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Comment: Re: Just disable it... (Score 1) 189

Sans an actual PERC card, a Dell Precision shouldn't take that long. Two things that I can think of that would prolong the POST. Firstly, check the boot options to ensure Network is at the very bottom. Also disable PXE boot. I've seen it take an obscene amount of time hunting for a non-existant PXE server via DHCP. Secondly, disable an SATA ports not in use, otherwise the system will hunt for non-existant devices on that channel before giving up and moving on. Just remember to re-enable them should you need them later.

Comment: Re: Just disable it... (Score 2) 189

POST (Power On Self Test). The time doesn't include bootstraping to the OS. For example, Dell OptiPlex machines boot very fast when compared with a 3rd party motherboard. Dell PowerEdge servers take a very long time. For those POST includes RAM, DRAC, PERC (raid card), and the IPMI bus.

Comment: Re:Easy Solution (Score 4, Funny) 221

by DigiShaman (#49353525) Attached to: Broadband ISP Betrayal Forces Homeowner To Sell New House

Home Owner: But but but, thats price is outrageous!!! How can I run my business if you guys are stomping my entire profit margin?

Comcast: Because...we can :)

Home Owner: But I have a business to run!

Comcast: Look into my eyes; you don't work for yourself, you work for Comcast!!! *evil laughter*.

Home Owner: What's your name!?

Comcast: Skeletor!

Comment: Re:Poor Linux support (Score 1) 199

by DigiShaman (#49350399) Attached to: What Makes the Perfect Gaming Mouse?

For electronics and contacts, use MAF cleaner as it's closer to electronic cleaner. Additionally, you can actually use it on the MAF which provides improved fuel economy, engine performance, and keeps the carbon buildup minimal while adding additional life to the O2 sensors and catalytic converter. MAF being one of the first important real-time sensors, it does leave an ancillary impact on the rest of the system.

As for brake and carb cleaner, don't use them on electronics. Those are harsh solvents that leave a film of residue behind and can really harm some plastics. I suppose if you really had too on a failed mouse, use a short burst of it, then quickly chase with a can of compressed air to dry it out quickly. But you're rolling the dice on those results.

Comment: Re:Poor Linux support (Score 1) 199

by DigiShaman (#49349045) Attached to: What Makes the Perfect Gaming Mouse?

Didn't have one. To he perfectly clear, I only solder wiring harnesses for car audio equipment and the occasional re-capping of amps and motherboards. I can't do fuck-all with these tiny delicate surface mounted components. Either I don't have the tools, dexterity, or knowledge how how to properly work on that stuff. So yeah, I'm done messing with that stuff.

FYI, I managed to get my last mouse working better by hosing down the microswitches with CRC Mass Airflow Sensor Cleaner that I had laying around. So far so good.

Comment: Re:Poor Linux support (Score 1) 199

by DigiShaman (#49347287) Attached to: What Makes the Perfect Gaming Mouse?

Agreed. I've gone through two Logitech Wireless Performance MX mice. I've used them so much that the microswitch started to malfunction in the left button. Aside from that, they're near perfect for both gaming and everyday use.

BTW, I purchased new microswitches in attempt to repair the first mouse. It ended in failure as the PCB board was too thin. Whatever the narrow margin of heat needed to solder on that board was, I obviously didn't have the right equipment. My iron just plugged into he wall with a specific wattage rating; meaning it couldn't be adjusted with the dial. And the deconstruction of the mouse was a major PITA that often made putting the plastic feet back on next to impossible as the adhesive wouldn't stick as well. Oh well.

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