warmonger

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  1. warmonger

    When did Eugene and company sell out?

    Wow, what a nostalgia trip! I'm certainly not as well-known as most of the regulars in this thread, but this was my main forum for a while, so it's cool to see some of the old regulars again.
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    StorageReview's Office DriveMark 2006

    I'd love to see an Eclipse benchmark. I've never seen any other app that makes such heavy use of the disk subsystem, not only during launch, but also during regular usage, even with a system with 2GB RAM.
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    VNC input only?

    Hmm, looks like I need to learn how to read. Win2VNC looks like it does exactly what I need.
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    VNC input only?

    Deranged? Maybe. Lazy? Yes. Cheap? For sure! Anyway, thanks Blakerwry. The problem is that "x2vnc will not run without X-windows." So I guess I'll have to install cygwin too to get this running. Maybe it's time to go for that wireless keyboard after all.
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    VNC input only?

    In the VNC clients I have looked at so far, there is an option to use VNC as a viewer only, ignoring the inputs. Is there any client with a corresponding input only mode? I have two laptops in my living room with one hooked up to the TV, and I want to use the other more or less like a wireless keyboard, so I don't need the viewer part of VNC. Any suggestions? Other than simply buying a wireless keyboard/mouse combo, of course.
  6. The problem might be the absolutely terrible SRC (Sample Rate Conversion) of the Audigy 2 (and probably 1 as well). The native sample rate for the card is 48kHz, but your music is 44.1kHz. You might want to try taking an uncompressed 44.1 file and doing a high-quality, offline resample to 48kHz. Do an A/B comparison between the two files. I'd be surprised if you don't hear the difference.
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    Building a new system

    To make it perfectly obvious (since I apparently didn't before): I am not going to use HR824's with an Audigy 2 I'm not even 100% sure I'll be getting those monitors anyway. It was really more of an off-hand comment. I really just wanted to know a couple specific models to look at for each of the low level components.
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    Building a new system

    Here's what I'm thinking right now: DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 Ultra-D Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $132.00 Antec Life Style SONATA Piano Black 0.8mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 380W Power Supply - Retail $100.00 THERMALRIGHT XP-120 Heatsink - Retail $59.99 Western Digital Raptor WD740GD 73GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM Model #: WD740GD $183.00 HITACHI Deskstar 7K250 HDS722525VLAT80 250GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - OEM $116.00 gigaram 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 433 (PC 3500) Unbuffered DUAL CHANNEL System Memory Model GR1DD8T-K1GB/433/2.5 - Retail $131.45 Logitech MX1000 931175-0403 Blue/Black 8 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB + PS/2 Fast RF Laser Mouse - Retail $53.00 AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Venice Integrated into Chip FSB Socket 939 Processor Model ADA3000BPBOX - Retail $153.99 Rosewill Radeon X800XL 256MB GDDR3 PCI-Express x16 Video Card - Retail $284.99 LINKSYS WUSB54GS USB2.0 Wireless Adapter - Retail $66.99 Subtotal: $1,281.41 Obviously, I'm not going to use an Audigy with HR824's. I haven't decided on a new sound card yet, but it'll be a proper professional card. Having thought about it some more, you'll see that I'm back to my original plan of spending about $300 on the video card. I was going to get a cheap card now, and then upgrade in a few months, but I don't think that will save me money in the long run. An X800 XL should be plenty fast enough for the next year if I stick with 2xAA and 8xAF.
  9. For my new comp, I'd like to stick it in my room, which means I'll have to use wireless for internet access. Since the signal strength is already pretty weak when I use my dad's laptop (with a Linksys WPC54GS, connecting to a WRT54GS), I'm a little unsure about what kind of card to get. I'd prefer an internal card, but I'm worried that signal strength would be less than ideal. Then again, it's possible that both internal or external would work better than the card in the laptop. I'll be getting 802.11G in either case, and I'd prefer to stay with Linksys, but if there's a good deal, I'm not averse to going with another brand.
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    Building a new system

    Well, here we are, almost 6 months later, and I still haven't finalized anything, except that I'm definitely doing a full build instead of upgrading. In fact, I'm probably even more unsure of what to do than I was before. Here's what I'm thinking right now for the main component specs: A64 3000+ Venice core ThermalRight XP-120 with Panaflo fan 1GB RAM Nforce4 mobo, no need for SLI 74 gig Raptor ~300 gig other SATA drive (will use PX-712A from old system) As you can see, I'm still undecided on the specific components, and I've left out the video card completely. That's because I don't think even a 6800U is going to run the (as yet unreleased) games I want to play all that well. So, I think a cheap (< $200) card for now until next-gen arrives is the best way to go. Anyway, what specific recommendations do you have for the RAM, mobo (keep in mind compatibility with the massive heatsink), secondary storage, and video card?
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    Western Digital Caviar WD3200JD

    It looks to me like it trails the 7K400 in all four single-user performance tests. Office: 472 to 433 High-end: 448 to 444 Bootup: 435 to 391 Gaming: 609 to 545
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    AMD Dual Core Benchmarks

    This all comes at the worst possible time for me. I should be building my new system in late June/early July, and I thought I knew what would be good. Now I need to rethink my whole computer. I was sure about AMD before, but I find the Intel dual-core offering more appealing for right now. Granted, I haven't taken a close look at the reviews of either, but there's still time left for that. The problem is that most of the apps I'm using are not multithreaded, and I tend to use only one CPU sucking app at a time. Maybe I'd be better off with a slightly faster single-core for now, until apps/games can make better use of dual-core chips?
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    Where'd everybody go?

    Having given this topic a tiny bit more thought, and looking at my posting patterns, I've got to say that it's simply because discussion here is too focused. It's either tech support in the computing forums (with a bias toward hard disk related issues), or debates in the B&G. I've been actively posting at another forum since September of last year, and I've already racked up 900 posts over there, while I'm not even half of that in almost 3 years of posting here. The differences between this forum and the other are many: 1) More active. This one is a no-brainer; there are many more active people posting over there, so there are inevitably more posts that interest me. 2) More character. The SR Computing forum has always struck me as being somewhat sterile. Sure, you'll have an occasional troll, and there are plenty of disagreements, but there's something I can't fully describe about this place that's different. It's like most of the posts are written by anonymous people. It's hard to get any sense of what people are like (or at least what their internet persona is like), so there are no real relationships formed. 3) News is more active. This is something that really is beyond anyone's control, but the news portion of the other forum has new items on a daily, or at least near daily basis. This is another obvious one; more news = more topics of discussion. 4) Posts are typically shorter. While there are many more posts, at times the other forum resembles an IRC chatlog more than a forum. I'm not sure if this is a good thing or not, but it sure leads to more activity. I don't have a particularly short attention span, but shorter posts are appreciated by most people. There are plenty of other differences, but I think these are the key reasons why I spend more time over there than anywhere else, and also why I visit SR about once or twice a day, a small fraction of what it used to be. Clearly, real life is another issue, but I have just as much time to post as I used to, so it can't just be that.
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    Where'd everybody go?

    Just having a quick look through the computing forum, it seems like many of the regulars are gone, or at least not posting nearly as much. I know I haven't been around here much lately. Is it just my imagination, or does it seem like there's been an extended lull in computing for the last 6 months to a year? Aside from Nvidia and ATI, it doesn't seem like there's been a whole lot of progress. CPU's seem to be dead in the water as far as actual performance goes, hard drives are at roughly the same capacity (although performance is still increasing somewhat), and 1 GB RAM really does look like enough, at least until Longhorn arrives. Anyway, since there hasn't been much going on here, I've been spending most of my time over at the KVR forums, and also getting into anime. What have you guys been up to?
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    Epox 8rda+ blown caps

    So now the question is whether I should go for a new A64 board, processor, and HSF for $400 (which I was planning to do this summer anyway), or if I should just hope my CPU is okay and spend $50 or so on a cheap nForce2 board to tide me over until later.