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by TheRazorsEdge
Thu Oct 19, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card with 6x or 8x mini-HDMI ports?
Replies: 10
Views: 421

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 SAS9211-8
Replies: 16
Views: 694

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: 292

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: 375

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: 29
Views: 1090

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: 608

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: 1052

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: 608

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: 1052

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: 26
Views: 2163

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: 256

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: 256

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: 957

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: 480

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: 480

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: 2749

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: 2771

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: 4342

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: 2094

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: 1954

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: 1130

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.
by TheRazorsEdge
Wed Jan 25, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Do G-Sync or FreeSync work through KVMs?
Replies: 11
Views: 1130

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

Usually not, I'd wager. I have a very old and cheap KVM that passes through whatever it gets. Analog quality isn't impressive, but I can push any resolution/refresh up to the max it supports. It's too basic to care. Then I have a mid-range KVM that only supports particular settings and displays a wa...
by TheRazorsEdge
Wed Jan 25, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: How to trigger events on login
Replies: 6
Views: 1148

Re: How to trigger events on login

(1) can be worked around by restarting the service, (2) by killing the process and manually starting the executable. You can assign a login script to each user that does this (either #1 or #2, although #1 is preferred). As an administrator, you can configure the script to run as SYSTEM so it doesn'...
by TheRazorsEdge
Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Peace or tech.
Replies: 40
Views: 1493

Re: Peace or tech.

A significant advantage in technical or military capacity can provide a means of ensuring peace. In the absence of such a strong-arm peace, that same technical and military prowess affords greater levels of devastation in a conflict. So, I would say that the answer depends on both the presence and c...
by TheRazorsEdge
Tue Jan 17, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: A few nuts and bolts questions
Replies: 9
Views: 5860

Re: A few nuts and bolts questions

It sounds like Vhalidictes has some experience with mini-ITX. His points are all spot on. I'd add that both the PSU and GPU power connectors can be an issue depending on the make/model of each component. Look for compatibility lists or go to SFF/HTPC forums to verify fit, if at all possible. Be prep...
by TheRazorsEdge
Tue Jan 17, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Japan - worlds smallest orbital rocket
Replies: 19
Views: 794

Re: Japan - worlds smallest orbital rocket

Would you really? OR... Could you launch it in a specific time/trajectory, and cut the rocket off with such precision that it would near match the ISS.. and given its light weight (roughly the weight of two men) could they not just basically put a big butterfly net out to catch it? sounds ridiculou...
by TheRazorsEdge
Tue Jan 17, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Weird download/upload ratio
Replies: 12
Views: 1263

Re: Weird download/upload ratio

I think it's the $200 router verizon router. I used the PC in another location and it was doing fine. I paid 200 for that thing. Can you help me out with which is a good router? 1. Do you have another PC (or wifi-enabled device) that you could test in the same area where the PC showed poor performa...
by TheRazorsEdge
Fri Jan 13, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Should we be afraid of Intels's Managament Engine?
Replies: 30
Views: 2489

Re: Should we be afraid of Intels's Managament Engine?

TBH, though, I think this whole "issue" is tinfoil hat territory. I wouldn't make buying decisions about either chip vendor based on this. They have explicitly refused to support newer CPUs with the management enclaves. Given the popularity of those remote management features in the enter...
by TheRazorsEdge
Fri Jan 13, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Nintendo Switch
Replies: 41
Views: 7450

Re: Nintendo Switch

And I said it a while back, but you also have to consider the Switch as a *possible* 3DS replacement.  Nintendo won't say anything to that effect until/unless the Switch is successful, but a (new) New 3DS XL goes for $200.  With such a small price gap between the two, it puts Switch in a solid posi...
by TheRazorsEdge
Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Should we be afraid of Intels's Managament Engine?
Replies: 30
Views: 2489

Re: Should we be afraid of Intels's Managament Engine?

I think I'll go and read up more on Linux Malware so I will know how to prevent getting infected and remove it just in case. I'm afraid I have gotten spoiled over the years by not having to deal with malware for some time. Rootkits derive their name from the Unix/Linux hosts they originally infecte...