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Feb
2
comment Keyboard doesn't let me press certain keys at the same time
Das Keyboard maxes out at 6 key rollover on usb (standard USB keyboard protocol limitation); and with ps2 ports starting to go the way of the dodo, 7+ key rollover is going to become increasingly less important as time goes by.
Feb
2
comment Sandy Bridge; or, what's in a name?
Probably the initial code name was approved by engineers who didn't have management levels of paranoia.
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
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.
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/…
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
Sep
26
comment Is there a Microsoft program for students to get Office free (or cheap)?
I'm pretty sure that the deal they offer once school starts is significantly better.
Sep
26
comment Can't find Windows Media Player
Depending on how locked down your system is you might be able to use the windows update website to upgrade to WMP12 after installing 11.
Sep
26
comment Outlook 2007: Gmail and POP3
Is your problem just outlook not being set to download message bodies for offline use automatically, or it refusing to let you do anything with imap folders when offline? I've configured outlook to do the former and can probably dig up the settings if needed. I've only had the latter happen once and have no idea what was different that day from my normal situation.
Sep
26
comment Transferring hard drive with bare install of XP between two computers?
Although it's not officially supported (and if botched will break your install) you can swap out a 1 processor HAL for a multi-processor HAL using tools that MS provides for driver developers. I've done it once after discovering my work laptop was imaged with the wrong HAL after I spend a few weeks installing and configuring all my software. forums.nvidia.com/lofiversion/index.php?t44294.html
Sep
26
comment Transferring hard drive with bare install of XP between two computers?
You can run a dual core computer with a single core HAL. You won't get the benefit of the 2nd core though.
Aug
25
comment Will new power supply damage current system
Then you should be good to go with the new power supply.