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thespaugh
2006-01-19, 11:53
I want to use an OLD computer (~866Mhz) to serve as a dedicated slimserver box. I have my ~1,500 FLACs on a linkstation and was wondering how much RAM / processing speed would be required to run my 3 SBs simultaneously (all are SB2s).

The Slim Devices FAQ states, "We generally recommend a 300Mhz Pentium II with 128M of memory. You may also need a faster CPU if you wish to use multiple Squeezeboxes with a single server computer, or if the music library is very large."...

Anybody have some real world experience as to what it would take?

Thx

Mark Lanctot
2006-01-19, 12:05
An 866 MHz processor would be more than adequate
to run 3 SBs. Keep in mind that some people use
the Linkstation processor itself to power
SlimServer! (Which doesn't work all that well,
but it's passable).

How much RAM does it have? If it's a DEDICATED
box with Windows, 128 MB is the bare minimum. 256
MB should be perfect and would allow for use for
other applications (ripping, for example).

Multiple SBs are more constrained by wireless
bandwidth than by processor speed and memory
requirements. SS is only processor-intensive when
it's rescanning.

thespaugh wrote:
> I want to use an OLD computer (~866Mhz) to serve as
a dedicated
> slimserver box. I have my ~1,500 FLACs on a
linkstation and was
> wondering how much RAM / processing speed would be
required to run my 3
> SBs simultaneously (all are SB2s).
>
> The Slim Devices FAQ states, "We generally recommend
a 300Mhz Pentium
> II with 128M of memory. You may also need a faster
CPU if you wish to
> use multiple Squeezeboxes with a single server
computer, or if the
> music library is very large."...
>
> Anybody have some real world experience as to what
it would take?
>
> Thx
>
>

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Mark Lanctot
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snarlydwarf
2006-01-19, 12:20
Anybody have some real world experience as to what it would take?


I run 2 SB2's (one wireless, one wired) and a softsqueeze (transcoded down to 64kbps even since I'm being nice to my bandwidth at work) fine on a P2/400 so you should be fine depending on your library size.

That will be the real clincher: I have around 8000 tracks, and slimserver is taking around 55M, though I am using mysql as a backend. (Though it hasn't changed memory footprint very much if it all.)

gorstk
2006-01-19, 12:28
thespaugh wrote:
> I want to use an OLD computer (~866Mhz) to serve as a dedicated
> slimserver box. I have my ~1,500 FLACs on a linkstation and was
> wondering how much RAM / processing speed would be required to run my 3
> SBs simultaneously (all are SB2s).
>
> The Slim Devices FAQ states, "We generally recommend a 300Mhz Pentium
> II with 128M of memory. You may also need a faster CPU if you wish to
> use multiple Squeezeboxes with a single server computer, or if the
> music library is very large."...
>
> Anybody have some real world experience as to what it would take?

My old setup was:
Pentium III 500
256mb ram
Linux (mandrake)
2500 mixed mp3/flac

Off this I was running 1 squeezebox1, running softsqueeze on the server
and running softsqueeze on a different computer.

This boxed managed to do that quite well, but worked a lot smoother with
512mb (but I ran other server processes on it as well).

Note that running flac to a sb1 needs a conversion from flac to wav, and
is a lot mroe cpu intensive and running to sb2. So your server should
be fine.