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About Tacitus

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  • Location
    Scotland, UK
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  • CPU
    i5 4670k
  • Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-Z97X SLI
  • RAM
    8GB G.Skill Ripjaws 2133mhz
  • GPU
    PowerColour R9 290x PCS+ in Crossfire
  • Case
    Corsair Air 540
  • Storage
    Crucial MX100 256GB SSD
  • PSU
    EVGA SuperNova NEX750B
  • Display(s)
    Dell u2414h
  • Keyboard
    Filco Majestouch 2 w/ Blue switches
  • Sound
    Logitech Z506 5.1
  • Operating System
    Windows 8.1

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  1. Tacitus

    Black screen on bootup

    Hi all My old laptop has stopped booting up, with the image below showing the text on screen when I try to. I haven't changed any hardware on the laptop, so not sure what's causing it. Suspect the SSD boot drive might have died. Can anyone say for certain what this issue relates to and suggest some fixes before I go replacing the SSD? Thanks in advance Chris
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    Second hand calibration tool?

    Hi all To save some cash I was considering a second hand calibration tool from Spyder or xRite. Is this a bad idea? I can't figure out if they need a unique serial code or not for making a basic profile. If so, am I just buying an expensive paperweight. I had hoped to calibrate my screens and sell it on again. Chris
  3. Hi all I recently bought a 34" 1440p 21:9 monitor. It has a VA panel which is a noticeable step down from the Samsung PLS display I had before in terms of the colours. I know it will never be as good, but since it was the cheapest 1440p ultrawide I can find I suspect they haven't given much thought to calibration. Would it be worthwhile getting a calibration tool to improve the colours? I don't do any colour critical work, but I do lightly edit travel photos etc. I also don't like the stand it came with. Can anyone recommend a good, cheap free standing stand with height adjustment that I could replace the current one with? Slightly concerned about getting something sturdy enough since it's a large display. I'm in the UK. Thanks Chris
  4. As I understand it, a 34" 21:9 monitor is the same size, vertically, as a 27" 16:9 monitor.
  5. Tacitus

    1070 or 1070ti @1080p 144htz

    Clearly you bought a 580 because in your mind that made sense. Why not send it back and get another one? It's a perfectly competent 1080p card, especially if you're willing to drop a few settings to high.
  6. Hi everyone I'm looking at second hand 980Tis and see a lot of Zotac Amp Extreme versions, which seem to be a good choice. Problem is, card is 328mm and Corsair specs say max length is 320mm. I used to have a 290x Vapour-X which was a big card and I'm not convinced the Zotac wouldn't fit. Has anyone seen (or using) a build with this combination to confirm compatibility? Thanks Chris
  7. Tacitus

    Using GPU in second PCIE slot

    Disabled iGPU and told bios to look PCIE slot 2 first but nothing appears on screen. Can only get display back by moving the GPU back to PCIE slot one.
  8. Tacitus

    Using GPU in second PCIE slot

    I'll need to swap the GPU and check but I would assume not since I've played games for over a year having not touched the PC internals or settings at all, and was running my 2 monitors off of the GPU. The games were graphically intensive so no way they were being powered by the iGPU. I'll post back how that goes.
  9. Hi all I'm trying to put my GPU in the second PCIE slot as part of a troubleshooting exercise. When I do this nothing appears on the monitors. Is there a way I can resolve this? The GPU lights up and the rest of the system fans are running. Motherboard is a Gigabyte Z97X-SLI and GPU is an R9 290x. The PCIE lane has worked in the past when running crossfire, so not sure why it would not run on its own. Thanks Chris
  10. Tried both sticks of RAM individually in each slot and had artifacting with each stick in every slot which I can induce by turning the monitor on and off with the button on the front of it. Interestingly it only happens on my primary monitor and not the second one (but turning the second monitor on and off can cause the artifacting on the primary display). I have swapped my GPU to my second PCIE slot but nothing shows up on either monitor when I do this. Can anyone help me out with this? The attached video shows the type of artifacting I get on my primary display, with the screen often flickering off all together (as at the start of the clip). VID_20171117_215846.mp4
  11. Did DDU and reinstallation of drivers a couple days back to no avail. Will try and swap around ram slots today and see if that impacts on anything, and if not I'll move the GPU to the second slot. Using the secondary slot will decrease performance though, won't it? Or not, perhaps, since it's an SLI compatible board?
  12. Updated the mobo bios today. Seemed steady but turning my monitor on and off a few times made the PC return to instability. Had severe artifacting and flickering on my main display, which is consistent with what I experienced before. Have not yet tested the PSU, RAM or RAM slits, bit I think I'm getting closer to ruling software out.
  13. Ran Memtest last night for about an hour and no errors showed up, used DDU and installed GPU drivers fresh. Freezes keep coming. Surely if it was the PSU it would be worst while drawing a lot of power rather than while idling? Another thing I've noticed is the screen at the bottom of the panel sometimes flickers a bit like subtle ststic signals and can do this for a split second multiple times. The PC sometimes freezes and sometimes does not. I'm also a bit concerned about the SSD, which is 256gb and for a while was the only drive in my PC when I first built it in 2014.
  14. Tacitus

    The urge to go ultrawide

    Thanks for your help.
  15. Tacitus

    The urge to go ultrawide

    Interesting. Is it possible to split the screen virtually so your PC thinks you have 2 1720*1440 screens to better segregate browsers, apps etc? Very nice! I'll need to keep an eye open.