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Re: sticky bit, powersaving & hdd spindown

> I can't help  wondering if you could do away  with the hdd altogether,
> e.g. booting  the thing once  and for all  from floppies. The  P/S fan
> solution I've  posted before -- if  it's an old and  wimpy machine and
> you're daring you could maybe try even more extreme things like nuking
> the fan  altogether. (Check your household fire  insurance?) Along the
> same lines,  you could try disabling the  CPU fan as well  if you have
> one. I ran my PIII-500E for a few hours with the CPU fan unplugged and
> it didn't even blink.  It seems to me that there is  a bit of room for
> trial and  error here,  especially if  you can afford  it: if  the CPU
> overheats,  the  machine will  crash.  Whether  this  damages the  CPU
> permanently  I  don't  know,  any  electronics types  here  that  know
> anything about this?  

i've been meaning to ask you about you suggested power-supply quietening
technique. you said you moved the power supply outside the case, in order to
allievate the heat buildup inside the p/s case.

yet on at least my machines, the powersupply has ventilation holes on the
inside of the computer case, which to my understanding are used to draw heat
from inside the case. it's all very well having dual cpu fans on my athlon
drawing heat away from the chip. but without the powersupply fan, this heat
remains in the box, rising the ambient temperature and thus counteracting the
effect of the cpu fan - and lowering the life of your chip.

on the next note, you said the chip will crash if it gets too hot. if the heat
rises quickly then sure the chip will probably malfunction. but the real risk
of overclocking is the indetectable changes. in a process called ... well i
forget what it's called :) the tiny tracks on the chip will melt due to being
operated above their stated temperature, and then they condense elsewhere.
this can occur over the period of weeks to months, and by the time you notice
something is wrong, the chip is unsalvageable. that is why o/c'd chips often
can't be clocked back down again.


Damien <bitwise@repose.cx>

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