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Curious Pineapple

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    DIY or buy an APC backup power

    Depends on the voltage of the batteries. They may be able to output 900w, but if running off a 12v battery thats 95 amp peak. Even a large car battery will give you 15-20 minutes most at that current draw.
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    New here. Has Linus also an account on this board?

    He does, and he often appears to drop things on the floor and break them.
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    DIY or buy an APC backup power

    You need at minimum 100 AMP available, that's one big ass battery charger. You could have an old server power supply connected to batteries and then to an inverter. One of them 2.2KW hotswap HP ones may do it. When supply fails it will run from batteries. It will never fully charge them though so lifespan will be shortened.
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    DIY or buy an APC backup power

    You'll get nowhere making your own with a battery charger
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    Huawei chooses a new Russian/ Finnish OS? - Aurora OS

    The Schwarznegger presidential library!
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    Huawei chooses a new Russian/ Finnish OS? - Aurora OS

    Presedent Schwarznegger next?
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    Where to get a cheap "do em up" Mac mini

    Stuck with the decisions of the EU with choice in the matter.
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    Where to get a cheap "do em up" Mac mini

    I've had a few bad items from CEX but always got money back when I've returned them.
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    Haunted Laptop

    Sounds like there's current leakage into the audio circuitry and it's just making random sounds. Won't happen in a full shutdown state as there's less of the board powered up.
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    Where to get a cheap "do em up" Mac mini

    Could be the country-wide rain and occasional severe flooding we've been having over the last week or so. May render any electrical items left outside a bit fucked up Also stuck with the fucking WEEE regulations, electronic products need to be recycled rather than smashed for scrap. Nothing to do with a "nanny state" (unless you count the EU), and everything to do with the EU and their wonderful ideas.
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    How long do you use your pcs?

    Recently put a pair of Xeon x5590's in my rig, over 10 years old at this point
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    Where to get a cheap "do em up" Mac mini

    The UK is full of scrap yards where anyone can walk in and grab what they want. What we don't have is people suing said scrapyards when they injure themselves climbing up a pile of cars, we just get on with it
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    [ Techquickie ] Are Macs REALLY Safer?

    Android has 70% share in Europe for mobile devices. Even just as an operating system it's at about 30% where as iOS is about 15%. The world doesn't revolve around North America you know.
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    Haunted Laptop

    It's probably on it's way out. Does it do it with a proper shut down too?
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    Apple is misundertanding the "pro" market

    Maybe, just maybe he meant that wholesale suppliers don't have discounts for Apple products.
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    Apple is misundertanding the "pro" market

    This forum gets better every day
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    Cynicism in regards to Apple pro stand

    I'm going to guess the Crapple mount is nothing more than a few screws into the monitor then the standard VESA pattern. £50 most for a milled alumimium bracket supplied with a handfull of screws and 4 threads tapped for the VESA mount. One off price of course. I think Apple treats it's engineers like they're making one-off products. We have this design and you will make it fit this stand and you cannot deviate from our asthetic vision.
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    Cynicism in regards to Apple pro stand

    Okay, you're right. My 50+KG plasma TV has 4 VESA mounting points but sure, Apple made a heavier monitor. Edit to save another post.... The "cheap" adaptor convert the Apple mounting system to guess what. One guess what 4 hole standard pattern is on the other side of that adaptor.
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    Cynicism in regards to Apple pro stand

    They did think about it, about how much money they can extort from customers. VESA is a standard for where some holes are, all they need is 4 holes in the monitor with threads in them. Simple and won't get in the way of anything.
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    Cynicism in regards to Apple pro stand

    Not if the VESA pattern is in the monitor itself, like every other manufacturer does. 4 little threaded inserts which cost nothing in the grand scheme of things.
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    Apple continues to sue norway phone repair shop owner

    If this was in the car world it would be laughed out of court. BMW sues a local car parts shop for fitting counterfeit headlamp bulbs with OSRAM Xenon printed on the box. Maybe then they go after salvage yards that dismantle scrap cars and sell parts on for selling counterfeit steering wheels, even though they came out of a BMW. But because it's a technology company they can get away with it.
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    Cheap ass cables, not worth it!

    About 4.5A per conductor, they were definately tinned whatever they were as I soldered them just fine. Going to guess they were 9/.2 or similar size, borderline but should have coped with the load on them. Just shit quality wire, possibly tin plated aluminium or steel. I'm now using the PSU's proper EPS connector and a PCIe to EPS adaptor I made to power the RAM and it's all working fine. I need to get a better PSU though as I don't trust an Aerocool integrator with a pair of Xeons.
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    Cheap ass cables, not worth it!

    Been without my workstation for a few weeks after my power supply shat the bed and I lost the arsedness to fix it. I've bought some adaptor leads from China (good quality) and got it running again with 1 CPU, they convert a standard ATX supply to HP's odd standard. As I needed a second EPS power connector to use both processors, I bought a couple from eBay in the UK (the 4 to 8 adaptors), chopped the 4 pin end off and spliced them in. Within 5 minutes of starting CB20, there was a smell, smoke, a couple of flames and a rather abrupt shutdown followed by a power supply beep code. The wires on the EPS adaptor (that should be rated for 280W) were on fire and melted together. I'll explain a bit. The board has a single EPS connector for both CPU's, and also has a connector for the RAM power supply. The adaptor lead set I bought converts an EPS to power the RAM so I needed a second one. I wrongly assumed that a cable sold as an EPS cable would be rated high enough for the task, I guess not. Luckily I bought 2, so I can chop off the mess the first one made and make an adaptor just for the RAM using my patented 6-pin GPU to EPS cable. I shall be sending some harsh words to the seller for sure. If I hadn't run CB to load test the machine and had left it running all night, it could have got hot slowly and not tripped the mainboards fault detection, possibly melting and drooping onto the mainboard.
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    Rx550/560 only use x8?

    I may be wrong, but I'm sure any GPU will "function" in even a 1x slot, it just won't deal with high bandwidth applications.
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