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by Stjopatron
Wed May 17, 2006 1:01 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Poll: Best UK online tech stores
Replies: 18
Views: 10286

You could add www.overclock.co.uk. I have used Scan, Dabs, Overclock and Overclockers and they have all been fine. But Scan gets my vote because it has the best site. I like the small technical articles for novices in each product section.
by Stjopatron
Sun Apr 23, 2006 2:18 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Make Any Motherboard Passive (new system build)!
Replies: 9
Views: 3419

41°C must be a Bios reading. Try plug in a thermometer in the heat sink and you'll get completely different results. That way my Zalman NB47J on the Asus NF4 shoots immediately up to 80°C, in idle. But, a small 5 volted fan on the Zalman will reduce the temp to its half.
by Stjopatron
Sun Apr 23, 2006 8:05 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: P150 owners, please post pictures of your setup
Replies: 34
Views: 17117

I like this thread. It reminds me of the "home decoration" reports we get in our Sunday papers' supplements. Good that I didn't get my paper today! (I have an Antec P160, so no photos sorry)
by Stjopatron
Thu Apr 06, 2006 6:28 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Age distribution on SPCR?
Replies: 47
Views: 22719

JVM wrote: Am I the only 98 year old here? :lol:
Yes, probably. All the other 98 years old left SPCR after figuring out that their computers became instantly quiet when they switched off their hearing aids.
The person writing this has been young for 31 years now.
by Stjopatron
Sun Mar 19, 2006 9:17 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: HDD position - upside down, sideways, thot it didn't matter?
Replies: 16
Views: 4652

I have put the hard drive in a computer somewhere and do not remember which one. I only remember it was something old in the 1 - 4 GB range.
by Stjopatron
Sat Mar 18, 2006 1:23 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: HDD position - upside down, sideways, thot it didn't matter?
Replies: 16
Views: 4652

One of my drives simply stops working when I put it in any other position than flat. It spins up again as soon as I put it horizontally though. Therefore my guess would be that all drives are affected somehow by their position.
by Stjopatron
Thu Mar 16, 2006 4:41 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Musings on Future Designs
Replies: 16
Views: 7536

Next thing will be flattened cases delivered by Ikea with an allen key. It saves space and keeps shipment cost down. The different parts will consist of modular blocks, for instance you would order a top front section with a specified number of 5.1/4" and 3.1/2" bays, then a bottom front section wit...
by Stjopatron
Thu Jan 26, 2006 12:26 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Recommend me a quiet hard drive for an old machine.
Replies: 9
Views: 2817

Excelstor Jupiter J340 40Gb is by margin the quietest drive I have come across. Though old, it is still featured on the company's web site www.excelstor.com.
by Stjopatron
Thu Jan 19, 2006 1:16 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Installed Samsung V120CE (IDE 250GB, 5,400RPM, 3.5")
Replies: 12
Views: 2866

Hi Yes, Tibors is right. Your description about POSTing seems a bit confusing. Posting is the start sequence until you get a message similar to ERROR, SYSTEM DISK NOT FOUND. Also, if you have plugged the IDE cable "upside down" into the hard drives, the motors might not spin up. The easiest way to f...
by Stjopatron
Wed Jan 11, 2006 12:33 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate 7200.7/8/9 Survey
Replies: 45
Views: 28274

2 x Barracuda 7200.7 - Model no: ST3160827AS - 160 Gb - SATA - 8 Mb cache - Manufactured Singapore (AMK site) Date 05227 (27 Feb 2005?) - Firmware 3.42 - Purchased UK May 2005 Idle noise OK and little vibration. Read/write is pretty loud and crunching. The diagnostic seek starts whenever the drive ...
by Stjopatron
Tue Jan 10, 2006 2:19 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: A water cooling idea! (Dream comes true?)
Replies: 15
Views: 4522

Here in England most households pay a flat rate for the water. That is because it is cheaper than having to install tamper-proof meters everywhere and sending someone from an employment agency to check the readings (basically, the whole concept of UK inc. is 'cheap 'n quick'). It is an incredible wa...
by Stjopatron
Sat Jan 07, 2006 8:21 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4309
Views: 1619488

Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4.
Catherine Constable, Sheffield University, talks about the singer and actress Marlene Dietrich.
by Stjopatron
Thu Jan 05, 2006 1:20 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Tinnitus Guy Needs PC - Dell 5150 Desktop or Build My Own?
Replies: 29
Views: 6397

I recently installed a Dell Dimension 1100, Dell's budget range here in UK, and I was pretty surprised to find how quiet it was and well thought-out air flow with a total of only 2 fans (1 inside the PSU, 1 suspended & ducted at the rear - no fan in front or on CPU). It was not super-quiet , but eno...
by Stjopatron
Fri Dec 30, 2005 1:48 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Help! "silent" system is neither quiet nor stable
Replies: 9
Views: 2368

Just a guess, check the RAM voltage. You could try to increase it a little bit in Bios.
by Stjopatron
Mon Dec 26, 2005 2:38 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Bad caps in Seasonic S12? – Open up your units!
Replies: 17
Views: 12244

Never mind Japan, the problem goes back to the fact that many here have first hand experience with unreliable capacitors. Me myself have come across 1 motherboard (Abit) with defective capacitors –but even worse– 3 mobos that have been killed by bad caps residing in the attached PSU (cheap, generic ...
by Stjopatron
Mon Dec 26, 2005 6:36 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seasonic S12-430: Beyond the Super Tornado
Replies: 200
Views: 182306

I have started a new thread on this here as I think this issue really deserves it. So we might have to go through this all over again…
Per, the reply from Sesonics indicates at least that you have still got your 3 yr. warranty! :lol:
by Stjopatron
Mon Dec 26, 2005 6:29 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Bad caps in Seasonic S12? – Open up your units!
Replies: 17
Views: 12244

Bad caps in Seasonic S12? – Open up your units!

Per Hansson, over at www.badcaps.net , has uncovered that his Seasonic 430W PSU contains OST capacitors from the Taiwanese manufacturer Ostor Corporation, which is known for its poor quality. For a long time Seasonic has been claiming, and known for, to only be using high quality capacitors. This is...
by Stjopatron
Mon Dec 26, 2005 1:57 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seasonic S12-430: Beyond the Super Tornado
Replies: 200
Views: 182306

1) should never fail within the normal useful lifetime of the average PSU or 2) should never fail ever, ever in a million years? The equipment should die because of something else first. Coffee, incompetent technician/user, bad luck, whatever. The photo you have got shows a 500 or 600W S12 Seasonic...
by Stjopatron
Sun Dec 25, 2005 4:24 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seasonic S12-430: Beyond the Super Tornado
Replies: 200
Views: 182306

In this review on Virtual Hideout the S12 430 uses a different capacitor brand. Is anyone able to identify them? I am pretty sure that they are not OST's. You can get a better picture quality at the site. http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b241/hardfiskur/seasonic29.jpg 3 years is a very short life f...
by Stjopatron
Sun Dec 18, 2005 1:13 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: A motherboard to last 4-5 years
Replies: 55
Views: 16216

My previous system, an Iwill motherboard with AMD 300 Mhz, lasted me 5 years until this summer. He still runs fine, but having income this year I turned callously capitalistic and replaced him by a new computer based on the Asus A8N-E. I am excepting it to last me 7 years during which time I will up...
by Stjopatron
Mon Oct 03, 2005 11:56 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: computer in a bathroom - is it safe?
Replies: 8
Views: 2745

But I think condensation point is when hot steam hits really cold surface (like bathroom mirror). Actually, only a few degrees difference is enough to create condensation. Spworley is in his descriptions absolutely correct. The reason I panicked is that in Britain we build bathrooms without any hea...
by Stjopatron
Mon Oct 03, 2005 5:43 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: computer in a bathroom - is it safe?
Replies: 8
Views: 2745

I am not sure if humid air is unhealthy for it, but condensation absolutely will be. Once I had a garden outdoor computer that I during night would cover under a plastic sheet. One morning I was not careful enough so that a single raindrop from previous night fell on to the circuit board. I saw it h...
by Stjopatron
Wed Sep 21, 2005 8:20 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Dust Kills Computers.....
Replies: 67
Views: 22710

No, neither flow rate cfs (m³/s for the rest of the world) nor time has any importance for the filtering. Cyclone radius, the speed and the weight (density) of the particles are the important factors. In a cyclone the particles are forced to move towards the outer wall where they on impact will lose...
by Stjopatron
Wed Sep 21, 2005 5:40 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Dust Kills Computers.....
Replies: 67
Views: 22710

Lubb, there is no doubt that the "Dirtcan" is going to revolutionise computer dust control as we understand it today, but let me give you some ideas on the way. The smaller the diameter of the cyclone, the more efficient the filtering. This has to do with how the forces work on the particles inside...
by Stjopatron
Tue Sep 20, 2005 6:58 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Dust Kills Computers.....
Replies: 67
Views: 22710

My own experience with dust is that I've never had it be a major problem, even with very old computers which have obviously never been cleaned. No, but surely you must have come across unreliable CD writers and the unpleasant encounter of computers belonging to heavy smokers. I think filters might ...
by Stjopatron
Tue Sep 20, 2005 5:18 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Dust Kills Computers.....
Replies: 67
Views: 22710

Sorry Bluefront for not being clear. I was referring to dustflow in non-filtered chassis. Concerning filtered chassis the matter becomes a complete different one. There is a screen in front of the intake fan in my PC and I am impressed by how efficient it actually is and how little dust there is in ...
by Stjopatron
Tue Sep 20, 2005 1:10 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Dust Kills Computers.....
Replies: 67
Views: 22710

I don't know if a clean computer absorbs dust better than one already packed with it, but I think most people would assume that it does. I think that the opposite is true. In fact, the most part of the dust gets blown right through your computer without you ever noticing it (I know, it's a shocking...
by Stjopatron
Sat Sep 17, 2005 10:04 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: ASUS A8N-E Chipset Fan Removal for Zalman NB47J
Replies: 11
Views: 5416

Thank you for the photos. I always wondered what the Nforce Ultra looks like without underwear.

I remember reading a post from someone who damaged his shim by using alcohol on it. It kind of swelled up. Another post said it fell apart when it came in contact with alcohol.
by Stjopatron
Wed Aug 31, 2005 12:48 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: nForce4 Chipset Fan Replacement Thread
Replies: 236
Views: 213670

The photo shows an Nvidia GeForce 6200 Turbo Cache card which is comparatively low spec and is always sold with a passive heatsink. I have not the slightest idea if this heatsink will help you or not, but this section of the forum definitely will Cool & Quiet VGA.
Stefan
by Stjopatron
Fri Aug 26, 2005 4:30 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: nForce4 Chipset Fan Replacement Thread
Replies: 236
Views: 213670

One way of mounting a fan on Zalman NB47J to cool Nforce 4

As requested, this is how I mounted an ordinary 40 mm fan on the Zalman heat sink http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b241/hardfiskur/front.jpg That cable in the side is the temperature probe. Above the graphic card (Nvidia 6200 TC) http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b241/hardfiskur/top.jpg Those rubbe...