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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: 269

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: 18
Views: 943

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: 978

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: 136
Views: 12874

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: 508

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: 5
Views: 494

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: 3280

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: 2459

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: 5
Views: 494

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: 1722

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: 365

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: 2194

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: 3280

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: 784

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: 312

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: 22926
Views: 1634605

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: 2194

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: 2194

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: 1925

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: 12
Views: 1112

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: 4175

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: 1148

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: 1148

Re: dymt reloaded

Well, that was unexpected...helping out our remote IT department by running DBAN on some older and fairly pedstrian-looking Dells that were identified for decommissioning, and what do I discover under the hood? Q9400s with VelociRaptors. Hawt dawg.
by ludi
on Mon Jun 30, 2014 12:55 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 22926
Views: 1634605

Re: dymt reloaded

Well...if you like ginger... :D

The finished product can be substituted for pineapple juice in a pina collada recipe (basically, mix it with chopped ice, cream of coconut, and rum to suit) with really good results, too.
by ludi
on Fri Jun 27, 2014 11:24 am
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 22926
Views: 1634605

Re: dymt reloaded

Care to share the recipe? I love ginger beer, but Blenhiem is expensive and hard to find and nothing else comes quite close... Asked and answered: Approximately 1/4 pound fresh ginger root 2 tablespoons lime juice 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar 12 cups (3 quarts) plus 1/4 cup water 2 1/4-ounce packag...
by ludi
on Fri Jun 27, 2014 10:46 am
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 22926
Views: 1634605

Re: dymt reloaded

Thanks. I wonder if a candymaker's hydrometer can be used this way. The wife is a food nerd and might have future uses for it after I get bored with this line of experimentation.
by ludi
on Thu Jun 26, 2014 9:26 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 22926
Views: 1634605

Re: Why are modern PSUs put on the floor of the case?

and, you clearly wanted the power switch on top, not facing the floor. Thus... a new standard was born. Most later AT desktop cases, and pretty much all AT tower cases, had a power switch harnessed to the front panel. Intel did away with that in the ATX spec, since a combination of high-voltage saf...
by ludi
on Thu Jun 26, 2014 9:22 pm
 
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Why are modern PSUs put on the floor of the case?
Replies: 36
Views: 2960

Re: dymt reloaded

How is final alcohol content measured? Hygrometer?
by ludi
on Thu Jun 26, 2014 12:55 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 22926
Views: 1634605

Re: dymt reloaded

Care to share the recipe? I love ginger beer, but Blenhiem is expensive and hard to find and nothing else comes quite close... Sure, I'll need to go look it up. Just make sure to buy bulk ginger at an Asian foods store, it tends to be greatly overpriced at chain supermarkets. Bread yeast is also li...
by ludi
on Thu Jun 26, 2014 12:07 pm
 
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: dymt reloaded
Replies: 22926
Views: 1634605
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