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by ludi
Thu May 24, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Good speaker for ZxR
Replies: 33
Views: 717

Re: Good speaker for ZxR

I'm not sure if motherboard designers have gotten better at doing audio, or if the move to more motherboard PCB layers is responsible for the improvement. Probably some of both. On the source side, audio solutions in general seem to have peaked in the past 10-ish years. Factory car stereos, motherb...
by ludi
Thu May 24, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Computer cannot connect to network
Replies: 14
Views: 456

Re: Computer cannot connect to network

I had to reinstall Win10 on a co-workers' laptop this week. The internal WiFi chip is fried (cant turn it on) so I've got him using a Linksys USB WiFi dongle . When formatting, Win10 install didn't seem to notice that the internal WiFi wasn't working (I think Win10 sees the chip, but the chip is bl...
by ludi
Thu May 24, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Amazon Locker weirdness
Replies: 52
Views: 16111

Re: Amazon Locker weirdness

Well the thing that keeps coming to my mind is, can you really patent the shape of a building. You can, sort of, if it has a unique function that you describe very specifically. I skimmed the application, it has three independent claims (i.e. three basic statements could be the foundation of a cour...
by ludi
Thu May 24, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2881
Views: 110158

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Man, I must not be important enough, or maybe I'm expendable, but I've just never done 14-hour days as punishment for using a day or two of vacation time. My boss is pretty good about making sure we don't burn ourselves out. Consulting. We live or die by the billable hour, which has tradeoffs. The ...
by ludi
Thu May 24, 2018 2:31 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2881
Views: 110158

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

The best part of being senior staff in the office AND taking an extended holiday weekend, is getting to do five days' work in three. Thankfully my wife and Sir Cranks-a-Lot were shipped out of town Sunday night so that the other grandparents could pour out their love (read: free babysitting) on our ...
by ludi
Thu May 24, 2018 2:09 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Car accident, what is insurance's responsibility?
Replies: 34
Views: 788

Re: Car accident, what is insurance's responsibility?

Thanks so much to you all for your answers and experiences. You've all been very helpful. I think our progress forward should be to get the police report first. Can't hurt to have it. Yes, and as a side note for future reference, always file a police report if you ever receive damage to a rental ca...
by ludi
Wed May 23, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Car accident, what is insurance's responsibility?
Replies: 34
Views: 788

Re: Car accident, what is insurance's responsibility?

In my state, the at-fault driver (or his insurance) must cover all repairs and injuries, and the other party doesn't need to worry about deductibles at all. .... If I am not fully or partially responsible for the accident, I pay nothing. Well, now we're talking about two different things. One is wh...
by ludi
Wed May 23, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Car accident, what is insurance's responsibility?
Replies: 34
Views: 788

Re: Car accident, what is insurance's responsibility?

Anyone who has dealt with another party's insurance company knows that it's almost always a nightmare. They will jerk you around at every turn, try to send you to shoddy repair shops who do lousy work, and string everything out for as long as possible. It's not worth the time or aggravation. If she...
by ludi
Wed May 23, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Good speaker for ZxR
Replies: 33
Views: 717

Re: Good speaker for ZxR

Quick take: If you want it to work straight out of the box, anything Chrispy listed would be on my short list. If you want the best bang for buck and enjoy (or at least don't mind) the Ikea approach, the Parts Express kit DPete27 posted is unbeatable. I haven't used that exact kit but I have used th...
by ludi
Fri May 18, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1082
Views: 87767

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Put me down as a SpeedQueen True Believer: https://i.imgur.com/0hswsYO.jpg https://i.imgur.com/LCYSowu.jpg It's the details that really make this thing: thick stainless steel drum, stainless steel door hinges, fully sealed lint trap, courtesy light...and it's relatively quiet and seems to be well-ba...
by ludi
Fri May 18, 2018 12:59 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1082
Views: 87767

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

New SpeedQueen dryer is supposed to arrive tomorrow between 10a-12p! Tonight I finished rebuilding the dryer vent from the old foil setup to a semi-rigid aluminum duct with a plastic attachment collar. The old vent could have been either flame-rated foil, or mylar, I wasn't quite sure which. Tonight...
by ludi
Thu May 17, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1082
Views: 87767

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Aside: There's a town (Geneva, IL) about 20 miles from here that RO treats their municipal water supply. I shudder to think what their local property taxes or water bill looks like (depending on how they're paying for that). RO isn't cheap. Brighton, Colorado installed an RO system roughly twenty y...
by ludi
Thu May 17, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2881
Views: 110158

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Hauling back 24 lbs of Hawaiian varietal (macadamia nut blossom) honey in your checked luggage gets your bag opened and searched by the TSA. Just found the "we opened your bag and went through the contents" love note... It says the bag was "randomly selected", but I'd be willing...
by ludi
Thu May 17, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1082
Views: 87767

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I'm starting to form a theory of collective consciousness among home and garden appliances, based on the tendency toward sympathetic failures in response to a major loss elsewhere in the colony. Latest field research: in between purchasing a replacement dryer Tuesday and the pending delivery Friday,...
by ludi
Tue May 15, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1082
Views: 87767

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Can't you just run it through a filter versus a softener? I'd rather just remove the contaminants rather than replace them with other additives. For reference, we bought our current house with a full-functional water softener which I took out on day 7 of owning the house. This thread has reminded m...
by ludi
Tue May 15, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2881
Views: 110158

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

MileageMayVary wrote:
paulWTAMU wrote:
two sets of stitches in my foot last night (3 and 4). On the week I'm moving. They used the dissolving ones so at least I don't have to get them pulled later.

Frigging kid's toys man.


What did you step on?

Obviously, a Lego brick. He's lucky to still have his foot.
by ludi
Tue May 15, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1082
Views: 87767

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Try showering out of a Michigan well and you will change your tune. I would probably go through a bar of soap a day trying to shower without a softener. :wink: Been there, done that, smelled the iron and sulfur. Every stroke of the washcloth exfoliates another layer of skin and hair because the soa...
by ludi
Sun May 13, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Ticking and Popping Sound
Replies: 52
Views: 3221

Re: Ticking and Popping Sound

So far, so good. There is a big difference. There's a slight pop every now and again, but it's much better. So, it seems the problem was the PCI sound card after all. Oddly, I had no issues with it in my old system, which also ran Win7-64. I'm not sure what is causing issues in the current system. ...
by ludi
Sat May 12, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1082
Views: 87767

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

...aaaaannndd the Kenmore (Whirlpool) dryer is broken. Based on today's disassembly and troubleshooting, it's not the motor, heater, relays, or any of the thermostats or sensors. Probably the control board, but given the age of this unit, I think that a control board replacement would only be good m...
by ludi
Sat May 12, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Ticking and Popping Sound
Replies: 52
Views: 3221

Re: Ticking and Popping Sound

So far, so good. There is a big difference. There's a slight pop every now and again, but it's much better. So, it seems the problem was the PCI sound card after all. Oddly, I had no issues with it in my old system, which also ran Win7-64. I'm not sure what is causing issues in the current system. ...
by ludi
Sat May 12, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1082
Views: 87767

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I replaced the headlamp on the motorcycle with an LED unit. It took much more effort than I was anticipating, namely due to the heat sink on the back of the LED preventing the lock ring from engaging. In the end, I had to grind away a couple tabs on the lock ring in order to get it in place. So far...
by ludi
Sat May 12, 2018 2:09 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1082
Views: 87767

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

My replacement latch piece arrived for the center console of the '98 Camry we keep around as a spare car, courtesy of eBay. The car is old enough that the latch was integrated into the structure of the lid. Naturally, there were some extra bits of plastic broken once I got the cover disassembled, bu...
by ludi
Sat May 12, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: AMD FirePro W5100
Replies: 8
Views: 1038

Re: AMD FirePro W5100

Ended up flipping it on eBay, went for $162+S/H, will net about $135 from the sale after fees. Definitely not my worst day ever, since that helps pay for some of the hardware costs I sunk to refurbish a couple laptops. In the meantime, that same rescue pile included an Asus card that turned out to b...
by ludi
Sat May 12, 2018 1:34 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Upgrading from an HD 7850
Replies: 14
Views: 614

Re: Upgrading from an HD 7850

How difficult is it to switch from AMD to NVIDIA from a drivers standpoint without reinstalling windows and the games, etc? If you're running Windows 10, it will literally do it for you. Shut down, swap cards, reboot. Assuming a good Internet connection, Windows will download and install the driver...
by ludi
Fri May 11, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Need Advice Adobe Laptop
Replies: 5
Views: 508

Re: Need Advice Adobe Laptop

I'm actually surprised that 6GB was enough in the previous configuration. 8GB is usually my min spec for any laptop I refurbish now. It's pretty easy to fill up a solid GB by just keeping several Chrome tabs open.
by ludi
Tue May 08, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New futureproof C2Q rig: Please advise!
Replies: 61
Views: 5447

Re: New futureproof C2Q rig: Please advise!

My point is - AFAIR my previous upgrade (it was Athlon XP-M -> C2Q) it was a HUGE leap. I just find it interesting I there's no such huge difference between my 10-years-old PC and other modern PCs I am working on. It is still perfectly usable! Uh, well, I guess if you're not using it for anything m...
by ludi
Sat May 05, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: While we're all worshiping AMD because FREEDOM!
Replies: 8
Views: 877

Re: While we're all worshiping AMD because FREEDOM!

Well Asrock claims there for Gaming but what is with the M1? Double Ball Bearings Fan Design? Video output limited to only DVI-D? Ding-ding-ding, we have a winner. Looks like the line was being targeted exclusively at compute applications, and stripped down to the point they would be worthless to a...
by ludi
Sat May 05, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrade path?
Replies: 11
Views: 787

Re: Upgrade path?

If your motherboard supports it (and beware, my Asus board did not when I tried to upgrade; the Asus website claimed it did, but the early board revision said no dice and refused to POST), you can pick up a used i7-3770 for about $50 on eBay or an i7-3770K for about $100. That gets you one CPU gener...
by ludi
Sat May 05, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: Unsure of what to do with Ebay
Replies: 6
Views: 465

Re: Unsure of what to do with Ebay

I wasn't exactly sure where to post this so you can move it to the correct forums if need be. I have been selling items on ebay for a minute now and I just had an item purchased by a hacked account. The original owner just sent me a message so I contacted ebay. The representative said that it wasn'...
by ludi
Fri May 04, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia Partner Program - Illegal?
Replies: 89
Views: 7222

Re: Nvidia Partner Program - Illegal?

The rumors, conjecture and mistruths go far beyond its intent. Rather than battling misinformation, we have decided to cancel the program. Translation: Now that the cat is out of the bag you're all being a real pain in the ass, and it's not like we really need this program anyway. Was going to say....