Piyono

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  1. Of course, with 8MB-cache HD's tearing up the charts these days, the author might want to consider updating a few dated ideas:

    The size of the disk's cache is important to its overall impact in improving the performance of the system, for the same reason that adding system memory will improve system performance, and why increasing the system cache will improve performance as well. However, the attention that the size of the hard disk buffer is getting today is largely unwarranted. It has become yet another "magic number" of the hardware world that is tossed around too loosely and overemphasized by salespeople. In fact, a benchmarking comparison done by StorageReview.com showed very little performance difference between 512 kiB and 1 MiB buffer versions of the same Maxtor hard drive. See this section for more on this performance metric.

    Piyono


  2. Seems like you have a VIA board...

    Most likely you know about it but as you did not mention it...

    Have you tried the latency patch?http://www.georgebreese.com/net/software/

    Actually, I didn't install the latency patch on this machine because I hadn't experienced any problems until this one suddenly appeared.

    Good call, though -- I'll try it out when I go to my parents' tonight.

    Thanks,

    ]-[


  3. Strangest thing I've encountered yet, this month.

    I just RMA'd a pair of speakers because the sound coming out of them when hooked up to one computer at my parents' house was unbelievably thin and distorted. I came back today with a new, different set of speakers only to have them emit the same ghastly sound. I couldn't believe my luck was that bad so I tried plugging the speakers into a different different computer in the same room (all I moved was the input plug) and, behold, they sang beautifully.

    I assumed that the build-in sound card had somehow malfunctioned so I disabled it in the BIOS, replacing it with a Diamond MX400 I had kicking about.

    No change.

    I swapped the MX400 out for an MX300 that I had handy.

    Same deal.

    I plugged the speakers back into the line output of the adjacent computer (again, moving only the input plug) just to make sure I hadn't gone loopy. Nope.

    I went as far as to wipe out every reference to an audio driver on the system, including the Windows/INF/Other folder, and reinstalling the VIA Hyperion (4-in-1) drivers.

    No Love.

    It seems that the system is pumping distorted audio out regardless of what sound card is installed. I wouldn't have thought this was possible just 24 hours ago, but here I am and there it is.

    Anyone know what's going on?

    Piyono


  4. I just bought this modem for my mother to use with her fax software, because it was the least expensive hardware modem I could find that recognizes distinctive rings.

    Anyway, it works well except in receiving faxes, where it suddenly drops the connection, citing poor line conditions. We have a hardware fax machine that works properly, and the last modem in that computer sent and recieved faxes without fuss, so I'm not buying the line noise problem. Faxamatic didn't recognize the chipset, and used one of its default init strings. Could that be the problem?

    Piyono


  5. I just bought this modem for my mother to use with her fax software, because it was the least expensive hardware modem I could find that recognizes distinctive rings.

    Anyway, it works well except in receiving faxes, where it suddenly drops the connection, citing poor line conditions. We have a hardware fax machine that works properly, and the last modem in that computer sent and recieved faxes without fuss, so I'm not buying the line noise problem. Faxamatic didn't recognize the chipset, and used one of its default init strings. Could that be the problem?

    Piyono


  6. It's sad to see inductive reasoning so grotesquely twisted.

    Joe smokes pot. Joe is poor. John is poor, therefore John smokes pot, right? Therefore, pot smoking makes people poor, yes?

    Well, say anything often enough and it becomes true. Witness the propoganda machine in high gear.

    The factors that can shape a person; that will affect the decisions he/she makes; that decide his/her rate and direction of growth are infinitely complex. We are all unique products of our own experiences which vary wildly in their dynamics from from the most elusively subtle to the blatantly obvious. Moreover, the whole is far greater than the sum of the parts. To pick out a single characteristic or experience and tout it as the sole determining factor of a person's place in life is absurd.

    Pot smoking is just as likely to make someone to be poor as it is to make them rich, or health, or sick, or smart or dumb or happy or miserable or sane or loopy or anything else.

    Take everything in stride.

    Piyono


  7. Frank, I've had this problem myself on several machines; the mouse movements and HD activity being audible through the PC speakers.

    It's one of the most common yet elusive annoyances around. I've experimented on a few machines, moving and changing IDE cables, CD Audio cables (analog and digital) to no avail.

    Dirrty power may or may not have to do with it -- I've never been able to test for it.

    In any case, problem seems to plague only onboard audio circuits. I don't remember ever having this issue on PCs with add-in sound cards.

    I figure anyone who finds a remedy will be hailed as a hero in these circles.

    Piyono