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Quick Q&A / BIOS
« on: December 24, 2008, 09:46:17 AM »
 I swear...after this im done screwing with my pc for a while.
 After my fresh install of Vista, I poped in the CD that has my MSI P35 drivers & utilities. Updated the drivers, then installed an auto-update program which began flashing errors when trying to run it. "The service has not been started" & "Flash_MMIO_Map DeviceIoControl error".
 After unistalling this, then going to MSI's website, I DL'd it directly from there, and assume it was an updated version because it worked. I updated the newest chipset drivers, the decided to make a first attempt at a BIOS flash, since a new version was avaliable. Everything seemed fine, and the box noted my pc will restart when completed. NOTE: I did not make a BIOS backup floppy. Reason? I dont own 3-1/2" disks. I know theres a way to make a backup disk, but it didnt offer that option. And besides, I wasnt expecting to have a power-failure in the next 2 minutes, so i winged it. Im guessing that wasnt the wisest decision.
 After my PC reboot, I got a single long beep (this tone isnt mentioned in the troubleshooting page at MSI) Then, I saw "CheckSum Bad" flash on the screen & it brought me into BIOS, where I exited without saving. Windows loaded fine after that & I immediately restarted the pc 2 more times to see if it would happen again, and it did. SO......My curiousity got bad results, and I should've created a backup plan.
 Next boot I entered BIOS & selected "Load FailSafe Defaults".
 Everything has been fine during the reboots, no more strange beeps. The MSI auto-updater still shows 1 available update for my BIOS, and my BIOS version being splashed during reboots is the same as the origional, so I assume the BIOS flash never took, or was reverted back.
 After the goofs I made, and errors recieved, I dont want problems from the get-go, so I did another clean install of Vista. This time I let Intel install my chipset drivers.
 Only wierd thing is, besides having no idea what caused the BIOS update to go bad, is my CPU cooler fan no longer spools up to 100%, then drops down to a normal sounding speed when I restart my pc.
 In BIOS, the stock setting runs the cooler at a full annoying 100%. I have to tell it what target temperature I want (I tried 40C & 50C) and what minimum speed to run at (I tried 25% & 12.5%) in order for it to speed up or down according to temperature.
 The only thing I havent done is tried to heat up my CPU to see if it speeds the fan up accordingly.
 When this is enabled in BIOS, it used to always speed up to 100%, then backoff to a reasonable speed (Im guessing somewhere close to my "minimum" I selected)
 I dont know what I screwed up here, or what I need to fix, or If I should attempt to flash again.....?..
 Also...I just checked BIOS & im not seeing anything that states whether to allow or not allow BIOS updating. I'll continue to look online, and the manual. I also just cleared CMOS & that did nothing other than make me reset the time & date.
 I guess the CPU fan not doing what it used to isnt a huge deal, nor is not being able to update my BIOS...just strange.

Operating Systems & Software / DVD Decoder?
« on: December 24, 2008, 04:26:46 AM »
 Hello BCC once again! Just a quick update from a previous post....I just got married a few days ago (thank you thank you) And enlisted in the US Army.....shipping out in less than 2 weeks & trying to get my affairs in order. (including my pc)
 The other day while having a game of BF2, my new MSI P35/Q6600 system decided it was time to show me what a BlueScreen looks like. Quite pretty I might add....the blue & all, with white text. (very wintery & seasonal)
 I checked Vista's error log & found my DVD software mentioned as a troublesome piece on that date, at that specific time. (CyberLink PowerDVD v.6)
 I never had a problem with this software before, so decided to NOT bug you guys for once & ask some clan members, which at 1 guys advice, to remove it completely as its known to cause "Many Troubles" for people, and some reference to being "poo".
 I did remove it, and went to majorgeeks to get VLM MediaPlayer.....then I noticed my media buttons on my Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard no longer could pause/play/stop/rewind/FastForward or control the volume.  A few days later, again in an intense virtual frag match of BF2, I saw that beautiful wintery BlueScreen again.
 This time windows error log was less specific as to the cause & listed no 3rd party software...matter of a fact, I believe the problem was something due to windows itself? Maybe a missing file? Didnt really specify, and what it DID specify was over my head. I allowed it to look online for a solution, to find none  available.
 Since I'll be away from my pc for the next 7 months, I'd like it to be error free when I get permanantly stationed in the Army, so Its getting a shiny new clean install of x64 Vista Basic as we speek.
 I just wanted to ask you all here, what has been your experiences with the whole DVD-playing situation? Windows Media Player recommends the Roxio Cineplayer plugin, but on Roxios forum, I see plenty of people complaining of problems.
 Any other thoughts?

Quick Q&A / AVG/Adware
« on: November 23, 2008, 12:16:01 PM »
 Ive been running AVG (paid-version) Internet Security on my Vista x64 pc since I built it, since my old program wasnt Vista, much less x64 compatable.
 I ran into an issue a while back where AVG detected adware.xupiter on my pc.
 Strange thing is, first AVG makes me enable UAC (which I hate) then reboot & scan again, just to remove my infections/warnings.
 Well, with this one particular adware.xupiter, AVG says (after enabling UAC) That "threats cannot be removed by average user, do I want to remove as a Power User?" Which I choose yes.
 Sometimes it then asks the same thing again  ???
 Then I get an error saying "Some infections could not be repaired".
 Basically, I cant "heal" or "move to vault", it remains.
 Location of said Adware:
 I tried typing this in Google with no results. Google results on Xupiter basically shows adware that can cause pop-ups....which I havent experienced.
 I tried booting into safe-mode & running AVG.....its supposed to automatically "heal" or "move to vault", neither which it did.
 I tried running regedit, to find the problem myself, when I got to the last folder "6&2025D8a0&0&000", I highlight it, and see the file in question called "ConfigFlags". Problem is, the 4 or so subfolders under USB, along with the one I highlighted ALL have a file called "ConfigFlags".
 Along with my many concerns, theres golden rules to follow by...
 #1 "If it aint broke, dont fix it"
 #2 "If you dont know what youre doing, stay the hell out of BIOS & Registry"
 Thanks to you guys, Im no longer scared in BIOS, but dare I delete a registry entry when I have no clue? *gasp
  I guess its not too huge of an issue, as im not experiencing any major problems with my pc, other than the norm........occasional game crashes & lag/disconnect issues, but I think these are irrelevant to this.

Quick Q&A / Wierd boot issue
« on: November 18, 2008, 07:00:28 AM »
 Hello BCC! Ive been w/o internet for 6Mo, so its good to be back! .
I'll be short. Just relocated back to Chicago from Florida BRRRRR !
 I recently ran into an issue with my GF's pc. I changed the processor cooler, changed the RAM (corsair value-2GB) and installed a PCI-E nvidia 7200GT (digitally connected to LCD)(latest drivers)
 I set the BIOS to boot CDROM first, and fresh-installed vista upgrade from XPME. Then after realizing her all-in-one printer isnt vista compatable, used the supplied restore disk to go back to XP. The HD does have a partition for recovery, and im not sure if this was overwritten during the process, or if the pc utilized this partition for a portion of the restore along with the disk data.
 Anyways, occasionally, during a restart or power-up, the monitor displays nothing. and I can hear what sounds like the HD going through some kind of a "loop" ie. whine like its winding up, followed by a click, over & over & over. The CDROM drawer also will not open. I also noticed that the processor cooler fan doesnt go to max speed, then slow down like my 2 other pc's usually do upon startup.
 The first time this happened, I connected the monitor using an analog cable with no improvement....unfortunately, I dont remember if I removed the video card & used the onboard, or just changed cables & continued using the card. Either way, I do remember just unplugging the power cable from the PSU didnt make a difference itself.....I ended up disconnecting the digital cable from the card, reconnecting it, then reconnecting the PSU cable & it powered up. Since then, Ive noticed the same sequence allows the pc to power up.......remove PSU cable, remove digital video cable from card, replug, and it powers up. Maybe just a coincidence, but I dont know. Im curoius what anyone here has to say.
 Heres the origional specs before the RAM & video upgrade:
 CPU:  Intel® Pentium® D Processor 805 (dual-core)
(2.66GHz, 533MHz FSB, 2 x 1MB L2 cache)
Operating System:  Genuine Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005
Chipset:  ATI Radeon® Xpress 200
Memory:  1024MB DDR2 (2 × 512MB), 533MHz (PC4200)
Expandable to 2GB
Hard Drive:  200GB (7200rpm, 2MB cache)
Optical Drives:  16x multiformat dual-layer DVD±RW
(Up to 8.5GB with dual-layer media)
Write max: 16x DVD±R, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD+RW, 4x DVD+R DL, 40x CD-R, 24x CD-RW
Read max: 16x DVD-ROM, 40x CD-ROM
Media Reader:  9-in-1 Digital Media Manager™ (Memory Stick®, Memory Stick Pro®, MultiMediaCard™, Secure Digital™, CompactFlash®, MicroDrive, SmartMedia, xD-Picture Card™, USB 2.0)
Video:  ATI Radeon® Xpress 200 integrated graphics solution
Up to 128MB of shared video memory
PCI-Express® (PCI-E x16) slot available
Sound:  6-channel (5.1) high-definition audio
Network:  10/100Mbps integrated Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port)
Modem:  56K ITU V.92-ready fax/modem (RJ-11 port)
Peripherals:  Premium multimedia keyboard, 2-button wheel mouse, amplified stereo speakers (USB powered)
Ports/Other:  5 USB 2.0 (1 in front, 4 in back), VGA external connector, parallel port, serial port, 2 PS/2 ports (keyboard and mouse), 5 audio ports (2 in front, 3 in back)
Dimensions:  14.25"H x 7.25"W x 16"D
Weight:  22.5 lbs
Windows Vista® Capable 
 I assumed it may be a lack of power issue, but ive only had 2 experiences with this. Either crashes or the PSU just kinda confused with this one.

Quick Q&A / No Front Audio
« on: April 10, 2008, 12:08:55 PM »
 Updated codecs through Realtek. Reconnected pin header/plug. Verified old motherboard pin configuration Azalia, verified New motherboard pin config, Azalia, but pin #9 & #10 on front audio plug were backwards going from ASUS to MSI (Line Out Left ~vs~ Line Out Jack-Detection) Switched wires within plug, no difference. Ive tried connecting my speakers to this jack also, with never any luck.......front jack has NEVER auto-detected anything hooked into it so far. Any ideas where to go from here? 

Case Modding & Cooling / latest mini-mod
« on: March 26, 2008, 07:41:30 AM »
 Some of you may remember my Velocity Micro/Lian Li case. It came with a "mystery" slot in the rear of the case which looked perfect for a GPU cooler. I searched everywhere on the net for an item produced by Lian Li designed for this slot, as it had 4 mountsing holes for thumbscrews. I did manage to find this
-But it wasnt available for sale anywhere I looked. I even contacted a helpful tech at Velocity Micro to assist in contacting Lian LI themselves. No Luck. VM told me they had tried a few of these in test-rigs and they werent impressed. She would have sent me one free, but couldnt find one anywhere. :tickedoff:
 I had to make my own, and while some of you were nice enough to compliment the looks, I hated having to do it. The only upside to it, was the plexiglass I used to make it with, along with a hacked clear casefan, allowed the noctua fan visible. Personally, I dont think it made things look "clean". (and ya gotta love the blue painters tape sealing it) 
  Its been about 4-6 months since I looked for this item, then recently spotted it online for sale & had to have it. Also noticed Lian Li is finally including a few of these in some of their cases nowadays.
 Heres it is installed

 First thing to do was rip out the lian-li fan & replace with my Noctua 120mm 1200rpm fan. The only issue I had with this item, was they really dont give you much room for airflow if you keep the fan installed "inside" the aluminum housing.(The fan itself takes up 3/4 of this unit.) And if you remove the fan & mount it "outside" the housing,(to eliminate backpressure) it hits the GPU's. So, time to mod & drill.
 This aluminum housing is 2 pieces fitted together, overlapping, similar to a showbox lid.
 Remove 6 screws, open it up some, re-drill, reassemble, done!

 You can see the old screw holes compared to where the screws are now. In the end I got about 1/4" extra airspace inside which probably improved airflow by +40% over origional design IMO.

 This is another stupid little mod barely worth mentioning, but I appreciate the help & info I get here, and wanted to pass this along. Definately worth the $25 for an alternative to a squirrel or slot cooler.

Operating Systems & Software / MB/OS swap
« on: March 22, 2008, 07:47:01 AM »
 I purchased the MSI Platinum Combo MB along with Vista Basic Retail, and planning on ordering the 64bit DVD. This is going be my first "new" motherboard install, AND "new" Operating System install.
  I'll be keeping all my other hardware & reformatting.
 Im wondering when I pull my ASUS SLI MB & reformatt with Vista Retail, can I use the old MB & OEM OS  for building my girlfriend a better rig? (by scrapping & swapping her C2D, DDR2 RAM & IDE HD from her Vista Compatable Emachine......??....


General Hardware / New Motherboard
« on: March 12, 2008, 05:15:38 PM »
 RE: [Quote "Zeus"]If you're looking for a new board, I'd go with an Intel P35 or X38 chipset as they have better support for newer Intel 45nm Wolfdale processors.  I know that some 680i boards don't support these new processors.[/Quote]

 Im not sure Im ready to leave my 7950GT's in SLI for crossfire just yet. Adding a 3rd could be a possibility though down the road, if I go 780i.
  My truck rear-end & air-conditiong compressor broke last week at the same time, and im currently selling off my $2500 worth of photography equipment to fund my pc upgrade, so something NOT buggy, & not bank breaking would be nice. SO.......
 Price is an issue here, to the point Im just considering going to 680i, just because prices are dropping, and theyre proven & tested. Both chipsets Ive had my eye on EVGA boards mainly for customer support ratings, but have read some 780i's have issues.
 Anyone heard anything bad about the MSI P7N Diamond 780i 775 board?
 Would this be a better choice over a proven 680i?
 Any suggestions?

 Still undecided about selling my E6600 on ebay & upgrade to Q6600 or not.....

General Hardware / Vista 32Bit SP1 RC rumor
« on: February 10, 2008, 11:45:46 AM »
 Im reading around the net people running 4GB RAM with Windows Vista 32Bit, after installing SP1 RC, are able to see all 4 GB.
   QUOTE: "before i had a 4gb and PAE enabled in vista and i never saw 4gb, but just today i installed the vista sp1 rc and i can see all 4gb. Again my problem was solved alone with sp1 (and i have vista 32 bit)"


 QUOTE: "With SP1, Windows Vista will report the amount of system memory installed rather than report the amount of system memory available to the OS. Therefore 32-bit systems equipped with 4GB of RAM will report all 4GB in many places throughout the OS, such as the System Control Panel. However, this behavior is dependent on having a compatible BIOS, so not all users may notice this change. "

General Hardware / RAM
« on: February 01, 2008, 07:58:53 AM »
 I just made an ebay goof. A guy was selling 1gig sticks for $25, and 2 gig sticks for $50.....kinda cheap......i assumed the 2gig was for 2x 1 gig sticks due to price......well, i was wrong. SO.....I ordered another 2gig stick = 2x 2gig sticks.
 Problem is, I now will be pulling my 2x 1gig sticks & not utilizing them.
 Question: My girlfriends pc has Generic 2x 512 sticks of pc4200 533MHz DDR2 240Pin.........would my Corsair 2x 1028 sticks of pc5300 533/667MHz DDR2 240Pin be backwards compatable? (her MB supports 2 gigs)

General Mayhem / overclocking
« on: January 28, 2008, 06:16:21 AM »
 I was chattin with zeus in msn re: OC'ing. I'd like to finally learn A-Z. I've peeked around the net. Got nTune. Then read in guru3d forums its highly disregarded, unistalled, then installed rivatuner. Also got AIBooster from ASUS. Of course, Zeus stated the obvoius its best to tweak in BIOS, but im just becoming aware of the OC'ing features in BIOS my ASUS P5NSLI has & doesnt have. (and my fear of goofing around in BIOS & screwing up my pc)
 Any tutorials you guys know of, or advice.....? If u remember or not, heres my pc
 Ive got the cooling, and even a copy of 3dmark06. Ive gathered with GPU's, OC'ing memory should be most beneficial, core should be second..........should volts be left alone? Or?  I'd like to pass on risks of damage to my hardware as I cant afford to replace......I'd also like to keep the additional heat minimal as my pc already doubles as a space heater for my bedroom. (not nessasary in florida)
 Can BIOS OC my GPU? I've got basic knowlege, but still have nooby questions......

Quick Q&A / Keyboard out to lunch on 2 PC's
« on: June 18, 2007, 06:40:44 AM »
 In January, I purchased a new Velocity for myself, and 2 Emachines T5212, 1 for my Girlfriend, and another for my Father......... same model, same day, same store. Both seem to have the same issues with their keyboards. Upon bootup, "somewhere" "sometime" around BIOS loading, the keyboard lights come on, then, the windows XP splash screen, then to the desktop, the keyboard lights go out again, and is dead beyond that. A reboot is the only way i figured out how to fix so far, but isnt 100% foolproof on the first try, and may need 2-3 reboots to work.
 Origionally, I swapped with another brand keyboard & new drivers, but this didnt solve anything. I contacted Tech Support (gateway tech, as they now pwn emac) and told her this was happening on 2 same-model pc's? She proceeded to talk me through how to re-install drivers (using some special emachine supplied program), as well as making 3 back-up disks.....for drivers i guess?? or something. I dunno, cause i thought thats what the restore disk was for :-\
 ......but, it didnt fix anything ...........both PC's still have a dead keyboard %50-%75 of the time upon initial bootup. ???

 If anyone is having problems configuring their key assignment in BF2, (IE: cant set Left Shift to Prone because duplicate key found in Air/heli/tank error)
 BF2 and all BF2 mods controls will change by editing 1 file.
 BF2 installs a folder in "My Documents". This is what must be edited.
 My Documents/BF2/Profiles/0001/Controls.con
 (0001 being your already custom saved configuration ingame)
 Open Controls.con with Notepad or wordpad & edit manually.
 DONT FORGET to make a backup copy of this file before editing !

 Heres help understanding the .con file

 Hope this helps anyone who had same problems i did. I like my controls the same in all games.

General Hardware / Klipsch Promedia Ultra 2.0
« on: March 02, 2007, 05:46:23 AM »
 Just upgraded from Altac Lansing (which i thought sounded great) to these Klipsch 2.0 speakers.
 THEY ROCK!!! (plus, they kinda match my Klipsch home theatre speakers)
  I was considering the Bose, for $250. Tech told me Bose is having alot of returns/repairs on its touch-sensor mute/volume control. That was all i needed to hear.
 Klipsch makes a 2.1 system, with a subwoofer for $150..(looks like the same ones they've been selling the last 3-4 years)
 .....I really didnt want these old looking ones.
 The 2.0 I got, was $100. (Completely different speaker design)
 According to their site, available in black or silver. I only saw black in store.
 These speakers have such good bass response for small pc speakers, u dont need the subwoofer!
 just incase anyones got extra $$ layin around.  O0

Operating Systems & Software / Screensavers
« on: February 28, 2007, 06:32:51 AM »
 So away with the old CRT, and in with the new LCD! But is a screensaver really nessasary? Do I need to concern myself with image burn? This seems contriversial, and cant get a straight answer easily.
 Also, I notice with more "graphic intensive" screensavers, my Fraps on G15 LCD display starts-up, and gives me a Fraps readout #, then I believe my GPU temps begin to rise, where as on the more "grapically basic" ones, say, Windows Starfield, Fraps does nothing, and GPU temps stay normal & Idle-cool. ??

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