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I am an undergraduate computer science and mathematics student in New Zealand. My fields of interest are computer graphics, in particular the physics of light transport, and to some extent cryptography, as well as programming and software development in general.


Jul
30
comment Extended Firefox use causes my sound to cut out
Why tagged firefox? And I think you will need to provide more detail to get a specific answer, this could be anything ranging from a virus to simply overheating.
Jul
30
comment Black screen after installation of graphics card
@DerekTownsend then the BIOS identified the card as functioning. Does a different graphics card (without changing cord and monitor) work? If so, the display connection on the back of your card could be dead and I would RMA.
Jul
30
comment How to force display through PCI video card when onboard graphics is not working?
@DavidSchwartz not always true, if you are doing GPGPU number crunching that doesn't produce realtime output you will want your good card to crunch in the background without interfering with the display, so you let the weak card handle the latter. But I agree this is a rare case.
Jul
29
comment How to force display through PCI video card when onboard graphics is not working?
Jumpers only reset the BIOS to a default state afaik.
Jul
29
comment Black screen after installation of graphics card
Does the computer actually boot or does it shut down after a few seconds? Have you tried a different display cable and monitor?
Jul
29
comment How to force display through PCI video card when onboard graphics is not working?
Why doesn't the BIOS automatically switch to PCI graphics once it discovers the onboard graphics chipset is shot? Have you ruled out a VGA/DVI transmission issue? Sounds like a SOL situation to me. The only hackish solution that springs to mind is to look for a very detailed description of your BIOS somewhere, complete with screenshots, and attempt to blindfold your way through.
Jul
23
comment How to block audio and video streaming in wireless network
127.0.0.1 most definitely will not be your router's web page, that's the loopback address. Try 192.168.X.Y (usually 192.168.0.1 if you don't share a gateway)
Jul
21
comment Do pip and easy_install download Python packages securely?
Seriously? Your updating tools could be trojaned, the repository could have been hacked or the Python package itself might have a backdoor in it. If you are that concerned about somebody poisoning your downloads, you should install the packages yourself (doing the hash computation on pen and paper just to be sure, of course!). Put simply, I think you are luring yourself into a false sense of security if you think digital signatures are the ultimate answer to viruses.
Jul
21
comment Messed Up My Computer, Badly
@Dougvj The question is tagged OSX.
Jul
20
comment Overclocking: Is my gpu too hot?
Just remember that some more exotic sensor readings like motherboard auxiliary fan speed may not be available on your hardware (maybe the motherboard doesn't support it or whoever built the computer never bothered to plug the sensor into the motherboard), so use common sense to discard strange results.
Jul
20
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Jul
20
comment Overclocking: Is my gpu too hot?
@nathpilland HWInfo is my favorite as it displays all your GPU sensors (as well as basically everything else in your computer case), but GPU-Z isn't bad either.
Jul
20
answered Overclocking: Is my gpu too hot?
Jul
20
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Jul
13
comment nVidia Driver Crash
@JonathanGleason I can't explain it. It is, conceivable that the card may be damaged beyond repair, but there is no real way to know. Is it still under warranty?
Jul
13
comment nVidia Driver Crash
@JonathanGleason A TDR is when Windows detects your graphics driver has died and resets it (with the infamous "your display driver has failed and successfully recovered" message in the taskbar). VIDEO_TDR_ERROR indicates Windows did detect that your driver died, but couldn't restart it for some reason. Either your driver is faulty (but you said you did a fresh install) or something is terribly wrong with your card. You may require more interactive help to solve this issue.
Jul
13
comment nVidia Driver Crash
@JonathanGleason I don't know, be imaginative, disable the fan or play with hysterisis settings, run some form of benchmark... Of course if the card is too badly damaged you may not be having the same issue I had, in which case there is no point doing what I suggest. Do you get a blue screen or a TDR, or either at random?
Jul
13
comment nVidia Driver Crash
Bad drivers absolutely can destroy your hardware, this happened with nVidia when a specific driver basically fried thousands of consumer graphics cards. However, the TDR issue isn't new, it seems most drivers have a tendency to crash on random stuff on Windows 7/8. This may be a shot in the dark but try heating up your card to roughly 65C and then attempt to do something graphics intensive, does it still crash?
Jul
10
comment How can I email a 750GB file by tomorrow?
750GB of text? That would border insanity. I'm not even sure what kind of data is being dealt with, but it probably needs to be processed before being sent (sort of like those people uploading 15GB video files to youtube).