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by dougz
Mon May 14, 2007 2:59 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: 10 watt file, mail, web, media, download, print home server
Replies: 29
Views: 13882

You would be surprised. Some can do it. The other option is to simply change the CPU. Novel approach to underclocking! My current home Linux distro test computer is an AOpen Slot 1 mobo with a PIII running 500 MHz. Actually a socketed CPU in a slot adapter. The CPU has a 70mm (?) fan and the power ...
by dougz
Sun May 13, 2007 5:12 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: 10 watt file, mail, web, media, download, print home server
Replies: 29
Views: 13882

DanW said: anyone else hada look into the ASUS 500g Premium, at £50 it can do some neat stuff Interesting idea. Thank you. I'm going to have to do some research. Only USD$96 at newegg.com. Appears to be a great match for my requirements. Reviewers at newegg.com are very negative about the Asus firm...
by dougz
Sun May 13, 2007 4:10 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: 10 watt file, mail, web, media, download, print home server
Replies: 29
Views: 13882

mojo said: It may use 10W, but you can get pretty low with a DC PSU and cheap underclocked Sempron or PIII system. If you can live with a bigger box, the cost savings and extra performance/flexibility will more than make up for an extra few watts used. How much will using 10W instead of, say, 25W sa...
by dougz
Wed May 09, 2007 7:37 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: 10 watt file, mail, web, media, download, print home server
Replies: 29
Views: 13882

I built my own mini-ITX linux server that my kill-a-watt says draws 10 watts for around $300 or so and have run passively... I'd bet that's what Hall did. If you don't use a Via C3/C7, you have to use a RISC chip or a severely underclocked mobile X86 to run that frugally. What is interesting about ...
by dougz
Wed May 09, 2007 9:04 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: 10 watt file, mail, web, media, download, print home server
Replies: 29
Views: 13882

Does anyone in the brain trust happen to know what John "Maddog" Hall uses for his 10 watt servers? Mentioned in article Hall admitted to owning a colossal desktop machine sucking up 550 watts, but turns it off when he’s not working. The bulk of the PC farm in his own home are small 10-watt Linux ...
by dougz
Wed May 09, 2007 8:56 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: 10 watt file, mail, web, media, download, print home server
Replies: 29
Views: 13882

Question. Silverstone's NS312 http://www.silverstonetek.com/products/ns312/ns312.html with your choice of harddrive, and the same customized Linux version shipping with Bubba would essentially be the same thing? It uses an ARM9 Core processor with 64MB ram. Nice catch, Moogles. The specs on the Sil...
by dougz
Sat Apr 14, 2007 11:18 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: 10 watt file, mail, web, media, download, print home server
Replies: 29
Views: 13882

Does it have a fan btw? I haven't been able to spot one. Might be some thermal issues? It is quiet - no fans - and uses less power than any desktop lamp. http://www.arm.com/iqonline/bubba.html I suspect that the lack of fan may be part of the reason for the high price. Fanless boxes are almost alwa...
by dougz
Thu Apr 12, 2007 11:09 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: 10 watt file, mail, web, media, download, print home server
Replies: 29
Views: 13882

Re: Buffalo Technologies I didn't realize they were so cost-effective, but you are right. I checked their site and they link to PriceGrabber. The Buffalo is far more sophisitcated in NAS than the Bubba mini server. More expandable by far. Nice set of additional services -- http://www.buffalotech.com...
by dougz
Thu Apr 12, 2007 9:59 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: 10 watt file, mail, web, media, download, print home server
Replies: 29
Views: 13882

How is this different from most NAS units? Provides many additional services besides NAS. Don't need the other services, cheaper to buy a NAS. It is, however, extremely expensive compared to everything else on the market. Please elaborate & cite examples. I'm sincerely interested. The price does gi...
by dougz
Thu Apr 12, 2007 7:52 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: 10 watt file, mail, web, media, download, print home server
Replies: 29
Views: 13882

10 watt file, mail, web, media, download, print home server

For Windows, Mac, and Linux clients. Review article (Joe Barr, linux.com): Have you considered setting up a server on your home LAN, but shied away from the idea because you didn't want to dedicate a machine to the task, or want to spend a lot of time setting it up and managing it? If so, you might ...
by dougz
Wed Dec 20, 2006 4:51 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Asus Terminator C3 Review and Questions
Replies: 6
Views: 6145

I wonder if you got a bad unit? Did a bit of googling and found some reviews that said it was quiet and some that said the fans were noisy. Change of spec? Firmware update needed? The noise levels compared to a 80mm 30 db case fan was so silent, I needed to check that the fans were actually turning...
by dougz
Wed Dec 13, 2006 11:25 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Shuttle XPC SN27P2 (AMD AM2) and Linux
Replies: 0
Views: 1849

Shuttle XPC SN27P2 (AMD AM2) and Linux

Thought this might be of interest: Review: Shuttle XPC SN27P2 barebones desktop system Wednesday December 13, 2006 (09:01 AM GMT) By: Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier A few weeks ago, I decided to start looking for a new system. After a fair amount of searching, I settled on a Shuttle XPC SN27P2 barebones sy...
by dougz
Wed Dec 13, 2006 7:12 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: quiet system for linux - x86-64, recommendations?
Replies: 21
Views: 9958

Compromise on the graphics?

If I had the bucks, I'd go with the Shuttle X100. Yes, I'd have to compromise on the ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 drivers, but that comes as close to your spec as I can see. There are always tradoffs. Mac Mini has Core Duo, smallish disks and low video performance, but meets your specs otherwise. Shutt...
by dougz
Sat Nov 25, 2006 2:39 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: need help with project
Replies: 59
Views: 47968

What about the software?

Great discussion of hardware options, but what about the energy implications of the software? Windows Vista is arguably the "anti-green" computing initiative, with its high hardware requirements. The OLPC laptop and VIA pc-1 green computing initiatives are trying to contain hardware growth, but you ...
by dougz
Fri Nov 24, 2006 2:08 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Low power headless server
Replies: 10
Views: 5351

You could get a used P3 system. They are reasonably fast and totally overkill for a single-user fileserver. They are energy efficient also and should be basically giveaway now. Saw a nice little HP Celeron for $25 at a computer show the other week. Would have been perfect. There were some other sim...
by dougz
Fri Nov 24, 2006 2:00 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Low power headless server
Replies: 10
Views: 5351

Also do you know the size of the case? Dimension (mm) W x H x D 181 x 275 x 300 according to http://www.asus.com/products4.aspx?modelmenu=2&model=402&l1=1&l2=2&l3=0 Suggest you download the manual. ftp://dlsvr03.asus.com/pub/ASUS/Barebone/Terminator/manual/e1727_t1_c3.pdf I could eventually swap ou...
by dougz
Fri Nov 24, 2006 12:42 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Low power headless server
Replies: 10
Views: 5351

A VIA processor barebones, or a P3 barebones sound about right You might want to look at the Asus "Terminator C3." Cheap, small, quiet, supports IDE & SATA. Two 3.5" and one 5.25" drive bays, plus USB 2.0. One PCI slot. Published noises specs are pretty good. $85 plus S&H from Newegg for barebones ...
by dougz
Tue Nov 21, 2006 4:57 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Low-noise system for using Linux
Replies: 20
Views: 6844

Try running memtest86+ for 24 hours, then... Good advice! My X86 Linux box had run flawlessly for quite a while, but Firefox started getting very "flaky." Turned out that one of my memory DIMMs had developed a slight fault that only Firefox was tripping over. Running memtest86+ found the defective ...
by dougz
Sun Oct 15, 2006 2:41 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel goes low-end
Replies: 1
Views: 1473

Intel goes low-end

Good news. Thanks for posting. Via's CPUs don't do well with today's multimedia, not withstanding hardware MPEG2. (Lots of us use other codecs and VIA performance sucks with them.) Further, Via promises much while rarely delivering. Often ships years later than schedule. Low volume, high price, spot...
by dougz
Fri Oct 06, 2006 3:50 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Mac Mini Gamers Edition
Replies: 14
Views: 7855

Screen Spanning Doctor? Mac Mini not supported, per http://www.rutemoeller.com/mp/ibook/supportlist_e.html Mac mini These machines can NOT use the patch: Unfortunately the patch does not work with ANY Mac mini configuration. It is not possible to use both the DVI and the VGA part of the display con...
by dougz
Fri Jul 21, 2006 11:16 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Mac Mini Core Solo/Duo – Noise level!
Replies: 6
Views: 5601

Memory, warranty, OS X

smilingcrow wrote Apple wants £70 for an extra 512MB RAM and with the Mini being a hassle to upgrade this is a bit of a downer. I’m wondering if you void the warranty by opening it up! Nope. Mac World magazine & many other sites all say something like -- Apple recommends that anything going insi...
by dougz
Fri Jul 21, 2006 5:41 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Mac Mini Core Solo/Duo – Noise level!
Replies: 6
Views: 5601

Mac Mini noise & drive enclosure

I checked out the Mini at the Apple Store. You might want to look there or at CompUSA or Best Buy for a first-hand impression. (I was very impressed with the quiet.) SPCRer "Hifriday" has a nice thread on the acoustics of the Intel Mac Mini -- http://forums.silentpcreview.com/viewtopic.php?t=29655&h...
by dougz
Thu Jul 13, 2006 3:22 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Low Power Socket AM2 CPUs: A64 X2 3800+ 35w & X2 4600+
Replies: 8
Views: 4554

Low Power Socket AM2 CPUs: A64 X2 3800+ 35w & X2 4600+

Back in late May when AMD released Socket AM2 with the flagship FX62 it also released a number of CPUs from budget Semprons, as well as low power variants. Today we have in our possession two such CPUs. The Athlon 64 X2 4600+ 65 watt part, and the Athlon Athlon 64 X2 3800+ 35 watt part. These CPUs ...
by dougz
Mon Jun 26, 2006 3:40 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Recommend me a system - cheap as poss - quiet as poss!
Replies: 15
Views: 3488

Fry's --- fond memories!

I suspect that over half of the stuff I buy from Fry's is below cost; they must do these wild-and-crazy promos to keep bargain hunters like me glued to their web site and coming in the door. Yeah, I used to do that when I lived near Fry's. Fun place. Most of the help was MacAssociates who knew noth...
by dougz
Fri Jun 23, 2006 1:40 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: ASUS Terminator 2 T2-AE1: Mod-friendly Barebones System
Replies: 7
Views: 7831

Not a good choice for Linux users

Devon -- Exellent review, as usual. Typical Linux user lament: Buy anything that does not have an SIS chipset. I'm having major problems enabling DMA on my Asus K8S-Mx. Also, the onboard graphics chip is not well supported (SIS760). Plus the onboard LAN (SIS190) is not at all supported. Same problem...
by dougz
Tue Jun 20, 2006 2:27 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: PC Design Lab's Qmicra reviewed at SFFClub.com
Replies: 6
Views: 4068

Yet Another Review of Qmicra

Conclusion PC Design Lab has proven it can design a better SFF case with the Qmicra. I was very impressed with the innovative design and high quality of workmanship in this case after owning and building dozens of SFF systems. Cooling is effective with the Qmicra design and allowed the use of four ...
by dougz
Sat Jun 17, 2006 2:32 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: External Seagate Drives: A Portable 2.5" and a Pocket
Replies: 12
Views: 9400

syslinux now supports FAT-32

not been able to boot it using syslinux (a good bootloader for emergency purposes) as the drive is formatted in FAT-32 As of 3.00, FAT-32 is supported. http://syslinux.zytor.com/history.php Documentation has been somewhat lacking, but the tool improves steadily. Reliability has increased substantia...
by dougz
Sat Jun 17, 2006 3:54 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Preview/Leak: VIA's pc-1 platform
Replies: 7
Views: 2943

Preview/Leak: VIA's pc-1 platform

Via's alswer to OLPC, AMD Geode, etc. Insiders reveal new CPUs, new platforms... The heart of VIA's pc-1 platform are the pc1500, pc2000 and pc2500 CPUs; all three of which are unannounced at this time. The model name is supposed to correspond to the equivalent performance of a Celeron processor in ...
by dougz
Wed Jun 14, 2006 3:45 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: VIA EPIA EN12000E fanless mini-ITX
Replies: 64
Views: 50525

Tradeoffs

So, user configurable C'n'Q is possible in Linux. It's more difficult, but it is linux after all. There are even kernel patches available to ease the process. Well, you get what you choose. I'll take the path of least resistance and go with C'n'Q. Nice to know what my options are before buying. FWI...
by dougz
Tue Jun 13, 2006 4:29 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: VIA EPIA EN12000E fanless mini-ITX
Replies: 64
Views: 50525

Biostar TForce 6100

Selecting any CPU voltage in the BIOS except "default" locks out any voltage control by the C'n'Q mechanism Didn't know that. Key point. Thanks, QuietOC. If you have a C'n'Q processor just do the undervolting and any underclocking in Windows using CrustalCPUID or RMClock. Unfortunately, I'm one of ...