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    Minimum Word Length in Search

    Okay so what's up with this minimum word length in the forum search engine? It makes it almost impossible to search for some very useful things like:

    AMD
    any number < 1000
    P4, P3
    CPU
    GPU
    AGP
    GNU
    VIA
    PCI
    ISA
    XP (for either the Athlon or the OS)

    anyone else care to add any?

    There are so many abbreviations, and we're apparently hosed by not being able to search for them.

    Is there some way this can be fixed?

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    Ya wanna find XP?
    In the search, enter *XP*
    Use the asterisk as kind of a "wildcard".
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    That and many other things are also listed here:
    http://forum.oc-forums.com/vb/showth...hreadid=122094

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    Forgive my ignorance.

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    For each Char we decrease the minimun, it ads about 500MB+ to the Database. Space is at a premium as we cannot afford any additional space.

    As LutaWicasa said, Use * in your searches. Has the same result.
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    Originally posted by skip
    For each Char we decrease the minimun, it ads about 500MB+ to the Database. Space is at a premium as we cannot afford any additional space.

    As LutaWicasa said, Use * in your searches. Has the same result.
    And think of how long it would take you guys to redo the database entries, LOL. With so many posts on the boards it would probably take days.

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    Off topic.... I like the avatar Superman.

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    Okay I'm trying to do a search that has the number '2' in it. I've tried using 2***, *2**, **2*, and ***2. It won't work, it says that it doesn't meet the minimum lenght. Any suggestions?

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    I'm gonna say that you can only have one wildcard on either side. So...make it something else is about all I can suggest.

    Incidentally, that would be a completely unhelpful search, since that would return every single post that had the number 2 in it, even if it weren't by itself (eg 20).

    So, you'd get a HUGE number of hits, and wouldn't really narrow the amount of information down much.
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    I was trying to find a thread that I know I've seen where someone was asking about having 2 NICs installed on their computer.

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    So maybe search for 2 AND NIC?

    Or better yet NIC...you'll get far fewer results with just NIC than with 2.
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