[mythtv-users] Cheap Possible Frontend
beww at beww.org
Wed May 10 18:02:14 EDT 2006
On May 10, 2006, at 2:37 PM, Alex Chejlyk wrote:
> I looked on Pricegrabber and found this Asus barebones system for
> The link below is to Asus
Wow, that's a lot of machine for $85, but I'm having trouble telling
from the listings if it actually includes the CPU or not, I'm
assuming no RAM or HDD or optical drive.
Also, things like the TV-out and audio out are listed as "option", in
my experience finding these optional boards for non-mainstream boxes
like this can be extremely difficult.
In any case I've got my little $119 special running. Turns out it is
smart enough to boot from a USB CD drive, but booting from a USB 1.1
device is a tad slow.
Just running Knoppix from the CD to check it out right now, sure
seems to be a full-blown PC, small and quiet and doesn't look too bad.
If you had to buy the extra parts it would be about $30 for an HDD,
$30 more for RAM, $10 for an adapter and $10 for a CD drive, for a
total of $200, a little high, but given that I'm using "junk" it's
not a bad deal.
OTOH I'm seeing re-furbed Delll 866PIIIs with CDRW/DVDROM, 128MB
RAM, 20GB HDD, floppy, KB, mouse, and Windows 2K for $150, guess old
junk is getting cheap.
Now to pick a distro to load onto it, probably Gentoo (he ducks to
avoid thrown objects). Also need to find those video drivers that
Dennis Hand mentioned.
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