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Asus Z170-E mobo and Samsung 960 EVO SSD

07 February 2018 - 02:03 PM

I've been considering upgrading my current SATA SSD to a Samsung EVO 960 M.2, but not sure if my mobo will work properly with it. I don't have a good understanding of the NVMe protocol, so please be patient if I ask dumb questions.

  1. I checked the user manual for my current mobo, Asus Z170-E, which has an M.2 socket, but it looks like the socket needs to be configured in the BIOS setup........there are 2 choices of modes:
      a) M.2
      b) SATA EXpress

    The Asus manual states the following about the 2 modes:
      [M.2] SATA mode will be switched to M.2. SATA EXpress can only support PCIE devices
      [SATA EXpress] SATA mode will be switched to SATA EXpress. M.2 can only support PCIE devices

    This is confusing to me, there is no mention of NVMe, unless that is implicit for M.2 mode.

    SO............will a Samsung EVO 960 work, or will I need to get an 860 which uses the M.2 socket but I think uses SATA protocol?
  2. I don't have anything to use to install my copy of Windows 10 onto the new SSD because Microsoft upgraded my Windows 7 and turned it into Windows 10 a couple years ago.
    But, it is my understanding that Samsung includes some software with the 960 EVO that will copy the current c: drive onto the 960 EVO, which will then become the new c: drive. Is that correct? If correct, does that transfer happen smoothly or do people regularly incur difficulties?


Anyone out there running the Z170-E who has some experience with configuring the M.2 socket?

need advice for video card @ 2560 x 1440

04 February 2018 - 01:11 PM

I haven't kept up-to-speed on computer builds for quite a while, and I can really use some help. I upgraded my mobo, cpu and memory a couple years ago, but retained my old 9600 GSO video card. Recently, I downloaded a trial version of Fallout 4 (from Steam) and it would not run on my system........pretty sure the video card is not sufficient to allow the game to run.


So, I'd like to upgrade to something that will run games on my 27 inch monitor (2560 x 1440), but I don't need top-of-the-line performance. I plan to build a complete new rig sometime in the future (as soon as the chipmakers straighten out the Spectre and Meltdown problems), but until they do I will keep the current build and only upgrade the GPU.


Here is what I need:

  1. dual monitor support (currently run a 27 inch with a DVI connector, and a 24 inch with a VGA connector and a VGA-DVI adapter)
  2. ability to run games on the 27 inch monitor @ 2560 x 1440
  3. I don't really need really high framerates
  4. good low price
  5. no excessive power requirements

I sure can use the help.........all advice is appreciated. Thank you.

unable to run HALO in Windows 10

04 September 2017 - 11:46 AM

I wanted to re-play my old copy of HALO COMBAT EVOLVED and installed it on my rig which is now Windows 10 (used to be Windows 7). The installation seemed to preceed normally, but when I used the desktop icon to start the program it told me to log in as administrator. So, I did a right-click and selected "Run as Administrator". It looked like the program was starting to work, but then it popped-up a troubleshooter. After running the troubleshooter, the result was "Incompatible program".


Is there a work-around for this? Seems like I should be able to run older programs on Windows 10.........maybe not??

how to search for icons on my computer

28 June 2017 - 08:50 AM

I am running Windows10 and have tried to use file explorer to search my computer for icon files, but it is a clumsy operation and I'm not having much success. Is there an easy way to search the entire c: drive (or d: drive, or g: drive) for ALL the icons that are currently on the drive? It would be nice to be able to locate every icon that is currently on the computer, or on a thumb drive, etc.

Flash Player problems?

08 January 2017 - 08:59 AM

I haven't been following the issue at all, so I'm approaching this with very little info.


First question: Is there a problem, or a danger, using Adobe Flash Player? I would like to use an on-line electronic circuit design program that requires Flash Player to be installed in my Opera browser, and I've downloaded Flash Player ver did I make a mistake by doing that? I also installed the same version on Firefox.


Second question: What is the danger, if any?


Third question: Should I remove, or disable, Flash Player?