1,353 reputation
21126
bio website orthogonaltonormal.com
location Johnstown, PA
age 33
visits member for 5 years
seen 11 hours ago
//TODO Glorious Lies

Sep
23
comment What is the rationale behind using a third party uninstaller, when uninstalling applications on a Windows PC?
+1 for the last paragraph
Sep
23
comment Can PSU cause my PC to reboot?
@skiwi those specs definitely show it's the PSUs problem. 75% efficient, and barely able to putput half its power at 12V indicate a design that's about a decade old. A modern design should be able to put out at least 80% of its power at 12V; many of the newest ones are able to do >95% because almost everything in a new computer is powered off of 12V. And as I commented above, the 42A figure includes enough to power a much more power hungry CPU and a relatively large safety margin. superuser.com/questions/649001/can-psu-cause-my-pc-to-reboot/…
Sep
23
comment Can PSU cause my PC to reboot?
Bluntly, and ignoring that it's a recomendation for total PSU performance not the amount of power that the card itself draws (roughly half), that claim is crap. Numbers that high were created to give a decent lying specsheet crap PSU margin, at a time when high end CPUs were ~100-130W and the chipset on the motherboard easily did another 20-30W. Now they persist equally from ignorance and to sell bigger PSUs than needed.
Sep
23
comment Can PSU cause my PC to reboot?
@SinisterMJ that's only the way to go if your computer is normally operating at or near full load. If it spends most of its time near idle loads a smaller PSU will do better overall since you'll rarely be in or near the peak range. In addition, because efficiency curves are normally quite flat between about 20 and 80% load you're rarely looking at more than a few percent theoretical gain. My recommendation is generally full load +200W since that's enough of a margin to keep the PSU fan spinning at low speed and not adding to the systems fan noise while keeping idle power near a 20% load.
Sep
23
comment Can PSU cause my PC to reboot?
Where is the OP saying his GPU is drawing 500w? He's reporting 480W wall power for the system; and since he's using a low end PSU it's unlikely to be more than 80% efficient, and only 70% wouldn't surprise me. That gives ~330-390 W total system power. For the hardware listed in his system the lower end of the range seems most likely.
Sep
23
comment Can PSU cause my PC to reboot?
At 30E and 550W, your PSU is almost certainly a low quality one that's unlikely to perform well at its listed rating if it's capable of. A good PSU in that power class should cost at least twice as much.
Aug
30
comment Why does RAM have to be volatile?
@jhocking because no non-volatile technology of comparable performance is available.
Aug
30
awarded  Announcer
Aug
16
comment what is difference between Internet Explorer (64-bit) and Internet Explorer?
@Holger do IE10/11 have the same limitation in 64bit mode?
Aug
15
comment What is the purpose of the tiny ruler that I've just pulled out of the side of my Dell Latitude E6430?
@Hennes PC Card formally is PCMCIA v5 even though it switched from ISA to PCI internally; and Express Card is the officially designated successor. The vehicle analogy would be a car in a specific model getting a redesign everything inside but keep the name update; followed by being replaced with a new design/new name model in the same market segment.
Aug
15
comment What is the purpose of the tiny ruler that I've just pulled out of the side of my Dell Latitude E6430?
That seems to be a fairly new enhancement. My 6420 (along with the 6400, 630, and 600 I had before) all came with fillers that just had enough plastic framing to hold their shape.
Aug
15
comment RJ11 for ethernet connection
@MarkHenderson Dell still offers them on some Latitude models.
Aug
14
comment RJ11 for ethernet connection
@sall If your laptop is new enough to have a USB3 port a USB3-gigabit adapter would give significantly better performance. Otherwise yes.
Aug
5
comment Why can't old PCs view modern sites?
@JourneymanGeek the multiple videostreams BeOS was able to play on a P2 were almost certainly much less compressed (MPEG2 vs h264) far lower quality than anything modern. Back in '99 I considered 360p to be a high quality video (vs 240 or 160p); and don't recall seeing anything above 480p except for an occasional simulation from scientific computing.
Jul
17
answered Is there a Word interpretation of TeX's `\hfil` and `\vfil`?
Jun
27
comment What is your preferred size and number of monitors?
I've had that configuration for a few years now. Outside of gaming, it's great 99% of the time: the remainder I wish had had 2nd 30" to put 2 big windows side by side. Gaming is a minor disappointment since none of the multimonitor tools place nicely with a PLP layout. orthogonaltonormal.com/midden/NewYearsResolution_4960x1600.jpg
Jun
25
comment Can unexpected power loss harm a Linux install?
The general process in code for protecting against write interruptions corrupting a file is that instead of modifying file.name directly, you instead write an entirely new file file.name.newversion, and then use delete/rename commands to replace the old version with the new one. You need to add cleanup code to recover from an interruption at each step; but this approach always leaves a good copy of the file on disk. This can impact your design since it performs poorly updating single huge files or making frequent changes to a single file.
Jun
24
comment Windows 7 or 8 when replacing XP
You're still not making sense. I can only conclude that you're not as clever as you think you are.
Jun
24
awarded  Pundit
Jun
24
comment Windows 7 or 8 when replacing XP
I'm not joking. I have no idea what you intended to say. Multiple people up voting my comment says I'm not the only person confused.