What did you do to your computer recently?

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What did you do to your computer recently?

Post by LTC_Dave » October 14th, 2018, 3:57 pm

Continuing thread from here.

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Re: What did you do to your computer recently?

Post by Ponyguy » October 14th, 2018, 5:52 pm

What did I do to my "computer" (oughta be called "relic," being a 2005 HP Pavillion running XP) today?

Aside from re-booting it and cursing at it, not too much... :(
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Re: What did you do to your computer recently?

Post by bluejay_32 » October 14th, 2018, 11:57 pm

LTC_Dave wrote:
October 14th, 2018, 3:57 pm
Still pissed at Microsoft for trying to extort me for upgrading my hardware.
Sounds like Windows 10. I didn't have it for long.
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Re: What did you do to your computer recently?

Post by theperfectdrugsk » October 15th, 2018, 9:18 am

Nice big plastic chunk at the corner of my laptop screen broke off a couple days ago, so I JB-welded it back into place. Also bought a pelican case for it since transporting to and from work in a neoprene sleeve seems to have been a little hard on it.
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Post by comradeCommie » October 15th, 2018, 7:14 pm

I stuck 4tb of WD Green drives in it, will have a pic soon :P
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Post by BigMerc96 » October 19th, 2018, 1:50 pm

Just did a fresh install of Ubuntu 18.10 in the laptop since its officially released now. I tend to reinstall every few months just because. I have the "/home" directory on a separate partition to the "/" (root of the OS) so I can totally wipe the OS its self and install pretty much anything I want in its place as far as Linux distros and never lose any application settings. The applications themselves get wiped, but since any user specific files/settings are saved in the "/home" directory everything is back to normal as soon as I reinstall them (good example: FireFox bookmarks, settings/home page/add-ons are all retained). Takes about as long to download and write the new OS to a thumb drive as it does to get it all back up and running.
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Post by theperfectdrugsk » October 19th, 2018, 7:34 pm

Nice. I put Linux Lite on an old laptop a while back just for the hell of it, and I have to say...I'm really liking Linux. If I didn't have to use ArcGIS on a pretty regular basis, I'd consider switching over on all my machines.
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Post by mdodds » October 22nd, 2018, 9:45 pm

Took off MX Linux and put Lubuntu 18.10 on my beater laptop to try since they now default to LXQt. Seems pretty good so far. Recently installed Linux Mint 19.1 XFCE on the real laptop and desktop (18.04 based). Only LTS releases on the machines I depend on.....and no Windows except virtuals :biggrin:
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Post by LTC_Dave » October 22nd, 2018, 10:43 pm

Installed a new security camera and associated software on the slave computer. The new program allows me to connect to the camera from anywhere, it records constantly, and uses way less resources than the old software I was using. It runs 720p @ 30fps but at a narrow angle, which I don't want.

Found an old monitor in my storage, now I have a duel monitor setup for my main computer.
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Post by BigMerc96 » October 23rd, 2018, 9:06 am

For shits and giggles I rearranged the partitions on my laptop. Well, not really rearrange, but resized. I shrunk the Win7 partition (which I dunno why I even still have it cuz I can't remember the last time I booted it) and expanded the "/" and "/home" linux partitions. I'm running a 120gb SSD so I went from 60gb Windoze, 12gb "/" and 48gb "/home", to 35, 15, 70. No real reason for doing it other than the 12gb root partition was routinely past 50% and I figure since I don't use the Windoze I might as well steal some of its free space for the partitions I do use.

Also made a backup of my Mom's Desktop. Its SSD is indicating 5.75 years of power on time and a massive 45 power cycles in its lifetime. So, yeah, it doesn't ever get shut off. I noticed one of its fans is getting a bit noisy so I may have to cause its 46th power cycle and replace whichever one it is. It got all new fans about 3 years ago when it got a new case (she'd dropped something heavy on it and caved in the top just enough that the sides wouldn't pop off), so I dunno which one to suspect, maybe the PSU fan because its much older than the rest. I'll have to open it up and see.
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Post by stalag » November 15th, 2018, 7:57 pm

I have since the beginning of the year have rebuilt most of my computer minus the CPU/motherboard. Significantly faster I have however run into an issue. If you expect to run in 4K video, AMD enforces HDCP 2.2 encryption which is NOT backwards compatible.

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Post by rf overlord » November 15th, 2018, 8:14 pm

The only thing I've done to my computer in years is threaten it with replacement if it didn't cut the shit.

Oh, I did vacuum it out a year ago.
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Re: What did you do to your computer recently?

Post by Mperson » November 15th, 2018, 10:26 pm

BigMerc96 wrote:
October 23rd, 2018, 9:06 am
I'm running a 120gb SSD
SSD is a lot cheaper these days, you could pick up a 512 GB drive for less than $90. The 256s are around $60. Don't suffer with 120...
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Post by BigMerc96 » November 15th, 2018, 10:50 pm

I'm not suffering with it. I don't really have a ton of "stuff" on my laptop, that's what the 1tb drive in the desktop is for. My Mom on the other hand, her 120gb SSD is almost full. Coming up on year 6 on that one so sometime soon I intend to swap it out for a new 512gb modern SSD. Nothing wrong with it but she has a ton of files for work that would suck to lose so just as a preventative measure I would like to swap it out. I used to replace her HDDs every 5 if the computer lasted that long, don't know if there really is a true "end of life" time on a SSD but rather safe than sorry. I built that one 11/30/2012, bought all the parts for it on cyber Monday that year, never a problem out of it. Back when I built my desktop (12/2011) SSDs were still VERY $$ so I got a good 120gb drive for it, they were less expensive a year later but the price jump between 120 and 256gb was still large enough that she got a 120 as well. Laptop got 120gb because realistically that is all I need in it.
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