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C# & PHP developer, recent graduate


Feb
27
comment What is the benefit of installing correct driver for monitor in Windows 7?
They sometimes install colour profiles, which adjust the image so the colours are more accurate (I once had a monitor which had a yellow tinge until I installed the drivers from the CD). On older versions of Windows they add support for the monitor resolution and aspect ratio.
Feb
27
comment Will connecting two hubs with two cables help for performance?
@davidgo Excellent point, have edited that into my answer. That could definitely get bad quickly
Nov
4
comment HDMI delay between monitor
@tinmaru If you know the intelligent frame creation is causing the delay, can't you disable the feature in the monitor's OSD?
May
28
comment Howto interpret SMART-Attributes?
@bbaja42 I've added some explanations as to how I reached those conclusions =)
Apr
5
comment Building a PC, advice on SSD/Hybrid Hard Drives
@Jamie I am running my OS + most programs on it, and I also have a larger secondary HDD with music, Steam games, and applications that I don't use very often. You would certainly notice applications start faster than they would on a regular HDD, although of course, it won't be quite as instant as an SSD.
Mar
10
comment Why does System Monitor on Linux show me 4 CPUs?
@PeanutsMonkey Processes can run on more than one core at a time, or switch which cores they're using. As far as I know there is no method to find out which applications happen to be running on which cores. You can limit them to specific cores, but you can't see which cores they're using at any given time.
Mar
10
comment Why does System Monitor on Linux show me 4 CPUs?
@PeanutsMonkey He means that CPUs can slow down or speed up (to conserve power, or process tasks quicker, and so on), so 50% CPU usage doesn't necessarily mean 50% of the maximum speed of the CPU. 50% CPU usage now might not be the same as 50% CPU usage 5 seconds later.
Mar
10
comment Why does System Monitor on Linux show me 4 CPUs?
@PeanutsMonkey You can go to the processes tab to see which applications and services are using the CPU. Which CPU cores end up taking the load is usually fairly random, and there's nothing special in CPU2 and CPU3 being under load while CPU1 and CPU4 do nothing.
Jan
22
comment Can I setup a software RAID in Windows 7 using Virtual Hard Disks?
Fixed size virtual hard disks don't work in Windows 7, unfortunately. It only works inside a VM, not outside.
Nov
30
comment Disable “Do you want to change the color scheme to improve performance?” warning
@ADwarf I do prefer your answer personally, but possibly desktop composition is the better option to suggest first, since it solves the underlying problem, rather than suppressing the message. You're right though, your answer does mention that as well.
Nov
30
comment Disable “Do you want to change the color scheme to improve performance?” warning
@Jeff, I haven't seen it since I disabled maintenance messages, although I guess it is possible that a driver update or similar fixed it in my case.
Nov
30
comment Disable “Do you want to change the color scheme to improve performance?” warning
Nope @dtoubelis, in my case it appeared when I was running Just Cause 2. Good advice for anyone using NXClient though =)
Oct
1
comment Continuous scanning of hard disk for Bad sectors
@articlestack If it has 1,500 bad sectors, then you shouldn't use it except to get your data off it as soon as possible. Its like the computer equivalent of car with no brakes - You wouldn't drive to work in car without brakes, don't use a hard drive with 1,500 bad sectors to store your data either ;-)
Sep
29
comment Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 + Sharepoint Server 2010 aren't compatible?
Thanks, I guess I'll replace it with Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard from Dreamspark.
Aug
17
comment How would I set up a Linux Virtual Machine in a similar way to a headless server?
You might be interested in Virtualbox's Seamless Mode, which lets you basically combine the two OSes desktops and windows onto one screen.
Aug
12
comment How to determine if a 32- or 64-bit OS is suitable for a laptop based on RAM size
@Keith: Once you take into account graphics card memory and so on, 3.3GBs is generally the max usable RAM point. Also, 32-bit Windows has the limitation of 2GB per app and 2GB for the OS, so 3.3GBs can't be all dedicated to one process.
Aug
12
comment How to determine if a 32- or 64-bit OS is suitable for a laptop based on RAM size
@Stampede: Just checked, x64 offers an extra 8 general purpose registers and 8 SSE registers. Good point on x86 offering 64bit registers, missed that somehow =)
Aug
12
comment USB devices slow or halt PC boot
You could always use a PS2/USB adapter to plug your keyboard & mouse into the PS2 ports, if you have some. PS2 ports allow you to press more keys at once and have lower latencies, but you might not be able to use fancy media keys.
Aug
7
comment Screen flicks in MSI CR420
Incidentally, a low refresh rate doesn't cause flickering on LCDs, that only applies for CRTs.
Aug
3
comment Will graphics improve if I add RAM with Shared Graphic Memory?
@William Hilsum: I'm assuming he's referring to newer games and a lower screen res, where the lack of shaders would cripple performance. Older games do run awesome on it, and yeah, running at 1080p would probably require more than 256MB with triple buffering and vsync.