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Locking Graphics Card

1 hour ago, Virel said:

So, the reason I wanted to do this is because I'm looking into selling gpus using a subscription based payment plan service, but I'm not sure how to enforce a consequence if payments aren't being made.

No. Just, but... why? Unless you plan on spinning up a data centre housing rentable servers people can stream their games from (similar to PSNow or Google Stadia) I really don't see the value in this for consumers. You can't lock most pieces of hardware with a password unless the manufacturer provides this functionality in the firmware. Hard drives and business class motherboards are the only 2 exceptions in the consumer space, so I mean, you could theoretically "rent" a laptop, but once you give someone the startup password they could just opt to never return it so I really don't understand.

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Is there a way to lock a dedicated gpu so that it would require a password or code in order for it to output an image? 

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Set a password for the user account. That way, everything is safe, not just your display outputs!

 

...Or am I missing the point?


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1 minute ago, Lord Mirdalan said:

Set a password for the user account. That way, everything is safe, not just your display outputs!

 

...Or am I missing the point?

The intent is for the rest of the machine is to be entirely useable just without access to the GPU.

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Just now, Virel said:

The intent is for the rest of the machine is to be entirely useable just without access to the GPU.

But without a display output, the machine won't be usable by a human. What are you trying to accomplish?


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So, you want to use the PC without seeing anything you're doing? 

 

Or are you suggesting a dual monitor setup, with one to the integrated graphics and one to the dedicated? You could just download all games and graphics accelerated programs to a password protected folder instead 


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6 minutes ago, fasauceome said:

So, you want to use the PC without seeing anything you're doing? 

 

Or are you suggesting a dual monitor setup, with one to the integrated graphics and one to the dedicated? You could just download all games and graphics accelerated programs to a password protected folder instead 

So, the reason I wanted to do this is because I'm looking into selling gpus using a subscription based payment plan service, but I'm not sure how to enforce a consequence if payments aren't being made.

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So, the reason I wanted to do this is because I'm looking into selling gpus using a subscription based payment plan service, but I'm not sure how to enforce a consequence of payments aren't being made.

Are you selling them remotely or physically giving people the cards?


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I wanted to do it remotely, but if you have an idea of how to do it physically I'm all ears.

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I wanted to do it remotely, but if you have an idea of how to do it physically I'm all ears.

Doing it remotely means you have control of whatever system is relaying the graphics workload, if it's a VM you can just close it, or as a more rudimentary solution, the ol power button. Otherwise I've not got more specific ideas


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2 minutes ago, fasauceome said:

Are you selling them remotely or physically giving people the cards?

I wanted to do it remotely, but if you have an idea of how to do it physically I'm all ears.

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1 minute ago, fasauceome said:

Doing it remotely means you have control of whatever system is relaying the graphics workload, if it's a VM you can just close it, or as a more rudimentary solution, the ol power button. Otherwise I've not got more specific ideas

There lies the root of the problem. It's difficult to take control of a system someone else owns in a way that can't be undone without your permission.

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1 hour ago, Virel said:

So, the reason I wanted to do this is because I'm looking into selling gpus using a subscription based payment plan service, but I'm not sure how to enforce a consequence if payments aren't being made.

No. Just, but... why? Unless you plan on spinning up a data centre housing rentable servers people can stream their games from (similar to PSNow or Google Stadia) I really don't see the value in this for consumers. You can't lock most pieces of hardware with a password unless the manufacturer provides this functionality in the firmware. Hard drives and business class motherboards are the only 2 exceptions in the consumer space, so I mean, you could theoretically "rent" a laptop, but once you give someone the startup password they could just opt to never return it so I really don't understand.


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27 minutes ago, kirashi said:

No. Just, but... why? Unless you plan on spinning up a data centre housing rentable servers people can stream their games from (similar to PSNow or Google Stadia) I really don't see the value in this for consumers. You can't lock most pieces of hardware with a password unless the manufacturer provides this functionality in the firmware. Hard drives and business class motherboards are the only 2 exceptions in the consumer space, so I mean, you could theoretically "rent" a laptop, but once you give someone the startup password they could just opt to never return it so I really don't understand.

Honestly that answers my questions as best as possible. I just needed to know if it was possible to do, but it seems that it really isn't.

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12 hours ago, Virel said:

So, the reason I wanted to do this is because I'm looking into selling gpus using a subscription based payment plan service, but I'm not sure how to enforce a consequence if payments aren't being made.

If you're planning on a renting service, then have a group of repo men come to the renter to take the GPU away.

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13 hours ago, Virel said:

Honestly that answers my questions as best as possible. I just needed to know if it was possible to do, but it seems that it really isn't.

you should favorite their answer instead of your reply to it

 

 

just saying


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8 hours ago, iLostMyXbox21 said:

you should favorite their answer instead of your reply to it

 

 

just saying

Thanks. I intended to do that, but I must have accidentally gotten the wrong one since I was using my phone.

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Why don't you just rent the gpu and then show up when subscription expires to collect it back? Much less hassel. 

 

If he doesn't pay or something, show up with a huge baseball bat to intimidate him. 


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