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BenRubinstein
2005-03-18, 03:02
Allan Hise wrote:
> If your G4 cube is very noisy, either there is something seriously wrong
> with the cube or your ears are way too sensitive.
>
> A stock cube has no fans, so noise would come from your hard drive (they
> can whine terribly when near death) and the optical drive can cause some
> strance vibrations.
>
> Various upgrades can add noise as well.

Yep, I was very disappointed. I think it's probably the first thing - this
is a cube that's being sitting on a shelf unused for some years. I borrowed
it to get the SqueezeBox up and rip my CDs, with a faint hope of turning it
into a really long term loan - but it is a big whiner. I don't believe it
has any upgrades; optical drive isn't silent (and is losing its grip in
terms of being able to eject CDs) but I think it's the hard disk that's at
fault. I'm about halfway through ripping my pathetic collection; I'll back
up to a firewire disk tonight in case the HD is fixing to die.

Thanks for your input. Nice to know that a cube can/should be silent; but
since this was my only shot at a free one, and they still fetch remarkably
strong prices on eBay, I'm now looking more towards Linkstation or similar.

Ben Rubinstein | Email: benr_ml (AT) cogapp (DOT) com
Cognitive Applications Ltd | Phone: +44 (0)1273-821600
http://www.cogapp.com | Fax : +44 (0)1273-728866

Steven Moore
2005-03-18, 03:10
Just to Back up what Allan wrote I have a G3 imac and the HD started to
whine also, I luckily did a backup and the HD went the next day.

Steven Moore
On 18 Mar 2005, at 10:02 am, BenRubinstein wrote:

> Allan Hise wrote:
>> If your G4 cube is very noisy, either there is something seriously
>> wrong
>> with the cube or your ears are way too sensitive.
>>
>> A stock cube has no fans, so noise would come from your hard drive
>> (they
>> can whine terribly when near death) and the optical drive can cause
>> some
>> strance vibrations.
>>
>> Various upgrades can add noise as well.
>
> Yep, I was very disappointed. I think it's probably the first thing -
> this
> is a cube that's being sitting on a shelf unused for some years. I
> borrowed
> it to get the SqueezeBox up and rip my CDs, with a faint hope of
> turning it
> into a really long term loan - but it is a big whiner. I don't
> believe it
> has any upgrades; optical drive isn't silent (and is losing its grip in
> terms of being able to eject CDs) but I think it's the hard disk
> that's at
> fault. I'm about halfway through ripping my pathetic collection;
> I'll back
> up to a firewire disk tonight in case the HD is fixing to die.
>
> Thanks for your input. Nice to know that a cube can/should be silent;
> but
> since this was my only shot at a free one, and they still fetch
> remarkably
> strong prices on eBay, I'm now looking more towards Linkstation or
> similar.
>
> Ben Rubinstein | Email: benr_ml (AT) cogapp (DOT) com
> Cognitive Applications Ltd | Phone: +44 (0)1273-821600
> http://www.cogapp.com | Fax : +44 (0)1273-728866
>
>
>

S. Ben Melhuish
2005-03-18, 09:26
Allan Hise wrote:

>A stock cube has no fans, so noise would come from your hard drive (they
>can whine terribly when near death) and the optical drive can cause some
>strance vibrations.

OS X users: Take a look at SMARTReporter
(http://homepage.mac.com/julianmayer/), which can provide some advance
warning of impending hard drive doom. It apparently doesn't work on
Firewire drives, but does work on internal ones. I haven't installed it
on my Cube yet, so I'm not 100% certain it works there, but I expect it to.

-- S. Ben Melhuish

Jack Coates
2005-03-18, 10:13
BenRubinstein wrote:
> Allan Hise wrote:
>
>>If your G4 cube is very noisy, either there is something seriously wrong
>>with the cube or your ears are way too sensitive.
>>
>>A stock cube has no fans, so noise would come from your hard drive (they
>>can whine terribly when near death) and the optical drive can cause some
>>strance vibrations.
>>
>>Various upgrades can add noise as well.
>
>
> Yep, I was very disappointed. I think it's probably the first thing - this
> is a cube that's being sitting on a shelf unused for some years. I borrowed
> it to get the SqueezeBox up and rip my CDs, with a faint hope of turning it
> into a really long term loan - but it is a big whiner. I don't believe it
> has any upgrades; optical drive isn't silent (and is losing its grip in
> terms of being able to eject CDs) but I think it's the hard disk that's at
> fault. I'm about halfway through ripping my pathetic collection; I'll back
> up to a firewire disk tonight in case the HD is fixing to die.
>
> Thanks for your input. Nice to know that a cube can/should be silent; but
> since this was my only shot at a free one, and they still fetch remarkably
> strong prices on eBay, I'm now looking more towards Linkstation or similar.

I was recently doing some work at a location with lots of cubes, and
noticed that a number of people turn them on their sides to keep things
from falling into the slots. The IT folks said some cubes handle it,
some will shut off. Anyway, they were all very quiet systems.

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