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by The Egg
Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1098
Views: 93247

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

@ liquid - If you're just demoing the shed, how about a propane torch at night after they go to sleep? I don't have enough beer to pay off the fire department. Plus I have electric to deal with and who knows what black and white creatures are living under it! The thought of an "accident" ...
by The Egg
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1098
Views: 93247

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

@ liquid - If you're just demoing the shed, how about a propane torch at night after they go to sleep?
by The Egg
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Which piece of hardware do you research the most? Why?
Replies: 34
Views: 847

Re: Which piece of hardware do you research the most? Why?

For motherboards and GPUs, most of my research is on the general chip/chipset. I typically know which brands/form factor/product tier I'm going to be looking in beforehand, so figuring out the details doesn't take long. For time spent researching a specific model, I'd also say monitor.
by The Egg
Fri Jul 13, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Old PCI card in modern PC
Replies: 31
Views: 1563

Re: Old PCI card in modern PC

A PCI graphics card, should work just fine, if the card, PC and bridge are all properly spec compliant, which they should be. The spec takes all this into consideration. To software, a PCIe to PCI bridge looks like a PCI to PCI bridge, so your GPU may be on another Bus number, but it will still wor...
by The Egg
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Old PCI card in modern PC
Replies: 31
Views: 1563

Re: Old PCI card in modern PC

Anyhow, before you get to the discussion of OS, I doubt you'll even be able to get the BIOS to make any attempt at using standard PCI for display. It'll basically just use the onboard gpu and give you the finger. If the motherboard supports IGP there's likely a BIOS setting to determine whether it ...
by The Egg
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Old PCI card in modern PC
Replies: 31
Views: 1563

Re: Old PCI card in modern PC

I used to have a Matrox Mystique 4MB PCI 8) . Excellent card for it's day, even compared to most of the early AGP cards (I was building alot of systems with crap S3 Virge and Intel 740's at the time). Anyhow, before you get to the discussion of OS, I doubt you'll even be able to get the BIOS to make...
by The Egg
Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3173
Views: 126531

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I wouldn't be surprised if there were a considerable number of people here in CA searching for quinoa recipes, but yeah it does seem a little hit or miss. I don't really have anything against quinoa its self. It's just on the same level as avocado toast now as something trendy. I don’t mind the fla...
by The Egg
Mon Jun 25, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: EOL: Windows 7 + CPU w/o SSE2
Replies: 65
Views: 2328

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

This would be like grousing that the 486 you bought in 1990 didn't run XP in 2004. Your timeline is quite a ways off, plus a 486 was never able to run XP. Some of the affected systems would have been <4 years old at the time of Win7 release, and were listed as officially supported products. A bette...
by The Egg
Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: EOL: Windows 7 + CPU w/o SSE2
Replies: 65
Views: 2328

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

I know those systems are pretty old now, but silently cutting off security updates on paid/licensed systems which had been running an OS fully-supported for years is bulls***. It'd be one thing if it were a new OS release or if the OS were EOL, but that's not the case.
by The Egg
Mon Jun 04, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: What happens if I upgrade?
Replies: 14
Views: 667

Re: What happens if I upgrade?

It's an interesting, if philosophical, point right? At what point is it a new computer such that MS would be justified in saying I need to get a new license? The license is tied to the motherboard. I've also heard/read about "such and such number of changes", but never actually managed to...
by The Egg
Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: What happens if I upgrade?
Replies: 14
Views: 667

Re: What happens if I upgrade?

What's the right words? "I had to replace the motherboard in my computer." (?) Pretty much. They don't deactivate the old license though, and since he's building a new system, he should technically be buying a new one. Are you really breaking any rules if they just give it to you without ...
by The Egg
Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: What happens if I upgrade?
Replies: 14
Views: 667

Re: What happens if I upgrade?

Well......going into detail might be a somewhat grey-area topic, but you can always give MS tech support a call. They're usually exceptionally generous with the licenses if you say the right things (though some might consider doing this in very poor taste).
by The Egg
Fri May 25, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3173
Views: 126531

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

In HS we learned to type on IBM "Wheelwriter" typewriters. My current place of employment had several in use when I started, and still has a couple. I would imagine they're some sort of buckling spring similar to a Model M, but the keyfeel is excellent.
by The Egg
Wed May 23, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Car accident, what is insurance's responsibility?
Replies: 34
Views: 1400

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

OP indicated a 500 dollar deductible. Unless "scuffed" actually means bent metal or deeply scratched paint, we're not almost certainly not talking anything near that high in damages. Driver-side side rearview mirrors aren't that expensive typically. Thus, you're not really paying the dedu...
by The Egg
Wed May 23, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Car accident, what is insurance's responsibility?
Replies: 34
Views: 1400

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

Anyone who has dealt with another party's insurance company knows that it's almost always a nightmare. They will jerk you around at every turn, try to send you to shoddy repair shops who do lousy work, and string everything out for as long as possible. It's not worth the time or aggravation. If she ...
by The Egg
Mon May 14, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Very basic packet sniffing against invader
Replies: 23
Views: 1838

Re: Very basic packet sniffing against invader

It's going to be impossible to completely secure XP at this point, and I honestly wouldn't waste your time trying. Since her issue is almost certainly the UI, that's where I would focus your efforts. Others have suggested Classic Shell, and I think this (or something similar) is the way to go. Get t...
by The Egg
Fri May 11, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3173
Views: 126531

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

surgery day happened. tonsilectomy, septoplasty to correct my deviated septum, and a big fat portion of my turbinates cut out so i can finally breathe when the healings over. Right now though, looking forward to days of annoying pain :-? . Can you believe my work sent me home with a load hoping it'...
by The Egg
Fri May 11, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen stable now?
Replies: 6
Views: 1404

Re: Ryzen stable now?

It's a new chipset (and I don't trust Asmedia for anything), so if you really want to be sure, wait 6 months. In any case, coming from a 7700k hardly seems like an upgrade. You'll be losing a some performance in gaming and lightly threaded workloads. You'd have to really need those additional cores ...
by The Egg
Mon May 07, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3173
Views: 126531

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Holy necro threads today.
by The Egg
Tue May 01, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Lawsuit alleges Samsung, Micron, and Hynix colluded to drive up DRAM prices
Replies: 11
Views: 1371

Re: Lawsuit alleges Samsung, Micron, and Hynix colluded to drive up DRAM prices

It should be a minimum 8x the previous fine for the second violation, and a further exponential increase (or a large percentage of their gross income) for the 3rd.
by The Egg
Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3173
Views: 126531

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

The TX3 looks to be a very nice 92mm cooler, but I can’t find it anywhere reputable (and where it is available, the price is jacked up). Yeah, I noticed that. They used to be easy to find for ~$20 on sale; WTF? I actually have a couple of used ones in my spares pile, but unfortunately I don't think...
by The Egg
Sat Apr 28, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3173
Views: 126531

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Your heatsink is 160 mm tall. http://www.coolermaster.com/cooling/cpu-air-cooler/hyper-212-led/ Your case can accept coolers up to 138 mm tall. http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?area=en&pid=330 A Hyper TX3 Evo is 136 mm tall. http://www.coolermaster.com/cooling/cpu-air-cooler/hyper-tx3-...
by The Egg
Fri Apr 27, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3173
Views: 126531

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Being that I strongly dislike the mounting mechanism on the CM 212 EVO, I was happy to snag a 212 LED for a mere $15 (without rebates at the time) for my new build. I figured if the lights bothered me, I’d either snip them or swap the fan. Finally got around to pulling the old system from my GD-07B ...
by The Egg
Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Why can't I post links in my threads?
Replies: 2
Views: 863

Re: Why can't I post links in my threads?

I believe there's a small post-count requirement before you can post links. This is to help prevent spammers from registering and immediately putting up links to malicious sites. I believe the number of posts is pretty low, so hang out and chat for a bit. Welcome to the forums.
by The Egg
Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Microsoft 1 - Hardened E-Criminal 0
Replies: 32
Views: 3137

Re: Microsoft 1 - Hardened E-Criminal 0

The world is filled with absolute morons and idiots, so it stands to reason that attorneys and judges (being drawn of the same pool) are not exempt. If changing the entire basis of your legal defense doesn’t mean anything “because they’re just different words”, then what’s the point of having a defe...
by The Egg
Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3173
Views: 126531

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Captain Ned wrote:
Just found out that the woman who was killed in that Southwest Airlines engine failure grew up living in the house I now own.

:-?

I'm gonna go ahead and suggest you not take any window seats directly over the wing for a while.
by The Egg
Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3173
Views: 126531

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Amazon finally updated their settings to allow businesses to specify whether they can accept weekend deliveries. Previously there was no way of doing this, even for "Amazon Business" accounts, which was a ridiculous waste. My single workplace alone had dozens of failed weekend delivery att...
by The Egg
Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: weird issue would like your input
Replies: 22
Views: 5571

Re: weird issue would like your input

I'm not a fan of Gigabyte boards lately. My parents FM2 setup randomly reboots since installing W10, and follows no pattern nor gives any indication as to why (it was solid under W7, so I can only guess drivers, though I've tried different versions of most everything). More recently, my nephew bough...
by The Egg
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: weird issue would like your input
Replies: 22
Views: 5571

Re: weird issue would like your input

I'm actually glad I saw this thread. I'm getting ready to hand down my 2500k Sandy system to my parents, and it still has the original CMOS battery from 2011. Gotta say, this is the first time I've used something as my main rig for so long that the battery was due for replacement.
by The Egg
Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win10 still capable of activating on Win7 keys, apparently...
Replies: 38
Views: 4980

Re: Win10 still capable of activating on Win7 keys, apparently...

Speaking of advertising.... Does it seem strange to anyone else that Menards repeatedly plays their commercials while you're in the store ? You're already there. By whatever method, they've been successful in getting you inside and shopping. I don't understand what they're trying to accomplish by fu...
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