I have a Acer L5100 which is not so quiet. I'd like to experiment with pulling out the hard-drive and making the computer boot over lan from a server I have.
It has Vista Home Premium installed.
Is this possible, and can anyone point me towards resources regarding this?
My Mum's L5100 ain't that loud at all, however changing the orientation does change the perceived noise. I have found that mounting it on the side with the rubber feet makes it seem less noisy.
If that doesn't work, and the computer is still in warranty (and you have backed up your data), run the factory restore utility until it fails (or make it fail). Call up acer moan about the hdd being faulty and it failing midway through an image. Acer will take it back and stick a brand new hdd in with your sw image.
Chances are, the new hdd will be lot quieter than the old hdd and thus solving your problem.
The above paragraph is based on my experience where a re-image did fail and I got a brand new Seagate hdd, that was quieter than the Hitachi one it came with (mad isn't it!)