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Running a server - hardware needed?

Question: Running a server - hardware needed?

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

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

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

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



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Preferred Solution: Running a server - hardware needed?

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

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

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

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


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

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

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Hi all,

I'm looking into buiding a small server system (2nd computer), in order to access my files when at school, share files and maybe host a small web site. Nothing fancy or ultra-mega performant. Not much applications would run on it, the OS and maybe some software firewall. It will be my first experience in networking.

I want a quite small hardware system, since space is an issue. Probably I'll build a custom case. I already have some parts from my previous (dead) computer: 40Gb IDE Western Digital HD, Asus A7V133-C mb, 256mb PC133 Kingston RAM, original Duron heatsink/ARX fan, Radeon 7000 32Mb, LAN PCI card, L&C (ever heard of L&C??? ) 350W PSU. I'd like to run Windows 2000 on the machine.

Here's the options I've looked at for now, all with the 40Gb HD, a micro-atx PSU and maybe a CD drive:

A- Start building from my a7v133 mobo (supports up to 1.3Ghz cpu). Buy a Duron or T-bird and install it. Most economical choice, but ATX board eats up much space. No onboard video nor LAN, so it has to have a graphic + LAn card, taking more place. Last resort system, but cheapest one too.

B- Dump the A7V133, LAN and Radeon. Use the money to help buy an A7N266-VM mobo (Micro-ATX), still with a Duron/T-bird, or an used Athlon XP + some RAM. Onboard graphics & LAN a biiiig advantage. Still, quite big, but manageable.

C- As above, but with a Mini-ITX board/CPU. Space-wise, the perfect solution for me, but a little bit more costy. Due to monetar... Read more

Answer:Hardware advices needed for a small server

Originally posted by jeece
Hi all,

IA- Start building from my a7v133 mobo (supports up to 1.3Ghz cpu). Buy a Duron or T-bird and install it. Most economical choice, but ATX board eats up much space. No onboard video nor LAN, so it has to have a graphic + LAn card, taking more place. Last resort system, but cheapest one too.Click to expand...

This would work best imo....most of my servers are cobbled together from spare parts
Originally posted by jeece
My questions:
1-Is RAM an important issue when building a server? (remember I don't want a cutting edge machine, but not a "bare minimum requirements" one too.) Click to expand...

Yes, RAM is important, but only as important as decent speed disks/processor. you should b e fin with 256Mb

Originally posted by jeece
2-What about processor speed? (would a Duron 850 do about the same job as a 1.2Ghz?) I heard CPU cache is an important factor, server-wise, so a T-Bird would be a better idea.Click to expand...

My file server is a dual 200mhz pentium pro. my webserver is a single 200mghz pentium pro. My game servers are all dual 350Mhz pII boxes.

Originally posted by jeece
3-Since I don't want a second monitor/keyboard/mouse for the server, could I plug 'em all on a kinda splitter/switchboard, so I could control both computers from the same devices? I'd prefer this solution to the "remote PC" software, so I could access the server's BIOS on boot, for example.Click to expand..... Read more

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Hello, I am now successfully runing a mail server thanks to your help [H] crew. I now have a different question.

ALthough My ISP is slated to start blocking port 25 out bound I will still keep my server up and until then I want to know what to do about my server logs. I have logs that show someone wants to send spam through my server. It is locked down so that isn't happening but is there someplace that I should be sending my logs so that they can help catch and stop spammers?

Answer:Running mail server info needed.

you can, but 99% of the time, the PC is hijacked anyways.

you would need to contact their ISP's abuse contact, and if they

a) speak english
b) care
c) think it is a violation of their ToS

they may look into, and *may* do something about it. it is usually a lost cause.

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

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i have 2 dns servers running server 2003
they are both connected to the same switch (they sit right next to each other)
they are both setup vertually identical (identical hardware)

one of the servers surfs the internet fine - the other is ALOT slower at surfing & disconnects from workstations sometimes.
someone mentioned in my last post about dns looping. i want to make sure i have not messed up my dns nic settings.

what i have done:
installed latest nic drivers
checked my cisco switch for errors on the port. (zero errors)
made sure the port and the nic were both set to auto detect (they are)
they are both running at 100/full

BTW - all my workstations have the "dns client" service disabled

this is what i have
server 1
p dns:
s dns:

server 2
p dns:
s dns:

is the above settings causing dns looping ? or could it be causing some of my problems ?

Answer:server 2003 - dns server - nic properties setup HELP needed

How exactly do these servers get to the internet?
What is the Gateway set to?
Is one of these the DCHP server?
Which is the primary DNS server? Are they replicated correctly?
What OS are these running? (2003 SP1 or R2)
Why have you disabled DNS client on the workstations?

Much of this will be needed to determin the problem.

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Running Norton Antivirus 2005 pro OR AVG 7.0 pro?

Please post screenshot of your running processes.

The reason I need screenshots of your running Processes is because I suspect Norton AntiVirus 2005 uses less Memory than AVG 7.0 Pro.

If AVG 7.0 Pro uses more memory resources than Norton AntiVirus 2003 then IT IS TOO BAD TO BE TRUE!!!!

Guys I have recorded the followinfg services running when each of the 2 applications are running.

Norton AntiVirus 2003 (Not 2005 with updates).
----Service------------Mem Usage
NAVAPSVC.EXE________960 K
NPROTECT.EXE_______3,828 K
CCAPP.EXE__________9,576 K

AVG 7.0 Pro
----Service--------Mem Usage-----
avgamsvr.exe______13,108 K
avgcc.exe_________11,990 K
avgupsvc.exe______12,292 K
avgemc.exe________3,044 K
I am thinking seriously switching back to Norton.....

Please help guys....This drives me nuts. I read so many good things about AVG and so Bad things about Nortons (as a resouse hug) and this drives me nuts.


Answer:Running Norton AntiVirus 2005? Screenshots of your running processes needed.

Sorry, I don't use AVG anymore,for the last year I have been using Avast antivirus and couldn't be happier.

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Environment: E6600 Core 2 with 4GB of 667MHz memory and a 150GB raptor... pretty snappy hardware. Freshly installed XP SP2 with all patches and updates, latest chipset drivers, etc. Everything flies.

I installed vmware server 1.01 and then a 32-bit linux (Oracle Enteprrise Linux, basically a clone of RHEL4). Things are slow. Boot-up within the vmware container (1CPU, 2GB of RAM allocated) takes about 90 seconds, which is slower than it takes on a P3/866MHz/512 box I have sitting around here. During this time the host OS (XP) reports extremely high CPU utilization (> 85-90% the entire bootup time) and almost all of this is kernel time. I have duplicated this issue on an identically configured E6600 box as well. All software is freshly installed.

Any ideas?

I tried a few things... turning off the virtualization feature support in the BIOS... switched between 1 and 2 CPUs allocated to the vmware box... switching between bridged, host, etc. network configuration. Same result. High CPU consumption, mostly XP kernel time and sluggish to slow considering the machine. It's a LOT like when a hard drive goes into PIO mode under Windows... same sort of sluggishness (though that's not the issue here, at least for Windows).

Any ideas? I'm at a loss as to how to troubleshoot further.

Answer:Linux running on vmware server running on XP Pro - super slow!

Have you installed vmware tools?

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I see all these all in one type print servers from D-link and linksys. Can I just connect a printer to a computer I have setup as a server in my network and share it amoung all the other computers instead of buying one of those pre-made printservers?

Also, is a sempron 754 with 512MB of ram enough for a filserver/printserver/IPCOP rig?

Answer:Running a print server from a server computer?

right click on the printer and go to sharing

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Does anyone recommend a certain brand of server and a place to buy? I am thinking server 2003 running on a Proliant with a Xeon processor but I am not sure how much power I need. I will be running five database off of one server with 40 workstations local and five connecting via terminal services. will I need dual processor? I am thinking I will need at least 400 GB of hard drive space and at least 1gb of ram maybe more. What do you guys think.

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Hi - Ive been getting a few different blue screens (of Death) errors ever since I bought my new PC. I bought the parts on 11/9/07 and built it myself (had previous experience). My specs...

Mobo - Asus P5N32-E SLI
Chip - intel Core 2 Duo E6750
OS - Vista Home Premium
GPU - Inno 3D 8800GTS OC 320MB
Ram - Kingston 1G 800Mhz PC2 6400 (X2)
HD - Segate 320g Sata2 7200 (x2)

All drivers that are being used are from the part manufacturers and are the latest. I have also flashed the MOBO with the latest firmware.
The BSOD often occured when I was playing Games at maxed settings - so I tried lower settings with no change. Soon enough BlueScreens were happening with an idilling desktop. I have had 5 different errors (see below) and one re-occuring (1a) - I've only had 5 different ones since i turned off 'auto-reset' - cause i cant write that quick lol.

Here are the error messages (in full)...
1A (0x00041287-0x0081c3ef-0x00..0-0x00..0)
7E (0xc000001d-0x81dff675-9b2c7b54-9b2c7850)
7F (0x00..0-0x00..0-0x00..0-0x00..0)
A (0x80010069-0x000000ff-0x00000001-0x81c8f55f)
8E (0xc00000005-0x81df59e8-0xa9299b0c-0x00..0)

I suppose, what Im after is for some one to tell me if i been sold faulty hardware or if its Vista compatablilty or even my incorrect build and setup.
I havent included the minidump for 2 reasons - 1- dont know how? and 2- ive done a cleanup and removed all of them, since my "maxi" dump files were over 5 gig. I'll include them as soon as it happens ... Read more

Answer:Help needed with yet another BSOD in Vista. [Vista > Hardware Analysis Needed]

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Is it possible to run a game that requires Hardware T&L with a graphics card that does NOT have T&L.EDIT: The game that im gona try to get to work will be Age of Empires III. Will this game have an option to disable Hardware T&L or something similiar?

Answer:Hardware T&L Help needed Please

I googled your question, and came up with two things:1) Go to this website: and run it's doodilybob. Make sure it is set to "Age of Empires III". It will tell you if you can run it or not.2) Download a free trial. This is often the best way to determine wether or not you can run a game. That is why free trials were created. The link is

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have just bought a mp3 player but when plugging it in to any of my usb ports it is not recognised. I also had this problem with my scanner.
My printer works off the same usb ports i have been trying as does my keyboard and mouse.
Dont understand what the problem could be. Can anyone help me please?

Answer:help needed with new hardware

gikster said:


have just bought a mp3 player but when plugging it in to any of my usb ports it is not recognised. I also had this problem with my scanner.
My printer works off the same usb ports i have been trying as does my keyboard and mouse.
Dont understand what the problem could be. Can anyone help me please?Click to expand...

need system info

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another question. i know, i know - where do i come up with these ! i was just hoping for some guidance on if it's possible (and how) to watch tv on one's pc - i've seen software that says it can make that possible, but i am inexperienced and don't want to get scammed... take care everyone!

Answer:TV on pc? What hardware is needed if any?

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I am going to make my own custom PC, but i am not too familiar with these things.I can't figure out what size the case should be. could you help me with that? I was thinking about the Aerocool xpredator x3 (or something like that)


Graphics card: GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING X 3G
Processor: intel Core i5 6600K 3.90 GHz Quad Core Skylake
Motherboard: ASUS Z170-A ATX DDR4 Motherboards
Ram: HyperX FURY Black 16GB Kit (2x8GB) 2133MHz DDR4
Hard disk: don't know which one - it's from Samsung 2TB
SSD: Samsung 750 EVO - 500GB - 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal
Power supply: Sentey XPP725-HS Xplus Power Supply 725w Pc Computer ATX Desktop Power Supply
Fan: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan
As a double check, could you guys check if these things fit with each other?
thanks for the help!

Answer:Help with hardware needed!

Any (Full Size)ATX case should be okay. Just make sure it's roomy inside. Way more easy to work with

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I have a USB/wireless router (free from ISP) at the moment. When i venture out to buy my new Desktop, what do I need to have installed in it to make it wireless? At the moment I have cables going under carpets and round doors!!



Answer:Hardware needed to be wireless?

First thing to do is check ISP info on what they recommend for a wireless adapter to match their router. You should match the b/g/n standard for what the router supports so as to cause less hassles.
If no info on that, then figure most any adapter will work but my preference is to stay away from USB dongles and go with an on-board or add-on card. (Some desktops have wi-fi built in, depends on the mobo.)
Hope this helps.

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Does anyone know if there is a video card that is better than the nVidia TNT2 32MB card that I can buy for around $50? I'm not asking because I am too lazy to search, I'm asking because I don't want to get a piece of garbage because I didn't have the correct expertise. Thanks.

Answer:Hardware Expert Needed

Basicly all cards are better then the one you currently have, but pricewise - not too sure as I don't live in the US but I can almost garentee that there's a one better for that price.

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Well first of all, I still need this answered.

Then, do you know of any cards that are better than the nVidia TNT2 that WILL run on AGP Universal Port 2.0? Thank you.

Answer:Hardware Expert Needed 3

ya, get a geforce2 mx400 for $20, like I said before, a mid range or highend 128mb card isnt likely to do much more than that one will really, been there done that.

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*update* Guess I don't need a capture card at all. Just software?
Not sure if this belongs in Other or Gaming. Sorry up front for that. I was curious if anyone knew what type of hardware and software is required for a PC to run a livestream on sites like etc. Anything besides a "Capture card?" Is there a certain amount of recommended internet connection before even attempting to do it?

Any information on this would be great. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Hardware needed to Livestream?

If i am reading this right and you just want good streaming with sites like YouTube. Then all you really need is a good internet connection. Any High-Speed internet connection should run videos just fine buffer free.

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Can you please tell me whether or not this video card will work with my system? The only part I don't know about is AGP. Everything else meets the requirements:

My manufacturer has this listed under my system "Video Card' section:


AGP 2.0 video card (4X or 2X; see manufacturer's specifications for information about the card and any utilities and drivers included).

The card I want to buy requires:


Processor: Intel Pentium 4/III/II/Celeron, AMD K6/Duron/Athlon/Athlon XP or compatible with AGP 2X (3.3V), 4X (1.5V), 8X (0.8v) or Universal AGP 3.0 bus configuration (2X/4X/8X).
Memory: 128MB or 256 MB

Will it work? Thanks.

Answer:Hardware Expert Needed 2

It will work.

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Im putting together a sound system based around my computer but i dont know where to start as far as hardware goes. Im looking for some advice on what to do that will not send me into bankrupcy.

My computer (In my office) stores all my music on my hard drive, i want it to power 10 speakers (4 in my bedroom, 4 in my living room and 2 in my office next to my PC)

I already have a 5.1 surround sound system in my living room running off my TV, so instead of adding another 4 speakers into my living room i could use 4 of the 5.1 speakers (if this possible). I also already have 2 powered monitors which are next to my PC connected to my PC with a jack like you get on earphones.

The problem i have is how to power and control the speakers. I know the 2 powered monitors in my office are ok connected to the sound output on my motherboard, this is ok. Its the 8 other speakers that im struggling with. I was thinking of buying two 4 channel amplifiers and connecting them to my PC but here are my problems with this:

1. Which amplifiers can i buy, i cant find any places online, just keep coming across car audio amps. Can i use car audio amps??? i know they are 12v but will they work if i get a 240v-12v transformer??? (Im from the UK by the way hence 240v mains)

2. How do i hook an amplifier(s) to my PC? I dont have a sound card, i use the motherboard. Will i need a sound card and if so, can anyone recommend one?

3. How can i control the amplifiers from the PC. I know if... Read more

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Hello All,

Looking for advice, in the next 2 weeks I will be setting up an machine to host an Access Database in house. I am looking for recommendations on the type of machine to buy and operating system to run.
(I don't think I need server software but please let me know if I am wrong)
Please read below before recommending.

The machine with be responsible for:

Hosting an Access Database Backend with up to 6 simultaneous users (2 being remote users)
It will be responsible for managing backups of network drives.
It will be on a wired connection and will NOT be used as a workstation.

I am a little inexperienced at figuring out capabilities and what to purchase.

All Advice is appreciated

Answer:Hardware Advice Needed

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My town is now offering a low-cost Internet connection wirelessly. I have an older Dell desktop (Optiplex with 733 mhz) and I need to know what hardware I need. Do I buy a wireless card that goes inside the case OR is something like the usb Buffalo AirStation the way to go? Which is better with my computer? Can you tell me which of the 80611s to get--with an "a" or "b" at the end? (I may not have the numbers exactly right, but you know what I mean.)
Thanks so much!

Answer:hardware needed for wireless?

you should get at least a .g device. I would check with whoever is providing the service on what they recommend. They may even have cards that they can guarantee that will work.

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Hi there...

I am really confused.... I am now in the verge of upgrading my computer. I have 250 GB hard disk as a C drive and 1 TB hard disk as D drive. I also use 2 DVD writters ... I also have a 9600 nvidia 1GB video card. I am very sure that, 450W SMPS will not be enough. I would like to know if 600W SMPS would support my configuration or should I get 750W SMPS?

Please update! Any information is much appreciated.

Answer:Hardware info needed

Quote: Originally Posted by fsurein

Hi there...

I am really confused.... I am now in the verge of upgrading my computer. I have 250 GB hard disk as a C drive and 1 TB hard disk as D drive. I also use 2 DVD writters ... I also have a 9600 nvidia 1GB video card. I am very sure that, 450W SMPS will not be enough. I would like to know if 600W SMPS would support my configuration or should I get 750W SMPS?

Please update! Any information is much appreciated.

I am running a pretty powerful system off of a 380 watt Seasonic Power supply. Look at my system specs and you will see that. Your system will be fine with the existing power supply.

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After getting laid off I decided that getting my CCENT, CCNA & CCNP would help me in my job search. Problem is, I do not have any hardware to use for this process. I'm thinking of buying a lab kit off eBay or Amazon, would the following be the correct hardware to take me through my CCNP test? I know I could do a virtual lab, but I have been unable to find the IOS images I need.


1x CISCO 2811 Router [256MB Dram/64MB Flash] Latest IOS: 15.1
2x Fast Ethernet Interfaces
2x WIC-1DSU-T1-V2 (2 x T1 Serial Interfaces)

1x CISCO 2811 Router [256MB Dram/64MB Flash] Latest IOS: 15.1
2x Fast Ethernet Interfaces
1x WIC-1DSU-T1-V2 (1 x T1 Serial Interface)

1x CISCO 2811 Router [256MB Dram/64MB Flash]
2x Fast Ethernet Interfaces
1x WIC-1DSU-T1-V2 (1 x T1 Serial Interface)


1x WS-C3550-24-SMI LAYER 3 Switch With latest EMI IOS c3550-ipservicesk9-mz.122-50.SE1.bin
1x WS-C2950-24 Switch LAYER 2 With latest IOS c2950-i6k2l2q4-tar.121-22.EA14.tar
1x WS-C2950-24 Switch LAYER 2 With latest IOS c2950-i6k2l2q4-tar.121-22.EA14.tar

Cables and Other:

2 x T1 Serial Connection Cable
3x Ethernet Cable
2x Crossover Cable
1x Console Cable
6x Power cable
1x Bonus DVD
1x 12U Desktop Rack with Rack mounts for Switches and Routers

eBay link

Answer:Hardware needed for home lab?

I don't know how much, if any, ipv6 is required for a CCNP these days but be aware that the 3550 is beyond ancient and cannot be used with IPv6 in layer 3.

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X-oom Video 2 DVD is today reviewed by a well known (published fortnightly) computer magazine as a means of transfering your VHS tapes to a blank DVD - and there is not a single mention of capture cards or other hardware. On the website for the software click here the only mention of hardware (in system requirements) is "8 MB RAM AGP video card". Am I missing something here or is this absolute nonsense?

Answer:VHS tapes to DVD for £29 - no hardware needed!!!!

to connect your video recorder to computer ;)

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i was just wondering considering it is called Windows 'Server' 2003 if thier is any built in FTP servers er anything in it.. becuase i want to run an ftp server... but im using Serv-U and im having so many problems... people trying to connect keep on gettting timed out.. but yeh ive bin looking all over the place and the closest thing i found on information on win2k3 being able 2 transfer files is.. on this site... it sais under the 'Server Roles' that win2k3 can function as a 'Streaming media server.' but i havent found any documentation on how i would go about doing this... but all i really want to do is just share files with my friends and what not.. through an FTP type environment... any help guyz???

Answer:Win2k3 Server...Running as an ftp server

ohh yeh and im running 'Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition'

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Question: Server Hardware

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

Answer:Server Hardware

click hereclick hereclick here.

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

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

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

Answer:Server, what hardware?

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

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Question: server hardware

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

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Hi AllFirstly I hope I have posted this in the right place, if not please accept my apologies.I am about to embark on the purchase of a new desktop and relevant accessories in order to create a wireless network at home. I?m also changing my ISP (currently AOL).The problem I?ve got isa) My networking knowledge is less than zero and the thought of all this fills me with dread.b) I am now so overwhelmed with technical jargon etc. that I am now extremely confused as to what I actually need to purchase.Basically, I would like to have my new desktop in my office upstairs and this will be connected to a wireless router (somehow?)I would then like to connect my old desktop to this network so that my kids can have a pc to do their school projects with etc. (what kit will help me do this? ? currently this pc does not have any network cards it does have a modem and I have been connecting to the internet using a BT Voyager 100 ADSL router)I then need to connect my laptop from anywhere in the house to this little network when I get home to get my emails etc. (My laptop has wireless capability already and an Ethernet cable port)I also then need to choose the correct kit from the potential ISP so I don?t duplicate things.I don?t know what kit to buy in order to achieve all of this so if someone could help me sort through all this, I would be very grateful.Many thanks Hayden

Answer:Hardware needed for wireless network

"I also then need to choose the correct kit from the potential ISP so I don?t duplicate things"Much better to choose it yourself. I have yet to see an ISP which offers 3Com or Linksys here Take the time to read that.

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Hey TSG,

One of my friends has a custom build desktop that seems to have some sort of hardware failure.

The system will beep like a European police siren for a while (longer than normal beep codes for RAM, etc), as it shuts down.

This started a couple nights ago when he was playing a Facebook game, again yesterday when looking at Google Maps, and today when looking at photos on a website.

It has to be manually turned on, and the beeping will continue until the Windows login screen.

I've checked the harddrive health using HDD Health, and heat/"health" reports were both good.

I'm thinking either a RAM issue or PSU.

Any other ideas?


Also, I don't have access to the machine, the suggestions given here will be communicated over email.

Answer:Solved: Hardware Troubleshoot Help Needed

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I bought a new top of the range PC two years ago and now I would like to upgrade it. The specs are below.

Processor : 2.80 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64 FX-57
Board: ASUSTeK Computer INC. A8N-SLI DELUXE 1.XX
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD ASUS A8N-SLI DELUXE ACPI BIOS Revision 1013 07/26/2005
RAM : 2048 Megabytes Installed Memory
Graphics : NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX x2 in SLI mode
Sound : Creative SB X-Fi
Maxtor 6L300S0 [Hard drive] (300.08 GB)

I use it for games as well making videos.

What would you advise me to do in terms of processor and graphics card assuming I keep the mother board? Do I also need a new motherboard? Is 2GB of ram still OK, what sort of RAM should I buy. Budget is not a big factor. I am not that tech savy and dont really understand the benefits of dual core or DX10 etc.

Many thanks in advance


Answer:Upgrading hardware advice needed

Being you have an FX-57, and that being one really fast processor, your only viable option for an upgrade is the FX-60, its a 2.6Ghz processor that has two cores versus one 2.8Ghz core on the FX-57. And in some cases the FX-60 is slower then the FX-57 due to its slower clock speeds. The 939 socket is no longer being used, it has been replaced by the AM2 and the AM2+ socket which is where all the new processors are being made. This upgrade is hardly worth the cost, there's little to no performance gain in the real world. To get real gains you'd need a new motherboard that supports AM2 or AM2+ processors and go up to the higher clocked dual core X2 5000 and 6000 processors or the quad core Phenom processors. The benefit to multi core processors is that instead of having one core do all the core and switch between task you have 2 or 4 cores available to do the work. The result is that the system is going to run faster and smoother and your taks are going to finish quicker. Many video editing and 3D creation programs benefit greatly from having multiple cores and newer games are also benefiting nicely.

Same goes for the video cards, the 7800 GTX's in SLI are still very fast cards and near the top in performance. Even going to two Geforce 8800 Ultra's in SLI, which are pretty much the best out currently, won't give you enough of a performance boost over the 7800GTX's to make the cost worthwhile. They would give you Directx 10 though, but you need Di... Read more

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I need some informed advice regarding the purchase of a new laptop.
I am a digital art student/recreational digital artist/ semi professional digital artist.
So of course I need performance - I am becoming very annoyed with my old laptop - who admittedly, has served me valiantly even though I have consistently pushed it far beyond its limits.
I need to be able to run programs such as Photoshop, Maya, 3DS max, Soundforge and other industry standard visual and audio editing programs - preferably simultaneously - but definitely effortlessly, and for extended periods of time.
I also need to be able to use a multi-monitor set up, no less than 2 screens but ideally more - and to a crisp high definition standard. Also, hardware such as my graphics tablet, wireless mouse and keyboard should not hinder my performance.
I would also like to know, do the requirements I mentioned before translate into a good gaming system ?
I appreciate any advice and suggestions as to other requirements I may want to consider ( if you are in the same boat as me or are particularly clued up in high end creative needs ).
One last note, I currently study on a digital art scholarship which pays for any hardware I may need - so price is not a particular issue.
Thank you very much.

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Hi there, I have a problem with my nVIDIA Quadro NVS 140m video card. When trying to start a game(FIFA 10 for example) it says: "Requiers hardware graphics acceleration" . The problem appeared after going to Vista from XP. I`m using the latest drivers from lenovo`s site: Installed Drivers    nvd3dum.dll,nvwgf2um.dllDriver Version ThinkPad is R61 8918-DFG and as i said I`m on Windows Vista now. When i was on XP there was no such problem so i asume it`s the driver that is causing me this trouble. Pls let me know if there are any other drivers that i can use on Vista to get my video running or atleast advise me when will they be updated or should i just go back to XP. Thank you in advance... P.S. Pls excuse my poor english.


Go to Solution.

Answer:Hardware Graphics Acceleration needed .

Problem fixed ...There is a new beta driver in who supports lenovo thinkpads. But as i said it`s beta ... Thanks lenovo forums ... for nothing !!!

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I have put together a few items for an Upgrade I am going to do And have checked the compatibility online but I just need some verification.

CPU Upgrade :

Cpu cooler upgrade:

MotherBoard Upgrade:



Ram upgrade:
Existing graphics card:
Amd Radeon R7260(I think)

Power supply:
Model: LT-550AL2NC
Max Power 500W
Peak Power 550W

I just want to know if this is all compatible as I have had problems in the past.

Thank you In advance(Ask if any info is needed)

Answer:Hardware Compatibility Advice Needed

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Hi tech-guys and girls,

Im having some wierd problems with my computers network (lan card) and grapich card.

My lan card has problems with downloads/uploads.
If i download anything over 100 mb, or watching some youtube vids after each other, sharing files between my computers, it suddenly cuts off the internet at says that there is limited or no connection.
The only way to get this to work again it have to shut my network down (network properties), then open it again.
My onboard Radeon X200 Mobile (x200m) on my laptop is also failing. If i watch videos in full screen (videofiles or youtube etc.), play games, edit videos and more, it suddenly crashes and restart the drivers.

It says something like "The display driver stopped responding and has now been restored".

Info about my chipset:
Northbridge ATI RS400/RC400/RC410 rev. 01
Southbridge ATI SB400 rev. 80
Memory Type DDR2
Memory Size 2048 MBytes
Channels Single
Memory Frequency 266.5 MHz ()
CAS# 4.0
RAS# to CAS# 4
RAS# Precharge 4
Cycle Time (tRAS) 12

Before you answer:
- The problem has been there for a while now
- My computer has latest drivers for these two components
- The same happens on xp and vista
- No viruses found (nod32 antivirus-tested)
- The computer it self has been cleaned for dust and other "dirt"
- I've googled it, but nothing found

If any have suggestions of how i can fix these two things, it would be very appreciated

Answer:Driver/hardware problems - Help needed

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All right, let me start of by saying that I'm no expert concerning PC hardware. Sure I can handle Dells, swap out CD-ROM drives, HDs, motherboards without a problem. Thing is I'm definitely a bit out of my league with the high-performance gaming PCs.

I've got a Thermaltake XaserIIISuperTower v1000 series (blue) that recently came into my possession (it's my dad's but he's letting it go). It's not working at the moment, and I'm convinced that either the MB or power supply or both are dead (this thing was on pretty much non-stop for about 6 yrs). Now my boyfriend needs a new PC and I can't let this thing go so I've decided to tackle this project Ambitious aren't I? Anyway, I need some major advice seeing as how it's pretty difficult to find anything online without scouring through hundreds of pages of forums.

This PC has been gutted pretty thoroughly so I need a lot of hardware. Here are my questions:

1) What MB should I get to replace the existing ASUS A8N-VM CSM?
2) What kind of cooling fans should I get to go with the MB? (Room for 2)
3) Sound card isn't necessary b/c I don't have speakers to work with, but what sound card would you recommend?
4) What video/graphics card would be appropriate?
5) What power supply? (this is only if that is a problem, but I doubt it is)
6) Am I missing anything?!

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Answer:Hardware Advice Needed for a Thermaltake

Can you give us a budget to work with?
As for the fans,i i would recommend one out of the Antec Tri-Cool range that fits your case.

Sound card - The new MB will probably have onboard 7.1 surround sound, so unless you are a music fanatic then stick with the onboard for now.

Video card depends on the budget.

Power supply depends on the video card

Am i missing anything?!Click to expand...

Budget again, you could add a new HDD, as a 6 year old well bashed one, is likely to pop its clogs soon.

Hope that helped, but i cant really suggest specific items until i know how much of your cash i can spend!


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I am currently working on setting up SmoothWall Express on an older computer and adding it to my homework. I'll be setting it up in the following manner:

Internet -> Cable Modem -> SmoothWall -> Router -> Clinet PCs

My question is, being that I am setting up a hardware firewall, will I really need to have software firewalls installed on the client PCs?

Thanks for any advice.

Answer:Hardware/Software Firewalls - Both Needed?

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So, I'm working on a system running Windows XP Pro SP3 that's been experiencing random BSOD crashes to the point of not being usable at all. The hardware info:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3GHz
Mobo: MSI MS-7380 P7N SLI
RAM: Kingston KVR800D2N6/1G, 1GB (x2 for a total of 2GB of RAM)

The system had been running fine, with this configuration, for a long time and then it started crashing with the BSOD.

I've scanned the hard drive using another computer and it scanned clean, no malware or viruses were detected. I ran a chkdsk on the drive, which found some file system issues and those were fixed but the BSOD remained.

So, I booted a Linux liveCD I have on the system and ran the Memtest86+ v4.00 memory tester and it found TONS errors with both memory modules installed. So, I removed one of the RAM modules and re-ran the Memtest86 check and errors were detected. Then, I replaced that module with the one I had removed, re-ran the Memtest86 check and errors were detected.

So, I replaced the Kingston PC2-6400 RAM with Patriot PC2-6400 RAM I bought today and when I ran the Memtest86 check, errors were detected.

So, in another machine, I had some PC2-5300 RAM installed and I put that memory into the system I'm working on and ran the Memtest86 check. The test ran to completion, no errors were detected.

Now, when I try to boot the system using the PC2-5300 RAM installed, I'm still getting BSOD crashes with messages like "BAD_POOL_HEADER" or &quo... Read more

Answer:Help needed with strange hardware error

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good evening all,well a month back I got the good news that BT were going to enable our local exchange.. waheyNow the time is coming close for when we will be activated and I am yet to sort out what hardware I should get.I have a growing network at home at the moment and I have been advised that the sensible option would be to get a router.Could some one please check that the bellow router is fine and will do the job on my homenetwork running TCP/IP with a X10 hub. Although it looks like it has a 10/100 switch, if i plugged all the computers into the router its self would they each get X100 (across each port) or would the X100 be shared across each port?click hereApart from the router I presume I will need 2 micro filters, and a standard RJ-45 conector CAT5 cable?Any thing else I need?I hope you guys can help me out, as im a student and cant afford to mess it up :)thanks in advancecheers,Dan

Answer:broadband hardware - a bit of advise needed

Don't know about the bellow router, never heard of them. The filters (2) and the cable should come with the modem and drivers.

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Hey people,

I'm doing a bit of hardware upgrading, and I'm also upgrading my OS from Vista Home Premium to a 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium. I recently went from 2gb of RAM to 4. On to what I need help with.

I'll only be able to acquire one thing at a time, because, heck, I deliver pizza for a living.

I can't decide if I should purchase a new video card (The GTS 250 looks like a good upgrade from my 9600 GT), or if I should go for the 64-bit OS first so that I can utilize the full 4gb of RAM available. Which will give me a greater initial performance boost?

Just to make all the details clear, I just ordered two 2gb sticks of ram (going from 2gb to 4gb total), I'm using a Core 2 Duo E7400 CPU, and I'm using a Geforce 9600 GT with 1Gb memory (Which turns out is just a tweaked older card, go figure) in Windows Vista Home Premium.


Answer:Hardware/OS Upgrade Advice Needed

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I hope to upgrade my network soon to gigabit. I did some research and will be going with the NetGear GS108 The ones created after September 2005 support jumbo frames! People have been reporting to be getting the newer versions through Newegg reviews.

However, any recomendations on PCI gigabit NIC's? One PC will be the fileserver which I do ALOT of data transfers to and from. It's a P3 1GHZ with 768MB RAM. Then the other two machines are 3.2GHZ Athlon XP's.

I don't have too much money since i'm a college student so would want the best bang for the buck. Would I need those crazy $50-60 NIC's from Intel/3Com for the fileserver, since it will be using the network the most? It's on Windows 2003 Server if that helps any.

Answer:Gigabit Hardware Advice Needed

I got 3 Intel PRO1000s from the FS/FT forum for ~$40, one of the best deals ever, and some of the best NICs ever. The two in my ipcop box never, ever choke, and I'm about to put the 3rd in my desktop to replace the onboard Realtek. Pricey, yes, but Intel NICs are truly pwn. Not to mention they run on damn near any OS, and support iirc, >9KB MTU for jumbo frames.

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Hello friends,
My sparable savings now sum up to $80, and it's about time I need an upgrade.
I know this is a really tight budget, but it's the best I could muster up for this seemingly urgent upgrade.

My Current Rig: (Only parts concerning upgrade are mentioned)
1) ASRock N68-S
AM2+/AM3 Socket
DDR2-1066 MHz, 8GB Max (Dual Channel)
Nvidia GeForce 7025 Integrated Graphics, nForce 630a
PCI-e 2.0 x16 Support (Single Slot)
Here's a link for more details:

2)AMD Sempron 140 2.7 GHz (x64)
Single Core, 45nm, Max OC: 3.4 GHz
2x 64KB L1 Cache, 1 MB L2 Cache
Here's a link for more details:

3) Kingmax Semiconductor DDR2-800 MHz 2GB (occupies one slot)

4)Western Digital Caviar Blue 320 GB SATAII

My Usage:
1) Moderate gaming (Counter-Strike: Source, Halo, Fable, Transformers, Mortal Combat V, etc. I'll get Crysis 2 and BF3 soon)
2) Compression, decompression, hash tables, etc.

Immediate Plans:
To install Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit.
I have already prepare all the necessary drivers and programs. I just need to make sure all my games are working perfectly stable and equally fast, if not a bit superior to 32-bit.
I dont't want to end up downloading the 64-bit versions for all if any of the games, and I doubt they will be available anyway.

The Dilemma:
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Answer:Hardware upgrade opinion needed for RAM or GPU

Looking at your current rig, you definitely need the best DX11 video card you can afford to ditch the on-board video. You could probably get by with 4GB of RAM for the 64-bit OS

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My friend lives in a remote rural location that only provides 'dial-up' internet service to his home. He has internet access on his AT&T cell phone which is faster than his home dial-up ISP connection. For increased speed, can he connect his home desktop computer to his cell phone in order to use it as an ISP modem/router/access point? If so what hardware will we need?As always, thanks for any help!Mike

Answer:hardware needed to connect ISP via cell phone?

Hardware and software.Fretting Internet over the AT&T cell system is a bit pricey, but it sure beats dial-up. You can also check c with Verizon.I assume you are in North America.  Other parts of the world have different arrangements. An iPhone from AT&T does it with not extra hardware, but you have no contact them and find d out how w to do it. You have to download an Application for then iPhone.My brother lives in a rural l area and has some hardware from Verizon the connects to his PC. Sorry, I don't know the details.Here is a easy video about the iPhone. (ignore the commercial.) the details. This is only for USAHope this helps.

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i have a lan at home with various devices and its sluggy on hd need help on choosing
the right hardware!

right now running twonky media manager and serviio of 2gb dual core pc hard wired to a dir 825 dlink router ! on the router theres is a external hd my book world bluering edition this hd contains video folders managed by pc with twonky or serviio!

the clients are sony media boxes smp-n100 and sony smp-n200 a led allshare samsung tv also hard wired,xbox 360!

by times movies are sluggy hd movies are worst considering that most of clients are hard wired rj45 why is the video playback poor !

is the pc running 2gb no good enough,is the dlink 825 not a good router for this could the fact that external hd is on the router instead of pc a problem!

if i need a better router please let me know wich one
i was looking at asus with dlna certified firmware ,
i tried qos engine in router but just cant figure out how this works!
anyway i know some of you know what im talking about !

Answer:network video streaming hardware help needed

What is your CPU and your GPU.

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I'll start right on, I bet your'e not fancy to know what I ate to dinner anyways...


I'm going to buy a new computer (or not quite, just almost everything inside it.)

Price bugdet: hmm, I'm not frequently using the dollar...uhm. Somewhere between 625-750$...(or: the current prices on each of the hardware on the list *pointing downwards*)

I've made a list so far:

o Asus P5N-E SLI

o MSI GeForce 8800 GTS 320 MB OC

o Corsair HX520W

o Intel Core 2 Duo E6850

o GeIL DDR2 PC6400 Ultra 2 GB

(So: 1x motherboard, 1x GPU, 1x PSU, 1x CPU and 1x (2) RAM.) The rest of the stuff needed is allready set.)

I was also wondering: Asus P5N-E SLI is a, as you can see, a SLI supporting motherboard. Then my question is: I'm only going to use one graphic card (the one you see on the list). Is this going to operate slower/less effective on this motherboard because it's SLI supporting? Should I find another motherboard who doesn't have SLI?

And as for the graphic card: Any comments? I've read quite a few posts/reviews about it, and the results seems fantastic 8)

The PSU, also read some reviews etc. all is good good. Any comments?

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850: Is this a good CPU? I've also read quite a few reviews on it, all looking good (I'm not even concidering amd, don't know excactly why, always been using Intel and don't feel like switching ether.) Feel free to comment this CPU aswell.

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Answer:Hardware shopping, review/help/comments needed.

What did you have for dinner" Sardines? Just kidding. I'm from California so I had fruits and nuts. On your graphics processor,8800 GTS 320 mb, get the EVGA. Register it after you get online and it will havs a lifetime warranty. The Intel core duo E6850 is going to be popular cpu. 3GIG and 1333FSB. Another way to go is to take advantage of the quad processors being so cheap now. They only have the 1066 FSB and the Q6600 has 2.4Gig. I am going to go that route. I think that there is a lot of future in having a quad processor. Get the fasrest ram that you can afford (that your motherboard supports).Some people believe that EVGA puts out the best motherboards using Nvidia chipsets. I have been researching for a new PC build myself and am going to use the EVGA 680i SLI Ultra. Good Luck.

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I'm looking for a very solid, safe and easy-to-use/understand hardware firewall/router (wired, not wireless) for home usage.

Only two PCs will be connected to it.

Preferably something that doesn't make you pay extra for the "extra features" of "advanced" QoS etc. and I've got to be behind NAT.

I've tried a Neatgear Pro hardware firewall, and I suppose it's doing it's job, but I'm looking for something a little more high-end that I can also get into and see internally what's it's been blocking, doing etc.

Reasonably priced, though.

Any suggestions?

Answer:Hardware Firewall/Router: Suggestions Needed

IPCop on an old pc.

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2 hardware requirements needed to setup a network of 10 pcs excepts the pc and NIC

Answer:2 hardware requirements needed to setup a network of 10 pcs

and one more thing what software is needed to visit a website like: http//

thank you so much

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I am recycling 6 old donated PC's for charitable causes (yeah I know...long arduous task) all is well but I have come across a problem..the spec is AMD-K6 (500) chip, Jetway 542c(s) mobo - on all but one of these PCs (which I have installed both 2k & w98) I cannot get the modems to work. I Spent days installing older donated modems which took forever and didn't work so then purchased (horror of horrors) BRAND NEW MODEMS!! Those that work with older machines..the P&P works - installs the drivers correctly,,COM ports set correctly - Device Manager states all ok but I cannot get the software allowing web access to detect them..even if I try adding them that way!! What on earth am I doing wrong? These old PC's come from an old networked IT taining room so is it possible that the mobo's may have a jumper set which prevents activation of modems?Any help gratefully received as I have to install this little lot on Friday and I can't see my front room floor!!Thanks in desperation!!

Answer:Hardware Guru's - old mobo help needed URGENT!!

ooooh... sticky situation.. would the manual help?

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I need an alternative to the 'safely remove hardware' button in the sytem tray. This is cos I kill my taskbar with a little app in my startup folder resulting in just the start pearl showing but no actual bar, system notifications, etc. A problem has arisen in trying to safely remove a peripheral. With flash drives, SD cards, modems, etc I can still click on My Computer, right-click the device and select 'eject' or 'safely remove'. This doesn't work with my external harddrive though. There is no 'eject' or 'safely remove' option when I right click it.

Does anyone know of an alternative? I've done a fair bit of searching but found nothing yet and Micosoft's help page is no has nothing on the topic

Answer:Safely remove hardware - alternative needed

Hello Bigseb,

You might see if using this Safely Remove Hardware shortcut instead may work for you.

Hope this helps,

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TV streaming is new to me and I'm trying to figure out what I need to use Roku with cable internet service.

I don't understand what hardware is needed, other than the Roku player, which things I'll need to buy and how they all connect.
I can't run a cable from the computer to the TV because it's in a different room. They use separate cable wall connections.

The cable modem for the computer is a Zoom 5341-J DOCSIS 3.0. I've had it for 7 months and I'm happy with it.

According to Roku documentation, the Roku player has to plug into a router.
Supposedly, a wired connection is better than wireless. That's fine with me.

So to use the cable access hookup near the TV, does this mean that I'll need both a modem and a router to connect the Roku player ??

The TV is not a Smart TV but does have (2) HDMI inputs. None of my stuff is wireless.

I figured this is the best place to come. Thanks!

Answer:What Hardware Is Needed For Roku With Cable Internet?


Is your modem near your tv? The roku needs to connect directly to a router and then to your tv. You don't need your computer for the connection at all.

All you do is connect an Ethernet cable from your roku to a router. You'll need an HDMI cable to go from your roku to your tv.

So to answer your question, I believe you do need a router.

That is all assuming no wireless

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

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

Thank you.


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

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

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

Also was thinking of switching the fast ram to the ProLiant server, would this help at all? currently it has ECC Ram, can you mix the too or not?
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hai guys,
i want to know one thing, is there any hardware proxy server available. ie., some thing like display card, ethernet card like that.
iam asking this because, i am using wingate proxy server, there is often problem with it.
so i want to know, whether there is any hardware proxy material so that i can buy it and use it
reply me as early as possible

Answer:hardware proxy server

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

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

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

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

I don't need sound of any kind.

Thanks for your time.

Answer:Need server hardware advice...

Howdy there Logie2...

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

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Hi i want to make a server the min requirements is SQL server Standard or Enterprise

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

CPU 64Bit Proc Intel Xeon 3.4GHz

HDD Internal for the Min of 500GB

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

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

Answer:Hardware installation on a server

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

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

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

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

Appreciate any guidance you can give:

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

Recommendations made to us:

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

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

Answer:Server Hardware Recommendations

What are you looking to do with the server.

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

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

Many thanks,

Answer:Server hardware specifications

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

Computer Bits

PC Mechanic

Practically Networked

World of Windows Networking
hope they offer some advice

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

Answer:Server hardware problem

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

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

Intelligent Disaster Recovery (IDR) Restore | Symantec Connect

Answer:Migrate Server to New Hardware

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

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

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


Answer:Server Hardware Requirements?

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

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For the life of me I can't remember names of programs that would scan my PC and give me details on what it's running, can any of you think of any?


Answer:What hardware is my PC running?

Belarc Advisor

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Almost a week ago I went to use my notebook.  I opened the lid and that is when I noticed the bottom plate seperating from the the rest of the notebook.  I put the lid back down so I could look at it.  That is when I noticed that there was a screw missing near the left hinge.  I thought it would be fine for a few days until I could get somewhere to get a screw.  Then late last night when I went to close the lid when I was done with it I heard something inside break.  Today I went to see what the issue was.  I took out the screws (the ones I had left) and then started to take of the bottom plate.  I didn't have to take much of it off and I found the source of what broke.  The left hinge that is near the screw that went missing BROKE.  Now I need a replacement screw AND the black piece that conects to the left hinge.  Also how do I rethe dust that is near the broken hinge and that bottom plate that you remove to get to the Hard Drive/RAM (the side that faces those things has a thin layer of dust - especially over the ven and speaker areas).  What do I have to do to get this fixed.

HP ENVY 15t-j100 Quad Edition CTO Notebook PC (ENERGY STAR) (Windows 8.1 Professional)/HP ENVY TouchSmart m7-j020dx Notebook PC (ENERGY STAR) (Windows 8.1)

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I'm running on a Win98 compaq laptop and I decided to install my old Veo Capture 1300 1.3 Megapixel camera. It's an old thing, but it still works fine. So, I put the CD in, installed all the software (Camera software, arcsoft suite, netmeeting, spotlife, etc) and plugged the camera into the USB port of the laptop.

Windows brings up the little window that says "windows detects new hardware, now intstalling" or something of the sort, which happens when you plug a usb cord into the computer connected to hardware.

So, I open the Veo 1300 program to aquire the photo's, and it opens fine. So, I click device > veo 1300 capture camera or whatnot, and then "Aquire". The computer makes working noises for a second then comes up with a window claiming the camera can't be detected.

So I go to control panel, then add new hardware. It says it detects an "unknown device" in the USB port, and it asks if thats the hardware I wish to add. I click yes. It says "the device is installed but there is a problem."

So I click next and it says "The device is not enabled." so I un-check the "disable in hardware profile" box and click "enable". So, then I try to aquire the photo's again, and no dice. Back to control panel...

It says the same thing "device installed but there is a problem". So I click next, and it says this exactly: "Device Status: Windows cannot install the USB device. T... Read more

Answer:Computer detects but does not install camera hardware - help needed.

First, right-click My Computer, click Properties - open Device Manager - and get rid of the camera if it's there. Go to the manufacturer's website, download the driver and install it. Then, plug in the camera after you're done installing the driver and restarting the computer.

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Hi guys, I got a problem with my mouse...

About 2 weeks ago, I was working at my computer, and after a while, my mouse was working very slow, not really a problem, so I kept working, but then, my mouse just didn't move, it moves to a place, but it just don't show the mouse is there (the mouse stays always on the same place, and when I move, the pointer don't move, but actually it moves because on a button, or a website, you can see the hover...), the pointer changes from shape, when i get on a textbox and stuff, it just don't move, can anyone help me plz?



Answer:Mouse Problem [Security Help Needed, moved from Hardware]

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Hi, for the past few months now i have been running into a fair few problems with my PC, specifically to do with booting. I have now just resorted to never letting my PC power off because it is too much of a pain to turn back on and I'm worried one day it never will.

Basically, if i ever turn the PC off completely, upon firing it back up it will 100% without fail get stuck on the BIOS splash screen (i think), and the fans begin to run at a really high speed. The only way I can get around this, is to unplug everything from the PC, remove the RAM and CMOS Battery on the mobo, wait 5 or so minutes, plug back in the RAM and CMOS, power cable and HDMI and turn it back on.

Bob's your uncle, the computer now loads into the BIOS - which has been reset for the 874813245'th time - 'load optimized defaults and boot' and ta-daa the computer has now successfully booted up.

On a side not i thought i might mention that it was only the last time I had to turn my PC off - which prompted me to find this site and make a thread about it - that I could have both the power cable and HDMI cord plugged into the PC after resetting the BIOS through the CMOS battery. Previously I couldn't even have the HDMI plugged in when i turned the PC on or i would get stuck on the BIOS splash again and have to repeat the process, however, after the PC had been turned on for about 30 seconds, I could then plug the HDMI in to find it had loaded past the BIOS and right to the user lo... Read more

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Was not sure what category this goes into. Here is my situation/question. I run a small motel and having trouble with Wifi signal reaching the 2nd floor rooms sufficiently. I have heard of the terminology and it's quite daunting... you have wifi booster, access point, range expanders, repeaters, bridges...etc. Do I need one of booster/expanders/repeaters for each floor? The property is a L shape, the router is in the office on the short side. Below is the the orientation of the property which might help. Thanks in advance...

| Office (Router location)
| C
| o
| rner rooms
| (low to no signal)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Answer:Outside Hardware needed to boost Wifi router signal?

Can't give any guarantees, as sometimes you just have to try to see if there are any obstacles (e.g., concrete wall) to proposed solutions.

For the diagram shown the best solution is to add an Access Point (AP) somewhere along the long side and run an ethernet cable from the router to the AP. If running a cable is not an option there are (at least) three alternatives ...

a. Replace the router antenna(s) with a hi-gain antenna if the router has removable antenna(s).

b. Use powerline adapters (example) to add an AP along the long side. These adapters may work great, may not work at all, or may work fine until something else is plugged into the electrical circuit.

c. Put a Range Extender (Repeater) at the corner of the L. Since these rebroadcast the signals the network is necessarily slowed, and they are often difficult to get working, especially if they are a different brand than the router.

Depending on the construction of your walls and ceiling/floors you may need more than one of the above additions.

Note 1: Any wireless router can be configured as an Access Point, and often are less expensive. I can post the procedure if you go that route.

Note 2: If you are looking for a Range Extender (Repeater) also search for Access Point and "Ethernet Convertor" and see if the unit also has the Extender/Repeater function. A few routers also have this feature.

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I have an SL500. Overall I'm very happy with it except that it appears the Expresscard slot is not functioning.  I've bought a firewire expresscard (needed more firewire ports) and it doesn't appear to be detected by Windows or Linux at all.  I've tried the card in another laptop and it was recognized and configured immediately.  I think my expresscard slot is dead  Can anyone tell me what the SL500 express card slot shows up as under the Windows System Device list? Has anyone else had problems with Express Cards in the SL series? Thanks!Message Edited by getresults on 01-19-2009 07:51 PM

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Someone has asserted certain things to me about the BIOS setup on boards with certain hardware connected. Frankly, I have never heard of such as he told me today and of three professional techs I have talked to so far, they haven't either. I am not going to repeat what he told me because don't want a discussion of the nuances of various configurations. I just want to see if I can find anyone else who has this "common knowledge" (as he put it) that supposedly applies to all systems complying to the AT standard.

Experts only, please, need reply.

I have a mouse on com 1. I have com 2 enabled with IRQ 3 for occasional use with a digital camera. The PS2 mouse port is enabled. I also have a PCI modem on com 3, IRQ 11. There are no conflicting IRQs.

Can anyone tell me if there is some significant "common knowledge" that goes "way back" in computer setups that one should know about this setup that might cause the computer to be unusable?

If so, can I find documentation of this anywhere?

Answer:Hardware (Main Board Setup) EXPERT needed

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

Answer:Where can I find some server hardware reviews?

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

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

Answer:Server Hardware Specifications vs Requirements

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

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Hello there folks,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Server/HTPC OS/hardware question

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

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

Here is what i want to do.

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

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

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

Any advice would be greatly appreciated


Answer:home server hardware requirements

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

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

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

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I am looking for a solution where I can plug a USB device into it, configure it with an IP, then install software on a remote system and have the USB device show up as if it was plugged into that PC, then I would install the drivers for the device.

Is there such thing as this? Basically, I want to plug a USB device somewhere on the network, into a VM that is in our ESX environment, without having to physically attach it to one of the hosts then force the VM to not move. I want it to be software based at the VM end, but not require a computer at the device end.

I'm finding lot of stuff on Google, so I'll continue going through, but if anyone has used something like this before, it would be great to hear of it.

Edit: This looks like it may do what I want, but not much details.

Answer:USB over IP hardware server, software client?

The siig one is terrible. I tried it with a client a while back, but had to replace it because it just wasn't reliable. I switched them to a Belkin network usb hub that has been pretty stable. The software isn't great and doesn't run as a service, so I have to leave a console session open to maintain the connection, though.

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Hi all
It's very difficult to get really good advice on this but I'm now trying to build the "Ultimate" HOME server machine.

Note the machine will be essentially used as a HOME (not a commercial / work) server so it doesn't need all the fancy gaming state of the art graphics cards etc.

What it DOES need is enough RAM and horsepower to run 4 Virtual servers, whilst also file and print sharing to a number of "remote" (actually a LAN) workstations.

A "Blade" type server would be OK in a commercial environment but my server needs to be a bit like a conventional workstation.

I need around 16GB RAM (seems hard to get a basic motherboard with enough memory slots these days), and a QUAD CPU. The I/O subsystem nust allow for around 8 drives and two DVD/CD units to be connected and have video output capability to drive 2 monitors (although most of the tine the monitors will probably be disconnected.

I need to have as well at least 2 but preferably 3 Network cards on it.

Most of the stuff I've looked at seems to be more geared to high performance gaming or running NASA's next Mars mission.

A SERVER doesn't need hideously expensive gear - but it does need the capability to have loads of memory and disk drives to be connected to it.

Any IT admins out there who use this type of stuff at work -- recommendations.

The ability to run 4 Virtual servers decently is essential so 16GB of RAM is the minimum -- Ideally I'd like 64GB but that's pro... Read more

Answer:Hardware for a good W7 HOME Server

Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45

The ability to run 4 Virtual servers decently is essential so 16GB of RAM is the minimum -- Ideally I'd like 64GB but that's probably like asking for the moon.

Jeez...I run a handful of ESXi servers at work and I usually put 24GB of RAM in those to run 10-12 concurrent Linux and Windows servers and that usually doesn't max out the RAM. So, I would have to imagine that 16GB of RAM is going to be more than enough for home use and 4 VM's.

Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45

I need around 16GB RAM (seems hard to get a basic motherboard with enough memory slots these days), and a QUAD CPU. The I/O subsystem nust allow for around 8 drives and two DVD/CD units to be connected and have video output capability to drive 2 monitors (although most of the tine the monitors will probably be disconnected.

Quite a number of new mobo's support 16GB of will just have to be a 4 x 4GB setup. Quad core CPU's are a dime a dozen. The I/O subsystem to allow that many drives will likely just involve adding on 1 additional controller card. And just about any modern video card can easily handle dual monitor support.

Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45

I need to have as well at least 2 but preferably 3 Network cards on it.

Quite a number of mobos have 2 NIC's...You will... Read more

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Hi all,

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

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


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

Thanks for any suggestion.

Answer:Hardware recommendation for MS SQL Server 2008 R2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Answer:MS SQL Hardware server setup questions

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

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

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

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

With that Said:

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

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

Recomendations on Projectors?

Answer:Hardware and Software Question - DVD Server


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

tankman1989 said:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Server Hardware for Citrix farm?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Building a 1u server - Hardware advice

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

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

Answer:hardware solution to proxy server

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

Answer:help and advice for server hardware and software

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

? System Manufacturer - Home Built
? Exact model number

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

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

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


Answer:Server 2k3 Hardware & Specs Recommendation

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

What's the budget?

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

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

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