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risk_reversal

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  1. I recently purchased Vuescan for an old and trusted HP scanner for which there were no Win7 drivers. I dual boot with XP. Vuescan worked fine but in my opinion the interface is a bit convoluted and for a copy you need to do 3 or 4 key strokes whereas the same scanner on XP is only one. I went for the Standard version.
  2. Agreed. I had to enable NoScript for that site otherwise every entry was blank including MarioNet
  3. Thanks for the tip. FF 51.0.1 has it enabled by default and I have just turned it off. Hopefully it will not disable any functionality on any of the sites that I visit. Cheers
  4. Not sure if your issue is resolved but you could give the Daniel K drivers a try. His driver supports Creative audio cards based on the Emu10kx DSP chipset. A brief search indicated that the Audigy FX card has that same chipset. I recently used these (v6.2) in Win7 with a Creative Audigy card (SB0090/2) and they worked fine. http://danielkawakami.blogspot.com/2017/01/sb-audigy-series-support-pack-62.html Good Luck PS just noted that you said the card had a realtek chipset, so perhaps may not work for you
  5. @VistaLover & UCyborg. Many thanks for the added info. Cheers
  6. Rather than continually fighting with wifi on XP (as I had been for the past few years), I decided to switch and use a nano router set in client bridge mode (which connects to the ethernet card) instead and am very happy with this set up as it avoids the need to upgrade my wifi pci card any more. Have two of these one for my desktop and one for my laptop which both dual boot with XP (& Win7). Also getting full speeds on my fibre connection (40/10) especially so as the laptop is a bit old and only has a 'g' wireless card. https://www.amazon.co.uk/TP-Link-Support-Extender-UK-TL-WR902AC/dp/B01NAYG15H/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1548923098&sr=8-2-spons&keywords=tp+link+wr902ac&psc=1 Good Luck
  7. Please try Folder Options X : http://free-sk.t-com.hr/T800soft/software/FolderOptionsX.html https://github.com/T800G/FolderOptionsX It was suggested to me by a fellow MSFN member here but, sadly, I can't recollect his username, nor is it possible to retrieve his post: it was lost due to the forum's database corruption in early June of this year... Like WinXP, Windows Vista retains free sorting of folders+files, a feature that was removed by M$ in Win7+'s Explorer ; my preferred folder view in Explorer is Tiles, and the inability to freely re-arrange files/folders inside a directory drived me crazy on my sister's Win7 64bit laptop; but, thankfully, Folder Options X came to the rescue !!! Unzip and run the installer (if you want to be extra cautious, you can create a system restore point prior to the installation, I did not have to, everything went along fine...); be sure to check "Enable icon reordering" in the app's settings: what is unfortunate is that the app was released 4 Feb 2017, too long after Win7's own release... Very late reply, but wanted to say many thanks for recommending FolderOptionsX. Installed it an it works a treat. I had tried the 'Disable Auto Arrange' patch (.bat file) available from another forum but that one doesn't have as many options available and was a bugger to remove (had to reimage the drive), whereas FolderOptionsX can be easily disabled from the GUI with no issues. The only drawback (which also exits on the .bat patch) is that the folders, etc blow up when they are dragged. Cheers
  8. In the first instance are you talking about a RAID array (mirror / Raid 1) for your data that would be internal or external ie USB? I am not hugely knowledgeable on RAID but I never raided internal HDDs simply because if one drive gets an error, virus, etc it will copy it to the other drive. For me, at least, the safest way to use RAID1 ie one drive mirroring the other, is to use it in an external USB RAID enclosure. Which is what I did. My pc has 3 internal HDDs. An SSD for dual boot and 2x 2TB HDD for data. The 2 internal data drives are standalone drives ie no raid of any sort. I save all my data to HDD1 and then periodically use Syncback to synchronise the data from HDD1 to HDD2. I very recently purchased an external USB3 Raid enclosure capable of holding two HDD and have set this up in Raid1 array ie mirroring. Every couple of weeks, I connect the External USB3 RAID enclosure to my pc and synchronise it with HDD1. I know that many users will say that this is a lot of trouble but I prefer it as it is the safest way, imo, to keep my data safe. The external enclosure I went for was an ICYBOX one (IB-RD3620SU3) is of type HW RAID 1 ie hardware. I found USB3 speeds to be good (limitation on small files) and get speeds with 7200 drives of 100-125MB/s. Copies a single large 5GB file in just over a min. If one of the drives in the external RAID goes bad, simply pull it out replace it with a good drive and the software to the ICYBOX will rebuilt the array ie it copies over the data from the good drive to the new drive. You can also just pull out any of the 2 drives in the RAID enclosure and just install it internally your data will be accessible. Good Luck with it.
  9. When I built a new system a few months back and wanted to dual boot with XP, I had to settle on an AM3+ board for reason that this was the only board that would support XP in that it had both XP chipset / AHCI driver and USB3 driver. Good Luck
  10. Yes. Many thanks. I will go an have a play with it. The user reviews on distrowatch are very encouraging. Yes. I do much prefer the classic UI rather than that of Win 8/10. I did have to download several third party progs in Win7 to replace the stuff that MS had removed which was a pain. Win7 also does not allow folders to be placed in non alphabetical order (don't know if that persists in Win8/10) which is a real pain a lot of the time, whereas in XP one could just Align to Grid (searched for days for a permanent fix but none exists). The folder sizes in Views is always an issue, whereas XP is faultless. These are very small points but are in the main day-to-day tasks that most users undertake are really important. Personally, these two issues irritate me to death in Win7. Thanks again for the tip on Q4OS Cheers
  11. @LoneCrusader. Don't mean to go off topic but just had a quick look at Q4OS and XPQ4 and have a quick question. Am I understanding this correctly. Q4OS is the Debian based Linux distribution and needs to be installed so that the XPQ4 addon can be installed to give it a Win XP/7/8/10 shell/desktop/feel. Is that correct? Good Luck Cheers
  12. Well, I never installed Vista, used it a couple of times and much like Windows ME, I skipped it due in most part by users reviews (perhaps they were wrong). However, having used Win7 for only a few months I feel that it is a worthwhile OS and in many respects, superficially of course since I am not that knowledgeable, I am warming to it. Win7 required an inordinate amount of time having to shut off Services, Tasks and many other MS progs that were unnecessary and reporting back to MS and that was a real paint to do. Having tried Win8 &10, I feel that my next move will most probably be Linux, I have played around a lot with Ubuntu (have it on a laptop) but everything is so very different. I will have a look at Q4OS and XPQ4 and test out a live cd (if they have one which I am sure they must). Good Luck Cheers
  13. I think that is very aptly put. I am going to hang to in with XP as long as I am able, much like 98SE which I liked, but eventually will have to move to Win7 for practical reasons. Luckily, all my XP progs seem to work on Win7. Figure this will be in the next year or two max. In the interim since I dual boot, it will give me time to get used to Win7. Good Luck
  14. @LoneCrusader +1 I recently built a new pc which dual boots XP & Win7. Just because something is old does not mean it should be discarded and replaced. This is the first time that I have installed Win7 on any machine, only for reason that I am fully aware that however much I like XP, it is regrettably inevitable that new hardware and software will no longer be able to function (eg sourcing HDD 512n and browsers). My car is 17 years old. Running perfectly well and has very low mileage. Should I also just get rid of that too because it does not have all the latest features? The users of this forum are not only incredibly knowledgeable but have been so very helpful to me; there is no need to criticise them. Good Luck
  15. Most kind. So without this driver, do you have any idea how this particular processor (or indeed any other multicore, speedstep) will behave. It currently seems to be stuck mostly at it's 1st boost level ie 3.8Ghz according to HWMonitor. Cheers
  16. Hi guys, I recently built a new dual boot system (XP & Win7), my first using multi core cpu (AMD FX 6300, 6 core). This cpu runs at stock speed of 3.5Ghz with a boost level to 3.8Ghz (this cpu in fact has a secondary boost speed to 4.1Ghz using only 2 cores). I have a question about 'Power Options'. Do any of the XP 'Power Schemes' do anything from a cpu point of view ie if I select 'always on' should this have a direct impact on cpu speed such that my cpu will be locked at 3.8Ghz, Equally would using 'Laptop / Portable' allow for a speedstep ie adaptive. I have tried all the Power Schemes and nothing really happens. The only way that I can change the cpu clock speed is by going into the bios and disabling 'Core CPU Performance' in which case the cpu just runs at 3.5Ghz only. I found the link below but that doesn't seem to affect cpu speed. http://www.helpwithwindows.com/WindowsXP/start-04.html Any info appreciated Cheers
  17. I gave up on the AOL client when it was discontinued. I now access my AOL emails via SeaMonkey (IMAP). Have set them all up so that when I open the email client they are all together and no need to log into each account separately using a web browser. Good Luck
  18. Gigabyte GA970A DS3P Rev2.0 (NB AMD 970) running AMD FX6300 with 8GB ram (Vengence), Nvidia MSI GTX 660 and Samsung EVO 850. WinXP SP3 x86 runs very well. This mobo only has a 4+1 VRM which is fine as I don't o/c anymore. Also have the Gavotte RAM patch on the XP partition from which I run virtual ram. Good Luck
  19. +1 for 'don't bother'. I also only install any KB's as and when absolutely necessary. The thing I found most irritating about Win7 was not only having to shut off Services that were not required but also having to spend an inordinate amount of time turning off items in the Task Scheduler and Start Scheduler which report back to MS on a regular basis unless disabled. However, having done all that as well as installing the Ram patch (have win7 x86) which can now detect and use 8GB of ram, I find the system is running nicely. I dual boot with XP SP3 and also did not bother with any updates on that o/s either. Good Luck
  20. - Avast AV - Comodo FW v5.12 (used to use OnlineArmor which was excellent but it had a glitch on my new XP build) - SAS v5.6 & Malwarebytes v1.75 - NoScript browser addon - Windscribe VPN browser add-on (which also has a rotating user agent feature) and hides your system in the crowd (see browserleaks & panopitclick) Obviously nothing can beat safe browsing as has already been stated ie which site you go on and what you download The rise of audio fingerprinting is a concern...... Good Luck
  21. Many thanks for your reply and info jaclaz. Let me ask you a final question. If I get say a SATA III replacement drive and the throughput of the new drive is say 120MB/s. Since the bandwidth of the PCI bus is only a max of 133MB/s what is going to happen to the data flow along the PCI bus if I am using other devices located on the PCI bus at the same time or if I am copying data from one HDD to the other. For clarity although I have 2 HDDs in my rig, I use the 2nd HDD to copy and save the data from the 1st disc as well as making images of the system partition. Many thanks for your help
  22. Many thanks for your reply jaclaz Although I am currently running two SATA II HDDs on the onboard Promise Controller, I have used the limiting jumpers on the HDDs (at the back) to restrict them to SATA I speed. Both drives are Seagates, one is the ST3500514NS it's an Enterprise drive. I have never tried the drives without the limiting jumper. The reason being that my Asus motherboard also has the Via on board SATA controller (chipset VT8237) which is not compatible with SATA II HDDs. At the time there were many posts about data corruption on the Via SATA controller with SATA II HDDs and the only way to make them work was by limiting them to SATA I. With this corruption in mind, I made the perhaps false but logical move to limit my HDDs to SATA I even though there was no evidence to the contrary when putting them on the onboard Promise Controller. I though the minor speed boost was not worth the safety aspect. I did however take into account the following: 1. That there was a possibility that the onboard Promise Controller may not be compatible and 2. As you are probably aware the onboard Promise Controller 20378 shares the PCI bus with other PCI devices and runs at 133MB/s (at 32 bit which my board has). If a drive is going to be using 150MB/s+ then a bottleneck would inevitably occur on the PCI bus. This could cause issues and potentially data corruption. Setting the Promise Controller to IDE mode in the bios, I beleive, merely allows for HDDs to be used in an individual and separate manner. Year ago I had an MSI KT3 Ultra 2 board which had an older Promise Controller on board with no IDE mode and it was still possible to arrange this set up (ie running 2 independant and separate HDDs in a 1+0 single strip single disc RAID-0) even though the Promise Controller had Raid option only. What I am trying to say is that setting the Promise Controller to Raid or IDE in the bios would merely change only how the drives are to be interpreted by the Promise Controller. There is a post made by a user years ago in the Asus forum who attached SSD and SATA III drives to the same motherboard that I have and put them on the Promise Controller. Both drives were detected by the Promise Controller bios and Windows. He reported that Windows XP now booted in 1/3 of the time. If that is so and all the data was flowing into the PCI bus, then it is logical to assume that the onboard Pomise Controller is not limiting any speed and that all the bandwidth on the PCI bus itself must be being used. Whenever bottlenecks occur, data corruption is never far behing. Do you see what I mean I am not too sure what you are saying. Are saying that selecting IDE mode in the bios for the onboard Promise Controller will only allow drives to run at a theoretical max of 133MB/s? BTW, it I run HD Tune on both of my drives, I get about 75MB/s for each. Which makes me confortable given that the PCI bus can handle up to 133MB/s. Not sure if I am confused but if you have any further thoughts let me know. Cheers
  23. I have run across one post from a user who upgraded his system in this way and stated that the onboard Promise Controller 378 does indeed detect SATA III / SSD and that XP also sees thos HDDs. No further info was provided in terms of the stability of that connection, as far as data corruption is concerned. This is what I would like infomation on.
  24. Hi guys, Wonder if any of you can help. I am running an old rig, Asus A8V Deluxe Rev 2.0. I am trying to upgrade a HDD and wanted to know about SATA compatibilty. My current set up is that I am running 2 SATA II HDDs from the onboard Promise Controller (Sata 378 TX2 plus). The bios is set up to run in IDE mode so the drives run independently (ie non raid). Although my HDDs are SATA II, I have set the jumper on them to work in SATA I mode. My question is not strictly to do with XP but more so in respect of the onboard HW that I am running. Since a lot of you are runnig XP, I am sure that some of you must have older HW as well and perhaps someone has had to solve this problem. Question: Is my onboard Promise Controller able to operate SATA III HDDs and not lead to data corruption of any kind. The Asus forum has an example of someone who has upgraded his drives to SSD / SATA III on the Promise Controller and he reports success. However, the user does not provide any further info and certainly no details of any data corruption that he may have experienced subsequently. So I would ideally like to have real live info as regards this. I don't think that the board manufacturer is important as the onboard Promise Controller SATA 378 was used on many boards of that era. Many thanks for any info provided. Cheers

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