SATA II Connection Issues

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If you plan to run Windows XP or Linux on two (or more) striped RAID SATA II disks make sure you use cables with metal latches. Fan and other vibrations can loosen the SATA connection from motherboard or controller card, and if you striped (RAID level 0) the drives that also contain your operation system then the loss of one drive due to a bad connection will cause the disk to drop out of the array and you will get the no OS is recognized by the system error message on reboot or startup.

Test by opening your box after getting the No OS error message:

  1. Turn OFF computer
  2. Open case
  3. Reset SATA cables at Motherboard or controller and at Hard Disks
  4. Turn On computer
  5. If OS boots then you have loose cables; replace with cables with latches

SATA II with Right angle at both ends

If you installed Windows XP or greater, or Linux to a striped (RAID 0) array, you need all disks functioning or the array will fail and you will get the No OS error message. If you did the above test and still get the message try reseating the drive controller card (if you have one) or check the mother board bios to see if raid was turned on. Many motherboard raid setups allow you to change raid settings by prompting a key sequence during boot if you have curious key pushers with access to you computer there is a chance that they could have accidentally reset your raid settings.

Also when choosing cables, If you have more than one SATA device to connect, make sure to get straight to straight connectors, or straight to right angle but not both ends at right angles. You can get cables in 10”, 12”, 18”, 24” and 36”sizes. 10” is usually too short for most systems.

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Kindle Wireless Reading Device

Kindle Wireless Reading Device

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Here is a neat gadget I see it useful for those who travel for extended periods and lack room to carry all the books you would normally read during that time period. It does not let you read PDFs (Adobe Acrobat Reader files). It is far less bulky than your typical laptop and will not heat up your legs the way laptops do as you read.

  • Revolutionary electronic-paper display provides a sharp, high-resolution screen that looks and reads like real paper.
  • Simple to use: no computer, no cables, no syncing.
  • Wireless connectivity enables you to shop the Kindle Store directly from your Kindle—whether you’re in the back of a taxi, at the airport, or in bed.
  • Buy a book and it is auto-delivered wirelessly in less than one minute.
  • More than 88,000 books available, including 100 of 112 current New York Times® Best Sellers.
  • New York Times® Best Sellers and all New Releases $9.99, unless marked otherwise.
  • Free book samples. Download and read first chapters for free before you decide to buy.
  • Top U.S. newspapers including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post; top magazines including TIME, Atlantic Monthly, and Forbes—all auto-delivered wirelessly.
  • Top international newspapers from France, Germany, and Ireland; Le Monde, Frankfurter Allgemeine, and The Irish Times—all auto-delivered wirelessly.
  • More than 250 top blogs from the worlds of business, technology, sports, entertainment, and politics, including BoingBoing, Slashdot, TechCrunch, ESPN’s Bill Simmons, The Onion, Michelle Malkin, and The Huffington Post—all updated wirelessly throughout the day.
  • Lighter and thinner than a typical paperback; weighs only 10.3 ounces.
  • Holds over 200 titles.
  • Long battery life. Leave wireless on and recharge approximately every other day. Turn wireless off and read for a week or more before recharging. Fully recharges in 2 hours.
  • Unlike WiFi, Kindle utilizes the same high-speed data network (EVDO) as advanced cell phones—so you never have to locate a hotspot.
  • No monthly wireless bills, service plans, or commitments—we take care of the wireless delivery so you can simply click, buy, and read.
  • Includes free wireless access to the planet’s most exhaustive and up-to-date encyclopedia—
  • Email your Word documents and pictures (.JPG, .GIF, .BMP, .PNG) to Kindle for easy on-the-go viewing.
  • USB cable included.
  • Power adaptor included.
  • Book cover included.

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Of course Project Gutenberg also offers free books for download to Palm organizers or smart phones but the view screens are not as nice and the selection of books is a lot fewer.

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