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by TheRazorsEdge
Tue Jul 03, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Ticking and Popping Sound
Replies: 91
Views: 5874

Re: Ticking and Popping Sound

Mains noise would generally be added to the audio output, just causing missing samples. Before it hits the DAC, mains noise could cause errors on any communications bus in the audio processing path. This will cause latency during retransmission (if detected) or popping sounds if samples are missed....
by TheRazorsEdge
Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: EOL: Windows 7 + CPU w/o SSE2
Replies: 65
Views: 2229

Re: EOL: Windows 7 + CPU w/o SSE2

Most of those machines are obsolete anyway. Your typical 440BX/i815/i845 chipsets supported a max of 512 MB to 2 GB RAM. I could maybe understand anger from late-era Athlon owners, but even that's a bit of a stretch. AMD launched Athlon 64 around 2003-2004, and their 64-bit CPUs included SSE2 baseli...
by TheRazorsEdge
Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?
Replies: 45
Views: 3033

Re: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?

I'm very much not a fan of this sorta-SaaS mindset that's trendy now, where browsers (and OSes) are in constant flux and users are expected be passively auto-updated without a say. People wouldn't update their software manually, and everything either got pwned or didn't support modern standards. Or...
by TheRazorsEdge
Tue May 29, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: How to reset no boot W10
Replies: 53
Views: 1997

Re: How to reset no boot W10

The spec's been mostly stable for nearly that long, but actual implementations that don't suck didn't become common until much later. The cutover from 32- to 64-bit processors is about it. So 10 years, maybe a little more. They all supported EFI out of the box, but there was still the question of p...
by TheRazorsEdge
Tue May 29, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Transplant sanity check
Replies: 15
Views: 848

Re: Transplant sanity check

That case is larger than a lot of HTPC cases, but it has good cooling.

There are smaller alternatives (including from SilverStone), but if you have the space then it's probably the best bet. There should be room for an aftermarket cooler if the OEM Sapphire cooler runs too loud or too hot.
by TheRazorsEdge
Tue May 29, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: How to reset no boot W10
Replies: 53
Views: 1997

Re: How to reset no boot W10

Diskpart can create an MBR disk that is a singular giant partition. You can then direct the installer to place Windows on your created partition. This will install Windows without creating a system partition (boot files) or a recovery partition (winre). I forgot about MBR installations. EFI require...
by TheRazorsEdge
Tue May 29, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: How to reset no boot W10
Replies: 53
Views: 1997

Re: How to reset no boot W10

I've certainly forced Windows 7 to use a single partition, by partitioning first and then telling Windows to install in that partition. This was with BIOS/MBR, though. That makes sense, and I forgot about it entirely. I haven't installed Windows in BIOS mode for years. BIOS/MBR installation doesn't...
by TheRazorsEdge
Thu May 24, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Car accident, what is insurance's responsibility?
Replies: 34
Views: 1342

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

Well, now we're talking about two different things. Not really. If I file under my insurance, they will seek reimbursement from the insurance of the liable party. When that happened, I did not pay my deductible. Maybe my insurance company could have demanded the deductible until his insurance compe...
by TheRazorsEdge
Wed May 23, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: How to reset no boot W10
Replies: 53
Views: 1997

Re: How to reset no boot W10

I've never let Windows (up to W8) create its funny partitions. Though, never used Bitlocker. You're wrong. I don't know what else to tell you. The Windows installer will create those partitions automatically. Even if you pick a blank hard drive and click through the installer without creating any p...
by TheRazorsEdge
Wed May 23, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: How to reset no boot W10
Replies: 53
Views: 1997

Re: How to reset no boot W10

Goodness gracious man, just reinstall Windows on the 100GB partition again. WIndows will take care of the formatting. No need for all this work. The problem is that the boot partition needs to be at the beginning of the disk, and there is no easy way to push the system volume over since he extended...
by TheRazorsEdge
Wed May 23, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Car accident, what is insurance's responsibility?
Replies: 34
Views: 1342

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

There is so much variety state-to-state that a general answer will not be meaningful. 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. Car rental is covered by my insurance since I have it on ...
by TheRazorsEdge
Tue May 08, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Fiber optic vs cable
Replies: 27
Views: 1625

Re: Fiber optic vs cable

I remember it being because of MoCA, but the limit may have been 100 or 150. My understanding is the BPON vs GPON limitation is more due to plant age and number of splits per node than raw speed offered. Going from BPON to GPON requires at minimum a new transmitter (OLT) in the central office and a...
by TheRazorsEdge
Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Microsoft 1 - Hardened E-Criminal 0
Replies: 32
Views: 3056

Re: Microsoft 1 - Hardened E-Criminal 0

Meh, whatever. If you want to run a business, don't break the law. If you want to charge for copies of software/books/AV, get permission from the copyright holder. Microsoft has a program for refurbishers. Lundgren chose not to go along with it and sell his alternative--without permission. And I ser...
by TheRazorsEdge
Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Warning about Newegg
Replies: 34
Views: 4129

Re: Warning about Newegg

Avoid R&P on internet sales taxes?? How?? Current SCOTUS precedent ( Quill Corp. v. North Dakota ) requires a physical nexus in a state for said state to mandate collection of its sales taxes on online purchases in that state. On April 17, SCOTUS will hear South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. , with t...
by TheRazorsEdge
Wed Apr 04, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Looking at new laptops - with no idea where to begin
Replies: 22
Views: 1946

Re: Looking at new laptops - with no idea where to begin

Your requirements are fairly modest, so you have a choice: 1. You can realistically meet your requirements in the $700-$800 range and keep the rest. Possibly less if you find a very good deal. 2. You can "go premium" on one or more features. You've already nixed one premium (4K display), ...
by TheRazorsEdge
Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Vulnerabilities Discovered in AMD's Zen and Vega Security Processor, Including Backdoors in the AsMedia Chipset
Replies: 59
Views: 4142

Re: Vulnerabilities Discovered in AMD's Zen Security Processor, Including Backdoors in the AsMedia Chipset

Also, if I can trick you to run something as administrator or root on any system, its already game over and who gives a damn. This is still problematic. There are always arbitrary-code and privilege-escalation vulnerabilities. Most importantly, this vulnerability allows an attacker to install code ...
by TheRazorsEdge
Sat Mar 03, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Bitlocker vs Password Protection
Replies: 10
Views: 2890

Re: Bitlocker vs Password Protection

What is the difference between such password protection and bitlocker protection? Is there any difference in protection level? An answer requires information that we do not have. The vendor would need to publish details on their crypto implementation in order for us to assess it fairly. I would go ...
by TheRazorsEdge
Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Buying a console
Replies: 30
Views: 3072

Re: Buying a console

So that brings up a choice. PS4 Pro or Xbone X?... Are there any meaningful differences between the two in terms of game pricing and accessibility or does it come down to battle of exclusive titles? It's always come down to a battle between exclusives, with an exception for the PS2 generation when ...
by TheRazorsEdge
Mon Feb 26, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Dual Fax
Replies: 28
Views: 2806

Re: Dual Fax

'Digitally' signed PDFs pragmatically are, in my experience, a scanned john hancock pasted into an afterward flattened PDF. I'm unsure if other firms operate in a similar manner. "Digitally signed" means cryptographically signed with a secure public-key algorithm. I don't know what your e...
by TheRazorsEdge
Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Dual Fax
Replies: 28
Views: 2806

Re: Dual Fax

Do I know for certain what it will be replace by? No, not necessarily. It'll be gone at some point though. The lack of a standard replacement is probably the only thing keeping it around. Digitally signed PDFs are becoming increasingly common where I work, but this requires people to overcome the e...
by TheRazorsEdge
Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Over 100GB of cab_xxxx_xx files in C:\Windows\Temp -- WTF?
Replies: 45
Views: 6095

Re: Over 100GB of cab_xxxx_xx files in C:\Windows\Temp -- WTF?

JBI, I'm a bit surprised to see none of the other posters mentioned this, but this is a known issue with Windows 7. Specifically, update files that either don't install properly or are rolled-back are stored on the local system drive forever. Also, the constant (re)installation of updated bloats th...
by TheRazorsEdge
Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Over 100GB of cab_xxxx_xx files in C:\Windows\Temp -- WTF?
Replies: 45
Views: 6095

Re: Over 100GB of cab_xxxx_xx files in C:\Windows\Temp -- WTF?

If your system isn't using disk encryption and the boot options aren't locked down in the BIOS/EFI, you could've probably done what I did and used a live boot image to diagnose... :lol: As long as it boots, you can suspend Bitlocker and plug it into another PC. The recovery key should also work reg...
by TheRazorsEdge
Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Your favorite brand of coffee?
Replies: 128
Views: 6419

Re: Your favorite brand of coffee?

Specialty roasters will usually beat the hell out of anything you find in the grocery store. I would recommend a shop around here, but they only do wholesale and over-the-counter. If you're planning to drink it black, I'd strongly suggest trying a variety to see what you like. There are dozens of va...
by TheRazorsEdge
Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Cyber Monday Deals? Meh.
Replies: 25
Views: 1197

Re: Cyber Monday Deals? Meh.

I exclusively used Newegg which has since lost a lot of luster I've noticed them going downhill as well. Too many Amazon-style pricing games, and most of their marketplace partners aren't that great. I waited for the sales, and they were disappointing all around. Steam are GoG are good as they've a...
by TheRazorsEdge
Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.
Replies: 196
Views: 15618

Re: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.

My god, it was the 5th post people. Thanks. I drink diet due to diabetes but that has it own issues to deal with. I missed that bit, but the point still applies. The reward circuits associated with sweets fire based on the sweetness rather than the absorption of calories, so the cravings are going ...
by TheRazorsEdge
Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.
Replies: 196
Views: 15618

Re: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.

Will guys I'm back from groups and boy was I really temped to buy a bottle of soda this morning. But I forced myself not to. Does this get easier? The first week or two is the hardest. You may have cravings for months, but it will get easier over time. The main thing is not to give in. Indulging, e...
by TheRazorsEdge
Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.
Replies: 196
Views: 15618

Re: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.

Excellent idea, especially if that 1974 refers to your year of birth. Diabetes contributes all kinds of problems like blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and poor healing (far worse than what happens due to aging). I would also warn you to expect digestive... disruption. Your gut flora will chang...
by TheRazorsEdge
Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: is systemd terrible or do I just have a broken system
Replies: 13
Views: 3070

Re: is systemd terrible or do I just have a broken system

Guess I'm about due for a new build... will probably pull the trigger on a Ryzen build around the time 18.04 LTS is released. Which means I'll get to start having all the systemd fun I keep hearing about from other people. I've seen or heard about all kinds of systemd issues on upgrades. There is p...
by TheRazorsEdge
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:50 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: is systemd terrible or do I just have a broken system
Replies: 13
Views: 3070

Re: is systemd terrible or do I just have a broken system

I recall reading that systemd was supposed to start more things in parallel or something to speed boot times (system doesn't seem to boot any faster that before), so I'm highly suspect of systemd, but maybe I need to do some purging of upstart to do? Upstart seems like it is still installed among l...
by TheRazorsEdge
Thu Oct 19, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card with 6x or 8x mini-HDMI ports?
Replies: 12
Views: 4162

Re: Video card with 6x or 8x mini-HDMI ports?

DisplayPort is compatible with Thunderbolt and therefore more flexible for use in computing applications in general. HDMI was designed primarily for AV devices, and it shows. 1. DisplayPort has supported variable refresh rates (VESA adaptive sync) for years; HDMI just added support for VRR in Januar...