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In Topic: Ryzen: Built Another one!

Yesterday, 10:52 AM




Best thing about Seagate drives (never thought I'd type THAT!) is that it's Firmware level, block duplication, with (afaik) read-ahead.


Lets say he has an album he plays EVERY DAY when he gets home from work, but is a serial offender of the "Skip the last minute, I know how this song ends".

Well the SSHD will only cache the blocks he plays most often, it doesn't care about WHOLE files.

Isn't that neat?!


For the tiny cost difference (at least, on the 1TB drive), there's no reason to avoid them.



Ah neat, very neat.

In Topic: Ryzen: Built Another one!

19 September 2017 - 10:10 AM

And I'll be telling him to get $100 spare, and we'll throw a FireCuda SSHD in there ASAP.


Fun times ahead!

I would have thought an SSHD would be a waste for a data drive. Does the SSD component still get used when the OS is not installed to the SSHD?



Just did two Ryzen builds for the the digital display thingy I am setting up



Just about ready to go in to use.

Common components for two PCs are

Gigabyte GA-AB350M-HD3

AMD Ryzen 5 1400 with Wraith Cooler.

Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) DDR4 2133MHz Vengeance LPX

Kingston SUV400 480GB SSD

Corsair 650W CX 80+ PSU

Windows 10 Ent (from the customers VLKs)


For the desktop staff PC

Gigabyte nVidia Geforce GT 710 1GB GPU

Coolermaster Silencio 352. mATX


For the display controller

Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1050 G1 Gaming 2GB x2 (each card can handle 3 x HDMI out simultaneously)

Coolermaster N400 ATX Case.


Had a couple of issues with the build.

1) Mobos Bios had to be updated before they would boot with the AMD Ryzen 5 1400 so had to get in a Ryzen 7 1700 in just to update the BIOS (Grrr).

2) 1 stick of the the Corsair Ram was totally stuffed so had to get another pair in ( yet to warranty return the dud pair).


Once past those issue both boxes run very well and the staff are real happy with the speed boost from the old PC ( AMD AM2 X2, 4Gb ram, onboard GFX, 160Gb spinner drive).

In Topic: Blu-Ray on Windows 10

16 September 2017 - 08:36 AM

you can try mpc k lite codec, i think it work very good. 

Please don't, codec packs are a crappy shotgun approach which can end up causing more problems than they fix.

In Topic: NBN - Is it too expensive?

14 September 2017 - 09:35 AM

not having enough of something and left it at that, and that there is no ETA in terms of when its going to get fixed.  9 months later, still nothing.



Ah the dreaded "additional work still required" by the sound of it.

Seems to be a fairly common issue with no time line to rectify it so you just have to sit and wait.

The beauty of this for NBN Co is your area/building has been included in NBN Co's coverage/ready for service stats so it looks like they are rolling out lickety split, despite you not being able to actually get a connection.

In Topic: Twenty Two Minutes to type www.

13 September 2017 - 11:58 AM

Sometimes it's easier to just say 'click in window x, and press this key combination'

And the response is "what's a window?"

Been there done that.

And I hear you M_S. I have quite a few customers who just click on links their sons/daughters/whomever have put on the desktop to take the user straight to email/facebook/random news site and the like.

Tablet users can be worse. Had a couple who have said their tablet is broken because things are different. Turns out they had side swiped to the second or third screen and didn't know you could do this!

/heads desk. Or wonder why their tablet or laptop has no internet when away from the home wireless connection.