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Everything posted by DogKnight

  1. It is almost definitely down to the connection. Ports like HDMI and Display Port have changed versions over time. Usually the new versions improve the bandwidth the ports are capable of. The higher the resolution, refresh rate and colour level (8bit / 10bit), the more bandwidth that is required. Thats why if you are wanting to run 4k, 120hz, you need to be on recent display port or HDMI versions. You also need cables to match. I have a MacBook Pro for work. While it can't run above 120hz on its built in display, over Thunderbolt with an active HDMI adapter, it can run at 240hz.
  2. Powerline adapters can provide a lot of variance in terms of performance. They depend greatly on the quality and age of the wiring in your house. Can also be affected by splits in the lines, other devices, etc. If you want to isolate the issue, move your computer within range of your router and plug it in directly to test. I suspect the Powerline adapters are the cause based off my own experience with them. And there isn't much you can do unless you want to get your house re-wired. Would be many times cheaper to buy a wireless NIC or physically run an ethernet cable yourself.
  3. Parallels (or VMware Fusion) did exist for PPC systems. Whether you could find an old version would likely be the struggle. My family used to run Windows 98 in emulation using one of the aforementioned solutions on a B&W G3. While you can boot the system, performance is rather poor. You could probably get away with playing something like Warcraft 2 or the original Doom. But for a game that is recommending a 400mhz CPU, it won't have enough performance. Remember the specs are for a physical CPU at that speed. The emulated speed you will get will be probably less than half the sp
  4. Target sums it up well. Wouldn't look to make this any more complicated than you have to. Also, if you look at something like a Synology NAS for shared resources, there is a large number of apps that can be installed on the unit including tools for directory services, calendar servers, cloud sync/backup, and other collaboration tools. If you get a decent spec'd NAS, it can perform a lot of the 'light' server tasks you may want and obviously provide a central point for collaboration. Then all you really need is some basic laptops for the staff. Combine this with Office 365 or
  5. No idea's about how to do it without data loss. Would be trying to use the unit with another hard drive in it so that hopefully becomes responsive and you can factory reset it. One thing is for sure, if you ever manage to get the data off that drive, never use it again.
  6. Did a little upgrade to my homelab server recently. It's an X99 system and I recently picked up a Xeon E3-2678 for it (12c, 24t @ 2.5ghz base, 3.3ghz turbo), which is a nice step up over the 5820k I was using previously. At the same time I put it in a BeQuiet Dark Base Pro v2 with a new BeQuiet power supply. Mainly because I've wanted to play around with the case for a while and it was a bit noisy previously. Happy with how it turned out. Have been using this machine to run vsphere/vcenter. Completely wiped it and am in the progress of setting it up again to move from version 6.5 to version 7.
  7. Worth checking your network equipment and other devices. Some older routers and switches would change all links down to the speed of the slowest device on the network. E.g. If you were using one of these devices and everything was gigabit except one device at 100mb, the whole network would be slowed down to 100mb maximum. Not really a problem with modern devices in my experience but worth checking.
  8. If you only need two ports, this is the best option i've found. Netgear GS110MX https://www.amazon.com.au/10-Port-Unmanaged-Multi-Gig-Protection/dp/B076642YPN
  9. Came to ask the same thing. Thanks @imcaspar. Just got some Cat 6a cable run in my house, need to rest of the gear to support it!
  10. I know its not the type of product you normally look at, but would love to see a review of the new 'gaming' chair done in collaboration between Logitech G and Herman Miller. Considering buying one but it is a bit pricey to go in without some reviews to understand it better. https://www.logitechg.com/en-au/logitech-g-and-herman-miller.html
  11. One of the great things about the Synology units are the OS and applications available for them. Lots of options, very easy to use. However the spec's of the processor and RAM play a big difference in just how much you would be able to take advantage of extra functionality. The two units are quite different, especially when it comes to RAM. The 4 bay only having 1gb total, whereas the 8 bay comes with 4gb and can be expanded to 8gb. With the larger unit you get dual 1gb Ethernet and dual 10gb ethernet. Both supporting link aggregation. Now dual 10gb is going to be useless f
  12. I love this part. Wonder what the stance is on making your own cables? Guess my crimping tool is too dangerous. As others have said. It's probably just to protect idiots from themselves. Think you'll be fine.
  13. It is really hard to speculate given so many different factors that can impact these things. Most pricing went up when Covid started as the AUD tanked. The dollar has now got back to pre Covid levels, but it will take a while for that to pass through to us. I suspect the RTX 3000 series will be at least the same as the RTX 2000 series. As with most launches, you'll likely see higher prices initially when demand is high and supply is low. This will then go back down after a few months. And nVidia will most likely launch with the highest end SKU's first and the fill out th
  14. Essentially, any setup with enough PCIE lanes to support your SAS cards (and any additional PCIE devices) should do the trick. Available PCIE lanes are determined by the CPU and chipset. HEDT parts generally have more lanes available than standard desktop options. There is a good chance that whatever is in your gaming PC will perform exactly the same.
  15. Yes it is possible. Assuming the device 'WIFI w/Internet' is a router. - Router without internet would need to have DHCP and NAT disabled so it effectively works as a switch. When doing this, it is usually best to assign a static IP address to the device. - Bridge the WIFI and Ethernet connections on the PC.
  16. While this seller seems to provide some nice refurbished servers, note that it is only an evaluation version of Windows Server installed. You will need to decide on which OS you intend to run. Also, if you are not familiar with server equipment, be aware that it is typically very noisy. This is not something you would want running 24/7 in bedroom or living area. Ideally you would want it stored away somewhere. You do not need server specific hardware to run Plex. Any standard PC will do. However I do understand the appeal of cheaper hardware for the processing power you are getting
  17. Had a quick look at the user guide and got this: To get multi-gig Internet with your router, set up Internet port aggregation by aggregating the Internet port and Ethernet port 1 on the router. To set up Internet port aggregation, you need the following: • A service provider that offers an Internet speed that's over 1 Gbps. • A modem that supports an Internet speed that's over 1 Gbps and Internet port aggregation. So this seems designed for internet connections over 1Gb. And the modem you use needs to support Internet Port Aggregation. So it really depends o
  18. Just realised the 'competition' aspect only ran for a couple of weeks. Think i've been folding for close to two months now. May give my system a bit of a rest and save on my power bill.
  19. Not a problem. If I here anything about support for the VMKLinux Driver stack i'll try remember to share it up here. Alternatively, if the NIC you are using is used by any OEM vendors, you may get lucky in a new version being released. I guess the only other option is to buy a new NIC. As long as one NIC is supported, it doesn't matter if others in the system aren't.
  20. Synology software is great and easy to use with a lot of options. I use mine for Plex, Cloud Storage syncing, Windows and Mac backups, and more. With these units though, consider future storage needs. Sometimes worth going for a 4 bay option, even if you only populate two drives initially.
  21. Haven't had a chance to play around with vsphere 7.0 yet. May be worth checking a blog like Virtually Ghetto by William Lam. He is a VMware Solution Architect and shares a lot of info regarding home labs, etc. I haven't had a chance to read this article yet, but it may prove useful. He does also reply to questions. https://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2020/03/homelab-considerations-for-vsphere-7.html#more-167448 The error seems to be the drivers have been created with an old API that needs to be updated to support esxi 7.0. So chances are it is in the hands
  22. I went with a Synology DS918+ recently. https://www.synology.com/en-global/products/DS918+ Got some 8TB HDD's and a couple NVME SSD's to use as a cache. It does support up to 16TB drives, so with 64TB's, it should last you a little while. 4k Plex playback is fine. If you want to check capabilities of different models you can see this page: https://www.synology.com/en-global/knowledgebase/DSM/tutorial/Multimedia/Can_my_Synology_NAS_convert_4K_videos_for_my_device
  23. For starters, I would ignore all the drives less than 1TB, especially the IDE ones. Just not worth it. You would also need a very big case and decent power supply to keep 12 drives running. Really, with such old hardware, you will get pretty lousy performance, especially if you are looking for some sort of Windows based setup. It may work a bit better if you go with a less power hungry OS. If it's an option, have a look at a the Synology site and find a model within your budget. Even the most basic model will give you similar or better performance for most tasks.
  24. The only old Mac Pro that can run the latest version of OSX is the 5,1 model (2010 or newer). And that is only if it has a Metal compatible graphics card. Note that you can flash the 4,1 models to be recognized as a 5,1. You can upgrade these to a decent spec and there are a few videos out there about maxing out the capacity of these towers. At max spec with 12 cores, 64gb of RAM, a recent AMD graphics card and a PCIE NVME SSD as primary storage, these can still be plenty fast for a lot of purposes. But there is multiple limitations. The PCIE slots are only 2.0. There is no U