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by halfpower
Sat Apr 17, 2010 4:07 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: So how much has changed in the last five years?
Replies: 18
Views: 4789

Reachable wrote:If you do forgo SSDs for the time being, there are now quite a number of hard drives that are extremely quiet, some of them with very large capacity.
How do they compare to the Samsung SpinPoints with Nidec motors?
by halfpower
Sat Apr 10, 2010 8:45 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Silencing a Mouse's Microswitches
Replies: 17
Views: 81738

So was how well did this mod worked for you all on this forum? I did the mod and reduced the loudness to about 25% of what it was beforehand. Not quite silence but a big improvement. Also my left click is louder than my right click. I don't want a feather light touch where any finger pressure at all...
by halfpower
Sun Mar 07, 2010 11:07 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: So how much has changed in the last five years?
Replies: 18
Views: 4789

What about these huge heat sinks? Don't they exceed the maximum weight limit of the CPUs and motherboards?
by halfpower
Sun Mar 07, 2010 7:01 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: So how much has changed in the last five years?
Replies: 18
Views: 4789

So how much has changed in the last five years?

2005 is when I built my rig. Then Nexus 120 mm fans and Antec cases seemed to be all the rage. Intel chips were largely out because of high energy consumption. So now it's 2010. SSDs are getting reasonably cheap, memory has gone from DDR to DDR3, there's something called USB 3.0, and everything has ...
by halfpower
Wed Jun 21, 2006 2:36 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: ACPI for Fan Control in Linux?
Replies: 1
Views: 1069

ACPI for Fan Control in Linux?

I have three fans connected to my motherboard with three-pin connectors and just want to set them at 50% like I do with SpeedFan. Will ACPI give me the fan control I want? Has anyone here done this? Just thought I would check before I go through the pains of a custom kernel.
by halfpower
Sat Apr 08, 2006 10:12 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Nidecs, Seasonic, and 125 Hz
Replies: 6
Views: 2249

It's almost certainly the drive motors. My Samsung SpinPoints are soft-mounted, and when I put a finger on one I can feel it vibrating, but can't hear them. I'm betting if you soft-mount your disks, the hum will go away. That will help, but I'm trying to solve the whoosh noise too. I might enclose ...
by halfpower
Sat Apr 08, 2006 10:10 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Nidecs, Seasonic, and 125 Hz
Replies: 6
Views: 2249

As others have said, it's almost certainly your hard drives. How far away from the case was the microphone when you made the recording? The reason I ask is that the 120 Hz spike that you're seeing will probably be much more pronounced in a near-field recording than one from your operating position....
by halfpower
Sat Apr 08, 2006 10:08 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Nidecs, Seasonic, and 125 Hz
Replies: 6
Views: 2249

qviri wrote:Perhaps 120 Hz is close enough?

120 Hz is 120 times/second. This is also 7200 times/minute, which bears striking resemblance to your hard drives' rotational speed.
120 Hz is probably with in error range.
by halfpower
Sat Apr 08, 2006 7:29 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Nidecs, Seasonic, and 125 Hz
Replies: 6
Views: 2249

Nidecs, Seasonic, and 125 Hz

My computer includes two Samsung Nidecs, a Seasonic 350W Super Tornado Rev. 2, and an Antec 3000B. The Nidecs are hard mounted. Today I stopped my case and CPU fans and made a few recordings from the front and side of my case. The recordings were made with an MXL 990 and done so in a relatively casu...
by halfpower
Thu Jan 19, 2006 12:39 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My totally silent low-power rig!
Replies: 18
Views: 7279

zhenya wrote: The foam is leftover scraps from Pelican style cases. Sorry I can't be more specific! We just have lots of it leftover from shipping equipment at work! :D
Is it soft foam such as a sponge or is it more like styrofoam?
by halfpower
Sun Jan 15, 2006 6:47 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My totally silent low-power rig!
Replies: 18
Views: 7279

Does that foam help to kill the whoosh noise from your Samsung? If so, where did you get the foam. Is it not helpful to put foam on the underside of the hard drive? The foam helps tremendously. With it, I have real silence - I can't hear the machine, even seeking, at a distance of about 1 meter. Th...
by halfpower
Fri Jan 13, 2006 5:24 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My totally silent low-power rig!
Replies: 18
Views: 7279

Does that foam help to kill the whoosh noise from your Samsung? If so, where did you get the foam. Is it not helpful to put foam on the underside of the hard drive?
by halfpower
Mon Jan 09, 2006 5:43 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: PCs and RF interference.
Replies: 6
Views: 2700

The noise picked up by the SM57 is from electromagnetic interference. I can't really hear it though when the mic is three feet away from the PSU.
by halfpower
Sun Jan 08, 2006 9:01 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: PCs and RF interference.
Replies: 6
Views: 2700

Yes. PCs do cause microphones to pick up noise. I have an SM57 dynamic microphone w/ balanced line and it picks up some noise from the PSU and CRT. I suspect that other components inside the PC might also cause noise. I also have a Marshall MXL 990 condenser mic and it does NOT pick up audible RF no...
by halfpower
Sun Oct 02, 2005 1:20 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Info on SpeedFan
Replies: 8
Views: 2322

Okay, I just unchecked "set fans to 100% when program closes," rebooted, and started Linux. My fans stayed at 53%! I'll think I'll have to test this with a cold boot.
by halfpower
Thu Sep 29, 2005 4:35 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Info on SpeedFan
Replies: 8
Views: 2322

Will it go back to 100% when I reboot?
by halfpower
Thu Sep 29, 2005 4:19 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Info on SpeedFan
Replies: 8
Views: 2322

Info on SpeedFan

There is an option in SpeedFan that says "set fans to 100% on program exit." Can anyone explain to me how my computer manages to hold the fan settings after the program has closed out?
by halfpower
Wed Sep 28, 2005 8:49 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Running Two Fans off a Single Fan Header
Replies: 4
Views: 1570

Two of those will work as long as you cut the tach wire on one and the two that carry the voltage on the other.

I'm not sure what the effect would be if two tach wires were routed to the same header.

Edit:

Or is this exactly what 3-pin Y-cables are for?
by halfpower
Wed Sep 28, 2005 5:55 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Running Two Fans off a Single Fan Header
Replies: 4
Views: 1570

Running Two Fans off a Single Fan Header

My motherboard has three fan headers (3-pin). Two have variable voltage, while the other is fixed at 12v. This presented a problem for me because my system had three fans that should not be run at 12v. I solved the probelm by putting the voltage lines from the front and rear case fans in parallel an...
by halfpower
Wed Sep 28, 2005 5:39 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Bubblewrap, and some other question.
Replies: 9
Views: 2776

I'm not sure what Blu-tack is, but I suspect that bubblewrap would act as a good thermal insulator.
by halfpower
Wed Aug 03, 2005 9:58 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: silent PC.. as a musician..
Replies: 20
Views: 7217

What would really be nice, would be a way to completely stop ones hard drives and just record straight to memory.
by halfpower
Sun Jul 31, 2005 11:58 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: silent PC.. as a musician..
Replies: 20
Views: 7217

I don't think I'd want to put my hard drive in a pouch, put my computer in the trunk of a car, and then drive 600km. I'm not so much worried about having a hard drive slide free, as I am having a hard drive forcibly collide with my motherboard. It's really the motherboard that I am concerned about. ...
by halfpower
Sat Jul 30, 2005 2:28 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: silent PC.. as a musician..
Replies: 20
Views: 7217

I'll have to look into enclosures. I looked at one but was a bit put off by the $60 price tag, as it will cost $120 for two of them. I've been looking into suspension, but few setups are rugged enough for the computer to be transported. My sound card has is rated with a 120db SNR and a dynamic range...
by halfpower
Fri Jul 29, 2005 11:22 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: silent PC.. as a musician..
Replies: 20
Views: 7217

I've been wondering how to silence my hard drives. I'm considering mounting 2-5cm thick pieces of foam around my hard drives (partially enclosing them)in an attempt to cut hard drive noise by 50%. I didn't realize that noise gates were a practical solution to the spin noise problem. these days, even...
by halfpower
Mon Jul 11, 2005 12:13 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Does Suspension Reduce Whoosh Noise
Replies: 2
Views: 1231

Does Suspension Reduce Whoosh Noise

My hard drives are the loudest components in my computer. They are mounted conventionally in an Antec SLK 3000B drive cage. When idling they produce a soft whoosh noise. If I remove the dive cage and hold it in my hand while the computer is running, the level of whoosh noise does not change. Will su...
by halfpower
Thu Jun 30, 2005 7:07 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: one fan Athlon64 3000+ rig
Replies: 12
Views: 9769

Wow, one fan! I wouldn't have thought it could be done. I can't believe I'm using four in mine :?
by halfpower
Tue Jun 28, 2005 2:10 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Expert opinion wanted on my new 'silent' DAW system!
Replies: 13
Views: 3703

It looks okay to me. I'd check to see how much power draw the E-mu takes. Some E-mu cards require a 4 prong connection to the PSU.
by halfpower
Fri Jun 24, 2005 3:37 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: What are the different temp readings in my speedfan?
Replies: 10
Views: 2410

I hope I'm not hijacking this thread, but I've been having similar problems with SpeedFan. My read out looks like this: Temp1: 30C <---mobo Temp2: 40C <---CPU Temp3: 17C <---??? Temp: 126C <---??? Temp: 126C <---??? HD0: 29C <---hard disk HD1: 29C <---hard disk I don't know where the two "Temp: 126C...
by halfpower
Thu Jun 23, 2005 10:57 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Soft Mounting Two Hard Disks in a 3000B
Replies: 1
Views: 1158

Soft Mounting Two Hard Disks in a 3000B

I have two Samsung Nidecs in an Antec SLK 3000B. What is the best way to quiet them? I'm thinking that I must soft mount them. I might use burcakb's drive cage suspension method ( http://forums.silentpcreview.com/viewtopic.php?t=17474&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0 ), but I'm not sure if the drive...
by halfpower
Tue Jun 21, 2005 9:45 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Max Input Power of Nexus 120mm Fans
Replies: 3
Views: 1118

I'm guessing the difference is due to the properties of the fan circuit. Is the resistance increasing when the voltage gets turned up?