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by balzi
Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:59 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Old M478A Pro SB_LED flashing.
Replies: 8
Views: 1684

Re: Old M478A Pro SB_LED flashing.

Hi folks this is just a courtest note to thank you for your advice a few weeks back. I took the PSU back and they refunded my money and seemed genuinely surprised that the PSU didn't work. I ordered a Antec 380W PSU from ebay for $10 less and I'm typing on my machine as we speak. It was a great thin...
by balzi
Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Old M478A Pro SB_LED flashing.
Replies: 8
Views: 1684

Re: Old M478A Pro SB_LED flashing.

My brother in law and I discovered that the new power supply does not provide -5V on Pin 20 (the white lead). The lead is not present. Is it likely that this is the problem? Modern-ish (as in made in the past 10+ years) motherboards don't use the -5V rail. While your motherboard is old, it isn't th...
by balzi
Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Old M478A Pro SB_LED flashing.
Replies: 8
Views: 1684

Re: Old M478A Pro SB_LED flashing.

[quote="DPete27"]I hate to say it (because I agree it's probably the PSU to blame), but you might want to think about an upgrade. Even something like a G4560 for A$90 , mobo w/ 4 RAM slots for A$105 , and 8GB RAM for A$170 is going to blow that old system out of the water. [\quote] I had c...
by balzi
Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Old M478A Pro SB_LED flashing.
Replies: 8
Views: 1684

Re: Old M478A Pro SB_LED flashing.

My brother in law and I discovered that the new power supply does not provide -5V on Pin 20 (the white lead). The lead is not present. Is it likely that this is the problem? I can certainly take the PSU back. I only bought it yesterday and have a receipt. The reason I do not want to continue running...
by balzi
Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Old M478A Pro SB_LED flashing.
Replies: 8
Views: 1684

Re: Old M478A Pro SB_LED flashing.

I pulled my GC, attached the monitor to the onboard DVI port, unplugged everything except the PWR button header and a PS2 keyboard and it posted.

I am trying to attach an image here.

Image
by balzi
Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:52 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Old M478A Pro SB_LED flashing.
Replies: 8
Views: 1684

Old M478A Pro SB_LED flashing.

Hi All Wow.. I haven't logged in here for years. But it was the second place I'm trying after ASUS support seems oddly tied down. A few kids, changing jobs, and a very stable PC for the longest time (8 years) have meant i didn't keep up my TR appearances. How is everyone? So remember that stable PC ...
by balzi
Tue Jan 31, 2012 12:56 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Going back to XP
Replies: 19
Views: 3488

Re: Going back to XP

Find new software, XP really sucks in pretty much every day-to-day way. It's a MASSIVE change in performance. Whatever software you're using, find something else, it beats using a DECADE old OS. Been using XP on my work machine since 2004. Why would i go and find a new version of some software that...
by balzi
Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:45 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 6850 Triple Monitor Support Woes. What they don't tell you.
Replies: 34
Views: 12302

Re: 6850 Triple Monitor Support Woes. What they don't tell y

Thanks for having this conversation guys. I was having the exact same problem but didn't realise. I bought a Dell XPS xxxx with a 6670. No DisplayPort, but a DVI, VGA and HDMI. Any two screens would work but I couldn't never get the third up simultaneously. I read the bit about needing to use Displa...
by balzi
Sun Oct 24, 2010 7:10 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 6850/6870 reviewed
Replies: 28
Views: 1771

Re: 6850/6870 reviewed

flip-mode wrote:
- even my P2X4 955 BE.


it's probably just me, but did anyone else read this as "Pentium 2 x4955".. :o good grief man, an upgrade would be better than upgrading that anyway :D
by balzi
Thu Oct 14, 2010 4:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: How many can my wife handle at once!?
Replies: 11
Views: 1940

Re: How many can my wife handle at once!?

yeah way to go guys. We're talking about this guys wife and all you can think of is stupid sexual jokes. Grow up, or go find a forum for 12 y.o's edit: sorry, just realised, some of you might actually *be* 12.. I hope you weren't insulted by the fact that I think a 12 y.o has precious little tact, r...
by balzi
Mon Oct 11, 2010 5:17 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Will there be a ATI price drop next week?
Replies: 8
Views: 1106

Re: Will there be a ATI price drop next week?

ultima_trev wrote:
....
$300-325: HD 6870
$380: HD 5870
....

Did you accidently get those mixed up?
If not, then I definitely missed some important information about why the 5870 is potentially better than the 6870. please explain.
by balzi
Wed Oct 06, 2010 4:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3922
Views: 565039

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Garland of Grace - Small Town Poets
by balzi
Fri Sep 17, 2010 12:56 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Samba setup to follow symlinks
Replies: 4
Views: 1861

Re: Samba setup to follow symlinks

cool. thanks JBI. I'm usually interested in what is going on, but sometimes I just want it to work.
by balzi
Thu Sep 16, 2010 11:45 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Samba setup to follow symlinks
Replies: 4
Views: 1861

Re: Samba setup to follow symlinks

So long story short, "wide links = yes" doesn't work anymore since some version of Samba, unless "unix extensions = no" is declared as well. Woot mate (Aussie for Woot!).. axeman, you are the biggest baddest Linux guru!! I read up on some angry users trying to resolve their samb...
by balzi
Thu Sep 16, 2010 10:07 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Samba setup to follow symlinks
Replies: 4
Views: 1861

Re: Samba setup to follow symlinks

That should work, but there is something at work here that has to do with a security flaw in Samba, try this: follow symlinks = yes wide links = yes unix extensions = no That's what I have. The "wide links" parameter allows accessing files outside the structure already shared with samba. ...
by balzi
Thu Sep 16, 2010 9:15 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Samba setup to follow symlinks
Replies: 4
Views: 1861

Samba setup to follow symlinks

Hi everyone got a Samba issue here. I have been using SWAT and the builtin SuSE 11.1 Samba setup (via yast) to get my Samba shares working. I have a user 'matt' on the server which I login as just for security. (don't want a share pointing at some important directory) and the samba login only gets p...
by balzi
Thu Aug 05, 2010 7:12 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Something wrong with this script? PHP
Replies: 11
Views: 2535

Re: Something wrong with this script? PHP

I did find something odd: it appears that you're double-checking the user/pw through mysql *after* they authenticated? Isn't it redundant, or am I missing something? perhaps $db_username and $db_password are a fixed set (maybe root and ??? ) that will let the script access mysql to check the userna...
by balzi
Wed Aug 04, 2010 8:48 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: STARCRAFTII - TONIGHT!!!
Replies: 107
Views: 5530

Re: STARCRAFTII - TONIGHT!!!

http://www.sc2mod.com/board/index.php?page=Thread&threadID=77, the memory limit for scripts is no secret. It really puts a damper on the editor's potential. The "fix" will likely require a "fee" like the other extra features that Blizzard-Activision kept hinting at. This stu...
by balzi
Wed Aug 04, 2010 12:01 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: common trade-offs (warning: non-serious thread)
Replies: 24
Views: 1358

Re: common trade-offs (warning: non-serious thread)

Been 5 weeks so far and its now a full beard. Started along the lines of I wonder how long this can go before I get pissed off and shave it. So far I've learned that mustaches are prickly and get in the way. This thing has got to go soon.[/quote] It only takes me 3 days to get so annoyed that I wan...
by balzi
Tue Aug 03, 2010 11:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: common trade-offs (warning: non-serious thread)
Replies: 24
Views: 1358

Re: common trade-offs (warning: non-serious thread)

Trade-off: 1 pillow vs 2 pillows on a single-sized bed. 1 pillow is not enough to cover the entire length of the mattress which causes me to wake up with my head flat on the mattress. Two pillows however, are far too much for the mattress and you are stuck with this obnoxious overlapped hill of pil...
by balzi
Tue Aug 03, 2010 10:58 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: STARCRAFTII - TONIGHT!!!
Replies: 107
Views: 5530

Re: STARCRAFTII - TONIGHT!!!

I am not fooled by the "pew-pew, pretty lights". The graphics reek WC3 w/DX9 level effects. Haven't played it, so can't comment on campaign.. but I hope there's not too many people "fooled" by your grumpy bashing of the game. There's nothing really wrong with enhancing (rather t...
by balzi
Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: common trade-offs (warning: non-serious thread)
Replies: 24
Views: 1358

common trade-offs (warning: non-serious thread)

hey people I let my beard grow for 10 days or so, and decided that instead of wasting all that hard-work, I'd just shave off the edges and call it an intentional beard. Now I know that typically this is a -10 points move in terms of prickliness and scores from the wife are in the -1million range. bu...
by balzi
Tue Jul 27, 2010 12:12 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The tools thread.
Replies: 26
Views: 1524

Re: The tools thread.

What does a Fluke multimeter do for $200 that a standard multimeter doesn't do for $10-$20? This is a genuine question, given the dramatic difference in cost between Fluke and everything else. It's a very hard point to argue that its worth the money. Certainly they are better in some ways. I haven'...
by balzi
Thu Jul 15, 2010 6:59 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 5870 or gtx 480
Replies: 51
Views: 3749

Re: 5870 or gtx 480

I'd have a pretty hard time getting excited about a GTX 480. It uses more power under load than a 5970 (although given the price, it's not like I want a 5970 either). It seems Nvidia is basically focusing on HPC applications, I'd like to hear how a gamer could justify a Fermi without being a fanboy...
by balzi
Sun Jul 11, 2010 9:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Wow, I'm smart
Replies: 17
Views: 1735

Re: Wow, I'm smart

well I guess we'll find out - did you wake up this morning? Well, no response so far. We moving onto taking bets? :lol: He posted a couple days later, just not to this thread: http://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=68431&p=1027653#p1027653 $5 says he died 12 hours later, and the F...
by balzi
Mon Jun 28, 2010 12:19 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: VHDL?
Replies: 52
Views: 19491

Re: VHDL?

All I know is switching from VHDL coding to C# to assembly and back really makes my head hurt. Something about the different mentalities makes throwing VHDL into the mix an almost impossible task for me. One or the other at a time, not both. Oh, lets try to toss a little board layout in there too. ...
by balzi
Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Summer movie season
Replies: 55
Views: 5687

Re: Summer movie season

kvndoom wrote:
Robin Hood, ...
Prince of Persia ...


I liked both of them.
Did you like National Treasure? What kind of movies do you normally like?
They definitely weren't incredible feats of story-telling, but I enjoyed both.. and in PoP's case, I saw it again coz I liked it so much.
by balzi
Tue Jun 22, 2010 9:41 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: VHDL?
Replies: 52
Views: 19491

Re: VHDL?

Heh... if you'd witnessed first-hand the series of events which led to the creation of this project (and me being asked to do some of the FPGA work) you probably wouldn't think so! :lol: But, at the end of the day I still get to learn something new and interesting so overall I'd say it is a net pos...
by balzi
Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:21 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Picks for NBA Finals
Replies: 58
Views: 8793

Re: Picks for NBA Finals

Actually - does anyone know if lottery and trading follows whenever the finals conclude, or is there a fixed date? Lottery picks were set on 5/18/2010. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_NBA_Draft sorry, I don't mean the lottery draw.. I should have said "draft" - that's what i meant? the ...
by balzi
Wed Jun 16, 2010 12:37 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: VHDL?
Replies: 52
Views: 19491

Re: VHDL?

what is truly awesome about this - is that they've gone in house to develop something when their resource (JBI) obviously couldn't do it, but they knew he eventually could do it. that's a great employer. I've hacked in some VHDL before. It was truly messy :) .. if you want to relate it to programmin...
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