[mythtv-users] The $99 frontend is here. Is this too good to be true?
waxrat at comcast.net
Thu Feb 12 13:31:21 UTC 2009
"Steve Peters - Priority Electronics" <steve at priorityelectronics.com> writes:
> The following link is a company on ebay selling a 1.8ghz Pentium M system
> with 1gb ram and 2gb compact flash memory for the hard drive in a complete
> mini itx system that measures 13" by 11" by 3" and it's all only $99 with
> free shipping....Includes power supply and everything.
> What am I missing here. How is this company to do this for only $99.00? Or
> is this the best deal you ever heard of? They seem to have very good ebay
FYI, mine arrived yesterday. Haven't tried to get Myth running on
it yet, but here are two things I noticed:
1. The BIOS had a password. The BIOS comes from Award. I tried all
of the backdoor passwords listed here
http://www.tech-faq.com/reset-bios-password.shtml but none
worked. I managed to boot into Linux anyhow and then I ran this
cmospwd utility http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/CmosPwd which told
me the password was "realityi" (which indeed worked).
2. I haven't been able to get Linux (Fedora Core 10) to recognize
the CompactFlash drive. The BIOS recognizes the CF and starts
booting from it, but then once Linux is actually running it
complains that it can't find the boot device, and booting halts.
When I boot from USB, I haven't been able to get Linux to
recognize the CF drive. I'll keep poking at it (any ideas?), but
for now I'm just booting from USB.
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