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About RossMadness

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  • Birthday Apr 16, 1990

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  • Interests
    Computers, writing, reading Ray Bradbury.
  • Occupation
    Level I Network Technician


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    ASRock Z77 Extreme6
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    16 GB (2x8) HyperX Fury
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    EVGA GTX 960 4GB
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    Corsair 760t
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    Toshiba THNSJ128, WD Blue 1 TB HDD
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    Corsair CX750M
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    BenQ GL2760H
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    ThermalTake Extreme 3.0
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    Razer Black Widow Essential
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    Razer Deathadder 2013
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  • Operating System
    Antergos (Arch) Linux

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  1. Time for my annual sojourn through the troubleshooting page before I log off for another year. Lol

  2. So before running chkdsk again, do a HDD diagnostic. If it's a bad HDD then running chkdsk repair could destroy data. Check your boot options and your BIOS to see if the manufacturer has included a diagnostic tool. If not, Seagate Seatools and WD Data Lifeguard both have bootable tools to do diagnostics. If the HDD is verified as fine, then run chkdsk /f /r This will attempt to repair the file system and fix any bad sectors. Again, run the diagnostic tool FIRST. If the diagnostic fails then focus on doing data recovery. We can talk about those options in another post once you've had a chance
  3. The problem I've had with this series is the haphazard why he's approaching this. I think it's a great experiment, and if I had the hardware I would try it too. However his troubleshooting steps don't make sense. Start with one GPU and one VM. Get it working then add another. Also, don't try porting over other VMs. Clean install each one. That's not necessary, but is optimal. This is basic troubleshooting and project management. You don't throw 6 GPUs of all different types in at once and then try and troubleshoot the abundance of errors that could take place. Setting all the hardware out in t
  4. I have an older ASRock board and it doesn't come with a motherboard speaker installed. That was in the box and I had to install it myself. I would double check that just in case. I would remove everything that isn't necessary and just boot using CPU, RAM, (and GPU since your CPU doesn't have integrated graphics). Does it get into the BIOS/UEFI successfully? If so, then slowly add parts such as HDD, SSD, GPU, etc and try a boot after each one. This could help narrow down a troublesome part or where some tuning in the BIOS/UEFI is required. Also, that's a beefy Graphics card. If possible, use a
  5. If they work outside of Windows then it's most likely an OS issue. As mentioned by @barondeau, you can open Device Manager and right-click on the USB hardware. Select "uninstall driver" from the context menu. This should reinstall the driver from the Windows driver store (assuming that isn't corrupt). For general OS health, you can run SFC /SCANNOW from command prompt. If Windows 8 and up, you can also run DISM /ONLINE /CLEANUP-IMAGE /RESTOREHEALTH to check the drivers, driver store and some other Windows system functions against Microsoft's Windows Update store online. Again, this is all j
  6. I have several questions. You may have answered them already, but I didn't see it in the thread. When you say "it gets to the part with 'Starting Windows'" are you saying that you have completed the installation and are now booting to the internal HDD/SSD? If so this may not be an issue with the installation media. It may be the drive you're installing it on. Run a diagnostic on the drive and see if it's bad. If it's an OEM machine, they usually have some tool to boot to (for exampe, HP has diagnostics available in the BIOS or by hitting F2 on boot, depending on the age of the computer). Se
  7. The website cybrary.it is a good one for a variety of topics. I haven't looked specifically at their A+ stuff, but I've used their Linux+ and Network+ courses and they were good. It all depends on the expert that made the course.
  8. My brother-in-law had this issue the other day. I advised him to use Rufus and the Windows 10 ISO to create the boot USB instead of the Media Creation Tool. It worked like a charm.
  9. Wow. I was a lot closer to the end of the game than I thought. Only took half a Monster.

  10. Yes, those are the ones. Very handy. Just make you sure you get the right one for your current exam.
  11. For me, I bought a book from the "Exam Cram" series that was very thorough and it came with a CD of practice questions. I also used https://www.professormesser.com/ . This guy is a multi-decade veteran of the IT industry and has comprehensive series on different certifications including weekly live streams where you can ask questions. I've used him for the Network+ and Linux+ studies as well, but I have yet to take those exams.
  12. A+ Certified tech, here. You don't NEED it, but like @Oshino Shinobu said, it helps make your resume that more convincing. For me, I don't have a college degree so it made a HUGE difference in my job opportunities because it validated my knowledge. The great thing about working in tech jobs is that certifications are often looked at as equivalent to degrees in some positions. So you can get more certs moving forward and just makes you a more desirable hire. PLUS the A+ is two tests at 200 dollars a test. So if you can get your school to pay for that, then you DEFINITELY need to
  13. The problem is driver support. The OS will not run natively because neither Microsoft nor the hardware manufacturers support XP anymore. You can run XP in a VM, but that still means your grandpa will have to use Win10 just to even get that far. Honestly, I would install 10 and customize the crap out of the Start Menu and walk him through what's new. Unless you can salvage his old hardware and just refurb the old machine. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Good luck.
  14. Determined to finally finish Tomb Raider (2013). Got a can of Monster and a day off. This is going to be a long night.

  15. I can guarantee you that Windows XP doesn't have drivers for ANY of that hardware. Also, WinXP is only 32 Bit so even if it did have support for DDR4, it wouldn't use more than 4 GB. Windows XP will not run on that system. He has to use a modern OS to use modern hardware.