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It was about this point where I ran
into trouble. Normally, I would never, ever connect my CPU fan to any
kind of fan control device, and I would recommend the same to
anybody. However, since I was a little shy on fans to test, and this
was going to be a temporary setup I hooked the CPU fan into the
DigiDoc. This nearly turned into a fatal mistake. When you first
start up the DD5, its default settings turn none of the fans on.
Why on earth they would do this is totally beyond me. Common sense
would dictate that defaults should be all fans on until they are
intentionally set to be turned off. Now, I saw that my CPU fan wasnít
spinning, so I hit the handy ďforceĒ button, which overrides all of
the settings and turns all of the fans on, and problem was solved.
Unfortunately, I didnít go ahead and set the values for fan control,
and that night a thunderstorm knocked the power out. When my sister
powered up my computer the next morning, my CPU held out a full 4
minutes before windows blue screened, and my sister called me into the
room to see what was wrong. By this time the screen had went to
black, and there was the smell of burning dust in the room. I killed
the computer by turning off my power supply, and when I touched my HSF
I literally burnt myself. Luckily, I simply waited for everything to
cool back down again, and it all worked fine, but it very easily could
have been different. So take a lesson from me, never hook a CPU fan
into any kind of fan control device, and be sure you have your DD5
fully set up before you leave it.
Another gripe I had was the fact
that I canít use my software monitoring for my fans at the same time
as the DigiDoc. I wish they would come up with some sort of splitter
so I could use both. That way I can look at MBM and see my fan speeds
without having to crane my neck to look at the front of my computer.
Also, my BIOS doesnít like the fact that it canít tell if my CPU fan
is running or not (a feature that could have saved me from my little
scare had I not disabled it for this review).
trend of inexplicable design choices, the engineers decided for some
reason that the back light color should be an eye searing shade of
orange. I donít suppose it would be too bad if my other LEDs
were orange, but I cant imagine it fitting in well most color schemes.
Green or blue would have been much better choices. However, you can
change this by following the very nice article about switching out the
LEDs that Hubstack wrote for us. (http://www.gideontech.com/guides/dd5led/)
there is one benefit to the color of the LCD, itís very easy to read
it. Itís also set up in a very logical manner, and you can tell
exactly whatís going on without having to look very hard.