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Hardware question: server vs. high-end desktop

Question: Hardware question: server vs. high-end desktop

Howdy Gents,
I'm curious: Besides being able to go with a rackmount chassis, at the hardware-level, what is the big difference between a server and a really, really powerful desktop?

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Preferred Solution: Hardware question: server vs. high-end desktop

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Answer: Hardware question: server vs. high-end desktop

Nothing, really. Servers have more options for power, multiple CPU's, etc...

Our office uses a high end desktop for a server. Dell & HP sell Celeron and Sempron "servers" with no operating system, etc...

If you're looking at using a desktop as a server, just get the right software, a screaming processor, jam it full of RAM, and if you're doing web hosting, get a dual NIC unless your router supports the outside connection protocols.

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I am debating on Windows Home Server, Vista Home Premium, Windows 7.

I am building a another pc pretty much for a NAS and a tivo. I was thinking about getting WHS just to get used to servers and the remote access, but it only supports up to 3gigs. I was thinking about just getting Vista and sharing the 2 terabyte harddrives so I can get 4/8gigs of ram.

Also I was wondering what I would really need to run this.? I dunno what type of graphics card I would need to have a NICE 1080p display off my tv. I will give the specs I was thinking about buying. This will be hooked up to my Samsung 32" 1080p tv with a cheap wireless mouse and keyboard.

ASRock N68PV-GS AM2+ $50
AMD Kuma X2 7750 Black Edition $60
Radeon HD 4830 $90
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 $58.99
Samsung IDE 22X DVD±R DVD Burner $24
Cooler Master 460W $35
Antec Three Hundred $60
x2 Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s $198

The only problem I have with the build is the motherboard only has four sata ports...

Answer:Server/HTPC OS/hardware question

WHS is what you want then. You don't need to worry about memory requirements, as it would run just fine with even 1 GB of memory. WHS will work as a NAS, and stream your music and files to your Xbox as well.

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I am waist deep in home automation...trek homes you know. So I've of course ripped all my CD's for multi-zone multi-amp multi-soundcard music.

Now the final entertainment piece would be to rip all my DVDs for two reasons: 1 to protect my original DVDs from getting scratched (kids) and 2 so with the touch of a finger on my wi-fi touchpad I can load a movie sit back and relax.

I do not want to go the mult-Dvd disc changer. As with the multi-CD changers I see this as a dinasoaur.

With that Said:

Hardware: What would be the best quality video card for movie playing, HDTV etc. Estimated minimum Drive Requirements? 250GIG?

Server Config: Dell Dual drive raid server. 1 gig of ram. AMD chip? Harddrive sizes? Will of course take server recomendations from this wealth of knowledge.

Recomendations on Projectors?

Answer:Hardware and Software Question - DVD Server


As far as the "server" specs go, since you are apparently going to buy a Pre-Manufactured unit, eg, Dell, and obviously you don't want to limit your pleasure by anything as trivial as MONEY....Just buy the biggest most badass unit they offer.

And if it is specified as Multi-media, it "should" lean in the direction you want. As for the HD capacity...since you are talking about ARCHIVING all of you CD's and DVD's to Hard Disk, 250GB should be sufficient...for your FIRST hard drive !!! Go on from there.

As for a friend of mine always says, "You never have to make excuses for buying the best." Pick up a magazine and check out the reviews.

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I've got an R510 server loaded up with 8x2TB drives to be used as an archive/additional storage server for Veeam image backups, and if there's space additional dumping grounds for non-important data.

My original plan was to load up Server 2008 r2, install Veeam and add it into the Veeam server infrastructure for additional replication of our backups. Turns out, I didn't do my due diligence and this server has no RAID card, so it supports RAID0 or 1 only.

I'm debating purchasing something like the H700 card for cheap off eBay, or just installing some flavor of *nix and using a form of ZFS software RAID.

Any thoughts?

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Hi all,

Was wondering if someone could advise.

Looking to implement a better backup strategy however I'm not sure I can afford a tape drive+tapes.

What does everyone else use here to backup a server?

Would 5 external USB hard drives not be sufficient enough?

Any help appreciated

Answer:Win Server Backup Hardware Question - Tape drive or External USB

depends on what youre backing up i guess. i use two 1TB external usb drives and ntbackup which works well for me. im going to be picking up backup exec soon though.

I swap drives every week, so at most my backups will be week old.

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Hey, I've been thinking about getting Windows 7 Professional x64 for my desktop, mainly so I can use remote desktop. I need to run Maya away from home at times, and I'm pretty sure my laptop can't handle it well. I'm wondering if I activate and use remote desktop, would whatever hardware in my desktop be used as well? Or can I just access files on it? I'm planning on using an Alienware M11x (trust me, it can't run Maya that well) to control my (normally used for destroying BF3 with high frame rates) desktop at home, which should run Maya by itself with no problem. I think I've seen this been done before, I know a guy who accessed his computer from one somewhere else, ran Maya and rendered it like it was his computer at home (accessed from public-school issued computer, seemed like it rendered with the speed of his GTX680 at home...), but I wasn't entirely sure if it was remote desktop or some other program. Thanks for any help!

Answer:Remote Desktop Hardware Question

Remote Desktop is exactly like controlling your Desktop with an Ipad. You can do all the things in it just like when you are at home, even gaming (not really usable, but it's possible) and the only thing that slows it down is your Internet connection. If you have poor connection, you will see horrible input and output latency.

In addtion, you can even copy small files from your desktop at home to your client device. Just make sure when setting up remote desktop, you have to have your Router add port "3389" in its Port Range Forwarding page, as well as adding an exception in your Windows Firewall for both client and host pc.

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I am running XP SP 2 on Intel Motherboard DH55TC, Core i5 CPU. UAA High Definition Audio class driver is resulting in high hardware interrupts that uses upto 10 to 12% of CPU. The interrupts goes away if I uninstall UAA Bus driver through Device Manager. But this also disables RealTek audio driver which means I hear sound no more.

I tried updating the UAA driver to Version 1.0a but still the hardware interrupts wont go away. Please help how to fix this issue.

Answer:Microsoft UAA bus driver for High Definition Audio is causing high hardware interrupt

Download the Realtek drivers here Realtek drivers, you want the third one down, Windows 2000, Windows XP/2003(32/64 bits) Driver only (Executable file)

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Hey guys.

I have a file server (Windows XP Pro) that I’ve moved to my home. It is hooked up to a 2Wire Broadband Router (it has 5 RJ-45 ports) along with my other work PC (Also XP). I have successfully connected both machines to the internet, and have set-up file sharing. However, very soon other employees out of state will need access to the file server. I was thinking to have them use their Windows XP Remote Desktop to connect, but not quite sure how to set this up, as the file server has the private IP How do I get other people to remotely access my server from their PC's? Also, do I have to set the file server as the DMZ on my 2Wire for this to work properly? Thanks for the help!

Answer:Remote Desktop on Server Question

Assign a static IP to the "file server" (using the router's "reserve an address" feature if it has it).

Forward the Remote Desktop port(s) to that static IP.

Unless you have a static public IP sign up for a service such as DynDNS, so that the others can access you by name.

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I was working on one of the many computers here at the University. They have Windows Server 2003.

I logged in with my own user-name and password and have been writing a document on Microsoft Word for 4 hours.
The computer suddenly ceased any activity. The screen was frozen, and the only thing that was possible to do was to move the mouse pointer.
Clicking or alt+shift+del didnt have any effect.

Normally when I log off, the data on the desktop is lost. Is it possible to recover that document somehow?
Unfortunately the library closed in that moment, so I didn't even have time to reboot.


Answer:Windows Server 2003: desktop data question

MS Word is set to save documents automatically at certain time intervals. Since you were in MS Word for hours, there has to be at least, a partial backup of the document. Just log back in an open Word... It may be listed under recent documents if you are lucky

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If I log into a Win2k3 Server machine and lock it, and then remote desktop to it using the same login that I'm using locally, I get a new desktop, rather than sharing the already open one. Is there a way to change this so I can see what's already open? I don't want to open two instances of my backup program, but I do need to be able to remotely connect and go to the machine without worrying about logging it out all the time. Is this possible?

Answer:Windows Server 2003 Remote Desktop Question

Bluemagic said:

If I log into a Win2k3 Server machine and lock it, and then remote desktop to it using the same login that I'm using locally, I get a new desktop, rather than sharing the already open one. Is there a way to change this so I can see what's already open? I don't want to open two instances of my backup program, but I do need to be able to remotely connect and go to the machine without worrying about logging it out all the time. Is this possible?Click to expand...

What you probably want is to logon to the console session of your server. Via command line you can type:

"mstsc /v:servername /console"

using the above will *always* connect you to the console of the server which is the same as if you were sitting at the server,

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Volume licensing, starting to setup and utilize a terminal server at a client.
They have volume licensing via TechSoup, say 20 licenses for everything...
SBS 5 plus 15 cals
Terminal Server 1 server cal for 2008
Terminal Server user cals 20
Office Professional Plus 2007 20

They have say, 15 desktop computers between 2 offices.
Some of those 15 people from a branch office remote through a VPN tunnel to the terminal server to access their foundation grant software. So for ease of flipping through RDP and their desktop, I installed Office on the terminal server so they can more easily work within GIFTS and Outlook and Word.

They also have 3x people that do not work at either office, but work remotely from home office..and they directly access the terminal server. So I'm sure they suck up an additional Office license. But I'm not sure about the people who use the terminal server and have Office already licensed/installed on their desktop in the branch offices.

Answer:Another boring MS Office, desktop vs terminal server, licensing question

I wish I had something more to contibute, but I just feel I have to comment and say MS licensing makes my head hurt. redoing a SPLA right now, I loath it...

One thing I will say (although off topic) I'm very glad MS lets you use the same licenses at your DR site as your primary site.

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I have started searching around for the correct docs on how to do this but haven't had much luck finding one that addresses what I'm trying to do.

I have an existing Windows 2000 server and am going to replace it with a server running Windows 2003 Server R2.

I would like to know the best way of doing that. Most of the docs I have seem talk about it as though you're keeping the same server hardware in place. That's not what I'm trying to do.

So, you don't have to go through all the steps I need to do. If you could just point me to the correct doc and give some helpful hints I would appreciate it.


Answer:Help Needed To Migrate Windows 2000 Server To Server 2003 On New Hardware

Need to know what services you are running on the server to be able to help you further.

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I have a client with a web server running Windows 2000 Professional. They also have a server on the network running NT 4. They have been told that there is a device that will route requests to the NT server if the 2000 server is down that costs about $100. I have not heard of such an animal, and if anybody can shed some light on this I'd really appreciate it. The device should somehow, I suppose, automatically detect that the machine at IP address A is not responding, and route the web request to IP address B. Anybody?

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So I'm no DB master, I'm just trying to figure out why this server is running like it is.

We have a WhatsUp Gold server, it's a T300, E6405 (2.13 Ghz), 4 Gig ram.
The original setup was dual WD2502ABYS drives in RAID 1 (software raid...blegh)
I've moved the dbase on to a WD3000HLFS to give it the IO speed it needs.

I've tested the drive and it peaks at 125 Meg/sec read and/or Write. So the hardware is performing as it should. So now I need to look deeper at this database and I don't know what I'm looking at. I don't know if the WhatsUp Gold Database designers made this thing to run stupid slow or what. Here are my %Disk Time and Current Disk Queue stats:

(All on a scale of 100.0)
%Disk Time
Last - 160.00
Average - 351.943
Max - 3,595.800

Current Disk Queue
Last - 60
Average 10
Max 129

Avg Disk Queue Length
Last - 77
Average - 64
Max - 287.453

To my understanding that's really high. However HDTune Pro shows
Speed - 6.6 MB/sec
Max - 12.4 MB/sec
I/O - 164/sec

Speed - 2.8 MB/sec
Mac - 43.8 MB/sec
I/O - 120/sec

That seems somewhat low to me for the amount length of the disk queue and disk time?
The whole reason for this, WhatsUp Gold is timing out while trying to either read or write to the database so I'm trying to resolve that issue. The dbase size is about 24 gig right now.

Any help is very much appreciated.


Answer:High %Disk Time, Current Disk Queue with SQL Server 2005 + Server 2008

Yeah those numbers are way out of whack. I would make sure you have DMA enabled, maybe try swapping out the drivers for the disk controller, or the chipset. There is definitely something up there...

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Hi Guys,
My problem is that Hardware Interrupts & DPCs are using up 25 % of my CPUs as per (Sysinternals Process Explorer). Now here's the fun part, it only does this on my first boot up,she'll run 25 % usage all day long. But if I do a restart my CPU usage will go down to 0 or 1 % and will stay there till the cows come home.
In my Startups I only have 2,,, ESET and hpsysdrv nothing else or maybe there's is something hidden. I have checked all my drivers and there up to date also I have updated my BIOS. I have done diagnostics on my sound,video,network cards with no problems or conflicts. I/O IRQ's and Memory report OK Status,No Conflicts . My PC is clean and running very good,anyone have an idea.

PS: Nothing new has been installed.

HP 127c Desktop
Windows 7 Home Premium


Answer:Hardware Interrupts & Dpc's, Cpu's High

As a curent ESET/W7 user with no such problems, I'd guess at the HP software being at the root of this. It doesn't have the best rep., somewhere in the archives here there's a case where removing the HP software cured what had been a very sluggish machine that had a relatively high # of Handles open at boot (20+k, iirc - 5 days uptime here and I have sub-14k open).

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The laptop is allocating an unresonable amount of RAM to the hardware (probably the iGPU). It came with 2x2GB sticks and only has 1.74GB available. When I upgrade to 2x4GB there is only 4GB available.  The issue seemingly appeared out of nowhere. This was not a problem when I first purchased the laptop. I have tried: - Update BIOS to most recent version (F.29) System Board 143F.- Ran memory diagnostic- Ran full system diagnostic- Clear the CMOS. Removed battery, power cable and CMOS battery and held power button down for 30 seconds. - Replaced RAM with known good RAM- Replaced HDD with SSD- Tried clean Win7 and clean Win10 installs- Performed ritual ceremony to the IT gods. I understand that my laptop is very much out of warranty. However, this is clearly an issue with HP hardware and upon doing research I am definitely not the only one having the problem. My laptop is perfectly fine for use as long as the memory issue can be resolved. I would hat to have to trash this laptop and fork over hundreds just for a faulty motherboard/BIOS that was out of my control. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. 

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I just installed a new Athlon 3800+ X2 (dual core) cpu. My temps on speedfan were not nearly as high as when I was running my Athlon 3200. Just wondering if these temps are normal. My cpu fan used to run at about 1800 rpm, now as you see it is running at over 4000 rpm. (pretty noisy). Also, what is the difference between the core temp and the cpu temp?? And what on earth is the remote temp?? Thanks. Those little red flames have me concerned. LOL.

Answer:Hardware temperatures too high???

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Hi I built the following (trying to be detailed as I can)
intel q6700 (2.66 ghz quad core)
dg33tl motherboard
seagate 500.11 hard drive (500 gb)
Kingston hyperX (2x2gb ram pc6400)
nvidia 8800 gt ultra
generic tv tuner (never used)
apevia explorer case
850 watt power supply
sony blu ray rom drive (bdu-x10s)
cd/dvd burner (tsstcorp SH-s223f)
with vista 64 bit home premium
It was built a year ago, very fast and what not.
However I added a 1.5 tb seagate internal sata drive and 2x2gb hyperX memory (same as before not totaling 8gb)
The boot up is really slow, it takes over two minutes (before it booted in the area of a half of a minute, further more if i play a video (non hd just a regular clip from a camcorder or itunes video) and open the internet explorer and browse the video skips.
I am not sure as to why this is happening, I have not changed any of hte boot settings, the bios says it boots in raid, but the drives are not set up in raid. (Not sure if its supposed to ide or achi)
Any advice is greately appreciated.
Thank you

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my pc is working very slow lately. It takes hours to run a virus scan.
I have AVG anti-virus, I stopped the full scan yesterday because it still wasn't done after 5 hours. AVG found Trojan horse downloader.Zlob.FWR and got rid of it.
I also did the panda online scan yesterday, next to some cookies it found

hacktool:exploit/ByteVerify Not disinfected
C:\Documents and Settings\Anneleen\ApplicationData\Sun\Java\

Panda didn't disinfect it. I deleted the file.

After reading a bit I decided to download Process Explorer.
Hardware Interrupts uses 50-90 CPU (see screenshot in attachment).
What does this mean?

My Hijackthislog:
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 12:35:12, on 5-1-2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5730.0011)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\guard.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\ConfigFree\CFSvcs.exe
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Answer:very slow pc - hardware interrupts high cpu


Sorry, I waited 48 hours... my pc keeps slowing down, it just gets worse.
In my AVG scans this keeps coming up:

Object Result Status
C:\WINDOWS\system32\kernel32.dll Change Changed
C:\WINDOWS\system32\user32.dll Change Changed
C:\WINDOWS\system32\shell32.dll Change Changed
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ntoskrnl.exe Change Changed
C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts Change Changed

I hope someone can help me. Thank you!

I looked it up on the AVG forums and apparently it's nothing bad, these 'changes'. But I still don't know what is actually slowing down my laptop...

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Okay. So I've recently purchased some new RAM to upgrade my computer. Before the upgrade, I was running my computer on 8 GBs (2x 4Gb sticks). When I was only using the 8 Gbs of RAM, I was able to use all 8Gbs of it. However, with the 16 Gbs of additional RAM I have installed (2x 8Gb sticks), windows decided to Hardware Reserve exactly 8Gbs. This led me to believe something was wrong, and I would like access to those 8 Gbs. I did some poking around in the forums and tried to find a solution, and no luck so far. My Goal is to be able to use as much of my total 24 Gbs of RAM as I can.

System Specs:

CPU: AMD Athelon II X4 620

Mobo: MSI 970A-G43

Memory: 2x 4Gb Hyperx Black (KHX16C9B1BK2/8X)
2x 8Gb Hyperx Fury (KHX16C9T3K2/16X)

Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
Troubleshooting I Have Done:

1. All 4 Sticks have been tested in all 4 of my comps DIMM slots and work perfectly fine

2. Ran Msconfig and unchecked maximum memory

3. Checked to make sure both BIOS and windows can see all 24 Gbs of RAM
From what I can tell, The RAM sticks themselves should be almost identical, aside from the amount of memory they contain (8Gb vs 4Gb). Both Windows and my BIOS detect all of the RAM. The most interesting part is that Windows lets me use the RAM properly when I only have a matching pair of sticks installed, i.e. both 8Gbs OR both 4Gbs. But if I use the 4 sticks together, windows takes my 8 Gbs again. I'm not sure what to do here; any, and... Read more

Answer:Hardware Reserve Memory is way too high

It is not Windows. But rather the motherboard. As the name suggests, "Hardware Reserved" the hardware takes that before Windows boots up. I would say, the motherboard does not like the mis matched ram.

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Hi all.

Been having an issue for a few months now i have 4gb corsair dominator gt ram installed but my system in only showing 1.96gb usable and looking in resource monitor its showing 2091 mb as system reserved
cpu: OctalCore AMD FX-8120, 4000 MHz
Motherboard Name Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P
Module Name Corsair Dominator GT CMT4GX3M2A2133C9
Video Adapter AMD Radeon HD 7950 (3gb)

is this a resolvable issue ive reinstalled and problem is still there

Ive tried booting of one DIMM and it boots fine bios shows 4gb as well im stuck

Answer:High Hardware reserved memory

I don't think there is anything you can do about it. I had a similar problem with my Dell Precision 370.
had 4GB ram but only 3GB was useable, 1Gb was reserved and could not be changed.

Lots of hits on Google but not fixes I could find.

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Hi guys, I'm new to this website and first off I would like to greet you all with a hardy hello, Hello!

I will try to provide as much information as possible right off the bat in this first post, its quite an odd problem!

About 6 months ago I signed up with a new ISP offering point-to-point wireless broadband in my area (rural area with no dsl or cable connections). I signed up right away glad to finally have broadband at my house. Things were GREAT! - I was playing Call of Duty 2, Prey, World of Warcraft and other low latency required games on Xbox 360 with a ping ranging from 60-140! One night while I was playing World of Warcraft I noticed some light lag start to happen.. and thought nothing of it until my latency meter jumped to ~2000. I couldn't move or talk to people as would normally happen with a huge latency in a game, then I went through a few disconnections from the game and reconnections with a ping still very high - in fact at its worst that night it reached about 74 000 milliseconds . I figured my ISP was having a temporary problem so I stopped playing for the night fully expecting everything to return to normal when I came back on the next morning... It didn't.
The extremely high ping was gone, but now I average around 400ms.

Let me explain the type of internet I have -

It is called "Highspeed Radio Broadband Internet" by my ISP.. It uses towers to send me my internet signal to a recieving/transmitting tower mounted on my roof on ... Read more

Answer:Extremely High latency Out of nowhere - no hardware changes

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Hey sorry to bother you but I just wanted to tell you guys about this new site that gave me a 3.4GHz Pentium 4 processor and I only ended up paying about $5 for shipping on a free trial thing I got. My email hasnt been spammed at all and I got what I wanted, and I've seen other people who got free stuff too. It's a completely legitimate site and you can choose from a list of nice hardware and other things like a digital camera or DVD player. Anyway, enough talking, here's the link:

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Hey sorry to bother you but I just wanted to tell you guys about this new site that gave me a 3.4GHz Pentium 4 processor and I only ended up paying about $5 for shipping on a free trial thing I got. My email hasnt been spammed at all and I got what I wanted, and I've seen other people who got free stuff too. It's a completely legitimate site and you can choose from a list of nice hardware and other things like a digital camera or DVD player. Anyway, enough talking, here's the link: snippers

no advertising here please, tsk tsk tsk....I'm not gonna put u up to be banned.....yet

Answer:High-end hardware for 5 bucks! Awesome site

spam.......this guy needs to be banned......

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I having issues with my computer, its a HP pavillion a6300f,
Running an intel E2180 dual core, 2 gigs of ram and os vista 32 home premium.
I have issues with what process explorer describes as being a hardware interrupt, it uses between 25-99% of one of the cores capability and seems to use approximately 500-700mb of ram.
i have tried as much as i can muster.
Does anyone have any ideas that could save me a reinstall of my o/s.
i have called HP support but they seem more intent on, brushing me off, half assed guidance, or finding ways out of honouring my warranty than giving sound advice.

Answer:Hardware Interrupts causing high cpu idle.


Originally Posted by Katipo

I having issues with my computer, its a HP pavillion a6300f,
Running an intel E2180 dual core, 2 gigs of ram and os vista 32 home premium.
I have issues with what process explorer describes as being a hardware interrupt, it uses between 25-99% of one of the cores capability and seems to use approximately 500-700mb of ram.
i have tried as much as i can muster.
Does anyone have any ideas that could save me a reinstall of my o/s.
i have called HP support but they seem more intent on, brushing me off, half assed guidance, or finding ways out of honouring my warranty than giving sound advice.

I am sad to say that when these type of issues come up, HP, nor MS would be able to find a solution for you.

Put it down to experience and reinstall Vista. And straight after Vista is installed and running good, then do a backup image of Vista using something like Acronis TrueImage. In this way, if anything like this happens again in the future, you simply restore the Vista image and in 10 minutes you are running good again.

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 My desktop PC is custom built. mother board Asrock A770DE+. AMD Sempron 140 processor- 4096MB DDR2-SDRAM- ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series video card-Psu is Rosewill 80 plus green series 630 watts.- OS is Windows 7 ultimate. I have installed Speed Fan to monitor voltage and temperatures. PC's hardware monitor shows cpu -125c/257F. Speed fan shows system 126c. CPU 33c-HD31c I installed PC wizard to check readings. This program shows -core1 33.5c - GPU 31c - HD 29c. I installed CPUID Monitor to check information.-CPU 34c- GPU 33c- HD 30c. I am also receiving odd voltage readings. I paniced and installed a new power supply -same make same wattage. I am still getting odd voltage readings.Voltage readins would not be capable of starting PC if they were actual. All fan readings seem to be fine. CPU fan speed 4687 rpm- chassis fan speed 2033 rpm.- PSU fan speed 1640 rpm. I have removed cpu fan and installed a higher performing fan. Nothing feels hot to the touch,I receive these readings 15 seconds after a cold start up. Sorry for the length. Please Help.

Answer:Hardware monitor shows high temperture.

DLoad and install Speccy and compare the Temp readings...Somethings wrong...

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My system Specs:
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
HP -515t Desktop
3x 2gig RAM sticks : DDR Samsung 2 GB Memory 1RX8 PC3-10600U

Initial Issues:
Recently my computer began having problems at startup. The computer would load to the windows start up screen (black with the 4 spinning balls that combine to the windows icon) and then shut itself off.

Initial Troubleshooting:
At first I thought this was the PSU, which I tried replacing from another computer, but this did not change anything. Eventually I tried moving around my RAM sticks. After moving around the sticks, the computer would start up and runs, however I have a new problem.

Current Issue:
My computer is currently running very slowly. Checking resource monitor shows that ~4gigs of my 6 gigs of ram is being reserved by hardware. System properties shows that i have 6gigs of RAM, but only 1.96gigs is useable. If I go into the Bios, I can see that it recognizes the three 2gig sticks, but on a separate line that reads "Physical Memory installed" says there is only 2 gigs of RAM.

Current Troubleshooting:

1. Ram Configuration (very strange)
I have 3 identical sticks of RAM and four slots in the mobo. I have tried many configurations: 0xxx, x0xx, xx0x, xxx0. As near as I can tell the first memory slot is broken as any stick in that slot will cause the computer to fail to start up. In fact, the monitor won't even receive a signal. That leaves only the 0xxx configuration for me to try. Even though the memo... Read more

Answer:High Physical Memory Reserved by Hardware

Hi there and welcome to SF!

Firstly could you provide a screenshot of your task manager showing the exact RAM Usage?

Could you also check in the services list and see if Superfetch or Prefetch are enabled?

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I cant seem to find drivers to install the above?

The intel site says they should be included with my GM945 graphics drivers, but it wont find them!

So, i have the drivers for my chipset but it wont work - microsoft say its included in xp so whats going on??

Answer:Found new hardware " High definition audio bus' - what?

I believe you're getting help here:

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Computer info: Windows XP, SP3, Avira AntiVir PersonalPentium Dual 1.61Ghz, 1Gb RAMGigabyte Ga-945gcmx-s2 motherboardSoundcard currently a Crystal (Cirrus Logic?) cs4280-cm.Some time ago, a high-pitched, non-stop sound started coming out of my speakers. I thought it was my speakers at first; changed them and still the same thing. Then I thought it was my soundcard.Now I've just got a new soundcard (cs4280-cm), got everything set, and tested it. Just when I hit play in a random song the same high pitched, constant sound started coming out. It only started when I played that song, but it didn't stop when the song did. The high-pitched  sound volume is affected by Volume control, and it mutes if I mute.So I changed soundcards and the problem remains. Any idea?

Answer:High-pitched nonstop sound - possible hardware problem?

I sorted this problem on my grandads PC. it was a dodgy card, obviously isnt for you, and it cant be your mobo, adjust sound settings, maybe your wave is to high

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These are before and after screenshots of me selecting and starting a song up in iTunes-- note the Interrupt usage:

I have a dual-core E6400, so that 47.26% you see there is more like 94% of the whole first core, as indicated by the performance tab of the task manager.
(Note the processes running and memory usage.)

When this happens (with the configuration shown in my Belarc profile below), the music slows down drastically. Listen to the album version of "The Rockafeller Skank" by Fatboy Slim at 4:07 for a perfect example of what I hear for EVERY song that I start. I start a song, 10 seconds into it does that, continues for another 10, then goes back to normal.

It's not just music-- movies suffer, as well. iTunes seems to exacerbate the problem, since using foobar2000 seems to creep around the issue most of the time. It's obviously my actions triggering the high interrupt usage.

The sound card is a Bluegears b-Enspirer (a very new card). It got good feedback, and it certainly has a great sound, but I suspected it was the main problem. I deactivated my C-Media Audio (the card) through DM. After restart, Windows found my other sound device, a firewire audio interface, and used it for default sounds. However, it too suffered from the random interrupt CPU spikes.

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Answer:Ridiculously High CPU Usage for Hardware Interrupts (screenshots)


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After installing a new evga gtx460 and Thermaltake 600w ps i am experiencing big time system slowdown and high CPU usage. The problem could be conflicts, hardware or software, or just simply a system bottleneck, but one thing is for sure, when my system had my old 9800GT installed I experienced none of these slowdown issues. Lookit all them sound tabs.... mebbe thats it? Help please, let me know what other info is needed.

System Information
Time of this report: 10/15/2010, 12:11:22
Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2 (6002.vistasp2_gdr.100608-0458)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Gateway
System Model: FX7026
BIOS: Default System BIOS
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q9300 @ 2.50GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.5GHz
Memory: 4026MB RAM
Page File: 2252MB used, 6002MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 7.00.6002.18107 32bit Unicode

DxDiag Notes
Display Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 2: No problems found.
Sound Tab 3: No problems found.
Sound Tab 4: No problems found.
Sound Tab 5: No problems found.
Sound Tab 6: No problems found.
Sound Tab 7: No problems found.
Input Tab: No problems found.

DirectX Debug Levels
Direct3D: 0/4 (retail)
DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
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Answer:High CPU usage, overall slow performance after hardware upgrade

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I have got fx 8150 processor and hd 6670 gpu but still can't run high end games like ME3 and crysis2....even deus ex human revolution stooped running after 6th level!!.......when I checked the requirements my configuration was more than suffice!...plaese any suggestions??....should I call up the manufacturer as its only a month old?

Answer:Got latest hardware but still can't play high end games like ME3 or Crysis 2

The 6670 is really a weak card for a game like Crysis 2... though it should fare a bit better with ME3. I think DEHR falls somewhere in the middle. Your GPU is your likely bottleneck on that system.

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Hello everyone!
As the title says, I am getting a high interrupt value on my laptop. Using Process Explorer, it is indicated at usually somewhere between 10 and 12 cpu.
It started at the end of last summer, which was particularly hot, and might have caused it to overheat, although I am not sure that this is the cause.
I have already carefully opened it up to inspect the fan and other parts for dust, which was not there.
At the moment, it is causing the fan to make a lot of sound constantly, which is annoying, as well as not performing as well as I would like it to.
Also, what I've tried so far is to see if it depended on any recently installed drivers, so first I tried to just roll it back to an earlier point, which did not help. At that point I decided to wipe it clean entirely and reinstall windows which only process explorer installed, which didn't help either.
I have also tried updating all my drivers.
I am not really very knowledgeable when it comes to diagnostics, so any help is greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance!

Answer:My Asus k53sj gets a high hardware interrupt and DPCs value.

The problem was solved after I updated the BIOS

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Hi, I'm new here and I'm not good about any of these so please be detail.
My problem started when I installed a software that required me to use daemon tools. I did, eventhough I don't really know how it works (I just click and click). It is something about mounting and stuff. So I did, and the installation went okay.

After the next restart, windows started to find missing hardwares and asks me to install it, all 3 or 4 of them. I didn't at first, and realized my cpu usage gone to 50-60% without running anything. So I browsed forums, and it's not because of DMA reverted to PIO or stuff. I downloaded Process Explorer and noticed the hardware interrupts are the cause of this high cpu usage. I checked device manager, and found out that under the IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers, I have multiple channels. Before this, I only have 1 primary channel, 1 secondary channel and 1 standard dual channel PCI IDE controller but now I have 2 for each channel I stated. I suspect this is the problem, but I don't know how to deal with it, and I googled it, nothing similar ever came up.

I tried uninstalling, reinstalling and updating the drivers. Sometimes the hardware interrupts disappear and I don't know why, but the next restart will trigger the problem all over again.

I really don't know what to do and I hope someone could help me.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Multiple IDE channels, Hardware interrupts, High CPU usage.

Daemon tools includes software to mount ISO files made from
CD's or DVD's so there original disk doesn't have to be in
the drive to use software like games.
It probably installed drivers to interface with the virtual drive.
You should be able to uninstall it from add/remove programs (XP)
or programs and features (vista and windows 7) in start/control panel.
What where you trying to do or install when this happened?

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Here's the basics:

Running Windows XP SP2
ASUS motherboard - AMD Sempron 2200 1.49ghz and 512mb RAM
VIA Rhine II ethernet adapter
Time Warner broadband

2 weeks ago internet speed dropped to about 1/8 the level that it had been running. Speed when D/L a file went from 180 kb/s to 25 kb/s. Time Warner came out and actually repaired some external issues, but it had no effect. They plugged into the Motorola modem with another computer, and the connection was running full speed. The TW tech ran a test through the CMD prompt, and informed me that I was losing about 40% of the data packets.

So, I ran the XP netwrok diagnostic tool after he left. It showed some failures on the ethernet adapter. I went to the ASUS website and downloaded the most recent drivers for the ethernet adapter, and I've still had no luck.

I just want to know if there is anything I can fix software wise before I replace the ethernet adapter or the entire PC.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Slow Internet - High Packet Loss (Hardware Issue?)

It certainly looks like ethernet card itself going bad.
Is it desktop?

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Joined today just so I can put this little problem out there and see if someone can shed some light on it as it has baffled me somewhat.
I have 4gb of RAM installed on Windows 7 32-bit , I know that 32-bit won`t allow me to use all of it, but I believe I should be able to access at least 3.5Gb.
Anyway, I can only use 2.5Gb as alot is Hardware Reserved ( 1538Mb to be precise ), I could accept that fact if the following didn`t happen - this is what is confusing me no end.
When I remove one strip of RAM ( I have 2x 2gb ) , the memory obviously drops to 2gb, BUT, the hardware reserved memory also drops  - to 2MB!!
As soon as I put the other strip back in and go back to 4Gb I`m suddenly hit with the 1538Mb Hardware reserved again.
To try diagnosing things, I removed my PCI graphics card and used the onboard VGA. The hardware reserved memory then dropped to 750Mb, so I came to the conclusion that the graphics card is taking 750mb. But ( this is what confuses me ) , when I only have 2gb installed the hardware reserved is 2mb , so nothing is been reserved for the graphics card in this case, and whatever is using the other 750mb doesn`t take it either!

I need the VGA card installed as I use two monitors at work and the card is dual head.
Can anyone tell me why the hardware reserved memory rockets up to 1538Mb when I have the 4gb installed, yet is only 2mb with 2gb installed?
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Answer:Hardware Reserved Memory is high - advice/opinions required..

Hello Ade,
Everything you describes sounds about right to me. The more memory you add, the more Windows will try to allocate; however, with only 2 GBs installed, windows (probably) cannot allocate memory to specific functions because it may have to swap programs in and out of memory as required. However, once you up it to 4 GBs, a new allocation scheme kicks in. First off, windows will take (up to) a full 1GB of memory off the top due to your 32 bit OS limitation. How much it takes off depends on your chipset limitations and/or your bios restrictions. So, when you upped the memory to 4 GBs, windows decided there was now enough memory to allocate a specific amount to the graphics function, and it appears that allocation will vary (on your machine) based on whether or not you are using onboard graphics or an external graphics card.

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I have a AMD9590 2 970 gpus and 32gb of 1600 hmz ram (whatthe system runs on)

Since being forced to upgrade to 8.1, I have had stalls and restarts out of the no where for no known reason.

doing a system diag and it tested my hardware

4.6 ghz octa-core poor
2 5 month old maxwell chip GPUs poor...
32gb of 1600mhz ddr3 matched ram poor.

I am confused and befuddled to say the least.

Any help would be wonderful, because I am my wits end.

Answer:System Diag says high end hardware poor preformers? Whaa?

It sounds like you might have some malware.

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Will be hosting a web server using SQL and it will NEED to be up all the time...
The host provider will care about network connectivity but I have to care about server high availability.

I saw products from Neverfail that looks good... I was wondering about VMs also..

Can you guys give me your taughts ?

Price is a concern but we should be able to have a budget for it..

Answer:IIS+SQL Server high availability

SQL Enterprise supports clustering for HA.

A VMware Infrasctructure supports HA at the virtualized hardware level. I really like this type of solution as you can have HA on an app that is not cluster aware.

This will not be a cheap project. You will easily spend 20k on licensing either route.

For the IIS side of the house, you can use the built in Network Load Balancing, which is a form of clustering. If the VMware Infrastructer set up, you could do the same type HA. VMotion is a beautiful thing.

Depending on the app, you could go MySQL HA and not spend anything on licensing, though the solution is more difficult to configure.

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I got the popup for the Hardware scan a few minutes ago and it did all pass but I could not help notice how high the CPU temp got and stayed pretty much at 80C or higher. It got to 88 a few times during the later HD Smart test with the Core load at about 42%. I also expected the fan to be really moving but it was not much more than what I hear at idle. Is there any way to run a test or spin that fan at different levels selectable to see if in fact its capable of driving their. I know the Max temp is 100C so why is it so high and yet the blower I expect to hear is not happening. My system runs normally down below 50 for the most part unless there is some load >10% on the core. I have it monitored via CoreTemp. The systems diagnostic does not go through a FAN diagnostic test. Do these fans have Tach wire like the desktop fan to sense the speed? If so then there had to be software to read it and the system should be aware its not running fast enough. As per my signature this is a T520 i7 and run the Intel GPU during this. EDIT: I just install HWMonitor and I notice it does not detect the Fans (group does not appear). I also went into power manager and turn on Turbo enabling it. The fans sped up faster than under load it sounds but still pretty quiet. I am wondering it there is something wrong with this fan.

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Hello all,

Hoping you can help me with this situation. Don’t normally work on servers or medium-sized networks of computers, but I am on this one, and it is quite bizarre. First off, let me tell you about the equipment involved: there are 12 machines, some laptops, some towers, running everything from WinNT SP6a, to Windows XP (both Home & Pro). Plus there are miscellaneous laptops with Win98 on them; all of which are connecting to a Windows 2000 Professional Server. It’s basically one huge mess o’comps. What’s happening is this: upon accessing Task Manager on the Windows 2000 server, it will show CPU usage nearly 100% for the time leading UP TO the time you accessed Task Manager, then the CPU usage falls down to a level of around 0-5%, depending on server traffic. I at first suspected the server itself to have a virus, but the Symantec Professional ?? (for servers) antivirus software has been updated, and has scanned said computer only to find no viruses. I then suspected ANY of the possible other PCs to be the issue, either Windows not up-to-date or spyware or virus infestation. Some of the workstations are running Norton antivirus, and the others are running AVG. Yes, I have removed a LOT of garbage from about 8 of the PCs so far, but still am having problems with the server. Although everyone is raving about how their computers are working better, I still can’t get a grasp on the goofy CPU usage problem. That’s why I’m posting the server’s HiJack This file, i... Read more

Answer:High CPU usage on server (w/Hijack This log)

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Hello New here, I wanted to ask what could the problem be with my ping. I live in the Boston area and when I run a speed test on servers in boston my ping ranges anywhere from 35-100+ Some might say 35 ping isnt high but it seems way too high considering the server is less than 15 miles away.

A little info: I have a router/modem and a modem by itself. For some reason the apartment I live in isnt capable to just use a modem/router combo so the verizon person says. I use a laptop hooked up to the router via cable, I never run wirelessly. My laptop is old and the average temperature of it is around 100 degrees lol.. I was wondering if the heat could be causing a problem with the cpu because my friend tells me that it DOES have an effect on networking/ping if it is slow.

Here is a speedtest I just tested.

Thank you in advance for any help you can provide

Answer:High ping on server app. 12 miles away

Because the responding server is only 12 miles away, doesn't mean you're going to get a direct network path to it. It depends on your ISP and how their network is set up. An extreme example of this is when I had Sprint 3G service. I would be in one state and when I do a speed check on my connection, the app returns that I'm popping out some times one or two states away.

A 35ms (millisecond) latency (NOT PING) is not bad. If you're getting 100 or more ms delay, then something is going on. If it persists, I would contact your ISP. While it is true CPU loading can affect network performance, it's highly doubtful that your CPU load is that high. If it were, you would be complaining about everything being generally slow.

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My NT server (4.0 w/sp6a and latest security updates and hotfixes) shows high memory usage for:

cisvc.exe AND

as well as for my InnoculateIT anti-virus.

I have 6 other servers (NT as well) which do not have this high memory issue. Each server has basically the same software and hardware and are approximately the same age.

I went to the microsoft support site and the only error/fix I found regarding this related to W2K server.

The server is a file server for high school students and needs to be available and accessible on a daily basis. I am honestly not even sure what cisvc and cidaemon do for me. I tried to end the process via the taskmanager and it wouldn't allow me to do so (I am the network administrator).

If anyone has any suggestions, I would appreciate it.

Thank you.


Answer:NT 4.0 Server High Memory Usage

That is the indexing service on the system. You will need to stop the service and/or disable it. This is more than likely what is causing the problem with Innoculate as Microsoft recommends to turn off Anti-Virus software when running the Indexing Service.

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I just started playing again as i came home from college for march break and i've been playing for about 4 days with no problems but all of a sudden half way through today the game starts to lag really badly (this has happened on four diff servers) and then i can't do anything and then i get disconnected. My internet is connected, and obviously it's not just the one server.
Here's everything you could possibly want to know about my computer
System Information
Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2 (6002.vistasp2_gdr.090803-2339)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: ASUSTeK Computer INC.
System Model: C51/MCP51
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4600+ (2 CPUs), ~2.4GHz
Memory: 2046MB RAM
Page File: 2113MB used, 2220MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 7.00.6002.18107 32bit Unicode

Display Devices
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce 8500 GT
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0421&SUBSYS_04D519F1&REV_A1
Display Memory: 1264 MB
Dedicated Memory: 497 MB
Shared Memory: 767 MB
Current Mode: 1680 x 1050 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: Dell E228WFP
Driver Name: nvd3dum.dll,nvwgf2um.dll
Driver Version: 7.15.0011.6925 (English)
DDI Version: 10
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Answer:Very high latency and disconnection from wow server.

do you have any programs running in the background like AIM or a downloader? a lot of times i have the same problem and it turns out i forgot to turn off a downloader.

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Hi all,
We are using a RDS environment with 2 Windows Server 2012 R2 Terminal Servers, with aprox. 30 users on each server. The VMs are Virtual Machines.
We're facing a CPU usage problem with LSM (Local Session Manager). After a reboot of the server, this problem is "fixed". After about 3 weeks the problem returns.

Task Manager screenshot:

Stack of svchost.exe in ProcessExplorer shows:

I have already tried the following:

Run Windows Update, all servers are up-to-date.Running HP SPP on physical servers, all drivers/bios are up-to-date.Running Integration Services on the virtual machines.running 'sfc /scannow' on the servers.

The problem persists. Someone familiar with this problem?
Thanks in Advance!

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Corsair is well known for its PC components spanning a range of categories -- from memory to cases, power supplies, cooling and more. But this year it's trying something new with Bulldog, a barebones, console-like Mini-ITX box that's designed for...

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Answer:Corsair goes for the living room with Bulldog PC kit, supports liquid cooling and high-end hardware

The case looks downright awful too me. I wouldn't have that thing displayed in my lounge.

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Hi all
Strange request this one -- I need a new Desktop / Workstation -- needs to be a fixed workstation.

I've got plenty of spare disk drives and memory modules and I don't need to buy a monitor.

From what I've seen so far it seems I can get a MUCH better deal on buying a Low end Robust mini tower SERVER such as the LENOVO THINKSERVER S100V (basic model around 300 GBP / 460 USD) rather than a workstation such as say DELL INSPIRON.

The workstation will get ROBUST use and needs to be on for long periods.

A Mini tower Server seems to be the better option -- I can "Up the memory" and increase the disk space and run Windows 7 without a problem on it. Seems Servers at the lower end of the market are actually CHEAPER than Desktops.

(Not talking about "Racks" or "Blades" btw -- these are more specialized nd expensive of course.

I don't need extreme gaming so "Roll your own" isn't applicable here.

Any comments - Disadvantages of running a PHYSICAL server as a workstation (note that a WORKSTATION OS would be installed on it BTW).


Answer:New Desktop needed -- Domestic desktop or small Server ??

Building your own rig doesn't only apply to gaming. But if you're adamant about buying a prebuilt... I don't see why there would be any problem, other than the extras (graphics, sound card) not being exactly up to par.

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one of my friend, uses one computer as A SERVER, and has designed his website on that particular computer. NOw, there are 12 other computers, connected to the server in network.

The problem is, that main SERVER has virus on it, and we can not afford to loose the data. Can someone give me some idea, as in what could be done?

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I have to build a high end server for a class project at school(ITT) and want the best workhorse that money can buy,
but without the crazy, top of the line stuff if possible. This project is only hypothetical. I'm not really going to build it,
wish I could though, and put it in my house...

Anyways, I'm new to servers/server components. And I'm not sure what is top of the line, or what's the best bang for the buck.
And that's why I thought I'd get some of the [H] members opinions on it.

There would be about 100-150+ hardwired clients on the network, with 10-15 wireless clients.
Expandability/scalability is a big plus, as it decreases future costs.

Edited do to real world advice, will post updates.Also, this is what I have on paper before I went into my build an Xtreme server phase.

Hardware Needed

1. 76 Dell Dimension B110's with Windows XP Hme Edition preinstalled from the factory.
$600 each x 76 workstation = $45,600

Link to site

2. 5 Dell Inspiron 9300 Base System's with wireless Networking.
$1,200 each x 5 laptops = $6,000

Link to site

3. 3 Custom built high end servers built my our compnay to guarantee uptime.
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Answer:Have to build my first High End server for school, need advice.

Ditch the 7900GT, and get the cheapest video card that would work in the machine.

Why both SCSI, and SATA drives?

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Hi guys, I'm bit of a noob but been doing some hardcore studying in my effort to custom build a new system and find my self getting real stuck. Essentially i want to use my system for a variety of apps. I'm getting into music production which has taken me into using things like FL studio, Steinberg's wavelab and Abletons Live . I'm also a medic so constantly have study and presentation related stuff on the go , we're talking concept draw, outlook, word, excel, powerpoint. Then there's good old azareus, firefox, messenger, skype, photoshop on the occasion, oh and media player tends to be up and streaming quite a lot as well. On the side I will have smaller things like ultramon, and colibri, mobipocket and let's not forget mcafee going as well. I'm listing all of these coz i have found over the years that i work best with all of my apps open together. Otherwise i forget all manner of jazz, and things start flaking off the sides!
So the plan was to build a huge enterpirise style system which would hopefully have no problem with all of this. My plan was to go with a supermicro board with two quad core harpertowns and build up oodles of ram.

Problem is I've been advised against this sytem. I've been told i don't need all that power, and that seeing as how i'm going to need 64-bit for all my ram, I'm going to run into all kinds of trouble with driver support. There seem to be many radically different viewpoints ou... Read more

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Hello everyone. I have never been as stumped as I am today. Earlier today, I logged into a FRESH install of Windows Server 2003 R2. I noticed it was a bit laggy, but didn't think much about it. I went into windows update and let the server install something like 33 updates. I know as of right now, it is completely up to date. This server is a dual Xeon Prestonia 2.4Ghz, with 1Gb of registered ddr ram. I have windows installed on a RAID 1 configured ULTRA640 setup with 2 34.7GB hdds.Here is the problem. Upon investigation into why my RDP connection was so laggy, I discovered that winlogon.exe was using 50% cpu. Here are some screenshots:The first thing you might notice, there are two instances of winlogon.exe. Trying to end either of these processes results in the "This is a critical system process. Task Manager cannot end this process."So I downloaded hijackthis and ran it. Here are the results.QUOTELogfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4Scan saved at 4:11:16 AM, on 10/17/2010Platform: Windows 2003 SP2 (WinNT 5.02.3790)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework... Read more

Answer:Server 2003, Winlogon.exe high CPU problems

Typically if you were going to post a hijack this log thinking it was malware/virus you should do so in the appropriate forum. However in this case I believe your problem is Microsoft related. Specifically in the tscupgrd.exe entries. For a fresh install there is no need for these to be running. I believe the following article describes well what is occuring in your computer and the solution.

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My wife and I play WoW. I have no problems playing it on my laptop, but on hers she constantly has very high latency, anywhere from 900 to 3,000. While my latency runs from 0 to 40. We are on the same connection and often sitting side by side. She runs Windows 7 and her comp is a 5 month old HP G62 Notebook PC. Any help would be greatly appreciated, Im pretty much a noob at hardware so may need more detailed instructions. Thanks guys.

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I´m searching for a media server software which allows me to watch my entire media collections (mostly 720/1080p .mkv movies) over the internet. I have 100/100 broadband so that should not be an issue.

I have looked into Orb and TVersity but I feel that both these software’s are more aimed towards watching movies at your PS3/Xbox360/phone etc then streaming your media to another PC over the internet; but I might be wrong.

Anyone doing something similar and can recommend some software?

Oh and my .mkv files are mostly stored in .rar files, so it would be a big + if it could play .mkv files stored in rar archives!


Answer:Media server for watching high def movies?

I do not know what OS you are using but if it's Windows 7 and WMP 12, you can enable Internet streaming accessible via your Windows Live Account. Open WMP 12, click Stream and select Internet. Follow the steps from there. Unfortunately, WMP does not natively support .mkv. You may need to convert.

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Question: server hardware

I will like to build a File/FTP/Web Server using RAID 0 or +1. What would you recommend (e.g. make):Processor:Motherboard:Memory:RAID controller:Hard Drives:NIC (how many):Do I need a video card? Do I need a CD-R writer or or a DVD/CD?Do I need a Sound card?How can I get just terminal to attach to the server or do I need a proper PC client.Help much appreciate.loco

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okay, the budget is about 1500 Euro.
this thing will be doing the following:

- Webserver
- Gameserver (think BF: Vietnam and the llike with 24 player max orso)

what would be the best setup for this thing?
keep in mind it has to be one pc as we're not allowed to have more than one pc running as a server on the Business ADSL we've got.

Answer:Server, what hardware?

addendum: HDD's are all accounted for so we don't need those, nor do we need floppy drives or cd-rom drivers or a monitor

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Question: Server Hardware

Hi there, I've looked online but can't seem to find advice about which type of hardware you need for different servers. I guess for Exchange or SQL you'll need a number cruncher with 2 Processors and lots of Ram, but what do you need for a Fileserver and a Printserver?Any ideas?Thanks

Answer:Server Hardware

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Okay, I'm buying a new hard drive and I'm looking for the best deal I can find. I have a K8V special edition motherboard and a 120 GB hard drive (Maxtor, not sure if SATA or not). My motherboard can support 2 SATAs but beyond that I don't know how many hard drives I can support. What I'm looking at is a 300GB hard drive "Maxtor 300GB 7200RPG Ultra16 PATA Internal Hard Drive" with 133MB/sec transfer speed. For the same price ($149) I can get a 200GB SATA with 150MB/sec speed. Three questions:

1) What's PATA, and can my motherboard support it?
2) Which hard drive am I better off getting, assuming I can use both?

Next, I recently tried upgrading my Windows (from XP to XP <_< there was a problem with getting SP2). I made it to the point where you have to reset your computer and go from there, but when I did the Windows setup ran into a missing file and couldn't go further. I restarted and had the option of choosing whether I wanna start up in normal XP or in the XP setup, so my original Windows is intact. But now I get that choice whenever I turn my computer on, and I'd like to know how to remove the XP setup as an option for starting up. Thanks for the help guys.

Answer:Buying hardware question, also Windows question <_<

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Hi I have a server running XP 2003 server. My boss just asked me to forward all the email from one exchange account to another. the employee quit so he wants all thier mail to go to someone else in the exchange. so instead of going to [email protected] it would go to [email protected] even though it was sent to [email protected], and then she could read it.

I don't know where to go in 2003 and how to forward the account. can anyone give me an idea of how to do this? It is nothing elaborate. we only have 25 people and jsut one sever and one exchange. it is whatever MS exchange is in windows server 2003. nothing fancy.


Answer:Exchange server (xp server 2003) question

Go into the administrative tools -> Active directory Users -> The User-> Specific User->Properties->Exchange General Tab-> Delivery Options button-> Under Forwarding you have option Forward to, then use the email address where you want to forward the emails, and there is also option under modify, That will allow you to get email on her old address and forward also to new address (check it)

Let me know if than makes sense and thats what you wanted.

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Hello all,
I am just wonderinf if it is possible to call a custom function from a linked server.

Here is my call:

ServerName.DatabaseName.dbo.fnc_GetAverageUsage(param1, param2, param3)

I get
The object name 'ServerName.DatabaseName.dbo.' contains more than the maximum number of prefixes. The maximum is 2.

On a side note I really hate Apple.

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Our Exchange Server 5.5 has over 1 GIG of RAM and our store.exe is using over 900MB of RAM and it does not release what it is using even at the end of the day when people log out of their mailboxes. If we reboot it knocks that memory down, but it climbs up whether it is night or daytime. The total memory usage exceeds the Physical amount in that server. We have SP6 for NTServer 4.0 and SP4 for Exchange Server 5.5. We ran the ESEUtil and it came back showing no corruption. What could be causing this???



Answer:High memory Usage store.exe on Exchange Server 5.5

I have the same problem with my company's servers. Can any one help?

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Hello. About 2 weeks back I was doing something i wasn't supposed to be doing and downloaded a really bad virus that locked my computer. I had the computer reformatted at a local tech shop but after I got it back I have unusually high ping when I try to play games online. I have gone from my normal 70-85 ping up to 225-250 ping.

My computer is set to connect to a proxy server ( port: 8555) which I dont want to be connected to. I go into the options menu to set it to "No Proxy" but every time I restart the computer it resets back to the proxy settings. Even when I set it to no proxy I still get high ping in game.

Also my computer is uploading a lot of information (up to 2 gigs each start up) and my IP address is blacklisted for email spam. Im pretty sure I know how to remove it from the blacklist but I must make sure the virus that is sending the spam is completely removed.

Please help. Thank you for taking the time to read. Let me know if you need more info.

Answer:Keep connecting to proxy server after virus. High ping

Welcome to Major Geeks!

Run C:\MGtools\analyse.exe by double clicking on it (Note: if using Vista or Win 7, don't double click, use right click and select Run As Administrator). This is really HijackThis (select Do a system scan only) and select the following lines but DO NOT CLICK FIX until you exit all browser sessions including the one you are reading in right now:

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyServer = http=

After clicking Fix, exit HJT.

Please download OTM by Old Timer and save it to your Desktop.

Run it by double clicking on it (Note: if using Vista, Win7, or Win8, don't double click, use right click and select Run As Administrator).
Copy the lines from the below codebox to the clipboard by highlighting ALL of them and pressing CTRL + C
(or, after highlighting, right-click and choose Copy): Do not include the word Code: which is just a title line of
the code box



C:\Users\Home PC\AppData\Local\Temp\*.*
ipconfig /flushdns /c

[HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1652387084-1456825671-1889137732-1003\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings]
[start explorer]

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Hey, I have CSS Video machine that runs windows 2003 server, Pheonix AwardBios.
I need to get this thing up and running within a day or so, however the resolution is set to somthing far above what a monitor, HDTV, or projector can handle. So now I need to find a way to get it to come back to some thing lower.
No I can not get into safe mode or VGA mode, its not available for some reason. Yes I have a wired keyboard.
The question for me is, maybe there is another way to get into safe mode or VGA mode, possibly from a boot disk? Any help is appriectated.

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My knowledge is quite limited but could anyone provide some insight and/or recommendation of the following type of servers (hardware). That is, should we looking to go for the RackMount servers or Blade? To provide some context, we’re essentially a small team of less than 15 people but looking to expand over the years, we trade daily and have a huge amount of data input. Server hardware is something we do not wish to go cheap (but within reason for a small shop like ours) on given how crucial it is, simply we want something that is effective and won’t create any major headaches in the future.

Appreciate any guidance you can give:

Min Requirements (I've been told I have been misquoted - but this what I was told):
- Server is to have 8 or 16 cores (2 to 4 CPUs) using the fastest processor available and 4GB memory.
- Raid 1 with 2x15k hard drives and Raid 10 (1+0) array are required for log and data either via direct storage or SAN.

Recommendations made to us:

Rackmount: DL360 G7 – Model 579240-421 (1 Xeon 5650/6Gb Mem)
Raid 10 of 4x15k 72Gb drives – Model 512545-B21

Blade: BL460c G6 – Model 595725-B21 (1 Xeon E5650/6Gb Mem) with HP SB40C Blade
Raid 10 of 4x15k 72Gb drives – Model 512545-B21

Answer:Server Hardware Recommendations

What are you looking to do with the server.

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I'm in need of some suggestions on what type of PC (hardware requirements) would be good to run versions of Windows Server. The PC would not be used for business purposes, purely for learning. All I need is for the PC to run Windows Server and run it without being too slow ie, I want an old PC to run Windows Server not a new one but I dont know what would be sufficient.

So if anyone can provide some suggestions, such as a PIII 700mhz, 256MB RAM etc it would be great.

Thank you.


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I have to PC's of similar spec, and I can't decide which one is better to run game servers on like COD, COD4, UT2004 ect and a teamspeak server. Both run windows XP Pro
(This is only for a LAN btw)
First one is an old HP ProLiant Server ML 310 G1
It has a 2.80Ghz CPU
2gb RAM PC2100R
2 WD800 setup in RAID 0 (supposedly 7200 rpm but they are old now)
Intergrated 1gb/s network card.
Only has USB 1.0 ports
IDE Raid Controller
Also put page file on another intenral system disk

Or a Dell Optiplex GX270
2.6Ghz Pentium 4 With Hyper Threading.
1.5 Gb RAM DDR PC2700
PCI 1gb/s Network Card
WD5000 Harddrive (seems to get very hot short time, case has s*** airflow but nothing i can do about that)
Has USB 2.0
Overall the Optiplex seems the faster PC, but the harddrive although new (about 8 months old) is rather loud / cranky

The Proliant is about 6-7 years old atleast, but has more RAM and slightly faster CPU but with hyper threading on the optiplex, would the slightly faster cpu make any difference or not?. However even with the RAID setup, it still seems to have the harddrive as the limiting factor and is noticable secong lag every now and then.
EDIT: Also just bought a high speed usb memory stick, so was thinking i could use a program like eboostr to act as vista ready boost?

Also was thinking of switching the fast ram to the ProLiant server, would this help at all? currently it has ECC Ram, can you mix the too or not?
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Hi i want to make a server the min requirements is SQL server Standard or Enterprise

RAM 1GB - 2GB, But in most cases 4GB + 30MB for Reporting Services + Analysis Services, 50-60MB for SQL Management Studio & it’s recommended each user connection takes 24KB

CPU 64Bit Proc Intel Xeon 3.4GHz

HDD Internal for the Min of 500GB

We will need Fibre connection to external storage array, Fibre cards in servers for connection to storage array, UPS & a Rack & the server should be cheap & upgradeable in future.

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Am new and have been wondering for some time how you go about replacing a single processor on a server with a faster processor. Maybe even installing additional processors and upgrading the operating system for multiple processes

Answer:Hardware installation on a server

Good question. What motherboard is it running? That way I can try to find out some info on it.

I'm wondering if all the CPUs have to be identical, or would it run with different speeds... I am leaning toward identical, but I'd like to pull the specs to be sure.

I the server is only running a single processor, period, then changing it out would be just like changing a cpu on a PC.

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Hey Guys and Gals:
I have a Compaq Prolaint ML370 server that does not want to turn on.
Seriously: YES! The power cable is connected and yes I press the Button!
The Leds on the mother board and Raid card are on but when I press the power button nothing goes on not even the main fan on the tower.
The interesting thing is that the power leds on the power connectors are off, but the server seems to be getting power.
Another crazy thing is that there are three small leds lights in the middle of the motherboard and when they go on everything seems to start going, but then they just turn off and the system does not turn on.
It seems like the system is not holding on to the power charge.
I have checked all the cabling and everything seems to be on least I thing they are...
If anyone can help, I would be very grateful...thanks a million!
The one and only grateful one......TASKWON....."smiling always fixes everything!"

Answer:Server hardware problem

Try a different power supply. How old is this server?

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I am looking to run SQL Server 2000 and Exchange 2003 on a Windows 2003 server and I need to buy a new server. I have approximately 75 users who will use Exchange and about 5-10 users who will use SQL. I was going to buy a server with dual Xeon processors, 2GB RAM & RAID 5.
I was told that I should not use RAID 5 and that I should use RAID 1.

My question is, why not RAID 5? I checked online and found that RAID 5 is recommeded for email and database servers, so why would I be told not to use RAID 5 and to use RAID 1?


Answer:Server Hardware Requirements?

raid 5 uses multiple drives and it is hot swappable. If 1 drive dies, you can put a new one in and it will rebuild itself. it is fault tolerant. Raid 1 is mirroring. whatever data you have it, is copied to both drives, it is fault tolerant. Generally speaking, you get a lot better performance with raid 5. You could use raid 15 if you wanted, it is a where you mirror your raid 5. i personally would just use raid 5, depending how many disks you get

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I'm taking a college course in networking basics. I have an assignment that requires me to spec out a server for a small business network that supports less than 30 users. I have found sites where I can pick and choose servers and server hardware upgrades, but I don't know what is overkill or underkill.

Can anyone refer me to a site that offers guidelines to help me with my research?

Many thanks,

Answer:Server hardware specifications

Don't really know the exact info you need but try these links

Computer Bits

PC Mechanic

Practically Networked

World of Windows Networking
hope they offer some advice

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I'm planning to build a new data server for my small business. Very small businesss. I don't need enterprise capabilities since we only have 5 client PCs in the network. I have a good idea of what I want in the system... except for the video card. The server won't be used as a workstation at all, so I don't need all of the features that are loaded on video cards that are found in every tech shop. I just want something simple. Can anyone recommend a brand and model?

Also, the following is a list of what I plan to put into the server. If anyone sees any mistakes that I might be making, please steer me in the right direction.

Abit KX7-333 mother board
Athlon XP 1900 CPU
Antec SX635 Mid Tower
350W Power Supply
512MB PC2700 DDR RAM
Standard Floppy
CD Writer (brand not yet determined)
3COM 56K Modem
Net Gear NIC
2 UDMA 133 7200 RPM 60 GB HDD
(maybe raid, but I'm not knowledgeable on the set up)
15-inch Monitor
Standard keyboard & mouse
NT 4.0 OS with SP6

I don't need sound of any kind.

Thanks for your time.

Answer:Need server hardware advice...

Howdy there Logie2...

Try going here and look for the cheapest PCI card you can find ( just make sure that it has drivers for NT ), also I would upgrade NT to SP 6a...

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hai guys,
i want to know one thing, is there any hardware proxy server available. ie., some thing like display card, ethernet card like that.
iam asking this because, i am using wingate proxy server, there is often problem with it.
so i want to know, whether there is any hardware proxy material so that i can buy it and use it
reply me as early as possible

Answer:hardware proxy server

There are internet appliances that are very expensive that allow you to share a connection. Just get a Cable/DSL router and a switch chained to it if you need more ports.

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We're starting to plan a server migration. Mgmt wants us to follow procedures similar to a recovery process, which means they want us to restore a backup. We backup our servers a couple different ways. One is to a online hosted service and another is to tape using Symantec Backup Exec. The catch to this is that we're buying different hardware for the new server. Backup Exec has IDR to cover this; see link below. I wanted to ask if anyone has been through a similar process and if they would share the experience.

Intelligent Disaster Recovery (IDR) Restore | Symantec Connect

Answer:Migrate Server to New Hardware

Have you resolved this issue yet?
I would be happy to give you some more info on a VPS solution if you're considering that avenue.

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Hi I having a high outbound traffic to multiple strange ip's

Symantec Endpoint not find everything clean.

I attached multiple logs, hope someone has any idea where i can stop this one.

Answer:high upload traffic on strange ports on a win2008 server

Hello riversde

Please download and scan with TDSSKiller

Do not use the Change Parameters button
When the scan is finished, a log will be created in the root of your C: drive
Example: C:\TDSSKiller.
Attach this to your next message. (How to attach)

Also were you unable to run RogueKiller and CCleaner?

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Okay I have an old "server" that is biting the dust. Its only an 8gig ram Optiplex 745 dektop I am using as a server that had 2 mirrored 1.5 TB drives in it.

I have reciently got into home theater stuff and now have 3 WD TV Lives and I am LOVING it so much I just ripped all of my DVD's and Blu-Rays to put on my server shares so I am now basically serving all 3 of them with this server and am almost 100% hard media free in my house.

The 2 problems I have is 1) drive space this current optiplex 745 will not run a 3tb drive in it as the bios is too old and the board does not support it. On top of this my current 1.5s are at max limit and I have to delete shows i have not watched to put other shows on. 2) there is another hardware issue causing random reboots 3) would like to incorporate a TV tuner card of some kind into this server which I do not have in my current system

OS I will be running Windows 2008 of some flavor as I run a test domain in my house on my PCs.

What I am wondering is if anyone had some knowledge of some non super expensive rigs that would have a HIGH media capactiy, redundancy to prevent data loss, quiet enough to be in a home situation and NOT be like an airplane taking off, and perhaps even had network redundancy built in as I had an issue with the Optiplex 745 that made me have to add in another ethernet card after the fact.

I don't want to run a NAS and a server I just want an all in one solution.

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Answer:Suggestions on a cheap super quiet high capacity server.

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Hey guys

this is a tough one (I think)

I run a dedicated server for a flight sim called "LockON" the, well.. There is no dedicated server actually, so I have to run the full app to make the dedicated server.

The thing is,

sometimes clients with high ping will join and completely ruin the experience for others, and when the admin (me) is not present, well things suck for the rest of the players due to one guy with bad ping and the server not having an auto kick for high ping option.. (yes I feel bad for the one guy on the other side of the world, but I rather the majority have a good time than everyone suffer)

so, is there any way that I can check pings outside of lockon via some network app and basically stop packets being sent to them or anyone with a ping higher than lets say 200?

all the lockon traffic its on one port..

anyway, thanks.

Answer:How to limit high ping connections to a game server with no option to?

Have you looked in the configuration files for these options? In my experience the in game configurators are amazingly poor at actually giving you all the options.

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Well my boss has decided to go crazy and has tasked me with trying to buy server hardware for a new Citrix farm he wants to implement.

The problem is the talks I have had with Citrix people I can't get ANY kind of help as far as number of users per server CPU, RAM requirements and things of that nature, this is making it difficult to tell my boss the hardware we should get.

I already know we want Raid 5 and a fair amount of storage (as citrix has to have the applications images loaded onto the server correct?), will multi processor help the number of users that can connect?

With this in mind and knowing we only use standard applications I.E. windows XP pro, Office 2003, and fery few other applications does anyone have a clue what type of servers I should be looking at? I.E. RAM requirements and CPU speed.

Is CPU speed directly proportional to the number of users who can connect to any given server? I know we are going to have some kind of load balencing solution for failover but I wanted to get some ideas on what to prep for.

Answer:Server Hardware for Citrix farm?

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I'm looking for any hardware recommendation for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2. Can be pre-build (Dell/HP) or something DYI. It will be development system with three databases (1st - 20 tables and 2nd - 50 tables and 3rd - 2 tables) and around 3000 new records each day overall.

Thanks for any suggestion.

Answer:Hardware recommendation for MS SQL Server 2008 R2

First of all, I would not go with a custom-built machine. If you're doing any production work, having a top-tier vendor with an on-site SLA and direct access to the exact identical parts throughout the warranty period is very important.

Few thoughts come to mind:
1. Will users be remoting into machine to use it, or interfacing with the data through a web/client application?
2. Is the database part of a vendor product? If so, what product? If this is part of a custom/homemade solution, what can you tell us about it?
3. What kinds of data will this be returning? Any embedded types, such as blobs? Any idea on column and row counts, both for the pool of data and some potential resultsets?
4. What is the network and infrastructure like going from user to database and back again?

5. What is your budget? Do you have any existing business discounts with top-tier vendors?
6. What is your uptime and availability requirement?
7. Anyone familiar at your site with backup/rollback procedures of databases and transactions in SQL Server? If so, have you decided how to roll this in with existing backup procedures of your other data?

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Does there exist some kind of hardware solution to proxy sever for home use? Where I live many of the online proxy server services are blocked and I'm a computer lay person. I need a solution which is very simple and effective (I think a hardware solution is both simple and effective). Could you please help me with it? Thanks.

Answer:hardware solution to proxy server

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Hi all,

We have system for our work that uses a web/application server and a database server. Around 150 people use this application and the data stored are usually text, ms office documents, pdf files and images. Suppose that about 50 people are using the system at any given time, what do you think will need better hardware specs, the database server or the web/application server?

Could you give any recommendations for the hardware specs? Like cpu, ram? A friend of mine suggested that it would be good to use the nVidia Tesla GPU for parallel processing. Is this a good idea or is this going a bit overboard?


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I have the opportunity to buy some hardware but I'm having a tough time finding out what the specs are of the equipment. I'm not real familiar with blade equipment so I might end up passing on this hardware, I'm looking at this hardware for office use but since there is so much I will probably resell some of it unless I get a major influx of business.

Can blade servers be used outside the "cage"? I don't see a PSU on these things so I'm wondering is a PSU can be rigged to attach to it by making an adapter with 12v & 5V rails. Basically getting either a regulated Bench PSU or modified computer PSU to a custom build connector to run the units.

The stats list that each of these have 2 Opteron 2.4 Ghz CPU's and 8000 series MOBO chipset, so it seems like these are pretty new CPU's? Can anyone help identify possible CPU's from this info?

Also, it says that the RAM available is 4x4GB 333MHz, 400Mhz speed, what does that mean? Which speed is that, I've seen other servers list that as well- My IBM has the same PC2-3200 4GB sticks that say 333Mhz on them but all info pn the net say 400Mhz. Any ideas?

This stuff is at an auction house and the only info available is the following:
3 Gigabit LAN adapters
2 AMD Opteron 2.4 GHz Number of Installed Processors 2
16gb installed - 4x4 GB DDR SDRAM - RAM Speed 333 MHz, 400 MHz Number of Memory Slots 8 x DIMMs
Motherboard Chipset AMD Opteron 8000
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Answer:Help identifying HP blade server hardware

tankman1989 said:

Can blade servers be used outside the "cage"? I don't see a PSU on these things so I'm wondering is a PSU can be rigged to attach to it by making an adapter with 12v & 5V rails. Basically getting either a regulated Bench PSU or modified computer PSU to a custom build connector to run the units.Click to expand...

Blades have proprietary ports. So unless you're hellbent on hacking something together, your answer is "no".

Honestly, I'd say skip this purchase. The extra cost to get this stuff working might exceed your budget. It's better to get something new, or at least has a warranty and SLA.

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I of course could just build one from scratch, but this is a recommendation for a friend for his business and they have to have a vendor-bought system. Now, I realize this could turn into a whole lot of "I like Dell" and "I like HP" posts, so I'm going to clarify. I'm looking for a few good resources (websites) that review/compare pre-built Server systems. An example would be READY GO.

Answer:Where can I find some server hardware reviews?

Good question, my anwser is that there are very few sites that do this.

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I want to launch a web site containing pictures and images, and using my own server to download and distribute the images, but this is a new field for me and would appreciate any help on software and hardware reqirements, i have been looking at windows 2003 sever but its a bit expensive, what are the alternatives, thanks in anticipation

Answer:help and advice for server hardware and software

I'd suggest that you forget completely about running your own server yourself, manually, and go for a managed server with a hosting company or a plain site hosted with a good web host.You don't learn server administration overnight and keeping the hardware and software configured and working 100% of the time, coupled with having to sort out DNS resolution and an IP address of your own so that people who type in your web site address actually get it loading up in their browsers is no small task.You also have other issues to consider. Not many ISP's will allow you to serve your own site using their service, for good reaon. You will more than likely have to invest in a substantial dedicated line to serve the site and if image transfer is going to be the mainstay of your site you will probably want to consider as fast a browadband line as you can get. Connect a number of browsers to your site at once, all requesting file downloads and what seems like a fast connection suddenly isn't.I used to be involved in network and systems admin but I certainly wouldn't dream of running my own web server when I can get excellent service from any one of a number of web hosting companies for either a single web account or for a managed server to run lots of sites on. A managed server is where your web host looks after the hardware and software (they manage it) and you get to use it to host websites on. They have the headaches while you use it for your webs. It's a fine arrangement and God bless... Read more

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I'm kind of at a loss. This server as been running ok now for 6 months but after moving it I am having all sorts of problems.

Looking for pointers on how to troubleshoot and/or narrow down the source of the error.

Answer:Win Server 2008 R2 BSOD's -- bad hardware?

Hi. I just read the posting instructions so here is some more information:

? OS - Windows Server 2008 R2 x64
? What was original installed OS on system? Same
? Is the OS an OEM version (came pre-installed on system) or full retail version (YOU purchased it from retailer)? Retail
? Age of system (hardware) - 15 months
? Age of OS installation - have you re-installed the OS? 15 months

? CPU AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition
? Video Card ATI Radeon HD 4250 (on board)
? MotherBoard Gigabyte GA-880GMA-USB3
? Power Supply - Strider 1000W

? System Manufacturer - Home Built
? Exact model number

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I am looking to buy a server for my home and i dont really know what hardware i really need to do this.

Here is what i want to do.

I want a central location to store all of my files. I am a photographer and i end up with about 750GB - 1TB per year of data
I really only need the last 2 years of data available to share. the rest i would archive.

From this central location i want to be able access these files from any one of 3 machines - all running XP. I want all of my application to reside on these 3 machines such that the server is really just a storage device. I would like the server to act as a print server also, so i dont have to install printer software on each machine as i have now.

I have no interest in accessing any of these files outside of my little home network. I do not want this to be a web server either.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated


Answer:home server hardware requirements

You may want to consider a Network Attached Storage (NAS) solution. Buffalo's TeraStation would hold 1.5 Terabytes on a RAID 5 drive set for less cash than most servers. NAS is designed to do exactly what you want, just provide a file share for networked computers.

You can also attach external USB drives directly to it for backing up if you want to. It looks like it also supports a printer connection. You will have to install the printer software to each computer. This is always the case, just most servers will auto install it for you when you connect to the share.

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Hello, I was wondering if any of you could recommend some Hardware Specs and/or prebuilt model #'s (ex. Dell, HP) for a new work server. It will be supporting 20 users, 26 PC's, and 6 printers. I will be using the Windows Server 2K3 OS and it will be used in the following roles:

DNS Server
Primary Domain Controller (Active Directory)
Application Server (minimal)
File Server (currently converting all paper customer files to electronic)
WSUS Server
Printers will be networked through it

I would like to put the OS on a RAID 1 array, and Data/Files on a 500 Gb to 1 Tb RAID 5 or 10 (suggestions?) array. Also, I would appreciate suggestions on favorite backup software suites.


Answer:Server 2k3 Hardware & Specs Recommendation

You'd be well served (no pun intended) by any entry level server. I was running AD on dual P3 1ghzs for 100 people and it sailed along.

What's the budget?

I'm partial to dell 2950s - they're solid servers.

HP makes a nice server in the 380-385s are nice too.

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Hello there folks,

i recently bought myself a little server. Now i want to test it for high availability and endurance. What tool can be recommended? I normally use the linux tool stress, but this only gives me evidence for short time usage.
I would also like a tool which is os independent and that tests all installed components.

Does anybody know what Dell or HP uses for stability and high availability tests?

All information is very appreciated! Even if the solution is non-free!

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Hope this is the 'best' forum to post this query in, heres a little backstory and our thoughts so far:

Some friends and I are going to rent 1u in a data center for all our geeky needs; our 'needs' to start with are a bunch of websites (and databases), a VoIP server and a few dedicated game servers. We'll be running some form of *nix if that matters (seen some anti *nix specs regarding RAID?)

I was shocked how expensive 1u chassis can be, is there a big premium on this or should we look at renting 2u to save here? On the 1u front we don't need hotswap bays or a slim optical or anything flash, some decisions will be based on MB/CPU - more on that later.

Our 'dream' was to go straight to dual processor but it looks like we will have to be abit more economical; Im under the impression you can get a dual socket MB and run with 1 cpu, hopefully we could/would upgrade down the line if neccessary; we were looking at going Xeon not sure whats the best cache etc for our needs, what chipsets are good. Can you rely on built in raid (that isnt anti *nix)?

Storage isn't really an issue, we'll be using gigs rather than terabytes of data however we'd like to have 2+ harddrives for some form of RAID (important stuff will be backed up offsite). SATA will be fine I think, we won't be taxing the HDDs much.

We also dreamed of having alot of memory, which we can also add to later - does anyone have any advice on how memory... Read more

Answer:Building a 1u server - Hardware advice

What is your budget for this project? You may find it is more cost effective to buy a "gently used" 1U server off ebay rather than building your own.

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hi! we have a project right now and we're supposed to configure hardware requirements for a fictitious company. i'm really not good at hardware so it would be really great if someone cud help! i'm not sure if i'll be able to put enough information here so anyone could understand..just reply if there's any important information that i missed... the "company" is supposed to be an international sports broadcasting company that would like to build a new library system for their stats and videos. we're supposed to work around the present hw and sw that they have and produce an efficient ( cheap but excellent ) specifications..they already have:-100-user license for a database server(Oracle 9i RDBMS)-50 Pentium 3 pc's running at 933 MHz-existing open-system architecture consisting of pc's connected thru WAN via TCP/IP and SPX/IPX, UNix and Windows2003 boxes and Novell Netware file serversthe "company" prefer that the proposed hardware follow the following specifications...SERVER:RDBMS- specifically supports Oracle RDBMS 9i- supports othermajor RDBMS (i.e. Informix, Sybase, etc) for future upgradeOS- supports Unix OR Windows2003 OR Novell Netware 4.11 higherCLIENT:OS- supports WindowsXP OR any Linux flavor OR MAC OS higherAPPLICATIONS- can accomodate Adobe Premiere and Photoshop, and Oracle DeveloperMULTIMEDIA- suports audio and video playbackNETWORK- supports TCP/IP and SPX/IPX network protocolthanks to anyone who could help. I like learning this stuff but i'm a... Read more

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I have a some lab software that we are setting up to run on a server, with the users running clients. Prior to that each user had the software on their personal PC or laptop.

Since setting up the server, the software is running much slower than previously. The computer acting as the server is a typical Dell P4 3.4 Ghz, 2GB ram, and a 250 GB hard drive.

What upgrades are necessary to run more efficiently? The software is used by about a dozen clients.

Additionally, how could I tell if the bottleneck is more of an internet issue or a hard drive speed (file transfer) issue?



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Hi all,
I would like to know what are the minimum server hardware specifications for the following requirements:
25 concurrent users
print server (4 network printers)
Domain controller
backup server
Can someone help me please?

Answer:Server Hardware Specifications vs Requirements

Are the 25 concurrent users just file and print users or are these Remote Desktop users?

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This is more of a hardware / networking question. Here is what's going on.

Currently we have a Whatsup Gold Dell T400 server that just can't handle both WhatsUp and MSSQL. We are deciding to split the boxes up and get a R510 (Or T610, depends on the price our rep can get for us) for the SQL server and keep WhatsUp on the T400. The hardware requirements will be very much satisfied (1xQuad core, 8 gig ram, 300 gig 15k SAS drives, 64 bit Win2k8, dual GigE NICs) with the new server but I've never worked with SQL server that was as utilized as this one so here is my question:

What type of network congestion will this create being there will be a lot of traffic going between these two boxes? Since both boxes have GigE NICs, I'll probably be putting them on their own GigE switch since the rest of the network is 10/100 so I'm hoping that if there are any network problems they would be resolved.

I've heard of fiber channel but don't know what it is or if it would be worth the cost in this (as I would need fiber channel cards in both servers).

What is the best way to set this up? I guess I'm just looking for some insight from some SQL gurus.


Answer:MS SQL Hardware server setup questions

1 GB should be fine, i would break them off into their own VLAN if there is going to be a lot of broadcast traffic to cut down on congestion

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