ASUS Gaming Desktop

In November of 2021 I purchased an ASUS Gaming Desktop computer. I bought it at Best Buy and had it delivered to my front door.

The model is a ASUS ROG STRIX C15-B11. It comes with an Intel 11700KF CPU, an ASUS TUF Gaming Nvidia RTX 3080 NON LHR GPU, 16GB of rather generic RAM, an ASUS B560 Motherboard that has been modified somewhat, a 500GB NVMe, a 2TB Toshiba hard drive and a 750W power supply.

Positives include, a great price for what you get. Extremely well organized and cable managed inside the slightly small case. Parts that work mostly. I’ll cover this in the cons.

The particular unit that I obtained factory new in the original unopened box had a mouse, a keyboard, the computer itself and some of the usual suspects in the way of stickers and spare parts, etc.

The cons of the unit I have is that out of the box the CPU Heatsink was not performing it’s job in any fashion. First indicator of the issue was when the exhaust fan sounded like a jet engine on take off. I then installed CPUID’s HWMonitor tools and began trouble shooting.

CPU core 1 on the Intel processor was spiking into the 100C thermal throttle zone. Other cores were at approximately 95 C. One core was at 80 C.

I opened the case. I reached in moving my hand NEAR the heat sink/CPU cooler without actually touching it initially. No heat what so ever. Then I touched it gently and it was room temperature cold to the touch. Next I removed the cooler from the CPU and checked the application of thermal compound. It was woefully inadequate. I cleaned the cold plate of the CPU cooler, and the Intel CPU, using rubbing alcohol and microfiber towels. I reapplied Artic MX 4 thermal compound correctly to the TMI of the CPU and then re-installed the CPU cooler provided. Minimal change in results. CPU Core 1 was still approaching 100 C and throttling, the CPU cooler was room temperature to the touch.

I purchased a Noctua NH-U12S Redux CPU cooler and installed per the Noctua instructions.

HWMonitor now reports 75C or lower temperatures for all of the Intel i7 11700KF cores and package under extended load using AIDA64 in Stress test mode for 4 hours. I also removed the somewhat lackluster RAM and installed 32 GB of G.Skill DDR4 3600Mhz in a 4×8 configuration. In addition I put a WD 850 TB NVMe into the PCIe 4.0 4×4 m.2 slot, moving the 500GB WD 750 to the secondary M.2 slot which can only do PCIe 3.0 3×4.

Hardware issues solved, system performs like a demon in games, light work loads, heavy work loads, benchmarks, etc.

On February 10th, I attempt to log into Second life using firestorm’s latest viewer and get a series of dots in an array of colors.

This was immediately proceeded by an Armory Crate update.

I performed a clean install of firestorm to reveal the same symptom. I remove Firestorm viewer and the app data folders, reboot and then install Kokua viewer. Same result.

I uninstall the nvidia driver and do a clean install of the lastest nvidia driver, then reboot and attempt the login again. Same failed results.

My next step was to run an sfc /scannow from an elevated Admin mode command prompt. SFC reported no errors found.

At a total loss and having spent a few hours into the trouble shooting at this juncture I install Windows 10 cleanly. This in turn had deterimental impacts on my Mint 20.3 linux install on a different partition of the system and I chased that back and forth for a while.

Ultimately I reformatted the TB NVMe and installed windows cleanly then rebooted and installed Mint 20.3 cleanly. Things are performing smoothly once again.

I strongly advise my readers avoid ASUS Armory Crate software whenever possible.

Fedora 17 Goes LIVE!

Fedora 17 recieved GOLD status last week. I have been running it through it’s paces ever since. So far, I am quite pleased with Fedora 17. I have always felt a bit, uneasy with Fedora 16. Fedora 17 feels very solid. I have not had a single point of failure with Fedora 17 so far.

Gnome 3.0

To those of you who have been looking for a better Gnome, the wait may finally be over. Gnome 3.0 released on April 7th, 2011 and should be coming to your favorite Linux distribution soon. If you do not wish to wait, you can download the Gnome 3 distributions of Fedora and OpenSuse at the Gnome website.

Howto: create a local repository for Fedora.

Creating a local Fedora repository is a great way to conserve bandwidth. You can update all of the computers on your local network from one repository.

1)  Install a web server.  I use apache.
su -c yum install httpd -y

2)  Create the directories that become the local repository.
su -c mkdir -p /var/www/html/yum/F15/releases
su -c mkdir -p /var/www/html/yum/F15/updates

3) Install the remote synchronization tool rsync.
su -c yum install rsync -y

4) Use rsync to populate your repository.
/usr/bin/rsync -avrt rsync://linux.mirrors.es.net/fedora/linux/updates/15/x86_64/ –exclude=debug/ /var/www/html/yum/F15/updates
/usr/bin/rsync -avrt rsync://linux.mirrors.es.net/fedora/linux/releases/15/Everything/x86_64/os/Packages/ /var/www/html/yum/F15/everything

I create a cron job for the rsync process. The following synchronizes daily.
su -c touch /etc/cron.daily/rsyncfedora15.cron
su – gedit /etc/cron.daily/rsyncfedora15.cron

Paste the 3 lines of code below into the rsyncfedora15.cron file.
#!/bin/bash
/usr/bin/rsync -avrt rsync://linux.mirrors.es.net/fedora/linux/updates/15/x86_64/ --exclude=debug/ /var/www/html/yum/F15/updates >> /var/log/rsync15updates.log
/usr/bin/rsync -avrt rsync://linux.mirrors.es.net/fedora/linux/releases/15/Everything/x86_64/os/Packages/ /var/www/html/yum/F15/everything >> /var/log/rsync15.log

Then save the file.
This also creates and appends two log files rsync15update.log and rsync15.log in the /var/log directory.

The first time the repository synchronizes it may take considerable time and bandwidth.  Be patient for the process to complete.

If you do NOT plan to make a full mirror of an existing Fedora repository you should use the createrepo tool to create and populate the data files and directories correctly.
su -c yum install createrepo

Then
su
createrepo -v -p -d –deltas /var/www/html/yum/F15/everything

Now you have created the repository for Fedora 15.

Next I create files in my  /etc/yum.repos.d/  called local.repo and localupdates.repo

local.repo has the following in it:

[local]
name=Fedora $releasever – $basearch
failovermethod=priority
baseurl=http://192.168.1.100/yum/F15/everything/i686/
#mirrorlist=https://mirrors.fedoraproject.org/metalink?repo=fedora-$releasever&arch=$basearch
enabled=1
metadata_expire=7d
gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=file:///etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-fedora-$basearch

localupdates.repo:

[local-updates]
name=Fedora $releasever – $basearch – Updates
failovermethod=priority
baseurl=http://192.168.1.100/yum/F14/updates/i686/
#mirrorlist=https://mirrors.fedoraproject.org/metalink?repo=updates-released-f$releasever&arch=$basearch
enabled=1
gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=file:///etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-fedora-$basearch

Then I copy those two files to all of my systems.

Howto: create a custom spin of Fedora 13

Much of the documentation I read on the World Wide Web suggests using revisor to create a custom Spin of Fedora. I find that revisor is not well suited to my needs. I use LiveCD Creator. To install it:
yum install livecd-tools -y

I suggest you install the fedora-kickstarts and spin-kickstarts packages as well.
yum install spin-kickstarts* -y

Another tool I use is liveUSB-Creator.
yum install liveusb-creator -y

Once you have those installed you can use your favorite text editor to modify the existing Kickstart files to suiit your needs.
The files are installed by default to the /usr/share/spin-kickstarts/ directory. Be sure to save the files as different file names once you have edited them to suit your needs.
I save them as fedora-custom-base.ks and fedora-custom-kde.ks

Once that is completed you can run the liveCD Creator to create the custom spin in the directory you wish to save the .iso image to.
setenforce 0
livecd-creator
--config=/usr/share/spin-kickstarts/fedora-custom-kde.ks
--fslabel=F13x64-Custom

If that command completes successfully, you will have a F13x64-Custom.iso in the directory. If it does not, the kickstart file has an error.

Next you can use the LiveUSB-Creator tool to burn that custom image to a USB drive. Be sure to create an overlay when doing so. I use 1024M as my overlay size.

For a more detailed article on creating a LiveUSB drive visit the following:
Howto LiveUSB

Howto: Fedora® LiveUSB

What is a LiveUSB?

It is a condensed (Live image) version of Fedora® you can install to a flash drive. You can then boot to Fedora from the flash drive on any computer. You can also install Fedora to any system from the LiveUSB.

There is an easy to implement option. This may be a great way for you to try Fedora without installing it to your computer.

I even carry Fedora in my pocket on a LiveUSB. It weighs a lot less than my laptop. When you boot a LiveUSB stick it does not install any files on the computer’s hard drive(s).

You will need the following:

A flash drive. Preferably an 8G or larger unit but a 4G unit will work. 2G and smaller not recommended.
The LiveUSB utility from the Fedora web site.
A Live image of the version of Fedora you wish to use.

1) Determine whether you would prefer the 32 bit version or the 64 bit version. If you are going to use the LiveUSB as your OS in your pocket the 32 bit version is a better choice. You can use the 32 bit version on just about any computer on the planet. The 64 bit version will not work on older computers.

2) Determine which Desktop manager you would prefer. KDE and Gnome are the standard desktop managers and I prefer KDE.

3) Download the appropriate Live image. Save it to a hard drive.

4) Download and install the LiveUSB creator tool.

5) Use the LiveUSB creator tool to install the live image to your flash drive. Be sure to include a 1024MB or larger overlay.

Here are the various downloads:

Fedora KDE Live Images

Fedora KDE 32 bit Live Image
Fedora KDE 64 bit Live Image

Fedora Gnome Live Images

Fedora Gnome 32 bit Live Image
Fedora Gnome 64 bit Live Image

LiveUSB creator

LiveUSB Creator for Windows
LiveUSB Creator for Fedora – Use yum or yumex to install the liveusb-creator package.