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    IBM faultcodes.

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    Quiet 10 rpm SCSI disk

    I've found that almost any recent 10K drive is a lot quieter at idle than the 36LZX. I know what you mean about the high pitched noise - it's an absolute bitch. I've found that my Atlas 10K II and Seagate X15-36LP are both a LOT quieter at idle than the 36LZX. As for the seeking sound - loud is good, it makes you feel like a big man
  3. It really is sad - AMD has fine processors at good price points with a lot of potential, and they are constantly held back by VIA and their shitty products. I was excited when the original AMD760 DDR chipset came out, but the only boards you could buy were AMD/VIA mongrels....
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    IDE-disks for small server

    Well from my experience with MSN Messenger Microsoft must run all their servers with IBM 75GXP's - it would certainly explain a few things about the quality of service...
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    SCSI disk spins down intermittently

    Hi. I had a similar problem with an Atlas 10KII and it was down to dodgy contact between the SCA adaptor and the drive itself - make sure that the cable isn't hanging down and putting too much weight on the converter, and consider finding some way to secure the adaptor to the drive (a bit of velcro on the back of the adaptor and the drive did the job for me. Dave
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    SR gets recognition from WD

    I think he means on-board video such as an ATI Rage IIc with it's own RAM installed rather than the integrated on the chipset crap that Compaq and Co. love so much. THe sort of chipsets you find on real server motherboards don't have integrated video (as in the sort that steals main system RAM), but a lot of real server boards have some crap graphics or the other built in with 4MB onboard (it's almost always a Rage IIc) - makes life much easier if you want to use the board in a 1U case.
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    SCA Converter problem?

    I have found that the ones that go from 80 pin SCA -> 50 Pin and 68 Pin will only support SE modes, wheras the ones that go from SCA -> just 68Pin will work in LVD modes. In the UK at least some converters are advertised as being LVD compatible and some are not. Dave
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    Compaq Monitors

    I've got two Gateway monitors - one is badged VX700 and is a rebadged Mag, the other is badged VX720 and is a rebadged Mitsubishi with a Diamondtron screen. From what I can gather from the bloke I got it from Gateway change their OEM supplier of monitors quite often, and the older VX700's were crap. DOn't know if Compaq do the same, but from what I've seen almost all Dells are rebadged Sony screens. Dave
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    75GXP from Philippines?

    If it is the fault of the OS that these harddisks are getting corrupted, then why don't harddrives with bigger caches have more problems? None of my SCSI drives with at least 4MB buffers have any problems - and what about special AV versions? I personally don't believe that the cache issue is responsible for the 75GXP failures, and don't see how anyone could possibly think that is it. Why is it so hard for some people to admit that IBM screwed up with one product line?? It happens to all manufacturers at some point - the disgraceful thing is how IBM has handled it. Dave
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    Deskstars stuck in PIO

    I had the same trouble with my S2460 - have you installed the AMD IDE Drivers? I've had to install them on both Win2k and WinXP to get UDMA to work on my drives. http://www.amd.com/us-en/assets/content_ty...s/eide_143s.exe Hope that helps, Dave
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    HDD activity heard through audio outputs...!

    On one system with this problem I found that muting the CD-Audio in did the trick - it seemed to be picking up interference either inside the CD-ROM drive or in that big long grey cable threading through all the crap inside the system. Might be worth a try! Cheers, Dave
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    IBM Ultrastar 73LZX

    Why is it that despite their enormous R & D facilities and the fact that they are in possession of some of the best technologies available that IBMs SCSI drives are always so very, very average? They don't even seem to be trying with the 73LZX - 4MB buffer? Likewise the 36Z15 is a bit wide of the mark in both performance and noise/heat, and the 36LZX wasn't great when introduced and then went on to be their only offering long past it's retirement date. This just seems really odd to me - do people buy it based on the IBM brand?
  13. http://www.tomshardware.com/storage/02q1/0...0301/index.html Using laptop drives in desktop systems in a RAID array for noise and heat concerns. :roll: I suppose the far cheaper, quieter and faster desktop 5400 RPM drives are out because...? That site has really, really gone to crap. Dave
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    Tom's been at his crack pipe again

    The man isn't saying that they don't support software RAID, he's saying that you can't boot of a software RAID array and he's perfectly correct when it comes to Win2k & XP Pro. If you want to use software RAID under these OS's you need to boot off a single drive, hence the need for at least three drives. Dave
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    Tom's been at his crack pipe again

    He might not have written it, but the site is his and the content that he allows on it reflects on him. You'd have to take a great big hit on that pipe to allow crap like that on your site!
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    LS120 Drives

    Hi I picked one of these up for £5, because I rememer hearing (when they were first launched) that they could read and write standard floppies at 2x - 3x - I have no intention of paying £8 for a 120MB disc for the damned thing! Now I've gotten it home and tried it out I could swear that it's absolutely no faster than a standard drive at reading or writing 1.44MB floppies. I was just wondering if anyone else has any experience of these drives, and if they did then did they find them to be any faster with standard 1.44MB floppies? I don't use them often, but the chance to make the times that I am forced to a little less slow and painful seemed worth £5... Dave
  17. For what it's worth, does anybody actually prefer the Lunx interface over the classic? My Girlfriend and my mum prefer it, although I think that speaks volumes about it myself...
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    Reading HDD Temp

    Hi This seems to work with IDE drives that are connected to the IDE controllers on the motherboards southbridge, but not for SCSI drives or IDE drives on a seperate IDE card... Cheers anyway! Dave
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    Reading HDD Temp

    Hi I was wondering if anyone knew of a program that could be run (preferable under windows) to read the temperature of the harddisks in your system (both IDE/SCSI) in realtime. I know that the IBM feature tool can read the temperature of the drives and run an exerciser at the same time to see how hot they get, but it would be nice to be able to keep an eye on the temperatures of the drives in my system as I'm actually using it. Cheers, Dave
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    Very funny! If only you have time to kill..

    It gets better - have you seen the posts in their forum praising that "article"? http://www.tweaktown.com/vbulletin/showthr...p?threadid=1091
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    Very funny! If only you have time to kill..

    I dunno - he's clearly found what was wrong with the 75GXP series: "The platters are coated with a magnetic medium consisting mainly of iron oxide, which allows the data to be stored." IBM foolishly tried to re-use the 20 year old Iron oxide that they had lying about - if only they'd asked an expert like the guys at TweakTown when they designed their harddisks then there never would have been a problem. Hopefully rather than using the GMR heads that the article CLEARLY established as being unreliable for their next line of harddisks they'll go back to the more proven ferrite head technology - it should be a good partner for the iron oxide media...
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    Hi The G400 was quite interesting when it was released, but was quickly surpassed in 3D speed and was (and is in a revised form) Matrox' only offering when everyone else had improved speed dramatically. Matrox cards are stunning for Hi-Res 2D work (we use them for DTP stuff on 22" monitors because no other consumer level cards output such high quality images) but they're underpowered for 3D and overpriced. It would be nice to see them come out kicking ass just to see some more competition for NVidia - ATi just make me want to cry with their good products with pitiful, pitiful drivers...
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    FS: IBM 60GXP 7200RPM 61.5GB HDD

    Hi, You're right :oops: Apoligies, Dave
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    FS: IBM 60GXP 7200RPM 61.5GB HDD

    He has a reall good point - I have to keep a fire blanket next to my PC because my AMD CPU's keep bursting into flames.... This guy is an A1 twat. No offence like...
  25. In actual fact the difference between the 29160 and the 29160N is that the 29160 is 64Bit PCI and the 29160N is 32Bit PCI. It's as clear as day on the adaptec website. I've used both and with two X15-36LP's there was no measurable performance difference - you might notice one with more drives, however.