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Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 11-25-2021, 07:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 112
Posted By TechGeek
Re: what to do with faulty hard drives?

Take the PCB off and save it. Curie the platters and bin it.
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 11-22-2021, 02:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 162
Posted By TechGeek
Re: iMac os X utilities ?

What do you mean by a "dead end"?
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 11-20-2021, 07:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 162
Posted By TechGeek
Re: iMac os X utilities ?

What happens if you select 'Install Mac OS X'?
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 11-18-2021, 02:06 PM
Replies: 5,165
Views: 921,378
Posted By TechGeek
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

What testing/diagnostic software is that that I see on many of your testing/recap pictures?
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 11-16-2021, 02:44 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 15,473
Posted By TechGeek
Re: A Colossal HDD Failure

Possible bad connection causing sanity checks to fail?
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 10-25-2021, 04:14 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 9,410
Posted By TechGeek
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 10-24-2021, 08:11 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 9,410
Posted By TechGeek
Re: Repurposing a 2004 Athlon 64 system in 2021

Just a bit of an update on things:

1) The Advantech UNO-3072LA is now completely mothballed and in cold storage. HDD and CMOS battery pulled.

2) We should be getting FTTH within the next 18-24...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 10-20-2021, 04:16 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,409
Posted By TechGeek
Re: <play taps>RadeonHD 5770 dead at ... ~10?

I've got a Radeon HD5850 1GB card that I think is nearing its end. It first went unstable in my dad's system (ran in that system 2010-2016), then suddenly became unable to run triple monitors on my...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 10-17-2021, 11:01 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 902
Posted By TechGeek
Re: Amish Computer - No, this is not a joke!

Looking at the icons tells me that the word processing software is likely based on LibreOffice.
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 09-28-2021, 09:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 619
Posted By TechGeek
Re: Drive SMART status not showing up through RAID controller?

Also, PassMark DiskCheckup is a good Windows utility for reading SMART data (and tracking it over time)
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 09-27-2021, 09:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 619
Posted By TechGeek
Re: Drive SMART status not showing up through RAID controller?

Protip: A drive regularly dropping out of the array is NOT NORMAL UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. I suggest booting up Linux and checking the SMART stats with:
smartctl -d sat -a /dev/sdX where X is the...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 09-19-2021, 10:03 AM
Replies: 5,165
Views: 921,378
Posted By TechGeek
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

What are you gonna do with the LED sign?
Forum: Troubleshooting Power Supplies and Power Supply Design 09-11-2021, 07:17 AM
Replies: 1,699
Views: 433,530
Posted By TechGeek
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 09-05-2021, 05:16 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 15,356
Posted By TechGeek
Re: The longest you've ever used a single system?

Some updates to the above systems:
Advantech UNO-3072LA: Permanently retired. See HERE (https://badcaps.net/forum/showthread.php?t=92429) for that thread.
Main Office Computer: Retired. Replaced...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 09-05-2021, 11:09 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 15,902
Posted By TechGeek
Re: HMMM....What could this be.... ;) TC's first X8DAi Build!

That's quite a bit of RAM there! Makes my 16GB look absolutely puny in comparison.

I've got a few systems in various stages of mothballing. I un-mothballed one a few months back in preparation to...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 08-30-2021, 02:12 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 7,405
Posted By TechGeek
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 08-26-2021, 01:28 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,894
Posted By TechGeek
Re: never trust samsung

I've got a Panasonic 65" plasma TV from 2011. I'm using it until it irreparably fails, which will likely be a panel failure or loss of unobtainium parts.

If I ever get a smart TV, it's getting the...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 08-23-2021, 04:38 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 17,986
Posted By TechGeek
Re: Some True BCN History - Homecoming of a long lost friend!

Topcat: Wrong last image in that post?
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 08-16-2021, 07:29 PM
Replies: 5,165
Views: 921,378
Posted By TechGeek
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Dish Hopper 3 DVR. Pulled it apart, slammed the drive into a dock, found ~500GB of TV recordings, all unencrypted and watchable.
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 08-13-2021, 08:49 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 7,405
Posted By TechGeek
Re: Topcat's Acer Dual Slot 1 Server? - The Acer Altos 1100

I still use a reset button every once in a blue moon when some piece of software manages to make the system go totally loopy, but the occurrence rate of that is exceptionally low on the various *nix...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 08-12-2021, 05:28 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 7,405
Posted By TechGeek
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 07-30-2021, 10:28 PM
Replies: 866
Views: 325,827
Posted By TechGeek
Re: Post your system.......

If I ever see soldered eMMC/NVMe/RAM on a desktop computer, that crap is going right back in the box and back to where it came from.
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 07-22-2021, 07:59 PM
Replies: 5,165
Views: 921,378
Posted By TechGeek
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

HP Pavilion 500 (with failing 2TB Seagate) along with some Saitek flight sim gear. Blew out the password on the Winh8 install and confirmed that everything worked.
Forum: General Capacitor Questions & Issues 07-18-2021, 10:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,003
Posted By TechGeek
Re: Trying to locate this safety cap

This is very likely an RFI filter cap. Open filter = excessive line noise. Excessive line noise = weird and generally bizarre behavior, up to and including microprocessor lockups, watchdog timeouts,...
Forum: Troubleshooting Audio Equipment 07-02-2021, 06:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,034
Posted By TechGeek
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