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Forum Topic ""Untouchable Computer" Constantly Powers Itself Off"

jakeSpot submitter 2 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

The computer isn't in front of me right now, and I can't recall from memory. I think I'll replace it if all the solutions above don't work.

Forum Topic ""Untouchable Computer" Constantly Powers Itself Off"

jakeSpot submitter 2 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

Thanks for the reply! :)

Yes; to clarify, this was with the USB ports on the back panel of the motherboard itself. I'll definitely replace the CMOS battery.

Since it's a used board I'm kinda suspecting a mobo problem as well.

Forum Topic "Statistics - Math"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 1 point 10 days ago

Using that z-score formula, you found the 95th percentile, not a 95% range centered around the mean (you found the range from 0 to 134.552 ).

For this problem, the empirical rule tells us the data values that would include 95% of the data would be plus-or-minus 2 standard deviations from the mean. Meaning:

Lower bound: 128.15+3.88+3.88 Upper bound: 128.15-3.88-3.88

EDIT: this is just a shorter version of what Root_User has already said

Forum Topic "The most creative or strangest ways you have fixed a computer."

jakeSpot's Completed Build: Low Budget Chro(mium) Box

jakeSpot submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Haha thank you! ~

Unfortunately, the second hand Mobo I bought off eBay didn't come with an IO shield. Besides the bit of dust and lack of electrostatic protection for the IO, the shield doesn't do much although it makes the build a lot cleaner.

I love chrome OS too, reliability and safety cannot be beat. I don't know what to do with the gateway now neither, I'm a bit of a hoarder so it's likely going to stay in my house for a while. :P

Eltech's Completed Build: Shinpuru (????)

jakeSpot 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

+1 for the all documentation! Crazy how you got all of this for under $400.

Forum Topic "I have all my parts figured out, what do I need now?"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Honestly, all screws and cables should come included with your components. All you really need are tools:

Required tools

  • Phillips Head Screwdrivers (multiple sizes preferable)
  • A firm nonstatic surface
  • Some patience and dexterity

Optional tools

  • Anti-static strap
  • Flashlight (for getting a better look at whatever's in your case)
  • Another device to Google up problems
  • Zip-ties (most cases come with some)

Forum Topic "Square Root of a Negative Number"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

I'd say that the comprehension really comes with practice.

To be completely frank, it still doesn't make sense to me to this day. To make it better (depending on your class) it's not one of those concepts you will use in later chapters. What I sometimes do is to think of it as an irrational number (ex. pi or e) instead of an imaginary number.

Forum Topic "Square Root of a Negative Number"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Would that further my understanding?

Well, it's just a two dimensional number line, so it's just easier to compare complex numbers with a real and imaginary part. I don't see how it'll help with understanding the concept, but it's a neat representation when you do calculations between two complex numbers. You could read about the a+bi graph here: https://www.mathsisfun.com/numbers/complex-numbers.html

Forum Topic "What's the most useless thing you still have memorized?"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

I absolutely hated learning the b-p-m-f thing, especially since I already had a hold in Pinyin.

Forum Topic "Gaming PC (CAD)"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

but you can easily move the drive to another system and have it still work.

I believe the key is tied to the motherboard. Either way, going with full 32/64 bit instead of OEM is a bit safer since a mobo / hard drive failure could take your key with it.

Forum Topic "Gaming PC (CAD)"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Do you have any specific games you want to play?

  • i5-8600k: decent CPU at the price for gaming
  • the H7 does its job well
  • RGB memory
  • 250gb ssd + 2TB HDD for cost-effective storage
  • the case comes with 3 RGB fans, and a basic controller. The power for the fans will have to be from the motherboard fan pins, though
  • extra fan for the back
  • great-looking glass case
  • full version of Windows will allow transfer when you switch mobo's
  • reputable PSU

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor $339.90 @ Amazon Canada
CPU Cooler CRYORIG - H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler $46.75 @ Newegg Canada Marketplace
Motherboard Asus - Prime Z370-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $209.00 @ Mike's Computer Shop
Memory G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $197.99 @ Newegg Canada
Storage Crucial - MX500 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $68.00 @ Amazon Canada
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $73.75 @ Vuugo
Video Card MSI - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB DUKE OC Video Card $639.99 @ Newegg Canada
Case Corsair - Crystal 460X RGB ATX Mid Tower Case $159.99 @ Amazon Canada
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $122.99 @ PC-Canada
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $130.00 @ Amazon Canada
Case Fan Corsair - SP120 RGB High Performance 52.0 CFM 120mm Fan $21.99 @ Amazon Canada
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2010.35
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-10-20 17:26 EDT-0400

Forum Topic "Do I need a home server?"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

You could use a KVM switch, allows you to use the same keyboard and mouse and monitor for one computer at a time:

A more expensive HDMI one: https://www.amazon.com/IOGEAR-2-Port-Switch-Cables-GCS62HU/dp/B004YCUDMU

Forum Topic "How fast can you type?"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago
  1. Maybe 90 WPM at best on a keyboard I'm used to
  2. Maybe around 5th grade? Touch typing maybe somewhere in middle/high school.
  3. I just typed(I honestly don't remember how I got to this speed)
  4. Typeracer
  5. I have a Cherry-MX Blue keyboard, maybe helped me about 3-5 WPM
  6. Like floridaboz said, hard to answer, but maybe 10 degrees from the desk
  7. Very inaccurate, maybe about 90%

Forum Topic "Chrome downloads take ages!"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Glad you got it solved!

Forum Topic "Clock watchdog timeout when installing windows, New build"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Yay! Glad you got it fixed :)

Forum Topic "PC starts to acts weird after short time of gaming"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

If you haven't tried the drive on a different cable or port, I would try switching it around if it's convenient. Then run the benchmark again.

Forum Topic "PC starts to acts weird after short time of gaming"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Huh, one of your cores seems to be suffering quite a bit. Do you have software that can record temps from individual cores?

Forum Topic "PC starts to acts weird after short time of gaming"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

I don't see anything terribly wrong with those scores--I'm stumped...

EDIT: Woah, your SSD... Does your mobo support SATA 3.0? That might be the culprit for some performance issues, but not as much to cause audio stutter...

Just the percentile score for your CPU and GPU is good. (for PassMark) Run some SSD tests with PassMark as well.

Forum Topic "Chrome downloads take ages!"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

I think it highly depends on the server you are downloading BeamNg from. Have you tried downloading other large files from chrome? Are they also the same download speed?

Some people also suggest turning off hardware acceleration in chrome:

https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/chrome/rWD5IZJ1td4

Forum Topic "PC starts to acts weird after short time of gaming"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

+1 for the info

Although, he mentioned that his all-core CPU temperature is 65C, so overheating is a only 50-50 possibility from me.

Forum Topic "PC starts to acts weird after short time of gaming"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

For a really quick test, the UserBenchmark .exe file is covers all critical components (CPU, GPU, RAM, and storage tests) but is not very conclusive.

http://www.userbenchmark.com/Software

I personally also use PassMark: https://www.passmark.com/

Forum Topic "PC starts to acts weird after short time of gaming"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Do benchmarks show if the GPU or CPU are underperforming?

Forum Topic "PC starts to acts weird after short time of gaming"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

How old is the video card? May be a failing or improperly seated GPU.

Forum Topic "PC starts to acts weird after short time of gaming"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Do you think the audio and video stuttering could be associated to different issues? Or do those two happen together all the time? The first course of action I can think of is removing the sound card and just using mobo onboard audio. (or just play without sound for a bit to test if video still stutters)

And to clarify, this only happens when you are gaming? Or does it happen during idle as well?

Forum Topic "Clock watchdog timeout when installing windows, New build"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Hmm.. at this point I'm suspecting a crappy USB stick. Maybe try using Windows Media Creation Tool on your own USB and then inputting the key that came on a sticker in the original packaging during installation?

Forum Topic "Computer Shut's its self off"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Sweet! Keep us updated :)

Forum Topic "Computer Shut's its self off"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Like Legomaster said, could a problem with the reset/power button on the case have caused this? I would turn it on, and then use the computer without the power/reset pins in. (Pull it out after boot)

Forum Topic "Clock watchdog timeout when installing windows, New build"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

It's possible to reseat the CPU there, but I think it might be more of a problem with a cooler unless you bent a CPU pin.

Forum Topic "Clock watchdog timeout when installing windows, New build"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

41C is relatively high, actually, for idling on the BIOS.

How long does the restart take, after the crash? If it is a long time then it may be a problem with the CPU cooler since the CPU should have "cooled off" by then.

Do you have an overclock on the CPU right now?

Also here's a mental checklist for if you've installed that AIO correctly:

  • Remove the plastic film on the bottom
  • Making sure all 4 sides of the cooler are roughly screwed in equally
  • Making sure the radiator is getting air (the fans are spinning)
  • Make sure that you put on a rice (or small pea) size amount of thermal paste

Forum Topic "Clock watchdog timeout when installing windows, New build"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Ahh, a physical Microsoft USB. Have you tried plugging that drive into the 2.0 port like I said above though?

However, I suspect it may be a hardware issue, like improper CPU cooler installation.

Forum Topic "Computer Shut's its self off"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Huuh, does this happen when you are idling? Check task manager and your temps monitor as well.

Forum Topic "Computer Shut's its self off"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Might be a PSU issue. When the build shuts off, is it a full shutdown, or does the screen just go blank and the fans stop spinning?

Forum Topic "Clock watchdog timeout when installing windows, New build"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

If it's practical could you please detail what you used to get Windows onto the USB Stick (Rufus, Widows Media Creation Tool, etc.) and the brand of the stick?

Also, it may help to put the stick in the USB 2.0 instead of 3.0 port.

Forum Topic "Huge fps fluctuations!!!"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Yes; I would recommend you switch out the faulty RAM.

Forum Topic "Does anyone here NOT play Fortnite?"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 4 points 3 months ago

Yes. I especially hate the culture where players are seen as "n00bs" if they don't cash out on a skin (ahem!)

Forum Topic "How are Google/Amazon smart devices?"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

I use both. I have a Echo and a Google Home mini. They both work well, but I prefer the Google Home mini more because it's linked to my Gmail Account (hello skynet) so I can see my reminders, agenda, etc. I prefer the Echo for playing music since I have a Prime Music subscription. Both are equally capable for timers, news, turning on/off my lights etc. The Home is a bit better at the stupid questions I throw at it (ex. what is an armadillo)

Forum Topic "How to put windows 10 on hard drive"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Yes. That's why you have to use Rufus (if you already have the ISO file on another computer) or Windows Media Creation Tool (linked above) to create installation media. It's not the best solution to directly burn it onto a USB using File Explorer like you would for a movie or software.

Another question that may let me help you better: Where did you get the ISO file to install Windows 10? There may be a problem with the ISO file as well.

Forum Topic "How to put windows 10 on hard drive"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Yes, but when you boot from the USB you should see a prompt to select your boot drive.

Forum Topic "How to put windows 10 on hard drive"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

I would try re-burning the USB with Windows Media Creation Tool. Then try booting from the USB again. I should prompt you to install Windows to the hard drive (ie not boot to the desktop)

Forum Topic "Is this a good build for a first timer"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

A few minor revisions to 2Tek's build: (Will drive your price up though):

  • Smaller, more reputable hard drive
  • Prettier case (also is available in the UK)
  • More reputable PSU

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor £142.48 @ Amazon UK
Motherboard MSI - B450 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard £99.95 @ Overclockers.co.uk
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory £89.99 @ Amazon UK
Storage Kingston - A400 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive £36.98 @ Ebuyer
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £34.74 @ Aria PC
Video Card *MSI - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Video Card £138.05 @ Amazon UK
Case Phanteks - Eclipse P300 Tempered Glass (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case £47.96 @ Ebuyer
Power Supply Corsair - CXM 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply £70.68 @ Amazon UK
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £660.83
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-09-23 20:35 BST+0100

Forum Topic "How to put windows 10 on hard drive"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Yes, you must use special software to burn the iso onto the USB. What software did you use? Windows Media Creation? Rufus?

Forum Topic "How to put windows 10 on hard drive"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

When you boot the PC from your USB stick, you should automatically see prompts for installation onto your hard drive. If you are directly booting into the desktop from your USB stick (quite unlikely), you probably made a mistake while creating installation media for your USB.

Forum Topic "Does anyone here NOT play Fortnite?"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago
  1. No

  2. I just never really had the time to (pretty much applies to any game though) :/

Forum Topic "My first build (update?)"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Agreed. I was trying to stick under a strict $600 budget, but 450W definitely cuts too close for upgrades.

The Seasonic Gold line is fantastic!

Forum Topic "Huge fps fluctuations!!!"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Hmm.. what's your RAM usage while fortnite is open? That might be the problem.

Forum Topic "My first build (update?)"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

For a microATX case, I would go with a semi-modular PSU to make cable management a bit more tolerable:

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/FQ648d/corsair-power-supply-cp9020101na

Forum Topic "Remotely Use PC"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

in a pinch

Well if you are using it for gaming I wouldn't recommend it.

To answer your question, yes, you are directly mirroring your PC desktop to your laptop.

Forum Topic "Remotely Use PC"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 0 points 3 months ago

Chrome Remote Desktop is what I use in a pinch. Relatively easy to setup and connect from a different network. Performance is very acceptable on decent networks. Works on Android, Chrome OS and Windows.

Forum Topic "My friend has an issue with black and white pixels forming a histogram-shape"

jakeSpot 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Haha, thanks for keeping us updated though! :-)

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