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by woodsman
Wed Jul 01, 2015 8:46 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Streaming-only computer
Replies: 3
Views: 1442

Re: Streaming-only computer

Not an answer, just some food for thoughts:
Good links. Thanks. :)
I'm using a Zotac Zbox CI320 for browser based streaming.
I read a review of the CI321. The reviewer saw stuttering too. I really like the energy specs though. :)
by woodsman
Sat Jun 27, 2015 8:46 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Streaming-only computer
Replies: 3
Views: 1442

Streaming-only computer

I want to change my HTPC setup. I plan to move the TV capture card for recordings and DVD ISOs to a dedicated server in my home network. My new HTPC will stream videos from the server. That means a much smaller footprint in the living room. :) As the new system will stream, energy efficiency is one ...
by woodsman
Tue Apr 07, 2015 10:58 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Time for a new HTPC
Replies: 11
Views: 3211

Re: Time for a new HTPC

I am surprised manufacturers do not make htpc-specific motherboards that include support for htpc unique options. Supporting power on with a remote control would add little to the price. The FLIRC and Simerec seem close to what I might be seeking. Thanks for the tips. :) With respect to something li...
by woodsman
Sun Apr 05, 2015 6:15 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Time for a new HTPC
Replies: 11
Views: 3211

Re: Time for a new HTPC

The options are to stay powered down when the power comes back or power on automatically. The HTPC is never fully off. The system remains in standby so the RTC can awaken the system for recording movies. While programming the remote control to power down to standby is straightforward, there is no w...
by woodsman
Thu Apr 02, 2015 10:41 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Time for a new HTPC
Replies: 11
Views: 3211

Re: Time for a new HTPC

Great ideas for controlling the speakers. Thanks!

How are you folks powering on your HTPC with the remote control?
by woodsman
Wed Apr 01, 2015 12:48 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Time for a new HTPC
Replies: 11
Views: 3211

Re: Time for a new HTPC

For your speakers....some of the APC ES series UPS have a master/slave set up.
Ah, I never thought about that. :) A quick search reveals there are some "smart" power strips that do the same thing. Expensive and they draw their own wattage when idle, but a potential solution.
by woodsman
Tue Mar 31, 2015 1:05 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Time for a new HTPC
Replies: 11
Views: 3211

Time for a new HTPC

Hi All, Hard to believe 5 years have gone by since I last posted here! I plan to revamp my home network. I built my original HTPC as a stand alone system. Much has changed six years later. I now am going to build a NAS to provide central storage. So much easier to share files that way throughout the...
by woodsman
Tue Mar 24, 2009 10:01 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Some MythTV Hardware Questions
Replies: 3
Views: 2507

After additional reading, I am now thinking that with respect to remote controls, a bluetooth device is better than infra red. If browsing the web was not a design element, then any infra red remote control might suffice. Yet TV is in the stages now of shifting to online availability and I do not wa...
by woodsman
Sun Mar 22, 2009 2:08 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Some MythTV Hardware Questions
Replies: 3
Views: 2507

Some MythTV Hardware Questions

Hi All, Been a while since I visited. My current office box is running great based upon a lot of feedback from here. :) I'm preparing to build a MythTV box (combined backend/frontend). The motherboard will have on-board video with HDMI (1.3) output as well as on-board audio and networking. I already...
by woodsman
Sun Oct 05, 2008 7:32 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: linux based system - please review and comment
Replies: 4
Views: 1377

I'm using Slackware 12.1 on an AM2 motherboard (Asus M2NPV-VM) using a 2.3 GHz BE-2400 dual core CPU. I'm using the stock cooler and fan. Using fancontrol (lm-sensors), the fan is inaudible unless I place an ear almost right next to the Antec Solo case. You can read more here: My New Silent PC I hav...
by woodsman
Fri Oct 03, 2008 11:28 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Voltage Control of System Fan in Linux?
Replies: 7
Views: 5698

I'm guessing but I think for the voltage controlled fans to respond to fancontrol, the BIOS must provide the interface. I have an Asus M2NPV-VM motherboard. I run Slackware 12.1. Asus provides something called Q-Fan control, which is needed for lm-sensors to operate correctly. On the Asus M2NPV-VM t...
by woodsman
Fri Oct 03, 2008 11:15 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Hard Disks. Good for offline storage over the years?
Replies: 34
Views: 10238

I have wondered about this myself. First, the partition boundaries and data are represented by magnetic patterns, which will decay with time. How much time I don't know and I suspect nobody truly knows because actual time is needed to develop useful data. Simulations are no substitute for actual tim...
by woodsman
Sat Aug 23, 2008 8:08 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD CPU Underclocking Question
Replies: 23
Views: 12463

I use Slackware (Linux) 12.1. CPU voltage and frequency regulation is controlled by kernel modules. Depending upon the distro you use, you might or might not have to recompile the kernel to support those modules. There are four basic modules that you can test directly from the command line: Powersav...
by woodsman
Wed Aug 20, 2008 7:42 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My New Box
Replies: 6
Views: 4425

pics or it didn't happen
I uploaded some pics. Happened?
by woodsman
Mon Jul 21, 2008 11:44 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: how about 750 gb and 500 gb models
Replies: 7
Views: 3359

I'm using the following: Seagate Barracuda IV ST340016A (40 GB) Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS (320 GB) Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD7500AAKS (750 GB) The old --- and no longer manufactured --- Barracuda IV is silent all the time. For the SE16s, with AMM disabled, the drives make some noise...
by woodsman
Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:32 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Best Way to Partition HDD?
Replies: 32
Views: 8053

I've been an advocate of multiple partitions going way back to the DOS days. My basic partition scheme for Microsoft operating systems has been C: for system, D: for applications, and E: for data files. I've used additional partitions but that was always my basic scheme. Years ago my original motiva...
by woodsman
Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:04 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: How to Disable Windows Media Player
Replies: 16
Views: 4057

Another possibility if a person does not want to mess with ripping WMP out of the system or even disabling is to configure the firewall software to prevent the software from having access off the system. The first time I worked with a post 6.4 version of WMP, I noticed immediately the program phonin...
by woodsman
Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:42 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My New Box
Replies: 6
Views: 4425

I might be able to borrow a digital camera. I'll update the thread if/when that happens and I update the story.
by woodsman
Sun Jul 13, 2008 10:47 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Resistors: Check my math, please!
Replies: 9
Views: 2921

Several times I have spliced carbon resistors in line with 12 vdc computer fans. The ampere rating on a fan label is a start but calculations seldom are exact. I also want the actual noise level to be the deciding factor, not basic math. Because of this, I use a different approach. I snip the red wi...
by woodsman
Sat Jul 12, 2008 3:09 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My New Box
Replies: 6
Views: 4425

My New Box

Hi All, After receiving much advice here last summer and fall, finally this spring I got around to obtaining my new box. My schedule precluded me from reporting how my project developed. I finally posted a lengthy discussion at my web site: My New Silent PC Sorry, no pictures --- I don't (yet) have ...
by woodsman
Fri Jul 27, 2007 10:51 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Will I Have An Inaudible Box?
Replies: 24
Views: 8041

I put the Ultra 90 on my MotD Pentium M with a TDP of 35w. Coincidentally, I read more about the Ultra-90 after posting. Sounds like all I need and less top-heavy than the Ultra-120 or Scythe Ninja. I think one reason why that model slipped past me is I tend to research through the newegg site and ...
by woodsman
Thu Jul 26, 2007 7:03 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Will I Have An Inaudible Box?
Replies: 24
Views: 8041

Thanks for the responses everybody! My PSU choice stays --- I want one less fan to worry about. I don't envision a 45W CPU and integrated graphics motherboard dissipating gobs of heat or sucking a lot of juice, especially for my usage. A 300W PSU is more than sufficient for my selection list. These ...
by woodsman
Tue Jul 24, 2007 11:13 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Will I Have An Inaudible Box?
Replies: 24
Views: 8041

Thanks for the responses. you should drop the 3.5" drive for a 2.5" drive if you really want it to be inaudible. then put the drive in a scythe quietbox 2.5 Regarding the hard drives, these are "legendary" Seagate Barracuda IV 7200 rpm ATA-100 drives , the drives that originally started the silent h...
by woodsman
Mon Jul 23, 2007 6:19 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Setting up a network
Replies: 6
Views: 2684

I have had a two-box network for some time. There a several different ways you can approach your project, depending upon your internet connection type and the operating systems in each box. When I had only one box I simply connected to the web. No big mystery. Adding a second box complicated things ...
by woodsman
Mon Jul 23, 2007 5:53 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: The Last Piece: A Case
Replies: 10
Views: 4234

I have decided to stick with the Solo. Thanks everybody!
by woodsman
Mon Jul 23, 2007 5:51 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Will I Have An Inaudible Box?
Replies: 24
Views: 8041

My own reflections and concerns: My head hurts! Researching these components was exhausting and frankly, the concept of silent PCs is not exactly yet mainstream. Thus, obtaining or designing a silent box requires a lot of up-front work and persistence. One significant reason why I never updated my ...
by woodsman
Mon Jul 23, 2007 5:50 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Will I Have An Inaudible Box?
Replies: 24
Views: 8041

Will I Have An Inaudible Box?

Okay, my turn I suppose! I have been hitting the web and this site hard (possibly too hard!) assembling my list for my next box. Time to ask for the customary SPCR commentaries! :) :shock: My selections: 1. ASUS M2NPV-VM Socket AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6150 MicroATX 2. Athlon X2 BE-2300 1.9 GHz 45W (Brisb...
by woodsman
Fri Jul 20, 2007 10:45 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Effect of room temp on your CPU load temps
Replies: 25
Views: 9168

"Heat rises" or heat energy, or hot air, whatever you'd like to call it. Whatever I'd like to call it. Hmm. Possibly the most significant reason why people cannot or will not derive satisfactory conclusions to their discussions is a disagreement with what words and terms mean. Fail to define those ...
by woodsman
Thu Jul 19, 2007 10:33 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Effect of room temp on your CPU load temps
Replies: 25
Views: 9168

Well, I probably am completely guilty of thread-jacking but I find the responses fascinating. Some people are not reading. ;) Throughout my explanation I purposely distinguished between heat energy and hot air . They are not the same! I distinctly stated that heat energy flows and that hot air tends...
by woodsman
Thu Jul 19, 2007 10:16 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec Earthwatts standby power
Replies: 9
Views: 5302

If the soft-power switch is what is causing the current, couldn't you just reach to the back of the power supply and flip the power switch to turn it off? Yes, but for most people that is physically inconvenient because the box is under a desk. A power strip helps provide a tad more convenience wit...