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post #1 of 11
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1) Is the only difference betweem OEM and Retail that OEM just comes with the chip and Retail comes with the box, heatsink, and fan? (For purchase decision)

2) I need to know how to make a bootable CD. I have nero for my CD burning software.

3) I need to know how to DL, setup, run memtest etc.

For #2 I have googled it and looked around but all the google hits I got were really confusing.

For #3 I'm sure there is a post about memtest that I can find with a simple search or something but I haven't looked yet and though while I'm asking these other two noob questions why not throw this 3rd one in here.

ps. I will also look for my own answer to #3 by doing a search. I'm not 100% lazy.
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post #2 of 11
1. Most of the time yes, but also OEM can effect the warranty.
2. If you mean to install something like linux you will need the file and anything that can burn an iso image.
3. There is a bootdisk and regular version of memtest. You could run the regular one, if not i think the other is just a dos cd that you burn.
    
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post #3 of 11
1. OEM warranty is minimal, Retail is usually 3 years.
2. Check the options, there will be a "Bootable" option in Nero when burning a CD.
3. See the Downloads section Get the ISO and burn it as an image and you will get the "ISO" file option and that will auto burn the disk to a bootable CD.
    
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post #4 of 11
#3 memtest be downloaded off their site ... just burn to a cd or to a floppy and set in bios to boot from what ever you put it on.

#2 what kind of a bootable cd do you want?

#1 OEM is just the chip and usually a 90day warranty vs retail with a 1 year. retail has the heat sink and etc;
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post #5 of 11
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Thanks for the help guys.

As for the type of bootable CD I plan to go buy some CDRW's and just make a BOOTCD that has all the "required" files on it. Then from there I would erase or add what I needed to any time I need a boot CD.

ex. Would be
1) Using Memtest as a BootCD (I'll just make a CDR for this off the site)
2) Flashing new bios's for my video card with NiBiTor (instead of making 10cdr's to test different bios flashes / OC settings)
3) Anything else I may need a BootCD for.

I'll have to play around with NERO tomorrow.
Maybe I can just choose bootCD from nero and add my new files each time?
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post #7 of 11
1. OEM warranty tends to be a year max, while retail tends to be 3 years or more.

3. Go to the Memtest website, download it, burn it to disc
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post #9 of 11
Some burning packages also offer a "system" disc version, where boot files and/or some other junk is added. I've never needed, because every disk I needed to boot was just an ISO I was burning.
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post #10 of 11
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How do you guys flash your video card bios's with your new OC settings then? Or do you just use AtiTool and set them manually each time you log on?
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