Ryzen Chipset and AMD GPU Drivers

Recently, I’ve been experiencing many BSODs in Windows.
I’ve had a few different errors such like “KMode_Exception_Not_Handled” and “TCPIP.sys” which ultimately threw up Kernel Power errors in Event Viewer.

After a few searches, the errors pointed to driver issues. This started to happen soon after upgrading to the latest Windows 10 version.

Starting with the network driver, downloaded the package from the motherboard’s site and installed it, but the BSODs carried on happening.
I then decided to reinstall both graphics drivers and chipset drivers from the AMD site.
Alas, the BSODs persisted.

Solved!

Finally, I decided to go down the “Old School” route by uninstalling the motherboard, AMD GPU and AMD Chipset drivers completely. I then used CCleaner to clear the registry and deleted the AMD folder located in C:\AMD.

I cleanly installed all motherboard drivers, and then installed AMD Ryzen Chipset drivers BEFORE finally installing the AMD GPU drivers.

So far, after a few reboots and some good hours of usage, the system seems to be behaving itself!

AMD need to look at their drivers

I spent a long time before the fix reinstalling the Chipset and GPU drivers over and over. It seems that if you install the GPU drivers first, the Chipset driver UI notifies you that you are trying to install an older driver. This is misleading, especially as the packages should be separate and unrelated.

Project: RPi2 Home Server

RPI-nas-server

Introduction

 

First off, any adventure into a project, you need a purpose. The purpose of this project is to create a computer serving a variety of uses for the household; network storage, wiki server. The network drive will be used for backup, transfer. The secondary goal is to make it as energy efficient as possible. Let’s get started.

The hardware

 

RaspberryPi v2

The brains of the outfit will be a raspberry pi 2. (Pi3 About £35)

Rpi-3

(rpi3 for illustration only)

Considerations: Continue reading “Project: RPi2 Home Server”

Some thoughts on my AMD FX-6350: the highs and woes

While on the subject of AMD, it might be a good place to chuck out some thoughts of my current pc build.

It was more of a compromise then a solid future proofed rig. My core2duo build was dying. Well, the AsRock (I know!) motherboard was, to be precise. To be honest, 7 years service wasn’t too bad, considering it was a budget build at the time. It lasted me well. The more occasional blue screens pronounced the retirement, shortly after the tirade of reseating, log trawling and diagnosing. Continue reading “Some thoughts on my AMD FX-6350: the highs and woes”

AMD’s K.O.

I’ve never been, what people call a fan boy. (Not PC enough….; fan person?). But I have always rooted for innovation over underdogism. With AMD’s new Ryzen range, they tick both boxes. Power to the people comes to mind.

This is not just seen as red versus blue anymore… this is more important. I feel that since the XP+ desktop range, innovation and creativity slipped. I moved to a core2duo after my XP3000+. Underdog? No, but innovation?

Like with everything new, there’s reports of Ryzen suffering birth issues; AMD will defiantly nurture their baby to full health and beyond.

However one thing still niggles me. Sure, Ryzen is fast becoming superior to Intel’s best offerings, but the cards are now on the table, and I feel Intel is squeezing the life from its’ i series. How long can we expect AMD to dominate against an Intel refresh?

Securing Home Routers – Keeping Your Data Safe

Routers are apart of everyday life. Anyone with an active home internet connection has one. It keeps a constant connection to the internet, it allows more then 1 computer to share the same internet connection, it blocks out bad traffic from entering your network, and can perform more sophisticated tasks; share files via FTP over the network and to the wider internet for example.
Your router is filled to the brim with technology but not all of it is safe, even though it might be helpful. Simply buying a router and connecting it up is not enough; like any device, it needs updates and maintenance to have it running well and safely.

All routers are different and it helps to log into your routers settings and familiarize yourself with the options available to you. Not everything you see will be apparent as to what they do so it’s worth noting these down and doing a bit of research yourself.
Additionally a general rule of thumb; if your not using a specific service or option in your router, disable it! Continue reading “Securing Home Routers – Keeping Your Data Safe”