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

  1. Gingerbread Demon

    Gingerbread Demon Stealer of all the cookies in time and space Premium Member

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    I probably will but I hate not knowing exactly why things happen.

    Put the mechanical drive back into the same enclosure and Voilla it worked....... So I really am at a loss.
     
  2. Santaman

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    I still think its a controller or controller speed issue.

    I have two older Maxtor 250Gb PATA drives, bought at the same time, one is from before Seagate aquired them, the other one from just after they had aquired Maxtor, individually they work fine, put them together in one computer and all hell breaks loose, crashes, instability, drives suddenly disappearing or showing up multiple times, strange error messages and so on, my only conclusion is that the Maxtor hates the Seagate made drive and vice versa..
     
  3. Gingerbread Demon

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    Well I checked the firmware in the SSD drives and that's all up to date. The enclosure is a "smart drive" branded 2.5 enclosure and I can't find any information online for that regarding its own firmware if it has any.

    So again at a loss but at least now it is all working with a usb 3 powered dock
     
  4. Amaris

    Amaris Communist Synthesizer Premium Member

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    Hey @Santaman, you may remember this, because I just remembered something and I don't want to forget it before I asked someone knowledgeable. Okay, do you remember back in the early 1990s, the second run of Soundblaster Pro cards had a multimedia CD sampler disc that came with it, and had a bunch of instrumental music tracks on it. I am certain it came with the Soundblaster Pro, but I remember very little about it. I must have played that Soundblaster Pro music CD a hundred times.

    At first I thought it may have been from an Aris MPC CD, but I don't think the sampler CD had that kind of music on it. The songs, I believe there were 8 tracks, and they were the kind of music you hear in presentations. I am pretty certain it was a Soundblaster Pro CD.

    I wish I could remember more, but this was 23 years ago, and that memory has faded so much. Your help would be greatly appreciated.
     
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  5. Gingerbread Demon

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    Anyone remember CD Extra?

    Regular audio CD that worked on everything but if you put it in some CD Rom drives you could also see pictures or video? I remember these from 1993 and the thing that sticks out for me is that they only worked on SOME CD Rom drives and on others you couldn't access the data part of the disk.
     
  6. Santaman

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    Hmm.. The first Sounblaster card I got my hands on was a later era SB 16 but I'll see if I still have driver disks around, I've got a heap of obsolete software on original CD's somewhere...
     
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  7. Santaman

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    Linux Mint 18 has been released, Cinnamon and Mate editions can now be downloaded and installed.

    Will give it a whirl on one of my machines on Sunday and see what happens. :biggrin:
     
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  8. Santaman

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    I've installed Mint 18 on an old DELL T3400, it went smooth and totally without any hiccups or drama, performance is great so I'm quite a happy customer. :mallory:

    Next machine I'll reinstall will be a single core Sempron 145, see how it will run on that one.

    *Edit to update*

    Installed it on a dual core Optiplex 745 which has a 2.4Ghz E6600 Core2Duo, it runs smooth and very similar as 17.3, with this machine also not a single problem.

    I also indeed installed it on a Sempron 145 2.8 Ghz single core and on that machine it still is quite fast and very smooth. This machine also didn't have a single problem with Mint 18.
     
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  9. Gingerbread Demon

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    whythisstuff.jpg

    I keep getting emails like this with really generic names and the same kind of subject formula in both the subject and address. The really good thing is that my ISP traps them before they get to my PC.

    This is what I see when I check the held messages on their server. I'm wondering if they are all coming from the same source and how I might go about tracing that.

    Has anyone else had mails like this too?
     
  10. Santaman

    Santaman Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Nope, can't say that I've ever seen e-mails like that.
     
  11. sojourner

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    It's spam. People get sent millions of spam every day. Your ISP is doing it's job and blocking it. Just ignore it.
     
  12. Santaman

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    Yep.. spam makes up the highest percentage of all e-mail sent in the world... :vulcan:
     
  13. Amaris

    Amaris Communist Synthesizer Premium Member

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    I think I've narrowed it down. The CD was likely a multimedia disc that had stock music on it and the CD player I had at the time could play it (I really liked it!). After some digging over at Archive.org, who has a wonderfully nostalgic collection of old softwares, I believe it may not have been a Soundblaster Pro CD (though I still haven't ruled it out). I used to own a multimedia CD that had Macromedia Action, and Authorware Star on it, and I'm thinking that may have been the disc with the music on it.

    Ooh, I also found this last night: https://archive.org/details/msdos_COLDCUT_shareware


    I never knew its name, but I remembered having that and a screamtracker on my old 286. I didn't think I would have ever found out the source of the song that kept randomly playing in my head ever since 1993. So in one fell swoop, Internet Archive managed to really bring out the nostalgia for me. :D
     
  14. Santaman

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    If you're looking for .MOD or .S3M there's a mod archive site online which has about all tracker music tracks created in the old days, as for the CD of the soundblaster(s) those are stored in a safe spot which has the same properties as the Bermuda triangle.. stuff goes in and might never show up again.. :vulcan:
     
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  15. Amaris

    Amaris Communist Synthesizer Premium Member

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    Ooh, yeah, I found that last night. Watching the Coldcut demo reminded me of the old .s3ms and .mods I used to listen to, and so I looked up the one .s3m I could remember (jupiter.s3m) from when I was a teen sitting in our darkened basement, plunking away at my Zenith 286, accessing the local BBS. I found it, and now it's on my hard drive. I'm going to have to look up a whole bunch more. :D

    As for the CDs, no rush. I am fine with the notion that I may never know what CD it came from, it's just that curiosity that itches away at me to remember the fun things in my youth.
     
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    Just ran into a very scary issue tonight. Avast just blocked a site from loading due to something malicious in a comments section in an article I wanted to read about Android phones. I kid you guys not. Someone either posted something that had mal ware or spy ware in it or it was injected into the site's code some how.

    Glad Avast works well on my laptop. But still... the fact that they've moved from just being in ads is rather concerning.

    I'm also proud of my Gateway laptop. It's hitting 5 years old this year and still running strong.
     
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  17. Amaris

    Amaris Communist Synthesizer Premium Member

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    Yeah, Avast has saved my bacon a few times as well in that regard. I also use the MalwareBytes Anti-Exploit extension (it's free) which prevents malicious sites from taking over your browser via exploits buried in ads, animated gifs and so on.
     
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    Cool. I'll go and check that one out. That's terrible that it's gotten so bad these days.
     
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  19. Amaris

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    It is, indeed. People would be surprised at what you can embed in an animated gif or tiny piece of ad script. If you haven't already, I also recommend downloading MalwareBytes Anti-Malware Free. Nothing is better at finding malware and hidden adware.
     
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  20. Random_Spock

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    I've just updated mine today. It's a great addition to Avast. Super Anti Spyware is a big help there too.

    Where did you find it free? All I found is a 14 day free trial.