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by Straker
Fri Apr 29, 2005 12:59 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Mounting Harddrives at odd angles
Replies: 133
Views: 276136

Not to make this thread any more pedantic than it already is, but if one is going to insist that their drives run horizontally, right-side up, I hope they're prudent enough to also own an online UPS and had a Faraday cage set in the walls of their bunker when it was built. :roll:
by Straker
Fri Apr 29, 2005 12:48 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: silencing 5-6 drives, building suspension rack
Replies: 4
Views: 1580

If your ventilation is from the front, you could just suspend all the drives horizontally, one above another, with Sorbothane spacers. If the idea makes you nervous (bungee-type cord is really, really strong) you could use 4 separate cords, or even 6, and just suspend the whole stack not far above s...
by Straker
Fri Apr 29, 2005 12:35 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Underclocking 2D
Replies: 9
Views: 3475

Ditto, been running my X800XT at 235/235MHz in 2D. Lets me get away with 20% on the stock fan at 50C, slow enough that it stops rattling. :) Haven't bothered replacing it since my case is good enough to cope and I have other plans soon. Still kind of annoying that it won't underclock much further wi...
by Straker
Fri Apr 29, 2005 12:18 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Speedfan HD temp readout with RAID 0 ???
Replies: 7
Views: 2587

ironically, if you have a halfway decent RAID controller, i don't think there should be any way you'd be able to use an ordinary prog like speedfan to get SMART info off the individual drives. think about it. :P check manuals etc - if you're using software/onboard RAID there might still be a way, an...
by Straker
Fri Apr 29, 2005 12:09 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: A Reserator "inside" your case?
Replies: 3
Views: 1820

I'm not sure I understand. Aside from the look, what is the advantage that they get? Very low flow restriction? good call, at first I couldn't think of ANY advantages. seems like other than that, you'd have the worst of all worlds - have an incredibly heavy heatsink, loss from at least one unnecess...
by Straker
Fri Apr 29, 2005 12:01 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Dual-core Athlon64 and HyperThreading (???)
Replies: 11
Views: 6934

<stuff> Er, no one said anything about AMD needing HT, or confused HT/64 bit speed impacts or anything else about AMD CPUs having some sort of latent, inactivated form of HT. You read the first post? From the sounds of things it's more or less just an interim hack to get better performance out of a...
by Straker
Thu Apr 28, 2005 11:34 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: *ALL NEW!!*, *Innovative!* Thermaltake HTPC case!!
Replies: 30
Views: 10308

Functionally I'm sure it's not great, but come on people. Try to be a little more objective. It looks like one of those ridiculous shiny white plastic designs with blocky/exaggerated curves that you always see in "IMAGINE WHAT TEH FUTURE HOUSEHOLDZOR WILL LOOK LIKE IN 30 YEARZ!@$" exhibits/demos. :...
by Straker
Thu Apr 28, 2005 11:27 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Filter, or no filter. A useful test?
Replies: 9
Views: 2832

er, huge problem, you'll have no way of measuring air flow.
not critical for an HTPC i guess, but like... it's pretty easy and effective to filter a PC, harder to do it without adding more fans etc.
by Straker
Thu Apr 28, 2005 11:13 pm
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Poor quality Antec SL350SPs inside 3700BQEs
Replies: 20
Views: 17436

Didn't Antec previously (i.e. before 2002) only sell Enermax PSUs with its cases, to guarantee consistent high quality (and maintain their reputation blah blah)? You can conclude based on that alone that they don't make crappy PSUs; why would they bother? Anyways, the Antec PSU I currently own has b...
by Straker
Thu Apr 28, 2005 11:00 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: MOUSE whine?!
Replies: 40
Views: 26726

same city as me too, clearly some sort of conspiracy
by Straker
Thu Apr 28, 2005 10:58 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Complete System Ready for Discussion
Replies: 6
Views: 1914

Looks good, not sure about the case though. I don't know anything about it but I don't think it's very highly regarded here? I used to just use MS Internet Keyboards because they're like $15 and you can just throw them out instead of spending 4 hours cleaning them properly, but they've changed somet...
by Straker
Wed Apr 27, 2005 4:06 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: "Stellar Realms" - online gaming, with a twist.
Replies: 396
Views: 194371

Yeah, starbases are pretty awesome, remember they also house 10K people, support 50 fighters, and give 2 more construction slots. Pretty much a free improved habitat, improved airbase and enough yards to do whatever you want, with 4 or 5 of them. Don't really care about the prestige, been moving up ...
by Straker
Mon Apr 25, 2005 3:07 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: can anyone OVERclock an AMD64 and keep it quiet n cool??
Replies: 24
Views: 12745

It was just a summary of those 30 lines, sorry. :P
by Straker
Mon Apr 25, 2005 2:58 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Need advice on removing my case's mesh grill
Replies: 6
Views: 3175

A pair of Wiss M1-Rs will only set you back like $15.
by Straker
Mon Apr 25, 2005 2:13 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 2.5" motherboard compatibility
Replies: 11
Views: 2612

My old G3 laptop has been running 24/7 for about 5 years with the 4GB Toshiba drive it came with. :)
Not sure what the temps of the drive have been like, but the CPU's never ever below 64C, and gets as high as 100C in the summer.
by Straker
Mon Apr 25, 2005 2:27 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: MOUSE whine?!
Replies: 40
Views: 26726

MOUSE whine?!

Anyone else have a Logitech MX510 (or any mouse, for that matter) that whines? Mine's making a really faint, really high-pitched whine/whistle, no idea if it did it out of the box or not. For a few weeks I thought it was my monitor getting worse, then I noticed the sound went away when I was holding...
by Straker
Mon Apr 25, 2005 2:14 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: "Ghetto" hdd sound damping
Replies: 16
Views: 4146

not really arguing for one side or the other, but IIRC stiffness is inversely proportional to the square of the radius, i believe that was the main reason for moving away from 5.25" (and now from 3.5") drives. shorter arms and smaller platters will give you much more durability and closer tolerances...
by Straker
Mon Apr 25, 2005 2:07 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Mounting Harddrives at odd angles
Replies: 133
Views: 276136

noone said anything about suspension because it's been beaten to death, use the search. it can have a tiny effect on long seeks, only noticeable in benchmarks.
by Straker
Mon Apr 25, 2005 2:02 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SORBOTHANE - what is it, where do you get it from?
Replies: 29
Views: 8832

sorbothane's hard to describe or show in a picture, especially the softest kinds - picture a sheet of fresh, shiny black licorice. :P it's really sticky yet leaves no residue, and almost as soft as (used) chewing gum, yet goes back to its old shape once pressure's taken off of it. edit: that is, it'...
by Straker
Mon Apr 25, 2005 1:37 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Bacteria, maybe an old question, but well here it is again!
Replies: 27
Views: 6077

not quoting the 20 diff posts, got here late... many/most bacteria produce catalase to metabolize or actually take advantage of peroxide. not sure how much protection that would provide them in practice though, and the anaerobes likely to be growing in a closed loop don't produce it anyways. if you ...
by Straker
Sun Apr 24, 2005 10:24 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Reserator in Refrigerator?
Replies: 24
Views: 8510

Edward Ng wrote:Not so sure that's legal in all parts, no?
er, would be legal everywhere toilets are, assuming you own the toilet...
that's not an open loop (though even an open loop in the context of the toilet would be ok, as long as the toilet isn't wasting water).
by Straker
Sun Apr 24, 2005 8:25 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: can anyone OVERclock an AMD64 and keep it quiet n cool??
Replies: 24
Views: 12745

stuff about soltek onboard gige = crap There's a similar obscure problem with nVidia onboard gigabit controllers (i.e. nF3) too. On some machines the actual Ethernet connection is lost and instantaneously reestablished several times/sec, and on all nF3 mbs, the controller has some really weird issu...
by Straker
Sun Apr 24, 2005 7:41 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Help - unstable A64 system
Replies: 38
Views: 12424

The problems I've been having with the DFI board and 4G of Corsair ram have finally been solved. It turned out to be the most unlikely thing. That's er... interesting. I helped someone troubleshoot a similar problem a couple months ago, one of their PCs started freezing on boot, every boot (though ...
by Straker
Sun Apr 24, 2005 7:06 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New system, want to get everything perfect.
Replies: 15
Views: 4035

You're probably not going to find a consumer mb with more than 4 DIMM slots; not sure exactly why but I'd imagine it would start to suffer badly from interference/crosstalk much like PCI would with >5 slots. 1GB DIMMs are down to ~$100 now anyways, it's pretty ridiculous. Timings on 1GB sticks aren'...
by Straker
Thu Apr 14, 2005 2:31 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: "Stellar Realms" - online gaming, with a twist.
Replies: 396
Views: 194371

Reproduction helps you fill your population cap quicker, so you can build Habitats more often and get more money from tax earlier in the game. only concern with that is that it doesn't take that long to max population, and then their 5%/0% wealth/reproduction mods are worthless compared to Dorune's...
by Straker
Thu Apr 14, 2005 1:05 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Perpendicular
Replies: 28
Views: 10644

it's also worth mentioning that it goes both ways - for a 7200rpm drive, the time spent (on average) waiting for the desired sector to come around only accounts for about half of the seek time. the rest comes from the actual head seek, and will take about the same time on any drive, so going up or d...
by Straker
Wed Apr 13, 2005 3:24 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: "Stellar Realms" - online gaming, with a twist.
Replies: 396
Views: 194371

heh i picked Dorune without even looking at galaxy overview. their special buildings are kind of nice but also fairly boring, haven't built either yet, just drones. i was in at the start of the round but only logged in a few times the first couple weeks. not sure if all those Dorune players are just...
by Straker
Wed Apr 13, 2005 2:24 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: My new Apple 12" iBook G4 1Ghz is extremely quiet!!!
Replies: 16
Views: 9054

iPods are just like Macs - it's fairly easy to find an mp3 player or PC that is cheaper, faster, nicer looking or smaller, but you always, always lose more than you gain. :P
by Straker
Wed Apr 13, 2005 10:59 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Perpendicular
Replies: 28
Views: 10644

IsaacKuo wrote:I'm less interested in the effect this will have on 3.5" SATA drives and more interested in the effect this will have on Compact Flash microdrives...
a (potential) 2-drive, >2TB raid 1 setup with 500mb/sec STR isn't interesting? :?
by Straker
Wed Apr 13, 2005 10:46 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New A64 system
Replies: 6
Views: 2887

yeah, that's about right, even less if you plan on overclocking, since the faster you go within a line of CPUs, the less the higher-end ones will overclock, relatively speaking. i went with a 3200+, but the price:performance on even that sucks ass compared to a 3000+. :)