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Re: Old rig. Upgrade it or fix it?

Might point out that I learned about the BSEL Xeon mod literally last week -- and mostly because I got my hands on a 5yo Dell dual-Xeon workstation and started researching upgrade options, since the parts are pretty cheap on eBay at this point. I had probably heard about it in some distant past tech...
by ludi
on Wed Jul 30, 2014 3:45 pm
 
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Old rig. Upgrade it or fix it?
Replies: 29
Views: 1853

Re: Dell XPS 410 and upgrade to a SSD?

As a side note, it looks like that XPS 410 will max out at either a Core2Quad Q6700 2.66GHz (quad core) or a Core 2 Extreme X6800 2.93GHz (dual core), either of which can be had for about $50 on eBay.
by ludi
on Wed Jul 30, 2014 3:37 pm
 
Forum: Storage
Topic: Dell XPS 410 and upgrade to a SSD?
Replies: 36
Views: 1460

Re: Creepy beanbag

Obligatory "the things people would rather have than money."
by ludi
on Mon Jul 28, 2014 12:49 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Creepy beanbag
Replies: 2
Views: 337

Re: Old rig. Upgrade it or fix it?

I've had RAM go bad. It doesn't happen often but it can happen.

I tend to agree with the "replace RAM and keep going" point of view, it sounds like you can't beat this system for less than a lot of money. Might be time to start saving for an upgrade in another year or so, though.
by ludi
on Mon Jul 28, 2014 12:46 pm
 
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Old rig. Upgrade it or fix it?
Replies: 29
Views: 1853

Re: Camera reduction options...

My EM-10 kit arrived yesterday. Took a bit of time to get familiar with the menu system, but once I understood how to work the camera, I was able to shoot as proficiently as with my old Canon setup. I like it. The AF is very fast and quiet (an advantage of the small, lightweight optics I suppose), a...
by ludi
on Fri Jul 25, 2014 5:32 pm
 
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Camera reduction options...
Replies: 137
Views: 13760

Re: Headphone measurement stuff

Mikael33 wrote:
ludi wrote:What are the approximate dimensions of your room?

I realized that too after looking at it better heh. My room is about 11x14


Yup. 11 feet is ballpark for a 100Hz wavelength, hence resonance. And apparently you're getting a couple harmonics out of it as well.
by ludi
on Thu Jul 24, 2014 2:45 pm
 
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone measurement stuff
Replies: 20
Views: 1269

Re: Headphone measurement stuff

I notice you've got a strong signal at 50Hz but then dips at the first, second, and third harmonics (100, 200, and 400 Hz). Seems indicative of a standing wave that is out of phase with the source.

Out of curiosity, what are the approximate dimensions of your room?
by ludi
on Wed Jul 23, 2014 11:08 am
 
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone measurement stuff
Replies: 20
Views: 1269

Re: Power Issues

Power supply, most likely. Either it took damage in the storm before you unplugged it, or else there was a failure mode beginning to form somewhere inside it, and the disconnect/reconnect process brought it to your attention. Either of the UPS choices JohnC recommend sound good. Avoid Tripp-Lite; so...
by ludi
on Tue Jul 22, 2014 9:37 am
 
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Power Issues
Replies: 11
Views: 445

Re: Necessary to re-install Windows in this situation?

I recently mentioned this in another, similar thread: About two weeks ago I decomissioned an HTPC machine that started life as a Win7 Home (64-bit) install on an AMD/nForce/ATi setup and was then upgraded in-place to Windows 8 Pro, and moved it to an Intel box, because I couldn't upgrade the AMD sys...
by ludi
on Mon Jul 21, 2014 3:53 pm
 
Forum: Windows
Topic: Necessary to re-install Windows in this situation?
Replies: 24
Views: 1782

Re: For those who think RAM prices are high..

I recall prices much higher than the ones listed: ~$250 per 4MB SIMM. Amusingly I'd note that Crucial still sells 32MB EDO • Non-parity • 60ns • 5V • 8Meg x 32 SIMMs for $45.99. One interesting category of devices that can still use that memory: Printers that have been kicking around for a long tim...
by ludi
on Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:28 am
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: For those who think RAM prices are high..
Replies: 24
Views: 1134

Re: Camera reduction options...

The deed is done. Sold the last of my Canon lenses on eBay this week and placed the order for an OM-D E-M10 and 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 lens at a combined price of $999 (plus misc accessories). A substantial downgrade from what I was using, but we shall see if I use it more often.
by ludi
on Fri Jul 18, 2014 3:08 am
 
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Camera reduction options...
Replies: 137
Views: 13760

Re: P7P55D-E Pro and win 8.1

Don't even worry about it. I have Windows 8.1 (64-bit) running fine on two old Dell Optiplex 780 workstations with Core2 Quad Q9400 processors, using default drivers. One of those was a clean install. The other was originally set up as a Win7 Home (64-bit) install on a Socket 939 AMD board with an N...
by ludi
on Thu Jul 17, 2014 12:43 pm
 
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: P7P55D-E Pro and win 8.1
Replies: 9
Views: 651

Re: Forced camera switch - bah

I'm looking at B&H. They have a combo discount on an E-M10 and the f/2.8 Pro that keeps the body at $699 but takes an extra $100 off the lens, which comes in $70 cheaper than Amazon. Unless Amazon has a bundle deal that I'm missing.
by ludi
on Wed Jul 16, 2014 3:56 pm
 
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Forced camera switch - bah
Replies: 6
Views: 744

Re: Your motherboard that had the most CPU upgrades

ThatStupidCat wrote:I've never upgraded a CPU mainly because of microshaft windows.

Now windows tic-toc seems to be speeding up which is making me want to look into a different OS for things that are not critical for work.

I don't follow. What does Windows have to do with not upgrading a CPU?
by ludi
on Wed Jul 16, 2014 11:51 am
 
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Your motherboard that had the most CPU upgrades
Replies: 63
Views: 4130

Re: Another spectacular Seagate failure.....

"Now featuring automatic secure data erasure at product EOL."
by ludi
on Wed Jul 16, 2014 11:49 am
 
Forum: Storage
Topic: Another spectacular Seagate failure.....
Replies: 58
Views: 2754

Re: Forced camera switch - bah

Interesting...I sold half of my Canon kit on Craigslist and the rest should clear eBay by the end of the week. Then it's time to order the Olympus kit. Unfortunately I just sank a small fortune into a car engine replacement so although I still plan to pick up the E-M10, I'm not sure if I can swing t...
by ludi
on Wed Jul 16, 2014 11:31 am
 
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Forced camera switch - bah
Replies: 6
Views: 744

Re: PC off, still speaker hum?

Does the system use a conventional (analog) plug from the computer audio connector to the speaker system? (I.e., not USB or optical-digital)? If so, it may have come loose or developed a bad connection at one end.
by ludi
on Mon Jul 14, 2014 6:37 pm
 
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: PC off, still speaker hum?
Replies: 10
Views: 2867

Re: Recovering data from an Andriod tablet.

Sounds like the file system has become corrupted -- how long have you been using this tablet? If it's old or heavily used, the flash memory may be going ka-put.
by ludi
on Mon Jul 14, 2014 10:40 am
 
Forum: Storage
Topic: Recovering data from an Andriod tablet.
Replies: 2
Views: 414

Re: Son off to college with laptop: Win 7 or Win 8.1?

Actually, if Win8+1 or Win8+2 turns out to be popular, they will try to push those instead. So I would not count on 7 enjoying the same leniency as XP. They can try to push whatever they want but they can't afford to lose the business market, especially now that mobile devices are taking over in th...
by ludi
on Sun Jul 13, 2014 1:53 am
 
Forum: Windows
Topic: Son off to college with laptop: Win 7 or Win 8.1?
Replies: 44
Views: 2432

Re: Your motherboard that had the most CPU upgrades

In general, I can't think of any motherboard I owned that ever had more than one CPU upgrade during its primary active life. Sometimes I pulled things out of storage later to modify or play around if I stumbled across some old hardware in a recycle pile or what-not, but IIRC my "main" syst...
by ludi
on Fri Jul 11, 2014 12:41 pm
 
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Your motherboard that had the most CPU upgrades
Replies: 63
Views: 4130

Re: Mineral Oil Cooling

Mineral oil immersion is a reasonably effective cooling method (commonly used on high-voltage electrical equipment) but also messy and requires appropriate containment. If you want to experiment with it, an aquarium has been done before, and is recommended. And, obviously, don't use any hardware tha...
by ludi
on Thu Jul 10, 2014 6:55 pm
 
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Mineral Oil Cooling
Replies: 12
Views: 832

Re: Sorry? Pardon? What's that?

Rest your ears for a spell -- avoid loud noises, or even moderate noises that persist for an extended period, and get a good night's rest for the next few days. Hopefully, the damage is minor as suggested by the others. However, don't be surprised if the tinitus persists for a few days, possibly eve...
by ludi
on Thu Jul 10, 2014 6:35 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Sorry? Pardon? What's that?
Replies: 7
Views: 342

Re: dymt reloaded

Not a great summer business-wise. We hired one last week and fired a different one this week due to a shift in workload, a friend of mine saw five sent packing in his <25-person local office on Tuesday, and another friend has been dreading a layoff announcement since January which, as of last week, ...
by ludi
on Thu Jul 10, 2014 1:16 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 22930
Views: 1639513

Re: Son off to college with laptop: Win 7 or Win 8.1?

Support for Windows 7 ends in January 2020 (meaning, most importantly, no security patches after that). It's honestly not that uncommon for people to hold onto systems for 5 years or longer. Knowing that, I really feel like you have to go with Windows 8.1 at this point, unless its your own and you ...
by ludi
on Wed Jul 09, 2014 1:52 pm
 
Forum: Windows
Topic: Son off to college with laptop: Win 7 or Win 8.1?
Replies: 44
Views: 2432

Re: Son off to college with laptop: Win 7 or Win 8.1?

Now that large IT departments are standardizing on Win7 and most mainstream software programs are being updated appropriately, Win7 is probably the better bet for the next few years, similar to how XP long out-survived Vista.

But in general, Win8 is not going to break anything that runs on Win7.
by ludi
on Tue Jul 08, 2014 3:10 pm
 
Forum: Windows
Topic: Son off to college with laptop: Win 7 or Win 8.1?
Replies: 44
Views: 2432

Re: I need to vent!

My turn: It's 2014 and UPS doesn't have an app that allows you to GPS-locate the truck with your package on it. There's an app, but it doesn't track the trucks. If you have a tracking number you should be able to track the physical location of the package. You still have to wait for it to arrive at...
by ludi
on Mon Jul 07, 2014 3:58 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I need to vent!
Replies: 47
Views: 2153

Re: Good HDMI Switch

Depending on how many devices need to be switched and where, you might have better luck using an HDMI-enabled receiver as the HDMI switch. It is already an HDCP licensed device and will usually have fewer issues with source switching compared to a set-top switch.
by ludi
on Mon Jul 07, 2014 1:13 pm
 
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Good HDMI Switch
Replies: 13
Views: 1266

Re: USB Device Not Recognized

Look for an internally-installed USB device such as a Memory Card reader that might be loose or malfunctioning, and look for USB ports that are really sloppy or have cracked/loose pieces inside. Both of those can cause all kinds of weirdness that may come and go depending on how recently the defecti...
by ludi
on Mon Jul 07, 2014 12:32 pm
 
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: USB Device Not Recognized
Replies: 19
Views: 5371

Re: Requiescat in pace, DFI LanParty NF4 Ultra

just brew it! wrote:
anotherengineer wrote:I have one sitting in a box, want it?

He retired it because it was obsolete, not because it died.

Yup. The board was still working fine, apart from the chipset fan being demon possessed. But the fan never really ran after boot because I wasn't using the onboard graphics.
by ludi
on Mon Jul 07, 2014 11:48 am
 
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Requiescat in pace, DFI LanParty NF4 Ultra
Replies: 8
Views: 1188

Requiescat in pace, DFI LanParty NF4 Ultra

A fond goodbye to one of the most reliable motherboards I have ever owned. For about six years it successively hosted an Athlon FX-55 followed by an Opteron 180 as my primary machine, then spent three more as a home theater PC. Though hosting a 64-bit OS for nearly half that time, it was crippled in...
by ludi
on Sat Jul 05, 2014 6:13 pm
 
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Requiescat in pace, DFI LanParty NF4 Ultra
Replies: 8
Views: 1188
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