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About FunkyRes

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  1. I grew up on macs, starting with the 512k. My first Linux install was to a G3 My first x86 was one I built - and it ran Linux, and every x86 I've built since has been Linux - I've never owned a Windows system. I've been tempted to buy a cheap windows box simply because I need to update firmware on some DVD burners and the manufacturers can't comprehend the concept of a bootable jump drive to do it, their firmware utilities want running windows. I could boot the system off a live linux CD and run folding@home if I wanted to see the CPU temp. Since I don't have to, that's not a problem. If the bios turns up the fans for me when needed, then as long as I clean the cat hair out of the fans every couple months, she'll run cool enough.
  2. video cards are the primary culprit, and their power needs are increasing. seven years ago when I built my first system, 235 watts was common and 350 watts was overkill. Power consumption use is going up, and it largely is video card related. DVD burners also were responsible for increasing power consumption, but video cards are the big culprit - and they continue to grow in power consumption. And over time, power supplies drop in their wattage output - that 650W power supply will not be a 650 watt power supply in 2-3 years when I upgrade mobo, but it still will probably be a capable power supply in 2-3 years. -=- As far as monitoring temps in windows, I'm not paying for a windows license so I can't do that. But if the guy who disabled bios fan control did so because he was a fool, then it doesn't matter - the bios can speed the fans up and down as necessary. Sometimes people who don't know how to apply thermal paste (use too much) run fans at full speed all the time because they overheat if they don't. Maybe that was his problem and he just didn't mention why he disabled it, only that he did. The onboard audio on that board works fine for output - but I saw a couple posts (I believe on this board) that specified they could not get line-in to work with that chipset. I have to have line-in. I'll rarely use it, but there's nothing more frustrating then not having it when you need it. And I may decide to change boards by the time I build, depending on what the future of Intel looks like (goal is to build a box I can upgrade later w/ just a cpu swap).
  3. This will probably get tweaked before I build the system - but http://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/wishli...tNumber=6921851 I'm budgeting to build this in July or August, so don't bother critiquing the list too much yet - my guess is I'll change the main board by then. And yes, PS is overkill. I however like a PS to last through several builds, so I always go overkill on a first build in a new case. Basically - there are 4 areas of concern I have. 1) Audio - I have a pci sound card on that newegg list - M-Audio Revolution 5.1 I'm actually going to be using these speakers - http://www.cyberacoustics.com/index.cfm?fu...;content_id=335 cheap speakers, but I have a set on my Linux box and they work well and certainly are sufficient for my audio needs (my music library actually goes through a squeezebox to my home stereo, not through PC speakers). The sound chipset on the board I chose actually seems to be reported to work, but reading other experiences with that sound chipset, it seems that line-in either doesn't work or is difficult to get working. I rarely use line-in but I definitely want it to work when I need it. I figure going with a sound card that is supported in OS X by its maker is probably the best way to have the least issues with sound, and planning on it also gives me the possibility to select a different board if I want w/o worrying about sound. However, before I make an assumption that it will work, is there anything about M-Audio in OS X on non Apple hardware I should know? 2) IEEE 1394b I would like 1394b but I don't care about it being onboard or not. I would probably actually prefer PCI or PCIE from a maker that is known to use a chipset supported "OOB" by OS X. I believe the Belkin cards are, but the Belkin cards seem to be overpriced. I'll pay it if I have to, but do the less expensive 1393b (800 FireWire) "just work" or are there some chipsets that don't? 3) Fan speed After reading an installation report, the builder noted he turned off bios control of the fans. I'm not sure why, but I'm guessing it has to do with EF8? Am I correct in that? If I have to turn of bios control of the fans, then I probably want one of those fan speed control switch things that you put in an external 3.5" drive bay to manually reduce fan speed (fans are noisy and annoying if running full speed all the time). Is OS X able to report the temp of the CPU on a hackintosh? If yes, then I can manually turn fan speeds down and simply cron job monitor cpu temp, warn if getting warm, power down if warnings ignored and cpu gets too hot. If bios control of the fans only needs to be turned off on *some* boards, is there more detail on which boards those might be so I can avoid them? Or maybe the hacintosh install guide that mentioned turning off bios control of the fan was bad information? 4) Gigabit - My experience in Linux is that onboard gigabit is usually less than optimal and that it really is better to install a Intel Pro gigabit adapter. It's better gigabit hardware with solid drivers, at least for Linux - I don't seem to see any mention of drivers for OS X with those cards. Is there a good solid gigabit nic for OS X that is likely to perform better than the cheap onboard gigabit that board makers tend to use? Thanks for any knowledge I can glean, FunkyRes -=- Why is this the only forum I use for which FireFox 2 spell checking seems to be disabled?
  4. Differences between Mac OS X and Unix/Linux

    My first experience with Linux was MKLinux DR3 - which ran on top of a mach mikrokernel, and was developed largely with funding from Apple Computer. Some of the prominent Darwin developers (IE David Gatwood) were MKLinux developers before Apple canned Rhapsody and released the Darwin kernel. Linux is not UNIX - just like GNU's Not Unix. Linux is UNIX like but it is not a descendent from AT&T UNIX like BSD is. It's similar enough to UNIX that it is often referred to as *nix or UN*X. In this day in age - POSIX matters more than whether or not something is a real UNIX or not. OS X is starting to take on many things in common with Linux that it Linux does not have in common with *bsd. For example - when OS X first shipped, it defaulted to the BSD tcsh shell. Now it defaults to GNU bash. Many of the utilities it is now using are GNU utilities opposed to the separate codebase BSD equivalents. In reality - with the exception of some special distributions (IE embedded), Linux is the GNU operating system running the kernel Linus wrote, as GNU never got hurd off the ground (hurd is the kernel GNU wanted to make GNU a free software competitor to UNIX). OS X is still primarily BSD in origins but it has been infected by several aspects of the GNU operating system. So have many of the BSD's - now using GNU's C Compiler, for example, though they are not using glibc. That's why POSIX complians is more important than whether it is a unix or not - it lets things mix and match with minimal effort needed. Source code that is POSIX compliant should build and run on any POSIX compliant system with minimal effort. I believe OS X is fully POSIX compliant. Linux - I think it depends upon the distro, but I don't think any distro is fully POSIX compliant. Linux tries to be POSIX in many ways but is more concerned about LSB compliance. LSB and POSIX have some conflicts. http://www.opengroup.org/personal/ajosey/tr28-07-2003.txt
  5. Do like a Christian music artist?

    No. Greed and a lust for power is the cause of war. Don't forget that Stalin killed in the name of Athiesm - and the communist block killed and persecuted hundreds of thousands just because they had a faith. But I'm not willing to paint all athiests evil because of them. Have a nice day SC.
  6. Do like a Christian music artist?

    Steve Taylor - even though he hasn't put out an album in years.Ressurrection Band - aka Rez Band - aka RezThey put out some really good music in their day.Modern stuff - well, the only modern CCM band that I like consistantly across the board is the David Crowder Band. Daniel Amos band?Yeah - they were good.I don't have any of their stuff though. Never did, my brother did.
  7. Linux or Mac OS X ?

    Hi - new here. I prefer Linux for several reasons, the most important of which is that I don't have some company telling me I can't install software I paid for just because they didn't also assemble my PC. I use CentOS but the same can be said for many distributions - the package management in Linux is really vastly superior to the package management in OS X. With a single command, I can update *everything* on my system. Linux is also kinder on older hardware. I'm running the current version of CentOS on an IBM Thinkpad T20 w/ 700MHz cpu and 384 MB of RAM. And it runs quite well. Fedora 8 was a little problematic on this hardware, Linux does increase cpu / ram requirements as time goes by - but not nearly to the extent that the major proprietary operating systems do, and what does increase cpu / ram requirements often can be easily disabled without crypling the system. I also have a problem with Apple hardware, and since (according to the eula anyway) OS X is tied to the hardware, the hardware is a consideration. Remember the Duo Dock? That was a good idea! Now - Apple only makes port replicators for their laptops, there aren't any models that have a proper docking station. You have to go to Lenovo or Dell to get a laptop that has a proper docking station available (pci slot, drive bay, etc.) Also in the hardware departments - I have owned far too many "all in one" macs to ever buy one again. One part fails out of warranty, and because it is all customized {censored} - the whole thing is garbage. You can't just go to Fry's and pick up a replacement. You can try your luck on eBay for used parts, or you can spend more than the computer is now worth to get it from Apple. So the "all in one" macs are out of the question for me. Unfortunately, the Mac Pro is far far far more computer than I need. I can build a damn good Linux box for a third of the cost of a pro tower. Apple really has nothing for people like me, so by default, Linux wins. Yes - I am planning to build an osx86 box. And that's a shame - I would gladly buy one from Apple if they would just make one - but they've decided my money isn't good enough for them.