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by Yan
Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows shuts down when "idle"
Replies: 6
Views: 575

[Partly solved] Windows shuts down when "idle"

My problem is partly solved, and I'll post in case someone has the same problem. The problem seems to have two causes: a driver, and a program that causes the computer to shut down. The driver is the AMD SATA Controller, version 1.2.1.402, dated 8 April 2015. Remove that driver and replace it with v...
by Yan
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows shuts down when "idle"
Replies: 6
Views: 575

Re: Windows shuts down when "idle"

I'll ask the obvious question first - are you sure your computer isn't trying to sleep (and failing?) You say there isn't a specific delay, but how long generally will it take? e.g. 30 seconds to 2 minutes, 4 minutes to 7 minutes, etc I've noticed it happening after about 30 minutes, or after a few...
by Yan
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows shuts down when "idle"
Replies: 6
Views: 575

Windows shuts down when "idle"

I'm having problems with my computer shutting down after it's been "idle" for a while. By "idle", I mean I'm not using the computer, but the computer is always running some program or other. I've noticed the following: * the problem only seems to happen in Windows 7, not in Linux...
by Yan
Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Another subscription oddity
Replies: 1
Views: 328

Another subscription oddity

The E-mail address for my account is correct, but the receipt for my subscription payment was sent to another E-mail address I must have given at some time. I want to delete that secondary address; I've looked at all the options, but I can't find it anywhere. Specifically, the address under User Con...
by Yan
Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead
Replies: 69
Views: 2695

Re: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead

I still don't understand the hate for Win8/8.1 Windows 8 was designed to force desktop users to learn how to use the OS on mobile devices. The idea was that everybody has to use Windows anyway, right?, so they'll just have to learn how to use Windows Mobile. Instead of pushing its successful produc...
by Yan
Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead
Replies: 69
Views: 2695

Re: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead

End User wrote:
Classic Shell made Windows 8 useable.

If your OS is only usable if users install another program, you've got problems.
by Yan
Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR keeps credit card details?
Replies: 5
Views: 492

Re: TR keeps credit card details?

No, we do not store any credit card details, as detailed in our subscription page. The only information we keep is a reference to them, in our payment provider. We don't even know what the details are when you first fill them in—the data goes straight into Stripe and all we know is that it's card1A...
by Yan
Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead
Replies: 69
Views: 2695

Re: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead

I think Microsoft forcing the tile-based UI on desktop Windows 8 ended up backfiring on them; MS obviously did this with the intent of using their desktop monopoly to get people accustomed to this UI, and thus want the same thing on their phones. Only people ended up hating it on the desktop, so wh...
by Yan
Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR keeps credit card details?
Replies: 5
Views: 492

TR keeps credit card details?

I just renewed my membership. Then, on the "Your subscription" page, under "Account details", I saw information about my credit card number.

I was surprised to see this. Isn't the information supposed to be sent directly to Stripe rather than to TR?
by Yan
Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My first Notebook, how to care for it.
Replies: 65
Views: 4231

Re: My first Notebook, how to care for it.

Uninstall all the junk that typically comes with a new computer: trial programs, unnecessary security programs, silly games, etc. I like Revo Uninstaller.

I know you said you plan to install Linux, but I'd remove the junk anyways while you try the computer with Windows.
by Yan
Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My first Notebook, how to care for it.
Replies: 65
Views: 4231

Re: My first Notebook, how to care for it.

just brew it! wrote:
Don't expect it to live up to the advertised battery run time (especially if you put Linux on it).

Try powertop.
by Yan
Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP: Martin Landau
Replies: 11
Views: 995

Re: RIP: Martin Landau

All episodes of Space: 1999 are available.

Season 2 was garbage. I was so upset after seeing the first episode of season 2 that I wrote an angry letter to the producers. I was 14 at the time. ;-)
by Yan
Tue Jul 18, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Program like Prime95, but for GPU?
Replies: 10
Views: 835

Re: Program like Prime95, but for GPU?

biffzinker wrote:
Is OCCT what you might be looking for?

Interesting program, with a weird GUI. ;-) Thanks for mentioning it!
by Yan
Tue Jul 18, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Program like Prime95, but for GPU?
Replies: 10
Views: 835

Re: Program like Prime95, but for GPU?

Suppose I wanted to buy a used GPU, but wanted to test it first. What would I do? Simply try playing a game, and perhaps running Furmark?

That's not the reason I'm asking, but it would be a practical example of why one might want such a program.
by Yan
Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Program like Prime95, but for GPU?
Replies: 10
Views: 835

Program like Prime95, but for GPU?

Is there a program like Prime95 , or Memtest86+ , but for GPUs, that not only checks whether the graphic card crashes, but also whether it comes up with the correct results? Does such a thing make sense in the case of a GPU? I know about Furmark , but I'm looking for a program that can say whether t...
by Yan
Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So who here is actually mining?
Replies: 41
Views: 2786

Re: So who here is actually mining?

southrncomfortjm wrote:
Any idea what the life span is for a good quality consumer GPU that is running at 74c and 15% fan speed (650-700 rpm) for 24/7?

My temperature is much lower, and my fan is much faster. It didn't occur to me to do it the other way around to avoid wearing out the fan. Perhaps that makes more sense.
by Yan
Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Happy Fourth of July
Replies: 15
Views: 957

Re: Happy Fourth of July

Captain Ned wrote:
Oh, and have a Brador or 3 while you're there, and channel your inner Bob/Doug McKenzie, eh?


Does Brador still exist? I haven't had one in 30 years.
by Yan
Tue Jul 04, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Slow Performance After Upgradation Windows XP to Windows 7
Replies: 15
Views: 2089

Re: Slow Performance After Upgradation Windows XP to Windows 7

Please start a new topic.
by Yan
Sat Jul 01, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen and Linux: A cautionary tale
Replies: 38
Views: 3706

Re: Ryzen and Linux: A cautionary tale

Update: I was able to run CentOS 6 under Ryzen after all. :-) Information here and here.
by Yan
Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen and Linux: A cautionary tale
Replies: 38
Views: 3706

Ryzen and Linux: A cautionary tale

I bought a Ryzen CPU intending to use it for both Windows 7 and Linux. Foolishly (for I should know better), I didn't check first whether my distribution supported Ryzen. I knew I'd have problems installing Windows 7. When trying my installation DVD, neither the keyboard nor the mouse worked, so I c...
by Yan
Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Errors on new SSD
Replies: 6
Views: 1413

Re: Errors on new SSD

It's certainly worth verifying the drive info and health as reported by SMART, to see if there are any anomalies. Since OP is apparently using Linux: smartctl -a <device> (you may need to install an additional package from your repository first, e.g. in Debian/Ubuntu you need "smartmontools&qu...
by Yan
Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Errors on new SSD
Replies: 6
Views: 1413

Errors on new SSD

I bought a new SSD, ran Linux's badblocks in read-write mode because I'm that sort of guy, and was surprised to actually discover errors ("32/0/32 errors" so far).

Is it normal for new SSDs to have bad sectors which are simply replaced by spare sectors, or should I return the SSD?
by Yan
Wed Jun 14, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency
Replies: 97
Views: 4562

Re: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency

Supposedly my GTX 1080 will produce about $6-$7 per day using the Nicehash client, based on current values. Nicehash was banned in a pool I use because of perceived abuse (scroll down the news at the top). I don't know whether that's a common problem. A few dollars a day sounds realistic. It's not ...
by Yan
Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency
Replies: 97
Views: 4562

Re: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency

DPete27 wrote:
However, when I checked this morning, ethminer had crashed with a DAG error.

Look up "ethminer DAG error" on Google. You should try Google first when you have a problem like this. (You should also note the exact error message.)
by Yan
Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency
Replies: 97
Views: 4562

Re: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency

4) With all these problems already, I dread having to figure out how to actually get US Dollars out of this whole ordeal. I have a rather dim view of the exchanges, so I certainly won't argue that cashing out in favor of fiat is an easy proposition. The difficulty is going from store credit to actu...
by Yan
Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency
Replies: 97
Views: 4562

Re: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency

3) When I got home from work today I googled how to check my Ethereum balance.....which said my balance is zero. So either I set the miner up wrong, made some error in the vague account creation process, or I made an error in checking my balance. I don't know about Ethereum specifically, but the wa...
by Yan
Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency
Replies: 97
Views: 4562

Re: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency

Glorious, I'm a little surprised to see you arguing in favor of the IRS. It's interesting to me that the US is one of only a few countries in the world that assesses foreign income of its citizens. Many (most? all?) countries tax the foreign income of their residents. The US is unique in taxing non...
by Yan
Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency
Replies: 97
Views: 4562

Re: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency

just brew it! wrote:
and you're willing to risk shortening the life of your video card due to additional wear and tear

Is there any evidence that "mining" physically damages the video card? I agree it would make sense, but I'm wondering if there's any actual evidence.
by Yan
Mon May 29, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: What's your highest "power on hours" HDD?
Replies: 29
Views: 2204

Re: What's your highest "power on hours" HDD?

Waco wrote:
I have a Bigfoot XT that's well over 130K hours.

You win. Two internets for you.
by Yan
Sun May 28, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: What's your highest "power on hours" HDD?
Replies: 29
Views: 2204

Re: What's your highest "power on hours" HDD?

Seagate 340014A. 101635 hours. That's on more or less constantly for over 11 years, which sounds right.