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Thursday, July 12th, 2007
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The other thing that bothered me about my ol' computer is that with only 1GB RAM, it starts loading stuff into swap fast. I don't know when this started, but it didn't bother me before spending a month with a laptop with 2GB. My motherboard (Tyan Tiger MPX) is supposed to support 4GB, but it turns out that it only boots with 3GB. With the fourth stick in, it gives me the beep code for VIDEO CARD ERROR. This is not the best motherboard ever made.

Still, three gigs ain't bad. Looks like I'll have to eat the NewEgg restocking fee, though.

That wasn't so cheap, but I'm considering a cheap upgrade as well. There are a bunch of Athlon XP 2400+ chips being dumped on eBay. These are the highest my board supports. It's easy to modify an XP to support SMP by connecting one bridge with a conductive pen. Should be ~$30 for an extra 400MHz per chip. After that, I've pretty much hit the wall with this system.
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[User Picture]From: wikle
2007-07-12 12:04 pm (UTC)
Is this your linux box? I would think a major upgrade would be in the works by this point. You don't need to get the best of everything. Even just a $500 commitment can double your effective processing power.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2007-07-12 10:14 pm (UTC)
It's in the works, but in order to Do It Right, I'd have to spend a bit more than $500. There are also some problems with doing it now, especially that I can't run ZFS (with decent performance) and mythbackend on the same machine, and that ATI and NVIDIA both have linux video acceleration that's only borderline acceptable. Maybe in 2008, Intel's new discrete GPU will have better video support.
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From: ex_md744
2007-07-13 03:56 am (UTC)
Funny thing about more than 3 gigs of ram...

"(This fact has apparently not stopped certain unscrupulous companies, coughDellcough, from allowing people to buy a computer with WinXP, 4Gb of RAM, and a pair of Nvidia's oddball 1Gb GeForce 7950 GX2 cards. Result: 56.25% of the installed memory absent without leave. You might as well have only bought 2Gb.)"

I'd try turning off Video BIOS Shadowing.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2007-07-13 04:13 am (UTC)
Suddenly, the video card error makes sense.

I'll check next time, but I don't think I have the option to disable video BIOS shadowing.
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