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Forum: Hardware & Devices 06 Jun 2013
Replies: 19
Views: 901
Posted By bobkn
I can't speak to the wisdom of a CPU upgrade, but...

I can't speak to the wisdom of a CPU upgrade, but Asus has a compatibility list for that motherboard:

ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support- CPU Support Crosshair...
Forum: Graphic Cards 01 Jun 2013
Replies: 10
Views: 933
Posted By bobkn
I wasn't able to find any information about the...

I wasn't able to find any information about the power supply in the 1935.

The card probably wants at least a 400W PSU. Do you have one? (There should be a label on your PSU that lists its specs.)
Forum: Hardware & Devices 01 Jun 2013
Replies: 33
Views: 1,516
Posted By bobkn
As long as the PSU is working, it should be more...

As long as the PSU is working, it should be more than enough for that system.

I hope that you meant that you bridged the pins on the front panel header. (That's a legitimate way of checking for a...
Forum: Installation & Setup 27 May 2013
Replies: 11
Views: 1,078
Posted By bobkn
I hope that RAID 5 setup works to your liking. ...

I hope that RAID 5 setup works to your liking.

When I tried an Intel-controller based RAID 10 setup a few years ago, I found that it re-verified the array after every Windows bluescreen. The...
Forum: Hardware & Devices 15 May 2013
Replies: 32
Views: 1,402
Posted By bobkn
The I7 includes "hyperthreading", where the I5...

The I7 includes "hyperthreading", where the I5 does not. The difference can be significant in multithreaded applications.

AnandTech | Bench - CPU...
Forum: Hardware & Devices 14 May 2013
Replies: 14
Views: 796
Posted By bobkn
I think that the X79 is an expensive way to go if...

I think that the X79 is an expensive way to go if you want a quad core CPU (I7-3820). It's not clear how much of an advantage the quad channel memory of the X79 would have, outside of benchmarks. Z77...
Forum: Hardware & Devices 14 May 2013
Replies: 9
Views: 572
Posted By bobkn
Cruel. I wonder what age these "kids" are....

Cruel.

I wonder what age these "kids" are. Sounds like the assembly method was heavy-handed.
Forum: General Discussion 14 May 2013
Replies: 9
Views: 1,431
Posted By bobkn
"Loud noises when it spins"... Is it just...

"Loud noises when it spins"...

Is it just the noise of a fast-spinning CD drive, or is it more?

Can you boot the machine from a bootable CD? (I believe that F12 is the one-time boot order...
Forum: General Discussion 14 May 2013
Replies: 38
Views: 1,741
Posted By bobkn
There's a manual, available for download. ...

There's a manual, available for download.

ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support- Drivers and Download K53E...
Forum: Hardware & Devices 12 May 2013
Replies: 10
Views: 594
Posted By bobkn
LiteOn is widely used. I believe that Sony has...

LiteOn is widely used. I believe that Sony has rebranded some of their drives.

I've had a couple of LiteOns die rather young, though. I've had better luck with Samsung and Asus. I haven't owned...
Forum: Hardware & Devices 11 May 2013
Replies: 9
Views: 801
Posted By bobkn
That's a utility to securely wipe a disk by...

That's a utility to securely wipe a disk by overwriting it.

You don't need to use that. Worse, I'm not sure whether it will help with the MBR/GPT issue at all.

Using "diskpart" is probably...
Forum: Hardware & Devices 11 May 2013
Replies: 9
Views: 801
Posted By bobkn
GUID Partition Table - Wikipedia, the free...

GUID Partition Table - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GUID_Partition_Table)

The short answer is that drives larger than approx. 2TB have to use a GPT. To boot from...
Forum: Software 10 May 2013
Replies: 14
Views: 6,311
Posted By bobkn
Not so. "The GIMP team doesn't...

Not so.


"The GIMP team doesn't officially provide any Windows installers. You can, however, install GIMP easily using the Windows installers by Jernej Simončič...
Forum: Hardware & Devices 09 May 2013
Replies: 5
Views: 1,089
Posted By bobkn
You should have started a new thread rather than...

You should have started a new thread rather than appending to one that's more than a year old.

Yes. Format the USB flash drive as NTFS, and that'll fix the file size limitation. (eFAT might be OK...
Forum: Graphic Cards 09 May 2013
Replies: 10
Views: 828
Posted By bobkn
I don't play Minecraft. The 7750 is a much...

I don't play Minecraft.

The 7750 is a much more powerful GPU than a GT430. Whether the upgrade is worth the cost, I don't know. It's not always cost effective to do incremental upgrades on an old...
Forum: Hardware & Devices 04 May 2013
Replies: 2
Views: 703
Posted By bobkn
Memory Limits for Windows Releases (Windows)...

Memory Limits for Windows Releases (Windows) (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa366778(v=vs.85).aspx)

The maximum amount of RAM supported by any 32 bit version of Win7 is...
Forum: Graphic Cards 03 May 2013
Replies: 9
Views: 1,620
Posted By bobkn
I take it that you're trying to use drivers from...

I take it that you're trying to use drivers from AMD.

It is not unusual for laptop makers to use custom device IDs for their graphics adapters. The generic AMD installer may not recognize one of...
Forum: Hardware & Devices 28 Apr 2013
Replies: 5
Views: 454
Posted By bobkn
Sure. It's common DDR3-1333.

Sure. It's common DDR3-1333.
Forum: Installation & Setup 24 Apr 2013
Replies: 23
Views: 1,239
Posted By bobkn
A word of warning: the Windows 7 System Builder...

A word of warning: the Windows 7 System Builder license is intended for use only on a system for resale. The license agreement does not permit it to be used on a personal system.
...
Forum: General Discussion 24 Apr 2013
Replies: 4
Views: 518
Posted By bobkn
Do you want to sell the old machine with a blank...

Do you want to sell the old machine with a blank hard drive, or with only Windows on it?

If you wish to sell it with Windows, I suppose that the safest way would be to use one of the methods...
Forum: Hardware & Devices 23 Apr 2013
Replies: 9
Views: 627
Posted By bobkn
From the Newegg reviews, looks like the mortality...

From the Newegg reviews, looks like the mortality rate is about the same for all of the desktop drives. I doubt that the price premium for "enterprise" drives would be worth it. Perhaps I've just...
Forum: Hardware & Devices 22 Apr 2013
Replies: 9
Views: 627
Posted By bobkn
A little quick Web search suggests that it came...

A little quick Web search suggests that it came with a 750GB 3Gb (SATA 2) drive.

I'd suggest anything from this list:

Newegg.com - Computer Hardware, Hard Drives, Internal Hard Drives, 1TB,...
Forum: General Discussion 22 Apr 2013
Replies: 17
Views: 1,761
Posted By bobkn
The fastest PATA connection that I recall was...

The fastest PATA connection that I recall was Ultra ATA 133 (133MB/s).

The original SATA was 1.5Gb/s (small b indicates bits, capital B, bytes), or 187.5MB/s.

No factor of 10, but still...
Forum: Installation & Setup 22 Apr 2013
Replies: 12
Views: 6,887
Posted By bobkn
This is often due to bad installation media. (I...

This is often due to bad installation media. (I suppose that a defective DVD drive would do the same.)

What's the source of your Win7 installation disk?
Forum: Graphic Cards 21 Apr 2013
Replies: 20
Views: 3,580
Posted By bobkn
The XPS L502X laptop uses an nVidia Optimus...

The XPS L502X laptop uses an nVidia Optimus setup. I think that may not be controlled through BIOS settings.

See the manual:
...
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