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Status Updates posted by TopHatProductions115

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    2. Grumpy Old Man

      Grumpy Old Man

      @Schnoz High heels and skirt. Then go corner of the street -----> $$$ 🤣

    3. TopHatProductions115


      And it's gone :D Maybe I'll drop one here again in a few days. Who knows...

    4. orbitalbuzzsaw


      ooooh, interesting.

  1. Still not buying a new iPhone (I like my 3Gs, no comments about it), but here's a video. Because it's worth mentioning for those looking to make a purchase:



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    2. RGProductions


      I'm more of an iphone 4s kind of guy 

    3. Techstorm970


      My dad still uses his 6s, but he really wants to upgrade now.  He was actually very happy with it until its battery couldn't keep up with the demands of being a tourist in France.  It kept dying by dinner time.


      I plan to have my XR through the end of undergrad.  This thing is great!

    4. TopHatProductions115



      Here's a real question:

              Are you buying my next backup phone?




      All jokes aside, though - the iPhone 3Gs was only purchased as a replacement for my iPod Touch 2G, and only needs to be able to do one thing more - make an emergency call if the situation calls for it.

  2. I'm currently looking into getting some equipment next month. Most notably, the following:

    • server rack (no taller than 50in. or 28U)
    • 2-3 4U rack drawers, for spare parts
    • 2-3 rack shelves (AP+switch, drive cage)
    • a decent PDU

    Keep in mind, a DL580 G7 will be sitting in the rack - just over 100 lbs by itself. Not looking for cheap crap. 


    Here are some of the racks I've been looking at, for reference:

    Let me know if you have suggestions. There is a potential budget of 200-250 USD for the server rack by itself. 


    However, prices like this don't stick around forever - one month (maybe a week more) tops. If an affordable decision can't be made by then, the funds will be reallocated...


    1. Schnoz


      Cell was a weird chip.

  4. Time for a long-overdue project update. Omitting a lot of steps/details here, for relative brevity. A friend of mine, from Discord (the same one who was kind enough to help me troubleshoot the many of the issues I encountered), had me run a Linux LiveCD on the server to troubleshoot the LSI HBA. For those of you who did not know, the LSI HBA wasn’t working as expected until a few hours ago (late last night). I tested it in my current workstation (Precision T7500 - Windows 10), the server (DL580 G7 – ESXi 6.5u3), and even on my laptop (EliteBook 8770w - Windows 10). When tested on the T7500, the HBA showed up – but none of the 4TB hard drives showed up. The same for the laptop and the server. After a bit of Googling (as the cool kids say), I decided that it may behoove me to try flashing it with the IT firmware, to see if that would fix it. I did so from my laptop, by making use of a powered PCIe dock (to prevent further downtime on the T7500 – running a Minecraft server). I did so, using a GUI application called MegaRAID Storage Manager. The HBA was on v17.X, and now it's on v20.X. The drives also appeared in Windows Device Manager for once. However, they didn't stay in Device Manager for long. They popped in and out, sporadically. I was instructed to reboot after the firmware update was applied. MegaRAID Storage Manager stopped being able to connect to the local server after the reboot it said to do, for the firmware update to take hold. That meant that, if the firmware I flashed was the wrong one, I’d have to resort to using sas2flash. After no luck checking on the HBA from my laptop, I decided to put it in the server, with the Linux LiveCD (as mentioned earlier). The Linux LiveCD was running an older build, and managed to see all of the drives in gparted. However, we were unable to get SMART data for most of the HDDs. If you look closely at the HDD models, you may or may not be able to tell why. However, while I was in the LiveCD, I decided to also try GPT scheming the Intel SSD as well, since messing with it in Windows simply did not work for some reason. A short while later, we tried the latest Linux LiveCD available for my distro. That one didn’t see the drives at all, but did still see the HBA. At this point, I saw no other way to validate the HDDs further. I made the decision to test them in ESXi and attempt to pull SMART data from esxcli. The drives showed up in ESXi, and even allowed for us to pull SMART data – but it was limited, in a different format than most common drives on the market. I was able to add the Intel SSD to the Virtual Flash pool for once, though. As such, this is strictly a partial victory. We have the drives ready for use, presumably. But we don’t know how the drives are doing – which is very different from all of my previous experiences, where I could pull up SMART data immediately after installing the drives. The game is afoot...

    1. FloRolf


      Why can't you test the HDD's on a standard PC? Are they SAS or anything?

    2. TopHatProductions115


      @FloRolf Yes, they are 3.5-inch SAS drives.

  5. Moar desktop screenshots X3





    1. Br3tt96


      The Saturn chrome theme is pretty dope!

    1. Den-Fi


      Same things are before. This is mainly that thing resuming. And that would be securing their future. 

  6. 4K60Hz is here!





    More screenshots coming soon X3

  7. Just bought a 4K60Hz monitor yesterday! It'll hopefully arrive this weekend, in time for me to test out DOOM: Eternal on it, with my GTX 1070...


    Model: AOC U2879VF





    Got it for ~205 USD shipped :) 

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    2. Br3tt96


      Once I got 144hz, I'll never go back to anything buy

    3. Ashiella


      @Br3tt96 You say that, I said that.. I have 1440p144hz and I'm considering 4k60....

    4. James Evens

      James Evens

      Adaptive Sync is a larger benefit. The 1080 /depending on the game( can't push 60 fps in 1440p. So 85 Hz Gsync is probably better then 144 hz non adaptive sync.

  8. OwO nickname X3

    1. Haro



  9. I have over 200 notifs to sift through :3 brb...

    1. TopHatProductions115


      Made it through ~50. I'll be back for more in a bit...

    2. Cyberspirit


      When I have that many nowadays I just open the bell and close the window. xD

  10. What kind of video should I make your you all tonight? Just curious...


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    2. themaniac


      I agree with the circular tech

    3. TopHatProductions115


      Gotta tell me what you wanna see next, though. I can always do another random video, but who knows...

    4. themaniac


      a video about how 69 is the best number and why we should subscribe to your channel so you can have best number

  11. Anyone here able to confirm whether GMail is down or not?


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    2. Schnoz


      Gmail is working for me.

    3. soldier_ph


      Gmail is working both on phone and Desktop for me here. Check Downdetector for where it is/was down.

    4. TopHatProductions115


      It was down an hour ago (502 error). But it's up now. Seems like it only happened in certain geographical areas.

  12. I wonder how it does in other workloads, like F@H and video editing 🤔

    1. DildorTheDecent


      >the forbidden titan


      oh no.

    2. Schnoz


      Just curious, I know you posted a photo of another Kepler product, so is there some sort of architectural advantage Kepler offers in compute?

    3. TopHatProductions115


      @Schnoz Kepler (non-consumer) is way cheaper on the used market, and does not require annoying GRID licensing to enable if you're building a VM server. Consumer cards also didn't get hit with the FP/compute nerf bat like later generations did.

  13. They're here :3



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    2. TopHatProductions115


      @WereCat Not yet. Still have to get the VMs for them ready.


      @Schnoz Nope. Pull up TechPowerUp :3

    3. Schnoz


      GK210, my bad. That thing looks amazing, though. Are you going to repaste it?


      Edit: Dual GK110s. That makes me salivate with anticipation.

    4. TopHatProductions115


      @Schnoz Not yet. Still have other tasks to attend to, sadly. But they will be tested in due time :D 

  14. Time for some tech shots!










    1. CircleTech


      That that one of those Quad LGA 1567 servers?

    2. TopHatProductions115
  15. Now I have to update my system specs...



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    2. Br3tt96


      I wanna upgrade my pc so badly, but I honestly don't use it enough to justify said cost. If I do play something, which is rare. It's a bit of console

    3. TopHatProductions115