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Jan
26
comment What exactly is a PCI-ISA card?
Being in writing just means that the person who filled out the form mis-heard the description.
Jan
26
comment What exactly is a PCI-ISA card?
The LPC bus (semi-serialized ISA) is used to attach a variety of legacy devices, as well as one reasonably new one. The new device is the Trusted Platform Module used by some enterprisy customers for encryption. The legacy devices include the BIOS, the floppy controller, along with PS2, Parallel, RS232, Joystick ports. The floppy controller and legacy port controllers are all integrated into a single chip called a SuperIO controller.
Jan
26
comment Resized maximized windows after screen resolution change
@MBraedley That's what I've been doing for years as well. I've been going back and forth to a lot more meetings than usual lately which irritated me into finally posting a question about it.
Jan
25
asked Resized maximized windows after screen resolution change
Jan
18
comment Does a x4 PCIe mechanical work in a x16 slot in x4 mode?
@paradroid they're not common (16/8/8) is more likely to be useful, but I'd rather have the option of inserting an x16 card later if I find a need to do so; 4x physical slots often preclude this, and have reduced mechanical support even when the card will physically fit.
Jan
18
comment Does a x4 PCIe mechanical work in a x16 slot in x4 mode?
@burnzy the sabertooth has slightly larger heatsinks, which will be beneficial if overclocking. Otherwise they don't matter. The sabertooth has USB3 which might be useful over the next year or two. Otherwise I'd make my decision based on the slot layouts, and what slots will be free after you install all your cards.
Jan
18
comment Does a x4 PCIe mechanical work in a x16 slot in x4 mode?
@burnzy If the back of the 4x slot is open and nothing is obstructing the board the 16x card will fit in without tools. Otherwise you need a dremel or a hacksaw not a hammer, to either open the back of the slot, or to cut the card just past the end of the 4x contacts.
Jan
18
comment Does a x4 PCIe mechanical work in a x16 slot in x4 mode?
@paradroid there are multiple cases where that could happen. LGA 1155/56 boards only have 16 lanes on the CPU, so any 3x16 physical board will have at least one x4 electrical slot: either 8/4/4 (all CPU) or 8/8/4(last slot using south bridge lanes). LGA 1366 has 36 lanes on the north bridge, 16/8/8 or 16/16/4 are the common splits for a 3 slot configuration. AMD's high end chipsets have 38 lanes on the northbridge so you can probably find similar there, although I'm not as familiar with them.
Jan
17
comment Mainstream vs Extended Support phase
Since the MS footnote is poor, I'd add that hotfixes are generally only provided as workarounds for critical bugs prior to a patch being released, or for privately reported unusual cases. 99% of the time they're not something average users should have to worry about.
Jan
17
answered Problem mirroring two monitors with different resolution
Jan
17
answered Why are my computer graphics twice as fast after I doubled my computer's ram?
Jan
17
answered Outlook end of meeting reminder
Jan
11
awarded  Popular Question
Jan
5
answered Removal of hard drive on an old Compaq Deskpro
Dec
21
accepted How do I take screenshots in Windows Virtual PC
Dec
15
comment How much longer will the dsub port be supported in new hardware
A number of companies including AMD and Intel are planning to phase out the port industry wide by 2015: arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/2010/12/…
Oct
30
awarded  Yearling
Sep
29
comment Make Microsoft Word change number literals to spellings?
writing a script to populate hundreds or thousands of entries into the file would be a reasonable option I suppose; assuming that the file getting huge doesn't end up causing performance issues anyway. That said your KB article is only for office 95/97. Searching on my computer I found 4 .acl files in he office12 tree but opening them in a text editor I don't think they're plain text.
Sep
28
comment Make Microsoft Word change number literals to spellings?
This option doesn't scale though. If you want to flag <10 it's not a problem. <100 becomes an exercise in tedium to implement. <1000 (or higher) is practically impossible due to the amount of time it would suck up.
Sep
26
comment Is there a Microsoft program for students to get Office free (or cheap)?
Last year's deal was $60 for 2007, but the page is currently only redirecting to the main MS Pro Accademic for $80 offer. I've included the link here in case it changes to offer the better price again later in the year. www.theultimatesteal.com