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  1. bennt

    Compaq/HP Drive sleds

    I bought some trays from here recently with good results: http://discountechnology.com/Products/SCSI...e-Caddies-Trays
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    SMALL SERVER FOR HOME

    About a year ago I spent alot of time trying to figure out some sort of home server setup. I found an HP server with Windows 2003 Small Business Server for $899CAN (dual core xeon, 1Gb, and room for 4 sata drives w/ raid). I picked that up, put my own 320Gb drives in and set it up. Gives me all the services I need including Exchange server and 5 CALS. I couldn't touch the price trying to build it myself, as Windows 2003 SBS is about $600 on its own.
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    Vista Sucks!

    For the upgrade issue, just call MS. When I've had license issues in the past using legitimate keys, I've just called MS and they have provided a new code. I've probably done that a dozen times and every time it was quite painless. #2. I would guess that the wifi driver is the culprit - check for an updated version. #3. The are some patches from MS that are supposed to deal with that exact issue. Don't have a link for you but look around and you'll probably find it. #6. Not sure if it can be done natively, but I stumbled across this free tool today that looks interesting. Haven't tried it yet. http://www.vistastartmenu.com/index.html
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    Looking for a print server

    2 usb plus 1 parallel: http://www.hawkingtech.com/products/produc...&ProdID=263
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    When is SATA III expected?

    Does it really matter? Current day drives aren't saturating SATA I. Maybe when SSD drives mature a bit and start entering the mainstream but that won't be for another year or two.
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    Thinking about a home server

    Have you considered Windows 2003 Small Business Server? It's a proven platform with plenty of information on the internet, and obviously good compatibility in terms of drivers, software, etc. For a long time I looked at network attached storage, Linux storage servers, etc. Nothing ever seemed ideal, at least for the price. Eventually I came across an HP server for $899CAN that included SBS. I don't have the storage requirements you do, but I picked up a couple cheap 320Gb drives and slapped them in, and have been running that setup for the last couple months. It has 4 SATA drive bays (not hotswap, but easy to change), so you'd need to add some sort of controller and use an external HD enclosure, but it may be a good starting point. Basic spec's: Proliant ML110 G4 http://shopping.hp.ca/cStoreCA/BaseDetails...d=5&Lang=EN Dual-core Xeon, 1Gb ram with room to expand, built-in RAID 0,1 for the 4 SATA drive bays, 2 5.25 bays, gigabit lan, PCI and PCI Express, etc. There were only two things that annoyed me... First that it took about a month to arrive after I ordered it. Second that there is no floppy controller at all (still needed for installing RAID controller drivers during Windows installation). I got around the second issue easily by finding a USB floppy drive, but it was still annoying. Now I have my own little domain at home, along with an Exchange server. I might just have to get myselft a static IP...
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    Weird Monitor problem

    I had something similar with my older ATI 9250 with VGA and DVI outputs. Sometimes the monitor connected to the DVI wouldn't get a display in the same way you are describing. After fighting with it for a bit I just put a DVI to VGA adapter on the DVI port and ran both monitors on VGA. Not the ideal solution, but it worked. I tried all sorts of things to make it work on the DVI but for some reason it just didn't like it.
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    Which HD is Good?

    I did a bunch of research a few weeks ago in the hunt for a 500Gb drive for my HTPC that I am currently refreshing. I settled on the Samsung. Noise and heat were first and second priority and the Samsung is by far the best for those. Performance was important as well but not paramount. However, I was impressed with the Samsung's performance in that it was near the top of the charts on every single benchmark. Many of the other drives are the fastest on a couple of the tests, and then not so good on others. I prefer consistently decent performance across the board. I've done most of the initial setup with the parts sitting on my kitchen table and I have to say that it is definately a very quiet drive. Once I'm ready I'll strip down the old HTPC and put all the new stuff in the case at which point it'll be interesting to see just how quiet the system is. I think it'll be noticably better than the old one. Hopefully the vibration of the Samsung won't be an issue, but even if it is I can resolve that.
  9. Before I got to your parts list I was thinking PS. Then you list a generic PS.... I'd say 95% chance that it is the PS. PS is one of the most important parts of a computer, and cheap or faulty PS's will almost always result in flakey computers. I've seen that exact symptom a number of times before.
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    SAS Vs SATA

    SAS and SATA are not the same internally. In terms of the guts SAS is an evolution of SCSI, and SATA an evolution of IDE. They use the same connectors, and SAS controllers can also recognize SATA drives. So, if you have a SAS based system, you have the option of using larger/slower/cheaper SATA drives.
  11. I don't completely agree with that. Otherwise, how do you explain the success of the Raptor? Major OEMs haven't spec'd the Raptor in high enough volume to make an impact. You may call the Raptor a niche market product, but it's a high margin niche product. An SSD in a similar price and capacity range as a Raptor, with better performance would be a hot item for computer enthusiasts everywhere. The question goes back to the original poster's thread topic... How long until that happens? I for one would love SSD's for both of my home PC's. I have a Raptor in my main PC for it's high performance. I would love to replace that with an SSD with better performance, and cooler and silent operation. For my HTPC an SSD would be perfect, again for it's cooler and silent operation. In both cases I have network storage for most data storage, so the SSD doesn't need to be huge. Another area I could see the SSD having huge success is with corporate laptops. The two major points of failure with laptops are the hard drive and LCD. Eliminate the HD as a major failure point, while dramatically increasing performance and power efficiency and I expect sales of SSD's to OEM's to be quite substantial. Also, laptops are becoming much more common with home users and even gamers. Get rid of the major bottleneck in the laptop (the HD) and a laptop becomes much more appealing to many people.
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    Seagate or WD... once again :)

    Perhaps the 2:1 ratio is related to the following??? Seagate sells twice as many drives as Western Digital. Info is a bit dated, but my guess would be that Seagate has probably increased relative to WD over the last year or so.
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    Self vs HP populating storage server

    Also, most hot-plug drives from HP/IBM/etc. come pre-mounted in the hot-swap tray. So, if you want to buy something else you're also going to have to find and pay for the hot-swap trays. Getting them is not that easy, and they are expensive, so in the end it probably costs about the same if not more than just buying them straight from HP.
  14. Here's another reference regarding DDR2 speeds and AMD cpu's: http://www.tomshardware.com/2007/05/04/whi..._cpu/page4.html
  15. While Intel may have the lead at the top of the pack, AMD is still a better bang for the buck in the low to mid range. So, unless you are buying a cutting edge PC, AMD is still the way to go. When you look at most CPU reviews, they focus on the latest and greatest. I don't think I've ever bought a desktop CPU that cost more than $300, most probably costing less than $200. In that segment, AMD is still the performance leader. Also, the AMD platform is generally more energy efficient. If you compare total system power consumption of equally performing platforms, the AMD is still more efficient. I'm not entirely sure why as the Intel CPU's are supposed to have lower TDP's, but it's probably partly due to the integrated memory controller. With the Intel platform, the memory controller is part of the chipset on the MB, so the TDP of the CPU appears lower. Also, it was just a matter of time before Intel finally clued into the fact that Netburst was a bust. They finally dropped that and completely changed their whole CPU philosophy. That only happened because of AMD. Give AMD about a year, and they'll have something at the top again. In a competitive market, the leader is always going to bounce back and forth.