Bits of tech news and a caption contest
A wee bit o’ tech today. I had a public display system – really just a computer with a very big screen – that kept shutting down because the video card was overheating. There are five of these beasties in our building, and the ATI video card cooling fans fail every now and then. The system is an industrial piece of equipment with a gaming card, so the consumer-grade component gives up first.
The systems are built in a rack-mount 2U server case with three large intake fans, and have a single-processor motherboard, so if anything they’re over-ventilated. In the past I’ve just replaced the video card or the cooling fan thereof, but decided to try something different this time. I removed the GPU heat sink fan and shroud, exposing the large copper heat sink, then cut plastic air dams to redirect the output of one of the three cooling fans just to the video card. After a couple days, the system hasn’t shut down once, and unlike the tiny fan on the video card, the case fans are made for continuous use. So I hope that will be a more long-run solution.
The other bit of tech news is that I just transitioned my desktop machine to Windows 7. In 6 months we’ll (hopefully) be building our lab image on 7 so if there are any lurking dragons I need to know about them now. Plus I’d rather look like an idiot in the privacy of my desk and not while leading orientation sessions for the shiny new operating system.
Mind you, that’s my work machine that’s now running 7. My home machine is still running Linux.
Caption Contest: help out this adorable kitty with a caption for her dilemma…