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by Mentawl
Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Crashplan for Home is going away, looking for computer to computer backup alternatives
Replies: 13
Views: 908

Re: Crashplan for Home is going away, looking for computer to computer backup alternatives

I had the same issue, carrying out peer-to-peer backups from my mum/sister/brother's PC to my little home server, and a backup of my stuff to an old HP MicroServer offsite too. Best option I've found so far is BuddyBackup, which seems to do most of what Crashplan peer-to-peer was doing, with the exc...
by Mentawl
Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Server Case w/Hot Swappable - Need Recommendations
Replies: 15
Views: 962

Re: Server Case w/Hot Swappable - Need Recommendations

Do like Supermicro cases for just about any size of server.

Maybe the SuperChassis 743TQ-865B-SQ?

https://www.supermicro.com/products/cha ... TQ-865B-SQ
by Mentawl
Thu Apr 20, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Horrible Netflix playback on laptops
Replies: 48
Views: 3717

Re: Horrible Netflix playback on laptops

@kvndoom Have you tried forcing either the Intel or nVidia card to be used when your browser is running? Right click desktop > nVidia Control Panel > Manage 3D settings (I know, but it's not just 3D settings!) > Program Settings tab For step 1, click the "Add" button and pick your browser ...
by Mentawl
Tue Apr 11, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Your GPU Sucks: Unigine Superposition Released
Replies: 44
Views: 5233

Re: Your GPU Sucks: Unigine Superposition Released

synthtel2 wrote:
Looks like their servers are getting hammered. My download is variable in the 50-200 KB/s range.


The torrent is nice and fast (use the wee drop-down next to the download button) :)
by Mentawl
Sun Mar 19, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Only 2 ports in the Storm.
Replies: 11
Views: 1431

Re: Only 2 ports in the Storm.

Any particular reason you're not using the M.2 slot on the board itself? What's happened is that by forcing PCI-E slot #3 into x4 mode, you've disabled SATA 5 and 6 - take a look at the Asus spec page (https://www.asus.com/uk/Motherboards/SABERTOOTH-Z170-MARK-1/specifications/) for the board: "...
by Mentawl
Thu Mar 09, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone upgrade advice
Replies: 80
Views: 2759

Re: Headphone upgrade advice

Have a look at the AKG K550s, too. Love mine, especially with the little FIIO DAC I splurged on, too.

Particularly good headphones if you have a larger head.
by Mentawl
Thu Sep 15, 2016 4:50 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Monitoring kids devices
Replies: 61
Views: 2400

Re: Monitoring kids devices

Cisco's Meraki MDM solution - Systems Manager - can be used to manage upto 100 devices free. One of my colleagues in work uses it for his kid's iOS devices, seems fairly comprehensive. They use it to remotely disable apps if a child is misbehaving, and to monitor what's being done on the devices. ht...
by Mentawl
Sun May 08, 2016 6:55 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Software Update Destroys $286 Million Japanese Satellite
Replies: 40
Views: 3839

Re: Software Update Destroys $286 Million Japanese Satellite

"It's cool guys, we can cut down on testing time so we can meet the deadline/budget/whatnot." <-- says every project manager ever.

Oh, look what happened.

Not that I'm a bitter test analyst or anything.
by Mentawl
Sun Apr 17, 2016 8:24 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: New Low-Cost PC Platform: Apollo Lake with Goldmont Cores
Replies: 48
Views: 3921

Re: New Low-Cost PC Platform: Apollo Lake with Goldmont Core

If I could buy one of these systems maybe at the 12"-13" size, decent keyboard and trackpad, 1080p screen, 4gb of RAM and either a 2.5" drive I could replace or failing that an MSATA slot, I'd buy it in an instant. Sadly most seem to be using 32GB integrated storage and 2GB of RAM tha...
by Mentawl
Wed Apr 13, 2016 2:26 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Disabling a file server's internet connection
Replies: 22
Views: 2080

Re: Disabling a file server's internet connection

Set Windows update to manual, then you can just update it when it suits you. Keeps the box happy, keeps you happy.

Ditto with AV, have it do scheduled scans or put in some exceptions for your media folders.
by Mentawl
Mon Apr 11, 2016 12:15 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Adding HDDs to Storage Pool w/SATA card?
Replies: 19
Views: 1758

Re: Adding HDDs to Storage Pool w/SATA card?

MS Storage Pools are pretty much drive-and-controller agnostic - as long as Windows sees the drives, it doesn't matter what controller etc they're on. Should work fine, though as you've said, having a pool with 8 individual disks and no resilience of any kind is rather dangerous, if you use the enti...
by Mentawl
Thu Mar 10, 2016 10:09 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Overload - 6DOF shooter, original Descent developers
Replies: 7
Views: 1351

Re: Overload - 6DOF shooter, original Descent developers

Thanks for linking :) took me back a long way playing that teaser demo, hopefully the Kickstarter reaches its goal :)
by Mentawl
Wed Jan 20, 2016 3:17 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Build systems or VMs?
Replies: 85
Views: 4835

Re: Build systems or VMs?

It's not a bad idea. I bought and scavenged the parts from a 1U server to give me a dual socket 1366 board with a pair of L5630 Xeons (they're the quad 40w ones, versus the 80w E5620s) and 24gb of RAM on a Supermicro X8DTL-i. It pulls around 110w idle (from a 240v supply) with 4 HDDs and 2 SSDs and ...
by Mentawl
Thu Jan 14, 2016 2:16 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Intel is full of crap, or IGPs are not there yet...
Replies: 47
Views: 2773

Re: Intel is full of crap, or IGPs are not there yet...

Meh, if by "mainstream gamers" they mean people who play games that could also be played on your average mobile device, then they're right. Until Intel's onboard GPUs can compete with those in the mainstream consoles (IE provide the same experience performance/quality wise in the majority ...
by Mentawl
Thu Dec 31, 2015 1:34 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: sql "swirlies" switch configuration
Replies: 3
Views: 1011

Re: sql "swirlies" switch configuration

JBI is probably right about it not beign the networking, but it is a bit of a fundamentally inefficient network setup with the chaining, depending on the number of clients on each switch. What you suggested would almost certainly be better, having 2&1 plug into 3, with the server hanging off 3. ...
by Mentawl
Thu Nov 26, 2015 6:06 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: 2TB storage drive - WD Black vs. Blue or Hitachi/Toshiba?
Replies: 59
Views: 8053

Re: 2TB storage drive - WD Black vs. Blue or Hitachi/Toshiba

For what it's worth, I've had 4x Toshiba DT01ACA300 running in my HP Microserver for over 2 years now without a murmur, and just recently bought a DT01ACA200 for my desktop to replace an ageing pair of Samsung HD204UI 2TB drives (I just don't need 4TB in my desktop any more, so went down to a single...
by Mentawl
Wed Sep 23, 2015 4:21 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Upgrading a drive with redirected folders
Replies: 16
Views: 1185

Re: Upgrading a drive with redirected folders

Just clone it with both drives plugged in, shutdown, remove "old" drive, boot up into WinPE from F8 or a Windows bootable disc/USB and use Diskpart to shunt the "new" drive onto the drive letter previously occupied by the "old" drive. Reboot again, Windows should come u...
by Mentawl
Wed Sep 16, 2015 4:22 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Work monitors suggestion
Replies: 9
Views: 1139

Re: Work monitors suggestion

Something like the Dell P2314H would be a decent bet - http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/prod ... u=320-9799

$220 with a 3-year fast warranty, matt anti-glare IPS panel and a good stand.
by Mentawl
Fri Aug 28, 2015 11:34 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: "Show windows side by side" in Windows 10 behaviour
Replies: 2
Views: 668

"Show windows side by side" in Windows 10 behaviour

So, just wondering if I'm going crazy, or if it's some other program interfering with this: Under Windows 7, 8.1 and Server 2012, if I have three (say explorer) windows open, and I right click the task bar and select "Show windows side by side", it arranges them as follows: https://dl.drop...
by Mentawl
Mon Jul 20, 2015 1:49 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: High Ping with LoL - At a loss
Replies: 27
Views: 6404

Re: High Ping with LoL - At a loss

My first instinct, considering your wife is getting on fine on the same connection and games as you, would be to try wiring directly to the router with some CAT5 to see if it's the Wireless NIC that's causing your problems, because it kinda sounds like that to me. Should only cost a handful of $ to ...
by Mentawl
Tue Jul 07, 2015 2:40 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: PC shuts down with too many hard-drives
Replies: 24
Views: 2387

Re: PC shuts down with too many hard-drives

Sounds like the PSU is probably not fine, can you confirm the rest of the components and the brand/wattage of the PSU?
by Mentawl
Fri May 22, 2015 6:01 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Cheap socket 1155 HSF with secure mounting hardware?
Replies: 6
Views: 2470

Re: Cheap socket 1155 HSF with secure mounting hardware?

Coupl've options just from searching Newegg: Masscool 8W2002B1M4 has decent reviews @ $13 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150121 Dynatron K5 @ $18 - Dynatron tend to make decent stuff : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835114136 Thermaltake CLP0556-D -...
by Mentawl
Sat May 16, 2015 9:25 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Home Server - Media +
Replies: 15
Views: 2391

Re: Home Server - Media +

My suggestion initially would be to undervolt/possibly underclock the Q6600 and buy an ancient PCI GPU (a Matrox Millenuim or similar) for $10 or so from your favourite used-parts site. This has the advantage of not having to disassemble the existing box and being cheap. Buying several hundred bucks...
by Mentawl
Thu Apr 16, 2015 11:49 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: MOV file appears damaged
Replies: 34
Views: 3138

Re: MOV file appears damaged

Could well be a codec problem.

Codec packs like KLite Codec Pack can reinstall and "detect broken" codec settings, might be worth install the latest basic version of it and see if that fixes it.
by Mentawl
Fri Apr 03, 2015 7:54 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSI - Solid State Impatience
Replies: 56
Views: 6572

Re: SSI - Solid State Impatience

As soon as I can afford a 256gb SSD I'm gonna see if I can just replace it myself. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148820 $110. I'm in the UK, sadly. And I just bought my first home at the end of last year, plus my car service/MOT and insurance is all due this month. Being ...
by Mentawl
Fri Apr 03, 2015 6:01 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSI - Solid State Impatience
Replies: 56
Views: 6572

Re: SSI - Solid State Impatience

Biggest problem is that HDDs are slow enough before you pile on the various stripes of disk encryption, AV and inventory tools required by larger corporations. Most of those are highly IO intensive. My otherwise really nice work laptop is held back immensely by the HDD, even though it's a 7200RPM Hi...
by Mentawl
Sun Mar 15, 2015 10:39 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Consindering my options for doubling the RAM in my Tower
Replies: 11
Views: 1468

Re: Consindering my options for doubling the RAM in my Tower

If you're interested in maximum stability, look for memory that's on the motherboard manufacturer's QVL for that particular board- although that can be difficult with 8gb DIMMs. If in doubt, don't go for "gamer" RAM or stuff that runs on a higher voltage than stock (stock is 1.35v or 1.5v,...
by Mentawl
Sun Feb 22, 2015 10:53 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: I think I found the problem
Replies: 19
Views: 1917

Re: I think I found the problem

From the home of someone who smokes indoors, by any chance?
by Mentawl
Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:41 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Who is still using PCI slots these days?
Replies: 117
Views: 17538

Re: Who is still using PCI slots these days?

Also worth pointing out that there are a limited number of PCI-E lanes on any given Intel chipset. Z87/Z97 support 16 PCI-E 3.0 lanes from the CPU, generally always split between one or two (sometimes three) GPU slots. Then there are only 8 PCI-E 2.0 lanes from the chipset: -If you want a third GPU ...
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