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by dougz
Mon May 19, 2008 3:25 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: In search of Light and small Linux for a old computers
Replies: 29
Views: 8037

Article: "SliTaz is getting much better (I guess)"

At 1.0, SliTaz was visibly based on JWM (Joe's Window Manager). The cooker has now a version where more components of a nicer desktop were added: LXDE. I was always impressed by the interesting work of the SliTaz project. Iliked how small (tiny!) can be extremely well-done, I liked their documentat...
by dougz
Fri May 16, 2008 3:37 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: In search of Light and small Linux for a old computers
Replies: 29
Views: 8037

One more resource on small Linuxes

Lots of short pieces about small distros & old hardware. Use the "Categories" menu on the right side. Incredibly prolific, but worth searching. E.g., http://www.insidesocal.com/click/linux/wolvix/
http://www.insidesocal.com/click/
by dougz
Fri May 16, 2008 3:17 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: In search of Light and small Linux for a old computers
Replies: 29
Views: 8037

DSL vs. Vector vs....

I've used Vector. Very nice. Not the lightest. Not my favorite. Try it and make up your own mind. Same with Wolvix. Another good distro of similar size is the "AntiX" version of Mepis. Lightweight GUI built onto the solid kernel, utilities, and hardware detection of Mepis. Recommended. Damn Small Li...
by dougz
Wed May 14, 2008 8:44 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: This shoe box got any potential? ASUS TM-210
Replies: 1
Views: 1376

Re: This shoe box got any potential? ASUS TM-210

So, any thoughts? Any fatal flaws? Pls keep in mind that this will be my first build, so any details, suggestions, or warnings no matter how obvious, will probably be helpful for me. I often find the comments of newegg customers to offer helpful insights -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductRevi...
by dougz
Sun May 11, 2008 3:25 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Enlight PM2F0103 or other budget mid-tower?
Replies: 3
Views: 1303

Hey Dougz, For me personally, I would not like all the open side of that case. You want the air to come in from lower front and then get exhausted up and in the back so the airflow cools everything. <snip> See the big bumps where some of the bolts go to hold in the motherboard? Those are much bigge...
by dougz
Sat May 10, 2008 3:15 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Enlight PM2F0103 or other budget mid-tower?
Replies: 3
Views: 1303

Enlight PM2F0103 or other budget mid-tower?

I know this isn't an SPCR recommended case, but I need to find an alternative that's cheaper than the Antec NSK3480 (even though it won't be as pwerful/quiet/well-built.) Once SPCRer suggested the Enlight PM2F0103 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811116031 for a budget buld in h...
by dougz
Sat May 10, 2008 2:56 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Shuttle $200 Linux SFF
Replies: 21
Views: 16877

I wonder about those KPC. That review (computershoppers) dougz listed says it's silent, but almost all reports on newegg mentionned it is hot and loud... Yes, that's true -- even with relatively low power CPUs. I didn't buy one because the design didn't quite suit my needs. Therefore, I only know w...
by dougz
Sun May 04, 2008 11:25 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Temperature and CPU Frequency Control with Linux
Replies: 1
Views: 1351

Temperature and CPU Frequency Control with Linux

Thought the following tutorial article would be useful for silence-loving Linux users. Minimal material on this topic in SPCR before. The article covers debian/ubuntu and redhat/fedora/centos, but is distribution agnostic. Keywords -- lm-sensors lm_sensors sensors-detect cpufreq-selector coolnquiet ...
by dougz
Sat May 03, 2008 5:07 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel shows off new mini-itx board at CeBIT
Replies: 76
Views: 47710

Thanks for the info. Hope they do make the Computex intro schedule and ship fairly promptly. (Intel is pretty good about shipping on-time, unlike Via.)

Pretty impressive little boards.
by dougz
Sat May 03, 2008 3:26 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel shows off new mini-itx board at CeBIT
Replies: 76
Views: 47710

I was about to make a thread about this. This is what I've gotten so far: There's going to be two versions, the DG45FC with the following: Intel Core2Duo (1333Mhz FSB) GMA X4500HD Graphics G45 Chip ... Slightly more expensive then their desktop boards, but cheaper then other mini-itx boards Spec Sh...
by dougz
Mon Apr 21, 2008 2:23 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Shuttle $200 Linux SFF
Replies: 21
Views: 16877

Does anyone know if the motherboard supports processor undervolting? Not documented in downloadable manual. You might want to check with the folks who have one running -- BIOS menu is standard just like with other Shuttles. One note: CPU Clock is limited between 200-265mhz (for FSB overclock), at l...
by dougz
Mon Apr 21, 2008 12:14 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Tom's Hardware: "Shuttle's New $99 KPC Review"
Replies: 19
Views: 15055

No ICE with barebones/pictures of interior

Since the KPC does not ship with the ICE heatsink , I feel this is important to point out. The case itself already has threaded holes to accept the extended screws of the ICE heatsink. If you’re using the Intel retail boxed HSF , you can just push the clips onto the motherboard. But if you have a...
by dougz
Fri Apr 18, 2008 3:32 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 8200 on Newegg
Replies: 3
Views: 1427

Check out ECS customer satisfaction

One thing I've noted about ECS's products is that they tend to get pretty poor customer ratings with a high number of DOAs & reliability issues. Yes, I know that ECS has a thriving OEM business & some of their products get good reviews. (OEMs set specs/review units may be cherry-picked by ECS.) Yes,...
by dougz
Wed Apr 16, 2008 3:26 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Tom's Hardware: "Shuttle's New $99 KPC Review"
Replies: 19
Views: 15055

Memory/CPU supported & install Ubuntu from USB stick

I'm tempted to order one right now, but the lack of reviews is sort of stopping me. As far as we know, the barebones version can support an e4500 and 2x1GB sticks of DDR2 RAM. So the 100W PSU can support these at least. Does anyone know if, in addition to these, I can add in a graphics card? I'd li...
by dougz
Sat Apr 12, 2008 4:47 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Tom's Hardware: "Shuttle's New $99 KPC Review"
Replies: 19
Views: 15055

Isn't there also an optional ICE cooling system? If so, this should allow for an extremely quiet, single-fan computer. Hopefully the accessories aren't too pricey. XPC Accessories/Parts: Various XPC accessories and parts not found in our eBay store may be purchased directly through Shuttle by calli...
by dougz
Fri Apr 11, 2008 3:27 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Tom's Hardware: "Shuttle's New $99 KPC Review"
Replies: 19
Views: 15055

Tom's Hardware: "Shuttle's New $99 KPC Review"

http://www.tomshardware.com/2008/04/10/ ... index.html

Sorry, intended for existing "Shuttle $200 Linux SFF" thread and I can't seem to delete this.
by dougz
Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:36 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: HP Media Vault mv2120 Server -- US$300
Replies: 4
Views: 5167

A somewhat more professional review Bonus feature: No data corruption! Nice review. I hear that, in the fullness of time, Microsoft will be able to emulate that "no data corruption" feature in their Windows Home Server OS. :lol: Amazon (link in the cited review) has the box for $299 with free shipp...
by dougz
Wed Apr 02, 2008 8:58 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: HP Media Vault mv2120 Server -- US$300
Replies: 4
Views: 5167

HP Media Vault mv2120 Server -- US$300

Why, in the midst of a major Windows Home Server push, would HP introduce a little Linux-based NAS at half the price? And why would HP make the $300 Media Vault mv2120 so full featured and easy that its $600-and-up MediaSmart Servers look A) too bulky B) too expensive C) too overloaded D) all of th...
by dougz
Wed Apr 02, 2008 6:13 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Shuttle $200 Linux SFF
Replies: 21
Views: 16877

Any other cheap suggestions? Poster Jay_S put together a shopping list for an inexpensive alternative to a similar machine using US/Newegg prices (can't tell where you're posting from). See -- http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=395185#395185 Not as small as the KPC, but a lot more...
by dougz
Tue Mar 25, 2008 11:54 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: D201gly2: product and SPCR review discussion
Replies: 398
Views: 261834

I don't think the Linux drivers for either Nvidia or AMD/ATI support H264/x264 acceleration. If your desire is to use a video card to offload video processing tasks from the CPU, you are pretty much stuck with Windows at this point. 720p x264 isn't that hardcore, though. Some nice background info a...
by dougz
Tue Mar 25, 2008 3:44 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Shuttle $200 Linux SFF
Replies: 21
Views: 16877

Review: "Shuttle KPC Desktop"

In case anyone is still interested --
http://computershopper.com/reviews/shut ... top-review
by dougz
Thu Mar 20, 2008 2:36 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Shuttle $200 Linux SFF
Replies: 21
Views: 16877

Foresight Linux 2.0 Review

Ubuntu is smaller, better, more intuitive, more usable and requires less knowledge of Linux than this; it bests Foresight in every single way so how could I possibly recommend it? It's not pretty enough to make me sit and work out how everything is done... I have never had to read the manual using ...
by dougz
Thu Mar 20, 2008 1:14 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Shuttle $200 Linux SFF
Replies: 21
Views: 16877

Available in US & Foresight Linux

Shuttle US now has order links -- http://us.shuttle.com/kpc/buy.html Newegg sells "Shuttle KPC K-4500-RS Intel Celeron 430 1.8 GHz Intel GMA 950 512MB DDR2 80GB Black Mini PC - Retail" for US$ 209.99 + $12.43 S/H -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856101065 Shuttle sells custom...
by dougz
Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:03 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Everex's TC2502 gPC
Replies: 27
Views: 23928

Re: Excellent article on TC2502

<snip> I'm looking at the sata drive in gparted right now. There's a 2.5GB swap partition. <snip> Overall, I'm quite pleased with it. Glad you like yours. I'm also glad the Everex/gOS added a swap partition. The cited information about lack of swap was from 12 Jan in http://www.groklaw.net/article....
by dougz
Sat Mar 15, 2008 4:49 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Shuttle $200 Linux SFF
Replies: 21
Views: 16877

K45/KPC availability

In response to a query to Shuttle (as Joe User/personal email), I received the following info. Nothing appears to be confidential/proprietary. (Lightly edited for formatting.) [quote]Dear Shuttle supporter, Thank you for your interest with Shuttle KPC. Recently, through Shuttle USA office, we have r...
by dougz
Wed Mar 05, 2008 9:43 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Shuttle $200 Linux SFF
Replies: 21
Views: 16877

Shuttle PC Maker Picks Foresight Linux

In an announcement made on the Shuttle news section, they have selected Foresight Linux for the KPC due to its "intuitive interface and user focused design." The Shuttle KPC will also come preloaded with OpenOffice.org, Firefox, Pidgin, and other desktop packages. http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?p...
by dougz
Mon Mar 03, 2008 1:57 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building an OSX compatible workstation
Replies: 14
Views: 4450

i don't want to act like i'm in any position of power, but it is in my personal opinion that this thread should be locked because i can see it becoming an EULA argument, and it is not legal regardless of how you put it. running OS X on non-apple hardware is a breach of the Apple EULA, plain and sim...
by dougz
Mon Mar 03, 2008 5:53 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building an OSX compatible workstation
Replies: 14
Views: 4450

I'm not representing anyone, and I'm definitely seconding the post about it not being legal, and because of that, i'd suggest you read this thread on another forum. http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?showtopic=77290&st=0&p=546486&#entry546486 please don't take that out of context, as it has eve...