Back in the mix.

After abruptly being woken up today nice and early I figured that I would put some work into my linux box. It was almost foreign to me, since I haven’t been doing anything linux since I moved. My Mediacenter has mainly just been sitting online running as a Transparent Squid proxy, Caching DNS server, Fileserver to my XBMC. The specs of the machine are as follows:

1.25ghz AMD XP
512 PC2700
784gb of Random SATA Drives.

As you can see its not anything that special, but houses a decent amount of drive space and handles everything just fine for my needs. That being said I wanted to squeeze a as much juice out of it as possible. I figured the best way to do this would be to remove any unused services that start, really no need in running cups when there is no printer connected to it. I also removed bluetooth, pcmcia, and a bunch of laptop services.
I really need to find my extra ram that I have laying around and spruce it up to 1gb of ram, as well as purchase another SATA card so I can add a few more drives that I have laying around. Adding the SATA card should boost me up to around 1tb of storage. More than enough space to start downloading the internets.

Media Center Finished…

Well its all up and running, still a few bugs to iron out, but so far its golden. Here are the specs.

AMD XP 2000+
512 PC 2700
80gig WD @ 7200 RPM = /
80gig Seagate @ 7200 RPM = /share
ATI Radeon 9000 Pro AGP
ATI TV Wonder Pro
ATI Remote Wonder
VIA OnBoard Sound.

The computer also has USB and Ethernet. I have it running apache, php, mysql, mythtv, mrtg, and samba. With all of that I can monitor the cpu/eth/ram etc, and also run mythweb to set recordings from a browser. Everything seems to be working fine… except that every so often after watching a recorded show the frontend will crash out and needs to be restarted. Also the remote is not 100% functional yet… I jsut haven’t had the time to play with it all that much, but either way I have a wireless mouse and keyboard for it. Last but not least some encoded movies will not allow me to pause/fast forward/etc with in the video player, I dont think there is much that can be done about that. Now that I know it can be done I want to look into making a dedicated Media server that is powerful and also has a small form factor. Here is a compiled list of parts that will make it possible for as cheap as possible. I will be updating this as time goes on with the latest and greatest deals that I can find.

Media Center Project

The goal of this is as follows.
1. Create a Small form factor machine
2. As quiet as possible(silent fans, silent psu, active cooling)
3. Cheap!, dont want to spend $500 on something when it can be done for $200
4. Powerful, I want it to encode, capture, share and do other tasks when idle so it needs some power behind it.
5. Lots of storage. Along with being small I want it to have as much storage as possible. I will be using this as a file server for all my music and video so I dont want to run out of space.

Hardware and Prices:
PC CHIPS M925G V9.1B Micro ATX Intel Motherboard – $36.00
MSI Geforce MX4000 MX4000-T64 Video Card – $26.00
Hauppauge WINTV-PVR-150 WinTV-PVR-150 – $91.99
512 PC 2100 Ram – $39.91
LITE-ON Black 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model SOHD-16P9SBLK – $21.99
Intel Celeron D 325 Prescott 533MHz FSB Socket 478 Processor Model BX80546RE2533C – $70.99
ASYS 001MJA Black Computer Case – $29.99

Grand Total: $316.87

Still looking ways to cut cost and keep the quality. All these prices are from newegg.com so it might be cheaper from other places.

I’m emotionaly dead. I feel things only for a short time then I go back to not feeling at all.

I got my Windows XP machine sharing the printer last night with my Powerbook. It was a little harder than I thought it was going to be… but it is done now. I think this weekend I’m going to try to get the Destruction Server running again.

The original plan was to use my 1.1ghz machine as the Destruction server, but I have since changed that into “Creation” my Windows XP machine… So Destruction gets to run on the old 400mhz again 😉