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by UnfriendlyFire
Tue Nov 05, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Monitor overclocking firmware issue
Replies: 2
Views: 688

Monitor overclocking firmware issue

The Radeon Custom Resolution setting's Hz adjustment didn't stick at all, and while CRU allowed the additional Hz options to show up in Window 10's Monitor Setting section, the Dell U2412M monitor itself seems to be resisting it. I have installed the driver for the monitor, but that didn't help. Err...
by UnfriendlyFire
Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How do I set USB ports to power off when I turn off the PC?
Replies: 8
Views: 1550

Re: How do I set USB ports to power off when I turn off the PC?

Late update guys, but I finally figured it out. I disabled the "Fast startup" in Windows 10 power option along with using "Enable Deep Sleep in S4/S5" in the BIOS. It finally disabled the fans when the PC is shutdown.
by UnfriendlyFire
Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:22 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How do I set USB ports to power off when I turn off the PC?
Replies: 8
Views: 1550

Re: How do I set USB ports to power off when I turn off the PC?

I use power strips with a switch. One fell swoop, and also the monitor is really off. Hmm... the old PSUs with an IEC output were actually a decent idea. I had completely forgotten about those. Did the ATX standard kill them off? I think it was only AT boards that had the side-by-side power connect...
by UnfriendlyFire
Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:56 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How do I set USB ports to power off when I turn off the PC?
Replies: 8
Views: 1550

How do I set USB ports to power off when I turn off the PC?

I am using 6x 80mm USB powered fans along with PWM case fans, and those USB fans will still run even after shutting down the computer. I have looked through BIOS options in my ASRock B450m Pro4 mobo to set the mobo to turn off USB power when the computer is turned off, but can't seem to find it. I w...
by UnfriendlyFire
Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: RAM is stable with 3200 MHz XMP, fails to boot when I slightly tighten timings even with volt increase
Replies: 14
Views: 1781

Re: RAM is stable with 3200 MHz XMP, fails to boot when I slightly tighten timings even with volt increase

IMO, you should probably do an extended test to really make sure 3200 MHz is actually 100% stable with a 24-hour Memtest86. I've been running 8 hour stability test sessions with the memtesthelper (usually gets to around 1500%-1700% passes by that point by spamming multiple instances of HCI MemTest ...
by UnfriendlyFire
Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: RAM is stable with 3200 MHz XMP, fails to boot when I slightly tighten timings even with volt increase
Replies: 14
Views: 1781

Re: RAM is stable with 3200 MHz XMP, fails to boot when I slightly tighten timings even with volt increase

I have this same board (for all of 3 days now) and some Vulcan Z DDR4 3200. It absolutely refuses to run at the XMP setting, in fact I can't get the RAM over PC2866 speed. https://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/B450M%20Pro4/index.asp#Specification It seems that "PC3200" RAM is quite picky about mo...
by UnfriendlyFire
Sun Sep 15, 2019 6:54 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: RAM is stable with 3200 MHz XMP, fails to boot when I slightly tighten timings even with volt increase
Replies: 14
Views: 1781

RAM is stable with 3200 MHz XMP, fails to boot when I slightly tighten timings even with volt increase

CPU: Ryzen 1600 Motherboard: Asrock B450M Pro4 (BIOS version updated to 3.50) RAM: ADATA XPG GAMMIX D10 (2x8GB), what Thaiphoon burner reported: https://imgur.com/a/NQideja I tried CL16-16-16-16 with 1.40V DRAM, 1.10V SOC, Gear Down enabled and Spread Spectrum disabled, still wouldn't boot to Window...
by UnfriendlyFire
Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: New build not turning on, but the GPU's light is on
Replies: 8
Views: 1359

Re: New build not turning on, but the GPU's light is on

Long live legacy COM ports! :lol: Yep, after looking at my motherboard's manual again, it's indeed the classic serial COM port. Maybe that motherboard can still communicate with 1990's industrial control systems over RS-232 instead of using a daisy chain of dongles to get a laptop to talk to one of...
by UnfriendlyFire
Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: New build not turning on, but the GPU's light is on
Replies: 8
Views: 1359

Re: New build not turning on, but the GPU's light is on

Never mind, I figured out the problem. I plugged the pins into the "COM1" header because the pin layout matched the one in the manual. Turned out there was another header with the same exact pin layout in the corner of the mobo with the actual power, reset, HD activity light and etc pins.
by UnfriendlyFire
Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:20 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: New build not turning on, but the GPU's light is on
Replies: 8
Views: 1359

New build not turning on, but the GPU's light is on

Link to my test setup (mobo is sitting on the foam sheet that was in the box): https://imgur.com/a/4QscTKA PCPartPicker Part List CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor ($112.81 @ OutletPC) Motherboard: ASRock B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($69.89 @ OutletPC) Memory: ADATA XPG GAMMIX ...
by UnfriendlyFire
Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Airflow optimization question
Replies: 4
Views: 2795

Re: Airflow optimization question

Captain Ned wrote:
First, you have WAY more fan than you need for that case.


The 140mm fans for $5 each were irresistible, and then Amazon offered a $5 discount on the next purchase. :(

Although the 6x 80mm fans are no-brands and are nearly 15 years old, so they may end up dying sometime in the near future.
by UnfriendlyFire
Sat Aug 31, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Airflow optimization question
Replies: 4
Views: 2795

Airflow optimization question

I have 2x MasterFan Pro 140 Air Pressure that I purchased for $5 each from Amazon (will have to run them at low RPM ranges after reading about high noise and vibration), 2x 120mm fans that came with the case, 2x 80mm axial fans that I am considering using for the upper frontal air intake on top of t...
by UnfriendlyFire
Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Confused about Cooler Master Masterfan 140's included screws
Replies: 3
Views: 1246

Confused about Cooler Master Masterfan 140's included screws

I noticed that the screws included with the retail packaging were slightly too large to fit through the rubber holes without significant force, and they were too short to even extend through the rubber mount. Was this an oversight by CM, or did Amazon ship me a counterfeit one? https://i.imgur.com/o...
by UnfriendlyFire
Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Cooler Master Elite V3 500W?
Replies: 4
Views: 2097

Cooler Master Elite V3 500W?

I can't seem to find any specific reviews for the PSU. I don't know if I can assume that the reviews for the V2 500W version applies to the V3.
by UnfriendlyFire
Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:04 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Is it possible to enable Ready Boost on secondary drive?
Replies: 5
Views: 1426

Re: Is it possible to enable Ready Boost on secondary drive?

At least how it was originally designed for Vista and Win 7, Readyboost was intended to only work on the primary drive (the system drive with Windows on it) and disables itself if that is a SSD (that is, the WEI disk score is over 5.9). It may well work if the SSD is a secondary drive, but performa...
by UnfriendlyFire
Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Is it possible to enable Ready Boost on secondary drive?
Replies: 5
Views: 1426

Is it possible to enable Ready Boost on secondary drive?

My upcoming plan is to have an SSD be used for the boot drive, and then install Steam and all of my games on a HDD. I was wondering if I could use 60-80GB of flash drives as a Ready Boost for the HDD (or some sort of a DIY hybrid drive)? Alternatively, would it be suboptimal to have the HDD + flash ...
by UnfriendlyFire
Sun Aug 11, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Sub $500 gaming rig (lots of used parts), hung up on 3 case choices
Replies: 2
Views: 1215

Re: Sub $500 gaming rig (lots of used parts), hung up on 3 case choices

I just scavenged another 3 free used HDDs, so that leaves me with 500GB, 2x 320GB, 160GB and 80GB. Four of them will be backups or cold standby replacements when one of them starts to die. I expect them to die early, so I'll adjust my backup schedule for that assumption. I just confirmed that there ...
by UnfriendlyFire
Sun Aug 11, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Sub $500 gaming rig (lots of used parts), hung up on 3 case choices
Replies: 2
Views: 1215

Sub $500 gaming rig (lots of used parts), hung up on 3 case choices

Thermaltake Versa H22 ATX Mid Tower: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/Pm4gXL/thermaltake-case-ca1b300m1nn00 Fractal Design Focus G ATX Mid Tower: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/ZHmxFT/fractal-design-focus-g-black-atx-mid-tower-case-fd-ca-focus-bk-w Phanteks Eclipse P300 ATX Mid Tower: https://pcpa...
by UnfriendlyFire
Sun Aug 04, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Undervolt less stable and more aggressive throttling with Windows 10 + XTU update
Replies: 3
Views: 1330

Re: Undervolt less stable and more aggressive throttling with Windows 10 + XTU update

The Spectre and Meltdown mitigations have caused plenty of overclocking headaches So just an update, I used InSpectre to disable both mitigations and reinstalled XTU, but that didn't seem to do a whole lot. And I learned that apparently the CPU core stable voltage is less than -50mV after experienc...
by UnfriendlyFire
Sat Aug 03, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Undervolt less stable and more aggressive throttling with Windows 10 + XTU update
Replies: 3
Views: 1330

Re: Undervolt less stable and more aggressive throttling with Windows 10 + XTU update

Apparently this issue only occurs when the updated microcode does not match the BIOS microcode, and of course by now these systems are so old that they are no longer receiving BIOS updates. The last BIOS update was from 2015 for that laptop, about the time when the OEM recommended to not upgrade to...
by UnfriendlyFire
Sat Aug 03, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Undervolt less stable and more aggressive throttling with Windows 10 + XTU update
Replies: 3
Views: 1330

Undervolt less stable and more aggressive throttling with Windows 10 + XTU update

I wasn't exactly sure where to post this as it does cover mobile, CPU undervolting, Windows 10 update and XTU update. Previously I was running on a -69 mV undervolt for the core and cache of my laptop's i7-4500U on Windows 10 1809 version, using XTU 4.4. I updated to Windows 10's 1903 version with t...
by UnfriendlyFire
Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How to remove a heatsink secured with over-torqued screws?
Replies: 29
Views: 3312

Re: How to remove a heatsink secured with over-torqued screws?

What are the temperatures and clock speeds of the CPU and GPU like, both in normal operation and under stress test conditions? If they're too high, the TIM isn't okay; if they're fine, it is. I'm a bit confused about this question, TBH: trying do the work already (with its risks) implies that it ne...
by UnfriendlyFire
Sat Nov 03, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How to remove a heatsink secured with over-torqued screws?
Replies: 29
Views: 3312

Re: How to remove a heatsink secured with over-torqued screws?

Captain Ned wrote:
The screws are held in with thread locker and are designed NOT to be replaceable.


That was what I was afraid of. Some of the screws I removed to dissemble the fan assembly for dust cleaning had blue loctite on them.
by UnfriendlyFire
Sat Nov 03, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How to remove a heatsink secured with over-torqued screws?
Replies: 29
Views: 3312

Re: How to remove a heatsink secured with over-torqued screws?

would be safe to assume that the OEM's thermal paste is good enough with that much pressure applied to it? What are the temperatures and clock speeds of the CPU and GPU like, both in normal operation and under stress test conditions? If they're too high, the TIM isn't okay; if they're fine, it is. ...
by UnfriendlyFire
Sat Nov 03, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How to remove a heatsink secured with over-torqued screws?
Replies: 29
Views: 3312

How to remove a heatsink secured with over-torqued screws?

I have a four years old Acer Travelmate P645-MG laptop. I originally intended on replacing the thermal paste of the CPU and GPU, only to discover that I can't remove any of the heatsink/heatpipe's screws as the screwdriver keeps slipping out. If I can't safely remove the heatsink without stripping t...
by UnfriendlyFire
Sun May 06, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Can't install April Update or Cumulative Update (KB4093105), and manual upgrade fails
Replies: 8
Views: 3651

Re: Can't install April Update or Cumulative Update (KB4093105), and manual upgrade fails

I've been able to install the April Update on an Nehalem-era laptop (almost 10 years old) on the first try. And my 4 year old laptop isn't playing nice. On a plus side, I think I was able to install KB4093105 by repeatedly manually installing it (and running auto maintenance, sfc /scannow and disk c...
by UnfriendlyFire
Sat May 05, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Can't install April Update or Cumulative Update (KB4093105), and manual upgrade fails
Replies: 8
Views: 3651

Re: Can't install April Update or Cumulative Update (KB4093105), and manual upgrade fails

Maybe I should give CCleaner a shot? I've heard horror stories about "registry cleaners" wreaking stuff, but I'm out of ideas at this point.
by UnfriendlyFire
Fri May 04, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Can't install April Update or Cumulative Update (KB4093105), and manual upgrade fails
Replies: 8
Views: 3651

Can't install April Update or Cumulative Update (KB4093105), and manual upgrade fails

I am unable to install Cumulative Update (KB4093105), manually or through Windows Update. Windows Update keeps prompting me to "Restart to install" and the start menu gives the "update and restart" and "update and shutdown" options. The automatic way results in nothing ...
by UnfriendlyFire
Sat May 20, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Not sure why SSD is extremely slow (read and write in KB/s) and not reporting SMART info
Replies: 3
Views: 2588

Re: Not sure why SSD is extremely slow (read and write in KB/s) and not reporting SMART info

Turns out it was a bad SD card that was flooding Event Viewer with the bad blocks error messages, and I was using that card for the File History backup. About a month ago, the files on the card were corrupted. I simply reformatted the SD card and continued using it. Well, I guess it's broken enough ...
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