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  1. Ok, thanks. Somehow when searching Google that info didn't show up. I know USB-C is a mess and is used for 10 gazillion charge protocols. I'm surprised a $1500 laptop doesn't have USB-C charging as a feature, but knowing Dell's crazy pushing of proprietary accessories that isn't surprising at all.
  2. I am a very satisfied owner of this amazing laptop and recently I noticed that in Windows there was some option related to USB charging. On a quick glance of the spec sheet, there is no obvious sign that this thing supports charging over the USB-C port, but I did notice there is a video where someone tests a bunch of power banks on the non-2in1 version of this laptop. I currently cannot afford any power banks nearly powerful enough to run this power-guzzling beast of a laptop, but I'd like to know if it does support USB-C Power Delivery since it might be useful in the future.
  3. Thanks for the recommendations! Anyways, now that Malibrew brought up the GS75 series (thanks for bringing this up!), I took a look and found a seemingly good configuration that should suit my needs. What do you guys think about the GS75237 variant ( https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/msi-gs75-stealth-gaming-laptop/8r9h5pxrxfxc?activetab=pivot%3aoverviewtab )? Is it worth it for $2099? I don't need anything super over the top, especially not custom modified laptops. Also, what is cooling like on these GS75 laptops?
  4. This August I will be starting electrical engineering college and will need to buy a good laptop since my existing PC is a slightly outdated (GeForce GT630 GPU+Celeron G1820) and not exactly worth shipping overseas to the US. My budget is $2000 (or slightly higher if needed). I'd like some community recommendations, so without further ado here is a complete list of requirements: -Enough CPU power and RAM to handle heavy simulations in MATLAB and other software typically used in engineering college -I'm not too big on gaming, but I play here and there and my current potato of a GPU can't even run free UE4 games well. I'd like something that can handle heavy games and heavy graphics demos without a hitch (preferably a newer gen high end card) -Perfect Windows 10 support and no constant 100% endless CPU load issues with Windows Update. I need something that is 100% reliable and won't mess up or slow down when I'm doing an assignment or something else important. -Decent web-cam, preferably 720p or higher -A proper microphone so that I can voice-over screen recordings without it sounding like I'm a mushy-voiced 1 year old (my current 11 year old webcam w/ microphone does this voice distortion and has embarrassed me on youtube). -A high quality no-flex keyboard. RGB is optional, but if included it must have the option to turn it off and change colors at will. -Proper cooling for the CPU and GPU -Either a single 1TB SSD or a 512GB SSD + 1TB 7200RPM HDD -Proper screen, at least 1080p. I need something that will PROPERLY display photos. VERY picky about this. The $180 monitor I currently have, and even my mom's $820 HP laptop, TERRIBLY wash out colors on photos (even my mid-tier IPS cellphone beats both these computer screens big time). -Built-in ethernet, USB, headphone and other ports. I absolutely LOATHE dongles. -Android emulators must run SMOOTHLY (my current PC doesn't even come close) -Good build quality and durability. I don't want to see flex of any kind while picking up the laptop, and I need it to last me through college (4 years min.) without any repairs. - Ability to run 2-4 VirtualBox VMs simultaneously without locking up (don't ask how my current machine handles this LOL) -I'm very picky about touchpads and click buttons, so a decent touchpad with good buttons is a must. -(Optional) removable battery I've been looking at some MSI laptops (such as https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/msi-ge75-raider-021-gaming-laptop/938crc9f8f9x?cid=msft_web_collection&activetab=pivot%3aoverviewtab), but would like to hear what the community here thinks would be a good deal for me. Also, I'd like to know if any of these modern laptops would fit in the vintage Compaq laptop bag from 2001 that I happen to have. :) It is soooooo much harder to choose a decent PC than choosing a cellphone or tablet, despite being an electronics geek. I'm open to all-AMD, AMD+Nvidia or Intel+AMD based laptops (I have no brand preferences).
  5. I'm from Serbia. Anyways, just noticed after posting that on the bottom of the SSD there is support@amd-memory.com email address. Will try this. If this doesn't work, I'm DEFINITELY never buying another AMD product EVER again...
  6. Ok, so I recently made a post about my dying Radeon R3 SSD because it badly misbehaved for a few hours and could not be trusted anymore. In the meantime, I've aquired a new SSD. Still, it turns out the R3 has a 3 year manufacturer warranty. I would like to take advantage of that since the 2 year importer/retailer warranty ended earlier this month. I looked on AMD's site and they do not have any warranty support or customer care contacts for their SSD's! What in the world?! Is there some general purpose phone number that I can call or an email address I can send a warranty request to?
  7. Ok, so I basically need to build/compile a simple keylogger (from Alan T. Norman's book "Hacking"). I followed the instructions for setting up Eclipse (the instructions found in said book), but of course things like GCC were missing in MinGW and Eclipse was making a fuss, so I tried to kludge GCC into MinGW somehow and ended up with a mess after fixing a few errors. Is there an up-to-date easy-to-follow 'for noobs" tutorial on setting up Eclipse and MinGW on Windows for absolute beginners that haven't ever before touched these types of tools? The only IDE that I know (to some degree) how to use is Borland Delphi (which has a built in compiler), but that knowledge doesn't exactly help with C++ and Eclipse/GCC/MinGW. All the Eclipse/MinGW tutorials and forum posts I've found are assuming that you either have experience with this stuff before hand and/or that you are using Linux. All I want to accomplish at the moment is to be able to painlessly run C++ code without any hassle regarding the IDE/compiler.
  8. FIrst off, here are the specs of my machine in case that matters: Intel Celeron G1820 2.7GHz (27x100MHz) (2.5 years old) 8GB Kingston DDR3 (on one stick) (2.5 years old) MSI Military Class H81M-P33 motherboard (2.5 years old) MSI Nvidia GeForce GT630 2GB GDDR3 (5 years old) Radeon R3 240GB (for Windows, software, and some data and games) (problematic drive)(purchased early February 2017) Kingston A400 480GB (for data, virtual machines, games, etc...)(the good drive)(purchased mid-summer 2018) Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Service Pack 1 I've been having occasional freezes for the past week or so. i initially blew it off as maybe being an undetectable virus infection or just my low end CPU hiccuping from a background antivirus scan. I didn't really worry much even though this behavior was a bit abnormal. Fast forward to yesterday and I'm peacfully browsing a tech news site while downloading a large file in the background. Suddenly, I get a BSOD saying Kernel_Data_Inpage_Error. Well, that turned out to be an error that shows up if the kernel can't access data from the page file (aka virtual memory). I then reboot and try the same downloading+browsing scenario and it just freezes up the page and download after a bit, and then finally freezes Windows entirely. Thinking the download (from MEGA, which downloads in encrypted format first and then your browser decrypts the file) might be causing an issue, I try downloading test files from tele2's FTP server. The server was being slow, so the downloads weren't fast enough to trigger the issue... I then wnet by the "test it with Crysis" method (please don't laugh, this was just the first thing I thought of in the moment) and repeatedly copy the Crysis pre-release demo installer from my good storage SSD to my problematic boot SSD. After the second copy, hitting shift+delete froze my computer. I proceed to back up any important data from my boot SSD to my storage SSD. This took a while, as even big files crawled at 44-55MB/S (which is HORRENDOUSLY SLOW). I then run chkdsk and it comes back clean. Rebooting after that resulted in a black screen with mouse pointer, so it needed a second attempt to boot succesfully. i then run CrystalDiskMArk. Of course works fine on the storage SSD, but running it on the boot SSD caused all hell to break loose. It literally just sat there not doing a thing when told to test the boot SSD. Moving the mouse and clicking start would freeze up the system. I repeated this a few times to make sure it was not a one-off issue and the most i could get in the frozen state were My Computer and Control panel windows with a frame around blank white... This morning, i decide to (before using my PC) swap the cables between the boot SSD and storage SSD. The boot SSD was using a nearly 11 year old SATA cable, but that worked just fine afterwards with the storage SSD. During one of the freezeups I experienced yesterday, I did get a crapload of memory I/O errors. i intially blew that off as being a virtual memory issue caused by the SSD. I confirmed that today by running a round of Memtest86 which came back with zero errors on my 8GB stick. My father (who is an electrical engineer) thinks that either my SSD overheated yesterday (highly unlikely as it is always 34c or less) or that my RAM is faulty (which is obviously not the case). Any ideas as to what the issue is here? Is it my SSD or could it be my SATA controller? Here is a screenshot of CDM:
  9. Ok, so I downloaded HWinfo and it turns out that AUXTIN1 is the one that is running hottest and fluctuates between 115 and 120 degrees celsius depending on what I am doing. About 20 minutes ago I was getting ready to OC my video card so I decided to first ramp up the fan speed to max speed as I always before overclocking. Before I even had a chance to mess with the OC settings, my PC froze and would only let me select desktop icons and then just completely froze for a bit. After bashing CtrlAltDel for a while it recovered and I opened Open Hardware monitor as I hadn't downloaded HWifo. The hotter sensor (which shows up in HWifo as AUXTIN1) was reading 119-120C! By the time I downloaded HWinfo it had cooled a few degrees and would run 117-118 with a max GPU fan and max GPU core OC. Now it is sitting at 116C while I'm typing this (video card on default settings now since I'm not gaming or running any demos). AUXTIN 2 seems to not have anything to do with the AUXTIN1 situation, but runs at 110-113C. Are these the motherboard's DC-DC converter chips heating up like this? What is also weird is that running furmark both with default fan speed and full speed a moment ago actually cooled AUXTIN1 to 114C. I'm honestly not to sure about these readings, but the freezups that happen at around 119-120C are worrying me big time. Alos of note is that when my video card draws extra power with/without OC and has fan on max, the 12V line sags from 12.495-12.233V and fluctuates in that range. Also, one of the low voltage lines fluctuates a little in the same situation.
  10. Thanks for the info! Will check tommorow with HWInfo. I have CPU Z and will inspect with that to. Are you sure it isn't a VRM or chipset temp reading?
  11. Ok,so ever since I had this new motherboard installed back in 2016, I've noticed this weird high heat situation going on (see screenshot) that I pretty much blew away for awhile but I am now worried it might over time decrease my computer's life. I cannot, despite having years of experience messing around with computers, figure out what component it is that is running this hot as open Hardware Monitor doesn't say what it is. SHould I be worried about this? My previous motherboard (MSI K9N Neo V2 that died a few years ago) never had any of these high temperature readings. I am suspecting it might be the chipset temperature going crazy since I did have an issue with my some intermittent internet connectivity and crashing applications that resolved itself after a reboot and a little waiting yesterday. Specs: MSI H81M-P33 motherboard 8GB DDR3 RAM MSI GT630 2GB GDDR3 (reused from a previous build) Intel Celeron G1820 2.7GHz 240 GB Radeon R3 Series SSD 480 GB Kingston A400 SSD 600W LC Power quiet power supply LiteON generic optical drive