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by luminous
Sat Jan 15, 2005 12:21 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: re:SPCR Recommended HD list. NEEDS UPDATING !!!!!!
Replies: 14
Views: 3033

Wow, nice one MikeC. Sorry about my late post :D
by luminous
Sat Jan 15, 2005 11:43 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: re:SPCR Recommended HD list. NEEDS UPDATING !!!!!!
Replies: 14
Views: 3033

I would vote for an update to the recommended list. I know that SPCR stadd are busy and unpaid, but it is out of date with the knowledge on the forums. There is a lot that could be added. I know people can search a forum for knowledge, but it is nice when a knowledgeable person sifts through and con...
by luminous
Sat Jan 15, 2005 11:34 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: very high frequency buzzing from 80gig spinpoint (nidec)
Replies: 9
Views: 2445

I think what you are experiencing is either coil whine, or something that is very closely related to it. The cause of the problem is complicated, and depends on the exact config of your machine. It is not necessarily down to one component in the machine. Just because it does not buzz when the drive ...
by luminous
Thu Jan 13, 2005 12:54 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: The Nexus 120mm fan corner cutting guide...
Replies: 64
Views: 167899

A nice thread here. Thanks for the info, I've been thinking about ways to cut my shoulders out. The plier squashing technique sounds sufficiently destructive to be fun :)
by luminous
Thu Jan 13, 2005 12:51 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Drive ghosting software
Replies: 9
Views: 2978

As you are going from a small drive to larger one something along the lines of Partition Magic and Acronis Disk Director Suite will also work. True Image is good , I've used it a lot recently. It is also a great way to create a compressed backup of your machine to an external HDD. You can also creat...
by luminous
Thu Jan 13, 2005 12:15 pm
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: www.spcr.com soon please!
Replies: 22
Views: 11418

Could not have put it better peteamer . On a more serious note, as long as the cost is not prohibitive I think we should try and grab spcr.com. Someone sooner or later will come along and take it. We run the risk of allowing some prat to impersonate this great site. Just take a look at our logo, any...
by luminous
Thu Jan 13, 2005 9:44 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: safe to run PSU fan through Vantec Nexus?
Replies: 3
Views: 1429

There is nothing inherently wrong with hooking up the PSU fan to a fan controller. The only obvious problem is that you may choose to spin the fan at a speed that your PSU is not happy with. There is the possibility that you could fry the PSU. People who mod their PSU nearly always connect the new f...
by luminous
Thu Jan 13, 2005 9:36 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Replace fan? (Nexus 3000)
Replies: 3
Views: 1376

Nexus fans are normally very good. Have a listen to the fan to see what sort of noise comes from it. If there is no annoying resonnance, ticking etc etc then I would suggest reducing the voltage to your existing fan. There are lots of methods to do this, all of which have been discussed before. One ...
by luminous
Thu Jan 13, 2005 9:20 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GF 6600GT AGP - My cooling adventures
Replies: 44
Views: 20054

Yes the Gigaybyte card was bigger than I expected. Turned out not to be a problem, but nonetheless I was surprised. OC'ing always varies between card. Some people have managed to take the standard 6800 from 325/700 to 400/800 and unlocked all the pixel pipelines and vertex shaders. I've not been so ...
by luminous
Wed Jan 12, 2005 7:32 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GF 6600GT AGP - My cooling adventures
Replies: 44
Views: 20054

I paid £205 for mine at overclock.co.uk. I've just looked there again and their prices have risen to £215. So yes, it is a little more expensive. Yes, there is very little, if any performance gain. But it is an out of the box solution that is totally passive and warrantied. It is an alternative wort...
by luminous
Wed Jan 12, 2005 2:48 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GF 6600GT AGP - My cooling adventures
Replies: 44
Views: 20054

I may get shot when I say this, so bear with me..... I noticed that some of you were thinking about getting a 6600GT AGP card. Where I live, the cost of the card plus some form of other cooling takes it to the price of the passive Gigabyte 6800 (discussed in other threads in this forum). If you get ...
by luminous
Wed Jan 12, 2005 2:38 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: I need a new HD - any recommendations?
Replies: 12
Views: 3581

I think the first choice you need to make is whether to get a 3.5 or 2.5 inch HDD. 2.5s are quieter and cooler than their desktop counterparts. The downside is that they are a little slower, cost more per Gb and you will also need an adapter to make them fit your machine. If you want the quietest so...
by luminous
Tue Jan 11, 2005 11:37 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: My 120Gb Seagate 7200.7 is whinning like hell :(
Replies: 7
Views: 2386

Thats nice to hear, as I know your standards to be high. I'm not too sure if I want to go and drop £100 on a 250Gb Seagate and hope that it is quiet. I think I would prefer to go down the line of 2 Nidecs, but I just cannot find them anywhere. I'm faced with too many choices, and no guarantees......
by luminous
Tue Jan 11, 2005 11:16 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: My 120Gb Seagate 7200.7 is whinning like hell :(
Replies: 7
Views: 2386

I've not managed to find any stores that carry the 8mb 160Gb PATA Nidec Samsugs.

I have found one place, PC World that had 2Mb 120Gb PATA Nidecs, but at £115 each that was taking the p*ss.
by luminous
Tue Jan 11, 2005 11:00 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: My 120Gb Seagate 7200.7 is whinning like hell :(
Replies: 7
Views: 2386

Yeah, I think I agree with you on that. Prob is that in the UK there are no suppliers that will guarantee a 160Gb Nidec Samsung :( :(
by luminous
Tue Jan 11, 2005 9:23 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: My 120Gb Seagate 7200.7 is whinning like hell :(
Replies: 7
Views: 2386

My 120Gb Seagate 7200.7 is whinning like hell :(

We all know that the seeks on the 7200.7 are very audible. We also found out that they suffer from a reset noise, some more than others. But the reason that some of us were prepared to put up with them is that they had no idle whine. Well, now mine does :( In fact it is sitting inside and enclosure ...
by luminous
Wed Jan 05, 2005 12:26 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Got My Passive Gigabyte Geforce 6800 NU - WOW & WOOPS!
Replies: 57
Views: 30247

Woohoo!! Just got my Gigabyte 6800. Christmas cash comes in nice :) My usual luck continued, as soon as the card was taken out of the box one of the screws holding the heatsink fell out. Found it in the end, and it went back in OK :) Initially I plugged it into a molex coming from my fan controller ...
by luminous
Wed Jan 05, 2005 3:16 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Dell Fan Replacement
Replies: 5
Views: 1956

I've had the same problem with our Dell Dimension PC. It had a fan that became unbearably noisy (we should have grumbled sooner and got a warranty replacement). I too contacted them about a replacement, be glad you are in the US. They quoted £40 plus tax + shipping, nice...... You are right about th...
by luminous
Mon Jan 03, 2005 10:12 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate 7200.8 in stock in the UK
Replies: 12
Views: 3739

It is nice to be able to choose what AAM mode you want to use. That way each person can set it to their own liking.
by luminous
Mon Jan 03, 2005 8:34 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate 7200.8 in stock in the UK
Replies: 12
Views: 3739

Thank you for the summarising all that info. I was not aware about the periodic HDD seeks. I was hoping that was something that would not have come back to haunt us. I'm going to have to think very carefully about what I buy next. I know this may sound daft, but out of all the drives that I have, my...
by luminous
Sat Jan 01, 2005 10:46 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec Phantom Troubles
Replies: 19
Views: 6097

Glad to hear that you have found the cause of your fault. Sinc the card is so new you may be able to claim under warranty. If you have modded the card with that heatsink (I think some came with it) then you may have a harder time, but it is still worth a try.
by luminous
Sat Jan 01, 2005 4:59 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec Phantom Troubles
Replies: 19
Views: 6097

From the symptoms that you describe I would suspect the GFX card is at fault. The best way to check this would be to use a different PSU and see if the problems are still present. It is not too unusual for the whole machine to crach out when it is a faulty GFX card. The fact that you have to use the...
by luminous
Wed Dec 22, 2004 4:18 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate 7200.8 in stock in the UK
Replies: 12
Views: 3739

Thanks for those links. I'm watching the prices of these drives closely. Hopefully soon there will be more feedback about these drives. Hopefully, they may even be a review here at SPCR, but I expect that may take some time :(
by luminous
Wed Dec 15, 2004 2:05 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec Phantom Troubles
Replies: 19
Views: 6097

Mmmm, I must confess that I have connected a floppy power cable the wrong way round several times. It has never stopped my machine from booting though. I just get into windows and wonder why the hell it won't find my floppy drive. Then, slowly, the realisation of my stupidity dawns :) Glad to hear t...
by luminous
Tue Dec 14, 2004 3:50 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate 7200.8 in stock in the UK
Replies: 12
Views: 3739

Seagate 7200.8 in stock in the UK

I just spotted them at www.scan.co.uk at the bottom here Please note that I am not advocating that you purchase form here. This retailer used to have a very bad rep, although more recent reports have been favourable. Previous problems were over a difficult returns process. Please do your own researc...
by luminous
Tue Dec 14, 2004 5:35 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: I'm thinking of getting a DiamondMax Plus10 300GB - madness?
Replies: 44
Views: 17673

Sounds like something we have come across before. Supposdely similar products that have different noise characteristics. If the 200Gb models are OK then that is not too bad. I think I would prefer to get just one drive, but I'll hang on a little longer now that the 7200.8s are actually being shipped...
by luminous
Wed Dec 08, 2004 12:33 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate answers about 7200.8
Replies: 42
Views: 29238

Go for it, you know you want to :)
by luminous
Thu Dec 02, 2004 2:51 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 7200.8 AAM?
Replies: 3
Views: 1894

I had heard a report on storage review that there was no AAM on the 7200.8 from a chap who had got his just recently. It does sound like he did not really know what he was talking about in terms of SPCR.....we hope!! :)
by luminous
Thu Dec 02, 2004 2:09 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Props to Samsung Customer Service
Replies: 17
Views: 5024

Yeah, I emailed Dabs and about cherry picking Nidecs and they did not even bother to respond. I guess that means they are not interested in my cash....
by luminous
Thu Dec 02, 2004 8:14 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Props to Samsung Customer Service
Replies: 17
Views: 5024

Nice the hear that you got good support :)

I wonder if I ask them nicely they will send Nidecs to me. I cannot seem to find any in the UK atm.