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  1. Quick update: the step down power converter brick almost caught fire for some reason, just took the hard drive out, fun evening.
  2. Would the potential amp difference cause any issues? I know absolutely nothing about this stuff.
  3. I'd rather keep the laptop intact since I dont really trust myself too much with digging inside of it.
  4. I'm trying to recover some extremely important files (childhood minecraft saves) from my family's old laptop. It's a Toshiba Tecra S1, this baby has 256mb of ram and 32mb of vram so I was living that tiny render distance life. Anyways, I've moved countries since and while the laptop is on a North American plug and I'm currently in Europe. I do have some sort of adapter brick that I bought a long time ago to be able to charge my Gameboy, however I'm uncertain if the cable I found that plugs into the original power supply is ok. The serial number on the power supply is PA3210U-1ACA SEB100P2-15.0 and it says that the input is 100-240v at 1.2-0.6 A 50-60Hz, while the cable I found on the end of it says 7A 120V. I'm just concerned that if I plug it in it'll spontaneously combust. Picture of the cord below. Any help greatly appreciated.
  5. I can select boot priority in the BIOS but the USB doesn't work unless it's got priority over the SSD. Should I switch the priority back to the SSD after the USB restarts the computer? Edit: Worked perfectly this time around, having two drives plugged in and incorrectly prioritized messed it up, thanks for the help!
  6. I picked up my 256gb Adata SU800 ssd today and got to work trying to figure out how to move the os from my hard drive to my SSD. I used a bootable USB to install windows 10 on the SSD and when setup completed I set it in the BIOS menu to boot from this drive (which was displayed correctly in the BIOS). My issue is that when I select the SSD to be booted from it simply doesn't work. The screen is stuck on "Loading Operating System" and doesn't go any further. The weird thing is if I allow it to boot from my HDD I get sent to a screen which allows me to choose which copy of windows I want to use and I'm currently writing this even from the OS on the SSD. I've tried disconnecting the HDD from the motherboard to see if mb I had to boot the computer with no other drives installed but that didn't do a thing. I am genuinely clueless as to what the issue is. I'm running a WD BLUE 1tb HDD which runs fine and the aforementioned SSD, both plugged into a Gigabyte H61M-D2H-USB3 with an i7-2600. Any help is greatly appreciated as I have no idea what is going on.
  7. I swapped out my old 1tb barracuda hdd with a WD blue 1tb due to the old drive making noises and me not wanting to risk any data loss (this was right before finals). My issue is that since then the performance of the drive has been absolutely horrible, with me being unable to play NFS Payback or 2015 without stuttering issues or falling through the map respectively as a result of the abysmal performance. I've done a clean re-install of windows multiple times, the drive is being defragmented very often and the space taken up by the windows partition is 120/250gb. I genuinely have no clue what to do about crappy system and in-game performance anymore so it seems like I'm forced to upgrade. With the current cash I have I can either buy a WD Black 1tb right now or save up a bit and get a 256gb SSD for the system. I'm uncertain whether swapping over to the WD Black is enough of an upgrade to justify investing in it in the first place or whether it would be better to simply invest in the SSD later down the line. Thanks in advance!
  8. I think once the newest generation comes out I'll go for a generation older i5 since the i7 was with the computer when I got it off of a friend and the extent of my needs for processing power are occasional things in Blender and video games, don't really plan on CPU heavy tasks.
  9. I'm currently running a pretty decent PC setup, however there is a few things that majorly bug me about it, which I want to get rid of. I'm currently running the following rig: -i7-2600(non-k) -GTX 1060 Gaming X 6GB -8Gb Nanya 1333Mhz ddr3 Ram -CX 550M psu -Gigabyte motherboard (nothing flashy, Pci.e 2.0 and lack of usb 3.0 headers are the biggest pains) -WD Blue 1tb HDD (few months old, system drive) -Seagate Barracuda 1tb HDD (few years old, possibly slightly defective, using it currently for a faster steam library). -NEC 1680x1050 monitor, Cheap as hell Zalman gaming mouse (15ish usd), Random lenovo keyboard. My gripes are that the monitor is hot as hell and appears to be defective, with there appearing to be a stain of some sort on the top left corner, causing colours there to appear minimally darker than on the rest, that my mouse is beyond awful and doesn't really allow for comfortable gaming and finally that pressing the windows button on my keyboard sometimes results in the windows menu to sometimes take 15 seconds to load up and programs loading incredibly slowly at times despite having performed a fresh system reinstall a few months back and the system having it's own partition. My planned upgrades are as follows: -Adata SU800 256GB ssd for more frequently used programs and the system -Dream Machines DM1 Pro mouse + new mousepad (heard good things about it, and won't burn a hole through my wallet) -Iiyama Blackhawk 1080p 75Hz display If anyone has any comments on this or suggestions I'll be more than glad to listen, this is just a rough draft of what I want to do to make my computer run faster in the near future, thanks in advance!
  10. That is vastly out of my price range, I'll just be going with the Adata one
  11. So as the title says I'm currently looking to put an SSD in my rig for more frequently used applications and windows. The two SSD's that are most tempting price-wise are the Kingston V300 240GB Sata3 SSD and the ADATA SU800 256GB SSD. I know kingston has very good reputation when it comes to memory, however I have no clue about ADATA. The Kingston one is a tiny bit more expensive but offers 16gb less space and I'm genuinely not sure which to choose. Thanks in advance!
  12. I found my old hard drive and want to short-stroke it to use as an alternative to my main drive for games, sadly however I apparently downloaded HD Tune before and my free trial has expired resulting in me being unable to use it to graph the read/write speed dip. Are there any alternative programs that would allow me to do the same thing as HD Tune? Thanks in advance!
  13. I have a few questions regarding upgrading my ram. My motherboard is a Gigabyte H61M-D2H-USB3 and I'm currently running 2x4gb of some "Nanya Technologies" RAM. I'm inclined to believe that this ram is a more likely bottleneck in multiple games than my pretty much brand new WD Blue which is regularly defragged and after a fresh windows installation. Am I able to populate this motherboard with, for example, 3 sticks in order to get 12 GB of ram? Also is buying used RAM abnormally risky, for some reason unknown to me, or is it actually a safer bet to buy used than other computer components? Budget is tight hence considering buying used. Thanks in advance!
  14. I defrag once a week, this problem is definitely not related to fragmentation unless windows can't competently defrag hard drives.
  15. Unfortunately not the case, performed a clean install 2 weeks ago, didn't leave anything on the drive.