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  1. GabenJr

    Hacking Nvidia's Drivers!

    We didn’t recommend using the Chinese driver in our mining GPU video, but now, we’ll show you how to make Nvidia’s drivers work for yourself – And how to go deeper. Buy a P106 (mining "GTX 1060") on Taobao: https://lmg.gg/8KV9W Buy a real GTX 1060: On Amazon: http://geni.us/rveAUH On Newegg: https://lmg.gg/8KV6B Download link for GeForce driver 416.34: https://lmg.gg/8KV93 Download link for HxD: https://lmg.gg/8KV9m Download link for DifferentSLIAuto: https://lmg.gg/8KV9P Download link for 7-Zip: https://lmg.gg/8KV9p TechPowerUp Forum Thread: https://lmg.gg/8KV91 How to mod the P106 driver Make sure Secure Boot is disabled and Windows is in testsigning mode Check your motherboard manual for information on how to disable Secure Boot Testsigning can be enabled by opening up a Command Prompt or PowerShell as administrator, then typing: bcdedit /set {current} testsigning on bcdedit /set {current} nointegritychecks on This can be done for a single boot by going to Start -> Power -> Restart and holding shift while clicking Restart, then choosing Troubleshoot, then Advanced Options, then Startup Settings - Once you get to the menu, choose to disable driver signature enforcement. After restarting, you’ll know it worked if some text is displayed in the lower right corner of your desktop Download and extract the GeForce driver using 7-Zip In the extracted folder, go to the Display.Driver folder and open nv_dispi.infusing Notepad++ Search for lines containing 1B87 (P104-100), 1BC7, (P104-101) 1C07(P106-100), and 1C09 (P106-090) Change each line's Section number to match the 1C06 (GTX 1060) line - On 416.34, that means from Section110 to Section108 On the third set of lines, the Section numbers will be different; Again change it to match the 1C06 (GTX 1060) line - On 416.34, that's Section109 to Section107 Save the file Install the driver as normal – Windows will complain that it’s unsigned; Click allow. Right-click the desktop, go to Display Settings, then Graphics Settings From here, you can force any game to use the P106 to render while your integrated GPU is used for display output. How to perform the SLI mod Make sure Secure Boot is disabled and Windows is in testsigning mode Check your motherboard manual for information on how to disable Secure Boot Testsigning can be enabled by opening up a Command Prompt or PowerShell as administrator, then typing: bcdedit /set {current} testsigning on bcdedit /set {current} nointegritychecks on This can be done for a single boot by going to Start -> Power -> Restart and holding shift while clicking Restart After restarting, you’ll know it worked if some text is displayed in the lower right corner of your desktop Install both graphics cards you wish to attempt SLI with The first three characters of the PCI device ID MUST match to enable SLI To find out what the device ID is, right-click the start button and click Device Manager In the Display adaptors list double-click the card you want to check. Under the Details tab, click the drop-down and then click Hardware IDs. It will look like this: PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_1F07&SUBSYS_86701043&REV_A1 VEN_10DE means Nvidia, while DEV_1F07 is the device ID – In this example, an RTX 2070. So in order to run SLI, the other card’s device ID will have to also start with DEV_1F0 Download and install the GeForce driver as usual Download and extract the DifferentSLIAuto package Go to C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository and sort by date Go into the newest folder beginning with nv_dispi.inf Copy the nvlddmkm.sys file to the DifferentSLIAuto folder Open the install.cmd file in the DifferentSLIAuto folder in Notepad++ Replace the three mentions of nv_dispi.inf in install.cmd with the folder name we got the nvlddmkm.sys file Open the nvlddmkm.sys we copied in a hex editor (HxD) In HxD, go to Search, then Find, then click the Hex Values tab Search for 79050fba6b240e Position the cursor at the start of these values Replace with C7432400000000 (no need to delete first, just type over it) Save the file Reboot into Safe Mode with Networking Click Start, then Power, then hold shift while clicking Reboot In the menu that comes up, click Troubleshoot, then Advanced Options, then Startup Settings (on some PCs, this may be behind a “show more options” arrow) - Once the PC reboots, press 5 on the screen that appears. Run install.cmd in the DifferentSLIAuto folder as administrator Reboot into normal mode Enable SLI (hopefully)
  2. What do you do if you have a big store and need to drive a bunch of displays in 4K? How about a GPU with nothing but ETHERNET outputs? Buy an Advoli TA6 Performance from Advoli: https://lmg.gg/8KV94 Buy an LG 43UD79: On Amazon: https://geni.us/Wf2c On Newegg: https://lmg.gg/8KV9V Buy an Acer Predator XB271HK: On Amazon: https://geni.us/D1LL On Newegg: https://lmg.gg/8KV9q
  3. GabenJr

    Make ANY PC Into a Hackintosh!

    It looks like you might not have the OVMF_VARS.fd file, or else the file path is wrong in your hackintosh XML - Double-check that. The thing about this method is that you're not limited to a specific platform that may or may not continue to receive support from the hackintosh community. It's true that the virtualized environment is also such a beast, but it's a single platform that supports any combination of system hardware, which should make it more enticing to keep going. As for overselling it, maybe, but we're not actually talking about any specific version, and there are likely going to be GeForce drivers incoming for Mojave anyway. Any CPU with SSE4.1 should be able to run any current macOS release (it's been said that Mojave requires AES instructions, but uh, AFAIK all x86 CPUs with SSE4.1 have AES-NI so...)
  4. GabenJr

    Make ANY PC Into a Hackintosh!

    That would be easier, but also very clearly piracy, since you're downloading software you don't actually have a license for to begin with. Our method is just "it's complicated". Also, I'm reasonably sure you'd get better performance via KVM/QEMU than VMWare, especially if it's a question of whether you've got a Linux or Windows host. You could still run Mojave with an Nvidia GPU, just without acceleration. Running macOS without acceleration IS a bad time, so until Nvidia/Apple hammer out their driver situation (last I've read, they're working to release the drivers officially through Apple), it's best to use an AMD or Intel GPU. Audio, networking, storage, etc are all supported on the single OVMF i440fx platform and aren't considerations, and any modern CPU with SSE4.1 will work (so AMD FX on and Intel Penryn on).
  5. Prairie IT claims their Xtra-PC is the solution to making old and slow PCs run like new again - But could it really work? Buy an Xtra-PC Turbo 32: On Amazon: https://geni.us/rGvrd From Xtra-PC: https://lmg.gg/8KVwv Buy an Xtra-PC Pro: On Amazon: https://geni.us/rslztg From Xtra-PC: https://lmg.gg/8KVwv
  6. Will 2019 be the year of the Linux desktop? After 2018’s rapid ascent, it’s shaping up to be one heck of a year for gamers looking to join Club Penguin. Buy flash drives to test drive and install Linux from: On Amazon: https://geni.us/GKLUwZ On Newegg: https://lmg.gg/8KVhV Check out Pop!_OS: https://lmg.gg/8KVhq Check out Manjaro: https://lmg.gg/8KVhH Check out the /r/linux_gaming subreddit: https://lmg.gg/8KVXc
  7. lol I gave up my rights to not be memeified the minute I joined LMG and signed the release, you go right ahead. I put on those glasses for the meemz.
  8. GabenJr

    Microsoft Should be VERY Afraid of Linux Gaming

    A lot of people are screaming about how there's not "one" Linux distro and that's hurting adoption. While that may be true to some degree, the distros that are currently out ahead in terms of usability are pretty dang good on their own. The problem as I see it is basically this (ironically unironically): Ubuntu was once considered the poster child for Linux, and in some cases still is, but it's clearly not the best solution now. And that's kind of the problem with coming behind one distro - It's not actually useful to look at it that way. Android's virtually in the same situation with every vendor having their own flavour, but nobody's complaining about that causing a major issue with adoption (plenty are complaining about package and especially update availability). The difference is Android is attached to shiny phones with compelling specs and designs, whereas Linux doesn't have that (mostly...) Overall though, if "the Linux world" rallied behind a single distro, I'd nominate Pop!_OS.
  9. Everyone hates bottlenecks. It’s a common question on our forums to ask whether a part will be a bottleneck… But what does a bottleneck even look like, and how can you avoid one? Buy a Core i7 8700K: On Amazon: http://geni.us/JlcIN On Newegg: http://geni.us/RLfD Buy a Ryzen 3 2200G: On Amazon: http://geni.us/jaZX9RZ On Newegg: http://geni.us/1vxxfGB Buy a GeForce GT 1030: On Amazon: http://geni.us/RUD3m On Newegg: http://geni.us/mSAqGt Buy a GeForce GTX 1060 6GB: On Amazon: http://geni.us/9iVpPWq On Newegg: http://geni.us/R10t
  10. It’s a shame that so many of those dedicated mining GPUs are useless now, isn’t it? But even with no outputs, Chinese hackers made it so they can still game! Or have they… Buy a mining "GTX 1060" on Taobao: https://lmg.gg/8KV6L Buy a real GTX 1060: On Amazon: http://geni.us/rveAUH On Newegg: https://lmg.gg/8KV6B
  11. GabenJr

    Why Can't They Fix This?

    We take some of the most common apps of 2018 and load them on to a Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus and a Google Pixel 2 XL to see why my Samsung phone always seems to overheat and run out of battery. Buy a Samsung Galaxy S9+: On Amazon: http://geni.us/KjgSwE On Newegg: http://geni.us/L0J4 Buy a Pixel 2 XL: On Amazon: http://geni.us/dheebA On Newegg: http://geni.us/6ZEB
  12. GabenJr

    Hacking Nvidia's Drivers!

    You might need to make sure the iGPU is force-enabled. On your Biostar board, you'd go into the BIOS, go to Chipset, then North Bridge. You'll see an option called GFX Configuration - In here, you can set the Primary Video Device to IGD Video and make sure Integrated Graphics is enabled (you may also want to enable Surround View - The description isn't terribly helpful). The modified files should work, but it might be best to make your own in that case, since the driver package does differ between Win7 and Win10 and while they should be cross-compatible, they may not be.
  13. GabenJr


    Not true, actually. In this case, some of our parts came from Canadian sellers and still arrived in about the same amount of time (some of the US items arrived sooner). We also thought about shipping to a US PO box, but the shipping time wouldn't have been significantly shorter, and we'd have had to pay more by the time all was said and done, particularly if we include the time spent going down and dealing with customs in person.
  14. Lately we’ve been running out of test benches in the office. Thankfully, AliExpress has us covered - For under $30! Some assembly required... Buy a Geek Studio test bench on Taobao: https://lmg.gg/8KV6f Buy an Open Bench Table: https://lmg.gg/8KV6F
  15. Nvidia’s on a roll – The GTX 1660 Ti is still warm, and now we’ve got the non-Ti variant to play with. But where does it fit into today’s market? Buy a GTX 1660: On Amazon: https://geni.us/siRd On Newegg: https://lmg.gg/8KVwf Buy an RX 580: On Amazon: https://geni.us/wbI1 On Newegg: https://lmg.gg/8KVw2 Buy an RX 590: On Amazon: https://geni.us/RWpNJNF On Newegg: https://lmg.gg/8KVwn
  16. GabenJr

    Can This USB Stick Resurrect Your Old PC?

    I'm not sure I agree with Manjaro not being good for beginners based on my experiences with it so far, but the reason why it took so long was because I actually installed it to the USB stick, rather than running a live environment. Just creating a bootable USB would have resulted in losing any changes made to the live environment. You can make one with persistence using Linux Live USB, but that's limited to 4 GB, and furthermore doesn't enable core system updates. The environment Xtra-PC was running was set up the same way I set up Manjaro.
  17. AMD is undisputed among budget builders, but what is it that makes them such a great value? Time to find out! Buy a Ryzen 5 2600: On Amazon: https://geni.us/ju2w On Newegg: https://lmg.gg/8KVwx Buy a Core i3 8350K: On Amazon: https://geni.us/lD3I On Newegg: https://lmg.gg/8KVwG Buy a Core i5 8400: On Amazon: https://geni.us/V2rlOqn On Newegg: https://lmg.gg/8KVwD
  18. GabenJr

    Chinese Tools vs iFixit Kit!

    If the iFixit kit is too expensive for your blood, don’t worry – AliExpress has got you covered. But can it hold its own against the reliable workhorse? Buy an iFixit kit: On Amazon: https://geni.us/yt4KY From iFixit: https://lmg.gg/8KVwB Buy the good bits of the "iFuxit" Kit: Screwdriver set: https://lmg.gg/8KVwL Metal spudgers set: https://lmg.gg/8KVwN iFixit-style tweezers kit: https://lmg.gg/8KVwP "Jakemy": https://lmg.gg/8KVwp Buy the gash bits of the "iFuxit" Kit: Plastic stick spudgers: https://lmg.gg/8KVwT Plastic wide spudgers: https://lmg.gg/8KVwj Suction cups: https://lmg.gg/8KVwY A whole phone repair kit: https://lmg.gg/8KVwW ESD Strap: https://lmg.gg/8KVw1 (Please don't buy these - They don't work)
  19. GabenJr

    Why is AMD the Budget Option for Gamers?

    Yeah, I did straight up forget to change to dual channel on the adjusted Intel build. That was my bad. I really don't know how that's "crippling" anything though considering the performance difference is so minimal, but sure, whatever you say. Even if it were a full 7% performance improvement across the board (which it is not), they're still within 5% of each other on value, so it doesn't really make much sense to argue about this unless you have an axe to grind since the fact that they're so close was the entire point of our conclusion. You can do the math yourself on the numbers we showed if you want. I'm not going to dedicate any more time to this one, so if it makes you happy, sure, you got me, I totally crippled the Intel build because AMD couldn't possibly have similar value prop otherwise. That was an adjusted AMD build for price comparison against the adjusted Intel build once we dropped the OC requirement.
  20. This thread is clearly a troll, but just FYI, most games won't see more than a small performance delta between single and dual channel. The example given, Watch Dogs 2, is particularly egregious, but is an outlier even in that video. In my own testing with a Core i5 8400 and RTX 2060, the difference is 6-7% on Shadow of the Tomb Raider and CS:GO, both of which are very "CPU-hungry". That's 91 FPS (6 FPS delta) and 353 FPS (20 FPS delta) respectively. Not exactly a "linear scale" nor what I'd consider a large difference at these frame rates. Most titles aren't so sensitive to CPU performance, and as a result won't see even these performance gaps.
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    Why is AMD the Budget Option for Gamers?

    That second video basically says what I've said as far as gaming goes - You'd be hard-pressed to see much difference under normal gameplay, and in my testing on two very CPU-hungry titles at 1080p using a Core i5 8400 and RTX 2060, it's 7% in Shadow of the Tomb Raider and 6% in CSGO. If that sounds like a lot, it's really not - That equates to 91 FPS (6 FPS delta) and 353 FPS (20 FPS delta). Not what I would call a "big difference" at these frame rates. As the second video says, most titles will not see results that vary by that much, unless you're specifically looking for them (Watch Dogs 2 in that first video is a particularly egregious outlier due to bad optimization). Productivity on the other hand definitely does benefit directly and greatly from the extra memory bandwidth.
  22. And for that matter, Ubuntu's Software & Updates / Software Sources app lets you add PPAs via a GUI, too, and without that many clicks. It really is still faster to do it via terminal though, because: GUI Open Software & Updates in the system menu Click the Other Software tab Click Add Paste the PPA address from the PPA's launchpad page (eg. ppa:foo/foobar) Click Add Source Enter your password in the authentication dialog and click Authenticate Terminal Open the terminal Paste the apt-add-repository line from the PPA's launchpad page (eg. apt-add-repository ppa:foo/foobar) and hit enter/return Enter your password when prompted and hit enter/return The next time you either do an apt install or launch Synaptic Package Manager, you've got access to the new PPA either way. And for a Windows example, say you want to install the Hyper-V feature: GUI Open Apps and Features Click on Manage optional features Realize that this GUI isn't the right GUI for that because MSFT hasn't yet ported it over Go back and click Programs and Features under Related Settings because it's not readily accessible elsewhere Click Turn Windows features on or off Check Hyper-V and click OK Terminal (PowerShell) Open PowerShell as Administrator Type / paste Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Hyper-V -All and hit enter/return
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    Pre-Haswell Intel iGPUs unfortunately don't report to Windows that they're "low-power" GPUs. I'm not sure what changed between Ivy Bridge and Haswell, but the long and the short of it is, unless / until we can figure out how to specify which GPU we want to perform which function, there isn't much that can be done about it. With that having been said, I've been monitoring the threads on it, and when I have free time, I've been trying to look into it myself. As of now, though, as far as I know, there's not much that can be done.
  24. GabenJr

    Why is AMD the Budget Option for Gamers?

    1. That was mostly just for illustrative purposes, but I did use the Crosshair VII for testing. I tuned the memory to the same timings, and set everything up with stock / AMD-default performance profiles (that is, no performance enhancements that might be enabled by default by ASUS). The overclock was very mild, as the chip I used couldn't handle much more than +100MHz without becoming unstable, so the board would not have been a limiting factor (particularly on a six-core). 2. The A320 board was there to compare pricing against the adjusted Intel build where we dropped the overclocking requirement. The ASRock B450 Pro4 is what the initial AMD build used. 3. Yes, I did use single channel memory for testing the Intel build. Dual channel would have made a difference, yes, but it wouldn't have pushed performance by more than a couple of percentage points.
  25. GabenJr

    Why is AMD the Budget Option for Gamers?

    I really don't know where some people are getting the idea that we're saying AMD is for poor people or that it's a worse value than Intel or that you should run out and buy an Intel CPU over AMD. We point out that for gaming - A workload that AMD is perceived to be worse at than Intel - the difference is not worth stressing over, and we point out that you can get more out of the platform for the same price as Intel. If that says to you "AMD sux buy Intel", then I don't know what to tell you.