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  1. You could setup a Class B network for extra host addresses. I'm not sure what hardware or programs exist for that (besides using a linux box), as my experience is limited to Class C networks. There's probably Class B routers somewhere out there, but Class A would work as well.

  2. The CD drive cable and floppy drive cable are similar, but the floppy cable and drive have less pins, thus are incompatible. For an example, go to:


    You will see a blue IDE connector at the bottom center of the board, and just below it is a white floppy connector, which is a different width, so they cannot be used interchangeably between a floppy drive and a CD/HDD drive.

  3. Actually, even on Xp, system idle is 98% to 100%. Thats the only process that does. Really, nothing to worry about.

    I think that system idle is using most of the cpu cycles, but CPU usage should not be very high, which is the problem. You need something to keep the cpu going so it is ready for more input (whenever it may get there), but it does not require the CPU to run at full speed which would simply waste energy create excess heat. Having high CPU usage would prevent the CPU from being throttled when it isn't doing work.

  4. Did you do an upgrade of ME to XP (as opposed to a clean install)? If so, you may want to do a clean install because all of the junk left behind from the previous install can still mess up your system.

    You can also see a bunch of startup process using Startup Control Panel


    It's a slick little program that will let you turn off many apps that startup automatically. It takes a little longer for a particual app to initialize, but your bootups will be faster with more memory available to apps that will actually run, instead of what may run.

    Hope that helps.

  5. I gathered that system idle process is running at 100% from your previous posts, but that's not enough informations to help you. It doesn't just run at 100% out of the blue. It's a background process that works with other processes, which for some reason you're reluctant to post. I've heard accounts of a faulty cd burner to bad drivers to netscape navigator being the culprit, but I can't gather what your system's issue is from "ME is always at 100%".

  6. You should give us a list of running processes and programs you are using to better help diagnose your problem.

    Coming out of hibernation usually causes me issues, so if you're using that, disable it. Also make sure all your device drivers are up to date, especially chipset and video card drivers.

  7. I think 5eraph was getting at the files with the underscores are still compressed, because the original .exe is like zipping together a bunch of zip files.

    I'm not sure that you need uncompress it further though. I don't slipstream graphics drivers because there's always a new one next time I reinstall.

  8. Cute little program, but there's a few small issues:

    -You should make it have a default save name of OEMINFO.INI, since it probably wouldn't be very useful if named something else

    -About has "OEMInfo reader" when it's really a writer

    -Could use some instructions in a help section of how to properly integrate OEMINFO.INI into an unattended installation

    -Add a blank line between the last line in the general section and [support Information] for readability with another text editor

    Again, it's a fine program and it does exactly what you said it does. I just thought I'd put my two cents on how I thought it would be a great OEMINFO editor.

    Keep up the good work.

  9. Open up one of the CDs and go into the i386 folder. Open WINNT.SIF with a text editor. There should be a line that says:


    So there's one key.

    Download and run Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder 1.5 Beta 3 from:


    It will tell you the key installed on a particular machine. There's your second key, so you can match CDs to each machine.

  10. i use xp64.

    now that i have used it i cannot say there are any advanteges


    poor external device support

    no virtual cd drives

    only vmware works for a virtual machine

    driver apps act up.

    Daemon tools has an x64 virtual drive that's been available since January:


    Lack of drivers is what's kicking me in the teeth. I can't run my Logitech Quickcam Pro 4000, HP Scanjet 4570c, and my Logitech MX510 mouse and HP Deskjet 6122 run with only the built in drivers. HP says x64 drivers will eventually be available, and same goes for my logitech webcam, but my logitech mouse looks like it will be unsupported from here on out.

    Some games actually have 64-bit patches, such as Far Cry and Half-Life 2, so that might be enough to sway you. I would put x64 on if all my hardware were supported, but there isn't enough of a boast in x64 to give up the compatability of 32-Bit XP Pro. If all your hardware is supported by its respective manufactorer with proper drivers, then go for it, otherwise stick with 32-bit XP.

  11. Only if you have at least 512MB of memory on your laptop should you install XP. 500MHz suggests that it may support up to 256MB, but probably has 128MB. Also, old laptop memory is expensive and it's probably not worth buying an OS upgrade and hardware upgrade for degraded performance. A lack of memory will force your computer to use its harddrive as memory, which very, very slow.

    You can install Office XP or OpenOffice (which is free) on Windows 98. It's much cheaper that way and I think you'll get more for the money. OpenOffice would cost you the time to download it, so it's quicker than running to the store if you have broadband.

    If you have your heart set on XP, check out the additional features that Pro has to offer. If you won't use them, then go for home. There's a few networking tools that install with pro automatically, but they're available on the home CD too (you just have to find and install them yourself). Also, XP Pro has dual processor support, but that isn't a usuable feature for you on that machine (making XP Home a more viable solution). If you buy a new copy Windows XP, it should come with SP2 integrated (which is good), which contains loads of security updates.

  12. You sohul downgrade to 98 or get xp, but ME is bad !
    ' date='May 30 2005, 11:13 AM' post='328644']WinMe is just a collection of bugs... I allways thought that... Win98 and Win95 were much more stable than WinMe... If you don't want to buy some ram (i would recomend 256 M for XP) or you think it is too bloated, you shoud try Win2k Sp4, or downgrade to Win98!

    I think we all agree that ME is junk. I would consider these as my options:

    1) Buy more memory and upgrade to XP


    2) Leave hardware as is and "upgrade" to 98

    XP is stable, but it's a clunker if you don't have enough RAM, which I find more important than a fast CPU. I've seen too many computers with "slow" CPUs that are slower still because they are starving for memory under XP. 256 MB is fine for XP itself, but if you plan on running ANY apps, go with 512.

  13. I'm going with jago_lfn, not just because of the 5 year warranty, but because it makes me feel that the manufacturers are confident in low failure rates. I have a 74GB WD Raptor (SATA), 200GB Seagate 7200.7 (PATA), and a 300GB Seagate 7200.8 (PATA). They all have 5 year warranties, so I'm confident that they'll last.

    Don't worry about interface speed (PATA 100/133, SATA 150/300) since sustained transfer speed of the fastest drives tops out around 80 MB/s. Most of the newer/higher interface speed only helps in server/RAID environments.

  14. What is the make and model of your router?

    I'm assuming you have a dynamic IP setup. Your IP Address should be something to the effect of or for a home network.

    Go into the command prompt and type "ipconfig" (w/o the quotes). Your Default Gateway is the IP Address of your router, which you can then type that in. Also, not that it's wrong, but you don't need to type http:// when entering IP's.

  15. I've also tried your areao4, and it worked for me. So here's what I did:

    1) Install xpize 4.2 (you have the option to only patch uxtheme.dll if you want to)

    2) Put areao4 in C:\WINDOWS\Resources\Themes

    *note: this is different than area04, which is the name of the zip file containing areao4. I have winrar, which I can right click and select "Extract to area04". If you copy area04 your themes folder, the path for your theme will be C:\WINDOWS\Resources\Themes\area04\areao4, which "doesn't work" ;)

    3) right click on the desktop and select Properties, then click on the Appearance tab. The Windows and Buttons drop down menu should have the option of areao4.

    You should start at step 1 to make sure you've covered your bases. That is the EXACT process I used.

    Good luck.

  16. im really disappointed, OtherworldBob, that you didnt include what the deuce " did it while outside the "to-be-patched" XP install" means.

    but you didnt.

    and im getting errors.


    ....could you please?

    It would help if you posted your errors. It sounds like you're getting mad at people trying to help out when the only thing you're giving them to go on is "help me" and "it didn't work!". Short of doing it for you, SolidasRock gave you all you needed: a DIRECT LINK to the page containing the PREPATCHED uxtheme.dll. You just may have to be in safe mode to overwrite uxtheme.dll, since it may be in use by the operating system in regular mode. If you can't figure out how to get into safe mode, google it instead of wining how no one is helping you.

    You could also use xpize 4.2 (google it) to patch uxtheme.dll. It has a lot more options for customizaiton, etc., so you can pick and choose what you want, but it includes a check box for "UXTheme Patch".

  17. AMD Athlon 64 processors run so much lower frequencies because they don't have nearly as deep of a pipeline as Intel Pentium 4 processors. A deep pipeline allows for faster processing of data that does NOT depend on previous instructions, such as streaming multimedia. If there is a data dependency or a branch instruction the pipeline has to be stalled or flushed (to prevent data corruption), which is the same thing as running constantly at a lower frequency. A decent guide without having to look at benchmarks is a P4 should be about 50% higher frequency for similar performance to an A64. The next gen Intel processors have a shorter pipeline, so their frequencies aren't as high as their Penium line, but still have similar performance.

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