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by Topinio
Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: [SOLVED] Cheap laptop with good keyboard.
Replies: 25
Views: 846

Re: Cheap laptop with good keyboard.

Lump me in here too. I can "handle" the old style chiclets (though it is FAR from ideal), but the new keyboard is complete and utter trash. Thirded. I have an old MacBook (Late 2009) at home and a my last 3 work laptops have been MacBook Air's (Mid 2009, Mid 2012, Early 2015), and the key...
by Topinio
Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Zen gave 3 and 4 a miss and went straight to 5
Replies: 14
Views: 1203

Re: Zen gave 3 and 4 a miss and went straight to 5

Flying Fox wrote:
To me it is just the usual skipping of 4, not skipping both 3 and 4. Am I reading the subject wrong?

You are correct, TFA mentions Zen 3 twice so post subject is off.

Additionally, Zen+ launched today on Friday 13th so I guess AMD is being fake superstitious here :roll:
by Topinio
Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Zen gave 3 and 4 a miss and went straight to 5
Replies: 14
Views: 1203

Re: Zen gave 3 and 4 a miss and went straight to 5

From the article chuckula linked: As a side note, manufacturers often skip 4 due to its meaning in Chinese culture. It’s an unlucky number because it’s homophonous to the word ‘death’. Something that AMD surely does not want to be associated with Zen architecture. I guess Intel were never bothered a...
by Topinio
Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Something Odd I Just Noticed
Replies: 3
Views: 733

Re: Something Odd I Just Noticed

1) What does the firmware say? In BIOS Setup, can you go to the "BIOS" tab and see what "Windows 10 Features" is set to, "Windows 10" or "Windows 10 WHQL" or "Other OS"? Also what is "CSM Support" set to, "Disabled" or "Enabl...
by Topinio
Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:25 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10, unfixable mess
Replies: 16
Views: 841

Re: Windows 10, unfixable mess

I'm thinking of just switching to latched cables and breaking the latches on the motherboard side: the motherboard's SATA ports are orientated off the board edge and so the cable ends are sitting horizontally with the shortest side downwards, I think this makes them unlikely to come loose on their o...
by Topinio
Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10, unfixable mess
Replies: 16
Views: 841

Re: Windows 10, unfixable mess

Case/disk side is fine for latching cables, motherboard is horrible for it so I haven't :( It came loose on the disk side, as the case has the two 2.5" bays orientated with the SATA cables fighting gravity. Sigh.
by Topinio
Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10, unfixable mess
Replies: 16
Views: 841

Re: Windows 10, unfixable mess

Ding ding, we have a (provisional) winner. I had already checked the SSD's cabling and that of the mechanical E: drive, but your post convinced me to recheck all the damn cables and the SATA cable on the Linux SSD was loose, and reseating it has gotten the Windows install (on a separate SSD) to play...
by Topinio
Sun Apr 08, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10, unfixable mess
Replies: 16
Views: 841

Re: Windows 10, unfixable mess

My hardware is fine, my OS shouldn't be corrupt. Shutdowns have been planned, not crashes. Drastic action should not be necessary. Reinstalls, "refreshes", other major interventions that require huge amounts of energy and time ... just like this issue doing that same thing, it's ridiculous...
by Topinio
Sun Apr 08, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10, unfixable mess
Replies: 16
Views: 841

Re: Windows 10, unfixable mess

I don't think it's hardware, but I'm mostly just venting that Windows is now designed to do nothing and do it slowly, while locking out any attempts to resolve the issues. It's like the designers decided that the product is good enough to not go wrong or to fix itself, against all the evidence. :evil:
by Topinio
Sun Apr 08, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10, unfixable mess
Replies: 16
Views: 841

Windows 10, unfixable mess

It decides it won't boot, taking 30-40 minutes to not do so and give up with "inaccessible boot device" despite showing the boot process from that device for all that time. Says I can restart now. Rinse and repeat 3 times. Then it's "preparing automatic repair" for another 20 min...
by Topinio
Fri Mar 02, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Bitchin'Fast! PC '99
Replies: 47
Views: 3045

Re: Bitchin'Fast! PC '99

Beautiful. This is the stuff that dreams are made of. Gz.
by Topinio
Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Cisco service contracts
Replies: 7
Views: 946

Re: Cisco service contracts

I haven't actually brought anything yet and wanted to arm myself with some questions before speaking to any sales people. Oh, my bad, I took your "I'm having to use a Cisco ASA 5506 for a VPN connection with someone and I'm unsure exactly how the service contract / software update stuff works ...
by Topinio
Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Cisco service contracts
Replies: 7
Views: 946

Re: Cisco service contracts

I have no idea how buying Cisco works as a non-large customer, but would ask who the device was bought from and why can you not talk to them about the Cisco support contract?
by Topinio
Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: How to turn off windows 10 os update?
Replies: 28
Views: 1830

Re: How to turn off windows 10 os update?

Waco wrote:
Bauxite wrote:
I do this for a living...

You and auxy...shouldn't. Bad habits shouldn't come from those that are in a position of authority.

Pretty poor form dragging auxy in just to attack her.
by Topinio
Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: How to turn off windows 10 os update?
Replies: 28
Views: 1830

Re: How to turn off windows 10 os update?

You shouldn't be turning off the updates. Just set the "active" hours to decent times and it'll restart during the night when you're not using the computer. Or whatever time you're not using it. Problems with Windows Update are not restricted to "just" the major inconvenience of...
by Topinio
Sun Jan 21, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid
Replies: 64
Views: 4688

Re: C Code Perfect Storm of Stupid

Waco wrote:
anotherengineer wrote:
FORTRAN 90 FTW :)

Finding anyone who knows Fortran is pretty difficult too. :(

A few of our big codes that run a huge number of core hours are Fortran and we're running out of people who know it well enough to maintain it.

Clearly not paying enough, then -- there are load of us out here :wink:
by Topinio
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 234
Views: 14437

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

Intel published client impact assessment benchmarks, impact is +6 to -21% AFAICT.

Obviously, these are close to besst-case as they are all with CPU well above mid-range let alone low-end, and all Skylake or newer.
by Topinio
Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 234
Views: 14437

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

Intel will likely push Cascade Lake into 2019 due to this bug or simply cancel it in favor Cannon Lake-SP in 2019 which is still on the roadmap last I heard. The rumors are pointing toward Cascade Lake as being a Sky Lake-SP update still on 14 nm due to delays in 10 nm production. One big new featu...
by Topinio
Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Anyone getting hard resets today?
Replies: 15
Views: 949

Re: Anyone getting hard resets today?

My 1709 Home instance is spinning away, it's a very Noddy box though (Atom and 1 GB / 32 GB) so who know when it'll see the patch. My 1703 Pro main system has been failing to install the patch all afternoon, have even resorted to clearing out the Windows Update download directory. The Windows 8.1 Pr...
by Topinio
Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Anyone getting hard resets today?
Replies: 15
Views: 949

Re: Anyone getting hard resets today?

Yeah, I saw that on the AV front -- how is it "unexpected" though? How can Microsoft not have profiling information on all the major AV suites and be able to publish a list of which ones it thinks seem okay?
by Topinio
Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Anyone getting hard resets today?
Replies: 15
Views: 949

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.)
by Topinio
Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia forbids GeForce use in Data Centers...
Replies: 21
Views: 1477

Re: Nvidia forbids GeForce use in Data Centers...

Call me selfish, but as a consumer I'm for this simply because it helps protect me from price inflation, supply shortages, and whatever else massive companies might cause as a result from massive consumer graphics cards orders/deployments. That's unsupported and contrary to evidence. The only thing...
by Topinio
Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:48 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Nvidia forbids GeForce use in Data Centers...
Replies: 21
Views: 1477

Re: Nvidia forbids GeForce use in Data Centers...

Why not instead offer premium support/licensing options for GeForces in the datacenter? The Tesla driver is validated sufficiently to enable an offer of premium support, and this is baked into the TCO. Or, another way to look at it is that the very existence of the Tesla range of boards at its high...
by Topinio
Mon Dec 25, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Help me choose an upgrade for my son's PC
Replies: 21
Views: 2613

Re: Help me choose an upgrade for my son's PC

Also looking at the comparison R9 380 vs GTX 1060, it seems like that would be a great improvement as well, almost doubling the framerate. But if the i3 is already a bottleneck, then it will be even worst for the GTX1060! Yes, on that CPU bottleneck point. On the GPU step, https://www.bit-tech.net/...
by Topinio
Mon Dec 25, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Help me choose an upgrade for my son's PC
Replies: 21
Views: 2613

Re: Help me choose an upgrade for my son's PC

The GTX 1060 is not enough better than the R9 380 to be anything more than a stopgap, IMO: it'd get you from kinda ok to fairly solid, if the rest of the system was decent and could cope -- but in this case, I'd be very surprised if your 2012 i3 isn't the bottleneck holding back the R9. (You could b...
by Topinio
Sun Dec 17, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 1080Ti K|NGP|N or FTW3 Elite Gaming Black? Help me choose between these two cards...
Replies: 14
Views: 1082

Re: 1080Ti K|NGP|N or FTW3 Elite Gaming Black? Help me choose between these two cards...

Is there any evidence that this has ever happened? I'd be surprised if e.g. for $20 one could get 3 replacements of a $60 GPU. I'm not aware of any cases with the ten year warranty. But I've been a member of their forums long enough to see owners getting generational upgrades just with the regular ...
by Topinio
Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:35 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Serious bug in macOS High Sierra
Replies: 83
Views: 4332

Re: Serious bug in macOS High Sierra

Klickey wrote:
Hmm....how irritating. I just updated to High Sierra because it kept announcing me about the update. I did to stop it, and High Sierra does slow my Macbook air early 2015.

You should try it on a MacBook Late 2009 :P
by Topinio
Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:42 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 1080Ti K|NGP|N or FTW3 Elite Gaming Black? Help me choose between these two cards...
Replies: 14
Views: 1082

Re: 1080Ti K|NGP|N or FTW3 Elite Gaming Black? Help me choose between these two cards...

Keep in mind the 10 year warranty carries over to whatever the replacement card is. So I think it is likely the user could expect to end up with a twice, even thrice upgraded GPU over the span of a decade warranty. Is there any evidence that this has ever happened? I'd be surprised if e.g. for $20 ...
by Topinio
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:34 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 1080Ti K|NGP|N or FTW3 Elite Gaming Black? Help me choose between these two cards...
Replies: 14
Views: 1082

Re: 1080Ti K|NGP|N or FTW3 Elite Gaming Black? Help me choose between these two cards...

If you are concerned about reliability, you can buy the cheapest model 1080 Ti and then just use a small portion of the money saved to upgrade it to a 5 (or even 10) year warranty, the cost depends on the model in question. So you have a few options to pick from here. Even a 1080 Ti hydrocopper can...
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