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  1. Most likely, the problem is with your power supply - when the load current on the PS changes, a coil vibrates (because the magnetic field changes) and causes the noise. In most cases it's not really an issue, the PS will continue to work fine. You can try to locate the offending coil and secure it with hot-melt adhesive. But don't attempt this yourself if you've never done it before.
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    Apple mini, what HDD inside?

    Here are some inside views of a Mac mini... http://www.yumimac.com/room/mactune/specia...4/macmini4.html Looks like they're using (among others, probably) Toshiba 2.5" drives.
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    Serial ATA controller card.

    If you decide to get an SiI 3112 based card and plan on using Linux, be sure to get one that uses the original SiI firmware. Most (probably all) no-name cards use the SiI firmware. Linux support is good for he SiI 3112(A) in general, but some cards from brand-name manufacturers such as Adaptec (1210SA) use a custom firmware which can confuse the Linux drivers.
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    "Freezer trick" does it again

    One probable reason why the freezer trick works is that failed ICs can sometimes be revived by cooling them down (to temperatures way below their normal operating range). The spindle motor on an HDD is driven by an IC that has to withstand relatively high amounts of current during spinup. Of course, freezing it won't "heal" anything, so get your data off the drive now, before it starts heating up. You may have to freeze it several times and rescue just a portion of the data each time.
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    Noisey SATA Seagate

    The 80 GB 7200.7 SATA in my new PowerMac G5 seems completely silent when idle. The 160 GB 7200.7 SATA I use in my Windows PC makes the noise once every few minutes, however. Maybe Apple has convinced Seagate to develop a 'silent' firmware? But I think it's more likely that Seagate now ships all 7200.7 models with a new firmware that eliminates the noise.
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    Wireless Problems

    This can be caused by interference. When I had a similar problem a few weeks ago, changing the channel fixed it. Make sure that the router has the latest firmware installed, too. If that doesn't help, you may have to use a packet sniffer and analyze the beacon packets to see what the problem is... or you can just try a different router, if possible.
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    would you still build around AGP today?

    Have you tried using the other DVI connector? Many cards deliver better signal quality on the "primary" connector.
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    would you still build around AGP today?

    I don't think they'll stop making AGP cards anytime soon. It will take a while for PCI-E to become the default graphics interface. And even then, AGP will still benefit from a huge installed base, so manufacturers will be forced to continue releasing new GPUs based on AGP. Performance-wise, PCI-E itself isn't (yet) a major improvement for graphics cards. AGP-8X hasn't become a bottleneck so far. Besides, AGP always was a point-to-point interface. PCI-E is long-overdue as a replacement for 32-bit PCI, though... I'd be much more concerned about still building around PCI.
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    SCSI questions

    Don't know if this has a huge influence, but there are LVD cables with a special terminator plug at the end of the cable, very close to the last device connector. (I.e. not the terminator itself being on the cable, just an additional connector at the end. The short distance between the terminator and the last device is supposed to improve termination.) Ordinary cable: Host |--------|--------|--------| Terminator The cable I'm trying to describe: Host |--------|--------|-| Terminator
  10. Does the drive click only once, or several times in a row? Does the computer freeze completely, or can you still move the mouse pointer? It doesn't sound like you caused the problem by filling the drive up recently. In that case, the only possible cause would be media defects in an area that was previously unsued, which would be detected by DLG diag. Sounds more like a power supply issue to me.
  11. The only reason why I use a P4 (Northwood, not Prescott) is the i850E chipset, which is incredibly stable and compatible. Unforunately, AMD have basically stopped making their own chipsets, and I've been burned by VIA way too often. I won't trust them again, ever. Right now, I'm using a 2.4 GHz P4 and I'm happy with it, performance-wise. I don't see the need to upgrade anytime soon. But if I had to, I wouldn't know what to buy right now... I'd probably try something nForce-based.
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    Wd1000jb Making Strange Noise

    The drives actually have a built-in "speaker"... see Hard Disk Speakers
  13. Remember that the terms 'OEM' and 'bare drive' or 'bulk' don't mean exactly the same, though they're sometimes used synonymously. An OEM drive (intended for installation through a major PC manufacturer like HP, Dell etc. and usually sold without a warranty) is always a bare drive, but the reverse is not always true.
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    Free Microsoft Stuff

    They're now shipping revised CDs containing patches up to February '04. Makes them pretty useful for people who still have to get along with 56k analog modems.
  15. According to the SR database, the DM+9 drives run relatively cool compared to other modern drives, but not quite as cool as the Samsung P80. But from my experience, the DM+9 does not need dedicated forced-air cooling. As long as there's just a little air movement inside your case and you don't cram them tight, you should be fine. Statistically, the DM+9 is not a particularly unreliable drive. There is no design defect inherent in all of these drives - a fundamental problem like that would have been known by now. Whenever you get multiple drive failures in a row with a drive that's normally considered reliable, you should start looking for a cause other than the drives... Where did you get the drives? Are they all from the same source? If so, it's possible that they all suffered handling-related damage.