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  1. Hi All, Just looking for a bit of help on figuring out the best backup strategy for this mess... Here's what I've got: Two PC's running Windows 7 One server running Windows Server 2008 One QNAP NAS I'm just trying to find the easiest (preferably automated solution) to make incremental daily backups, and maybe weekly images (to be back up and running ASAP if a serious disaster strikes). The NAS does not really have work-related stuff, but would be nice to include it in the backup solution. There is RAID etc. in place at the moment, but we want to have offsite backups, you know, just in case the joint burns to the ground! The ideas we've been throwing around so far include having a backup kept in a car (offsite location #1), and maybe having a backup in the cloud - otherwise just having a 2nd physical location offsite. The only easy way we can figure is to have an external HDD each for the PC's and Server. We could have Acronis doing automated backups on the PCs, not sure about the server though... Is the included backup function in Server 2008 reliable? Apparently it's not to be trusted? Tips on an automated image backup solution for Server 2008 would be appreciated. Having a brief search around it looks like CrashPlan is a pretty good option? It can do scheduled local backups, as well as providing secure cloud storage. Does anyone have experience or thoughts about CrashPlan? Going that way I think daily cloud backups would be the go, with weekly images to external HDD. Cheers for any info on this. If there is another way that you would go about doing this, I'd love to hear!
  2. haha. the old compy that card was in has been having random freezes, but not even all that often. i'm surprised that it's still been running! :o (mind you, it's not used for anything other than web browsing and TV/video viewing.) well after the failed attempt to test some different video cards in my new system, i just went and picked up a new 4870 yesterday. popped that in last night (and tidied up a mess of cables from the rushed initial setup...) and everything went a-ok. sweeeet. now i'm wondering what to do with that old 8800? should i try to take the heatsink off and apply some new thermal compound in an effort to correct any overheating? i'm thinking it can replace that old 9550 in the lounge PC with a few other new parts?
  3. just thought i'd post this up... i thought it was funny. what happens to an old video card when you just leave it in a computer for a few years and don't even look at it... you get a surprise when you finally do. sorry for the bad quality but you get the idea.
  4. well i finally got around to cannibalising another PC around here. that was funny actually... the old 9550 that i took out of our compy in the lounge... i gotta post up a pic tomorrow. haha. anyway that old card didn't even have a connector that i recognized (i've been a Mac person since '02), and it would no work on my current mobo. also of course that old compy it came from had no compatible slots to try the 8800 in... i figure that video card is the problem as well, because of the problems now appearing in the POST screen. well i'm just going to pick up a new video card tomorrow and give that a try. (i figure that the 8800 is old anyway). i'm going to check some benchmarks and reviews etc, but if anyone wants to recommend a high-end gaming card, feel free...
  5. hi all, hoping that someone here will be able to help with a problem i have or at least help to explain some things to me. i've just built a PC last week, with a EP45-DS3P mobo, 8800GTS 320MB vid card and using a couple of 300GB Maxtor hard drives that i had spare. RAM is nothing special - just Kingston 2x 2GB sticks. 550W power supply. now i installed the Windows 7 Beta on the weekend... but even before that i was having troubles with the display just getting all garbled, first when i was playing Fallout 3, and then when i was just browsing the 'net a message would pop up along the lines of "Windows Nvidia driver kernal had an error and has recovered" - the display would flicker on and off, but eventually it would just jam the system or crash. i thought the video card could be overheating, so i took it out, took it apart as much as i could and there was a little bit of dust that i blew out. but then after i put it back in the display problem didn't really get any better... and eventually i couldn't even boot into Windows, it would just garble the login screen. i installed Ubuntu last night - which seemed to go okay... until i activated the Linux Nvidia driver and it just froze... then could not boot Linux either. after that things got worse - there were artifacts appearing on the POST screen, and even when i went F12 to boot from the LiveCD that boot selection screen was getting garbled.... i used the PC in safe mode a little bit last night after that - and it had a bunch of big vertical coloured lines on the screen... i've got pics of some of this stuff that i can post up a bit later from work, if it would be helpful. now the more confusing bit - i checked the diagnostic LEDs on the mobo, and the SATA and IDE LED's were lit up blue. i don't know if they change colour or if lit up just means there's a problem? well i don't even have anything IDE installed, and i swapped the SATA ports around, still the same - unplugged all the SATA connectors from the mobo and rebooted - still the SATA and IDE LEDs were on. and inbetween all of this the PCI LED came on randomly (which again, is not even used, since i have a PCI-E gfx card and no PCI card is installed). also when i started up with all SATA unplugged, the CPU diagnostic LED flashed on briefly. so i was wondering - does it mean anything if those lights flash on briefly, or should they stay on for how long? could it just be the SATA and IDE controllers starting up, causing the LED's to come on? i read another post on here about someone having problems... seems that his problem were related to putting the PC into hibernate, or sleep. I tried this the first night i had it built, and it just came back on straight away. well his solution was to start up without the CMOS battery in, use last known good setting - then shut down - put the battery back in and start up normally and apparently all was well for him. i tried this and made no difference. one last thing - i got this 8800GTS off my bro, his old card. what are the chances that the card is just past it's use by date? he did mention something about some oily stuff on it when he stopped using it... but i don't know what that could be...??? i was going to get a copy of Vista to install, but i'm now thinking that's pointless because of the garbled screen now in POST. well if anyone has any ideas i'd be glad to hear them. even if i can just find out about those diagnostic LEDs. i'm at my wits end here. thanks for any help.