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  1. Yeah good point about checking the OS power settings (I'm using XP). I usually set the harddisks to never turn off when I build a machine, and I just confirmed that the setting was still set to that. I posted my question because one of my internal 500GB audio-video work drives died and all the >500GB drives I've bought in the past 2 years for use as backups/storage in external USB enclosures, have all spun down after some period of inactivity. I'm ok with that for my usage type of externals, but I definitely don't won't the same behavior on internal drives that I use for AV work, virtual machines, games, etc. And it turns out that the 3 models of >500GB drives I've bought are Western Digital green drives, Samsung green drives, and all ignore the OS power settings. Thus my concern. So is it somewhat safe to say that if "green" or "eco" is not mentioned in the specifications, that it'll probably abide by the OS's power settings?
  2. I need some new 1 to 2 TB drives for my workstation, ones that stay spinned up all the time (no "green" drives that spin down after a while after disk I/O stops). Are there any available? Cost is not an issue though they do need to be SATA. Motherboard is a Supermicro C2SBA+II with a Core2 quad, Intel ICH9R controller. 7200 RPM (or faster) preferred. Any suggestions would be most appreciated.
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    Seagate 7200.10 Review

    Heh. I've bought about a dozen of the 320 GB 7200.10 (IDE version) over the past few months (from Zipzoomfly). All are quiet. I didn't realize there was an issue with some. I did win the bad Maxtor lottery a few years ago (numerous unrelated failures), so it's about time I won a good lottery..
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    Bios virus?

    I saw this problem once on a brand new laptop. I tried different ram, but gave up after a few tries and sent the laptop back. Probably was a bad motherboard or CPU.
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    Which brand of motherboard lasts the longest?

    Here's another vote for Supermicro boards. They're not cheap, but they've been super stable in my systems.
  6. Interesting. On mine it seems a bit faster. XP SP2 plus all the patches, dual Xeon 2.4 GHz, 4 GB RAM. Allocated memory (Commit Charge in task manager) is about 500 MB with my usual stuff running, about the same as before. Scratch what I said about the file caching.. did some more tests and copying large files via Windows Explorer does flush the cache of program generated stuff. Same as before. Not sure what I was seeing yesterday.. But the browing large local folders is still nice and speedy!
  7. Another thing I've noticed is that the file cache seems to be functioning much more intelligently. I've noticed that file moves and copies via Windows Explorer don't seem to be cached anymore, which is smart, because that data is rarely used right away again. Only file IO from programs seems to be cached now.
  8. I don't really care for the new IE interface, but I can live with it because Windows Explorer is now much faster- the extremely slow initial opening of local folders with many sub folders/files is GONE! Local and network folders now open at the same speed (network used to be much faster). See this thread for reference about the issue: Anyone else notice this?
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    Java start and file download

    One of the viruses detected was EXPL_SSLICE.GEN, which is unknown to symantec, trendmicro, and google (only one hit, a listing of recent virus activity), is apparently near zero day and would explain what I experienced. The other ones detected are the well known TROJ_NASCENE.D and EXPL_WMF.GEN (detected on subsequent refreshes of SR's forums).
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    .wmf virus on this forum

    It killed my laptop that had all but MS's Tuesday patches and PC-Cillian antivirus and I had to restore a ghost backup. It also bluescreened my main box that had all but MS's Tuesday patches but no AV. See my post in the thread Sivar linked to for more details.
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    Java start and file download

    In theory... Both my XP boxes (main PC and a laptop) with all patches except the ones pushed out on Tuesday blue screened. My main box didn't have any AV software (for performance reasons), and the .wmf file opened in Irfanview. I was able to save an exact copy of the file with Irfanview's Copy feature, and scanned it over the network from my XP laptop, which has Trend Micro PC-Cillian, which reported it being infected. Feeling safe on the laptop, I tried opening the storage review forums on the laptop. PC-Cillian reported a virus and said it quarantined it. Key word "said"... apparently it did execute in some way, not via Irfanview, but somehow, because within a few seconds the laptop bluescreened and would not get past the login without bluescreening. This laptop has a fresh install, less than a week old with all patches except for Tuesday's, and an updated PC-Cillian antivirus scanner, yet the virus executed and killed it. Fortunately I had a ghost backup and was able to get it going again quickly. Meanwhile my main PC bluescreened while I was working on the laptop. I was able to log in and apply the MS patches and intalled PC-Cillian. I went to SR's forums again and got the warning with PC-Cillian, but the machine stayed stable. I tried the site again on the laptop (after installing the latest patches), warning again and the laptop stayed stable. So... it seems PC-Cillian did NOT protect me from the virus. It seems the MS patches before this Tuesday did not protect me. And finally it seems the issue was only corrected by the latest MS patches pushed out this week! Argh...
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    My LCD is killing me

    My personal preference is for a well adjusted CRT. At work I have a 17" Dell LCD, which when new to me, instantly gave me headaches and eye strain. The fix, as several above mentioned, was to turn the brightness down, way down in my case. Now it's ok, though I still find a CRT fatigues me less, and to me video looks much more realistic on a CRT. By well adjusted CRT, I mean to have it not too bright and have it in focus. I have yet to have a CRT with a front panel focus control that works properly. Which means adjusting the one or two focus controls on the flyback transformer (25000 or so volts..). I modded the case and internal shield on my Samsung 900IFT CRT so I can tweak the focus controls without removing the case. This has to be done once or twice a year as the monitor ages. The plus side is, the image is sharper than when new, and with a .2 MM dot pitch, is pretty sharp! Additionally there is usually a "picture" control on the flyback, which is essentially a brightness control, and can be use to correct the range of the front panel controls (like if the monitor is too dim or too bright, with the front controls at the extent of their range). With so many volts available to fry yourself with, be very careful and use a plastic TV alignment tool (search 479PR004 at Technitool) when tweaking the flyback. Keep one hand in your pocket and wear rubber soled shoes. Don't ground yourself.. DON'T use a metal screwdriver, even one with a plastic handle...
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    help with 3Ware RAID

    I've had trouble on a few 6000 and 7000 series 3Ware cards, where the solder joints for the IDE connectors go bad. Oxidation works its way into the solder/connector pin junctions, eventually creating bad solder joints, and causing strange drive errors or offline drives. The fix is to get some liquid rosin flux (Mouser or Digikey), apply liberally to the solder side (I use a needle bottle), and then reflow each connection with a solder iron using some additional new solder as needed (I have a 60 watt temperature controlled iron I set to 750 F). Then use a bottle brush filled with alcohol to clean the excess off. If you get any alcohol/flux mess into the connector while cleaning, you'll have to douse the whole area/board several times to make sure no flux remains in the connector. Dry with compressed air and use a heat gun or hair dryer to dry any remaining liquid (make sure it's absolutely dry before powering up as alcohol will attract air moisture, heat gun works great here).
  14. Yeah, but the shortcut method makes it shows up in My Network Places (which is pretty messy) not My Computer. DFS.. this is my home network, a mix of 2000 Workstation and XP Pro and Home, no domain server, and I don't have the money nor time to rebuild everything with server OSes. Thank you for the suggestion though. What I did to remedy: I created a folder called "drives" on each of the network machines and shared it out as "drives". I created "c", "d", "e", etc.. folders within the "drives" folder. I created a .bat file with the contents like so: mountvol c:\drives\c \\?\Volume{7b2fb2ce-94b3-11d9-6f42-506f6242986f}\ mountvol c:\drives\d \\?\Volume{fd3b112b-94e6-11d8-9bb1-00203661b827}\ mountvol c:\drives\e \\?\Volume{f8d0c6da-934e-11d8-9487-00203661b827}\ etc.. for all the drives with their volume names that I want to show up in the "drives" folder. Note- the path you are mountvoling to has to be NTFS. Otherwise it will return "incorrect function" (try searching google for mountvol "incorrect function", returns only 3 non-relevant hits, was scratching my head for a while on this trying to mountvol to a "drives" folder on a FAT partition (really old box..)). Then on my main machine I map to \\foo\drives. Which shows up as a single drive letter as "drives on foo" with all the machine's drives. Thus conserving drive letters. I noticed the free space in Explorer's status bar returns the free space of the drive the "drives" folder is located on. Which is not what I want. I found a utility called IPSpacemon that lets you enter a UNC address to each drive and displays the free space in a list. Spacemon works ok, but are there any other inexpensive/free "free space" utilities out there? Spacemon is priced right at $15, but has only a small window in which it lists the resources, and doesn't let you resize it. Or maybe there's a way to trick Explorer into reporting the correct free space on shared mounted volumes?
  15. Similar to how mountvol can make a local drive appear as a folder? Stated differently I want server share \\fooserver\foo to show up in local folder c:\foo If not natively, perhaps a third party utility? I'm out of drive letters..