Cheap PCs from Wal-Mart

Jon Tegner tegner at nada.kth.se
Mon Jun 2 03:18:48 EDT 2003


I have used the Via Epia Mini-ITX board (EPIA M9000), and I would not 
recommend it on any application heavy on floating point operations. In 
my experience (CFD) it is closer to a 300 MHz Celeron than a 600 (but I 
guess it depends on the application...).

/jon


Gerry Creager N5JXS wrote:

> I've got a Via Epia Mini-ITX board I've gotten for another project.  
> We loaded RH 9 via PXE-Boot (with particular thanks to RGB!), as in, a 
> normal install rather than diskless boot.  Works great.  I've got the 
> slowest, equivalent to a 600 MHz Celeron, but that's all I needed for 
> this project... in fact, overkill.
>
> Runs pretty cool, even with just the 2 puny little case fans, and can 
> be driven off a 12v Wall Wart (?tm?; should I trade mark it?  no...) 
> at less than 5a.  The wart I have is rated for 4.5a, but I've not 
> measured it yet.
>
> Built-on sound, video, USB, 1394, ethernet, and video out.
>
> gerry
>
>
> Mike Eggleston wrote:
>
>> On Thu, 29 May 2003, Robert wrote:
>>
>>
>>> Hello
>>>
>>> these guys make small foot print 1U rackmountable low powered units 
>>> and they can also be wall mounted, real cool units for clusters for 
>>> starter's.
>>>
>>> http://www.ironsystems.com/products/iservers/aclass/a110_low_power.htm 
>>> for $499..
>>
>>
>>
>> I had not read of the Via chips and had been planning to use the AMD 
>> Athlon
>> chips. Are the via chips ok? Will they run linux/mosix ok? Any specific
>> thoughts about them?
>>
>> Mike
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