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by Aranarth
Mon Jan 21, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Winter weather
Replies: 1521
Views: 155014

Re: Winter weather

I live in Big Rapids, MI and on the way to work I went through a section that registered -16F according to the car's thermometer.

I started the car in -11F at home.

Talk about a cold morning for West Michigan!
by Aranarth
Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Lots of Minor Issues after Graphics Card Upgrade
Replies: 31
Views: 4541

Re: Lots of Minor Issues after Graphics Card Upgrade

What's the reason for suspecting the PSU? PSU's and power delivery on the mainboard cause all kinds of weird issues. since the PSU is usually beat up the most from power line issues it's a good place to start. And most people have sucky no name power supplies to boot esp if it is a name brand machi...
by Aranarth
Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Good ol' fashion troubleshooting a gpu
Replies: 13
Views: 2156

Re: Good ol' fashion troubleshooting a gpu

I had a rosewill PS crap out after a couple of years.
I'd replace it with a seasonic unit (a nothing fancy model) and go from there.
by Aranarth
Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Best place to Cross the rocky mountains in january?
Replies: 42
Views: 2825

Re: Best place to Cross the rocky mountains in january?

chuckula wrote:
Sees that the Donner party has already been mentioned.


Leaves satisfied.


Bwahahaha!!!
by Aranarth
Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Nonfunctional desktop *sigh*
Replies: 21
Views: 2212

Re: Nonfunctional desktop *sigh*

I was gonna say PSU, ram, and then mainboard. I would also try pulling the battery again for an hour and doing another firmware reset. It is less common now but I have seen cases where the new mainboard was actually "new" and had been returned by someone else and was being sold as new agai...
by Aranarth
Sat Dec 22, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Hey new EIC, Seth, we'd like to hear from you!
Replies: 12
Views: 1962

Re: Hey new EIC, Seth, we'd like to hear from you!

Yeah, I'd agree with that...

Maybe he is just shy?
by Aranarth
Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: I7-930 Upgrade Opinions/Options? ($300-$600ish)
Replies: 14
Views: 2846

Re: I7-930 Upgrade Opinions/Options? ($300-$600ish)

I got a core i7 for sale: Machine 3: Dell Optiplex 7010 Core i7-3770 3.4ghz Nvidia GT 640 2gb ram ddr3 8gb ram 180gb ssd (intel) 600gb WD velociraptor hdd Windows 7 PRO COA (windows 10 installed) (minor scratches) $350 (plus shipping) it will need a new case and ps to run your rx 580 other than that...
by Aranarth
Mon Dec 17, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: SpaceX booster had an issue on approach- lands in sea
Replies: 15
Views: 1862

Re: SpaceX booster had an issue on approach- lands in sea

There was only a single center engine in the landing burn. Regardless of how much you could gimbal it’s not gonna do anything to counter the rotation, the deployment of the legs caused enough to change in inertia and also friction probably help more than anything to stop the spin. We have a winner!...
by Aranarth
Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Winter weather
Replies: 1521
Views: 155014

Re: Winter weather

First winter here in Virginia and we are getting some nice winter weather. We've got a good 5-6 inches or so right now and based on the radar, another 4 or so to come. That being said, it's my first time living in a state where heavy snowfall is relatively uncommon. I've seen a lot of folks exercis...
by Aranarth
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Remote access to an outbuilding
Replies: 31
Views: 3342

Re: Remote access to an outbuilding

oh I'd like to add that the AP inside your outbuilding can use the same ssid and password just put it on a different channel than the one in your house.

If you do that your devices will switch from one part of your network to another seamlessly and you won't drop your connection.
by Aranarth
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Remote access to an outbuilding
Replies: 31
Views: 3342

Re: Remote access to an outbuilding

Another suggestion is to use a wireless link. It would look like this: Internet - (home router - host side link) - (remote side link - inside access point) The first bracketed set is inside your house and the host side of the link is mounted to the side of your house and is pointing at your outbuild...
by Aranarth
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Remote access to an outbuilding
Replies: 31
Views: 3342

Re: Remote access to an outbuilding

People more knowledgeable than me here so I'll leave the technical stuff to them since I feel they're on the right track. ***But the FIRST thing to do is eliminate all the distance and interference variables and set up all this equipment in the same room of your house. If it doesn't work when all t...
by Aranarth
Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Remote access to an outbuilding
Replies: 31
Views: 3342

Re: Remote access to an outbuilding

Additional thoughts: Have you confirmed that the smart repeater inside your shop can see your AP on your house? Have you confirmed the smart repeater is setup correctly? If you put it on a table outside your shop does the setup work? I've connected a steel barn to a house before and have gotten it t...
by Aranarth
Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Remote access to an outbuilding
Replies: 31
Views: 3342

Re: Remote access to an outbuilding

if it was me... I would run a cable from your router in your house to nearest point closest to your outbuilding. I then install a switch or repeater and run OUTSIDE BURIAL RATED ethernet cable (300 ft length) from the switch in your house to your outbuilding. Something like this: https://www.amazon....
by Aranarth
Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1387
Views: 125861

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

SuperSpy wrote:
liquidsquid wrote:
It looks great though once I got the blood off of it.

This describes way too many of my home projects.


You must make a blood sacrifice to appease the gods!
by Aranarth
Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Antivirus software
Replies: 37
Views: 4036

Re: Antivirus software

At home I use windows 10's own anti-virus, open dns or 9.9.9.9, firefox with ublock origin. While I use an admin account on my own machine, everyone else uses a regular user account. You can use a hosts file but I rather use a curated dns service instead. The kids use open dns which is very locked d...
by Aranarth
Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 938
Views: 133827

Re: What are you playing right now?

Bioshock Infinite.

sure its an older game but damn is it pretty!

on a rx 580 8gb it stays locked at 60fps no matter what is going on.
by Aranarth
Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1387
Views: 125861

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Becky and I found a 1994 MTD Garden Tractor (18hp, 46" deck) in *really good* condition and for a good price. Needs a little bit of work on the engine since it runs rough when not under stress. (mowing etc.) I suspect the governor is fine but the idle and choke need adjustment. Trouble is, it a...
by Aranarth
Tue Nov 20, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: WiFi as WAN on ASUS (?) Router.
Replies: 1
Views: 1387

Re: WiFi as WAN on ASUS (?) Router.

You should be able to plug the jetpack into the router using the USB port and then set the jetpack as the alternate wan. this is available on the Asus rt-ac66u and above. I have the rt-ac66u, I recommend getting the 68u or better. It appears 66 is an older or less powerful model and i wish i had got...
by Aranarth
Tue Nov 20, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Carlos Ghosn: Saviour and villain?
Replies: 9
Views: 1036

Re: Carlos Ghosn: Saviour and villain?

All power corrupts
Absolute power corrupts absolutely...
by Aranarth
Tue Nov 20, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How to remove a heatsink secured with over-torqued screws?
Replies: 29
Views: 3238

Re: How to remove a heatsink secured with over-torqued screws?

I don't think you would know how to calibrate one even if you had such a thing :-) ... well they are preconfigured nowadays you know :-) Anyways - direction of rotation causes regular M2 titanium screws to self tighten in aluminum spindle, thus absence of any compound... So wait...you try to insult...
by Aranarth
Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New futureproof C2Q rig: Please advise!
Replies: 65
Views: 11238

Re: New futureproof C2Q rig: Please advise!

I'm taking my Dad (in-law) from a c2q6600 with 8gb ram, 500gb spinning rust hdd, and Radeon 7870 2gb to a i7 3rd gen and 16 gb ram, 1tb ssd, 2tb hd, radeon rx 580 8gb.

I think he will notice the difference... :D
by Aranarth
Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How to remove a heatsink secured with over-torqued screws?
Replies: 29
Views: 3238

Re: How to remove a heatsink secured with over-torqued screws?

btw BLUE thread locker is for replaceable screws and only help to keep the screw from backing out. Once it set is it sort of gummy to soft plastic RED thread locker or loctite is a metal to metal GLUE with a very high shear strength. It sets to a very hard plastic feeling substance. It is intended t...
by Aranarth
Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4273
Views: 611621

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

I'm listening to the soothing white noise of air blowing through some really old servers right here in my office....
by Aranarth
Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1387
Views: 125861

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

At home: Dishwasher is still working, still have no idea what the issue was. Dryer not drying turned out to be the igniter. Replaced the solenoids anyway and ordered a new igniter, dryer is drying again. Still need to get some time to fix the fridge downstairs. Don't really want to have to do it tho...
by Aranarth
Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: New Build running at over 300° C!
Replies: 21
Views: 2283

Re: New Build running at over 300° C!

I highly recommend fast processing of said firepit by pouring old diesel fuel onto the wood before lighting with pole tourch.

Gets burned down to embers really fast and then you can mount your tripod and cooking grill over it.

Don't look at me, wife decided to try it without me around first... :D
by Aranarth
Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Say those of you in IT and are in West Michigan...
Replies: 1
Views: 1281

Re: Say those of you in IT and are in West Michigan...

I should say I already contacted Casair, Windemuller, and Universal Cabling Systems.
by Aranarth
Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Say those of you in IT and are in West Michigan...
Replies: 1
Views: 1281

Say those of you in IT and are in West Michigan...

Anyone got any suggestions for who to talk to for quotes on getting the plant's Ethernet network redone? I'll need structured cabling, cable trays, and MDF/IDF's moved and installed. Decent sized job, plant is 275'x350' plus offices. I count we need 5 mdf/idf's and well over 200 ethernet drops insta...
by Aranarth
Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: My cat is a radio transmitter?
Replies: 5
Views: 1599

Re: My cat is a radio transmitter?

chuckula wrote:
The most primitive spark gap radios operated on similar principles.


Winner!!!

Your cat is acting is like a spark gap transmitter! :D
by Aranarth
Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Bedbugs FTL
Replies: 71
Views: 6962

Re: Bedbugs FTL

Bedbugs! Faster than Light! Coming soon to a theater near you!
(Just in time for Halloween!)
GZIP: On