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Everything posted by Chiyawa

  1. Try clear your CMOS. Unplug the power, take the unit apart, remove the coin battery, press the power button for 5 seconds, then put back the battery, put on the case, plug the power, then switch on. Your dell may boot up (but empty screen) then shut down by itself, then power on by itself.
  2. You should put your graphic card to PCIe slot nearest to your CPU.
  3. Hmm, this idea just pop up. Remove all SATA Storage. Oh, you have sent back for replacement? I see. Hope they can figure out what went wrong.
  4. Me too. Sorry, mate. Anyway, what is your motherboard make and model? Apparently, according to Intel specs for the chipset, The Processor provides PCIe 3.0 x16 lanes only. Your M2 might be from the chipset, which may be the cause of the bottlenecking. According to your speed reported, your NVMe only runs on x1 lane. To push your NVMe to run at the speed of 3500MB/s, you need x4 lanes. Check your motherboard manual if they are sharing the PCIe 3.0 lanes with other components. So, beside NVMe, what other component does your system has?
  5. Hmm, I see this one has SFF ports. My cheap one has 2 SATA like SAS ports only.
  6. I see. Well then, I'm sorry to hear that. I wonder, could there be a firmware issues? Usually, SSD has a firmware that dictates how it can communicating with the motherboard. Maybe a firmware update of the SSD might work? I do remember I have to update some HDD firmware to get them to use SATA III instead of SATA II protocol.
  7. I think that is SFF port. The card has only two SAS port that looks like SATA port only, and they can only support 2 SAS drives.
  8. Okay, here's what you can do: 1. Clean Install Windows to your SSD. Means you delete all the partition in that SSD and create a new one in Windows installer. Unplug your HDD just to be safe. 2. See if the system boots to your SSD. If it did. Shut it down, plug in your HDD. Switch on. 3. Transfer your files (such as documents folder) to your SSD. You can transfer programs and apps from program files to your new SSD, but installing them from installers are better as you don't have to go through the hassle of configuring the programs.
  9. Okay, to clarify a few things: 1. My company is throwing away those drives, literally. Rather than throw them away, I'm planning to use them, since they are still functional (the server died, so these disks has no where to go, and they are quite old). 2. I can use those to make temporary backups, such as when someone need to reinstall their operating system, but doesn't want to lose all their data. The system would be networked (of course isolating from the company primary network). 3. It's not for my personal use. I'm a system engineer and felt it would be a waste to throw them away. Buying new one (like external HDD or SATA HDD) although it's a viable solution, but I'm trying to save some cost since I have a few of those SAS disks lying around collecting dust. I don't care if the drive fails, for I'm not going to store any important data into it, just a temporary storage.
  10. I think you may need to contact Asus. To my knowledge, the motherboard doesn't support M2 Boot.
  11. Check your BIOS if you are booting Windows using UEFI or Legacy BIOS mode.
  12. I thought MBR can go up to 4TB. If you are using legacy BIOS, I think it won't give the option to use GPT.
  13. Have you try trimming your SSD? Anyway, this really depends on how the m2 connected to your processor. Don't ever trust the advertised speed, because they test it in a controlled environment. Check Windows task manager if your SSD hits 100% while testing. Maybe you can find a clue if there are other software hinder the performance.
  14. Yes. But be warned. If the drive is encrypted, you won't be able to view the HDD in other system.
  15. There are a few disadvantages, mostly the Write part. It also doesn't have any advantage on Read part. If 2 disk failed simultaneously, your data is doomed.
  16. A few drives actually. Capacity ranging from 300GB to 768GB. I'm trying to get a 5.25 inch caddy so I can do swapping easily, but if I couldn't, I'm thinking using 2 SAS HDD.
  17. They are mostly 3.5 inch, capacity varies. I'm thinking of maybe 2 (as the card that I saw only has 2 SAS slots), but I also want to make it interchangeable and plug and play if possible.
  18. Hi, my office is throwing away old SAS hard disks. I'm thinking of salvaging those and make use of those as a NAS (or temporary backup solution). Here's the thing: 1. My company doesn't have any spare servers, but we do have old desktops. I'm thinking of using PCIe SAS adapter. Can I use the port where the graphic card sits? The system has one PCIe x16 slot and one x1 slot, and one PCI slot. It has an internal iGPU, so we don't need an extra GPU card. 2. I noted that the SAS card only uses x4 lanes, but it is in PCIe 3.0. That old PC only has PCIe 2.0. I know it'll works, but will it bottleneck down at some point? 3. There are not much mounting brackets in the desktop to mount the drives. I'm thinking of drill the base of the chasis and screw the drives to the hole. The question is, I heard that SAS HDD creates a lot of vibration (especially 10krpm HDD). Do I need to add in some rubber washer? 4. Will Windows 7 Pro support SAS drives natively, or do I need to hunt for drivers? Or can Windows 10 pro supports it natively? Anyway, does anyone know any good SAS PCIe cards? I don't need RAID, just want to attach the SAS HDD and use it as stand alone HDD like a normal drive.
  19. I see. However, PC Parts in my area is quite expensive. I have tried comparing the price from my local vendor and the price from PC part pickers, it surprise me I'm paying extra USD 100 to 200, being the RAM, SSD, HDD and motherboard are more expensive in my area (the RAM cost me around USD 450). I live in Malaysia, by the way, and anything from New Egg or other vendors does not ship to Malaysia if not mistaken. RTX2070 is expensive in my area, costing more than USD 550. Right now the only feasible is Gigabyte Radeon RX Vega 64, which sell less than USD 440. Though the price may went up by now.
  20. Oh, forget to add in: Replacing the screen and motherboard can be a viable option. You can try to find spare parts, or send for repair. If you are getting a desktop, try to get a more recent desktop if possible. The desktop specs is quite old in my opinion.
  21. Actually, laptop use SO-DIMM, and desktop use DIMM which is longer than SO-DIMM. You can try this SSD using a USB docking, to see if everything is working. The GPU is soldered to the motherboard... So noped. Many laptop CPU are soldered to the motherboard. So noped. 3rd Gen Core i series and 7th gen Core i series use different architectures, supporting different memory generation, so they are incompatible to begin with. In other words, the only thing you can salvage from your laptop is RAM and SSD, and you can only use the SSD to your desktop system. You can sell the RAM if you like, or keep it for yourself. You can also salvage the heat sink, fan and CPU (If the CPU is not soldered on the board) and sell them as spare parts.
  22. Well, it's not impossible, but the process just doesn't worth it, and also, the risk. First, you need someone who know how to crack a BIOS. The BIOS has to be edited to accept the new GPU chip. Secondly, the GPU chip must have the same connection (means you can likely get a better GPU chip of the same gen/series to work, but not future GPU chips). You also need to understand the circuitry of the motherboard, the power rails and chokes the GPU chips demand. Third, and the most risky part, desolder the GPU chip and solder the new GPU chip. It's an extreme risky part of the process. Success rate is very limited as well. Once you get that done, you need to deal with one last thing: The heatsink. With that said, it will be better for you just to get a new laptop than to go through all the hassles, or just change the motherboard with a better GPU altogether.