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by dougz
Sun Aug 24, 2008 2:35 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Is there a good instant decaf coffee?
Replies: 26
Views: 5893

I still dislike Starbucks' tendency to scorch their beans Matter of taste. I love dark roast (Italian over French). I understand that Starbucks recently tried to push a lighter roast, but went back to the darker (more expensive) stuff because their customers preferred it. I simply can't imagine a g...
by dougz
Fri Aug 22, 2008 3:36 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Via Isaiah
Replies: 4
Views: 1665

How about competitive pressure. They're losing an opportunity to beat the atom. I think Via had better be able to ship product immediately or they will lose. Intel's ( very cheap to fab ) dual core Atom 330 will ship in September! A new, presumably dirt cheap, D945GCLF2 mini-ITX board will also shi...
by dougz
Wed Aug 20, 2008 1:01 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Dual Core "Desktop" Atom Released
Replies: 6
Views: 2391

More on Atom 330 & pictures of D945GCLF2

Like the Atom 230, the Atom 330 uses 45nm technology, features a 533MHz frontside bus, and is designed to work with Intel's 945GC chipset (the 82945GC northbridge and 82801GB southbridge). Unlike the Atom 230, however, the Atom 330 features dual cores, plus second-level cache that has been doubled ...
by dougz
Wed Aug 20, 2008 4:53 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Via Isaiah
Replies: 4
Views: 1665

by dougz
Wed Aug 20, 2008 4:50 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Dual Core "Desktop" Atom Released
Replies: 6
Views: 2391

330 has HT -- D945GCLF2 supports 2Gb RAM

Like its Atom 230 sibling, the Atom 330 is based on Intel's 45nm fab process and will incorporate HyperThreading technology -- in the case of the Atom 330, the processor will appear to have four cores within the operating system. According to Register Hardware, the dual core Atom 330 processors wil...
by dougz
Fri Aug 15, 2008 1:10 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Via Nano CPU availability -- any guesses?
Replies: 2
Views: 1828

El Reg: VIA's Nano reference board

Product VIA Nano Verdict On paper and in testing, VIA's Nano beats Intel's Atom hands down. But the pricing may kill it as a competitor. Suggested Price TBC Preview The mobo in our pics may look like a VIA SN18000G, which sells for about £150 with a 1.8GHz C7 processor, but it’s more exciting: i...
by dougz
Mon Aug 11, 2008 7:38 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Via Nano CPU availability -- any guesses?
Replies: 2
Views: 1828

VIA quits motherboard chipset business

VIA quits motherboard chipset business VIA is now focusing on x86 processors and the integrated motherboard market, rather than chipsets for third-party CPUs... http://www.custompc.co.uk/news/604608/via-quits-motherboard-chipset-business.html More -- http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/0...
by dougz
Sat Aug 09, 2008 8:50 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Via Nano CPU availability -- any guesses?
Replies: 2
Views: 1828

Via Nano CPU availability -- any guesses?

I was pleasantly surprised to see how well the Nano CPU compared to the Atom in some of the early reviews cited in http://via.com.tw/en/index.jsp Of course, the reviews are based on engineering samples and employed old C7 boards. Also, the reviews are preliminary and not as detailed as one might lik...
by dougz
Sun Jun 08, 2008 1:43 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Where can I buy a Socket 939 motherboard?
Replies: 14
Views: 5520

Ya I agree, the cheapest path is really the frys combos for $70-80 which include mobo and cpu. These deals only apply if you live near a Fry's store and are able to be a "walk in" customer. The Fry's website never has the sorts of deals I saw in the Fry's ads in the SJ Mercury News. Looks like it i...
by dougz
Sat Jun 07, 2008 1:41 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: HOW-TO: Boot Linux into RAM for silence and speed
Replies: 31
Views: 25701

Great idea. Share it via tuxmachines.org?

Nice set of posts, Isaac. I'll try it as soon as I upgrade my antique machine. You might consider sharing it via tuxmachines.org (or any of the howto or lxer-type link sites) so that more people can benefit. E.g., http://www.tuxmachines.org/node/414 (Great site, lots of useful articles linked every ...
by dougz
Sat Jun 07, 2008 1:30 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Where can I buy a Socket 939 motherboard?
Replies: 14
Views: 5520

Re: Where can I buy a Socket 939 motherboard?

Greetings, Where can I buy a Socket 939 motherboard? NewEgg lists just one from ECS -- and it is out of stock...Google is yielding virtually nothing -- lots of S939 CPU's, but no motherboards to put them in. :? I did a search with -- http://www.google.com/products?q=motherboard+and+%22socket+939%22...
by dougz
Wed Jun 04, 2008 1:58 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: ASUS Eee Box: Preview & Intel's Atom Benchmarked
Replies: 16
Views: 13307

MSI Wind Desktop -- better than ASUS & Shuttle?

Early days, prototype boxes, virtually no specs, but... the MSI looks like a better bet than the ASUS EBOX or Shuttle K45xx, at least to me. MSI WIND PC desktops are powered by their Micro-ATX based MS-7314 Wind Board motherboard which is passively cooled with a large aluminum heatsink covering the ...
by dougz
Tue Jun 03, 2008 3:54 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Received the Intel D945GCLF
Replies: 73
Views: 76827

ASUS EBOX does NOT use mobile chipset, per AnandTech

ASUS Eee Box: Preview & Intel's Atom Benchmarked - http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=416047 The Eee Box uses the desktop implementation of the Intel Atom processor which signifies two things: 1) it uses a desktop chipset, in this case the 945G, and 2) the Atom’s FSB is fused to...
by dougz
Tue Jun 03, 2008 3:45 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: ASUS Eee Box: Preview & Intel's Atom Benchmarked
Replies: 16
Views: 13307

ASUS Eee Box: Preview & Intel's Atom Benchmarked

Nine page article, lots of detail, good pictures.

[quote]The Eee Box is effectively a headless notebook with no keyboard/mouse. In fact, the new version of the Eee PC features the exact same hardware configuration as the Eee Box - just in notebook form. Using notebook components in a “desktopâ€
by dougz
Tue Jun 03, 2008 3:03 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Received the Intel D945GCLF
Replies: 73
Views: 76827

Re: 945GSE + mobile Atom CPUs

The EEE Box thing uses the mobile variant of chipset I believe... If the reports of the EBOX B202 using the 945GSE are accurate, you are correct. The Centrino Atom platform will feature an Intel Atom processor, an Intel 945GSE chipset—which comes complete with integrated graphics... http://www.bi...
by dougz
Tue Jun 03, 2008 2:45 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Received the Intel D945GCLF
Replies: 73
Views: 76827

Re: Mine turned up also...

My main reason for buying was a cheap upgrade to my firewall box... The more I learn, the more convinced I am that another approach might yield better results and for comparable costs -- using a no-moving-parts server board running 7-10 watts. When you add up all the costs in building a quiet D945G...
by dougz
Mon Jun 02, 2008 12:50 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Received the Intel D945GCLF
Replies: 73
Views: 76827

1.6 GHz Atom-based SFF w/ gigabit LAN & 945GSE + ICH7M

It seems that the D945GCLF was intended for low-priced & emerging markets, rather than the industrial or enthusiast markets.

Here's the ASUS EBOX B202 SFF take on the same theme --
viewtopic.php?t=48452
by dougz
Mon Jun 02, 2008 12:30 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Anandtech: ASUS Eee Box: Initial Impressions and Dissection
Replies: 1
Views: 4542

More info plus US SKUs & pricing

65 watt power brick, gigabit LAN, 945GSE + ICH7M. More info -- US Configurations and MSRP: $269 - 1GB memory + 80GB HDD Linux edition $299 - 1GB memory + 80GB HDD XP edition $299 - 2GB memory + 160GB HDD Linux edition http://www.hothardware.com/News/ASUS_Eee_Box_B202_Details_Emerge/ http://news.cnet...
by dougz
Sat May 31, 2008 12:26 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Anandtech: ASUS Eee Box: Initial Impressions and Dissection
Replies: 1
Views: 4542

Anandtech: ASUS Eee Box: Initial Impressions and Dissection

Short, informative article by Anand Lal Shimpi. Nice picture gallery. ... The machine I received features a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor paired with an Intel 945G chipset, 1GB of DDR2-667 memory (a single SO-DIMM module is installed) and a 160GB Seagate Momentus 5400.4 2.5" SATA hard drive. There is ...
by dougz
Fri May 30, 2008 3:09 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Received the Intel D945GCLF
Replies: 73
Views: 76827

Great posts, lowpowercomputing. Thank you. I also ask myself: Why did Intel combine the Atom, which is a very efficient CPU, with the power-hungry 945GC+GMA950 on that board? Sure this makes sure that the board'll work fine with Windows, Linux etc. and even Mac OS X, but it drives up the power consu...
by dougz
Thu May 29, 2008 2:56 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: In search of Light and small Linux for a old computers
Replies: 29
Views: 8037

Reencoding videos is the key to play them smoothly on slower computers. Thanks for the scripts. I've been reencoding some downloaded videos to make them usable. Your scripts make the process easier. Adobe Flash 9 is a bit addictive. Unfortunately, it appears to have upped the CPU requirements in co...
by dougz
Wed May 28, 2008 3:51 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: In search of Light and small Linux for a old computers
Replies: 29
Views: 8037

I disagree. At this point, anyone using such an old computer is probably a hobbyist who likes "resurrecting" old hardware. I'm running full blown Debian 4.0 on my cute old Toshiba Libretto 70CT (Pentium 120mhz, 32megs of RAM). Not everyone has your skills, Isaac! I'd even assert that not everyone w...
by dougz
Mon May 26, 2008 11:21 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Tranquil PC Taking Orders for Atom-based Home Servers
Replies: 2
Views: 5934

Tranquil PC Taking Orders for Atom-based Home Servers

UK's Tranquil PC Taking Orders for Atom-based Home Servers Sunday, May 25, 2008 7:20 PM PDT Tranquil PC, a computer maker in the U.K., is taking orders for two home servers based on Intel's upcoming Atom processor, formerly called Diamondville. The two home servers, the T7-HSAi and T2-WHS-A3i, are ...
by dougz
Mon May 26, 2008 11:10 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: In search of Light and small Linux for a old computers
Replies: 29
Views: 8037

Another Review: Lightweight Linux distributions Good article, although the author was not always specific about the versions tested. Article reviewed Zenwalk 5.0. Might want to look at Zenwalk 5.2 Beta, as it is a significant update -- http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=04906 http://www.phoronix.com/sc...
by dougz
Sun May 25, 2008 4:49 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: In search of Light and small Linux for a old computers
Replies: 29
Views: 8037

try to get a proper Linux server config with Debian (his preference, I'm a SWer myself). Not planning on a swap as I imaging the 4GB memory size should suffice. Debian is an especially good choice if you can get some help getting it configured! :) Swap should be unnecessary. Lots of folks have work...
by dougz
Thu May 22, 2008 11:57 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel shows off new mini-itx board at CeBIT
Replies: 76
Views: 47710

Re: Slashdot: "Atom-Based Mini-ITX Motherboard Availabl

There's nothing else that could be considered an improvement, unlike the newer G45/Q45 mini-itx boards, which look like a massive jump. You must not be a Linux user... :) Losing the SiS chipset is a huge advantage over the D201 series, at least for Linux users. There were no good Linux drivers for ...
by dougz
Thu May 22, 2008 11:46 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: In search of Light and small Linux for a old computers
Replies: 29
Views: 8037

"Anatomy of Linux flash file systems"

You've probably heard of Journaling Flash File System (JFFS) and Yet Another Flash File System (YAFFS), but do you know what it means to have a file system that assumes an underlying flash device? This article introduces you to flash file systems for Linux®, explores how they care for their underl...
by dougz
Wed May 21, 2008 3:03 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: In search of Light and small Linux for a old computers
Replies: 29
Views: 8037

I got a C2D config coming in for server duty. Going to setup Linux on a Compaq Flash card for the OS. Interesting. Will you have a swap partition? If so, where -- CF or HD? Where will /var be mounted -- CF, HD, or ramdisk? How will you manage flash wear? Small desktops distros like the Asus EEE PC,...
by dougz
Tue May 20, 2008 6:11 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel shows off new mini-itx board at CeBIT
Replies: 76
Views: 47710

the wierd thing is, the fan is on the northbridge. the cpu is under that little heatsink. its just a 945g chipset, so i'm assuming theres plenty of passive hetasinks that could have worked (my intel microATX g31 board has no fan and most 945g boards do not either). so i dont get why intel put a fan...
by dougz
Tue May 20, 2008 4:13 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: In search of Light and small Linux for a old computers
Replies: 29
Views: 8037

Re: In search of Light and small Linux for a old computers

With 128+ megs of RAM, you do not need to use a limited lightweight distribution True enough. However, the smaller the footprint, the less paging. Generally, old, slow hardware has poor memory bandwidth and slow disks. Minimizing working set & paging has a significant impact on performance. Running...