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  1. DogEared

    All Right, I Am Anally Insane, But...

    Also check the control panel -> User Accounts. One of the questions should ask about changing your User Icon, along with changing your password, permissions, etc. DogEared 8^D
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    Pentium Pro-blems

    I guess I'll chime in. If 512MB of RAM is sluggish when using Office apps (Documents, web, etc.) then I would not expect more RAM to help. Also, the PPro's lack of MMX / SSE ( or whatever they're calling those functions these days) can slow down screen refreshes depending on the power of the video card and the driver. You could also try using different color depths, etc. to improve 2D response time. I used to run a couple 200s on a Tyan board when they came out. I used it for gaming under NT(& Win2k)- among other things. I later had a P2/300 & a P2/400 in the house and the PPro ran circles around them. So I know they're decent performers. But.... XP may be too much for your Video card. I also don't know if WindowsXP has any issues with PPro chips / chipsets. Or your particular motherboard. But I would focus more on the video performance in the absence of a real reason (pages / sec, etc.) to suspect the amount of RAM. DogEared 8^)
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    All Right, I Am Anally Insane, But...

    You're a what??! Maybe this should be in the Bar & Grille! LOL!! I don't have an icon at work because we use the Ctrl+Alt+Del Login. So no user icon. And I rarely use the start menu at home ... All my games are on the quick launch! I want my ducky!! DogEared 8^)
  4. I will agree with the hot spare comments, though. I would definitely keep one hot spare for *each* RAID 5 array... and if the server uptime is critical, a Hot Spare for the RAID 1 arrays. DogEared 8^)
  5. Have you contacted LSI??? I would really be interested in what LSI has to say about this. I'm curious if the drives appear fine (Error counts, etc.) but the controller decided to fail them. ******** The "failed" drive scenario happened so much at my last company, that I had a 1st level help desk procedure to bring the drives back on-line. We used AMI/LSI RAID cards in 4000 retail servers w/ 4 drives on each controller. We averaged ~40 failed drive stores per day (some locations had more than one "fail" at a time). All we had to do was bring the drives back to on-line status and the systems would run fine -- even if all of the drives "failed"! (In case you're worried, if a store had two of these incidents per month, or much more frequently than average - average was 4 months - then we replaced drives and controller) Out of all of those failed drives I actually sent 10-12 back to the manufacturer. I never did hear a plausible explanation. As in, no one ever found a fault with the drives -- so we just started making them on-line. And I've had similar oddities with my MegaRAID controller at home: it occasionally (every few months) fails one of my Cheetah X15s. BTW-Other Errors and Media Errors were always Zero I won't comment on the chain of events.... DogEared
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    Best Scsi Setup/configuration Known To Man?

    YEA!! Someone pointed out that SWAP != PAGE. Big difference, but similar concept. Both use hard storage to emulate RAM, but one has to store the entire application space. I'd give you a cookie, but it would only be *1* Oreo so it's not worth the shipping. I have 2GB of RAM and most games I play increase the pagefile. I hate that! I can have 1GB of Free RAM, and games ( the most obivous offenders ) cause the ol' page file to balloon. Speaking of SunOS: I long for the days of SunOS 4 when you *had to tell* the system to scan for SCSI devices. It wasn't automatic (well, not necessarily automatic). The OS assumed that whatever was supposed to be connected, was connected. The recovery was fast - when needed. My poor workstation has 7 SCSI channels (a few generations of SCSI equipment ). Talk about long reboots! I recently bought a Shuttle system and used a *gasp* Raptor... my reboot cycle is about 30 seconds! To answer the original question: 15k drives + RAID 0 gains little, if anything, on one channel *and* on a 32-bit PCI bus. If you want to use RAID 0 for capacity, fine. Just remember you they don't call it RAID 0 for nothing. ( I really wish we could go back to calling it "striping" instead of RAID. ) Separate the drives. Normally I would say put the OS and Data on one drive, and your apps on the other..... but WinXP supposedly optimizes disk patterns on the boot partition (C:\Windows). Sooooo....divide 'em up like others have said: OS/Apps in one partition data on the other. DogEared 8^D
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    $300 For New Raptor? Crazy!

    If that is the way you feel, then I cannot explain why a $50,000 sedan may be better than a $20,000. Personally, I've gotta be mashing the clutch and running through the gears...even if it the gears are only 1st and 2nd (and 1st again) and it takes me twice as long to get somewhere. As for the Explorer vs. X5: you wouldn't catch me in either. A Cayenne?? Oh yeah! The point is, though, just like the car scenario, if the performance/features is/are not worth the extra money, then that's fine. Wait for the price to come down or buy the better value ($/GB). Meanwhile, people that can tell the difference will buy one. For me, the raptors are not as fast as my old Cheetah X-15s. But my usage pattern falls in the entry-/mid-level server patterns, so low latency and SCSI features really make a difference. I only know a handful of people that drive the speed limit. Whether you drive 65 in a 55 zone or 165, it's still speeding and still breaking the law. I used to routinely drive my NewBeetle Sport in excess of 140mph on the Interstates. And I have driven flat out in a 911 Turbo. I felt "safe" in either car at the respective speeds I was driving. I would not feel safe in a Kia at 100. Can you make a right hand turn at 60mph in a Camry? That makes a performance car worth it. And that's what makes pricey drives worth the money to some folk. Stopping with the car talk... DogEared 8^D
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    Higher Bus Or Lower Latency

    I have seen a few comparisons of bus speed vs. timings and there's not much of a difference. In general, most games (especially "twitch" games) like tight timings (low latency). But almost all other apps performed better with higher speeds. In either case the performance difference was small: 3-5%. The most recent comparison I saw, showed that Quake III/Unreal liked tight timiings, while everything else (office apps, photoshop, video ed., etc.) liked the higher bus speeds. DogEared
  9. Very interesting. I have not manually checked checksums, but I do use DVDs for Disk Image backups. Restoring from these DVDs have never caused an error. I know Drive Image uses checksum verification to an extent...but not sure if it tolerates errors (I would assume it does). I'll have to try looking myself. DogEared
  10. Which Operating system? NT/2000/XP OSes have a better commands. At it's simplest, you can grab the file name and check to see if the file exists and copy to a new location For instance, in an NT/2000/XP environment, after grabbing the filename, IF EXISTS DESTPATH\FILENAME ( COPY SRCPATH\FILENAME NEWPATH\FILENAME ) But... if the numbers reset, then won't ALL of the filenames be duplicates?? In which case, just change the destination path of the copy script. DogEared
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    Dilemma: 24" Crt Or 21" Lcd?

    I was ready to buy the 213T when Dell announced their little beauty. So I'm waiting. You can flip an LCD from "landscape" to "portrait" mode when needed. Not so easy to do with a large monitor Colorvision's calibration product works with CRTs and LCDs. I have not used the Spyder on an LCD, but once I get my hands on the new Dell 2001FP I will. The best LCDs are really accurate on color until you get into the really dark shades. So...CRTs are still better overall, but the difference may not matter. I wasn't too concerned since I'll still have my 85lb. behemoth to fall back on if the color is a problem. Also think about where you want to put th 2nd one.... DogEared
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    Net Cell RAID cards

    I don't have any additional knowlege of this card, but the technology is sound. Digital (DEC) used to (maybe currently?) produce RAID 3, 3+0, 5, 5+0 capable array controllers that had an XOR engine for every SCSI channel. I thought they were actual Motorola CPUs (68000s?) *shrug* ANYWAY...RAID 0 and RAID 5 performance were nearly identical - RAID 0 still had a slight Read advantage. And with a failed drive (RAID 5) performance did not suffer while rebuilding the array. I had the most fun with RAID 5+0 and RAID 3+0. I've always thought that RAID 3 was the way to go, but something few controllers could pull off in real time. And completely unheard of in an internal controller. Needless to say (but I will) I'm impressed. It's too bad the SCSI RAID market is being left behind. DogEared
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    RAID 50 failure

    HA! I used to give VARs headaches since I would never allow drives from the same lot into the same RAID array. I always thought an 8-10% failure rate - in quantity - was pretty common. I just hate it when it happens to me! Seems like lightning struck twice! ********Warning: Self Congratulatory anecdote ahead ******** In the mid-90's (95/96?) I put together a Storage Network with about 800 2GB drives -- 6 drives per channel & 12 channels/controller. ( Stupid me, I told DEC and later Sun they should try to market a "Storage Area Network." We all laughed at the time at how the masses would love another three letter acronym. ) I sent a lot of drives back to DEC since I refused to have two drives from the same lot on any array. Three months later I had 65 drives fail over the course of a week -- all from one lot. None of the arrays went down. Man did I gloat -- just enough to let the sales guys from DEC and Sun know they shouldn't second guess an engineer. LOL! DogEared
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    User account names

    Most places I have worked have used either: first initial followed by surname; or first name followed by initial of surname. I've always preferred the first name-last initial (seems more personal), but first initial-last name is more common and sounds more professional (that's what people tell me). ( As a slight aside, I have a few anecdotes regarding technophobes/n00bs being more at ease with a computer that "knows" their first name. ) Either way, you will need to account for identical user names. Middle initial? Trailing digit (i.e. number, not finger or toe!)? DogEared
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    Current Opteron chipset status quo

    Asus SK8N ~$200 (The other contender for 1-CPU Opterons) DogEared 8^)
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    Current Opteron chipset status quo

    The Tiger K8WS (S==Single) $215@ NewEgg. DogEared
  17. What laptop is that? I'm curious. Really. I've never heard of plugging/unplugging being an issue. I've been doing this very thing with every laptop I've owned...starting in 1985/6 (8086). (That laptop is still running, BTW. ) My brick is always plugged into the wall, and I typically go on/off battery a couple dozen times a day. I would think it's naive (i.e. dumb) for a manufacturer to expect someone to *not* plug in a "hot" power supply. Did they really want you to shut down the machine to restore power?? DogEared 8^)
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    help! - Hard drive partition error

    Do you have the current version of PM (8.0/7.x)? I had not run into this error in a long time. Usually it was when the software did not recognize a particular file system (FAT32, ext2/3, NTFS5, etc.). But, I've never been in a postion where I couldn't just wipe the drive and start over. So I didn't try to hard to find an answer. Can you modify the drive when attached to an IDE port (i.e. without the Firewire case)? Maybe the Firewire bridge is translating the physical geometry? How did you originally partition/format the drive? I can't recall if I have *ever* been able to modify partitions on an external drive (firewire) if it was originally formatted inside a machine (direct IDE connection). I would have recommended using something like Drive Image to backup your files, but you would still need the space to store the images. DogEared
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    Current Opteron chipset status quo

    I have not found anything yet that talks about *exactly* how NVidia restricted the downlink bus. I have read a couple references to a missing SATA RAID controller (like the Tom's article). But does this mean the board *physically* dedicates "8-bits" to the SATA chip and the other "8-bits" to the AGP handler? If they *could* fix it via firmware, I would have expected an anouncement about it. ******** I have to love the irony of *the* premiere graphics company producing a chipset with sub-par AGP performance. Can you imagine? "Uh, well, our FX2000 will perform better if you *don't* use our chipset..." Man that's gotta hurt! I also wonder if people that have NForce3 boards will hold a grudge regarding graphic perfomance? The VIA 133A[ whatever the dual PIII chipset is/was] was my first departure from Intel chipsets. HA! I'm not sure who to be more mad at: Asus or VIA. Fortunately Tyan lets me avoid both companies. I really like the look of that Tiger board. DogEared
  20. I should have stressed the drivers more. I have a couple different brands of SCSI adapters (with the same drive) and have not seen much of a difference in CPU usage compared to running a newer ATA drive. *shrug* And the "TEN THOUSAND I/Os per second" (Yikes!) DID catch my eye! Forgot to mention that. DogEared
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    Are you all really complaining about small text 1600x1200 on a 19" screen? What have you all done to your eyes??! I just love using my 15" UXGA screen on my Thinkpad -- normal fonts. Everything else seems fuzzy. I think it's just criminal to force people to work at less than UXGA resolutions! I've been interested in this thread, since I may be getting a Viewsonic P95f at work (everyone else has E70's -- So black with a Viewsonic logo is important ). I'm trusting that 1600x1200 @87Hz w/ 285+MHz bandwidth will give me decent visuals. (My monster monitor at home is a Viewsonic P813(2) - 80lbs. of glorius glass! Occasionally run it @ 2048x1536 for editing) DogEared
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    Compaq nx7000 vs IBM R40

    If you really want the best laptop keyboard (i.e. you're a speedy/touch typist), the IBM is the way to go. The screens vary with the size and series (X, G, R, etc.). I'm addicted to the 1600x1200 15-inchers. :wuv: I do not have personal experience with either model you are looking at. (I have an A31p now, and my wife has a T31 Thinkpad) The R50p is next on my list! Wanna buy a loaded A31p???? I've used Thinkpads since they were introduced -- mainly for the international warranty and build quality. I've had a couple bouts with Dell and Compaq (company purchases - not sure which company was worse!), but have always used IBM's for my personal machine. Unfortunately for IBM, they don't know how to make an inexpensive laptop. So don't buy a cheap one (G's). Buy one of the more expensive ones -- it will last for as long as you want to use it. My brother is still frequently uses that 486 Thinkpad I bought all of those years ago. (Of course my old Toshiba laptop - c. 1986 - still runs great, too. Yes, they made *laptops* back then. Batteries, hard drives and everything. ) I've always bought the top-of-line Thinkpad and I've never worn one out (replaced every 3 years or so). The Dell lasted 6 months (Inspiron 8000) before I had the keyboard replaced -- the replacement lasted a year. And I won't tell you how many times the hinges broke -- and it rarely left my desk! DogEared
  23. CPU Usage is mainly tied to the controller (and drivers). On ATA drives the "controller" is really on the drive. Just sort the database by CPU Utilization and you'll notice major "steps" between ATA, SATA and SCSI. Even though the drives themselves offer varying performance, the CPU utilization groups nicely. Since ATA/IDE is a dumb controller (critical electronics are on the drive), ATA drives can have varied CPU usuage. SATA has improved the ATA CPU usuage issue and is close to SCSI performance. SATA II should completely close that gap. In general, I think this figure is more important for game fanatics/tweakers. As in "moving from ATA to SCSI will give more Frames Per Second (at lower screen resolutions)." It is becoming less meaningful, due to litte variation among current drives. Still worth keeping your eye on it to avoid surprises. DogEared
  24. Nice job on the responses! Until you do your own encoding, you can get by with a lower speed CPU. The Athlon XP\Nforce combo will be good choice for a fileserver. If you really plan on doing "Content Creation" (I love that term) then a speedy P4 would be better, unless you're going to us an ATI All-In-Wonder card or a Matrox RT-series card. An Intel 875 chip has RAID capability, so you could run a couple small drives from that, and use the multi-port RAID card for the data array(s). I can see a few options on the storage (there are dozens of combinations) 1) A 4-port ATA RAID controller w/ 4 160GB drives in a RAID 5 array. Low upfront cost. This should give you a ~480GB volume that you can use for the OS (4-8GB) and data. In the future, you could add another controller and up to 4 more drives to expand things. These cannot be combined into an 8-drive array, however. 2) As already suggested, an 8-port S/ATA RAID controller w/ 2 drives for OS (mirrored) and 4-6 disks in a RAID 5 array. You would need 6 drives to start with (2 small, 4 large), and room for two more. 3) A 8-port S/ATA RAID controller. Start with 4 drives in a RAID 5 array. Then you can add 4 more to the *same array* -->If plan to use applications on system, with a modest amount of RAM( e.g. 512MB), then RAID5 for the OS may not be the way to go. Depends on how much you use the apps. You *could* run the OS of a standard drive attached to the motherboard IDE ports--and use RAID if available. But carving a 8GB chunk out of a 500GB array seems like the better way to go. Using the onboard controller does give you flexibility to swap arrays and boot whether the RAID card is functional or not. *shrug* OS: I have used Samba a lot in the past. I don't know how Samba integrates into the AD Tree (other than as a NT4-style member server). The Samba group (and others) are claiming similar, and in some cases better, windows-share performance as compared to W2k3Server. So, unless you already own W2k3S, or want full AD functionality (I don't see the need for file services), give Linux (RH8/9, etc.) a try. Others here will have experience with the drive, controller, OS combo you're interested in. Take a look at equipment prices, look at the performance database to get the best value on drives (160GB seems to be a nice price point...200GB is close), and post you're thoughts. We're all full of experience and opinions. DogEared
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    Hitachi Endurastar J4K20/N4K20

    This would be cool to test. "From the Deep Freeze to the Oven...." I would be *very* impressed if the drive could handle the temp extremes with a normalization period. Run it in a freezer....then run it immediately afterwards in a oven. HA!!! DogEared