[TTT] PSA – EVGA Nvidia GTX 1060, 1070, & 1080 Cards Exploding – Non-Reference Boards

I just wanted to put out a PSA of sorts since I keep seeing reports about these EVGA cards that are actually exploding. The issue is that EVGA failed to properly cool the VRM’s on the board and they are overheating causing them to pop. This will kill the card itself and even damage other system components.

Here is a video of the card dying LIVE on a Twitch stream: https://www.twitch.tv/aerosimgaming/v/101518948

JayzTwoCents video on the issue. Do note that there have been failures for people with the thermal pads installed.

What do I do?

EVGA has released a BIOS patch that lowers the power draw and they also have a VRM thermal pad kit that you can self install. You can also send in the card to have them replace it but you will likely get a DIFFERENT card that is refurbished. The latest post (Here) shows that this is STILL happening even with the new thermal pads installed. My professional recommendation? STAY AWAY from EVGA 1060, 1070, & 1080 series video cards.

You can check if your card is affected here as well as download the updated BIOS: http://www.evga.com/thermalmod/

Affected EVGA Card SKUs
Affected EVGA Card SKUs

EVGA’s service has been hit and miss. The unfortunate part is that a user on Reddit had it completely kill his PSU and motherboard but EVGA is NOT replacing these even though their product damaged them. That alone is enough to take a long time EVGA customer like myself to look at other companies in the future.

Here are the reports that I was able to locate on these cards exploding and/or catching fire:

Images of cards after they failed:

Verizon LG G5 Issues – “Like-New” Devices, More like Russian Roulette

UPDATE (6/10/16)

After digging around it looks like I am not the only person having issues with this device. There is an entire section of Reddit’s LG G5 forum that are having problems to the point of them making a survey for people to fill out.

Unofficial LG G5 Issue Report
Results from the Survey

Opening/Background

In March, I pre-ordered the LG G5 and received it on March 31st, 2016. I setup the phone as normal and used it as my main line. After about 2 weeks I started noticing that the signal would tend to drop down to 1X and/or 3G mode quite frequently. I also happen to carry an LG G4 that is for my work line with me so whenever this happened I would compare the signal type and strength of the devices. Every time when the LG G5 fell back to 1x or 3G my LG G4 had a 2-3 bar LTE signal.

Begin the Russian Roulette of “Like-New” phones!

Phone 1  – Original New LG G5

Replacement #1
Replacement #1

I called Verizon about the issue and they immediately cited that I had over 90 applications installed on the phone and that was the issue. They told me that I needed to factory reset the device and then see if that fixed the issue, it didn’t. The signal issue persisted. The Verizon tech even had me do a low-level software reset with my PC before they would go forward. It took me over 3 hours on the phone and a total of 5 phone calls to get this device replaced and numerous resets. This went on until May 5th, 2016 when I was finally able to get Verizon to send me a replacement. Add on 2-3 hours to get my apps loaded on the failing device so I could still use it and then again on the new device.

 


Phone 2 – “Like-New” Replacement

Replacement #2
Replacement #2

Fast forward to around May 15th when I started using my GPS for directions more I noticed that the phone would not get a signal from the GPS reliably. Again I pulled out my LG G4 and it immediately got a lock. Repeat the same steps, except this time I made a backup of the phone with the LG Backup and set it to factory defaults. I called in and got the same runaround. I explained that it is doing this without any application installed but they still made me reset it AGAIN and then demonstrate it to them. This took another 3-4 hours between reinstalling my applications and 3 phone calls. The replacement phone was approved and sent out on May 31st, 2016.

I am not the only person that has this issue either: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wb28Z-bd5dk

 


Phone 3 – “Like-New” Replacement

Replacement #3
Replacement #3

Immediately when receiving the 3rd phone it was malfunctioning (rebooting during the setup phase) out of the box and I ended up having to do a factory reset. This seemed to work so I figured it was fine, I was wrong. The phone has been restarting at random the entire time. I even ran it for 2 days without anything on it but the stock applications and it still reset. I put my apps back on and then dealt with it for a few more days. Unfortunately, the restarts are getting more common and happening at the worst times (like when trying to pay with my phone at a store).

 

LG G5 Phone 3 - Display Corruption
LG G5 Phone 3 – Display Corruption

I called Verizon today about the issues and explained that this is the 3rd device and I am getting tired of dealing with them failing. I explained the troubleshooting steps that I had taken already to verify that it was not any applications I have installed. It didn’t matter, the rep yet again blamed the applications and required me to do a reset. I did this and of course, the phone didn’t lock up that time. I explained to her that it is random and it may not do it again, she couldn’t do anything and transferred me to the “LG Support” department. I spent 25 minutes on hold until I was offered to have them call me back, I entered the other line I have for the callback number. 5 hours later still no call from that department.

 

I decided to send out some tweets to Verizon Customer Support and a rep got in touch with me. Doesn’t matter that I have a picture of the crash taken with my other phone I got the same runaround. In addition to that, they told me that other than leaving them or buying another phone (outright or extending my contract) my only option was to keep swapping them out. After arguing with the rep for about an hour and resetting the phone AGAIN it finally happened, it crashed during the setup process. They approved the replacement and it won’t be here until Monday.

Concerns, Thoughts, and App List

At the end of the day, I am having to go out of town with a non-functioning device that I usually would rely on to make calls in emergency situations and navigate when I am in an area I am not familiar with. In addition to that, I will have to spend another 2-3 hours getting the replacement phone setup with my applications and accounts yet again. Even worse, I now am stuck with a string of refurbished devices when not even 3 months ago I purchased a new phone. Their support literally just follows the “blame the apps approach” no matter the issue.

I have completely zero faith that the replacement device will have no issues and that I will be stuck dealing with this asinine process yet again. They would not give me a new device despite all the issues with the refurbished ones, they did offer to “upgrade” me to a Droid Turbo or a Droid MAXX for “free” if I send back the LG G5, I am just insulted. I am honestly ready to just go out, buy an unlocked phone, and move to a BYOD carrier like StraightTalk after all this.

Verizon also does not follow their “Like-New” guidelines since all the phones I received from them did NOT have the latest OTA software installed and required a patch shortly after taking them out of the box. I am also not the only person who has had issues with these devices: Verizon Wireless: Our ‘Recertified’-Used Phone Replacements Are Better Than Factory Fresh Phones

Just for the record here is a list of all the applications on my phone:

List made using List My Apps

MAJOR Security Breach – TeamViewer Has Been Hacked

A friend of mine sent me the below info from a Reddit post online. There are many other sources reporting that there is a major breach happening.

The Register: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/06/01/teamviewer_mass_breach_report/
TripWire: http://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/featured/teamviewer-hack-pc-hijack/

This issue is not getting enough attention, please spread it.

Users are reporting breaches, and thousands of dollars have been stolen with the client, all over /r/teamviewer and at their support Twitter account. TV is blaming users with reusing passwords, yet users with 2FA and unique very long generated passwords were hacked.

Some also suggest that their DNS servers were hijacked and the clients believed the fake server, being the method of the attack.

One of the main problems are that they are not taking responsibility: (quoted from /u/rich-uk )

Teamviewer is being used as a vector of attack. This has happened on other sites where they had no critical information and within 48 hours everyone’s logged in sessions were logged out, an email went round saying you had to click the link in the email (to verify ownership) and set up two factor auth as they knew they were being targeted. Teamviewer must know they are being targeted, and the stakes are high as the software allows complete access to a trusted machine – it’s basically a master key – and there hasn’t been a single response with teeth from teamviewer.

Update: TV still denies a breach even with this thread linked.

A few links:

Alternatives:

  • LogMeIn– Now non-free, and had a bad reputation since “Microsoft Support” phone scammers used it. Trials available.
  • Chrome Remote Desktop– You may be not able to control remotely if the user is not logged in (for unattended access).
  • RealVNC– Free only for non-commercial use.
  • TightVNC– Free for any use, open source.
  • UltraVNC– [AdBlock blocking] uvnc.com is their site, ultravnc.com seems to be redirecting to RealVNC – domain squatting?
  • Remote Desktop Connection – Built-in, only for Windows, third party clients available.
  • GotoMyPC– Paid with trial.
  • ScreenConnect– Paid with trial.
  • Bomgar– Paid, seems to be more aimed at enterprise users.
  • Other remote desktop software on Wikipedia

Source: Reddit

Something Fun If You’re The “Tech Support” Of Your Family/Friends

If you are in IT you know how it is when your immediate and extended family are when they find out how savvy you are. As someone doing IT work for over a decade, I can relate to these. I did shamelessly steal these from BucksFeed, but let’s be honest, they steal all the content on their site anyways. Enjoy! Added a relevant video for your enjoyment.

1. Firstly, you only fell into the role because of your willingness to help.

HBO / Via giphy.com
HBO / Via giphy.com

2. And because of your kind and caring attitude, whenever you visit family there’s a list of tech-related chores waiting to be done.

Viacom International
Viacom International

3. But at least dealing with tasks in person is better than trying to give advice over the phone.

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Columbia Pictures / Via imgur.com

4. There is no worse fear than when an elderly relative asks you to set up a Facebook account for them.

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imgur.com

5. People forgetting their passwords has become a prominent problem in your life.

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Warner Bros. / Via giphy.com

6. Hell, and some people even manage to forget their goddamn email address.

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imgur.com

7. You’re used to family coming to you with extremely vague, nonsensical descriptions of their tech problems.

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

8. Except when it comes to spelling out URLs, which is always done in full.

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Vicki Reid / Getty Images

9. But their lack of knowledge doesn’t stop them from having strong opinions.

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Focus Features / Via giphy.com

10. Or trying to do things you told them were impossible.

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reddit.com

11. Sometimes, you’re even asked to fix things you have zero control over (like changing the Google Logo back).

NBCUniversal
NBCUniversal

12. When the time comes, you’re always the person everyone goes to for advice when buying new technology.

MTV
MTV

13. Advice which they then go ahead and completely ignore.

20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox

14. Which often leads to them needing help with more things.

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Optimum Releasing / Via imgur.com

15. And whenever anything goes wrong, the blame always falls on you.

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imgur.com

16. Your family loves to boast to all their friends about how you’re “so good with computers”.

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imgur.com

17. And on more than one occasion have offered your services out to others.

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imgur.com

18. More often than not for tasks that are way beyond your level of knowledge.

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TV Tokyo / Via imgur.com

19. Because, honestly, your solution is mostly just to Google the problem.

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Google.com

Taxing of eJuice in Chicago and Cook County

As you know I vape and I have 2 small ejuice brands that I have made in a lab that a business partner of mine runs. That being said because I care about vaping and it’s positive impacts it has had directly on people’s lives that I care about I tend to follow the news on what is happening.

Currently all vape devices and liquids (ejuice) are subject to the standard sales tax rate of all other items in retail stores. Right now since Cook County and Chicago are so far in the hole financially they are trying to fill that budget gap by gouging people that vape.

Here is what they are proposing:

Cook County is proposing a $0.20/ml tax on all liquids
Chicago is proposing a $0.25/ml tax on all liquids ON TOP OF THE COOK COUNTY TAX.

This means that if you buy a bottle of juice in Chicago you will be paying $0.45/ml in taxes on top of the price of the juice and sales taxes. For example the Equinox line that I launched a few months is a 120ml bottle for $35. With those new taxes that $35 bottle just became a $89 bottle of juice. The county and city are literally making more money off the juice than my lab, the distributor, and the shops that actually put the work in to sell the juice. This is absolutely infuriating.

Taxing legislation like this is only going to push people back to cigarettes that will just end up in more health problems and deaths from tobacco use. Not to mention that this will literally put all these shops (especially the ones in Chicago) OUT OF BUSINESS. Most of these shops are run by small business owners and they have said they will not be able to keep their doors open. On top of all that you are going to have people making juice on their own and selling it on a “black market” or sorts.

What can you do to stop this? You can CALL your aldermen and representatives and tell them that YOU DO NOT SUPPORT THIS. Explain WHY you do not support this and what negative impact it will have on the community. I have included information from the CASAA website here so you can get in touch with the right people.

Please also take a moment now to send emails and make phone calls to county commissioners. We have provided contact information and talking points below.
Cook County, IL
Board of Commissioners
Dist.
Commissioner
Phone
Email
1
Richard R. Boykin
(312) 603-4566
[email protected]
2
Robert Steele
(312) 603-3019
[email protected]
3
Jerry “Iceman” Butler
(312) 603 6391
[email protected]
4
Stanley Moore
(312) 603-2065
[email protected]
5
Deborah Sims
(312) 603 6381
[email protected]
6
Joan Patricia Murphy
(312) 603-4216
[email protected]
7
Jesus G. Garcia
(312) 603-5443
[email protected]
8
Luis Arroyo Jr.
(312) 603-6386
[email protected]
9
Peter N. Silvestri
(312) 603-4393
[email protected]
10
Bridget Gainer
(312) 603-4210
[email protected]
11
John P. Daley
(312) 603-4400
[email protected]
12
John A. Fritchey
(312) 603-6380
[email protected]
13
Larry Suffredin
(312) 603-6383
[email protected]
14
Gregg Goslin
(312) 603-4932
[email protected]
15
Timothy O. Schneider
(312) 603-6388
[email protected]
16
Jeffrey R. Tobolski
(312) 603-6384
[email protected]
17
Sean M. Morrison
(312) 603-4215
[email protected]

 

Comma delimited email list:

 

[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

 

SUGGESTED TALKING POINTS

 

1) Ostensibly, taxes on traditional cigarettes are intended to discourage use. However, due to the fact that e-cigarettes and other smoke-free tobacco products are estimated to be 99% less harmful than smoking, discouraging use is counter to goals of reducing smoking rates.

 

2) Other governments are taking exactly the opposite approach; Public Health England (the government public health agency) recently explicitly endorsed a policy of encouraging smokers to switch to e-cigarettes and vapor products (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/e-cigarettes-an-evidence-update).

 

3) Sin taxes are regressive. The smoking population, those switching to vaping, is disproportionately made up of poor and low-income people. Sin taxes place unnecessary burdens on an already financially challenged group.

 

4) Imposing a tax on these products will drive consumers to shop in neighboring counties that do not have a similar tax. Concurrently, consumers will be encouraged to shop online for better deals, sending even more money out of the community. Local businesses will not be able to compete, be forced to close their doors, and jobs will be lost. This is bad for the county and will result in less revenue, not more.

 

5) It is important to note that vapor products are already subject to a general sales tax.

 

6) Taxing e-cigarettes in a manner similar to how cigarettes are taxed sends a confusing and inaccurate message to would-be adopters that these two very different products present similar risks.  The result of this message is that more people, those that otherwise would have switched to a smoke-free product, will be encouraged to continue smoking.

Sources:

http://blog.casaa.org/2015/09/chicago-il-local-alert-oppose-extra.html

http://blog.casaa.org/2015/10/cook-co-il-oppose-e-cigarette-taxes-in.html

http://www.cookcountyil.gov/2015/10/14/preckwinkle-presents-fy-2016-executive-budget-recommendation/

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-emanuel-budget-town-halls-0825-20150824-story.html

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-chicago-electronic-cigarette-tax-met-20150910-story.html