[cts-newsletters-html] Show Ideas/RAM Disk 101

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  • Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2001 21:12:25 MST

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Step-by-step instructions on how to
build a RAM disk to increase performance.

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SHOW NOTES for Monday, January 30, 2001 (repeat of

* A basic PC for web design

Joshua from Cedar Bluff, Virginia is taking a college web
design class and wants to know what kind of computer is best
suited for it. He already has a 450 MHz Pentium II with 128 MB
of RAM. Frankly, Joshua, that's more than enough PC to code
HTML with!

Basic html editing doesn't require a lot of power. It's
'content creation,' such as audio, huge photo files, video
editing, and (especially) video compression that can really
tax a system. For those purposes, you'll want tons of memory
and the fastest machine you can get.

We just revamped one of the computers on our set specifically
for Josh, our web associate producer, to post information live
during the show.  Here are the basics on what we put in it:

Processor: 600 Mhz Pentium III
Main board: ABIT w/ 815 chipset
RAM: 128 MB PC 133
Video: Matrox G400
Hard Drive: 30 GB Maxtor

We'd probably go for a 800 MHz Athlon processor today... much
better price!

Anyhow, keep working with what you have until you start to
feel constrained by its performance. Then, even when you get a
new computer, keep the old one along with a modem and use it
to test out your website "creations." That way you'll see just
how it'll work for the vast number of the people who will see

* Do I need a software Firewall with my new router?

Donna from Wyandotte, Michigan just got a new Linksys
Etherfast Cable/DSL router. It's up and running fine. Does she
still need to run ZoneAlarm, our fave software firewall? Not
really... the hardware box should be enough. But, hey, if
you're reallllly paranoid, you could take the belt and
suspenders approach and run both. (We don't.)

* PCI devices: Can't they all just get along?!

Lyle from Mesa, Arizona wants to get both is fax/modem and his
cable modem to run at the same time. He currently has to pull
out the Ethernet card to get the regular phone line modem to
work. If not, when folks try to fax him, they get a busy

Its called a cable modem, but its not really a modem.  You are
connected to a LAN via your Ethernet card. Leo says you
shouldn't have any trouble trying to send and receive a FAX.

You might have an IRQ conflict between your modem card and the
Ethernet card that connects your PC to the cable modem.  To
resolve this, go into the system control panel and select the
device tab. Look for a red x or a yellow exclamation point.
Then it's time to troubleshoot. You could run the Hardware
Conflict Troubleshooter. We'd check the Device Manager, then
we'd move one of the PCI boards to a different slot.

You should also try Kate and Leo's all purpose plug 'n play
solution. Whatever your BIOS selection for plug 'n play OS is,
yes/no or on/off, reverse it and see what happens. It's a
voodoo trick, but it has a funny habit of fixing these types
of problems.

* Can I add more RAM to my mobo?

John from Haverford, Pennsylvania has an older IBM with an
Intel 430VX chipset. It only allows him to run 64 MB of RAM
total, and he wants more. Bad news, John. While the VX chipset
might let you move up to 128 MB of RAM, it could slow down
your system performance a touch, since the VX can only cache
64 MB of that memory.

Frankly, since you're also interested in upgrading the hard
dive, we'd advise you to purchase a new system, or upgrade
your current system with a new processor, mobo and RAM. Even
the least expensive Celeron (400MHz $41) or Duron (600 MHz for
$45) chips will show you a HUGE boost in performance. An Intel
810 or 815 based board offers built in graphics; not the best
for 3D gaming, but then again, we doubt you're doing much of
that on the system you have now.

For a nifty list of the capabilities of different chipsets,
check out:


* What's up with all the traffic on my home network?

Jonathan from York, Pennsylvania has 4 Win98 workstations
running on his home network. One of the PC's constantly dumps
traffic on his network. That causes the other computers to
slow down because they are answering!

He Only has TCP/IP and NetBEUI protocols. He's check the
machine for a virus. He's tried a fresh install of the OS on
that box (on a different hard drive) and that does stop the
traffic. But he wants to sleuth it out.

You can try and isolate what program is causing the traffic on
that particular machine. It's a slow processo of shutting down
each process one by one and checking for traffic. Or you can
look for a program called LMANNOUNCE.

One of our faithful viewers, Anthony, who has a ton of MS
certs in networking says that LMANNOUNCE list the computers
and file shares available on the network. You can disable it
by going into the properties for the NetBEUI protocol,
selecting the advanced tab, and deactivate LMANNOUNCE.

Hope that fixes it. Thanks, Anthony!

* Tales of woe with a Multi-boot system

Tom from Arlington, Virginia is having a touch of trouble with
a multi-boot system. He wants to run Win98, Win2K and Linux,
all on the same box with one bootloader. Leo says that's
probably not going to work; you end up needing to use both the
NT loader plus LILO. And you'll definitely need to install
Win2K last since it always replaces the boot partition.

Franky, we need an article that describes this in detail on
the website!

* MAC Address problems

Chris from Bangor, Maine wants to know if he can change the
MAC address in his router. Nope: the Mac address is a unique
hardware identifier that is built into the firmware. It is
designed so that there is no other device in the world with
the same MAC address, even though there are MILLIONS of
Ethernet cards, routers and more that all have a MAC address.

Tuns out he wants to change the MAC address so his cable modem
doesn't know he's swapped out his Ethernet card with a router.
Leo says there's an easy solution for this: unplug the cable
modem. Let it sit for a few minutes, then plug the new
hardware into it, and plug it back into the wall. As it
starts, it should memorize your new MAC address.

Hope ya'll learned something new!


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