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by michaelb
Tue Mar 09, 2010 6:14 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: RAM heat
Replies: 7
Views: 1452

1 or 2 watts IS significant! TDP at low freq for a modern laptop cpu might be 10-15W. 13.1W example: http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Intel_Core_Duo_%28Yonah%29 Or more if you pick a hungry CPU, but this is SPCR. If undervolting, then when idling, or between bursts of activity when surfing, maybe there...
by michaelb
Mon Mar 08, 2010 11:48 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: RAM heat
Replies: 7
Views: 1452

RAM heat

Have read, and seem to have experienced, that ram is a significant source of heat, and therefore noise. For those who have already experimented or know, would two 256MB SODIMMs of PC133 be hotter than one stick of 512? By a lot? All have 8 chips. Similar for DDR2 667mhz SODIMM, 2G vs. 1G + 1G. Or (2...
by michaelb
Thu Feb 07, 2008 8:22 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Problem with NHC voltage control on U7600
Replies: 2
Views: 3164

You could also try RMClock, free version: http://cpu.rightmark.org/products/rmclock.shtml

And also check forums for your brand/model of notebook, if it is a popular brand. Or this site: http://forum.notebookreview.com/
by michaelb
Thu Feb 07, 2008 8:12 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: eSATA for external HTPC storage.
Replies: 6
Views: 2478

Just FYI--last time I checked the WD website, the 160GB Scorpio was 2 platter. Samsung offers a single platter 160GB if you care, and in case the 160 Scorpio is still 2 platter. I'd rather go with eSata myself if similar price, but I'd have thought USB or FW on a new PC would be plenty fast enough f...
by michaelb
Thu Feb 07, 2008 7:54 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: File Server vs external drive 20 ft (6 meters) away
Replies: 21
Views: 6812

That's surprising. If at all close to accurate, then costs of leaving equipment on are much lower than I thought. Many in the South use electric heating, so costs in Winter may already be low. Efficiency is given in SEER or EER for models I found with quick search. I don't follow what you mean about...
by michaelb
Wed Feb 06, 2008 1:14 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: File Server vs external drive 20 ft (6 meters) away
Replies: 21
Views: 6812

e.g. 40w idle PC left on 24/7 is about $40/year at current average US electricity rates. May be much more in some areas. OP is in Texas... in Winter, will probably replace some electric heating, but in Summer... wouldn't surprise me if takes at least an extra 100 watts of A/C to counteract the 40 o...
by michaelb
Tue Feb 05, 2008 1:41 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: File Server vs external drive 20 ft (6 meters) away
Replies: 21
Views: 6812

If USB is fast enough for what's to be stored on the drives, and only one PC needs to access them, then that would seem to me the cheapest and probably best option. Hard drives are often cheaper when you buy them as an external drive already in a USB enclosure. So, just wait for a good deal on a 1TB...
by michaelb
Sun Feb 03, 2008 11:10 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Help choose SSDs for SPCR's test systems
Replies: 88
Views: 37148

The big news for me ist that atcfwchg is said to work with the Sansdisk Extreme-IV cards. This could mean standby and more than one partition in Windows ;) atchwchg did work to make my Sandisk Extreme IV's Fixed. Oddly, just like before I made them fixed, they are still performing in single or dual...
by michaelb
Tue Jan 22, 2008 8:27 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Help choose SSDs for SPCR's test systems
Replies: 88
Views: 37148

PATA IDE to CF I think is just connecting the right pins to the right places. So the adapter is passive. Have read that some old, cheap ones didn't connect all pins needed for current DMA, but hopefully newer ones do. I'm guessing it's a good sign if the card says "DMA" on it, like some of the $4 o...
by michaelb
Fri Jan 11, 2008 1:30 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 2008, the year of the SSD...
Replies: 32
Views: 10208

In Windows 2000/XP, is pretty easy. Once set up properly, just have to retype password in if reboot, first time use each network drive since rebooted. Probably don't need to do anything if you don't use security. And there might be a way to make user name and passwords for NAS and Windows the same, ...
by michaelb
Thu Jan 10, 2008 8:51 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 2008, the year of the SSD...
Replies: 32
Views: 10208

The solution I've been heading towards is using a small NAS box over gigabit ethernet for most storage (with a 3.5" traditional drive in the NAS) and using CF as local hard drive(s) in the computer. Already moved most data over to the NAS, and am very happy with it so far. Can't hear it from its spo...
by michaelb
Sun Dec 30, 2007 11:20 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Help choose SSDs for SPCR's test systems
Replies: 88
Views: 37148

Good point about Raid 5. I plan to put page swap on a completely separate CF drive, so if those writes kill a CF someday, it will only kill the swap file. With Linux and/or a lot of RAM, page swap may not even be needed. I keep most my data on a NAS across the room from me. So, writing of most data ...
by michaelb
Sun Dec 30, 2007 11:08 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Synology NAS experiences?
Replies: 9
Views: 5352

This site has some pics of hardware, and tips on firmware hacks, for several models/versions of Buffalo NAS: http://www.nas-central.org/index.php/Main_Page I don't plan to open or do firmware hacks on mine, but maybe the pics could help someone here, or the hacks might help one to buy a cheaper mode...
by michaelb
Sun Dec 30, 2007 1:17 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Help choose SSDs for SPCR's test systems
Replies: 88
Views: 37148

Is there any website that shows which SATA or IDE or IDE DMA to CF adapter performs the best? I looked at hjreggel's cardspeed site but it doesn't have any, only USB, FW, ..etc PATA IDE to CF I think is just connecting the right pins to the right places. So the adapter is passive. Have read that so...
by michaelb
Sun Dec 30, 2007 12:42 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Synology NAS experiences?
Replies: 9
Views: 5352

I've got a new Buffalo Linkstation Pro, and am happy with it. If you're right beside it, is too loud, but I can't hear it at all from across the room with it behind a desk.

Could always swap the drive for a 2.5" if needed, and maybe undervolt the fan.
by michaelb
Sun Dec 23, 2007 5:33 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Windows on USB Flash or CF Practical?
Replies: 15
Views: 6179

Not only does the CF card have to support DMA (which mine does), the CF adapter apparently has to as well. Mine does not. Here's some comments on why, apparently some older cards didn't bother connecting all pins or including all pins: http://lkml.org/lkml/2006/5/24/46 I have seen some on ebay for ...
by michaelb
Thu Dec 20, 2007 1:18 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Remote controlling a HTPC
Replies: 19
Views: 6470

Thanks. I've been a bit disappointed with supposedly quiet Fujitsu and Hitachi notebook drives, but will probably try this--unless go nuts ($$) and instead get a low capacity SSD. :)
by michaelb
Thu Dec 20, 2007 1:13 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Boot from SD Card?
Replies: 8
Views: 4020

Re: easy

If you don't want Ubuntu to mess with your Windows disk bootsector, you can temporarily disable your HD controller in BIOS, effectively hiding your HD during the install, then Ubuntu will by default make the flash drive bootable. Thanks, will have to try that. Or if can't find in BIOS, will just di...
by michaelb
Wed Dec 19, 2007 1:13 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Remote controlling a HTPC
Replies: 19
Views: 6470

Re: Remote controlling a HTPC

Locklear wrote:160GB 2,5" Samsung HM160HI (5400rpm, 1 platter)
How quiet is that Spinpoint M5S drive? I'm thinking about that exact same model # for a laptop, where will be very close to it, with little to block the noise.
by michaelb
Wed Dec 19, 2007 1:00 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Boot from SD Card?
Replies: 8
Views: 4020

I'd like to boot Ubuntu or Xubuntu from an SD card, probably using my USB adapter. So far haven't got it to work, but haven't put much time into it. I want to use the "Live" version, which loads the OS into memory, ordinarily from CD or DVD. I don't want to allow writes to the SD card. That's why I ...
by michaelb
Mon Dec 17, 2007 4:19 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Lumenlab Q42, no fans, 42" screen
Replies: 0
Views: 2013

Lumenlab Q42, no fans, 42" screen

A 42" 1080p LCD TV with a computer inside. Claims to have no fans. Maybe from across the room, you won't hear the hard drive(s). :) Or if you can afford this, you could probably replace with SSD. Doesn't seem to be available for sale yet: http://www.lumenlab.com/ http://speedingcomputer.com/2007/10/...
by michaelb
Tue Jul 17, 2007 6:30 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: 199$ Asus Solid State Notebook
Replies: 33
Views: 29543

I agree would be nice to have a smaller bezel. Also, 32gb ssd would be too good to be true. Looks like 4 to 8 or 16gb. Still, looks very promising, as second home computer and/or for travel. http://www.hothardware.com/printarticle.aspx?articleid=981 (including pics) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASUS...
by michaelb
Fri Jun 30, 2006 12:23 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Has anyone tried this?
Replies: 9
Views: 6695

When playing a game (high cpu usage) I've put the notebook on top of an upside down aluminum pan or pot. Seemed to help some, to keep fan from turning on. I place the pan so air can get to the inside of it. Have used large uncoated heavy duty pan meant for stovetop, with two small handles. But a pan...
by michaelb
Sun May 21, 2006 8:53 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Notebook comparisons
Replies: 11
Views: 9536

Re: Notebook comparisons

As far as noise sensitivity goes, I'm probably one of the most if not the most sensitive of members here. I'm talking about _feeling_ emf's in my temples even when I can't hear any noise! In that case, depending what you'll use the notebook for, you could consider getting a notebook where you could...
by michaelb
Tue Dec 27, 2005 1:40 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Are 8cm CDs/DVDs much quieter than 12cm ones?
Replies: 8
Views: 2721

Thanks for the updates; I may try this someday. I tried Knoppix (full size) DVD version instead of CD, thinking the higher density of a DVD would mean slower spinning, or at least less spinning. With Knoppix, the notebook fans are more of an issue for me than the optical drive. But, if I ever come a...
by michaelb
Tue Dec 27, 2005 1:28 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Old 2.5" -- any particularly quiet ones?
Replies: 4
Views: 1906

You can try Damn Small Linux very easliy, just burn a cd, and run it using DSL toram It will load entirely into memory. If it's enough to meet your needs, you could get rid of the hard drive, and either continue to boot from cd, or do a USB or CF/PCMCIA version. I didn't try Puppy Linux myself, as i...
by michaelb
Thu Jul 28, 2005 11:58 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Fujitsu MHV2040AT (replacing MHT2040AT?) 1.5B 16db spec
Replies: 7
Views: 7284

doesn't seem to be much interest, but thought I should update: A few days after my last post, the drive started making occasional noises. A few crunchy noises over maybe 15 seconds or so, then a higher pitched noise sounds a little like breaking a thin glass string, ending with a click, maybe parkin...
by michaelb
Thu Jul 28, 2005 12:11 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Choose my new laptop 2,5" HD!
Replies: 3
Views: 1828

Keep in mind that the 7200 drive may run hotter, requiring more fan use. Not sure if significant difference or not. Also, not sure how much faster 7200 80g is than 5400 100g. And, you can always buy a different drive... so you might buy whichever is cheapest, and if unhappy, switch it for a quiet 42...
by michaelb
Fri Jul 15, 2005 5:57 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Cool and quiet external enclosure?
Replies: 4
Views: 2027

Simple answer is to use a 2.5" drive instead, in almost any 2.5" enclosure. I have a 5.25" discontinued ADS enclosure with a very quiet fan, quieter than my 7200.7 3.5" drive. But I suspect getting a quiet fan is hit or miss, and if there's a fan, there will be openings, letting more noise out. Ther...
by michaelb
Fri Jul 15, 2005 5:40 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Undervolt Program
Replies: 1
Views: 3028

Thanks for the link. Here's a discussion and less thorough instructions for the same utility: http://www.notebookforums.com/showthread.php?t=70943 For many Dell notebooks, this utility can help temperature control the fans quieter than the BIOS does: http://www.diefer.de/i8kfan/ And for many noteboo...