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by Palindroman
Sat Jun 09, 2007 8:33 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: build laptop adapter into case
Replies: 8
Views: 2643

Don't even try to open one.....most are assembled in such a way that they cannot be opened. Probably for safety reasons..... You could epoxy brackets on to one if you need a solid mount. Velcro might even work. But whatever you do, don't drill into the things. Okay, I won't. I promise. :lol: I boug...
by Palindroman
Sat Jun 09, 2007 4:27 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: build laptop adapter into case
Replies: 8
Views: 2643

One last question: Do you guys know of any way to open a laptop adapter without breaking it?

It would be ideal if I could open it, make two small holes in the front for two bolts and then use two nuts to attach it to the case.
by Palindroman
Fri Jun 08, 2007 10:20 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: OEMs are going green
Replies: 12
Views: 8436

Its both real and greenwashing. These products really are green, but they continue to sell a lot of products that aren't. But will this change in the near future, you think? Will they be selling more and more 'green' products and really aim for lower power consumption. I never really understood why...
by Palindroman
Thu Jun 07, 2007 10:26 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: OEMs are going green
Replies: 12
Views: 8436

OEMs are going green

Yesterday I read on the forum here that HP has introduced an 'ultra-green slimline PC' . It is 95% recyclable and is the first PC to have been awarded the EPEAT Gold Standard for Environmentally Preferable Electronics. Today I read about Dell making plans to become the Greenest Tech Company . They h...
by Palindroman
Wed Jun 06, 2007 12:06 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Energy efficient server
Replies: 25
Views: 8038

That's it. I'm ordering a kill-a-watt today. :) Congratulations. I had a lot of fun with mine so far. 8) edit: nuts. I just realized that the Seasonic Tornado has a 20-pin ATX connector. Does this mean I need a new PS for the Asus mb (which has 24-pin)? I think you can just stick it in the mobo (th...
by Palindroman
Wed Jun 06, 2007 10:33 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: computerecology.org and freegeek.org
Replies: 1
Views: 2412

What I would like to see in Linux would be a utility like RM Clock. To my utter amazement a few months ago Win Xp turned out to consume less power than Ubuntu. Okay, only 1-2 watts, but still...

But it's true, for recycling old parts it is ideal. Though not for the masses.
by Palindroman
Wed Jun 06, 2007 1:50 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Energy efficient server
Replies: 25
Views: 8038

I realise that undervolting cannot do wonders (and I might have to lower the clock frequency aswell), but Cool'n'Quiet is indeed an interesting alternative feature. Actually, undervolting does do wonders. I recently wrote an article about it and found that especially under load there's a lot to be ...
by Palindroman
Tue Jun 05, 2007 5:07 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: The practical side....Solar panel w/wire diagram.
Replies: 42
Views: 25181

HP this morning tackled the problem of environmentally friendly PCs
Hmmm, if this only took them one morning, why didn't they do it before?
:wink:

On-topic: Great work, Bluefront!
by Palindroman
Mon Jun 04, 2007 8:44 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: build laptop adapter into case
Replies: 8
Views: 2643

With out cracking it open it would be unwise to screw into it, and risk damage or injury. Yeah, you're probably right about that. Then use jb weld or any 5min epoxy. I wonder if they sell that over here in Europe. I'll go look for something similar tomorrow. Other ideas are still welcome of course...
by Palindroman
Mon Jun 04, 2007 6:20 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: build laptop adapter into case
Replies: 8
Views: 2643

If I would build it for myself I'd probably go for something like duct tape, which is an even easier (and much safer) solution than the turn of the screw . However I'm building it for other people and they will have to plug in the cloverleaf power cord on the other side of the adapter. If they push ...
by Palindroman
Mon Jun 04, 2007 5:48 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: build laptop adapter into case
Replies: 8
Views: 2643

build laptop adapter into case

Hi, I'm thinking of swapping the PSU in a NSK3300 with a laptop adapter. My question is: Can I drive a small screw through the upper hole on the metal holder in the picture below to keep the adapter in place? I cannot open the adapter without breaking it. Would I damage something within the adapter?...
by Palindroman
Wed May 30, 2007 10:13 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Controlling power consumption in linux
Replies: 10
Views: 3219

Hi, does this help?
by Palindroman
Wed May 30, 2007 1:23 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD? Intel? Single Core? Dual Core? Gulp!
Replies: 43
Views: 15988

johno wrote:
It draws 49W at idle from the mains with cool n quiet enabled (it is enabled by default in Ubuntu) I had a 3600+ in it as well, and that drew about 2 to 3 watts more than the 4800+.
Is that 3600+ Brisbane or Windsor?
by Palindroman
Tue May 29, 2007 10:28 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD? Intel? Single Core? Dual Core? Gulp!
Replies: 43
Views: 15988

El Jefe is giving some sound advice. I wanted to compare difference in power consumption between Sempron 3200+ and Athlon X2 3600+ (Brisbane) but unfortunately one of my test motherboards isn't functioning properly. But AMD is the way to go if you want a low power consumption. 1 GB RAM should be mor...
by Palindroman
Thu May 24, 2007 6:37 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is this true about 2.5" drives?
Replies: 16
Views: 5196

Thanks, all of this is very useful! By the way, one last quick question: Which are the best brands to look out for on a level of reliability and silence? Up till now I have mainly bought Samsung drives, due to their availability, but I've read their after sales isn't that fantastic. I can also choos...
by Palindroman
Mon May 21, 2007 7:45 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is this true about 2.5" drives?
Replies: 16
Views: 5196

Thanks for the replies!

I'm selling low power computers with 2.5" drives in them (of course) and some radio company bought two to use them as 24/7 music stream-servers. I realized this only after I delivered the systems.

Let's hope all goes well for a few years! :)
by Palindroman
Mon May 21, 2007 1:04 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is this true about 2.5" drives?
Replies: 16
Views: 5196

Is this true about 2.5" drives?

I read on a forum somewhere that 2.5" drives aren't built to be left on 24/7. If you use them in a file server for example they croak within 2 years. Is this true?
by Palindroman
Sat May 12, 2007 3:22 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Max load on a 120w PicoPSU
Replies: 5
Views: 2184

The video card is obviously your biggest problem. As for the rest: Do you have any idea how much power the whole system consumes? One thing you should do: Undervolt the CPU with a program like RM Clock. For instance I undervolted a Sempron 3400+. The system's power consumption under idle went from 4...
by Palindroman
Sun May 06, 2007 1:39 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: custom wood case - questions
Replies: 17
Views: 4866

i can't visualise this; the metal under which lid? like Mr Evil said, the shielding has to be electrically continuous for the shielding to work. The more and bigger holes you have in the shielding, the less effective it is, so try and put some closely-woven mesh over the CPU and intake holes. Sorry...
by Palindroman
Sat May 05, 2007 11:09 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: custom wood case - questions
Replies: 17
Views: 4866

I'm also planning on trying my hand on a wood case. My main questions for now are similar to the ones in the OP. 1) Does anyone have any idea where I can buy a front panel with a power and reset button? USB and audio included would be even better. I have been looking for a while now but don't know w...
by Palindroman
Tue Apr 24, 2007 7:20 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Quiet Media PC made from Junk
Replies: 13
Views: 10823

Fantastic job, Edward! I'm thinking about building a wood case myself. I was thinking about using pinewood but not anymore after reading about the wood warping in this article. I'm not a great fan of chipboard or fibreboard because they can't be stained but have to be painted several times. Great ma...
by Palindroman
Tue Apr 24, 2007 1:10 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: nVidia 6150 vs. AMD 690G
Replies: 36
Views: 15113

Here's an article saying that AMD 690 is by far the best choice for HTPC and that Nvidia MCP61 (6150 SE) is unusable. This is a very different take from something like The Tech Report article that only considers CPU utilization for its video benchmarking. Given that the tests were done with a singl...
by Palindroman
Fri Apr 20, 2007 2:49 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: nVidia 6150 vs. AMD 690G
Replies: 36
Views: 15113

Thanks, qviri! The pictures are from Techreport http://techreport.com/reviews/2007q1/amd-690g/power-idle.gif http://techreport.com/reviews/2007q1/amd-690g/power-load.gif My experience is that single chip chipsets consume less power than dual chip chipsets. The AMD 690 dual chip chipset already consu...
by Palindroman
Thu Apr 19, 2007 4:39 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: nVidia 6150 vs. AMD 690G
Replies: 36
Views: 15113

If you could also let us know what the power consumption of your system is, I'd be most grateful. Here's some graphs comparing the Geforce 6150 and AMD 690G, I forgot where I got them from: http://picserver.student.utwente.nl/i/8X883MG0QV2D http://picserver.student.utwente.nl/i/M6793EUZN6D8 Does any...
by Palindroman
Tue Apr 17, 2007 12:55 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: is power management bad for your monitor?
Replies: 20
Views: 11586

is power management bad for your monitor?

One important thing that makes the systems I sell low power systems, is the fact that I preset the Power Options in the Control Panel. I let the system go into standby (Suspend to RAM) after 20 minutes, and the monitor after 5 minutes. Now somebody told me lately that this is real bad for the monito...
by Palindroman
Mon Apr 16, 2007 6:15 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: new online store for custom environmentally friendlier pcs
Replies: 30
Views: 21580

Well done, alterna!
by Palindroman
Sun Apr 01, 2007 11:57 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: EarthPC - User Observations
Replies: 12
Views: 7244

Padmewan, you obviously bought a computer that fits your needs. I didn't mean to insult you with the 'people only look at what they can get and not what they need'. It's just an obesravtion I make in the Netherlands, so I figured it must be even worse in the US, not meaning to imply that you also th...
by Palindroman
Fri Mar 30, 2007 11:09 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: EarthPC - User Observations
Replies: 12
Views: 7244

What do you use the PC for, padmewan? Just for browsing, mailing and office applications? In that case, this computer is way too powerful for your needs. EarthPC should offer a real low power PC if it wants to live up to its name. And I'm talking low power at idle, since that is what the computer is...
by Palindroman
Thu Mar 29, 2007 4:00 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Green Futures PC Guide
Replies: 4
Views: 4066

The local cooling link seems useful, but can someone explain to me how an app running on your computer can tell you how much power you're really consuming? It checks all your hardware and then adds up the estimated power consumption of each component. It isn't very accurate, because it can't possib...
by Palindroman
Thu Mar 29, 2007 3:51 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: EarthPC - User Observations
Replies: 12
Views: 7244

Re: EarthPC - User Observations

padmewan wrote:
I wish I could run both benchmarking and power-consumption tests. Any advice?
Well, buy or borrow a Kill-a-Watt or similar device. If I may ask, what is the computer used for?