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Topic: disabling some of XP's 'helpful suggestions' ...   Go to last post
Posted: Monday, September 5, 2005 6:45:40 AM(UTC)
First I would drill proper holes for the HDD.

As for the "helpful" baloons, I only know of a way to turn them all off - which can cause problems as sometimes the baloon is needed, albeit veyr irregularly.
Press WinKey+R -> type "regedit" (in the run box, without quotes!) -> [OK]
Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Explorer\\Advanced
Set the DWORD called EnableBalloonTips to 0 (If it doesn't exist, you will need to create it first)
Exit regedit and reboot your rig (or just log off then back on)
Topic: DDR vs DDR3?   Go to last post
Posted: Monday, September 5, 2005 6:30:34 AM(UTC)

Originally posted by: vegeta_2005
cool, so the x800gt DDR3 would be the better buy?

Topic: My XP3200+ gets even wierder   Go to last post
Posted: Monday, September 5, 2005 6:28:23 AM(UTC)
Quick update to let you all know that the rig is running rock solid stable since enabling D.O.T. - I run at 212:212 standard and 215:215 under load -- all benchmarks results are good, though not great - except UMark which is the only one which really matters as UT is where I need performance

BTW: This 3200 will OC really well - I can get it to 2.7GHz on air!!! - unfortunately its multiplier locked so I have to use really high FSBs to OC it and my meory can't cope what-so-ever above 215MHz, and occasionaly messes up beyong 212MHz -- with an nForce2 board, I need to run sync or the additional PCU perfmormance gets more than wasted.

Basically there is a serious flaw with the mobo, which means some settings don't work, but other than that its a great board and the CPU is great aswell.
MSIs user manual has a lot to be desired though - they don't bother telling of any setting conflicts and don't list any error codes what-so-ever
Topic: Burning Problems   Go to last post
Posted: Monday, September 5, 2005 6:21:49 AM(UTC)
Have you added any devices to your PC recently? - if so, your PC may be pulling more power than your PSU can deliver when you start burning.

You have posted insufficient information for me to make other suggestions.

Please reply with the full spec of your machine and also the operating system and burning software you are using.
Topic: A Level Results   Go to last post
Posted: Sunday, August 28, 2005 11:47:36 AM(UTC)
John: you should take a look at the job market.

A degree in Software Engineering will not help you get a relevant job - in fact I've had more response from employers when I missed out my degree on the application form & CV !!!!

Without experience a degree is worthless in the software industry, and once you've got over 2 years experience, then that enough to get a job with no other relevant qualifications.

My suggestion is to do a professional course such as MCAD then MCSD, as employers will take these much more seriously than a degree.

I'm not too familiar with actual modern apprenticeships; but you need a high level of maths before doing a software engineering degree as they expect you to know all the mathematical stuff beforehand. Seems better to get a basic job in the software industry and work your way up the ranks, you'll have more options and earn more money -- I regret that I did a degree & masters; even though at the time it seemed like the right thing to be doing.
Topic: channels   Go to last post
Posted: Sunday, August 28, 2005 11:40:12 AM(UTC)
From Asus site for that board:

DDR400 (PC3200) Support
DDR400 (PC3200), the latest and fastest DDR memory standard, supports bandwidth up to 3.2GB/s to provide enhanced system performance. (Note: PC2100/PC1600 up to 3 DIMMs; PC3200/PC2700 up to 2 DIMMs; 1GB PC3200/2700 with 32 DDR chips up to 1 DIMM only)

So, its single channel.

Also: Because one of your RAM sticks is only DDR333, means you either have to run it all at that speed, or you have to overclock that stick which will probably cause errors.
Topic: Hardware problem   Go to last post
Posted: Sunday, August 28, 2005 7:34:23 AM(UTC)
CPU & MB temps are fine.

I would run MemTest86+ from www.memtest.org - I would get the iso and burn it to a CD (its a bootable CD image) --- this will check if your RAM is the problem.

Your CPU, graphics card and hard drive will all use the +12V rail on your PSU - how much current does this have available?, as cheaper 400W supplies don't ussually have enough these days.

If possible to get the first set of digits in the error code then it would be possible to look up the fault.
Make sure you have latest BIOS incase its a known instability.
Topic: channels   Go to last post
Posted: Sunday, August 28, 2005 7:24:47 AM(UTC)
Please post your full PC specification as it makes it easier to answer such questions in terms of your own system.

Basically, if you have a suitable motherboard, then you can load each channel with an equal amount of memory and it will interleave the bankcs effectivly creating a 128bit memory channel and giving a 40-50% performance boost.
Topic: Hardware problem   Go to last post
Posted: Sunday, August 28, 2005 3:10:54 AM(UTC)
To find out if its overheating, check your temperatures then post them here. -- Assus Probe will do the job for your mobo ... get DTemp aswell to check HDD temp.

Does the PC have to be reset to recover?

What power supply do you have?

Any error messages?
Anything in Event Log? (check Event Viewer)
Topic: Load balancing on rails   Go to last post
Posted: Sunday, August 28, 2005 2:37:45 AM(UTC)
PSUs only supply: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, ground, -5V (optional), -12V & +5Vsb (For standby mode)

If any component needs different voltage it will either be dealt with by motherboard or internally within the component (which is the case for HDDs)

What matters is not the vlotage used by actual circuit boards, but the current these boards pull from each voltage line -- HDDs will say on top of them how much current they use on each line (these are peak values and average will be approximately half of that)

SATA drives save power by not having to multiplex for transmission, but that saving is half cancelled out by the higher clock speed used for transmission -- basically there is extremely little difference between PATA and SATA at the present time.