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Thinking of building a 64-bit Vista machine for VM and AutoCAD work...

Question: Thinking of building a 64-bit Vista machine for VM and AutoCAD work...

So it's getting near the time for me to upgrade my daily AutoCAD workstation machine from the Dell Precision system I currently have with 4GB RAM to something more powerful. The problem is that I can't really go any higher in RAM without leaving 32-bit Windows behind...

I have been doing some reading on what Microsoft is planning for it's next version of Windows (I believe at the moment it would be called "Windows 7"). They're talking about a complete "do over" where they will wipe the slate clean and start fresh. They can finally get away with this due to the success of VM technology in both hardware (namely the Core CPU) and software. By using VM's in a newer version of Windows, they will solve the "backwards compatibility" paradigm that currently has a strangle-hold on Microsoft's codebase...

Well with this in mind, I though, "Why not do that now?" I could build a workstation with tons of RAM (probably using a server mobo for the vast amount of slots available for expansion), probably a couple of CPU sockets, and 64-bit Vista as a base. I know there are a lot of small apps I run from time to time that are not compatible but couldn't I always just run them in a VM? In addition, Autodesk's latest platform is finally natively 64-bit so I'm good with the main software I need.

Am I thinking correctly about this concept?

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Preferred Solution: Thinking of building a 64-bit Vista machine for VM and AutoCAD work...

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

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Answer: Thinking of building a 64-bit Vista machine for VM and AutoCAD work...

If you want to use the best OS Microsoft makes as of today, right this moment, that's Windows Server 2008, for a variety of reasons that I'm not about to reiterate once again as they're covered in countless threads here and at forums all over the Internet.

Hyper-V(isor) built into 2K8 now allows for an incredible amount of possibility for future expansion - and it's not even done yet, it's technically a beta, but the performance at this point leaves even VMWare in the dust and will surely only improve as the product is tuned up and perfected over time. For a first ditch effort of building virtualization directly into the OS, Microsoft is kicking ass and taking names, that's for damned sure.

32 bit OSes had their time in the sun. I, like many other people, have been running 64 bit OSes for pretty much the last 5 years in Windows Server 2003 x64 and XP x64 editions, as well as countless Linux distros that are 64 bit through and through. As for Windows 7, that's too far off to even speculate what the hell will be happening with it, so I won't even bother.

64 bit computing does allow for better overall performance - anyone with half a brain knows this and doesn't need 500 benchmarks from every website on the planet to prove it. Simple math gives the answers, and I don't mean "Yes, it's twice as fast" because the same people that already knows 64 bit is better should/would also know it's not double the performance, but significantly better performance than 32 bit could ever dream of.

Building a 64 bit based machine now - both from the hardware and software perspectives - ensures you're ready to rock when the time comes and you need that extra *uNF* that 64 bit computing provides.

Only time I run a 32 bit OS is <surprise surprise> in a VM nowadays.

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Hello all,

Is it possible to install both AutoCAD 2007 & AutoCAD 2014 on a Win 7 x64 ultimate machine? If yes, how to install them? Which one should be installed first please?


Answer:Both AutoCAD 2007 & AutoCAD 2014 on a Win 7 x64 ultimate machine

When I search, so far I have found this.

"Side-by-side install Supported (for example AutoCAD 2013 and AutoCAD 2014 on the same system)"

It is located half way down this page.

AutoCAD 2014 System Requirements

Something tells me there is more to it. But at least this says it can be done.

Do a search for "autocad side by side installation" and you will get results that are worth reading.

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All my new hardware should be in by this weekend. Am I in for a giant headache installing my vista 64? or should just put xp on cause I know it will be solid. This will be the only computer in the house as I will need to dismantle my old rig to get this running.

Since most of the hardware is new, will I be able to diagnose any faulty components if I cant get the OS running? What would you do?

2gig ballistic 6400
ocz 700

Answer:Building a new machine this weekend. vista or xp?

If you plan on using a existing XP installation I would do that to save $$. If you plan to buy another OS/License I would go Vista.

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I got a computer in Dec of 2006. 3 months later a Vista upgrade disk came in the mail. I have had it ever since. I use this computer to store stuff and try new programs ect. I am wondering how much I will regret upgrading with this free disk. The system has a Pentuim 4 3.1 G CPU and only 512MB of RAM. I would really like to put vista on it but....512 MB of ram is not the 1GB they recommend. Is anyone running a system like this? What will happen? Will it just run slow and not have Aero because the graphics are not up to par either or will there be other problems? Thanks for any advice.

Answer:Thinking of upgrading old XP to Vista. Will it work?

You would have a better time if you got in on the Windows7 Beta. I put it on a similar system except mine had 1 GB ram. But I've seen others with only 1/2 GB say it runs ok. The thing is, the Windows7 Beta is the Ultimate edition. The install is likely to be a lot smarter than Vista Home Premium. I have an AMD dual core 5200 with 2 GB ram and I wouldn't want to run Vista with anything less. Plus Vista tends to run your HD a lot more than XP does. If you want to use Vista I'd suggest getting a PC with at least 2 GB ram that has Vista SP1 already installed. I don't know what your budget is but I see lately at Best Buy you can get a quad core machine with 8 GB ram for $700 and change. (Might be a good excuse to get a new PC)

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Ok im thinking of building my first computer and so far this is what ive come up with.

Intel Pentium 4/ 2.8C GHz 800MHz FSB, 512K Cache, Hyper Threading Technology

ASUS "P4C800-E DELUXE" i875P Chipset Motherboard for Intel Socket 478 CPU

Mushkin 184 Pin 512MB DDR PC-3200

SAPPHIRE ATI RADEON 9600PRO Video Card, 128MB DDR, 128-bit, DVI/TV-Out, 8X AGP, Model "ATLANTIS RADEON 9600PRO"

Western Digital 80GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive

Lite-On DVD-RW/+RW Drive, Model LDW-451S

NEC 1.44MB Floppy Drive, Model FD1231H-304/305

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack SP1a

Thermaltake Silver XASER III LanFire ATX MID Tower Chassis with 420W power Supply

Im planning on using the monitor, keyboard, and mouse i have and getting another 512mb of ram later on, also upgrading to a better video card later on to. My question now is does anyone see any problems with these items or anything else im forgeting?

Answer:Thinking of Building?

Looks real good but you should go with a 120gig hdd..since they are pretty cheap these days....

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My computer is 2 years old now so I figure it'll be time for a new one in the upcoming months..

Now, I would like to make it a bit faster, but since I got SSD the slower part of the boot process is actually that damn BIOS post check process.

I was looking for EFI mainboards but couldn't find any, this is the only non BIOS PC option? How about turbo BIOS or whatever? are there any? I've had a hard time finding anything new that would be faster than my current standard BIOS mainboard.

Answer:Thinking of building a new computer...

In looking at your specs and considering that you already have an SSD drive, I think you are likely only going to be able to make it "a bit faster" if you decide to build another one.

How long does your BIOS post take on your current machine? From a power button press on mine to about the time that it says starting's around 20 seconds. But then once that starts, I'm into Windows within about 15 it's only 35 seconds or so from a power button press and I don't find that I restart often.

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I was thinking of building my first comp. Any suggestions or tips you could give me on the required parts and any recommended? Also recommended brands?


Answer:Thinking of building my first comp

What do u need the comp 4 work,school gaming or something else.
oh an a budget.

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If any of you saw my earlier thread, I have been having some major computer issues. I have decided that it is time for me to upgrade. I'm hoping to build a system that will be decent and will be sufficient for some time. The parts below are what I am considering. I realize there are some things that are not accounted for. I still have quite a bit of sufficent parts from my old pc. I don't want to spend much more than what I have listed here, but if someone has a suggestion on how I could make this system better without spending too much more, please give suggestions. Mostly, I would like to know if there are any known compatibility issues with this hardware or anything I'm overlooking. This is what I'm Looking at

Biostar GF7100P-M7S CPU Bundle - Intel Pentium D 940 3.20GHz Processor OEM

I noticed this board says it only supports single channel memory. For around ten bucks more I could get a board that supports dual channel. Please give your opinion on that bundle and the following boards. Thanks!

Biostar G31M7G DVI Intel G31 Socket 775 Motherboard - Intel G31 Express, Socket 775, MicroATX, Audio, Video, PCI Express, Gigabit LAN, USB 2.0, Serial ATA, DVI
Seems like a goob board, but onboard graphics don't sound as good (will prolly use these). Perhaps someone will say for sure.

XFX MG-63Mi-7159 Motherboard - NVIDIA nForce 630i/7150, Socket 775, MicroATX, Audio, Video, HDMI, VGA, DVI Support, PCI Express, Gigabit LAN, S/PDIF, USB 2.0, RAID
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Answer:Thinking about building a new pc? How do these components seem?

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Since I'm still new to all this, I'd like your opinions on what you think of this potential setup that I'm thinking of making - thankfully will be doing the actual building and testing of this, and not me

So you know, I go on the internet a lot, don't do much artistic-wise, but I do like my gaming - I enjoy games like Burnout: Paradise, Just Cause 2 [replacing Far Cry 2 as an exploration game], (would like to buy Crysis 2... when it's reduced in price), and Unreal Tournament 3 (among others which aren't that graphics intensive).

I'm hoping this will last me for some years to come! It's a real shame I can't transfer my old DDR2 RAM to this new PC

Any questions?


Processor (CPU)
Intel? Core?i7 Quad Core Processor i7-960 (3.20GHz) 4.8GTs/8MB Cache

ASUS? P6X58D-E: DDR3, USB 3.0, SATA 6.0GB/s, 3-Way SLI

Memory (RAM)

Graphics Card
Free Item

Free Item
FREE Total War Shogun? 2 with any AMD? Radeon? Graphics card!

Memory - 1st Hard Disk

1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive

Power Supply
450W Quiet 80 PLUS Dual Rail PSU + 120mm Case Fan (?29)

Processor Cooling

Sound Card

Network Facilities
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Answer:First time thinking of building a new PC

First things first the PSU is undersized in my opinion. I would look towards a minimum 600-800 watts and go modular. Then the next thing that catches my eye is a primary hard drive with only 8gb of cache is going to be a dog of a drive (slow) upgrade to at least 32gb to 64gb of cache.

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Ok so heres the deal. I know a little about computers, but not everything. I currently have this comp:

The only things that I have replaced is the power supply, I added a 750W power supply and a GeForce GTS 250 1GB.

Now Im wondering if it would be better to just upgrade my processor to this:

And add 4G of ram, or to just build a whole new computer? Any Advice?

P.S~ Im doing this to be able to play Tera on max settings when it comes out, so building it for Gaming.

Answer:Thinking about building my first comp...

That new CPU will not operate at optimum because the Mobo will restrict it.
I think you would be better starting from scratch, when you are ready post with the budget you have and what you would like the PC to do (games video photo editing) and there are plenty of builders here who will be only too happy to help you.

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Hey everyone...I'm going to be buillding my first computer shortly, and I was wondering if any of you had any specific advice for any of these parts, or if you notice that any of the hardware isn't compatable with eachother. I'm pretty sure it is, but this will be my first build and I want to make sure everything goes smoothly.

Case: Coolermaster Wavemaster
Power Supply: Enermax 460W w/ Copper Shielding
Motherboard: DFI LANPARTY 865PE
Processor: Penitum 4 3.2 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 512K Cache, and Hypthreading
Video Card: ATI RADEON 9800PRO
Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2
Memory: 1 GB Corsair DDR (2 x 512)
Hard Drive: 200 GB Maxtor 7200 RPM
Drives: Plextor 12X DVD+RW/-RW Drive, Samsung Black 52X32X52X16 DVD/CD-RW Combo
Speakers: Logitech Z-2200 2-satellite system
Monitor: Samsung 170N 17" LCD
Keyboard/Mouse: Logitech Cordless MX Duo
Surge Protector: CyberPower 8-Outlet

Thanks for any feedback everyone!


Answer:Thinking of building...any advice?

You ever thought of getting 2 HDDs half the size and raiding them? I *think* that board has built in SATA Raid support (checked the specs, yes it does.. same controller as my board), so it would be good to take advantage of that. Will be a little more hassle to install Windows, but it's worth it for the performance gain.

At a first glance you could get 2 of these : Maxtor 80GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive for about the same, you would get double the speed, but 40GB less space. I'm sure you could get the same space and find another make of drive for the same ammount, if not less.

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Ok, so I'm thinking of converting one of my pcs into a htpc/pvr and have some questions that I hope some of you here can help me with.

First off, the system is a:
Athlon 64 @ 2.4ghz
1GB ram
80GB hard drive
Dvd burner

I have many questions, first, since almost all video tuner cards are software decoding based, will this system be enough to record hdtv(720p/1080i) while watching a show? A guy I know said to do that I'd need a dual core cpu(preferably intel), and he said that athlons aren't good for video decoding/encoding, is this true?

Also, I am trying to find a good pci or pci-e x1 tuner card. I want to get both ntsc and atsc over the air (OTA) broadcasts. I also want it to have a remote, and I really want the card and remote to work with myth tv (unless someone knows of a better htpc/pvr software). I was looking at the kworld atsc_110 at newegg, it has bad reviews on xp mce, but seems to be good for myth. Any suggestions on a tuner card, or if the kworld will work for me?

If my hardware is ok, I guess I'd just need a tuner, and maybe a larger hard drive.

If anyone has suggestions or more information, please post, it'd be appreciated.

I probably have just as many questions on setting myth tv up, but this is the hardware section, and I guess I'll ask those questions once I decide on the hardware required.


Answer:Thinking of building a HTPC/PVR, need some advice.

Plenty... except for the HD you'll need 160GB as a min. I use 300GB Maxtor PATA 16MB Cache.

I've built a AMD 64 for this purpose also... (I have pictures of this here on techspot gallery)

This is what I use for a tuner card: I have purchased 4 of them. You can record up to 4 different cable channels or watch and pause live tv. If you want to do more goto (there you will find free pvr software.

I also use the MVP connected from the HTPC over the network to stream video and audio to the tv in the living room. I also have 4 of these for each room that has a tv. To playback MPEG2 video, watch Live tv (also pause it, ff/rw it too.) Can listen to Shoutcast Radio, playback MP3 music, look you your my documents/my pictures folder on your tv. This can also be done on your PC. You'll need the GBPVR software to stream the video to the TV using MVP. If you don't want that you can use your PC instead. This PVR-150 also comes with WinTV2000 software which you can record or better yet dub video from your old VCR to your PC to make MPEG2 and then transcode into a DVD.


MPEG record specifications:

MPEG2 record datarates:
2MBit/sec, 4MBit/sec, 6Mbit/sec, 8Mbit/sec, 12Mbit/sec.
Selections for DVD Standard play (8MBitsec), DVD Long Play (4MBit/sec) and DVD Extra Long Play (2.5MBit/sec)

NTSC format* at 29.97fps: Full D1: 720x480, MPEG1: 352x240

PAL format* at 25fps: Full D1: 720x576, MPEG1: 352x288

Audio captur... Read more

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Hello everyone,

A friend of mine is coming from Europe to completer his degree in Civil Engineering here in US and he will be requiring a PC (or better yet laptop) that is capable of sufficiently running AutoCAD application and still be relatively inexpensive as he is on the budget.

I don't know a lot about AutoCAD and required hardware, but FX 5800 workstation card is not really an option. Any ideas what would work well or what should I be looking for?


Answer:AutoCAD crunching machine on a budget?

Hi, what kind of budget are we talking?
Just as a reminder, laptops are much more expensive and weaker than desktops.

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They sound really cool, and I've read good stuff about them in Computer Games Magazine. But I wanted to know if the price they're asking for is good, and how good the MOBO that comes with it is. Don't tell me to look on Tom's I already tried to find it there, I did a search for the it, and came up with 100 articles. The whole reason this system appeals to me, is that it doesn't look all that different from something that would be found in the entertainment console in your family room. Thus this computer would make the perfect entertainment hub once I'm ready to build another rig.

Here's a link to the Hornet P4 Barebones Builder, and also a link to a website I found that had a fairly complete (or so it seemed) list of MOBO specs.

The stuff I plan to get with it is of course, the custom case, with the Hornet Logo, Pre modded side window, and CC Neon light, The offered MOBO, Power Supply, and P4 socket 478 3.0 GHz CPU, The Noise Killer w/Thermal Management (Blue Lighting) they offer, a three year warranty on the MOBO and CPU, and possibly 2 sets of 1GB DDR (400) TwinX1024-3200LLPT Corsair XMS.

I do have some worries that the RAM won't be compatible with the MOBO, because I read somewhere that that type of RAM isn't compatible with most MOBOs. I also worry whether or not Monarch Computers is a good company to purchase form or not i.e. Do they honor their warranties, Do their products have good quality, Do their sys... Read more

Answer:Thinking about building a Monarch Hornet Barebones system...?

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I have two seperate HDD's one with my windows xp install that is IDE, that i need my vpn and softphone apps for work, and i need to access it quickly.

But i also have a SATA hdd with a new windows vista ultimate installed.

I need to be able to access one or the other when i start my pc, whats the best way to do this until my company creates a vpn to use in x64 vista?

Answer:Need windows xp and vista to work on same machine.

Do you have a full version of Windows Vista?

If so, windows should give you the option to dual boot (choose either)

You can always go into the bios and select which drive to boot from...

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I have 64-bit Vista. 64-bit IE runs just fine, but 32-bit starts up and nothing ever appears on the page. Just a white screen, not even a connection error page or anything.

(In case anyone wonders why I need 32-bit if 64-bit works fine - ) I don't use IE (I'm a Chrome user), but I was trying to troubleshoot PlayOn (for streaming Netflix to my PS3) and I needed to access a link in IE to do so. But IE 64-bit doesn't use Silverlight, so of course Silverlight isn't going work in the 64-bit version, thus the need of 32-bit to troubleshoot.


Answer:Solved: IE 32-bit won't work on my 64-bit Vista machine

I figured it out. I had a corrupted winsock. Strange that IE32 was the only browser/application not working since that was the problem. Chrome and FireFox worked just fine, along wit IE64.

For anyone who has a similar problem, click on the Start menu, type "cmd", Ctrl+Shift+Enter to run as Administrator, type "netsh winsock reset" (without quotes).

Reboot computer and IE32 now runs just fine!

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Hello all,

I tried searching the site, to see how to get a patch for windows Aero. But i have been unable to find one. Does anybody know how i can get windows Aero on my vista machine?

I have the basic home edition, is my graphic card not supported by windows Aero?

Thank you in advance for your help.

Answer:Getting Windows Aero to work on my Vista machine

Windows Vista Home Basic
Similar to Windows XP Home Edition, Home Basic is intended for budget users not requiring advanced media support for home use. The Windows Aero theme with translucent effects is not included with this edition. Home Basic supports one physical CPU.[6] 64-bit Home Basic supports up to 8 GB of physical memory, and will be supported until 2012.

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Hp Compaq dx2000 MT business desktop, came with XP Pro, owner wants to run Vista, looking online I am seeing windows7 drivers for this unit here on HP's site:
I know normally you can use vista drivers to load win7 but this is the opposite, would this work problem free please?

Hp Compaq dx2000 MT business desktop, came with XP Pro, owner wants to run Vista, looking online I am seeing windows7 drivers for this unit here on HP's site:
I know normally you can use vista drivers to load win7 but this is the opposite, would this work problem free please?

Answer:Can Vista work on XP machine with win7 drivers?

When I went to your link, I selected the dropdown box for OS and Vista drivers were available. Vista Home, Enterprise, and Ultimate.

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Yeah, I'm thinking my machine is infested.

Doesn't allow me to restore the system.
Can't start up IE8 unless I rebooted first with the Internet cable unplugged.
Can't open IE8,but you can see a bunch of IE processes in the Task Manager.
Machine won't let me go into Safe Mode: Pressing F8 repeatedly will give me the Boot Device Setup List instead.
Boot will take forever (if Internet cable plugged in ) and some times the Soluto program (records for the user when programs where loaded) will just keep running, running and running. I can use the machine but Soluto should have stopped after 3 minutes!
If I get IE8 up and running, it evenutally freezes.
Loading pages takes longer than somthing reading them ;)
Pressing a new tab in IE8 usually results in a frozen IE all together with the New Tab stuck at 'Connecting...'
Finally, Google searches from time to time will be redirected to Ad websites!

I performed the scans as directed.
However, I decided to do it in Window's XP Dignostic mode (Safe Mode) by setting it as so using MSCOFIG.EXE.

Is that alright for now?
Watching the GMER scan, one entry came up read.
Looks like the Rootkit has been modified.

After the scan was finished, I saved the file as directed.
Got the Blue Screen of Death and my machine rebooted when I tried to open the GMER log file, ark.txt. What was that about??
After the Scan, it took forever to reboot (to get back to Normal mode)

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Answer:[SOLVED] Yeah, I'm thinking my machine is infested.


Please do the following:

Download ComboFix from one of the following locations:
Link 1
Link 2

VERY IMPORTANT !!! Save ComboFix.exe to your Desktop

* IMPORTANT - Disable your AntiVirus and AntiSpyware applications, usually via a right click on the System Tray icon. They may otherwise interfere with our tools. If you have difficulty properly disabling your protective programs, refer to this link here Double click on ComboFix.exe & follow the prompts.
As part of it's process, ComboFix will check to see if the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console is installed. With malware infections being as they are today, it's strongly recommended to have this pre-installed on your machine before doing any malware removal. It will allow you to boot up into a special recovery/repair mode that will allow us to more easily help you should your computer have a problem after an attempted removal of malware.
Follow the prompts to allow ComboFix to download and install the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console, and when prompted, agree to the End-User License Agreement to install the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console.
**Please note: If the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console is already installed, ComboFix will continue it's malware removal procedures.

Once the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console is installed using ComboFix, you should see the following message:
Click on Yes, to continue scanning for malware.
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Basically the way it works in my home, is i get the latest hardware and then i hand down my mobo, cpu, GPU to my kids each of which have their own gaming pc's and their own Microsoft accounts All running Win10... I'd like to have a homegroup running so that we can share video's among machines.

However when i go into HomeGroup on my new build (Win10 Creators Edition 64bit, clean install) its saying xxxx i7 2600k (machine name) is running the homegroup.

Except the i7 2600k isn't even running on the network anymore under that name. Its now associated with my son's Microsoft account.. I did run services.msc and made sure two services, HomeGroup Listener and HomeGroup Provider, on that machine, are both turned off. This machine would have been upgraded to Win10 from 7 a while back, then used my son's credentials on his own microsoft account.

Where is it pulling that xxxx i7 2600k is running the homegroup ? it must be being broadcast from somewhere, as its an old homegroup that's not been in use for a while now. How do i reset it. I do not have an option to delete or leave any homegroup on any machines.. Actually thinking about it, no homegroups have ever been setup on win10, only Win7, so that was a while back... I want to delete any pre-existing homegroup settings and start from scratch, but i can't seem to find an easy way to do it.

Bottom line, i want to delete anything that is preexisting, then create a new homegroup from my new i7 7700k machine.. but going into homeg... Read more

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when i installed voice recognition on my vista machine everything seemed to be OK until i went into the word pad program the voice recognition was not typing what i was dictating there was no response at all, and when it made an attempt to type there was just JIBBERISH. what do you think the problem might be? when i took the practice session it worked fine. can you help me?

Answer:voice recognition will not work in word pad on vista machine

Try to create new voice profile

Open Speech Recognition Options:
Click the Start button
Click Control Panel
Clicking &#8220;Ease of Access&#8221;
Clicking &#8220;Speech Recognition Options&#8221;
Click Advanced speech options
Under the &#8220;Recognition Profiles&#8221; click &#8220;New&#8221; and input a different profile name&#8211; (This will create a new user profile. The Profile Wizard runs and sets up the profile and calibrates the microphone and speakers. The Profile Wizard will automatically launch the Microphone Wizard.)

ALSO check the following Microsoft articles

Mod edit: Remove advertising and email links.

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I try to install xp on my Vista machine and when it says press enter to continue set up. I get brought to a screen that says that the computer cannot detect any hard discs. Whats that even mean. If it cant detect any hard discs what the hell does it think vista is running off of? Any way of getting around this cause I cant stand having vista on this pc.

Answer:Installing XP on Vista HP machine laptop wont work?

Tough call here. You might look into a BIOS update for your computer or you may need to load the drivers for your controller.

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I did it!

i replaced the motherboard, the powersupply.

that's all.

an i purchased add in card (i plan on Getting a Radeon 9800 Pro for christmas)

it's a HARD thing to do, as it's an extreme thing that the average novice probably couldn't acheive.

but for me at 15 years old.

and i did it FLAWLESSLY! i thnk that's cool. lol


and my mom got this dell for FREE!


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I've got an 8-year-old (YIKES never thought about that before) GeForce 4 Ti4600 in my machine that I bought/had built in Summer of 2002. I graduated college at the end of 2005 and in a few months leading up to December 2005 I noticed that my screen would flicker when I was playing World of Warcraft. It wouldn't happen often, but when it did there was a remote chance the the computer would BSOD stating an error of some kind.

I eventually cut back on WoW due to life/getting older and also being married. I picked up EVE Online in my spare time, but noticed the flickering screen still when I would get into graphically-intensive situations (battles, etc.). I eventually purchased an AzenX Blitztorm cooling fan after looking around, reading some forums and figuring my problem was due to the graphics card overheating.

Fast forward to today. I no longer play PC games except the occasional Flash-based game. My PC is mostly used for e-mail, message boards, general browsing, etc. Nothing intensive that would put strain on a video card. I noticed the screen started to flicker again. It got so bad that I could not have the computer on for more than 5-10 minutes before it would go to the BSOD. I shut it down and didn't touch it for a few weeks because things got busy with work & life. I came back tonight, took a can and a half of compressed air to the insides, and even removed the video card and paid special attention to the heat sink and fan. When blowing the fan ... Read more

Answer:BSOD on an older Windows XP machine - thinking graphics card issues

Yes, it sounds like the fan on your video card has worn out . . . especially if it isn't spinning at all and resists manual turning. Odds are you have found the issue. Video card fans (generally) are supposed to run all the time - some cards or their software will alter the speed of the fan depending on the GPU heat at any given point, but none I know of turn off all the way. They aren't very expensive to replace . . . and, to name just two online sites, have replacement video card fans. They tend to come in just a few standard sizes.

Oh - don't blow air into any computer fan without keeping the blade from spinning (same goes for putting a aweeper up close to a fan and letting it spin). This can actually rev the fan up to RPM levels it was not designed to reach causing damage to the fan, reducing it's lifespan or killing it outright.

Is your card an AGP type? If so, it may be as cost effective to purchase an entire modern card, rather then mess with the fan on the old one. AGP cards are still pretty common and a very good one can be had for a reasonable price, and could add some more years of use to the machine. Just depends on what voltages and such your board's AGP slot will support.

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My system was running fine, but our automatic system update did something, and presentation director stopped working.   Later I found out it updaed presentation director to version 4.01. Once the IT team updated the ATI driver, (I have a ATI Mobility FireGL V5250 card on a T60p) to  version 8.442.3-080103a1-057754C-Lenovo, presentation director would work, but now Autocad 2004 won't start.   They have reimaged my machine so there is no going back.  I can either use the intel video driver with no presentation director and autocad will work, or use the ATI driver with presentation director, and autocad will not work. This is not a nice situation. I need presentation director, because of the functions to run multiple monitors.   Bottom line 2 months ago everything worked fine, and now it doesn't.  Autodesk won't help because Autocad 2004 is no longer supported.  Any advice is appreciated. 

Answer:ATI Driver won't work with Autocad 2004

welcome to the forum! i would take this up with your IT department.   inform them what changed and that this change affected your ability to run autocad.   they should be responsible for this, either by procuring a compatible driver, rolling back to an older driver, or by getting your company to update your copy of autocad.  (edited for clarity) Message Edited by erik on 01-12-2009 12:48 PM

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I'm thinking of building a new system and want to check into what's online. I'm wondering what your favorite online places to shop are. I'm looking for the sites with THE BEST DEALS, hands down. I want to save as much $$$ as possible. So, if you have a favorite site on the Internet for buying PC hardware, please let me know what it is. The more I can get from one site, and even better, from one company the happier I'll be. Thanks!!!

Answer:Looking into building a new machine... gives you the best prices from numerous sites and vendors

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Hello all,

I am new to this site and semi-new to the world of PC construction...I have been upgrading and fixing my own PC for years, but have never built one from scratch...that said, here is my problem...

I had an ASUS P4P800SE motherboard which was going to be my "base" BUT when I tried to install the RAM I had ordered (specs below), it wouldn't work. I tried the ram on my current machine (also using a p4p800se) and had the same problem...

If this is a compatibility issue and not simply user error, please let me know. Having paid only 60 dollars for the motherboard and over a hundred for the RAM, I would be more than willing to purchase a new board rather than scrap the RAM (which was new from the bag which makes me think it is "ok")...if anyone knows of a Pentium 4 Compatible motherboard that is compatible with the RAM I have, I would greatly appreciate I said, I'm not entirely sure what I'm doing...


1GB (Size)
PC2100 - 266mhz (Speed)
CL 2.5 (Cas Latency)
128x64 -Built with 128Mx8Bit Dram (Hi-Density Dram- Please check compatibility)

Answer:Building a new machine...

You bought "old" and relatively slow RAM for some reason.
You'd have been much better off with some PC3200 - likely no difference in the price.

The (Intel) 875 chipset socket 478 P4s that I run can use PC2100 memory, but you'll need to refer to your manual which may well have a RAM compatibility chart in it somewhere.
I immersed myself in the curious pleasures of the ASUS website to try and obtain a manual, but no luck for me.

Check through the BIOS settings and see what's going on in there.

The board is a decent one, the memory not so great.
Buying a motherboard just to suit that memory would be a big mistake.

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I'm just looking for some opinions from everyone. I'm looking to build a pc for myself. I'd like to make it with an AMD chip probably a triple core. I've never tried overclocking anything and would like to try with this one, so something that overclocks well is a must. I think it would be nice but not a must to have a board that supports AM3 and DDR3 for future considerations. What do you all think would be a good CPU/MOBO combo? I'd also like to keep the cost of this down too!

Thanks for the help guys/gals!!!

Answer:I'm building a new machine...

when going with AMD the BE or Black editions of the processors are the best for overclocking because they have an unlocked multiplier. Im getting the Phenom II X4 BE and i dont even need to overclock that but i might anyway

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Hey Guys How are you all doing?

So, This is my first time building my own PC. I have researched all over the internet and decided on some components for my PC. These are:

intel i5 2500k
motherboard asus sabertooth p67
GPU nvidia gtx 590 or 580
ram will be a cosair 1600mhz 4gb
powersupply around 1000W
hardrive a sea-gate barracuda 7200rpm 32mb cache 1Tb

Now, Can you guys tell me how well it is and still suggest some other components which give better bang for the buck. I am not compromising on GPU here because it will be for gaming. So, which one should i go with 580 or 590 which is 2( 580).

Also what will be the estimated price of this system? Also how about a small 40-60gb ssd for windows which should be cheap and also fast???

If you guys can suggest a better hardware configuration in the same price as this system will cost than that will be much appreciated.

Answer:Building My own mean machine. ;)

A K series processor is not needed unless you intend to overclock.
Highly unlikely you will use anywhere near 1000 watts. My system, with a 2500 processor, uses 144 watts under full load.

Most people would tell you shy away from Seagate, but you can have bad luck with any drive.

You can get a 40 gig SSD for under 100 dollars and a 60 gig for around 130. I'd go with Intel or Crucial.

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:wave Hi Guys & Gals,

Before I get myself into trouble :cry I thought I would ask for some direction.

This is the first time I have built a PC. Done some minor stuff before, exchanging parts.

Now I would like to build something that will stay up to date for a while and not play up when trying to play new FPS type games. I'm looking foward to giving it a go.

I have researched and selected the components that I think will do the job, but after I have assembled the machine I don't know what to do from there. I have a feeling it's not as simple as firing it up, entering into the BIOS, setting it to boot from the DVD drive, inserting the windows DVD and rebooting.

It's probably obvious that I'm a newby, so could someone give me some direction please and make me aware of any pitfalls I may encounter. confused

If this is too big for this forum, tell me to buy a book.

My expected specs of the new machine:

Power: Antec truepower trio 650w ATX power supply.
CPU: intel core 2 duo e6750 2.66ghz 4m cache 1333fsb LGA 775.
MOBO: ASUS p5k intel p35 chipset socket 775.
HDD: 2 of SeaGate 320 gig 7200rpm SATA-2 NCQ 16meg Cache 7200.10.
RAM: Corsair 4GB (4x 1GB) DDR2 667 (PC5300 - VS2GBKIT667D2).
Vid Card: Innovision (Inno3d) nVidia Geforce 8800GTX 768mb PCI Express.
DVD: Pioneer DVR-212 SATA 18x DVD Burner.
Mouse: Logitech G5 Corded Laser Mouse.
Monitor: Samsung 226BW 22" Widescreen LCD Monitor.
Speakers: Logitech X-53... Read more

Answer:Building a new machine

actually, it really is pretty simple. When i built mine 2 years ago i did exactly what you said. Sometimes it may take a little BIOS tweaking like u mentioned though its usually nothing

and that build looks near perfect, i wouldnt change anything. very nice

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Hello everyone!
After opening a lot of threads to different forums and after researcing my bsod problems i think it is time to start searching for a new machine. I am thinking of keeping all my parts and replace only my processor and my m/b.
I mainly want to play games, especially BF3, and some other moder titles that are comming out. Other than that my pc is used for internet surfing and everyday normal use.
I am thinking either i7 2600k or i7 3770k.
Which motherboard do you suggest for each?
I am open to suggestions.
Thank you.

Answer:Building new machine

Do you intend to reuse the RAM shown in your system specifications?

Do you have overclocking intentions?

What is your budget for the CPU and motherboard combined?

Can you post a link to the suppliers you will likely use?

In what country will you be purchasing?
The i7 860 shown in your current specs is a fairly stout processor. Have you rejected the idea of keeping it and just upgrading your video card for gaming purposes?

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I plan to build a new machine. This is the configuration. Looking for comments and suggestions and criticisms...All welcomed, and thanks in advance for your help.

Chieftec DX-01
Antec TruePower 480
Abit NF7-S ver2
Athlon XP2500(Barton)
Either Crucial PC3200 or Buffalo 3200
Hercules 9800Pro(Radeon)
2 Maxtor 80gb SATA HD
LG Electronics GSA4040b DVD/RW
Liteon CD ROM
Mitsumi floppy
Logitec wireless mouse/keyboard
Thermalright SLK999u/Volcano

Answer:Building a new machine

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Hey... I'm choosing all the parts for my new computer, and I think i know enough to put one together, but I would still like to make sure it'll work. I won't buy it for a few months but I'm saving up and I want to make sure all of these components will work in harmony... If you see any problems please post. Also what would be a good case for less than $100 with a good enough PSU.

Socket 939
AMD Athlon 64 3500+
Gigabyte nVidia nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
Seagate Barracuda 160 Gig. 7200RPM IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard drive
Chaintech GeForce 6600GT 128MB GDDR3 PCI-Express
Corsair 2x512 MB 184-pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered dual-channel memory
Windows XP Home

p.s. how do you think this system will do with games like BF2, Farcry,HL 2
just wondering... what is the difference between unbuffered and registered system memory.

Answer:Building new machine

Looks good but I have two suggestions:

1. Don't skimp on the PSU. Get a separate PSU and case, even if you have to save up a little longer. Poor PSU's have been the downfall of more good systems than anything else, especially with an SLI board which presumes you will be getting a second video card down the road. With an SLI rig I recommend a 500watt PSU with dual 12v rails and a minimum of 38 amps on the 12v side. Might cost $90-$110 but it will be the best money you spend and is relatively cheap when compared to the rest of the stuff you are buying. Please follow this advice and save us all 50 posts requesting help with BSODs, stuttering, CTD's, Game Wont Play!!! etc. etc. etc.

2. If possible, get a 6800GT. It will play those games with a lot more finesse and you can O/C it to ultra speeds. The price on these cards is dropping rapidly and should be within your budget soon but if you can't then the 6600 GT is a fine card too and don't forget about the vanilla 6800's.

That's it. Good luck with your build and have fun.

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Hi, I am pieceing together a new tower. heres what i have so far amd athlon64 x2 5600+ , 2gb ddr2 800 gskill ram , 120gb sata II hard drive , sony nec 20x dvd burner , biostar tforce TF7050-M2 motherboard , nvidia 8600gt 256mb video card, 575 watt sli certified power supply. i need to mainly know if the motherboard and processor is decent. Already ordered but can return if all is not well. heres the links. Motherboard - link Processor - link Ram - link

Answer:Building machine what do you think?

ok links added sorry

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Ed's about to "Bake" a computer.

This is my 9th! scratch computer build but my first XP machine. But I'm willing to bet that nearly nothing I learned about building 98x machines will do me much good here.

My "baking" ingredients: new case, power supply, XP upgrade, OEM Win98 disks, all my drivers and updates saved on CD_RW, saved all my bookmarks and settings on CD_RW, two HDD [40 & 20 GIG] (formatted), 512MB memory-etc. and a slew of legal (registered & updated) programs, most of which say (advisedly) they can run under XP.

Baking the cake:
1. When to install the above and in what sequence?
2. Do WHAT immediately after XP install?
2a Install PartitionMagic 8.0 then NortonSystemWorks2002?
2b Or?
3. Dual boot so I can run Win98/DOS programs and games?

I can easily enough go to M$ and update my Office 2000 and other MS stuff, but what about my favorite DOS programs?
4. What have I forgotten/left out?

Answer:Building an XP machine

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Last summer I had a datafirm (digifix in Oslo) to upgrade my PC from windows 8 to windows 10. My perpetual Autocad Arcitecture 2006 was reinstalled and worked fine until mid december 2016. Then it suddenly stopped to function. Its not possible to start the program any more. Digifix found that an update aroud the of dec.2016 was the cause to the problen and deactivated this. Autocad worked again, but only for a short time. Digifix have not been able to solve the problem. And Autodesk just advice me to rent a new autocad program. No help there after beeing an Acad user since 1988! I am an architect and I am now 67 years old. I need the program to open all my archived drawings and for going on in my practice in a small scale some more years. For this Acad 2006 is perfectly adequate, and I have to keep my expences low.
Do you have a fix to this!

Answer:Autocad Architecture 2006 does not work with windows 10

I am unable to install auto cad 2014 software.attempt several time .pleas send me proper it possible or not?

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Just got done doing a write up on a brand new tech site a friend of mine has started.

There is a write up of the Absolute Ultimate Machine!!

And two write ups for the Supreme AMD Rig for the Overclocker!! that I did. And one for the Supreme Intel Rig for the Overclocker!! that he did.

We will offer Tech Support on this site as well. And already have numerous posts that help with overclocking and other hardware/software issues. Don't hesitate to come for some Tech support Either. Check them out and let me know what you think.

Answer:Building a New Machine for Overclocking? Look No Further

Isn't your Post a little like going to someone's home for dinner, using the bathroom and not flushing?? Kinda rude.

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ok, I'm gonna build basically a new system, already have my case, psu, ram, and maybe my video card, I cant decide whether or not I want to upgrade it.

Heres the deal, I want my new box to not just be filled with bargain parts, so I'm looking for a good mobo/proc combo (I'm not biased towards either AMD or Intel, I can go either way) I'm pretty much decided on a audigy 2zs for sound, the ram I already have is 2 sticks of 512 ddr pc 3500 fsb 433mhz, and my video card is an inno3d Geforce fx 5700 (256 mb ddr2)

First question: Mobo? who makes a solid mobo, and what processor should I get with it? I am alittle confused on the dual channel DDR mobo's but form my understanding, on a dual channel board my 1gb of ram will operate as if it is 2gb.

Second: My video card, should I stick with it? I don't know a lot about inno3d, is it a good brand? And is it worth upgrading, because I feel it's a pretty damn good card as is.

Lastly: Is it worth replacing my generic ram and paying extra to upgrade to a name brand DDR2 application? or should I stick with the ram I have and spend a lot getting a good mobo/proc?

I'm looking at a budget of about 1k for mobo, proc, and sound card, I'll be using my HDD's that I already have, and maybe my vid card, unless yall have better ideas.

Thansk in advance for you time/consideration.

Answer:Building new machine, would like some suggestions

Im kinda hooked on the MSI motherboards they prove to be very reliable.Ive built about 5 computers with msi and still have 3 and the outhers the people ive built them for still have them and I would just stick with the ram for now.I think you have to use pentium for that ram but not sure on that.The video card should be OK Its the same card I have just a different brand name but I can play all the latest games and they play exelent.Do you know about the new motherboards and Vid cards coming out or might already be out its with the PCI Express.Its the wave of the future at least for the near future.

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I recently purchased what I think is everything I needed to build my gaming machine.
Here's what I have:
Rosewill RX950-S-B ATX 12V v2.2 & EPS 12V v2.91 950W Power Supply

APEVIA X-JUPITER-JR S-Type X-JPJST-MG Metallic Grey SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Case

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC GeForce 8600GTS 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

MSI P6N SLI Platinum LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600

ZALMAN CNPS9500 LED 92mm 2 Ball Cooling Fan with Heatsink

SAMSUNG 18X DVDR DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write, LightScribe Technology Black SATA Model SH-S183L (2 of these)

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4

My question is, I built the system and I've connected all the power cables to the motherboard, CPU power, all fans/heatsink, all my drives, and my video card. When I started up the system, I don't get any beeps from the mobo and there is no display whatsoever. Any ideas on what it could be or how to figure out what's wrong?

Answer:trouble building new machine

Have you read the sticky at the top of the page "for problem builds" ?

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Hey soldiers,

I often find myself looking through the forums for help when I am desperate, well today is different. My brother needs a new computer and we have time and a little bit of cash. He almost spent $1650 on a ral piece of crap form his local computer store until I found out and showed him the parts were less than a grand on the net (newegg, tigerdirect etc). Anyways he wants to spend around the $1500 range and I think we can do that and get him a kickass gaming machine. Here is what I'm thinking, please critique my build and if you see anything that deconflicts i.e. mobo and cpu etc bring it up so I dont make a huge mistake. I am very into computers, have made numerous upgrades to mty past comps but never fully assembled one.

Case: Xion Dazl gaming tower w/420watt psu
Mobo: ASUS Striker extreme nForce 680i SLI w 7.1 onboard sound
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (4x2.4 gHz/8mb Cache/1066 FSB
RAM: 2048MB 1066 DDR2 PC2 8500
Gfx Card: eVGA GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB PCI express SLi supported
HD: Western Digital 10,000 RPM 150 GB
Sound Card: SB Audigy X-Fi extreme gamer
Network card: Intel pro 10/100/1000
op system: Windows XP home

Please critique this build and give me any tips you might have. Also is Newegg, and tiger direct the best place for prices? thanks.

Zach Kirby

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I have been searching the posts here and have gone back a ways looking for any help I could find.I have also been trying to get re-educated on terminologies that I've never heard of,I.E., SATA,SLI,RAID,etc.I have been using parts at,plus a few peeks at other sites.I will be using this computer for banking,faxes,letters and some games,NEW ones.Being disabled I have a lot of time to play them.My existing machine is a six year old [email protected] w/128mhz of pc133 sdram,ATI all-in-one pci graphics card,sound blaster card,running W98SE.I know this is asking a lot of anyone but I am still confused about if the parts I have selected will actually fit onto( plug into....) the motherboard.Here's my list: CASE:Ultra Black Aluminus ATX Mid-ower Case with Clear Side,Front USB,Firewire and Audio ports. CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3700+/1MB Cache/2000Mhz FSB/Socket 939/Processor with Fan. Motherboard: ABIT KN8 Ultra NVIDIA Socket 939 ATX Motherboard/Audio/PCI Express/Gigabit LAN/S/PDIF /USB 2.0/Serial ATA/RAID. 2ND Choice in a motherboard(just not sure which one would be better): ASUS A8N SLI Deluxe Nvidia Socket 939 Motherboard/PCI Express/Audio/Dual Gigabit LAN/SLI/Serial ATA/Dual Raid/USB 2.0 & Firewire. Graphics Card: Connect 3D Radeon X800 XL/256MB GDDR3/PCI Express/Crossfire Ready/DVI/VGA/TV-Out/Video Card. Memory: MOBO supports Dual DDR400,Four(4) 184-pin DIMM Sockets(Maximum memory capacity up to 4GB). Power Supply(case comes with one but I will remove ... Read more

Answer:Disabled Vet needs help building machine.....

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Hi all,

I need to build new computer for 64 bit edition. So I need your suggetions,



abit fatal1ty an8 sli !!!!

im goin to after christmas when i get to spend my money on myslef.

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Hello all.
well I'm gonna build myself a brand new puter.(laptop)
only thing is i haven't the foggiest idea where to shop and get the best prices.
I don't really won't anything fancy just functional.
I work in Saudi Arabia so that means lots of flying.
I would like something travel friendly.
If any of you guys have any spec. suggestions fire away.
The most I use my machines for is music,communicating with family,and taking online classes so maybe I can be as smart as you guys
Thanks for any input.

Answer:building a brand new machine

For your specific needs I would go with an IBM or fujitsu laptop

Portable, durable, and stable

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Before I carry on I need to know one thing. Does the Cosmos 2 support ATX motherboards?
The reason I ask is because there is conflicting information provided by the cooler-master website and reviews online.
The website:
The Review: (pause the video when he shows the specs on the side of the box)

Will all of this hardware work together nicely?

Motherboard: Sabertooth 990FX/Gen 3 R2.0 150

PC Case: Cooler Master Cosmos 2 100

CPU: AMD FX 8350 150

GPU: Sapphire HD 7970 320

PSU: Corsair HX850 80+Gold 120

(Feel free to suggest ram but I have 8 gigs of 1600 ddr3 that only costed me 44. And it is Crucial, I might buy new stuff but I don't know yet.)

(I plan to buy lots of water cooling and radiators eventually once I got the basics set up)

Answer:Building a new machine - Compatibility

Yes it does. It supports MicroATX through SSI EEB.

Good build. I recommend you wait till September 25th for the GPUs since AMD is set to unveil something new. Or if you want, just get the 7970 and wait for the new GPUs to release. Just remember, dont waste your money on watercooling if you have just 1 GPU.

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I have a problem. I'm wanting to build a new gaming pc but only have around a $500 budget. My neighbor is really big into computers and has many spare parts, but I'm not sure if I should really buy anything fron a friend. If I did buy a 20 gig hard drive from him and use my current monitor, keyboard, and mouse for awhile, what configs would you suggest for the rest of the pc? I'm keeping an eye on ebay hoping to find a good deal on a radeon 9700. I heard that you can skimp a little on processing power but buy a nice video card and still have amazing gaming performance. Is this true? Or should I get a geforce 4 and buy the newer generation of mobo and processors? I'm lost here and I'd appreciate any help.

Answer:Building a new gaming machine--need help

may i suggest that if you're planning to build a new computer,..might as well buid it with brand new components, because they all come with warranties, unlike if you buy used components from you're friend.

as for your processor-video question,'s the deal, first pc is an intel 1.7, it's currently rigged with a ti4200.. gaming is fairly ok infact its good...but at some point your processor will have to keep-up with the speed of your graphics card and the game that you're playing.

its true that you can forego proc performance...but i think it all depends on your standards as to what is good gaming and best gaming is...

check this out to, might find what you're looking for

goodluck with your pc!

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I've been searching the forums here and places on internet.

finding many articals and such on building computer, but the problem is most things you find tell you how to put them together, I can do that.

what I'm looking for are some info articals or lists to explain diff's between cpu's, video cards, motherboards and such.most of the time many manufacturer sites all say theres is the best, that's fine but once you decide on a certain manufacturer how do you decide between there products? by price? say looking at video cards ranging from say $50.00 to $300.00 and I want to get one someplace in the mid. at around $150 if there is one for $180 will you notice the thirty dollar diff? and why?

like I've read in one artical that two video cards are better than one. well I'm not looking for the cheapest good stuff but not looking to spend an arm and a leg eather. like is one $250. video card the same, better, or worse than two $150. cards.

I guess my big question is are there any list out there that are kinda like best to worst, fastest to slowest, and that might explain why or how "this is better than that" things like motherboards, cpu's and such.

found many gaming computer sites that you can buy there setup for so much and found sites that I've picked stuff peace by peace for sometes lots less sometimes lots more than already built systems, but don't know what is better on what systems.

been judging by price more... Read more

Answer:building gaming machine

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I know the parts I want, but I've never put a computer together and I don't want to end up pulling me hair out. The issue is, I can't find anyone that has ALL the parts I want. I've seen some websites that offer 2400MHz RAM, but only 32GB worth. Sure, I could add more, but I haven't done it before and don't want to pull out my hair.

What I'm looking for is:
Asus X79 Rampage IV
Intel i7 3960 or 3970
64GB 2400MHz or even 2133MHz
2x 4GB GTX 680

And all the basic stuff, like SSDs, quality fans, cases, etc.

So the question: Does anyone know a company that will put all this together for a reasonable price? I've got almost all the parts I'd need in my cart at Tiger Direct for $4700, including Windows 7 Ultimate, etc. I would expect to pay for assembly, but if a company wants 2-3k to assemble it, then no thanks.

Answer:Building a machine with all the parts I want

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I am looking into building a gaming machine with a budget of $700. I have decided to go with a socket am2+ motherboard, so that i can upgrade to a phenom processor in the future. I will start out with an athlon 64 x2 between 5000 and 6000, depending on how much i have left after the graphics card and the motherboard, about a gig of memory and all. My question is what is the best type of motherboard to go for that fits these specs? I am leaning towards a radeon hd 3870 graphics card. Because of this, it is necessary that the motherboard has crossfire support. So all in all, I am trying to find a quality socket am2+ motherboard with crossfire support under around $200. I have looked around and it seems that the possibilities are endless. any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Building a budget machine

i'm not sure what you mean by endless possibilities. i did several searches through and i can't find more than 1 motherboard that supports a phenom processor and an X2. i've got only one. and i'm not even sure if it has crossfire support because it doesn't specify. i would imagine it does support it because it has 3 pci-e 16x slots. to me that says you could even have a three way graphics card setup going.

the unfortunate thing here is, like i said, i can't find any more than 1 that supports your specifications. and it's 260 dollars.

maybe if you listed all the other exact parts you were looking at, i could help you tweak it and force the price to go to about 700 and still get you the stuff you want.....unless of course, you're not sure what you want yet. in which case, i'll try and do a build using that motherboard, an X2, and the 3870 and keep it under 700.

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Hello everyone. I am new to this forum and I have a probibly very basic question but I have no idea how to do this. I build and sell computers and have quite a few laying around. I have one that has a very small case does not have any removable drives. I would like to install XP on this machine and put it in the kids room to use as a sort of movie Player. I do not want it to have a mouse or keyboard. I want to control it all from my computer. I Run network cable for a living so the cat 5 is not a problem. I have a linksys workgroup switch to use. How can I set it up that I can have an icon on my desktop that I can remote connect to the computer and play movies that are shared on the network. The sharing of the files is not a problem I can do that. If anyone can help it would be greatly appreaciated. Thank You in advance.

Answer:Building a Dummy Machine

You can use something like UltraVNC to remotely control the machine and configure it to boot to the desktop automatically.

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Reading this post here - Windows 3.1 I decided that I wanted to build a Windows 98 machine. I certainly have to hardware to do so. The issue is getting the hardware and drivers to work with 98.

System specs are....

Abit BE6 II, ver 1.0
Pentuim 3 733MHz
512Meg SD RAM PC-133
Western Digital 30Gig HD
Creative Live Soundcard
Radeon 8500LE (128meg)
Plextor PleXwriter 40/12/40A CD Writer
Linksys Wireless Network card
Samsung floppy drive
Antec 400W PS
Antec Mid Tower case.

Some pics.....

I decided to try Wireless, so I went with a wireless card instead of the card card on the right of the last pic.

Anyways right now all the hardware appears to be working, but 98 is giving me fits about various missing files. In fact I can't boot with out a warning about these missing files, and even when I attempt to install drivers for the hardware I'm still prompted to install the 98 disk to find missing files. And in case you're wondering.... yes I have a legitment copy of Windows 98.....

So I don't know what's up right now... still a work in progress

Answer:Building a Windows 98 machine

Try finding the win98 drivers you need online. Then put them on a CD or USB flash.
Then when it asks for the Win98 CD, see if you can choose other location for drivers.

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Does anyone know how to create and install a HDI PC3 file on a server so that it can be shared with hundreds of computers if the server does NOT have AutoCAD installed on it???
We do not want to install 2 plotters locally on MANY machines, the plotters are Kip 5000 and Kip 3000 if that matters

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I am about to get a new machine with Vista Home Premium preinstalled.

I use Autocad LT 2000 a lot and I am concerned that it might not run on Vista.

Does anyone have any knowledge of this combination?

Answer:Autocad Lt On Vista

I'd check the AutoCAD support and their forums (if any) for advice on this.

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I have recently decided to build myself a Desktop Computer to replace my current laptop since I no longer require mobility. That said, it has been years since I built a computer from scratch and even then the machine was not built for any kind of real performance.

I have been spending some time searching across the web, evaluating needs vs. wants, setting my budget, picking out parts, etc., and now I fall upon the graces of my online peers for advice.

On to the nitty-gritty:

Purpose: The machine will be used primarily for Graphic Arts. I work in programs such as Photoshop, Daz3D, Poser, Maya, 3DSMax, Illustrator, etc. The secondary use for the machine (and should probably be called primary) is gaming. Currently I play World of Warcraft, Rift, and Starcraft 2. I also do some work in Visual Studio.

Budget: I'd like to keep it around or under $2000.

Parts and Purchase: I am starting from scratch, with no preexisting parts and nothing currently purchased. Where I buy from is of little consequence, though to avoid exorbitant shipping costs I would prefer to buy as much from one place as possible. I am fine with online shopping.

Peripherals: Not needed.

OS: I have a copy of Windows 7 Pro 64-bit, but may be purchasing another Home version, not sure yet.

Cooling: I would like to keep the machine as cool as possible but am tepid about liquid cooling, any advise/opinions on this is welcome.

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Answer:Building a new desktop machine, advice welcome

You'll love that case. I built a gaming rig for my brother-in-law using that case and it has plenty of fans. With a cpu cooler (which you list), it should do quite well in the cooling aspect. Keep in mind that periodic removing of dust is essential because the HAF (High Air Flow) cases move a lot of air.

How much rendering will you be doing?

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on a shoestring budget.

I am looking at the nVidia 8300 chipset to build an ultimate gaming machine using SLi tech. Has anyone done this before? I found a motherboard for around $70 and am looking for a cool box. I want to go with liquid cooling systems and plan to shop for the parts I am going to need like a power suppply and video cards. Anyone know where I can get some help? or know of some cool places to shop?
There is a really cool place here in Portland Oregon called "freegeek" I think they have a website too. I buy alot of cheap parts there. neweggcom is okay too.

Answer:Building the Ultimate gaming machine

Newegg, Directron, ZipZoomFly, TigerDirect, NCIXUS and mWave have excellent deals on all kinds of items. For cooling options, check out Jab-tech and FrozenCPU.

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hi, well now i have a p4 2.8ghz,1gig of ram,bfg 6800gt,asus p4sp-mx mother board,antec 420 watt ps. i know i want a faster p4 but what determines the fsb speed the proccesor or motherboard or both. i wanna keep my vid card but upgrade to a mb with agp 8x, now my mb currently only supports 4x. id also like to stick with the asus brand and the p4 also. just want some help cause im confused about the fsb thing,latest chipsets. also i heard or read ht slows down games if true then i guess the fastest non ht p4 i can get. any help appreciated. any other specs needed let me know

Answer:building a better faster gaming machine?

No, HT does not noticably slow down games. Get a P4 Prescott 3.0 or 3.2ghz (they have HT). You need a 800FSB MOBO *and* CPU, so get a MOBO to support your new CPU. You might consider a P4P800 SE MOBO. This MOBO supports HT and DDR400 RAM and FSB of 800. You might consider getting another gig of RAM and taking advantage of dual channel.

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I am building a new rig. These are all the parts I'm going to need, except an SSD, which I'm still searching for.
What do you think of this:

There is some finnish text, but don't mind, you'll get the point

Please recommend, comment and improve the setup! Don't wanna go wrong, now do I?

Thanks guys!

Answer:Building a new power machine, ~€1500

Any help?`

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Hello.        I would like to know from the Computer experts about what components (Processor,Graphics,Ram etc) do i need to build a Super Gaming Machine, that beats all the gaming consoles.        I have heard something relation between CPU,RAM and GPU Kindly explain to choose them properly.

Answer:Building a Super Gaming Machine.

Well, the key thing to know is your budget - Impossible to work anything out without that.  It's also best to forget the idea of "beating consoles" as they are completely different systems and just focus on building a really good gaming PC.

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Hi all,
I am planning to build a new machine and am wanting to start with the case,,,was wondering if I will strike any difficulties installing old hardware into a new case (apart from the front USB 3.0).
I have been looking at firstly the Gigabyte Sumo Omega here then after I found that I could not get a supplier here in Aus. Struck upon the SilverStone brand here which I should be able to purchase Downunder.

Would it be possible to install in a newer case ? (not planning on going to a smaller form factor) this current Mobo configuration GA- 8KNXPUltra FJ Ultra (with DPS) -Gigabyte-,,?
Thanks in advance

Answer:Building a new machine starting with case

Whoa a Pentium 4:

Well yes I don't see a problem with that as the screw configs have not really changed and most cases come with tons of different screw holes for all sizes of motherboards (Its normally the Extended ATX boards that are harder to satisfy).

You should not have a problem grabbing a new case and putting your old components in, they will fit in a normal sized case with ease!

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Ok guys, ill give ya a rundown of what i got, and my problem

I just built a machine with this:

AMD XP +2600 (333mhz fsb)
512 Samsung PC3200
A7N8X Mobo (nforce chipset )
Western Digital 80gig/ata100/8meg buff HD
Radeon 9100

Ok, now i got everything running, but the comp is saying the processor is a athlon XP 1250mhz.

i rebooted once, and it said it was a +2600 (like it should) but now whenever i reboot it, it says its a 1250mhz cpu.
also, when i booted it, it says the primary and slave are ata33......

I got a few questions.

A: How do i get it to regognize the CPU as a 2600?
B: How do i set the FSB to 333mhz?
C: How do i set the DDR to 400mhz?
D: How do i set HD/CD-Rom to ATA100?

Thanks guys. :O

Answer:Building a machine, need help <- noob questions.

The default proccessor setting is the lowest speed the board accepts, so a slower proccessor isn't damaged. For some reason, I had to bump up my CPU type twice. Make sure you save and exit. It's easy to select exit without saving, and not know it.

Does your mobo support a 333 MHz FSB? some don't....

On my board the CPU settings are all located under "Softmenu III".

As for the other settings, check your manual. the mobo manufacturer usually provides a rather detailed description of all the settings and options, and how to access, and change them.

Will it recognize your IDE devices at ATA133? If it does, It doesn't really matter, It can't hurt it.

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I am running AutoCad 2009 and have a HP Designjet 600 that I want to plot on.

Is there a driver out there somewhere that will do this?

AutoCad will choose the 600, but Vista does not see it.


Answer:Vista with AutoCad 2009

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My family saw my computer that I built and got jealous. Now they have hired me to build one for them. My little brother likes to game on WOW, and some other modern games. Nothing super intense liky crysis, but I imagine he would like to play starcraft 2 at some point and some of the other newer titles. Other than that my parents use it for simple web browsing, word processing and excel. The budget for this machine is pretty tight. I'd like to give them the base build (cheapest) and then explain how the different upgrades (CPU, GFX, MOBO, MEMORY, etc...) could benefit them if they so choose. I figure they will probably upgrade the GFX card and processor to a 5850/i5. Let me know what you think as far as this being a base build. How could I shave some dollars off this build?

CPU: Intel Core i3-560 Clarkdale 3.33GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 4MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80616I3560 $150

MOBO: ASUS P7P55 LX LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard $120

MEMORY: CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TW3X4G1333C9$70

GFX: HIS iCooler V H583FN1GD Radeon HD 5830 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/Eyefinity $170

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $90

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC... Read more

Answer:Building a machine for my family, looking for advice or ideas.

If they are going to upgrade in the future I would stick with Corsair power supply but increase it to at least a 650 watt, the rest looks good.

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Here are the specs that I have purchased:

Amd 4200+ X2 windsor dual core
ASUS M2N-SLI deluxe mobo
1GB corsair value ram
evga nvidia 7600gt
450 watt power supply In my Sonata II case

I also have a 500 watt ps if necessary.

I put this all together last night, but did not get into booting it up as it was around 12:30 and I had to get up this morning at about 5:30 for work.

I am a little worried today, as I am reading alot of issues people are having with the Asus motherboard. A lot of crashes, choppy sound ect. reported throughout the net. Strangely, I had initially opted for a cheaper board that had good reviews, but upgraded to this board after following some advice from these boards. I hope I made a good choice. This board was not cheap. As I am no expert when it comes to bios configuring and overclocking, I am really hoping for some advice when I start trying to get this baby running this evening. As it stands, my plan is to update bios right away, and then reset the cmos, per some instructions from another site.

Virtually every voltage and speed setting in this board is customizable, a fact that is good, but also a little intimidating as I am much more of a software tech, and as I mentioned, not the most experienced overclocker...ect.

I am wondering if anyone knows a good site, or a place where I can go that will break down what these settings should be set to in my bios, or any sort of guidelines to help a pretty much newb to this sort of thing. ie: FSB speed, voltag... Read more

Answer:Building a new machine... wondering if anyone can offer some advice...

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Answer:Building a fast machine from ebay parts

hddave1 said: new and i mostly read here on the forum but i think im ready for a pc upgrade ..this is what i have now.. atx case with 450wat powder supple, a socket 478 motherboard, 3gig hyperthread cpu. 1025gig ram and a 128meg radeon 9200 ati video kinda a ebay freak so i thought i would buy a motherboard and cpu, new ram and a new video card.. i like to play games and surf the web so im looking to build somthing fast . could you guys help me get started with a combo from ebay that will get me running faster...thanksClick to expand...

i just went thru something very simular to what you did,
same socket mobo, only 2.4ghz cpu and a slightly better gpu.
so i wanted an upgrade, well, what i found out is, when it comes to computer parts, newegg > ebay. i purchased a mobo on ebay, it didnt work, cant ship it back for a refund, so i was forced to purchase another (from newegg this time)

newegg is one of the cheapest well known pc suppliers out there, i think i spent about 700 bucks with them in the last month.

tigerdirect is also decent if you live on the east coast or near the east.

but with ebay, you just dont get the customer support like you would at newegg or tigerdirect.

i learned this the hard way, and i too like to use ebay, but not for pc parts anymore.

edit: also check every now and then, they run some killer "3" day sales. thats where i got my hard drive, it was half off.
300... Read more

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If you were going to build a machine that would be a nice machine for doing some AVCHD video editing what would you suggest? This is kind of a survey I guess as to what would you put in it? Budget is around $2000

Answer:Building a nice video editing machine - suggestions?

Personally, I would go with an i7 950 for the CPU and one GTX 570 as the graphics card. Multicard solutions for video editing can be troublesome, in my experience. Also, ATI drivers have frustrated me so many more times than most Nvidia drivers have.

HDDs ... $2000 really wouldn't allow room for any SSDs unless you used a very small one for the OS and video editing programs. For mass storage you might want to go with a few 7,200 rpm drives with at least a 32 MB cache, although a 64 MB cache would be ideal. The black versions of WD drives hold my respect. Perhaps this would be a good time to go for a redundant RAID 1 setup.

RAM ... tri-channel DDR3, of course, but I am honestly not sure how much you'll need currently or a few years from now. A good brand of 6 GB (2 GB x 3) or 12 GB (4 GB x 3) should work nicely.

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Is it possible to build a comparable PC that has boot up and shut down times as available with lenovo?

In this article, it says Enhanced Experience is only available with lenovo/microsoft...

Answer:Building a Lenovo-like fast-bootable Windows 7 machine?

It's all about the mobo chief. Find one that advertises quick boots. You may also have to disable all of the splash screens.

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My system is HP pavilon dv2007 notebook pc with O.S  windows vista service park 1 install on it,RAM 3Gb,1.83GHZ. I just finished installing autocad 2007 and restartd d system when i clickd to open, it refused to open d autocad i installed on it.What could be the possible cause of this or how can i install the autocad without encountering such problem on vista.Its urgent cos i wanna work with it.Thank u 4 helping me.

Answer:Autocad can't open on windows vista after installation

If i remember correctly Autocad2007 requires 2 or 3 re-boots in the installation process...and they all show a prompt.The first time you restarted the opening prompt should have requested the AC CD...Is this what happened ? ?

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We have replaced some of our machines and bought new systems with Vista, unfortunately we have a printing issue, none of the Vista users can access the shared printer attached to Window's 98 System on the parallel port.

Answer:Vista Machine unable to print to Printer attached to 98 machine thru parallel port

Originally Posted by savikalra

We have replaced some of our machines and bought new systems with Vista, unfortunately we have a printing issue, none of the Vista users can access the shared printer attached to Window's 98 System on the parallel port.

Have you installed the printer drivers on the Vista machines.?

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have two laptops - one running Vista and one running XP. Both have IE 7 and Norton 360 installed. I've verified the settings for IE and Norton are the same on both machines.

On my Vista machine, which is my main computer, I cannot access certain sites, specifically and They appear to be loading, but never load. I've tried with both IE 7 and Firefox, but I get the same result. In addition, the daily Dilbert cartoon that I subscribe to is received in Outlook but the graphics do not display. The graphics are not visible in my Yahoo webmail either.

However, on my XP machine, everything works just problems.

Like I said, I've verified settings on both machines...I've even done a restore to a previous restore help. I've reset my router, disabled Norton, etc...everything I can think of and nothing has worked.

Any help is greatly appreciated.


Answer:Cannot Open Certain Sites in IE or Mozilla on Vista Machine - XP Machine works fine


Disable UAC (User Account Control) and check out if the pages display ok.

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have two laptops - one running Vista and one running XP. Both have IE 7 and Norton 360 installed. I've verified the settings for IE and Norton are the same on both machines.

On my Vista machine, which is my main computer, I cannot access certain sites, specifically and They appear to be loading, but never load. I've tried with both IE 7 and Firefox, but I get the same result. In addition, the daily Dilbert cartoon that I subscribe too is received in Outlook but the graphics do not display. The graphics are not visible in my Yahoo webmail either.

However, on my XP machine, everything works just problems.

Like I said, I've verified settings on both machines...I've even done a restore to a previous restore help. I've reset my router, disabled Norton, etc...everything I can think of and nothing has worked.

Any help is greatly appreciated.


Answer:Cannot Open Certain Sites in IE or Mozilla on Vista Machine - XP Machine works fine

Please see the responses to your thread in TSF Vista Support.

Please do not create duplicate threads in the future. Thank you.

This thread closed.



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I have a new Gateway Vista 64 machine for my office . The old HP Pavillion Pentium 4 with XP 32(?)is networked in other room Here's my setup:
Ethernet network with a new wireless Netgear router (yes,it has places to plug in the ethernet cords).
-HP Laserjet 1200 printer is plugged directly into the Vista 64 machine.
The XP Unit is on the network.
I can see and share files between the machines just fine but I get an error when choosing the networked printer in "add printer" when setting up XP unit.
(Print sharing is turned on on Vista Machine).
I choose the networked printer found on Gateway, it says that it will install drivers onto my machine to make things work, I click ok and it says that server for my printer has the wrong driver installed, would I like to find right driver? Clk yes. It looks for a VSFILE\XP but can't find it. It tells me to manually find the file but I can't find that file on HP site or any of my discs. I've uninstalled and reinstalled original drivers onto the XP machine (PCL6) and downloaded a Universal PCL5 printer file. None correct the problem. Vista automatically loaded the printer drivers when I turned on the power. It has a PCL5 file. The 1200 printer works fine when printing from Gateway machine. Vista will only let me use the drivers already installed in the machine. When I try to manually try to install drivers downloaded from HP for an XP on the the vista then it balks and says they were not created for an X6... Read more

Answer:Solved: XP machine can't print on networked Vista Machine

I ended up hiring someone to solve this mess. He just created local ports on each machine that directs the pre-downloaded, local driver, to the printers. Worked just fine. Start, Run, //"name of network" to see if printers can be seen on the network 1st.

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i have this personal project in autocad, and i want to draw a few drawings but i was wondering; can i add shadows and some details to thoes drawings. and if you know any materail that can help me please point them out to me.

Answer:Autocad 2008: how far can i go with my drawings in autocad?

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Perhaps you're already using the beta version.We thought it was time to lanch our new Vista forum, designed to provide help and advice to those of you who are considering Windows Vista, and later on, when the software has launched, we'll use the same forum to help people who experience problems with their new installation.The forum's online now, and until we add it to the 'FORUMS' menu on the left of your page you can access it via the drop-down "Jump to" menu at the bottom right of the main forum pages, underneath the thread listings.

Answer:Thinking about Vista?

Wondered when that would start FE. Not interested myself but I'm sure a lot of the forum members will be happy at this news.

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Hey guys i am thinking about buying windows vista, i am wondering what i need to do to do so, I am running windows xp media center and would like to get home premium, but what would be a good antivirus software that works for vista so far? How would i install an operating system i have never done that before because i bought this pc with windows on it, and are my specs good enough should i upgrade something ? how do i know if all my games work with it? What about all my hardware would it all work with it and the new hardware drivers ? I will post more when someone posts back but is it reccomended i clean my pc of spyware / viruses before i do all this ? Also if i dont know how to install it should i do it myself ?

edit: is this what i need or do i need full? and what about 64 bit do i need that ?

Answer:Thinking about getting vista

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im thinking about installing vista on my pc(rs420 sony vaio) it came with two internal hard drives one is small about 15gb the other is about 100gb. i run xp home sp2 off of the little drive. but now that i have an external hard drive @250gb i have backed up the info on the 100 gb drive and now i want to format that drive and install vista. i think i know what i have to do and thats remove or change the small drive to slave and master the larger internal drive. with no os on that drive all id need to do is insetr the vista disk at startup. or should i just upgrade the xp os on the smaller drive

Answer:thinking about vista

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I'm just not sure what to get... it will be installed to my XPSM1710 (if possible).. it's vista compatible.. so which version should i get...

Vista Ultimate or Home premium..

and should i get the upgrade or the full OS?

Any info would be greatly appreciated.. Thanks

Answer:thinking of going vista

ultimate costs too much and with that xps, you wont really need much to what it gives you, just get home premium. got it right now, cool thing about it is you get windows media center . dont upgrade, get full os. upgrading ur xp copy is just gonna take up more space and maybe youll run into problems later on. well thats what i thinkkkkk start fresh!!!

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Whats everyones opinon on vista?

Answer:Thinking of getting vista


Opinions are likely to be very mixed, some like some do not, similar with many other aspects of computing.

Personally I find it ok, actually dont run XP at all on my 3 home PCs, only use XP in work. After the initial shock of understanding its not XP and does tasks in a different way, some of your older software and the odd driver may not work ( happened going from Win98 to XP ) unless your PC is fairly new and the makers have compatible Vista drivers, so do check that your favorite software is compatible, plus check that hardware drivers exist for your PC, if its a new PC then likelyhood is there are drivers from manufacturers.

Once your past the initial look, menus and options that can seem to be daunting at first you if like me will find it much easier to use than XP ( I know I've used XP since its release so had many years of knowning exactly where menus and options where in XP ) especially the Start menu, in which you now dont have to go through multiple menu branches to get to what application you want, now just start typing the name of the application you want or even a document name and it will show in the start menu.

Security is beefed up, now while it uses "similar" security idea in UAC ( User Account Control ) and UAP ( User Access Protection ) as in Linux Sudo and Unix ACF which stop and alert the user to functions that access the core/root/kernel etc applications, this while can be a hinderance in the beginning with having to click... Read more

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Once I have the cash, and I am out of my current financial trench I am considering upgrading from my WinXP Pro and buying Vista. I have a system that can certainly handle Vista, even for gaming, and I'd probably install the 64bit version.

The biggest question I have remaining is which version? Retail or OEM? Ultimate or Home Premium? I like retail because I'll be able to install it as many times as I want, but I heard there was a legal trick to doing this with the OEM.

I'm thinking I want the Ultimate edition, but not completely certain of what benefits I get over Home Premium. As far as Full or Upgrade, I think I want full because installing it will be easier, among other things.

Is there anything else I need to know? What else should I be considering when making this choice?

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Thinking about buying Vista

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My first experience with vista home premium 64 bit was a disaster. My winamp would skip every 3 seconds, couldn't copy files from one drive to the other without it hanging on me. So, has it gotten any better since a year ago that I used it? I don't wanna have to reformat and go back to win XP 32 again.

Answer:Thinking of giving vista 64 bit another go

let me know how it goes

I am thinking of going 64 bit too (need more memory!)

currently using 32 bit of vista and its been good to me

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just recently my windows vista 3 gig of ram dual core proccessor has slowed down, when i click to open an application like cd print of internet explorer it sort of hangs for a while then opens, and when i click on the close cross top right again it takes about 5 seconds or so to perform the action, strange was running so well as well.

Any help would be appreciated

Answer:Solved: vista thinking??

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My roomate works for a company that allows him to get legal copies of Microsoft software (for testing purposes). My main laptop is starting to bog down a bit and I have a blue screen issue that I already asked about on this forum, that basically requires me to wipe my cpu to fix the issue...

Right now I am running HOME XP...on a Dell e1505...2gb [email protected]

I purchased my mom a new gateway for Christmas and that was really my first experience with Vista and I really liked it... However, I hear a lot negative about it...

Why should I upgrade? and Why shouldnt I upgrade?

Mind you, I get a free legit copy of Vista, so cost or buying it is not an issue...

Answer:Thinking about going with Vista... Thoughts?

The major programs I use are...Adobe Audition & Photoshop

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ok I'm thinking about getting Vista home premium. my question is should i get the upgrade or the standard?? im going to keep xp on one HHD and buy another one for vista. just so I'll be able to use xp and play my games and what not.. i get a nice discount from my work. 103 USD for the upgrade and 155 USD for the standard.TIAunlovedwarrior

Answer:windows Vista--- thinking about getting it

I believe you need the full, i.e. "standard", version to be legit, since you're not really going to upgrade your current XP to Vista.  You want to have both OS under a dual boot configuration, so you need a full version of Vista.

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imediately after clicking on shutdown with an update ready to install, on shutting down, i got the blue screen, machine-check-exception, uncorrectable hardware error, technical information ***stop:0x00000124 (0x00000000, 0x81FD6028, 0xB6200047, 0x0102010A) or***stop:0x0000009C (0x00000003, 0x8196AF0D, 0xB6200007, 0x0002010A

Answer:machine-check-exception on vista 32 machine

It would appear the 0x0000124 is related to the PCI Express Bus, ie Graphics card Driver or Chipset Software, possibly BIOS conflict.Therefore I would update drivers:a) Chipset Softwareb) PCIe Graphics Card Driver if you have a Graphics Card

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Any advice on how to do this? I have file sharing enabled on both computers. When I view computers and devices from my vista machine, I see my XP machine, but it is showing up as a media device. When I click on it, windows media player opens. It doesn't seem like it should do this since I am sharing more than just media files. In windows media player i get the error, "Before you can access files in this library, you first must have access to this library".

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From my XP machine I can ping the X61 Vista system but cannot see any shared drives. Vista system has no trouble seeing shared drives on the XP machine. Network discovery has been enabled. Any ideas appreciated.

Answer:X61 Vista machine drives not visible from XP machine.

Did you change the network to private network on Vista? Shared folder will not be visible under public network.

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I have basically two questions.
1) does anyone know if Aloha Bob's PC Relocator Ultra can work with Vista?

2) Is anyone aware of anyproducts, preferably shareware or freeware that can migrate both data/settings and programs from Win98 to Vista Home Premium?


Answer:Moving from a Win98 machine to a Vista Machine

I don't imagine there are any software apps with that feature - any of them new enough to work with Vista would likely not bother with Win98. Data won't be hard to migrate, but I don't imagine Win98 programs would work the same on Vista... You will probably have to reinstall the programs - if they are compatible. (My CD burning software, for example, was compatible with XP but caused the PC to not boot when I tried to install it on Vista) Settings are probably going to be a lot different on Vista vs. Win98...

Here are some links on the subject:

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I've checked here and on a couple of other places; many people seem to have similar problems but not similar enough that I've been able to solve it.

I have a HOME workgroup on my Vista machine that is connected to the printer I want to share. I have made HOME the workgroup on my W7 laptop. The Vista machine is able to access folders on the W7 and the W7 "sees" the Vista machine... the network map on W7 shows a "dotted" line from W7 - Vista but when I try to connect from W7 to Vista it will not accept a logon. I have tried using my normal Vista machine User Name and password and even tried creating a new one just for this connection but Windows Security always says "Logon failure: unknown user name or bad password".

One of the other sites suggested that Client for Microsoft Networks needed to be installed on the W7 laptop but when I checked the properties for the W7 NIC there was no Install option... does W7 need Client for Microsoft Networks?

All settings on the Vista Sharing and Discovery are on.


Answer:Windows 7 machine cannot connect to Vista machine

I finally figured out that it was Vista machine firewall (AT&T Internet Security Suite by MacAfee) that was blocking the W7 machine from accessing the Vista machine.

After I checked the box in Port and System Services to allow RDP access, I was able to access both the Vista computer and its attached printer from the W7 machine.

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My wife works at a fitness club and they recently had to replace the office XP machine and purchased a new one with Vista, They had the two machince networked together before one at the front counter and the other in the office, I can not get the new Vista machine networked at all I have searched the internet looking for answers and have tried a few things but have had no success what so ever. Is there anyone willing to help or is there a step by step website that might have good information on this subject. I have the workgroups the same on each machine. I'm lost please help


Answer:Network trouble Vista Machine To XP Machine

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I've been using 32bit vista on my work laptop for a year and 64bit vista (with and without SP1) on my main machine for a couple of months... I'm thinking that i should go back to XP.. I like vista, but it doesn't seem as snappy as XP. I have a good computer (Q6600, 4GB ram), so i dont know.. Even on my work laptop, there are two many slow downs when multitasking (ie, playing wmplayer or downloading stuff) while trying to do any work..

i dont know, i'm venting.. but i'm thinking, why should i upgrade my computer to make it feel as fast as when i had XP install

Answer:Used Vista for months, but thinking of going back to XP

You might want to hold off for a bit and try SP1 - it makes Vista feel more responsive

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So I was thinking of parting my machine out to sell since I don't have much room for it. I bought Vista ultimate x64 OEM from newegg about 3 months ago. Would it be feasible for me to sell it with the motherboard or is that illegal? Do I even have any options?

Answer:Thinking of parting out....Vista OEM dilemma?

You can sell it, but I can't guarantee that it's legal. I suppose if it stays with the hardware it would be OK, but I haven't read the license agreement.

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Check out in the Interesting links forum. Read Clark_Kent's expanation of the Vista EULA (thanks Clark).

It appears as though you will lose the ability to go back to XP if you don't like Vista. Bazza

Answer:For all those thinking of buying a Vista upgrade...

It is amazing how 24 hours brings new information on installing Vista upgrade as a clean install, and NOT losing your olde XP OS.

Check out
Windows Secrets Newsletter Issue 94 2007-02-01 at

If you subscribe to their newsletter straight away, it hopefully will start with Issue # 94.
I won't guarantee that this will work, or that the links in the article will work as they have been cut and pasted and MG have traps installed to stop "hot cutting and pasting" so join and subscribe to their newsletter. Bazza

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so i'm going to be getting a 64 ver. of vista, but what i'm trying to figure out is what type of changes to expect. i keep hearing about all these relatively minor things

Is the file system winFE or not? i know it was originally intended to be
I've heard rumors of file incapability between xp and vista- true or not?

and finally,

whats the difference between home pro and ultimate that should entice me to swing the extra money? is it really worth it.

Answer:thinking of vista, need quick advice

Cigolon said:

Is the file system winFE or not? i know it was originally intended to be
I've heard rumors of file incapability between xp and vista- true or not?

and finally,

whats the difference between home pro and ultimate that should entice me to swing the extra money? is it really worth it.Click to expand...

- Not WinFE
- 100&#37;Compatible with WinXP
- Ultimate not worth it imho unless you need MediaCenter AND Domain functionality. The goodies that come with Ultimate are not worth the premium price tag.

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