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by meerkt
Sat Jan 16, 2016 12:05 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Microsofts latest attempt to make people use Windows 10
Replies: 32
Views: 2221

Re: Microsofts latest attempt to make people use Windows 10

? CPUs don't need OS support, they are backward compatible. And new instructions; I don't think there are any new registers to save on context switching? Worst case you'll be missing out on some power-saving features. If Intel feels like it they may provide a driver for versions of Windows that Micr...
by meerkt
Fri Jan 15, 2016 1:45 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 gaming performance question...
Replies: 18
Views: 2510

Re: Windows 10 gaming performance question...

What sort of tweaking did you do on XP?
by meerkt
Thu Dec 31, 2015 10:01 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: General Web crappiness
Replies: 28
Views: 2190

Re: General Web crappiness

just brew it! wrote:
So I started closing browser windows one by one to identify the culprit.

In Chrome, try Tools->Task Manager (Shift-Esc) for per-tab stats. Opera has about:cpu (don't know if in >v12).
by meerkt
Wed Dec 30, 2015 9:45 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Free firewall I just found
Replies: 24
Views: 3852

Re: Free firewall I just found

The lack of proper GUI is the first major obstacle. Regarding Microsoft allowing their own stuff through, maybe it would be documented but that doesn't make it manageable. See Windows 10's online leaking policies. It's also a moving target that requires you to keep on your toes after each Windows up...
by meerkt
Wed Dec 30, 2015 7:22 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Free firewall I just found
Replies: 24
Views: 3852

Re: Free firewall I just found

The problem with the MS firewall is that there's no usable GUI for configuration and monitoring (MMC isn't it, nor are 3rd party utilities), that as an integrated Microsoft software there are probably all kinds of gotchas that let through MS communication, that things probably change unexpectedly so...
by meerkt
Thu Dec 24, 2015 12:49 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: How wipeable is an SSD?
Replies: 8
Views: 1633

Re: How wipeable is an SSD?

Mr Bill wrote:
I was thinking along the lines of Derek Boot N Nuke but unsure that it would work on an SSD.
That'll work as well. The idea is to overwrite the whole drive. Formatting probably doesn't overwrite much.
by meerkt
Thu Dec 24, 2015 7:09 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Erased CD-RW Recovery/Check
Replies: 16
Views: 1885

Re: Erased CD-RW Recovery/Check

I'm not saying optical media doesn't degrade, but properly stored quality media lasts long. Maybe even properly stored mediocre, but not bad, media. I don't do regular checks other than accessing the data when I need it, but I've yet to encounter lost data in any of the 100s of discs I still have, s...
by meerkt
Thu Dec 24, 2015 6:56 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: General Web crappiness
Replies: 28
Views: 2190

Re: General Web crappiness

If it's a problem in specific sites that you use regularly, spend some time creating local fixes: custom CSS overrides, user scripts, and the perennial URL blocking. But if the whole site has turned "web 3.0" then indeed it's difficult to cure. Yeah, Flash is still the biggest problem. Sad...
by meerkt
Wed Dec 16, 2015 11:16 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Dear avast, i'm done with ya
Replies: 50
Views: 4087

Re: Dear avast, i'm done with ya

A recent AV discussion:
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by meerkt
Sun Dec 06, 2015 4:04 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Can my power supply support this?
Replies: 8
Views: 2635

Re: Can my power supply support this?

Should be okay. But your PSU may start getting noisy at these loads. Don't know what the other system specs here were, probably a high-end CPU. Consumption was about 300W for FurMark: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/1033?vs=1130 And here it's 360W in Metro 2033, for an overclocked 7950 varian...
by meerkt
Sat Dec 05, 2015 6:05 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Erased CD-RW Recovery/Check
Replies: 16
Views: 1885

Re: Erased CD-RW Recovery/Check

Also I had no trouble with CD-RW and DVD-RW data retention, when I used them. Maybe a question of media and writer quality. I've only used TDK and Verbatim. The TDK discs were early enough to be the "good TDK", and Verbatim was probably Mitsubishi.
by meerkt
Tue Nov 24, 2015 1:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: +3 Upvotes are Useless
Replies: 41
Views: 2187

Re: +3 Upvotes are Useless

Rarely. What's the worst is that useful links/information is rarely enough to overcome the negative votes if you're a generally disliked poster. Or they cancel each other out so something useful posted by a generally disliked poster ends up at 0. How about showing separately the counts for positive...
by meerkt
Tue Nov 24, 2015 12:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: +3 Upvotes are Useless
Replies: 41
Views: 2187

Re: +3 Upvotes are Useless

slowriot wrote:
Can someone explain to me the positives of the voting system?
When there's a large number of comments it helps to quickly find interesting or useful posts (large negative also falls under "interesting"). And it helps with gauging public sentiment. Sometimes. :)
by meerkt
Sun Nov 22, 2015 3:54 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Streamed Photo is not full screen on TV
Replies: 22
Views: 7195

Re: Streamed Photo is not full screen on TV

Maybe some other DLNA server can do the scaling on the fly? For example, Kodi. Never tried it myself, but I think it has picture viewing capabilities.
by meerkt
Sat Nov 21, 2015 1:13 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Deleting "networks" from windows 8.1?
Replies: 6
Views: 1403

Re: Deleting "networks" from windows 8.1?

Think he wants to "forget" a wireless network. That part is, luckily, still with a GUI. There's "forget this network" when right-clicking a WiFi network in the Metro "Networks" panel. But what's "merge"? For more advanced stuff, Win8's known WiFi networks man...
by meerkt
Sat Nov 21, 2015 11:28 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Deleting "networks" from windows 8.1?
Replies: 6
Views: 1403

Re: Deleting "networks" from windows 8.1?

What exactly do you want to delete?
by meerkt
Fri Nov 20, 2015 11:14 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Anything worth doing with old RAM?
Replies: 15
Views: 4993

Re: Anything worth doing with old RAM?

If you don't want to be bothered with mailing single ones after selling on eBay, advertise them in lots of N modules. You could even sell the whole bunch together.
by meerkt
Sun Nov 15, 2015 9:05 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Faulty HGST drive?
Replies: 3
Views: 2733

Re: Faulty HGST drive?

Check SMART attributes (could be through a USB/disc bootable Linux, if needed), or try the manufacturer's diagnosis software.
by meerkt
Fri Nov 13, 2015 2:34 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Win10 Stroage Drive Issue
Replies: 18
Views: 2469

Re: Win10 Stroage Drive Issue

My guess is that the OP added the drive into a pool, after getting somehow to "Storage Spaces" (which is an advanced feature in Win8+, and not something most people would use). Perhaps he got there because of the bad arrangement in Control Panel. Storage Spaces appears first (under "S...
by meerkt
Thu Nov 12, 2015 10:07 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: 2.5" Sata III Internal 5400rpm 12ms vs. USB 3.0 External?
Replies: 4
Views: 1061

Re: 2.5" Sata III Internal 5400rpm 12ms vs. USB 3.0 External

If you're not going to install software on it, I don't think it would matter which way you go.

There are 7200RPM 2.5" drives, BTW.
by meerkt
Wed Nov 11, 2015 2:45 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: New HGST 4TB drive, clicking on use = normal?
Replies: 12
Views: 1775

Re: New HGST 4TB drive, clicking on use = normal?

ForceEdge wrote:
Okay so do you suggest I get some antistatic bags for such purposes?
No, I think shield bags are the more useful ones. Makes me wonder what's the point of antistatic bags. Maybe cheaper to make?
by meerkt
Wed Nov 11, 2015 2:39 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Streamed Photo is not full screen on TV
Replies: 22
Views: 7195

Re: Steamed Photo is not full screen on TV

In the TV's image viewer, check the Options menu to see if there are any scaling options (in general I wouldn't expect much control in stock software on TVs). If there are no scaling options, and you're after a quick way to view things without hooking up HDMI, you can use Miracast ("Screen mirr...
by meerkt
Mon Nov 09, 2015 4:39 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: New HGST 4TB drive, clicking on use = normal?
Replies: 12
Views: 1775

Re: New HGST 4TB drive, clicking on use = normal?

ForceEdge wrote:
how to protect components from static discharges? ... put into protective packaging

I don't know if that was the cause here, but keep in mind that antistatic bags (e.g. pink) aren't the same as shielding bags (e.g. silver).
by meerkt
Thu Oct 29, 2015 10:52 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Improving inconsistent nForce 410 USB performance?
Replies: 5
Views: 788

Improving inconsistent nForce 410 USB performance?

I have a computer where USB is handled by an nForce410 southbridge. I'm getting a large difference in USB performance between devices that all saturate USB2 on a newer computer. For example, an external HDD gets only to 16MB/s on the nForce410, but 35MB/s on the newer computer. I think UFDs similarl...
by meerkt
Wed Oct 28, 2015 2:34 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: List of 1:1 mice
Replies: 47
Views: 5926

Re: List of 1:1 mice

I've never gone in real depth into all of this, but also I am curious why acceleration and such should be a feature of hardware rather than drivers (i.e., stock behavior in firmware, then potentially 100% custom one when using proprietary drivers). I hate using extra drivers when things can work wit...
by meerkt
Sun Oct 25, 2015 11:29 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Bizarre Incident, Possible Bad Soundcard
Replies: 17
Views: 2945

Re: Bizarre Incident, Possible Bad Soundcard

I wouldn't rule out software.
by meerkt
Sat Oct 24, 2015 1:20 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Replacing OS on a laptop
Replies: 16
Views: 1892

Re: Replacing OS on a laptop

if the system has 3GB of RAM (or less), and you can't or won't upgrade it to 4GB (or more), then 32-bit OS is probably still your best bet; otherwise you'll probably want to go 64-bit on the OS. Other benefits are being able to run 64-bit code, which can be more efficient, and maybe address space i...
by meerkt
Sat Oct 24, 2015 12:59 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So how much improvement does PCIe SSDs bring to table?
Replies: 19
Views: 1946

Re: So how much improvement does PCIe SSDs bring to table?

SSDs can surely exceed SATA's bandwidth. But in general uses random I/O latency is more important, where I think there's not much difference. In some enterprise-like/high queue-depth situations there can be quite a difference, but I wonder if it has more to do with NVMe vs AHCI rather than PCIe vs S...
by meerkt
Mon Oct 19, 2015 3:16 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: file organization utility?
Replies: 5
Views: 859

Re: file organization utility?

Can't say I've felt I needed something like that, but I'd definitely like to find a good general purpose file manager. There are just a handful of options, and none of them really fits what I'm after.
by meerkt
Sat Oct 17, 2015 7:03 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: nvidia drivers only through GeForce Experience software?
Replies: 5
Views: 985

Re: nvidia drivers only through GeForce Experience software?

Captain Ned wrote:
C'est vrai.

Mais pourquoi?
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