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  1. GotNoRice

    Windows 11 will run fine on older computers

    https://www.theverge.com/22644194/microsoft-windows-11-minimum-system-requirements-processors-changes Of course, many of us have already been running it on older systems, but it previously required swapping a DLL file from the Windows 10 install to bypass the requirements. I have it running on...
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    Amazon Fire HD Tablets - experiences

    I'm curious what people's experiences have been with these tablets. There have been many times when I've been looking for a cheap tablet, for myself or others, and these seem like decent quality for the price. There are just some things that I'm not sure about. A few years ago I might not...
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    Old iPad Air, won't charge.

    I was given an older iPad Air, model A1475. The iPad won't turn on, only showing an empty battery icon on the screen with a red line at the bottom of the battery icon. I've tried to charge it using 2 different lightning cables, and about 6 different USB chargers including several that can do...
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    Any experience with Foxconn PVA080G12Q 80x80x25mm PWM fan?

    A friend decided to dust out their computer. Apparently they decided to do this while the computer was still turned on. Then somehow during the cleaning they stuck something into the CPU fan (Delta AFB0812SH 80x80x25mm PWM) and broke a fan blade. At that point they decided that they had done...
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    Old Asus M2N68-AM Plus RAM issue

    I'm working on an old computer that was not booting up. The motherboard is a Asus M2N68-AM Plus (Socket AM2 / DDR2). After troubleshooting, it appears to be a RAM issue. With both slots populated with identical modules, the system will not POST. With either module in the first slot only...
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    Cooler Master 212 Evo vs 212 Evo V2 (using the same fans)

    Is the Cooler Master 212 Evo V2 a significant improvement, or even an improvement at all, over the older 212 Evo? I'm talking about the heatsink itself. Not the fans. They come with different fans, but I use my own fans, two high-CFM PWM fans in push-pull. It's surprisingly difficult to find...
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    Best Web Browser for iMac G3 w/ OS X 10.3.9

    I'm looking to refurbish an old iMac G3 as a fun side project. It was inherited from a grandparent, and the last time I did anything with it was probably 13-14 years ago. At the time, I upgraded it from OS 9 to OS X, and I believe it's already running the latest supported version which is...
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    pfSense 2.5.0 upgrade results?

    I've been running 2.4.5 for a while. I see that starting a few days ago the 2.5.0 upgrade finally became available. This is pretty significant as it includes a newer version of FreeBSD, etc. I'm just curious if others have upgraded already and what their experiences are. I'm torn between...
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    60Hz FreeSync vs 120hz Non-FreeSync

    Assume that all other aspects of the two monitors are identical, and the system has a CPU+GPU that can reliably push 120fps. Which do you feel would provide a smoother gaming experience, a 60Hz Freesync monitor or a 120hz Non-Freesync monitor?
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    Corsair Keyboard RGB iCUE issue.

    I got a Corsair K55 not long ago, which is my first Corsair keyboard and the first time I've used their iCUE software. The default RGB profile for this keyboard is basically a strobing rainbow pattern. I'm not a fan. I used iCUE to change it to a single color, and it works fine for the most...
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    Displayport - more than one.

    Displayports or Displayport Ports? The 2nd seems more logical, as you would say "HDMI Port", and if you just substitute Displayport, that becomes "Displayport Port", but "Displayports" does sound more natural. I know that it would be easy enough to sidestep the question by just using a term...
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    High Amperage fans using PWM Splitter

    I'm curious if anyone has any experience running high-amperage fans via a PWM splitter. I'm talking about something like this: https://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?area=en&pid=526 I use one already, but the fans I have connected are all rated between .20a and .50a. It works great with...
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    Random Color banding issue.

    I have a recurring issue where I will start to notice obvious color banding on images in websites or images on my computer. It only does it on my center monitor (Samsung C32HG70 32" 1440P 144hz HDR monitor) and not either of my side monitors (HP ZR2740W 27" 1440P 60hz non-HDR monitors). My...
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    Will you be able to "fix" a Windows 10X laptop?

    https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10x/246157/windows-10x-for-single-screens-leaks I saw this and was somewhat disappointed, but not sure how it will play out. "Windows 10 S" sucks, because you are limited to the app store unlike a real computer. The best part of Windows 10 S was that...
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    Membrane Keyboards and similar Mechanical keyboards

    I'm seemingly one of the few that still uses a Membrane keyboard. My favorite keyboard was my old Logitech G15 (2nd generation) which I'd probably still be using today except that I accidentally spilled water on it. I got a cheap Logitech G105 (also a membrane keyboard) to hold me over and...
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    Origin CPU Usage

    I'm seeing a lot of background CPU usage with Origin. It's almost always using between 4-7% CPU even while minimized in the system tray. While 4-7% isn't necessarily a lot, with my 12C/24T 3900X, 4-7% could easily represent utilization of one entire core. That's still not necessarily a big...
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    DISH "Home Media" app - Gone?

    We have DISH (Satellite TV service) and on the main "Hopper" box, there was an app called "Home Media". This allowed you to access media from a DLNA server on your network and stream it directly to the cablebox. This was handy because I have a rather large amount of media on my fileserver. We...
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    Breathing new life into an "old" soundcard. Creative X-Fi Titanium HD

    Here I have my trusty old X-Fi Titanium HD. I've owned it for about a decade now. It has been a great card for me that entire time. For a long time, I used it in my main computer. A couple of years ago I swapped from using the X-Fi Titanium HD in my main computer to using a regular X-Fi...
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    3900X on a Gigabyte B450M-DS3H

    I'm looking for opinions about if a Gigabyte B450M-DS3H will work well with a Ryzen 3900X. According to Gigabyte, the processor IS supported (the motherboard is already running the latest BIOS) https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/B450M-DS3H-rev-10/support#support-cpu But I have read...
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    Trying to use Netgear C7000 as Access Point - but having issues

    I was given a Netgear C7000, which is a combo CableModem + Router + WiFi unit. I already have a separate CableModem and router, so my intention is to use it as an 802.11ac access point and retire one of my older 802.11n access points. It does not have an option to disable the router and/or...
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    World of Warcraft: Shadowlands

    I'm curious who else here is going to be playing in the new expansion, and what your thoughts are. Shadowlands is going to be released on October 26th. The 9.0 patch will come a few weeks or a month before that, introducing all of the mechanical changes (both gameplay changes and changes to...
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    How to control what can prevent my monitor from turning off - Windows 10

    I have my power & sleep settings set to turn my monitors off after 15 minutes. Some programs, however, are able to keep my monitors awake. For example, if I'm watching a movie, the movie will prevent my monitors from going to sleep. That's an example that I'm fine with. The problem is that...
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    Silverstone 600w SST-ST60F-SG - Any info?

    I've got the opportunity to pick one of these up for a great price in brand-new condition, but I can't find any info anywhere about this unit. From what little I've been able to find, it seems like it came bundled with some small case that Silverstone sold, but the PSU itself was never sold...
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    Experiences using unbuffered ECC ram with a desktop motherboard/CPU

    Does unbuffered ECC ram generally work with desktop motherboards/CPUs? Note that I'm not talking about registered memory. I'm talking about unbuffered ECC modules.
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    Simple webserver without HTTPS no longer possible?

    OK, so long story short, for 15+ years I've run my own simple webserver using my own internet connection via IIS at gotnorice.com. No website, I just use it mainly for hosting pictures that I post on forums as well as when I need to send files to someone, I can just toss it on there and send...
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    Opinions about Intel Pro 1500 and 2500 series SSDs

    I'm looking for opinions on using these drives for cheap SSD upgrades for older computers. I still do a lot of upgrades on older computers (many in the 10-15 year old range), often with CPUs like a Q6600. Despite the age of the CPU, they are generally still enough for basic office and web...
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    Cheapest Low-Profile Videocard that can do 4K over HDMI

    I'm looking for a Low-Profile videocard that can do 4K over HDMI, as cheap as possible. Cheaper than something like a GT1030. Currently my HTPC is a 2500K with an AMD Radeon 7770, which can do 4K @ 30Hz over HDMI. I recently got an older Dell SFF PC with an i5-3470 pretty much for free, and...
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    Browser volume stuck at 50%

    I'm having a problem where when I view or listen to web content such as Youtube or Pandora, the volume is stuck at 50%. I'm not talking about the volume slider. In every case, the volume slider on the website, as well as in the windows volume control, is at 100% for both the program and the...
  29. GotNoRice

    Samsung PM981 OEM SSD

    Does anyone have any experience with this OEM NVMe SSD? I'm trying to figure out if it would compare favorably to a Samsung 850 Pro SATA SSD of similar size. I know that it uses TLC whereas the 850 Pro uses MLC, but the PM981 is a bit newer and also NVMe.
  30. GotNoRice

    x570 Aorus Ultra showing Videocard using PCIE 1.0?

    Looking in the BIOS of my Aorus Ultra x570 motherboard, it seems to show that my RTX 2080 is only using PCIE 1.0. It does show it running at 16x, but 16x using PCIE 1.0 is obviously a lot slower than 16x using PCIE 3.0, which I believe is what the RTX 2080 should be using. The card running...
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    Upgrade from PCIe 3.0 NVME SSD to PCIe 4.0?

    I'm currently running a Samsung 960 Pro NVME SSD. That is a PCIe 3.0 M.2 Drive. Now that I've upgraded to a PCIe 4.0 capable x570 chipset motherboard, it makes me wonder if it would be worth it to upgrade my SSD. My questions are: -Would I gain anything other than sequential read/write...
  32. GotNoRice

    Join two Cat6 cables together, outside.

    I have a length of Cat6 cable that I use to connect my home to my garage. The garage is separate from the house, almost like a barn, with 60 feet or more separating them. I used Cat6 cable that is waterproof and rated for outdoor direct burial. Cable is buried in the ground maybe 6" deep...
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    How long do you use your phone before you replace it?

    I'm just curious how long people on here keep their phones (as their active, main phone). What made me curious was reading an article that was linked on Slashdot: https://www.engadget.com/2019/08/23/us-phone-upgrade-strategy-analytics/ Apparently the average time a phone remains active is...
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    Computer freeze, always while game minimized or running in background

    I'm having trouble figuring this one out. I can game all day long and my computer will never lock up as long as the game is not minimized or in the background. I don't have any issues when not gaming either. But when I am playing a game and I minimize it to do something else, or even when I...
  35. GotNoRice

    7.1 Analog Output from X-Fi XtremeMusic

    I would like to use 7.1 analog output from an X-Fi XtremeMusic so I can run that into the 7.1 analog inputs on an older home theater receiver. It's a nice HT receiver but does not support newer codecs such as Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD Master Audio. 99% of movie watching is done through the...
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    32" 16:9 monitor too big for Gaming?

    What are your opinions when it comes to using a 32" 16:9 LCD for gaming? I've read a bit about the larger screen pushing more content into your peripheral vision and potentially having to move your head around more compared to something like a 27", resulting in less awareness, possible neck...
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    How easy is it to "fix" a clogged corsair AIO (H100i GTX)

    Seems that my H100i GTX has a clog in it. It's no longer giving me decent cooling (CPU overheat in <30 seconds with anything that actually uses all 6 cores), and testing shows that the temperature of one of the hoses stays exactly the same idle vs load while the temperature of the other hose...
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    Lightning killing cablemodem ethernet port.

    A little backstory. The house did not have cable service and is located about a quarter mile away from the road where the cable ISP's lines are. They were not willing to run cable all the way to the house, claiming it would be too expensive. The house uses a well for water, and the little...
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    Samsung S27A950D "Not Optimum Mode" Displayport error.

    My 27" Samsung S27A950D is having an issue where several times a day it will stop displaying what is on-screen and instead only display a "Not Optimum Mode" error instead. This only happens when connected via Displayport. Only turning the monitor off and then on again fixes it. It's...
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    Arctic F12 Fan CFM

    I was looking at the Arctic F12 Fan, the basic 120mm 3-pin version, as you can get a 5-pack for ~$20 and it seems like a decent general purpose case fan. On their website it shows the airflow for this fan as 53CFM (90.1 m3/h), however, many places that have this fan for sale show the fan as...
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