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by frood
Sun Sep 04, 2011 11:47 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Grounding PicoPSU AC jack? Audio problems?
Replies: 2
Views: 2071

Re: Grounding PicoPSU AC jack? Audio problems?

It's a picopsu 150W and the brick does have a ground prong.

For now I've switched back to the HDMI connection which is free of this problem, but it's only a matter of time before that starts spazzing out on me, as has happened twice before.
by frood
Sat Sep 03, 2011 1:03 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Grounding PicoPSU AC jack? Audio problems?
Replies: 2
Views: 2071

Grounding PicoPSU AC jack? Audio problems?

I have a quiet system with a PicoPSU 150 and there's this little tab on the back of the AC jack. Should I attach some kind of ground wire there? I ask because I hear annoying system noises through the speakers, staticy buzzing that seems to correspond to PC activity and therefore current draw. I tho...
by frood
Sun Aug 08, 2010 8:57 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Mini-ITX advice
Replies: 5
Views: 1703

Mini-ITX advice

I have a mini-itx system that is not performing as I'd like, so I'd appreciate some advice. The system is running on a Zotac IONITX Atom N230 motherboard, which I want to get rid of because it runs like a 486 and is really hot to boot. The case is a ( Apex MI-008 MINI-ITX Case ) and I have a 90W Pic...
by frood
Thu Jul 22, 2010 9:36 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: PICOPSU - how many SATA connectors?
Replies: 6
Views: 5456

I've got: Asus M3A78-EM mobo (AMD 780G chipset) AMD Athlon X2 4850e (45W TDP) Kingston 64 GB SSD (SATA) WD Caviar Green 1 TB HD (SATA) DVD-RW (SATA) Antec Sonata case, HDD is suspended, 250W efficient PSU (Seasonic? I forget the details, it's pretty quiet but not silent) and there's a honking big Sh...
by frood
Thu Jul 22, 2010 1:00 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: PICOPSU - how many SATA connectors?
Replies: 6
Views: 5456

So the unit does only come with the one SATA cable?

The price difference is significant - $42 for the 80w, $46 for the 90W, and $72 for the 150W.
by frood
Thu Jul 22, 2010 12:09 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: PICOPSU - how many SATA connectors?
Replies: 6
Views: 5456

PICOPSU - how many SATA connectors?

I'm considering ordering this picopsu unit: http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=25410AC9292&vpn=PicoPSU-150-XT-105W-Power-Kit&manufacture=Mini-Box But the pictures leave me a little worried - I only see one SATA connection, and I need to power an optical drive, an SSD and an HDD. My system run...
by frood
Wed Jul 14, 2010 9:52 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Fanless GPU that is better than Geforce 6600?
Replies: 4
Views: 1544

I'm not looking for today's equivalent of that card. The fanless gpu is simply the best way of "silencing" the old gpu. The fact that it's faster is just gravy - better a totally silent and faster GPU than kludging together a better quieter cooling system for the old one. It's going in a Dell Dimens...
by frood
Wed Jul 14, 2010 8:11 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Fanless GPU that is better than Geforce 6600?
Replies: 4
Views: 1544

Answer
- Yes - GeForce 210 or 9400 are two nvidia cards that come in fanless flavours and are about 3x faster.

ATI Radeon 5450 would be the ATI option.
by frood
Wed Jul 14, 2010 6:02 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Replacing GPU fan on Nvidia GeForce 6600
Replies: 2
Views: 839

You read my mind, I was just starting that question as a separate thread.
by frood
Wed Jul 14, 2010 6:01 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Fanless GPU that is better than Geforce 6600?
Replies: 4
Views: 1544

Fanless GPU that is better than Geforce 6600?

I'm overhauling a system for a friend and the fan on this GPU is beastly loud.

I know most faster GPUs have to have fans (and they tend to be small and loud), but can I get something equal or better than this that runs without a fan?
by frood
Wed Jul 14, 2010 5:16 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Replacing GPU fan on Nvidia GeForce 6600
Replies: 2
Views: 839

Replacing GPU fan on Nvidia GeForce 6600

I've never upgraded a fan on a GPU before so I'm not sure what I'm looking for. Anyhow, it's a teeny (45mm??) fan spinning in a sort of a cavity in the gpu heatsink, and it's bloody loud and responsible for 95% of the system's noise. Can I replace this with something else? The heatsink itself is hel...
by frood
Wed Sep 30, 2009 9:41 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Puppy Linux makes for a very cheap quiet PC
Replies: 3
Views: 2655

Puppy Linux makes for a very cheap quiet PC

After building a fancy new HTPC for the living room that is very quiet and that I'm very pleased with, I've found much joy in reviving an old computer to use as a quiet PC in my home office. The system is a small form-factor Compaq Evo D510 that I got used for $30. The frustrating thing with it was ...
by frood
Wed Jun 03, 2009 8:56 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: First post, and first HTPC build
Replies: 6
Views: 2439

Does this mean CnQ just blindly overrides BIOS settings? And can I use CnQ to underclock from the XP desktop? I loaded CnQ but did not see any options, it just seemed like a monitoring app.
by frood
Wed Jun 03, 2009 1:05 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: First post, and first HTPC build
Replies: 6
Views: 2439

One other finding - I removed 1 stick of RAM and two PCI cards I wasn't using and this dropped total system power by about 4W. So that's a bit less heat in the system anyway. I'm using a Kill-a-Watt meter to see how much juice is running through the PSU. Interesting thought - I'll boot Win7 and see ...
by frood
Wed Jun 03, 2009 12:58 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: First post, and first HTPC build
Replies: 6
Views: 2439

Something strange - I set the CPU multiplier in the BIOS setup from x13 down to the lowest setting, x8, which would give me 1600MHz instead of 2600. However, when XP finished loading, my CPU temps were 6-7C HIGHER than before. Also strange, I ran Brute benchmark (a little app I've had for years, pro...
by frood
Tue Jun 02, 2009 9:15 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: First post, and first HTPC build
Replies: 6
Views: 2439

The Sonata is an old case I already had on hand, picked it up used a couple years ago. And unfortunately the Ninja is already ordered... I managed to get the drives suspended using just pencils and hair elastics, seems quieter. The Coolmaster PSU I bought because at the time I was ordering the syste...
by frood
Tue Jun 02, 2009 12:59 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: First post, and first HTPC build
Replies: 6
Views: 2439

First post, and first HTPC build

Very happy to find these forums, I've been interested in this a long time. I'm just going to post my build, and see if anyone has any suggestions for me: Antec Sonata case Coolermaster Extreme Power Plus 460W ATX Power Supply 12V V2.3 20/24PIN 80MM Fan AMD Athlon 64 X2 5050e Asus M3A78-EM 780G board...