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Mini-ITX time! [Sep. 8th, 2002|01:05 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
I just ordered a VIA Eden 5000 motherboard (fanless processor!) with 128 MB of memory and nothing else (no floppy/CDROM/disk) and a tiny black case with DC power supply.

$212 from idot.com.

It'll be my living room MP3 & MAME machine, net booting from the new ethernet jack behind the TV.

It has serial ports, so I can plug-in my infrared receiver and pick MP3s from a distance.

Since it has 800x600 S-Video out, now I really need a bigger TV, so I'm able to read text clearly from the couch. :P

(Yay for new toys.)

[User Picture]From: mart
2002-09-08 01:21 pm (UTC)

Every time you mention these little things I want to get one, but then I remember that the box I'd want to replace it with would be the one it'd have to netboot from (server/router thing) so it'd have to have a hard disk. Since my current server/router thing is already fanless, the only improvement is the size, and the box I already have is already kinda small.

Oh well.

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[User Picture]From: tydel
2002-09-08 02:23 pm (UTC)
We used to build boxen like that at work for routers ... those little 17cmx17cm VIA mobo's with the C4 1ghz processor where all you need to add is a harddrive and some ram. Very cost effective, usually ended up costing us barely more than a linksys.
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[User Picture]From: jredburn
2002-09-08 02:56 pm (UTC)



Mind giving me a quick rundown of your current setup? I just moved into a new apartment and would love to have more of a server in the closet, mp3s on the TV setup. As of now, I've just got a Linux desktop and an ibook running wirelessly. But I'm tired of the huge box under my desk and would love to play mp3s downstairs.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2002-09-09 11:01 pm (UTC)

Re: setup

Closet server: DHCP, apache, postfix, tftp, etc...

Other machines netboot off that. (DHCP gives them their PXE boot info)

Nothing too special about it.

What in particular do you want details on?

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[User Picture]From: niko
2002-09-08 04:30 pm (UTC)
I've got 7 CDs of MAME roms if you need 'em, I think it's every supported rom listed by .60
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[User Picture]From: whitaker
2002-09-09 04:11 pm (UTC)
Your hate for fans cracks me up. :-P
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[User Picture]From: seadawg
2002-09-09 10:58 pm (UTC)
I ordered the exact same thing as you, only like an hour earlier. You don't have to pay tax either (damn CA). Finally getting a silent router/fileserver...
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[User Picture]From: brad
2002-09-09 10:59 pm (UTC)
How's a fileserver going to be quiet? Disks are fucking noisy.
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