I think one reason for fewer posts is the result of the MB manufacturers getting their boards out the door with better drivers than 10-12 years ago. I can remember when the K7M came out there were problems but the A8N series of boards when overclocked too far the bios could get damaged to the point of having to order a new programmed bios chip. That problem happened on other boards besides ASUS. It was also easy for someone who used the wrong cpu cooler to chip off a corner of the cpu which could make it inoperable. The message boards here were hopping in those days. I think Microsoft has helped to eliminate errors by shipping a lot of drivers with the OS. Windows XP and WIndows 7 have made it easy to install the OS and there have been fewer blue screens. It seems like today I can buy memory from several different vendors and it works great. Video cards and drivers seem to be much more compatible these days. I also think a lot of people have become more experienced with building a PC so they don't need the help like they used to. If you look at some of the active forums on the interenet they're usually fighting over videos card vendors or games.
I will say one thing about this site I like. Anyone can ask a question or provide help and it's always in a friendly way. It doesn't happen like that on every hardware forum on the interent.
I agree with the better hardware/driver theory.
A few years ago you could come in hourly and see a lot of new posts. Now you can check weekly and be caught up in short order.
I have learned a heck of a lot about computers here and have helped a few get their equipment running correctly.
Thanks to the manufactures we are all experiencing a lot less problems.
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If you are progressing and not just sitting still things will change.
I look back on "The good old day's" on this forum with fond memories.
There was hardly a day that passed when there wasnt someone you could try and help get their system running/stable and for that I thank Ryan and the rest of the staff for providing this place for us all to get together and learn from one another.
As for the name change: Give it up allready!!! The decision was not yours to make, you gots to pay the cost to be the boss.
My days of tinkering with hardware ended some time ago as different life responsibilities and events have a way of adjusting your priorities .
Most of the computer issues I deal with are all virus/internet security related.
I do alot of remote login and repairs all over the country and it is a very rare occasion to have someone with hardware issues.
Also, to me hardware has gotten much more stable, and software driver and compatability is pretty much automatic these days..
I sure loved the energy here when this place was rockin back in the day and its good to see some of you and remember the names.
Lets just remember all the fine times we have been blessed with having here.
By the way, If you prefer ambmb.com. go to your CP and select legacy, Nice green and grey.
I too miss the old days, so many problems, chipset drivers, overclockable bioses, problems with video driver updates , not to mention bad capacitors. All problems of the past. Even in the K8 days, (when I joined up) most problems were related to the chipset, ie a solution that worked for one manufacturers board would work on another if it had the same chipset. Not many noticed as they were in their own board forum.
Those were heady days, learning how to deal with all that new hardware, dual channels, AGP2 to pci-e, bios based overclocking and memory settings. They are still using the same methods now, and most new people in pc's either don't know or care, or the boards just overclock themselves now adays. Most people know their way around now, and problems are much rarer
Not sorry that brothergc left, his impatience is legendary, maybe 20 boards the last few years, lately though he has been perfectly happy with his purchases. He doesn't need us any more, but I hope he has fun and passes on what he learned here elsewhere.
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I still have my gigabyte NF2 board......may just have to put it back in service some day.
It hasnt been that long ago that I finally was able to move up to a multi core stystem and Pci-e video.
And like was stated earlier overclocking is not a consideration for me any more, these days I just need my computers to work when I tell them to
Sure were some good times though and a wealth of knowledge was obtained from being part of that whole era in computing hardware.
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I certainly agree that the reliability and speed of systems has increased so much that there is just not much to "bitch" about any longer!
These forums were full of overclocking failures, beta bios's, modded cpu's, etc, just to get that last bit of performance out of the rig. Now with most cpus starting at the 3-gig mark, the need to overclock is much less, except for extreme users.
I built my current rig 2 1/2 years ago, with a Phenom 2 940, and it still does everything I want it to. I have upgraded the vid card a few times, and recently went with a SSD for the boot drive, but it is almost boring.