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4451  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Help! My new computer is freezing! on: February 07, 2009, 03:27:17 PM
Well, here's what's happened so far.  I don't always get a BSOD after the computer hangs, in fact, I get less than half the time.  But if there is a BSOD, there is no STOP code but the portcls.sys file is always there.  I've attached screenshots of the error windows at the bottom.  i don't know what that means.  So I tried some things last night and here's what happened:
--removed one of my sticks of ram.  after that, one of my games installed fine!  I thought that was it and the problem was solved.  But then i tried installing another game, and it hung immediately.  So problem still exists.  Also, just one time, the computer hung when I tried exiting Kaspersky, but I did it again successfully many times.

--I swapped the sticks of ram, didn't help.

--I did a memory test with memtest86+.  I completed 19 passes with no errors.

--If RAM is not the problem, something else is.  i don't know what else to do at this point.

--40hz, those links you mentioned, I think I've also run across them.  The difference with my problem is that the hangs are always happening during the installation.  Once installed, the games work fine.

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4452  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: February 06, 2009, 12:59:50 PM
Armanda, Pierre, what's the status of IQ?  If I'm not mistaken, the calendar module is being worked on?  Anyway, just curious, I've been doing a lot of other stuff, haven't been able to keep up.
4453  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Help! My new computer is freezing! on: February 06, 2009, 11:52:14 AM
Have you checked Gigabyte's website to see if you're running the latest BIOS and chipset firmware? Boards as new as this sometimes have a spate of updates for the first 6 months or so as the kinks get worked out.

You should be able to disable onboard audio under BIOS setup. Try updating your firmware first. See if you get a clean bootup. Then try disabling onboard audio if the problem persists.
Thanks, I'll try that tonight.
4454  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Help! My new computer is freezing! on: February 06, 2009, 11:07:16 AM
Unfortunately, my new computer is freezing whenever I try installing games.  I never usually play games, but since I have a new computer, I thought I'd try out its capabilities.  I've tried two games so far, Half Life 2 and Unreal 3, and they both freeze (hang) during the install process somewhere.  The whole computer is frozen I can't do anything except hit the reset button on my tower.

Most of the time when I restart after the hang, I get a BSOD.  After rebooting again, everything works fine (unless I try installing again).  I've tried everything:  installing from the original CD, installing from a mounted ISO using daemon, and copying the files to the hard drive and installing.  They all freeze during the installation.

I thought maybe it was Kaspersky.  So one time I exited Kaspersky and immediately after the computer froze again, which is weird, because I've exited Kaspersky before without any problems.  Also, I tried exited Kaspersky later and it was fine.  So it doesn't happen every time.

Personally, I don't think there's anything wrong with the games or Kaspersky.  There's some other problem, possibly hardware related.  I'm running XP.

Now about the BSOD, the driver specified on the screen is "portcls.sys"  After doing some research, this file has something to do with audio drivers, possibly the onboard one that comes with the motherboard.  I don't know what to do about it.

Fortunately, you can see all my computer specs here, if it reveals anything.
4455  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: February 05, 2009, 06:56:16 PM
Go to the Device Manager and check the properties of the internal hub(s) - you should see the maximum load and metering there.

You should have enough power though ... what are actually connecting that isn't self powered?
I'll do that.  I don't think it's a matter of the devices needing power, they're little things like my cell phone and mp3 player.  There's a problem somewhere, I'm just trying to find it.
4456  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / usb power problems on: February 05, 2009, 04:37:50 PM
On the new computer, I seem to be having trouble with power to my usb ports.  At first I thought it was the external usb hub I was using (even though it was powered seperately), but then I plugged directly into the usb ports on the motherboards, and I still got messages saying that there wasn't enough power.  How could that be possible?  What can I do to check if all the power is connected properly to my usb ports?
4457  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini-Review of Direct Folders on: February 04, 2009, 11:42:17 AM
Updated the review for to include the pro features.
4458  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: February 04, 2009, 11:02:55 AM
Isn't that the whole point of rebates? They actively want to make it difficult for users to make an effective claim. It is a marketing scam (or at least a near scam) - if they genuinely wanted to benefit customers they could simply give you a sale price on the goods.
Good point.  Oh well, i wasn't relying on them anyway.
4459  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Annoying rebate time limit policies on: February 04, 2009, 01:03:44 AM
I just missed out on at least $60 worth of rebates because their submission time limits are so freaking short.  A lot of them are 20-21 days after purchase date.  So, for online purchases, that includes the shipping time.  So by the time I get all the parts, put the computer together and make sure everything is working, the rebate is over.  Lame.
4460  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Announcing my new website (superboyac). on: February 03, 2009, 06:24:37 PM
I changed my theme for the website.  The author, Justin Tadlock, has moved to a more sophisticated framework for his themes and discontinued the old ones.  I like the new one, looks really nice.  I'm trying to tweak it to work right with everything, especially the software list, which is tough.  I'm such a hack with css and php.
4461  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Mini-Review of Direct Folders on: February 02, 2009, 04:08:12 PM
I know this was already done here more extensively than my review, but it's my preferred program.  Check it out:


All of these programs appear in my wannabe Zaine list:
http://aram.dcmembers.com/superior-software-list/
4462  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / My article about the 2009 Australian Open Finals on: February 02, 2009, 12:03:38 PM
I couldn't resist commenting on the last two matches Federer and Nadal have had.  Simply amazing.  One of the most gripping sporting events I can remember.  These two guys are so good for sports in general.
4463  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini-Review of Quick Shutdown on: January 29, 2009, 06:28:50 PM
hehehe nice story!
Yeah!  I just updated it to link to the youtube video of that scene.  So funny.

I like how my list of software is shaping up.  Wordpress is so cool.
4464  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Mini-Review of Quick Shutdown on: January 29, 2009, 05:13:59 PM
http://aram.dcmembers.com/software/quick-shutdown/

Check it out.  I've included a funny little story about mouser related to this.
4465  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: January 28, 2009, 03:31:19 PM
Doesn't seem to like Firefox with RoboForm visible - keeps trying to move the roboform bar rather than the window ?? (That is using the little arrows window buttons - works OK with keyboard shortcuts)
OO, that's a problem.  Roboform is one of my must have apps.  That being said, roboform's toolbar is a little funky, they way it seems to float above the normal application window, and the way it blinks and refreshes when you first type in the master password.  But it's one of my favorite apps.
4466  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: January 28, 2009, 12:48:56 PM
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I was tired

Good to know, I thought it was the fans on that monster sucking you in!  huh

Do take a look at Winsplit Revolution if you haven't already, for tossing around/ sizing windows on that multi-mon setup.
Oh yeah!  Thanks for reminding me!  I saw that two weeks ago and was planning on trying it out, but I totally forgot.
4467  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: January 28, 2009, 11:12:22 AM
$200 ??? Isn't that as much as one of the monitors ???

How about house bricks and a plank? To adjust the height:

fine adjustment - turn bricks on to edge or flat
gross adjustment - add another brick at each end

Give a rather 'rustic' look to your desk but it is cheap and effective!
Haha, yeah, no kidding.  In their defense, these stands are somewhat nice.  We'll see.  I have to adjust my desk and chair until I'm ergonomically correct and comfortable.  Most likely, I won't have to buy those mounts.  If anything, I'll buy a couple of the cheap kensington plastic stands.
4468  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: January 28, 2009, 09:58:49 AM
PS, the monitors are working fine now, I unplugged the dvi's a few times, and it's working now.  Weird.
4469  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: January 28, 2009, 09:57:54 AM
You look a bit depressed in the pic ...

How about Blocks of wood cut to the size and shape you want and spray painted to match the desk or the monitor stand?

If you want to spend money why not get two wall mounting kits and get them off the desk altogether?

Another alternative is a simple bookshelf - those long slotted metal strip type book shelfs are incredibly strong (So long as you fix them to the wall properly) and then it is easily adjustable.

See http://www.knapeandvogt.c...html?page=products.18.219

(this shop is very expensive any DIY place would have these pretty cheap)
I was tired...the house is a mess...transferring files...rebooting...setting up drivers.  Plus, I was acting a bit for the camera.

As for the shelf, I don't want to get anything that has to be mounted on the wall.  I'd prefer it to just sit on the desk.  Maybe I'll just get that dual monitor stand for $200.  Unless I can find a desktop shelf with height adjustment.
4470  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: January 28, 2009, 01:56:14 AM
Now, another minor complaint...the Benq monitors come with no height adjustment.  Yes, it's annoying.  But then again, they are literally half the price of other 24" monitors.

So the question is, can anyone recommend some kind of height adjustable shelf that I can place two monitors on?  As a bonus, I can have room under the shelf to place things.  I'm not able to find anything.

Eesh...$200, this is the cheapest that I could find.
4471  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Sneak preview of my new computer! on: January 28, 2009, 01:51:50 AM
here are two pics of the new setup.  Ther first shows my old setup that I endured since 2001.  The next is the new setup, although the office is still a mess since I'm not done rearranging everything.  That's me growing sick and tired of transferring all my data to the new computer and setting it up.  It's always a pain.  Least enjoyable part of the whole process.  It's like moving...digitally speaking.
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4472  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: January 27, 2009, 10:51:29 PM
I'm still around.  been busy at work.  But I've been setting the computer up and everything.  I have never had speed like this before or this kind of luxury, and it feels pretty darn good.  Mouser is 100% right about dual monitors, especially dual huge monitors.  It changes the world.  I have file manager and email running on one monitor and another one for internet and everything else and the comfort and productivity is amazing.

My two absolute favorite gadgets so far are the big Knob (I will write extensively about it later) and the logitech scroll wheel.  That scroll wheel is dynamite...it's a solid heavy piece of metal and once you turn off the clicking and have it spinning with zero friction, man, that's take scrolling to a level that is bliss.

I've realized that I've lost the usb cable for my digital camera, so I have to take the card reader from my old computer and put it in this one to transfer the pictures.  I'll do that now...
4473  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: MiniReview of Linkman URL Organizer and Search Tool on: January 26, 2009, 04:23:04 PM
As to the search window. Which particular colors there?
Well, you know how in the options interface section, there are all the options to change treeview this and that?  It would be nice to change all those for the search window colors also.  For example, I've set the treeview inactive selection to a light blue color, but in the search window, the inactive selection remains a light gray color.  And I don't see any way to change it.
4474  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: MiniReview of Linkman URL Organizer and Search Tool on: January 26, 2009, 04:01:29 PM
Hmm...the sort is not working as expected.  What am I doing wrong?  I've set the sort settings in the dialog for sort order 1 and 2, and the little column arrow is on launch count in the window, but it's not sorting by launch count.  In fact, I can't tell how it's sorting at all.  See the pictures below:

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Also, feature request:
I know we can already tweak all the colors of the main Linkman window.  Could you also extend the color tweaking options to the search window colors?
4475  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: MiniReview of Linkman URL Organizer and Search Tool on: January 26, 2009, 03:44:18 PM
launch count still does not import into Linkman in version 7.71.

It does on my system. Please send me your Powermarks database.

As to the other problem. You have described it differently before, I'll check it out.

My bad, it's working, sorry.
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