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Anonymous 15/07/03(Fri)23:09 No. 21825 ID: 6513f9 [Reply]

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Well I'm having a terrible week and it culminated with my PC randomly shutting off while I was playing an MMO. I tried to turn it back on and nothing. I swapped out the power cable and tried again and it started for a second then I heard sparks and it was back down, and I could smell smoke afterwards. I have an old PSU laying around and I tried to install that and it didn't, still nothing. I built my PC about 3 years ago and I think most of my parts are still under warranty, but I'm not even sure what to claim warranty on as I'm not sure which part is not working. I just know it isn't the power supply. Possibly the motherboard? I'm not even sure how to troubleshoot, as its not like I have a spare processor lying around to swap out with, or a new motherboard.

I'm honestly just considering piecing the parts out to sell and build a totally new PC. I guess I would find out which part doesn't work when I have an angry person yelling at me. I've been considering a new PC for awhile. I suppose I can always use some of the parts from my old build, such as the HDDs. I really want a case under 6" but it seems the only cases that qualify are server cases. Any suggestions? Has to have an external 5.25" bay and 2 expansion slots for a video card.

It's interesting to note that at the same time my PC went down, our router/modem went down as well. That was because the wall plugin was only half way in, which I think may have caused my problems...

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Anonymous 15/07/19(Sun)13:49 No. 21881 ID: a0998f

Well I don't see it on my BIOS so what an I to do? Not only that but all the DIMMs were at 100% with my GTX560, before I had to remove everything from my PC to debug (read OP and following). Unless installing a new GPU changed XMP somehow?

And still, would a bad/default XMP result in the memory being undervoltage and underutilized. If no, I want to fix that before I worry about something like XMP...

When I was in my computer I noticed it could've used a clean so I'm probably going to do that tomorrow... I doubt it'll help but hey, who knows...

Anonymous 15/07/20(Mon)00:34 No. 21883 ID: 38acda

Heres an update: I did some research and I think that EOCP is the same as XMP?

In that case I've tried setting to both DDR1600 and Profile1 and neither changed the voltage, the speed, or the capacity so I don't think that is it...

Anonymous 15/07/20(Mon)10:56 No. 21888 ID: 5e1030

What I suspect is that your problems weren't just limited to the GPU, whatever nuked your GPU also nuked other components. Now that you replaced the GPU the other component failures are exposing themselves.

My last AMD system had a setting under memory called "Auto tweak DIMMs" or something similar, but that was a DDR2 system. It worked similar though, let me jump from 800 (fastest stock DDR2 setting) to 1066 ("overclocked").

Mechanical Keyboard Anonymous 15/07/20(Mon)08:39 No. 21887 ID: c05181 [Reply]

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What's public opinion on mechanicals? Looking at getting my first one, wanted to find a balance between gaming and everyday typing, but still wanted that nostalgic clackety-clack. I'm leaning towards a brown, but I was eyeing the reds and blues also.

Anonymous 15/06/26(Fri)23:04 No. 21818 ID: ade12b [Reply]

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We're all aware that Windows 10 is being released for free by the end of next month, and I'm honestly a little excited about it, too.

I just want to ask a question to those of you who are deciding to upgrade to it: will you be upgrading on day one, or will you wait? Why?

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Anonymous 15/07/13(Mon)01:21 No. 21856 ID: b4a38c

Are you that hipster from the other thread on /b/? You sound like it.

If so you're a little behind... behind-the-times Get it? Because you're a trend-following troll! in finding this thread.

ice 15/07/14(Tue)12:28 No. 21858 ID: 866b0c

>XP master race reporting in
shit in your mouth

Anonymous 15/07/20(Mon)08:36 No. 21886 ID: 04dfea

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He's right. Microsoft pisses me off by offering me something that'd keylog my ass so they can send my shit to the NSA thinking I'm some terrorist or they want to steal my financial shit, fuck them liars.

Urgent: cucked my manjaro machine. Anonymous 15/07/19(Sun)08:26 No. 21878 ID: 6ebab6 [Reply]

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In dire need of help. Tried asking /r/, but phone was being too slow.
Using manjaro Linux. Last night I did a long wipe of a flash drive (not one containing the operating system. Just one that I was formatting for storage use as a normal pen drive). Later in the night, after that had been closed out, I tried to switch to lxdm. After running a command I do not recall, I rebooted to see it boot into lxdm so I could start using a wider variety of window managers, but alas, I got this. After as much fiddling as I could muster, I was left helpless. Stuck With 3g data, no live USB, a broken disk drive, no extra computer, and no wired internet, I came to this page as a last-ditch effort. Please help. (manjaro 64 bit installed on a lenovo ideapad y510-p. Was using gdm but tried to switch to lxdm and fecked self)

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Anonymous 15/07/19(Sun)10:19 No. 21880 ID: 3b20f8

looks like your machine was relying on the flash drive to boot. good luck dude

Anonymous 15/07/20(Mon)05:13 No. 21884 ID: 18d731

Update: Installed Manjaro i3. With the help of a buddy's computer. Just overwriting new /home/ with old one. There's a hell of a learning curve, but it's much faster.

Anonymous 15/07/20(Mon)08:07 No. 21885 ID: 04dfea

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Well OP, I was right.

The dependency of the OS was on your flash drive. Because it was dependent on it and you ran a command on it, you happened to mess up the OS as it was dependent on it.

Watch what you do on that drive if you're dependent on it.

Video card knowledge Noobliette 15/07/16(Thu)07:17 No. 21860 ID: 2beb7c [Reply]

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So I'm starting to buy stuff to build my first computer, and I'm realizing I know less than zero about this. My question is how do you tell if a graphics card is good? I looked online and all I've learned is GDDR is better than DDR by like x4. Is there an easy way to tell if card X will run game Y? The only goals I really have are Bioshock Infinite on max and Shadow of Mordor at all.

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Noobliette 15/07/18(Sat)05:39 No. 21873 ID: 4ba955

Right, let me explain. The PSU was originally 135$, on sale for 100$, with a 20% percent off coupon dropping it to 80, and a 30$ mail in rebate, making a 135$ PSU all of 50$. When I picked it up my build was still in the 640w range, so I'm future proofing for five years from now when I upgrade.

The deal with the 100$ case? It has everything I'm looking for, plenty of space to maneuver, and if I do it right I'll never have to buy another case in my life.

Why 2Tb instead of 1Tb? Because it was literally a five dollar difference, and why not? I wanted two, I'm getting two.

The wireless is mandatory, because I'll be damned if I'm running a cord to the one working phone line in my house, plus it's only 30$, I make that in less than two hours at work.

As for the keyboakeyboard? It's a placeholder, of course I'm getting a better one than that.

TLDR: Go fuck yourself.

Anonymous 15/07/18(Sat)13:03 No. 21874 ID: 9083ba

>TLDR: Go fuck yourself.
Nice to see the maturity. Enjoy that "wireless" kiddo...

Noobliette 15/07/18(Sat)21:48 No. 21875 ID: c05181

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So upon further review, I've learned you were right, and I had picked a wired network instead of a wireless card. I was needlessly aggressive when people were offering honest criticism. I apologize for acting like an asshat.

Pic slightly related, humility is a hard pill to swallow.

DDR-2400 in DDR-2133 mobo Anonymous 15/07/17(Fri)19:50 No. 21870 ID: 04306e [Reply]

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Straight to the point:
Are there any drawbacks to using DDR3-2400 memory in a motherboard that only supports 1333/1600/1866/2133?

The potential is there to overclock the memory and for some peculiar reason I'm finding 2400 cheaper on several sites, my gut instinct says go for it but a 2nd opinion is always welcome.

Windows Vista Problem Dekalb County Police Department 14/06/04(Wed)13:16 No. 21187 ID: 9aaf25 [Reply]

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It's not the OS I'm having a problem with, it's Otshot. I wiped all the viruses off my computer (including Otshot) but ever since then, It pops up with a message: Unable To Load Skin.
I click OK
Then it reads: Would You Like to load to Outlook?
I click no and it goes away.
This happens on every startup on my computer.
>How do I remove it?

Anonymous 14/06/05(Thu)00:59 No. 21188 ID: 10d6c2

Backup Data, format, reinstall OS, restore data. It's the only way to be sure.

Otherwise you can just keep installing and running scans with different AV programs in the hope that one of them will detect whatever is still installed and catch it. The days of being able to depend upon a single AV program for detection and cleanup are long, long gone.

Anonymous 14/06/07(Sat)01:52 No. 21189 ID: e9ee54

One trick is to turn the system off and let it sit in the corner for a month or two. Then turn it back on but don't connect it to a network. Use a second system to download current definitions for all the various scanners you have installed, copy them over using a flash drive, then runs scans.

With every day that passes you raise the chance of the AV company having a sample submitted to them, and since the infected system is off the network it can't auto-update to a newer version of malware(s).

Its not perfect by any means, especially if you've been downloading executables off the internet from torrent sites or the like, but without formatting it's probably your best shot.

Anonymous 15/07/17(Fri)08:27 No. 21867 ID: 4308ad

click start menu, in search box type in msconfig, go to the startup tab, uncheck Otshot whatever the fuck that is.

Scarlet 15/07/07(Tue)07:45 No. 21837 ID: 9319c8 [Reply]

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So I've got a mac here, bear with me.
I use an audio interface for both input and output audio for everything (both my pc and mac). Skype refuses to listen to anything other than input 1 for my audio interface when I use it. I'm trying to use both of my inputs at the same time. Skype is the only one being a little shit about it.

On my windows machine, I can use my headset as the same time as the interface, which fixes the problem. Or pushes it to the side. However, the mac has that single jack. My headset is the kind that has a single line in for both mic and headphones. The mac is a bitch and won't recognize the mic, while google tells me it's only for apple headphones.

TL;DR: Skype won't recognize both inputs for my audio interface

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Anonymous 15/07/08(Wed)08:05 No. 21845 ID: 10d6c2

How about getting something like an iMic, that has separate line-in/line-out jacks? On the plus side the audio quality is usually tons better than everything built-in.

You should be able to set the iMic to be the default audio input and output device in the Sound system preference. That should be the device(s) that Skype latches onto like a mewling kitten.

There may be a breakout cable someplace for the audio input/output jack on your MacBook, but you're probably better off sidestepping the built-in audio completely.

Scarlet 15/07/09(Thu)00:24 No. 21846 ID: 357cea


That actually sounds like a good idea. I guess I'll have to get a physical adapter that just lets me bypass the mac's line completely.


Anonymous 15/07/09(Thu)08:12 No. 21849 ID: 5e1030

I don't know how common Mac compatibility is, but my crappy little Plantronics headset came with a USB audio adapter that works PC & Mac w/o additional drivers.

Anonymous 15/06/28(Sun)17:52 No. 21820 ID: d67c1a [Reply]

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Hello, I have a problem with my internet connection.
Basically, it can cap at around 1800-2000kb/s, but when i let it go that high my internet frequently disconnects and then reconnects after about 8 or 9 seconds.
To combat this, I went into my PC's network settings and set the cap to 10mbits(so it caps around 1000/1050kb/s) Now i experience no problem with disconnection at all, but I missing out on 800-1000kb/s. What could be wrong and how can i fix it? I've already had COX replace my router, and that did nothing.

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Anonymous 15/07/01(Wed)09:18 No. 21822 ID: d67c1a

Well they basically told me it had something to do with my houses wiring and they would need to re-wire the house and get permission from my landlord, and they said that might not even fix the problem. Thank you i will try my own router.

Anonymous 15/07/02(Thu)23:33 No. 21823 ID: 245f5b

qwest/centurylink kept having routers go out, send another same model, like 5, more, routers fail. They sent routers without refreshing or removing old account setting, so an SSID would have like blablaevil whatever as an SSID.

I talked with a woman and said, we cannot keep getting these routers
that fail in a short time, that the routers had not even been reset to
defaults on most. That most had stuff
on them and were faulty from the start. So after a bit she said OK, I will have them send a new model. You will not have issues with it. And got it shortly after, brand new stable model.

Some goofball I had talked to after adding a service, tv, had a few issues with set top boxes, multiple times. He said resetting the router will break the
set top boxes, I asked or stated so what then, they were bad before I restet the router, while you yourself said to reset the router? Blabla bla he had an attitude
of the most pathetic way. They charged
like $200.00 bucks saying they came out
on a service call and found nothing wrong. Yet found two set top boxes
and the modem/router to be faulty.

The replacements did work well and work well to this day and had them refund the fake service fee with an apology and little hassle.
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Anonymous 15/07/02(Thu)23:45 No. 21824 ID: 245f5b

Definitely your own router is a good idea. If it goes out though you would have to make sure you look at warranty
info through the manufacturer. Keep receipts and all. My guess the router is faulty.

If not the line running to the house could be the issue, inside, watch out so they would not charge you or even your landlord for the repair. Or at least
know that they would test the line
before it reaches the house. ISPS can be ripoffs.
You can usually find suitable routers modems at thrift stores for like 12 bucks, 3 bucks.

Anonymous 15/06/25(Thu)04:54 No. 21807 ID: a38aee [Reply]

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I got one of those shitbox ZOTAC Z-boxes from a friend and have just had it sitting around as I didn't really need it. Now my actual comp is in the shop and I started playing around with it.

Problem is I can't get it to connect to the net via the router - just directly plugged into the modem. The wireless can "see" the router but it needs to have the computers MAC address before I can even enter the password.
If I plug the cable into the router I can see (but not access ) my roommates computer (wired connection) but can't see the router or the net. In the Network Connections folder I can see a WAN Miniport (PPPOE) -disconnected the Local area connection Realtech controller which if enabled tries to identify a connection and the wireless one.


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Anonymous 15/06/25(Thu)23:04 No. 21814 ID: efd857

I can only see (and not connect) to the router via wireless. When it's plugged in to the router it can't see the router (but can see but also not connect to my roommates computer) otherwise I would have entered the MAC.

Anonymous 15/06/26(Fri)02:03 No. 21815 ID: 10d6c2

>it needs to have the computers MAC address
Disable MAC filtering on the router. It is an absolutely worthless security feature, since your MAC address is broadcast in the clear, for everyone within range to see. Anyone wanting to gain access to your network will just sniff MACs from data passing to/from the existing systems, clone one of their addresses onto their card, then use it to get onto your network. It will only stop 10 year olds and grandmothers, and maybe not even.

Disable this feature and you'll likely get a little further.

In case you're confused as to how to do that: use your roomate's computer for 30 seconds to configure the router.

When you plug in the Zotac over Ethernet, do you get an IP address? How about a default gateway? Subnet? If you disable IPv6 on the Zotac do you get any further?

Anonymous 15/06/26(Fri)19:21 No. 21817 ID: 10d6c2

Upon further reflection I'm going to take a wild guess and say that your router assigns good DHCP leases, with the correct default gateway, etc. to MACs it knows about and everyone else gets incorrect or partial information that doesn't let them get out to the internet.

You could have also enabled 802.1x authentication, but if you did I would hope that you would remember it, since that requires substantially more effort than simply checking a box.

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