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by Yan
Sat Nov 07, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: What speed is my RAM, really?
Replies: 4
Views: 375

What speed is my RAM, really?

I've bought some DDR4-3000 RAM. I've set the memory's speed to 3000 MHz in the BIOS manually. Windows reports that my memory is running at 3000 MHz, and the "Memory" tab in CPU-Z reports 1499.1 MHz, which I believe is correct. However, the "SPD" tab in CPU-Z reports DDR4-2132. Wh...
by Yan
Wed Nov 04, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Issue deleting a directoryish (Linux)
Replies: 12
Views: 423

Re: Issue deleting a directoryish (Linux)

# find . -inum 239210 -exec rm -i {} \;
rm: cannot remove './Fran?ois Couperin': Is a directory

rm won't remove a directory. Try rm -r.
by Yan
Mon Nov 02, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Unexplainable shut down/hibernation event
Replies: 3
Views: 331

Re: Unexplainable shut down/hibernation event

Did this only happen once?

If you have a memory dump file, Who Crashed can help you analyze it.
by Yan
Fri Oct 09, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Which Author Book is Best for C++
Replies: 5
Views: 784

Re: Which Author Book is Best for C++

Anything from O'Reilly.
by Yan
Sat Oct 03, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: ASUS PN50 problem
Replies: 4
Views: 1711

Re: ASUS PN50 problem

Can you boot into safe mode?

My experience is that cables cause half the problems. Try replacing the SATA cable, if you're using a non-M.2 drive.

Try a live Linux distribution like System Rescue CD to test the RAM, the hard drive, etc.
by Yan
Fri Oct 02, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD speed varies wildly
Replies: 20
Views: 887

Re: SSD speed varies wildly

Aranarth wrote:
Crucial has a decent 1tb ssd you can get as replacement for this one.

Do you mean the MX500?
by Yan
Thu Oct 01, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD speed varies wildly
Replies: 20
Views: 887

Re: SSD speed varies wildly

I've finally found the problem and a solution and I wanted to mention it. HDDScan clearly showed the problem, with some blocks taking over 500 ms to read. I've found that I can "repair" these blocks using badblocks with the non-destructive read-write test. (And also presumably with the des...
by Yan
Sun Sep 27, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD speed varies wildly
Replies: 20
Views: 887

Re: SSD speed varies wildly

The drive is a data drive; my games are on it. I've removed my M.2 drive, reinstalled Windows, and HD Tune now reports problems with my mechanical drives. The access time tests only cover half the disk, and the error scan starts giving negative numbers for the position after about half the test: htt...
by Yan
Thu Sep 24, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD speed varies wildly
Replies: 20
Views: 887

Re: SSD speed varies wildly

The drive is slow under both Windows and Linux. It guess it's clear there's a hardware problem. The question is whether the only problem is with the SSD, or whether I'm right to suspect the motherboard because I'm having simultaneously several problems that aren't obviously related. (The system hang...
by Yan
Thu Sep 24, 2020 7:23 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD speed varies wildly
Replies: 20
Views: 887

Re: SSD speed varies wildly

After a full error scan, the result is the same:

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by Yan
Wed Sep 23, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD speed varies wildly
Replies: 20
Views: 887

Re: SSD speed varies wildly

I did a "quick" error scan using HD Tune. Then I started a surface scan using Windows' CHKDSK, but I gave up after 15% because it was so slow. http://www.storm.ca/~yan/SSD3.PNG The result is very similar to the first one, and there's no improvement at the beginning where I did do a surface...
by Yan
Wed Sep 23, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD speed varies wildly
Replies: 20
Views: 887

Re: SSD speed varies wildly

To answer some specific questions: I tried removing and reinstalling the drive. WD's Dashboard utility reports that everything is fine, that "Life Remaining" is 100 %, that the firmware is up to date, that the "Media Wear Out Indicator" is 0.32%, etc. I ran TRIM today and yesterd...
by Yan
Wed Sep 23, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD speed varies wildly
Replies: 20
Views: 887

Re: SSD speed varies wildly

M.2, so no cable. ;-)
by Yan
Tue Sep 22, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD speed varies wildly
Replies: 20
Views: 887

Re: SSD speed varies wildly

The drive's temperature is 37 C (99 F), according to HWInfo. Running HD Tune and Crystal Disk Mark simultaneously, the highest temperature was 45 C (113 F). The drive has my games, and I first noticed the problem when a game was taking entremely long to load. The slow speed was very noticeable, and ...
by Yan
Tue Sep 22, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD speed varies wildly
Replies: 20
Views: 887

SSD speed varies wildly

My M.2 SATA SSD drive worked well until a few days ago. Now, the speed varies wildly: http://www.storm.ca/~yan/SSD.PNG However, the speeds reported by Crystal Disk Mark seem normal to me: http://www.storm.ca/~yan/SSD2.PNG I wasn't running anything else when I ran these tests. I have this problem und...
by Yan
Sat Aug 22, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Built ?
Replies: 25
Views: 816

Re: Built ?

I have trouble with this one as Microsoft's track record with updates over the past few years have been pretty bad. But you probably do want to pick up security updates over "major" updates like the "2004" feature update. That's a good point, and I use Ask Woody for advice on wh...
by Yan
Fri Aug 21, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Built ?
Replies: 25
Views: 816

Re: Built ?

Waco wrote:
There's no chance your Windows 10 install doesn't have a driver for the network card.

I was wondering how that worked these days, now that so many systems don't have a CD drive, so you can't install the drivers from the CD that came with your motherboard...
by Yan
Fri Aug 21, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Built ?
Replies: 25
Views: 816

Re: Built ?

1. Install a firewall (I like Comodo ), or use Windows's. 2. Install an anti-virus program, or use Windows's. 3. Install or update any programs for your motherboard (see the manufacturer's site). 4. Update Windows using Windows Update. As for the rest, well, we have no idea how you plan to use your ...
by Yan
Fri Aug 21, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Built ?
Replies: 25
Views: 816

Re: Built ?

mavrick211 wrote:
As I understand it if I have the cpu and ram and board working then I should get some kind of response

You also need the graphics card. The Ryzen 7 3700X has no graphics of its own.
by Yan
Fri Aug 21, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Built ?
Replies: 25
Views: 816

Re: Built ?

Does this help to interpret the lights?
by Yan
Thu Jun 04, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How do you rip a DVD for Plex that has a disk error
Replies: 15
Views: 1007

Re: How do you rip a DVD for Plex that has a disk error

I used to use CDCheck. It's so old the Web page tells you the download time at 56kb/s. ;-)
by Yan
Thu May 14, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Share VPN over Wi-Fi on Windows
Replies: 5
Views: 1566

Re: Share VPN over Wi-Fi on Windows

Steam has a free program called Omnify Hotspot that apparently does what you want.
by Yan
Thu Mar 12, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Need help/advice on converting to linux....
Replies: 5
Views: 787

Re: Need help/advice on converting to linux....

There's something called Crossover that's similar to Wine but apparently better. You could give it a try.
by Yan
Mon Feb 10, 2020 9:15 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: 5 PC license pack of O&O Power Pack for only $24.99
Replies: 12
Views: 955

Re: 5 PC license pack of O&O Power Pack for only $24.99

Dposcorp wrote:
Never heard of this before and few reviews came up after a quick search.....hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.


"Up to 100% more speed with O&O Defrag" sounds like a lot of baloney.
by Yan
Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Dual monitor setup no longer working
Replies: 4
Views: 581

Re: Dual monitor setup no longer working

I had already tried disconnecting and reconnecting the cable, and it didn't solve the problem. This time, I also reversed the cable: the end that was connected to the monitor is now connected to the graphics card, and vice versa. This solved the problem. So I think the cable is slightly defective an...
by Yan
Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:22 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Dual monitor setup no longer working
Replies: 4
Views: 581

Re: Dual monitor setup no longer working

Solved: it was a bad cable after all. I should remember to always check the cable!
by Yan
Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 381
Views: 49698

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

My office has only now moved from Windows 7 to Windows 10, and pretty much everybody hates it, to my surprise and delight.

Part of the complaints are more about the switch from Office 2010 to Office 2016, however.
by Yan
Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Dual monitor setup no longer working
Replies: 4
Views: 581

Dual monitor setup no longer working

I have two monitors side by side under Windows 7. I used to have an "extended" desktop using both monitors, but the right monitor no longer works that way. Both monitors work if I "duplicate" the desktop on both monitors, but only the left monitor works when I try to use an exten...
by Yan
Mon Jan 06, 2020 7:22 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Like DynDNS, but outside USA
Replies: 1
Views: 412

Like DynDNS, but outside USA

I'm looking for a service like DynDNS or No-IP, but located in Europe, or in any event not in the USA. Is there such a service?
by Yan
Fri Nov 29, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1602
Views: 88844

Re: Something's different...

derFunkenstein wrote:
For everyone sad about the lack of TR system guides, I'll shamelessly plug this one


Excellent, thanks!
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