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Recomended Reading Smurfer ## Mod ## 09/08/01(Sat)01:50 No. 3145 ID: b315cf [Reply] [Last 50 posts] Stickied

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A few things that might help get those questions answered faster.
Be specific when you are talking about something - "my mp3 player is broken HALP!?"
- What kind of mp3 player, (brand and model)
- What isn't is doing now that it was before (the reason it is "broken")
- What were you doing to it last, right before it broke.. Did you maybe drop it?.. get it a little wet? try to flash the firmware?!

These all help in determining what can be done.
These rules do not just apply to MP3 players.
Just be as specific as possible and don’t leave stuff out, we want to be helpful here, try not to make it a scavenger hunt for clues!
These same rules apply for other situations like “I got a new motherboard and now my computer doesn’t post!”
-old motherboard model
-new motherboard model
-ram (speed)
and any other component you might have in there (most of the other stuff usually won’t matter but list what you know.

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Anonymous 17/07/27(Thu)13:22 No. 22495 ID: 1808cc

Well that was a mouthful...

But may I ask, what is the effect behind that in the old timely ceramic fuse installations specially, when a single fuse blows, it may also blow several completely unrelated fuses in circuits parallel to it. (I'm not meaning a cascading failure; the D-system prevents those well.)

Free space fragmentation... Anonymous 17/09/17(Sun)19:42 No. 22497 ID: 4ae916 [Reply]

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I'm using Perfectdisk Pro. 13.0 and have a large amount of free space fragmentation on my system drive.
I've tried a boot defrag and am currently consolidating free space before I defragment again using their S.M.A.R.T system. but I've done this before and still had the same issue.
Any idea how to remedy this?
(I'm not opposed to using another defragmenter then using PD again)

Anonymous 17/10/08(Sun)10:17 No. 22498 ID: cab8d4

An honest question here. Given that Perfectdisk hasn't been popular since the days when VAX systems were popular, why have there been two posts on /halp/ referencing it in the past couple months? It's weird. It'd be like discussing TeraTerm, a terminal program for Windows that hasn't been updated since Windows NT 4.

Did you guys penetrate their network and install a payload in their software?

Anonymous 17/07/20(Thu)00:04 No. 22488 ID: 24f88b [Reply]

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I already have a Desktop. Need a laptop that can be bought cheap but then upgraded. I'd like to be able to upgrade the graphics card, hard drive, processor and RAM. I don't mind how bulky it is, I just want to be able to change its hardware and be able to play games in as best graphics as possible when I'm away. I looked up some thinkpads but I can't find anything like this.

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Anonymous 17/07/20(Thu)00:36 No. 22490 ID: 24f88b

Well said

Anonymous 17/07/20(Thu)00:38 No. 22491 ID: 24f88b

and thank you for replying

Anonymous 17/07/21(Fri)19:39 No. 22492 ID: a870df

What you probably want is a business or enterprise laptop, which are typically still fully upgradeable (with the exception of the video card).

If you want to upgrade it cheaply look for laptops that use SATA drives and not PCIe storage, as PCIe storage is typically implemented in a proprietary or soldered-on fashion. M.2 exists but for some reason a lot of laptops are going the proprietary route (probably for the same reason as Apple - planned obsolescence). Maybe licensing costs? Dunno.

If you stick with business and enterprise equipment there's usually a lot of technical documentation available including FRU (Field Replaceable Unit) which basically means parts that companies IT can replace themselves if they buy it from the manufacturer. When you poke around those docs you can determine what hardware is actually inside the system.

WD HD is read only mode Anonymous 17/07/12(Wed)09:47 No. 22486 ID: 494c89 [Reply]

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I have a Western Digital My Passport Ultra. I was going to back up my stuff the other day, but unfortunately my hard drive is in read only mode for some reason. I tried reformatting it into various partition types but it still throws this error.

Any idea what to do? Reddit's tech support sub is closed for the goddamn protest today, and I have to work for the next five days.

Anonymous 17/07/13(Thu)06:50 No. 22487 ID: d04e24

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In the future don't buy an hd+case from a manufacturer. Whether Seagate, WD, or Toshiba, they all fucking suck donkey balls and are unreliable as fuck.

More than likely your case is in read only mode because its bridge board suffered some kind of colossal failure, which is annoyingly common on Seagate & WD cases. Extra fun is that many manufacturer cases come with proprietary USB-only drives inside, so you can't just crack it open and transplant it to a normal third party case - the controller ends in a USB port.

If you're lucky its SATA and you can just buy a $15 or $20 case and use it for the 1-2 years before the case fails... and then buy another one for $15-$20. You could also spend $50+ and get a high case that would likely outlast the drive... but it could also fail in 1-2 years.

personal favor Anonymous 17/07/06(Thu)11:10 No. 22484 ID: 1b9fb0 [Reply]

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hey i dont normally come on this website but o have an issue. my gf is away at band camp and this retard keeps harassing her and trying to her to give him a bj. is there any way i can get into his social media or just find out where he lives so i can give him a good ol knuckle sandwich?

Anonymous 17/07/06(Thu)13:29 No. 22485 ID: d6b4f1

Get picture of knucklehead
Get first & last name of knucklehead
Search facebook for first & last name knuckleheads in your general area
Use photo to verify which knuckleheads on facebook is your knucklehead

Once you find him on one social media site it's usually pretty easy to find them on other social media sites, and from there its just time until you figure out where they live. If they haven't blatantly posted their address on social media then usually its leaked via EXIF.

Defraggomg a "My Passport " drive. Anonymous 17/06/30(Fri)01:05 No. 22480 ID: 4ae916 [Reply]

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I have an external WD My Passport 2EE2 USB external drive and was wondering if I could use PerfecDisk Professional to defragment it?
I haven't really found anything that says either way.

Perfectdisk also says it will defrag SSDs but I am a little leery.

Anonymous 17/06/30(Fri)06:52 No. 22481 ID: e339bd

You can defrag an SSD but it's detrimental because every block is equally fast as any other block and you're just going to cause additional wear on the SSD (because the SSD controller decides which block presented to the computer gets mapped to which block of flash memory, so you're not moving blocks to a contiguous block of memory unless the SSD controller decides to do it - for its own reasons).

I don't have any idea what a 2EE2 drive is, and Google doesn't either. If it's a hard drive then you could defrag it. If the drive is connected over USB 2 and it's 1TB or larger you will be defragmenting that SOB for days, possibly even weeks (WD's first 2TB 2.5" drives were as slow as they were fat).

You don't have to pay for any special software, Defraggler is free and does a fine job, as would the defrag included with Windows. I stopped paying for defrag software when Norton left DOS behind and you should too.

Anonymous 17/06/10(Sat)21:22 No. 22475 ID: 4ad78f [Reply]

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help,, my keyboaarrd is ovevrsenssitive
made this post without ccorrecting the mimsstakes so you can see whats goingng ono

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Anonymous 17/06/11(Sun)20:12 No. 22477 ID: ca7e87

Have you tried telling it to stop being a pussy?

Anonymous 17/06/12(Mon)01:01 No. 22478 ID: 6aad31

Assuming the keyboard hasn't failed (which you can check by plugging in a $10 keyboard), more than likely either you or someone who physically has access to it spilled something on it.

If it's a detached keyboard, like you'd find on a desktop or all-in-one, you can shut the system down, detach the keyboard, let it sit for an hour. Fill up your bathtub part-way with hot water, dump a bunch of dishwashing liquid and squish it around, then dunk the keyboard in and pull it out and flip it upside down and dunk it in and pull it out and let it sit for a couple minutes then repeat the process a few times. Finish by draining your tub then running cold water over the keyboard for several minutes until its stopped blowing bubbles or run soapy white water out for at least a few minutes. Finish by letting it sit for a couple days. You can speed up the process by putting it on end in front of a box fan or the like. Another option is to buy a sufficient quantity of 99% pure isopropyl alcohol to fully immerse the keyboard, swish it around a bit to displace all the water created during the rinse, then pull it out. In a matter of 15 minutes or so the alcohol should have evaporated.

If you're on a laptop you're probably fucked unless you feel like disassembling the laptop to extract the keyboard from it for a similar cleaning process.

Another possibility, assuming you're absolutely sure that nobody has ever spilled anything on it is you've installed a virus and it's hooked into your keyboard driver (e.g. a keystroke logger) and its not working right because most malware authors don't know what the fuck they're doing (which is why they're writing malware). Easiest way to test this is to create linux media on a CD or USB drive and use the "live" environment to see if the problem still occurs.

Anonymous 17/06/12(Mon)01:56 No. 22479 ID: 6aad31

>let it sit for a couple minutes then repeat the process a few times
let it soak for a couple minutes

NVMe Anonymous 17/02/28(Tue)12:25 No. 22446 ID: 43627a [Reply]

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1. Will my Asus Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura mobo boot from an NVMe M.2-PCIe 3.0 SSD? NVMe isn't even referenced anywhere in the manual, so I don't have a good feeling about it.

2. Is it really that likely that I'll have to clock my 3000MHz DDR4 down to auto/2133MHz for it to play nice with NVMe, as I've read is sometimes the case?

3. If booting from an NVMe drive isn't possible, are AHCI M.2-PCIe or AHCI M.2-SATA cards worth the expense, or should I just get a 1.8"/2.5" AHCI SATA SSD?

4. Oh, and Windows 10 does have decent native NVMe drivers now, right?

5. Lastly, is migrating my Win10 install from HDD to SDD just a simple matter of creating a partition table on the SDD and cloning the partition over from the HDD?

Sorry for the fuckload of questions.

Anonymous 17/02/28(Tue)14:39 No. 22447 ID: 43627a

To anyone who cares: through a lot of googling I've worked out that yes the Asus Z170 Pro Gaming Aura does support NVMe1.1 over M-key M.2Gen3-PCIe3.0x4


Anonymous 17/05/30(Tue)09:36 No. 22474 ID: fd96c0

1. yes.
2. wtf no??
3. literally does not matter get the cheapest per gig drive you can that meets the speed specs you want.
4. yes basically full support
5. no, reinstall or you'll be inviting problems.

Anonymous 17/03/10(Fri)01:45 No. 22452 ID: 239da7 [Reply]

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Should malwarebytes be taking this long to do a full rootkit scan? My pictures folder itself has over 3000 or so files with 207 folders and i have 803 gbs of space left from 930.

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Anonymous 17/05/26(Fri)10:57 No. 22471 ID: 0b50ee

Wait a minute, malwarebytes isn't a virus?

Anonymous 17/05/27(Sat)02:28 No. 22473 ID: a870df

If you believe Russians who write malware it's a virus.

You'd have to be a fool to do so though.

Anonymous 17/10/14(Sat)04:05 No. 22499 ID: 18caf2

spybot s&d is the only option.
why do people play with inferior software?

Anonymous 17/05/12(Fri)20:20 No. 22469 ID: e4210a [Reply]

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Does anyone please know how to change the look of Office 2016 to something that is "Windows 7"? (It's really ironic, because at my work, I've got Windows 10 and Office looks 7. At home, I've got 7 and Office looks 10.)

Anonymous 17/05/26(Fri)19:01 No. 22472 ID: d2a66c

That's Office 2010 in the picture, that's why it looks like windows 7, if you install it on Windows 10 it looks like that too, but i don't know of any office 2010 themes for office 2016

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