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Hardware queries

Discussion in 'A+' started by Rosie1, May 4, 2007.

  1. Rosie1

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    Hi,

    Running through revision and wonder if anyone could possibly help with some questions:

    1. Disabling CPU cache in BIOs. An answer from one of my VPN tests. Not familiar with this. Can anyone explain as can't see any reference in my BIOs?

    2. Is Device Manager just missing from NT 4, or is it all versions of NT?

    3. Regards upgrading processor or ram (usage percentages shown in the utilities aside), is it possible to ascertain which component is more appropriate than the other to upgrade, given an either/or scenario? What are the deciding factors, say if you're running a number of programs and the system is on a go slow.

    Much appreciated.

    Rgds

    Rosie :rolleyes:
     
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  2. robbo1962

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    Hi Rosie1, i don't think any versions of Windows NT have a Device Manager (so it says in MM A+), as for the upgrade the general opinion is Adding more RAM is the most beneficial thing to do. Gary
     
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  3. Rosie1

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    Hi Gary,

    Thx for yr response. Re device manager, take a peek on pg 188 and 1st line of 189 (5th Ed) if you have access to that version.

    Re upgrading, I've been under the impression that more ram is the answer, but came across a question that gave a processor speed/ram figure, and the answers were asking for an appropriate decision as to which one to upgrade with the go slow scenario.

    Thx again,

    Rgds

    Rosie
     
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  4. Bluerinse
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    Yup NT3 and NT4 didn't have device manager as such, they did of course have a utility for configuring hardware devices but it wasn't the same as device manager.

    As far as upgrading is concerned, you should go into task manager and check the CPU usage when the system is running slow because of an intensive application, like a game or video editing program - there is a CPU meter under the performance tab, which will give you an idea if the CPU isn't up to it's job - also there is info on the physical memory (RAM) and how much is available and how much is being used. This is only a basic guide, there are way more counters you can toy with to your hearts content in Control Panel > Admin Tools > *performance* however, for the A+ that may be delving too deep.
     
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  5. Rosie1

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    Hi,

    Thx for the advice.

    I've checked out Task Mgr during my studies and spotted the usage percentages, but was thrown by the question as there was nothing I could refer to other than what was written in front of me. Turned out to be the processor that required an upgrade. Without using utilities, I wondered how this answer came to be, what was the deciding factor.

    Thx again.

    Rgds

    Rosie
     
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  6. Bluerinse
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    Yes, well usually there is a clue somewhere in the question or choice of answers but you will find that things get even more obscure as you progress with your certifications. There were times in the past, that i wondered whether i was actually sitting the right exam, as some questions i have faced were so bewildering, that they can only be described as *way out there* :eek:
     
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  7. Rosie1

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    Hi,

    Brought a smile to my face, thank you. I've know what you're saying.

    Thx.

    Rgds

    Rosie :biggrin
     
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  8. onoski

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    Judging and looking at replies above they have covered and clarified what it is your trying to figure out. I'd like to add that the Mike Meyers book is a good one for the exam plus would clarify a lot of things you would across is test simulator. Cheerio:biggrin
     
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  9. Rosie1

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    Hi,

    I am still puzzled about disabling CPU cache in BIOs, if experiencing system lock ups. Can't find any reference to this. I am, however, very grateful for everyones help.

    Have studied from MM's book, in the main, and have really enjoyed working from this. Passport has been great too. There have been a few discrepancies with other books, tests etc since I started this course which can really throw so I've tried to draw on my own conclusions in the hope that they're the right ones.

    Thx for your help.

    Rgds

    Rosie :blink
     
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  10. hbroomhall

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    IMHO this is rather old. BIOSes used to have the ability to do this, but these days this tends not to be an option, as the cache is so integrated with the CPU.

    Where exactly did you come across this?

    Harry.
     
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  11. Rosie1

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    Hi Harry,

    It was an answer on one of my VPN hardware tests.

    Many thx for the advice.

    Rgds

    Rosie
     
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  12. robbo1962

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    hi Rosie, i also have the fifth edition and reading the pages you say it does'nt seem conclusive but later in the book (pg 716 if you want to look), it does state that NT does not have a Device Manager. Gary
     
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  13. Rosie1

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    Hi Gary,

    Thx. It didn't appear clear, having mentioned specific versions and then using a generalisation.

    Cheers.

    Rgds

    Rosie
     
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  14. Mitzs
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    Hope this helps you rosie

    chipset feature setup
    http://www.adriansrojakpot.com/Speed_Demonz/BIOS_Guide/BIOS_Guide_02b.htm

    Bios feature setup
    http://www.adriansrojakpot.com/Speed_Demonz/BIOS_Guide/BIOS_Guide_01a.htm
     
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