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Its been a while since Ive had a mini-itx computer (ignoring the new commodore 64 I bought) and felt like delving into them again to see how things have progressed since several years ago. So a few weeks back I ordered various parts to build a small computer. Finally arrived the other week and have just built it
Love minimalist approaches to computers.
Intel D2500HN Mini-ITX Motherboard. Runs Dual core atom at 1.86Ghz. I threw in a 2gb SODIMM, will pick up another at some point. Only regret is not getting the next model up which had DVI/HDMI. Here you can also see the pico PSU. Has one molex and sata connector - more than sufficient to run the cpu/ssd and a couple of USB devices.
Circuit board in the bottom left is for two usb ports - hidden by the front bezel. The sata SSD can be seen under the drive/fan tray in the top left. Need to get a shorter sata cable.
Threw Ubuntu 9.01 on (hate Unity) and its happily running away. I have a couple options for it, one bolt it to the back of an old monitor and use in my bedroom for downloaded tv/movies, two use as a car PC with some free GPS software. Or build a couple of them and make a beowulf cluster :)
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(ignoring the new commodore 64 I bought)
And subsequently unignoring:
I've had this C64 for over a year and finally decided to do something with it (asides from using as a minecraft server briefly).
The ITX motherboard in this is by far the superior one. Same chipset as the one I bought above, but with an nVidia GeForce GT 520. XBMC runs without issue (well, it wont let me connect to my wifi), something I can't do on the intel motherboard.
Yeah, it's just you. HDMI is great.
Bleh. Perhaps I should plug it into my flatmates plasma tv and see if it works properly. Certainly doesnt with my viewsonic screen.
Heh, and to think that the G3 PowerMac from 2001, with a case weighing a beastly 25 kg, had nothing but a couple of underpowered v1.1 USB ports, that craped out as soon as you plug a SINGLE multi-GB stick, and you had to sacrifice one just to plug in the keyboard + daisy-chained mouse.
Not really robust design for a company that hoped to phase out everything legacy, and very poor even by Apple's 2001 standards.
Wow, that's crazy. I guess that's why I've heard a lot of love for G4s but never G3s.
Anyway, HDMI = licensing fees and DRM fun. MDP is a nice alternative (free and small formfactor) and is gaining popularity (eg 6990 has 4x MDP + 1x DVI) for that reason.