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by MaxTheLimit
Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Places to buy replacement LCD panels?
Replies: 16
Views: 5520

Re: Places to buy replacement LCD panels?

I replace about 10 laptop screens a week, most of the replacements come from http://www.screencountry.com/ I don't do the ordering or anything, but since I've been doing this I've only ever had maybe 3-4 not come in in good condition. I don't know the return policy, since I don't do that either, but...
by MaxTheLimit
Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Will Threadripper play nice with Server 2012 R2?
Replies: 0
Views: 1402

Will Threadripper play nice with Server 2012 R2?

I've been tasked with building a sort of make shift server based off of a Ryzen Threadripper 1950X on a GIGABYTE X399 AORUS Gaming 7. I didn't have much say in the parts used, but I've been told this system will be running Server 2012 R2. Now, I know that Ryzen boards don't really play nice with Win...
by MaxTheLimit
Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Kaspersky Free
Replies: 11
Views: 2018

Re: Kaspersky Free

just brew it! wrote:
Mmm... free Russian spyware!


Yes, yes. The data stuff aside though. I mean purely in terms of the ability of the software to detect infections / incoming threats.

It's getting increasingly difficult to trust ANY security software providers at this point.
by MaxTheLimit
Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Kaspersky Free
Replies: 11
Views: 2018

Kaspersky Free

So I came across this: LINK I was wondering if anyone has looked into this new free version of Kaspersky? How does it compare? I'd like to see a site like AVcomparatives look into how it does...The paid version of Kaspersky seems to have pretty good detection rates, with low false positives. I wonde...
by MaxTheLimit
Tue May 30, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: It's worked like that for years...
Replies: 32
Views: 5616

Re: It's worked like that for years...

I believe I've already told the story about the co-worker who insisted that her PC occasionally "ate" floppy disks. As in, she put them in, and they simply disappeared without a trace. Somehow, she had just accepted this as normal -- "yeah, it does that sometimes, I just go and get a...
by MaxTheLimit
Tue May 30, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: It's worked like that for years...
Replies: 32
Views: 5616

It's worked like that for years...

I just got back from an on site service call. I feel compelled to voice a frustration I have with a phrase I hear WAY too often. I get a shudder when I hear ' It's worked like that for years '. Many times when I hear that it comes after something completely impossible. In this case, I was on site to...
by MaxTheLimit
Tue May 16, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: RX 560 spotted
Replies: 11
Views: 1962

Re: RX 560 spotted

Here is a link with some confirmed working versions of the RX 460 being unlocked without trouble:

LINK

I haven't tested it yet myself though, so...take it for what it is...3rd party information.
by MaxTheLimit
Tue May 16, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: RX 560 spotted
Replies: 11
Views: 1962

Re: RX 560 spotted

Yeah, the 560 looks like it's just gonna be a RX 460 with the work of unlocking done for you. With that being said, I was hoping it would be priced a bit more agressively below current cards. Hoping $90USD, or like $130CAD. Hopefully the Vega release is more interesting. Saw this today: LINK That wo...
by MaxTheLimit
Mon May 15, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: RX 560 spotted
Replies: 11
Views: 1962

RX 560 spotted

Probably not very interesting for most folks here, but the budget RX 560 card is showing up on newegg now.

LINK

It's on the american newegg as well.

Just an interesting note for some entry level 1080P gaming.
by MaxTheLimit
Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:39 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Mouse Suggestion Please
Replies: 17
Views: 4098

Re: Mouse Suggestion Please

Voldenuit wrote:
The problem is Logitech's button design, which doesn't seem to be as robust as other brands.

I'm assuming this is something new, because I have some older Logitech mice that seem to be lasting forever.
by MaxTheLimit
Thu Mar 16, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Mouse Suggestion Please
Replies: 17
Views: 4098

Re: Mouse Suggestion Please

Those Roccat offerings look interesting. I think the shape is one that I trend towards as well. May have to see about finding a way to hold one and decide if it feels right.

Thanks for the multiple options!
by MaxTheLimit
Thu Mar 16, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Dell laptop DVD drive not working
Replies: 7
Views: 904

Re: Dell laptop DVD drive not working

Have you already tried the upper / lower filter registry fix?

LINK
by MaxTheLimit
Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Mouse Suggestion Please
Replies: 17
Views: 4098

Re: Mouse Suggestion Please

That one could work. Looks like those buttons are programmable. I've seen a lot that have a button or two there, but many aren't easily programmable.
by MaxTheLimit
Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Mouse Suggestion Please
Replies: 17
Views: 4098

Mouse Suggestion Please

So I need to buy a new mouse. The button on my current mouse is worn out an not picking up clicks reliably. I've gone through fixing the buttons a couple times now, and I'm tired of doing that. So it's time or something new, one that may not get worn out so often. For most, I imagine, it's simply a ...
by MaxTheLimit
Mon Mar 06, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1098
Views: 92786

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

It was actually pretty simple. 4 pentalobe screws on the back ( the ones on the front are just for show ) Then you just use plastic pry tools to separate the casing. Remove 2 screws by the ribbon cable, then remove the ribbon cable connecting the face to the board. Then you just release the metal co...
by MaxTheLimit
Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1098
Views: 92786

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Working on a Samsung Galaxy watch on the bench today:
Image

The battery burst inside the watch and pushed the face / screen up and outwards until it popped out.

Interesting stuff. Waiting on a replacement battery.
by MaxTheLimit
Wed Jan 18, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Cloning software - SSD to M.2
Replies: 32
Views: 12696

Re: Cloning software - SSD to M.2

Macrium seems to work okay. I still have a soft spot for clonezilla, if you feel comfortable in the environment...

If you liked Norton Ghost, Clonezilla may be the most similar to that for experience.

EDIT - Spelling
by MaxTheLimit
Fri Jan 06, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3159
Views: 125560

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Interesting moment today related ( sorta ) to shipping. We recently fired our sales manager, who did our ordering. The girl who is replacing her was looking to get a big order ready. We needed to resupply our stock of mechanical drives. I had to explain to this poor young lady ( who is not super exp...
by MaxTheLimit
Fri Dec 23, 2016 8:05 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: NHL 2016-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 2154

Re: NHL 2016-2017

Gretzky was 28 when he had the number of points Jagr has now. He's still almost 1000 points ahead of Jagr for #2. It's amazing what Jagr has done in his career. Even more so when you consider his career was hampered by lockouts, and a couple years in the KHL. On a shocking note, the Jackets are in f...
by MaxTheLimit
Thu Dec 22, 2016 5:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Winter weather
Replies: 1228
Views: 126520

Re: Winter weather

Captain Ned wrote:
Do they explode with delight?

Not since I got rid of my ' Dirty Hungarian Phrasebook '

It's warmed up, which is good because I was in a field today at the base of one of our towers. I'm supposed to be an office guy now. None of this field work.
by MaxTheLimit
Tue Dec 20, 2016 7:44 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Winter weather
Replies: 1228
Views: 126520

Re: Winter weather

Redocbew wrote:
I hesitate to ask, but what parts of your body do you consider not important?

I haven't really used my nipples lately...
by MaxTheLimit
Fri Dec 16, 2016 10:17 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: What Router do you use?
Replies: 108
Views: 7554

Re: What Router do you use?

My Ubiquiti Power APN finally passed on recently. So now I'm running a Mikrotik rb951g-2hnd. I'm still learning the ins and outs of the interface. I find it a bit...let than intuitive. But the range and feature set are impressive. I was thinking of going with an Ubiquiti Amplifi, because our company...
by MaxTheLimit
Thu Dec 15, 2016 4:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Winter weather
Replies: 1228
Views: 126520

Re: Winter weather

Some proof: http://i.imgur.com/TOD8fuy.jpg I kind of regret it though. Instead of eating, I go on 1 hour walks for lunch. By the end I couldn't really feel several important parts of my body. EDIT - And yes, that jacket is so thin the light emitted by my monitor can be seen through it.
by MaxTheLimit
Thu Dec 15, 2016 3:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Winter weather
Replies: 1228
Views: 126520

Re: Winter weather

For people who live in that weather, I don't find it surprising at all (although I suspect MaxTheLimit is exaggerating a bit). Nope. It's about -18C today and this is the jacket I wore to work: LINK I did have a toque, scarf and gloves on though. My co-worker, Mike, is wearing about the same, but w...
by MaxTheLimit
Thu Dec 15, 2016 9:03 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Winter weather
Replies: 1228
Views: 126520

Re: Winter weather

Looking to hit -25C here west of Ottawa in the next while. Might be time to put the hoodie away and get out my winter coat.
by MaxTheLimit
Wed Dec 14, 2016 5:06 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Tales from a tech bench - W10 vs All AV software
Replies: 12
Views: 1601

Re: Tales from a tech bench - W10 vs All AV software

... Please bear in mind that the 20% of all windows 10 PCs is a very very rough guess by me based on a very approximate estimate. I'm talking about ~1000 users across two companies where the split is about 1:3 Apple to Windows ratio and about 20% of the users have no laptop at all, either at work o...
by MaxTheLimit
Wed Dec 14, 2016 2:24 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Tales from a tech bench - W10 vs All AV software
Replies: 12
Views: 1601

Re: Tales from a tech bench - W10 vs All AV software

The Egg wrote:
  20% of all W10 PCs is catastrophic. 


You aren't kidding. I can't get caffeine into me fast enough. This is looking like a 70+ hour work week.
by MaxTheLimit
Wed Dec 14, 2016 1:41 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Tales from a tech bench - W10 vs All AV software
Replies: 12
Views: 1601

Re: Tales from a tech bench - W10 vs All AV software

netsh int ip reset That hasn't worked in any of the cases I've had. Though I admit I haven't tried it on all of the machines. Once I saw re-installing the AV fixes it, I have been doing that a bunch of the time, so I can move onto the next one. KB3201845 was the problem child. I will keep an eye ou...
by MaxTheLimit
Wed Dec 14, 2016 1:29 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Tales from a tech bench - W10 vs All AV software
Replies: 12
Views: 1601

Tales from a tech bench - W10 vs All AV software

So my bench at work has been flooded this week. It seems to be a very specific problem. I was wondering if others around here have noticed anything similar to what I've been seeing. It's been just this week, and it seems to be impacting a huge number of machines. Most machines I see are office / bus...
by MaxTheLimit
Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:05 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Give us 10 good reasons you should win a Corsair RM1000i Special Edition here
Replies: 125
Views: 25091

Re: Give us 10 good reasons you should win a Corsair RM1000i Special Edition here

1 - I'm a big fan of Corsair power supplies. We sell them at work, and they power several of my home machines. 2 - I'm a big supporter of Tech Report. I suggest the site to friends and use it as a valuable reference resource. 3 - I may not be the most prolific poster, but I believe I'm a even temper...
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