Corsair is bad at software.

Corsair iCUE vs. OpenRGB title.

We at S-Config.com and Corsair will never see eye to eye. And ASUS too!

We will see eye to eye on almost nothing! Corsair refuses to address any problems they’ve had. And has in fact doubled down on their horse shit!

When we first decided to retire our classic Microsoft Intellimouse (shout out to Logitech actually)that we used (and have beaten) LAN games as well as single-player games throughout the years. We decided to update our rig with a decent mechanical keyboard and mouse. Well, with our hatred for Razer destroying Ouya as well as repairing a lot of my friends Razer based hardware that company was an obvious no-go for me. We thought buying Corsair would be a good alternative.

TLDR version: We were wrong! Buy RedDragon instead. At least all of RedDragons keyboards and mice operate perfectly fine without shit bloatware! Depending on the model of RedDragon you can repair it! But for better or worse, we purchased Corsair, we’re going to make the best of it by replacing the software with something else!

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PC Sleeper Battlestation – 2022

Battlestation Sleeper PC title.

Sleeper PC update time.

Two years ago we published our Sleeper PC build. No, we have not moved on to flashy lights or AIO liquid cooling. Perhaps we’re old or stuck in our ways. However, it is one of those questions that is asked on chat servers, and social networks and is also the content of videos with everyone having their own unique PC build. It’s one thing to buy a Gateway, Dell, Packard Bell, or Wang. It’s something else to pop open and put high-performance hardware inside of it.

A bit has changed since thing. Read onward to see the pics and get overwhelmed with too much typing

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Original Xbox DVD Remote to – EVERYTHING.

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Yes, in 2021, we’re staying topical as fuck with the Original Xbox DVD remote.

A long time ago, we received a commenter asking if I could provide instructions for the DVD remote control that was optional with the Xbox Original. RedCloud DID actually have drivers for this as well as the XBCD driver that we published in the past for getting our Xbox Duke controllers running in Windows 10. I, however, did NOT want to use the RedCloud drivers. In part, because they are actually OLDER than XBCD and harder to get working in a windows 10 environment. Instead of fighting with windows security. Fighting with aging drivers. It was easier to just make a new receiver with an Arduino.

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Sleeper E-Server PC

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For those who are curious: This is our Sleeper PC!

We’re not entirely sure how many people want to see the very PC that is responsible for almost ninety-five percent of the content on this site. However, we noticed there was a thing going around social networks:

Show us your PC!

Now, in contrast to a lot of streamers gaming rigs as well as their battle-station of three to five monitors. Our setup is a little underwhelming but we do feel it’s unique in other departments. One of those departments being that we took a giant ass server case. 16.5 inches tall, 20 inches long, 8.5 inches wide. We’ve had PC’s like shuttles in the past and although they were cute. They were impossible to keep cool OR quiet. So screw it! We went in the opposite direction!

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Drifting analogs – The return of the shield controller.

Nvidia Sheild Controller Repair Title.

It has landed back on my bench once again.

It pains me whenever something we fixed lands back on our bench once again. Perhaps we should’ve seen the warning signs the first time around. Perhaps we did not test this controller thoroughly enough. Regardless of the error in our ways, the Nvidia controller is back on my bench and this time around it’s finally un-fucked while learning some things around the way.

Care to listen to my multi-thousand-word diatribe? Buckle up and keep on reading!

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Pine64 – PiHole – ChammelstrationMiser 4720K?!?!

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4 years sitting in a desk drawer and now my Pine64 is back online.

A long time ago we did a review of a Kickstarter project known as the “Pine64.” It was a $15 dollar arm processor board that came out after the Pi 2 in 2015. We were not one of the super-early backers and thus we got a 2016 board just like everyone else. When we did the review it wasn’t overly favorable because during that era everyone was trying to “Kickstarter” their project but no one really had good foresight as to how to handle their product AFTER it was “kickstart’ ed” for lack of a better word. We had hopes that in due time the OS would get more stable and these Pi’s that carry the Mali400 GPU chip-sets would get useful again. So did it? Quick answer – Yes and No. Read on and if you want to know more.

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Skateboard update version 2.x

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Welcome to my diatribe of a skateboard. Volume 2!

I haven’t updated much about the skateboarding side of my blog because no less than a few months in a suffered from a level 2 MCL tear which took me out for 6 months. However, I’ve been getting back to skateboarding again for exercise reasons. It’s more fun to skate than it is to run around the block stupidly. That and if we get bored (like what usually happens on most regiments of being a better human being.) we can practice other things than just skating around in a perpetual loop around the park.

Read on if you want to know more.

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Ouya overscan issues – Cyanogen, ASOP, Lineage

Ouya Overscan issue title.

Addressing overscan issues. The reason why overscan does not affect the stock Ouya is simply put they placed all of their lettering near the center of the screen for all of their actions. Leaving a large margin produces less of a need for a user to demand overscan to be fixed.     Flat-panel televisions … Read more

RedDragon Gaming Gear.

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Well, since we keep talking about RedDragon in other hardware blogs…..

It should be fitting that we get ourselves some RedDragon hardware to try out because after working on Corsair and Razer gear pretty much calling it garbage. We’re pretty certain a lot of people get going to ask us

Why S? Why do you like RedDragon so much? Is Eastern Times Technology paying you? – rando

Hah! No company pays this site because they’d have to get ahold of us first. Hardly anyone pays us but ourselves! We’re doing this article because we can. It’s just that simple. This blog entry will serve as a reference point whenever someone asks me what type of keyboard do recommend. To which they’ll probably laugh. Ignore everything mentioned in this article And finally, purchase a name-brand piece of garbage for $200 only to throw it away in 6 months.

But for those who want to hear what my recommendation is then you can read on at your own risk.

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Serial Servers over Ethernet – Virtual COM port mapping

Serial over Ethernet?

This article is going to go into the world of old school and obscure. That before we had the internet. Before we even had such a thing as RJ-45 jack to network with. There were only two cost-effective ways of transferring data from one device to another during the ’80s and most of the ’90s. Parallel and Serial transfers. This allowed for computers to make a very primitive ‘network’ of sorts by pairing multiple serial connectors together to effectively talk to a program such as a BBS (Bulletin Board Systems).

With the introduction of USB, the need for these types of adapters is greatly reduced over the years. The requirement of a serial port still arises from time to time whenever you are doing with older CNC Machinery, Thermal Printers, Solar power monitoring stations, Industrial PLCs, and most importantly to us hooking up to old machines like Commodores and Amigas to do file transfers. Maybe you want to hook your high-speed network up to a 56k modem so you can re-live the days of dial-up?

It seems a little masochistic to us but some people dig the whole “Nostalgia” theme. There you go! In this day and age where you can convert anything to anything, there surely must be an effective means of virtualization serial over Ethernet right?

Let’s find out!

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