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AkakmanH

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  1. I suggest you change the BIOS backup battery on the MOBO. Not all are created equal.
  2. It is interesting to see what users are up to when it comes to backup. Sometime back I replaced my Win 10 boot drive with a 1TB WD Blue. I use another WD Blue for backup. For backups I use Minitool which provides the ability to created a Boot USB for Backup. Because I an a retired tech, it is easy for me to boot from the USB and do the backup by creating a mirrored C drive. Minitool does a lot of other things like allocating partitions regardless of the drive size. Good luck with the Cloud Backup.
  3. Something I do not usually do is recommend a specific site for help with a problem like this But - you might want to go to http://www.kahlon.com/ Kahlon specializes in laptop memory, batteries, SSDs and hard drives.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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?
  8. Holy Moly, Batman. Now, if only we could get CPS's with base clock at 10GHz
  9. Just went to Steam - not yet available. Will check later
  10. 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
  11. That is so cool - glad I entered. Everyone have a great new year..............
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Wow!!!!!!!! Nice move MS - appreciate the action - if true.............
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. Great review Frank. Appreciate your efforts. I will be interested to see Frank's performance test of the folding. Looking forward to it. I do not think you will see much defference. If you believe JayZTwoCents and Gamers Nexis test results then you are not going to get much improvement considering the cost of the 2080. They were, of course, testing gaming and not other platforms like folding or everyday business use. Their conclusion is that there is not enough bang for the buck so users should wait for the prices to come down.
  19. You might want to reconsider the Polk system. Polk speakers, while sounding good, take more power to operate. Just means that in order to get the same sound as, say, a Klipsch, your volume has to be higher. Do a search on Amazon for "klipsch computer speaker system". You will find a THX system for $154.90. The sound quality will be much higher. Free shipping.
  20. Rise of the Tomb Raider. There is now a complete walk thru video on YouTube. 10 hours/8 minutes/1 second long - with no commentary. Maybe one of the OCC crew could do the same for Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
  21. Did you use a de-solder suction tool? Like this one - https://www.amazon.com/GBSTORE-Sucking-Vacuum-Desoldering-Remover/dp/B01K72SBWY/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1535291372&sr=8-6&keywords=solder+suction+tool Even a small amount of solder will keep the part in place.
  22. Use Bing and search "mm vs inch" Will give you the ability to key in mm or inch and see the conversion
  23. Going back about 20 years or so, MSI had a long run of bad motherboards.The area I live in has several large electronics, etc, warehouses in which you could buy many brands of computer components. I was building a lots of computers at the time so became friends with many of the staff and techs. My understanding was that about half of all the MSI MBs sold were returned within 90 days as they stopped working. Bad quality control? Inferior components? Who knows.... The thing is that once a brand gets a bad rep, it carries forward a generation until the newbies, who never heard of the brand, take their turn in the fishbowl. Has MSI improved? If you listen to the reviewers, yes. All desktop people have their favorite brand that they stick by whether it is MSI, Asus, Gigabyte (my favorite), Asrock or some other manufacturer. The competition in today's market is so heavy that a MB manufacturer can not afford to put out a truly bad product or they will not last. MSI is less expensive because they do not always have the same features as the "big boys". So, go with your gut. Go with what you can afford and trust the luck of the MB lottery because no matter which brand you choose, there might be a bad apple.
  24. My question is - allowing for water cooling (good setup), what is the life of a stock 8700K vs an overclocked 8700K. I would think the voltage boost would eventually push the VRMs to extinction let alone the CPU.
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