Joined on 12/02/06
good sound card for budget guy
Pros: cheap and good sound. useful for normal daily use.
Cons: drivers installation is tricky. the cd has all the drivers except 1 or 2 (PCI joystick driver missing). for that you need to go to CMEDIA website.
Overall Review: Today I got this card from new egg. I will explain some of my steps to install drivers. 1) after installing the card in PCI slot, power on the computer. Winx-xp detects new hardware found. promts to load drivers with a dialogbox. simply cancel that dialog. 2) insert mini driver CD. go to win-xp folder, and double click "setup". It will automatically load all the drivers (except 1 or 2). and you need to reboot the sytem. After rebooting , still computer prompts that new hardware found. to solve this problem , follow these steps. 3) go to CMEDIA website for downloading driver. http://www.cmedia.com.tw/?q=en/driver select /PCIAudio/CMI8738/win-xp save it in a folder. 4) go to /devicemanager/audio/fm801-pci joystic controller ---- right click and select update driver. instead of searching CD, point it to saved driver folder from cmedia. done..good to go..hope these steps helps you...
works great with Dell Poweredge SC430 Server
Pros: I have Dell PowerEdge SC430 Server at home. It s 2 years old system. Initalially it had 1GB (2*512 ) memory. this kingston memory is ECC and 533Mz same as dell specs. Dell recognized at first time only. white slots already had 512 DIMMS, so i inserted two 1gb in black slots. > hard disk activity is now very low with 3gb memory. when I have 1Gb with xp home edition, there is lot of spinning of Hard disk. now hard disk activity is minimum.
Cons: None yet..lets watch for couple of months.
Overall Review: No problems with this memory. Dell bios does not allow other type of memory except the specified ones. I tried to install 800Mhz, Non-Ecc into SC430, but during boot, got bios error messages saying that "incomaptible memory modules". so it looks like dell bios is checking for exact match of specs for memory. and also in the bios setup, it does not allow any memory specs tuning. memory specs tuning may be possible with generic motherboards, but with dell bios, it is only read only specs.