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Posts posted by TravisO

  1. You can't, multiple CPUs/cores requires multi-threading support within the kernel. This is why MS had to drop Win9x entirely and create the NT kernel (aka Win 2000), it required a massive rewrite from scratch.

    And as far as supporting higher Mhz/Ghz, that's irrelevant, that's like saying you need a different glove box in your car to support a V8 vs a V6. Win98 will be twice as fast an a 3ghz system as it would a 1.5ghz system, so in other words, it does "support" higher clock rates.

    If you have a dual core system, you need to just move on to XP, you're system will run twice as fast as it does on 98, you'll be much happier.

  2. Motherboards don't have a driver per se, instead you install drivers for various components built into the motherboard, such as:

    * Chipset drivers

    * Onboard video card

    * Onboard sound card

    * Onboard network card

    * BIOS firmware (not really a driver, but keep this up to date)

    and on expensive mobos

    * Onboard raid card

    You can find all of these on the motherboard's support page, just go there, enter your service tag and it will take you to a page with any related drivers.

  3. You are also hitting a situation where you can see Access does not scale well, even when it's only just a UI front end. She might need to "rebuild" the application in a proper setup, such as a .NET application. It would be a good idea to use all Stored Procedures instead of queries, to make the transition easier.

    It sounds like to me, Access & ODBC hogs a connection, where as ASP.NET or a .NET desktop application allow the developer to close the connection the moment you're done with it.

  4. Your computer is too old to upgrade, you need a full replacement in order to play anything recent. A motherboard that supports a 800mhz probably maxes out at 1gh or maybe 1.2ghz, today's CPUs are dual cores running at 3ghz (so that's a virtual 6ghz CPU), so as you can see, you're old hardware can't compare.

    Plus new SATA hard drives are way faster than your ancient IDE drive, ram is way faster, video cards are around 8x faster.

    I recommend getting a:

    cpu: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 (3ghz dual core)


    video: Nvidia 9800GT (new 55nm GPU, cooler, less watts & faster than other Nvidia cards)


    mobo: GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L (simply amazing mobo)


    psu: Sparkle 350w (a good cheapie)


    ram: 2GB of ram (enough for any of today's games)


    HD: 500GB Western Digital (lots of storage, cheap)


    Throw it all in a case and you'll have a cutting edge PC that can play ANY game

  5. Better test - does it happen in safe mode...
    If it happens there, it's your graphic drivers, if it doesn't, it's something else (junkware?)

    I'm 99.9% sure the problem is your graphic drivers, it's even possible this problem exists in the newest version and you might have to downgrade until the next version.

  6. If this is the Vista UDF 2.5 issue, you can download these drivers (might require special hardware you don't have) UDF 2.5 drivers for XP at:


    What did he use to burn the CD, a 3rd party app or Window's built in CD writing?

    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.

  7. As others have pointed out, it does auto refresh and you have to click 'Show Processes From All Users' to see background stuff. While it's an extra click, it's a good idea that it's there as most users really don't care nor understand background processes.

    I'm also glad less things are hiding behind SVCHosts.EXE processes and I'd love to see all of them available in a tree like format.

  8. Disclaimer: This is a pro-Vista rant.

    I've built a brand new desktop (Intel Core 2 Duo e8400 3ghz, Nvidia 8800GTS 512mb, 2gb RAM). On top notch hardware (I get Vista's max rating on all my hardware components) I actually prefer Vista over XP. For almost a year I've owned a laptop with Vista, but had to disable both Aero and the sidebar because of the demand on resources. On my now box I finally have the power to run Vista properly. Three features that have really blown me away are:

    1. The new sleep's instant on, I set my PC to sleep after 5mins of idle, and when I turn it in, I have my desktop back between 1-2 secs, literally, not 3, not 4, we're talking instantly. No bios bootup, no "resuming windows" loading screen, I don't even know how they do it. My CPU, GPU and PSU fans are off and my HD doesn't even thrash during this 1sec turn on phase. I don't even have any SSD thumbdrives plugged in, just a normal 7200RPM SATA-II HD.

    2. Direct X 10 really is amazing, but it's not very obvious in screen shots. The new DX10 shaders can be jaw dropping when seen in motion, while Crysis is the only decent example out there, and it's not even the best looking game (I blame the game's artists on this, not DX10 nor the game engine as Far Cry 2 and some other Crytex demos look amazing). From the per leaf shading you see from the sun's rays, to the photo-realistic water reflections to the water itself. Also few people know many of the DX10 shaders have been ported to the Xbox 360, it's the reason for all the improvements in Gears of War 2. The 360 may not be a fully compliant DX10 card, but it does contain many of the features.

    3. Aero... while I disable this on most hardware, especially laptops including my own, if you own a new video card, as in 2008, which are much more efficient than previous ones because of smaller microns, now hitting 65nm and 55nm. Actually it's not Aero itself that's impressive, it's all the possibilities a 3D rendered GUI can offer, have you watched the MS Surface Sphere demo yet? That's only possible because of Aero, a simple warping via a projection would never be correct.

    PS: I know there are other neat things in Vista, but the above are the only things that have truly impressed me. I had forgotten to add that Vista also just "feels" faster than XP.

  9. You know at the time, it was a great machine, still is for me, does what I want it to do anyway..

    Up until recently I was still using the same machine I built in 2001 too (well I replaced the video card in 2004 and added 256mb of ram in 2007 and bought a 20" LCD in 2008). The biggest reason I built a new box was because the capacitors on my mobo were blown and the computer would randomly reboot 3-7 times a day. But I'm very happy I did build a new one, it's blazzingly fast and I picked up some recent games (UT3 and Crysis).

    I agree with others, just buy a cheap video card for like $30-$50, preferably Nvidia based, and use your new screen.

  10. I think you've lost touch with reality. You do realize any ram you don't use just goes to waste. I'd just stick with the 4GB, even with the fact you're running some VMs and games at the same time. The VMs, when they go idle, will swap to the page file and won't be using ram anymore. There really comes a point where it's just a waste. And I really doubt you'll be running those VMs 24/4 and even if you are, they won't all be active.

  11. I installed XP (with SP2 integrated), it asked for up to 5 account names, I set them, hit NEXT, I didn't read the next screen, it only had like 1 sentence and hit FINISH and it took me to the login screen and both logins require a password but no password was ever set. If I reboot into safe mode, Administrator wants a password too, also never set.

    This is a brand new HD, first time I've installed Windows on it. My Slipstream disk is fine, in the past I've installed it 3 times on my PC and never had a problem. At this point I'm about to delete Windows and re-install but I want to see if anybody has specific ideas.

    PS: Yes I've tried to login with no password, doesn't work.

  12. If it's a work setup, do you have the Novell client installed? It caused all kinds of small problems (nothing as extreme as what you're having) at a previous shop I was at. Removing it (I didn't need Novell authentication for anything I did at my job) fixed all kinds of slowdowns and hangs. And this was on XP with an updated Novell client.

  13. Vista has made the address bar obsolete with it's Find/Run being merged and made smarter to know if you're typing a url, looking for a file, etc.

    Although I do find it surprising MS took steps to remove/hide the address bar in XP, there is some unexplained internal agenda to remove it (but not delete it).

  14. After you apply Vista SP1, both Vista and Win2008 Server run the same kernel, so there's no advantage of 2008 over Vista SP1. And if you want to compare Vista and 2008 Server, I recommend you disable all the bells & whistles in Vista first (ex: remove the widget sidebar, disable Aero).

    I'd put money down that Vista and 2008 Server would be equally as fast if you simply setup Vista the same way 2008 server is setup. Nobody is making you use these features, just disable them, don't blame the OS for the differences, it's your config.

  15. There are some rare occasions where SP1 will break some drivers. This is actually the fault of the driver makers being really sloppy and ignoring the warnings from MS that certain things won't be supported in Vista (but they didn't fix/changed their hack drivers because they still worked in Vista).

    Mix this in with the fact that same companies (Creative Labs sound cards, Motorola headsets) have been telling users to simply buy new hardware (to drive up their sales) instead of fixing their drivers.

    I'm not saying this is your problem, but if SP1 breaks a driver, then it's most likely the reason.

  16. but with many vendors now dropping their support for old operating systems one begins to wonder if it's safe paying for something that just might not last.

    But on the other hand, software doesn't rot, and as long as you still get daily (NOD32 updates multiple times a day) virus updates, that's pretty darn good support. It's fairly cheap, like $30/yr first year and $20/yr after that and occasionally there are sales on SlickDeals.net if you search the forums. IIRC I know 2.7 registration codes work in 3.0, so I would assume the opposite is true (NOD32 doesn't charge you separately for the program, once you subscribe you get all updates & version (of the product you bought) for free, unlike Norton which charges you for upgrades AND virus definitions aka double dipping.

  17. NOD32 v2.7 supports 98, I can't find the trial version on their site, but it is still available at:


    I do still see 2.7 available in the members page, so you can purchase it and get commercial version for 98. I don't know if they still support it, but it does still use the newest virus definitions and they are still offering it, so it's not totally abandoned yet.

    PS: I realize you were using free solutions, but keep in mind you get what you pay for. I've seen PCs running these free AVs and a virus crippled the AV and infected the system.

  18. All of them, there's no money in releasing drivers, companies update them to fix bugs. Sometimes that also includes speed improvements. Video drivers are the only exception to this rule, where they strive to really improve them and make things fastre, better and more feature rich.

    So why pass on any driver update?

  19. Sounds like Vista saw you had another OS but wrote over it. If it still listed it in your boot options, Vista needs this part of the installation improved/fixed.

    If you're starting to second guess your choice of moving to Vista, try disabling Aero (the 3d theme) and the side bar (aka widget bar). Those two items will speed up Vista a lot and reduce memory usage. Of course install SP1 too, but hopefully you've already done that (you shouldn't even wonder if you should install a SP, it's ALWAYS a good idea).

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