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Everything posted by Aluvus

  1. You need an adapter like this. CompUSA sells them, as does Radioshack and others.
  2. Anything that doesn't estimate individual rails is essentially useless. Total wattage is not a useful measure of a power supply.
  3. Yellow is +12 V, red is +5 V. Black is ground.
  4. In short from all the answers: No one here including myself knows if the Pixel Pipelines Matter. <{POST_SNAPBACK}> Some of us know. Pipelines emphatically do matter. When comparing two otherwise alike cards, the number of pipes makes a non-trivial difference. But when comparing two dissimilar cards, other factors can make a difference. In that case, all you can really do is drag up some benchmarks.
  5. Drives don't have to be identical, but it's a good idea for them to be the same capacity.
  6. RAID is of very little use to most home users.
  7. I would say Everest just read the RPMs wrong. Also, thank you for posting the Everest data dump as a text file attachment, instead of in the post text. Much easier on the eyes.
  8. It should not, no. It should treat the drive just like any regular drive.
  9. With most processors, this would offer no performance improvement. Yes, Mushkin is a good brand. A link (or model number) would be very helpful.
  11. Bluetooth is overpriced, unless you want the increased range. Logitech's MX700 and MX1000 are good wireless gaming mice. Saitek's Gamer's Keyboard is supposed to be nice.
  12. My roommate has one that's worked fine for about 2 years, but I'll pass along the heads-up.
  13. Why does an iMac need to be wired? At the least, doesn't it have USB ports? I assume you're looking for PCI where possible? As for Linux, go here and start reading.
  14. If Cox uses an IMAP (not POP3) server to serve mail, you don't need any special steps to ensure the mail remains on the server. That is IMAP's default behavior. If they do use POP3, a variant of the above OE6 settings should work for most mail clients (Thunderbird, Eudora, TheBat!, Opera's M2, etc.). I access Gmail by their POP3 server using the M2 client, and simply checked "Leave messages on server". When I get new mail, it is delivered to me and a copy remains on the server.
  15. You have to have OperaAdFilter running for the "copy image address" trick to work.
  16. Copy Link Address in the right-click menu? Since I gather this is a Firefox extension or something, it would help if you could elaborate on what it does.
  17. Did you make sure hidden items are shown first? Did you turn off "Hide extensions for known file types"? Normally it's under Opera\Profile\opera6.ini And no, Opera should not be able to run without it.
  18. That's not a Combo Drive; it's a DVD Burner. Combo Drive has become marketing-speak for a drive that burns CDs and reads (but doesn't burn) DVDs. LiteOn, Plextor, and NEC are all good. NEC is the new "it" brand for DVD burners.
  19. Well I replied to the sister thread at that "other place", but it was a bit buried. So here's what I really think. It's a laptop, so get a Pentium M. That's the long and short of it. The extra video memory will make little if any difference. If they have a similar model with a Penitum M and a 128 MB video card for less money (or a different, better chipset for the video card for the same money) then that is the route I would take. Also, if you could post the links here too it would be helpful
  20. An ATX case will accept ATX, micro-ATX, and FlexATX boards.
  21. A BRAND NEW Dell, with a 2.4 celeron (which is way more powerful then that old Duron) with 256 MB ram, an 80g hdd, cdr/w keyboard mouse and speakers AND a full legal version of XP Home for $279. Which would you spend YOUR money on? <{POST_SNAPBACK}> Could I get a link to that? <{POST_SNAPBACK}> OK, OK. This is actually $299, but includes a CRT. The same basic unit can cost various different prices depending on which "store" at Dell you buy from (Home, Small Business, etc.).
  22. Well, I suppose any transistor is statistically more likely to nuke itself the longer it is in operation. And transistors are the guts of most modern electronics. But many devices can continue operating for extremely long periods of time provided a suitable environment. Flash memory is a special case, though. Flash memory is a form of EEPROM (Electrically Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory). This means it holds its value until told otherwise, which can be accomplished with an electric signal input. Like other EEPROMs, flash is made up of a 2-dimensional matrix of floating-gate nMOS transistors. In a nutshell, these transistors are "programmed" as "on" or "off" as desired to store data. but the process of programming them is fatiguing, and every time it is repeated the transistor(s) wear down a bit more. Over time, this causes them to eventually die and become unusable. More here. Most other electronics don't subject their transistors to such extremes, and so don't kill them as quickly. There are other things to remember, of course. Capacitors, being electrochemical devices, are not good for an infinite number of charge/discharge cycles (though they can be used for quite a few). Inductors in some devices can be significantly imparied by physical damage (sometimes very slight physical damage), particularly in old-style radios. Connections can corrode over time, or weak solders can break. That sort of thing. And some devices, naturally, can be greatly disturbed by electromagnetic interference. Nothing is forever. But some things can keep chugging for very long periods of time.
  23. I hope you mean Celeron D. A 2.4 GHz non-D Celeron is by no means more powerful than a 1.8 GHz Duron. In fact, you can watch as a 1.6 GHz Duron walks all over a 2.6 GHz Celeron in business and other benchmarks. I'll agree with you on the rest, but I think you significantly underestimate the Duron. It may not be fancy, but it has a fair amount of kick in it. Again, I still agree with the overall conclusion: buy a Dell.
  24. True, but hard drive failure is less common today then it was in the past. However, I could always hook up a cheap 40g ATA drive for backups since I don't feel like investing in two more raptors for a RAID 0+1 Config <{POST_SNAPBACK}> It still happens. RAID 5 only requires 3 drives and is safer than RAID 0. For the cost/performance difference, non-RAID would be the way I'd go. In that type of application, ludicrous amounts of RAM are justifiable. These days I have to run Photoshop and InDesign together all day, and my laptop's 1 GB of RAM begins to bog down after a few hours of switching back and forth. A dual core chip would also ensure that music/AIM/other background-ish stuff doesn't hurt the performance of the main apps. Photoshop has support for multithreading, I'm not sure if the others do. Buy XP Pro 32-bit. Period. The driver issues and others snags associated with the 64-bit version are not at all outweighed by the marginal performance gains. And AFAIK, you can still "upgrade" from the 32-bit version to the 64-bit version for free, if you change your mind. But it doesn't work the other direction. And as much as I choke on saying this... you might actually want to consider a Pentium D. P4s are good for this type of work, dual cores offer some advantage for your scenario, and the Pentium D's horribly weak implementation of dual cores might not hold you back. Might.