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by ludi
Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: x299 won't POST - HELP!
Replies: 9
Views: 2920

Re: x299 won't POST - HELP!

This kind of sounds like a case where the board doesn't recognize the CPU and needs a BIOS update before it can even POST or give error codes...but that's not very likely given the boards and CPUs in question. They ought to be designed for each other.
by ludi
Mon Sep 25, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win10 strangeness...ideas?
Replies: 20
Views: 409

Re: Win10 strangeness...ideas?

Sounds like system corruption. Have you checked your disk and your memory for errors?
by ludi
Mon Sep 25, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: x299 won't POST - HELP!
Replies: 9
Views: 2920

Re: x299 won't POST - HELP!

How are you attempting to power up the boards? If you're using the same case switches for all scenarios, you might have a bad switch that's sticking.
by ludi
Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1767
Views: 53989

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Thanks to Amazon's expanding presence in the Denver metro, a coworker just ordered replacement earbud headphones for two-hour delivery...and they showed up later this morning in a brown paper bag. She's pretty giddy about it. I wonder if the next step in online retail will be this incredible inventi...
by ludi
Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1767
Views: 53989

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Heiwashin wrote:
There's nothing you can do.

Oh, there's something you can do, and it involves a jack, a set of car dollies, some muscle, and a lookout.
by ludi
Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:24 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems
Replies: 42
Views: 1736

Re: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems

I get you, but remember that it was Nvidia and their production cycle and continuous innovation that killed 3Dfx and Glide. 3dfx killed 3dfx. They bought out a board partner in an attempt to become vertically integrated. That unnecessary distraction quickly put them 1-2 generations behind Nvidia an...
by ludi
Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: really weird charging problem with my V20
Replies: 24
Views: 626

Re: really weird charging problem with my V20

Walmart charger is as Walmart charger does. It's probably going bad, and the plugging/unplugging routine jostles the electronics enough to get it going.

There's an XKCD for everything.
by ludi
Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Looking for Prosumer mirrorless
Replies: 41
Views: 1280

Re: Looking for Prosumer mirrorless

Satisfied Olympus OMD EM-10 owner here. Between Olympus and Panasonic there's a great selection of lenses; regrettably, for $$$ reasons I own none but the 12-50mm EZ which is a motorized zoom with a passable macro. An advantage of the available motorized lenses for the m4/3 format is smooth zooming ...
by ludi
Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Changing partion size - Surface Pro
Replies: 8
Views: 170

Re: Changing partion size - Surface Pro

Is there anyone who did what I want to do using any third party utility? Have you tried Minitool Partition Wizard ? The free version is surprisingly powerful. I tried but RESIZE/MOVE was not enabled(greyed) and could not resize the partition. Did you use the MiniTool on Surface Pro? No, I don't hav...
by ludi
Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: No Dummy Dies on Threadripper?
Replies: 16
Views: 832

Re: No Dummy Dies on Threadripper?

I'm willing to be the physical differences are nonexistent, though. Firmware locked, perhaps, but it wouldn't make a lot of financial sense to stick with the huge packaging while also creating a physically different package . It might if it allows you to remove or simply blank out a few pesky layer...
by ludi
Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:18 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Changing partion size - Surface Pro
Replies: 8
Views: 170

Re: Changing partion size - Surface Pro

churin wrote:
Is there anyone who did what I want to do using any third party utility?

Have you tried Minitool Partition Wizard? The free version is surprisingly powerful.
by ludi
Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1767
Views: 53989

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Whilst searching for something else job-related, I stumbled upon an official State of Oklahoma regulatory/qualification manual that is published mainly in...Comic Sans.
by ludi
Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Burst ye crypto bubble!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 433

Re: Burst ye crypto bubble!!!

Until more fabs are built and capacity increased I don't see much changing. As you pointed out, though, the chip makers are loving the extra cash and don't feel like adding capacity. Fabrication, and DRAM fabrication in particular, is a volatile market. Fab investments won't be made unless the vend...
by ludi
Tue Sep 19, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Mobile Kaby Lake vs Haswell
Replies: 12
Views: 1384

Re: Mobile Kaby Lake vs Haswell

And for what it's worth, while I used to insist on having a num pad, I just picked up an ultrabook (XPS 13, outgoing model) that doesn't have one, and I've been practicing on my number row typing. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Jeobest-Wireless-2-4G-USB-Number-Keypad-18-Keys-Wireless-USB-Numeric-Keypad...
by ludi
Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Locate function in C++
Replies: 49
Views: 9025

Re: Locate function in C++

DancinJack wrote:
Nearly a 14 year necro. Seems like some kind of record.

But with a valid question! Usually these get dug up by a spam bot.
by ludi
Sat Sep 16, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1767
Views: 53989

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

The best alternative would probably be for more companies to use electronic power units for the bunks which usually include electric coolers, and then use a wired power solutionv like "shore power". No one can decide if any form of apu is worth the money though. I expect that'll change as...
by ludi
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: SATA drives gone from "safely remove device" dialog.
Replies: 11
Views: 599

Re: SATA drives gone from "safely remove device" dialog.

Used to be that drives designated as removable would have write caching automatically disabled at some performance loss. No idea how Win10 handles that feature, or if it makes any difference these days.
by ludi
Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2344

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

The Fall Update that's coming soon will give more direct access to deal with this problem . Oh great, two steps forward and one step back -- the backwards step being the 4-5 levels of options needed to access that point. This is exactly the sort of long beard the traditional Windows Control Panel a...
by ludi
Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Spilt From General photography thread - Looking for monitor
Replies: 3
Views: 443

Re: Spilt From General photography thread - Looking for monitor

Do you have a budget, and how big of a display are you trying to purchase? "Inexpensive" can mean a lot of things, and you may have to trade off screen size for color accuracy (i.e., less of one in exchange for more of the other).
by ludi
Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2344

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

BTW you will really like this change in 1703 : Features removed on version 1703 Windows Update will no longer postpone the download of certain critical updates if the device is connected to a network that was designated by the user as being "metered". Although meant to prevent the updates...
by ludi
Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2344

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

It's true that this probably isn't a big issue for someone with a 20 Mbit internet connection. A great deal of the USA can't get a 20 Mbit connection, period. Are those geographically unfortunate enough to be stuck with slow internet just supposed to accept that their computers become randomly unus...
by ludi
Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2344

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

The problem with this idea is that PCs do not work like an appliance. If microwaves burnt or undercooked or failed to defrost the food as often as PCs get things wrong, if dishwashers flooded the house as often as PCs crash, then I'd have some sympathy with the "it's an appliance" view. I...
by ludi
Sun Sep 10, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2344

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

But the bottom line is, in today's world most people view desktop/laptop PCs as being more akin to an appliance, like a dishwasher or a microwave oven. They don't care how it works, they just want to push a few buttons and have it do what they want. For a huge segment of the public, the primary met...
by ludi
Sun Sep 10, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2344

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

Topinio wrote:
It''s a stupid "feature" :roll:

It's a useful feature that works fine for a majority of users, and can be disabled by the minority who need a workaround. Why is that stupid?
by ludi
Sun Sep 10, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Help Picking New Router
Replies: 30
Views: 1271

Re: Help Picking New Router

DancinJack wrote:
ludi wrote:
A PM sits in your outbox until the recipient has read it.

Ahh. That's an...odd behavior. I've never seen a system that acted as such.

It's odd, but it does allow you to edit or delete a PM at any time until the recipient has opened it.
by ludi
Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:40 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2344

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

The second hitch is that Windows hates shutting down properly (as opposed to hibernating), and when it doesn't, Linux can't mount the main NTFS partition write-capable. This matters because this internet connection is garbage and big downloads need to happen in Linux before being pushed over to the...
by ludi
Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:33 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Help Picking New Router
Replies: 30
Views: 1271

Re: Help Picking New Router

DancinJack wrote:
DPete, I tried sending you a PM (a couple times) but it doesn't appear to be going out? Lemme talk to Bruno and see what's up. Just didn't want you to think I was ignoring you.

A PM sits in your outbox until the recipient has read it.
by ludi
Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Decent Test Lab Server
Replies: 17
Views: 970

Re: Decent Test Lab Server

They're all like that, though. True, but with Dell the Precision and Lattitude lines, and even some of the Inspiron line, are built to a very good standard and circulate for years after Dell stops supporting them. I'm using an E6420 right now that works with Windows 10 in every way except for the b...
by ludi
Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Decent Test Lab Server
Replies: 17
Views: 970

Re: Decent Test Lab Server

I'll have to check out some Dell hardware. I've only really worked with a HP's and IBM's. The only pitfall with old Dell hardware is that when they end support at a certain year or OS version, they really do end it, and you are unlikely to see any further updates for system BIOS, auxiliary device f...
by ludi
Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 68
Views: 3202

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

Whose SSNs would they have? Basically anyone with charge/credit cards? Or perhaps something like only those who signed up with then to receive credit score info (or perhaps whose charge/credit card company complimentary provides a credit score through them)? They a r e one of the "big 3."...