Posts by Cliff Harding

1) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1937259)
Posted 26 May 2018 by Profile Cliff Harding
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Another 1804 issue reported, though very rare, is that the update may erroneously assign a hard drive letter to the hidden 450mb Win partition, causing it to mess up drive assignments and report a low disk space error on that partition.
Solution is to remove the assignment of a drive letter to that partition, either via command line or from windows.
Haven't seen this; just saw mention of it on Tom's Hardware.


I ran across this problem, it showed as a virtual drive which would increase over time, and if I remember correctly I was able to delete it but I can't exactly remember how. I do remember that I had to go to the web to find the answer, and I think it had something to do with the registry. The only other problem that I had was with 3.0 USB. Until then, the 3.0 USB ports were backward compatible and I had an 2.0 external Blu-Ray drive using a 3.0 port, which became unusable after the update as the system would not recognize it. I did find a 3.0 external enclosure ( NextStar DX) that uses an existing internal Blu-Ray/DVD drive and outputs it via the 3.0/3.1 USB with the same performance as if it was still an internal drive.
2) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1933064)
Posted 1 May 2018 by Profile Cliff Harding
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I just backed out of the new update (ver. 1803 - build 17134.1). It does not recognize my external USB Blu-Ray drive. Can't use it for anything, movies, music, etc.

Did MS nuke its driver? Might be worth a refresh. Just a thought.


I think it did. Upon the restore back to the previous version, the device was recognized and is working perfectly.
3) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1933058)
Posted 1 May 2018 by Profile Cliff Harding
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I just backed out of the new update (ver. 1803 - build 17134.1). It does not recognize my external USB Blu-Ray drive. Can't use it for anything, movies, music, etc.
4) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1932335)
Posted 27 Apr 2018 by Profile Cliff Harding
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It looks like the failed Spring Creators update (commonly known as Redstone 4) that was supposed to happen on 10 April, will be available for d/l on 30 April and via Windows update on 8 May (update Tuesday) -- More bloatware.
https://liliputing.com/2018/04/the-next-major-windows-10-update-rolls-out-april-30th.html
https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/windows-10-april-update-release-date
5) Message boards : Politics : The situation in the Middle East is in chaos (Message 1929919)
Posted 14 Apr 2018 by Profile Cliff Harding
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Anyway.
Syrian air defense units had intercepted 71 cruise missiles out of the 103 launched, including all of the ones that had been fired at Dumayr military airport, located in the northeast of Damascus, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
https://youtu.be/mQZC7ulv-ao


It's curious that the above link shows daylight strikes, when the actual strikes were during the very early morning Syria time (03:00 - 04:00), total darkness. Remember that both times that Cadet Bonespurs did announce strikes were during this same time period. If you had paid any attention, Cadet Bonespurs didn't do anything until he got approval from Faux News. Even though there was structural damage at both locations, due to the fact that our president, announced several days ago that strikes were coming, which allowed the Syrian government to evacuate most if not all of its personnel from those 2 locations. I wouldn't be surprised if all of the chemical agents was removed from the storage site. It would have been more effective if no previous announcement was made.

Syrian air defenses are not that great, may have brought down some of the cruise missiles, but I doubt that it brought down 71 out of 103. The Syrian air defense system (S200) is primitive; it is the same system that was used in Vietnam. The S400 system, which is the current production Russian air defense system and very capable, is currently only used around the base(s) that have Russian military; which is/are in northern Syria. Where was the Syrian Air Force? It seems that they stayed on the ground after they moved to the Russian bases.

As his world is collapsing around him, because of the Russia probe, he had to let off some steam and this was his way to do it. We should name this action as Desert Stormy!!
6) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1929557)
Posted 12 Apr 2018 by Profile Cliff Harding
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Here's the reason why the Spring Creators update is being postponed.

https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-holds-releasing-windows-10-version-1803-public
7) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1929412)
Posted 11 Apr 2018 by Profile Cliff Harding
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The Spring Creators update (Redstone 4/ ver. 1803) has been delayed until....?

http://news.softpedia.com/news/windows-10-spring-creators-update-reportedly-delayed-520622.shtml
8) Message boards : Number crunching : Nvidia ends support for Fermi GPUs and 32-bit drivers (Message 1928868)
Posted 8 Apr 2018 by Profile Cliff Harding
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For those who are still running Fermi GPUs, you may find this interesting.

http://www.guru3d.com/news-story/nvidia-ends-support-for-fermi-gpus-and-32-bit-drivers.html
9) Message boards : Number crunching : Gone south (Message 1927975)
Posted 4 Apr 2018 by Profile Cliff Harding
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Hey Cliff, quick question, I've heard that newer machines with the latest procs aren't technically 'compatible' with Win 7, though there are ways (as you found) to get it working properly on that platform. My question is, why did you go the next step to 10, as it appears that you had 7 running properly? Do you like it better than 7, or do you have a bunch of software that is only 10 compatible? I ask because I'm curious, and it appears from the outside looking in that you had 7 successfully installed, but still moved on to 10 anyways. Enquiring minds want to know! ;-)


As far as getting Win 7 installed, I just kept attempting to do the install and I guess the machine said to he@@ll with it and allowed the install to occur. I never was able to finish all of the updates to Win 7, it stopped after the SP1 update and the OS was the only thing on the system at that point. It wouldn't even search for them. I couldn't go to the update directory because only IE 8 was installed and I kept getting popups whenever I opened it saying it was outdated, and it never functioned well. The popup about the OS being outdated kept appearing every couple of minutes, even when the system was idle, so I don't think I had a fully stable system. So I really had no choice but to go to Win 10 Pro (x64). It's all quite baffling as it seems that the Win 10 install needed some Win 7 drivers to do an install. I still couldn't use the Win 10 install stick, but the system builder install disk worked after several attempts. The system is still not completely stable as there are a slew of major errors showing in the event viewer some of them dealing with the kernel. I've never paid any attention to the event viewer before, but I believe that it was filled with so many major errors that it just refused to take it anymore and went bellied up .

As far as liking favoring 7 over 10 -- HELL YES!!!, I think I had better control over the system and it was much more responsive especially for someone who knows just enough about the PC to be dangerous. I can install different applications and get them to seemly to function correctly, but I know nothing abut the inner workings of the OS and how it functions. With M$S attempting to put everything, and I mean everything, in the OS to work cross- platform leaves much to be desired. This thing is so bloated with apps and games I have no desire to have or the need to have, to me makes it unmanagable. I can't get rid or disable anything that is linked to the OS so all of those apps are just taking up space that could be used for other things. Right now the system resides on a 128Gb SSD with approx. 62% free, which I believe is below the accepted 80% free space, so I guess I'll have to get a larger SSD for the system drive, which also means I'll have to get a larger HDD for my daily backups.
10) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1927961)
Posted 4 Apr 2018 by Profile Cliff Harding
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I had a total meltdown on my 7700K on Monday morning and the Win10 Pro install stick would not work, it kept aborting with a missing or corrupted file msg. I have an old Win 10 Pro system builder disk that was never used and even it didn't work. After several frustrating hours I was able to get an old Win 7 to install by disconnecting all drives SSD (2) and the HDD, leaving just the system drive and the Blu-ray drive connected. Everything went well until I after the SP 1 update. I kept getting this popup stating that the OS was outdated and would not work on your machine. After I reconnected the drives, and had a more or less stable system and activating Win 7, the Win 10 install stick still aborted. I eventually got the system builder Win 10 disk to work without supplying a key, late Monday night. I finally got the system back up to a more or less stable yesterday morning, with the event viewer is showing a lot of major errors that I don't understand and don't know how to fix. But right now I'm standing on this side of the grass, vertical, and sucking air; and the machine is up and running and crunching. God, or whoever it is who is the main spokesperson up there, I would give my left one to have Win 7 back.
11) Message boards : Number crunching : Gone south (Message 1927955)
Posted 4 Apr 2018 by Profile Cliff Harding
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Well, now that the nightmare is over I'm back up, more or less, and crunching again as of mid afternoon yesterday. I guess I'll have to wait until Milkyway has finished before I can start crunching Seti again, but that will give the splitters enough time to get rid of the total thirst of everyone else trying to get WUs.
12) Message boards : Number crunching : Gone south (Message 1927890)
Posted 3 Apr 2018 by Profile Cliff Harding
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Win 10 back up for now (00:17 eastern). I'm exhausted -- this old man needs his sleep. Will pick it up again later today (tomorrow) and should be crunching number sometime in the afternoon. I DON'T WANT TO GO THRU THIS AGAIN ANYTIME SOON
13) Message boards : Number crunching : Gone south (Message 1927871)
Posted 3 Apr 2018 by Profile Cliff Harding
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After most of the day and many games it looks like win10 is finally getting installed. I ended up installing win7 first, which was a bear to do seeing that the machine is win10 compatible only , getting as many updates as possible, then getting win10 to install. Right now it's loading the 1st 3Gb of udates (72%) so far.
14) Message boards : Number crunching : Gone south (Message 1927814)
Posted 2 Apr 2018 by Profile Cliff Harding
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I'm posting this from my phone. My machine went south this morning, below the equator, and it doesn't look like it wants to come back home. Can't recover from backup and won't install from install stick. Keep getting (0x80070570) missing or corrupted file(s).
15) Message boards : Number crunching : 13 Security Vulnerabilities and Manufacturer Backdoors Exposed In AMD Ryzen Processors (Message 1924387)
Posted 14 Mar 2018 by Profile Cliff Harding
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Those of you that have AMD's Ryzen processors should read this.

http://www.guru3d.com/news-story/13-critical-security-vulnerabilities-and-manufacturer-backdoors-discovered-in-amd-ryzen-processors.html
16) Message boards : Number crunching : Temporary down - Swap out (Message 1921715)
Posted 28 Feb 2018 by Profile Cliff Harding
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Hey all -- Getting ready for the hot and heady days of summer so I'll be offline for at least a day, maybe two, as I rebuild my system into a new case. Swapping out a Cooler Master HAF32 for a Corsair Obsidian 500D. Needed room for my liquid cooling, it was really cramped in the old case. May show pics afterwards.
17) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1907747)
Posted 17 Dec 2017 by Profile Cliff Harding
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I thought Internet Exploder went away with 10?


Thank GOD, it's still hanging around as Win 10 will install both (backward compatability). I use PC Matic as my anit-virus software and when I go to their website I can't use some of the tools using Edge, so IE 11 comes in very handy. I also have a problem with my HP 6968 Officejet Pro printer not being able to print interent pages, so I use IE for that also.
18) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1906695)
Posted 13 Dec 2017 by Profile Cliff Harding
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The December 2017 update corrupted one or more of the databases concerning system updates that my machine has become non-effective. The corruption(s) cannot be fixed via the 'Troubleshooter', and it can take from 1- 3 hrs. to recycle the machine. Even the system restore, prior to the initial update attempt did not work correctly as it recycled the machine @ 00:15 this morning, and at 02:30 it was still attempting to shutdown, but was up this morning when I signed op at 08:20.

I will be off-line for at least 24 hrs, as I attempt to do a complete clean re-install of the system.
19) Message boards : Number crunching : use 2 out of 3 GPU (Message 1901371)
Posted 16 Nov 2017 by Profile Cliff Harding
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Michel -
Insert the appropriate one in your cc_comfig.xml

<ignore_intel_dev>N</ignore_intel_dev> or <ignore_nvidia_dev>N</ignore_nvidia_dev>. Subsitute "N" with the device #, which you can get from the beginning of your event log.

On the other hand, I see that you have an i7/4770K, go into your bios and select the iGPU for your primary monitor and recycle the machine and insert this instead <ignore_intel_dev>N</ignore_intel_dev>. That way you can use your monitor for just about everything unless you're also a gamer. Hey MOM, I now have 3 x 1070s crunching.

I've used the internal iGPU on both my 4770k & 7770K and have no problems with movies, simple games, etc. with no lagging. You might have to adjust your CPU % a bit and you might lose those tasks that were assigned to the iGPU , but everything should work out.
20) Message boards : News : Database slowness (Message 1900490)
Posted 11 Nov 2017 by Profile Cliff Harding
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Eric - Thanks for the update. I don't know if this makes any difference in your troubleshooting, but I haven't gotten an CPU tasks for several hours, in fact I'm down to 17 from 100.


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