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by TwistedKestrel
Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SATA II vs NVMe w/ Adapter?
Replies: 9
Views: 396

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: 1396

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: 5286

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: 5286

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: 5286

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: 5286

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: 5286

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: 5286

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: 811

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: 1263

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: 1005

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: 743

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: 2469

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: 2469

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: 1028

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: 1028

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: 1111

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: 1260

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: 1320

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: 7590

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: 7138

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: 1792

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: 2695

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: 2695

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: 2695

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: 2695

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: 2695

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: 3005

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: 3633

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: 8509

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...
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