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Message 1418331 - Posted: 20 Sep 2013, 21:34:46 UTC

Real security or a big con?

Hacking race begins
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Message 1418535 - Posted: 21 Sep 2013, 12:16:43 UTC

In this case, North Carolina can be grateful that technology failed......

Nice switch

As for iOS 7 on an iPhone 4S, my verdict... Bland.
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Message 1420643 - Posted: 26 Sep 2013, 19:59:38 UTC

The three fingered salute...right or wrong?

Gates says Ctrl+Alt+Del a mistake
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Message 1420693 - Posted: 26 Sep 2013, 21:16:35 UTC - in response to Message 1420643.

The three fingered salute...right or wrong?

Gates says Ctrl+Alt+Del a mistake

I would say, that not for the first time, Bill is wrong.

A single re-boot switch on the keyboard would make it too easy to make a mistake.

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Message 1420698 - Posted: 26 Sep 2013, 21:26:35 UTC - in response to Message 1420643.

The three fingered salute...right or wrong?

Gates says Ctrl+Alt+Del a mistake


The article is incorrect, and I note that lots of Mac and *nix fans like to jump all over the mis-quoting by David Bradley.

CTRL+ALT+DEL did not become popular in the early 90s, and Mr. Bradley was not referring to using CTRL+ALT+DEL so much to restart a Microsoft OS because it crashed all the time. Mr. Bradley was referring to the fact that Microsoft chose to use CTRL+ALT+DEL as the method to log into your PC - but that was on NT flavored OSes which didn't see widespread use until Windows XP, and even then it was only on corporate based machines. Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000, as well as server variants were mostly only used by enthusiasts and other specific positions within a company.

Even though many IBM PC Compatible users were using CTRL+ALT+DEL to reboot, I wouldn't exactly call it popular if only a relatively small portion of the world used computers as that time.

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Message 1420699 - Posted: 26 Sep 2013, 21:27:09 UTC - in response to Message 1420693.

The three fingered salute...right or wrong?

Gates says Ctrl+Alt+Del a mistake

I would say, that not for the first time, Bill is wrong.

A single re-boot switch on the keyboard would make it too easy to make a mistake.


Agreed. Better to have it purposefully difficult and require two hands so as to not be done by accident.

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Message 1425738 - Posted: 8 Oct 2013, 14:04:17 UTC

Here's an issue I've never come across before. Booting up my system on Friday all I got was a black screen with the graphics details showing and a flashing cursor. It would not proceed to the bios followed by O/S booting.

Rebooted several times same issue. POST ok. Thinking it could be an issue with the GPU shutdown and replaced graphics card.

Problem solved. Used system for the rest of the afternoon, also over the weekend.

Returned home this afternoon and booted up, same problem, so again replaced with another GPU. The original was a Geoforce 9500GT 1gb, replaced with the same model but 512mb which I've replaced with a 512mb 7300.

Shutdown while grabbing a tea to test my suspicions. Rebooted, same issue.

Is the PCI-E slot failing or is there another issue involved?

System currently ok and in use by using onboard graphics.
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Message 1425744 - Posted: 8 Oct 2013, 14:10:39 UTC - in response to Message 1425738.

Here's an issue I've never come across before. Booting up my system on Friday all I got was a black screen with the graphics details showing and a flashing cursor. It would not proceed to the bios followed by O/S booting.

Rebooted several times same issue. POST ok. Thinking it could be an issue with the GPU shutdown and replaced graphics card.

Problem solved. Used system for the rest of the afternoon, also over the weekend.

Returned home this afternoon and booted up, same problem, so again replaced with another GPU. ...

System currently ok and in use by using onboard graphics.


PSU failing?

Dust/dirt fouling the cooling or slot contacts?...


Run a memcheck... (Memtest86+)

Good luck,
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Message 1425747 - Posted: 8 Oct 2013, 14:18:31 UTC - in response to Message 1425744.
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Had a spring clean the weekend before. It's a fairly newish PSU, but it's an idea to swap it out to test.

Will run memtest overnight.

Edit. Since it first happened on Friday, left the rig on 24/7 over the weekend. It only seems to happen after a shutdown.
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Message 1425797 - Posted: 8 Oct 2013, 19:06:20 UTC - in response to Message 1425738.

Is the PCI-E slot failing or is there another issue involved?

Could be. Well, not the slot per say but the MB. Too many card insertions and removals can cause traces to break. Might be fine when cold but go flaky when hot - or the reverse.

Could also be a PSU ready to quit or perhaps the infamous capacitor issue.

With three different cards, you have eliminated that. With the system up and happy without a card you also eliminate a lot of other possibles.


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Message 1426121 - Posted: 9 Oct 2013, 15:03:14 UTC

Swapped out the PSU, same problem. No Ram issues and gave it another thorough clean.

Shut system down. Booted up 10 minutes ago and got this.....


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Message 1426127 - Posted: 9 Oct 2013, 15:18:36 UTC - in response to Message 1426121.
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A Windows Update gone bad?

Anti-virus silliness?

Try a HDD check just in case corrupt data is being loaded...

Try a system diagnostics from a LiveCD to make sure all the hardware really is ok?


Sorry, more clues needed. Looks infuriatingly random...

Good luck,
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Message 1426143 - Posted: 9 Oct 2013, 16:11:42 UTC

Looks like a I/O bus hardware control chip went south or a broken trace / cold solder joint.

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Message 1426167 - Posted: 9 Oct 2013, 16:52:03 UTC
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Message 1437616 - Posted: 4 Nov 2013, 2:12:22 UTC

A bit of technology that could put all the energy firms out of business.....

Individual heating

I want one!
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Message 1437657 - Posted: 4 Nov 2013, 4:27:01 UTC

Pretty nifty device they have.

Sirius, Any update on the customer you had that had a wonky home electrical system? (The lady that had computer problems.)


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Message 1437661 - Posted: 4 Nov 2013, 4:49:28 UTC - in response to Message 1437657.

No but they're still having electrical issues. I can't seem to get through to her.
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Message 1437665 - Posted: 4 Nov 2013, 5:00:46 UTC - in response to Message 1437661.

No but they're still having electrical issues. I can't seem to get through to her.

I can only hope that nothing bad happens. house wireing is nothing to play around with when it starts acting up.
Keep pestering her, You could save a life.
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Message 1437668 - Posted: 4 Nov 2013, 5:04:52 UTC - in response to Message 1437665.

No but they're still having electrical issues. I can't seem to get through to her.

I can only hope that nothing bad happens. house wireing is nothing to play around with when it starts acting up.
Keep pestering her, You could save a life.


I will but the problem is that the year I relocated here, a relative of theirs died in a house fire approx. 5 minutes away from my current address. The family have since become my customers. That's 63 members and they're a great extended family.

I think their issue is finances. I've pointed out that money is useless to them should they experience a fire.
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Message 1442660 - Posted: 15 Nov 2013, 14:00:49 UTC

Oh dear, anyone for flying?

3D printing parts for passenger jet engines

Hmmmmn.........

ATF test 3D printed gun...only to have it blow up

Now do you want to fly?
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