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Q: 32/64 bit questions & DirectX 9/10 questions :)

Hey guys, just have a few questions in regards to Vista x32 vs x64 as well as Direct x10 issues when it comes to gaming.

First off - What benefits do I get by running Vista x64 as opposed to x32 when it comes to gaming. I bought Call of Duty 4 as well as Bioshock, and will be buying some of the new games coming out such as Assassin's Creed and Far Cry 2. Are any of these games 64 bit games?

Second off - Do I get any benefit playing a game made for DirectX 9 on a DirectX10 platform? Or are the graphic increases only visible in games actually made for DirectX 10? Again, are any of the games I listed above made to work with better graphics in DirectX 10?

Thanks guys!

Preferred Solution: 32/64 bit questions & DirectX 9/10 questions :)

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A: 32/64 bit questions & DirectX 9/10 questions :)

I discovered your inquiry while I was attempting to answer questions similar to yours.

This isn't much help but try reading about Epic Game's 'Unreal' game engine. I'm reading the article on wikipeadia about this game engine. This is the game engine used for Gears of War and Unreal Tournament.

Any way, it seems that if your running the game in a 64-bit environment like Windows Vista 64 the game will be in 64-bit mode.

It uses Directx 10 and Directx 10 also seems to be in 64-bit mode depending on weather Windows is in 64-bit mode.

In related news, it seems that the 'Unreal' game engine and the 'Source' game engine (Used for Half life 2, etc) are optimized to take advantage of multi-threading or in other words optimized for multi-core processors.

Anyway, see what conclusions you come to...I'll post an update as I learn more.

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Hi. I searched the forums and read some posts about DX 9.0. Now, I'm a little concerned after reading some about DX9 problems.

1. How can I find what version of DX I currently have?

2. **(EDIT)** 2nd question answered **(END EDIT)**

Thanks for any help

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Hi all experts out thereSo I own an HP 14 r015tx geared up with a Dual-Core Intel i5-4210U with 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L dual-channeled memory, an NVIDIA GeForce 820M with 2GB of VRAM on 362.00 WHQL Driver and 4GB of shared VRAM, running on Windows 10 64-bit.On NVIDIA's DirectX 12 compatibility list, my 820M is listed with 12 API. But my dxdiag shows 11.3 and my NVIDIA Control Panel shows 12.0 runtime and 11_0 feature level.I read somewhere that Fermi architecture's DX12 driver is not yet available.First question: Is it really not available, or something else?Second question: Supposing my card's DX12 is not yet available (since I'm planning to play Quantum Break), can I make a Virtual Machine running Windows 10 with DirectX 12 implemented inside? (I mean having a virtual GPU which supports DirectX 12, like GTX series for example)Third question: When I install the NVIDIA driver using the one HP provided (ver. 353.86), the NVIDIA Control Panel shows Direct3D API 12.0 and 2GB of shared VRAM. When I install drivers from the GeForce experience and from NVIDIA's website (ver. 364.96), it shows Direct3D 11.2 and 4GB of shared VRAM. Can someone explain the differences and what is happening? (NB: HP's packed in 600MBs and NVIDIA's packed in 300MB download sizes)If there are differences, can someone provide me with the 364.96 one that is released by HP (not by NVIDIA) ?Sorry for the long question, thank you very much

A:All about DirectX 12 questions

Hi @phillmont22900, Thank you for visiting the HP Forums! A great place where you can find solutions for your issues, with help from the community!I read that your HP 14-r015tx Notebook and issue with DirectX 12 download. I was looking at our Windows 10 machine and it shows me that the DirectX 12 was built into the system on the Windows 10 install.  You might want to look at this link I found on Uninstalling the CCC.  Then try to use this tool to automatically select a correct CCC version for you and Windows 10. Please let me know how it goes.To show appreciation for my efforts kindly click the Thumbs Up below. Thanks.

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1. Ran out of this space in my Q:Lenvovo - backup assigned partition.  14GB.  (My C: drive has 80GB free!) How can I fix this?  Is there a way to expand the partition without deleting it first?  Does Lenvovo or Microsoft or SSD manufacturer have a tool to do this where you just enter the amount you want to expand a partition to and it will adjust the other partition accordingly?  If not; I cannot delete the Q:Lenovo drive using file explorer or disk cleanup utility.  How do I remove at the original backup?  When I go to disk cleanup it shows blank the files; so it is a hidden file or subdirectory.  I even try signing on as System Administratin but forgot the password I created, it been so long ago and never use it.  LOL!   If I cannot do any of this:  There is an option to do a Windows 10 refresh but can you redirect it to a new SSD from the existing SSD? 2. Looking to get a new SSD but in NVMe configuration. a. Does my L450 support NVMe boot up? What type of NVMe does my Thinkpad support?  I thinking of getting the Samsung 860 Evo.b. Is connecting the new NVMe and running transfer SSD software the Windows 10 will recognize the drives and do the transfer?    Serial NumberF0ATPKGPart Number: 20D5503800 Thanks for any help you can give in this matter!

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I have a
HP Pavilion dv7t-1000 CTO Entertainment Notebook PC
64bit with Windows Vista Home premium
Recently I had a friend take it and wipe it to start fresh.
when I got it back it is still pointing to a bizarre path..?? (which is one of the reasons I wanted to start fresh. It points to:

%SystemRoot%\system32;%SystemRoot%;%SystemRoot%\System32\Wbem;C:\Program Files (x86)\CyberLink\Power2Go;%SYSTEMROOT%\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\


why would this be the case? When I got it back I see that some things like my extra monitor was already installed.. (Before I even hooked it up??) and some folders I had renamed example folder.OLD was still here. (and many other things that lead me to believe it did not get formatted correctly. (and could still have virus?)
He used my factory disks. (which I do have)
can anyone advise me on what is going on?
thanks so much!!

A:Environment Variables questions and format questions

I've had a bunch of HP machines. But I never used the restore. I'm not sure if it formats or just installs over what's there. It may leave files and folders that are in subfolders of programs that come bundled with the machine assuming it's data or something. The path looks fine to me. That %SystemRoot% stuff is just a way to use environment variables in case the system is not installed on C:\Windows.

If you really just want the OS and not the bundled software see the threads about ISO download for Vista. You can evaluate for 90 days perfectly legally. There are also tutorials how to extend the evaluation by 30 days.

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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?


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

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Brand new user.

a. The new PC came with McAfee anti virus.
Should I use it ?

Is it as good as AVG, e.g., which I used on my old W7 PC ? Use them both ?

b. And, how do I turn on the "Defender" anti virus which I understand is part of
the W10 package ?

Would it interfere with McAfee or AVG ? How good is it ?

c. How do I turn on the Firewall; I'm assuming there is one like in W7 ?

Much thanks,

A:New W10 User Questions (Basic Questions, Please)

McAfee, AVG and Defender are all anti-virus programs and you should only run one. In fact Defender will get turned off when another one is installed.

Right click the Start button and select Control Panel.

Then select Security and Maintenance and under Security it will show your the status of the Firewall, Virus and Spyware and which program is running what.

Control panel also has links to Defender and Firewall.

That McAfee is a trial version and at some point you will have to buy it.


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Hello Experts,

Question 1:

To initialize the 4 elements of integer array named numbers to the value of 0, is THIS

int number [4] = { 0 };

correct, and the exact same thing as saying this:

int number [4] = { 0, 0, 0, 0 }; // ?

Question 2:

double x [ 6 ], y [ 14 ];

What C++ statement could I write that would

copy array named x into the first part of array named y. // ?

Thanks again! ... RB

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Hey guys, you might of seen a post or two about me not able to get our domain to use GPO's, but its all fixed now. YAY !
(It was the DNS, incase anyone was interested)

but now i got a few questions, i'll start with:

1. Is there anyway to configure a client by just having them log onto the domain? e.g. Disable Security Center, Windows Messanger, Add a Registry hack. etc.

2. Is there anyway to view a list of all websites visited on the network with information, eg. Who was looking at it(which user), at what time. etc

3. Is there a way to record a list of all objects printed from our print server with information? e.g. User that printed it, time it was printed, how many pages, how many copys. etc.

4. Is there a way to delete start menu files/folders with a logon script?

5. I'm going to put "Deep Freeze" on the computers that are accessed and used by the public, but i've never used it, nor have any experience with it.
Does it cause any problems with normal operation of the computer? if anyone could give me some feedback on this, i'd love to hear it.

Also, is it possible to get more then just 6 Virtual Drives on a computer?

i mean, isn't there 23 possible drives?

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I have a Packard Bell P133, model D135. Eight megs of
RAM are on the motherboard. According to a search of
this model on a 'Memory' website, this model has FPM non-
parity memory. The machine had two 4-MB modules installed
when it was new in 1996, for a total of 16 MB at time of purchase.
Since then, I have added two 8MB modules to bring it up to
32MB. Two weeks ago, I replaced the two 4MB modules with
two 32MB FPM modules, which was supposed to bring it up to a total of 88MB. When I boot up, it only reads slightly over 81MB as passed....of course, on the System Properties 'General' tab, 80MB is listed. Can anyone tell me what might have happened to the other 8MB?

Another question: Would parity memory be compatible with
non-parity memory? I know from research, that most servers use parity memory...parity being described as a feature of
a module for error-checking. Would parity memory work OK with non-parity, but not the other way around? The reason I ask is, I have an opportunity to buy some used 72-pin, FMP parity modules at a good price, and I just wanted to know if the two (parity and non-parity) would mesh. I wanted to bring it up to the max for this model....136MB, providing the 8MB on-board memory is read. That was my own theory about the missing 8MB....that the on-board memory, for some reason isn't being read. Any thoughts on this?

Last questions: How critical is mixing speeds? Will 70ns
modules in one bank work with 60ns modules in another ... Read more

A:Memory: Questions.....questions....questions....

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i'm building a gaming rig - this is nothing new to me, i've built 11 computers, the first in 1996 and then latest in 2008. however, i've never used RAID or liquid cooling, nor really taken the time to learn about these two technologies. i've got some basic idea as to how they work, and i've decided to use them to help squeeze maximum power out of this beast. these are probably pretty simple questions, but as some "stuff" is going on in my life and i just don't have time to google around for several hours, i figure i'll ask here.

first of all, i'll be using three RAID arrays. two of them are 2 SSDs in RAID 0 arrays, and one is 2 7200rpm 1tb WD drives in a RAID 1 array. all these drives are SATA 300. the eVGA X58 SLI Classified motherboard i'll be using has the intel ICH10R southbridge, which has onboard RAID control. from the bit i've gleaned so far, this "controller" can work with multiple arrays, but when it comes to actual performance with the arrays and the whole RAID shebang working properly it leaves a lot to be desired. money's no object, but PCI slots are - since i'd prefer to use true hardware RAID control, will i need to get three four-port RAID controllers (1 for each array) or can i run the 3 arrays off one controller? if i need to use three, what's a good brand that will be windows 7 compatible? and if i can use one, same question?

secondly, i've always wanted to try out li... Read more

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What is wrong with my Windows 7? I use a laptop and have Microsoft Security Essentials as the anti-virus. I get such dialog box when I try to access any program using the shortcut from the dock.

A:Few Questions

That looks more like a message from the firewall and not MSE. Unfortunately I do not have either, so I cannot check it, next time you get the message, check from where it comes. Here is how: Error Message - Where Does it Come From

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I just got windows 10 installed and on one of the standard accounts (not the other standard account or the admin account) the personalization for the background isn't working. It's stuck on the windows default display. It's set for a slide show of personal pictures. Any suggestions?

Also, will TFC (temporary file cleaner by oldtimer) work on windows 10?

Thank you.

A:questions about 10

Choose Picture rather than slide show if you just want a picture from the users collection.
Check download site for info on TFC re Windows 10.

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I have a few questions about RAM. I have a hp and I want to upgrade the ram on it and here are my questions.

1) I currently have 512mb but only 448mb shows up does this mean if I upgrade beyond 512 its useless? How much is my laptop able to take? I am running XP SP3.

2) The old Ram reads PC2100S-2033-0 A1 - SD Ram - DDR,266,CL2 which ram can I order from newegg.com? Would it be 200-Pin DDR SO-DIMM?

3) Which speed am I able to choose? Mines Currently DDR,266 can I choose DDR,667 for example would it be any better?

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Hi guys,

Just a quick question. With my G/B EP45-UD3P that I'm getting next week, and I'm also looking at getting Corsair Dominator 4GB 1066Mhz DDR2 RAM with it. However, the motherboard supports 1.8v RAM, and the dominator is 2.1v. I can change the voltage in the BIOS to support my RAM, and it would all be fine, right?

Also, currently my OS picks up the 4GB I currently have in my PC and says only 2.5GB is usable? I am running Windows 7 RC x64, and I read somewhere that my GC945 Chipset that I currently have limits to 3GB RAM, but why would it be at 2.5GB? Would it be because my XFX 9800GT is using 512MB Graphics? When I get my next motherboard (P45 Chipset), would this still occur?

Finally, I currently have 4GB 800Mhz G.Skill RAM installed. Would there be any noticeable difference between 800 and 1066Mhz?


A:RAM Questions

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I decided to scrap the custom pc thing, and stick with my current one.

Right. I have this PC: http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=e...=acer+aspire+x3200&btnG=Search&meta=&aq=f&oq=

I will be upgrading the graphics card.

It has 3gb ram at the moment, but I'm looking to replace the motherboard with something nicer, but I don't know which ones will fit due to the size of the case. Will someone find one on here which I can buy and put in this case.


I also want to upgrade the processor eventually, so I guess the processor depends on the motherboard?

A:Last questions.

Everyone is complaining about the size of the case.

Why did you scrap the build idea, btw?

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Hi, I'm new here and not very knowledgable about the finer aspects of PC's and I didn't want to make 2 topics about this.

I have Windows 7 Home Premium on my Toshiba Satellite L500, which came preloaded and with no OS disk that I know of. I have my sticker still intact on bottom of laptop and I want to know how to make or get, without buying, a disc that I can use to format my PC.

Also, I have Malwarebytes Anti Malware with the protection module on and it keeps blocking wininit.exe and winlogon.exe from accessing external IP addresses. Is it normal for these processes to access external IP's?


A:A few questions

Hi miaowable,
Brink (an admin on this site) made a tutorial for such a problem.

System Repair Disc - Create

Hope it helps.

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Hi, I have Windows 7 Ultimate x64 installed on my Sony VAIO F series laptop and would like to ask you some questions:

1. I have an application calleds Intel rapid storage technology installed and running in the background but I don't know if it does anything else except eating my system resources. What is it for, what does it do?

2. I would like to use Windows 7's outbound firewall protection too but don't know how to set it. Is there a simple way to do it? Or am I safe enought with the default setting (only inbound protection enabled)?

3. I don't like the new search tool in Windows 7, I'm used to the one from XP. Is there any good search program that you recommend? I've only heard for the one called "Everything" - is it good?

4. My Recycle Bin size is set by default, the volume C:\ has about 6 GB reserved for the Recycle Bin and local disk D:\ has about 20 GB reserved. What does that mean rally? Example: if I delete a file (or files) from my C:\ disk which exceed 6 GB, will they be saved to the recycle been or will they be permanently deleted? Should I set a higher number (more space) for my C:\ disk in the Recycle Bin?

5. And now some Windows Explorer questions:

5a. Is there a simple way to enable access to all the folders? In XP I could access all the folders I wanted (except for the System Volume Information folder), now I can't access some folders. So, is there a simple way to change that?

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A:Several questions

Hi, I have Windows 7 Ultimate x64 installed on my Sony VAIO F series laptop and would like to ask you some questions:

1. I have an application calleds Intel rapid storage technology installed and running in the background but I don't know if it does anything else except eating my system resources. What is it for, what does it do?

If you don't need it you can just uninstall it. Information ; http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Deta...?DwnldID=18859

2. I would like to use Windows 7's outbound firewall protection too but don't know how to set it. Is there a simple way to do it? Or am I safe enought with the default setting (only inbound protection enabled)?

The default settings are adequate, especially if you are behind a router firewall. Setting up the Firewall for outbound connections;

Click Start, type wf.msc into the Search box,hit <Enter> = Windows Firewall with Advanced Security. Click Action > Properties and you'll be brought to a screen from which you can enable outbound filtering. You need to know the technical ins and outs in order to be able to set this up properly. If you are not sure, then leave it alone.

You can use an application like this to help you control the windows firewall; http://www.sphinx-soft.com/Vista/order.html
3. I don't like the new search tool in Windows 7, I'm used to the one from XP. Is there any good search program that you recommend? I've only heard for the one called "Everything" - is it good?

Yes, it is very good... Read more

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Just switched from avast + sandboxie to a 360 TS + Comodo firewall combo
was just wondering does anyone still use this product?
also, does this product auto update the bitdefender and avira engines? and if so how often? and when?

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I may become your most hated member in the next few days, but please bear with me, as the problems just never end. I knew the answer to this one the first time it happened but i cannot recall now. I open a txt file and edit it, then when i try to save it i can't. It offers to save it to the same location but as a different file. And if i try to just save it with the same name it won't overwrite the original. I just want to "save" and have it save the edit and close.

A:Sorry, more questions

It is probably set up as read only
Read-only File and Folder Attribute

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I love ObjectDock and I love the taskbar too. I made the taskbar autohide but..
When I maximize any programs it will occupy full screen, can I maximize a program but it will not occupy full screen? What I mean is.. it will maximize AS IF the taskbar is not hidden.

Very annoying when I try to click on the minimize, maximize, close etc.. as the autohide will appear when I move over my mouse. Or maybe I can set the delay for the taskbar to appear?

Sorry for my bad english. Thanks in advance.

A:Some questions

MaxMax will do what you want;


You might also like to try this;

Download Taskbar Activate 2.4 Free - Manages activation and deactivation of the Windows taskbar - Softpedia

Author; The Taskbar Activate page

And you might like this as well;

WinSplit Revolution

Regards....Mike Connor

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I'll try to write what my mind thought of if I can put it into proper words. For background info: The computer I have now is the fastest one I have ever had and it is my first time ever having a SATA hard drive installed. This Compaq came with Win 7 Home Premium installed and a 500GB SATA hard drive. The thought occurred to me to pull the IDE hard drive (with XP Pro on it) from my old machine and put it in the Compaq. I used XP for a long time and to tell the truth, I kinda miss it and would like to use it occasionally. Can this be done easily? What can I expect to have to do? Thanks in advance for all replies.
If this crazy thought can't be done, then perhaps a partition can be done on my SATA hard drive and place a copy of XP there.

A:Win 7 and XP questions

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Hi guys,

First post in the forum, newbie here.

Basically I'm running 2gb of ram at the moment but I'm looking to upgrade to 64bit Windows 7 and I will be running a lot of memory expensive programs like photoshop, Unreal editor, maya, Virtools etc.
SO I want to have a bit more memory.

I've never upgraded my memory before, I have 2 x 1gb KVR800D2N5/1G (Kingston) DDR-2 Cards in already.

So my question is can I buy 2 more 1gb KVR800D2N5/1G to have it at 4gb or is it better to just buy a 4gb kit (2 x 2gb)?

Also Ive been looking and the 4gb kit is cheaper than buying 2 x 1gb could I have 3gb on each side making that 6gb? would that all be used on a 64bit OS? am I being excessive doing this?

feedback is appreciated...

A:Ram questions...

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I'm a bit of a lurker on this formum. I'm considering a new build and have a few questions about 64 bit CPUs. Currently I run a AMD 64 X2 4400+ on a ASUS A8N32 SLI Delux (nforce 4 i think). Anyhow This rig is about 4 years old and still performs well. Unfortuneately there is not much in the market for upgrades on the CPU. My mobo has the old AMD 939 socket. Sadly I built my rig and less than 6 months later AMD stopped making CPUs that used 939 sockets.

Anyhow I have been looking into getting an AMD FX-60, the fastest 939 chip they made, but the only ones I can find are used and selling for $150ish to $300. Hard to swallow when the Phenom II X4 965 black eddition is only $180.

So here is my quesion. When I purchased my last rig I was told that AMD 64 bit CPUs were better than Intels. The difference being that AMD 64 bit CPUs were true 64bits, whereas the intel chips were merely 64 bit capable. The difference being a dual core intel would be two 32 bit cpus working as basically 1 64 bit cpu, and an AMD dual core was two actual 64bit cpus.

Now 4 years later im looking to upgrade and I am wondering is this still true? I can't find a solid answer one way or the other.

I also was curious if anyone could tell me if the AMD Phenom II x4 965 is a 64 bit CPU or not? AMD used to put their little 'AMD 64' sticker on their boxes and website. Now they don't seem to as much. Also on their website it only says the Phenom II x4 is capable of running 6... Read more

A:64 bit CPU questions.

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I've recently discovered my router has QoS capabilities. However I'm unsure as to what I should enable, disable, add or edit. Below I'll attach a screenshot of my interface so to make better reference & understanding of the questions I need answered.

1: Should I check on Enable QoS (Optimized for Gaming) & what should I set its rate at?

2: Is there a way to change the priority of devices via Setup QoS rule?

In short my over-all goal is to have it set so my wired device & what I do has priority over wireless ones. Currently its the exact opposite which doesn't feel right. If a wireless laptop using my internet connection is browsing YouTube, its videos will buffer fine while mine struggle to even load a few seconds.

A:QoS Questions

You can give certain programs priority ie a specific game or a services like ftp if you give priority to gaming it will take preference to thing like email browsing etc. You dont give make model or router so its hard to know what its capable of

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I have been hearing about the term VPN - for many years, I have also tried it for a couple of time with my iPhone. Seriously I want to know - What is VPN actually is?? Virtual Proxy Network ?? What's different of it from proxies??
What is the reason of using VPN?

I have some serious reasons to change my IP address so as to look like as someone else and to protect my computer information. Within the past two years my confidential information of two different credit cards had been stolen (while physical cards were never stolen or lost) . I almost always buy from websites that could be trusted totally, and I don't buy so often (once every two months on average) but the rate of such problems are considered to high (2 in 2 years)

Would VPN or anything like that help?

A:VPN questions

Vpn isnt a proxy it means you connect directly to another server which then connects to the internet all traffic between you and the server is secure, a proxy you connect but traffic is open and the proxy caches data for speed. People think they are hidden behind a vpn but they are not as recent cases were hackers have been convicted proves. The simplest option is to use tor browser as that goes via lots of servers all over the world its slower due to this but not traceable the same

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This looks like an AMAZING deal and a great price. 1.5TB(Enough for what I do really...), and as fast as a Raptor in certain things.(According to many reviews, this is ACTUALLY TRUE!, but only during certain operations)

It's specs are excellent and price is flawless. It has 750 5 star ratings, but...350 bad star ratings. I read ALOT about the Barracuda and it has some serious issues I've read with locking up and stuff. I don't know if they've been completely resolved by now, though. =/

Seagate also has a reputation as the King of HDD's...


Western Digital is also another very well known name for HDD's. It's 10$'s more, it's specs are the same, but I read it's not quite as fast as the Barracuda in some respects, but I also read about a variety of RAID issues with it, so much so it can cause the Drive to die!

What do I do? They're the only ones on Newegg with 1.5TB HDD's out, at great prices, but both listed as having serious flaws!

Thank you.

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Sr. Citizen now, and frankly not at all sharp with this stuff.
Would be most appreciative for any help.

Is it possible to have my PC receive FAX's, as it would regular e-mail ?

Or, do I have to purchase one of those FAX modems I read about, and utilize
our phone line ?

Obviously, I would like the first option to receive like a regular e-mail.
Is this possible ? Send as well as Receive possible ?

The e-mails, either receiving or sending would be very few and far between.
One or two per month probably.

If doable, detailed how-to would be very appreciated.

Also, is there a free, or very inexpensive, FAX program that I should use to do this ?

Much thanks,

A:FAX Questions, Please

I use Essential Fax software ($30.00) but there are cheaper ones. I have a internal fax modem. They run from $10 to $20. An external modem will be about $30.
Windows has fax software for free. I just didn't like it.
Another choice is on the net you can sign up for a fax service that they will deliver to your mail box. Not sure about the cost for that.

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Sony laptop, Win7, HPrem, 32bit, 250GB HDD (according to specs)

Computer states 194GB free of avail 223GB. Is this the norm ? After custom install, I have no factory bloatware, no documents, have only added Chrome, CC Cleaner, Real Player, Adobe Flash, Reader. Is something hiding on my HDD ? Win 7 should only take about 16GB, right ?

- Also, during first custom install I deleted Vista. Can it be recovered ? The second time I did custom install, Win 7 upgrade did not recognize previous Windows and I had to call Microsoft for activiation key. Would like to avoid calling in the future.

In summary, how do you evaluate what is on your HDD other than the listed programs under Windows, etc.

A:Two HDD Questions

Post a snapshot of Disk Management using the Snipping Tool:

To open Disk Management, click Start, type diskmgmt.msc and press Enter or click GO. Expand so all partitions are shown.

How to Use the Snipping Tool in Vista - Vista Forums (says it's for Vista but also works with Win 7).

UPLOAD IMAGE - How to upload into your thread, Windows Made Easy

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Here is my short question...... Can you mix 512mb with 1gb sticks of memory on a motherboard ... thanks

A:RAM questions

In general yes, but the make and model of the MB would be helpful.

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I decided to do a fresh install of Windows 8.1 but got nervous about it so I decided to do a fresh install of Windows XP Home Premium on my other old laptop first. This was to gain a bit of experience and also to ensure I have a working PC in the event of a glitch in the fresh install of Windows 8.1 - just wanted to be sure I could continue to get work done in the interim if something went wrong. However, doing a fresh install of XP turned out more problematic than I thought, for the following reasons:
I had no CD - never did. Neither Compaq nor Circuit City gave me one. I lost the restore media (if I ever created it back in 2004 or so).
I spent a lot of time researching slipstreaming an install including all the service packs but could feel confident in none of the sources of the software on the web nor in my ability to properly follow the processes for slipstreaming
I spent a lot of time researching sources on the web for the straight XP OS (without the service packs) but none gained my trust
There is conflicting info out there about whether it is necessary to install SP1 and then SP2 before installing SP3
I finally decided the answer was that going straight to the SP3 service pack was the path I would try but could not find a trusted source of SP3
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allbenatt, thanks for sharing your experience!
There was a long running XP Topic where the OP, also with an HP computer, could have used your solution. Actually the way you installed, being it was to another partition, it was formatted prior to you taking this action, so it didn't really need it again. Too, all OS's requires some type of formatting of the partition to install, in this case it was likely NTFS. No, it wasn't the type of XP format that would take hours to complete on some larger drives, which was probably more secure of an erase than today's quick formatting, but one was one. 
So how did the OS install process go? Install to the partition next to it? I'm curious about this, and may try it on my last XP computer just to see it in action. It's 60GB in size, but I could shrink the actual XP partition to 25GB or so, and there's a Recovery partition at the end. However, many doesn't have that, could have once been there, but was removed, tempting to some because in 2003/04, 40GB HDD's were the norm. Actually the one I have came with that size one, but I replaced it with a 60GB 7200 rpm one, the OEM one ran at 4200 rpm (or in that range). 
That SP3 download of over 300MB, I've had that on CD since 2010. Anytime I install XP these days, seems like Windows Update won't connect w/out it (an error message will show). Installing SP3 fixes this. Though here as of late, haven't done much XP installing, other than some virtual machines for me t... Read more

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I have a few questions here and hope you will answer them.

What is better, 1GB of ram or 1024 of RAM?

And what is cache?

P.s: Sorry if this is in the wrong Forum.

A:A few questions

!Mikey said:


I have a few questions here and hope you will answer them.

What is better, 1GB of ram or 1024 of RAM?

And what is cache?

P.s: Sorry if this is in the wrong Forum.Click to expand...

1GB = 1024MB It's the same amount

And cache:


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hey guys, I'm new to the forums . I just have a question that's been on my mind.

1.) I've recently tried to play this one game, but it obviously had problems with my vista. The problem dealed with resolutions. Therefore, I had to change resolutions a LOT, resulting in my LCD going to that quick black screen when changing resolutions. So my question is: When the LCD monitor goes to this "black" stage, does it harm it? I've had to do this a lot because I wanted to get the game working, and now I'm noticing discrete horizontal lines stretching from whole screen.

*P.S. I just got this laptop a couple weeks ago, I probably had these lines back then, maybe I'm just getting adjusted to the screen and + noticing a lot more things about it.

Oh and also, I'm running on a laptop, if that information is useful at all.

Sorry for the long post, but thanks a lot to those who take the time to read

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i have just installed Win7x64 (i know i am delayed a bit )

first, i have some questions:

1) it seems Win7x64 downloads every day updates and asks to reboot in order to finish installation, which is annying, can i set it to install only after i reboot manually?

2) can i set CTRL+ALT+DEL to just open Task Manager?

3) i connected a hd and i was not able to run exe's in it, etc
i wonder, if i have logged in as administrator, why it still requires for permissions, since they are set as 'full' for admin accounts?
anyway, i set full permissions for all users and that fixed the problem

4) i disabled index service manually, but how do i stop notifications 'your search may be slow' ? also, how do i detele the data of indexing service that are stored and are now useless?

5) i am not sure if i use AHCI, and if yes, if i use it for all my drives and any drives i add in the future
in my BIOS i last time have set manually to IDE
i also, no longer get the bios notification to enable AHCI when i start my pc
please advise

also, do you have any advice you can give me for my new OS ?


A:some questions

1) Open Windows Update, go to Change settings on the left bar, and instead of "Install updates automatically", select "Download updates but let me choose when to install them". You will still need to install updates, but they won't automatically install and nag you to restart.
2) You can just use CTRL+SHIFT+ESC.
3) This is UAC (user account control) asking for permission. It is recommended that you do not disable it, but if you need to, go to Control Panel, User Accounts, Change user account control settings, and then disable it.

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I know these are stupid questions but I'll ask them anyway. Why do I keep getting disconnected from my own local server and why when I try to reconnect it says my nickname is already in use even though I registered it? How can the other user halfway across the world maintain a stable 24/7 connection with my server while I can't stay connected for 2 minutes? I have a bot on my server (connected via localhost) that I use to re op me or invite me if I get uninvited to my own channel and things but it is still annoying having to do that every time this happens. Thank you for answering the questions!Edit: Moved topic from All Other Applications to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

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I have two questions:

1. I currently have a functioning laptop with Win 7 64Bit. I also have a complete set of recovery discs as well as a system repair disc.

If I were to obtain another laptop could I use my discs and install my current Win 7 on the new laptop?

If so, then I could install a backup cloned HDD in the new laptop and have everything already set up as I prefer without customizing and installing all my software again.

This might also allow me to buy a laptop with Win 8 and replace it with my Win 7.

2. I have cloned my SSD onto an HDD using EaseToDo sotware. Can that HDD be used in another computer?

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Only if it was the exact same pc. Or maybe even the same manufacturer, you`d have to experiment.

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Hi, My father recently downloaded a game, when he opened it up. It caused our computer to crash twice we have never had problems with said site. So it was just strange that our computer crashed any way we removed game. ran scan make sure no malware available and so on. we still had problems. We did try restore point now when ever we try to move or open any files,pic,music. We get a message that we do not have the right to move or anything.  How do I fix this don't want to Restore with disc and lose all the programs since I can't move or save elsewhere.
The second question is with my browser I have updated my adobe flash but yet I am still getting that it is out of date. WTH is wrong, uggghhhh!!!!! I am using Blackhawk a chrome spinoff.
Thank you,

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Welcome aboard   Download Security Check from here or here and save it to your Desktop. Double-click SecurityCheck.exe Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box. A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.NOTE 1. If one of your security applications (e.g., third-party firewall) requests permission to allow DIG.EXE access the Internet, allow it to do so.NOTE 2. SecurityCheck may produce some false warning(s), so leave the results reading to me.NOTE 3. If you receive UNSUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM! ABORTED! message restart computer and Security Check should run Please download Farbar Service Scanner (FSS) and run it on the computer with the issue.Make sure the following options are checked:
Internet ServicesWindows FirewallSystem RestoreSecurity Center/Action CenterWindows UpdateWindows DefenderOther ServicesPress "Scan".It will create a log (FSS.txt) in the same directory the tool is run.Please copy and paste the log to your reply. Please download MiniToolBox and run it.Checkmark following boxes:Report IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Devices (do NOT change any settings here)List Users, Partitions and Memory sizeList Restore PointsClick Go and post the result. Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) to your desktop.NOTE. If you already have MBAM 2.0 installed scr... Read more

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my system:

c2d e6600
2x 1gb ddr-667 ram
asus p5b-deluxe wifi-ap

I want to upgrade.. I think. a few questions.

1) my computer very often uses super close to 100% of my ram, but never actually gets there. 85-90% is very very common. does windows purposely not use the last bits of ram? will I benefit from more?

2) is there any harm in having 2x1gb sticks and 1x 2gb stick? any disadvantages at all?

3) I know people suggest running ram 1:1 w/ fsb. why is this? wouldn't having faster ram run at faster speeds be beneficial? when do the benefits outweigh... whatever downsides there are?

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How much of a difference is the 5200+ AMD to the 4800+ AMD? Is it worth the extra $20 to get? Reason is below.


What PSU should I get for this PC:

Regular Socket AM2 mobo
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ CPU
2X1GB PC6400 RAM
XFX NVIDIA GeForce 7900GS video card
Western Digital 250GB 16MB HDD
Liteon DVD+/-RW
Antec blue LED fan

I will have $50 left AFTER TAXES if I chose the 5200+, and $70 left AFTER TAXES if I choose the 4800+. Which combo will work better? I am shopping at DirectCanada.com.

A:A few questions.

How badly will my RAM bottleck the CPU, if the FSB is 2.0 GHz and the RAM is only 800MHz?

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I added an external USB 2 hub to my laptop. I get the message "HI SEED USB device attached to non HI SPEED Hub" The recommendation is to add a HI SPEED USB host controller. I am not familiar with this. Is this a soft ware upgrade? Or is it hardware?
Thank You,

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I just had two questions...

1. Does it matter if I press, and hold the power button to shut down my computer? Also would it matter if I was running a program during the forced shut down, such as a game?

2. Also I was wondering if it mattered how many times I shut down, and booted up my computer a day... If it matters if I boot it up, play on it for a few hours, shut it down for a few hours, than boot it up again, and repeat processes throughout the day.

Thanks in advance for answering these questions, despite how stupid they are, it still drives me crazy not knowing, and I would hate to do these stupid little things, that could end up damaging my computer. Thanks again.

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Hello Rapth, and welcome to Seven Forums.

The shut down method you are using is called a hard shut down. It's not recommended to use that as a normal method to shut down you computer. It can cause disk fragmentation, corrupted files if they were being read/written to when you hard shut down, etc.... It's just hard on your system, HDD, and files to shut down this way.

Instead, it would be better to close all programs first, and use Shut Down in the Start Menu or a shortcut. It's not going to hurt anything to use the shut down I mentioned off and on throughout the day.

However, if you are constantly off and on the computer throughout the day, then you might consider putting the computer to Sleep instead to be able to bring the computer back up faster and use shut down at night when you go to bed or not using it for an extended period.

Hope this helps,

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i have unused boxed versions of AVG antivirus/antispyware 8.0 and AVG antivirus 2012.
As far as the 2012 goes, I know I can install it but does AVG allow you to upgrade to the current version while under valid subscription?  If so, would i install 2012 and then upgrade or would i install the latest version and use the 2012 key?  
Is the 8.0 a lost cause (for XP and Vista) at this point or can I use the key with a more current version?

A:AVG questions

AVG Paid user? Renew or upgrade now to receive our loyalty discountUpgrade to AVG 2015 when you already have an older AVG version

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Mod Edit:  Split from http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/572316/help-please-regarding-adwcleaner/#entry3675465 - Hamluis.
Since this is a current thread and I basically have the same types of concerns/questions as the thread-starter regarding the use of ADWCleaner, I am going to post here. Hope I'm not using too poor of board etiquette.
So, just real quickly, are these HKLM Chrome Extensions files/folders anything to worry about?  They seem odd to me because of the long and random looking letter suffixes. Should I delete these?  
I'm just nervous after hearing about mals using fake Chrome extensions lately. 
(Also, see question about third image below.)
The one that really threw me was this file called "END".  I found a few discussion links on it but nothing difinitive. Is it dangerous?  Should I remove it? 

Thanks for any helpful thoughts!
Oh, and I am a Windows 8.1 user. 
P.S. My machine checked out OK on Emsisoft, Norton IS, and MalwareBytes earlier today. Machine seems to be running great and is not showing any typical symptoms of infection. 


The trick here is to Google the extensions name (these random strings of characters) and then see if they extensions are malicious or not. Since I'm lazy (or not really), I can do this for you, but I would ask you to provide me the AdwCleaner scan log, so I don't have to enter manually every extensions. Follow the instructions below to do so.AdwCleaner - Scan ModeDownload AdwCleaner and move it to your Desktop;Execute AdwCleaner, accept the EULA (I accept) then click on Scan;Credits : MalwareExperts.comLet the scan complete. Once it's done, click on the Report button to open the scan log;Please copy/paste the content of the output log in your next reply;

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Mod Edit:  Split from http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/576054/firewall-logs/ - Hamluis.
I am having recent firewall issues. I have noticed that my local machine was using port 17 & 6 a LOT, and I was getting warnings from my uverse router. I have gone into my norton, and shut down those two ports on my local machine, but it still looks like something is trying to ping my PC. I have run almost every malware program known to man, downloaded a ton from this (awesome!) website, and it isn't finding anything.
I am new to the formum. I have saved all of this in a .xls. I am hoping I can get it to an expert, they can take a look at it, and tell me if it is benign, or do I need to nuke my HD and rebuild.


You can post those logs, so we can take a look. 

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Mod Edit: Split from http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic441299.html - Hamluis.Is this the one you have? http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareIndex.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodNameId=3559772&prodTypeId=12454&prodSeriesId=3459241&swLang=13&taskId=135&swEnvOID=1093You could have a Broadcom or Intel Ethernet in that model. One way to tell, Look at the image I attached anything Intel will show VEN_8086If it shows a different VEN_ number try the Broadcom one.I too have that model and that VEN but the intel installer from HP reports back no intel card. The little program from Piriform indicates no ethernet cards. Bios indicated the onboard ethernet is active and available to the OS. Perhaps I will try Ubuntu Live... but I do need XP. Any ideas?


First thing to do is make sure the Port is good.

Trying the Ubuntu Live should tell you if the Ethernet port is working or not.

Can you post the entire line that shows the Ven information.
For example one computer here shows PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1019&SUBSYS_02A71014&REV_00\4&2D894BD&0&0818

I'd like to see the whole line.

Good Luck

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