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Daniel F.

Daniel F.

Joined on 01/20/05

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Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review
ASUS WL-107G IEEE802.11g Wireless Cardbus Adapter
ASUS WL-107G IEEE802.11g Wireless Cardbus Adapter

Pros: Works with BSD right out of the box, access point is quick and easy to configure, no complaints. Haven't tried WEP, but unencrypted access is pretty painless.

Cons: Just barely fits inside a Soekris net4511. Wish it had an external antenna.

Overall Review: Couldn't tell you about the included Windows driver and software. Signal strength seems a little low but I have no way to really know, it could be the installation.

Most Critical Review

Solid once it starts, but super slow to POST

MSI B450-A PRO AM4 AMD B450 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
MSI B450-A PRO AM4 AMD B450 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Runs great once it gets started

Cons: Insanely slow to POST, even with the new BIOS (7B86vAC) that is supposed to speed up boot time. The Windows task manager reports POST times of 80-90 seconds (!!), and it takes about 180 seconds from pressing the power button until the Windows startup logo appears. It doesn't even manage to show any feedback for troubleshooting, in all that time it doesn't manage to get the monitor turned on. As soon as Windows boots, all the hardware runs fine, but something is very wrong in the startup sequence.

Overall Review: If I could get this motherboard to POST in under ten seconds, it'd be a definite buy. As is, I can't recommend it.

12/26/2019

Good RAM, bad Newegg

Crucial 1GB 200-Pin DDR SO-DIMM DDR 333 (PC 2700) Laptop Memory Model CT12864X335
Crucial 1GB 200-Pin DDR SO-DIMM DDR 333 (PC 2700) Laptop Memory Model CT12864X335

Pros: RAM works great, just as advertised. No problems installing or configuring, a good buy for a slightly older laptop.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Newegg used to have awesome service, really fast shipping, 2-3 days for the cheap option. Now it's up to 6. That's not bad, but you can't count on Newegg's fast shipping any more.

SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Quieter than my other drives. Works great as mass storage backup for a smaller boot drive, don't know how it's suited to being the boot drive. Good throughput in practical use. Good price/performance ratio.

Cons: None.

Kingston 1GB Compact Flash (CF) Flash Card Model CF/1GB
Kingston 1GB Compact Flash (CF) Flash Card Model CF/1GB

Pros: Cheap and works fine as a read-only boot disk for OpenBSD.

Cons: "Stuttering" writes - I don't know if other compact flash cards do this, but every 15 seconds or so during sustained writes, data transfer stops cold for 5-10 seconds.

D-Link DCM-202 Broadband Cable Modem 43Mbps Downstream,10Mbps Upstream 1 x 10/100 Fast Ethernet Port (Auto MDI/MDI-x)  1 x USB Port  1 x CATV-Coaxial Female Connector DOCSIS 2.0 Certified  DOCSIS 1.1 Compatible  DOCSIS 1.0 Compatible  IEEE
D-Link DCM-202 Broadband Cable Modem 43Mbps Downstream,10Mbps Upstream 1 x 10/100 Fast Ethernet Port (Auto MDI/MDI-x) 1 x USB Port 1 x CATV-Coaxial Female Connector DOCSIS 2.0 Certified DOCSIS 1.1 Compatible DOCSIS 1.0 Compatible IEEE

Pros: Pretty much zero configuration, takes maybe 15 seconds from cold start to get fully active, faster than my computer boots. Seems to have no problem with the service I'm paying for, but that doesn't really strain its theoretical max performance.

Cons: Price dropped right after I bought it. Oh well. Also really hard to find its configuration web server, next best thing to impossible, so a firewall is a good idea to have just downstream.