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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.




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 18/03/03(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?




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?




help anon 17/11/29(Wed)20:31 No. 22502 ID: 16b1f2 [Reply]

is there a way to unock iphone 6 without finish paying it off? its not blacklisted


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Anonymous 17/12/04(Mon)23:44 No. 22503 ID: a870df

Jailbreak.

If it's iCloud locked? Return it to the owner and let them unlock it.




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.


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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.


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wd read only anon 17/11/29(Wed)11:56 No. 22500 ID: 9f3954

did you try the wd tools that came with the drive, load them off onto another usb drive. also, there are a large variety of of free tools on CNET, my favorite is minitools, allows for many variable rechanges




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)


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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

>>22489
Well said


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

>>22489
and thank you for replying


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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.




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.


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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

http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/mainboard/96166-asus-z170-pro-gamingaura/?page=5
http://www.userbenchmark.com/System/Asus-Z170-PRO-GAMING-AURA/40284
http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/solid-state-drives/consumer-ssds/000022677.html


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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.





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