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by fastturtle
Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:15 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: P3 ERA Celeron General Advice Needed
Replies: 9
Views: 1623

Re: P3 ERA Celeron General Advice Needed

Washu: Thanks for the comments about the possible issue with the Pico PSU in regards to the 5/3.3 volt lines. If needed, I can salvage parts from a dead AT PSU to get the needed connectors and simply build my own version of a Pico. The main reason I thought of the Pico is that the OEM PSU is pushing...
by fastturtle
Wed Jun 20, 2012 2:06 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: P3 ERA Celeron General Advice Needed
Replies: 9
Views: 1623

P3 ERA Celeron General Advice Needed

I've got an old 700Mhz Celeron (P3 ERA) MATX system I'm looking at repurposing as the home router. The CPU fan is fairly quiet but I'm looking at going completely passive so any suggestions on that are welcome. On the power front, the PSU only outputs a max of 100w, so a 120w Pico should be plenty a...
by fastturtle
Sun Oct 09, 2011 2:07 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD A8-3850 Quad Core Desktop APU (updated July 10)
Replies: 43
Views: 17878

Re: AMD A8-3850 Quad Core Desktop APU (updated July 10)

Lawrence: One thing I found interesting was the GPU performance graphics. Comparing the integrated Intel HD against the APU showed almost identical numbers. Pretty impressive that AMD was able to match Intel's performance. One thing I get a real kick out of is that most people don't understand what ...
by fastturtle
Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:18 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Help with WD Caviar Green problems ...
Replies: 9
Views: 1395

Re: Help with WD Caviar Green problems ...

The reason the misalignment caused problems is that the drive used the new 4K boundary instead of the 512b system that XP understands. Thus an Alignment issue such as this can and does cause major performance issues. I suspect what happened was that the Repartitioning defaulted to the new 4k cluster...
by fastturtle
Sat Dec 25, 2010 4:05 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Amd 5670 or 5770
Replies: 4
Views: 1121

Re: Amd 5670 or 5770

Well I run a Saphire 5670-VGA model (has a vga connection) with 512 and it's fanless. Main advantage of the 5670 is the lack of need for a video card power connector (slot powered only) which means it's max draw is 75watts (PCIe spec limit). The only reason to go with the 5770 is Gaming and that's i...
by fastturtle
Thu Aug 12, 2010 5:13 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: atom for file server.. more sata ports?
Replies: 12
Views: 5815

Seems like someone else has fallen into the fallacy of thinking an Atom is better. Sorry but from a cost/performance issue, the only way an Atom makes any sense is for a Laptop where price is not an object. Personally, you would be able to get as good if not better energy savings using a budget Cele...
by fastturtle
Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:51 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: HD 5670 fan control question. Can it be done in software?
Replies: 2
Views: 1895

I'm using the Saphire 5670 with VGA output and the default fan speed of 30 percent is good enough to handle Supreme Commander with everything at High. I can even run the Heavan Benchmark with everything at Max settings and not hear the fan speed up at all (full screem mode) so I'd say off hand the c...
by fastturtle
Tue Jan 19, 2010 4:57 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Green gaming computer suggestions?
Replies: 22
Views: 10864

erkan: Check out the ratings of the new 5670 Radeon. 14 watts at idle with a max draw of 61 watts. It'll run it Crysis at lower settings unless you're like me and still running at 1280x1024, where the card has enough power to run as well as the big boys. I'm planning on getting this card over the we...
by fastturtle
Fri Jan 15, 2010 11:01 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Energy Efficiency?
Replies: 14
Views: 9029

Answers IN order Asked: 1) Get the new Unit - Newer features = extra cost 2) Depends on how much is being drawn (system load) 3) Forget Green - Overpriced for little gain (marketing fluff) 4+5) Varies on the Efficiency Gains - See Answer 1 again 6) No - Green Costs do not justify replacement ($100) ...
by fastturtle
Fri Jan 15, 2010 10:34 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Green gaming computer suggestions?
Replies: 22
Views: 10864

The one place that'll kill you is the Video Card. For the performance level's you're talking, you wont get below 30-50 watts Idle on the card alone. That means you need a Mobo with CPU/Chipset and all other internals that uses less then 5 Watts - the only thing I can suggest is an Arm based setup bu...
by fastturtle
Fri Jan 15, 2010 10:04 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Aero-->reducing power draw by locking gpu card in 2d?
Replies: 21
Views: 9168

The best way to cut power demand in Vista/Win7 for AeroGlass is to use a custom setting. For example, I've got a basic 7300GT card and to keep things usable while still running aero I had to change a few things. The settings that provide 90 percent of Aero's benefits are these 2 Desktop Composition ...
by fastturtle
Fri Jan 15, 2010 8:51 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Low power WHS box - recommendations for mobo needed
Replies: 3
Views: 4013

This is the Celeron Wattage Listing Keep in mind the EIOS are no longer available http://ark.intel.com/ProductCollection.aspx?familyID=288 Two things to keep in mind. Unless you're running a Database app, you don't need lots of CPU for a light duty server. This means either a low power Celeron or Se...
by fastturtle
Fri Jan 15, 2010 8:14 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Low Power GPU's
Replies: 6
Views: 4235

Low Power GPU's

Figured that it was time to start such a Topic - We really need one For those running PCIe cards, the two issues to be aware of is the Power part of the specification. This is how much power the slot is required to provide and it's important to all of us as the cards that can get all of their power ...
by fastturtle
Sat Jul 11, 2009 6:26 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Video capture frustrations
Replies: 3
Views: 1119

Mplayer does offer the ability to read a streaming output (TV Card) and once configured can record that input using memcoder for the output, which is what it sounds like you want. Alternative is to look into the Myth-TV project and see how they're doing the DVR setup, which I suspect is exactly what...
by fastturtle
Tue Feb 24, 2009 9:03 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: Are running costs an issue with your folding?
Replies: 22
Views: 11255

Since my system is on 24/7 and I have an always on net connection, I see little reason not to run the F@H client unless it begins to interfere with what I'm doing. Otherwise, it can run in the background as a service and I don't even notice it anymore. xan_user: Remember that F@H is designed so that...
by fastturtle
Tue Feb 24, 2009 8:34 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: Not dead
Replies: 36
Views: 26686

Aint Dead Yet

I haven't been folding for some time due to testing the Win7 beta after using Vista64 for a while. Recently upgraded memory to 8GB from the 4GB using Intel Tested Memory (Crucial CT25664AA800) and back to running 64bit Gentoo (linux). My next planned upgrade is the CPU as I need a Q6600 (only compat...
by fastturtle
Fri Aug 29, 2008 8:47 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: big sedans!
Replies: 20
Views: 5304

Whine: No Bently on the list.

That's what I want because not only does it have plenty of power, I can also get the armour security kit for it.
by fastturtle
Fri Aug 29, 2008 6:48 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Amber lights for computer
Replies: 8
Views: 2138

Now that sure looks better then those damn blue/green/white flashers everyone seems to want.

God how I hate Blue LEDS as I'm blue light sensitive; Can spot a Police color bar from 2 Miles that's off just from the reflection off the blue lenses during the day.
by fastturtle
Mon Aug 25, 2008 4:40 pm
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: Now I've gone and done it.
Replies: 7
Views: 5921

Which is exactly why I don't perform Bios Updates unless they solve an actual problem. Very risky though with the new bios recovery capabilities, it's no longer as bad as it used to be.
by fastturtle
Mon Aug 25, 2008 3:52 pm
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: Congrats to the Others.......
Replies: 5
Views: 5393

Haven't visted in quite a while and the first thing I catch is this thread.

Thanks for the note on the 90K contributions
by fastturtle
Fri Feb 29, 2008 7:10 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Fanless VGA Cards list -- a start!
Replies: 156
Views: 322774

Asus EN7300GT Silent

Add this one to the list: Asus Silencer 7300GT Specs: 256M onboard PCie 16 Both VGA and DVI along with TV Out (HDTV) SLI Capable Includes a DVI-VGA adapter along with HDTV Component Out connectors Yep that's right. It's SLI capable and wont break the PSU needs (I'm using it with the PSU in my Sig. S...
by fastturtle
Wed Nov 07, 2007 8:22 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Cell Phone Jammer.....
Replies: 68
Views: 20122

Yea: Turn on your jammer and end up with a Trauma Doctor or nurse who can't respond to a call. :( Or how about the parent who gets an emergency phone call from the police that there house burned down but the children are safe because of quick thinking baby sitter? :shock: Even better. your sitting a...
by fastturtle
Sun Oct 21, 2007 8:53 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: General Energy Saving Tips:
Replies: 3
Views: 3518

General Energy Saving Tips:

I got currious the other day and decided to look into the parasitic loads of some electronic hardware around the house and to say I was surprised is an Understatement :? . Now many people don't think about things like parasitic loads as they're hidden and most equipment doesn't list their standby de...
by fastturtle
Sun Oct 21, 2007 8:40 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: This is a sad thread. The High Cost of Folding.
Replies: 43
Views: 25173

Instead of beefing about F@H energy demand, why not start looking at all the parasitic loads in your house? You'd be surprised at how much they can add up to because they're hidden. Parasitic loads include your TV (instant on - keeps picture tube warm), your Stereo (no tubes, why does it need standb...
by fastturtle
Mon Aug 20, 2007 10:03 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: SPCR Folds Team Blog
Replies: 1664
Views: 632028

What are PPD's?

Got a big question since I keep seeing it. What in heck are PPD's and how are the figured? I'm currently running a C2D e6300 with 4GB ram and only getting 129 WU's for my efforts. Using 2 clients since Gentoo doesn't offer the smp client as yet but I am investigating the possibility. On my f@h confi...
by fastturtle
Sun Aug 12, 2007 4:58 pm
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: Finally Back in the Fray
Replies: 3
Views: 2829

Finally Back in the Fray

Well I've managed to complete my switch back to Linux and have installed F@H on my C2D e6300 dual core and am already making contributions.
by fastturtle
Tue Jul 03, 2007 5:26 pm
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: Typo Strikes Again
Replies: 2
Views: 2484

Typo Strikes Again

Have returned to folding now that my new system is stable and thankfully discovered I typo'd the team number in the F@H config. Only donated 3 completed WU's to a small team and have corrected things to add to the right team. What I'm excited about is that my new rig (C2D E6300, 4GB DDR2-800) is not...
by fastturtle
Mon May 14, 2007 2:03 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: motherboard list based on power consumption
Replies: 7
Views: 3090

Kato: That's including the CPU, which BTW isn't a C2D.
by fastturtle
Sun Mar 11, 2007 12:21 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: AGP Aperture Sizing in Bios
Replies: 6
Views: 3167

It's been an interesting learning experience with some very good explanations given by the Sapphire Forums. One thing I've always thought would improve performance on the 9600 was to enable fast writes for the AGP slot. Turns out the chip hates fast writes and it'll get very cranky. So leave em off....
by fastturtle
Sun Mar 11, 2007 6:29 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: AGP Aperture Sizing in Bios
Replies: 6
Views: 3167

TedMC: I'd never thought of it that way but it makes far more sense then configuring it to memory size. Tephras: Interesting link on what AGP Aperture is but appears to be technically deficient based on how my motherboard docs have always explained it. Simply put the AGP Aperture is a specific secti...