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The future of the Tecra Z50?

Q: The future of the Tecra Z50?


I'm in a bit of a dilemma. The current Tecra Z50 is extremely close to what I want in a notebook but the thing is, I currently don't really need it and I don't have the time to set it up. So I would buy one and have it lying around until late summer.

If I get one now and there's a new model out in summer, which I like even better, I would be very disappointed but on the other hand if I want to buy one in the summer and there's a new one with less connectors, a glossy screen with one of those extremely high resolutions or maybe without the pointing stick, it would be even worse!

So the question is: What can I expect from the Tecra Z50 in the future? I know that I probably won't get the information I need but I still had to post this.


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A: The future of the Tecra Z50?

Future of Tecra Z50?
From my experience, Toshiba releases different notebook series within short spaces of time.
In most cases this applies to the ?everyday home? models like Satellite models.

The product life cycle of notebooks belonging to business segment like for example Tecra or Portege series is much longer? so from my point of few the Tecra Z50 should be available in the next couple of month.

But even if new models would be released, I think that older models should be still provided by some online dealers?

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I possess a tecra A10 complete with Windows Vista Business installed (and backed up to an image file using Easeus Todo backup

However I also have access to a Tecra M10 which came with no operating system, although the COA sticker (product key) is likewise for a windows Vista Business.

My question is: would my Windows Vista Business back up from the A10 work on the M10 (ie would it load onto the M10 hard drive and then work properly

If anyone can advise on this matter I would be appreciative please

Best wishes

A:Can I use Tecra A10 OS disk to install OS on Tecra M10?

At first I must say that Toshiba recovery image is created for each notebook model separately and it is 100% created to work on specific model. Why?
Every notebook model has different hardware platform and all drivers, tools and utilities for certain model are part of recovery image. These recovery images are also tested.

Generally speaking if both models have identical hardware platform (hardware parts) it can be used.

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Dear forum
The above says it all really.

I see the two look similar, but one is smaller. Are these two models different in other ways please.

A:Difference between Tecra A10 and Tecra M10

Of course the both notebooks are different.
There are different Tecra A10 models and there are different Tecra M10 units.

For example:
Tecra *A10-13B* supports an Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 2,26 GHz CPU and Intel GM45 chipset.

Tecra *A10-1D2* supports an Intel Core 2 Duo T9600 2.80Ghz CPU and Intel GM45 chipset

You can find details about different discontinued notebook models here:
Then you can compare all the hardware parts.

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The future changes I mention below are openly stated on the Emsisoft forum:


Full scans will require an additional step (as they are a "colossal waste of time" ... and resources) and be removed from the main scan profiles.

After initial installation scan, File Guard does a mighty fine job of protecting the system.


Paranoid mode will be eliminated.

Paranoid mode is a relic of when Emsi used to "aggressively white-list apps."


Community-based alert reduction configurability will change...or its configuration will be fixed.

The Anti-Malware Network has become powerful enough that in "99.9% of cases the [AMN query/auto-quarantine] process is automated."


Ability to disable Behavior Blocker categories will be removed.

In most of the cases where infections have been reported, the user messed with the BB settings.


There will be improvements in scan scheduling.

* * * * *

In my estimation based upon using the products, each one eliminates things that the user doesn't really need...even an advanced user. Such changes will make already solid products even better.

I only use Full Scans after testing malware and I do not schedule scans. Why? File Guard does its job as Emsi states it will.

I think the above changes will definitely further simplify both products...thereby making them even more user friendly.

* * * * *

Emsi does not provide ETAs on changes.

A:Future EAM/EIS Changes

Emsisoft is good av i love that.

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Is pci dying? I have yet to see high end sound cards be something else rather than pci and most new mobos are beginning to lack pci slots or the space reserved for pci is swallowed up by massive high end graphics card
i have a pci capture card with rca and s-video 4-pin inputs and it works almost flawlessly on my computer with perfect A/V sync. I wouldnt want to dish out more money for a tv tuner with a pci-e (1x,4x)interface.
I really dont trust ATi's AIW
or is it time for a new motherboard form factor?

A:the future of pci

Hold out as long as you can but PCI-e is going to take over eventually..

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I have been using XP for some years now and have got quite used to it. At my advanced age learning a new system is not likely to be easy, my wife uses Windows 7 and I find it quite unfriendly and I am reluctant to change to that or any other OS..
The questions I have are:-

!. Will Microsoft continue to authenticate my copies of XP if I do a reinstall?

2. If the answer to 1. is yes then how can I save the various update downloads to a CD so that I can return my computers to their present state following a reinstall. I already have a CD of SP3 but there have been lots of updates since.


A:Is there a future with XP?

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I want to build myself a pc, and need a little help finding parts.
Do u think that this is a good CPU for gaming like battlefield 2 and other resource hog like games?

If so can u recommend a motherboard that has at least 4-5 pci slots that also has an AGP slot, from asus? I want to keep my 9800 pro. I found a bunch of motherboards there, but I donít know which one I should get. If not what CPU would u recommend?

A:My Future PC

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I have a dell dimension 8400 and i think it uses intel 925x. Not exactly sure becuase i went to a few different sites to find info. Anyways, I was wondering what processors i could upgrade it to or what would be compatible with it like quad cores or duo cores.
Also im looking to add more ram and was wondering what kind of ram i could add. I think it uses DDR SDRAM. Can I add ram like pc 6400 ddr2 dual channel rams for that?

A:Looking to upgrade cpu and ram in near future

can u give the model of the computer? as we need this to find out what the computer can accept.

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This is my first post.
We are using MSN browser and have had some issues so we called Qwest. They told us that MSN was having issues with IE8 and that Microsoft was probably not going to continue to support it any longer and we should look at using our Outlook 2007 for our email.

We have already pre-ordered Windows 7 and I'm wondering what to do. Windows 7 comes with IE8 and if MSN isn't going to work with it should I change over to Outlook 2007 now? Does anyone know if MSN works with window 7 and what the future of MSN Explorer is?

A:Future of MSN Explorer

I pay the 10$ a month for MSN Premium as well.

As soon as I installed windows 7 RTM I was through with it.

Have you never noticed now buggy MSN browser has always been. With many sites requiring a log-in it takes like aeons--when using firefox things move very quickly.

You can still use your @msn.com email account through Windows Live and hotmail and keep that @msn.com address.

The only thing one really got with Premium was the McAfee and a half-crippled web-root spyware scanner. AVG free is good and bit-defender is ok--I'm sure there are other low cost or practically free options.

Simply put MSN Premium is antiquated.

Winows Live and it suite>>mssgr, email etc are quite good---and, yes, outlook can be configured to work in tandem with windows live mail.

The only reason MS keeps the premium browser arond is to collect a portion of that 10$ monthly revenue from people that quite don't know better.

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums!

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How do we know it won't eventually go the way of Napster anyway?Hoe do we know it won't eventually go the way of Napster anyway? Can somebody show me how to format a message to avoid this?

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Browsers: Brave - LastPass, Pocket.
Firefox - LastPass, uBlock Origin, HTTPS Everywhere.

Tools: CCleaner, NordVPN (Manual), Spybot Anti-Beacon, iObit Uninstaller.

Qihoo 360: I will be using Qihoo for file signatures, web signatures, firewall, and anti-ransomware / behavior blocking.

Comodo Cloud: I will be using Comodo Cloud for sandboxing, file rating, and cloud analysis.

(Note: Anything that would cause these programs to conflict will be disabled. I.E Comodo Cloud AV will be disabled so it does not interfere with Qihoo)

Basically, I am aiming for a lightweight but secure system. From my previous post, almost everyone recommended Qihoo. I decided to add Qihoo with Comodo, as its signatures are 100x better, and it has behavior blocking. I also use it for detecting malicious sites. I leave Comodo to sandbox anything that may be malicious and to analyse everything in the cloud (Valkyrie). And on top of that, I use Brave as my primary browser, which does almost everything things like uBlock, NoScript, and HTTPS Everywhere do.

Let me know what you think! =D

A:My future config(?): Let me know what you think

Did you tried Hard_Configurator? It is the lightest auto-deny in the world. It modifies Windows settings to achieve more security. Each file you run trough the "install mode" / "Right click on .exe or .msi -> "Run as Smartscreen"" will be processed by Smartscreen (above Windows 8). This is very effective. All installed programs or files that haven't the file extension .msi or .exe you can run trough a double click. This is lighter than Comodo Cloud and will give you better results.

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I was thinking about something.

USB 3.0 will have two separate wires for upload and download. Which is the reason it is so incredibly fast.

I wonder what kind of wonder this may do for Windows SpeedBoost. Intel says you can transfer a 27GB file in 70 seconds. Man, that's fast read/write.

I wonder if using a USB flash drive as RAM will be better than actual internal RAM chips.

A:Future of SpeedBoost

USB 3 is gonna 'rock', I personally cant wait for its launch

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After my first post on an attempt to create a better config, almost everyone disagreed with the config. After some thought and research, I realised that the configuration I presented was pretty stupid. Here is my second try at creating a possible future set up for myself. Let me know what you think!

Firewall: KIS

HIPS: Hitmanpro Alert

Virtualization: Sandboxie, Viirtual Box

Back up storage: 1 TB external storage & Amazon Drive

SIU: Macrium Reflect

Anti-Exploit: Hitmanpro Alert

Second Opinion/On Demand Scanners: Zemana, Emsisoft Emergancy Kit, Hitmanpro

Realtime Scanner: KIS

Behaviour Blocking: KIS

Browsers: Firefox & Tor

Browser extensions/add-ons (Firefox): Ublock Origin, HTTPS Everywhere, LastPass, NoScript, Avira Browser Safety, Nimbus Screenshot, Grammarly

Other: Spybot Anti-Beacon, NordVPN, Universal Text Encryption Tool, Veracrypt, CCleaner, Wise Disk Cleaner


Basically just KIS and HMPA with some extra tools, browser add-ons, and a VPN.

A:Second Try At Future Config: What Do You Think?

Looks good to me, I like it very secure. You sure could go with that setup no problems.

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Well, at the moment, I am in college doing an IT and Gaming course, I am hoping to become an independent developer in Flash and Java games, which involve some decent hardware for gaming and what not.

I'll be using a computer system for developing, gaming etc.

I was thinking about getting an iMac with a computer connected to a 32" screen, for my Xbox aswell, or should I scrap the iMac and get 2 screens instead???heeelp

A:Future development rig

I'm confused, an iMac is a complete computer so not sure what you mean by "getting an iMac with a computer connected to a 32" screen" or how that would relate to an XBOX...?

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I have been hearing that CW Shredder will soon be defunct . That being the case, (if in fact true) is there another application to go to . I have SpywareBlaster and I believe it performs the same type of searches as Shredder but with protection included. But to ask someone to run CW Shredder as a tool is quite a bit different than having them d/l a program like SpywareBlaster. Are there any solutions. Thanks, I just want to be sure that the information that I may give someone , be as accurate and reliable as possible. I have too many flaws as it is, I don't need to add to them.

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Currently, I have 2 x 2GB sticks of Patriot PGS34G1600LLKA RAM, which I know is sufficient for the things that I do, however I'm wondering if doubling that would make a significant difference while encoding video, either in speed or quality?

A:Future Ram Upgrade

Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister

Currently, I have 2 x 2GB sticks of Patriot PGS34G1600LLKA RAM, which I know is sufficient for the things that I do, however I'm wondering if doubling that would make a significant difference while encoding video, either in speed or quality?

I personally think it will make your system run smoother but a big noticeable difference is questionable.

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XDR?2 memory is the latest generation of the award-winning XDR memory architecture. Capable of unprecedented data rates of up to 12.8Gbps, XDR2 is the world's fastest memory solution. It delivers twice the peak bandwidth per device when compared to GDDR5 DRAM.

Fast and Smart

The XDR2 memory solution provides incredible bandwidth performance and does so at far lower power than GDDR5 memory. In fact, XDR2 consumes 30% less power than GDDR5 at equal bandwidth performance. Given equal power budget, XDR2 memory provides 50% more bandwidth than GDDR5. And at full speed, XDR2 DRAM deliver twice the bandwidth of GDDR5 devices.

Born of the Terabyte Bandwidth Initiative

XDR2 memory achieves this power and performance leadership through key Rambus innovations, many of which were developed through Rambus' Terabyte Bandwidth Initiative. The first to employ a Fully Differential Memory Architecture (FDMA), XDR2 memory has improved signal integrity and lower voltage swing versus single-ended signaling architectures such as GDDR5. Other innovations include Flexlink? C/A, for more capacity scalability and flexible access granularity, and 16X Data Rate which allows the XDR2 memory to run at twice the data rate of GDDR5 with a clock running at about half the speed of the GDDR5 clock.

Rock Solid and Pin Efficient

The Fully Differential Memory Architecture of XDR2 memory enables rock solid signal integrity at blindingly fast speeds. Differential signaling in combination with pin-efficient ... Read more

A:the future of VRAM!!

Nice read Sir!

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The signs were written on the wall - the ARM architecture has the potential to expand way beyond smartphones and tablets. Last weeks ARM yearly developer conference shows the way.

Put it all together and ARM is clearly laying the groundwork to expand beyond mobile phones and challenge x86 in netbooks and laptops, desktops and servers. The introduction of versions of Windows 8 and Microsoft Office for ARM-based SoCs from Qualcomm, TI and Nvidia should also be a big boost for the ARM architecture.

More: ARM's big (and little) plans to go beyond smartphones | ZDNet

And here is a real product by HP: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/hps-pr...10?tag=nl.e539

A:The future of the ARM architecture

Hi there
As far as the ordinary user is concerned - it doesn't matter what the underlying technology is so long as the USER INTERFACE is simple and easy to use.

If the hardware reduces power consumption well so much the better.

In any case techniques such as virtualisation can ensure that whatever technology powers the servers the end user can still continue to use systems they are used to using.

The ARM type of processor of course has the ability for people to create very large banks of low powered servers cheaply as shown in your post.


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Here's my situation. I want a PC that will:

-Recognize my external hard drives flawlessly, and let me browse the drives quickly, including my internal drives.

-Be able to run multiple programs flawlessly (Winamp, Word, AIM/Trillian, a Firewall, and an Antivirus is an example of what I would be running at one time).

-Gaming power isn't a priority, but I would be interested in gaming once in awhile.

-Easily upgradeable.

-Play videos with ease.

-Hard drive space isn't a priority because I have a lot of hard drive space already.

-Decent sound card. Running a Klipsch 2.1 IFI, so I want to take full advantage of the speakers.

-OS would be XP, Vista in a year or two after all the kinks are worked out.

Not sure how much a PC like this would cost, but I'm looking to spend 1000-1500. I've read the mid-grade PC build guides, and they've been helpful, but are my PC priorities akin to what the guide describes? What do you all think?

A:Suggestions on my future PC?

I'll show you pretty much the most powerful system currently possible and you can work your way down from there unless you want an insane system like this:

CPU - Core 2 Extreme QX6700 Quad-Core 2.66GHz - $1700

Motherboard - ASUS P5N32-E SLI - $300

RAM - 2X Corsair XMS2 2GB Dual Channel Kit (Total 4GB RAM) - $280x2

Video Card - 2X Geforce 8800GTX SLI - $630x2

That system could multitask like hell. Could probably run 2 instances of Oblivion at the same time and still get 20FPS+ in both of em. That can play ANY game (besides oblivion) at 80FPS+ @1280x1024 guaranteed. Total cost for those parts is $3,820. You also need hard drives ($100) and DVD Drives ($40), Case ($50-$200) Power supply (1000W PLUS ONLY) ($200+). So the total there comes to around $4,200. Of course if you don't want to pay that much, the best 2 things to do are to get rid of one of the 2 videocards and to get a cheaper CPU.

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I have always used Firefox since the day it came out as Phoenix. Today I am having a real hard time trying to figure out what in the heck they are doing. I was using Fx 33 Beta 3 and then MajotGeeks came out with Fx32 Beta 4. I installed it and then it updated automatically to a different build of Beta 4.
The Mozilla Firefox Download site still has Beta 3 as a download:

Today they have come out with Fx 32.0.2 but Fx 33 Beta 4 is nowhere to be found on a Mozilla Site except the FTP:\ site.

The version of Fx 33 Beta 4 was crashing so many times that I removed it and went back to using the Final release. No wonder Chrome is surpassing Firefox in usage.

If you go to Mozillazine and look at today's build and then click on the Prior Beta 3 Build, the link takes you to Fx 31 Beta 3. This is just nuts.

A:Mozilla and Their Future

Strangely enough I have just today returned to Firefox after several years with Chrome, I am past the Daily Build phase so am just interested in the final release. Wa suprised how much the basic look and feel was similar to Chrome, (shared history I suppose), but am impressed so far. The issue with chrome is that they appear to be depriciating a lot of older technology support, in that a few of my media sites were not working, all are working fine in FF.

If the content providers decide to hold out onto technologies like Flash and Silverlight, while Google reduces support we may see an upturn in market share. I'm all for advances in technology such as HTML5 but browsers have to support the older tech untill the vast majority of providers are fully conforming to the "New" standards

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The following important announcement was posted today:

Adobe today confirmed that after three full versions of simultaneous support for 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems, Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 and Adobe After Effects CS4 are the last versions to support 32-bit operating systems. Future versions will be native 64-bit applications which will run only on 64-bit operating systems.

Adobe first introduced 64-bit support with Premiere Pro CS2 and After Effects CS2, and has further optimized and architected for 64-bit with each successive release. Most modern PCs are 64-bit capable: virtually all Intel based Macintosh systems support 64-bit applications directly, and Windows users may select a 64-bit version of Windows to take advantage of the hardware capabilities. By focusing future Premiere Pro and After Effects development exclusively on 64-bit, Adobe will be able to deliver video professionals the best available performance, including increased editing speed, rapid switching among tools, and faster rendering--all of which give users more time to be creative.

Customers are being notified to provide fair notice of any changes regarding the operating systems and hardware supported by Adobe solutions. By announcing these changes now, Adobe customers will have time to plan their migration strategy accordingly. To assist in these efforts, Adobe has provided a free whitepaper on the benefits of running Adobe software on a 64-bit operating system today and in the... Read more

A:The Future is 64bit

what about flash player?

(thanks for info, nick)

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I guess now that we see Windows 10 starting to take off in the form of the TP, I wonder what is the future of developing or refining Windows 8.1. We were going to get a second major update, but I guess that's now what the original Windows 10 build was. So will there be further improvements or refinements to Windows 8.1? Will there be more release of Internet Explorer for it?

In asking this, I realize and understand the support cycles, but I think we may be on the cusp of game changing marketing and maintenance of Windows by Microsoft. So I don't want to assume anything. And I realize that we can only speculate, but pondering the future is fun and interesting, so I'm curious what others think.

A:Future For Windows 8.1

The changes made in Windows 10 tech preview should really have been made in Windows 8.1 Update 1 (<-- Stupid name) or in the big 'Update 2' that never happened, so I'm not sure what Microsoft have planned for Windows 8.1. Hopefully the rumours are true about Windows 10 being a free upgrade for Windows 8 users, but a part of me thinks that if there's any truth in this rumour, that maybe it will only be for those who have a Windows 8 computer less than 6 months old when Windows 10 is released?

Internet Explorer will continue to be updated though, just as IE11 is still available for Windows 7 (although I think IE11 may possibly be the last version available for Windows 7).

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Are there any plans for future releases of Message Analyzer ?
Is project alive ?

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I know patch Tuesday is soon to be a thing of the past. I believe MS will be pushing updates as and when they become available. My question is, have they already started doing this? The only reason I ask is because this week I have noticed some updates showing up out of cycle. I think one was recommended and a few came up in optional. I installed them all with no side effects. Could it mean this coming Tuesday we will be spared the large amount of normal updates? Fingers crossed!

A:Future updates?

The out of cycle updates were probably because one of those updates makes it easier for those in charge of lots of computers (domain administrators) to block some upcoming updates related to Windows 10 upgrade and the GWX data collection process. My guess is, MS wanted this update available before Patch Tuesday.

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Some interesting reading.......


A:Future Of Win 7 Updates


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I'm just posting this here, since I've got no idea where in this forum this belongs.

I've just read an article on a KillerNIC, supposedly a PCI addon 10/100/1000 ethernet, fast ethernet card. It sports a 400mhz processor and 256mb PC2100 DDR RAM. According to their website, this product is aimed at gamers (read people-with-too-much-money-and-are-willing-to-splurge-on-nonessential-hardware-believeing-it-will-make-them-more-popular) interested in reducing their ping while playing games such as BF2 online. It will also help in increasing gaming FPS, since it offloads network processes on its 400mhz processor.

Now, this is what I have in mind. Is this the future of computing, where all the CPU is is a glorified calculator, set to calculate Pi to 1m digits? We started off with offloading graphic processing unto video cards, which is, and always will be, the best things in computing for gamers. Lately, we've got Ageia coming out with their PPU (Physics Processing Unit) card, which offloads some processing from the GPU. Network? Do we really need a 400mhz gigabit card?

Of course alot of people are sceptical about this, especially with the introduction of the PPU. Everything it does can be done by the graphics card, so why not leave it to the graphics card, instead of getting a new card, which costs money? If we had thought that way, we'd still be running 2D games on our CPU.

So is this the future? A computer where addon cards do all the work, a... Read more

A:The future of computing?

um, I hate to break the news, but graphics cards do exactly that!

back in the day, the motherboard did everything!

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Why does the seach window open up each time I open IE 6.0. and how can I fix it. Thanks.

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it's quite scaring....!!
fiction or reality....?
a very interezting and original little game about the evolution of the place of internet of our lives....
a very surprising miror!


A:internet in the future

SPAM !!!

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Does not installing SP3, cripple or preclude the installation of future patches?


A:SP3....Future Patches?

At times a certain service pack will be required for application and patch functionality,but not always.

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Hello Everyone
I have Just been to a lan place called ibisq and Now i am interested In buying a computer and I need some help, because I am an noob to this stuff so yer I came here

What are you going to use the PC for?
How much is your budget?
$800 to $1000 Australian
Where are you located? (a.k.a. fill out your profile)
Melbourne, Australia
Are you willing to buy online?
Are you going to re-use any parts from an earlier build?
Yes a case ( but it may be to small), Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard and Speakers
Do you need other peripherals like a monitor, keyboard and mouse, among others?
Have you already bought any parts?
Do you have an Operating System (OS)?
Yes Xp
Will you need any aftermarket cooling, such as a CPU\GPU cooler or a watercooling setup? Dont no what it means by that

Please help me

A:Future computer

Um What?

Didn't you just post here: http://www.techspot.com/vb/post831432-3.html
Or did you just copy that guys post?

That's a very strange 1st post there :rolleyes:

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Hi Gang,
1st, this is a great site w/ alot of helpful people. I have read a bunch of threads and like what I see. Polite answers for newbies and generally exc knowledge.
Okay here is my situ:
putting together an Intel based custom build DAW -( PC for audio recording only.)
I have been on several forums that deal w/ Audio and get tooo many different responses

What MB would allow me to use say P4 630 3.2 then allow me to go Dual core later? Prefer ASUS.looking for something with built in 1394 firewire.
Do PCI slots in a pci-ex MB work faster(better) than a pci only MB?

I am on a budget trying to do MB CPU ram for under $500


A:future proof MB

I am going to go in reverse order here.

PCI slots on a PCI express board will still be the same speed, no way around this, if the frequency or bandwidth were widened they would be PCI slots any more.

I would say stick with ASUS, but make damn sure it has an Intel chipset for an Intel CPU.

As far as a board that will let you upgrade to a dual core later, doubt it. Intel changes too many things with each revision of its CPUs, half the time a newer 775 won't work in an old 775 board and vice versa.

I wou;ld strongly reccommend looking into an AMD system. Any good 939 socket board will support a single or dual core CPU, and with the lead AMD has right now for performance especially with its dual core CPUs compared to Intel there is no reason not to go AMD.

Another great choice is to buy a socket 939 Mobo and later you will also have the option of going for a Dual core Opteron CPU, thats right a Workstation/ server CPU fits quite nicely into your 939 mobo.

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My os is windows 8 and I try to use vm but it couldn?t allow me. I try to enable my hyper v future but no hyper v future at all can somebody help me with this issue

A:No hyper V future

Hyper-V Client is only available on Windows 8 Pro/Enterprise x64 Editions only.
You might be using Windows 8/Windows 8 Single Language/Multi language.

If you want to have Hyper-V, you can purchase the Windows 8 Pro Pack.

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I was told by a friend who works in the computer industry and he's telling me I should become an "expert" or get a good understanding of Windows Vista as in the future it will be the most used Operating System.

Does anyone agree with my friend? He works at a computer shop..

I'm personally not going to use Vista til' there's a service pack or it has less problems (from what I've heard it's a major problem). I'm sure Windows Vista works great but so does Windows XP Service Pack 2..

A:Vista's future?

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Hi all.  I'm aware that Edge is the preferred built-in browser in Win 10.  But 3 years after Win 10 release I still see IE 11 kicking around. I know there are ways to remove it or use GP to disable its use, but I'm not looking to do that. 
Just curious, is there a plan to remove it permanently from Win 10 builds eventually?  As of build 1809 it's still there. 

Also, more importantly, I have to assume so, but is it still receiving security updates?  I realize to keep IE in there, MS is obviously patching it.  But at times an entirely new version of something is needed, which
has been redesigned from the ground up (for better security, or what not).  Since IE 11 is still version 11 after all these years, I have to wonder if it is
fundamentally flawed at this point.  Or could we say IE 11 is as secure as Edge, if we rule out zero-day exploits for either and Win 10 is fully patched?  


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The marketplace makes or breaks and the PC gaming platform is struggling according to some reports I've read. Consoles are hardwired and are upgraded every three years or so, but the PC keeps marching forward every half year. Gabe Newell was so upset with the "walled in" nature of Windows 8 that Steam is now porting games to Linux, so all hope isn't lost. Now there's talk of "BGA," or soldered-in CPU's for future motherboards. I upgrade my PC as I can afford to, but I feel like I'm driving on a highway that's steadily narrowing and choking. In light of these rumblings would I be stupid to continue upgrading my PC by migrating to Intel's Haswel and a pair of Radeon 8970's? What do you see in your crystal ball? Thank you.

Windows 8 Pro 64 bit OS
AMD Phenom II 965 CPU
Asus Crosshair IV Formula motherboard; Megatrends 2101 BIOS; 890FX chipset
16GB OCZ Reaper 1333 DDR 3 system RAM
Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Champion sound card
Dual Radeon HD 7970 GPU's in Crossfire; CCC 13.1 WHQL
LG Blu-ray rewriter
950W PC Power & Cooling PSU
Verizon FIOS; speedtest.org = 22ms ping, 58.75Mbps download, 30.33Mbps upload (have had single digit pings on other days)
55+ games on Steam

A:What's the future for PC gaming?

PC's are a major force in gaming. Who knows after the next-gen consoles are out. But at least the past couple of years, the best versions of the games usually were the PC ones.

Gabe Newell is just scared that the Steam marketplace will get eclipsed by the Windows Store which I think is silly to think that because there's tons to love for Steam. And people go where the best deals are and Steam brings it often enough. Newell/Valve wants their 30% cut of that software sale on Steam. If you buy the game in another marketplace, that's revenue lost. Everybody wants that 30% cut. Microsoft wants it. Steam wants it. Origin wants it. Ubisoft wants it. Apple wants it. Google wants it.

Right now, the various marketplaces are vying for exclusive titles and probably paying for that exclusivity. But like with anything, the money is on crossplatform titles so I bet you'll see the same titles across both Windows Store, Steam and other marketplaces. Microsoft is counting on the idea that you want your game achievements to be tallied with your Xbox achievements. Similarly, Steam is betting that you'll want to keep adding to your Steam achievements.

As gamers, it's better to focus on the games. There are no saints in business.

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Now here is something you dont hear a lot of croncrete stuff about....
Searched for a forum on this subject but found none, so here you have it.
Some questions if you please:
-Should we be going wider and/or faster, faster?
-Should we be standardising more?
-Should we be focusing on getting the OS completely right? Should it be free?
-Is the future of computing best left entirely in the hands of Corporates or should there be some Governance?
-What is the best all round PC architecture?
-Why do they still cost so much?
-Why cant I add my new system to my old system and get the power of both?

Many more where that came from but lets open the discussion......

A:Future PC Architecture

1)The faster new technology is brought to the mainstream market, the faster prices on the "older" tech drops so it's a cycle that will benefit the consumer.

2)Standardization might help in some cases, but then that would mean either everyone has a gaming PC or they do not. That would be pretty limiting IMO.

3)Getting OSes right would not need to be the focus, since Service Packs/updates would eventually fix all the issues present in them. But yes, I do think they should be made cheaper. Free? I don't think that would help, since it would not give anyone incentive to develop something that's better and even if they do, they wouldn't be able to/willing to share it with the rest of the world.

4)Governments usually mess up things since in the end, they are able to get away with everything. Corporations depend on the end user's satisfaction to survive, so that would be a better thing. But a merging of the two ideas, such as greater governmental control over corporations regarding research wouldn't be such a bad idea.

5)This is debatable and bound to change, according to the first question, so it really isn't valid.

6)PC costs have reduced quite a lot since the late 1990s. So I don't think they cost too much.

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I'm going to buy a new computer quite soon, but I can't decide what MoBo and some other parts I should have

Here are the parts that I know that I'm going to have:

Intel Q6600 quad core @ 2.4ghz
GeForce 9800 gtx 1gb
An 1000W PSU (I don't know what I will have, but the man I'm buying from knows)
Antec Nine hundred (chassis)
The questions are:



ddr3 memory/ddr2? (I want to have 4gb)

2 memories with 2gb or 1024mbx4?


My budget is at ~3714$ USD, the more future proof the computer is, the more I can pay.

I want to have support for:
Sli (would love 3 graphic cards)
Nehalem processors (45nm)
The main thing is that it must be future proof, at least be able to play new games the next 5 years (will have to upgrade, of course, but that means that the MoBo must be very upgradeable)
I know this is a very difficult question, but please do your best

Really grateful if you help me, thanks in advance

A:Future proof PC please :)

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hello everyone,
am venu working as software developer, i code for applications based on snmp protocol
using core java.
can anyone say about the future of snmp, bcoz my friends say snmp is going out of scope
since too many companys have already made number of products on snmp ,
am little scared whether to continue in the same stream or what .
can anyone please give me some thougths on snmp future

thanks in advance

A:about future of snmp

SNMP isn't going anywhere. There will always be overlays & other protocols running in conjunction with SNMP to capture such things as iops/process status/netflow/etc - but SNMP isn't going anywhere.

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I wonder how much truth there is to this:

Even though Windows XP Service Pack 3 has a long way to go before being released to the public, word is out that Microsoft has Service Pack 4 in the works. SP3, set to be release in mid-2007, will be a massive update for XP, and many people have said it may be the last for the OS because of Vista. But rumor has it that because of the massive delays with Windows Vista, Microsoft may be forced to release one final hotfix pack to keep corporate IT customers happy due to the predicted delay in switching to Vista.

A Chinese version of PC Magazine spilled some small tidbits about SP4 last year that went unoticed, noting that it's on Microsoft's release timeline, and a quick search of the internet can find scattered referrals to the package. We've heard that there will be no new features with SP4, but most likely many fixes for both IE7 and WMP11 as they mature. Although no known hotfixes have been designated to SP4 just yet, TheHotfix.net will be the first to bring them to you when they begin arriving, most likely early next year.


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It seems to me that Intel will continue to keep tha lead over AMD since they r able to make chips smaller and cooler. Also tha Mhz count. Intel will reach 3Ghz by tha time Amd has reached 2Ghz and the Average ppl will pick 3Ghz over a 2Ghz, even though AMD 2Ghz is like 3100+(tha Barton). Also Intel will have gone over 1Ghz over tha year, compared to AMD's 400-600Mhz

At this point the only thing that will help AMD is 3 things.

#1.Less heat.
#2.Less power draw 45 amps is not acceptable.
#3.More MHZ.

So far with the new Hammer chip all we are seeing is hype and a prototype of it at 800 MHZ that does not run 64 bit code well at all. The Hammer CPU sucks up a wooping 45 amps of curent and will run at least as hot as a XP CPU and will not be at 2 gig's for quite some time.

poor poor AMD

A:Future of Intel and AMD

You are saying that an AMD chip at 2GHZ will be as fast as a P4 & 3GHZ? Rating a Clawhammer at 3100+ @ 2GHZ is just plain ridiculous.

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I'm not sure if this the right forum since it's been upgraded. I am thinking of doing a new build of the AMD FM2+ and here is what I think that I want and I'm looking for any suggestions about this build in it's entirety. This is what I've picked at part pickers so far: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/oldguy55/saved/44ya , I'm not really a gamer, but I do a lot of video editing, converting, bluray/dvd recording and music cds. also keep in mind that I will probably be adding more hard drives to this build as my movie library is increasing.

A:Near Future New Build

Ok, so since you do a lot of video editing, I would make numerous changes:
1) I would go for an Intel platform rather than an AMD platform since Intel CPUs are dominant when it comes to video editing.
2) If you arent going to overclock the CPU much, I would tone down the cooler to something like a Hyper 212 Evo.
3) I would tone down the RAM to about 1600MHz since 2133MHz doesnt make much of a difference when video editing (or even gaming).
4) I would replace the Digital Black2 HDD/SSD combo with a pure SSD.
5) I would replace the AMD GPU with something more hefty and nVidia based. I say this because nVidia drivers are usually more consistent and nVidia GPUs are generally better for video editing. BUT, if you are working with programs such as Adobe CC, then I would stick with an AMD GPU (more powerful than a 250X) since Adobe products make use of OpenGL for the most part and AMD is dominant at that.
6) Case is your choice. I personally recommend Corsair cases.
7) The PSU can be toned down to a 750W (Corsair HX 750) possibly, but I wouldnt go any lower since you are hoping to add more HDDs.
8) I would find a Bluray reader and writer all in one rather than having 2.
9) There is really no advantage to having Windows 7 Ultimate over Professional or even Home Premium. Ultimate just really allows you to install language packs (there are some other features that arent really important).
10) You dont need a Wifi adapter as long as the motherboard supports Wifi, but it matters on the b... Read more

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My Requirements...

ATX Case, +11" (280 mm) PCI-e space, Power Supply vent on bottom , Where are the PCI-E located? Cable Management, Positive airflow

1000W 80+ Gold Power Supply, Modular
HDD, SATA 6 Gb/s, 7200 RPM
SSD (if gets cheaper)
8GB (2x4GB) RAM DDR3 1333 MHz, Dual Channel, Check approval for Motherboard, Cas Latency & Voltage?
GDDR5, +1GB , DX11, HDMI, SLI, NVIDIA, CUDA & PhysX, heatsink & dual fans, ASUS, DirectCU

ATX, DDR3, +2 PCI-E X8 or X16, LGA1155, ASUS PRO or EVO, SLI, Where are the PCI-E located? 2-3 slots space between dual slotted cards, SATA 6 Gb/s, 1333 MHz Dual Channel
i5-2500 Quad Core, CPU Cooler, How many pins?
Zip Ties
(The questinons are for me to see if they're compatible.)
I do NOT plan to Overclock anything.

Do you see anything I'm missing?


A:My Future Build

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hi....i've been getting a lot of useless emails lately, all with different subject matter and different domain names, but the content of these messages is about the same; a lot of jibber jabber that doesn't make sense, followed by streams of code which is useless to me.

i use outlook express and i have a good virus removal program, and i can block a particular sender, but is there any way i can block what's behind these emails if there is a particular starting point they originate from?

thx in advance

A:Getting Rid of Future Garbage

If there is a common domain that they come from, yes you can block that domain, but trust me, they use a different domain every single time.

The "garbage text" you refer to is by design, it is random enough to fool any spam detection filter, it has no other purpose.

I think bringing back the death penalty for such spammers is justified however.

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As many of you know, there are two security companies that often get confused: Avast and AVG. Shortly after I started as CEO almost 8 years ago, I remember giving a presentation to a large audience about Avast. About an hour later, a gentleman walked up to me and complimented me on how good the presentation was and how he enjoyed hearing about AVG. That was my first lesson in how easy the companies are to confuse.

This confusion is because the companies are so very similar. Both company names start with the letters ?AV?. Both started in the late 1980s and were amongst the first few companies formed to fight the viruses and malware nearly 30 years ago. Both are historically Czech: Avast was founded in Prague and is still based there while AVG was historically in Brno, the two largest cities in the Czech Republic. Both pioneered the free distribution of top quality security products (although to be honest, I must admit that AVG was first and we followed). Both make great security products. Both are innovators with world class R&D teams. Both have most of their users outside of their home Czech market. Both have had similar user bases for many years: about 200M each. And most importantly, both treat their users with respect and consequently each has a large and loyal user base. One slight difference though is that while Avast is a private company, AVG is public and listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
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A:Avast and AVG: A Future Together

Poll is added.

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I'm a total newb to LAN's and was wondering if the network i'm planning on will even work so i drew a picture on my project (attached). All cables will be gigabit compatible as will be the switches. The reason i will have 2 switches is because they won't be in the same building. The uppermost switch will be physically next to the router to enable me to have gigabit connection between the DiskStation and the PCs/HTPC without having to change my router (in fact can't change it due to special firmware for my internet TV).

I'm worryed that plugging a switch into a switch into a router, with wireless on the end might not work?

I'd be gratefull for any help on this!

A:Help with a future network

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Excerpt taken from http://www.anandtech.com/systems/showdoc.html?i=1830

There are many recent technologies that have signalled a shift in the way data is sent within a desktop computer in order to increase speed and efficiency. Universal Serial Bus (USB), Serial ATA, and RDRAM, are all examples of moving away from a parallel architecture to a high-speed serial format, designed to ensure maximum bandwidth and provide future scalability.

The PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) Bus has been widely used as a general purpose I/O interconnect standard over the last ten years, but is really beginning to hit the limits of its capabilities. Extensions to the PCI standards, such as 64-bit slots and clock speeds of 66MHz or 100MHz, are too costly, and just cannot meet the rapidly increasing bandwidth demands in PCs over the next few years.

3rd Generation IO, or 3GIO, has been recently renamed PCI Express, and looks to be the replacement for the ubiquitous PCI bus, the most successful peripheral interconnect bus used in PCs. With support coming in the Intel Grantsdale chipset, along with Microsoft's next version of Windows, codenamed Longhorn, let's take a look at the technology that is designed to last the computer industry for the next ten years...

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I think a new PCI standard would be helpful especially in high end graphics cards such as the new ATI and Nvidia cards.
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A:PCI Express: Interconnect of the future

That's great Acid, however you will no doubt be surprised to discover that I actually reported on something almost identical back in February!

Original News Post Here.

Follow on posts here.

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