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by Ducky
Wed Mar 21, 2007 6:38 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The Vista Dilemma - I am stuck in a loop.
Replies: 11
Views: 3956

Try "upgrading" the unauthorized copy -- that should get you in for a short while, I think.
by Ducky
Fri Nov 11, 2005 1:40 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: P180 VGA vents covered with 2 fanless 6600 cards
Replies: 2
Views: 1143

I have a similar configuration as you -- P180 with 2 6600GT cards and a Athlon X2 4200+ with the VGA duct removed. In that configuration, I didn't have too much trouble cooling my CPU -- however, my video card temps were going up into the high 60s on idle and shoots up into the 90s even while just p...
by Ducky
Thu Oct 27, 2005 8:02 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: LAN / www FileServer ||| HTPC ||| software advice
Replies: 5
Views: 1600

I assume, from your questions, that you are already running Windows of some type on the old system. If it's anything above Windows 3.1, I think, from your requirements, you just need to enable file sharing of the whole hard disk. More explicitly, it'd be: 1. Make sure the two computers are in the sa...
by Ducky
Thu Jun 23, 2005 8:56 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Catalyst 5.6 significantly increasing heat production?
Replies: 17
Views: 4067

It makes sense, if you think about it:

If your CPU stays at 100%, it gets warmer, right?

So, with a more efficient driver that keeps the GPU working at 100% for longer periods of time, the GPU will probably get warmer, as well.
by Ducky
Tue Jun 21, 2005 8:46 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Cardboard ducting - Safe?
Replies: 32
Views: 10729

Depending on the type of duct and type of cardboard, the heat might make the cardboard "floppy" and make the duct deform. So, some duct tape to maintain its rigidity may be necessary. (I was using tissue boxes to make a L-shaped piece for a VGA card duct, much as Bluefront and Arctic cooling had don...
by Ducky
Mon Jun 13, 2005 4:49 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Yet another "case search" thread.
Replies: 10
Views: 2792

Does this carrying around require going up or down stairs? If not, why not buy a typical EATX-capable tower case and put casters at the bottom? That way, you can push it around instead of carrying it, which should widen your options quite a bit.
by Ducky
Sun Jun 12, 2005 7:41 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: First review of P-180 on Antec site!
Replies: 11
Views: 3302

It can't even be called a preview -- it's simply a Japanese press release announcing the "super cooling ability PC case with 2 chamber design" being available in June, as well as the low-noise power supply called Phantom 500 being available for preorder. It basically just explains what fans are plac...
by Ducky
Fri Jun 10, 2005 10:37 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec P180: A visual tour
Replies: 224
Views: 161323

That has to do with what some of the internet stores actually does -- though usually this was noticed mostly with camera shops, I guess computer cases receive the same treatment, too: 1. Store receives retail packages of things. 2. Store takes out certain things from the package and lowballs the pri...
by Ducky
Thu Jun 02, 2005 8:50 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec P180: A visual tour
Replies: 224
Views: 161323

BS. I called up the company and the gentlemen said they would have their preorder section for their website up next week for the P180 when the arrive next month, so apparantly, there is some communication breakdown. MIKE! Fix it!! :? Hmmm. I guess someone at Endpcnoise.com is arguing about this. We...
by Ducky
Thu Jun 02, 2005 6:31 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Gigabyte's RAM drive card w/battery backup...
Replies: 348
Views: 154515

You guys, this is not a flash memory product; this is based on RAM, which is completely different in performance profile. Flash is designed to retain its data for long period of time without battery backup; RAM requires power to retain its charge and consequently the stored data. RAM is much faster...
by Ducky
Wed Jun 01, 2005 8:22 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Gigabyte's RAM drive card w/battery backup...
Replies: 348
Views: 154515

I'm afraid latencies and seek times have nothing to do with bandwidth, and consequently, transfer rates. It's the same thing with kids and food: even with a small mouth they can taste the food right away, but eating a large meal can take a long time ;) For me, though, the bandwidth between the plat...
by Ducky
Wed Jun 01, 2005 6:08 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: New PASSIVE Asus A8N-SLI Premium! @ Computex
Replies: 9
Views: 4163

According to Froogle, people are listing this for $300 USD

On the stores' pictures, though, the NB is still fan-cooled.

See, for example, http://www.atacom.com/program/print_htm ... ASUS_A8_NP
by Ducky
Tue May 24, 2005 6:21 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Dust Kills Computers.....
Replies: 67
Views: 22086

Actually, ESD training simply will tell you that it isn't about sucking or blowing -- both have a good chance of killing your boards with static electricity if the air isn't humid enough. (Only argument for canned air might be that the velocity of the air is slightly lower, so is less likely to buil...
by Ducky
Tue May 17, 2005 11:06 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Storage without moving parts?
Replies: 59
Views: 18202

Re: Storage without moving parts?

The flash will wear out rather quickly. You'll have to get Microsoft to redesign Windows to store data exclusively in the RAM (meaning no paging) and drastically increase the minimum memory requirement (to something like 1GB of RAM) to significantly prolong the life of the flash memory. Actually, M...
by Ducky
Fri Apr 15, 2005 6:16 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SilenX Luxurae Hard Drive Silencer - any good?
Replies: 27
Views: 9122

noise floor? what's a noise floor? :) How loud are the noises in the room your computer's in, as well as the other noises coming from your computer? Remember: Even with 100% SPCR-recommended components, if you have, say, a rumbling air conditioning unit, is close to a busy street, etc. the "noise f...
by Ducky
Thu Apr 14, 2005 10:48 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Windows98 in Ram Disk- Sucess! silent!
Replies: 54
Views: 19349

One thing you forgot: MSDOS.SYS on the hard drive. I recommend having two copies of this file created. One for normal booting, and another one for RAM disk booting. In the normal copy, have everything in it point to C: like before. In the RAM disk copy, have everything point to D: instead. Remember ...
by Ducky
Fri Apr 08, 2005 11:59 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Windows98 in Ram Disk- Sucess! silent!
Replies: 54
Views: 19349

That's actually what the person in the thread you linked to did, actually -- the CF was used simply to hold the initial OS image, which creates a ram disk, installs the OS image into the ram disk, then runs off of that instead of the CF card. So, that's why the "less than a minute" comment was sorta...
by Ducky
Fri Apr 08, 2005 7:53 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Heat rises is a MYTH!
Replies: 41
Views: 12043

Hmmm. Someone else had done a chimney and had it work before. Aha. Found it:
http://forums.silentpcreview.com/viewtopic.php?t=5089

Granted, this is a water-cooled setup, but the concept is probably similar enough. I believe an article of the same name is in the archives, too.
by Ducky
Thu Apr 07, 2005 9:08 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Windows98 in Ram Disk- Sucess! silent!
Replies: 54
Views: 19349

One thing people keep forgetting about CF speed vs. Hard drive speed is: Yes, CF cards has about the same performance as a ATA33 hard drive in PIO mode in terms of max. transfer rate, since that's what the CF standard is based on. This also answers the first question -- CF cards look like a IDE hard...
by Ducky
Sat Jan 01, 2005 10:23 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Case with fans directly in front/behind 5.25" drive bay
Replies: 10
Views: 2267

Also, check out some of the "full tower" cases -- the one I have, Antec KS-188, has a compartment at the top above the power supply specifically for drives, which one can attach 2 80mm fans to in the back. Of course, it's a rather old case, so it doesn't have any 120mm exhausts or anything, but I'm ...
by Ducky
Wed Nov 17, 2004 6:54 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Making a fanless Pentium M system from a centrino laptop
Replies: 12
Views: 3015

You guys now have me considering whether it's such a great idea now. I do my applications in Shockwave Flash, This may require some clarification -- are you doing Shockwave or Flash? There are plugins for Flash on Linux, but no Shockwave plugins. So, if you require both, Linux is out of the questio...
by Ducky
Tue Nov 16, 2004 8:25 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Making a fanless Pentium M system from a centrino laptop
Replies: 12
Views: 3015

Re: Making a fanless Pentium M system from a centrino laptop

Concerning the integrated graphics on that laptop... It'd be okay if for "3D" if you're not looking for high res or high framerates, but it's really not enough for most 3D games. Really should go for one with an integrated Nvidia or ATI graphics chip if you want decent 3D performance. As long as you...
by Ducky
Tue Nov 02, 2004 6:31 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: breathing vs. streaming
Replies: 5
Views: 4178

It's actually slightly more complicated than that: Streaming is the ideal way to cool things, yes -- but it's also harder, since one would need to actually pay close attention to how the air flows and make sure everything gets some air somewhere. On the other hand, breathing cases tends to care less...
by Ducky
Mon Aug 30, 2004 6:06 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: evacuating heat from under desk
Replies: 10
Views: 3399

Actually, even putting a little desk fan right on top of the computer should cool it back down, given the way the computer is situated.
by Ducky
Tue Aug 17, 2004 5:44 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung SpinPoint Death(s) -- Possible Cause Discovered
Replies: 4
Views: 1655

I don't think that 40mins of HD intense seeking would destroy it, I have two samsung's and I've ran them pretty hard at times, dragging files across the network, defragging, etc. I think youd have to run it hot for maybe a couple hours for it to start to get hot enough to cause damage. what's your ...
by Ducky
Tue Aug 17, 2004 2:10 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung SpinPoint Death(s) -- Possible Cause Discovered
Replies: 4
Views: 1655

Samsung SpinPoint Death(s) -- Possible Cause Discovered

I think I figured out one way SpinPoints will die a horrible death -- overheating. Recently, I got an gigabit ethernet connection for my PVR computer sitting by my TV. Figuring that the connection gives me hard disk-like latencies over the network, I started streaming/copying the TV shows I had on m...
by Ducky
Sun Aug 15, 2004 7:45 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: USB Temperature
Replies: 10
Views: 2505

Re: USB Heat

My conclusion is that USB is delivering a software solution to what is an architectural hardware limitation. A plausible conclusion. As I understand it, USB is a design with 'dumb' hardware i.e. it needs quite a bit of software to work. Apparently this is what separates it from Firewire for example...
by Ducky
Thu Aug 05, 2004 7:49 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Viagra of hardware cooling
Replies: 14
Views: 6561

Hmmm. This might actually justify an upside-down desktop arrangement in order to not break the motherboard. (i.e. entire motherboard uses the heatsink as a support pillar, CPU face-down in a desktop case.) Still, though, something that large really should have better support than a few really long s...
by Ducky
Wed Jul 21, 2004 9:43 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Pentium M Dothan performance compared to desktop chips...
Replies: 4
Views: 1676

Actually, Intel knew that the Pentium M beats out the Pentium 4 clock-for-clock over pretty much anything AND uses less power from the outset -- problem is, their marketing department already spent way too much on "bigger clock numbers are better," and Pentium 4 development costs also need to be rec...
by Ducky
Tue May 25, 2004 9:41 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: the best way to solder 2-3 heatsinks together
Replies: 13
Views: 3631

dan wrote:hi,
superglue was the first thing i tried, b/c it's so easy compared to soldering, but after several weeks it just dropped off.
Try using JB weld at the edges with the thermal interface material in the middle. It should bond a wee bit better than superglue.