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Subject: [aclug-L] Re: January Aclug Meeting?
From: Nate Bargmann <n0nb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2005 10:49:41 -0600
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* Thomas Wallis <wallis@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> [2005 Jan 10 10:31 -0600]:
>       I was going to suggest the VIA EPIA boards.  Several of them are
> fanless.

I've been looking closely at these and am trying to learn more.

An Xterminal may solve some problems and seems to add a couple for me
at least.

>       As far as low-noise machines, you are on the right track with the
> various silent PC sites on the web.  I have used PC Power and Cooling
> power supplies (very quiet).  Zalman Flower heatsink/fan combos are also
> very quiet.  The hard drives are often noisy as well as the case fans.  I
> haven't been able to build a really silent PC yet.  I avoid motherboards
> and video cards with those tiny fans.  The little fans usually go bad and
> make lots of noise.

I bought a bare-bones machine two years ago with a Soyo MB and VIA
chipset with an Athlon 1.33 GHz processor.  I've been getting about six
months out of the chipset fan.  I discovered a chipset heatsink that
*may* work with my older MB, but I'm not sure.  I think my CPU fan is
starting to make some noise as well.  I like to leave that system on
24/7, but it makes enough RF noise that I have to turn it off when
operating on some ham radio bands.

I may solve some of these problems with this system, but I'm not going
to spend a lot on it.  I will be more careful with my next desktop
system, however.

- Nate >>

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