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The perfect accessory for a hot-rodded PC (or one that you would like to appear hot-rodded) – a set of headers that emits a deep rumbling roar when the computer starts up.

Upon pressing the power switch, the simulated whirr of an electrical starter motor engaging is emitted, followed by the chug chug sound a large displacement V-8 engine turning over. Once the POST is complete, the deep throaty roar of a heavily breathed on engine with the throttle being blipped is emitted. As the OS loaded, the roar would reduce to a rumbling idle that would slowly fade out.

As an added bonus, the headers would include a ducted fan ventilation system to help keep the PC's internals cool. Available in nickel, black nickel or powder coated in a variety of colors.

nuclear hobo, May 02 2007

Computer Starting Handle Computer_20Starting_20Handle
get your motor running... [xenzag, May 02 2007]

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From the talented Nevil Shute. [8th of 7, Oct 21 2012]


       I would rather hear a low hum gradually building into a whine, like the sound of an aircraft engine starting. Add the crackle of electricity and a whole panel of blinkenlights.
Voice, Oct 18 2012

       Shirley what is needed is a Coffman starter? And why use fake sound effects when you can have the real thing? Just use the starter cartridge to drive a piston that presses the "On" switch.   

       Actually, I would really like to see a Coffman starter system for cars, like they used to have for many large vehicles. It would give me a little glow of happiness if I could walk out of Waitrose, load my shopping into the boot, whip out a belt of cartridges, drop one into a little breech block and whack it with a finely-crafted hammer.
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 20 2012

       They have a very good fire engine museum in San Diego with an old steam powered fire engine which was started by setting off an explosive charge in the firebox.
hippo, Oct 20 2012

       I have both a Coffman starter and a derelict Honda Shadow in my garage, and now I have an idea that will likely result in a fresh spousal mandate...   

       If only I can somehow work an Apple IIc into the mix...
Alterother, Oct 20 2012

       <wonders if you could get one of those little Honda generators into an iMac G3 after replacing the CRT with an LCD>
FlyingToaster, Oct 21 2012

       "Little Generator Set" ?   

8th of 7, Oct 21 2012

       Presumably, a model aircraft engine could be coupled to a small dynarator to give a hundred or two watts.
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 21 2012

       Does it come with an old fashioned crank?
pashute, Oct 21 2012

       I don't know - I think [Vernon]'s pretty busy.
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 21 2012

       // an old fashioned crank //   

       Yes. [The Alterother].   

       // hundred or two watts //   

       Err, no. Model aero engines are usually in the 3 to 5 cc range - a 300w generator generally has a 35 to 50 cc powerplant. Given that small units are (maybe) 35 - 40% efficient (small devices exhibit poor efficiency), the engine needs to put out about 1 kW. The classic Honda E300 has a capacity of a bit over 50cc.   

       A 35cc chainsaw engine delivers about half a kilowatt of useable mechanical power at the output shaft.   

       A 5cc model aero engine, given installation losses (quite a bit of which will be the forced-draught air cooling) might under ideal circumstances be able to produce 20W of electrical power; enough to run a notebook computer.
8th of 7, Oct 21 2012


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