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by |Romeo|
Thu Oct 06, 2005 11:04 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Press release for new Antec P150 case.
Replies: 70
Views: 42199

Good Christ! Poor Antec. Apparently there is nothing they can do to ever make the "perfect case". :rolleyes: If I was Mr. Antec, I think I'd torch the entire building and retire to live in Monaco. :) I can see why retire to Monaco, but why torch the building? You have people bitching about "faults"...
by |Romeo|
Tue Aug 16, 2005 2:24 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AOpen i915GMm-HFS: 2nd Gen Pentium M desktop board
Replies: 146
Views: 112015

I've been looking into the heatsink question for this board recently, and was hoping to get some parts to check with before commenting; but since this has appeared now :shrug: The heatsink mounting hole pattern appears to be within 0.025" (0.635mm) of that used on NV40 reference graphics cards. i.e....
by |Romeo|
Wed Aug 10, 2005 3:42 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Plextor's 16x Slot Loading DVD Burner
Replies: 11
Views: 3942

Is the BenQ drive quiet? That's the whole point here, remember. I'm particularly interested in whether any of these drives will run quietly under linux. Plextor hasn't offered any indication that they will make their utilities available for linux, and afaik they're required to quiet their drives. I...
by |Romeo|
Tue Aug 09, 2005 2:36 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Intel Mobile CPU Roadmap
Replies: 2
Views: 3096

I have a 1.2 P-M ULV in the tablet that I'm writing this on. It's nice.
by |Romeo|
Mon Aug 08, 2005 2:48 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: NB heat piped mobos: ASUS or Abit?
Replies: 27
Views: 11711

Centaur wrote:
|Romeo| wrote:I'm intrigued, what do you have that is not happy with a USB parallel port?
Thanks for the comments. It's an EPROM programmer.
Thanks. I've only ever seen RS232 ones.

For what it's worth, I generally prefer Asus boards
by |Romeo|
Mon Aug 08, 2005 1:48 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: NB heat piped mobos: ASUS or Abit?
Replies: 27
Views: 11711

I'm intrigued, what do you have that is not happy with a USB parallel port? Anyway, my first reaction would be that if you want the Abit, just put a PCI parallel port controller in and be done with it; however it might be worth testing your device with one first (they don't cost very much) in case t...
by |Romeo|
Wed Aug 03, 2005 2:48 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Phantom 500 - ripple problems?!
Replies: 7
Views: 2139

If that ripple occurs only at full load, then I'd call it a non-issue. It would be nice if Tom's would give more details, like at what wattage the ripple crossed the 50mv threshold, or even if the ripple was continuous or transient, then we would know whether or not to even worry about it. In "real...
by |Romeo|
Mon Aug 01, 2005 10:58 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: CM Stacker or Lian-Li V2100 best choice for monster storage?
Replies: 26
Views: 7636

Not sure how I didn't see this thread before... Anyway. The Stacker isn't really a quiet case, it's not so bad, but the panels are (of necessity) so large that they can resonate a lot. The 4in3 modules aren't wonderful at reducing seek noise, but obviously they are better than hard mounting. The sto...
by |Romeo|
Sun Jul 31, 2005 2:13 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: On passively cooled CPUs and their motherboards
Replies: 6
Views: 2661

Try this utility http://81.5.185.34/tc-one-thousand/Down ... lSetup.exe I believe it was originally written for the Fujitsu P2xxx series that used a Crusoe 5800, but works with the 5800 in HPs TabletPC too, so there seems a fair chance that it will work on an OQO too.
by |Romeo|
Thu Jul 28, 2005 7:17 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice sought - home NAS configuration
Replies: 25
Views: 10144

Actually I started with Debian, then switched to Gentoo (my raid setup survived the "switchover" - my testing to ensure that if HW not related to the disks died, I could migrate to a new linux server with no loss of data - within reason of course). I think that's another big advantage of software R...
by |Romeo|
Thu Jul 21, 2005 9:44 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Monitoring power consumption?
Replies: 11
Views: 4080

Maplin did a power meter last time I checked. Can't vouch for its accuracy though.
by |Romeo|
Mon Jul 18, 2005 4:52 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SATA power connectors vs. standard power connectors
Replies: 7
Views: 1881

there's a 3.3v line in a SATA power connector.
by |Romeo|
Mon Jul 18, 2005 4:51 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Transmeta CPUs
Replies: 9
Views: 3336

I have a 1Ghz crusoe. It's very slow. I have an otherwise almost identical 1.2Ghz Centrino which kicks its ass in a huge (felt 2-3x as fast with half the RAM). As I said, the Efficeons are better, and if you can get an 88xx (which as far as I know, you can't for less than $800) you'd have a nice low...
by |Romeo|
Fri Jul 15, 2005 3:23 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Transmeta CPUs
Replies: 9
Views: 3336

Not very good. Newer models are supposedly better, but I'm not sure if that's truly the case or not.
by |Romeo|
Fri Jul 15, 2005 3:20 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silencing a Coolermaster Stacker... or buying a P180...
Replies: 11
Views: 6624

The Stacker is an interesting case, it holds a lot of potential for ducting various components with large, straight ducts. It also has good possibilities for suspending drives. However, it has a lot of holes, the stock fans are very noisy, and the side panels are best not mentioned however, as they ...
by |Romeo|
Wed Jul 06, 2005 3:20 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: sound cards electrical noise aluminum foil EM shielding
Replies: 16
Views: 3389

thanks for the warning!!!! still i wonder if it could be a viable product. You know, i've wondered what spread spectrum was for. F*** up the design a bit and you make yourself a nice handy antenna. Just what you wanted in your sound card, right? Pay attention to the above; it's quite likely that wh...
by |Romeo|
Sat Jul 02, 2005 3:09 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: TNN, or P180 with Reservator???
Replies: 17
Views: 4315

Photoshop over Gigabit Ethernet is perfectly doable, I have a friend who does is all the time. Doing the maths, you're almost certainly going to be limited by the disc, whether it's in the case, or in a file server somewhere else. If you go with the iram as well, invest in a pair of UPS units -one f...
by |Romeo|
Sat Jul 02, 2005 2:55 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Networked storage for silence
Replies: 4
Views: 2442

What do you want to know about a file server? If you record as much TV as I do; then you will certainly need one (I have 2TB in a Coolermaster Stacker). Bandwidth for MPEG2 is not a problem, I run 4 streams simultaneously over fast ehternet (haven't got enough client machines to try more), and these...
by |Romeo|
Fri Jun 24, 2005 10:26 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Any MATX case interest? & Newbie case advice?
Replies: 74
Views: 35892

It looks like it's the same pseudo-BTX configuration that is pretty popular right now (Lian-Li 1000 etc...) with the board flipped. I don't understand what the advantage is. Thermally, there is no difference compared to the board mounted normally. Nor is there any functionally. About the only thing...
by |Romeo|
Sun Jun 05, 2005 11:12 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Gigabyte's RAM drive card w/battery backup...
Replies: 348
Views: 157223

Addressing the previous questions about a PCI to PCI-E adapter: Unfortunately they do not exist. One of the technologies is a paralell data structure while the other is serial and hence they are incompatible. http://focus.ti.com/docs/pr/pressrelease.jhtml?prelId=sc04187 I think they can exist... To...
by |Romeo|
Sun Jun 05, 2005 3:42 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate 7200.7 vs 7200.8
Replies: 12
Views: 3734

Seagate had the barracuda IV (and later V) which were supposed to be very quiet drives. The 7200.7 is louder and the 7200.8 is even louder and not considered useable in a quiet computer, because of seek noises. This is what i know based on reading the forums here, i have never had a seagate drive i...
by |Romeo|
Sat Jun 04, 2005 5:01 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Gigabyte's RAM drive card w/battery backup...
Replies: 348
Views: 157223

My first reaction to the power issues was to supply the power through the battery connector, and place the card wherever convinient in the case rather than sacrifice a PCI slot just for power. However, I think it would be wise to discover whether the charging circuit is on the card (I'm thinking thi...
by |Romeo|
Wed Jun 01, 2005 4:25 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Gigabyte's RAM drive card w/battery backup...
Replies: 348
Views: 157223

You don't need a driver from a floppy when using an intel ICH, unless you plan on playing with RAID. With third party PCI, or 3GIO cards you certainly will. I've never had an opportunity to try new Nvidia, Via, Sis or Uli ICHs; so I can't say whether or not they need a driver at OS install or not.
by |Romeo|
Sun May 29, 2005 12:31 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec P180: A visual tour
Replies: 224
Views: 164691

Would a Phantom 500 with the fan off work in the P180 with the airflow of that lower chamber 120mm TriCool? How will you disable the fan without getting inside the PSU? It's well nigh impossible to get into a Phantom because of the way it's assembled. -Ed Isn't the fan thermally controlled though? ...
by |Romeo|
Wed May 25, 2005 1:16 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Storage without moving parts?
Replies: 59
Views: 18685

It seems to me that Samsung are not really pitching this at silence -they say that laptop battery life would increase by about 10% that's above 20 minutes on my tablet along with no spin up time when coming out of hibernation (and depending on what the transfer rate turns out to be, a faster boot). ...
by |Romeo|
Sat May 21, 2005 4:49 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Pentium M Dothan Based System Advice
Replies: 17
Views: 4561

At the risk of hijacking this thread slightly, what are the measurements between the holes heatsink mounting holes? (Basically, is a chipset heatsink likely to be easily doable? Or for that matter, would the Swiftech water block fit with a new hold-down plate).
by |Romeo|
Sun May 15, 2005 12:03 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Looking for CD burner that also reads DVDs?
Replies: 38
Views: 9161

First of all, we're talking about the quality of the media itself, not the quality of the burn. The extra layers of substrate on a standard CD-R go a long way in keeping scratches from actually doing damage to data; I wonder how this can be when I can see through most CDRs. Do remember that CDs wor...
by |Romeo|
Sat May 14, 2005 11:41 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Looking for CD burner that also reads DVDs?
Replies: 38
Views: 9161

Just remember when you're debating the quality of burnable CD-Rs that even the cheapest, crappiest one you can buy is leagues better than the best-quality redbook CD. As long as you take good care of them, they shouldn't be too much of a problem. cheap DVD-Rs, on the other hand... :roll: Sorry, but...
by |Romeo|
Sat May 14, 2005 8:18 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Looking for CD burner that also reads DVDs?
Replies: 38
Views: 9161

Just remember when you're debating the quality of burnable CD-Rs that even the cheapest, crappiest one you can buy is leagues better than the best-quality redbook CD. As long as you take good care of them, they shouldn't be too much of a problem. cheap DVD-Rs, on the other hand... :roll: Sorry, but...
by |Romeo|
Tue May 10, 2005 3:39 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: insufferably inane question about power supply power cords:)
Replies: 48
Views: 11632

Digital's digital; once you use a decent enough cable to eliminate jitter, that's all it takes. Just use any ol' 75 ohm impedance cable for coax and you're set. ALL, that's right all, components, cables, etc introduce jitter, you get jitter just moving around on the MOBO--it is far worse if you are...