Upgrade Time Again

Well, I guess it had to happen. My computer gave up the ghost.

Well, okay, it didn't really. I just found a single app that it couldn't handle. Namely, Adobe Premiere Pro. I didn't know this at the time, but apparently it requires SSE instructions to work - and apparently, the AMD 1400+ that I bought a couple of years ago doesn't support this.

So now my wallet is considerably lighter... I went out and got a 3.2GHz P4 (1mb cache), with DDR TWINX1024-3200XL extra low latency Corsair Platinum RAM, and an Asus P4C800 motherboard.

Well, at least the software runs now.

One thing I'm going to miss, however, is the ability to use Wake On Lan to kick my machine when I'm at work. (This way, my apartment doesn't turn into a heat bath thanks to the output of the computer in the summer... although it's almost welcome in the winter).

I wrote my own little app to create the right magic packets, broadcast them over the LAN from outside of it and everything. Worked great. But apparently this mobo doesn't support it.

Damnit. To fry or not to fry, that is the question.

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Simon Cooke is an occasional video game developer, ex-freelance journalist, screenwriter, film-maker, musician, and software engineer in Seattle, WA.

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Anonymous wrote on Sunday, March 6, 2005:

Hi, I also have an Asus p4c800e mobo and I also wanted to make WoL work on it but can’t find a way.

I see that you say that this mobo doesn’t support WoL. Is it really true? Weren’t you able to make it work since the time you wrote this comment?

Thanks [makaroni (at) viol (dot) net]

Simon Cooke wrote on Sunday, March 6, 2005:

Well, I actually have a P4C800 Deluxe - not the E version which is (or so I’ve heard) considerably different.

I might be able to get WoL to work; I need to go through the BIOS again though.

Anonymous wrote on Monday, March 7, 2005:

Hi, I don’t think the “E” makes much of a difference for WoL support. I have made some progress in trying to make it work and so far I can make it work as long as the computer is in Standby mode, not shutdown.

While being in standby, I can send a magic packet to it and then it will wake up. The Intel NIC, that’s onboard, has some properties that can be adjusted, via OS software, like being able to wake up with a mere ping or with only a magic packet, so on.

As far as I can understand the (horrible) user manual, there are in the BIOS some settings that can be enabled, but none has to do with the onboard NIC, and I think that that explains why the mobo has to be in Standby state to be able to wake up, if using the onboard NIC.

If using a real PCI NIC, I think that we should enable Power On By PCI Devices, in BIOS and then the NIC should support WoL. Anyway, my mobo has no connection from a NIC to the board, as my old mobo has, that I suppose would be necessary to make a NIC wake up the mobo.

So, so far, only when in Standby, which is not really what I wanted. I wanted to be able to wake the computer up from shutdown state.

makaroni …

Anonymous wrote on Thursday, July 14, 2005:

Power Mac G5 with Final Cut Pro when you get serious.

-SteveJack ;-)

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