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About Patrick3D

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  • Birthday 1977-12-29

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    Games, computers, long walks in the park.
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    I wanna be the guy...
  • Occupation
    Contractor (Sr. Desktop Support Eng.)

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  1. Patrick3D

    Motherboard backplates

    Have fun customizing something to work with standoffs and the back-panel I/O cutout while leaving enough room for airflow. This is the kind of thing that would make for a great custom modded PC though.
  2. The only other company I know if that still makes cases suitable for HTPC builds is Streacom, they are not cheap though and as far as I know are only available with a raw aluminium finish (no black or color options.) You can find them on Newegg or visit their website for a list of authorized resellers.
  3. Patrick3D

    What's a good alternative to Philips Hue?

    TP-Link Kasa if you just want affordable bulbs from a dependable manufacturer. They work with Alexa & Android. I don't care for Phillips, out of their starter Hue set I had one bulb die in the first week and the bulbs were very unreliable over the 2 years I used them. YMMV.
  4. It took me 12 years to wear out the feet on a Logitech MX518. They didn't actually wear out either, the glue just stopped holding the feet in place. I bought some replacement feet off of Amazon for a few bucks and it has worked fine since. I've only used the mouse on hard mouse pads, in fact I believe I started with the Allsop hard pad before upgrading to X-Trac hard surface pads.
  5. Patrick3D

    Suggestion for a office/computer chair?

    AmazonBasics has a "big and tall" office chair with wide seat. Lay-Z-Boy also makes some "big and tall" office chairs. Personally, I just buy whatever is on sale at Office Max/Staples and replace it every 5 years or so. That way I can visit the store and try out the chair before buying. The most important thing is having something under the desk to elevate your legs/feet. I use an overstuffed small beanbag chair.
  6. Patrick3D

    Mechanical Keyboards Suggestions

    DREVO BladeMaster TE 87K (10-keyless) is $89.99, they have a wireless version that is $159.99, and full-size keyboards as well. Heavy metal base, different switch options, macro support, and a knob on the left-side that can be assigned different functions. I use the knob for volume, it also clicks in and different functions can be assigned to single-click & double-click. I use the single-click for mute. My only real gripe with the keyboard is the knob is a little difficult to turn due to it being tight and having a smooth rubber ring around it that results in fingers sliding over it instead of gripping easily.
  7. Patrick3D

    Disk for some reasons is always 100%

    This belongs in the tech support thread, anyways, run chkdsk to check the hard drive for bad sectors and check the Event Viewer for System events to see if something is quietly failing. https://www.tekrevue.com/tip/fix-hard-drives-chkdsk-windows-10/
  8. Patrick3D

    Volume Leveling for the WAN Show.

    Turn on "Loudness Equalization" in Sound Properties for your desired output device. Right-click the speaker icon > Open Sound Settings > Sound Control Panel (text link at the upper right) > select the desired output device > click Properties > click Enhancements tab > scroll down and it is at the bottom of the list, put a checkmark and click OK.
  9. Patrick3D

    Your opinion on RGB

    Loved it until I tried to go to sleep in the same room with it. Now I don't want it in anything. I wouldn't mind a backlit keyboard actually, but don't want that awful chiseled line font most are using. Sigh.
  10. Patrick3D

    Experiences with non-techies

    Factory worker opened a ticket to report the Internet was down... Sometimes I feel like a babysitter more than a Systems Administrator.
  11. Patrick3D

    Replacing an LPT/Parallel Inserter Printer

    Okidata still makes dot matrix printers that will work with serial or parallel: https://www.oki.com/us/printing/products/dot-matrix-printers/index.html
  12. Patrick3D

    My pc fans and RGB dosent turn off at shutdown

    Two suggestions: 1.) Update the BIOS 2.) (Assuming Windows 10): Start > Settings > System > Power & sleep > Additional power settings > Choose what the power buttons do > Change settings that are currently unavailable > un-check "Turn on fast startup" then click "Save changes" and try shutting down to see if the issue persists.
  13. Patrick3D

    Outdoor antenna

    Goto antennaweb.org and check what your distance is from your local broadcast towers. No one can provide adequate suggestions without knowing the distance. Another question: is your roof metal, wood, or asphalt shingles? You may be able to get away with mounting an antenna inside of the attic, it depends on your distance though. As for splitting the signal inside, just get a SiliconDust HDHomerun which has a built-in tuner and makes the OTA TV stations available to any device on your home network including digital set-top boxes and smartphones.
  14. That specific model of drive is known to have problems reading Blu-ray discs, the fix is to use a USB Y-cable that provides additional power to the drive. Something like this: https://www.amazon.com/USB-2-0-Splitter-Cable-Black/dp/B00VV24L7E/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1532712428&sr=8-9&keywords=usb+y+cable
  15. Patrick3D

    coax to hdmi???

    Buy 50' Active (Redmere) HDMI cable Unscrew wall plate that has coax port in basement Disconnect coax cable from wall plate Bind coax cable to "Source" end of HDMI cable Unscrew wall plate that has coax port in living room Disconnect coax cable from wall plate and pull HDMI cable up to living room Connect "Source" end of HDMI cable to satellite receiver Connect "TV" end of HDMI cable to new TV Investigate options for replacing the wall plates for a tidy appearance