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About tazwegion

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    Mysterious Lord of the Retro...

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    Victoria, Australia
  • Interests
    All things mechanical/electrical, electronic & retro, flashlights/torches & their modification, SWL, scanning and radio in general, hardcore science & naval fiction, music 70's to present... inclusive of Heavy Metal.


  • Computer Specs
    MSI G41TM-P31
    Heatpipe tower (generic) with delta fan
    -integrated GPU-
    2 x 2Gb Geil DDR1066
    Dual 80 & 120 Sata drives
    500w Antec Earthwatts PSU
    Acer Aspire Midi tower

    Gigabyte GA-G31M-S2L
    Foxconn Heatpipe HSF
    2 x 2 Gb Patriot Viper DDR2
    nVidia 9600gt 512Mb PCIe
    Western Digital 80Gb Sata
    Antec True Blue 480w ATX (recapped)
  1. Old query I know but HikVision (industry standard) make cameras with inbuilt storage, motion and dedicated zone detection, PoE or 12v powered, 2 way audio and viewable on a web browser...
  2. Store bought PC's will always be the most convenient for which you will pay a higher premium, DIY is more rewarding but there can be delays sourcing parts, building and "smoke testing" increasing linearly dependant on how much you have kept up with current trends in technology and system design.
  3. Oh and I see the double post gremlin is still lurking...
  4. That is okay... I am having difficulty recalling you as well LMAO
  5. That really depends on the conditions at which those components have been working in, for example high temperatures age capacitors prematurely, a bad fan can also permit excessive dust build up which in turn can cause components to run at higher temperatures as well... and so it goes on. How often was the unit/PC cleared of dust in that 8 years of service?
  6. I'm still very fond of War Craft 3 although I did play Star Craft 3 for a while... I had to donate my 9600GT to my Son's gaming PC build, it's happily running Borderlands etc. This whole "Steam" gaming approach is a little weird IMHO, I purchase a game but pretty much get an empty disk and need to download everything... ah progress!
  7. If all else fails... simply nuke the drive (format) and start again
  8. LMAO My mailbox is always open... What is your PSU currently doing? I must say I'm reasonably impressed with the Earthwatts 500w I picked up for a song last week (Fleece-bay), stable and slightly above spec voltages on initial testing, a little bland in the looks department and only outfitted with 1 80mm fan but otherwise a nice unit (I needed native PCI-e power support), I shall reserve judgement until I can test it under load (e7500/9600GT)
  9. Absolutely, start with the symptoms then work your way back to find a solution... Yeah I hear you, the maths and formula can certainly be off putting but perseverance will win the day, my electronics education ended halfway through high school but my tinkering never stopped, honestly I'll never be an electrical engineer but I'm happy to be a "jack of all trades".
  10. That's how I came across that website to begin with as I Googled the PSU symptoms, once the diagnosis was achieved I started collecting the necessary parts (a little hard here is Oz), and worked from there... A basic understanding of electronics and a Digital Multimeter go a long way, Google is a great resource as well.
  11. Without question, the fuhjyuu capacitors were poorly made and vented badly although the low speed/noise fan design of the PSU contributed somewhat to the increased temperatures triggering the domino effect (failure). I primarily use Rubycons, Panasonics, SamXon, Hitano and Sprague but the key is finding Low ESR rated units that will fit the space/dimensions. As for longevity... I mentioned previously one of the first units I repaired is still powering a s754/ti4200 system without issue 8 years on, the PSU was originally manufactured back in 2002 and purchased used (faulty) in 2004. Antec 380w repair thread
  12. Just recently watched Yojimbo (Japanese b/w 1961), this is the film that created all the controversy when they stole the plot to make the spaghetti western "a fist full of dollars"...
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