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Question for 25th November

Discussion in 'A+' started by Boycie, Nov 25, 2005.

  1. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    You have decided to upgrade from Windows 98 to XP. What should you do with regard to SMARTDRV?

    A) Disable it

    B) Load it

    C) Change the settings for SMARTDRV to Protected mode

    D) Activate the write-through option for SMARTDRV

    Answer tommorow. :)
     
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  2. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    [HIDE]I know you load it on boot disks...but it's to do with DOS. Which hates XP. So I'd disable it?[/HIDE]
     
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  3. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    [HIDE]Erm, C?[/HIDE]

    Complete guess though.

    Never even heard of Smartdrv! - Google here I come! :biggrin
     
  4. Pablo1888

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    Going to try [HIDE]A[/HIDE]
     
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  5. Tyler D

    Tyler D Gigabyte Poster

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    [HIDE]A[/HIDE]

    Just a guess though :rolleyes:
     
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  6. daveo

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    Can't remember what that is...gah

    How about [HIDE]A[/HIDE]
     
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  7. knightofnuada

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    [hide]My initial reaction is A but for some reason my gut says D ...
    I'm saying A ...
    [/hide]
     
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  8. bob667

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    Complete guess, disable it.
     
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  9. Neall

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    [HIDE]Load it[/HIDE]

    Neall
     
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  10. cazzam35

    cazzam35 Kilobyte Poster

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    i'd have to go with A on this one - disable it?? :cry:
     
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  11. juice142

    juice142 Megabyte Poster

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    [HIDE]Installing XP involves chucking the disc in and pressing 'GO!' Choose your partition and the thing does it itself. None of these. Ace question though![/HIDE]

    :blink
     
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  12. Bluerinse
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    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

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    [HIDE]Win98 doesn't use smartdrive, unless it is loaded in the DOS portion of startup autoexec.bat/config.sys

    When you are performing an upgrade, it is best to empty your temporary internet files, uninstall any anti virus programs and rem out any entries in the above files.

    *A* for disable is correct I believe for this question.

    Now if you were doing a clean install by booting up with a DOS disk, that would be completely different because the file copy process would be very slow without smartdrive. The installation procedure will remark out these unnecessary lines as part of the installation.[/HIDE]
     
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  13. Veteran's son

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    I am going to give the following answer.
    [HIDE]answer a[/HIDE]
     
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  14. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    Some varied answers for this one guy's.

    Comptia want B- Load SMARTDRV

    Reason:

    XP will install much quicker with it loaded :thumbleft
     
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  15. Bluerinse
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    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

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    Could you confirm this with a link please Boyce. I am not saying you are wrong, I would just like to read more on this.
     
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  16. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    Yeah, i will tommorow Pete. 22:44 here and, well, i'm off to bye bye's.
    Had a few beers after Wales vs Austrailia :tongue
     
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  17. Bluerinse
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    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

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    lol sleep well my friend :biggrin
     
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  18. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    Pete,

    This is the generic reason for answer b and does not insinuate that you have/never done the reasons explained.

    Although you could use rote memory for this question, a better way would be to do a clean install from a command line on a test machine.
    If you've installed upgrades to XP only from within a previous of Windows you might miss the connection with Smartdrive.
    9X disables the cache program where XP installs much faster with Smartdrive loaded into memory.
    The two hard choices are between A and B.

    C is wrong because Smartdrive has no settings for any specific type of mode.

    D is wrong because a write-through option is a type of caching, which would require that the program be loaded. This could be correct but less relevant than A or B.
    D assumes Smartdrive is already loaded, the question asking whether it is loaded in the first place.

    Hope this clears this mist :thumbleft
     
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  19. Bluerinse
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    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

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    My first thought is wtf is rote memory? :blink

    My second musings revolve around trying to understand what is being said in the above statement. What I think the writer is saying is this...

    When you do a clean install from DOS (command line). XP will load much faster *if* smartdrive is loaded. Smartdrive speeds up the copying files portion of setup. You may not have noticed this if you have upgraded from Win9x because Win9x doesn't need smartdrive to function.

    Then the writer goes on to say, it's difficult to chose between A and B :eek:

    It just goes to show you how difficult it is to write a question in a way that is crystal clear. I could not make head nor tail out of quite a few Microsoft questions, some were so baffling they did me 'ed in :biggrin
     
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  20. connick159

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    [HIDE]disable[/HIDE]
     
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