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by Aranarth
Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: weird issue would like your input
Replies: 9
Views: 239

Re: weird issue would like your input

Until I got towards the end of your post I was going to say "PSU", but I guess that has been (mostly) ruled out. Could've been a dead CMOS battery was the original trigger (if you still have the old battery and have a multimeter, check its voltage). Also sounds like whatever you were doin...
by Aranarth
Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: weird issue would like your input
Replies: 9
Views: 239

Re: weird issue would like your input

Can you verify that the PSU fan is spinning? Actually... no. I think I should really double check. I'm not sure if it blows down through the bottom of the case or out the back. And I don't remember there being dust on the dust filter. There is 140mm fan right next to it using the same filter and th...
by Aranarth
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: weird issue would like your input
Replies: 9
Views: 239

weird issue would like your input

my machine: crucial 650watt gigabyte z68xp-ud4 (v1.3) (I upgraded to the latest uefi firmware from 2013 when I got the machine 2 years ago) crucial memory 16gig (4x4gb dimms) 2600k Radeon rx580 8gb. I noticed over the weekend that I was no longer using the 1600mhz memory setting and had dropped to 1...
by Aranarth
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: YALBT (Yet Another LED Bulb Thread)
Replies: 53
Views: 3152

Re: YALBT (Yet Another LED Bulb Thread)

I just had a Feit electric chandelier light bulb go out (the one with the tiny end) 40 watt equiv I think. It had a glass globe (not candle shape) with 4 led "sticks" in it and 2 of the sticks went out. I sent them an email with pics and they sent me two new ones for free. So far it seems ...
by Aranarth
Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:47 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Case selection for silence, on air?
Replies: 25
Views: 794

Re: Case selection for silence, on air?

I highly recommend getting a fan controller. In general: Larger fans running at 50% rpm will move more air and are quieter than smaller fans running at 75% of max rpm. So I recommend getting a case that supports 140mm fans and then tuning with a fan controller. You can ran fans at a fixed 5v or 7v b...
by Aranarth
Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win10 still capable of activating on Win7 keys, apparently...
Replies: 33
Views: 1583

Re: Win10 still capable of activating on Win7 keys, apparently...

Yes those ads are turned on by default, BUT you can turn them all off.

The nice thing about windows is you can customize it!

Stop being so easily offended and move on.
by Aranarth
Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Game Stuttering With FPS Drops After Windows 10 Creators Update
Replies: 22
Views: 1231

Re: Game Stuttering With FPS Drops After Windows 10 Creators Update

Isn't this normal with Skyrim/Fallout especially if you have mods installed? Seems to be an issue with or without mods installed. I did a complete wipe and reinstall of both games about 6 months ago and still had the issue. I've not done it since I upgraded to my Radeon RX 580 gb though. Fallout 4 ...
by Aranarth
Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Game Stuttering With FPS Drops After Windows 10 Creators Update
Replies: 22
Views: 1231

Re: Game Stuttering With FPS Drops After Windows 10 Creators Update

I only seem to have issues with Bethesda software. Both Skyrim SE and Fallout 4 work fine with solid 60fps and then after an hour slowly start getting more and more laggy till I save, close and restart the game then it is fine again. I like the new windows 10 since it shows how much video ram is in ...
by Aranarth
Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:48 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1012
Views: 80050

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Update in the incubator:
We hatched 18 out of 20 eggs.
Running another batch of eggs through right now.

We should have lots of cochin bantams, a couple sebrights, maybe an easter egger, and one or two blue laced red wyandottes.

cute little fuzzballs running around right now, feathering out nicely.
by Aranarth
Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10, unfixable mess
Replies: 16
Views: 727

Re: Windows 10, unfixable mess

Here at work we use mcafee disk encryption (eepc) for win 7 machines and bitlocker for machine running win10. We have had this same or similar issue for certain brands of ssd's (sandisk i think) some of the Dells had to be replace completely, others just needed the drive firmware and system bios upd...
by Aranarth
Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: 1.1.1.1 feels like 127.0.0.1?
Replies: 38
Views: 1847

Re: 1.1.1.1 feels like 127.0.0.1?

I use opendns for content filtering since I have kids.
everyone else is on 9.9.9.9 for a little added security.

Seems to work really well.

I'll take a look at 1.1.1.1
by Aranarth
Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 309
Views: 17623

Re: Video card prices

The price drop is because there's tangible evidence that vastly superior Etherium ASICs are releasing soon. There's still Monaro for miners to waste GPU resources and electricity on, but Etherium miners are the lion's share of the Crypto-mining market right now. And people said that it couldn't be ...
by Aranarth
Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Looking at new laptops - with no idea where to begin
Replies: 22
Views: 803

Re: Looking at new laptops - with no idea where to begin

A couple of basics to get out of the way... My recommended screen resolutions: 14" screen 1600x900 15" screen 1920x1080 Both of these will allow windows to use the native dpi of 96dpi meaning that you don't need to worry about any of the high dpi features in windows which can break older a...
by Aranarth
Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Post Your Old Games!
Replies: 19
Views: 698

Re: Post Your Old Games!

sopwith, incredible machines, kings quest, space quest, wing commander, xwing, commander keen, duke nukem 1, 2, 3d, wolfenstein 3d, quake, blake stone, tyrian, good grief theres a ton of em. oohh!!! Lemmings!
by Aranarth
Thu Mar 29, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: spending only $100 a month on food.
Replies: 209
Views: 4379

Re: spending only $100 a month on food.

I also have chickens (eggs and meat) and bunnies (cuteness and meat). I'd recommend chickens since they can eat just about anything, they poop breakfast, and can even fend for themselves if needed. They are not for the faint of heart! Chickens will eat mice, garter snakes, worms, grubs, pigeons, chi...
by Aranarth
Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Good inexpensive 10" tablets?
Replies: 40
Views: 6073

Re: Good inexpensive 10" tablets?

Any particular reason you don't like the Amazon Fire HD 10?

I'd consider that a good cheap tablet. I have 2 of them in my household (Wife and Mum), including 2 more 7" the kids use.
by Aranarth
Tue Mar 27, 2018 6:51 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Please help laptop LCD monitor goes crazy
Replies: 4
Views: 401

Re: Please help laptop LCD monitor goes crazy

I'd replace the cable from LCD to mainboard first.
The cable is usually cheap and is usually the first thing to go bad. Even though moving the lid has no effect I wonder if some of the lines are partly shorted to ground
by Aranarth
Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Apple working on ARM chips for Macs
Replies: 66
Views: 4632

Re: Apple working on ARM chips for Macs

I put down my laptop, sit down at my desktop and yell "I HAVE THE POWER!!!" while I turn it on... :D
by Aranarth
Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: spending only $100 a month on food.
Replies: 209
Views: 4379

Re: spending only $100 a month on food.

Here in Michigan if you need to cut your food budget then Aldi's is where it's at. :D We do have a farm where we have a 30 x 50 garden and it is well fertilized by bunny droppings and chicken manure. Bunny droppings work well because we use pine shavings or rough sawdust in the litter pans which abs...
by Aranarth
Thu Mar 22, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Snowy Spring, Nor'Easter #4
Replies: 13
Views: 384

Re: Snowy Spring, Nor'Easter #4

Actually we are doing quite well for winter here. Started off DAMN COLD, now it is rather moderate. So it hit rather hard and fast with heavy snow fall and temps at 0F or below but is petering out nicely into spring. So far not one of the worst Michigan winters in the snow belt. Glad you made it thr...
by Aranarth
Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Laptop repair-worthiness
Replies: 4
Views: 518

Re: Laptop repair-worthiness

I do this sort of thing a couple of times a year. In your case I would get a new mainboard and cable. Those surface mount sockets are almost impossible to fix by hand. The cable is usually easy to find and replace. BUT looking on eaby: https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m...
by Aranarth
Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: How do I identify this Startup "Program" in Windows 10?
Replies: 12
Views: 727

Re: How do I identify this Startup "Program" in Windows 10?

Have you tried the Autoruns Sysinternals utility ? It's from Microsoft itself. It shows you the command line being run, and allows you to jump to its location in the registry by double-clicking it. While you're at it, snag the entire Sysinternals Suite, it contains a bunch of useful tools. That wou...
by Aranarth
Thu Mar 15, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Power precision screwdriver
Replies: 45
Views: 2017

Re: Power precision screwdriver

I did use a stripped screw remover on a desktop machine once. The screw was not actually stripped I just couldn't get it to turn.
Dad gave me his screw remover and the electric drill and said "This will work" IT SURE DID! :D
by Aranarth
Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP: Stephen Hawking
Replies: 20
Views: 751

Re: RIP: Stephen Hawking

He got to ride the vomit commet!

Every geek should be jealous of the man.

RIP
by Aranarth
Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The Squirrel Cam!
Replies: 44
Views: 1948

Re: The Squirrel Cam!

When we moved to Snellbrook in Auburn Hills the people we moved in next door to had major issues with squirrels and chipmunks getting into the roof. They had called the exterminator a 1/2 dozen times and wasn't getting rid of them. They were about to call them again right when we moved in. We had a ...
by Aranarth
Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Power precision screwdriver
Replies: 45
Views: 2017

Re: Power precision screwdriver

It's typically not the handle or driver that is the issue but the screw driver bit. Be sure it is the right siz and fits snugly into the screw head. If you put the bit in the head and it sticks then its a good fit. I've had to buy a new phillps bit to back out over tightened screws. The trick with t...
by Aranarth
Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Clicky HDD. Any chance it's normal?
Replies: 19
Views: 1722

Re: Clicky HDD. Any chance it's normal?

kvndoom wrote:
Back it up, send it back for replacement. A clicking noise in a mechanical hard drive is never, ever, not a bad thing.


Nice use of a double negative there!
by Aranarth
Mon Feb 26, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Legal DOS Games
Replies: 8
Views: 604

Re: Legal DOS Games

Doesn't the internet archive have dos games you can play in a browser?
I don't have the exact URL on hand but I'm sure a little bit of googling will find it.
by Aranarth
Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1012
Views: 80050

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Oh and I'm still working on finishing the basement bathroom. Last weekend I finished the vanity lights and wall plug (gfci) and hooked it up to a new breaker in the box. This weekend I installed the taps and drain plug now it just needs to be hooked up to the house plumbing. Need to get more pipe an...
by Aranarth
Mon Feb 26, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1012
Views: 80050

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

How about a unique one? I just fixed a Montgomery Ward's (remember them?) model 20 egg incubator. It is likely 80 years old. The fan motor on it was spinning but was badly vibrating and whirring. I suspect bearing failure along with a marginal stator coil. The fan stirs the air inside the box, it do...
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