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by HERETIC
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1472
Views: 57052

Re: Something's different...

Is there any chance that-The old comments layout/tree can be ported to new site? Remembering that-Recent times, the comments section has become more important than actual content. And I don't need to mention "SCROLLING" I think 100's have got there before me. Bit like being in a class of 1...
by HERETIC
Wed May 22, 2019 5:09 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Why-1980,90s tv shows(dvd) so faded/fuzzy&awful?
Replies: 22
Views: 2018

Re: Why-1980,90s tv shows(dvd) so faded/fuzzy&awful?

ugh. I'd understand the apprehension about the dreaded black bars (previously horizontal, now vertical) a lot better if I didn't *CONSTANTLY* see people filming with their >16:9 phones UPRIGHT.... At least you get to walk around, with a constant smile. My winge on black bars is the trend towards 16...
by HERETIC
Wed May 22, 2019 4:54 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Why-1980,90s tv shows(dvd) so faded/fuzzy&awful?
Replies: 22
Views: 2018

Re: Why-1980,90s tv shows(dvd) so faded/fuzzy&awful?

just brew it! wrote:
Captain Ned wrote:
No, it's because Twilight Zone was filmed on 35mm film stock, at least according to IMDB.

No reason it can't be both. Higher quality source material and easier to compress due to lack of color. Though I suspect that the source quality is the bigger factor by far.

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by HERETIC
Sat Mar 30, 2019 2:17 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: External USB3 Hard Drives Running Hot on new Windows 10 Pro Laptop
Replies: 9
Views: 1823

Re: External USB3 Hard Drives Running Hot on new Windows 10 Pro Laptop

Super simple temp solution-
The 3.5"-4TB should have it's own power brick. Turn it OFF when not in use............................
by HERETIC
Sun Mar 24, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Cannot update firmware on old Samsung 840...
Replies: 6
Views: 2396

Re: Cannot update firmware on old Samsung 840...

Hey Ozz, FYI, have a 120 GB 840 in a ivy box-same vintage. Magician 4.9.7 tells me my firmware is-DXT0AB0Q. Can't remember date, but was updated about a year after they fixed the EVO. Drive is "NOT" fixed. Degrades slowly. Thought about swapping out drive, but determined to get my moneys w...
by HERETIC
Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Laptop Bricked - Assistance Requested
Replies: 10
Views: 1541

Re: Laptop Bricked - Assistance Requested

Is that a OEM drive-" (a 500GB Samsung Evo 500),"?????? Time-period points to a possible 840 Series, which was Sammy's one and only lemon............ If so, buy a replacement drive-swap out-nice clean fresh install of w10-place old drive in docking station, and recover what you can...........
by HERETIC
Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Aged system crashing. Getting new PSU as first step...
Replies: 17
Views: 2303

Re: Aged system crashing. Getting new PSU as first step...

I think http://www.jonnyguru.com/ still does PSU reviews, used to be some of the best back in the day. I haven't read them in awhile, mainly due that I have a decent working psu, but if I was shopping for one, I would definitely give them a read. Site seems to have gone quiet.He usually does one a ...
by HERETIC
Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: [Fixed!] The Sad State of Appliances (in this case, Refrigerators)
Replies: 53
Views: 3796

Re: The Sad State of Appliances (in this case, Refrigerators)

And yes, I'm disappointed in Consumer Reports right now. They used to test things; I mean REALLY test things, brutally, and for months. But now we get CR recommendations breaking down. What gives, CR? They're probably following the trend in tech sites. You used to have computer enthusiasts that cou...
by HERETIC
Fri Jan 25, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Aged system crashing. Getting new PSU as first step...
Replies: 17
Views: 2303

Re: Aged system crashing. Getting new PSU as first step...

If going with a Corsair PSU (I run them), I recommend any corsair PSU that doesn't start with a C (CS, CSM, etc, I have no experience with the VS). They are the only ones I have had fail, every one, about 4x of them failed 1-2yrs in. I have some first gen TXs still going, tons of RM, AX, and HX in ...
by HERETIC
Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: [Fixed!] The Sad State of Appliances (in this case, Refrigerators)
Replies: 53
Views: 3796

Re: The Sad State of Appliances (in this case, Refrigerators)

Update : I just now took a torpedo level to the door and checked it. Well what d'ya know, it actually is plumb! It just sits lower than the freezer door by about 3/8ths of an inch, and I must have been visually fooled into thinking it was hanging at a droop. I can lift the door quite a lot with it ...
by HERETIC
Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:54 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Aged system crashing. Getting new PSU as first step...
Replies: 17
Views: 2303

Re: Aged system crashing. Getting new PSU as first step...

I recommend any gold rated Seasonic, or EVGA G2 or G3 series.
Avoid that corsair like the plague..............................
by HERETIC
Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Converting 12V (PCIE) power to 5V
Replies: 16
Views: 2543

Re: Converting 12V (PCIE) power to 5V

So good news that I do have a single 5v line to tap into! With the abundant extra 12v available I was still hoping to make use of it but I guess it's not worth the hassle without knowing enough to build my own robust switching step down. Just reading a mailer, and came across a car-USB charger. You...
by HERETIC
Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Converting 12V (PCIE) power to 5V
Replies: 16
Views: 2543

Re: Converting 12V (PCIE) power to 5V

OK, I'm guessing you have USB3 ports. Might not be a good assumption given that it's some sort of weird proprietary thing with a non-standard PSU, but yeah... if there are USB ports with sufficient wattage capability, that could be an easy source of 5V with no voltage converter required. "weir...
by HERETIC
Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:16 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Converting 12V (PCIE) power to 5V
Replies: 16
Views: 2543

Re: Converting 12V (PCIE) power to 5V

OK, I'm guessing you have USB3 ports. All USB ports provide 5V to the outside world-as long as you have a spare port-should be easy to modify a USB cable to provide 5V to SSD. If you have a multimeter, soldering iron, skill, and some balls, you could follow that 5V back to the MB, and take a line fr...
by HERETIC
Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Should I upgrade my power supply?
Replies: 10
Views: 3632

Re: Should I upgrade my power supply?

Last year I upgraded all of my parts in my PC to what is in the list below, except for my PSU and case. I just upgraded my case last weekend, and while installing everything in the new case I realized that my PSU is 8+ years old and it's only bronze certified. It got me thinking that it may be time...
by HERETIC
Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:47 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Modern Macbooks...really worth it?
Replies: 69
Views: 5043

Re: Modern Macbooks...really worth it?

Short answer--NO. https://www.fudzilla.com/news/mobile/47574-apple-admits-more-quality-problems-in-iphones-and-macbooks But if you absolutely must stay in apl eco system, then a good 2nd-hand/refurb, of a known good model is a option. A better option-spend around $800 on a good non appl lappy, with ...
by HERETIC
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:06 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Another Round of System Failure
Replies: 6
Views: 2385

Re: Another Round of System Failure

Seems JAE nailed best advice there in last paragraph. Unplug and re-plug everything, perhaps with the exception of case wiring. My advice when moving computers (bit late)--TREAT LIKE EGGS-Lay flat so that heavy items that are likely to cause problems, such as GPU's and tower coolers, are vertical. A...
by HERETIC
Sun Sep 09, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD Boot Freeze
Replies: 13
Views: 2582

Re: SSD Boot Freeze

Mobo is an EVGA 680i SLI with most recent BIOS flashed. *Edited to include motherboard info. Dreaded NV chipsett-anything is possible. Just looked at that board-Never seen so many electrolytic caps on a board-counted around 60, and that's not including the solids around the mosfets....................
by HERETIC
Sat Sep 08, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD Boot Freeze
Replies: 13
Views: 2582

Re: SSD Boot Freeze

Hey all, I recently started breathing new life into my ancient QX6700 system. I got a 240gb Sandisk 3D Ultra and loaded Windows 10 up on it and updated everything. It worked amazingly for a few days outside of Windows 10 recognizing it as a HDD. I took it out once I bought a SSD tray for it and aft...
by HERETIC
Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What angle grinder wattage for marble work?
Replies: 26
Views: 2151

Re: What angle grinder wattage for marble work?

angle grinders are not nice............. Indeed. As I said my only experience using an angle grinder is in wood with power carving, but there have been a few times where I've tweaked it and had the blade dig in. Fortunately I don't have much trouble keeping control of the tool, but since I was new ...
by HERETIC
Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What angle grinder wattage for marble work?
Replies: 26
Views: 2151

Re: What angle grinder wattage for marble work?

Marble, I have no idea at all, but steel and angle grinders-40 years +. I'd say-get the 1000 watt one. Hope she has strong hands and wrists, angle grinders are not nice............. Just checked my 5" Bosch-900 watt, the label on my Metabo has worn off. From experience in the steel industry-Met...
by HERETIC
Sat Aug 25, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: 16GB iPhone SE - broken NAND? Will convert to Samsung
Replies: 29
Views: 4014

Re: 16GB iPhone SE - broken NAND? Will convert to Samsung

Thanks everyone, that was definitely helpful. Why not simply connect to the PC, use iTunes' backup function to save data and settings, and then do a full phone restore? That'll almost certainly fix whatever problem, plus it'll install the latest iOS anyway. Because that would require installing and...
by HERETIC
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: CaseLabs Bankrupt and Forced to Close Down
Replies: 113
Views: 6567

Re: CaseLabs Bankrupt and Forced to Close Down

Okay. So why hit CaseLabs with a 10% aluminum tariff but not increase Tariffs on cases by 10%? Look: all I'm trying to say, outside of R&P, is that tariffs should be on the finalized products, where most of the costs and "profits" can be captured by US companies instead. First let me ...
by HERETIC
Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:35 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: CaseLabs Bankrupt and Forced to Close Down
Replies: 113
Views: 6567

Re: CaseLabs Bankrupt and Forced to Close Down

Looks like Ned nailed it, according to TPU a large loan they couldn't re-finance, tipped them over-
https://www.techpowerup.com/246758/case ... hermaltake
by HERETIC
Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Looking to upgrade from my i5-3570K need some advice
Replies: 21
Views: 3227

Re: Looking to upgrade from my i5-3570K need some advice

I'll start with the case first,in my opinion the R5 as others have mentioned,is a no brainer- https://techreport.com/review/27719/fractal-design-define-r5-case-reviewed The 8600/8600K or Ryzen 2600X seem to be around the price point your 3570K was. Going up to a 8700K gives about 2% performance incr...
by HERETIC
Sat Jul 28, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Just installed an SSD. Anything I should be wary of?
Replies: 62
Views: 6222

Re: Just installed an SSD. Anything I should be wary of?

From observation my C drive can vary about 2GB free space, depending if garbage collection has been done or not (excluding updates.) The reason for this is the way SSD's write small files-a tiny file on a page can stop the rest of that block being written to until garbage collects them and puts the...
by HERETIC
Sat Jul 28, 2018 4:53 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Just installed an SSD. Anything I should be wary of?
Replies: 62
Views: 6222

Re: Just installed an SSD. Anything I should be wary of?

My opinion on defragmenting- Generally NO with a "BUTT." Back in the day's of spinning rust boot drives my monthly procedure was- After doing my online banking-run c-cleaner-reboot-run defragler and defrag "C"-reboot................... These days on a SSD I get up to doing a anal...
by HERETIC
Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Finally confirmation that Intel is going back to solder!
Replies: 15
Views: 2840

Re: Finally confirmation that Intel is going back to solder!

At least she's cute.
Wonder if any of those caps were Chinese..................
by HERETIC
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:11 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Just installed an SSD. Anything I should be wary of?
Replies: 62
Views: 6222

Re: Just installed an SSD. Anything I should be wary of?

So SSDs require scratch space to do their write operations. As the drive gets filled, performance degrades. If you want to be sure to avoid this problem, you can manually overprovision your drive. This means, you can format your drive to leave some empty, unformatted space at the end of the drive. ...
by HERETIC
Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Monitor suddenly turned off and won't turn back on
Replies: 14
Views: 1398

Re: Monitor suddenly turned off and won't turn back on

"The backbone of modern industrial society is, and for the foreseeable future will be, the use of electrical Power." And what spins me out every time I read that is- No matter how far we've come, I estimate 80% of electricity is still generated using "STEAM" ........................
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