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  2008-09-03 04:26:47 PM
 
  2008-09-03 05:40:49 PM
Another quick question-

I have an Abit f4tality motherboard... apparently it's capable of supporting up to 32 gb of RAM. I just have 4 in there right now, and Windows XP Pro 32 bit.

From what I understand Windows XP 32 bit will not recognize more than 3.5 gb of RAM, but 64 bit OS's will.

So, could I buy, say, 8 gb of RAM, and use XP 64 bit? Newegg has got 64 bit XP with SP2 for just 140 bucks. Have any of you used XP 64? Is it just like normal XP in regards to stability, less stable, more stable? Should I just jump up to Vista? Wait for Windows 7?
 
  2008-09-03 06:07:21 PM
assuming you have a 64-bit cpu on it, yes.

Drivers may be a problem for XP x64, less so for Vista x64. I'm still using XP 32-bit so I can't say from experience. If you get 64-bit XP make sure you are not getting the Itanium version.

What app do you have that needs more than 2 GB of process space?
 
  2008-09-03 06:25:39 PM
Mike: assuming you have a 64-bit cpu on it, yes.

Drivers may be a problem for XP x64, less so for Vista x64. I'm still using XP 32-bit so I can't say from experience. If you get 64-bit XP make sure you are not getting the Itanium version.

What app do you have that needs more than 2 GB of process space?


I have a core 2 duo... the 6550 which is a new enough processor I figure it supports 64 bit... amiright?

I can't think of a reason to have that much RAM, but I sure would like to go, HEY, LOOK AT ME. LOOK AT MY EPENIS. IT'S HUGE! Will it help with multitasking though? I was always under the impression that it would.
 
  2008-09-03 06:29:14 PM
TehNacho: I have a core 2 duo... the 6550 which is a new enough processor I figure it supports 64 bit... amiright?

Yes. Although I can't really think of a reason for a normal person to need more than 4GB of RAM right now. Maybe in a few years...

And if you want 64-bit Windows, Vista is much better than XP. Most companies never bothered to write drivers for XP x64.
 
  2008-09-03 07:20:08 PM
Most of your apps (read: ALL of your apps) will be 32 bit anyway.
Especially games. Was it Crysis that had a 64-bit version that barely performed better than the 32-bit?
 
  2008-09-03 09:10:42 PM
If you have Google Chrome, open a new tab and go to about:internets

hehehehe
 
  2008-09-03 09:26:02 PM
/facepalm
 
  2008-09-04 01:49:35 AM
Any Core 2 Duo or Quad should do 64-bit, but I thought the Abit f4tality was an AMD board?

64-bit XP is probably not worth the hassle just for the dram-epenis bragging rights and definitely not (yet) for games :) it's not going to make any performance difference unless you have a process hitting 2 GB and are actually swapping. I avoided putting more than 2 GB in my XP boxes even though they can all take 8 GB.

Now if you have a big database or webserver on it, then yeah, it's worth loading it up with memory and running 64-bit Linux or FreeBSD or Windows... our database is on an 8 GB Q6600 (FreeBSD/amd64) and the database process uses about 6.5 GB of that by itself.

(Another random point because I just knocked the power cord outta my laptop: if you use hibernate mode, more ram = slower sleep/wake times)
 
  2008-09-04 02:42:20 PM
I seem to have a virus on my computer, please help! I've ran a virus scan on my computer, and it eliminated a threat, however, I still can't access Fox News for some reason (I guess that's not entirely a bad thing). Google searches won't work either(i click the link and it brings me to a random website!)
 
  2008-09-04 05:41:05 PM
It's unlikely for a virus to cause that.
But...
If you're running XP run this.
If you're on Vista open a command prompt as admin (click start, type cmd in the search box, right click cmd shortcut, select "run as administrator") and run net sh int ip reset and reboot the pc.

Maybe reboot your router/modem thingy, too
 
  2008-09-04 06:12:13 PM
I put my laptop to sleep whenever I'm not using it, but I try not to let it hibernate. With 2GB of RAM and what must be a 4200 RPM drive, it sucks. It takes a minute to minute to come back from hibernate (sleep is almost instant).
 
  2008-09-04 10:47:50 PM
No_47: It's unlikely for a virus to cause that.
But...
If you're running XP run this.
If you're on Vista open a command prompt as admin (click start, type cmd in the search box, right click cmd shortcut, select "run as administrator") and run net sh int ip reset and reboot the pc.

Maybe reboot your router/modem thingy, too


No it's definitely a virus. My computer is randomly playing metallica songs that I don't have on my computer, without any programs open. I can't open anti-virus websites, or even run installers without it coming back "this is not a valid win32 app"
 
  2008-09-05 12:39:07 AM
jebusfreak: No it's definitely a virus. My computer is randomly playing metallica songs that I don't have on my computer, without any programs open. I can't open anti-virus websites, or even run installers without it coming back "this is not a valid win32 app"

Your computer is showing signs of both self-awareness and horrifically bad taste. I recommend putting a silicone stake though it's CPU and then hacking off the power supply with an axe just to be sure.
 
  2008-09-05 01:18:02 AM
jebusfreak: or even run installers without it coming back "this is not a valid win32 app"


your install is hosed
 
  2008-09-05 01:18:43 AM
Also, hey guys. We got Spore before you.

NYAAAA
 
  2008-09-05 03:24:32 PM
How do I tell what kind of motherboard I have. Without opening the computer, preferably.

I probably need to upgrade my processor but don't know how to tell if I can just upgrade the processor or the cpu/mobo.
 
  2008-09-05 03:28:14 PM
Grote-Man: How do I tell what kind of motherboard I have. Without opening the computer, preferably.

I probably need to upgrade my processor but don't know how to tell if I can just upgrade the processor or the cpu/mobo.


CPU-Z will identify most mobos, and cpus.
 
  2008-09-05 06:03:33 PM
Grote-Man: I probably need to upgrade my processor but don't know how to tell if I can just upgrade the processor or the cpu/mobo.

Yeah, CPU-Z will tell you the motherboard chipset and processor socket, and armed with that you can probably go to Google and see how high you can upgrade it. Probably.

Although if it's feeling a little slow, RAM is usually a much better investment as an upgrade than a new CPU.
 
  2008-09-05 08:39:43 PM
...

I figure some of you know your way around Calculator.exe....

I want to calculate interest.

$100,000 X (1 + .06) ^ 3 is the equation that I have (this is a sample from a real estate site, I don't have anywhere near 100,000 dollars).

So, I open up Calculator and check out the scientific functions. I ended up putting the amount that I have, *, (1+.02), x^y, 1, and =, will this let me just keep hitting the = and get a run down after how many years I'll have X amount? For example, = four times is after 4 years? I mean, I see numbers but I couldn't tell if they're right.
 
  2008-09-06 10:44:02 AM
TehNacho
will this let me just keep hitting the = and get a run down after how many years I'll have X amount?

No idea.

BUT..
I couldn't tell if they're right.

..there I can help you if you have a calculator that has a logarithm function (log, lg, ln,.. doesn't matter):
The (compund) interest formula you are using is:
endCapital=startCapital(1+interest)^runtime

Lets abbreviate that as:
ec=sc*(1+p)^r
So you have a fixed ec and sc and p and are interested in the r satisfying:
ec <= sc*(1+p)^r
<=> ec/sc <= (1+p)^r
<=> log ec/sc <= log (1+p)^r
<=> log ec/sc <= log (1+p)^r
<=> log ec/sc <= r* log (1+p)
<=> (log ec/sc) / (log(1+p)) <= r



Example:
you have 3000 and want to know how many years it takes to get to 3300 at 2%:
(log ec/sc) / (log(1+p)
= log(3300/3000)/log(1.02)
= log(1.1)/log(1.02)
= 0.0413.../0.0086..
= 4.81...

=> after about 4.8 years you will be at 3300, i.e. you will need 5 years.
As "proof" the other way around:

4 years: 3000*(1.02)^4 = 3247.296..
5 years: 3000*(1.02)^5 = 3312.242..
 
  2008-09-07 02:27:56 AM
ooookaaaaaaay
 
  2008-09-07 03:38:05 PM
HAI GUYZ...

Can I use a PCI express video card in a PCI expansion slot?

I have:

eMachines Model c2881-

Intel Celeron D 2.66mhz (Stop laughing!)

Chipset Intel 845GV

3 x PCI expansion slots.

Trying to upgrade, it currently has NO video card.
 
  2008-09-07 04:44:22 PM
You can get a PCI video card for it, but no, a PCIe card won't fit, or work, no matter how hard you push it in. Hope you didn't already waste your money.
 
  2008-09-07 07:15:15 PM
skink: HAI GUYZ...

Can I use a PCI express video card in a PCI expansion slot?

I have:

eMachines Model c2881-

Intel Celeron D 2.66mhz (Stop laughing!)

Chipset Intel 845GV

3 x PCI expansion slots.

Trying to upgrade, it currently has NO video card.


No, and if you try it, you will be made fun of by internet nerds for all time.

i218.photobucket.com
 
  2008-09-07 07:33:35 PM
FuturePastNow: [i218.photobucket.com image 614x434]

That is beautiful. It's been a long time since I've seen that. Nice card, too. Wonder if that voids the warranty.
 
  2008-09-07 08:10:56 PM
gayb: Wonder if that voids the warranty.

I think I can safely say that it does.
 
  2008-09-07 08:50:15 PM
Oh, man...Not even I am that stupid.

Thanks for the input, guys.

I think the answer to my troubles may be an EVGA GeForce 6200.

Not a hardcore game nut, but I want Civ4 and Age of Empires 3 to run.

The good news is, PCI cards are getting hella cheap. Looks like I can get this one for under $50.

For my next question:

My retractable cup holder appears to be broken.....
 
  2008-09-07 09:20:00 PM
PCI cards are arse.
About the best you can get is a Geforce 5200, and they're just plain terrible.

I'd highly recommend a new computer.
 
  2008-09-07 09:59:59 PM
No_47: PCI cards are arse.
About the best you can get is a Geforce 5200, and they're just plain terrible.

I'd highly recommend a new computer.


Some company makes a PCI Geforce 8400GS.
 
  2008-09-08 02:27:23 AM
Of course, even an 8400GS, crappy as it is, would be limited by the PCI bus.

Go with the 6200 if you don't want to replace your whole computer. It should be able to decode most video formats and drive a monitor up to 1920x1200, which I don't think an FX5200 will do.
 
  2008-09-08 02:53:25 PM
Thanks, FPN...replacing the PC is out till wife gets a laptop!
 
  2008-09-08 04:56:31 PM
FuturePastNow: Of course, even an 8400GS, crappy as it is, would be limited by the PCI bus.

Go with the 6200 if you don't want to replace your whole computer. It should be able to decode most video formats and drive a monitor up to 1920x1200, which I don't think an FX5200 will do.


DO NOT GO WITH THE 8400 GS.

I speak from personal experience. Save the extra 70-80 bucks and get an 8800 GTS.
 
  2008-09-08 06:18:07 PM
TehNacho: I speak from personal experience. Save the extra 70-80 bucks and get an 8800 GTS.

Ain't gonna stick that in a regular old PCI slot.

Look, just because you bought a low-end card without doing any research, doesn't make it a bad card.
 
  2008-09-08 07:49:50 PM
Uh oh...Looks like I started a geek fight!

homedir-a.libsyn.com
 
  2008-09-08 08:20:21 PM
TehNacho: I speak from personal experience. Save the extra 70-80 bucks and get an 8800 GTS.

Uh yeah, as FPN said, the card you suggested won't fit in a regular PCI slot anyways.

I've got a PCIe 8400something, and it's a low end card that won't cure AIDS, but it works. It's not going to suplode instantly after installation.
 
  2008-09-08 09:18:53 PM
gayb: I've got a PCIe 8400something, and it's a low end card that won't cure AIDS, but it works. It's not going to suplode instantly after installation.

It's a great card for people whose idea of gaming is playing The Sims, or for a home theater PC.
 
  2008-09-08 09:29:50 PM
and the 9600GT is better than the 8800GTS
 
  2008-09-08 10:04:16 PM
No_47: and the 9600GT is better than the 8800GTS

It's getting sexily cheap, too. Maye it's time to upgrade my cahmpooter unnecessarily.
 
  2008-09-08 10:07:15 PM
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  2008-09-09 04:28:15 PM
Some Questions.

What is the distance limit for VGA?
Do they make a Bnc - Vga adapter? not vga-5bnc

Thanks
 
  2008-09-10 10:28:28 AM
Hello Dolly: Some Questions.

What is the distance limit for VGA?
Do they make a Bnc - Vga adapter? not vga-5bnc

Thanks


depends on the resolution you're trying to put through it.

10 meters is probably about the max.
 
  2008-09-10 11:18:11 AM
you can't get vga down to a single bnc plug; 3 is the minimum (if you cram all the sync signals onto the green wire like DEC used to do) and 5 is preferable.
 
  2008-09-10 11:19:35 AM
if distance is the goal, I think there are ways to cram VGA (and DVI) onto fiber.
 
  2008-09-10 02:14:01 PM
Windows vista print functionality is quite frankly the shiattiest piece of crap Ive ever witnessed. I could probably find video of a fat mexican taking a diahreah jalapeno dump in the tijuana sewer and not feel as dirty as I do when forced to mess with vista.

Fark you MS.
 
  2008-09-10 03:03:08 PM
nosajghoul: video of a fat mexican taking a diahreah jalapeno dump in the tijuana sewer

Some of us like that sort of thing. Link?
 
  2008-09-10 03:28:45 PM
nosajghoul: Windows vista print functionality is quite frankly the shiattiest piece of crap Ive ever witnessed. I could probably find video of a fat mexican taking a diahreah jalapeno dump in the tijuana sewer and not feel as dirty as I do when forced to mess with vista.
Fark you MS.


I don't know what that has to do with us, but I'm guessing it's a user issue. What's the problem?
 
  2008-09-10 05:52:23 PM
anyone have any good host-based firewall software suggestions? we're trying to completely lock down a user at work who will be getting a laptop and an aircard. we need to be able to block outgoing traffic to all sites except the few sites we approve to be visited.
 
  2008-09-10 06:44:27 PM
Is it a Vista machine?
The parental controls can do that. They're pretty good.


Anyone know of a way to tell if a video card has been overclocked?
 
  2008-09-10 07:09:30 PM
No_47: Is it a Vista machine?
The parental controls can do that. They're pretty good.


nope, XP. and the Windows Firewall in XP only blocks incoming requests from accessing your computer/programs, not outgoing requests and individual websites.
we're going to look into just editing the HOSTS file, but i'm not sure if that'll be enough for our security auditors.
 
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