Cheap PCs from Wal-Mart

Gerry Creager N5JXS gerry.creager at
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...

Check out:

The case I found (at Fry's) was $79; short of going into the office 
tonight I'll have to look on  -- 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 
>>it yet.
>>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.
> Mike

Gerry Creager -- gerry.creager at
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