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    Taking full advantage of Gigabit fiber

    At this time I'm using their router and the PC I'm testing with is connected to it directly (it's on a table 3 feet away) via cable. I'll have to disable the firewall, AV and other software to see if that makes any difference. thanks for the suggestions.
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    Taking full advantage of Gigabit fiber

    To be clear, I've tried all of the nearby servers in the Speedtest app. There are like 8 listed for Indy and none of them give me any better than the ~300 down 944 up that the AT&T server gives me. Most average 300/300. I was just wondering if there was something wrong with my system, but it...
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    Taking full advantage of Gigabit fiber

    A week ago, I had AT&T fiber installed. I've been wanting fiber for forever and when I found out it was available in my area and for only $5 more a month than I paid Comcast, I jumped on it. Everything seems to work great, except I'm not getting anywhere near the ~940Mbps download speeds I...
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    I have finally arrived - free of cable internet shackles

    Any way to optimize to get better results? I've had AT&T Fiber for a week now, but the best speedtest results I've seen were 500 down and 944 up. On the AT&T test server I get ~300Mbps down and ~944Mbps up. I'm using an older computer, but it has a gigabit LAN connection built in. I thought...
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    Microphone muting issue on Windows 7

    Well, it ended up being two separate issues. I uninstalled several hinky programs and ran a full MBAM scan and that cleared up the muting issue, but it still didn't work. Uninstalled and reinstalled the drivers for the webcam and after a restart, everything was working as it should. Thanks...
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    Microphone muting issue on Windows 7

    My stepmother is having an issue on her computer where the microphone volume mutes itself constantly. The webcam/mic worked fine for about a year and suddenly started doing this. I go in and set the volume to 100 and click off the muting and a few minutes later it's back to the same thing. I...
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    Finally decided to get rid of Windows

    My concern is the security of the OS. I'm not a linux guru, so I'd hate to wreck my install, but the installation is fast and easy and all my data is backed up, so worst case scenario is the nuclear option :)
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    Finally decided to get rid of Windows

    So, allow all updates is the preference for Mint? Just making sure before I change both of my machines... ;)
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    Finally decided to get rid of Windows

    So the recommendation is to install all updates? I just read the descriptions and it was talking about category 4 and 5 updates possibly being unstable, so I only selected the "safe" updates. Someone school me :)
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    Linux bootable USB distro option?

    Will have to give it a try, thanks.
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    Finally decided to get rid of Windows

    Yeah, I still need to install Steam to see what offerings there are on Linux.
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    Finally decided to get rid of Windows

    Pretty much. Windows drive is still intact, just unplugged. If I want to game I can easily switch, but I don't see that happening for a while.
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    Finally decided to get rid of Windows

    My original intent was to wait for the EOL for Windows 7, but then Redmond did their idiotic move to only allow rollup updates and not individual updates. Screw that. I've been burnt by MS updates one too many times to want to go through that BS.
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    Finally decided to get rid of Windows

    When I installed Mint on my laptop a couple years ago, I was so impressed I haven't put the hard drive with Windows on it back in since. Been itching to put it on my desktop, but always stopped because none of the games I play were supported. Finally got to the point where I rarely game, so I...
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    Linux bootable USB distro option?

    I use Linux Live USB creator: LinuxLive USB Creator Usually works great, but I've found the occasional disk made with it doesn't work. Was able to make a disk recently to install Mint 18 onto my main desktop with no issues.
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    Finally decided to get rid of Windows

    Yeah, I realized that 90% or more of what I do on a computer I can do just as well, if not better, under Mint. Some of the games I'd hoped to play won't run under Linux, but I'm not sure I really care.
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    Which Linux OS best for desktop user.

    Another vote for Linux Mint.
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    Finally decided to get rid of Windows

    For years, I was in IT support and was also a gamer. Because of that, it was better for me to be a Windows guy. A few years ago, I got into Information Security and also my desire to game has gone way down. Over the weekend, I finally decided to install Linux Mint on my main PC, instead of...
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    Home wireless router

    Nice to know, thanks. I actually had an Amazon shipping fail with the TP-Link and had the order cancelled (same day delivery, but tracking showed it wouldn't arrive until the 20th, WTF). Got my refund and went with a Netgear ac1750, which was supposed to be better than the TP-Link I was...
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    Home wireless router

    Thanks. I ended up getting the TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750 router, so not too badly ranked per that guide...
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    Home wireless router

    I need a good wireless router for my home as my current D-Link Dir-825 just died. It has been a great router that I've been very happy with for the last 8 years or so. Just now I lost my wireless and a couple of restarts has not fixed the issue, so my assumption is that it has died. I've seen...
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    Judge Dismisses Piracy Case, Says IP Address Doesn’t Prove Anything

    The reason why people talk about the greed of the industry is when companies don't adjust their business models and pricing according to technology advances. Take books for instance. Bestsellers often still have paperback versions and sometimes hardback versions of books available cheaper than...
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    Stargate Franchise To Be Rebooted

    I loved the movie, SG-1 and Atlantis. If they can remake the movie and make sure it stays true to the original, I'd love to watch it. I'm just not sure how they would get two more movies out of it, unless they did something similar to SG-1.
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    Rhapsody Decides It’s A Great Idea To Rename Itself Napster

    Rhapsody is still around? Who knew?
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    Cheap Flagships: The Rise Of The $400 Smartphone

    The wife and I both got one of those a few months ago. Flagship specs at $350 and the phones have been great. When I first got mine, it wouldn't load Evernote and a handful of other apps from the play store. Searched Google and it was a common issue with that phone (specific error code). A...
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    Holdouts Of The Social Media Age

    Facebook facilitates the adultry, it doesn't cause it. I believe that's the concept here. Oh and yes, social media sux. I'm almost never on FB or LinkedIN, have never done anything with Twitter because I think the very premise of it is retarded and pretty much opt out of any other social...
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    FBI Director Admits Apple Encryption Case Could Set Legal Precedent

    I live in America, a country that (at least for now) let's me like or dislike any company I choose. I think Apple products are not worth the money they ask and I have no desire to be forced into a walled garden for all of my media needs. It has nothing to do with anything other than I don't...
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    FBI Director Admits Apple Encryption Case Could Set Legal Precedent

    My exact position. I hate Apple with a passion, but we're all fucked if Apple loses this one.
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    Best upgrade from an S5?

    We got my wife a Blu Pure XL and I've been pretty impressed with it so far. Unlocked, big beautiful screen, lots of RAM and storage, all for ~$350. Hoping it has good enough build quality to last...
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    Doom's Single-Player Campaign Lasts 13 Hours

    Loved FEAR. The Singleplayer was good and we played the multiplayer for years afterwards at LAN parties :D Similar here, but not quite as low. If it has a short single player campaign and good multiplayer, I will get it when it hits $30 or less. I haven't bought a lot of multiplayer in...
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    Rage $3

    I actually had this pre-ordered and received it from Amazon. Read the reviews and was able to return it (had paid around $50 or $60 for the pre-order). Bought it last year for ~$5 and have played it off and on for a few hours. Honestly I thought it was perfectly fine for that price. I...
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    Rage $3

    I bought it about a year ago on a Steam sale for $4.99 and never played it until a couple months ago. It wasn't anything fantastic, but for a mindless shooter it was okay. I played for a couple of weeks and then found the video poker machines and never looked back. It's worth $3 just to play...
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    New card questions

    Thanks for the posts. I'm opposed to buying used and also buying AMD. Too many reasons to go into, but I'm planning this card to work for me for the next 2 - 3 years with no issues. Fallout 4 is the reason I'm looking at a 4GB card, that and future proofing, at least somewhat. I've heard...
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    New card questions

    I don't game as much as I used to, but I'd like to be able to play occasional current games at a reasonable framerate, with either max settings or very high. My current system is in my signature, but basically I'm running my old core i7 @ 3.2Ghz, with 12GB of RAM and a 2GB GTX 660 video card...
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    Best Linux distro.. "best"..

    I used to be a power user. Started out knowing and loving the DOS prompt and was a Windows tech for about 16 years. I loved doing all the hardcore stuff, but lately I find myself wanting to just click something and for it to work, without any hassle. Mint is pretty good about that for me, at...
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    Best Linux distro.. "best"..

    The problem with that, at least for me, is that I like the old paradigm best, so sticking with it works well. New or different does not always mean better. That said, I like making liveUSB sticks with various distros to test, in case something comes along that I like better. I'll take a look...
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    Best Linux distro.. "best"..

    That's actually the same thing I did. This old Gateway gaming laptop I'm using had two drive bays, with two 500GB drives from WD in use with Windows 7. Removed both of those and installed a Sandisk SSD drive I got on sale and installed Mint on it (two years ago). I've been using it this way...
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