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  1. Axman

    Steam Deck Tips & Tricks

    This is fantastic!
  2. Axman

    Microsoft to Remove Ability to Install Win 11 Pro Without Being Online and Signing in to Microsoft Account

    Saying gaming on Linux is here has been a thing for well over 20 years and it's always been a lie. Honestly, the only way Linux gaming takes off is if Valve throws their back into it while Microsoft breaks Windows. Hey, lookie what's happening!
  3. Axman

    Microsoft to Remove Ability to Install Win 11 Pro Without Being Online and Signing in to Microsoft Account

    It's important to gamers. Microsoft is using gamers as the early adopter force for Direct X and other cutting-edge features that make new hardware and software adoption so important. They already now they can sell Windows as a service to the plebs. They've been doing it for a decade, with the...
  4. Axman

    Crypto Miners, Not Gamers, Were The Primary Buyers of Graphics Cards Since 2021, Almost $15 Billion Worth of GPU Sales Reported

    Whatever was this guys original claim to fame? Serious question, why do people listen to this guy and his crew?
  5. Axman

    Microsoft to Remove Ability to Install Win 11 Pro Without Being Online and Signing in to Microsoft Account

    Windows *will* be easier. It will be a joystick you plug in and select which version of Windows Microsoft gives you. This is why I think the Steam Deck is more important than anything Linux has ever done. It's giving gamers options.
  6. Axman

    Microsoft to Remove Ability to Install Win 11 Pro Without Being Online and Signing in to Microsoft Account

    Only for businesses with site licensing. We're only a couple of years away from this with Windows. I wouldn't be surprised if it's Windows 12.
  7. Axman

    Microsoft to Remove Ability to Install Win 11 Pro Without Being Online and Signing in to Microsoft Account

    It's a necessary step before Windows as a Service. Gotta mess up the installation method, first, then completely get rid of legacy media, then have a USB boot, connect to the internet, then download and install Windows from there.
  8. Axman

    Microsoft to Remove Ability to Install Win 11 Pro Without Being Online and Signing in to Microsoft Account

    Rufus 3.19 adds bypass for mandatory Windows 11 22H2 Microsoft Account requirement https://www.neowin.net/news/rufus-319-adds-bypass-for-mandatory-windows-11-22h2-microsoft-account-requirement/
  9. Axman

    Anyone get their Steam Deck ordered?

    For everyone who's feeling a little left behind, Valve just more than doubled Deck production:
  10. Axman

    RTX 4xxx / RX 7xxx speculation

    I don't think they're going to be monolithic at the top end, they'll just be using a single GPU die. They will have other chiplets for other functions like the I/O die. Again, rumored to be.
  11. Axman

    Mazda Rotary Engine Returning in 2019 as EV Range Extender

    Rotary engine? All of it.
  12. Axman

    AMD announces Ryzen 7000 Zen 4 CPUs

    Yeah, I was, anyway.
  13. Axman

    RTX 4xxx / RX 7xxx speculation

    Recent rumors say their gaming GPUs will have not multiple graphics dies. Only the workstation parts.
  14. Axman

    AMD announces Ryzen 7000 Zen 4 CPUs

    AMD was caught with their pants down on that one. Those were designed to be laptop parts paired with APUs for OEMs. Now, I'm not saying it's impossible for it to happen again in the future, but the fact that they're going to have console-power APUs down the line, and they've said they want to...
  15. Axman

    AMD announces Ryzen 7000 Zen 4 CPUs

    Given the longevity AMD typically gives their sockets, I think early adopters would benefit a lot from getting the higher-end boards with 5.0 for both. The fact that they're giving 5.0 priority for storage goes back to what I've been saying for a while. Storage will be a bigger bottleneck...
  16. Axman

    Downgrade to upgrade?

    Yeah, but aren't the patches basically optional on AMD parts? IIRC they can only be used with physical access, but I could be misremembering. On the Intel parts, if you go far enough back, you might even have to disable multithreading. I don't have them installed on my AMD machines.
  17. Axman

    Downgrade to upgrade?

    I wouldn't want to keep that 6700K around. That was affected by Meltdown and Spectre, right? Push come to shove, wait for AM5, sell it all off, and start from scratch. Of course, it will be worth less money then. Can you sell it now, and make do with a laptop or something?
  18. Axman

    Apples M2 looks like a beast.

    They're at least a generation ahead with their accelerators, and they have a closed ecosystem. Maybe not as closed as, say, a Playstation or Xbox, but you can squeeze a lot of performance out of the hardware when you've got a lot of control. But in raw performance terms, only Apple fans will...
  19. Axman

    AMD announces Ryzen 7000 Zen 4 CPUs

    If it does become a reality, it would be a very, very smart move on AMD's part. Yeah, some people will feel burned, especially I think the 5800X3D buyers, but it would be a giant middle finger to Intel and convince new buyers that AM5 will see similar long-life support.
  20. Axman

    Crypto Miners, Not Gamers, Were The Primary Buyers of Graphics Cards Since 2021, Almost $15 Billion Worth of GPU Sales Reported

    Nvidia doesn't plan to make a lot of lower-end cards going forward. They want people to buy used or new old stock from previous generations. AMD, too, but they'll have APUs to serve the entry-level and mid-tier bracket.
  21. Axman

    Crypto Miners, Not Gamers, Were The Primary Buyers of Graphics Cards Since 2021, Almost $15 Billion Worth of GPU Sales Reported

    This is a weird way of saying companies were selling video cards to mining businesses and not gamers. Slinging heat at hobby miners is a lot easier than admitting things like LHR cards were a joke and nothing more than marketing to keep the fanbase locked in.
  22. Axman

    Steam Deck officially announced by Valve

    Neat. Maybe someone will make a drop in backplate with a machined heat spreader … if it fits in the carry case, I’d buy one for sure.
  23. Axman

    AMD announces Ryzen 7000 Zen 4 CPUs

    APUs make sense, and so does an 8c/16t gaming part for people who felt like the 5800X3D was more of a side-grade than an upgrade.
  24. Axman

    AMD announces Ryzen 7000 Zen 4 CPUs

    I don't think anyone saw this coming: Be interesting if this bears fruit. It's just a rumor, after all.
  25. Axman

    Picking a gaming laptop from Costco

    They've already listed some of the models for sale on their website.
  26. Axman

    Steam Deck Tips & Tricks

    If you install a game that runs Origin in the background, there is *no way* to change the Origin settings right now. Do not use the cloud save feature! It's not reliable. And the worst part: if you uninstall and reinstall the game, it will keep the old Origin settings. My Deck ate my Mass...
  27. Axman

    Received a Dead Deck

    One of the things that took me a while to get my head around is that some of the buttons, the touchpads, and the joysticks don't function all the time in the same way. They have different default modes depending on what you're doing. Not saying he doesn't have a bad shoulder button at all...
  28. Axman

    Apples M2 looks like a beast.

    No, you can't, you can only turn off some of it, see what is shared, or disable or delete your account: And that's just for apps, they do other stuff with your wifi, GPS, Bluetooth, and personal information.
  29. Axman

    Apples M2 looks like a beast.

    There is no way to turn it off entirely that I know of. Could you tell me how? I got bored and read the terms and conditions of my iPhone yesterday before updating it.
  30. Axman

    Bad Juju :( Black screen on boot

    If you remove the CPU and the RAM entirely, just disconnect them, and the motherboard freaks out and throws a bunch noise at you, or lights, then you know the motherboard might be OK, and that you need to focus on the CPU or RAM. Since you've already tried individual RAM sticks, that will help...
  31. Axman

    Apples M2 looks like a beast.

    They'll just do Apple stuff, wait for AMD and Nvidia to dump tons of money into ARM, and then license their stuff.
  32. Axman

    Apples M2 looks like a beast.

    I've had Lenovos and Apples for years, and yeah, while Lenovo support is not as good as Apple, their hardware, especially at the top end of mobile, is as good as Apple's, sometimes better, and a lot cheaper. Also there are plenty of people who can work on Lenovos after the warranty expires. I...
  33. Axman

    Bad Juju :( Black screen on boot

    Does the behavior change without the RAM or the CPU pulled?
  34. Axman

    Bad Juju :( Black screen on boot

    I thought he said different cable…
  35. Axman

    Bad Juju :( Black screen on boot

    Uhg. Worst kind of problem. I'd also start by trying an old GPU.
  36. Axman

    Apples M2 looks like a beast.

    It's right there in the terms and conditions, they collect data, including non-anonymous data, to provide support to their app developers and advertisers.
  37. Axman

    Apples M2 looks like a beast.

    Most of Apple's lineup are made in China and I'm not sure Apple is a safer software company than Microsoft is. The only way to ensure you've got real control is probably to put together a Gentoo rig and then set up a separate machine as a router that sniffs every single packet and logs everything.
  38. Axman

    Apples M2 looks like a beast.

    Thanks for finding this. The link to the removal tools is this: https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/ps500002 <--- search for "LSE" there's one for desktop, one for laptop. I ran it on both my laptops and neither of them had it. On the one hand, it's skeezy that they did it. On the other...
  39. Axman

    Apples M2 looks like a beast.

    Still better than the rest. The only thing that's gone down, really, is bloatware. So do a clean install, which you should do with any laptop, anyway.
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