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by Topinio
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update
Replies: 27
Views: 1109

Re: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update

It was never unsafe, unless you were in the tiny minority that moved your mapped folders for "my documents" or the like to a different folder/drive but left data in the old locations. That 'tiny minority' includes everyone who set up OneDrive before a particular (unspecified) version / da...
by Topinio
Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2018; wow, is it that time already?
Replies: 92
Views: 3180

Re: TR Frankenbot 2018; wow, is it that time already?

800k-1M PPD here, a Vega 56 and an RX 580 churning away.
by Topinio
Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2018; wow, is it that time already?
Replies: 92
Views: 3180

Re: TR Frankenbot 2018; wow, is it that time already?

I've been unsuccessful trying to get an AMD RX560 to fold for Frakenbot. I did try the few suggestions I saw from googling... except the reinstall windows one. :lol: Some people, being all 'nuke it from orbit, it's the only way to be sure!' (Bonus points for with Linux!!1! ) Seriously, though, pres...
by Topinio
Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2018; wow, is it that time already?
Replies: 92
Views: 3180

Re: TR Frankenbot 2018; wow, is it that time already?

The default config is stupid for CPU slots, absolutely... Does it still hate prime numbers of threads? That was a nice bit of silliness, setting it to n-1 for typical n 's of 4, 6, or 8... Still, forcing it to 6 on a 4C8T used to give n overall 30k+ boost to PPD, now it's a 300k+ net loss. My money'...
by Topinio
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:55 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2018; wow, is it that time already?
Replies: 92
Views: 3180

Re: TR Frankenbot 2018; wow, is it that time already?

True, CPU's have been worth little for ages, but I think there are 2 new things: CPUs have dropped hugely since last year (my FX-8730 by IIRC 2/3 down to 10k) and much worse possibly have become a hinderance to the GPU PPD i.e. a net loss to have both running when last year it was a net win. Also, F...
by Topinio
Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:58 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update
Replies: 27
Views: 1109

Re: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Ye gods. If only there was some way to test this software stuff!
by Topinio
Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2018; wow, is it that time already?
Replies: 92
Views: 3180

Re: TR Frankenbot 2018; wow, is it that time already?

My experience: AMD rather than NVIDIA, but FWIW my Vega + Skylake system was pulling 250-300k combined and is now pulling 630k on just the Vega. Wasn't like that in previous years, so something (OS changes (Spectre &c?), F@H 7.5) is off there. wizardz, did you try pausing the CPU slot and runnin...
by Topinio
Thu Oct 11, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2018; wow, is it that time already?
Replies: 92
Views: 3180

Re: TR Frankenbot 2018; wow, is it that time already?

just added my bone stock GTX970 to the mix. hopefully that helps a bit :) It'll help a lot! Depending on the WUs you get, that should net a good 300K+ PPD. Which is about 3 times the contributor average over the last 7 days 8) (19,562,699 P in the last calendar 7 days is an average 2,794,671 PPD fo...
by Topinio
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update
Replies: 27
Views: 1109

Re: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Wow: from the linked page, where any user used an early [sic] version of the OneDrive client and used the OneDrive settings to turn on the Auto save feature then they would have carried on for years and then suddenly found all the pre-existing contents of their Documents and/or Pictures folders were...
by Topinio
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:00 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: AC:Odyssey requires AVX, won't run on a Pentium Gold
Replies: 31
Views: 1046

Re: AC:Odyssey requires AVX, won't run on a Pentium Gold

That's not going to work reliably. It's going to miss encrypted or compressed stuff. It may not always be able to disassemble properly all types of code (even good disassemblers need manual help). And it's going to give false positives in code with different execution paths for different CPUs. Doh!...
by Topinio
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: AC:Odyssey requires AVX, won't run on a Pentium Gold
Replies: 31
Views: 1046

Re: AC:Odyssey requires AVX, won't run on a Pentium Gold

I'd do it, but despite having played like I think all of the games in the series I haven't gotten it yet. Still doing the new tomb raider. Hah, I haven't even started that one yet :( EDIT: They're patching it out(!), whatever it is, with the next update: Cool, and they've updated the CPU requiremen...
by Topinio
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: AC:Odyssey requires AVX, won't run on a Pentium Gold
Replies: 31
Views: 1046

Re: AC:Odyssey requires AVX, won't run on a Pentium Gold

They added something non-substantial. Maybe even middleware. Either way, this is actually something they can patch out. If you have it installed, you can follow the below to find out: credit to Ohne Kleidung posting at Stack Overflow https://stackoverflow.com/questions/47878352/how-to-check-if-comp...
by Topinio
Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: AC:Odyssey requires AVX, won't run on a Pentium Gold
Replies: 31
Views: 1046

Re: AC:Odyssey requires AVX, won't run on a Pentium Gold

Even that gets kind of complicated. lol idk. There's an obvious uncomplicated solution from the 80s/90s: demo versions. Nowadays, this could be automated and they can include the bare minumum (10-15 minutes?) gameplay in a bunch of 1 to 2 minute segments from different sections of the game, reveal ...
by Topinio
Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: AC:Odyssey requires AVX, won't run on a Pentium Gold
Replies: 31
Views: 1046

Re: AC:Odyssey requires AVX, won't run on a Pentium Gold

I do keep some mild hope this might be the case instead of genuine incompatibility. My last exchange with Ubi support ended with them escalating the case to the dev team. Cool, that's not half bad of them. Thing is, though, the minimum specs listings are really unfit for purpose nowadays: this game...
by Topinio
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: AC:Odyssey requires AVX, won't run on a Pentium Gold
Replies: 31
Views: 1046

Re: AC:Odyssey requires AVX, won't run on a Pentium Gold

Glorious wrote:
You'd have to think that if they were doing this via CPUID, they'd just use the instruction directly and not just take the OS's word for it.

Well, I never underestimate the depths of stupidity when it's a few seconds' work to check.
by Topinio
Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: AC:Odyssey requires AVX, won't run on a Pentium Gold
Replies: 31
Views: 1046

Re: AC:Odyssey requires AVX, won't run on a Pentium Gold

...purely because the CPU detection routine doesn't understand 'Xeon'? Or is it something else, e.g. it doesn't like ECC RAM? But this particular Xeon doesn't use ECC RAM. It works with standard DDR3-1600 sticks and runs on a plain Z97 chipset (the motherboard is ASRock Z97 Pro 4 if anybody's inter...
by Topinio
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:10 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: AC:Odyssey requires AVX, won't run on a Pentium Gold
Replies: 31
Views: 1046

Re: AC:Odyssey requires AVX, won't run on a Pentium Gold

Hmm. Denuvo appears to include VMProtect, which 'involves mutation of the application code with subsequent virtualization' where the 'virtual machine executing virtualized fragments of code is embedded into the [...] code of the protected application' and running 'several different virtual machines ...
by Topinio
Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update
Replies: 27
Views: 1109

Re: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update

End User wrote:
Amateur hour.

These chickens? https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140806 ... c-testers/
Clearly no-one at the time thought they'd come home to roost...
by Topinio
Fri Oct 05, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2018; wow, is it that time already?
Replies: 92
Views: 3180

Re: TR Frankenbot 2018; wow, is it that time already?

I woke up this morning and my rig had frozen; not sure when that happened, but it was sometime over the night. After a successful warp core restart, it's running now. Mine went down sometime about 0700 UTC (0800 BST) not long after I left for work, and I restarted just before 1800 BST when I got ho...
by Topinio
Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2018; wow, is it that time already?
Replies: 92
Views: 3180

Re: TR Frankenbot 2018; wow, is it that time already?

It's looking like it could be 650k from the Vega 56, plus 50k from round about now from the 1030 -- but, hey, every little helps...
by Topinio
Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:54 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2018; wow, is it that time already?
Replies: 92
Views: 3180

Re: TR Frankenbot 2018; wow, is it that time already?

MOSFET wrote:
GTX 1060 6GB and GTX 960 2GB (both EVGA SC single fan) and now contributing ~400k and ~175k, after upgrading both systems to 399.24 from 397.64. This is for Frankie now, but afterwards I have to stay ahead of Topinio! I'm currently 4 ahead, and 2 behind JBI.

:D

... interesting ...
by Topinio
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:33 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2018; wow, is it that time already?
Replies: 92
Views: 3180

Re: TR Frankenbot 2018; wow, is it that time already?

DPete27 wrote:
Ok, so we've got 5 people stating they're pulling in >600k PPD.

Me too, now.
by Topinio
Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2018; wow, is it that time already?
Replies: 92
Views: 3180

Re: TR Frankenbot 2018; wow, is it that time already?

I'm pulling way under where I should be on my RX Vega 56, around 300k, haven't had the time to figure out why. Client v. 7.5.1, driver v 18.9.2, clocks staying above 1.5 GHz The Windows 10 install to the other machine won't let the BD drive work, so the RX 580 is still in the parts box :cry: Edit 2 ...
by Topinio
Thu Sep 27, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Transplant sanity check
Replies: 19
Views: 1818

Re: Transplant sanity check

Update: I tried out Windows 10 1803 and it's definitely a no-go; among several stupidities, it flat-out refuses to recognise my Blu ray drive, LG BH10LS30, and temps are through the roof. On the plus side, the Xonar DX worked under 10, so its issue is software under 8.1 which I'll work on now it's b...
by Topinio
Sun Sep 16, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Should I upgrade my power supply?
Replies: 3
Views: 579

Re: Should I upgrade my power supply?

2 factors that I'd consider would be (i) how cheap and nasty (or otherwise) the existing one is, and (ii) if you can easily afford to put in a good one. i.e. if it's a no-name piece of junk and 8+ years old, it's time for Silicon Heaven; if it's a decent high-quality one e.g. a Seasonic X-series, pr...
by Topinio
Sun Sep 09, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Quick help with Java 9+
Replies: 15
Views: 1120

Re: Quick help with Java 9+

Waco wrote:
C, C++, and Fortran for the win!

Certainly the latter; C seems reasonable enough, not sure about that Python stuff, 'tis a silly place.
by Topinio
Sat Sep 08, 2018 4:11 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Serious bug in macOS High Sierra
Replies: 85
Views: 8477

Re: Serious bug in macOS High Sierra

Hey! That is the same laptop I have too! Is it really bad? I have a new SSD coming to replace the dying HDD and hoped that would speed it up a bit. I'm still on 10.10 currently with 10.13 on a flash drive ready to go. No, it's kinda okay really, so long as I try to keep RAM usage down and accept th...
by Topinio
Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2018; wow, is it that time already?
Replies: 92
Views: 3180

Re: TR Frankenbot 2018; wow, is it that time already?

DancinJack wrote:
Oooof, a RX 580 folding 24/7 sounds brutal to your power bill, mate.

Ah, I don't care about that stuff, ran SLI GTX 470's until I got a good deal on an R9 290X ...
by Topinio
Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2018; wow, is it that time already?
Replies: 92
Views: 3180

Re: TR Frankenbot 2018; wow, is it that time already?

My poor RX Vega, better not let it see the RTX cards' performance.

Hmm, though Frankie might just be the motivation I need to deploy the RX 580 to the HTPC...
by Topinio
Sun Sep 02, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Should i upgrade or am i still fine?
Replies: 8
Views: 817

Re: Should i upgrade or am i still fine?

Should be ok if you step up to 1440 too, if you got VRR, and game at quite high settings but not needing ultra, in all or nearly all games.
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