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  1. I also tried reseating the old cable a few times before replacing it.
  2. The desktop's NIC is a Broadcom NetXtremee 57xx Gigabit Controller (according to windows 10's device manager). The switch is some generic 8 port Netgear one.
  3. I switched to a different ethernet port on the switch with the old cable, and the issue persisted. Also, doesn't a new cable working rule out a bad ethernet port (on the desktop)?
  4. The cable is completely motionless during the 1 second bursts of lack of connectivity.
  5. I have a computer setup with an ethernet cable between it and a network switch. A few weeks ago, the ethernet cable failed seemingly out of nowhere — it was working fine, then it registered as if there was no cable plugged in one morning. I replaced it with another cable, which solved the issue then, but now it keeps disconnecting for like 1 second at a time. What's going on? I'm trying to switch over to wifi by trying all the spare adapters that I have lying around, but I do prefer ethernet.
  6. The title basically says what I'm looking for. I'm on AT&T right now, but they've pissed me off for the last time. I want a carrier with 24/7 live chat support that can actually help. AT&T's live chat is not even close to 24/7, and the last time that I used it (to get a new sim card sent) they sent the wrong size. Additionally, their live chat program is full of spyware to the point that it won't even load with any sort of tracking protection enabled. We're currently paying US$200+ per month, but it seems like US$40-50 should be doable with this level of data usage. I may settle for a 24/7 phone number if needed. I see a few different options in this price point, but none who's support is any better.
  7. I'm totally willing to get most things used, and I actually have quite a bit of used hardware, but used for a VR headset is a bit questionable. How hard is it to replace the face-contacting parts of it? I'd rather not get some random person's sweat all over me.
  8. If you really need a tunnel, you could buy an OVH VPS for ~US$3-4 per month and use an SSH tunnel. It's a bit technical to get working, but very easy once you learn a bit about the Linux command-line and SSH. Why would you never have direct access to ipv4 though?
  9. To help diagnose this, try connecting your computer directly to your modem via an ethernet cable. If ipv4 then works, then there's a configuration issue in your router. If ipv4 does not then work, then there is either a configuration issue in your OS or an issue with your ISP, mostly likely the latter. In this case, you should then contact your ISP to get them to fix it. The ipv6 Internet is, very sadly, not yet complete enough for ISPs to (reasonably) drop ipv4 support. You can try running Linux from a live USB on your computer to determine if there is an OS configuration issue.
  10. I have an idea for a virtual reality game that I'd like to develop, but I don't currently have a VR headset (I do, however, have a pretty solid grasp of game development more generally, so I'm not jumping the gun here). I'd also like to be able to play games in VR, so something that just gets the job done to give me something to develop on isn't necessarily good enough. I would go for one of Microsoft's VR systems, but their Linux support is *severely* lacking, creating both ethical issues (unencumbered competition helps everyone, and anything being exclusive to a particular platform is monopolistic/hurts competition) and practical issues (I use Linux). I also can't find any competitor with a similar or better price, and with decent quality (e.g. Google Cardboard just won't cut it). As such, I ask, what is the best value in a fully Linux-compatible VR headset? Ideally it would cost no more than any of the Microsoft VR non-options.
  11. Usually antivirus is pretty good, but it isn't perfect. If I were you, I would do this: - Get a live Linux USB stick (these are pretty easy to make -- all you need is a USB stick that you can overwrite. When one boots to it, it runs Linux off the USB stick.). - Temporarily remove *all* storage from a computer (eg. all hard drives, ssds, etc.). - Boot the computer into Linux using the live usb stick. - Attach the external disk - Delete the files - Run clamtk (a Linux virus scanner), optional - Shut down Linux and reformat the live USB - Run a Windows virus scanner on the external drive That should get rid of 99.99% of viruses as it usually isn't worth the virus-maker's effort to write the code to get around that, but it is theoretically possible. The reason to use Linux is that there are far fewer viruses for Linux, and you're almost certainly on Windows so you probably don't have one that is able to do anything under Linux. For a bit of extra security, you can copy the important files (copy as few as possible) to a different drive using Linux. EDIT: Regarding homeap5's comment about autorun. If you decide to look at the drive in Windows, definitely disable autorun, but be aware that it isn't a perfect solution. There are many ways that a program can start running, eg. if it infected a word document without you realizing and added macros.
  12. With those cards, however, you need antennas. Is there somewhere that I can get the antennas as shown in the thing that I linked. I've been searching for days to find one, but I can't. This is probably because I don't know the correct search terms.
  13. Hello, I want to add Wifi support to my desktop computer with the Gigabyte Z390 M Gaming motherboard and an i9-9900k. I prefer to use an Intel Wifi device (as opposed to Asus, for example) as they are the only company that I trust to have reliable Linux drivers for years to come. I have been burned with this issue many times, where I bought a product for my computer and then was stuck without drivers only a year or two later as the Linux kernel updates but the hardware vendor refuses to either provide the driver's source code to the Linux kernel maintainers to have them update it, or to update it themself. Intel's drivers are part of the Linux kernel, so they are virtually guaranteed to stay updated. Unfortunately, they don't seem to manufacture PCIe cards. After much research, and talking with Intel, it seems like this product is best as it has an external antenna and associated PCIe mount for that antenna, even though the card itself is M.2. Intel specifically recommended this product for desktop computers. I am concerned about whether or not this device is compatible with my computer, however. In this PDF, which was sent to me by Intel, it is said that the aforementioned M.2 Wifi device requires an M.2 port of size 2230 and key E. My motherboard, however, is key M and does not list size, according to the blue-highlighted area in the following image. Yet, the motherboard also says that it supports Intel CNVi, which is the protocol used for Intel's M.2 Wifi cards. This makes it plausible that the blue area only talks about M.2 SSDs, and that the aforementioned M.2 device is compatible. Additionally, as part of the circuitry for Wifi is included on the CPU (this is what CNVi refers to), I am concerned that this device won't be compatible with my CPU as there is no detailed information that I can find anywhere regarding which CPUs it is compatible with, exactly. My concern is greater because this particular product is fairly old and my CPU is fairly new. The following is an excerpt from the manual and the highlighting is mine:
  14. Hello, I currently have a desktop computer with the Gigabyte Z390 M GAMING Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard. Visually, it seems to have 2 M.2 slots. I want to add dual band 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz wifi AC functionality to this computer via an Intel wifi device. When I look on Pcpartpicker (with a filter for Intel devices) or Intel's website for these devices, the interface seems to be mini PCIe or half mini PCIe, for anything modern. As I understand it, this is just another name for M.2, so it should work just fine. Yet, when I add my current parts list to Pcpartpicker, all of these Intel devices disappear, and a few ancient plain PCIe ones remain, suggesting that they are not actually compatible with my computer. What is the cause of this issue? Additionally, I heard about adapters to allow a mini PCI device to work in a regular PCIe slot. Do I need one of these? If so, where can I find one? The primary reason that I want Intel's wifi products is because they, as a company, have excellent foss drivers for Linux. Thank you
  15. Hello, I would like to add wifi support to my desktop computer running Linux via either USB3 or PCIe, but ideally the latter as I need to be able to make the best of a fairly weak signal. When I went to look for PCIe wifi cards, however, I found that all of them are made in China. As there is mounting evidence that they are using their position as a major electronics manufacturer to spy on people all over the world, this is not an acceptable trade off for my personal wifi card (link, also note the Huawai controversy). As such, I ask, how can I get a wifi card that both officially supports Linux with FOSS drivers (again, spyware is bad) and that I can be reasonably sure China didn't get its hands on? I know that probably half the components in my computer, if not more, were made in China. For many things, however, this does not matter (ie. the PSU), and for others it matters less as those parts won't have such a perfect way to get data out. Thank you