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  1. I have grown out of time for games, and so I think that this might be a good time to totally switch to Linux. Since I also want to play around with Python etc. What I still use a lot is the Adobe products for work, but I do have a beast of a laptop that work has purchased for me, and that runs all that.

    Should I look into getting a new GPU? An Nvidia one and throw away my current one? Would I also need a new CPU for better linux support?

  2. You have to use the open source AMD drivers, AMD catalyst drivers are broken on ubuntu.

    Yes I thought so, but how do I use the live cd in order to install linux if I cannot see what I'm doing. I will need a different installation method?

    Always seem to be missing somethings, needing to do something in order to make linux work. At least with an AMD Gpu. And the funny thing is that I always prefer AMD GPU over Nvidia on my desktop and I miss out on linux.


    I might just build a mini machine with an APU and just run linux on it, or get a new video card from Nvidia :(

  3. Hi again,

    well today I thought of trying again so that I can start learning Python. I thought of trying to install linux again.

    Tried latest Ubuntu, SUSE and Mint.

    I could run them using Virtualbox but without any hardware acceleration.

    I could not even run the LiveCDs as I got graphics glitches and the screen is not readable. I guess I could go ahead an read on forums etc. and try and find a solution, but to be honest I could not be bothered. Sick of doing that.

    Why can't we just have things work out of the box in computers?

    I would need to purchase a new PC in order to run Linux... :( Either an Intel APU, or with an Nvidia Gpu.

    OR I could just forget about it for some time again and just run Python under win10

  4. I tried a live CD on my Dell laptop. Intel i7 with a quadro gpu. Loaded fine and looked great. Even the touch screen works. I will dual boot ubuntu on this laptop as it's a work machine.

    My desktop being all AMD for some reason the live CD booted to a black screen and the monitor goes to sleep. So I guess my GPU is not compatible.


    With my work machine though the only drawback would be adobe products. We use them a lot and I would of thought that now with adobe cloud it would work on Ubuntu natively. If that could work then I wouldn't need the dual boot.


    Security wise, I know linux is safer etc. But I do pay for bitdefender on all my machines and they do not have a version for linux (discontinued). Don't we also need an antivirus protection on linux? I know most virus and attacks are for the most used OS out there which is Windows, but the more linux is used and grows wouldn't that make it more of a target?

  5. Yes you guys are right. What's the point? I do everything I want easy with Windows. Always have since win 3.1 & Dos.

    I did complain every second windows version but always used windows. (Loved 3.1, 98, XP, 7 and now 10, - hated 95, ME, Vista, and 8.1)


    I always wanted to use Linux, was always arguing with friend in favor of linux even though I always used windows apart from UNIX at UNI.


    Now that I'm too old (40 yrs old) to have the luxury of time to waste on trying to play around with an OS, format this, format that trying to make it work, I notice that windows serves me better and I've on this environment for so long I feel comfortable with it and sorting out if things go wrong.


    I think that forking is something that never really worked in favor of Linux, and all open source software, and that's why I thought maybe Ubuntu is getting somewhere with Canonical working on it. Then again RedHat did the same for a while and then they just moved away from home system and just focused on server environments etc.


    My guess is that Linux is part of my world in form of my Android phone and that's about it. Even there windows is kind enough to work with my Android phone, something that MacOS does not seem to like. but that's another story.


    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I'm sure this discussion has been seen in the forum thousands of times, so I'm off to fire up BattleNet and play a game of starcraft 2 on my win10 machine :) before I do some work with Adobe products, notpad++, wampserver and python all on the same machine.

  6. Hi,

    I've always wanted to try Linux. Been trying since 1996 with early versions of Red Hat. At the time the fun was always trying to install it properly. Never lasted though as a gamer I always switched back to windows.
    Even later when I thought to myself "no gaming", I found it hard to use without native support for Adobe products. Tried dual booting, but the fun had always been setting it up, and modifying the desktop experience with nice effects.

    The challenge was nice since I've always only had ATI card since 3Dfx Voodoo :)


    I found that Ati/AMD GPU never failed me but I had once or twice a bad experience with Nvidia cards. I know that it's not the nvidia chips, but rather the manufacturers. I've always had Saphire and ASUS ati/amd cards and always very happy with them.


    Now it's been a long time and I've always been trying to install and run linux properly, but my choice of graphics card has always failed me. And on top of it Adobe products, and my love for games. Tried many distros from Ubuntu to Debian to Fedora and LinuxMint.


    Last night I thought I try again and downloaded the latest Ubuntu version. I thought I'll check out the live dvd. No chance. I boot it, and end up with a blank screen. So my GPU failed me once again.


    To be honest I've been using PCs for a very long time since my Amiga500 days and my first 386. Just saying that I've been through so much fixing failing systems, and I've come to the point were I just want things to work out of the box. Don't have the patience to fix things up.


    I play games so I have my steam, I pay for Adobe cloud and I just want a system that can run these for me. It seems that I'll never be able to use a Linux system and that I'm stuck in the Windows world. Which to be honest has its flaws but works.

    I know it's not the OS but the manufacturer support.


    So will I ever switch to Linux? Not sure. Do I want to? Yes.. at least try it for a while but it seems that I need to go through the process of getting a new graphics card. And not only that, say I do get a new graphics card, then I'll have to go through the process of playing around with WINE etc just to get a few things working.


    Anyway, I thought I share my thoughts since I tried once again with no luck.


  7. Wasted so much money now. Getting a new PSU. Which I got that first, but like I said... the mobo indicator seems to be a problem for a lot of people. Without being clear what it is. I read so many different things online, from a bad BIOS to stabilizing voltages... hoestly have been put off by all of this.

    We might get a new PSU and still have the same issue....crazy.


    EDIT: could have built a new Intel system with all the money spent so far

  8. Hi,

    I have visited a friend's office and noticed something.

    They have one UPS on which they have added power adapter to fit more things on it. So they got a 5 hole power cable adapter outlet, cut out the power point and adjasted on it a point that fits the ups with tape.

    Now on this they hooked up the router, some printers etc and 2 PCs.


    My opinion is to use the UPS just for the PCs, and just get APC surge protect outlets for the printers. Isn't this the way to go? Or is it having such setup with multiple outlets on a UPS by the use of multiple power outlets.


    I would use an APC Surgeprottect outlet, and on that add the UPS which will have the PCs only connected to it, and all the rest like printers and router on another surge protected outlet.





  9. I'm a bit puzzled, you done all you can other than replace CPU or PSU. I had an Athlon system (overclocked) and the CPU fan died. Well, the CPU cooked itself as well when the fan died. Never had that happen with any of my Intel systems though.


    I have never ever overclocked and always had AMD systems (my last intel was a 486sx 33, and a Pentium 3). I have never overclocked cause I always believed that I was shortening the lifespan of the system. And also because I never had the cash to play around like that. Always had AMD cpu and ATI/AMD GPU. I still remember my 3dfx voodoo ;)



    Checked the PSU could a problem in their ,when you removed the power cable it was powering down. Could be a dud capacitor in their spiking the voltage or even a rail not supplying enough power.


    Try a different PSU ,sounds more like the PSU now.


    I will check the 8 pin for voltage with a voltage meter and see what reading I get. It will be a pain to spend money on a new CPU and CPU Cooler when it might be the PSU

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  10. I looked up a power calculator and even the FX-9590 at 4.7 will be ok. But I think that it might just be an overclocked 8350 and it might not be worth the extra money.

    Now regarding the issue, it is so unclear what this CPU Led is for. It's happening on both mobos. Today I checked and the Noctua cooler seems to be setup right. It is not touching naywhere else. Looked at the backplate as well.

    The funny thing is that ti does it I mean the led lights up with no post, then if you unplug the power for a few hours it would post... and then on another shutdown it might not post again and the CPU Led lights up.


    Could the CPU be damaged? I bought a new mobo, now going to order a new CPU and new Noctua cooler (bigger one this time)


    I need to do a proper test of the Power Supply, will also take appart the cpu again. Clean it, check for bent pins and try again.


    I am getting sick of PCs like this. When things fail and it is not certain what it might be. All these expensive motherboards, led indicators that are not accurate. CPU Led, is it the power form the PSU? Could it be the cooler fans that are 3 pin and not 4? Could this cause it? But why not all the time? How can it work and then not? Why isn't the problem all the time? Why would it post if left without power for hours?

  11. Hi,

    my brother's computer was overheating last summer and it did shut down a few times because of it. Now I was away overseas and told him to take it easy and I would look into it. Another thing was that occasionaly it would not start up. The CPU Led would light up and it would not post. Fan and all had power, but no post.

    I returned and changed his thermal paste which did fix the overheating issue. The CPU red light still appeared. When this happened it would not post. He had to unplug the power for a few hours and the try to boot. It sometimes would post etc and it would work unless he shut down. Then the issue might appear again.

    Now his PC consisted of the following:

    AMD 8350 8 core at 4GHz PSU with noctua NH-U9B cpu cooler

    ASUS M5A99X Evo R2.0 mobo

    Corsair CX600M PSU

    Sapphire Dual-X R9 270X GPU

    16GB RAM and 256gb SSD.


    Now trying to troubleshoot this error, I read somewhere that the CPU Led would light up when CPU is not present. So anyway he was in a hurry to get his PC fixed and so we did not bother with sending the mobo back, and we ordered a new mobo.


    We now have the ASUS Sabertouth 990FX R2.0. So I installed the mobo today. I started a new clean install of windows, and after the first shutdown, the post issue appeared again. So we get a CPU Led and no post again.


    Now the thing is that we could not have two failed mobos. So my thought is that it might be the CPU. The heating issues that he had might have cooked it or something.


    He wants to get a new CPU.


    My question is. Can we diagnose this issue? Is it really the CPU? And if it is, then we want to get the AMD FX-9590 4.7GHZ 8-CORE BOX.


    Now the previous CPU needed 125W, and the new AMD FX-9590 4.7GHZ needs 220W.

    If we do end up getting the new CPU, will the system handle it? Will the PSU handle it? Can you recomend a cpu heatsink to go with the AMD FX-9590 4.7GHZ? Cause my guess is that a cooler needs to be able to take 220W psu heat right?



    Any thouhgts or direction would be appreciated.


    thank you

  12. Well going through the Xonar sound card, sounds nice. I think that going through the USB dongle seemed louder but I avoid using it as I don't like using the usb as a connection.

    At the moment (while waiting for the creative audio/mic splitter), I use the normal 3.5 connection in the the front panel of my tower which is connected to my sound card. When the splitter comes, I will be able to use the mic as well.

    The dongle has nice sound to be honest, but I guess that I will need to play with the sound card's equalizer for optimum settings.

    Not sure if my onboard soundcard has the 7.1 virtual sound.

    I will try to listen carefully to all three: onboard, xonar, and dongle and reply here. While playing the Witcher 3 ofcourse?

    The dongle is a bonus for laptops and all, but since I have the xonar sound card, why not use it.