[access-uk] Re: xp pro and media center

Hi,

Does this happen as soon as the machine is switched on or only after Windows is 
starting/started?

Andrew.

-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Andy
Sent: 29 October 2005 19:19
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: xp pro and media center

Hi George.

Just for a check, since my last message, I walked out of my study and across 
the living room floor to a point some 30 feet away from my computer and I 
could still hear it.  You know the sound you get when your computer is very 
busy, for example, downloading a file, It's like a drive running at full 
speed.  Well, that is the noise I get all of the time and it never gets 
quieter.  It's as though one of my drives is running like a spin dryer . 
Does this mean anything to you or anyone George?  I can live with it, but 
I'm sure it should not be as loud as this.

Andy


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "George Bell" <george@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, October 29, 2005 6:48 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: xp pro and media center


> Fan noise is something which you can often deal with
> yourself.  Indeed there is a very good article on the
> subject at:-  (Watch out for the long URL - it should end in
> "your-pc.html")
> http://www.compshopper.co.uk/shopper/features/67514/silence-
> your-pc.html
>
> Essentially there are usually up to four fans.
> 1) The CPU Fan.
> 2) The Power Supply Fan.
> 3) The General Case Circulation Fan.
> 4) Specific Board Fans.  (For example on a Video Card)
>
> Although you will usually require help from someone familiar
> and experienced with working inside PCs, you can often cut
> noise down without spending too much.  (Other than a beer or
> three for the helper!)
>
> Fans get dirty, so clean them with either a small dry paint
> brush, or a can of compressed air.
>
> You be surprised how much noise is actually just plain old
> vibration.  A loose cable can vibrate against the side of
> the case, when all it needs is a cable tie, or even a small
> piece of insulating tape, to keep it clear.
>
> In some cases, a tiny drop of oil can work wonders with a
> noisy fan.  Bearings can dry out, but be careful to use only
> a small amount of oil, and plane to replace the fan anyway.
>
> If all else fails, try and identify the fan which makes the
> most noise, and consider replacing it with a silent type.
> Fans are not generally expensive, especially when you
> consider the cost over the life of the PC, not to mention
> your personal comfort during that period.
>
> George.
>
>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Andy
>> Sent: 29 October 2005 17:15
>> To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> Subject: [access-uk] Re: xp pro and media center
>>
>> Hi Ray.
>>
>> Yes, the noise is an issue but I'm sure computers will
> become
>> much more quieter in the near future, particularly because
> of
>> the DVD and CD playing ability.  I'll do a search for the
>> brands you mentioned to see what's available now.  I do
> hope
>> that accessibility is not going to prevent visually
> impaired
>> people enjoy these multi-media machines though.  It seems
>> that we are always waiting doesn't it?
>>
>> Best wishes.
>> Andy
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Ray's Home" <rays-home@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> Sent: Friday, October 28, 2005 11:32 PM
>> Subject: [access-uk] Re: xp pro and media center
>>
>>
>> > Actually Andy, computers are around that are as quiet as
> a
>> video recorder,
>> > and ones that are completely silent, as near as darn it!
>
>> Very quiet fans,
>> > or no fans are used in some instances.  Hard disks
> enclosed
>> in soundproof
>> > enclsures are used to combat noise from that source.
>> >
>> > In the sound recording field, perhaps Carrilon computers
>
>> have become a
>> > benchmark for this sort of machine.  As well as being
> very,
>> very quiet,
>> > they are optimised for audio recording  There are other
>> firms too that are
>> > expliting this nich of the market.
>> >
>> > More in the mainstream, you have firms such as Hi Grade,
>
>> who have marketed
>> > a Media Center computer for a couple of years or so now.
>
>> Almost sure Sony
>> > does too, though being Sony you pay a high premium for
> the style.
>> >
>> > So, in short Andy, there are no shortage of really quiet
>
>> machines around,
>> > and some are priced not too disimilarly to the noisy one
>
>> you've got.
>> > Maybe for my own reference I'll do some searches on
> media
>> and quiet Pcs.
>> >
>> > As for the Window-Eyes issue and MC, as Peter says,
> maybe
>> there is a heavy
>> > reliance on MSAA,  but I don't see that necessarily as
> abad
>> thing.  I
>> > think in the next year there are bound to be reviews of
>> these things on
>> > programs like Main Menu, and the newer and growing list
> at
>> cooltechaudio
>> > list.  Its a trend in the merging of Pcs and multimedia
>> that is hardly
>> > likely to be overlooked by blind people;  quite the
> reverse..
>> > Ray
>> >
>> > Personal emails:  Email me at
>> > mailto:ray-48@xxxxxxxx
>> >
>> > ----- Original Message ----- 
>> > From: "Andy" <andy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> >
>> >
>> > | Hi Ray.
>> > |
>> > | Absolutely, the noise is a concern.  My computer,
> despite
>> costing me
>> > over
>> > | £1000 last year is as noisy as a washing machine.
> They
>> will need to
>> > become
>> > | significantly quieter but given the cooling that needs
> to
>> be don, I
>> > don't
>> > | think they will ever run as silent as a video
> recorder.
>> > |
>> > | I too would be interested in any information regarding
>
>> which access
>> > software
>> > | is best suited to the media centre.  I'd change from
> jaws
>> to windoweyes
>> > if I
>> > | thought that access would be possible.
>> > |
>> > | best wishes.
>> > | Andy
>> > |
>> > |
>> > | ----- Original Message ----- 
>> > | From: "Ray's Home" <rays-home@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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