PC issue ahoy.|
I've been having sharp framerate drop and minor freezes in various games for the last week or so. I think I may have updated AMD drivers as recently as last week as well as having the odd Win 7 automatic update applied over the last few days.
ASUS M5A78L-M LX V2
AMD 960T 3.GHz
Sapphire HD 6870 1GB
I haven't enabled Asus' Turbo Key or the CPU Overdrive on it.
I have Overdrive enabled on the graphics card but I haven't tweaked it so it's running stock settings. No extra cores unlocked. Checked for malware etc.
Browsing and chat is fine. It's just in game, I first noticed it in TF2 thinking it was that but got it yesterday in Serious Sam 2. My girlfriend was playing WoW on it this morning so I ran Fraps. She was getting 89FPS idling and dips down to around 25FPS just flying around and farming. When the framerate drops I can hear one of the fans spin up faster momentarily.
I've had none of the framerate drops until this week.
I've opened the case, removed some dust from the fans and heatsink which admittedly there was quite a lot of. I'm about to uninstall and reinstall the AMD drivers. I'd read some time back when there's performance issues it's worth running Driver Sweeper, I've since read it's no longer being updated, is it still worth downloading and running it?
Is it worth my while getting more recent chipset and utility downloads from the ASUS site? I'm a bit paranoid about installing a newer BIOS update, is this paranoia unfounded?
I'll be grateful for sensible responses, thanks.
Edited by Doomspoon at 15:03:04 03-03-2013
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Try using MSI overdrive and enabling the frame limiter. The new AMD drivers are much better aswell
Has anybody ever changed the bulged out capacitors in a misbehaving LG LCD TV?
I have an LG TV that no longer turns on properly. Apparently it is not an unusual situation in a 5 year old LG TV. The solution is to replace the 'bulging' capacitors in PCB.
I have taken the back off the telly and I can see the capacitors that are bulging. The circuit board is easy to remove and I can see the problem capcitors. The replacement parts are available for £13 on the internet, but I have not done any soldering for 20 years.
Do you reckon I can replace the capacitors, with next to no experience, but with a failrly steady hand and the help of a YouTube video?
EDIT: The TV is our family living room telly and I am too skint to get it replaced. So I really need to do it myself if I can...
Edited by RelaxedMikki at 22:48:48 24-03-2013
I'd recommend buying some veroboard and a few cheap resistors and wotnot and doing some practice first, but yeah, doesn't sound like a particularly tricky job. Worth doing, especially if the thing doesn't even turn on as is.
A couple of tips - for something that new it's important to get new lead-free solder, since you can't mix the two. Worth getting a fresh tip if you're using an old soldering iron. Oh, and that old soldering iron probably won't get hot enough to melt lead-free solder, so you may as well get a new one. RoHS regulations were adopted around 2003-ish, so if your soldering iron is newer than that it's probably fine (though you may still have trouble getting it hot enough if it was cheap in the first place).
@mal Thanks for the reply. The TV doesn't even turn on anymore (after getting slower and slower to power up over a few months), so it's got to be worth a shot.
Yes - I was definately planning on having a practice first - I have an old broken radio that I will test my eye on.
I didn't know about the lead-free solder - I will look into that. I am not sure how old the iron I am borrowing is - will check that it gets hot enough.
Wish me luck!
Edited by RelaxedMikki at 01:18:48 25-03-2013
Woo hoo! Get in there! You beauty!
I did it!
Ordered the replacement capacitors from a chap in Stoke who was selling them on eBay, borrowed my uncle's soldering iron, and went for it.
Removed 4 bulging capacitors, replaced them with the new ones (with the help of some pretty messy looking solder work) and 'Hey Presto' the dead family telly has been resurrected.
Thanks for the moral support mal. Saved myself £100 pounds there - I'm well chuffed!
Satisfying. I have a monitor in the same condition that I should really get around to fixing.
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I did the same thing on my Samsung TV, it's fairly straightforward, if I'd have seen your post earlier one thing I would have mentioned is to leave the tv unplugged for a good while before you open it up to make sure any caps are discharged.
Couple of weeks and I can upgrade my contract.
Looking at the website and tariff/handset options and prices, the tariff I want, the handset is £430.
Buying the phone outright is £500.
Now obviously I'm gonna try and negotiate a better price over the phone with them, but if I can't I'm thinking of going on a sim only contract and buy the handset PAYG.
Both from the same provider, so I assume using the contract sim in the PAYG phone would work fine, but figured I'd ask to make sure.
Wouldn't be any issues, right?
Yeah, phones are locked to provider in my experience, and the bill is tied to the sim. Shouldn't matter to the phone whether it's a PAYG, sim only or standard contract SIM, unless things have changed recently, and it shouldn't matter what phone you use as far as your sim only contract is concerned.
Thought so but thought I should clarify before I go ahead with anything.
I really, really want to see Sir Patrick Stewart act on stage before he retires / gets too old. Is there any way of finding out what people are currently starring in / where?
Girlfriend doesnt have a tv in her flat and im spending a lot of time here whilst shes unwell. Can i play my 360 through a laptop??
No, unless it's got AV in... which it wont. Or you buy a USB AV-In adaptor, and you wont want to do that, because they're shit.
Now answer my question.
Just found out that he'll be on Broadway doing "Waiting for Godot" this Autumn. Now I need to find some money!
How are you meant to pronounce Palahniuk? Pallar-knee-uck?
Paul Ah Nick.
Ah, cheers Gremmster!
Interview on Wednesday. Its a formal shortlisting interview session - no dress code where im to express myself in whatever way i wish...for CEX.
Do I still wear shirt & tie?
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Thought so. Thanks!
Since when did new-school view stop being the default view? Just logged in from a new computer, and I was surprised that http://www.eurogamer.com/forum gave me the old-school view.
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You can never overdress for an interview so no matter what it is, suit up. If during the process you realise it's more relaxed, then you can get your pee pee out and place it in a hotdog bun on the table.
@FWB Little weird, but I'll keep it in mind
Indeed no such thing as to formal.
Here I'd one though, I have an internal interview so already know company Iam conflicted.
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If humans had tails, do you think we would have evolved to wear clothes that would cover it up (like say your naughty bits), or would it be a part of the body we would leave exposed (like your face)?
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L_Franko Moderator 9,695 posts
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It would have become another part of the body to decorate.
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