No BS Podcast #176: Keepin' the Dream Alive

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htm2112

Any chance for getting a new podcast out soon? Pleeeeeeeaaaaase!

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htm2112

 

Well, I work in tech support for Dell and I have personally heard people doing the craziest of things, thinking they would work. One guy called me with a USB printer cable issue. This guy figured that if he took pliers to a USB cable to fashion the other end so that it would be square and snip off the longer parts, he could make it work in his USB printer. Needless to say, it did not work. People seriously think that can make things work like this. The other thing I see all the time is with DVI-I and DVI-D adapters. The DVI-I to VGA adapters have 4 little pins around a long pin that looks like a minus sign. People will grab that and try an jam it into a DVI-D video card that does not support the VGA pass through. They end up destroying their video card because they figure if it almost fits then it should fit. So let it be known: there is no DVI-D to VGA adapter. Of course, that is a little more obscure that say, taking pliers and airplane snips to your USB cable to make it fit into the square end of a USB printer, but still! Damn!

 

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praetor_alpha

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Chewieshmoo

Get a new podcast out already!

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fellowleo

FYI - In the 4 months when they went without an Editor-in-Chief prior to bringing back George Jones, they were able to produce 10 podcasts. In the past 4 months, they only did 5. At this rate, we'll be lucky if they will break 180 by the end of the year. I personally think they have no idea what to do with #200 after the fiasco that was #150 and so are doing everything they can to avoid it....

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EvilHomerGD

I am going crazy here...  No Rant of the Week, No MPC make Homer something something...

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NarcissusNarcosis

Go Crazy?

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Sempai

I've all but given up on these guys.

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lindethier

I've been hooked on the podcast ever since I started listening to it a few months ago. I'm desperate for more! Just been listening to the archived podcasts in the meantime.

Its not as helpful when you listen to the stuff from last summer, but its still awesome to listen to! 

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Chewieshmoo

Get a new podcast out already!




PLEASE?

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FrostyWinnipeg

Just listen to the This Week In Tech netcast over at Twit(it's a weekly) until the next MaxPC show.

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Sempai

And they're consistant..

Leo and his Twit are the bomb.

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blindhorizon

Just finished listening to one of those podcast its a good show lots of info and they are having just as much fun there as the BS podcast crew..

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Marsel

Wow its been a whole month again... you guys should release them every 2 weeks at the latest, a month is getting too long......

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blindhorizon

ok no podcast in weeks...its killing me....any time guys...

 

ok does anyone know of another podcast like this one?  something that is a little more often would be nice..or atleast often enough to fill in the time between the BS podcast.

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MaximumMichael

Ehh, worked last time...

Where the hell is the next podcast you slackers!!!

 

Enjoy the rest of you day.

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rsnation

I wonder if we'll get a podcast this month.

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allc0re

The dream is slipping away again...

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Ghok

I did notice that everyone sounded a little less clear (even before you mentioned it). I just turned up the volume a bit and it was fine.

Great to hear you guys doing it again.

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paladrache

So let me get this right: In order for you guys to make a beautiful podcasts on a regular basis, all we have to do is bitch? I need to add a recurring event to my calendar.

 

Maybe spice the next one up a bit a bring in more of the MPC staff.

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fellowleo

I in regards to plugging in a PCI-E 8pin power to the motherboard atx 8pin power, it is possible and I have done it myself. I actually got the same result. The system didn't boot but the motherboard didn't fry. Don't know if I dodged a bullet like the writer, but the system was fine after I place the power in the correct place on the modular PSU.

I don't recall how it happened, but having built a number of systems over the years, you become mentally trained to instinctively know when a key-ed connector is plugged in correctly or not and it did feel right at the time.

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gordonung

Are you guys really jamming it in there? When the new 8-pin GPU connector came out some years ago, I was concerned that people would smoke either GPU or board/CPU by mixing up the connectors. I remember trying it and found that they were keyed to make it pretty impossible.

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Nyarlathotep

I wouldn't think you would smoke anything if you are still connecting the correct port on the PSU to the MB. Even if you have to force the plugs in I don't think those cables cross any pins over between ends.

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fellowleo

OK, I see what I did now. Apparently, on my modular PSU the 8pin ATX MB power socket and 8pin PCI-E power socket are identical with the exception of color. The key-ed end only applies to the end that plugs into the GPU or MB but not the end that goes in the PSU. This is where I got confused and messed up.

I was using a Thermaltake W0229RU. Here is link to a picture from their website.

http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/Upload/Product/Product/1854/Photos/8389f7ab-9065-458a-8f2d-c6703ffbbc25/B_sideviewTPXT750w.jpg.jpg

It's a bit grainy, but you can tell that the black MB power socket are key-ed the same as the red PCI-E power sockets.

But you're still right. You have to read the instructions and pay attention. I guess I did dodge a bullet and not fried my MB.

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gordonung

But can you plug it in reversed into your PSU?

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fellowleo

Physically, you can with the MB cable. The key on both ends are the same. For the GPU, no, since those two joined pins are only on one end and will only go in the GPU. Hmmm... thinking about it now you could theoretically plug the other end in the the power socket meant for the MB then... wonder if it will fry the gpu or is it tougher?

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Supermonkey

Hi
I'm building a new PC to replace an eight year old one running Windows XP.
I'm wondering how do I get the old files from the old hard drive with ribbon cable to the new PC.I do see SATA connectors on the old motherboard and also it has USB.
Will I be able to connect the two PC with SATA or USB and just transfer files from XP to Window7?
Thank you,Have a nice day.

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gordonung

Cheapest way is to just buy a cheap enclosure. 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817707128&cm_re=ata_enclosure-_-17-707-128-_-Product

 

If you are looking for a more temporary solution but would want to use the drive adapter for other drives consider:

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812232002&cm_re=ide_and_sata_adapter_usb-_-12-232-002-_-Product

 

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Supermonkey

Thank you very much. I will go do it right now.

I was taking care of some other business now it's PC time !!!!

Thanks Gordon.That really helps me out.

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fellowleo

Doesn't the new motherboard still have at least 1 IDE channel? If you build your machine first and then install the old ide drive on that chanel, it should show up in your windows explorer and another data drive and should be able to copy things over. You can then use it as a data drive or wipe it in windows 7 and then remove the drive from the build and follow one of Gordon's advice and use it as an external drive.

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gordonung

The vast majority of new boards have dropped parallel ATA support. 

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mattd390

Even the bots are happy you guys posted a new podcast!

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Sempai

In the immortal words of Gordan..

About fucking time!

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mattd390

Awesome!!

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mattd390

Awesome!!

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la_bruin

Umm... WINNING!

This made my day.  Thanks MPC!

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allc0re

Thank God!

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praetor_alpha

*gasp* I thought I'd never see one of these again!

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nedwards

Just wait until you hear it!

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