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by Ryu Connor
Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Start Menu and Taskbar Issue
Replies: 6
Views: 605

Re: Windows 10 Start Menu and Taskbar Issue

That usually happens when Cortana becomes corrupt.

Try doing a hard reset of her.
by Ryu Connor
Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 10bit color on Dell P2715q
Replies: 6
Views: 522

Re: 10bit color on Dell P2715q

According to this thread the monitor EDID does not properly report 10-bit color. So you'd need some way to override the EDID and I'm not sure that's worth the trouble. PowerStrip used to be an option for such things, but that software is dead. It's not technically a 10-bit panel, but instead 8-bit ...
by Ryu Connor
Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Disappointed with GTX 1070 Performance, Possible throttling issue?
Replies: 53
Views: 9337

Re: Disappointed with GTX 1070 Performance, Possible throttling issue?

I'm content playing at 2k and honestly don't see myself shelling out not only for a card capable of 4k, but then the associated monitor to go with it. I don't really keep up with display tech though. Is there something in the pipeline worth waiting for knowing that or should I start saving for an e...
by Ryu Connor
Sat Nov 04, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Disappointed with GTX 1070 Performance, Possible throttling issue?
Replies: 53
Views: 9337

Re: Disappointed with GTX 1070 Performance, Possible throttling issue?

Forgive my ignorance, but what are the differences between 1.2a and 1.4? For the Alienware AW3418DW monitor, having higher than DisplayPort 1.2(a) would mean not having to overclock the DisplayPort connection to achieve the maximum refresh rate. Of course as a 4K monitor that Alienware is a bad fit...
by Ryu Connor
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Time to update everything WiFi
Replies: 60
Views: 4635

Re: Time to update everything WiFi

Thanks. I'm probably not going to change the NIC for the time being. Maybe the Windows update is enough, maybe Intel will update older drivers... I'll wait for vulnerability check tools. Having had a chance to delve into the guts of this exploit, I've discovered that JBI's interpretation earlier wa...
by Ryu Connor
Mon Oct 23, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: SO-DIMMS for Everything?
Replies: 34
Views: 1330

Re: SO-DIMMS for Everything?

I believe there are some mitx boards with SO-DIMM slots instead of DIMM slots.

I'll have to Google around and drop in a link here as an edit if I can find them.

Edit:

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/H81TM-ITX%20R2.0/

There we go.
by Ryu Connor
Mon Oct 23, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Time to update everything WiFi
Replies: 60
Views: 4635

Re: Time to update everything WiFi

I don't think there's an updated Intel driver for my NIC. Alas. I'd note Intel Wi-Fi adapters aren't the only one that needs driver updates. Broadcom, MediaTek, Atheros, and RealTek also will need to update their Wi-Fi drivers. Many of those companies don't even have publicly distributed drivers. S...
by Ryu Connor
Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: New AMD FirePro keeps crashing
Replies: 5
Views: 517

Re: New AMD FirePro keeps crashing

The move from GDDR3 to GDDR5 isn't a small one. There are a number of electrical differences in communication. It is within reason that there is some sort of timing bug in the old driver that GDDR3 didn't trip. It's also possible your gut feeling that the driver shouldn't be the issue is right and t...
by Ryu Connor
Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Fall Update Build 1709
Replies: 43
Views: 3713

Re: Windows 10 Fall Update Build 1709

First casualty: The Fall Update has borked the display driver on my HTPC. [...] Hopefully it holds -- although that's some Windows 95-grade hackery, in 2017. Bad Microsoft. No biscuit. Looks like Microsoft made another kernel level change to the graphics subsystem. WDDM has incremented to version 2...
by Ryu Connor
Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Obsolete IT in the wild
Replies: 122
Views: 3987

Re: Obsolete IT in the wild

Glorious wrote:
Yeah, and if you really want to get a feel for what programming one of those things is like, check out this "game" http://www.zachtronics.com/tis-100/


I'm actually pondering buying that after watching some videos of it. I feel like a masochist saying this, but that seems fun.
by Ryu Connor
Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Time to update everything WiFi
Replies: 60
Views: 4635

Re: Time to update everything WiFi

My ultrabook's Centrino-N 6235 updated successfully using the latest version from Intel's web site. Asus' Live Update utility has been useless for some time. You're still unprotected. Intel did not release fixed drivers for the 6235 or any member of the 6000 series family. Only the following driver...
by Ryu Connor
Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Time to update everything WiFi
Replies: 60
Views: 4635

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: 60
Views: 4635

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: 1700

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: 1685

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: 1685

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: 1685

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: 1685

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: 1685

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: 1685

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: 1685

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: 1685

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: 1685

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: 1685

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: 4743

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: 4743

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: 7380

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: 7380

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: 4391

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: 4391

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...
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