FireAlarm! by Gemini Software
When I first heard about this heat
detection systems for the PC, I must say I that i diden´t think that this could really
work. I had never thought about what the use of such a heat detection system could be. But
when I started testing the Firealarm! from Gemini Software did i change my opinon in a few
seconds. With the growing popularity of overclocking these days, a thermal detection
system is definitely worth looking into.
When i recived the Firealarm I started
installing it straight away. The installation was really simple and the biggest problem i
got was to open the box with the thermal grease. The kit included one thermal sensors and
one circuit sensors. These attach to an interface board. The board is screwed into one of
your spare slots. It does not require a motherboard slot. You simply remove the dust guard
and screw the Firealarm board into place. The sensors are attached as indicated in the
manual. The other end of the sensor is placed wherever you want. That is one of the
beauties of this: you can monitor the temperature of any component in the system. You can
use any screw in the system to attach it.
The system feeds thermal info to the
computer through the game port. A provided Y-connector is attached to the game port, then
one of the free connectors is attached to the port on the FireAlarm board. The other end
of the Y-connector is then free for your joystick.
At this point, I installed the software. It
comes on one floppy diskette. It installed flawlessly.
At this point, it needed to be calibrated
for your particular computer. This is one of the great features of FireAlarm. It is fully
configurable to virtually any setup. You simply choose "Calibrate" in the menu
and follow the on-screen prompts. It is really simple and anyone can do this.
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