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by Chrispy_
Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Car runs rough on idle
Replies: 32
Views: 774

Re: Car runs rough on idle

That's the early era of O2 sensors for ECUs, and with electronic fuel injection replacing carburettors and chokes, the idle smoothness is down to either poor injection/ignition (check fuel lines, injectors, sparks and leads) or poor air/fuel mixture (check O2 sensors and ECU error codes). Might be w...
by Chrispy_
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Touchpad woes
Replies: 10
Views: 408

Re: Touchpad woes

I have a different peeve with touchpads, and that's latency. Thankfully most touchpads now have less than one frame of latency which makes them fine but I feel your pain - lousy touchpads are the bane of laptops everywhere. My advice would be to find a touchpad that's marketed as a "Windows Pre...
by Chrispy_
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel sweepstakes starts today!!
Replies: 16
Views: 818

Re: Intel sweepstakes starts today!!

I didn't even receive any email acknowledgement that I'd entered successfully. The webpage said so and I have no choice but to trust it. I couldn't give a damn about the 8086 edition, but I'll take a free 8700K (with bonus 5GHz single-core option lol) as an upgrade to my Ivy Bridge PC without hesita...
by Chrispy_
Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess
Replies: 97
Views: 7631

Re: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess

I'm glad that this thread hasn't yet degenerated to the "things living in orifices that shouldn't be living in orifices" stage that I was expecting. Not because I'm above that, Oh no! I see your spiders and cockroaches and raise you a nose leech . It's exactly what you think it is, so don'...
by Chrispy_
Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: USB NIC
Replies: 6
Views: 291

Re: USB NIC

At this point I think Gigabit Ethernet is a commodity you can take for granted. I grabbed a freebie that came with an Asus Zenbook UX305 and took it to the datacenter for my tablet and it worked absolutely fine plugging into Cisco switches, a PA firewall, a Supermicro server and god only knows what ...
by Chrispy_
Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Asrock P67 Extreme OC
Replies: 7
Views: 384

Re: Asrock P67 Extreme OC

Wow, you're testing my memory now. IIRC my Asrock Z68 had super-easy overclocking; 2nd main tab/icon in the BIOS was dedicated to overclocking and all I needed to do was leave everything at defaults but change the all-core CPU ratio to 45 for the 24/7 4.5GHz overclock I ran. That's all you have to d...
by Chrispy_
Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Microsoft acquires GitHub
Replies: 19
Views: 882

Re: Microsoft acquires GitHub

I want to be optimistic, and Microsoft *has* made some valuable open source contributions to date. I just feel that they can't be impartial to projects/developers at the same time as being true to their shareholders. There's a legal conflict of interest and something ugly is bound to crop up sooner ...
by Chrispy_
Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 714
Views: 98373

Re: What are you playing right now?

XCOM2 I bought it ages ago and have only started playing it. I wasn't sure what to expect but it's different enough from XCOM:EU that I'm really enjoying it. The expansion to Enemy Within expansion was something I never finished because it felt too much like just another playthrough of EU. Sure, th...
by Chrispy_
Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Recyble Bin is corrupted
Replies: 15
Views: 843

Re: Recyble Bin is corrupted

Ugh. When will feckless gerbils just learn to stop believing they're smarter than the Windows developers when it comes to the internal workings of Windows? Calm down there, John Wick - nobody here shot your dog. Windows screwed the pooch itself and was unable to self-correct, both options suggested...
by Chrispy_
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 342
Views: 28277

Re: Video card prices

I noticed that the Nvidia store in the UK has started getting stocks of reference 1080 and 1070Ti models back, at the MSRP.

I don't need one any more but I was desperately trying to find a 1070+ for something approaching a sensible price about three months ago, and failed hard.
by Chrispy_
Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Recyble Bin is corrupted
Replies: 15
Views: 843

Re: Recyble Bin is corrupted

Right-click the recycle bin icon > Properties > select Don't move files to the recycle bin.
by Chrispy_
Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Recyble Bin is corrupted
Replies: 15
Views: 843

Re: Recyble Bin is corrupted

Just disable the recycle bin and learn proper discipline when deleting; Many of the most common storage mediums do not offer a recycle bin feature so using it just encourages poor discipline and forms bad habits that will potentially get you into a lot of trouble when you casually delete a file on a...
by Chrispy_
Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Has anyone tried compact & air-cooled Threadripper yet?
Replies: 8
Views: 552

Re: Has anyone tried compact & air-cooled Threadripper yet?

I think the air has to blow backwards towards the exhaust because the boards are sandwiched pretty tight. 120mm coolers pretty much touch the back of the next board up. The alternative is an array of Fractal Core 1100 cases in a frame, but they don't have much better airflow and yet they do take up ...
by Chrispy_
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Has anyone tried compact & air-cooled Threadripper yet?
Replies: 8
Views: 552

Has anyone tried compact & air-cooled Threadripper yet?

The aim is 8x 1950X chips using Asrock's Taichi mATX board in a custom enclosure that comprises 8x 92mm exhaust fans, 8x 120mm exhaust fans (via PSUs) and 8x 120mm intakes. It's a kind of MDF cabinet DIY blade server and we already have 32 boards across four of these enclosures in this config with H...
by Chrispy_
Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:23 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Help me choose a speaker for my folks
Replies: 7
Views: 354

Re: Help me choose a speaker for my folks

Does it need to be waterproof? That's the key factor here.

If yes, "waterproof bluetooth speaker"
If no, "bluetooth sound bar"
by Chrispy_
Thu May 31, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Transplant sanity check
Replies: 15
Views: 725

Re: Transplant sanity check

You could always stream your steam games from the Vega56 machine? It adds a tiny bit of lag but on wired gigabit connections, it's usually only 1 frame. The 1030 is pretty basic but it's not that bad. Youtube shows that it should handle 720p Medium at 100+ fps, unless you managed to end up with the ...
by Chrispy_
Thu May 31, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New pc build on a budget need advice
Replies: 3
Views: 253

Re: New pc build on a budget need advice

Hey, welcome to the forum. I don't think you can post links for your first few posts, so don't sweat it. With a budget of $200 you're still in need of a CPU + motherboard + RAM and you still need a case and some kind of disk to boot off. I can't see that happening with new stuff in any meaningful wa...
by Chrispy_
Thu May 31, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Transplant sanity check
Replies: 15
Views: 725

Re: Transplant sanity check

You should be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free, still. Just take a backup image with Macrium or something and then see if your existing product key works with Windows 10 anyway. Shame about the GPU. There's nothing wrong with the 580 but it's one of the least-suitable GPUs for an HTPC that I c...
by Chrispy_
Thu May 31, 2018 6:09 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Transplant sanity check
Replies: 15
Views: 725

Re: Transplant sanity check

I use a GD05 and it's incredibly quiet and well-cooled for my GTX970 but you do need to make sure that your GPU doesn't sit too tall in the slot. I'm using a reference model (founder's edition) and it's quite simply the tallest card you can fit in there with vertical power sockets (and I had to buy ...
by Chrispy_
Wed May 30, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Good speaker for ZxR
Replies: 43
Views: 1732

Re: Good speaker for ZxR

I know, right? I think the A2 series are just Audioengine cashing in on their higher-end reference monitors by exploiting their brand name. Perhaps with the white they're targeting MBP owners who think expensive=good. They even have a product shot either side of an MBP, ffs ;) I was shocked at the p...
by Chrispy_
Tue May 29, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Good speaker for ZxR
Replies: 43
Views: 1732

Re: Good speaker for ZxR

Maybe you should look into Audioengine A2 , it's like 30 bucks above your budget but I think it will work excellent. No, the A2s are actually terrible. Here's my opinion on Audioengine in general: Audioengine make great speakers but they're rather poor value for money. If you're on a budget I would...
by Chrispy_
Fri May 25, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Computer cannot connect to network
Replies: 14
Views: 651

Re: Computer cannot connect to network

If you're out of options on the desktop's integrated WiFi, and you've tried everything sensible to do with hardware config, drivers and IP address - try netsh winsock reset as a last resort. It's an old Windows 10 bug that may have resurfaced.
by Chrispy_
Thu May 24, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Good speaker for ZxR
Replies: 43
Views: 1732

Re: Good speaker for ZxR

As for soundcard quality, a lot of problems with the onboard realtek implementations stem from poor grounding and EM interference from other stuff in the PC. You will notice a significant improvement in SNR levels and general quality by just switching to a $10 USB DAC or using the built-in DAC of y...
by Chrispy_
Thu May 24, 2018 6:52 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Good speaker for ZxR
Replies: 43
Views: 1732

Re: Good speaker for ZxR

Those monoprice speakers look like they might do the job just fine. Looks like I'll need to make sure and buy a 1/4" to XLR adapter or cable though. How do those compare sound quality-wise to the AudioEngine A5+? Audioengine make great speakers but they're rather poor value for money. If you'r...
by Chrispy_
Tue May 22, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Sound bar recommendations <$300?
Replies: 8
Views: 708

Re: Sound bar recommendations <$300?

I've recently undertaken this project for my folks new home and after listening to a few in-store decided that "all in one soundbars" without a separate subwoofer are a waste of time. Like you, they didn't want the complexity of a AV separates system with 5.1 speakers and a receiver, so I ...
by Chrispy_
Mon May 21, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: New monitors besides the $2000 4K 144Hz ones coming soon?
Replies: 10
Views: 716

Re: New monitors besides the $2000 4K 144Hz ones coming soon?

There are some pretty good 2560x1440 VA 75Hz Freesync panels doing the rounds at the moment. The old HP Omen still looks amazing for the low price it commands, and the new HP Pavillion Gaming 32 adds HDR with a mutli-zone backlight. At a ridiculously low price is the same panel - 75Hz WQHD Freesync ...
by Chrispy_
Sun May 20, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Good speaker for ZxR
Replies: 43
Views: 1732

Re: Good speaker for ZxR

A pair of active studio monitors are a decent option for good sound without a subwoofer. At under $200 the best three options I can think of are: Presonus Eris E4.5 - 4.5" drivers Mackie CR4 - 4" drivers M-Audio AV42 4" drivers These are rear-ported cabinets so they'll sound overly ba...
by Chrispy_
Fri May 18, 2018 5:49 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My laptop switches off while I am using it
Replies: 3
Views: 1345

Re: My laptop switches off while I am using it

That sounds like a hardware problem; Malware wouldn't turn your PC off, because the purpose of most malware is to steal data or use your PC for other purposes without your consent. If your laptop is off, the malware can't do what it was written to do. It could be a power issue and certain types of w...
by Chrispy_
Thu May 17, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 714
Views: 98373

Re: What are you playing right now?

XCOM2 I bought it ages ago and have only started playing it. I wasn't sure what to expect but it's different enough from XCOM:EU that I'm really enjoying it. The expansion to Enemy Within expansion was something I never finished because it felt too much like just another playthrough of EU. Sure, the...
by Chrispy_
Wed May 16, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Is a bigger monitor with lower pixel density necessarily worse than a smaller one with higher pixel density?
Replies: 24
Views: 1304

Re: Is a bigger monitor with lower pixel density necessarily worse than a smaller one with higher pixel density?

I agree about desk mounts, I've owned a high-quality german gas-lift model ever since buying a my first cheapo Korean IPS monitor almost a decade ago now.

We desk-mount home users are an incredibly niche, almost irrelevant minority though.