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Graphics Card Failure – Sapphire 4870 X2

Sapphire HD 4870 X2 2G GDDR5 PCI-E

Well, it looks like my graphics card bit the dust with only one year of light usage. I was running a Sapphire Radeon 4870 X2, which was a nice video card for the time that it was operational. It probably wasn’t worth the investment considering the Radeon HD 5xxx series was right around the corner with massive improvements in throttling and Direct X 11 support, but the Radeon 4870 X2 was still a very powerful, brute force graphics card.

I just put in a few support tickets. Hopefully Sapphire customer support will get back to me in a timely manner with some pleasant news. Maybe 10 years ago or even 5 years ago, but these days you just don’t expect to see this type of hardware failure.

For those of you that would like to follow along with the progress or are curious about what happened to my graphics card, here’s the contents of the support tickets:

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Forcing Windows to Startup with Caps Lock and Num Lock

On my previous post “Forcing Windows to Search within Unknown File Extensions” I demonstrated a way to make changes to the Windows registry using a batch file. In this post I will demonstrate how to make a change using a “.reg” file and the Windows Registry Editor.

Last year while working at a previous employer, a question was brought up:

« The first thing I do when I turn my computer on is turn on Caps Lock and Num Lock. How can I easily get my computer to automatically set Caps Lock and Num Lock? »

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Forcing Windows to Search Within a File of Unknown Extension

Last year while working at a previous employer, a question was brought up:

« We have these program files of the .min file extension and we want to be able to search within them using a Windows search. We’re told it’s not possible even though they are simply text files. Do you know of a way to get Windows to search inside these files? »

Actually I do, because it’s quite possible.  =)

Here’s a brief summary of what I had explained that day:

« The “.min” files were nothing more than just plain text files but with a file extension that would be recognized by a hardware controller. It’s the same thing as opening up notepad and saving a file in the “.min” extension rather than the standard “.txt” extension.

Windows uses something called a registry that keeps track of important instructions, including how it handles file extensions. This is how Windows knows what program to run when a certain file is accessed, for instance Internet Explorer for “.html” files or Photo Viewer for “.jpg” files.

What we need to do is create an instruction in the Windows registry to understand how to handle these “.min” files. »

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