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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: 1313

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: 1313

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: 4588

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: 703

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: 188
Views: 5111

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: 188
Views: 5111

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: 188
Views: 5111

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: 2184

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: 2184

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: 1442

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...
by TheRazorsEdge
Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:35 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: LSI SAS9211-8i
Replies: 22
Views: 1244

Re: LSI SAS9211-8

Couple of things to keep in mind... they have high-density SAS connectors onboard, so you'll need some special breakout cables to connect to standard SATA drives (you'll need two of these if you want to use all 8 ports): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018YHS8BS/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s01?ie=...
by TheRazorsEdge
Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: What is the temp needed for the second fan on Old-ish Gigabyte Radeon 6850 to spin
Replies: 5
Views: 452

Re: What is the temp needed for the second fan on Old-ish Gigabyte Radeon 6850 to spin

i ran furmark on that card for the first time ever and it does not appear to be stressing out the card beyond 76-78 C. At those temperatures, I would expect the fan to be running. Very few graphics cards will power down fans in the first place, but they should definitely be working hard then---that...
by TheRazorsEdge
Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Microsleep detection?
Replies: 6
Views: 1303

Re: Microsleep detection?

Was wondering about the topic, then realized technology would be progressing towards this if we don't have it already. Are there any consumer fitness trackers or similar devices currently on the market that could detect whether or not the wearer was experiencing microsleeps ? This is probably possi...
by TheRazorsEdge
Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: 31½" 2560x1440 @144Hz FreeSync2 for $550
Replies: 35
Views: 2470

Re: 31½" 2560x1440 @144Hz FreeSync2 for $550

So that basically says Freesync 2s functionality is only attainable with an enabled card or video player. It doesn't specify that it's a separate mode from HDR10. It specifically says that Freesync 2 is a compromise in visual quality for the sake of input lag. Compromise = trade-offs = not full imp...
by TheRazorsEdge
Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows Module Installer Worker (TIWorker.exe) and the High CPU Usage
Replies: 14
Views: 1652

Re: Windows Module Installer Worker (TIWorker.exe) and the High CPU Usage

I thought that was more about portability? Isn't it built on top of the same underlying OS foundation (which will still need to be patched "the old fashioned way") under the hood? Universal apps run in a container of sorts. It provides a different API and abstraction layer than what Win32...
by TheRazorsEdge
Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Sometimes FireFox won't start
Replies: 21
Views: 2093

Re: Sometimes FireFox won't start

I tried this a few months ago and really didn't have any idea what I might be looking for, or where in the event logs I might find it. I even went so far as to clear the logs, then try to launch FF, then look at the logs, and really nothing stood out. But maybe I was looking in the wrong place, so ...
by TheRazorsEdge
Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows Module Installer Worker (TIWorker.exe) and the High CPU Usage
Replies: 14
Views: 1652

Re: Windows Module Installer Worker (TIWorker.exe) and the High CPU Usage

but I'm wondering what I did, exactly, and if there's a more foolproof way of dealing with this issue? That is basically the most foolproof way to resolve update issues (unless they are caused by something besides Windows, of course). You did two things: Method 7 repairs your Windows installation, ...
by TheRazorsEdge
Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:29 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Sometimes FireFox won't start
Replies: 21
Views: 2093

Re: Sometimes FireFox won't start

I've seen something similar caused by a security product. If you have any IPS/IDS/antivirus applications, try removing or reinstalling them. This could apply to anything that installs I/O filter drivers, so monitoring and backup applications could also cause a hang on disk access. These are the easi...
by TheRazorsEdge
Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Cisco ASA keeps killing my SSH connections
Replies: 41
Views: 4614

Re: Cisco ASA keeps killing my SSH connections

Customer has provided me with a configuration that works on a Cisco ASA and I have the one that does not. The key difference seems to be routed vs transparent mode. I'm planning on verifying that I still have the problem after I rejiggered the network a bit, then configuring in transparent mode and...
by TheRazorsEdge
Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: SNMP UPTIME and FWSM
Replies: 4
Views: 379

Re: SNMP UPTIME and FWSM

If the firewall has any known security vulnerabilities. With Cisco releasing firmware updates regularly and the stated uptime being nearly a year, you can almost guarantee there are known vulnerabilities. Our network guys typically only update in response to vulnerabilities (unless the update inclu...
by TheRazorsEdge
Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: SNMP UPTIME and FWSM
Replies: 4
Views: 379

Re: SNMP UPTIME and FWSM

1- Is there any possibility that the FWSM module (Firewall Version 4.1(3)) reboots when the counter rollover? 2- Is there any possibility that we lost the access to the FWSM module when the counter rollover? 3- Is there any possibility that the show version command get affected and do not show the ...
by TheRazorsEdge
Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How much of the Vega team is devoted to Apple drivers?
Replies: 10
Views: 2473

Re: How much of the Vega team is devoted to Apple drivers?

Apple is one customer, and very likely to be the biggest for a while. Can you name one that could be bigger? Can you point to one shred of evidence that Apple is that large of a customer for Vega? You made the claim; it's your job to support it. Right now, AMD can barely keep up with demand. Vega p...
by TheRazorsEdge
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Upgrading a VM Host CPU Question
Replies: 7
Views: 641

Re: Upgrading a VM Host CPU Question

I am by no means a VMWare expert, but my understanding of the matter leads me to believe that the CPU is presented by the Hypervisor to the guest OS as a rather generic virtual CPU, which should prevent the scenario you raised in your question. This is incorrect. The guest OS should see the correct...
by TheRazorsEdge
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:46 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Upgrading a VM Host CPU Question
Replies: 7
Views: 641

Re: Upgrading a VM Host CPU Question

I wasn't sure which section of the forum to actually post this in so please forgive me! I've never swapped a CPU on a VM host before and I'm curious if it will make the guest OS's freak out and possibly make them want to reactivate against Microsoft? I'm running VMWare's vSphere Hypervisor 6.5a on ...
by TheRazorsEdge
Tue Aug 29, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Which upgrade for more FPS, from an i5-3570K GTX 970
Replies: 22
Views: 5558

Re: Which upgrade for more FPS, from an i5-3570K GTX 970

My current rig is i5-3570K 8 GB DDR3 1333 system memory, was some basic cheap Adata RAM (I'm keen to up this to at least 16GB, but depends on when I plan to swap cpu / mobo etc) ASUS P8Z77-m https://www.asus.com/nz/Motherboards/P8Z77M/specifications/ GTX 970 4GB The minimum requirements are: Proces...
by TheRazorsEdge
Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: About Silicon Lottery
Replies: 28
Views: 5114

Re: About Silicon Lottery

At stock clocks, there is no real benefit to lowering the temperature. Even overclocked, over-volted CPUs last until obsolescence unless it's taken to the extreme. I'm all for modding and customization, but I don't see the value in lowering the CPU core temp by 5-10C if it's going to sit at stock an...
by TheRazorsEdge
Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Case Dust Filtration
Replies: 47
Views: 4561

Re: Case Dust Filtration

Count this as another vote for DEMCi filters. If you get the kits, it comes with adhesive magnetic strips that stick to the side of the case. The filters are held in place by the magnets. The magnets are just strong enough to hold the filters on. They pull off very easily for routine cleaning. I ord...
by TheRazorsEdge
Fri Feb 03, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: games with 16gb system requirements...fact? or fiction?
Replies: 28
Views: 2295

Re: games with 16gb system requirements...fact? or fiction?

RAM is cheap. I got 32 GB so I don't have to worry about stuff like this until it's time to upgrade again.

And I use Chrome.
by TheRazorsEdge
Wed Jan 25, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Needing New Phone - Suggestions?
Replies: 17
Views: 1980

Re: Needing New Phone - Suggestions?

Also cool that they ship it with a pre-applied screen protector, plastic one or not.  I've been saying manufacturers should do that for years. I can update you guys once I have it if anyone is interested or wants me to try anything on it. Screen protectors were important in the 90s when regular sty...
by TheRazorsEdge
Wed Jan 25, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Do G-Sync or FreeSync work through KVMs?
Replies: 11
Views: 1282

Re: Do G-Sync or FreeSync work through KVMs?

blahsaysblah wrote:
I havnt played "serious" games in long time but don't you still need PS/2 keyboards for competitive games? Arent all KVM USB nowadays?

No.

All the e-sports teams are using fancy gamer keyboards. With higher polling rates, USB can be lower latency than PS/2 now.