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by rado992
Wed Apr 13, 2016 11:34 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: 48% plug in USB drives they find in the parking lot
Replies: 25
Views: 2654

Re: 48% plug in USB drives they find in the parking lot

Of course, if you're going to spoof something, you might as well write 256GB on there Those things are such a nightmare if you are producing software that people are going to plug USB sticks in to. They don't just have the high number written on the outside, they have enough of a hack inside that t...
by rado992
Mon Nov 23, 2015 2:40 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: 2TB storage drive - WD Black vs. Blue or Hitachi/Toshiba?
Replies: 59
Views: 11959

Re: 2TB storage drive - WD Black vs. Blue or Hitachi/Toshiba

A fair warning on WDs: I'd recommend avoiding any WD drive which has IntelliPark enabled (yes, they sometimes enable it on desktop drives, even on some Blacks). Every problematic WD drive I've had to troubleshoot or replace has been a victim of excessive head parking. They seem to last between 300 0...
by rado992
Sat Oct 10, 2015 8:58 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Anyone else getting more aggressive Win10 u/g notifications?
Replies: 79
Views: 9088

Re: Anyone else getting more aggressive Win10 u/g notificati

Looks like it's default installing W10 there?...If that's true I need to go to work tomorrow to disable automatic updates and ensure it's not going to make me reinstall 7....FU microsoft...FU. Yes, it's trying to. I'm really hoping this is phased gift attack, and that I'm at the front of the list s...
by rado992
Sat May 23, 2015 5:50 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: How much does IPC really matter for basic, day-to-day tasks?
Replies: 59
Views: 5806

Re: How much does IPC really matter for basic, day-to-day ta

In my opinion, anyone running a Core 2 Quad/Phenom II X4-era or newer CPU and doing a CPU upgrade before an upgrade to solid-state storage is going be disappointed as they will still be waiting all the time for their hard drive. That said, while an SSD is certainly going to have a bigger "wow&q...
by rado992
Mon Mar 30, 2015 10:46 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: planning to have a GS6
Replies: 4
Views: 1908

Re: planning to have a GS6

I will buy Galaxy S6. Definitely the best-looking Samsung phone ever. No removable battery but I am gonna try something new and have pre-ordered a 4200mah extended battery case out off mpj already. My only concern is the steep price, so I probably will wait for a couple of weeks until price drop a ...
by rado992
Fri Oct 03, 2014 12:53 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: OS Decay
Replies: 53
Views: 5754

Re: OS Decay

Well, my own entirely empirical evidence points against the so-called "winrot". My own Windows 7 OS was installed as soon as it was released in October 2009 and so far, I have not seen the need to reinstall (and I like a snappy system). In that time it has been migrated at least three time...
by rado992
Tue May 20, 2014 5:58 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Over provisioning fully used SSD
Replies: 19
Views: 8170

Re: Over provisioning fully used SSD

Hi huys, quick question on the topic: With TRIM enabled on an SSD, isn't overprovisioning basically the same as just having some free space on it? is it different on the hardware(controller) level? As far as I understand it, the drive needs empty blocks in order for the wear levelling to function op...
by rado992
Sun Jun 23, 2013 2:45 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Cuda vs Ram
Replies: 6
Views: 2368

Re: Cuda vs Ram

IMO, both cards are too slow to fully utilize 2GB of RAM, especially on a 128 bit bus. I would just go with the 650Ti with 1GB if I were you, unless you have a specific task in mind which requires tons of VRAM :). Ninja Edit: This article explains the difference pretty clearly: The GTX650 is an over...
by rado992
Mon Jun 17, 2013 2:58 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Multiple Displays on Multiple GPUs - How does it worK?
Replies: 3
Views: 1523

Re: Multiple Displays on Multiple GPUs - How does it worK?

From my ovserations, each card only drives the displays it is connected to. The type of connection to the display shouldn't matter, but as a last resort you could experiment with that, too. For two displays, though, the GT210 might actually be too slow (or have too little VRAM). I ended up replacing...
by rado992
Mon Jun 17, 2013 11:46 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: c2d e6550 and giga g41 mobo OC
Replies: 2
Views: 2355

Re: c2d e6550 and giga g41 mobo OC

Usually 65nm Conroe-based Core 2 Duos would go to around 350MHz FSB with stock cooling (at least this is what I've managed with an E6600 and stock cooling), so your particular model with a high FSB and low multiplier is not ideal for overclocking. That said, I have managed to get an E6750 (stock was...
by rado992
Sun May 26, 2013 5:51 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Lens dirt -- suggestions?
Replies: 9
Views: 2400

Re: Lens dirt -- suggestions?

+1 for the sensor dust. It is most prominent at long focal lengths and small apertures, so try a zoom lens at full telephoto and closed all the way down to confirm. As for cleaning, there are many dslr cleaning kits out there. First I would try one of the many blower kits available. Most of the dust...
by rado992
Thu May 23, 2013 10:15 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Have a Windows 8 notebook and need a Start Menu
Replies: 29
Views: 5488

Re: Have a Windows 8 notebook and need a Start Menu

Also, maybe it's just me, but I haven't seen this mentioned: http://startisback.com/#features-tab StartIsBack provides a Win7-like start menu and so many options but is a bit cheaper than Start8. $3 vs $5 may not sound like much, but hey, this functionality should have been included with Win8 to beg...
by rado992
Wed May 22, 2013 4:38 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Virtual Machine recommendations?
Replies: 22
Views: 4159

Re: Virtual Machine recommendations?

Also, a heads-up if you ever need to run a virtual Windows XP for whatever reason, as a Windows 7 user you are entitled to using Windows XP Mode, which is basically an XP VM inside a customized version of Virtual PC. The bonus is that the WinXP inside comes activated for free as long as your Win7 ho...
by rado992
Mon May 20, 2013 8:48 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Poll: which image to print poster of?
Replies: 26
Views: 6124

Re: Poll: which image to print poster of?

You know, I hope, Adobe has released Photoshop CS2 for free. What? :o That Adobe link doesn't say, at least to me, free for all. It says that if you are so far out of the mainstream that you still need to run CS2, we'll give you a little help. After all, the phrase "The serial numbers below sh...
by rado992
Thu May 16, 2013 11:09 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Samsung LED tv for monitor
Replies: 12
Views: 5810

Re: Samsung LED tv for monitor

Jorden, I think your subjective feel of lag and sluggishness is due to the high input lag of the TV - I have personally experienced this myself. They simply weren't made with this usage in mind and therefore have significantly higher input lag compared to purpose-built monitors. As for the lack of s...
by rado992
Fri May 10, 2013 1:30 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: The laptop battery guide
Replies: 48
Views: 68161

Re: The laptop battery guide

Holy mother of necro threads! :D Just kidding, of course, welcome to the TR Forums. ;) First of all, I wouldn't worry about the AC voltage in your house damaging your batteries. The charger usually does a good enough job filtering any spikes/dips in voltage to protect the laptop itself. In most case...
by rado992
Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:33 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: IE10 problems all over
Replies: 26
Views: 9402

Re: IE10 problems all over

Well, if you don't insist on using IE10, reverting to IE9 is the easiest option. Try using System Restore to revert to a point before the IE10 installation and see how that goes. :wink:
by rado992
Mon Jan 14, 2013 4:47 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Apple Laptop Memory
Replies: 10
Views: 2705

Re: Apple Laptop Memory

Also, make sure the RAM on the laptop you're trying to upgrade is in SODIMMs and is user-accessible. Some macbooks have soldered-on memory to reduce the thickness (and prevent upgrades, instead suggesting you buy new laptop). Which macbook are we talking about? :)
by rado992
Tue Dec 11, 2012 5:38 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Socket Swappable?
Replies: 8
Views: 3620

Re: Motherboard recoverable?

If it doesn't boot with the E2200 as well, it sounds like the mobo is bad. Had it booted, that would point to an old BIOS version, but since it doesn't, it's most likely the mobo. If you still want to poke around the system, inspect the socket for bent/deformed pins or the capacitors around the sock...
by rado992
Wed Nov 28, 2012 5:11 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Need a basic reliable router with wireless.
Replies: 12
Views: 4353

Re: Need a basic reliable router with wireless.

Or, if you want to go with 5GHz on the budget side, this might not be a bad option: http://www.amazon.com/TP-Link-450Mbps-Dual-Band-Wireless-TL-WR2543ND/dp/B006YCHW5O/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1354139974&sr=1-1&keywords=WR2543ND Unfortunately, it doesn't support DD-WRT yet...
by rado992
Thu Jun 21, 2012 6:50 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Friends dell not running certain games
Replies: 14
Views: 3735

Re: Friends dell not running certain games

Well, other than trying to find drivers on Dell's website (if for some reason Dell PCs require custom GPU drivers), it's either a bad Windows requiring a reset or a failed/failing GPU, I fear. There will probably be warranty stickers all over it and if so, swapping GPUs for a test is out of the ques...
by rado992
Fri Jun 15, 2012 10:23 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: HDD suddenly prevents laptop from booting
Replies: 2
Views: 1749

Re: HDD suddenly prevents laptop from booting

Have you tried putting the WD in your friend's laptop after testing it on another PC? Bad contact could be at fault here, try cleaning the pins on the HDD as well as the port on the laptop and try again. Also, you could try resetting the BIOS to default settings if you haven't already. :) Very weird...
by rado992
Tue May 15, 2012 4:37 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What's your computer's idle power consumption?
Replies: 59
Views: 33507

Re: What's your computer's idle power consumption?

Around 180W for these components: Q9550 @ 3.83, X48 mobo, 4 sticks of RAM, 8800GTS 512, 5 HDDs, Xonar DX and a bunch of fans. :lol: Reading this topic makes me wonder if I should upgrade for the power savings alone. :)
by rado992
Sat Feb 04, 2012 8:10 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Thanks to everybody at TechReport
Replies: 32
Views: 3401

Re: Thanks to everybody at TechReport

Hey, great rig you built there! I see on the last pic that there is no crossfire bridge between the two 6950s. Try connecting one if you haven't already (a bridge should come with each Radeon) as it is believed to increase performance slightly. ;)
by rado992
Wed Feb 01, 2012 11:35 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Samsung Galaxy Note preorder Feb 5th on At&T
Replies: 16
Views: 3176

Re: Samsung Galaxy Note preorder Feb 5th on At&T

A question: is it the phone makers or the cell network providers (e.g. AT&T or Verizon) that make it hard to upgrade the Android OS to ICS? Both help for it. Here's how the cycle goes: Google releases a new version of Android to phone makers => phone makers customize it, add specific features a...
by rado992
Tue Jan 17, 2012 5:29 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: What kind of hard drive does this laptop take?
Replies: 7
Views: 2067

Re: What kind of hard drive does this laptop take?

Is that an HP? IIRC they have a sort of adapter that plugs into a SATA 2.5" drive and then slides into that connector, supposedly for easier mounting (BS if you ask me :roll:).

EDIT: This is what I was talking about.
by rado992
Sun Nov 20, 2011 4:54 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Browser problem?
Replies: 3
Views: 1212

Re: Browser problem?

Nope, it's true, the prices have basically skyrocketed after the Thailand floods. The TR has it explained in several articles, like this one: http://techreport.com/discussions.x/21956 Hope this clears things up. :)
by rado992
Fri Sep 10, 2010 4:02 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Win one of three Asus Xonar sound cards
Replies: 137
Views: 38718

Re: Win one of three Asus Xonar sound cards

EDIT: Quite unfortunately, I'm not located in the USA or Canada, so I'm out of the game. :x Anyway, good luck to you guys! The prizes are really great this time. :wink: Well, personally, I'm a bit of an audioholic so I listen to music on a Xonar DX with a pair of AKG K324P headphones (I know, I know...
by rado992
Sat Aug 14, 2010 4:13 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Discuss TR's hardware photography contest
Replies: 89
Views: 13962

Re: Discuss TR's hardware photography contest

By the way, welcome to all the new gerbils who signed up for the contest and shared their pics with us. Hopefully we'll see you around! I've found my second home, only problem is reading all the post's you guys have made over the years :D I don't want to miss anything out :P I hear you, buddy. :win...
by rado992
Tue Aug 10, 2010 4:26 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Enter here for a shot at a GeForce GTX 460 or Metro 2033
Replies: 149
Views: 26563

Re: Enter here for a shot at a GeForce GTX 460 or Metro 2033

Hi guys! Here's my take: RAM: http://i36.tinypic.com/2qns3n8.jpg CPUs (I do believe this is among the best shots of s.370 celerons ever http://hardwarebg.com/forum/images/smilies/gtzvetkov/ghi.gif ... They look so delicious :P ) http://i38.tinypic.com/33dgnb9.jpg
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