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    Well here's whats going on I just got a new WD400 40 gig 7200 rpm HDD, and have decided to single boot an M$ OS. The problem is that I don't know which one to put on *sigh* Maybe you folks can help me decide :D
    Box:
    [Mobo] Asus A7N8X w/ Modified 1003 Uber BIOS w/ Custom Boot logo
    [CPU] Athlon XP 2200+ Thoroughbred
    [Memory] 512 Samsung PC3200 DDR400 w/ Copper Heatsink(s)
    [Video Card] Geforce 3 ti200 128 DDR Special Gold Edition

    Cooling
    [Case] All aluminum Skyhawk case w/ custom cut blowhole
    [HSF] Volcano 11 Xaser Edition
    [Northbridge] ThermalTake Crystal Orb
    [Southbridge] Aluminum Northbridge heatsink attatched

    Operating System:
    [OS] Windows XP Pro w/ SP1

    Are you sick of poor quality 128k mp3's that sound inferior to regular CD's you buy in the store? Do you long for the exact sound of a CD with absolutly no quality loss, and at practically half the size of a normal CD? CD's get scratched all the time, and FLAC is great for archiving all those good copies of your classic rock, and backing them up to save forever. FLAC unlike mp3, or ogg vorbis is what is called a lossless format. This means that no quality whatsoever is lost from the origianl disk. Lossy formats such as ogg vorbis, wmv, and moreover mp3 are usually flat sounding, and full of hissing and dullness because they discard and literally throw out important information that controls how good the CD will sound. Using FLAC will ensure the crystal-clear clarity that you can expect from a freshly opened CD. Instead of flimsy CD cases that snap and CD's that scratch easily, and are inevitably summoned to a poor scratched up death; FLAC files can be stored in a tough metal box known as your Hard Disk. FLAC putting life back into digital audio. If you own legit copies of CD's and seek for them pre-FLAC'd for all your digital listening needs please shoot me a PM for more information.

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    I say either win XP pro or Linux
    I've gone too far and need to move on!

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    I go with the Windows XP Pro through Microsoft's Open Licensing Program. Gives me the OS I want but I don't have to activate it... EVER. Plus, it costs me less than half the retail price of the program but still gives me all the guarantees and support of the full blown retail package.

    Works for me anyway. :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darthtanion
    I go with the Windows XP Pro through Microsoft's Open Licensing Program. Gives me the OS I want but I don't have to activate it... EVER. Plus, it costs me less than half the retail price of the program but still gives me all the guarantees and support of the full blown retail package.

    Works for me anyway. :D
    how does that work??
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    It is really pretty simple and long lasting as well. You start off by checking out Microsoft's Open License Homepage and then go from there. In my case, I had a local retailer who was authorized to sell the open license agreements. The initial purchase has to be a total of five licenses, but I just chose the OS and then four $8 database extention licenses. Even with this, it still cost me less than half retail!

    From there, I have an agreement with Microsoft. If I need additional licenses for ANY Microsoft product in the future, I can buy it under my license and then just install it with my current code. Pretty simple process and it keeps me legitimate.
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    thanks, that will be very usefull in the near future:thumb:
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    i would definitely go for my all time fav...XP Pro...:cheers:
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    Well the time has come! I am just about to back up my stuff, and put in the new HDD. I think I have chosen the one that I want most... It is Windows XP Media Center Edition. It is XP Pro w/ the MCE applet! *sigh* Maybe I should just go w/ regular XP... Although MCE does sound cool I don't even have a PVR card. I just figured it would be a neat thing. Arggghhhh It's between those two now XP Pro Corp./VLK, or XP MCE! Jeez this is a hard decision .... :afro:
    Box:
    [Mobo] Asus A7N8X w/ Modified 1003 Uber BIOS w/ Custom Boot logo
    [CPU] Athlon XP 2200+ Thoroughbred
    [Memory] 512 Samsung PC3200 DDR400 w/ Copper Heatsink(s)
    [Video Card] Geforce 3 ti200 128 DDR Special Gold Edition

    Cooling
    [Case] All aluminum Skyhawk case w/ custom cut blowhole
    [HSF] Volcano 11 Xaser Edition
    [Northbridge] ThermalTake Crystal Orb
    [Southbridge] Aluminum Northbridge heatsink attatched

    Operating System:
    [OS] Windows XP Pro w/ SP1

    Are you sick of poor quality 128k mp3's that sound inferior to regular CD's you buy in the store? Do you long for the exact sound of a CD with absolutly no quality loss, and at practically half the size of a normal CD? CD's get scratched all the time, and FLAC is great for archiving all those good copies of your classic rock, and backing them up to save forever. FLAC unlike mp3, or ogg vorbis is what is called a lossless format. This means that no quality whatsoever is lost from the origianl disk. Lossy formats such as ogg vorbis, wmv, and moreover mp3 are usually flat sounding, and full of hissing and dullness because they discard and literally throw out important information that controls how good the CD will sound. Using FLAC will ensure the crystal-clear clarity that you can expect from a freshly opened CD. Instead of flimsy CD cases that snap and CD's that scratch easily, and are inevitably summoned to a poor scratched up death; FLAC files can be stored in a tough metal box known as your Hard Disk. FLAC putting life back into digital audio. If you own legit copies of CD's and seek for them pre-FLAC'd for all your digital listening needs please shoot me a PM for more information.

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    don't forget to tell us that whether it was right one too...:thumb:
    best of luck for that install...:cheers:
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    Right now I am posting this from XP Media Center Edition w/ SP1 installed :O). The install went great, and I can definetly notice a difference between the 5400 rpm HDD and this spanking new 7200 HDD! I had one problem, that scared me half to death though! When I installed XP MCE and then even after I performed a windows update, the system insisted that I had 512 RAM... The truth is I have 1 gig of PC2100 DDR! Oh **** I thought to myself. Then I proceded to rip open my case and find the thing that was causing this problem. I carefully tore out both of my 512 memory modules and examined them both. I swept the first with an electronic air duster to make sure it was clean, and I spotted a tiny dust piece so I blew on it, and it floated away. Then I examined the second, I carefully swept my eyes carefully across it to examine for scratches on the gold connectors, or dust in the memory banks. I flip the thing over and AHAH! A ****load of dust stuffed under the sticker that spanned aproximetly 2 inches. So then I went to battle with the dust, it was a fierce and rough one, though I survived. I booted up my beast, and set my BIOS to Optimal Settings with provides 'failsafe' memory timings, and the like... MCE boots up and I soon look at my General tab screen, BAM 1 Gig of RAM! I won the battle and I was a happy man :O) (Although I was about ready to put a nice 2 foot dent in the front of my solid aluminum case minutes earlier...) So the lesson for today boys and girls, is before chucking your computer out the window, make sure that you check every last centimeter of the hardware that is giving you problems :afro: (Luckily I found what went wrong, and corrected it :) )
    Box:
    [Mobo] Asus A7N8X w/ Modified 1003 Uber BIOS w/ Custom Boot logo
    [CPU] Athlon XP 2200+ Thoroughbred
    [Memory] 512 Samsung PC3200 DDR400 w/ Copper Heatsink(s)
    [Video Card] Geforce 3 ti200 128 DDR Special Gold Edition

    Cooling
    [Case] All aluminum Skyhawk case w/ custom cut blowhole
    [HSF] Volcano 11 Xaser Edition
    [Northbridge] ThermalTake Crystal Orb
    [Southbridge] Aluminum Northbridge heatsink attatched

    Operating System:
    [OS] Windows XP Pro w/ SP1

    Are you sick of poor quality 128k mp3's that sound inferior to regular CD's you buy in the store? Do you long for the exact sound of a CD with absolutly no quality loss, and at practically half the size of a normal CD? CD's get scratched all the time, and FLAC is great for archiving all those good copies of your classic rock, and backing them up to save forever. FLAC unlike mp3, or ogg vorbis is what is called a lossless format. This means that no quality whatsoever is lost from the origianl disk. Lossy formats such as ogg vorbis, wmv, and moreover mp3 are usually flat sounding, and full of hissing and dullness because they discard and literally throw out important information that controls how good the CD will sound. Using FLAC will ensure the crystal-clear clarity that you can expect from a freshly opened CD. Instead of flimsy CD cases that snap and CD's that scratch easily, and are inevitably summoned to a poor scratched up death; FLAC files can be stored in a tough metal box known as your Hard Disk. FLAC putting life back into digital audio. If you own legit copies of CD's and seek for them pre-FLAC'd for all your digital listening needs please shoot me a PM for more information.

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