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About Luciel

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  • Birthday 1987-04-13

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  • Location
    Malaga, Spain


  • CPU
    Intel i7 2700K
  • Motherboard
    Gigabyte Z77X-UP7
  • RAM
    4x4Gb Kingston HyperX 1866Mhz DDR3
  • GPU
    eVGA GTX780
  • Case
    Custom CM690 Advanced II (APASF CP Edition)
  • Storage
    2x Kingston HyperX 3K SSD 240Gb in RAID 0 + Seagate Barracuda 3Tb
  • PSU
    Corsair TX650M
  • Display(s)
    3x Packard Bell Maestro 220 LED Full HD
  • Cooling
    Custom WC Loop
  • Keyboard
    Logitech G105
  • Mouse
    A4Tech X-710FS
  • Sound
    Creative X-Fi Titanium

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  1. It is really weird indeed, you can feel it when you touch it as well, it's almost like melted plastic and my first thought was it must've shorted out at some point and created enough heat to melt it or something (also looks like it's rubbed on based on the pattern) but nothing else seems damaged and when you turn it on, the screen itself works fine, obviously you struggle to see much because of the issue but the underlying panel seems fine. My theory so far would be that the panel has another layer on top that is plastic, acrylic or something which is what's actually damaged, if that's the case maybe I can replace it, granted it will never look original this way but the important thing I think is that the panel itself, seems in working order. Like you said, finding parts for this is no go. Viglen is still around (now part of the Amstrad conglomerate) but back in the day, all of their Laptops where mostly custom if I remember correctly so it's not like you could find another laptop from the era and figure out compatible parts****. If the rest of the laptop was in bad shape I provably wouldn't bother but it's just in such good condition that feels criminal not to try and bring it back to life. It's even got a era appropriate canon bubble jet portable printer o go with it (also still working). **** going through the photos again I noticed an FCC ID (HFSSK4C) which brings a date of 20th of October 1992 with name "Quanta Computer Inc Notebook Computer SK4C". Doesn't mean much though since Quanta Computer is the largest laptop manufacturer in the world, it could've easily been made under order or maybe it is generic after all? Either way, I don't think this changes anything in terms of parts.
  2. Hello all, Not sure if this is in the right section (or if any at all would suit this). Haven't had much luck at all finding suggestions on other forums (even retro) on what to do (if anything) with this so, here we go. While sorting out our storage, I came across my father's old laptop. We never used it much as soon after he got it, his work supplied him with another laptop. Because of this the laptop has remained pretty much in brand new condition with one exception. The screen, it's almost as if it had melted but it works fine, I mean, it's hard to see because of what you see on the photos, but the screen itself seems to work. Any suggestions on if this is even fixable? Kind of scared to apply any sort of product without seeking advice first.
  3. Just thought I'd add a followup. At some point in the new year I may upload a full walkthrough as this has expanded quickly. So, we started with LDAP authentication (LInux's Active Directory) with Zentyal which is also fully compatible with Windows which means we've been able to add Windows based VMs for certain uses while mantaining a centralized system for logins. We've also made use of this for Owncloud which we have hosted on Amazon S3 (to substitute Dropbox which we used to use) + using hamachi for our easy to use vpn (as some members of staff will have to work remotely on occasions). We're now working on integrating PMP (password manager) with LDAP and Zentyal, it's definately been and continues to be an interesting Journey.
  4. We did but we ended up deciding against a terminal server styled solution and geared more towards and Active Directory based solution. We also wanted to stick with a Linux based solution for servers and nodes (desktops) if possible.
  5. Hi Everyone, Just thought I'd come back and let you know what we ended up doing: - We used Zentyal over Ubuntu 16.04 Server, for the server. - Users login to their accounts through LDAP (the linux equivalent of Active Directory), from their desktops (Linux Mint) (it looks just like logging in to a local account, but in the background it actually checks this credentials on the server, not locally). - Once they log in, their pc mounts their server home folder automatically. This way all processing is done locally but their settings and files are stored in the server, so there's some "lag" when logging in, but once logged in, it's not much different to a conventional desktop experience. So basically it's not terminal clients, each computer does their own workload but, settings are kept elsewhere. This makes it really easy for any authorized used to login to their account from any PC in the office. It also makes deployment of new Desktops considerably easier. it also allows for the server to be pretty low spec, as a side note, all home folders are individual, meaning only the logged in user can see their own files. (Very similar to what @dalekphalm suggested). Thanks again everyone for their input!
  6. Cheers for the reply Ryan! I'm 50/50 on this to be entirely honest and I definately see the cons and pros in each. After seeing the initial tests however I did really liked the SSH tunneling method but was swiftly let down by slowdowns due to network bottleneck and promptly figured something wasn't quite right. Why would this work so nicely but be let down so hard by network constraints? Surely there must be a better way of doing this. Alas none of us at the office have ever had experience with this kind of infrastructure and yet, we're all equally curious
  7. Hi all, At work we're considering getting rid of individual machines with individual OSs, etc for security and funcionality. Now, today we tried something very interesting which was the following: - One central machine (let's call it Server) with Ubuntu Mate installed. - Then, the terminal (i.e. one of the worker's machines) would connect to its desktop through local SSH tunneling and then running mate-session (equivalent of X11 tunneling basically). This works nicely, problem is, the moment you have a couple of machines connecting to their desktop, there appears to be a serious network bottleneck. This is a shame because we're loving the concept of user account management, software management and ease of backup. The problem I see is that network bottleneck is, I guess, to be expected, as the server is streaming, essentially, the whole user desktop and interaction. In an ideal world what would happen is that the terminal would connect to the server and the server would not stream the desktop itself but rather allow the terminal access to the necesary files and let the processing and computing be done by the terminal. This in my mind would allow a lot more terminals before network bottleneck but I do not know if anything like this exists. Any ideas? Are we going about this the wrong way? We would need 12 terminals to be able to connect at the same time and work as if they were their own desktops. The equivalent of something like citrix but on a LAN level. Hardware isn't an issue, we can invest as needed, it's more about knowing what we need. We would also like to stick to Linux. Thanks in advance!
  8. Hello Everyone, Small update today, it´s been my birthday weekend and well, you shouldn´t use powertools when... not sober so no work this weekend. So, got a couple of hours in of work today, not much though, measuring hole placements and so on. I wasn´t going to show anything until they where all done but I really felt like seeing how it looks. Before that however, got the card reader in place, so that´s done. So, after I did the holes I started getting everything togueter for a mock shot, because of this have in mind the holes exposed wood needs to be painted, nothing is held down by screws so parts might look somewhat out of placement and so on, this is purely so you get an idea of how the cables could look once done, at least on the right side of the module (just one set of hdds and the m-atx mobo). As I started, I was so glad I got the idea for the trap door, sooo many cables, and this is only a part of the whole lot! And here are a few closeups of the lot, enjoy And that´s it! Will try to get some work done tomorrow though no promises, a lot of "real-life" work to catch up to from 3 days off. And as always... ...thanks for reading!
  9. Cheers Hikaru, everyonce in a while I do indeed, though the cost of shipping your PSU around the world might not be worth it though ------------------- Hi Everyone, Today´s update isn´t much of a work update as such, but rather an update on materials as I haven´t had much time these last few days. Unfortunately my compressor died the other day, it was 6 and a half years old and to be honest it was never very good, I´m convinced it leaked air as it could never hold a full load within the tank, had no pressure control (so it was useless for smaller sprayguns) neither did it have an auto on/off depending on the quantity of air within it´s tank which was a pain in the rear, I bought it when I first started painting and it´s what happens when you buy something without knowing any better. So, I went down to the same shop I always go for paint supplies (sure I could´ve provably bought the following cheaper online but it´s a local shop, not part of a chain and they´ve always been extremely good to me, hell if it wasn´t for them existing I wouldn´t know what to do so I like to support them) and got myself a spanking brand new compressor, this time round however with all the bells and whistles. For the same price I could´ve gotten a 50ltr one, with the same specs all round but it was simply to big for the space I have allocated for it, plus fact is I don´t need it to hold so much air at any given time. So I mounted the wheels on it and placed it where the old one used to live, just outside my "paintbooth". I was going to install the tubing I have from the old one but the fittings where different! So had to go back to the shop (thankfully, it´s only a 5 min drive from where I live) and get some new fittings, I figured for the price I might as well also get some new tubing (what you also see in the picture are some measuring cups I use for mixing the paint components, I change them once a year or so as they get rather dirty after many paint sessions and it´s increasingly harder to read the measurements on them)... ...and just as I was about to leave... the owner knows I´ve been keeping an eye on 2 sprayguns they have there (a mini and a detailing one) but I couldn´t really justify the price since I already had some (even though they weren´t exactly expensive) so he mentioned that they are now the last two and they are end of line models so I could have them at cost price if I wanted (love this shop!) so I figured... what the hell...PLUS it is my BIRTHDAY on Sunday the 13th and of course while I was at it I figured I needed some new suplies aniway (I was going to get them next week, but while I was there I figured I´d get the lot as I know when I buy a certain amount of stuff they give me a further discount) so... And the spanking new sprayguns! (I´m veeeery happy right now!) While I was out, a package arrived (love the feeling of coming home to even more goodies). Cables, cables and more cables, all the cables and extensions I ordered and need for this project. At one point when I started this project I thought about sleeving but, to be honest I´m not a huge fan of sleeving and just looking at the amount of cables gives me a headache plus the fact is, you´re going to see next to none of them once installed so, figured, no point. Anyhow, next thing I decided is I´m going to install a small kvm switch on the back of the module. You see the servers are going to be connected to a TV i have on the wall above where the module will live, so, not just a server, but as I mentioned at the beggining of this project, also a media center and streamer. Don´t really need the KVM as all the files and storage will be on the M-ATX, but I already had it laying about, never really used it much so figured, hell if I ever can´t access the servers remotely at least this way I can see what´s going on without having to move the module to plug a monitor in the back. So, haven´t fitted it on yet nor have I decided it I will get rid of the enclosure it comes with but, just so you get an idea of where it will go: Lastly, but no less important. I was taking some measurements to cut the opening for the 80mm fan. While doing so I realised, as I mentioned in a previous post that I could fit two. I also realised the cpu heatsink that I was going to use for the M-ATX is to tall! So started looking for a smaller one online and though... I can fit 2x 80mm fans... I have spare fittings... I have some tubing... I have a spare basic cpu block... I have a spare small reservoir... hell I´m not going to buy a new heatsink, instead I´ll get a 2x80mm radiator, sure it´s a small but it´s only cooling a very low end 1155 cpu so what the hell and so I did. I bought the only one I could find which wasn´t to expensive (there are not that many 2x80mm models out there), 57€ with shipping, not to bad! It´s an Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 Full Copper 80mm Dual and should arrive at some point next week. Anyhow, for an update without any actual work progress, it certainly has turned a few things around and... crap I just realised I don´t have any decent 80mm fans laying about...!! That´s all for today folks and as always... ...thanks for reading!
  10. Hi Everyone, Today I started painting bits and pieces. While those dried out I figured I´d get started on the front, while not pictured I had already taken care of paiting the exposed wood colour bits (except where the switches go as those would be completely covered aniway. So, the first and only thing I had ready to be installed is the controller. Being this a server, it only seemed right to use the Lamptron CM615 for remote access (through my main PC) on the same LAN. Originally I was going to make some mounts for the frontal devices but figured It would just mean more visible screws so instead I opted to use hot glue instead. So went ahead and mounted the lamptron. Nice fit Now that the painted bits where dry I figured I´d mount them (note the little detail on the X-Fi, same as the HDDs). . Figured I´d put the back in place to see how it looks (note that the screws of the M-ATX mount are not in place on the back, this is because I´m not finished with the back, they are on the ITX mount because if you remember it´s two pieces rather than just one. Following the theme, I did something special with the PSU (Also, photo number 100!) I decided this is where an 80mm intake fan will be located (may add 2 as it means it will also be ready for a 160mm rad if in the future I want to upgrade to liquid cooling). And lastly, this will be the possition of an SFX PSU that will power the itx board (obviously, needs to be painted). . You may notice the fan of the ATX PSU is pointed towards the wall. There will be a piece of metal or wood blocking the air spreading to the rest of the case and a mesh aperture on the back panel to allow the air to flow. By doing this, none of the heat created by the PSU stays in the module. Anyhow, that´s about it for today and as always... ...thanks for reading!
  11. Cheers guys! She was extremely happy with the result, I think the cable management took me as long if not longer than the paintjob itself!
  12. Cheers guys Will let you know how the temps are, though by working with rackmounts, I´d imagine they get better temps due to preassure in the airflow specially when using highrpm fans as they tend to do on servers (deltas and whatnot) no? -------------- Very small update today, not so much that I had little time but rather than in order to show these picks, the process takes considerable time. So, first thing´s first, finished the 2.5 drives (2x hdds & 2x SSDs) Took the back panel off and did the cutouts for both mobos, after that I painted the wood-color bits so they don´t stick out as much, I didn´t have any wood paint at hand so used the paint I normally use, because it is water based the wood sucks it in and doesn´t leave as deep of a colour, but I think the tone difference looks good so going to leave it like that. Didn´t attach it back with screws yet as I still have to do the PSU and a couple of other cutouts so made no sense to screw it back in but, I did put it in possition for a couple of pickies. It goes without saying that I will be painting the metal parts of those cards so as to match the I/O plate. I didn´t do the X-Fi card in red today, it was like that from another project (it´s also a different tone of red than the one I´m using on this project) and while I like it, I will be doing something else paint wise with it, just thought I´d mount the hardware to see how it looked And that´s it! More tomorrow and as always... ...thanks for reading!
  13. Hi Everyone, First of all, White Rabbits and happy April Fools day to all I was really looking forward to getting some work done on this over the weekend, unfortunately on Saturday afternoon I burned my left hand, nothing hospital serious but definately meant that I wasn´t going to be doing much if not at all over the weekend in terms of this project. Today however I was tired of "taking it easy" so I did a bit of "easy" work, don´t get to excited however, nothing flashy about this update but things that needed doing Firstly I recicled another old case for a base and I/O plate mount for the ITX board, this case was from the P4 era, so as you can imagine, it was awfully dirty as well, but did the same as with the previous one and got the parts cleaned up. Unfortunately this case did not have both sections put togueter as the previous one, but nothing I can´t work around. More leftovers for the scrap metal pile. Next step was to fix the other mounting to both the surface and back panel of the module. Next step was to mark its surroundings so I can start measuring where to cut (I need to, obviously, take the back panel of the module off in order to cut it). But I can´t start with that until I get the other mount ready (and a couple of other components that will be featured hopefully in the next update), which meant painting. I also took the opportunity to do the 2.5 drives and the I/O plate for the ITX board. So I took out the mix ratios I wrote down for that special matte/glossy black mixture and got it done. And that´s all for today folks, as always... ...thanks for reading!
  14. Cheers, you´ll find all the worklogs here http://linustechtips.com/main/forum/3-build-logs/ aswell It´s actually not wood, it´s a mixture between vynil, paints, inks and an assortment of effects