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by Max Dread
Wed Feb 25, 2015 3:31 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Prime95 - 4 instances for Quad Core? + How to use for me?
Replies: 3
Views: 1102

Re: Prime95 - 4 instances for Quad Core? + How to use for m

Ciao Luca (that is also my nephew's name) Many thanks for the quick response. I have already downloaded it and I ran it for an hour this morning. It did seem to run all four cores so I did not think there was a problem. It was just after reading lots of forums about it that I wondered whether runnin...
by Max Dread
Wed Feb 25, 2015 3:09 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Prime95 - 4 instances for Quad Core? + How to use for me?
Replies: 3
Views: 1102

Prime95 - 4 instances for Quad Core? + How to use for me?

Hi all I'm running some testing on my PC. I have read in several places that it is best to run four instances of Prime95 if you have a Quad Core. However, I am wondering if this advice is a thing of the past and whether the current P95 automatically tests all 4 cores in a single instance of the app....
by Max Dread
Thu Feb 19, 2015 3:32 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WB 2TB Black hard drive making a wavering humming sound...
Replies: 2
Views: 2929

Re: WB 2TB Black hard drive making a wavering humming sound.

my first assumption is the drive is hard-mounted (?), and thus causing the case to resonate somewhere. I have a PaQ case, which has lots of internal foam and stuff holding the components in place. I took the drive out yesterday and listened to it completely out of the case. It made the same sound. ...
by Max Dread
Thu Feb 19, 2015 3:49 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WB 2TB Black hard drive making a wavering humming sound...
Replies: 2
Views: 2929

WB 2TB Black hard drive making a wavering humming sound...

Hi all I've just installed a new to me (second hand) Western Digital drive, model: WD2002FAEX. I've read in reviews that these can be a little noisier than the average drive, but most of that refers to clicky read/write noises. I just wanted to make sure that the noise I am getting isn't indicative ...
by Max Dread
Wed Feb 18, 2015 2:07 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Does anyone use alternative to AMD Catalyst Software Suite?
Replies: 18
Views: 6730

Re: Does anyone use alternative to AMD Catalyst Software Sui

For future reference - in case anyone else stumbles across this thread trying to achieve the same thing - I managed to get it sorted. Please PM or reply to the thread if you want me to talk you through how I did it. Cheers.
by Max Dread
Mon Feb 16, 2015 5:21 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Does anyone use alternative to AMD Catalyst Software Suite?
Replies: 18
Views: 6730

Re: Does anyone use alternative to AMD Catalyst Software Sui

Hi again Following some advice from elsewhere, for now I am using the "Video Controller" option. So, onwards with the procedure! I have right clicked Video Controller and chosen Update Driver. When Windows asks if it can connect to Windows Update, I have said No. The next screen asks whether I want ...
by Max Dread
Mon Feb 16, 2015 1:21 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Does anyone use alternative to AMD Catalyst Software Suite?
Replies: 18
Views: 6730

Re: Does anyone use alternative to AMD Catalyst Software Sui

And in addition to that last question, I wondered what people think of this approach that I found whilst researching: http://www.sysnative.com/forums/windows-tips-and-tricks/455-updating-amd-ati-cards-drivers-only.html#post4856 Cheers Hi all As above, I am following the procedure for a driver only ...
by Max Dread
Tue Feb 10, 2015 8:32 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: XFX ATI HD5450 - Is DVI-DVI AND HDMI-DVI possible?
Replies: 9
Views: 2964

Re: XFX ATI HD5450 - Is DVI-DVI AND HDMI-DVI possible?

As far as Windows is concerned HDMI and DVI are the same. Windows will use what the monitor reports over DDC/EDID. As long as that is correct it will be fine. Windows will not do anything with the colourspace over HDMI unless the device says to. I've only seen a problem once with a cheap Acer monit...
by Max Dread
Tue Feb 10, 2015 6:11 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: XFX ATI HD5450 - Is DVI-DVI AND HDMI-DVI possible?
Replies: 9
Views: 2964

Re: XFX ATI HD5450 - Is DVI-DVI AND HDMI-DVI possible?

It doesn't matter if you're using the monitor's DVI input or not. As long as you use the video card's HDMI output, the colorspace will be limited if(likely) windows/driver decides you've connected a a TV rather than a PC monitor. Are you saying that in response to me saying: The other problem (pixe...
by Max Dread
Tue Feb 10, 2015 1:39 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: XFX ATI HD5450 - Is DVI-DVI AND HDMI-DVI possible?
Replies: 9
Views: 2964

Re: XFX ATI HD5450 - Is DVI-DVI AND HDMI-DVI possible?

Thanks washu. In the section I quoted, for LCD monitor it makes no mention of HDMI. So I started to worry that the HDMI output is "HDMI HDTV"s only and/or only for devices with an actual HDMI port. It is not mentioned in any other parts of that snippet. It's great news though that I am over worrying...
by Max Dread
Mon Feb 09, 2015 2:40 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: XFX ATI HD5450 - Is DVI-DVI AND HDMI-DVI possible?
Replies: 9
Views: 2964

XFX ATI HD5450 - Is DVI-DVI AND HDMI-DVI possible?

Hi all I am about to replace my nVidia card with an HD5450. I have two 19" Dell Monitors (1907fpc) and predominently use them in extended desktop. Occasionally I use them in Clone mode. I always presumed that I could connect one monitor using a DVI-DVI cable, and the other one using a DVI-HDMI cable...
by Max Dread
Fri Feb 06, 2015 8:31 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Does anyone use alternative to AMD Catalyst Software Suite?
Replies: 18
Views: 6730

Re: Does anyone use alternative to AMD Catalyst Software Sui

OK, I can now get to the Display Settings, and I can now see how to change the dual monitor config to horizontal, vertical and extended desktop. But I cannot find an option for cloned displays (same on both monitors). From what little reading I have done so far, it would seem that this might not be ...
by Max Dread
Fri Feb 06, 2015 6:17 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Does anyone use alternative to AMD Catalyst Software Suite?
Replies: 18
Views: 6730

Re: Does anyone use alternative to AMD Catalyst Software Sui

That's great news, but I cannot see in XP where you can configure the dual screens... Can anyone guide me to it please?

Cheers
by Max Dread
Fri Feb 06, 2015 2:12 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Does anyone use alternative to AMD Catalyst Software Suite?
Replies: 18
Views: 6730

Re: Does anyone use alternative to AMD Catalyst Software Sui

Saying that though, how/where would I change the dual monitor configuration (dual view, clone, horizontal span, etc) if I only install the drivers?

Cheers
by Max Dread
Fri Feb 06, 2015 2:02 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Does anyone use alternative to AMD Catalyst Software Suite?
Replies: 18
Views: 6730

Re: Does anyone use alternative to AMD Catalyst Software Sui

Great! In that case, I think I will go through the procedure as per the link i posted above. Seems like CCC will offer nothing I need, so I don't see the point in installing it AND .NET Framework 4 if there's no reason to.

Thanks for all the help. :D
by Max Dread
Wed Feb 04, 2015 4:02 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Does anyone use alternative to AMD Catalyst Software Suite?
Replies: 18
Views: 6730

Re: Does anyone use alternative to AMD Catalyst Software Sui

And in addition to that last question, I wondered what people think of this approach that I found whilst researching:

http://www.sysnative.com/forums/windows ... l#post4856

Cheers
by Max Dread
Wed Feb 04, 2015 2:21 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Does anyone use alternative to AMD Catalyst Software Suite?
Replies: 18
Views: 6730

Re: Does anyone use alternative to AMD Catalyst Software Sui

Again, that's all amazingly helpful. I don't think I need CCC based on that. I might consider a third monitor one day, but that is WAY down the line (if ever). If I don't have to install CCC then I'd rather not, and as an added bonus I won't have to install NET.Framework either. I like to keep thing...
by Max Dread
Wed Feb 04, 2015 1:26 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Does anyone use alternative to AMD Catalyst Software Suite?
Replies: 18
Views: 6730

Re: Does anyone use alternative to AMD Catalyst Software Sui

You've been a phenomenally fantastic help! Thank you so much. If you don't mind (although obviously this goes out to everyone), I do have another question or two... 1. If I went for an older install which allowed ,e to install just the driver, could I run the card with JUST the driver? Would I be ab...
by Max Dread
Wed Feb 04, 2015 12:51 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Does anyone use alternative to AMD Catalyst Software Suite?
Replies: 18
Views: 6730

Re: Does anyone use alternative to AMD Catalyst Software Sui

Sorry, my apologies for the oversight. I am on WinXP SP3. I will update at some point to Win 7 (or newer perhaps), but not in the near future as I just have too much on... Would still be interested to hear about any alternatives to CCC if they exist nowadays. Otherwise I guess I'll just see how I ge...
by Max Dread
Wed Feb 04, 2015 12:15 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Does anyone use alternative to AMD Catalyst Software Suite?
Replies: 18
Views: 6730

Does anyone use alternative to AMD Catalyst Software Suite?

Hi all I've always used nVidia up until now.... But I need to replace the GC in my Music PC and have an ATI (AMD) HD 5450 to put in. I've gone to the site for the latest drivers and have come across a big fat juicy c200MB download for AMD's Catalyst Software Suite. I've had a little look into altern...
by Max Dread
Mon Feb 02, 2015 10:57 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Should PSUs be replaced after so many years?
Replies: 8
Views: 2907

Re: Should PSUs be replaced after so many years?

Thanks for the helpful replies. Is there any software test or benchmark which could test the current state of my PSU? I'm not in a rush to replace. It just seemed a logical time to think about it while I am giving it a thorough clean out (and replacing the GC, and adding another HD). I am tempted by...
by Max Dread
Mon Feb 02, 2015 3:38 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Should PSUs be replaced after so many years?
Replies: 8
Views: 2907

Should PSUs be replaced after so many years?

Hi there I built a PC in 2008 and used a Seasonic SS-400ET power supply. It is still working fine. However, I am changing a few bits in the PC and giving it a major clean at the same time. I wondered if anyone could tell me what the working life of this power supply is roughly likely to be? Does it ...
by Max Dread
Sun Feb 01, 2015 3:22 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: What to use for the inside of my PC external wooden box?
Replies: 1
Views: 1268

What to use for the inside of my PC external wooden box?

Hi all My PC is housed in a PaQ case which does a pretty good job of keeping the noise down. But it is not silent. Plus, I want to be able to move my PC when needed and I therefore want to add wheels to the bottom of it. So the plan is to make a box to slide the PC in to. There would be a top bottom...
by Max Dread
Tue Apr 10, 2012 11:39 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Ways to clean mobos and PCB boards APART from compressed air
Replies: 7
Views: 2271

Re: Ways to clean mobos and PCB boards APART from compressed

Morning all. Glad I checked in here to see these replies. Did not expect to see them here after a month, so it was a pleasant surprise...! The PC is working fine and quietly since the clean up. No issues and no damage caused by using a brush and vacuum. I thought I might add a note about brushes... ...
by Max Dread
Thu Mar 15, 2012 5:23 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Anyone using a MSI 8600GT Silent edition 256MB PCIe GC?
Replies: 12
Views: 3366

Re: Anyone using a MSI 8600GT Silent edition 256MB PCIe GC?

As promised, I have looked over some old notes and emails.... They seem to confirm what i thought, although it is equally possible that I'm all confused and have been from the outset. The issue arose when I first built my PC. I had a 256MB GC to begin with. With that, Windows showed the available RA...
by Max Dread
Thu Mar 08, 2012 4:05 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Anyone using a MSI 8600GT Silent edition 256MB PCIe GC?
Replies: 12
Views: 3366

Re: Anyone using a MSI 8600GT Silent edition 256MB PCIe GC?

@Washu - I've PM'd you regarding the re-mapping issue......
by Max Dread
Thu Mar 08, 2012 5:29 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Recommendations for a new GC - fanless, Low RAM, 2 Outputs..
Replies: 1
Views: 1344

Recommendations for a new GC - fanless, Low RAM, 2 Outputs..

Hi all As per some of my previous recent posts, I have now established that my GC is definitely dead and so am on the hunt for a new one... I have not kept up with computers since building my PC in 2008, so I have no idea what has been released since then. But that's not to say I want a newer card, ...
by Max Dread
Tue Mar 06, 2012 1:47 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My PC Monitors have suddenly stopped working... Please help!
Replies: 6
Views: 1296

Re: My PC Monitors have suddenly stopped working... Please h

Thanks jacksena, but those things won't be possible as I cannot see anything!!! I'm currently looking for another GC I can try out in the machine, and i guess if that fixes the problem I will know that old GC was the problem./ If not, I still won't be able to see anything....
by Max Dread
Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:48 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Anyone using a MSI 8600GT Silent edition 256MB PCIe GC?
Replies: 12
Views: 3366

Re: Anyone using a MSI 8600GT Silent edition 256MB PCIe GC?

That's certainly not how I remember it..... When I built the PC a few years back, I made quite a few notes and saved quite a few web pages concerning this issue. Right now I need to get my computer back up and running. Once that's done I'll refresh my memory on the matter and we can chat about it if...
by Max Dread
Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:37 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My PC Monitors have suddenly stopped working... Please help!
Replies: 6
Views: 1296

Re: My PC Monitors have suddenly stopped working... Please h

Yes. Either that or less likely, your memory. Can you confirm that your PSU is working? I can confirm that the PC boots and loads windows. So the PSU works well enough to do that...... Not sure how else I would test it. As for the RAM, I have two sticks installed.... So I tried booting with just on...