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  1. upok

    noob to linux/ubuntu

    I learned a ton of stuff at http://ubuntuforums.org/. Very active forums, lots of good guides. Linux, any flavor, takes some getting used to but I have thoroughly enjoyed it.
  2. oh yes, too much! you do not want it oozing out the sides. check out the instructions at the bottom right of this page.
  3. upok

    Rate my computer

    Depends, IS IT OVERCLOCKED????
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    Building a new gaming desktop

    And with the money you save on the 960, you could skip the 5970 and go with 2 5870s in crossfire. Nobody needs that kind of horsepower, but 2 5870s are faster than 1 5970. And I'm not sure about the PSU, I've never used any of the bigger coolermasters(the only cooler master psus that I have used were the cheap ones, great psu for the money). I used to use antec, but now they're kinda sketchy. I've had this corsair for about a year and it has been ROCK solid. And my 920 does 3.8 on 1.15v--high 40s after and hour and a half of far cry 2. I've had it up to 4, but I just changed heatsinks and am still getting used to this one. I was using the cooler master v8, went to the noctua just to see if I could quiet this thing down.
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    Vista 32-bit to Windows 7 64-bit...

    So far as my experience has been, you can never "upgrade" from 32 to 64 bit, regardless of the os involved. Even if it's the same os. When I went from 32 to 64 bit vista I had to do a format and reinstall.
  6. upok

    newbie vid card advice.....

    With that monitor, at that resolution, either crossfire rig you propose would be spectacular. Of course, at that resolution, a single 4870 would be spectacular. You will not get your money's worth out of a dual card setup at 1440x900. And as for your comment, "i am fine with the SIZE of screen i have and don't play anything at that resolution anyways (just not possible with my setup)", wouldn't the point of all of this be to play at higher resolutions? I mean, if you have no intention of getting a better monitor, you could probably get away with just dumping the 8600gt and drop a 4890 in the hp slimline and away you go. I understand the allure of a dual video card rig, I have had several. And when they work, they work well(and that is getting to be more often than not). BUT, even at 1920x1200, only the most entry level dual gpu rigs is not going to be bottlenecked. Even dual gtx260 216's just eat up 1920x1200 even in the most demanding games, and those cards are down to $150ish. Dual cards are cool, and if you are dead set on going crossfire, just go with dual 4850's and call it a day. They will crush almost any game at that resolution. Anything above that would just be overkill for the sake of overkill. If a new monitor might make it into your plans, then go bigger.
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    i7 920 Cooling.

    For those who are saying that their i7 was "cool", what do you mean by "cool"? Got any temp benchmark numbers?
  8. So I have a small computer repair business. Maybe 150 clients, 3-4 evening jobs a week is not too far out of the norm. Anyway, in the last week, I have had 4 seperate clients, living in different parts of town, all suffer psu failures. There has not been any bad storms or sweeping power outages. Actually, the weather has been pretty mild save a couple of rainy days. The computers range from an ancient dell, a 4ish year old gateway to a custom build with an antec TruePower in it. Has anyone else had a surge in psu failures recently? Just struck me as curious.
  9. That bit-tech article makes it sound like the i7 is dead, but then it also says that the 1366 socket will support the new 6 core processors. So, the way I'm reading this is that the quad core market will eventually belong to the i5, and anything beyond that will go to i7. I could be wrong, but that's what I would think Intel would do. And the idea of thinning out the i7 lineup makes sense. No manufacturer goes high-end heavy. Do you think that EVGA built as many gtx295s as they did gtx260s? I doubt it.
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    1 core showing

    Bios update maybe?
  11. upok

    I need help

    Have ya tried pulling one of the 260s out and run just one? I had a crossfire rig with dual 4870s, and wasn't really impressed with the performance. Pulled the cards and tried them one at a time and found out one of the cards had a bad cooler and was running crazy hot. I returned that card and got one that ran at appropriate temps and then set up the crossfire to MUCH better performance. One goofy card can reek havoc on a dual card setup.
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    windows 7 and vista, cant move mouse

    I'd try using a ps2 mouse and keyboard. If that works, then it's probably a usb driver problem. Odd that it happened on both os at the same time but who knows. Does the compy work with ps2 peripherals?
  13. How do you intend to have Tri-SLI AND an extra 9800gtx for physics? Last time I was looking at mobos there weren't any that would offer enough pci-e slots for something like that. And like what has already been said, tri-sli is a gimmick-no real extra power.
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    Baffling AMD X2 Temp issue

    Pretty common actually. Could have something to do with load dispersion. At idle, or near idle, processor load is left on one core because there is no need to disperse the load. This would lead to one core being always somewhat hotter than the other. When load is applied, dispersion kicks in and core temps get much closer because load levels are closer. Could also be that the IHS is making better contact with one core than the other. The IHS may not be perfectly flat, it may have some consistency irregularities that cause it to conduct heat slightly better on one side than the other, etc. These kinds of things have been out of our control since the days of "Naked" cpus! I wouldn't worry about it. All of the temps are acceptable for a stock cooler. I've had a couple of chips like that. One got closer and closer in temp as time went on. The rest just always did that. My current rig has 2 cores that run within 3 degrees of each other but 5-8 degrees hotter than the other 2 cores(which run within a couple degrees of each other).
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    Overclocking Troubles

    What are your voltage settings in the bios, specifically vcore?
  16. I tried cat 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, and the 9.4 betas. No luck for me.
  17. I've had 2 crossfire setups that, after some initial setup issues, ran flawlessly for months. I've updated drivers, overclocked, used different utilities to tweak the cards, all with no problems to speak of. That's what frustrates me more than anything else. It seems that nobody has been able to find that common link that causes this problem. The guy that bought my 4870s, popped them in, loaded the drivers and off he went. For anyone having the "disabled display adapter" error, I feel your pain. I would feel better if everyone had the problem, because then I would KNOW it wasn't something I was doing wrong. But, enough people are having this problem that it can't just be that we are ALL installing the drivers wrong. Something else is going on here. And ATI wants to blame Microsoft and Microsoft blames ATI. I don't care whose fault it is, just fix it.
  18. How can you make that statement and then not offer any suggestion to solve the problem? To the OP: As somebody who just went through this with multiple ati setups, after a very successful 4870 crossfire rig for months, I feel your pain. I had the problem with a 4870x2, then went to 2 4890s in crossfire, all with the same result. I ended up with a gtx295. I'm not a fanboy, either way, but I do like not having to fight to get my rig running.
  19. Okay, here's the scoop. I had 2 Visiontek hd4870 512mb crossfired for 8 or 9 months. I really loved that setup, good frame rates, GREAT image quality, etc. I had an opportunity to sell them for almost $200/each. I couldn't pass up selling 9 month old video cards for 80% of what I paid for them new. Besides, the 512mb was starting to be a limiting factor in some of the newer games I'm playing(1920x1200). So I got a 4870x2 and kept running into the "Disabled Video Adapter" driver error. The only usable workaround I had was to use the Cat 8.11 drivers, and I really don't want a $450 video card that only works with 6 month old drivers. So I returned the x2 and got the EVGA gtx295. Now, the framerates with this card are spectacular, but I [OPINION ALERT] think the crossfire ati 4870s had better image quality. I notice mostly in the smoke, water, and especially shadow effects. So, I really like the performance of the gtx295, but I like the image quality of my old ati rig. So, here's the question. Should I just quit my whining and keep the gtx295? Or, should I return it and get 2 4890s and crossfire them? btw: what's everyone's experience with HIS brand cards, that's what my local Microcenter has in stock.
  20. upok

    gtx295 or crossfire 4890s

    I didn't realize that my topic would spur so much fury!! Kinda fun! Anyway, back on topic. I know that all video cards have pros and cons. My opinion is that the ati cards I used to have had better image quality than the 295. BUT, the 295 worked without any drama, and these 4890s have done nothing but make me wonder why I'm trying so hard to keep them. If this were a friend's rig I'd tell them that I'd give up some MINUTE image quality superiority for a setup that works like it's supposed to. I'm sad to say that ati has lost me, at least for this round. I'm returning the 4890s on thursday and going back to the evga gtx295. Thanks for the input guys, even the stuff that had little or nothing to do with my post. It's been fun. I look forward to more.
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    gtx295 or crossfire 4890s

    Has anybody here had issues with the code 43 error, Incompatible Display Adapter has been Disabled? I cannot get crossfire working with these 4890s. I'm not getting the error message now, but when I try to enable crossfire, CCC just closes. This stinks, I had such GREAT success with my 4870 crossfire rig. I am very disappointed. 3 days of trying to get crossfire working, I'm about to lose my mind(and I can't afford to lose anymore). All of the research I've done on the incompatible display adapter error concludes that the ONLY sure way to fix it is to format and reinstall vista. This wouldn't be a big deal if I knew that I wouldn't have to do it everytime I updated drivers. But if I format, fix the problem, then update my drivers and it happens again I'd freak out. I have uninstalled drivers, reinstalled, done driver sweeper in safe mode, uninstalled all instances of c++, reinstalled c++, removed rivatuner, done one card at a time, tried them together, tried the beta 9.4 cats, and still cannot get crossfire to behave. I'm really frustrated. I really expected this to be like my 4870 crossfire setup-uninstall drivers, reboot to safe mode, run driver sweeper, reboot, install new drivers, reboot, enjoy crossfire goodness. This has turned into a nightmare. The gtx295 is looking better and better. It worked right out of the box, no muss no fuss. And for the guys whose heads hurt from this thread, I bet my head hurts more. This is driving me nutty.
  22. upok

    gtx295 or crossfire 4890s

    So I returned the 295 and got 2 4890s. I came home, popped in the 4890s and got the dreaded code 43 error, "Incompatible Display Adapter". I want to go with ati because I prefer their image quality, but if I can't get crossfire to work without formatting, I may go back to the 295.
  23. upok

    gtx295 or crossfire 4890s

    Well, the money side is kinda moot. I've already spent the money, as a matter of fact, 2 4890s will come in at about $490 vs the $530 I spent on the 295. I'll get money back by going to the 4890 crossfire setup. And why would you stick with ati because you were "told they have better IQ"? Don't you wanna see it for yourself? (not trying to start a fight here, just curious)
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    gtx295 or crossfire 4890s

    And now, back to the question. Would YOU swap a 295 for 2x4890s?