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  1. Putting your system drive to the new controller will give You one problem: booting 2k/XP. If You want to use your existing system, install drivers before You install the card. If You are doing a re-install, You must press F6 when the install starts and install the drivers using a FLOPPY. This is why I still have a floppy drive in my computer (I use it for BIOS flashing too...). I can't figure out why I can't use a CD with the drivers in it.

    I assume you're talking about the controller card's drivers. If so, why does the problem apply only to Win2K/XP?


  2. It looks like I'll have to purchase a PCI IDE controller for my ever-expanding array of hard drives. Looking at the layout of my case I notice that it may prove easier to put my system drive on the controller card. Is that recommended?

    As well, this will be my first PCI IDE controller -- what's popular in a non-RAID card?

    So far I've sourced the Promise Ultra133 TX2. Anything else I should look at?


  3. I really don't see the point of changing them... apart from increasing revenue by selling converters. Most people don't install hard drives multiple times a day and won't see any benefit from a new kind of connector.

    We're not concerned with "most people", here. Those who aren't installing hard drives every day probably aren't installing hard drives at all, so they don't factor into the equation. This new connector is for folks like you and me, who have to deal with the White Knuckle-Buster on a regular basis, and from where I'm standing, this is a Godsend.


  4. Hydravision isn't installed on this computer so far as I can tell -- just the standard ATI drivers and control panel.

    Dual monitor control is through a tab in the Advanced section in Display Settings.

    Funny thing is that I'm running the same card and the standard Windows dual-monitor controls are available to me.

    I'm on XP, my friend is on 2000.

    I haven't yet checked to see if we're using the same drivers.


  5. Well, I've fired off a few print jobs on the 4600 and I'm starting to see why you're saying that these printers aren't cut out for photos. There's some serious artifacting going on in the shadows, and my printer seems to have trouble with certain colour transitions.

    I printed up a few graphic jobs as well and while the color is quite what I expeted, there's some light vertical banding I don't like. Could just be that there's tweaking required.

    I'll get back to you.

    Oh -- did I mention that this puppy is fast?

    Time to first page is, like, nonexistant.


  6. I'm looking for a way add files to an ISO disc image. Purpose being, I want to have patches and updates for some games and apps on the installation CDs. Now, I can easily copy the contents of the CD to my HD and burn a new CD with the update installers, but I'll lose the boot-ability of the original disks.

    I though software like WinImage could help but it won't allow files to be "injected" into ISO images, claiming it's a limitation of the ISO 9660 file system.

    However, I've seen installation disks with patches added on so I know it must be possible.

    Any ideas?


  7. Your Majesty,

    Dost thou truly thinkest I wouldst hath not done mine research?


    I should have specified, sorry. She bought a color laser -- the HP 4600 base model, actually, and it connects via a parallel port, which, if memory prevails, still bests USB 1.1 in bandwidth.


    You and Tannin both have a certain affinity towards ISA cards, it would seem. If I recall, Tannin is a big fan of the ISA SoundBlaster 16.

    The motherboard in question is an Asus CUV-4X. It's been a while since I had a look at it so I don't quite remember if it's fitted with an ISA slot, which was offered as an option.


    I have considered separating the printers, but I fear they'd become very lonely sitting apart.


  8. My mother just bought a color printer for her home office, but she still wants to use the B&W laser for text jobs. The printers serve all the computers at home, so both will have to be accessible over the network. Currently, my mother's PC is sharing the B&W printer through its parallel port, and while it's not the zippiest configuration, it's certainly not slowing anyone down. I have the choice of buying a $15 parallel port card or a $100+ print server.

    What would you do?


  9. Just like it reads.

    I ran LiveUpdate from NSW2003 and when Windows restarted the mouse and keyboard were dun-dead.

    The only way I can get past the Windows login is to buffer a few "Enter" keystrokes before it stops responding. Of course, I can't do anything when the desktop appears because the keyboard and mouse still don't work.

    Safe Mode? Duh. It crashes during bootup at the Windows 98 logo screen.

    This is a FRESH install of Win98, on the same machine that just gave me EZ-BIOS nightmares. As I have nothing invested in this system (except for hours upon hours of non-billable work) I have a good mind to just flatten it out and start over again... again.

    I'm open to (read: relying on) your suggestions.

    OH-- What's that? Yoga? Sex? Narcotics?

    Right, I'll start with those.

    Now where did I put my leotards, KY and crack pipe?



  10. Sometimes people give answers without reading the question. I wasn't sure.

    i was the first response on this thread! :P


    Ah, yes, you were indeed.


    this doesn't look like a nic problem

    Well, here's the scoop:

    It was becoming clear that the DIMMs were misbehaving only whilst occupying slots 3&4, so I popped then into slots 1&2 and fired up Windows to try some network file swapping. So far it seems to have worked. I did a few tests and the MD5 hashes check out across three machines on files from a few KB to several hundreds of MB. Downloads seem OK, too. This evidence would seem to point towards the motherboard as the culprit. I'll be keeping an eye on the situation, so you'll be informed of any new developments.


  11. you know what i meant...

    Sometimes people give answers without reading the question. I wasn't sure.

    However, as I stated before, each DIMM tests fine on its 

    testing fine in memtest and running fine in windows are different things - you didn't specify that you ran windows with them.  it's extremely important to know if fiddling with ram rectifies the problem.own.

    so his ram in the second two slots tests fine?


    how about trying his nic in your machine, and your nic in his?  that's a quick one.

    I was gonna try that... honest.

    i've seen nics get blown (random packet loss/corruption, but not outright failure) by running on an overclocked pci bus.  hopefully it IS your nic, because that's a really cheap/easy thing to fix.  good luck.

    Agreed. I've replaced my share of toasted NICs. I'll give it a go.'



  12. is your system stable with just one dimm?


    It's not a stability problem -- I'm getting corrupt files.

    However, as I stated before, each DIMM tests fine on its own.

    On the progress front, here's the latest development

    - The problems seems to be occuring only with the combination of my RAM in the second two slots of my mobo. My roommate has the same mobo and Memtest86 returned no errors with my RAM in his machine, or with his memory in my machine. With slots 1 and 2 populated the memory test comes back clean.

    Let's not forget that this whole RAM testing exercise is in hopes of exorcising the spirits corrupting my files.

    Finally, just cloud the issue even more, here are two new thoughts:

    1. I'll swap CPUs to see if that makes any difference.

    2. As it appears that only files passing through my NIC are falling victim to this cancer, perhaps it's the NIC that's at fault?


  13. I'll try what you all have suggested, but I should point out a few more peculiarities:

    - This RAM has been in the system for nearly six months with no problems. The file corruption only started a few weeks ago.

    - There are two identical 256MB CL 2.5 PC2100 DIMMs in the machine. Tested together they return errors. Tested individually they come up clean. I've played musical slots with consistent results.

    - I brought in a third DIMM from home. It tests fine alone, and it tests fine with each of the suspect DIMMs. I have not tested the RAM with all three slots (on my ASUS A7V333) populated.

    Is any of this significant?