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by Jay_S
Thu Mar 06, 2014 2:15 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: laptop equivalents of the FHD IPS baytrail windows tablets?
Replies: 3
Views: 21998

Re: laptop equivalents of the FHD IPS baytrail windows table

eMMC and relative build quality aside, the main focus of my rant pertains to the displays. I am looking to replace a 2009 Acer craptop that is slowly falling to pieces. Its fan turns on only when needed. But it's loud, even by non-SPCR standards. It has three speeds: off, panic loud, and super loud....
by Jay_S
Wed Mar 05, 2014 3:04 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: laptop equivalents of the FHD IPS baytrail windows tablets?
Replies: 3
Views: 21998

laptop equivalents of the FHD IPS baytrail windows tablets?

Where is the laptop-equivalent of the FHD IPS-screen baytrail windows tablets? For example, $500 buys you: http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/Dell-Venue-11-Pro-Tablet/productID.289455100 Dell Venue 11 Pro Tablet: $500 10.8-inch 1920 x 1080 touchscreen Intel Atom Z3770 2GB memory 64G...
by Jay_S
Thu Jan 30, 2014 9:17 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite: Budget AMD Ultrabook
Replies: 5
Views: 5326

Re: Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite: Budget AMD Ultrabook

From the article: "One of Intel's new Bay Trail Atoms perhaps would be a more appropriate match." PC Perspective has much more to say about this in their Intel Atom Z3000 Series Review . They compare Intel's Z3770 Bay Trail with AMD's A4-1250 Temash. Not exactly a fair fight, but the author admits t...
by Jay_S
Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:32 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows XP EOL (8 April 2014), budget Win7 migration ideas?
Replies: 19
Views: 7253

Re: Windows XP EOL (8 April 2014), budget Win7 migration ide

Quick update - I received the refurbed dc7900 machines last week, but f*cked up my back so they sat in receiving unopened until this morning. As expected, 64-bit and 32-bit media were included. Also as expected, they have the brown Windows refurbished COA stickers. They all have 160GB Seagate 7200.1...
by Jay_S
Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:35 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows XP EOL (8 April 2014), budget Win7 migration ideas?
Replies: 19
Views: 7253

Re: Windows XP EOL (8 April 2014), budget Win7 migration ide

When you bought a computer with XP, Vista or W7 it was activated with an SLP key. It was one key for all HP Windows 7 Professional licenses, one key for all HP Windows 7 Ultimate licenses, etc. When you reinstall you usually use the COA key, which is a unique key. That's why SLP is an alternative w...
by Jay_S
Wed Jan 15, 2014 7:10 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows XP EOL (8 April 2014), budget Win7 migration ideas?
Replies: 19
Views: 7253

Re: Windows XP EOL (8 April 2014), budget Win7 migration ide

I know this is a silly thing to ask, but do any of the machines have Windows 7 Pro COA stickers on them? They do not - just XP stickers. Now that I think of it, it's possible that the machines has SLP certificates even if they don't have COA stickers. I assume SLP is: System Locked Pre-installation...
by Jay_S
Tue Jan 14, 2014 8:19 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows XP EOL (8 April 2014), budget Win7 migration ideas?
Replies: 19
Views: 7253

Re: Windows XP EOL (8 April 2014), budget Win7 migration ide

$60 seems like a good price, but given the name "Windows Pro" it makes me wonder if it still is W7. The link that got me there said so, just like the part number when I searched it. Maybe give them a call. http://www.costcentral.com/proddetail/Microsoft_Windows_Pro/FQC02152/10956587/?mr:referralID=...
by Jay_S
Tue Jan 14, 2014 6:57 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows XP EOL (8 April 2014), budget Win7 migration ideas?
Replies: 19
Views: 7253

Re: Windows XP EOL (8 April 2014), budget Win7 migration ide

Edit: At first it seemed like the end of MSE updates was the sole reason for the upgrade. I can see how my post suggested as much. The age of XP and the discontinuance of OS updates are issues as well. The discontinuance of MSE updates was the nail in the coffin - time to move on. I want to get som...
by Jay_S
Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:50 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows XP EOL (8 April 2014), budget Win7 migration ideas?
Replies: 19
Views: 7253

Windows XP EOL (8 April 2014), budget Win7 migration ideas?

The following has nothing to do with silent computing ... just hoping to get some ideas from the community. At work, we have saved many thousands of dollars buying off-lease or refurbished Dell Optiplex desktops from Dell Financial Services. All have included Windows installation media. We are a Win...
by Jay_S
Tue Dec 24, 2013 6:58 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: does Win7 store temp data locally during network / USB copy?
Replies: 7
Views: 4471

Re: does Win7 store temp data locally during network / USB c

Hi, run 'resmon' (Resource Monitor) while you're running the copy and it will show you the activity in your system. The disk tab even lists the file names involved in activity. Nice! I will definitely examine this next time. Finally, you may not be interested but... a) you should consider backing u...
by Jay_S
Mon Dec 23, 2013 10:22 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: does Win7 store temp data locally during network / USB copy?
Replies: 7
Views: 4471

Re: does Win7 store temp data locally during network / USB c

Thanks all - appreciate it. Thanks for the terminology correction: cache vs temp. My desktop has 8 GB of RAM. Caching to RAM is expected, but I wasn't sure. As far as testing: while crafting robocopy batch scripts, my desktop's HDD led wasn't blinking more than ordinary. That "test" suggests that th...
by Jay_S
Sun Dec 22, 2013 8:21 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: does Win7 store temp data locally during network / USB copy?
Replies: 7
Views: 4471

does Win7 store temp data locally during network / USB copy?

I tried searching for an answer to my question, but I'm having a difficult time formulating the question correctly. My desktop PC runs Windows 7 from an OCZ Agility 2 SSD. There are no other drives in the machine. All of my household's files are stored on an unraid server I built years ago. My wife ...
by Jay_S
Mon Oct 21, 2013 10:46 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: FS: Asus O!Play HDP-R1 media streamer - [SOLD]
Replies: 0
Views: 2870

FS: Asus O!Play HDP-R1 media streamer - [SOLD]

Selling an Asus O!Play HDP-R1 media streamer. I've been consolidating machines & roles onto a single HTPC, which means this little streamer gets no use anymore. I have the remote and DC converter / power cable. But I cannot find the original box or manual. You can get the manual (as well as firmware...
by Jay_S
Wed Oct 16, 2013 12:29 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Seasonic X-650 @ Newegg for $70 AR
Replies: 0
Views: 3179

Seasonic X-650 @ Newegg for $70 AR

Got the heads-up via slickdeals ( link ) Newegg.com has SeaSonic X Series 650W 80 Plus Gold Modular Power Supply (SS-650KM) for $119.99 - $30 w/ promo code EMCYTZT4633 - $20 rebate = $69.99. Shipping is free I can't fit it + an optical drive in my NSK-3480, so ... I guess the optical has to go! I do...
by Jay_S
Wed Oct 02, 2013 11:07 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: josephclemente's SilverStone SG05 MINI ITX + fanless ATX PSU
Replies: 16
Views: 22147

Re: josephclemente's SilverStone SG05 MINI ITX + fanless ATX

Terrific work, josephclemente. Does the radiator prohibit installation of longer GPUs?
by Jay_S
Tue Jul 02, 2013 12:01 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo as best buy?
Replies: 7
Views: 7461

Re: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo as best buy?

A friend of mine picked up the Hyper 212 Evo along with a new CPU and Asus P8Z77-M motherboard about a month ago. I assembled the system. It wouldn't boot - no post, no beeps, nothing. Long story short, the Hyper 212 Evo was the cause! The insulation on the metal backplate's "fingers" (where they ph...
by Jay_S
Mon Jun 17, 2013 1:22 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Celeron 1007u: mobile IVB alternative to the Celeron 847
Replies: 4
Views: 6123

Re: Celeron 1007u: mobile IVB alternative to the Celeron 847

All of these mobile Celeron boards confuse me - why no DC-in? They're perfect candidates. For DIY market, it's more difficult or expensive to find a quality DC unit like Pico. Instead, ATX PSU availability is a lot better, pricing is more affordable for DIYers. Just my 2 cents. We may be talking ab...
by Jay_S
Mon Jun 17, 2013 8:58 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: BRIX: Gigabyte's NUC equivalent?
Replies: 5
Views: 6406

Re: BRIX: Gigabyte's NUC equivalent?

The Core i3 BRIX is starting to appear in retail channels. Newegg has model# GB-XM12-3227 for $299 (+ shipping) It's $10 more than the Core i3 NUC , but that buys you a slightly faster CPU HDMI + mini display port instead of dual HDMI the power cable! USB 3 (2 ports) mini PCIe WIFI adapter CPU = Cor...
by Jay_S
Fri Jun 14, 2013 7:44 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Celeron 1007u: mobile IVB alternative to the Celeron 847
Replies: 4
Views: 6123

Re: Celeron 1007u: mobile IVB alternative to the Celeron 847

2 Cores x 2 Threads @ 1.5 GHz, 17w TDP. That makes it sound like it's 4 threads in total, but those don't support HT so it's really 1 thread per core (2 in total). You're right, poor wording on my part. Your newegg link for the 847 is wrong though ... Ack - errors all over the place! First post upd...
by Jay_S
Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:36 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Celeron 1007u: mobile IVB alternative to the Celeron 847
Replies: 4
Views: 6123

Celeron 1007u: mobile IVB alternative to the Celeron 847

Celeron 1007u http://ark.intel.com/products/72061/ 2 Cores @ 1.5 GHz, 17w TDP, no HT I do not (and likely will not) own one, but those looking at the Celeron 847 boards might be interested. The Gigabyte GA-C1007UN-D is readily available in the US: http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?p...
by Jay_S
Tue May 14, 2013 6:14 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Corsair CX400 clicks and squeals since upgrade to Ivy
Replies: 5
Views: 2332

Re: Corsair CX400 clicks and squeals since upgrade to Ivy

I'm not familiar with what WEI is but I can guess that it's something graphical and this may be part of the issue. W indows E xperience I ndex - it's the built-in "benchmarking" tool that first shipped with Vista. WEI starts with a variety of DirectX tests. My PSU is noisy throughout those tests. I...
by Jay_S
Mon May 13, 2013 9:02 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Corsair CX400 clicks and squeals since upgrade to Ivy
Replies: 5
Views: 2332

Re: Corsair CX400 clicks and squeals since upgrade to Ivy

Ok, not much in BIOS to disable, but I disabled everything related to low power states. The clicking and squealing persists. Further testing: 1) Furmark = no noise. 2) Prime95 = no noise. 3) Furmark + Prime95 = no noise. 4) WEI = noise! The PSU starts squealing immediately in WEI test, at the first ...
by Jay_S
Mon May 13, 2013 9:38 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Corsair CX400 clicks and squeals since upgrade to Ivy
Replies: 5
Views: 2332

Re: Corsair CX400 clicks and squeals since upgrade to Ivy

edh wrote: It's not the 5V rail but the +5VSB. This is very different.
5V vs 5VSB ... Ha! - yeah, a bit of a difference. I don't use sleep, suspend, standby, etc., so I will try to disable those features later tonight.

Thanks for pointing me in the (hopefully) right direction.
by Jay_S
Mon May 13, 2013 8:06 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Corsair CX400 clicks and squeals since upgrade to Ivy
Replies: 5
Views: 2332

Corsair CX400 clicks and squeals since upgrade to Ivy

All, I recently upgraded from an C2D platform (Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L + E5200) to Ivy Bridge (Intel DH77EB + Core i5-3750k). Motherboard, CPU and RAM were upgraded. Other components were retained: OCZ Agility 2 SSD, MSI GTX 660ti GPU, Corsair CX400 PSU w/Yate Loon D12SL-12, "passive" Scythe Rev A Nin...
by Jay_S
Fri Apr 26, 2013 6:28 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: FS: LGA775 mATX mobo, E5200 CPU & 2GB ram [SOLD]
Replies: 0
Views: 2491

FS: LGA775 mATX mobo, E5200 CPU & 2GB ram [SOLD]

For sale: LGA775 mATX mobo, E5200 CPU & 2GB ram - $80 shipped in the lower 48. Used for a few years in my main desktop. Just upgraded to Ivy Bridge & no longer need this. All purchased new from Newegg in 2009. Everything works; non-smoking household. I am willing to split this up but would prefer to...
by Jay_S
Fri Nov 30, 2012 3:03 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: TV Internet box
Replies: 8
Views: 3237

Re: TV Internet box

I do have some unused PCS but parents dont want to see a box in the space with the brand new tv. I've been feeling that that is the best way to go. No need to worry about supporting formats or lack of power to handle the video. And if i attach a wifi adapter, i could access stuff from a NAS (once i...
by Jay_S
Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:53 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: TV Internet box
Replies: 8
Views: 3237

Re: TV Internet box

No unused PC's laying around? It's not the most elegant solution. But if you have a reasonably recent PC collecting dust, a full OS = way more freedom than any media streaming appliance will give you.
by Jay_S
Thu Nov 15, 2012 3:49 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: how to buy a car
Replies: 17
Views: 5513

Re: how to buy a car

Maintainance cost for a new model is lower Help me understand how. I don't have numbers at work, but I will research at home out of curiosity. My wife bought her 04 Corolla new; my feeling is that she's spent more on maintenance for her car than I have for my last three used cars combined. Mainly, ...
by Jay_S
Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:09 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: how to buy a car
Replies: 17
Views: 5513

Re: how to buy a car

Why do you want to buy a new car at all? The "cheapest car on the market" is certainly not a new model on a dealer's lot. There are few good arguments for buying new. After spending way too much money on cars as a teenager, I've settled on this principle: buy the cheapest safe car you can find. Safe...
by Jay_S
Thu Nov 01, 2012 7:23 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: FS: Accelero S1 Rev 2 heatsink - $16 shipped, OBO
Replies: 3
Views: 3354

Re: FS: 8800GT w/Accelero heatsink - $40 shipped

My suggestion: Sell the Accelero cooler and recycle the 8800GT. It's lived a full life. You can get a passive HD 6570 for $45, similar performance, it uses 30W less power at idle and 50W less at load. Next year, even Intel's iGP will outperform the 8800GT. A full life indeed. I'm hoping the 660ti g...