To isolate noise and heat from the computer, I want to place the
processor box in the basement and have the monitor and keyboard on the
floor above. I need to penetrate the basement wall (which also happens
to an exterior wall), run straight up about 6 ft, and then penetrate
the wall again to get into the room on the upper floor. The run should
be no more than 10 ft, so I am not worried about the cable length or
signal integrity. However, I am not sure if the cavity behind the wall
extends all the way between the basement level and the upper floor, or
if it is closed off at floor level. I don't want to open up the
drywall and find out that I can't route the cables after all. The DVI
cable would need at least a one inch hole to get through, so drilling
something that big through structural lumber would be out of the
yeah you need access to computer, another room will be a nightmare and
many cables have max length rules...... longer wouldnt work.
shop for a quiet computer. i bought used vectras for this reason,
larger box yes but naturally cooled, just the tiny fan on the processor
This is true... Computers today do NOT need to be noisy.
Use a PSU with a single 120mm fan. a CPU heatsink with a slow, large fan,
and add a front intake fan (again 120mm) and you should be good. If you've
no room for a fan in front, add a 120mm exhaust fan in the rear. Finally, if
you have a video card with a tiny, noisy fan, replace it with one of the
many quieter sink/fan combinations.
1. On most new computer systems, you must
press a button on the box to "Power On"
2. You're never going to use the CD/DVD reader/burner ??
3. Plugging in any USB device, like a digital camera
will be a pain in the butt !
Modern ( DELL ) PC's are relatively quiet.
and even the heat is minimal.........
There's likely a setting in the BIOS to make it come on automatically
when power is applied. Then you can use a remote power switch. I have
used such a setup for a couple of years.
You may want to leave the computer on all the time, but a remote power
switch is still a good ides for the times there's no way to get it to
work without rebooting.
There are external CD/DVD drives. Also see below.
How are you connecting your keyboard and mouse? If you're using USB,
you already have the cable you need to have a hub in the room above.
You can plug things in there, including that external CD/DVD drive.
I prefer USB anyway (and all modern systems should support it). The
connectors are more reliable.
If heat is still a problem, would a good fan help?
I suppose they're making the thing cheaper to save a little money.
Anyway, is this supposed to be relevant to power switches?
It could be the SAME cable as for the keyboard/mouse. See my next
Win98 supports USB, so the solution I mentioned should work (although
probably not as well as ME or later). However, a computer that was new
at the time Win98 was new may lack BIOS support for USB (an
inconvenience) as well as coming on with application of power. Check
that. I seemed to remember that only some systems of that age had the
feature (most do now).
Yeah, I have USB and I have a USB camera. I'm just not up to having a
hub yet. :)
Well, my friend gave me two of them, but I haven't used one yet. They
have quite short cords, too short to use in the basmeent. Maybe
that's why he gave them to me. I think he got one of them for free
I think the camera came with what all I needed, but earlier, I had to
get a later-writen driver for a memory stick. There are good
newsgroups for that.
I use to use this setting because I had a power strip under the
monitor that has switches for each outlet. It works find except then
the weather is bad and the power cycles on and off. I don't think
using this setting would be a good idea unless you have a UPS.
If you leave the thing sleeping or whatever (not Standby. Deader than
standby) you can set it to start up from the keyboard. I leave mine
deader, because it's plugged into a UPS. Even then I could set it to
go on every time the UPS goes on, or everytime it is plugged in.
When I suggested a hole in the floor, I forgot about that. My mind
wandered to when I wanted to put the printer in the next room, not the
computer. I don't print much and I'd like more space on my desk.
(The only thing standing in my way is that I don't have much space in
the next room either.)
I forgot about that too, even though I just got a digital camera (10
dollars for one from 2004)
I've been using the AC for the last 3 days, and I've been turning the
computer off a lot more.
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