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Computers suck. [Sep. 20th, 2004|07:19 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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Dude check out my new pimpin' computer!
http://www.picpix.com/brad/gallery/000a2qrw

Not only is it not quiet, but it doesn't work, either! Yay!

I'm hoping... hoping hoping hoping.... that it's only not quiet because it hasn't got to the point where the operating system or some driver tells the fans and disks to calm down now that they're up. That's how my machine at work is... it starts loud for a few seconds, then shuts up.

But my machine at work is around enough other noise that I don't notice its fan or disk.

My standard for quietness at home is much higher. My current machine (the one I had intended to replace, but am now questioning) is fanless and diskless, so you can't really beat that. I hear the CD-ROM click when I turn it on. Cars a few blocks away are louder.

So tomorrow I get to drive this broken computer back to Vancouver and have them fix it. Bleh.
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[User Picture]From: mcfnord
2004-09-20 07:40 pm (UTC)
I grew up with Oregon meaning "buy computers without sales tax". We'd make the trip once a year. Do you pay sales tax when you shop in Vancouver? Can you show an out-of-state ID?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-09-20 07:44 pm (UTC)
Oregon/Washington have a deal: Oregon residents don't need to pay sales tax in Washington, but Washington companies can choose to not provide that benefit, if they don't want to do the paperwork for each Oregonian sale.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-09-20 07:52 pm (UTC)
We have Shuttles at work that do the loud than quiet thing, but this guy isn't a Shuttle... it's an Aria or something. (already boxed up to take back tomorrow)
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[User Picture]From: gholam
2004-09-20 10:17 pm (UTC)
Eh, that's an Aria you've got here, there's no way to make it silent - trust me. It can be moderately quiet, but that's about it. The fault is in PSU design - while the idea of a 120mm fan pulling air through is sound, the actual vents are far too small, requiring the fan to maintain high static pressure, resulting in high RPM, resulting in noise. Then you add cramped internal space that restricts you to small coolers, and then you hear it.

For quiet computing, SPCR is your source.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-09-20 10:26 pm (UTC)
I think SPCR was what I read when replacing my PSU and HSF in my current (actually silent) computer.

Really disappointed in the Aria.
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[User Picture]From: gholam
2004-09-20 10:29 pm (UTC)
The only way you can get a quiet SFF is either by using a Shuttle Zen (external brick PSU, lacks AGP), or one of those Hush Mini-ITX boxes (completely fanless, but based on VIA processors).
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[User Picture]From: mart
2004-09-21 03:43 am (UTC)

It's amusing reading this as my PC's fan grinds away just to my right. It wasn't always this way, but recently it has got particularly bad.

Your problem looks familiar.

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[User Picture]From: a1icey
2004-09-21 04:16 am (UTC)
apples are quiet.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-09-21 07:45 am (UTC)
Their users aren't, though. :-)

(sorry, any public post where I complain about desktops or servers results in something like "Why don't you just use Xserves?")
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[User Picture]From: a1icey
2004-09-21 10:32 am (UTC)
sorry!
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[User Picture]From: jproulx
2004-09-21 09:52 am (UTC)
I have a G5 sitting in my face that says otherwise
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[User Picture]From: a1icey
2004-09-21 10:32 am (UTC)
the new imac?
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From: unsuffer
2004-09-21 01:38 pm (UTC)

dude, you've been slashdotted

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From: cyns
2004-09-21 01:50 pm (UTC)
Hi Brad, I bet someone five bucks that you’d friend me back. And I’m poor, so I can’t afford to lose five bucks. I need that money to buy a chicken pot pie and a T-shirt for the wet chicken pot pie T-shirt contest tonight so I can win this Xbox I’ve been wanting. No I’m seriously NOT joking. So if you’ll just pleasantly friend me back, I’ll be most gracious and I won’t lose five bucks!

PS. I’m not boring and I don’t write lyke dis and some people say I’m funny.
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[User Picture]From: diez
2004-09-21 08:26 pm (UTC)
Wouldn't you just be better offer building your own machine? My first machine was a Compaq (god rest it's soul), and then once that fried, a Toshiba..and I got so sick of computers that were mass built..that I learned how to do it myself, haha. I find that when you build it yourself, you have 70% less problems (at least in my case), plus, you're Brad and you know a lot more about it than I do I'm sure.

Plus, if you built it yourself, you could get something like this airbrushed on the side in case theres ever an LJ Lan Party.
(joining trend : friend me back so i'm not screened? :D)
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-09-22 09:17 am (UTC)
This is my first desktop computer that I haven't built myself.
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From: ex_networke
2004-10-01 06:33 am (UTC)

http://www.picpix.com/brad/pic/0067f5xt/g282

Dude it looks like broken windows startup screen after unexpected reboot!

I thought you work on linux platform…
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-10-01 10:28 am (UTC)

Re: http://www.picpix.com/brad/pic/0067f5xt/g282

It came with Windows. Hadn't got to putting Linux on it yet.
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