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8 watt PC+ ubuntu

Started by Martin Griffith August 18, 2007
I've always been interested in low power PCs, and found this.
http://librenix.com/?inode=11001
even  a telnet game at the bottom of that page

Not exactly embedded, but 8 watts, 

Just wondering if if there are other lower powered PCs around (cheap)
that can be recommended?


Martin
On Aug 19, 3:25 am, Martin Griffith <mart_in_medina@ya___.es> wrote:
> I've always been interested in low power PCs, and found this.http://librenix.com/?inode=11001 > even a telnet game at the bottom of that page > > Not exactly embedded, but 8 watts, > > Just wondering if if there are other lower powered PCs around (cheap) > that can be recommended?
I'm running Debian on an NSLU2. It runs 5W typical (measured myself) and is rated as 7W max. Since I use it as my main web and file server running 24/7 I calculated that at USD $99 it pays for itself in about 18 months by saving electricity compared to a regular PC. Of course, the external harddisk attached to it is itself consuming around 10W depending on load. But 17W is still a lot less power consumed compared to a regular PC. It's even lower than the power consumption of most laptops.
On Aug 19, 6:29 am, "slebet...@yahoo.com" <slebet...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Aug 19, 3:25 am, Martin Griffith <mart_in_medina@ya___.es> wrote: > > > I've always been interested in low power PCs, and found this.http://librenix.com/?inode=11001 > > even a telnet game at the bottom of that page > > > Not exactly embedded, but 8 watts, > > > Just wondering if if there are other lower powered PCs around (cheap) > > that can be recommended? > > I'm running Debian on an NSLU2. It runs 5W typical (measured myself) > and is rated as 7W max. Since I use it as my main web and file server > running 24/7 I calculated that at USD $99 it pays for itself in about > 18 months by saving electricity compared to a regular PC. Of course, > the external harddisk attached to it is itself consuming around 10W > depending on load. But 17W is still a lot less power consumed compared > to a regular PC. It's even lower than the power consumption of most > laptops.
Hmm.. it appears that their 8W rating is with hard disk. How do they manage to get a hard disk to run on so little power? My Maxtor runs quite hot, it idles at around 3-4W but with all my bittorrenting it is rarely idle. Of course, for the ultimate power saving I can simply run my server from a thumb drive.
slebetman@yahoo.com schrieb:

> Hmm.. it appears that their 8W rating is with hard disk. How do they > manage to get a hard disk to run on so little power? My Maxtor runs > quite hot, it idles at around 3-4W but with all my bittorrenting it is > rarely idle.
Maybe they use a HDD made for laptops. Philipp
Martin Griffith wrote:
> I've always been interested in low power PCs, and found this. > http://librenix.com/?inode=11001 > even a telnet game at the bottom of that page > > Not exactly embedded, but 8 watts, > > Just wondering if if there are other lower powered PCs around (cheap) > that can be recommended?
I was going to order one ($99) til I saw that they want another $30 plus shipping to another location. This just to "unlock" the device so you can actually use the internal hard drive to install an OS, how pathetically lame. https://store.dataevolution.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=DT%2DA
Anthony Fremont wrote:
> Martin Griffith wrote: >> I've always been interested in low power PCs, and found this. >> http://librenix.com/?inode=11001 >> even a telnet game at the bottom of that page >> >> Not exactly embedded, but 8 watts, >> >> Just wondering if if there are other lower powered PCs around (cheap) >> that can be recommended? > > I was going to order one ($99) til I saw that they want another $30 > plus shipping to another location. This just to "unlock" the device > so you can actually use the internal hard drive to install an OS, how > pathetically lame. > https://store.dataevolution.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=DT%2DA
Upon further investigation, it appears that this is no longer an issue. I think I may get one to tinker with after all. I've never installed (or even seen) Ubuntu Linux (I'm a Gentoo fan myself) so this might be fun.