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#51 OFFLINE   ebrke

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Posted 29 November 2016 - 06:48 PM

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Was able to access BIOS after letting caps run dry overnight on mobo
I'm hopeless when it comes to hardware, but still would like to know what "letting caps run dry" means. Anyway, I guess you did finally get some breaks with this new system. Congrats!
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Posted 29 November 2016 - 07:09 PM

View Postebrke, on 29 November 2016 - 06:48 PM, said:

I'm hopeless when it comes to hardware, but still would like to know what "letting caps run dry" means.
CMOS needs a trickle of power to hold changes in settings. When you remove the CMOS battery, the CMOS will reset to default settings but a tiny bit of charge remains in the power circuit capacitors which may delay the reset. "letting caps run dry" means leaving the CMOS battery out until the capacitor charge fully drains, thus ensuring the reset.
At least that's what I think Eric means. :)
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Posted 29 November 2016 - 09:35 PM

Yes. That's what I meant. :)

Yeesh! I'm tired. I've been at this for two or three days now. Lots left to do on the new system. I think I'm done for the night, though. Going to go take a shower, read a while, watch Perry Mason, and then off to beddy-bye. :)

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Posted 30 November 2016 - 11:29 PM

I thought I was tired yesterday. Today I'm really pooped. I have most everything set up and working in the new system, but there are a few problems:

1) Slackware 14.2 now uses PulseAudio as its default sound system. PA SUCKS! I'm using it now, but finding a few things about it that I just don't like. I may switch to ALSA and dump PA.

2) I was able to install the newest Chromium on this system. You may remember that I could not install anything beyond v52.x.x on my other system. Well, Chromium is working in this new system, but it is popping up and annoying request to access my gnome keyring server. Very aggravating.

3) Some of my imported themes and icons are not caching properly on this system. I have to fix that! I like my custom themes/icons. Tango gets pretty old pretty fast. :(

4) I cannot for the life of my (spent 5 hours tonight) get networkmanager-openvpn to configure my vpn networks. I MUST get this working or I'll have to go back to using TOR. :(

That's about it for now. I'm sure I'll run across some other bugaboos before I'm done. I haven't yet tried to boot my Windows drive. I'm going to give that a shot as soon as I finish posting this here.

I'm off to beddy-bye SOON. I don't think I'll even turn these D***** soul-sucking machines on tomorrow. :teehee:

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Posted 01 December 2016 - 04:10 PM

We're making progress. I just solved a BIG Window issue, so I'm happy about that. Last night after posting my last post above, I tried to boot into my Windows system. Boot failed. Windows fixes did not work. I was actually thinking that my Win 7 freaked out because I put it on new hardware (a licensing no-no for Windows). However, I realized this morning that this is a multi-license commercial Enterprise edition, and hardware changes shouldn't affect it like standard versions of Windows, so...

I did a search with my pal Google and found someone on Reddit who was having the exact same problems. He found that the original machine's SATA controller was set to IDE Native, but his new machine was set to AHCI. I checked my BIOS and found that my original machine was AHCI and this new controller was set to IDE Native, so I switched it to AHCI. BOOM! MS 7 boots up, downloads and installs new drivers for the new hardware. And VIOLA! Win 7 is up and running. I installed my Nvidia drivers and am now defragging my NTFS and FAT partitions.

My only worry is that switching from IDE Native to AHCI may affect my Linux booting, but I'm hopeful that Slack is tolerant enough to not freak out about that. If it does, though, I can always reinstall the OS... no biggie. It might even solve a couple of the buggies I'm having in Slack right now: NetworkManager not allowing me to set up my VPN and some buggy theme/icon issues.

PROGRESS IS A GOOD THING! :w00t:






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Posted 01 December 2016 - 05:55 PM

YAY! Slack booted right up, just as I figured it would. Linux is wonderful. :)

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Posted 01 December 2016 - 08:12 PM

View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on 01 December 2016 - 04:10 PM, said:

I switched it to AHCI. BOOM! MS 7 boots up, downloads and installs new drivers for the new hardware. And VIOLA! Win 7 is up and running.
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My only worry is that switching from IDE Native to AHCI may affect my Linux booting,
Been there, done that. Linux handles the change to AHCI fine. Windows needs a registry tweak before you change it in the BIOS or it won't boot.

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Posted 02 December 2016 - 11:52 AM

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Posted 02 December 2016 - 05:51 PM

View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on 01 December 2016 - 04:10 PM, said:

We're making progress. I just solved a BIG Window issue, so I'm happy about that. Last night after posting my last post above, I tried to boot into my Windows system. Boot failed. Windows fixes did not work. I was actually thinking that my Win 7 freaked out because I put it on new hardware (a licensing no-no for Windows). However, I realized this morning that this is a multi-license commercial Enterprise edition, and hardware changes shouldn't affect it like standard versions of Windows, so...

PROGRESS IS A GOOD THING! :w00t:

Eric, the motherboard in my daughter's WIN7 Home 32bit PC let out the magic smoke (on-board video). Found one on Amazon that was the same model G41, but different make - wanted to use the same RAM and CPU. Mounted the board, after smoke testing, plugged everything back in, booted into BIOS and set the HDD to AHCI and rebooted. Windows booted and went through some gyrations, did some communication with the mother-ship and VIOLÁ! Been working just fine ever since. Windows is wonderful too (most of the time!). Congrats on resurrecting the new rig!
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Posted 02 December 2016 - 08:06 PM

WELL...

I've been having issues. I'm tired and aggravated. Challenges like these don't thrill me none in my dotage. I prefer for things to just work. Sadly, this is unusual for Slackware. However, I'm having issues with 14.2 (newest version) that have cost me days of my life trying to get working. I'm at the point where I think one of the issues is actually a bug (NetworkManager).

Here's my situation now:

--Minor Issues--

- fonts rendering badly in the newest chromium (remember I couldn't install this one on my 14.1 Slackware)
- cannot install my themes and icons from 14.1; they install, but do not render properly
- many of my 14.1 Slackbuilds will not work in 14.2 without rebuilding; some aren't even available anymore
- my clock in the main panel (Orage) will not do transparency

--MAJOR Issues--

- NetworkManager is buggy as H3LL in 14.2; it creates a new connection (wired - eth0) each time I restart it. It also won't let me set up a static connection (for use with ssh). Doesn't play well with openVPN. I cannot get my VPN to work. I've spent the last three days trying to figure this one out. I've read hundreds of links in Google Search to try to resolve this issue. I GIVE UP!

So, guess what I'm doing now? That's right! I'm setting up this new Frankenputer with Slackware 14.1. It works like a Timex watch on my older systems, so I figure... what the hey. I need a system that will work. I'll be setting it up shortly. It's already installed.

I'll keep yous guys posted...








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Edited by V.T. Eric Layton, 02 December 2016 - 08:07 PM.


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Posted 02 December 2016 - 11:01 PM

Oh, and did I mention that Pulse Audio SUCKS! I have my ALSA back now, though. YAY! :)

So, here it is folks... finally:

ericsbane07 - Built Nov/Dec 2016

System:

Gigabyte 890FXA-UD5 rev. 2.1
AMD Phenom II 1090 6-core cpu
12 Gig RAM (unganged)
WD Blue 500G SATA III (Slackware64 14.1)
Maxtor 500G SATA II (Slackware64 14.1 rsync backup)
Seagate 320G SATA II (MS Windows 7 Enterprise SP2 + common storage)
IO Magic DVD RW
LiteOn DVD RW
Rosewill Multicard reader and USB 2.0 hub
Antec Continuous Power 750W (modular)
Nvidia GTS-450 vid card

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Peripherals:

Samsung 22" LCD monitor (native 1680x1050 resolution)
Logitech 5.1 sound system
Logitech Wave wireless keyboard
Logitech TracMan wireless mouse
HP Envy 5643 All-In-One printer/scanner/fax/copier

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Fast Internet and a SATA III drive sure make updating fun! I downloaded and installed three years' worth of Slack 14.1 updates in 10 minutes flat. All's well! No buggies, no runs, no drips, no errors. I'll start transferring my personal and config files over to the new system via ssh/ftp tomorrow or Sunday.

Man! What a ride this has been. I'm getting to old for this shirt. ;)

Goodnight all...

Edited by V.T. Eric Layton, 02 December 2016 - 11:28 PM.


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Posted 03 December 2016 - 10:18 PM

Finally. I'm finished...  all except for the intermittent pop-up bug killing that is required for a few weeks after a major build/OS install like this.

Jeeez! I'm tired. I've wasted an entire week of my life getting this thing up and running. I'm not up to these marathon computer projects anymore. :(

G'night all...

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Posted 04 December 2016 - 05:19 PM

Today is Day 1 of ericsbane07 just being used in my usual routine way. I fired it up a little while ago. I did my Sunday Slack Sync backups. I'm now surfing a few forums and Google+, then off it goes. :)






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Posted 17 December 2016 - 05:09 PM

Some interesting drive tests done on ericsbane07. Unfortunately, my hdd transfer rate is limited by some of my older drives. Still, it's pretty zippy. :)

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---Drive Tests---

Key:

sda = Western Digital 500G/7200 primary drive with Slackware OS + storage
sdb = Maxtor 500G/7200 backup drive with sync'd Slackware OS + storage (rsync)
sdc = Western Digital 320G/7200 secondary drive with MS Win 7 + common_storage
sdd = Western Digital 320G/7200 backup drive with MS Win 7 image +  common_storage image (Clonezilla)

Transfer rates:

root@ericsbane07/home/vtel57:# hdparm -tT /dev/sda

/dev/sda:
Timing cached reads:   7218 MB in  2.00 seconds = 3609.82 MB/sec
Timing buffered disk reads: 362 MB in  3.01 seconds = 120.30 MB/sec

root@ericsbane07/home/vtel57:# hdparm -tT /dev/sdb

/dev/sdb:
Timing cached reads:   7176 MB in  2.00 seconds = 3589.18 MB/sec
Timing buffered disk reads: 232 MB in  3.01 seconds =  77.04 MB/sec

root@ericsbane07/home/vtel57:# hdparm -tT /dev/sdc

/dev/sdc:
Timing cached reads:   7180 MB in  2.00 seconds = 3591.10 MB/sec
Timing buffered disk reads: 192 MB in  3.03 seconds =  63.38 MB/sec

root@ericsbane07/home/vtel57:# hdparm -tT /dev/sdd

/dev/sdd:
Timing cached reads:   7252 MB in  2.00 seconds = 3626.28 MB/sec
Timing buffered disk reads: 312 MB in  3.01 seconds = 103.82 MB/sec

SATA Capabilities:

root@ericsbane07/home/vtel57:# hdparm -I /dev/sda | grep -i speed
  * Gen1 signaling speed (1.5Gb/s)
  * Gen2 signaling speed (3.0Gb/s)
  * Gen3 signaling speed (6.0Gb/s)
root@ericsbane07/home/vtel57:# hdparm -I /dev/sdb | grep -i speed
  * Gen1 signaling speed (1.5Gb/s)
  * Gen2 signaling speed (3.0Gb/s)
root@ericsbane07/home/vtel57:# hdparm -I /dev/sdc | grep -i speed
  * Gen1 signaling speed (1.5Gb/s)
  * Gen2 signaling speed (3.0Gb/s)
root@ericsbane07/home/vtel57:# hdparm -I /dev/sdd | grep -i speed
  * Gen1 signaling speed (1.5Gb/s)
  * Gen2 signaling speed (3.0Gb/s)

Drive Information:

/dev/sda:

ATA device, with non-removable media
Model Number:    WDC WD5000AAKX-22ERMA0   
Serial Number:   WD-WCC2EMJ12973
Firmware Revision:  17.01H17
Transport:   Serial, SATA 1.0a, SATA II Extensions, SATA Rev 2.5, SATA Rev 2.6, SATA Rev 3.0
Standards:
Supported: 8 7 6 5
Likely used: 8
Configuration:
Logical max current
cylinders 16383 16383
heads 16 16
sectors/track 63 63
--
CHS current addressable sectors:   16514064
LBA user addressable sectors:  268435455
LBA48  user addressable sectors:  976773168
Logical/Physical Sector size:    512 bytes
device size with M = 1024*1024:   476940 MBytes
device size with M = 1000*1000:   500107 MBytes (500 GB)
cache/buffer size  = 16384 KBytes
Capabilities:
LBA, IORDY(can be disabled)
Queue depth: 32
Standby timer values: spec'd by Standard, with device specific minimum
R/W multiple sector transfer: Max = 16 Current = 0
DMA: mdma0 mdma1 mdma2 udma0 udma1 udma2 udma3 udma4 udma5 *udma6
Cycle time: min=120ns recommended=120ns
PIO: pio0 pio1 pio2 pio3 pio4
Cycle time: no flow control=120ns  IORDY flow control=120ns
Commands/features:
Enabled Supported:
  * SMART feature set
Security Mode feature set
  * Power Management feature set
  * Write cache
  * Look-ahead
  * Host Protected Area feature set
  * WRITE_BUFFER command
  * READ_BUFFER command
  * NOP cmd
  * DOWNLOAD_MICROCODE
Power-Up In Standby feature set
  * SET_FEATURES required to spinup after power up
SET_MAX security extension
  * 48-bit Address feature set
  * Device Configuration Overlay feature set
  * Mandatory FLUSH_CACHE
  * FLUSH_CACHE_EXT
  * SMART error logging
  * SMART self-test
  * General Purpose Logging feature set
  * 64-bit World wide name
  * {READ,WRITE}_DMA_EXT_GPL commands
  * Segmented DOWNLOAD_MICROCODE
  * Gen1 signaling speed (1.5Gb/s)
  * Gen2 signaling speed (3.0Gb/s)
  * Gen3 signaling speed (6.0Gb/s)
  * Native Command Queueing (NCQ)
  * Host-initiated interface power management
  * Phy event counters
  * NCQ priority information
  * DMA Setup Auto-Activate optimization
  * Software settings preservation
  * SMART Command Transport (SCT) feature set
  * SCT Read/Write Long (AC1), obsolete
  * SCT Write Same (AC2)
  * SCT Features Control (AC4)
  * SCT Data Tables (AC5)
unknown 206[12] (vendor specific)
unknown 206[13] (vendor specific)
Security:
Master password revision code = 65534
supported
not enabled
not locked
frozen
not expired: security count
supported: enhanced erase
88min for SECURITY ERASE UNIT. 88min for ENHANCED SECURITY ERASE UNIT.
Logical Unit WWN Device Identifier: 50014ee208f32a87
NAA : 5
IEEE OUI : 0014ee
Unique ID : 208f32a87
Checksum: correct

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/dev/sdb:

ATA device, with non-removable media
Model Number:    MAXTOR STM3500630AS   
Serial Number:   6QG0YEY5
Firmware Revision:  3.AAE  
Standards:
Supported: 7 6 5 4
Likely used: 7
Configuration:
Logical max current
cylinders 16383 16383
heads 16 16
sectors/track 63 63
--
CHS current addressable sectors:   16514064
LBA user addressable sectors:  268435455
LBA48  user addressable sectors:  976773168
Logical  Sector size:    512 bytes
Physical Sector size:    512 bytes
device size with M = 1024*1024:   476940 MBytes
device size with M = 1000*1000:   500107 MBytes (500 GB)
cache/buffer size  = 16384 KBytes
Capabilities:
LBA, IORDY(can be disabled)
Queue depth: 32
Standby timer values: spec'd by Standard, no device specific minimum
R/W multiple sector transfer: Max = 16 Current = ?
Recommended acoustic management value: 254, current value: 0
DMA: mdma0 mdma1 mdma2 udma0 udma1 udma2 udma3 udma4 udma5 *udma6
Cycle time: min=120ns recommended=120ns
PIO: pio0 pio1 pio2 pio3 pio4
Cycle time: no flow control=120ns  IORDY flow control=120ns
Commands/features:
Enabled Supported:
  * SMART feature set
Security Mode feature set
  * Power Management feature set
  * Write cache
  * Look-ahead
  * Host Protected Area feature set
  * WRITE_BUFFER command
  * READ_BUFFER command
  * DOWNLOAD_MICROCODE
SET_MAX security extension
  * 48-bit Address feature set
  * Device Configuration Overlay feature set
  * Mandatory FLUSH_CACHE
  * FLUSH_CACHE_EXT
  * SMART error logging
  * SMART self-test
  * General Purpose Logging feature set
  * Gen1 signaling speed (1.5Gb/s)
  * Gen2 signaling speed (3.0Gb/s)
  * Native Command Queueing (NCQ)
  * Phy event counters
Device-initiated interface power management
  * Software settings preservation
Security:
Master password revision code = 65534
supported
not enabled
not locked
frozen
not expired: security count
not supported: enhanced erase
Checksum: correct

===

/dev/sdc:

ATA device, with non-removable media
Model Number:    WDC WD3200KS-75PFB0
Serial Number:   WD-WCAPD4388243
Firmware Revision:  21.00M21
Standards:
Supported: 7 6 5 4
Likely used: 8
Configuration:
Logical max current
cylinders 16383 16383
heads 16 16
sectors/track 63 63
--
CHS current addressable sectors:   16514064
LBA user addressable sectors:  268435455
LBA48  user addressable sectors:  625142448
Logical/Physical Sector size:    512 bytes
device size with M = 1024*1024:   305245 MBytes
device size with M = 1000*1000:   320072 MBytes (320 GB)
cache/buffer size  = 16384 KBytes
Capabilities:
LBA, IORDY(can be disabled)
Queue depth: 32
Standby timer values: spec'd by Standard, with device specific minimum
R/W multiple sector transfer: Max = 16 Current = 0
Recommended acoustic management value: 128, current value: 128
DMA: mdma0 mdma1 mdma2 udma0 udma1 udma2 udma3 udma4 udma5 *udma6
Cycle time: min=120ns recommended=120ns
PIO: pio0 pio1 pio2 pio3 pio4
Cycle time: no flow control=120ns  IORDY flow control=120ns
Commands/features:
Enabled Supported:
  * SMART feature set
Security Mode feature set
  * Power Management feature set
  * Write cache
  * Look-ahead
  * Host Protected Area feature set
  * WRITE_BUFFER command
  * READ_BUFFER command
  * NOP cmd
  * DOWNLOAD_MICROCODE
Power-Up In Standby feature set
  * SET_FEATURES required to spinup after power up
SET_MAX security extension
Automatic Acoustic Management feature set
  * 48-bit Address feature set
  * Device Configuration Overlay feature set
  * Mandatory FLUSH_CACHE
  * FLUSH_CACHE_EXT
  * SMART error logging
  * SMART self-test
  * General Purpose Logging feature set
  * WRITE_{DMA|MULTIPLE}_FUA_EXT
  * Gen1 signaling speed (1.5Gb/s)
  * Gen2 signaling speed (3.0Gb/s)
  * Native Command Queueing (NCQ)
  * Host-initiated interface power management
  * Phy event counters
  * DMA Setup Auto-Activate optimization
Device-initiated interface power management
  * Software settings preservation
  * SMART Command Transport (SCT) feature set
  * SCT Read/Write Long (AC1), obsolete
  * SCT Write Same (AC2)
  * SCT Error Recovery Control (AC3)
  * SCT Features Control (AC4)
  * SCT Data Tables (AC5)
unknown 206[12] (vendor specific)
Security:
Master password revision code = 65534
supported
not enabled
not locked
frozen
not expired: security count
not supported: enhanced erase
Checksum: correct

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/dev/sdd:

ATA device, with non-removable media
Model Number:    WDC WD3200AAKS-61L9A0   
Serial Number:   WD-WCAV2K446493
Firmware Revision:  01.03E01
Transport:   Serial, SATA 1.0a, SATA II Extensions, SATA Rev 2.5
Standards:
Supported: 8 7 6 5
Likely used: 8
Configuration:
Logical max current
cylinders 16383 16383
heads 16 16
sectors/track 63 63
--
CHS current addressable sectors:   16514064
LBA user addressable sectors:  268435455
LBA48  user addressable sectors:  625142448
Logical/Physical Sector size:    512 bytes
device size with M = 1024*1024:   305245 MBytes
device size with M = 1000*1000:   320072 MBytes (320 GB)
cache/buffer size  = 16384 KBytes
Capabilities:
LBA, IORDY(can be disabled)
Queue depth: 32
Standby timer values: spec'd by Standard, with device specific minimum
R/W multiple sector transfer: Max = 16 Current = 0
Recommended acoustic management value: 128, current value: 128
DMA: mdma0 mdma1 mdma2 udma0 udma1 udma2 udma3 udma4 udma5 *udma6
Cycle time: min=120ns recommended=120ns
PIO: pio0 pio1 pio2 pio3 pio4
Cycle time: no flow control=120ns  IORDY flow control=120ns
Commands/features:
Enabled Supported:
  * SMART feature set
Security Mode feature set
  * Power Management feature set
  * Write cache
  * Look-ahead
  * Host Protected Area feature set
  * WRITE_BUFFER command
  * READ_BUFFER command
  * NOP cmd
  * DOWNLOAD_MICROCODE
Power-Up In Standby feature set
  * SET_FEATURES required to spinup after power up
SET_MAX security extension
Automatic Acoustic Management feature set
  * 48-bit Address feature set
  * Device Configuration Overlay feature set
  * Mandatory FLUSH_CACHE
  * FLUSH_CACHE_EXT
  * SMART error logging
  * SMART self-test
Media Card Pass-Through
  * General Purpose Logging feature set
  * 64-bit World wide name
  * URG for READ_STREAM[_DMA]_EXT
  * URG for WRITE_STREAM[_DMA]_EXT
  * Segmented DOWNLOAD_MICROCODE
  * Gen1 signaling speed (1.5Gb/s)
  * Gen2 signaling speed (3.0Gb/s)
  * Native Command Queueing (NCQ)
  * Host-initiated interface power management
  * Phy event counters
  * DMA Setup Auto-Activate optimization
  * Software settings preservation
  * SMART Command Transport (SCT) feature set
  * SCT Read/Write Long (AC1), obsolete
  * SCT Write Same (AC2)
  * SCT Features Control (AC4)
  * SCT Data Tables (AC5)
unknown 206[12] (vendor specific)
unknown 206[13] (vendor specific)
Security:
Master password revision code = 65534
supported
not enabled
not locked
frozen
not expired: security count
supported: enhanced erase
60min for SECURITY ERASE UNIT. 60min for ENHANCED SECURITY ERASE UNIT.
Logical Unit WWN Device Identifier: 50014ee1ad2f4473
NAA : 5
IEEE OUI : 0014ee
Unique ID : 1ad2f4473
Checksum: correct




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Posted 17 December 2016 - 05:12 PM

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Also, glxgears fps from my new (a gift from Secret Santa) GeForce GTX 560 vid card:

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vtel57@ericsbane07~:$ glxgears
87214 frames in 5.0 seconds = 17442.650 FPS
87777 frames in 5.0 seconds = 17555.295 FPS
87169 frames in 5.0 seconds = 17433.674 FPS
87724 frames in 5.0 seconds = 17544.656 FPS
87526 frames in 5.0 seconds = 17505.154 FPS

Not too shabby, eh?

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Posted 18 December 2016 - 07:28 PM

Speaking of that Secret Santa mentioned above, I'm going to C/P the posting that I left at my private forum about that because I am not 100% sure who the Secret Santa (and his/her co-conspirator) really is. So, just in case it's someone from this place, the post below still applies...

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I have a Secret Santa somewhere in the world who was reading this thread (and maybe the one at Scot's) and realized that I needed something to fill out this Frankenputer. Well, I was VERY surprised when I received a package today that contained just such a component.

Dear Secret Santa,

You shouldn't have, but I sure do appreciate it. :)

One day... ONE OF THESE DAYS, I'm going to be in a position to pay back all the love I've received from friends here, friends near, and friends afar who've made my struggles these last few years a little less burdensome.

It would be such a joy to me to be able to do that. It really would. So, one day, when something arrives in your mailbox or is delivered by Western Union or Fed Ex, don't be surprised. Paybacks don't always have to be a birch; sometimes, they're FUN! ;)

Anyway, Secret Santa... I'll be installing that thing soon. It has quite a bit more power than my current one. Should be a vast improvement on the system. You know I can't thank you enough. It's probably going to be one of the best things I'll get for Christmas this year.

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The folks I've "met" and interacted with at numerous places on the Internet over the past 15 years or so have truly reinvigorated my feelings about the human race and the kindnesses and largess that can often be displayed by individuals for no other reason than that they are just "good people." If I haven't mentioned it lately, you are ALL special folks. My life would have been substantially diminished had I not had the opportunities to interact with you all... including those special folks who are no longer with us.

G'night all...

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Posted 21 December 2016 - 07:47 AM

View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on 17 December 2016 - 05:12 PM, said:

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Also, glxgears fps from my new (a gift from Secret Santa) GeForce GTX 560 vid card:

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vtel57@ericsbane07~:$ glxgears
87214 frames in 5.0 seconds = 17442.650 FPS
87777 frames in 5.0 seconds = 17555.295 FPS
87169 frames in 5.0 seconds = 17433.674 FPS
87724 frames in 5.0 seconds = 17544.656 FPS
87526 frames in 5.0 seconds = 17505.154 FPS

Not too shabby, eh?

You'll be able to play some real good games apart from Stalker then. Like these,

https://www.humblebu...mbra-collection

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Like all good nightmares, Philip's begins with something all too real - his mother's death. The days following the funeral are characterized by nothing, save for an incessant feeling of abandonment. Until, that is, he receives a letter from a dead man.

https://www.humblebu...stem-shock-pack

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You're a renowned hacker, the most notorious cyberspace thief in the corporate world. Caught during a risky break-in, you become indentured to Diego, a greedy Trioptium exec who bankrolls a rare cyberjack implant operation. After six months in a healing coma, you awaken to the twisted aftermath of a terrible disaster. Where are the surgeons? Why is the station in such disrepair? Slowly, the chilling realization that something is very wrong creeps over you.

Ha ha just funnin. Though the prices are very very cheap for hours of fun. An you can download em and play, no Steam account needed.

Tis a good site and they have some real good bargains though you have to watch the regular sales and be patient till the price drops on what you fancy.


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"Remember, it is my will that guided you here. It is my will that gave you your cybernetic implants, the only beauty in that meat you call a body. If you value that meat... you will do as I tell you."


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Edited by abarbarian, 21 December 2016 - 07:47 AM.

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Posted 21 December 2016 - 11:47 AM

When/If I ever finish the huge STALKER mod that I'm currently playing (Call of Chernobyl, which combines all three STALKER games into one extraordinarily well written/coded monster game on steroids), I'll check out these others you posted here. They look interesting. :)

Currently, though, I'm wasting away my life in front of this soul-sucking box playing STALKER. ;)

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Posted 26 December 2016 - 08:12 AM

Hows the hunt for Santa going ? Did you ferret out his/her identity ? May be he/she was from New Zealand !

http://abcnews.go.co...ory?id=43831553

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Nearly 2,000 New Zealand residents signed up for a countrywide “Secret Santa” game this holiday season, continuing an annual tradition in which complete strangers mail presents to each other after learning their interests on social media.

Maybe one of them got too drunk and put a USA addy on the parcel instead of a Kiwi one. :228823:

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Posted 26 December 2016 - 11:37 AM

Actually, at first, I thought it was YOU! However, the yellow sticky note on the anti-static bag that the card was shipped in was just signed:

"Merry Christmas from the UK"

The box had a customs label that was signed "Ian ..." something or other. I couldn't read the last name. I only know two Ians online... Ian Chase (from here at Scot's) and ReleaseRoderick/ReleaseIan (from Avant Browser forums, my Cabin, and here at Scot's). ReleaseIan is in the U.K. However, the reason I said that there must be a co-conspirator in this Secret Santa delivery is because this Ian doesn't have my Real Name® or street address, that I know of.

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Posted 26 December 2016 - 09:54 PM

View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on 26 December 2016 - 11:37 AM, said:



Must contact that fellow at 221B Baker Street and see if he and his partner are available to take a case. Posted Image










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He has just recorded the early spring series so I guess he might have free time to devote to solving your mystery. :hmm:
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Posted 27 December 2016 - 05:00 PM

I :hysterical: :hysterical: :hysterical: wouldn't trust that guy . He was a drug addict
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