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Computer Crash 
9th-Mar-2006 09:48 pm
Earlier I had posted about my computer crashing. I think I know why. Heat.

I don't think that the new CPU (this is a dual CPU machine, recall) is getting good enough airflow to keep it cool and it is getting too hot. I tried to yank it this evening and about burned myself. There is what is known as the two second rule - if you can comfortably put your bare finger on it for 2 seconds, then the temperature is at or below 80 degrees C. I had to use a hotpad to pull it out and it was off for at least a full minute before that.

I am going to try and fabricate a duct or some sort of air guide to help out. Either that or I resort to case modding my Dell Precision Workstation 410. I wish that I could get lmsensors to work then I could monitor fan speeds and the CPU temp. The second CPU stays pulled until such time as I get the cooling issues worked out.

In the meantime, I am back to running Linux under single CPU on the workstation. I have also installed the new Dell Dimension 2400 and loaded it with SuSE 10.0. Runs like a champ. Due to the speed it runs, I think I'll make it my primary machine. It has 512MB RAM, 40GB harddrive, and 2.4MHz Celeron. I'm not so keen on the crippled Celeron CPU nor the Intel graphics, but otherwise, it totally spanks my old 410 machine. The 410 runs Mandriva 10.2 with latest patches. Right now I have both machines sharing the same monitor, keyboard, and mouse through an IOGEAR MiniView KVM switch (model GCS84A). A few keystrokes and I am looking at the other machine. The IOGEAR KVM is nice in that it is parasitically powered from the PS2 keyboard and mouse ports. No power cables or wallwarts to futz with.

SuSE 10.0 has a real slick install program that an utter newbie could use. If you haven't moved to Linux because you think it is too hard, you are WRONG. Unfortunately, SuSE has taken the path of fully covering their assets and don't include anything that is proprietary (well, at least with the free version of SuSE). I had to uninstall Xine because even simple mpegs were not playing. I downloaded the source files, compiled, and installed it myself. It works great and I can now watch all my movies. DVD's play. Mpeg, wmv3, and avi are all good, too. I still have issues with wmv9 so I'll have to search for a codec for that.

Other software that *needs* to be installed is gEDA and Simili. gEDA is a Gnu-based engineering design tool suite (schematics, PCB, and such) and Simili is a VHDL compiler and simulator from Symphony EDA.

At some point in the future I will build me an AMD box. FX-66 chips should be cheap by then. Or maybe I'll get the dual core CPUs. Whatever it is, I'm gonna make a |<1CK 455 133T gaming box with SLI based video, SATA, 1GB RAM, DVD-RW, CDRW, and at least 100GB of drive space. I also plan on upgrading my monitor to a low latency LCD. Expense is an issue but with dollar cost averaging (buying the individual parts over a period of time) I should be able to do it. It'll take me a while to collect all the components but it will be worth it. I want to play some games again and need horsepower to do it. The last games I could play were Unreal Tournament GOTY, Riven, and Starcraft (all circa year 2000). Feel sorry for me? Donations are happily accepted.

That's enough for now. Goodnight.
10th-Mar-2006 04:44 pm (UTC)
You totally have my sympathy. Parts of my pc's internal brains are literally taped together since the dog incident, and if anyone happens to bump the box, it will expload lol.

I have to do massive replacement sometime next month. A geek wih a wounded pc is a terrible thing to witness, hugs brother!
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