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  1. But after those 4 months are up, what is going to be used for internet connection? Would you be going back to dsl or keep the cable internet? If you're just going to be at the apartment for 4 months, renting is okay. In that time, you'll get a feel for the cable internet speeds. Don't get me wrong, dsl is decent for the typical "every day usage". If you do more than that (like online gaming such as Aion, World of Warcraft, Call of Duty), then the better choice is cable. Routers are reasonably easy enough to set up. Just make sure that you pay attention to where you plug in the ethernet cable, since the entry level wireless routers have 5 plugs in the back. Think there may be 1 or 2 that might have just the 1, but not many people would recommend those.
  2. There's also Evony (www.evony.com) which is free to play. It's similar to SimCity, but medieval time based.
  3. I'm sure it'll work with a lot of first person games, but would be interesting to find out how well it does with some of the MMO games that are out there, like with World of Warcraft (which I do play)
  4. The patches can be a pain when downloading, especially that of the 159MB initial one, as of late. When I installed this past Sunday (4/22), I just let it download and left for a couple hours. Just glad I'm back on since I did the trial way back in November.
  5. found this write up Looks like someone else has had hard drive problems with this particular Dell. So you're not alone with this problem. The only thing I can think on your test, as far as your hard drive giving you low performance, is that its rotational speed is set at 5400rpms. Most hard drives that are out now for desktops are rated at 7200 or higher. I'd also bring your IE max cache down to 50-80MB.
  6. It sounds like a setting was changed on the Dell. You may have to go through the file & printer sharing set-up again to get it going again, so that it gets back to the way you had it set up before.
  7. Sheer fun of mischief is a good way to put it. Also the intent may to make you think you're in the Twilight Zone.
  8. I've noticed that quite a few people use Linksys here. I use Belkin. There's also D-Link. The best way to get what you want is to actually compare before you buy. There isn't really a difference internally between one router and another. The difference is typically how they look. It's fairly easy to set up. All the pieces should come with instructions and an installation CD.
  9. I don't think there's much of a difference in speed between the PCI and USB. It's just they connect differently.
  10. wdeydwondrer, the reason I brought up the rental fee is that not every cable company that provides internet access includes the fee in its monthly rate. If they do, it may not be available in every market. Agreed that the router will recognize every computer that accesses the router. I was just stating what I did in the event there is a problem. I was also thinking security and the potential of a neighbor accessing a connection, or if Tripper lives near a public place (mall, restaurant, etc) the chance of strangers accessing what he's paying for and possibly 'hacking' his computers. The highest distance a router can put out a signal is 1300 feet (last I knew). With a router that has a range booster, I'm guessing that the range can get up to 1800-2000 feet. In most residential areas, a person would be able to access the internet from their backyard, garage, etc. This would include neighbors if a person lives in a densely populated area. With the PCI card, agreed its not that difficult to change out, but a USB attached antenna is a whole lot easier. I've had my Motorola Surfboard modem for about 8 years, and I'm sure that the cable company I deal with has upgraded their DOCSIS. I've had no problems with compatibility. I would understand if the cable company installed fiber optic lines to include the lines going to the house. Tripper, looks like you picked some good equipment.
  11. One thing to think about with going wireless, is that eventually you'll be getting a new computer. With using a PCI card for wireless connection, you'll have to open the old computer, remove the card, and put it in the new one (if you do get rid of current computer). Some will suggest getting a USB antenna for a wireless connection (which is real easy and cheaper to install). As far as the router itself, it's usually connected constantly to one computer. With the construction you're going to be having done, you may want to select a place in the house where the computer & desk won't get in the way. If you're renting the cable modem, it would be cheaper (in the long run) to purchase a cable modem that also doubles as a router (Motorola Surfboard has one, last I knew). The only reason I suggest the Motorola modem is that you can retrieve specs via its internal web page ( typically). I have a Belkin router, and have had no problems with security and restricting usage. The biggest problem with the restricting usage is that if a new computer comes into the house, and you set a password to access the router, the person that knows the password needs to know the MAC address of the new computer in order for the new computer to access the internet.
  12. One thing that comes to mind is that Verizon is doing upgrades in your general area. This can affect connection speeds. I know that having mega-multiple users of Verizon online at the same time can slow speeds down. With the upgrades, it can take a few days to a few weeks to do all the upgrades. Typically, the 'smartest' time to do upgrades is at night, usually from 8pm to 6am. This is usually when people use their connections the least. Most companies aren't required to notify their customers when they do night upgrades. But it would be a good idea to call and ask to see if they are doing upgrades in your area. If enough people call in, they may start later if they are doing upgrades. As far as the multiple users, there's not much you can do. When I notice a slow down in internet connection, I tend to restart the router and modem. This usually works. Course I also keep up with defragging, getting rid of old cookies, etc to keep the internet connection up.
  13. Some routers are tempermental when it comes to being hooked up. If she hooked up the computer to the router while both were shut off, this could be the reason why the computer isn't recognizing the router. When you do go over, just unhook the router, then follow the installation disk directions. This should fix the problem. (Probably don't have to power down/up the router, but this may help too)
  14. First thing I'd do is bring your IE cache down to 50MB. This will reduce any extra stuff stored on your computer. Then defrag your C drive. This may help performance some. When you changed the decimal, did you reboot like the test suggested?? Course if it keeps changing back, this may be due to not having your IE porxy settings set to "No Proxy"
  15. Didn't think XP Home was an "upgrade" from XP Media Edition. Would've figured that they were just different versions of the same OS. My thinking would be that Sony prepped that particular line of laptops for XP Media Center. That could be the reason you're having the problems you listed. XP Home may not be recognizing the full configuration of your laptop, where XP Media was.
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