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HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer Server System AMD Turion II Neo N40L 1.5GHz 2-Core 2GB (1 x 2GB) 1 x 250GB LFF SATA 658553-001
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: ProLiant MicroServer is great. This review is about the OEM Seagate HDD.

Cons: After receiving the ProLiant, I immediately pulled the original Seagate 250GB HDD to install a 2TB RAID configuration. This week I installed the Seagate 250GB HDD in another system. It failed in less than an hour. Seagate does not honor its usual warranty because this is regarded as an OEM drive. HP's warranty is only for one year. The drive is junk, and Seagate's failure to honor their normal warranty leads to major loss of customer loyalty.

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Seagate Hybrid Drive ST1000DX001 1TB MLC/8GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: As an HDD the drive works flawlessly. 5 eggs! (But read the cons...)

Cons: As a hybrid drive, which is why I bought this in the first place, I have to wonder if the SSD electronics are actually working. I give it 1 egg. The Seagate hype is that this drive will boot Windows with the speed of an SSD. NO WAY! This drive is about twice as SLOW as my other two PCs that have real SSDs. After taking the time to do a clean Windows 7 installation, I am grossly disappointed. When you average the pros and cons, you get 3 eggs...

Other Thoughts: I'll eventually replace this with a 250-500GB SSD, and use the Seagate for ???

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Creative Sound Blaster Z 70SB150200000 5.1 Channels 24-bit PCI Express (x1, x4 or x16) Interface Sound Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It works, sort of... Windows Media Player and my music library sound GREAT!

Cons: I give an item the benefit of the doubt and start out with 5 Eggs. The Sound Blaster Z is a big disappointment for many reasons. (1) When the SB Z powers up, it produces clicking noises in the speakers. It also produces clicking noise when the sound source changes. This is infrequent, and I haven't correlated the condition. (2) The Windows Startup sound is ALWAYS cut short and gets garbled at the end. (3) The sounds in various programs DO NOT PLAY! Yesterday, I looked up a word in "Merriam-Webster's 11th Collegiate Dictionary." When I clicked on the word to get the pronunciation, I got NOTHING!! NO AUDIO!! I've noticed this with a couple of other programs, also. These are event sounds, and, hence, I did not deem them that important. The MWCD problem is unacceptable. (4) The volume level for certain events -- the same events -- sometimes varies. Again, this is infrequent, and I haven't correlated the condition. This may be an issue with the "Sound Blaster Z-Series Control Panel" applet. (5) This is somewhat trivial, but the icons on the card's mounting bracket that show the function of the I/O jacks are VERY difficult to discern. Other Sound Blaster products that I've owned came with an adhesive multicolored label that could be affixed to the mounting bracket. No such label with the SB Z. Six months from now, if I change the cabling to the card, I'll have to dig out the QSG to figure out the functions of the card's I/O jacks.

Other Thoughts: I purchased the SB Z to replace an external SB Audigy 2 ZS unit. (The ZS was added to the computer when the mobo's integrated sound chip/system started getting flaky.) None of the problems (1) through (4) described above were experienced with the Audigy 2 ZS. I have four other computers in my home network, and none of them have any of the problems described above. I suspect that the problem of 'NO SOUND with various programs' could be a driver issue. (I am, of course, using the latest driver and the latest version of the "Sound Blaster Z-Series Control Panel" applet.) Maybe Creative will come up with a fix, but right now I'm just very disappointed.

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Date Joined: 10/31/03

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