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by meerkt
Fri Sep 30, 2022 8:23 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: i5-8265U
Replies: 8
Views: 2150

Re: i5-8265U

As for options mentioned in your link, there is no UEFI/BIOS boot mode in the BIOS options. I don't understand. If you can enter the BIOS, mission accomplished. The choice of options available in the BIOS is another question, and I don't think you can do much about it (other than BIOS modding, whic...
by meerkt
Thu Sep 29, 2022 6:43 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: i5-8265U
Replies: 8
Views: 2150

Re: i5-8265U

Not sure, but maybe GPT forces EFI booting regardless of the BIOS setting. Do you mean you can't enter the BIOS settings specifically in EFI mode? I think it might be the same also in non-EFI mode. Sounds like an annoying anti-feature (?) that prevents entering the BIOS while booting from hibernatio...
by meerkt
Wed Sep 28, 2022 1:44 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: i5-8265U
Replies: 8
Views: 2150

Re: i5-8265U

I didn't necessarily mean CPU benchmarking software. Just anything that does a lot of work and is easy to measure. Simple stuff that's pertinent: WinRAR, 7zip, VeraCrypt have integrated benchmarks in the menus. More complex but still easy enough: Video encoding. I suppose a popular simple GUI tool w...
by meerkt
Wed Sep 28, 2022 10:54 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: i5-8265U
Replies: 8
Views: 2150

Re: i5-8265U

If you have them all, just run various benchmarks. Re clock speeds, just check what it runs at in practice. i5-2500 is a desktop part, and with a 95W TDP. So no power or thermal limitations. But it's old, and only 4 threads (which may or may not matter). The 4720HQ is 47W TDP. The 8265U is 15W, and ...
by meerkt
Tue Aug 30, 2022 6:22 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How to replace HDD with an SSD
Replies: 6
Views: 3621

Re: How to replace HDD with an SSD

You can use either.
GPT is newer and is mainly needed for large sizes, and possibly (not sure, in some cases?) if it's a boot drive and you're booting in UEFI mode.

I tend to use MBR as long as GPT isn't required.
by meerkt
Mon Aug 29, 2022 8:04 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How to replace HDD with an SSD
Replies: 6
Views: 3621

Re: How to replace HDD with an SSD

BTW, I wouldn't get the newish WD Blue SSD. They've recently replaced the model (it's now SA510) and the full specs and performance are unknown, with no real reviews. Seems safer to go with known-specced and reviewed models. Either the Crucial MX500 (cheaper, 180 vs 200 TBW in the WD Blue), or Samsu...
by meerkt
Mon Aug 29, 2022 5:43 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Laptop without no onboard ethernet gets asymmetrical speeds through USB 3.0 Ethernet adapter
Replies: 13
Views: 1836

Re: Laptop without no onboard ethernet gets asymmetrical speeds through USB 3.0 Ethernet adapter

There are simpler alternatives, like: https://openhardwaremonitor.org https://github.com/LibreHardwareMonitor/LibreHardwareMonitor/releases But HWiNFO should show it somewhere in the Sensor Status window, under the motherboard heading: https://listoffreeware.com/wp-content/uploads/hwinfo_fan_speed_m...
by meerkt
Sun Aug 28, 2022 6:42 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Laptop without no onboard ethernet gets asymmetrical speeds through USB 3.0 Ethernet adapter
Replies: 13
Views: 1836

Re: Laptop without no onboard ethernet gets asymmetrical speeds through USB 3.0 Ethernet adapter

I missed the message about the result changing with external cooling. Still, odd. I'd think up and down should behave similarly. Also, even with Ookla's inefficient speedtest code, getting bogged down on a rather modern i5-8265U is a bit surprising. Plus, you said it's the same on the other, more ef...
by meerkt
Sun Aug 28, 2022 5:12 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Laptop without no onboard ethernet gets asymmetrical speeds through USB 3.0 Ethernet adapter
Replies: 13
Views: 1836

Re: Laptop without no onboard ethernet gets asymmetrical speeds through USB 3.0 Ethernet adapter

For speed reporting? HWiNFO is a good all-around hardware info tool:
https://www.hwinfo.com

But doesn't sound likely to be the cause.
by meerkt
Sun Aug 28, 2022 2:58 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Laptop without no onboard ethernet gets asymmetrical speeds through USB 3.0 Ethernet adapter
Replies: 13
Views: 1836

Re: Laptop without no onboard ethernet gets asymmetrical speeds through USB 3.0 Ethernet adapter

Different drivers or different firewall?

Check the CPU usage.
Also some testing over LAN would be informative.
by meerkt
Sun Aug 28, 2022 2:05 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Laptop without no onboard ethernet gets asymmetrical speeds through USB 3.0 Ethernet adapter
Replies: 13
Views: 1836

Re: Laptop without no onboard ethernet gets asymmetrical speeds through USB 3.0 Ethernet adapter

I don't think the CPU is the problem, though speedtest.net isn't the most efficient. Try also: https://openspeedtest.com https://fast.com https://librespeed.org Does the very same adapter, on the same internet connection, 5 minutes later, work faster on another computer? Also try testing in the LAN....
by meerkt
Sat Aug 27, 2022 7:32 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Laptop suddenly freezes
Replies: 6
Views: 2647

Re: Laptop suddenly freezes

The fact that it didn't auto-install doesn't mean it's faulty now. And drivers are signed nowadays so not very likely to be corrupt. But it's easy to try to another driver, so no harm in trying. Could you be a bit more specific? What do you mean by "chug along"? You said above that it's no...
by meerkt
Fri Aug 26, 2022 11:08 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Laptop suddenly freezes
Replies: 6
Views: 2647

Re: Laptop suddenly freezes

Noldor wrote:
I believe it is no response to user input.

But continues to chug along otherwise? That's strange.

What happens with internal vs USB vs Bluetooth mouse/keyboard?
by meerkt
Fri Aug 26, 2022 10:07 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Dell is putting me thru hell on a Brand New Workstation
Replies: 1
Views: 2285

Re: Dell is putting me thru hell on a Brand New Workstation

So the mic was resolved, and the problem is the resolution on 2 monitors? Maybe drivers, or graphics card limitations? But if the idea is to get Dell to solve it, I've no real suggestions. Maybe get instead a PC from a local small store or PC tech who'll be more flexible, knowing in advance your req...
by meerkt
Fri Aug 26, 2022 10:00 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Laptop suddenly freezes
Replies: 6
Views: 2647

Re: Laptop suddenly freezes

I'd let it sit a for a while to see if it resolves itself after a minute or 5. Is the computer fully stuck, or only no response to user input? Does it happen both when connected and disconnected from power? Normally I'd try booting another OS to see if it happens there (Ubuntu from USB), but since i...
by meerkt
Fri Aug 26, 2022 9:51 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Windows Crashes & restarts itself
Replies: 1
Views: 2174

Re: Windows Crashes & restarts itself

If the data isn't backed up, now would be a good time. Difficult to say. You'd need to start troubleshooting parts or software. See if the crash messages give some hints, and if they consistently complain about the same thing. Does SMART look okay on all your HDD/SSDs? Software: Try booting Ubuntu f...
by meerkt
Thu Jul 21, 2022 11:43 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Old Intel NAS Issue
Replies: 1
Views: 641

Re: Old Intel NAS Issue

Looks hot-running. A NAS box should work just as well as it did back then. It's simply talks SMB I assume, so why does the client OS matter? (Other than new Windows versions would have old versions SMB disabled by default for security reasons.) If you want to try installing an alternative OS on the ...
by meerkt
Wed Jun 29, 2022 9:42 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is the fastest way to transfer datafrom old to new system ?
Replies: 4
Views: 2676

Re: What is the fastest way to transfer datafrom old to new system ?

It's a stretch, but USB 10Gbps might matter in dual-drive docks, if using SSDs, and assuming the dock can read both SSDs simultaneously. :) There are 10Gbps enclosures and I assume also docks. USB-C not required if SS+ (i.e., one lane x10, not two x5). Or as Microchip puts it : To avoid confusion an...
by meerkt
Tue Jun 28, 2022 9:13 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is the fastest way to transfer datafrom old to new system ?
Replies: 4
Views: 2676

Re: What is the fastest way to transfer datafrom old to new system ?

Assuming it's not RAID on the old system, there shouldn't be a problem to connect the old drives to the new system, one by one or all at once. But doing it thru USB 3 won't be much slower for HDDs. External enclosures or docks are probably the way to go for 3.5", because they're powered. 3.5&qu...
by meerkt
Sat May 21, 2022 6:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Who is left
Replies: 108
Views: 12056

Re: Who is left

Sheesh. Every thread is derailed into hardware talk... :)
by meerkt
Mon Apr 18, 2022 5:55 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: UEFI GPT and Windows 8
Replies: 3
Views: 1027

Re: UEFI GPT and Windows 8

Not sure if asking about booting or general partitioning, but it should support both.
AFAIK supported since Vista.
by meerkt
Thu Apr 14, 2022 9:34 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1628
Views: 142327

Re: Something's different...

The names aren't as nice as John B. Goodenough.
by meerkt
Wed Mar 16, 2022 8:12 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Passing Input Parameters In Java Program by PHP
Replies: 1
Views: 2005

Re: Passing Input Parameters In Java Program by PHP

Not the best forum for these questions, probably. :)
It's both not progamming-focused, and very inactive.

With that said, just examine what's wrong with the string you're trying to parse:
https://stackoverflow.com/questions/187 ... own-source
by meerkt
Tue Mar 08, 2022 8:37 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Who is left
Replies: 108
Views: 12056

Re: Who is left

Ah, yes. I still remember your first post as if it were yesterday, or so...
by meerkt
Fri Jan 21, 2022 8:22 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Asus Prime B560M-A motherboard
Replies: 6
Views: 2714

Re: Asus Prime B560M-A motherboard

Congrats. Which model?

How is it quieter, different (default?) fan behavior?

But Surprising. Does that mean you have CSM/legacy boot, with integrated graphics, on a B560 chipset + i5-10gen-something (UHD 630)?
by meerkt
Mon Jan 17, 2022 5:19 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Bios Power Failure Power On Behavior
Replies: 1
Views: 2780

Re: Bios Power Failure Power On Behavior

The best way would be to directly fix the problem, no? Make shutdown and WoL work properly. For remote power off/on, maybe Intel's AMT (part of vPro)? https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/develop/documentation/amt-developer-guide/top/remote-power-management.html https://www.intel.com/content/www/...
by meerkt
Mon Jan 03, 2022 5:44 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Boards with CSM enabled in all situations
Replies: 7
Views: 1828

Re: Boards with CSM enabled in all situations

That id is the integrated graphics: https://pci-ids.ucw.cz/read/PC/8086/3e98 It's part of the CPU, not the motherboard. You can find which graphics "card" is inside each CPU model on Wikipedia or the Intel site: https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/199271/intel-core-i510400...
by meerkt
Sun Jan 02, 2022 10:05 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Boards with CSM enabled in all situations
Replies: 7
Views: 1828

Re: Boards with CSM enabled in all situations

Maybe related:
https://gitlab.tails.boum.org/tails/tai ... sues/17776

Maybe informative, but not fully related (HD 630 isn't the same as your UHD 630):
https://gitlab.tails.boum.org/tails/tai ... sues/16875
by meerkt
Sat Jan 01, 2022 6:45 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Is my Seasonic Tx-850W going bad? Shutdown today once
Replies: 2
Views: 2453

Re: Is my Seasonic Tx-850W going bad? Shutdown today once

If it happened just once, too early to tell. Maybe a brownout?

If it happens again, wouldn't hurt to try another PSU if you have one available.
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