New Computer

orchard

Active member
163 2
Chartman - it is b.....y wonderful.
I have sharescope on, it used to take 15 mins to load and update. It now takes 3 on a slow day.
I daren't blink in case I miss something!!!.
Many thanks for your help. It was invaluable.
Orchard.
 

madasafish

Well-known member
470 5
3 mins to load Sharescope.
Mine takes..about 15 secs!
(and that's with IRT and IE running..)
Have you set it up correctly?
My experience of Sharescope is it's always very fast loading...
 

e-zee

Junior member
12 0
ChartMan

I have read your views on your upgrade/new computer with interest, especially relating to connecting DSL to a Network Card.

I have BT ADSL connected to the USB port.

Please, can you describe the advantages of connecting to a Network Card over the USB, and also how I can go about converting.

Many Thanks
 

ChartMan

Legendary member
5,580 46
USB uses more resources that an NIC so is less "efficient" If you have a really powerful PC, then it's probably splitting hairs... to change, make sure your ADSL modem has an RJ45 connector to hook up to a network card. Fit a network card, load the drivers ( if needed) set your browser to use LAN connection ( auto) and away you go.....
 

e-zee

Junior member
12 0
ChartMan

Excellent, the problem I have is that my computer keeps on freezing, and nothing functions, and I have to reset the computer everytime this happens.

My computer is made up of PChips 810LR MB --- 1G SDRAM -- 40G HD -- G200 Matrox Card --- AMD 1800+ CPU --- ADSL

There may be a conflict in the hardware, but I can't figure out what it is, it's driving me crazy!!!

If anyone has experienced this problems and knows a fix, I will be interested in your comments.

Keep up the good work
 

ChartMan

Legendary member
5,580 46
Hehe try taking out 512 Meg of memory...... You don't say if you are using Win98... IF you are, then that's probably the problem. Win98 doesn't work properly with more than 512M installed.
Even if you have W2K or Win XP, I'd still try taking memory out- one of the sticks maybe faulty....
 

orchard

Active member
163 2
Chartman
May I pick your brains again? My system keeps coming up with updates from MS. Is it a good idea to install them, or should I keep ignoring them. (My ignorance is showing again!!!)
 

ChartMan

Legendary member
5,580 46
IF it is a LEGITIMATE version of windows XP Pro, then install all the updates on offer. BEWARE installing any form of peripheral drivers from Microsoft!!! ie video card, modem etc. I have had trouble with interface drivers wreaking havok. Best thing is to set a "restore point" before installing any drivers. If it goes belly up, you can either " revert to previous driver" or go back to a previous system restore point. There's lots of "security" issues in the upgrades. First one to install is service pack one. - I hope you've got broadband cos it's about 50 meg!!
IF you don't have a legitimate verson of XP Pro DO NOT install service pack one!!!! instead, load all the individual updates.
The only I/O driver update I would say was worthwhile would be your network interface card.
 

orchard

Active member
163 2
ChartMan,
Many thanks once again. My Pro is legit, so I have no worries on that score, and, I have already installed service pack 1, and yes, it took 4 hours!! (I had to to get access to Java to deal with D4F)
and no, I don't have broadband, it is not available in my area yet. Had to sit up ready to reconnect to BT, Ah the wonders of modern electronic communications!!!.
I shall now look at the updates and install them.
Maybe you should be in the teaching profession??? You are certainly educating me!!
Orchard.
 

ChartMan

Legendary member
5,580 46
Just passing on the acquired knowledge from a lifetime of working with computers.... since 1969 in fact...... if only I had that much experience of trading. Any way, you're welcome. Teaching had crossed my mind, but then I'd actually have to do some paper work....
 

dflashman

Junior member
14 0
Graphics

In my experiance the Best graphic cards that you can use for trading are the Maxtox G200 cards. They have quad screen capabilities and are super sharp. they work very well on flat screens. If you are interested in one let me know
 

Bazza74

Newbie
6 0
Price of PC

HI Orchard,

And ChartMan - very good posts. How much did your complete PC system set you back and did you go for TFT screens?

Thanks
 

robq

Active member
139 3
I need to get a new computer and an thinking of buying Dell 8400. Chartman advised three 17” LCDs
http://www.trade2win.com/boards/showthread.php?p=45012#post45012
and I hoped to buy two with the option of adding a third.

The Dell people here (Ireland) initially told me “ The computer will support 2 monitors, however it will not support two analogue monitors automatically unless you buy a VGA connector and DVI-I to VGA dongle (which unfortunately we do not supply).
The best option is to get one digital and one analogue monitor as this will require no adapter.”

Unenthusiastic about paying extra for digital “DVI is not needed” – Chartman, I pointed out that Dell USA do provide connectors which they now acknowledge “However I have contacted my presales department and you are correct I can supply the adapter - the gforce 4 DVI to VGA adapter cable kit which will cost €12.”



They are still unhelpful about a third monitor “The addition for a third monitor would require you to get a second video card which can be very messy to set up. The only system we make that would be capable of connecting three monitors would be Precision 470 or Precision 670 with the matrix quad graphics card”

A recent post on elitetrader refers to difficulties as a result of the replacement of AGP by PCIe slots.


http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=36008&highlight=dell+8400

"07-28-04 12:10 AM
New PCIe video card connection CAUTION
I was just about to buy a new Dell 8400 computer, and was planning to move my Matrox quad PCI card and dual AGP card into it. But I realized it has a new type of video card connection, a PCIe (PCI express) It has 5 slots: three PCI, one PCIe, and one PCIe x 16 (graphics).

There are no AGP slots. So my dual head card can't be used in it.

I'm told a PCI card will not work in a PCIe slot. I could put my quad card in a PCI slot, but that would use up a valuable accessory slot, with the PCIe slots potentially empty.

I almost didn't catch this, so anyone planning to buy a new computer and move existing video cards into it, may want to double check what connections it has.

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The Dell 8400 comes with an ATI Radeon X300SE card (the only choice) which apparently is dual display capable. One website called this a low end card?

I've read here about potential problems mixing video card manufacturers. Matrox says they won't have a PCIe multi monitor card for many months.

I'm thinking that trying to use my Matrox quad card with this ATI PCIe card to run six monitors might be asking for trouble, maybe even more so with the new PCIe connection. But the higher end, faster Dell's all come with PCIe connections. so I'm thinking maybe I should buy a slightly slower computer (without PCIe slots), to ensure stability and compatability."



The above, including references to Matrox card, are from the elitrtrader post. I’m now well and truly out of my depth and would greatly appreciate advice from Chartman and others about the specifications
http://www.trade2win.com/boards/showthread.php?t=4234&page=1&pp=15


and, particularly, the monitor problem


RobQ
 
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