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by Straker
Tue Mar 15, 2005 11:14 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Setup for backups
Replies: 10
Views: 3216

not that relevant to backups, just wanted to add that a swapfile on a separate *partition* is a bad idea unless you know what you're doing - worst case, you're reading a bunch of crap from the middle of the disk while paging at the same time, and the drive is spending more time doing full-stroke see...
by Straker
Tue Mar 15, 2005 11:02 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Finally! A moddable NF4 board!
Replies: 8
Views: 16289

I don't think there are any cards that fit the pci-e1x slots, nor can I see any being produced, but theoretically you could install any pci-e card in one by modifying the slot to allow the added length of the pci-e connector to fit. erm, that's like saying you can put a Winchester in an s754 mb if ...
by Straker
Tue Mar 15, 2005 10:50 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: New Zalman cooler. CNPS 8000A with heatpipes
Replies: 47
Views: 13853

bird cage :D
by Straker
Tue Mar 15, 2005 9:57 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Which 939/AGP Motherboard?
Replies: 14
Views: 11131

Just-Chris wrote:What are peoples thoughts on Via vs NF3?
whoops, i forgot about the possible E-stepping issues too. assuming that's not a problem, if at any point it's just deciding between the two chipsets, nf3 hands down imho. it's like trying to compare an osprey to a rusty bike. :?
by Straker
Mon Mar 14, 2005 2:35 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Which 939/AGP Motherboard?
Replies: 14
Views: 11131

as far as i can tell, the MSI neo2 platinum is still basically the only viable s939 AGP mb, kind of amazing. not sure about the -54G, hard to find info/accurate pics, if it's the same aside from wireless it should still be great. can't really comment on whether an xp-120 will fit though, sorry. the ...
by Straker
Sun Mar 13, 2005 12:34 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: AMD & Intel Fanboiz Rejoice!!
Replies: 26
Views: 9816

hmmm, reminds of some computers we had back in college. they were Macs of some sort, but if you pressed a certain key sequence they would boot as PCs. yeah, OrangePC cards, those were basically NuBus cards with a 386/486 on them. was too young then to know/care much about the specifics (like what e...
by Straker
Sat Mar 12, 2005 9:56 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4309
Views: 1675881

Man With No Name - Neuro Tunnel
by Straker
Sat Mar 12, 2005 8:03 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: HDD Elastic Suspension... Show your pics!
Replies: 446
Views: 964833

simply putting a few mm of foam or something underneath any suspended drive would be a good idea - a fall of just a few inches onto metal or concrete can mean 100G+ on landing. that may or may not also be a good reason in general for suspending drives sideways... not good if they fall regardless, bu...
by Straker
Sat Mar 12, 2005 4:45 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Ok how about this crazy idea with tap water
Replies: 16
Views: 5422

If you know how or are willing to pay to have it done properly, sure. My house currently keeps an entire room (say 5x15x8 feet) cold this way, all the cold water coming into the house goes through an enormous passive radiator first. Would be kind of hard to use this for PC cooling though, it'd be ne...
by Straker
Sat Mar 12, 2005 5:24 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: rpm>7200
Replies: 7
Views: 2111

another thing to consider is that 15k RPM drives (and most/all 10k rpm drives too, i believe) only use 2.5" platters, so there goes much of the potential gain in sustained read/write speed. even with just a 7200rpm drive, about half of the latency is due to head seeks, rather than waiting for the ri...
by Straker
Sat Mar 12, 2005 5:05 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Any Problem With Putting a Hard Drive Up on Its Side?
Replies: 7
Views: 1574

have two drives suspended on their sides in this pc, will be three as soon as i get around to making a new bracket...
by Straker
Sat Mar 12, 2005 4:32 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: Overclockers Club: the new long-term challenge!
Replies: 12
Views: 4649

i'm in the same situation as nici - basically have an entire p4 2400 system left over from when i upgraded nearly everything a couple months ago. just need to get around to getting another case and PSU...
by Straker
Tue Nov 23, 2004 5:32 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Tagan makes my fan loud! Help needed!
Replies: 7
Views: 1883

if the fan was originally using a 2-pin molex connector, it probably has no rpm monitoring, so there's nothing for speedfan to detect... if your mb supports it, though, you should still be able to lower the fan's speed with speedfan.
by Straker
Tue Nov 23, 2004 5:18 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Zip-Tie Fan Mount Method....DIY
Replies: 39
Views: 65618

try search, i remember one thread on this a few months ago (cutting out grommets/washers from silicone caulking/adhesive type stuff)
by Straker
Tue Nov 23, 2004 4:16 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Slow, Cheap, Quiet, all 120's - Proposed Rig.
Replies: 9
Views: 3943

I don't mean to be rude, but what is there to research on amd64 systems? Its all simple as pie tbh. Either go with socket 754 or socket 939, and choose a CPU with the same sockettype, and voila. If you need fairly decent hardware advice, go to www.anandtech.com (wich you probably know already). onc...
by Straker
Tue Nov 23, 2004 4:06 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Doing it backwards -- Vancouver BC system building advice
Replies: 16
Views: 5244

atic.ca is pretty good and their prices are great (never bought anything from them, but i know a few people locally that prefer their kludgy mail-order to local stores), but i suspect they'd look at you funny if you tried to ask them to make something quiet. they don't really seem to carry anything ...
by Straker
Fri Nov 19, 2004 1:10 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Cooling a TV
Replies: 42
Views: 12321

bit different, but just thought I'd add this - in my old house, i guess the previous owners skimped when installing the gas range, and it simply exhausted down into the basement (from the first floor of course). never had any problems with it working like this, though it probably would've been gross...
by Straker
Fri Nov 19, 2004 12:58 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Bought four new NMB fans... wow I am dissapointed.
Replies: 11
Views: 2977

good, 'cause they're free... just use an appropriate tool (screwdriver, disassembled collapsible antenna, or a headphone plug with the end cut off, whatever) to get the ground pin out of the molex connector, and move it to the 5V pin. :P
by Straker
Fri Nov 19, 2004 12:52 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Moulding Latex...
Replies: 2
Views: 1041

probably a waste of time, might be worth playing with for making gaskets etc though
by Straker
Wed Nov 17, 2004 4:56 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: non-conductive fluid
Replies: 28
Views: 19009

...they do, or the product wouldn't exist. lots of people waste money on kits too.
by Straker
Tue Nov 16, 2004 4:23 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Chylld's guide to watercooling
Replies: 95
Views: 116617

Your systems will be better off with no tee's. Manifold everything. Think most people know/would agree with that, it just makes setup more of a hassle, and you're screwed if it's not completely bled, or when you eventually need to replace coolant lost to evaporation. Better a tee than a res... Abou...
by Straker
Sun Nov 14, 2004 3:54 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Lubricating oil for HDD?
Replies: 14
Views: 2615

no, it just means a dust particle big enough to instantly cause a head crash didn't get in there (or it did, but didn't happen to settle in the right place), but it'll still probably die much sooner. i'd try oiling a drive myself, but only to get data off a drive that already died of stiction or so....
by Straker
Sun Nov 14, 2004 3:32 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Have you ever wondered why CPU gets hot in the first place ?
Replies: 17
Views: 4404

hmm, ok then. but i'd think the problems of physically implementing 3D cpus would be even harder to overcome (right now at least) than the individual gates, or even a 2D cpu made of these reversible gates. for an artilect it's no big deal since the cpu is both the means and the end, but if we used a...
by Straker
Sun Nov 14, 2004 2:55 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Asus A8V Deluxe WiFi Edition + Athlon64 3500+ 90nm
Replies: 18
Views: 7279

yeah, didn't notice that in the original post either, only SiS or nVidia for me. kinda wary of VIA ever since their legal issues with Intel, and all the drivers and patches and crap. shouldn't take any software changes just to make a motherboard work properly unless you're using its onboard sound or...
by Straker
Sun Nov 14, 2004 2:02 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: What compound to lube the external part of fans?
Replies: 5
Views: 2305

er... only parts that need to be lubricated are the bearings, and none of those are external. :?
what would you lubricate the outside for? it's not touching anything, and it'd collect dust amazingly fast
by Straker
Sun Nov 14, 2004 1:54 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Have you ever wondered why CPU gets hot in the first place ?
Replies: 17
Views: 4404

have the same sort of question as sthayashi (with the difference being that i don't know what i'm talking about); i'm aware that with conventional gates, there's a (very small) constant that represents the minimum energy loss per operation that is physically possible. but, who cares? as the actual c...
by Straker
Sun Nov 14, 2004 1:20 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Asus A8V Deluxe WiFi Edition + Athlon64 3500+ 90nm
Replies: 18
Views: 7279

um, consumer-grade motherboards cost like $150 max, the margins on them have to be razor-thin even before considering the effort that goes into designing and supporting them (as in bios revisions, the important part). you get what you pay for. :) the great thing about stuff like this is that the onl...
by Straker
Sat Nov 13, 2004 2:05 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Question about dual channel RAM
Replies: 2
Views: 1452

it should almost always work, as long as you buy them at the same time - only problems are normally when the DIMMs are different revisions of the same product (and even then it's not fair to say it won't work). all you're paying for (well, usually it's a bit cheaper to buy paired DIMMs anyways) is h...
by Straker
Sat Nov 13, 2004 1:55 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Watercooling obsolete?
Replies: 188
Views: 134212

hm. how can a pump be hard to silence? you could encase it in a ball of silicone then bury it in a foot of concrete and it wouldn't make any difference to the pump; unless it's both huge and magnetic drive, it should have no problem being cooled entirely by the water going through it.
by Straker
Sat Nov 13, 2004 1:49 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Chylld's guide to watercooling
Replies: 95
Views: 116617

same as what chylld said, but also, glycol isn't really optimal; why reduce performance if the coolant will never even be below ambient, let alone below 0C? and polyethylene glycol is beyond safe... not really sure if it will make a difference to stuff trying to grow in there, but PEG is used in pre...