Zotak Mek1


Powered up after sitting for a month, GTX 1070 Ti fan is on full blast

  • Not on when in BIOS
  • Uninstalled NVidia drivers, fan goes off
  • Installed NVidia drivers back to on full blast
  • System restore back to 20181004, still same
  • Factory reset using supplied DVD, still same
  • Pulled shroud off GTX 1070 Ti
    • 4 pin fan connector is loose, all good now, started reinstalling everything


  • Chrome installed & to default
  • Steam installed to 1TB SSD & commenced selected games install
  • Install Steam VR

20181003 All Windows updates

20181003 It won’t connect to either Wifi router, just keeps trying after accepting passcode, wired for now then


New Zotak Mek1 from Amazon.com US$1199 + Shipping + GST = NZ$2339 landed

  • i7 7700 (Non K version)
  • 2 x 8GB 2400 Ram
  • 1 x 240G SSD
  • 1 x 1TB Spinner
  • Zotak GTX 1070 Ti
  • Win 10 Home

New startup, user = TB

Powered down, removed supplied 1TB HD & replaced with Crucial MX500 1TB SSD CT1000MX500SSD1

  • NZ$343 from PBTech 201809

W7Server 20180105 Core Hardware update


W7Server running like a 1 legged dog.  Worse than that actually.  So bad smells of a hardware fault.  Switched out Ram so not that.  Will replace core hardware and carry over Windows 10 license

In preparation:

  • Uninstalled MS Office 2010 Pro to free up license
  • Tied existing Win 10 license to my MS Account for easy reactivation post install

Fresh Windows 10 installation on:

  • AMD A8-9600 ‘APU’
  • Gigabyte AB350M-D3H motherboard
    • Reminder to self: Use of an M2 SSD can disable various SATA3/ASATA ports depedning on SSD type (refer the MB manual)
  • Onboard graphics
  • Samasung 120GB EVO something SSD to SATA3_0

After install is completed and shortly after first login Windows is blue screen crashing failing on atimkdag.sys

After a fair few reboots / fresh Win 10 reinstalls between various BIOS changes what I feel is happening is that shortly after installation, on first post install login drivers are updating in the background resulting in the crash.

Anyway I have a NVidia GT610 spare so installed that

After a few retries this sequence worked for me:

  • GT610 external graphics card installed
  • BIOS to ‘Optimised defaults’ then Onboard Graphics disabled
  • Win 10 fresh install
  • Waited for Device Manager to show NO unknown devices
    • Meanwhile on other workstation download of Radeon Adrenalin Edition 17.12.1 to USB stick
  • Disconnect from network
  • Restart, BIOS to ‘Optimised defaults’ (So Onboard Graphics default = Auto = Enabled)
  • After boot installed 17.12.1 from USB
  • Shutdown, hard power off, remove GT610
  • Power on = Radeon all good to go
    • Note: I tried 17.12.2 per above steps irst but it did not recognise Radeon onboard. Go figure.

Also by the final iteration above enabled restore points.  WHY ARE THESE DISABLED BY DEFAULT?

  • Considered uninstalling left over NVidia drivers but will leave them there in the event we have to put the GT610 back in should we have future issues with the onboard Radeon R7

Note all the above took a few hours to resolve so very annoying / frustrating


  • Physically installed TVS 6981 Dual DVB-S/S2 card
  • Installed Win 8 Drivers v2.0.1.6 as forums suggested had issues

Create Restore point

  • Office 2010 Pro (No Outlook)


  • SPM394 Raid controller to SATA3_1
    • Mapped to ‘W’
    • Has 4 x 4TB WD Drives from most recent upgrade + 1 spare bay (Disk 5)
  • Case has 7 removable drive bays:
    • top 5 are SPM394 drive bays 1 to 5 respectively
    • 6th is connected to SATA3_2, 7th to SATA3_3


  • Getting ready to install VBox, Notice AMD-V virtualisation not enabled
    • Reminder to just start Task manager and check for Performance -> CPU has ‘Virtulisation: Enabled’
  • Found setting in BIOS is hidden away under:
    • MIT -> Advanced Frequency Settings -> Advanced Core settings = Enabled SVM


  • Installed Oracle Virtual Box 5.2.6 all options + drivers
  • Installed Extension Pack
  • Installed host drive:
    • OCZ ARC100 240GB SSD to ASATA3_0

OCZ SSD on ASATA3_0 won’t complete formatting/or is taking forever

  • Installed Radeon software 18.2.1 (Custom -> Clean Install)

Backups, Raid, SSD, M-Disc

After issues with our Raid setup, need to do an upgrade.


Basement server W7SERVER PC, built 2012?

Windows 10 autoupgraded from Win 7

  • Gigabyte 880GM-UD2H (Ordered Asus M4A78L-M Socket AM3 MB (6 Sata) but out of stock so got a Gigabyte 880GM-UD2H AM3 Rev 1.3
    • North Bridge: AMD 880G
    • South Bridge: AMD SB710
    • ATI Radeon™ HD 4250 Graphics
    • 1 x PCIx16
    • 1 x PCIx1
    • 2 x PCI
    • 1 x IDE
    • 1 x External ESata on backplane
    • 5 x Sata
    • Gigabyte specs say Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10 and JBOD
    • 2 x 2 (Dual channel) x DDR3-1600
  • AMD Athlon X2 845
    • Cheapest processor but has AMD-V extensions…
  • 20180105 2 x Kingston 2GB budget modules
  • 7x Hotswap caddys
  • iCute 9 bay server chassis
  • System disc x 1? SSD?

Special parts:

  • SPM393
    • Originally 4 x Western Digital 2TB Green EARS
      • 2 died since replaced with 4TB WD Green
  • TBS 6981 Dual DVS receiver card
    • NPVR
    • LNB 11300 previously, last attempt was LOF1 9750, Switch 11700, LOF2 10600
    • Sat is 160.0 Optus D1 FTA

20180105 Is running extremely slowly, not locking up but running at 1% est speed at times

  • Swapped RAM in / out, different slots no change.
  • Time for an upgrade anyway so:
    • Gigabyte AB350M-D3H
    • AMD A-9600 + stock cooler
    • Cheapish Lenovo 2400 DDR4 8GB Single stick ram


QNAP TS409 Turbo:

  • 4 x 1TB WD green?


Synology DS207

  • 2 x Seagate Archive HDD 8TB



Ex Weekes HP, full internals replaced 201306

  • ASRock G41C-GS
  • Core 2 Duo E4400
  • 1 x 8GB DDR3
  • 1GB GTX750 ASUS
  • 1TB WD Green
  • 1 x ST380815AS
  • Win 10 64bit Home


K7S8X SimExperience PC

  • ASRock H81M-HDS LGA 1150
  • I3-4130
  • 8 GB Ram
  • EVGA GTX1060 3Gig 03G-P4-6162-KR
  • Additional Asus sound card ASUS Xonar DGX(ASM)
  • Drives:
    • 120G SSD
    • 160G Spinster
    • 2TH WD EAR… in caddy
    • DVDROM
  • Logitech Z506 5.1 speaker system
  • Logitech G27
  • Simexperience Stage 1
  • Win 10 64 Bit Pro fresh install 20180818
    • Need Realtek high definition audio driver ver:7614 to run backplane 3x 3.5mm Audio sockets as 5.1
    • Surround usual colours:
      • Orange -> Subwoofer and Center out
      • Black -> Rear Surround Speakers for 5.1 and 7.1 systems
      • Gray -> Middle Surround Speakers for 7.1 systems




Dell XPS 2710 driving 4K Screen via HDMI

thewarehouse.co.nz: Veon 55″ UHD TV

  • Bought new in Mar 2016 NZ$899
  • Manufactured by Soyo in 2014 according to MonInfo
  • Reminder to self: Only HDMI4 port does 60hz refresh others are 30mhz max

Dell XPS 2710

  • Doesn’t have HDMI 2 (1.4)
  • Intel HD-4000 onboard graphics

With target UHD screen attached

  1. Right Click Right desktop and navigate to (Intel option) Graphics Options->Custom Resolutions
  2. Accept the Intel warning re damage
  3. Select the target display in the drop down (“Digital Television TV” for me)
  4. Enter Width of 3840, Height of 2160
  5. Enter 25 as refresh rate
  6. Select CVT-RB as timing standard
  7. ADD
  8. Accept
  9. Reboot
  10. Right Click Right desktop and navigate to (Intel option) Graphics Properties
  11. Select the target display in the drop down (“Digital Television TV” for me)
  12. Select the new resolution & apply

To test:

MENU button + 0 4 times

Z170 chipset & NVMe SSD drive not working

Interoperability issues getting the NVMe drive to be bootable under windows:

  • Asus Z170-k with Intel Z170 chipset
  • SSD 950 PRO NVMe SSD

Assembled new machine, started install off Windows 10 64 bit Pro OEM

  • On first reboot (first boot directly off target system drive, i.e. above SSD) PC seems to sit in POST somewhere, response to F2/F8 eventually comes up after some minutes…

Did some googling, seems we need settings for CSM ( Compatibility Storage Module) set to UEFI:

  • BIOS (Oops, UEFI) -> Advanced->BOOT->CSM (Compatibility Support Module) changed to disabled, I assume this will force GPT to be used instead of MBR

All good now





Also re the 4x16GB Crucial-3000 Ram running at 2133 by default: http://www.anandtech.com/show/7364/memory-scaling-on-haswell/2