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Questions About Precautions to Building a PC (Easy Questions)

Q: Questions About Precautions to Building a PC (Easy Questions)


I'm thinking about building my own PC, but I don't quite understand what anti-static precautions should be taken. Obviously, nothing will be plugged in, but is there anything I'm missing or not understanding?
Also, are anti-static wrist bands essential? Also, would carpet work as a good working area?


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I am planning on building a brand new system, but I wanted to get your opinions because you guys are really smart and have great input and information. I am planning on putting all this stuff together:

Pentium 4, 3.0GHZ HT Prescott
Gigabyte GA-8IPE1000G ATX Intel Motherboard
2X Kingston ValueRAM 512MB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM
ATI Radeon X800 Pro 256MB (already purchased for 80, good deal?)
Western Digital Caviar SE 250GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s

Anyone have any thoughts on whether this will be a good system, or should I choose different products. Also, with the processor I have chosen, what is a good, quiet heatsink, that is not a fortune? Your feedback is appreciated and I am open to new ideas. Thanks guys

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That looks like a solid system you've got there. The x800Pro is definately a plus.

If you are looking for a quiet heatsink may I recommend a Zalman 92mm AlCu or a Cu fan for your P4.

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This is the PC I am currently building. Can I get you all's opinion on it? Note that the case and the MoBo have been bought. I just bought them tonight so that is a lock, AFAIC. It wasn't built to powerhouse through todays latest and greatest at full RES and best settings, but I think it will handle nicely and it leaves much room for upgrades and improvment as I go.


Mother Board


Graphics Card



250gig HDD


DVD/CD Writer

Wireless Keyboard and Mouse


That's it. All the above items were listed in order of importance.

This, the end result, will be a:
2.4 Gigahertz AMD Athlon 64 3800+
2 Gigabytes of DDR400/PC3200 Dual Channel OCZ XMS Ram
ASUS A8N-SLI ATX-Form AMD Mother Board
250 Gigabyte Western Digital 7200RPM SATA II HDD
MSI GeForce 7600GT 256MB PCI-E 16x
19" FLatscreen LCD DVI-D Moniter
CD/DVD Read/Writer Combo drive
Realtek ALC850 ISCS
Altec Lansing 2.1 Speaker System
Powered by a 500 Watt Antec SmartPower 2.0

All cased in a sexy, loud (looking) NZXT case.

Now, I got a few questions though. One, is a Widescreen LCD worth it? I mean, I am going to be running on 1280 x 1024. Will that looked warped on the WS? Will the moniter compansate to make it look normal, or what? Should I just go square with a square one? (Will be 19" LCD). Also, I'm rarly going to be watching movies on my PC. It is for gaming and internet mainly. The moniter that I have my eye on ... Read more

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everything looks good except for the power supply. stay away from aspire. they are known trouble makers.

www.hardforum.com said:

Aspire > Dangerous! They don't even pretend to meet the ATX/AMD/Intel specs!Click to expand...

generally speaking if the power supply looks real pretty like that one, then that's what you're paying for. the looks, not the quality.

buy from a known reputible brand like Antec, Enermax, Fortron, or PC Power & Cooling. here's a good guide to good quality power supplies in all price ranges.

by thw way, all your parts are linked to newegg except your videocard, you can get it on newegg even cheaper, see it here

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1st on my motherboard the are these three pin connectors on there but i have nothing to connect to them they say in the mb manual that they are fan headers do I need to connect these?

2nd with my power supply there is a bunch of fore pin connectors in the mb manual they say power three so do I just connect everything that has those four pins into it? I more is if I have extra connections after im done is that alright? I know dumb question but i appreciate it

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warner19 said:

1st on my motherboard the are these three pin connectors on there but i have nothing to connect to them they say in the mb manual that they are fan headers do I need to connect these?Click to expand...

The answer is maybe. The one closest to the CPU is for the CPU cooling fan. Most motherboards will let you connect the CPU cooler elsewhere, but some will refuse to run unless it detects a fan. We need to know your motherboard manufacturer and model number to provide a definitive answer.

warner19 said:

2nd with my power supply there is a bunch of fore pin connectors in the mb manual they say power three so do I just connect everything that has those four pins into it? I more is if I have extra connections after im done is that alright? I know dumb question but i appreciate itClick to expand...

One of the four pin connectors has two rows with two yellow wires and two black wires. This needs to be plugged in (close to the CPU) or the computer won't run. The other four wire connectors (1 red, 2 black, 1 yellow) are for drives, video cards, fans, etc. You only need as many as you have devices to plug them in to.

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Okay so im building a new PC and have a few questions concerning the Psu Gpu and cpu and also i wanted some educated opinions before i go buying things.

Ill start off by saying that i wanted to get the Crosshair V Mobo by ROG found here @ amazon.com

But i read one of the reviews on there and the kid said that when he Tried putting the AMD FX-8150 onto the mobo it didnt work bc the bios had to be updated, can anyone clear this up for me??

With that being said i was either going to purchase the AMD Phenom II x6 1100T Or the AMD FX-8150 8-core
both around the same price so can i have opinions on which is better or the pros and cons..i heard the bulldozer runs at kinda high temps..

as of now i decided to go with this Mobo because of the review about the ROG board plus this one is about 100$ cheaper and seems just as good and is also capable of running the 8 core processor.


This mobo is CrossfireX Ready so i have a few questions about this also..i currently have a Radeon HD 5670 1gb ddr5
You can run two gpu on one monitor correct? and do both of the GPU have to be the same? do i have to get another 5670 series or will it work if i get lets say a HD 6950?

Also what would be more benificial to me if i ran 2x 1gb ddr5 gpu's or if i had lets say a geforce gtx 550 2gb ddr5?
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Ok, I just bought $660 dollars worth of computer parts off the internet to build a good gaming computer. This will be my first time to ever build a computer but I think I can handle the bulding part. Everything i will be putting into it is...

MoBo Bundle On Mwave.com

MoBo - ECS P4VXAD $52.50

CPU - Intel Celeron 1.8ghz $110.25

RAM - 512MB RAM $123.00

HD - Maxtor 80GB 7200RPM $107 At Newegg.com

Floopy Drive - Sony 1.44MB 3.5 Drive $8 At Newegg.com

Video Card - GAINWARD/CARDEXPERT GeForce 4 Ti 4200 $143 At

Mid Tower - MAXTOP CSX-147K-GF-USB-GRAY $49 At Newegg.com

CD ROM - Samsung SC152LEB 52X CD-ROM $27 At Newegg.com

I have researched it and am almost possitive that all this stuff will work together. The CPU and the Video card is going to be GREAT ! Anyways, I want to know what happens after I build it. I know I have to install and OS. The OS i have decided to use is Windows 98 because I am more experienced to it. I need to know everything I will need to do to get my computer up and running so that I can Install my games and start gamming ! Everyones info would be great ! thank you all !

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shouldn't be much after installing the os.
check in device manager that the hard drive is set correctly using udma.
Load drivers for the sound and video
Tweak anything you like.
The win98 cd should have all the motherboard drivers so that shouldn't be an issue.

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new to networking. not new to computing.

i have a p4 system with winxp home.
i would like to switch to linux. (#1: any advice on a beginners distro? [ive played around with knoppix] and i know theres a linux section, i jus figured id make one post.)

2 computers are behind our router as of now.
id like to add my old p3 machine as a file server (and to update my ipod because as far as ive looked theres not a 'beginners' way to do it with linux. so #2: how would i go about setting that server up?

#3: instead of having another monitor on that machine to update my ipod could i use a program like vnc? (does linux support that?)

and #4: after i set up the file server, do you have any quick tips on keeping it as maintenance free as possible?
thanks in advance!

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hey, I am new to this board, and to computer tech, and have a couple of easy questions.

1st: I just built a new AMD computer and was wondering if there is a way to change the start up wav clip. I downloaded a THX clip and thought it would be cool to have that as my start up.

2nd: Ive read that a lot of people over clock their processors. I am using my computer for recording and need all the power I can get, but I don't want to hurt the processor. I have an AMD 3000+ and was wondering if it was a good idea?

thanks a lot-

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Ok question 1: can u run a Athlon XP 2600+ (333Mhz FSB)off a AOpen AK79D - 400VN Socket A with nForce2 chipset?

p.s here the website for the MoBo: http://english.aopen.com.tw/products/mb/AK79D-400VN.htm

Question 2: Which CPU is better?

AMD Athlon XP 2400+
AMD Athlon XP 2500+
AMD Athlon XP 2600+

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I reinstalled WinXP Pro after a bunch of problems I was having. The last time I installed it was in 3 years ago, and I've forgotten some things:

1. I have an administrator account and my account. I don't want my account. I only want the single administrator account. I didn't create it, but somehow I have 2 different ones. Can I just delete the one and work on administrator alone?

2. Is there a way to "copy" the desktop (links and shortcuts) that are on my account and move it to the administrator?

3. I used to boot up the system and it would go directly into windows, bypassing the login screen. You know, power on the computer, come back in 5 minutes and it's primed and ready to go. Now I have to type my username/password to get in. How do I bypass the login again?

4. When I click the Start tab, there is a Documents tab. How do I get rid of that? I want to use the classic style. I thought I remember right clicking on the taskbar, clicking properties, then start menu, then customize classic start menu and there being some sort of box to uncheck. I see that box under the newer style start menu customize, but not the classic style.

I'm not concerned with security.

Thanks in advance!

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this is in reply to 3 & 4.

3. did you happen to download the .net 1.1 or more recent framework (or whatever the crap it's called)? same deal happened to me after i downloaded it.

4. if you right click on the start menu, and open properties/-> customize. there is an option there to choose how many items you want in that list, or to clear it. Also, if you right click on the item itself it gives you options. (the option for the classic look is in the main area too ((TASKBAR AND START MENU PROPERTIES)) )
as for 1, i've never had that problem, however in Control Panel there is an icon which says Accounts. thumb through that a bit, it should give you the option there to delete an account.

and for 2, not sure about that one. sorry.

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1. keep getting "reminder" - appears as continual maddening pop-up, which reads like a typical internet "page cannot be displayed" message. can use task manager to kill it only momentarily... is this a virus.... norton has been run to scan, but reveals no viruses found. I'm not on internet when message shows up... what is this, and how do I kill it.

2. More important: have a few games loaded on xp... nice new computer, with lots of everything (hardware)... Added game - civilization III to programs, and it has effectively killed all other games... uninstalled all games, reinstalled all but civIII, and they worked fine again.... believe the problem to possibly be a direct-x file sharing/ version problem...?? how to make sure all programs are happy? reload and create direct-x path just for civIII? how.

3. Norton virus scan has Quarantined program mserv.exe...
what sort of hokus-pokus is going on here? Initially absorbed some viruses...keylogger, trojan, password.... and killed all with norton except this.... Doesn't really sound like a virus, but maybe microsoft magic? fact or fiction. Do I unquarantine? thankyou!

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Lots of hits on Google for trojan in mserv.exe file. Try free online trojan scanner: http://www.trojanscan.com/

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After I heard sims 2 came out and was so popular I decided to see what made it so great. I went out and got the basic sim 1 game (no expansions that I know of) and installed it. Now that I am into it I need to ask a few questions...

Where can I get more Objects? I have googled "Sims objects" and get a ton of search sites and not much content.

Is there absolutely any way to edit one of your sims after they are engaged in the simulation?

I read somewhere that there are tools that help you install and manage patches, objects, etc. for the sim game. Anyone know of them?

A:Easy Sim's1 (NOT 2) questions.

there is a bunch of stuff on thesims.com (NOT thesims2.com) you must register to download objects, etc. Alot of Sims Object sites are foreign, but no need to worry, the objects work fine, and the site is usally in english. A good way to search for objects in google is "The Sims+Objects" without the quotes. There are a bunch of third-party hacks around that let you mess with sims, I even have one that lets you change careers and edit the in-game careers. It's amazing. Just watch what you download because it may not screw up your computer, but your game could be history.

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I have a client that has a CD Rom that used to automatically pull up games, etc. when she would put the disk in the system. Now it does not. She has cleaned the disks, etc. Any suggestions? Also, can you use a CD cleaner on the computer. I use it all the time on our DVDs players but never on the computer. Thanks so much!

A:2 hopefully easy CD Rom questions

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Hi everyone.

I am building myself a pc (spec below), and have encountered a few interesting things/pronblems that if at all possible I would like some

help with, also I need some pointers I'm not a home build virgin, but the last 2 were put together and play situations, whereas this time I

would like to get the most juice out of my parts as possible. so here goes.

I went for the best balance of power to cash value I could with a view to getting some overclocking done, the case is nice and cool with 2

extra case fans keeping things chilly

os =win2k
Mobo = Gigabyte GA-K8NF-9
HD = WDCaviar 160GB SATA 8MB cache 7200
RAM = Twinmos twister pc 3200 400mhz 1Gig (2x256MB 1x 512MB)
Case = Thermaltake Shark
Gfx = Saphire Radeon X700 Pro 256MB
CPU = AMD Athlon 64 3000+ 1.8GHz
Audio = SB Audigy 2 (not installed yet)
Monitor = IIyama 17" ProLite E435S-B TCO-99 10ms
psu = Fortron 400w
optical = some crappy dvd burner needs upgrade.

1.Firstly Is there some source reference where I can find out what the different bios settings/ timings voltages etc do, because in the

manual it doesnt explain what they actually do, just the name and what it can be set to.

2.If anyone has a similar system it would also be interesting to see what their bios is set to too. or if any1 can guide me to the best

settings for my rig i would be much obliged, however understanding the settings is also important as I want to learn.

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I've asked before a few weeks ago, but in case things have changed or I can get more opinions, I'm asking again.

I'm trying to build a computer. I'm looking to run pretty much any game, including BioShock, with at least medium settings. I need some recommended parts, and preferably keep the total cost under $1000 if you recommend an entire setup, excluding the cost of the monitor. As for graphics card, I will probably buy an 8800, I just need to know which one.

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personally i would buy a well rated mobo and an amd althlon 64 x2 with at least 2gz on each core and as long as you don't have massive resolution on your monitor (e.g. 1600x1200 or above) you would be ok with the 320mb version of the 8800, get at least 2gb of ram with a decent speed and a seagate or western digital hard drive. if you want a dvd rw then get a good brand and make sure you check the minimum power requirements of your graphics card then get a psu with a higher watt rating (to allow for some room ) and that's about it really

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hi guys

I was thinking of using this motherboard but I won't be installing a video card until sometime later, probably long while. My old pc uses agp card x1600 ati +2400 cpu. Am I able to use my agp card in pci express 16x slot, I thought I heard someone say that.

With this build I am going to use socket am2 single core +4000 +2gb of crosair memory. 250$ limit ~_~. And maybe cheap harddrive sata 250gb. Oh ya if it says 1.5gbs mobo can you still connect a 3gbs sata drive to it? I noticed some mobos at newegg with sata 1.5g, what kind of harddrives do you use with that.

How does the onboard video compare to my old card x1600 since I wont have a card for it. I don't play nothing too graphic intensive, maybe wow or warcraft now and then. Mainly watch videos and music. Only reason buying this mobo cause of the 2 pata connections. I don't have any sata devices at the moment but a lot of pata though.

North Bridge NVIDIA Quadro NVS 210S
South Bridge NVIDIA nForce 430B

Brand ASUS
Supported CPU
CPU Socket Type AM2
CPU Type Athlon 64 X2/Athlon 64 FX/Athlon 64/Sempron
FSB 1000MHz Hyper Transport (2000 MT/s)
North Bridge NVIDIA Quadro NVS 210S
South Bridge NVIDIA nForce 430B
Number of Memory Slots 4240pin
Memory Standard DDR2 800
Maximum Memory Supported 8GB
Dual Channel Supported Yes
Expansion Slots
PCI Express x16 1
PCI Express x1 1
PCI Slots 2
Storage Devices
PATA 2 x ATA100 4 Dev. Max
SATA 3Gb/s 4
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A:Building a cheap pc, few questions

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Hi Techspot Forumists! (is that even a word?)

It's been a long time since I've posted here. My last desktop decided to break down in the middle of my summer holiday, so I thought I'd build a new one. I've already lined down some of my needs (being a semi-hardcore gamer and all) and would like to hear your opinions about the build, as well as the necessary power to run it smoothly with a little bit room for upgrade later on as well

While I have quite some money to spend on this, I'd like it to be as cheap as possible. Also, ordering from popular websites, such as newegg, is sadly not an option in my case. The store I buy components from has a rather large selection of equipment and thus getting the right components shouldn't be a problem. I heard they could also order parts abroad, but that will cost a hefty extra fee.

Well, the parts I've already chosen are as follows:

Case: (Akasa) Infiniti ZOR, windowed black ATX case (http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews.php?/cases_cooling/akasa_infiniti_zor_case/1), 104.90?
Mobo: (ASUS) M3N-HT Deluxe HDMI AM2+ NF780ASLI (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131343), 123.00?
CPU: (AMD) Phenom 9950 QC AM2+ (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103291 - boxed edition), 149.00?
RAM: (A-Data) 4GT Dual-kit DDR2 1066+MHz (PC-8500), Extreme Edition (unable to find decent link, here's the one at the shop I use: http://www.jimmspc.fi/tuote/AD21066E0... Read more

A:Building a new rig from a scratch (well almost) - Questions about PSU

Avoid the Phenom CPUs, their performance is pretty abysmal compared to recent AMD offerings and competing Intel ones. I'd recommend the Phenom II X4 920 or 940, whichever you can better afford. Get an AMD 770\780G based motherboard from Gigabyte or ASUS, and an HD 4870 or HD 4890, whichever you can better afford. Avoid dual-GPU solutions for now.

As for your PSU, I recommend either the Corsair 650TX or the PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610, again, whichever you can afford best.

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this is my third build. im trying new things like setting up a raid 0 config. for hard drives. using win vista home prem 64bit. i will need to ask a few questions.

A:Building new PC, RAID set up questions

Hi nonamefishing,

:wave:Welcome to Techspot!:wave:

For the best answers to your query, please have a look at this thread to find out what information we require for posting recommendations, and post a new thread in the General Hardware forum with the required information in it.

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Well....I am going to tackle building my own computer. After doing all the research I bought all the components from an online vendor. Including a Hard Drive.

I got a IBM Deskstar 60 HD w/40gb capacity. When it arrived, it was sealed in a static-proof bag which I have not opened yet and won't till I get ready to do the job, maybe Thursday. But there's no documentation or software with it. Did they cheat me? Do I need some software to set up the HD with? Do they normally come with a manual?

The video card and motherboard came with CDROMs and manuals.

This is how I think it will work, am I correct? When I install it and boot up it won't do anything but show me "missing operating system" message, then I will insert the floppys that i made that will allow it to access the CDROM drive in which the Windows XP disc will be, and it will begin to setup the OS. Is that the right sequence i should use for a new HD clean install?

A:Building Computer Questions

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I have the motherboard installed in the case and the power supply hooked up. Isn't there a place where the power supply fan hooks into the motherboard?My board has 3:CPU fan,chassis fan,and PW fan.MyP/S only has 2 groups of 2 large 4 pin and 1 small 4 pin(2 large and 1 small on the same wire) and a square 4 pin and a 6 pin. Maybe it doesn't.I would power up to see if the fan is spinning but I have no memory installed. I have a monitor ,keyboard,the CPU/heatsink installed,but I'm waiting on the memory to get here.Can I power this thing up without memory or should I wait untill I have it in first?

A:[Resolved] building questions

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Can I take a hd with an os and files and put it in a completely new computer? Also, say I have 2 512mb sticks of PC3200 ram, what effect would putting in slower ram have? (Like would it slow down the rest of the ram?) Thanks

A:Few simple PC building questions

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I went out and bought the mobo before the case because I am buying the case online and I bought the mobo in a store. The mobo did not come with screws so I was wondering if they usually come with the case. Also, I read online that if the back of the mobo touches the case it will short out. How do you keep to mobo from touching the case so it does not short out? I heard about riser pins. I don't know what they are or where to get them. Would rubber washers around the screws work?

A:Computer Building Questions

all cases that i have bought online so far have come with rise pins. They have also come with a quite a few screws. So you shouldn't have to worry so much. Also when manufacturers make motherboards they create a non electrical zone around the screw holes so the metal won't harm the board. But in any case, the computer cases should come with little red plastic washers that you can use .

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Hello everyone! I have been doing some research on building my first new computer and I have been running into a LOT of problems, and after reading some of the posts here on TechSpot, I decided to get some "expert" advice from you guys! Let me try to explain...

I have never built a new system before. I have a little bit of experience with computer building, but I have a lot of questions about what I should get. I am currently running a Dell Dimension 4600C. It is pretty much factory stock, with a slimline case, a Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.66GHz, 640MB DDR (I added a little RAM), and Intel(R) 82865G 64MB Graphics Controller. The system runs fine for basic home computing, but I want to be able to play some of the newer games, so I decided an upgrade is in order.

I wanted to build a new computer using some new parts and some old parts from the current computer. I wanted to get a new case, and since the case I want is an ATX case, I think I have to buy a new ATX motherboard as well. This leads to my first question; Can I take my P4 processor out of my current Dell mobo and install it in the new mobo? This would save me money on buying a new processor.

I had planned on buying some more memory as well, and also a new video card and a new power supply. I read on here that some Dell equipment is proprietary. I planned on using the old processor, hard drive, CD drive, DVD player/drive, and that is probably about it. Does anyone spot anything I am missing?

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A:Computer Building Questions

You should have no major issues with that setup (although you failed to include what video card you are going to get). The P4P800SE is an excellent board, even if it is a little outdated and should accept the CPU from your Dell. The rest of the hardware you mentioned is not proprietary and should go into your new system relatively easily. When you go looking for a video card, make sure you stick with AGP cards as that Motherboard does not have PCI Express.

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I am currently looking to build a new system on a low budget. This is my first build, and I am a little worried about making a stupid mistake, and getting an expensive paperweight.

Just in case you were wondering what this computer is going to be used for, it's going to be used for a variety of things. Mostly some games, and development, but nothing that requires a ton of resources.

Based on my current computer knowledge, and a few guides I have found around the internet, this is what I am considering:
Case - $27
Rosewill R103A Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 350W Power Supply with 20+4 pin connector - Retail

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147010
Motherboard - $45
MSI K9VGM-V AM2 VIA K8M890 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130542
Processor - $75
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+(65W) Windsor 2.2GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Processor - Retail

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103741
Memory - $90
Kingston ValueRAM 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 533 (PC2 4200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820144157
Hard Drive - $70
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD4000KD 400GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822144423
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My only suggestion is you buy a better case without a psu in it because for $27, neither the case or the psu has much desire here and 350 cheap psu will never power all that right.
Go for an Antec, Thermaltake or Enermax psu of at least 400 watts.

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two questions
1) Everytime I open a interent browser window (I use I windows internet explorer 7.06, it only opens as half a screen and I have to click the maximise button ...what do I change to make this open in a full screen ?
2) Word. Every document I create uses double line spacing, ie, the next line of text is not the next line down but two lines down ...how do I change this

A:2 fairly easy questions

Cant help you with Word. I can barely muddle around with it.
When you open IE, dont maximize. Grab it manually pull it to what
size you want, then when you close it go up top left and close it
manually, I guess you can close it down in the quick launch. If you hit
the X it will not save it. Works for me.,in xp.

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1.My motherboard supports PCI Express x16 graphics card, im not sure, wheter this Graphic card im going to buy is compatible which is: Galaxy GeForce 9500GT PCI-E 512MB DDR2
2. Which of these processor should i get
note: these are the only CPU processor supported by my motherboard
according to HP's website.

Pentium D 900 series Dual Core (Presler)
Pentium D 820 (Smithfield, 90nm)
Pentium 4 631, 641, 651, 661 (Cedar Mill, 65nm)
Pentium 4 630, 640, 650 (Prescott, 90nm)
Pentium 4 520J/521, 530J/531, 540J/541, 550J/551 (Prescott, 90nm)
Celeron D 352, 356 (Cedar Mill, 65nm)
Celeron D 325J/326, 330J/331, 335J/336, 340J/341, 345J/346, 351, 355 (Prescott, 90nm)

3. Is this processor "Intel Pentium Dual Core E6300 2.8GHz" included in the
Pentium D 900 series ...if not what series?

4. Do I need to buy a better power supply?
-im upgrading my ram, 2x1G DDR2 SDRAM, processor and my gfx card

5. What are the benefits of upgrading the motherboard.

thats all.. sorry for my bad english.

A:Upgrading my old PC asking a few easy questions.

Honestly the best advise would be to build a new system. Putting money into a system that can only support at best a pentium D, is a waste. That is 3 generation old technology.

No, the e6300 is not a 9xx series cpu.

If this is a big box system ie dell, hp, etc, then you are really wasting money attempting to upgrade.

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I know that crossover cables allow direct connections between two computers and patch cables do not. However, I was wondering if crossover cables could be used as patch cables, how to tell if its patch or crossover by looking at it, and which cable I should use to connect modem to router.

Thank you, I'm just making sure of things, clearing it up.


A:A couple easy questions.

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First off, if you're reading this hoping to help, THANK YOU. I admire you guys who help out for nothing and I wish I could do the same.

</butt kissing>

So I just got a new toshiba laptop with windows vista on it. Since this is the first computer I've ever owned that I have paid money for (the previous ones were bought by my parents!) I'm kind of protective of it.

I'm running Trend Micro Internet Security (came with the laptop) and Im new to vista

so on with the questions...

I have a lot of .wps files from my old computer, any quick-easy ways to convert them to a file type this machine will recognize since I dont have word on this one?

I have a lot of .3g2 files (from my cell phone) that I can now view with quicktime, but Im not a fan of quicktime and would prefer to use windows media player. Any good converters?

I'd also like to be able to put said video files onto my early xmas present, my PSP. Im told It only reads certian video types, but not .3g2. I already tried the DVDvideosoft studio, and it did nothing for me. It would "convert" files but they never appeared.

I also have a .rar file that Ive tried upzipping with both winzip (trial) and another that I cant remember the name of. Both times it asks for a password which I don't have, but it then "unzips" the file anyways before asking again? Weird?

Any help is appreciated, THANKS!

A:A few (hopefully) quick and easy questions..

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Hi folks,

I'm using Vista Basic 32bit on a HP Pavilion m8000n (Athlon 64, 5200+, Dual Core).

Is it true that Vista 32bit will only accept up to 4gb of RAM? My computer can take up to 8gb---If installed, what would happen? Would the computer not read it, or just not be used? Would it be a waste of money? I run a lot of programs at once (think the entire Adobe CS, iTunes, Video Conversion software, etc.) and use almost 80%-99% of my RAM at all times. Also, if the limitation is true, would that be something that I should go to Vista 64bit over?

That leads into my second question. I've got four RAM slots, and have two 1gb chips installed. If I was to upgrade my RAM to four gigs, would there be any speed difference between installing two more 1gb chips, or a 2gb chip?

My last question is this; do most motherboards accept different RAM speeds? For instance, I'm pretty sure that my computer is pre-installed with DDR667 RAM, could I use DDR800 instead? If so, can I mix match? For instance, can I have two sticks of the 667 and two sticks of the 800? Or does it need to be the same straight through? Does this even make a big difference?

Thanks much!

A:Quick, probably easy, questions regarding RAM...

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I'm planning on either upgrading or building a new computer. What type of processors (like what kind work well in a dual setup) and what type of video cards (pci express, sli?) would you recommend? Is there a better type of ram too? Or should I just increase the amount of the usual DDR400 I use? Thanks, I'm not really looking at specific builds right now so don't worry about price I just don't know what everything is and how it works together. Also, is Sata II just faster than Sata?

A:General Building a PC questions (not installation)

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I have for quite some time now been waiting to build my own PC. I have friends to help me, Magazines, books and websites. However I would like to make sure that I have a few things right before I order everything, here they are:

(btw I'm pretty much copying the PC they made all out in PC Magazine on Sept. 16 2003, so the majority of questions will be about things from there)

1.) On the Abit IC7-G Motherboard, and the Two Western Digital Raptor WD360's, they used a RAID 0 configuration. However, I would only like to buy 1 Hardrive for now. Is it possible to not have a RAID set up until I have my PC built and then install the second HD when the money comes around?

2.) They also say the Motherboard supports SATA, I've read up on it a bit, but don't quite understand it. Is it necessary? How will it help/hurt me If I don't have it?

3.) They use Kingston HyperX PC3200 DIMM memory. I looked on the motherboard and it said it supported up to 4 GB DDR RAM. Would I be able to get that much if I use the RAM that they used? Or Would I be able to use another type of RAM and get more?

4.) I need some websites where you people buy your PC parts, cause I looked for PC3200 memory and I can't seem to find it anywhere, but If I can get more max memory with a different type, then please recommend it. Just some websites where the prices are good would be highly welcomed.

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Ok guys, ill give ya a rundown of what i got, and my problem

I just built a machine with this:

AMD XP +2600 (333mhz fsb)
512 Samsung PC3200
A7N8X Mobo (nforce chipset )
Western Digital 80gig/ata100/8meg buff HD
Radeon 9100

Ok, now i got everything running, but the comp is saying the processor is a athlon XP 1250mhz.

i rebooted once, and it said it was a +2600 (like it should) but now whenever i reboot it, it says its a 1250mhz cpu.
also, when i booted it, it says the primary and slave are ata33......

I got a few questions.

A: How do i get it to regognize the CPU as a 2600?
B: How do i set the FSB to 333mhz?
C: How do i set the DDR to 400mhz?
D: How do i set HD/CD-Rom to ATA100?

Thanks guys. :O

A:Building a machine, need help <- noob questions.

The default proccessor setting is the lowest speed the board accepts, so a slower proccessor isn't damaged. For some reason, I had to bump up my CPU type twice. Make sure you save and exit. It's easy to select exit without saving, and not know it.

Does your mobo support a 333 MHz FSB? some don't....

On my board the CPU settings are all located under "Softmenu III".

As for the other settings, check your manual. the mobo manufacturer usually provides a rather detailed description of all the settings and options, and how to access, and change them.

Will it recognize your IDE devices at ATA133? If it does, It doesn't really matter, It can't hurt it.

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I'm looking at building a computer. Here are the parts I've tenatively decided to get (under each part is the site I found them cheapest at):

CPU-AthlonXP 2800+ 333FSB 512K Barton Retail Box(3 Year Manuf. Warranty):
mwave.com - 146.19
Video Card-XFX GeForce FX 5600-VTD256 256MB VGA/DVI/VIVO:
mwave.com - 133.64(101.71 for the 5200)
Monitor/TV - Planar XP17WSA-01 1280x768 17" Wide LCD TV with PC Input
techdepot.com - 629.99
mwave.com 7.50
Motherboard - A7N8X
mwave.com - $85.86
Memory - 512MB PC3200 333MHz
mwave.com - $61.95 ( Lifetime warranty $5.99 extra)
DVD-RW - Sony IDE Int. Combination 4X DVD+RW/CD-RW Drive
mwave.com - $148.96
Hard Drive - WD 120.0GB U100 7200 8MB
mwave.com - $88.00 (18" ATA Data Cable $3.50)
OS - Windows XP Home Edition OEM
mwave.com - $84.00
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
mwave.com - $134.00

I haven't picked a case or power supply since there are so many to choose from. I plan on using my computer for gaming (not alot of shooting games, mostly real-time strategy, but I still want a video card that won't have to replace in 6 months), burning music from CD, burning movies from DVD, and as an internet connection (probably dial-up). Do you see anything above that might cause a hardware conflict? Is there anywhere I can get a wireless-optical mouse cheap? What kind of a case and power supply should I get for this system? What kind of cooling will I need? As ... Read more

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I've decided to try and build my first computer and I have a couple questions.
When looking at mobo's I've noticed that their are express ATX, micro ATX ,and just ATX. Whats the difference? I plan on installing it in a case that's approx. 4-5 years old. I cant find any manufactor label on it, it currently has a ABIT NF7 mobo if that helps. I would also appreciate if I can get some feed back on my build.

Intel Core 2 E6400

Gigabyte 96P-DS3 Intel P965 Express ATX mobo

Corsair XMS2 1 Gb DDR2800 memory

ASUS Radeon X1950 Pro (256mb) video card

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320gb hard drive

Lite-on 18x DVD burner

The case currently has a Powerpup 350w power supply is that enough or should I upgrade? And if I need to what size?

Thnks for any help

A:Newbie questions for building a new computer.

Welcome to TechSpot!

I'd upgrade the power supply to this: OCZ GameXStream 600W
It may be a bit expensive, but the 600 watts will hold up to anything you can throw at it with your current setup. It also is a high quality unit. I can give some suggestions for a motherboard when I have some time, but right now, g2g.


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Dear All,

A couple of questions for you re MS Access 2007 queries and forms and their operation:

1. I have a query where a master project table is linked (via left join) to a detail table that contains project status history records and the date that each status history record was entered. What I am looking to do in the query results is show only the latest status history record and not all of them. How might I do this?

2. Similar to the question above--on the form corresponding to the master project table, I'm wanting to display (read only) the latest status history record. Any ideas?

thanks very much...

A:Two (hopefully) easy MS Access 2007 questions

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Some simple ones for you clever fellas,

If I were to buy a new (but cheap) PC, what is a good speed for and what is a poor speed?
(Am I right in thinking speed is measured in MHz?)
How do I determine the speed of my own PC?
What is the difference between Celeron and Pentium? Did the one just precede the other?


A:Quick & easy questions about PC speeds

A celeron, depending on age, is either a value version of the Pentium 3 or Pentium 2. The difference between the 2 is in the cahce and the FSB (Front Side Bus). The Cache is basically really fast, really small RAM for the processor that's really close to it (hence the fast part). FSB is how fast the computer communicates to the rest of the peripherals in your system: all but 1 Celeron has the 66mhz FSB, while Pentium 3s (depending on age) are available in 66mhz, 100mhz, and 133mhz; it also dictates the processor's speed in conjunction with the bus multiplier, which (from my understanding) does nothing but determine a processor's speed rating. Example, P3 800EB (800mhz Coppermine with a 133mhz FSB) has a 133mhz FSB with a 6x multiplier.

As for speed, since you're buying a new system, don't get anything under 600mhz, at this point you'll be assured you'll get a Celeron 2 (the Celeron that's based off the Penitum 3) or possibly a 100mhz FSB Penitum 3. 700-800 is a nice goal to shoot for if you're looking for a little more out of your box.

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Okay, my situation:

What I am asking: I am looking to upgrade or get windows 7. Will I run into any problems? What Windows 7 should I get? Is it worth it?

500GB of memory
6 GB ram
corsair 750 watt power supply
Currently running windows vista 64 pit premium
Now I got a nice ATI Radeon 4870 x2 graphics card but it has had some serious problems ever since I got this computer.

First - I got this computer from cyberpower, nice place and all, like 2 years ago, they didnt send me the vista 64bit premium disc with it.. so i dont have something to fall back on. So the reason I bring up this issue of the graphics card is because I feel installing a fresh windows 7 on the computer will possibly corrupt the ati radeon graphics card that was never properly working. I dont know much beyond it hasnt worked properly for me.

-I also have a laptop I would like to apply windows 7 to. And I do ike to reformat my comps when I run into issues - so having an unlimited windows 7 supply may be needed. so my questions

1) Should I buy the three upgrades windows 7 in hopes that I dont have to reformat ?
2) Or should I buy windows 7 premium full? I am currently leaning towads this - as I love to be able to reformat etc.
3) Does wndows 7 completely reformat the comp / everything on it?
Will I have to install the drivers again - especially the ATI radeon driver that always has giving me problems.

Thanks for any help here mates.

A:Quick Questions / Easy help asked

You can do a format with the much cheaper upgrade.
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version[2]=General Tips
trust me on this if you qualify for the upagrade. The upgrade is the same as the full value, excpet it costs a lot less.

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Upgrading from XP Pro to Win 7 Pro...will be clean install on new drive. I ran Windows Easy Transfer but have some questions...couldn't find a WET help file and/or any info on Microsoft site.

When running WET ( XP to Win 7 version) on old system ( nothing done yet with Windows 7 ) you get the default copy files/folders screen with the default folders/files checked. However...if you click on advanced...I noticed that some folders are not checked....specifically three folders in Documents and Settings:

Only User (Administrator) / Local Settings folder

Only User (Administrator) / Application Data folder

and in regular C: directory - the Program Files folder

I understand that 'programs' will not be transferred...but it seems there's lots of stuff in these individual program folders that contain info/settings etc for that specific program ?

Mostly concerned about Local Settings and Application data noot being checked by default ? Is there any harm in checking these before saving...and/or any other unchecked folders that may appear ?

Also...I thought you get a list of files/folders saved after running WET...but if it's there...I have missed it ?

Saving to an external hard drive via usb

Thanks, Tim

p.s. if there is a Microsoft site/page that explains the use of checking/unchecking specific folders...please post flink for me...

A:Windows Easy transfer questions with XP

Sorry I do not know for sure, but there is no Documents and Settings folder in Win 7, possibly that is why you are seeing what you are.

As far as the files backed up, you might click on the custom button, I believe, to see which folders will be backed up. I saw once, when backing to an external drive, the external drive was also backed up in the new folder. So it might be a good idea to check the backup prior to backing up.

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Hi !

I have a few questions, I could not solve...

here is the general structure. the spreadsheet is going to be used for quotation. Sheet #1 is the quotation itself, while sheet #2 is the price list.

in sheet #2, column 1 = part #, colunm 2 = description, colum 3 = unit price

in sheet #1, in the part number cell, I want to be able to have some sort of drop-down choice, that would offer all part number availlable in sheet #2/column 1, so I could just pick the one I need....

I know it can be done, I just don't remember how !!!

In sheet#1, I want to add a picture, that would come from a new column in sheet#2. that new column would have the link of the picture itself (eg. c:\picture\pic1.bmp). by choosing a part number in sheet#1, the picture would automaticly be inserted in sheet #1, based on information from new column (am I clear enough ???)

next: in sheet #1, when B25 (for example) contain a part number, code in C25, D25 and E25 would automaticly be added, and a new row would also be added (to maintain visual aspect) ... how the H... can I do that !!!!!

finally: I want to have a button, that once clicked, would display a calendar, from which I could pick a past date. once choosen, that date would appear in a specific cell (calendar would disappear). based on that, I would calculated how many days have elepsed from now 'till the choosen date ... the reason is besause the warranty we offer, is based on paid price. 20 $ items are covered by 20 days of warranty,... Read more

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I hope this is the correct forum to post this in.

About 2 months ago we had a bad lightning storm where I live, and my computer (a windows 98 first edition) was online at the time. Something happened during the storm, and the windows 98 can no longer get online. I've had the computer for 12 years.

So, I bought a new computer, a Compaq Presario with Windows 7 Home Premium edition. It's a 64bit system.

My old Windows 98 first edition is a 32 bit system, and has a CD-R drive, a removable ORB drive, and a floppy drive. I also have an external ZipCD (flash) drive for it with the software already installed but it won't work due to the fact that Windows 98 didn't support USB mass storage, i.e. no driver for it. It also has USB 1.1 installed.

My new computer (Windows 7) has a CD-RW drive. It's a 64 bit system. It has USB 2.0 installed.

I've been trying everything I can think of to try and get my files from my windows 98 transfered onto the windows 7, but everything I've tried has failed.

I have an HP pocket drive, and a Corsair thumb drive, but they won't work with the 98 either because of the lack of driver support in the windows 98 with regard to the USB mass storage driver.

So, my last hope is to try doing it with the Easy Transfer Cable.

If someone could please let me know what Easy Transfer Cable to use, that'd be great.

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A:Easy Transfer Cable Questions

Quote: Originally Posted by Debg

I hope this is the correct forum to post this in.

About 2 months ago we had a bad lightning storm where I live, and my computer (a windows 98 first edition) was online at the time. Something happened during the storm, and the windows 98 can no longer get online. I've had the computer for 12 years.

So, I bought a new computer, a Compaq Presario with Windows 7 Home Premium edition. It's a 64bit system.

My old Windows 98 first edition is a 32 bit system, and has a CD-R drive, a removable ORB drive, and a floppy drive. I also have an external ZipCD (flash) drive for it with the software already installed but it won't work due to the fact that Windows 98 didn't support USB mass storage, i.e. no driver for it. It also has USB 1.1 installed.

My new computer (Windows 7) has a CD-RW drive. It's a 64 bit system. It has USB 2.0 installed.

I've been trying everything I can think of to try and get my files from my windows 98 transfered onto the windows 7, but everything I've tried has failed.

I have an HP pocket drive, and a Corsair thumb drive, but they won't work with the 98 either because of the lack of driver support in the windows 98 with regard to the USB mass storage driver.

So, my last hope is to try doing it with the Easy Transfer Cable.

If someone could please let me know what Easy Transfer Cable to use, that'd be great.

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Hey Everyone!
I want to build a computer from scratch and I have some questions:

Question 1:
Does the shape of the case matter to fit the hardware like Main board, motherboard, or all cases produce to fit the hardware?

Question 2:
What are the hardware I should buy? I know RAM, Main Board, Motherboard, Fan, Power supply unit, Processor, Optical drive, Hard drive, Graphic Card is there any others? also please let me know what are the best? like RAM DDR3, 2 GB Graphics, Intel i7 processor, etc.

That's all!
Please give me some tips if you know!

A:Questions about building desktop computer from scratch!

Right, what is your budget? I can tell you roughly what I would recommend. Also, what are you going to be using the pc for?

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Starting over...what files can I copy safely from old drive to new one(after Windows is installed and new system is up and running) that will speed up the process...eg. I do not want to reinstall all of my themes, IE favorites, saved documents etc. What can I copy back into the new system to save time.

Would even consider burning the data to a CD...

A:Building new computer with fresh install of XP Pro...questions...

I don't know about the themse but if you basically back up everything in your Documents and settings, that will preserve all of your Documents and Favorites.

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Ok well first off i guess i should just start with the tower im going to use
Im looking at this kind of tower

and as for what kind of mother board to get im at a complete loss, i know i want one that is SLI compatible, and is easily upgradeable and is FAST!!! and thats some kind of dual processor or quad if they have them out yet. I know i want possibly a pair of the best video cards thats out today and well i just want to be able to do alot of different things with my computer.

I am a hard core gamer and i want to be able to edit high def videos on this computer that im building.

Im a total beginner to building computers and i have no idea with what to look for so please help me out guys ive been wanting to build this for so long. Any help would be muchly appreciated!!!!

A few other questions i have is:

Can i hook up two different computers both with dual processors as one kinda like making it a single super computer

Is there any limit to how many Hard drives you can put on to one computer

And what kind of processor's should i get?

A:Im going to be building a computer here shortly and i have a couple of questions

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I was wondering wheather I should I upgrade my operating, system, at the mo I have win98. what do u guys reccomend? I was thinking about Win me, but i have heard that it is not very compatible.

Should Defragmenting my disk take as long as it is, It is taking hours and it is still not complete, so i turned it off.

I also looked at getting my computer upgraded, at the moment I have,
P III 500mhz (flip chip)
128mb RAM
Voodoo 3
8.3 gband a 2.43 gb hard drives.
erm.. what else do u need to know?
also my system resources is 72% free is that bad?

I have a 56k Internal Modem i want to get it upgraded, any ideas, I don't want to pay so much a month and i don't live in a area with cable and also why does my modem connect at 31,200bps everytime, surely it should connect at 56,000bps.

There is a lot there but it will give you guys something to think about!

[email protected]

A:{DUPLICATE} Come on guys, easy questions for all of u to answer

Pete, when you posted your questions, you should have seen:


So, I'm closing this one and have requested that the other one be closed as well.

I'm renaming too, because I think you really know how to spell and we don't do "that" here.

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Hi all,,,, On my Windows XP,,my picture shows on the welcome page just fine, but on the start menu (at the top) the picture is gone..it used to be there when I first got my computer,,but it disappeared. Can someone tell me how to get it back?


A:One of those stupid question/easy answer questions...

Click Start --> Control panel --> User Accounts --> Change an account --> choose your account to change --> change my picture. You might have to change the picture to something else and accept the change. Then go back in and change it back to the picture you want. Reboot and post back with how you go.

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hi everyone, i am having a really hard time with my web page... i cannot find anywhere on how to make the first page fit to page on every computer...

can anyone help me..? i am going nuts man... my sight is all funky... if you need to look at it before you respond...

it is: www.paranormalsocietyofidaho.com using yahoo... sitebuilder..

i just want the picture to be the first page and then to enter the site you have to click on the enter link on the headstone...

can anyone help me... i dont know where to go and i am just done with trying to fix it...

i am going crazy man...

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