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ChunkDog

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  1. 4.) Instead of (or along with, at least) a search engine that will find anything on your PC no matter where you put it, (and which will suck up resources indexing everything) it would be better to try and educate your users as to how data is actually stored on a computer... where they should and should not store things. When you cater to the user who has no clue, randomly saves files all over the place, and generally can't find anything on their PC, you do everyone a disservice. Things like adaptive user interfaces which change based on context or users' habits, hiding file extensions, making Documents & Settings a junction point without telling anyone, hiding user data deep within hidden directories with very long unintelligible names, etc.. don't really help my parents use their PC and hinder me from helping them as well. I'd rather they suck it up and learn what a folder is and how to navigate a directory tree. You aren't doing young, potential IT workers any favors here either. Seems to me we'd all be better off if the structure of data at the file system level was as transparent as possible. While there's a lot of cool stuff in the new Explorer, the default settings are questionable. Basic navigation has not improved and may even be harder for most people. Stop forcing your particular idea of how things should be organized on us and give us a clearer picture of where things really are. Please....

    I have to agree on this, as it is just dumbing down the users, and making the technicians jobs harder. All though, Vista would search a folder created with the customers backup after a reinstall too, so maybe it might of made our jobs easier, lol.

    7.) All right... last one and I'll stop. The Windows Key is an abomination and to link it to what's arguably the coolest 'gee wiz' feature (the 3-D window flipping alternative to alt-tab) in Vista is lame. That COMPLETELY unnecessary key should be regarded as a marketing mistake and never used by anything. ;)

    I have to totally disagree here. I use the Windows Key all the time, and allows power users to navigate the OS quicker, if you take advantage of it. Just take for instance "Windows Key + E" to open Windows Explorer, or "Windows Key + R" to open the run command, just those two alone used by someone knowledgeable, can navigate to any area of the OS with the keyboard much quicker than using the GUI. If anything, they should extend on it, and add even more shortcut keys, and allow them to be remapped too.

  2. Wow, thanks for all the replies. I was considering Hex Editing the BIOS to add the custom serial number, then flashing the board, but I'm afraid that the BIOS image would not be reconstructed correctly for use in flashing. I know about changing the Logo, witch we plan on doing, but how do companies like DELL and HP put a serial number in their BIOS images? or is there something else in play for them to achieve this.

  3. Hi,

    I work for a small computer company that builds quite a few systems. Our systems are of course custom built, and each one has a serial number on the case witch is used to track the system. Now we would like to add the machines serial number to the BIOS or the Windows installation. We are using Everest to generate reports on the system's we build and service, and would like that custom serial number to show up in these reports. Thanks in advance for the help.

  4. Well, I put everything back to stock speeds, and am no longer getting the problem, but i have had a crash to desktop once after an hour of gameplay, but that's minor, and probably just a bug. I will report back as to what I oc'ed was the problem, though I think it was the CPU. Thanks for the help.

  5. Ok, well here it goes:

    I just recently upgraded my graphics card from a Radeon AIW 9700 Pro 128mb to a Radeon X850Pro 256mb, both are AGP. The switch went flawless, or so I thought, and started fragging away. Well, I noticed a strange problem that seemed random at first, but on further inspection noticed that it would more than likely happen when the X850Pro was rendering fog type effects, like dust, of smoke, but occasionally would happen just because. Now the problem is that my frame rate will just all of the sudden drop tremendously, and the only way to alleviate the problem is to restart the system.

    After noticing this behaviour, I started to troubleshoot. First I tried Task manager, but that was no help, so then I tried Process Explorer. Basically Process Explorer was showing me 50% CPU utilization with the "Hardware Interrupts".

    I have tried turning off "Allocate IRQ For VGA" in the BIOS, but that had no effect. I was trying to find a program that would monitor or log Hardware Interrupts in real time, so as to narrow down the device causing the problems (Although I'm sure it's my new graphics card). Any Help would be great, thanks.

    I just tried flashing my BIOS, and this in turn reset the CMOS settings. Still having the same Problem.

    My System:

    Abit IS7

    P4 3.06ghz (oc'ed to 3.58ghz)

    2x 512mb Corsair XMS LLP (2-2-5-2) at 1:1 with FSB

    Radeon X850 Pro (oc'ed to 540 core, 550 memory) not the stock cooler of course

    Creative Audigy 2 Platinum

    WD 250gb IDE

  6. Thank you far all the replies, good stuff.

    I have finally found a correct way to do it. PSEXEC is needed, and some knowledge about windows. Basically the problem I was having before when using PSEXEC was that when you load windows explorer, it inherits permissions from the original copy loaded when logging into the system. For example, If I log into the system as "user", the first copy of explorer is loaded with "user" account's privileges, so when running explorer again to view Windows Explorer, it has to inherit the permissions from the originally loaded explorer.exe, wich in this scenario is "user".

    The workaround is to logon normaly, then end the task "explorer.exe", then load a command prompt for the PSEXEC command. Now we cxan load explorer.exe with local system rights with the command:

    psexec -s -i -d c:\windows\explorer.exe

    This will reload explorer with system rights. Give it a try!

  7. Well, I tried to search the forum about this, but came up dry.

    I would like to be able to run programs on an nt system using the local "System" account. I have tried out psexec from sysinternals, but it does not seem to work for my needs. I mainly would like to run Windows Explorer using the system account, and a few other thiongs as well. Any help or ideas would be great. Thanks in advance.

    Title Edited - Please follow new posting rules from now on.

    --Zxian

  8. It could be caused by a bad network card and/or it's drivers. Try installing the latest drivers for your network card, and if that doesn't help, try a different network card. If you have an on board network card, make sure to disable it before trying a PCI one. Hope this helps you.

  9. I just recently downloaded and installed the latest version of Winamp, and I must say I am completely disappointed in it. It's got all this AOL crap in it, installs some "50 free mp3's" program, cant detach the video screen without problems, when the video screen is attached it seems to show some stupid, almost ad-like info. What the hell happened to our WinAmp. Since using it for 15 min, I have since uninstalled it. Anyone else care to share their experiences with the new CrapAmp?

  10. @ChunkDog

    Have you tried incorporating Basharats driver packs into your RIS install???  If so, how did u go about doing so??? Thanks    :unsure:

    Sorry, haven't tried that, so I'm not sure, but my guess would be that it would work fine. As far as how to use it, you'd have to check out the forum on it and ask there. Good luck!

  11. @ChunkDog

    did you have to do anything special for the OEM versions of Windows that you have set up on your RIS server???  Do you just put the $OEM$ folder next to the i386??? or do you have to put it in i386???  Just thought id ask before I startsetting mine up.  Thanks in advance  :D

    Nope, it's all the same procedure. Just follow the unattended guide on this website, and that should be all the info you need. The OEM folder sits in the same folder as the I386 folder in you RIS Directory Structure. You will need to edit the ristndrd.sif file located in the templates folder, under the I386 folder. That file is the one used for the unattended install, and you can use it just like a regular answer file.



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