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by scruzbeachbum
Tue Oct 04, 2005 8:48 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Press release for new Antec P150 case.
Replies: 70
Views: 42561

Yep - looks nice. When can I get it in black? :)

Antec Rep - product page on website has a comparison link...but with old data...has p160 and p180...but not the p150. fyi.

Looking forward to a review!
by scruzbeachbum
Mon Oct 03, 2005 7:30 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Do I have a bad psu?
Replies: 13
Views: 2438

Try running each drive from the PCI RAID card. If they never freeze here, and always freeze when run from the mobo's IDE controller, then you know the problem is related to the southbridge... The old VIA 686 southbridge has a bug where it would freeze/reboot the system randomly when both primary and...
by scruzbeachbum
Mon Oct 03, 2005 7:21 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: MIT: 0 dB notebook for $100!
Replies: 13
Views: 9791

I believe their plan is to only sell to government entities...not to individuals. Perhaps it'll be expanded later...or someone else will take the form factor and run with it... A year after the Apple Mini there was a wintel clone at Computex...
by scruzbeachbum
Fri Sep 30, 2005 6:23 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: HIS x800GT IceQ II
Replies: 0
Views: 874

HIS x800GT IceQ II

For those that want a midrange Radeon solution instead of the 6600GT, HIS has brought out their version with the arctic cooler attached. PCI-e only, though. Looks like the turbo version goes for $180US . HIS product comparision chart Similar performance/power consumption to the 6600GT...and a tad be...
by scruzbeachbum
Thu Sep 29, 2005 7:05 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Finally....AMD *officially* releases the Geode
Replies: 39
Views: 16715

...and it looks like it's here, as well.
by scruzbeachbum
Thu Sep 29, 2005 7:04 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: MIT: 0 dB notebook for $100!
Replies: 13
Views: 9791

So, that's where the AMD Geode went to?

"Among the key specs: A 500-megahertz processor (that was fast in the 1990s but slow by today's standards) by Advanced Micro Devices Inc."
by scruzbeachbum
Tue Sep 27, 2005 9:51 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Minimalist 1.3GHz T-bird system...cheap - not quiet
Replies: 9
Views: 2683

Hi, thanks for the input - but, really opting to minimize cost. Actually, there are two PC's being messed with. Both are using the Tyan mobo and have a 1.3 or 1.4GHz T-Bird. Both have an old Nexus CPU heatsink and 60mm fan....limited by the mobo's layout. Current thought is to yank off the fan and u...
by scruzbeachbum
Tue Sep 27, 2005 8:16 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Opinions requested: New quiet gaming rig
Replies: 12
Views: 3939

RAM: 1GB will work ok, but a lot of games will still use paged memory (hard disk grind) for high detail/high population areas or when changing zones, etc. I'm seeing this with WoW and am contemplating another stick.
by scruzbeachbum
Thu Sep 22, 2005 2:06 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Software to stop windows accessing HDDs? (unncessarily!)
Replies: 6
Views: 3348

Norton GoBack was my disk thrashing culprit. Drove me crazy - so I uninstalled it.
by scruzbeachbum
Thu Sep 22, 2005 8:12 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Minimalist 1.3GHz T-bird system...cheap - not quiet
Replies: 9
Views: 2683

A bit of an update.... Found a 256MB stick of PC133 at the local computer recycler (go Grey Bears!) for $15. It was a crapshoot as the memory wasn't guaranteed in any way and the dude working there manhandled the RAM as he pawed through the bin (no ESD protection). In any case, it's burning in now. ...
by scruzbeachbum
Thu Sep 22, 2005 4:50 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: what is considered safe temps for VGA ram?
Replies: 2
Views: 994

Generic answer: if std. commercial grade part, then should meet specs to 70C. Caveat: ASUS may have a part that is spec'd to meet higher or lower temp. See if there's an ambient operating range in the manual. If it goes to 50C, then the RAM will probably be spec'd for 70C.
by scruzbeachbum
Wed Sep 21, 2005 5:13 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Dell Inspiron 600
Replies: 2
Views: 3322

Dell Inspiron 600

The time has come for me to look at a laptop for the road warrior thing...

Anyone have any comments/feedback regarding Dell's Inspiron 600 series?
by scruzbeachbum
Sat Sep 17, 2005 8:28 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Vinyl Floor Tiles for Case Damping
Replies: 40
Views: 32730

Hehe, joke all you want, at least my computer case no longer has any resonance. This is called creativity. If you have a more effective solution, please share with us on SPCR. I will try your solution no matter how funny it sounds, as long as it is a better way to do things. Refer back to my point ...
by scruzbeachbum
Fri Sep 16, 2005 3:39 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GeForce 6600GT 128MB AGP DVI-I VIVO
Replies: 11
Views: 3742

Bah - I was swayed by the image on the previous page...
by scruzbeachbum
Fri Sep 16, 2005 2:41 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GeForce 6600GT 128MB AGP DVI-I VIVO
Replies: 11
Views: 3742

Looks like they may have restocked. :-)
by scruzbeachbum
Fri Sep 16, 2005 7:36 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Instability Issues, Losing My Mind
Replies: 22
Views: 4941

If you've been going between ATI and NVidia graphics cards, perhaps they've left a little bit of s/w behind that the add/remove program utility didn't get.

Download Driver Cleanerto get rid of the leftovers.
by scruzbeachbum
Thu Sep 15, 2005 6:16 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Instability Issues, Losing My Mind
Replies: 22
Views: 4941

After you check out the system temps for overheating...try running it in a minimal or Safe mode. Perhaps you have s/w that is conflicting and causing the reboot.

Did you add any software lately?
by scruzbeachbum
Thu Sep 15, 2005 5:09 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung predicts death of hard drive
Replies: 23
Views: 7658

First of all, the 100k cycles refers to the Samsung chips...not a drive in particular... here's a quick look at Flash via wikipedia: One limitation of flash memory is that while it can be read or programmed a byte or a word at a time in a random access fashion, it must be erased a "block" at a time....
by scruzbeachbum
Thu Sep 15, 2005 3:48 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung predicts death of hard drive
Replies: 23
Views: 7658

Yep - it's extremely cool in the near term for Camera memory, thumb drives and giving me future iPod nano envy when they get to 8GB or more.
by scruzbeachbum
Thu Sep 15, 2005 12:22 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung predicts death of hard drive
Replies: 23
Views: 7658

so u wipe/rewrite your entire hard drive 54 times a day, everyday, for 5 years? :P I merely point out the ave number of writes/erases per day given the current specs. Feel free to run with it to left field. :) Chances are (even with indexing, Ghost, Go Back, etc turned off) my PC writes something t...
by scruzbeachbum
Thu Sep 15, 2005 10:10 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung predicts death of hard drive
Replies: 23
Views: 7658

From Samsung's data sheet: • Reliable CMOS Floating-Gate Technology - Endurance : 100K Program/Erase Cycles(with 1bit/512Byte ECC) - Data Retention : 10 Years My future iPod will be extinct (as will I) b4 I go thru 100k program erase cycles...for a PC, though... assume a 5 yr life and it's only 54 w...
by scruzbeachbum
Thu Sep 15, 2005 8:18 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung predicts death of hard drive
Replies: 23
Views: 7658

iPod nano memory picture from the article and this from Samsung's website. So, the K9WAG08U1M is a 2Gbit x 8 Bit. Wonder why Samsung is saying 2H '06 for production? Oh ho! Found this inside of the datasheet: "The K9WAG08U1M is composed of two K9K8G08U0M chips which are selected separately by each C...
by scruzbeachbum
Thu Sep 15, 2005 7:32 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung predicts death of hard drive
Replies: 23
Views: 7658

I think it'll be further out than 2008 for 64GB...at least for a reasonably priced 64GB :D
by scruzbeachbum
Thu Sep 15, 2005 5:56 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Vinyl Floor Tiles for Case Damping
Replies: 40
Views: 32730

Do you use a no-wax floor cleaner on your case now? :D

Cool, pragmatic solution....that still seems like a Martha Stewart TV segment.
by scruzbeachbum
Thu Sep 15, 2005 5:45 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung predicts death of hard drive
Replies: 23
Views: 7658

It'll certainly be the death of the hard drive....for small capacity applications.
by scruzbeachbum
Sat Sep 10, 2005 10:05 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Minimalist 1.3GHz T-bird system...cheap - not quiet
Replies: 9
Views: 2683

Thanks for the feedback, Mike. The other two folks - take a chill pill. Get a sense of community. go kick a dog. yeesh. Back to the topic at hand... This old system has already gone a round for cpu cooling/silencing, so my silencing focus will be elsewhere in the system. I expect the PSU and the cha...
by scruzbeachbum
Sat Sep 10, 2005 7:19 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Minimalist 1.3GHz T-bird system...cheap - not quiet
Replies: 9
Views: 2683

Actually I respect the groups' knowledge base to ask for for help even when the priority is $'s over dBA's. :-) It's unlikely that I will spend more than $125 or so on this system. A 1.4GHz T-Bird in the same mobo with similar cooling is showing at idle: mobo 21C CPU 23C GPU 42C (old Geforce 3 Ti 20...
by scruzbeachbum
Sat Sep 10, 2005 4:04 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Minimalist 1.3GHz T-bird system...cheap - not quiet
Replies: 9
Views: 2683

Minimalist 1.3GHz T-bird system...cheap - not quiet

Some friends are in need of a PC, so I'm going to bring an old 1.3Ghz Athlon T-bird system back to life. What it's got: - generic antec tower case with 80mm fan slots and it's 300W supply (PP 303XP) with 80mm fan - Tyan KT133A mobo. passive NB, thermaltake cpu cooler, I think.. - 256MB PC133 SDRAM -...
by scruzbeachbum
Sat Sep 10, 2005 3:19 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Experiences with a Gigabyte 6600GT Silentpipe
Replies: 87
Views: 55248

If you can touch the heatsinks while the card is running and they are not hot to the touch, then don't worry (unless you aren't sure if you've attached the heatsinks well :-)
by scruzbeachbum
Fri Sep 09, 2005 7:14 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Experiences with a Gigabyte 6600GT Silentpipe
Replies: 87
Views: 55248

Try running a baseline with the current settings to confirm the artifacts...then lower the speed/performance settings say 20% and run it again. If no artifacts, you've sort of answered your own question. :-) It could be heat, it could be non-stable overclock, it could be the higher heat is causing n...