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Posts posted by Th3_uN1Qu3

  1. Can't hurt to gently clean the fans and cooler, giving the whole system longer life expectancy, but I think PIIIs just shut down when too hot. No "hotter=slower". Just keeping it real.

    The later PIIIs don't shut down when they overheat, they throttle aka run slower.

  2. Dude! I don´t get how you think and where your logic is at but this is really not the smartest thing to say. Listen, it has hardware T&L and I have to correct myself there a bit as it´s DX 9.0b and not 9.0c. Then you come with a link to a guy that is talking bullcrap like:
    The GMA 950 only has DX9 support. DX10 will run, but will reduce DX10 effects to what is possible in DX9. The X3100 is the first Intel GPU to support DX10.

    Err... :blink:

    The newer drivers introduced hardware vertex shading, which is a totally different thing from TnL. I linked to a single post in that thread, and could care less what the rest of the thread said.


    Microsoft* DirectX* 9 Vertex Shader 3.0 and Transform and Lighting supported in software through highly optimized Processor Specific Geometry Pipeline (PSGP)

    Texture Decompression for DirectX* and OpenGL*

    OpenGL* 1.4 support plus ARB_vertex_buffer and EXT_shadow_funcs extensions and TexEnv shader caching


    There. Now you'll say that Intel themselves are lying in their specs?

    As about only needing 60Hz on a LCD, well, the only LCD monitor i have is my laptop's display. AND refresh rate = response time, so your 2ms monitor will be useless if you only give it 60Hz refresh.
    And where do you get this from? Refresh rate is response time?...You are totally, but totally wrong there... totally :no:.

    The response time determins the maximum refresh rate, and the maximum FPS rate that the monitor can actually display. Running a lower refresh rate is only going to make things slower.

    You can contradict me all you want, i'm off to patch some stuff in a game, see you tomorrow.

  3. This thread got me interested in trying out Linux. I've been wanting to test it. Typing this off my laptop running

    the latest Puppy Linux, I think it's 4.0. I'm very impressed. About 90 MB total running off of a CD. I ended up having to download a

    driver for my wireless adapter and to remaster the CD. The whole process took about an hour. Very quick and stable. I'm tempted to run this on the office PC's if I can find all the drivers.

    If you install Puppy to HDD you won't need to remaster the disc. But yes, if you can find drivers for all your hardware and don't mind a little compiling from source, it is a great mini-distro.

  4. CPU-Z, period. Since when did CnQ need a driver? As far as i know it just needs to be enabled in the BIOS, XP has no control on those settings (although Linux and Vista do).

  5. Well, at some point you need to decide wether you spend days or just hours. I wouldn't spend days for someone else's computer, you'll never get any reward for that, you'll just be called again when anything goes wrong. And I wouldn't slim down someone else's XP, same reasons, even worse, here, it's really your fault if things go wrong.

    You also need to decide if you spend hours fixing it or hours reinstalling it. It seems you are pushed both ways here, potentially loads of wasted time. Just my two cents.

    Well, it wasn't me who recommended a full reinstall or slimming down XP... I just told him what should be removed and what he should replace the removed stuff with (if needed). That, and a defrag does the trick in most cases.

  6. It's possible he burnt a cheap CD (ex: Memorex) on a LiteOn burner (a cheap crappy overrated burner) and now normal burners can't see it. I have many CDs/DVDs that are unusable because they were Memorex discs burnt by a LiteOn burner, the combination seems fatal.

    Don't bash Lite-On. They're the only optical drives still kicking in my rigs. I agree on the Memorex discs though, they had a bad batch which fried a couple of my old LG CDRWs - after burning those they would only burn at 8x regardless of media.

  7. Many P4's have a TDP of as high as 115W, and right now you can get high-end quad cores like a Q9650 on a lesser TDP (95W), or plain old Core 2 Duo's that still totally beat the P4 in speed, and have a TDP of 65W (about half of the P4).

    Funny how you're talking about this but don't say a word about the cooling needed.

    Cooling has evolved. Today's big coolers are big because of the "silent PC" trend, and it's really better that way. I've had 4 P4s, still have a 2.4GHz Prescott clocked to 3.6 in mom's rig, and man does it run HOT despite it having a properly sized cooler fitted.

    The Northwoods were alright, but i remember the 3.0GHz HT Prescott. Its stock cooler went up to 5400rpm and sounded like a jet taking off yet the chip ran at 72C in the summer. A ThermalRight XP-90 took care of both heat and noise, and it's a cooler that can cope with any current dual or quad-core CPUs, just that it doesn't fit LGA775 as far as i know. Too bad i sold it a few years back, it would've done a nice job in mom's current PC.

    Did you ever see the coolers for the 45nm C2Ds? I thought "man, those look like they were pulled straight from a 486... Yet they're quiet, and they cool the chips just fine at stock speeds. When you're a computer enthusiast and like to squeeze every last MHz from your chip, of course you're going to need big coolers, it's always been that way. But the stock LGA775 cooler can even keep quads within their normal temperature limits at stock speeds. I can't say that about the P4 Prescotts.

    I've never seen a game programmer say anything bad about Intel chipsets.


    You speak about integrated graphics. Intel's integrated graphics is what they always were - RUBBISH. You can't expect an integrated graphics solution to run demanding games. Intel's current CHIPSETS are awesome. Oh btw, your link is broken.

    Well, mine sure doesn't! It's got a SiS one.

    Wow, SiS. Don't remind me how incredibly s***ty those were.

    Not like this onboard stuff will last long anyway. Sure, built-in chipsets of today are better than a SoundBlaster 16 PCI, but my argument was that instead of buying something decent as a separate card, which meant you could actually decide what you wanted, it's now all on-board as cheap low-end chipsets.

    There's nothing stopping you from buying a dedicated audio card if you're not happy with the onboard. And onboard audio has really evolved in the past few years. It's meant to provide a cheap HD-compliant audio solution for people that aren't audiophiles or performance gamers, and does that very well.

    Before you call it FUD, do your homework. I'll give you a very basic example of how a modern system can draw equal to, or less power than an old one.

    Which is just an example of how you can. Of course you can. But such a rig is not everywhere, and it's not the standard.

    Once of the MAJOR selling points of Core Duo when it was released was that they drew far less power and therefore ran cooler than their older counterparts.

    Of course. The Core Duo series is based on the Centrino architecture. But there's more than Core Duo out there, and generally the heat rises exponentially the more cores you have on a CPU, which means more cooling, which means more power consumption.

    The Q6600 eats less power than a P4 Prescott, and that's a FACT. 4 much more advanced cores using less power than a single core. Sure, the C2Q takes up 30W more than the C2D, but it's got double the processing power. And it STILL uses less than the P4 Prescott.

    The Core architecture is based on Pentium M. Centrino was a mobile PLATFORM, which contains a Pentium M CPU on an Intel mobo with an Intel wireless card. That once again shows how misinformed you are.

  8. Any way, it DOES do TnL hardware and DOES pixel shading hardware too (9.0c even as I remember, just wasn´t enabled in their first release of their drivers). The GMA 950 isn´t bad at all and does run some titles like NFSU2 and HL2 pretty well, ... for real...

    TnL only enabled in later drivers? That means EMULATION... It only does software TnL and shaders.


    As about only needing 60Hz on a LCD, well, the only LCD monitor i have is my laptop's display. AND refresh rate = response time, so your 2ms monitor will be useless if you only give it 60Hz refresh.

    Never had any issues with any of that really. It worked just fine under any OS, and did everything I needed it to do: display 2D stuff, and play some videos.

    That is because your CPU is able to do all the work.

    Wow, I see a lot of smart guys around here that consider mounting a V12 engine on a bicycle as perfectly normal.

    I'll show myself out of this talk now, thank you.

    I'm sorry to say, but you are wrong here. As Zxian pointed out, in this case it's not about the power output but the effciency of that particular PSU.

  9. Suck for gaming and such, yes. But personally (when it comes to 3D performance) I'm perfectly happy with Intel GMA 950 video with 8MB of shared RAM... I was quite happy with Rage-era (pre-radeon) PCI (non-express) graphics too.

    GMA 950? Sheesh. Go away! It can't even support proper refresh rates... It has absolutely no TnL and pixel shaders, so it can't even apply video filters in hardware. Nice. The Rage chips were good, don't compare them to intel's GMA rubbish as they are a heck of a load older yet still had more features (considering their age) than the GMA.

  10. I still stand by the Firefox 3 comment though. HijackThis only shows he's running Firefox Portable (suggesting to me it may not be installed on the local system?) and also it doesn't say which version. Previous to v3 Firefox was a huge RAM hog and was also a bit heavy on CPU (in my opinion) if too many tabs open.

    No, the C drive isn't part of the local system. Never. :lol: I agree on the older versions being memory hogs, but as i've been an Opera user for 3 years and counting, i don't have anything else to say. :P

  11. The only thing I'm not really sure about, is the vid card. In fact, even onboard video would suffice (as long as it does H.264 decoding in hardware). The main considerations here being 1) low power and 2) quietness. Some 3D performance wouldn't hurt I guess, but it really comes in third (and really not necessary). The main issue with onboard video is, it only seems to come on low-end mATX boards (with like only 2 DIMM slots and such -- limitations I can't live with).

    The HD3450 will do fine. Onboard video started to suck since they started using system RAM, and they have sucked ever since. There is a reason they are not present on regular ATX boards anymore.

  12. I agree with above....

    More RAM is good - if possilbe.

    Personally I'd go Firefox 3 for web browsing (benchmarks quicker than IE6 for rendering much html, images and esp java). Also get the IE tab add-on for IE only pages. Then remove all links to IE (from Desktop, Start Menu and Quick Start) cause old habits die hard. If you insist on keeping IE, at least install Spyware Blaster as a preventative (probably worth installing anyway).

    I love it when people post before they even read the first post in the topic. He can't get any more RAM, and HijackThis shows that he had Firefox open at the time he posted...

  13. Viewpoint Manager Service - is there a way he can get around it?

    I do not have AOL - never did - I would suggest running all the security programs I mentioned to clean out any garbage associated with it and then research via google.

    I'm not even sure if he has AOL. If he doesn't, then he has one more reason to remove that ViewPoint service. If he does, then he has one more reason to get a better ISP. :D

  14. A hosts file is enough, if he uses that he won't need SpywareBlaster as it does exactly the same. As of the other ones, never heard about them and i have yet to be hacked, so i doubt they are useful. :P One thing i don't like about the hosts files is that they block all the free porn... :lol:

    TCP Optimizer: Have had mixed success with it. If he's on 1mbit+ broadband it won't make much difference.

    PC Decrapifier - when i saw that a "Purchase" button exists i closed the page. From what i read till i closed it it looks like CCleaner for money.

  15. The new PC will play HD movies and other heavy-ish tasks just fine, be better at multitasking, run cooler/quieter/on less power, work more reliably (like read all discs)

    Lite-On please. Otherwise you'll be surprised that after a few months it doesn't read half the discs your old drive handled just fine. :P

  16. Th3_uN1Qu3 - your turn... :P

    Recommending CCleaner is a great idea, also BlackViper's services configuration guide is the best on the web. But some things he has might not uninstall if he starts tweaking services, so i'll drop a few more hints in.

    After you get rid of all the Symantec junk, also uninstall that ViewPoint thing if you don't have AOL as your internet provider (and if you do, please change it :P). PCTelspk.exe is also safe to remove if you don't use the modem. Get rid of Adobe Reader and install Foxit Reader (same functionality and a heck of a load faster). Then run CCleaner, follow BlackViper's services guide and defrag.

    That would be about it.

  17. Poolsharkzz, i boot XP in 40 seconds, half of which are the hardware checks... And it's nothing much, it's the dual-PIII rig in my sig. If it took 2 minutes i'd start ripping my hair out.

    @ topic:

    Norton. No. Nooooooooo!!! This is the main reason why it is so slow. Uninstall it and see the difference. NOD32 is a very good and light antivirus.

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