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Jason
2004-08-27, 18:55
As reported here last week, my little Linux box that sits in the server
running Slimserver and Samba died last week. The whole box wasn't a loss,
the hard drive on it conked out (luckily I had my data backed up). in any
event I just put together a super cheap server and am getting phenomenal
results so I wanted to share details with the list members.

I built my machine around a cheapo Albatron PM266A motherboard. This board
has onboard sound, video and LAN, and it was a whopping $42 (with free
shipping), it's based on the VIA KXT233 chipset. This board is extremely
compact and would probably fit into a tiny 1.5u rack mount server case.

Added a 2.0Ghz Celeron CPU (retail package with heatsink) -- $70

512Mb of 266mhz capable DDRAM - $60

Two 160Gb 7200 RPM Seagate Barracuda ATA hard disks running as a software
mirror set under Fedora Core 2 Linux. These drives are very fast and cost a
whole $59 plus tax after rebate at local compUSA.

So now I have a 160GB server with redundant storage. all for $292.
Slimserver runs great on it and when running both of my players the CPU
utilization doesn't get over 5% (it scans my whole 6,000 track library in
just under 15 minutes). It just sits in the basement serving up the tunes
and filestorage. It's been dishing out the tunes all day and hasn't missed
a beat.

-J.

Jonathan Miller
2004-08-28, 00:08
That's awesome! I need to build a server myself. Thinking of using a
mini-itx motherboard cpu combo running at 1 ghz, putting the whole
works in an Evil Dead lunchbox. Just an idea so far, haven't ordered
any parts. Already have the lunch box.

My linux box died and ate all my ripped music months ago, it's just
now that I'm willing to tackle re-ripping them all again.


----- Original Message -----
From: Jason <jason (AT) pagefamily (DOT) net>
Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2004 19:55:06 -0600
Subject: [slim] My new Cheapo Slimserver Boxen
To: Slim Devices Discussion <discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com>


As reported here last week, my little Linux box that sits in the
server running Slimserver and Samba died last week. The whole box
wasn't a loss, the hard drive on it conked out (luckily I had my data
backed up)… in any event I just put together a super cheap server and
am getting phenomenal results so I wanted to share details with the
list members.

I built my machine around a cheapo Albatron PM266A motherboard. This
board has onboard sound, video and LAN, and it was a whopping $42
(with free shipping), it's based on the VIA KXT233 chipset. This
board is extremely compact and would probably fit into a tiny 1.5u
rack mount server case.

Added a 2.0Ghz Celeron CPU (retail package with heatsink) -- $70

512Mb of 266mhz capable DDRAM - $60

Two 160Gb 7200 RPM Seagate Barracuda ATA hard disks running as a
software mirror set under Fedora Core 2 Linux. These drives are very
fast and cost a whole $59 plus tax after rebate at local compUSA.

So now I have a 160GB server with redundant storage… all for $292.
Slimserver runs great on it and when running both of my players the
CPU utilization doesn't get over 5% (it scans my whole 6,000 track
library in just under 15 minutes). It just sits in the basement
serving up the tunes and filestorage. It's been dishing out the tunes
all day and hasn't missed a beat.

-J.

Jack Coates
2004-08-28, 09:54
> Even with software mirroring of the hard drives I would be inclined to
> continue backing up your stuff periodically to another hard drive or
> DVD-R,
> etc.
>

I've lost a good bit of data to mirrored drives alright :) I can't really
talk though, since my current setup is a mess:

[jack@felix jack]$ df
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/part1
9.7G 3.8G 5.4G 42% /
/dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/part3
18G 9.2G 7.5G 55% /home
/dev/ide/host0/bus1/target1/lun0/part1
28G 27G 330M 99% /mnt/backup
/dev/ide/host0/bus1/target0/lun0/part1
37G 27G 8.5G 76% /mnt/music
/dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/part2
9.7G 3.4G 5.9G 37% /usr

I gotta get some big drives and consolidate.

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