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by Ryu Connor
Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Time to update everything WiFi
Replies: 15
Views: 546

Re: Time to update everything WiFi

Yeah, Windows and iOS are not as vulnerable to this flaw as Linux, BSD, and Android were (are).

You're going to see more driver updates to help close the vulnerability in Windows and as you note that's a hitch.

Notice also that Intel didn't fix any of their Wi-Fi older than the 7000 series. :(
by Ryu Connor
Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Time to update everything WiFi
Replies: 15
Views: 546

Re: Time to update everything WiFi

Intel has released drivers that correct the problem.

https://security-center.intel.com/advis ... geid=en-fr
by Ryu Connor
Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: TPM for a new system?
Replies: 33
Views: 1210

Re: TPM for a new system?

TPMs are also required for Virtual Smart Card support.

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn593708(v=ws.11).aspx

Of course that's a very business oriented tool. Whole disk encryption on the other hand is great for all people.
by Ryu Connor
Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: 31½" 2560x1440 @144Hz FreeSync2 for $550
Replies: 29
Views: 998

Re: 31½" 2560x1440 @144Hz FreeSync2 for $550

They're basing it on the panel being a Samsung LSM315DP01.

http://www.panelook.com.cn/LSM315DP01_S ... 29419.html

True 8bit panel. We need info to either refute or confirm that panel model.
by Ryu Connor
Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: 31½" 2560x1440 @144Hz FreeSync2 for $550
Replies: 29
Views: 998

Re: 31½" 2560x1440 @144Hz FreeSync2 for $550

I just checked. It works with Freesync but I don't know a way to check which. They might even have added HDR support to the 290s? I'm not really sure, since this is Creators Update and Fall Creators Update gives you a lot more info. According to AnandTech all GCN 1.1 GPUs support FS2 and FS2 HDR. U...
by Ryu Connor
Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: 31½" 2560x1440 @144Hz FreeSync2 for $550
Replies: 29
Views: 998

Re: 31½" 2560x1440 @144Hz FreeSync2 for $550

As for full HDR10 in a monitor, please show me one that's available now and actually meets the spec instead of claiming support. There are monitors that meet HDR10. Dell's UP271Q even has UHD Premium Certification. It's more expensive, but its also a 4K 10bit monitor. This Samsung we're discussing ...
by Ryu Connor
Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: 31½" 2560x1440 @144Hz FreeSync2 for $550
Replies: 29
Views: 998

Re: 31½" 2560x1440 @144Hz FreeSync2 for $550

I can test it in a few (though I'm otherwise occupied at the moment so can't say when,) my other build is here hooked up to the Omen. I highly doubt FS2 monitors aren't backwards compatible with FS1. Not what I meant by that. My statement is not saying FS1 support doesn't exist. I assume it does. M...
by Ryu Connor
Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: 31½" 2560x1440 @144Hz FreeSync2 for $550
Replies: 29
Views: 998

Re: 31½" 2560x1440 @144Hz FreeSync2 for $550

Freesync 2 is a selling point, but if it's able to kick back to standard Freesync, then the first quote seems a bit misleading. If NVidia supported standard VESA Adaptive Sync, then you'd still have a really nicely spec'ed monitor able to use standard Freesync. I disagree. NVIDIA or Intel: FS2: No....
by Ryu Connor
Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: 31½" 2560x1440 @144Hz FreeSync2 for $550
Replies: 29
Views: 998

Re: 31½" 2560x1440 @144Hz FreeSync2 for $550

Tone mapping being done twice is unnecessary and pointless. That's like scaling being done by the GPU and the TV and the GPU implementation just being ignored and the TV doing it again. Whether it's unnecessary or pointless is also unnecessary and pointless. That's the way it works and AMD FS2 bypa...
by Ryu Connor
Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: 31½" 2560x1440 @144Hz FreeSync2 for $550
Replies: 29
Views: 998

Re: 31½" 2560x1440 @144Hz FreeSync2 for $550

I didn't say it won't do HDR, it does its own proprietary version of HDR. I've said clearly, multiple times, it won't do HDR10. It doesn't meet the standard. It's some half-baked and custom HDR implementation. If a developer makes a game using the 10-bit color and Rec.2020 range of HDR10, then even ...
by Ryu Connor
Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: 31½" 2560x1440 @144Hz FreeSync2 for $550
Replies: 29
Views: 998

Re: 31½" 2560x1440 @144Hz FreeSync2 for $550

I'm still not sure where you read that it's not using HDR10. It's the only standard that makes any sense. Yes, the displays might not meet the standard entirely, but almost nothing does yet. Optimised for HDR gaming, Radeon FreeSync 2 is a compromise between the wider colour gamut of HDR10 / Dolby ...
by Ryu Connor
Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: 31½" 2560x1440 @144Hz FreeSync2 for $550
Replies: 29
Views: 998

Re: 31½" 2560x1440 @144Hz FreeSync2 for $550

Yeah...that's what threw up the red flag for me. The limited HDR is one thing, but shouldn't Freesync 2 be backwards compatible with original Freesync? I'd find it very strange if it wasn't. Presumably standard FS works, the monitor has an option for a "Standard Freesync" mode, but it's m...
by Ryu Connor
Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: 31½" 2560x1440 @144Hz FreeSync2 for $550
Replies: 29
Views: 998

Re: 31½" 2560x1440 @144Hz FreeSync2 for $550

That's almost worth grabbing even if you haven't got a Vega card yet. Someone here was talking about Freesync 2 and HDR recently though, but I can't remember all that was said. Me. That's not an HDR10 or Dolby Vision compliant monitor. Freesync2 HDR is a custom HDR design that's better than sRGB, b...
by Ryu Connor
Sat Sep 30, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: x299 won't POST - HELP!
Replies: 27
Views: 3865

Re: x299 won't POST - HELP!

POST code AF appears to be an, "Exit Boot Services event". To which nobody on the Internet seems able to explain. It's also terribly vague to interpret. By 'boot services' does it mean bootstrapping the board? By 'exit event' does it mean an error stopped initialization? If yes, that means...
by Ryu Connor
Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: x299 won't POST - HELP!
Replies: 27
Views: 3865

Re: x299 won't POST - HELP!

Check for damaged pins in the socket.

Make sure you're not excessively tightening the bolts of the HSF or waterblock. Cooling solutions that are too tightly mounted can result in all sorts of weird problems from dead memory channels to failure to POST.

These were both common failure points on X99.
by Ryu Connor
Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega Meta Analysis
Replies: 130
Views: 5417

Re: Vega Meta Analysis

That pretty much covers at least 90% of HDR displays available from anything I've read...the tech isn't quite there yet. Personally, I'm OK with that. Seems like it'd just serve to be blinding on a monitor. That's why Windows 10 CU maps HDR monitors back into sRGB when enabled. Impressive would be ...
by Ryu Connor
Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega Meta Analysis
Replies: 130
Views: 5417

Re: Vega Meta Analysis

I'm satisfied with the value. Your only requirement is for it to have AMD stamped on the silicon, that's not a high hurdle. If I had continued to use my old 60 Hz fixed refresh rate monitor, a $750 GeForce GTX1080Ti, a $565 GTX1080, a $475 GTX1070 or a GeForce GTX980Ti would have been fine, but the...
by Ryu Connor
Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:11 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2890

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

Some vendors have a device based system that makes it pretty easy to configure. Of course that ease comes with its own set of problems.

Port based QoS should be fine for Windows Update. It just uses http (80) and https (443).
by Ryu Connor
Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2890

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

If they were being smart they'd have it figure out what your maximum downstream is, then back off and use a percentage of that to avoid tanking your bandwidth and latency. They wouldn't have nearly so many people trying to figure out how to disable it if it didn't cause massive disruptions. There a...
by Ryu Connor
Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2890

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

That ... is suboptimal. Meh. LTSB feels too slow, CBB was a nice way to dodge the major bugs, but has always felt very fast. CB is an express elevator to hell. Maybe SAC is the sweet spot. My concern is driver support. NVIDIA has been dropping releases. They've already dropped 1507 aka 10240 suppor...
by Ryu Connor
Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2890

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

Forgive me, but the GPO seems to still be stopping 1703, all 1607 machines here with this policy set are still on 1607 and are not prompting for 1703 to be installed. I'm glad the GPO is still blocking at this time for you. It is not still blocking at this time for me. Manual intervention was requi...
by Ryu Connor
Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2890

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

Thanks for making my point for me. :roll: "The 6-month deferral for 1703 is over." The Defer Update button/GPO (formerly CBB now SAC) no longer stops 1703 . This leaves only the manual tool or a WSUS server to block it. "If not upgraded to soon, there won't be anymore security patches...
by Ryu Connor
Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2890

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

That's odd, if you just installed 10 you should've got 1703 to begin with. "Defer Updates" only stops the version upgrade for 6 months. If you want to defer it longer you have to use Microsoft's Wushowhide.diagcab tool from KB3073930 normally used to hide malfunctioning drivers. Click the...
by Ryu Connor
Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: high disk usage when running apps for the first time after windows startup
Replies: 38
Views: 2081

Re: high disk usage when running apps for the first time after windows startup

In all seriousness though, I haven't even looked at this on Windows in over a decade, but can't you set it to a certain size if you are religiously compelled to mess with it against all reason? That's still got to be much better than just outright disabling it. Yes, you can still manually set the s...
by Ryu Connor
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: high disk usage when running apps for the first time after windows startup
Replies: 38
Views: 2081

Re: high disk usage when running apps for the first time after windows startup

The Linux kernel gets used in a lot of embedded devices, where there is no (or very limited) writable mass storage available. Even if it was controlled via a kernel build option, this would only prompt the "swap is evil" evangelists to post How-Tos explaining the procedure for building a ...
by Ryu Connor
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: high disk usage when running apps for the first time after windows startup
Replies: 38
Views: 2081

Re: high disk usage when running apps for the first time after windows startup

Disabling the page file may be beneficial for certain specific use cases. Normal desktop PC usage is not one of them. Seriously. It's beyond odd this is a discussion in 2017. A swap is always beneficial, full stop. Even in a system with more RAM than needed, the kernel uses the swap for sake of eff...
by Ryu Connor
Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 211
Views: 8934

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

Another minor point, Vega, TDP-wise is maxed out. While the 1080 Ti has a bit more room for overclocking, or at least to stretch its legs in aftermarket OEM versions with GPU boost 3, on average, than Vega should. This currently gives the average 1080 Ti a purportedly larger delta than many of the ...
by Ryu Connor
Sun Aug 27, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Anyone remember how to fix Windows 98?
Replies: 17
Views: 2443

Re: Anyone remember how to fix Windows 98?

Even my internet connection worked. I do hope that that connection is behind an enterprise-grade firewall. Ah, who am I kidding. What hacker expects to find a Win98 machine to exploit these days. Most of today's hackers wouldn't even recognize/grok Win98. Yeah, the OS basically has security through...
by Ryu Connor
Sun Aug 27, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Move icon on SSD W7 desktop, Hdrives wakeup!
Replies: 7
Views: 1546

Re: Move icon on SSD W7 desktop, Hdrives wakeup!

I set my Hard drives to go to sleep after 15 minutes. Now if I move an icon from point A to point B on SSD W7 desktop there is a several second lag before I can move the icon. That has to be the hard drives waking up and that is crazy! I'm now remembering trying this years before and finding that i...
by Ryu Connor
Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: GPU passthrough
Replies: 16
Views: 860

Re: GPU passthrough

Don't have time to watch them now (will probably do so tonight), but the take-home seems to be "If you've got $30K to drop on a server, go for it!! :D From my perspective it shows the technology for this use case isn't cost effective. VDI is a beautiful thing in the business world, but that us...
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