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by BrianE
Wed Jul 28, 2010 3:38 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Is it me or have things slowed down considerably?
Replies: 44
Views: 22815

It's stupid easy to silence computer these days. Very true. When I started on this forum Panaflo fans were state of the art (you had purchase more than you needed and cherry pick the quiet ones). PSU's were a nightmare, cases were horrible, and disk drives made all kinds of high pitched and seek no...
by BrianE
Thu Jul 22, 2010 8:37 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Two HD5850 cards for sale.
Replies: 6
Views: 1823

Thanks, money sent for one of these. 8)
by BrianE
Thu Jul 22, 2010 5:29 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Two HD5850 cards for sale.
Replies: 6
Views: 1823

You've got mail. :)
by BrianE
Wed May 30, 2007 4:32 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Where are the whales?
Replies: 5
Views: 1832

Let me know so I can buy some stock in their company - that's the ticket laddie! :lol:
by BrianE
Wed May 30, 2007 4:28 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: K8 Processor Upgrade; San Diego Vs. Opetron
Replies: 10
Views: 2436

I would also suggest to at least attempt to overclock your existing CPU first. It's not like chips that come from the factory at a higher clock speed are going to be any cooler, provided you don't need to increase the voltage much if at all. At least that way it will be a free upgrade and will tide ...
by BrianE
Mon May 28, 2007 5:01 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: fan to a ninja ?
Replies: 13
Views: 4325

Well I think there is supposed to be at least one CnQ option (enable/disable) in the BIOS someplace, but I remember reading somewhere that you need the motherboard to support it, and also you need to get a separate Windows driver to make it work.... Can someone else put a word on this issue here? I ...
by BrianE
Sun May 27, 2007 2:39 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: fan to a ninja ?
Replies: 13
Views: 4325

seems the temp is like 38-40 after some hour's. is that ok or ? Is that under load or idle? Under load I wouldn't worry unless it went over 55-ish, but that seems reasonable for idle anyway. It's been a while since I've had to download CnQ drivers.... doesn't AMD have XP drivers on their site? I re...
by BrianE
Sun May 27, 2007 2:29 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet & Reliable system I hope
Replies: 5
Views: 1991

Hello and welcome yukonam ! Sparkle PSU's, well...can be good and bad sometimes...you may want to look into a more reputable name...sure there are some good reviews, but price shouldn't be something to base a buy on unless its practically a steal for the technology. As far as I know, Sparkle = FSP/F...
by BrianE
Sun May 27, 2007 1:57 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Video card mod - with a question
Replies: 11
Views: 3215

I have a Glacialtech 2 ball bearing 80mm fan (green/yellow package). It's rated at 1700rpm and when I was playing around with it last week I thought it was pretty nice sounding.

EDIT: Whoops, I just noticed you'd like it to be a bit faster....
by BrianE
Tue May 22, 2007 8:26 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: SPCR's Fan Roundup #4: 120mm Fans II
Replies: 49
Views: 38103

Good review. Interesting reading about the Fander.... the article says it is made by Xinruilian, a company I hardly ever come across. I have two 80mm sleeve bearing fans made by Xinruilian (they actually say "Xinruilian" on them), one I bought used from a junk pile (presumably a case fan) and the ot...
by BrianE
Tue May 22, 2007 7:49 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Video card mod - with a question
Replies: 11
Views: 3215

If you want to find out if it is the video card PWM control causing extra fan noise or not, leave it mounted the way it is and plug it into a real voltage controller of some kind. If the noise goes away you have your answer, and should either try a different fan (that plays nice with PWM) or just sw...
by BrianE
Tue May 22, 2007 7:41 pm
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: Crappy signature limitations
Replies: 15
Views: 6656

I agree with Mr Evil.... if anything I find limits on signatures to be a good thing since they can become pretty obnoxious and take up a lot of space. It gets so bad at some places that the message text takes a back seat visually to the signature and while I like the look of a good signature as much...
by BrianE
Tue May 22, 2007 4:57 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Looking for a very quiet 100mm fan
Replies: 7
Views: 4522

I hope no one minds if I bump this older thread, but I didn't want to create a new one to mention this... Recently built a ducted Opteron system for my brother and like the OP, I also used a Coolermaster Hyper 6+ (it was super cheap so I had it lying around). I also didn't realize that it used the o...
by BrianE
Sun May 20, 2007 11:17 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: hack to fool an RPM sensor?
Replies: 12
Views: 5832

I don't suppose you could turn off or disable that fan header in the BIOS? Then you could run the fan off a 4-pin connector. (I know, that's probably too easy...) I did a quick search but not much came up. A company once sold a gadget to double the RPM signal, but they're out of business now.... You...
by BrianE
Sun May 20, 2007 10:55 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: A vernier adjustment for the Sunbeam Rheostat
Replies: 1
Views: 1301

Neat. 8)

When I read the thread title I thought you had somehow grafted in one of those double superimposed dials that you find on oscilloscopes.... too bad that kind of thing isn't a readily available part.
by BrianE
Thu May 17, 2007 4:16 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: networking confusion
Replies: 10
Views: 3917

Hi there, you may want to take a look at this page: http://compnetworking.about.com/od/wirelesssecurity/tp/wifisecurity.htm (I just found this through a quick search - someone else can recommend another page if its better reading.) You probably don't have to do everything it says, but it is all good...
by BrianE
Tue May 15, 2007 4:34 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What was your first computer?
Replies: 65
Views: 24710

Commodore 64 here too. I was actually my father's computer. He got a second floppy drive unit for it and one of those Fast Load cartidges which he modded with a reset button... cool stuff. I had some great times with that computer and my friend had one as well. I fire up CCS64 emulator once in a blu...
by BrianE
Tue May 15, 2007 4:19 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Advice for backing up multi-OS home network?
Replies: 18
Views: 6523

Hi everyone, I forgot to mention that I briefly looked into Openfiler already (Wikipedia links ;)) but I wasn't too thrilled about its higher system requirements (500mHz, 1-4GB for the OS). It would require me to use one of the newer machines I have as the server rather than just recycling a really ...
by BrianE
Mon May 14, 2007 10:59 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Advice for backing up multi-OS home network?
Replies: 18
Views: 6523

Hmm, I went to double check and actually this MB does have USB.... 1.x [sarcasm]Yay.[/sarcasm] :lol: The problem is that the hardware won't be able to do any sort of LBA. My experience with my P120 is that it simply can't deal with any hard drive bigger than 2gigs in size, period. Linux or Windows, ...
by BrianE
Mon May 14, 2007 12:37 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Advice for backing up multi-OS home network?
Replies: 18
Views: 6523

Be aware that your Pentium 166 computer will need an expansion card in order to deal with a 320gig hard drive. The on board IDE controller most likely lacks LBA capability entirely, and certainly lacks double-pump LBA capability. If there's any USB at all, it will be the entirely too slow USB 1 sta...
by BrianE
Sun May 13, 2007 10:05 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Advice for backing up multi-OS home network?
Replies: 18
Views: 6523

Thanks for all the replies. Just to clarify, the purpose of this drive is just to backup valuable data and various media files, rather than whole drive/OS images. I'd also like to keep any additional costs minimal if possible. ;) No, no Unicode characters used so that's okay. After looking into the ...
by BrianE
Fri May 11, 2007 1:04 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Advice for backing up multi-OS home network?
Replies: 18
Views: 6523

Advice for backing up multi-OS home network?

I've got a bit of a dilemma here. I have ready to go a new 320GB hard drive and a USB external enclosure for it, which I bought because I want to backup the files off one of the computers at home. Then I decided it would probably be a good idea to make it a backup repository for all the computers we...
by BrianE
Thu Apr 26, 2007 10:47 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Portugal's abortion referendum...
Replies: 85
Views: 29453

As much as I really hate wading into sticky, thorny topics such as this (and I did NOT read it all), it has been resurrected, so I may as well comment. :P Perhaps it's not religion that's the problem but the same problem with or without religion - The twisted mind. The problem with that, even if tru...
by BrianE
Sat Apr 21, 2007 10:11 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Time to help the fanless Zen?
Replies: 14
Views: 3937

IsaacKuo wrote: In practice, the stack effect is very weak for something like a computer. Nevertheless, it's possible to fanlessly cool a computer using a negative pressure stack effect case.
I might have missed something at some point, but did you finally get that "chimney" project to work?

(Sorry for the OT.)
by BrianE
Sat Apr 21, 2007 10:03 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Do you find yourself replying less and less in the forums?
Replies: 14
Views: 4358

Yes, I find myself doing the same thing recently. I didn't join that long ago compared to some of the members here, but most of my post count was accumulated early on. I lurk more than anything else these days just to keep up on new developments and products, but once in a while feel I need to reply...
by BrianE
Sat Apr 21, 2007 9:51 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: incandescent light bulb ban in ontario...
Replies: 80
Views: 29861

I need to find out if I can take them back to where I bought them at least. Vancouver city itself has no recycling option for CFLs, their phone hotline person just told me I could dump them in the garbage. Mike, please let us know if you find out what to do with these things. I share your sentiment...
by BrianE
Sat Apr 21, 2007 9:31 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Internet connect speeds - Crappier than ever.
Replies: 14
Views: 4595

You don't have any other options available? I'd definitely look into DSL, to add the lower speed services (such as 768/128) onto an existing phone plan is usually only $15-25/month. I would also look into this. Call your land line phone provider and ask about bundle options for DSL service. Either ...
by BrianE
Sat Apr 21, 2007 8:51 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Scythe Ninja vs. TT Fanless 103
Replies: 6
Views: 3168

You should probably go with the Ninja unless appearance or some specific plan of yours is a factor. People have used the Tt 103 in the past when there were few other choices for large, potentially passive-running heat pipe coolers. It is a design several years old now, and doesn't offer as many cool...
by BrianE
Sat Apr 21, 2007 8:41 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: A review of the Thermaltake MaxOrb at Xbit
Replies: 2
Views: 1966

Wow, I am amazed that they crammed six heat pipes on that thing! :shock:

Not bad for something relatively low profile.
by BrianE
Sat Apr 21, 2007 8:05 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Need advice on PC-parts-List
Replies: 3
Views: 2122

Hi, a (belated) welcome to SPCR! I don't see anything wrong with the parts selected, but the case choices might be an issue. I have taken some serious looks at the Silverstone TJ05 cases and while I really love its appearance and features, I have a tough time giving it the okay (I ended up not buyin...