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by TwistedKestrel
Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1529
Views: 68812

Re: Something's different...

This is the only constructive thing I have to add to this discussion for now...

To the new management: A little bit of transparency would go a long way. Right now would be a good time for it
by TwistedKestrel
Fri Jul 05, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: USB 3.0 Performance on AMD x370
Replies: 7
Views: 2132

Re: USB 3.0 Performance on AMD x370

Generally, you are expected to use the Windows 10 xHCI inbox driver, which you are doing. How awful is awful? Are you 100% sure that you're plugged into one of the USB 3.0/3.1 ports and not one of the USB 2.0 ports? Have you tried both the front and back ports? What camera is it? Are you using a cab...
by TwistedKestrel
Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Mass Transit Safety
Replies: 31
Views: 3021

Re: Mass Transit Safety

GO Transit has a recurring issue with commuters that were somewhere they shouldn't have been getting hit & killed by trains. Happens a few times a year... this is a separate issue from "trespassers" on the tracks, i.e. people who are seeking to die by train
by TwistedKestrel
Tue Jul 02, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: new PSU now SATA drives won't load
Replies: 23
Views: 2241

Re: new PSU now SATA drives won't load

I don't know why I shouldn't be able to do that now...although finding a working Samsung 1 TB 103SJ isn't going to be easy. I saw 1 at Amazon for $175! The reason that this isn't straightforward anymore is the firmware on the controller board. The current "practical" solution is to identi...
by TwistedKestrel
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Peter Bright of Ars Technica charged by FBI
Replies: 68
Views: 5775

Re: Peter Bright of Ars Technica arrested

Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh this is a bit of a shock
by TwistedKestrel
Wed May 22, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Build 1903
Replies: 20
Views: 2780

Re: Windows 10 Build 1903

I like the (minor) visual tweaks, and the brightness slider on the notification panel is a good idea. It feels like DPI scaling behaviour got worse somehow, though
by TwistedKestrel
Wed May 08, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Intel cancels 10nm cancelletion to cancel 7nm.
Replies: 10
Views: 3072

Re: Intel cancels 10nm cancelletion to cancel 7nm.

Ok, I'm actually confused now
by TwistedKestrel
Fri May 03, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: MPEG-2 Decoders for IBM ThinkPads
Replies: 19
Views: 3579

Re: MPEG-2 Decoders for IBM ThinkPads

I specifically remember my Toshiba Portege 7020 CT having an MPEG-2 decoder. It kinda worked? I didn't know much about VFW / DXVA at the time so I remember that it worked with some media players but not all that claimed to support hardware acceleration. The chip was either soldered on the mainboard ...
by TwistedKestrel
Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: (&CarbonFiber_5C drop) vs Silicone pad
Replies: 31
Views: 4832

Re: Silicone pad temp increase vs paste. How much.

I'm not sure at all I understand what you're saying. Do you mean you're currently using a silicone thermal pad between a heatsink and a Threadripper?
by TwistedKestrel
Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Problem with vcore - pictures included
Replies: 16
Views: 2647

Re: Problem with vcore - pictures included

I highly doubt you are actually having problems with CPU core voltage. If you were, you would be noticing it via frequent BSODs instead of via a monitoring utility. On-board VCore sampling also isn't fast enough to catch dips or spikes, only steady-state voltage for whatever mode the CPU is operatin...
by TwistedKestrel
Sat Dec 15, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Would better cooling help with high-frequency stability at the same voltage or lower?
Replies: 8
Views: 3012

Re: Would better cooling help with high-frequency stability at the same voltage or lower?

To answer the premise of your original question - Yes. Power consumption rises with temperature, this is more easily measurable/noticeable with GPU overclocking. The degree to which it would help in your case, I can't tell you. Taking a look at this --> https://www.anandtech.com/show/13400/intel-9th...
by TwistedKestrel
Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SATA II vs NVMe w/ Adapter?
Replies: 9
Views: 2258

Re: SATA II vs NVMe w/ Adapter?

Really depends on your use case
by TwistedKestrel
Sun Nov 18, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How to remove a heatsink secured with over-torqued screws?
Replies: 29
Views: 3316

Re: How to remove a heatsink secured with over-torqued screws?

would be safe to assume that the OEM's thermal paste is good enough with that much pressure applied to it? What are the temperatures and clock speeds of the CPU and GPU like, both in normal operation and under stress test conditions? If they're too high, the TIM isn't okay; if they're fine, it is. ...
by TwistedKestrel
Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: i5 6500 Crashes when idle
Replies: 26
Views: 6379

Re: i5 6500 Crashes when idle

Problem is gone with replacement i5 6500... don't really like that "lightning" has struck in the same place twice. Oh well, it seems the warranty is tied to the physical CPU and it looks like it got reset to three years again, so I guess I'll do this again if I have to
by TwistedKestrel
Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: i5 6500 Crashes when idle
Replies: 26
Views: 6379

Re: i5 6500 Crashes when idle

Maybe this is too early to call, you be the judge... The TLDR; summary of the thread above is that some Skylake CPUs have a power management related defect where they have problems entering/leaving C-states. I disabled all C-states on the machine in question and now the 100% reproducible crash no lo...
by TwistedKestrel
Sat Oct 27, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: i5 6500 Crashes when idle
Replies: 26
Views: 6379

Re: i5 6500 Crashes when idle

Hmmm, just found an interesting thread on the Intel forums...

https://communities.intel.com/thread/97358
by TwistedKestrel
Sat Oct 27, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: i5 6500 Crashes when idle
Replies: 26
Views: 6379

Re: i5 6500 Crashes when idle

It's back in my hands, and it's exactly the same as before. I re-seated the CPU for good measure (and looked for bent pins / scorched pads), tried disabling Speed Step... nothing I did seemed to make a difference at any point. I expect to be starting another RMA with Intel, because I'm not sure what...
by TwistedKestrel
Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: i5 6500 Crashes when idle
Replies: 26
Views: 6379

Re: i5 6500 Crashes when idle

I'll try not to post too much until I actually have the thing in my hands, but I should clarify: I can't say with 100% confidence that the RAM was actually defective last time, precisely due to what Chrispy said. The RAM got replaced *before* the CPU. And in the process the motherboard got RMA'ed as...
by TwistedKestrel
Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: i5 6500 Crashes when idle
Replies: 26
Views: 6379

Re: i5 6500 Crashes when idle

Looks like this system is coming back to me now with the exact same problem. The machine had been good in the interim, but I don't know what to make of this. Clearly not a randomly defective part...
by TwistedKestrel
Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 USB becomes unstable after build upgrade
Replies: 12
Views: 1220

Re: Windows 10 USB becomes unstable after build upgrade

Kinda surprised that it's still an issue... I have an E-Tron USB controller and while on release the Win 10 inbox driver did not play nice with it, at some point in the past a build upgrade replaced the E-Tron driver again but it took me a long time to notice (i.e. works fine now) Then again, I know...
by TwistedKestrel
Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Manually install Windows 7 UEFI boot files
Replies: 15
Views: 3433

Re: Manually install Windows 7 UEFI boot files

I'm gonna say this is probably not possible. I guess you could try installing Windows 7 to a different drive and then image the extra partitions it creates for UEFI. Is there a particular reason you want to switch it to UEFI boot?
by TwistedKestrel
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win10 / R7 1700 frequency control problem
Replies: 10
Views: 1955

Re: Win10 / R7 1700 frequency control problem

Idle crash bug?
by TwistedKestrel
Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: BIOS update for B350 MSI boards
Replies: 1
Views: 2890

Re: BIOS update for B350 MSI boards

Appreciate the post, was wondering if the MSI B350s had picked that up as a feature
by TwistedKestrel
Wed May 02, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: NT6 drivers for PCI modem?
Replies: 21
Views: 3735

Re: NT6 drivers for PCI modem?

bthylafh wrote:
Those old USRobotics Couriers had a well-deserved good reputation.

I wish I had held on to my Sportster. The only time I've gotten a firmware update via a socketed chip carrier in the mail!
by TwistedKestrel
Wed May 02, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: NT6 drivers for PCI modem?
Replies: 21
Views: 3735

Re: NT6 drivers for PCI modem?

Saw this thread title on the front page Hot Threads and thought it had to be a world record necro. Same! I thought it was an intentional necro for laughs Back in the day I avoided WinModems like the plague. I think all full hardware internal modems are ISA, I don't think there are any PCI or PCIe b...
by TwistedKestrel
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Jim Keller got a new gig
Replies: 6
Views: 1444

Re: Jim Keller got a new gig

That makes sense
by TwistedKestrel
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Jim Keller got a new gig
Replies: 6
Views: 1444

Re: Jim Keller got a new gig

There was a lot Jim could do at AMD... I don't see there being nearly as much for him to do at Intel.
by TwistedKestrel
Sun Mar 25, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Funny HTML attributes in phishing email
Replies: 5
Views: 1349

Re: Funny HTML attributes in phishing email

Could you post the source to pastebin or something? I'm kinda curious now
by TwistedKestrel
Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: i need help with parts and budget for building a new pc
Replies: 3
Views: 1571

Re: i need help with parts and budget for building a new pc

Also it might be good to share where you're getting your prices from, so we can see what's available in your market
by TwistedKestrel
Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: PSA for anyone RMAing a graphics card
Replies: 4
Views: 1709

Re: PSA for anyone RMAing a graphics card

Wonder if this whole GPU drought is going to result in warranties that pro-rate your replacements.
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