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markr54632

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    markr54632 got a reaction from Dan Castellaneta in Surface Go Soldering More RAM   
    Honestly if you can somehow magically get through the adhesive without breaking the screen or rupturing the battery the ram is not something that can be hand soldered even if you can get a chip that might be compatible. After all of that it still most likely won't work.
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    markr54632 got a reaction from Slottr in most reliable 2.5" hdd?   
    Seagate non hybrid drives. However if you are needing a drive for reliable long term backup a 2.5" mechanical drive is not really the best choice.
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    markr54632 got a reaction from GeneXiS_X in XPS or other laptops?   
    I honestly haven't touched the helios. Specs are slightly better, I've heard it runs on the hot side.
     
    To be fair the nitro 5 is supposed to run hot too, but that has not been my experience.
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    markr54632 got a reaction from Alex Atkin UK in Dumb Home lab question   
    I got it working. I was way overthinking this. Also the new firmware for my bridge was unstable
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    markr54632 got a reaction from Zhivomir in Photo editing laptop (+ some gaming) under 1000 $   
    I get a pretty solid 4-5 hours of typing on my nitro 5 in class, but I have to bring that heavy power adapter every day. My typical use case involves having 2-4 tabs in firefox open, 2-5 instances of notepad, and 1or 2 instances of teraterm open at once. I always use it with at least 1 additional monitor. I actually quite like the laptop.
     
    The minute the dgpu kicks in I have maybe 1.5 hours of total use time. So yeah.
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    markr54632 got a reaction from kirashi in Cutting Cable?   
    I did this about two years ago and havent looked back. For devices I am using roku 3s in the main living areas and roku sticks in guest areas. They seem to have the best feature set and reliability for the money.
     
    A good antenna is necessary if you want local and news.
     
    As for services hulu has gone to scrap with their new billing methods and poor attempt at live streaming and dvr.
     
    Netflix is well the same old Netflix.
     
    Amazon prime is useful for newer releases and some exclusives.
     
    Crunchyroll and funimation are useful for anime.
     
    Roku has a decent media player app that leaves some to be desired. Really my main complaint.
     
    If you want open source and customizable android is useable, but go with nvidia shields, or a high quality brand name box. Most of the Chinese boxes for 100 or under leave alot to be desired.
     
    The last option is to go with media center pcs for each tv. Look on craigslist for older dell, hp, or lenovo sff pcs and add a cheap low profile graphics card and your set for most cases at 1080p or lower. This would not be for gaming.
     
    Unless Chrome cast has changed I didnt care for streaming through a phone or tablet and having two devices tied up.
     
    The Amazon firestick and fire tv units I have were significantly slower than the roku units, but very similar in functionality.
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    markr54632 got a reaction from LienusLateTips in Making a budget pc for a console gamer :P   
    For 300-400 bucks I would be looking into slightly older prebuilt and throwing the best gpu you can afford into it. It will outperform the setup you have there.
     
    Wow....I think I paid 90 bucks for my 2gb 1050.
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    markr54632 got a reaction from kirashi in Cutting Cable?   
    I did this about two years ago and havent looked back. For devices I am using roku 3s in the main living areas and roku sticks in guest areas. They seem to have the best feature set and reliability for the money.
     
    A good antenna is necessary if you want local and news.
     
    As for services hulu has gone to scrap with their new billing methods and poor attempt at live streaming and dvr.
     
    Netflix is well the same old Netflix.
     
    Amazon prime is useful for newer releases and some exclusives.
     
    Crunchyroll and funimation are useful for anime.
     
    Roku has a decent media player app that leaves some to be desired. Really my main complaint.
     
    If you want open source and customizable android is useable, but go with nvidia shields, or a high quality brand name box. Most of the Chinese boxes for 100 or under leave alot to be desired.
     
    The last option is to go with media center pcs for each tv. Look on craigslist for older dell, hp, or lenovo sff pcs and add a cheap low profile graphics card and your set for most cases at 1080p or lower. This would not be for gaming.
     
    Unless Chrome cast has changed I didnt care for streaming through a phone or tablet and having two devices tied up.
     
    The Amazon firestick and fire tv units I have were significantly slower than the roku units, but very similar in functionality.
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    markr54632 got a reaction from ShadySocks in Laptop - No Discrete Graphics + Thunderbolt 3   
    A macbook fits darn near everything you are asking for minus a decent cooling solution. Install windows and have fun.
     
    Since I am guessing most people will hate that solution look into Lenovo's thinkpad line if you want something built fairly well (still not near as good as they used to be). Order to suit.
     
    Or the Yoga line for something thin and light, I love my 910. This does limit you to dual core with hyper-threading though.
     
    If you want an honest opinion though, look into the Legion or Aorus notebooks and buy one with a decent discrete graphics card 1060 or 1070 should do. It will cost you around the same amount and outperform a 1080ti in an external enclosure, which by the way adds another 400 ish to your overall cost.
     
    All depends on budget, but you're not going to find much with an i7 quad core for under 1000, a decent "gaming" laptop will start at 1200-1400 and outperform a desktop graphics card in an enclosure, a workstation laptop with a desktop cpu and up to dual discrete graphics cards will start at the 2200 dollar range. Just flipping through Lenovos new line up it would cost you another 5-700 more to get a model without discrete graphics and a quad core (most of the thinkpad line up has integrated quaddro graphics).
     
    MSI cant build a laptop that doesn't thermal throttle, and I cant think of anything asus makes outside of their ROG series that is worth a darn. I am currently boycotting Dell, so couldn't care less. Clevo/sager surely have a barebones to fit your needs but again silly option.
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    markr54632 got a reaction from mitzaotomitza in How to create a custom fully functional case?   
    You cant build anything without tools period.
     
    If you want to build something with basic hand tools repurposing existing items is going to be easiest. Reuse the motherboard tray out of an existing case and put it into something else. This can be done with screwdrivers, a saw or two, and a set of files.
     
    Wood can be easily worked with hand tools too.
     
    Plastics and acrylics can be wotked with hand tools, but power is much easier.
     
    Metal is so time consuming to work by hand power tools are a necessity.
     
    Decide what tools you want to invest in and if its worth it to you. Personally I have a shop that is full of tools because I need them. If you are never going to use them again it may be easier to pay someone to build something.
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    markr54632 got a reaction from The Benjamins in Hardkernel working on tiny NAS called ODROID-HC1   
    There are precompiled android and linux distros for o droid boards. They are no harder than the raspberry pi to install. There is also a pretty good community for o droid boards. Not near as big as raspberry pi. They are fairly popular choices for car pcs though. In the next 6 months I would like to get rid of my bulky mini itx builds in my cars. Raspberry pi has better and cheaper touchscreen options but o droid boards have better android support. I don't see this being a huge deal. Not many if any at all of these single board computers have an operating system installed. That's half the fun.
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    markr54632 got a reaction from Okjoek in camping laptop I could charge with solar?   
    Are we talking car camping or backpacking?
     
    I backpack a lot and have experimented with bringing more, but have settled on bringing my phone, a 20,000 mah pack for anything over 5 days, a camera that runs off of disposable lithium batteries, and a standalone GPS unit just in case.
     
    Typically I use Gaia on my phone for gps, but having two GPS units and a map has literally saved my life more than once.
     
    There is no tolerable solar solution on the market yet for backpackers. They are heavy, slow, and at best risky to your electronics.
     
    Now if you are going to be camping near a car just bring a deep cycle battery and an inverter. You can add a solar battery charger to it if you want, but their worthless.
     
    The lenovo 910 series charges via usb c so a good quality battery pack is all you need. Super low power draw and the i7-7500u will play some basic games. But its double your budget for the early 2017 model and triple for the late 2017 model.
     
    In your budget maybe a used or refurbished surface pro 3 or 4. Should play basic games and emulators.
     
    Both of these would be as heavy as I would go for backpacking, but if you are within an hours walk of a car any laptop would do.
     
    If at all possible try to charge a battery pack and charge your electronics off of the pack. The voltage regulating circuitry in most of the solar panels I've tried is horrible.
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    markr54632 reacted to W-L in Reset regestry Windows 10?   
    You can give it a shot by using the windows repair tool through a bootable USB but if the registry has been messed up it most likely will require a reinstall. 
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