Originally Posted by a8vdeluxe
What he said, however Homer, I've always said, unless you're an engineer, scientist or do a lot of video rendering or other types of number crunching, most people don't need a 64 bit machine.
Even though this Sempron 145 is 64 capable [after all, the Sempron line these days are just decommissioned duals] I'm happy with running 32-bit (especially since going "Black Sails").
The Resource Monitor in Win7 indicates that the top 1gig [of this 4gig machine] of RAM is reserved for hardware and a couple of tests have shown that the BIOS and other parts of the mobo really
are using this RAM, so it's not wasted, not sure about the video card, it is a GeForce 210 with 1gig of DDR3, I remember from the past that any GPU with less than 512MB will use the upper bit of system
RAM to compensate but larger cards run on their own 'in-house' memory. I don't know what other processes may be using this 1025MB but it is being used. Only Windows is limiting itself to 3GiB, which
is more than enough for my needs.
Originally Posted by TPeterson
Homer, that's a great testimonial.
As I see the trends, though, the most likely embodiment of the sort of PVR you describe will be a LAN-connected Android-based box. I think we'll be seeing that emerge in the next year or so.
Terry, I've gotten lazy, still haven't moved my second MyHD from the old box into this one yet, since it is doing a great job with my downloaded .mkv files, just like 'live' TV but without the commercials.
So I'm only running one PVR box and haven't felt the need, as yet, for extra tuners.
Originally Posted by Vlad Theimpaler
I still have my nLite 'd copies of XP to use as a base[they're rigged to self-activate]for future PVRs, though official support does end on April 8, the XP'ers will probably do as us 2000 users do [and even those who still use '98]
and get creative.
Can't do much for those that buy the HPs, Dells and Gateways etc. but the mobo manufacturers will probably still include XP drivers on their install disks for at least five years, then after that will probably need to run to
Majorgeeks, Filehippo, SourceForge and other places for drivers, yet W7 does such a good job with legacy items, I hope they do that for W9 as well, so I can keep being lazy. (sh*t, I'm almost 60
) plus bring back a proper desktop [yep, I'm one of those 8/8.1 bashers, just don't like it] and yes, I have a 64 bit W7 lying around here some where, my next workstation build will probably be both 64, to try out, and at least a quad core.
Though what I have now is a real improvement over the old Pentium, just in booting up alone [as well as the setting on BIOS] hit the spacebar, go wash my hands and when I return the machine is ready.
Now I do feel a bit of a traitor, because as I've written in other forums, in the next few years I will be going to set-top boxes, in particular one model that another member in another forum recommended.
Find me there under my real name (hey, I was a noob at the time of sign-up)
My preference would be one that I could swap internal drives with and I see DigitalConnection got more Tivx units in.
I'll just have to see down the road on how it goes, taking things one day at a time.
Though I've used VLC for years, in the workstation I've switched to KMPlayer (or simply KMP) as it does a better job at eliminating the 'jerkies' in some files,
though it may also be that I've only used the PortableApps version of VLC, so it may not be running as efficiently as it would in the desktop from a flashdrive.
KMP has some proprietary code that prevents it from being portable for now but it does have more aspect ratio choices as well as other features.Edited by browncoat - 2/28/14 at 1:17am