Tuesday, August 29


Nearly Almost

My new office PC has moved from "parts allocation" to "invoicing". They had to swap the memory as well as the motherboard to make it work, but now they've done a 72-hour burn-in with all 4GB and it's working.

So I'm sitting here trying to get it to move to "shipped" by sheer force of will.

Doesn't seem to be working.

Update: Just needed to concentrate a bit harder. Eet hes sheeped!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 11:13 PM | Comments (9) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (Suck)
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1 Baaaaaaaaaaaaa?

Posted by: Wonderduck at Wednesday, August 30 2006 03:18 AM (CJ5+Y)

2 It's some kinda 'strilian thing, I guess ....

Posted by: Kristopher at Wednesday, August 30 2006 10:25 AM (O5Ju8)

3 Dual core goodness.

Crunchy and oh so good for you.

Posted by: Andrew at Wednesday, August 30 2006 08:52 PM (t8tOu)

4 ahhhh, tech bliss.  hope it continues well into the drivers install phase.

Posted by: Michele at Friday, September 01 2006 02:59 PM (y9UuV)

5 Pixy,

Can you offer advice for someone new to RAID?  My home computer has nothing on it but software that I have available on cd.  I regularly back up my personal files once every couple of years, since losing them would not be a very big deal.

In my position, would you go with RAID 0?  Or one of the safer modes?  I'd like 500G of space, but only have the spare cash for 2-300GB drives.

Thanks in advance,

The guy who's not a fan of Anime  ;)

Posted by: Kevin at Friday, September 01 2006 08:49 PM (++0ve)

6 My experience with RAID on a budget is: If you are running Linux, software RAID-1 works beautifully.  Software RAID-5 sucks abominably. RAID-0 works fine too, but of course offers no protection.

On Windows, software RAID in general sucks.  Spanned volumes are okay, though.

And any RAID controller that costs less than $500 is not hardware RAID, no matter what it says on the box.  Likewise the controller on anything but a high-end server motherboard.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, September 02 2006 12:10 AM (FRalS)

7 Darn, thanks for the info.  I assumed that RAID was built in to my $78 motherboard.  Oh well :(

Posted by: Kevin at Saturday, September 02 2006 08:24 AM (++0ve)

8 It's actually a sort-of-RAID sort-of-thing.  Most of the work is done in software, usually badly.

The 3Ware controllers work brilliantly - we use those in the servers at work.  But they ain't cheap.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, September 02 2006 08:41 AM (oFrbW)

9 Darn again :)

It turns out that my ASUS P4P-800 motherboard does do RAID, but as you suggested, it does it badly according to online reviews (eats 30% of cpu on a P4 2.8 when hitting the drives and a few say it doesn't really increase the read speed noticeably!).  I guess I'll just use them as separate volumes since joining them no longer offers me any value.

Thanks again for the help/opinion.

Posted by: Kevin at Saturday, September 02 2006 10:44 AM (++0ve)

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