I have games from Win9X through 2015 and I have no issues playing them on my R9 280, in fact the only issues I have playing older games is I often have to bypass the shitastic DRM they used them like Starfuck and SecuSUC which will if you aren't careful try to shoehorn a 32bit kernel driver into a 64bit kernel and fuck the OS. Luckily most of the companies making that shit were so damned cheap they kept their piss poor 16bit installers way into the 32bit era and thus won't be able to run the installer.
But since they switched away from VLIW to GCN things have been nothing but candy and puppies and say what you will but you have to give 'em credit, when they EOLed the old VLIW cards and APUs when they released Crimson? They were at least decent enough to release a beta of Crimson specifically for these older chips that not only gives them any Crimson features that those chips will support but also runs on Win 7-10 so any of the older chips that didn't have Win 10 drivers? Well they do now. I installed it on my E350 netbook from 2011, runs great and even improved my hardware video acceleration.
I think its pretty obvious what it is...its SVCHOSTS for Linux, a once simple idea that continued to grow until more and more of the system is running it and won't run without it.
Considering how all Red Hat talks about now is virtualization and the cloud? Mark my words Linux will be nothing but a VM running on SystemD in 5 years, I wonder if Linus will stick around when Linux is a second class citizen running on top of a system he has zero control over or input in?
It was the CEO BEFORE the last one that burnt the company for the insurance, that is how this works. Its the same with AMD, the current CEO is trying to stop the bleeding, even going so far as to hire back the designer of the Athlon64 from Apple, but it was the one after the founder (Rory Read I think, but they went through 3 real quickly) that fired everybody and cashed out.
You see its like playing hot potato, you don't want to be the one left with the bag.
Sigh...you REALLY don't know how this shit works, do you? Let old Hairy break it down for ya, mmkay?
1.-Corp A MBA (Master of Being an Asshole) gets hired, he fires everybody and replaces them with outsourcing. 2.- Because you have a broken stock market thanks to the billions pumped in by the feds thanks to 401Ks and 403Bs you have a market filled with gamblers so the second they see Corp A profits went up? Stock bounces, MBA gets credit for his "aggressive cost cutting measures". 3.- MBA cashes out, gets hired by new corp based on his "stellar cost cutting skills" at Corp A. 4.- Corp A goes belly up but by that time MBA has moved on and so gets none of the blame! Lather rinse repeat.
If you want a couple examples of this in action just look at Circuit City, where the MBA fired all the high paid employees (who were making that much because they were highly knowledgeable and good at making sales) and replaced them with any kid they could get off the street. Stock bounced, cash out, company went to shit because the kids didn't know shit and just wandered the store. Or AMD, who is just now beginning to struggle back from the horrible blow dealt to them by their MBA, which at a critical juncture fired all the chip designers and replaced them with automated layouts, which give you more than 10% wasted space and more power usage than hand design. Stock bounced, he cashed out, lather rinse repeat.
So I hate to break the news to ya, but logic and sanity? Really have no place in this arena, we're talking about an arena run by sociopaths that have NO problem burning a place to the ground and costing thousands of their fellow Americans everything they own if it'll give them a 10% stock bounce and a golden parachute. Remember the words of Thomas Jefferson "Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains."
Sorry but you are incorrect, AMD doesn't have any nasty shit in the CPU. There was talk a couple years back of adding an ARM DRM chip for those business customers that wanted a TPM style system but nothing ever came of it.
You can now happily go buy an AMD CPU based system which they opened the docs on a couple years back (they even go so far as to pay devs on both the Coreboot and FOSS driver teams so to speed up support of their chips) and as far as their APUs are concerned the only part of the docs you cannot have are the parts concerning HDMI HDCP, which is property of Intel and thus cannot be shared. Of course if you do not use HDCP protected content you won't have to worry about it as the whitepapers show the AMD APUs simply use a small "shim" to protect the memory on a part of the GPU normally used for graphics, as unlike Intel they do not dedicate silicon for HDCP.
BTW if you want to make an "upgradeable" laptop your best bet would be AMD socket AM1, it uses less than 25w under load for the fastest chip, has a nice Radeon GPU capable of 1080P over HDMI for all 4 chips in the line, and is very affordable with the most expensive (2.07 Ghz quad APU) only costing $54, which means you could make a really nice affordable laptop with those chips rather easily.
LULWut? You DO know that Macs have more vulnerabilities than Windows right? And that your parents would have to live in someplace like NYC or LA for the cost of a decent MB to be cheaper than a half dozen or more service calls, yes? Hell the most expensive shops that I know of only charge $40 an hour for service calls and unless they are incompetent most jobs can be handled in under an hour...your parents would have to be calling a couple times a week for 6 months just for you to break even! Finally I have yet to meet this "mythical person" that only uses a browser, if that was your parents? Get them a tablet or put them on Ubuntu, but more likely they have multiple Windows programs they use, hell that is what they got the PC to run in the first place!
So sorry Macs are NOT the answer to elderly parents, it will cost more, create more problems than it solves, the only one that will benefit from that move is Apple shareholders.
Sounds like your cooling sucks, maybe you should try something like this. this is the one I use on my FX-8320E and while that normally isn't a hot chip but when I'm doing a ton of A/V work I'll use the Asus OCing tool that came with my board and even with the chip running full bore with 8 cores at 4Ghz it still keeps temps reasonable,IIRC the highest I ever got was 130F and without OC it stays a nice cool 80F according to the board sensors. To see how it performs with an Intel here is a review and as you can see it scored just 8 degrees higher than the huge Corsair H100.
I personally love it, its quiet, easy to install, and works well.
Except if you look at the numbers the artists ain't getting shit and in fact are making less of a percentage now than they did in the 50s.
This is why I have zero fucks to give about "the industry", because I know that Meatloaf had to file bankruptcy because Bat Out Of Hell I, which just FYI holds the fricking record for the longest run on the top 200 in history BTW, according to the record company didn't make a cent therefor they didn't owe him a penny. I know that Cheap Trick is currently suing their former record company because you know all those iTunes sales? Yeah the record company says that "since that didn't exist at the time you were with us in the 70s and 80s we don't owe you a cent from those sales" and I know that Keith Richards says all those iconic Stones albums from the 60s? Yeah they haven't seen a single dime from those since 75. Want something newer? How about Lyle Lovett sells millions, earns nothing.
So if you want to "steal" from the industry? Go right ahead, at least when it comes to music you are NOT hurting the artist as they ain't getting a thin dime from those songs.
A bit of advice for folks with aging parents who get "Win 10'd"...call the local repair shops in their area! We deal with aging customers all the time, many of us are more than happy to do house calls, and its a HELL of a lot easier for you to simply call the shop and say "Mom has got an issue, please fix it" than it is to spend who knows how many hours on the phone trying to walk somebody who doesn't know computers through a rollback. We can also set up an automated backup routine so if they click the wrong link or make a major mistake they won't lose everything, nothing will break your heart more than having to tell somebody those pics of a long dead relative they didn't have any copies of are gone forever because they didn't have backups.
So consider this a wakeup call, if your folks could have been "Win10'd" they could have gotten a LOT worse, call the local shops, compare rates, and have one set up a backup routine for them. Its a hell of a lot cheaper to just get a USB drive and have the local shop guy help them out than to find out they ended up getting ransomware or some other nasty.
Are you surprised? I can't believe I'm saying this but could we start a "Bring Back the Ballmernator" campaign? at least Ballmer only tried to rip off the Apple company (poorly) but Nadella with his spying, refusing to say what he is actually installing on YOUR PC (only other companies I've seen do that are ones making malware) and outright trying to force Windows "All ur data belong to us" 10 on users PCs like a fucking driveby malware attack? Well sheeit, he makes Ballmer look like a big sweaty care bear!
I'm happy to say all of my customers are following my advice and treating Windows 10 like plague blankets and talking to others like IT guys working medical? All the spying crap has made sure Win 10 isn't welcome in their businesses either. So congrats Nadella, you may actually beat Ballmer when it comes to making the most hated OS, you have already made it so...gag...I have to actually recommend Windows fricking 8 as at least you can rip out the appstore spying crap and replace the GUI with Classic Shell and have a useful OS under your control, something that cannot be done with Windows 10 as of yet.
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