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by e1jones
Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD for laptops/office workstations
Replies: 18
Views: 2008

Re: SSD for laptops/office workstations

This is actually something I've been looking at lately. Mom's computer is an older Dell with a slow 3.5" drive and it desperately needs an SSD. It's old enough that it's most likely stuck at SATA 2 speeds, but for just web browsing & office programs, it'll be a big improvement. Oh, plus upg...
by e1jones
Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Recommandations for DIY NAS HDDs
Replies: 42
Views: 4631

Re: Recommandations for DIY NAS HDDs

I got a bunch of the WD externals with 8TB plain WD Reds inside. I've only shucked 2 or 3 so far, and haven't put them in a NAS yet, but I did consolidate all my older WD Green storage drives onto one. Not really any complaints as far as noise.
by e1jones
Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: What's your highest "power on hours" HDD?
Replies: 85
Views: 17983

Re: What's your highest "power on hours" HDD?

WD 1 TB Green WD10EADS with 40,371 hours. Hasn't been powered up since I copied everything off 2 years ago to build the new computer. It was the download target for torrents for quite a while. It was joined over time by Greens in 1.5, 2 and 3 TB flavors, though they were primarily bulk hot storage, ...
by e1jones
Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD
Replies: 44
Views: 5551

Re: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD

LOL... well, they farted around with the board for about a week and couldn't reproduce the problem. Dunno, couldn't follow (or take the time) to follow the specifics I emailed them. So other than some super-secret squirrel BIOS update (most likely an unreleased one), they sent it back. Haven't had a...
by e1jones
Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Disk Cloning software recommendation
Replies: 34
Views: 3293

Re: Disk Cloning software recommendation

I've used Reflect for years. Lately used it to consecutively clone one Win10 install to 2 new hard drives while doing some trouble shooting (original SSD to other SSD to yet another (nvme) SSD. Didn't want some huge interruption during the process. Once the hardware mess settles down, I'll go back t...
by e1jones
Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD
Replies: 44
Views: 5551

Re: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD

Ryu Connor wrote:
I'm curious which part of the slot failed, bad solder joint or a failed power delivery component. Unlikely to ever find out the answer to that mystery.

Right!? Once a day, every day... no more, no less. Not like they'll bother looking at it when I send it back.
by e1jones
Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:10 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD
Replies: 44
Views: 5551

Re: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD

Moving to a different slot is still working? Yup. Moved the original 1060 down to the secondary x16(x8) slot with nothing in the primary x16 slot... 4 days later it's been running as expected. And it's still on the CX430 power supply. Even played a round of BattleTech, just in case... didn't bat an...
by e1jones
Tue Jan 29, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD
Replies: 44
Views: 5551

Re: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD

Well... this is interesting. Since swapping the video card to the secondary x16 slot, 2 days ago, I haven't had the daily BSOD. Really screams motherboard now, primary x16 specifically.

Now figuring out the Gigabyte warranty process and if I limp on an older computer for the duration...
by e1jones
Sun Jan 27, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD
Replies: 44
Views: 5551

Re: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD

Just for giggles I moved the 1060 to the secondary pcie x16 slot (still on the CX430 power supply). It's about the last change I can make with parts I have here. Any further testing would require a new 'spare' mobo/cpu/ram. Which then comes down to, just buy a newer generation CPU & mobo...? Oi....
by e1jones
Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD
Replies: 44
Views: 5551

Re: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD

Of course, I can't explain why the BIOS couldn't find the boot drive. I'm just really beginning to think the motherboard is effed. The first time it lost the BIOS clock was an earlier time it lost the boot drive... I don't remember if it was when it switched from the original boot SSD to the cloned...
by e1jones
Sat Jan 26, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD
Replies: 44
Views: 5551

Re: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD

*Le Sigh* New day, different power supply... same BSOD. I think I've now run out of parts that are interchangeable for testing purposes. This is the only mobo/cpu/ram combo of this variety (original 1151 cpu & DDR4). I wish there was a way to hammer the individual pieces to sort out which might ...
by e1jones
Fri Jan 25, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD
Replies: 44
Views: 5551

Re: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD

Took the 'opportunity' presented by today's daily BSOD to break the computer out of the rats nest and drag it out to the garage to blow the case out. Oh, and finally extracted the alternate power supply from the donor machine. So now the Corsair CX430 is sitting in my problem child. By sometime tomo...
by e1jones
Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD
Replies: 44
Views: 5551

Re: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD

I think you need garlic, silver bullets, and a stake. It's clearly possessed. Believe me, the thought has crossed my mind once or twice. Still haven't even gotten around to stress testing under linux (though I ran one of the ones suggested in windows and it was fine). Haven't moved the video card e...
by e1jones
Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD
Replies: 44
Views: 5551

Re: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD

Had some serious WTF last night. After sleeping the computer for the night at about 10pm and going to sleep, I noticed it come on an hour or so later all by itself. OK, maybe the cats kicked the keyboard and woke it up, so I logged into windows and put it back to sleep. Sometime after that I woke up...
by e1jones
Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD
Replies: 44
Views: 5551

Re: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD

TL;DR - always re-test memory even if it already checked out, when dealing with instability. Especially if that RAM is G.Skill. That's 6 DDR4-2400 DIMMs (two of them SO-DIMMs) that were fine 1 year and a half ago, and no longer are. I probably never ran MEMTEST originally, but I did 2 full runs onc...
by e1jones
Sat Jan 19, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD
Replies: 44
Views: 5551

Re: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD

Well, f&*k, that didn't take long. After dropping the spare video card in yesterday afternoon, and doing the usual stuff, plus a bout of Battletech last night, it BSOD'd this morning within about 30 minutes of waking from sleep. I had logged in & let it sit doing nothing. I'm almost tempted ...
by e1jones
Fri Jan 18, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD
Replies: 44
Views: 5551

Re: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD

So maybe I'm just really slow at making sh*t happen (ask my wife). Just short of 2 weeks without the video card, not a single anomaly in computer behavior. Shut it down today, dropped in my previously mothballed MSI 760 and installed the drivers. Keeping my fingers crossed that this doesn't start BS...
by e1jones
Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD
Replies: 44
Views: 5551

Re: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD

Followed thru on pulling the video card, probably the same day I mentioned it (Jan 1... so 2 or 3 days ago?)... also nuked the nvidia driver from orbit with DDU. Since then it's been behaving as expected prior to BSOD-ing daily. I do have a low-mileage MSI 960 video card that I can swap in to maybe ...
by e1jones
Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD
Replies: 44
Views: 5551

Re: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD

Well, after all that it dumped again this morning. Different SSD and 'refreshed' Win10 install. Pointing at the nvidia driver and the ntoskrnl once again. https://www.dropbox.com/s/wwwitr4vz74ow46/122918-9812-01.dmp?dl=0 I may try removing the video card and run the motherboard video to see if that ...
by e1jones
Tue Jan 01, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD
Replies: 44
Views: 5551

Re: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD

CPU, mobo, RAM, PSU. Overall, for nearly 2 years this thing was rebooted almost never, only occasionally for software reasons. Even the hardware hadn't been touched since some early hard drive consolidation. Computers don't age like a fine wine, they age like milk. Actually, when you mention that, ...
by e1jones
Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD
Replies: 44
Views: 5551

Re: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD

My inclination is bad hardware. Interesting :( A couple of the BSODs straight up didn't even produce a dump file. They sat at the 'gathering info' part and then just rebooted. Any ideas which bit of hardware might be the suspect, if it is hardware? Overall, for nearly 2 years this thing was reboote...
by e1jones
Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD
Replies: 44
Views: 5551

Re: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD

Exorcist? That's probably next after a complete reinstall of Win10 doesn't fix something... 'cuz then it's some other piece of hardware :( Of course, then I'll really be bummed out because in the not quite 2 years since I built it, I hadn't had a single issue. One stupid update & reboot and sud...
by e1jones
Sat Dec 29, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD
Replies: 44
Views: 5551

Windows 10 DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD

On Dec 13 I allowed a reboot to install a couple software updates, one for Acrobat and also a few Windows things. Ever since I have had a daily DPC BSOD (Ironically, had one in the midst of typing this sentence). This was originally installed as Win7 Pro and upgraded in place to Win10 Pro. https://w...
by e1jones
Thu Dec 13, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Waiting for new TR system guide...anyone else?
Replies: 6
Views: 3016

Re: Waiting for new TR system guide...anyone else?

In the last 2 years I've built 3 computers with the EVGA G2/G3 550W power supplies. Fully modular, and a semi-silent mode where unless I'm gaming the fan never spins up. Two of the last computers were in Fractal Design cases, mine was the Define R5 and the other was the Mini C. The Mini I did a coup...
by e1jones
Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: 10 Gbps switch for a condo
Replies: 40
Views: 4494

Re: 10 Gbps switch for a condo

AQuantia single port 10GBE cards are $90-$100 each. There was a black friday thing where I got 2 for $145 on Amazon. There are usually a fair selection of used more server grade stuff on ebay. There are a few reasonably priced switches with 2-4 10GBE ports and X-1GBE ports.... I've seen some as near...
by e1jones
Sat Aug 11, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Do a stop-gap build? Or go whole hog? ("Pentium Gold" v. "Ryzen," and other curiosities)
Replies: 25
Views: 4211

Re: Do a stop-gap build? Or go whole hog? ("Pentium Gold" v. "Ryzen," and other curiosities)

The current build is an E8400 on a Gigabyte EP35C-DS3R motherboard. Ah, that brings back memories... I had the same processor & a DS3P motherboard until January 2017 when I finally got fed up with the BIOS chip needing to be jumped (I was happy for the dual BIOS!) every time I rebooted. Acciden...
by e1jones
Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: PSU Wattage Question
Replies: 12
Views: 2879

Re: PSU Wattage Question

I clearly don't have as much going on inside my computer. The computer itself is only 50-60 watts during my normal work day, and is probably closer to 180 watts when I'm gaming (According to my UPS anyway). I have a 550w EVGA G2 that pretty much never even turns on the fan... same with the Gigabyte ...
by e1jones
Mon Jun 18, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 178
Views: 22630

Re: Battletech game coming out

I like the Shadowhawk H and the Wolverine K for 55-ton mechs. Orion, Grasshopper and Thunderbolt are good heavy mechs for my playing style. Never used the Shadowhawk or Wolverine really, or Grasshopper. They didn't really fit my usual PPC + LRMs weapons mix, especially when the Griffin was right th...
by e1jones
Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 178
Views: 22630

Re: Battletech game coming out

WTF am I doing wrong? It just seems to be one of those things.... stupid tiny percentage on the location, plus all the other modifiers. I get them every now and then, completely at random (don't get me wrong... when they happen I enjoy it!). Then again I've given up trying to make a called shot the...
by e1jones
Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battletech game coming out
Replies: 178
Views: 22630

Re: Battletech game coming out

I'm about 6 years in with what I think is 2 story missions left. Up until the 'escape Nautilus' mission and the little present they gave me, I'd seen exactly 2 assault mechs. One was a Banshee which I slapped around enough to salvage all 3 pieces in one mission and a Victor which I only got one piec...
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