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Apr. 9th, 2002 | 01:15 am
mood: worriedworried

So one of my computers seems to have been emmitting a noxious overheated plastic smell. Unfortunatly I can't figure out what component is having trouble. Or perhaps I'm just imagining that it's still smelling bad things.

I did point a fan back at the cpu which dropped it's temperature from 46 C down to 24 C, after removing all unnecessary components. But I'm not sure what the best course of action is to determine what's wrong. I do prefer the system when it's fanless. Also the CPU is supposed to be rated for up to 60 C.

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Clare T. Rampling

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from: rampling
date: Apr. 9th, 2002 05:05 am (UTC)
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Bummer. So, is that why my GirlFags website is down?

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Apr. 9th, 2002 11:34 am (UTC)
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Your site was down more because when I smelt something wrong, I hit the emergency power switch. Then forgot to restart the webserver after I brought things back online. It should be working now.

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Clare T. Rampling

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from: rampling
date: Apr. 9th, 2002 03:31 pm (UTC)
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Thanx!

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Warlock138

wow, fanless??

from: warlock138
date: Apr. 9th, 2002 07:32 am (UTC)
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really?
i think if more than 3 of my six fans failed things would get ugly real quickly. i cant even imagine not using a fan with my rig. but if yours runs cool enough, all the better.
i guess i've just gotten used to the sound of the fans humming me to sleep at night... ahhh.
but seriously, you shouldnt have a problem with 46 degrees C if it's rated for 60
mine runs at about 72 C and it's rated to about 90 C and it works fine.

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Diane Trout

Re: wow, fanless??

from: alienghic
date: Apr. 9th, 2002 11:41 am (UTC)
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Well, it's not quite fanless, as the power supply still has a fan. Though at some point I'd like to fix that. (I have found fanless ATX power supplies rated for as much as 100watts)

The california power crisis motivated me to get the most efficent systems I could. So my current router/server is a 600 mhz transmeta based single board computer with a laptop hard drive. It plus the 8 port switch and cable modem draw about 65 watts.

Also I just built another system that's mostly fanless, It's running a 866mhz Via C3, which is another good choice for lower power applications. It uses about 25 watts idle and about 40 watts while compiling a linux kernel.
Neither cpu's really have a good floating point unit. Decoding mp3's on the transmeta takes about 15-20% of the cpu time for instance. I haven't really tested the via for that application yet.

But either system is more than adequate for running a web & mail server.

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Warlock138

well... my systems are hardly

from: warlock138
date: Apr. 9th, 2002 12:20 pm (UTC)
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energy efficient. their designs are primarily economically motivated (i.e. what can i salvage from this hardware somone is otherwise going to throw away/ what is the best hardware for the money) but i have come up with some plans to compensate. first off, the machines in my room raise the mean room temperature approximately 15 degrees (F) so i have been able to eliminate the need for heating during the winter. Also, since they all have internal fans, they are robust enough to eliminate the need for air conditioning in the summer (on all but the hottest days, but summer temperatures in Maryland typically dont get past the mid 90's on average and are usually in the 80's) So i'll usually just use an area fan and open the windows even on a very hot day. I tend to close off the parts of the apartment i'm not using too. (which is usually every room except my bedroom)
I'm planning on investing in some solar panels and batteries but i'll have to wait until i leave my apartment (they kind of frown upon tenants clambering around on the roof fastening solar panels)
The intial expense of the solar hardware is pretty high, but it's not completely unreasonable. I saw several models of panel/wiring harnesses/storage cells that would work for my purposes at a recent Ham radio/electronics/computer show.
My uncle also had some luck building a turbine in his backyard, but the output was minimal (it was primarily a proof-of-concept prototype)

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