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  1. I am not sure if this is a home server or a business server. I am going to assume that it is the latter. Well, you could use it as: 1 Web/Internet Proxy server (for your four users) 2 Print Server - share printers 3 Fax Server - share fax over the LAN 4 Mail Server - host your own email boxes 5 Wireless Access Point - many wireless cards allow you to set up wireless cards as access points Of course, with each of these applications, you will need to pay attention to proper security in order to keep your spanking new server safe from hackers, malware, etc. !!! Good luck and enjoy!
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    What is best external USB drive

    I guess the Seagate Barracudas would probably fit your bill...
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    my notebook refuses to boot from any CD

    In many PCs, you need to press the ENTER key in order to boot from the CD. If you do not do that, the system will boot from the hard drive. Perhaps you did not set a long enough delay in the BIOS to enable you to press the key, and that is why it boots via the hard drive. Regards, fhblee
  4. Why don't you try using a different AntiVirus software? AVG and Avast seems to scan pretty quickly.
  5. Yes, I regularly delete my temp folders and re-create them (easier than highlighting all the files). But in order to be able to delete everything, you must be logged on as a different user. Otherwise, Windows will report that the files are in use.
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    Mobile Sempron 3000+ vs Turion 3000+

    I think that with the AMD K8 architecture, L2 cache is no longer as important as raw CPU clock speed. But I do think that the minimum L2 cache size should be 256 KB and I would not touch the Semprons with 128 KB cache sizes. As for battery life, I don't think it makes too much of a difference (yes, minutes and not hours) - those wanting longer battery life should go with the Intel Pentium M as it is still superior to any AMD mobile chip. So it all boils down to what kind of work you are doing on the laptop. If you are doing mainly office or internet surfing, then there should be very little noticeable difference between the Sempron and the Turion. But the Turion does give you some performance headroom for the new Windows Vista and Office that are scheduled to be released in late 2006.
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    Next Generation Raptor?

    Yes, for desktop use, a dual 7,200 rpm SATA drive setup is definitely comparable in performance to a single 10,000 rpm Raptor setup. The benchmarks may show that the Raptor is faster (marginally) but human perception of speed is such that small differences like that won't be too noticeable. I have just set up an AMD Athlon 64 X2 system with three hard drives and I establised 20 GB first partitions in all the drives. The first drive contains the OS, the second has the applications installed and the third has the Windows swapfile. To me, this setup feels rather speedy.
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    Next Generation Raptor?

    One thing: look at the date of the posts you replied too. 2004, that's a year ago. 218132[/snapback] Yes, it would appear that the need for a Raptor is no longer that great nowadays. I find myself opting for two 7,200 rpm SATA drives for the price of one 74 GB Raptor and I get a lot more capacity. Performance from a two SATA drive system is roughly similar to that of a single Raptor PC too. So for the same cost, I get the bonus of more capacity. Unless WD can pull something extraordinary to make a new generation of Raptors, the Raptor is probably going to be gracefully retired.
  9. Well this arrangement will have the CS files on one drive, data files on the second drive and Windows Swapfile and temporary files on the third. So I think that a decision has to be made on where to locate the scratchfile as it should not be on the same drive as the Windows swapfile. So maybe a fourth drive will be needed! But I don't think it is optimal - so I guess the scratchfile can reside on the same drive as the CS program files.
  10. Thanks everyone for your great feedback!Yes, the choice is between having a 74 GB Raptor and a 250-300 GB drive (two drives) and three drives as there isn't much cost difference and the performance gap will be narrowed with the extra drive, not to mention additional storage capacity. RAID 0 or 1 is not considered and there will be an external hard drive on USB 2.0 connection for regular backups. The computer will not be running CS2 nor Premiere Pro, and it will have 2 GB of RAM. From the way I see it, when the user runs MS Office 2003 and Adobe CS, all three drives will be serving up files. The user will usually work on Adobe CS and Office almost mutually exclusively. So that was why I thought that splitting up the installation of MS Office 2003 and Adobe CS would make sense.
  11. I am in the process of finalizing the configuration for a desktop PC that will be mainly used for: 1 Microsoft Office 2003 Pro 2 Adobe Creative Suite Premium 3 Proxy Server for home network 4 Peer to Peer file and print server for home network 5 Connected to scanner and faxmodem (for faxing and document scanning) 6 Option to install TV Tuner card (may or may not have this feature) The PC will be based on the AMD Athlon 64 x2 3800+ CPU and the motherboard will be an nForce 4 chipset equipped board. I have worked out based on the above requirements that 3 hard drives may be optimal. The first partitions of each drive will be used for: Drive 1 Operating System, Windows Swapfile, AntiVirus and AntiSpam untilties Drive 2 Microsoft Office 2003 Drive 3 Adobe CS, Proxy Server software, utilities like WinZip This is not a games machine, so there is no need to consider having a super duper video card. SLI is also not a requirement at the moment but since all it needs is a mainboard upgrade in future, it isn't too difficult to do. Data files will be spread over the three drives - e.g. MS Office files will reside on Drive 1 and/or Drive 3 and Adobe CS files will be on Drive 1 and/or Drive 2. Have I covered most of the important bases? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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    Windows 2003 RAM

    Yes, I agree it is best to determine it objectively, in your operating environment, rather than through guesswork... There are so many variables involved, e.g. number of client users, network complexities, number of applications running on the server, number of concurrent users, etc. It is quite impossible to give a ballpark figure. 512 MB should be the MINIMUM for a Win 2K3 Server. Anything above that amount should be determined by each user as every server has unique demands made upon it.
  13. Recently, I have encountered BSODs on computers that use the VIA KT400 and KT880 chipsets. It also hung on an Intel 845 chipset machine too. Is InCD more trouble than it is worth? Windows BSOD screen shows an IRQ_NOT_LESS_THAN error and Windows reporting mentioned that this is a driver issue. InCD is a packet writing driver - so once I uninstalled it from my PC, the BSODs also stop. Has anyone encountered this problem too?
  14. What I meant by bandwidth is the amount of data you can transfer from the PCI controller to the southbridge and to the northbridge. The bandwidth of the old Socket 7 architecture of the MVP chipset is rather limited. Modern chipsets like the nVidia nForce 3 or 4, have much higher bandwidth to exploit the data rates of modern peripherals...
  15. There is no issue with PCI 2.2 or 2.3. Promise controllers are design to work on 66 MHz PCI slots, if these are available. So if your PCI slot is 33 MHz, it will just operate at the lower (slower) speed. Your K6 mainboard should work without problems - just don't expect the same sort of performance as modern mainboards because the bandwidth for periperals is quite limited!