Recent content by apcviewer

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    What is your backup GPU?

    Running a 6800xt right now. Backup is a laptop with a 1060 6GB... I did have a 7900gs, but gave that away to a co-worker a couple weeks ago. I have a 9800gt at my parents' house. Off site backup, I guess.
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    Windows XP on SSD

    I don't think XP natively supports TRIM, which is why the “SSD + XP = bad” statement exists. You might have to find an alternate way to perform the TRIM function.
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    Best Buy open-box laptops: safe purchase?

    When I bought my open box Razer blade, I mentioned that I wanted to verify that the specs are valid since it was a customer return (ram amount and hard drive capacity is right, among other things). I also wanted to check out the condition (damaged screws...). I was able to do all that with the...
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    What Mouse is in Your Laptop Bag?

    Logitech M310. Good enough for me, with the added benefit of no real loss if I forget it in a hotel. Forgot a cheap bluetooth mouse once.
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    Your CPU progression

    Bought the 5800x back in December when those processor were not as plentiful. True, I could have saved money and went Intel. I probably should have, but I kind of picked my other parts based on a 5600x build I already planned. Plus, I had intention to get a RTX 30 series or Radeon 6 series (got...
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    Your CPU progression

    Guess I will update my list. Looking back at my post, I totally forgot about having an E4500 and I actually overclocked it. Thought I stopped overclocking with my 1.6A. To add to my list: Intel Core i3 2100 Intel Core i5 3570k (never overclocked it) Then went laptop exclusive for ~7 years...
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    Brought a launch fat backwards compatible PS3 back to life and wanted to share.

    I still have my 60GB PS3 for the "just incase" scenarios that I would probably not even act on. At least I now know there is another path to revive it. I really wished the baking fixed my PS3. It always sucks to spend money on a replacement. At least my PS3 slim still works to this day. I read...
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    Brought a launch fat backwards compatible PS3 back to life and wanted to share.

    I never knew the capacitors were the issue to the YLOD; I always thought it was the solder used on the processors cracking. I baked my PS3 motherboard and it worked for 30 minutes before getting the YLOD again. Baked it again to revive to so I could transfer all my save games to my then new PS3...
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    Do I hate Epic LESS then Origin?!?

    I would agree, but Epic and Origin can make launching a game frustrating. I only used the Epic game launcher for less than a month (the month they were giving GTAV out for free) on a gaming laptop I keep offline, but it requires an internet connection to launch and play games. Each time I...
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    NVIDIA to Drop Max-Q and Max-P Differentiators in Mobile GPU Specifications

    I agree. If the performance is equal ,no real reason to use the identifier. Plus, Max-q (to me) identifies the GPU to be the lower performing version. Trying to wade through the confusion of the RTX 20 laptop series, I kind of gathered that the 2070 max-q does not perform as well as a standard...
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    Do I hate Epic LESS then Origin?!?

    I recommend trying out Legendary as well. It is command line only though. I was able to install the free GTA V copy I got and run it without ever having Epic installed (new install of Windows). I seems to work well enough.
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    Why doesn't Microsoft want people to create local accounts?

    On both the laptop and desktop (Gigabyte x570 Aorus Pro WiFi), I connected to my wireless network. Didn't use a wired connection for either. Seeing the option to use an offline account on laptops after several installations in the past, only to be "welcomed" to only use an online account with...
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    Why doesn't Microsoft want people to create local accounts?

    I've experienced both using the same install media (20H2) on two separate computers. A Dell laptop previously used with an activated Windows 10 Pro offered the offline account options seen by SuperSubZero. A desktops I recently put together did not have that option on the same screen. To...
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    Sony and Microsoft to explore strategic partnership

    Supposedly, the profits from selling hardware are minimal, compared to revenue from software. Plus, the RROD fault did take a good amount of money to resolve. I guess focusing on software only is a very safe bet. Not much invested, compared to costs associated with developing hardware.
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    Question regarding upgrading hard drive but preserving data exactly?

    Clonezilla supports disk to disk cloning, and it is free. Just make sure you select the source and destination drives correctly. You could possibly lose all your data if you don't. This runs outside of Windows so you may be able to assign the drive letter later?