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by Bluefront
Thu Jun 05, 2008 7:45 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Would suspending a CD/DVDRW combo drive help reduce noise?
Replies: 5
Views: 2088

Your best bet..... find a quiet optical drive. Next best....find a drive that Nero Drive Speed can adjust slower, and that will remember the setting on a re-boot. Not all drives will be compatible...... Third best.....use an external optical drive. They seem to be quieter. Fourth best...attempt to f...
by Bluefront
Thu Jun 05, 2008 7:36 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The answer without a question
Replies: 147
Views: 22939

It's just a dumb bumper sticker..... advocating an anti-war philosophy that obviously won't work in all situations. If your neighboring country invades your territory with the expressed purpose of killing every one of you, you can resist or die. Call it what you want, but it's war, a war to rightful...
by Bluefront
Thu Jun 05, 2008 2:40 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 120mm to 140mm adapter
Replies: 1
Views: 1131

You normally get very little benefit using a bigger fan to suck or blow through a smaller-size opening. Of course there's always the bling factor.....

The Evercool 140mm Red Scorpion (Newegg, PerformancePC) comes with such an adapter, as do some of the Aerocool 140x20mm models.
by Bluefront
Wed Jun 04, 2008 10:57 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Scythe Zipang ..... Impressions, Mods.
Replies: 21
Views: 6903

That should work ok.....if you can fit a bolt in there. When I've had similar issues, I've tightened a nut and bolt to the board in the four holes.....had the threaded part of the bolt sticking up. So I could then attach the heatsink with nuts and washers. Since your back-plate is threaded......You ...
by Bluefront
Wed Jun 04, 2008 2:46 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Skirts on Tower Coolers for VRM Cooling
Replies: 3
Views: 1385

The link in my previous thread has the whole story/photos....here are some more photos. It's hard to put into words.... http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y159/Bluefront/Ninja%20Wing%20Duct/WingDuct1.jpg http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y159/Bluefront/Ninja%20Wing%20Duct/WingDuct2.jpg The whole device...
by Bluefront
Tue Jun 03, 2008 3:47 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Skirts on Tower Coolers for VRM Cooling
Replies: 3
Views: 1385

I've been testing different airflow techniques for quite a while..... and probably will never be satisfied. Lately I've been using a Ninja as the basis for a large number of configurations . I use a Ninja because it seems to work the best with low airflow. Getting that airflow to also cool the MB co...
by Bluefront
Tue Jun 03, 2008 12:00 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Sythe Zipang 14cm fan "blow-down" CPU cooler
Replies: 17
Views: 9878

Heh.... start a new thread on the subject and I'll try to find the links to an invention of last year. It's a Ninja turned into a partial blow-down heat-sink. This thread isn't the place for that subject. :)
by Bluefront
Tue Jun 03, 2008 4:35 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Sythe Zipang 14cm fan "blow-down" CPU cooler
Replies: 17
Views: 9878

The relative temperature differences between the various MB components on various boards, differs greatly. Some boards just don't run extremely hot. The D865-GLC has some hot spots. The combination of the skirts and the different fan on my setup, lowered some of these board components >15C. (I used ...
by Bluefront
Tue Jun 03, 2008 12:40 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Custom system build: Would this work[?]
Replies: 15
Views: 2549

It's hard to tell from such a brief description of the case....custom made completely? Two fans, with one blowing out, another in, and the case with mesh openings all over? Having multiple passive openings all over the case, assures a part of the airflow will by-pass the hot spots completely.....whi...
by Bluefront
Mon Jun 02, 2008 1:37 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Sythe Zipang 14cm fan "blow-down" CPU cooler
Replies: 17
Views: 9878

This has got to be the first heat-sink I ever owned and was using.......before an SPCR review. And my impressions are similar, but not exactly the same. My Zipang replaced a Thermalright XP-120, on an Intel D865-GLC board, using a P4-3.4EE (hot). It idles at 110w and goes to about 200w draw running ...
by Bluefront
Sun Jun 01, 2008 11:05 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: A new idea on fan stacking
Replies: 16
Views: 4989

Hypernova.... If you cut out a section of the stuff and place it between two fans, the effect will be the same as that "airflow straightener". It's about 3/8" thick, and would form little airflow channels. Now whether that effect would do anything for your idea is the question. I've never been convi...
by Bluefront
Sun Jun 01, 2008 1:34 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: A new idea on fan stacking
Replies: 16
Views: 4989

Airflow straightener.....rather than order something at great shipping expense, why not a DIY solution? In my local hardware stores, I can find a panel in the lighting section that is meant to be placed under a floressant (sp.) lightening fixture. They are about 3/8" thick, plastic, with a squarish ...
by Bluefront
Sat May 31, 2008 1:42 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: 2008 Darwin Awards.
Replies: 0
Views: 836

2008 Darwin Awards.

Link My vote goes to "Pining Away". Some of these stories are so outrageous, you wonder just how these people survived to the age they did. :lol:
by Bluefront
Sat May 31, 2008 1:04 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Evaluating HSF fans that are subjected to backpressure
Replies: 12
Views: 5383

The idea sounds reasonable, and I guess the use of a relatively common heatsink, could enable the tests to be duplicated by those interested, using a standard resistance. I'd be interested if the comparative results were the same if the fan were blowing or sucking through the resistance. I suspect t...
by Bluefront
Sat May 31, 2008 1:17 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Skeleton... and P183 & Sonata Elite
Replies: 161
Views: 87953

It is only a prototype after all..... But if the setup were running hotter components, the top fan blowing downward presumably at a relatively slow speed would probably not be enough airflow. There looks to be too great a distance from the fan to the MB......not to mention the airflow is fighting co...
by Bluefront
Fri May 30, 2008 1:09 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Excessive CPU Usage= HELPSVC.EXE
Replies: 10
Views: 2622

Ack....that suggested fix sounds like it could cause more trouble than what I've got right now. Apparently nobody is certain about what's the real cause. I'm going to run on the manual setting for a while. Some people suggested this is the only necessary fix. This particular computer has SP2 with al...
by Bluefront
Fri May 30, 2008 8:43 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: How many fluent languages/dialects do you speak?
Replies: 46
Views: 9836

Well I'd need to be convinced that a native English-speaking person is at any dis-advantage if he only speaks the one language. Unless you have frequent dealings with a non-English country or person.....what's the big deal? Actually if you travel, unless you only visit the place that uses your parti...
by Bluefront
Fri May 30, 2008 8:29 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Excessive CPU Usage= HELPSVC.EXE
Replies: 10
Views: 2622

Heh....that's interesting. They recommended switching to manual, just like I did. And I tried going to system tools/system information. After that I rechecked and the Help and Support service was started, but still on manual. I wonder if some sort of spyware could also start the service? That's what...
by Bluefront
Fri May 30, 2008 3:18 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Excessive CPU Usage= HELPSVC.EXE
Replies: 10
Views: 2622

Excessive CPU Usage= HELPSVC.EXE

Frequently my CPU usage goes to 100% for a few minutes....fans speed up. Using Task Manager, I determined it was help.exe doing it. This is a MS system service.....Help and Support. Apparently some spyware can hide in this process. Try a google search and you'll find a bunch of information on the su...
by Bluefront
Fri May 30, 2008 1:36 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: normal noisy PC, but inside a soundproof cabinet?
Replies: 31
Views: 27429

......which is the reason you should try to build a smaller/quieter computer. :lol:
by Bluefront
Fri May 30, 2008 1:29 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Cooler Master Fan
Replies: 3
Views: 1541

Most fans have the actual model# printed on the hub. You can do a Google search and find out more info on the thing.

Sounds like you have an older PSU. A slower fan would make it quieter, but might not cool well enough. An upgrade to a new/quieter PSU should be your first priority.....IMO.
by Bluefront
Fri May 30, 2008 1:22 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: How many fluent languages/dialects do you speak?
Replies: 46
Views: 9836

No matter what languages you learn, unless you use them frequently, they get lost. I learned Latin in school......three years of the stuff for unknown reasons. Then I studied German and Spanish for a while.....gone mostly. Now I speak only English, but have been forced to understand Eubonics.....a b...
by Bluefront
Fri May 30, 2008 1:05 am
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Washington State residents and Sales Tax, other states too.
Replies: 4
Views: 12331

Frankly I'd rather see sales taxes (consumption taxes) go up, than property taxes for instance. I paid sales taxes on my car when I bought it.....why should I have to continue to pay an ownership tax on the thing every year? I think sales taxes provide a fairer way to raise money for the state.........
by Bluefront
Thu May 29, 2008 1:05 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Overpressured build with P182
Replies: 17
Views: 6122

Sorry... I can't answer any of those questions, but I can reply to Neil's post. With the normal small flat filter you see for sale here and there, you'll be cleaning it all the time, and since it clogs quickly, the fans will need to spin faster, and dust no doubt will be sucked in through every smal...
by Bluefront
Thu May 29, 2008 8:27 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Overpressured build with P182
Replies: 17
Views: 6122

Recommendation..... take your time, particularly when doing mods that cannot be undone. Building the quietest possible setup takes planning, and consideration before you start cutting and modding. The absolute pressure (either negative or positive) means very little, and no sense worrying about it. ...
by Bluefront
Thu May 29, 2008 2:04 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Overpressured build with P182
Replies: 17
Views: 6122

jaganath...... I'm not sure if I'm getting everything in his posts, perhaps through a translation problem. Without a doubt, the airflow in a positive pressure case can be completely managed. In that Rocketfish/Lian Li setup there is no re-circulation effect at all. The airflow from the "blow-down" C...
by Bluefront
Thu May 29, 2008 1:03 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Overpressured build with P182
Replies: 17
Views: 6122

FWIW.....Terminology/translation. The term "positive pressure" is usually used instead of "over-pressure" on English computer forums. Likewise "negative pressure" means "under-pressure". There have been endless discussions on this subject over the years....on SPCR and other places. There is no "best...
by Bluefront
Wed May 28, 2008 3:56 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Rightmark Audio Analyzer ... Free.
Replies: 2
Views: 952

Rightmark Audio Analyzer ... Free.

Link Somebody needs to download this program to see if it has any usefulness to SPCR people. (can't seem to get it myself). I'm wondering if it can use a microphone.
by Bluefront
Tue May 27, 2008 2:12 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: A daily use low-wattage PC for surfing, music, 5.1 movies
Replies: 8
Views: 2869

You're looking for something that doesn't exist, because you haven't set any priorities. Energy usage could be a priority..... if it were a VIA-based system would do it. Mine draws 20-25w max. Silence could be a priority..... such low current draw produces little heat, and requires a minimum airflow...
by Bluefront
Mon May 26, 2008 4:17 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: normal noisy PC, but inside a soundproof cabinet?
Replies: 31
Views: 27429

As you said..... for a given amount of airflow, usually two fans are quieter than one. And bigger fans are quieter than smaller fans at the same cfm. (usually) In the old days.....expensive model cars used air ducts for their heating/cooling systems that were lined with a Paxmate-type foam. It's abo...