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  1. My Intel Graphics driver or the AMD one or just do both?
  2. I have this issue when I'm playing a game, sometimes something important in my system crashes. First the game window freezes. after a few seconds, all of my monitors go completely black, then they turn back on. Only, now, the game window is transparent. In most cases I can still hear the game audio and the game keeps running, but the visuals are gone. When I go into task manager, I can see that my dedicated GPU has been at 100% for ages, and at the point of the crash and after, the GPU usage goes down to zero and I have to restart the game to fix this. The thing is, it doesn't just affect the game window. Most of the time Discord and Chrome windows(s) have also gone completely black, and I have to restart them to get them working again. This specific crash scenario has happened to me while playing Rainbow 6 Siege, CSGO, Fortnite and Rocket League. Rocket league however has recovered from this crash once and has continued to function as per usual after the crash. Because this is happening only when I play a game, it has led me to believe that this has something to do with my dedicated graphics. I've updated drivers, but this isn't a recent thing, it has happened for probably at least 6 months. This is happening on a laptop with an i7 8550U and a Radeon 530 GPU.
  3. Thanks for the info! I did not know that this was possible.
  4. I get that the device compresses the signal, what I meant was I do not understand how you can send data over a single wire. You need a closed circuit to send any sort of current (and thus a signal)... right? In Linus' video, both the sender and receiver were floating, and there was no way for the two devices' grounds to be tied together. How did he get a video signal over the single wire?
  5. I saw this video from LTT: and they didn't bother to explain how the product actually worked. I had a look on the website, and it seems to say that you usually need two wires to get the sender and receiver to work. They show Linus' video on the website proclaiming that Linus even got this to work with one wire, but it works better with two. My question is, how does this product actually work? Two wires make sense to me, one to tie the grounds together and the other to send data, but how did Linus get this one wire configuration working? Furthermore, how does adding a second wire help the signal if one wire works fine?
  6. Not an ultrabook (Dell Inspiron 15 5000). I think it just has horrible cooling tbh.
  7. Pretty sure opening it up doesn't void the warranty, I had a dell service agent come and repair my keyboard, and he told me that I should add a bit more RAM. Kind of inferring here, but it seems like it's fine to open it up.
  8. I have a Dell laptop with an i7 8550U and a Radeon 530 GPU. This isn't a recent thing, it has been happening since I got it, which was about a year ago (the problem may have increased without me noticing). Every time that I stress test the CPU or even just play a game, the CPU and GPU temps get crazy high, I'm talking above 90 degrees Celcius for the CPU and 84 Celcius for the GPU (furmark stress test and CPU stress test at the same time). If I run a benchmark inside XTU, the maximum temperature is displayed as 99 Celcius. This is with the graphics not being used at all. Basically, both the CPU and GPU thermal throttles really bad, for example, If I run the stress test on CPU-Z, the multi-core performance reaches peaks of 2100 when I first start it and slowly starts dropping off as the CPU heats up, once the boost period ends, it comes to rest at 1650. While the GPU bench is also running, I get dips of CPU multi-core performance down to 1400 in CPU-Z. What's going on? Is my laptop's cooling system just really garbage? I attempted undervolting the CPU, but using that XTU benchmark, the maximum temperature was the same. I have actually thought about opening up the laptop to clean out the fan since it never stops spinning completely now (it used to when completely idle). Any other fixes that I should know about? is reapplying thermal paste a good idea?
  9. I bought a microphone, a proper one they use in music performances and stuff. It has XLR out on the bottom, and the cable outputs to a 6.35mm AUX jack on the other end. Only annoying thing is, I don't have anything to plug this into. I want to use this with my computer. I went on eBay and found this (https://ebay.us/qsDibt). It says Headphone in the listing, so I'm not sure whether it will work. I have never used this kind of setup before, so sorry if this is a stupid question... Thanks
  10. That's my mistake, $100 is definitely not high end. Thanks for your suggestion.
  11. At this point in time, I've gone through quite a few cheap printers. It has finally dawned on me that cheap inkjet printers are a massive waste of money (the ones that come with the print-head on the cartridge) because I can usually just buy a new printer for the same amount of money as a new set of cartridges. So I settled for cheap inkjets and cartridge refills for the past few years. Now, I kind of had enough and came to the forum for some advice. I initially thought of going all out and cashing in 300 bucks for a decent laser printer. I did a bit of cost calculation in terms of the toner cartridges and found that, again, a full set of cartridges can cost more than the printer itself... Even on eBay... I have never used a laser printer in my life, so I don't really know how to compare it to an inkjet. I know that it has a much higher page yield, but I still don't feel like this is worth it for my uses, since I usually only print about a few colour documents per week. So I moved away from laser printers and started having a look at the higher level inkjet ones. I found one in the $100 area that has decent specs and pretty cheap cartridges on eBay. I was planning on buying this, but I wanted some more advice. What do you guys recommend I do? Are laser printers worth the extra purchase and maintenance cost? Or should I stick with inkjet for now?
  12. I had a friend who recently built a PC in a room with carpet, and he didn't have any issues. If you're concerned, build it in a room without carpet, and ground yourself every once in a while by touching a grounded piece of metal, as others have suggested. Edit: keep in mind the metal on your table will not be grounded. Also remember your PSU might have a coating of non-conductive material on its casing.
  13. I have this old laptop with a core 2 duo. At one stage I thought it was broken, so I took out the CPU and proceeded to get a 3v battery back and randomly probe the CPU contacts with it. (Don't ask me what I was thinking, this was years ago, I was much younger and stupider) Anyway, I discovered that the computer wasn't actually broken. Basically, I put the CPU back in, and the system worked perfectly. It still does, I'd say it's about 10 years old at this point. Yeah well, go figure.
  14. Communication between the devices on the same network should be faster than your actual internet speeds technically... right?
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