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Aug
25
comment How much longer will the dsub port be supported in new hardware
As far as vga support disappearing is concerned Dell's latitude E series docking station has 2 DVI-D ports and a DisplayPort. The only way to use an analog monitor is to plug directly to the laptop itself. The laptop also has a DP for more modern displays.
Aug
25
answered Will new power supply damage current system
Aug
24
answered Whats the deal with these new lower clock speed CPUs on Laptops? Can they still run apps well?
Aug
24
comment How to declutter and organize the cables on and under my desk?
Don't go overboard though. Having about two feet of slack so you can yank your desktop forward and set it on its side to open it up without having to disconnect every single cable first is a major frustration saver. Even 1 foot of slack makes pulling forward enough to see what you're doing when plugging in new cables easy.
Aug
11
comment how can I tell if someone has been in my HP laptop?
IIRC except in Vista (SP0?) NTSF Last Access is disabled by default because of the performance hit it imposes on disk IO; so most likely that would only be useful for monitoring future attacks not for anything that has happened in the past.
Jul
14
comment Why does the heat production increase as the clockrate of a CPU increases?
AFAIK the speedstep values are equally conservative; running 24 hour burn tests at each multiplier/voltage stop would be prohibitively expensive so they set universal values that are good for 99.9...% of chips that pass whatever quick test they perform while binning the chips. I was commenting on the fact that in the real world the default settings will let you get a decent overclock at stock voltage, a decent undervolt at stock speeds, or operate with bad airflow in a hot room without failure.
Jul
14
comment Why does the heat production increase as the clockrate of a CPU increases?
"However, if you want to raise the frequency you also have to raise the voltage, because higher frequencies require higher operating voltages, so the voltage rises linearly with the frequency." While true in the abstract the default voltages on most CPUs are set conservatively so that you can often get a decent OC before having to boost the voltage. Also, in my experience with aggressive OCing, most of the total overvolt comes for the last few hundred mhz gained and that the response curve is not linear as it approaches the limit of stability.
Jul
14
comment Do I need to have 3 RAM DIMMs to use DDR3, or even be able to run a 3 channel CPU?
LGA1366 was designed to support the 6 core chips when they came out so it needed a wider memory bus. When the cheaper LGA1156 chips came out Intel stated (IIRC to Anandtech) that with DDR3-1333 two channels were enough to keep the CPU from bottle-necking in normal usage (vs memory benchmarks) but that the 3rd channel was needed to keep the 6 core chips running at full speed.
Jul
14
comment Why does the heat production increase as the clockrate of a CPU increases?
There is an element of truth to Gary's comment though. At this point transistor counts are high enough that for larger CPUs designers can put everything on die instead of having to pick and choose, and adding cache eventually runs into diminishing returns. The 10-20% gains with new architectures indicate that designers are still managing to tweak performance but there's probably not anything revolutionary left that could be implemented if there were more transistors available to spend.
Jul
14
answered Computer won't turn on. Is it the motherboard, RAM or CPU?
Jul
6
answered Windows 7: How to display the total size of Recycle Bin
Jun
3
revised Alternative to WMP for mp3 player sync
added 311 characters in body
Jun
3
comment Alternative to WMP for mp3 player sync
The more general problem is that I've yet to find a play list editor that doesn't suck when it has thousands of files in it. Regardless of how they represent the main music library, the playlist always seems to be only visible as a list of individual tracks. This is annoying with a few hundred songs and completely untenable with a few thousand. In WMP's case teh fact that it doesn't appear to have a way to show the size of a playlist in MB is another failing.
Jun
3
comment Alternative to WMP for mp3 player sync
Only a relatively small chunk of my files are rated; and the ratings don't really match up with what I want on my player anyway. eg audio books I've ripped show up and tend to be well rated but I don't want them in my music shuffle; then there're genre's that I don't find really suitable for listening while out on a walk but do enjoy while sitting around at home.
May
24
accepted How do I save a file in a library location other than the default
May
24
comment Alternative to WMP for mp3 player sync
I think it does, but IIRC its reviews were bad even by the very low bars set by creatives competition and windows driver teams.
May
24
accepted How do I limit the CPU share of TrustedInstaller.exe on a Vista system
May
24
asked Alternative to WMP for mp3 player sync
May
24
comment How do I save a file in a library location other than the default
That's interesting. I get that save as dialog in FF/IE, but in Opera (my normal browser), acrobat reader, and textpad I get a different one that has 32x32 icons in the sidebar instead of the treeview. I've never understood why MS provided more than one file dialog layout in the first place nor why in none of the OS updates since doing that have they changed it so all the options work the same way.
May
23
comment How do I save a file in a library location other than the default
Where exactly am I supposed to be clicking in again? I can target sub folders of the ones in the library, but I can't select the folders I made into the library itself. eg if my library consists of My Documents and Shared Documents I can expand the library and click on Shared Documents\Sub Folder, but if the default is My Documents, I don't have any way to save directly in the Shared Documents folder.