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  1. It probably doesn't help that the average TV has less than 0.1 MP total resolution. Higher resolutions are great for larger prints, or for when you may later edit out a significant portion of the image. In the latter case, they ensure you have more pixels to describe the object you're interested in.
  2. When you tested the different monitor, was it the same cable? Tint problems, if they cover the entire screen, are sometimes a product of a cable with a damaged conductor or a bent pin.
  3. If it's under warranty, contact the manufacturer and tell them the backlight is dead. If not, contact a repair shop and tell them the backlight is dead.
  4. Ahem... OCZ "Platinum Series" is just a name. Not a description of the metal used.
  5. I suggest you grab a different one. From this list Without looking, I would guess it has better timings and is probably tested for higher overclock speeds. Also, links would be nice. Also, RAID 0 is rarely a good idea.
  6. I have seen this type of problem many times, and every time the best solution (long term) has been to just delete unused entries from the Start menu. Or at least, to throw them all in an "Unneeded" folder. Failing that, some renaming can usually get the job done.
  7. Is it OK if I wimp out and just link here?
  8. You may need to partition it before you can use it for anything. See here.
  9. This is as good a comparison as you're likely to find. Notice that, for example, in the Doom III benchmark an Athlon 64 3400+ is a dead match for a 3.8 GHz Pentium 4.
  10. fortunately the CPU connector and the other 4 pins are keyed differently. It would take a rather large hammer to get the CPU connector to fit. <{POST_SNAPBACK}> I know more than a few people that would reach for that hammer with disturbingly little hesitation...
  11. So does Newegg. Many fans come with them these days. The last 2 I've bought did.
  12. Remove an "http://", it fixes the link.
  13. 2 of these = $300, then $100 or so for a motherboard, and let's say $150 for a power supply. That's the "entry level" at $550. But that's assuming you don't already have any of these things.
  14. If you're not worried about security, just open the DMZ. <{POST_SNAPBACK}> Agree. Or equally, just forward huge ranges of ports. Shareaza works through some routers without any port forwarding, but works better with port forwarding. The same can be said for many such apps.
  15. I wouldn't say "only". These are, of course, only imitations of the old IBM 'boards. But good imitations. The same problems (cost, wires, mouse) occur here, as well. FWIW, the IBM model M2 I'm typing this on cost a whopping $2 at a thrift store and works like a champ. For something more modern, Logitech would be the way I'd go. I've been very happy with the MX Duo, but it appears to have been discontinued.
  16. And I would be remiss if I didn't mention the possibility of running a portable Opera and supplanting both Firefox and Thunderbird...
  17. No. That extra 4-pin isn't for the motherboard power slot. That's to supply power for a P4 processor. <{POST_SNAPBACK}> ...and plugging it into a 24-pin ATX connector is a Very Bad Idea. Just to be absolutely clear. FWIW, it's used by processors other than the P4, including Athlon 64s and some Athlon XP motherboards.
  18. It's probably best to skip this generation entirely. But yes, your system is compatible. Your statement is contradictory; you claim there is no performance gain, then state there is a performance gain. The tests I've seen have shown a few areas of decent (10%) performance gain, but this was balanced out by areas where performance was worsened and by the difficulty of finding drivers. It would be more precise to say there is no net performance gain.
  19. I'll echo the recommendation for RAID 5; it simply makes the most sense. But I'll redo the math a little. Starting out with 3 drives (the minimum for RAID 5), and assuming a capacity of 200 GB each, you would have 400 GB of storage (ignoring the quirks of hard drive capacity specs). With 6 drives, 800 GB. As for the drives, I would go with this Seagate because it is currently $100 - $50 rebate for 200 GB of space. It's a solid deal. RAID controller: I haven't shopped these in a while, but Adaptec is one of the better brands. I would go with a PCI solution simply because you're likely to get support for more drives than with onboard. Most modern standalone controllers support RAID 5. Case: big and airy. With so many drives, you're going to want a full tower that has plenty of drive bays and space for at least one, preferably 2 or 3, 120 mm fans. And maybe some 80 mm as well. That many drives (especially Seagates) will produce a fair amount of heat. Buy a good power supply. With a lot of extra headroom. If it were me, I'd tend to overshoot with a PC Power & Cooling Turbo Cool 510 (also in 24 pin). Solid quality, high capacity, 1% regulation, and a 5 year warranty. For all the rest, it would probably be easiest to repurpose an old system. For this type of duty, not that much is really required of the processor. An Athlon XP Barton, downclocked to maybe 75% of its stock speed (less heat) would do the trick. Tack on an nForce2 motherboard with some sort of integrated video and ethernet (some nForce2 Ultra 400 boards include gigabit ethernet), and you're in good shape for cheap.
  20. I'm afraid you're stuck with just PCI. The standard recommendation for a PCI video card is the GeForce FX 5700LE. There is no reason whatsoever to pay extra for a PCI card with more than 128 MB of memory. There simply isn't a performance difference.