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by DanceMan
Thu Jun 18, 2009 8:26 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Final proposal for budget quietness (revised)
Replies: 29
Views: 4123

Another vote confirming your 3.5" hdd choice. You can still suspend it. It doesn't have to be horizontal. You can hang it vertically, enabling a placement in the 3.5" drive space in the bottom front.
by DanceMan
Sun May 31, 2009 10:23 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus M4A78-HTPC/RC: A Complete HTPC Solution?
Replies: 11
Views: 5519

That bios, with its limited ability to overclock or undervolt is one of the reasons I buy Gigabyte boards.

Are you listening, Asus?
by DanceMan
Sun May 31, 2009 10:18 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Silent PC in an ancient case: a blast from the past!
Replies: 5
Views: 3732

and I'm going to mod a 40mm fan to run as slowly as possible, to the point where it's barely capable of spinning up A different way to do it: the fan does not have to be right on top of that heatsink, so why not a slow 80mm sitting above it. You could mount it with a rear slot plate a la Mike Chin'...
by DanceMan
Tue May 19, 2009 6:16 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPC / Media Center. CPU / Video Estimates. Help! :-)
Replies: 12
Views: 3700

Standby is either hosed or I'm doing something wrong I should have been clearer, and I should not have used the word Standby. The 3 watt figure is the power draw when the computer is off, the residual used by the motherboard waiting for a signal to turn on, not in either Hibernate or Standby. The b...
by DanceMan
Sun May 17, 2009 4:43 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice Needed for Two New PCs
Replies: 15
Views: 3073

For Mum's computer: Have one here built with a single core Atom DTX motherboard. Has only one fan (psu), draws 39 watts on idle, and on surfing and downloading simultaneously. What on earth would she do with an E8400? An overclocked E1200 (dead easy and would still be quiet with the default hsf) wou...
by DanceMan
Sat May 16, 2009 6:32 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPC / Media Center. CPU / Video Estimates. Help! :-)
Replies: 12
Views: 3700

NVidia support seemed better (from skimming the forums), perhaps I'd be better with one of those integrated? I just liked the sound of the 780g. I chose an Nvidia 8200 chipset board because of the audio issues noted by Bert, as reported by Anandtech in a test of the integrated video chipsets. I can...
by DanceMan
Sat May 16, 2009 6:14 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Experienced PicoPSUers: Which PicoPSU/Power Brick?
Replies: 17
Views: 5768

The only issue may be the start-up load of the 4HDDs
I'd be careful about this with a pico-psu. All the wattage figures we're bandying about for idle or load do not consider motor starting load. Add in the fan and that's five.
by DanceMan
Sun May 03, 2009 8:58 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building a NAS: CPU & Fan advice
Replies: 15
Views: 3974

When considering the energy usage between your two choices, you need to look at both the cpu and the motherboard chipset. As an example, I just built a computer using an Atom cpu and the Intel 945 chipset. An A64 2000+ and a 780G (test between the two at Tom's, I believe) uses a watt or two less wit...
by DanceMan
Thu Apr 23, 2009 1:10 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: System dead? Your opinion please!
Replies: 18
Views: 3489

In my experience bad boards and bad cpus will boot (start the psu, fans run, but no display) but will not shut down from the power on button and have to be stopped by the switch on the psu. I've read that when trying to guess whether it's the cpu or motherboard, look at the leds on the keyboard. If ...
by DanceMan
Fri Apr 17, 2009 4:10 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Any feedback on WD GP 1T 8Mb WD10EAVS ?
Replies: 0
Views: 1508

Any feedback on WD GP 1T 8Mb WD10EAVS ?

Thinking of buying one of these and looking for feedback from anyone using one. Note this is the cheaper 8Mb cache version, not the 32Mb cache version. I'm mostly curious about the impact of the smaller cache.
by DanceMan
Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:24 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Which of these materials should I use to Suspend HDDs?
Replies: 14
Views: 3441

I get round elastic cord at a fabric shop. You must have one of those where you live.
by DanceMan
Sun Mar 15, 2009 3:13 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: phenom II AM2+ vs AM3?
Replies: 26
Views: 11845

Phenom II X3 720

There are reports of people enabling the fourth core on some of these. Worth checking out.
by DanceMan
Mon Feb 02, 2009 3:00 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: How to build a LOUD comput0r
Replies: 30
Views: 7007

Make use of this opportunity to ask for donations. A few SPCR members must have old kit around around that's too noisy to use but that they can't bring themselves to throw out.

Forget all the tech details. I want to hear the back story on this one! :wink:
by DanceMan
Tue Dec 16, 2008 4:14 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Cable management... is electrical tape good?
Replies: 15
Views: 3892

Twist ties work well and they're easily changed when you have to move or add something. I've used pvc electrical tape to wrap the main cables from the psu. We use it a lot to bundle cables for touring shows because it leaves the least mess. Zip ties are overkill and a nuisance. Velcro is the most el...
by DanceMan
Fri Aug 15, 2008 10:44 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: fanless low-profile HDMI 3450 for HD, sounds great but...
Replies: 2
Views: 2648

Not that it would make much difference, but do you have the 256 or 512Mb version? I have the 256, not installed yet.
by DanceMan
Fri Jul 11, 2008 2:20 pm
Forum: SPCR Announcements
Topic: 2008 SPCR facility/equipment upgrades: hemi-anechoic chamber
Replies: 151
Views: 243241

The sound men I work with at the Orpheum routinely put rubber-backed carpet pads under mic stand bases for symphony or lectures to isolate them from vibration. Ditto for lecterns with mics mounted on them. Isolating the measurement mic stand in some fashion from the floor might well accomplish as mu...
by DanceMan
Mon May 12, 2008 8:57 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Asus M2N-VM and speedfan
Replies: 5
Views: 2333

The LAN problem is with the M2N. It appears to be a hardware problem with the Nvidia chipset, not an Asus problem, so the M2A with the Ati/AMD chipset should not be affected.

It's a shame. I was interested in the M2N because of Nvidia's better driver support for linux, OpenGL support for example.
by DanceMan
Sat May 10, 2008 7:23 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Asus M2N-VM and speedfan
Replies: 5
Views: 2333

Beware this board. The DVI version at least has a problem with the 100Mbit LAN. Gigabit lan is okay. The problem exists in both Win and Linux, so it's unlikely a bios or driver update will fix it. Ref: the product page at NCIX in one of the forum posts has a link to the Asus forum post on the subjec...
by DanceMan
Fri Apr 25, 2008 12:08 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Wrong way AMD mobo HSFs
Replies: 4
Views: 1730

Just read that review of the Biostar, written in ESL. He doesn't address the Achilles heel of the previous Nvidia 7050 integrated chipset, the defective 100Mbit LAN. It leaves me wondering if they've fixed it or not.
by DanceMan
Fri Apr 25, 2008 12:03 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Did heat kill your hardware?
Replies: 29
Views: 9983

In mucking about with old towers from yard sales, I've encountered a few with dead hard drives crammed tight below the floppy drive in the small 3.5 inch bay common in old cases. Had an IBM 390E notebook that I upgraded into oblivion. Put a PII 366 in place of the original 333, maxed the ram to 2x12...
by DanceMan
Wed Apr 16, 2008 7:01 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Yet another audiophile thread
Replies: 51
Views: 12575

To get back to the spirit of the OP: Rodrigues cartoon from long ago. A customer is standing in front of a tube amp in a stereo shop. The amp has a sign saying " 50 watts per channel, $1250." Customer asks the salesman, "That's nice, but do have anything with less power and a much higher price?" Reg...
by DanceMan
Thu Mar 20, 2008 11:13 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The Criminal Has His Gun Taken Away.
Replies: 30
Views: 5439

certainly do not want to turn over an ailing economy to dems.
The US economy was quite good under Clinton, and managed to balance the budget, which was in deficit under Reagan, deficit under Bush 1 and 2. But don't let reality interfere with your beliefs.
by DanceMan
Tue Feb 19, 2008 2:56 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Help! CPU stuck to Heatsink!
Replies: 12
Views: 3615

If using physical force scares you, you can drip some alcohol or lacquer thinner between the heatsink and cpu and wait a few minutes, then twist. Be careful with lacquer thinner (or the closely related acetone or nail polish remover). It will remove all paints and craze plastics.
by DanceMan
Wed Jan 30, 2008 1:43 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Celeron DUO E1200, now with Speedstep
Replies: 4
Views: 2520

Sorry -- don't have the equipment to measure that.
by DanceMan
Mon Jan 28, 2008 12:47 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Celeron DUO E1200, now with Speedstep
Replies: 4
Views: 2520

I bought one for my son. It's been booted loose with only the minimum connected. As best I could tell from the bios, the default voltage on auto settings on a Gigabyte GA P35 DSL3 board was 1.3V. I had it running at 3.0G at 1.2875V. It successfully ran 20 to 25 minutes of the cpu stress test and Mer...
by DanceMan
Thu Nov 01, 2007 10:40 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Gee, I've always wanted a Linux computer to play with...
Replies: 6
Views: 3131

Download the Ubuntu that was just released, burn it, and try it in your current computer -- just live off the cd. You may be surprised. I put the 3-releases ago version in two of my laptops and my daughter's desktop. In all cases, with no more user input than telling it which language and keyboard l...
by DanceMan
Fri Oct 26, 2007 7:29 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Anand needs a copy editor!
Replies: 19
Views: 4832

For one thing, to prevent the phrase "waiting with bated breath" from being written as "waiting with baited breath"! Pour les Canadiens suelement: Popular comedic parody of former Prime Minister Jean Chretien: "I yam waiting wit bait on my breath." He was often said to be malaprop in both official ...
by DanceMan
Thu Oct 18, 2007 1:57 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Are integrated graphics mobos more energy efficient?
Replies: 15
Views: 6387

Thank you! You're very welcome. These boards are under appreciated. Offtopic question to ATI 690G users - can you use VGA and TVout simultaneuosly? This appears unanswered question so far... I'd suggest trolling through the user posts on the product pages at NCIX and Newegg. They can be very helpfu...
by DanceMan
Thu Oct 18, 2007 10:48 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Linux Undervolting, any news?
Replies: 35
Views: 17760

Zed Lopez wrote:You might like to check out LessWatts.org, a site dedicated to tips for saving power in Linux.
LessWatts? Is that a subsidiary of BadEnglish.org? (Should be fewer) /pedant
by DanceMan
Thu Oct 18, 2007 9:56 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Are integrated graphics mobos more energy efficient?
Replies: 15
Views: 6387

Asus make a 6150 board with a TV out on a header, and I'm sure that would be S-video.

Asus M2NPV-VM

Until ATI do more than talk about improving their crap linux video drivers, I'd advise Nvidia.