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by bomba
Sun Oct 04, 2009 5:48 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: FS NSK2400 on EBAY
Replies: 2
Views: 880

FS NSK2400 on EBAY

I've put an Antec NSK2400 case on EBAY. Auction ends Tuesday Oct 06, 2009 at 16:00:55 PDT. This case was built-up but never put into service. The case is in like-new condition and will ship in the original carton with all originally supplied accessories, PSU and documentation. No bids thus far, so I...
by bomba
Thu Jan 12, 2006 9:41 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: another project MikeC is involved w/ Antec: A HTPC
Replies: 28
Views: 14409

Re: mATX is nice...

Until you have to cram all the HTPC crapola into the chassis. I've been doing HTPCs for a while (I was a beta tester for the original version of XP Media Center), and the best case I've found hands-down (that's not in the insanity-level of price) is the OrigenAE x11 http://www.pcalchemy.com/product...
by bomba
Fri Jan 06, 2006 12:26 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Origen (UNEED/DIGN) X11
Replies: 0
Views: 1104

Origen (UNEED/DIGN) X11

I'm in the process of building up a new HTPC in the version 2 UNEED X11 case. The X11 IMO is beautiful with all aluminum construction, USB VFD with integral IR receiver and full support for XP Media Center edition remote codes and MCE VFD display. The X11 is fairly compact, yet uses a standard ATX P...
by bomba
Tue Dec 13, 2005 5:35 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Does the Hitashi T7K250 still make that head reset noise?!!
Replies: 8
Views: 3025

I've got two 250G Hitachi drives, one SATA and one PATA, both 7k250's (one PATA and one SATA) Good news is that neither one has the head reset noise, nor did I have to flash the drive's firmware to fix it. Bad news is the drives are not that quiet and vibrate enough that suspension will likely be re...
by bomba
Mon Dec 12, 2005 7:37 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Squeezebox 3 Digital Music Box
Replies: 94
Views: 80183

Nice review Mike, I've been using a Squeezebox2 for about a year now. The SB3, I understand, is a cosmetic upgade, only. I ripped 300 CD's using EAC to FLAC lossless, but was disappointed that they did not play on my Windows MCE HTPC. So, I transcoded via dbpoweramp to wma-lossless; which is now nat...
by bomba
Wed Oct 26, 2005 10:59 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Need More Storage
Replies: 10
Views: 3207

JEN, I have (2) Western Digital Caviar SE WD3200JD 320GB Serial ATA 7200RPM Hard Drive w/8MB Buffer and just ordered a 3rd. They are nice 'n quiet by my ears and are bargain priced, at least in the US. For reference, I formerly had (2) Maxtor DM9+ drives conventionally mounted in my Sonata. I replac...
by bomba
Wed Aug 31, 2005 11:44 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Removable drive bays
Replies: 18
Views: 7583

Re: Lian-Li racks

Are all SATA racks hot-swappable, like my external firewire/PATA enclosure now is, where you just do the "disconnect device" thing in Windows and then push the power button? For WindowsXP, it's in device manager. Go to Start - Control Panel - System - Hardware - Device Manager; under disk drives, r...
by bomba
Tue Aug 30, 2005 9:30 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Removable drive bays
Replies: 18
Views: 7583

Re: Thanks!

Thanks to ryan45. Those athena at newegg enclosures look like they might be perfect. They're cheap enough to give a try at least. Well I already ordered some so i'll let you know how they are when I get them. I think you'll be pleased. I previously used a Kingwin mobile rack for PATA drives with a ...
by bomba
Tue Aug 30, 2005 5:37 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Pentium4 2.4C Undervolted to 1.1V
Replies: 16
Views: 5549

Ralf Hutter wrote:
elg2001 wrote: if you all want a screenshot of AI Booster running
I do, I do!
I posted an AI Booster screen shot some time ago here
by bomba
Tue Aug 16, 2005 7:54 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: antec sonata setup
Replies: 7
Views: 2525

You're probably fine with the Prescott, but I think you friend may have gotten the better deal. That is, the Prescott is well documented as being less efficient when compared to the Northwood, i.e. less worked performed for equivalent processor speed. Also, the 2.4C Northwood processors can generall...
by bomba
Mon Aug 15, 2005 7:37 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: antec sonata setup
Replies: 7
Views: 2525

Following are my opinions: Your setup has some real negatives wrt silencing, the most glaring, the P4 Prescott and 4 Hard drives. With drives being pretty inexpensive these days, perhaps you should keep your quietest 160G drive and supplement it with a 250G - 400G drive, Maxtor, Samsung, Htachi or W...
by bomba
Mon Aug 15, 2005 7:04 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is it just me, or are the optical drives very loud!
Replies: 10
Views: 3805

I didn't really believe that there were significant differences between optical drives in terms of noise until a bought a Samsung DVD drive, which vibrated and was very loud in comparison to my NEC DVD-RW drives. For my HTPC, I run NERO Drivespeed, freeware available here: http://www.cdspeed2000.com...
by bomba
Tue Aug 09, 2005 12:47 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: help with my Arm Systems Stealth
Replies: 1
Views: 913

Could be dust. If you haven't cracked the case to check for dust build-up, I suggest you try that 1st. I blast the inside of my PC's every other month or so with compressed air to clear away the dust, which seems especially fond of building up on the Zalman 7000 CPU HSF. As far as what is causing th...
by bomba
Thu Jun 30, 2005 8:25 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Difference between Maxtor 7L300S0 and 7B300S0?
Replies: 4
Views: 1507

RoHS requires virtual elimination of a discrete & small number of hazardous substances in electrical & electronic equipment, including PCBs, lead & cadmium. The Europeans are driving the issue of hazardous materials in electronics, both in regards to hitting the landfills (WEEE Directive) and in reg...
by bomba
Thu Jun 23, 2005 2:58 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: The future is now PC to Stereo
Replies: 40
Views: 10574

Bomba - you raved about the Squeezebox software. My beef with most music management software is that they are simply awful at cataloging the music like I want to. Most of them are song-oriented, not album oriented. They seem optimized for song-buyers (downloads) rather than album buyers. Yes you ca...
by bomba
Tue Jun 21, 2005 9:01 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: The future is now PC to Stereo
Replies: 40
Views: 10574

I have been using a Squeezebox2 www.slimdevices.com which suppoprts FLAC natively. I'm in the process of ripping 300+ CD's to my PC using Exact Audio Copy & FLAC. Squeezebox 2 supposedly has 24-bit 96kHz Burr-Brown DACs and also has digital audio coax and toslink. Honestly, I don't care about that a...
by bomba
Mon Mar 07, 2005 8:29 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Turning off a hard drive?
Replies: 15
Views: 3935

bomba- Thanks again, you posted this in a different thread about the topic a few weeks ago! :D Do you know if there is a script that can shut down the hard drive... ideally something that could have a shortcut? While going through device manager is possible, I'm pretty lazy and would prefer a more ...
by bomba
Thu Mar 03, 2005 7:19 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Turning off a hard drive?
Replies: 15
Views: 3935

I do this in windows XP and have posted details as to how. A quick summary is to use of a SATA drive with a controller that supports hot swap/hot plug. The Silicon Image 311x controllers work, tho these are not current state of the art. The onboard Intel 865 chipset controller does not support hot p...
by bomba
Mon Feb 14, 2005 7:11 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Power management to quiet hard disk
Replies: 10
Views: 4425

I was just thinking about this tonight for (2) old, loud, WD PATA drives I have and want to use as media storage... I don't plan on using them often and already have a very quiet system using (2) SATA samsungs for my OS and data. I was looking into a switch of some sort I could mod into a free 3.5"...
by bomba
Tue Feb 01, 2005 9:27 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Fortron (FSP) 300Wt PSU with 1x80mm fan
Replies: 6
Views: 2061

2 Bomba: A lot of big thanks :) Your topic about your mod was very helpful to read for me (I did search before posting here, but not remember it). But I have one last question. You say what you got "very quiet PSU under all load conditions". I hope, it also not very hot at max load? But when I see ...
by bomba
Mon Jan 31, 2005 8:50 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Undervolting Asus P4 possible?
Replies: 4
Views: 1789

My main rig has a P4 2.4C on a Asus P4P800dlx. I use AI Booster to undervolt/underclock in Windows, works great. This shot shows AI Booster configured for max. underclock and undervolt. The 2.4C is running at 1.2GHz at 1.1Vcore. The Nexus 92mm modded Zalman 7000 is slowed to 706 rpm. http://img72.ex...
by bomba
Mon Jan 31, 2005 8:02 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Fortron (FSP) 300Wt PSU with 1x80mm fan
Replies: 6
Views: 2061

Re: Fortron (FSP) 300Wt PSU with 1x80mm fan

Anyone use or listen some Fortron PSU 300Wt (with PFC) with one 80mm fan? I can't say at this moment model name exactly. I interested for electromechanical noise, quality and noiseness of fan, its efficiency... And what means feature "noise killer" in these PSU - regulation of fan speed or just qui...
by bomba
Wed Jan 26, 2005 11:24 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Low noise microatx tower case?
Replies: 8
Views: 3482

I built a PC for a relative in this Inwin case and was very impressed. Comes with a quiet "Powerman" full size ATX PSU which is a Forton OEM. Both sides and top are removable for cable routing and there is room for a 92mm front intake, cutting required. Hard drives may be Aphonos suspended in front ...
by bomba
Thu Jan 13, 2005 10:25 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: The Nexus 120mm fan corner cutting guide...
Replies: 64
Views: 163410

I've used my (woodworker's) table saw to open the closed corners on globe 120's. I venture to say it's the fastest & most dangerous method, no filing required, just watch those fingers!
by bomba
Thu Jan 13, 2005 10:11 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: The Top SPCR Quiet 120mm Axial Fans Compared + 120mmAC Fans.
Replies: 197
Views: 399322

I'm about to switch my dying rear case fan in my Sonata, probably with a Papst 4412, but I cant figure out the following from the intro of this thread: "The Papst 4412 fans are very nice when undervolted on DC current. They are one of the best quiet 120x25mm fans for restrictive environments. They ...
by bomba
Thu Jan 13, 2005 9:18 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Nexus 120 is great.. 92 and 80 as well?
Replies: 29
Views: 52067

Just found this thread. Some time ago, while playing with speedfan settings on my Zalmn 7000, I stuck my finger into the fan to see if it was turning. Well it was, and much to my dismay I knocked one of the blades off the fan. Subject finger wasn't damaged at all! So, I also swapped the mangled fan ...
by bomba
Mon Jan 03, 2005 7:50 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate 7200.8 in stock in the UK
Replies: 12
Views: 3408

This thread on storagereview.com, stangely enough has a post which links to a SPCR thread. It has posts from folks 1st hand experiences w/ 7200.8 drives. Although there is contradictory information, I've made some conclusions from reading the posts. Please note that I do not have direct experience ...
by bomba
Mon Dec 06, 2004 11:09 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Shuttle SN45Gv2 advice needed
Replies: 6
Views: 2096

Re: Shuttle SN45Gv2 advice needed

BTW, depending on your distance from your computer, I wouldn't worry too much about the Spinpoint motor. You'll have enough fun as is with the modding and suspending without having to worry about the motor (i.e. I suspect the whine of a JVC motor will be the least of your concerns). I interpret thi...
by bomba
Thu Dec 02, 2004 11:47 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 7200.8 AAM?
Replies: 3
Views: 1731

7200.8 AAM?

Opened a pdf datasheet for the 7200.8 drives from Seagate's website and found that it indicated sound power specs in bels for (3) modes: idle, quiet seeks and performance seeks. Seems to indicate user configurable accoustic management!
by bomba
Mon Nov 29, 2004 1:56 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: In a bit of a pickle - EMI interference from fan?
Replies: 11
Views: 2657

If it's making the image on the CRT waver it's the rotating magnetic field in the motor that's causing the problems. You can't shield against that with just metal as if it was EMI, you need something that will shield it magnetically like mu-metal. But I don't think that's going to be practical in y...