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TrevMUN

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  1. My guess too. Custom theme and an extra desktop widget thrown in. Some of those these can really, really make XP look like a completely different beast. Especially with desktop widgets like Rainmeter.
  2. If you can go with Team Red I'd recommend it from the security angle; as I understand it, AMD is not as vulnerable to Spectre/Meltdown as Intel's CPUs are. My own options were pretty limited with XP64 (not that I'm complaining, the new Broadwell-E setup is a major upgrade from my Kentsfield) but you should have better luck with XP32. From this thread I had posted observations made by people at Guru3D as to what post-EOL hardware is still XP-friendly. Though it's a Team Blue option, GIGABYTE's Z370s are observed to work without ACPI and that, generally, XP has been tested and found to work on the Z370s. This one's going for $120, and you should be able to find a CPU in the LGA1151 socket that would fit your budget. From that thread, @Dietmar found concrete evidence that XP can work on AMD's Ryzen line. Specifically, ASRock's Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming K4 motherboard, with a little tweaking. From what I understand AMD worked in some backward/forward compatibility with the Ryzen line and so you can use newer-generation Ryzen CPUs with the older sockets to an extent. You'd need to verify whether that's the case for that socket though.
  3. This Dell forum thread seems to indicate that the maximum resolution is 1024 x 768, and that it's a limitation of the LCD display itself. However, it looks like that model of laptop had different models of display available. If you're willing to do some hardware hunting and modding, a cursory look into the model revealed that there's a display available for that laptop model which has 1440 x 1050 native resolution. It looks like this store sells the screen you'd need.
  4. Part of why I come to MSFN is to be aware of any discovered security vulnerabilities that might affect Windows XP/XP64 and what to do about them. Also, I get great advice on general security practices hanging out here. Through @Sampei.Nihira I learned about NoVirusThanks' OSArmor and I've been using it ever since on all my machines. I also like running Spybot Search and Destroy primarily for its Immunization tool for browsers, and the ability to route a lot of known malware sites to 0.0.0.0 via the HOSTS file, just in case I ever stumble into a trap. (I haven't yet, but I'd rather have that layer of security just in case.) As far as browsing habits go, I make sure every browser with add-on capabilities has some sort of proactive script-blocking system, such as NoScript for the Firefox-based ones, and uBlock Origin for the Chrome-based ones. I double that up with AdBlockPlus, though mainly I use that to get rid of a lot of the cruft that makes browsing YouTube such an annoyance. (This used to work much more effectively, but YouTube has been redesigned a few times since then.) I think the FUD campaign Microsoft (and tech journalists) conducted as April 2014 approached are largely responsible for the general mentality people have regarding XP. I had made my thoughts known about it back then, but both journos and Microsoft themselves really, really wanted people to believe that the moment Windows XP stopped receiving updates, anyone who didn't upgrade would find their computers a playground for zombie botnets, malware, and all sorts of nastiness. Also, from the gaming side of things, Microsoft already laid the ground for that by denying XP any newer DirectX versions with the release of Vista in 2006. Games slowly stopped providing DirectX 9 support years before, and more and more people started looking down their nose at gamers with XP machines. (Now the process is repeating with Windows 7, as I knew it would. Bleh.) More of a side note than anything, but for almost ten years now I've wanted to try making a router/firewall dedicated PC. I even planned to use the hardware my daily driver desktop, Palouser, had been using until earlier this year when I upgraded her, but her previous setup appears to have a motherboard failure that won't make the parts suitable for 24/7 usage anymore. Haven't really had the need to do so anyway, in recent years I've been renting rooms (apartments are too expensive where I currently work!) and so router management's out of my hands. Still, this is probably a good reminder that when I do eventually move somewhere and I'll have to be responsible for my own network, I should probably give the "Router/firewall in a PC" project a try. I imagine a PC running PFSense or something would be much easier to keep up to date and upgrade/mantain than a commercial router.
  5. I've been trying the agent overrides suggested. Something else seems to be going on, I'm not sure what, but both in New Moon 27.9.1a1 (64-bit) and FF52, some videos still won't play. I get a different message, though: Test this one and see if it works for you guys? It should be a Japanese upload of Otaking's TIE fighter short film, but I get that message when trying to watch. I don't think this is related to the weird conflict with the Flash plugin and HTML5 that happens with YouTube, since it's happening with both Firefox-derived browsers and only my copy of FF52 has Flash installed.
  6. Hey all, In the past I've sometimes perused Nicovideo if I was looking for something specific that wasn't uploaded to YouTube. Or, if I wanted to see reactions to Western content (e.g. Paul "Otaking" Johnson's TIE Fighter short film) given the unique comment system that Nicovideo uses. Recently I tried to watch a video I've seen there before, only to come up with this message: Without attempting to translate it I thought maybe that meant the video had been deleted, but this message was showing up in lieu of any video I found. Then I tried translating it: So I thought ... hey, maybe this is like what happens with Firefox on YouTube if you have the Flash plugin installed; YouTube has been randomly upgrading older videos with HTML5-only, and for some stupid reason if Flash is installed, Firefox will only attempt to use that over HTML5. My other browsers which don't have Flash (New Moon, Chrome, Advanced Chrome) still work fine on YouTube. But ... No matter which browser I tried, I still got the same error. So I looked into what this message means. Turns out, Niconico Video terminated support for Windows XP last August. Now the thing is, Advanced Chrome has usually been enough by itself to bypass any attempts to prevent Windows XP access to websites. It seems like Niconico Video is doing something different though, and not merely checking for browser version/type but operating system, too. What's a good way to get around that?
  7. XP64 user here, my rig didn't ever have Microsoft Office installed. CTFMon's still present and running and I have the MSCTF objects. I tried turning off advanced text services; this didn't close CTFMon. Would I need to restart to verify, or can I kill the process without doing so?
  8. Bingo. Rangarok Online had this issue last month, Gravity KR's developers lost the ability to support XP due to newer SDKs. They're using some stopgap to provide XP compatibility for iRO in the meantime, but iRO is also years behind in content. So, who can say how long that compatibility will last. This is an interesting solution! I'll have to look into this. Do we have a thread on which programs can continue to run under XP using Application Verifier? Might be useful.
  9. *checks that statcounter* 44.6%?! From 4% in December according to OP?! As much as I find that hilarious, something's got to be off about those numbers ... What's their methodology for this data? Or their sample audience? Oh! I see now, those are the numbers for Armenia. I tried checking OP's source and compared it to this. XP's market share is 2.99% according to Netmarketshare. I assume that's global numbers ... It does, however, seem that there has been a dip in Windows 7 usage worldwide, assuming those numbers are global. Overall the market shift was in 10's favor, though.
  10. I had been meaning to respond to this topic for a week, but I'd been so preoccupied with work and other commitments that I hadn't had the chance to ... until now! I wanted to leave a huge thank-you, @XP-x64-Lover, for all you've done in finding these drivers and allowing those of us sticking with XP64 a chance to upgrade to hardware a bit more recent. Between your drivers and the trick explained by Matt's Repository for getting XP/XP64 drivers for the nVidia 9XX series, on Memorial Day Weekend I was able to finally give my desktop the badly needed overhaul I'd been wanting to do since my first posts at MSFN back in 2014! That's 64 GB of DDR4 RAM, SABERTOOTH X99 motherboard, Intel i7-6950X CPU, and a GeForce GTX TITAN X. I wasn't able to get the SSD thing sorted out, so I wound up using the IDE method, which has worked amazingly well with my existing install. Since @bluebolt figured out a way to get an install of XP64 working on a NVMe 2.0 drive, I may skip the SSD and attempt a fresh install off of that instead, since the X99 has a bay for NVMe drives. For now, though, I'm just excited to have not only put my hardware troubles behind me for now, but that I've now got the RAM upgrade I've wanted for years!
  11. Awesome! This has been a big help, man. Thanks. Do you recommend partitioning 90 GB for a 120 GB SSD, if I do not plan to have any other partitions on the drive? I saw on the first page that @TELVM recommended partitioning 100 GB on a 128 GB SSD for overprovisioning. Well, as @Dave-H said, it might not be difficult to you ... I do appreciate the clarification, however. I don't intend to have more than one partition on the SSD. In fact, I don't think I've ever put more than one partition on any drive I've owned. Regarding "the partition needs to be aligned to a multiple of the cluster and possibly to a multiple of the device page, 2048 sectors before is fine," given bluebolt's advice would that mean in diskpart I would need to either need to input create partition primary align=1024 size=90000 Or create partition primary align=2048 size=90000 And either would work? What would be the advantage of one or the other?
  12. Alright, so ... I'm still having a hard time understanding from this discussion the proper course of action. If you want an SSD prepared for use with Windows XP and XP64, the drive needs to be formatted and partitioned by Windows Vista, 7, 8, or 10. Windows XP and XP64 cannot properly format, partition, and align an SSD and doing so will result in having an SSD with a shorter life span than it would otherwise have. Am I correct in that assumption? I found out today that there is a Windows 7 computer I will have access to for a period of time which I may be able to use to format the SSD I've bought. Would all I have to do is just plug the SSD into the computer (I have a SATA/IDE to USB adapter) and let it format with default settings, or are there specific settings/procedures? I don't meant to be curt about this, but my situation has become a bit difficult. On top of trying to manage the rebuilding of my desktop computer my landlord has asked me to move out by the end of next month; I believe he's giving my room to a relative of his. Combined with me trying to figure out how I'm going to get my yearly medical scan there's a lot of plates spinning over here, so to speak, and I have a small window of opportunity to do this right.
  13. Hey guys, apologies for the necro, but I thought it would be better to ask here and get some definitive confirmation before I go about doing this. I've been reading through the thread, but the ensuing conversation from it has made it a little difficult to determine the best course of action. I recently bought a Kingston 120GB SSDnow v300 for my pending overhaul of my desktop computer. I plan to have put the OS (XP64) on it, as well as one or two programs that would benefit from loading from the SSD provided I can find a way to keep said programs from constantly writing to the disk. I don't think I have easy access to a machine with Windows 7 on it. I may, but I am not entirely sure, have Windows 7 repair discs on me. Provided I remembered to pack those when I moved cross-country. If I can find them, can I use them to format an SSD as per the recommendation that Windows 7 be used to format SSDs for XP? Are there other ways to align the SSD for use with XP, specifically XP64? Finally, what programs are recommended to TRIM a Kingston SSD? I was thinking I could use XP's task scheduler to have the program automatically launch or even execute the TRIM weekly, unless the program can do so automatically so long as it's running in the background.
  14. Indeed. A 120GB SSD I was looking into getting had a special deal for $30. I was pleasantly surprised. Still, for sheer volume and potential of data recovery in case of drive failure, I prefer HDDs for storing files and such. So what's your take on the power supply needs? I can't seem to find any power supplies that come in 800W spec, only in the 750W and 850W ranges. 650W might be too close for comfort from what the power supply calculators say the peak wattage would be ...
  15. I'm not sure why you're comparing yourself to dencorso. You've been a lot more constructive in your replies. My offhand remark last page about people making condescending "" comments wasn't about you, either; even when I first came here years ago I could see " " was something like a writing tic or catchphrase of yours. Anyway, it looks like there's someone else posting in this thread eager to cheer anyone on who appears to be dunking on me ... I think this is a case where either I've not made my intentions with the new setup obvious enough, as I did refer to them previously. For example, you say that my desktop's new setup won't need a 650W power supply unless it's a high end workstation or gaming machine. In responding to dencorso I linked to one of my earliest threads on MSFN where I briefly mentioned the sorts of things I do with this rig. In fact, in that same post I had mentioned to you that I do multimedia production, albeit not directly. Part of the reason I needed high-end parts (for the time) when I overhauled my desktop in 2008 was precisely because of the stuff I do regarding multimedia production. This desktop is also my daily driver and so I often find myself having a lot of things running at once. In the years hence, what was awesome for a PC in 2008 is not so hot in 2019. To be frank though, I was feeling the squeeze as far back as 2011 because my machine would run out of resources to handle many of my 3D rendering and animation, 2D animation, illustration, and audio/video production projects. I had to seriously cut back on what I do with this machine. I was looking forward to DDR4 back in 2014 for that very reason, it seemed like an opportune time for an overhaul. Of course, cancer threw one big monkey wrench into my life, and it's only now that I can afford to make big (if piecemeal) purchases toward my goal. Nevertheless, I'm going to do now what I did in 2008, and aim for parts which will provide a major boost in performance and serve me reliably for a very long time. I'm down for that. While I do that, I'm also going to explain my thought process so certain people don't make assumptions. First: As I indicated elsewhere recently the new setup is using an X99 motherboard. Around this time last year @XP-x64-Lover announced getting drivers for that OS working with the ASUS SABERTOOTH X99 series, and I wound up purchasing the TUF variant after conferring with her. That means having to pick a CPU compatible with the Intel X99 chipset. I'm currently looking at purchasing a Broadwell-E CPU to capitalize on this, as the Broadwell-E series is better suited to tasks like multimedia production instead of gaming (which tends to benefit more from fewer but faster cores) compared to, say, Skylake. The price on these chips has gone down significantly since their initial MSRP, too. So, I'm trying to consider whether to go for the Core i7-6950X or the Core i7-6900K. Even the Core i7-6900K is a huge investment, but I aim to make this an investment hat will last at least a decade. For the power supply calculator, though, I was assuming the 6950X. Yes, I can see myself using those ten cores. I abuse the hell out of the four cores on my desktop's Q6600 as it is. RAM has been one of the biggest bottlenecks for my work, as my current setup runs out of resources rather quick (and having to rely on lot of virtual memory is bad news given the hardware problems happening ... ) For RAM, I got a pretty good deal on four 16 GB (64 GB) of DDR4 sticks. However, I plan to (eventually) buy another four sticks and put this machine at 128 GB, but I think the 64 GB is plenty for now, until the desktop is running on the new configuration. Still, for power supply calculation purposes I assumed a full eight sticks of 16 GB. When it comes to the GPU, I initially considered getting an older AMD FirePro at first. I reasoned the price would go down enough that I could snag a great multimedia production card at a fraction of the price it was at launch. However, I've found that the current lineup of general purpose GPUs has caught up to the 2012 era AMD FirePros. In fact, the GeForce GTX TITAN X is currently selling for as much (or a little less) than the AMD FirePro W9000, and yet from the tests I could find it's not only on par in many stats, but appears to outperform the FirePro in several benchmarks! What's more, the TITAN X appears to draw considerably less power (a techie friend attributes this to newer, more energy efficient tech). A dude named Matt found a way to get nVidia's 970/980/990 and even TITAN X to play nice with XP and XP64. This is the major reason why I'm considering getting a GTX TITAN X. (For those thinking this is a gotcha moment, let me point out what Matt himself says: "But, even as revolutionary as OS emulation has become with the advent of hardware virtualization, it still doesn't compare to a bare metal native OS install. This is especially true when running games that may utilize OpenGL or DirectX, 3D applications and other computer-intensive processes. This typically comes down to GPU restrictions, although even that sector of virtualization is making strides with innovations like NVidia Grid. In my case specifically, I keep Windows XP 32-bit on-hand for a select handful of very obscure and specific applications, including some games and programs developed with older technologies and frameworks from the 1990s." I have similar habits regarding my work.) I'm also looking at getting an SSD, after conferring with XP-x64-Lover and also looking at the topic on proper SSD care and maintenance under Windows XP we have here on MSFN. I had previously avoided SSDs given the problem of limited write cycles and what happens when one fails compared to a traditional HDD, but seeing the guides here on MSFN I'm willing to set one up purely for the operating system and nothing else. This will be in addition to a the Blu-Ray drive I already have, and the HDDs I already use (two at the moment) along with my assorted USB devices. In the power supply calculator I highballed an estimation of what devices I have; even though I'm currently using a basic keyboard and mouse, for example, I picked "gaming keyboard and mouse" and four USB 3.0 devices. (All I really have is a SATA/IDE to USB external adapter, a pen tablet, a wireless adapter and some thumb drives, though.) Also, a word on the desktop's case. I use the NZXT Phantom 820, which has a 200mm fan, three 140mm fans, a built-in fan controller and card reader, and a few strips of LED lighting. We're not talking anything too crazy like the RGB rainbow stuff that's popular nowadays, but I think it bears factoring in. The case is the last major upgrade the computer's had, which was years ago. The reason I got the case was because my computer used to have a mid-tower with a few 80mm fans, and I kept experiencing hard drive failures due to woefully insufficient cooling. This case keeps my drives clear away from the rest of the hardware, which I like; helps keep dust out and isn't bad at cable management, either. I should say, one of the fans wore out and had to be replaced, and I wound up getting a Thermaltake RIING 140mm Red LED fan to replace it. Some of the other case fans might need replacing in the future, too. So, there you go. I hope that gives you sufficient information on my projected power usage. Also, your postscript about horsepower is amusing given my colloquial reference to that earlier in this thread.
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