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  1. But you can render a punch card unreadable by punching all the possible holes. In theory it should be possible to render a CD unreadable by physically burning all the unburned bits. Of course, you would have to be careful to burn at the same power and duration that the CD was originally burned, lest the original pits be discernable from the newly burned pits. ... but it would obviously be easier to nuke/melt it or use a belt sander. Sanding it down makes LOTS of conductive dust though.
  2. I have two internal 300GB Seagates and they are currently at 34 and 35C - they have a very slow fan in front of them. Ambient temp is maybe 17-18C. For my main drives I would find up to 40C acceptable. If they got up to 40 I would probably open the case and speed up the fan until it got cool enough. Any time I use an external 3.5" HD I make sure to use a fan, as they get too hot otherwise. By "too hot", I personally consider 40+C to be too hot (warm?), up to maybe 50 would be fine for brief occasional use. The only drive I have that ever gets hotter than 49C is the one inside my Dell GX280 SFF - that gets very very hot. The one time I looked at the temp it was at 60+C and very hot to the touch. Scary. Awful cooling in that PC, and the case is a bugger to add a fan to.
  3. Do you have the latest bios? http://downloadfinder.intel.com/scripts-df...x?ProductID=949 Also, the D865 line isn't that bad or ancient - I have a D865GLC and aside from the crappy Nichicon HN(M) capacitors which failed on mine, which I replaced myself, it still works great. When the CPU is idle the heatsink doesn't get hot at all, and it's very stable.
  4. Process Monitor to see exactly which files and processes, and System Explorer to give figures as to how much data is read and written by each process.
  5. They might have contained easily-compressible data. Try downloading a file full of zeroes compared to a .zip.
  6. My (maybe really flawed) calculations suggest that the real-world TCP/IP download speed on a connection of 1024KB (or 1MB) would download at a transfer speed of 108 kilobytes per second.
  7. Sometimes duff caps can damage components further down the circuit (particularly other caps). Sometimes replacing the caps makes everything hunky dory. To replace caps you need equal or better caps (>=voltage, same uf rating), a 60-watt soldering iron, a solder sucker, maybe some desoldering braid, a toothbrush, isopropyl alcohol, and ideally 2% silver 60/40 solder. Often-recommended quality caps are Samxon and (what I use) Rubycon. They should be labeled as Ultra- or just Low-ESR caps. As for soldering irons, lots of people recommend Weller irons, but any 60W soldering station will do. A 2 to 3mm tip and a very pointy tip are all you need. A little pot of tinning & cleaning "grey stuff" is useful sometimes, too.
  8. NetLimiter. http://www.netlimiter.com/featurelist.php Not free though.
  9. From the few ones I looked at, the crashing app varies. Write a memtest86 boot CD to test your memory: http://www.memtest86.com/download.html Test your hard drive for errors with the diagnostics utility provided by your hard drive manufacturer. Test hard drive SMART status and system temperatures with SpeedFan: http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php
  10. SyncBackSE. http://www.2brightsparks.com/syncback/syncback-hub.html They have a freeware version too.
  11. APC's PowerChute Business Edition (the free version) can use custom .cmd files. Example with remote shutdown command: http://forums.isxusergroups.com/thread.jsp...?messageID=1586 Here's a screenshot from my PowerChute config pages. Other UPS apps might have an email notification option, so just run netcat or a mail server which has exec rules.
  12. Norton/Symantec isn't even included on this virus testing site: http://www.shadowserver.org/wiki/pmwiki.ph...irusWeeklyStats I hate it when I encounter a faulty machine with Norton "protection" stuff (IS/360/etc.). Only Ghost is mostly okay. Their web site even requires Javascript and errors show up on Firefox. Nowadays I only recommend Kaspersky or NOD32 (in that order).
  13. Unless emailing the new IP is a requirement, there is an easier, also free, way. https://www.dyndns.com/support/clients/windows.html
  14. 1) Go to C:\windows\system32 2) Copy wpa.dbl and wpa.bak to a safe place. 3) After reinstalling Windows reboot into the Safe Mode by pressing F8 continuously while the computer is starting up 4) Go to C:\windows\system32 or C:\winnt\system32 (depending on where you installed Windows) 5) Rename wpa.dbl and wpa.bak to something else (e.g. wpa.olddbl and wpa.oldbak) in the current folder 6) Replace the wpa.dbl and wpa.bak which you had backed up earlier into this system32 folder 7) Restart the computer in normal mode The computer should be activated as it was before
  15. I think memtest86 keeps going until you stop it. Maybe you have a hardware problem which causes the computer (not OS) to crash. Or maybe you had a mains power spike/dip.

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