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    College Laptop Advice Needed

    You know, the surge protector advice is an excellent suggestion. I wouldn't have thought of it. Will go to Amazon right now and order one. For anyone interested, I wrote up a treatise of my 4 laptop picks for him to consider--two with a discrete video card and two without--and he felt most...
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    College Laptop Advice Needed

    I gotta say I love the Surface devices. I own two Surface Pros and a Surface Go myself. I do plan on presenting the Surface Laptop as an option to him (I don't like the feel of the detachable Pro keyboards myself, and I am a very fast touch typist, but the laptop keyboards are decent; and I...
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    College Laptop Advice Needed

    He'll be majoring in biology/science. From what I'm hearing, I'm thinking I should aim more toward this laptop being a combination entertainment lifeline and mini-workstation. So with that in mind, I'm thinking I'll present him with a few options but will suggest my overall pick as the XPS 15...
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    College Laptop Advice Needed

    He'll be in a dorm, sharing a tiny room, but he will have a small desk. Setting up an external monitor and possibly external GPU is really not an option at this stage of the game. So just really looking to get him a relatively reliable laptop with everything he needs and nothing he doesn't. Do...
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    College Laptop Advice Needed

    I'm planning on buying my grandson a laptop this month for him to take to his first year of college in the fall. Like me, he is more a desktop person, so when I try to get his preference on things, he just doesn't know and doesn't really have an opinion. So I've been doing some research and was...
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    New Modem Flashing DS light

    That is interesting information. I've started to see mention of this recently when researching what the heck I should do. I've ordered the Arris S33, and that should show up in a day or two. I think it's maybe a good thing--for me, anyway--that this particular Arris doesn't have a lot of...
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    New Modem Flashing DS light

    Motorola advised me to return the modem! That said, they did state that the power level of the upstream bonded channel is out of range. I will be returning this modem for refund. If I buy another modem (non-Motorola), might I still have issues due to that out-of-range power level? Or might...
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    New Modem Flashing DS light

    I think I'm probably driving myself crazy with this stuff. The DS light flashing just sent me off on a wild goose chase. As long as the light remains solid--and it's solid right now-- think I'll just let it be. As an aside, I did notice that after I finished playing an online VR game the DS...
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    New Modem Flashing DS light

    I had called the ISP (Cox) and the tech said everything looked fine on their end. My speedtest score was good. It was then suggested to me about being sure to reboot the router as well as the modem, which I had neglected to do, and doing that seemed to correct the issue. But only for a few days...
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    New Modem Flashing DS light

    FWIW, the DS light started flashing again yesterday, corrected/uncorrected numbers started showing again in the status columns, and my router (Amplifi Alien with LCD readout) showed network spikes. I honestly don't know if it's the modem (I rue not returning it when I could; I'm 3 days past my...
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    New Modem Flashing DS light

    I am hopeful this is resolved...I had previously neglected to also reboot the router when I rebooted the modem. I just did so; and while, of course, the light no longer flashes, when I checked the status on the modem, all those "uncorrected errors" are now at zero. I hope I was the cause of my...
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    New Modem Flashing DS light

    The manual says blinking blue downstream light means "negotiating bonded channel," with solid blue "bonded with 2 or more channels." It should be solid; I don't understand why it is indeed solid for a few days and then goes back to blinking, requiring a reboot to go solid again. I didn't know...
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    New Modem Flashing DS light

    Activated a new Motorola MB8611 (docsis 3.1) about three weeks ago. Seems to work fine, although I noticed the blue downstream light will start blinking rather than remain solid every few days. It doesn't affect internet connectivity; I can still connect, still stream, still game. But it will...
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    No longer able to transfer files from my pc to my amazon fire

    Might not be your issue, but whenever I want to put files on my husband's Fire, after connecting with USB I also--every time--have to go into USB settings on the Fire itself and tell it I want to use it as a media device. The default action when connecting with USB is to charge it. Once I...
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    Delete. Question resolved

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    Good lord, prescription lens inserts are an incredible game changer!

    I had bought from Widmo for my Vive. I bought from VR Optician for my Index. Either option doesn't interfere at all with any and all third-party cushion upgrades. I'm also using the Studioform Index Enthusiast Kit (the straps and weight balancing), which is awesome. I gotta think either lens...
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    Imminent power supply failure?

    I had run some stress testing initially with Prime 95 and FurMark running together, and everything ran fine (one of the reasons why I was so hesitant initially to jump on the PS failure bandwagon)...there were no restarts/reboots and temps were acceptable. So hopefully Seasonic will get this...
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    Imminent power supply failure?

    Asus Sabertooth Z97 Mark 2. Gad, I hope it's not the motherboard! Had all my sights on the power supply. Since writing the above, after working fine for a few days, the desktop just shut itself off while I was doing something, so I initiated a warranty PS replacement with Seasonic. I sent...
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    Imminent power supply failure?

    My desktop computer has a Seasonic X-850-KM3 that is 5 years old. Last week, the computer wouldn't boot; nothing happened when I pressed the on switch. Using the 30-second discharge tip, it came on and ran just fine. I ran a number of stress tests, and all ran perfectly, good temps, no...
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    VR with prescription glasses

    I normally wear trifocals and have been using VR for years...since the original Vive. The trifocals were a little uncomfortable under the Vive--and later, the Index--headsets, but they worked just fine. I couldn't play for very long only because the tightness of the headset (combined with the...
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    Valve Index

    I put on the Index headset just intending to check on something....and 90 minutes later I had to force myself to stop playing. This is pretty unheard of for me. I've never been able to play that long at one sitting. But I wanted to clarify about the black levels. I am actually indeed seeing...
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    Valve Index

    Early impressions: I got my Index and the Knuckles controllers on Friday. I'm using them with my OG Vive lighthouses. First and foremost, for me, I gotta say the audio is great. I love the "off-the-ears" concept. While no audiophile, I feel it just sounds terrific and makes for a more complete...
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    Valve Index

    Yes, my card has VirtualLink, and I plan on getting the Valve adapter...it's at the Steam store with a July date on it. Perhaps they'll release that sooner. Along with the Index!
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    Valve Index

    Gosh, what gave it away that I'm not very technically oriented? Just overanxious...overexcited...thanks for kindly setting me straight.
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    Valve Index

    Ordered the headset and controllers...first wave. Now, I have an Nvidia 2080 Ti FE, which I think only has one DP? My monitor (Acer Predator) requires the DP for G-sync. The Index requires this, too, so I'm thinking I'd have to resort to HDMI for my monitor. I had forgotten that the 2080 Ti...
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    Valve Index

    I'll be in for one, for sure. Even though the resolution is not quite as high as I was hoping, it's still better than my OG Vive, and I'm thinking it will subjectively present even better and just be an overall better experience. The headset itself looks to be especially comfortable, with lots...
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    Valve Index

    Yes, I know May 1st is the preorder date. I was just wondering about actual timing, like the hour it will go up for sale. Don't know whether Valve will put it up at midnight of April 30th or just any time during the day on May 1st. I think they're in the Pacific time zone? I'm in the Central...
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    Valve Index

    Yes, it is backward compatible with 1.0 lighthouses. (Conversely, keep in mind that one is NOT able to use the Vive controllers with the Index 2.0 lighthouses). I'm planning on using my Vive lighthouses with the Index and Index controllers, as well. Anyone have any time guestimate as to...
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    HTC Vive Owners Thread

    Re: Vive Wireless Adapter...I've been watching a few youtube vids, and a number of them have mentioned excessive heat, some so excessive that the guy had a burn on his head. You guys with the adapter...have you also noticed this? Are you having to compensate for it by putting something between...
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    HTC Vive Owners Thread

    Just placed the order for the prescription insert. Wish I had done it sooner; it was cheaper than the rimless VR glasses I had just bought and sounds like it would work even better. Thanks for the prod. I can't wait.
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    HTC Vive Owners Thread

    I think I probably need to just keep tinkering with fitting settings and just accept I can't wear the headset for longer than an hour, at most. The discomfort is mostly on my forehead and under eyes, where the outline of the goggles presses in so deeply that it causes ridges. But, as...
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    HTC Vive Owners Thread

    Been following this thread as I'm in a quandry as to my next VR upgrade route. I have the original Vive and have added the deluxe audio strap and a leather insert that is specifically made to help better fit smaller heads. I also recently got a 2080 Ti, which allows me to supersample and...
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    Edge blocking screensaver?

    I have indeed tried restarting the browser, clearing the cache, all the usual suspects. I was just wondering if some flight simmers might have found newer products, maybe from Logitech, to play better with screen savers. Seems like this has been a longstanding problem, with some having various...
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    Edge blocking screensaver?

    Honestly, while I'm not even sure if Edge is the instigator of this particular problem just because it *seems* like it is, I like Edge and actually prefer it. The purpose of asking the question is not only to validate if this is the problem based on others' experiences but to see if anyone had...
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    Edge blocking screensaver?

    I added a new (administrator) user to my old computer and gave it to my husband for his daily usage. When the machine first boots up, screen saver works normally. Once he actually opens Edge to browse, that effectively seems to block all future screen saver activity. Whether Edge is opened...
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    Basic smartphone recommendation

    I'd never heard of this site. Will bookmark it for the future. I do still need one more phone (only bought one G6) after I get Christmas all paid off. Got the G6 for my SO; figured I would check out its features and decide whether I wanted one as well. It actually has lots of really nice...
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    Basic smartphone recommendation

    Just ordered the Moto G6 today, the same one you have, although I did pay $299. Should get it in a few days. Thanks to Aurelius, who suggested it originally, and all who seconded it.
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    Basic smartphone recommendation

    You know, I gotta say that I appreciate your dose of reality. While I certainly don't want a crappy phone--which is why I posted here looking for advice--I guess I'm just not the type of person who requires all the fancy bells and whistles of a more expensive phone. I'm sure there are folks who...
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    Basic smartphone recommendation

    Ah, man...it says in big, bold letters $300 and then in much, much smaller letters "in three installments" or $900 upfront. Definitely out of my budget. Will keep perusing. Just wondering if I should spend a *little* more, knowing I will hold onto the phone for a few years. The search goes...
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    Basic smartphone recommendation

    My browsing has led me to the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Nah, using a stylus is not at all on my radar. But price is right. Comparing it to the Moto G6, is it better/faster or are they comparable? Specs:
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