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by Waco
Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: W10 still able to be activated by W7 retail key!
Replies: 27
Views: 1272

Re: W10 still able to be activated by W7 retail key!

My only reason for running Windows at home is gaming. If I didn't game, I'd be running some flavor of Linux.
by Waco
Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: W10 still able to be activated by W7 retail key!
Replies: 27
Views: 1272

Re: W10 still able to be activated by W7 retail key!

What makes you think it is not intentional? I could easily see MS arguing that since the offer was of a free upgrade for existing W7/W8 users, it only applies to activated licenses. If the license was never activated then it wasn't being used, therefore you're not an existing user! I guess I can se...
by Waco
Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: W10 still able to be activated by W7 retail key!
Replies: 27
Views: 1272

Re: W10 still able to be activated by W7 retail key!

A word of warning... I just ran into a win10 machine that won't activate with an 8pro license: "We can't activate Windows on this device because the previous version of Windows was not activated prior to upgrading to Windows 10. Go to the Store and buy a genuine Windows. Error code 0x803F7001&...
by Waco
Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 724
Views: 44078

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Not today, but in the last week:

Replaced the master cylinder on the project car.
Replaced all the calipers on the project car.
*Almost* got the fuel tank mounted and plumbed on the project car...but decided to cut it short and contemplate buying a fuel cell.
by Waco
Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: is the Toshiba X300 any good?
Replies: 40
Views: 2913

Re: is the Toshiba X300 any good?

Are you guys happy with Toshiba external HDD's? I am planning to buy 2-4TB external HDD soon and I am thinking about WD Passport and Toshiba. Not sure which one to choose, opinions over the internet are very different What's your use case? Periodic backup then powered-off, or full-time attached and...
by Waco
Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Coffee Lake 6 core, this August with z370 chipsets?
Replies: 38
Views: 1157

Re: Coffee Lake 6 core, this August with z370 chipsets?

I think Ryzen is an outdated design model to not include an IGP at all, but at least it seems to have made Intel shift some focus away from that area. Let's face it, Intel IGP has been more than adequate for non-dGPU machines since.....Ivy Bridge? We don't need half the die area dedicated to IGP, g...
by Waco
Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia Geforce Experience Security Vulnerability
Replies: 18
Views: 611

Re: Nvidia Geforce Experience Security Vulnerability

DancinJack wrote:
But hey, I guess go ahead and boycott it, because principles!

And security flaws. And useless information gathering (for you) that benefits the company you're signing in to.

You know, besides that. Just principles. :P
by Waco
Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:11 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Online Mattress Purchases
Replies: 21
Views: 606

Re: Online Mattress Purchases

We got a Lucid 12" memory foam mattress a month or two ago from Amazon. Sleepopolis is a good source for comparisons. (This mattress, specifically: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007GMRZ0I/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) I sleep like the dead now. :P It's rediculously comfo...
by Waco
Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia Geforce Experience Security Vulnerability
Replies: 18
Views: 611

Re: Nvidia Geforce Experience Security Vulnerability

I.S.T. wrote:
I'm so glad I turned off installing that crap when they did the requiring an account thing.

Ditto.

It's only a matter of time before software gets owned. Nobody writes real code any more. :(
by Waco
Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory
Replies: 28
Views: 701

Re: Starfalcon's Great Hardware Inventory

And here I was proud that I have an Athlon XP 1700+ DLT3C with a multiplier mod sitting on my desk. :P
by Waco
Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Newegg shopping spree! I haz new goodies coming!
Replies: 52
Views: 1259

Re: Newegg shopping spree! I haz new goodies coming!

W00t! Post some pics of the finished build, and be sure to post your scores in the Superposition benchmark thread!
by Waco
Sun Apr 23, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: My latest Case project, as of 10-18-2016
Replies: 80
Views: 10244

Re: My latest Case project, as of 10-18-2016

This is turning out far more cool than I expected...and now I want to build one myself!
by Waco
Sun Apr 23, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Surprise! Creator 10 Update Applied...
Replies: 6
Views: 276

Re: Surprise! Creator 10 Update Applied...

The update broke Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3 for me - no cursor. A driver reinstall fixed it...but really? :o

Also, the OneDrive prompts are back in force. I have it set to not startup with Windows, yet it pops up every 30-40 minutes while I'm doing other things with Explorer...
by Waco
Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Newegg shopping spree! I haz new goodies coming!
Replies: 52
Views: 1259

Re: Newegg shopping spree! I haz new goodies coming!

That's one hell of a build!
by Waco
Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Core i7 2600 overheating while playing.
Replies: 14
Views: 414

Re: Intel Core i7 2600 overheating while playing.

Going to be the odd man out here. There should be no reason for you to get to 80+ under any normal load even with the stock cooler unless you have environmental issues like ambient temp being in the 80*F+ or you are running Prime95 for the better part of a day. Any "quiet" cooling profile...
by Waco
Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Dell Hates AMD?
Replies: 47
Views: 1692

Re: Dell Hates AMD?

It also makes me sad that I couldn't begin to use that much processing power! Short of running that many more VMs. Pushing many tens of GB/s of bandwidth through a box is hard (well, expensive) with Intel. AMD is poised to flip that on it's head thanks to the ludicrous in comparison number of memor...
by Waco
Fri Apr 21, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Building a 12 HDD Raid Enclosure with LEGO
Replies: 18
Views: 9254

Re: Building a 12 HDD Raid Enclosure with LEGO

rstein8 wrote:
I'm looking at making this would you be able to PM me the schematics?

Holy thread necro, Batman!

The pictures are still hosted, there appears to be plenty of detail to reproduce this if you wish.
by Waco
Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Core i7 2600 overheating while playing.
Replies: 14
Views: 414

Re: Intel Core i7 2600 overheating while playing.

If all you're worried about is the temperature, don't be. 80-85C is perfectly healthy. These chips will live happily in the 90+C range for many years without any ill effects.
by Waco
Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: W10 still able to be activated by W7 retail key!
Replies: 27
Views: 1272

Re: W10 still able to be activated by W7 retail key!

maxxcool wrote:
I found in a double re-install that my key i used on my media box will not work on anything but the media box now. I kind of expected it which is why is deliberately swapped them in the reinstall test.

That can be solved with a call to Microsoft. Pain, but only about half an hour of it.
by Waco
Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Server Case w/Hot Swappable - Need Recommendations
Replies: 15
Views: 343

Re: Server Case w/Hot Swappable - Need Recommendations

Not so much that anything is wrong with PowerEdge servers as I've got a bunch of them in varying offices. It's just their pricing is off the freaking wall these days. I wish I could relate - I find their pricing better than HP every time for comparable servers. I don't, as a rule, buy drives from t...
by Waco
Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Dell Hates AMD?
Replies: 47
Views: 1692

Re: Dell Hates AMD?

Cool. If they can get some design wins like that it'll certainly help their long-term viability. Getting some buy-ins from big cloud providers (Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft...) would also be huge. There may actually be less resistance there, since they're very much about what's gonna get the...
by Waco
Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Server Case w/Hot Swappable - Need Recommendations
Replies: 15
Views: 343

Re: Server Case w/Hot Swappable - Need Recommendations

Not so much that anything is wrong with PowerEdge servers as I've got a bunch of them in varying offices. It's just their pricing is off the freaking wall these days. I wish I could relate - I find their pricing better than HP every time for comparable servers. I don't, as a rule, buy drives from t...
by Waco
Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Dell Hates AMD?
Replies: 47
Views: 1692

Re: Dell Hates AMD?

Yeah, I agree it's an issue on the enterprise side of the house. AMD is probably gonna have a tough time clawing back market share in the server space; it's almost as if they are starting over again from where they were 15 years ago. I asked my Dell reps and they said as soon as they (AMD) have a p...
by Waco
Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Server Case w/Hot Swappable - Need Recommendations
Replies: 15
Views: 343

Re: Server Case w/Hot Swappable - Need Recommendations

As a rule I won't buy Supermicro any more. We've had a lot of problems at work with power supplies failing like crazy across their entire product line. I can echo jbi's experience with crappy dense enclosures as well (we have a ton of the 45-bay 4U boxes).

What's wrong with Dell PowerEdge servers?
by Waco
Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Dell Hates AMD?
Replies: 47
Views: 1692

Re: Dell Hates AMD?

I can't wait till Naples shows up in Dell's books. At the very least, there will be a few models to keep Intel honest.
by Waco
Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD reliability
Replies: 43
Views: 1343

Re: SSD reliability

I run my 8-way RAID 0 without TRIM and don't miss it a bit. Not often you hear about using SSD's without TRIM these days. I setup my father's system without TRIM - because I had to (given that he's only using SSD's now, and in relation to the OS). UnRAID doesn't have TRIM pass-through for main (arr...
by Waco
Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD reliability
Replies: 43
Views: 1343

Re: SSD reliability

Yep. The deficit isn't huge on modern drives. I run my 8-way RAID 0 without TRIM and don't miss it a bit. If you hammer your drives with benchmarks it's a lot more apparent, but I'd bet that in most user workloads, the difference is little to none.
by Waco
Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD reliability
Replies: 43
Views: 1343

Re: SSD reliability

If you don't care about write speeds, you can disable TRIM and have slightly more comfort in your ability to recover files. :)
by Waco
Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD reliability
Replies: 43
Views: 1343

Re: SSD reliability

So, the typical undelete utilities one can use on a HDD don't work on SSDs? If you have TRIM enabled, no. If you don't have TRIM enabled, they're basically the same. Both SSDs and HDDs retain the data you wrote until you overwrite the same LBA or secure erase them. Garbage collection on an SSD will...
by Waco
Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T routers available when?
Replies: 31
Views: 1157

Re: 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T routers available when?

OK, I'm going to expose my ignorance of the OSI model here, but this has always been a question to me. If I've got a dumb 2.5GBit switch (assumption for this hypo) connected to the router by a 1GBit link, does not the speed of that link constrain the packet flow between ports on the switch? If pack...
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