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by jihadjoe
Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: How do you actually run games on high-spec monitors?
Replies: 43
Views: 989

Re: How do you actually run games on high-spec monitors?

Playing games with a 5-year lag . :wink: https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/cutting_edge.png Aside from a handful that really have to be played online which have old engines anyway (Diablo III, SC2 and some fighting games), I'm mostly in it for the single player. Playing games with a 5-year lag not only m...
by jihadjoe
Sat Jun 30, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Warcraft - Orcs and Humans not outputting any sound - Windows 98 SE
Replies: 18
Views: 1002

Re: Warcraft - Orcs and Humans not outputting any sound - Windows 98 SE

+1 on trying the game using DOS (not DOSBox, but actual DOS), just to rule out any possible Windows issues. Myself I think maybe the Yamaha sound card could be the problem. It seems like you've found the right set of drivers, but it's trying to save configuration onto a ROM area that might no longer...
by jihadjoe
Sun Jun 24, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Warcraft - Orcs and Humans not outputting any sound - Windows 98 SE
Replies: 18
Views: 1002

Re: Warcraft - Orcs and Humans not outputting any sound - Windows 98 SE

Oops I meant LOAD=driver.sys and C:\DRIVERS\SBEINIT.COM as examples, not as the exact lines you have to add. The stuff you actually have to add in your AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS will depend on the driver package you just got for your sound card. If the driver install package is done well enough, y...
by jihadjoe
Sun Jun 24, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Enermax Liqtech TR4: potential issues
Replies: 19
Views: 4018

Re: Enermax Liqtech TR4: potential issues

It's very doable. I've done the same to an old Corsair H70 and replaced the tiny radiator with an HWLabs 240.

At the end of the day an AIO is just an integrated block/pump and a radiator. How hard can it be?
by jihadjoe
Sun Jun 24, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Warcraft - Orcs and Humans not outputting any sound - Windows 98 SE
Replies: 18
Views: 1002

Re: Warcraft - Orcs and Humans not outputting any sound - Windows 98 SE

I think you need BOTH pieces of advice here, not just one or the other. AUTOEXEC.BAT should be in C:\, but environment variables can also be set in Windows (System Properties / Advanced / Environment Variables). Thing is you might need to install a DOS-mode driver as well (as per dragontamer's post)...
by jihadjoe
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?
Replies: 45
Views: 3093

Re: Imgur's deterioration accelerates. Alternatives?

I don't see that interface. Does it come up without being logged in? (I can't test with an account because registration fails.) Only the social features and organizing your images require a login. After uploading there's a menu there with an option to 'get share links' and gives you the bbcode, mar...
by jihadjoe
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Enermax Liqtech TR4: potential issues
Replies: 19
Views: 4018

Re: Enermax Liqtech TR4: potential issues

It might be possible to replace just the radiator instead of junking the whole thing.
by jihadjoe
Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia Turing GTX1180 Rumors
Replies: 26
Views: 2457

Re: Nvidia Turing GTX1180 Rumors

Will there be a 1180 Ti, though? It was safe to assume before because there was "big" Maxwell, Kepler, Pascal, etc... But is there a "big" Turing? If the rumors about the 1180 prices are true, I suspect there might not be a bigger version coming. IMO there almost certainly will ...
by jihadjoe
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia Turing GTX1180 Rumors
Replies: 26
Views: 2457

Re: Nvidia Turing GTX1180 Rumors

Judging from how well Pascal Founder's Editions did for Nvidia, they will almost certainly do it again. I'm guessing the actual time to upgrade will be when the 1180ti comes out, or at least AIB custom cards.

1180 might beat 1080ti, but it'll almost certainly launch at $700 minimum.
by jihadjoe
Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: i9 Skylake-X XCC speculation
Replies: 22
Views: 1078

Re: i9 Skylake-X XCC speculation

Intel will achieve its marketing 5.0Ghz Q4 2018 goal set in E3 stunt demo by making it turbo speed on the XE SKU under single and dual-threaded loads. I'm still gonna be surprised if it's that high. It takes a reasonably high amount of voltage to get those clocks stable in all workloads (and if I r...
by jihadjoe
Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3858
Views: 559710

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Been a while since I last sat down to really listen to an album. My choice for the night:

D'Angelo - Voodoo (2000)

Image

The cover might make you think 'Rap', but the album is pure soulful Jazz.
by jihadjoe
Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Asrock P67 Extreme OC
Replies: 7
Views: 494

Re: Asrock P67 Extreme OC

For ASRock I recall the options for saving (or loading) config profiles should be in the Exit menu of the BIOS.
by jihadjoe
Sun Jun 10, 2018 5:31 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Good speaker for ZxR
Replies: 43
Views: 2113

Re: Good speaker for ZxR

Good choice! Now you can have fun comparing analog output through your ZxR, then using the speaker's internal DAC though optical and USB.
by jihadjoe
Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: i9 Skylake-X XCC speculation
Replies: 22
Views: 1078

Re: i9 Skylake-X XCC speculation

Intel is really killing it with these anniversary editions! Right on the heels of the 8086k we now have the successor to the Gallatin Pentium 4 EE.
by jihadjoe
Sat Jun 02, 2018 3:49 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Ticking and Popping Sound
Replies: 91
Views: 6004

Re: Ticking and Popping Sound

You guys haven't tried setting the PC up in another house yet. I've had a case where a stereo was getting pops from the speakers after a few minutes and try as I might it wouldn't go away. But when we took the whole thing to the audio store to get it checked out, the same setup, amp, speakers, cable...
by jihadjoe
Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:17 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Help me choose a speaker for my folks
Replies: 7
Views: 522

Re: Help me choose a speaker for my folks

Sonos Play 1
Bose Soundlink Color
JBL Pulse/Charge/Link
UE Boom
by jihadjoe
Tue May 29, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2018
Replies: 81
Views: 9424

Re: Formula One 2018

The funny thing is that Ricciardo was pretty much on-pace despite the broken car. I guess Monaco turned out to be more about preserving those ultra/hyper-soft tires than outright engine power. Maybe he was even helped a bit by the broken hybrid power unit. It'll be a lot easier to not apply too muc...
by jihadjoe
Mon May 28, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2018
Replies: 81
Views: 9424

Re: Formula One 2018

The funny thing is that Ricciardo was pretty much on-pace despite the broken car. I guess Monaco turned out to be more about preserving those ultra/hyper-soft tires than outright engine power. Maybe he was even helped a bit by the broken hybrid power unit. It'll be a lot easier to not apply too much...
by jihadjoe
Mon May 28, 2018 2:59 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Wow, I have an IBM Model M (or do I?) (pics!)
Replies: 22
Views: 1411

Re: Wow, I have an IBM Model M (or do I?) (pics!)

Thanks FireGryphon! That is indeed top stuff right there.

@UberGerbil
MDA was very indeed very nice. Text was so much clearer compared to CGA. And going from floppies to one of those 20MB HDDs? Far bigger jump in responsiveness compared to going from HDD to SSD in the modern day.
by jihadjoe
Sun May 27, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: How to reset no boot W10
Replies: 53
Views: 2044

Re: How to reset no boot W10

How did you originally install Windows on that machine? I imagine if you back up your C: partition, then re-doing the original install procedure will re-create the hidden system partition along with a C: that you can restore your backup to if you'd rather not re-install all your apps and reconfigure...
by jihadjoe
Sun May 27, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Wow, I have an IBM Model M (or do I?) (pics!)
Replies: 22
Views: 1411

Re: Wow, I have an IBM Model M (or do I?)

Wow that is top!

Pictures please? Imgur will host your stuff, no accounts needed.
by jihadjoe
Sat May 26, 2018 6:11 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Unable to run Windows Update (Or other downloading installers)
Replies: 8
Views: 779

Re: Unable to run Windows Update (Or other downloading installers)

I used to use Hotspotshield to get around website geoblocking, but that was a few years ago.

Nice of your government to shield you from Microsoft's telemetry though lol
by jihadjoe
Thu May 24, 2018 11:41 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Good speaker for ZxR
Replies: 43
Views: 2113

Re: Good speaker for ZxR

Also, active speakers with a built-in DAC (like the KEF X300A or LS50W) can make very good computer speakers. $2,199.98 Yeah, I'd hope so for 2200 dollars. Despite the expenses involved audiophilia is a very pleasant rabbit hole to fall into. Sound recording and playback is basically a solved probl...
by jihadjoe
Wed May 23, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Good speaker for ZxR
Replies: 43
Views: 2113

Re: Good speaker for ZxR

Review + measurements for the LSR305. These are professional studio monitors so the sound is really accurate.

These things are normally $150 each so a bit beyond the $200 budget but as I mentioned earlier they do occasionally go on sale for $99 a piece. Massdrop previously did a drop on them.
by jihadjoe
Wed May 23, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: How to reset no boot W10
Replies: 53
Views: 2044

Re: How to reset no boot W10

Sorry to be a little OT. I had a situation recently where the recovery/boot partition suddenly had a drive letter attached to it, which was not removable from Disk Management. Fortunately, it received drive letter D: even though C: lay beyond D: on the same drive. Windows booted fine into C:, but w...
by jihadjoe
Wed May 23, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Good speaker for ZxR
Replies: 43
Views: 2113

Re: Good speaker for ZxR

Unfortunately was spoiled with a computer I had about 8 years ago that had an ASUS Xonar Essence ST in it. And yes, I could hear the difference. I have considered the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 system again as that is what I had before. I know some onboard audio has been improved, but unfortunately the o...
by jihadjoe
Tue May 22, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Good speaker for ZxR
Replies: 43
Views: 2113

Re: Good speaker for ZxR

+1 on jbi's budgeting. I'd rather spend $350 on speakers and use onboard audio than $150 on a sound card and $200 on speakers. In fact, I'd not spend anything on a sound card until the amp and speakers are at $2000 or higher.
by jihadjoe
Tue May 22, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Good speaker for ZxR
Replies: 43
Views: 2113

Re: Good speaker for ZxR

After having tried it as an experiment, I think soundbars make surprisingly good computer speakers.

There's also the JBL LSR305s. They're occasionally available for $100 a piece.
by jihadjoe
Tue May 22, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Sound bar recommendations <$300?
Replies: 8
Views: 883

Re: Sound bar recommendations <$300?

I'd get one from an audio brand like that Yamaha model. They tend to be better at audio than the TV guys (Samsung, Vizio, LG).

Home Theater Review recommended the Polk Audio Magni-Fi Mini in the soundbar category last year.
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