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by Veerappan
Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Updating issues in Linux MInt
Replies: 24
Views: 674

Re: Updating issues in Linux MInt

Ah, and I was still confused because the A4-7300 is actually a chip that belongs in 6000-series APU naming. :-? They probably still had too much stock of one of the older chips. It's confirmable as Terascale because AMD's pages for the GCN-based APUs note DX12 support. Yeah, AMD's radeon model numb...
by Veerappan
Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Updating issues in Linux MInt
Replies: 24
Views: 674

Re: Updating issues in Linux MInt

The A4-7300 is claimed as TeraScale 3 (Richland, released in 2013, with a piledriver CPU) and that page links to the AMD product page: https://products.amd.com/en-us/search/APU/AMD-A-Series-Processors/AMD-A4-Series-APU-for-Desktops/A4-7300-with-Radeon%E2%84%A2-HD-8470D/30 Most of the hits I'm findi...
by Veerappan
Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Updating issues in Linux MInt
Replies: 24
Views: 674

Re: Updating issues in Linux MInt

I had been using wikipedia as my source for the CPU/GPU combination: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_AMD_accelerated_processing_unit_microprocessors The A4-7300 is claimed as TeraScale 3 (Richland, released in 2013 2014, with a piledriver CPU) and that page links to the AMD product page: https...
by Veerappan
Thu Jul 05, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Updating issues in Linux MInt
Replies: 24
Views: 674

Re: Updating issues in Linux MInt

As was said earlier (thanks JBI for the step-by-step), you'll need to actually execute the file you downloaded from a terminal using 'sh'/'bash' or just setting the executable bits and running it. The old AMD drivers (and maybe the new ones too) are packaged as a self-extracting executable shell scr...
by Veerappan
Fri Apr 06, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: I broke down -
Replies: 27
Views: 3205

Re: I broke down -

Looks like Dells 13.3" Ryzen builds just hit the market...a couple I definitely would've wanted just showed up at my local BB. Those look really promising. 13", IPS, officially supports 16GB ram but I suspect that they can go to 32GB, 256GB SSD, Mixture of HDMI, USB-C, and USB-A, with an ...
by Veerappan
Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: I broke down -
Replies: 27
Views: 3205

Re: I broke down -

I've got a 2009 Macbook Pro 13" that is really starting to show its age, and an AMD-based equivalent to the T440p that I have at work, but with faster graphics, would be wonderful. Hopefully Apple will update the MacBook Pro lineup with 8th gen Intel soon. A 13" MacBook Pro with a quad co...
by Veerappan
Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: I broke down -
Replies: 27
Views: 3205

Re: I broke down -

Completely agree that AMD's partners are really screwing up with the Ryzen APU landscape. The IdeaPad 720s was almost perfect for my needs until I saw that it was single-channel. I'm really hoping that the ThinkPad A485 (Q3 supposedly) ends up hitting all of the right checkboxes, or I may just give ...
by Veerappan
Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Power precision screwdriver
Replies: 45
Views: 4727

Re: Power precision screwdriver

Ditto. Might need to get myself one of those. You hit the end with a hammer which drives the bit down in the screw head and also torques the screw to undo it. Mainly used on automotive stuff, I wouldn't be using something like that on anything like computers! Agreed. But it still looks like a reall...
by Veerappan
Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Power precision screwdriver
Replies: 45
Views: 4727

Re: Power precision screwdriver

Sometimes, putting a thin piece of rubber - cut a piece from a balloon - between the screwdriver bit and the screw head helps. Ooh, I like that one. Also, in reply to the OP: Occasionally if I've got a stubborn screw that refuses to come out where the bit is the right size for the screw head, but m...
by Veerappan
Fri Oct 06, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution
Replies: 97
Views: 14182

Re: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution

I had a couple nokias and a flip phone or two before I started my smartphone history. iPhone 8GB (original model, dad has that now as a glorified iPod) iPhone 4 32GB (currently functioning as a music player in an iPod dock for the kids) Nexus 5 32GB That Nexus 5 is currently almost 3 years old, and ...
by Veerappan
Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Help to Undervolt FX 8320
Replies: 24
Views: 7054

Re: Help to Undervolt FX 8320

I have to agree with JBI, there's something wrong with your heatsink/fan/thermal-paste. That CPU should not be getting that hot if your cooling system is working correctly (and isn't undersized for the CPU you've got installed).
by Veerappan
Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My first Notebook, how to care for it.
Replies: 65
Views: 9851

Re: My first Notebook, how to care for it.

Lithium batteries wear out faster when they're flat. Keep them topped up when possible and if you can, avoid running them all the way down to zero. I've heard conflicting advice about this. Everyone seems to agree (and my experience confirms) that leaving them sit in a discharged state for extended...
by Veerappan
Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 10074

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

The first is that Linux prefers the system clock to be UTC and Windows prefers it to be local. It's easier to fix the Linux side, but I don't care enough, so Windows just thinks my time zone is UTC. No big deal. You can configure windows to recognize and work with a system clock that is set to UTC ...
by Veerappan
Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:02 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?
Replies: 60
Views: 17760

Re: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?

I was forced to replace the previous array of 2TB Greens (now called Blues) because of the awful head-parking issue that I didn't realise until after the damage was done. Silly question, but why don't you replace the Reds with newer Blues, and just disable (or extend the time of) the head parking? ...
by Veerappan
Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Looking for the safest, strongest storage, help
Replies: 9
Views: 2654

Re: Looking for the safest, strongest storage, help

No drive is guaranteed not to break. If you have valuable data, you need to keep multiple copies in multiple physical locations. This. If you have just one copy, there's nothing preventing you from accidentally deleting/overwriting your only copy while you're working someday. There's also no guaran...
by Veerappan
Fri Jan 27, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Linux for College Students
Replies: 64
Views: 17465

Re: Linux for College Students

Re Windows vs Linux for embedded... The last three embedded projects I was involved in all used toolchains which were well-supported on Linux. There was no need to use Windows at all on the development side, and I prefer to work in Linux anyway, so the decision was easy. The two jobs I had prior to...
by Veerappan
Tue Jan 24, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Desktop environments suck
Replies: 76
Views: 11047

Re: Desktop environments suck

Removing features that people rely on as part of their workflow is bad. Taking away user choice and simply decreeing "you can't configure this any more because we know what's best for you" is bad. Providing ostensibly "helpful" behaviors that are ultimately more annoying than us...
by Veerappan
Sun Dec 11, 2016 3:45 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Winter driving sucks!
Replies: 85
Views: 3619

Re: Winter driving sucks!

I never lived in a rental (Chicago and New England) that didn't have some amount of allocated basement storage, certainly at least enough for a set of wheels/tires.  Is that not the norm in other parts of the country? I've never heard of having allocated storage if that gives you an idea. Pretty we...
by Veerappan
Sun Jul 13, 2014 8:40 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: VirtualBox vs VMWare Player
Replies: 49
Views: 39803

Re: VirtualBox vs VMWare Player

One other feature (though it's entirely separate from Virtualbox) of VirtualBox is Vagrant. Agreed. We use it at work quite extensively for development. Our engineers (including myself) run a combination of Linux/Windows/MacOS depending on personal preference. We use vagrant+VBox to get a consisten...
by Veerappan
Sun Aug 19, 2012 8:42 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4006
Views: 656289

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Currently drinking a cup of Steep & Brew's Buttercrunch Delight. Then there's several more cups-worth waiting in the pot. Happy Sunday to all.
by Veerappan
Thu Dec 29, 2011 3:35 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Interesting PC Holiday Repairs?
Replies: 51
Views: 6709

Re: Interesting PC Holiday Repairs?

2. Sister-in-law dropped off a dead PC for me to take a look at. I just popped the side off a few minutes ago, and I'm staring into its dust- and cat-hair-caked guts right now. I see a couple of caps that look questionable. It claims to be an HP Pavillion 9905, which tells me almost nothing since H...
by Veerappan
Mon Dec 26, 2011 11:26 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Interesting PC Holiday Repairs?
Replies: 51
Views: 6709

Re: Interesting PC Holiday Repairs?

Several repairs that needed doing: At the in-laws: 1) Fix a Dell XPS 1530M with a bad built-in Nvidia GPU... Used the blowtorch method to re-flow the solder and it booted like a charm. 2) Cleaned crapware off of a new Brazos-based laptop. 3) Synchronized business files between 2 XP laptops and a Mac...
by Veerappan
Sun Jul 11, 2010 8:53 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Help me build a file server
Replies: 8
Views: 1108

Re: Help me build a file server

I would use the quad core, file it with ram, install ubuntu (will be a good learning experience) and ditch the video card. With the P45 you're looking at 8x SATA connectors as opposed to the 6 connectors on the 780G. You've also go two full length 16x PCI-E slots on the P45 which can accomodate 1x-...
by Veerappan
Wed May 05, 2010 8:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DRM rears its ugly head in Avatar Blu-Ray
Replies: 330
Views: 8766

Re: DRM rears it's ugly head in Avatar Blu-Ray

For those who wonder if the Avatar issues are DRM related, I present part of the latest AnyDVD HD release notes: AnyDVD History 6.6.4.2 2010 05 04 - New (Blu-ray): Added support for new BD+ protections, e.g. "Avatar" So yes, it looks like Avatar includes a new BD+ release which isn't suppo...
by Veerappan
Mon Dec 29, 2008 3:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Christmas loot 2008
Replies: 74
Views: 2988

Re: Christmas loot 2008

Pretty good year; J-E-T-S T-shirt Omaha steak gift pack, knifes Standup 3 bottle wine holder 55nm evga 260 (ordered). ~ $250 gift coupons to go out to eat. That's probably the same knife set I got for my girlfriend (Chicago Cutlery 18-piece Insignia^2). What do you think so far? As for me, I got: U...
by Veerappan
Mon Jul 07, 2008 1:23 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: HD4850 Goes From 88C to 39C Using Accelero S1
Replies: 87
Views: 10858

Re: HD4850 Goes From 88C to 39C Using Accelero S1

For those who are considering putting an Accelero S1 on their 4850, I'd like to add the following: As mentioned by someone else, the VRM/Mosfets can run a little hot, and should probably be cooled. I installed my Accelero S1 Rev2 this weekend, and used 2 of the Accelero's ram sinks on the little bla...
by Veerappan
Mon Jun 23, 2008 5:20 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 4850 crashes, need help
Replies: 55
Views: 5081

Re: 4850 crashes, need help

Heat very well might be a problem (damn single slot coolers), but if it was me I would have considered a PSU upgrade before a video card upgrade of this nature. What's that PSU got on the 12V rail 15-18Amps? I don't want to imply that the OP isn't running into power supply problems, but I've been u...