[olug] Disappointment and a question ...

unfy olug at unfy.org
Wed May 28 19:03:17 CDT 2014

Replies sprinkled below

On 5/28/2014 10:42 AM, Aric Aasgaard wrote:
> http://omahax.com/img/phone/20140528_091943.jpg
> I was wondering how you got an R9 270 into a Vostro 460.
> .....and I see you got the one Gigabyte card that would fit
> http://www.gigabyte.com/products/list.aspx?s=43&p=52,53@53@53@53,62&v=2,8@6@
> 1 at 2,26
> .....that has to be frustrating.

The 290 is a tight fit, cables really don't fit between it and the drive 
cage :D.  It was a known issue, and I'm not above replacing the case.

> I don't have a PCIe 3 card that will fit.  The closest I have is an HD7470
> (PCI 2.1) and it works.
> Did you update the BIOS?
> http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/04/DriverDetails/Product/vostro-46
> 0?driverId=R318123&osCode=W764&fileId=2731121903&languageCode=EN&categoryId=
> BI
> I know you got a new board on the way, I just like solving problems.

I am running A06, yes.  I dunno if I will attempt to put a gateway or 
msi BIOS on the board, beat it with a hammer, or try to sell it for 
$10.  Given the onboard nic is dead - its prolly hammer time.

While Gigabyte was retarded about insisting on PCIe 3.0 in the tech 
support thing, I think it's a moot point since the 290 works perfectly 
fine in the nForce 630i (which is either 1.x or 2.x ?).

It will be BIOS related for sure.  Someone had a similar setup with a 
sapphire 290 card in either a dell or gateway board, and sapphire sent 
them a new bios that worked fine.  Other threads mention that a bios 
update on the gateway board fixes the problem.  Lastly, there's a 
bitcoin miner video card bios (undervolts the card a bit) that also has 
the uefi section dummied out for booting issues.

> Part of the reason I use a fairly large case is to prevent issues like
> this. I've had an Antec 900c case for years. If I replace it, I might even
> go with a larger case next time.

I've gotten to the point where I don't wanna fuck with computers anymore 
heh.  It better "just work".  I don't really tinker or anything 
anymore.  Before the i7 2600, it was a 478 pentium d. Before that, an 
Athlon XP ~2ghz.  Yes, I was happily using a Mac for a while, but it 
died :(.

As such, if I get a computer cheap (as the vostro was) and it does what 
I need, I'm happy.  I've just recently decided needed more gaming 
oomf... thus the current issues and knowing I may have to replace the 
case possibly heh.  Dunno if I would have went big or about the same 
size or what.


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