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    EVGA Z370 Classified K, Intel Core i7-8700
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    Lenovo ThinkPads: L380 Yoga, P50, P51S, S230u, T23, T42, T43p, T61p, W510, W530, X100e, X120e, X140e, X220, X250, Yoga 370.

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  1. Hello, There are some 2017-era Realtek HD Audio codecs at https://www.realtek.com/en/component/zoo/category/pc-audio-codecs-high-definition-audio-codecs-software. Perhaps installing the appropriate package from there will change the behavior and re-add the Line In option to the sound mixer? Regards, Aryeh Goretsky
  2. Hello, Spammers sending appointment requests, which automatically show up. Here's how to disable this: 1. Go to calendar.google.com/calendar/r/settings 2. Scroll down to the Event Settings section. 3. Look for a setting Automatically add invitations. 4. Change the option's value to No, only show invitations to which I have responded. If you have any outstanding event spam showing, t would probably be a good idea to cancel the series of them first before doing this. Regards, Aryeh Goretsky
  3. Hello, Patrick Volkerding has set up a Patreon account to fund further development of Slackware: https://www.patreon.com/slackwarelinux Regards, Aryeh Goretsky
  4. Hello, That might be it, but I thought the rebranding had been done a while ago. Regards, Aryeh Goretsky
  5. Hello, Wasn't this announced a few months ago? Regards, Aryeh Goretsky
  6. Hello, At work, we get a huge amount of unsolicited spam from VPN companies asking to publish articles in our blog. I send their URLs off to the lab for blocking. Regards, Aryeh Goretsky
  7. Hello, Are you sure the power supply you swapped in is compatible with the Lenovo H50-55 motherboard? Some manufacturers' pre-built systems use proprietary power supplies with different wiring than the ATX standard, and it could be that you need a specific PSU that works with that motherboard in order to pwoer it up. If you have a power supply specifically for the Lenovo system, you could give it another try with that and see if the computer will power up. If that works, back up all of your valuable data from the computer. Before you do that, though, you may wish to pull the motherboard out of the computer and carefully inspect it with a good quality flashlight held directly overhead, looking for any signs of damaged (blackened or burst component tops). You can also give it the "smell test" to see if there's anything which smells burnt. Start your investigation around the PSU connector. It may be possible to salvage some parts from the computer like the CPU, the RAM and the drives, and they may continue to work for some time without error, however, the kind of damage that is done inside a computer chip from ESD, nearby lightning strikes, and so forth over time is cumulative, so they shouldn't be considered reliable. They may be "good enough" for a back up/secondary computer, though. Like @securitybreach, I have had good results with CyberPower UPSes. APC are good, too. Keep in mind that a UPS is not going to protect you from a nearby (or a direct) lightning strike. You have to physically unplug things. Even your UPS. Back in the mid 1990s I was working in Woodland Park, Colorado at a software company that was in a strip mall. The first floor was filled with all sorts of tourist stores, and they had 50 metal flag posts (one for each state) in their parking lot as a kind of a "draw attention for the tourists coming through" kind of thing. Surprisingly, it was a couple of years before we had a strike on our building, but we eventually did. The flash and the boom from the lightning and the thunder occurred at the same time, and the building shook as if a truck had run into it. All of the UPSes tripped--some survived, others needed to be replaced, and we lost a lot of switch ports in our server room, network cards in PCs throughout the building, etc. A few days later, one of the network guys gave me a short 6" tube of PVC conduit they had to cut out. Welded into the bottom was an Ethernet cable whose jacket had melted into it. Right now, I'm staying about four or five miles away from where Nikola Telsa built his Experimental Station to study lightning. When there's nearby lightning strikes, I power down my electronics, unplug the UPSes and power strips from their respective AC outlets, and unscrew the coax cable from my modem. I lost one computer the first year I was here, so that was my own expensive lesson. For a while, the power company out here offered the installation of a whole-home surge surpression service, which required shutting off the power to the building for installation, but they no longer offer the service. You might want to check and see if your power company offers something like that. Regards, Aryeh Goretsky
  8. Hello, An interesting article from ComputerWeekly.Com: Top VPNs secretly owned by Chinese firms The source for the article is this blog post: Hidden VPN owners unveiled: 97 VPN products run by just 23 companies which provides more information about how the data was collected and analyzed. I am not sure how the ranking of a particular VPN as a "top" one was done (downloads? user installs? bandwidth?) Regards, Aryeh Goretsky
  9. Hello, I find it very hard to believe that is a legitimate legal license at that price. Regards, Aryeh Goretsky
  10. Hello, Western Digital's (formerly Hitachi Global Storage Technology's) Drive Fitness Test program might be of interest, as well as CrystalDiskInfo. Regards, Aryeh Goretsky
  11. Hello, The block on USB external drives includes attempting to run the update off of a USB flash drive, as I did. I ended up having to copy the contents to the internal drive of my primary desktop and running the upgrade from there to update Windows. That said, after running the upgrade process from the local drive, it upgraded without incident. Regards, Aryeh Goretsky
  12. Hello, I think a state actor would be more targeted; their modus operandi is usually to slip in unnoticed, and make changes so that it seems they were never there. This seems, not clumsy, but, well, attention-generating. It may have been an act by a commercial entity in an attempt to cover their tracks, or an attempt of some sort to send a message, although what that might be and who it was for may never be known. Regards, Aryeh Goretsky
  13. Hello, I just got a GTX 1070 Ti myself during last season's holiday specials. I am not much of a gamer these days, and it certainly hasn't improved my gaming, but at least everything looks prettier at a higher resolution. Regards, Aryeh Goretsky
  14. Hello, Congratulations to all the winners! Regards, Aryeh Goretsky
  15. Hello, It sounds like Steam will cooperate, but they need you to first file a police report so they have a legal basis for investigating how the card was used. Regards, Aryeh Goretsky
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