Recent content by jfreund

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    Bad display on Vive Pro 2 - buy parts, or another Steam VR headset?

    I picked up my Vive Pro 2 after a couple weeks of neglect and the left eye display is messed up. Difficult to describe - kind of a pixel rainbow grid over the whole image. It's like I can see the electronic layout behind the pixels. Did multiple system restarts, replugged all cables, etc. I...
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    Half Life: Alyx

    Vive Pro 2. IIRC, I changed the render scale from 125% to 100% and dropped 1 or 2 other settings. Yeah, Alyx had me wanting OLED panels.
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    Half Life: Alyx

    That's exactly what I used for Alyx (6800 XT & 5800X). I don't know what FPS I got, either, but I had to turn a couple of graphics settings down 1 notch. After that, it was very smooth.
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    Worst Game Ever?

    Back when I had lots of time, I didn't have much money. Now that I have some disposable income, I don't have much time. Since I got into gaming, I've kept an eye on reviews and been very selective. i haven't played many bad games. I have played a couple of the worst, though. I had ET and...
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    Half Life: Alyx

    The VR mod for HL2 is really good. The team is working on EP1.
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    [H] Stock Alerts, Tips & Tears for Nvidia, AMD, Intel, PS5, XBOX

    Still there. I don't know if the lunar new year festivities are done, but supply seems to be increasing.
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    Intel 1226-V 2.5GbE Ethernet Chipset Showing Connection Drop Issues (Chipset Used on most Raptor Lake Motherboards)

    I'll have to take some time to look up your recommendations. I confess, I'm far from a networking expert - I've never used SFP and I don't know what DAC is. I've been looking at 2 switches with either 5 RJ45 or 8 SFP+ ports ($240-270 ea). My internet enters the house on the ground floor (1 PC...
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    Intel 1226-V 2.5GbE Ethernet Chipset Showing Connection Drop Issues (Chipset Used on most Raptor Lake Motherboards)

    This weekend I priced out hardware and cables to upgrade my network to get 4 systems on 10Gb. SFP+ and copper both will be over $1000. :cry:
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    Pulsed helium3 fusion in a magnetic bottle, not lasers or same old tokawhatever...

    Fusion will never be a part of the electrical grid because: 1. As discussed, it's been very difficult to get more energy out than it takes to get to the fusion reaction, and even more difficult to capture that energy as electricity. 2. The funding sources that would have to be involved don't...
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    Aureal Vortex 2 SQ2500 Quad PCI Sound Card Sealed NOS

    Doubt it. Aureal was defunct long before the change to the Windows driver model with Vista.
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    Nvidia RTX 4090 power connectors melting?

    They'd better cover those solder points.
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    MSI accidentally broke Secure Boot

    ??? I turn off secure boot and almost all my systems boot from NVMe drives.
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    Samsung 990 Pro 10% off ($261 for 2TB)

    Quoted for emphasis. The 990 vs. 980 improves the biggest weakness of NVMe drives, which is random operations.
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    HOT: Barebones Ryzen 9 6900HX Mini - $484

    As I think about it, I could replace 2 of my full sized systems with these. I need to stop thinking.
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    6 GHz Intel Core Out-of-the-Box Demo

    If I'm reading my UEFI settings right, I can raise the possible boost clock without pushing an "all core" OC. Once you get the heat / power under control, you might be able to get some cores to hold over 6GHz.