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by tbessie
Sun Oct 04, 2009 7:42 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: memtest86+ question with new board and memory...
Replies: 65
Views: 9963

The underlying problem with your system is electrical. The signals going between the memory controller and the memory sticks is marginal on one of the data or address lines. Folks who overclock are familiar with this issue, and deal with it by either reducing the clock rate or increasing the voltag...
by tbessie
Sun Oct 04, 2009 4:54 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: memtest86+ question with new board and memory...
Replies: 65
Views: 9963

memtest86+ question with new board and memory...

Hey folks... Still having "fun" with this new file server build. As noted elsewhere, my new rig has: Intel DQ45CB Desktop Motherboard Intel Celeron E3200 Processor (compatible with above board) 2 sticks of Corsair memory (2gb each), model TWIN2X4096-6400C5 (specs match requirements for board) Simple...
by tbessie
Sun Oct 04, 2009 1:17 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Video playback from homebuilt NAS on gigabit network - slow?
Replies: 21
Views: 10520

That'd be hard to test, since I install Ubuntu Server, which doesn't come with any playback facility. I could install X, etc. to check it out, if I feel motivated to do that. I still suspect that VLC itself may have something to do with it... I've never got it working great on shares mounted over a...
by tbessie
Fri Oct 02, 2009 3:33 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Video playback from homebuilt NAS on gigabit network - slow?
Replies: 21
Views: 10520

I didn't read the whole thread, but I can't believe that your problem is bottlenecked by network speed. Did you check if the problem is a driver and/or codec problem? Does the video play smoothly locally on the target machine? That'd be hard to test, since I install Ubuntu Server, which doesn't com...
by tbessie
Fri Oct 02, 2009 8:40 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Video playback from homebuilt NAS on gigabit network - slow?
Replies: 21
Views: 10520

lm wrote:Try connecting server and the client directly without any other devices in between. You need a cross-connected cable for this (swaps data in and data out wires).
Well yes, that *would* be as fast as the NICs and machines themselves could support. :-)

- Tim
by tbessie
Thu Oct 01, 2009 11:49 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Video playback from homebuilt NAS on gigabit network - slow?
Replies: 21
Views: 10520

Well, I tried about every trick in the book that was suggested here, in various permutations, that I could try of an evening, and nothing increased read or write speeds at all. Quite interesting. So I *might* be being limited to my hard drive speed, in which case I'll try the ramdisk idea someone su...
by tbessie
Thu Oct 01, 2009 9:42 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Video playback from homebuilt NAS on gigabit network - slow?
Replies: 21
Views: 10520

Does your router support QOS throttling? If so, enable it. That will prioritize traffic/latency based on the type of traffic. Media streams will take priority over file transfers. Gaming traffic takes priority over everything, etc... What router and switch are you using? How is the network setup (d...
by tbessie
Thu Oct 01, 2009 1:33 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Video playback from homebuilt NAS on gigabit network - slow?
Replies: 21
Views: 10520

Interesting problem! The throughput you quote sounds about right to me for the configuration you described. I would think that's plenty for stutter free DVD playback. Do you have jumbo Ethernet frames enabled for your network cards in both machines? If not, that may improve your throughput further....
by tbessie
Wed Sep 30, 2009 8:47 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Video playback from homebuilt NAS on gigabit network - slow?
Replies: 21
Views: 10520

Video playback from homebuilt NAS on gigabit network - slow?

Hi all... So I build a fileserver for myself to use instead of those SOHO NAS devices I had. Put Ubuntu Server on it, ran Samba, and exported a folder full of my ripped DVD library. Well, using VLC (even with buffering amped up) plays anything back jerkily (little blips in the playback), and Windows...
by tbessie
Wed Sep 30, 2009 10:47 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Would I be insane to use a Core i5 for a NAS device?
Replies: 25
Views: 6584

I just put together a machine for WHS using mostly parts I had, but I did end up purchasing an E3200 and a cheap $25 video card and I have been happy thus far. The whole machine consists of the following * snipped * Yeah, it wouldn't make so much a difference regarding noise if I had a place to PUT...
by tbessie
Mon Sep 28, 2009 9:27 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: New build - weird inconsistent BIOS behavior... help!
Replies: 6
Views: 1628

I got the impression that the board does not boot up, however the OP still managed to change bios settings and such. I'm puzzled, how do you change any settings when your board does not boot? "Ah ah ah, look who knows so much! This fellow here is only MOSTLY dead. There's a big difference between M...
by tbessie
Mon Sep 28, 2009 1:04 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: New build - weird inconsistent BIOS behavior... help!
Replies: 6
Views: 1628

You've got the Intel DQ45CB right? And given what's on Newegg's page for that I assume you got this Corsair memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145184 That should be fine; most the Intel boards require 1.8V memory and 5-5-5 timings which this has. On Intel boards, I've ...
by tbessie
Sat Sep 26, 2009 11:23 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: New build - weird inconsistent BIOS behavior... help!
Replies: 6
Views: 1628

New build - weird inconsistent BIOS behavior... help!

So I built my file server I'd mentioned here before (Intel motherboard, dual core Celeron). Got the memory on Newegg that was displayed as "people who bought this board bought this memory" (just some decent Corsair memory, looked perfectly compatible with the board). Anyway, the board kept going to ...
by tbessie
Thu Sep 24, 2009 10:53 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Would I be insane to use a Core i5 for a NAS device?
Replies: 25
Views: 6584

Wibla wrote:Yes, should be plenty.

In comparison im running a Prescott Celeron 3GHz, 3ware controller , 12x1TB drives and a 250GB 2.5" sata drive off a corsair 520W..
Yeah, sounds fine then. Thanks!

- Tim
by tbessie
Tue Sep 22, 2009 10:35 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Would I be insane to use a Core i5 for a NAS device?
Replies: 25
Views: 6584

By the way - do you thyink the 430W power supply I got will be enough to power, at most, 5 3.5" drives and 1 2.5" drive? I *may* attach a raid card at some point, but besides that, the onboard video will hardly be used (it will run headless most of the time).

- Tim
by tbessie
Tue Sep 22, 2009 9:34 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Would I be insane to use a Core i5 for a NAS device?
Replies: 25
Views: 6584

My main reasons to choose OpenSolaris for my NAS are centered on ZFS. ZFS provides software RAID, snapshots, and integration with iSCSI, NFS and CIFS. I have been pleased with the performance and manageability of ZFS. Linux can do most of the things that OpenSolaris can, but for me Linux disk manag...
by tbessie
Tue Sep 22, 2009 9:26 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Would I be insane to use a Core i5 for a NAS device?
Replies: 25
Views: 6584

You would be extremely hard pressed spend your money better than the component choices you've made. Quiet CPU heatsink and case fans and you're good to go. Thanks! I tried to find the best compromise of power and price. The thing that bugs me is, no matter how hard you look, you'll never find anyth...
by tbessie
Tue Sep 22, 2009 3:34 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Would I be insane to use a Core i5 for a NAS device?
Replies: 25
Views: 6584

I built a NAS which has 5 x 1TB drives using OpenSolaris and ZFS. The CPU is a Pentium dual-core E5200, and it provides plenty of horsepower. Even when reading files from the NAS at 50M bytes/s, CPU utilization doesn't often go above 20 percent. Since the CPU is for a NAS, which will likely be alwa...
by tbessie
Mon Sep 21, 2009 7:55 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Would I be insane to use a Core i5 for a NAS device?
Replies: 25
Views: 6584

I don't see processing power as a concern for you. With that in mind any one of the dual core celeron e1x00 or Pentium e2x00 would work well. You might even consider the Celeron 420/430 single core would work fine and only set you back $40. It is a comparable processor to the single core AMD others...
by tbessie
Mon Sep 21, 2009 12:14 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Would I be insane to use a Core i5 for a NAS device?
Replies: 25
Views: 6584

Agreed, I don't think you will get any benefit from going with that expensive CPU if it is just going to be used as a NAS. Save your money. If you have an older but serviceable CPU/motherboard lying around with enough SATA ports, you could consider using that. If you want new hardware, go the Sempr...
by tbessie
Sun Sep 20, 2009 10:24 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Would I be insane to use a Core i5 for a NAS device?
Replies: 25
Views: 6584

Would I be insane to use a Core i5 for a NAS device?

Hi all... So I'm building a NAS for storing my home media library, and I want it to run reasonably cool and quietly. With 4 3.5" drives in a fann'd hot-swap drive unit I got, plus fans in the case I chose, it's not going to be super-quiet, but it'll do. One thing I'm looking at is what motherboard a...
by tbessie
Thu Sep 17, 2009 8:55 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Smallest quiet case to hold 4-5 drives?
Replies: 12
Views: 3270

Thanks for all your suggestions, folks! In the end, I settled for a small tower. Best I could find that met my specs, that was available relatively easily, was this: http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/product/product06.php?pr_index=313&cl_index=1&sc_index=25&ss_index=63 The Lian-li PC-A06F. Hopefully this...
by tbessie
Mon Sep 14, 2009 11:23 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Smallest quiet case to hold 4-5 drives?
Replies: 12
Views: 3270

You've missed what might be your ideal case. What is 10.24" x 5.51" x 10.24", takes a mini-ITX board, supports a slimline CD drive (if you so desire), and has four hot-swappable 3.5" bays + an internal 2.5" bay? http://www.logicsupply.com/images/photos/cases/es34069_pic1_big.jpg Chenbro ES34069 Not...
by tbessie
Sat Sep 12, 2009 9:42 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Smallest quiet case to hold 4-5 drives?
Replies: 12
Views: 3270

looks quite expensive.. how often do you plan on swapping drives? i have a tendency myself to over-engineer things; those hot-swappable bays alone might cost as much as another 2-3 terabytes of storage :) Probably not that often, honestly... but I like the *idea* of it. :-) And you're right, almost...
by tbessie
Sat Sep 12, 2009 8:11 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Smallest quiet case to hold 4-5 drives?
Replies: 12
Views: 3270

well it's not exactly what you want, but rosewill makes a microatx case that takes 4 internal 3.5" drives (i believe you can fit a 5th/6th one in the external bays), uses a full-atx psu, uses 120mm fans, and only costs $25. see here Thanks for the suggestion! Good tiny little case, tho' I'm a littl...
by tbessie
Sat Sep 12, 2009 5:30 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Smallest quiet case to hold 4-5 drives?
Replies: 12
Views: 3270

You need 3x the number of drives if you use 2.5" instead of 3.5" and target for some capacity that actually needs 4x3.5" like you said in the first place. Then you start to get limited by the number of SATA ports on your mobo. And I don't think it will be any quieter with that many drives. Probably...
by tbessie
Sat Sep 12, 2009 2:25 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Smallest quiet case to hold 4-5 drives?
Replies: 12
Views: 3270

Smallest quiet case to hold 4-5 drives?

Hi folks... I've gotten tired of shelling out money for dedicated NAS devices; besides them always seeming to require starting from blank discs that they format and manage for me, and using the cheapest components the NAS companies could find, they also are just limited in their abilities. So I've d...
by tbessie
Thu Jun 25, 2009 10:23 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Front panel button no longer wakes computer...
Replies: 7
Views: 1322

LodeHacker wrote:Loose cable?
I'm just not looking forward to opening up the case... very densely packed in there. :-/

- Tim
by tbessie
Thu Jun 25, 2009 9:04 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Front panel button no longer wakes computer...
Replies: 7
Views: 1322

The front power button is nothing more than a normally open momentary contact switch. In other words, it simply shorts together the two pins on the motherboard that it connects to. Your problem is almost certainly software, not hardware. That's what I would think; but honestly, it is acting complet...
by tbessie
Thu Jun 25, 2009 8:29 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Front panel button no longer wakes computer...
Replies: 7
Views: 1322

Are you using MCE Standby Tool? If not, give it a shot. Also, make sure your power button is configured properly in the Control Panel Power Options. Not using the MCE Standby Tool, no; configured the control panel options when I first built the computer to behave as it should. I'll have a look at b...