Random Tech Questions you want answered.

LarryC wrote:

I just checked the Google Maps app on my Samsung S5. It zooms to 5m scale.

Checked on Asus Google Nexus 7. Same thing.

Checked on Samsung Note 2. Same thing.

Uninstall and redownload?

Thanks for confirming, I'll try that now.

Edit: it's a 'system app' so I can only uninstall the updates.

Could still be a thing there. My wife has a Nexus 5. I'll check it later. Uninstalling and reDL-ing updates sometimes works to clear out a bug.

Seems to be working again. Woohoo

After no success in other threads, I'll ask here:

Does anyone know of a way to make the Bluetooth louder on an S5? I had an app that would do it on my old phone, but it won't work on the S5.

CannibalCrowley wrote:

After no success in other threads, I'll ask here:

Does anyone know of a way to make the Bluetooth louder on an S5? I had an app that would do it on my old phone, but it won't work on the S5.

I have a Nexus 5 and would be very interested as well. The difference in volume between Bluetooth play and radio/CD in my car is immense.

What app were you using, Cannibal Crowley?

Chez Bravado now has only one AC adapter for two MacBook Airs (Magsafe 1). To replace the one that just died, it looks like there's finally a choice between official Apple product and cheaper no-name brand -- but does anyone here have experience with the knockoffs?

We're talking something like half the price, but if the no-name adapters don't work or do start fires or summon Cthulhu or something, then ms bravado would rather pay the full price.

dejanzie wrote:
CannibalCrowley wrote:

After no success in other threads, I'll ask here:

Does anyone know of a way to make the Bluetooth louder on an S5? I had an app that would do it on my old phone, but it won't work on the S5.

I have a Nexus 5 and would be very interested as well. The difference in volume between Bluetooth play and radio/CD in my car is immense.

What app were you using, Cannibal Crowley?

Speaker Boost https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...

misplacedbravado wrote:

Chez Bravado now has only one AC adapter for two MacBook Airs (Magsafe 1). To replace the one that just died, it looks like there's finally a choice between official Apple product and cheaper no-name brand -- but does anyone here have experience with the knockoffs?

We're talking something like half the price, but if the no-name adapters don't work or do start fires or summon Cthulhu or something, then ms bravado would rather pay the full price.

I would stick to the real one or one from a well known brand (Belkin, etc). Reading this article has some pretty bad shortcuts that no-name cheap knockoffs take when making theirs. The article is about the Apple USB chargers, but I expect the AC Adapters have generally the same problems.

misplacedbravado wrote:

Chez Bravado now has only one AC adapter for two MacBook Airs (Magsafe 1). To replace the one that just died, it looks like there's finally a choice between official Apple product and cheaper no-name brand -- but does anyone here have experience with the knockoffs?

We're talking something like half the price, but if the no-name adapters don't work or do start fires or summon Cthulhu or something, then ms bravado would rather pay the full price.

I have had better luck with some knockoffs than official Apple ones. All of my MagSafe 1 laptops (my 2011 11" Air and my wife's 2009 13" MBP) are using knockoff chargers.

My computer died yesterday, won't post.

I'm trying to decide if I want to mess with diagnosis or just build/buy a new one. I've drooled over GG's Trading Post post, but they're a stretch money-wise. It seems a waste not to troubleshoot, but I hate hardware troubleshooting.

Bleh.

Does anyone know how to get the media keyboard keys (play/pause/next) working in Chrome? I've installed a couple of extensions for Chrome, and I know how to set keyboard commands in Chrome. Chrome just does not recognize those media keys. The keyboard is a MS Wireless Keyboard 3000 and the keys work fine with standard windows apps.

What's the (or your) favorite remote desktop client/server? For personal use, free gets big bonus points.

stupidhaiku wrote:

What's the (or your) favorite remote desktop client/server? For personal use, free gets big bonus points.

This question has been phrased perfectly so I don't know if I'm on topic or not.

I remotely access my desktop all the time. I use Team Viewer, which is free for personal use. It has the added benefit of being accessible from my Android devices. I've also used VNC, but Team Viewer can be used by the technically inept, and I sometimes use it to see what's going on with my Grandmother's computer or my parent's computer. It's been pretty gewd. Hopefully that's what you're looking for.

Let's suppose that I want to buy a fairly beefy gaming desktop. Let's also suppose that I'm not interested in building my own rig.

What kind of pricepoint would I be looking at? Would something like this for $1300 be stupid?

I've got a slow work computer (not mine), and I'd like to figure out what component is causing the bottleneck. Is there an app out there that'll quickly analyze the various processors and drives and figure out where the bottlenecks are?

Tanglebones wrote:

I've got a slow work computer (not mine), and I'd like to figure out what component is causing the bottleneck. Is there an app out there that'll quickly analyze the various processors and drives and figure out where the bottlenecks are?

Haven't needed it in years, but this used to be the go to utility.

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...

Jonman wrote:

Let's suppose that I want to buy a fairly beefy gaming desktop. Let's also suppose that I'm not interested in building my own rig.

What kind of pricepoint would I be looking at? Would something like this for $1300 be stupid?

Kind of stupid, if a price/performance ratio is a top concern. The video card in that setup is especially weak sauce, definitely not beefy. If you want to go with pre-built, I would look to a smaller vendor like Digital Storm. This one seems decent, for $100 more you get a way better video card (GTX970), an overclockable CPU (you're not going to miss the i7 in gaming) and a full SSD boot drive rather than the 8gb quasi-SSD thing in the Lenovo. It has less memory, but I bet you could chat with them about upping it to 16 or at least giving you 2 4GB modules rather than 4 2GB to make future upgrading easier. I use 8 though, and for the most part I never notice (there are times when I have 20 browser tabs open and then try to play Battlefield 4 that things stutter).

Or go DIY and pay me $100 to build whatever parts you buy

edit: beer. Beer works too.

Chairman_Mao wrote:
Jonman wrote:

Let's suppose that I want to buy a fairly beefy gaming desktop. Let's also suppose that I'm not interested in building my own rig.

What kind of pricepoint would I be looking at? Would something like this for $1300 be stupid?

Kind of stupid, if a price/performance ratio is a top concern. The video card in that setup is especially weak sauce, definitely not beefy. If you want to go with pre-built, I would look to a smaller vendor like Digital Storm. This one seems decent, for $100 more you get a way better video card (GTX970), an overclockable CPU (you're not going to miss the i7 in gaming) and a full SSD boot drive rather than the 8gb quasi-SSD thing in the Lenovo. It has less memory, but I bet you could chat with them about upping it to 16 or at least giving you 2 4GB modules rather than 4 2GB to make future upgrading easier. I use 8 though, and for the most part I never notice (there are times when I have 20 browser tabs open and then try to play Battlefield 4 that things stutter).

Or go DIY and pay me $100 to build whatever parts you buy

edit: beer. Beer works too.

Best solution is to wait for Gameguru to drop another load of awesomeness on the trading post

Tanglebones wrote:
Chairman_Mao wrote:
Jonman wrote:

Let's suppose that I want to buy a fairly beefy gaming desktop. Let's also suppose that I'm not interested in building my own rig.

What kind of pricepoint would I be looking at? Would something like this for $1300 be stupid?

Kind of stupid, if a price/performance ratio is a top concern. The video card in that setup is especially weak sauce, definitely not beefy. If you want to go with pre-built, I would look to a smaller vendor like Digital Storm. This one seems decent, for $100 more you get a way better video card (GTX970), an overclockable CPU (you're not going to miss the i7 in gaming) and a full SSD boot drive rather than the 8gb quasi-SSD thing in the Lenovo. It has less memory, but I bet you could chat with them about upping it to 16 or at least giving you 2 4GB modules rather than 4 2GB to make future upgrading easier. I use 8 though, and for the most part I never notice (there are times when I have 20 browser tabs open and then try to play Battlefield 4 that things stutter).

Or go DIY and pay me $100 to build whatever parts you buy

edit: beer. Beer works too.

Best solution is to wait for Gameguru to drop another load of awesomeness on the trading post

Correct--but he just dropped a few, so I am assuming, possibly wrongly, that no more would be coming in the near future.

Chairman_Mao wrote:

Or go DIY and pay me $100 to build whatever parts you buy

edit: beer. Beer works too.

Ha! I like your style sir!

Chairman_Mao wrote:
Tanglebones wrote:
Chairman_Mao wrote:
Jonman wrote:

Let's suppose that I want to buy a fairly beefy gaming desktop. Let's also suppose that I'm not interested in building my own rig.

What kind of pricepoint would I be looking at? Would something like this for $1300 be stupid?

Kind of stupid, if a price/performance ratio is a top concern. The video card in that setup is especially weak sauce, definitely not beefy. If you want to go with pre-built, I would look to a smaller vendor like Digital Storm. This one seems decent, for $100 more you get a way better video card (GTX970), an overclockable CPU (you're not going to miss the i7 in gaming) and a full SSD boot drive rather than the 8gb quasi-SSD thing in the Lenovo. It has less memory, but I bet you could chat with them about upping it to 16 or at least giving you 2 4GB modules rather than 4 2GB to make future upgrading easier. I use 8 though, and for the most part I never notice (there are times when I have 20 browser tabs open and then try to play Battlefield 4 that things stutter).

Or go DIY and pay me $100 to build whatever parts you buy

edit: beer. Beer works too.

Best solution is to wait for Gameguru to drop another load of awesomeness on the trading post

Correct--but he just dropped a few, so I am assuming, possibly wrongly, that no more would be coming in the near future.

Just wait a week or so.

It wouldn't hurt to PM Guru and see if he's got anything in the pipeline, since he really does sell them at a loss and you get sexy cable management. Otherwise, it's really hard to find decently priced pre-built gaming PCs that have a GPU more powerful than a 270x or 760.

Jonman - that Lenovo is crap. It is a good processor but the RAM says "up to" 16GB so you are probably getting screwed there. The GPU is a laughable 650 or 760. The HDD sounds like a 2TB hybrid with a dinky 8GB SSD.

There are lots of prebuilts that are much cheaper that do not include a gpu. I would find one of those that is the most reasonable with the best power supply and buy the gpu aftermarket.

This one looks like it has the right guts (i7, 970, 16gb, 2tb, 128gb ssd for less than $1500):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...

GWJers can weigh in on the love/hate for Asus...

fangblackbone wrote:

Jonman - that Lenovo is crap. It is a good processor but the RAM says "up to" 16GB so you are probably getting screwed there. The GPU is a laughable 650 or 760. The HDD sounds like a 2TB hybrid with a dinky 8GB SSD.

There are lots of prebuilts that are much cheaper that do not include a gpu. I would find one of those that is the most reasonable with the best power supply and buy the gpu aftermarket.

This one looks like it has the right guts (i7, 970, 16gb, 2tb, 128gb ssd for less than $1500):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...

GWJers can weigh in on the love/hate for Asus...

Only thing I'd really want to know there is what PSU they're using. If you're not planning to overclock the CPU this build would be fine, just know that neither the CPU nor the motherboard allow overclocking. You'd never be able to add a second GPU either, if that was something you're thinking about.

Definitely better than the Lenovo, though.

For shirts and goggles I put this together as a comparison.

I just had a new machine built about a month ago myself. I didn't feel like dealing with the whole building thing and didn't mind paying a little extra. I just went with a local computer place we deal with a lot at work. They gave me some good deals and didn't charge me horribly for labor. I still got to choose the parts, and have a clean, crapware free version of Windows.

I typically spend a little more on building a fresh machine every few years, and don't do too many incremental upgrades.

I'm now running a Core i7 at 4Ghz, 16 GB RAM, GeForce 980, and 500 GB SSD. I also have a couple regular hard drives for storage. So far the machine is running beautifully and very quiet.

This is my modified GG $1000 build ($928)
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/NNxgHx

fangblackbone wrote:

This is my modified GG $1000 build ($928)
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/NNxgHx

Only thing I'd suggest is 2 sticks of RAM vs. 1, otherwise it'll only be running at half speed.

For the record, the idea of building a PC terrifies and intimidates me.

Yes, yes, I know it's "easy" and I could totally do it if I applied myself to it. Thing is, I can't be arsed to learn how to not f*** it up, and what I don't want is a pile of components that don't work, and me with no idea how to make them work.

Which is what I suspect would happen. Hence getting a pre-built.

Anyway, thanks for the input, but upon reflection, I don't have the budget right now for an upgrade, so I'll make do with my laptop and it's janky framerates.

Anyone know what this is? There's no writing on it except for the numbers labeling the ports. It's seriously just that box attached to that DB-something (25? I didn't count the pins). It's not very old, maybe 8 years tops.

IMAGE(http://i.imgur.com/WR55qGBm.jpg)

Jonman wrote:

Hence getting a pre-built.

Split the difference. Buy a prebuilt machine that has sufficient CPU/RAM, and buy a video card separately and install that yourself.