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Tech

Windows 7 outperforms XP on Old Hardware

I just installed Windows 7 on an 8+ year old machine I had laying around my house and I was surprised to see that it runs as well as it does. In fact, it runs better than the XP installation I had installed on the old PC before upgrading it to Windows 7. To be fair, the Windows XP installation was a few years old and probably suffered from disk fragmentation and memory being consumed by the random applications and services that had been installed.

Hardware that I had difficulty with in Windows XP was automatically recognized and had the proper drivers installed. Even the cheap-o USB wireless stick I bought a few months back was recognized during the installation so I could setup my wireless network before even booting into the full operating system. On my windows XP installation, I had a bunch of problems getting the USB stick to work and had to get drivers directly from the manufacturer. With 7, everything was automatically recognized and installed.

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Tech

Modding the 360

Before my xbox 360 even arrived I was thinking about modding it.  I think the ability to mod the 360 is another one of the tipping points that pushed me over the edge in purchasing the 360.  While you can’t currently use homebrew apps on the 360, I’m hoping you will be able to sometime in the future. After a week of having the xbox I decided to purchase a mod-chip for it.

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Tech

OS Install without CD-rom support

Download a Floppy Disk boot creator:

Choose your flavor of bootdisk

 

Windows 98 Boot Disk

Windows 98 SE Boot Disk

Windows XP Boot Disk

DOS 6.22 Boot Disk

 

  1. Copy the i386 directory from your installation CD to the hard-drive of the computer you will be installing the Operating System on.
  2. Download and run a boot-disk creator from above. Make sure you have a clean floppy, it will be needed for this.
  3. Reboot the computer with the floppy in it.
  4. Run WINNT once you have accessed the i386 folder. (ie. navigate to C:\i386\ using the "CD" command then run WINNT)
  5. Follow the installation process.

– OR –

  1. Copy the i386 directory to your hard-drive or specify the shared network path as the sourcepath (with the [/s:sourcepath] trigger)
  2. Run the command line utility [command or CMD from the Run line]
  3. Navigate to the location of the i386 folder using the CD command (ie. "C:\> cd c:\i386")
  4. Run the command: WINNT32
  5. Follow the installation process
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Automotive

Electric Cutout Installation

Here’s a quick write-up of my electric exhaust cutout installation.  I did the installation at my parents house in Georgetown with my dad.  When I say “I did” I probably really mean “we did” it – or better yet, he did it. I got the cutouts from Dave Hacker at DMH Performance .

Here’s a picture of where I installed the button.  It’s the round button right above the T/C button  (which is right above the center console  compartment).  It looks factory, so it’s kinda hard to see unless you know what you are looking for.

Finished Cutout Button

 

I ran the wires through the rubber shift boot, looking up from under the car – it’s the white rubber part on top of the transmission. I did the whole installation without taking the cover for the shifter off, but I bet it would have been a hell of a lot easier if I took it off.  I just put my hand up the side of the console to feed the wires and make the hole in the shift boot. I put my hand in the side of the console where you can see the wire hanging out in some of the pictures. I centered the switch above the T/C button and had to cut out part of the plastic so it would fit through. I  took the top level plastic off, drilled a pilot hole, then used a 3/4″ bit to make the hole for the switch.Electric Cutout Photo Gallery

The default length of wire that comes is extra long, so I just coiled it up under the center console. I had to extend the red power wire because I installed the switch right above the traction control (T/C) button and I wanted to pull power directly from the fuse box. I fed the power wire under the center console and up into the fuse box to a 20 amp fuse.  

For the time being, I wired the black ground wire onto the bolt on the passenger seat closest to the console.  There may be a good place to ground it under the console, but like I said I didn’t take the console all the way apart.

There are many more pictures in the photo gallery eCutout album