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by hnzw_rui
Mon Mar 17, 2008 1:44 pm
Forum: Cases, Power Supplies, and Cooling
Topic: UPS + surge
Replies: 5
Views: 2075

UPS + surge

Looking for a decent home UPS under $100 for two computers (one for each). eXtreme PSU Calc recommended I get a 550VA one. I was planning to go with APC, but surge protection is less than 400 Joules. Is it a good idea to connect the UPS to a separate surge protector (at least 1800J, iirc) instead of...
by hnzw_rui
Sun Mar 16, 2008 11:11 pm
Forum: General Computer Forum
Topic: Basic info about twin tuner HDTV capture cards
Replies: 9
Views: 2570

Re: Basic info about twin tuner HDTV capture cards

Bundle what? The splitter? I seriously doubt it. They're relatively cheap, though. If you've got a good enough signal, then even the $1 splitters from your local Walmart might work. If not, then get something better. My signal's already bad so if I get another ATSC tuner, it's gonna get its own ante...
by hnzw_rui
Sun Mar 16, 2008 2:03 pm
Forum: General Computer Forum
Topic: Basic info about twin tuner HDTV capture cards
Replies: 9
Views: 2570

Re: Basic info about twin tuner HDTV capture cards

I stand corrected. Just read on another site that you can divide the signal coming from an antenna using an RF splitter like you would for cable. Same as with cable, signal deteriorates with every split. Guess I never really thought of it as an option since all our TVs had their own antenna prior to...
by hnzw_rui
Sun Mar 16, 2008 1:46 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Dual boot Dell??
Replies: 5
Views: 2206

Re: Dual boot Dell??

I'm curious as to what issues she is having. Her connecting to others or them to her. I have been running vista in a mixed network for a while, but I have a sever that is a buffer between the two. I can vouch that it works fine in workgroup setups. Got a single Vista Home Premium laptop inside a wo...
by hnzw_rui
Sun Mar 16, 2008 12:59 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Dual boot Dell??
Replies: 5
Views: 2206

Re: Dual boot Dell??

Aside from drivers, couldn't think of any. Had problems getting dual-booting via USB HDD to work with my old Dell Inspiron laptop so my suggestion is to just partition the internal HDD. Hmm, recommended order of installation is XP then Vista. Not sure if there's a reason for it (maybe the bootloader...
by hnzw_rui
Sun Mar 16, 2008 12:37 pm
Forum: General Computer Forum
Topic: switching to GigE
Replies: 7
Views: 2133

Re: switching to GigE

Sorry for not getting back sooner, I've being busy the past week. Unless you plan on using 4+ ports with a lot of traffic (ie. more than 4 users) with large file transfers, that HP switch will do very well. You're better off paying the extra ~$10 for a good switch that will last forever. Cheap swit...
by hnzw_rui
Sat Mar 15, 2008 7:10 pm
Forum: General Software Programs
Topic: new HD x264 video encoding benchmark
Replies: 9
Views: 3082

Re: new HD x264 video encoding benchmark

Interesting... so if the dll resides in the same dir as the batch file, how can one specify that location in the avs without knowing the abs path to the dll? Since I have no way of knowing what drive letter and directory the user will unrar the benchmark into, it makes that tough. If you look at my...
by hnzw_rui
Sat Mar 15, 2008 2:35 pm
Forum: General Software Programs
Topic: new HD x264 video encoding benchmark
Replies: 9
Views: 3082

Re: new HD x264 video encoding benchmark

You don't need that line if the DGDecode.dll is located inside the Avisynth plugins folder (which is what you're trying to avoid here to lessen the steps the user would need to do). If you put it elsewhere, then Avisynth would have no idea where to find the function unless you use LoadPlugin.
by hnzw_rui
Sat Mar 15, 2008 12:39 pm
Forum: General Software Programs
Topic: new HD x264 video encoding benchmark
Replies: 9
Views: 3082

Re: new HD x264 video encoding benchmark

Corrections on the Avisynth script: LoadPlugin("DGDecode.dll") DGDecode_mpeg2source("test-720p.d2v") loop(2) Too lazy to go back to stock but here are OC'ed settings. Maybe I'll do a stock benchmark before I swap it out for a Q6600. Pentium DC E2160 @ 2.40 Gigabyte P35-DS3R 9x266, 2,394 MHz 2x2GB 5-...
by hnzw_rui
Fri Mar 14, 2008 12:14 am
Forum: AMD Motherboard Forum
Topic: Asus VS Gigabyte
Replies: 8
Views: 5683

Re: Asus VS Gigabyte

Post a budget and people might be able to better answer your question.

Skulltrail's King of the Hill at the moment but that doesn't really mean that Intel's the best choice for mobo...
by hnzw_rui
Thu Mar 13, 2008 11:27 pm
Forum: AMD Motherboard Forum
Topic: Question on ASUS Motherboard..
Replies: 6
Views: 2795

Re: Question on ASUS Motherboard..

Actually, x86 is an instruction set architecture. Basically you have x86-16, x86-32 and x86-64! There's both a 32 bit and 64 bit version of Vista, it's written somewhere. Also, all current Intel and AMD processors support 64 bit. Yeah, but for practical purposes/label references, x86 = 32 bit, howe...
by hnzw_rui
Thu Mar 13, 2008 8:28 pm
Forum: AMD Motherboard Forum
Topic: Asus VS Gigabyte
Replies: 8
Views: 5683

Re: Asus VS Gigabyte

Uh, they're both pretty good brands. Currently favor Gigabyte as Asus tends to be a bit pricey for my wallet. Are you eyeing any particular motherboard models, by any chance?
by hnzw_rui
Thu Mar 13, 2008 10:38 am
Forum: General Computer Forum
Topic: switching to GigE
Replies: 7
Views: 2133

Re: switching to GigE

If all your computers on the network are decently spec'ed then you don't need a $30 network card. I bought a 5 port D-Link switch and have it going from my HTPC to my main rig and it runs fine on $5 network cards. Yeah, that's the thing. The PCs it will be installed on are: Pentium III 733 MHz w/51...
by hnzw_rui
Wed Mar 12, 2008 10:35 pm
Forum: General Computer Forum
Topic: switching to GigE
Replies: 7
Views: 2133

Re: switching to GigE

Define a lot of traffic... Like all 8 ports used at the same time? Not really expecting that... Set-up would be DSL modem >> 802.11G router >> HP ProCurve switch >> 5 PCs & HD Homerun For the most part, it'll be driving internet traffic, small file transfers, some video streaming from file server to...
by hnzw_rui
Wed Mar 12, 2008 3:47 pm
Forum: General Computer Forum
Topic: switching to GigE
Replies: 7
Views: 2133

switching to GigE

As the topic says, I'm switching to a gigabit network. Looking at the following for the upgrade. HP ProCurve 1400-8G Intel Gigabit NIC - PCI Intel Gigabit NIC - PCI-Express Getting either PCI or PCI-e adapters, whichever slot's empty on the respective PCs. I've seen inexpensive 8-port GigE switches,...
by hnzw_rui
Wed Mar 12, 2008 11:00 am
Forum: General Computer Forum
Topic: Performance
Replies: 9
Views: 1577

Re: Performance

Don't defrag yet. If I were you, I'd backup all important files if you haven't done so already and then do some hard drive health checks. If you have an extra hard drive in the PC, move page file to that hard drive instead of the one where Windows is installed. I have a P4 Williamette (1.80? forgot ...
by hnzw_rui
Tue Mar 11, 2008 8:50 pm
Forum: AMD Motherboard Forum
Topic: Question on ASUS Motherboard..
Replies: 6
Views: 2795

Re: Question on ASUS Motherboard..

x86 means it's 32-bit.
by hnzw_rui
Tue Mar 11, 2008 8:49 pm
Forum: OFF Topic (ie: nothing about computers)
Topic: Who Needs the IT Guy Any More?
Replies: 19
Views: 2368

Re: Who Needs the IT Guy Any More?

I'm the IT person at home and thankfully, I haven't had any problems aside from hardware failure. My immediate family's well trained not to download/install anything (including Automatic Updates) without my knowledge/permission. I was pissed off one time when a cousin borrowed my laptop and installe...
by hnzw_rui
Tue Mar 11, 2008 1:58 pm
Forum: Legit Reviews Review Forum
Topic: AMD 780G Chipset - Gigabyte MA78GM-S2H Motherboard
Replies: 29
Views: 9381

Re: AMD 780G Chipset - Gigabyte MA78GM-S2H Motherboard

I'm curious why you chose the amd 64 x2 instead of the quad core. I assume it's because you wanted to show what sort of thing you could build for cheap. I am curious how/if there is a difference with a phenom quad in it when running the various tests with teh rest of the hardware the same. Especial...
by hnzw_rui
Mon Mar 10, 2008 10:40 am
Forum: General Computer Forum
Topic: AMD -> Intel conversion
Replies: 5
Views: 1764

Re: AMD -> Intel conversion

I think the rule for newer procs is 100% X2 = 80~85% Core 2. No idea about older. Core 2's are twice as fast clock for clock compared to latest P4s, iirc, so maybe derive the relative performance from that? really tough to break it down like that as amd/intel do better on certain benchmarks and poor...