General Computer Thread

Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by Amaris, May 26, 2016.

  1. Santaman

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  2. Cutie McWhiskers

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    2000 watts,,, I hoper it multitasks as a quartz heater for those nice chilly winter months... :eek: :D

    I wonder what Jonnyguru will be saying about that that thing...
     
  3. Asbo Zaprudder

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    Apparently, 16.7 million of the 21 million potentially available bitcoins have been mined - current value per bitcoin is $9,700. The graph in the following BBC link appears to indicate that the rate of mining has slowed over time as expected:

    Bitcoin approaches $10,000 a piece - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42135963
     
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    So one bitcoin might just cover the cost to earn it.
     
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    As noted, mining is not that important at this point--it's not cost effective.

    The real money is in transaction fees now, and they are rising as expected. If you want your transaction processed faster, you offer a higher fee, and then whoever can process it first (i.e. who has the most powerful computers for this purpose) gets it.
     
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  7. Santaman

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    Linux Mint 18.3 is out, so far upgraded two machines, both work fine but as always if you're going to upgrade you should back up important files and folders, you know the drill, better safe than sorry.
     
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    What's the hottest weather you have played games or used your PC or laptop in?

    It's currently 36c here 96 which would be 96 in the USA. Anyway my graphics card maxes out around 60 degrees as far as temps go, but on a day like today it would be pushing 65 degrees. It never seems to go past those figures when gaming. Seems to be its limit.

    Anyway what kind of temps do you guys get for your graphics cards?

    For doing forums this is really just idling so it hovers around 38 degrees
     
  9. Santaman

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    If temps are at or above 26c I don't game, not only because I like to keep my machine in one piece, also, the thing heats up the computer room which sucks... as for temps for the graphics card, while playing Borderlands 2 the card is at 55c at most which means the fans are not even used, they start at 60c if I play more demanding games the card is usually somewhere around 65-ish to 70c but the GTX 1060 only uses around 120 watt IIRC.
     
  10. Tetragrammaton Invictus

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    OK another windows update... Now I have the creators update.

    I now have version 1709 (almost a trek number :D) Build 16299.64

    However I have noticed a tiny niggle. When playing bluray movies or DVDs there is a tiny amount of stuttering that never happened before. Not sure what I can do to fix this as I have tried several things already, it's not a deal breaker for me but I always hate how tiny things do happen after updates.
     
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    Dammit... thanks for the heads up. I hope it doesn't try to do it tonight as it's after 11pm.
     
  12. Tetragrammaton Invictus

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    I reinstalled my dvd software and playback is now better than what it was, but still not perfect. It was way smoother before the creators update. Unfortunately MS wants to force everyone to get this don't they?
     
  13. Asbo Zaprudder

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    Perhaps there is some process waking up regularly and hogging all the cores or saturating I/O. It's not unlike MS to install performance hogging services, unfortunately. I'd like to assume they will issue a KB article that describes the nature of the update and even how to tune it. That might be wishful thinking though. Not seeing anything obvious in the current KB article for the update except perhaps there's been a tweak to realtime security scanning.
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/4048955/windows-10-update-kb4048955
     
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  14. Tetragrammaton Invictus

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    Windows 10 before the creators update for me was smooth like silk with media such as optical disks and stuff.
     
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    Every next version is a new alpha version.. it might be sorted out just before the next next version screws it, or something else, up again...
     
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    I sometimes have that with 1607, but it's only shortly after startup (HD usage seems to be at 100% when it does happen).

    I haven't had 179 pushed out to me yet (or even 1703), but I'm just doing a clone now so that I can install it myself either tomorrow or saturday and we'll see how that works.
     
  17. Asbo Zaprudder

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    It's alost certainly not something MS test or fix if they need to address an urgent security issue.
     
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    Yea it's why I'm not a fan of their updates. So onto backing things up. Not thrilled when it happens without much warning.
     
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    Microsoft generally releases updates around 12pm Pacific time and the installation usually waits until what they classify as time that can be specified by the users.

    Easiest approach is to bring up the take manager and go to processes and actually see what's running and what's chewing processor and memory.

    Even when installing large updates I haven't noticed any major slow downs. My wife's laptop can take some time but it's tad on the slow side and the hard disk crawls (damn acer - wanted to put in an SSD but there's no way to do without an almost complete disassembly).
     
  20. Tetragrammaton Invictus

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    Well I have 6 cores so they are all being hogged? I find that annoying if it's true. I can't see anything in task manager that is holding up resources...

    I did suspect MS had dud ASPI drivers for the optical drives.


    I wish there was a way to say fuck you to MS forcing updates
     
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