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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2016 12:50 pm 
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Sound Blaster was also known as Creative Technologies. There were at least 100 models of sound card, 8-bit, 16-bit, MCA, VLB and PCI. And also USB models.
There should be either a CT-#### or similar on the card front or back. Or the largest chip has a part # on it, if no other ID can be found. May be a matching image in this WIKI link.. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sound_Blaster
Some models had jumpers to set, for either on-card amps or line-out to powered speakers.
Who remembers back in the late '80s, there was a "talking parrot' program in the SB features? Make him laugh and talk back to you by hitting keys! Or how about "Dr. Sbaitso", the digitized know-it-all?
"a Talking PARROT VERSION -now that is COOL!!!! (but not for the CLI crowd!!! ~reagrds -sirrushx stu

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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2016 12:58 pm 
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what info does
lshw
lspci
hwinfo
give you

those are kernel commands you can do from a terminal
OK -sounds good -changing the Subject -- the same system using WINDOWS XP ,

i tried out an APP called winff -a gui for ffmpeg --it works but VERY SLOW!!!!!!!! it took 1.5 days to re-encode 2.34 GB of dvd material!!!!!

Curiously ,,I checked my system Resources --and this APP used up 99% of my CPU useage !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Could this oVERHeat my CPU by running for nearly 24 hours?????????? :oops:

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Could this overheat my CPU by running for nearly 24 hours?

Server units normally run 24/7, and seldom have problems with excess heat. A home PC should have no problems either, if properly vented. Ambient air temps do affect a system's cooling status.
But if system RAM is on the low side, the CPU and OS have to page memory over and over to get a cache file together for writing to the disk storage. A virtual file space is important on the hard drive also, of at least 10 GB for "light" needs, up to 50 GB for "Larger" needs. And that space should be contiguous, or one mass.

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Encoding operations like this will usually use 100% CPU.
What this means is that the encoding is filling every spare CPU clock cycle with an instruction. In reality it is only activating a few areas of the CPU at any one time and is not literally 100% of the CPUs transistors all the time.
The computer heats up fairly quickly when fully loaded, the system will generally be a full temperature within about half an hour. So in this sense you are not really in any more danger overheating the system when you use it for 1 hour compared to running it for months on end. However, there are some components, e.g. electrolytic capacitors whose life can be significantly shortened when run at high temperatures for extended periods, so it is prudent to check what temperatures your system is running e.g. after full load for 1 hour to check that they are reasonable.

There are loads of people who leave their computer running 24/7 fully loaded (check out the folding forum) but when running unsupervised fully loaded computers it is wise to take a few other precautions. Like checking that BIOS/OS set to shutdown the computer in case of overheat/crash rather than constantly trying to reboot. Often BIOS can be set to shutdown when high temperatures are reached or a fan fails. Make sure computer is not near any particularly flammable materials and is left in a suitably ventilated area/room that does not get too hot e.g. the computer may make a perfect space heater for a loft/conservatory during winter but get very hot during summer etc.

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Encoding operations like this will usually use 100% CPU.
What this means is that the encoding is filling every spare CPU clock cycle with an instruction. In reality it is only activating a few areas of the CPU at any one time and is not literally 100% of the CPUs transistors all the time.
The computer heats up fairly quickly when fully loaded, the system will generally be a full temperature within about half an hour. So in this sense you are not really in any more danger overheating the system when you use it for 1 hour compared to running it for months on end. However, there are some components, e.g. electrolytic capacitors whose life can be significantly shortened when run at high temperatures for extended periods, so it is prudent to check what temperatures your system is running e.g. after full load for 1 hour to check that they are reasonable.

There are loads of people who leave their computer running 24/7 fully loaded (check out the folding forum) but when running unsupervised fully loaded computers it is wise to take a few other precautions. Like checking that BIOS/OS set to shutdown the computer in case of overheat/crash rather than constantly trying to reboot. Often BIOS can be set to shutdown when high temperatures are reached or a fan fails. Make sure computer is not near any particularly flammable materials and is left in a suitably ventilated area/room that does not get too hot e.g. the computer may make a perfect space heater for a loft/conservatory during winter but get very hot during summer etc.
Thanks very good reply from the both of you!!!\\-regards -sirrushx

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