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  1. Do you get any error "beeps" when you power on the system? Try to reset the CMOS (remove the battery for some minutes). Remove the side panel of your case and when you power on the system again, check if all is working: fans, HDD, possible led on your mobo. If your gfx pulls power from the PSU, try to use another connector from the PSU and while you're at it, double check the gfx is still firmly seated. Although monitor or gfx seem most obvious reason for failure, it could be the mobo or psu as well.
  2. I've had several headsets. Last year I switched to Sennheiser headphones and a Logitech USB mic. For testing, I've moved the mic around 180 degrees from left of my keyboard, behind it and to the right and never had any problems that my buddies could not hear me. Combined with the lightweight headphones, I find this the best option.
  3. That's something to do with your network, cables or router. Google brought this one up that you can study and try out: http://www.cybertechhelp.com/forums/printthread.php?t=72520
  4. I looked in event viewer but can't seem to find any infomation I am looking for. What am I looking for? Some checkpoints/things to do: Have you disabled the integrated graphics in your BIOS Checked if the fan of the graphics card is clean The heatsink of the graphics card may need fresh thermal paste Heat in general: you can remove the side of the case to see if that has an effect. Wombat50's mentioning the PSU can be valid too.
  5. There's apparently a lot of conflicts with Nvidia and Creative where the one accuses the other. Here's a 3 pages link that touches drivers, pci latency and capacitors on the soundcards as possible reasons. One reader solved his problem by moving the soundcard to another pci slot. http://www.nforcershq.com/forum/creative-l...es-vt69870.html Although the link starts with a Vista / X-Fi setup, the problem has occured with other cards and XP too. XP re-activate: this can happen when you renew hardware. I've never heard this happen due to software. Not until I read your post, that is
  6. There's another way to reset your password. This works in XP and XP SP1. I've not tried it with XP SP2. It requires your XP CD and key: Run a "Repair" During the installation, the "Installing Devices" toolbar at the left side of your screen will show at some stage. When this bar shows up, hold the "Shift" key and press F10. In the command prompt you type: NUSRMGR.CPL and press Enter. You have now access to the user accounts and can change or remove passwords. Once done, let XP finish the repair process, do not exit.
  7. Don't think Omega still supports /updates Nvidia? Both Nvidia and ATI forced him to stop develop his Omega version of the drivers but ATI later on reconsidered and gave him permission again. Omega's control panel loads much faster than ATI's which is a definite plus and of course as you mention, they are tweaked optimally for gaming. One thing I miss is activation of Crossfire.
  8. http://www.ryanvm.net/msfn/updatepack.html leaving only the most recent updates to be downloaded.
  9. Since he goes for ATI, he should look at Crossfire support rather than SLI. I don't know if that MSI board supports Crossfire as I think only the Intel 975 chipsets do, like Asus' boards.
  10. Anandtech is not happy with the overclocking abilities of the MSI board unless that new BIOS is out and working. whole article: http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=2914 and on the last page you can see the recommendations. Totally different and unfortunately only one version on the market (Asus was said to bring one since last November but I haven't seen it yet) but a good oveclocker board: http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=2891 RAM: best to check the mobo producer's site. Usually they mention recommended RAM.
  11. "Papst" fans. Pricy but good: http://www.endpcnoise.com/cgi-bin/e/std/sku=00025
  12. "Integrated gpu". Have you checked in BIOS if maximum RAM is allocated to the graphics? Otherwise pm me a mail address - I got a 32 or 64MB graphics card (AGP) that you can have. Edit: another thought: rightclick desktop, click properties, settings, advanced, monitor. Check the box: "Hide settings this monitor cannot display" Then choose the highest refreshrate. Refreshrate max 60Hz set by XP: I don't remember if any of the Service Packs resolved this problem but there is a small util "Multires" that you can install and choose the settings from. http://www.entechtaiwan.com/util/multires.shtm
  13. Yes they are. Lots of benchmarks around. There's a new, cheaper, version around the corner, set for release next week: the 4300. Anandtech has info about it: http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=2903 and so has xbitlabs: http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/displ...2duo-e4300.html
  14. If that BFG is a good psu, it looks like a good choice for the rig. I don't know that psu (performance and noise). This SeaSonic - with 700W - has sufficient power for a high-end rig. Cheaper too. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16817151031
  15. There are several high quality power supplies around. Antec, Enermax, SeaSonic to mention a few. He shouldn’t compromise on this and also make sure that the psu is compatible with the power requirements for the graphics cards (power input and cabling) CPU, graphics, RAM and motherboard is much a question of personal taste including the urge to overclock. For gaming, RAM is an ever increasing demand. If I were to build a gaming rig my priority would be: 1) Good PSU 2) Not less than 2GB, preferably 3GB of quality RAM 3) Mobo, cpu, graphics: what was top-end or slightly below top-end, in the first half of last year. That hardware is fully integrated, tested, updated. I would not consider DX10 or Windows Vista until end of 2007/early 2008. It's all too new, too little choice and as far as Vista is concerned - once it's released - much to "unpatched" for certain.
  16. Nice one, ZJJ. Full tower is the way to go. Any hints what's gonna be inside?
  17. Jan 21 is the last day for the first of total 3 missions. http://kortlink.dk/specialdetachment/3gss There's a larger break between missions 2 and 3.
  18. "GetDataBack" http://www.runtime.org/ no freeware and time consuming but efficient from own experience.
  19. theinq has this link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16819103526 If this is correct, it sounds like a cheap upgrade for Socket 939 mobos. In Denmark this cpu costs today about USD 1,065...............
  20. Times goes fast ;-) You may have done the upgrade in the meantime, if not, the mobo that was mentioned earlier in this link, has now seen the daylight. I read somewhere that Asus should bring one already before the end of November but that has apparently been dumped. DFI ain't a bad partner though. Details: http://kortlink.dk/com/3er7 It will be interesting to see the benchmarks of this one.
  21. Yeah PC will boot allright and function. As to his network connection and sound still working: it depends if these drivers were installed separately (third party drivers). Are there any yellow warning icons in his Device Manager?
  22. Not knowing what motherboard your friend has, can it be he also removed Nvidia chipset drivers?
  23. A fabulous 45WPM with errors in 9 words only. I'd say there's marginal space for imporvement here . correction: ...improvement....
  24. Oops, my bad. Sorry. I'm not familiar with the 7950 GX2 cards but remember having read something about "enabling/disabling" SLI in the driver set-up? I'll try to find the link about that and see if it can shed some light. The game should run like a charm with your rig so it must be a small thing that gives this big problem. Edit: In reply to your post in another thread: I run the game on a dual core Opteron processor and I'm sure many others around here play the game on dual core cpus as well. I think it's a driver issue and you may wanna run ccleaner from www.ccleaner.com (freeware) to make sure any leftovers are removed from the registry. And Driver cleanerPro http://www.drivercleaner.net/ before that.
  25. I’m an ATI/AMD user; have been will be. Good products, good driver support. This said, you can not look at this company in the same way as you did a year ago, when they were two independent companies. Reorganization and a new order of priority. It all takes time. I like their ideas/plans in regard to graphics and physics but again: the RD600 chipset was tested several months ago. It’s the one with 3 gfx slots but in the meantime, Nvidia has brought their counterpart, the 680 chipset to the market already. The RD600 was said to be the best partner for the Intel Conroe dual core but then AMD took over ATI and the availability/support for motherboards with the RD600 chipset will be limited. Sapphire for one, will not bring such a board to the market. DFI may do so next month. ATI’s DX10 gfx based on the R600 chip will certainly be a fast one – it has to be as they cannot market a card in 2007 that’s equal to or slower than the Nvidia 8800 that’s already here. But it will also be expensive and the Nvidia 8800 will have dropped further in price. Some people even start mentioning that graphic cards get at a price level where it’s cheaper to buy a PS3. So maybe that’s why AMD moves focus to integrated gpu/cpu as that’s their shortest distance to money today. We will see further development in graphics and chipsets but I don’t see any real breakthrough from AMD in the high-end PC market as long as they don’t have a cpu that gives the Intel Conroe dual core a run for its money. Nvidia shares doubled during the past year. Neither AMD nor ATI managed to do that. You can have a preference but cannot disregard facts and I’m just not so optimistic about the AMD/ATI developments for the coming year. Fortunately I got time to wait
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