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About TheZorch

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  • Birthday 1969-12-02

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  • Interests
    Technology, gaming, and anime.
  • Biography
    Veteran PC Technician turned Let's Play Youtuber and Aspiring Author.
  • Occupation
    Youtuber, Freelance Writer, Blogger


  • CPU
    AMD A10-6800K
  • Motherboard
  • RAM
    8GB GSkill Ripjaws
  • GPU
    AMD R9 270
  • Case
    NZXT Source 220
  • Storage
    Multiple Internal & External SATA
  • PSU
    500w Corsair 80+ Bronze
  • Display(s)
    Samsung Smart TV
  • Cooling
  • Keyboard
    Goldtouch Erogonomic
  • Mouse
    Logitech G600
  • Operating System
    Ubuntu MATE, Windows 10

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  1. That overkill for what I need. I bought the FIFINE 4 Channel Stereo Line Mixer which is exactly what I was needing. I had to get some adapters but it works great.
  2. The majority of that new positive reviews appear to be bots or were done using several hastily created accounts. None of them show any considerable amount of playtime. They all have short names, the reviews consist of one word or sometimes one letter. These have been reported to Steam. If Paradox did this it is against the Steam TOS and grounds for immediate expulsion from the platform. They take review score manipulation very seriously. I've been told Valve is investigating.
  3. I'm too used to dealing with people who go out of their way to hurt you because they don't like what you say. tl:dr - Trolls have made me jaded. That being said, I'm rather upset nobody else is talking about this because of the comparisons to the EA Sim City Debacle. Paradox has been scrubbing their forums of any posts protesting the launcher, but on Steam there are a few roaring dumpster fires. The Links... The Initial Developer Post The short nonchalant announcement post about the launcher that caused a Chernobyl-level meltdown of the CSL community. (Be warned, some of the posts in this thread are very NSFW). Based on the wording of this post they knew in advance what the community's reaction was going to be but they continued with the launcher anyway. Update Post on the Launcher A post was supposed to calm the community down but it only threw rocket fuel on the fire. Based on replies there are a lot of people who either can't play the game because of the launcher or it is eating up so many system resources that it tanks the game's performance. This thread is pretty heated too. Angry Response from a Community Member An angry but sensible response to Paradox's comments about the launcher. This one has sparked a discussion that's still ongoing. Bring asbestos boots. Paradox's Cities Skylines Forum No specific thread here, it is just a link to their forum. Paradox has been locking or deleting threads critical of the launcher, however.
  4. This one apparently does, and the source is reply posts in the Steam forums. That thread has exceeded a thousand posts so what you want is in there...so get crackin! I've got no skin in this game. I don't play Cities Skylines but my co-host does and he's been melting down over all of this and I've looked over the Steam forums to see what other people are saying. Nuclear Dumpster Fire is an apt description. I haven't seen anything this bad since Fallout 76. That nobody else is talking about is shocking, actually.
  5. A few days ago, January 22, Cities Skylines received an update which sparked a major fan revolt. It goes beyond just gamers being angry, the publisher may have violated the EU's GDPR and based on evidence I've seen they are also violating Steam's TOS by manipulating the game's review score. Let me give you some background so you'll understand what the hubbub is all about. As you know, Cities Skylines took the mantle of premier city builder in the wake of the Sim City debacle. The issues with Sim City is that it had to be always online, you had to sign in to play the game. EA would later fix this, sort of, but the damage had already been done. Cities Skylines was announced at Gamescom 2014 and rest was history, until now. Many people who play Cities Skylines today and who maintain the game's many and often essential mods were all Sim City refugees, so what's happened with the game recently now feels like a major betrayal of trust. How the publisher has responded to the fan backlash makes the situation much worse. On the 22nd, Cities Skylines received an update which added a Paradox Interactive launcher. When you launch the game there is no indication that the EULA for the game has changed and there are no warning dialog boxes. Due to how the game works, Cities Skylines can sometimes take 10 minutes to launch even on an M.2 NVMe SSD if several DLC and mods are installed. The launcher adds up to an additional 10 minutes to the launch time. The launcher requires a sign in to play the game. Many players have experienced a drop in CPU performance with the launcher running and others have reported the it is also eating up system memory. Other more technically minded players have found that the launcher is dialing home and send telemetry data some remote server which may include personal information (this requires deeper investigation). The launcher has rendered the native Mac and Linux versions of the game unplayable, and it was installed outside of the Steam game directory under the USER DATA area instead. All of this without any warning or fanfare other than a post in the Steam community forums that says "We're doing this, don't riot". Some antivirus programs detect the Paradox launcher as malware. Where do things stand now? Paradox has only recently responded to the controversy and they haven't taken it very well. To add insult to injury, the game and all of its DLC was put on a steep sale. It doesn't end there, one employee called fans "SJWs who hate change" on the Steam forums. The post has since been deleted, but the Streisand Effect is alive and well. Hundreds of fans of the game have been uninstalling Cities Skylines and changed their reviews on Steam to "not recommended". This influx of negative reviews changed the game's review score from "Mostly Positive" to "Mixed". There has now been an influx of reviews with thumbs up recommendations made by Steam users with simple throwaway account names and the texts are between one to three words each. There is even one review that is just the letter "h" and that's it. All of these positive reviews came in the same day and the users have barely any playtime accumulated. So many of these strange reviews have come in that it has shifted the game's review score back to "Mostly Positive". This is clearly review tampering and a major breach of Steam's TOS which is punishable with exile from the platform. These suspect reviews have been reported to Steam in mass. That is where things stand. The fans are waving their torches and pitchforks and Paradox is acting like a thin-skinned asset flipper. They may have done some things that violate both the GDPR and (potentially) COPPA, and may have certainly committed a bannable offense on Steam. Does anyone have any marshmallows I can roast over this dumpster fire?
  6. I'm in need of a simple stereo audio line input mixer that can take 3 or 4 3.5mm headphone or RCA stereo analog inputs and output them all to the same set of powered speakers. The speakers already have an amp and I also have a headphone tube amp I can use, so the mixer does NOT need an amp. Powers or passive is fine as long as it doesn't amplify the audio. Never feed an amplified audio source to powered speakers...buzz city! What I'm trying to do is put audio from two computers and a Bluetooth audio receiver and have them all output to one set of speakers at the same time. I'm hoping for something in the budget category (sub $100 or lower) but still sounds good. If you have recommendations please provide links that would really help. Thanks!
  7. The drive isn't being detected by the operating system. It spins up but then start clicking loudly after that. The data is likely ok. If you know of a service that won't cost thousands but maybe hundreds that is doable. We found some backups of a few important files, so this disaster wasn't as catastrophic as the "current user" thought.
  8. Never trust what the manufacturers say a drive is rated for. They come up with those numbers using cherry picked hardware and optimal configurations, your real-world performance will very greatly.
  9. Check your Windows event logs, I'm betting you'll see a lot of errors saying the hard drive has a bad block. Something exactly like this happened to me. It started out small and progressively got worse over time and yet the SMART data showed nothing wrong. Get a replacement drive that is the same or identical size. Don't remove the old drive, install the new one and create a volume on it and format it using Disk Management in Windows. If this is your Steam Library all you need to do is use robocopy in Windows 10 which will copy everything including the security descriptors and other important stuff xcopy can't move to the new drive. When that's done just remove the old drive and change the drive letter of the new drive to what the old drive was using and you're done. The command I used... robocopy s:\ d:\ /copyall /e /zb /r:1 /w:1 /v /tee /np /log:c:\robo.txt (Change s:\ to the source drive letter and d:\ to the destination drive letter)
  10. I'm looking for recommendations on a good data recovery service that won't cost an arm, a leg, a kidney, and a virgin sacrifice or two. It's a 3TB HGST internal SATA-III 7200rpm HDD. We can't get it to come up in either Windows or Linux (we were going to see if ddrescue could save the files). It is about 1/2 full, most of it is videos but there are some important project files on there too that we need (which "should" have been backed up!!!). We're in the United States. If you've got any recommendations, thank you in advance.
  11. I'm asking this for a friend who recently bought the Corsair K95 RGB Platinum to replace his old keyboard. He is having a hard time getting used to the Cherry MX Fast switches. Rather than send the keyboard back and get a different model, can we replace the Cherry MX Speed switches out for a different type without soldering? Someone in a Discord server said it was possible but didn't link to anything showing how.
  12. I have a new Treadripper 1950X system with two Asus Strix Nvidia GTX 1080ti cards installed in an Asus ROG Zenith Extreme motherboard. Each card is plugged into a 16x slot, they cover up all the other slots, these cards are HUGE. Each card has an HDMI cable going to an identical 1080p monitor. Occasionally, the OLED display on the motherboard will display Code 94 and sit there for a moment, then boot. I'm told this is the PCIe initialization step. When this happens which card is the default display for the BIOS at boot changes, even when there are no cables plugged in. Tried changing the default boot display in the BIOS but it sees only one card, not both. All of this occurs BEFORE Windows 10 boots. Any help would be appreciated.
  13. We have a dual-monitor setup, upon each reboot which screen will be the main screen changes almost every time. How do we make it so just one of the displays stays as the main display so it doesn't change almost every time? I should not the system builder plugged each display into the HDMI slot on each card. We also tried it with and without the SLI bridge installed. Here is my parts list, all components are brand new, recently purchased. Had a Code 94 hang at boot issue but we fixed that by changing to the right RAM settings, it still happens occasionally. Also, for some reason, the system will not boot to the SSD if is in EFI boot mode and it is an NVMe Samsung 960 Pro M.2 SSD (see parts list for more details). Any help or advice is welcome if you need more information just ask, thank you. * CPU: AMD Threadripper 1950X ** NOTE: Not Overclocked * Cooler: Corsair H100i v2 * Mobo: ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme TR4 Motherboard ** NOTE: Bios version 1003, recently updated. * HDD: Samsung 512GB 960 Pro NVMe M.2 SSD ** Install in the M.2 slot under the heatsink on the motherboard. Should this go on that M.2 riser board instead? * GPU: 2x Asus Strix Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080ti ** NOTE: Each populates a 16x PCIe slot and covers the rest up, including the 8x slots, tried it with and without the SLI bridge installed. * RAM: Corsair Vengence LPX 32GB DDR4-3200 ** 2x 16GB DIMMs.
  14. Don't listen to the troll, it sounds like you've got a dead board. It happens sometimes. Hopefully, the RAM and CPU were effected.