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    my hurtz is slow, hlep

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    turbo button. Take that 486 from 33mhz to 66mhz!

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeboo View Post
    turbo button. Take that 486 from 33mhz to 66mhz!
    Careful you don't do that playing Wing Commander though, it doesn't have a frame limiter and you'll die the second you launch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McFly View Post
    my hurtz is slow, hlep
    Have you tried blowing on it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eyashusa View Post
    Have you tried blowing on it?
    Kicking it works for me. Or water cooling. Just not both at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McFly View Post
    my hurtz is slow, hlep


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    Still having issues with my Video card. Nvidia 550ti. Removed and reinstalled the new beta drivers, etc. Still black screens in some games like alan wake, black screens for a few seconds then continues like nothing happened, then does it again. Happens a lot in EA games...But other games like Dishonored/skyrim run fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRage View Post
    Still having issues with my Video card. Nvidia 550ti. Removed and reinstalled the new beta drivers, etc. Still black screens in some games like alan wake, black screens for a few seconds then continues like nothing happened, then does it again. Happens a lot in EA games...But other games like Dishonored/skyrim run fine.
    Sounds like the driver is crashing and recovering. Happened all the time in WoW here on a gtx 580. Don't know what to tell you as to why in your case. Might just be a defective piece of hardware.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRage View Post
    Still having issues with my Video card. Nvidia 550ti. Removed and reinstalled the new beta drivers, etc. Still black screens in some games like alan wake, black screens for a few seconds then continues like nothing happened, then does it again. Happens a lot in EA games...But other games like Dishonored/skyrim run fine.
    Check your event viewer. You should see entries in the Application or System logs stating that the nVidia driver is crashing and recovering successfully. If it's only a certain game, it might be a driver issue with that specific game, but this is usually a sign of overheating or that the GPU has been damaged somehow (again, usually thermal).

    If you see a bunch of errors in the event log, I'd uninstall the driver, run something like Driver Sweeper to make sure that every trace of the driver is gone, and then regress a version or two (to release drivers, not beta). See if that does the trick, and if it does, and you have some reason to be running the beta drivers, upgrade and see if the problem returns.

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    ok. giving this a shot here.
    lately i just can't search on google on chrome anymore. i can access the homepage, but as soon as i search i get an error.

    Code:
    503. That’s an error.
    
    The service you requested is not available at this time.
    
    Service error -27. That’s all we know.
    same often happens on firefox, though often i also get a captcha to solve there with a link claiming there was "unusual activity" from my ip, though it doesn't seem to go into more detail. after solving the captcha i seem to be able to search google normally till it bombs again at some point.

    i tried googling (or bing-ing, ugh) for the error message, yet found nothing. i ran MSE, spybot, malawarebytes and some kapersky virus/rootkit detection and it found nothing. i am running stuff like adblock plus and disconnect and ghostery in chrome (and firefox), though even disabling that didn't seem to fix it..
    switching to incognito mode sometimes helps again.. sometimes doesn't.

    any ideas anyone ? wifi is password protected etc so no idea really.

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    You're certainly not alone in this. There are a lot of people with this problem and no one seems to know why it's happening -- and apparently, it just resolves itself after a while.

    Some people say that they've had luck with clearing caches, etc, but that the problem just comes back after a while. The earliest reference I could find went back to the MyDoom virus in 2004, when it infected so many people and Google was being carpet bombed with lookups from all of them at the same time. So, it could just be a usage/overload issue on the application server that you happen to be doing lookups on. That's my best guess.

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    I was gonna post a long reply but in the end it wouldn't have helped.

    So, to try rectifying that, I have a couple questions.

    One: Is this a computer / system that you built yourself?

    Two: Did you research the components that you have to thoroughly identify any incompatibility issues if you built it yourself?

    There's a lot of info missing to help diagnose and rectify the issue presented to this board and the users that could help you out.

    Really hope this isn't a troll post that I've replied to. Given the nature of the people that post here...I'm skeptical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viktorr View Post
    Really hope this isn't a troll post that I've replied to. Given the nature of the people that post here...I'm skeptical.
    Generally speaking, people are helpful (in this subforum)...

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    Quote Originally Posted by elvis View Post
    ok. giving this a shot here.
    lately i just can't search on google on chrome anymore. i can access the homepage, but as soon as i search i get an error.
    It might be worth running windows Defender Offline from a bootable CD/USB drive. Some of the bootkits can evade detection while it is resident in memory even while using TDSSKiller and Malwarebytes. Recently tested the Pihar bootkit against Systems Center Endpoint Protection 2012 (a.k.a Forefront/MSE) and McAfee at work and both failed to detect the bootkit while the OS was booted. Also do you have any other computers active on your network besides the one you're using? Just checking as a follow up to the wifi being secured, might be something else internal since you share one internet facing IP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hex View Post
    It might be worth running windows Defender Offline from a bootable CD/USB drive. Some of the bootkits can evade detection while it is resident in memory even while using TDSSKiller and Malwarebytes. Recently tested the Pihar bootkit against Systems Center Endpoint Protection 2012 (a.k.a Forefront/MSE) and McAfee at work and both failed to detect the bootkit while the OS was booted. Also do you have any other computers active on your network besides the one you're using? Just checking as a follow up to the wifi being secured, might be something else internal since you share one internet facing IP.
    thanks to alkorin and you for replying..

    i have a desktop computer running win7 64bit, laptop running vista and my iphone on the same router. and both computers have the same problem with google. so i guess it is not something related to chrome installation/ plugins or so (even though they have similiar browser addons). was wondering if it was disconnect maybe causing it, by blocking some odd referral links to google or something weird ? i've seen it report 30 blocked links to google on a single page. though that would never even reach the google server, so it wouldn't really influence all of this. yeah kind of clueless what to do at this point.

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    Try giving RogueKiller http://tigzy.geekstogo.com/roguekiller.php a run, it is sometimes able to detect stuff that other programs miss. If possible can you also run Hijackthis on both machines in your place and post a log? It is kind of an old application but still rather useful for troubleshooting possible browser hijacks/bot activity.

    The only other thing I can think of to check is what Internet Provider do you use? If it is a smaller local ISP it might be that part of their network that you're on might be blacklisted on google's side due to another customer on their network being infected. I've run into that once before while supporting a local wireless provider. If it is a larger ISP like AT&T/Comcast/Verizon it is less likely that that is the case though.

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    my internet has been randomly crapping out for periods of about a minute or two. I've reset the modem and the wireless router and updated the router firmware but had no improvement. it's not an issue with my computer. any ideas?
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    When it craps out, does the modem still show it's connected fine? Who's your ISP?

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    i'm not sure since it's downstairs... the internet connection will report "limited" connection until it goes back... Comcast is the ISP
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    I had comcast several years ago, same thing happened to me with their service. Always crapped out just long enough to disconnect me from whatever online game I was playing. Their techs came out time and time again and could never fix it. I had a feeling it was old coax somewhere along the line, but they weren't willing to trace it all back through the apartments I was living in at the time. Had to end up switching to DSL(only time I've ever had DSL in my life). Thankfully now I live in an area that isn't served by Comcast so I was able to go back to cable that is reliable.

    tl;dr fuck Comcast, it's probably them, not you.

    The first thing I would do is demand a different cable modem from Comcast. I have had cable modems go bad on me before, hopefully it's just that and not something in their lines(which they wont fix).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grand Inquisitor Kegkilla View Post
    i'm not sure since it's downstairs... the internet connection will report "limited" connection until it goes back... Comcast is the ISP
    What kind of modem? Some modem firmwares have issues. A lot of people with my ISP are talking about getting a firmware update for their cable modem if it's one of a couple specific models.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grand Inquisitor Kegkilla View Post
    my internet has been randomly crapping out for periods of about a minute or two
    Are you using fixed IP addresses? You'd get that behaviour if you had an IP conflict on your network. You could try doing an ipconfig /release then ipconfig /renew in a command prompt.

    What OS are you running? If XP you can try running this tool to unrustle your winsock jimmies.

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    I believe Windows alerts you specifically when it's an IP conflict, though. Doesn't it?

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    Modem/Router might be dying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soygen View Post
    I believe Windows alerts you specifically when it's an IP conflict, though. Doesn't it?
    It'll log an event regardless yeah, but the pop up in the bottom right appears sporadically on the machine the OS suspects is "in the wrong", which switches, so it's not a reliable indicator.

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    Here's an interesting one for you. I can access this site on my laptop on wifi at home, but not on my desktop. It says the connection timed out.

    Pertinent -

    Could access on desktop last night, can't today.
    Can access every other site on the net (that I've checked) on the desktop.
    Can't access this site in firefox, waterfox, or IE.

    Works fine on the laptop in firefox.

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    Ping the site from your desktop. What do you get back?

    Telnet to it on port 80. Type "GET /" and Enter. Does it do anything? You might need to install the telnet client for this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alkorin View Post
    Ping the site from your desktop. What do you get back?
    Request timed out.

    Packets sent 4, received, 0. 100% loss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alkorin View Post
    Telnet to it on port 80. Type "GET /" and Enter. Does it do anything? You might need to install the telnet client for this.
    Could not open connection to host.

    Pretty cool, huh?

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    OK, so, ping it from your laptop. Do you get a response there?

    Are you finding the IP address successfully on the desktop, even? Try "ipconfig /flushdns". Bit of a reach, but who knows... might be a DNS issue.

    Do you have a router of some sort that might be interfering? Mine has a web "helper" function that gets in the way by trying to cache shit, so I turned it off.

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    Yes, get a ping from my laptop np.

    The only difference in the router is that the desktop is hardwired, laptop is running off the wifi.

    Flushdns = no effect.

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    Okay, try a traceroute.

    tracert -d whateversite.org

    Sounds like a routing or firewall issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alkorin View Post
    Okay, try a traceroute.

    tracert -d whateversite.org

    Sounds like a routing or firewall issue.
    Nothing in the router settings I can see that's different for desktop than lappy.

    Tracert to rerolled.org fails after 13 hops.

    Trace complete on laptop at 15.

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    Any internet security software on the desktop that isn't on the laptop?

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    No. MSE only on both. And nothing added to the desktop since last night. Last thing I did last night was check the boards, and that's the first thing I tried to do in the morning. I figured it was just some 12/21 joke for awhile, until I was upstairs on the couch with the lappy and it loaded and there weren't any threads about any downtime or anything.

    Turned off windows firewall, no change. Fucking weird as hell. Usually when something's fubar, it takes everything out with it. But literally every other site is fine, just rerolled. And clearly I'm not banned, so I'm outta ideas here.

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    Yeah, I don't get it. At this point I'd try to load some live-boot linux CD on the desktop and see if the problem is confined to Windows.

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    Know what it was?

    When the site opened, I couldn't get to it. Had to add

    50.23.26.136 www.rerolled.org
    50.23.26.136 rerolled.org

    To my hosts file. I didn't do this on any other computer in the house.

    Once I deleted those 2 lines, it opened immediately.

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    Ah, there we go. I didn't think to ask about the hosts file.

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    So I've been getting a random bsod lately, it looks like it is caused by my nvidia drivers.

    My mini dump file is as follow

    crash dump file: C:\Windows\Minidump\122112-4875-01.dmp
    This was probably caused by the following module: dxgmms1.sys (dxgmms1+0x1EEF9)
    Bugcheck code: 0x3B (0xC0000005, 0xFFFFF88003BBEEF9, 0xFFFFF880137FEF50, 0x0)
    Error: SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION
    file path: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\dxgmms1.sys
    product: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
    company: Microsoft Corporation
    description: DirectX Graphics MMS
    Bug check description: This indicates that an exception happened while executing a routine that transitions from non-privileged code to privileged code.
    This appears to be a typical software driver bug and is not likely to be caused by a hardware problem.
    The crash took place in a standard Microsoft module. Your system configuration may be incorrect. Possibly this problem is caused by another driver on your system that cannot be identified at this time.

    They are up to date. Anyone know what I should do?



    edit - just had another; looks to be something different.

    crash dump file: C:\Windows\Minidump\122112-4859-01.dmp
    This was probably caused by the following module: ntoskrnl.exe (nt+0x7B340)
    Bugcheck code: 0x3B (0xC0000005, 0xFFFFF803668DD060, 0xFFFFF8801644BB60, 0x0)
    Error: SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION
    file path: C:\Windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe
    product: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
    company: Microsoft Corporation
    description: NT Kernel & System
    Bug check description: This indicates that an exception happened while executing a routine that transitions from non-privileged code to privileged code.
    This appears to be a typical software driver bug and is not likely to be caused by a hardware problem.
    The crash took place in the Windows kernel. Possibly this problem is caused by another driver that cannot be identified at this time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toxxulian View Post
    So I've been getting a random bsod lately
    What OS are you running? And which service pack?

    Do you have MS updates installing automatically all the time?

    How long has this been an issue? Have you made any hardware changes recently?

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    I believe I fixed it. Haven't gotten a bsod in the last three days, I lowered my OC and that seems to have fixed it. Not sure exactly why it started up, though. Had been running this set up for a month or so without any issue.
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    I can tell you that when we launch Copernicus we will change the mmo space forever in ways that you will all be excited about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toxxulian View Post
    I believe I fixed it. Haven't gotten a bsod in the last three days, I lowered my OC and that seems to have fixed it. Not sure exactly why it started up, though. Had been running this set up for a month or so without any issue.
    Ambient temperature could have changed enough to affect stability, or fan performance changed or something. Or if you're really pushing voltage and temps, you could literally be wearing out your components.

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    Built a new PC and I can't get the video card to work in the PCI-E 3.0 slot. I'm assuming the slot on the motherboard is bad, but I want to make sure I'm not forgetting anything before I RMA it.

    The power supply is fine (550w, something like 530 to the 12v rail).

    Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3
    Video Card: HIS Radeon 7850

    Basically, everything on the motherboard works with onboard video. Video card has a 6 pin connector, and with power on the fan spins. DVI cable is known good. Powering on with the DVI connected, I don't get any signal in the BIOS, and Windows doesn't show anything in device manager. BIOS is set for PCI-E to be the default input (I also tried changing it to PCI and nothing still). I also tried putting the video card in a PCI 2.0 slot and it worked. I feel like I'm missing a jumper or some kind of setting somewhere, but I have no clue. The 2.0 slot is really close to the bottom of the motherboard (and case) so it's going to get shit air flow. It's also blowing directly onto my wireless card. Plus, I don't want a half working motherboard.

    The final weird thing is that I connected my old video card (Radeon 4830) in the 3.0 slot and it worked for a little bit before conflicts with the onboard made it stop working and I just got frustrated and took it back out.

    If anyone has any ideas, let me know!
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    There should be a setting in the bios to enable Integrated GPU Multimonitor support; that may solve the problem. You're not very clear on how many displays you're running. Have you tried disabling the igpu? bios update? If none of that helps and the 7850 is known to be fine, I'd say yeh just rma.

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    Definitely do a bios update if you haven't already. I had a ton of issues with my ASRock motherboard until I updated the bios, but it's been flawless ever since I updated it.

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    Companies really aren't harnessing PCIE3.0 yet, you most likely won't see any difference at all - I know, I write code for it. That said, update the BIOS and see if that fixes it and if not definitely RMA it.

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    I've updated the BIOS. I actually found something last night about Z77 boards and 7850's, and it sounds like you may have to run it as a 2.0 for it to work. I'm not really sure what to do with that information, since that means I'll have to hope that by the time I need/want actual 3.0 support that they'll have fixed it, or I'll have to get a different MB. But I'll try switching it after I get off work to see how that goes.

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    Sounds like they'd be likely to fix it in a future BIOS update, but who knows. If you aren't comfortable with possibly ending up with a lemon, you're probably best demanding a refund or an exchange, as it isn't doing what it should be doing.

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    Basically, 3.0 won't be any better than 2.0 unless you're gaming at like 2560x1440 or above in resolution, you don't hit any restrictions with 2.0 bandwith until you get to REALLY high resolutions. And even at 2560x1440, you're only looking at maybe a 5% performance gain, if that, depending on the card.

    Really 3.0 is there as something we might actually need 5 years from now, it does almost nothing with current common hardware configurations and what 99% of people do with their computers today.

    Here are some benchmarks for reference:




    Basically, I wouldn't really be bothered about running as 2.0. You'll probably have an entirely new PC or at least video card by the time 3.0 makes any significant difference several years from now.
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    Well, that's good to hear. And that worked. The BIOS (newest only) has an option to run the slot as "Gen 1," Gen 2," and "Gen 3." Gen 2 works. Appreciate the help!

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    Do you have the newest bios version for your ASRock motherboard? I had all sorts of weird crash/lockup/reboot issues on my ASRock(not the same model as yours though) until I did a bios update. It was sketchy as hell out of the box with the default bios(even though I just bought it new 2 months ago, you'd think it would have had a fairly recent bios already installed, but no), but I love it now that it's updated.

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    Geez, that's almost the identical system to the one I just talked about a couple posts up. In case you didn't see what I did (even though it seems like a different issue), newest BIOS, and set the graphics card to Gen 2 (which is PCI 2.0). Haven't had any issues since making that change.

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    Just download the Windows automatic bios flash from their site:

    http://www.asrock.com/MB/overview.as...del=Z75%20Pro3

    Download program
    Run .exe
    sit back and wait while your computer reboots and the bios updates, easy as can be.

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    regarding BIOS updates, it is advisible to update BIOS regularly, if there is nothing wrong with the PC?

    i've heard it's dangerous because if it fucks up that PC is now a brick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grand Inquisitor Kegkilla View Post
    regarding BIOS updates, it is advisible to update BIOS regularly, if there is nothing wrong with the PC?

    i've heard it's dangerous because if it fucks up that PC is now a brick.
    If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Chances are the only thing you're doing is adding support for CPUs you don't have.

    Read the BIOS update revision's change log, and if none of the fixes or additions apply to you, there's no reason to do the update. Granted, it's very unlikely that anything will go wrong when flashing, especially on today's models of motherboard -- they usually have a backup ROM just in case -- but again, if the new BIOS version doesn't give you anything you need, why bother?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alkorin View Post
    If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Chances are the only thing you're doing is adding support for CPUs you don't have.

    Read the BIOS update revision's change log, and if none of the fixes or additions apply to you, there's no reason to do the update. Granted, it's very unlikely that anything will go wrong when flashing, especially on today's models of motherboard -- they usually have a backup ROM just in case -- but again, if the new BIOS version doesn't give you anything you need, why bother?
    Just want to add that, for my Gigabyte motherboards at least, if you are moving from a traditional BIOS to a UEFI BIOS that it needed to be done from a dos boot disk, rather than from the OS or built-in BIOS update utility. Windows also required me to reauthorize my copy.

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    In 15 years of working in IT I have only seen bios updates go bad and kill the board 2 times. The first was a corrupted floppy disk (back when that was the only way to flash the bios) and the second was when a power outage happened in the middle of the update. I would say that mishaps are pretty rare but they are fatal. As mentioned you usually don't get much out of an update except new hardware compatibility. That is usually the only time I upgrade my bios, when I am throwing in new components like a new cpu, video card or memory.

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    I've seen it a handful of times, all done within Windows. If at all possible, flash using the BIOS itself.

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    my board has custom software to allow me to update it from inside windows... Is that more or less safe?
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    I've actually seen some newer boards come with a backup BIOS that you can boot off of in case an update to the primary BIOS goes bad. I like that feature alot.

    As for your question Keg I would go ahead and use the utility that allows you to do the upgrade from within Windows. Its just way more convenient then having to do it the old fashion way and if your board does blows up then it is the universes way of getting back at you for taking the picture with the quake disc inside the bowl of chili

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grand Inquisitor Kegkilla View Post
    my board has custom software to allow me to update it from inside windows... Is that more or less safe?
    Flashing is always less safe from within Windows. It only takes a few seconds to drop an updated BIOS onto a USB drive, boot into the BIOS and us its built in flasher. All it takes is one failed flash and you will really be kicking yourself in the ass.

    Also, quadruple check the BIOS update you are flashing is for your mainboard. Some companies still live in the dark ages and their BIOS will take anything that you throw at it.

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    Yep. Don't update from Windows unless you really have to for some reason (and I can't think of a good one). Many modern BIOSes have the ability to update from within the BIOS itself using a file from your hard drive, or you can use a USB stick or CD-R/DVD-R.

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    I'm having no issues streaming, torrenting, downloading, and until recently using FTP. Starting 2 days ago I went from averaging 1-1.5mbps to a steady speed of 50KiB per file I'm transfering through ftp clients. It doesn't matter if I'm downloading 1 or 10+ at the same time, each dl is capped at the same 50KiB across several different ftp programs.

    Nothing else has been effected and dl'ing from the same server using http has the same high speeds I'm used to. Any ideas on what the problem could be?

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    Also remember that BIOS flashing will usually wipe any boot / overclocking settings you have, and I've had experiences with Asus boards in particular where a backed up config is only compatible with the firmware it was created on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malt View Post
    I'm having no issues streaming, torrenting, downloading, and until recently using FTP. Starting 2 days ago I went from averaging 1-1.5mbps to a steady speed of 50KiB per file I'm transfering through ftp clients. It doesn't matter if I'm downloading 1 or 10+ at the same time, each dl is capped at the same 50KiB across several different ftp programs.

    Nothing else has been effected and dl'ing from the same server using http has the same high speeds I'm used to. Any ideas on what the problem could be?
    Most likely some rate limiting/QoS being applied by the server, your ISP, or a router along the path, and not your computer so there is nothing you can do. Call your ISP and make sure they don't throttle after you hit some cap or otherwise limit certain ports/services (they could be throttling FTP and P2P ports while leaving HTTP alone).

    On your end, you could look around in your own routers settings just to make sure you aren't doing this (throttling) to yourself. Try another FTP client and/or look at your FTP clients settings for any throttling. You probably won't find anything but at least you'll know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scaffa View Post
    Also remember that BIOS flashing will usually wipe any boot / overclocking settings you have, and I've had experiences with Asus boards in particular where a backed up config is only compatible with the firmware it was created on.
    Never, ever use a backed up config on a different version of anything. This is a good practice no matter what you're doing. The single best way to configure anything when upgrading is to do it from scratch, otherwise you're inviting variables that were likely never present in the manufacturer's scenarios. Sometimes, it doesn't matter... sometimes, you end up with issues, or worst case, a brick.

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    Quick streaming question. The wife wants to watch vampire diaries tonight. Obviously, that sounds like the worst thing ever. Can I stream the tv show from the computer and somehow have my desktop still available to play games?

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    Need a bit more information there. Like, how many devices are involved here? Just a single computer? What are you streaming it from? etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkko View Post
    Quick streaming question. The wife wants to watch vampire diaries tonight. Obviously, that sounds like the worst thing ever. Can I stream the tv show from the computer and somehow have my desktop still available to play games?
    You can. It's basically going to be set up as a double monitor setup. The HDTV will be one screen, and the computer monitor will be the second one.

    http://www.ehow.com/how_7280376_use-...d-monitor.html

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    Thank you sir. Probably could have figured it out but she wanted to watch in like 20 mins.

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    Well, yeah, of course it can be done, but if it's a single computer, there are questions unanswered here. Like, for example:

    Do you have two sound cards? If not, she's gonna hear you playing whatever you're playing, and you're gonna hear her show. Or you're gonna turn the game sound off and hear nothing whatsoever, because I'm guessing she doesn't want to hear you slaying the dragon while she's watching... whatever.

    You may be unable to show (for example) a browser full-screen on multiple monitors while playing a game. It happens. Depends on whether or not the game is full-screen as well, what resolution you're playing it at, etc.

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    It ended up working perfectly. Thanks guys. I did have to turn off the game sound but other than that I was able to 3 box on the desktop and she watched Vampire Diaries and Revenge on the TV.

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    He doesn't need 2 soundcards, just to use 2 different outputs from the same card. You can select the output from any media player and/or change the default one from sound options in windows. I have s/pdif to my Z-5500 and my headphones are in the "regular" jack and can play a movie on the projector with sound on the speakers while playing a game with sound on my headphones.


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    Quote Originally Posted by gogusrl View Post
    He doesn't need 2 soundcards, just to use 2 different outputs from the same card. You can select the output from any media player and/or change the default one from sound options in windows. I have s/pdif to my Z-5500 and my headphones are in the "regular" jack and can play a movie on the projector with sound on the speakers while playing a game with sound on my headphones.
    This isn't necessarily doable with every card, but yes, it would work as well. That's why I asked what hardware he has.

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    Ok guys I got one here..

    I've had my Asus G73JH since they first came out. Dealt with a myriad of issues with it. Screen problems, video card issues, overheating problems, keyboard issues, and touchpad issues.

    The touchpad was fixed by removing some insulating tape on the inside of the touchpad. It fixed the problem for about a year, and now suddenly my touchpad doesn't work at all anymore. I don't really care about this as I barely ever use the touchpad anyways. The main issue is something else.

    I noticed about a few months ago that at school if I was plugged into certain outlets, my computer would randomly shut off. The shut off was like power was instantly removed (even with a battery in). It would then take approx 30-45 seconds before you could power it b ack on, pressing the power button actually did nothing. At first one would think this was overheating, but it wasn't. I watched the fans, monitored temps, and felt the temp myself and it wasn't that. This was annoying but now it's far worse.

    Around the same time the touchpad stopped working completely, the problem got way way worse. Now we can barely use the computer. If you turn on the computer and Windows starts to boot, as soon as you start typing the password it shuts down. This is repeatable about 75% of the time.

    If I take the battery out, it seems like this issue goes away. The battery is completely dead, but the reason I keep it in the system is because it weighs weird without it, and it provides me about 30 seconds of charge in the event my power is lost. I'm wondering if this dead battery can cause this issue.

    My two theories are that when I removed this insulating tape, I caused a short across the touchpad and this is causing my laptop to shutdown. I've disabled the touchpad in BIOS, but I'm sure there is still a charge activated when I touch it. My second theory is that this battery is causing funky issues with the PC. I have not seen the computer shutdown with the battery taken out except if I wiggle the power plug (it's loose). The thing is, I really don't want to drop $150-200 on a new battery if that's not the issue. For instance, if it wasn't the battery, I might be better off just trying to recoup some costs on the laptop and buying a newer one. The reason I got the G73 is I'm on the go a lot and do a ton of programming and gaming on it, basically a portable desktop for me.

    Any thoughts? I know it's kind of random and I think I even laid out what the issue realistically might be.. but I just don't know if a dead battery would cause random shutdowns like that. And before anyone asks, it's not losing power from the cord. I can literally place my finger on a key and it will shut down.

    If it was the motherboard, how much would Asus charge to replace it?

    Edit: happens without the battery.. Gonna monitor the temps overnight
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    Ran overnight without shutting down, I am nearly positive the touchpad is shorting something

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    There was a similar problem with (old) Toshiba laptops at a prior job. The touchpad and speakers were not insulated and touching either one could (randomly) cause a shutdown or reboot.

    Try to re-insulate the touchpad and see if that helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chilansl View Post
    There was a similar problem with (old) Toshiba laptops at a prior job. The touchpad and speakers were not insulated and touching either one could (randomly) cause a shutdown or reboot.

    Try to re-insulate the touchpad and see if that helps.
    That's what I'm ultimately going to have to do. Completely draining the capacitors before powering on is allowing the system to run stable for a very long time. I've narrowed it down to solely be the touchpad even though it is disabled in BIOS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noodleface View Post
    I've narrowed it down to solely be the touchpad even though it is disabled in BIOS
    If you have no intention of using it, it couldn't hurt to take the cable out. I'm not familiar with your exact model, but in most cases it's a simple procedure to remove the top panel and disconnect the touchpad ribbon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GorestabbCOE View Post
    If you have no intention of using it, it couldn't hurt to take the cable out. I'm not familiar with your exact model, but in most cases it's a simple procedure to remove the top panel and disconnect the touchpad ribbon.
    Getting to my touchpad is an absolute pain in the ass on this laptop. If I go through all the work to get to it, I might as well just re-insulate it.. it would be nice if the touchpad actually worked too because sometimes I like to use it.

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    New one to me and hard to troubleshoot because its so intermittent. As in it happened twice two weeks ago and again today.

    While playing Rift (all three cases) my monitor blanks out and the system freezes (sound goes crazy, keyboard locks etc). Whatever, crashes happen - hold down power and hard reboot. Except the monitor still has no signal. No error beeps, just the usual BIOS beep. After a minute or so the keyboard locks. This will repeat for about ten minutes before working fine again. There doesn't appear to be any heat issue with the CPU or GPU.

    Any ideas?

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    The computer I built has been working really well until recently and I can't figure out what the issue is:

    My daughters nexus7 went blank, tried plugging it in with the USB to charge it and it crashed my desktop. Now whenever it goes to sleep and I start it up the screen will flicker off and I have to hit the source button on the monitor over and over until it sticks on Digital. Next issue is that I'll still intermittently get the warning that a unidentified device was plugged into the USB port. First is this a monitor issue and secondly could my USB ports be fried?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kreugen View Post
    New one to me and hard to troubleshoot because its so intermittent. As in it happened twice two weeks ago and again today.

    While playing Rift (all three cases) my monitor blanks out and the system freezes (sound goes crazy, keyboard locks etc). Whatever, crashes happen - hold down power and hard reboot. Except the monitor still has no signal. No error beeps, just the usual BIOS beep. After a minute or so the keyboard locks. This will repeat for about ten minutes before working fine again. There doesn't appear to be any heat issue with the CPU or GPU.

    Any ideas?
    Specs? Overclocked or stock? If OC'd, reset CPU/RAM/GPU to factory settings and go from there.

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    I lied. GPU is getting nuclear hot, pegging 104 C. And its a factory OC'd card that I have to underclock to stock settings to keep from crashing anyway.

    Gigabyte 560ti OC. Notoriously problematic card but, this is the first time I've had it do this and I've had it for like 2 1/2 years. Fans both seem to be working.


    EDIT: MSI Afterburner was showing that my voltage was set to 1.062 somehow. The factory setting is 1.040. Running a 3DMark it never got above 90c, so maybe that was the culprit.
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    When was the last time you cleaned that PC out? I was doing some cleaning a few weeks back and took my air compressor to the inside of my PC and I got -10C across the board on all cores and video card. Dust is a bitch.

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    Crashed again. It appears that one of the two fans is sticking and causing the overheat. Its enough that I'm just waiting on a RMA number to ship it off, its still well under warranty.

    Funny enough, my five year old GTX 260 backup seems to be running games at the same framerate. So much shit is stuck in the DX9 stone age, like Rift (because old gamebryo) and Black Ops 2 (because consoles) that they are CPU starved anyway.

    Maybe next year we'll have new consoles so we can use API features from 2008.

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    Recently switched routers, from an old Dlink DGL4500 to a new Asus RT-N66U which I absolutely LOVE and is better in almost every possible way. However, my torrent upload speeds have gone to absolute shit. I used to regularly seed things and see my torrent client(bitcomet) uploading at 500+ kB/s, now I pretty much never even see double-digits, constantly seedings stuff at like 5-10 kB/s.

    I'm not real proficient with anything networking/firewall related, anyone have some quick tips on things to check for in my new routers settings that might be slowing me down?

    I know that BitComet generally reports that my listen port is blocked, but that was the case on my old router as well and it was never an issue.

    BTW downloads are fine, nothing has changed there at all.

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    I would set a sensible upload limit to see if you're flooding your router or not.

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    Hmm, I do have upload set to unlimited, which was never an issue with the old router, but I'll try setting a hard limit and seeing if that helps.

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    Re-insulated my touchpad and it's working wonderfully. I think that might have been my issue with computer restarting at random, but we'll have to see. Thanks for the tip.

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    What's an average figure to do a hard drive data recovery? My bro brought in his wife's computer the other day, and it would appear the power supply shit itself and took everything else with it. The thing is choked with dust. About 5-6 years old. Problem is, ALL of their baby photos are on the computer (along with some music etc, meh), and she wasn't backing anything up. The hard drive does not spin up at all when plugged in to another computer, the motor or board on it is probably fried as well. Ballpark cost estimate on having the data recovered? I would imagine the platters are fine.

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    Hey guys Quick Q.

    Got a OCZ Technology 128GB Vertex 4 Series SATA 6.0 GB/s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (SSD) With Industry's Highest 120K IOPS And 5-Year Warranty - VTX4-25SAT as primary drive. Plugged it into my mobo SATA 6GB Intel Controller. Have SATA as AHCI in BIOS. But Windows Experience rating gives the HD a 5.9 "slow speeds" wtf

    Any ideas?

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    Sounds like you might have the wrong drivers installed in Windows. That's usually the cause of a low WEI (not that WEI is an accurate measure of anything, really).

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    Hard Drive drivers or SATA controller?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Obtenor View Post
    Hard Drive drivers or SATA controller?
    SATA controller. It's rare that a hard drive needs drivers of its own.

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