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by frumper15
Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Old camera connection - how to connect? What's missing?
Replies: 73
Views: 2211

Re: Old camera connection - how to connect? What's missing?

I wonder if that other connection to the camera is a power zoom. The lens is labelled as 3.5~9MM. It certainly appears that the cameras are powered by mains vs. a power adapter to maybe those other boards and cords were for zoom control? They certainly appear to be around 18GA and intended for low v...
by frumper15
Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Old camera connection - how to connect? What's missing?
Replies: 73
Views: 2211

Re: Old camera connection - how to connect? What's missing?

If this is an exercise in getting some old hardware working again, I can see how this is a fun exercise. If you hope/intend to use this as security cameras I'm going to say don't spend your money trying to get this old system working unless you're really only looking for basic video. At our office 4...
by frumper15
Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Best inexpensive Chromebook
Replies: 4
Views: 333

Re: Best inexpensive Chromebook

My two teenagers have versions of the Acer R11 convertible chromebook. Daughter has the white one like this: https://www.amazon.com/Acer-Convertible-Chromebook-Touchscreen-Refurbished/dp/B06W57W6CX Son has the Black one like this: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834316312 Both...
by frumper15
Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Where to buy centering/nub motherboard standoffs
Replies: 31
Views: 1760

Re: Where to buy centering/nub motherboard standoffs

Wow - reading comprehension fail on my part. Sorry about that. The best I can tell what you're looking for appears to be called a "swage threaded standoff". At least that seemed to give results that look like your collet variety. I wasn't able to find a good source but I hope that helps
by frumper15
Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Where to buy centering/nub motherboard standoffs
Replies: 31
Views: 1760

Re: Where to buy centering/nub motherboard standoffs

They're called motherboard standoffs - I did a quick search on Amazon and they have a ton of options.
by frumper15
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Question about a NVMe SSD and shared PCI-E lanes
Replies: 5
Views: 622

Re: Question about a NVMe SSD and shared PCI-E lanes

I don’t suppose that PCI-E slot adapter would change how the SSD was seen by the BIOS and for booting, would it? In my experience using a x4 pcie adapter shows the m.2 drive to the pc the same way using the m.2 slot on the board does. I had a similar issue where I needed to use 5 sata ports and my ...
by frumper15
Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Case selection for silence, on air?
Replies: 25
Views: 5409

Re: Case selection for silence, on air?

I built my most recent machine in the Nanoxia Deep Silence 3 because my go-to Fractals were either out of stock or not on sale. I've been pretty happy with it. That being said I would buy one of the Fractals if your budget allows. https://www.amazon.com/Silence-Tower-Beginner-Friendly-Modular/dp/B00...
by frumper15
Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Crashes under video card load, but no diagnostic data
Replies: 4
Views: 1996

Re: Crashes under video card load, but no diagnostic data

PSU - Even though that is a quality unit and wattage should be enough, sometimes they just go bad. I would probably get another one in there if you have a spare to both test that for sure is the problem as well as protect the rest of your system from the hard shutdowns. I had that exact same thing o...
by frumper15
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: The Ryzen 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G CPUs
Replies: 86
Views: 6936

Re: The Ryzen 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G CPUs

OK I spec together a build for under $500 and the 1200 is just a placeholder for the 2200G. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/rGcGm8 I know almost nothing about compatibility but I'm guessing these are going to be AM4 socket processors. With that being said, I think you would be well served by using Du...
by frumper15
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1167
Views: 100615

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

When I started, nothing was broken, it just didn't work how I wanted it. So, I made sure to break something along the way. I've always been a bit of a storage nerd, so when I found myself with 3 - 2.5" drives from new laptops I had taken them from to replace with SSDs along with a PCIe Dell RAI...
by frumper15
Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: UPS Failure Mode
Replies: 19
Views: 4763

Re: UPS Failure Mode

UPS batteries need to be replaced every 3-5 years. The tone of your post gives the impression that you're expecting them to last forever. 5 years is really pushing it for a server UPS, and your 10 year old home unit is just a surge protector right now. You're not wrong - I don't feel like I didn't ...
by frumper15
Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: UPS Failure Mode
Replies: 19
Views: 4763

UPS Failure Mode

I came into the office this morning and was greeted by an incessant beeping from the uninterruptible power supply in my server room. It is an APC Back-UPS ES 750 and it has been happily serving at its post for 5 years or so. This isn't the first UPS I've had the batteries go bad in, I have another A...
by frumper15
Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Remote app shot in the dark question
Replies: 9
Views: 1819

Re: Remote app shot in the dark question

I'll start by saying I have no idea how to fix your problem, but as I was reading it, I'm wondering if there is a way you can simply make the minimize button unavailable or otherwise not reachable through something like group policy? Or maybe make it fullscreen (like hitting F11 on a web browser) so...
by frumper15
Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution
Replies: 97
Views: 15905

Re: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution

BlackBerry Curve 8350i (Horrible Nextel blackberry that was really only good at email - great even. Terrible as a phone or for internet usage. Apps? What are those?) iPhone 4S iPhone 6 iPhone 6s iPhone 7 Plus I think I can still get my hands on all of them too - the blackberry is in a drawer, one of...
by frumper15
Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: New drive suggestions?
Replies: 23
Views: 7557

Re: New drive suggestions?

If you're going to be using it as a single drive I would probably get a 7,200 RPM unit to enable slightly better performance than a 54-5900RPM drive. I'm assuming you're using an SSD as your OS/programs drive rather than a WD green, but I don't want to assume that incorrectly either. If you haven't ...
by frumper15
Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?
Replies: 60
Views: 19418

Re: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?

So I thought of this thread today when I was installing a new 8TB Seagate drive I shucked from one of these: https://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Expansion-Desktop-External-STEB8000100/dp/B01HAPGEIE and inside it had a ST8000DM004-2CX188. The ST8000DM004 seems to be a bit of a weirdo in Seagate's product ...
by frumper15
Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:38 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?
Replies: 51
Views: 3292

Re: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?

All of my media (pictures, movies, music) lives on my WHS2011 VM while documents are stored in my Onedrive folder (which I've put on a separate drive if available) . I've found Onedrive to be a great solution for keeping things synced between machines at home and work with very little conflicts to r...
by frumper15
Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 353
Views: 32019

Re: So who here is actually mining?

I'm trying out Nicehash for mining on my GTX1080 and i7-6700k and according to my current pace and workload mix, I will "earn" $98 and pay $13 in electricity to generate it in a month. From what I can tell I should have a BTC deposit in my Coinbase wallet in a couple of weeks at which poin...
by frumper15
Fri Jun 30, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Am I crazy to buy a friends used parts?
Replies: 16
Views: 8484

Re: Am I crazy to buy a friends used parts?

As long as you don't have any reason to believe he's trying to rip you off or get rid of known bad parts I think this is much better than an eBay or craigslist transaction. That memory alone is probably worth a pretty penny these days. Still plenty of life in that platform, although a Z97 board migh...
by frumper15
Fri Jun 09, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Upgrade frustrations
Replies: 22
Views: 3050

Re: Upgrade frustrations

Great news! Glad you got this solved. :D Thanks! I guess I'm glad it was as simple as just a bad card. I've got to say, I think this was the first "Bad out of the box" computer component I've had since some Corsair memory about 5 years ago. Other than paying for some postage and waiting a...
by frumper15
Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Upgrade frustrations
Replies: 22
Views: 3050

Re: Upgrade frustrations

Good, if uneventful, news: I got the replacement card today and just finished playing over an hour of JC3 without a single artifact or crash. I guess sometimes the simplest answer is the correct one - I had a bad card. I'm still a little baffled wondering what about JC3 would cause that problem when...
by frumper15
Tue May 30, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: It's worked like that for years...
Replies: 32
Views: 5688

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

In the HVAC business there are two that I like that are similar. "It's doing the same thing it did last time" which simply means it's not heating or cooling as expected but since you were out here two years ago and fixed it, you must not have done it correctly because it's broken again - t...
by frumper15
Fri May 26, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Upgrade frustrations
Replies: 22
Views: 3050

Re: Upgrade frustrations

I am back at the office today so I was able to try the card in my box here. The results were even worse - I didn't even get into a game session before it crashed. I did figure out how to disable the sill online login this game is notorious for. I shouldn't say disable, I blocked the .exe in windows ...
by frumper15
Fri May 26, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Upgrade frustrations
Replies: 22
Views: 3050

Re: Upgrade frustrations

I upgraded from a GTX 770 to a GTX 1080. Prior to swapping out the 770 I installed the latest drivers and then installed the 1080. Both the 770 and the 1080 were/are OC"ed. I played JC3 on both. No issues. Edit: I do have an 850W PSU. Thanks for the feedback. The fact that I'm able to play wit...
by frumper15
Fri May 26, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Upgrade frustrations
Replies: 22
Views: 3050

Re: Upgrade frustrations

Just Cause 3 doesn't like overclocked cards if I remember correctly, but the error is different. It's just a CTD. I've also seen friends play JC3 with a 1080 without problems, for what that's worth. EVGA has had a few QC problems supposedly based on https://hardforum.com/threads/warning-on-evga-108...
by frumper15
Tue May 23, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Upgrade frustrations
Replies: 22
Views: 3050

Re: Upgrade frustrations

I agree with the other posters that either it's 1) a bad card that only shows the problem in JC3, or 2) a specific issue with current NVIDIA drivers + the 1080 and JC3. In either case you might want to RMA the card just to be sure it's not 1). But there is something that might work out - is there a...
by frumper15
Tue May 23, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Upgrade frustrations
Replies: 22
Views: 3050

Re: Upgrade frustrations

First, not an expert. But, what happens if you get this error and then shut down and reboot before restarting the game? Its not clear in your post if you immediately restarted the game without rebooting. From Microsoft...https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/310123/error-codes-in-device-manager-...
by frumper15
Tue May 23, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Upgrade frustrations
Replies: 22
Views: 3050

Re: Upgrade frustrations

Okay, I KNOW this is a dumb idea, but...did you install the driver using GeForce Experience (http://www.geforce.com/geforce-experience), which then MIGHT have optimized the game with the driver? Do you have a buddy who could test the card on their system? I updated the driver initially through the ...
by frumper15
Tue May 23, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Upgrade frustrations
Replies: 22
Views: 3050

Re: Upgrade frustrations

This may be a silly question, but are you uninstalling the driver before each removal of GPU's? If not, try uninstalling the driver, then shutdown and swap GPU's, then install the driver. This practice is pretty deprecated - it gains you nothing, really, on a modern system. A "clean" inst...
by frumper15
Tue May 23, 2017 12:37 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Upgrade frustrations
Replies: 22
Views: 3050

Upgrade frustrations

Hello fellow Gerbils. I come to you frustrated and hoping for help. I recently upgraded my aging GTX 760 2GB GPU to a shiny GTX 1080 in the system in my signature. I was super excited as this should really be a huge upgrade for my 1440p gaming and should last another few years with the games I tend ...
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