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  1. gaviota

    How big is your waist?

    Waist 36", height 5'9", weight 168 pounds. BTW, I had NEVER measured my waist before. How come my waist measures 36" but my Levis are size 32. WTF?? Aren't they supposed to match?
  2. gaviota

    Enough is Enough

    The problem with this bar & grille is that it doesn't have any beers
  3. Which is better: Seagate or Maxtor? Chevy or Ford? In the end its a matter of personal experiences and personal preferences, since both brands almost always offer equivalent products with equivalent performance, reliability and prices.
  4. I use Windows 2003 Server because: 1) The site is a clinical lab, and they use a couple of applications to control an Automated Chemistry Analizer and an Elisa Microplate Processor, both of which only run on Windows, so Linux is not an option. 2) This is the only computer on this site, and besides the local console user I need to have two additional concurrent remote users. For this, I use remote desktop connection, and as far as I know, you can't have three concurrent users in Windows XP.
  5. I have a workstation that uses Windows 2003 Server Standard Edition, Service Pack 1, and I need to use an image scanner in this PC, so I tried installing an old HP ScanJet 3400C I had lying around, but it doesn't work because the drivers are compatible with Windows XP but not with 2003 Server. So I tried buying a new one, but to my surprise, all the ones I've seen are listed as compatible with Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP Pro and XP Home (even Mac OS), but none is listed as compatible with 2003 Server. So, can anyone recommend me a scanner in the $80 - $150 range that's compatible with Windows 2003 Server.
  6. I just installed the disk in a Promies Ultra100TX2 controller I bought for $15.00 and the problem was solved. I now get 61 MB/sec burst speed and a 47 MB/sec average transfer.
  7. Write cache is enabled. As for the size, I didn't buy this disk, I got it as a replacement for the older 40 GB 5400rpm disk, which was still under warranty.
  8. Thanks for the interleaving tip, I tried it and it almost doubled the memory benchmarks. I ordered a Promise U100TX2, I should get it delivered today or tomorrow. I hope this will solve the problem.
  9. I tried with the latest VIA 4 in 1 (version 455 vp1) and the speeds were lower than with the default Microsoft drivers. VIA even posts a warning message in their webpage ( saying that the new drivers are optimized for the newest chipsets, and for older chipsets its better to use the Windows default driver. Anyway, I was also considering buying a cheap PCI ATA100 or ATA133 controller, otherwise I wont be getting the full performance out of this 7200 rpm disk. However, I wonder if one of these cards will it work normally in this old motherboard (MSI MS-6154VA with VIA VT82C693A and VT82C596B chipsets), or does this chipset have a slower PCI interface than those of newer motherboards?
  10. I tried redetecting the disk but the problem persists. I also tried removing the disk and the IDE channels from the Windows XP Device Manager so that the drivers would get reinstalled after a restart, but the problem persists, I can't get past 16 MB/sec read burst speed. I think the bottleneck is in Windows XP because the BIOS detects the disk in UDMA mode 4, which is as fas as I know the 66 MB/sec maximum supported by the motherboard. But in the Windows Device Manager, the primary IDE disk is detected as a UDMA mode 3.
  11. Thanks for your reply. Yes, the cable is an 80 pin IDE cable. It's the same one I used with the previous disk, and just to be sure I tried with another brand new 80 pin cable and the speeds remain the same.
  12. I have an old PC, motherboard is an MSI MS-6154VA, cpu a 933 Mhz Pentium III, and I just upgraded it to 512 MB of RAM and bought a 40 GB Samsung SP0411N 7200 rpm disk to substitute an older Samsung SV0411N 5400 rpm disk which died about a week ago. The problem is that after the "upgrade", my HD benchmarks are now lower. With the 5400 rpm disk I used to get the following benchmarks using HD Tach 2.70: Random Access Time: 15.7 ms Read Burst Speed: 21.4 MB/sec Read Speed Maximum: 20.6 MB/sec Read Speed Minimum: 14.5 MB/sec Read Speed Average: 17.4 MB/sec CPU Utilization: 8.2 % With the 7200 rpm disk I now get: Random Access Time: 15.6 ms Read Burst Speed: 16.0 MB/sec Read Speed Maximum: 15.6 MB/sec Read Speed Minimum: 13.3 MB/sec Read Speed Average: 14.9 MB/sec CPU Utilization: 3.7 % Even though the motherboard only supports ATA 66, with a single disk this shouldn't be the problem. There should be an improvement with the 7200 rpm disk over the older 5400 rpm one. During the upgrade, I made the mistake of loading BIOS defaults, which may have caused the problem. BIOS detects the HD as UDMA mode 4, but in the Windows XP Control Panel, the IDE channel properties show it as UDMA mode 3. Can this be the problem? Another difference is that I now have SP2, which I don't know if this can be causing the problem. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
  13. gaviota

    Smart - Imminent Failure !

    A strange thing happened, I took a backup of all the data in the disk, and turned off my PC and went on a business trip for the last couple of days. Tonight, when I returned, I was going to take the disk out to query the serial number on WD's webpage to see if it is still under warranty, but now the SMART warning is gone, its just no longer there, and the disk is working fine. If I send it back to WD they'll probably not exchange it under warranty because the warning message is no longer there. What can I do?
  14. Today I started getting a "SMART - Imminent failure, backup your data as soon as possible" from my 250GB WD Special Edition. I know that SMART is supposed to predict hard drive failures, but can anyone explain how it works and how accurate it is?
  15. I don't want to do that, there must be a way to solve this. And if I do reformat, how can I prevent this from happening again when I plug in the IDE disks after the Windows installation?