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About Willowwizard

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  • Birthday 2000-07-20

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    Iruma-shi, Saitama, Japan
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    Computer Science, Software Development, Electromechanical Engineering & Tech
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  • CPU
    Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1225 V2 @ 3.20GHz
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    Hewlett-Packard 1790
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    Elpida DDR3 2048 MB x2 1600 MT/s
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    玄人志向 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB + Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v2/3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller
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    HP Z220 CMT Workstation
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    Generic MT 109 PS/2 Keyboard
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    Logicool, Inc. G600 Gaming Mouse
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    Intel Corporation 7 Series/C216 Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller
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    ArchLinux x86_64 [ GNOME Desktop Environment ]

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  1. No. Honestly your CPU is even a little faster performance wise (Less cores, but each core has a faster effective speed)
  2. I'm not sure when exactly it started happening. I don't usually use my laptop for watching videos since, as much as I love my ThinkPad, the display sucks quite a bit. I already have .drirc with vblank_mode set to 1, and TearFree and SwapbuffersWait are set to true in xorg.conf.d/20-intel.conf, however the screen still exhibits a lot of tearing when watching video and occasionally when scrolling the page. Also, no, this is sadly one of the lower tier ThinkPads, no webcam, optical drive or dedicated GPU. Just 1366x768 TN panel with ThinkLight and i5 with an HD 4000
  3. Welp, I'm not gonna be much help, not sure what else it could be. Have you tried booting with only one RAM stick in slot 0 of the motherboard? If you have a secondary system with a compatible motherboard, try swapping the CPU, GPU and RAM. If the secondary system posts, the motherboard might be dead. (Maybe killed by ESD damage?)
  4. Hm, try disconnecting the GPU, power, and remove the CMOS battery for a couple of seconds. Then reinstall the CMOS battery and try booting it without the GPU, connect the monitor to the onboard video. I've seen some cases where the BIOS doesn't play nicely with a sudden GPU swap-out and wouldn't POST (or at least, appear like it wouldn't post)
  5. Even on the onboard graphics? Is the motherboard mounted on standoffs correctly and not causing a short? (P.S. I noticed the IO shield is missing)
  6. I'm not using userChrome.css; I can't even find the file (Did # find -name "userChrome.css" in the root directory; it didn't find anything). I did notice that Firefox would automatically adapt to the system theme somehow, but the issue happens even if I switch themes; and I'm not sure about the mechanism of how that works so I don't know of a way to completely disable it. Following instructions on the internet (e.g. env GTK_THEME=Adwaita:light firefox) didn't seem to change anything either I did use xf86-video-intel (i915) driver previously, but I had issues with diagonal (yes, diagonal) screen tearing when scrolling in the browser and when watching videos; even with TearFree enabled in xorg.conf. No such issue with the modesetting driver. Anyway, I've decided to try using it again and nope; the same issue still happens, albeit now with more screen tearing issues, so I'm not sure if it's unrelated or if I'm configuring my xorg.conf wrongly. I know about the issues with hardware acceleration in Firefox; and I think mpv just straight-up defaults to software decoding (as, according to the devs, it doesn't offer any benefit). I just find it strange that this issue is only occuring with Firefox and not any other software. Even Chrome works fine, so it's gotta be a Firefox-specific issue EDIT: I just realized I left out a very important bit of information in my main post; this is happening on my laptop which has an Intel HD 4000 (in an i5-3320M), this doesn't happen on my desktop which has an Nvidia GTX 1060 3GB. Both systems have pretty much an identical configuration; Arch Linux, GNOME, same themes for applications, cursor, shell, etc., same GNOME extensions, same Firefox extensions (synced via Firefox Sync), etc.
  7. What do you usually do with it? Your GPU is honestly still very good. The only bottlenecks I see are the CPU (It's quite literally just as fast as my laptop, which isn't good news for a Desktop processor) and the hard drive. The first thing I'd recommend you to upgrade is probably the hard drive. Get an SSD and install Windows on it, use the hard drive only for storage or for larger programs that won't fit on the SSD. The difference in performance is like night and day
  8. Do you know where I can find those settings somewhere in GNOME or Firefox? I dug around a bit even in about:config and didn't find anything about that ? I'm using arch because of the AUR and the ABS (Arch Build System) Even if a package doesn't exist in the normal repositories; you can usually find it in the AUR. Failing that, you can still make your own PKGBUILD so you can still update it normally with the rest of the system; and not have to resort to manually downloading and compiling source code when you want to update. In Debian/Ubuntu if the package isn't in the normal repositories, you'd need to add another third-party repository. Since the packages in those repositories are pre-packaged though, you have to blindly trust whoever the repository maintainer is and hope that they didn't modify the package in any way. With the AUR/ABS, you can actually see the PKGBUILD before it gets packaged up, so you can see exactly what it's going to download and what commands it will use for compiling/installation, etc. Other than that, there isn't really any other particular reason for me using arch, other than maybe since it forces you to configure everything manually, I have a slightly deeper understanding of my system, I guess ?
  9. As the title suggests; I'm experiencing a very strange (and specific) bug with playing video on Firefox. If the video is larger than a certain size, and is playing, any dark grey part of the image will show whatever is underneath that window (as if it were slightly transparent). I know it's not a problem with my display because it shows up in screenshots as well. Here's a screenshot of a video from YouTube playing on Firefox. (If it's not visible, here's the same screenshot but with adjusted levels to make the issue more noticeable. You can see me writing this very post in the background! It's extremely noticeable even without the adjusted colours on my display, annoyingly. The screenshots are of a YouTube video playing on Firefox; but the same thing happens even with Netflix videos. It doesn't happen if the video is smaller than 'Cinema mode' on YouTube. It also doesn't happen if the video is paused; only while it's playing. It only happens when playing videos through Firefox, local video players (e.g. VLC, mpv, etc.) and other browsers (e.g. Chrome) don't exhibit this issue. I'm using GNOME 3.30.2 on Arch Linux 64-bit, if that helps. This happens even with the default theme & all extensions disabled. I don't have xf86-video-intel installed (i.e. instead using the modesetting driver), and I don't have any additional options configured in xorg.conf/xorg.conf.d Any help, even if just to point me to the right direction, would be appreciated. Thanks in advance
  10. Ah, modifying your BIOS won't help in this case. The boot animation is handled by Windows' boot manager, not your BIOS. The programs you're using are trying to modify the boot manager, but Microsoft introduced a thing called "Secure Boot" which has to be included with every newer UEFI. Basically, on newer UEFI systems; you can't modify the boot manager files or Windows will detect that it's being tampered with and refuse to boot. This is why the program won't modify the boot manager. If you really want a custom boot screen, and your BIOS supports Legacy boot, you can disable UEFI mode altogether and reinstall Windows in Legacy/BIOS mode. As far as I'm aware there isn't any other way. I'm sorry.
  11. You need to specify a bit more. Do you mean two installations of Windows on the same physical hardware? If so, that's easy; you just need to install it in a second partition. Or did you mean two installations of Windows for two separate physical hardware (i.e. separate computer towers)? If so, that's impossible. Only one computer can access a single SSD at a given time. There is no such thing as a SATA splitter for data. I've heard of some enclosures which can emulate two drives using a single drive, but you'd have to format the drive and partition it; and in the end you'll lose quite a bit of performance as it operates as a USB enclosure and can't take full advantage of SATA speeds.
  12. Because that's still essentially what it is. It's a piece of software that tests the hardware and checks that it's all good to go, then it changes the 1's and 0's being processed by the CPU into the graphics and sound that you see on the screen. Sure, it doesn't fit the thing we usually refer to as 'BIOS' in a computer system, but that's because computers need a dedicated BIOS firmware, because on top of it we can put other software like Linux or Windows. Consoles don't need to load any other low-level system software other than the one it already comes pre-installed with, so to be a bit more efficient it's generally 'combined' (although still somewhat separate) into one single interlocked thing. Consoles aren't just some magic box that outputs games, at their heart they still use RAM, CPU, GPU, DACs, etc., and they need the low-level software that every other electronic device uses to operate.
  13. That window is VIM. There's a meme going around the Linux community about how difficult it is to quit VIM, and I guess it's true ? Basically you need to press ESC, which switches it to command mode, then type in :q! , which will cause it to quit without saving. In the future maybe add export EDITOR=/bin/nano to your /home/username/.bashrc or just use nano -w 'filename' since nano is a bit easier to understand. You can either reinstall ifupdown, which should allow you to use /etc/network/interfaces again; or you can install NetworkManager, which comes with a nice terminal-based UI to help you (nmtui). Or you can try using netplan but to be honest I've never used it before and I don't know how to configure it either
  14. Well, since you're using two storage drives you shouldn't need to deal with any partitioning nonsense. Depending on your boot method, you have to choose either GPT (UEFI boot) or MBR (BIOS/Legacy boot). Other than that, you should just be able to install ubuntu onto the second SSD and switch between then using the boot menu startup key (depends on the motherboard, but generally it's F11/F12 on startup)
  15. The parts I highlighted were what you did wrong. To improve download speeds, especially on mechanical drives, some torrent clients will cache the downloaded data into RAM before writing it to the disk. In this case, the 1 GB file was probably small enough to fit into RAM, but it wanted to complete the file before writing it to the disk. Except, the bandwidth limit stopped it. Once it was stopped, it decided to start actually writing everything to disk, but you stopped it before it could complete, so it was only able to write 100 MB before it was stopped by the reboot. See if you can find any caching/memory usage settings in the preferences of your torrent client, and change it to something smaller. Or just wait for the torrent client to finish writing everything to disk before you reboot