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Everything posted by djdelarosa25

  1. Say I downloaded a 4k image that I wanted to set as my wallpaper for my 1080p screen. For the essence of quality, should I let Windows handle the downscaling by itself or would I be better off resizing it in say, Photoshop, for example?
  2. I want to test how stable my laptop is after undervolting core and cache. I've read conflicting advice on what programs to use (some recommend Prime, others don't, some say to turn off AVX, others don't), how long I should run them, etc. What do you guys reckon? Also this I don't game so I can't use them as benchmarks.
  3. Hi there! I got myself a used Dell Latitude E7470 (i5-6300U, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, 1080p, magnesium chassis) for around 400 USD from a reputable online seller here in my country (1000+ positive transactions; guy's business was selling secondhand laptops from suppliers). Everything is in good working order and the laptop is still in really good shape even if it's more than 3 years old now. As soon as I got it, I fired up HWiNFO and noticed that the battery health was at an amazing 97%. After two weeks of mixed usage though (battery power and plugged in), it deteriorated quickly to around 88%. I'm normally not a fan of "calibrating" lithium-ion/polymer batteries but I just said screw it and did so anyways by draining the battery to complete 0 in the BIOS and charging it to full uninterrupted. This brought my battery health down even more to around 84% and it's been at this for a few days now. My first question is, why did the battery health report itself as 97% when I got it only for it to deteriorate quickly over the span of two weeks? My theory is the battery readings got screwed or something and that my repeated usage of the laptop brought back the readings' accuracy over time (kind of like how AccuBattery works in Android where it shows more accurate battery health after multiple cycles of charging and discharging). What do you guys think? My second question is, after setting the battery to stop charging once it hits 80% in the BIOS, would be safe for me then to use it while plugged in for extended periods of time versus the normal behavior of the laptop stopping charging at 100% and leaving it plugged in while I use it? From my understanding, once it the battery hits my desired threshold, the system disconnects the battery and runs on AC power instead, but I'm not sure if this is the case with my system (well, it probably is since I noticed my battery % drop from 80 to 79 while I was using it while plugged in). Apologies if my post was a bit unorganized. Thanks in advance to those who will try to help me out
  4. Interesting. The PSUs recommended in many budget ($500 and below) build guides (even those from LTT themselves) are almost always a tier or two below if we base off this list.
  5. Didn't know how soft copper heatpipes are. I was in the process of repasting my laptop and while cleaning the old paste off the copper heatsink, I accidentally bent the heatpipe (only lightly, though). I bent it back and now it has a small kink. Temps seem to be the same as before, if not only a few degrees Celsius lower. Will this be bad in the long run?
  6. I was pertaining to OEM graphics drivers like the one's on Dell's website vs the generic ones from the component manufacturer's website. But I get your point. Thanks.
  7. Where do you download your laptop's drivers, from the OEM (Dell, Lenovo, HP, etc.) or the generic ones (NVIDIA, AMD, Intel)? Specifically audio, chipset, graphics, Wi-Fi/Bluetooth, and Intel stuff such as Management Engine and Rapid Storage Technology,
  8. Dell Latitude E7470 user here. Just this day, as I played some music on my laptop, I noticed that my speakers experienced severe distortion and that the whole music track itself would slow down for some reason. This happened both on battery power and while plugged in. I spent hours troubleshooting which involved me uninstalling updates to the chipset drivers, reinstalling audio drivers, removing my undervolt, etc. It turns out, just setting the audio format within Dell Audio/Sound Manager from 24-bit/192 kHz to anything else fixed the problem. What's weird to me was I was running this setup fine for a few days and the issue only popped up today (I only got this laptop a week ago). I did my research and a guy who had an XPS 15 who faced the same issue as me also had the same solution as me. This leads me to wonder, is this a common problem among Dell laptops or laptops in general?
  9. Does it have a noticeable effect on your battery life when constantly on?
  10. So I finally got to repasting and cleaning my three year-old baseline "gaming" (for its time) laptop, a Dell Inspiron 7447 with an i5-4210H and GTX 850M. I used compressed air to clean out the fan and radiator fins while Arctic MX-4 was the thermal paste that I employed via the dot method. Many of the guides online said to use the size of a pea but I think I used like a half pea since the dies were surprising small (is that normal on laptops?), hence I think I applied too litlle. After doing the deed and running Prime95 small FFTs for one hour, the average CPU package temperature was 72°C while one hour on Furmark was 57°C on the GPU. Are these temps fine?
  11. Looking to use a different DNS provider than my ISP because they block porn sites (lol). Firing up DNSBench, here are the results: Seems like Cloudflare is far and away the fastest for cached, though for uncached and DotCom, they're just around average. Ignoring UltraDNS and whatever NTT America is, Quad9 is the next well-known provider that provides average speeds for cached but is considerably better than Cloudflare for uncached and DotCom. Here's the tabular data for the two DNS providers. 1. 0. 0. 1 | Min | Avg | Max |Std.Dev|Reliab%| ----------------+-------+-------+-------+-------+-------+ - Cached Name | 0.010 | 0.010 | 0.011 | 0.000 | 100.0 | - Uncached Name | 0.010 | 0.112 | 0.244 | 0.071 | 100.0 | - DotCom Lookup | 0.032 | 0.036 | 0.041 | 0.002 | 100.0 | ---<-------->---+-------+-------+-------+-------+-------+ one.one.one.one CLOUDFLARENET - Cloudflare, Inc., US 1. 1. 1. 1 | Min | Avg | Max |Std.Dev|Reliab%| ----------------+-------+-------+-------+-------+-------+ - Cached Name | 0.010 | 0.010 | 0.010 | 0.000 | 100.0 | - Uncached Name | 0.010 | 0.115 | 0.266 | 0.070 | 100.0 | - DotCom Lookup | 0.169 | 0.199 | 0.239 | 0.030 | 100.0 | ---<-------->---+-------+-------+-------+-------+-------+ one.one.one.one CLOUDFLARENET - Cloudflare, Inc., US 9. 9. 9. 9 | Min | Avg | Max |Std.Dev|Reliab%| ----------------+-------+-------+-------+-------+-------+ + Cached Name | 0.037 | 0.037 | 0.044 | 0.001 | 100.0 | + Uncached Name | 0.038 | 0.095 | 0.391 | 0.082 | 100.0 | + DotCom Lookup | 0.042 | 0.064 | 0.108 | 0.030 | 100.0 | ---<-------->---+-------+-------+-------+-------+-------+ dns.quad9.net QUAD9-AS-1 - Quad9, US | Min | Avg | Max |Std.Dev|Reliab%| ----------------+-------+-------+-------+-------+-------+ + Cached Name | 0.046 | 0.047 | 0.059 | 0.002 | 100.0 | + Uncached Name | 0.048 | 0.117 | 0.398 | 0.099 | 100.0 | + DotCom Lookup | 0.051 | 0.071 | 0.119 | 0.022 | 100.0 | ---<-------->---+-------+-------+-------+-------+-------+ rpz-public-resolver1.rrdns.pch.net QUAD9-AS-1 - Quad9, US Also, Quad9 has malware protection, which is a plus. What do you guys think, which of the two should I go for?
  12. I was wondering, what drivers should I install, the OEM ones (from Dell, in my case) or the generic ones from, say, Intel and NVIDIA? The latest NVIDIA display driver that Dell provides for my laptop is version 391.25, while the latest NVIDIA generic one is 471.17. However, if you look at the driver history for my specific GPU (GTX 850M), 391.25 wasn't released by NVIDIA as a generic driver, so I'm assuming Dell does make changes to their drivers. How about for WiFi/Bluetooth drivers?
  13. The SD Memory Card Formatter from this website1 states that: It is strongly recommended to use the SD Memory Card Formatter to format SD/SDHC/SDXC Cards rather than using formatting tools provided with individual operating systems. In general, formatting tools provided with operating systems can format various storage media including SD/SDHC/SDXC Cards, but it may not be optimized for SD/SDHC/SDXC Cards and it may result in lower performance. What do you guys think? I recently bought a 64 GB EVO Plus and was debating on whether I should format it this "official" way or via the phone itself. 1. https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter_4/index.html
  14. Thanks for your replies! I will try both of the options out.
  15. My GPU is a GTX 850M and the processor's an i5-4210H. AFAIK the GPU is the more powerful one between the two (in my case)
  16. I do some light video editing on my laptop (specs are in the signature) for some school projects and I was wondering which renderer will give me better performance. Thanks!
  17. It's one of the first troubleshooting methods that I employed. Sadly, and obviously, it didn't work. I even disabled hibernation outright but to no avail.
  18. I think this has been quite a well-known issue here already, as it seems to affect laptops from other manufacturers as well. Basically, my laptop doesn't shut down completely. After shutting down the normal way via Windows, most of the time, I would notice that the fans would still be running and would continually exhaust heat from the processor, which seems to be under load, all until the battery dies. The temporary fix would be told down the power button for a few seconds until the fans turn off, but that isn't the way this thing was originally meant to work. The most common solution for many other users was to downgrade the Intel Management Engine Interface driver to version 9. Doing that did not remedy my issue. I also tried downgrading my Intel Chipset drivers, also going as far as to downgrade my BIOS two versions only to be disappointed with the results. As of now, I'm flashing back the latest BIOS as it fixes the Spectre vulnerability, but it seems like I'm out of options. This problem didn't exist in the first year that I owned the laptop. It just popped out of nowhere and is incredibly infuriating. Please, to anyone who may know of possible solutions, I need help. Thank you in advance.
  19. I already tried using 7Zip to compress it with the compression level set to "Ultra", however, the file size is still the same. Wtf
  20. I have a folder that's about 13.3 GB large that I want to burn to multiple DVDs. Unfortunately, CDBurnerXP won't let me do that, as one file inside of the folder is larger than a whole disc. Is there any software that would allow me to accomplish what I want?
  21. Overall, which is the better file system?