April 21, 2013
Just revisited the January 30th post on the "Open Hardware Monitor" system monitor and the previous article "Peeking under the hood...". This seems to be a good idea particularly in the case of my PC-based music server which I have tried to optimize for music playback.
However, while it is nice to monitor the multitude of parameters as offered by the various pieces of software discussed, it would be nice to know what "acceptable" or "optimum" values are for the parameters being monitored, e.g., knowing the temperature of the CPU core is pretty useless you have an idea of what it should be just as in the case of human body temperature. Marc Thomas' article "Stay frosty..." then might have some application.
Is this information provided by the various software? Is it available somewhere? Is this a topic for a follow-up article? (Not that you need more topics!)
Thanks for a great website. Look forward to reading the weekly summaries and following up on those of interest such as the post on the upgraded iOS7.1 which I just installed on my iSlab.
April 21, 2013
OK, after installing the Monitor, I see that there are Min and Max values for each parameter. Initially did not comprehend that those were actually operating limits rather than Min/Max readings. Since the *.txt report is not very reader friendly, I saved a couple of screenshots to keep with system documentation for comparison purposes. Its nice when the poster can answer his own question(s)!
However, I did look into the "Blow Off Duster" mentioned in Marc Thomas' "Stay frosty..." article. He mentions using a paintbrush and a "can of compressed air" (rather than vacuum) to blow the dust, etc., from inside the case. The Blow Off product is NOT compressed air but 1,1-Difluoro Ethane, a non-flammable gas! That's OK but be aware that over exposure by inhalation can cause dizziness or worse so ventilated area is strongly recommended since your nose will probably be in close proximity to the chassis.
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