Subject: Re: possible fan for Qube 2
To: Andy Ruhl <email@example.com>
From: bbee <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 06/23/2007 16:57:47
On Tue, 19 Jun 2007, Andy Ruhl wrote:
> I guess since people have proven that you don't even really need a
> fan, anything you put on there would probably be fine. Although I do
> know that these newer hard drives crank out the heat, and my opinion
> is that a fan is needed with a newer hard drive. And hopefully the
> power supply can keep up.
You definately *do* need a fan if your qube is doing any serious work. I
removed the fan from mine and it worked fine for weeks, until I tried to
compile -current. The qube would hang at unpredictable points in the build,
no messages on the console. After an hour's googling I finally thought to
check the temperature of the HDD with smartmontools (it's the only temp
sensor in the qube). It was 65 degC.
I installed a 2.5" HDD (only one screw holding it, and you need an adapter)
and replaced the fan with a generic 4cm one; it was still too loud so I put
one of those variable fan speed regulators between the fan and the MB. I
set it to the lowest setting that the fan would still spin up at when
booting the qube.
It's almost inaudible now, can be stressed at 100% for weeks and the HDD
never goes above 35 degrees.