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by jimmyfergus
Fri May 11, 2007 5:23 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Fans for people
Replies: 3
Views: 1659

Fans for people

Personal fans... room fans... This must have been discussed here, but my search queries haven't uncovered it... Does anyone have recommendations for quality, quiet fans for cooling people, particularly while sleeping? Ideally, I'd like a ceiling fan, but I'm a renter and it isn't really an option. I...
by jimmyfergus
Wed Apr 18, 2007 9:01 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: xp-120 (active/passive) vs stock AMD X2 4600, nsk2400 review
Replies: 4
Views: 3866

... if you don't mind a little soldering: I wired up 2 of the Yate Loon fans into one header - I only took the rpm signal from one fan (one isn't connected), but connected the power wires in parallel. It seems to work well, so now the BIOS controls both case fans. Unfortunately, the kernel I'm using...
by jimmyfergus
Thu Feb 22, 2007 12:17 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: New Computer Break-In Procedures?
Replies: 8
Views: 4304

I'd suggest running Memtest86+ (http://www.memtest.org/) to make sure your memory is good. If it's not, you can get random crashes later and spend a lot of time and effort trying to work out what it is. You also may not be able to return it if you don't find problems early enough. The only reason I'...
by jimmyfergus
Fri Feb 16, 2007 1:43 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Quick question (budget) CPU cooler
Replies: 6
Views: 2503

I too recommend the Alpine. If your mobo has a 4 pin header, then get the Alpine 7, which is the same as the 64, but with additional hardware [ edit: and, of course, the 4 pin pwm fan instead of the 3 pin]. Fits an AM2 no problem. See the review on this site - and look at those numbers for lower fan...
by jimmyfergus
Thu Jan 25, 2007 11:44 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: The new PicoPSUs
Replies: 8
Views: 3459

I see the one 12-32V costs more and has lower efficiency, so there is a tradeoff.

From a business perspective, I would have thought they should just sell the 12-32V to keep their manufacturing and catalog simpler. It's nice for us to have the choice though.
by jimmyfergus
Thu Jan 25, 2007 7:40 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is it normal for a Samsung MP0402H to make a clicking noise
Replies: 11
Views: 3472

I used one of these 24/7, and it started clicking, and shortly after, it completely died. I can't remember where, but somewhere I saw people complaining about these drives dying. Of course, I hadn't backed up for a couple of weeks :(. It caused me to abandon my ideas of having a 24/7 server using a ...
by jimmyfergus
Thu Jan 25, 2007 7:35 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: The new PicoPSUs
Replies: 8
Views: 3459

I should have read more first... I see they say it isn't to be used with 3.5" drives or full-size CD-ROMs...
by jimmyfergus
Thu Jan 25, 2007 7:28 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: The new PicoPSUs
Replies: 8
Views: 3459

Please forgive a question without much research, but how do I work out my 12v amperage requirement? I assume the CPU, HD & optical all draw mainly from the 12V? I have: X2 3800+ 65W, should use well under 65W, but a theoretical max of 5.5A if it took that all from 12V 3.5" Samsung SATA drive, up to ...
by jimmyfergus
Mon Jan 22, 2007 11:35 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New HTPC Build for mythtv
Replies: 16
Views: 5734

Best of luck with MythDora - let me know how you get along. I am very comfortable in Linux/Unix, and can't quite imagine what it would be like starting out. Although Knoppmyth these days just installs in about 30 mins, without major issues, every now and then something isn't quite right, and I'm ver...
by jimmyfergus
Mon Jan 22, 2007 9:58 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New HTPC Build for mythtv
Replies: 16
Views: 5734

If you have patience (I didn't), it might be worth waiting to see how the 65nm X2s pan out. I'm more familiar with Debian than Red Hat, so Knoppmyth is good for me. It has a decent wiki and forum community, so solutions are pretty easy to find. I don't know that there's an Azureus appliance set up, ...
by jimmyfergus
Mon Jan 22, 2007 7:25 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New HTPC Build for mythtv
Replies: 16
Views: 5734

a_p: did you build it? I just did , and am pretty happy. The Alpine 7 seems to work very well. I completely went against my own advice on memory, and kind of regret it as a waste. Got 2GB, and most of it is unused. Haven't set up an Azureus VM yet though. Mine seems to be 100% myth compatible, thoug...
by jimmyfergus
Mon Jan 22, 2007 7:15 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: YAHTPC: Linux/MythTv w/VMWare, please comment
Replies: 5
Views: 6983

Built it! Report.

So, I got a bonus at work, and went crazy: bought an HDTV (Hyundai E320D, 32" LCD) and built the machine. Comments below the list. Case: NSK2400 - out in the open air, it will make its way inside my tv cabinet shortly, when I build ducts for it. CPU: Athlon X2 3800+, 90nm, 65w AM2 - haven't yet conf...
by jimmyfergus
Mon Jan 22, 2007 6:09 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: 65nm X2 3600+
Replies: 45
Views: 20344

Mikael wrote:X2 3800+: 144-108 = 36W

E6600: 130-101 = 29W
But isn't one of the big things about the AMD, that it uses so much less power at idle than the Intel?
by jimmyfergus
Sun Jan 14, 2007 5:45 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Squeezebox 3 Digital Music Box
Replies: 94
Views: 78885

The problem is that many audiophiles do reject listening tests also. When differences can't be proven with double-blind-testing claim that thats not a good way to test. And to be honest, although bit-errors are annoying, I have never seen any listening tests where a difference has beens shown (if t...
by jimmyfergus
Sun Jan 14, 2007 2:15 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Squeezebox 3 Digital Music Box
Replies: 94
Views: 78885

To be honest, most people I have encountered who call themselfs audiophiles doesn't seem to be very interested scientifical measurments, and technological innovations that can actually be proven to work. So in general basis, I'm prety glad "audiophiles" doesn't deside the desgins. (However there ar...
by jimmyfergus
Thu Jan 11, 2007 6:52 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Squeezebox 3 Digital Music Box
Replies: 94
Views: 78885

Sorry to bring up an old review, but I must ask this. Wouldn't output by spdif to another DAC increase jitter? Wouldn't a USB DAC be better in terms of getting rid of jitter in the audio signal? Thanks. The odd thing about USB audio is that it is not properly error corrected - it's just as prone to...
by jimmyfergus
Wed Jan 10, 2007 11:08 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New HTPC Build for mythtv
Replies: 16
Views: 5734

That's interesting, but I am also thinking of having azureus running in the background. Ditto once again. I ran Azureus on a previous installation, but I got worried about security. My Azureus crashed in odd ways, and the machine became unstable shortly afterwards. I don't know if the two were conn...
by jimmyfergus
Wed Jan 10, 2007 8:50 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New HTPC Build for mythtv
Replies: 16
Views: 5734

A data point on memory - rrdtool is installed with Knoppmyth (though making it function required a slight tweak), which gives me a graph of memory usage. Mine consistently seems to stay at just over 256Mb, while also running Slimserver (which uses a fair bit of memory). So if you do stick with Knopp...
by jimmyfergus
Wed Jan 10, 2007 8:45 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Small and Quiet and Wooden Bedroom HTPC - Nano-itx based
Replies: 7
Views: 4920

Very cool - I like the idea of computers looking like furniture. Random thoughts: since you built the table, did yo contemplate building the computer into the table? You could spread the components out so it could fit under the top surface without requiring making the table look heavy. Also, given a...
by jimmyfergus
Tue Jan 09, 2007 12:55 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New HTPC Build for mythtv
Replies: 16
Views: 5734

Don't know about the harmony remote, but many are supported - IR receiver might be more awkward. There are homebrew ones you can build. It could even be worth buying some cheap remote just to use its IR receiver. I haven't actually built this machine, but I was thinking 2 case fans (NSK2400) would b...
by jimmyfergus
Tue Jan 09, 2007 7:33 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Proposed HTPC Build
Replies: 14
Views: 4597

A soundcard may make a difference. From browsing around audio forums over the years, it's pretty clear that the sound card (integrated or otherwise), which passes bit-perfect output is the exception rather than the rule. There are lots of guys out there looping audio through systems and doing bit co...
by jimmyfergus
Tue Jan 09, 2007 7:32 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New HTPC Build for mythtv
Replies: 16
Views: 5734

This is close to my plans... I think you could use the cheap Arctic Cooling Alpine 7 on this setup to good effect, especially if you undervolt. Mobo has the 4 pin fan header, so a fan like the Alpine 7's can be controlled well by BIOS (I think!). Is this an HDTV setup? If not, the proc is well over ...
by jimmyfergus
Thu Jan 04, 2007 6:41 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec NSK2400 Media PC Case
Replies: 249
Views: 229288

stuart.cookson wrote:My concern is that the review states:
Sorry, forget my comment - it was uninformed.
by jimmyfergus
Thu Jan 04, 2007 5:19 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec NSK2400 Media PC Case
Replies: 249
Views: 229288

stuart.cookson wrote:I want to connect it to my Denon AVR1803 amp.
The volume nob only has effect in software - if you just don't connect it, and/or don't configure software to use it, it will have no effect at all, and the sound output will be entirely down to your motherboard or soundcard.
by jimmyfergus
Wed Dec 27, 2006 6:31 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: From 3.5 7200 to 2.5 5400, cant tell a difference
Replies: 20
Views: 7662

fresh wrote:Few days ago, I bought storage drive that was recommended on SPCR, WD 2500KS caviar SE16 new revision. However, it turned out to be far from silent.
Very interesting - I heard that too when contemplating my next build. Perhaps this drive needs to be revisited by SPCR...
by jimmyfergus
Wed Dec 27, 2006 6:25 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Sucking or Blowing
Replies: 9
Views: 2499

Blowing would blow air directly at the surrounding components which need cooling. In a sucking configuration, the incoming airflow will be from all directions (and hence slower), rather than the down/out forced flow. It'll take the path of least resistance, which would avoid the mobo components. ......
by jimmyfergus
Wed Dec 27, 2006 6:19 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: abit NF-M2 nView
Replies: 282
Views: 190928

I booted 3 time with 2 (120mm) fans in the case an huge Arctic Freezer 64 on top of the cpu and my cpu reached 90C° Isn't this is crazy for that cooler and that CPU? I'd have thought the EE X2 would have trouble getting to 90C even if that cooler's fan was off. Could it be that it's not properly m...
by jimmyfergus
Wed Dec 20, 2006 5:07 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: YAHTPC: Linux/MythTv w/VMWare, please comment
Replies: 5
Views: 6983

Thanks for the info. plympton : Interesting on the hard drive - its review here was more glowing. I'll have to think about that some more. Also, your HD temps report are very interesting. HDs are supposed to age in direct proportion to their temp. 500Gb would be nice. Interesting thought too on the ...
by jimmyfergus
Wed Dec 20, 2006 12:35 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: YAHTPC: Linux/MythTv w/VMWare, please comment
Replies: 5
Views: 6983

YAHTPC: Linux/MythTv w/VMWare, please comment

Comments and suggestions much appreciated. To be built in the next month or so. Requirements: Will run Knoppmyth (Linux/MythTv), initially with PVR-350 card Cheap and green to run - low power consumption, esp. at light load. as cheap as is reasonable will run 2 or more light-duty VMWare server appli...
by jimmyfergus
Wed Dec 13, 2006 6:54 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: NSK2400 Build Complete
Replies: 39
Views: 27475

I had initially just tried cutting some vents towards the top, but it didn't do anything to help the heat exhaust. Yeah, I tried that inside a cabinet once too; I made some large holes high and low thinking convection would do the work. It didn't. I imagine the fans stir things up sufficiently that...