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    Quote Originally Posted by access-mdb View Post
    Got as far as defraggling the data, but I couldn't see any 1s or 0s - it was all just brown. Have I missed something? What is an 'ordinary' speaker. Is that one which is not in its enclosure? Does the sort of music you play through it help or hinder?

    RG, why are you laughing on the floor?
    This is common optical illusion if you have RAID or have in the past. All the 1s go on one shiny disc, all the 0s go on other to stop mixing them up. It makes photons not bounce off so good, so you get brown.

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    Something that hasn't been mentioned -- if you want to lower the temperature of your computer, get some good thermal compound and remount your heat sink to your CPU. This is an easy and cheap fix.

    1. Remove the heat sink from the CPU.
    2. Clean both surfaces with high-grade rubbing alcohol (available at Walgreens).
    3. Apply a moderate amount of thermal compound to the CPU (you don't have to put a lot), then remount the heat sink to the CPU.

    Radio Shack sells a good brand of thermal compound for $10 per tube, and one tube will last for about three applications.

    Arctic Silver® Silver 5 Thermal Compound -- http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=2216879

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrjimphelps View Post
    Something that hasn't been mentioned -- if you want to lower the temperature of your computer, get some good thermal compound and remount your heat sink to your CPU. This is an easy and cheap fix.

    1. Remove the heat sink from the CPU.
    2. Clean both surfaces with high-grade rubbing alcohol (available at Walgreens).
    3. Apply a moderate amount of thermal compound to the CPU (you don't have to put a lot), then remount the heat sink to the CPU.

    Radio Shack sells a good brand of thermal compound for $10 per tube, and one tube will last for about three applications.

    Arctic Silver® Silver 5 Thermal Compound -- http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=2216879
    I wouldn't attempt this unless you really have the skills necessary. It's too easy to break something. After running for awhile, the heat sink often gets "glued" to the CPU and you can bend pins or crack the CPU trying to separate the two. It's really not necessary unless you are experiencing overheating that isn't cleared up by cleaning out the PC. I definitely wouldn't recommend this to the average PC user.

    Jerry

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    "I'm not going to show how this is done; if you don't know how to do that, you'll ought to stop reading right now, since your knowledge about datamachines is way too low"
    Wow sorry I'm way to low
    Maybe a better statement could go something like this: There is a datamachines procedure in case you'd like to know

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrjimphelps View Post
    Something that hasn't been mentioned -- if you want to lower the temperature of your computer, get some good thermal compound and remount your heat sink to your CPU. This is an easy and cheap fix.

    1. Remove the heat sink from the CPU.
    2. Clean both surfaces with high-grade rubbing alcohol (available at Walgreens).
    3. Apply a moderate amount of thermal compound to the CPU (you don't have to put a lot), then remount the heat sink to the CPU.

    Radio Shack sells a good brand of thermal compound for $10 per tube, and one tube will last for about three applications.

    Arctic Silver® Silver 5 Thermal Compound -- http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=2216879
    There are some very helpful video tutorials on Youtube and elsewhere that show how to easily (and carefully) remove the cpu's heatsink/fan and how to apply fresh thermal compound. Do a Google search for "removing cpu heatsink" or "replace heatsink/fan" or "how to apply thermal compound".

    Before attempting those tasks it's best to use a can of compressed air to blow the dust from the heatsink fins and the fan blades. This alone may allow the cpu to run cooler ! And, remember, DON'T shake the can of compressed air.

    There are some free small utility programs that allow you to monitor the temps. of your cpu cores. For most modern cpu's you want to see idle temps. in the low-to-mid 30s C. (degrees Celsius). A fancy aftermarket cooler may reduce idle temps. and peak temps. by 4 - 7 deg. C. The cooler your cpu runs the longer it will last.

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