[mythtv-users] Latest thoughts on small silent frontends

Jeff Siddall news at siddall.name
Tue Mar 11 17:13:23 UTC 2014

On 03/11/2014 01:08 PM, Stephen P. Villano wrote:
> On 3/11/14, 12:56 PM, Tyler T wrote:
>>> For me, the best silent frontend is a big, ugly (but inexpensive) frontend
>>> system with fans
>> Dunno if my house is just dusty or what, but I sure get sick of
>> blowing out the heatsinks and fans every few months. Fanless isn't
>> just about noise, it's also about being lazy. ;)
>> _______________________________________________
> Depends on your region and house.
> Wall to wall carpeting tends to help accumulate dust, in my experience.
> Meanwhile, when I was in the Middle East, we had to clean out servers
> monthly and there was no carpeting in our datacenter.  Just desert dust
> blown in, despite the environmental control systems.
> But, I've had heatsinks get lousy with dust, both house dust and desert
> dust. I still had to clean them out periodically.

Also, regardless of keeping them clean, all fans eventually get louder 
and fail, sooner than later in my experience.

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