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by johnc
Mon Nov 20, 2006 10:03 pm
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: Debug Mode error message
Replies: 7
Views: 5234

Debug Mode error message

I just tried to post a Reply and got at Debug Mode error message.

Que pasa?
by johnc
Mon Nov 20, 2006 9:57 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Quiet Core 2 Duo, Solo, Ninja, Gigabyte DS3, SilentPipe VGA
Replies: 16
Views: 11909

Nicely done.

Have you checked the hard drive temperature?
by johnc
Mon Nov 20, 2006 9:57 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Quiet Core 2 Duo, Solo, Ninja, Gigabyte DS3, SilentPipe VGA
Replies: 16
Views: 11909

Nicely done.

Have you checked the hard drive temperature?
by johnc
Mon Nov 13, 2006 9:18 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: P180 + Core2Duo + Gigabyte Graphics
Replies: 6
Views: 5822

There were no mounting problems at all. The folks at Scythe have created a very effective mounting mechanism that works fine without modification with this motherboard. Since part of the Ninja mounting scheme requires placement of pieces on the underside of the motherboard, the Ninja absolutely must...
by johnc
Mon Nov 13, 2006 6:10 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: P180 + Core2Duo + Gigabyte Graphics
Replies: 6
Views: 5822

<<What system (components) did you build that idles at 35 watts ? Just started a thread about this in system advice... >> Thanks for your reply. I built several systems using the PIII Tualatin chip, a low-power graphics card (fanless) and fairly limited RAM. These systems had very little power draw ...
by johnc
Mon Nov 13, 2006 5:55 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: P180 + Core2Duo + Gigabyte Graphics
Replies: 6
Views: 5822

P180+Core2Duo+Gigabyte Graphics

<<*Scythe Ninja without fun any problem overheating with funless VGA? *Are happy with your Seasonic PSU? I'm thinkng for me the Antec Phantom but i'm not sure. Big trouble with cable handling>> Thanks for your reply. I was worried that the VGA card would overheat, which is why I put the Antec fan in...
by johnc
Sun Nov 12, 2006 8:18 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: P180 + Core2Duo + Gigabyte Graphics
Replies: 6
Views: 5822

P180 + Core2Duo + Gigabyte Graphics

There's nothing radical or particularly innovative in this build, but I thought that it might be useful to increase the data base a bit with another example of a system type that is gaining in popularity. The Gear: Antec P180 Case (2 Antec 120 fans on Low) Gigabyte D965P-DS3 motherboard Intel Core2D...
by johnc
Sun Nov 05, 2006 7:18 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: P180 Floppy Drive Installation Problems
Replies: 7
Views: 3461

Thanks, Phil. I attached the rails, attached the cables, slid the device in from the front, but NO SNAP. So, the device is in there, and will probably not be coming out, but I would be happier if it were better secured in the bay. It moves around if you tug on it. Just wondering if there is somethin...
by johnc
Sat Nov 04, 2006 11:02 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: P180 Floppy Drive Installation Problems
Replies: 7
Views: 3461

P180 Floppy Drive Installation Problems

Has anyone put a floppy drive in the external 3.5" drive bay?

I have stalled out on this step. It...just...won't...work.

If anyone could provide detailed steps, I would be grateful.

Thanks in advance.
by johnc
Sun Oct 29, 2006 6:59 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB: Big Low Noise Champ?
Replies: 107
Views: 98713

I have activated Winamm. This helps a little, but the seek noise is still pretty prominent. Again, putting the drive in the case may help. It is currently suspended in a frame about 2 feet away from me. The room is pretty noisy, though, since I am using a 16-inch room fan to cool the workbench. (Act...
by johnc
Sat Oct 28, 2006 9:37 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB: Big Low Noise Champ?
Replies: 107
Views: 98713

SE16 WD5000KS

I am building a new system. It is still on the workbench, but I must say that I am disappointed by the Western Digital SE16 WD5000KS. I am using an old Seagate 40 GB drive in the system as well, and the Seagate is much, much quieter. The seeks on the Western Digital SE16 WD5000KS sound like a Geiger...
by johnc
Wed Apr 05, 2006 7:17 am
Forum: SPCR Announcements
Topic: SPCR is 2, 3, 4, 5... now 6 yrs old!
Replies: 55
Views: 97178

SPCR's 4th Anniversary

Mike, you and the other folks who keep SPCR humming (very quietly, with a frequency profile that is refreshing) deserve a big round of applause.

You have brought order out of chaos.

Thanks again for your great work.

John Coyle
by johnc
Fri Jun 10, 2005 6:28 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Mac Mini - cheapest, smallest, and most quiet SFF?
Replies: 22
Views: 13528

Mac Mini - This is great

I acquired a Mac Mini for a programming project and it arrived today. This machine is pretty remarkable. Unpacking and setup took less than 10 minutes and were essentially effortless. I am holding the computer in my hand as I write this. It is barely warm and is nearly free of vibration. It is like ...
by johnc
Thu Jan 27, 2005 5:22 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: ARM Sytems case -- any user experiences?
Replies: 5
Views: 2444

Thanks very much. This helps a lot.
by johnc
Wed Jan 26, 2005 4:59 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: ARM Sytems case -- any user experiences?
Replies: 5
Views: 2444

Thanks for reminding me of Mike's nice review.

Still, has anyone bought and used one of these for a while? I am curious about how satisfactory they are over the long term.

Thanks again.
by johnc
Wed Jan 26, 2005 3:39 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: ARM Sytems case -- any user experiences?
Replies: 5
Views: 2444

ARM Sytems case -- any user experiences?

I am considering buying an ARM Systems case, pre-foamed, without a power supply. This case has ventilation holes in the top, a ventilation duct from the side wall, and two 120 mm fans. Has anyone had experience with this case? Sorry if there are threads on this that I have missed. I searched and cam...
by johnc
Thu Jan 20, 2005 5:36 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Pre-foamed, silent case - where to buy
Replies: 9
Views: 3323

I e-mailed ARM Systems about this last night. Haven't heard back yet, but it's not dawn yet in their region.
by johnc
Wed Jan 19, 2005 9:32 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Pre-foamed, silent case - where to buy
Replies: 9
Views: 3323

Thanks for the leads.

I will check these out.
by johnc
Wed Jan 19, 2005 1:43 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Pre-foamed, silent case - where to buy
Replies: 9
Views: 3323

Pre-foamed, silent case - where to buy

I would prefer not to install AcoustiPak myself. Someone who does that work on a routine basis would probably produce a much better result.

Any advice on where to buy a solid, pre-foamed case without a power supply?

Thanks in advance.

John Coyle
by johnc
Thu Sep 16, 2004 7:28 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: aopen pentium m motherboard
Replies: 180
Views: 124259

Pentium M Motherboard from AOpen

I sent them email at this address:

http://usa.aopen.com/company/contact/prodtw.htm
by johnc
Thu Sep 09, 2004 9:14 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Dell Dimension 2400 and Motherboard Monitor
Replies: 2
Views: 1659

Thanks for the info, Ralph.

No more time will be spent going in that direction.
by johnc
Thu Sep 09, 2004 6:00 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Dell Dimension 2400 and Motherboard Monitor
Replies: 2
Views: 1659

Dell Dimension 2400 and Motherboard Monitor

My relatives recently bought a Dell Dimension 2400 as a second computer. It was not running as well as expected. I had a look at it and found that it seemed to be memory deficient, with free physical memory usually at 20% - 30% of the total of 256 MB. I looked at processes, and could not sort out a ...
by johnc
Thu Jun 24, 2004 7:15 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: SilenX 460W Fanless PSU
Replies: 27
Views: 9796

This looks very interesting, though pricey.

Having a fanless PSU is extraordinarily pleasant.

John Coyle
by johnc
Thu Jun 10, 2004 6:37 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: TRENDnet TK-400 KVM - Get rid of the buzzer?
Replies: 1
Views: 1447

TRENDnet TK-400 KVM - Get rid of the buzzer?

This is a long, long shot. I needed to replace my 2-port KVM with a 4-port model because I am recalling to active duty an ancient Dell that has all my Web site stuff on it. I purchased a TRENDnet Tk-400 KVM switch. It is a bit quirky, but does reasonably well except for one awful thing: Every time I...
by johnc
Wed May 19, 2004 3:05 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Your PC before SPCR and after
Replies: 26
Views: 7077

My family had one computer for a long time. I had refused to get very involved with it, because I had read in a Susan Sontag book that guns, cameras and automobiles are fantasy objects whose use is addictive. I believed her. I stayed away from computers because I thought they probably belonged in th...
by johnc
Fri May 07, 2004 5:18 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Hitachi releases Pentium-M based desktop PCs
Replies: 17
Views: 9159

And AMD weighs in with its own 35W product.

http://www.cooltechzone.com/reviews/cpu/amdcpu_001.php
by johnc
Fri Apr 16, 2004 7:04 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: SilentTek activation
Replies: 9
Views: 3154

But will I see the CPU temp rise by say 5 degrees over a couple of minutes when the fan is not working? Or would it take an hour? How quickly the CPU temp rises will be determined by airflow, cpu utilization, cpu voltage, heatsink efficiency, room air temperature, other in-case components and other...
by johnc
Wed Apr 14, 2004 7:47 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: SilentTek activation
Replies: 9
Views: 3154

SilentTek is a utility that should be available on the CD-ROM that accompanied your AOpen motherboard. Just install this utility and you should be set. After the utility is installed, it shows up as an entry in your Start>Programs list. Click on that entry and the Control Panel appears. Hope this he...
by johnc
Sun Mar 14, 2004 7:47 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Heatsink for AOpen AX4R Plus
Replies: 3
Views: 1148

Thanks, Ralf.

I had become so focused on the Zalman and Thermalright lines that I neglected the Swiftech. It seems to entirely fill the bill.

I will report back.

Thanks again.

John Coyle