[linux-audio-user] Silent Linux box article released

Patrick Shirkey pshirkey at boosthardware.com
Wed Nov 19 06:29:11 EST 2003

Daniel James wrote:
>>I wonder why
>>you did not develop the laptop idea further.  They usually start
>>out much quieter than usual desktops.
> Well, apart from the fact that laptops have relatively poor ergonomics 
> and are difficult to repair and upgrade, they are an expensive 
> solution if you don't need portability. Also, most of my audio 
> hardware requires a PCI slot.
> But the main reason was that I set out to build a completely silent 
> machine, and because of the tightly packed electronics in a laptop a 
> fan is typically required. These are usually very small fans 
> producing a high pitched whine when the CPU is under load, which is 
> exactly the kind of noise I was trying to avoid.

These days a few (at least the ones with centrinos) don't need fans to 
run at >1.8GHZ.

I think the price/performance ratio is the biggest drawcard for using a 

Patrick Shirkey - Boost Hardware Ltd.
Http://www.djcj.org - The Linux Audio Users guide

Being on stage with the band in front of crowds shouting, "Get off! No! 
We want normal music!", I think that was more like acting than anything 
I've ever done.

Goldie, 8 Nov, 2002
The Scotsman

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