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Is this a solid system for someone...

Q: Is this a solid system for someone...

...who mainly does internet, word, and light Photoshop work?

Dimension 2400 Series: Pentium® 4 Processor at 2.53GHz with 533MHz front side bus
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition
Mail-In Rebate Offer: $150 MAIL-IN REBATE! (Price above is shown before rebate)
Memory: SPECIAL OFFER! 512MB at 333Mhz DDR SDRAM for the price of 256MB
Keyboard: Dell™ Enhanced Multimedia Keyboard
Mouse: Dell™ Optical USB Mouse
Productivity Software: Microsoft® Office Basic Edition 2003 BASIC
Security Software: McAfee Security Center w/VirusScan, Firewall and Privacy, 90-day trial
Hard Drive: 80GB Ultra ATA/100 7200RPM Hard Drive
CD or DVD Drive: Dual Drives: FREE! 16x DVD-ROM Drive + 8x DVD+RW Drive Floppy Drive and Additional Storage Devices: 3.5 in Floppy Drive FD
Monitor: No monitor
Video Card: Integrated Intel® 3D Extreme Graphics
Sound Card: Sound Blaster Live! 5.1 (D) Card with Dolby® Digital 5.1 capability
Speakers: No Speaker Option
Digital Music: Dell Jukebox powered by MUSICMATCH Digital Photography: Dell Picture Studio, Paint Shop Pro Trial, Photo Album Starter Edition
Dell Media Experience: Dell Media Experience™ Network Interface: Integrated 10/100 Ethernet
Modem: 56K PCI Telephony Modem Dial-up Internet Access: No ISP requested
Purchase Intent: Purchase is not intended for resale.
Limited Warranty, Services and Support Options: 1 Year Limited Warranty plus 1 Year On-site Service Installation Services: No Installation

This deal for $807 minus $150 MIR = $657

Thanks for the thoughts.

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Preferred Solution: Is this a solid system for someone...

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I am on a custom built system. It is fairly new -- roughly 3-4 months old. To date everything has been good, but today the computer crashed on me. No literal visible BSOD --- but my screens went solid red & solid blue and the audio got stuck in a horrible sort of a feedback loop so its possible it was there and I could not see it.

Ive attached my computer crash report. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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The question is what can i do to improve stability (and reduce bsod ratio caused sometimes by old hardware). That PC is my home file server running at 300MHz and 256mb ram (i will not buy more unless you give me so stop).
By stability improvements i do NOT mean disk defrag, spyware scan, virus scan, bla bla bla.... I want stability even at cost of performance.
CPU and RAM tested and working good, PSU looking and working good too (24/7 usually). There's log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 06:15:03, on 2000-01-02
Platform: Windows XP Dodatek SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET NOD32 Antivirus\ekrn.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\dns\bin\named.exe (DNS Server)
C:\Program Files\VNC4\WinVNC4.exe
C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET NOD32 Antivirus\egui.exe
C:\Program Files\PeerGuardian2\pg2.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe (is there any way to actually kill this?)
C:\Program Files\FreeMeter\FreeMeter.exe (safe and needed)
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\uTorrent\uTorrent.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wuauclt.exe

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A:How to make XP system solid-rock stable

is this xp home or pro?

update all of your drivers. especially if you are running SP3.

remove any hardware that isn't necessary.

if xp pro, set to background services performance, instead of application performance.

is it just a file server for the local network or do you do ftp also. what's the dns updater and vnc for?

you give a lot of don'ts, not a lot to work with anyway.

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I hope shortly to receive a "pre-owned" Dell M6800 laptop with a 128GB Solid State Disk (SSD) and a 750GB HDD.

It comes with 8.1 installed (shudder) and I will upgrade to 10 immediately as I couldn't tolerate 8 or 8.1. Once I've done that, I'll need to transfer all my applications and data (which will be tedious I know unless there's some trick or clever tool/application to do it - any suggestions are most welcome here).

Aapart from the OS what should go on the SSD, and what on the HDD. Looking at my current system, the Windows directory plus Program Files, Program Files (x86) and Program Data run awfully close to 128GB, so this isn't quite as simple as Windows & Apps on SSD, with everything else on the HDD and use junctions if necessary to point to data on the HDD.

I can't afford to replace the SSD with a bigger one as all available funds went into buying the new lappie.

Thanks lots
Dave

A:Best setup for system with both Solid State Disk (SSD) and HDD

A 128GB SSD is a pretty good size. As a rule of thumb, everything belonging to the OS (including apps) should go on the SSD and all data should go on the HDD. If you have too many apps, move the less frequently used ones to the HDD.

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I am on a custom built system. It is fairly new -- roughly 3-4 months old. To date everything has been good, but today the computer crashed on me. No literal visible BSOD --- but my screens went solid red & solid blue and the audio got stuck in a horrible sort of a feedback loop so its possible it was there and I could not see it.

Ive attached my computer crash report. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

A:Crash - solid blue & red screens - new system

That sounds more like a system freeze with a display problem.
If I may suggest something it would be to install the display drivers without any software and limited drivers.
Please uninstall everything of Nvidia using Display Driver Uninstaller and install new drivers from Nvidia. Be sure the clean install box is checked and only install the Graphics driver and the PhysX driver.

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Posting here after google led me to a thread here with a similar problem, though I never really discovered what their solution was.

System-
ABIT AT8 32X motherboard with ATI Xpress 1200(?) chipset
dualcore AMD Athlon 64 X2 2800+
2GB RAM
2x 128MB PCIe Radeon X1900 GTs in crossfire mode
Western Digital 120GB SATA1.5 HDD
Windows Vista Ultimate x64

At completely random intervals, with no obvious pattern, the HDD light just goes on and stays on. The system continues to run normally for a bit (except that no new data can be loaded for whatever I'm doing- i.e. if i'm playing a game if anything new such as a player joining an FPS game happens, their model wont show up for example, and music gets stuck in a short loop) then windows eventually (I affecitonately call this) has a heart attack and locks up.

Things I've checked:
- microsoft memory tester boot CD runs for half an hour, no errors found
- CHKDSK full scan turns up no errors except some data loss if the problem occured while data was being written
-Cleaned dust from fan grills and front/rear panel vents

(System locked up while typing this message twice, so posting now in case I lose it again)
there

Several months ago, when my PC seemed to be in good shape and was running quite cool, I decided to try OC'ing the CPU very slightly (5mhz to the clock, literally) Though I didn't experience any problems, I turned it back to normal the same day because I decided I wasnt much of a risk taker.
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A:HDD light goes on solid, system locks up a short while later

a small additional note, if hte system is completely idle with no apps or anything running, nothing will happen. As far as I can tell it only happens when there's disk activity.

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I am having a very frustrating intermittent problem. Windows 7 64 bit. The system freezes, sometimes for just a few seconds and sometimes permanently and I have to do a hard shutdown. When it is throwing its fit, the HDD light is lit up solid. I can usually still move the mouse, but the taskbar is locked.

I have a SSD and a 500g HDD, both of which passed chkdsk with no errors or bad sectors. I unplugged the 500g drive and the problem still happens. I'm just wondering what I should try next, it has been doing this since it was new and I am wondering if my memory or SSD is defective.

A:System hangs at random times, Solid HDD light

Hello and welcome Ben I can't find a specific testing program from Kingston but see if you can run this on it AS SSD Benchmark 1.7.4739 Download - TechSpot

If the drive is bad then I am guessing maybe it will not run correctly on this.

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I have xp home, I have scanned with spybot, rebooted and it goes through normal startup but just before opening the desktop it freezes on the solid blue screen. Any ideas how I can correct this

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I turned off my system after UN installing windows 7 manager, started the system a got a black screen, and a solid cursor in the top left hand corner of the screen. what do i do to resolve this

A:solid cusor in top left corner ,,, system won't start

Hi and welcome to TSF I 'am a little confused by what you are saying,did you uninstall windows 7 or some other program ? did you turn off the machine before the uninstall was complete ? have you tried a star up repair Startup Repair - Windows 7 features - Microsoft Windows

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Hello. I originally listed this under Software (XP) section of this forum, but someone thought I should have it moved to the hardware. I marked the other one as solved, so I could change the title of the thread to better match the hardware section. Here is the post again.

I have completed a brand new build with all new parts and it goes to BIOS, sees all the components and everything is as it should but when I try installing Windows XP Professional, I keep getting the blue screen saying "A Problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer." Technical Information: *** STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF78D2524, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

I made a bootable disc so that I could run CHKDSK and SCANDISK and that one said that it found errors and tried moving files from the one area over to another and block off the corrupted area and it couldn't even do that because it had said there was physical damage to the drive.

So, I opened the other OCZ SSD drive I have (the exact same one - model, etc..) and tried it with the same error happening. I even opened a new xp professional installation cd because that first one had scratches on the cd, and both installation cd's are giving this error to both of these OCZ SSD drives.

This is the first time I am using a solid state drive, so I do not know if I have to make sure I unlock something or what, but the BIOS found the drive stating it's size and all.

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A:Solved: Will Solid State Drives Install XP Operating System?

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I switched to a Samsung 850 EVO 500 Gig SSD.

Now I'm unable to create a Windows system image.

While Googling, I found that it's due to the lack of free space on the small System or "Data" partition on my c: drive.

The 5% free space appears to be the problem.

The only work around is to use Macrium or other software to do my backup image file.

See photo's:

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I switched to a Samsung 850 EVO 500 Gig SSD.

Now I'm unable to create a Windows system image.

While Googling, I found that it's due to the lack of free space on the small System or "Data" partition on my c: drive.

The 5% free space appears to be the problem.

The only work around is to use Macrium or other software to do my backup image file.

See photo's:

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I am looking for a new laptop. I currently have a X121e and recall it being extremely easy to configure on Lenovo's site. So I decided to look at the X270. However, having had great difficulty even starting to configure it (apparently, Lenovo does not favour Firefox any longer), I'm currently having trouble understanding the choices. The first is the choice between PCIe and SATA PointingDevice. Following some discussion, I gather this has nothing to do with any kind of pointing device, but affects my HDD/SSD choices. OK, so let's see what the PCIe choices give me. I get 5 'first hard drive' options. (Nothing I do gets me a 'second hard drive' option, so not sure about this. Or rather, I almost understand this now I've read the platform specification, the user manual, the hardware maintenance manual and various posts on Reddit. Lenovo do like to make buying a challenge!) Now, however, I've reached the end of my google-fu. Intel 256 GB Solid State Drive OPAL2.0 PCIe-NVMe256 GB Solid State Drive PCIe-NVMe OPAL2.0 - CapableIntel 512 GB Solid State Drive OPAL2.0 PCIe-NVMe512 GB Solid State Drive, PCIe-NVMe OPAL2.01 TB Solid State Drive OPAL2.0 PCIe-NVMeI understand the difference beween 1/2 and 3/4 and 5 is obviously size. Fine. But what is the difference between 1 and 2, and between 3 and 4? 1 and 3 are Intel, whereas 2 and 4 are what? Not-Intel? Presumably, Then what's wrong with the Intel drives, that the unbranded versions are cheaper than the branded ones?... Read more

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Hi all, I've been having a problem where my HDD light suddenly becomes solid, and my computer slows right down. I won't be running any intensive applications, it'll just occur, so I don't think it's a memory problem. I have 4 GB of memory on a 2.1Ghz dual core processor. I don't know if I need to be posting any logs. I'm running Nod32 antivirus and Comodo firewall.

A:HDD light solid

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Keep getting unwanted pop ups or similar from Solid Peer, Free6, and Old Games. Some are pornographic. Any ideas of how to stop this please?
 

A:Solid Peer and Pop Ups

Hello,

What operating system are you using? XP has a "pop-up blocker", or you can download them from the net. Here's a search I did through Google.

http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&q=pop-up+blockers&btnG=Google+Search&meta=

Good luck,
Bye,
Penny.
 

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Does anyone in here still use SE v12 or at least HAVE used it and might be able to offer up some assitance with it.
I have a 3ghz/1gb/matrox parhelia128 computer that runs it great for the most part, whenever i go to rotate the 3d model, after say 20 seconds of rotating it sorta just freezes for a second or 4
sometimes for longer.
our support for SE is nonexistant and the phone service is giving me the run around, so getting an update is just about short of impossible. how is v16?

Is it backward compatible? If i use v12 to make something, and have someone using 16 open it, would it cause problems for the document?
 

A:Solid Edge V12

I'm sorry I can't help you with your problem, but I found this thread through Google, and I'd like to ask a question about a problem of my own, which is a bit similar to yours...
I just started at Helsinki University of Technology and I have a machine design course where we use Solid Edge v15... The university has an academic license for it and they are giving it for the students to borrow home so they don't have to use campus computers to do their works for that course. I borrowed it, of course, but it says it won't install, cause the program is for win2000 or XP only... I have windows 98...
Does anyone know what is the latest version of SE that supports windows 98?
And if so, I repeat the question of the previous poster: Does v15 have backward compatibility? We're not using very advanced features, so I think I might be able to do my work with an older version...
 

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Had a major malfunction with my laptop over the weekend and had to replace the harddrive.. lost a few things but I had backups on an external hdd thankfully. One thing I noticed during the whole situation was that my system restore points had been deleted somehow, I researched and found that Defraggler deletes them sometimes, but who knows it could have been something else.

I'm looking for a good defrag program that won't do that.. I noticed Auslogics Disk Defrag in the stickied topics up top but just wanted to ask and make sure it doesn't do anything like that. Also I want a really good backup program. I was using the default backup thing on Vista (set to backup once a week) but when I check my external hdd, there are backups from last year hogging up space..

If anyone has any advice I'd appreciate it

A:Looking for 2 solid programs

Welcome
I use Auslogics and am 100% happy with its performance. You can analyze your HD first to see if a defrag is necessary. Its does a better job than the Vista program included as defrag with the OS.
If you want awesome free software to back up, I use Macrium Relfect, it is awesome
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...e-macrium.html

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My system specs are...
Mobo: Abit KG-7
CPU: AMD Athlon XP 1900+ (never been OC'd) w/ Thermal Take Volcano 7+
Memory: 2 sticks of Crucial Tech 512MB (1GB total)
Graphics: ASUS V8200 Ti200 Deluxe (GF3 T2)
Sound: SB Audigy 2
HDD: Maxtor 80GB
CD/DVDs: Sony DRU-720 DVD+/-RW, Creative 16x DVD, Creative 52x CD
OS: Windows XP Pro (full version)
Last Clean Reinstall: Feb 2005
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Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 3:46:36 PM, on 8/2/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcvsrte.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee.com\PERSON~1\MPFSERVICE.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\MsPMSPSv.exe
c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcshield.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\anvshell.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcvsshld.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\agent\mcagent.exe
c:\progra~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcvsescn.exe
C:\Program Files\Creative\ShareDLL\CtNotify.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\CTHELPER.EXE
C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee.com\PERSON~1\MpfTray.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
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A:XP Pro locking up (solid)

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One of this days i will buy my first solid state drive.
So i need an expert advice,especially from someone who already has ssd.
First : Most of all worries me the compatibility issue with my GA-X38-DS4 motherboard,i don't want to throw the money for nothing. And i didn't found anything in the web about this.
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Second: IF IS NOT THERE ANY COMPATIBILITY ISSUE!! Then....Which one is better,faster?
A) Corsair Force Series F80A - solid state drive - 80 GB - SATA-300
B) OCZ Agility 2 Series - Solid state drive - 80 GB - internal - 2.5" - SATA-300
C) OCZ Vertex 2 Series - Solid state drive - 80 GB - internal - 2.5" - SATA-300

A:My first solid state.

As long as you have SATA ports on your motherboard, SSD drives will work.

Faster is often a result of which benchmark you used. The biggest bang for the buck with any SSD is it's 0.1ms access times to files anywhere on the drive. You will get that from any of the SSD's that you pick. Your read/write speeds may be marginally better on one drive versus another, but unless you are continously reading and writing large files...it probably won't be noticeable in day-to-day computer use.

Personally, I think OCZ has a great reputation and the Vertex 2 line has been solid. I would pick that one if it were me.

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Ive been looking at PC parts for about a year now, so I know at this point about which parts (mostly CPUS and GPUS) are which and when the next gens come out (like how piledriver comes next month presumeably)
But I cant justify $650 without being rather certain of myself.
so here is the parts list:
Rosewill challenger U3
Crucial 8 GB DDR3 1600 Dual channel 240 pin
FX-8120
Cooler Master hyper 212 EVO
Samsung Spinpoint F4 7200 RPM 320 GB (its cheap right now, althought seagate=meh hopefully I wont have bad luck)
Sapphire 2GB 7850 100355L
Rosewill green series 630W RG630-S12 (will update if/when I crossfire later on)
MSI 970A-G46 (chipset 970, has x16 and x8 in xfire mode)
some cheap wireless thing already got.

I already have all peripherals.
total price is $665 with shipping.

so yea, thats about it.
 

A:Solid build?

Looks good, but on a bit of a prejudiced note, you may want to look at getting a different power supply, since Rosewill don't have the greatest track record when it comes to PSUs. Also that case is a nightmare to try get clean, so If you don't want the amazon jungle inside your case I highly suggest you take a look at some of Antec or Coolermaster's budget cases.
apart from that, the rest looks good to me.
 

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Hi, is there any tweak to have the solid taskbar using aero, I?m currently using vista utlimate sp1 x64

thanks

A:solid taskbar

stitch626 welcome to the forums.

One way is to disable Transparency,

Aero Glass Transparency

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Hello so there was a recent outbreak of COVID19 and i couldnt get any technician to fix my router I was wondering if anyone could help me fix my wifi the internet turned solid red and i couldnt fix it i tried to reset it and do other things as well but theres just nothing i could do about it any suggestions?
 

A:How to fix a solid red on your wifi

First step would be to contact your ISP's (Internet Service Provider's) Tech Support to make sure:

1) They don't have a problem with their service,
and
2) They can see your router from their end.
 

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Does anyone know if Solid State HDDs are going to be in the realm of practical both price and capacity wise in the next year or two?
 

A:Solid State

hmm

I'd assume they will be. It's all just a matter of time.
 

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Hey ya'll, I'm currently running an older version of Solid Edge. I have a pretty decked out computer and video card and for some reason when im viewing some 3d rendered objects, when im moving them sometimes it will slow down a bit, stop, then catch up with itself.
It's kinda begining to be a hassle, anyone know if why this might happen.
my video card meets the standards that the program requires to run all 3d models.
 

A:Solid Edge V12

How much RAM you have in the "pretty decked out computer"? Plus when did U defrag the PC last? Scan for Spyware?

What amount of hardisk space you have free?

Really if U post more info., it makes it easier to respond.

Good luck
 

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i install a new ssd and plan to used it as C; when is plug in by itself it works, but when i plug the other drive the system always choses the old drive to boot, i see the new drive in the main screen, but not in the boot priority one, how can i reassign the drives , right now the system don't let me change the letter on the old partition with the os. in it

A:solid state drive

BIOS boot change.
Boot Priority - Change - Vista Forums

Default Operating System - Change Default Boot OS

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Does anyone know of a free (or inexpensive) program for solid modeling? I am fairly competent with AutoCAD. Our Engineering Department is changing over to SolidWorks and I'd like to dabble with something far more rudimentary just to see how it works. Thanks.
 

A:Solid Modeling Software

Maybe Google Sketchup.
http://sketchup.google.com/
 

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Sup,

This might take some explaining - I have a 32GB SSD as my C:\windows drive and a 1.2TB normal disk with all my other stuff on it. I have not got any programs that allow you to choose the install location installed on the SSD, however programs such as Photoshop, Minecraft & Office 365 will only install to C: I have migrated my Users folder to the other volume which freed up around 4 GB of space - however having installed Photoshop I now have about 80KB free this is an annoyance to live with. I have done everything else to free up space under the sun.

So, my question is, what happens if I change the drive letter of the solid state to D: or something like that, & change the other disk with about 900 GB free to C: so, windows will be installed under d:\windows on the SSD. Then I could isntall photoshop & the like to the bigger drive.

Will this work? Not re-installing is desirable, but if needs be....

Thanks in advance,

Jon.

A:Solid State Trouble

The only way to install Win7 to a drive other than C is to run its installer from C to install to another drive, which locks out the C drive letter from use. This is neither desirable or correct.

If you have 32gb SSD then it's actually a chip on an MSATA hard drive intended to provide paging cache to speed up the drive. While we've helped users install to the chip at their request, it is absurdly small and requires the kind of gymnastics you're grappling with. If you'd like to install WIn7 as intended here are the steps: Install Windows on MSATA (SSD) Drive - Windows 7 Help Forums
Install Windows on System with MSATA and ISRT - Windows 7 Help Forums

Since no one is thrilled with the performance on an MSATA compared to an SSD, a solution is to buy a larger SSD which are coming down in price to around $50 per 120gb now. Photoshop for example needs to be on the SSD to benefit from its speed. Best deals of the day

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I was wondering if someone would know why my computer has started to freeze solid when I shut it down. I am not doing anything different than what I have always done, but now when I shut it down it freezes at the moment that it says: "Windows is shutting down" and it stays stuck in there. The power botton doesn't work. The only way to completely shut it down is to cut off the power. My computer is only three months old, and I don't think it should be doing that. Any ideas on what I should do? By the way I have run Spybot and Ad-Aware 6, and I found no spyware. Here's some info on computer and thank you in advance.

Windows XP pro
Pentium 4 processor
2.66 GHz with 533MHz system bus/ 512k
L2Cache
 

A:XP freezes solid on shoutdown

Sorry, the heading shoud read:

"XP freezes solid on shutdown" not "shoutdown" I don't know what I was thinking.....
 

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Hi
I installed a new ssd drive in my dell inspiron 15 and it seams to boot slower than the old HD drive. I used a cloning software to clone from the HDd to ssd. The systems has window 10 500gb ssd and 8 GB ram. I have messed with the power settings trying to get it to boot faster but no luck. When you turn it on it just sits on the dell screen for like 2 minutes then boots. Can anyone help me with what might have went wrong. Thanks in advance
 

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This is either an issue with formatting a new Solid State Drive or something related cloning data and setting up windows 7 on the SSD. The plan was to run the OS off the SSD.

First, I now know I forgot to format the SSD before cloning...but it think it may have happened automatically because the clone process seems to have worked...sort of. The bad...it took up 2/3's of a 250GB SSD...not good. So I thought why not start over, delete everything on the SSD, format it and try a clean install from my windows 7 upgrade disc. Did that and it work better...just a small amount of the SSD was used....but...

But now, with just the SSD plugged in, am getting an error at boot up..."No boot manager" and boot fails. Plug the original HD drive back in and boot is fine and appears to be running off the SSD mostly...quiet and fast. But the old hard drive does tick away now and then. So, I'm thinking this is not how it should be and not as efficient as it should be. This is why I bought the SSD...to boot faster, play games and most common aps off the SSD...faster. Where did I miss the boat...?

Is boot manager something I can add? I tried to boot via the upgrade disc and do a repair, but it fails saying "Partition for windows missing"...which may be a formatting issue too. I am guessing the partition houses the boot manager...?? How can I fix. I get Microsoft security error during repair...

My Solid State Drive says at the Disk Management Screen:

232.88 GB NTFS
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A:Solid State Drive set up

I would format the SSD then do step by step what you did the first time.

edit: also take a look through the Tutorials section. I'm sure there's several concerning SSDs and their various configuration options.

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Hey All,

I am building a computer in the next week that the customer wants a SSD 2.5" drive. I've never built a PC with an SSD in it. Couple of questions

Will the standard 2.5" drive bay in a case hold the drive alright?

Will the drive be susceptible to electro shock and data loss in a power failure or hard reset?

Does the SSD need to be insulated in the case any particular way?

Does the SSD need specific proprietary power or SATA cables to interface with a modern motherboard?

Thanks
 

A:Solid State Drive

Connections and Size will very on which drive you get, but traditionally it will fit in a 2.5 bay and can support a sata connection. Nothing extra is needed. It shouldn't be any more susceptible to data loss during power failures then normal drives (of course like normal drives, you may lose data if you are writting to it during said power loss).

For more details see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solid-state_drive
 

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We're starting a new Distributor biz that sells to retailers. We're in the process of setting up our home office and would like to start with a good solid platform. I'm not a computer geek and need to avoid constant fixes/virus and spyware scans/etc. I certainly would consider switching OS or going with MAC or whatever, to avoid what seems to be a constant steam of nagging issues. Currently I have XP, Outlook, IE with a likelihood that we'll be using QuickBooks and Customer Manager to manage our biz. My kids are constantly using the computer with AOL IM, Internet games, etc.

Would love your thoughts on best OS/hardware to give us a good solid platform, and suggestions on how to systematically maintain it to avoid problems before they happen. Should we set up a separate CPU just for the biz (no kids allowed)?
 

A:Solved: Solid OS/HW/etc. for small biz?

First thing is have a separate computer for the kids and there games, the computer for the business should be for business only. The next thing is you want to do is contact the Better Business and find out about Computer Advisors so you can have the correct computer setup with the security and protection that you need. There is nothing worse than finding out all of everything has been hacked on you and that is bad.
 

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hi all
i am thinking of using a solid state drive for the operating system and would be grateful for any advice can i keep the drive i have now with win 7 home premium, and install another windows 7 (like ultimate): on the solid state drive??

A:Solid state drives

I don't think you can have two instances of Windows using the same license key, even on the same machine (unless you clone them, but then the drives should be identical). So basically you'll have to buy another copy of Windows. Other than that, SSD will make your machine way faster. the only catch is the limited number of write cycles, so I would follow the by now standard advice of moving your cache and temp folders to a RAM disk.

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Hi I had my computer in sleep mode for a while. I was in a hurry and when I went to use it, it froze. I held the power button down to shut it off. When I booted it back up. I get the usual hp invent startup screen, followed by a windows error recovery screen with options of launch startup repair or start windows normally. After either choice I get a "windows is loading files.." bar and then after, I get the usual black screen with green loading bar. After that it goes to a solid light blue screen with just the mouse pointer on it. It doesnt do anything after this. Its stuck on this screen.

Im running Vista home premium and have an hp pavillion media centre PC.

Really need help guys.

A:Solid Blue Screen Help

NOTE: I have severe eye problems. If I do not respond to your postings, please PM another staff member for assistance.

I suggest starting all troubleshooting with the following diagnostic tests (located at this link: Hardware Diagnostics ). They'll save you a lot of time and heartache if there is a hardware failure, and you'll have the disks on hand in case you need them in the future:

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H/W Diagnostics:
Please start by running these bootable hardware diagnostics:
Memory Diagnostics (read the details at the link)
Hard Drive Diagnostics (read the details at the link) - Test ALL of the hard drives.

Also, please run one of these free, independent online malware scans to ensure that your current protection hasn't been compromised: Free Online AntiMalware Resources (read the details at the link)
There are also free, bootable antivirus disks at this link: Free Online AntiMalware Resources - Bootable Disks




Have you tried getting into Safe Mode? Try rapidly tapping the F8 key immediately before the Windows splash screen shows up. Let us know what happens when you try to get into Safe Mode.

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Hi, being a heavy duty point and clicker only, I'm pretty useless at techno jargon. I'll try my best to explain though.

Im using a dell inspiron 4150 laptop.
Windows XP home edition.
Version 2002.
Service pack 2.
Intel® Pentium®4.
Mobile CPU 1.70GHz.
1.69 GHz, 384 MB of RAM

I have recently used various spyware scanners. Adaware / Spy Bot search and destroy / registry fix. Also have ran AVG. They seem to have done the trick as my computer is running at normal speed again. My problem now is....

When I drag a window about I'm only dragging the outline of it. That is, the original window remains in place until I release the mouse button, at which point the window then jumps to the new location. How can I make it so that I drag a solid window (ie with all of its contents) again, rather than just the outline. I'm finding it to be a real pain as I'm so familiar to moving windows out of the way to have a quick look underneath, then droping them back there. I havent changed anything intentionally, and can only presume one of the scans I've ran has done this. I was having a problem with slowing down (to a crawl at times), and also it seemed to be double clicking aswell. These problems seem to have gone now though (I hope), apart from the window dragging thing.

I'm sort of hoping theres a check box or something to tick, but have looked around and cant find anything within settings etc. I've googled for hours and cant get anywhere that way eith... Read more

A:Cant Drag A Solid Window?

Right click "My Computer" on the desktop and select "properties".
Click the "Advanced" tab then under "Performance" click the "settings" button.
On the "Visual Effects' tab make sure "show windows contents while dragging" is selected.

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I have spent COUNTLESS hours trying to solve WHY my son's PC is Freezes up all the time, and I'm too broke to have a technician look at it and tell me i'm !**%&[email protected]!

This is a computer a friend gave him years ago, and had erased the hard drive. We re-installed windows on it, and it has been doing fine for years.

It's a Dell Dimension 4400, windows XP home.
It has never been hooked up to internet, so no viruses.
He plays little kid games only. (Real little kid; ZOO Tycoon is the most sophisticated.)
NO new software has been added for about almost a year.
No new hardwrae added.
It has adequate ventilation.
I have reinstalled all the drivers (keyboard, mouse and CD Rom)
Device Manager tells me everything is groovy.
There are no peripherals installed.

Some days, the thing works fine, and he can play for a couple hours.
Some days we turn the thing on and it freezes while loading!
It just freezes up at random times.
Also, the CD Drive won't allow me to write on it anymore! It will read the CD, but I can't copy files to it.
I checked the internet on my computer, but couldn't find a matching CD drive update to try to install. (doesn't mean it doesn't exist, just that I can't find it!)

When it "Freezes", I can't pull up the cntr/alt/del trick, all we can do is hit the power button. Yes, the NUM Lock is ON and doesn't go off. If we try to turn it on again, even after 5 minutes, it simply WON'T even turn o... Read more

A:Frozen Solid Quandry

I would strongly suspect hardware at this stage, rather than software.

In reality it could be anything from the PSU (Power Supply Unit) to RAM or motherboard.

That you get no error messages is salient, in that hardware is more likely than software as the culprit.
 

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Is it possible to install a solid state drive as the second hard drive for a laptop? I have a dell inspiron 1420.
Is there a noticeable performance gain?
If its not possible to install internally, is there a way to make a solid state drive the primary drive and have it externally?
 

A:solid state drive

I read that only some of the 17" laptops come with two drive bays. I checked and my 17" laptop does have two drive bays.

I'm no expert, but I've read and have been told heard this a noticable performance gain.

Inside it can be used as primary or secondary. Outside the computer it might only be able to be used as data storage but I'm not 100% sure.
 

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Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes comes out in Spring 2014 for, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. With the announcement of the Deja Vu exclusive content for the Playstation systems. It left Xbox fans wondering whether or not there would be anything for them. Last night at the Xbox One event, it was announced that there would be exclusive content for Xbox One.

They do not detail what it would be but I can tell you this; it will not be the Deja Vu mission as that is exclusive to fans that have been around for the past 15 years since Metal Gear Solid for Playstation 1.
 

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Good morning, I have a Y50-70 Touch that has started freezing completely after about 10 to 15 minutes of being booted up.  This requires a hard reset by holding the power button until it shuts off.  I can boot up again and it runs fine for another 10 or 15 minutes.  Lenovo support has been no help.   I have read there are some issues between the SSD and the other hard drive but not sure how to fix it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! 

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OK...A week ago I got a computer built for me, I was having extreme issues when playing world of warcraft or even just youtube, facebook. Solid colors, Green/blue/pink/black. with black lines down it. "Display driver has stopped working/recovereD" Causing me to restart. SO i took the computer back and raged thinking it was because of them. I got my money back...So 2 days ago I went somewhere else and I got another pc built for me....THE SAME ISSUE... Things I have done have been.. Bought a new moniter. new cords.
I tried my dads moniter/friends moniter. with all different cords.
I tried different outlets in my house.
Screen flashes frequently aswell.

Please help. I'm going crazy.

A:Flickering/solid colors..help!

I am using a diffrent video card...and same issue... Help?

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Hey all,

I have been out of the PC building world for a year or so now, just wondering what the newest word about SSD drives are. A year or so ago I remember they were not really up to spec, they had a limited number of read/write cycles and fialed pretty commonly. Is that still true, or have vast improvements been made?

Looking at this drive
http://www.frys.com/product/6799875?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG
and throwing it into a desktop, will that mount alright? Any issues about connectors? I think it still uses the same Sata and power cables correct?
 

A:Solid State Drives

It still uses the same sata and power connects. You would need a drive bay adapter unless you want to wire tie it somewhere.
 

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I haven't bought a router in a year or two. I have several WRT54GL's in use as subnet routers and a few cheap TPLinks I'm using to extend a few subnets. My "gateway" is an RT-N66U that I've been happy with.

However, my neighbor needs to replace his old wrt router in which the DHCP server is malfunctioning. While we're at it, I'll be adding a router to extend his signal(we'll be connecting the two via cat6 rather than wireless).

So, I'm perusing amazon ratings now, but thought it wisdom to find out what routers some of y'all have used & recommend as far as:

Stability & quality
Use of bandwidth
Cost, accounting for above factors.

He doesn't game or download huge files, so it doesn't need to be some super powerful fast router. It doesn't even have to be dual band. He's buying 2, so the cost/quality ratio should be reasonable.

Thanks for any recommendations.

A:Solid Router Recomendation

Hi

Just comment.

For router brand & model, it is best to check as each ISP preference.
That is to say, do understand what are the requirements needed for broadband connection.
ISP may test on certain (few) brand on routers.
This is to avoid any interruption as ISP are not liable for intermittent connection and wireless issue due to router.
As they are not liable for router issue, which you may have to deal with it yourself. (Or seek help)
Router do able to used for 3 years or more, without any problem, ex mine router.

Before you commit to sign up to an ISP, do research by yourself, as each user has it own devices.
Likewise, each user will give you a different answer to your question points.
So it is better to check on those already sign up to ISP(s) do compare and most important is reliable & stable connection.






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My "gateway" is an RT-N66U that I've been happy with.


You can continue to use first, before commit yourself to a new router which may work or not.


Eric.

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I'm running a self made AthlonXP 2600+ system, 1GB RAM, with a GeForce FX 5600 256 MB Video Card.

I have WinXP Pro SP2, with Media Player 11, QT 7, the latest Nvidia drivers, all MS updates, and a newly installed Divx codec.

I've been having this problem for a while, and can't figure out a solution, thought I'd run it by the experts here:

Whenever I run any kind of video file, after several minutes, the video becomes a solid green(but sound runs fine), and my system runs very slow until I close the video. Then, all video I try to watch is solid green until I restart the computer. The issue happens with WMP and QT, and seems to happen with all video file types. This leads me to think it could be a hardware or settings issue. Like I said, I've fully updated everything, and have tried playing with the Hardware Accelleration setting in the Advanced Display Properties, no avail.

Any ideas or suggestions? I'd be grateful for any help.
 

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I did a new build with my son. We get everything together and turn it on..... no post.

Just a solid red cpu light.

I am using a ryzen 5 2600
MSI x470 gaming plus board.
Ballistix Sport LT 8GB Single DDR4 2666 MT/s (PC4-21300) DR x8 DIMM 288-Pin Memory - BLS8G4D26BFSE I have two of these.

When I power up with one or both sticks of RAM I get the CPU light.
When I power up with no RAM then the ram light comes on and not the CPU light.

Please help me. We want to play some games and can?t wven get a display.
 

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Quote:
If you're the type to prefer a seriously minimal desktop—so much so that you choose a solid-color desktop over setting a custom wallpaper—you may be wondering why-oh-why Windows 7 takes so long to boot your machine.


Solid-Color Backgrounds Cause 30-Second Login Delay in Windows 7 - windows 7 - Lifehacker

I don't know if you guys already know this but I didn't. This will be a problem for some who think Windows 7 is taking too long to start..........

Here's the "hotfix"

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/977346

A:Bug with solid color backgrounds

Personally? I can't think of anything more depressing and somewhat nerdly, than a solid color desktop. But for those who don't share my disdain for such, I'm sure glad there's a fix for the slow booting problem.

Thanks for that post. I'll pass that along to my tech friends.

The Doctor

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There are a few things you need to know, about Solid State Drives, before you upgrade your computer/laptop/netbook to this newest technology.

1. Do you have a SATA or IDE Controller?

Most drives are designed for SATA, though there are some IDE (aka: ATA and PATA) drives available also. To know which one you need, look inside your computer, or check out the specs/details of your laptop/netbook.
If you have a computer, open the case and locate your hard drive. Look at the wires on the back of your hard drive.


2. Internal vs. External
External drives are mostly for portable data, like a USB flash drive, so an internal drive is the best option for an SSD drive, so it can make your Operating System (Windows, Mac OSX, Linux) faster and more responsive.

3. Capacity
The most common sizes are 32, 64, 128 and 256 Gigabytes (GB). The operating system will use about 10 GB of space, so make sure you leave enough free space for your applications, games, files and so on. I would recommend getting a minimum of 64 GB, and up to 128GB, unless you have a big budget.

Continued at source: SSDTechnologyForum.com


Yes, I am a member there also, and I thought this article was useful for those looking to make the SSD leap

A:What you should know, before you buy a Solid State Driv

64GB sounds about right to me, for the OS and programs, with a nice Caviar Black for your data.

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