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by MOSFET
Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Zeroing non-RAID controller firmware?
Replies: 11
Views: 650

Re: Zeroing non-RAID controller firmware?

"Force add-on BIOS chips"
"Force add-on ROMs"
"Add-in ROM Policy"
"OPROM Policy"

Phrases like that are what you're looking for.
by MOSFET
Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: My pc freezes randomly. / help ?
Replies: 55
Views: 2667

Re: My pc freezes randomly. / help ?

synthtel2 is right on, as is JBI (and others). Might as well start at the VERY beginning. Reseat DIMMs and PCIe cards, and check all power connections to mobo, GPU, drives, everything. One cat hair in your PCIe or DIMM slot will cause major issues. Then reset BIOS to optimized defaults, and adjust f...
by MOSFET
Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Airflow optimization question
Replies: 4
Views: 1204

Re: Airflow optimization question

I second what K-L-W says. No 80's at all - their time has come. Skip the blowers. More intake than exhaust (like two intake, one exhaust) and you should be set. If the CPU cooler blows toward the rear fan, that's your exhaust fan. Use top and front for intake. If CPU cooler blows up (like some Hyper...
by MOSFET
Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: My pc freezes randomly. / help ?
Replies: 55
Views: 2667

Re: My pc freezes randomly. / help ?

You may get a clue as to whether you're having disk or memory errors, among other things. You may also want to run chkdsk from command line and initiate Memtest from within Windows. Yeah, I'll just go on back to an earlier suggestion - it's that kind of day! Gee, who would've thunk it would come do...
by MOSFET
Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Marvell 92xx SATA chip temperatures?
Replies: 16
Views: 1124

Re: Marvell 92xx SATA chip temperatures?

Any thoughts on the generic Microsoft SATA drivers versus Marvell? At this point, I always use MS SATA/AHCI drivers unless there is a VERY specific reason not to. I've had a couple of add-in SATA cards, though not within the last 5 years or so (excluding LSI, which also run ridiculously hot). I don...
by MOSFET
Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Upgrade Questions; CPU's, Mobo Brands, Cooler
Replies: 11
Views: 911

Re: Upgrade Questions; CPU's, Mobo Brands, Cooler

Personally I would be inclined to stick with Asus for the mobo; they have rarely let me down. AM4 heatsink retention mechanism is incompatible with previous HSF mountings; this could be an issue for re-using your existing HSF. There may be an adapter kit available for your cooler (check the Cooler ...
by MOSFET
Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: The Sterling Affairs
Replies: 1
Views: 552

Re: The Sterling Affairs

idchafee wrote:
And it really reinforced my opinion that the sooner Donald _______ shuffles off this mortal coil, the better off the world will be.


Fill in the blank.

(sorry Dons everywhere)
by MOSFET
Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: My pc freezes randomly. / help ?
Replies: 55
Views: 2667

Re: My pc freezes randomly. / help ?

You want to have a look at Event Viewer as well as the above suggestions. I would look specifically in System first, and Application second. You may get a clue as to whether you're having disk or memory errors, among other things. You may also want to run chkdsk from command line and initiate Memtes...
by MOSFET
Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: backup hard drive just died all of a sudden?
Replies: 7
Views: 903

Re: backup hard drive just died all of a sudden?

If this PC is a desktop, can you try the drive as SATA? If laptop or miniPC, I guess new dock or new drive. Maybe both.
by MOSFET
Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New ryzen 3000 build
Replies: 10
Views: 1060

Re: New ryzen 3000 build

The Crucial 32GB RAM kit (3200, 2x16) from Funk's news post a couple weeks ago is the first kit I've had in two years that will run over 2400 on my two Ryzen 5 1600 systems. If going G.Skill, I would probably step up to Trident Z, or just go with the Crucial. I haven't had luck with 4 DIMMs over 240...
by MOSFET
Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: 2k 24" monitor w/ FreeSync
Replies: 11
Views: 1300

Re: 2k 24" monitor w/ FreeSync

Nixeus EDG27 (i think they have a 24" too, not sure if it's 2k also)
by MOSFET
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1374
Views: 49026

Re: Something's different...

JustAnEngineer wrote:
I now seem to have an infinite supply of thumbs.


I seem to be be stuck at +2 per comment, and I'm a Gold subscriber (re-subbed on Sunday, possibly against my better judgement.)
by MOSFET
Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1374
Views: 49026

Re: Something's different...

There was no choice and no better options, but there were worse options that would have made Adam more money. Out of everything that's been said here, I may take issue with this the most . Not you, DrFish, just the "no better options" part. There absolutely would have been some options wi...
by MOSFET
Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Official: Ryzen 3700X and 3900X review comments
Replies: 49
Views: 2435

Re: Official: Ryzen 3700X and 3900X review comments

Professional review all the way, Zak. Too bad this is the 7th or so time since Sunday I've tried to congratulate you on an article well-written. On the bright side, the 3700X looks very competitive, and probably hits the price/performance sweet spot for a lot of people. Not reviewed here, but the $1...
by MOSFET
Mon Jul 08, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1374
Views: 49026

Re: Something's different... (new)

1) I just renewed my Gold subscription. I want things to work out, I really do.

2) Everything @Cuhulin said.

3) First glance at new front page - "What, so PC hardware is no longer explored?"
by MOSFET
Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 driver confusion
Replies: 2
Views: 941

Re: Windows 10 driver confusion

If you really need the latest driver for everything, go through System Devices one-by-one and you can watch your memory controller go from (for example) Intel Skylake U-series Memory Controller to Intel Xeon v5/E3-1200 DRAM Memory Management Controller. This is probably the best way to keep Manageme...
by MOSFET
Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:03 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!
Replies: 251
Views: 19727

Re: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!

Damage is retiring and coming back to save the site? Awesome!
by MOSFET
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Blackblaze's 2018-2019 HDD stats
Replies: 206
Views: 11598

Re: Blackblaze's 2018 HDD stats

Captain Ned wrote:
Can you get Azure or AWS to store your data on a ZFS box/cluster/cloud?


Great question and I'm very interested in the answer, whatever it may be.
by MOSFET
Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:17 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Cross over cable to other pc, W10 wants password?
Replies: 9
Views: 1541

Re: Cross over cable to other pc, W10 wants password?

Of course, if you have an Active Directory, all that stuff can be centralized but the setup cost for a full AD network is overkill in your situation. Well, there's always "slmgr.vbs -rearm" ad infinitum on the 180-day Server trials. They claim 6 reactivations (or maybe the original + 5) b...
by MOSFET
Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:59 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Core 2 Quad 9650 Stuck at 2 GHz
Replies: 32
Views: 2992

Re: Core 2 Quad 9650 Stuck at 2 GHz

Is it performing like a 2GHz CPU or a 3GHz CPU? I have an old i7-920 oc'd to 3.8 GHz and neither Task Manager nor HWMonitor (from the CPU-Z author) show a CPU speed bump while running the short CPU-Z benchmark, but the Min/Max CPU speeds DO change in HWMonitor after the test completes. I think the t...
by MOSFET
Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:50 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What's a good vacuum?
Replies: 49
Views: 3051

Re: What's a good vacuum?

I don't like canister designs - pain in the @ss pulling them around and watching them bump into things (and occasionally "hanging-up"). May not be consensus, but those are my thoughts as well. Except for the dust cup, I strongly prefer Shark Rocket Ultralight stick vacuum to Kenmore canis...
by MOSFET
Wed May 22, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: TV show dvd bitrates falling badly...
Replies: 23
Views: 2011

Re: TV show dvd bitrates falling badly...

SirReptitious wrote:
Three examples...


You, sir, have a top 5 username of all time!
by MOSFET
Sun May 19, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Format ext4 from Windows
Replies: 44
Views: 3538

Re: Format ext4 from Windows

Rufus is able to restore full size of external media. You shouldn't even have to read the FAQ, which is about 500 pages of options I never knew existed, with a bit of attention to the settings used.
by MOSFET
Fri May 10, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Oldie but goody - Sandy Bridge OC
Replies: 9
Views: 1479

Re: Oldie but goody - Sandy Bridge OC

Pretty awesome to learn new things about old systems. Sometimes it can seem a little frustrating that one didn't figure these things out earlier, but late is better than never, even with overclocking.
by MOSFET
Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Colorado River Water
Replies: 203
Views: 6680

Re: Colorado River Water

I've been following and I've read every post in this thread. @JAE (replying to Ned): LOL @Aranarth - thank you for the sensible, fact-filled, level-headed posts. You touched on something that occurred to me a couple of pages back. Why go back upriver? If pumped hydro was deemed necessary and a proje...
by MOSFET
Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:34 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Weird static from my speakers
Replies: 13
Views: 1566

Re: Weird static from my speakers

Does MacBook pro have headphone out? You could try that, or a phone or tablet, to see if the static is isolated to the desktop. Does it happen if the desktop is the only source connected, or only when it's the second source connected? How about if, just temporarily, you hook up the DAC to the deskto...
by MOSFET
Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Can you identify this sound?
Replies: 7
Views: 1052

Re: Can you identify this sound?

I'm not here to help (unless you have a faulty optical cable :P ). I'm just here to mention that I have the sound base version and don't hear that noise. I replaced it with a similar Yamaha due to sound quality on voice and music, but it was connected by optical most of the time. Sometimes RCA, also...
by MOSFET
Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.
Replies: 188
Views: 14702

Re: Stumbled on a new project this weekend.

This is hands down one of the coolest threads that has passed through here in ages. Tip of the hat to you SS, the work here is amazing. Definitely preserving a piece of history Absolutely, this is a fascinating thread! If you don't write about it, it's hard for us to know you've done something cool...
by MOSFET
Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Almost 20 years
Replies: 120
Views: 8988

Re: Almost 20 years

cegras wrote:
10 years of TechReport - the same people arguing about intel and amd in the comments section.

RandomNull wrote:
69. Posted at 01:52 am on Feb 25th 2002
Reply x RandomNull

alright guys enough of the null bashing lets zen bash!


early chuckula?
by MOSFET
Thu Apr 04, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: So what are you using for computer audio?
Replies: 154
Views: 16508

Re: So what are you using for computer audio?

@kvndoom, yeah...wow! You'll probably have those a long time. I also love a silk dome tweeter, but I get my fix from a pair of JBL Arena 170 ($79.99 each from Newegg a couple black fridays ago). They are fed from {current receiver/amp*} <- Schiit Modi2Uber <- Nvidia ShieldTV USB port <- Spotify Prem...
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