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by TwistedKestrel
Wed May 02, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: NT6 drivers for PCI modem?
Replies: 21
Views: 1672

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: 1672

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: 909

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: 909

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: 1067

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: 1102

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: 1201

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.
by TwistedKestrel
Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Clicky HDD. Any chance it's normal?
Replies: 26
Views: 6757

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

+1 abandon ship, at least you got the courtesy of a warning sign
by TwistedKestrel
Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Bitchin'Fast! PC '99
Replies: 47
Views: 5845

Re: Bitchin'Fast! PC '99

Seeing the 3dfx logo made me sad. And the Aureal isn't helping either
by TwistedKestrel
Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Is overclocking safe
Replies: 17
Views: 1601

Re: Is overclocking safe

Is overclocking safe??? How to do it?? Is it safe? No. You have to know what you are doing. How to do it? Read up on an overclocking guide for your specific type of CPU/GPU. In addition, you will have to plan for the increased power and heat you will need to deal with. Is it worth it? Yes. I have a...
by TwistedKestrel
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Current best/good energy monitors?
Replies: 16
Views: 1935

Re: Current best/good energy monitors?

This sounds like less of a "necessity" solution and more like a "nerd project". No offense intended, just trying to clarify from my observation so we don't get hung up on practicality. Anything more than a Kill-a-watt meter serves no additional benefit, but it's fun and cool. No...
by TwistedKestrel
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Current best/good energy monitors?
Replies: 16
Views: 1935

Re: Current best/good energy monitors?

It looks like the Wemo Insight can actually do this to some degree. To others: it won't be doing the same thing all the time, and additionally it will be interrupted on a near daily basis by me wanting to use it for other things. There is not a problem I am trying to solve, other than wanting to kno...
by TwistedKestrel
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Current best/good energy monitors?
Replies: 16
Views: 1935

Re: Current best/good energy monitors?

ludi wrote:
If your average power consumption by the mining bank puts your output in the red between peak hours, then just shut down the bank during those hours?

I just want to have the numbers.
by TwistedKestrel
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Current best/good energy monitors?
Replies: 16
Views: 1935

Re: Current best/good energy monitors?

I guess I could look into reasonably hackable smart plugs, I kinda thought there would be a consumer product for this. Pretty much anyone who needed an energy monitor in my province would benefit from it, at least for monitoring appliances that are always using non-trivial amounts of power. There's ...
by TwistedKestrel
Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Current best/good energy monitors?
Replies: 16
Views: 1935

Current best/good energy monitors?

(Felt like this was the best section for the question, let me know if I'm wrong) Due to experimenting with mining/distrib computing* stuff, I'd like to know with some confidence how much power my computer is actually using. Estimating it is hard due to things being overclocked. I know I can get a Ki...
by TwistedKestrel
Mon Dec 25, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: ASUS H110-Plus with PCI
Replies: 6
Views: 2333

Re: ASUS H110-Plus with PCI

Aether wrote:
just brew it! wrote:
That's a seriously oddball motherboard for a current platform like LGA 1151.


I saw that it's also sporting a parallel connector, so it must have been designed for users needing compatibility with old hardware.

Holy crap, a parallel port! No FDD header tho :P
by TwistedKestrel
Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:01 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Cooling Fan problem
Replies: 9
Views: 2779

Re: Cooling Fan problem

Good: Make sure the vents aren't blocked with dust/hair causing the fan to spin up excessively
Better: Disassemble the laptop, then the heatsink, then remove and oil the fan with appropriate oil, if possible
Best: Replace the fan (may involve replacing the assembly it's attached to)
by TwistedKestrel
Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Stupid and terrible software.
Replies: 82
Views: 7136

Re: Stupid and terrible software.

Why does every other piece of software need to install an always running update service, particularly when only a very small number will ever do updates when the application itself is not running (not that I want them to in the first place). Maybe it's a permissions thing and there's a good reason f...
by TwistedKestrel
Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: It's worked like that for years...
Replies: 32
Views: 5617

Re: It's worked like that for years...

I just got back from an on site service call. I feel compelled to voice a frustration I have with a phrase I hear WAY too often. I get a shudder when I hear ' It's worked like that for years '. Many times when I hear that it comes after something completely impossible. In this case, I was on site t...
by TwistedKestrel
Sun Dec 03, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Brush your teeth in just 10 seconds..
Replies: 10
Views: 1214

Re: Brush your teeth in just 10 seconds..

That is a little terrifying, I'd still take the Blizzident over that
by TwistedKestrel
Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 “Sets”
Replies: 9
Views: 1180

Re: Windows 10 “Sets”

Interesting, wouldn't mind trying it out for a while to see if it changes how I work. This would be way better if people could choose to be in the test, I bet there would be a ton of people wanting to give it a spin
by TwistedKestrel
Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Pitfalls WRT adding RAM to existing system?
Replies: 7
Views: 1305

Re: Pitfalls WRT adding RAM to existing system?

Honestly the best reference would be your motherboard manual (one of the few times it's worth looking at :P) as it will generally outline any configurations that will or won't work
by TwistedKestrel
Fri Nov 24, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Investing in Hardware
Replies: 21
Views: 3239

Re: Investing in Hardware

Value increased on a few things for me, though I never sold them (and they have since depreciated back down) -AMD 7950 (XFX) (I think this is still pretty close to what I paid for it new) -WD 2TB hard drive (bought it before the mess in Thailand) -8GB DDR3 (bought a looooong time ago, before everyon...
by TwistedKestrel
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Quite possibly the greatest car ever
Replies: 45
Views: 5644

Re: Quite possibly the greatest car ever

Air-cooled 911s are all about their weird handling, the layout is objectively inferior but I'd still way rather have one then anything else Porsche has made. Well, I could be forced to accept a Carrera GT
by TwistedKestrel
Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Quite possibly the greatest car ever
Replies: 45
Views: 5644

Re: Quite possibly the greatest car ever

I think he just meant topping up the Mr. Fusion
by TwistedKestrel
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kaby Lake Raja Edition [Kaby Lake-G] photographed
Replies: 33
Views: 2830

Re: Kaby Lake Raja Edition [Kaby Lake-G] photographed

Space savings alone would be the payoff. I guess it's possible they could have tweaked the PCIe connection to save more power, but I don't know if that would gain much.
by TwistedKestrel
Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kaby Lake Raja Edition [Kaby Lake-G] photographed
Replies: 33
Views: 2830

Re: Kaby Lake Raja Edition [Kaby Lake-G] photographed

Look at all the power circuitry!!! That raises a lot of questions for me
by TwistedKestrel
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:11 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows shuts down when "idle"
Replies: 6
Views: 1436

Re: Windows shuts down when "idle"

I'll ask the obvious question first - are you sure your computer isn't trying to sleep (and failing?) You say there isn't a specific delay, but how long generally will it take? e.g. 30 seconds to 2 minutes, 4 minutes to 7 minutes, etc
by TwistedKestrel
Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: So is the sound card dead?
Replies: 53
Views: 6560

Re: So is the sound card dead?

Creative vs Aureal, DirectSound getting axed, the appeal of USB audio (largely to using OS inbox USB drivers ) all make it tough. I do think USB has some shortcomings in this regard (500 mA max, not optimal for latency, stuttering?). I would think drivers wouldn't be too hard as software* does all t...
by TwistedKestrel
Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is your sound set up?
Replies: 106
Views: 12492

Re: What is your sound set up?

AuzenTech X-MERIDIAN 7.1 (32-bit PCI) with a Sennheiser HD-650 headset. Getting this setup working in Windows 10 was an adventure. Someday I hope to upgrade to a Xonar card, but it would be a sidegrade at best; All I'd be getting out of it is modern driver support. Well. I've been toughing it out w...
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