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Jan
29
comment What happens when a flash drive wears out?
I've read that the USB external drive interface doesn't provide any way to send SMART errors to the OS; so even if a thumb drive implemented SMART the warnings wouldn't be delivered. This is doubly disappointing because flash cells don't suddenly stop working, failure comes after a period of progressively slower write times meaning there always should be plenty of warning to send a SMART error vs mechanical drives often failing without warning.
Jan
27
answered Multi-monitor Setup with Widescreen and Two 19 inch Screens
Jan
25
comment Can I turn a PCI-e x1 slot into an old PCI slot?
For devices that can consume significant amounts of bandwidth PCIe is also better since a 1x slot gives either 125 (1.0) or 250MB/sec (2.0) of dedicated bandwidth in each direction, vs PCIs 133MB that's shared both directions with all other PCI devices. In the next year or so PCIe 3.0 will boost the per lane bandwidth to 500MB/sec allowing SATA6GB and USB3 addon cards to operate at near full speed in a 1x slot.
Jan
25
comment Can I turn a PCI-e x1 slot into an old PCI slot?
Makers of low end expansion cards also like the form factor since it reduces the minimum size of the PCB needed for the card. If you look on sites like newegg you'll see lots of a triangle and L shaped PCI cards that add an ethernet port/usb ports or something else that's trivial and which needed to make the PCB larger to support the connection to the mainboard.
Jan
25
comment Can I turn a PCI-e x1 slot into an old PCI slot?
The reason mobo makers like PCIe 1.x slots is that they're cheaper to implement. They only need 18 pins vs 62 for a 32bit PCI slot. Fewer traces leads to simpler board layout, less EMI, and potentially fewer layers needed in the PCB itself (this is a big cost savings).
Jan
21
asked aero snap on a multi monitor system
Dec
15
answered How hot is too hot? (Or, how my graphics card burned my fingers)
Dec
15
comment How hot is too hot? (Or, how my graphics card burned my fingers)
I haven't taken apart an ATI card, but nVidia 2 slot cards are a major PITA to dissemble; and the one time I did I found that blasting all the vents with a can of air had already removed the dust.
Dec
15
answered Safely view websites that may be harmful
Dec
7
answered Windows 7 RC License
Nov
27
awarded  Teacher
Nov
25
comment Two monitors in vertical position as a dual monitor screen for a laptop
Bandwidth: USB2 48 MB/sec; PCCard 133 MB/sec; ExpressCard 250MB/sec; 1600x1200x24 bit @ 60hz = 345MB uncompressed; 1280x1024x24 @ 60hz = 236MB uncompressed. If, like the USB device the PCCard adaptor is a dumb frame buffer and dependent on the host to do all actual rendering it's probably still going to lag. If it's a full up actual GPU then it has the same bandwidth as the PCI bus and should be suitable for any non-gaming usage.
Nov
25
comment Two monitors in vertical position as a dual monitor screen for a laptop
AFIAK The Matrox devices only work for horizontal layouts.
Nov
25
answered How can I play an online video in full screen AND type in a text editor at the same time?
Nov
24
awarded  Commentator
Nov
24
comment Confirming that Windows 7 is using SSD optimizations
You can write several gigs a day before reaching the listed write lifetime on a current consumer SSD. Since SSD failure is caused by a slow progressive increase in write times it's actually easily detected by SMART tools allowing the firmware to move data to healthy parts of the SSD. Also an article I read indicated that those numbers are pessimistic and that only a few percent of the total capacity had to be removed as bad sectors at that point with most lasting significantly longer.
Nov
18
answered PNY GeForce 6200 256MB PCI DVI for entertainment center
Nov
18
comment PNY GeForce 6200 256MB PCI DVI for entertainment center
Is that just if you're using the card to decode the data, or is a card that old also incapable of streaming the data out if the CPU is doing the decoding?
Nov
16
answered HDDs disks/speed dependency
Nov
12
comment Upgrade OEM Windows 7 Pro to Windows 7 Enterprise
That chart is for Vista Upgrades, not Win7 upgrades.