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  1. Thread: System BIOS by bobkn
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 2 Views 140

    The BIOS isn't software. It is firmware, written...

    The BIOS isn't software. It is firmware, written to an EEPROM (electrically erasable programmable read only memory). It cannot be installed, or uninstalled. It can only be updated, by specialized...
  2. Thread: GPU shopping, strict requirements by bobkn
    Forum: Graphic Cards
    Replies 21 Views 2,444

    A modest proposal: Post as if what you write...

    A modest proposal:

    Post as if what you write will be read by everyone, rather than the mostly male enthusiasts who hang out here.

    There's a major difference between political correctness and...
  3. Thread: GPU shopping, strict requirements by bobkn
    Forum: Graphic Cards
    Replies 21 Views 2,444

    How about "nice"? That's been around for quite a...

    How about "nice"? That's been around for quite a bit longer.
  4. Thread: Asus PN50 will not update bios by bobkn
    Forum: Drivers and Hardware
    Replies 4 Views 212

    I don't know what the differences are between the...

    I don't know what the differences are between the PN50 and the PN50 E1. There are lots of drivers listed for the PN50. (See the time tag on this post.) They may apply to the E1 as well.
  5. Thread: Replacing a M.2 SSD boot drive card by bobkn
    Forum: Drivers and Hardware
    Replies 2 Views 221

    I did something similar. I used Acronis True...

    I did something similar.

    I used Acronis True Image to clone the old M.2 drive onto the new. The problem is that makes a duplicate of the old drive. You don't want to have two drives with the same...
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    Could you supply more details? Maybe I'm being...

    Could you supply more details?

    Maybe I'm being too literal, but what I imagine is that your laptop contains a cell phone network modem, and that you'd like to be able to use that to make the...
  7. Thread: GPU shopping, strict requirements by bobkn
    Forum: Graphic Cards
    Replies 21 Views 2,444

    I doubt that most American women own £1800...

    I doubt that most American women own £1800 (roughly $2.5k) handbags. There are some who do Hermès at over $10k.

    We aren't all billionaires over here, but our PC component prices are lower than in...
  8. Thread: Asus PN50 will not update bios by bobkn
    Forum: Drivers and Hardware
    Replies 4 Views 212

    The Asus web sites lists the PN50 and the PN50...

    The Asus web sites lists the PN50 and the PN50 E1. Which one do you have? [Notebook] How to check the model name and BIOS version | Official Support | ASUS Global
  9. Thread: Little help for an old guy upgrading his PC by bobkn
    Forum: Drivers and Hardware
    Replies 12 Views 913

    Sadly, that's not the way the market works. At...

    Sadly, that's not the way the market works. At some point, obsolete parts increase in price. They are sold mainly as repair parts for old systems. The customers may mainly be businesses, as for home...
  10. Thread: replaced motherboard battery by bobkn
    Forum: Drivers and Hardware
    Replies 11 Views 970

    I doubt that the PSU is failing, but it's...

    I doubt that the PSU is failing, but it's possible.

    Looks like the 8700 uses a standard ATX PSU (24 pin main conector, 4 pin 12V for the CPU). That means you should be able to use a standard PSU....
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    Sounds like some screws I have in a Phanteks...

    Sounds like some screws I have in a Phanteks case. If so, you may have a hard time finding exact replacements. Maybe you'd need a regular screw (not a thumbscrew), perhaps with a washer.

    Sorry...
  12. Thread: Update 21H1 to build 21370 by bobkn
    Forum: Installation and Upgrade
    Replies 1 Views 211

    https://uupdump.net/known.php?q=regex:[2-9]\d{4}\....

    https://uupdump.net/known.php?q=regex:[2-9]\d{4}\.

    You can use it to download an .iso of the version of your choice.
  13. Thread: replaced motherboard battery by bobkn
    Forum: Drivers and Hardware
    Replies 11 Views 970

    I'm confused. Second sentence in the first...

    I'm confused.

    Second sentence in the first post: "It would only happen every once in a while (maybe once every month or so at first) when I would hit the power on button on my Dell XPS8700 desktop...
  14. Thread: Should an SSD make a sound? by bobkn
    Forum: Drivers and Hardware
    Replies 17 Views 2,852

    One thing you haven't made clear: is the sound...

    One thing you haven't made clear: is the sound coming from PC speakers, or directly from the motherboard?

    Some of the suggestions are relevant only if you are getting electrical noise that is...
  15. Thread: replaced motherboard battery by bobkn
    Forum: Drivers and Hardware
    Replies 11 Views 970

    I've gotten that "Microsoft Account" thing a...

    I've gotten that "Microsoft Account" thing a couple of times. In both cases, I just had to go to the link and verify my account's PIN. It was not a big deal. I have no idea what triggered it.

    A...
  16. Thread: replaced motherboard battery by bobkn
    Forum: Drivers and Hardware
    Replies 11 Views 970

    Please read the post again. It's a desktop, and...

    Please read the post again. It's a desktop, and "Injr" just replaced the CMOS backup battery.
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    It's streaming. A Web search shows nothing for...

    It's streaming.

    A Web search shows nothing for the errors tvapp-210 or tvapp-270. Sorry.

    I'm curious: what bandwidth do you get from Speedtest by Ookla - The Global Broadband Speed Test?
  18. Thread: GPU shopping, strict requirements by bobkn
    Forum: Graphic Cards
    Replies 21 Views 2,444

    Perspective is a funny thing. A few weeks ago, I...

    Perspective is a funny thing. A few weeks ago, I paid some veterinarian bills totaling $6k (US). All for nought; the dog had to be put down two days ago.

    I have no wife to prevent me from wasting...
  19. Thread: GPU shopping, strict requirements by bobkn
    Forum: Graphic Cards
    Replies 21 Views 2,444

    My Magic 8 Ball says "cannot predict now". It...

    My Magic 8 Ball says "cannot predict now".

    It has no good grasp of manufacturing interruptions, supply chain issues, or cryptocurrency mining.

    Looking at eBay, I see a number of new RTX 3080...
  20. Thread: Should an SSD make a sound? by bobkn
    Forum: Drivers and Hardware
    Replies 17 Views 2,852

    Coil whine on an SSD? If there are any...

    Coil whine on an SSD?

    If there are any inductors on an M.2 SSD, they must be extremely small.

    Maybe it's those quarks banging together.;)

    I've never dissected a 2.5" SATA SSD.
  21. Replies 4 Views 274

    Strange. Someone may correct me if I'm...

    Strange.

    Someone may correct me if I'm mistaken, but I believe that monitors sleep when they receive no signal.

    Yours is giving a black screen, but still refusing to sleep? Sounds sorta...
  22. Thread: GPU shopping, strict requirements by bobkn
    Forum: Graphic Cards
    Replies 21 Views 2,444

    The least expensive of these are more than $150,...

    The least expensive of these are more than $150, but... GeForce GTX 1050,GeForce GTX 1050 Ti,United States Desktop Graphics Cards | Newegg.com

    You could also look at GT 1030 cards elsewhere. Some...
  23. Thread: Windows 11?? by bobkn
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 262 Views 47,863

    Maybe not so much. My last employer's IT...

    Maybe not so much. My last employer's IT department used a standardized, scripted installation. They might be perfectly happy to blow away an old Windows 10 setup and replace it.

    About 2-3 years...
  24. Thread: Large Black Spot On Laptop Screen by bobkn
    Forum: Graphic Cards
    Replies 1 Views 444

    That's not a great picture, but it looks like a...

    That's not a great picture, but it looks like a physical problem.

    If it's due to some sort of condensation, maybe it will go away on its own. Maybe not.

    I don't know whether it's possible to...
  25. I thought that there might be a requirement that...

    I thought that there might be a requirement that one of the monitors use DisplayPort, but a little online searching found a claim of running two monitors where one is DVI and the other HDMI.

    Can...
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