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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.)




Thunderstruck Anonymous 16/07/31(Sun)20:45 No. 22140 ID: 6b9abe [Reply]
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So, apparantly thunder struck down in the area I live in, I had pulled out all the equiepment from the outlets, except for my router because I forgot. Should I be worried something might have been damaged or would it have shown by now? The router is connected to a switch and two computers. Everythning seems to be working fine but im kinda worried since the ligthning apparantly broke stuff for other people. Also do surge protectors really work if lighning strucks? Maybe I should consider buying some.


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Anonymous 16/09/09(Fri)00:10 No. 22170 ID: 1bbee6

Consider upgrading your electrical service panel so that it protects your house from surges.

Surge protectors are fine but they wear out. The service panel upgrade is really expensive but you can get your insurance to help mitigate it


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Anonymous 18/04/15(Sun)21:02 No. 22544 ID: 84326b

>>22143
a decent UPS is great for stable power, but rarely is it actually "CLEAN" power. it'll probably even tell you on the back that it's output has an amount of harmonic distortion to it.

if what you plug in has its own switching power supply (smaller AC adapter [not the larger heavy ones that use a transformer], computer, etc), then it should be fine, but anything that actually requires a proper 60hz/50hz sine-wave like an AC motor or something might suffer.

here's a guy talking technical about the UPS mention here >>22144 I believe:
https://www.halfgaar.net/apc-ups-cs-650-review

tl;dr
need need actual clean power? have to get an actual line conditioner.


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Anonymous 18/04/16(Mon)12:47 No. 22545 ID: a870df

>>22544
Back-UPS models work the way he describes.

Smart-UPS models always run off the battery. Think line conditioner on steroids.

The downside is that if your power company is shit you will end up replacing the batteries every couple years, because every power event gets either sent to or pulled from the battery.

The upside is they're lead acid batteries that can be bought everywhere and not just from APC. Find a local battery store and the likelihood is they'll either have your battery in stock or you can special order it for 50% or less of what APC would charge.




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.


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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.


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Anonymous 18/04/15(Sun)20:37 No. 22543 ID: 84326b

depending on how much data you have on the drive, one quick and dirty way to defrag that I've done before is to just:

copy everything off the drive
re-partition and format the drive
copy everything back




Anonymous 18/03/18(Sun)21:21 No. 22532 ID: 77d2bd [Reply]
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A couple months ago I got drunk as fuck and stole a Macbook from a frat house. I immediately factory reset it once I got home. Can it still be tracked?


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Anonymous 18/03/21(Wed)19:56 No. 22536 ID: 195cb2

Yes, but only if you run OS X or connect the recovery partition to the internet (to, for example, factory reset it).

That's because iCloud lockouts occur based on the motherboard serial number. When you connect it to the internet it checks the motherboard's serial number against the systems in iCloud that are scheduled to be locked out. If the serial number matches an earlier lockout request, your system gets locked. If the theft was reported it could also be tracked by authorities in coordination with Apple using the same iCloud servers, which all OS X systems will connect to to get OS updates and App Store downloads and everything else Apple.

Safest is to hold down option at startup, stick a flash drive containing Windows or Linux installation in, and use that to completely wipe the internal drive including the recovery partition. Then run Windows or Linux on it from then on.

Source: At my job we've hunted down idiots who stole Macs from us and turned the info over to the police, who then arrested the idiots and returned the equipment to us. Occasionally we get calls from pawn shops who the idiots sold the equipment to asking us to unlock them, at which point they get placed in contact with the police and do the eternally happy dance of minimum wage pawn shop employees who are caught in possession of stolen property.


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Anonymous 18/04/04(Wed)17:00 No. 22537 ID: fc52cd
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Just launch iTunes, switch to audiobooks, and let it self destruct.


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Anonymous 18/04/15(Sun)13:24 No. 22542 ID: aaabf4

>>22533
If you're not going to use it why not return it?




Anonymous 18/04/13(Fri)08:06 No. 22539 ID: 8773b5 [Reply]
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my computer's clock is always wrong now.

running windows 7 pro on a vaio laptop, fully current on updates

set to correct time zone, set to automatically synchronize with time.windows.com

I go into settings and go "update now", and the date and time are correct. and then after a little while I look and the time is wrong again, as if it had been set back a bit.

the same thing happens if I manually change it to the date and time I have on my watch.

I noticed this started happening when the computer blue screened on me for the first time on this installation windows. I've narrowed the blue screen issue down to an external sound card with a flaky power connection.

mainly use the computer to just brows internet, no other big apps running usually when I notice the time being wrong. notepad, malwarebytes sits in the system tray as well as avast and ccleaner.

computer stays powered up -- time changes seemingly on its own.
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Anonymous 18/04/13(Fri)19:23 No. 22540 ID: 9409fe
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The clock is maintained by a quartz crystal in a can on your motherboard, called a crystal oscillator.

It sounds like the crystal cracked or broke one of the bonds or something. You're fucked.


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Anonymous 18/04/14(Sat)06:42 No. 22541 ID: 665aa6

>>22540
hmm.. I find that a little hard to believe. were that the case, the computer shouldn't even make it past POST because all the critical timings would be far too unstable to use. it would mean memory corruption and blue screens constantly as the temperature alone fluctuates.

I think I'll take troubleshooting to the next step and run off a live disk for a while and observe the clock behavior.




Anonymous 18/02/25(Sun)21:14 No. 22518 ID: cff10b [Reply]
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I've just been cucked by my best friend and he doesn't even know he's cucking me. I was literally hanging out with him while the girl I liked for 4 years just called him up to "watch a movie" at her place. And this is happening literally 4 days after I revealed my feelings and got rejected by her. I don't know what she's doing. She keeps staring at me during classes and while I was walking with my friend, she walked up to him asking if he wants to hangout at night completely ignoring me. My best friend was so happy because he gets to fuck her and like the pussy I am, I just congratulate him while keeping my thoughts to myself. What the fuck is she doing to me. I'm trying so hard not to show it hurts but every time I see her, I see a picture of her, or even hear/see her name, I feel like I'm cold on the inside, like all the color was sucked from me. What do I do. this is the first time I've ever showed someone my feelings and this shit happens.


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Anonymous 18/03/08(Thu)01:20 No. 22529 ID: a870df

She's basically going with him to screw with you. She doesn't think you're even worthy of asking her out, so she's pissed off at you, and this is her way of showing you just how insignificant you are in her eyes.

Obviously you misjudged her if she's willing to pull this on you. Just let her go, let her be with him, I know it hurts but screw her, she's not worth you.

Put yourself in your friend's place. He's got some girl interested in him. Why shouldn't he go after her? It sounds like you two never had any kind of formal relationship, so he's not in a situation of sleeping with your wife or girlfriend or mistress... it's just some girl you liked who didn't like you back who's now willing to get with him. Give him some slack and just write her off.

There are more girls out there than her, just start looking for someone new. Who knows, the very act of you treating her like a piece of garbage may appeal to her. Some women are screwed up that way.


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Anonymous 18/03/18(Sun)21:05 No. 22531 ID: 7dcaf6

Find different girl. There are several billion, and a few of them aren't assholes. problem solved


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Skunch 18/04/09(Mon)21:40 No. 22538 ID: 992393

"this is happening literally 4 days after I revealed my feelings and got rejected by her."

Move on, she's not into you. You can't be cucked if she isn't your girlfriend.




Anonymous 18/03/03(Sat)05:58 No. 22527 ID: 1d1dfa [Reply]
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not sure if right place to post, trying to get a demonoid invite, just wanting to not wait a week per torrent due to poor seeds


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Anonymous 18/03/08(Thu)01:22 No. 22530 ID: a870df

Demonoid is back?

And it's not being run by the RIAA/MPAA/FBI? How sure are we of that?




ripping and rapeing the tubes. Anonymous 18/02/14(Wed)07:08 No. 22515 ID: 4ae916 [Reply]
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I have lately found that my youtube ripping stuff has been having problems.
I am using an older version of Firefox (47.02) as my main as it seems to become shittier as it gets to newer versions. ) but also have Chrome and Palemoon.
any suggestions?


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Amethyst Anonymous 18/02/14(Wed)12:26 No. 22516 ID: 06c34a

Update your brower. Update your extension to rip stuff.
>it seems to become shittier as it gets to newer versions
Clearly not.


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Anonymous 18/02/20(Tue)01:15 No. 22517 ID: a870df

>>22516
Exactly. Youtube's site has been updated, your ancient browser & extensions have not.

Either disconnect your ancient hardware/software from the internet or keep it updated. There is no other option.




PC-Doctor Anonymous 18/01/07(Sun)16:52 No. 22506 ID: 6b9abe [Reply]
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So, I have stumbled upon a pc-doctor-USB. Are there any kind of hardware locks on them? Or would copying the whole thing to another USB work?
Im not talking about all those free programs, im talking about the real pc-doctor that companies use.


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Anonymous 18/02/03(Sat)12:52 No. 22512 ID: 6b9abe

>>22511
Thank you, thats kinda what I was wondering about. You dont need any kinds of codes or serials to use it. So far ive been using it with my computer disconnected just to be sure.
I guess sharing it online would be a bad idea then.
I have no idea how the serial work though, you can boot directly from the USB.


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Anonymous 18/02/03(Sat)12:53 No. 22513 ID: 6b9abe

>>22512
By that I mean that it can be used by anyone, but I suppose they dont care since they can still find who owns it?


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Anonymous 18/02/04(Sun)05:47 No. 22514 ID: 96f033

>>22513
It's possible they sell it without any kind of serialization, but for a product that starts at $329 it's kind of unlikely. I've had $100 products that require entering a serial number to unlock the device before booting the first time. After the first boot it was written to the drive so no entry required.

Do you care if the company who bought it gets in trouble? Its not like they could stop it from working offline.

I would also try dd'ng it to another drive and making sure it actually boots and functions before sharing any images of it. Its possible they could check the USB drive manufacturer code and if it doesn't match it'll detect the difference and fail. Don't want to look like a fool AND have whoever bought it get in trouble.




Anonymous 17/12/05(Tue)23:19 No. 22504 ID: 4ae916 [Reply]
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Intel driver support assistant tells me I have 1 update.
- but It doesn't say what it is or how to apply it.
Does this program automaticity install the update?
or what exactly do I need to do?


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Anonymous 17/12/13(Wed)00:56 No. 22505 ID: a870df

I installed the latest version and after much whirring and trashing of disk it told me an update was available. I scrolled down the page and it showed me which device needed to be updated.

So I guess... scroll down?




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