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  1. Like many of you, I use an external HDD for backup. I have an external "caddy" connected to the motherboard (Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H) via E-SATA. Power-on the drive & after a few seconds & it appears (as expected). Start copying data to it & it's OK for 5-20 minutes before disappearing! The drive itself retains power & is still spinning. Refreshing "My Computer" does nothing. I've been into Device Manager & performed a "Scan for Hardware Changes", but that doesn't help either. I thought maybe it's an issue with Power Profiles; maybe Vista (Home Premium x64) is disconnecting the disk after x minutes, but it's not that either. The only solution seems to be to switch the external disk off & then back on again. It's a bit annoying because then I have to find out how far the system got copying the files, & then try to pick-up where I left off. I don't think it's the hard disk, either. I've tried it with 4 different (Hitachi) disks (all different sizes & different generations of drive), & whilst the length of time varies before the drive disappears, they all ultimately go the same way. Anyone had a similar experience or, better still, know what the cause is? TIA, B'Billy
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    Anyone Got An AMD 790GX Motherboard

    It would be nice to think so. Thanks for your comments. B'Billy
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    Anyone Got An AMD 790GX Motherboard

    So would I be right in assuming that, if AMD release a (socket AM2+) processor with an enhanced memory controller that this could support 4 sticks of DDR 1066 in a dual channel config?
  4. Heading says it all, but in particular I was interested in the RAM configurations. I've seen some small print that says whilst the boards will support up to 16GB of RAM (via 4 DIMM slots), you can only use 2 sticks of DDR2 1066 in dual channel mode (or 4 sticks in single channel mode): anyone got any experience of this. TIA, B'Billy
  5. I have a basic piece of software by a company called Bidali that monitors the bandwidth utilisation of IDE channels. It is basic, but I like it & I find it handy to watch when burning disks (particularly if your HDD is on the same channel as your DVD-R/W). I was wondering if anyone knows of any utilities that offer to do the same with SATA channels? I know that with the bandwidth available (& buffer-underrun protection, etc) it's not relevant, but it's something I'd be interested in (call me a Geek if you will). TIA, B'Billy
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    AMD 780G

    Thank you both (Gentarkin & Continuum) - that's definitely worth knowing, & I'd say the article you linked is a must-read for anyone considering buying a 780G-based board. I've opted for the Gigabyte board & a (95W) Phenom 9550 which is "officially supported", so I'm not expecting to have any problems. I'll use it as a HTPC & will be seeking advice on this from forum members, too (but under a separate thread). I still fancy using a 780G as a cheap base for my main system. As I'm looking to pair it with the (forthcoming) 9150e I don't think I risk overloading anything. B'Billy
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    AMD 780G

    It's occurred to me that, for anyone who does not require the multiple X-fire configurations possible with the 790FX chipset, the 780G represents an excellent value opportunity to get the remaining benefits of this chipset at a fraction of the cost. In doing so, you can also gain the additional improvements offered by the SB700 (790FX boards are currently only shipping with the SB600). I wondered what other SR members thought of this: have I missed something, maybe, in the product comparison? B'Billy
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    Why I Hate Modern RAM

    Thanks guys - I'd forgotten about the Crucial memory tool: guess it's the only way to be safe. If I may take Imsabbel's comments, my problem (& I can only write as I find) has been that I've had a relatively small number of motherboards in recent years but a much larger number of RAM types due to problems with compatability. Obviously I only buy RAM at the stated speeds (i.e. if the board supports PC6400 I don't buy PC8000 & then try to underclock it: I only buy what the board supports). What I'm trying to ensure is that, if my board supports RAM at x speed & I buy RAM at x speed, then it should work, correct? We would all think so, & indeed, that is how it should be; but that is not my experience. The offending RAM has then been placed in the PCs of friends where it has, on the most part, worked. Try RMAing the RAM under those circumstances. This is not faulty RAM; this is simply incompatability, something which should not happen in this day & age. I'm then stuck with RAM I can't use & have to E-bay it at a loss to someone else who then (hopefully) won't have the same problem or I get an irrate customer knocking on my door in the early hours. I then have to take pot luck with more DDR2 800 from a different manufacturer. qasdfdsaq makes a very good point: you do not expect to have to certify an mp3 player with headphones & you don't get approved SATA disks for certain motherboards etc, etc. But why are we in this position with RAM? The very existence of approved vendor lists surely acknowledges there is a problem. My point is, bearing in mind all of the RAM that's out there, why are these lists so short? RAM incompatabilities do exist; Google for it. Having done so myself, perhaps I should be aiming my dissatisfaction at the chipset producers (read nVidia) & not the RAM co's as my last three mobos have had nVidia chipsets & they seem to be getting a reputation for hit & miss RAM support on the forums. Anyway, just to wrap up, if all DDR 800 was the same (& I'm not just referring to CAS latencies here), what's with the very non-comimttal response from Saphire TS? Perhaps my reply was from the office wally B'Billy
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    Why I Hate Modern RAM

    Is anyone else having problems getting ahold of memory that is "vendor certified" to work with a particular motherboard / chipset? It doesn't seem too long ago that you could buy good-old (& cheap) "generic RAM" & whack it into just about any board on the market & have it work without issue. Not so these days. Let's just take DDR2 as an example: my example, to be precise. In fact, let's narrow it down to PC6400. Despite the multitude of modules on the market from various manufacturers, try finding a motherboard vendor that certifies a decent number of them with their products & you're a better man than I. For example, the Asus M2N-E only has 1 specific module of DDR2 (PC6400) certified at a capacity of 1GB - but it's not alone! There are plenty of other boards that suffer from the same shortage of certified memory modules. What's more, some of the certified RAM lists are not easy to find. So I thought I'd try a different approach: choose my RAM first & then get the motherboard to match: not the best way to do it, I admit, but I was starting to get more than a little irate! So, I chose 2 x 1GB of Geil DDR2 (6400) & tried to find a motherboard that would accommodate it - no such luck. I fancied one of the new Sapphire RD580 boards & e-mailed Sapphire support directly to see if the board would accommodate the RAM. The response was along the lines of, "your memory should work but you'd be better off spending the money on a better CPU or HDD". Not exactly the quality technical response I was looking for, & certainly of no use to me: I'm still looking for a paddle! Personally, I think I'm better off saving my money (& time) & making do with what I've got until these vendors get their collective jacksies in gear. So just how do DIY PC builders build the systems they want without running the risk of investing £200+ in RAM that may work but isn't guaranteed??? Personally, I don't think this is good enough. If your RAM doesn't work you have a load of other expensive components sat on a desk that you can't use. You then need to RMA your RAM - perhaps you can only do this on-line, too: then you're knackered! Then you have to sit & wait through the RMA process & try to find some other RAM that will work but will likely dump you in the same position. The whole process can be expensive. It's certainly a massive waste of time & extremely frustrating. Rant ends Just wondering how other members get on? B'Billy
  10. Something to look forward to in the summer. B'Billy
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    Utility to Clone RAIDed Disks

    I've used Norton Ghost for years to clone the boot partition of my (single) disk, but now I fancy a two-disk RAID-0 array but only if I can clone the partition. Is there any such software to clone RAIDed disks? TIA, B'Billy
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    Next Generation Raptor?

    I may be over-simplifying things, but does the "FD" suffix on the model numbers not just denote fluid-dynamic bearings? B'Billy
  13. Will this only happen when the A64 makes the transition to it's new socket (Q2/Q3 '06) - I suppose the CPU will need extra pins to make use of the increased bandwidth? Also, anyone remember the talk about EFI? Wasn't that due in late 2005? TIA, B'Billy
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    Seagate 7200.9 ETA?

    Rob, I live only to serve! Think yourself lucky you're only waiting for a hard drive. I'm also waiting for nVidia to deliver on their September / October launch of the C51G: Fat chance! If they do, feel free to flame me. If I've got the board I'll not mind the abuse. B'Billy
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    Seagates new flagship

    Seagate truly are the kings of the paper launch. The 500GB drive (code-named "Tonka", I believe) was promised for Q1 - & we're still waiting! nVidia used to be top of the rock for paper launces but are much improved of late, leaving Seagate with the wooden spoon. Any later & it's vapourware!!! B'Billy