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by ludi
Fri May 18, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1082
Views: 87368

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: 87368

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: 87368

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: 2848
Views: 109061

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: 87368

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: 87368

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: 2848
Views: 109061

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: 87368

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: 50
Views: 2975

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: 87368

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: 50
Views: 2975

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: 87368

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: 87368

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: 1029

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: 598

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: 479

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: 5390

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: 849

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: 751

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: 444

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: 7129

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....
by ludi
Fri May 04, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2848
Views: 109061

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Trying to find my kids activites to do in Dallas; I'm amazed how many toddler sports actually have seasons. And we're apparently too late for all of them. "Welcome to 'Whose Sport is it, Anyway?', the event where the living is vicarious and the points validate the parents." I mean, sure, ...
by ludi
Wed May 02, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Odd repetitive seeking noise from a supposedly idle hard drive
Replies: 24
Views: 1242

Re: Odd repetitive seeking noise from a supposedly idle hard drive

I have a 13" platter drive on the desk behind me. It is partially disassembled so now it is "Modern Art". :D Years ago -- as in, I was probably 11 or 12 -- my dad brought home a discarded demo unit of that type from HP. The power supply and control boards were in the bottom half of a...
by ludi
Tue May 01, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1082
Views: 87368

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Unless it is a linear motor or a large DC motor controlled by an ac to dc controller it should be cheap. Guarantee it will be a VFD motor of some sort, even smaller direct-drive power tools like routers and large orbital sanders have those now so the startup torque doesn't dim the lights and jerk e...
by ludi
Tue May 01, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Microsoft 1 - Hardened E-Criminal 0
Replies: 32
Views: 2472

Re: Microsoft 1 - Hardened E-Criminal 0

Secondly, the article didn't indicate that they were literal copies of Dell/MS discs including all the logos. That is definitely illegal, and also explains why Customs got involved. I was under the assumption that these were unlabeled blanks because why the hell would he do something that stupid? W...
by ludi
Tue May 01, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Upcycling an old washing machine
Replies: 10
Views: 601

Re: Upcycling an old washing machine

Aranarth wrote:
My Dad once fixed a washer by replacing the 1/3hp motor with a 5/8hp motor with a 20% higher max rpm.

Clothes came out almost dry after the spin cycle :D

He was lucky the basket and suspension didn't come out almost fully disassembled, like those Samsungs mentioned upthread :o
by ludi
Tue May 01, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: NT6 drivers for PCI modem?
Replies: 21
Views: 1296

Re: NT6 drivers for PCI modem?

In any case I had a few modems running under NT6 and Win9x back in the day. NT6 was actually Vista/Win7/Win8. He's asking for modern (-ish) Windows drivers. I assume you meant NT4... *whew* Yes, that makes more sense. I assumed this was the mother of all retro-boxes. In that case, how about somethi...
by ludi
Tue May 01, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: NT6 drivers for PCI modem?
Replies: 21
Views: 1296

Re: NT6 drivers for PCI modem?

Saw this thread title on the front page Hot Threads and thought it had to be a world record necro. In any case I had a few modems running under NT6 and Win9x back in the day. My recollection is that external is more manageable and reliable by far. You have to know how to configure the serial connect...
by ludi
Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ocean Cove is delayed: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 12
Views: 1068

Re: Ocean Cove is delayed: CONFIRMED!

I'm thinking Oceanside, CA will be swept away in this massive copyright lawsuit. And possibly NOAA.
by ludi
Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2848
Views: 109061

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

File under "Now THAT'S funny:"

I just noticed that emails from "The Microsoft Store" are being auto-binned to the junk-mail folder in my Outlook.com email account.