Recent content by GiGaBiTe

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    Dell Parts Catalog Does one exist?

    Never had to sign a NDA, Dell at least back then wasn't really tight lipped about their internal tech software. I had it for a number of years after that job ended, but it suffered bronze rot by the time I had discovered it years later and it was dead and gone at that point, it got tossed years...
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    Dell Parts Catalog Does one exist?

    Specific part numbers are usually only available to Dell service techs, but with a bit of searching, you can find the right screen. I was a Dell service sub back in 2007-2008 and was given a CD of Dell tech only software that had parts catalogs for the Optiplex GX series we were working on for...
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    Nine WiFi routers used by millions were vulnerable to 226 flaws

    If the manufacturer even provides them. In many cases, when devices fall out of their support period, or turn into a trash fire, the manufacturer dumps them and pretends the device in question never existed. Linksys has done this for hundreds of their devices, they won't even give you download...
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    Flash Thumbdrive with Performance Rivaling SSD?

    Even stuff that is sold and shipped by Amazon is subject to counterfeiting. Like the MS Office "sold and shipped by Amazon" was a xerox.
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    Can't find replacement Noctua fan (noice reduction)

    Overloading cheap wall warts is like playing Russian Roulette, you never know when it will explode. Some supplies will cut out if overloaded, but some will keep trying to restart and end up sending nasty voltage spikes on the output. Some will just explode or burn from not having any sanity...
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    acid vapor kills hard drives

    I had something similar. Had a gallon jug of bleach up in the attic back in the 90s for cleaning out the evap coil once. Forgot about it for 30 years, went up there some months ago and saw a perfectly shaped white mound next to the jug and the jug was empty. Turns out the jug had dry rotted a...
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    Flash Thumbdrive with Performance Rivaling SSD?

    Yep, they can, and usually are. Amazon is the counterfeit capital of the world, I avoid them like the plague because I've been burned far too many times by counterfeit or bait and switch garbage from them. All Amazon cares about is their cut of the sale profits, it's no skin off their back if a...
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    acid vapor kills hard drives

    If by "TCA" you mean C2HCl3O2, not sure what you'd expect to happen storing sensitive electronics next to highly corrosive acid. A thin plastic bag wouldn't have done anything to stop it, the destroyed seal on the TCA container tells you that much.
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    Can't find replacement Noctua fan (noice reduction)

    You mean in parallel. If you put the fans in series, they'd get the voltage of the source divided by the number of fans and probably not work. Two fans would give you 6v, 3 fans would give you 4v, 4 would give you 3v, etc. Not sure what size barrel connector that is, but there are splitters...
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    Can't find replacement Noctua fan (noice reduction)

    The fan on the motherboard looks like a standard 37mm fan. They aren't really made by DIY companies like Noctua though, but you can get generic ones if the fan is failing. There are other sizes of this fan, but it looks to be 37mm. The fan is attached to...
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    Nvidia’s GeForce Now has been quietly capping its founders’ frame rates

    Not at all surprising. Mega corporations have been pushing the boundaries on just how anti-consumer they can be for profit for a long time now. Ever since the explosion of SaaS, software companies have been jacking up the prices to see how much they can squeeze out of consumers before they...
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    Apple announces Self Service Repair

    With how difficult manufacturers are making it to repair devices, in many cases, whole assemblies need to be replaced. Like the Surface Pro has the digitizer glued to the LCD panel, you can't change one without changing the other and it makes it hideously expensive. So if you cracked the...
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    Upgrades for computers at work

    The only OS that had that feature was Vista. It was killed off because it was terrible and didn't work.
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    Windows 11 Will Soon Block All Default Browser Workarounds

    It's not only the stock holders that get more, it's the techs that have to keep the garbage running. Windows 10 has steadily increased my work over time as it has gotten less and less stable with the gross mismanagement it has had, and Windows 11 looks to continue that tradition with Microsoft...
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    Best 4-8 slot motherboard for gaming and mining

    Of course it can be done, but it is exceedingly impractical, and you make extensive sacrifices to be able to have both in one machine. It's like building a car that is also a plane, it can be done, but it will not do either well. The ASRock H110 Pro BTC+ is a perfect example of that. It uses...