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My kids have a couple of these for their school laptops and they have been surprisingly solid.

NSMike wrote:

Anyone have any recommendations?

Microsoft Sculpt Mouse
Have used one of these at work for many years now and it is fantastic. I can't be certain, but I think I got this one in 2014? Can that be right?
Edit: Tracked through old emails. November 2013 and still going strong.

Logitech 510 is the one I use for work and has held up well. It has the back/forward buttons on the side, which is a welcome touch.

Rezzy wrote:
NSMike wrote:

Anyone have any recommendations?

Microsoft Sculpt Mouse
Have used one of these at work for many years now and it is fantastic. I can't be certain, but I think I got this one in 2014? Can that be right?
Edit: Tracked through old emails. November 2013 and still going strong.

Heh, this is the exact Bluetooth mouse that is driving me insane right now.

NSMike wrote:
Rezzy wrote:
NSMike wrote:

Anyone have any recommendations?

Microsoft Sculpt Mouse
Have used one of these at work for many years now and it is fantastic. I can't be certain, but I think I got this one in 2014? Can that be right?
Edit: Tracked through old emails. November 2013 and still going strong.

Heh, this is the exact Bluetooth mouse that is driving me insane right now.

Lol me too. I’ve had it for a years but only recently tried using it for work when my Logitech Performance MX got flaky. After 2 days heavy use I’m already annoyed at the Sculpt. I’ve been eyeing the Microsoft Ergonomic mouse but I’ve had better experience with Logitech wireless compared to Bluetooth.

I've been using an Anker wireless vertical mouse for years, and I love it.

Whatever cheaper Logitech feels nice to your hand.

NSMike wrote:

Heh, this is the exact Bluetooth mouse that is driving me insane right now.

Interesting.
I remember having some issues with the first releases of Windows 10. Installing The Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center software in compatibility mode for 8 seemed to resolve my problems at the time. I wonder if that's still a thing. Sorry!

Thanks for the suggestions, all. I pulled the trigger on the 510.

The fans of my Gigabyte 3060Ti keep spinning up, even when doing just office work. They spin up every other minute, then go silent again after 30s. This happens far more frequently than before. Thanks to MSI Afterburner I know it's the GPU.

The card is from August 2021, but I upgraded the rest of my PC in February this year and made sure all fans where dust-free. Our home office is in a room free of pets or any other dust/hair inducing lifeforms (apart from me), and at about 20C. I also made sure no cable could touch the fans inadvertently.

The only thing that changed since then is getting larger and better monitors (27" to 32", 144Hz and 120Hz), but the temp readings are okay (always around 45C) even when the fans spin up. The fans themselves don't bother me that much, it's more about the metal-ish rattling that accompanies the spinning fans. I'm not sure what's causing that honestly, I tried steadying the brackets but that's not it.

Any tips on how to fix this issue?

edit: nevermind, found it Apparently Gigabyte makes the fans go at 100% at a certain threshold (45C) then back to zero once it drops, back to 100% etc. I used MSI Afterburner to enforce the fans at 50% unless it reaches gaming temperatures, solving the issue!

Reddit link to solution.

dejanzie wrote:

The fans of my Gigabyte 3060Ti keep spinning up, even when doing just office work. They spin up every other minute, then go silent again after 30s. This happens far more frequently than before. Thanks to MSI Afterburner I know it's the GPU.

The card is from August 2021, but I upgraded the rest of my PC in February this year and made sure all fans where dust-free. Our home office is in a room free of pets or any other dust/hair inducing lifeforms (apart from me), and at about 20C. I also made sure no cable could touch the fans inadvertently.

The only thing that changed since then is getting larger and better monitors (27" to 32", 144Hz and 120Hz), but the temp readings are okay (always around 45C) even when the fans spin up. The fans themselves don't bother me that much, it's more about the metal-ish rattling that accompanies the spinning fans. I'm not sure what's causing that honestly, I tried steadying the brackets but that's not it.

Any tips on how to fix this issue?

edit: nevermind, found it Apparently Gigabyte makes the fans go at 100% at a certain threshold (45C) then back to zero once it drops, back to 100% etc. I used MSI Afterburner to enforce the fans at 50% unless it reaches gaming temperatures, solving the issue!

Reddit link to solution.

I was having a similar issue with my RX580 after a driver update. My issue was that AMD had enabled an option that turns the fan off when the GPU isn't under load but then as it warms up the fans kick in but they would kick in at like 100% for like 2 seconds and then go back off and then do it again like 2 minutes later. This was so much more annoying than just having the fans going at like 10% the whole time. Sadly AMD seems to be turning this option back on every time I have updated the driver since then :/

I decided to accept the Windows 11 upgrade the other day. I figured I'll need to learn it eventually, and it'll be handy to know what's what before my wife needs to use it. And this machine really just needs to be able to launch games and the web browser so it's a low-risk trial.

My biggest complaint so far: I can't get the login screen to reliably show me the thing where I mouse over it and it tells me where the picture was taken. It has once or twice, but most of the time all I can do is log in. Does anyone have any idea why it's behaving this way? This would happen sometimes with Win 10, but nowhere near as often as I'm seeing it now.

NSMike wrote:

I want an inexpensive wireless mouse. Anyone have any recommendations?

Logitech G305.

It's pretty much my default recommendation for mice, period. Gaming or otherwise, wireless or otherwise.

I use higher-end mice on my main gaming PC, but I play games on my living room HTPC with the G305, even online shooters.

If it's just after startup, it's probably lagging a bit with programs that are starting. What you can do is find the Bing icon in the hidden icons section of the icon bar and right click it. That will give you all the info you could want.

hey all,
trying to fix a Sony MDR-V6 (headphones) and as far as i can tell the issue is that the wiring that's leading to the second driver is crushed, so, i need a new one. i can get my hands on a soldering iron, but i have no idea what kind of wire i should be using as a replacement. anyone have experience to share, or a source for parts?

I've made my own headphone cables for my AKG K371's, but I did so by buying decent audio cables with 1/8" stereo plugs on each end, cutting them in the middle, and soldering my own mini-XLR plugs on the cut ends.

If you have trouble finding headphone wire, my "source" may be a decent alternative. Maybe you even have some scrap headphones or cables laying around. I did this because finding the right kind of cable by itself was more difficult than using pre-made cables and cutting them up. (Also, mini-XLR cables in custom lengths are damn difficult to find.)

Headphone wire is coated so that it doesn't short in the sleeve. "Crushing" it can remove some of this coating and cause a short. The coating can also make soldering a little difficult. Flux + soldering iron + molten solder may destroy the coating on the wires and allow you to pre-tin them. If it doesn't, scrape the coating off the ends with a sharp knife. Either way, pre-tinning the ends of the wires will allow you to solder them more easily to where they need to connect. Use flux there too! Flux cleans off oxidation, helps solder flow, and makes a better bond.