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On and Off Or Leave It On?

04 July 2018 - 11:49 PM

For years, I've left my PC on, 24/7, but now I'm using an M.2 SSD card.  Should I shut down my PC to save it heat related ware and tear, or is it better to leave it on 24/7 to save wear and tear of the M.2 SSD from temperature differences between on and off?


04 July 2018 - 07:33 PM

I got a new Samsung 960 PRO NVMe M.2 2TB SSD.  I had just installed it onto my PC and installed Windows 7 on it.  I then installed the .exe version of CrystalDiskMark.



I did four tests of my new drive using the CrystalDiskMark software.  I did four tests, the 1GB, 4GB, 16GB, and 32GB tests. Here are the results.










What do you think?  Are those good numbers?


You know what's funny?  I spent around $1300.00 for the Samsung 960 PRO NVMe M.2 2TB SSD.  Now they have the 970 NVMe drive, and it's Gen 3 - 4 ready, also 2TB, and it is going for just over $700.00.


I feel cheated somehow, because now I'm realizing that my "new" 960 Pro is not Gen 3-4 ready...  Which means, I'm not using the full capabilities of my motherboard...




In any case, I want to know if those are good numbers.  What do you guys think?


O.K.  here is my USB3 stick getting the CrystalDiskMark treatment.  This time it's a 16GB USB3 stick, and I did five passes of a 50MiB test on it.




Is that too slow for USB3?

Keyboard and Mouse Delayed Access During Windows 7 Boot Up

02 July 2018 - 02:20 PM

EDIT:  I get to the point in the EDITS added at the bottom of all of my yapping....


My system build is Asus X99-E WS motherboard. I have a USB keyboard and mouse attached. Works fine until I install the Intel USB3 drivers.


After I install the drivers, the keyboard and mouse turn off, during Windows 7 start up. I have to wait around ten seconds before the keyboard and mouse come back on again.


I need the USB3 drivers, otherwise I’ll only have USB 2 and USB 1, plus there’s are a ton of devices that need the USB3 drivers installed. Device Manager shows a ton of device icons with exclamation points in yellow triangles. I need to install the USB3 drivers, because I have a ton of stuff that needs to work, but then It’ll slow the boot time by an extra 10 seconds.


I was having this problem with the keyboard and mouse before, but I didn’t know what caused it, in the past. Now, after getting Windows 7 installed onto a brand new Samsung 960 Pro NVMe M.2 drive, when I installed the Intel USB3 drivers, my boot time went from about 10 seconds to about 20 seconds, and that’s because was waiting for the keyboard and mouse to get recognized.


I have the latest drivers from ASUS website for this motherboard.


I went from mechanical hard drives straight to M.2 NVMe SSD… The difference in boot time is crazy! Until I installed the drivers…. Now it’s a really fast boot, but I have still have to wait for the keyboard and mouse to come on…


With the mechanical drives (four WD Raptors in RAID 5 array), boot time was a couple of minutes, because the keyboard and mouse delay was about a minute long. Now, my boot time is about 25 seconds (when I include POST).


I know that it seems silly to gripe about a 25 second boot time, when it used to be over a couple of minutes, before… But it is annoying, that that delay is still present, adding 10 seconds to the boot time.


Is there a fix for this?




I reread my post.  I guess I wasn't clear.  I'm asking if there is a way to get the new Intel USB3 drivers to, more quickly, without that 10 second delay, to recognize the keyboard and mouse during Windows 7 boot, on the ASUS X99-E SW motherboard?




My sense of time is pretty bad.  This time I actually measured how long the delay lasts before the USB keyboard and mouse are recognized....  40 seconds.  So, my boot time is actually one minute, when you go from POST through Win7 start up and then having to wait for the keyboard and mouse to become available.

Intel Fultondale 3 DC P3600 AIC 2TB PCI-Express 3.0

12 April 2018 - 05:53 PM

I want to get this...


I want to install Win7 on it.  I realize, I'm going to have to have drivers and stuff ready for Windows during the installation....


However, I'm starting to wonder if it's even possible.


Does anyone have any information on how I would make this work?


Here's what I want to use the drive on:


OS: Win7 Pro / Linux (usually Kubuntu, but I might try mint this time)


Mobo: Asus X99-E WS


RAM: Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4 64GB (four sticks)


Graphics: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (one - not in SLI.  No plans for SLI for this system)


Storage: Four WD Raptor (10,000 rpm) SATA drives in RAID 5, in external enclosure via eSATA port.  (This is a temporary arrangement until I got the above AIC SSD drive).



Net Neutrality Is In Danger Again

08 February 2017 - 10:50 PM

We have to protect the Internet - again....

Please, Americans, sign the petition.  There seems to be an option for non-Americans.  Follow the instructions for that, if you are not American, but want to have a say.

One of the biggest problems is that politicians in Washington, DC have decided to turn the Internet into a political football. They’ve made net neutrality a partisan issue, which is silly because it’s not -- it’s a basic technological principle that has made the Internet what it is today. Now the former lobbyist for Big Cable who's been put in charge of internet regulation, Ajit Pai, says he’s planning to “take a weed whacker” to the basic principle upholding the open web.

We need to show Congress and the FCC that people from all across the political spectrum love the Internet and don’t want politicians to screw it up by getting rid of net neutrality. Sign the petition, and check one of the boxes to show decision makers that people want the Internet to stay awesome, regardless of their political ideology.


The guy Trump picked for FCC Chairman, was one of the lobbyists for the big telecoms.  He has sworn to kill Net Neutrality.  This is one guy I think Republicans should NOT confirm.  Maybe, if you feel inclined, please also write to your Congressman/woman, and your Senator, and tell them NOT TO CONFIRM Ajit Pai for FCC Chairman.