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by Chrispy_
Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 30
Views: 729

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

So many lecture theatres, auditoriums, conference suites and other meeting spaces still provide a D-SUB VGA cable to an 800x600 or 1024x768 projector. It's quite embarassingly awful and most of our mobile kit is modern and slim, so there's no room for a chunky old VGA connector. Our guys frequently ...
by Chrispy_
Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Snapadoodle-Doo WPA2 is Borked
Replies: 6
Views: 436

Re: Snapadoodle-Doo WPA2 is Borked

True - but WEP and vanilla WPA(1) have been b0rked for years, no?
by Chrispy_
Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Snapadoodle-Doo WPA2 is Borked
Replies: 6
Views: 436

Re: Snapadoodle-Doo WPA2 is Borked

just brew it! wrote:
BTW, we already had a thread for this: viewtopic.php?f=14&t=120185&p=1364886


Yes, but Chuky's thread has a less useful, yet more entertaining thread title. You should totally merge these threads and keep this title.
by Chrispy_
Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Time to update everything WiFi
Replies: 17
Views: 771

Re: Time to update everything WiFi

I assume Microsoft and Apple with roll this into their OS updates very quickly.
As for every other appliance? Botnets ahoy!

Oh, what was that, they were already hacked and have been botnetting for years, you say?
Nothing to see here, move along now people....
#OfficerBarbrady
by Chrispy_
Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:18 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution
Replies: 65
Views: 1972

Re: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution

Not to derail the thread, but I really miss my Windows Phone. Really a shame it never caught on and I still think it's a superior OS. Oh well... It may have been a better OS but an OS is just a base-level requirement for the applications that people ultimately want their phones for, and the devs on...
by Chrispy_
Sun Oct 15, 2017 5:54 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Price Drop ?
Replies: 6
Views: 653

Re: Price Drop ?

Typically, prices of the previous generation parts go up rather than down when there's a change in socket compatibility like we've just had with the new Coffee Lake Intel CPUs. Motherboard manufacturers completely flood the market with several vendors all offering dozens of different models. Once th...
by Chrispy_
Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Ideal Nvidia card to drive a 1440p 60Hz display?
Replies: 31
Views: 1392

Re: Ideal Nvidia card to drive a 1440p 60Hz display?

Having said that, I do expect general compute to be more of a focus with Volta than Maxwell or Pascal. They've more or less said that. Indeed, I wasn't speculating; They've announced it publicly in livestreams and at events. Anyone expecting a similar gaming performance increase as Maxwell > Pascal...
by Chrispy_
Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: What is the temp needed for the second fan on Old-ish Gigabyte Radeon 6850 to spin
Replies: 5
Views: 235

Re: What is the temp needed for the second fan on Old-ish Gigabyte Radeon 6850 to spin

On graphics cards, both fans are supposed to spin at the same time.

Either both the fans are off, if it's a model that supports fan-off at low loads, or both fans should be running.

Does it spin freely if you poke it with your finger, or does it resist being moved?
by Chrispy_
Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:34 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Ideal Nvidia card to drive a 1440p 60Hz display?
Replies: 31
Views: 1392

Re: Ideal Nvidia card to drive a 1440p 60Hz display?

I was fairly certain that Volta is not aimed at desktop gamers, but compute users.

The miners will lap up Volta, but don't expect massive gains in gaming performance like we had from Maxwell to Pascal.
by Chrispy_
Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:27 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: best wifi adpter?
Replies: 24
Views: 828

Re: best wifi adpter?

Redocbew wrote:
Of course, I haven't goofed and come across any of those pitfalls myself. That'd be ridiculous.

Pffft, obviously not. That would be ridiculous! :roll:
by Chrispy_
Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: best wifi adpter?
Replies: 24
Views: 828

Re: best wifi adpter?

Well the switch to a glass coffee table killed the hypothetical, totally-not-something-so-stupid-I-would-try tape situation so I drilled through a drywall to run cat5e. After all, I'd never even consider using tape, that's just so lazy and low-tech. I'm sure if I needed to do that I'd staple it or u...
by Chrispy_
Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Which cpu to get?
Replies: 61
Views: 3303

Re: Which cpu to get?

Well, at 1080p with an overkill card perhaps, but the thing that stops me from upgrading my old Haswell i7 is the fact I'm almost always GPU limited. 3960X is basically a 6-core 2600K, right? That's not too shabby in a GPU-bound scenario, since all the tests where the old 2600K tanks are because the...
by Chrispy_
Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Managed to snag a RX Vega 64: First Impressions
Replies: 6
Views: 800

Re: Managed to snag a RX Vega 64: First Impressions

Hit up the little bios switch near the exhaust end of the card and flip it to the secondary BIOS (with quieter fan profiles and lower power limits). The sweet spot for vega's air cooler is at around 200W or lower, which you should be able to hit with power-save and the secondary BIOS. Performance wi...
by Chrispy_
Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: best wifi adpter?
Replies: 24
Views: 828

Re: best wifi adpter?

If the worst comes to the worst and the PC is just too far from the router for signal (even on the old, longer-range 2.4GHz channels) just buy a plug-in range extender or try a homeplug system instead. All it might take is to detach the wifi antenna(s) and use an RP-SMA cable to position them in a ...
by Chrispy_
Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows Module Installer Worker (TIWorker.exe) and the High CPU Usage
Replies: 14
Views: 562

Re: Windows Module Installer Worker (TIWorker.exe) and the High CPU Usage

just brew it! wrote:
It amazes me that after all these years, Windows Update is still such a POS.


FTFY!
by Chrispy_
Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:04 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows Module Installer Worker (TIWorker.exe) and the High CPU Usage
Replies: 14
Views: 562

Re: Windows Module Installer Worker (TIWorker.exe) and the High CPU Usage

As far as I know it's just a symptom of failed updates getting stuck. I used to see it a lot on Windows 7 machines and the solution for me was to stop windows update service, wipe the c:\windows\softwaredistribution folder, start windows update service, and try again. If the problem persisted, reins...
by Chrispy_
Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Anybody recycle old LCD monitors?
Replies: 10
Views: 331

Re: Anybody recycle old LCD monitors?

They're e-waste now, unless you use them for soldering practice. People wanting old LCDs for side projects can browse ebay/craigslist and pick one up locally for nothing. People would rather give them away for free than make the trip to the recycling center themselves, and every week dozens of fully...
by Chrispy_
Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: best wifi adpter?
Replies: 24
Views: 828

Re: best wifi adpter?

Get the cheapest one you can find - for the usage you're talking about even a Wireless-N 150 adapter would do the job and the router and its distance from the PC will be the weakest link, not the network adapter in the PC. Lousy Wireless-N 150 speeds will get you 30 Mbit/s. Unless your router is bot...
by Chrispy_
Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Ideal Nvidia card to drive a 1440p 60Hz display?
Replies: 31
Views: 1392

Re: Ideal Nvidia card to drive a 1440p 60Hz display?

1060 6GB on a budget - "High" details will get you fluid gameplay, "Ultra" may stutter slightly in a few games but you can usually dial back just one or two settings and make a big performance improvement with almost imperceptible loss of quality. Otherwise, 1080. Miners have pus...
by Chrispy_
Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: best wifi adpter?
Replies: 24
Views: 828

Re: best wifi adpter?

Anything, unless you care about bleeding-edge transfer speeds, in which case get one that matches your router's antenna configuration, so ff your router is a 3x3 MIMO, get an adapter that's 3x3 MIMO. Unless you're streaming lots of raw video/photo data over the network (or streaming high-resolution ...
by Chrispy_
Fri Oct 06, 2017 5:04 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Which cpu to get?
Replies: 61
Views: 3303

Re: Which cpu to get?

There are enough games from even 2015 onwards that bog down on traditional i5 4C/4T CPUs now. The XBone/PS4 era has taught developers to use 8 threads, and most of them are now doing it. i7 4C/8T is often much better, or any of the 8+ thread Ryzen options at similar prices. What really matters in ga...
by Chrispy_
Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Asus is taking over my life
Replies: 7
Views: 499

Re: Asus is taking over my life

I have too much Samsung stuff. Samsung TV Samsung 5.1 system (matches the TV and takes advantage of the TV remote) Samsung smartphone (lack of other decent options on my contract's hardware list) Samsung SSDs (despite boycotting them for 3-4 years, nobody else makes SSDs as good right now) Samsung m...
by Chrispy_
Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Tablet recommendation
Replies: 9
Views: 558

Re: Tablet recommendation

Does anyone have a recommendation on a reasonably high end Android tablet that will receive ongoing updates/upgrades. I'm looking for an 8 to 10 inch device that has at least 4G RAM and 64GB storage. Pixel C; Ongoing updates? - yes, currently on Oreo. Screen? - 10.2" Storage? 64GB Ram? 3GB Not...
by Chrispy_
Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: An experiment in repairing clipped audio
Replies: 32
Views: 1241

Re: An experiment in repairing clipped audio

Possibly, I usually use MPCHC as a player and that has "normalize" as an option, but also value in percent so it's a sliding scale rather than an "adjust gain to 100%" checkbox. There's a seperate "regain volume" checkbox which I assumed was dynamic range compression co...
by Chrispy_
Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: An experiment in repairing clipped audio
Replies: 32
Views: 1241

Re: An experiment in repairing clipped audio

I know what you mean about the loudness wars, but if what you were saying was correct, normalisation would work on these uber-quiet tracks because the very loud peaks would give the normalisation algorithm the extents of the dynamic range, and then the majority of the soundtrack that was quiet would...
by Chrispy_
Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:18 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: ATI FirePro Multimonitor Graphics Card Question
Replies: 2
Views: 231

Re: ATI FirePro Multimonitor Graphics Card Question

I don't know about that exact model of FirePro but I've mixed-and-matched different models before and the eyefinity drivers just sort it out beautifully. I was using a couple of W600 cards (think it was a FirePro version of the HD7750 with 6 outputs) for a 10x1 eyefinity setup in a building receptio...
by Chrispy_
Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:35 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: An experiment in repairing clipped audio
Replies: 32
Views: 1241

Re: An experiment in repairing clipped audio

FWIW it also has a clipping identification tool which will tag areas with suspected clipping LOL, there you go; Proof that an algorithm can recognise the problem. Why do we let humans do rubbish work when we know a machine will do it perfectly? I get really annoyed that people encoding things can't...
by Chrispy_
Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: A gerbil's tv box choice?
Replies: 20
Views: 567

Re: A gerbil's tv box choice?

Another vote for Roku, but the Nvidia Shield is also a great option.

Personally I run a 3770K and a GTX970 in a Grandia 04 hooked up to a wireless keyboard/mouse and a handful of XB360 gamepads. Nothing beats PC Master Race when it comes to big-screen gaming ;)
by Chrispy_
Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:47 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Which cpu to get?
Replies: 61
Views: 3303

Re: Which cpu to get?

What's your current GPU? Unless you're already running a GTX 1080 or better, the 4790K is a very decent gaming chip already. Money spent on a new CPU/Board/RAM isn't going to change your gaming performance significantly if you're likely to be GPU-bound in almost every game with a 4790K. It's true th...
by Chrispy_
Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: x299 won't POST - HELP!
Replies: 27
Views: 3880

Re: x299 won't POST - HELP!

Is this third CPU the same model as one of the other two? If not, update the bios to the latest version now that you have a combination booting and try the other two chips again. It reeks of "motherboard needs newer bios with updated microcode in order to work" but as Ludi suggested, the c...