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  1. If you build it yourself, or your local shop assists you,You get what you want, not what a marketing dud thinks you should have...You get 100% industry standard and upgradeable, not proprietary hardware and software...You don't spend the first two weeks (or longer) removing software you didn't want...Your tech support isn't in India... "Happy to be you! What can we do of me today sir?" hmmm...You're already ahead of the tech cycle because your machine didn't spend twelve months going through the R&D/manufacturing/wholesale/retail pipeline...You'll have a lot more fun playing (ok, working) with a computer you know inside and out...If you shop a little, you'll still spend less money!
  2. Here are a couple of resources that may help:http://findvpn.com/http://vpn.ebootis.de/Broadband is not absolutely needed, in fact some of the people on the 'road' may only have dialup availble to them anyway.
  3. --------[ Synquest's ]------------------------------------------------------------------ Computer: Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Personal OS Service Pack: Service Pack 1 Motherboard: CPU Type: AMD Athlon XP, 1725 (O/Ced) MHz (6.25 x 267) 2000+ Motherboard Name: Gigabyte GA-7VTXE (5 PCI, 1 AGP, 3 DIMM, Audio) Motherboard Chipset: VIA VT8366A Apollo KT266A System Memory: 768 MB (Virtual Channel DDR SDRAM) BIOS Type: AMI (03/13/02) Communication Port: Communications Port (COM1) Communication Port: Communications Port (COM2) Communication Port: ECP Printer Port (LPT1) Display: Video Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce2 MX/MX 400 (64 MB) Video Adapter: NVIDIA Vanta/Vanta LT (16 MB) 3D Accelerator: NVIDIA GeForce2 MX/MX 400 3D Accelerator: NVIDIA Vanta Monitor: Dell P991 Monitor: ViewSonic A70-2 Multimedia: Audio Adapter: VIA AC'97 Enhanced Audio Controller Storage: Floppy Drive: Floppy disk drive Disk Drive: IOMEGA ZIP 100 USB Device Disk Drive: Maxtor 5T030H3 (30 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/100) Disk Drive: Maxtor 6Y120L0 (120 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/133) Disk Drive: SanDisk ImageMate II USB Device Optical Drive: ELBY DVD-ROM SCSI CdRom Device (Virtual CD-ROM) Optical Drive: HP CD-Writer cd16r (16x/10x/40x CD-RW) Optical Drive: JLMS XJ-HD166S (16x/48x DVD-ROM) Partitions: C: (NTFS): 29298 MB (13803 MB free) D: (NTFS): 58619 MB (52378 MB free) F: (NTFS): 58619 MB (24187 MB free) Input: Keyboard: Easy Internet Keyboard Keyboard: HID Keyboard Device Mouse: PS/2 Compatible Mouse Game Controller: Microsoft PC-joystick driver Network: Network Adapter: 3Com EtherLink 10/100 Peripherals: Printer: \KELLI\hp psc 700 series Printer: \officeserver\lexmark Printer: Acrobat Distiller Printer: Fax Printer: HP PSC 500 Printer: PDF995 USB Device: Belkin USB VideoBus II, Audio USB Device: Belkin USB VideoBus II, Video #5 USB Device: Generic USB Hub USB Device: Generic USB Hub USB Device: Microsoft SideWinder Precision 2 USB Device: U.are.U Finger Sensor by DigitalPersona,Inc. USB Device: USB Composite Device USB Device: USB Mass Storage Device USB Device: USB Mass Storage Device Firewire Device: Orange Micro Ibot I-Cam--------[ Wife's ]------------------------------------------------------------------ Computer: Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Personal OS Service Pack: Service Pack 1 Motherboard: CPU Type: AMD Athlon-PECM, 1200 MHz (5.25 x 229) Motherboard Name: Gigabyte GA-7IXE4 (2 ISA, 5 PCI, 1 AGP, 3 DIMM) Motherboard Chipset: AMD-750 Irongate System Memory: 512 MB (SDRAM) BIOS Type: AMI (11/07/01) Communication Port: Communications Port (COM1) Communication Port: Communications Port (COM2) Communication Port: ECP Printer Port (LPT1) Display: Video Adapter: ATI Technologies Inc. RAGE 128 PRO PCI TMDS (16 MB) Video Adapter: NVIDIA RIVA TNT2 Model 64/Model 64 Pro (32 MB) 3D Accelerator: ATI Rage128 Pro 3D Accelerator: NVIDIA RIVA TNT2 M64 Monitor: Philips 15" LCD Monitor: Samsung SyncMaster 703DF Multimedia: Audio Adapter: Creative SB Live! Value (CT4780) Sound Card Storage: Floppy Drive: Floppy disk drive Disk Drive: IOMEGA ZIP 250 SCSI Disk Device Disk Drive: Maxtor 5T030H3 (30 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/100) Optical Drive: ATAPI-CD ROM-DRIVE-56MAX (56x CD-ROM) Optical Drive: HP CD-Writer+ 9300 (10x/4x/24x CD-RW) Partitions: C: (NTFS): 29298 MB (17733 MB free) Input: Keyboard: PC/AT Enhanced PS/2 Keyboard (101/102-Key) Mouse: Microsoft PS/2 Mouse Network: Network Adapter: 3Com EtherLink 10/100 PCI Modem: U.S. Robotics 56K Voice PCI Peripherals: Printer: \jeff\HP PSC 500 Printer: \officeserver\lexmark Printer: Acrobat Distiller Printer: Auto HP PSC 500 on jeff Printer: HP PSC 700 series USB Device: HP PSC 750 USB USB Device: Logitech QuickCam Express
  4. Ok...Heres where we're at. In response to the thought about the bios reset jumper, the docs don't mention it (about 4 paragraphs on a page) and the boards came with it shipped in the reset position. The boards will not boot that way. Of course I got that out of the way the day I installed them. All of your other suggestions and thoughts were very helpful also and I thank you. Any way, I took a known good power supply, a known good AMD 1800 XP CPU (they have 1700's in them) and a known good 256MB stick of SD RAM with me. I started by swapping the power supply out and that changed nothing. Still broke. Swapped power supplies back and changed the RAM....tried both slots.....no change. Still broke. Then I swapped the CPU, booted perfectly. Then again.... and again.... at least 20 times. Never missed a beat. When I got back to the shop I tried the 1700 CPU in a different board and was not able to break it....runs fine!!. I'm stumped. The PCChips 810 LR does not like the 1700 CPU (bios autodetects both of them, it was the latest bios too by the way). To resolve this issue, I have another 1800 on order for delivery Tuesday. That should put this story to bed! Customer is happy and I can quit fretting about it! I have never seen anything quite like this with virtually all new hardware, act so strange. I'm not sure I'll order PCChips again.... Stick to GigaByte.... Now that'll probably start a whole new thread.... As an addendum to this saga, in case anyone is interested what this job was....it was a POS (point-of-sale) system for a combination cell phone sales and UPS shipping outlet. I actually built 5 computers for them. Two are new machines running XP Pro (the ones that caused all the trouble) for the POS stations at the cell phone sales counter, one was built of mostly used stuff, a Pentium 233 with 64MB RAM running Windows 98SE at the UPS ship counter. A fourth machine, built from newer stuff, Celeron 800, 128 MB RAM running XP Pro in the back room for books, inventory, etc. The fifth machine is a Pentium III, 450MHZ, 190 MB RAM, two 20GB Western Digital HDD's on a raid 1, running E-Smith server (Linux) to serve up print jobs for all the machines to a Lexmark Optra R+ Laser printer. The UPS machine has its own dedicated thermal label printer, but reports are printed to the Lexmark. The E-Smith also serves up high speed fixed wireless internet to all of the stations. The ISP is a local provider that is offering us some outstanding access for a town as small as ours! The web address for the business where this network is http://www.northkentwireless.com.
  5. It's 7:30 am in Michigan, I'm headed over to my client's store, I'm gonna swap out one of the power supplies and see if that changes anything.... I'll let you know....
  6. Actually the first thing I did was replace the cmos batteries on both boards. As for the power supplies, without getting into a long winded explanation of how this came about, one of the power supplies(both are identical) powered a different board for about 3 months with no issues. I don't understand how the machine can run perfectly.... for days.... and only fail on a cold boot. This doesn't appear to be a power supply issue....
  7. I just put two machines together for a client that consist basically of a PCChips 810LR motherboard w/AMD Athlon 1700, 256 MB RAM and a Western Digital 20GB HDD and a 350W power supply running Windows XP Pro. Both machines are substantially indentical and both run just fine until....... you power them down and then try to boot again. They restart just fine. But from a power off state when you press the power button the power LED and the HDD LED light and stay lit, and that's it. NOTHING else....no noise, black screen. In order to get the machines to power up again I have to turn off the power supply switch or unplug the power supply and then press the power switch on the front of the case. Then I can re-energize the power supply and press the power switch on the front of the case and presto!! It comes to life. It then reports a checksum error....at which time I have to go into bios and redo the settings, after which the machines will run just fine until the next time they get turned off! Please don't tell me to never turn them off...heard that a bunch of times already. Anyone got any ideas?
  8. oops, That's 1.7GHz for my wife's computer and Athlon XP2000 for mine...
  9. Oh ya! I remember the Wang. Do any of you remember the Univac 1218 or the UYK-20? Ok, so they weren't mine....Uncle Sam owned 'em. But if they didn't run right you'd think they were mine. They were early 70's vintage ship-board targeting and defense computers. The Univac 1218 was the size of a refrigerator, had not a single integrated circuit. It weighed about 600 lbs and you could hit it with a big hammer and it wouldn't miss a beat. I now own a $3 calculator with more horse power...My first out of the service was a Timex Sinclair.I have several computers now, my favorites being my 400MHz Pentium powered w/128 MB RAM and 2 10GB HDD's on raid 1 running E-Smith (linux) serving up my internet and laser printer to.... My wife on an AMD 1.7MHz Athlon w/512MB RAM and myself on an Athlon XP200 w/768 MB RAM. We both use dual monitors...nothing like a large desktop!Long live Arpanet!
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