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by Vhalidictes
Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1611
Views: 47695

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Millennials have an inborn sense for what I had to learn from experience: There is no job security. So some of that fear is justified, really. Although the new (to the US) concept of "losing face" is mostly a SJW thing and they have only themselves to blame for fear-of-offending. The job t...
by Vhalidictes
Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: NIST password guidelines updated!
Replies: 38
Views: 985

Re: NIST password guidelines updated!

Most "secure locations" have good security and good observance of rules, sure. The problem is that lots of real work is done in places that aren't nearly that secure. I can't really give any details but some of the places I worked were essentially office parks, and really shouldn't have be...
by Vhalidictes
Wed Aug 16, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: NIST password guidelines updated!
Replies: 38
Views: 985

Re: NIST password guidelines updated!

Guards? In Vermont? I get my info from the dewy-eyed younv tellers wbo hav to be there before opening and are less resistant to an argument from authority attempt. Social engineering is mostly about outfit choice and body language. I can't count the number of times I had to get into a building, hig...
by Vhalidictes
Wed Aug 16, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Guild Wars 2 performance
Replies: 63
Views: 1421

Re: Guild Wars 2 performance

Sorry I can't be more help, Vinceant, but I don't see anything else to try. I'd load up the game myself, but I haven't ever played GW, as you can probably tell from my current location.
by Vhalidictes
Wed Aug 16, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 39
Views: 1781

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

I agree that blaming AMD for wanting to make their cards less attractive for non-gamers is a nonstarter. There's really not much more they can do other than crippling their "game oriented" cards, but doing so it tough for them to accomplish as they benefit from having as few designs as pos...
by Vhalidictes
Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Projectors - need advice
Replies: 12
Views: 383

Re: Projectors - need advice

Whoa, Chrispy_ ... I thought maybe you were exaggerating, but the color-enhancement takes almost a full second to update. Yikes.
by Vhalidictes
Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: What the heck is happening to my internet speeds?
Replies: 18
Views: 882

Re: What the heck is happening to my internet speeds?

Verizon could be throttling traffic, although that's pretty extreme from the numbers given.

I guess the best way to check for that is to configure a VPN service and test again.

Making sure I understand - using an Ethernet cable didn't help, or was it not an option?
by Vhalidictes
Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: What the heck is happening to my internet speeds?
Replies: 18
Views: 882

Re: What the heck is happening to my internet speeds?

The most likely answer is that some other program on your laptop is using the Internet. A second possible answer is that something is wrong with the built-in WiFi card, and you could test with a USB wireless adapter (or check using a wired connection). When not running a speed test, open Task Manage...
by Vhalidictes
Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Threadripper HEDT System Build Idea
Replies: 17
Views: 829

Re: Threadripper HEDT System Build Idea

just brew it! wrote:
I think you're confusing OS software RAID with FakeRAID.


If the OS won't give you RAID 5/6, what alternative do you have except FakeRAID? That's mostly what my post was about, FakeRAID is an alternative to... nothing, at least in the Windows world.
by Vhalidictes
Mon Aug 14, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Threadripper HEDT System Build Idea
Replies: 17
Views: 829

Re: Threadripper HEDT System Build Idea

FakeRAID is an artifact of Windows 7->10 support, or lack thereof. Various RAID modes are even listed (and in some cases, not greyed-out) in Disk Administrator, but the messages you get when trying to enable them are interesting but mostly boil down to "use a different OS". Product segment...
by Vhalidictes
Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Reinstalling Windows 10 on a laptop... and failing
Replies: 12
Views: 382

Re: Reinstalling Windows 10 on a laptop... and failing

Why don't you want to try MBR mode? Some older laptops had severe issues with UEFI installs. Additionally, it appears that your laptop isn't set to boot from USB. Is there a F-key you can hit on startup to choose boot devices? It's typically F10, but could be anything. Thing is, it used to work, so...
by Vhalidictes
Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Reinstalling Windows 10 on a laptop... and failing
Replies: 12
Views: 382

Re: Reinstalling Windows 10 on a laptop... and failing

Why don't you want to try MBR mode? Some older laptops had severe issues with UEFI installs.

Additionally, it appears that your laptop isn't set to boot from USB. Is there a F-key you can hit on startup to choose boot devices? It's typically F10, but could be anything.
by Vhalidictes
Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Guild Wars 2 performance
Replies: 63
Views: 1421

Re: Guild Wars 2 performance

Hmm, based on what people are reporting it might be time to get an AMD card. Depending on how important GW2 performance is.
by Vhalidictes
Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:35 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Quick VNC alternatives for Windows?
Replies: 14
Views: 818

Re: Quick VNC alternatives for Windows?

You can use UltraVNC http://www.uvnc.com/ RDP works well when the host machine is a windows box. RDP has worked fine under windows 8.1. There are RDP clients for Linux that run well too. Like you said you wanted somthing else that's not RDP, check out UltraVNC. He already said in the original post ...
by Vhalidictes
Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Guild Wars 2 performance
Replies: 63
Views: 1421

Re: Guild Wars 2 performance

At this point it's likely the card, but the clocks are correct. I'd simply try another video card if you have one to test with. If the other card works, then you know that the rest of your system is performing well and isn't contributing to the problem. Are you running multiple monitors? It's possib...
by Vhalidictes
Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Guild Wars 2 performance
Replies: 63
Views: 1421

Re: Guild Wars 2 performance

Vinceant, any kind of overclocking or monitoring utility will show that the video card clocks are either not changing or not correct. I do have an idea to try and determine the problem: Does changing the resolution change the framerate significantly? If not, and if you've eliminated CPU issues, then...
by Vhalidictes
Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Quick VNC alternatives for Windows?
Replies: 14
Views: 818

Re: Quick VNC alternatives for Windows?

Why the "no RDP" requirement? IME that has always seemed like the smoothest solution for Windows. RDP has huge problems, as anyone that's tried to use it for support could tell you. I realize that "you can only sign in as one user, and guess what, the other one gets logged out withou...
by Vhalidictes
Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: W10 Pro for Workstations
Replies: 6
Views: 342

Re: W10 Pro for Workstations

Most interested in ReFS here. In my previous tests it's everything I'd want in a filesystem except it's incredibly, unusably slow and does not come with monitoring by default. Wonder if it'll ever be bootable. Bootable isn't a huge problem, although it's not ideal. Things like "no in-line file...
by Vhalidictes
Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Guild Wars 2 performance
Replies: 63
Views: 1421

Re: Guild Wars 2 performance

Sounds like you've covered most of the bases... for your video card drivers and the game itself. A few things to look at: 1) Any programs running in the background that are taking a lot of CPU time? Low frames can be a sign that too much else is going on. You might want to check Task Manager before ...
by Vhalidictes
Fri Aug 11, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: This G3258 goes to 1.7V
Replies: 54
Views: 1739

Re: This G3258 goes to 1.7V

Captain Ned wrote:
Those of us who lived through Socket A will never forget. Those who didn't will never understand just how hard you had to press down on that screwdriver to get the clip to lock and the concomitant feeling of imminent disaster.


Dual Socket A was even more fun. Especially considering the board cost.
by Vhalidictes
Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: (Updated) AMD (does?) want TR to report on TR
Replies: 86
Views: 3791

Re: AMD Doesn't want TR to report on TR

Waco wrote:
Glorious wrote:
My entire point is that AMD *did* realize that, and hence TR didn't get one.

I really hope that is not the case.


Early reviews seem to indicate that TR is .... mispriced, I guess. Not terrible or anything, but not an awesome value either, even considering that it's HEDT.
by Vhalidictes
Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup
Replies: 57
Views: 1957

Re: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup

OK who's here is going to buy or build a Threadripper system? And what are you going to use 16c/32t and 60 PCIe lanes for? I'm going to build a gaming rig based on either a 1950X or a 7900X. The manually enabled Legacy Compatibility Mode for games that can't handle more than 20 logical CPU cores no...
by Vhalidictes
Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Computer starts for 3-5 seconds, resets, stays on but does nothing.
Replies: 31
Views: 1062

Re: Computer starts for 3-5 seconds, resets, stays on but does nothing.

Rageypoo, the only other thing I can think of is that the BIOS needs a update for Broadwell. That said, you almost certainly are using a Haswell CPU, right? It does match the symptoms, but given the replies to this thread I would strongly suggest: 1) Remove/unplug everything you can and then re-conn...
by Vhalidictes
Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Computer starts for 3-5 seconds, resets, stays on but does nothing.
Replies: 31
Views: 1062

Re: Computer starts for 3-5 seconds, resets, stays on but does nothing.

I noticed u crossed out heatsink contact...could the CPU fan stopping and the PC restarting be due to that? I didn't tighten it down very hard, mostly with my hands. It very well could, but usually in that case the machine will power down completely. You definitely could check again to make sure, t...
by Vhalidictes
Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Computer starts for 3-5 seconds, resets, stays on but does nothing.
Replies: 31
Views: 1062

Re: Computer starts for 3-5 seconds, resets, stays on but does nothing.

1) Check to make sure that the motherboard isn't grounded to the case. Standoffs that are touching the board without being screwed in (or maybe the motherboard hole for that spot is missing). 2) Check to make sure that everything plugged into the motherboard is securely/completely connected. Specifi...
by Vhalidictes
Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Grim Dawn - The Diablo 2 Successor We Deserve
Replies: 25
Views: 3360

Re: Grim Dawn - The Diablo 2 Successor We Deserve

There's actually another major difference which I failed to consider, and it goes right along with the atmosphere: Realism of quests, characters, and the game world. In the original Diablo, the characters are just regular townsfolk, with quests that seem somewhat reasonable if this sort of thing we...
by Vhalidictes
Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Poll: How did you primarily check out the reviews of the AMD ThreadRipper?
Replies: 11
Views: 407

Re: Poll: How did you primarily check out the reviews of the AMD ThreadRipper?

I can read reviews at work. I can't watch videos there, and I can't multitask while listening to something.

Hopefully by the time it's mandatory I'll be able to watch videos at home, but for now the kids are monopolizing the PC.
by Vhalidictes
Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup
Replies: 57
Views: 1957

Re: OMG ThreadRipper Review Roundup

OK who's here is going to buy or build a Threadripper system? And what are you going to use 16c/32t and 60 PCIe lanes for? You don't really need that many lanes, no, but it is nice to have a motherboard with more than one M.2 socket. Technically it looks like TR boards can have 7 devices from the C...
by Vhalidictes
Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)
Replies: 41
Views: 987

Re: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)

I noped out of Windows' software RAID on first encounter, on discovering the implemented idea of needing a manually-created fault tolerant boot floppy containing the files necessary to boot from the "other" disk, i.e. the mirror is a copy not an equivalent. Sadly, this first encounter was...
by Vhalidictes
Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?
Replies: 49
Views: 1655

Re: I need some help, gerbils! Which are the quiet consumer hard drives?

Modern HDDs are pretty quiet for the most part. They have been that way ever since they moved to fluid bearings. You get better luck with using noise damping kits/mounts if you feel that modern HDDs are too loud for your tastes. This. Avoid Toshiba/ "true 7200 RPM" drives and you'll be fi...
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