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    Graphics Card Failure?

    I had a similar problem last year. I removed the fans and heat sink and then cleaned (alcohol) and reapplied thermal compound. All of the dots/lines/blackouts/etc disappeared and I was back in business. Might be worth a shot.
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    Recharging an r134a refrigerator?

    I used to rescue old refrigerators and ice makers - but no more. Too much work. But, if you are doing it yourself, here is some info. During manufacturing, the unit is vacuumed down to remove air and moisture. Then a charge - usually about 4 oz of a propane/iso-butane mix is forced into the system and the line crimped. No charge valve normally. You would have to cut the low side line and braze a charging port to it. You will need a vacuum pump and gauges. Plus propane and iso-butane adapters for the gauges. All can be found on Amazon. Cheap gauges and vacuum pump - maybe on Craigslist. Souinds like an interesting project. Keep in mind that if you invest in the tools, you can always use them later on your autos.
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    [WTB] DDR3 32GB Memory (4x8GB or 2x16GB)

    Be sure to remember that when using 2 different sets of memory that you need to use the correct slots In general, on most motherboards the arrangement is 2-1-2-1 meaning set 1 and 2
  4. Thanks for the heads up - appreciated. You should know that WD is no longer making the Gold HD and when supplies run out, it is gone. The Gold is being replaced by the HD HGST which is, in effect, the same HD. The HGST is available in Helium high performance configuration at a slightly higher cost. A 14TB drive is about $550-$650. Wonder how many NAS can handle the size?
  5. Holy Moly, Batman. Now, if only we could get CPS's with base clock at 10GHz
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    Star Control: Origins Returns to Steam Store

    Just went to Steam - not yet available. Will check later
  7. I am using the Razer Black Widow Ultimate 2014 - Green Switches and love the tactile feel. Cost a lot but is worth it. Plus I really like the 5 programmable function keys
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    Official OCC 2018 Christmas Contest

    That is so cool - glad I entered. Everyone have a great new year..............
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    Dumb question

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    OCC's 2018 Christmas Contest is Live!

    Whether you win or I win or somebody else wins, a Merry Christmas to all and a very Happy New Year. On a similar note, I want to extend my appreciation to all of the OCC posts and comments. Day after day this past year I have learned something new about what is going on in the OCC community. It keeps this old retired tech guy's mind active. Thanks to all of the contributors.
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    Relegated: the 2009 xmas grand prize system.

    Wow!! That was a great read - thanks. I am willing to believe that many PC users have gone thru similar upgrades. It is just the way of our world.
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    is 2070 RTX worth it?

    Both JayzTwoCents and Gamers Nexus say the 2070 is at a better price point than the 2080. Does it have the 2080 power? No, Can it SLI? No But for those on a budget is a very well priced card and works very well.
  13. Wow!!!!!!!! Nice move MS - appreciate the action - if true.............
  14. Yes, this phenon has been widely reported. In past Win 10 updates I have had my Win 7 games , MS Office and Documents trashed. Part of the problem is also that Defender is always installed even thought I removed it. Defender is notorious for stopping old programs from loading. I have the app to reload Win 7 games and the MS Office installer + the toolkit to reset the key. I am waiting to see how bad it gets. LOL
  15. Programs can run even if it is not in the Startup folder. Especially when you have the program running but minimized and take down Windows without closing the active program. Win 10 will start that program back up when you boot. In the Registry - regedit - Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run These are the programs that Win 10 will start on boot.