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Mike 01Hawk
June 27th, 2006, 01:32 PM
It's driving me nuts, I know it's a user on this board, but I can't for the life of me find the post where he describes his fanless vintage pc.

alexkerhead
June 27th, 2006, 07:08 PM
A lot of old computers don't have fans as far as I know.

Mike 01Hawk
June 27th, 2006, 07:27 PM
Well, this was a 'newer' / on the verge of not being a 'vintage' pc.

alexkerhead
June 27th, 2006, 09:28 PM
486?
If so, they don't require fans either.. ^_^

compu_85
June 28th, 2006, 07:16 AM
The Mac Plus doesn't have a fan. The Lisa wouldn't either if it didn't have an internal hard disk. :D

My IBM PS/2 E also doesn't have a fan. That's an interesting system... cross between a laptop and a desktop. 486SLC power baby!

-Jason

mbbrutman
June 28th, 2006, 07:24 AM
I've seen Pentium 133 class systems without a processor fan. However, power supplies almost always have fans in them and many designs that did not use a CPU fan still relied on ducting to draw are across the CPU heatsink through the power supply.

You need to be more specific about what you mean by passive. A fan in the power supply would seem to disqualify a system.

Some of the VIA ITX solutions were completely fanless.

carlsson
June 28th, 2006, 07:38 AM
I think I've even seen Pentium II-class systems with only a passive cooler. Dunno how good it works though.

atari2600a
June 28th, 2006, 08:28 AM
I'm sure if a computer had no moving parts (Flash Memory instead of a hard drive; no CD-ROM drive, etc...) & had low power consumption, it'd be pretty easy to get it up w/o a fan! (does a heat displacement CPU cooler count?)

compu_85
June 28th, 2006, 08:50 AM
That's the setup the PS/2 E has. You can boot it from a PCMCIA flash card... except someone threw away the PCMCIA adapter in mine and replaced it with a 28.8 modem :( I replaced that with a NIC and now it has NT 3.51 on it :)

-Jason

alexkerhead
June 28th, 2006, 10:19 AM
Mr.. Brutman and Carlsson,
I do not believe either of your solutions classify as vintage. ^_^

Mike 01Hawk
June 28th, 2006, 10:43 AM
You need to be more specific about what you mean by passive. A fan in the power supply would seem to disqualify a system.

I'm talking about a fanless system. When it's in standby/hibernate mode it's completely silent. Only time you ever hear anything from the box is on HD or CD reads/writes.

Basically a non-hairdryer PC :D

mbbrutman
June 28th, 2006, 10:53 AM
My point wasn't that a Pentium classifies as vintage, but rather was to clarify what passive means. If it is truly passive, there is no fan anywhere, including the power supply.

Terry Yager
June 28th, 2006, 11:01 AM
Now that we've established the meaning of 'vintage' & 'passive', could we clarify the term 'pc'? I have many 'vintage personal computers' without cooling fans. Does a Kaypro II count?

--T

atari2600a
June 28th, 2006, 11:11 AM
I'm talking about a fanless system. When it's in standby/hibernate mode it's completely silent. Only time you ever hear anything from the box is on HD or CD reads/writes.

Basically a non-hairdryer PC :D


Wait, NOW I'm confused. Every computer is silent in standby, side maybe the PSU humming silently.

carlsson
June 28th, 2006, 02:55 PM
The topic was about a computer so new it was on the verge to be vintage. I know we've had the discussion recently, but the point was that most old computers don't have fans at all (or only power supply fans), and if even clearly non-vintage computers can be run fanless, one that was on the verge to be vintage may not be a big feat to run without a fan.

alexkerhead
June 28th, 2006, 03:52 PM
My point wasn't that a Pentium classifies as vintage, but rather was to clarify what passive means. If it is truly passive, there is no fan anywhere, including the power supply.
This is what Mike o1Hawk Said
but I can't for the life of me find the post where he describes his fanless vintage pc.
I believe he wanted to know about vintage, that is why I said what I said, it wasn't to be rude.