Archive for May, 2011

media center box rebuild; my astro blog

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

so the thermaltake blue orb ii cpu fan was getting somewhat loud, making my media center box quite unpleasant and distracting from the home theatre experience.

So I went and purchased a Noctua NH-C12P SE14 cooler. AWESOMELY QUIET. I can’t hear the thing AT ALL 😀 and with a 14cm fan it keeps the mobo cool too!

I also took the opportunity to remove the 2 x 500gb (raided) drives and start using an external 2tb drive. So now I have an internal 2tb (50gb system partition), and an external 2tb. Not only is it a bit more quiet, but it also saves on some power.

This of course means I had to reinstall Windows 7… (some might ask why I don’t use mythbuntu or something – that’s another story). I don’t exactly have a legit version of the OS though, so I had to crack it. In the efforts of being a little more community-spirited, here’s a copy of the Windows 7 Loader that I used to force it to pass the product activation. Enjoy 🙂

On another note, as of a few weeks ago all my astronomy-related posts will now be viewable over at – check it out!

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