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by Ryu Connor
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Blurry BIOS screen
Replies: 20
Views: 905

Re: Blurry BIOS screen

My 3008wfp does this sometimes. Other times it gets confused during the boot process and goes to sleep. I personally blamed the fact that this monitor is DP 1.1 and one of the first DP monitors to reach the market. Based on your post I'm guessing the Displayport negotiation process must not be bulle...
by Ryu Connor
Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: How to turn off windows 10 os update?
Replies: 28
Views: 1222

Re: How to turn off windows 10 os update?

This thread was created by a stealth spammer. One of those sign up, create what appears to be meaningful content, wait many days, and then add advertising links. Given the origination of this thread and that Waco has answered this topic correctly, it's time to lock this up. It's for the best. As a f...
by Ryu Connor
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Did you know there's a .google TLD?
Replies: 7
Views: 240

Re: Did you know there's a .google TLD?

Because DNS is hierarchical.
by Ryu Connor
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4636

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

As for design by committee, most decisions on ui are now made by that telemetry you all complain about so much. That's come back to haunt them as well. Link However, speaking to PC Pro at TechEd in Amsterdam, a senior Microsoft executive told us that the old Start menu had already fallen out of fav...
by Ryu Connor
Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Did you know there's a .google TLD?
Replies: 7
Views: 240

Re: Did you know there's a .google TLD?

Not surprising. ICANN opened up the ability to purchase TLDs a few years back. There were fears that trademarked names would be bought by individuals other than those who own the registered trademark. http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/Intelligence/Online-Brand-Enforcement/2015/Chapters/Generic-top...
by Ryu Connor
Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Fresh install Windows 10 Pro - Windows Updates will not run - SOLVED
Replies: 19
Views: 785

Re: Fresh install Windows 10 Pro - Windows Updates will not run

Windows does not require activation for updates. This is an intentional design choice by Microsoft to help prevent widespread viral outbreaks.
by Ryu Connor
Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Let's take a look at the VP9 decoding performance of 20 different processors!
Replies: 31
Views: 2332

Re: Let's take a look at the VP9 decoding performance of 19 different processors!

I doubt SSE3 or later matter much. It's my understanding that SS3 and later were designed to cater to certain niche mathematical needs, that SSE and SSE2 cover everything you'd generally want an x87 FPU to do.
by Ryu Connor
Mon Jan 29, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 208
Views: 9104

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

The latest news from Saturday is we now need an emergency out-of-band Windows update to roll back the kernel mitigation for Spectre variant 2 because it may cause data loss and/or corruption in addition to the known rebooting issue. On top of that, Intel says to stop patching microcode/firmware upd...
by Ryu Connor
Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: ASUS Z-97-A No planned BIOS Update Spectre
Replies: 9
Views: 456

Re: ASUS Z-97-A No planned BIOS Update Spectre

I'd note that Edge and IE11 also contain Spectre specific JS mitigations. The Spectre and Meltdown kernel vulnerabilities do not change the risk profile for end users. In fact I'd even go so far as to argue disabling the kernel protections and regaining performance doesn't increase risk for this aud...
by Ryu Connor
Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Microcode update killed my CPU or just corrupt BIOS?
Replies: 30
Views: 1900

Re: Microcode update killed my CPU or just corrupt BIOS?

The CrashFree BIOS function is not as user friendly as it should be. Use the renaming tool to make sure you got the file name correct: http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/misc/utils/BRenamerl.zip Make sure to try multiple different USB ports. There typically is only one port that actually works. Make s...
by Ryu Connor
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Video card prices
Replies: 289
Views: 11944

Re: Video card prices

Kougar wrote:
GTX 570's don't have displayport. That wasn't a thing on any 500 model cards.


The 590 had DisplayPort.

So did some models of the 570.
by Ryu Connor
Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:04 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Recommended NAS Devices
Replies: 38
Views: 1397

Re: Recommended NAS Devices

FreeNAS is great indeed but you should be aware that the ZFS file system which is the standard and recommended choice is designed to be used with ECC memory so it should be used with an ECC-capable platform only. I have the smallest config with the G1610 CPU which is plenty of power for my needs, b...
by Ryu Connor
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Modded legacy BIOS for Meltdown/Spectre
Replies: 24
Views: 819

Re: Modded legacy BIOS for Meltdown/Spectre

Sadly I tried the Window's microcode patching using the VMWare tool and it does *NOT* patch it because Windows loads it's own microcode driver AFTER the part of the kernel that is running the patch, so it does not enable the protection. Unfortunate that a third party tool also fails. According to t...
by Ryu Connor
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Modded legacy BIOS for Meltdown/Spectre
Replies: 24
Views: 819

Re: Modded legacy BIOS for Meltdown/Spectre

Just as a note, there is microcode updates for all kinds of processors in the package, but Intel hasn't released any *new* microcode updates for anything older than Haswell. I suppose they had to draw a line somewhere, but especially in the data center 5 years seems fairly short. IvyBridge-E, EN, E...
by Ryu Connor
Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Modded legacy BIOS for Meltdown/Spectre
Replies: 24
Views: 819

Re: Modded legacy BIOS for Meltdown/Spectre

As an aside, there is a better resource for this type of work here:

https://www.win-raid.com/t785f16-Discus ... s-226.html

The latest posts have successes from Z97 and X79 boards in updating their microcode to include the Spectre fixes.
by Ryu Connor
Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Modded legacy BIOS for Meltdown/Spectre
Replies: 24
Views: 819

Re: Modded legacy BIOS for Meltdown/Spectre

Glorious wrote:
I believe there is a way to do something similar with Windows, but someone more knowledgeable will have to chime in.


Windows does have the ability, but end users can't manage it.
by Ryu Connor
Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 208
Views: 9104

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

ludi wrote:
Is that your voice-over? Remove the southern accent and you could probably wake up Ok Google on my phone.


Are you saying I sound like you with a southern accent?
by Ryu Connor
Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 208
Views: 9104

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

https://youtu.be/W-AHuwfyLoo

I made a video that shows you how to manage the Meltdown and Spectre patch, e.g. status, enable, disable, in Windows.

For those of you with legacy systems, how to disable the KPTI changes is most likely of interest.
by Ryu Connor
Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 208
Views: 9104

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

PCID and INVPCID would require significant work to the Windows 7 kernel. So if the patch lacks the hardware acceleration path, I would not be surprised. Windows 7 is outside of mainstream support, Microsoft not gonna waste their time tweaking the kernel. Server 2008 and Server 2012 don't even have a...
by Ryu Connor
Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates
Replies: 117
Views: 6326

Re: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates

I'm in the exact same situation (with a 6S), save the battery was never originally replaced at all. The inconvenience of even going to the store once and knowing they'll fix the phone is prohibitive. Ain't doing it twice, and ain't doing it at all unless it's guaranteed to work. :lol: My 6S was eli...
by Ryu Connor
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates
Replies: 117
Views: 6326

Re: iPhone slowdowns with subsequent iOS updates

They don't have to service a machine that's been touched by a third party, regardless of warranty status. They make a change and then you return saying, hey, this thing is doing X and it didn't used to do X. Now they've got dilemma. Did they cause X? Or did the previous repair cause X and change Y f...
by Ryu Connor
Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 208
Views: 9104

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

I can confirm that Ivy Bridge and older systems, that do have PCID but not INVPCID, are considered to lack hardware acceleration by the Microsoft patch.
by Ryu Connor
Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Windows loves this folder more than a mama bear loves its cubs
Replies: 15
Views: 1567

Re: Windows loves this folder more than a mama bear loves its cubs

I tried that trick to disable Cortana (by taking control then denying all read access) and after a reboot, my start menu would no longer accept input when raised. :roll: https://media.giphy.com/media/Ow59c0pwTPruU/giphy.gif Did you ever succeed in disabling Cortana without the side effects? There's...
by Ryu Connor
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 208
Views: 9104

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

I would put it this way: What tasks was the machine performing prior to Meltdown and can it perform them post Meltdown? To be fair, I'm mostly asking "for Science!" This machine represents the worst possible case. For me this box is a guinea pig and it will continue to perform that unplea...
by Ryu Connor
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Anyone getting hard resets today?
Replies: 15
Views: 696

Re: Anyone getting hard resets today?

So, has Microsoft only patched Windows 10 release 1709 (on 2018-01-03) ? (Like Apple only patched macOS 10.13, on 2017-12-03, also with partial mitigation only.) According to Microsoft patches for RTM, 1511, 1607, 1703, 1709 have been released. I'd assume some of those are only eligible if they are...
by Ryu Connor
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 208
Views: 9104

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

I had a chance to play with the patch today. I can confirm that on Windows Server the Administrator must choose to enable the protections. On Windows Client the protection are automatically enabled and you must choose to disable the protections. Switching between enabled and disabled is as easy as t...
by Ryu Connor
Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 208
Views: 9104

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

I'm guessing that bug has something to so with AV makers injecting their DLLs into every process. But I don't see what they could be doing that would break when kernel memory is unmapped. Never underestimate how bad AV software is. There are a couple of wrinkles. During testing, Microsoft found tha...
by Ryu Connor
Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 208
Views: 9104

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... true#gid=0

A managed list of AV vendors who have or haven't set the correct registry key in Windows to receive the KPTI patch.