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  1. Can you post a link to your test results? We can see what is running and identify it for our database.
  2. That Toshiba MK2035GSS drive has really low specs (4200RPM!): http://www.toshibastorage.com/main.aspx?Pa...rives/MK2035GSS If you have a flash slot on that notebook, you might try putting a 2GB card in there that Vista can use for swap space. It won't help your pit scores though.
  3. Honestly! A flash ad is not adware. It's an ad. Joe, are you actually saying that we--the folks who run this site--are trying to infect your computer by showing a flash ad? Perhaps you can explain that comment a bit better. Please do block the ads if you want. There's no requirement to view them.
  4. What http address is showing when you get that message?
  5. Most likely there is a bottleneck somewhere between our site and your house that doesn't exist between you and the other bandwidth site. Can you go here and run the test on each server, then report them?http://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest/ Sorry, our forums are kind of broken right now but we're working on a solution that involves unspeakable acts to our current hosting company.
  6. Our results are in bits, and as you can see the upload results are pretty close for both tests. Where is the location of the "speed test" server?
  7. Well, looking at your test results... oh wait, I can't see your test results! Can you post a link? See the link labeled TechExpress on this page for instructions.
  8. You need to sign up on the main site, it's separate from the forums.
  9. Well, you might as well start IE once and fix the tip just to make it go away. That will buy you 10 points. There isn't any way to switch drives, it always uses C for the score.
  10. External drives don't cache writes, which means they perform lower than internal drives. It's possible to turn on the write cache but it's dangerous. There is also one known performance bug related to 1394 on XP, you can get the patch here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/885222 If the device can do USB2 you could switch to it.
  11. Looks like you solved it. What did you do?
  12. Remember though that these tests are only checking 2D graphics, not the 3D graphics. So I wouldn't use them to compare gaming performance.
  13. I hate those guys. Note that they are at the top of our Top25 list. Looks like they are being served out by TribalFusion, I have blocked askjeeves.com and that should prevent them from showing. BTW, is anyone else seeing the top ad showing up too far down the page? I am still running IE7 beta 1 on this system so maybe it's just that.
  14. Congrats to Temerc and all the MVPs! I give you all the Paula Abdul clapping icon of glee!
  15. Last month we updated the tests, and it caused some systems to go up and others to go down. The comparison database should be updating tonight and maybe we'll have some good numbers to compare at that point. There is one remaining issue with Hyperthreaded Intel systems that causes them to show low performance. Haven't figured that one out yet but we'll be tackling it in a new beta eventually. Keep an eye on the beta section if you're interested.
  16. As I understood it, this only affects ActiveX controls that display a user interface. It will affect our Deep Spyware Scan but it shouldn't affect most of the other features of the site.
  17. Those results are probably normal. FAT32 is faster than NTFS, so that explains the one partition. For the others, they get progressively slower as you "go up" in sector number. Sectors are numbered starting with the outer tracks, which are the biggest and therefore get the highest transfer rates without any head motion. That's where your C partition rests. Lots of good detail here: http://www.storagereview.com/guide2000/ref...transMedia.html I don't have the specs on your particular drive, here is the spec sheet but the details we need are missing: http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=66 The Deskstar example they give at Storage Review shows a spread from 171MB/sec to 284MB/sec. (Remember those are instantaneous speeds off the drive and not fed to the OS so they are going to be high compared to our test.) That's a factor of 0.6 slower from outer to inner track, and roughly what you are seeing. When it comes to disks, head motion is bad. I do not recommend a lot of partitions on a drive, you are wasting a lot of the fastest areas of the drive on free space for the C and D partitions. Also, any access to the later partitions requires a lot of head motion. You're better off with larger partitions and defragging regularly. Hope that helps!
  18. Real-time virus protection always takes a performance penalty. You might want to check in the viruses and spyware forum to see if anyone can recommend a better one. It doesn't look like you're paying a performance penalty with unmatched memory, but I wonder if maybe performance will be uneven at various memory ranges. I always buy matched pairs of memory for dual-channel setups. Maybe you can find a 1GB DDR stick to match what you already have. If not, try to get one with the same timing at least. It looks like there are a few things you could kill in running programs, such as the Dell support stuff.
  19. Real-time virus protection always takes a performance penalty. You might want to check in the viruses and spyware forum to see if anyone can recommend a better one. It doesn't look like you're paying a performance penalty with unmatched memory, but I wonder if maybe performance will be uneven at various memory ranges. I always buy matched pairs of memory for dual-channel setups. Maybe you can find a 1GB DDR stick to match what you already have. If not, try to get one with the same timing at least. It looks like there are a few things you could kill in running programs, such as the Dell support stuff.
  20. http://cartoonbox.slate.com/tedrall/2006/02/27/ So true.
  21. The President has said that the "War on Terror" will continue into the foreseeable future, perhaps for a generation or more. So does that mean his self-proclaimed wartime powers will continue as well? "I don't think you got nothing to worry about...unless you got something to hide.. " You mean like a moonshine still out back in the woods? Seriously, though, the president can make the case that all kinds of actions are related to fighting terrorists. Especially if he just does them and doesn't tell the courts or Congress.
  22. I watch it, but isn't it a bit early to start a thread?
  23. It will no doubt be full of Digital Rights Management (DRM). That may prevent you, for example, from buying a track and playing it on both your PC and your iPod. Well, for sure it will prevent your iPod because WMP only works with PlaysForSure devices and iPod isn't one of them. The DRM battle is preventing these guys from being interoperable because they want to lock you in.
  24. Your post was empty as far as I can tell. If you use the 32-bit version of IE you should be able to install the ActiveX control on XP64.
  25. Okay, for the memory issue try setting the Power Scheme to "Always On" or "Home/Office Desktop" and do a test, then set it back. On the drive, you will find that all external drives are a lot slower than internal ones. Best to live with it, they are playing it safe with the drive to avoid damage if you yank the cord.
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