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by StarfishChris
Fri May 19, 2006 2:29 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: Gromacs 2107 - disproportionately slow?
Replies: 4
Views: 3219

Gromacs 2107 - disproportionately slow?

I got a 2107 a few days ago and it's stupidly slow - only getting 40PPD and 3 more days to go :( Has anyone else had it yet? Is the processor type affecting the speed?
by StarfishChris
Tue Mar 28, 2006 4:08 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: limit F@H cpu use?
Replies: 3
Views: 2675

Stop the client if you're running it, then open a command prompt and navigate to the F@H dir. Run the main executable with the parameter '-configonly' (eg. FAH502-Console.exe -configonly ), re-configure (press Enter to use what's already there) and choose to change the advanced options - it's all in...
by StarfishChris
Mon Mar 27, 2006 2:51 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: "Stellar Realms" - online gaming, with a twist.
Replies: 396
Views: 186838

Okay, problem solved, they've made it a LOT faster now. If you want to play, sign up and tell us who you are - we're 2/3rds through but that's plenty of time to learn the ropes (tip: pick a race with high research %age)
by StarfishChris
Mon Mar 27, 2006 2:44 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Will Antec Sonata II (450W SP 2.0 PSU) suffice for my X2?
Replies: 10
Views: 3767

Immacolata wrote:ACAG? side panel lock? Front port wiring and led? What are you talking about? Why do I want to remove them? They are connected to the PSU?
They are parts of the Sonata case, not the PSU. (CAG = chassis air guide, to bring air from a vent in the side panel to the processor)
by StarfishChris
Mon Mar 27, 2006 1:57 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: "Stellar Realms" - online gaming, with a twist.
Replies: 396
Views: 186838

Your timing is terrible! Something went wrong last night - time has accelerated and it takes a long time to get a response. We're waiting for the admins to get back and sort it out.
by StarfishChris
Mon Mar 13, 2006 3:05 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: According to Anandtech, Conroe beats FX-60
Replies: 145
Views: 52284

~El~Jefe~ wrote:i had the BEST motherboard possible, p5a by asus. it had the most features and tech by far.

it was terrible too!
Au contraire - I had a PC Chips motherboard :!: with K6-II 500 and it ran surprisingly well with onboard sound and video. Low resolutions, sure, but it didn't crash every 5 minutes.
by StarfishChris
Mon Mar 13, 2006 2:57 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Apple iMac w/Intel Core Duo: A User's Review
Replies: 86
Views: 69963

Aesthetically, it's light years ahead of anything on the XP side of things; how they managed to fit all those components into such a slim format is an engineering marvel. More so than a laptop? The iMac is 17cm deep. A desktop LCD is around 5cm deep; a laptop is less than that, and that has both sc...
by StarfishChris
Sat Mar 11, 2006 3:18 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: mine is bigger then yours
Replies: 7
Views: 4606

It'll give you 404 credits, if it can find them, that is... ;)
by StarfishChris
Wed Mar 08, 2006 9:43 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Is your computer turned on 24 hours/day, 7 days/week?
Replies: 54
Views: 24842

jaganath wrote:
There is no magic device that switches off gadgets when they're not used.
Yes there is, it's called the 'off' button (switch off at the wall).
Please tell me where you get your switches. My lightbulbs stay on until I press the switch myself, instead of turning off when I leave the room.
by StarfishChris
Tue Mar 07, 2006 2:05 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Is your computer turned on 24 hours/day, 7 days/week?
Replies: 54
Views: 24842

Millions of homes leave their TV on standby, their VCR switched on to avoid the blinking 12:00, mobile phone chargers, and their computers plugged in and still drawing power. They leave lights on in vacant rooms and set their thermostat 2 degrees higher than necessary. None of this is useful and con...
by StarfishChris
Sun Mar 05, 2006 12:26 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Is your computer turned on 24 hours/day, 7 days/week?
Replies: 54
Views: 24842

I do it from time to time. I have stopped now as our electricity bill just doubled from the last one - not because of the computer (I had done it for several months in summer/autumn) but because everyone is keeping a beady eye on anything with an on/off switch!
by StarfishChris
Wed Mar 01, 2006 4:55 pm
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: Sig not working?
Replies: 11
Views: 5750

Ah, the beers will have to wait for a few months... virtual beers are fine though!
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by StarfishChris
Wed Mar 01, 2006 12:31 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: "Stellar Realms" - online gaming, with a twist.
Replies: 396
Views: 186838

I couldn't get it working again, even after wiping the forum. It seems like a server problem, since that was not the only thing to stop working - I suspect it's to do with writing files, as the Folding@Home sig generator is fine. (J-Koopa: you've got PM. I don't want to say anything in public becaus...
by StarfishChris
Tue Feb 28, 2006 4:48 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: "Stellar Realms" - online gaming, with a twist.
Replies: 396
Views: 186838

I am taking this round easy, as it is in the run-up to my A-level exams/coursework as well as going on holiday during the Easter break... hopefully we can get together and do something next round. Good luck to everyone else!
by StarfishChris
Wed Feb 22, 2006 4:30 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Specs For A Friend's PC
Replies: 10
Views: 3242

2GB is a lot unless she does video or high-res image work. (Incidentally, Intel does well with video encoding, but an AMD can stay consistently quiet throughout the whole process!)
by StarfishChris
Sun Feb 12, 2006 4:27 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: SL12 500 or 600?
Replies: 17
Views: 4923

TomZ wrote:
Could you post those graphs on this thread, so we can see ourselves what Seasonic claims?
I'd be happy to, but I'm not sure how. The document is a PDF. Can someone make a suggestion?
Take a screenshot and upload the picture via Imageshack.
by StarfishChris
Sat Feb 11, 2006 3:54 pm
Forum: User Reviews
Topic: Six 120mm fans: a brief sound/noise comparison at 12V
Replies: 27
Views: 28784

If he's right, then the much-cherished and seriously overpriced Nexus loses out to the $8 GW. Such a conclusion is, I suspect, unwelcome in this forum (to understate the matter!). We're not zealots (well, not many of us anyway ;)). Brand loyalty takes a back seat to the greater goal of silencing. F...
by StarfishChris
Thu Feb 09, 2006 4:34 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic S12 430w or 500w
Replies: 17
Views: 4630

Re: 600W is Quieter Than 500W

I think the 500W and 600W supplies have been upgraded since the SPCR review. I read elsewhere that they have improved fan controllers that make the supplies quieter than the 430W. Can you give us a link? It would be interesting to see what (if?) they changed anything. For example, Intel's reference...
by StarfishChris
Thu Feb 09, 2006 2:48 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: Who else misses QMDs
Replies: 2
Views: 2330

QMDs didn't do much for me. However, Double Gromacs seem to give me the most PPD. Now if only the other machines were on more than 5 hours a day... :twisted:
by StarfishChris
Mon Feb 06, 2006 5:29 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Mounting Harddrives at odd angles
Replies: 133
Views: 268775

I had my old Maxtor drive (~'01) running upside down for a few years and it has survived to this day. However 180° is an even angle rather than an odd angle ;)
by StarfishChris
Sun Feb 05, 2006 5:36 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: I want a QUIET 500watt power supply - I think
Replies: 15
Views: 3687

boe wrote:
AZBrandon wrote:Typically it draws 160-165 watts from the wall while gaming, and 100 watts at idle.
Sorry for the newbie question - but how do I find out what my system is using?
You need a power meter (for example the Kill-a-Watt or Power Angel) or make your own.
by StarfishChris
Sat Feb 04, 2006 2:37 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Done with s-12 500w plus dfi what now?
Replies: 6
Views: 1934

I'm thinking 380w in case you goes SLI. Your current system would be more than adequately served by a 300w PS (unless you're watercooling with insane overclocks).
by StarfishChris
Mon Jan 30, 2006 8:16 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Is your P150 HDD suspension rubber band OK?
Replies: 99
Views: 76362

There seems to be no end to the misery with the P150. First, it is power supply compatability and defects. Next, broken seals on the power supplies. Now the drive suspension elastic breaks. Is there anything left to go wrong? Only if the case's resonant frequency is 120Hz. You'll have to use Raptor...
by StarfishChris
Sun Jan 29, 2006 3:51 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Taming the bright lights of fan controllers
Replies: 14
Views: 4370

Cpemma, is that necessary? You're saying to place a resistor on the cut lead? I'm not very handy with soldering. I know that, when I snipped some fan wires, placing a piece of electric tape on the cut lead seemed to work fine. Electric tape has too much resistance, the LED will be barely on. ;) (He...
by StarfishChris
Fri Jan 27, 2006 10:05 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Graphics Card Thermal Power Dissipation
Replies: 14
Views: 4802

scorp wrote:If you underclock it you can also undervolt it :) ... and that will definitely keep it a lot cooler and silent.
AFAIK the only way to undervolt a GPU is with a hardware mod. No programs nor BIOS give you that option.
by StarfishChris
Fri Jan 27, 2006 9:08 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Graphics Card Thermal Power Dissipation
Replies: 14
Views: 4802

Or even cheaper, underclock your GPU with ATI Tool / ATI Tray Tools. My x700 is set to 90/80 mHz in 2D mode, as a result I can run the fan at only 10%. (And it's a pathetic tiny HSF too!)
by StarfishChris
Fri Jan 27, 2006 8:51 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: "Stellar Realms" - online gaming, with a twist.
Replies: 396
Views: 186838

For the forum, yes (SR itself still has places AFAIK). Send me a PM with your username/email and I'll create an account.
by StarfishChris
Thu Jan 26, 2006 4:57 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: New Arctic-Cooling GPU coolers: Accelero X1 & X2
Replies: 51
Views: 16133

oscar3d wrote:Arctic Rep clothing blows into the lava river and ignites. Suddenly the Rep bursts into flames and starts SCREAMING.
Oh, come on, it can't be worse than the stock cooler? :lol:
by StarfishChris
Thu Jan 26, 2006 2:30 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Is there a freaking fanless heatsink for high end cards?
Replies: 47
Views: 22666

See: Thermaltake Schooner Think to yourself - how beneficial is that, exactly? There are no fans outside the case, convection cooling has a very limited effect. Bigger internal heatsinks would be more useful. but there is fresh air outside instead of hot air inside. At least the hot air inside is m...
by StarfishChris
Thu Jan 26, 2006 1:24 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Is there a freaking fanless heatsink for high end cards?
Replies: 47
Views: 22666

here is a fanless idea, heatpipes go though the PCI slots and there will be some fins out side of the case. Its simple but I’m sure it would work. Only down side would be that some might not like the idea of having a big heatsink hanging outside of the case for safety reasons. See: Thermaltake Scho...