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About fordy_rounds

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  • CPU
    Ryzen 5 3600
  • Motherboard
    Gigabyte B450M DS3H
  • RAM
    Team T-Force Vulcan Z 8GB DDR4 3200MHz
  • GPU
    EVGA GeForce GTX 1650 Super SC Ultra Gaming
  • Case
    SilverStone PS15 White
  • Storage
    PNY 480GB 2.5" SSD, HGST 500GB 2.5" HDD
  • PSU
    Enermax RevoBron 500
  • Display(s)
    Samsung SyncMaster 226BW
  • Cooling
    Cooler Master ML240L + 1 Cooler Master Sickle Flow 120 Fan
  • Keyboard
    HP TPC-C0001K
  • Mouse
    Gateway M-U0027-O
  • Sound
    Bose QC25 Headset and some cheap Audionic speakers
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Education
  • Laptop
    Lenovo IdeaPad 110-15IBR

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  1. Thanks! AOMEI worked, and I can browse through the files now.
  2. So, I've been pulling data from old hard drives onto my new NAS, and I've come across an interesting file. Apparently, in 2013-2014, I used some sort of backup software to backup an old computer. Which is great, except that it saved the backups into a proprietary filetype. The files are called My Backup(1).adi (and it appears to be an incremental backup, since there's also a My Backup(1)1.adi, My Backup(1)2.adi, etc., that are much smaller). I've searched the filetype, and it comes up most often as belonging to Active@ Virtual Disk, which does indeed have a backup utility; unfortuna
  3. There are solutions that provide KVM over LAN, but they are expensive. Steam link, as @jaslion recommends, would work if you're playing Steam games. (Note that you can add just about any game to Steam, though I don't know how well they'd be supported by Steam Link.) For a little money but more work, you could probably run a high-quality active (active cables have repeaters built-in that boost the signal to overcome cable length limitations) USB-3.2 cable alongside the existing ethernet, then put a hub behind the TV to provide KVM over USB. (Not sure how much configuration that would take
  4. It's an extra 4-pin 12-volt pin. Whether you need it or not is entirely dependent on your hardware and uses. Overclocking a Ryzen 5? Don't bother. Overclocking a Ryzen 9? Maybe. But only if your PSU can actually supply the power. Many PSUs only have an 8-pin connector. But if your PSU has both an 8 and 4 (12V, not to be confused with 6 or 8 or 6+2 pin PCIE power), then there's no harm in using it. If your PSU only has an 8-pin CPU/EPS power connector, though, then that's all you should use. Don't try to find an adapter or something to fill the extra 4-pin just for the sake of filling it.
  5. Yep. Go into bios, find the setting for either XMP or DOCP (two names for basically the same thing). Should be an XMP profile for 3200 listed.
  6. No claim that it's the best, but FWIW I have the Archer T6E and have been happy with it. My ISP says they provide me with 200Mbps down, and I've tested it (with the T6E) at about 220. (The ISP is the speed limiter here; I could probably get higher than that for intranet, though I haven't tested it.) Note that your AP/Router will have to handle that sort of speed, too. Signals always get slowed down by whatever is the weakest link in the chain.
  7. It might, but consider corner cases. If 's' has, say, 20 characters, then you're allocating 20 chars when you only need at most 6. (That's ok; better too many than too few.) However, what happens if 's' is only 1-3 characters? You always need out to have at least 4 chars (because the string "1/3" needs 4 chars), but you would only allocate 1-3. You can, however, use some math to figure it out. Count the number of digits in totalChars (a little Googling will find you some algorithms, but it's basically counting iterations while dividing by 10), then you need 2*numDigits+2 chars allocated.
  8. C doesn't handle strings well, as you're finding out. Both of these functions have errors, just the first is run-time and the second is compile-time. In the first version, you have char * out = malloc(0); which might work with your compiler, but won't necessarily work with any C compiler. (Some compilers return a NULL pointer for malloc(0), which means that you'll get a segmentation fault when you use this in the sprintf call.) The problem is that you're not actually allocating any space here; technically, even though your compiler returns an apparently valid pointer, any use of i
  9. Please, don't let one hater get you down. I loved the Dreamcast build, and I'm intently watching this one too, dreaming that someday I might do something so ambitious....
  10. This will likely be my final post here (except maybe responding to responses). The gradual upgrade is finally finished! I got a new "monitor" on a Black Friday sale (sorry, I don't have pics, but... it looks like a screen.) It's actually a TV, but I verified that it was well-reviewed for PC use before purchasing. It's a 43" 4K TV, and I love it. It's awesome for productivity; I can split windows out into corners and it's effectively 4 1080p screens, but bezel-less. Since I also have my work laptop connected to it, it's very useful. It's also great for gaming, even though I can't do super
  11. No, as long as your GPU is in the correct (usually top-most) PCIE slot. That slot (and usually one M.2 slot) has lanes that connect directly to the CPU. The other slots' lanes connect to the chipset, which then multiplexes them onto 4 lanes (AMD, though I think Intel is similar) connecting to the CPU. So if you put everything into slots that connect via the chipset, then yes, it could bottleneck; but if the GPU and storage are in directly-connected slots, then it won't. To illustrate what I mean, here's the B550 diagram; other systems are generally similar.
  12. Ah, that makes sense. So you're saying mine should be fine; I've got a 3600 (65W TDP) with a probably-overkill AIO on it. (If I were just gaming I probably would have stuck with the stock cooler, but I could only fold 5 of 12 threads without it overheating....)
  13. [fordy_rounds glances nervously at the DS3H in their case] But really, sorry for your loss @Gorgon and everyone else who sacrificed to appease the hardware gods. Great month, I look forward to doing this again next year. And as for the new levels, I'm glad I got my 25M Silver during this event.... though the slog from here to the new Gold is going to be very long.
  14. If it's not throttling, I wouldn't worry about it. Repasting could actually make it hotter to the touch, as you get better thermal transfer to the heatsink (that is, if your CPU temps drop, that heat's going into the heatsink instead). But it probably wouldn't hurt anything either. If you need to be inside the guts for some other reason too, go ahead and do it. (For example, I just repasted a laptop because I had to take the heatsink off to upgrade RAM, so I figured while I was in there I'd do it. If I hadn't upgraded the RAM, though, I wouldn't have bothered.)
  15. My MIL is a teacher at a small school without an IT department, so I help her out sometimes. She was recently given a donated laptop (Dell Inspiron 11 3185) to use. It's... well.... potato seems generous. It has a grand total of 32GB of (soldered-on eMMC) storage. With WIndows 10. When I opened it up, I found that while there's a big empty space for a 2.5" drive, they didn't add the SATA headers to the board (there's solder pads but no connectors). It also has only 4GB of RAM, though that's pretty easily upgradeable, as it's a single SO-DIMM. There's a microSD card slot for stor