Been thinking about getting a CD or DVD writer drive? I did a TON of reseach on drives (32 drives and counting) and here are my results, links to media manufactures, other excellent CD sites, etc!
How CD-R, CD-R/W, DVD-ROM, and DVD Re-writables work: Check out this HTML'ized Microsoft PowerPoint presention from SeagateSoftware on how these technologies work and learn how DVD re-writable is coming!
A quick intro and guide to overclocking PC motherboards and CPUs.
Common PC IRQ configurations and I/O ports
A detailed spec sheet on AMI BIOS parameters, BEEP codes, and other optimizations.
IBM AT and ATX power supplies : Diagnose your PC's Power Supply. Here are the pinouts and voltage levels
ATX Cases: Good Concept.. Bad Cooling! Read up on why your ATX-based computer is running so HOT and learn how to fix it!
View Alarms: Get this software to monitor your equiped TX or LX chipset-based motherboard for CPU temp, CPU voltages, CPU fan speed, etc..
FastVid: Do you have a Intel Pentium Pro, PentiumII, AMD K6, or Cyrix 6x86-based motherboard? If so, you need to run FastVid to get the full performance from your PCI chipset? Why? To gain faster GUI performance, these vendors dropped some critical PCI optimizations for specific DOS-style video read/writes. FastVid will show, up to, 200% performance gains for things like Doom, Quake, etc. Check out this excellent URL for more details on this problem, how to download FastVid, and get lots of good info on video card overclocking, CPU speed tweaks, etc.
Enhanced IDE: What all the different EIDE modes are and how they increase hard drive performance
SCSI Termination: What all the Why your SCSI devices might not be working as advertised: Faulty termination. Learn how to fix your SCSI woes!
I can't emphasize enough that a good motherboard should be anyone's #1 priority when building a machine. Why ASUS? Their CMOS setup are one of the most flexible I've seen. They are well built, well supported, and just plain work forever. Nuff' said.
Read up on my experience upgrading an ASUS GX4 motherboard to a AMD 120Mhz and DX4-133Mhz processor (happily overclocked to 160Mhz!). The ASUS manual's jumper settings aren't necessarily the best!!!
ASUS GX4 valid DRAM SIMM configurations
Inside info about Intel's upcoming Triton-II chipset from InfoWorld.
Quick analysis of the differences between Intel's two new Triton-II chipsets and a technical discussion of Triton-II's abilities with EDO, ECC, and SyncBurst cache RAM.
#1 - Rough Norton SI ratings of different motherboards (486/Pentium) and their configurations
#2 - Benchmarks using Ziff Davis's PC-Bench v9.0 of various machines
Last Updated: 04/20/07