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« Reply #3960 on: August 18, 2019, 10:37:07 pm »

Unless I'm somehow in the beta for steam, I'm pretty sure the fix is in the main one now, considering I saw it or something like it on one of those restart to install update things steam likes to do

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« Reply #3961 on: August 19, 2019, 12:12:18 am »

Correct-- I am looking at the changelog.

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Steam Client Update Released
Client Update - Valve
A new Steam client has been released and will be automatically downloaded.

General

    Fixed library drop-down menu no longer displaying after changing the library filter


Steam Input

    Fixed Xbox controllers showing up twice on Mac OS X
    Removed guide button emulation using the back or start button, except when using Steam Remote Play. This feature was causing some issues with some fightsticks and retro controllers and will be re-enabled for locally connected controllers in the future.


Steam Windows Service

    Fixed privilege escalation exploit using symbolic links in Windows registry
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« Reply #3962 on: August 19, 2019, 02:43:07 pm »

Cool. Thank you anyway.
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« Reply #3963 on: August 21, 2019, 11:13:27 pm »

Looks like there's another steam 0day.  Give me a bit to look into the problem.
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« Reply #3964 on: September 05, 2019, 10:44:51 am »

Looking to set up for VR gaming in the moderate future - by the end of the year. So far everything is looking good. I would need to replace my graphics card(currently a GTX 750ti), and get Windows 10(I don't want to, but...). I'm pretty sure my power supply(610w) can handle a GTX 1060. Only concern is it fitting inside my case, but it probably would. Actual physical space in my room is actually pretty decent, despite having a smaller room than my last house.

Any recommendations for the actual VR headset? I've heard good thing about the Occulus Rift-S.
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« Reply #3965 on: September 05, 2019, 10:53:52 am »

Sadly I dont.   I learned my lesson the hard way a long time ago.

(I used to own a VFX-1 headset, waaaaaaaay back in the 90s. even when I was very young, I learned that my eyes have VERY different focal depths, and the strain of using a display that close was just unbearable. My eyes are EVEN WORSE now. So, I don't even bother with VR. While the displays inside are lightyears ahead of what the VFX1 had inside it, the principles are the same: Adjustable optics for each eye, to attempt to compensate for the close proximity of the display. when I had finished adjusting the optics to where I could actually see anything in the FX1, I had one eyepiece absurdly long, and the other absurdly short. It was very uncomfortable to wear, and the eyestrain was unbearable. I am in no hurry to repeat that experience.)
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« Reply #3966 on: September 05, 2019, 01:41:49 pm »

Looking to set up for VR gaming in the moderate future - by the end of the year. So far everything is looking good. I would need to replace my graphics card(currently a GTX 750ti), and get Windows 10(I don't want to, but...). I'm pretty sure my power supply(610w) can handle a GTX 1060. Only concern is it fitting inside my case, but it probably would. Actual physical space in my room is actually pretty decent, despite having a smaller room than my last house.

Any recommendations for the actual VR headset? I've heard good thing about the Occulus Rift-S.

I guess you could dual-boot. Or just get a Virtual Boy.
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« Reply #3967 on: September 05, 2019, 03:08:24 pm »

Looking to set up for VR gaming in the moderate future - by the end of the year. So far everything is looking good. I would need to replace my graphics card(currently a GTX 750ti), and get Windows 10(I don't want to, but...). I'm pretty sure my power supply(610w) can handle a GTX 1060. Only concern is it fitting inside my case, but it probably would. Actual physical space in my room is actually pretty decent, despite having a smaller room than my last house.

Any recommendations for the actual VR headset? I've heard good thing about the Occulus Rift-S.

The Rift S is supposed to be a significant upgrade from the Rift, and I've found my Rift to be pretty good in general. The primary problem, besides somewhat limited software support, is that the tether cable is fairly annoying.


That said, if you're buying a video card specifically for VR, I'd get something beefier than a 1060. Mine struggles a bit, and that contributes to VR sickness. The 1660 you actually linked would probably be a bit better, but a 1070 or 2070 would probably be a smarter choice.
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« Reply #3968 on: September 09, 2019, 07:49:41 pm »

I should upgrade the memory in my PC from "maybe good enough" at 8 GB to "actually good enough." Looks like my motherboard can handle DDR3 1600-2000 (although 2000 isn't available, so...).

I don't remember what the frequencies correspond to. Do they have to match the CPU or something?

If I stuff 240-pin DDR3L into a DDR3 slot, would it still run at slightly lower voltage and produce less heat than regular RAM? Any other side-effects?
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« Reply #3969 on: September 09, 2019, 09:32:34 pm »

Your motherboard will change everything to the lowest common denominator, underutilizing anything you stick in that's better than what you have, possibly with a bit of instability mixed in. But it will likely only do this if you fiddle a bit manually in the BIOS. It may not even recognize the new RAM if you just plug it in and boot up. Check your motherboard manual.
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« Reply #3970 on: September 11, 2019, 11:18:04 am »

If you have some DDR3 memory in there and you add DDR3L in the next slot, it is not going to end well. DDR3 needs 1.5 volt, DDR3L needs 1.35 volt.

It is better to get a new motherboard, cpu, and memory at once, due to how closely they are linked (effectively, they limit each other).

If your operating system is currently hammering on the hard drive because you are constantly using over 8GB of ram, then upgrading to 16GB might be worth it. But you should also be able to reduce the number of applications running, to free up some of the memory. Then save the $40-$60 for when the sales come around.
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« Reply #3971 on: September 11, 2019, 11:02:59 pm »

I looked into upgrading everything, and it's not much of an improvement, because everything that has heavy use also runs single core.

The motherboard is GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3. Crucial claims it accepts DDR3L, but they also aren't the manufacturer, so...

Although I'd buy pairs of memory, and wouldn't mix types.
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« Reply #3972 on: September 11, 2019, 11:50:51 pm »

The manual doesn't tell you much, does it.
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Memory4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memoryŠ*      Due to Windows 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than 4 GB.Dual channel memory architectureŠSupport for DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz memory modulesŠ*      To support a DDR3 1866 MHz (and above) memory, you must install an AMD AM3+ CPU first.(Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest supported memory speeds and memory modules.)
The DDR3L should work, but it''ll likely run a bit hotter since it's going to run at 1.5V. The motherboard will force it to go to 1.5 and it will. 3L can do that.
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« Reply #3973 on: September 11, 2019, 11:56:17 pm »

Hey, has anyone had a go at connection bonding in Windows, i.e. combining a bunch of slower internet connections together to get higher speed? I'm looking for a way to do it that doesn't involve spending money.

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« Reply #3974 on: September 12, 2019, 05:04:47 am »

You are looking for channel bonding, aka, link aggregation.

That's a feature normally handled by a hardware router. OpenWRT can handle this.
https://forum.openwrt.org/t/best-way-to-configure-bonding-in-openwrt/26290/3

You need an openwrt capable router that has multiple WAN ports (or has a *REAL* USB3.0 port that you can slap several USB nics onto.)
The best way is to use an old PC.
https://openwrt.org/docs/guide-user/installation/openwrt_x86


By abstracting the link aggregation into a network appliance, you make it easier for an entire network to make use of it. Be apprised that not all load balancing algorithms are created equally.
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