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by washu
Fri May 14, 2010 12:34 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Triple display with Core i3's integrated graphics
Replies: 6
Views: 2114

On Intel boards putting a video card into the PCIe x16 slot disables the onboard video. However, putting the card into the x4 slot may work. With a 4350 it probably won't affect performance that much. As to drivers only Vista really has a problem with cards that use different drivers. 7 and XP don't...
by washu
Thu May 13, 2010 6:05 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Non-optical USB mouse?
Replies: 78
Views: 97709

Ball mice don't have optical sensors... Yes they do, at least any that you would find from the past 25+ years on a PC. In fact the first ball mouse made back in 1972 used optical sensors. The two wheels are actually shafts with disks on the ends inside the mouse body. The disks are optical encoding...
by washu
Thu May 13, 2010 5:26 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Home NAS recommendation
Replies: 6
Views: 1815

If you are going with a full size or m-ATX case why just go with an m-ATX board? Then you can start with 6+ SATA ports instead of the 4 on the AT3IONT-I. With the right board and CPU it shouldn't pull that much more at idle than an ION board.
by washu
Sat May 08, 2010 5:09 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Hard drive throwing SMART alarms. Can it be saved?
Replies: 7
Views: 1532

I've seen similar things happen on other drives and often they've been fine. A single bad sector is cause for concern, but does not automatically mean the whole drive is doomed. I have a Seagate momentus that had one bad sector repaired about two years ago and it's still running strong. I would not ...
by washu
Thu Apr 29, 2010 4:30 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Displayport, HDMI & audio
Replies: 10
Views: 2186

Check if you can do DVI->HDMI with sound. If the card gives you an HDMI audio device you probably can. DVI is the same signaling as HDMI so it can carry sound too, it just doesn't usually.
by washu
Wed Apr 28, 2010 5:48 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Dell 2005fpw flicker
Replies: 4
Views: 2300

It's probably failing capacitors in the back-light circuit.

If you are good with a soldering iron then it's probably an easy fix. Pop it open and look for any capacitors that are bulged / leaking. Replace them and it should be good to go.
by washu
Mon Apr 19, 2010 4:07 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: PCIe x16 video card in a PCIe x1 slot?
Replies: 3
Views: 2116

It should work fine with that card at x1 speed. The only possible issue is that a x1 slot is only rated to provide 25W while a full x16 supplies 75W. Your mechanical x16 slot should still provide full power, but even if it doesn't 25W should be enough for a 5450. I used to run a 4350 in a x1 slot wi...
by washu
Sun Apr 18, 2010 6:15 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: CPU/Mobo for home file server
Replies: 13
Views: 2134

My server's motherboard is a Gigabyte EP45-UD3R. As you found out it has to be an Intel board.

I just benched my RAID-5 with ATTO and got a write speed of 350 MB/s and read of 510 MB/s. Check the dates on the reviews and the drivers used. Intel's older drivers weren't very fast.
by washu
Sun Apr 18, 2010 5:18 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: CPU/Mobo for home file server
Replies: 13
Views: 2134

FreeBaGeL wrote: What about when writing from the server to the SSD?
About the same. 90-100 MB/s is about as fast as my network goes without further tweaking.
by washu
Sun Apr 18, 2010 2:49 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: CPU/Mobo for home file server
Replies: 13
Views: 2134

So if you're copying a large (say 4gb) file from your server to another computer on the network, what is your actual write speed? Gigabit tops out at around 125mb/s I believe so is that what you're getting? 125 MB/s is the absolute max in theory. In reality you'll never get that when you factor in ...
by washu
Sun Apr 18, 2010 11:18 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: CPU/Mobo for home file server
Replies: 13
Views: 2134

Aren't write speeds a lot slower with software Raid-5? I'm going to be transferring some large files back and forth (the source files for video editing) fairly often, so if I'm looking at a difference of 10mb/s vs. 100mb/s that's a big deal. Lots of software raid-5 implementations have slow writes,...
by washu
Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:06 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: CPU/Mobo for home file server
Replies: 13
Views: 2134

Unless you are really going to pound on it, why not just get an Intel board with RAID 5 and save a ton of cash by not getting the Areca? Contrariety to popular belief, the on-board Intel raid is quite good and more than adequate for a high-end home server. This article shows that the Intel raid is m...
by washu
Tue Mar 23, 2010 9:46 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Please advise on half-ready home-file-server
Replies: 5
Views: 1762

4 3.5 drives plus 1 (presumably) 2.5 OS drive would be pretty tight in that case, but probably doable. For more SATA ports a standard SIL 3114 card would probably do fine. That would give you 6 ports total. The ones I have seen are bootable, but you may need to flash it with the non-raid firmware. D...
by washu
Sun Mar 14, 2010 12:48 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Using Sata HDD with partially dislodged connector
Replies: 4
Views: 1256

It's doubtful that any actual damage or even corrupt data has occurred on your drive from just a dislodged cable. SATA is fully check-summed so bad data on the cable should have been rejected by the drive and not written. It's however possible that something that Windows needed to write got rejected...
by washu
Thu Mar 11, 2010 7:34 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Which storage media can best endure hot automobile interior?
Replies: 6
Views: 1684

I've had several different types of flash (USB, CF & SD) of various brands used in my car for a few years now and never had a problem even on the hottest days. They also survived temps well below 0°C. I tried a USB HD but my stereo could not index it in a reasonable time so I never kept it in the c...
by washu
Fri Mar 05, 2010 10:36 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: 865 chip...win7 or vista?
Replies: 4
Views: 1113

Neither Vista or 7 will work with a 865 onboard video. The 865 is a DX8 chip at best and Aero needs a DX9 card. Only the GMA950 and above support Aero.
by washu
Tue Feb 16, 2010 12:27 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 120mm 12v connect 7v then to motherboard?
Replies: 10
Views: 2335

I've found that with a 7 volt molex mod that the sensor no longer works because the "ground" of the fan is actually +5V.

Using just +5V seems to work just fine.
by washu
Thu Feb 11, 2010 11:59 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Beware of "Internet Security 2010" -- worst Trojan
Replies: 18
Views: 3224

While it does sound nasty, the hard drive not being seen by the XP install CD is probably just not loading the AHCI drivers.

You can load the AHCI drivers from a floppy or turn off AHCI in the BIOS. If you tried a Vista or 7 install it should also see the drive just fine.
by washu
Mon Feb 01, 2010 12:21 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: RAID Question
Replies: 7
Views: 1218

If you are most concerned about portability / easy recovery then Windows RAID is what you want. Assuming at least one of your drives is still good then you can recover with any modern Windows PC. It doesn't have to have the same chipset or even CPU, a complete AMD system would work. Just plug in the...
by washu
Tue Jan 26, 2010 6:25 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: What tool to fix bad sectors/full scan on larger SATA drive?
Replies: 4
Views: 7663

If there is only a few bad sectors you should try running the manufacturer's diagnostic tool. Do a full scan and see if it lets you "repair" the bad sectors. Usually this is just remapping them to spare sectors. Some drives do this automatically and some need the diagnostic tool. Most drives have ab...
by washu
Mon Jan 25, 2010 8:24 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 2 Kama PWMs connected to one mobo header?
Replies: 1
Views: 1052

I have two Kama PWMs hooked up this way and they work fine. It's really simple to split PWM fans so that adapter should work fine. I hacked my own adapter with a wire joining the two PWM pins and the second fan powered from a 3pin to molex adapter. The first fan runs about 75 RPM higher than the sec...
by washu
Sun Jan 17, 2010 12:03 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: s775 chipset with lowest consumption?
Replies: 31
Views: 9947

flapane wrote:I'd check cpu load, too.
I'd have to take them apart and swap CPUs to make a fair comparison. The G41 has an E5200, the G45 only has an E1200. I may do that at some point.

I did have the E5200 in a G31 before and the CPU load was higher than the G41, but I don't have any hard numbers.
by washu
Sun Jan 17, 2010 9:22 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: s775 chipset with lowest consumption?
Replies: 31
Views: 9947

I just ran DXVA checker on both a G45 and a G41 board. Both running the latest Intel drivers on Windows 7 x64. The only differences were that the G45 had these two decoders that the G41 did not: One mode listed as a GUID, googling indicates it is the VC-1 decoder The other is "ModeH264_VLD_NoFGT-Cle...
by washu
Fri Jan 15, 2010 8:42 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: s775 chipset with lowest consumption?
Replies: 31
Views: 9947

I kind of doubt G41's VC1/H264 offloading from my experience, but G31 wouldn't be better in this regard, either. But G41's 8GB RAM support is a moot point given only 2 DIMM slots on almost every budget mATX motherboard. Unless 4GB stick price drops by a great margin, 4GB is the realistic value for ...
by washu
Fri Jan 15, 2010 7:00 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PSU Requirement for large number of hard drives?
Replies: 3
Views: 992

I don't think you need to worry much about the 5V line. 3.5 HDs run the spindle motor on 12V. If you are worried you can look at the specs of your drives and add up the 5V draw. I'd say a good 350W would probably be more than enough if you drop the gaming GPU. Onboard or really basic is all you need...
by washu
Fri Jan 15, 2010 6:31 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: s775 chipset with lowest consumption?
Replies: 31
Views: 9947

As far as I'm aware, G41 and G43 don't do hardware acceleration of H.264 or VC-1. That's what differentiates the G41 and G43 chipsets from the G45. The G41 and G43 do partial H.264 and VC-1 acceleration, just not full decode like the G45. It still helps reduce CPU use a fair bit over the G31 if you...
by washu
Thu Dec 10, 2009 9:19 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Help me find a very specific video card, or a support group
Replies: 2
Views: 1123

There is the Sapphire 100298L (Radeon 3450) which is close to what you want. It's AGP, fanless and supports Windows 7. It's about $55 here in Canada so hopefully that works out price wise.

There's also a bunch of Nvidia 6200s which would fit the bill.
by washu
Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:32 am
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: where to buy hi efficiency power supplies in CANADA?
Replies: 2
Views: 7890

While I'm lucky that there are a couple of good local shops, when I can't get something in town I usually use NCIX.


No affiliation, just a happy customer.
by washu
Tue Nov 24, 2009 8:09 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Help me with a Athlon 64 x2 3800+
Replies: 8
Views: 2006

If you are using XP do you have the Cool n' quiet driver installed and the correct power setting?

Have you used CPUz or similar to verify that the clock is going down?

I got my 95W TDP Athlon 64 (but single core) at about 60W idle from the wall. CPU clock was 1 GHz when idle.
by washu
Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:31 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: how to tell if my video card is doing its job?
Replies: 15
Views: 4585

Both your 9600xt and GMA950 have about the same level of video playback acceleration, which is to say not much. They both have motion compensation but that's about it. The big difference is your CPU. The Core Duo has SSE3 which will help with video decoding. The XP-M only has SSE1. The Core Duo also...