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What would be the disadvantages of installing a server on a workstation machine?

For instance, on a DIY machine with i9-9980XE and SSD 905P, a motherboard I've not decided on yet (any suggestion?), I'd install Win Server 2019.

But still, that's workstation hardware, not server hardware.  It is not cheap, but fast, and it seems it is even more reliable, especially due to the  905P.

A server as fast as this from Dell would be double the price probably.
And now I wonder what I loose buy installing a server on a workstation...
Asset Tagging - picking your brain..

I want to implement simple asset tagging solution for our tech equipment (laptops and computers mostly). I found this company online where I can crate the labels, since we don't have any software or scanners it'll pretty much be just a company and some and number.

I'll then just update the inventory spreadsheet with the access tagging number for each equipment.

This will be the first i'm doing it, i'm using common sense in what I want to but i'd figure i'll ask the community to see if there's a more effective way of doing this. Honestly i don't think management will approve any software purchase in case you wonder..


How do you adjust the size of a maximized window to fit a particular monitor?

When I maximize a window, it is slightly larger than the viewable area on my screen. As a result, the outermost border of the window is not visible due to being obscured by the black edges of the monitor.

The thickness of the obscured edge appears to be 12 pixels on all sides. This was determined by running the following AutoHotkey script:

WinGetActiveStats, Title, Width, Height, X, Y
MsgBox, The window position is:  %X%, %Y%, %Width%, %Height%

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The monitor resolution is 3840 x 2160. However, the script returned the following:

      The window position is:  -12, -12, 3864, 2184

So this shows that the actual upper-left origin of a maximized window is -12, -12, rather than 0, 0 as it should be. Also, window width and height of 3864 and 2184 exceed the horizontal and vertical screen resolutions of 3840 and 2160 respectively. In each case, the difference is 24 pixels.

Can you snap the "hook" off PCIe x16 boards?

Is the PCB guaranteed to be free of tracks there?

I will post a photo of what I have called "the hook" later as attachments don't work when asking questions.
I was really hoping I wasn't going to have to ask this question on Experts-Exchange, but I'm running out of options.
Does anyone know what the purpose of this black metal piece sticking out of the back of my video card is used for?
I've seen it on a lot of OEM AMD video cards.  I don't think I've ever seen an NVIDIA card with it, but I certainly could be mistaken.
I'm trying to figure out what it's used for and whether or not it can be removed from the card.
It's held on by 4 small screws. No wires run to it or anything like that.
It's literally just a block of black metal.
It's shown in red below.
Thanks in advance.
video card
A student is looking for a laptop with a bit of power.
I got an email about this Acer

Acer Laptop Swift 3 SF315-52-81HD
Intel Core i7 8th Gen 8550U (1.80 GHz)
8 GB Memory
256 GB SSD
Intel UHD Graphics 620
15.6" Windows 10 Home 64-bit

$530 at New Egg

Is there anything wrong (or too good to be true) about this Acer?

Here's their 'pitch'
This particular laptop comes in gold only at the sale price. It’s rocking a quad-core (eight thread) Core i7-8550U with a clock speed of 1.8GHz and a turbo frequency of 4GHz. This is a last-generation Kaby Lake R processor, but it’s still very powerful, and a solid piece of silicon for running this rig.

The Swift 3 also comes with 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and a 15.6-inch 1080p IPS display with a 178-degree viewing angle. It’s rocking one HDMI port, two USB 3.0 ports, one USB-C, one USB 2.0 connection, and a multi-card reader. Acer’s notebook also offers a fingerprint reader, a backlit keyboard, and an “aluminum all-metal body.”

I am having an issue with my remote VPN users not being able to connect to a specific network through the VPN.   Hardware involved is a Cisco ASA 5505 with users connecting using Cisco Anyconnect Client.  Once connected the ASA assigns them an IP address from a pool created on the ASA. (, Split Tunneling is enable and the internal network and the remote network(details below) have been added to the network list for the AnyConnect connection profile.  The VPN users can access the internal network without any problems but not the remote network.  The problem is below.

Details of the issue:  There is a server on one of our vendors network that we need access to internally and also when connected through VPN.  A site to site VPN was setup connecting my internal network( to theirs(10.*.*.0/24) and what I believe to be all the needed ACLs and NAT entries.  All internal users can access this network without a problem but anyone connected by VPN cannot.  It seems that on the VPN users computers that any traffic destined for my internal network comes through the VPN but traffic trying to go to the vendors network is going out their regular internet connection and not through the VPN.  Looking at the settings on the AnyConnect client while connected and looking at the route details tab it shows the network and the 10.*.*.0/24 network as secured routes.  Any ideas on what could be the issue?  There has to be some NAT or ACL rule I'm missing …
i have an OLD Volkswagen (1996) - Passat Diesel with en engine of 1900CC
it has following weird behaviour : i charge the battery to FULL
then leave it in the garage. about 1 month later the battery is discharged
i measure the current draw from battery with everything off = 15 mA
this totals to 10.8 A/per month (30 days) - so : how can the battery be empty ?
the battery (replaced last year) is a 70 Ah model, so it should hold about 800 W
I'm looking for USB type C hub that only adds more type C ports, or at the very least adds more than just one of them. Strangely enough I've been unable to find one. It's really easy to find type A hubs that are just a bunch of type A output slots. Does anyone know of  a similar device for USB type C? It would be nice if at least one port was PD too.
I have a desktop (well, a tower really) PC purchased around 2011 with an Asus M4A87TD/USB3 motherboard, with two 2GB RAM sticks and a  AMD Phenom II X4 B55 CPU.

I'm wanting to upgrade the RAM to see if I can get a bit more life out of the machine, and it looks like this RAM might do the job: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory Kit (https://www.computerlounge.co.nz/shop/components/memory/desktop/corsair-vengeance-lp-16gb-2x8gb-ddr3-1600-memory-kit )

There are some caveats in the motherboard manual and associated RAM compatibility document that don't make much sense to me though (screenshot included). Can anyone please give an educated estimate the likelihood of the above RAM working? Thanks!

motherboard RAM compatibilityram compatibility
References, if really needed: https://www.asus.com/nz/Motherboards/M4A87TDUSB3/HelpDesk_QVL/ https://www.asus.com/nz/Motherboards/M4A87TDUSB3/HelpDesk_Manual/
I have a Dell XPS 8500 with an i7-3770 whose motherboard was bricked by a Dell BIOS update.  I've since purchased another board, but am having problems with RAM.

The original board had PC3-12800 RAM modules.  From what I read, these modules (as well as the PC3-10600) should work.  When I put them in the replacement board, I get 4 beeps, indicating a RAM problem.  I've tried some Crucial brand RAM which was listed as compatible with this model and get the same results.  I've tried a single module in each of the slots, one at a time.

The board does work if I use a PC3-10600 module.

I've upgraded to the latest BIOS and reset it to defaults.  I don't see any settings in the BIOS that have anything to do with timing.

I can go ahead and purchase the slower RAM, but I'd prefer not to.

Is this board defective or am I missing something?
I have a situation which I have a piece of hardware (an intercom system) that I need access to remotely. I want to use some type of wireless bridge to connect the unit which is hard wired to an internet connection in the building. I do not have access to the router to open ports up and it does not have a static IP. I want to be able to access this unit remotely. Any ideas?
Building my first pc with M.2 chip....

I bought a Gigabyte B360 HD3 MB...
Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMeM.2 chip...

The MB has two slots for the M.2 Chip...
One is M2P_16G...The other is M2A_32G...

Which slot do I use...and why...???
I have a Surface Pro 4 with a cover keyboard that has stopped working. It was working in January while we were travelling. When we returned home, I only used the Pro 4 with its docking station. I had occasion to use it off the docking station the other day, and the keyboard is not working. I looked under keyboards in device manager and there is no surface cover type listed. There are four HID keyboard devices listed. I looked at their properties and none of them seemed relevant and they were all working properly.

Booting up to the UEFI shows a Type Cover listed there; I disabled, rebooted, and enabled it with no result.

I'm running all the latest updates on Windows 10. I don't know how to check for latest on firmware.

I have also tried the 2-button shutdown and startup.

Any suggestions?

I am looking for a 2-in-one laptop where the keyboard that comes with it, will still function in fully "detached" mode.

In order for the OEM keyboard that the laptop comes with to function in fully detached mode, it would have to have batteries and be chargeable from the laptop itself, as opposed to an add-on cable.

Assistance in finding this would still be greatly appreciated.
Good Afternoon, I have an old Intel Server Board S1200V3RPS in a old custom built server. I have been asked if that box can be re-purposed for a Desktop Machine (The hardware is still in great shape), but running Windows 10 Pro

--I can find a few drivers on Intel site that are for Windows 10, but no clear answer on if this board would work with Windows 10 Operating System

--I can't determine if the rest of the drivers would be pulled by the Windows 10 OS and so I would be good to go after running Windows Update.

--Does anyone know how to tell if a MotherBoard can be re-used for another OS, and which drivers would be required to get from the Vendor and which ones would be pushed through Microsoft Windows Updates, or would already be baked into the OS?


My Surface Pro 4 will not display on our new Insignia TV (not a smart tv).  
My iPhone and my partner's Surface Book 2 will both display on the TV, so I know it is not the HDMI cable.
I checked and my Windows 10 is up to date, as is the graphics driver.

When I connect the Pro 4 to the TV, there is a momentary recognition of the HDMI input and the display resolution on the TV, then the TV display says No Signal.

As far as the Pro 4, one of three things happens:
1.  The screen goes black.
2.  Mouse and keyboard are nonresponsive but keyboard is lit; touch screen in unaffected
3.  Mouse and keyboard  are nonresponsive and the keyboard is not lit; touch screen is unaffected.
Control of the keyboard does not return until Pro 4 is disconnected from TV, plugged back into Surface docking station, and power cycled.

In Display Settings, the Pro 4  will not detect the TV. In Advanced Display Settings, it sees the Insignia TV but does not display to the Insignia.

Going to tablet mode seemed to make no difference.
A customer brought in an Hp 17-P121wm Laptop which the keyboard had quit working entirely.  I ordered another keyboard and the new one doesn't work either.  an external keyboard works fine,  The mouse pad works fine.  In fact everything else works fine.  What do I need to do to resolve this issue?
The user has a current TiVo Bolt.  They have home videos that they have digitized, currently in .avi format.

They have a Synology NAS

Can they store their videos on the NAS, and play them back using their TiVo?

MacOS Disk Eject Hanging

I did not pull out my hard disk after an overnight backup with Time Machine. But this window popped up and shows the spinning wheel when I cursor over Cancel and Force Eject...

I tried relaunching Finder and can not Restart MacOS, since this hangs.

I hate doing a hard restart of my MacBook.

What are my options?

We ordered extra memory module for laptops ,  they have same speed as existing one but are S2,

I have no idea what is the difference between Memory module s1 and memory module s2 ?
Can I use both together in the laptop or it will cause problem?

I tried to search on internet but could not understand as it was too technical for me . Can someone explain please

New Module

8GB 1Rx8 PC4-2666v-SA1-11

Existing Module

8GB 1Rx8 PC4-2666v-SA2-11

Thank you
Laptop: Sony Vaio
Model: SVF152C29M
Product name: SVF1521B4E
BIOS Chip: Winbond 25Q64FVSIG
Motherboard: DA0HK9MB6D0 REV: D

The problem:
- The keyboard and the touchpad are not working at all anymore.

1) Assuming I will be able to replace the Nuvoton NPCE985LLA0DX part, can someone tell me if this component needs programming or do I just buy it new and replace the existing one?
2) If NPCE985LLA0DX requires programming, then with what programmer do I have to program it and from where do I take the code/image to program it?

MotherboardKeyboard controllerBlock diagram
I have a Lenovo laptop Model Q551L that has backlight on the keyboard.  When the Laptop first comes on the backlight comes on only momentarily and then goes right back off.  I checked the Bios and it is updated to the latest version.  What do I need to do to get the backlight to work properly?
Any feedback so far on the most recent updates for vSphere 6.7?  I'm looking at updates from Esxi670 - 201903001 to Esxi670-Update02.  These would be applied to Supermicro hardware.  Just looking for any gotchas that would suggest waiting.


What's the best tool to use to get a list of all the devices on a network?
What's the best tool to use to do a thorough report on an individual machine?  

In the past, I've used Belarc Advisor.  I still think it's great, but I'm wondering what other techs use.







Hardware includes cell phones and other digital living devices, tablets, computers, servers, peripherals and components, printers and scanners, gaming consoles, networking hardware such as routers, hubs, switches and modems, storage devices and security equipment such as firewalls and other appliances.