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Doramius

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    US, but known not to stay in one place.
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    Tall, Dark and married with children. Since new stuff only lasts about 2 weeks, I buy used.....a lot.
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  1. Weird HDD sound

    Sounds like the actuator is doing some major moving, but still shouldn't make that much noise in repetitive fashion. You could do various checks, but I'd recommend calling for an RMA to return it.
  2. HTPC gaming setup advice

    Your TV also says 4k 120Hz, but at what levels? I've seen some 4k that only do 120Hz for 3D or with a special cable setup. Like using specific ports.
  3. ADSL Modem DIY?

    The overall cost to get the components and make it yourself is way more expensive than getting one from your ISP or buying one online. The amount of power used by the computer is also tremendously larger than prebuilt ADSL modems. Cable modems even fall under this category. You'd have to wire circuitry to a computer serial port, and some of the parts are very sensitive to external signal interference. Years ago, I remember seeing a PCI card, ADSL modem for sale at Fry's electronics. I don't think I've ever seen one of those installed in a computer, and haven't seen them for at least 10 or more years.
  4. HTPC gaming setup advice

    Which specific games are having the issue? It may help identify where the problem or resolution is.
  5. Is this a scam

    Depends on how much you read. If you read more than 6 books a month, it's not that bad. I don't consistently read that many a month. Some months I might not read any, and others around 10.
  6. Good, durable earphones.

    I got my first set of AIAIAI just over a year ago, and they are really great. If you need to replace a part, you only need to go back and order the 1 part you want to replace. Plus you can start out with a cheaper prebuilt pair from amazon, and slowly upgrade as your budget allows. I've kept my original parts from the prebuilt, and I still use them -especially if I go to a LAN party or travel on a plane, and keep the good parts at home, safe.
  7. Speedtest.et Vs Download Speed

    As many stated already, there is a speed to data conversion. That's pretty easy to translate. The tricky part is where you are getting your speed reference from. Speedtest.net gives you a reference of speed to a nearby server, usually your local ISP hub or other close local switching point. That's a base for your speeds. However, the location you're getting your data might not have such speed capabilities, or is intentionally throttled to prevent a single user from utilizing all bandwidth, speed differences in hops in the connection, and potentially a number of other items surrounding how the connection is made. Regardless, if you are getting your speeds to the ISP, the problem is probably not directly with your system or local network.
  8. New HTPC/NAS Build

    Agreed. Many servers are QUITE noisy. Usually due to the massive active fan cooling. Many can be turned to liquid cooling for cheap, and with much quieter fans on a radiator. Regardless, you should be able to find great parts for low low prices at Server Monkey.
  9. New HTPC/NAS Build

    Sounds like you're set on your case, but you can also pickup cheap Xeons and Registered memory (if you need it) from ServerMonkey.com I've used them for years, but I tend to just buy used Servers from them, with CPUs and registered RAM. Then I purchase the SSDs, video cards, and sometimes cooling systems elsewhere and turn a couple year old system into a monster storage or gaming system.
  10. Windows after fresh install keeps failing

    It's very possible. Remove the drive you want to use. Make sure you also have no SD cards, USB drives, or other flash media installed. check the BIOS and remove any UEFI devices, in your boot list, that appear. Use another computer to format the drive to a single partition. Install the formatted drive back into the original machine. Plug in your OS install media and boot to the UEFI listing of boot media. Install as usual. You should be clear to go.
  11. Windows after fresh install keeps failing

    Not sure if this is your issue, but I had an almost identical problem. Some of my BIOS settings were mismatching. I made sure ALL were UEFI and that I only selected a UEFI option as a boot device for installation. Took almost the entire day to figure that one out.
  12. Custom Build an All in One PC?!

    Actually, there could be. I've been involved with projects of turning older laptops into AIO desktops. Some complaints with these are that you do not have PCI-E lanes for a full size graphics card. However, they can make for a very slim AIO...WITH A BATTERY PACK!! I helped a friend do this with a Dell 6530, where the screen was badly damage and the chassis was in a very poor state. The LCD connector was similar to the M6600, so we tested the screen, AND IT WORKED. We ordered another M6600 screen from Laptopscreen.com and used it with the laptop. We even ordered a 1920x1080 screen and the 6530 picked it up as the native resolution, even though the original LCD that came with the laptop was 1366x768 resolution. SCORE! With standoffs and some light rework, we were able to mount the mainboard and the battery mount to the back of a homemade bezel. My friend owns an autobody shop and he fashioned a bezel & stand, by hand, out of fiberglass. It was his project, so I don't have the pictures, but it looks pretty nice. It also had problems with cooling initially, with the original laptop cooler. We had to order something from amazon and jerry-rig it to mount it. The new cooler was a little overkill, but it solved the thermals issue. He's not an overclocker, but I'm sure it could easily overclock a little higher. The 6530 was an i7 with dedicated graphics, but I don't remember the specs on the graphics chip.
  13. Cant re install windows store after update

    Is there a specific reason why you're wanting to install it directly through Powershell, or are you trying to use this on a Server version of Windows? Either way, you may have to re-install the entire OS as it looks like your path is either missing or not set in the correct location. The latter happens frequently in Server builds, as it is not a required app.
  14. Laptop Screen Replacement Weirdness...

    Looks like the replacement screen was not only used, but was rebuilt. It is a manufacturer's stamp and it's usually on one of the diffuser layers BEHIND the backlight layer. Someone got the layers mixed up putting it together. I don't always like going to ebay unless I have to. For replacement screens I usually go to laptopscreen.com to get my replacement screens. They actually have great customer service if you happen to receive or order the wrong part, and replace if you get a bad one. Out of several hundred orders in the last 5 years, I may have had 2 come DOA, if at all.
  15. Looking for a PC case

    What size is your mainboard?
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