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  1. Im on the fenceline about Windows 7. I knew from the getgo I wasn't going to get Vista, so I skipped it completely except for a laptop I ahve it on. My problem is, I don't know that I want to pay $200 for the upgrade to the Ultimate so I can be sure that all my XP stuff works. Just another example of Microsofts rotteness. THey penalize XP users for not buying WIndows ME V2 by tacking on another $70 for XP users who want to maintain compatibility (I refer to Vista as Windows ME V.2)
  2. WHenever I can get the same performance in Vista as in WIn XP AND they strip out the DRM, I will switch. As Windows 7 looks like it is just going t be facelift for VIsta, I may be switching to a LInux/WinXP dula boot system. Microsoft really screwed the pooch with Vista.
  3. I need it to be free, I am not paying $25 to convert one .mov to .avi.
  4. ANyone had any other problems with WinXP64 and other games. I also like to play Warhammer Online.
  5. I'd like to take advantage of the increased RAM abilities and I'll NEVER GO to Vista!
  6. Might be problematical as looking at the video card I am guessing he has a laptop.
  7. But I wonder why it goes to the System blade and Media Extender? Its not such a strange idea, the XBox is simply a computer, has an IP address an an OS. Why would it be tinfoil hat to think it could be messed with?
  8. Frequently, when I hit the sack I leave mY XBox paused on a game overnight, sometimes for days. In the past 6 months, when I've come back it has been moved back tot he console, set up on the system blade or on the XBox/Media Extender screen. Is someone hacking my box through live or over the Net?
  9. Sounds like good advice. I found the memory timings in the bios, set the latency to 5, bumped up the voltage on the CPU to 1.35 from 1.325 and rebooted. Hung at the same place, but this time I get a loud clicking from what I assume is my boot drive. Reset, go back into the BIOS and reset to defaults. Reboot. Hangs at same place except this time I get the dreaded "NTLDR is missing". So I go to make a bootable floppy to replace the NTLDR and NTDETECT files. Floppy won't work on other computer. Go pull a floppy out of an old machine I have in the closet. Still won't work. Look up instructions on making a bootable DVD. Make one, boot from it, get "Loading Caldera DRDOS" and then it just sits there. At this point I am getting a little frustrated. Boot with the WinXP CD and go into the recovery console. Notice that it drops me to D:. I check and sure enough my bootable is at D: and my new drive is at C:. So I unplug the new drive and machine boots right up no problem. I am a little pissed. Here I have one of the most eminently overclockable chips out, never had a proble overclocking anything else and this chip is giving me no end of problems. Or more likely the MB is. I am not happy. My machine is plenty fast right now, but I want that extra speed. I am done though, I don't have the cash to replace anything. Now, any suggestions on rearranging my drives so that it will know to boot from the bootable at C: instead of trying to boot from the nonbootable D: drive which it turned into C:? If that makes sense........ I remember older BIOS that would let you choose which drive letter you wanted to boot. Don't see it in this BIOS.
  10. You rule. Thanks PO, thanks Layzboy.
  11. I've set up the memory and other multipliers so that they would stay in line. For instance, I set the memory multiplier down to 2 so that it was at 533, then upped the bus speed from 266 to 333 so that the CPU was at 2997mhz and memory was at 667. So thats been done from the get go. I really don't think heat is the problem, I haven't bumped up the voltage on the CPU any and the memroy shouldn't need it as it is at its base speed (667). Its a little weird as well as I see where you state a 10x multiplier but the default settings int he bios are 266 x 9. In any case, thats the first thing I thought of over a year ago and so I bought this cooler: It may well be a problem with the mobo (this specific one, not he model in general). I chose this mobo because the reviews gave good feedback on overclocking. Any other ideas? I am pretty sure the drive isn't spinning up. I am using WinXP 32bit, Service Pack 2. I'm not going to Vista unless they force me to. I am hoping Windows 7 will have less intrusive DRM and it looks like Win XP will be supported up until Windows 7 is available. This ain't my first overclocking rodeo, but you seem to much more current with this generation of hardware than I am. As a side note, I haven't been able to find latency controls in this bios, which is strange because I think every board I've used since 1998 had them.
  12. I've tried overclocking my Core2Duo for the past 1.5 years (not constantly, just off and on). What seems to stop even a modest overclock (jumping from 266MHZ to 333MHZ) is that the hard drive does not seem to initialize, at least thats my guess. Any suggestions? I have both 667 and 800mhz RAM, but I'd think the 667 would work fine at 333 (even better than at 266 because it woul be "in frequency). The thing that really stumps me is the drive. Here's some info: Core2Duo E6600 2 GB Kensington DDR2 667 CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 Gigabyte GA-965G-DS3 Western Digital Caviar SE WD1200JS I have another drive in there as well now, but it was not working before. Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS It will POST, get to the point where it details all the connected devices and interrupts, and then hangs.
  13. So i bought a new drive to install in my PC. My monitor blew and then my nVidia software ket reporting that my video card wasn't getting enough power. So I suffered all through the summer and when my student loan came in I bought a Sceptre 24" LCD monitor, a 260XT video card, a OCZ GameXStream 700W PS and a couple of WD 650 GB Drives: 2 Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM Item #: N82E16822136218 $169.98 ($84.99 ea) 1 SCEPTRE X24WG-1080P Black 24" 2ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail Item #: N82E16824112011 $239.99 1 PNY VCGGTX260XPB GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail Item #: N82E16814133229 $244.99 1 OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail Item #: N82E16817341002 $119.99 I installed everything except the drives and worked great, loved the new monitor and the video card kicks ***!. However, as I am running out of HD space on my gaming computer, I decided to install one of the WD 650's. Hooked it up, bios saw it, nothing in windows. The drive came barebones so I went to WDs website and it walked me through using administrative tools to initiliaze the drive and format it. Unfortuantely, I formated it as a dynamic drive (which may have something to do with the problems I am having. So now I start experiencing problems. At reboot, the system boots up, runs through hardware initial;ization in bios and then gets to the Windows splash screen. There it sits for upwards of 10 minutes, displaying the Windows XP logo and showing the little progress bar going back and forth at the bottom. Finally after 10 minutes, it pops up my login screen, I can login and browse the web, play some games etc. Unfortunately, if I use "My Computer" to take a look at my drives, it hangs. If I use Administrative Tools>Computer Management>Storage>Disk Management it hangs. I checked Services and Logical Disk Manager Service Administrative Service just gets stuck starting up, so can never report the size or capacities of the drives. Anyone have any advice other than wipe and start over?