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by frumper15
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: The Ryzen 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G CPUs
Replies: 50
Views: 1404

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: 889
Views: 67424

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: 1350

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: 1350

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: 926

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: 90
Views: 5901

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: 3954

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: 10349

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: 2589

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: 186
Views: 8759

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: 5666

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: 2483

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: 2483

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: 5105

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: 2483

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: 2483

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: 2483

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: 2483

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: 2483

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: 2483

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: 2483

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: 2483

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 ...
by frumper15
Fri Apr 28, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What to do with old PC?
Replies: 20
Views: 1943

Re: What to do with old PC?

My brother in law is running almost that same config with a 5850 gpu and it does a pretty good job playing most older games at 1080P. I would ask if any of your kids might be interested in some PC gaming or get them interested in it. The boys and I have fun playing Team Fortress 2 which runs pretty ...
by frumper15
Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Cheap-ish Haswell build for the boys
Replies: 14
Views: 2606

Re: Cheap-ish Haswell build for the boys

So I got everything put together and.... it just works. No fuss, no muss. I installed W10 off a USB drive in about 20 minutes and it seems perfectly happy to do whatever I've asked. Boot times are quick, program launch is what I hope for. I ran ChrystalDiskMark to get some numbers to go with it and ...
by frumper15
Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Cheap-ish Haswell build for the boys
Replies: 14
Views: 2606

Re: Cheap-ish Haswell build for the boys

I will see what I can find out about the drive when I have it installed (it already arrived today from Newegg - I ordered it yesterday and chose the cheapest shipping) but it doesn't appear to be guaranteed to be DRAM-less TLC - it's a so-called variable BOM product http://www.tomshardware.com/revie...
by frumper15
Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Cheap-ish Haswell build for the boys
Replies: 14
Views: 2606

Re: Cheap-ish Haswell build for the boys

[ I understand not wanting to spend much on MB and RAM. But could have spent more on PSU and SSD-they could be carried forward for future builds,and being for the office should be tax deductable........................ When you take away profit,packaging and transport from that PSU your lucky if th...
by frumper15
Tue Apr 25, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Cheap-ish Haswell build for the boys
Replies: 14
Views: 2606

Re: Cheap-ish Haswell build for the boys

So this project took another turn as we need an extra desktop at the office for some help coming in next month. I went and spent what I felt was a small amount of cash at Newegg to put together a snappy little machine using the xeon as its brain. 1 x ($59.99) MSI B85M-E45 LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SAT...
by frumper15
Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Simple video editing on PC?
Replies: 16
Views: 2386

Re: Simple video editing on PC?

I've used Davinci Resolve since the demise of Windows Movie Maker (side note - it used to be seriously easy to make a quick movie AND burn it to a DVD with custom menus, etc. What the heck, Microsoft?). While it's not super simple, it is easy enough to do a quick trim/rotate/tranisition and export i...
by frumper15
Sun Mar 26, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Suggestions for finally doing backups the right way?
Replies: 12
Views: 1883

Re: Suggestions for finally doing backups the right way?

Personally I've been using Crashplan for a number of years... . That looks like a nice option. It also looks very familiar. I can't remember if I've tried it before... :oops: In your opinion, what is the biggest down side to using the free version vs the $149-yearly subscription, aside from the clo...
by frumper15
Fri Mar 24, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Suggestions for finally doing backups the right way?
Replies: 12
Views: 1883

Re: Suggestions for finally doing backups the right way?

Personally I've been using Crashplan for a number of years. I pay for the family subscription and backup 10 computers between my own, my work, my parents and my inlaws and I have my own files backed up between at least one other computer in my "network" and the crashplan central cloud back...
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