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Default Dell Mini 9 - Is it really silent ? Always ? - 07-18-2009, 08:47 AM

Hi,

I'm thinking about buying a Dell Mini 9 or possibly a Fit PC 2 (which would be twice the price).

My main requirement is that the device is totally silent - even if the power is cut and the battery goes flat - even if there's an error etc. etc.

I read that the problem with the low battery beeping has been fixed in the latest BIOS updates. Does it beep any other time ? say during boot up ?

Are the speakers in the screen panel the only ones (or does the motherboard its self have a small speaker for beeps?) - maybe I could disconnect those if I really need to be sure ?

Whilst writing a couple of other questions...
Do they ever overheat ? - what happens if they do - does it shutdown automatically.
Will continue to run with the lid shut ? - I intend to access it via remote desktop software.



I'd be grateful for any response from Dell Mini 9 owners...

Thanks.

Richard.
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Default 07-18-2009, 11:44 AM

My Mini 9 is almost dead silent. There is the smallest bit of electronic whine, if you put your ear right to it. I don't think I've ever heard a beep from it, but I've never challenged the limits of it's operation.

As for the speakers, search for motherboard pics on this site. They should show where and how they're connected.

Like any modern CPU, the Atom is designed to slowdown or even shutdown in the event of overheating. But I've never come close to the thresholds.

As for running with the lid shut, that's just be a setting in the OS's power management options.

I hope my answers were helpful.


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Default 07-18-2009, 12:48 PM

Wow, this entirely sounds like someone up to no good.

Lemme see, detective name. Check

Silent and stealthy. Check

Remote access. Check

Wants to put a spycam in the hot next door co-eds bathroom? .....
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Default 07-18-2009, 02:09 PM

While it can run with the lid shut, it won't do so for long as it will overheat. The only heat escape path is through the keyboard.


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Wink 07-18-2009, 05:11 PM

JCWhitless - close but no cigar (although its a thought ).

Holmes4 (another detective ?) - thanks for feedback regards possible overheating with keyboard closed - this is the kind of info i was looking for.

I'm also considering the new 'Fit PC 2' - but this is almost twice the price for similar hardware spec - the main thing it has going for it is the smaller size.
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Default 07-18-2009, 05:45 PM

Home server?

My Mini9+external 1TB USB drive = fanless(silent) NAS/Torrent server!

FWIW: Since I only use RemoteDesktop from another notebook to access this Mini9, it has been on 24/7 w/lid closed since Feb w/no issues!


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Default 07-18-2009, 06:07 PM

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While it can run with the lid shut, it won't do so for long as it will overheat. The only heat escape path is through the keyboard.
Is it a known fact that the Mini 9 will overheat when closed? I would've thought that the Mini 9 could still adequately dissipate heat when closed, due simply to the fact that there's barely any heat to dissipate (around 7W with the screen off).


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Default 07-18-2009, 09:14 PM

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Holmes4 (another detective ?)
Nope. Wrong Holmes.


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Default 07-19-2009, 05:25 PM

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While it can run with the lid shut, it won't do so for long as it will overheat. The only heat escape path is through the keyboard.
I've left mine running for days with the lid shut when I wasn't using it, and the OS wasn't configured to go to sleep. It had CPU frequency scaling ability but I'm not sure if that was turned on. It will get the screen warm, but there's slots on the bottom where the heat escapes though as long as they're not blocked.


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Default 07-19-2009, 08:25 PM

the 10v vents from the bottom, it is silent as well no beeps


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