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Discussion in 'General' started by Kronos, 20 Jan 2018.

  1. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun.

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    Ah ha! here it is. It was a couple of weeks ago, but i've only just found out the turbo buttons you used to get on pc's actually made them UNDERclock, so they would run software/games designed to run at lower clockspeeds.
     
  2. Sentinel-R1

    Sentinel-R1 Chaircrew

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    Yep, my first pc (a 486 DX2-66) had a turbo button that would switch clock speed between 16 & 66MHz.
     
  3. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    It's 'cos back in the day you had one speed of processor, and that was your lot. What's the easiest way to do timing-related stuff? Tie it directly to the processor clock. Need to wait X amount of time? Just throw in a loop with Y number of NOPs, job done.

    Then we ended up with multiple speeds of processor, and that didn't work any more. Developers moved to actually timing things - though "measure how long it takes to do X then use that to count the number of NOPs we need" was still a thing - but older software rarely got updated. The Turbo Button was the solution: you could either run the CPU in compatibility mode at a slower clock speed, or at its full native speed. "Slow Button" isn't a great marketing tool, though - although "Compatibility Button" would have worked - and thus the "Turbo Button" was born.
     
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  4. Mr_Mistoffelees

    Mr_Mistoffelees The Lunatic on the Grass.

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    TIL, it's never too late to exhume an old thread...
     
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  5. Byron C

    Byron C No liability accepted as a result of this post

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  6. Jeff Hine

    Jeff Hine Nothing special

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    I'll be honest I was waiting for a tirade of 'Necro...', but it seems only the context of the thread is the decider for that - maybe sometimes the poster (but that would be discrimination, iirc).
     
  7. fix-the-spade

    fix-the-spade Well-Known Member

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    TIL that Autodesk Sketchbook now has the complete Copic marker colour index installed in it as standard, all present, numbered and grouped the same as the marker sets.

    This made me so much happier than is probably healthy.
     
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  8. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

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    Is that available to the free offering or is it one of the pro/paid add-ons? IIRC Sketchbook was pretty decent and not to price gouge-y... by autodesk standards at least.
     
  9. fix-the-spade

    fix-the-spade Well-Known Member

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    It's in the free one but you have to create an account.
     
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  10. VipersGratitude

    VipersGratitude Well-Known Member

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    Magenta is imaginary
     
  11. fix-the-spade

    fix-the-spade Well-Known Member

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    It's real enough, Mauve is the one that doesn't exist (it's just Purple being a hipster).
     
  12. legoman

    legoman breaker of things

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    Trying to photograph Day Glo colours is nigh on impossible.
     
  13. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun.

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    If you had worked every day since columbus set sale for India, at a rate of £5000/day, you would still not be a billionaire.

    Set sail 03/08/1492 - 192,548 days to date
    192548X£5000= £962,740,000
     
  14. fix-the-spade

    fix-the-spade Well-Known Member

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    National Express buses have onboard media servers.

    They are not loaded with the song.
     
  15. Byron C

    Byron C No liability accepted as a result of this post

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    I'm going to regret asking this but... which song?
     
  16. Arboreal

    Arboreal Well-Known Member

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    I'm guessing it'd be National Express by the Divine Comedy

     
  17. Byron C

    Byron C No liability accepted as a result of this post

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    Aaahhhhh yes, that song.
     
  18. Arboreal

    Arboreal Well-Known Member

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    (TIL) That Windows 10 doesn't fully support older GPUs.
    Put an ATi 4670 into a win 10 PC and found that there is no driver support other than the basics.
    I plugged 2 monitors in, and couldn't find any multi monitor options other than them showing the same content.
    I'm now looking for something newer and inexpensive that will do the job of providing an extended desktop.
     
  19. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

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    iirc the most recent amd driver for the 4670 didn't even support Windows 8.1.
     
  20. Jeff Hine

    Jeff Hine Nothing special

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    Just had a look at how old the HD 6670 is in my wife's PC... 2011 -- was Win10 even thought of back then...? o_O
     

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