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by Waco
Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Clicky HDD. Any chance it's normal?
Replies: 22
Views: 2586

Re: Clicky HDD. Any chance it's normal?

It certainly doesn't sound like seeking noise to me. Any drive that sounds remotely like that has always been on its deathbed in my experience.
by Waco
Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Clicky HDD. Any chance it's normal?
Replies: 22
Views: 2586

Re: Clicky HDD. Any chance it's normal?

Any chance you could take a video of it with decent audio? Perhaps you've just got a really crappy driver/handler at your local shipping depot?

Clicking is *not normal* if you're describing the clicking I think we all think you're describing.
by Waco
Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: IP security camera recommedations?
Replies: 11
Views: 1266

Re: IP security camera recommedations?

I run iSpy locally on my HTPC. I tried a few others and eventually settled on it even though the interface is pretty garbage. It lets you set variable triggers based on area on image, variable framerate/quality for recording based on triggers, etc. It's probably not ideal for you though since it's W...
by Waco
Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Cat 6 Cable Suppliers
Replies: 3
Views: 1017

Re: Cat 6 Cable Suppliers

Monoprice!
by Waco
Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win10 still capable of activating on Win7 keys, apparently...
Replies: 33
Views: 2395

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

I disable Cortana and remove the ads from my start menu, but that's it (no external tweaks, just right-click, remove). The rest are few and far between to the point where I don't notice them.
by Waco
Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win10 still capable of activating on Win7 keys, apparently...
Replies: 33
Views: 2395

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

ludi wrote:
Sure they can. They do it all the time. What happens is that WIndows installs, but activation fails and you get the instruction to call Microsoft for assistance.

Yep, they've done it in the past more than a few times.
by Waco
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: RyZen+ Preorder: DO IT NOW!
Replies: 34
Views: 1899

Re: RyZen+ Preorder: DO IT NOW!

You can't get any of the first-gen Ryzens to hit 4.3+ GHz consistently regardless of voltage, so no, they didn't "just bump up the voltage". Let the reviews bear it out, but I think you're being a little dismissive here. I hear what you're saying but don't forget that these second-gen Ryz...
by Waco
Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: RyZen+ Preorder: DO IT NOW!
Replies: 34
Views: 1899

Re: RyZen+ Preorder: DO IT NOW!

I'm not sure that you can credit clock headroom on the new process; They've simply bumped the voltage in the case of the 2700X and that's resulted in the extra power draw. I have an R7 1800X running at 4.1GHz with an overvolt to 1.375V and that's without XFR, so it's directly comparable to the 3.7G...
by Waco
Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win10 still capable of activating on Win7 keys, apparently...
Replies: 33
Views: 2395

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

Windows 10 is a free operating system. Microsoft are just pretending that the offer ended, but their business model entirely depends on getting Win 10 onto as many machines as possible, and selling all the personal data they collect through Cortana, etc. I mean, even better for them if a bunch of p...
by Waco
Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 12
Views: 768

Re: Battletech game coming out

I bought two copies from the kickstarter, so I'm not going to dissuade you from pre-ordering.
by Waco
Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 12
Views: 768

Re: Battletech game coming out

Neutronbeam wrote:
Yep, I'm backer too and ready to lead my squad to doo..., er, VICTORY. Also looking forward to new Mechwarrior RPG coming out maybe end of this year.

Ditto. It's a good year for the BT universe.
by Waco
Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Game Stuttering With FPS Drops After Windows 10 Creators Update
Replies: 22
Views: 1324

Re: Game Stuttering With FPS Drops After Windows 10 Creators Update

MSI Afterburner is pretty much anti-crapware IMO. It serves its purpose with aplomb and bundles no junk. Am I missing something? It's one of the first things I install if I'm doing any GPU tweaking... It has been known to cause problems with games in major Windows 10 updates. I don't know which one...
by Waco
Tue Apr 10, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Game Stuttering With FPS Drops After Windows 10 Creators Update
Replies: 22
Views: 1324

Re: Game Stuttering With FPS Drops After Windows 10 Creators Update

LostCat wrote:
It's usually MSI Afterburner or some other crapware people have installed.

MSI Afterburner is pretty much anti-crapware IMO. It serves its purpose with aplomb and bundles no junk. Am I missing something? It's one of the first things I install if I'm doing any GPU tweaking...
by Waco
Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 1080ti stuck at frustratingly low clock speed, please help.(solved)
Replies: 28
Views: 1821

Re: 1080ti stuck at frustratingly low clock speed, please help.(UPDATE #3 04/06)

There are a variety of ways to backup and flash firmware/BIOS. It might be worth asking ASUS if they have a preferred/supported tool. You could backup the existing BIOS on the oldie and flash the BIOS from newbie onto it to see if things change. I used to do this a lot when matching cards for SLI to...
by Waco
Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 353
Views: 20694

Re: So who here is actually mining?

Well let's start with the here and now. You typed that on a keyboard, which was created by engineers and most likely manufactured by mostly-automated equipment which was also created by engineers. Your input went into (I assume, given the nature of this site) a personal computer, which was created ...
by Waco
Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 1080ti stuck at frustratingly low clock speed, please help.(solved)
Replies: 28
Views: 1821

Re: 1080ti stuck at frustratingly low clock speed, please help.(UPDATE #3 04/06)

Sorry for catching up late (and I haven't read every single post) - but are the BIOS versions the same between the two cards?
by Waco
Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So when are DDR5 and PCIe 5 going to be out? Needed?
Replies: 20
Views: 728

Re: So when are DDR5 and PCIe 5 going to be out? Needed?

whm1974 wrote:
Sorry I meant with using DDR5 memory.

That's what I was addressing...
by Waco
Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So when are DDR5 and PCIe 5 going to be out? Needed?
Replies: 20
Views: 728

Re: So when are DDR5 and PCIe 5 going to be out? Needed?

whm1974 wrote:
Allowing for more powerful iGPUs? I'm sure both Intel and especially AMD will love the increased bandwidth.

Sure, but PCIe has nothing to do with iGPUs, and memory bandwidth for iGPUs is always going to be constrained since CPUs with iGPUs tend to have single/dual channel memory at most.
by Waco
Fri Apr 06, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So when are DDR5 and PCIe 5 going to be out? Needed?
Replies: 20
Views: 728

Re: So when are DDR5 and PCIe 5 going to be out? Needed?

I give it at least 4 years from today before general availability. Consumers aren't driving demand like they used to, and very few markets need PCIe 3, let alone 4 or 5.
by Waco
Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: I broke down -
Replies: 27
Views: 2131

Re: I broke down -

Perhaps they just look like plastic in the ads then? I only have Best Buy and Ebay (Best Buy selling there) pictures as reference since Dell refuses to list the AMD versions on their website.
by Waco
Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: I broke down -
Replies: 27
Views: 2131

Re: I broke down -

I think I've settled on my mostly final settings: https://www.3dmark.com/compare/sd/5061832/sd/5061194 Undervolt on the CPU by 100 mV at all states. Stable with Linpack and everything else I can toss at it. GPU locked at .9 volts max with a 100 MHz offset, it boosts to a little over 1.2 GHz in heavy...
by Waco
Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Anyone else playing Dead Maze?
Replies: 32
Views: 1372

Re: Anyone else playing Dead Maze?

Path of Exile is free to play and the things you can throw money at are strictly cosmetic.
by Waco
Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: I broke down -
Replies: 27
Views: 2131

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. They ship with single channel memory, but you can add a stick. I nearly bought the Inspiron 7000 2 in 1 with the 2500U but it's 1.3 pounds (over 50%) heavier than the ...
by Waco
Thu Apr 05, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: I broke down -
Replies: 27
Views: 2131

Re: I broke down -

It's here! No pics because I'm lazy, but once Windows update is done chewing I'll be undervolting the CPU and the GPU to eek out some more performance. :)
by Waco
Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: I broke down -
Replies: 27
Views: 2131

Re: I broke down -

15" laptops are just too dam big to use on a plane. :(
by Waco
Thu Apr 05, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Anyone else playing Dead Maze?
Replies: 32
Views: 1372

Re: Anyone else playing Dead Maze?

Pay to win of any type is cancer to a game.
by Waco
Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: /boot too small
Replies: 12
Views: 1726

Re: /boot too small

Ah, gotcha. I blame pre-coffee haze combined with a TSA/airline headache this morning. :)
by Waco
Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: /boot too small
Replies: 12
Views: 1726

Re: /boot too small

If you're using LVM already, you could just expand the /boot partition as well.
by Waco
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Looking at new laptops - with no idea where to begin
Replies: 22
Views: 903

Re: Looking at new laptops - with no idea where to begin

This laptop is likely a good fit for your needs: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075KCJHMD?tag=laptop-magazine-20 Currently on sale, so move fast. I agree, this looks great. Better than what I linked, even. Oh nice! That's the same as my newegg link but $50 cheaper. Agreed, that's a great deal a...
by Waco
Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: I broke down -
Replies: 27
Views: 2131

Re: I broke down -

End User wrote:
That is a very nice laptop. Congrats.

I'd feel less dirty about the purchase if it was powered by the red team. My patience just ran out. :(

I'm sure the crappy sales of the junky AMD variants will further cement the "AMD == budget" impression everyone has.
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