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Michael L.

Michael L.

Joined on 10/22/02

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Most Favorable Review

Backing up my Windows Home Server

SANS DIGITAL TR4M RAID 0, 1, 10, 5, 5+spare, spanning and JBOD 4 3.5" Drive Bays eSATA 3Gbps (via Port Multiplier) 4 Bay SATA to eSATA (Port Multiplier) JBOD Enclosure
SANS DIGITAL TR4M RAID 0, 1, 10, 5, 5+spare, spanning and JBOD 4 3.5" Drive Bays eSATA 3Gbps (via Port Multiplier) 4 Bay SATA to eSATA (Port Multiplier) JBOD Enclosure

Pros: Nice sturdy construction Fast eSATA connection to my server Room for expansion - up to 4 SATA drives Pretty quiet Got it in a combo deal at a great price

Cons: Annoying blue light on rear fan

Overall Review: I haven't used the RAID card that came with it. I'm using a HighPoint RocketRAID 2300 (4 ports) with one port connected to an eSATA bracket. The enclosure has 2 WD Green 1.5TB drives, set up as 2 separate JBOD volumes. I'm using this in Windows Home Server to back the server. Right now, WHS only supports backing up the shares, but I'm hoping they'll add the ability to back up the OS and PC backups as well some day.

10/10/2009

Working great with Windows 7 RTM

POWERCOLOR Theater 550PRO PCIE Video Device
POWERCOLOR Theater 550PRO PCIE Video Device

Pros: Very low price, Windows 7 compatible, Aux inputs, PCI-E interface

Cons: Aux input box not included, no FM radio, analog cable only

Overall Review: Working great with Windows Media Center in Windows 7 RTM (32-bit). The aux input jack below the RF input is not S-Video, it takes the purple aux input adapter that ATI has always included with their TV cards. Luckily, I had a few lyinone. I already had Win 7 RTM installed when I installed this card. It did not prompt me to install any drivers, but Media Center did not detect any tuners. I then put the included CD into my drive and allowed the "Catalyst Install Manager" to run. I rebooted after it was finished, and now I can use Media Center to watch and record TV. I'm using the S-Video input (through the purple aux input box) to connect to my "digital" (non-HD) cable box. I'm using my motherboard's onboard nVidia graphics to output to a widescreen monitor, and the quality is excellent. If you're satisfied with non-HD (as I am) this is a great deal.

Doesn't work in an older PC

PNY Optima 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR 400 (PC 3200) Desktop Memory Model MD2048KD1-400
PNY Optima 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR 400 (PC 3200) Desktop Memory Model MD2048KD1-400

Pros: This memory works great in one of my computers, a 2-year old AGP / DDR Core 2 Duo. Price was great, as long as the rebate comes in.

Cons: This memory doesn't work correctly in my older computer, which is a small form factor socket 754 AMD from FIC (IC-HU61). It recognizes 2GB of this memory as only 256MB.

Overall Review: Does anyone have any ideas why it wouldn't work in my older PC? I didn't see anything saying it was high density memory. I wish I could get this to work.

Great stable low-cost server

ASUS P5BV-C LGA 775 Intel 3200 ATX Intel Xeon Server Motherboard
ASUS P5BV-C LGA 775 Intel 3200 ATX Intel Xeon Server Motherboard

Pros: VERY stable board for a low cost server. I've built a couple of Windows Home Server boxes using this board, as well as a Server 2008 box. Quad core (Q6600) and dual core (E8500, E6400) CPUs all have worked fine. I always use Crucial memory and have never had a problem.

Cons: LAN chipset is Marvell. I would have preferred Intel. Only 4 SATA ports.

Overall Review: Onboard video is fine for a server. Lack of sound is not a problem for a server. I've also successfully used a hardware RAID card (HighPoint RocketRAID 3510) in the PCIe slot for a huge boost in performance.

Does exactly what I needed

SYBA IEEE 1394a FireWire PCI Card with Internal 9-pin Header Model SD-VIA-FW1E1H
SYBA IEEE 1394a FireWire PCI Card with Internal 9-pin Header Model SD-VIA-FW1E1H

Pros: I used these in cases with Firewire ports on the front that need to plug into a 9-pin header. They work great, and the price was very low.

Cons: None

Possibly too small

Samsung EBT-WEP200-BK Bluetooth Wireless Headset
Samsung EBT-WEP200-BK Bluetooth Wireless Headset

Pros: This bluetooth earpiece works very well. It has volume buttons that are separate from the multifunction start/end call button. Call quality is great. The combination charger / case is a neat idea that reduces the size of the earpiece. The charge lasts a long time.

Cons: Unfortunately, it doesn't stay in my ear very well. I can imagine that in the summer, with a little bit of sweat, there's no way it will stay put.