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« Reply #1075 on: August 16, 2020, 11:06:38 am »

The air conditioning unit in our house just broke down. Today we reached 40 C (104 F), and o was just beginning my weekend   Cry
How the hell can you stand that heat? It's been around 32 C here in the last few weeks and that is more than enough for a pale English man to work in!
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« Reply #1076 on: August 16, 2020, 12:01:53 pm »

The air conditioning unit in our house just broke down. Today we reached 40 C (104 F), and o was just beginning my weekend   Cry
How the hell can you stand that heat? It's been around 32 C here in the last few weeks and that is more than enough for a pale English man to work in!

Your body gets used to it (within reason of course, we're ignoring that laboral activity in the 19th century slowed down in summer - we modern people insist on functioning at the same speed with the heat as in any other time of year - that's only doable with artificial climate and motor transportation).

I used to walk uphill about 2.3 miles to get to my job every day, 6 days a week about 5-6 years ago. My exposed skin under the sun would go from paper white to mahogany in those months. That's when I took the practice of using an umbrella as a parasol of sorts. You see, I couldn't afford the $70/mo expense for the bus (the neighborhood where I worked is on top of a mesa overlooking the city).

The heat and humidity was unbearable, but back then I had a bit more energy. And all of last year when I was so sick, I worked in a place I'd describe as akin to a submarine. Boiler and steam machines, no air conditioning. Sweating buckets 7 hours per day. Then that sequence of colds hit me in summer, and I haven't been the same since. I now know that it was most likely a human coronavirus (the common-cold "benign" kind). It destroyed me.

Luckily the new business owner decided to stop production on site, and concentrate to 2 plants out of town. So I'm working alone as a cashier this summer. It's still very hot inside (tin roof un-insulated in an older open "strip" shopping mall), but much better than last year. The temperature inside should be between 90-100 F (32-37 C) in the late afternoon, even with a very large industrial roof ventilator running and open front doors and back door.
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« Reply #1077 on: August 16, 2020, 03:27:33 pm »

Forgive me but *yawn* that is rather unimpressive.
We have been at least at 110F for about 2 weeks now...or maybe 3 weeks...since the last week in July.
Nighttime temps have not dropped below 90F.

Now, for the record (literally) we should have had temps around 105F since late July, and rain.
July through Sept is when AZ lower elevations (aka the desert areas) get most of  its rain.
We have not had any rain to speak of for weeks. These teen triple digits are unusual for this time of year
Forecast for the next 10 days: 110F-116F (daytime).
We normally see those temps in June...and we did...they just never left.  Tongue 
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« Reply #1078 on: August 17, 2020, 07:31:21 am »

Forgive me but *yawn* that is rather unimpressive.
We have been at least at 110F for about 2 weeks now...or maybe 3 weeks...since the last week in July.
Nighttime temps have not dropped below 90F.

Now, for the record (literally) we should have had temps around 105F since late July, and rain.
July through Sept is when AZ lower elevations (aka the desert areas) get most of  its rain.
We have not had any rain to speak of for weeks. These teen triple digits are unusual for this time of year
Forecast for the next 10 days: 110F-116F (daytime).
We normally see those temps in June...and we did...they just never left.  Tongue 

Don't make me call our Antipoedian friends. We don't hold bragging rights, not in Australia. They will yawn at your 116 and my 104.
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« Reply #1079 on: August 17, 2020, 09:14:42 am »

....Don't make me call our Antipoedian friends. We don't hold bragging rights, not in Australia. They will yawn at your 116 and my 104.

Summon them!
Really? Big cities like Sydney and Melbourne (and even Perth) get weeks on end of triple digits? (or the equivalent in Deg C).
Now if your are talking about the middle of the continent (you know, the brown part on all the maps where hardly anyone lives), then yes, I can see it getting hot, maybe as hot as Death Valley.
But the coastal areas? I wouldn't have thought that it got that hot in those places...  
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« Reply #1080 on: August 17, 2020, 12:00:11 pm »

Summon them!

OK....


Really? Big cities like Sydney and Melbourne (and even Perth) get weeks on end of triple digits? (or the equivalent in Deg C).
Now if your are talking about the middle of the continent (you know, the brown part on all the maps where hardly anyone lives), then yes, I can see it getting hot, maybe as hot as Death Valley.
But the coastal areas? I wouldn't have thought that it got that hot in those places...   

Damn! Tempe is one hot place! But I think that while in coastal cities you might be right, not everyone lives on the coast or large cities. That's a bit of an apples and oranges comparison. Neither of us live on the coast.... We should be comparing Houston to Perth or Adelaide instead.





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« Reply #1081 on: August 17, 2020, 12:58:08 pm »

Summon them!

OK....


Really? Big cities like Sydney and Melbourne (and even Perth) get weeks on end of triple digits? (or the equivalent in Deg C).
Now if your are talking about the middle of the continent (you know, the brown part on all the maps where hardly anyone lives), then yes, I can see it getting hot, maybe as hot as Death Valley.
But the coastal areas? I wouldn't have thought that it got that hot in those places...  

Damn! Tempe is one hot place! But I think that while in coastal cities you might be right, not everyone lives on the coast or large cities. That's a bit of an apples and oranges comparison. Neither of us live on the coast.... We should be comparing Houston to Perth or Adelaide instead.

My dear....you are being a doofus (which surprises me...you're usually pretty un-doofus)
Look at a bloomin' map!!  Where  are all the really big metro areas? Where are all the even medium size metro areas?
Every habitable place is somewhere on the coast or very near it. Podunk AUS is hardly a "city" that can be used for the apples-apples comparison.
You have to use a large [Phoenix-size] metro area.
And for the record I live in Mesa, which is just east of Tempe....actually I live 2 miles east of the Mesa-Tempe boundary.
Tempe will, on average, be hotter than Mesa because its overall elev. is slightly lower. 
Use the stats for Phoenix, which are collected (I believe) at Sky Harbor.  Pretty damn hot, indeed.   
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« Reply #1082 on: August 17, 2020, 05:41:11 pm »

Been in the arizona and southern utah deserts areas in summer, I'd take those over a new england summer that is 'cooler'. It's not the heat that'll kill ya, it's the humidity. I made french toast batches last night and the eggs looked like they'd taken a shower after a couple minutes out of the fridge. the moisture from the air forming fat beads of water all over the surface.
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« Reply #1083 on: August 17, 2020, 08:47:08 pm »

I was born in the St Louis metro area---grew up in a little municipality named Ferguson ...maybe you've heard of it Wink Shocked  
Left when I enlisted in the Navy after high school.
We lived about 10 miles from the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, so if you want to discuss hot, humid summers I'm more than qualified.
Think 95-95 (95F and 95% RH) and you'll understand what a typical summer was like....then throw in a dozen or so tornadoes for variety  Tongue

Funny thing tho', it never bothered me as a kid. It was only when I returned on leave or when I moved back after my enlistment ended that it bothered me.
It was worse than Hawaii... I was stationed at Pearl Harbor for almost 3 years.  The temps seldom hit 95 and the humidity was a little lower, but what made it bearable was the constant blowing of the Trade Winds. There was always about a 10mph breeze. That breeze went a long way toward keeping one fairly comfortable.

Anyway, I couldn't take living in St Louis any more (for a lot of reasons) so I moved to AZ.
I had spent a couple of years in the CA desert and had come to prefer a desert clime to a not-desert clime.
Been here almost 40 years and I still prefer it, triple digit summers notwithstanding.      
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« Reply #1084 on: August 19, 2020, 06:12:34 am »

I live in the lower mountain area of north east Victoria- the last two summers have been brutal (apart from fires, that is!). It is about 5 hours to the coast. For four weeks each summer the daytime temperatures were 42oC+, topping out in the shade at 47.6oC. For the two weeks either side of those four week periods, the daytime temperatures were ALL over 36oC!

Made all the worse by nighttime temperatures rarely dropping below 35oC!

These are now becoming normal!
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« Reply #1085 on: August 19, 2020, 08:56:41 am »

Banfili...you come pretty close in temps (and occasionally hit)  what we experience in the lower AZ deserts, but in duration you still fall short.
Beginning 27 July: (note 107F is 42C...117F  is 47C)

27 Jul  111
28   113
29   113
30   117
31   116
1 Aug  110
2    107
3    113
4    109
5    111
6    108
7    109
8    110
9    110
10   111
11   109
12   110
13   114
14   115
15   113
16   113
17   112
18   112

This doesn't take into account the 2 weeks prior (from 5 July to 26 July) where the temps ranged from 104F(40C) to 115F(46C) except for 4 days...and on one of those days (and only one) it rained. Hasn't rained since.
It also doesn't [yet] show that the rest of August and most of September will be a lot more of the same.

Five hours from the Coast is still "close to the Coast".
Based on the average speed limit in Victoria of 75km/h that puts you about 375km from the coast (and  because I don't know the actual speed limits where you live your mileage may vary  Grin.)
That's about 235miles for the Yanks reading this... for me the distance from the Phoenix inferno to the blessed elevations of the Grand Canyon and environs  (7000ft /2150m at the South Rim).

What I was trying to convey to JW was that it is on the perimeter of your continent where most of the population resides.
 
"...90% of the AU population lives within 100km of the coast...."  Interesting facts about Australia
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« Reply #1086 on: August 23, 2020, 09:36:03 am »

As I have mentioned, I understand IT. I work with IT. I actually teach IT. Yet, IT can still give me such frustration sometimes.

TLDR: I have spent a lot of time and money on upgrading my PC and I still can't get it to work properly.

Apologies for those who don't like technical stuff.

For work I have a MacBook laptop. It is new(ish). It works fine for my work purposes, but I can't do everything there and as I am presently working from home, if it fails, I am in trouble. It also isn't Windows, which is what a lot of my students are working with. So I thought, I have a ten your old desktop that needs to be updated, why not set that up as my plan B for work.

But of course, this Plan B needs Plans C, D, Sigma, Epsilon Prime 34, Ghu%%TBK;-#^*( all to work too. So let's go through them.

1) Problem: The machine can't connect to the internet.
See we moved home last year, I used to have the desktop connected via ethernet cable to the modem. Now in my new home my office is in a separate building to the modem.
Solution: Buy a wireless card.
2) Problem: The desktop has really out-of-date O/S and no HDD space
It was dual boot Win/Linux, which took up a lot of the 400GB. Consequently, modern software doesn't have much space to fit.
Solution: backup the files in both partitions, chop the partitions, buy Win 10 and install it as the only O/S
3) Problem: by chopping the partitions, the boot drive no longer knows what to run
My desktop can't do anything, including boot up from DVD. Furthermore nothing comes on DVD these days.
Solution: Get a USB stick prepared as a Win 10 boot drive
4) Problem: Can't get Win 10 boot stick to work
It turns out the copy is bad and I didn't format the stick the right way.
Solution: Take it to the techies at work to fix
5) Problem: Techies at work
Work is in lockdown due to COVID-19. The techies have moved and are in a new lab in a locked building. I had to get security to let me in and escort me to the lab. Once there, the techie had issues downloading my legit copy of Win 10 onto their systems so they could make a new version of the USB boot stick. Even then, the only PCs they had in the lab were student PCs so they were protected against students booting them using USB sticks. So, my new stick couldn't be tested.
Solution: Take it home and hope for the best. Luckily, it did work.
6) Problem: Slow desktop and poor graphics for modern software
Part of my work is working with data, including analysising and visualising it. My old desktop isn't great doing this, so I wanted to upgrade it as much as I could. I had previously added a graphics card, which helped but it was only half the RAM memory (4GB) that it could get (8GB).
Solution: Get more RAM
7) Problem: Getting more RAM
As I said, this desktop is 10 years old. The type of RAM it needs isn't in shops anymore. Furthermore, all the shops are now closed due to COVID-19, so I can't walk in any ask for advice. I can't ring up and ask for advice, because they aren't answering the phones. So it is pot-luck. I tried ordering online from one store. I got the RAM, but it didn't look like what was advertised and didn't work. They insisted that it was the same thing and they wouldn't refund since I had used it. I told them otherwise and pointed out Australian Consumer Laws. They wouldn't listen.
I looked on Amazon and found that Amazon.com had a feature that helped me check that the product will match the motherboard. Amazon.com.au doesn't have the same feature.
Solution: I ordered from Amazon.com. The RAM worked (eventually, still didn't work first go)
8 ) Problem: Blue screen of death
Things were looking good. I started adding a couple of programs like antivirus and Firefox. They were generally working until within a week I started to get the Windows Blue Screen of Death. Not only was this non-informative, it never did the restart it said it was going to do. There was little consistency between when the BSOD appeared or what it said. Sometimes it would happen when I tried to start programs. Sometimes it would happen on boot-up. I tried removing the Antivirus program, running the programs offline or in safe mode. Nothing seems to fix it.
Solution: I wish I knew.

This is really frustrating. I am a pretty calm guy but the amount of time (and a little bit of money) I have spent trying to get this machine to co-operate is getting silly. I realise that 10 years old is ancient for a desktop but I haven't been asking it to do much. I still have a few tricks to try but they just mean more time. I would like to just be able to use it.

Sigh.

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« Reply #1087 on: August 24, 2020, 01:54:30 am »

Yea, I got a perfectly good motherboard that is dying a slow death because I can't get enough RAM for it. It's a Gigabyte GA M6MT A2, and it needs DDR3 1333 chips. I need 4 GB because the two 1GB sticks I have are not enough to load the latest Linux Ubuntu, unless o downgrade to a paired down distro Roll Eyes

https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/GA-M68MT-S2-rev-13#ov

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« Reply #1088 on: August 24, 2020, 08:34:47 am »

As I have mentioned, I understand IT. I work with IT. I actually teach IT. Yet, IT can still give me such frustration sometimes.

TLDR: I have spent a lot of time and money on upgrading my PC and I still can't get it to work properly.

Apologies for those who don't like technical stuff.

For work I have a MacBook laptop. It is new(ish). It works fine for my work purposes, but I can't do everything there and as I am presently working from home, if it fails, I am in trouble. It also isn't Windows, which is what a lot of my students are working with. So I thought, I have a ten your old desktop that needs to be updated, why not set that up as my plan B for work.
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My Good Sorontar -

I understand completley. I have been operating frankenputers since 2005. I could offer a 20+ yr old Sun Sparcstation but thats
even more hopeless vis-a-vis hardware.
10 years old is nuthin.
I finally fried a Sony Vio older than that.

suggestion one - I seem to recall that the Apples can run a "virtual machine" windows 7 or 10 emulation...

suggestion two - Win10 is a memory and resource HOG. get a copy of Win7, neuter it and it should run well within your
h/w constraints. I currently run Win7 on 3 castrated frankenlaptops. This One is a 32 bit Dell Vostro 1510 from before 2010
with only 3 Gb memory. This thing had Vista on it, but I hate Vista, so I bought Win7 off fleabay.
..

Several sellers on fleabay sell real Win7 CD's with actual legit Microsoft numbers/labels. These are scavenged legitimately from
EOL'd hardware.

If your techies can build a bootable WIN10 onto a thumbdrive, they should be able to make a WIN7 O/S running from the thumbdrive.
If not let me know, I can send official links to the microsoft sites for WIN7 downloads, drivers, etc.

boring crap
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suggestion three - deal exclusively with amazon since their return policy is MUCH better than your local snake-oil sellers.

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« Reply #1089 on: August 24, 2020, 12:20:23 pm »

I think the machine is totally gone. Hardware is not really my thing but I have added harddrives and dvd drives from other machines in the past. This time, there is nothing complex. It is just replacing the 2 x 2GB DDR3 RAM with 2x 4GB DDR3 RAM. I had some success earlier today running things. I shut it down so I could work without the drone oif the mchine in the background. When I started it up again tonight, it went BSOD before Windows finished starting. I restarted it again, it got to the Windows screen. I left it for 5 minutes and it BSOD and tried (unsuccesfully) to restart.

I stopped it and put the original RAM back in. I started it and it BSOD. I started it again, it got to the Windows screen. I tried to run a program, and it BSOD.

I like the colour blue, but not the BSOD.

I think the problem is fatal.  $AUD 300 with nothing to show for it but anguish.

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ps. the motherboard is Asus P5G41C-M LX.
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« Reply #1090 on: August 25, 2020, 04:36:08 am »

my Sympathies Sorontar!

lets start a helping hands thread and perhaps we can troubleshoot your troublesome box...



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« Reply #1091 on: August 25, 2020, 06:29:45 am »

We also need a RAM monger. I have the exact problem and memory requirements as Sorontar upgrading DDR3 from 2GB to 4. Only Newegg seems to have it, but reviews indicate half the chips are DOA (they're sold in lots). Honestly, at this point I'm willing to buy a new motherboard and start from scratch, as long as it's an AMD 64 MoBo with a Phenom / Athlon AM3+ compatible socket.
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« Reply #1092 on: August 25, 2020, 07:38:08 am »

I have practically given up on that machine now. I also hoped to be able to use it to game with my wife but it seems that will have to be put off.

So I guess I will just have wait until lockdown ends in a couple of months (touch wood), buy a new gaming machine for my wife, her current gaming machine becomes her work machine and I get her old work machine and reinstall everything on it. If it too fails (it has been having issues for a few years), then we need to buy another machine.

Meanwhile, I am stuck on the console and my Macbook.

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« Reply #1093 on: August 26, 2020, 08:48:01 pm »

Attention, Texas /Louisiana residents:

Hurricane Laura will hit in less than 24 hrs the coastal border between Texas and Louisiana, as a Category 4 storm, causing "and unsurvivable surge" along the coast, as far as 30 miles inland. Never has a major storm intensified from Category 1 to Category 4 at this rate in less than 24 hrs. The aftermath will be intense rain well beyond the 30 mile radius and into inland Louisiana and Texas, with flooding and multiple tornadoes.

There's very little time to react, it will hit, I repeat, in less than 24 hrs. The states are struggling to evacuate people in the surge area. Otherwise it's likely people will have to hunker down at home because there's literally no time to move out and roads can easily get clogged with traffic like we've seen in the past.

CNBC: Laura upgraded to 'catastrophic' Category 4 hurricane, 'unsurvivable' storm surge forecast for Texas-Louisiana.
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/08/26/hurricane-laura-forecast-category-4-poses-catastrophic-threat-to-louisiana-and-texas.html
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« Reply #1094 on: August 27, 2020, 02:33:14 am »

Attention, Texas /Louisiana residents:

Hurricane Laura will hit in less than 24 hrs the coastal border between Texas and Louisiana, as a Category 4 storm, causing "and unsurvivable surge" along the coast, as far as 30 miles inland. Never has a major storm intensified from Category 1 to Category 4 at this rate in less than 24 hrs. The aftermath will be intense rain well beyond the 30 mile radius and into inland Louisiana and Texas, with flooding and multiple tornadoes.

There's very little time to react, it will hit, I repeat, in less than 24 hrs. The states are struggling to evacuate people in the surge area. Otherwise it's likely people will have to hunker down at home because there's literally no time to move out and roads can easily get clogged with traffic like we've seen in the past.

CNBC: Laura upgraded to 'catastrophic' Category 4 hurricane, 'unsurvivable' storm surge forecast for Texas-Louisiana.
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/08/26/hurricane-laura-forecast-category-4-poses-catastrophic-threat-to-louisiana-and-texas.html


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« Reply #1095 on: August 27, 2020, 04:42:10 pm »

Attention, Texas /Louisiana residents:

Hurricane Laura will hit in less than 24 hrs the coastal border between Texas and Louisiana, as a Category 4 storm, causing "and unsurvivable surge" along the coast, as far as 30 miles inland. Never has a major storm intensified from Category 1 to Category 4 at this rate in less than 24 hrs. The aftermath will be intense rain well beyond the 30 mile radius and into inland Louisiana and Texas, with flooding and multiple tornadoes.

There's very little time to react, it will hit, I repeat, in less than 24 hrs. The states are struggling to evacuate people in the surge area. Otherwise it's likely people will have to hunker down at home because there's literally no time to move out and roads can easily get clogged with traffic like we've seen in the past.

CNBC: Laura upgraded to 'catastrophic' Category 4 hurricane, 'unsurvivable' storm surge forecast for Texas-Louisiana.
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/08/26/hurricane-laura-forecast-category-4-poses-catastrophic-threat-to-louisiana-and-texas.html



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« Reply #1096 on: August 27, 2020, 08:48:52 pm »

Here in NW Houston, we just barely dodged a Laura bullet, methinks. Prayers to anybody on the East side who got hit.
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« Reply #1097 on: August 29, 2020, 02:48:48 am »

I thought I would update the info on the heatwave in the US southwest...
Below is the "official' temps for Phoenix recorded at Sky Harbor Int'l Airport.    


1 Aug  110
2    107
3    113
4    109
5    111
6    108
7    109
8    110
9    110
10   111
11   109
12   110
13   114
14   115
15   113
16   113
17   112
18   112
19   113
20   111
21   100
22   105
23   109
24   113
25   111
26   111
27   111
28   111

You will notice that as of 28 Aug (it's still the 28th in AZ as I type this  Wink)  there have been only 8 days of temps below 110F (43C) and only one of those below 105F.
But...tomorrow we will be slammed with a cold snap of 100F-105F  Roll Eyes that should last at least a week , and even some rain is forecast.
It may be difficult to believe, but for longtime Phoenix-ziens 105F is actually OK. Not a lot of fun, but tolerable.
If summer temps never rose above 105F May-Sep I'd be pretty happy. Alas, that will never happen Sad



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« Reply #1098 on: August 30, 2020, 04:25:54 am »

ubuntu wrecked itself again... while I had the laptop running to avoid losing anything while at work until I could come back and do the monthly backup... it's currently running a reinstall, and will likely do so for hours and even then there is a high risk of failure followed by loss of all data.

how is this thing considered an operating system? it neither operates or is a viable system
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« Reply #1099 on: August 30, 2020, 06:10:33 am »

ubuntu wrecked itself again... while I had the laptop running to avoid losing anything while at work until I could come back and do the monthly backup... it's currently running a reinstall, and will likely do so for hours and even then there is a high risk of failure followed by loss of all data.

how is this thing considered an operating system? it neither operates or is a viable system


Hours for a reinstall? It never took that long for me. Something is wrong.
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