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Intel® Quad-Core Processor J1900 + Micro ATX Motherboard
  • All Solid Capacitor design
  • Supports DDR3/DDR3L 1333 Long DIMM Slots
  • 1 PCIe 2.0 x16, 2 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Graphics Output Options : D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI
  • Built-in Intel® 7th generation (Gen 7) graphics, DirectX 11.0, Pixel Shader 5.0
  • 1 x Printer Port Header, 1 x COM Port Header
  • 1 x USB 3.0, 6 x USB 2.0 (3 Front, 3 Rear), 2 x SATA2
  • Realtek Gigabit LAN
  • 5.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC662 Audio Codec)
  • Supports ASRock Full Spike Protection, A-Tuning, XFast LAN, XFast RAM, USB Key

Brand new, never been used.

Also included is 1 Crucial 4GB Single DDR3 1333 MT/s (PC3-10600) CL9 Unbuffered UDIMM 240-Pin Desktop Memory Module CT51264BA1339.
However, this part is not new.

Asking price for the combo: $500.00

Mini/Media PC's / Netizen's HTPC project
« on: September 22, 2013, 10:32:13 PM »
Guys, looking for some advice on a HTPC build. I've been using an aging Dell Inspiron 1525 for a while. It provides streaming such as the Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube, as well as the downloads PC (to external hard drive), and some casual gaming for the wife while I'm studying.

For this project I want to keep costs within reason (and sanity) so I'm thinking about reusing some parts I have left over from upgrading friends/family's pc's.

Motherboards on hand:

I did some preliminary googling and I wanted to purchase a case before the Christmas 2013 rush kicks in. This case really caught my eye, SilverStone Crown CW03 ( but good lawd @ the price (US$ 720). Granted it comes with a 7" touchscreen, but really, that's just crazy.

So, can anyone recommend a case, locally, that I can start this project off with?

Also, has anyone locally heard about or used this, Ceton InfiniTV 4 as mentioned in this page;

Might be interesting to integrate with Flow digital cable and unlock some PVR capabilities.

Sony PlayStation / PS3 firmware update 4.45 locking up some consoles
« on: June 19, 2013, 04:25:42 PM »
Didn't want to mix this in with the all purpose thread.

Problems are arising with Sony's latest update to the PS3, according to comments on the official PlayStation forum.

The new firmware update may brick your console; beware!
Several user comments on the PlayStation forum have stated that the latest 4.45 update is causing a lockdown on their consoles. User JadeTreeInWind, for example, said that after the PS3 logo was on display post update, the crossbar menu would not show up. The user tried restarting the console, but the same problem still persisted.

Reports on the thread stated that PS3s over 500GB were affected by the error. One of the main features of the new update is to allow users to disable trophy notifications during gameplay.

GameSpot has reached out to Sony for comment and will update this article as more information surfaces.


Update: The 4.45 firmware update has been taken down from the site. Sony Computer Entertainment is currently fixing the problem. Users are advised not to update their PS3s until further notice.

Trading Grounds / WTB: DDR2 RAM
« on: May 28, 2013, 08:25:18 AM »
Looking to upgrade mom's PC for her. She only has 1GB of DDR2-800 memory at the moment as the other stick died recently.

Looking for another 1GB of DDR2-800 or even a pair of 2GB sticks as that would keep her machine in the clear for some time to come.

News / Microsoft To End Windows Live Messenger Service
« on: November 16, 2012, 12:43:20 PM »
Messenger users who want to continue to use Microsoft's instant messaging service have to get the current version of Skype.

Microsoft's Messenger service is coming to an end. In the first quarter of 2013, Messenger will no longer be available as a separate service in all regions except mainland China, the company announced this week.

Microsoft is folding Messenger into its Skype voice-over-IP service, according to an announcement made on Tuesday.

Within Skype, there's currently a Messenger-like user interface available to carry out instant messaging, along with voice calls. To aid the shift, Microsoft is assuring Messenger users that they can get their contacts automatically populated into Skype. Those who already have both Messenger and Skype accounts can merge them via the Skype signup process, available here.

Current Messenger users who want to continue to use Microsoft's instant messaging service have to get the current version of Skype, which requires the use of a "Microsoft account" signup.

Microsoft account is the new name for Microsoft's Windows Live ID. That ID is used for consumer applications such as Microsoft's Hotmail (now, SkyDrive and Messenger services, among others. If a Windows Live ID user had used an e-mail address and password as the basis of their Windows Live ID, then they also "already have a Microsoft account," according to a Microsoft description.

The Microsoft account is more than just a name change for Windows Live ID. A Microsoft account shares information across Microsoft's services. In May, Chris Jones, vice president of the Windows Live Group at Microsoft, explained that with a Microsoft account, "your contact list is shared across Windows Phone, Windows 8, Hotmail, Messenger, and SkyDrive, so when you add a contact in one place, it shows up in the cloud and on all of your other devices and services." Similarly, if a user connects their Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter accounts with their Microsoft account, then those contacts will show up across Microsoft services.

Microsoft's commercial-grade instant messaging service is available as a pop-up option when users hover their mouse cursors over an e-mail sender's name in the Outlook 2010 e-mail client. Other instant messaging options for businesses include using the Microsoft Office Communicator client in conjunction with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007. The Lync client can also be used for instant messaging by Microsoft's business customers via Lync Server 2010 or the hosted Lync Online service offered via Office 365. Lync Server 2010 is the successor product to Office Communications Server 2007 R2.


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Trading Grounds / FS: retired graphics cards
« on: August 30, 2012, 08:52:52 PM »
As discussed in my thread here, I'm putting the following up for sale:

XFX HD-485X-ZDFC Radeon HD 4850 1GB - $450.00 on hold for TriniWyatt

More or less mint condition, hardly used, never been overclocked. (+)

Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 1GB
Also hardly used :ko:

Post your dibs here, or PM your offers. Thnx!

Graphics Cards / Netizen's GPU collection
« on: August 29, 2012, 01:56:46 PM »
I wanna to decide what to do with my current rig and selection of graphics cards, so I thought I'd throw it up on the board for a lil discussion, since I'm trying to cast Life on my main rig, and stop using my work laptop all the time. :ko:

I am wondering what combination of GPU's to use. I have a 8800GS 384MB, a HD4850 2GB, and a HD5770 2GB

I initially thought about keeping the 8800GS for PhysX, but none of the games I play use PhysX at the moment. :shakehead: Then I was thinking about doing CrossFire with the two Radeons, but my research showed that mixing the two may not be possible or even worth the effort. :shakehead:

So my fellow techies, what are your thoughts ???

Trading Grounds / Looking for a 22" LCD locally
« on: March 01, 2012, 09:28:36 AM »
Anyone know where I can purchase a 22" LCD monitor locally?

Boss needs a new monitor, importing one is out of the question.

Hi all,

Throwing this out to see if anyone can assist. I've got a database assignment to do in Access (since it's the easiest to use) and I was wondering if any members got any experience developing stuff for it.

I need to create an interface for my database, as well as develop some reports for it to output.

Post here if you can be of any assistance. Thanks

Hey guys, I was about to order one of those Zagg invisible shields, when I realized my phone's not on their product list :shakehead:

So I started searching around and found this product: Clear Protector

Does anyone have any experience with this product, or can recommend something better?

Trading Grounds / WTK: Sony Memory Stick Pro Duo (MS Pro Duo)
« on: August 21, 2010, 10:50:10 AM »
Hey folks, looking for a new memory stick for the PSP... Looking at local retailers (already saw the price on-line)

Saw a 8GB in PriceSmart for $250

Anywhere got a better price?

Trading Grounds / FS: PS3 and PS2 games
« on: August 15, 2010, 12:53:25 PM »
Okay folks, locked the old thread, reposting what I have left for sale...

PS3 games

Dead Space - $200
Demon's Souls - $300

PS2 games

Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner - $250
Magna Carta: Tears of Blood (Deluxe Box Set) - $200
Disgaea: Hour of Darkness - $200
Kingdom Hearts II - $200
Rogue Galaxy - $100

PSP games

Cars - $80

Post your dibs or you can PM for more info. No reasonable offer refused.

Trading Grounds / FS Used PS3 and PS2 Games
« on: February 08, 2010, 09:49:12 AM »
PS3 games

Demon's Souls - $300
Dead Space - $200
God of War collection - $300 SOLD
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm - $250 SOLD
Heavenly Sword - $250 SOLD
Demon's Souls - $350 SOLD
Killzone 2 - $250 SOLD
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition - $150 SOLD
Batman: Arkham Asylum - $350 SOLD
Boarderlands - $350 SOLD
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - $350 SOLD

PS2 games

Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner - $250
Rogue Galaxy - $200
Kingdom Hearts II - $200
Disgaea: Hour of Darkness - $200
Shadow of the Colossus - $250 SOLD
Magna Carta: Tears of Blood (Deluxe Box Set) - $250 SOLD
Final Fantasy XII - $200 SOLD

PSP games
Cars - $100

Post your dibs or you can PM for more info. No reasonable offer refused.

Software, Security, Programming and Internet / Speccy System Information
« on: January 21, 2010, 11:00:35 AM »
Just saw a BETA of this nifty piece of software.

Check it out guys and see what you think

Speccy is an advanced System Information tool for your PC. We're still bug fixing, but have just released a Public BETA version for you to download!

Same people who brought us CCleaner, Defraggler, and Recuva

I initially found it on FileHippo

Trading Grounds / WTK where can I get a PS3 repaired locally?
« on: December 29, 2009, 08:55:49 PM »
Topic says it.

PS3 with what appears to be a bad lens. Need to know if it can be fixed locally (JK ?) or if it needs to go foreign.

Also, an estimate of the repair would aid in deciding whether to fix or buy a new one.

Hardware, Tweaking & Networking / Netizen's new build not booting
« on: September 27, 2009, 04:59:30 PM »
:crybaby2: :crybaby2: :crybaby2:

Guys, I was almost done with my new build and tragedy struck!

A quick recap of my specs;
600W modular PSU
Asus P5Q-E
Intel Q9550
4 x 2GB Corsair Dominator
XFX 8800GS

So I installed everything into the case, took some quick photos, and then proceeded to test out the build by applying power with only the basic stuff in (mobo, cpu, ram, gpu). Success! Everything looked fine, checked BIOS options, monitored CPU Temp in BIOS for a couple minutes, and then I switched it off.

The case is a CM690 so I wanted to load it up with fans, 1 LED at the bottom, 2 BLACK at the top, case comes with one LED to the front

Proceed to test #2, power with all fans connected, and it seemed to be fine, but I didn't hear my POST beep, nor did the LCD come to life. Immediately removed the new connections (all the fans) and rebooted, still no dice

What did I do wrong?

Some quick searching around the net says that daisy chaining fans could've caused some sorta overload. But I've always installed fans like this, 2 on 1 molex etc.

So right now, I'm stuck. I've tried the following already;

1. Removed GPU for a weaker (known working) one - 8400GS
2. Removed all RAM, got BIOS error beeps indicating memory error
3. Once booted by accident, without 6-pin GPU power connected, lots of noise, so the board doesn't appear dead
4. Tried 2 other sticks of RAM
5. Tried 1 stick of RAM at a time
6. Tested Corsair in another PC, worked.
7. Reset BIOS via jumper and removing battery

One item to note, the board has the 8-pin ATX12V connector, but the PSU only has a 4-pin connector. Didn't think that a problem, because the system booted with the bare configuration. I was wondering if maybe the extra load (4 fans) caused my predicament? Nah, I doubt it. But maybe, just maybe, I need a bigger PSU???

Please help.

Trading Grounds / WTK: Looking for a cheap Intel CPU, Skt 775
« on: June 17, 2009, 10:27:09 AM »
So I'm looking for a cpu for mom's PC. Doesn't have to be anything elaborate, perhaps a Pentium Dual Core, or something like that. She's just gonna be surfing the net, checking emails, so I'm not gonna be looking for anything like Sax's E8400 or CMR's Q6600

Looking to spend ~$400

Seeing prices online like Intel Celeron E1400 Allendale 2.0GHz 512KB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor

CASES / Help Netizen find a case
« on: May 27, 2009, 11:20:52 AM »
Ok folks, this is getting ridiculous... I've been sitting on my upgrade for the most part of this year because I cannot find a decent case (sub $1000) to put it all together in.

I initially had a CoolerMaster Centurion 590 from PRW, but sold that to Hard O/C to get my hands on a CM690, the big brother.
Then I lost my chance at acquiring one, when the last of mmstt's stock was sold to unforgiven.

So now, I'm faced with choosing whether to import it and pay the same cost of the case in shipping charges (US$75 + US$75), or change my mind and buy something else

Does anyone know where/how I can get my preferred case, or what case locally, and within budget that is similar or better than the CM690

Trading Grounds / Looking for Laptop Memory
« on: April 16, 2009, 07:31:12 PM »
Anyone got any 1GB DDR400 SO-DIMM (200 pin) to spare?

Need two to upgrade a laptop for a friend, so they can run Vista (512MB is definitely not going to cut it with Vista)

DDR333 PC2700 is also cool, if no one got the faster speed chips.

looking to spend $200 per chip

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