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Slow computer [Jun. 28th, 2005|09:12 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick

I occasionally notice that my computer is old:
papag:~ $ cat /proc/cpuinfo 
processor       : 0
vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
cpu family      : 6
model           : 8
model name      : Pentium III (Coppermine)
stepping        : 6
cpu MHz         : 798.287
cache size      : 256 KB

And only 750 MB of memory.

But you can't beat absolutely silent, ya know? Once you go silent, no computer works for me anymore.

I really need to use one of the other (much faster, much louder) machines in my house, since I've given up on "silent computing" systems which never are.

I think the answer is:
-- USB keyboard and mouse (done)
-- USB extender over Cat5
-- DVI over fiber or something
-- audio.... maybe my USB audio DA converter would work? not sure the bandwidth on those USB over Cat5 things, but should work considering how piss-slow regular USB is.

[User Picture]From: edm
2005-07-31 03:53 am (UTC)

KVM Extender

I know this post is old, and maybe you've already found a solution but I thought I'd mention it anyway.

This comment on Slashdot:


talks about relocating a (fast) computer remotely using a long distance KVM system from these people:


plus a long distance sound transmitter from Terk.

Apparently it works pretty well for them at 1280x1024 video and with just minor noise introduced into the sound (low level hiss).

If you don't absolutely need DVI something like that might be worth considering.

And if you do find a good solution tell us about it; I'm sure there's a bunch of people reading your journal who would be interested.

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