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  1. Newer computers tend to get the updates sooner that older ones. Newer I mean ones that have CPUs that were released this year. That includes Intel Kaby Lake and AMD Ryzen. I have an eight month old desktop and a five year old laptop. The desktop has Windows 10 v.1703 (OS Build 15063.674) The laptop has Windows 10 v. 1607 (OS Build 14393.1770) Windows 10 Fall Creators Update was released on October 17th. I expect my desktop to get this update in the next few weeks. 1607: Anniversary Update (released August 2, 2016; support until March 2018) 1703: Creators Update (released April 5, 2017; support until September 2018) 1709: Fall Creators Update (released October 17, 2017; support until March 2019) You can get the updates even faster by joining the Windows Insider Program. The only downside is you might see some updates that are not as well tested and might contain bugs.
  2. I may have the same 2TB external drive. I have a Seagate Expansion Desktop model STBV2000100 Black. I also get errors when I try to use the Windows 7 Backup program. The error message was: ----------------------------------- The Backup failed. One of the backup files could not be created. (0x8078002A) The request could not be performed because of an I/O error. (0x8007045D) ----------------------------------- I started using Macrium Reflect Free a couple days ago. It backed up my partitions OK to the external drive. BTW, the drive I have seems to work OK but for some reason it always fails Seagate Seatools diagnostics. Seagate is clueless about the problem even though I was not the only one to complain about this.
  3. No I am talking about apps. Microsoft requires that Windows 8 metro apps be obtained from their Windows Store. That is the same thing that Apple does. I am aware of how Linux does things on PCs. I do not currently use Linux but I ran it for 10 years. I started with Slackware and ended with Fedora.
  4. It may be true that Linux and similar systems may dominate but these are closed systems aren't they? I know that Apple and Microsoft with Windows 8 are closed in that you can only get apps through their online stores. Is it true you can only get Android apps through either Google Play or the Amazon Appstore. Linux in the past took pride in that it and application development was independent of corporate forces. Linux on mobile devices goes somewhat against that policy. Developers although seemingly independent have to abide by the rules set forth by the likes of Apple, Microsoft and Google. If they do not follow the rules they are not allowed to play in these markets. The upside I hear from Apple is that they can certify that the apps at their store will work with all their iOS versions. That can't be said for software for Microsoft Windows or even Linux on a PC. I can see the so called masses OK with that. For some of use that know what was like before we may miss the days when software was freely developed and distributed by anyone.
  5. You won't be able to buy a computer with Windows 7 preinstalled after October 31, 2014. Microsoft says OEMs can't ship Windows 7 PCs beyond 31 October http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2329563/microsoft-says-oems-cant-ship-windows-7-pcs-beyond-31-october
  6. Some people thought that Microsoft was going to add a Start button with Windows 8.1. They never promised that. Right now you have to go back to the Desktop for some Windows configurations. In the future Microsoft plans to eliminate that and do all configurations from the Metro screen. They probably plan to totally eliminate the Desktop eventually. BTW, I like the Classic Start button also. I wouldn't put up with Windows 8 otherwise.
  7. I tried to install GTA IV on my computer with an Athlon XP 2800+ w/Geforce FX5900. It installed OK but crashed when I tried to run it. I use the "Can You Run it?" web site. It can test your computer to see if it meets the requirements for the game selected. You can also just list the requirements. Can You Run it?http://www.systemrequirementslab.com/cyri I have listed the system requirements for GTA IV from the "Can You Run it?" web site, GTA IV System RequirementsMinimum:CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8GHz, AMD Athlon X2 64 2.4GHzCPU Speed: 1.8 GHzRAM: 1 GB for Windows XP / 1.5 GB for Windows Vista)OS: Windows Vista - Service Pack 1 / XP - Service Pack 3 / Windows 7Video Card: 256MB NVIDIA 7900+ / 256MB ATI X1900+Sound Card: YesFree Disk Space: 16 GBRecommended:CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4GHz, AMD Phenom X3 2.1GHzCPU Speed: 2.4 GHzRAM: 2 GB (Windows XP) 2.5 GB (Windows Vista)OS: Windows Vista - Service Pack 1 / XP - Service Pack 3 / Windows 7Video Card: 512MB NVIDIA 8600+ / 512MB ATI 3870+Sound Card: YesFree Disk Space: 18 GB
  8. There was nothing to prevent power supplies made after 2004 from still having -5 volts. It was just not required any more. You will have to check the power supply tester documentation to see how it handles the case where -5 volts is missing. If the tester was made before 2004 it may assume that a supply is bad if -5 volts is missing. If the tester was made after 2004 then it should be able to handle it. If you are curious you can always use a multimeter to check each power supply to verify if -5 volts is present or not. It is possible that there is somebody out there that still needs -5 volts for compatibility reasons. Of course that is only speculation.
  9. -5 Volts is on pin 18 of the 20-pin ATX connector and pin 20 of 24-pin ATX connector. It was used in support of the long obsolete ISA add-in cards. In 2004 it was removed from the ATX12V power supply specification but the diagrams at the time continued to show it on pin 20. For a time some power supplies still had it on pin 20 even though it was not required. The latest ATX12V power supply specification shows a NC on pin 20.
  10. Five years ago I did consider cards like the Galaxy 7300GT & Galaxy 7600GS to replace my PNY FX5900. I changed my mind because: 1) These cards would barely be able to support some new games I wanted to get 2) The computer I built in 2002 was no longer good enough to justify spending much money on Instead I used my money to build a new computer in 2009. You mentioned Operation Flashpoint: Dragon not working. What problem are you having? I have Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis. A couple years ago I found out that Operation Flashpoint was being re-released as Arma Cold War Assault. The good thing was that it was free for owners of games like Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis. All I had to do was download it. When I installed it I was required to enter the key from Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis.
  11. When I pull an address from my Address Book with illegal characters it goes into the To box ok. However when I try to send the message my email program refuses to do so. I have to remove the illegal characters before I can send it. Viruses are pretty dumb. If they blindly try to use my bad email addresses they will have no luck sending anything.
  12. Make sure there are not any special characters in the email address.For example, instead of [email protected] you might [email protected] or [email protected] which are both valid addresses.Another possibility is the first and last names are reversed:[email protected], [email protected] or [email protected] are many variations possible.=========================================================================================Here is a hint for keeping a virus from sending out spams to people in your Address Book.Put an invalid character in each address in the Address Book. Just make sure that wheneveryou pull an address from the Address Book such as when you are creating an email you editthe address in the "To", "CC" or "BCC" to correct it or your email will not be sent.For example, in the Address book you have: [email protected]@@whatever.comCreate an Email:To: [email protected]@@whatever.comNeeds to be changed to:To: [email protected]=========================================================================================Email addresshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-mail_address#RFC_specification
  13. Since you had already asked I will finish what I started. Maybe you can use it next time. You can stil try experimenting with using the SATA drive as an additional drive. Even if you do not need it now the experience will be useful. After you get done trying it out you can always disconnect it for use later on. ============================================================================================Your motherboard is only capable of supporting the original SATA 1.0 speed of 150 MB/s. Some SATA drives that are faster than that have a jumper to limit the drive's speed to 150 MB/s. If your drive is not working right with your motherboard you should try setting the jumper.You did not indicate the model of the drive. The only two drives I could find support for are two Caviar Blue drives: WD800BD, WD800JD.For these drives:OPT1: 150 MB/s data transfer speed enabled or disabled. Default setting is disabled. To enable 150 MB/s data transfer speed, place jumper on pins 5–6.============================================================================================Driver files from the "P4M80-M4 Downloads" at Biostar website.----------------------------------------#1 VRAID_DRIVER_V550B.ZIPVIA VT6420 / VT8237 SATA RAID drivers----------------------------------------#2 VIAVT6420FLOPPY_300A_WINNT42KXP.EXEVIA VT6420/8237 SATA RAID controller installation floppy diskette. For installing Windows NT4/2000/XP onto SATA drives.========================================How these drivers are to be used:----------------------------------------#1 Is used when you have already installed Windows XP on an IDE drive and want to add a SATA drive to your system. While in windows need to unzip the file "VRAID_DRIVER_V550B.ZIP". The go to the folder "VRAID_Driver_V550B". Run the program SETUP.EXE.----------------------------------------#2 Is used when you want to install Windows XP on a SATA drive. You need a floppy drive on this system to load the SATA driver during the Windows installation.Before you start you need to find another running computer with Windows already on it that has a floppy drive. Maybe you have a friend that can help you with this. While on the other computer insert a blank formatted disk in the floppy drive. Run the program "VIAVT6420FLOPPY_300A_WINNT42KXP.EXE". Change "Extract To" to "A:". Select the "Extract" button to put the SATA driver files on the floppy disk. Remove the floppy disk with the SATA drivers.Now we are ready to install Windows XP on your computer. Boot the Windows XP CD. You will see a message at the bottom of the screen something like "Press F6 if you want to install a third party Raid or SCSI driver...". This also applies to SATA drives. Press F6 and insert the floppy disk you already made with the SATA drivers. After the drivers are loaded Windows should be able to detect the SATA drive. You can now ready to pick the drive to install Windows. The rest should be like a normal installation of Windows XP on an IDE drive.============================================================================================
  14. I still have a computer with a AMD XP-2800+ and still run a few games on it. The Geforce FX5900 was good for its time but newer games required something better. Something mid-range in the Geforce 6000 or 7000 series may have been OK. The problem was all new AGP graphic cards I could find were low end ones. I was relucant to buy a used one on Ebay, What graphic cards are people using with their old AMD XP systems? Has everyone else been as limited as I was? My computer with an AMD XP-2800+ and a Geforce FX5900 has Windows 7 on it now. After I switched to Windows 7 it seemed I had fewer problems making some of these games work than I did with Windows XP.
  15. With 2 IDE connector you can have 4 IDE devices connected. Each connector has a master and slave. To have 2 drives on each IDE connector you need a IDE ribbon cable with 3 connectors. With 2 SATA connector you can also have 2 SATA drives. This mean you can have a total of 6 drives connected.On an older motherboard if you want to install Windows XP on a SATA drive you have to press F6 during the installation to load the SATA driver. You have to carefully read what is displayed to know when to do this. In the Windows XP installation the only option is install this driver from a floppy drive.If you install Windows XP on an IDE drive you can later install the SATA driver while logged into Windows. This is a different driver than is on the floppy.Current motherboard have solved this problem by having a special IDE mode for the SATA controllers. That way Windows XP is fooled into thinking the drive is an IDE drive when Windows is installed.
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