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About Windsurf48

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  • Birthday 03/12/1948

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    Western shore of the Chesapeake Bay
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    Alaskan malamutes, windsurfing, opera, blues, bluegrass, Chesapeake Bay, Baja California

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    Mountain Mods U2O-CYO case, ASUS Zenith II Extreme, AMD Threadipper 3960x, Corsair H150I with six fans, 4 x 8 GB Corsair Dominator 4266, Patriot Viper VP4100 1T PCIe4 M.2, Seagate FireCuda 1T PCIe4 M.2, Seasonic Platinum 1200 power supply
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  1. The Zenith II Extreme Alpha is almost identical to the original Zenith II Extreme. The newer version has a slightly higher maximum memory speed, and one or more reviews mentioned beefed up power stages. Since the price was the same for both boards, it was a little disappointing to have an improved version come up a month or so after the original. I still don't know what ASUS found out about my original motherboard, but hopefully the replacement won't have the same problems.
  2. ASUS got in touch with me about replacing the Zenith II Extreme. Because it's been replaced by the Zenith II Extreme Alpha, I'll be getting one of those in a week or two.
  3. The population density is low and pretty much everyone here wants to be in small towns and/or near the Chesapeake. It's quiet and undeveloped compared to most of the DC metro area, and the kind of people who like that tend to people who get along easily with other, similar people regardless of political affiliations or other potentially divisive details. We don't have much in the way of beaches, so it's people who enjoy being on the water in boats. Several of my neighbors are licensed charter captains, for example. There is a growing number of DC people who've discovered that they can have
  4. I grew up in Washington, DC, when it was a small southern city, so the changes are huge. However, the small town on the Chesapeake Bay where I live is still very much like an old-fashioned small town. People wave and say hello, and neighbors help each other when someone gets sick, which could be important in the next months. A lot of us have lived here for a long time because it's a beautiful area, convenient to DC, Baltimore, and Annapolis, and less expensive than most areas on the Bay.
  5. Thanks. I saved the information for later. I have no idea how long it will be until ASUS send a replacement Zenith II Extreme. I've gotten the impression that the board has be replaced in the ASUS line up by the Zenith II Extreme Alpha, but I guess they must have some of the original model somewhere. However, I was already warned that parts from overseas could take a while. I just learned that I have a bunch of relatives in Texas, in the Dallas area.
  6. ASUS will be sending a replacement for the RMA Zenith II Extreme, but haven't said what was wrong with the first one. The backup memory I used on the Zenith II Extreme while Corsair was exchanging its memory only worked at 2133 Mhz on that motherboard, but has been running with no problems at 3600 Mhz/1t on the Maximus X Apex Z370 motherboard. However, that still could be a fundamental problem with the Trx40 chipset or Threadipper 3960x memory controller.
  7. ASUS will be sending me a new Zenith II Extreme. However, there's no information about what was wrong with the original one.
  8. I was able to get the tests to run, but got 'No session in progress' before the results were displayed, which is pretty standard for the past few years. However, the screen was still twice as big so I had to page down to get to the start button, I was unable to login, and the test started and ran without my being logged in. It looks like the test itself is the same as it has been, but the screen invoking it is functioning differently.
  9. Have there been recent changes to the Overdrive page? I ran most of a scan last week and it looked the same as it has for years, but tonight it has a screenful of links and you have to page down to see most of the Overdrive stuff. Then I couldn't log in until I selected the option to create a free account, which finally brought up the login and password slots on the left. However, I couldn't log in because of some setting (I forgot to write it down), although the settings haven't changed on this system since the last time I logged in.
  10. I was impressed by the reviews of the new Threadipper 3960x and 3970x and TRX40 chipset, so I replaced my ASUS ROG Maximus X Apex and Intel Core i7-8700k with a Threadripper 3960x and ASUS ROG Zenith II Extreme two months ago, along with new four-channel Corsair Dominator DDR4-4266 memory in place of the two-channel Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-4500 memory on the old motherboard. The initial CPU benchmark scores were exciting, as were the PCIe4 M.2 drive scores. 2d and 3d video scores didn't change much, presumably because the same Gigabyte RTX 2080 ti was used on both systems. Memory scores w
  11. Good luck. There's a lot of information about this update on the Internet. I couldn't get into Safe Mode on my PC.
  12. Thanks for the link. I saved the instructions for future reference. I copy the whole hard drive to hot swap hard drives regularly, so I can always restore the system easily. If necessary, I could boot from the backup drive, too. With mechanical drives, backing up or restoring the drive takes about 20 minutes, but now that the system is on M.2 drives, the old SSDs make it possible to backup or restore in under 10 minutes. That enabled me to restore the system to before the update process about 20 times in the past week before I finally got the update applied.
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