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by Forge
Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: z-5500 hum hiss - updated :(
Replies: 41
Views: 12148

Re: z-5500 hum hiss - updated :(

Seven year necro? Is that a new record? My Z-680s have got to be 10+ years old now. The one rear sat has mouse holes chewed in the diaphragm and the backlight on the volume/controller pod is almost completely dead. Still sound pretty great though.
by Forge
Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My Poor Basset Hound is Sick
Replies: 40
Views: 6220

Re: My Poor Basset Hound is Sick

I wish spammers would stop sending me notifications about their new (and already removed) posts on this thread. FWIW, my liver stimulating hormone levels got down to downright healthy when I quit smoking, even though I still enjoy nicotine. Not terribly relevant, but I felt like saying. Back to the ...
by Forge
Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Reinstalling Windows 10 on a laptop... and failing
Replies: 13
Views: 788

Re: Reinstalling Windows 10 on a laptop... and failing

Forge wrote:
the symptoms match a bad/corrupted ESP.


Sorry. Had to. ;)
by Forge
Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you READING right now?
Replies: 441
Views: 120187

Re: What are you READING right now?

Oh, I read this after finding it via Stephen King notes, a few years ago. Safely outside of copyright, enjoy: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/389
by Forge
Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you READING right now?
Replies: 441
Views: 120187

Re: What are you READING right now?

Just picked up a Stephen King I'd missed somehow, called Revival. Mint hardcover for 2$, couldn't say no.
by Forge
Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Reinstalling Windows 10 on a laptop... and failing
Replies: 13
Views: 788

Re: Reinstalling Windows 10 on a laptop... and failing

I would try using the UEFI shell to load the boot manager directly. I'd also nuke the contents of the internal hard disk(s) before anything else, since the symptoms match a bad/corrupted ESP.
by Forge
Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: GPU passthrough
Replies: 16
Views: 1017

Re: GPU passthrough

VFIO development is active and ongoing. If you want a polished and reliable product for a turnkey solution, we're a few years away still, IMO. I also would not endorse Ryzen nor Threadripper for VFIO work yet. There's only a few days in so far, and many issues are already documented and being worked...
by Forge
Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: GPU passthrough
Replies: 16
Views: 1017

Re: GPU passthrough

Yeah, I've done it. Also, that line about "since the Intel 6X/7X chipsets" is way, way off the mark. You need to have working IOMMU/ACS for VFIO to be usable, and even then it's not likely to be very stable. Pretty much the only boards that really got ACS/IOMMU working 100% were the X79/X9...
by Forge
Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: NOOOOOOOB
Replies: 130
Views: 17353

Re: NOOOOOOOB

You were supposed to fall in love and get married? You're both very atypical, in exactly the same way? Those aren't fields I'd usually expect to blend or share personnel, so I'm out of ideas.
by Forge
Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)
Replies: 41
Views: 5082

Re: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)

Yeah, same idea, more politely stated. For anyone playing along at home and confused by my disgust, a virtualized FreeNAS can't leverage ECC to keep ram clean, ram is heavily used for caching in FreeNAS, and corrupted cache means you can't trust the disk contents, which invalidates one of the big se...
by Forge
Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: NOOOOOOOB
Replies: 130
Views: 17353

Re: NOOOOOOOB

Well there's only so many jobs in the world, in the high-energy theoretical booger reclamation labs. You're bound to end up working together sooner or later. Likewise, I could probably name 3/4 of the attendees at the international Mad Scientist/Terrorist meetup. Wait, can't be 3/4, there's six of u...
by Forge
Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)
Replies: 41
Views: 5082

Re: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)

Just FYI, to get FreeNAS 11.0-U2 working under Windows 10 Hyper-V, i had to create Gen 1 host with Guest services off. Remember to offline disks to make available for Hyper-V disk pass through if you want to give ZFS real disks(SMART,...) instead of VHDs. I'm sorry, I threw up in my mouth a little....
by Forge
Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)
Replies: 41
Views: 5082

Re: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)

Use ZFS. It's more better. Yes, ZFS is on my long (and ever growing) "I need to learn about that" list. Spare machine of any config, at least 3-4 disks of a size (or real close) and an afternoon. FreeNAS makes a great start, and once you know the terms and concepts, ZOL (ZFS On Linux) wil...
by Forge
Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)
Replies: 41
Views: 5082

Re: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)

That's a good point. I was figuring the actual file data would be a loss, since ext4 isn't COW, and was thinking more that the journal replay would flag the partial file as being no good. You're right, though, I don't think the default journalling setup would work the way I'm thinking. Use ZFS. It's...
by Forge
Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)
Replies: 207
Views: 20466

Re: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)

morphine wrote:
I'm somewhat disappointed at the lack of "Portugal poor" jokes, though. I guess you people are too polite to make fun of those in need :)

What's a Portugal?
by Forge
Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)
Replies: 41
Views: 5082

Re: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)

These are why the fs journal exists. In case of a power cut mid-write, the journal can be replayed to get the fs to a sane state. It would also get the md into a sane state as well.
by Forge
Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:22 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: NOOOOOOOB
Replies: 130
Views: 17353

Re: NOOOOOOOB

I realize I'm Canadian and may not have seen this when it was reported but I never heard about this close call. http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/06/near-disaster-federal-nuclear-weapons-laboratory-takes-hidden-toll-america-s-arsenal Demon Core says hi! Slotin: Nah boss, it's cool! I'm holding th...
by Forge
Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: This G3258 goes to 1.7V
Replies: 54
Views: 6110

Re: This G3258 goes to 1.7V

Yep, good times, me and my KT7-Raid killing CPUs and burning things.

http://images.anandtech.com/reviews/mot ... a/abit.jpg
by Forge
Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: This G3258 goes to 1.7V
Replies: 54
Views: 6110

Re: This G3258 goes to 1.7V

Weird, I don't remember seeing any mounting holes on Socket A until the nForce 2 chipset. The machine I'm talking about had a KT133 chipset. Fortunately I "only" lost a Duron 600. Unfortunately, that's the Duron 600 I took to 1GHz. :x :x :x I definitely had a KT133 or KT133A with mounting...
by Forge
Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: This G3258 goes to 1.7V
Replies: 54
Views: 6110

Re: This G3258 goes to 1.7V

Heat death was a real thing back in 1999, since you could fry Athlons. Since then, AMD has learned its lesson and the CPU is much more resilient. Athlon MP 1.2GHz, ran with a failed fan for between 2 and 3 months at 120-140C throughout. Only noticed when smell of carbonizing dust became notable. Fa...
by Forge
Sun Aug 06, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: This G3258 goes to 1.7V
Replies: 54
Views: 6110

Re: This G3258 goes to 1.7V

Heat death was a real thing back in 1999, since you could fry Athlons. Since then, AMD has learned its lesson and the CPU is much more resilient. I thought that was because of a lack of thermal control. Today's chips have several throttling temperatures and a shutoff temperature as a last resort. Q...
by Forge
Sun Aug 06, 2017 11:04 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: This G3258 goes to 1.7V
Replies: 54
Views: 6110

Re: This G3258 goes to 1.7V

Heat death was a real thing back in 1999, since you could fry Athlons. Since then, AMD has learned its lesson and the CPU is much more resilient. Athlon MP 1.2GHz, ran with a failed fan for between 2 and 3 months at 120-140C throughout. Only noticed when smell of carbonizing dust became notable. Fa...
by Forge
Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: NOOOOOOOB
Replies: 130
Views: 17353

Re: NOOOOOOOB

She doesn't, but I do. I'm not sure I'm at liberty to say anything about HPSS and how it is or isn't used. :P I wouldn't bet on tapes being terribly long-lived in the world of exascale though... I know this is a necrobump...but I'm formally redacting this statement. Tape isn't going anywhere in the...
by Forge
Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)
Replies: 207
Views: 20466

Re: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)

Please do at least one more, in 2018. I need to get to another, and I'll be properly settled at my new job by then.
by Forge
Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)
Replies: 207
Views: 20466

Re: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)

Oh the ribs! Of all the things I regret missing......
by Forge
Sun Jul 02, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)
Replies: 207
Views: 20466

Re: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)

Will it be on the ios or google app stores?
by Forge
Sun Jul 02, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)
Replies: 207
Views: 20466

Re: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)

Last I heard, no one had seen it. Did it turn up later?
by Forge
Sun Jul 02, 2017 9:23 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)
Replies: 207
Views: 20466

Re: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)

Sure did. Wasnt one of her favorites, exactly, but it did break a set and nearly some of my fingers.
by Forge
Sun Jul 02, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)
Replies: 207
Views: 20466

Re: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)

That's not funny. My wife still gets upset when she thinks of that.
by Forge
Sat Jul 01, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)
Replies: 207
Views: 20466

Re: TR BBQ XIV - Official Thread (7/15/17 confirmed)

And I'm out. :( New job came too late, didn't have the finances for airfare in time, and the prices are ramping up. If there's a sudden last minute dip in pricing, I might still make it, but I expect not. Sorry all.