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by hbm55
Mon Apr 26, 2010 1:58 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: 4-pin ATX-12v, or 8-pin EPS +12v plug in an EATX-12v mobo?
Replies: 2
Views: 1291

Thanks, B_r. It has run fine with 4-pin setup, so I won't worry on that part.

Right now I am having posting issues, after a malware attack. Trying to chase down that gremlin.....
by hbm55
Sun Apr 25, 2010 9:39 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: 4-pin ATX-12v, or 8-pin EPS +12v plug in an EATX-12v mobo?
Replies: 2
Views: 1291

4-pin ATX-12v, or 8-pin EPS +12v plug in an EATX-12v mobo?

My new power supply for an ASUS P5B board has two 4-pin ATX-12 plugs. The cpu is Intel Core2 E6400 (no tweaks). The manual never explains more than what you can do. In this case, the board takes 4-pin, or 8-pin. I think the two 4-pins will fit the 8-pin configuration. Is there any advantage to using...
by hbm55
Sun Apr 25, 2010 8:59 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: PSU- Can a power supply fail in sections but work in others?
Replies: 5
Views: 1088

Resolved!

The problem was the PSU! I finally stripped everything down, removed and reinstalled the mobo (after redoing the cpu and heat-sink--one of those Ninja monsters). Added one memory stick powered the cpu, board, graphics card, and soft switch. Played for awhile until the mobo LED went dark. Put in a ne...
by hbm55
Wed Apr 14, 2010 4:39 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: PSU- Can a power supply fail in sections but work in others?
Replies: 5
Views: 1088

There was no warning of a system breakdown.

I will dig around for a spare PSU and try that before breaking down the cpu and mother board.

Thanks, Kittle.
by hbm55
Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:26 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: PSU- Can a power supply fail in sections but work in others?
Replies: 5
Views: 1088

Hi, Kittle.

The CD/DV tray opens. There was no read spin-up when I tried to boot from it.

The PSU question was more: 'Is this possible?" before saying it's good and going to the board and cpu tests.

It's unnerving to stumble about blind and with no sense of touch (no monitor or keyboard).
by hbm55
Wed Apr 14, 2010 12:28 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: PSU- Can a power supply fail in sections but work in others?
Replies: 5
Views: 1088

PSU- Can a power supply fail in sections but work in others?

My Antec He-440 has faithfully served for 3 to 4 years of 24/7 operation (mainly sleep). I am trying to diagnose a hardware problem and wondered if the PSU could be a "sneeky" culprit. My system is much like Chris Thomson's Core2 build (posted on SPCR). I do not get monitor, keyboard, and (guessing)...
by hbm55
Fri Feb 08, 2008 10:54 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: PRINTERS - Replacement for MFP/AIO?
Replies: 2
Views: 1390

My apologies, Plympton. I read your post, replied - I thought - and just ran across a message notice.... I went with the HP C7280, only because it had to sit in a cabinet and backside paper feed was not an option. Epson and Canon, both in comparable range, require back-side paper feed. The lure of w...
by hbm55
Thu Dec 27, 2007 5:53 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: PRINTERS - Replacement for MFP/AIO?
Replies: 2
Views: 1390

PRINTERS - Replacement for MFP/AIO?

Pulled my question from 'Off-topic' and redirecting here. Our HP 5110i (something like that) passed into electronic purgatory the other day. I'm certain it is older than our oldest cpu. Fax was never used, but we do need an AIO (all in one) system. Printers are a rare topic on SPCR, so I'd hope som...
by hbm55
Tue Dec 25, 2007 2:30 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Printers, AIO's, Lazer/Inkjet .... MOVED TO SILENT FRONT
Replies: 0
Views: 936

Printers, AIO's, Lazer/Inkjet .... MOVED TO SILENT FRONT

QUESTION IS REDIRECTED. (hbm) Our HP 5110i (something like that) passed into electronic purgatory the other day. I'm certain it is older than our oldest cpu. Fax was never used, but we do need an AIO (all in one) system. Printers are a rare topic on SPCR, so I'd hope some renewed vigor and thoughts ...
by hbm55
Sat Jan 13, 2007 4:35 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My [quiet] fiasco
Replies: 22
Views: 6695

Mitsumi is flakey! I 've been playing with the drivers today to restore the media card readers, then finally disconnected the floppy and deleted the default MS drivers for it. Was trying to go through psiu's procedure and finally got both floppy and media cards recognized. It had to be a case of aut...
by hbm55
Mon Jan 08, 2007 5:42 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My [quiet] fiasco
Replies: 22
Views: 6695

I couldn't get the updated Speedfan to do anything. The technology is over my head.

I hear my hard drives whining, now. It's time to quit tinkering with this beast.

Next: The old reliable Dell needs a good detail and tuneup.

Thanks to everyone for your assistance and advice.

Bruce
by hbm55
Mon Jan 08, 2007 5:24 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Upgrading to low-end C2D
Replies: 3
Views: 1601

The Ninja and my Asus p5b-Deluxe board are a good fit, without the included 120 fan. This was my first DIY build. The Ninja is a big piece of hardware. I mounted it, the fan, and RAM since the fan covers the first ram slot, before installing the board. I don't know how anyone could follow the board ...
by hbm55
Sat Jan 06, 2007 9:54 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My [quiet] fiasco
Replies: 22
Views: 6695

I'm up and running! Closed the door, glued down the cables and paneled the sides about 7am this morning. At 4p, after XP and Office - plus 75 updates - were installed, "Son" christened his Xmas present to me, an Icy Dock in colors to match the case. It's a cute little "book-size" external drive encl...
by hbm55
Fri Jan 05, 2007 10:42 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My [quiet] fiasco
Replies: 22
Views: 6695

The issue still is the fans. Quieter, but still too noisy. The change-over has been made, with a couple changes to the original task list. And, so far, I can play in the BIOS. Not bad for a first-timer, I think? My son kept me honest by reading the manual. "Impetuous old men!" When I learned that So...
by hbm55
Fri Jan 05, 2007 9:12 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My [quiet] fiasco
Replies: 22
Views: 6695

I don't know how to clip and paste quotes so... The media cards didn't work on mine, and the floppy was pretty fickle about the disks it wanted to run at boot [more on next post]. I'm looking for a sim. replacement but we floppy people are a dying race. Sorry to hear of your crash. They're always ex...
by hbm55
Fri Jan 05, 2007 8:59 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Antec Solo / C2D / P5B Deluxe..so do i really need a HSF?
Replies: 6
Views: 3116

I just finished dropping the same into a p-150, and I have normal, fumbly fingers. The heatsink, RAM and fan were pre-installed, however. Have on hand several long extension tools (chopsticks, needle-nose pliers, etc.) for the 4-prong 12v plug. Skinny fingers might work. The board and case are a goo...
by hbm55
Wed Jan 03, 2007 7:57 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My [quiet] fiasco
Replies: 22
Views: 6695

The floppy *IS* a Mitsumi. One of those with about 4 flash card slots. I can't see having just a floppy anymore.
This gets more frustrating.

Bruce
by hbm55
Mon Jan 01, 2007 7:06 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My [quiet] fiasco
Replies: 22
Views: 6695

Seasons Greetings! Happy Holidays! I move very quickly, as you can readily see... The replacement parts arrived just before this New Year's weekend. I'm starting with the PSU - it seemed the easiest thing to fix, after hours of pouring over website cpu building guides. You know, finding answers to t...
by hbm55
Thu Dec 28, 2006 9:29 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Raptor Hard Drives, any benefit to me?
Replies: 7
Views: 3665

Not a gamer, but I think I prefer my 74GB to the "bigger" storage drives - Seagate 200 and 400. By doing a finger test while mentally optimizing my noisy fiasco, I'd almost believe the Raptor was dead, compared to the other two, if it wasn't holding my OS. Cool to touch and no vibration. The drives ...
by hbm55
Mon Dec 11, 2006 10:35 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My [quiet] fiasco
Replies: 22
Views: 6695

My VISA got me into trouble the first time.... Have been researching the recommendations before throwing it onto the counter. AeroCool (VM 101) does not list my GeForce 7300 GS in their compatibility chart. [Please ignore bad grammar.] I'm a little uncomfortable with trying it. The Thermalright V1 U...
by hbm55
Sat Dec 09, 2006 8:48 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My [quiet] fiasco
Replies: 22
Views: 6695

Thanks, Frank, Chris: Chris, your C2D article has me perversely hoping to ruin a CPU and MB if I ever get to changing that heat sink. I'm hoping separating TIM contacts is more like grease than contact cement - my first attempt will be this guy. I've never heard the cpu fan speed up so more power is...
by hbm55
Sat Dec 09, 2006 11:26 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My [quiet] fiasco
Replies: 22
Views: 6695

My [quiet] fiasco

It has been sitting here, growling and whining for six months. My not-so-good DIY efforts toward quiet are frustrating. I need to do something. I am a non-DIY'r. Tinkering inside these boxes is a long scarey process. I checked the Noise Sources sticky. My finger tests and letter-head earphones seem ...
by hbm55
Sat Dec 09, 2006 7:32 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: SPCR Designed Computer Systems
Replies: 216
Views: 293796

"<<Your main problem there is the Pentium D CPU; that is one hot processor! So to quiet that you will need a jumbo heatsink like the Scythe Ninja or Thermalright Ultra-120. All the other bits can be silenced for minimal $ outlay.>>" Your recommendation is helpful. Fixing my current fiasco needs to b...
by hbm55
Fri Dec 08, 2006 11:32 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: SPCR Designed Computer Systems
Replies: 216
Views: 293796

hi....Um, ...Ah, hem.... I think.... I'm probably...No, I'm sure that I am a non-DIY'r who would jump at buying a silent pc, pre-packaged. Where were you 6 months ago, Mike? But then, the pain and sadness of experience - see Consumer Advocacy - is unfortunately a teacher, also. Even though it is too...
by hbm55
Mon Jul 10, 2006 8:22 pm
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Computer shop qualifications?
Replies: 5
Views: 5394

[Consider doing both the shop and yourself a favor and decline to take the maching, then take your business elsewhere. ] This would be a wonderful option, but for a couple sticky items. They were paid. Yes, rip me to pieces!! Second, other parts from their shop - for my own build - preceded the orde...
by hbm55
Mon Jul 10, 2006 6:44 pm
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Computer shop qualifications?
Replies: 5
Views: 5394

Shop qualifications - continuing saga....

Thanks, for the comments. But first: Let's see, .... I was to pickup the computer Friday evening and it wasn't ready. The Neo HE had been pulled and a different PSU installed. At the time it was an admitted mistake by the shop. Saturday, it still had the other PSU; the HE was "toasted" overnight und...
by hbm55
Fri Jul 07, 2006 7:59 pm
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Computer shop qualifications?
Replies: 5
Views: 5394

Computer shop qualifications?

I can't find a more appropriate index topic for my immediate concerns. Here goes, anyway... I am having my new "silent" computer being built by a shop. The people who advise and otherwise fill the shoes of salesmen and customer assistance appear to be very knowledgeable. My computer was to be ready ...
by hbm55
Thu Jul 06, 2006 8:52 pm
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Should we be buying new Vista ready computers?
Replies: 43
Views: 31299

My apologies. I use computers for work, production, and when home think of them in terms of information as well; a no-gas consumption trip to the library. It's been a few years since I played a computer game. Watching a movie on the monitor is something foreign. A rather limited perspective, admitte...
by hbm55
Wed Jul 05, 2006 9:29 pm
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Should we be buying new Vista ready computers?
Replies: 43
Views: 31299

Vista, XP, 2k, NT, 98se, 95, 3.11, dos

I just realized this is my 22nd year of playing with computers. AutoCAD is now v16? v17? and, was 2, or something similar when the drafter who took CAD classes announced, with reverent awe, that he was inserting a 1 mega-byte memory chip into his IBM compatable. One more game I plan is to multi-boot...
by hbm55
Wed Jul 05, 2006 7:20 pm
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: P180 case feet come off?
Replies: 13
Views: 11393

Antec, Rubber stickon feet, and my solutions

I found this site while doing research for my next computer. This is my first post to SPCR. If I had another month or two to cruise the fantastic pages of this site, I think I would rather buy a slide-rule. Please, that was not an insult; I just research everything to death and 7 times out of 10 mak...