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  2009-07-03 01:02:19 AM
discount sushi: Is there any reason to get Ultimate over Professional? I don't need the bitlocker tech, or 35 language options.

I can't think of any compelling reason to get Professional, let alone Ultimate. Unless you want to join a domain or use remote desktop a lot. Home Premium will have everything else.
 
  2009-07-03 01:09:35 AM
FuturePastNow: Is anything overheating? Are the power supply voltages stable?

nothing is overheating, all fans running properly. CPU temp stays around 40C.

I'm unsure how to check power supply voltages without equipment i don't have, but might have access to at work.
 
  2009-07-03 01:44:43 AM
Replace the power supply, there's probably a dud capacitor in it.
 
  2009-07-03 01:48:12 AM
...and power supply is cheaper than mobo or cpu, which are the only two things you haven't swapped, right?

Just for yuks, try an outlet on a different circuit breaker in your house too, just in case that particular circuit is iffy. This week, the gf was using a food dehydrator that was making a UPS on the same circuit freak the hell out, even though it wasn't plugged into the UPS, but it was pulling enough power off that 15A line to cause sags on everything else on that circuit.
 
  2009-07-03 01:57:26 AM
Mike: Replace the power supply, there's probably a dud capacitor in it.

There could be a bad capacitor on the motherboard, too.
 
  2009-07-03 09:47:57 AM
Mike
...and power supply is cheaper than mobo or cpu, which are the only two things you haven't swapped, right?

Depends, my current computer's cheapo Asrock mobo was about 45 EUR or so while my last PSU must have been around 80 EUR.

The new CPU that was the reason for buying a new mobo in the first place on the other hand.. ;)
 
  2009-07-03 01:14:10 PM
good call guys, i hadn't thought to swap out the power supply. that'll be a little cheaper than replacing the mobo/proc.

though i can't afford it right now, i've been looking at upgrading my board and processor anyways, i was just hoping i could do it on my own schedule instead of having to do it now since the computer just won't work.

also, any experience i've had with blown capacitors on a mobo would cause it to not boot at all. can you blow a motherboard capacitor and still partially function?
 
  2009-07-03 02:10:30 PM
AesopRock_00: also, any experience i've had with blown capacitors on a mobo would cause it to not boot at all. can you blow a motherboard capacitor and still partially function?

Absolutely. My old computer died slowly. First its PCI slots failed one at a time. Then a little instability. Took about a year from the first cap bulging to where it wouldn't boot anymore.
 
  2009-07-03 11:06:43 PM
Hey- dumb question...

A friend of mine has a Dell E510. It's a few years old and rather than push him to buy a new computer, we're going to see if we can't get another year out of the one he's got.

The thing of it is is that about a month ago his CPU fan (the E510 has a single 120mm fan connected to the front of the chassis, blowing cool air through the heatsink, it's a BTX form factor if I'm not mistaken, ram at the top, etc., ect) started throttling up after about 45 minutes of use.

Given the age of the machine, I figured maybe his thermal paste was getting dry. I removed the old paste and applied new paste, and he claims that the fan still throttles up, but not the same way as before. He claims that when he visits a video heavy website, such as youtube, the fan still throttles up while he is at the site, and then throttles down when he leaves the site.

I'm going to try replacing the fan next... but if that doesn't work, what else could it be?
 
  2009-07-04 01:01:10 AM
TehNacho: He claims that when he visits a video heavy website, such as youtube, the fan still throttles up while he is at the site, and then throttles down when he leaves the site.

Isn't that what it is supposed to do?
 
  2009-07-04 01:26:10 PM
FuturePastNow: TehNacho: He claims that when he visits a video heavy website, such as youtube, the fan still throttles up while he is at the site, and then throttles down when he leaves the site.

Isn't that what it is supposed to do?


He has had it for a few years, and never noticed it being that loud. I've heard it throttled up and it sounds too loud to me... it's farkin' LOUD when it goes all the way up.
 
  2009-07-05 12:56:09 AM
AesopRock_00: can you blow a motherboard capacitor and still partially function?

Yeah, I had two ABit VP6's waaay back in the day; those were weird dual-socket-533 boards meant to take dual P2-Celerons, and they were notorious for bad caps. One just stopped posting one day, but the other got flaky in a way that you'd see memory errors if you had two CPUs in, but not if you had just one CPU in. And then the 2nd socket later died in the same way. Bad caps cause very non-deterministic problems, just like lightning damage.
 
  2009-07-05 12:58:14 AM
Fan going nuts on Youtube etc: try upgrading to the latest Flash 10 first. There were some CPU-hogging issues in Flash 9; some people run into it on Fark because of our ads, actually...

Yeah, that's probably not the root cause of the problem, it's more likely a failing fan, but every little bit helps, and if not, it's because I'm drunk and in the middle of New England on vacation :)
 
  2009-07-05 01:22:49 AM
Mike: Fan going nuts on Youtube etc: try upgrading to the latest Flash 10 first. There were some CPU-hogging issues in Flash 9; some people run into it on Fark because of our ads, actually...

Yeah, that's probably not the root cause of the problem, it's more likely a failing fan, but every little bit helps, and if not, it's because I'm drunk and in the middle of New England on vacation :)


Had not thought about upgrading flash, but I will look into that when he brings it in.
 
  2009-07-07 11:20:05 AM
Mike: I'm drunk and in the middle of New England on vacation :)

Swing up to VT for a growler.
 
  2009-07-07 01:44:16 PM
Thenk you all so much for your help. Sorry I have not been on here in a while. But I did want to come back to this forum and specifically thank Benny Hill and The Voice of Doom. You both were very helpful to me and I will take both of your advice and have the changes fixed.

Benny Hill you mentioned to me that I should have a professional do this since there is more to building a site like SEO stuff, etc. Actually, there is a woman that I know really well that teaches SEO and how all that works. The reason I am trying to build this site is because I am trying to learn the whole thing from the ins and outs. Then...to take your advice, I have a client of mine that does build websites for a living. Once I am finished, he and I worked out a deal to do some trade work and he is going to go through and fix anything that I messed up. I just really wanted to be able to create the site as best as I could without the assistance of the people that are going to be taking it over anyways when I am finished. I know Fark has a lot of people that are computer guys in some fashion or another and knew that I would be able to get someone to help me. I really appreciate both Benny Hill and The Voice of Doom for all your help. You guys have been extremely helpful. Which that too....goes against pretty much everything Fark stands for. Thanks guys...if you ever come to Las Vegas, hit me up. I am able to get comps to most of the shows here in town and I can show you a really good time without it costing you a dime! We all have talents and connections. I happen to have a lot of resources to get comps to most of the cool stuff that people usually have to pay for. So please, please, do not feel bad about not calling or wrting to me. I would be honored to do so as a thanks for you guys taking the time to help me.
 
  2009-07-07 03:09:45 PM
GoofingOff - having a mutually beneficial plan like that with your client is an excellent thing. And knowing the woman who can help you with SEO is also very handy :-) Anyway, good luck with it! I hope you enjoy the learning experience and that the site brings you plenty of business :-)
 
  2009-07-07 06:11:45 PM
Trying to get the case off of an old machine, but it won't slide off the little track it has. I unscrewed the two screws holding it on, so there shouldn't be any resistance except friction. Did I miss something, or is it stuck? If stuck, how do I unstick it without breaking anything?
 
  2009-07-07 07:39:01 PM
Sim Tree: Trying to get the case off of an old machine, but it won't slide off the little track it has. I unscrewed the two screws holding it on, so there shouldn't be any resistance except friction. Did I miss something, or is it stuck? If stuck, how do I unstick it without breaking anything?

got a model number for the PC/case? or at least the brand? some cases have 'buttons' you need to push or certain ways to slide.
 
  2009-07-07 08:08:05 PM
IBM 27C SL - R
 
  2009-07-08 03:20:57 AM
I have a folder. A folder with 200,000 like-named jpegs that'd I'd like to put into separate folders (say, 1000 images to a folder) so they can be browsed with Windows Explorer without Explorer freezing up for 30 minutes every time I click something.

Linux is an option.

Help?
 
  2009-07-08 09:55:13 AM
No_47: A folder with 200,000 like-named jpegs...

Can you be more specific on the "like-named" part? I mean, are they like-named because they are timestamps like this:

20090708032000.jpeg
20090708032500.jpeg
20090708033000.jpeg
...

Or are they "like-named" like this:

betty_on_top.jpeg
betty_doggy.jpeg
betty_teacher_outfit.jpeg
michelle_dominatrix.jpeg
...

Obviously the first set would be a lot easier to manipulate than the second one.
 
  2009-07-08 03:27:30 PM
I'll go as far as to say it's probably not possible to sort them by filename. That'd be easy.
 
  2009-07-08 04:36:40 PM
No_47: I'll go as far as to say it's probably not possible to sort them by filename.

Well, if you're just wanting to get them separated and you don't really care how it's done what about something like this:

Get a list of all the files:
ls -t *.jpeg > filelist.txt

Then a script with something like this:

#!/bin/bash
exec 10while read fn
do
# get the first character of the file name
first_char = substr($fn, 1, 1)

# see if there is a sub-directory with that character
# if not, create the sub-directory
if [ -d $first_char ]
then
mv $fn $first_char/$fn
else
mkdir $first_char
fi

done
exec 10>&-

You can adjust the size of "first_char" to be 2 or 3 characters or whatever if you wanted and the script would work similarly.

/code is from the top of my head, probably is not syntactically correct
 
  2009-07-08 05:20:23 PM
If the filenames do NOT contain spaces, this will create 200 directories under "outdir" (must exist) and move 1000 files from "indir" into each of them:


#!/bin/bash

indir="/tmp/test"
outdir="/tmp/output"
extension="jpeg"
filesperdir=1000

for i in {1..200}
do
mkdir "$outdir/$i"
mv `find $indir -maxdepth 1 -iname "*.$extension" -print | head -n $filesperdir` "$outdir/$i"
done
 
  2009-07-08 09:53:42 PM
that's great... and if they do contain spaces?

I mean, there's some really weird names in there
 
  2009-07-09 12:39:18 AM
No_47
that's great... and if they do contain spaces?

I mean, there's some really weird names in there


The immediate consequence is that there'll be a couple of error messages and those files won't be moved because "mv" will be complaining that it can't find those files.

I'm not familiar enough with shell programming that I know how to deal with that stuff; I mean, I can make it look alright on the command line, but when I stuff it into a script, it'll blow apart somewhere and split the filenames at the spaces.
 
  2009-07-09 01:26:32 AM
OTOH, this Perl script should work:


#!/usr/bin/perl -w
use File::Copy;

$indir="/tmp/test";
$outdir="/tmp/output";
$filesPerDir=1000;

opendir(DIR, $indir);
@files = grep(/\.jpeg$/i,readdir(DIR));
closedir(DIR);

$numOfFiles=@files;

$dircounter=0;
$out=$outdir;
for ($i=0; $i<$numOfFiles;$i++) {
if ($i % $filesPerDir == 0) {
$out="$outdir/$dircounter";
$dircounter++;
mkdir ("$out", 0777);
}
$source = "$indir/$files[$i]";
$target = "$out/$files[$i]";
print "$source -> $target\n";
move($source, $target);
}



1. make sure that $outdir exists
2. you could use "copy" instead of "move"..


/if only Fark had a "code"-tag (or a "pre") that didn't eat spaces..
 
  2009-07-09 04:40:58 AM
I think I can work with that. Thanks a bunch.
 
  2009-07-09 11:03:26 AM
One of our IT guys said they were going to do an export of our primary SSO server last night. Somehow his simple export ended up deactivating SSO accounts and my Sr. Manager got paged after midnight. For some strange reason this has him very frustrated and he has asked me to see if I can tell what happened. It appears that IBM uses Informix for their SSO database. I haven't used Informix since around 1988 and most of those brain cells died long ago so any advice would be appreciated.
 
  2009-07-09 01:21:26 PM
Hello good people of Fark!

Quick question about Power Supplies and Video cards.

I currently have a Corsair HX620W PSU in my machine, and looking to upgrade video cards. I was thinking of grabbing a pair of Radeon 4870s. Corsair's PSU selector says it will work with mine, although on the forums it's said that these two cards would run but would stress my PSU quite a bit.

System Specs are as follows:
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P Rev. 1.1
8GB DDR2 PC-6400 RAM
Two Velociraptors 300GB in Raid 0.

I'd like some farker's take on if the video cards would run. Or better yet, recommend some cards to run in Crossfire that I wouldn't have to upgrade PSU. I was thinking of either a pair of 4770s or possibly one of the beefier cards, maybe a 4870X2.

Thanks in advance :D
 
  2009-07-09 04:06:13 PM
They'll probably run. A 750W would be better, though
 
  2009-07-09 07:36:11 PM
Dimmy: Hello good people of Fark!

Quick question about Power Supplies and Video cards.

I currently have a Corsair HX620W PSU in my machine, and looking to upgrade video cards. I was thinking of grabbing a pair of Radeon 4870s. Corsair's PSU selector says it will work with mine, although on the forums it's said that these two cards would run but would stress my PSU quite a bit.

System Specs are as follows:
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P Rev. 1.1
8GB DDR2 PC-6400 RAM
Two Velociraptors 300GB in Raid 0.

I'd like some farker's take on if the video cards would run. Or better yet, recommend some cards to run in Crossfire that I wouldn't have to upgrade PSU. I was thinking of either a pair of 4770s or possibly one of the beefier cards, maybe a 4870X2.

Thanks in advance :D


An HX620 is more than enough power for an E8400 and two 4770s or a single 4870x2. Corsair PSUs are mostly made by Seasonic or CWT. They are high quality units.
 
  2009-07-09 08:37:27 PM
We went ahead and replaced the fan (non story!) on the dell, and it seems to be working ok. The story is that FrozenCPU.com carries parts that are direct replacements for the Dell parts and will list the model compatibility.

If someone comes to you with a dead or dying Dell fan, and you think it's worth the money to replace the fan, FrozenCPU.com is another source for your parts.
 
  2009-07-10 01:50:45 AM
FuturePastNow:
An HX620 is more than enough power for an E8400 and two 4770s or a single 4870x2.


don't forget the two velociraptors
 
  2009-07-10 01:41:29 PM
No_47: don't forget the two velociraptors

Which are some of the lowest-power hard drives ever made.
 
  2009-07-11 01:13:18 AM
Everything is 50/50.
 
  2009-07-11 06:42:21 PM
I need to convert a pdf to dxf. Difficulty: I'm running linux. The PDF in question is here (new window).

Any ideas?
 
  2009-07-13 12:27:14 AM
Will any of you help me with a flash banner? It's for a school project in my IT class at U of Phoenix. I already created the the flash picture, but I cannot get the background transparent.

Email me

GourmetAnarchy(at)gmail(dot)com
 
  2009-07-13 08:16:14 PM
Yay.... got a true geek question for you.



Everynow and then Fark has some broken links in it for me. I've traced it down to the fact that my computer will randomly substitute code (Usually starting with the PERCENT % sign followed by a number and a Capital Letter) for the true characters... case in point

the character "?" is replaced with "%3F" or the character "=" is replaced with "%3D". Why is this happening, and is there a database i can go to figure out what the equivalents are?
 
  2009-07-13 08:26:36 PM
Reyito: Why is this happening, and is there a database i can go to figure out what the equivalents are?

This is called URL encoding and you can read a little about it here or here.

When you come across a broken link here on Fark it's most likely because the people who own the domain that was linked to (for instance, The NY Times) have changed the link to the story. Fark has no way of knowing that so the link Fark has is now broken.

So - the characters being replaced by a %xx code is normal, it's just how the Internet works and the broken links are (most likely) caused by the source site changing things.
 
  2009-07-13 10:13:47 PM
if anyone remembers (or cares) had an issue with a computer that wouldn't boot any OS last week. I tried a new power source, and the issue is still the same, it'll try to boot, get to the 'loading windows' screen (or any other OS that tries to boot), and then shut off or freeze. only possible other options are motherboard or CPU at this point. lame, i can't really afford it right now and will have to deal with a backup computer for the little bit.
 
  2009-07-14 12:42:31 AM
AesopRock_00: if anyone remembers (or cares) had an issue with a computer that wouldn't boot any OS last week. I tried a new power source, and the issue is still the same, it'll try to boot, get to the 'loading windows' screen (or any other OS that tries to boot), and then shut off or freeze. only possible other options are motherboard or CPU at this point. lame, i can't really afford it right now and will have to deal with a backup computer for the little bit.

I know it seems counterintuitive, but have you tried the cables running into your hard drives? I've had 2 computers do the same thing. On the First computer i spent a small fortune in troubleshooting parts etc... was the cables.

Second computer, was the first thing i went to, and it fixed it then. Even if they look seated, just take the cables completely out and re-attach them.
 
  2009-07-14 12:01:58 PM
Reyito: Even if they look seated, just take the cables completely out and re-attach them.

oh yeah i've tried it. I've tried booting with no hard drives and any combination of pieces removed. it won't even boot a USB drive version of Ubuntu or a CD version of PCLinuxOS or a USB drive version of "WinXP lite". absolutely every OS seems to get to the "Loading" screen and then freezes or shuts down. the only thing i was able to get into was a Hiren's Boot CD to run some diagnostics. Plus, when i went through and installed the new power source, I unhooked everything and reattached it then too. good thought though!
 
  2009-07-14 08:19:44 PM
AesopRock_00: I remembered and care, but when i was typing a longwinded post back atcha, the DB hiccuped, and I lost it all.
 
  2009-07-14 08:20:54 PM
I remember it had something to do with quad core basck up or some kind of redundancy, maybe using a spare box...
 
  2009-07-14 08:22:25 PM
Do you have a cat?
 
  2009-07-14 09:06:48 PM
vudukungfu: I remembered and care, but when i was typing a longwinded post back atcha, the DB hiccuped, and I lost it all.

I remember it had something to do with quad core basck up or some kind of redundancy, maybe using a spare box...

Do you have a cat?


I'm confused, but also very amused at the progression of your thoughts. I'm unsure how to respond other than, yes, i do have a cat.
 
  2009-07-15 08:40:00 PM
Aesoprock, I can't help you, but I'm having precisely the same problem with my media center box, so I'm paying attention. And vudu, I also have a cat.

...And Aesop's last album (discovered it rather late) is so ridiculously awesome there's almost no point in having any other music on my player.
 
  2009-07-15 11:42:33 PM
We already ruled out bad RAM and a loose CPU fan, right?

Side note: anyone interested in pics of the MAME mini-cabinet I'm building? Hoping to get it finished later this week, just waiting for some parts to show up... if nobody cares I won't bother tho :)
 
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