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  1. terry1966

    i'm jealous

    it's supposed to be suse newest and greatest os, but to be honest it's bad enough to make me think about looking for a new operating system. going to install 13.2 at least i'm more used to that so if there are any hardware problems i won't have the added frustration of trying to find my way around a new os too.
  2. terry1966

    i'm jealous

    it's p-ing me off big time at the moment, or i should say the new leap42.1 os is p-ing me off big time, seems to be a bug ridden load of crap to me, no idea what suse are doing but i couldn't recommend leap42 to anyone, going to install 13.2 and see if things work again.
  3. terry1966

    i'm jealous

    i'm in the middle of building and testing a new high end but lowish power itx htpc for my daughter, total cost about £1000. some of the parts list here :- cpu :- i7-6700 motherboard:- gigabyte z170n-wifi case :- silverstone mlo5b psu :- silverstone st45sf memory :- 2x4gb hyperx black storage :- 2x2TB samsung m9t boot drive :- samsung 250gb sm951nvm tv tuner :- tbs 6205 remote :- flirc + oneforall urc-7960 now i've only just put it together and am still sorting out updates, software, drivers, etc. etc but am already jealous!!! just ran a hdparm test to see what this new m2 boot drive can do and here's the result timing cached reads: 31748 MB in 2 seconds =15903.83 MB/sec timing buffered disk reads: 194 MB in 0.11 seconds = 1841.62 MB/sec now to give you an idea how fast that is, here's my 240gb kingston hyperx savage ssd it's held back by my 3GB sata connections but even on 6GB sata i believe it maxes out at about 500 MB/sec never even seen raid 0 setups come close to that 1841 MB speed. going to run a lot more tests on it later to compare it to my old but high end pc but already know i really really want to build myself a new system now even though the one i have does everything that i need and is fast enough anyway.
  4. you may view it as a fix but don't think anyone else will, nice info to have maybe but certainly not a fix. also i think you'll find in a court of law they are living up to their "contractual obligations", after all, as you've found out they sell the product with no minimum speed guarantee and just a max "upto" speed with conditions, such as distance from exchange and congestion. so as you do get the full speed except for certain times then i don't think you or anyone else has a leg to stand on unless the laws are changed so they have to sell the product with a guaranteed "minimum" speed at all times. what makes things a right pain for you though is you have no other option because they are the only isp provider in your area. might be worth seeing what 3/4/5g options are available to you so you can tell time to get stuffed and switch to using the mobile networks, cost might be a big factor there though. another option i guess would be satellite (about the same cost as your isp i believe, maybe cheaper.) where you'd get the speeds you are getting now without the drop off but at a cost of latency/ping times but that shouldn't make much difference really if your not into playing online games. just had a thought weather may play a big part in satellite reliability.
  5. so not a "fix" as such then, just a simple monitoring tool which reports back to the user and you. more data mining.
  6. i'm confused now. so if the problem is with time warner not having the bandwidth capabilities they need for your area and throttle your speed then as far as i can see the only way to get around that is to setup your own isp service and lay the extra cables/fibre needed for the extra bandwidth so is that the "product" your coming out with, your own isp service? certainly no home pc software is going to be able to fix a physical limitation from the isp side of things.
  7. agree or not it's just trolling in my opinion because it had nothing to do with helping solve the problem the topic is about. ok justins moaning and blaming everything on america and everyone/thing else does get on my nerves too, but personally i try and ignore it (don't always succeed though, just like geewhiz couldn't this time. ) because i think he may have personal issues and it helps him to vent every now and then in his posts. i think if i was a mod i'd just hide posts 13,15,16,17,18. political discussion is where you really want to post such comments justin, there you can vent all you like.
  8. can't say for sure that's what's going on but does look like it to me. thing to do is log into your account and see exactly what you pay for and what your getting, look at your broadband usage too it will all be there in your account details. more info here under optimizing your internet :- http://customer.xfinity.com/help-and-support/internet/# another thing you can do is run comcasts/xfinity speed experience test and see what it says :- https://speedexperience.xfinity.com/
  9. everything counts as downloading, because that is exactly what you do when you connect to the internet. so every web page, video, music file, etc. etc. has to be downloaded to your pc first before it can be read, watched. listened to, etc. etc. so as an example say your speeds depend on what account type you have, you may find the first 5GB of data per month is transferred at up to say 80Mbs then after that your connection is slowed down to 3Mbs for the remainder of the month before starting again at the fastest speed until you've reached your download limit before slowing down again till the month ends. rinse and repeat on a monthly basis you can still download as much as you want after the slowdown it's just at a much slower speed than your line is capable of. another reason may be congestion management. http://customer.xfinity.com/help-and-support/internet/network-management-information
  10. come on rob tell us where your problem was? bad dns server, local network eating up bandwidth etc. etc. it took you long enough to find even with the experts you have access/can call on to help diagnose things for you. so i am dying to know what the cause was in the end.
  11. looks to me like they may be throttling your connection, what's comcasts fair useage policy and have you or anyone in the home been downloading lots.
  12. http://www.tenforums.com/browsers-email/16900-reverting-ie8.html best thing i'd guess is to try viewing the sites with ie11 but in compatibility mode and see if that solves your problem. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/internet-explorer/use-compatibility-view#ie=ie-11 if not then i'd guess the next best work around is to run an older os that uses ie8, eg. win7, in a virtual machine running on the win 10 os.. probably the best vm software would be either virtualbox or vmware, plus of course you'd need an install disk of windows 7. virtualbox :- http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/virtualbox/downloads/index.html vmware player :- https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/free#desktop_end_user_computing/vmware_workstation_player/12_0
  13. really don't see how that follows the same logic, or any logic really. lots do then again lots don't, but i'd offer the same advice to you as indy, use and enjoy it by all means just don't think it's a cure everything program for any/all a pc's problems because it most definitely is not. personally i'm a lot more interested in what the problem was with rob's slow, fast, slow connection problem in the first place, he must have finally figured it out otherwise he wouldn't be able to get someone to write a piece of software to stop it happening in future. my best guess is some software/wifi device hogging all his upload bandwidth at certain times. ooops missed tomks post in between, so added quote at beginning for clarity/continuity.
  14. if you believe that, i sure hope your job's not pc repairs. pcmatic cures nothing. it's just a one stop piece of software that does a simple bit of regular pc maintenance on a schedule, personally i wouldn't even say it does a particular good job at doing even that but lots of others disagree with my opinion and swear by it. i've nothing against people buying and using pcmatic if they don't want to spend the time learning a little about their pc's and then using free software or built in os software to do exactly what pcmatic does to keep things running smoothly but please don't kid yourself that pcmatic is a one stop cure for any problems your pc may be experiencing because it's most definitely not.
  15. curious but how can you fix it if you don't know what's causing the problem in the first place? not more snake oil i hope.
  16. mine was reaction time of a 22 year old. 328 milliseconds. think they needed a better/larger test sample seeing how i'm 50 with what i'd say were slow reaction times. tried again and got the message "we're not sure if your an actual human being" reaction time of 279 milliseconds.
  17. from a quick read personally i don't think there is a speed issue except for the fact it's probably your isp throttling your connection at certain times because of their fair usage policy. just for info, if your max internet connection speed is 50 Mb/s download then that is 6.25 MB/s because there are 8 "b"its in a "B"yte and is the absolute maximum data transfer speed you'd get. it doesn't matter if a pc is connected to the router by 100MB/s or 1GB/s lan connection or by wireless with say a 300MB/s connection, the extra speed bandwidth will only come into play when transfering data between 2 pc's on your local network and not when connecting/transfering data to/from the internet. so the speed meter reading of 275MB/s is most definitely possible but only between 2 local pc's and has nothing to do with your real internet connection speed of 50 Mb/s. my internet connection download speed is 16Mb/s so when i download a large file say a linux dvd iso of about 4GB i get a speed of around 1.9/2 MB/s and it takes about 40 minutes. :- here's a direct link to opensuse's leap dvd iso which is 4.3GB in size :- http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/leap/42.1/iso/openSUSE-Leap-42.1-DVD-x86_64.iso see what speed you get when you download it.
  18. try going here :- https://steelseries.com/downloads and see if you need to install a new driver for windows 10 before they will work, if no luck after installing latest software/drivers then i'd just contact their support and get them to help solve your problem.
  19. looks like i posted the wrong link for cpu hierarchy chart or they changed it so here is a link to new chart :- http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cpu-hierarchy,4312.html and here's the graphics card chart :- http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html
  20. good choices in my opinion and he'll be very happy with it i promise. there really isn't anything that makes any other suggestions much better and it's not until about the $800 mark that you'd be able to buy anything that much better (with an i5 cpu) than what you've chosen in my opinion. just for info, there really is nothing wrong with amd cpu's, yes they may not be the strongest/fastest compared to intel cpu's when it comes to benchmarks etc. but in everyday use they do offer plenty of performance when on a budget and makes using the pc a pleasure, that fx6300 cpu for instance is in the top 3 tier's of gaming cpu's according to the list here :- http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,review-32901-5.html i'd put money on it the reason the i3 seemed quicker was because that pc had a better/faster hard drive or more memory, maybe even just a faster internet connection and had nothing or very little to do with the different cpu's. i could build you a very very fast pc, almost instant response to a mouse click and you'd never know it used amd cpu's and graphics.
  21. yes got to the usa site eventually myself and thought i was onto a good thing with slightly better parts for $539 then when i went through the configurator and saw it didn't include monitor like in the picture or os then the price sky rocketed. so the newegg pc and monitor options look like the best deal for the money in my opinion. was looking at this one myself :- https://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/AMD_Quad_Core_Configurator
  22. just a thought bh/caintry seeing how ez said you could configure your cyberpower pc i thought i'd visit the site and see what i could come up with close to the $500 mark for best bang for the buck including monitor but being in the uk i get to this site :- https://www.cyberpowersystem.co.uk/system/CYBERPOWER_H110_CONFIGURATOR where everything is only in £'s and not $'s. so maybe one of you can configure the best pc possible for her from the usa site. then post what you chose so she can go and order it from them, maybe cheaper than newegg for instance or same price but better hardware choices.
  23. nothing wrong with anything you suggested bh and your correct about everything you've said about gaming performance, etc. but like i said biggest thing to remember is he's coming from a laptop so everything is going to be good to him to start with. we all want to spend more on our kids to give them the best but sometimes costs over rule. $600 was a stretch so i think mum would be happier trying to keep closer to the $500 and i really don't see the son being dissapointed and the upgrade card can then also be something he can look forward to later next year. ps. i also changed the pc link from a fx4300 pc to a fx6300 pc (more money.) that you may have missed before you posted bh.
  24. what is important to remember is that like anything everything is a compromise when cost comes into the equation. brownhornet is a big gamer but also can afford to spend a lot more on his equipment so expects a lot better performance than most people would be happy with. seeing how your son is starting off from a laptop, which is the lowest of the low for gaming usually. in my honest opinion a pc like this :- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883230100 and a monitor like this :- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824025098 would be such an improvement on his gaming that he would be very happy and so would you without having to worry about over spending on your budget. another thing to remember is that pc's are upgradeable once you have one, so later on you can keep the case and upgrade things like the power supply, motherboard and cpu, ram, graphics card, etc.etc when money allows later next year or when he feels the need for better performance again. eg:- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1670091 when you can afford it probably the first thing i'd upgrade is the graphics card to something like the gtx 750ti (or better.) bh mentioned :- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=gtx+750ti&N=-1&isNodeId=1 maybe make it his next years birthday present.
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