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Computer Noise [Jun. 13th, 2001|11:35 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick
I hate computer noise.... fans and high-pitched hard drives (of which I have way too many) both drive me crazy.

I moved my LJ dev server into the storage room so I wouldn't have to hear it.

However, that just made it easier to hear the high-pitch ringing of my 3 disk in my linux box.

I could replace power supplies for $65 each to super-quiet ones, but I don't think that's bad part. (maybe I'll do that also... I don't know)

I'd move my Linux box to another room, but I need to plug in my monitor and peripherals.

I see two solutions:

1) Make a thin-client ... celeron, no processor fan, quiet case fan, boot from network. Then I can move linux box far away. Replace windows box' power supply and processor fan with quiet ones.

2) Move linux box's RAID array into LJ-dev and NFS mount it. Con: dependency on that machine.

Anyone have any experience combating computer noise?

[User Picture]From: nighthawk
2001-06-13 11:45 am (UTC)
I've actually purchased $30 300 watt power supplies before which were amazingly quiet. You'd be surprised, they seem to just get noisier with age.
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[User Picture]From: mart
2001-06-13 11:49 am (UTC)

Headphones! (and loud music) :)

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[User Picture]From: mart
2001-06-13 11:52 am (UTC)

On a more serious note... after I posted that other comment I remembered about this in the ThingyWikiWikiWeb which an old aquaintance of mine runs. He also hates computer noise. I generally put up with it, although it does seem to be giving me intermittent mild tinitus.

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[User Picture]From: gorgonous
2001-06-13 11:53 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: bandicoot
2001-06-13 12:01 pm (UTC)
Easy - clip all the fan leads and run the whole thing in the refrigerator ;)
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[User Picture]From: matte
2001-06-13 12:37 pm (UTC)
Pro: cuts out the separate trips to get beer.

Con: fridge hum
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[User Picture]From: paragod
2001-06-13 12:38 pm (UTC)
I've lived with computer noise since I was 14 years old and now I can't stand to be in a completely quiet room. And now that I don't have computers in my bedroom, I have to keep a rotating fan going so I'm not driven crazy by the lack of sound. Funny huh?
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[User Picture]From: gorgonous
2001-06-13 02:04 pm (UTC)
Same with me.. I've gotten so used to the white noise in the background complete silence seems almost uncomfortable.
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[User Picture]From: foobar
2001-06-13 12:48 pm (UTC)
Get a KVM switch and run it from the other room (with all the boxen) to your bedroom (with nothing but keyboard, monitor, mouse, and kvm box).

Not a perfect solution, and most of them don't do audio, but running audio cables is easy enough. The upside is you can get console on all of your boxes without any of the noise.
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[User Picture]From: sandy
2001-06-13 01:13 pm (UTC)

work on being mellow

This seems to become a problem every summer. Maybe if you got a real job and got out of your room once in awhile, it would not bug you so much. Remember I have heard about your complaints about noise for way too many years. What did I do wrong, that you are so high strung?

Love Mom

P.S. Save your money, because something else will bug you after you think you have taken care of the noise.
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[User Picture]From: solace
2001-06-13 01:16 pm (UTC)

Re: work on being mellow


brad's mom lays the smack down

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[User Picture]From: stesla
2001-06-13 01:16 pm (UTC)
I've lived around white computer noise since I was born. I've got a rack in my living room with three boxes...one of which doesn't even have a case-cover. When I go camping, I have a hellofa time getting to sleep.

If you just ignore it, eventually you'll get used to it.
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[User Picture]From: aquaone
2001-06-13 01:29 pm (UTC)
i'm one of those freaks who loves the noise. ~shrug~ i was going to have my rack in my bedroom... it helps me sleep.

i think youv'e got the right idea in moving things externally though and building a cheap box. if i was you i'd just cough up like 4k to build a cheap ilttle celeron that net boots. i think that'd work great, keep your current box as is.
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[User Picture]From: aimi
2001-06-13 01:48 pm (UTC)


i hate the hummmmmm of computer equipment. its just this monotonous drone that just humms relentlessly in your ears. soon you become immune to it and can't even hear it at all...you're hypnotized by the humm. i work at blimpis subs and all the equipment there does the same thing. it drives me absolutely nuts. All you can hear after a while is HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM inside your head. then you go homw and its HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.
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[User Picture]From: joggingguy
2001-06-13 02:17 pm (UTC)
Make another trip to Home Depot and build a sound insulated cabinet.
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[User Picture]From: dweezil
2001-06-13 02:20 pm (UTC)
I keep trying to get you interested in macs...They are all fan-free now. The are very quiet mo-sheens. And they run Unix.
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From: billemon
2001-06-13 02:32 pm (UTC)
Cool icon! Can I copy it to put in my (internal) email signature at work?
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[User Picture]From: dweezil
2001-06-13 07:28 pm (UTC)
sure! feel free. Thanks for asking.
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-06-13 02:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah, OS X interests me _a lot_ ...

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[User Picture]From: visions
2001-06-13 07:02 pm (UTC)
it is nice, but the gui needs a lot of speed work. it is like running enlightenment with all animations turned on and then put on a traditional pentium. in other words, usable.. but dog ass slow.
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[User Picture]From: visions
2001-06-13 04:07 pm (UTC)
you can do some cool things using dynamat (thick sound dampening stuff for cars audio systems) by lining the inside of the case with it.

other obvious suggestions are ball bearing fans, lower rpms, etc etc.
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[User Picture]From: nder
2001-06-14 01:05 am (UTC)
i've got it on mine- it helps, a bit- main noise now is the 2 exhaust fans- need to duct them thru acoustic foam or something.
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[User Picture]From: nder
2001-06-14 01:08 am (UTC)
if you've got them all in the same general area, do what the dot matrix lovers used to do- make an enclosure- and line it with acoustic foam/tiles.
if youneed a cdrom drive or 2 constantly accessable, refit it to the front of the enclosure.
another idea, is to have the puter fronts exposed, in said enclosure, and put some acoustical foam between them- most of the noise is from the rear and case vibrations. you'd be down to bezel shakes and any noise transmitted out the front of the box ( shouldn't be much)
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