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  1. OK, I think I've found a (the?) problem:

    I just ran Fdisk for the first time and lo, it informs me that C: is the first primay DOS partition, albeit the second parition on the drive! Partition Magic, OTOH, clearly shows the partitions as I know them to be, with Win98 in the first active primary FAT32 partition on the disk, followed by an NTFS partition holding XP (which no longer boots -- Stop Error. Argh).

    Since windows 98 can only boot from the first primary FAT32 partition on the first disk, could this be the reason I get an "Invalid System Disk" error?

    The boot.ini looks good to me -- Windows 98 is booted from the last line which reads, "C:\=Windows 98".

    BTW, I tried installing Boot Magic earlier and now I have two boot loaders to deal with: first Boot Magic and then the XP loader. Shouldn't Boot Magic have wiped out the other loader?


  2. Hey folks.

    I used Partition Magic to add a new primary partition after the system partition on a computer running Win98 installed in a single-OS configuration.

    Into this new partition I installed WinXP Pro.

    I though that WinXP would automatically rename its boot drive to C:\, but it didn't. When I boot XP, The Win98 partition is still called C:\, while the XP drive was dubbed I:\.

    I tried changing the drive names using XP's drive management utility, but the feature is locked out for boot and system drives.

    I found a MSKB article on the matter that describes a way to change drive letters in the registry, but they don't recommend using it unless the drive letters were changed.

    Partition Magic will probably let me change the drive letters, but I am concerned about any possible repercussions.

    Will Win98 still boot?

    If so, will the system drive be called C:\? (backing up a bit, are drive letters on a dual boot system mutually exclusive between OS's?)

    Any other issues you can warn me of?


  3. The quickest method is to simply play the tape at 1/4th speed as it is recorded into a wave file.  Then speed up the wav file by 400%.

    Sorry, It might be because it's late here....but can you explain the logic of how this does anything besides slowdown/speed up the audio?

    I might be thinking too digital....

    I think the idea is that you're caputring four times as many samples per second, greatly reducing your odds of a dropout. You'd have the option of time-compressing the audio, essentially discarding three out of every four samples, using some sort of interpolation algorithm (which is basically what sampe rate converters do), or playing it back as is -- audio captured at quarter speed with a 44.1KHz sampling rate should play back at the proper speed using a 176.4KHz sampling rate, which many audio cards can already handle, to speak nothing of what will be available a few years down the road.

    FYI, a properly stored analog tape will play back up to half a century in the future (we know this because even poorly-maintained old tapes are being found and restored all the time). A digital tape is far more likely to show its age, even after a few years of storage, beacause if you lose a sample, you lose a sample and that's it. Analog degrades far more gracefully than digital.

    Oh, and I'll believe all those "100 year" archival CD claims in 100 years when a) they find a working CD player to test that theory and B) manage to retrieve usefull data from one of my Mitsui discs.


  4. More information needed:

    • Are the drives on the same IDE channel?

    • If so, is one set as mater and the ohter as slave?

    • Is the problem brand new?

    • Does the problem drive contain a partition?

    A BIOS will usually identify any working drive on the bus. My Computer, however, displays only named partitions on a drive. You can check to see if Windows XP recognizes the hardware by opening

    Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Disk Management.

    All correctly installed IDE drives will be displayed as horizontal bars. If you have a non-partitioned drive, WinXP may prompt you to create a partition. If you're not prompted, then right-click the unpartitioned space and select "new partition". I haven't done this in a while, but I believe this will create one large partition using all the available space on the drive.

    Post back if this doesn't help.


  5. We've got an HP Laserjet 4600.

    I don't particularly like it's output in general, and it certainly doesn't do photos. In all fairness, I've never bothered to do any tweaking, so it may just be capable of putting out some accurate color, but I'll probably never know.

    It's damn fast, though, with even large Photoshop and CorelDRAW files pumping through in a flash (assuming you're warmed up and ready to go).


  6. Some people are clearly missing the point here. If you take the "disposable" DVD and rip it, you still throw away the disposable! The ability to copy the DVD is obvious (so obvious it was stated in the original article), and is not even worth discussing. Ranting about the blatant pollution is (although noble to some) another waste of board space. Finding a way to continue to use the "EZ-D" indefinatly, would be the ideal way to accomplish both objectives, while (possibly legally) giving the finger to the Mouse people.

    Did you consider the impact of using chemicals? You're still consuming stuff and creating waste. We want to avoid unnecessary consumption altogether.


  7. Oh, come on you eco-freaks, chill out and smoke a J!

    Don't worry your little, green heads -- everything's gonna be alright because we're going to L E G I S L A T E our way to a clean environment! Didn't you know? Real change doesn't start at the grassroots level, by eliminating the demand for earth-killing products through proper education and through protests in the streets and all that other hippie stuff! Don't be ridiculous! Everyone knows that change for the better is introduced at the upper echelons and trickles down the pyramid into the masses.

    That's right! Our MPs are the champions of our socio-ecology, and they won't rest until every clear-cutting, mineral-ripping, theiving, oil-spilling, radiation-burying, ozone-depleting, mass-producing, pollution-promiting, fossil-fuel-burning, mass-murdering, animal-testing, human-rights-abusing, community-destroying corporation is brought to justice! Let's not get caught up in the fact that your government is really just a puppet on MegaCorp's tentacle -- that's entirely coincidental and has no bearing. The bottom line is that MegaCorp and its 8-car-garage employees really do care about the social, economical and ecological environments of this planet, and are trying their very best, between golf rounds and prostitutes and dinner parties and takeovers and buyouts and hunting excursions and enjoying the finer things in life to schedule "eco" time at the next shareholders' meeting.

    So rest assured dear plebian, that you, the people need not make any efforts to change your destructive lifestlyles. We in corporate-controlled governent will legislate those changes for you, sparing you the difficulty of giving up your beloved disposable, consumable conveniences. Sure, that may involve some infringments in your privacy and personal rights, but hey, isn't it worth it for the wonderful, wonderful convenience it will afford you?

    Hopefully we'll all soon be brains in jars.


  8. Naysayers,

    While I agree that a generic award without supporting facts or commentary is effectively meaningless, it does have great value as a marketing tool for SR.

    I just typed "kick ass award" into Google, and four of the seven results displayed on my 1280x1024 screen were articles featuring the ubiquitous Maximum PC KICK ASS award, including a .PDF ad for DLink's... something or other, toting a quarter-page sized implementation of said accolade.

    On the other hand, ubiquity is a double-edged OLFA -- stamp your logo on every product that comes within arms reach, as Maximum PC aparantly does, and it tends to lose impact. In-crowd technocrats have long ago learned to ignore, if not shudder at the sight of boxed components at Future Shop (Best Buy for you Southerners) emblazoned with the seals of many-a-reviewer's approval. My point is that it can quickly get out of hand, as our kick-ass counterparts have demonstrated admirably.

    Then again... only storage devices drives will don the SR badge, limiting the scope of potential damage to SR's great reputation.

    ...I just realized that the potential for raging digressional debate on this matter far outweighs its usefulness, so I'm gonna cut out before it gets messy.

    I predict 100+ posts by Wednesday. Good luck.


  9. Never had problems combining office97/2k/xp  or stand-almone components of office.  And we have customers usgin every possible combination.  One comes to mind: Office 97 Standard, Access 2000, Outlook XP.  It isn't elegant but it works.  Just NEVER mix different language versions.


    It's ridiculous that I'd have to go out and get a standalone OLXP when it's available right here on my Office CD...

    I'm off to scour the net... there's got to be a way to do this.


  10. I'd like to update my copy of Outlook 2000 to Outlook XP, but I don't want any other Office components touched. When I choose a custom setup using the Office XP installer CD, selecting just OLXP results in a negative disk space number. Does this mean that the rest of my components will be uninstalled? My only other option is to update all my installed Office components in one fell swoop, wich I don't want.

    Any suggestions?