Cheap PCs from Wal-Mart
Gerry Creager N5JXS
gerry.creager at tamu.edu
Sun Jun 1 23:47:25 EDT 2003
Via EPiA M-6000 motherboard/chipset combo (at least that's what I
recall, but the EPiA V looks closer to what I installed...) with an SiS
onboard audio chipset, 10/100 ethernet onboard VGA video chipset, and
"tv-out" in both S-Video and composite (RCA jack). I'm running it with
a 40 GB Maxtor (boought solely on price as there was nothing smaller
available for less money at the time). I added a Hayes 56k V92 modem
because what I'm planning to do is poll a bunch of automated weather
sites for data and they are all dial-up...
The case I found (at Fry's) was $79; short of going into the office
tonight I'll have to look on outpost.com -- darn! Not there. I'll try
to find the info on the case, but it comes with a wall wart for AC
power, and there's a 12v coaxial DC jack on the case...
I'm not at all sure I'd use it for a compute cluster, but it might do
some low-end work and it is certainly is a low-heat/low power solution.
Mike Eggleston wrote:
> On Sun, 01 Jun 2003, 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
>>Built-on sound, video, USB, 1394, ethernet, and video out.
> Would you please give the specifics for your borard, processor, memory,
> etc? I'm interested in your setup.
Gerry Creager -- gerry.creager at tamu.edu
Network Engineering -- AATLT, Texas A&M University
Cell: 979.229.5301 Office: 979.458.4020 FAX: 979.847.8578
Office: 903A Eller Bldg, TAMU, College Station, TX 77843
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