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

  • From: "Andrew Hodgson" <andrew@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2005 19:17:06 +0100

Hi,

I am wondering if something is loose in the machine, and when you got it home 
it got banged/etc and thus the noise is back?

Andrew.

-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Andy
Sent: 29 October 2005 19:12
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: xp pro and media center

Hi George.

I purchased my computer from PC World in December of last year and returned 
to the shop around April for assistance with another problem.  At that time, 
I also complained about the terrible noise coming from my computer and the 
lady took me into the lab at the back of the shop.  To my surprise, there 
was my computer on a bench running as quietly as a mouse.  I told her that 
the noise was driving me mad and she pointed to the machine stating that she 
could not hear anything.  Sure enough, when I put my ear to the machine, I 
too could hardly hear a thing.  However, when I got home and returned my 
computer to it's normal location, the noise was back.  I've tried lifting 
each corner very slightly in case it was like a fridge in the sense that 
it's balance needed slight adjustments.  After a month or so of trying to 
achieve this, I gave up.  It's a great computer George:  Very quick with 
everything, but I cannot listen to music from the CD player because of the 
noise.  My older Packard Bell, which is about three years old and now 
belongs to Pauline, is silent.

Best wishes.
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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