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    CPU Intel Q6600 Core Duo Quad BFG Nvidia 8800 GT OC2 2048MB 667Mhz Kingston RAM WD 250GB HD Creative Labs Audigy MP3 5.1 surround Need more? Ask.
  1. I would bet on the psu being the issue atm, but to be sure, have the store where you bought the mobo test it for you, or a known quality computer store. Most known pc-stores will show you that the board and cpu post properly and boot before letting you leave the store. If you bought it online, then you take your chances with what you get and have to deal with long wait-times for rma.
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    You might give Wine a try, to run your Windows applications on *nix. Open Office should open your wordpad/notepad files just fine.
  3. You probably have some files in the format of various movie files, avi, mpeg, etc. Windows itself can not defrag these files, and if you have larger amounts of them, you will see a yellow flag regarding fragmented files. It's normal, and nothing to worry about.
  4. http://www.avast.com/ For a light on system resources anti-virus program, free for home users. It also scans for malware/spyware/adware and you can configure it to your tastes. I run it at full security, even while gaming, with no performance issues, and it tends to catch things even Norton's missed. I've been a fan of it since finding it existed.
  5. You're going to want more CPU speed, even with a quad. Todays games tend to want more. COD4, for example, requires a min of 2.4 Ghz single core, or 1.8Ghz multi-core. As a person who runs a quad-core Intel chip, I still recommend more. You can perhaps clock the Phenom up a bit, but if you're not an experienced clocker, you may find the results less than desired. I'd also recommend an 850W or higher psu, to keep it up-gradeable in the future.
  6. What you need to do. When booting the computeris enter your BIOS, and scroll over to your booting options. Choose CD/DVD drive as 1st option, and hard drive as second. Now save and exit BIOS. When you see the "hit any key to boot from cd-rom" at the bottome of the black boot-screen, hit literally any key on your key-board. Enter the world of loading up Windows, and looking at formatting completely fresh. You have to read every single screen here, and choose carefully, as numerous options will come up. Choose NOT to repair your install, most people never get the exact "how to do this" part of it, and it just makes a mess of their install, getting errors like you're having now. Even more educated users have "issues" with this, as XP didn't define it terribly well. It will work for recovering files, a full-format is still recommended in most cases. You will want to run a fresh install, hit Enter when prompted. You will want to choose a partition, and perhaps "delete that partition", which I recommend, as it will get rid of the old windows-install completely. Follow your key-prompts on-screen. Then you're going to need to create a partition(again, follow key-prompts on-screen) After this, let the computer boot up as it normally will, with restarts, and ignore the hit any-key to boot from cd-rom, as this will just keep you looping through the above-posted process, you now need to let it go through loading normally and installing windows. I personally disable boot from cd-rom after this and have it use the hard drive as first(and only) boot device to save time on reboots.(Need to enter BIOS again, and change boot-device order, disable all but hard drive after deleting and creating the partition, and initial load from cd). I'd lay odds you have more than one partition on your current hard drive, or have more than one hard drive, and you chose to install Windows on the second partition, or second drive, and thus are getting two loading options. These are the only methods I know of, that this would be possible to get two or more boot-records written to a computer. Multi-boot is an option, to allow someone to run more than one operating system off one computer, and using multiple-partitions or drives is exactly how it is accomplished. More info, from a basic M$ perspective. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/313348 Perhaps a more informative way of doing things. http://lifehacker.com/software/windows/gee...atch-157578.php
  7. He runs the 2.0 interface for the PCI-E slots with his chipset. It's directly related to whether or not your chipset can support it, and thus a speed-increase for those that can. Adding the OC to his processor, he can increase the score here. He won't, in real-world computing with that over-clock. Heat will become an issue, as well as stability, in anything related to serious-load on the system. Remember, pc-pitstop is not a benchmark, it's a way of finding out if your system is up to date, and if it is performing as well as it could be in stock-form, nothing more. Over-clocking is generally just for bragging-rights, and should not be considered as being anything, in "real-world" performance. Additional notes. Unless you built your own system, or had a custom-build done for you, don't expect to over-clock to gain higher scores here. Manufacturers like Dell/IBM/HP lock the OC-features of the BIOS and you won't be able to use them, if you can even see them.
  8. Ever been here? I'd be guessing not, somehow. On the other hand, I've personally driven across most states, as well as all of Canada. Much of that area has also been covered in both a big-rig as a long-haul driver, and on a motorcycle. I'd bet you can't claim the same, legitimately. If you make comments like this, you attack me, personally, as a Canadian(read the ToS) and keep those comments to yourself. I'm an idiot for living in Canada? I'd rather live here than the states, and I still wouldn't call anyone in the states an idiot. But apparently ignorant isn't far off the mark, for some.
  9. Available after the initial single beep, regardless of the screen you're seeing. Most people never venture into their BIOS to turn off the annoying "system-load-screens" provided by computer manufacturers and motherboard manufacturers these days, as the BIOS tends to be foriegn-ground to your average home-user. The graphics can be turned off in most, if not all, these days, and they will then display the actual loading information until Windows or other operating systems load up and start to display their own loading screens. In Windows, the Delete key after boot will bring you into your BIOS. Just scroll around and read what options are there. You do not have to change anything, and can safely exit the BIOS without affecting anything, if you like(scroll over to exit and use the option to exit without saving as an in-case). Each BIOS lables things a bit differently, so there's no way to say "use this specific option", it will become up to you to post system specs/mfgr/etc info if you want specific help from someone who has a similar/same system.
  10. Please read this ~ Jacee ~ http://forums.pcpitstop.com/index.php?act=...t=0#entry608878
  11. http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=19652 I would recommend you use the XP machine as the host.
  12. I find the scores interesting. I personally take the "disclaimer" to heart, though. This score is not an actual benchmark of anything, really. So many variables will change your score. Things like what type of anti-virus program you run, what type of internet connection you have, how close you are to the pc-pitstop servers, etc. Someone above was asking about vid-card performance. Bottom line here is install the latest drivers for the 8800 directly from the Nvidia web-site. I work directly with the gaming world for online FPS games such as COD4, Enemy Territory and others. One of the many things I do is help others "tweak" their systems to provide stable fps, vs hitting some sort of wierd-maximum, with fluctiations. FPS in-game is better if it's stable, rather than all over the board. Getting performance in real-time, from your system comes in two main groups. One is keeping it up-to-date with drivers for your hardware(with exceptions, I might add) and two is tweaking programs to work better. Those are things the pc-pitstop scans will not check, and never can. They're up to you to do the research on. I see tons of ppl over-clocking to gain "performance" as well, and while some do, most do not due to poor cooling. Heat increases will actually cause a performance-reduction in "real-world" situations, but will increase your score on pc-pitstop. Is there a point to that? YES! Notice I mentioned "real-world" situations. The "pit-tests" will not push your vid-card into working to hard, they only test 2D. Try OC'ing it in COD4 or Crysis,with all the eye-candy turned on and see how loud that fan screams on air-cooling, and watch your fps drop like someone just tossed you into the ocean with a pair of cement shoes. That's a "real-world" situation. Performance will actually drop, rather than increase. The same can apply to your processor, if it heats up to much. Would your rather experience temps of 40 degrees Celcius while gaming, at stock speeds? Or temps of 75 degrees Celcius at stock speeds? Can I tell you which works better? Definitely. I've tested my Q6600 in COD4 right up to speeds of 3Ghz with no issues for stability, but in-game performance takes a huge hit for fps and on-line lag/connection issues. Why? Simple.....to much heat, and the temps only rose a mere 12 degrees from my stock temps of 32 degrees Celcius. Not something I'd consider to hot for a processor. I've also clocked my 8800GT up, and stock it's already OC'd to begin with. Didn't gain any real-world performance there either, within a certain limit. OC-clock speeds are mainly for bragging rights, and do little else. Rule of thumb, work with gaining a little(within the range of finding an actual improvement in performance) and be happy with it. If you get greedy, you'll find the opposite to be true. You end up with a degredation in performance, as well as system instability.
  13. I don't generally start looking at Windows processes with these issues. More often than not this ends up being a driver/hardware related issue. Is your sound provided by an on-board chip or an actual pci-based sound card? Regardless of which, what make/model/brand of motherboard do you have? Or make/model/brand computer, if something like a Dell/IBM/HP that tend to be extremely proprietery with their drivers.
  14. In a day and age where you go through an average day hearing about identity theft, computer hacking, or some other internet crime being reported, how can the "newbie" be called innocent? If they're not smart enough to use google, perhaps they could phone their pc manufacturer's tech-support-line(usually a 1-800 number) or ask someone at their local computer store, and gain some valid information that would help them out. Perhaps some of you might think I'm the ignorant one, or just perhaps caloused to others that do not know better. That is in fact, not the case. I'll admit I'm not the world's smartest person, nor even close to being the world's most educated person. How-ever, like anyone else in the world of computing, and internet-useage, I was once a newbie, just like today's newbies are new to all that's going on around them. How did I learn to protect myself from things like ID-theft and botnets, and so on? I asked questions, I googled, I read, and searched some more. We live in a day and age where free anti-virus programs like AVAST(google it please) are free for home users, and even on a dial-up connection, are small enough to download relatively quickly. How well does it work? Well, let's just say I quit buying Norton's when it found several virii that Norton's could not and could also get rid of one that Norton's could find but couldn't get rid of. Added to which, is' very easy on system resources. I even let it run while gaming online in Call of Duty 4 with absolutely no issues what-so-ever. Places like Staples and Best Buy will come set your system up for you, some may charge a small fee. But if you're really in the newbie category, this will be a lot cheaper than blundering through things with no idea what you're doing. Then there's the entire series of "For Dummies" books, available at pretty much any book-store, that break things down into layman's terms for the average house-hold user. You don't have to be a rocket-scientist to read these books or understand them. Those are just a few of the resources available to people today, to educate themselves, and protect themselves. Lastly, there are forums, like this one, where they can get decent advice. One has to remember. In life, there are no stupid questions, just the un-asked ones.
  15. 2 should read kernel32, not cernel32. Second piece of advice here. If you're suffereing .dll issues, it's likely high-time you formatted, your computer is likely so screwed up this will be the only thing that saves it. You can google a ton of .dll files out there, and install them, and perhaps one will fix one issue, but most will not. Over-time you install and un-install a number of programs, each one installs it's own .dll files, some programs install their own versions of .dll files over existing ones, and thus the process goes on and on and on. Over time, .dll files degrade due to installing randome "test-programs" or trials(usually the worst to install, btw) and they tend to take away from your over-all performance. A good clean format/re-install is actually recommended once every 6 months or so, to keep your computer clean and tidy, and performing well, with the added recomendation of downloading the latest drivers prior to format for your motherboard, vid-card and chipset, as well as all other related hardware you might have. No point in installing old versions before updating when you're doing a clean-install.
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