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  1. Cue "open source is communism" argument.
  2. So I don't end up paying microsoft a huge fine. You are more likely to irk them by charging for the disc than for simply giving it away. They don't care about the discs, they care about licenses.
  4. Did he break off the entire part, or chip it? What color is the part? How many contacts did it have connected to the motherboard?
  5. Since you're not providing them a license anyway, why not just give them a copy of an XP OEM disc.
  6. No. Won't fit physically, and wouldn't work anyway if it did fit.
  7. ATI disagrees. You heard wrong. Heck, Aero is based on DX9.
  8. Relevant entry is probably the one that describes it as a video thumbnail.
  9. There is no 64-bit Windows XP Home. There is a 64-bit Windows XP Professional. Performance in some applications is improved a bit. Performance in others is degraded, and a few simply won't run. Driver support is still not good. There is no compelling reason for most users to move to it.
  10. No, most foams used for ESD prevention are conductive. They still have a relatively high resistance, but they are conductive.
  11. The foam is usually made of a reasonably conductive material. It prevents the build-up of localized charge on the board. Stand-offs are a better solution. Connecting them all to ground is not required (or clear acrylic cases would be fairly useless), but is preferable. Better grounding is better. For vertical mounting, yes, pulling the motherboard tray from a case seems like an easy and effective solution.
  12. SLI will complicate the issue quite a bit. Are you really sure you want to run SLI? What price range are you looking for?
  13. Make sure the drive configured as Master is at the end of the cable, and the drive configured as Slave is in the middle of the cable.
  14. Technologically, yes. As long as other conditions (like you having phone line laid to your house already) are met. However, a lot of telecoms are not willing to sell such "naked" DSL packages. You need to check with the company.
  16. You might also try hunting down iTunes 6, it was reportedly less terrible.
  17. You don't need a virtual machine. My personal solution was just to not support IE5, but that doesn't work for everyone.
  18. Aluvus

    The Eq T-shirt

    The original was (mostly) a joke. I have a gamepad with a built in fan, and it's surprisingly nice.
  19. No. DDR3 will require an AM3 motherboard. However, it will be possible to put an AM3 processor in an AM2 motherboard and use DDR2 memory.
  20. Your card supports it fine. For particular games, see here.
  21. You and your crazy logical solutions.... Voltage is floating at about 3.2, Amps around 4.2. I guess the question is when I find an adapter do I need to worry about the Amps? As I understand it Amps measure merely capacity and when I switch to an AC adapter wouldn't the capacity essentially be infinite? The AC adapter will need to be built to handle however much current the device draws, otherwise it will either: 1. Cut off (if it's well built) 2. Catch fire (it it's not) Every adapter you're likely to see has a current limit stamped on it somewhere. Where are you getting 4.2 Amps?
  22. I don't know where the post is, but DBAN is here. Standard "not a toy" warning applies.
  23. You partition it into one partition.
  24. The drive with XP on it has already been partitioned (that's a required step for putting XP on it). You would need to partition the new drive for any operating system to make use of it (assuming it really is a completely new drive). Drive size has absolutely nothing to do with the need to partition. The drive will be much faster as a slave, and will probably stay cooler and therefore last longer, as well.
  25. Yes, there's no real difference between the two as far as the motherboard is concerned. That said, it's always wise to look up the list of supported processors on the board manufacturer's site and be sure.