Still no working setup... Two more issues to solve before I can build the #cluster
First issue: fixing a #fan
on top of a #heatsink
that wasn't meant to have one. First idea was to use some of the wirestraps that came with the fan. You know, those annoying buggers around cables that you have to unwind before you can do anything with it. I still think that was a good idea, but of course they weren't long enough to go around both fan and heat sink. Second attempt: gaffer tape. It didn't feel like the best of ideas, but who knows...
So I taped the fan on top of the heat sink and booted the thing. After a few minutes of monitoring fan speed and temperature, I understood that the "Silent" option wasn't going to cut the mustard. If the CPU temperature reaches "medium" level while doing absolutely nothing, something's wrong. Switching to "Performance" seemed to solve it: the temperature dropped and remained at "Low". But... just as I feared would happen: the temperature on the heat sink softened the glue on the tape and the fan came off... So much for that solution, I don't want anything like that to happen while I'm not actively watching what's happening.
Next attempt: #yarn
. This time length wasn't the problem, of course. Problem here was that I couldn't tie a knot in such a way that it fixed the fan without any slack (I was never boyscout, get off my back!) and I don't want it to hang somewhat loose. So, how about sticking the yarn through the hole where the plug goes and fixing it in place with that plug? Nice idea, but I think I had the wrong kind of yarn for that: too smooth. Pulling very gently on it was enough to let the yarn slide through, the rubber plug couldn't stop it. Back to square one
Next attempt will be gardening wire. No problem with length, and no need for plugs, because I can simply twist it. No slack either. That, at least, is the idea. Let's see how that goes..
Next issue I have to find a solution for is the #screws
I need to fix those SSDs in place. After cannibalizing some other machines I had enough of them for machine number one, but I still need a lot of them for number two. After doing some research online I thought I needed "M2" screws, so I ordered 100 of them for a grand total of €5. But, you guessed it: wrong size. Way too small. I think I need "M3", but I'm somewhat hesitant to order the next batch only to find out those aren't the right ones either. Can any of you out there confirm that it's actually M3 that I need? You know, those small screws that go into the holes on the bottom side of a normal #SSD
Left one is the M2 screw: too small. The right one is the right one (no pun intended). Is that an M3?