Subject: RE: offtopic: fast-booting pentium-class MB?
To: 'Jeff Rizzo' <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: David Woyciesjes <DAW@yalepress3.unipress.yale.edu>
Date: 11/01/2000 14:59:26
As far as the power supply, check out http://www.mp3car.com/ You'll probably
find almost all the info you're looking for, except probably the NetBSD
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-> -----Original Message-----
-> From: Jeff Rizzo [mailto:email@example.com]
-> Sent: Wednesday, November 01, 2000 2:28 PM
-> To: Brian Buhrow
-> Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org
-> Subject: Re: offtopic: fast-booting pentium-class MB?
-> On Wed, Nov 01, 2000 at 10:40:12AM -0800, Brian Buhrow wrote:
-> > Could you just disable everything you're not using,
-> disable memory testing,
-> > and go with that? Also, how are you powering the unit and
-> how did you
-> > package it?
-> Yeah, I'm already disabling everything it's possible to
-> disable in the
-> BIOS with this particular MB. I was hoping someone else might know
-> of a specific model which is particularly good about it.
-> (This MB dates from
-> 1994 or 95; I'm sure there's better ones, but I'm not sure.)
-> Basically, it's in an AT-style case in the trunk, powered by
-> an inverter.
-> (I'd love to find an inexpensive PS that takes 12V in,
-> but...) It's got
-> a 30G IDE drive which I'm looking at upgrading to 80G.
-> (Almost full).
-> The software still needs a lot of work; right now I've basically got
-> a python wrapper to mpg123 which plays random tracks, and allows me
-> to skip using a keyboard.
-> > What about a cheap laptop that you suspend, rather than reboot?
-> Drives are expensive, plus I like being able to just shut it
-> off like
-> I would a regular radio. I'm working on making it more and more like
-> an appliance, and less like a computer. Next step is to code up the
-> remote control interface, so I can lose the keyboard. :)
-> Thanks for the suggestions. Ideally, I'd like to move to a
-> motherboard with DC power and flash boot for the OS, but one of the
-> main goals of this project is cheap and/or free parts for
-> everything. :)
-> I'm also considering moving back to NetBSD-1.3 (I started with 1.4Y,
-> and am now at 1.5_ALPHA) to see if it speeds up the boot at
-> all. I'll
-> lose things like IDE DMA, but I don't think I really need that for
-> this implementation.
-> Jeff Rizzo