||[Sep. 8th, 2002|01:05 pm]
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.I just ordered a |
$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.)
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.
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.
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.
2002-09-09 11:01 pm (UTC)
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?
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
Your hate for fans cracks me up. :-P
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...
2002-09-09 10:59 pm (UTC)
How's a fileserver going to be quiet? Disks are fucking noisy.