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by DanW
Wed Oct 20, 2010 8:02 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New build advice
Replies: 3
Views: 553

Re: New build advice

Yeah, I understand the situation with the Intel graphics, but having those ports there when I can't use them as I don't have a core i5 661 or similar seems a little pointless! The reason I didn't look at the i3? Probably marketing. I've no idea, I've just re-read anandtech's article (http://www.anan...
by DanW
Wed Oct 20, 2010 12:25 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New build advice
Replies: 3
Views: 553

New build advice

Dear lord, I haven't made a post here in a while but... Here goes. I'm looking for a HTPC that will double up as a gaming rig. My current system seems to have motherboard issues and is getting old now (4 years old). It's perfectly good at maybe being a server but when taxed, bluescreens galore and i...
by DanW
Fri Jul 20, 2007 2:48 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: What is the Best IDE/ Floppy Round Cable to buy?
Replies: 9
Views: 2352

Of course if you still need the floppy dive from time to time, you can always use an USB drive like this one here We use them all the time at work on our Dells and they work a treat most of the time. Older BIOSES from 8-10 years ago sometimes have trouble looking at the usb drive. This of course the...
by DanW
Wed Jun 20, 2007 3:38 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: AMD system F/S Free Shipping
Replies: 1
Views: 1882

if only you lived in the UK.
by DanW
Tue May 15, 2007 12:09 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Music and File Server
Replies: 8
Views: 4211

Looks like you've thought this through pretty well... The only thing I'll add is the NTFS driver, it's a little funny. It works well by all accounts but you need to use some extra commands to mount it then fix something is breaks and unmount it. It's not too much effort if you really need that data,...
by DanW
Sun May 13, 2007 11:14 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: GrUB Question
Replies: 6
Views: 2348

It's feasible, but I don't think I'm BOfH enough to do it: http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/articles/grub_intro?page=0%2C0 It's worth the $20 extra for sanity's sake. This, like all other things, may only be proven by rolling up sleeves and digging in. true, just as long as you don't get so angr...
by DanW
Sun May 13, 2007 10:22 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: GrUB Question
Replies: 6
Views: 2348

I was planning on the exact same setup a few weeks ago, so I know how much of a headache this is. my plan was going to me a plain simple, let the BIOS handle it. install linux on it's own disk when no other disks are there and do the same with the other two OSs. However I gave up on that when Vista ...
by DanW
Sun May 13, 2007 10:01 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: 10 watt file, mail, web, media, download, print home server
Replies: 29
Views: 13195

... Yeah I've had a long look into the functions of that box, and it's bigger brother the 700g Premium. I'll probably just stick with a 500g. However I'm very likely to want to play with it loads before settling down with it downloading in the background. I don't think a box like that can be kept s...
by DanW
Sun May 13, 2007 9:31 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: HDD problems :(
Replies: 11
Views: 3649

It's my main system, not the server this time Have you tried changing the SATA cable and plugging another power connector into the drive? Yep to both of those. I'm not sure if this is applicable... The controller is SATA II compatible according to the manual 1. Set on-drive SATA jumper to "Limit to...
by DanW
Sun May 13, 2007 4:03 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: HDD problems :(
Replies: 11
Views: 3649

anyone got any other ideas? I've had it appear one out of the 4/5 reboots I've just done.
by DanW
Sun May 13, 2007 3:55 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: HDD problems :(
Replies: 11
Views: 3649

If you look at the Western Digital website they do have tools "Data Lifeguard Diagnostic" tools, which can test your drive. I would advise you to give it a go. Besides that sometimes it helps to connect the drive to another port, other jumper settings if it is P-ATA, (there is a difference between ...
by DanW
Sun May 13, 2007 3:44 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: 10 watt file, mail, web, media, download, print home server
Replies: 29
Views: 13195

anyone else hada look into the ASUS 500g Premium, at £50 it can do some neat stuff

http://uk.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=12& ... odelmenu=1
by DanW
Sun May 13, 2007 2:15 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: HDD problems :(
Replies: 11
Views: 3649

HDD problems :(

I'm wondering whether anyone can help me with this. I recently bought a WD5000AAKS and I can't seem to reliably get it working with my system (see my sig for details). I ended up sending the first drive back, which was found faulty, and got a replacement. I'm really hoping the replacement isn't also...
by DanW
Fri May 04, 2007 2:20 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Interesting review over at xbitlabs.
Replies: 14
Views: 5465

Re: Interesting review over at xbitlabs.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/1000w-psu-roundup.html A 1000W PSU roundup. The most interesting part is the first page with the two monster systems. The power draw is actually calculated from the PSU, not from the wall. The AMD Quad-FX system with two 8800GTX in SLI actually used ov...
by DanW
Thu May 03, 2007 4:08 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Replacing my P180 with... another P180?
Replies: 7
Views: 3602

how many hard drives have you got? If it's onlty the one then maybe the SOLO is the way to go.
Because I think you'll only have the same mounting problems with your motherboard in a P182.
by DanW
Tue May 01, 2007 11:42 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Low Humming on Scyche D-Flex
Replies: 5
Views: 2155

It's like it doesn't enjoy being used vertically. You mean horizontally? Then yes, some sleeve bearing fans do not like being mounted horizontally, particularly in high heat environments. Even if they do last, some produce more noise (humming) when mounted this way. Well the fan casing is Horizonal...
by DanW
Tue May 01, 2007 7:23 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Low Humming on Scyche D-Flex
Replies: 5
Views: 2155

How do you have the fan mounted? Could it be vibration from hard mounting? Or is it fan buzz/growl? If it's from the fan itself, not much to be done there except RMA. It's mounted at the top of my P180 instead of the in comparison, noisy Tri-Cool (which like everyone else, eventually found way too ...
by DanW
Tue May 01, 2007 3:04 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Low Humming on Scyche D-Flex
Replies: 5
Views: 2155

Low Humming on Scyche D-Flex

Does anyone else get a really anoying hum on their scythe d-flex (or which ever flex that comes with the ninja)?

The hum seesm to be a lot more apparent at 6v (or whatever my fan controller recudes the voltage to), however I think the noise of the fan at higher speed hides it.
by DanW
Mon Apr 30, 2007 11:37 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: grid.org is gone...
Replies: 1
Views: 2270

wow, weird to see something like that come to an end, that also was my first distributed project. I run BOINC most of the time now...
by DanW
Fri Apr 27, 2007 6:46 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: patenting your cases and/or mods...
Replies: 15
Views: 3994

how about wokring with companies like Antec to make those products? Maybe as an option or a special edition?

bluefront edition ;) ?
by DanW
Wed Apr 18, 2007 1:49 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Voltage Question
Replies: 2
Views: 975

The 12 V reading is 7.75% high, while the ATX limit is 5%. So that could be a bit of a cause for concern, I'd physically check it with a multimeter before starting worrying though. The 12 volt rail hasn't been used by motherboards for a long time, so don't worry about it. It's just some dummy readi...
by DanW
Wed Apr 18, 2007 10:25 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Voltage Question
Replies: 2
Views: 975

Voltage Question

Hi all, Just looking at my voltages after some really weird crash in game and the voltage on the -12v (and possibly the +12v line ) line look a little... odd +3.3V +5V +12V -12V -5V +5V Vbat 3.3 5.03 12.93 -16.97 -8.78 5.16 3.18 Do you think it'll be all right? Is the -12v the root of my problem? Or...
by DanW
Wed Apr 18, 2007 4:56 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Seriously, are SilenX fans terrible?
Replies: 35
Views: 24608

ah star! Lets just hope I dont get carried away and ordrer over £18 worth of stuff. I can't believe how much we get charged for delivery over here, I mean shipping from america is cheeper in some cases that getting it from Bolton! Looks like I might order those fans after all. Suppose I could order...
by DanW
Wed Apr 18, 2007 4:25 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: 240MM fan search (in the UK)
Replies: 7
Views: 4476

Re: 240MM fan search (in the UK)

Does anyone know where you can get a 240mm fan that might mount on the standard fittings of 4 x 120 mm fans? Say you need 4X CFM for your case cooling. You can get X from each of 4 fans, or 2X from each of 2 fans. That means you need twice the RPM from the 2 fans as from the 4 - a difference of 18d...
by DanW
Wed Apr 18, 2007 3:28 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Seriously, are SilenX fans terrible?
Replies: 35
Views: 24608

I thought the jab-tech site was in the UK so I'd negate any savings with the added shipping cost. Jab-tech is a US retailer that ships to both UK and Canada. Have you ever purchased anything from that store? Looks like it's the only way I'm going to be able to get my hands on some Yate Loons. Only ...
by DanW
Thu Apr 12, 2007 2:35 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: How to build your own case from scratch
Replies: 15
Views: 5927

Re: good information

That said, I'll certainly keep my eye out for an alternative, or if anyone knows of material that has similar properties please posts about it. I did look at the *green peace* list of alternatives..... I'm just not sure where I am going to be able to find enough *horn* to make a full ATX case. :P A...
by DanW
Tue Apr 03, 2007 1:18 pm
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: Crunching 24/7?
Replies: 12
Views: 5731

if it's running properly, it should use all the "spare" CPU cycles and therefore your CPU will run hotter, much like if you were in game. Folding@Home will do the exact same thing as BOINC. As far as regards the "thermal specification" 60 sounds a little on the cool side for a processor, but then ag...
by DanW
Wed Mar 07, 2007 2:07 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: FAO: Bluefront ---- Just got my hands on an old server case
Replies: 5
Views: 2007

Right, this is what I've got so far. A rough Google Sketch-up drawing of the case. I plan on having it this darker black like the dark side case. I can say one thing for Sketch-up considering I've only just gone through the quick tutorials, it's a whole lot easier to use than AutoCad 2007. http://us...
by DanW
Wed Mar 07, 2007 5:34 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Is it safe to suspend hard drives?
Replies: 5
Views: 4287

thanks Mike, useful info there. Which I sort of already knew, but having it confirmed by Seagate in writing makes me slightly more confident in suspending my drives.


Thanks,
Dan