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by LittleChrist
Thu Aug 05, 2010 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: New core i7 rig temp question
Replies: 8
Views: 1790

Re: New core i7 rig temp question

I guess the part that troubled me was the range. Is a 5C range between cores normal or am I looking for problems that aren't there? In addition, what's the best way to test the core temps under load?
by LittleChrist
Thu Aug 05, 2010 2:30 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: New core i7 rig temp question
Replies: 8
Views: 1790

New core i7 rig temp question

I recently built my first computer. It's replacing a few older machines that were lost in a fire, so the insurance check covered the build. The problem is, with a high-air-flow case and a fairly large CPU cooler, I expected to see my idle temperatures much lower. I have the CPU fan turned up all the...
by LittleChrist
Fri Jun 26, 2009 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Number Pads
Replies: 2
Views: 1044

Number Pads

I use my number pad on my laptop all the time for school and work. It is one of the biggest reasons I lug around a full sized laptop with me. I use the number pad so frequently that it has become second nature to input data with a very small margin of error. In fact, most of the time I can use my nu...
by LittleChrist
Wed Jun 10, 2009 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: [Solved] RDRAM
Replies: 5
Views: 936

Re: RDRAM

Advice taken. I'll just finish up with the reformat/reinstall, transfer his files back over and return it to him simply as a word processor for his children's school use.
by LittleChrist
Tue Jun 09, 2009 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: [Solved] RDRAM
Replies: 5
Views: 936

Re: RDRAM

The computer has 2x128MB PC-600 and it does have RIMM in the 2 unused spots. Would buying more RDRAM (which seems to be overly expensive) improve performance noticably? How high would I have to go, another 2x128MB to bring the total to 512MB? I'm trying to keep it under the budget of a replacement c...
by LittleChrist
Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: [Solved] RDRAM
Replies: 5
Views: 936

[Solved] RDRAM

I am working on repairing an older Dell Dimension 8100 for a friend. It was an old family PC that had become virus and spyware infested. While I was reformatting and reinstalling, he began to ask me about possible upgrades to make it a viable computer for his kids as a PC for homwork and weekend gam...
by LittleChrist
Mon May 04, 2009 3:28 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Solved: Dell Dimension 4700 Upgrade
Replies: 9
Views: 1554

Re: Dell Dimension 4700 Upgrade

Then I suppose I'll order up the 9600 GSO with the new HDD and see what happens. Thanks for the help and consiter this temporarily solved.
by LittleChrist
Mon May 04, 2009 2:16 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Solved: Dell Dimension 4700 Upgrade
Replies: 9
Views: 1554

Re: Dell Dimension 4700 Upgrade

The Nvidia site reccomends a minimum system power requirement of 300W for the 9400 GT and 400W for the 9600 GSO. I'm not sure if they overinflate those power requirements to keep people from underpowering their PCs, but what would happen if I bought the 9600 GSO and my PC didn't have enough power? W...
by LittleChrist
Mon May 04, 2009 12:58 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Solved: Dell Dimension 4700 Upgrade
Replies: 9
Views: 1554

Re: Dell Dimension 4700 Upgrade

Ok then. So would you ideally go with the cheaper 9400 GT or the slightly more expensive 9600 GSO? I notice that the 9400 GT has 2 DVI outputs, where as I only have a 17'" VGA monitor. Is this a problem?
by LittleChrist
Sun May 03, 2009 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Solved: Dell Dimension 4700 Upgrade
Replies: 9
Views: 1554

Re: Dell Dimension 4700 Upgrade

I guess I'll go with the Seagate HDD from above if its compatable. After learning about PCIe x16 vs. PCIe 2.0, I think the GeForce 9600GSO will work fine. My monitor is still VGA, so I guess I am limited to cards that have a VGA connection. Tell me what you think.
by LittleChrist
Sun May 03, 2009 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Solved: Dell Dimension 4700 Upgrade
Replies: 9
Views: 1554

Solved: Dell Dimension 4700 Upgrade

I just inherited my grandfather's Dell Dimension 4700. I am looking to upgrade some components to make it a little more long-term. I'd rather spend $100-$200 on this PC than purchase a new one, because it won't be my primary computer. The Dell Tech Specs are here . It has already been upgraded once ...
by LittleChrist
Sat May 02, 2009 3:33 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Postify your xkcd-mobile (car)
Replies: 12
Views: 1487

Re: Postify your xkcd-mobile (car)

I drive a 2003 BMW 325xi in Jet Black with beige interior. Its a 5 speed (of course) with all-wheel drive for the winters. It has 85k miles on it, and I always keep it clean and running well. I get 25 mpg, which is good enough for me to commute to school. Its fun on the highway and on the back road....
by LittleChrist
Thu Feb 19, 2009 2:20 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Hard drive boot problems
Replies: 14
Views: 1500

Re: Hard drive boot problems

It sounds like you need to change the jumper pins so that the new hard drive becomes the master and set the old one as the slave. Some hard drives are different, but there should be a diagram or explanation on the drive itself. Set the new HDD with XP installed as the master and the old HDD as a sla...
by LittleChrist
Wed Feb 11, 2009 12:02 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: YouTube crashing browsers
Replies: 4
Views: 622

Re: YouTube crashing browsers

I haven't tried to replicate this in IE7. For one, it happens at seemingly random intervals (though I wouldn't begrudge myself a few hours browing YouTube in the name of science!) and I just flat out don't use IE7 for anything. I'll try it this weekend.
by LittleChrist
Mon Feb 09, 2009 3:33 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: YouTube crashing browsers
Replies: 4
Views: 622

YouTube crashing browsers

When I am watching a YouTube video or have YouTube open in a tab, despite whether I am using Firefox or Opera, my browser will occasinally freeze. It then goes to (Not Responding) I can minimize it and tell Task Manager to End Process, but that will just freeze the entire machine. It forces me to do...
by LittleChrist
Sun Feb 08, 2009 5:20 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: What kind of laptop should I get?
Replies: 39
Views: 2445

Re: What kind of laptop should I get?

All you will really achieve with a high-end gaming laptop is a heavy, nonportable, HOT laptop. I made that mistake and the laptop has ended up sitting on my desk where a much cheaper, upgradable and more powerful desktop could have and should be. Use your budget on an inexpensive laptop and put the ...
by LittleChrist
Sun Feb 01, 2009 4:33 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Futon!
Replies: 13
Views: 1060

Re: Futon!

Futons, even really expensive ones tend to be terrible in both sofa and bed form. You should look into sofa beds. They look like sofas and pull out into beds. However, they make firmer sofas. The only way for them to maintain structure is to have stiff bottom cushions that rest on the hard bottom of...
by LittleChrist
Sat Jan 31, 2009 4:39 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Vista boot process
Replies: 4
Views: 652

Re: Vista boot process

I happen to have an HP dv9500t with the nVidia GeForce 8600M GS, which sounds similar to what you may have. My laptop used to take ages to boot, until I updated the BIOS with the latest version. Not only did it cut loading times down from bios screen to windows login, it runs the fans higher and lon...
by LittleChrist
Wed Jan 28, 2009 3:59 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Slow Processes on Startup
Replies: 3
Views: 686

Re: Slow Processes on Startup

Here are the results from running msconfig. I don't see anything extraneous except some of Adobe and Apple's silly software. Let me know what you think I should try and what I should leave alone.

Spoiler:
startup.jpg
msconfig startup screen cap
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by LittleChrist
Wed Jan 28, 2009 3:35 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Slow Processes on Startup
Replies: 3
Views: 686

Slow Processes on Startup

As of last week, my normally speedy laptop has been slowing down on startup. Windows loads up normally and the login process hasn't changed. The desktop and startbar load up at normal speed but it takes quite a while longer for the rest of my programs to startup. The NOD32 startup takes almost a min...
by LittleChrist
Thu Jan 22, 2009 2:46 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Radar gun setup
Replies: 1
Views: 461

Re: Radar gun setup

For $46.00, the Hot Wheels Radar Gun is fairly accurate. You could have someone sit off to one side of the catcher behind the fence and shoot each pitch. You may even be able to mount it and hard-wire it on so that you just have to sit and wait for the reading. I don't know how wide the radar beam i...
by LittleChrist
Sun Jan 18, 2009 5:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Fuck Airlines
Replies: 74
Views: 6842

Re: Fuck Airlines

On an Air France flight returning from Paris (CDG) to LaGuardia (LGA), they sold 2 tickets for the same seat. Unfortunately, I arrived after the patron with the identical ticket. After offering to send me home first class on Air India :shock: , which I politely refused, we worked out 600 euros, a bu...
by LittleChrist
Sun Jan 18, 2009 4:50 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Family Importance...
Replies: 8
Views: 1169

Re: Family Importance...

I feel like if I moved out of my house, things wouldn't work as well, and my parents let me know it often. As the oldest child, I grew up doing things to help my parents out. When time came to go to college, I found my parents more than willing to make it very easy to live at home. I help out around...
by LittleChrist
Thu Jan 15, 2009 4:26 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: damn viruses
Replies: 3
Views: 686

Re: damn viruses

Do a full scan using NOD32's Online Scanner . That should detect and remove most (if not all) of the virus and spyware/malware problems you have. Spybot S&D (recommended above) is great for catching and getting rid of spyware/malware on a weekly basis. Uninstalling IE can cause more hassles than...
by LittleChrist
Thu Jan 15, 2009 4:24 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Computer help for an eager young lad.
Replies: 5
Views: 889

Re: Computer help for an eager young lad.

You may run into trouble trying to get any OS to boot from the external hard drive. You need to make sure you Bios can boot from USB (assuming the external HDD is USB). You may be able to create a boot partition on your internal HDD and boot from that, then access the files on the external HDD.
by LittleChrist
Sun Jan 11, 2009 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Adding items to start menu
Replies: 5
Views: 782

Re: Adding items to start menu

I've always wondered why you can't link to your "Downloads" folder there. It allows a shortcut to every other My Documents folder except Downloads. I think that space is reserved for just those links.
by LittleChrist
Fri Jan 09, 2009 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0528: "Windows 7"
Replies: 222
Views: 56648

Re: "Windows 7" discussion

Over at Apple HQ, Operation Valkyrie is in effect.
by LittleChrist
Tue Dec 30, 2008 4:19 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Text Ghosting with xbox 360 on comp. monitor
Replies: 2
Views: 749

Re: Text Ghosting with xbox 360 on comp. monitor

Your monitor has a max resolution of 1680 x 1050 (16:10 ratio). That said, the Xbox 360 supports 16:9 ratios only. 640x480 848x480 1024x768 1280x720 1280x768 1280x1024 1360x768 1920x1080 (1080p HDTV resolution) My suggestion would be setting your monitor down to the largest matching (or closest matc...
by LittleChrist
Fri Nov 28, 2008 11:33 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: TI-84 modifications?
Replies: 33
Views: 11094

Re: TI-84 modifications?

The TI-84 body is probably big enough to get the Gameboy Color (Pocket if you have to) inside it.
by LittleChrist
Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Trouble Installing Ubuntu 8.10
Replies: 12
Views: 1546

Re: Trouble Installing Ubuntu 8.10

I was able to burn and run Ubuntu 8.04.1 from a CD. It is currently installing on the second hard drive with fingers crossed. My question now goes back to trying to get my Linksys Wireless-G USB Network Adapter working. I've heard that it can be off-and-on with native support. Does anyone have this ...
by LittleChrist
Thu Nov 20, 2008 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Trouble Installing Ubuntu 8.10
Replies: 12
Views: 1546

Re: Trouble Installing Ubuntu 8.10

I've made a disk that burned at 8x with the same result. I've gone ahead and changed the title of the post to reflect my new problems and edited my first post. I've got a friend coming home from RIT in a few days who may be able to help me.
by LittleChrist
Thu Nov 20, 2008 12:11 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Trouble Installing Ubuntu 8.10
Replies: 12
Views: 1546

Re: Linux on a 2nd HDD

I've had some problems come up after the installation. They've been chronicled in an edit to my original post.

Thanks!
by LittleChrist
Sun Nov 16, 2008 3:38 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Trouble Installing Ubuntu 8.10
Replies: 12
Views: 1546

Re: Linux on a 2nd HDD

So my Windows XP HDD (master) is all updated and set to use for myself. I have the second drive in as the slave and my Ubuntu CD all made up and ready to go. Temporary cable internet won't be a problem if needed, but I hope a flash drive will be all thats necessary to get things going. I guess I'm j...
by LittleChrist
Sat Nov 15, 2008 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Trouble Installing Ubuntu 8.10
Replies: 12
Views: 1546

Trouble Installing Ubuntu 8.10

I've run into a few problems while attempting to install Ubuntu 8.10 onto a secondary HDD in my system. My first install disk was a dud, so I downloaded a new image and burned a new disk. No problem. It loaded up and I was able to select the second hard drive just fine. After the installation finish...
by LittleChrist
Thu Oct 30, 2008 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Flash in FireFox not working correctly.
Replies: 8
Views: 1369

Re: Flash in FireFox not working correctly.

Yeah, there was a Windows update that gave me the same problems, then the next day another that fixed the problem. Go figure...
by LittleChrist
Wed Oct 29, 2008 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13421
Views: 1742894

Re: Today You Learned

Today I learned the equation:
bin of sawdust+errant spark=boom

I'll remember to empty the sawdust bin more often as well as keep my metal grinding FAR away from the bin. I knew sawdust burned rather rapidly, I didn't know it would fireball like that. I wanna do it again with a camera.
by LittleChrist
Tue Oct 21, 2008 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Laptops, games and graphics cards
Replies: 23
Views: 3734

Re: Laptops, games and graphics cards

I was really just looking for someone who knew what the root of the problem was and if they had ever heard of a way to further prevent it ruining a good laptop. Please assume that I am attempting to live with it for as long as possible.
by LittleChrist
Tue Oct 21, 2008 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Laptops, games and graphics cards
Replies: 23
Views: 3734

Re: Laptops, games and graphics cards

I overbought on my laptop and it functions as my desktop now anyway. It sits on my desk at home. I have a small Toshiba R100A as my laptop. I just want to prolong the life of the HP so that it is a usable system for another 4-5 years or more. I realize it will be outdated then, but I'd rather save u...
by LittleChrist
Tue Oct 21, 2008 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Laptops, games and graphics cards
Replies: 23
Views: 3734

Re: Laptops, games and graphics cards

On a similar topic (nVidia GPUs), I have an HP dv9500t with a NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS 512MB. While I've noticed it usually runs warmer than I would like, it runs just fine. The most intense gaming it gets used for is the Orange Box for no more than 2 hours at a time. While mine has been problem free...
by LittleChrist
Tue Sep 23, 2008 2:39 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: RAM Trouble
Replies: 13
Views: 1550

Re: RAM Trouble

Yes, it was described to me by less computer-literate parents as a "computer slowdown" which I have now discovered to mean that, at random points, an Internet page will take much longer to load than usually. Sometimes, the connection will time out or prevent further access as described abo...

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