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by tinyterror
Mon Mar 03, 2008 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: A+ Certification Test - Any tips for studying?
Replies: 9
Views: 2961

Re: A+ Certification Test - Any tips for studying?

The problem with A+ certification is that it tends to focus on a lot of very old computer knowledge that is hard to pick up through practical experience. With the current state of operating systems and hardware, nobody needs to really know about IRQ, DMA, or any of that stuff. Your best bet is going...
by tinyterror
Fri Feb 29, 2008 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Cheap media streamer
Replies: 37
Views: 7569

Re: Cheap media streamer

MoonBuggy wrote:Just a quick note to say I'm now running XBMC and it's excellent, thanks for all the help.

Even better, the whole setup only cost me £31 (Xbox, controller and Splinter Cell).


Very nice! Congrats on the softmod!
by tinyterror
Wed Feb 27, 2008 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Cheap media streamer
Replies: 37
Views: 7569

Re: Cheap media streamer

Modding a console sort of falls into this weird legal gray area. You probably aren't going to get in trouble for modding your system, but I know for a fact that sony and microsoft really, really don't like it. You start to run into a bit of a problem when you turn around and sell that modded system ...
by tinyterror
Tue Feb 26, 2008 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Cheap media streamer
Replies: 37
Views: 7569

Re: Cheap media streamer

Endless Mike wrote:Ignore me.


Not a bad deal! That being said, I would kill this post ASAP. Selling modded hardware is illegal in the US, and posting about it is not a very good idea.
by tinyterror
Tue Feb 26, 2008 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Cheap media streamer
Replies: 37
Views: 7569

Re: Cheap media streamer

Yeah, the software mod is a lot easier than doing a hardware mod. If you have a choice, try to get an older xbox. There is a cutoff point where MS made a change to the firmware that prevents softmoding from working correctly. I think you want to get a v1.6 or earlier xbox. As far as the memory card ...
by tinyterror
Tue Feb 26, 2008 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Cheap media streamer
Replies: 37
Views: 7569

Re: Cheap media streamer

Just get an old xbox and mod the hell out of it. Larson and I use one for playing movies off of the file server on our network and it works really well. It doesn't have the power to decode h264, but for almost anything else it is just fine. These days you can get an old used xbox for $70 or $80 at a...
by tinyterror
Thu Feb 21, 2008 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: USB Ports
Replies: 12
Views: 2494

Re: USB Ports

You could always go out and buy a 4 port USB pci-e card or something. Its about as cheap and painless as you can get for an upgrade.
by tinyterror
Wed Feb 20, 2008 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Paging file on windows XP
Replies: 28
Views: 4366

Re: Paging file on windows XP

Yeah, you can run without a page file just fine as long as you don't get too carried away with running a ton of programs at the same time. If you are gaming, leave the page file on. A little grinding is a small price to pay to avoid a hard stop. The same thing goes for if you are doing any sort of c...
by tinyterror
Wed Feb 20, 2008 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: old IBM computer device
Replies: 8
Views: 2678

Re: old IBM computer device

I'm going to have to agree with the jumper theory. Maybe these were used in patterns to set up a program to run on some really ancient hardware or something. This would make a bit of sense because computers used to have to be hardwired for a specific purpose, and what you are describing fits the bil...
by tinyterror
Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:00 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: RAID stuffage...
Replies: 46
Views: 6169

Re: RAID stuffage...

the HD's themselves have cache please remember. Most have 8mb these days. Also, something like recording TV is not bandwidth intensive to max out a hard drive, let alone an array. ok now that i did the math its <2mB/s and my drives have 4mb cache but i have 3 of them and the controller cache. but t...
by tinyterror
Fri Feb 15, 2008 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: RAID stuffage...
Replies: 46
Views: 6169

Re: RAID stuffage...

the really hot ones are the ones that have the slot for ram as the cache. it would be insanely sexy to have one and drop a 1 gig stick in for my mytv. too bad my controller doesnt have a slot :( And what would this get you in terms of performance? Raid controllers with a lot of cache really shine i...
by tinyterror
Tue Feb 12, 2008 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: What does L2 cache do?
Replies: 12
Views: 5165

Re: What does L2 cache do?

Heh, I think you mistook my prediction of the cache returning to its previous purpose as a memory buffer for a prediction that sizes would go down. I fully expect to start seeing 16 or 32 megabyte caches on chips in the near future if they aren't already doing it now. Cache needs to scale in proport...
by tinyterror
Tue Feb 12, 2008 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: What does L2 cache do?
Replies: 12
Views: 5165

Re: What does L2 cache do?

Unless intel has made some major changes to their architecture while I wasn't looking, the big blocks of on die cache are used for a lot of inter core communication. Intel's core chips are not set up in the same way as AMD's multi core chips. AMD uses built in hypertransport links within the chips t...
by tinyterror
Fri Feb 08, 2008 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: usual megaflops?
Replies: 4
Views: 2759

Re: usual megaflops?

What do you mean you wrote a program to test megaflops? As it has been said before, doing this is not impossible, it is just hard. If you do it with an OS running on the system, you will not get correct results.
by tinyterror
Fri Feb 08, 2008 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Idea worth trying? Laptop + Solar panels
Replies: 16
Views: 6493

Re: Idea worth trying? Laptop + Solar panels

Your best bet for solar power would be to have solar panels charging your laptop battery over time. You would have to have a fairly significant solar installation to provide enough power for your laptop to run off of it directly. I think the hardest part of this would be building the custom electron...
by tinyterror
Fri Feb 08, 2008 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: WARNING: Offensive to "Future Proofers"
Replies: 10
Views: 2097

Re: WARNING: Offensive to "Future Proofers"

This thread reeks of basements and teenage angst. Why does anyone care about what hardware other people are buying? Seriously, grow up. Declaring that someone is an idiot because they chose an architecture or core count that does not fit with your idea of an "L337 G4M1NG R1G" isn't scoring...
by tinyterror
Wed Feb 06, 2008 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Computer box "art"
Replies: 28
Views: 4740

Re: Computer box "art"

niko7865 wrote:Why the hell does that ASUS box say "heart touching" ?


Asus is fairly well known for using goofy engrish on their retail hardware boxes. It's always good for a laugh :)
by tinyterror
Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Help with PC build
Replies: 54
Views: 7041

Re: Help with PC build

Everything looks pretty good to me. If I had to nitpick some of the other posts in this thread, I would say to stay with an AMD chip. Yeah, the core2 chips are nice, but I still don't like the way intel does inter-core communications and memory controllers. If you are doing any heavy work that makes...
by tinyterror
Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Static
Replies: 9
Views: 2272

Re: Static

Whenever I am working on hardware, I usually try to put components down on top of static bags. Beyond that, I would recommend solid surfaces like tables or counter tops. Avoid cloth or any other surface that has moving parts or that moves against another surface like carpet or upholstery. Before you...
by tinyterror
Tue Jan 29, 2008 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: What to run?
Replies: 10
Views: 1893

Re: What to run?

He is going to have a very hard time running anything on this system with no video output at all. Even headless systems need to have video output to be installed and set up. If this were me, and I absolutely HAD to get this thing up and running, I would yank the hard drive, find a similar or identic...
by tinyterror
Mon Jan 28, 2008 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Worrisome Noise
Replies: 7
Views: 1880

Re: Worrisome Noise

A lot of cheaper fans use crappy bearings that eventually get clogged with dust or chipped, causing all kinds of terrible noises. The best thing to do is take the cover off of the computer and stick your head in there to see if you can localize the noise.
by tinyterror
Mon Jan 28, 2008 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: What to run?
Replies: 10
Views: 1893

Re: What to run?

Its going to be tough to run anything with your very obviously broken keyboard.
by tinyterror
Fri Jan 11, 2008 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: How to build my own cheap Laser Tag guns.
Replies: 5
Views: 13519

Re: How to build my own cheap Laser Tag guns.

As cool as building your own stuff might seem, it will probably be a lot cheaper to go buy the pre-built equipment. I remember doing the whole laser tag thing as a kid. Everyone in the neighborhood had these survivor shot infrared guns and headsets. When you get 10 or 12 people together, combined wi...
by tinyterror
Thu Jan 10, 2008 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Buy a Mac or build a PC - what to spend my money on next?
Replies: 28
Views: 3397

Re: Buy a Mac or build a PC - what to spend my money on next?

If you are getting a laptop and are undecided, go with a mac. They are fantastic machines, and if you are knowledgeable enough to build your own PC, you should have zero problems getting used to the software.
by tinyterror
Wed Jan 09, 2008 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Ram Disks and/or Solid State Drives
Replies: 28
Views: 3872

Re: Ram Disks

Silver2Falcon wrote:I read that article too. It involved setting up 12 of the fastest SSD's they could find in RAID 0 with an industrial-strength RAID controller card. I'd say $5000 would be a low estimate.


Probably. I was just pulling numbers out of my ass :)

What a kick ass setup that would be though!
by tinyterror
Wed Jan 09, 2008 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Ram Disks and/or Solid State Drives
Replies: 28
Views: 3872

Re: Ram Disks

Well there are always solid state drives. I read an article recently about stacking them up in raid and getting something like 800 megabytes a second with virtually no access time. Never mind that it would probably cost like $5000.
by tinyterror
Wed Jan 09, 2008 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Ram Disks and/or Solid State Drives
Replies: 28
Views: 3872

Re: Ram Disks

The problem with loading all of your stuff onto a ram disk is that you still have to read all of that data from a hard drive. If you like new and interesting hardware, you should look into a Gigabyte i-ram. It's a PCI card that has either 4 or 8 DDR ram slots on it. It connects to the computer using...
by tinyterror
Wed Jan 02, 2008 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: MAGFest
Replies: 15
Views: 4918

Re: MAGFest

Belial wrote:Oh shit, that's this weekend?


Yeah, its this weekend. It starts on thursday night and ends some time on sunday.
by tinyterror
Mon Dec 31, 2007 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: MAGFest
Replies: 15
Views: 4918

Re: MAGFest

Magfest is going to be awesome. As Larson said, I work with the guys who put it on. The company I work for is pretty much shutting down this Friday because three quarters of the employees are off for Magfest :) This year they are expecting between 1200 to 1500 people to show up. To answer Girl™'s qu...
by tinyterror
Mon Dec 31, 2007 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Starting Electronics
Replies: 3
Views: 1533

Re: Starting Electronics

Well there are two paths that you can start off in if you want to start building your own stuff. It sounds like you are off to a good start with making analog electronics. Thats the stuff that involves a lot of raw components like capacitors, resistors, and transistors. The other path is digital ele...
by tinyterror
Thu Dec 27, 2007 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Dell... *shudders* laptop
Replies: 13
Views: 2009

Re: Dell... *shudders* laptop

Hey, I have a soldering gun. I will find a way. Often chips like that are baked on ... how good an oven do you have? Remember, baking it on melts the solder on all the others too ... Now, some laptops do use sockets, but I wouldn't count on it at all. Meh. Baking, whatever. I'll end up trying it. A...
by tinyterror
Thu Dec 27, 2007 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Apparnetly, my computer does not enjoy booting. Edited!
Replies: 6
Views: 1501

Re: Apparnetly, my computer does not enjoy booting. Edited!

Maybe you are having some sort of massive overheat? Other than that I would say it sounds like bad hardware. It could be either the ram or the video card. Have you tried booting anything other than vista? Give a linux live cd a try or something. If that boots and runs fine you can at least try to us...
by tinyterror
Thu Dec 27, 2007 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Dell... *shudders* laptop
Replies: 13
Views: 2009

Re: Dell... *shudders* laptop

xNarrowSoulx wrote:Hey, I have a soldering gun. I will find a way.


Have you ever used it?
by tinyterror
Thu Dec 27, 2007 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Dell... *shudders* laptop
Replies: 13
Views: 2009

Re: Dell... *shudders* laptop

Laptops usually have a relatively limited upgrade path. I would avoid messing with the CPU if I were you. Just because the chip will slot into the system does not mean that you won't run into thermal issues later. Mess with the RAM and the hard drive all you want, as those are easy to upgrade and ha...
by tinyterror
Tue Dec 11, 2007 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: athlon64 X2 vs opteron
Replies: 7
Views: 1893

Re: athlon64 X2 vs opteron

When you say Opteron 1800, are you referring to the Opteron 180, or something else? I can give you a much better answer if you give me specific part numbers or links to the parts on newegg or something. In general, if you are going to be using this machine as a server, or for heavy processing, an op...
by tinyterror
Tue Dec 11, 2007 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Dinosaur PC fun
Replies: 92
Views: 19471

Re: Dinosaur PC fun

Don't even get me started on weird/mutant hardware. I used to have something that would put every one of you to shame. Back when I was a sophomore in college, I had a lot of computers in my dorm room. Some might say too many. I decided it might be a good idea to "consolidate" so to speak. ...
by tinyterror
Tue Dec 11, 2007 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: 478 Heat sinks... and the glory of their bad reviews
Replies: 32
Views: 4569

Re: 478 Heat sinks... and the glory of their bad reviews

I think you need to get a Styrofoam cup and some liquid nitrogen. Don't forget the duct tape to hold everything together. P4's run pretty hot. I agree with Larson the ~50C is not really too much to worry about. http://news.softpedia.com/images/extra/large/liquid%20nitrogen-large.jpg
by tinyterror
Mon Dec 10, 2007 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Interesting Hard drive problem?
Replies: 3
Views: 1502

Re: Interesting Hard drive problem?

My rule of thumb is that unless you specifically need vista for something, run windows xp. Vista really needed another year or two worth of work before it was ready, and this is the result. Oh yeah, don't poke the sata drives. Just because you can remove them does not mean you should! No idea what y...
by tinyterror
Fri Dec 07, 2007 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: RAID stuffage...
Replies: 46
Views: 6169

Re: RAID stuffage...

Hmmm. I suppose it might just be better to go with a raid 1 thing, maybe 2 or 3 drives, and given where I work, a replacement drive would never take long to find. Add to that the fact that save games are almost always on the windows drive anyway (this wouldn't be part of the raid setup) it shouldn'...
by tinyterror
Fri Dec 07, 2007 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Parts list madness
Replies: 17
Views: 2554

Re: Parts list madness

Sounds kind of like the heatsink attachment on my old Dell, except in reverse. Oh yeah, lets make it so it's impossible to twist the heatsink to break the seal between it and the processor. Lets also make it impossible to release the lever holding the processor in place while the heatsink is on so ...

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