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Sniep
Mar 28, 2004

All I needed was that fatty blunt...



King of Breakfast


Fun Shoe

drat I'm old.

Yes, It's a phone cable. Probably found in clearance bins in the back of walmarts from 30 years ago at this point.

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Head Bee Guy
Jun 12, 2011

Retarded for Busting

Grimey Drawer

I run a widnows/ubuntu dual bolt on an asus z490 board, and iím wondering if there is an easier way to boot into either drive. restarting then entering bios to access the boot menu seems inefficient. Can i assign a specific key that i can hit when booting up to launch into a specific drive? e.g hit ďuĒ to boot the ubuntu drive.

Some Goon
Jan 6, 2013

A golden helix streaked skyward from the Helvault. A thunderous explosion shattered the silver monolith and Avacyn emerged, free from her prison at last.



Head Bee Guy posted:

I run a widnows/ubuntu dual bolt on an asus z490 board, and i’m wondering if there is an easier way to boot into either drive. restarting then entering bios to access the boot menu seems inefficient. Can i assign a specific key that i can hit when booting up to launch into a specific drive? e.g hit “u” to boot the ubuntu drive.

Have it boot into grub?

Anime Store Adventure
May 6, 2009


I managed to get my hands on a new 3080 GPU, woo! But now I've spent my entire day worrying about my power supply. I have this:
https://www.corsair.com/us/en/Categories/Products/Power-Supply-Units/txm-series-2017-config/p/CP-9020130-NA

Right now I run a 1080Ti which is connected to the top PCI-E port with a daisy chain to provide an 8pin and 6pin connection (with a dangling +2). What I'll need for the 3080 is 3x8pin, which I understand is OK to run from 1 daisy chain (2x6+2) and another 6+2 from another PCIE. But, the labeling on the PSU confused me. The PCI-E and the "4x4 CPU" look identical. I assume this is what 'semi modular' means, but I'm a hardware moron and I'm worried that that bottom 8pin port is somehow different even though the pin 'shapes' look identical. Are the top and bottom 8-pin ports the same?

I both read and had a friend tell me that the difference between CPU and PCIE was the pin-out, and as long as I use the correct cable, this is OK and that using that port is fine, but now I'm paranoid over $900 of hardware that isn't easy to get in the first place.

Head Bee Guy
Jun 12, 2011

Retarded for Busting

Grimey Drawer

Some Goon posted:

Have it boot into grub?

Didnít know about that. Thanks for the help!

Some Goon
Jan 6, 2013

A golden helix streaked skyward from the Helvault. A thunderous explosion shattered the silver monolith and Avacyn emerged, free from her prison at last.



Anime Store Adventure posted:

I managed to get my hands on a new 3080 GPU, woo! But now I've spent my entire day worrying about my power supply. I have this:
https://www.corsair.com/us/en/Categories/Products/Power-Supply-Units/txm-series-2017-config/p/CP-9020130-NA

Right now I run a 1080Ti which is connected to the top PCI-E port with a daisy chain to provide an 8pin and 6pin connection (with a dangling +2). What I'll need for the 3080 is 3x8pin, which I understand is OK to run from 1 daisy chain (2x6+2) and another 6+2 from another PCIE. But, the labeling on the PSU confused me. The PCI-E and the "4x4 CPU" look identical. I assume this is what 'semi modular' means, but I'm a hardware moron and I'm worried that that bottom 8pin port is somehow different even though the pin 'shapes' look identical. Are the top and bottom 8-pin ports the same?

I both read and had a friend tell me that the difference between CPU and PCIE was the pin-out, and as long as I use the correct cable, this is OK and that using that port is fine, but now I'm paranoid over $900 of hardware that isn't easy to get in the first place.

Semi-modular just means the 24pin is hardwired while the rest is detachable. The cpu port is not a PCIe port, don't use it as such. Use two, or ideally three pcie ports. You also need the cpu port to power your cpu so it's not like it should be available.

E: that's some odd labeling. Im guessing the wires are labeled in this case and will provide the correct pinout at the receiving end.

EE: ok, it has a hardwired cpu cable.

Some Goon fucked around with this message at 02:01 on Jan 27, 2021

Anime Store Adventure
May 6, 2009


Some Goon posted:

Semi-modular just means the 24pin is hardwired while the rest is detachable. The cpu port is not a PCIe port, don't use it as such. Use two, or ideally three pcie ports. You also need the cpu port to power your cpu so it's not like it should be available.

So, the CPU is powered by cabling that comes out of a sleeve from the PSU itself. That port in the power supply isn't used. Is the bottom 8-pin port a CPU port? There are no other PCIe cables from the 'sleeve' out of the PSU.

Some Goon posted:

E: that's some odd labeling. Im guessing the wires are labeled in this case and will provide the correct pinout at the receiving end.

I'm glad its not just me.

Some Goon
Jan 6, 2013

A golden helix streaked skyward from the Helvault. A thunderous explosion shattered the silver monolith and Avacyn emerged, free from her prison at last.



Anime Store Adventure posted:

So, the CPU is powered by cabling that comes out of a sleeve from the PSU itself. That port in the power supply isn't used. Is the bottom 8-pin port a CPU port? There are no other PCIe cables from the 'sleeve' out of the PSU.


I'm glad its not just me.

Looking over reviews they both should be fine for PCIe. I don't but wonder if they're using the same case for a different model with multiple cpu cables or somesuch.

me your dad
Jul 25, 2006



Prior to COVID, I was working from home 3 days per week. I kept my work laptop at the office and I would use my home computer (desktop PC) to connect to the VPN and remote into my laptop in the office. I have two monitors on my desktop and I like my setup.

My laptop in the office began to have problems so they shipped a new laptop to my house, along with a dock, cables, a keyboard, and mouse.

Unfortunately I cannot simply continue to connect via VPN to this new laptop because they have to physically be in the office for that to work (connected to LAN I believe).

My setup now consists of:

Work laptop connected to a dock, which is connected to one of my monitors, with its own keyboard and mouse.

Home desktop PC connected to my other monitor, with its own keyboard and mouse.

So I have two keyboards and two mice on my desk. I keep my personal keyboard shoved awkwardly in a corner of my desk when not in use but I find myself accessing it frequently (mainly web browsing and Spotify). I also still need our desktop accessible for certain files and applications so I can't just disconnect it and rely on my phone for web browsing and Spotify.

I would like to take advantage of my dual screens for work, but with my current setup, the only way I can see that happening is to get a third monitor, dedicating one to my personal computer (which would still require accessing my personal computer separately). I also don't have the real estate for a third monitor.

Is there a smarter way I can be doing this? I was thinking to when I was a kid in the 80s, and we had a little switch on the back of our TV to swap between the Atari and the antenna on the TV to watch shows. Does anything like that exist that would allow me to have a single keyboard to use with both computers, switching conveniently as needed?

HalloKitty
Sep 30, 2005

Adjust the bass and let the Alpine blast


me your dad posted:

Does anything like that exist that would allow me to have a single keyboard to use with both computers, switching conveniently as needed?

Yes, Synergy for example https://symless.com/synergy.
I've also used Multiplicity https://www.stardock.com/products/multiplicity/, which I seem to recall working better than Synergy back in the days where I was multi-boxing WoW for a short time, but that was so long ago that it's meaningless now
Good thing about software like that, is that you can seamlessly move between machines with your mouse like you were just using multiple monitors, and the keyboard input then follows

Edit: you can of course use a good ol' fashioned KVM, but I honestly think you'd get a way better experience with a software solution, especially as you specifically don't need monitor switching

HalloKitty fucked around with this message at 15:45 on Jan 28, 2021

TheParadigm
Dec 10, 2009



I believe what you're looking for is called Keyboard Video Monitor (KVM) Switch. I think they've gotten a lot better over the years, but I don't know reputable brands or anything. Maybe some other goons can chime in?

ufarn
May 30, 2009


Keyboards like Logitech G915 also support multiple devices (Bluetooth and a USB receiver) if hitting a button to switch is more your speed.

me your dad
Jul 25, 2006



Thank you all - I will look into these solutions.

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007




Grimey Drawer

HalloKitty posted:

Yes, Synergy for example https://symless.com/synergy.
I've also used Multiplicity https://www.stardock.com/products/multiplicity/, which I seem to recall working better than Synergy back in the days where I was multi-boxing WoW for a short time, but that was so long ago that it's meaningless now
Good thing about software like that, is that you can seamlessly move between machines with your mouse like you were just using multiple monitors, and the keyboard input then follows

Edit: you can of course use a good ol' fashioned KVM, but I honestly think you'd get a way better experience with a software solution, especially as you specifically don't need monitor switching

I use a software solution like this and itís absolutely amazing.

Saukkis
May 16, 2003

Unless I'm on the inside curve pointing straight at oncoming traffic the high beams stay on and I laugh at your puny protest flashes.
I am Most Important Man. Most Important Man in the World.

me your dad posted:

Is there a smarter way I can be doing this? I was thinking to when I was a kid in the 80s, and we had a little switch on the back of our TV to swap between the Atari and the antenna on the TV to watch shows. Does anything like that exist that would allow me to have a single keyboard to use with both computers, switching conveniently as needed?

Well most monitors have several inputs that you can switch using the monitor buttons, or even software like ControlMyMonitor. Some even have USB hub that can be switched at the same time, but that's a pretty rare feature. KVM as mentioned can at least handle mouse and keyboard, maybe one or two monitors depending on how you have them connected.

There are quite a lot of different options. I have mouse and keyboard connected to a hub that I switch between my home and work computer. I also have a second mouse connected directly to my home computer to provide minimal control with needing to tinker with cables. I also have small wireless keyboard laying on the side if I need to type something on the home computer during work day.

I also have a third monitor above my main monitor connected to the home computer. This might solve your real estate problems.

Furism
Feb 21, 2006

Live long and headbang


I'm looking for a dock/KVM of sorts.

I'm working from home like most. I have a nice 4K display, a good audio DAC, keyboard, mouse and high end webcam. The thing is my work laptop has none of that, and using RDP from my desktop to my laptop isn't ideal (WiFi has problems coping with RDP at 4K).

So I'm looking for a hub/dock/KVM of sorts. I'd like to be able to connect my screen as well as up to 5 USB devices to that dock and be able to switch which computer uses them - my desktop or my laptop. The closest I could find was this but it seems pricey.

Does anybody know of a good KVM that could work for my use case?

E: Well, I settled for this. Be careful when choosing, some of them say "4K" but actually cap at 2560x1600

Furism fucked around with this message at 10:35 on Jan 29, 2021

gradenko_2000
Oct 5, 2010



Lipstick Apathy

I have my computer connected to the network via LAN cable

I have my phone connected to the network via wifi (obviously)

And then I use a USB-c to USB female port adapter dongle on my phone, and then I run a micro-USB cable from that port to a PS4 controller (because I'm too dumb to understand how to connect the PS4 controller to my phone via bluetooth)

And then I run Steam Link to play games on my phone, streamed from my computer, using the controller

There's some significant input lag that's high to make games unpleasant to control. Is there anything I can do to improve this besides learning the bluetooth link? It doesn't seem like it should be a bandwidth issue since I'd still be on way more Mbps than I'd need over the local network, right?

tuyop
Sep 14, 2006

Every second that we're not growing BASIL is a second wasted


Fun Shoe

me your dad posted:

Prior to COVID, I was working from home 3 days per week. I kept my work laptop at the office and I would use my home computer (desktop PC) to connect to the VPN and remote into my laptop in the office. I have two monitors on my desktop and I like my setup.

My laptop in the office began to have problems so they shipped a new laptop to my house, along with a dock, cables, a keyboard, and mouse.

Unfortunately I cannot simply continue to connect via VPN to this new laptop because they have to physically be in the office for that to work (connected to LAN I believe).

My setup now consists of:

Work laptop connected to a dock, which is connected to one of my monitors, with its own keyboard and mouse.

Home desktop PC connected to my other monitor, with its own keyboard and mouse.

So I have two keyboards and two mice on my desk. I keep my personal keyboard shoved awkwardly in a corner of my desk when not in use but I find myself accessing it frequently (mainly web browsing and Spotify). I also still need our desktop accessible for certain files and applications so I can't just disconnect it and rely on my phone for web browsing and Spotify.

I would like to take advantage of my dual screens for work, but with my current setup, the only way I can see that happening is to get a third monitor, dedicating one to my personal computer (which would still require accessing my personal computer separately). I also don't have the real estate for a third monitor.

Is there a smarter way I can be doing this? I was thinking to when I was a kid in the 80s, and we had a little switch on the back of our TV to swap between the Atari and the antenna on the TV to watch shows. Does anything like that exist that would allow me to have a single keyboard to use with both computers, switching conveniently as needed?

You could just use a VNC app like Jump or Microsoft RDP to get into your laptop on your home network, preventing all that complexity with KVMs and stuff. Should be the same as your vpn setup, just a little faster.

Fruits of the sea
Dec 1, 2010


The significant other has about 150gb of photos and music they'd like to back up. What manufacturers/models of external HDDs/SSDs are most reliable these days?

I would also consider online backup services if the price was right. It would have to be pretty good though as the backups aren't going to be accessed often and her work already has a solution for storing documents.

Cyks
Mar 17, 2008


Fruits of the sea posted:

The significant other has about 150gb of photos and music they'd like to back up. What manufacturers/models of external HDDs/SSDs are most reliable these days?

I would also consider online backup services if the price was right. It would have to be pretty good though as the backups aren't going to be accessed often and her work already has a solution for storing documents.

150gb? You can store that on a $20 usb flash drive that would be pretty reliable.

Indiana_Krom
Jun 18, 2007
Net Slacker

Cyks posted:

150gb? You can store that on a $20 usb flash drive that would be pretty reliable.

Flash drives? Reliable?

Maybe about 5 complete copies on 5 separate flash drives (endurance rated MicroSD cards would probably be better). And not a terrible idea to refresh the data once every couple years.

tuyop
Sep 14, 2006

Every second that we're not growing BASIL is a second wasted


Fun Shoe

Fruits of the sea posted:

The significant other has about 150gb of photos and music they'd like to back up. What manufacturers/models of external HDDs/SSDs are most reliable these days?

I would also consider online backup services if the price was right. It would have to be pretty good though as the backups aren't going to be accessed often and her work already has a solution for storing documents.

What device are the photos and music currently on?

If a computer, just grab any 1tb Seagate or WD HDD and Arq backup to Backblaze B2, which will cost you $1/month for 200gb. That'll give you an onsite backup to an external drive and offsite to a cloud server. In this case, I wouldn't even buy an external drive but just expand the storage in the computer so that it can contain these files normally, then back them up to Backblaze every week or so.

If an Android phone, just use Google backup and sync and pay $4/month for 200gb.

If an iPhone, get 200gb iCloud space for $3/month.

I don't know your significant other, so maybe this is off-base, but the only backups that work for most people I know are the ones that are automatic, regular, and usually stored on devices that can't be broken/lost/forgotten somehow. So cloud backups of some kind.

tuyop fucked around with this message at 22:17 on Jan 30, 2021

Fruits of the sea
Dec 1, 2010


tuyop posted:

What device are the photos and music currently on?

If a computer, just grab any 1tb Seagate or WD HDD and Arq backup to Backblaze B2, which will cost you $1/month for 200gb. That'll give you an onsite backup to an external drive and offsite to a cloud server. In this case, I wouldn't even buy an external drive but just expand the storage in the computer so that it can contain these files normally, then back them up to Backblaze every week or so.

If an Android phone, just use Google backup and sync and pay $4/month for 200gb.

If an iPhone, get 200gb iCloud space for $3/month.

I don't know your significant other, so maybe this is off-base, but the only backups that work for most people I know are the ones that are automatic, regular, and usually stored on devices that can't be broken/lost/forgotten somehow. So cloud backups of some kind.

Thanks! That's actually a pretty good price for cloud storage.

The device is a 7 year old macbook so an internal drive isn't an option.

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007




Grimey Drawer

Fruits of the sea posted:

Thanks! That's actually a pretty good price for cloud storage.

The device is a 7 year old macbook so an internal drive isn't an option.

If you have Amazon prime they have a photo backup solution thatís part of your subscription already.

Itís limited on videos though.

skooma512
Feb 8, 2012

You couldn't grok my race car, but you dug the roadside blur.


So, I have a lot of random burned DVDs and CDs I've made and accumulated over the years.

What's the best way to at least catalog their contents? I want to pop them in, have a script dump the directory listing into a CSV, and maybe a light error checking to see if I need to discard it.

The thing I don't want to move disks back and forth to one drive as that will take forever. I have a bunch of random external drives I could plug in and use. Is there any reason this would not work? Is there a gadget I could buy for under say 100 bucks to make this easier? Would using Linux over Windows 10 for this be more efficient?

Fashionable Jorts
Jan 18, 2010

Maybe if I'm busy it could keep me from you





Edit: oops, this is the hardware thread not software. Sorry!

Pikey
Dec 25, 2004


I'm upgrading by i5 6600k PC to an AMD ryzen 5600 and asus motherboard. I have a windows install on my USB drive but I also need to flash the bios on my Asus ROG-Strix B550-F wi-fi gaming. Can I have the bios for the motherboard on the same USB drive as my windows install and it won't gently caress anything up?

VelociBacon
Dec 8, 2009



Pikey posted:

I'm upgrading by i5 6600k PC to an AMD ryzen 5600 and asus motherboard. I have a windows install on my USB drive but I also need to flash the bios on my Asus ROG-Strix B550-F wi-fi gaming. Can I have the bios for the motherboard on the same USB drive as my windows install and it won't gently caress anything up?

Technically speaking as long as it's the only thing with that file extension in the proper location (not in some folder tree probably) it shouldn't be a problem but if you have any other USB key I'd just do two keys.

Ak Gara
Jul 29, 2005

That's just the way he rolls.

I have a question about corsair's 24 pin psu cable. The pin out from the PSU (hx850i) isn't 1 to 1. (wire A to wire A, B to B etc) it crosses over it's self so how would a cable from Cablemod work? Would it have that flat look or would the Cablemod cable also be crossed with it's self?

Narzack
Sep 15, 2008


I have the 2015 new 3DS XL. Does anyone know where the wifi card is located? Google only shows me the original model

Some Goon
Jan 6, 2013

A golden helix streaked skyward from the Helvault. A thunderous explosion shattered the silver monolith and Avacyn emerged, free from her prison at last.



Narzack posted:

I have the 2015 new 3DS XL. Does anyone know where the wifi card is located? Google only shows me the original model

Next to the cartridge slot.

https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Nintendo+3DS+XL+Motherboard+Replacement/25399

Narzack
Sep 15, 2008


That's the old model, I have the new3DS, mine doesn't look like that one. My battery is on the left side and the cartridge slot is on the bottom of the unit.

Some Goon
Jan 6, 2013

A golden helix streaked skyward from the Helvault. A thunderous explosion shattered the silver monolith and Avacyn emerged, free from her prison at last.



Narzack posted:

That's the old model, I have the new3DS, mine doesn't look like that one. My battery is on the left side and the cartridge slot is on the bottom of the unit.

Whoops. Looks like the WiFi is integrated onto the motherboard, as best I can make out these pictures on a phone.

https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Nintendo+3DS+XL+2015+Teardown/36346

Narzack
Sep 15, 2008


Oh, I see. It's underneath the first board. I'm not too jazzed to open take off the first board, but I guess when needs must.


EDIT: It was actually on the underside of the board.

Narzack fucked around with this message at 02:57 on Feb 3, 2021

Ak Gara
Jul 29, 2005

That's just the way he rolls.

I need 3 molex connectors to power my 3 D-RGB controllers (each one draws 8 amps) so it can't be a molex chain, but 3 individual 6 pin peripheral > molex cables but the only ones I can find are the long chains. I don't have much space to work with and would rather not have 3 molex chains all squashed in a tight space.

One option I might have found is buying custom cables from CableMod, and selecting single molex, custom length. I'm concerned though that as it's a whole cable and not an extension, there might be psu pin layout compatibility issues. Apparently there's not a standardized psu pin layout??

The CableMod config website does ask what PSU I'm using so many it'll be okay?

gradenko_2000
Oct 5, 2010



Lipstick Apathy

If I disassemble my computer, do I need to put back the hard drives to the exact same SATA ports they were using before when I put it all back together?

Actuarial Fables
Jul 29, 2014



Taco Defender

Ak Gara posted:

I need 3 molex connectors to power my 3 D-RGB controllers (each one draws 8 amps) so it can't be a molex chain, but 3 individual 6 pin peripheral > molex cables but the only ones I can find are the long chains. I don't have much space to work with and would rather not have 3 molex chains all squashed in a tight space.

One option I might have found is buying custom cables from CableMod, and selecting single molex, custom length. I'm concerned though that as it's a whole cable and not an extension, there might be psu pin layout compatibility issues. Apparently there's not a standardized psu pin layout??

The CableMod config website does ask what PSU I'm using so many it'll be okay?

That's correct, there is no PSU-side industry standard pinout. There's a real risk of component damage/fire if you use a cable that was not specifically designed for your make and model of PSU.

CableMod asks for your PSU so that they can configure the wires correctly, so it will be ok. If you're able to find the pinout of your specific model of PSU, you can perform a continuity test on the cable to verify that they were built with your PSU in mind.

gradenko_2000 posted:

If I disassemble my computer, do I need to put back the hard drives to the exact same SATA ports they were using before when I put it all back together?

No. Depending on your motherboard you might have to rearrange the boot priority in BIOS/UEFI, though.

Actuarial Fables fucked around with this message at 17:38 on Feb 3, 2021

Hyrax Attack!
Jan 13, 2009

We demand to be taken seriously


Looking to upgrade from ancient PC to a decent gaming system. I understand building my own is an option but I donít know the first thing about that.

Doesnít need to be top of the line but pretty good, and would like to be able to upgrade parts in a few years.

Was browsing Costco and this had good reviews, would it be a decent option? https://www.costco.com/ibuypower-co....100688331.html

tuyop
Sep 14, 2006

Every second that we're not growing BASIL is a second wasted


Fun Shoe

Six amps for RGB? What are they, spotlights??

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MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007




Grimey Drawer

Hyrax Attack! posted:

Looking to upgrade from ancient PC to a decent gaming system. I understand building my own is an option but I donít know the first thing about that.

Doesnít need to be top of the line but pretty good, and would like to be able to upgrade parts in a few years.

Was browsing Costco and this had good reviews, would it be a decent option? https://www.costco.com/ibuypower-co....100688331.html

Honestly Iíd wait till you can find something with a 30 series card in it. Thatís not the worst deal or anything but the newer cards are significantly better.

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