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Old 11th July 2004, 01:42 AM   #131
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Lars,
Sounds great to me. I've been trying to minimize my power consumption...and it would be nice to be able to receive my mail with a 20 watt device. However I like the security of having my mail file on a mirored RAID set. I am looking for an inexpensive low power NAS device to store mail + all other data files so I can reach them from any PC on the LAN (or over the VPN) without keeping a PC running 24x7...

I am impressed by how good music over Internet/Ethernet sounds...I expected a lot worse...the question is...how can it be improved?

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Old 11th July 2004, 12:42 PM   #132
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Hi rt

I had surprisingly good results just from replacing the DC blocking caps on the motherboard, (they were 100uF standard electrolytic caps) and simply reclocking the AC97 sound chip. Turned out to be fairly straightforward. There is a slight noise (-100dB or so) when moving the mouse, but it is not a bother.

About your data access needs, it seems you should get a simple network server, like a Linux/Apache server for easy access to
your sound files, and mail server. I think the same type of low cost / low power hardware like the VIA ITX 1 GHz can do the task easily.
But then if you ae not so focused on power consumption, you could even use your old outdated PC for that task :-)
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Lars,
Again I agree....I think a small linux server would be great...especially something small as all it would have to do is keep my mail & music...on a raid set...

Any ideas on a Linux that would run on an older PC...command line only...no Xwindows...something small & fast...

I've been struggling with Mandrake 10 & SuSE 9.0...using XWindows they are both painfully slow (500 MHz Celeron + 1 gig of RAM)....and things don't always seem to work as I would like them to...

I'll have to open my audiotron and take a look at it...better caps ought to be pretty easy....

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Again I agree....I think a small linux server would be great...especially something small as all it would have to do is keep my mail & music...on a raid set...
Why RAID?

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Any ideas on a Linux that would run on an older PC...command line only...no Xwindows...something small & fast...
Any really.
If your picky with the install process about what packages are installed, all distros will be around the same speed.
Gentoo and other source compiled distros would be on top of my list though.

If your a nutter, you could try LFS... youll soon see what i mean by "nutter" if you try and get it going
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Default why raid?

'cause I want a painless realtime backup copy of stuff I don't want to lose....and I want it to be zero effort...and constantly up to date...do you know another way?
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