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I’m using a Linux Mint system hooked to my TV to watch Netcasts from the Twit.tv network and other things. It’s built using an Thermaltake Armor 30 case and a Core i5 Haswell processor, 8GB RAM, GFX 640 graphics, and a 250GB HD.
But the system is slow. So I’ve decided that the best approach would be to get a cheap SSD for it. I found a Refurbished 60GB SSD on Newegg for about $40. That should do the trick. Given there aren’t that many apps installed on the Linux system, it uses far less than 60GB, so the small size is no problem.
Migration to SSD
I don’t want to completely rebuild the system. I’d rather migrate it to the SSD. A forum post led me to using gparted to migrate the partitions from the 250GB hard drive to the SSD. Also, it seems best to test this scheme using a virtual machine before I actually migrate the system. One of the VMs I keep current is a Linux Mint 15 system in a 60GB VM disk on my Windows 7 system. I use Virtual Box.
After I did the experiments with the VM, I successfully migrated a 250GB HD – 9GB used- to a 60GB SSD with no problems using this scheme. Continue Reading
As I mentioned in my previous post, I just got a ZBox ID80, installed Linux Mint 12 and had some trouble with the sound. Turns out the problems were user error, but setting up sound was a little confusing.
So here’s what you might like to know to make sure your audio is working, at least for this hardware and Linux Mint 12. Continue Reading
After getting the Alienware machine, I found myself with an extra 20″ monitor and noticed that the Blue Diamond box was getting a little long in the tooth. It has been running Ubuntu 10 and while it works, it’s very slow. Time for an upgrade.
The Zotac Zbox ID80 plus was about $300 from newegg, and while they have versions that are with and without HDD and memory, the one I got had 2GB of ram and a 320GB HD. I didn’t really need the HD since I had one of that size, but the price really tossed that in for almost free. I did get 4GB of RAM for it for an additional $21. Continue Reading
Update: Restart to clear the error below and then install the [recommended] driver. All is well as far as I can tell.
Using Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.
Zotac GeForce 9300 Motherboard
attempted to install the [recommended] choice and it failed.
With a previous install, this worked, but then system failed to start graphics when it rebooted. But that system used to have an AMD video graphics driver installed, so I reinstalled the entire system and now this occurs.
How can I clean out the “archives” and try this again?
Thermaltake SD100 Case
The Jetway Atom D525 based system is running with Ubuntu 10.04.
The goals for the system are:
- Employ an Intel Atom D525 processor – a high performance dual processor system.
- Employ an Nvidia ION2 graphics processor designed for high performance netbooks / nettops. With DVI and HDMI display outputs.
- Support DDR2 memory, so that I could use memory parts I already have rather than purchasing new DDR3 SODIMM memory.
- Have a nice case with an internal power supply rather than an external power supply.
- Run Ubuntu.
- Use regionset to set the region code if it’s not set.
- Use gxine, which is a more robust dvd player application.
- Now it plays most protected DVDs as well as unprotected ones.
Just installed Ubuntu 10.04 x64 on a mini-ITX system and would like to play DVDs. I’d like to use this as an entertainment system.
It plays non-protected DVDs just fine.
I have followed instructions here:
Including the part about chmod chgrp in the trouble shooting part.
But protected DVDs give me this error:
Here’s the package manager showing what’s installed that might be relevant:
DVD_Packages_installed (click for larger)
Any clues about what might be wrong?
Modern components make it easy and inexpensive to build a mini-desktop system. This case looks more like a somewhat large DVD player than a computer but it is a very high quality – completely steel – case made for home theater systems. I’ve put together a configuration for a modern desktop using this case. The total price is less than $600 including a monitor, wireless keyboard/ mouse and about $450 without a monitor, kb/mouse.
Back in 2008 I built a small VIA based system for a photo frame. Just checking on recent Mini-ITX system produced some interesting results. For about the same cost as the Blue-Diamond system back in 2008 the current systems have dual core Atom n510 systems with 2GB ram and 160GB SATA HD.