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Karl C.

Karl C.

Joined on 09/04/03

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3.8 GB formatted in my Canon S3

Transcend 4GB Secure Digital (SD) Flash Card Model TS4GSD150
Transcend 4GB Secure Digital (SD) Flash Card Model TS4GSD150

Pros: Works right out of the box. Plugged into my Canon S3 and low level formatted @ 3.8GB. Have yet to do any speed tests, but it takes photos and videos just fine in the camera.

Cons: none

Hauppauge Personal Video Recorder WinTV-PVR 500 MCE  White box PCI Interface
Hauppauge Personal Video Recorder WinTV-PVR 500 MCE White box PCI Interface

Pros: - Plug and play! - dual tuners - dual s-vid inputs - decent video quality

Cons: - causing my pc to hang coming out of standby

Overall Review: This card was easy to install and Windows MCE works pretty well with these tuners. For dual S-vid inputs this comes with a 'dongle' that takes up another expansion slot for video and audio inputs. (beware Shuttle users w/optional Video card). All in all, a painless MCE environment. EXCEPT. There is a rumor going around that the pvr500 is causing hangups on some PCs when resuming from standby. This is happening on my PC currently. They said that Happauge is working on a fix and will be released in the next driver. I'll be waiting for that. One temporary workaround (if you REALLY need standby) is to disable one tuner in device manager (but what's the use of that????) Antec P150 AMD 3800+ X2 Scythe SCNJ-1000 Corsair XMS 2GB Samsung Spinpoint 250gb EVGA 7800GT WinTV PVR-500 MCE Samsung DVD+-R Gateway FPD2185W Logitech S510

SAMSUNG SpinPoint P Series SP2504C 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
SAMSUNG SpinPoint P Series SP2504C 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Fast, Quiet, Stable

Cons: none

Overall Review: Great HD. Good price. On Windows MCE, I kept getting a warning in the event viewer about a disk error when accessing the paging file. I disabled NCQ and all is fine now... I don't really care, I couldn't tell if there was a difference with NCQ on or off... heck, I don't even know if this drive is NCQ enabled. Anyway, I bought this drive because it came so highly recommended by SPC Review. This drive is very, very quiet. I never hear it reading/writing. (could be because of that 7800GT fan buzzing away). Antec P150 AMD 3800+ X2 Scythe SCNJ-1000 Corsair XMS 2GB Samsung Spinpoint 250gb EVGA 7800GT WinTV PVR-500 MCE Samsung DVD+-R Gateway FPD2185W Logitech S510

ABIT KN8 SLI 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
ABIT KN8 SLI 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: - Passive Cooling - Stable

Cons: - Not sure why I cannot resume from Standby

Overall Review: Great board. PC is almost silent, just need to quiet that 7800GT. Board is stable. It was an easy install. Layout was fine for my purposes. Documentation was fine (First build in 4 years). I'm having trouble resuming from standby for Windows MCE, but I think the problem is with my TV Tuner. Antec P150 AMD 3800+ X2 Scythe SCNJ-1000 Corsair XMS 2GB Samsung Spinpoint 250gb EVGA 7800GT WinTV PVR-500 MCE Samsung DVD+-R Gateway FPD2185W Logitech S510

Logitech S 510 Silver/Black 104 Normal Keys 14 Function Keys RF Wireless Slim Cordless Desktop
Logitech S 510 Silver/Black 104 Normal Keys 14 Function Keys RF Wireless Slim Cordless Desktop

Pros: - USB/PS-2 compatible - Looks/size - Price - Wireless -

Cons: - Mouse is cheapy

Overall Review: Good Keyboard/mouse combo. Keyboard is nice, thin. Keys are nice since I use a notebook keyboard all day. Wireless range works from my desk to where my PC is (about 9 ft away, at an 70 degree angle). Mouse is a little cheapy, I've used a wired MS intellimouse for years, and it felt better in hand. but this will do. I got the combo at at GREAT price (if I ever see my rebate again). Anyway, so far so good.

CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWINX2048-3200C2PT
CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWINX2048-3200C2PT

Pros: - Stable - Stable - Stable

Cons: None

Overall Review: Ram works with my MB. Haven't had a chance to make sure it was detected correctly, but my system is working and ROCK solid. Maybe OCing later on, since the RAM is capable of it. Antec P150 AMD 3800+ X2 Scythe SCNJ-1000 Corsair XMS 2GB Samsung Spinpoint 250gb EVGA 7800GT WinTV PVR-500 MCE Samsung DVD+-R Gateway FPD2185W Logitech S510