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Everything posted by AkakmanH

  1. Or, for something reasonably priced, if you have a few extra $$$ get a new battery from http://www.kahlon.com/
  2. I am a bit late to this post but you might want to look at Gamer's Nexus, Linus and JayzTwoCents reviews on YouTube. All agree that for the marginal increase in performance the 3080TI is overpriced Buyer Beware.
  3. I know you have probably already made your choice but wanted to pass on some info. About 2 years go I decided to go to a VPN and started looking around for the best and most reliable. I went thru several VPN providers before I settled on Mozilla VPN. The problem with the other VPN providers was that I use Thunderbird and more often than not, I would fail to get mail and sending mail often required that I shut down the VPN in order to send mail without a failure to connect error. In the case of 2 VPNs, after a software update, Win 10 would crash. Only a system restore fixed the problem. Thank God for Restore Points and system backups. Also, of note, if you are on Amazon Prime, you can not watch any videos using a VPN. Amazon simply will not let you do it. This was true of every VPN that I used. I have dropped Prime.
  4. You might try a search on your C Drive for "startup". There are several "startup" folders. Look in each one for any programs you have not installed. Particularly in your "Users" folder under AppData.
  5. Even before I dropped Netflix I had become disappointed with their selections which I thought were weak. Add to that I became really concerned with Netflix when they moved to a PC/Woke/Socialist/Marxist agenda. When Netflix brought the Obamas on board their membership really started dropping. Not sure they will survive.
  6. When pointed at you, you should hear more highs and a little less base. Highs tend to dissipate when not pointed at you. Voices, like talk shows should appear more clear.
  7. Trying to do a response to "cloning my os" but get a message saying I am blocked. Reason?

  8. If you buy KeyFinder Plus, you can view all your product keys - $18.......... https://www.top-password.com/product-key-finder.html
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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?
  15. Holy Moly, Batman. Now, if only we could get CPS's with base clock at 10GHz
  16. Just went to Steam - not yet available. Will check later
  17. 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
  18. That is so cool - glad I entered. Everyone have a great new year..............
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Wow!!!!!!!! Nice move MS - appreciate the action - if true.............
  23. 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
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