please post it here!! Via KT-400 or 600 Chipset Onboard Audio Onboard LAN 3 DDR Slots ATA133 RAID (NOT SERIAL ATA RAID!!!) 4 or 5 PCI slots 8x AGP of course Adjustable FSB Adjustable Processor clock multiplier Adjustable Processor Voltage Adjustable AGP Voltage Adjustable RAM voltage The only board I've found that hits this is a Soyo Dragon Ultra, but I'm not that huge on Soyo anyone after mine died.... The main thing I can't find is a new board that supports PATA Raid! All of the news only have SATA RAID and I have FOUR 80 gig PATA133 drives I don't want to have to sell yet :-P Thanks!!! --Walt
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    Need Some Mobo Advice

    InvaderTrax, nothing personal, but I hate buying used stuff because of really bad experiences, but I do appreciate the offer :-) As for OC'ing, on my old system I just upped the FSB to 166 (Athlon 2100 TBred) and upped the CPU voltage, and did some RAM OC'ing... I've found a board I like....an Abit NF7. I can get one for about $60....anyone used on of those? I know that Abit is a good brand, but that's about it.
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    Soyo Mobo

    No no no!!! Do what I do when I am bored and have a spare cell phone to kill (I repair & program cell phones). Take a 12 volt power supply (a variable shop power supply that will hit 17 volts is even better) and hook up a pair of wires to the positive and negative terminals. Now ground the motherboard to the ground wire, and rake the positive wire across the board. Fireworks! Just make sure the room is well ventilated, and you must have eye protection!
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    Need Some Mobo Advice

    My only problem with getting a RAID controller card is that a good one (highpoint or Promise) will run me $70 to $80, half the cost of the DFI board! But suppose I go that route, what is a good OC'ing board with RAID? Thanks!
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    Need Some Mobo Advice

    I bought one with a KT-333 chipset, and after about a month, it stopped booting...everything powered up, but no video...tried multiple video cards, and then sent the board in for repair under warranty. They sent me a new board back (that's what they said), and this one wont even boot! When I turn it on, I get one long beep for about 4 or 5 seconds then the system shuts off. I've checked a re-checked EVERYTHING! So I'm kinda off with Soyo, but I just wanted to see what everyone else thinks....If they would actually work, they would be awesome boards for the money
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    Need Some Mobo Advice

    Just curious, but what do you guys think about the Soyo Dragon Ultra KT-400? It has alot of features, but I'm not sure if I want to go with that brand again....
  20. Like a Palm OS, if they made put the core files on a ROM chip, so that if your comp was infected with a virus, or you wanted to wipe everything and start over, you just switch a jumper, and Windows resets itself much like the Palm OS... Would be kinda neat, unless Microsoft decided to use a software setting instead of a physical MOBO jumper.... ewww....
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    Need Some Mobo Advice

    I'm sorry, NF2 would be fine, actually I would prefer it over Via, I just wasn't thinking when I posted it.... I can't find any info on that LanParty NF2 original board with the PATA RAID....you guys have any idea where I could buy one?
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    Blade Of Darkness

    Anyone here played Blade of Darkness? It's been out a while, and I just picked it up at Eletronics Boutique for about $5. The graphics are good, but the best part is the lighting, which is mostly torch light. You get realistic flickering and a dark, scary mood. The combat mode is pretty cool too, it reminds me of the first Zelda game on the Nintendo N64 where you press a key to lock on to an opponent so you can sidestep and use your other keys to attack. I still haven't mastered the combos yet, but I think the game was well worth the $5 I paid for it (I know that doesn't say much). Anyone have an opinion?
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    Air Conditioning

    Hey guys, have another question for anyone who will give me an answer. I'm looking into purchasing a Sunbeam Overclocker's Kit, if anyone is not familiar with it, it's basically a 80mm round tube that goes from the top of the CPU heatsink, to a fan or port on the outside of the case. My plan is to place a Vantec Tornado 80mm fan at the case opening, and pipe in air via the tube to the CPU Heatsink. Would I be better of leaving the fan on the heatsink, and just mounting another fan on my case wall directly over that and skipping the sunbeam mod all together? Any ideas?
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    Air Conditioning

    What I meant was should I place just the tornado at the end of the tube on the heatsink, or at the opposite end of the tube coming into the case? Sorry for the confusion. Thanks
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    Air Conditioning

    My house stays pretty dry year round (even thought I live in southern Mississippi), the humidity level is not very high in my house. This would pipe in air directly from outside of the case, instead of pulling air into the heatsink that's already in the case. I think I'm going to run the tube straight out of the CPU Heatsink to the case wall, cut a 80mm hole, and put a Vantec Tornado 80mm fan there with a grill. That should force a good bit of outside air directly onto the Heatsink. Do you guys think I should place the fan on the heatsink and then run the tube to the outside, or place the fan on the opposite end of the tube from the heatsink and processor. I hope it'll work. I'll let you know how it turns out.
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