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Search notes v1.41 : Written for the DFI-street msg board. Unless noted, all searches are in Advanced tab. [b]
NOTE : It is important to ask questions. This was not meant to discourage that practice, it is meant to help you find answers to many common questions and issues.[/b] _______________________________________________________________

[b][color="Blue"]Plain text[/color][/b]. Plain text returns a match if all text is included [u]in ONE single post in the thread[/u].
([u]Only exact text matches count[/u]. You can reverse or mix the text order.)
[b]Bios update download need
need bios update download
3200 3500 800xl
800xl 3500 3200[/b]

[color="Red"][size=3]*[/size] [/color][b][color="Blue"]Asterisk[/color] (shift 8)[/b] A replacement or Wildcard character.
A search on [b]temperatu*[/b] returns threads with [b]temperature [/b]in them.
The "[i]re[/i]" ending was not needed for match when the[color="Red"] *[/color] wildcard was used.
[u]! ! ! A wildcard MUST be used with a minimum of 2 characters of text ! ! ![/u]
[b]*XL [/b] or[b] Za* [/b] or[b] temp*[/b] ([color="Red"]<---See Notes[/color])

[color="Red"][size=3]+ [/size][/color]or [b][color="Blue"]Plus[/color][/b] or [b][color="Blue"]AND[/color] [/b]
Returns text matches [u]in any post of the entire thread[/u]. (This is opposite of the Plain text search option.)
Uses up to four words that are four letters or more when searching like this:
[b]Bios +update +download +need
bios and update and download and need
3200 Plus 3500 plus 800xl
800xl +3500 +3200[/b]

[color="Red"][size=5]- [/size][/color]or [b][color="Blue"]Minus[/color][/b] or [b][color="Blue"]Not[/color][/b]
Each way Works & returns match of First word and discards any threads that match the second word.
[b]Temperature -video
Capacitor not Bios
3200 Minus 800xl[/b]

[b][color="Blue"]OR[/color][/b] or (Returns both words even if one is not present in the thread. )
[b]BIOS OR Version[/b]

So, we paste this in advanced search
[b]Bios and update and download and temperatur* [/b]
And it matched only two threads at the time this was written. (And 5 now.)

[b][color="Blue"][Resolved][/color][/b] threads. Where the[b] Admin [/b]or users have tagged threads with [b]Resolved[/b] when the issue was fixed.
They contain likely solutions and an easy and fast way to access them is to paste
[b]*[Re* [/b]into the search.
[b]*[R*[/b] is only 2 and will work also to find threads.

[b]temp and *[Reso*[/b] you get 12 threads
[b]temp and *[R*[/b] returns 13 threads.

For the maximum recent listing you might use
[b]Resolved OR [Resolved] OR *[Resolved]* [/b]
[b][size=4][color="Blue"]HINTS:[/color][/size] [/b]

Combinations of Plus, Minus, And, Or do work.
[b]rightmar* Memory and Cpuz or system[/b] returns one match.

[u]Three keywords or a single part number and single word returned overall best results for me. [/u]
[b] Bios and update and support [/b]
[b] vf700 +cool*[/b] had 19 results.

If I get stuck, I go to the closest thread and look for keyword combinations that I might have overlooked.

Specific part numbers from the hardware itself will often take you to something that will help you resolve an issue. (OCZ4001024ELDCGE-K = my memory and a search on the part number and a keyword will most likely return common settings.)

Use Google to broaden your search. [url="http://www.google.com/"]http://www.google.com/[/url]
I have linked to DFI-Street and other forums and someone may have had and fixed a problem like yours and it was never posted here. Web search [url="http://www.altavista.com/web/adv"]http://www.altavista.com/web/adv[/url] also has examples of AND OR NOT. (Boolean searching)

[b][color="Blue"]Search this thread[/color][/b] : [u] sub category [/u]or sub set search within a thread.
Applicable in multi page threads. [u]Finds additional (or refinds specific posts w/ ) matches within one thread. [/u] When a search lists a 30 +page thread it is possible to search within it also after you open it.
When searching a thread use the first (simple) search window. You can use + - search commands within the thread. (Tested with + only and it worked.) If you select Advanced search here it takes you to a new blank search and you are no longer just searching the single thread.

[b][color="Red"][u]Some charachters symbols and words WILL BE IGNORED. Always pay attention to the search bar and its messages[/u].[/color] [/b]

If you highlight some data and then[color="Blue"] Ctrl C [/color] (copy)
You can [color="Blue"]Ctrl V[/color] (paste) the highlighted data anywhere you can get a cursor to appear. This makes it easy to Highlight and paste without having to access the Windows selection menu and the added step of a mouse click and movement to copy and paste. (if I type it right once, I will copy and paste it the next time.) :)

[b][size=4][color="Red"]NOTES :[/color][/size] [/b]

Wildcards (* Asterisks) will only work with 2 and 3 character searches.
*** (Error) *A (Error) *1(Error)
11* (Pass) Za* (Pass) [b]1.8* (Pass)[/b]
For best results maximize the amount of characters used with a wildcard
[b]temp*[/b] would return threads with [b] temporarily [/b] and [b]temperature[/b] in them and most often fewer results are better.)

Alpha numeric (1,2,3) or text (a,b,c) works exactly the same in the search function. Also, Z-9 or b-12 are valid combos. (the - (char) is valid.)

[size=5]. [/size] [b]Periods[/b] "[size=5].[/size]" count as a txt char also.
[b]1.8*[/b] (Pass) [b] 2.4*[/b](Pass) [b] 2.* [/b] (Pass)
[b][size=4][color="Red"]Errata :[/color][/size] [/b]

"Overclocking Guide" "Cool & Quiet"
In Advanced these two returned both the same style results as as [b]Plain text[/b] and [b]AND Plus +[/b] as well . Note an [b]"[/b] was used to frame text in these examples They returned matches but the results were without the " " being included in the text. Just use Plain text or *text* and do not use "text".
These notes should help you find the answers to many common questions in the DFI-Street MSG-Board database. The Vastness of DFI knowledge here is second to none. After a week or two of looking around and reading, I found I had a good grasp on a lot of information.

Good luck,
[url="http://www.dfi-street.com/forum/showpost.php?p=214734&postcount=4"]Version 1.0 the basic version[/url]

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search button is your best friend people....please learn to use it...if anyone has any more tips on how to search etc, please post them here....we'll make a big how-to guide for this as well

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Thanks THunDa.

I think I have finished and revised it to the best of my ability. I tried to condense it to the basic minimums but I know everything can be improved upon. If it needs reviseing or changes or a verbage tweak then by all means do so. I am not thinking of English users when I mention this, but for people who may not speak english well or as a first language.

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its a good guide Seas...once Alexia's college fund is complete, I will add this to the announcements at the top of every forum as well as the Rules/Announcements section.

Keep refining it if you have time and ability. Its a good one though so you can be proud that you made it into Thunda's sig as well as a sticky from me ;)

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Ok, will do. I will see if I can change the wordings I do not like to something more easily understood by everyone.

I have seen you (A_G) whip out some well thought out (practically full page) mini manifestos and well worded replies. So it was a vote of confidence and trust in your ability in case something sensible to me was potentially vauge to others.

OMG sweet I got an avatar ~!Yaaaa

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hahaha manifestos...well you know...sometimes people have to be brought back to earth (rather rudely in some cases) and informed of how reality really works ;)

do what you think is best, and we'll continue to offer suggestsions or encouragement

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I have been trying to do a search for posts done by Angry Games. I do the advanced Search and search by user name but no matter what I do I can't get it to give me a result. Please help. I am trying to find posts he did in the OCDB.

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Actually, the first time I tried to hunt an AG post a while back I had the same results. However its an easy answer. Its one word and not two.

*(works just tried it. ) you need the _ char to link them.

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Oh yes, please all would you read this? Expecailly if you have a loud FREAGIN chipset cooler, its been answered amillion times and yet it is asked over and over again.

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