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by synthtel2
Wed Sep 13, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2278

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

QoS requires routers to be a bit smarter than I thought then, but it makes sense that they would be.
by synthtel2
Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2278

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

It does not just use 80 and 443 - it was using a whole bunch of them up in the 47000 range.
by synthtel2
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2278

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

The QoS I'm familiar with takes significant setup to be much help if the usage patterns aren't trivially predictable - am I missing something? I've seen a lot of factory-supplied QoS rule lists in routers, but never yet one comprehensive enough to do much generally-applicable good. (Cheapo routers c...
by synthtel2
Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2278

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

The Fall Update that's coming soon will give more direct access to deal with this problem . Now *that's* useful. Oh great, two steps forward and one step back -- the backwards step being the 4-5 levels of options needed to access that point. This is exactly the sort of long beard the traditional Wi...
by synthtel2
Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2278

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

The first time (night before last) I fired off the updater, it threw a highly ambiguous error and wouldn't do anything. Last night, it looked like it was working, but now it's hung here at "preparing to install updates 16%" with no CPU or network use. Reboot and try a third time I guess? T...
by synthtel2
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2278

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

Windows 7 would do this, though. It just wasn't as frequent because patches and service updates tended to come in larger lumps, but less often. I know your pain because we had a 1.5 mbps DSL connection up until this year. But it wasn't just the PCs that would saturate the connection when applying u...
by synthtel2
Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2278

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

I've got nothing against 1703 (AFAIK) and don't want to defer it by more than a few days. What I've got a problem with is Windows using 30-50 connections to 8.254.250.206 to download it and making the connection completely useless for anything else. I did have torrents disabled, and all of the conne...
by synthtel2
Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:34 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2278

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

it hogs the entire downlink (thereby ruining gaming) whenever it feels like it This just got much, much worse. I want to do some gaming, it's downloading update 1703, it's going to take all night, it's got a bajillion connections downloading it in parallel so absolutely nothing else can get through...
by synthtel2
Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2278

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

Under Power Options, pick the completely unintuitive "Choose what the power button does" on the left, then untick "Turn on fast startup." I'll try that one. Thanks (and thanks to ludi also). That, and it doesn't bother with the normal-since-forever clean unmounting of the disk p...
by synthtel2
Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Planetside 2 per-component benchmarking
Replies: 17
Views: 2125

Re: Planetside 2 per-component benchmarking

It isn't directly comparable due to the OS change and intervening game updates, of course, but on an R7 1700 with RAM at 2133 (for now) it's typically (mostly CPU-limited) 80-120 fps and never below 60. Now I want to max out this monitor at 144 though. :lol: I'll see what RAM does whenever I get aro...
by synthtel2
Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Pulseaudio or MOC issue on pause/play
Replies: 24
Views: 1818

Re: Pulseaudio or MOC issue on pause/play

This has been a driver issue, not a hardware issue - the mic is fine in Windows.
by synthtel2
Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2278

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

Everything went well. Windows still makes me WTF-were-they-thinking about every 5 minutes I spend dealing with it, and it hogs the entire downlink (thereby ruining gaming) whenever it feels like it, but it is at least out of the way when not in use. Boot target switch is via UEFI - Linux is default,...
by synthtel2
Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:01 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2278

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

Alright, my brother is using a 128GB SSD OS drive and 512GB SSD game drive, and all of his stuff will fit on the 512 easily. We'll musical-drives some data around so I can use the 128 for Windows. Does Win7 get upset at all if it finds itself mirrored to a strange drive? When that happens to Linux, ...
by synthtel2
Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2278

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

Windows does not seem to consider removable media to be a valid install target.
by synthtel2
Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2278

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

I was including draw call cost and so on in CPU-side load. If the game's render thread has to wait longer than usual on drivers, translation, or whatever, it can tank performance pretty quickly without loading down the GPU. When Wine has issues, this usually seems to be why, and it seems like this V...
by synthtel2
Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2278

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

I don't even have a good enough mental model of how VMWare might be doing that to know where the performance hit would be. If it's GPU-side, no problem, low settings are the most competitive anyway IMHO. If it's CPU-side, it may make it tough to get 100+ fps. Resource allocation wouldn't be an issue...
by synthtel2
Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2278

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

I had no idea that worked so well! It looks like it does on Workstation Player, which is free, right? Do you know much about the performance hit? Spec Ops on a 980 Ti isn't the most intensive load.
by synthtel2
Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:38 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2278

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

https://github.com/zeffy/wufuc Thanks, but it doesn't seem like a good bet that MS will let that stand indefinitely, and a Win8.1 install with that sort of trouble would be even more obnoxious than 10. The way I understood your initial post the main objective was-- " The point is, getting the ...
by synthtel2
Mon Sep 04, 2017 12:26 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2278

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

If you have a old spinning rust lying around do a test. Install Windows on drive first-then create second partition and install Linux-Test run............... You could reverse the order,but I think windows first would be better,and 7 would probably be better than 10. good luck.............. What's ...
by synthtel2
Sun Sep 03, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New system... I guess
Replies: 26
Views: 1271

Re: New system... I guess

CMR16GX4M2C3466C16 That set should work at 3466? Or is that a pipedream? Is there any funky initial setup I need to do to get that to work at 3466 with ryzen? Yeah if there is a sweet spot for ram on ryzen, I'm fine with that. I would rather have a dimms that were low maintenance and at the sweet s...
by synthtel2
Sun Sep 03, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Audio - Aorus X299 Gaming 9 vs. Creative AE5
Replies: 4
Views: 271

Re: Audio - Aorus X299 Gaming 9 vs. Creative AE5

The Gigabyte looks like an ALC1220 and one of these . My ASRock AB350 Gaming-ITX/ac with an ALC1220 has issues, but when it's working right, it sounds pretty good aside from a terrible damping factor. That op-amp looks fine and should be able to manage much better damping factors. The Creative hardw...
by synthtel2
Sun Sep 03, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2278

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

SSDs aren't really something I want to buy used unless I can verify SMART data first. 320s are a good idea, though.

In an NCase M1, I don't have anywhere to put a hot-swap bay. It's a great idea for a bigger build.
by synthtel2
Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Need ideas for my next game...
Replies: 20
Views: 1017

Re: Need ideas for my next game...

I can't say much about most of that list, but Homeworld Remastered is amazing. In my book, HB-style direct distribution and GOG are the best, Steam is close behind, and those three are miles ahead of basically everything else. GOG isn't always quite as polished as Steam, but they win on general tran...
by synthtel2
Fri Sep 01, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 2278

Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

I'm going to need to have some kind of basic Windows environment handy for software testing, and I really really want to play Planetside 2 (which doesn't work in Wine anymore due to some anti-cheat they added). Mumble and maybe 1 or 2 other games will be the rest of it. Wine-staging is good enough a...
by synthtel2
Thu Aug 31, 2017 12:16 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Pulseaudio or MOC issue on pause/play
Replies: 24
Views: 1818

Re: Pulseaudio or MOC issue on pause/play

I don't even remember which reviews I might have read on it, honestly. It's been a while. Issues with low or high impedance? With Grado SR80es, my typical listening levels are 65-80 dB below max, and if the damping factor somehow still isn't into the range where it doesn't matter, it's at least clea...
by synthtel2
Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Pulseaudio or MOC issue on pause/play
Replies: 24
Views: 1818

Re: Pulseaudio or MOC issue on pause/play

A Behringer UCA202 just arrived, and in addition to the now all-important ADC side, no other source I've ever owned comes close to this thing at sound quality. In a real first, it's got zero NFB-oid blur to the best I can distinguish. Problem solved, no regrets (other than a bit of wasted time). :D
by synthtel2
Tue Aug 29, 2017 2:30 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Case Fan
Replies: 9
Views: 890

Re: Case Fan

I'll third Cougar and second Noctua. Noctua is the gold standard of fan reliability, but their 120mm options are a bit weak for the moment IMHO, and Cougar might be better. I've got first-hand experience with all of the below except the P12 and A12: * Noctua F12: It's reliable and all that, but it's...
by synthtel2
Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Which upgrade for more FPS, from an i5-3570K GTX 970
Replies: 22
Views: 1667

Re: Which upgrade for more FPS, from an i5-3570K GTX 970

70% of 4T is modest enough for a game known to be well multithreaded, but not for something system-on-a-thread oriented. UE4 supports some of both AFAIK, and I don't know PUBG well enough to know how it's likely doing things. I'd say spikes like that may be asset streaming, but several seconds is a ...
by synthtel2
Sun Aug 27, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Move icon on SSD W7 desktop, Hdrives wakeup!
Replies: 7
Views: 811

Re: Move icon on SSD W7 desktop, Hdrives wakeup!

What blahsaysblah said - IME Win7 is good about not waking up drives it doesn't need to wake up. If nothing else, setting the spin-down time to 30-45 minutes shouldn't have much downside, though.
by synthtel2
Sun Aug 27, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Planetside 2 per-component benchmarking
Replies: 17
Views: 2125

Re: Planetside 2 per-component benchmarking

Well, here I am with 8C16T (and Wine CSMT if needed) that should by all rights play this game perfectly, but in the meantime they added some anti-cheat which is entirely borked in Wine. Arg. I want to play this game enough that this may yet end in a dual-boot. Win10 + gaming on this internet connect...
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