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  1. Hello all. I've recently had some issues with my ASUS Strix RX 580. Just little things: screen randomly turns off and on, weird glows on the edges of the monitor when dragging in RTS games, and worst of all, the RGB isn't detected in Aura Sync (a moment of silence for my un-coordinated RGB). Anyway, I think that a new BIOS flash might fix the problem. I've downloaded ATIflash, and I've read tutorials. But the one thing I can't seem to validate is which file I should be using to flash onto this sucker. I did find this site: https://www.techpowerup.com/vgabios/191456/asus-rx580-8192-170301 and downloaded that ROM file, but is that the right one? My other question is this: I did read one forum that said to NEVER flash from Windows, and to use a USB stick instead. It was a rather old post, and I feel like I've seen tech YouTubers flash from Windows. Am I high on that? Is Windows safe to flash from? I also saved my current BIOS just in case. I'd really like to avoid bricking. (duh) Thanks LTT community!
  2. I've been scouring Google for days and just can't get a straight answer on this. How would a 2200G do in a build that requires some photoshop? And that's just as an APU sans dedicated video card. RAM won't be an issue (I've got plenty around), just need to decide if the 4c/4t and little vega 8 graphics is good enough.
  3. No worries, it's all backed up on the server and the cloud. Trust me, I know that Server 2003 is no bueno. That's part of the reason we're going to get new shop computers in the first place: we're running Vista and the Bluekeep vulnerability makes me nervous. As for the server... I don't know much about them. He is trying to completely ditch it for the cloud, but it's gonna be a while at this pace.
  4. So do you think I could get playable fps with decent settings if I bought another SSD and installed PopOS that way?
  5. The chromebook was just a little 4gb i3, not sure of the models, but that wasn't where I tried to game. That was just where I first tried linux in general, and for web browsing and libre office, it worked great! The VM where I tried to game was my personal rig, which has a ryzen 5 2600, rx 580, 16gb ram. Plenty strong for gaming, but possibly handicapped due to the VM.
  6. Good to know. Haha no the chromebook was just my first way of trying Linux. The VM gaming attempt was on my own rig.
  7. Ok, so I'd consider myself a step above normies, but still have a ton to learn. I have this idealistic idea in my head that it would be great to make a full switch to a linux OS: privacy is a big deal for me, and Microsoft just rubs me the wrong way. Plus, Linux seems so customizable, which is super cool. I've installed Linux on a chromebook using crouton (fun to dip your toes in for everything EXCEPT games) and I've also done some virtual machines with Kali Linux (I've cracked a password and patched a friend's WPS vulnerability). Basically, I'm familiar enough with it to know I like a lot of aspects about it. The problem? I'm a gamer. Not a super heavy gamer, but I enjoy my StarCraft and Dota. I've tried using WINE and have had troubles, so I abandoned hope for a while until LTT came out with this video about gaming on Linux: https://youtu.be/Co6FePZoNgE I was super excited about what seemed like a super user(noob) friendly OS like PopOS. So I started up a virtual machine and gave it a try. StarCraft 2 is my go to, so installed WINE and lutris first. After multiple tries, I got it to run the speed of slow. "Ok," I thought, "maybe I just suck at this. Let's see that cool Steam for Linux thing and run some Dota 2." The install was WAY easier, but when launching the game, I got lowest settings at what felt like 10 fps. Now, I'm not looking for a bunch of troubleshooting- if I was, I'd give you all a ton more information to my process. I'm a noob, I know that! What I do want to know is this: is there hope? Could my experience be better if I bought an SSD and loaded PopOS on it rather than doing the VM route like I did? Or did I still need to install drivers for my GPU despite PopOS claiming that they're preinstalled? Is gaming on Linux bad? Or am I just bad? XD
  8. That's a good question. We've actually got an old server (running Windows server 2003: he tells me he's trying to ditch it for cloud storage) that holds just about everything we need. But for some reason, our drives on the Vista computers (250gb) are nearly full. Thus, I figured doubling the drive size would be an ok place to start.
  9. I'm a linux fan myself, but alas: everyone's too scared to try anything different. Plus, we're on an Intel Core 2 Duo E7300. It's fine, but CPUBenchmark shows the athlon being about 150% faster: https://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core2-Duo-E7300-vs-AMD-Athlon-200GE/m2080vsm592714
  10. So at our work, we're running some super old prebuilds that are running freaking Windows Vista! My boss is pretty cheap, so low cost is the primary goal here. The computers would run Excel, browse the web, and use a software called composer 5.0. I think the build is pretty solid for our needs, but I'm just concerned about the Power supply. Sure, the wattage is enough, but is this PSU quality enough that it won't fry something? What do you all think? https://pcpartpicker.com/list/sLFJ6s
  11. Just to preface: I don't need any help. I'll find a full solution soon, and it's fixed enough for now. I just thought you all might enjoy this quick mystery. So I've got my rig (here it is if you're interested: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/Yzx9pG), looking good in its nice blue RGB. All of the sudden, it starts glowing a dim orange (pictured below). ORANGE! And, unfortunately, I'm no Bronco fan. Along with the orange glow, Asus's Aura software no longer detects the card. "No big deal," I thought. "I'll just reinstall Aura." Now, as many of you probably know, Aura and other software like it can be rather finnikey. I wasn't really worried... until the fresh install didn't work. "Hmmm... I guess I'll restart?" Oh, silly fool. No go. "Ok, how about I just turn it off and try again later?" This is where things got weird. The thing was still on during shut down... and when I turned off the power supply... and when I pulled the cord. Now, transistors on a motherboard can hold electricity for a while, but they're not supposed to POWER ORANGE FREAKING LEDs! But, I gave it the BOD and left for a small run to Walmart for some things I needed. I also started a timer on my phone... An hour and 45 minutes later, I come home. PSU still off. Cord still unplugged. AND THE ORANGE LIGHT STILL ON?!? At this point, I was coming to grips with the fact that Satan had taken up a summer home in my graphics card (I dunno, maybe my 75° C-under-load card is cool compared to hell? Idk). I figured "hey, maybe I'll get the powers of hell and some wicked sweet FPS now." I didn't. It was time for some more invasive measures. I opened up the chasis and unplugged the PSU cable on the card. Still the light. (What else was I expecting at this point?) Then, I took the card out from the PCI-E lane. STILL THE ORANGE LIGHT. So, was Satan in my RX 580? Not quite. You see, I also pulled a noob move and had the HDMI cable still plugged into the card when I removed it from the motherboard. Once I unplugged it, the LED finally turned off. Weird, right? Why the heck would my monitor change the LED? Well, the answer actually isn't the monitor. Or Satan. The answer lies in a Raspberry Pi and a crappy HDMI splitter. As you'll see below, I've got a little Pi I use to practice coding. I've got it and my rig hooked up to a USB splitter and HDMI splitter to switch my peripherals and monitor between the Pi and my rig. I've used this setup before with no issues, but I recently moved to a new place. Here's my theory: When I set it up here, the Pi mistook my GPU's RGB lighting for a pixel, and output a dim orange to it, stealing it away from Asus Aura. Once I unpowered the Pi, Aura was able to take back control of the card (although it sees it as a motherboard rather than a VGA accessory). It seems far-fetched, but the HDMI cables are all with ethernet, so data can certainly be transferred between devices, plus this HDMI switch is pretty crappy. Crazy, right?
  12. So there I am: new build, fancy RGB lighting, a newbie's dream. I go to power up, I set up a nice blue color scheme, but... There it is. Mocking me. I do all I can to learn the right way to build it, I search endlessly on Google for some random Bios setting, but to no avail. How do I disable the stupid (and orange) standby power LED? It's on all the time. Computer on, off, standby... The thing is always on. The mobo is the Asus x370-f gaming. I tried going into the Bios, and even setting the RGB LED mode to disabled only turns off the RGBs, not the SB Power LED. Any help will earn you brownie points!
  13. Looking specifically at these little guys: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079FQ22LK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_NiSaCbY3VZE9M
  14. What if I were to apply aftermarket heatsinks to my original board? If I put the radiator on the front of the case and used case fans in the top and rear, combined with some applied heatsinks, that should be enough, right?
  15. I see. Is there a board of the ASUS variety that would be a better suit for the processor? I was kind of entertaining the idea of having an aura sync capable one.