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by rtsai
Thu May 12, 2005 6:01 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: How to troubleshoot semi-dead system?
Replies: 20
Views: 4770

I essentially wanted to buy a new one and get a refund on the old one. The problem is that Microcenter (the B&M store I purchased from) will only provide refunds/exchanges for products (for any reason) for up to 30 days, and it's been 4 months. I've just gone the route of Seasonic RMA. Exercising th...
by rtsai
Tue May 10, 2005 6:21 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: How to troubleshoot semi-dead system?
Replies: 20
Views: 4770

I don't know under what basis you could return the interim PSU, unless it is defective, and even then a lot of stores would only replace it. Actually, a different scheme doesn't involve RMA at all. I just buy an identical item from the same store, then return the old defective one as defective, usi...
by rtsai
Tue May 10, 2005 5:30 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: How to troubleshoot semi-dead system?
Replies: 20
Views: 4770

OK. I took out my Dell PSU, plugged the old Quantum hard drive into it, used the paper clip to connect green to black, and the hard drive spun up. I think my PSU is definitely the problem here. I'm not going to bother trying to retrofit it into my Myth box (the Dell serves the more serious purpose o...
by rtsai
Tue May 10, 2005 4:53 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: How to troubleshoot semi-dead system?
Replies: 20
Views: 4770

RE: the PSU. Plug a (spare!) hard drive into it, most need loading on the 5v rail and that might be why it cuts out almost immediately. I actually happen to have an old Quantum 8GB 5400RPM IDE drive lying around, so I plugged that in and again used the paper clip to connect green to black. This tim...
by rtsai
Tue May 10, 2005 4:28 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: How to troubleshoot semi-dead system?
Replies: 20
Views: 4770

Try running a paper clip from the green wire on the ATX mobo connector to any black wire and see if it powers up and plug in a fan to make sure it actually provides power. I removed the 24-to-20-pin adapter and used a bent paper clip to make contact between the green wire (there's only one; it's th...
by rtsai
Tue May 10, 2005 3:23 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: How to troubleshoot semi-dead system?
Replies: 20
Views: 4770

Remove everything except for minimal memory (1 stick), CPU, graphics card. Clear CMOS and see if it boots. I've done this (system only contains PSU, CPU, RAM, VGA, cleared CMOS, reseated RAM and PSU connectors), and only LED2 illuminates (this LED serves to say that the DIMMs are plugged in and "wo...
by rtsai
Tue May 10, 2005 4:45 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: How to troubleshoot semi-dead system?
Replies: 20
Views: 4770

How to troubleshoot semi-dead system?

Last night my machine died, somehow. It's not completely dead, because the Ethernet port LED is on, and if I turn off the PSU, the Ethernet LED goes off. However, I can't boot the computer. When I hit the power button, nothing happens. How do I begin troubleshooting? It doesn't seem to be either the...
by rtsai
Sun Apr 24, 2005 12:29 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: xp-120 and athlon 3200+ running to hot
Replies: 3
Views: 1592

Can you touch the XP-120 with your finger without huge discomfort? If so, then you *may* have a motherboard that reports diode temperatures instead of thermistor temperatures (like my Soltek SL-K8TPro-939). You'll have to get in touch with tech support of your motherboard manufacturer. I have an A64...
by rtsai
Wed Apr 13, 2005 12:10 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: cpufreq_ondemand: cool-n-quiet for AMD64 (for Linux)
Replies: 1
Views: 2602

cpufreq_ondemand: cool-n-quiet for AMD64 (for Linux)

There were a few Linux-related tangents on the CrystalCPUID discussion thread that never garnered any discussion; I thought I'd post what I discovered for Linux. In Linux (I have a 2.6.9 kernel) there is a "cpufreq" module with a variety of drivers for different policies. The modules we will be inte...
by rtsai
Sat Apr 02, 2005 4:16 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 and SpeedFan
Replies: 11
Views: 3038

I also have a Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 and I've had no problems with it. ... I do have one problem that is related to the previous post: The only quirk has been the BIOS CPU temperature reporting, which appears to be an explainable diode/thermistor difference. While idle, the BIOS CPU temperature repo...
by rtsai
Sat Apr 02, 2005 1:57 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Just suspended my HDD - WOW! [PICS]
Replies: 8
Views: 3459

I redone the suspension, now into a 5.25" bay properly. I have a suggestion for this suspension method (elastic). Instead of just a simple loop configuration as shown in the picture (where the HD ends up simply resting on the bottom strips of elastic), you could try a kind of figure-8 configuration...
by rtsai
Sat Apr 02, 2005 1:49 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 and SpeedFan
Replies: 11
Views: 3038

As a counter-example, I have not had any problems with my Soltek SL-K8TPro-939. My SS400 PSU fan header is plugged into the motherboard and I can read RPM information (although I obviously cannot *control* the fan's RPM). I am running Linux so I cannot comment on SpeedFan. I have had no problems wit...
by rtsai
Tue Mar 22, 2005 6:08 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: CompUSA HD heatsinks/rubber mounts.
Replies: 13
Views: 4497

I finally got to try out the set I bought, and Cascade is right. They had no temp effects positive or negative on my Maxtor drive. But the acoustic benefits are quite noticeable....they eliminated almost all seek noises. For that I am grateful. These heatsinks are probably exactly the same as the D...
by rtsai
Thu Mar 17, 2005 11:42 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec SLK3000B: Minimalist Midtower for Quiet PC
Replies: 233
Views: 182830

To the VENDOR Rep who pops in his head from time to time to defend ANTEC, I have a question: DID you fix the FRONT FAN MOUNT for a fan to fit properly? The holes do not align with a 120mm fan in the 3000. :shock: I just completely removed the bracket and mounted a fan with zipties and grommets.
by rtsai
Wed Mar 16, 2005 3:41 pm
Forum: Forum Rules
Topic: Signature Rules
Replies: 15
Views: 39325

I think this is just fine. The new guidelines i mean. I have always used size 9 anyway :lol: On this forum i have never been disturbed by anyones signature, i think most use size 9 and some color anyway. I think the color just makes it more readable. I actually dislike how everyone puts their syste...
by rtsai
Tue Mar 15, 2005 6:11 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: How to quiet a Dell
Replies: 28
Views: 8826

I have a Dell 8300 (P4-3.4 Northwood Socket 478), and had the same problem. The Dell cases have 2 problems: noisy fans and lack of airflow... That case looks very similar to the 8400, and since you've evaluated air flow.... how is it around the hard drives? Does any air come into the case and pass ...
by rtsai
Mon Mar 14, 2005 9:24 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: How to quiet a Dell
Replies: 28
Views: 8826

fw_fw wrote:I have some pics of this transformation posted at:

http://www.dotphoto.com/Go.asp?l=fandsw ... 244&Pres=Y
Most excellent work ... :D
by rtsai
Mon Mar 14, 2005 9:20 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Which 939/AGP Motherboard?
Replies: 14
Views: 10775

I've heard that Soltek's K8TPro-939 (VIA K8T800 Pro) is compatible with the XP-120 . I saw the article about the rev. E nForce problems . Don't know if this will affect VIA chipsets as well... I have the Soltek K8TPro-939. It is compatible with the XP-120, but you will have to forego use of a DIMM ...
by rtsai
Fri Mar 11, 2005 8:41 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Help on an HTPC build
Replies: 16
Views: 3710

In any case, I've checked the temperatures using the BIOS--a very tedious process because MBM was unable to get sensible readings (back before I removed Windows entirely). I had to reboot and go into the BIOS just to get a temperature reading. This obviously meant multi-second delays between "burni...
by rtsai
Thu Mar 10, 2005 9:23 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Can you test PSU without motherboard??
Replies: 2
Views: 1081

by rtsai
Tue Mar 08, 2005 9:23 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 1700rpm Yate Loon by Mad Dog?.
Replies: 42
Views: 19281

I compared the noise of the slower model to an Orange Yate Loon.....by under-volting it til the two were turning the same RPM. Honestly, they sound so much alike, with my eyes closed I couldn't tell them apart. Unlike the Orange Yate Loon, these Mad Dog fans come with a 3-pin connector only. Worth ...
by rtsai
Tue Mar 08, 2005 1:21 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My Athlon 64 3500 System
Replies: 4
Views: 1622

From what I have read in the forums, the Tornado should be quieter unless you want to modify the Silencer. Meh. I don't think that many people have been able to do a heads-up comparison of the two power supplies. Of those who have, I doubt that the results would be directly applicable to my own har...
by rtsai
Tue Mar 08, 2005 11:41 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My Athlon 64 3500 System
Replies: 4
Views: 1622

I have the same CPU, motherboard, and case. However, I used the Super Silencer and XP-120 + YateLoon fans. Not too relevant, but I have a pair of SP1614C, a Chaintech SH5200-128-DVI (NVidia FX5200-based card), and 2 x 512MB Crucial PC3200 RAM. I found the TriCool fan to be noisy even at the "low" se...
by rtsai
Sun Mar 06, 2005 6:39 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Best solution to cool the PCI slots?!
Replies: 17
Views: 3975

Thanks. The "pci rack" looks the same as the FB-123 and a few other cheaper things available (at least in US). I dunno if I'd really want to hang a hard drive from it though ... :? toNka's idea is nice and easy. But this is a case (heh) where the sideways HDD bays work in his favor. I have the strai...
by rtsai
Sun Mar 06, 2005 6:32 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: What is better with XP120: Nexus blowing UP or DOWN?
Replies: 18
Views: 3517

If you connect the Molex and rewire it for 5V or 7V, is it still OK to plug in the 3-pin connector for RPM monitoring? Or will the 12V coming from the motherboard header do bad things when it is mixed with the 5V/7V combination from the Molex? It would do bad things. You'd be shorting the 5v and 12...
by rtsai
Fri Mar 04, 2005 2:18 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Best solution to cool the PCI slots?!
Replies: 17
Views: 3975

To me, a better question would be: What are you running in the PCI area that is hot enough to require more airflow? Well, the question was a good question (at least, to me). I have a PCI HDTV tuner card that is very warm to the touch (warmer than my hard drives). Of course, I don't quite know how h...
by rtsai
Fri Mar 04, 2005 2:15 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Budget passive video card w/DVI?
Replies: 17
Views: 4741

Not only is everyone now recommending Nvidia but they appear to say that the 6600GT is the best HTPC card. This is not an AV treatise, but here is the 10-second summary: NVidia is more Linux-friendly, so the people recommending NVidia are probably building Linux-based PVRs (e.g., MythTV). I think t...
by rtsai
Thu Mar 03, 2005 11:37 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: how to get a Nidec motor Samsung Spinpont guranteed
Replies: 33
Views: 11212

JVM wrote:I had to RMA my SP1614N with NIDEC motor and even though I requested a replacement with same motor, they sent me one with the dreaded JVC motor.
So have you noticed a difference?
by rtsai
Thu Mar 03, 2005 9:56 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: My SLK3000B experience thus far
Replies: 31
Views: 12212

Tzupy wrote:What should I use instead of the stock Antec grommets?
The EAR grommets work well enough for me in the HD cage; they are a noticeable improvement over the stock Antec grommets.
by rtsai
Wed Mar 02, 2005 5:41 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: My SLK3000B experience thus far
Replies: 31
Views: 12212

Do you think that a xp-120 mounted on the a8n-sli deluxe with a nexus 120mm fan would smack into the round tube air guide? Is the case deep enough for that. Can the guide be removed easilly, or is it riveted into place? Would removing it mess up the exterior of the case? I have the SLK3000B + XP-12...