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by lex-ington
Mon May 27, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Mobo/Processor switch?
Replies: 26
Views: 2406

Re: Mobo/Processor switch?

Sorry guys...have a lot of life crap going on at the moment. I was thinking of building a mini-itx box at some point just for the hell of it. My main machine normally is used for AutoCAD work...nothing else really. Its in the basement and my basement isn't finished so I really just use the laptop an...
by lex-ington
Thu May 23, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Mobo/Processor switch?
Replies: 26
Views: 2406

Mobo/Processor switch?

I replaced most of the parts in my current machine back in 2008 and popped in a Phenom II X4 920 early 2009. It is now 2019 and the machine is rolling along...have not changed a thing since.. Fast forward 10 years and I just upgraded my son's computer to a Ryzen 3-2200G, new mobo, new memory. I now ...
by lex-ington
Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: March Madness 2019
Replies: 20
Views: 2302

March Madness 2019

Ayy march madness this year?
by lex-ington
Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Updating issues in Linux MInt
Replies: 24
Views: 2399

Re: Updating issues in Linux MInt

So the funny yet embarrassing part in all of this is....The updates to the core system was turned off (by default)....Linux was not updating at all for this whole time....you'ld think I would know this but no, I missed it. Started running the updates last night around 10....son still updating. Cryin...
by lex-ington
Sun Jul 15, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Updating issues in Linux MInt
Replies: 24
Views: 2399

Re: Updating issues in Linux MInt

AMD drivers have been open sourced and have come a VERY long way in the last year or so. The performance via the open source AMDGPU driver is quite good, and getting better daily. What you'll need to run the latest graphics stack (the driver is completely contained within these two packages, no nee...
by lex-ington
Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Updating issues in Linux MInt
Replies: 24
Views: 2399

Re: Updating issues in Linux MInt

AMD drivers have been open sourced and have come a VERY long way in the last year or so. The performance via the open source AMDGPU driver is quite good, and getting better daily. What you'll need to run the latest graphics stack (the driver is completely contained within these two packages, no nee...
by lex-ington
Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:48 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Updating issues in Linux MInt
Replies: 24
Views: 2399

Updating issues in Linux MInt

My son bought a game on Steam the other day, but is having issues updating the graphics drivers to use the game. He has an AMD A4-7300 which has the HD 8430 graphics in it. I'm sure we downloaded the right set of drivers from the AMD website, but every time it unpacks, the system gives a failure. I ...
by lex-ington
Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Best VPN, Your Opnion
Replies: 32
Views: 12070

Re: Best VPN, Your Opnion

I used to use StrongVPN - it was great at the time, but now I use a VPN service that is part of my sister's internet package.
by lex-ington
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Advice on Windows Tablets
Replies: 15
Views: 2595

Re: Advice on Windows Tablets

I just bought my wife one of these: https://www3.lenovo.com/ca/en/tablets/android-tablets/yoga-book-series/Lenovo-Yoga-Book/p/ZZITZTOYB1F You really don’t like your wife. Even Google has given up on Android tablets. If the windows tablet had the offline option for her Google Play movies, she would ...
by lex-ington
Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Advice on Windows Tablets
Replies: 15
Views: 2595

Re: Advice on Windows Tablets

It may be a heat pipe, but this article here at Tech Radar reports its liquid cooled, and that's not the only site where I saw that reference: http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/laptops-portable-pcs/laptops-and-netbooks/acer-switch-alpha-12-1319444/review Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying ...
by lex-ington
Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Advice on Windows Tablets
Replies: 15
Views: 2595

Re: Advice on Windows Tablets

I have one of these: https://www.acer.com/ac/en/CA/content/series/switchalpha12 mi It is water cooled so there is no heat from this thing. I don't have the pen but I don't use it anyways. They are fairly cheap so you can always get one. The system is quite snappy, and although most people don't trus...
by lex-ington
Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution
Replies: 97
Views: 19801

Re: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution

I had to leave my HTC fetish behind when I switched carriers up here - went from Telus to WindMobile (now FreedomMobile). They use different everything so none of my older phones worked on their system.....now they're the only ones that use the LTE66 waves....which means I don't get LTE service unle...
by lex-ington
Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:01 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution
Replies: 97
Views: 19801

Re: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution

My list....from what I can remember: - Motorola Moto Q - HTC S570 - HTC Desire - HTC Desire HD - Nokia E70 - HTC One S - HTC One (M7) - Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen) - for about 5 months - Nexus 6P - Now an LG G6 (was this or the Samsung S8) Keep in mind that I abuse my phones. The Moto Q I had replaced...
by lex-ington
Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Laptop comparable to an XPS 13?
Replies: 16
Views: 9092

Re: Laptop comparable to an XPS 13?

For what its worth....I just bought an Acer Switch Alpha (I know....its Acer), but it is working out well right now. It replaced an 8 year old Gateway laptop (wife stepped on it 5 years and cracked the screen, but it was always connected to the TV). This is my first Intel machine ever so I don't rea...
by lex-ington
Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Asus is taking over my life
Replies: 9
Views: 2750

Re: Asus is taking over my life

Arvald wrote:
Once a manufacturer proves themselves to you in a number of devices it is only natural for them to rise to the top of the list for next purchases.


Honestly, I don't even really like Asus stuff.... I much prefer HTC stuff or Sony stuff....but the Asus products are within my price range
by lex-ington
Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Asus is taking over my life
Replies: 9
Views: 2750

Asus is taking over my life

I just noticed this morning t hat Asus is slowly taking over my mobile and home life. I bought an Asus 8.0 S tablet back in December as an open-box item for a very good deal and haven't had any regrets. Then...I got rid of that useless FitBit my wife bought me and ended up buying myself an Asus Zenw...
by lex-ington
Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Boot sequence problem
Replies: 7
Views: 10536

Re: Boot sequence problem

So.....after trying everything suggested here and online......don't laugh.....I ended up buying a DVD drive, burnt the linux image to disk....and now the machine works as if nothing ever happened.

Thanks for the suggestions though.
by lex-ington
Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Boot sequence problem
Replies: 7
Views: 10536

Re: Boot sequence problem

This is crazy.....I disconnected the hard drive and took out all USB peripherals (KB & mouse) and absolutely no BIOS options.
by lex-ington
Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Boot sequence problem
Replies: 7
Views: 10536

Boot sequence problem

Good day all. I am having a serious boot problem on a machine I just setup for my son. Its an AMD A4 7300 on a gigabyte ga-f2a68hm-h board. I used a live Ian to install Linux Mint. The install went smoothly but after the first reset and load up into Mint, it asked if I wanted to turn on something AM...
by lex-ington
Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: March Madness 2017
Replies: 34
Views: 7473

Re: March Madness 2017

I'm in......bracket ready
by lex-ington
Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Back to the Nexus
Replies: 15
Views: 2025

Re: Back to the Nexus

Did the same thing for my wife and she is loving her phone. 

I got myself a used Nexus 6P and couldn't be happier.
by lex-ington
Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: New Router Needed (bought - back to drawing board)
Replies: 35
Views: 8874

Re: New Router Needed (bought - back to drawing board)

So....things got a bit weirder (in my mind) as I tested all 3 of the routers in my house. The wireless router that came with my new internet service (Rogers) claims its a 1Gbs wireless router. So i used the speedtest on it and the speeds were solid (hitting around 80Mbs download speed consistantly o...
by lex-ington
Tue Jan 24, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: New Router Needed (bought - back to drawing board)
Replies: 35
Views: 8874

Re: New Router Needed (bought - back to drawing board)

I am thinking its back to the drawing board for me.....this router is just not working out as I had hoped.  I think I have the mental go ahead to purchase a different router. I currently have my eye on the  Linksys EA9200  @$269 on sale which I am hoping would be a much better buy. I know alot of en...
by lex-ington
Mon Jan 23, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: New Router Needed (bought - back to drawing board)
Replies: 35
Views: 8874

Re: New Router Needed (bought)

I have been using the app called Wifi Analyzer for the past few days to see what is happening: Issue #1: The analyzer is showing up to 13 channels  from my router. My router only allows me to choose up to 11 channels. Somewhere in there is 2 channels I know nothing about. Issue #2: The analyzer give...
by lex-ington
Wed Jan 18, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: New Router Needed (bought - back to drawing board)
Replies: 35
Views: 8874

Re: New Router Needed

Compared to the old router, is the 2.4GHz performance worse? It is worse. I have a few changes going on though so I have to see what happens later this week. I just left Bell at 5Mbs and picked up Rogers at 100Mbs. I had a DLink AC1200 router before this one. and didn't get much range in the house....
by lex-ington
Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: New Router Needed (bought - back to drawing board)
Replies: 35
Views: 8874

Re: New Router Needed

So I ended up purchasing the TP-Link Archer 2600 over the holidays for $100, which I thought was a good price. 1 problem....the 2.4GHz signal is atrocious. All of the devices on the 5.8GHz band are flying. My older devices though.......the signal is super spotty, even when the devices are in the sam...
by lex-ington
Tue Dec 06, 2016 9:15 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: New Router Needed (bought - back to drawing board)
Replies: 35
Views: 8874

Re: New Router Needed

Interesting. I suppose I can wait but I will be outing this crap by the end of this month.....and dropping bell since they refuse to bring fibre to my neighborhood. So AC 2600 sounds like my sweet spot. I honestly thought the number of antennas was a good thing, but i guess not. If the nighthawk hap...
by lex-ington
Tue Dec 06, 2016 6:14 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: New Router Needed (bought - back to drawing board)
Replies: 35
Views: 8874

Re: New Router Needed

And I must admit...the CDN dollar really screwa us sometimes. Had to travel to Pittsburgh in summer to go to the outlet mall in Grove City and the dollar did not go very far.
by lex-ington
Tue Dec 06, 2016 6:12 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: New Router Needed (bought - back to drawing board)
Replies: 35
Views: 8874

Re: New Router Needed

Is the AC3200 that much more noticeable in speed and signal strength than the AC2600?

There must be a reason you're avoiding the Google router? ;-)
by lex-ington
Tue Dec 06, 2016 6:08 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: New Router Needed (bought - back to drawing board)
Replies: 35
Views: 8874

Re: New Router Needed

The nighthawk is out of my price range. The routers I listed are all on sale till Thursday. My sister bought me the Nighthawk as a gift since she was the one who came up with the idea for the VPN. I cut cable about three years ago and the only way to get certain geographic based websites - like Hulu...
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