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64-BIT WINDOWS: VRAM

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Video cards have long had more than 512MB VRAM so again x64 is needed to be fully exploit the card. VRAM is shadowed in main memory. The DMA controller copies the assembled frame while the CPU works on the next one. With the GTX Titan X 12GB, at least 32GB of memory is needed to …

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64-BIT WINDOWS: CRAM IT WITH RAM

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32-bit Windows games are limited to 2048MB of main memory and 512MB video memory. 64-bit Windows is backwards compatible with existing games while providing many more resources for the new generation of games. Most gaming rigs have 4 memory slots, we strongly suggest using 4 identical sticks for best results. Some Intel motherboards may have …

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MICROSOFT VIRTUAL PC

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In 2004 Microsoft released Virtual PC to the public as a free download. It allowed users the ability to run separate Windows session in a window. The Virtual PC 2004 release could run DOS and up easily. We tried a Windows 95 disk as well as a Windows 98 SE disk and we could run …

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RACKS OF MACHINES

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In the old days people used shelves and tables with computers on them all wired up to the internet. This was common for web servers before machines became powerful enough to be consolidated. As network moved from 10 megabit to 100 megabit it was now possible to run games with remote desktop as easily as …

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REMOTE DESKTOP

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Remote Desktop as it is know today first was provided to Window XP and Windows Server 2003. Previously Terminal Services was used with earlier versions of Windows NT. See racks of machines. Remote Desktop connections are available with the professional versions of Windows. This is not available with the home versions which only have client …

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BIOS RECOVERY

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Sometimes a new BIOS is needed to be able to use a new CPU on a motherboard. At times there are fixes to known problems. Errors can be recovered by using the recovery disk to load a new BIOS. Most desktops and laptops use the optical drive to load a recovery BIOS however more recent …

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CONVERTING OLD GAMES TO DX9

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Many early Windows games were developed with DX5, DX6, DX7 and DX8. Windows XP introduced DX9 which finally added strong support for the GPU. DX3 was a developers nightmare so no serious games were developed with it. DX4 was not released and DX5 was the next release which was used by a few early Windows …

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MS-DOS BIOS RECOVERY

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Some old laptops such as Toshiba use a USB floppy disk to recover from a BIOS flash fault. For a long time Toshiba would not make a recovery ISO available for users forcing them to spend a lot of money at service centers. The software is readily available such as PFLASH and the BIOS ROM …

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TEAPO CAPACITORS

Basically all the bulging and leaking but it is important to understand what is going on with the performance of the capacitor when it is considered to have failed. Basically the capacitor is no longer performing to its normal specification. Thus far, only Abit has come forward and stated that its capacitors have been faulty, …

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GAMES INCOMPATIBLE WITH WINDOWS XP

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We have many old games. Many old games have issues with the x64 version of XP while they do work fine with the x86 version. Issues are for the x86 version of XP. If you need backwards compatibility its possible to dual boot.  The old MBR allows for 4 primary partitions or the BIOS can …

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ERROR CODE 0x00000005

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Error code 0x00000005 can arise in several situations.  Generally it is seen with a corrupt system. This is one of the more generic errors used by the kernel32 level components. SYSTEM FILE CHECKER Open an elevated command prompt and run: sfc /scannow This tool will take several minutes to complete, it will make sure all of …

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ERROR CODE 0X80070005

Error code 0x80070005 is seen with Windows XP and above. This error crops up rarely but it has broad symptoms. We have seen this with Windows 7 restore point. It has also been seen with the Windows store in Windows 8 and above. It has also been seen with Windows updates in XP and up. …

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WINDOWS ACTIVATION

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Windows now requires activation to prevent unlicensed use. Windows XP and higher now use Internet activation. A mechanized phone option is available for those who do not have Internet access. To check your activation status you can press win+r and then slmgr /xpr Windows will then show a dialog that indicates that Windows is permanently …

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WINDOWS XP

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Windows XP was released generally on October 25, 2001. Today XP is now in extended support which expired April 8, 2014.  Office 2003 also will expire. Microsoft will continue to provide updates for Security Essentials until April 2015. Windows XP was the first version of Windows to require activation. Previously Windows was released without copy …

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ERROR CODE 0x8DE00005

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This error arises with Outlook 2003 and above. It involves the connector uses for Live and Hotmail accounts etc. To fix this problem, log on to your account with a browser manually. Then check to see that IMAP is enabled. http://help.outlook.com/en-us/140/gg312147.aspx Microsoft and Google accounts have been known to need to be configured for IMAP. …

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