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by jbw
Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: DNK-H Silvery: my small, quiet and powerful build.
Replies: 6
Views: 10370

Re: DNK-H Silvery: my small, quiet and powerful build.

Nice build! Very slick case and I like that it has the PSU built in.
by jbw
Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: ASRock DeskMini 110 Mini STX with i7-7700 (TINY!)
Replies: 2
Views: 8274

ASRock DeskMini 110 Mini STX with i7-7700 (TINY!)

I don't play 3D games. Once you dispense with the need for a dedicated graphics card, there's a world of tiny form factors at your disposal. My last PC was an Intel Haswell i5 NUC. It was decently fast for desktop use (still is), but it has a small laptop-style fan which gets very loud under load. E...
by jbw
Wed Mar 30, 2011 6:30 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: More heat over time?
Replies: 14
Views: 13781

Re: More heat over time?

+1 for going beyond just blowing dust out of the vents. I'd take the keyboard off and make sure you clear the entire cooling path. I had a Dell Latitude D600 that was overheating. After four years, a "wall" of dust had formed near the fan that was so thick that I thought it was a piece of foam rubbe...
by jbw
Mon Mar 28, 2011 7:29 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Help! My whole network seems capped at 1300 MTU
Replies: 5
Views: 4951

Re: Help! My whole network seems capped at 1300 MTU

The main issue is that in order to use jumbo frames you need to have support for that frame size in all the devices in the same subnet. So if you want to have your (presumably) non jumbo-supporting older computers in the network also, you need to have them in a different subnet and route between th...
by jbw
Thu Mar 24, 2011 6:27 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Help! My whole network seems capped at 1300 MTU
Replies: 5
Views: 4951

Re: Help! My whole network seems capped at 1300 MTU

That's a good indicator of why it won't do jumbo frames, but it doesn't explain why it would be capped at 1300.
by jbw
Wed Feb 16, 2011 2:45 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Quiet, 2 drive NAS?
Replies: 11
Views: 10337

Re:

You also might want to check out the Western Digital Mybook World Edition 1TB. I have a Mybook World Edition II (2x1TB) in RAID1. It has no fan and the drives are very quiet. I have to walk over to it and feel it to know whether the drives are spinning. The bad news? Its performance is awful. Maxes...
by jbw
Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:10 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Help! My whole network seems capped at 1300 MTU
Replies: 5
Views: 4951

Help! My whole network seems capped at 1300 MTU

I am at a loss here and help would be greatly appreciated. To start, here is my network configuration: Cable Modem <-> Linksys WRT54G <-> Netgear GS105 (gigabit switch) <-> wired devices (disregard wireless devices for now) Two of the devices (a Win7 desktop and a NAS) are gigabit; the others (a pri...
by jbw
Mon Mar 01, 2010 6:51 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 7 network error log?
Replies: 7
Views: 5042

I found out a lot of years ago that life is much easier if you set everything yourself (known as "hard-wired", or "static", this is a phrase and has nothing to do with actual hard-wires). If your router starts the "IP-pool" at .2 siumply set yours at .50, and for evey other network connection do th...
by jbw
Mon Mar 01, 2010 11:33 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 7 network error log?
Replies: 7
Views: 5042

Thanks, I'll check out the event viewer. It's a vanilla d-link N router and my computer has an atheros N adapter built-in. Both are running the latest software/firmware. According to the router's log, it's re-establishing the connection with (i.e., re-assigning the same IP to) my computer when it ha...
by jbw
Thu Feb 25, 2010 7:38 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 7 network error log?
Replies: 7
Views: 5042

Windows 7 network error log?

I just bought a new PC with Windows 7 and a new wireless N router. From time to time there are network connection problems, both the type where Windows says "no internet access" (but where the wireless connection seems fine) and where there is an exclamation point over the wireless bars in the taskb...
by jbw
Thu Nov 05, 2009 4:55 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Need rec for backup software
Replies: 6
Views: 1801

Unfortunately it's not a 100Mbps connection; it's Wireless-G. Scanning each file will be simply too slow, even for the fastest program.

I'll check into the Syncback programs. Thanks.
by jbw
Wed Nov 04, 2009 2:41 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Need cooling ideas for external NAS box
Replies: 2
Views: 1441

I did end up moving it outside the cabinet. No problems with cooling now. Only problem is that I've got an unsightly white box sitting on the cabinet, haha.
by jbw
Wed Nov 04, 2009 12:39 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The "Way Too Many Twinkees" Defense.
Replies: 1
Views: 803

you still haven't seen everything:

http://www.weirdasianews.com/2008/03/04 ... east-size/[/i]
by jbw
Wed Nov 04, 2009 12:08 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Need rec for backup software
Replies: 6
Views: 1801

Need rec for backup software

Currently I use a backup program that works like this: I have folder A on my main hard drive and folder B on a second drive (the backup). The program compares each file in folders A and B, then updates the files in folder B if a newer version exists in folder A (and of course copies any newly-create...
by jbw
Fri Oct 02, 2009 6:21 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Media Player Classic... not happy with SSD/W7/Quad?!
Replies: 12
Views: 4446

Does Windows 7 still include mplayer2.exe? This is the real "classic" version of WMP (version 6.4, I think). It's still included in XP; not sure about Vista. If it's in your WMP folder in W7, you should try it out. Edit: did you upgrade to W7 at the same time as your hardware upgrade? Or had Classic...
by jbw
Fri Sep 25, 2009 5:13 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Question for Sony Vaio owners
Replies: 2
Views: 783

Thanks. I figured as much--it shouldn't be too much of a PITA, but it's one more hoop to jump through (which weighs on my decision to get one).
by jbw
Thu Sep 24, 2009 6:38 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Question for Sony Vaio owners
Replies: 2
Views: 783

Question for Sony Vaio owners

I am thinking about getting a Sony all-in-one (link below) but I have a question for Vaio owners. I know that Sony doesn't include Windows reinstallation CDs with its systems but that you can burn them yourself from images provided on the hard drive. If anyone has done this, are the CDs that you cre...
by jbw
Fri Sep 11, 2009 8:48 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Need cooling ideas for external NAS box
Replies: 2
Views: 1441

Need cooling ideas for external NAS box

I just set up a 2TB Western Digital My Book World Edition II on my network. It contains two WD10EACS green drives which I have configured using RAID1. A photo of the unit is here: http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=588 I put some rubber feet on the wide, smooth side of the drive and...
by jbw
Sun May 03, 2009 12:05 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Bought a Dell Mini 9 and Highly Recommend It
Replies: 30
Views: 20643

I'd like to add another thumbs up for the mini 9. Mine was $360 shipped with the following specs: atom 1.6 processor, 1gb ram, 16gb ssd, and win xp home. It also comes with MS Works. (I didn't get the webcam, bluetooth or mobile broadband card.) Since it had norton and other junk pre-installed, I wi...
by jbw
Fri Dec 12, 2008 11:00 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate will reduce bare drive warranty from 5 to 3 years
Replies: 7
Views: 2398

Interesting. I bought a Seagate external HD for the 5-year warranty alone, so I can attest to its importance in buying decisions. (BTW, ended up returning it b/c it crapped out right away...haha.)
by jbw
Tue Dec 09, 2008 8:05 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Best drive to use in an external enclosure?
Replies: 14
Views: 6073

I've had this drive (the Western Digital Caviar WD3200AAJB) for a while and I'm not really happy with it. The sound is too harsh. I can hide it behind my printer and it's okay, but I don't like doing that. Is there any other drive that would work better? It's the really high frequencies that are bo...
by jbw
Thu Jun 19, 2008 7:32 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What is your favorite MP3 encoder?
Replies: 21
Views: 4410

I used EAC + LAME exclusively until I also heard good things about CDEX. Turns out that CDEX + LAME works just as well for non-scratched CDs and it's much faster (at least on my drive).
by jbw
Mon Dec 17, 2007 8:23 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Explain this dinosaur....Al Gore.
Replies: 93
Views: 22506

I tend to think Al Gore's motives in this area are more than simply altruistic. Probably money in his pocket is the real motive. :) You can argue that a) natural cycles have led to global warming and b) Al Gore's proposals won't fix the problem at any rate, but please don't argue that Gore is doing...
by jbw
Sun Dec 09, 2007 4:24 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: File Sharing Blocked on Western Digital Storage Devices
Replies: 5
Views: 1874

And isn't most illegal filesharing done with rar files anyway?

So the funny thing is that this is more of a problem for users who, while not exactly legitimate owners of the material, are only trying to access their personal media library and not share it with the world.
by jbw
Wed Dec 05, 2007 10:57 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: can anyone explain RAID to me easy?
Replies: 6
Views: 2107

Doesn't RAID 0 make the drives a little faster since there are two heads doing the work? (I know it's not technically RAID though since it's not redundant.)
by jbw
Fri Nov 30, 2007 12:41 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: MVA crushed blacks
Replies: 6
Views: 2021

Is it a result of the matrix itself or the manufacturer's tweaking to get the black levels down lower?
by jbw
Fri Nov 30, 2007 11:41 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: MVA crushed blacks
Replies: 6
Views: 2021

wtf
by jbw
Tue Nov 27, 2007 11:41 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Post your favorite bumper stickers here
Replies: 41
Views: 12446

Two related bumper stickers:

"I love animals . . . they're delicious!"

and

"If God didn't want us to eat animals, why did he make them out of meat?"
by jbw
Sun Nov 18, 2007 6:08 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Need help with a problem with MS Vista
Replies: 9
Views: 2780

Sounds like this old "Star Trek: The Next Generation" episode where someone (the Captain I think?) was trapped in a parallel universe that kept getting smaller and smaller. He had to jump through this worm hole back into the normal universe right before the parallel one shrank to nothing. That being...
by jbw
Tue Nov 13, 2007 9:18 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: RAM--mismatched DIMM sizes
Replies: 5
Views: 1836

D600 does not support dual channel so it should make no difference. If the 1gb was pc2700 then you would see a difference (it would be held back to pc2100), but that difference would be so small that I would prefer the extra 256m over it. Thanks--that's what I suspected when I bought the 1GB. I am ...