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  1. Made my own thread about it, but nobody has mentioned that the matching update for MS Office with this basically bricks MS Access? Maybe it's only my archaic workplace where that's a relevant problem.
  2. So, my organization, among others, applied the Microsoft November security patches last week. It was just a KB that auto-installs outside of the usual Windows Update stuff and just comes with an update to MS Office. I come in the office in the morning, and find out that nothing that I work on is working. Everything has problems, and they all come up with the same message: "Error 3340: Query '' is corrupt." Turns out, the MS security patch meant to address a security vulnerability with the WHERE clause of an UPDATE statement in Microsoft Access's SQL driver (it treated the clause like text at some point in the process, meaning you theoretically could do SQL injection) just bricked UPDATE statements for anything. That means that any time you want to edit existing information in Microsoft Access or Office 365, you get the error. It just doesn't work. The juiciest bit is that my organization can automatically deploy updates, but can't automatically roll them back. So we're stuck implementing the workarounds for this or manually going to every computer and reinstalling Office until December 10th. Fucking thanks, Microsoft. God, no wonder everyone recommends against it.
  3. I seem to have a habit of making things difficult for myself. The vision: Build a media centre PC that will be visually appealing and fit in the empty space in my TV stand, and use it to host a customized TV channel of sorts that will play random videos from my ripped DVD collection. Requirements I've set for myself: Must fit in the 26cm wide by 31cm tall space in my media centre. To match with the other items in the media centre, I want the case to be white or mostly white. Ideally, it should have space for one or two high-capacity 3.5" drive(s). The system should be capable of smooth 1080p video playback over HDMI (or DVI if I'm in a pinch). Since I'm not in a rush, the system should be as cheap as possible. In my head, this means under $400 CAD (~$300 USD). Questions I've been asked before: I've done a lot of research with PCPartPicker and various etailers to narrow down the selection of cases that meet all the above criteria. The result: Not many. It seems like I have to go with Mini-ITX form factor or similar cases in order for it to fit in the space I want it to (which is fine, barring the fact they seem to be more expensive), and all the cases that would have been ideal are all out of stock everywhere. The Silverstone SG13-W seems like the best option I can find. I'd like to maximize the volume of the space that I'm using, but it seems like everything else is either too wide or too tall, or not being sold anymore. The only other one on the market is the Thermaltake Core V1 Snow, and that might be slightly too large. Silverstone's aesthetic jives perfectly with the vision I have for the case. For the system itself, I was thinking I could bum some crappy integrated ITX system with ram and a chip off eBay and then just work on getting the power supply. But, (and maybe this is where the forum can help me) I've been out of the hardware game for a while now, and any news I paid attention to was about the high end of the series and not the low end. Maybe there's some of you who are more familiar with low-end motherboards and chips that could point me towards some hot deals. Since this system is so far out of my usual purchasing habits and motivators, I'm pretty lost when it comes to looking at performance benchmarks and the like. Is an APU with a 650 score on Passmark going to do what I need it to do? How garbagey is too garbagey? If I'm buying new, I'd need: ITX motherboard Low-end CPU 4GB of RAM (I think) Small SSD for quick boot times. Thanks for reading, and my commendations to anyone brave enough to embark on this foolish quest.
  4. That's a really great article! Really interesting conclusions coming from it as well, not what I would expect at all, especially considering my experience with Fallout 4 (like jones177 pointed out, stuttering and jittering to no end). It doesn't help that Bethesda pre-downloads 50 GB of mods for their stupid store. It seems like the rule of thumb would be to keep any large, open-world games on higher performance drives with anything level-based going onto the slower drive. I could probably pretty safely move everything smaller than 10 GB over to the 5400 drive with no issues. I'll do that tomorrow and post back here again if I notice anything that suffers because of it.
  5. I added a link to a Google Sheets document with a list of the games on the 1TB drive I want to free up and their size on disk. I guess the problem is, the larger the game, the more impetus I would have to move it, but also the more risk of streaming large files in from disk. I hadn't considered this, and honestly was a bit scared to try. A good game on the list to test this out with would be Rising Storm 2, which has some brutal load times. If you're correct in this, I should get about the same load time on the 7200 RPM drive as the 5400 when I move it over. I'll give it a shot this weekend. Also, just to be clear, "almost full" is still 100 GB of free space. I'm not THAT bad. Yet.
  6. You might need your internal network's IP address for your laptop. So, for example, your external port might be, but your internal one might be I'm not sure if that's what you meant by "your ip", but it's something to try. You can get this one by going into cmd and typing ipconfig. There might also be router settings preventing you from doing it. It could be that your wireless network is treated as a different environment than your wired connections, but that should have been covered by you trying the external IP of From my experience, nothing changed when I recently tried to start a Minecraft server on Windows 10. I'd recommend going back to using your dynamic IP address assigned to you by your ISP. You can get this one by going to "whatismyip.com" or typing what is my IP into google (because they do it now I think). You can just change the address you sign in with when your dynamic IP changes. You'll run into a lot less headaches that way unless you're running a server that random people can join. Hope this helps.
  7. I think this will be my first (real) post on the forum, but I couldn't think of a community that would have a better answer for this. Please don't tease me Most threads I've seen on this subject are approaching this question from a "what should I buy" point of view, which has the obvious answer of a 7200 RPM drive with a large cache, but since I'm already in the situation of having a massive, slow hard drive, I'd like to approach it from the other angle. Worst case scenario, I'll move the 5400 drive to a NAS/HTPC project and buy a new 7200 drive. The question I want to answer is: What games won't be affected much by a 5400 RPM drive and the consequently slow loading times? Which I think translates into the question of: which games do dynamic loading of textures or other assets from disk? Or, which games rely on data streaming in from the hard drive to maintain FPS. I couldn't find a good answer anywhere for a large number of games. Even most games on "can I run it" only lists the amount of storage required, not the speed of the storage. If this thread gets enough responses, I'd be willing and able to compile and maintain a list for the benefit of us shmucks who bought a 5400 RPM drive or can't afford something better. If you want my personal story, I bought the biggest and cheapest 4TB drive on memory express during a sale they had in 2017. I made sure it was SATA III and had enough cache for my needs and all that, but then didn't notice that it was only a 5400 RPM drive. I guess I figured those had stopped existing. Now I'm getting the red bar on my 1TB 7200RPM drive so I'd like to distribute my games according to the reliance on the hard drive. I've already split my games with ultra-long load times onto my SSD (Total War, GTAV, Fallout 4), but I was wondering what could go in the other direction. As many of you probably know, coming back to an old game and finding out you've lost your 100+ hour save file because you decided to save some space for a 12 hour fling with the latest 80 GB download kinda sucks. Here's a link to the list of games I currently have stored on my 1TB 7200 RPM drive for those of you who are curious.
  8. I've always been kind of a lurker when it comes to LTT stuff. I got into folding in the winter months after hearing about it on LTT last year, actually. This year I've got a GTX 1060 6163 in my rig so I figured what the heck, might as well put my points in the bucket.