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Questions for NY'ers...

Is there anyone experienced with the innards of computers who would like to come over and try to help me get my computer to not be so noisy?

Are you experienced with A/V hookups? I know I could be getting more brilliance out of my TV and VCR then I am currently getting with those red/white/yellow cords, but when I start to try to figure it out, my brain fries. Wanna help? Radio Shack is but 2 blocks away from my house!

Are you a good photographer, and possess a quality digital cam? Wanna come over and take photos of my fish tanks?

Dinner for all three of you if you come over!

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rogueboi
Jan. 4th, 2006 02:49 pm (UTC)
What about just coming over to sit on your lap? Is that option unavailable? ;)
boymeat
Jan. 4th, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC)
See Thor's comment on my fish post.
luna_littleone
Jan. 4th, 2006 02:56 pm (UTC)
Your PC might be noisy due to your fan being dirty. Dust bunnies and such.
The briiliance might be due to where you have your signal running from and where you are connecting.
I have a pretty decent digi too.

Too bad I'm in VA now. You'd owe me three dinners. ;)
escapade52
Jan. 4th, 2006 03:21 pm (UTC)
A noisy computer is almost certainly a bad fan. You should really fix that, beyond the annoyance of noise if you have inadequate cooling you're begging for hardware failure, like never changing the oil in your car. And if your hard drive or CPU overheats you're just fucked.

Luna is right. Just open the computer chassis and clean out any dust you see, one of those cans of compressed air you can buy for $3 can help get in the nooks and crannies. If that doesn't do it, buy a new fan, should be under $20 at CompUSA or someplace. It's easy, just unscrew/unplug the old one, and reattach the wires of new unit however the old one looked.

Good luck.
beowabbit
Jan. 4th, 2006 04:11 pm (UTC)
It's a fan (or fans), but in this case not a bad fan, just an insanely overpowered fan. It's one of those gaming rigs where you're supposed to win dicksize wars based on how large a volume of air flows through your machine each second. :-)

boymeat, the way to make it quieter is to replace the fans. In this case it might be case fans, CPU fans, the fan on the graphics card, or all three. You might also want to replace the power supply, which has a fan inside it. However, you'll need to be careful to retain enough cooling capacity for the CPU and graphics card, and I don't have any idea what they require. I Froogled for (quiet or silent) (cpu or case or video) fan and got some hits that look useful. By and large, cases (especially on high-end machines) tend to have more cooling than they really require. PC Power and Cooling (http://www.pcpowercooling.com/) is a well-respected company who have some products aimed at noise-conscious people.

The first thing to do is to figure out which of the fans is making most of the noise, and to do that you probably want to take the case off and listen. You might also very briefly and very carefully stop the fans one at a time (which you can often do by pressing your finger on the solid center of the fan) to get a sense of how much each one contributes to the noise. (You probably can't do that with the one in the power supply, though.)

Oh, and sorry I didn't know you wanted fishtank pictures when I was there; I'd have been happy to take some. Er, except that I didn't have my camera with me. <church-lady>Never mind.<church-lady> :-)
beowabbit
Jan. 4th, 2006 04:15 pm (UTC)
PS the first: It probably goes without saying, but try to avoid touching any of the circuitry while you have the case open, and watch out for static electricity. (You damaging the PC, not so much the PC damaging you, although the latter can hapen if you poke around in the power supply.)

PS the second: Do you leave a DVD or CD in the drive? The kind of noise that's coming from your machine is similar to a DVD or CD spinning very fast with a non-circular label on it generating turbulence. I'm pretty sure I asked you about that, though.
visage
Jan. 4th, 2006 11:43 pm (UTC)
Pshaw. If he's got a monster machine that's all about performance dicksize, how come it's *air* cooled? Time to buy a new machine.

(Aside: am I the only person who finds it hard to use "a" instead of "an" in front of starts-with-a-vowel markups?)
beowabbit
Jan. 5th, 2006 12:48 am (UTC)
(No, you’re not the only one.)
high4tower
Jan. 4th, 2006 03:09 pm (UTC)
Hey, if there's anyone really good with computers, take a look at my LJ, too, please! I'm having problems :(

BM, I may be able to help with your TV.
boymeat
Jan. 4th, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC)
Alright, we should have you over!
boy_wonderwolf
Jan. 4th, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC)
How old is your PC? Do you leave it running all the time? Is it a fan type buzz or more of a vibration?

Buzzing - It could be that the fan is dirty.
Vibration - One of the cards may be loose and just need reset. Have you moved your PC recently?

Also a photog but am not in NY.
epinephric
Jan. 4th, 2006 03:19 pm (UTC)
Computers: There are many things that could be making noise. A can of compressed air to clean out all the fans, is probably a good start. This also will help your CPU and power supply run a little cooler, which improves component lifespan.

If things are still noisy, you might need to look into what they are. The bearings can go on older fans, making them noisier. New fans are usually pretty cheap (under $30), and fairly quiet. You can get newer, quieter power supplies, which is a more expensive option, but still usually under $100, even for a high-end PS.

If you are getting noise on disk access, you may just have a noisy harddrive - they make drive silencers, but you can roll your own fairly cheaply from plans on the internet. I would add a small fan to such a system, to keep the drive cool, and not lose too much drive lifespan. It can still be a net noise savings, if you do it right.

Or, the drive could be going bad - in which case, replacing it is probably your best bet. Depending on how old the drive is, you can probably get a much larger, quieter, faster HDD for $120 or less.

In my experience, CD-ROM and DVD-ROM drives with grinding noises are nearing the end of their life. I think you can probably lube the motor bearings if you really want to, but it's fairly cheap and easy to get a replacement. Fast DVD and CD drives can whir pretty loudly, I'm not sure what you can do about that, if anything. Writing drives are usually louder, in my experience.

A quick googling of 'quiet computer mod' gave me this link, to a site that sells quiet PC equipment - but the article isn't bad. There are plenty of hardware mod sites that will give you gory details on how to damp out PC noise - usually by buying their products.

I found your LJ through chixalfred, and your name is fairly distinctive. :-)
njlexi
Jan. 4th, 2006 04:04 pm (UTC)
Cleaned? Something needs to be cleaned?????? lol
3dogcircus
Jan. 4th, 2006 04:50 pm (UTC)
Hey Boymeat,

I would LOVE to come take pictures of your fish tanks. Do you want pics of individual living creatures too? That would be cool. I have a nice camera, and 95% of the pics I take are of animals or nature type things... so I feel that a fish tankl would fit in nicely. Plus I used to work with fish tanks... anyways. So no promises that they will be amazing but I would like to give it a try if you have not already found anyone. And my Ma'am is out of town Thurs-Mon so I actually can do it this week if you are up for letting me try.
colten (at) puckerup.com
boymeat
Jan. 4th, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC)
I would love it if you could try for shots of both the tank and the fish. I'll e-mail you later today and we'll see what we can set up!

Exciting!
glowroper
Jan. 4th, 2006 04:55 pm (UTC)
OT
The Sinsations event in Chicago is looking for instructors for caning (and fireplay too, I think). If you want me to forward the call, lemme know!

Yay fish!
boymeat
Jan. 4th, 2006 05:00 pm (UTC)
Re: OT
Yeah, I got the e-mail as well. Another part of it said they were looking for Chicago residents, perferably.

I don't teach fire, and something tells me one class only won't be worth it.
thauma
Jan. 4th, 2006 05:23 pm (UTC)
Assuming you don't have a HDTV, the next thing you can do is connect your components with S-Video instead of the Yellow/Red/White RCA cables. To see if your cable box and TV support this, look on the back for a port that looks like this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S-Video

For the computer noise you have to look at the moving parts, power supply, fans, and hard drives. If you want you can open the case up while it's on and disconnect each one of the fans one at a time. Just be careful not to touch anything else when it's on and ground yourself first.

Hey, at least you can hear it :)
thauma
Jan. 4th, 2006 05:26 pm (UTC)
Oh yea, there is one more video interconnect you can use that's even better if your tv and boxes have it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Component_video
aillecat
Jan. 4th, 2006 08:23 pm (UTC)
most TVs do not support component in.

Generally the ones that do were found in my old office at ABC, a TV studio.
thauma
Jan. 4th, 2006 08:47 pm (UTC)
I think you will find that many current TV's do have this. The one I'm looking at to replace my old TV does.

Last holiday season was the first generation where it became common. My TiVo and old DVD player both have them as well.
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