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#1200970 Attack From Mars, playfield swap

Posted by Master_Scythe on 21 March 2018 - 10:07 AM

I'm really into retro arcade machines, not so much pinball, mainly classic Konami (specifically bemani) things.

A lot of these old arcade parts have been coated with an acrylic lacquer.


Just a tip for any boards that you know are still OK, have them coated in modern 2k paint clearcoat :)


Very Very Very cool project BTW!


Posted by Master_Scythe on 19 March 2018 - 04:05 PM

Ummm, ok.  This is wierd.

That's MY post someone has copied n pasted.


W.T.F. ???


I'ma gonna assume wierdarse spammer here.  Least they copied quality postage.. :P


Oh the delicious, delicious irony.


Not as good as green and black cake, but delicious none the less.

#1200811 Windows10 BSOD WHEA

Posted by Master_Scythe on 16 March 2018 - 09:11 AM

99.9% of the time (and even microsoft support forums say this from their 'official' techs) that error is Motherboard (rarely) or RAID card\HDD controller (common).


BCCode: 124   0x00000124
The WHEA_UNCORRECTABLE_ERROR bug check has a value of 0x00000124. This bug check indicates
that a fatal hardware error has occurred. This bug check uses the error data that is provided by the
Windows Hardware Error Architecture (WHEA).


I don't recall how crazy or not your storage solution is; but if this is happening while you're crunching your astronomy data, it could be as simple as an SSD reaching its write threshold on life, or a RAID card on its way out.

Of course, it could be anything controller related on near anything.


Grab OCCT.

Grab AIDA64

and the odd one out:

Grab Crystal Disk Mark.


Run each of their stress tests area-by-area, don't run any 'blend' tests (like "CPU and ram" just CPU, then just ram.

My gut says that benchmarking the HDDs in crystal disk mark will throw the error. (also grab crystal disk info, and check SMART health).


Just a random side note; Don't use PRIME95 anymore for testing without EXTREME cooling; the artificial load it creates is higher than any possible real load, and in some series of CPU's it can literally damage them.

It's because of the new AVX capabilities of skylake onwards CPU's, it was never meant to be stressed to max long term, and the voltage can spike if you stress it.

A lot of BIOS know this now and limit CPU voltage increases, and rumor is that the new CPU microcode handles it too; but It's just not worth the risk.

Not sure if the same risk applies to AMD.... (likely not)

#1200091 Poverty PC 'upgrade'

Posted by Master_Scythe on 22 February 2018 - 11:53 AM

Once again, you're right; Its more that some games won't allow max settings without 4GB, not that it will ever outperform.

Also, when those cards first came out (along with Doom) Vulkan wasn't much on the radar.

So the 4GB performance isn't easy to find an A:B.

I didn't think about his current GPU and whether it had a power connector, very true, that's likely not a concern.

OK, I'll agree, but I'd still be looking second hand, because fuck the price hikes new thanks to mining.


I'm not sure where I got the impression, but I had the second hand market in my head when i was thinking about card costs.

If buying new, fair cop.


The only thing I'll disagree with is that when games are involved the biggest item should be GPU; The Huge caveat there for me is that the entire PC is already on an SSD.

The improvement system wide, in every aspect that an SSD brings, even in hardware interrupt pauses as a disk 'spins up' is phenomenal.


If a PC is LITERALLY a gaming machine, you turn it on, open steam, game, then turn it off, I'll agree.

But if you browse the web, read things, play music, and the like.... then I'm saying Nope, giant SSD would always be my go before a GPU upgrade.

#1200069 Poverty PC 'upgrade'

Posted by Master_Scythe on 21 February 2018 - 03:16 PM

GTX 1060 3GB should be something to aim for.

With Windows mining now not fitting into 3GB these should start popping up on ebay etc. Retail prices should drop too.


Is 1TB SSD necessary?

If keeping the HDD in the system for cold storage, save some dosh and go with a 500GB unit and put the savings towards better GPU like the GTX 1060 3GB (and still have money left over). Which for gaming is ultimately your primary choke point.


You could spend years waiting for the mining boom to finish, who knows.

As is always the case with PC upgrades, buy the best with what you can afford now. You can spend eternity waiting for the next best/cheaper thing.


With high res textures, more memory, and slower clocks would actually be my go to, I'd stick with the 4GB 1050ti personally.

Depends if you want 'high settings' on AA\AF\Lighting\Shadows, or on Textures. Personally, for me, its textures.


Also games like DOOM wont even run on max settings without 4GB GPU RAM.


1TB SSD is so cheap now, I honestly think the $350ish you spend on them is good money.

You'll keep it for nearly life.


As for the mining boom; I honestly think you're wrong.

Not because the boom will finish, but because GPU mining will become so inefficient that ASIC miners will be the only power sensible option.

Or, since we've recently managed a new die-shrink, that better cards will take the mining crown, and people will upgrade.

Maybe not from the 1080ti's, they'll live on, but you'll probably start to see some 6GB 1060's or 1070's at least.


Buying a 'cheap' card like a 1050ti to bide you over at least 12~18 months, is the smart move, and you'll be able to play most things on High Textures, and medium shadows.

Especially if the game supports VULKAN.

#1200011 Poverty PC 'upgrade'

Posted by Master_Scythe on 19 February 2018 - 09:15 AM

You need to calm down a little Scythe... you're gonna have an accident in the pants.


Oh it takes a lot more these days than a 5%, guaranteed safe, overclock to get my pants even slightly moist.

#1199959 Poverty PC 'upgrade'

Posted by Master_Scythe on 16 February 2018 - 09:11 AM

YES to all the above!


Get the 1TB SSD.


Get the 1050Ti (really only the cooling differs, read reviews)


Add that ram!


Up the BCLK to 105mhz!



Smash some games!

#1199924 Poverty PC 'upgrade'

Posted by Master_Scythe on 15 February 2018 - 10:12 AM

----Intel Core i5-4430, 3200 MHz

The CPU is unlikely to be a bottleneck.

Or should I say, unlikely to be a MAJOR bottleneck. You'll gain a few frames, but nothing will jump from unplayable to playable; so I'd let it be.

Even with a locked multiplier, you can often tweak baseclock.


Jump in there and set your baseclock to 105mhz; this is a free 5% overclock.

Don't go beyond this, because baseclock also handles your storage and PCI-E lane speeds too, and while up to 108mhz is USUALLY fine, you can start to see some funky behavior (feel free to test if you're inclined!)


----G Skill Value F3-10666CL9-8GBNT 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3

Normally  8GB of ram is enough, but it depend what you're using it for I guess.

That however is a LOT of money to spend on new ram bro.... find second hand. If you have 4 slots, just get another 2x 4GB.


----Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 1GB

This is where you're going to feel the jump!

Though with that said, I don't think I'd ever go for a 1060,1070, or 1080 while the price point to performance ratio is so fucked up thanks to the mining trend.

I'd try and delay for another year and then pick up an ex mining card for minimum dollars.

If I was in your shoes? I'd be getting a 1050ti.


More than DOUBLE your current cards power, doesn't need an external power connector (so your PSU will certainly be A-OK with it), and they didnt get swept up in the mining boom, so you can get one for under $200. As low as $100 second hand.


Just, if you can avoid it, dont pay the robbery price for GPU's right now, its bullshit.

1050ti, 118% faster, cheap, done.


At least thats my 2c.

#1199860 Laptop or tablet for travel

Posted by Master_Scythe on 12 February 2018 - 09:30 PM

We purchase lots of tablet devices for work.

Surface have TERRIBLE reliability. We've literally had over 90% of them need warranty service from normal use.

Doing better are the HP X2 range, can't complain, and better in every way, including the feel of the keyboard IMO.


$3299 for top of the line


7+hrs battery life.

    0.76 kg (tablet)
1.13 kg (tablet and base)



That said, I'd consider an ultrabook because I personally have never said 'gee I wish I didnt have a keyboard right now.

Do you need said processing power?

Reason I ask, is because I used to think I did, but then I realised I never turn off my home PC. So I just RDP to my home PC to do anything 'hard'.


I'm a huge fan of cheap 'throwaways' like this:


#1199768 revisiting peltiers

Posted by Master_Scythe on 08 February 2018 - 11:29 AM

Yep... I'm not entirely happy ATM having a machine with a third of a litre of engine coolant sitting idle on the other side of the room with it's potential for trouble.

My preference is something that's simple and as failsafe as possible.


You should look into solid state passive cooling


#1199751 Chinese market phones.. are these a bargain?

Posted by Master_Scythe on 07 February 2018 - 02:40 PM



For chinese phone, recently Xiaomi released the xiaomi redmi 5A, anyone here has owned it? because I consider to buy it, but i don't like Chinese brand so much. 

If someone used this phone or bought it, then can you show some strong point for it? Thanks.


That phone looks like it would be a good candidate for my use case. Nice big 3000mah battery, and a 'low end' (meaning, low power use) CPU, that is fast enough to do at least one major task at once.

Considering I use a phone for Communication (messages, phone calls, forums, etc) and I don't use things like snapchat with complex filters, photo editing, or anything like that, i'm sure I'd be able to use it without ever feeling any lag.


While no one I know has that specific phone, two mates have Xiaomi phones.

One has a Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, and the other, a Note 4.


In all honesty, we can't fault them.

They're quick, they're stable, they take great photos, the IPS screen has good angles and coulors... I mean, it's an Android Phone, it can do everything you expect of it.


They were very 'anti china phones' for a while, but after using one, $200 vs $1500 for a 'samsung'? It was a pretty easy choice.


About the only thing the media likes to mention is that china phones can have spyware on them;

however (I work with a Chinese Colleague) and he was explaining Xiaomi, like Huawei are relying on going Global to expand their business.


After seeing how badly the brand OnePlus got attacked from their OWN spyware (not even 3rd party!) it'd be a nightmare to the company to risk that sort of underhanded trick.

Since the OnePLUS fiasco, everyone has been packet capturing their phones like mad, and no major leaks have been found in those china phones (yet).


If you're worried, just be sure to flash the OFFICAL rom to the phone the second you get it, and I'd rest easy :)


Xiaomi does some really neat stuff, especially if you go into the Mi Home type products also.


And, really, as Australians (I know you're not) for us, we don't care if China spies on us much :P


Thanks. As a vietnamese, Chinese isn't always a good neighbor.But as you said, for Xiaomi I trust on them.

I decided to buy this one.



It's always interesting when you hear about certain countries hating certain other countries.

It seems common in Asian countries.

In Australia, we have some individual people who dislike certain races, however there's no such thing as "Australia doesn't like X country"


But, yes, Xiaomi doesn't know who's going to buy their phone, so they're not going to go "Vietnamese?! MAKE IT CRAP!" lol

Big company, so hopefully, no problems :)


btw, I'm glad you ended up being a real user and not a spammer, it's always nice to have international members, you learn new things and get new perspectives :)

#1199722 After 17 years, it's time to look back...

Posted by Master_Scythe on 06 February 2018 - 09:24 AM



I don't know who's channel I'm stealing from, but someone already has them on youtube!


WATCH THEM AT 1.25x speed.

The 'plot' is very slow moving, but quite the lolz.






I have various things saved also, pretty sure I have the nekkid comps somewhere in giant "OldHDD.zip" archives of mine.


Need to dig through some files.



Also found this:


#1199697 Guess who's back, back again

Posted by Master_Scythe on 05 February 2018 - 03:40 PM

Well after nearly 4 years found out this forum still exist after the Atomic 17th Bday party Chaos put on


As I updated the meet thread, I was actually shocked at how many said "Wait, the forums still around?!"

Fuck facebook.

Yes it's very useful.... but i stand by my feels :P

#1199686 "As official as it gets" Atomic Meet - 17 years young! Date-3 Feb 18

Posted by Master_Scythe on 05 February 2018 - 09:17 AM

I don't know what else to add. I'm just so sore and happy.

I'll have a few photos to add eventually, but not a lot as Opy said, everyone just talked to everyone.

Not a quibble was had :)




Actually, by the end of the night, you could just call everyone Virul.  I think we all had a turn of wearing Virul's name tag by then.


Virul had a few :P

Buy the end of the night I'm pretty sure everyone would have been wearing Virul if your defences weren't up :P

#1199641 "As official as it gets" Atomic Meet - 17 years young! Date-3 Feb 18

Posted by Master_Scythe on 03 February 2018 - 09:16 PM

No one punched me for being annoying online.

And everyone called me crazy or insane for walking so far.

My night is going amazing :)