Tech minor victory thread

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Hey, anyone else have this problem when opening up Google today?

I went to the main search page, and this is what I got:

 
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Getting to the insides of the laptop was less fraught than I expected. Now all I need is for the mail to arrive with the new RAM.
I am also waiting for RAM to arrive. It's coming from CA, though, so even though it was supposed to arrive this past Fri, I'm gonna give some slack for the fires, etc.

--Patrick
 

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Got my laptop back from its warranty repairs today! The keyboard works again! They didn't even wipe the hard drive like I was afraid they would!

My joy has been slightly dampened by the fact that an update has broken hamachi on the laptop, but at least this is something I can fix, albeit a bit of a hassle.
 
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Got my laptop back from its warranty repairs today! The keyboard works again! They didn't even wipe the hard drive like I was afraid they would!

My joy has been slightly dampened by the fact that an update has broken hamachi on the laptop, but at least this is something I can fix, albeit a bit of a hassle.
Considering what's on the hard drive, I'm surprised you didn't get a visit from the FBI.

:ninja:
 

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What, you don’t keep a drive prepared as the one you swap into whatever machine you are sending in for service?

—Patrick
Nah, this laptop was still brand new, I got it in september. Nothing on it but steam, hamachi, and teamviewer, and discord I guess. So it wasn't really worth messing with. No personal stuff at all.

I've already reinstalled hamachi and fixed it so it is working again.
 
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It ain’t the best, but it’s more than good enough, and it’s hella cheap these days.

—Patrick
 
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Got a few responses about the turntable sale. Should be a done deal by Sunday. Which would pay for a new GPU with money to spare. :)
 
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So far with stock CPU cooling and case fan setup, I've yet to go above ~55C on the CPU. Even after clearing the numbers and taking a flight around Orgrimmar, I never topped 50.
 
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Windows 10 didn't want to activate as a hardware refresh from the old system. MS support kept telling me I needed the old Win7 Ultimate key from over 10 years ago. When they tried to escalate, I got transferred to a number that was closed for the weekend. So I decided to try my luck with a grey market key. It was bad luck. Fortunately I spent the extra $5 for buyer protection, and filed a ticket to see if I can get a refund without going through a paypal dispute.

Tried clearing all keys and trying again with MS support. Nope. Kept repeating that I needed the old Win7 key even though I told him repeatedly that I didn't. Then I realized I had that surplus Optiplex. I was certain that key had never been used to upgrade. Dude now said if I wanted to do that, I'd have to install Win7 on the new box first. NO. That wasn't going to happen. Since I was getting nowhere with MS, I said a curt goodbye and hung up. To the Google I went.

Turns out activating a Win10 install with a Win7 key IS a thing. A few moments of uncertainty later, and I have an activated copy of Win10 with a legit key. Take THAT, phone support guy!
 
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Buying the RX 580 came with a promo coupon for two free games. Choices were Resident Evil 2, Devil May Cry 5, and The Division 2. All unreleased as of today. Resident Evil 2 was the odd game out. The other two will release in March and I'll get them then.
 
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Buying the RX 580 came with a promo coupon for two free games. Choices were Resident Evil 2, Devil May Cry 5, and The Division 2. All unreleased as of today. Resident Evil 2 was the odd game out. The other two will release in March and I'll get them then.
 
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What does Resident Evil 2 have over the others besides an earlier launch date? Or was the only winning move not to play?
RE2 is the only one of those games that interests me, and it's a game I've already played. But that's more an indictment of modern AAA gaming than your choice.
 
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RE2 is the only one of those games that interests me, and it's a game I've already played. But that's more an indictment of modern AAA gaming than your choice.
With two Capcoms and an Ubisoft, I was screwed no matter what I did.
 

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I had to go a little above the price range I wanted, but I managed to snag an i7-4770 off ebay for $120. That'll give me a 31% increase in CPU power, which will hopefully iron out the VR hiccups I'm having to tiptoe around right now, and keep this rig running for a couple more years.
 

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The i7-4770 is what I am running. I want to upgrade so bad. It'll depend on how much my bonus is in July.
 

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Too bad you couldn’t snag a 4790.

—Patrick
Yeah, it was more than I was willing to spend.

The i7-4770 is what I am running. I want to upgrade so bad. It'll depend on how much my bonus is in July.
I was happy with my i5-4670 until I got my oculus rift. Now suddenly CPU power matters again, for the first time in 20 years.
 

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10 years, really. It only seems like 20 since Sandy Bridge came out.

—Patrick
Has nothing to do with that. Has everything to do with the 3d accelerator revolution of the late 90s, when the GPUs became more important than the CPUs. The last time the speed of my processor mattered, it was when I overclocked a celeron 333a to 500mhz in 1999. Next machine after that, no game put any strain on any processor whatsoever.
 
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Yeah, but I blame the Pentium 4 Prescotts for that. Once Intel hit their GHz wall in 2004, the only way to increase performance was going to HAVE to be outside the CPU. And also because while adding 150MHz to a 300MHz processor gets you a 50% performance increase, adding 150MHz to a 3.4GHz chip would only get you a 4% increase in performance, but then the CPU power draw/heat would go up another 65W, too.

Plus that’s when Shader 3.x/DX9c finally came out and NVIDIA/ATI finally started releasing cards that could actually do REAL work (6600GT, X1900).

—Patrick
 
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