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by ozzuneoj
Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:56 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: The Win10 free upgrade via Assistive Tech will go away soon
Replies: 14
Views: 1033

Re: The Win10 free upgrade via Assistive Tech will go away soon

I've been doing the method below for Windows 7/8/8.1 keys on machines that haven't had an install of 10 on them yet. -Install Windows 10 to the correct version that you have a key for saying "I don't have a key" -Once you get to the desktop after the setup open "About" and it wi...
by ozzuneoj
Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: The Win10 free upgrade via Assistive Tech will go away soon
Replies: 14
Views: 1033

Re: The Win10 free upgrade via Assistive Tech will go away soon

I still do wonder if they'll stop permitting unconverted 7/8.x keys to activate Win10 at the end of the year, though. Blegh... I hope not. Cheap (nearly free) activation of Windows 10 without any hoops to jump through has really spoiled me over the past year. I have a feeling that if this does actu...
by ozzuneoj
Sat Oct 28, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Purchasing Windows 10
Replies: 17
Views: 2151

Re: Purchasing Windows 10

I believe you can still fresh install Windows 10 using any Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 key, assuming you're installing the correct version (Home, Pro, etc.) and that license isn't actively being used on another system. I've done this several times and just did it last week. The latest Windows 10 installer (...
by ozzuneoj
Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card with 6x or 8x mini-HDMI ports?
Replies: 12
Views: 1436

Re: Video card with 6x or 8x mini-HDMI ports?

Matrox do a C900 model that provides 9 HDMI outputs, although they only support up to 1920x1200 each. http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/products/graphics_cards/c-series/c900/ Yikes. A $2000 video card seems a bit extreme... Can't DP be adapted to HDMI relatively cheaply and easily? Perhaps that's w...
by ozzuneoj
Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Which cpu to get?
Replies: 61
Views: 4937

Re: Which cpu to get?

It looks to me like the i5 8400 is a good buy unless you absolutely need more than 6 threads. Just wait for the i5-8500, 8600, and 8600K numbers! I'm keeping an eye on this thread. https://forums.anandtech.com/threads/i5-8400-bclk-overclocking.2521222/ Supposedly some Asrock boards advertise fancy ...
by ozzuneoj
Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Which cpu to get?
Replies: 61
Views: 4937

Re: Which cpu to get?

It looks to me like the i5 8400 is a good buy unless you absolutely need more than 6 threads. The all-core turbo isn't that high though. Its too bad no one is able to bring back the free BCLK overclocking that was available on some Skylake boards. An 8400 with the ability to overclock could be a mon...
by ozzuneoj
Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: A gerbil's tv box choice?
Replies: 20
Views: 875

Re: A gerbil's tv box choice?

First choice is an overpowered but fairly efficient HTPC (see signature)... second would be a Roku. They aren't perfect but if you get a recent model they are fast and the interface is convenient. We have a Roku 3 (for my wife's grandparents, on their TV) and it works very well. My 4 year old daught...
by ozzuneoj
Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 99
Views: 6402

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

If you had successfully minted coins back then you would be a very profitable camper now. Not so much at the time, but the run-up would have more than paid for your costs with inflation included. Anyone who's made money in BTC made it by minting when it was still feasible on home rigs and holding t...
by ozzuneoj
Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 99
Views: 6402

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

I sometimes wonder if I would have made any money investing in four Radeon 7970s to drop into one of my old Supermicro Socket 771 systems several years ago (I had two of the systems... I could have had 8 GPUs going). I was pretty sure it was a good idea but I never went through with it because of th...
by ozzuneoj
Sun Oct 01, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 78
Views: 7768

Re: Retro console gaming

Yeah, on a "real" PC, there's a big difference. I basically can't tell the difference from an input standpoint between real hardware on a CRT and my PC on my monitor. It's an IPS panel and so there's ghosting, but there's not any input lag. But the RPi on the same display I can definitely...
by ozzuneoj
Sat Sep 30, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Would it make sense to replace a GTX 560 Ti with GT 1030?
Replies: 28
Views: 2827

Re: Would it make sense to replace a GTX 560 Ti with GT 1030?

There is also the issue of the motherboard having only gen 2.0 PCI-E slots, Hold that thought, the 1030 also only has four lanes of PCIe. Normally x4 or 2.0 wouldn't be a notable issue at this performance level, but both at the same time might start to more seriously get in the way. (I agree that t...
by ozzuneoj
Sat Sep 30, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Would it make sense to replace a GTX 560 Ti with GT 1030?
Replies: 28
Views: 2827

Re: Would it make sense to replace a GTX 560 Ti with GT 1030?

Here you go: https://www.evga.com/Products/ProductList.aspx?type=8 Right now there's an EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SSC Gaming (dual fan model) for $129 with free shipping. Its "B-Stock" but I've never had a problem with any of these and they have a one year warranty. Every B-Stock card I've ever bou...
by ozzuneoj
Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Would it make sense to replace a GTX 560 Ti with GT 1030?
Replies: 28
Views: 2827

Re: Would it make sense to replace a GTX 560 Ti with GT 1030?

Several months ago I would have recommended grabbing a second hand GTX 660, 660 Ti or 670 on eBay for a pittance... but the prices on those seem to have gone up lately. They were popping up for $40-$60 for a while, but now they seem to creep into the $80+shipping range which is a rip off. There isn'...
by ozzuneoj
Fri Sep 29, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Z370 and older CPUs
Replies: 12
Views: 2414

Re: Z370 and older CPUs

ColeLT1 wrote:
Intel purportedly bringing back the Fully Integrated Voltage Regulator on Coffee, breaking compatibility with Sky/Kaby.

I've seen conjecture about this in forum posts and comments but no official word from Intel or even any rumors that it was true (aside from this post).
by ozzuneoj
Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Help to Undervolt FX 8320
Replies: 24
Views: 3372

Re: Help to Undervolt FX 8320

Burning, ha! That's a short term, over here we call it a FX oven... ba dum tss. Okay, yes i need better cooling. I'm using right now the stock heatsink and fan of my old APU since the FX 8320 came only with heatsink (I bought it used from a friend who lost the fan...) and I didn't use thermal paste...
by ozzuneoj
Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Help to Undervolt FX 8320
Replies: 24
Views: 3372

Re: Help to Undervolt FX 8320

Burning, ha! That's a short term, over here we call it a FX oven... ba dum tss. Okay, yes i need better cooling. I'm using right now the stock heatsink and fan of my old APU since the FX 8320 came only with heatsink (I bought it used from a friend who lost the fan...) and I didn't use thermal paste...
by ozzuneoj
Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Help to Undervolt FX 8320
Replies: 24
Views: 3372

Re: Help to Undervolt FX 8320

Okay, JBI already said it, so I'll ask... when did you buy this CPU and motherboard and are you still able to return them? You could exchange them for almost ANYTHING from the past few years and have a better system for gaming (and nearly anything else). A Pentium G4600 and a cheap motherboard would...
by ozzuneoj
Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Good inexpensive 10" tablets?
Replies: 17
Views: 2704

Re: Good inexpensive 10" tablets?

I'll admit, I don't have any personal experience with these, but this looks like a nice deal if you don't mind refurbished: https://www.amazon.com/Dell-Latitude-National-Certified-Refurbished/dp/B01N55V1WY/ref=sr_1_13?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1506281359&sr=1-13&keywords=%22core+M%22...
by ozzuneoj
Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 78
Views: 7768

Re: Retro console gaming

Just FYI, there's a sale right now on the BenQ xl2720z refurbs (as well as other models):
https://www.benqdirect.com/xl2720z-refurb.html

Apparently if you use the code SEPT15 it brings the price down under $250.

They seem to be going in and out of stock.
by ozzuneoj
Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 78
Views: 7768

Re: Retro console gaming

Nah, my 60Hz CRT is fine, so if that's the case I'll have to consider it. It's 2X the price of what I was looking at, so it'll take some thought, but maybe. Like I said, if the price is somewhat doable and you're the kind of person that actually notices the one or two benefits a CRT has over modern...
by ozzuneoj
Mon Sep 18, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 78
Views: 7768

Re: Retro console gaming

I've always been afraid of strobing because I already get motion sickness and headaches from things like riding in the car as a passenger. De-ghosting would be a super benefit, though... To be a little more clear this would be for my RetroPie, not for the old consoles. Do you experience any discomf...
by ozzuneoj
Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 78
Views: 7768

Re: Retro console gaming

I could probably halve the latency by getting a TV with a proper "Game" mode that turns off all the post-processing and just puts what's sent to it on the screen. And at that point I'd probably be fine. For now I have a CRT but let's be honest, that's a dying trend. Even a 27" 1080p ...
by ozzuneoj
Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 78
Views: 7768

Re: Retro console gaming

My issue with emulation on my HDMI-equipped TV is lag. I need a TV with less latency to the screen. Even my PC mouse has noticeable lag. that's what I get for buying a cheap TV I guess. Display lag and motion blur are the final problems to solve with emulation and retro gaming IMO. I still think if...
by ozzuneoj
Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Playing with a 41 year old subwoofer
Replies: 22
Views: 3512

Re: Playing with a 41 year old subwoofer

Do you have a picture with the cover off? I honestly didn't even know they made dedicated subwoofers in those days. I have a pair of Pioneer CS99 floor speakers from the early '70s and while they are interesting to listen to, its obvious that they were made before the time when computers were used t...
by ozzuneoj
Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: SATA drives gone from "safely remove device" dialog.
Replies: 11
Views: 2722

Re: SATA drives gone from "safely remove device" dialog.

I generally only see internal drives come up as removable when the SATA controller is using completely generic base windows drivers. Once you've installed the proper drivers, it'll generally recognize them as non-removable, unless (as mentioned by Funk) your BIOS has the ability to mark certain SAT...
by ozzuneoj
Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: SATA drives gone from "safely remove device" dialog.
Replies: 11
Views: 2722

Re: SATA drives gone from "safely remove device" dialog.

Does this help? https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/3083627/internal-sata-drives-show-up-as-removeable-media I'll look into it, but I think the RST driver uses a different registry entry than the Microsoft storage one. I'm still trying to sort out which registry key to use, since it seems to h...
by ozzuneoj
Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: SATA drives gone from "safely remove device" dialog.
Replies: 11
Views: 2722

Re: SATA drives gone from "safely remove device" dialog.

It would only have shown your internal drives before if it thought they were removable. Apparently it has now decided that they are all non-removable. IIRC there was a way to change this in older versions of Windows, but I don't recall how. Windows 10 has always shown all of my drives there until i...
by ozzuneoj
Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: SATA drives gone from "safely remove device" dialog.
Replies: 11
Views: 2722

SATA drives gone from "safely remove device" dialog.

My case has a SATA drive slot that I use for attaching bare drives to the system for diagnostics. I don't know when Windows 10 decided to change this, but SATA drives are no longer shown when I right or left click the "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" icon in the notification area. ...
by ozzuneoj
Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: System Build August/September delayed?
Replies: 8
Views: 3332

Re: System Build August/September delayed?

Personally I don't see what a new system builder guide would do differently. Nothing that's come out in the last four months has any bearing on the price/performance brackets that the TR guide covers. Very true. For all the hype that was generated for Threadripper and i9, they are almost completely...
by ozzuneoj
Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 79
Views: 6540

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

derFunkenstein wrote:
I was also apparently compromised. I'm guessing the only people that weren't are people with no credit.

I have credit (760), but zero debt. I was not compromised apparently.
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