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1901  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Yet Another Help-Me-Build-a-New-Computer Thread on: July 23, 2011, 07:31:28 AM
Wait.....you're saying that the Intel integrated GPU is an upgrade from your current GPU?

Yes, I think so. As I understand it, the CPU-integrated-GPU on these new 2nd Gen Core i5/7s are equivalent to Radeon HD 3000 series. Or am I misunderstanding that?

Apologies, I mistook the integrated GPU for the previous GMA3000 Intel graphics.....having just had a look at it's specs it seems quite impressive compared to Intels' previous attempts.


But I'd still go for a Radeon 6850  smiley

On another note, good choice with the case - I've been looking at getting the Scout for a while.  My friend has one, the LEDs are quite subdued and can all be turned off via one switch on the top panel.
The only bad thing I'd have to say about it is that the carry handle is not designed for human hands - its cross-section is equivalent to a piece steel rectangular tube and the corners dig into your hand.  You'll find it a lot more comfortable to wrap a bit a high-density foam, (1/8" thick), around it as I did with my friends.  But if you don't envision carrying it around, or only infrequently, then no problem.
1902  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Yet Another Help-Me-Build-a-New-Computer Thread on: July 23, 2011, 05:41:07 AM
Yep, that's right. No GPU. After looking into the Z68 mobo and realizing that the CPU-integrated-GPU would be an upgrade from my current GPU, and also that I can use my current GPU in the new system, I decided to forego a new, expensive GPU for now.

Wait.....you're saying that the Intel integrated GPU is an upgrade from you're current GPU?

Dumb question, but what is your current GPU?

It would have to be something really old for Intel integrated to be better.

FWIW, I've used nVidia and ATI GPUs in the past and these days wouldn't consider using nVidia for the GPU or the chipset - they're drivers were crap compared to the stability I've had with ATI.
1903  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win 7, XP mode, & other first install queries on: July 19, 2011, 12:17:14 PM
XPMode is standard XP 32-Bit OS running in VirtualPC

With USB support.

I'm not sure on the graphics, but I'm thinking XPMode also gives better access to the real native graphics hardware.

VirtualBox also gives you USB access, (at least storage, not sure about printers, etc), and DirectX access, (although Serious Sam ran very slowly smiley ).

It's also faster than XPMode, (as is every other VM software IIRC).

I think about the only useful situation where XPMode could be considered 'better' than the alternatives is in a business environment where it possibly saves the IT guys some work.
1904  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Want to see impressive numbers? on: July 19, 2011, 04:16:55 AM
Those numbers aren't that scary really, the US National debt is currently balanced by the GDP - as reflected on the World Debt page with a pretty much no net gain/loss ratio of ~100%.

However, if you look at the EU countries........ Wink

I think you are reading that wrong...

You're probably right, I wish they'd give an example when they throw around statistics like that.

Am I interpreting these numbers correctly?

US Families: 82 million
Food stamp recipients: 45 million

Over 1/2 of the families in the USA are on Food Stamps?

I don't think the number of recipients directly equates to families on a one-to-one basis.

Do they consider a single person with no dependants a family (eg. homeless persons) ?

Do they count a family of four as four individual recipients or just the parents if the children are under age ?
1905  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Want to see impressive numbers? on: July 18, 2011, 02:13:50 PM
Those numbers aren't that scary really, the US National debt is currently balanced by the GDP - as reflected on the World Debt page with a pretty much no net gain/loss ratio of ~100%.

However, if you look at the EU countries........ Wink
1906  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win XP reboots sometimes *after* startup [Any Ideas?] on: July 13, 2011, 04:11:56 AM
Years ago I worked soldering/stuffing board for a local manufacturer. It amazed me to no end that the completed boards were run through what amounted to a small car-wash. The liquid (mostly water) didn't hurt the board in the slightest. It's only an issue if the board is wet and energized at the same time (It's a potential problem...).

Years later I had to completely disassemble a server, and scrub it down with baking soda, water, and a tooth brush. to get the surprisingly corrosive insecticide out of it after the bug guy sprayed it to death.

Sun dried and reassembled it booted and ran just fine for another 3 years.

I've also put small circuit boards through a cycle in the dishwasher with no ill effects, I don't recommend doing this for all boards - some board components aren't sealed against liquid - but it worked OK after being dried off.

WRT, the compressed air, (not trying to pick a fight SJ, just a different perspective smiley ), I still use a vacuum cleaner mainly because I prefer to pull dust away from pins rather than push dust toward them.  Side benefit: it's cheaper  Thmbsup

But I suspect it's more a case of six of one, half-dozen of the other.

With the fan argument, I consider it's more the point of turning the fan into a wind generator than causing it damage - putting a fingertip just inside the fan frame will stop them turning without having to exert pressure on the hub/blades themselves.  If you don't want to do that, unplug the fan from the motherboard before blasting it with an airflow, (either compressed or vacuum).

EDIT: And now what I really meant to say undecided

My netbook has just started doing the same thing, ie. reboot after hibernate or at machine start.

However, it's only when the 3G dongle is plugged in - so it seems to be a driver/software conflict in my case.
1907  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win XP reboots sometimes *after* startup [Any Ideas?] on: July 12, 2011, 05:28:24 AM
Do you know if you have sata set to ahci mode?

I have no idea (!) any tips how I might check?

According to the specs on MSIs site, (MSI P35 Neo*), it doesn't have AHCI, (it's only the ICH9 chipset not the ICH9R which includes RAID/AHCI).

Otherwise, if you go into the BIOS and look under Integrated Peripherals->SATA Mode, (IIRC), it will give you the option of IDE, RAID, AHCI - if any of or all those modes are available.

* I know it doesn't say specifically P35 Neo-F but from what I've read on the forums, they are one and the same.  Compare this to the P35 Neo2-FR which does list AHCI function.
1908  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win XP reboots sometimes *after* startup [Any Ideas?] on: July 11, 2011, 04:06:27 PM
Buried in there was one thing in it I didn't know. This note:

...


The top bit is interesting too:

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STOP 0x0000008E errors are usually caused by memory hardware failures and more rarely by device driver issues, viruses, or hardware failures other than your RAM.

You could try reseating the RAM or running memtest from a bootable flash drive.
1909  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win XP reboots sometimes *after* startup [Any Ideas?] on: July 11, 2011, 03:54:10 PM
If it helps, I have all the above installed except for the following on my XP Pro netbook and the Hibernate works fine:

pdfforge Toolbar v4.4
Adobe Reader 8.3.0

The XP Pro system on the netbook has been nlited a bit to remove things I don't use/need.
1910  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: USB Drive shows Write Delay error on: July 11, 2011, 03:25:38 PM
What's the OS?

Does it also happen with his internal HDDs?

Delayed Write Fails are also caused by hardware faults, ie. cabling and connectors.

With USB ports, it can be:
a) For motherboard mounted rear ports, generally the contacts in the ports have lost sufficient contact tension.
b) For front mounted ports on the case, it can be the contacts in the port itself, the cable to the motherboard, or the contacts in the motherboard connector.

Have you tried another port?

The USB driver can also be playing up or conflict between USB devices, (I have the same problem between a 3G dongle and any USB storage device).

Does it happen with any of his USB storage devices, (assuming he has any)?

And 40hz beat me to mentioning GhostBuster.

@40hz: not too sure about the malware side, I'd expect the internal HDD to get hit quite often if that was the case.
1911  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Monitor folder, print and then archive document? on: July 11, 2011, 06:26:55 AM
Because I'm currently existing outside of my normal environ, (12000km outside), I can't check into it all but you should be able to knock something out using the same basic ideas I used here using FileNotify or FileNotify2.
1912  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: smartphones and (lack of) security on: June 04, 2011, 11:21:01 AM
Yep. Using ALYac on my Android.

http://global.alyac.com/

smiley

Bah!  WVGA+ only Sad
1913  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: favourite hardware hacking resources on: May 21, 2011, 07:55:34 AM
Coat Hanger Uses I've Seen:

Replace Coat Hanger with fencing wire and it's welcome to Australia smiley

A lot tougher than coat hangers and ubiquitous anywhere not in a suburb.
1914  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Droid Texting - Fail! on: May 11, 2011, 02:10:49 PM
Same here, SMS on the Huawei IDEOS 8150, (Android 2.2.1), works fine.

However, I enter all my contact numbers as full international numbers, eg: +441234123456
1915  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Directory Opus 10 on: May 06, 2011, 12:17:31 PM
Ah hm, thanks.

And can I disable that "styled" context menu? I always have to scroll.

Nudel might have to answer that since I'm only running on my XP netbook for the next 3.5 months.

The install just picked up my existing v9 settings and I didn't really do anything other than select the toolbars I wanted and deselect the default ones.
1916  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Windows Shortcut transformation on: May 06, 2011, 11:51:24 AM
A feature request for you:  Would it be possible to have it convert shortcuts to symlinks?

Should be easy enough, (FLW), as I said above, I'm currently in the UK but I have the source on the netbook so I should be able to mod it.

Just don't expect it to happen in the next few days - I'm technically kind of on holiday smiley

Just to clarify, do you want symlinks, hardlinks or both (hardlinks are the easiest to do) ?

Symlinks are restricted to NT6+, (Vista and above).
1917  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Windows Shortcut transformation on: May 04, 2011, 04:01:28 PM
I'm currently hiding from the tax people in the UK at the moment, (not too far from a certain DC member in Yorkshire Wink ), but to answer some of the above:

  • It only works on shortcuts.  I could add in copying of actual files/folders but it would be slow compared to some programs out there.  If you want to copy all files/folders excluding shortcuts, try:
    xcopy source destination /E /EXCLUDE:.lnk
    This will duplicate the folder structure, (including empty folders), and copy all files/folders except shortcuts.
  • It doesn't run in the background, the progressbar is updated as each shortcut is processed and the results are displayed when all processing is finished.
  • You can refresh the Short2Real directory display by pressing F5.
  • You'll need to refresh explorers' file view by pressing F5.
1918  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Directory Opus 10 on: May 04, 2011, 03:30:08 PM
Right-click on a blank spot of the toolbars and go to the Toolbars item or Settings->Customise->Toolbars.
1919  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Directory Opus 10 on: May 04, 2011, 03:20:59 PM
Is there any way to make its look&feel more DOpus-9-like? Less giant bars, less context menu bloat design, less everything?

Load whatever toolbars you had set up from v9 and close the default ones - that's what I've done and it looks pretty much the same as v9 did.
1920  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Directory Opus 10 on: May 01, 2011, 04:30:58 PM
This is just about the dumbest procedure I have even seen.  thumb down

Actually, the dumbest is having to email an author/company with your license details in order to prove you're eligible for an upgrade and then twiddle your thumbs waiting for a reply.

GPSoft tells you immediately - easy and quick.

and what is this with placing C:\Program Files\GPSoftware\Directory Opus\dopusrt.exe to always start with Windows? I can't even delay it! I am already beginning to hate this program!

It's so when you double-click on the Desktop a lister will open and it's also used for running commands.

Nudel can probably answer better but I think you can stop it from running at startup and use the right-click on the Desktop to open a lister.

And it's been like that since v9 came out, IIRC, so for 4 years.

And just for interests sake: AU$78.10 for 2 licensed copies + USB + SFTP (that's including 10% GST).
1921  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Easiest laptop (brand) to take apart ? on: April 26, 2011, 05:55:22 AM
I own two Acers: a laptop, Travelmate 2210, and a netbook, Aspire One ZG5.

The laptop is easier to disassemble and access all components, pretty much the same as the picture in a previous post.

The AAO is bordering on a nightmare to disassemble and access components but can be done with care, (I've done it 3 times for modding).

Even though the laptop suffered a malfunction just after I bought it, it was repaired and hasn't had a problem since - I've changed the CPU in it, (shows you how old it is - 2005), and upgraded the HDD.

I'd still buy an Acer today because the reasons I bought it are still valid today: price and more importantly, (for me), a real International Warranty.
1922  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snack Guidelines / Re: IDEA: Remind User a Flash Drive is Plugged In During Shutdown on: April 17, 2011, 04:55:45 AM
It can be done in AutoIt by catching the WM_EndSession message, for example.

I'd have a crack at it but I'm currently mobile in the UK - maybe in a week or so when we're settled in our Yorkshire abode and I'm bored silly.

 Wink
1923  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: "Search Everything" with saved searches would be cool. on: April 05, 2011, 09:20:06 PM
Like this one: Search results
1924  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Block/Unblock all network traffic button (one-click) on: April 03, 2011, 01:04:05 AM
by the way, I just have to say, my favorite part of this whole thread is being able to follow your thoughts as you describe the process.  I love it.  I can see how you are coming up with your ideas, and how you work through them.  Thanks.

Does that mean I could have just told you what might be happening without actually doing or writing anything ?

I'll have to remember that for next time......


Wink
1925  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Migrate from USB Safely Remove to Zentimo for $8.90 on: April 03, 2011, 12:56:17 AM
Maybe choose to pay in Russian Rubles, (149.00 RUB), which works out to almost half the cost of other currencies.

eg. RUB149.00 ~= US$5.27

Most likely exchange transaction fees are being added for other currencies, eg. AU$ is currently higher than US$, (AU$1 ~= US$1.03), but it would cost me more to buy in AU$.

The exchange rates and fees your bank charges for international transactions may be less than they get charged, (that they pass on to you).
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