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  1. Flame25, It's hard to know where to start here. If the new drive was formatted as a primary partition, and comes up first on you list of drives, you are trying to boot an empty drive. The easiest thing to do is to swap the connections for the two drives. That will usually put the new one back behind the proper boot drive. If your BIOS allows you to select the drive to boot, then you can solve it that way without changing any connections. In general, it is better to format your second drive as an extended partition with logical drives. That way, the system will not misunderstand, regardless of where it finds the drive.
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    To all, Reality check...Microsoft thinks it's good enough to throw it out there for automatic updates, but they think that of almost everything that they put out there. That is a lot more than a simple cleanup. I certainly do clean up my machine and the machines of my clients from time to time, but not to that level. That's the type of work that I would expect to do for a an OS upgrade, which SP3 is not supposed to be and clearly really is not. Apparently, you have done 90+% of these on clean intalls, which says absolutely nothing about anything to be found out there in the world of existing, in use, client machines. What you describe is essentially what I would call bench work, and that isn't the reality of working with the computers of clients in place. I agree with you that installing from a clean machine is likely to go cleanly almost every time, but that is not the status of 95% of the machines on which SP3 will try to install itself.
  3. Andrew, Markcynt is essentially correct, with the understanding that Microsoft usually adds any driver changes to the intelppm.sys long before the processor is actually issued, and the changes will not be significant unless the processor has new instructions, and maybe not even then. The provisions for four processors have probably been in there for quite some time.
  4. augusto, While I am aware of the problem, I can guarantee that the guy's disk drive did not die due to a data corruption problem. It might cause a reformat or a need to use something like SpinRite, but it is almost impossible to kill a drive that way. More probably, something happened on the umpteenth reinstall of the drive that damaged the MB or the connections.
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    To all, Has anyone seen any sign of "cuil" lately. It seems to have disappeared into the muck. I went out to it, and it still is working, but it doesn't provide anything that is new other than the preview drop down, which is only somewhat useful. It appears to be somewhat like Vista, cute looking, but nothing really new. I give them another 6 months. If they cannot generate more splash than they have, they are dead.
  6. badbits, I play with linux from time to time on my 95 year old Dad's machine, but my business is wrapped around XP, so my main concern needs to be that. In addition, most linux binaries do not like my dual ATI 1300's, requiring loading of various drivers and stuff and even then not doing too well, so even dual booting does not work very well. I have used linux enough to like where it is headed, especially with things like Ubuntu, and I have been playing with Unix based stuff since 5.3 and 5.4 on various machines since 1982-83. I am a fan, and I think that most users would be just as well off with something like Ubuntu as they are with Vista. For businesses with application software written only for Windows, I have little choice. Max, Everything that I read about Server 2008 says that it is the first OS that MS has actually gotten right. It is much more lightweight in footprint than 2003, has much better virtualization facilities, and generally is cleaned up. I have a license to 2008 for a server that I run, but I had to downgrade to 2003 to run the user's application. Hopefully that will soon change. Maybe they will use the core of 2008 for W7 or maybe it is W7, though I see no sign of many of the things we were originally promised for Vista. Time will tell.
  7. Bear, If you think that those make the forum look foolish, consider the fact that Man of the Future's totally incorrect idea of the need for more thermal grease has been in the daily digest of emails that have been sent out for the last 4 days. Now, that's what I call foolish, bordering on suicidal on the part a forum that is supposed to be a source of good advice. And I suppose that those who chimed in must know less than Man of the Future, because they think that accurate information presented in a straightforward and authoritative and grammatically correct manner is evidence of some "complex". Maybe stormy13 selected that post to go into the daily digest.
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    kd5, And, there is the rub. If I wanted to take a minimum of two years worth of stuff off of every computer in my practice, and then do a clean install of the OS, and then SP3, I might as well buy all new machines. The cost in labor and time and problems would be less. About 6 months out when they really have shaken out the problems with SP3, I will install it just like I installed SP2, and without having to rebirth every computer in the process. I can say that in all my time working with PC's, I have never been forced to take one back to the clean install level to do anything, to include the occasional OS upgrade. I cannot imagine why I would want to start now. Most non-commercial users cannot even find the stuff that would allow you to reinstall all their software. Since my user's data and programs are the reason for the existence of a computer in their lives, why would I want to put them through that kind of process if it was not absolutely necessary. So far as I can tell, SP3 doesn't really do anything particularly useful beyond doing the normal updates of Windows life. The stats out there are that it fails on approximately 25% of machines. That just is not a reasonable risk/benefit ratio, especially when I cannot find those benefits.
  9. Andrew, You wouldn't be pulling our leg here, now would you. Neither the Abit 35 Pro nor the Q6600 was out in 2005. I just checked on the Abit site, and they have drivers from 2006 forward into 2008, but none from 2005. The intelppm.sys driver covers most or all of the Intel processors, and it is much more current than 2005. The only thing that I can detect is that it refers to the 5.1.xxx version if you look at properties, and that is a reference to NT5, which XP is. You are probably seeing one of the older device drivers on the MB, which might be from 2005, but otherwise, you are going to have to tell me where you got this reference to 2005 before I can tell you anything further.
  10. Andrew, Unless you have a very ancient OS, all the CPU drivers that you need come with the OS or in one of the updates to that OS. What you may not have is an efficient set of drivers for your motherboard. Since that is probably what you are really looking at, and it is from 2005, you are probably looking at it with XP, which pretty much gets rid of any CPU considerations unless you are so down level on maintenance that you are likely to be having other problems. What may or may not change is those motherboard drivers, and in that you are entirely dependent on the manufacturer. What does concern me is that there are precious few motherboards from 2005 that will adequately run a Q6600. You may in fact not be getting access to all the processors, which would be quite noticeable if you were to compare it to a proper MB running a Q6600.
  11. Man of the Future, If we all had rubber anti-static mats and wrist straps, most of us would not know how to use them or test that they are properly grounded or any of the things that actually need to be done when one has an electronics bench. The most important thing in dealing with static is to make sure that whatever part of you that touches anything inside your case is at the same charge level as what is in the case. For those of us who actually must work in the field, the important thing is to touch a metallic part of the case with one hand while reaching in with the other after also having touched the case with that reaching hand before actually touching anything inside the case. If you do that, it is almost impossible for you to do damage unless there is a continuous source of current coming through your body, which is extremely unlikely if you are breathing. Also, if people were not amateurs, they would not need advice of the type that is being provided here. My recommendation would be for you to do a little more research before making such confident proclamations. At one point in my career, I was responsible for a testing floor for both boards and assembled product, and yes, we did have all the things you speak of. I have watched many a person use a static band in a way that protected nothing, and it is very difficult to actually determine whether such equipment is working properly without some fairly sophisticated equipment. The method I mention above is actually more effective in most cases than all the rubber mats and wrist straps that you can buy. The problem with such equipment is that people buy it and don't know how to use it, and, assuming that they are protected, reach and touch things that they should not in ways that they should not. Caveat emptor.
  12. It is almost impossible to get too little thermal grease on a CPU. It is highly possible to get too much. If you use the old credit card trick and spread it with that, you may not even be able to see it, but it will be enough. If you put a thick drop on there, then you had better twist the cooler back and forth several times and press down sharply, or it will be too thick. If there is too much, it starts to act like a thermal blanket. If the irregularities are so large that it takes a visible layer of paste, then you have problems that will not be solved by the paste. If your CPU is overheating, there are several possibilities beyond the silliness about thermal grease. By the way, if you are an amateur, get Arctic's ceramic paste. It is very slightly less efficient than the metallic compounds, but it cannot short out your CPU, and it never moves once it has set, whereas all the regular grease types will flow over time. It will do the job, you can't make any really stupid mistakes other than putting on too much, and it isn't that expensive. What more can you want...back to the possibilities. 1. You just put it in crooked or without the pressure piece connected properly...oops...without good contact under pressure, it won't cool. 2. Your cooler was not designed for the CPU that you have and just cannot dissipate the wattage generated by your CPU. 3. You cracked the CPU when you installed the cooler. This happens more often than you would think. Almost all CPU's are in ceramic packages these days, and they do crack. When they do, they will not cool properly if they will work at all. 4. Your cooler fan is inadequate or broken, and you have never checked. 5. The sensor that most CPU's now have is not functioning properly, and the CPU is getting over temp. Along with this goes the failure of the motherboard to properly handle the CPU fan. 6. Your cooler is full of dust and dirt, and no air is moving...one of the most common. 7. Your place is just too hot for a computer to run properly. This usually means anyplace that is much more than about 80-85 degrees, though I have seen a few run up to a 90 degree environment. In such environments, the HD may start throwing errors before the CPU. Good luck! 2) Personal attacks, rudeness, flaming, baiting, insults to others, or arguments will not be tolerated. Challenge others' points of view and opinions, but do so respectfully and thoughtfully. Any member who threatens anyone on the forum, via PM, instant messengers, or Email, will be banned immediately without notice.
  13. While I haven't seen any bad advice here, it is incomplete. One bad sector on a disk will not keep it from reporting as alive, unless that bad sector is in the boot sector or the FAT or MFT, and not always then. The best recovery program that exists for recovering disks that have hard errors and without losing data, is Steve Gibsons SpinRite found at www.grc.com. He has the only program that I know of that will do a low level reformat of a hard drive outside of a factory setting, and again, without losing any data that is not physically destroyed. The program costs almost ninety bucks, and you really need to have a bunch of drives to justify that expenditure with the current cost of drives. Even with that, if you have more than a few hard errors, you need to get a new drive. I can also confirm that the old hard drive in the freezer thing works, but I have usually been able to get it to work for 15 minutes or so. You want to give it plenty of time to get really cold. Also, the S.M.A.R.T function just slows down access and doesn't really do anything useful. I know what it is supposed to do, but it really does not.
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    To all, I closely manage about 30 machines and occasionally handle many others, almost all running XP Pro, mostly machines older than 2 years old. For the moment, I have warned them not to install SP3. Microsoft certainly is not making that easy. Unlike most upgrades, you can't hide it, so people are bound to eventually click on it. The few who have, have had failures to reboot. I have them come up in Safe Mode and remove it, and that has so far been all that has been needed. At least I don't have to tell them not to do it again. I can't even get .Net 3.0 to install on all machines, so I really don't see how something as monstrous as SP3 will go on smoothly with Microsoft's current approach. I have never had a machine fail to run SP2, because Microsoft needed SP2, while it has done SP3 under protest, because it would like to force us all onto an even bigger disaster, Vista. If SP3 were to settle a whole lot of the little niggling problems of XP, just where would that leave Vista. The question gives it's own answer. Microsoft had better hit it out of the park with W7, because there are a whole bunch of people heading towards the cloud and browser based computing that will run anywhere on any platform and on almost any OS. We had better get at least the things that we were originally supposed to get with Vista. I remember things like a new file system and more, but the one thing that Microsoft must do to resolve so many of their problems is to place a new, fast, modular, secure kernel that will get rid of the old spaghetti code that microsoft used as a means to plead to the courts that they could not remove anything without destroying it all. That was always a lie, but after you tell a lie long enough, it starts to become the truth. Windows is a mess, full of ad hoc fixes and cross linked dll's that have no rhyme nor reason. If they don't fix that, the vulnerabilities will never go away, and people will start to slide away to things like OS X and linux and whatever is else is cheaper or better and that gets their basic work done without the nightly updates.
  15. Stormy13, I thought that was what I said. Until such time as that developer does upgrade the product you are using, you need both versions. If most are as responsive as I have seen, your wait could be somewhat long. I am speaking from experience here, as I have had such a product and such an experience, more than once. The main thing is that there are some very good and free products out there for knowing which versions of Java that you have, and then for managing them. MajorGeeks is one of the better download sites that I have used over the years, though you do have to pay attention to which products are free and which shareware. They are clearly marked, but not separated.
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