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Wheres my bottleneck?

Q: Wheres my bottleneck?

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Hi Everyone

Im trying to find a bottleneck in my system, im trying to run Everquest 2 and it runs fine in "high performance" mode but as soon as i try and get some extra graphics it starts to give me serious lag.. im trying to identify the problem can someone please tell me where my bottleneck is ??

my computer consists of.

MB: Epox 8RGA+ Motherbaord with Nforce2

RAM: 2x 256mb TWIN X Corsair (333mhz)

CPU: Athlon XP 2500+ Barton Core (333mhz)

Graphics Card: Geforce 6800 (Winfast A400)

POWER: 350w Power Supply

HDD: Western Digial 80gig 7200rpm
I only purchased the video card recently and they are supposed to be extreemly quick, so im just wondering if there is an easy answer to improving speed or maybe i need to look at upgrading a few things... ?

And also another question if anyone knows, does adding another stick of 333mhz RAM to the third slot will that slow down my DUAL RAM which is now active in my PC ?

A:EXPERTS ADVICE ! Wheres my bottleneck ?

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I have just added another stick of ram I have 4 x 256. This shows up in system information as
Total physical memory =1,024mb
but then it says
available physical memory= 576.14.mb

Is my graphics card stealing it its a radeon 9200se

Its got me all coffuzled

and my motherboard is a Giga-Byte GA-8ISXT-FS Motherboard

A:Wheres me ram gone


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Ok I took the plunge and upgraded to IE7. HATE IT! where is the OE link on my toolbar or task bar or whatever that is? Now I am forced to go to my desktop to access OE whereas with IE6 there was the little envelop icon up top there that was my OE link. If I dont get a clear answer on this I am just going back to IE no matter what the risk as far as critical updates I just cannot STAND IE7 .For me IE6 was simple it was a clean look and simple use this IE7 is stupid, makes no sense it was just done to compete and from what I have heard from bigger geeks than I is, Microssoft is years late and about a million dollars too short (to corrupt the old cliche) with IE7,ok This is just IMHO but its how I feel abouti t. So can someone help me I even tried to see if I could put OE as a favorites but cannot do THAT either. save IE7's life on my puter (if u care, about IE7 cos I don't) I just want to return to the times of old and easier. thanks y'all bad

A:so wheres OE on IE7?

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Hi all
Not sure if this is the right forum for this ?. But In my "pictures" folders i use to see the pics now i just see icons. I changed the default program back to Windows Photo Gallery from Picaso to no avail.
Thanks for any help Jim

A:Wheres the Pic?

Hi pofolks4,

Can you attach the screenshoot?

Run Disk Cleanup tool and clear the Thumbnails (Attached Screen shot).

Click Start > Type: "folder options" and open > Go to view Tab > uncheck "always show icons, never thumbnails" under Files and Folders (Attached Screen shot).


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Hi guys!
A few weeks ago I got the RC1 dvd. Then I heard RC2 was released. But I never recieved an email from Microsoft and when I go to their site it says "RC1". Does anybody know where RC2 is? I can download it if I need to 'cause I have a high-speed internet connection and a DVD burner.
Thanks Alot!

A:Wheres RC2?

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after installing a program i got from a site i tried to restart my computer and now every time i restart it doesnt go to the desktop its just completely black with one window of the computer documents open. i try going to task manager and then new task and explorer and it somehow opens the desktop. Everything else seems to work after i get to the desktop...this is a brand new 5 mon vaio vista laptop....why is this happening??? please help me im freaking out and dont know how to fix anything!!!! step by step help would mean a lot guys. Thanks

did i screw myself here? did i damage my computer forever??? it didnt even come with a vista cd! and i dont know what to do

A:Wheres my Desktop? HELP plz!

duplicate to, closing thread. Please do not create duplicate threads, as then we will have multiple people trying the same fixes, and no idea that it's being attempted in another thread.

And welcome to TSG.



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I lost my walllpaper to a hijack i quess quite awhile ago. I got everything working but my wallpaper. What do I do ?

A:Wheres my wallpaper

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My older second reserve laptop - Toshiba Satellite A30-921, came with a 40gb hd and 512mb ram with Winxp (approx 5 years old)
Decided to try and get it back to life and give it a second chance, as in the past it kept rebooting every 10 minutes, and was so slow when it was working.
Used the product recovery disks for a fresh new start, removed one of the 256mb memory modules and replaced it with 1gb, so now up to 1.2 gb ram.Its even managed to install Windows SP3 without any hitches.
Only need to use it for email/ surfing at present, but would like to download stuff in the future.
Have installed Norton 360 as I have this on my other laptop with a 3 user licence.

Up to yet, no problems BUT, can you answer me this:


I have not installed any Office suite/word/works/excel etc, I have not downloaded any pictures, music,documents
Space being used for "Documents/shared docs"= 5mb (sample stuff)
Space used on currently installed programs (taken from control panel) = 312mb

Whats eating up all my space, and what kind of % of used space should determine whether to upgrade the hd in the future ?

A:Solved: wheres my gb's gone ??

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ok i just installed xp pro and i was loading all of the drivers and everythin. But i seem to come to a problem all of my disk drives are missing and the only thing that seems to work is the hard drive itself. any one else have this problem? is there a quick fix or am i hosed?

A:What wheres the drives?

They need to be allocated to XP.

Start > right click My Computer > select Manage > select Disk Management

They sould show up there. Right click the drives and choose from the menu.

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I built this new computer.

AMD Phenom II X2 555
Asus M4A78LT-M LE Mobo

Heres the problem. I used the SSD as the boot drive, but I cant find the 250GB HD. I hooked up the storage via this: SSD-sata 1, Seagate-sata 2, front panal sata jumper-sata 3.
Windows 7 doesnt show the 250GB drive since I chose the SSD as the boot drive upon installing windows 7. So, what do I do?

Thx for any help, CJ

A:Wheres my other HardDrive?

Open your Start Menu, right-click Computer and select 'Manage'. Left-click 'Disk Management', find your Seagate drive, then assign it a letter and Format it. Then it should be recognized by Windows 7.

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hey, hope everyone had a nice christmas!, but i have a problem, i just popped a game into my cd drive, waited for it to auto run, and as it didnt i looked under "my computer" and say that i no longer have a cd/dvd drive?? i went through device manager and see the error "Windows successfully loaded the device driver for this hardware but cannot find the hardware device. (Code 41)" anyone got any ideas?

tia for any help.

A:wheres my cd drive?

If you have recently popped in some new software try using system restore to get back previous settings and see if the cdrom "re-appears".

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hey guys umm i need help i have a spyware problem can some one help me analyze whats wrong? here is my HJT log thanksLogfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 3:45:25 PM, on 7/14/2005Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\csrss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exec:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exec:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\WINDOWS\ehome\ehtray.exeC:\windows\system\hpsysdrv.exeC:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\Unload\hpqcmon.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\hphmon05.exeC:\HP\KBD\KBD.EXEC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exeC:\WINDOWS\LTMSG.exeC:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exeC:\Program Files\Multimedia Card Reader\shwicon2k.exeC:\Progr... Read more

A:wheres the spyware?

Welcome,Please follow the instructions provided, you may want to print out these instructions and use them as a reference.First:Please download ewido security suite it is a trial version of the program.Install ewido security suiteWhen installing, under "Additional Options" uncheck "Install background guard" and "Install scan via context menu".Launch ewido, there should be an icon on your desktop double-click it.The program will now go to the main screenYou will need to update ewido to the latest definition files.On the left hand side of the main screen click updateThen click on Start UpdateThe update will start and a progress bar will show the updates being installed.If you are having problems with the updater, you can use this link to manually update ewido. the updates are installed close the Ewido program.Reboot your computer into Safe ModeOnce in safe mode, start Ewido and do the following:Click on scannerClick on Complete System Scan and the scan will begin.While the scan is in progress you will be prompted to clean files, click OKWhen it asks if you want to clean the first file, put a check in the lower left corner of the box that says "Perform action on all infections" then choose clean and click OK.Once the scan has completed, there will be a button located on the bottom of the screen named Save reportClick Save report.Save the report.txt file to your desktop.Now close ewido security s... Read more

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I accidently deleted my recycle bin I tried searching for it but it didnt come up any suggestions.

A:Wheres the recycle bin?

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hello all;
heres a good one for the gurus.
i am running an hp compaq dc5850 sff. i have two hdd. one with all my America's Army stuff on it. on one i have the deploy client and game but nothing else that pertains to AA2.
so i decide to start to set up AA2 on the vista hdd as it is on xp hdd, the first thing i do is go to my maps website of choice and start to download the user created maps i like. everything looks good, i choose the correct directory and file and even hit the open folder button to make sure the map is in the right place and it is.
now the good part, i close everything up and go back to the map to make sure it will start and play correctly and it is not there, i search for it from the search window at start and search tells me the closet it could find was the same map but on the E drive, which is where the xp hdd is when i boot vista.
any ideas?

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okay so my computer has 2gig of ram but keeps only going too 1.6 gigs when i open alot of memory hogging applications and then it'll start slowing down but my ram stay at 1.6 (and its set too high performance in the power options to)

A:Wheres my memory gone?

I would consider adding RAM.

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Im running Outlook 2002 on 5 different computers via a server running Microsoft Exchange Network. When I assigned delegate acces to four of them, there was no fight. However, one of them will not let me assign delegate access no matter what I do. I have tried using the add-in manager to set up the delegate option, but it doesnt do anything. I cannot see the delegates tab in options, nor can I see it in the inbox options. I am trying to assign delegate access for read access to the inbox, and read,edit,modify access to the calendar. Anyone have any bright ideas? Cause im tapped out. Thanks

A:Wheres the Delegates?

If you right-click the inbox (or calendar) and go to Properties, do you see a Permissions tab? You should be able to grant permissions from there. It works much the same as the delegates tab, but when you grant people permissions in delegates, it also gives them the ability to "send on behalf of" the user, which may or may not be what you want. Let us know whether the permissions tab is visible and whether that's helpful, or not what you're looking for.

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mi amigo told me to sign in here, and ask for help, but, not quite sure what i'm supposed to ask, other than my computer is jacked

A:wheres 50? trying to fix my puter.....

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can someone help? I just ran restore from a backup on an external harddrive, it took over 5 hrs, then finished. But where is all my 'restored' data?? I cant find it....

if this is too vague tell me and i will try to explain further but its pretty straight forward....

is there something more i must do?

A:wheres my restored data?

If the restore ran properly, the restored files and folders should be in the same places they were when you did the backup. It sounds like either there was a problem with the backup or there is a problem with the restore. Let's make sure you're doing things correctly before assuming there is some problem with the system or the hardware or the backup file - which we will address later if this doesn't help. The following should help:

Here's an article on the restore procedure: just to make sure you're doing it right. It's a selective restore of a full or selective backup (not a complete restore of a complete backup) - but since you did a full backup it matches your process closer than a complete restore would.

Here's another excellent tutorial on the Restore process: Restore Backup Files.

Here's an article on how to use Advanced Restore (when normal restore doesn't work):

Restore files from a backup

Back up and restore: frequently asked questions

I hope this helps.

Good luck!

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Well I am starting to teach myself C++ and would appreciate and suggestions on a good free (if there is a good free one)compiler. I am operating under WinMe. Thanks in advance.

A:Wheres a good compiler

Have a read of this:

Good Luck!


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trying to set up a mixed network cant find netbeui when I try to add a protocol to my connection

A:Wheres the netbeui protocol in xp ??

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I have a Compaq Presario CQ57 and when I try to connect to the internet it tells me that there is no network adapter, can someone help me PLEASE?

A:wheres my networking hardware

Go to Start/Search type devmgmt.msc, Right click the devmgmt results and Run As Administrator. In the Elevated Device Manager, are there any devices with Yellow Flags? Especially under Network Adapters?
Turn the laptop over and read the Full model number (eg) Compaq Presairo CQ57-xxxx.
On an internet computer, go to the HP Support/Software and Drivers tab HP Customer Support | HP? Customer Support and type in your make and model # or choose it from the list. Choose your version of Windows 7 (eg) 32bit or 64bit Under Driver-Network download your Network Adapter driver, and any other device drivers with yellow flags in the Device Manager. if on another computer, Save them to a USB Flash Drive and install it on the troubled computer.

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I just did a detect and repair in office xp 2002 and now all my e-mails are gone

When I opened my e-mail account I had to reset the acount settings and when I did there were no e-mails from before There was a pop up that said i could import them back but I could't figure it out

Are they gone
Can someone help


A:[Resolved]Wheres my E-mails

If anyone interested i fixed this by searching for .pst files(outlook files are kept in these file types) then imported the contents of the old outlook file(it was still there) to the new one and got all my e mails and contacts back

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I just bought this baby and looked at the help page in the login setup and it said "Advanced Setup | Firewall | DMZ "
I dont have that option...
In my Firewall section all i have is enable and disable and it has been disabled already.....There is no DMZ menu or anything anywhere. And also installing the latest firmware from the site doesnt work either it keeps giving me "wrong image file" or something when i browse for the dlf file....This is weird!!!!
Anyway most important id like to figure out how to DMZ this computer. Any help with that would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you,

A:Wheres the DMZ option in 7008ABR?

itds under settings under MISC.

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MyYahoo Home page has disappeared. I've re-signed in, I hit all the MyYahoo links, double checked that it was still set on my home page and still nothing, just a blank screen. No error, no nothing. All my other web pages are fine. Is this a yahoo problem? Any one else besides me having this problem?

A:Solved: Wheres My Yahoo?

There could be a server problem at Yahoo; you're not the only one with this problem.

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For some reasons i cant see my data partition on My Computer and when i go on manage i see it but it have no name and no letter and i cant change anything on it.

Anyone have a clue?

Thats what i see:

What i see when i try to fix it:

A:Wheres my DATA partition?

Hi revaN and welcome to the forum!

Please follow the steps outlined in this tutorial - Hard Disk Partition Letter Missing in Windows 7 - Fix

If you still encounter the same errors, please try to download and use TestDisk, here

Be sure to read the software documentation carefully before proceeding with running the software.

Alternatively, please try booting off of your Vista partition and do a check disk on the drive in question. Check to see if the issue is still present when you boot back to Windows 7 then try the suggested steps above.

Let us know how it turns out

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Hello everyone, i done a system recovery on my laptop and now i cant change my screen brightness, adjust the resolution or connect to tv with hdmi anymore :-(

Before i done recovery i noted that my graphics card was an Intel HD graphics family but now it shows as a 'standard vga graphics adapter'

How can i find / install or whatever to get my laptop to use the Intel HD graphics family card that is inside my laptop ??

I have been on the intel website and done an hour trying all sorts of downloads but nothing works, can anyone help, i am using windows home premium 64 bit and laptop is samsung

thanks guys

A:arrgh wheres my drivers gone? :-(

model laptop?????

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Good evening. I have an odd one. Lately I'm noticing my primary drive runing low on space. I only use it for my operating system and shortcuts. Allot of space seemed to disapear and I'v been getting disk cleanup popping up. I dug around and found the problem.
I have a folder called "D:\X\USMT2.UNC"
I'v never noticed it before, and hte dat files in the folder are over 10 gigs in
'ANyone want to throw in a word before I delete these. Screenshot.

A:Wheres my drive space going?

Well that folder saves the file(s) used for windows' files and settings transfer wizard. Why you have that many and that huge >> ???

Maybe you should check with your "wizard" and see what he says... ;-)

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ok i have a 75gb HD and about 35gb of it is unaccountable, used space but no reason to be, iv checked all the folders on the C: and i cant find this mass of used space, i cant think where it is or what it could be, old files, stuff that didnt delete properly etc...

any ideas would be really helpful thanks

A:wheres my HD space dissapearing to?

Use explorer. Search on *.* with subfolders. Then sort on largest size and see where your largest files are.

Have you looked at your restore point settings?

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I have a toshiba laptop with Windows XP and SP2.

I have noticed that the icon that comes up when i put a piece of hardware in my usb no longer appears, i have nothing to click on to safely remove any hardware.
I normally use it for a mouse dongle, when i read up on another thread it says to look in my computer and click on the hardware and make some changes to it,however not being a storage device its not there.

I have tried to use system restore to an earlier date but cannot go back further that 30 march (not far enough) even though there are lots of checkpoints.

can anyone help please?


A:wheres my safely remove icon gone

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I typed "tablet wallpaper" into google images. It says

"About 25,800,000 results"

I keep clicking "Show more results" until I get to "page" 50 and it ends with a picture that says "I heart ipad".

Then thats it. No button to load more results. Google said 25,800,000 results. That certainly wasn't 25,800,000 results.

A:Wheres the REST of googles results ?

I did a search using your exact phrase and my results were: About 47,100,000 results (0.15 seconds)A quick google search for a definition of those results netted: Statistics Bar: Describes your search, includes the number of results on the current results page and an estimate of the total number of results, as well as the time your search took. For the sake of efficiency, Google estimates the number of results; it would take considerably longer to compute the exact number. This estimate is unreliable.Bold is mine.From the preceding I extrapolate that the guesstimation number is a product of Google's algorithm for every possibility of those two words and how they would be used as well as them being used combined. As well as possibly wall and paper individually . To get every single one of those guesstimated results you would likely need to refine your search parameters repeatedly. For example Samsung 'tablet wallpaper' then ipad 'tablet wallpaper' so on and so on. Not to mention probably include every known language as well. This is my theory.Also there was this bit of information about search results:Ordered by relevance to your query, with the result that Google considers the most relevant listed first. Consequently you are likely to find what you're seeking quickly by looking at the results in the order in which they appear. Google assesses relevance by considering over a hundred factors, including how many other pages link to the page, the positions... Read more

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Before I tinkered with my computer it had an option of 2 startups. A mirror disk and normal startmode. I deleted one (long story). Computer starts into windows without any options My 180 gb hard drive now has 8. I have checked bios and am 2 be honest a little confused. Anyone able 2 help

A:O dear, wheres my hard drive gone

What kind of os are you running??


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I've just formatted my g/f's pc which is running Windows XP Home Edition. I was setting up Outlook Express, Tools>Options>Spelling the only language in the drop down menu is French. French is no good to me when I'm writing an email in English lol. How do I resolve this problem and find the other languages?? Any advice is much appreciated.


A:Outlook Express, Wheres English??

English here.

You may have to reinstall the program with the English language pack.
Go here:

By the way, your spelling is pretty good. Maybe you need to learn French.
-Andy (English)

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I was browsing through using FireFox - had a couple of tabs open - one or 2 tabs related to localhost.
When I switched tabs and clicked on a browse link in one tab (one with phpMyAdmin loaded, to browse through the rows), I got the blue screen.

Memory got dumped as usual. Told to CHKDSK /F to check for drive errors etc.
I dont get this often. Probably thrice in the last 3 yrs - and the first 2 were hardware related I think.

After a restart, I got the Technical Error Report and that something created at

But both these dont exist.

How can I know what went wrong and where ?


A:Wheres the dump data and what went wrong ?

Have you checked for disk errors?

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Hi. i am running windows xp pro sp2. my windows task manager has suddnely gone bonkers. all the tabs+drop down menus are gone. when i press clt+alt+delete all i get is the view which shows the proformence graph. this is how it appears now
it has happened to me once before too. dont know wht caused it. any ideas how i could get ma whole task manager back !! ?

A:Dude.. wheres my Task Manager !

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I installed it and i had in the address book users that are not in my contact list anymore, but my message history with them could be found in the address book, but I can't find the address book in icq2000b

i had icq99 before,


A:wheres is the Address Book in ICQ2000b???


What are the contents of your ICQ folder, in Windows Explorer?

Do you have any .dat files in there?

You may also want to take a look at this:

It also says you may need the Message Archive plugin from here:

This will create a txt file, of which you should be able to view all you want.



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Greetings and thanks for any help here...
Back story...Last week I bought a new computer running Windows 7 Pro,
Before my new computer arrived I installed Microsofts Easy Transfer program on my old XP computer , ran the program and sucsessfully transfered my files on to a new blank CDRW disc.
Today I fired up the new computer for the first time, ran the Easy Transfer program , pointed to the CDRW disc and the program formated as expected.
when the program was completed and files were apparently transfered and the programs status window closed. and that was it, nothing more.....
I unhid my system files and and searched everywhere with no resolve (sighs..) would one of you fine folks please help me locate my transfered files as the are very important to me.
Thank you again.. I'll check back often

A:Used Windows Easy Transfer but now wheres my files?

In the start menu go to Accessories -> System Tools -> Windows Easy Transfer Reports and open it up.  The Transfer Report will show what has been transferred.  If you click Documents it should show you exactly where it's placed your document files and what they were.

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hi . i recently bought this new mother board by Asus, P5RD1-V. the problem is that when i try to install windows xp on my SATA HD, after the initial stage during which the setup copies all the drivers and then gives that option " to install windows XP press enter" plus one or two other options, when i press enter i get this massage that says " setup didnt find any hard drives installed on your system. check to see if any HD is installed .... " and then it goes on to say things like check your drive configuration or the drive health and things like that. all this when at the the bootup it does show the hard drive connected at SATA port 1. !! ? i run seagate diagnostic tool on it and it showes the drive as perfectly healthy. i dont know why is it doing it. the hard disk is spanking brand new. the same goes for the 120GB WD SATA. the interesting thing it has no issue with the good old IDE HD's. i connected my old maxtor IDE hard drive and the setup ran as smooth as it can get. i dont know why setup isent detecting the SATA HD. is it the board or is it somthing else. any ideas !

A:Solved: Dude wheres my Hard Drive !!

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er BTW, I was TRYING to help this guy with the Trojan problem and what I told him about his HijackThis log I copied from Ozrom1e who seems to know what he is talking about. So where is YOUR gold or blue shield then? Im sure I would rather people TRY and help me than not try at all.

A:redoak, wheres YOUR gold or blue shield then???

Hi The shields are probably getting ready for Thanksgiving like cooking the big bird and getting the house ready for all of the TSG family to munch on the goodies. Please be patient and I am sure when they arrive they will be there.

And thanks for the compliment it is appreciated.

Have a Happy THanksgiving.

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win9x and Win2000 had a command called "show desktop" with an icon that would get you back to desktop from and application, where is this on XP Home?

A:Solved: wheres show desktop command in XP

Windows key + D will show the desktop.
For the icon, go to:
C:\Windows\System\Show Desktop
Drag to Quick Launch bar and copy there.

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In this picture, you can see a settings button for the Loudness Equalization enhancement. When I go to the enhancement tab, there is no settings option (or "Preview" or "Restore Defaults"). Why is this? I wanted to see what the "Release time" option does, and I can't get to it.

Also, while I'm here, I was wondering if there was a way I could "tweak" loudness equalization. I want to make low/quiet sounds louder, but I don't want to reduce the volume of louder sounds. Is this possible? I've been googling for ~2hrs and I came across the Release time setting, and I was gonna mess with it, but it's missing.


A:Loudness Equalization - Wheres the settings button??

No settings available... unfortunately!

It looks like MS has licensed some of the "Waves" DSP technology, pretty high end software... part of the L-series Maximizer. It's a combination Limiter/Compressor and I think they figured the general public wouldn't know how to set it up. Too bad, it could use a litttle tweaking, the attack is a little slow.


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I bought my Dell 4700 about 6 months ago and was just going through the discs that came with it. I remembered that the Dell did not come with a Windows XP install disc in case I need to re-format. Is this normal? There is an option under Start....Accessories....System Tools to create OS backup disc. Is that what I need to make a disc or should it have came with one? Thanks

A:Um... wheres the XP install disc with Dell 4700?

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i can't find a legitimate untouched unmodified iso of vista home 64
all the ones i find are messed with in some way or another either with added updates or a crack or something
can someone show me a legitimate link to a legitimate iso of windows vista home premium 64? thanks!

A:Wheres a link to an iso of windows vista home premium 64?


Look here for a start: -


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wheres the ram on a Tosh satelite 1800-654s?

A:Solved: wheres the ram on a Tosh satelite 1800-654s

Does the attached drawing match your computer?

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My buddy recently just bought a GTX 560...
He only has a core 2 duo @ 2.66GHZ right now, so I was considering upgrading to a Q6600, (quad core)

Am I wrong to think that his Dual Core is bottle-necking the GPU?

Good upgrade yes/no?


Yes, its a good upgrade....will a quad core be better....yes

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Im trying to figure out if my processor will end up bottlenecking my new pc build. I really only play games, and the audio app's i do use will run great (i allready know it), so this question is SOLELY based on a gaming bottleneck.

I have a GREAT 939 mobo i just acquired and do NOT feel like buying a brand new AM2 board. However, the fastest x2 series processor i could find was a 4200+x2 on newegg. I cant get an opteron (cause mobo needs a bios update meaning i need to get a "loaner" 939 processor) and i am definitely NOT going to buy a 4800+x2 for the $400 price tag ive seen around for the 939...

SO, will i have to worry about a bottleneck with these components?

4200+ x2 (duh)
8800 gts 320mb
2 GB PC3200

also, if the bottleneck is marginal, Im getting a GOOD heatsink and i would consider overclocking.


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Hi Everyone,

My aunt came to me with this small problem:

She uses her desktop mainly for Facebook games and she's experiencing a lot of slowdowns lately. Upon checking it out, the CPU seems maxed out when opening Candy Crush or Pet Saga (Flash based games on Facebook). This is a system that has no video card. It uses the on board graphics (G41) of her Intel E5800.

Will installing a video card help in this case? Also, what's the cheapest you can get that can do just that? She's a bit tight on her budget

A:CPU or GPU bottleneck

You mentioned that the CPU is maxed out during Facebook games. Therefore, it's most likely CPU limited. You can get a Nvidia GeForce GT 630 which is a pretty good budget card to assign some processing to the GPU. It should costs about PHP 2400.00 or $60. This GPU should help out with many flash games as well web browser GPU acceleration. However, CPU can still bottleneck the GPU on some flash games.

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Im upgrading my GFX card to the Evga GTX570. Im holding off upgrading my CPU and board untill Sandybridge arrives. I currently have an E8500 3.1Ghz CPU, 4Gb DDR2 and was wondering if i will experience a bottleneck. Can anyone tell me if this is so? And if so how much?


Sandybridge is already out, and for the bottleneck the E8500 might be a slight bottleneck, but I'm not entirely sure.

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Hey all,
I got a 7950GT 256mb
2 gig DDR2 667mhz RAM
1.16TB HDD, 3 HDD's on 16MB cache
AMD 4600+ X2 Dual Core @ stock speed.
450W with combined 33A on the 12V+ rail (18A + 18A)

I tried overclocking my CPU but the ram is limiting it I believe, since it's being 667....
Anyway, is it possible that my 4600+ is bottlenecking my system in games?
I play CoD4 and get 80-90 FPS on 1024*768 res and all settings on low.
And when I shoot it goes to like 50 fps, quite an annoying jump.

Anyway, I was thinking if the 4600 ISN'T bottlenecking my system, I would probably get myself an 8800GT 512mb.
And if my cpu is Bottlenecking, would it be worth getting an 8800GT at all? Or should I just get a new motherboard and wait for the new and cheap intel chips to come out?

A:Possible Bottleneck?

I know a guy with a 7800GT who gets 125 constant with a decent resolution and medium settings.. arr what the HELL?
Why is my setup lagging behind..

EDIT: even a guy with a 3800+ X2 is getting 125 constant (CoD gamers love to cap to 125 =>). I assume he has an 8800GT however. But still.
My card shouldn't perform this badly? And I got enough power to it, 18A+18A on the 12V+.
All the latest drivers are installed.... errh!

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Hi guys,

I built a new system which you can see at my system specs. As you can see, the only bottleneck I have now is the RAM as I can't go higher than 800Mhz ubtil I change my mobo but is not driving me crazy. My question is about my HDDs. I have only 1 x 750 GB with 32 MB of cache and there's a 2nd one coming next week and it's exactly the same. What I would like to do is have them both on RAID 1 to have backup of all my files and have a 3rd HDD with my OS and software. The problem is that I can't afford a 3rd HDD right now. Will a 250 GB WD Caviar with only 8 MB of cache make a huge bottleneck? They are al SATA 3.0 G/Sec access of course.

Thanks in advanced,

A:Will I have a bottleneck?

First off, i have one hunch why you cannot reach 1066 on your ram. OCZ is a very "cheap" brand. sure at the time you probably had no other choice about what ram you were going to choose, but OCZ doesnt overclock to its full potential most of the time. I always go with corsair or G skill which sometimes can be the cheaper brand. but on a 780i it shouldnt be a problem. with the 680i, it was because it was new to the 1066 interface.

now onto the hard drive question. where you planning on buying the 3rd HDD? and how much is your budget? because 250 Gb go for a low 40-50$ or not even that much sometimes. But no, you shouldnt have a bottleneck with any SATA drive these days.

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Hey everyone I was just wondering if I was bottlenecking since I'm pretty sure I can get more out of my card. My specs are:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ @ 2.3GHz
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
XFX GeForce GTS 250 @ 800MHz

A:GTS 250 bottleneck?

Well, your CPU and your RAM are kind of vintage. With the CPU there is little you can do because you are stuck with the 939 socket. Whether you could use faster DDR3 RAM depends on your board.

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I haev a GTS 250 but not a very good CPU, AMD Athlon 4400+ 2.3GHz. What CPU (amd,(am2 or am2+)) would run good with this card?

I am thinking about - AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 Kuma 2.7GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 95W Dual-Core black edition Processor - Processors - Desktops
Would that be good?
Suggestions appreciated

A:bottleneck cpu

assuming your mobo supports that cpu then yes it will be better than the one you have , will you notice any improvement ingame? im not so sure , cpu bottleneck is a much discussed subject and will depend very much on the game you are playing ,

make sure your mobo and bios support it before upgrading , i have no experiance with Dell stuff

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First post here. I'm looking at purchasing the ATI 9800. I have no problem spending ~$400 on this card, but only if it's going to vastly improve game performance. If anyone would be kind enough to look at my system specs and tell me their opinion if the video card should be the next step or if something else (memory?) needs to be the upgrade priority.


A:Where's my bottleneck?

Intel P4 1.3GHzClick to expand...

get a cpu upgrade.

Sure, the 9800 will deliver great, high quality fps, but your cpu will be holding back this card in a BIG way. You probably won't even be able to run max details in games b/c the cpu can't handle the load. Basically, you'll still be gaming with a few details (in game), but w/ great AA and AF.

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could my amd phenom quad core prossessor running at 2.2ghz be bottlenecking my pc along with my 6 gigs of ddr2 ram?


a quick update on my bottleneck if this helps on ultra i get about 13 fps i turn my settings a step down the fps goes to 35 another step down 58 another step down 60-70 all the way down to a wopping 200fps out flying in middle of no were

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is my amd phenom quad core prossessor bottlenecking my pc cause i seem to be getting some pretty bad fps with a gtx 275 graphics card already checked the drivers and whatnot or could it be my 6 gigs of stock ram ddr2


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So I have an i3 2120 (not OC) and I am looking at getting a GIGABYTE Radeon HD 7870. Link here :
I also have a 500w power supply. Link here:
Will the CPU bottleneck my GPU and will I have to upgrade to an i5 or something like that? Or will the GPU run fine on the i3? If I keep the i3 will I see way less fps than if I were to uprgade or is the upgrade worth only a couple of fps? I will be playing games such as battlefield 3, bioshock infinite, skyrim,etc. I dont need to play on ultra, but if I can get 60 fps or higher on high settings that would be good. Also, will 500w be enough to support the 7870? If anyone can point me to a GPU for around $200 - $250 that is better than the 7870 I would appreciate it, but if this one fits, I'm fine with it. Thanks.

A:Will this GPU bottleneck my CPU?

Im not to sure about the bottleknocking issue. BUT I can tel you that your PSU IS NOT MADE FOR GAMING. Especially since your GPU REQUIRES MINIMUM of 500W PSU. Yours simply wont handle the stress and also wont provide enough power either. I would recommend a

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or is my video card not any better?
in games like battlefield 3 i run about avg 50ish fps @ 1600x900 on medium/low with most settings off.
and i feel like its too low for my hardware. games like arma i cant get above an avg of 25ish.
cpu: amd a8-5600k apu 3.6ghz / amd fm2a75m mb
ram: 8GB
gpu: R7850 DD 2gb

A:Is my cpu a bottleneck?

You can run performance tests to answer your question yourself.,2738-2.html

There are probably too many variables in your question to answer with any real meaning without system testing

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Hey everyone. I purchased a GTS 250 a while back, and I have never been really impressed with it's performance. I expect more out of it, I was wondering if it was my CPU that was not good enough to work side by side with my GPU. My specs are in the drop down menu below this post. thanks


It would seem so.. while your processor is by no means bad, I remember having a X2 4400 like 5 years ago or something. It might be time to upgrade your processor

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Hi!I am going to replace my old leadtek px8600 gts with a gigabyte gtx460 768mb.So i was wondering what would bottleneck my pc next after this 8600 gts which was obviusly bottlenecking.and what component would you recommend to buy next?


well i would recommend a higher or better psu along with the purchase of a gtx460 card that would help a bunch

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What is a bottleneck?

A:What is a Bottleneck?

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I was wondering if there is any software that can detect/monitor bottlenecks? I think the issue is at the switch but i'm not too sure.


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So I am rather sure that it wont, but to be sure I would like to ask if anyone can guess or if anyone has experience pairing these two together :

MSI Radeon R9 380 (4 GB )
AMD FX-8350 Black Edition 4.0 GHz

As Before. Any comments are fully appreciated

A:Will It Bottleneck??

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU Q 740 @ 1.73GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 30 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 4020 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 6370M, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 164684 MB, Free - 22453 MB; D: Total - 290244 MB, Free - 84997 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer Inc., K52JT
Antivirus: None

It says I have 8 processors, but I have a quad core... It says that is has "hyperthreading".
Battlefield Bad Company 2 runs at 15 FPS, even on the lowest settings you can go. I want to find out which of the hardware devices is bottlenecking the performance. Should I get 8GB of RAM? Will that even help?

A:Which one is the bottleneck?

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What is meant by cpu bottleneck? Is my cpu bottleneck? Is bottleneck good or bad? How to un-bottleneck my cpu? Thanks for the info.

pentium 4 C northwood 478 socket
p4c800-E deluxe
nvidia geforce fx5200
2x512 kingmax
antec tru 380watt

I dont really play any maj games just watch movies, play music.

A:CPU Bottleneck

A CPU bottleneck occurs when the processor in your computer becomes the main component that is hindering performance.

Whether your CPU is a bottleneck, depends on what exactly you do with your computer and where you experience slowdowns.

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My main gaming PC is down because my motherboard needs to be RMA'd. I have an old Windows 7 HP desktop I'm currently using as a substitute rig. It has a 550w XFX PSU and a GTX 660 installed. If I throw in the GTX 970 from my main PC, will that CPU be able to cope with it on legacy BIOS? I want to play MKX, Wolfenstein The New Order, and Metro Last Light Redux.

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upgrading PC slowly i have socket 478 p4 3.0ghz and 768mb ddr400. i bought 1650xt pcie and run benchmark score 5034 on 3dmark05 my friend with core2duo same card score 8010.
is p4 a bottleneck to the card? im waiting til july when intel price drop come to buy cpu and just wondering if it is bottle neck or maybe bad card ?


Yes your processor, RAM, and FSB are all bottlenecks. - Time for an upgrade

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Now Ive done as much searching and reading as I could to try to keep this from being too ignorant a question.. But.

My motherboard has AGP 4x. I have seen several sites claim that 8x is the standard for video cards now. Does this mean if I get a card that wants to use 8x it will only run at half its available speed? Or is the difference between running 4x and 8x negligable (Ive noticed a few people have 8x compatibility run at 4x to avoid lockups/instability?)

PS: The card I will most likely get is a radeon 9600 or slightly above. (ie not strapped for cash but not fanatical gamer)

Thanks in advance,


A:AGP - 4x bottleneck?

IMHO, In the real world, running a card at 4X besides 8x wont have a little or no degradation in terms of performance. Why? This is because there not many or no games at all that can make full use of the 8x bandwidth. If I were in your situation, I will still continue to keep the 4x motherboard and upgrade to Radeon 9600 without any hesitation.

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Ok, i'm using:

-Athlon 64 3200 (2 ghz, 1mb cache)
-2x 512 Corsair XMS Twinx pc3200
-a pretty lightweight Award 300w power supply.

So far I can't seem to get my fsb above 210 with tight timings (2-3-3-6) or about 220 with pretty loose timings 3-4-4-8. It seems like the ram, while not being capable of getting into that 300 range that i've been reading about, still should be able to go higher than this.

1) What's most likely holding me back? Is it the motherboard or is it actually likely to be my RAM's cap? What should that RAM be getting up to?

2) How much of a factor is my crappy power supply in achieving higher speeds, not the safety of my components.

3) Also, if i did want to get up into that 300 range, what would i need? Some ocz pc 3700 and a better motherboard like that DFI lanparty one?

A:Where's my OC bottleneck?

Does your motherboard have a working PCI/AGP lock ?

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I'm wondering what of my components would be causing others to bottleneck.

Current setup:

- BFG tech. 8800GT OC2 (oc'd to 700 Mhz core, 1,000 mhz memory).

- AMD Athlon 5400+ Black Edition (oc'd to 3.0 Ghz)

- 4GB of PQI Turbo ddr2

- ECS c51pvgm-gb motherboard (cheap) oc'd PCI-E Reference clock to 2,925 Mhz

- 550w Rosewill PSU

- x1 Hitachi 250gb, x1 Seagate Barracuda 300gb

- Air cooled w/ x2 80mm exhaust, x2 120mm intake (Scythe Ultrakaze @ 3,000 RPM and 144CFM)

A:What's my rig's bottleneck?

Hi pingpongmury,
that's a pretty evenly matched it comes down to what you use the system for. if its gaming then obviously a new GPU would be in order. if multitasking, then a CPU.
i see two very weak spots though, the motherboard, ECS is not a well built MB. and two, the Rosewill PSU. for the same reason. Rosewill is a Newegg house brand. I have talked with a tech @ newegg and even he called the Rosewill brand a "work in progress"
just some things to consider.

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Hi there, i'm planning on upgrading a few parts on my rig,

-one of these mobos
GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket AM3+ - GA-990FXA-D3 (rev. 1.0)
GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket AM3+ - GA-990FXA-UD5 (rev. 1.0)

-gfx card
N560GTX Twin Frozr II/OC (already recieved one)
MSI Global ? Graphics Card - N560GTX Twin Frozr II/OC
(would like to get a second one)

other parts:
AMD phenom IIx4 955BE
2x 2gig Corsiar 1333mhz ram

So my question is this, where will I get a bottleneck in performance, and with todays latest games will I see and major performance increases if i get another gtx560 and run them in sli?

Hope someone could help me with this, or should I spend the money of the second gfx card and upgrade something else.....I'm note looking for braging rights, just as best performance I can....


A:where is the bottleneck??

Im building a rig with almost the same board right now

If you could get ram at 1600mhz you will be real good

the cpu i heard that it would be better to use BE edition phenoms such as the 965 70 etc

other then that everything looks great if you like you can check out the post on my build these guys are great on instrutional help / they can guide you home

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hey folks,
i've been kinda out of touch techwise for awhile but now that i have a little time and a little money i'm doing the upgrade dance. i'm deffinitely getting a new EVGA 9800gtx+ since my 7600gt is seriously chugging. however, i'm undecided if i should be looking into a new processor or not.
my current CPU is an E6300 (conroe LGA 775) which clocks in the neighborhood of 1.85 GHz, i don't OC it. what i'm wondering is, will upgrading really give me any appreciable boost in performance. i game a bit (no cry engine games but i'd like to play mass effect and overlord on max), but i don't run much in the background, virus scan gets closed when i game and i'm pretty careful about using programs that clog up my machine. when i'm not gaming i admit to being something of a serial multitasker (6-10 firefox tabs, movie/tunes on realplayer, trillian, etc) but i don't think i do enough so that it strains my processor.
as far as what i'd be upgrading to i'm eyeing the E7500 or the E7400 since they are priced well for my purposes. the E8500 has nice specs and lots of good ratings too if its worth the extra money (my current mobo only has 2mb L2 cache so any of the above would be an improvement).

so the question comes around, with my upgraded setup is it really worth it to upgrade my processor as well, or should i just wait another year or 2 and upgrade (board and CPU) when the i7 line becomes more standard and better pr... Read more

A:CPU a bottleneck issue?

I would recommend a better cpu, I'd suggest going for a 8400 not the e8500, no need in paying for the extra few hundred megahertz. I'm not sure if you can upgrade with a bios update, but you need to make sure that you can, that's the first thing you should do.

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Hello, all.

Having some issues setting up a network. It's serving 40~ computers, and is currently configured (in order of hardware) like this:

Cable Modem
Windows Server 2003 (sharing internet connection. Two networks cards. Both 10/100)
Switch x 3
Computers (via jacks around the building)

Unfortunately, the connection speed is abysmal.

Any hints as to how to bring it up to par?

The connection itself isn't the issue, it's the configuration of hardware. Just not sure what.

A:Network Bottleneck?

Well, I'm not sure why you have a server with 100mbit NIC's, I'd certainly deal with that. Is it the Internet speed or the internal network speed you're having an issue with? Sharing a single cable connection with 60 users would probably be pretty slow, no way around that.

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I was wondering if a G Band router might choke if three computers were online at the same time on a 20 Mbit/s broadband connection. I don't want the router to get in the way of utilizing all 20 Mbits of bandwidth (20 Mbit total - so about 7 Mbit/sec per computer.)

I'm confused over Net bit rate of 54 Mbit's vs. the throughput of 19 Mbit/s.

At which point does a G band router bottleneck and slow things down?


A:Solved: 802.11g Bottleneck?

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Im trying to upgrade my computer to play world in conflict, empire:total war, warcraft, etc... and need to figure out how to effectively upgrade my graphics processing power. I am a noob so if this is stupid forgive me lol.

A:Is a Gtx 280 going to bottleneck a amd 5600?

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i have a P4 2.8ghz w/HT CPU, I'm not looking to play graphically intensive games or newer games.

Complete spec are:
P4 2.8ghz w/HT
3g pc3200 RAM
HD 4650 1gig vram 128 bit agp 8x

How bad will that bottleneck my gfx card?

Example of games I am playing:
Heroes of Newerth
Borderlands (ran on low with my old 6600oc on a p4 2.4ghz- so im expecting alittle higher)
League of Legends
call of duty MW (same as borderlands)

A:hd 4650 bottleneck with this cpu?

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I have a linksys befw11s4 wireless router accesspoint. I have to houses and both have the same wireless lan types. I remember that i called linksys tech support at my other house and he showed me how to set my wireless settings to make my internet a lot faster, and that the stock settings make the router a bottleneck. I do not remember what the numbers should be, and do not have access to my other house router, so if someone knows what im talking about and can give me good numbers for my Beacon interval, RTS Threshold Fragmentation Threshold, it would be a great help, thanks!

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I have a typical HDD of 7200RPM Sata2 interfeace, however because my other components are considered somewhat high end, the HDD is active all the time (I can see the HDD LED on a lot) but even so I believe it can't keep up with the rest of the system. My PC starts slow, my programs (and especially large games) launch extremely slow (when doing HDD intensive tasks). Regular defragging doesn't really help.

Haven't you experienced similar problems? What did you do to increase your speed.

I am thinking that I need to split my programs into (at least) two HDDs, so that when windows loads (for example) it will be able to use the double bandwidth. But what about games? Install one CD to one and the other to the second? Plus I have no spare sata's only an IDE, so will that help any?

A:Speed Bottleneck - HDD

Actually, let me rephrase this: Since I've got 3,5GB of memory, what ways are there to run directly from memory and not having to access the HDD that often? Maybe for example create a RAM Drive? But I have no idea how to do this. I've also looked into "sandboxing" which has another advantage, that of security, but I haven't been able to get it working on my PC.

So what other way are there to utilise my memory to the fullest extent?

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System Specs:
EVGA NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI Motherboard
INTEL Core 2 Duo E6700 2.66GHz Processor
2GB Corsair Dominator RAM
850W Thermaltake Toughpower SLI Ready PSU
ZALMAN Liquid Cooling System (Processor)
1) Am I bottlenecking? I have heard mixed reviews on bottlenecking and that some intel's arent good with dual cards especially 8800's etc. but I want to know is "Is my E6700 enough for my Dual 8800GTS 640MB OC2's?"

2) I followed the EVGA NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI overclocking manual in attempting to overclock my processor from 2.66 to something around 3. I incremented slowly and the very first time I incremented windows wouldnt loud, I got the blue screen of death and it restarted. What I am wondering is a) why did this happen b) did I do something wrong? do i HAVE to change EVERYTHING when i over clock (aka do i need to edit processor, memory, power functions instead of just maybe processor info etc. [with my setup] ) I understand blue screen of death could mean many things but the system did it only when I tried overclocking.
Thanks for any help!

A:Overclocking / Bottleneck???

I have not used that board however here are some basic guidelines for how to OC.

1 Check your bios for a pci bus lock and set it on 100 NOT on auto. This locks the pci/pci-e bus so you are not oc this when you raise the fsb.

2 Next select a lower divider/speed for your ram. You can bring the ram back up later once you find a good OC setting for your cpu.

3 Now up the fsb in small increments restarting each time and run an app to test the cpu such as prime2004 for dual cores. You need to run this for at least 1hr with no errors before you up the fsb again. When you do find a setting that gives an error, you can now either backoff to a stable OC or if you are real brave, you can up the vcore in the bios and retest.

Remember do not overclock with parts you cannot afford to replace. Even experienced OCers sometimes fry parts.

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So I play a lot of StarCraft II (pretty much the only game I play) and I have some fps "issues" for the most part the game runs fine on any settings. It's when I get into big battles (200 vs 200) that I run into some major fps issues. Now being that I am a competitive player I play the game on all low settings at 1440x900 resolution.

I just want to be able to hold a solid 60 fps no matter what is taking place in game.


CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 955 3.2 ghz


RAM: 8 gigs of DDR3

GPU(s): Two AMD Radeon 6750's (I know that StarCraft II can't take advantage of multiple gpu's)

PSU: Thermaltake 750w

HDD: 1TB Western Digital

OS: Windows 7 64bit

So as you can tell I'm looking around to figure out exactly what it is that needs to be upgraded to get better performance (StarCraft II is my main focus) my price range is around 300$ depending on what part(s) need upgrading.


A:Starcraft II bottleneck?

I really don't know about Starcraft, as it is not one of the games I play. But, from looking at your specs, I would suspect the GPU. Trying to read between the lines, Starcraft must be GPU bound and it does not recognize multiple cards. That would mean that it is using one card and that card is not up to the job. That is my guess. I think you may get better help in the Games section of the forums, Gaming - Windows 7 Help Forums. If it is of any help, this is a list of the best rated GPU cards on Newegg in the $200-$300 price range. In my opinion, the 660TI is the best card around considering price/performance. And no I'm not an Nvidia fanboy, I own both Nvidia and AMD.

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Hi guys,

I am disturbed by my low 3DMark 06 score. I have seen results on PCs with the same processor as mine, but MUCH better results.

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+
2GB 667 DDR2 RAM
Inno3D GeForce 9600GT 512MB DDR3

3DMark scores are as follow:

SM2.0: 3381
SM3.0: 3096
CPU: 1564

All of my games have an annoying stutter, which I KNOW isn't the graphics card, as I had the same stutter with my previous GPU, an 8600GT. I have a friend who has the exact same CPU, but no stuttering. Something is not right here. Maybe a BIOS setting, etc? Please guys, I desperately need to play my games without this annoying stutter, or else I might just go mad.

A:CPU Bottleneck or other problem?

- Update drivers (every component)
- Internet connection? / P2P? Are you playing online, when this occurs?
- Unwanted clutter on computer
- Virus, Spyware ETC
- Background processes
- Interfering programs
There are tonnes of factors that can cause this problem (over heating?).

Also - the 3DMark score will vary on every system since all components are different. They may have the same CPU but have a different mobo, ram, hell even the PSU lol., but hopefully you get the drift.
What games are you playing, that CPU isnt the best.

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I don't understand what everybody means about cpu bottlenecking.
can someone explain it to me? and how do i know if a cpu is bottlenecked?

thank you.

A:bottleneck definition

Hope this help explaining what a bottleneck is.

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Building my new Intel system very soon, but got the Gpu early because of a special deal I couldn't pass up. So far it runs pretty incredible compared to my old 560Ti. But how much is it being held back..

I guess I'm curious and I'd like to hear ppl's opinion's about what kind of performance I may not be seeing because of the weak platform.

Thanks. I hope it's okay to poke for opinions, since I don't actually have a real problem of any kind.


A:Will a Ph II 965 (3.4) bottleneck a GTX660TI SC?

You may see some extra performance just by going with a new CPU with stronger/more efficient cores. Most "bottleneck" questions are difficult to answer without testing though. If you had a single core processor and 1GB of RAM with that same video card, then the answer is easy.....yes there is a severe bottleneck. A quad-core CPU from that generation will probably work well with lower-mid range cards, but you are going to gain FPS in games with a newer CPU just because games aren't 100% based on the GPU and a more powerful CPU will net higher frame rates.

What Intel CPU are you going with?

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I'm getting ready to assemble new a desktop used primarily for active stock trading. At this time my current setup glides through 98% of the day absolutely effortlessly. CPU cores at 30%-45%, RAM always less than 70% used and no noticeable video lag. During highly volatile moments in the market though the CPU will push to 75%-95% per core and I notice when I attempt to manipulate the charts the actions are no longer smooth and fluid. I'm trying to determine where the weak link(s) are in the system therefore which to concentrate on in the new build.

Just as a FYI - I'm leaning towards FX-6300/990X/8GB DDR3-1800/FirePro or two gaming type cards (looking to add a 3rd monitor).

A:CPU, GPU and/or RAM -- (?) Determining which is bottleneck

I would think a lot of that would be governed by your internet connection. If you use actual software (not a web-browser), I would look into their recommendations. If the CPU is what the software depends on, go with something from the Intel line. I'd be surprised if dual gaming video cards would be necessary at all. When you hit these volatile moments, what process is eating up your CPU cycles?

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Hello, I am thinking about upgrading my current graphics card,an XFX 7600GT XXX edition (factory overclocked,I believe).The rest of my system is as follows:

Gigabyte K8 Triton socket 939 motherboard,Corsair 650 watt single 50+amp +12v rail PSU 80%+ efficiency rated (these high end single rail PSU's are supposedly better for providing clean,constant power over the multiple +12v rail counterparts),AMD Athlon 64 3700+ 2.2ghz san diego core (single core...),2gb of Corsair XMS DDR400 RAM,160gb IDE HDD,PCI Soundblaster audigy,a couple burners and a floppy drive,all in an Antec 1200 case.

I am wanting to purchase a 9800GT,possibly a 9800GTX+,but my motherboard is first generation PCI-E,and I'm still on a single core CPU setup.I would upgrade to an X2,but sadly AMD has seemed to discontinue socket 939 CPU's and used ones on eBay are stupid expensive.Should've spent the extra $100 3 years ago and got the 4800+ Toledo .

My goal is to play older PC games (06-07 era) at 1600x1200 on high settings at 60+ FPS,and the newer games at that resolution on medium to high settings at 30+ FPS.I'm afraid that my processor would be a bottleneck though,as well as my first gen PCI-E board.I am happy with how the single core performs,does well in multitasking and on high demand applications,but I am not sure how it would perform with today's games now that they are being programmed with multiple core CPU's in mind.

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A:Would I run into a bottleneck with this upgrade?

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I have a system running windows xp that is running horribly slow. I have a bottle neck in my system somewhere. I have swapped out most of the hardware and still have the problem. Does anyone know of any good software that can help me diagnose a bottleneck? Thanks in advance.

A:System Bottleneck

Here are a couple of PC Performance Tests
PCpitstop performance test
Passmark Performance Test

Good Luck.

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I have had an issue of my computer running slow and recently found out about bottlenecks. When i open my task manager it shows that my CPU is only running 4% of what it can do. The CPU that i have is a Intel Core i7 and says can run up to 2.50 GHz. What is bottle necking my CPU and how do i fix this. Thanks

A:Bottleneck problem?

Please post your system specs, To include the EXACT Make and model System if Big Box, or same info for the following if custom or home built, Mother Board (including Revision number), Processor (Exact Model Number), Ram, Video Card, Hdd(s), Optical Drive(s), Power Supply Manufacturer Model, Wattage and Amperage on the +12V Rails, OS, and any other peripherals installed on the motherboard

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Hiya, everyone,

I'm using an Inspiron 6400 laptop right now. Although I am getting a new desktop for home use, I would like to continue using the Inspiron for some time into the future. However, it's starting to be really slow (opening programs like Adobe CS3 or Office 2007, startup, even some PDFs take a while to load)

The specs are as such...

OS: Windows XP Home SP3 (32-bit, I believe?)
CPU: T2500 Intel Core Duo (2Ghz)
GPU: Radeon Mobility x1400 (256MB)

Question: would upgrading the ram to the documented maximum of 2GB be worth it / make a noticeable difference in the tasks I mentioned? RAM is cheap, after all....

And I don't plan on using this laptop for heavy gaming. Just for work and a bit of media (watching/streaming shows, some image editting, nothing 3D).

Documentation is at

Thanks in advance!

A:Bottleneck? What to upgrade

maxing the ram is the best thing you can do and it will show a difference, not night and day though, but enough to make you content.

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I wonder would someone be able to identify the bottleneck associated with the following issue.

It relates only to Battlefield 3 and has persisted into a GTX 970 upgrade on an FX 8350 with 8GB RAM.

It only occurs when a large environment is being refreshed onscreen and can be observed by the player. Such as when parachuting from high altitude, If when parachuting I pan the screen with the mouse/look then there is no issue, but if I attempt to turn the player body with left and right movement the image on screen stutters terribly. It's not a ping/lag issue. Is repeatable always, and occurs even while Frame rates are 60+, but has the appearance of very low frame rates. Maybe it's just an issue with the game, has anyone else experienced this?

It also occurs when operating the motor cycle, making it very disorienting and almost impossible to control. Oddly enough it doesn't effect me when flying Jets/helicopters, and I don't think other land vehicles are moving fast enough to cause it to occur either, I think because the environment isn't needing to refresh as fast.

PS, Vram is not being maxed out

A:Identify the Bottleneck

If it only relates to Battlefield 3 and you don't see the problem with any other games, then the most likely answer is that the problem is the game.

I haven't played BF3 for quite a while but don't recall seeing that on my system, then again I don't run it on max settings either

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Most of my games are not limited by my cpu nor my gpu. Usage for both doesn't go over 75% but frame rates are still low. Im thinking it could be my ram but don't know for sure. Heres my specs:

XP pro sp2 + Vista ultimate 32bit
intel board
P4 3GHz HT
1.5 PC3200
3850 AGP 512Mb
430W Antec Dual 12v
4 HDD's: 1 Sata, 3 Pata All 7200rpm

Im planning on getting a pair of 1Gb sticks soon. What do you guys think it is?

A:Whats my bottleneck?

Vista will tell you in it's rating system what your "bottleneck" is. Just go into the Control Panel and select System. The lowest rated item is your problem area. My lowest rating is 4.8. This is also my systems score. This lowest rating is my video card/driver...

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Hey guys. I want someone's opinion if my CPU is a bottleneck for the rest of my system...?

Here's my specs:

CPU: AMD 4600+ x2
RAM: CORSAIR 3GB (3 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
Video Card: EVGA 8800GTS 512MB

If so, any recommendations?

Thanks for any replies

A:Bottleneck from AMD x2 4600+?

Can you list the motherboard and PSU as well, thanks.

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I'm having problems with my internet.

When I open up Skype any new pages I try to load in Firefox seem to stop working but then after a while will start to work again. I'm not sure if it's a problem caused by Skype as sometimes when I load Chrome and Firefox they're unresponsive.

It's as though the connection can't handle all the requests and is bottlenecking. (That's the best way I can think to describe it.)

Sadly I'm using a pretty old system, a Dell Dimension 8400, Windows XP (which I've just rebooted, wonder if this could be the problem) with Service Pack 2.

My internet is Virgin Broadband 50mb which I share with 5 other flatmates. My wireless router is a Linksys WUSB300N. I'm not sure whether it's something to do with the router settings, computer settings or Skype itself.

If you need any more details let me know.

Thanks in advance.


A:Internet seems to bottleneck

Sadly I'm using a pretty old systemClick to expand...

That's probably the issue.

Please, post some computer info:
- processor type, amount of RAM (hold Windows logo key, hit Pause/Break key)
- hard drive size/free space (open "My Computer", right click on hard drive letter, click "Properties")
- security programs in use (antivirus, firewall)

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