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by geekbanter
Fri Jun 29, 2007 3:52 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: NB47J Self Destruct, or The Incredible Shrinking Pushpins
Replies: 11
Views: 3248

I've been there too, only I ended up with a dead motherboard :cry:

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by geekbanter
Tue Jan 30, 2007 10:48 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Anyone think that DirectX10 will be hacked to work on XP?
Replies: 1
Views: 1685

I have heard some rumors that the developers of WINE (windows emulator for other OSs, and don't gimme that Wine Is Not an Emulator guff :) ) might create a compatability layer that would allow DirectX 10 games to work on Windows XP. I don't know how that would be done, or if it would be done, but it...
by geekbanter
Sat Jan 13, 2007 2:38 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Finally, a quiet SATA drive...I mean really quiet.
Replies: 49
Views: 41566

I was going to get the 400GB version at the egg for $109 (great price!) but my laptop HD gave out and I ended up getting a SAMSUNG Spinpoint M Series HM120JC 120GB notebook HD for $82. I'm quite happy with it; it is definitely quieter than my previous Hitachi 30GB, and no constant head setting! Mayb...
by geekbanter
Wed Jan 03, 2007 4:24 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: nForce4 Chipset Fan Replacement Thread
Replies: 236
Views: 213387

I have a huge complaint against the NB47J :evil: This last summer we had a heat wave go through and my room was getting up to 85-90F. The NB47J was performing fine (mid 50-low 60C) on my Epox 9NPA+ Ultra. I came home to find my computer locked up, thinking nothing of it I rebooted and it ran fine un...
by geekbanter
Wed Sep 13, 2006 11:50 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Dell Dimension Fan Replacement
Replies: 9
Views: 13177

Same problem with the same computer here about 4 months back. I got a 92mm Yate loon (low speed) to replace the old fan. (Boo proprietary plugs!:evil:). I powered the fan by using one of those nifty little fan plugs I got with my vf700 (molex plug with 2-12V and 2-5V fan headers, use the 12V headers...
by geekbanter
Mon Aug 21, 2006 6:50 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: A8N-SLI Premium and USB keyboard Issue
Replies: 1
Views: 1162

A8N-SLI Premium and USB keyboard Issue

The problem I am having with my new A8n-SLI premium motherboard is that intermittently my USB keyboard (Saitek Eclipse) will not work at bootup, thus not allowing me to enter BIOS or change menu selections in my boot loader. I have USB legacy support enabled in the BIOS (1009) and I haven't been abl...
by geekbanter
Sun Jul 02, 2006 11:35 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: URGENT!! Is my Mobo Dead!?
Replies: 10
Views: 2340

I went ahead and remounted the original northbridge heatsink. I cleaned it up, popped it on, plugged it in, and it said "44". I couldn't find any burn spots or defects on the motherboard :? <snif-snif> I guess its dead :cry: Anyways, I been looking at motherboard to buy this fall when i retun from v...
by geekbanter
Sun Jul 02, 2006 5:46 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: URGENT!! Is my Mobo Dead!?
Replies: 10
Views: 2340

Something I forgot to mention is that my 47J previously used to reach up around 60-64C, but after remounting it would only reach mid to low 50sC. You could always try thermal adhesive, after all it's not as if you will ever want to run the northbridge without a heatsink. You could try a process of ...
by geekbanter
Sun Jul 02, 2006 5:40 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: URGENT!! Is my Mobo Dead!?
Replies: 10
Views: 2340

Hmmmm, I had my zalman NB47J hanging too. Luckily my case had a window, but now it doesn't. Is there any other way of attaching it? The plastic thingy seems to have lost its "tension/spring" <snif-snif> I smell a defective product. On my next MB I will get an HR-05. You do need the spring. I dunno ...
by geekbanter
Sun Jul 02, 2006 5:04 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: URGENT!! Is my Mobo Dead!?
Replies: 10
Views: 2340

erm, not too sure I've ever heard about a freezing spray. Something I forgot to mention is that my 47J previously used to reach up around 60-64C, but after remounting it would only reach mid to low 50sC. The springs on the push pins from the original heatink aren't as strong as the the ones from the...
by geekbanter
Sun Jul 02, 2006 3:23 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: URGENT!! Is my Mobo Dead!?
Replies: 10
Views: 2340

URGENT!! Is my Mobo Dead!?

Last week be had a heat wave here in Seattle (yeah I know) and I ran into some instability on my computer. I popped the lid to find one of the plastic pegs that attaches my NB47J to my motherboard had broken and the HS was dangling precariously.:shock: I reattached the 47J using the plastic pegs fro...
by geekbanter
Sat May 20, 2006 12:38 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Problem with fan swap on old generic PSU
Replies: 5
Views: 1626

I went running off to my box of assorted parts, "goodie goodie goodie!" I was sure I had a variable resistor, except I haven't the foggiest idea where my box of parts is. :? I guess I'll have to buy one online, since I'm pretty sure my local Radio Shack has been turned into basically a cell provider...
by geekbanter
Fri May 19, 2006 9:29 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Problem with fan swap on old generic PSU
Replies: 5
Views: 1626

Problem with fan swap on old generic PSU

I busy rebuilding one of my older machines for my grandfather to play flight sims on. The system has an old 300-400W PSU and the fan (80mm) had a worn bearing. I opened the PSU case for two reasons 1) to replace the fan, and 2) cut a hole for a duct that will suck air through the Thermaltake SilentB...
by geekbanter
Thu Mar 09, 2006 9:33 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building advice requested: Linux, Athlon X2 3800+, ECC, 2D
Replies: 34
Views: 10177

Egg-crate foam doesn't absorb sound very well. Meh, neither does acoustic absorbing foam. I got some acousticpack and put it in my case, didn't really make a difference in noise or sound quality, it just cut down my airflow. So I pulled it out and used some thin 2mm stuff and made a muffler for my ...
by geekbanter
Thu Mar 09, 2006 8:00 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building advice requested: Linux, Athlon X2 3800+, ECC, 2D
Replies: 34
Views: 10177

Alright, Mprime help it is. I'll be using the smprime (statically linked version) since I'm familiar with it. The static version can be run similarly to a regular exe in Windows. Mprime 1. Copy the sprime2414.tar.gz into a folder (ex. /home/*user*/prime95/) 2. In the File Manager, Right-click the fi...
by geekbanter
Thu Mar 09, 2006 4:06 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building advice requested: Linux, Athlon X2 3800+, ECC, 2D
Replies: 34
Views: 10177

I admit I haven't checked this fact recently, but I was under the impression that all socket 939 boards would support X2 processors although some mainboards may need an updated BIOS first. So an NForce 3 could support an X2, no? I dunno, I was under the impression that nf4 boards would need a bios ...
by geekbanter
Thu Mar 09, 2006 11:44 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building advice requested: Linux, Athlon X2 3800+, ECC, 2D
Replies: 34
Views: 10177

So what? People like us who don't do computer gaming simply don't upgrade our video cards. There's no point. And I find that phased out technology tends to create a LOT of really cheap quality used equipment. Epaminondas is going to be using an AMD X2 processor, this rules out any nforce3 boards, a...
by geekbanter
Wed Mar 08, 2006 8:04 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building advice requested: Linux, Athlon X2 3800+, ECC, 2D
Replies: 34
Views: 10177

I think its a bad idea to get a board that has an AGP slot (unless its an asrock dual sata II w/pcie) now that agp is slowly being phased out in favor of PCIe. The low end nvidia cards utilizing turbo cache will be more than enough since Epaminondas likely won't be running high-end games (please cor...
by geekbanter
Wed Mar 08, 2006 6:17 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building advice requested: Linux, Athlon X2 3800+, ECC, 2D
Replies: 34
Views: 10177

(1) Arctic Silver 5 vs. Arctic Silver Ceramique. I'll be buying the smaller volume since I only expect to put one computer together every four years or so, and the smaller volume is still probably more than I need for multiple applications. I note that there is only about a dollar's difference betw...
by geekbanter
Mon Mar 06, 2006 1:00 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Sonata rubber grommets...useful?
Replies: 13
Views: 3422

I dunno, you temps seem a bit too high for me, I would expect that from an FX or X2 processor, but I would expect your idle to be upper 30s and max at 50-55C. Have you tried undervolting, even just lowering the voltage by -.1 volts can mean 2-5C difference. Threads here, here, and here show others w...
by geekbanter
Mon Mar 06, 2006 12:33 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building advice requested: Linux, Athlon X2 3800+, ECC, 2D
Replies: 34
Views: 10177

I will probably end up buying the SLK3000B. Sounds like a good idea to me. I have been thinking more towards undervolting than towards overclocking, but I am beginning to get tempted - it might be fun to have the flexibility to be able to learn a bit about both (though perhaps not at the same time)...
by geekbanter
Sun Mar 05, 2006 1:48 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Sonata rubber grommets...useful?
Replies: 13
Views: 3422

are you sure? the fans i have are: -dual-fans for the power-supply (Antec SmartPower 2.0 450W) -120mm read fan (stock Antec fan included with the case) -92mm CPU fan (ThermalTake CL-P0200) i really think the CPU temp rarely go over 60 degrees (Celcius) even with the ACAG. The best way to see if the...
by geekbanter
Sat Mar 04, 2006 5:57 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Sonata rubber grommets...useful?
Replies: 13
Views: 3422

geekbanter: I apologize - I was going by case photos, since I don't have a Sonata. In my drive cage, suspending the drive by elastic cord resulted in the drive barely clearing cage sides. I would have to foam-snub the drive anyway. No slight intended toward either yourself or your case! lol don't w...
by geekbanter
Sat Mar 04, 2006 12:36 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Sonata rubber grommets...useful?
Replies: 13
Views: 3422

The sonata drive cage is similar to mine (I-Star Nitro AX). The width of the drive cage is too narrow for effective elastic cord suspension. The drive cage is wide enough for suspension, so long as you use elastic band. Click my sig, I have a drive suspended using elastic band in the sonata. On my ...
by geekbanter
Sat Mar 04, 2006 12:27 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building advice requested: Linux, Athlon X2 3800+, ECC, 2D
Replies: 34
Views: 10177

Thanks for the motherboard suggestions - much appreciated - I am lookin' and thinkin' about what might be the best fit for my needs and giving the user reviews on Newegg a close gander. I note that most of the suggested motherboards have chipset heat-sink fans. Question - how difficult is it to rep...
by geekbanter
Sat Mar 04, 2006 1:09 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building advice requested: Linux, Athlon X2 3800+, ECC, 2D
Replies: 34
Views: 10177

SLI. The SLI board is not for the SLI - agreed, I do not need SLI at all - it is for the zillion other features currently stuffed into SLI boards. I do lose a PCI slot that way, but with all the features built-in on board, I do not anticipate ever needing much in the way of add-on cards, anyway. Nf...
by geekbanter
Thu Mar 02, 2006 11:53 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec power switch mod
Replies: 3
Views: 1341

I saw a product once - looks like two strips of putty. You knead them together, and after some time they harden. Not sure what that product is called, but I think they might work better than what I did. You might be thinking of JB Weld. It comes in two tubes, one has tan goop, the other gray (I thi...
by geekbanter
Thu Mar 02, 2006 11:47 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building advice requested: Linux, Athlon X2 3800+, ECC, 2D
Replies: 34
Views: 10177

I'm sure others can give you a better idea on what CPU to get, but I have some questions of my own. (1) Why an SLI board? It seems that 3d acceleration isn't important in this system so an SLI board wouldn't make a lot of sense. (2)There is a potential problem with boards using mcp chipsets. I know ...
by geekbanter
Thu Mar 02, 2006 1:29 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Sleeving power supply leads
Replies: 23
Views: 6751

This is the tool I used for ATX, 12v, pcie connectors; works fine. One thing I have seen where quite a few people run into problems with this tool is they use it like the female molex extractor. There is no pushing or "popping" the pin out. Just slide it in (it will only fit in one way) and then sl...
by geekbanter
Sat Feb 25, 2006 12:52 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Thermalright HR-05 chip(set) cooler
Replies: 46
Views: 17233

I'd like to see this in a show off with the NB47J. For ~$30US it had better decimate the zalman in cooling ability, after all the $5 zalman is quite capable at cooling NF4's passivley (if a little hot). Thermalright has some nice stuff, but the premium they want you to pay is too high IMO. Take the ...