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i need to put my dinosaur computer out of its misery...or


 
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TBVyou2
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Joined: 30 Jul 2010
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 10:28 pm    Post subject: i need to put my dinosaur computer out of its misery...or Reply with quote

nurse it along...

I have a Hewlett Packard pavilion desktop with XP, a pentium 4 3.06 Ghz CPU, 1 GB RAM, and added secondary harddrive for video backup (300 GB) (I know, I know, it's ancient!)

When I wanted to play Elder Scrolls Oblivion (um gee hope that doesn't date me) I got a new video card..then I needed a new power supply, then I needed a new home (case) to fit it all in...so I have nursed it along all these years.

Now, I use Blueiris with 4 cameras. I was doing good with this computer and cameras except lately the CPU usage is off the charts and it's hanging up. I don't have any extra programs on it anymore (it used to be my video/photo editing computer) once I did a clean install and started from scratch (damn good thing I demanded the recovery disks years ago BTW).

So, does anyone have any suggestions on how to keep nursing it along, OR can anyone recommend an alternate computer? I don't need a monitor and I'm kinda broke from buying the cameras, so an inexpensive suggestion would be great!

thanks
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buellwinkle
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 2:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Being in California where electric rates are very high, running an old computer is not cost effective. I figure it costs me $10-15//mo in electricity to keep an old computer going. So I went with a Zotac with an Atom 330 dual core processor, uses about 1/3rd the electricity, costs about $200 for a bare bones system. Add some memory, a 320GB laptop drive, put Windows XP or Win 7 on it with Blueris and you are set. Even has HDMI out so you can plug it into TV and use that as a monitor for viewing. It's also small like a Mac Mini and reasonably quiet. I have 6 cameras on mine, 4 of them are 1.3 MP and I run about 40-50% CPU with Win 7 Home Premium.

The MS store had their 1 year anniversarry sale last weekend, 40% off. They had the Sony all-in-one with the 21.5" touch screen , 4GB memory, 500GB HDD, for $659. Touch screen is cool for surveillence because you can use pinch motion to zoom in on an image. Also, being an all-in-one it's just the monitor you see, no wires other than the power plug. Even the keyboard/mouse is wireless.
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fatjohnny
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TBVyou2, your system is sort of like mine. I am running a 2 core 3.0 GHz PC with about 4 tb of hard drive space for my video server. It is a dedicated server for monitoring, capturing and recording 9 HD cameras 24x7. The PC runs a constant 95% to 97% CPU all the time and my digital thermometer reads about 104 degrees F on the exhaust side of the server's case fan. It's been like this for about 1 year, but it's still going strong. The PC is homebuilt with an asus motherboard. I'll wait until it melts down into a blob of lava before I replace it.

John
New Jersey
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TBVyou2
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

@buellwinkle I probably should factor in electricity. Thanks for sharing your system info, it helps to know what others are using. I will ook at those specs, at least I know it works with your setup.

@fatjohnny I bet if I put a thermometer on the outside it would say the same as yours! I was trying to make it last until it melted too, I guess. I didn't reinstall the temperature monitoring software because I didn't want to know Smile

Part of my problem is I don't have a standalone copy of XP (I hate vista, and don't know much about 7) so I would have to factor that cost in also.

I have installed mobuntu on a computer once, but I don't really want to mess with that, i have too much to do Smile I guess I should see what other OS blueiris will work on...

thanks guys!
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