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by pelago
Tue Apr 21, 2009 7:28 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Software for stress testing CPU and GPU
Replies: 6
Views: 2062

Searching around I see prime95, orthos, cpuburn and occt mentioned for CPU stress testing, and atitool and furmark mentioned for GPU testing. Anyone got any opinions on these items of software? Being lazy, I was hoping to not have to download and research how to use several different items of softwa...
by pelago
Tue Apr 21, 2009 5:12 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Software for stress testing CPU and GPU
Replies: 6
Views: 2062

Software for stress testing CPU and GPU

I'd like to run my CPU and GPU (both separately and together) at 100% to test them. Specifically my goal is to measure the maximum power requirements at the wall with a kill-a-watt, although I assume the software needed is the same when stress testing for other reasons. Can anyone recommend software...
by pelago
Wed Apr 15, 2009 3:57 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Exactly which bolt-thru kit for Scythe Mini Ninja?
Replies: 10
Views: 2917

Thanks, now I understand better. In that case I'll try one of the Xigmatek I7361 or I7363 models, just in case I ever want to use it with a Socket 1366 in future, and so that I can use a wrench to tighten the screws if necessary with different HSFs.
by pelago
Tue Apr 14, 2009 1:44 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Exactly which bolt-thru kit for Scythe Mini Ninja?
Replies: 10
Views: 2917

Understood. The only problem is I can't find the ACK-I7751 from my usual supplier - http://www.scan.co.uk/. They have ACK-I7753 though - will that work? They also have ACK-I7361 and ACK-I7363.
by pelago
Tue Apr 14, 2009 12:12 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Exactly which bolt-thru kit for Scythe Mini Ninja?
Replies: 10
Views: 2917

Thanks, I'll go for the Thermalright one.
by pelago
Tue Apr 14, 2009 4:17 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Exactly which bolt-thru kit for Scythe Mini Ninja?
Replies: 10
Views: 2917

Exactly which bolt-thru kit for Scythe Mini Ninja?

I have a Scythe Mini Ninja for Socket 775 (specifically, http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=657369 ). Although I had read previously how bad push pins were, I didn't quite believe it until the HSF fell off within a couple of days of putting it on! So, I require a bolt-thru kit, I believ...
by pelago
Mon May 21, 2007 6:40 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building a HT PC for a Basic TV
Replies: 11
Views: 3072

Woah, in MythTV-land the Nvidia 5200 is fine for SD, so you don't need to go too high-end.
by pelago
Tue May 08, 2007 5:01 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Provisional shopping list, q about fan for Ninja, etc
Replies: 23
Views: 10893

I've got that motherboard (from within UK) and it definitely does come with the com port bracket. To use lm-sensors in Ubuntu you need to get the package, run sensors-detect from a command prompt, say Yes to everything. You can then use something like GkrellM or the Gnome Sensors Applet to view the ...
by pelago
Fri Apr 27, 2007 5:34 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Possible motherboards/CPUs for a Linux system
Replies: 40
Views: 22909

Re USB: Why do you ask, Jennifer? Have you heard something specific about the ALiveNF6G-DVI and USB? Yes, exactly - this thread had someone with a problem and no reported answer: http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-360375.html Not that that's any more worrying than what I've found for any o...
by pelago
Fri Apr 27, 2007 5:27 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: S3 standby and psu fan off? or on?
Replies: 8
Views: 3619

It would depend on the motherboard, not the case.
by pelago
Fri Apr 27, 2007 5:20 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Join EcoPCReview.com
Replies: 12
Views: 8048

Is it 2006 already?

;-)
by pelago
Fri Apr 20, 2007 5:51 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Possible motherboards/CPUs for a Linux system
Replies: 40
Views: 22909

One thing I didn't mention is the use of Dragon Naturally Speaking. I don't think Dragon Naturally Speaking is available for Linux, unless you can get it working in wine. I wanted to ask pelago, about the ALiveNF6G-DVI, have you got USB running OK? Well, it's funny you mention that, because now I t...
by pelago
Tue Apr 17, 2007 1:28 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Multi function (HTPC, PVR..) low power and quiet SFF.Advice?
Replies: 14
Views: 8599

I live in Europe, so no HDTV yet. 2. It is also possible[1] to simultaneously record multiple channels (or watch one and record others) with single tuner, although one tuner can only recieve data from one multiplex at time, [1] Assuming the TV viewer/recording software allows this, I know that at l...
by pelago
Fri Apr 13, 2007 2:29 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Which SATA DVD drive?
Replies: 15
Views: 6907

I want it for an HTPC and most of its use will be for playing DVD movies at 1x (I assume). I may use it for writing the odd DVD now and then. Are most drives quiet 'enough' at 1x?
by pelago
Thu Apr 12, 2007 7:40 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Which SATA DVD drive?
Replies: 15
Views: 6907

Anyone know how noisy the LiteOn SH-16A7S-05C is? http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=4CQ5 I'm trying to find a black SATA DVD writer, preferably from dabs.com, and it's either that LiteOn, the NEC AD 7170S-0B ( http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=4FV0 ) which seems to be perma...
by pelago
Sun Apr 08, 2007 9:20 am
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: Free third party photo hosting
Replies: 5
Views: 4466

Something important in a free image host is one that is likely to still be around (and without changing URLs) in a few year's time. It's annoying visiting threads from a couple of years ago from results of a search and all the images being broken links. Because of that I'd prefer to use a host that ...
by pelago
Sun Apr 08, 2007 9:18 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Which SATA DVD drive?
Replies: 15
Views: 6907

nutball wrote:There's an NEC SATA DVD drive too, which is ... OK. Nothing stellar, but it's cheap.
I've been waiting for that drive to come into stock for weeks, but I'm still hopeful!
by pelago
Sun Apr 08, 2007 9:13 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Quiet, small PC for firewall?
Replies: 30
Views: 23648

What switch comes with a built-in firewall? More like which one doesn't? Mind you, I'm talking about the stuff you buy at the consumer electronics store, not an enterprise grade switch. You know, Linksys, Netgear, D-Link, Belkin, Apple, and so on. I've yet to see one of these that does not come wit...
by pelago
Sat Apr 07, 2007 12:43 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Quiet, small PC for firewall?
Replies: 30
Views: 23648

jessekopelman wrote:why not just buy an off the shelf 4-port Ethernet switch? They all come with a built in firewall, are tiny, silent, and cost like $20.
What switch comes with a built-in firewall?
by pelago
Sat Apr 07, 2007 12:37 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Which SATA DVD drive?
Replies: 15
Views: 6907

damien wrote:As a bit of a side issue, I use MythTV, so is there a liux utility for tweaking things like max drive speed?
You can use hdparm for this I believe (I don't have the exact syntax to hand).
by pelago
Sat Apr 07, 2007 12:26 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Quiet Power for Silverstone LC-11 or LC-04 media PC case
Replies: 26
Views: 11899

I've just got my case and my 240W PSU is the same model ENP-2224B as borrible's, and it seems nice and quiet to me, hurrah. I notice that it also has a couple of SATA power connectors, unlike the PSU supplied at the time of the original SPCR review. I may have spoken a bit too soon. The fan in my S...
by pelago
Tue Apr 03, 2007 7:09 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Micro-atx mobile sempron?
Replies: 10
Views: 3533

I agree with jaganath and I have a setup just as he describes (actually, I could only go down to 0.9V at 800MHz, using an ASRock ALiveNF6G-DVI mATX motherboard). From what I could gather, mobile Semprons just weren't the hassle - not many motherboards support them and the chips are hard to find.
by pelago
Mon Apr 02, 2007 5:54 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Larger Capacity 2.5" drives when?
Replies: 4
Views: 2391

There are two 200GB laptop HDDs, see viewtopic.php?t=34184 . The Fujitsu is a bit thicker than normal, but the Toshiba is standard thickness (9.5mm). Both of them are a little hard to come by though.
by pelago
Mon Apr 02, 2007 5:45 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Possible motherboards/CPUs for a Linux system
Replies: 40
Views: 22909

I agree with all that was written above. With Linux, sometimes new motherboards (or more specifically, new controller chipsets on the motherboard) don't have any Linux drivers, until the Linux kernel is updated to deal with them. If you use a very new Linux distribution, such as Ubuntu Feisty, and h...
by pelago
Thu Mar 29, 2007 6:04 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Need help selecting NVidia video card for MythTV frontend
Replies: 11
Views: 4881

From what I understand the card of choice for MythTV is a 5200 (AGP) or 5300 (PCIe).
by pelago
Wed Mar 21, 2007 8:21 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Questions about ESD
Replies: 20
Views: 6016

TomMe, I think you're worrying about this too much. Just discharge yourself on a metal radiator or similar before working and don't touch the contacts on CPUs, RAM etc.
by pelago
Wed Mar 21, 2007 4:01 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Undervolting AM2 Sempron 3200+ - not all multipliers work
Replies: 3
Views: 2021

Yes, I did disable Cool N Quiet first. You have a very similar mobo and CPU to me so it's strange that yours works at those multipliers and mine doesn't. Are some CPUs set at the factory to not work on some multipliers, maybe?
by pelago
Wed Mar 21, 2007 2:15 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Careful with how you store your old PSUs
Replies: 14
Views: 5208

Hmm, maybe you're right, I'm no expert either...
by pelago
Wed Mar 21, 2007 2:00 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Undervolting AM2 Sempron 3200+ - not all multipliers work
Replies: 3
Views: 2021

Undervolting AM2 Sempron 3200+ - not all multipliers work

I've just started experimenting with undervolting for the first time. I have a Socket AM2 Sempron 3200+ in an ASRock ALiveNF6G-DVI motherboard, which lets me adjust the multiplier and the voltage independently (I can probably adjust the frequency too but I've not fiddled with that). The normal multi...
by pelago
Wed Mar 21, 2007 1:52 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PC exits standby when vacuum cleaning the room
Replies: 23
Views: 8014

Is it actually coming out of standby (so your documents are open in the same place) or rebooting? If it's rebooting then maybe the PC is actually losing power, and if your BIOS is set to switch the PC on after a power cut, maybe that's what's happening. If it really is coming out of standby, is it s...