Starting one because I have a question but let's have it be general purpose for anyone that comes along.
I was messing around and broke one of the fans on the laptop cooling pad/stand I have it sitting on. Need to replace it, does anyone have advice on what model I should buy this time?
The old one just had two fans, one of my friends sent me it. Can I truly call myself part of the Master Race if the new one doesn't have 18 revolving blades and cause me to die of hypothermia when activated?
>>421721 Nearly any of those will do the job since they can't really do too much to begin with, unless the laptop specifically has venting holes at the bottom, or you use them with those aluminum unibody laptops where the frame can actually conduct the heat somewhat.
>>421725 Laptops are more expensive and have less performance, less connectivity, and less expandability than desktops, for the same price. It's not about having a bigger e-dick, it's about getting more for your money.
>Can I truly call myself part of the Master Race if the new one doesn't have 18 revolving blades and cause me to die of hypothermia when activated? Misconception: a true PC should invoke hyperthermia from the GPU, not hypothermia from air displacement.
>>421726 It depends on the use case, of course. Gamer? Renderer? Datahoarder? PC. Browser only? Programmer? Laptop is a legitimate consideration. If you need performance, connectivity, and expandability then absolutely. Most people don't.
We've hit the point in technology where most people have more than they will ever need. I think that's a good thing.
>>421732 >browser only this depends entirely on what browsing experience you like. A laptop wouldn't give you decent screen size and a good keyboard/mouse, unless you hook it up to external screen/keyboard/mouse in which case you may as well get a PC. If you are fine with small screens and hooking up external keys/mouse (or use the built-in shitty keys+touchpad), then I guess laptops are fine. But keep in mind, most people just use their phones to browse nowadays, so if you just want to browse, you don't even need a laptop.
>Programmer Again this depends on what you are programming. If you run android studio plus photoshop plus virtual machines (that's what I did when developing mobile apps), then you'll need actual performance and a laptop will be significantly more expensive.
If you go around from client to client making presentations or showing the designs you made in Photoshop/Sketch then sure, a laptop is what you need. But for serious work a PC is simply more efficient.
>>421991 No speed penalty on parallel transfers, significantly lower random access time. The higher sequential read/write is a bonus too, but not what makes a real difference (I had those old old Intel X25 SSDs, with 40mbyte/s writes, and even those made normal HDDs feel like a C64 tape drive).
>>421994 SSDs have finite write cycles. In reality, these are set so high in consumer devices that you'd likely buy an entirely new PC by the time they die. It's not a dumb idea to check the SMART data for total data written every once in a while, but usually this only allows you to extrapolate how long the device will last, or what kind of specs you should look for in your next upgrade. For example, my current SSD has ~10000 hours uptime and ~25TB written, meaning that it writes an average 22TB per year, so a Samsung 980 256GBB with 150 TBW life expectancy would last me six-seven years of daily usage. And that's on the real low end of things, 500gb or 1tb drives have double and quadriple the lifetime due to having more NAND cells to use. So a 1tb drive would last me 24 years at this rate. In other words, the finite write cycles is not much of a big deal.
It passed. Americans your political system is total bullshit, where anyone can just slip a totally unrelated rider into any bill getting passed. Its basically admittance that the entire thing is corrupt.
>>422087 >>422090 Pushing in something unrelated into a bill is a simple act of misdirection. And yeah, the entire American political system is corrupt. Bills are passed either based on how much "support" the senators get, or if there's a big enough crisis that they need to look like they are doing something.
Something seems fishy in my server. On the two slots that use the Marvell controller, one of the drives has been reporting recurring errors. After switching the drive out, the new drive put in its place SOMETIMES reports errors. And also the other drive on the same controller started doing this too.
The drives don't have bad sectors - I've ran multiple full zero writes. However when I do this on the server side, it SOMETIMES returns errors. That is, I do a full zero run + verification and on one check I get a bunch of bad blocks, on the other one I don't. Sometimes it just hangs up. On Windows, the drive has zero errors.
So now I either have to deal with bad SATA cables, a failure on the PSU (unlikely, 5 other drives have no problems), on the Molex to Sata power converters (possible but not likely), or FreeBSD having problems with the Marvell ATA controller. Or perhaps the PSU just not having enough amps on this specific rail to keep both drives running, as it is quite an old PSU.
>>422406 Very. With air cooling, the hardware shoots up to maximum temperature in a few seconds. With water cooling, it takes a long time to heat up all the water in the tubes as they flow around, so it can take minutes for the hardware to get significantly higher temperatures or any higher at all. And depending on your setup you can get your hardware to below 50C on load and within a few degrees to room temperature in idle. Simply put, it is very hard to move back to air cooling after you have used decent water loops. Not the AIO CPU coolers though, those are terrible.
Right now I have a semi-AIO on my gpu (it's an AIO but built out of shelf parts and quick release fittings so it is expandable), which is not the most efficient thing, and takes a lot of space, and I want to replace this with a single-slot proper GPU water block. However for that I need an external pump/reservoir, at which point I may as well get a CPU block too. The question is to whether to go for the semi-AIO for the CPU that has a pump/reservoir/CPU block combo, or go for the full custom set with the external pump/reservoir. The latter would require me to cut my own tubes, the former means that I may not have enough space for the long tubes they include by default.
I oughta make some pictures of the current setup and case so I can measure and plan things better.
>>422697 >Could do with a new computer, can't be bothered with the setup and transferring all my games across though.
Why not just put the old computers boot drive into the new computer? At worst you have to reactivate windows, but if you have a legit key then that takes like two clicks, if you don't then there are some tools on github to do it. And you have to install new drivers but that's not a big deal either. I've been using the same windows install since, I dunno, whenever win7 64bit came out (it has been upgraded to win10 since).
So fuckin sick of Nvidia, whenever I even touch the thing everything seems to break. Tried to uninstall it for a fresh install to get around problems with driver updates, it reinstalled itself on startup but did it wrong.
>>422701 On a laptop it is possible that the key is tied to the hardware and you'll need to use one of the activators. I had a MSDNAA key, despite being 10+ years old it still worked - my old machine was active since its win7 days, my new computer defaulted to being inactive, but I could just tell Windows to check the activation status and it activated it by itself.
This is the activator I think I used the last time (MAS 1.4): https://gitlab.com/massgrave/microsoft-activation-scripts
I would just like to express annoyance at the fact that social media sites in particular make a point of overriding middle click's usual function of "open in a new tab" with "just a second left click", because it means "open this in another tab so I have that set aside to work on later while I read the rest of this page" becomes "open this in the current tab, possibly putting whatever I was reading behind several minutes of scrolling through a now-refreshed list of messages".
Printer ink cartridges are a fucking scam, like the way companies jack up the price of insulin despite it being far cheaper in cost to produce (the only upside is you don't need to inject printer ink to survive).
>>423184 Honestly my notebook has started making so many funny noises now that I'm about having anxiety attacks with every new sound coming from it. Will need to nut up and actually buy a new PC. Used for gaming but more prizing long-term use/stability than being super high graphics/framerate.
Would be ordering a custom build but its been so long not sure what the best website to go through is and what the expected costs are. Would also be (finally) getting into a relevant edition of windows again, how is Windows 10 nowadays?
>>423186 Windows 10 is an odd thing, with every update they fix half the bugs, add a bunch of new ones, and remove some already working functions either so they can move it under the new control panel or replacing it with something that looks new but does the same.
It's not any more terrible than Windows usually is but you can certainly feel that it's hacked together by low budget Indian subcontractors.
>>423279 I order stuff from the local stores, they tend to give me better prices because I've been doing so for almost 20 years now. As for how much to spend on it, that depends on what you want to use it for. Don't fall into the trap of getting stronger hardware than what you'd need, nowadays you can get crazy strong cpu/gpu but they also cost extreme amounts. A Ryzen 3600 is already overkill for nearly anything you'd do (including games), unless you are running lots of encoding or VMs. Low-range hardware is surprisingly powerful now, and that includes both CPUs and videocards.
>>423335 It looks okay, given that the 3060 videocard alone is out of stock everywhere and can go for something like $800 when it *is* in stock. And it comes with a monitor and 3 drives.
I'd probably go for a less bullshit case (Be Quiet 500/601/802 depending on features/size and budget), an air cooler on the cpu (Noctua U12S with F12 fan is terrific), and a better power supply, with at least 80plus Gold rating (you don't want to cheap out on the power supply, and it's not the watts that matter). Also the B550 motherboards are better than X570 since they have no fan and most of them come with 2.5G network; the X570 has PCIE 4.0 on all ports but that does not matter much (B550 has them on the main port and 1 nvme slot, the rest use PCIE 3.0 which is already very good).
But if you can't be arsed to build your own setup, it's a good buy. Especially since decent videocards are impossible to find new, and even used cards have astronomical prices.
>>423357 I usually upgrade every 7-8 years on average, because CPU speeds have stalled so much that it takes this long for major changes in speed to happen. In the 90s you could've upgrade every year and get double performance. I only just updated last year, so my PC is fairly up to date until the middle of the decade.
>>423468 HDD read heads make clicking noises, that's normal. Unless it's something like an extremely loud singular click that also happens to coincide with significant system hangs, then you have a problem.
Either way, check the SMART diagnostic data to know if you have issues, and make sure your backups are up to date.
I only have a mobile phone because all sorts of online stuff now needs to use text message for verification. Sim card has randomly decided to get fucked for seemingly no reason, me and my roommate spent hours narrowing this down.
Now am gonna have to venture out to an actual physical store for the company if there's any chance of getting it replaced. Text message verification is bullshit and just a hassle.
Switched my computer (windows 10) on today and am having visual problems. Screen flickers black for an instant occasionally, also sometimes have a pair of tiny tiny negative squares on the left and right sides of the screen when I move the mouse around (tried to screencap that but it never appeared on the screencap)
No idea where this comes from, could only hope an update will arrive that makes it go away.
>>423940 The squares on the sides could be an overlay from some app. Try closing stuff and see if it goes away after closing any program. I had this stupid issue where enabling steam overlay once prevented animated cursor from working in games, talk about unrelated problem.
I don't know about the flicker thing, that could be so many different things from software issue to hardware ones.
I'm getting an AD email in Outlook asking me about upgrading my account. What's the deal with that? Never seen anything like that before, its presumably official since it doesn't function like a regular email but have no interest in actually following its link.
>>425639 Nah it doesn't look anything like that. And when I say it doesn't function like a normal email it doesn't appear in your deleted folder when you delete it. And is specifically tagged "AD" in a way no normal email is.
If its a scam they've somehow managed to infiltrate and modify the actual design of the email browser.
>>425641 Still most likely just a scam email. Doesn't outlook have a way to check the email source data? It should be clearly visible from that if it comes from some bullshit site instead of Microsoft or outlook.com. Even the link itself, if you copy out and run a WHOIS on the domain, you could probably tell if it's by Microsoft or some registered-two-days-ago phishing domain.
I currently have 730GB of free space in my game SSD, up from 700 after deleting a couple of things. Keep getting this nagging anxiety in my chest that it is not enough, despite the fact I don't regularly purchase triple-A games with bloated file sizes.
>>425668 If "deleting a couple of things" nets you only 30gb saved, then you should have enough space. If you run out of it, you can just delete one of those triple-a games you are not currently playing (you can re-download them from steam anyway, can't you?).
My monitor started getting errors, a slight blue hue and some vibration on the left side only. I took it apart hoping to find the problem, and ended up tearing the glued down ribbon cable for the lcd display. A replacement panel costs as much as a new monitor. Fuck.
>>426932 I only just noticed but it was almost 9 years old, so yeah, I guess you could say it was. If it had only started getting issues a month earlier, I would've had the money to get a new one, now I'm not sure I do, I'll have to dig into my savings... again...
>>426994 When you are trying to plug it in by reaching in the back and don't angle the slot up right (because you are not seeing it), you might accidentally have the metal coat of the male connector touching the pins inside the female one. If you do this on a TV or an AVR or a PC, which have metal back plates, you end up connecting the grounded chassis to the data pins. This usually shorts out the connector (or rather the pins on the driver chip for that one connector) and that's that. There are also some shoddy connectors where the pins are not properly seated on the female end, and simply pushing in the cable will push the pins back and break them off. Plus the cable has a lot of pins and a small connector that isn't secured in place by anything (vga/dvi have screws, displayport has spring loaded pegs), so they can be unplugged easily.
Ugh, might need to buy another controller for my PC, starting to have downward drift issues.
What is the best choice of game controller to buy for a PC? Like what will last best versus the cost? Modern ones seem so much more expensive but buying an unofficial 360 controller seems like a bad idea.
>>427054 all pads will develop drifting since they all use the same technology. You might be better off trying to repair it. There are guides on youtube. Worst case is you can get a spare part and solder it over.
>>427056 Some might develop drifting sooner than others or prove to be more sturdy, that's why I was asking for a recommendation. I've actually got the alcohol and try to clean them out but don't have a soldering gun.
>>427057 Unfortunately I can't help you there, I've only used the xbox controllers for my PC for a long time now.
As far as I know all controllers (except for some old Sega ones) use standard potentiometers, so they'll all go to shit eventually. If one develops drifting later, it's most likely down to the controller seeing less use - I never got any drifting despite sticking to the same pad for 6-7 years, but I did not use the analog pad much either. That's why I recommend you get some OEM parts from china and solder them over. I had a similar problem with a mouse wheel (they also use potentiometers), and getting replacement parts extended its life nearly tenfold.