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by |Romeo|
Fri May 06, 2005 6:08 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Mounting Harddrives at odd angles
Replies: 133
Views: 272250

It seems a little ridiculous to me that some brands of HDs could be mounted obliquely and others couldn't. I think what's more realistic is that some manufacturors are just trying to limit their liability. Why ridiculous? If it needs modifications to achieve (or even just testing to validate that i...
by |Romeo|
Mon Apr 25, 2005 11:31 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 2.5" motherboard compatibility
Replies: 11
Views: 2459

In general, notebook drives are designed to take more "rough & tumble" than desktop dives, but are assumed to have a shorter life span due to the fact that notebooks tend to get replaced more frequently than desktops (looks, battery life, left-on-train syndrome etc.)
by |Romeo|
Fri Apr 15, 2005 11:06 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Windows98 in Ram Disk- Sucess! silent!
Replies: 54
Views: 19925

Personally, I had in mind installing a second copy of windows, but it's your choice. For your subst problems, are you in the right directory when you try and run subst?
by |Romeo|
Thu Apr 14, 2005 3:56 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Windows98 in Ram Disk- Sucess! silent!
Replies: 54
Views: 19925

But when you created the zip file, you needed to do it from an installation of windows with a path of d:\windows because ini files and registry keys reference files/sub directories in the windows directory. So if you have an install of windows at c:\windows and then move it to d:\windows, whenever i...
by |Romeo|
Thu Apr 14, 2005 2:08 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Windows98 in Ram Disk- Sucess! silent!
Replies: 54
Views: 19925

ok i now have msdos.sys with the paths section reading: WinDir=D:\WINDOWS WinBootDir=d:\WINDOWS HostWinBootDrv=D i have this on the hard disk (C: ), the floppy disk (A: ) and i added it to d.zip so that it also loads into the ramdisk (D: ) they are all set to read only and hidden .. does it matter ...
by |Romeo|
Thu Apr 14, 2005 2:01 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Windows98 in Ram Disk- Sucess! silent!
Replies: 54
Views: 19925

You can definitely PXE boot XP embedded, I've seen it done. I'm not sure about full versions of XP (planning to try though when I get enough free time) I can't immediately see anything to stop it working -provided you have enough RAM .
by |Romeo|
Thu Apr 14, 2005 1:58 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Any issues with mounting your harddrive upside down?
Replies: 5
Views: 1837

Laptop drives don't seem to care about their orientation at all any more; I have a tablet PC where the HD (virtually) never has a plane parallel to the horizontal (or within 15 degrees) and it's still running fine after 2+ years.
by |Romeo|
Thu Apr 14, 2005 1:54 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Perpendicular
Replies: 28
Views: 10340

I'm going to suggest WinFS, improved defragmentation algorithms, more sophisticated command queing and larger caches will lead to data being more both contiguous, and drives being able to read the data in a more contiguous manner. Even if all these would have a serious impact on the importance of s...
by |Romeo|
Thu Apr 14, 2005 7:11 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Perpendicular
Replies: 28
Views: 10340

I'm going to suggest WinFS, improved defragmentation algorithms, more sophisticated command queing and larger caches will lead to data being more both contiguous, and drives being able to read the data in a more contiguous manner.
by |Romeo|
Thu Apr 14, 2005 3:28 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Perpendicular
Replies: 28
Views: 10340

Seek times are less important if the data that you need to read (or write) is placed contiguously on the disc. Command queing and large caches also help. i.e. if you need to read four sectors place randomly on the disc, then you have to perform four seeks, and your fast seeking drive has an average ...
by |Romeo|
Thu Apr 14, 2005 3:07 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Windows98 in Ram Disk- Sucess! silent!
Replies: 54
Views: 19925

You're using the wrong version of DOSLFNBK; see http://www8.pair.com/dmurdoch/programs/doslfnbk.htm -Your need version 2.3 for disks formatted in FAT-32, or 2.5 for drives larger than 2GB formatted in FAT-16. Don't worry about DBLSPACE.BIN, you shouldn't need it for what you're doing
by |Romeo|
Tue Apr 12, 2005 2:57 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Windows98 in Ram Disk- Sucess! silent!
Replies: 54
Views: 19925

i am happy to do what hes done.. i have decided to try this and (for the time being) abandonned using a CF card atall.. what i have now: windows 98SE (lite, micro) install on an old 4GB hard drive.. working, drivers installed etc.. Just quickly, make sure that this install is on drive d: (or whatev...
by |Romeo|
Sat Apr 09, 2005 11:14 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Windows98 in Ram Disk- Sucess! silent!
Replies: 54
Views: 19925

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 sort...
by |Romeo|
Fri Apr 08, 2005 10:29 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Heat rises is a MYTH!
Replies: 41
Views: 12450

Silly question; but you have insulated the outside of your pipe?
by |Romeo|
Sat Apr 02, 2005 2:35 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Thoughts on Seagate?
Replies: 8
Views: 2545

I can only speak for the experience of 5 or 6 people around here (a couple of whom work in a shop); but in our world; WD drives have a very high failure rate, Maxtor is OK but gets quite a few returns, Samsung is fine regarding returns, but I had a forgetful one; Deathstars are like Fujitsus; viewed...
by |Romeo|
Sat Apr 02, 2005 9:49 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung HUTIL software
Replies: 2
Views: 1400

Re: Samsung HUTIL software

I have 2 samsung drives, When I run the Hutil software to change the drives settings. The progran can't locate the drives and when trying to access Acoustic Management functions etc I get a message saying the program is locked. Does anyone Have any ideas out how to get the program to function corre...
by |Romeo|
Thu Mar 31, 2005 3:19 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Raptor WD740 10,000rpm & 300gb Seagate Barracuda 7200.8
Replies: 21
Views: 4347

I have several (4) 7200.8s I also have a couple of 7200.7s, and one V. All are SATA. The 8s are noticably better for video work, the V and 7 seem similar (subjectively). Given the platter density, and these benchmarks, I'd say the 8 is better than anything else in its price range for video work righ...
by |Romeo|
Wed Mar 30, 2005 8:25 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Web site for calculating PSU needs
Replies: 26
Views: 5845

tay wrote: The hd numbers seem a bit high
The nice thing about HDs is that the information on power consumption is fairly easy to get.
by |Romeo|
Sun Mar 27, 2005 8:47 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Web site for calculating PSU needs
Replies: 26
Views: 5845

Well I certainly don't think it's bad; the double error only apears to happen for USB; the rest of the numbers seem to be about right. It's just a shame that more companies don't make the information about their products easily available <cough>graphics card, sound card, RAID card, chipset... </chok...
by |Romeo|
Sat Mar 26, 2005 3:25 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Do heatpipe northbridge coolers exist?
Replies: 27
Views: 14671

I would think the most useful part of SATAII for people here would be staggered spin up
by |Romeo|
Sat Mar 26, 2005 10:46 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Web site for calculating PSU needs
Replies: 26
Views: 5845

I'd love to know where their USB device power consumption is coming from; +5V, 500mA* equals a power draw of 5W...

*Yes, I know that laptops often allow more than 500mA for CD drives, but they're the exception and I believe that they all negotiate that, rather than the laptop just supplying it.
by |Romeo|
Thu Mar 24, 2005 1:34 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Which DVD Burner would you get?
Replies: 59
Views: 25101

I would suggest talking to http://www.infinadyne.com/ as they're the ones who discovered this/worked out what was causing the problems. After it was explained; the wierd behaviour of the drive became clear. I don't have all the information about it; but strongly suspect that disc structure is import...
by |Romeo|
Wed Mar 23, 2005 3:40 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Which DVD Burner would you get?
Replies: 59
Views: 25101

Perhaps most worryingly about the pioneers is their data corruption bug (when the drive experiences a read error, rather than reporting that, it substitutes random data). Which is a pity, because it produces very low error rates on CDs. I couldn't in all conscience suggest getting a pioneer since th...
by |Romeo|
Mon Mar 21, 2005 2:28 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Phantom Menace - Lota talk, no answers.
Replies: 54
Views: 15648

If you choose to operate the supply (or any other component) outside of its specified environment (be that thermal, pressure, electrical or anything else) then you have no right to assume that it'll work. Surely you don't believe that modders, games or silencers follow all the sensible rules all th...
by |Romeo|
Sun Mar 20, 2005 4:22 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Phantom Menace - Lota talk, no answers.
Replies: 54
Views: 15648

2) Assuming all things equal (in terms of engineering, quality of parts & assembly, etc), the fan cooled PSU HAS to be a bit more reliable. There's just no other answer unless you're using it in a super lower power system (like a Pentium M, mini-ITX, etc). With one, at leasome come cooling airflow ...
by |Romeo|
Mon Mar 14, 2005 2:18 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Setup for backups
Replies: 10
Views: 3135

1: I was told it's best to have the OS on its own small hard drive, is this true? The reason for this is to reduce the size of a operating system backup by not including data; and to reduce the size of a data backup by not including the operating system. Mostly, the operating system is not backed u...
by |Romeo|
Mon Mar 14, 2005 1:51 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Water cooled nforce4 chipset
Replies: 5
Views: 2138

But in reality, there's no need to. 50° is not that hot for a NB, its well below the spec. And Nforce4 "NB's" don't produce as much heat as older NB's did, thanks to many of the former NB functions now being merged into the cpu itself. But sadly, all of the functions of the southbridge are now in t...
by |Romeo|
Sun Mar 13, 2005 3:29 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 2.5 hard drive suspended in 3.5 bay
Replies: 6
Views: 1801

My 2.5" drive gets abused something terrible with regards to shock, twists & angle of mounting (it's behind the screen in a tablet pc) -but it still runs fine.
by |Romeo|
Mon Mar 07, 2005 10:56 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Chassis Manufacturers
Replies: 14
Views: 5392

I based this more or less around the situation of the company I work for (Since someone is bound to ask, company B). Strictly speaking we're in the electronics business rather than computing.
by |Romeo|
Sun Mar 06, 2005 3:42 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Chassis Manufacturers
Replies: 14
Views: 5392

My take on the manufacturing situation is that whoever pays for the testing "made" the product, because they are the ones that set the rules for what gets shipped or fixed. Take this scenario; company A wants to create a product that they only have a overall concept for. So they contract the design ...