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by DonP
Sat Mar 30, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: TVHeadend build - PSU fan as air mover for CPU
Replies: 12
Views: 8175

Re: TVHeadend build - PSU fan as air mover for CPU

So, if in doubt - ping the mfgr's tech support to see if the mobo you like has the option. So, I bounced a few e-mails with ASUS technical support. The general response was to refer me to other ASUS motherboard models and that I should have a look at the manual for that motherboard or search for re...
by DonP
Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: TVHeadend build - PSU fan as air mover for CPU
Replies: 12
Views: 8175

Re: TVHeadend build - PSU fan as air mover for CPU

So I've given this some more thought. i7-8700T is hard or impossible to source, realistically outputs more than 35W, and is locked. i7-8700 is locked. i7-9600K is more powerful than I need. i5-9600K should be ok. It's also unlocked, but 95W TDP. So now comes the question - how does one undervolt now...
by DonP
Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: TVHeadend build - PSU fan as air mover for CPU
Replies: 12
Views: 8175

Re: TVHeadend build - PSU fan as air mover for CPU

Since the PSU is top mounted in this case and there isn't top ventilation, by default the PSU has to be mounted intake fan side down (facing the CPU). How well it could pull air through the CPU cooler is a fun science project. I'd lean toward the Noctua (if it'll fit) as the top of the cooler would...
by DonP
Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: TVHeadend build - PSU fan as air mover for CPU
Replies: 12
Views: 8175

Re: TVHeadend build - PSU fan as air mover for CPU

Did that on an really old mini-ITX system. The psu fan was the only fan in the system. On some modern PSUs it's possible to set fan curves and what sensor it reads. For example on my current psu(corsair hx1000i), I can use a software called iCUE to set the psu fan speed dependent on CPU temp or oth...
by DonP
Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: TVHeadend build - PSU fan as air mover for CPU
Replies: 12
Views: 8175

TVHeadend build - PSU fan as air mover for CPU

I'm looking to build a very quiet TVheadend system. It'll be on 24/7 so I'm not going to go completely fanless. I might also be running a handful of other services on the box (Zoneminder perhaps), so I'd rather have a little oomph in the CPU. I'm going for a uATX board, so I have some slots to play ...
by DonP
Thu May 31, 2018 5:44 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Streacom DB6 - a heatpipe dream?
Replies: 4
Views: 6240

Re: Streacom DB6 - a heatpipe dream?

What is the price? I only found an "expected" price of $350. Where can you buy it? I don't think you can. It looks like it was announced but never actually released. I also seem to remember reading the price was around $350. I'd pay $350 for it (probably translates to £350 down my neck of the woods...
by DonP
Wed May 30, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Streacom DB6 - a heatpipe dream?
Replies: 4
Views: 6240

Streacom DB6 - a heatpipe dream?

It's been pretty much exactly one year since the Streacom DB6 was made public . I've been holding my breath but I'm starting to turn purple. For those intrigued (I couldn't find mention of it on SPCR), here are some year old videos: "A Case That's an 18kg Heatsink! - Streacom DB6" by HardwareCanucks...
by DonP
Sun Jan 19, 2014 4:18 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8
Replies: 16
Views: 22718

Re: HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8

The upside to the Gen8 is that it, if BIOS supports, could be upgraded to an i5-3470T, or with a TDP stretch to 45W, perhaps an i7-3770T. However, I've not yet seen any confirmation that either of these would work. Not sure if you require it (I would), but the i5-3470T doesn't have ECC. Anyway, her...
by DonP
Sat Jun 18, 2011 3:03 pm
Forum: SPCR Announcements
Topic: Re: Mike's final sign-off - POSTPONED
Replies: 70
Views: 89057

Re: Mike's final sign-off

Wow. Disaster. It's hard to believe SPCR may be gone soon. I've never been big on consumer tech sites and all the well known ones are obviously influenced by their sponsors/corrupt - but SPCR was the first (and I think ever) tech site I've ever signed up to. The technical quality of the reviews and ...
by DonP
Mon Aug 23, 2010 11:26 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: POV ION MB-330 Drivers
Replies: 5
Views: 2410

I don't have the board (recently got a PoV D510-MATX) but have you tried these? I know it's in the chipset directory but it might be in there. I'm running linux everywhere so I can't look into the exe in that zip file. EDIT: What's the network chipset? maybe try the drivers from a similar board?
by DonP
Sun Aug 22, 2010 10:17 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: PCI Express x16, but 1 lane?
Replies: 3
Views: 1191

Thanks for the responses - sorry I didn't get back sooner but I ended up buying the board (not much choice really - I needed three slots and something like an Atom) and have been offline for a bit. I did read about the lanes and that it's a negotiable thing but it made me then think why not have mot...
by DonP
Thu Aug 19, 2010 3:32 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: PCI Express x16, but 1 lane?
Replies: 3
Views: 1191

PCI Express x16, but 1 lane?

Hi everyone, Well, after six years of good service my underclocked, undervolted XP2500+ has given up the ghost - specifically the mobo's gone - everything else is fine. No matter - I've already got a Point of View MB-D510-MATX on order to replace it. The manual (not available at the web site, but so...
by DonP
Sun Nov 23, 2008 12:34 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD10EACS and oldish onboard SATA-I problem..
Replies: 12
Views: 6636

Thanks guys. I don't think I will RMA the drive - it works perfectly fine in the USB enclosure. The only place it doesn;t work is hanging off a SATA1 (Sil3114) controller with an old BIOS. I would upgrade the BIOS and it would probably work fine but there is no BIOS available which is incorporated i...
by DonP
Fri Nov 21, 2008 2:46 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD10EACS and oldish onboard SATA-I problem..
Replies: 12
Views: 6636

Thanks guys. I did try connecting the WD drive by itself but the boot sequence hung at the same place (just before printing the disk size). I tried different ports too. In the end I bought a USB/eSATA HDD enclosure and the disk is running fine with no problems at all. My only gripe is that the USB i...
by DonP
Wed Nov 19, 2008 4:36 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD10EACS and oldish onboard SATA-I problem..
Replies: 12
Views: 6636

WD10EACS and oldish onboard SATA-I problem..

Guys, I was hoping someone could shed some light on a problem I'm having. I have a DFI NFII Ultra Infinity motherboard which has an onboard Silicon Image SATA1 3114 controller and I have three SAMSUNG HD501LJ happily hanging off three of the four SATA ports (non-RAID). I've now tried to add a Wester...
by DonP
Tue Mar 11, 2008 8:34 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: need to find stroopwafels...
Replies: 6
Views: 1939

I'm not sure about Canada but in the UK Stroopwafels are available in $tarbucks. I know you said REAL stroopwafels but to be honest I didn't find them much different from real ones - and I used to get the real ones quite often because my sister goes to Holland regularly. Other than that, dutch produ...
by DonP
Sun Oct 28, 2007 5:23 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: any linux gurus out there?
Replies: 15
Views: 5779

I have no experience in Ubuntu (I'm a Slackware fan) but what might have happened is that when installing the boot loader you simply forgot to add the windows partition to the menu. The way to check is to find a disk partitioning program (there's one installed in ubuntu for sure, I'm just not sure w...
by DonP
Thu May 24, 2007 3:32 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: burn .avi files to dvd for dvd player?
Replies: 6
Views: 2517

If they're TV recordings then the chances are it's DiVX/Xvid, is it? More and more DVD players are capable of playing Divx/Xvid files without re-conversion. ..and I'm not talking about some cheapo brands which want a differentiator and are aiming for a niche market - even brands like Pioneer can pla...
by DonP
Sat Mar 10, 2007 8:57 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Win Vista 32bit desktop dead zone..
Replies: 5
Views: 3219

Ok, for the record it was an app called atkosd2 - which is the app that draws stuff on the screen (I guess OSD is the giveaway) when you increase or decrease volume and use any of the Fn keys. It belongs to Asus so this issue should only be specific to Asus Laptops and to make the dead zone go away ...
by DonP
Fri Mar 09, 2007 6:57 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Windows Vista install on laptop may have created more noise
Replies: 8
Views: 6048

I think it's this smart pre-fetching of disk contents into RAM that it's doing. I too recently got a new Vista install on a new laptop and found it was grinding the disk a lot. However, I also noticed that it only does it for the first ten minutes or so - once it's prefetched all the stuff that it g...
by DonP
Thu Mar 08, 2007 5:49 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Win Vista 32bit desktop dead zone..
Replies: 5
Views: 3219

Thanks Beyonder, I'll have a look at it when I get my hands on the laptop again.
by DonP
Wed Mar 07, 2007 2:57 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Win Vista 32bit desktop dead zone..
Replies: 5
Views: 3219

Ok, I'll answer my own question :)
I've found a few apps that may do this:
http://dennisbabkin.com/php/download.php?what=WinID
http://www.imagos.ru/mihon/.

I've given the laptop away now so I can't test what was getting in the way.
by DonP
Wed Mar 07, 2007 10:39 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Win Vista 32bit desktop dead zone..
Replies: 5
Views: 3219

btw.. I forgot to mention - I'm just looking for a small app to dump the window info; I don't want to install all of MSDN etc.. I'm just looking to run the thing once to identify the application catching the mouse events.
by DonP
Wed Mar 07, 2007 10:26 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Win Vista 32bit desktop dead zone..
Replies: 5
Views: 3219

Win Vista 32bit desktop dead zone..

Guys, Just a quick request for ideas.. I've just started messing around with a new laptop for my sister and it came with Vista.. so far so good (I guess). But I have a problem - for the first ten minutes or so there is an area in the center of the desktop that is kind of weird.. it looks no differen...
by DonP
Thu Apr 20, 2006 2:49 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Drop of College to make horror movies?
Replies: 14
Views: 6674

No vote - I reckon you can do both . I did my full time masters while doing a number of jobs and always managed to juggle the two. Later, with only one job, and working on a PhD I started a business school course and the course related effort came in bursts just like with my masters... so I reckon i...
by DonP
Fri Mar 31, 2006 4:13 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quiet cheap 250gb+ hdd? £<70 in uk
Replies: 4
Views: 1971

Re: Quiet cheap 250gb+ hdd? £<70 in uk

MSI nforce 2 based mobo (with SATA support) mATX £25-45 best deals i've seen are samsung spinpoint 300gb on OCUK @ 75 a lil over but i can afford it i just dont want to. Why do you quibble over 5GBP extra for a hard disk and then have a 20GBP margin in your acceptable motherboard price? If you are ...
by DonP
Fri Mar 31, 2006 4:05 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quiet cheap 250gb+ hdd? £<70 in uk
Replies: 4
Views: 1971

Well.. look at the storage reviews section . Also, a very simple browse in the forums turned up a useful thread in seconds (I'm referring to comments like "Most SATA drives currently on the market are mechanically identical to their PATA "brothers"." from Tibors ). I'm sure there are many more. If t...
by DonP
Sun Mar 19, 2006 12:31 pm
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: YEAH... I'm above TRC-13 in the list !!!
Replies: 1
Views: 1974

Well done Peteamer!

I've recently slipped significantly in my folding.. I wish I could still be up the in the... oh wait, I'm joint second in the table!!! :twisted:

Anyway, well done to all those folding away for Team SPCR!
by DonP
Thu Dec 01, 2005 4:59 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Scorpio WD800VE spinup in a Thinkpad X31
Replies: 1
Views: 1166

Ok, as a follow up to this.. I finally found a jumper which would fit the header pins diagonally.. and it's still no good. Even with this jumper I still get a start/stop/restart cycle a few times. It doesn't happen at first boot though - only after a retsart of windows. Maybe it's a HD firmware vs B...
by DonP
Thu Dec 01, 2005 4:42 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 200gb Samsung P120s at PC World for £58inc (UK only)
Replies: 5
Views: 2460

A few extra quid is well worth it just to avoid their moronic customer service. Doh! I just RMAd something.. they sent me a firewire cable instead of a SCART... actually, just checked the status.. apparently they refunded me.. which is silly - because I explicitly asked them many times, in the lett...