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  1. Ok here's some more information too. The following KB articles (and are part of windows update) will disable the ability to /set the loadoptions to ignore KB932596 KB938979 so if you MUST have something running with out a signed driver these hotfixes you'll need to uninstall.
  2. actually the command to disable driver signing in Vista x64 requirement is as follows. BTW I need to do this for VMWare to run on my install. from an admin command prompt. bcdedit /set loadoptions DDISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS yes DD is not a misspelling. Reboot and install to your hearts content.
  3. you didn't happen to create a restore point before you started did you? I'm not sure what registry keys affect that behavior. I don't think a repair install would help either since this is a registry issue not a corrupt file problem.
  4. The firewall built into windows is pretty comprehensive. But you should have a hardware firewall. This would be a cable/dsl router. Searching for that should get you more then enough product results. Having one of these has several benefits. Filters traffic at a hardware level. Free's up your computer from having to process all those packets to determine whether or not to let it in. Forces you to explicitly open ports on the front end. Unless your applications are all uPnP, then you'll have to make the consious effort to open up the ports. This might seem like a drag, but it's easy, and it's a good additional way to make you ask yourself if this is really the right thing I should be doing. In my opinion, the windows firewall is a good last ditch defense against internal network worms if something does get through to another machine. In my case my wife has a tendancy to download nasty things. So the firewall on my box helps keep me clean This is my setup at home Dlink DIR-655 router Standard Vista Firwall and Windows Defender aVast antivirus
  5. shoguy

    PC Clusters

    Clustering computers with current game development wouldn't help you. The latency involved with clustered computing isn't condusive to gaming. Clustering is good if you have a task that lends itself to a distributed effort. Examples might be anything with heavy computational load. Finding Prime Numbers, Hacking encryption keys, calculating the effects of a nuclear blast at the atomic level, Aggregating terrabytes of data, Serving a search index for a search engine. These are all things where a cluster is good.
  6. Are you unsure if you have a problem? BTW what is the problem. Do you have an error message? A screen shot? Have you tried doing the activation over the phone?
  7. Attached is the screenshot of the performance. Not quite sure how vista measures the cpu. Also I haven't seen anyone with a score in any one item > 5.9 System Specs: Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 @ 3.0ghz (no overclock) EVGA NF68-A1 2x 4gb pairs of Patriot Extreme. 5-5-5-12 (8gb total) MSI Geforce 8800Ultra 768mb 2x Samsung Spinpoint 500gb drives in Raid 0
  8. Man that doesn't sound like fun. To my knowledge OEM's havent been creating bios level lockdowns of the hardware with vista http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070130-8730.html this articles seems to imply the OEM Vista isn't much different then retail other then support/x64 and x32 bundling and the ability to activate windows on various pieces of hardware. One thing you mentioned is that you use gparted to partition your disk. Vista comes with built in support to shrink/grow partitions. So you should be able to accomplish the same thing and not use a different tool. To me it sounds like your HDD just needs to be nuked from orbit and redone. Sounds like low level format time. Although it does seem weird that a few funk partitions would lock up the whole system. http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/sh...d.php?p=2705017 this article implies that this is infact possible. I'm a fan of Vista and MS products but this is kinda disturbing if it's true.
  9. Didn't realize I was being anal about it. Just pointing out that the issue wasn't Vista motherboard support. That's all.
  10. it's not about motherboards. It's about limitations of addressing memory with the memory space with 32bit. 64bit vista has no problems with adressing up to 128gb of memory. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929605/en-us http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929580/en-us http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940105/en-us This article really just talks about 32bit game development on windows. but the slice that's of interest here is Just some food for thought. 4GB of memory isn't new and Windows XP, Windows Server 2000 and 2003 have been able to cope with this before 64bit came onto the scene for these os's. But it's a matter of fact that for any application to take advantage of lots of memory in the 32bit world needs to be specifically designed to do so. For example SQL server can do this. If you want a lot of memory for free (no dev intervention) then 64bit is how you need to compile your application.
  11. I uninstalled the Nvidia Network Acess Manager and life seems to be a ton better for me as well. Haven't had a host process crash in over 12 hours. I would have had one by now. Never got a dump of the crash. But at least the suspision of the nvappfilter was a good one. Thanks! Now I just hope anyone else who has this problem is able to find a solution. This thing has plagued me for 3 weeks.
  12. http://blogs.technet.com/askperf/archive/2...rash-dumps.aspx has a really cool writup about the various ways to application dumps if there are problems.
  13. Unfortunately, just like XP, driver support on release stinks from some vendors (*cough*Nvidia*cough*). IDEA 4 me anyways. Ive been running utorrent non stop for longer than ive been having this issue and when launching utorrent it gives me this error: Probably explains my problem. Ill switch 2 azueres 4 a few days and c what happens. 1 thing, after doing what u said 2 do in the last post im having LOTS of bad things happen and my comp is gettin pretty slow as a result of them so can we undo that mabe? So I haven't been running any torrent software. Don't even have any installed. If the problems are related and it looks like they are, then switching your torrent application probably won't make the problems happen any less often. In my case svchost crashes at random and it's a random instance every time. Sometimes it's the iphlsvc, sometimes it's the one running the themes service. I'm going to see when I get home tonight if I got any dumps, and find a way to uninstall that one firewall driver. This is annoying.
  14. Here is a decent side by side of the various parts and pieces http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/...ons/choose.mspx as far as 64bit vs 32bit. It really depends on the amount of memory and if there are any 64 bits apps you want to use. I'm currently using 64bit but I have 8gb of ram (really overkill with the current applications that I use) 64 bit drivers seem OK at best. I've been having problems with Creative and now apparently Nvidia network controller drivers. Your milleage may vary though
  15. ugh how annoying. Once I get a dump I guess the next steps would be to contact nvidia. Vista definitly has some growing pains.


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