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Waco

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Happy Birthday BluePanda!

22 October 2014 - 09:48 PM

You're getting old (she's 25 on the 23rd, which is in 10 minutes). HAPPY BIRTHDAY BP!

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PC Power and Cooling failure...

22 October 2014 - 10:01 AM

When OCZ acquired them I was worried, then when OCZ went under and was bought out I was worried a bit more.

 

I bought a Silencer Mk. II 950 watt in the summer of 2011 (after the buyout and change of manufacturer the first time).  The PSU was rock solid through multiple Crossfire/Quadfire/SLI rigs but it seems to be dying.

 

11.7 volts on the +12v rail at idle and 11.3 volts under a ~400 watt load.  Not good for a 1000 watt continuous rated PSU.

 

I'm starting the RMA process (after calling the new parent company, FirePower Technology, to confirm RMA eligibility) and will update this as things proceed.

 

So far it's been reasonably quick and I even talked to someone (a girl even!) who spoke perfect English and was able to confirm that my PSU was under warranty in no time with just the serial.

 

I filled out the RMA request as of about 30 minutes ago, I guess we'll see how long it takes to get things turned around.  They do not have any kind of cross-shipping program which means I may be looking to buy a PSU in the meantime anyway. :(


Miata rebuild thread 2014

16 March 2014 - 03:05 PM

So I finally decided to rebuild the motor in the Miata...after 175k very hard miles it just needs some TLC and rebuilding a motor has been on my bucket list since I was 10.

On the way are:
10 pound flywheel (stock is ~22 pounds)
new clutch
new oil pump
every seal and gasket on the motor
new rings and new bearings

I picked up an engine stand for cheap as well as a load leveler and a hoist. I bought the various one-off tools I'll need to do the rings and install the pistons, though they are surprisingly cheap.

All in I'm at just over $600 so far thanks to deal-hunting and free shipping. With fluids, paint, and everything else I imagine I'll spend another $100-$150 or so but be left with a MUCH nicer and hopefully much happier car. :)

While the motor is out I (and Amanda, since she's discovered that painting can be fun) will be freshening up the engine bay and cowl area. The prior owner spilled brake fluid everywhere so it's in need of a bit of love. :lol:

I'm still debating on pulling the head apart since it's a reasonably fresh rebuild. If the valves look clean I'll probably leave it alone but if they're nasty I have new seals and keepers.




Started a bit today...

Hood off:
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Headlights out, cowl cleaned out:
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Tower brace removed and intake starting to come apart (and you can see how nasty the bay really is...the prior owner spilled brake fluid all over and ruined a lot of the paint):
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...and this is why I love my wife:
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I'll be pulling more apart as I get parts in this week and over the next few weeks as the car becomes more and more of an empty roller. :lol:

Warning for idiots (like me) -

23 September 2013 - 05:02 AM

Don't smack your head climbing out of the hatch of a car after rushing to cram the cars into the garage in a hailstorm. Spent the night with a NASTY headache that Advil didn't put a dent in and now I'm a walking zombie and get to waste sick time for the day since I didn't sleep at all.

Fun times. :rolleyes: :lol:

Windows 8 is broken (RTC)

18 August 2013 - 01:52 PM

I haven't seen confirmation of this yet...but if it's true (and it does seem to be)...beware when overclocking or underclocking your base clock on Windows 8: http://hwbot.org/new...cepted_at_hwbot

Essentially, Windows 8 uses the system bus for it's realtime clock (RTC). Changing it changes how the OS measures time. :lol: