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location Edmonton, Canada
age 29
visits member for 3 years, 4 months
seen Mar 25 at 21:26

I'm an electrical engineer that dabbles in programming and IT support for the small automation company I work at.


Feb
15
comment DVI-D vs. DVI-I: Is the digital video quality any different?
I believe some - but not all - new video cards of the AMD variety (Radeon HD 7970 and similar) only have DVI-D outputs. If you want analog video in the form of a VGA-like signal, you need to use an active Displayport to VGA adapter on them.
Feb
14
comment How to play 24 fps video smoothly on a 60Hz display?
Some of this processing is your video card's responsibility, and some GPUs do far better than others at it. It's part of the standard video tests that Anandtech.com use to review video cards in the context of HTPC usage. Not an answer, I know, but a useful piece of information, I would hope. Check out Anandtech's "Discrete HTPC GPU Shootout" with emphasis on page 6 ( anandtech.com/show/4380/discrete-htpc-gpus-shootout/6 ). I ended up buying a Radeon HD 6570 because of this review and it does a fantastic job - not perfect, but on average better than everything else.
Feb
14
comment Getting gratuitous amounts of soft page faults when loading games and watching flash video
The 1.5x RAM pagefile recommendation is old and out of date, but sidran32's recommendation to put it on a different physical disk is still a good one. What kind of hard drive setup do you have? Are your SATA controller drivers good? What mode is your SATA controller set to in your BIOS? (you generally want AHCI). When was the last time you did a BIOS update?
Jan
9
comment Change user account picture
Are you joined to a domain?
Jan
9
comment Compressing a slow drive for performance?
I think the point is here that if you enable compression you have to read LESS DATA off your slow hard drive and then you can use the fast CPU to decompress it. If it takes, say, two minutes to read 100 MB and then 10 seconds to decompress it into 150 MB you've gained time versus taking 3 minutes to read out 150 uncompressed MB.
Jan
3
comment User based BitLocker Drive Encryption
@Starx - to be fair, surfasb is right. Your question is sort of like asking how you can use a bicycle to fly to work. They're both forms of transportation, but they're for accomplishing different things. You can, however, set up EFS inside of a bitlocked drive to prevent unauthorized access to files once the bitlock encryption is unlocked.
Jan
3
answered How to download all of package's dependencies offline
Jan
3
comment How can I visualize the file system usage on Windows?
@Svish : I know it's been a while since you posted, but you can adjust WinDirStat's settings to change the look of the ugly boxes at the bottom to something that better suits your tastes.
Jan
3
comment Which .NET Framework install files do I use to have support for everything?
Why on earth isn't this the default configuration, then? I imagine there is something that can go wrong, otherwise Microsoft would simply say "hey, you don't have to goof around with security patches for 2/3/3.5 any more, just install 4 and keep that up to date! Hooray!" This is interesting though, I'll look in to it...
Jan
2
asked Which .NET Framework install files do I use to have support for everything?
Dec
16
comment How do I remove broken miniport drivers on Windows XP?
Well, Safe Mode allowed me to remove the two Connectify miniports and the MAC Bridge miniport, but the rest remain. I tried reinstalling the Deterministic Network Enhancer as per Citrix's instructions, but they're all still broken and unremovable.
Dec
15
answered Should I update ASUS BIOS from 0501 to 0606?
Dec
15
asked How do I remove broken miniport drivers on Windows XP?
Dec
15
awarded  Student
Dec
15
asked Can I create an Infrastructure access point from built-in WiFi (as opposed to Ad-Hoc) on Windows XP?
Dec
14
awarded  Autobiographer
Dec
13
awarded  Supporter
Dec
3
answered Windows 7 thinks my internal SATA hard drive is an external USB hard drive?
Nov
22
answered Connecting a laptop to a TV via HDMI
Nov
22
answered USB mouse connecting and disconnecting randomly