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161  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Hard Drive Failure on: February 21, 2012, 08:22:30 PM

Quote from: Purge on February 21, 2012, 06:17:50 PM

System Restore will track that kind of thing, but since my D drive is missing entirely, it doesn't help much.

I can't say much for the Windows 7 Backup - I've yet to have an opportunity for it to work. crybaby. Perhaps AtomicKid has a suggestion.

Sadly, once they go, they're usually gone. You can try the freezer trick, but that only works for certain types of errors. Clicking and giving up does give one a little hope that it might be the right type of error though.

For the record, I'm fond of the 'usb flash drive in a medicine bottle' backup for critical stuff. The drives are super cheap anymore, and when tucked in a desk drawer, in a sealed medicine/etc bottle/enclosure, will easily last the years until bitrot starts to set in. Since your flash drive would be part of an active backup system, this isn't a concern. (I would get two drives, of enough size to backup whatever you're hoping to backup each month. Delete and re-write the first drive  one month, and then the second drive the second, or somesuch. You get the idea)

Atomic
162  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Quiet but Deadly (PC build) on: February 20, 2012, 10:01:17 PM
You people and your stickers...

I guess at least they don't light up the room when you're trying to sleep.

Good thinking about heatpipe orientation when fitting it together. Did anyone know that proper orientation of heatpipes to take advantage of gravity can make as rather noticeable difference in temps? As much as 15c from personal testing. The idea is to make what little liquid is in the pipe, pool at the source of heat, which increases the efficiency. They still work without it, just not as well.

The sad thing is, due to this, the standard atx tower is generally the worst of both worlds for cooling the cpu/gpu. The cpu is on its side, so at best, most heatsinks can mount the pipes parallel to surface the case rests on, which runs it across the surface of the cpu, with a sort of neutral effect in terms of gravity vs the distilled water inside. Which is better than it pooling at the ends, but only a bit.

The gpu hangs upside down, so any heatpipes in those pretty much depend on wicking action inside to do their job.

This is why you see some atx cases with the motherboard inverted... in order to mount the gpu's right-side up, so that gravity helps with the thermal action.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heat_pipe for anyone interested. Remember it's a wiki, so grain of salt, but it is a start.

Atomic
163  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: How do you determine bottlenecks in your system? on: February 20, 2012, 04:17:45 AM
The tools are of course, the individual benchmarks for different games, futuremark, etc.

One good way to check on your cpu/gpu, is to UNDERCLOCK your cpu, and see how much, if any, your gpu performance degrades. (underclocking being much safer than overclocking, naturally)

if you downclock your cpu and performance doesn't come down, it means you need more gpu power. If you downclock your cpu and your gpu drops a tiny bit, you're pretty closely matched, assuming you underclock your cpu by a tiny bit to check.

And of course, if it drops the gpu performance by a lot, it means you need more cpu horsepower.

Gentle overclocking in the other direction will confirm what you need, if you feel up to it.

There will of course be some slight variational tendencies, in the direction you change the clock on your cpu. Aka if you speed up your cpu by 10%, you might get +1% from your gpu anyways, even if you're already 'maxed out' on the gpu. Think of the two performance curves in comparison to one another. Once you're past the 'sweet spot' of cpu/gpu ratio, you'll still get some increase, but it will be a case of declining returns.

Atomic
164  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Twitching... on: February 18, 2012, 11:34:50 PM
If they hadn't come out with the 3820 chip, I would almost certainly have gone a different direction. The 3930K and the 3960X are just too expensive, and who the heck really needs 6/12 cores (hyperthreading, yo!) for a desktop/gaming system anyways? (I do HOPE this one comes back to haunt me biggrin)

Also up for consideration were the i5/2550k, the i7/2600k, and/or the 2700k, which is really a little too expensive. I passed on the 2550k because it's slightly more expensive than the 2500k, combined with the 'only' 6mb of onboard caching. And I passed on the 1155 in general because I dislike the intel onboard graphics, and I didn't feel like paying for a part I would almost certainly never use. Someone remember to nyahnyah me when my gpu goes out and I can't use my computer the next time it happens smile

In the end it was a combination of reasonable pricing, (though not the cheapest), lack of features I didn't want/need, and the presence of features I DID want/need (the extra pci-e lanes from the cpu, and the much larger L2 cache memory).

Way I figure it, if I get 4 years out of the upgrade, I did pretty good. That's actually twice the current planned longevity of parts in the system. (I'm supposed to be upgrading every other year for components. mobo/cpu/ram one year, then gpu the next. Needs adjustment to include storage upgrades, but those tend to either last longer, or not be as expensive, or both, so I tend to slip them in on the side)

Atomic
165  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Twitching... on: February 18, 2012, 12:42:03 PM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128532

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115229

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233239

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608024

* TheAtomicKid stares carefully at the mailbox, patiently awaiting his prey, still several days journey away.

It has been four years, less one month, since my last system upgrade. Four very, very, very long, years. I do believe I can afford to come up with a few bucks at this point, even if it feels like misbehavior at the moment.

It has been over TWO years, since my last gpu upgrade. I tried to upgrade last March with a gigabyte-built GTX 560 super overclock unit, but wasn't satisfied with the build quality. (felt a little flimsy, and one of the fans ticked quite badly once the rpm's ramped up over 50% or so). Still using the previous card, which is another gigabyte-built super overclock unit... a gtx-260, which is still going strong.

So... we rebuild the heart, and see what that does to gpu performance with the gtx 260.. I suspect it will go up somewhat... this Q6600 based setup has always felt like it was a tad too slow to really make the card earn its lunch money, and overclocking the system does in fact get some minor returns, but the chip runs a little warm for comfort. (not in the least helped by my semi-passive setup in this box... case fans only, no other fans in the box barring the video card). Later this year I'll probably look at gpu replacement.

Thought about just upgrading the gpu one more time... but see previous comments about the cpu feeling a little slow. Not much point in spending that much money on a fancy new gpu, only to have it (mostly) idle because the cpu can't stress it.

Considered going with a standard sandy bridge / z68 setup, but wanted the extra pci-e lanes. I have a feeling, the new box will end up with at LEAST two gpu's in it, before everything is said and done. We'll see what that shape of the universe looks like when we get there.

For those who need a current comparison, my card is perhaps a tad bit faster than a radeon 5770, due to the overclock. However, it maxes out at directx 10.1, and tbh, it does directx 10.anything poorly. directx 9 does fine though. Just not at insane framerates smile

Atomic <-- whom loves his bells and whistles turned on in games, and has been going without, a little more each new game, for just a little too long. IT IS TIME TO TAKE BACK WHAT IS OURS.

PS: The Q6600 is currently angling to find a home in a dedicated HTPC setup. The semi-passive build works very nicely without generating a ton of noise.

166  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Quiet but Deadly (PC build) on: February 18, 2012, 12:13:10 PM

Quote from: Misguided on February 17, 2012, 01:58:28 AM

...
My intended budget was $2000, and I ended up spending just under $1800. While I didn't start out to build a quiet machine, I realized along the way that I had been choosing components with that quality. Notice I didn't say "silent". Silent computing is a whole different animal, and people building truly silent PCs are willing to sacrifice horsepower to conserve decibels. My hope is once this beast is finished, is that it will have plenty of muscle but with a refined manner as far as noise is concerned.
...

There's also the fact that all your friends would be referring to your new baby as an SBD/Silent But Deadly, which quite frankly I don't blame you for not going there biggrin

Atomic
167  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Firefall Invite Thread on: February 08, 2012, 07:12:43 AM
*coughs*

*looks hopeful*

Atomic
168  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Disk Boot Failure on Win7 on: February 01, 2012, 06:21:02 AM
Please give us the details on any and all hard drives and optical drives (mostly interested in sata vs pata vs other here)

Atomic
169  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Wireless Router Reliability? on: January 23, 2012, 02:45:46 AM
http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/

Who's yo daddy? biggrin

Atomic
170  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PC appears to be on last leg on: January 18, 2012, 04:48:21 AM
Testing beta software on a suspect machine is Bad Mojo (tm) biggrin

Atomic
171  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PC appears to be on last leg on: January 16, 2012, 11:06:20 PM
Always, always, test the ram first. As was mentioned, most linux livecd's have a copy of memtest, but if you dont want to go that far...

http://www.memtest.org/

Atomic

(after that, borrow a psu from a working comp, and test with that) (especially if you get anything other than memory errors while testing...reboots, blinkenlights, etc)
172  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: DNS / Internet connection help needed on: January 14, 2012, 10:26:40 PM
What's the hardware config for the Win64 machine?

Check for driver updates.

You know, I occasionally get this as well, and I reset my dns to use the open google servers long ago.

So far every time I've attributed it to a noticeable problem with my DSL connection, usually just a temporary down. As an example, the PPP server seemed to go offline for a while the other night. Everything else was working, but no PPP connection, and no internet ip address, thus no Internetz (tm) smile

BUT. I used to have more troubles with it, and thus long ago swapped to using googles servers, and it made the problems shrink quite a bit. I attributed it to a weak DNS setup via AT&T at the time... (att runs a dns server which feeds all the modems, the modems feed any home routers installed, etc, in theory. The conclusion I came to at the time was the modem wasn't always picking up the dns properly and propogating it to the router)

For the record my box is running a realtek onboard nic, with the latest drivers at the time I updated them, which was some time ago.

Do you have other Win64 boxes on your network, or is this the only one?

Atomic
173  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Power Supply Causing CPU Temp? on: December 12, 2011, 03:35:51 AM

Quote from: Scraper on November 29, 2011, 01:08:37 AM

It's not the Power Supply fan. I tested this. It's the actual CPU fan.

When I got home today I swapped in the 750watt PS I have into the new PC and the problem was solved. I definately think it was the PS causing the overheating. So there's no way I'm putting the old PS back in this system, I don't want to risk blowing the CPU. So it's off to Newegg.

Ok, the 'Egg has had time to come through. What did you buy, and did it properly solve your problem? biggrin

Atomic
174  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: December 06, 2011, 04:54:37 AM
Technically I could have kept my client, but decided to clear the road just in case. One more download won't kill me, but missing the startup due to having to re-download a client will annoy the crap out of me.

Atomic
175  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need help buying new PC on: December 06, 2011, 01:54:48 AM
My initial assessment of the systems overlooked the presence of ssd boot drives on both systems. Albeit it's a 64gig drive, but it alleviates the 'boot to raid-0 concept I was operating on for the first system)

I prefer the 5870 gpu to the dual 6790's. http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_6790/22.html
As you can see, the 6790 isn't the greatest gaming gpu, even if you have two of them in the case. The 5870 still really holds its own.

For CPU the win goes to the first system. the 2600k/p67 is really strong... but coming from a gaming viewpoint, the 860 is plenty strong enough, and that punts it back to the GPU.

For ram, the win goes to the first system. I do wish the second system was 8 gigs of ram instead of 6, but 6 is enough.

I still hate the case on the second system smile

In the end, I'd still prefer the second system to the first. I dislike the crossfired 6790's. They're not going to be that fast, and it's also listing a 500watt psu. Which is probably enough if it's a quality unit with all of that running, but it'll be somewhat borderline. The second system doesn't appear to list gpu at all, which is also not reassuring.
 
Atomic

PS: Looked around some more on the sight. This looked interesting.

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0360744

It's still more ram than you 'need', and I could wish it was a 2GB 6950, but for the most part, it's the best of both worlds. And the price is right in the middle. And the case isn't horrid smile

176  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Home Networking Question on: December 02, 2011, 04:29:49 AM
* TheAtomicKid is currently pondering the differences between G and N...

Atomic
177  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Power Supply Causing CPU Temp? on: November 30, 2011, 09:19:11 PM
http://www.jonnyguru.com/index.php

My favorite stop for power supply reviews. He might have tested yours in the past.

Basically, if it's a quality unit, you'll be fine. I can run my current rig on my seasonic 380 watt unit, as an example, though I don't because I have to finagle the pci-e (it only has one 6 pin cable)

(q6600, p45 mobo, 8 gigs ram in four dimms, and a gtx 260 gpu)

And it absolutely handled it with the previous gpu (an 8800gts/320 built by evga, overclocked of course), without even blinking.

Atomic

PS: Part of the problem is that, because the psu directly feeds modern video cards via the pci-e cables with no filtering except what's available on the cards (which is slim or none in a lot of cases, though some newer ones are including more), modern gpu's are extremely sensitive to crappy power conditions. If your psu is crap, you get things like artifacting, gpu resets, and more. In fact, it pretty much looks exactly like your gpu is failing, except it isn't. It's the power supply.
178  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Power Supply Causing CPU Temp? on: November 29, 2011, 10:11:19 PM

Quote from: Calavera on November 29, 2011, 01:16:26 PM

With the GTS 460, a 550W power supply is at the minimum required. Because the power supply has to work really hard, it generates more heat. If your case is laid out like most, the power supply fan blows right onto the CPU. I'm kinda surprised the only problem you had was heat and not stability...

That's the because they massively overspec what's required due to people buying crappy parts for cheap. The gpu has a TDP (thermal design power) of 160 watts for the 1gig variant. The rest of the system is adding up to 220 watts, unless he has a crapload of hard drives that he didn't bother to mention, or something attached that draw a lot of power from the psu, like a sound card with a built-in amplifier. (130 watts for the cpu, I'm allowing 40 watts for the mobo itself, since tdp numbers are hard to come by for chipsets, 10 watts per dimm of ram, 10 watts for a hard drive, 10 watts for an optical)

Right now, from what was listed, plus an estimated average system for what is NOT listed, he's only showing 380 watts at full load. His psu shouldn't be overloaded or even stressed.

And that's at theoretical maximum load. Ever burned an optical disk while running furmark and prime95 and/or cpuburn at the same time that you defrag your hard drive? biggrin

Atomic

PS: Old ATX spec had psu's as an intake fan. Any modern supply is up to date, and is an exhaust fan 100%.
179  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: November 28, 2011, 10:30:33 PM

Quote from: Asharak on November 28, 2011, 10:00:13 PM

Quote from: RLMullen on November 28, 2011, 09:42:58 PM

Are you approaching this game as a Bioware RPG with MMO conventions tacked on, or as a traditional MMO with Bioware RPG conventions tacked on?

I've never for a second expected that SWTOR would be anything OTHER than a traditional MMO.  The addition of dialog choices, companions, strong story, and voice acting are the pieces where Bioware is attempting to make their small changes to the existing formula.

This was my immediate thought and response to rittchard's post, as well. Sure, I'd like a game where the emphases were reversed but I never expected this to be that game and I'm not disappointed that it isn't.

- Ash

As a point of conversation on all of this... in my opinion, an rpg approach, with mmo conventions tacked on, and you get... Guild Wars. Which is of course good in its own way.

Atomic
180  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Power Supply Causing CPU Temp? on: November 28, 2011, 09:57:01 PM
Faulty psu could be putting out too much voltage on the 12v rail, which is what all modern cpu's feed off of. More than a little bit would fry the cpu though.

Conclusion. Plausible, if unlikely.

The fact that the problem moved with the psu indicates the psu IS at fault, but whether it's overvolting, or has a crappy fan and causing the case to not ventilate properly or some other somesuch issue, doesn't really matter.

Get it tested if you want to follow up, but a supply that small is so cheap that the testing will cost you more than it's worth, unless you have free access to a tester somehow.

http://www.jonnyguru.com

Atomic
181  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Home Networking Question on: November 28, 2011, 03:19:47 AM
1: Yes, but if you have crappy signal from Comcast, the splitter may be enough to do your connection in. Fortunately, they're cheap. The cheaper, the noisier, generally smile

2: See 1. If you have good signal already, you'll be fine. If your signal is marginal, the splitter will make itself known. You'll get weak signal levels at the cmodem, and snow/artifacting on the cable tv.

3: No, Maybe, and No. The wireless portion of the router might pick up interference if it's near other electronics. Electronics are generally designed NOT to do this, but nothing is perfect.

4: Ask your local buddy/ tv installer... they'll generally recoil and tell you no don't do that, but if pressed they might divulge a product that is less crappy than the others. Google might also help.

(5) Q:Is Wireless N good for penetrating walls? A: Not as good as Wireless G. G is slower, but it penetrates better. If your N performance/signal levels are crappy, try getting a G receiver, assuming your router can transceive on G, and give that a shot. Sometimes you get better throughput with G, due to too much interference with N, even though N is faster. This might clear up or reduce your dead zone. Check router specs etc before purchasing anything.

http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/

Atomic

182  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: November 23, 2011, 09:22:18 PM
For those of you still having problems getting logged in and patched, if you haven't seen it already on the testing forums.

Bioware/EA has enhanced their security. You MUST setup security questions and answers, via your account at swtor.com, before you can login via the patcher. Before you do that it will give you various errors including 'this account is logging in from a location that is not blah blah blah'. It flashes at the top of the patcher very quickly, and then disappears.

Basically, login to account, setup security questions, and you should be good to go.

Assuming you haven't caused the automated defenses to vaporize your account in the meantime (frozen account).

I'm assuming it will tell you if the account is frozen, if you login to swtor.com and check it.

Atomic

PS: Once you do all this and get logged in, it of course flashes a nice message at you that you need to login to your swtor account and setup the security questions, etc etc. Nice placement, eh? smile
183  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Replacing a dying Radeon 5870...or maybe just the GPU cooler? on: November 14, 2011, 06:06:35 AM
* TheAtomicKid chalks up another one for the good guys...

Atomic
184  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: November 14, 2011, 06:02:24 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on November 13, 2011, 01:50:36 PM

If you got the e-mail I did, it says "Additional details for this upcoming test will be announced soon." and "As part of this test, we will be partnering with games industry sites to distribute additional beta codes as necessary. This will help ensure we meet our population goals, so we can effectively stress test our servers in preparation for launch." [This is not what's happening this weekend, and my guess is it won't happen until early December -- this weekend is NOT the last weekend beta test afik]

It does not provide any information on downloading a client yet. I'm assuming you're clever and just used the same link used for previous test clients. I'm not going to try, given that the beta clients have been different each weekend and whatever's up this weekend presumably won't be the stress test client. At least I hope it's not the same.   icon_neutral

If you got an e-mail (maybe an additional one?) that said "click here to download the client and play this weekend," then you got a different e-mail than most of the rest of us are referring to, so we're talking about different things.

If you're playing this weekend and you're not supposed to, then Bioware has a big gaping "hole" in their testing system, which wouldn't surprise me given some of their klutziness on certain things and all the misunderstandings going around (such as the pre-order page for months saying mistakenly that we'd need to have Origin installed to d/l the release client).

If you got in, have fun, and give as much useful, "action-able" feedback as you can.  icon_smile They're a few weeks from release, so the chances they can re-do the entire combat system or otherwise make the game less "WoW with light sabers and blasters" are pretty slim.  smirk
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btw, Fileplanet is also giving out stress test (i.e., for later) keys. So if you haven't heard yet from Bioware about getting into the upcoming stress test, you might check Fileplanet's web site.
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It was the first paragraph. Never received a followup email with details. Since I've not beta'd before, I had no previous links to use, I went to the swtor site, and dug through faq's and details til I found the link to the test sight. Login worked there, nabbed the download/patcher, and went from there.

No idea if I was _supposed_ to test this weekend, but it let me. Feel warm & fuzzy in the knowledge that I submitted lots of feedback smile

I'm under the impression this weekend is/was the stress test, both from what I've read on forums, and... well, the servers were all redlined. all of them. Not so much Sunday morning, but that evening, after I got home from work, it was the digital version of 'dropping the hammer on it'.

We shall see what we shall see. What I saw was pretty good. I love the voice acted quests. It's ton's better than rightclik npc, popup wall of text that doesn't get read, move to next npc. The text is there if you miss something in the conversations, but it's FAR more interactive.

Is it WoW with blasters and lightsticks? Sure, a little bit. You won't really be able to get away from that, at least not and still be an MMO. But it's good. And it's $*(&*(&!!! Star Wars! biggrin

I really really wish I'd gotten my invite earlier so I could have tested Saturday morning as well frown

Do you like MMO's? Do you love Star Wars? You'll be fine smile

Atomic
185  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: November 12, 2011, 08:53:41 PM

Quote from: Gryndyl on November 12, 2011, 02:41:51 PM

The invites that went out friday are NOT for this weekend's test. They're for an upcoming one.

That's interesting, since my login is enabled on the server and I'm patching.

Atomic
186  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: November 12, 2011, 08:58:57 AM
It would have been nice if they had emailed me my invitation before 12:30 pm Friday. Woke up, checked my email at 2:30, got the email, and the swtor site was down for maintenance, so I couldn't download the patcher, had to go to work.

Someone tell me why it should be worth my time to download 20 gigs so that I can test for just a few hours tomorrow evening. Since this is theoretically the last beta weekend and all.
* TheAtomicKid growls unhappily.

edit: that's assuming I can get it downloaded. My connection does about a gig an hour. started at midnight, 11/12

Atomic
187  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Mechwarrior Online - reserve your name on: November 02, 2011, 04:24:46 AM
Did reserve my old callsign, Sorceror, after spotting the news blurb. Thanks for the headsup, and 'we'll be seeing you guys real soon now biggrin'

Atomic
188  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: anyone crossfire / sli? on: October 29, 2011, 10:49:37 AM
Thankyou for the link, Ceekay, that's quite the interesting read. Got me thinking about my next set of upgrades, which I'd already been thinking about lately.

Sandy Bridge E coming soon. AMD gpu's coming soon. Decisions, decisions.

Atomic

PS: It would seem the trick to avoiding microstuttering, is to make sure your settings keep your minimum framerate as far north of 30fps as you can stand, visually. Since 30fps seems to be the zone where it becomes noticeable enough to be a problem. The bigger your cards, the higher those settings can be, naturally.
189  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: anyone crossfire / sli? on: October 27, 2011, 05:06:04 AM
No, there's only one place to install them, and that's to the system drive. They end up in places like /windows/system and elsewhere.

Atomic
190  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Internet Connection Problems (Torrent Related) UPDATED and still lost.... on: October 26, 2011, 08:19:55 PM
Interesting. UDP connections were causing the wifi card to have issues... *googles for a bit*

You're quite welcome, btw. And no, I skip quite a few, actually. I just pitch in where I feel like I can contribute.

Gellar, any idea WHY udp transfers would crater it?

Atomic

edit: *ponders* I wonder if the card is trying to do UDP offloading and getting overwhelmed...
191  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Replacing a dying Radeon 5870...or maybe just the GPU cooler? on: October 26, 2011, 03:53:42 AM
Given that you're out of warranty either way, and sitting with known good hardware in hand, just with a fritzing fan... yep, I know what I would do smile

Atomic
192  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Internet Connection Problems (Torrent Related) UPDATED and still lost.... on: October 25, 2011, 08:24:12 PM
Interesting solution, Gellar. And yes, torrents do use UDP, but the really big difference is the number of connections made. A simple file transfer only makes... one? I think? A torrent makes hundreds of connections. That's why some routers buckle under the load... but Dante's is not, because I have that router, and the dlink, it holds its own.

The wi-fi card is another story, as demonstrated by the fact that your girlfriends laptop, and your desktop, both torrent fine behind your router, yet your laptop crumbles.

Checking error rates can be done router side by logging into the router, and going to the status tab (should default), and choosing the wireless selection on the left. It should give you a readout of wireless clients, and signal strength. After that drop down to the Statistics selection on the left, and at the bottom of that page you should see a readout of the wireless stats, including error rates. This is what your router sees on the link.

For the card, you need to pull up your laptops wireless client software, which I'm not familiar with. It will probably run via the system tray, near the clock. That will tell you what your laptop sees, regarding the wireless link.

Tbh, the card works under normal circumstances, yes? I have the feeling it's not the error rate spiking, and the card not recovering. It could be, but I doubt it. It is more likely, that the card doesn't like the hundreds upon hundreds of connections that are made when the torrent software is running.

A simple test. Hook the laptop up to the network via wired connection, and run your torrent software. This will tell you for certain whether or not it's related to your wireless link, or some other, seperate, software issue on your laptop. It won't tell you what that issue is, but obviously that's proving a little difficult to track down.

If you happen to have a usb wireless lan adapter, you could temporarily hook that to your laptop, shut down the internal wi-fi, and run torrents through that, to see what happens. But whatever adapter you use, might not hold up well, either. So it's an iffy test.

Atomic

PS: To be honest, all of these tests are at least marginally iffy. For instance, the hardwire network adapter built into your laptop, might not like torrent software either. That will cause it to fail the relevant test I mentioned, making it look like you might actually have a software issue on the laptop.

A workaround to your problem would to download torrents on your desktop, and just share the volume the files are on, via the network, and pull what you need to the laptop.
193  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Replacing a dying Radeon 5870...or maybe just the GPU cooler? on: October 25, 2011, 05:56:33 AM
The 5870 is still a surprisingly strong contender for gaming performance. You would be well served by trying to extend the life, either via factory replacement (you have to trust them to get it right), or by doing it yourself (you have to trust yourself to get it right... but you're right there if you need to blame someone smile )

On the other hand, 28nm parts are 'around the corner'. Which 28nm parts is still up in the air... could be low end, and low/mid range, could be mobile parts. Nobody's talking.

Have you tried cleaning the card?

Here's a relevant question. How comfortable are you with assembling your own systems? If you can do that, you can replace a gpu cooler.

Atomic
194  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: My first monitor dies - in spasms on: October 25, 2011, 05:51:04 AM
http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/

Atomic
195  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Internet Connection Problems (Torrent Related) UPDATED and still lost.... on: October 24, 2011, 10:11:44 PM

Quote from: gellar on October 24, 2011, 04:02:07 PM

I'd say this is unlikely, but it's possible that your app isn't gracefully shutting down the connection and filling up your TCP tables.  There's almost certainly some hard coded amount within your router FW and anything above that amount will cause it to fall over.

Unfortunately I'm not sure how to troubleshoot that on your particular router, but in the Linux world you're looking for the TCP Conntrack tool if that somehow helps your googling.

I use Utorrent with that particular router/firewall every day, with no issues. I'm thinking it's the wifi card itself. I did mention previously to check the error rates between the router and the wifi card, but he hasn't mentioned it yet.

In particular it can't be a router issue, otherwise you'd have problems with your desktop, and her laptop when it was hooked to your network.

Atomic

edit: also try this. the next time it stops working, instead of resetting the wi-fi card... reset the router, and see what happens. I'm betting nothing.
196  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: video card woes on: October 24, 2011, 02:15:31 AM
So, tell us about the 'new' computer, the 'new' gpu, and the 'new' power supply.

edit: (e8400 noted, 4gb ram noted, gtx 460 'enthusiast edition' noted) (vista noted)

edit: (this your card? http://www.pureoverclock.com/review.php?id=1065&page=5 )

Also tell us how hot said gpu is getting during the problem moments. Use software. There are many ways to get the temps.

Need actual make/model, etc. PNY card? But which generation, etc.

Have you ever purged the drivers using Driver Sweeper, and then reinstalled them?

Don't ignore the memtest advice previous, either. I wouldn't try to manually check the temp though... stuff cools off too quickly once you remove the heat source, and it's just easier to use software.

In particular, is it just the driver locking up and resetting, or are you getting actual video corruption? From what you posted, I'm betting lockup/reset, but no corruption this time. green and/or white 'streaks', pixels, etc.

http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html
http://www.piriform.com/speccy
http://www.memtest.org/

Atomic
197  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Emergency PC Build on: October 21, 2011, 07:40:52 PM
That's the bad thing about SSD's... once you go flash, everything else, with few exceptions, feels broken smile

note: a _well_ tuned dual drive setup (not raid 0) comes close, for gaming, or any program specifically setup on the secondary drive... but it's only close, not the same.

Atomic
198  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PS3 - turns itself on on: October 18, 2011, 06:54:12 PM
No, it was not a poltergeist...

/dated

Atomic
199  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: anyone crossfire / sli? on: October 18, 2011, 06:51:52 PM
I wouldn't do it in preference to skipping two generations of gpu's, and bout to be three. New AMD cards in november timeframe. Hold man, HOLD! smile

http://www.techpowerup.com/153681/AMD-s-First-28-nm-GPUs-in-December.html

Atomic
200  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PayPal email warning on: October 17, 2011, 07:32:33 AM
See also my recent post about how you never ever ever, no matter what, no matter never. NEVER click through an email link to a website. If you no clickie link, phisher no catch phish. If you feel the email is legit, manually surf and check your accounts. Not through the email.

The best phisher in the world cannot succeed if you don't take the bait.

Atomic
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