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by DeadOfKnight
Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Free Upgrade Expired?
Replies: 18
Views: 1317

Re: Windows 10 Free Upgrade Expired?

I upgraded Windows 7 to Windows 10 and I was able to use my Windows 7 key to install Windows 10 from a flash drive onto a new PC. Dunno if this helps OP out at all, but I thought it was interesting. It probably only worked for me because I have a full license instead of an OEM version of Windows 7.
by DeadOfKnight
Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 196
Views: 6909

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

For some context about OMG IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD... some synthetic Linux benchmarks showed some hits although the real-world tests like a kernel compile run and x264/FFMPEG encoding were basically unchanged: https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=linux-415-x86pti&num=1 As f...
by DeadOfKnight
Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby
Replies: 27
Views: 1648

Re: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby

Yeah, but they aren't as loud as they were at the same volume levels for some reason. Not a problem, easy enough to turn them up a bit more.
by DeadOfKnight
Sun Dec 17, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby
Replies: 27
Views: 1648

Re: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby

The new cable worked! The humming is gone.
by DeadOfKnight
Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:16 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby
Replies: 27
Views: 1648

Re: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby

I don't know that they are unshielded, and from what I have read most audio cables have some shielding, but it's clearly picking up some interference. This one I ordered is advertised as "double shielded", is not too pricey, and seems to have rave reviews about it not picking up unwanted n...
by DeadOfKnight
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby
Replies: 27
Views: 1648

Re: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby

I just ordered this cable on Amazon: http://a.co/5gMzC96
by DeadOfKnight
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby
Replies: 27
Views: 1648

Re: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby

Maybe all I need is to get shielded cables for audio? It just dawned on me that maybe I should have mentioned this before. I've never spent the extra money on fancy cables and this could be the result. Also, is there any benefit of using either RCA or 3.5 mm over the other?
by DeadOfKnight
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby
Replies: 27
Views: 1648

Re: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby

So the cable is half the problem. I couldn't get it perfect, but moving it did improve the issue. The other half of it is just high gain from the sub. I just had to turn it down and it isn't too bad. It's not silent, but it isn't nearly as loud and obnoxious.
by DeadOfKnight
Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby
Replies: 27
Views: 1648

Re: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby

I used to have an ASUS Xonar DX and Logitech z2300 speaker set. Now I have a Creative X-Fi Titanium HD and Corsair SP-2500 speakers. I've also used onboard sound in both setups. Like I said, this is an issue I have always had, which leads me to believe it's some sort of habit that I have. More than ...
by DeadOfKnight
Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby
Replies: 27
Views: 1648

Re: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby

Definitely worth a try. Also I was wrong about it not humming if not plugged into the sound card, last night I unplugged it and plugged it back in and it didn't make a difference, still had a loud buzzing noise. Maybe I just need to try to route the cable away from all other cables. Hmm...either it...
by DeadOfKnight
Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby
Replies: 27
Views: 1648

Re: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby

Everything is plugged into an UPS. Maybe I need to ensure PC and speakers are plugged into the same side that has the backup battery? Definitely worth a try. Also I was wrong about it not humming if not plugged into the sound card, last night I unplugged it and plugged it back in and it didn't make...
by DeadOfKnight
Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby
Replies: 27
Views: 1648

Re: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby

Everything is plugged into an UPS. Maybe I need to ensure PC and speakers are plugged into the same side that has the backup battery?
by DeadOfKnight
Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Your favorite brand of coffee?
Replies: 128
Views: 5119

Re: Your favorite brand of coffee?

Cold brew. Black with cane sugar, or a bit of flavored cream if I'm in the mood. Brand doesn't matter, a lot of times the fancy expensive brands taste weird to me. Actually though, like others in this thread I've been wanting tea more than coffee lately. English Breakfast. I have a taste for strong ...
by DeadOfKnight
Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby
Replies: 27
Views: 1648

Speakers hum when PC is off/standby

I thought this was just normal since it has happened with every PC/sound card/speaker set I have ever owned, so I normally just turn them off if it gets annoying. However, a curious google search of this today tells me this should not be happening, but none of the forum topics I have read seem to of...
by DeadOfKnight
Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Big Screen 1080p
Replies: 11
Views: 1699

Re: Big Screen 1080p

Based in part on this glowing review from the Wirecutter: https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-tv/ we purchased a TCL 55P605 for a presentation screen for work, and the screen looks very nice. I can not speak to how movies or TV look on it, but I would say it's worth your time giving it a look. I...
by DeadOfKnight
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Big Screen 1080p
Replies: 11
Views: 1699

Re: Big Screen 1080p

A 60 inch 1080p TV that's new out of the box might be a difficult thing to find these days. There's plenty of 40-ish inch 1080p TVs around, but with 4k TVs starting at around $400 there's just not much incentive to make 1080p TVs of that size anymore. Yeah, as I'm looking at them online I'm startin...
by DeadOfKnight
Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Big Screen 1080p
Replies: 11
Views: 1699

Big Screen 1080p

I'm not ready to upgrade everything for the 4k HDR revolution, but due to a surge I need a new TV in the living room. I figure I can save a lot just by sticking with 1080p. Does anyone have any recommendations for a ~60-inch 1080p TV to pick up this holiday shopping season? Smart or dumb, doesn't ma...
by DeadOfKnight
Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Quite possibly the greatest car ever
Replies: 45
Views: 2808

Re: Quite possibly the greatest car ever

I can do so much more with my Tacoma.
by DeadOfKnight
Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: It's Official: Pour one out for Raj [GOING INTEL!]
Replies: 11
Views: 621

Re: It's Official: Pour one out for Raj [GOING INTEL!]

chuckula wrote:
rumor-tastic WaCkoCFtech

You have to admit, they hit the nail on the head a lot these days. It seems more and more plausible that these supposed "leaks" are deliberate. Not that there isn't a lot of trash as well.
by DeadOfKnight
Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: So is the sound card dead?
Replies: 53
Views: 2805

Re: So is the sound card dead?

Having said that, here is a more recent review I found. I do not, however, advocate for its accuracy or objectivity. I just found it and haven't even read it. https://overclock3d.net/reviews/audio/asus_strix_soundcard_range_review/1 I like this guy's videos, but all he seems to do is sing praises a...
by DeadOfKnight
Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: So is the sound card dead?
Replies: 53
Views: 2805

Re: So is the sound card dead?

Well it's not something that people talk about much these days. What was the last well-written and well-tested as objectively as possible review of a sound card? We don't even get many new product announcements anymore. It's possible that sound cards are still a big upgrade, but good enough is good ...
by DeadOfKnight
Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: So is the sound card dead?
Replies: 53
Views: 2805

Re: So is the sound card dead?

Full ATX is all but dead these days. Those of us who use them are resistant to change or just really like having a roomy build to tinker around with. We don't have the PCIe lanes to do much with if you go with a mainstream motherboard. Multi GPU has proven to be a huge waste of money for little to n...
by DeadOfKnight
Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Settings Not Saving?
Replies: 3
Views: 405

Re: Settings Not Saving?

just brew it! wrote:
Try clearing cookies associated with the site.

Fixed, thanks.
by DeadOfKnight
Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Settings Not Saving?
Replies: 3
Views: 405

Settings Not Saving?

All of a sudden the website layout settings keep going back to their default values. It won't keep the wide/dark view like it normally does. Is this something on my end I need to fix or is this something to do with the website?
by DeadOfKnight
Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Kaspersky Free
Replies: 11
Views: 1157

Re: Kaspersky Free

Try Bitdefender Free, it's just as good as an antivirus (that's all it is is an antivirus, none of the other features are included) and it's not trialware that will expire on you and force you to upgrade.
by DeadOfKnight
Wed May 24, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Upgrade frustrations
Replies: 22
Views: 2496

Re: Upgrade frustrations

I have a 1080; I'd be happy to test it for you if you send me a steam key for JC3. :)
by DeadOfKnight
Tue May 23, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What's the last piece of tech you regret buying?
Replies: 224
Views: 20129

Re: What's the last piece of tech you regret buying?

VisionTek Bigfoot Killer 2100 Gaming Network Card
by DeadOfKnight
Mon May 01, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Coffee Lake 6 core, this August with z370 chipsets?
Replies: 87
Views: 6529

Re: Coffee Lake 6 core, this August with z370 chipsets?

Interesting strategy, this is. Looks like they are bringing more cores to the mainstream and lower cores to the enthusiast platforms. I'm guessing that Coffee Lake will be a drop in clock speed and advertised as the value option for professionals and kaby lake-x will be clocked higher and advertised...
by DeadOfKnight
Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:04 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: AntiVirus suggestions
Replies: 93
Views: 11847

Re: AntiVirus suggestions

I have Bitdefender Free 2017 and Windows Defender periodic scanning turned on. I use chrome with extensions uBlock Origin and HTTPS Everywhere. Windows firewall is adequate these days, it blocks all incoming requests unless you give them permission. I also have some free standalone scanners includin...
by DeadOfKnight
Wed Mar 22, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 1080Ti: Founders Edition or Wait?
Replies: 15
Views: 1857

Re: 1080Ti: Founders Edition or Wait?

If yow want to do any overclocking I'd say wait. Pascal cards are mostly power limited, and all major vendors will come out with 2 x 8-pin powered cards.
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